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Lycian activity holiday
High adventure under the Mediterranean sun, from £779 - £999 (8 days) inc UK flights
Croatia self drive holiday
A self drive discovery tour of beautiful Croatia, from £845 - £1195 (15 days) ex flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
Guesthouse, in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal near beaches, from €65 - €110 per room per night
Romania adventure holiday
An amazing tour exploring medieval Europe and Transylvania, from £1749 (14 days) ex flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Explore the amazing island's coasts and medieval town, from €300 - €690 (8 days) ex flights
Kayaking in Turkey, Turquoise coast
Some of the best kayaking in Europe, from £929 - £999 (8 days) inc UK flights
Tavira holiday cottages, Portugal
A country estate with original manor house & farm buildings, from £95 per accommodation per night
Turkey small group tour
Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10 day tour., from £585 - £689 (10 days) ex flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from £1550 (7 days) ex flights
Holiday to Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina
A magical mixture of European and Eastern culture, from £1499 (11 days) inc UK flights
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
A range of activities combined with Log Cabin accommodation, from £1095 - £1245 (4 days) inc UK flights
Catalonia tours, walking and wine tasting in Spain
Walk one of the most thrilling wine regions in Spain., from £835 (8 days) ex flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system., from £1225 (5 days) inc UK flights
Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy
Walk in lemon groves and hillside villages, from £999 - £1199 (8 days) inc UK flights
Catalonia self guided cycling holiday, Spain
Self guided cycling holiday, from £426 - £840 (8 days) ex flights
Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays
One of Europe's most dramatic stretches of coastline, from £1049 - £1239 (8 days) inc UK flights
Transylvania holiday accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from €36 - €49 per person per night
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
Capture Iceland's Glacier, Northern Lights, Ice & Waterfalls, from £1950 (8 days) ex flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains., from €650 - €800 (7 days) ex flights
Pyrenees activity holiday
Enjoy an action packed week in the Pyrenees, from £939 - £1009 (8 days ) inc UK flights
Lapland husky safari and activity holiday, Finland
An intimate encounter with the wilderness of Lapland, from £1695 (7 days) inc UK flights
Andalucia self catering accommodation, Almeria, Spain
Peace and Tranquility- 5 minute walk to shops & restaurants., from £390 per week (sleeps 2)
Baby friendly family accommodation in France
Family Friendly Loire Valley self-catering holiday cottages, from €550 - €850 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Family adventure holiday to France
Life enhancing family adventure w/ yoga & donkey trek, Alps, from £790 (7 days) ex flights

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Family holidays in Bavaria
Memorable parts? Tough choice as it was all brilliant! I'd have to plump for the white water rafting - fabulous, but the via ferrata we arranged on our free day was also awesome. Tips? Make sure you take clothes for the day that you're happy to get very dirty and wet! And make sure you have a pair of trainers you're prepared to throw away after the holiday! Local benefits? Absolutely. Overall rating? Brilliant! Fabulous! Best ever! Superlative! I think you get the... (more)Kevin Groves
From £495 excluding flights
Arctic sailing voyages, Spitsbergen
Absolutely outstanding, a once in a lifetime experience that surpassed all my expectations...Don't look anywhere else, this is the best way to see the Arctic! (more)Joshua Cox
Watching a mother and cub polar bear for over an hour, watching a male bear stalking reindeer...seeing and hearing a splendid walrus waking up and bellowing atop a small berg echoing around a small remote glacial bay!! (more)Jonathan Turner
Most memorable was watching a polar bear unsuccessfully hunting a seal, and then watching the seal taunt the polar bear by swimming and splashing behind it. Seeing blue whales was pretty amazing too. (more)Justin Watts
From £1590 excluding flights
Self guided canoeing holiday 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 holiday – 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 holiday 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
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Memorable parts? Just being in such a remote location, no internet, no emails, no phone signal! Totally peace and tranquility! Having the raft was totally fab to play around on too! Also seeing the kingfisher, catching fish (returned safely to their watery home!) having deer as neighbours & listening to the stags rutting. Tips? The cabin can hold 2 adults & 2 children comfortably as the upstairs twin room is very low - if you are a grown up with back problems......ouch! But more than... (more)Sally Cowburn
From €580 - €850 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Archaeology holiday in Greece
Excellent! Our group consisted just of my wife and I so we got personal service from Christos, the Company Operations Director, for the the whole week. The hotel we stayed in was very comfortable, the staff most attentive and the general atmosphere most congenial. (more)Julian Grubb
Excellent. One of my favourite holidays - I'd loved the Peloponnese when I went once as a child and it all lived up to my rose-tinted memories of the place. Two of us in the group had studied Classics which was our reason for going, and we weren't disappointed by the archaeological guides who took us round or the amount of time we had to explore for ourselves. As a company they were great at making sure we were taken care of and a great holiday. (more)Naranee Ruthra-Rajan
This was a wonderful holiday... The guides we had at the sites were excellent and our tour leader just great. The tour was quite simply more than we could have imagined! (more)Alison Marshall
From €1150 excluding flights
Spain self drive holiday, Rioja & Pyrenees
Memorable parts? This holiday was so packed full of fantastic memories.........From the moment we arrived in Bilbao with the awesome Guggenheim Museum and delicious tapas, through to the final day when we walked down to the beach in Barcelona to paddle in the Mediterranean Sea like a couple of teenagers! Tips? Go with an open mind, and enjoy the real Spain. Local benefits? All the hotels we stayed in, apart from the first night, were family run hotels. The spanish people... (more)Janet Herbert
From £1811 - £2117 excluding flights
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
Memorable parts? The peaceful setting, serene surroundings and the warm and gracious hospitality of our hosts, Shane and Bea, are our fondest memories. From the moment we arrived until the minute we left, two weeks later, we rarely thought of our hectic, fast-paced life back home. The villa is a one-of-a-kind gem and we feel very fortunate to have been able to spend two weeks relaxing there and being wowed by the beautiful vistas and sunsets that greeted us every day and every evening. ... (more)Nancy Lipson
From €799 - €1194 per accommodation per week
Kayaking holiday in Montenegro, Lake Skadar
Swimming in mountain pools and lakes, from the breathtakingly cold to the sublimely warm. Kayaking across an almost deserted lake and feeling special and privileged to be able to share in such a spectacular landscape...This has been an incredible holiday, we didn't stop saying how wonderful it was all the time we were there. (more)Jane Barnes
The Kayak trips on Lake Skadar blew me away. The relative solitude combined with the impressive landscapes on both the Montenegrin and Albanian sides of the lake made it one of the most beautiful places I've ever been....I really couldn't have wished for a better holiday. (more)Mandy Reynolds
I rate the holiday very highly indeed. We did a lot in a single week and came back relaxed and happy. We would definitely come again sometime. (more)Mike Jewson
From £530 - £720 excluding flights
Croatia self drive holiday
Excellent. We highly recommend this type of holiday to anyone travelling to Croatia. Driving is easy. Don't hesitate to do it. It is breath taking to drive along the coast. (more)Nancy Browne
It was truly memorable, and we highly recommend this company to book your trip. You were willing to shorten it for us as we could only be away for 10 days not 14 days. You looked at what we wanted and the sights we wanted to visit. (more)Annemarie Flick
The most memorable part was walking along Dubrovnik walls & spectacular views. Enjoying Plitvice waterfalls - spent hrs walking every path. (more)Sue Howles
From £845 - £1195 excluding flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Had a great time. Everyone was very friendly, the teaching by Ana and Celine was brilliant and perfectly judged for my level of ability. The surrounding mountains are lovely and Jamie took us on some great walks in the afternoons. The food and drink in the local bars and restaurants was excellent. I came home with considerably greater confidence in Spanish. (more)Andrew Robinson
Excellent. The language school, walks, village and environment were better than I had dared to hope they would be. I hope I have a chance to return for a longer stay. (more)Cecilia Johnson
Loved it! I was made to feel right at home from the minute I met the crew; I made new friends, improved my Spanish and got to walk off the local cheese and cider in the spectacular Picos de Europa. I really didn't want to leave! (more)Carina Kane
From €325 excluding flights
Lapland husky safari and activity holiday, Finland
Having done many huskey trips before I can say that it was the best dog sled holiday I've ever had. (more)Mark Waddock
Wonderful and magical. Great location, people, food, accommodation, activities and the dogs. It is a holiday we will never forget and hope to return one day. (more)Jane Collingwood-Bates
From £1695 including UK flights
Umbria cooking holiday, Italy
The location is stunning, Marina and Gianluca make you feel welcome, and they work exceedingly hard to ensure that you have an enjoyable stay. We came to learn cookery, but Marina ensures you know about so much more. I can't wait to try some of the recipes we have been taught. (more)Joanne Wilkins
It was amazing. One of the best holidays I have ever had (& I am old...so have had a few!) I can honestly not praise this trip enough. It was FABULOUS. (more)Hilary Brett
The overall experience was memorable. The location is great and Marina and Jeancarlo are excellent hosts, they make you feel at home since the begining. When you realize you are relaxed, feeling energetic and sleeping like a baby after an excellent meal with nice wine and company. (more)Sylvia Azem
From €1100 - €1300 excluding flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Fabulous trip. Enjoyed the whole thing. Good home cooked food, comfortable accommodation, friendly & knowledgeable guide and good company during the evenings. We had several sightings of the aurora, which was an added bonus. (more)Sue Hodges
Overall the best experience ever and would look at having more winter holidays now than summer :-) (more)Elizabeth Watson
It was a fantastic experience and one of the best holidays we have ever had. We thought it would be a once in a lifetime holiday, but are already talking of going back to do the 2 day husky trail (more)Rowena Schofield
From £845 including UK flights
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
Fabulous, never to be forgotten...the excitement of 'getting' the Northern Lights was really great. (more)Doreen Kelly
I think everyone who went on this trip would return in the future given the chance. I will certainly be back next year. Overall a great holiday and learning experience. (more)Malcolm Park
The holiday exceeded my expectations by a country mile. Martin and Geraldine are two of the loveliest people I have ever met and their knowledge and genuine passion for photography really left an impression. As it was my first photography workshop I was concerned it might not be for me; now my concern is how anyone else will be able to live up to what this operator has to offer, after a truly amazing 10 days. (more)Nicola Heffernan
From £2250 - £2350 including domestic flights only
Swedish Lapland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
I rate this trip extremely highly. Accommodation was great, food was excellent, weather was great, skiing and staying out in the wilderness was fantastic, northern lights spectacular, snow rolling sauna a whole lot of fun. (more)Anwen Victory
The most memorable part was living in the wilderness with no running water or electricity and in the company of a lovely first class guide. (more)Jan McGourty
More than 10 out of 10, amazing, fabulous and i really didn’t want to leave at all...Standing near our cabin in the wilderness in silence so absolute, you could hear a plane so far away you could barely see it and hear the water in the river over 5km away was the mostmemorable part. (more)kathy agashi
From SKr13975 excluding flights
Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy
Met/exceeded expectations....Hiking in the hail storms with high winds. Views of the Amalfi Coast. Visiting Pompeii and Hurculaneum. (more)Terry Manon
A very enjoyable and well organized trip...The scenery along the amalfi coast was amazing. (more)Layla Makkawi
Excellent....The amazing view of the Sorrento Penisula when we arrived at the top of Monte Tre Calli and the fantastic scenery walking along the Amalfi coast. The walk of the Gods ending up in Positano was a fabulous walk and something I have always wanted to do - it definitely met my expectations:-) (more)Deborah Stone
From £999 - £1199 including UK flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
Martin and Geraldine, the leaders, were excellent, but so were all the other workshop participants. The sea and ice/glacier photo opportunities were excellent. (more)John Stork
There were many good moments. The highlight was the night we managed to see and photograph the northern lights. (more)Isabel Lledo
Seeing the Aurora was obviously a high point but the Ice was wonderful, the landscape ever-changing, it made an excellent subject for photography. The landscape is incredible, from ice lagoons & black beaches to glaciers and lava fields. A gift for photographers and artists. (more)Kym Barlow
From £1950 excluding flights
Finnish Lapland activity holiday
I enjoyed all of it...Very good. (more)Vicki May
The most memorable thing was the place itself - the quietness. Luosto is so very quiet. (more)Anne Sciortino
Very good...The best parts were the beautiful pristine snow & the northern lights. (more)Elizabeth Bailey
From £1645 including UK flights
Lanzarote rural self catering accommodation, Canary Islands
Couldn't have asked for more! This hideaway, hidden amongst Lanzaote's awesome landscape, made a perfect home from home for me and my young family. The added benefits were for me a hammock, my 2 boys a 'garden' to explore and my husband enjoyed the alfresco cooking. The owners left Great tips on best beaches and places to explore too. (more)Rachel Grevatte
Wonderful break in a Rural part of Lanzarote. The beaches at Costa De Papagayo are to be recommended for a relaxing in the sun and out of the wind...Excellent holiday. (more)Stuart Mackay
It really was a beautiful holiday. The location was wonderful; the landscape was amazing, nice and quiet, in contact with nature. We liked hiking in the beautiful Lanzarote volcanic areas and along the paths of La Geria wine region. (more)Chiara Zubelli
From €60 per house per night (sleeps 4)
Yoga holiday in Portugal
Wouldn't change a thing! One of the most memorable parts of my holiday was staying in a beautiful odega! Away from the call and drive of modern technology! Secreted in our own romantic stone retreat in the hills of Portugal. (more)Michael Collett
Fantastic...So many highlights - the yoga of course, the food, the treatments and the landscape - and perhaps the relaxed atmosphere fostered by the team. (more)Sinead Mooney
The most memorable part of the holiday were the wonderful people, delicious food, the stunning natural surroundings, warm welcome and the stories shared...Absolutely brilliant! It was better than I could have imagined... (more)Hannah Rees
From €650 - €800 excluding flights
Andalucia self guided walking holiday, Spain
The first sunny morning at Cortijo Fuerteventura was lovely, the garden beautiful and sitting out for breakfast delightful. The welcome from Terry and Gail was also great and the information provided by them and John about the local area invaluable. (more)Damaris Armstrong
Peaceful location, excellent or walking, Beautiful scenery, friendly and welcoming people, great wine..... (more)Debbie Bayntun=Lees
An excellent break...A splendid welcome from our hosts and the lovely inhabitants of the village. (more)Alison Buckingham
From £390 per accommodation
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
We had a fabulous trip and so many new experiences, it's hard to choose but I would say our snowmobile and husky safaris were the absolute highlights. Then our stay in a log cabin was fantastic and just being in the arctic landscape was breathtaking. (more)Hilary Viana
From £1095 - £1245 including UK flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
The most memorable part of the holiday was husky sledging...Daughter said, "best holiday ever". (more)Alison Ferguson
When the skies opened up on our final night, it was like a big bow on top of a really special present. Amazing!...This was an amazing adventure. I would really recommend participating in all the activities as they provided me with an enthusiastic adventure each and every day. (more)Rene Ostapuk
I didn't see the Northern Lights, like for most people was my dream BUT I did have a fab time and will always remember the wonderful views/experiences. Don't expect to see them just think that you will still have that experience to look forward to. (more)Tricia Callaghan
From £1225 including UK flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
This vacation was excellent. Croatia is a jaw-droppingly beautiful country that is incredibly affordable, with great food and friendly people. Tomi and his team were all exceedingly helpful and friendly and planned an excellent vacation for us. I would highly recommend this vacation to anyone considering a visit to Croatia. (more)Briana Langford
We are just home from a fantastic holiday.... We stayed with lovely families who treated us like friends in their own homes. (more)Shirley Waller
Wonderful....The stunning scenery in Croatia and the feeling that the world is truly, a beautiful place (more)Alan Spencer
From €300 - €690 excluding flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
It was wonderful. We had such a relaxing time, good food, good wine...Nothing was too much trouble for James and Aasta, they made us feel so welcome. (more)Jenni Malcolm
The location is perfect for sightseeing in Sintra, cliff walking, forest trails, beach visits, day trip to Lisbon or Cascais, good and reasonable eating options...the perfect cocktail of good accommodation , helpful hosts, location, scenic walking, sightseeing and food. (more)hina chandra
We had a relaxing holiday, James & Aasta made us very welcome and gave us lots of tips, advice and information on the local area. (more)David and Pauline Truelove
From €65 - €110 per room per night
Photography holiday in Picos de Europa, Spain
Great time. Interesting locations. I got a lot of hands on time with the knowledgeable instructors. I ended up looking at certain things I'd never considered before, and have taken that knowledge home with me as I take photos here. (more)Shane Woods
Very good, I learned a lot. The small group size was perfect for a photography holiday and despite being very full in terms of activities was also very relaxing. Food very large portions and good range of choice. (more)d smith
The mountainous landscape of the Picos de Europa was stunning...lots of photographic help and advice was available for anyone who wished to take it and each participant was treated as an individual at their own level of expertise. (more)Maureen Fidkin
From £1185 - £1335 excluding flights
Wild Taiga winter activity holiday, Finland
Excellent. A holiday that is a cut above. The tranquil snow dusted beauty of the lakescape and surrounding forests. It is so rare these days to go to somewhere so untouched where the silence is palpable. (more)Jane Edmondson
So many wonderful things, I'd struggle to specify just one - eating delicious Finnish tapas whilst the snow fell in Helsinki, being treated to an impromptu Christmas singsong by a choir whilst on the ferry across to Suomenlinna, being in charge of our own Husky drawn sledge (and then meeting Husky puppies!), barbequeing sausages on an open fire whilst sitting on reindeer hides in minus 25 degree temperatures, the exceptionally friendly people, the majesty of the snow covered forests, the tranquility... (more)Carolyne Coupel
From €809 - €1033 excluding flights
Alentejo & Algarve self guided walking holiday, Portugal
Wonderful holiday! More Canadians (North Americans) should know about Portugal and it’s walking tours. (more)Jeffrey Fish
The self-guided walking tour of the Rota Vincentina was overall a great experience. We would gladly return to walk some of the other routes of Southwest Portugal...The trail was incredible. The coastal scenery was breathtaking and access to isolated beaches provided great natural experiences. (more)Barry Corbett
Seeing and feeling the beautiful energy from the ocean as spring broke over Portugal was the most memorable part of my holiday. My every need was considered and prepared for, and the scenery and fresh air was spectacular. (more)Kathy House
From €390 - €420 excluding flights
Tenerife holiday apartments, sleeps 2
Memorable parts? The magical scenery of the north western side of this beautiful island - Mount Teide, the Masca gorge and Garachico plus the area around the accomodation - Los Realejos, El Socorro beach etc. Driving on the almost vertical switchback roads was also a memorable experience! Tips? February was a brilliant time to go if you want to walk. Warm but not too hot, although be prepared for a few damp/cloudy days. Evenings were quite chilly in the accomodation and there was... (more)christine Preston
From €45 per apartment per night (sleeps 2)
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
Fantastic, the whole family loved it and I have every intention in returning. There is so much to do in this area that you cannot possibly get it all in in one holiday. (more)Simon Squibb
This holiday provided all the activities and breathtaking scenery you could want from an adventure holiday. The natural parks and reservoirs flourish due to natural spring water and provide waterfalls and swimming points along the hikes across the rolling mountain sides. (more)James Metcalfe
We will always remember our first view of the accommodation; it is in a lovely setting and is a beautiful hotel. Ilaria gave us a very friendly greeting, which was just wonderful after our drive...Completely brilliant. Best holiday decision I've made in a long time. (more)Sara Dudley
From €249 - €339 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday 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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