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Learning vacations are focused primarily on adding to your knowledge of a particular subject -- anything from digging alongside archaeologists in Egypt to learning art history in Florence. Several tour companies specialize in these types of vacations, which appeal to those who want to combine travel with an educational component.

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Education & Learning Tour Reviews - Summary
92% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 5,246 Great 2,390 Average 478 Disappointing 120 Terrible 56
Value
4.5 Guide
4.5 Activities
4.5 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.5 Meals
4.5

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Great sites, poorly managed November 2018

2.0

Archaeological Wonders of Southern Italy and Sicily

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 2.0
I grew up with National Geographic so when I signed up for a NG trip I was quite excited. I spent a lot of time on a crowded bus. Some of the accommodations were two star, peeling paint, smelly rooms, poorly catered. This was an expensive trip all my girl friend and we spent 17,000 dollars for the two of us. Some of the guides were actually wrong about what they were saying about the history of Sicily, and you did not have to be an expert to realize this. There were a number of representations that tour operators made that turned out to be less than accurate. The tour group one night was having dinner in Sorento, and I asked about the wine they were serving, that is the grape and vintage, the only explanation I got was "its red". In another circumstance, the tour operator lost guests at Pompeii, and then threatened to leave them. It was a mess. I could go on, but I would cross this trip off the list. Read more

Operator National Geographic Expeditions

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Recommends

I certainly had the best time of my life. October 2018

5.0

Summer Course Korea

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
During my summer break of 2018, I followed the youth program in Korea, Seoul. I certainly had the best time of my life those two weeks. The program was organized perfectly, my homestay family was amazing and the activities we had were super interesting and fun. But most of all, I made new friends, with the same ambitions, from all over the world and we had such a great time together! The GoGoHanguk staff was amazing aswell! They offered help and guidance, whenever we needed! I would totally recommend this to everyone who is interested in Korean culture. I definitely had the time of my life! Read more

Operator Studytrip.com

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Recommends

The whole trip was so organised! October 2018

5.0

Summer Course Korea

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
With Studytrip, I was able to take part in the 3 week summer course in South Korea. Hands down the best decision I have ever made and I'm not a decisive person! The whole trip was so organised, even to every detail of the location of the meeting place for an activity, to the directions of how to get to the meeting place (thank you Go! Go! Hanguk staff: Eddy, Nathan and Okju).
Studying Korean in the mornings of weekdays at Lexis Korea helped tie everything together, learn Korean in the morning, explore and use it in the afternoon! The whole experience has definitely inspired me to want to learn more Korean, so I'm sure it won't be too long until I go back.
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Operator Studytrip.com

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I really wanted to move to Japan October 2018

5.0

Summer Course Japan

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I really wanted to move to Japan, but I was too nervous about making a long term commitment. Thanks to Studytrips, I was able to do a 3 week trip and experience everything I was wanting to experience in Japan. If I didn’t think I could live in Japan, this trip allowed me to experience my Japnese bucketlist and was the perfect trip! However, I was able to make the decision that I do want to stay in Japan for a longer period. I am so grateful that Studytrips was able to give me a test run and give me the confidence to chase my dream! Read more

Operator Studytrip.com

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Recommends

Arctic dog sledding safari (5 days) October 2018

5.0

Finnish Dogsledding Adventure

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
5 day husky safari in Lapland - an amazing adventure with fantastic dogs, a
great guide, in a breathtaking landscape. Book it now!!
Spending time with the amazing dogs. As dog owners we appreciated how
important it was for the dogs to be looked after and loved which they clearly
were.


Catherine was brilliant as our leader. She was patient and very
knowledgable. We always felt safe with her and would ant her as our guide on
future trips. Highly reccommended.


Different kit lists seem to be available for this trip and some items were
not required for trips in Jan / Feb but would be needed for trips in March /
April. The arctic kit provided by Harriniva is excellent so do not buy this
yourself. Hand and foot warmers are essential (either buy in the UK or can
be purchased at Harriniva, we used Hot Hands which were great).

The following are clothing suggestions but you'll find out what works for you
after a day or two (you may find you are too warm or need an extra layer - my
wife and I wore a different number of layers). Feet - liner socks then foot
warmer followed by thick sock followed by another thick sock provided by
Harriniva. Skiing socks worked well as thick socks. Legs - underwear plus
thermal bottoms plus either second thermal layer or skiing trousers followed
by arctic trousers (provided by Harriniva). Body - thermal top, mid-layer,
fleece, jacket followed by arctic jacket (provided by Harriniva). I needed
an extra layer sometimes. Hands - liner gloves (merino wool) and insulated
gloves to wear on top are good when harnessing the dogs. Harriniva supply
liner mitts and big mitts. The big mitts are really good. Whilst sledding I
wore my own liner gloves and then had hand warmers in the mitts and my hands
didn't get cold. Head - your own hat is useful to have when you aren't
wearing the following - balaclava and arctic hat both supplied by Harriniva.
I also wore a neck warmer / buff which is good to go over the balaclava as
other the latter freezes. I changed by liner socks and underwear daily but
everything else is reusable as didn't smell.

There were only two occasions when I got cold and both times it was my hands
and it was whilst helping to feed the dogs. In retrospect this was probably
due to my core not being warm enough as didn't have full kit on so my advice
would be to put all your kit on even if you are only "going to feed to the
dogs". One morning it was -34 and I really suffered with cold hands and
painful rewarming for several minutes even though I was only outside for
about ten minutes.

A head-torch is essential (lithium ion batteries are better in colder
conditions). One member of our group had a charging bank so if you think
you'll need to recharge your phone / camera batteries it's worth considering
buying one in the UK. The cold conditions definitely drains batteries
quickly so when not using electrical kit keep it close to your body - if
condensation is an issue consider keeping in a plastic bag with a silica gel
pouch which you can buy online). There is no mains power in any of the
wilderness lodges or running water. Water is collected from frozen lakes or
frozen rivers.

One cabin is close to a shop (30 minute walk) so take some euros with you on
the safari as there is a wide selection of souvenir items to buy.

Ear plugs are essential! A small camping style lamp might be useful.

Be aware that "Harriniva Hotels & Safaris" own three hotels locally so you
may not stay at Harriniva at the start or end of the safari. We stayed at
Hotel Jeris on our first night and Torassieppi (which was excellent) on the
final two nights. So it may mean a bit of unpacking an re-packing. You
depart on the dog sledding safari from Harriniva and your cases are stored
securely until you return. All meals were provided throughout the entire
trip (not just the safari) and were of a high standard. If you have specific
dietary requirements it really helps the guides if you tell Exodus before
departure rather than on the first day of the safari (this happened with
another group).

If there is more than one Exodus group then the groups may be split so you
may meet fellow Exodus clients on the first evening but may not necessarily
be with them for the safari depending on numbers (max 7 clients - we had six
on ours).

Despite being in the wilderness you can sometimes get a mobile signal (but
it's a lovely just keeping the phone on flight mode or just switched off!).

The "washing in the sauna" worked a lot better than I thought it would and is
a nice way to relax at the end of the day. Baby wipes are handy.

There are different jobs to do at the start of the day and on arriving at
your next wilderness cabin each afternoon. It's important for everyone in
the group to pitch in and help out with different chores.


Our flights were booked by Exodus from Heathrow (T3) with Finn Air via
Helsinki to Kitttila. Be aware that the flight change at Helsinki can be
pretty tight (less than 1 hour) although our luggage transferred without any
problems. No chance to buy anything at Helsinki airport.

If you don't live near London Heathrow then consider investigating whether
you can fly from a closer to airport to Helsinki or even direct to Kittila
although I'm not sure if you might have to pay for a private transfer to the
hotel from the airport if the flight didn't arrive close to when the "group
flight" landed - check with Exodus. We live in Devon and only discovered on
our return flight that there was a direct flight from Kittila to Bristol with
easyJet.

I tried to buy some alcohol at Heathrow to take to Finland (for an evening
drink on the safari with the rest of the group) but was not allowed so if you
do want to take something you'd probably have to have it in your hold luggage
as no opportunity at Helsinki to buy duty free due to short transfer time.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Education & Learning Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Learning vacations are focused primarily on adding to your knowledge of a particular subject -- anything from studying Spanish in Mexico to digging alongside archaeologists in Egypt to learning art history in Florence. Several tour companies specialize in these types of vacations, which appeal to travelers who want to combine a stay in a far-off location with an educational component. These trips often feature lecturers and local experts to enrich your experiences. 

Well-being

One way to combine a relaxing vacation with learning something new is to learn a well-being activity, such as yoga, meditation, or pilates. Not only are these activities great for the body and mind, but they can make for a peaceful and enjoyable vacation in an exotic location. These activities can take place throughout the world, from retreats in India, to beaches in Southeast Asia, to mountain lodges in South America.

Sport & Active Outings

Traveling abroad can open up new opportunities for learning sports and active pursuits that would be impossible at home, for example, horse riding, sand boarding, and mountain climbing. It’s also a great way to learn water sports such as surfing, waterskiing, and wake boarding. Most of these sports and activities can be undertaken as a single taster course of a day or two, but setting aside an entire holiday to learn a new activity can be rewarding, as you chart your progress and improve day by day.

A popular active learning vacation is sailing, where you can take in a few days or weeks of learning how to sail, while also exploring a region. Another is scuba diving, where you can spend days learning about diving while exploring an underwater world, and receive a qualification at the end. 

Dancing

Taking dance lessons can be a great way to learn a new skill and also learn about the culture of a specific region. Tango, for example, is an integral part of the culture of Buenos Aires, and taking some lessons here will open up a whole new side of the city to you. While salsa lessons are available throughout the world, learning the dance in Central or South America allows you to not only learn the steps, but to surround yourself with the culture of salsa, too.

There are a wide range of dance lessons available worldwide, from the well-known dances of Latin America, to tribal dances of Africa, or Bollywood dancing in India. So you can plan the location around the dance, or plan the dance around the location.

Creative

There are countless opportunities for combining a vacation with pursuing a creative passion. If you’re interested in fashion, why not try making your own clothes or jewelry? For those interested in photography, travel can open up a whole new world of photography adventures, allowing you to both pursue your hobby and to improve your skills. Or for those who enjoy writing, a writing retreat can be a great opportunity to focus on your passion, while meeting like-minded people.

Cooking

Where better to learn to cook authentic cuisine than in the home of the cuisine itself? Cooking courses can range from a single lesson to weeks spent exploring the culinary world of a country, and are a great way to experience the tastes of a region while learning a new skill to take home. Cooking courses can take place anywhere in the world, so all you need to do is pick a cuisine or country that interests you.

Language

There’s no better way to learn a language than by immersing yourself in it. Many language immersion courses are quite limited in where they take place (If you want to learn Mandarin, China is the obvious choice!). But others can take place in a wide range of countries. For example, if you’d like to learn Spanish, you can go pretty much anywhere in Central or South America, or of course, to Spain itself!

Be careful when choosing a location to learn a new language, though, as different places have different regional accents and dialects. The French spoken in France is far different to that spoken in Quebec, or throughout West Africa! So do your homework before you go, and find a course that’s right for you.

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