About Island Holidays
Island Holidays is a small, professional, personally run tour operator which has operated since 1987 and continues to offer special holidays to superb places, all of which are known to us personally and have been carefully researched.
Over the years we have organised tours all over the world, specialising in birding and natural history but also offering island exploration, expedition cruising and other special interests such as painting and botany. Most of our groups are escorted by a tour manager and all use local guides in the destinations we visit. We work under a strong conservation ethic to ensure that our presence is not detrimental to environments or communities.
Since 2010 we have reduced the number of destinations on offer and now specialise in South Atlantic Islands and the Polar Regions. But there are other places which you, our clients, particularly like and which are personal favourites of ours. These are grouped under the section 'Featured Favourites' and will vary from time to time as we replace one old favourite with another.
As I said, Island Holidays is a very personal company. There are just two of us in the office and we have a team of first class leaders, many of whom have worked with us since the early days. Occasionally, to keep the cost of a holiday sensible, we ask you to fly out unescorted and meet our local tour manager/guide when you get to your destination airport. These people are always personally known to us and we will have worked alongside them in the past. That way we know that they are like-minded in terms of the care of our clients and the passion for conservation.
So let me introduce myself. My name's Libby Weir-Breen and I'm a founding partner in the business going back to the days when the late Bobby Tulloch and I only offered tours to the Falkland Islands! My own background in travel goes back to 1977 when I was a resort representative at St Anton in Austria. As well as researching the destinations, I act as tour manager on quite a few of the holidays working with local guides - they're the experts in their own areas. In the office I'm joined by Karon Brock who's been with me for more years than either of us care to remember. She's known to everyone who's travelled with us over the years for her friendly and efficient service.
Our prices are fully inclusive unless otherwise stated in the fact box and in some destinations this even includes wine with your meals: this can make Island Holidays appear to be a little more expensive than other operators until you look at just what is included. New clients almost invariably comment on being surprised at how little (if anything) extra they had to spend and what good value the holiday represented.
Please note that prices are based on economy flights. If you would like to upgrade please ask and we would be happy to advise you of the additional cost.