Unusual vacations. Tours & vacations in 2016 & 2017

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Autumn Yoga Cruise in Croatia
Enjoy Yoga in Croatia on board a traditional sailing boat, from €625 (7 days) ex flights
Cuba dance holiday
Salsa dance vacation of a lifetime in Cuba, from £1345 (15 days) ex flights
Transylvania vacation accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from €36 - €49 per person per night
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
Multi-activity cultural vacation in fabulous rural Andalucia, from €207 - €270 (6 days) ex flights
Burma cultural vacation
Discover a side of Burma hidden beyond the tourist trail, from £1499 - £1699 (15 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
Arctic diving & Polar Bear Watching Expedition
Awe-inspiring for divers & non-divers, from £2260 (8 days) ex flights
Self drive family vacation in Finland
A self-drive vacation in Finland for families, from €610 - €800 (9 days) ex flights
Family volunteering with monkeys in South Africa
Hands-on family volunteering with monkeys in South Africa, from £520 - £620 (7 days) ex flights
Vietnam small group cycling vacation
The best of Vietnam on two wheels , from US $1865 - US $2105 (14 days) ex flights
Hiking with huskies vacation in Finland
Week at a husky farm with guided trekking tours, from €950 (6 days) ex flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Explore the amazing island's coasts, medieval town on bike, from €380 - €690 (8 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
Sea kayaking vacation in Croatia
Paddle around the Pearl of the Adriatic, from €715 - €750 (8 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga & dance vacation
A week of yoga, music, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains, from €740 - €890 (7 days) ex flights
Sicily history tour, Italy
One of the most fascinating islands in Europe, from US $1615 - US $1785 (9 days) ex flights
Luxury yurt pod accommodation in Lanzarote, with eco car
Luxury large yurt, inc Hybrid car for 2-6 guests, from €1820 - €2345 per accommodation per week
Tobago beach accommodation
14 beautiful accommodations in unique eco resort, from £85 - £225 per accommodation per night
Coast to coast cycling vacation in Costa Rica
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, from US $3295 - US $3505 (14 days) ex flights
Activity vacation in Montenegro
An active villa vacation at stunning Lake Skadar, Montenegro, from £495 - £695 (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 $3450 (9 days) ex flights
Luxury fitness vacations in Spain
Luxury weight loss, detox, fitness & wellness retreat Spain, from £1198 - £1348 (7 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Cycling trip through stunning desert scenery, from US $1525 - US $1615 (9 days) ex flights
Cross-country skiing vacation in Finland, Russian border
Guided cross-country skiing vacation in the beautiful wilderness, from €935 (7 days) ex flights
Alaska adventure holiday, salmon run
Active small group adventures in a retrofitted school bus, from US $3200 - US $3390 (20 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)
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from €400 - €450 (7 days) ex flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €990 (8 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat
Wonderful healing Iyengar yoga retreats Algarve, Portugal, from £500 - £750 (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

1044 reviews for unusual vacations4 star overall rating

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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
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 £1699 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)
Provence vacation, walking, culture & cooking option
Book it. The local tours are great with good food. (more)Alison Mott
It was simply the best vacation I have been on in years very special (more)Joanne Hackett
We enjoyed the idea of doing everything locally with local people and contributing to the local economy. Above all, we felt really well taken care of with much attention to detail. (more)Tammy Railton
From €510 - €780 excluding flights
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 €995 - €1190 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
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours
I absolutely loved it and even now a few weeks later, the wonderful sights and sounds are still with me. (more)Linda Marlow
The whole journey on the roads in Bhutan was something special, but of course the most momentous was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. It was really something special. (more)Eszter Bernath
The best bits: People and countryside. (more)Margaret Phelan
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
Loved traveling with the guides--they treated us like family. (more)Brynnen Ford
Most memorable for me, I would probably just go for the trip to Mycenae, as it had been a long-held wish to go there, and it didn't disappoint! (more)Neil Holt
This was about the best vacation I have ever been on; with excellent licensed guides informing us of the archaeology in the historical Peloponnese and in Athens. (more)Alan Wallis
From €990 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
We loved the amazing views in all directions from, the great range of exciting activities organised by the owners, who were fantastic hosts and so friendly and helpful, and the total relaxation of really getting away from it all. (more)Lucy Schonberger
A gloriously friendly hotel with a perfect location for a peaceful retreat into a Spain we rarely get to experience (more)Amanda Povey
Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. (more)Nikki Rogers
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 - MYR1100 per accommodation per night
Autumn Yoga Cruise in Croatia
I've done yoga vacations in the past but this one exceeded all my expectations. (more)Olga Baranova
The whole trip was memorable, on a beautiful boat, in a stunning coastal location with delicious food. The yoga was an excellent. (more)deborah Hancock
From €625 excluding flights
Borneo family tour
Go for it. It was a great family adventure that we all loved. (more)Martha Rutherford
Don't be put off by having a guide, we thought we would feel less intrepid but we learnt and laughed so much. Be prepared for the unexpected! Amazing fun. (more)Nikki Shack
Fantastic! We constantly remember different things and look at the photos. Staying with a local family - our daughters got so much out of it. (more)Sarah Madeley
From US $2345 - US $2830 excluding flights
Exciting family vacation in China
Memorable parts? The itinerary planned by our operator worked out beautifully for my family of 8. A couple of the guides, especially Johnnie in Beijing and Susan in chengdu engaged with the children and helped make our time in those cities very enjoyable. we loved that logistics were taken care of by our guides n drivers. The children loved the ice skating, the time at the Great Wall, learning to cook their own dishes, spending Christmas day at the panda research center, biking in town... (more)Kristin Baker
From US $2135 - US $2255 excluding flights
Thai Massage Course with Yoga in Portugal
The most amazing week away...It has opened my eyes to Yoga and the benefits of massage and Acupuncture. (more)sarah dunnill
A great break from a mad city life. A great combination of people and therapies to recharge...great space for yoga, great teaching. Wonderful massage and acupuncture - totally restorative. (more)Joanna Benn
Excellent...perfect in so many ways. . There is an energy that runs through the place and you feel connected every waking moment; as you find a quiet moment by one of the water pools, or take a walk with one of the dogs, attending a yoga class, enjoying a good night’s sleep. It’s a healing place like no other. (more)sophia Hannay
From €740 - €890 excluding flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
The whole vacation was memorable. (more)Kate Sharrock
A first class combination of fun and informative Spanish lessons, with exploring a beautiful part of Spain. Well organised by the operator. (more)Stephen Orwin
Very relaxing for solo travelers - once you are there all you have to do is study, eat and walk! (more)Sabrina Sweeney
From €400 - €450 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
The entire week was good fun and well organised. I was a complete beginner in Spanish and was surprised at how much ground we managed to cover. The teachers and walking guide were all very friendly and accommodating. (more)Paula Rutherford
I had a great time in ways I didn't expect. The area is stunning and I loved the local food. (more)Christine Riley
This was fantastic, and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! (more)Cynthia Krom
From €400 excluding flights
Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat
The yoga classes, the extraordinary vegetarian food and the peaceful location...9 out of 10! (more)Alex Bartolozzi
The combination of the very warm welcome, excellent teaching and the wonderful food...All the elements were carefully put together with experience and a real commitment to the well being of the quests. The location was beautiful too. (more)Ros Morpeth
Excellent..Great food. A relaxing vacation in good company (more)Roger Elston-Green
From £500 - £750 excluding flights
Croatian coast walking tours, self guided
It exceeded our expectations! We loved it. The walking was a great way to engage with the countryside and view local life. (more)Jan Horton
Enjoying Croatia its culture, people and its natural beauty. I had an absolute ball and everything went to plan! (more)Bryan Rowsthorne
Fabulous break. I would definitely have given it 4 stars, were it not for the points mentioned in number 2 (around things being closed in Mijet and Sipan being a bit underwhelming!). The operator however was truly fabulous. Absolutely 100% organised and hassle free; driven from a to b every time with an on-time and friendly driver, all tickets sorted in advance, absolutely everything sorted and smooth. Brilliant company, and a great vacation. I wish I could be back there now! (more)Stephanie Fisher
From €485 - €630 excluding flights
Burma cultural vacation
I've fallen in love with this country, didn't want to leave, enjoyed every minute, will defiantly go back one day. (more)Andy Rowlands
All the guides we had were Myanmar people, trained in the country and speaking good English. They were keen for us to see that the country has a chance for positive development and were happy to discuss social and economic prospects. (more)Phil Raybould
I loved it, the Myanmar people are very friendly and helpful. I will definitely go back. (more)Mark Meyrick
From £1499 - £1699 excluding flights
Northern lights family vacation, tailor made
The most exciting part of the trip was snowmobiling! What a fantastic day. The tour was informal, fun and adventurous. What more can you ask for. The setting couldn't have been better. (more)Sarah Chandler
Excellent....We loved all of it - the food, accommodation, tour guides and the northern lights were spectacular. The trip was very well organised and everything came together nicely. We travel a lot and this trip did not disappoint. (more)Penny Salmon
From £1125 - £1225 including UK flights
Northern Lights and whale watching vacation in Norway
A wonderful time. One of our best, most memorable vacations. Not a single negative comment. (more)Daniel Roussel
It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed it. Thanks. (more)Carol Ryan
A special experience - would love to do it again. (more)Lucy Chard
From NKr8900 excluding flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Excellent - in terms of scenery, the different locations and the people (more)Karen Brookes
Definitely use Responsible Travel and the tour company again (more)Clive Hancock
Fantastic rides at the side of the sea or on headlands above it, with stops for a quick beer or a swim in the clearest blue water. Absolutely fantastic! (more)Paul Millner
From €380 - €690 excluding flights
Tailor made tours of Oman
Excellent and tour guide (Abdullah) was really excellent (more)Karen Shaw
Oman is a "must see" country and I would thoroughly recommend everyone to go. Lovely, wonderful, gentle people, so proud of their heritage and a most beautiful country. (more)Vivien Gainsborough Foot
The whole trip was fabulous, we loved every part of the itinerary. The best bits were swimming outdoors in the Wadi Bani Khalid and in the Bimmah sinkhole, and also seeing turtles on the beach at night (we were lucky). (more)Anisha Palan
From US $1999 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 £995 - £1075 excluding flights
Oman small group tour
The most memorable part of the vacation was crossing the mountains and the desert, and having a clear night sky in the desert. Omani are really hospitable. (more)Yann Bacon
It was wonderful. The people were warm and gracious. Our guide did a great job and was a superb quick driver. (more)Dennis Shulha
From £1499 excluding flights
Sailing in Croatia
The highlight of our month in Europe. Worth every cent, or should I say Kuna. 10+/10 (more)Ingrid Sloan
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
From €620 - €790 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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