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Cultural holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

Unearthing the history, the language and, ultimately, the people of a destination can be one of travel’s most rewarding aspects. Cultural tours holidays let you dip your toe into a country and keep going until you’re out of your depth with an eclectic blend of experiences to help you piece together what it means to be a local. Indonesia, Jordan, Tibet or Belize, cultural experiences last much longer than suntans.
Trinidad and Tobago holidays
All the main highlights of Trinidad & Tobago, from £2255 - £2850 (16 days) inc UK flights
Small group tours to China
A popular small group journey through the best of China, from £2760 - £3445 (15 days) ex flights
Hidden treasures of Jordan holiday
World famous historical monuments & breathtaking desert scenery, from £1599 - £1839 (12 days) inc UK flights
Romania holiday, the Beauty of Yesterday
Small group tour to rediscover enchanting rural Romania, from £995 - £1075 (10 days) ex flights

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China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo
Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures, from £2999 - £3249 (18 days) ex flights
Ethiopia holiday, tailormade
Discover the people, places and wildlife of Ethiopia, from £1720 (17 days) ex flights
Rajasthan art history & architecture tour
Rajasthan cultural heritage, art history, music and wildlife, from £580 - £598 (8 days) ex flights
Omo Valley cultural holiday in Ethiopia
Travel to the Omo Valley, Africa's cultural heartland, from £1999 (14 days) ex flights
Borneo family tour
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Borneo, from £1450 - £1700 (14 days) ex flights
Exciting family holiday in China
An exciting family holiday taking in the highlights of China, from £1320 - £1380 (12 days) ex flights
Dubrovnik to Athens tour
Join us on a whirlwind adventure through the Balkans, from £1475 - £1855 (15 days) ex flights
Mexico & Guatemala overland tours
Mexico City to Antigua, from £1584 - £2035 (31 days) ex flights
Burma highlights tour
Crumbling colonial architecture, overgrown temples & stunning landscapes, from £2149 - £2569 (11 days) inc UK flights
Himalayan cultural tours, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal
Explore stunning Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, from £2055 (16 days) ex flights
Guyana holiday, wildlife & culture
Discover the incredible wildlife of Guyana and Suriname, from £3499 (15 days) ex flights
West Highland Line railway holiday in Scotland
Take the "The World's Best Rail Journey" to the Isle of Skye, from £520 - £530 (4 days) ex flights
Bolivia and Peru tour
Explore the Amazon Andes and Inca trail, from £2800 - £3235 (25 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade holidays in the pearl of the Carribean, from €970 (15 days) ex flights
India tour, mountains, temples & hillstations
Explore India's cultural diversity, from £1799 - £1959 (16 days) inc UK flights
Northern Thailand small group tour
Temples, ancient ruins & exotic markets of Northern Thailand, from £510 - £690 (8 days) ex flights
Burma photography tour
Discover Burma with a professional travel photographer, from £3400 (15 days) inc UK flights
Japan cultural small group holiday
A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway, from £1250 (10 days) ex flights
Malaysia Tour
Ethnically and culturally rich, scenic Malaysia awaits, from £1040 - £1395 (15 days) ex flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Indian curries temples harems & Himalayas, from £749 - £799 (15 days) ex flights
Peru tour, tailor made
Explore Peru & the Amazon, from US $1835 (18 days) ex flights
Family holiday in Vietnam
Explore the lively streets and hidden corners of Vietnam, from £1538 - £1954 (15 days ) inc UK flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
Discover the natural beauty and culture of Ethiopia, from £1456 (14 days) ex flights
China highlights tour, tailor made
Walk along the Great Wall and relax in the stunning LiRiver, from US $2202 - US $2294 (11 days) ex flights
Japan cultural immersion holiday
Cultural activites and traditional experiences galore, from £2700 (15 days) ex flights

1938 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.

Mekong adventure holiday, Laos & Cambodia
Memorable parts? Every day was something different, we walked through jungle; rode elephants; explored caves and sailed in wooden boats, sometimes we used a wooden plank, sometimes we were knee deep in the river! We saw amazing temples and wooden huts that the locals lived in, we saw how people lived and how they dried peppers in their satellite dishes! There were sad parts too, understanding the legacy of the Vietnam war, unexploded bombs everywhere and maimed people. However, the people... (more)Colin Smith
From £3000 - £3200 including UK flights
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
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 - £1249 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 £1237 - £1365 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
Trinidad and Tobago holidays
The specialist guides at the naturalist sites were exceptionally knowledgeable and all our guides were friendly and helpful. And what interesting places Trinidad and Tobago are. (more)Sabrina Aaronovitch
Best bits: Abseiling down Avocet Falls on the Marianne River. (more)Roy Hutchison
If you are bird watcher you are in for a treat... (more)Julie Newberry
From £2255 - £2850 including UK flights
Borneo tailor made tour on a shoestring
Extremely well organised, countless opportunities to see wildlife and meet local communities, absolutely excellent all round experience (more)Rosemary Demaine
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
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
Loved traveling with the guides--they treated us like family. (more)Brynnen Ford
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
From €990 excluding 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 by bullet train
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
Best bit: The food! (more)Louise Larsen
Experiencing Japan- a fascinating, different and wonderful country to visit. We loved Tokyo and Kyoto and all the sights there. (more)Fay Berry
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
From £1010 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 £1935 - £2050 excluding flights
B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals
We'll be back - can't speak more highly than that. (more)kathleen revell
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
I absolutely loved it and even now a few weeks later, the wonderful sights and sounds are still with me. (more)Linda Marlow
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
From £1105 excluding flights
Australia holidays, tailor made
Excellent with a lot of variety. All memorable, but perhaps going to Uluru and spending a week in Sydney over Christmas and new Year (more)Jan Baker
This is a fabulous place with great food and service. Lizzie and Shayne are so knowledgeable and passionate, it is really inspiring. We were surrounded by wildlife. We had breakfast with kangaroos grazing right in front of the window...It was brilliant, I wish I could do it all again. (more)Diane Bushell
From £5395 including UK 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
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
Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made
I'd go back tomorrow ! Loved it. (more)Stan Deboehmler
Great trip, great guide and solid tour company - the holiday provider was top notch and I would not hesitate to use them again. (more)Bill Dinner
Aside from the wonderful wildlife that we saw with the help of our driver/guide, we'll have good memories of the friendliness and warmth of the Sri Lankans we met. (more)Janet Halliday
From £1755 including UK flights
North India cultural tour
Book it! A fantastic taster of a small section of Northern India. (more)Sara Kirkham
Challenging, life affirming, and I now have the desire to go on more. (more)Alan Zenthon
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
From £730 - £810 excluding flights
Family scuba diving holidays in the Red Sea
Absolutely brilliant. Excellent service, accommodation fine, food good, beach close, great picnic in the mountains. So good we are going back in a few months. (more)Jackie Vale
10/10 - you must GO!! The best parts was becoming a scuba diver and my son becoming Open Water PADI certified (more)julie griffiths
Most memorable was getting the children snorkelling and seeing their excitement at seeing all the pretty fish! (more)Nicky Smith
From £490 excluding flights
Japan holidays, tailor made
The autumn colours were just amazing in Japan. Its a fascinating culture with so many memorable experiences, just a few spring to mind, walking the Nakesendo highway, staying at the Mitsui Garden hotel in Tokyo, the views are mind blowing from here, Geisha spotting in Kyoto... (more)Katherine Windibank
In all honesty it is very hard to pin point one defining moment. It was all brilliant. (more)Alan Brownlow
It's hard to say just which part was the most memorable because it all was (more)Janet Turnbull
From £3130 including UK 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 £1699 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
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Excellent, very interesting and exciting. Very well organized.We stayed in local hotels, ate in local restaurants, all the guides were locals and we shopped in markets and local shops. (more)Wally Garrod
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
From £646 - £880 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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