Budget travel holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

A great worldwide choice of off the beaten track budget holidays from responsible tour companies & accommodations who care about conservation & local communities. Budget holidays & budget travel ideas for all tastes.
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from 0 (18 days) ex flights
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from 325 - 425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Cuba adventure tours
Explore authentic Cuba using homestays and local guides, from US $390 (8 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade holidays in the pearl of the Carribean, from 640 (15 days) ex flights
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Friendly West Highland bunkhouse on the Knoydart peninsula, from 17 per person per night
Egypt budget small group tour
This tour mixes culture with a 4 day beach break, perfect!, from 0 - 649 (14 days) ex flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
Japan's classic sights on a shoestring!, from 650 (8 days) ex flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Explore the Amazon Andes and Inca trail, from 2465 - 2715 (25 days) ex flights
Borneo holiday, Sabah adventure
Mt Kinabalu climb, jungle camp and Sepilok Orang-utan Centre, from 1299 (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
Kerala culture and backwaters holiday, India
Enriching and meaningful experience of quintessential Kerala, from 750 - 890 (12 days) ex flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Indian curries temples harems & Himalayas, from 699 (15 days) ex flights
Cuba cultural tours
Experience authentic Cuba with home-stays and local guides, from US $895 - US $985 (15 days) ex flights
Small group tour of Turkey
The perfect introduction to cosmopolitan and memorial Turkey, from 479 - 589 (8 days) ex flights
Namibia and Botswana camping safari
Small group adventure safari - Zambia, Namibia & Botswana, from 1935 (21 days) ex flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this compact adventure, from 645 - 775 (10 days) ex flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
7 Day Safari with wildlife conservationists, from 1250 - 1420 (7 days) ex flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday
Combine sand sea wildlife and culture, from 999 (15 days) ex flights
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from 200 - 495 per week (sleeps 4)
Egypt budget tour
Uncover Egypt's breathtaking monuments and scenery, from 599 - 729 (14 days) ex flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Budget tailor-made holiday in Kerala, from 1049 (15 days) ex flights
Southern Africa holiday
Amazing scenery, wildlife & people, from 1782 - 2040 (15 days) ex flights
East Vietnam budget holiday
Trace Vietnam's mystical eastern coastline, from 459 - 665 (15 days) ex flights
Reunification Express holiday, Vietnam
Solo travellers only holiday in Vietnam, from 830 - 1000 (15 days) ex flights
Ladakh homestays trekking holiday, India
Homestay based trek through the villages of Ladakh, from 430 (9 days) ex flights
Camping safari in Southern Africa
Small group adventure safari - Kruger, Zimbabwe & Botswana, from 1485 (16 days) ex flights
Greek Islands sailing holiday, Santorini to Mykonos
Sapphire waters, whitewashed villages & history laden ruins, from 552 - 965 (8 days) ex flights
Budget holiday to China
Buddhist heritage & archaeological treasures of China, from 1499 (14 days) ex flights
Cuban adventure holiday
Cuban adventure, from 599 (8 days) ex flights
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo
Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures, from 2699 - 2849 (18 days) ex flights

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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 0 excluding flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
10/10...Hiroshima, sumo , Magome and Koyasan were the highlights (more)peter deen
Excellent. We had a nice mix of major cities, the Hakone National Park Region, and Miyajima Island. (more)Sally Vogl
We absolutely had a blast on the whole trip. It was a busy, we tried to see a much as we could but enjoyed the holiday...I would do this again in a heartbeat! (more)Rebekah Schultz
From 650 excluding flights
Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days
This holiday was great and I was still smiling weeks after I got back home. To date it has been the best holiday I have ever been on. I came home really relaxed and incredibly happy. I would challenge anyone to go to Cuba, spend sometime with the people and not be effected by their wonderful nature. (more)Shireen Alsalti
Absolutely brilliant....We thought our tour was excellent - a comprehensive itinerary and good value. It was really packed with activities so we did enjoy a beach break at the end. (more)Karin Barrett
Outstanding! We will return to Cuba! (more)Sonja Stromdahl
From 720 excluding flights
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From 275 - 450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Cuba adventure tours
Fantastic! I would definitely recommend Cuba to the adventurous and open-minded traveller. It was also great fun being able to share the holiday with a wonderful group of people (more)Howard Gossington
Excellent. Great homestays, great guide, met lots of friendly people, interesting excursions, plenty of opportunities to learn about Cuba and many many chances to enjoy Cuban food, rum and salsa. I can't wait to go back. (more)Naranee Ruthra-Rajan
This was a fantastic trip and I wish I had gone on the 15 day one. Our guide was superb, the levels of organisation were brilliant and the company is very efficient...For me, the most enjoyable evening was our tour and meal out at an organic market garden in the Vinales valley. The welcome was great, the food was fantastic and we played lots of dominoes and salsa-ed a lot whilst an enormous thunderstorm rolled round the hills. (more)Clare Morley
From US $390 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 2145 - 2345 excluding flights
Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos vacation
Fantastic. Great crew and guide. Wildlife unbelievable. (more)Frances Kidd
Most memorable was the opportunity to see close-up the most wonderful selection of animals and birds. (more)David Weller
From 2249 excluding flights
Cuba tours
Every day of my trip brought something interesting and memorable. Cuba is a beautiful country rich in natural assets, history and culture with lovely, helpful people keen to show you all their country has to offer. (more)Sue Wailoo
It was our home whilst we were there - in each casa - we were made to feel we were really at home whilst still being free to come and go wherever and whenever we wanted. (more)Charles Butler
Would do it again in a heartbeat...Visit and stay in Old Havana, and certain dives at Isla de La Juventud. (more)Samuel Bjorklund
From 640 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 1725 - 1830 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 2465 - 2715 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 699 excluding flights
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family holiday. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
From 325 - 425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Devon self catering cottage, England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From 200 - 495 per week (sleeps 4)
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 830 - 1000 excluding flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
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
the most memorable part was the cruise in Halong Bay and the Mekong River outing (more)Chandra Kant Sharma
From 645 - 775 excluding flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday
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
5 star experience! Most memorable part was the people in the group (all 15 of them), the city, the jungle and the beach! Bit vague but I just loved it all. (more)Michelle Conway
From 999 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 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 799 excluding flights
Discover Yunnan holiday, China
Hmmm, hard to choose just one most memorable part since the whole trip was so great!...Overall my trip to China was one of the best vacations I've ever had. (more)Ethan Meyers
The highlight was hiring bikes in Dali and spending the day cycling through villages by the lake. It was great to get away from the touristy spots for a few hours and get a glimpse of the local lifestyle. (more)Juliet Hewish
From 730 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 490 - 530 excluding flights
Trekking with Sherpas  in the Everest region
Seeing Everest for the first time was fantastic. The flight into Lukla was also exciting! (more)Nicola Waldman
The most memorable part was mountain biking around the hills of Kathmandu. (more)Allison McEnaney
Excellent. We booked the trip through a local company and our contact there - Bipin - couldn't have been more helpful. (more)Joan Anderson
From 888 excluding flights
Cuba cultural tours
Amazing, fun, varied, good overall tour, we didn't want to come home. Five Star (more)Rowena Payne
The most memorable part was Xmas eve fireworks in Remedios. (more)Gina Lai
Fabulous holiday, without a doubt this is the way to see the real Cuba (more)Gordon Merryweather
From US $895 - US $985 including domestic flights only
Small group tour of Turkey
We enjoyed the trip. It was well organized. It was a good example of small group travel in an interesting place. The most memorable things were the amazing historical sites and the excellent Turkish food. (more)Barry Singer
Going to Troy, even for too short a time was the most memorable part og the holiday (more)Mary Brown
From 479 - 589 excluding flights
Mexico & Guatemala overland tours
The nicest part was the homestay in a pleasant little village with a lovely family. (more)Laura Palmucci
The homestay at the family at Lake Attitlan, the volcano hiking and the caving were the most memorable parts. (more)Andrea Baumann
From 1420 - 1555 excluding flights
Budget holiday to China
The Great Wall was the most memorable part. None of the pictures really do it justice, the views are amazing. We went about 60KM away from Beijing and set off early. It was really worth it as it was not crowded at all and we almost had the Wall to ourselves. (more)Darren Grubb
It was great! The tour was well organized and the guide was awesome. China is a huge country, but you get to see a nice bit of it in this tour. (more)Candy Owens
From 1499 excluding flights
California, Nevada and Arizona holiday
Memorable parts? The time spent in Monument Valley was probably the most memorable for me, despite the (lack of) facilities for our overnight camping. Also quiet times in Arches National Park and an early morning walk by myself along the rim of the Grand Canyon. I loved being with the group, but having personal space sometimes is important for me. Memories of my fellow travellers will last. We had fun. Tips? Be prepared for anything, go with the flow as far as you can and know there... (more)Lesley Hale
From 986 - 1185 excluding flights
Vietnam trekking & homestay tour
The best experience and vacation we have had. We loved the whole thing. (more)Colesie Sterling
The whole experience was memorable. Our guide was very good, the landscape was beautiful, the trekking was good and the homestays were and food were excellent. (more)Dinah Reed
Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall? The best we have had. Made all the more stress free by the personal attention of Ninh, our tour organiser (more)Stuart Mcneil
From 298 excluding flights
Costa Rica multisport holiday
Memorable parts? The time spent in the jungle rafting down the river, staying in jungle lodges and trekking to nearby waterfalls. Tips? Don't book the extra adrenaline pack before you go. It's better to pick and choose your activities when you're there. Local benefits? Local transport was occasionally used and the sharing of rooms reduced the environmental impact Overall rating? Really enjoyable and a good variety of activities. Not too much travelling as well (more)James Mead
From 899 excluding flights
Overland tour to South America, Andes to the Amazon
Memorable parts? Hiking on a glacier, coming face to face with penguins in Punta Tomba, canyoning down a 40 metre waterfall, meeting all my new friends Tips? We had a great time, and made 21 new friends... but it is quite intense being with other people for such a long time... bring earplugs and ipod and a very very warm sleeping bag. Local benefits? Yes, we always took our rubbish with us, and were careful not to make a mess. Overall rating? Had an amazing time,... (more)Caroline Eccles
From 1645 excluding flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
This was one of the best holidays we have experienced. The animal sightings were brilliant, the information we received about the bush was exceptional and above all, the friendliness of all the guides and staff and their desire to consider our every need resulted in a truly memorable holiday. (more)kim plumb
Individual highlights are too many to mention but one consistent one was the look on the girls faces when we found something special on a game drive...Fantastic, well organised and great value for money. (more)Neil Wilson
Seeing the wild animals up-close and at the same time knowing we were supporting conservation and research. It was also great to stay at the researchers camp and see how researcher life is in the field and help them out a bit. The camera trap location I chose even got a picture of a leopard! It was much more memorable and gratifying then staying at typical tourist hotels. (more)Amy Cannata
From 1250 - 1420 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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