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Everyone has a hobby or passion of some sort. But not many people take their hobby on holiday. Why not enjoy your favourite pastime in more exotic surroundings, somewhere that might give you inspiration and motivation or simply because you want a purpose to your holiday. There's now an abundance of companies that specialise in offering holidays centered around a particular interest. Examples include painting in Italy, cooking in France, Tango in Argentina, bird-watching in Costa Rica, and learning French in Canada. Click on a category below to find web links to companies that can take you there.

Spectator Sports
Painting, Photography and Writing
Food and Wine - Gastronomy
Nature and Wildlife
Culture (History, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Music)

Spectator Sports Holidays
Why Don't You… Sports and Pastimes Holidays "Whatever your favourite pastime or sport at home, why not experience it first hand on one of our sports holidays and tours."
Kuoni Sport Abroad "Kuoni Sport Abroad is the specialist sports division of Kuoni Travel Ltd. We design, organise and operate high quality supporters tours to selected major sporting events."
Grandstand Sports Tours "Designed with sports enthusiasts in mind, we offer spectator tours to cricket, motor sports and rugby events worldwide,combining the thrill and excitement of being at the sporting event, with the opportunity to travel and visit exciting destinations."
The Sporting Traveller "Bringing together the best sporting events from around the world into an exciting range of sports based holidays, our supporter tours and golfing holidays will appeal to the travelling sports enthusiast."
Liasons Abroad "We offer privileged access to an outstanding range of venues and destinations. Make the most of your personal and corporate travel opportunities, guided by your very interests inspired by our extensive repertoire."
Language Holidays and Courses
Cactus Language "We offer over 25 languages, in some 45 countries and 150 destinations. Our comprehensive range of programmes underlines our recognition of the diverse needs of our clients. We continually strive to provide the highest levels of customer service, best value and enjoyment."
CESA Languages Abroad "CESA Languages Abroad was created, in 1980, to help you learn a language where the language is spoken overseas... one which is great fun, highly effective and very motivational."
Twin World Languages "Twin World Languages is a leading and established language and travel company with over 34 years experience."
EF International Language Schools "The World Leader in International Education… 40 years of experience in 65 countries. 3 million alumni."
Caledonia Languages Abroad "Over 50 locations worldwide for courses in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, German, Arabic and Russian."
Vis a Vis (French) "Vis-à-Vis is a specialist organisation providing French language courses in France, Belgium and Canada."
Don Quijote (Spanish) "Whatever your motivation - be it professional, enhancing your career or education, passing examinations, or just for pleasure - don Quijote offers the best language course programme to suit you."
Dance Holidays
Why Don't You… Learn to Dance "If you’ve ever fancied learning a new skill but never done it, then an overseas holiday course will be just the thing. Expert local teachers are on hand to help you acquire the knowledge and techniques - making you a dab hand in no time at all."
Club Dance Holidays "Club Dance Holidays is the number one provider of dance breaks world-wide offering over 115 holidays and 12 different dance styles all over the world. Always featuring the very best teachers and leading names in dance, each holiday is a different blend of destination, dance, activity, duration and dance ability – anything from beginner to advanced."
Cactus Language Combine learning Spanish with learning to dance Salsa, Flamenco or Tango, or try Portuguese with Samba or Greek with Greek dance.
Salsa Delic Classes throughout the UK, and occasional salsa holidays.
GoSalsa "Salsa holidays to suit any taste: from a short break to a long haul Salsa exposure."
Flamenco La Fuenta Flamenco holidays in southern Spain.
Arts (Painting, Photography and Writing) Holidays
Why Don't You… Learn Photography and Painting "If you’ve ever fancied learning a new skill but never done it, then an overseas holiday course will be just the thing. Expert local teachers are on hand to help you acquire the knowledge and techniques - making you a dab hand in no time at all."
Painting Holiday Directory Information on painting holidays all over the world - a useful resource but no online booking facility.
PaintGreece Holidays "We arrange painting and yoga holidays on the beautiful island of Angistri in Greece."
Bettina Schroeder Art Holidays "Bettina Schroeder is a London-based artist whose work is regularly exhibited throughout Britain and Europe... Bettina organized her first painting holiday in 1987. Such was its success that she has organized painting holidays every year since"
Arvon Foundation writing courses "Whether you want to begin writing, or find more time and space for it in your busy life, Arvon offers you wide skies and guiding words from published writers in four beautiful locations. We're here for you to explore the world in words."
Venice School of Photography "We invite a collections of the world's most accomplished photographers and professionals to teach our workshops, and we work relentlessly to design trips and itinereraries that combine superb accommodation, magnificent food, unique cultural encounters within a context of learning and improving your photographic skills."
Wild Arena - Wildlife Photography Trips "Wild Arena was originally set up to provide a range of events and trips ‘tailor made’ for those people who are interested in Wildlife and Photography. Our simple aim is to use our extensive experience and knowledge to expand our customers’ enjoyment of photography and the natural world."
Andalucian Adventures Painting & Photography "Andalucian Adventures started life in the village of Zuheros in the hills of the Subbetica in 1997… we have grown to offer a range of activity holidays almost exclusively within natural Parks across Spain, Italy, Greece and England.
Phototrails - Photography in Andalucia "Join us on one of our photography holidays and let our professional photographer with extensive local knowledge guide you through the photographic opportunities of the rich and diverse area of Los Velez, Andalucia, Spain."
Point101 Photography Holidays in Abruzzo, Italy and Marrakech, Morocco "Point101 brings a fresh look to an otherwise old-fashioned activity break. Our trips are an inspiring and stimulating way to learn about photography and experience a unique place in a new, fresh and exhilarating way."
Fuel Images - Photography Courses in Kefalonia, Greece "Picked for its varied landscape and for the many beautiful flowers and animals that grace its land, Kefalonia is the ideal place to have both a relaxing holiday and learn new skills. Our experienced teachers will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy every moment of your course."
Food and Wine Holidays
Why Don't You… learn to cook and gourmet food & wine holidays "You could be tasting champagne in France, touring South Africa’s enchanting winelands with wine tastings galore, or learning the art of Thai cookery on a cookery course holiday in the exotic east."
Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours "The most exciting choice of wine tasting holidays in the world!"
Tasting Places "With Tasting Places you can discover the joys of cooking, using the finest local ingredients and learning the secrets of local dishes in a unique cooking holiday."
Flavours Holidays "Learn to cook in Italy with our local Italian cooks and stay in our exclusive properties in some of the most stunning locations in Bologna, Lazio, Puglia, Ravenna and Tuscany."
Gourmet on Tour "Culinary adventures for the solo hungry traveller, the couple on a romantic escape, a group on holiday, or the corporate team on retreat."
Nature and Wildlife Holidays
Why Don't You… Natural World Track elephants, ride camels across the desert, swim with sharks, witness the Northern Lights, chase tornados and much more…
Wildlife Worldwide "At Wildlife Worldwide we tailor-make our journeys using hand-picked lodges, cruise vessels and guides who we know will light up your holiday."
Naturetrek "Our website and brochure contain Britain's largest selection of professionally organised natural history holidays and wildlife tours. All are expertly guided by a leading ornithologist or botanist (and often both), generally with a good knowledge of the area to be visited."
Limosa Holidays "With more than two decades of experience behind us, Limosa is proud to be recognised as one of the world's leading specialist birdwatching and wildlife tour operators."
The Travelling Naturalist "We follow the best traditions of field natural history, leading small groups of like-minded people in some of the best areas for wildlife that we know, and taking time to appreciate the natural history there."
Brightwater Holidays (Gardens…) A small company offering tours of gardens all over the world.
Culture Holidays
Why Don't You… History and the Arts "If the mysteries of the ancient world and the pleasures of art are your thing, then don’t dwell on the past for too long. Instead, be creative and take an inspirational cultural tour abroad. Just take a look at our Train Journeys, Cultural Tours, Music Trips and City Escapes..."
Martin Randall "We offer the widest range of tours of any specialist tour organiser in Europe, perhaps the world." Art, architecture, gastronomy, archaeology, history and music.
Kirker Holidays "We have a passion for quality and specialise in providing discerning travellers with outstanding holidays." Art, architecture, botany, music, and historical escorted tours.
Andante Travels "We take travellers of all ages on the most exciting and inspiring archaeological and historical journeys through the ancient world."
Holts Battlefield and History Tours "Holts Tours is the leading history and battlefield tour company in the UK. For more than 30 years we have organised history tours and battlefield study tours covering military and historical events around the world."
The Traveller "A variety of themed tours to a range of exotic destinations has been assembled using selected local agents who over the years have become our close friends and understand how to look after a discerning clientele."
Special Tours "Specialtours is an established leader in the field of international art and cultural tours. Our itineraries are meticulously planned and often include access to wonderful private houses, art collections and gardens."
ACE Study Tours "ACE Study Tours - the trading name of the Association for Cultural Exchange - runs study tours and courses in the United Kingdom, Europe and across the globe."
Fine Art Travel "Fine Art Travel gives you privileged access to the most beautiful private houses in Europe."
Inscape Tours "Explore the fascinating world of art and architecture in small groups led by well-known art historians."
Prospect Tours "Our cultural tours focus on History, Archaeology, Architecture and Art History as well as Classical Music and Opera."
Travel for the Arts "We arrange small group tours featuring performances of opera, ballet and classical music, as well as à la carte itineraries for the independent traveller."
Art History Abroad "Come on a rollercoaster of an adventure from Venice to Verona, Florence, Siena, Rome and Naples with young, fun and exceptionally knowledgeable tutors who will kick start your love of culture."