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LIST: UNUSUAL HOLIDAYS

These are tour operators and travel agents offering unusual special interest holidays.

Some of these travel companies are not based in the UK. You may not enjoy the same level of financial security and protection if things go wrong when you book directly with an overseas company.
7 Day Wonder Holidays Standup Comedy 7 Day Wonder operate special interest residential holiday courses (painting, writing, art, music) in France and Spain, including a standup comedy week.
Arena Travel 01473 660 800 Arena have long specialised (since the seventies as I recall) in niche special interest tours, breaks and cruises for hobbies and interests such as quilting, knitting & bridge (they once used to operate tours to agricultural shows in the USA for people interested in tractors!) and music fan tours (following the footsteps of Elvis & Queen). They also offer an Antiques tours - perfect for avid Antiques Roadshow fans!
Art Safari Painting safari Painting holidays in various landscapes and settings in Malawi.
Aroma Tours Aromatic Adventures "Aromatic adventures" for small groups to Bali, Italy, France and Australia operated by an Australian couple with expertise between them as gastronome, sommelier, naturopath, and lifestyle consultant. There are aromatherapy courses & cookery classes and tours visit such places as spice markets, rose oil distilleries, and soap factories.
Country of Tourism Cosmonaut training, MIG flights, military adventures These are the guys who do all the extreme and special interest tours in Russia.
Cubawelcome Travel Cigar tours Expert-guided Cuban cigar tours visiting factories, shops, cigar auctions and tobacco plantations on Cuba, with 'cigar-tasting' meals. Not exactly ideal for non-smokers!
DJ Dispensary DJ'ing The DJ Dispensary is a collective of DJs & luxury travel experts. They run luxury retreats for aspiring DJs to develop their music mix skills.
Green Mountain Holidays Family hiking with donkeys GM offer actvity, walking & hiking holidays in the Apuseni Mountains, Romania - including 7, 9 & 15-day hiking trips with donkeys for families & groups.
Holiday Movie Company, The Film-making holidays Just wait for your mates to post their holiday video on Facebook...then you can post yours! The Holiday Movie Company offers unique film-making experience holidays in the UK and France, where you get the chance to make a movie in a lovely atmospheric location with professional actors and professional HD video or 16mm film equipment, coached by friendly and experienced film makers (ex BBC, etc). The holidays are aimed at beginners who get the chance to direct a part of a drama film or documentary plus become a part of a film crew.
Japan Journeys Manga, Game Shows, Bonsai, Ceramics, etc Specialist operator to Japan with an interesting programme of special interest holidays including manga, bonsai and handicraft tours.
John Baines Tours Dentist & medical history tours JBT are cultural tour specialists with a programme of small group study and lecture tours looking at subjects like medical history in China or dental techniques Vietnam or occupational therapy in India.
Olive Cooperative Palestine tours These guys take tourism, trade and educational groups to Israel and Palestine. These are dangerous places to go but the aim of the group is to promote reconcilation & understanding in the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Outlaw Trails Cowboy trail riding Small group horse riding holidays, pack-trips, long rides and expeditions deep into wilderness regions of the United States, Mexico or South American continent, often following the trail of famous cowboys and outlaws.
Political Tours Current Affairs Does what it says on the tin; takes small groups on expert-led study tours to worldwide destinations that are/have been the focus of political events and current affairs.
Speed-Dater Events speed-dating In addition to their speed-dating events (work your way through twenty potential partners in 60 minutes), Speed Dater also runs occasional speed-dating city breaks and ski weekends abroad.
SwimTrek Sea Swimming Swimming adventure holidays. Swim the Hellespont between Europe & Asia and then swim off the beaches at Gallipoli. Or swim between Greek islands. Or swim with seals in the Hebrides. Take your pick, the oceans are your playground!
Ural Expeditions & Tours Mineralogical Tours UET operate a wide range of tours and experiences in the Urals, including 'mineralogical tours' with visits to gold, nickel, emerald, rhodonite, jasper and copper mines & quarries, jewellery and 'lapidary arts' museums, plus trails and site visits to the locations of a load of obscure minerals ending in "-ite"!
Village Ways Village stays Guided walking holidays in India & Ethiopia, hosted by local village communities.
Vocation Vacations Job Experiences Oregan-based company offering people the chance to take lifestyle-changing holidays by trying a new vocation. For a few days you can be a sports announcer in Tennessee, a boot-maker in Oklahoma, or an architect in Boston. Trouble is.... you don't get a paycheque, you have to pay them!
Walk Spain Stonework & Ceramics Sculpture, Mosaic and Raku* holiday courses & workshops in Andalucia, Spain. This Anglo-Dutch family run business specialises in guided and self-guided walks, hence the name, but also offers specialist craft courses. (* Raku is an ancient Japanese oven firing technique)
WaveRiders Kite surfing Kite surfing holidays in the Mediterranean and worldwide including Egypt's Red Sea coast, Cyprus, and Margarita island, Venezuela. Waveriders is a trading name of Ski Safari. The original Waveriders company closed in Dec 2008 and was taken over by Ski Safari, who now operate the kitesurfing holiday programme.

Notes

  • Unusual Hotels of the World is a collection of 120 bizarre and unusual places to stay around the world including treehouses, underwater lodges, caves, igloo’s and ice hotels, which you can book online.
  • Likewise, Rare Retreats is an easy-to-search site specialising in unique and unusual places to stay including ice hotels, secluded islands, film locations and tree houses. Bookings are made direct with the property.

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