Budget travel holidays. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 2016

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Small group tour of Turkey
The perfect introduction to cosmopolitan and memorial Turkey, from £519 - £679 (8 days) ex flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday
Combine sand sea wildlife and culture, from £735 - £1099 (15 days) ex flights
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo
Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures, from £2999 - £3249 (18 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade holidays in the pearl of the Carribean, from €920 (15 days) ex flights

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Egypt budget small group tour
Cairo and the Nile Valley with a Red Sea beach extension, from £599 - £749 (13 days) ex flights
Namibia and Botswana camping safari
Camping safari to Namib desert, Caprivi, Etosha & Okavango, from €1965 - €1990 (21 days) ex flights
Borneo holiday, Sabah adventure
Mt Kinabalu climb, jungle camp and Sepilok Orang-utan Centre, from £1299 - £1469 (10 days) ex flights
Cuba adventure tours
Explore authentic Cuba using homestays and local guides, from US $390 - US $425 (8 days) ex flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Explore the Amazon Andes and Inca trail, from £2775 - £3025 (27 days) ex flights
East Vietnam budget holiday
Trace Vietnam's mystical eastern coastline, from £620 - £790 (15 days) ex flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this compact adventure, from £588 - £855 (10 days) ex flights
Trekking with Sherpas  in the Everest region
Bespoke Trek in the foothills of the mightiest mountains, from £888 (11 days) ex flights
Vietnam holiday, South to North
From bright lights, to beaches and junk boats, from £1088 - £1298 (16 days) ex flights
Trekking holiday in Cuba
Hiking and exploring the unspoiled national parks of Cuba, from £275 - £555 (4 days) ex flights
Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France
Half Term Family Ski Yoga & Circus Holiday, from £675 (7 days) ex flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Indian curries temples harems & Himalayas, from £547 - £799 (15 days) ex flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
Japan's classic sights on a shoestring, from £700 (8 days) ex flights
Cuba cultural tours
Experience authentic Cuba with home-stays and local guides, from US $895 - US $950 (15 days) ex flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from £840 (18 days) ex flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Budget tailor-made holiday in Kerala, from £998 (15 days) ex flights
India holiday, small group
Vibrant, intoxicating, inspiring and dramatic India, from £706 - £1000 (15 days) ex flights
Tibet holiday
Roam the Roof of the World, from £1910 - £2085 (15 days) ex flights
Slovakia walking holiday
Find a beautiful paradise in Slovakia, from £599 (8 days) ex flights
Lombok & Bali holiday
True island holiday perfection, from £565 - £680 (8 days) ex flights
Inca Trail adventure holiday
Discover Cuzco and the Sacred Valley on this Incan adventure, from £743 - £860 (7 days) ex flights
Camping safari in Southern Africa
Camping safari highlights of Zimbabwe, Botswana & Kruger, from £1120 - £1250 (16 days) ex flights
Mexico small group holiday, culture & beach
2 week discovery Mexico's Aztec, Zapotec & Mayan cultures , from £825 - £1150 (15 days) ex flights
Machu Picchu by train
Soak up colonial and Inca history by train, from £559 (4 days) ex flights
California, Nevada and Arizona holiday
Journey into the remote wilds of Western America, from £1325 - £1500 (12 days) ex flights

553 reviews for budget travel holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent budget travel holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? One evening after a show we needed to get a snack, our CEO was going to get noodles an she let us join her we sat in the street with local people and enjoyed a supper of noodles. The local children tried to speak English and the adults were very friendly it was a lovely atmosphere. Tips? If they are travelling in summer they need to understand how exceptionally hot it will be, thy will need enough thin clothing to have two outfits a day and they will need lots of... (more)Laura McKenna
From £840 excluding flights
Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday
Well planned and organised. Excellent itinerary with a good balance between travel time and time at the location. Great guide! (more)Dini Plug
Excellent, great bunch of fellow travellers (tour was full at 13). Our tour guide, Dan, was great and made the holiday work really. He was always available to us and coped well with our different needs/wants and the unpredictable weather. (more)Wendy Pountain
The most memorable parts were my first view of Bryce Canyon; trekking down to Cedar Ridge in the Grand Canyon. (more)DC Gibson
From £999 - £1349 excluding flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Wonderful people to travel with in a truly special country. Healing Bay & Hoi An take some beating. Utterly memorable. I loved it! (more)John McLaughlin
A most enjoyable time...a really memorable trip. (more)Mary Rae
Very good - I truly enjoyed the whole experience. The whole trip was great but the most memorable part was probably the motorbike tour through the countryside around Hue. (more)Gail Morris
From £588 - £855 excluding flights
Croatia holiday, activity week
An amazing experience and it has given us an incentive to consider how we become fitter, eat more vegetarian dishes and how invigorating it is to try new things. Never too late to try! (more)Veronica Thompson
Fabulous if you're into activity holidays that are not too crowded. (more)Cordelia Howitt
A excellent week - Craig and Xania work extremely hard to give their guests a memorable holiday. (more)Graeme Everard
From £820 - £940 excluding flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Most memorable - Kayaking through the Keralan backwaters, meeting villagers and experiencing daily life first hand! Extraordinary and an experience to cherish. (more)Ben Swift
I would like to thank the suppliers, who arranged everything, for a first class service. I couldn't fault them. (more)Roy Cope
Flawless....trekking in Munnar, swimming in Varkala and the houseboats on the backwaters. But more than that meeting the locals, having the best food we've ever had and walking around lots of different villages, towns and cities really made this holiday. (more)Mike Waugh
From £998 excluding flights
North India cultural tour
Holiday was a great to help me see my own culture with completely new eyes and become more aware of things that I have taken for granted in the past. (more)Judith Brockmann
A very good trip. Varanasi, the camaraderie of group members and our group leader and seeing India in action were the best parts of the trip. (more)Michael Adams
I am in my 50s and I found the pace excellent - no more than 3 nights anywhere - arrive - shower/rest - orientation walk then choose your activities and what a great diversity of activities. I found it stimulating and fun. (more)Hazel Durbridge
From £725 - £940 excluding flights
Watersports activity holiday in Croatia
If you enjoy being outdoors and in water then this is the holiday for you. (more)Emma Brehony
It was simply the best holiday I have ever been on. I used to think the city was the best place in the world. My world was turned upside down. (more)Julie Stolyarchuk
Amazing! The perfect combination of activities and challenges in pristine settings. Our guides, Nikola and Mario are passionate, knowledgeable guys who spoke openly and honestly. I not only enjoyed the activities, but loved learning more about Croatia. (more)maria falgoust
From €620 - €790 excluding flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
I absolutely adored Hakone...That entire leg of the journey was my favourite. I wish we'd had more time there. It was so relaxing, but at the same time there was mountain to explore! ...Our tour operators were fantastic, they couldn't do enough for us. (more)Jennifer Whiteside
This was an excellent and memorable holiday and both my daughter and I judged it a great success. (more)Caitriona Tomlinson
This was an excellent and memorable holiday and both my daughter and I judged it a great success. (more)Caitriona Tomlinson
From £700 excluding flights
Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days
Absolutely wonderful. Visiting Cuba is like visiting a time capsule: it has so much charm. (more)Carrie Whiting
Fantastic holiday - well organised from start to finish. Book with confidence. This was the best tour we have been on and all others we met said the same thing. (more)Stuart Durrant
Talking with local people - staying with families who were unfailingly friendly and hospitable. Learning about Cuba, its history and society - absolutely fascinating - the Cubans have so much to be proud about. Of course the music and dance were great! All in all, the best holiday ever. (more)Cherry Shelton-Mills
From US $1195 excluding flights
Montenegro mountain biking holidays, self guided
A great mix of physical activity, relaxation, sunshine and the reassurance that we were being looked after made this a holiday that we would recommend to anyone who also enjoys variety in their days. (more)Nadine Williams
A great trip to a stunning country. (more)Gillian Holley
We loved to be in the area of the Skaddar lake!....As I got commentaries from My friends ( 29 people) , That loved Their holiday in Monténegro and they are ready to come back as soon as possible. (more)STEPHANE DESOBRY
From €650 excluding flights
Croatian coast walking tours, self guided
It exceeded our expectations! We loved it. The walking was a great way to engage with the countryside and view local life. (more)Jan Horton
Enjoying Croatia its culture, people and its natural beauty. I had an absolute ball and everything went to plan! (more)Bryan Rowsthorne
Fabulous break. I would definitely have given it 4 stars, were it not for the points mentioned in number 2 (around things being closed in Mijet and Sipan being a bit underwhelming!). The operator however was truly fabulous. Absolutely 100% organised and hassle free; driven from a to b every time with an on-time and friendly driver, all tickets sorted in advance, absolutely everything sorted and smooth. Brilliant company, and a great holiday. I wish I could be back there now! (more)Stephanie Fisher
From €485 - €630 excluding flights
Langtang Valley trekking holiday, Nepal
The guides know the families who run the Tea Houses where we stayed ,and on many occasions we were greeted as old friends ! Also by being in a small group the impact on the environment and in the villages we stayed was not as significant as if we'd been in a larger group. (more)Jane Elliott
The western and Nepali guides and porters were great - always smiling and ready to make sure everyone was happy. An excellent trip in all aspects. (more)patricia barber
This trip has some of the most beautiful nature and scenery you will ever see in your life. (more)Albert Assely
From £935 excluding flights
Cuba tours
Outstanding. Stimulating, relaxing, a total change to western consumerism and our daily lives (more)Kate Bruges
Excellent memorable honeymoon, loved every minute of it, would recommend this holiday provider. (more)Fintan Fawsitt
The people were very friendly, the landscape was stunning, the music/food and culture were fantastic...I wouldn't change anything. (more)Lydia Trickey
From €920 excluding flights
Croatia activity holiday for families with teenagers
Go for it! (more)Clare Murray
The best thing for us was when our teenage daughter, an only child, said it was the best holiday ever and she didn't want to leave. (more)Caryn Noad
It was a fantastic holiday, extremely well organised, great fun, really active, gave us loads to talk and laugh about. The children are already planning next year's trip. We have been raving about it to all our friends. (more)Céline Dignan
From £799 excluding flights
Sailing in Croatia
The highlight of our month in Europe. Worth every cent, or should I say Kuna. 10+/10 (more)Ingrid Sloan
Excellent. Would definitely recommend it. Loved the small villages, cycling and trying the SUP. The catamaran and crew were fantastic. (more)Monique Linder
The most memorable part of the holiday - Sitting on the boat in the sun, under sail, with no noise other than the waves! (more)Sonia Reynolds
From €620 - €790 excluding flights
Activity holiday in Montenegro
Difficult to pick one [best bit] from a week of fabulous experiences. Lake Skada is stunningly beautiful, Villa Miele is very comfortable, the hiking and kayaking are both great and over a week you get to really experience the area through the eyes of people who know and love it. It is a fantastic holiday. (more)Linda Davies
Everytime you thought you'd seen the best Emma or Ben managed to show us something even more jaw droppingly beautiful. Every day was different, from the amazing wild life and birds, to the glorious hidden water pools high in the hills, to the monasteries in the lake, this holiday had everything. (more)Debbie Maitland
This holiday has got it all. If you love nature in all it's aspects and you love to put your own effort into getting to know the scenery, this is your holiday! (more)Katrien Ertryckx
From £495 - £695 excluding flights
Reunification Express holiday, Vietnam
The most memorable part was the motorbike tour in Hue & overnight boat trip on Halong Bay. We stayed in lovely owned hotels & ate in family owned restaurants. (more)Samantha Rogers
The association with other travelers and meals were very pleasant. (more)Gayle Avant
From £880 - £1135 excluding flights
Indochina small group overland tour
Memorable parts? Gosh! All of it! It was an amazing 40 day adventure but I particularly enjoyed watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, kayaking around Halong Bay in Vietnam and the stunning scenery of Laos and in particular watching the sun set over the Mekong River in Luang Prabang. Tips? We were constantly on the move, which was very exhausting and at the end of the Vietnam trip (the 40 day Indochina adventure was actually 3 separate tours which I did not realise and... (more)Lucy Charlotte Brand
From £2055 excluding flights
Quito to La Paz overland tour
Memorable parts? Trekking the Inca trail was fantastic, it exceeded all my expectations. The porters were superhuman and the tour leaders superb. It is the best experience I have had so far. Tips? Listen to the safety tips of your tour leaders regarding valuables. Things did go missing on public transport with some of my travelling buddies. Local benefits? We visited local communities and bought direct from them. Stayed with families to experience their daily life. Overall... (more)Yuetmui Chung
From £2495 - £2635 excluding flights
Cuba adventure tours
Both of us have confirmed its been our best holiday ever! (more)Rosie Sperring
Do it!! It's so much fun! (more)Georgia Talbot
Highlights were Havana, the various excursions in Baracoa and the historic centre of Trinidad...One of the best trips I've been on. (more)Anthony Madison
From US $390 - US $425 excluding flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Excellent - in terms of scenery, the different locations and the people (more)Karen Brookes
Definitely use Responsible Travel and the tour company again (more)Clive Hancock
Fantastic rides at the side of the sea or on headlands above it, with stops for a quick beer or a swim in the clearest blue water. Absolutely fantastic! (more)Paul Millner
From €380 - €690 excluding flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Memorable parts? Inca Trail! Making it and seeing Machu Picchu. Tips? Bring clothing for a variety of weather. Be prepared for early mornings, the possibility of altitude sickness... The more in shape you are, the more you will get out of the trip as well! Local benefits? Yes, I think the homestays were great, and the trip encompassed ecotourism, especially in the Amazon. Overall rating? Great. (more)Rachel Carbonell
From £2775 - £3025 excluding flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Memorable parts? Seeing was believing when it came to the Taj Mahal, not many places live up to be better than you anticipate as this place did. My wife and I have done some travelling, but this has to be the most impressive building we have ever witnessed. The Taj Mahal was almost worth the tour fee alone. Tips? Do not be put off by such a cheap price for the package, if we had paid treble we still would have been getting value for money! Don't be put off by such high attention from... (more)Jonathan Kenyon
From £547 - £799 excluding flights
Tibet holiday
Very good, enjoyable, hard work but always worth it. (more)Victoria Hart
See Mt. Everest from Base Camp. Excellent. Group leader Gorpal was terrific. (more)Brian Dahlstedt
From £1910 - £2085 excluding flights
Water multi sport holiday in Croatia
Outstanding! Kayaking on the sea and visiting the fortress. Absolutely fantastic day, brilliant way to kick off the trip and get to know some people. (more)Clayton Black
Book it! One of the best trips I have ever been on. Really covers all the key points of falling in love with Croatia. Perfect! We already miss our guides and new friends :) (more)Kimberly Giger
Very nice holiday, cycling & walking through the forests. (more)Anne Blacklaws
From €620 - €790 excluding flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday
Most memorable: Snorkelling. Knowledgeable guides. (more)Andrew Koziar
It was excellent...Sitting on Temple 4 in Tikal watching the sun rise was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Fran McQuail
The most memorable parts were... probably visiting ATM cave in Belize which was a great experience, and also snorkelling with nurse sharks and sting rays in Caye Caulker was incredible too. (more)Louise Sherwell
From £735 - £1099 excluding flights
Costa Rica adventure holiday
Very good...Costa Rica is a beautiful Country where real effort is being made to protect the natural resources. (more)Claire Horrocks
The boat trip from Puerto Viajhoe to Tortuguero was relaxing, colourful and enjoyable - lots to see. Rainforest track to Rara Avis, and stay, memorable. (more)Frederick Lockwood
It was one of the best holidays, a good crowd of people and a good time had by all...White Water Rafting at La Fortuna was the most exciting part. (more)Liz Davies
From £999 - £1099 excluding flights
Bolivia adventure holiday
Memorable parts? Visiting the salt flats - they were beautiful, and totally original. A real experience! Tips? Insist that your tour leader comes with you on the 3 day tour of the Uyuni 4x4 tour - the drivers are completely irresponsible (drinking beer at breakfast, driving dangerously, driving the vehicles when they are not roadworthy), and rude (not listening to the group's concerns regarding the above, and threatening to leave people stranded in the middle of the tour), that it... (more)Marilyn McManus
From £849 - £999 excluding flights
Trekking holiday in Cuba
Memorable parts? Certainly interesting was the venture to see Castro's headquarters in Alta Naranjo. Tips? Ask cost of tour before accepting offered tours. The city tour of Holquin, was more expensive than I would have thought. It was not clear to me when we were dropped off, that it was/ was not included in our payments. Also, I definitely think the trek should be condensed into 2 days in the park and not 3. When we were there we met a large UK group who did it in 2 days, and... (more)Christina Parsons
From £275 - £555 excluding flights
Budget Thailand holiday, a taste of Thailand
Memorable parts? I enjoyed so many things about my holiday, I had a truly fantastic time but if I had to choose I would say the hill-tribe trek, that was a great experience for many reasons, I especially loved seeing the tribes & the breath-taking landscape it was unbelievable I thought, a special experience. Tips? To travel as lightly as possible during the hill-tribe trek as it can be rather demanding especially the first day & make sure you have the correct footwear. Be prepared... (more)Gary Remekie
From £375 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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