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Cuba adventure tours
Explore authentic Cuba using homestays and local guides, from US $745 (8 days) ex flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from £1049 (18 days) ex flights
Egypt budget small group tour
This tour mixes culture with a 4 day beach break, perfect!, from £499 - £649 (13 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade holidays in the pearl of the Carribean, from Ä640 (15 days) ex flights
Patagonia overland tour, Villarica
Overland adventure Chile to Argentina, from £2349 (21 days) ex flights
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Small group tour of Turkey
The perfect introduction to cosmopolitan and memorial Turkey, from £479 - £535 (8 days) ex flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
7 Day Safari with wildlife conservationists, from £1295 - £1350 (7 days) ex flights
South America overland tour
A cross-continental South America adventure, from £3649 (45 days) ex flights
Trekking with Sherpas  in the Everest region
Bespoke Trek in the foothills of the mightiest mountains., from £888 (11 days) ex flights
Adelaide to Perth tour, Australia
Discover the beauty of South & Western Australia in 10 days, from AU $1495 (10 days) ex flights
Kerala culture and backwaters holiday, India
Enriching and meaningful experience of quintessential Kerala, from £750 - £890 (12 days) ex flights
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Friendly West Highland bunkhouse on the Knoydart peninsula, from £17 per person per night
Namibia and Botswana camping safari
Small group adventure safari - Zambia, Namibia & Botswana, from Ä1935 (21 days) ex flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this compact adventure, from £488 - £730 (10 days) ex flights
Borneo holiday, Sabah adventure
Mt Kinabalu climb, jungle camp and Sepilok Orang-utan Centre, from £1299 (10 days) ex flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday
Combine sand sea wildlife and culture, from £999 (15 days) ex flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
Japan's classic sights on a shoestring!, from £650 (8 days) ex flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Indian curries temples harems & Himalayas, from £699 (15 days) ex flights
Overland small group tour of India
Roam across India on this small group tour, from £749 (20 days) ex flights
Cuba cultural tours
Experience authentic Cuba with home-stays and local guides, from US $1200 - US $1275 (15 days) ex flights
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Botswana camping safari
Botswana- Kalahari, Okavango, Chobe & Vic Falls. Small group, from Ä1645 (15 days) ex flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Explore the Amazon Andes and Inca trail, from £2395 - £2635 (25 days) ex flights

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Patagonia overland tour, Villarica
Memorable parts? Seeing the Moreno glacier and hiking in Torres del Paine. Tips? Make sure you have appropriate footwear (hiking boots). There is no need to bring a sleeping bag as these can be hired at the time (and they are good sleeping bags). Local benefits? The only benefit to local people would be the custom of staying in hotels/eating in restaurants. We did make a conscious effort not to leave rubbish and I suppose 30+ people using 1 bus instead of various means of... (more)Frank Sperling
From £2349 excluding flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? One evening after a show we needed to get a snack, our CEO was going to get noodles an she let us join her we sat in the street with local people and enjoyed a supper of noodles. The local children tried to speak English and the adults were very friendly it was a lovely atmosphere. Tips? If they are travelling in summer they need to understand how exceptionally hot it will be, thy will need enough thin clothing to have two outfits a day and they will need lots of... (more)Laura McKenna
From £1049 excluding flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
Excellent. We had a nice mix of major cities, the Hakone National Park Region, and Miyajima Island. (more)Sally Vogl
We absolutely had a blast on the whole trip. It was a busy, we tried to see a much as we could but enjoyed the holiday...I would do this again in a heartbeat! (more)Rebekah Schultz
From £650 excluding flights
Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days
Absolutely brilliant....We thought our tour was excellent - a comprehensive itinerary and good value. It was really packed with activities so we did enjoy a beach break at the end. (more)Karin Barrett
Outstanding! We will return to Cuba! (more)Sonja Stromdahl
From US $1299 excluding flights
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
East Devon farmhouse bed & breakfast, near Honiton
Memorable parts? The surroundings are beautiful. A very peaceful place to stay. Tips? Take your sat nav! Local benefits? Yes. Everything is locally sourced or made on site. Overall rating? Absolutely wonderful, the couple who run the farmhouse are such fabulous people. Very friendly and welcoming. (more)Paula Withers
From £85 - £95 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Cuba adventure tours
Excellent. Great homestays, great guide, met lots of friendly people, interesting excursions, plenty of opportunities to learn about Cuba and many many chances to enjoy Cuban food, rum and salsa. I can't wait to go back. (more)Naranee Ruthra-Rajan
This was a fantastic trip and I wish I had gone on the 15 day one. Our guide was superb, the levels of organisation were brilliant and the company is very efficient...For me, the most enjoyable evening was our tour and meal out at an organic market garden in the Vinales valley. The welcome was great, the food was fantastic and we played lots of dominoes and salsa-ed a lot whilst an enormous thunderstorm rolled round the hills. (more)Clare Morley
Excellent...Staying in the guest houses, observing local life/cultur and being part of life in Cuba made this holiday memorable. (more)Rachel Grubb
From US $745 excluding flights
North India cultural tour
A very good trip. Varanasi, the camaraderie of group members and our group leader and seeing India in action were the best parts of the trip. (more)Michael Adams
I am in my 50s and I found the pace excellent - no more than 3 nights anywhere - arrive - shower/rest - orientation walk then choose your activities and what a great diversity of activities. I found it stimulating and fun. (more)Hazel Durbridge
From £750 - £885 excluding flights
Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos vacation
Fantastic. Great crew and guide. Wildlife unbelievable. (more)Frances Kidd
Most memorable was the opportunity to see close-up the most wonderful selection of animals and birds. (more)David Weller
From £2249 excluding flights
Cuba tours
It was our home whilst we were there - in each casa - we were made to feel we were really at home whilst still being free to come and go wherever and whenever we wanted. (more)Charles Butler
We loved the contrast between Havana and Trinidad, and the fact that both places are so different from anywhere else we have visited. The Sugarmill Valley near Trinidad has stunning scenery but we also got a real sense for the terrible treatment & hardship suffered by the slaves. (more)Hattie Siigers
I especially enjoyed our 4 nights in Trinidad as it offered a good blend of sights, beach and culture. Havana was amazing for its architecture and night life. (more)Janice Katelaris
From Ä640 excluding flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Memorable parts? Inca Trail! Making it and seeing Machu Picchu. Tips? Bring clothing for a variety of weather. Be prepared for early mornings, the possibility of altitude sickness... The more in shape you are, the more you will get out of the trip as well! Local benefits? Yes, I think the homestays were great, and the trip encompassed ecotourism, especially in the Amazon. Overall rating? Great. (more)Rachel Carbonell
From £2395 - £2635 excluding flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Memorable parts? Seeing was believing when it came to the Taj Mahal, not many places live up to be better than you anticipate as this place did. My wife and I have done some travelling, but this has to be the most impressive building we have ever witnessed. The Taj Mahal was almost worth the tour fee alone. Tips? Do not be put off by such a cheap price for the package, if we had paid treble we still would have been getting value for money! Don't be put off by such high attention from... (more)Jonathan Kenyon
From £699 excluding flights
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
We loved the cafe in the woods and the steam train at the bottom of the hill....9 out of 10 . Very peaceful and private with fabulous views of the mountains. (more)Katherine Dukes
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Devon self catering cottage, England
The most memorable part of the holiday 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 holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
Nice and relaxing..the best part was bike riding part of the Tarka trail and the Granite way, great fun! (more)Naomi Simcox
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Memorable parts? climbing LadhAR BHEINN Tips? COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF WEATHER Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)May Diver
From £17 per person per night
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
the most memorable part was the cruise in Halong Bay and the Mekong River outing (more)Chandra Kant Sharma
Best holiday ever!!! Had a wonderful group of people on the tour, aged from 19 to 70, singles, couples. We all got on really well and enjoyed spending time together. Riding round Hue on the back of a motorbike. (more)mary souster
Fantastic experience, would recommend it and would book another holiday with the operator. (more)Debra Hamilton
From £488 - £730 excluding flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday
It was excellent...Sitting on Temple 4 in Tikal watching the sun rise was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Fran McQuail
The most memorable parts were... probably visiting ATM cave in Belize which was a great experience, and also snorkelling with nurse sharks and sting rays in Caye Caulker was incredible too. (more)Louise Sherwell
5 star experience! Most memorable part was the people in the group (all 15 of them), the city, the jungle and the beach! Bit vague but I just loved it all. (more)Michelle Conway
From £999 excluding flights
South America overland tour
Memorable parts? Iguassu Falls the Uyuni salt flats and the Inca Trail. Tips? Donít go with this operator and donít worry about the language barrier. Local benefits? In parts but I think it could have been better in particular on the Brazilian leg (I did the southern cross with this operator) where I donít think there was any effort to interact with the locals. Overall rating? Overall it was an amazing experience I think the trip needs a few tweaks and if Iím honest... (more)Tim Antill
From £3649 excluding flights
Costa Rica adventure holiday
The boat trip from Puerto Viajhoe to Tortuguero was relaxing, colourful and enjoyable - lots to see. Rainforest track to Rara Avis, and stay, memorable. (more)Frederick Lockwood
It was one of the best holidays, a good crowd of people and a good time had by all...White Water Rafting at La Fortuna was the most exciting part. (more)Liz Davies
The whole variety of the trip in Costa Rica was excellent. I think one part i loved was the horse back riding around the lake heading towards Arenal. This was brilliant and we were able to have complete control of the horses and make the most of the riding. (more)Sarah Williams
From £999 excluding flights
Bolivia adventure holiday
Memorable parts? Visiting the salt flats - they were beautiful, and totally original. A real experience! Tips? Insist that your tour leader comes with you on the 3 day tour of the Uyuni 4x4 tour - the drivers are completely irresponsible (drinking beer at breakfast, driving dangerously, driving the vehicles when they are not roadworthy), and rude (not listening to the group's concerns regarding the above, and threatening to leave people stranded in the middle of the tour), that it... (more)Marilyn McManus
From £799 excluding flights
Central America holiday
Zip Lining in Monteverde was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Gordon Beattie
Hiking up Conception Volcano was the most memorable part of the trip. (more)Shelagh Travers
Very good...Definitely climbing Concepcion volcano on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua was the most memorab;e part of the trip. (more)Graham Dalby
From £627 - £910 excluding flights
Cuba cultural tours
Amazing, fun, varied, good overall tour, we didn't want to come home. Five Star (more)Rowena Payne
The most memorable part was Xmas eve fireworks in Remedios. (more)Gina Lai
Fabulous holiday, without a doubt this is the way to see the real Cuba (more)Gordon Merryweather
From US $1200 - US $1275 including domestic flights only
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour
Memorable parts? There were a number of great parts to the holiday and it is impossible to single out one simply due to the diversity of the experiences we had. The whole holiday was amazing, but if I had to name the top three things I would say (in no particular order!) going to Iguazu Falls (especially the boat ride under the falls!), the boat trip we went on in Paraty and just being in Rio. Tips? If you want to see Buenos Aries or Rio (and I suggest they're worth seeing!!) then... (more)Carol Clutton
From £1368 - £1519 excluding flights
Budget Thailand holiday, a taste of Thailand
Memorable parts? I enjoyed so many things about my holiday, I had a truly fantastic time but if I had to choose I would say the hill-tribe trek, that was a great experience for many reasons, I especially loved seeing the tribes & the breath-taking landscape it was unbelievable I thought, a special experience. Tips? To travel as lightly as possible during the hill-tribe trek as it can be rather demanding especially the first day & make sure you have the correct footwear. Be prepared... (more)Gary Remekie
From £460 - £505 excluding flights
Trekking with Sherpas  in the Everest region
Seeing Everest for the first time was fantastic. The flight into Lukla was also exciting! (more)Nicola Waldman
The most memorable part was mountain biking around the hills of Kathmandu. (more)Allison McEnaney
Excellent. We booked the trip through a local company and our contact there - Bipin - couldn't have been more helpful. (more)Joan Anderson
From £888 excluding flights
Lombok & Bali holiday
Memorable parts? WOW! So many different experiences and so many wonderful people. Climbing Mt Batur at 4am to see the sun rise was a major highlight and swimming in the cool clear waterfall in Lombok. Tips? You need to be relatively fit, however, there is not pressure to participate in any of the activities. Accommodation and transport are very basic but add to the whole experience. Take ear plugs! Local benefits? The bus transport gave of a few fumes...but generally we when... (more)Tracey Lawrence
From £506 - £630 excluding flights
Reunification Express holiday, Vietnam
The most memorable part was the motorbike tour in Hue & overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. We stayed in lovely owned hotels & ate in family owned restaurants. (more)Samantha Rogers
The association with other travelers and meals were very pleasant. (more)Gayle Avant
From £736 - £945 excluding flights
Self catering cottage in Alpujarras, Spain
Wonderful. We had a lovely time and came away feeling relaxed and stress-free. It was also nice to meet the hosts and their family, who live nearby, and chat to them about their way of life. (more)Elfie Burgess
We had a great time and would recommend it to families....Swimming in the river pools, visiting the Alhambra, picking figs and almonds straight from the tree, watching the sunset on the terrace, keeping track of the geckos, getting our water from the spring: many wonderful memories. (more)Julia Hutchinson
It was great, very different from our usual holiday and all the better for it. Would thoroughly recommend it (more)Mark Ogden
From Ä250 - Ä300 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
Deborah is a fine host with a wonderful cottage set in a beautiful location abounding with lovely, friendly animals. A perfect getaway and base to explore this stunning part of Lycia. (more)JOHN COLGAN
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the cottage for the first time as it was so much nicer than we had even hoped for! (more)Portia Dunmore
The most memorable part was the accommodation's location. It was great to be up in a little village, very peaceful, away from the pre-season warm up mode of Kalkan and surrounded by locals. (more)Amy Hill
From £350 - £450 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Cape Town to Victoria Falls camping safari
Memorable parts? Every day was a different wonder but the two days wild camping at the Okavanga Delta were really special. Tips? Be prepared for very early starts and not much relaxing times. Local benefits? Yes, local guides were used in a number of locations but obviously driving such long distances is not exactly environmentally friendly. Overall rating? Excellent. (more)christina monson
From Ä2195 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
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Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
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Very enjoyable
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