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Northern lights short break, Finland

Northern lights short break, Finland

Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora alert system
From £1,710 to £1,850 5 days inc UK flights
Small group travel: 2017: 3 Dec
2018: 7 Jan, 21 Jan, 4 Feb, 25 Feb, 11 Mar, 25 Mar
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales

Sea kayaking holiday in Wales

Sea kayaking explorations on the Pembrokeshire National Park coastline
From £295 2 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 26 May, 5 Jun, 16 Jun, 30 Jun, 17 Jul, 14 Aug, 18 Aug, 21 Aug, 1 Sep, 4 Sep, 8 Sep, 11 Sep
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

Mountain lodge luxury accommodation and the northern lights
From £1,299 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: Available between December and March
Dartmoor & Exmoor self guided walking holiday, England

Dartmoor & Exmoor self guided walking holiday, England

Self guided walking between the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.
From £269 to £639 3 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made from March to October and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
£50 per person off the popular Dartmoor way walking holiday. On the following arrival dates Wednesday 26th April 2017 & Friday 1st September 2017 only. This deal cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
Scotland craft weekends, felt making & natural dyeing

Scotland craft weekends, felt making & natural dyeing

Traditional craft courses in the Scottish Highlands
From £150 2 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 22 Apr, 13 May, 1 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 16 Sep, 21 Oct
Peak District walking holiday

Peak District walking holiday

A walking break in the finest dale country
From £221 3 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Treehotel and Northern Lights holiday, Sweden

Treehotel and Northern Lights holiday, Sweden

Luxury tree hotel in Northern Sweden
From £965 to £1,195 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout September to April.
Norway self guided cycling holiday, Rallarvegen route

Norway self guided cycling holiday, Rallarvegen route

Rallarvegen/Navi's Road - most popular cycleroute i Norway.
From NKr4,150 3 days ex flights
Small group travel
Short break riding holiday in Tuscany

Short break riding holiday in Tuscany

A short riding holiday through the Tuscan countryside
From €700 5 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 8 Apr, 3 Jun, 12 Sep, 21 Oct
Sea kayaking in Turkey

Sea kayaking in Turkey

Kayak and camp in unspoilt Turkey
From £60 to £250 3 days ex flights
Tailor made: These trips run on demand for a minimum of 4 people between April and October. Please enquire about availability of group trips.
Poland bison safari and wolf tracking holiday

Poland bison safari and wolf tracking holiday

Short break winter wildlife adventure in the Bialowieza Forest
From €690 4 days ex flights
Small group travel
Cairo short break, Egypt

Cairo short break, Egypt

Cairo, Giza
From £266 to £321 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Kasbah du Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains

Kasbah du Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains

Peace and quiet only 40 miles from Marrakech
From €70 to €225 per person per night
Accommodation
West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland

West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland

Take the "The World's Best Rail Journey" to the Isle of Skye
From £555 to £565 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made from late April to the end of September
Cotswolds self guided walking break, England

Cotswolds self guided walking break, England

Self-guided walking tour through famous towns & villages
From £299 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Short break to Petra, Jordan

Short break to Petra, Jordan

Highlights of Petra & Dead Sea for short break to Jordan.
From £585 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Kayaking weekend in Croatia

Kayaking weekend in Croatia

Paddle the clear blue sea around Dubrovnik
From €390 4 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 18 May, 25 May, 1 Jun, 8 Jun, 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 7 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep, 28 Sep
Croatia sea kayaking holidays

Croatia sea kayaking holidays

A short kayaking break around Dubrovnik
From €480 to €520 5 days ex flights
Small group travel: This trip departs daily between 21st May and 17th September
Sailing in Croatia

Sailing in Croatia

A multi-activity adventure sailing cruise
From €620 to €790 5 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 15 Apr, 16 Apr, 18 Apr, 19 Apr, 22 Apr, 23 Apr, 25 Apr, 26 Apr, 29 Apr, 30 Apr, 2 May, 3 May, 6 May, 7 May, 9 May, 10 May, 13 May, 14 May, 16 May, 17 May, 20 May, 21 May, 23 May, 24 May, 27 May, 28 May, 30 May, 31 May, 3 Jun, 4 Jun, 6 Jun, 7 Jun, 10 Jun, 11 Jun, 13 Jun, 14 Jun, 17 Jun, 18 Jun, 20 Jun, 21 Jun, 24 Jun, 25 Jun, 27 Jun, 28 Jun, 1 Jul, 2 Jul, 4 Jul, 5 Jul, 8 Jul, 9 Jul, 11 Jul, 12 Jul, 15 Jul, 16 Jul, 18 Jul ...
French Riviera holiday, walking, culture & cooking option

French Riviera holiday, walking, culture & cooking option

Experience real French culture and get off the beaten track
From €510 to €780 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Lapland husky safari short break, Finland

Lapland husky safari short break, Finland

Combine wilderness and log cabins with this dog sledding adventure
From £2,145 to £2,235 5 days inc UK flights
Small group travel: 2017: 3 Apr, 10 Apr, 17 Apr
Scottish traditional cruise, 4 days

Scottish traditional cruise, 4 days

Short break cruise in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland
From £690 to £720 4 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 8 Apr, 11 Apr, 22 Apr, 25 Apr, 20 May, 23 May, 17 Jun, 20 Jun, 23 Sep, 26 Sep, 21 Oct, 24 Oct, 28 Oct
Sweden holidays, Wolves, Moose and Beavers

Sweden holidays, Wolves, Moose and Beavers

Wildlife holiday in Sweden with full focus on large mammals.
From €995 4 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 17 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sep
Sweden family holiday, Ecolodge short break

Sweden family holiday, Ecolodge short break

Wildlife break at Sweden's most primitive hotel.
From €599 4 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 24 Apr, 1 May, 8 May, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 5 Jun, 12 Jun, 19 Jun, 26 Jun, 3 Jul, 10 Jul, 17 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep
Wolf tracking in Sweden

Wolf tracking in Sweden

Winter holiday for nature lovers, by nature lovers!
From €1,567 6 days ex flights
Small group travel
Scotland wellbeing retreat, short break

Scotland wellbeing retreat, short break

Ecotherapy in a natural, transformative haven
From £285 to £730 3 days ex flights
Tailor made
Lofoten Islands whale watching & fishing holiday, Norway

Lofoten Islands whale watching & fishing holiday, Norway

Tailored holiday in the magical Lofoten Islands of Norway
From £795 5 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailormade to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
East Devon self guided walking holiday, England

East Devon self guided walking holiday, England

Splendid walking on East Devon's outstanding coastal path
From £241 to £271 3 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Purbeck Hills self guided walking holiday in Dorset, England

Purbeck Hills self guided walking holiday in Dorset, England

Walking a stunning stretch of Dorset's World Heritage Coast
From £219 to £242 3 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Portes du Soleil chalet in the French Alps

Portes du Soleil chalet in the French Alps

Traditionally built catered mountain eco-chalet
From €80 to €150 per room per night
Accommodation

reviews for short breaks 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
French Riviera 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
Croatia sea kayaking holidays
From
€480
excluding flights
The beauty of Croatia in general was breath taking. The sea kayaking was a bit more than I expected so it was an adventure, but I loved it. (more)Karri Reagan
Excellent location, friendly people and very relaxing activity holiday (more)Lesley Billingsley
The kayaking was great and our guide Amir was brilliant. (more)Ruth Cooper
Short break to Petra, Jordan
From
£585
excluding flights
Have told my family and friends to go there and use Responsible Travel (more)Alan Frost
Just go. (more)David Hayward
Fantastic. We fitted so much into 5 days, and stretched ourselves physically & culturally. It was a great trip. (more)Nicole Stallard
Northern lights short break, Finland
From
£1,710
including UK flights
Of course we loved, loved, loved seeing the aurora and the dog sledding was incredible. (more)Adele Weiss
Absolutely wonderful. All the people on site were magnificent - we can't speak more highly enough. We have never been looked after any better on any holiday we have taken. (more)Ray Wiley
northern lights, all booked trips were excellent, and everything went to plan (more)Sandra Thomas
Sailing in Croatia
From
€620
excluding flights
It was one of my best trips and adventures I've had . I loved the fact that every day was full of activities and new adventures. (more)Nicola Falconer
The scenery in Croatia is amazing. Our guide and skipper were incredible and the whole trip was fantastic. I especially loved all of the activities. (more)Melissa Conley
The highlight of our month in Europe. Worth every cent, or should I say Kuna. 10+/10 (more)Ingrid Sloan
Sea kayaking holiday in Wales
From
£295
excluding flights
Amazing. The accommodation was warm, clean and comfortable. The showers were hot! The food was excellent and plentiful. The bar prices were very reasonable. The outdoor equipment was sound and well maintained. The instructors were patient, friendly and informative. They did their best to ensure that everyone in the group was happy. They were particularly reassuring for those beginners in the group. (more)Sian Tyers
Unbelievably good. Exciting and fun. Scenery fantastic. Staff amazing. Thank you so much for a holiday we will remember and talk about until we return next year. (more)Sally Austin
Great time and a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend. (more)Lara Quarterman
West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland
From
£555
excluding flights
Best bit: The trip round the island (more)Cheryl Brewin
I really enjoyed it. The weather tried to spoil it, but failed! (more)Richard Lunt
Kayaking weekend in Croatia
From
€390
excluding flights
Would definitely do it again. (more)Jane McNeill
Best bit: Visiting an isolated farmhouse for a home-grown dinner. (more)Sally Spence
First rate, the islands were idyllic, kayaking superb with the team making you feel so welcome. Top holiday. (more)susan bein
Tailor made husky safari in Wild Taiga, Finland
From
€1,120
excluding flights
The most memorable moment was the warmth and hospitality of our hosts (and their great home cooked Finnish cuisine), to interacting with the dogs and harnessing them, to the experience of a wood fired sauna beside a frozen lake each evening, this short holiday could not have been better. (more)Matthew Peek
Excellent experience - would have liked to have stayed longer and would go again! (more)Philippa Cawthorne
Spectacular (more)Lloyd Bond
Istanbul holiday accommodation, Turkey
From
€70
per apartment per night
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
Wolf tracking in Sweden
From
€1,567
excluding flights
The most memorable moment was hearing a wolf howl while we were gathered round a campfire on the last evening; but the sunrise and sunsets each day were incredible each day. The guides were great: friendly, practical and very knowledgeable, but we also got to meet a wolf expert a forest environmentalist to offer us the wider view. (more)Imogen Bill
If the aim of the company is to ensure guests 'collect memories not things' then they certainly delivered. (more)Rachel North
Sweden holidays, Wolves, Moose and Beavers
From
€995
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The best thing was hearing the wolves howl but the walk through the woods looking for signs of wolf and moose activity was also magical. Standing in the woods silently, in the dark waiting for the howl is an intense experience. Tips? Go determined to enjoy all parts of being in the outdoors with wildlife experts. Hearing or seeing wolves should be an extra bonus if it happens. Local benefits? A local Pension is used as one of the bases. The holiday provider... (more)David Green
Sweden family holiday, Ecolodge short break
From
€599
excluding flights
We had a fantastic time with our family of 4. Our teenage children did not miss their WiFi one moment, busy with making fire, canoeing, cutting wooden sticks (bring a pocket knife!), chopping wood... even doing the dishes was fun! (more)Gerda van Loon
Up there with the best. I was worried about all the changes with public transport but everything went very smoothly (more)Barbara Bishop
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway
From
£1,299
excluding flights
Very good....Swishing through the forest in a blizzard with head torches in the dark on the back of a speeding dog sled. (more)Anne Blagden
Every day was memorable but husky dog sledding was most exciting. (more)Sue McGahan
My holiday was perfect, I really enjoyed it...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. (more)Marta Bindi
Treehotel and Northern Lights holiday, Sweden
From
£965
excluding flights
The husky dog sledging day - it was wonderful - you get your own set of huskies & sledge with a fur rug. Remember your ski goggles thou' - we had a lot of snow & you can go quite fast (particularly if light) - afterwards hot chocolate & homemade cake in a tippee with roaring fire! Fab. (more)Cindy Chattaway
The stay at the Tree Hotel was brilliant. The accommodation is great, the food delicious and the people wonderful. The whole experience was great, but probably the dog sledding outing was the stand-out element. (more)Carole Thomas
Purbeck Hills self guided walking holiday in Dorset, England
From
£219
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The walk the first day. The directions prepared by the holiday provider were terrific and the selections for the walk was great. It combined great sea views with a walk across the Down. Tips? Ability to choose which of the four walks to take. Each were described well. My advice would be to not overdo it. Choose what you want and leave the others Local benefits? I think so. We took the train down and the bus to where we hiked. We stayed at a great bed... (more)Richard Clark
Sea kayaking in Turkey
From
£60
excluding flights
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
Lycian way walking holiday
From
£460
excluding flights
Best bit: The whole time in Turkey (more)Robert Linsky
The holiday was excellent, I would even consider going on the same one again. (more)Niamh McGarry
As a first-time tour attendee, I was unsure about walking as part of a group, but I found that the whole experience totally enjoyable. The group was cohesive and fun and we learned so much about Turkey and the region. I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys walking in beautiful coastal countryside. (more)Gina Goble
Scotland craft weekends, felt making & natural dyeing
From
£150
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The location was superb with amazing views overlooking the glen. We learned fascinating traditional skills, collecting lichens and bracken fronds from the woods and making up a wide range of natural dyes, using open wood fires. We dyed fleeces and fabric, mixing our colours, which were astonishingly vibrant and ready to take on to the next step for spinning or felting. Rosie and her family were very welcoming and gave us wonderful outdoor lunches. Tips? Bring sensible... (more)Annie Hibberd
Coasteering weekend in Wales
From
£219
excluding flights
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
French Alps climbing holiday, short break
From
€730
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Reaching the Summit of Dome Des Ecrins at 08:40 on the Sunday morning after leaving the refuge at 04:00am! Overall the experience was great, certainly recommend Bernard's excellent skills at both guiding and pushing you to reach above your goals Tips? Good boots that you know are essential, you'll be working them hard over different terrain, with and without crampons. Stuff to eat while you're on the move or balanced on a snow-field - ideally softer the better - makes... (more)Rebecca Belton
Sami people winter holiday in Norway with ice hotel
From
£1,749
excluding flights
Memorable parts? As we came out of the woodland and onto the frozen lake, the thrill of running a team of 8 huskies gave way to awe at the sheer magical beauty of the landscape. The trees were heavy with snow, everything was white, touched by the light of the low sun. I have never felt so alive. Tips? Don't skimp on the layers! Although the Sami guides don't expect tips, we took some of our own produce (honey) to give as a thank you gift. This went down extremely well! Norway is... (more)Matt McCabe
Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland
From
€1,032
excluding flights
Watching the glorious Northern Lights in an igloo room in Nellim in the northern part of Lapland; spending the night in a cabin in the wilderness for photographers near Kuhmo in the east, close to the Russian border; spending 2 days in a non-touristic huskies farm. (more)Helene Monteil
It's hard to say as every aspect of the holiday was fantastic. If I have to say one thing it would be the activities, exciting, brilliantly organised and great fun! Best holiday ever! (more)Katie Bater
Best bits: Everything, but if I really had to choose - husky sledding and seeing the Aurora the three nights I was there! (more)J Kwan
Poland bison safari and wolf tracking holiday
From
€690
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The silence of the forest and just being in such pristine nature. The forest itself was overwhelming. My huge congratulations for preserving it. The guided visit to the restricted area of the forest was my personal highlight. Tips? If you go in winter, dress properly and you will be fine. If you are after wolves, be realistic, it is not easy to spot them. Bring a good binocular, lots to see but often from a distance. Local benefits? Sure, responsible holiday... (more)Amanda Tappenden
Horse riding holiday in the Mercantour
From
£645
excluding flights
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
Whale watching cruises, Isle of Mull, Scotland
From
£395
excluding flights
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
Kasbah du Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains
From
€70
per person per night
Absolutely brilliant...The hospitality and friendliness of the staff at Kasbah du Toukbal. The stunning views from the dining room. The amazing lunches high on the mountains and relaxing on a mattress after lunch before continuing the trek. Great guide and a schedule tailored completely to our needs. We were looked after so well. (more)James Osborn
Excellent -- would thoroughly recommend it! (more)Faizullah Parkar
Very interesting and mostly enjoyable, it felt good not to be mere spectator tourists, but to feel we were contributing to their environment albeit for a short time. (more)Alison Fowles
Family multi activity holiday in Finland
From
£1,675
including UK flights
We all agreed that the husky safari was the best part of the trip. The kids enjoyed cuddling the dogs very much; they were the friendliest bunch of dogs ever seen. (more)Leontine Mastenbroek
The most memorable feature of the holiday - to the average city-dwelling Brit - was the landscape. Forests and frozen lakes, big skies and 18-hours of daylight - our girls were convinced they were in Narnia (the thaw suggesting Aslan would arrive soon). (more)Anon
The best part of the holiday was the husky safari, followed by the snow mobiling. The walk on the first day was good - but we would have liked to have done more/gone a bit further. (more)Liz Gregory
Bird watching short break to Hungary
From
£325
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Seeing so many wonderful birds so close. Tips? Go for it and make sure you pack some sum tan lotion and sun glasses. Local benefits? Air travel will always have an impact on the environment but this was kept to a minimum. I hope and expect the holiday helped the local economy in a small way. Overall rating? Excellent. A lovely location, super hotel, well thought out and planned by Roy Adams. Efficiently delivered and professionally run in a very... (more)Joyce Varley
Pembrokeshire activity weekend in Wales
From
£219
excluding flights
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
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