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Learn Spanish in Granada, Andalucia
Spanish courses in Granada, Andalusia, from €225 (5 days) ex flights
Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation
Private country estate by the sea on Greek island of Ithaca, from €2495 - €4950 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Provence cooking & walking holiday
Admire the South of France with local insight, from €405 - €730 (3 days) ex flights
Lofoten Islands photography holiday, Norway
Midnight sun, mountains, fishing villages & birds in Lofoten, from £2250 (8 days) ex flights
India bird watching holiday in the Himalayas
Specialised bird watching in the Himalayas, from £850 - £1100 (14 days) ex flights
Bird watching tours in Hungary
Visit Bukk N.P. with a birding specialist, from £890 (7 days) inc UK flights
Portugal yoga & dance holiday
A week of yoga, music, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains. , from €650 (6 days) ex flights
Photography holiday in Southern India
Small group travel photo tour south India. Tamil Nadu/Kerala, from £2500 (15 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
Fitness holidays & fitness courses in Kenya
Fitness holidays in Kenya, from £2150 (9 days) ex flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India., from £1195 - £1490 (14 days) ex flights
Buddhism cultural holiday in Bhutan
Buddhism trip in Bhutan, journey to your inner self, from US $2000 - US $2500 (9 days) ex flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €1150 (8 days) ex flights
Painting holiday in Andalucia
Explore your creativity in a delightful village in Andalucia, from £799 (8 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from €355 (7 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga & massage holiday
Yoga, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains., from €650 (6 days) ex flights
Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy
Walking and wine tasting in Tuscany, from £929 - £1099 (8 days) inc UK flights
Yoga and relaxation holiday, Scotland
Award winning yoga & walking week in the Scottish Highlands., from £695 - £845 (8 days) ex flights
Orangutan photography in Borneo
Develop your photography skills in Borneo, from £1820 (10 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
Calcutta to Amritsar rail journey
The plains of India into the Himalaya, from £1922 (18 days) inc UK flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from £1550 (7 days) ex flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from €325 (7 days) ex flights
Iceland photography holiday, glaciers, volcanoes & waterfalls
Photo tour glacier lagoon, waterfalls, ice, puffins, coast, from £2500 (9 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
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
Excellent. One of my favourite holidays - I'd loved the Peloponnese when I went once as a child and it all lived up to my rose-tinted memories of the place. Two of us in the group had studied Classics which was our reason for going, and we weren't disappointed by the archaeological guides who took us round or the amount of time we had to explore for ourselves. As a company they were great at making sure we were taken care of and a great holiday. (more)Naranee Ruthra-Rajan
This was a wonderful holiday... The guides we had at the sites were excellent and our tour leader just great. The tour was quite simply more than we could have imagined! (more)Alison Marshall
From €1150 excluding flights
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
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
The holiday exceeded my expectations by a country mile. Martin and Geraldine are two of the loveliest people I have ever met and their knowledge and genuine passion for photography really left an impression. As it was my first photography workshop I was concerned it might not be for me; now my concern is how anyone else will be able to live up to what this operator has to offer, after a truly amazing 10 days. (more)Nicola Heffernan
My first photography holiday so I cannot compare but as a trip it was great with the added benefit of learning so much and seeing so much and enjoying the entire experience. (more)Ardath Wolcott
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
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
Excellent. The language school, walks, village and environment were better than I had dared to hope they would be. I hope I have a chance to return for a longer stay. (more)Cecilia Johnson
Loved it! I was made to feel right at home from the minute I met the crew; I made new friends, improved my Spanish and got to walk off the local cheese and cider in the spectacular Picos de Europa. I really didn't want to leave! (more)Carina Kane
From €325 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
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
Excellent...Despite the challenging environment (minus 26 degrees C at one point!) we felt safe and well looked after at all times. The sleigh ride with the huskies was the favourite for both my wife and me (more)Tony van de Bovenkamp
From £845 including UK flights
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Memorable parts? The hiking was gorgeous Tips? Get to Panes early enough to walk around the town and have a lay of the land before starting the week. Local benefits? Yes. The local economy is able to support this kind of tourism. Overall rating? 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 €355 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 & 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
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
The most memorable part of the holiday were the wonderful people, delicious food, the stunning natural surroundings, warm welcome and the stories shared...Absolutely brilliant! It was better than I could have imagined... (more)Hannah Rees
From €650 - €800 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
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
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
Meeting the host, wonderful people who looked after our every need...Excellent. (more)John Bell
From £699 excluding flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
There were many good moments. The highlight was the night we managed to see and photograph the northern lights. (more)Isabel Lledo
Seeing the Aurora was obviously a high point but the Ice was wonderful, the landscape ever-changing, it made an excellent subject for photography. The landscape is incredible, from ice lagoons & black beaches to glaciers and lava fields. A gift for photographers and artists. (more)Kym Barlow
Very well organized the leaders worked very hard to ensure we all had a good time. The beach and glacier with the huge ice cubes were the most memorable parts of the trip. (more)sandra thomas
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 - £1335 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 SKr795
Holiday in 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 SKr9950 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 SKr13975 excluding flights
Learn Spanish in Granada, Spain
Stepping out on the terrace and facing the magnificence of the Al Hambra Palaces in the sunshine. It’s one of those wonderful places you spend your whole life gazing at in pictures, but when you see it for yourself it is far more than any picture can portray. (more)Negla Salem
Excellent, the school and it's staff were well organised, encouraging and excellent value for money. The accommodation offered at the school site was basic but enjoyable for the company. (more)Maureen Perkins
It is so good, I am still here - have arranged to stay an extra week! (more)June King
From €160 excluding flights
Peak District self catering cottages, England
Very relaxing and the cottage was wonderful to come back too at the end of the day, or have a break during the day. (more)Colin Ingram
Exactly the relaxing break we needed and more....The cottage was wonderful and the views superb. We did some great walking and some amazing eating. The farmhouse breakfast has to be described as memorable -delicious! (more)Kathy Longford
Most memorable part was arriving at the beautiful cottage surrounded by glorious hillside views!...Amazing- we'd love to go back! (more)Hannah Merriman
From £270 - £740 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
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
This was the best holiday I have had in a long time and I travel frequently as I am retired. Everything about the accommodation is first class, from the moment you are met on arrival, through the delicious and wonderful meals, the oh so cozy bedroom and the exquisite decor of the house. (more)T. J. Rose
From £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
Peak District bed and breakfast, England
Memorable parts? Seeing the farm and the animals and finding out about how they have converted to an organic farm. Tips? Make sure you book restaurants in advance as they get busy. Local benefits? Yes yes yes. Overall rating? Excellent, would go there again. (more)Sue Kerrigan
From £43 per person per night
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 £35 - £45 per person per night
Gorilla photographic tour in Rwanda
Memorable parts? Seeing the gorillas. Tips? Take more US$ Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? I think it could be re-organised to maximise time spent in Rwanda. For example, it should definitely include a trip to Diane Fossey's grave and, as it was a specific photographic trip, the afternoons should have been spent on one to one tuition together with more photographic sessions around the lodge. The group and David discussed this and broadly agreed - David will submit... (more)Ann Mazzucco
From £2995 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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