Activity holiday ideas

If you want to fly and flop, look away now. There are activity holidays and holidays that make you more active than you thought possible. From relaxing yoga and detox holidays to military boot camps. Tennis to tango dancing. Horse riding to hiking up a mountain. Here’s a roundup of activity holidays for your bucket list.

Adventure holidays

Adrenaline junkie? Craving adventure over flopping on a beach?  Find your adventure with these activities.
Ice climbing
Mountain biking
Extreme hiking
Foraging and more

Sports holidays

  • Surfing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Scuba diving
  • Horse riding
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Gladiator fighting (yes, this is real… pop those sandals on now)
    So much more

Wellbeing holidays

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Meditation
  • Fitness
  • Detox and wellness
  • Reiki
  • Aromatherapy Spa
    And many more relaxing and rejuvenating holidays

Singles holidays

An activity holiday makes a perfect trip for solo travellers. Join a like-minded group, be independent or as sociable as you like without the straight-jacket of the typical singles holiday. Vidados has carefully chosen a range of holidays that have no single supplements and have solo travellers in mind. At last, singles holidays that break the mold from the dreaded escorted tour, cruise or club 18 to up for it.

Snowsports holidays

Learning holidays

  • High achiever? Don’t want to stop learning even on holiday?
  • Language courses
  • Jewellery making
  • Flamenco dancing
  • Play the guitar
  • Sports instructor courses and more

Creative holidays

  • Photography holidays
  • Painting holidays
  • Furniture making
  • Film making
  • Drawing and sketching
  • Jewellery making
  • Wood carving
  • Mosaic making and more

Local hosts with stories to tell

All of Vidados holidays are carefully chosen for the quality of the local hosts who run the trips.  Locals who know their stuff. Locals who love what they do and have a story to tell.  We have collected the best trips in one place so that you can concentrate on enjoying them, not searching for them.

Vidados’ activity and adventure holiday collection from the best local hosts around the world is coming soon with a holiday for your bucket list.

Photography holidays from local photographers

Digital cameras allow you to snap anything and everything on holiday – leaving you with hundreds of images to trawl through when you get home. Get creative and learn how to improve your exposure, composition and processing skills on a photography holiday.

Local professional photographers around the globe

Vidados will feature photography holidays taught by professional photographers around the world.  They are passionate about photography and as well as improving your photography skills, you’ll also get taken to places you’d never have discovered on your own. Places with the best views, local life and the best light to help you experience life through a lens.

Beginner to advanced photographers

Vidados has collected a range of photography trips that suit beginners with their first digital camera to the more advanced photography enthusiast.   Short breaks, weekends and longer photography holidays give you the chance to find your passion.

Photography courses will include landscape, portraiture, creativity with light and colour and some courses will also cover the all-important Photoshop skills to help elevate your photographs to professional standards.

Vidados’ photography collection from the best local photographers around the world is coming soon with a holiday for your bucket list.

Walking and hiking holidays from local guides

Those boots were made for walking. Grab them and let Vidados take you on a hike around the best walking and hiking holidays in the world.

Expert walking guides around the globe

Vidados will feature walking and hiking holidays led by expert guides. Guides who are passionate about discovery, uncovering places you’d never have stumbled upon on your own. Places with the best views, local life, plants and flowers and seascapes to delight.

Hiking, trails and self guided walking tours

Some places can only be appreciated on foot. For the more independent walkers out there, Vidados will offer a collection of self-guided walking and hiking trips where maps and notes are provided giving you the freedom to take things at your own pace.

If you prefer having the experience of a local guide or want to tackle the more extreme hikes around where a guide is essential, Vidados will connect you with local guides who’ll lead the way for an amazing trip.

Vidados’ walking and hiking collection from the best local guides around the world is coming soon with a holiday for your bucket list.

Scuba diving holidays from local dive masters

Is that a camel walking along the beach? Yes, a camel, really.  After a week scuba diving in Egypt, you’ll be as familiar with the local camels as you will be with the Napoleon wrasse, puffer fish, lionfish and even a sea cucumber or two.

Scuba diving lets you experience life at a different depth. After a couple of days of pool training, you will be ready to get out into the ocean to start to get acquainted with life underwater. Vidados’ scuba diving collection will feature the best dive sites around the world. From the Azores to Egypt , Malta to the Maldives, Costa Rica to Cape Verde and more.

Open water, advanced, rescue diver through to dive master

Scuba diving holidays are not just the preserve of those in possession of a PADI card.  There’s a wide choice of diving trips for complete beginners and those who’ve just been out for a day or two in the past.

We recommend you take 4 to 5 days for a combination of practical dives and theory work to gain your PADI open water scuba diving certificate which will allow you to dive to 12ft with a buddy.  This is the world’s most popular and widely recognised scuba diving course and is open to everyone. You just need to be able to swim, be over 10 years old and in good physical health.

After you’ve gained your open water certificate, as long as your last dive was within the previous 2 years, you can go onto take your advanced diver course (usually 2 days) and adventure diver allowing you to dive to a deeper level to experience more.

There’s also a wide range of fun courses to add to your certificate collection including, underwater photography, boat diver and even ice diver.

And if you are looking for a career change, you can go from advance diver right the way through to dive master to live life as an instructor diving around the world.

Want more than just a scuba diving holiday?  Vidados’ has carefully collected a great range of diving plus holidays where you can combine diving with yoga, Spanish lessons and more for a holiday less ordinary.

Vidados’ scuba diving collection from the best local diving schools around the world is coming soon with a holiday for your bucket list.

Cycling Holidays

Cycling holidays from local cycling hosts

Cycling has changed dramatically over the last few years. Once the preserve of kagool wearing outdoor enthusiasts or Lycra-clad fitness fans, cycling has shaken off its old image opening up the pleasure of exploring on two wheels to anyone that wants to saddle up.

Cycling holidays are not just the preserve of advanced cyclists looking to join a Tour de France style route or train in Majorca or Ibiza at the professional cyclists training camps. There are a whole raft of cycling trips out there from short breaks to longer holidays for all levels from beginners to advanced.

Local cycling guides across the globe

Vidados will feature cycling holidays from across the globe. From Vietnam to the Isle of Wight and the local guides are just that, local.  They know their terrain. They are passionate about cycling and will take you to places you’d have trouble finding without a guide. Places with the best views, the best cycle tracks and the best local rest stops opening up a world of cycling possibilities.

Guided and self guided cycling trips

For independent cyclists, we recommend self-guided cycling trip where the maps and notes are providing giving you total independence to go at your own pace, creating your own cycling adventure.

Want more than just a cycling holiday?  Vidados’ has carefully collected a great range of cycling and food tours, cycling and yoga holidays, wine tasting and cycling (push your bike home for that one) and even cycling and surf.

Take your own bike or just turn up and borrow one. All of the cycling equipment is of the highest standard with a choice of cycles to fit your needs.

Mountain biking, road biking, hybrids and beach cruisers.  Find your style.

Fall deeper in love with cycling and experience the power of the bike. Vidados’ cycling collection from the best local cyclists around the world is coming soon with a holiday for your bucketlist.

Horseriding holidays from local hosts

Hosts we call the ‘horse whisperers’ who have an intuition about the riders who come to stay with them as much as the horses.

Horse riding trails, hacks and riding lessons

Experienced riders can enjoy long leisurely treks in inspiring locations from the Sierra Nevada national park in Andalucia to beach riding in Morocco.

Horseriding plus holidays for travellers who want more

Try a horse riding holiday with a side serving of cookery, trekking from place to place to discover local foods and wines.  How about horseriding and wine tasting (not at the same time!) or riding and yoga holidays to relax those riding muscles. Vidados’ horseriding hosts offer a wide range of riding plus holidays that combine anything from yoga and surfing to cooking and everything in between.

Vidados’ horseriding collection from the best local riders in inspiring locations around the world is coming soon with a holiday for your bucketlist.

Language holidays from local linguists

Have you ever had an on/off love affair with learning another language? Did you begin with passionate enthusiasm only for that to wane after one too many nights stuck in a depressing evening class? A language holiday can reignite that spark.

Learning a language from a native of that country is by far the best way to accelerate your learning. Go on holiday. Rub shoulders with the locals. Go shopping and put your new found words into practice. Linger over coffee in a local cafe, try the local tipple in a neighborhood bar. Away from a classroom, self-consciousness slips away and faltering conversations become animated.

Try French in Paris, Spanish in Barcelona, Italian in Florence, Portuguese in Salvador, Russian in Moscow, Arabic in Morocco, German in Berlin and many more. All taught by local language teachers, passionate about the language and their country. Delve deeper into the culture of a place through the power of language for a holiday less ordinary.

Now you’re talking

Want more than just a language learning holiday?  Vidados’ has carefully collected a great range of language plus holidays which help you learn the language whilst surfing, cooking, skiing, hiking, horse riding, salsa dancing and much more.

Vidados’ language collection from the best local linguists around the world is coming soon with a holiday for your bucket list.

Surf holidays

Surf holidays and retreats with local surfers

Stand up, paddle board, body boarding – what’s your surfing style?

Surf camps with expert surf instructors

Vidados will feature surf camps all taught by expert surfers who are passionate about the whole surf lifestyle and have a surfboard and a surf story to share.

The best surf beaches in the world

Surf some of Europe’s hottest surf spots from the infamous Famara beach in Lanzarote to Peniche in Portugal where the Atlantic meets the med in a crash of waves. For surfing off the beaten track, Vidados’ has chosen surf spots as far left field as Ghana and Nicaragua.

Surf plus holidays for travellers who want more

Try a surf holiday combined with yoga designed to balance your body out of the water for better balance in the water. Vidados’ surf camps offer a wide range of surf plus holidays that combine anything from yoga to cooking, kite surfing and Pilates and everything in between.

Vidados’ surf collection from the best instructors based at some of the world’s best surf beaches around the world is coming soon with a surf holiday for your bucketlist.

Yoga holidays and retreats with local yogis

Iyengar, Hatha, Hot Yoga, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Yin, Yang – what’s your yoga style?

Yoga retreats with expert teachers

Vidados will feature yoga retreats and holidays all taught by expert yoga teachers who are passionate about their yoga style and have a story to share. British Wheel of Yoga, Iyengar Level 2 and 3, Yoga Alliance accredited teachers, yoga gurus and more.

Inspiring locations for a retreat less ordinary

Ever dreamed of doing a sun salutation as the sun rises overlooking the ocean? How about fixing a tree pose in a cool cork forest in Conil de la Frontera in Spain? Outdoor yoga beats a sweaty studio hands down any day. Yoga retreats will be on offer in locations as diverse as the tropical jungle in Costa Rica to the sunflower fields in Italy. For true relaxation, rejuvenation and pure happiness, a yoga holiday under the sun is the best holiday detox money can buy.

Yoga plus holidays for travellers who want more

Try a yoga retreat with a side serving of nutritious cookery lessons for health from the inside out, or a yoga and surf trip to combine adrenaline with relaxation or how about a hot yoga and ski trip for those who blow hot and cold? Vidados’ yoga hosts offer a wide range of yoga plus holidays that combine anything from cycling to creative writing and everything in between.

Vidados’ yoga collection from the best yoga teachers in inspiring locations is coming soon with a holiday for your bucket list.

Cookery holidays from local chefs

Cooking should be a pleasure not a chore and for our local chef’s it is just that. Fresh, seasonal, locally produced ingredients all go into the mixing bowl to create authentic dishes.

A cookery holiday reacquaints you with the true taste of food. A home-grown tomato ripened under the Andalucian sun tastes of tomato not of supermarket watery nothingness. Wild asparagus picked from a Tuscan garden. Home cured charcuterie from France. Tangy lemon tart made with home-grown lemons makes all the difference.

Vidados’ chefs love food. They love to pass on their skills, knowledge and recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.  Chefs from Thailand, Morocco, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey and Mexico. Cooks who take pleasure in how food can bring people together and nourish you from the inside out.

Regional cooking with culinary insights from around the globe

Vidados has a collection of cooking holidays from around the globe. From Vietnam to Italy and the local chefs are just that, local.  They know what’s in season. What’s local and organic. They know food.

Chef’s who’ll teach you how many types of risotto rice there are, how not to burn garlic, how to grind almonds to perfection, how to forage for wild food, how to bake the best bread and season a plate to perfection.   Some courses also include the all-important plate and presentation of food to take your dinner parties to masterchef levels.

Hands-on cooking and food tasting tours

For those more interested in eating than cooking, Vidados will also feature a range of food tasting tours which include delicious delights such as tapas tours, paella rice tours, olive oil tasting, cheese tasting, Thai street food and more.

Apron-clad travellers can roll up their sleeves and learn to cook regional food in the world’s most delicious locations from France to Japan.   There’s also a range of specialist cookery breaks covering activities such as butchery, pizza making, gelato courses, jamon tasting tours, bread making, fish cookery and more.

Want more than just a cookery holiday?  Vidados’ has carefully collected a great range of cooking plus holidays which combine great cookery lessons with activities such as yoga, horse riding, learning French, Italian, Pilates and more.

Vidados’ cookery collection from the best local chefs around the world is coming soon with a holiday for your bucket list.