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Over many years Island Holidays has been offering fantastic destinations, some of which have stood out as being really very special. Some are close to home, some far-flung. Keep an eye on our news section to see what's coming up.

Zodiac cruising in the Galapagos

Featured Favourite tours

View of Cete Cidades in the Azores

The Azores

The mid Atlantic islands which make up the Azores are very special. Unspoilt by tourism there is a wonderful peace to the place as well as much to see and do. Our holiday explores their fascinating geology, seeks out the endangered Azorean Bullfinch, spends time at sea looking for the whales and dolphins which haunt the protected waters and learn what makes Azorean wine so unique.

Red-footed Falcon on Crete

Crete

We believe our new holiday to Crete – an island which we have known well since the early 1990's – is unique. Instead of concentrating purely on birds and flowers – which, of course, we shall not ignore but rather delight in – we will be introduced to Cretan people and traditions in their own natural environments as we move away from all things touristy. We're excited about it – we think you will be too.

Galapagos land iguana

Galapagos and Ecuador

No matter what you have seen or read about the Galapagos Islands, the reality simply blows you away. We've set up a new partnership with Silversea Expeditions using their beautiful ship, Silver Galapagos, to combine the natural wonders with a touch of luxury on board. When we return to Quito, instead of heading home, we team up with our birding friends at Neblina Forest to explore the amazing Mindo Cloud Forest for a 4-night extension to the holiday.

Barnacle Goose

Islay's Wintering Geese

Islay in winter is the place to be, particularly if you're wild about geese. Here tens of thousands Barnacle and White-fronts, interspersed with a handful of Brent and Red-breasted Geese, arrive from their northern breeding grounds to winter on an island where farmers and conservationists have worked together to protect their habitat. There's plenty more in the way of birds to be seen including raptors and waterfowl, and the island also has a fascinating history which we'll not be ignoring – as well as eight whisky distilleries!

The Scilly Isles

The Isles of Scilly

A destination which has resisted the trimmings of modern tourism and retained its delightful simplicity, the Scilly Isles have changed little in 25 years. The roughest of seascapes combine with sheltered spots where sub-tropical plants thrive and the islands are a birdwatcher's paradise. Our week-long holiday is run at a relaxed pace and takes in all aspects of life on the islands.

A Puffin on Fair Isle

Shetland and Fair Isle

The Shetland Islands lie far to the north of Scotland and are often described as the crossroads of the North Atlantic located as they are between the UK, Norway and the Faroe Islands. Our Shetland holiday, which includes three nights on Fair Isle, focuses on the islands' amazing wildlife - its birds, its flowers and its otters - but doesn't ignore the incredibly archaeological heritage to be found.

Black Stork © Mladen Vasilev

Bulgaria

For the first in our "Birding for Beginners" series we head to Bulgaria, combining the birds and wines of this beautiful country. There'll be two experts on hand to teach the basics to beginners or share the delights of birding with the more experienced.

By the way – we do know that Bulgaria's not an island(!), but it's too good an opportunity to miss.

Coco Cayo, Cuba

Cuba

Famed for Fidel Castro, cigars and salsa, Cuba is a vibrant island with a fascinating heritage and the best birding in the western Caribbean. Our holiday visits various different areas and diverse habitats and we'll hope for a sighting of the world's smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird as well as many other endemics. We'll also spend some time exploring Old Havana - a delight not included by most birding companies.

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Snowshoeing in Iceland

Iceland

A wonderful opportunity to visit this remote area with its spectacular scenery and wildlife which few visitors have experienced. This expedition voyage, sailing on the majestic Rembrandt van Rijn, will give access to pristine countryside seldom visited by tourists – not even Icelanders. Enjoy a great scenic cruise, exploring the lower areas on snowshoes and see, with luck, Orcas and the Aurora Borealis.

The Standing Stones of Stenness, Orkney

The Orkney Islands

It's quite extraordinary that a group of islands so close to the Scottish mainland could be so totally different in character and atmosphere. Orkney is in fact a different world. Here there is something to suit anyone who is interested in natural and cultural history. From the bird cliffs of Marwick Head to the Neolithic site of Skara Brae, the islands are rich in wildlife and archaeology.

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Little Green Bee-eater

Sri Lanka

Our very special birding holiday in Sri Lanka also incorporates a few of the island's cultural delights. Superb scenery and warm, friendly people enhance the experience of this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean. Over 400 species of birds, 26 of which are endemic to Sri Lanka, vie for attention with some of the land-based mammals such as elephants and leopards.