Unusual vacations and tours, 2015 and 2016

We've brought together a unique selection of unusual places to stay from across the globe. From tipis in Wales to tree houses in Thailand all our unusual accommodation owners are committed to supporting the local community and working to reduce the environmental impact of your stay.
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from £400 - £600 per week
Houseboat vacations in Devon, England
Houseboats on private trout lake and wetland, from £385 - £795 per week
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Award winning lodges on a wildlife-rich Devon farm, from £250 - £595 per accommodation per week
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)
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from €810 (7 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from £400 - £510 (8 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
Cuba dance holiday
Salsa dance vacation of a lifetime in Cuba, from £1295 (15 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
Gambia vacation accommodation
9 large African huts all with en-suite facilities, from £30 - £60 per person per night incl breakfast
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
Transylvania vacation accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from €36 - €49 per person per night
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
A range of activities combined with Log Cabin accommodation, from £1095 - £1245 (4 days) inc UK flights
Komodo Dragon ecolodge in Flores
Small eco hotel for those wishing to visit Komodo National Park, from US $90 per double room per night
Scuba diving and tour in Cuba
Scuba diving and roundtrip Cuba with homestays and/or hotels, from €1040 - €1720 (15 days) ex flights
Northumberland self catering barn conversion, England
Barn conversion in Hadrian's Wall, from £265 - £505 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm, from £495 - £550 (7 days)
Sri Lanka eco lodge accommodation
Sleep under canvas in the, really, wild Sri Lanka, from US $125 per person per night
Atlas Mountains accommodation nr Imlil, Morocco
Berber guesthouse in the mountains, from £30 - £40 per person per night
Osa Peninsula rainforest wildlife lodge in Costa Rica
Amazing ecolodge in the heart of the Osa, from US $160 - US $225 per person per night
Great Ocean Road accommodation, Australia
Award winning ecolodge on the Great Ocean Road, from AU $320 - AU $380 per double room per night
Transylvania vacation, Dracula tours in Romania
Follow the steps of Harker in search of count Dracula, from £788 - £899 (7 days) ex flights
Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia
Eco bungalows in the mountains of Bali, Indonesia, from US $85 - US $210 per house per night
Dominican Republic eco lodge accommodation
Located on the Puerto Plata-Santiago Panoramic Route, from US $35 per person per night
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
A luxurious eco-lodge in wildlife rich Ecuadorean Amazon, from US $1289 (4 days) ex flights
Treehotel and Northern Lights vacation, Sweden
Luxury tree hotel in Northern Sweden, from £965 - £1195 (4 days) ex flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
Guesthouse, in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal near beaches, from €70 - €107 per room per night
Yurt vacation in Andalucia
Stay in a mountain yurt hideaway in Andalucia, from £65 - £75 per double room per night
Ireland self catering eco cabins
Natural treatments in breathtaking surroundings in Ireland, from €450 - €750 per cabin per week (sleeps 4-6)
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Off-grid, off-beat self catering cabin, from €630 - €900 per week (sleeps 2-4)

1047 reviews for unusual vacations4 star overall rating

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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
Canoeing vacation in Ireland
As a family, the sense of teamwork was really noticeable... Occasionally we managed to stop the loud singing from our children and caught sight of kingfishers, herons, cormorants and all manner of wildlife... A fantastic family vacation – so glad we booked. (more)Fiona Penny
We had a fantastic 5 day self propelled Canadian canoe trip through beautiful, verdant Irish countryside. This was a perfect vacation to relax and enjoy the scenery as we paddled at our own pace down the idyllic River Barrow. (more)Clare Warrell
We had the most amazing time. Everything about the trip was incredible - the people we met, the landscape, the adrenalin, the "away from it all" feeling throughout! Will deffo be back for more first chance I get. (more)Sorcha NicCormaic
From £134 - £302 excluding flights
Croatia self drive vacation
Your company was fantastic. Everything falling into place . Pick up, hotels, car arrangements , the whole works. Will recommend you to all my friends . Well done. (more)Kenneth Vaithilingam
9 out of 10 ( rain for a few days cost one point!) (more)Roger GoodlIff
Overall rating? very highly and everything was expertly organised (more)Alan Paton
From £850 - £1250 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
We enjoyed the treks and had some good time to relax. (more)Hanh Nguyen
It couldn't have been better. A wonderful, wonderful family vacation (children 8 & 9). (more)Lyndsay Turley
We had a brilliant vacation. The food and hospitality were excellent and our hosts were intimately familiar with the language, locality, food, history and culture. The hotel is as off the beaten track as one could imagine and is in a tranquil and scenic setting. (more)David Graham
From €249 - €339 excluding flights
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
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
Beautiful location, living in the open all day and night without the hassle of camping, the Malaysian food, the balance between privacy and company, the access to the virgin forest, the pools. What's not to like! (more)Mervyn Hawe
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
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
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
This is a lovely place to stay with lovely walks available in the surrounding countryside. It was a really relaxing stay but there is plenty to do and places to visit in the surrounding area. (more)Janet Sivyer
First class!!....Owners of the property helped us plan wonderful cycling trips in the area through majestic woodland, gorgeous beaches, unspoilt villages and great restaurants. Also wonderful breakfasts. (more)kath Ferguson
We needed a break and did that in a peacefully located “green” guest house in the rural hills of the amazing Sintra Natural Park - in other words “Mission Completed” (more)benedikte lohfert wόrtz
From €70 - €107 per room per night
Croatian coast walking tours, self guided
An inspiring vacation from the places visited to the better understanding of Croatian history...The most memorable part was learning from our hostess and guides the impact of the Homeland War. The most exciting was the trip to Mljet. (more)William Laubenstein
We loved it. The walking was relaxed and you could really walk as much or as little as you wanted. By the end of our week, when it was getting quite hot in the afternoon we just sat under an olive tree in the garden, ate a picnic, read a book and watched the yachts go by. Lovely (more)Liz Pritchard
A well balanced interesting trip with fantastic scenery, history, wonderful people, excellent food and a good mix of countryside and city options. (more)sandra pullen
From €485 - €630 excluding flights
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 £1775 excluding flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
This was a wonderful vacation: friendly staff; excellent accommodation; knowledgeable and friendly tour guides; and an excellent, extremely interesting itinerary. (more)Genevieve Morris
We will have lasting memories of the wonderful ancient sites, beautiful villages and towns, fantastic food and the friendly people of this diverse and attractive region (more)Andrew Douglas
We enjoyed all of it! Exciting to see the original running track at Olympia, Mystras was spectacular, and the Acropolis Museum is amazing - both the building and the contents. (more)Paul Beckett
From €980 excluding flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Fantastic - just what I needed! If you want to learn Spanish, go on some great hikes and be truly immersed in Spanish all week (both in school and in the local community) - then book it without hesitation! (more)Hazel Tyror
Everything was local. Used small family run hotel, a local taxi service and a local (and very knowledgeable) mountain guide. Recycling and environmental awareness was encouraged. (more)Linda Mead
A challenging and rewarding week spent learning new skills and meeting warm, friendly people. (more)Cathryn Priestley
From €810 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Just to say how much I enjoyed this trip. Amazing how much you can learn in 15hours beginners course. Caring, responsible and responsive team of teachers and walking guides. Great mountain views, coastal paths... unforgetable visit to the caves to see prehistoric painting - sophisticated. (more)Ethel Kojman
Good...The walks and the Spanish learning were the best parts. (more)Elizabeth Weightman
Excellent opportunity to learn Spanish while having very enjoyable vacation. Would thoroughly recommend it. (more)Barbara Ainger
From €810 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 €785 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 €750 - €950 excluding flights
Yoga Gulet cruise in Turkey
Memorable parts? The whole trip was memorable, on a beautiful boat, in a stunning coastal location with delicious food. The YOGA was an excellent and challenging partner to the trip and enhanced one's appreciation of where we were. Tips? Think CAPSULE wardrobe! Cabins are bijou on board and storage is at a premium. So minimal is good! Local benefits? Apart from the British owner, the three crew were local, the food was all locally sourced. Waste water and rubbish was collected... (more)deborah Hancock
From £625 excluding flights
Burma cultural vacation
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
Northern Lights and whale watching vacation in Norway
A wonderful experience which I would not miss for the world. (more)Julie Boissonade
I loved the vacation. Whale watching has been something I've always wanted to do and this trip felt very 'exclusive' and personalised. As a single traveler (one of three) it was also easy to fit in as a passenger on the boat. Would thoroughly recommend it. (more)Paul Thompson
The scenery was breath taking during the day and the stars/Northern Lights were beautiful at night time. (more)Yoshiko Stokoe
From NKr8300 excluding flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
It was absolutely wonderful. Tomi and arranged everything with precision. We loved the places he choose for us to stay and we know our experience was much richer than we could have arranged ourselves using guidebooks. (more)Laurie Crossman
It was all memorable. The local staff were always cheerful and efficient, despite running a complex operation when new clients were starting their vacations on different days of the week. (more)Peter Gratton
Most memorable was the gorgeous Croatian islands and the great small towns that responsible travel had us visit. (more)Peggy Deamer
From €360 - €690 excluding flights
Sea kayaking vacation in Croatia
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
Great fun....the most exciting parts was staying on Sipan and doing a 22k kayak into a 25 km per hour headwind (more)jane brook
From €715 - €750 excluding flights
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
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
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 $567 - US $685 excluding flights
Sailing in Croatia
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
The vacation was so much better than I expected...It was all so wonderful, stunning views, fantastic food and great activities but I think the real highlight was seeing the pods of dolphins play near our boat. (more)Debbie Maitland
From €620 - €790 excluding flights
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
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
Probably one of the best vacations we have ever had. If you're looking for somewhere to relax, good food, wonderful people, as little or as much to do and see as you like then book now! (more)Kathryn Spalding
From £495 - £550
Devon self catering cottage in England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the vacation was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first vacation with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
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
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
The most memorable parts were the Food, the Huskies, the snowmobile trip. (more)John Rawstrone
Very memorable and would not hesitate to visit again, given the time and opportunity. Exciting part was the Snow Shoe walk at night in the Woods with an experienced guide imparting knowledge about the fauna and wildlife. (more)Tan Juliana
Though not able to see any northern light, the only memorable night was the smoked salmon dinner. (more)HC Toh
From £1095 - £1245 including UK flights
Arctic diving vacation marine life & wildlife expedition
Memorable parts? All of it! The extremes of weather, the diversity of animals, the quality of the accommodation and facilities, and something you can't plan for - new found friends! Tips? Don't set your heart on seeing anything specific. Be prepared for the changes in weather. It's not as challenging as I expected - to take account of the huge spectrum of ages and abilities. But most of all HAVE FUN! Local benefits? Not so much the local people, though we did buy a lot... (more)Lisa Thomas
From £2990 excluding flights
Polar bear watching cruise in Svalbard, Norway
Memorable parts? The whole thing was amazing, being able to go out to parts of Svalbard that other ships can't get to was fantastic, and the wildlife that we saw there was the overall highlight. Tips? Book directly with the operator (the actual company that runs the trip - rather than an agent) to ensure that you get the correct packing list, pick-up information, flights, etc. Local benefits? Yes definitely, the operator are obviously very concerned with preserving the nature... (more)Renny Gye
From £3550 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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