Unusual vacations. Tours & vacations in 2015 & 2016

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Coast to coast cycling vacation in Costa Rica
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, from US $3325 - US $3475 (14 days) ex flights
Arctic diving vacation marine life & wildlife expedition
Awe-inspiring for divers & non-divers, from 2190 (8 days) ex flights
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
Experience cosy log cabins and exciting activities, from 1115 - 1245 (4 days) inc UK flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from 400 (7 days) ex flights
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire, England
Our cabin is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the countryside, from 264 per week (sleeps 2)
Vietnam small group cycling vacation
The best of Vietnam on two wheels , from US $2090 - US $2240 (14 days) ex flights
Yoga Gulet cruise in Turkey
Enjoy Yoga in the blue Aegean on board a traditional Gulet, from 625 (7 days) ex flights
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Award winning lodges on a wildlife-rich Devon farm, from 250 - 595 per accommodation per week
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm, from 495 - 550 (7 days) per week
Sea kayaking vacation in Croatia
Paddle around the Pearl of the Adriatic, from 715 - 750 (8 days) ex flights
Cuba dance holiday
Salsa dance vacation of a lifetime in Cuba, from 1295 (15 days) ex flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
Multi-activity cultural vacation in fabulous rural Andalucia, from 207 - 270 (6 days) ex flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from 980 (8 days) ex flights
B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals
Self-drive staying in Tasmania's most charming B&Bs, from AU $950 - AU $2950 (7 days) ex flights
Tobago beach accommodation
14 beautiful accommodations in unique eco resort, from 85 - 225 per accommodation per night
Portugal yoga & dance vacation
A week of yoga, music, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains, from 700 - 850 (7 days) ex flights
Croatia self drive vacation
A self drive discovery tour of beautiful Croatia, from 750 - 1150 (15 days) ex flights
Transylvania vacation accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from 36 - 49 per person per night
Luxury yurt pod accommodation in Lanzarote, with eco car
Luxury Large Yurt, inc Hybrid Car, 2-6 Guests, from 1820 - 2345 per accommodation per week
Burma cultural vacation
Discover a side of Burma hidden beyond the tourist trail, from 1499 (15 days) ex flights
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from 400 - 600 per week
Luxury fitness vacations in Spain
Luxury weight loss, detox, fitness & wellness retreat Spain, from 1148 - 1298 (7 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Cycling trip through stunning desert scenery, from US $1595 - US $2565 (9 days) ex flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Explore the amazing island's coasts and medieval town, from 360 - 690 (8 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat
Wonderful healing Iyengar yoga retreat in Portugal's Algarve, from 785 (7 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from 400 (7 days) ex flights
Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Experience what it really felt like to be a warrior under the Great Khan, from US $3500 (9 days) ex flights
Alaska adventure holiday, salmon run
Active small group adventures in a retrofitted school bus, from US $3200 - US $3290 (20 days) ex flights
Sicily history tour, Italy
One of the most fascinating islands in Europe, from US $1805 (9 days) ex flights
Scuba diving and tour in Cuba
Scuba diving and roundtrip Cuba with homestays and/or hotels, from 1040 - 1720 (15 days) ex flights

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India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
The highlight of my trip was the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. I was welcome by the owners of the land and taken around on night safaris by the son Ravindra. (more)Viveca Ott
Seeing all three cat species that live savely in the sanctuary was amazing (they where the reason for me wanting to go there). Jungle cat from up 15 m! (more)Yvonne Rijsdijk
We had a truly amazing vacation, we were looked after as if we were royalty by our hosts Gajendra and Ravi and wanted for nothing from the moment we were picked up at Jodhpur airport. (more)Philippa Marland
From 120 - 130 per person per night all inclusive
Rocky Mountain vacation accommodation
The centre was amazing. The people made it a great experience and we had wonderful food. The peace and tranquillity was wonderful and I appreciated being away from the crowds. (more)Sally Wright
It is so hard to pinpoint the best part; it was all a fabulous experience. This is a place where you can completely relax and refresh your mind, body and soul. (more)Sarah Smith
From CA $124 - CA $250
Borneo family tour
Memorable parts? The homestay in a village in Kinabalu National Park Facilitated by a fantastically knowledgeable guide. We had the opportunity to stay in a small village with stunning views of Mount Kinabalu. We were able to stay with a family who had four generations under one roof, the youngest being one week and the oldest 93 years and to experience a very different way of life, eat locally produced food and with excellent interpretation learn about our hosts lifestyles and all enjoy... (more)Nikki Shack
From US $2245 - US $2730 excluding flights
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours
This was an excellent vacation with huge contrasts between the mountain countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Both countries are steeped in their unique cultures and histories - it was a joy to learn so much. (more)Ray Priest
Everything about Bhutan and Mt.Everest in Tibet was memorable. (more)Selina Brandl
My vacation was amazing the guides were so helpful and made my experience wonderful. The most memorable part of my vacation was the beautiful scenery on the treks in Bhutan and Nepal and the 51 metre Buddha high on a mountain in Thimpu is impressive and inspiring. (more)michele allix
From 1105 excluding flights
Snowshoeing in the French Alps
The husky dog sledding, the ice climb, the snowshoeing itself, being out in such a beautiful environment! And our companions too - the other four people in the party were lovely, and we all got on very well together - enough in common to bond yet different enough for good conversation! (more)Angela Dennison
In terms of the most exciting part, it has to be the ice climbing...not part of our original plans but I'm so glad it was suggested. Slow down and enjoy your stay in what really is an undiscovered part of the Alps. (more)Norma Sherratt
Well organized, interesting, hassle free and great fun- the ideal introduction to the activities. (more)Matt Hannah
From 985 excluding flights
Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia
I hesitate to write this review for selfish reasons. Why? Because this vacation is so wonderful I'd rather keep it a secret! Situated on the southern slopes of Mt Batakaru in remotest Bali, this place is a pocket of paradise, far removed from the ravages of the 21st century. Having spent a week there I did not want to leave. (more)Daphne Donkin
Most memorable was walking through the rice-fields... It was just great. (more)Astrid Dello
From US $85 - US $210 per house per night
Thailand and Laos adventure holiday, Bangkok to Vang Vieng
5*++++++++ It was absolutely superb! The operator may be a small company but it's dedication to providing the best service and most rounded and authentic personal experience of the country meant that I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. (more)Alice Ross
This trip was an amazing introduction to southeast Asia for me. I felt that my experience of Thailand and Laos was enhanced by this trip...Trekking throughout the north of Laos was amazing. We had a wonderful guide that was proud to show of his country, people, food, history and culture's. (more)Amy Worthington
From 2250 excluding flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
Fantastic, well organised, informative and great fun. Wonderful memories of our visit to the Peloponesse. (more)Gary Gleeson
The most memorable part of the vacation was our hike along the Lousios gorge that ended with a wonderful picnic among the ruins of Gortys, an ancient healing centre...We would rate the archaeology activity vacation overall as among the best vacations we've had in Europe. (more)Ellen Taylor
The people we interacted with throughout our vacation, including Christos and his father, the drivers, the specialized tour guides, the hotel staff, and restaurant and shopkeepers were extremely warm and friendly. (more)Randi Morrison
From 980 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. (more)Nikki Rogers
It was fantastic, our most memorable vacation ever and we were all sad to leave. (more)Clare Duncan
The Alto Plano is a beautiful region and we enjoyed all the activities we tried. (more)Claire Harris
From 207 - 270 excluding flights
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
Perfect! We stayed for a full week and felt very relaxed and revived - what a treat! We would definitely come again!!! (more)Erika Dutting
My best vacation ever....The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. (more)Matthew Murphy
Very good...the best parts were Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle. (more)Gisa Jaehnichen
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Cycling tour in Catalonia for food lovers, Spain
It was great. We could do as much as we wanted. We could have made it as hard or easy as we liked. We loved being active. (more)Liz Wood
Biking in the beautiful country of Spain with my husband and good friends was the most memorable part. It was a wonderful experience, great trails, food and memories to last a lifetime. I am planning my next trip now! (more)Mark Edwards
Everything about this vacation was excellent, and exceeded expectations. We have already recommended this vacation to our friends, and would do it again ourselves! (more)Ashling Swirtz
From 950 - 1170 excluding flights
Romania adventure vacation
Excellent...there were too many highlights for us to single out any one experience as the most memorable. Every day was memorable and for all the right reasons. (more)Gerald Sherry
Successful (more)Marcia Westreich
One of the most memorable things was the beautiful Carpathian countryside and the people working in the fields as of yesteryear. The haymaking and haystacks were fascinating and we all fell in love with rural Romania. (more)Joan Houston
From 1499 excluding flights
Mercantour family hiking vacation, France
Awesome, it has raised the bar for next year! (more)Tony Johnson
The whole thing was memorable! Our 6 year old and 4 year old leading "Leonidas" our donkey through the French Alps, sleeping in a beautiful yurt in an Alpine meadow, and feeling like we'd done something completely different to the typical "bucket and spade" type of vacation. (more)Alison Godfrey
The mountains, flora and fauna in an exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt part of the world, within and on the periphery of the Mercantour National Park in the French maritime Alps were most memorable. (more)Nick Lampert
From 440 - 570 excluding flights
Luxury yurt accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
It is a wonderful place for a family vacation with small children and a great place to recharge your batteries. (more)Alison Brookes Day
Fabulously relaxing, beautiful island, relaxed yet very responsive hosts. A great experience...Great for kids with donkey rides, missions to collect eggs every day, and to hang out with other kids on the communal trampoline, pirate boat and playground. (more)Michelle Levene
Most memorable were the rural location with an opportunity to see the landscape and vegetation. The space, both our private area around our yurt and outside where the kids were free to play on the trampoline and meet the chickens and donkey. The smallness of the resort and the uncrowded beach. The morning bike ride into the village for bread. (more)Roos Eisma
From 1225 - 1610 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
The vacation was a wonderful chance to explore a very interesting corner of Spain. Staying in the cave was wonderful and we would thoroughly recommend it. (more)Deborah Pole
WONDERFUL. Out first three generation family vacation in several years and it couldn't have been better. (more)Melissa Elliott
It was good, for a week we lived like Hobbits in our home under the hill. For fans of Bilbo Baggins this is the place to be. (more)Susan Clack
From 400 - 600 per week
Elephant conservation in Thailand
My vacation was the best experience of my life, so much so I wasn't ready to leave and got very upset when the time came to leave. I fell in love my elephant Campion and Boonma and his family welcomed me with open arms. Such good hearted people. The experience with them added to my amazing experience and I would recommend anyone try this experience. I would give this experience 10 out of 10 there was nothing I feel could of been better except for me booking longer! (more)Debbie Field
Thoroughly enjoyed - The baby elephant playing-a real privilege to see! (more)Amanda Patrick
It was the best vacation I have ever experienced. My daughter and I cried when we left the elephant camp on the last day. We built up very strong bonds with our elephants, their owners and thier families. A very happy, emotional experience. We will be going back to visit them all soon. (more)Sarah Middleton
From 450 excluding flights
Transylvania vacation accommodation
We had an amazing time and will be returning. It was the perfect place... (more)martin davis
An unforgettable vacation in a remote region of Europe. (more)Gerhard Loupal
It was all brilliant. Fantastic staff, extremely well looked after. The tour guides were great, the scenery amazing and the chance to see crafts being maintained was lovely. (more)Karen Booth
From 36 - 49 per person per night
Tatra Mountains family holiday in Slovakia
Memorable parts? Climbing up the Tatra Mountains to be within sight of the Polish border. Tips? Take a good phrase book for Slovakia or brush up your German on food and drink because many of the local restaurants have no one who speaks English and the Menu is not translated into English, so without this your choice of restaurant is very limited, which means you miss out on some real gems of local village life. Local benefits? Yes, but there was scope for more. The hotel we... (more)Rosemary Milton
From US $1260 excluding flights
Sailing in Croatia
Excellent. Would definitely recommend it. Loved the small villages, cycling and trying the SUP. The catamaran and crew were fantastic. (more)Monique Linder
The most memorable part of the vacation - Sitting on the boat in the sun, under sail, with no noise other than the waves! (more)Sonia Reynolds
Having drinks on the boat one evening with the boat under full sail with the sun setting was the most memorable part of the vacation (more)David Dunhill
From 620 - 790 excluding flights
Nicaragua walking tour vacation
Wildlife encounters in the tropical forest - howler monkeys, a sloth, racoons and porcupines plus too many species of birds to name. Guides were likeable and knowledgeable (more)Stephen Osgerby
The beauty of the country and the people was the highlight. Some of the most warm and friendly people I have ever come across. Very safe in the areas we travelled and absolutely amazing art for very little money. Loved it!! (more)Rene McRogers
From 1745 excluding flights
Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The whole trip was very memorable, horse riding, local, landscape, culture everything was amazing Tips? just be ready to let yourself go and enjoy being in a very different authentic existence for a while Local benefits? The locals were key to the whole trip and were very happy to be sharing their culture Overall rating? absolutely amazing experience (more)Dave Redfern
From US $3500 excluding flights
Photography vacation in Andalucia, Spain
it was best vacation I've had. I will definitely use responsible vacations again. I was very pleased (more)Katie hartwig
The locations for the photo shoots were excellent - especially Comares and the lake. Good company enjoyed over the varied evening meals. (more)ROB INNIS
Great value for money - informative and friendly tuition, excellent accomodation and hospitality. (more)Louise Goddard
From 699 excluding flights
Uluru and the Olgas tour in Australia
Memorable parts? The tour of Kata Tjuta - Ben the guide's knowledge and experience was simply wonderful. I've never met someone who could talk with such knowledge about geology, widlife, country lore. Tips? Camping was a bit basic but a wonderful experience - cooking over an open fire under a clear unpolluted night sky was simply ethereal. Local benefits? Yes. (more)Farida Parkyn
From US $583 - US $720 excluding flights
Sea kayaking vacation in Croatia
Absolutely fantastic. Had an amazing time and started planning the next on the way home. (more)Hayley Cripps
Perfect...The whole vacation was memorable. The kyaking guides were fantastic, accommodation good, food great and I never felt 'herded' around - it was really relaxing and good fun. (more)Pauline Heslop
Lovely week. The group was great with a real mix of ages and experiences. The pace of the week was just right with some pretty challenging paddles some days and really relaxing ones on others. The attitude was laid back with loose plans flexible to suit the needs of the group. (more)jane chaplin
From 715 - 750 excluding flights
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
The peace and quiet! 4 stars! (more)James Coates
It's a very special place and we had a fabulous vacation - it will be hard to beat. (more)Su Winsbury
Exceptional, unforgettable...The people at the hotel, the peace and solitude of the place, nature (more)Olga Coulton-Shaw
From 495 - 550 per week
Oman small group tour
Memorable parts? The desert most of all and the rest was memorable Tips? Local benefits? No Overall rating? It was wonderful. The people were warm and gracious. Our guide did a great job and was a superb quick driver. A few things that your company should consider. We made 2 requests for information about the host company and a telephone number and name of the contact person in Oman. We did not receive anything. Fortunately it turned out well. Secondly, the hotel... (more)Dennis Shulha
From 1375 excluding flights
Lanzarote beach house, Canary Islands
Memorable parts? Beautiful landscapes, excellent food! Great for a relaxing vacation. Tips? Hire a car to explore the island, there is lots to see, from beaches to the national park, it's well worth it! Local benefits? Yes, particularly if you stay at the Finca de Arrieta, they are environmentally friendly. Overall rating? Excellent vacation, great chance to recharge for the rest of the year! (more)Lila Caballero
From 925 - 1225 per accommodation per week
Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday
EXCELLENT, our guide Alexandra was first class....Hard to say as so many wonderful bits. Maybe visiting the fortified church in the village where Prince Charles has bought a house, and then going by horse and cart to visit the brick maker. (more)Peter Hartnall
It is difficult to pick out the 'most' memorable as the whole vacation was absolutely wonderful. The guide made it possible to visit small museums and 'cottage industries' such as a rural tile maker, which involved a pony cart ride, none of which would have been possible without her local knowledge. (more)Julie. Stokes
It's difficult to pick one thing. For me the Carpathian Forest Steam Train trip and the visit to Viscri Weisskirch are the two most memorable items. (more)Martin Sutton
From 935 - 949 excluding flights
Burma cultural vacation
A great range of activities, lots of variation every day, wonderful people who are so hospitable and always smiling!! A real vacation and adventure..... (more)Chris Haywood
Our guide was particularly good, he had a vast knowledge of the country, Buddhism etc. (more)susan harris
Going on public transport was very interesting and the people are so lovely and friendly and helpful. (more)Christine Sullivan
From 1499 excluding flights
Croatia self drive vacation
There were so many highlights - Croatia is such a beautiful country, I genuinely loved every stop on our itinerary. (more)Ewan Hunter
Plitvice Lakes National Park which is simply stunning, but Krka Park is also not to be missed. The drive to Hvar Town on the island of Hvar is similarly stunning. Many beautiful old towns. We liked the smaller towns like Stari Grad as well as magnificent Dubrovnik. (more)Randall Hurd
Very good. The vacation provider gave a superb personal service and clearly with detailed knowledge of the country. (more)Colin Beauchamp
From 750 - 1150 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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