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
Painting holiday in Andalucia
Explore your creativity in a delightful village in Andalucia, from 699 - 799 (8 days) ex flights
Iceland photography holiday, glaciers, volcanoes & waterfalls
Photo tour glacier lagoon, waterfalls, ice, puffins, coast, from 2500 (9 days) ex flights
India bird watching holiday in the Himalayas
Specialised bird watching in the Himalayas, from 900 - 1150 (14 days) ex flights
Trinidad and Tobago bird watching holidays
A perfect introduction to neo-tropical bird life, from 2150 - 2980 (13 days) inc UK flights
Luxury fitness holidays in Spain
Luxury weight loss, detox, fitness and wellbeing retreats..., from 1048 - 1248 (7 days) ex flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from 720 (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
Ladakh photography tour, India
Learn the art of travel photography in Buddhist Ladakh, from 1500 (16 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish in Granada, Andalucia
Spanish courses in Granada, Andalusia, from 225 (5 days) ex flights
Photography holiday in Southern India
Small group travel photo tour south India. Tamil Nadu/Kerala, from 2500 (15 days) ex flights
Swedish Lapland holiday accommodation
Beautiful wilderness retreat in Lapland, from SKr1600 - SKr2500 (1 day) per person per night
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
Photographic trip coastal landscapes, ice & northern lights., from 2250 - 2350 (10 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
Small group cooking holiday in Thailand
4 areas of Thailand. No Single Supplement., from 2225 (15 days) inc UK flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India., from 1016 - 1540 (14 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
Orangutan photography in Borneo
Develop your photography skills in Borneo, from 1820 (10 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga & dance holiday
A week of yoga, music, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains. , from 650 (6 days) ex flights
Yoga and relaxation holiday, Scotland
Award winning yoga & walking week in the Scottish Highlands., from 695 - 845 (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
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
Capture Iceland's Glacier, Northern Lights, Ice & Waterfalls, from 1950 (8 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga & massage holiday
Yoga, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains., from 650 (6 days) ex flights
Fitness holidays & fitness courses in Kenya
Fitness holidays in Kenya, from 2150 (9 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
Lofoten Islands photography holiday, Norway
Midnight sun, mountains, fishing villages & birds in Lofoten, from 2350 (8 days) ex flights
Photography holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Photography holidays in Andalucia, from 699 (8 days) ex flights
Provence cooking & walking holiday
Admire the South of France with local insight, from 405 - 730 (3 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour
Top tour of birding, wildlife and culture of Sri Lanka., from 1400 (14 days) ex flights
Burma photography tour
Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome, from US $3500 (12 days) ex flights
Life coaching in Ireland
Create an opportunity for self enrichment, from 140 - 280 (8 days) ex flights

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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
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
It was excellent in every way. I wouldn't hesitate to do another tour with Chrisos and his crew...Chrstos and everyone he works with were incredibly accommodating. I think there may be more than one Christos, given everything he does. (more)Tim Kearley
Excellent! Our group consisted just of my wife and I so we got personal service from Christos, the Company Operations Director, for the the whole week. The hotel we stayed in was very comfortable, the staff most attentive and the general atmosphere most congenial. (more)Julian Grubb
From 1150 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 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
I had the best time imaginable in Asturias doing Intensive Spanish each day with Ana Rodriguez Garcia and walking in the Picos speaking Spanish each afternoon. Accommodation in the simple hotel was perfect. The town was great and the course superbly well run. It was the best decision ever to take this course. And Ana went far beyond any expectation many times during the week. (more)Marianne Gorman
Had a great time. Everyone was very friendly, the teaching by Ana and Celine was brilliant and perfectly judged for my level of ability. The surrounding mountains are lovely and Jamie took us on some great walks in the afternoons. The food and drink in the local bars and restaurants was excellent. I came home with considerably greater confidence in Spanish. (more)Andrew Robinson
From 720 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
The overall experience was memorable. The location is great and Marina and Jeancarlo are excellent hosts, they make you feel at home since the begining. When you realize you are relaxed, feeling energetic and sleeping like a baby after an excellent meal with nice wine and company. (more)Sylvia Azem
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
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
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
We greatly enjoyed this unique adventure in learning the language and experiencing a culture and having an action-oriented vacation. And we are in our 60's. (more)Margaret Johnson
From 720 excluding flights
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
Trinidad and Tobago nature tours
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
Excellent...The best part was the turtles at Mt Plaisir, Grande Riviere. We watched one laying her eggs, and later helped a lost hatchling find the sea! (more)Susan Holdsworth
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
Mercantour self catering gite, France
A really worthwhile and memorable holiday: the self guided walks were well planned and gave us a great idea of the locality; the food was very good and the garden(s) excellent for relaxing on our days off. We were given a very warm welcome and a friendly stay. (more)Jon Nay
Amazing 360 degree views on the walks in the Maritime Alps and the relaxed but informative approach of our guide Mel. The gite is very comfortable and well equipped and the food which was prepared by Liz was delicious and varied. (more)Cathy Wiggins
The most memorable part of the holiday was the trip to Col de Fenetre (mountain pass between France and Italy, ca 2400 m ab. s. l.) where we admired numerous chamoises, marmots and even ibexes. (more)Jan Maca
From 406 per week (sleeps 2)
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
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
Fantastic...So many highlights - the yoga of course, the food, the treatments and the landscape - and perhaps the relaxed atmosphere fostered by the team. (more)Sinead Mooney
Excellent...it does what it says on the tin! ...and the food and massages were amazing! (more)Debra Butler
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
Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour
This was the most fantastic holiday. I was not that keen on going, but my husband is a very keen birder and he really wanted to go. I am now so glad he persuaded me, and will definitely visit Sri Lanka again... (more)John Diley
This was a really excellent holiday. We had fun, we were stimulated, we were educated and we made good friends with our locals who showed us their country. We also feel that we had excellent value for money with two locals, a new vehicle, most meals, all entrance fees and other extras included for a very inexpensive daily rate. (more)Keith Pigdon
It was great and our guide, Jith, was an incredible birder, funny, and generous. The most memorable was the smiles of all the people in Sri Lanka whom we passed in our bird walks and the children who got all excited and waved and called to us (more)Gisela Meyn
From 1400 excluding flights
Swedish Lapland holiday accommodation
Fantastic! Loved every minute of it. Excellent accommodation and food. Owners were extremely accommodating, helpful and knowledgeable. Great activities in an amazing setting. Would highly recommend it and would love to go back! (more)Amanda Ford
It was fantastic. Scenery and people made it all worth while...Staying in the wilderness cabin for 2 nights was an amazing experience. (more)Bolette Bruun
The most exciting part was finally seeing the Northern Lights the night before I left. (more)Natasha Cafane
From SKr1600 - SKr2500 per person per night
Holiday in Swedish Lapland, tailor made
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing northern lights, the wilderness retreat and a real log fired sauna. Mika and Maja lovely hosts. (more)Jonathan Marsh
Exhilarating...The warm friendly welcome, dog-sledding and the wonderful Wilderness Cabin were the best parts. (more)Liz Evans
Amazing! The best parts were the snow , local people, husky dogs, father Christmas , -38 !!! And the ice hotel (more)Lynne Walker
From SKr11450 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 736 - 975 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 1016 - 1540 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 699 - 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
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

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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
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A bit disappointing really
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