Special Interest Tours If you're looking for something a little bit different from your holiday, then look no further than our special interest and festival departures.

These departures are perfect if you want to try something new, practise a hobby or simply time your visit with a festival or unique time of year to soak up the atmosphere.




Birdwatching in Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica is famed for its rich bio-diversity and is home to 6% of the world's plant and animal species. With diverse landscapes to explore; verdant rainforest, lush mangroves, lava fields and serene cloud forests and unrivalled wildlife it is truly a nature lover's paradise.

    For keen birders, we have designated a number of departures that will be accompanied by a specialist bird-watching guide. Over 850 bird species have been recorded in Costa Rica - higher than anywhere in North America, Europe and Australia, and on these special departures walks and visits to national parks will be led with the intention of seeing as much bird life as possible.

  • DISCOVER COSTA RICA

    Birdwatching Special Departure

    15 days from

    DEPARTS 'VARIOUS'

    Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Travel through dense rainforests, see active volcanoes, soak in natural pools, and stay in an eco-friendly lodge on this voyage of discovery.

    Highlights: Tortuguero | Arenal | Monteverde | Manuel Antonio

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Fall Foliage Departures

  • New England's Fall foliage is legendary all across the world. During September and October the leaves turn from green to gold, crimson and orange. It's one of the most beautiful times of year to visit, and perfect time for hiking and for taking some unique photographs.

  • APPALACHIAN TRAIL WALK (CAMPING)

    Fall Foliage Special Departure

    10 days from

    DEPARTS SEP-OCT

    Perfect fall foliage and idyllic trails await you on this walking tour of North East USA. Explore the Appalachian Trail's valleys, peaks and thick forests with guided daily hikes, and then swap stories around the campfire on this invigorating walking holiday!

    Highlights: Berkshire Mtns | Mt Washington | Baxter

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  • APPALACHIAN TRAIL WALK (HOTEL)

    Fall Foliage Special Departure

    10 days from

    DEPARTS SEP-OCT

    Explore the mountain ranges of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts on this walking adventure through Northeastern USA. With perfect fall foliage and idyllic trails, this lodging itinerary is a nature lover and photographers paradise!

    Highlights: Berkshire Mtns | Mt Washington | Baxter

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  • ATLANTIC MARITIMES

    Fall Foliage Special Departure

    13 days from

    DEPARTS SEP

    Rugged, unspoilt and off the tourist trail, Northern New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and hidden secrets to the more intrepid traveller.

    Highlights: Acadia National Park | Prince Edward Island

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Festival Departures

  • Have a unique experience and discover an insight into local life by choosing a tour that coincides with a local event, or annual festivity.

  • TEXAS RANGER

    Visit the Texas State Fair in Dallas

    10 days from

    DEPARTS SEP-OCT

    Experience the largest State Fair in the USA, with everything from live music to truck test drives and livestock shows. Ride the 212ft Texas Star Ferris wheel or try some unique deep fried foods (deep fried Oreos anyone?).

    Highlights: Texan Cities | Western Ranch | The Alamo

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  • CANADIAN ROCKIES

    Visit the Calgary Stampede

    10 days from

    DEPARTS 04 JULY

    Canada's rugged Western spirit comes alive during the world famous Calgary Stampede. Rodeo shows, live music and some wacky food and drink (deep fried butter, anyone?) ensure an unforgettable day!

    Highlights: Banff | Jasper | Icefields Parkway

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  • NORTHEASTERN EXPLORER

    Be in Boston for 4th July Celebrations

    10 days from

    DEPARTS 24 JUNE

    One of the most celebrated occasions in the US, the 4th July is enjoyed across the country with parades, fireworks and festivities. Boston is a great place to join the party and watch the magnificent fireworks display burst over the banks of the Charles River.

    Highlights: Boston | Toronto | Montreal | Niagara Falls

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  • DEEP SOUTH & DELTA BLUES

    Spend Thanksgiving in New Orleans

    10 days from

    DEPARTS 18 NOV

    Join in the celebrations in one of the most foodie cities in the USA. Enjoy turkey with a twist, have it deep fried, or try the Turducken - a legendary New Orleans dish made up of a chicken inside a duck, accompanied with southern style stuffing.

    Highlights: New Orleans | Nashville | Memphis

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