Cultural holidays. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 2016

We’ve selected 1688 unique cultural tours to offer you the best way to see the highlights of your destination. Cultural tours are about getting a real sense of a place through its history and traditions, whether that’s sailing slowly down the Ganges, cycling around the townships of Cape Town, following the footsteps of history along the Silk Road, or riding elephants and visiting remote hill tribes in Thailand. Immersive and historical, cultural tours help you get under the skin of destinations.
Buenos Aires to Rio small group holiday
Amazing discovery tour from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, from £1530 - £1905 (17 days) ex flights
Borneo tailor made tour on a shoestring
The Best of Borneo: Wildlife, Adventure, Idyllic Beaches, from £1815 (12 days) inc UK flights
Tuscany holiday, Italy
Florence, Lucca, Pisa & the Cinque Terre, from £999 - £1149 (8 days) inc UK flights
Family holiday to India, sightseeing and safari
Taj Mahal in Agra to the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, from £1289 - £1530 (11 days ) inc UK flights

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Family holiday in Vietnam
Explore the lively streets and hidden corners of Vietnam, from £1704 - £2204 (15 days ) inc UK flights
Burma cultural holiday
Discover a side of Burma hidden beyond the tourist trail, from £1299 - £1499 (15 days) ex flights
Cambodia six day tour
A comfortable introduction to Cambodia, from £650 - £810 (6 days) ex flights
Mexico small group holiday, a food adventure
Get an authentic taste of Mexico on this 8 day tour, from £1095 - £1240 (9 days) ex flights
Vienna to Budapest tour
Travel five countries for memories to last a lifetime, from £1330 - £1435 (15 days) ex flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
Discover the natural beauty and culture of Ethiopia, from £1456 (14 days) ex flights
Cambodia country tour, temples & sea
Explore Angkor Wat, local villages and sun-kissed beaches, from £995 (11 days) ex flights
Northern Thailand small group tour
Temples, ancient ruins & exotic markets of Northern Thailand, from £595 - £670 (8 days) ex flights
Johannesburg to Cape Town tour in South Africa
An incredible journey of wildlife, culture and stunning scenery, from £2849 - £2999 (22 days) inc UK flights
Burma photography tour
Discover Burma with travel photographer Gary Latham, from £3400 (15 days) inc UK flights
Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
The very best of central India's wildlife and history, from Rupee220000 (16 days) ex flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Explore the Amazon Andes and Inca trail, from £2775 - £3025 (27 days) ex flights
Halloween tour in Transylvania
Take a fascinating and historical tour in Transylvania, from £499 (3 days) ex flights
Burma holidays, small group tour
The highlights of Burma visiting Rangoon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake, from £2419 - £2799 (16 days) inc UK flights
Japan small group holiday
Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside, from £2600 (14 days) ex flights
Borneo family tour
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Borneo, from £1450 - £1700 (14 days) ex flights
Bangladesh holiday
Bangladesh is waiting to be discovered, from £1699 (14 days) ex flights
Burkina Faso holiday, Festival of the Dancing Masks
Vibrant cultural celebrations in West Africa's secret nation, from £1899 (9 days) ex flights
Omo Valley cultural holiday in Ethiopia
Travel to the Omo Valley, Africa's cultural heartland, from £1750 (14 days) ex flights
Vietnam holiday
Tour and learn about this beautiful destination, from £1337 - £1580 (20 days) ex flights
Burma tailor made holiday
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from £1499 - £1850 (10 days) ex flights
Ecuador cultural holiday
Enjoy a unique adventure in the avenue of volcanoes, from US $1199 (6 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from £1650 (14 days) ex flights
Family holiday to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City
Experience the best of Jordan, from £1284 - £1299 (8 days ) inc UK flights
Japan golden route holiday
9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, from £1280 (10 days) ex flights

1819 reviews for cultural holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent cultural 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.

Laos and Vietnam holiday, Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Memorable parts? Visiting a cave which had become a shrine due to a tragedy that happened there during the Vietnam war.....the place was thickly populated by the most incredible butterflies it was a deeply spiritual and moving experience. Our guides were lovely kind thoughtful and patient Tips? Don't bring too many clothes you won't need them and laundry can be done easily and cheaply in Laos and Vietnam Local benefits? Yes we were pretty Eco and ate with locals everywhere... (more)simone plaut
From £2280 - £2480 including UK flights
Tailor made holiday in Peru
Memorable parts? EVERYTHING - it was just great! Tips? To inform themselves very early (6 month before booking) to get the most out of it. We therefore had the best holidays ever and people we met on our tour were just jealouse, because we could do all the cool stuff (we had organised the permits for Huayna Picchu, the Trek to Huchuy Qosqo etc.) Local benefits? Yes I do Overall rating? Great! (more)Barbara Buchegger
From £3350 including UK flights
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
Trinidad and Tobago holidays
Memorable parts? All of it Tips? If you are bird watcher you are in for a treat Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? (more)Julie Newberry
From £2155 - £2650 including UK flights
Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays
Memorable parts? Most exciting was definitely Walk of the Gods, from Bomerano where we stayed to Positano over 2000' down on the coast. Fantastic views surrounded by wildflowers and herbs, across precipitous slopes and finally descending steps through cacti gardens from Montpertuso. But I also have to say I was surpised by how attractive Naples was, with its very elegant seafront. Tips? The combination of mountains and coast means that you can experience every sort of weather in... (more)Juliet Dunn
From £999 - £1199 including UK flights
Mongolia adventure holiday, off the beaten track
Excellent. Very well organised. Guides knew their stuff and were always helpful and cheerful. It was a tremendous experience and I would love to go again - maybe to a different part of this huge and empty country. (more)Theresa Partington
Memorable, beautiful, with a bit of challenge [especially for a 75 year old, me] (more)Elizabeth Wingate
The most memorable parts were: Travelling across vast plains in the Gobi, with no roads no buildings no artificial light, and stopping to listen to the silence. The immense blue sky. The generosity and kindness of Mongolians... (more)Alison Cathles
From £1449 - £2074 excluding flights
Borneo tailor made tour on a shoestring
Seeing a wild Orangutan swinging through the trees carrying a baby was magical as were the elephants on the river bank, the Proboscis Monkeys, birds and night-time fireflies. It was magical. (more)Mandy Egglestone
There were so many memorable bits! Each section of the holiday was so different and varied so all had different elements to make them special. 10/10! (more)Francesca Bellis-Jones
Get straight over to Sandakan and Sepilok to enjoy the wildlife and rainforest! (more)Laura Dearden
From £1815 including UK flights
Thailand and Laos adventure holiday, Bangkok to Vang Vieng
5*++++++++ It was absolutely superb! The operator may be a small company but it's dedication to providing the best service and most rounded and authentic personal experience of the country meant that I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. (more)Alice Ross
This trip was an amazing introduction to southeast Asia for me. I felt that my experience of Thailand and Laos was enhanced by this trip...Trekking throughout the north of Laos was amazing. We had a wonderful guide that was proud to show of his country, people, food, history and culture's. (more)Amy Worthington
From £2250 excluding flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
Most memorable for me, I would probably just go for the trip to Mycenae, as it had been a long-held wish to go there, and it didn't disappoint! (more)Neil Holt
This was about the best holiday I have ever been on; with excellent licensed guides informing us of the archaeology in the historical Peloponnese and in Athens. (more)Alan Wallis
Really good. Easily lived up to expectations. (more)Malcolm Torry
From €990 excluding flights
Tanzania holidays, Selous, Zanzibar & the coast
It's actually pretty hard to describe this trip in a few words - it was truly magical and inspirational! (more)Nina Szewczak
Way better than I ever could have imagined. I will be going again! (more)Carole Artis
Absolutely amazing. The most memorable holiday ever. (more)Michael Moulsley
From £1895 excluding flights
Amalfi coast easy walking holiday, Italy
Walking in the hills above Amalfi was very special, and it was lovely seeing some of the little villages tourists generally don't visit. (more)Helen Rankin
It was amazing. June and Aubrey are welcoming, knowledgeable and experienced. They made the holiday a truly memorable experience. Nothing was too much trouble. (more)Hannah Wilson
From £1070 - £1099 excluding flights
Madagascar tailor made holiday, Reef and Rainforest
A lovely time. second visit. (more)John Dreyfuss
Brilliant, eye opening, once in a lifetime experience...Seeing and hearing the Indri in Andasibe was breathtaking and our guide was brilliant. (more)Anita Chapman
This was an absolutely superb adventure, great people, amazing wildlife, stunning scenery. (more)Claudia Biedert
From £3095 - £3650 including UK flights
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
Amazing holiday would definitely recommend. (more)Jean Heap
My holiday was wonderful, William our tour leader, with his unique style made our holiday really special! (more)Lara Pallard
I loved the variety of sights. There was always something a little different to see and do. Loved the variety of restaurants! Every night we tried a new type of Japanese food. Our guide, Alain, was terrific! (more)Kristin Samuelson
From £1750 excluding flights
Japan small group holiday
A ten plus. The whole trip was fantastic, from the neon lights of Tokyo to the countryside around Takayama. (more)Catherine Atkinson
It was fabulous and everything and more than we expected! (more)Michelle Rademeyer
Excellent thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. The whole holiday was memorable as we went from the busy metropolis of Tokyo to the quiet of the Japanese Alps. (more)Amanda Johnson
From £2600 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
Scotland luxury rail holiday
Excellent! The train rides through the highlands - such scenery, and having the train stop at so many lovely, tiny places. (more)Marianna Mather
The whole experience was memorable. The Jacobite steam train, the Culodin battlefield, and the warm and friendly people. (more)Lisa Shaffer
Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall (more)Andrew and Hilary Walker
From £1840 - £1915 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
B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals
The whole of Tasmania is just awesome; so every part of the travel is memorable. (more)Lim HunHo
It was a fantastic tour of the island, the memories from which we we will savour for the rest of our lives. (more)Sandra Mendenhall
From AU $950 - AU $2950 excluding flights
Borneo family tour
Don't be put off by having a guide, we thought we would feel less intrepid but we learnt and laughed so much. Be prepared for the unexpected! Amazing fun. (more)Nikki Shack
Fantastic! We constantly remember different things and look at the photos. Staying with a local family - our daughters got so much out of it. (more)Sarah Madeley
From £1450 - £1700 excluding flights
Tailor made holiday in Brazil
We had a morning horse riding down a flooded area at the start, with our feet touching the water, and then across more open country; the wild flowers and birds were amazing. A 5.30 am canoe trip which was magical, so quiet and peaceful, seeing the beauty of the sun rising and hearing the early morning bird song; the canoe being so quiet we were able to get very close to birds before they flew. Later that afternoon we visited a fishing village down the river and were invited into their one room house... (more)Harvey Bromley
The Pantanel and Iguacu were wonderful. The Pousada at the Pantanel was great with wildlife wandering all over the place and the food was good too. (more)Linda White
The arrangements went like clockwork and all the guides and drivers were very friendly and helpful...fantastic holiday. (more)Jill Joseph
From £3500 including UK flights
Tibet cultural tours
Outstanding guides. Excellent (more)frank ingram
A real adventure. The whole trip was thoroughly enjoyable. The highlights for us were Lhasa Old Town, the Potala Palace and Mount Everest. (more)Christopher Ashley-Jones
It was my dream to travel to Tibet and I wasn’t disappointed... (more)izabela spero
From £895 excluding flights
Bhutan holidays, cultural tours
The whole journey on the roads in Bhutan was something special, but of course the most momentous was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. It was really something special. (more)Eszter Bernath
The best bits: People and countryside. (more)Margaret Phelan
It was an excellent holiday. Experiencing the hospitality of the Bhutanese and Nepali people. (more)Peter Grove
From £1105 excluding flights
Kerala luxury holiday
This was definitely a 4-star holiday!...By far the most memorable part for us was the houseboat cruise on the back waters. Two nights on a barge - we loved the leisurely pace as we moved slowly along the rivers, giving plenty of time for watching birds and also watching life as lived alongside the river. (more)Aldyth Rowe
Excellent...The backwaters trip and the stay at Serenity were the most memorable parts. (more)john still
It was a 100% enjoyable experience. We got really far off the beaten track & to the real Southern India (Kerala & Tamil Nadu). Seeing lots of wild fauna & flora, including elephant three times. (more)John Tams-Gray
From £1920 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 £716 - £955 excluding flights
Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made
We really got to see the local view of life traveling on our own, very modern vehicle and used local cafes, services and attractions when possible. Safaris fund conservation.The whole tour was superb. From meeting our guide at the airport to our day of departure we enjoyed every new experience. We were helped every step of the way by Upul, our excellent Guide. (more)Derek Putnam
First and foremost, it has to be said that Sri Lanka did not disappoint us in any way! We were always greeted with warmth waves and smiles! It has to be one of the friendliest countries I've visited and it was for the most part very clean. (more)Lori Keating
The holiday overall was amazing, there were so many memorable experiences it is difficult to name only one thing. If we had to choose it would have to be turtle watching on Rekawa beach. (more)Jude Lambert
From £1755 including UK flights
Himalayan cultural tours, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal
The whole trip was memorable and exciting but one highlight was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan - quite a grueling walk for a Sunday afternoon but what memories! Also, visiting Lhasa in February when pilgrims from the furthest reaches of Tibet were there was a joy. (more)Carolynn Peace
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing new places and meeting new people from completely new cultures. (more)Dietrich Yap
Watching the sun go down on Everest on the most perfect evening. Celebrating Diwali with the locals were the most memorable parts of the holiday (more)Rosemary Chinchen
From £2055 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
Romania adventure holiday
Excellent...there were too many highlights for us to single out any one experience as the most memorable. Every day was memorable and for all the right reasons. (more)Gerald Sherry
Successful (more)Marcia Westreich
One of the most memorable things was the beautiful Carpathian countryside and the people working in the fields as of yesteryear. The haymaking and haystacks were fascinating and we all fell in love with rural Romania. (more)Joan Houston
From £1499 excluding flights
Provence cooking & walking holiday
Book it. The local tours are great with good food. (more)Alison Mott
It was simply the best holiday I have been on in years very special (more)Joanne Hackett
We enjoyed the idea of doing everything locally with local people and contributing to the local economy. Above all, we felt really well taken care of with much attention to detail. (more)Tammy Railton
From €405 - €730 excluding flights
Garden Route holiday, tailor made, South Africa
Most memorable was being so close to wild animals on the game drives at Elephant Plains...Fantastic! (more)Yvonne Chapman
The Drakensberg mountains and Didima camp at Cathedral Peak provided a magical start to the holiday, with stunning scenery, fantastic hiking and lovely accommodation; we could easily have stayed much longer there. (more)Barbara Sykes
Some of the best highlights were - the penguins on Boulder Beach, Cape Point on a glorious day, staying with Hazel of Hazel's Homestays, the Real City tour in PE, Amakhala Lodge. (more)David Catherall
From £1630 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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