What’s Hot in September – Last minute summer breaks

Beer, football, and rain: England is known for many things, but good weather isn’t one of them. Thankfully, we’re just a short flight away from sunny spots around the world. This September, why not soak up some sun with one of NotInTheGuidBooks.com’s learning holidays? From surfing to photography, we’ve got a great range of activities to suit everyone.


Pizza, Pasta and Gelato Holiday – Campania, Sorrento, Italy


Forget that summer diet. This August, try our popular cooking holiday in the seaside town of Sorrento. Run by Chefs Biagio and Palmira, this authentic cooking course will teach you to make three perennial favourites: pizza, pasta, and gelato.

You’ll be staying and cooking in the comfortable Hotel Soleluna, which is just a short walk away from the coastline. Lessons finish in the afternoon, giving you the chance to visit nearby the Mount Vesuvius and Isle of Capri. La dolce vita!

Yoga, Meditation and Surf Holiday – Fuerteventura, Corralejo, Spain


Relax and revitalise with this unique holiday in the Canary Islands.  Learn surfing at the best surf spots, followed by yoga and meditation on the beach, and top it off with a full-body massage.

Accommodation is provided at beautiful and peaceful yoga lodges for you to unwind, with a daily healthy breakfast included.  Solo travellers can share a room with another traveller at no additional cost, making this a great holiday for singles.

Island Hopping Cooking Holiday – Greek Islands, Poros, Greece

Cooking_holidays_Poros_Greece_bruschettaImmerse yourself in Greek cuisine with this cooking course on the picturesque island of Poros. Chef Katerina, your friendly host, will teach you how to make modern and traditional Greek dishes.

You’ll stay in a traditional Greek-style apartment located just minutes away from the beach, with delicious breakfast included. Poros lies opposite the town of Galatas, making it an ideal base to explore the Peloponnese. Take this chance to catch some sun!

Yoga & Spa Holiday – Canary Islands, Tenerife, Spain


Pamper yourself with this relaxing holiday on the Canary Islands, where you’ll enjoy a full-body massage, a body scrub, and a seaweed body wrap. Tenerife has year-round sunshine, making it a great place to work on your tan.

Accommodation is provided at Balinese-style villas in lovely en suite rooms, near to high-end facilities such as swimming pools and a gym. There’s no additional cost for solo travellers, making this an ideal holiday for singles.

Beginners Flamenco Dance Course – Andalucia, Seville, Spain


It’s time to learn some new moves to bust out at the club. This beginners’ flamenco dance course will teach you basic flamenco rhythms and turn you into king/queen of the dance floor.

You can choose to stay in a shared apartment with other students and locals. Classes finish in the morning, giving you ample time to indulge in tapas, Sangria, and Seville’s amazing nightlife.


Horse Riding Holiday – Atlantic Coast, Essaouira, Morocco


Channel your inner T. E. Lawrence with this incredible holiday in Essaouira. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced rider, don’t miss this chance to explore the spectacular Moroccan landscape while on horseback.

You’ll be staying in a traditional Moroccan Riad, and then camping out under the stars, with breakfast provided on all days. In your free time, you’ll have ample opportunity to explore Essaouira’s rich cultural and artistic heritage.


Yoga & Wellness Retreat – Koh Samui Island, Koh Samui, Thailand


Thailand: the land of a thousand smiles. You’ll be beaming too, after this revitalising holiday. Practise yoga and indulge yourself with massage therapy in eco-friendly accommodation with a spectacular sea view.

You’ll enjoy a beautiful ensuite private room with the option of room sharing at no additional cost for solo travellers. Thai-style brunches and dinners are provided daily, using fresh local ingredients.  In the evening, explore the surrounding forests and soak up the intoxicating tropical atmosphere.

Digital Photography & Yoga Course – Puntarenas, Jaco Beach, Costa Rica


Learn to capture those special moments by improving your photography skills with this unforgettable holiday in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. Combining photography and yoga lessons, this social holiday is very popular with solo travellers looking to meet new people.

Travellers can stay with a local family or in student accommodation. There’s much to see and do in Jaco Beach, with kayaking, snorkelling, and hiking all being popular options.




Mexican Cookery Holiday – South Central Mexico, Tepoztlan, Mexico


This summer, treat your tastebuds with this cooking course under the guidance of top chef Ana Garcia. Learn to make authentic Mexican dishes and desserts, with fresh ingredients obtained from supervised excursions to local markets.

Accommodation is a beautiful villa overlooking Tepozteco mountain near the quaint town of Tepoztlán, known for its creativity and indigenous traditions. Daily breakfasts are included, with lunch on several days.  For those interested in exploring the local cultural life, Chef Ana also organises optional excursions to nearby attractions.



Cooking and Yoga Holiday – South Thailand, Phuket, Thailand


If you’re unfamiliar with Thai cuisine, you need to book this holiday now. One taste of the glorious blend of sweet, sour, and spicy, and you’ll be hooked for life. Couple this with yoga classes in studios overlooking lush gardens, and you have the perfect summer getaway.

You’ll be staying in an exquisite hotel that is a unique blend of beach resort and health spa, with a daily breakfast included. For the adventurous, the package includes swimming and snorkelling excursions to nearby Koh Pak Bia Island.