Special interest holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Special interest holidays from specialist companies with a real passion & expertise. From yoga to photograhy our special interest holidays are run by the experts
Buddhism cultural holiday in Bhutan
Buddhism trip in Bhutan, journey to your inner self, from US $2000 - US $2500 (9 days) ex flights
Fitness holidays & fitness courses in Kenya
Fitness holidays in Kenya, from £2150 (9 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish in Granada, Andalucia
Spanish courses in Granada, Andalusia, from €225 (5 days) ex flights
Iceland photography holiday, glaciers, volcanoes & waterfalls
Photo tour glacier lagoon, waterfalls, ice, puffins, coast, from £2500 (9 days) ex flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains., from €650 - €800 (7 days) ex 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
Yoga and Pilates holiday in Spain
Yoga and pilates holidays at gorgeous boutique hotels, Spain, from £685 (6 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
Life coaching in Ireland
Create an opportunity for self enrichment, from €140 - €280 (8 days) ex flights
Ladakh photography tour, India
Learn the art of travel photography in Buddhist Ladakh, from £2300 - £2470 (16 days) ex flights
Orangutan photography in Borneo
Develop your photography skills in Borneo, from £1820 (10 days) ex flights
Bird watching tours in Hungary
Visit Bukk N.P. with a birding specialist, from £890 (7 days) inc UK flights
Photography holiday in Picos de Europa, Spain
Photography in N. Spain's stunning mountains & Costa Verde, from £1185 (8 days) ex flights
Painting holiday in Andalucia
Explore your creativity in a delightful village in Andalucia, from £799 (8 days) ex flights
Learn to dive in Sardinia, Italy
Learn scuba diving in Sardinia, in crystal water, from €410 - €830 (7 days) ex flights
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
Accommodation in the Cairngorms, from £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
Photography holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Photography holidays in beautiful Andalucia, from £699 (8 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from €720 (7 days) ex flights
Trinidad and Tobago nature tours
An eco-adventure experience that includes every comfort, from £2095 - £2850 (16 days) inc UK flights
Wolverine photography tour in Finland
Photograph & watch wild wolverines, a very elusive species, from £1495 (5 days) ex flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India., from £1170 - £1495 (14 days) ex flights
Vietnam small group holiday, a food adventure
Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Vietnam., from £1110 - £1345 (12 days) ex flights
Yoga holidays in Spain
Luxury yoga inspired health retreats in stunning locations., from £550 - £1298 (6 days) ex flights
Swedish Lapland holiday accommodation
Beautiful wilderness retreat in Lapland, from SKr1600 - SKr2500 (1 day) per person per night
Luxury fitness holidays in Spain
Luxury weight loss, detox, fitness and wellbeing retreats..., from £1048 - £1298 (7 days) ex flights
China holiday and rail journey across Tibet
Travel along the newly opened Qinghai to Lhasa railway, from £2866 (17 days) inc UK flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €1150 (8 days) ex flights
Burma photography tours
Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome, from US $3500 (12 days) ex flights
Lofoten Islands photography holiday, Norway
Midnight sun, mountains, fishing villages & birds in Lofoten, from £2350 (8 days) ex flights
France gite accommodation, Mercantour
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from £406 per accommodation per week

724 reviews for special interest holidays4 star overall rating

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Orangutan photography in Borneo
This is a great holiday. Whether you are a first time photographer or experienced photographer you will love this holiday and will come back with great photos and memories, as well as having learned a lot. (more)Mark Edwards
Totally brilliant, great food, great organisation and most of all a great wildlife experience that felt unique and very privileged...Great tuition from Ian really helped me to learn to use my camera to maximise the results. (more)suzanne lamb
Very good! Wonderful experience and something out of the box!! The most exciting part was the close encounters with endangered orangutans. (more)Kaz Thorpe
From £1820 excluding flights
Life coaching and cultural holiday in Chiang Mai
Excellent. This was a memorable (and life changing!) experience. The most memorable part was the actual one to one life coaching sessions and being able to do these at a comfortable and relaxing hotel. (more)Karen Gorham
The most memorable part of the holiday was the life coaching that we had and, a fantastic highlight, the excursion to the elephant sanctuary. (more)Kirsten Stolz
From £745 excluding flights
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
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
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
From £2250 - £2350 including domestic flights only
South East China photography holiday
Memorable parts? Oktay gave me a wonderful introduction to China from all his (and his assistant Sandy's) experience. He knew just the right places to go for photography and the right people to meet. Oktay is a great professional and I had an excellent and instructive time with him. Tips? If possible go to both Guilin and Shanghai with Oktay - the contrast is extraordinary. Local benefits? Yes - we used local resources; we went to out of the way places, photographing them,... (more)John Stork
From €1950 - €2100 excluding 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
A very special week filled with many memorable moments, that will always be cherished (more)Yvonne Stark
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 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
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Fantastic - just what I needed! If you want to learn Spanish, go on some great hikes and be truly immersed in Spanish all week (both in school and in the local community) - then book it without hesitation! (more)Hazel Tyror
A challenging and rewarding week spent learning new skills and meeting warm, friendly people. (more)Cathryn Priestley
Memorable says it all. It's 5 star as a learning experience . A chance to learn more Spanish in a thoroughly enjoyable, varied and relaxed fashion - on subjects which have real relevance and usage in everyday Spanish life (more)Veronica Thompson
From €720 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Good...The walks and the Spanish learning were the best parts. (more)Elizabeth Weightman
Excellent opportunity to learn Spanish while having very enjoyable holiday. Would thoroughly recommend it. (more)Barbara Ainger
I loved everything about this trip. Excellent teacher, varied and interesting lessons, lovely peaceful rural village, stunning scenery, great excursions, good fun, good introduction to culture and gastronomy of Spain. (more)Helen Kearney
From €720 excluding flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
We will have lasting memories of the wonderful ancient sites, beautiful villages and towns, fantastic food and the friendly people of this diverse and attractive region (more)Andrew Douglas
Walking on tracks that were not tourist tracks was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Louis Mcmanus
Great! It enabled us to feel we were really gaining some insights into the country and the people. (more)Joanne Deller
From €1150 excluding flights
Trinidad and Tobago nature tours
Wonderful, loved being surrounded by nature. The leatherback turtles laying on the beach was also a highlight. (more)Rosie Sutcliffe
Getting to the heart of Carnival on our day trip there was the most memorable part of the holiday...Excellent - lovely people, great bird life, and a huge variety of fish to snorkel with, just off the beach... (more)Mike Edwards
Excellent, I will pass on recommendations to friends and family (more)David Brierley
From £2095 - £2850 including UK flights
Trinidad and Tobago bird watching holidays
It was a wonderful experience and we will remember some lovely people from the islands who helped make it a holiday of a lifetime. (more)Nigel Scott
We much preferred the more relaxed way of life in Tobago. The most memoranle part was the days bird watching with Kelton Thomas. He can whistle the birds out of the forest. (more)Alison Buckingham
The entire holiday ran very smoothly, very well organised. The first sight of all the humming birds on the verandah was amazing to see. (more)Janina Tomsett
From £2150 - £2980 including UK 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
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
We had a 24hr period where everything just went right. Killer Whales, dolphins and a surprise display of a fantastic Aurora...It was a fantastic holiday. (more)Jenny Lacey
The most memorable parts were seeing the Orca swim under the bridge we were standing on and the grade 5 Aurora Borealis - painting the sky in technicolour! (more)Keith Muir
Good holiday. The emphasis is on photography (all levels) and there is enough time at each stop. Experienced photographers to help you and you also get to see some lovely places in Iceland. (more)Rebecca
From £1550 excluding flights
Endangered wildlife tour in India
Memorable parts? The sightings of the Desert Cat and the Leopard were fantastic. Roopangarh Fort was spectacular. Tips? At this time of year (March/April), the middle of the day is too hot to be outside for long. January/February would probably be better for both heat and early morning/late evening safaris. As cat sightings are not guaranteed, it is good if you have another interest, eg birding / photography. Lots of travelling. Be prepared for several hours in the car - not a... (more)kate Wilson
From £1100 - £1300 excluding flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
This holiday was very special and nourished body, mind and spirit. This is what holidays should be like and I would recommend this holiday to anyone looking for something nourishing, peaceful and uplifting. (more)Domini Stone
Very happy...made new international friends. (more)Catherine Haynes
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
From €650 - €800 excluding flights
Scotland by railway holiday
Excellent...particularly the West Highland Line (more)Michael Rose
Excellent holiday with wonderful hotels and superb organization, the sun followed us around Scotland ! (more)Joy Wessels
From £985 - £1050 excluding flights
Scotland luxury rail holiday
Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall (more)Andrew and Hilary Walker
Wow, a number of exciting parts, firstly the train journey from Queen Street station to Fort William, absolutely superb. Staying at Inverlochy Castle, truly breathtaking location. Steam train. (more)Anne Feeley
From £1750 - £1820 excluding flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
Totally memorable, for all the best reasons!...We would unhesitatingly recommend this Holiday. (more)Suzanne de Pelsenaire
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
From £1950 excluding flights
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 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 £1225 including UK flights
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 SKr9210 excluding flights
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
It was a 100% success...We have never been anywhere that was more environmentally friendly. (more)Keith Pinion
Brillant!...The Scotish scenery and the castles. The b&b was the very good, we really enjoyed staying there. (more)Michael Hinton
Excellent...Extremely welcoming host, all facilities excellent & so refreshing to see eco policies put into practice so thoroughly (more)Geraldine Moon
From £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
West Devon accommodation, B&B on organic farm
Staying in this farm you may feel you are staying at home. The farm owners are simple and friendly. (more)chanuan ratanawaraha
The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the Eden Project, Rosemoor Gdns, other NT/RHS properties in the area. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
The wonderful breakfasts that Rose cooked were made up of local produce and tasted delicious. Rose is a very good jam maker too! (more)Amanda Porter
From £30 - £45 per person per night
Reunification Express holiday, Vietnam
The most memorable part was the motorbike tour in Hue & overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. We stayed in lovely owned hotels & ate in family owned restaurants. (more)Samantha Rogers
The association with other travelers and meals were very pleasant. (more)Gayle Avant
From £810 - £995 excluding flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
Most memorable was undoubtedly visiting the Taj Mahal, although the journey on the overnight train was a close, but completely contrasting, second. (more)Sarah Memery
Excellent! I would do it again in a heartbeat...Tasting street food of India, feeling reassured that our leader had assessed the risks of hygiene at that particular outlet. The food was always delicious and unforgettable (more)mary souster
From £1170 - £1495 excluding flights
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
Most memorable was walking through the Amazon with one of the Sani guides (whose father happened to have established the Sani Lodge), in the rain, through the mud, finding the most incredible birds, reptiles, insects and plants. (more)Julia Saurazas
The tapir emerged from the forest and remained at the clay lick drinking water for an extended period of time. Simply remarkable. (more)Robert Roberto
We loved the Eco-lodge that we stayed at, the Napo Wildlife Center. It was beautiful, well appointed and our guides were absolutely top notch. We learned an incredible amount and got to experience a wonderful place with wonderful people. (more)Elizabeth Essner
From £846 including domestic flights only
Painting holiday in Andalucia
The painting experience and teaching was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Luisa Brenta
I found it very enjoyable and relaxing; the organisers were efficient and friendly and created a welcoming environment. The mix of people on the course contributed to an interesting week as there were some serious painters and others who just wanted to dabble (more)Patricia Diango
Meeting a wonderful group of people and being tutored by a fantastic artist was the most memorable part of the holiday.... Also loved staying in local houses and becoming part of a traditional village for a week. (more)Lorraine Rutter
From £799 excluding flights
Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The whole trip was very memorable, horse riding, local, landscape, culture everything was amazing Tips? just be ready to let yourself go and enjoy being in a very different authentic existence for a while Local benefits? The locals were key to the whole trip and were very happy to be sharing their culture Overall rating? absolutely amazing experience (more)Dave Redfern
From £2150 excluding flights
Photography holiday in Andalucia, Spain
The locations for the photo shoots were excellent - especially Comares and the lake. Good company enjoyed over the varied evening meals. (more)ROB INNIS
Great value for money - informative and friendly tuition, excellent accomodation and hospitality. (more)Louise Goddard
The week was very enjoyable - good photography tips, great locations in Spanish villages and coasts, and with 'staff' that seemed more like old friends than small business operators. And it was excellent value for money. (more)Murray Rudd
From £699 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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