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Special interest holidays and tours, 2015 and 2016

Special interest holidays from specialist companies with a real passion & expertise. From yoga to photograhy our special interest holidays are run by the experts
Yoga holiday in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains, from €700 - €850 (7 days) ex flights
Yoga and Pilates holiday in Spain
Yoga and pilates holidays at gorgeous boutique hotels, Spain, from £695 (6 days) ex flights
Photography holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Photography holidays in beautiful Andalucia, from £699 (8 days) ex flights
Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & aurora spotting in Finnish wilderness, from £1375 - £1625 (5 days) inc UK flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €980 (8 days) ex flights
Angkor Temples short break photography tours, Cambodia
Four days photography tours of iconic Angkor temples, from US $1000 (5 days) ex flights
Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy
Walking and wine tasting in Tuscany, from £929 - £1129 (8 days) inc UK flights
France gite accommodation, Mercantour
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from £420 per accommodation per week
Scotland by railway holiday
Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free, from £1000 - £1065 (8 days) ex flights
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
Accommodation in the Cairngorms, from £90 - £99 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Lofoten Islands photography holiday, Norway
Midnight sun, mountains, fishing villages & birds in Lofoten, from £2350 (9 days) ex flights
Ladakh photography tour, India
Learn the art of travel photography in Buddhist Ladakh, from £2300 - £2500 (16 days) ex flights
Yoga holidays in Spain
Luxury yoga inspired health retreats in stunning locations, from £500 - £685 (6 days) ex flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India, from £1220 - £1390 (15 days) ex flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from £875 - £975 (4 days) inc UK flights
Gulet cruise in Turkey, gastronomy cruise
Rated One of ‘The World’s Tastiest Cruises’ The Sunday Times, from £2175 (8 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga holiday, Iyengar retreat
Wonderful healing Iyengar yoga retreat in Portugal's Algarve, from €785 (7 days) ex flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from £1700 (7 days) ex flights
West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland
Take the "The World's Best Rail Journey" to the Isle of Skye, from £500 - £510 (4 days) ex flights
Morocco photography holiday
A true Moroccan adventure of Kasbahs, mountains and desert, from £1095 (7 days) ex flights
Small group cooking holiday in Thailand
Discover Thailand through its food. No Single Supplement, from £2225 (15 days) inc UK flights
Photography holiday in Picos de Europa, Spain
Photography in N. Spain's stunning mountains & wild coast, from £2100 (9 days) ex flights
Cambodia photography holiday & Angkor temples
Improve your travel photography on tour in Cambodia, from US $2500 (10 days) ex flights
Painting holiday in Andalucia
Explore your creativity in a delightful Andalucian village, from £799 (8 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish in Granada, Andalucia
Spanish courses in Granada, Andalusia, from €225 (5 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
Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from €810 (7 days) ex flights
South East China holiday, culture & nature
Discover ethnic minorities and natural wonders of China, from €1900 - €1950 (10 days) ex flights
Swedish Lapland holiday accommodation
Beautiful wilderness retreat camp in Lapland, from SKr1500 - SKr2000 (1 day) per person per night
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system, from £1315 - £1345 (5 days) inc UK flights

672 reviews for special interest holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent special interest holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

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 £2350 - £2500 excluding flights
Iceland Northern Lights short break
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
From IKr85990 excluding flights
Yoga retreats in Andalucia, Spain
I can not rate this retreat highly enough.The effort that is made to make sure everyone's level of yoga practice is accommodated and everyone is included. The attention to small details that make the whole experience one of healing, learning, happiness and joy. I left feeling energised, rested, optimistic about the future and re-engaged with my yoga practice and my health. (more)Alison Pomfret
Go for it! The employees were locals and our cook was an organic farmer. Food waste was recycled back to feed the chickens on the farm :) Eco-friendly products were used. Wonderful! A revitalising experience. (more)Elizabeth Reuben
Wonderful - I cannot recommend this holiday highly enough: such a patient and encouraging yoga teacher and the food was delicious. I feel I benefitted physically, emotionally and spiritually. I came home relaxed and healthy and I still keep in regular contact with my new international friends. (more)Sheila Scott
From €649 - €1149 excluding flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Lots of memorable moments, the Huskies, riding the Snowmobiles across the frozen lakes at speed!! And of course the fab aurora showing on our last night... (more)joe staton
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
From £875 - £975 including UK flights
Umbria cooking holiday, Italy
This is foodie heaven. The cooking classes were fabulous came back with a lot of good ideas. This is holiday is run by a local couple on their own organic smallholding. As far as possible food is sourced from their own vegetable garden or local farmers and the vine from local vineyards. (more)Annette Chapman
The cookery course was fun and we made tasty but not too fiddly food, so what you learn you can put to use when you return home. (more)nicola cosgrove
They were the perfect hosts! They always catered for our every need and went out of their way to make sure that our stay was an enjoyable one. We would not hesitate to book this holiday again! (more)Joanne Anagnostu
From €1100 - €1200 excluding flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
The most memorable part of the holiday was our hike along the Lousios gorge that ended with a wonderful picnic among the ruins of Gortys, an ancient healing centre...We would rate the archaeology activity holiday overall as among the best holidays we've had in Europe. (more)Ellen Taylor
The people we interacted with throughout our holiday, including Christos and his father, the drivers, the specialized tour guides, the hotel staff, and restaurant and shopkeepers were extremely warm and friendly. (more)Randi Morrison
The most memorable moments were unexpected. Our driver / guide took us up into the mountains to one of his favourite sites, ancient Orchomenos, where we stood in the lonely excavated theatre, just the five of us, with the majestic hills as the most perfect backdrop. Timeless! (more)Chris Thompson
From €980 excluding flights
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
The first sighting of the great male orang-utan swinging through the trees and then the look in his eyes as he eyeballed anyone who looked at him, his hands and the strength in his arms -- completely awesome (more)Celia Allen
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
From £1820 excluding flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
The trip was definitely one of most memorable and exiting holidays I have ever had. Nothing was short of wonder! (more)Anna Manaeva
When a week feels like a month ( in the best possible way), you know you have struck holiday gold! I'm a bit reluctant to tell anyone about them, as I loved it so much I kind of want to keep it for myself! ;) (more)Deirdre O
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
From €700 - €850 excluding flights
South East China photography holiday
I enjoyed the whole trip. I think it was well planned, even leaving it open to changes, tour leaders know their way around well and we had plenty of interesting photo opps. and they are always available and helpful. I would rate it 10 out of 10. (more)VIVIANE VAMMALLE
It was a great trip as we got to interact in a great way with lots of local people. Shandy (our local guide) was great in facilitating information exchange when there was no common language. (more)Mark Williamson
It was a fantastic trip, well balanced and well organised. (more)Garron Hilton
From €2400 - €2600 excluding flights
Provence cooking & walking holiday
Book it. The local tours are great with good food. (more)Alison Mott
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
From €405 - €730 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 £90 - £99 per room per night (sleeps 2)
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 £885 - £1065 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 £2350 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
Northern lights short break, Finland
It was in my top three holidays and I have travelled a lot. An absolute must! (more)Thomas White
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
From £1315 - £1345 including UK flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
It was fantastic. The tour guides were very responsive to local conditions and flexible to the interests of the group. They were very well organized and knew which sites would be good at different times of day for photography. The group had people at different levels of photography experience, but the common interest brought people together. (more)Christopher Gawronski
Excellent. Inspiring. Exhausting. I would do it all again tomorrow. (more)Tania Skye
Totally memorable, for all the best reasons!...We would unhesitatingly recommend this Holiday. (more)Suzanne de Pelsenaire
From £1950 - £2200 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 £2100 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 £1790 - £1865 excluding flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
The walks were good and varied. Some amazing scenery...This is a good choice if you want to combine some learning and some activity in a lovely part of Spain. (more)Rebecca T
Four hours of Spanish tuition followed by 4-5 hours of walking in the mountains is not exactly restful but it is hugely enjoyable and one of the best holidays I have ever had. (more)John Cass
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
From €400 excluding flights
Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Just to say how much I enjoyed this trip. Amazing how much you can learn in 15hours beginners course. Caring, responsible and responsive team of teachers and walking guides. Great mountain views, coastal paths... unforgetable visit to the caves to see prehistoric painting - sophisticated. (more)Ethel Kojman
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
From €810 excluding flights
France luxury yoga holiday
Highly recommend it (more)Michelle Lawlor
I highly recommend the holiday. The yoga, meditation and life coaching provided me with space to reconnect with my energy, feel more grounded and learn new approaches to viewing certain aspects of my life. All experienced within a beautiful natural setting and a lovely chalet environment. A great gift to yourself! (more)Kirstin Jones
From £680 - £930 excluding flights
Portugal yoga holiday, Iyengar retreat
The yoga classes, the extraordinary vegetarian food and the peaceful location...9 out of 10! (more)Alex Bartolozzi
The combination of the very warm welcome, excellent teaching and the wonderful food...All the elements were carefully put together with experience and a real commitment to the well being of the quests. The location was beautiful too. (more)Ros Morpeth
Excellent..Great food. A relaxing holiday in good company (more)Roger Elston-Green
From €785 excluding flights
Burma photography tour
Excellent small group led by an experienced photographer who showed us many different ways of using light and lenses and who was also relaxed and fun to be with. Our experiences felt real. (more)elizabeth McCormick
Having Nathan Horton on the trip gave a very interesting slant to an already enjoyable holiday. Nathan had a flair for taking the group to places which were not on the tourist trail and this was very much appreciated. (more)John Martin
From £3400 including UK flights
Scotland by railway holiday
A wonderful experience.... (more)Anthony Watts
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 £1000 - £1065 excluding flights
Northern Lights and whale watching holiday in Norway
A wonderful experience which I would not miss for the world. (more)Julie Boissonade
I loved the holiday. Whale watching has been something I've always wanted to do and this trip felt very 'exclusive' and personalised. As a single traveller (one of three) it was also easy to fit in as a passenger on the boat. Would thoroughly recommend it. (more)Paul Thompson
The scenery was breath taking during the day and the stars/Northern Lights were beautiful at night time. (more)Yoshiko Stokoe
From NKr8300 excluding flights
Northern lights family holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? We loved all of it - the food, accommodation, tour guides and the northern lights were spectacular. The trip was very well organised and everything came together nicely. We travel a lot and this trip did not disappoint. Tips? Bring a hairdryer as there was not one in our room. We might have been able to borrow one - we didn't ask. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Excellent (more)Penny Salmon
From £1095 - £1225 including UK flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, 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 £1700 excluding flights
Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Memorable parts? The entire trip was a great experience! From the moment you land to the last day was very enjoyable. And the itinerary was very well planned even for single traveller like me. Tips? The package provided and dossier are very informative and has covered almost all the information. Local benefits? yes Overall rating? Very enjoyable! (more)Adeline Teo
From £1375 - £1625 including UK flights
Yoga Gulet cruise in Turkey
Memorable parts? The whole trip was memorable, on a beautiful boat, in a stunning coastal location with delicious food. The YOGA was an excellent and challenging partner to the trip and enhanced one's appreciation of where we were. Tips? Think CAPSULE wardrobe! Cabins are bijou on board and storage is at a premium. So minimal is good! Local benefits? Apart from the British owner, the three crew were local, the food was all locally sourced. Waste water and rubbish was collected... (more)deborah Hancock
From £625 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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