Short breaks holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Choose an original short break holiday idea, weekend getaway, romantic short break or short break adventure from specialist responsible tour companies & accommodations. All our short break holidays are from the UK.
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway
Mountain lodge luxury accommodation and the northern lights, from £1299 (4 days) ex flights
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
Sea kayaking explorations on the Pembrokeshire National Park coastline, from £289 (3 days) ex flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system, from £1138 - £1254 (5 days) inc UK flights
Kayaking weekend in Croatia
Paddle the clear blue sea around Dubrovnik, from €390 (4 days) ex flights
Watch brown bears in Finland
Observe the rare European Brown Bear, from £796 (4 days) inc UK flights
Walking short breaks in Scotland
Mountain sanctuaries for unique and dramatic views, from £199 - £454 (3 days) ex flights
Scotland island holiday in the Inner Hebrides
Island-hop car-free between two tiny, remote Scottish gems, from £375 - £399 (5 days) ex flights
Lapland husky safari short break, Finland
Hands on dog sledding adventure in Finnish Lapland, from £1458 - £1522 (5 days) inc UK flights
Istanbul holiday accommodation, Turkey
Holiday apartments with elegance and character in Istanbul, from €90 - €270 per apartment per night
Croatia sea kayaking holidays
A short kayaking break around Dubrovnik, from €485 (4 days) ex flights
Moroccan short break, tailormade
Explore the fascinating city of Marrakesh, from £340 (5 days) ex flights
Dublin short break to Ireland, Dublin and Beyond
Car-free short break exploring Dublin and countryside beyond, from £269 - £309 (4 days) ex flights
Kasbah du Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains
Peace and quiet only 40 miles from Marrakech, from €65 - €220 per person per night
Short break riding holiday in Tuscany
A short riding holiday through the Tuscan countryside, from €700 (5 days) ex flights
Walkers accommodation in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Family-run walkers lodge in the Scottish highlands, from £21 - £40 (2 days)
Tailor made husky safari in Wild Taiga, Finland
Enjoy the Finnish Taiga Winter Husky Safari, from €1020 (4 days) ex flights
Sea kayaking in Turkey
Kayak and camp in unspoilt Turkey, from £60 - £245 (3 days) ex flights
Scotland railway short break, West Highland Line
First-class trip on Scotland's famous West Highland Line, from £275 - £300 (3 days) ex flights
Coast to coast self guided cycling holiday in England
The varied and beautiful landscapes of northern England, from £300 - £380 (3 days) ex flights
Isle of Wight weekend courses, England
Short courses discovering hidden talents and possibilities., from £90 - £120 (3 days) ex flights
Wine tasting holiday in the Loire Valley
Sample the finest Loire Valley wines and food, from €450 - €650 (4 days) ex flights
Cairo short break, Egypt
Cairo, Giza, from £250 - £270 (5 days) ex flights
Norway self guided cycling holiday, Rallarvegen route
Rallarvegen, the most popular cycling tour in Norway!, from NKr3975 - NKr4350 (3 days) ex flights
Alpine Wolf tracking holiday, France
Once in a lifetime wolf tracking adventure in French Alps, from €538 - €595 (3 days) ex flights
Lofoten Islands whale watching & fishing holiday, Norway
Tailored holiday in the magical Lofoten Islands of Norway, from £595 (5 days) ex flights
Alternative hen party weekend in Scotland
Unique hen parties in the Highlands of Scotland., from £125 - £175 (3 days) ex flights
Short break photography holiday in Sarajevo
A 4-day guided experience in the heart of Bosnia-Herzegovina, from €690 (4 days) ex flights
Wolf tracking in Sweden
For nature lovers, by nature lovers!, from €575 (3 days) ex flights
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
The perfect trip to recharge the batteries, from £375 - £944 (3 days) ex flights
Copenhagen hotel and spa, Denmark
King Arthur inspired hotel with modern facilities., from DKK900 - DKK1500 per accommodation per night

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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
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
Memorable parts? The stunning scenery and peaceful moorings. The wildlife especially the seals and beautiful shoals of jellyfish floating like alien creatures in a calm sea. The first ever fish caught by one of our party - a splendid mackerel! The delicious food and good company of Michael and Colette. The successful descent into the dinghy of a nervous member of our party - if she can do it with Michael's patient help anyone can. Raising and lowering the anchor - tying knots and rope throwing... (more)Fiona Morrison
From £375 - £944 excluding flights
Kayaking weekend in Croatia
First rate, the islands were idyllic, kayaking superb with the team making you feel so welcome. Top holiday. (more)susan bein
The most memorable part was when the guides took our group to a small local farm for an all inclusive 4 course meal where we had abundant home cooked food and drink, all the meat came from the farm and the wine was also made by the family on the farm. It was fantastic! (more)Anna Halter
The most memorable part was the colour of the water! The sea was so clear, you could see to the bottom quite easily. It was especially impressive when we went cave swimming. (more)James Smith
From €390 excluding flights
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
Great time and a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend. (more)Lara Quarterman
Overall a great holiday. The instructors were great, very reassuring. They were good at adapting what we doing to suit everyone. The food and accommodation were great. (more)sally Tolley
Fantastic. We WILL be back! (more)MARTIN CLARK
From £289 excluding flights
Provence cooking & walking holiday
It was simply the best holiday 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
Difficult to pinpoint just one element of the holiday. As a lover of the outdoors, I enjoyed the guided walk and picnic into the local Baou hills but then I also enjoyed the relaxed, fun and informative guided walk of the old town of Nice. (more)Louise Harris
From €405 - €730 excluding flights
Croatia sea kayaking holidays
Fantastic - looking forward to booking a trip for next year with the same company in a different part of Croatia. Felt very well looked after, and though it was only a short four day kayaking break, felt like a lot was packed into it. (more)kathyan kelly
Hiking on the island of Lopud was breathtaking and snorkeling in the crystal clear water was delightful. The guides we had were wonderful, especially Ivana who got us where we needed to be and helped us tremendously when our plans changed. (more)Michelle Blackmon
Kayaking around beautiful such shores in beautiful weather - but also kayaking in strong winds and rain, which was exciting and challenging! On the second day, Amir our instructor showed us a fantastic blue lit cave that could only be reached by jumping out of the kayaks and swimming through a small entrance – lots of fun. (more)Christine Louise Angelou
From €485 excluding 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 £1138 - £1254 including UK flights
Tailor made husky safari in Wild Taiga, Finland
The most memorable part was meeting the dogs, steering the sled and the complete change of scenery and fresh air. The chance to sample local food (moose, reindeer, berries) which was mostly excellent. (more)Katherine Stuart
Husky sledding across a frozen lake just before sunset was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)James Hamand
From €1020 excluding flights
Istanbul holiday accommodation, Turkey
The most exciting part was just being in Istanbul...Brilliant holiday and very personable local contact. (more)Frances Smyth
Istanbul was a great place to stay, with so much to do. The accommodation was in a brilliant location to enjoy both the historic sights and going out. It has been beautifully restored and was perfect for a couple. (more)Eleanor Tomlinson
From €90 - €270 per apartment per night
Lycian way walking holiday
Just amazing and everyone should do this trip!! We arrived home early hours this morning, tired and in love with Turkey. (more)Chris Smith
Superb....The finale - arriving at the ruins of SIDYMA was the most memorable part (more)Geoffrey Crill
From £450 excluding flights
Coast to coast self guided cycling holiday in England
Memorable parts? Hmmm, so many good bits. Seeing such diverse parts of the country with such different landscapes - all within 140 miles; having the route to ourselves most of the time; meeting the challenge of a three-day cycle with quite a lot of big hills; meeting lovely people; great B&Bs etc. I will definitely remember the torrential rain... Tips? If you have the time, consider taking an extra day. We underestimated how long it would take to complete each day's ride and would... (more)Biddy Walcot
From £300 - £380 excluding flights
Sea kayaking in Turkey
A brilliant trip. Got to get away from the crowded tourist areas and see the real beauty of Turkey. Really friendly and helpful guides and company owner who helped us with everything we needed and more. (more)Emma Borrows
An excellent guide who was knowledgeable about the environment, sights, history and culture of the region. Engin was able to entertain Adults and children alike with little surprises when energy levels were flagging. (more)Cathy Denney
From £60 - £245 excluding flights
Moroccan short break, tailormade
Wow - what an amazing short trip we had to Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountains. Memorable parts? We absolutely loved hiking in the Atlas Mountains, with our wonderful guide, through Berber villages and seeing the amazing land of Morocco. My husband was enthralled with the sites, smells, sounds and tastes in the Marrakech souks. Tips? We always travel with our children, ages 8 and 6, and they loved Morocco just as much as us! (They are amazing travelers and have been to approximately... (more)Linda Dennis
From £340 excluding flights
Sweden family holiday, Ecolodge short break
Memorable parts? Staying in Kolarbyn Ecolodge - cooking on an open fire and swimming in a beautiful (cold) lake Tips? Ensure you take some small luxury foods with you as they are nice to add to the basics provided in Kolarbyn Book on the Beaver/Moose/Wolf Safaris - you will not regret it. Food is locally source and the whole experience will stay with you forever. Local benefits? Yes. I have never sorted my rubbish as diligently as I did in Kolarbyn. Overall rating? Up... (more)Barbara Bishop
From €650 excluding flights
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway
Memorable parts? The most memorable thing of the holiday was the location. The lodge was a perfect place to stay indoors, and also the perfect place to enjoy the nature. Tips? Choose your flight remembering that it takes 3 hours from Troms to the lodge. Local benefits? Yes, I felt that the holiday benefited to the local people. Overall rating? My holiday was perfect, I really enjoyed it. (more)Marta Bindi
From £1299 excluding flights
Walking short breaks in Scotland
Memorable parts? Walking on snow at the top of Cairn Gorm mountain in July at a day time temperature of 28 degrees! Tips? Have an appreciation of scenery, wildlife, flora. be fit and not mind about being busy. There's loads more to do in the Aviemore region so think about extend your trip. The cairngorm discovery package gives you an excellent introduction to the region if you havent been before. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? We had amazing weather so the... (more)Gail Ashworth
From £199 - £454 excluding flights
Watch brown bears in Finland
Excellent...being in a bear hide and seeing the Brown Bears was the most memorable part. (more)Anne Higgins
A very enjoyable holiday...the most exciting moment was when a brown bear came into view after a wait of 9.5 hours in the hide (more)Rosemary Dunk
The most memorable parts of the holiday was spending the night in the hide. Great views of several bird species and then a sighting of a single female brown bear. The hide was well constructed, comfortable and better than others I have spent time in. (more)Paul Butler
From £796 including UK flights
Coasteering weekend in Wales
Memorable parts? The coasteering half day event. Tips? Take ear plugs as noise from other rooms and late comers does travel although it was not a major problem. Be aware that there is no mobile phone coverage at lodge. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? 8/10. (more)Helen Morrell
From £219 - £225 excluding flights
Wine tasting holiday in the Loire Valley
The most memorable parts were buying cheese, charcuterie and a baguette from the local markets, then having a picnic in a picturesque spot. (more)Narelle Grant
The good memories started from our very first contact with responsible travel. They put us in touch with Mark and his wife and the wonderful chateau they live in which became our B@B for 3 nights. I felt we were visiting friends at the wineries because of Mark's relationship with the small vintners. (more)Lois Lessler
From €450 - €650 excluding flights
Whale watching cruises, Isle of Mull, Scotland
Really enjoyed visiting the cairns of Coll in sunlight after a rather wet and miserable crossing . Thrilled to see, albeit a small, basking shark close up. (more)Linda Harvey
The most memorable part of the holiday was the surveys trip ... seeing Minke whales and basking sharks on such a beautiful day - I will remember this for many years to come. (more)John Eversfield
From £495 - £1200 excluding flights
Hadrians Wall cycling holiday, England
Memorable parts? The stunning scenery especially on the middle two days of the trek. Finishing wasn't too shabby either!!!!!!! Tips? Maybe not stay at Vallum Lodge or Heddon Lodge - OK but not inspiring. Local benefits? Definitely! Overall rating? Really really good! (more)Alison Watson
From £230 excluding flights
Wild food cookery weekend in Scotland
Exceeded my expectations by far! An amazing holiday for anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, food and agriculture. (more)Alexandra Young
The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was drinking nettle beer as the sun went down on the Saturday night. We'd had a busy day digging, foraging and cooking, so seeing it all come together at the end of the day with a crackling fire and that beautiful view of the valley below was truly memorable. (more)Heather Pollington
From £150 - £170 excluding flights
Horse riding holiday in the Mercantour
Every minute was memorable and exciting! The horses, the views, the people, the food - all lovely. (more)Jane Fox
I loved every moment of it. It felt really special and actually quite an achievement to be part of something like a transhumance, which is steeped in so much tradition. (more)Kate Moore
Most memorable was perhaps climbing to what seems like the top of the world on horseback, arriving at a mountain refuge in a cloud and then realizing the stupendous view in the morning. (more)Hester Wilcox
From £625 excluding flights
Pembrokeshire activity weekend in Wales
Memorable parts? Clambering on steep rock ledges during coasteering and exploring caves sea kayaking Tips? Take a sense of adventure, layers. Reading material for the evenings.. Local benefits? yes Overall rating? Great! (more)Kavitha Ravikumar
From £219 - £225 excluding flights
Short break to Petra, Jordan
Fantastic. We fitted so much into 5 days, and stretched ourselves physically & culturally. It was a great trip. (more)Nicole Stallard
Petra was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Geraldine Hillmale
Petra was much bigger than expected, the camel ride easier, and the scenery more spectacular than we imagined... It was a great way to see a lot of Jordan quickly - a charming country with open, friendly residents. (more)Mary Clark
From £585 excluding flights
Walkers accommodation in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Memorable parts? The hospitality shown by the hosts Rebecca and Andy, who welcome you warmly into their home. The meals were fabulous and the packed lunches the best yet. Tips? Stay longer than we did, do more walking than we did, it will be worth it. Local benefits? Yes - we walked into Aviemore, and took the local steam train back, had a drink in the local pub, bought goodies from the local store and visited a nearby village tearoom. Overall rating? Excellent,... (more)Stephen Brown
From £21 - £40
Cycling holidays in England
Just a lovely relaxing time - bike routes well marked, flora & fauna interesting, pubs perfectly placed for provisions....Really good. Off peak, so avoided crowds. B&B accomodation was lovely - spacious, hospitable & accomodationg. (more)Madeleine Baines
The cycling holiday I booked on was extremely well organised, from initial booking to the event itself. The organiser and two guides were skilled, courteous and friendly. Accommodation was good. A very reputable company (more)Hilary Talman
From £245 - £575 excluding flights
Mountain biking holidays in England
Memorable parts? It was great to see the fantastic scenery and villages of the South West and this was just the mountain biking challenge I was looking for, both in terms of technical skill and fitness. The guides were very helpful (e.g. we got a lesson in bike maintenance) and friendly. They provided fantastic snacks and picnic lunches for us en route and went out of their way to buy the group's food requests. Day 3 was definitely the best with superb weather, stunning views over the Bristol... (more)Helena Posnett
From £95 - £625 excluding flights
Walking navigation & mountaineering courses in Scotland
There are so many positive things to say about this course – the supportive leader, the fantastic home made food, the beautiful highland scenery…but the happiest memories for me are of the people I met. (more)Kim Naylor-Vane
The highlight was seeing scotland for the first time, learning new skills, enjoying the company. The satisfaction of getting to the top of 2 munros. (more)Harjit Mahl
We had a great time and felt we learned loads about navigation and being out in the hills in general. Best thing for me was increased confidence. I now feel in being able to venture out into the hills and find my way. (more)Heather Martin
From £225 - £559 excluding flights
Short breaks to Istanbul
Excellent. I now want to find out more of Istanbul's history and return. (more)Wendy Gerbi
Very good -- I really liked walking across the Galata Bridge & getting to see a neighborhood that was not quite as touristy as Sultanahmet. (more)Johanna Novales
Istanbul is such wonderful city, we loved all the amazing sites and having our own guide meant that we got the most out of our time. The food was really good, and we enjoyed going around the spice market collecting the ingredients we needed to cook them ourselves at home. (more)Jane Edwards
From £455 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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