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Northern Lights and whale watching holiday in Norway

Northern Lights and whale watching holiday in Norway

Look to the sky for the Lights - to the sea for the whales!
From NKr8,900 5 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov
Last minute special offer on our Northern Lights and Whale watching trip out of Tromsø departing October 29th to November 2nd. Nok 8.200,-. Do not miss this opportunity to take a very close look at killer whales and humpback whales!
South Africa safari holiday, 14 days

South Africa safari holiday, 14 days

Award winning safari in South Africa
From £2,595 to £2,950 14 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 2 Oct, 18 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 20 Nov, 4 Dec, 18 Dec
2017: 29 Jan, 12 Feb, 26 Feb, 12 Mar, 26 Mar, 9 Apr, 23 Apr, 7 May, 21 May, 4 Jun, 18 Jun, 2 Jul, 16 Jul, 30 Jul, 13 Aug, 27 Aug, 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 8 Oct, 22 Oct, 5 Nov
Wildlife and cultural tour to Ethiopia

Wildlife and cultural tour to Ethiopia

See wildlife in the Omo valley
From £1,496 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary. Minimum 2 people
Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters

Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters

Experience local life kayaking through Kerala backwaters .
From US $540 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary.
Photography holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees

Photography holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees

Nature photography holiday in the breathtaking Spanish Pyrenees
From €1,495 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 15 Oct
2017: 15 Oct
Save 10% on our photography holiday. Was 1495€ now 1345€!
Wine tour in Croatia and Slovenia

Wine tour in Croatia and Slovenia

Food, wine and culinary traditions of Slovenia and Croatia
From €3,500 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 19 Oct
Malawi volunteering holiday

Malawi volunteering holiday

Volunteer at Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary
From £1,244 to £3,946 14 days ex flights
Tailor made: Departures can be arranged at anytime to suit you
Iceland Northern Lights & Astronomy holiday, South Coast

Iceland Northern Lights & Astronomy holiday, South Coast

Enjoy spectacular Northern lights and amazing landscape
From €1,800 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 6 Mar
Tasmania east coast camping & walking tour

Tasmania east coast camping & walking tour

Authentic Eco tours on Tasmania's stunning East Coast
From AU $1,300 5 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 4 Dec, 11 Dec, 18 Dec
2017: 1 Jan, 8 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 29 Jan, 5 Feb, 12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 19 Mar, 26 Mar, 2 Apr, 9 Apr, 16 Apr, 23 Apr, 30 Apr
Wellbeing holiday in North Iceland

Wellbeing holiday in North Iceland

A self-drive tour where you can visit and pamper yourself
From €1,100 to €2,500 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Yoga retreats in Andalucia, Spain

Yoga retreats in Andalucia, Spain

Yoga and meditation in the magical mountains of Andalucia
From €649 to €1,149 6 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 16 Oct
Last minute yoga and meditation retreat in Andalucia, Spain.
Kilimanjaro Climb, safari & Zanzibar holiday

Kilimanjaro Climb, safari & Zanzibar holiday

Roof Top of Africa & Palm fringed Island of Zanzibar
From US $4,550 to US $5,850 15 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Iceland northern lights and snowshoeing holiday

Iceland northern lights and snowshoeing holiday

Hiking in snowshoes and bathing under the northern lights
From €2,000 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 19 Feb, 5 Mar
Sweden walking holiday, self guided

Sweden walking holiday, self guided

Self-guided hiking through Stockholm's picturesque countryside
From SKr9,840 8 days ex flights
Small group travel
Sweden activity holiday, Stockholm countryside

Sweden activity holiday, Stockholm countryside

Multi-activity tour in Stockholm's picturesque countryside
From SKr7,985 7 days ex flights
Small group travel
Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine

Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine

Patagonia's best - Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier.
From US $620 to US $2,725 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Learn Spanish & yoga in the Picos de Europa, Spain

Learn Spanish & yoga in the Picos de Europa, Spain

Spanish & Pilates + Yoga in stunning green Spain
From €415 5 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 3 Oct, 31 Oct
Iceland Northern Lights short break

Iceland Northern Lights short break

Aurora viewing and adventure tour in Iceland!
From IKr85,990 4 days ex flights
Small group travel
Cambodia photography holiday & Angkor temples

Cambodia photography holiday & Angkor temples

Improve your travel photography on tour in Cambodia
From US $2,250 to US $2,900 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 6 Oct, 9 Dec
2017: 3 Feb, 30 Jun, 11 Aug, 11 Dec
October is the best time to visit for the photographer. The whole country is a shimmering green and there are are fewer tourists. $650 discount
Burma photography tours

Burma photography tours

Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome
From US $4,100 12 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 17 Apr, 24 Nov
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice

Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice

Incredible Photogrpahic trip in stunning West & East Iceland
From £2,500 to £2,600 10 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 6 Oct, 16 Oct, 2 Nov
2017: 5 Feb, 21 Feb, 20 Mar, 24 Sep, 12 Oct, 29 Oct
We are offering an incredible £200 off this amazing Iceland photography adventure to the iconic West and South East of Iceland. Applies final few places on our 6-15 Oct 2016 departure, no supplement for singles, all rooms with private bathrooms.
Portugal yoga holiday, Iyengar retreat

Portugal yoga holiday, Iyengar retreat

Wonderful healing Iyengar yoga retreats Algarve, Portugal
From €600 to €850 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 14 Oct
2017: 25 Mar, 29 Apr, 19 May, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 19 Aug, 21 Oct
Montenegro mountain biking holidays, self guided

Montenegro mountain biking holidays, self guided

Mountain biking at stunning coast of Montenegro
From €650 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain

Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain

Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa
From €400 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 23 Oct, 6 Nov, 20 Nov
2017: 9 Apr, 23 Apr, 7 May, 21 May, 4 Jun, 18 Jun, 2 Jul, 16 Jul, 30 Jul, 13 Aug, 27 Aug, 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 8 Oct, 22 Oct
Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain

Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain

Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish
From €400 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 2 Oct, 16 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov
Provence cycling tour, France

Provence cycling tour, France

Cycling tour of Provence for avid riders.
From €1,070 to €1,410 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: Starts any day from April 1st through October 25th, 2016
China highlights tour, tailor made

China highlights tour, tailor made

Walk along the Great Wall and relax in the stunning LiRiver
From US $2,202 to US $2,294 11 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain

Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain

Horse riding in the beautiful Catalan countryside.
From €685 to €1,100 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Namibia and Botswana safari holiday

Namibia and Botswana safari holiday

Namibia & Botswana lodge safari Caprivi Etosha Okavango
From €2,890 21 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2016: 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 4 Dec, 18 Dec
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain

Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain

Family fun with scenic bike rides & adventure activities.
From €720 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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reviews for locally run holidays

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
From
£2,500
excluding flights
Fantastic - the tutors were excellent, patient, helpful and very professional. I learnt a lot but realise that I still have a lot to learn (more)Jan Beaty
What was the most memorable part of the holiday? - Everything!...Excellent! (more)Chada Ruangtoowagoon
Fabulous, never to be forgotten...the excitement of 'getting' the Northern Lights was really great. (more)Doreen Kelly
Iceland Northern Lights short break
From
IKr85,990
excluding flights
Brilliant and Awesome!! Climbing the ice wall during our trip to the Sólheimajökull glacier and seeing the geological wonders of Iceland - geysers, waterfalls, Thingvellir and of course, The Northern Lights!! (more)sue deedigan
Book as much as you can!!!! This is a fantastic company with excellent service and great advice...The amazing day trips which we booked through the company for a great price and included breakfasts made the day easy (more)Elizabeth King
Tasmania east coast camping & walking tour
From
AU $1,300
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The most exciting part was wild camping at Trial Harbour. Tips? The tour guide is very accommodating to the traveller's needs and interests, so I would suggest building up a dialogue with him about the holiday plans. Local benefits? Definitely ....the tour guide was genuinely sympathetic to the environment and took care to reduce environmental impact and also educate the traveller about the local wild life and environment. Overall rating? The holiday... (more)Kathy Layton
Kilimanjaro Climb, safari & Zanzibar holiday
From
US $4,550
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Too many to mention! Highlights - getting to the top of Kilimanjaro and Serengeti safari! Tips? Do your research. We tweaked our holiday quite a bit and the main aim was to climb Kilimanjaro - had we not researched and as such altered the original itinerary by adding an extra day - we would NOT have made it to the top - which would have soured the rest of the trip which was to go on safari and finish in Zanzibar. Local benefits? Yes - we had sixteen people... (more)Angie Koufou
Yoga retreats in Andalucia, Spain
From
€649
excluding flights
The setting is very tranquil and lovely and rather "away from it all" so you can really disconnect if you want to. (more)Heather Rome
It was great. Just what I needed. Very relaxing, great very healthy local food, great tips and advise. (more)Sarah Williams
It was a lovely holiday that delivered what I wanted. (more)Rebecca Hill
Sweden walking holiday, self guided
From
SKr9,840
excluding flights
There were endless memorable moments: tramping along the Soderlandsleden very well-waymarked trail, through the woods; exploring the islands at Stendorren and Savo; seeing creatures we hadn't see before, such as a slow worm, an otter, a white-tailed sea eagle... (more)Bronwen Davies
We were impressed with the beauty of Sweden and how easy it was to travel around. (more)Sharon Reardon
Excellent. No complaints at all and would definitely do it again. Credit should be given to Carmen Hamdi who left nothing to chance and organised our stay with extreme professionalism. (more)Andrew and Sharon Venables
Yoga holiday in Portugal
From
€740
excluding flights
Although cliché, I would say this was one of the best holidays I've been on, hand on heart. Why? All the categories that I can think of which make for an enriching and joyous experience were there: excellent quality of the treatment, yoga lessons; the beautiful location, the friendly and committed ethos of the staff and owners; wonderful and eye-opening food; outstanding company of fellow travellers; the vision of the project and its execution (more)Ben Moss
I loved my holiday and I am very thankful to have shared this experience with a brilliant group of people. I highly recommend this retreat. (more)Helen Butler
The whole holiday at was memorable. Really lovely warm hearted hosts and a great yoga teacher and the best vegetarian food we have ever eaten! (more)Jacqui Allen
Namibia and Botswana safari holiday
From
€2,890
excluding flights
The guides were excellent - organised, knowledgeable and above all fun. We spent three weeks laughing. Their willingness to share their knowledge of Africa and stories told around the campfires made the areas we visited come alive. (more)Kay Emblen-Perry
Best bits: Chobe national park.... unbelievable. Dune 45 and Deadvlei in Namib desert. Rafting and Devil's pool in Victoria Falls... and of course Etosha park (more)Maria Papalouka
Best bits: There were so many memorable moments it's hard to pick just one: walking up Dune 45 early in the morning, watching the animals at the water holes in Etosha, staying in a tree house! (more)Janice Capstick
Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain
From
€685
excluding flights
Fantastic, didn't want to come home again. (more)Jane Nair
Go for two weeks not one- you will not want to leave (more)Joy Scurr
Absolutely brilliant! We loved every part of it! (more)Angie Johnston
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
From
€207
excluding flights
Perfect. (more)Helen El-Hoss
Don't hesitate, book it and enjoy! (more)Tania Chandler
We loved this holiday. Everything was as we had hoped if not better. We felt totally relaxed and stimulated during the whole trip. (more)Kelly Lewis
Archaeology holiday in Greece
From
€990
excluding flights
I would give this tour the highest rating. My husband and I felt totally taken care of, with never a worry. (more)Jan Fisher
Loved traveling with the guides--they treated us like family. (more)Brynnen Ford
We had a fantastic holiday, the tour guides were wonderful, the itinerary is really good. (more)Jane Anthony
Tibet cultural tours
From
£895
excluding flights
An amazing experience. Everyone was great. The holiday provider in Nepal and the Tibet agency were both great, really keen to please. (more)Alice Fieldhouse
Outstanding guides. Excellent (more)frank ingram
A real adventure. The whole trip was thoroughly enjoyable. The highlights for us were Lhasa Old Town, the Potala Palace and Mount Everest. (more)Christopher Ashley-Jones
Provence holiday, walking, culture & cooking option
From
€510
excluding flights
It was FABULOUS (more)Lesley Fowler
The peaceful, unspoilt village with spectacular views. The friendliness and warmth of our hosts, their local knowledge and their pride in their local area. (more)Kay Boshier
Book it. The local tours are great with good food. (more)Alison Mott
Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
From
£490
excluding flights
Excellent - if you want a friendly open hearted place to stay and learn to dive then I couldn't recommend it more highly. (more)katherine Church
Do not hesitate to book this holiday! The people are fantastic, the place is beautiful and the more relaxed nature of the area due to its more remote location made for a far more relaxing holiday than you would have at other resorts in the region The whole operation was centred around local people and the local economy. We were actively encouraged to reduce our environmental impact and respect the environment which we were lucky enough to see (more)Gareth Jones
Everything was fantastic but the most memorable part was the diving. We went diving every day and saw lots of coral and fish. Staying with this operator was also very relaxing. They looked after us wonderfully, everything we wanted was provided and nothing was too much trouble. (more)Diederik Kohnhorst
Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group lodge tour
From
€3,170
excluding flights
Remember that this is Africa and everything does not work all the time. Be patient and positive and make friends along the way. (more)Louis Carroll
The most memorable part was driving with Makoros (traditional wood boot) to our wild camping in the Okavango Delta observed by hippos. (more)Sigrid Pach
Cycling tour in Catalonia for food lovers, Spain
From
€995
excluding flights
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 holiday was excellent, and exceeded expectations. We have already recommended this holiday to our friends, and would do it again ourselves! (more)Ashling Swirtz
Watersports activity holiday in Croatia
From
€620
excluding flights
Having read previous reviews for this trip I had quite high expectations! Happy to say the trip was still even better than I had hoped. (more)Ellen Dhawan
If you enjoy being outdoors and in water then this is the holiday for you. (more)Emma Brehony
It was simply the best holiday I have ever been on. I used to think the city was the best place in the world. My world was turned upside down. (more)Julie Stolyarchuk
Honeymoon in Vietnam
From
US $1,694
excluding flights
Our tour around the palaces & tombs of Hue with our responsible travel guide Mr Dai & the trip over the mountains to Hoi An were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Jenny Jones
Highlights of the trip were 5 days at the fantastic Mango Bay resort on Phu Quoc Island and trekking / homestay in Pu Luong National Park. The tour operator, were excellent and extremely well organised. (more)Rachel Baldry
11/10 mark. Just perfect! All of it was amazing, wandering around all Vietnam was an unforgettable experience. (more)Stathis Nikolaou
Mercantour family walking holiday, France
From
£440
excluding flights
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 holiday. (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
Family scuba diving holidays in the Red Sea
From
£490
excluding flights
Absolutely brilliant. Excellent service, accommodation fine, food good, beach close, great picnic in the mountains. So good we are going back in a few months. (more)Jackie Vale
10/10 - you must GO!! The best parts was becoming a scuba diver and my son becoming Open Water PADI certified (more)julie griffiths
Most memorable was getting the children snorkelling and seeing their excitement at seeing all the pretty fish! (more)Nicky Smith
Algonquin Park tours in Canada, canoeing & moose
From
CA $599
excluding flights
It was great fun to be out on the water in the sunshine, paddling along the lakes and rivers. It was a beautiful, peaceful trip in which time did not exist. (more)Annemarieke de Bruin
Learning how to track animals, brew pine needle tea, make rope out of bark, start a fire in the rain and read weather patterns were the most memorable parts. (more)Jane Lucken
Family activity holiday in Turkey
From
£475
excluding flights
9.5/10 - an absolutely wonderful holiday. We cannot recommend it highly enough. (more)Doug Grimwade
Fantastic. A wonderful life-affirming experience, thoroughly enjoyed by our whole family (rare, given wide-ranging abilities). I would highly recommend this company and holiday. (more)Lisa Williams
Excellent! Probably the best family holiday we have had. Try it for your self! (more)Angelique Crooks
Marine conservation in Belize
From
US $1,330
excluding flights
The diving was fabulous. The instructors are brilliant, very patient and informative! (more)Lucy Keech
The most memorable part was diving with like minded staff and guests who love and appreciate the ocean and contributing to research and conservation...Excellent opportunity and experience. (more)Michelle Lamarca
Tom Owens Caye was a magic location for a chilled week diving in Belize. Polly, Patty and the team were generous hosts. The food was delicious with the lionfish and banana pancakes particular highlights! Diving was excellent. Still feeling good about the lobster survey! (more)Karen Whitham
Nepal trek with Chitwan National Park safari
From
US $849
excluding flights
It was absolutely great. I think it would be perfect for groups and solo travellers (I went solo). I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting great diversity and fun. (more)Endija Skopane
Book your flight , pack your bag , seize the day , go ! Just do it ! (more)Lorna Jenkins
Everything was done locally, and the guides were great at imparting knowledge about the local area and customs. (more)Bronwyn Russell
Tiger watching holiday in India
From
£660
excluding flights
Seeing a tiger in the wild was simply amazing, but another heart stopping experience happened a few days later. While having an outdoor supper at the hotel, a tiger nearby started calling. It sounded so close and the area was so dark. Simply amazing to be that close to wild tigers. (more)Lorinda Semeniuk
Seeing tigers was heart-stopping! (more)TINA JOHNSON
It was a trip of a lifetime and to experience tigers at such close hand was an experience we will never forget. India is exhausting but the wildlife of the parks was amazing. (more)Julia Gallagher
South Africa safari holiday, 14 days
From
£2,595
excluding flights
Fantastic ! We couldn't have planned anything better ourselves and it was lovely to have everything taken care of by people who really know what they are doing. (more)Sue Roe
Excellent, without question. The entire holiday exceeded our expectations. We saw much more wildlife than we imagined, and we experienced the bush in a direct, personal way. (more)Bruce Marsland
If you are looking for a first class small group safari experience which has the added benefits of a more hands approach to the wild life and conservation, culture, and people of South Africa and all at a reasonable cost, this is the ideal package. (more)Adele Struyck-Ismay
Water multi sport holiday in Croatia
From
€620
excluding flights
***** I am reborn! (more)Roland Hof
It was fantastic- I would really recommend it!....Personally my favourite day was the sea kayaking, but I loved almost all of it! (more)Emmy Rickett
It was all exciting and memorable. (more)Bridget Smith
Liveaboard diving and sailing holiday in Greece
From
£555
excluding flights
We could not rate our holiday any higher. All six of us are eager to return. We miss the stories and history learned from Sotiris and Annie, the deliciousness of the local authentic food, the curiosity of learning about a new place and its culuture and the genuineness of the hospitality everywhere. (more)Danielle Romme
I had a really lovely time. (more)Melandee Brown
Excellent...For me it was the opportunity to see some amazing places, both on land and underwater. The night dive on Polygaios with the bioluminescent plankton was mind-blowing, Avatar style! (more)Mathias Bredvei
Cycling holiday in Portugal, self guided
From
€539
excluding flights
It was fantastic and would recommend it. June was a great month as the weather was stable and sunny everyday. (more)Karen Tweed
The west coast is breath taking and feels unspoilt. I would really recommend this holiday, it is so well co-ordinated to appeal to lots of different tastes. (more)Fran Kelly
Great, very well organized, good maps, well-considered route. (more)Richard Scott
Sailing holiday in the Aegean Sea
From
£458
excluding flights
The entire holiday was memorable without exception. But some of the many highlights were snorkelling through spectacular luminescent coral reefs. (more)Adam Rose
Definitely 5 stars (more)Linda Byrne
The feeling of freedom when you feel the wind on your skin during a sail, sleeping on a deck under the open sky with myriad of bright stars, every evening discovering a new island, snorkelling at night, seeing a tortoise- all of these was memorable and exciting. (more)Ilona Vinogradova
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