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Cultural tours last minute holidays

Cultural tours last minute holidays

Cultural tours are one of our specialities, and most of our last minute cultural tours are small group holidays, where a space has freed up at the last minute, or there is one last space to grab. With itineraries created by local experts, you can sample the cultural highlights of places ranging from Bolivia to Brazil, Morocco to Montenegro, or India to Iceland.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group lodge tour
Classic route lodge safari to Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe, from €3170 (21 days) ex flights
Small group holiday to Burma
Highlights of Burma; Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle, from £2825 - £3195 (15 days) inc UK flights
Thailand and Laos adventure holiday, Bangkok to Vang Vieng
Active adventure beyond the beaten path through S.E. Asia, from £2250 (21 days) ex flights
Ethiopia cultural holidays
Discover the historic wonders of Ethiopia, from £1999 - £2150 (14 days) ex flights

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Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan
A week to explore the spectacular sites and scenery of Jordan, from £1099 - £1489 (9 days) inc UK flights
Peru tailormade holiday
Lima, Colca, Titicaca & Machu Picchu in a customisable tour, from £1530 (14 days) ex flights
Oman small group tour
Ancient spice trails, Wahiba Sands, superb coastal scenery, from £1250 - £1375 (7 days) ex flights
Cambodia highlights tour, 7 days
Cambodia highlights in a week - Phnom Penh and Angkor, from £750 (7 days) ex flights
Cooking holiday in Thailand
Learn to cook Thai food & insider experiences with locals, from £1150 - £2050 (16 days) inc UK flights
Family culture & adventure holiday to Egypt
An Egyptian adventure the whole family will remember, from £949 - £1199 (12 days) ex flights
South Africa and Swaziland safari
Lodge safari all encompassing South Africa & Swaziland, from £1405 (17 days) ex flights
Cambodia holidays, Phnom Penh & Angkor
Combines Angkor's temples with lesser known Cambodian sites, from £1000 - £2050 (11 days) inc UK flights
Omo Valley cultural holiday in Ethiopia
Travel to the Omo Valley, Africa's cultural heartland, from £1750 (14 days) ex flights
New Zealand small group tour, 18 days
Kiwi 18 day New Zealand small group tour, from NZ $7990 - NZ $9590 (18 days) ex flights
Thailand, Vietnam & Laos holiday
Some of Asia’s most remote but spectacular regions, from £2885 - £3085 (23 days) inc UK flights
Holiday to Namibia
Discover 'The Big 5' in a stunningly diverse landscape, from £2750 (14 days) ex flights
Peru holiday, Cusco to Lake Titicaca
Customisable Overland Trip: Machu Picchu & Titicaca Islands, from £1095 (8 days) ex flights
Turkey small group tour
Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10 day tour, from £739 - £929 (10 days) ex flights
Silk Road holiday, small group
Silk Road cities, stunning scenery and quirky Ashgabat, from £1995 (15 days) ex flights
Gujarat holiday and the Rann of Kutch, India
A fascinating mix of local village culture and wild landscapes, from £1995 (15 days) ex flights
Cambodia holiday, beyond Angkor
Off the beaten track Cambodia - rare temples, fishing ports, from £2100 - £2300 (14 days) inc UK flights
North Thailand & Laos adventure holiday
Adventure packed cultural experience through Thailand & Laos, from £1595 (15 days) ex flights
Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam
Journey through Northern and Central Vietnam, from £2000 - £2100 (13 days) inc UK flights
Egypt & Jordan small group tour
Just over 2 weeks in Egypt and Jordan, from £1449 - £1599 (16 days) ex flights
Turkmenistan cultural tour
Explore the incredible 'Stan' that is often forgotten, from £2445 (11 days) ex flights
Jordan & Egypt holiday on a shoestring
This Jordan and Egypt tour is packed with all main sights, from £749 - £799 (14 days) ex flights
Egyptian highlights tour
5 star Cairo and Nile Cruise tour, from £799 - £1129 (8 days) ex flights
Jordan holiday on a shoestring
Great value tour covering all Jordan's major sites, from £499 - £599 (6 days) ex flights
Kashmir tour, Mumbai to Kashmir
Mumbai to the beautiful Vale of Kashmir, from £2950 (16 days) ex flights

122 reviews for Cultural tours last minute holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Cultural tours last minute 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.

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
Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group lodge tour
Remember that this is Africa and everything does not work all the time. Be patient and positive and make friends along the way. (more)Louis Carroll
The most memorable part was driving with Makoros (traditional wood boot) to our wild camping in the Okavango Delta observed by hippos. (more)Sigrid Pach
From €3170 excluding flights
Ethiopia cultural holidays
Although the Churches, Museums and Palaces were stunning and memorable the aspect that made the most impact was meeting people in different parts of Ethiopia and gaining some understanding of how they live. (more)Lauren Kaswell
Go with an open mind and you will have many wonderful surprises (more)Margarita Lytle
very good....rock cut churches of lalibela and tigray, waking up in the crisp cool morning in tigray with the gheralta mtns in clear view, right in front of my room in beautiful gheralta lodge, nice evenings by the lake tana (more)berta pires
From £1999 - £2150 excluding flights
Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan
A great adventure.....Floating in the Dead Sea, snorkelling in the Red Sea, Petra. (more)Annette Starfield
There were many memorable parts for me; floating in the Dead Sea, snorkelling in the Red Sea, visiting Jerash and Petra plus the camel ride and overnight stay in Wadi Rum....Excellent - achieved all I wanted to see and do! (more)Julie Forshaw
Cannot separate the majestic desert scenery of Wadi Rum from the exploration of the lesser known areas of Petra. Both stunning and comparable to the best experiences anywhere. (more)Geoffrey Shaw
From £1099 - £1489 including UK flights
Peru tailormade holiday
Memorable parts? Peru is a wonderful destination with so much more to offer than just the iconic Machu Picchu - all thoroughly recommended. Tips? As we did, do the circuit in an anti-clockwise direction, so that you finish up with Macchu Pichu as the jewel in the crown, but don't miss out Arequipa and Colca Canyon. Local benefits? In a relatively poor country where tourism is so important to the economy, every aspect of such a trip benefits the people somehow - even paying... (more)Paul Mors
From £1530 excluding flights
Oman small group tour
The most memorable part of the holiday was crossing the mountains and the desert, and having a clear night sky in the desert. Omani are really hospitable. (more)Yann Bacon
It was wonderful. The people were warm and gracious. Our guide did a great job and was a superb quick driver. (more)Dennis Shulha
From £1250 - £1375 excluding flights
Small group holiday to Burma
Wonderful! We loved the country and the people, so friendly and kind. We can make no criticism. (more)Eleanor Stewart
Don't hesitate - just go! The operator are an independent company who care that you get the best holiday possible. And they are small enough to make sure you see some of the top sights, but also get you in to see off the beaten track places. (more)Helen White
We probably would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the expansion of the rating to say that it was 'simply the best holiday I have ever been on'! We have been on other wonderful holidays, but this was up there with the best. (more)John Lippiett
From £2825 - £3195 including UK flights
Cambodia holiday, beyond Angkor
The most memorable part of the holiday was the early morning visit to Angkor Wat temple to see the sun rise. (more)Rabea Khan
Most memorable werer the Jungle walks, sleeping in a temple on a sacred mountain and travelling by boat past floating villages... (more)Martin Smith
From £2100 - £2300 including UK flights
Cambodia holidays, Phnom Penh & Angkor
Tourism is an important employer in Cambodia so our staying in small hotels and using local guides, river boats, the bamboo train etc were all supportive. (more)Andrew Whitrow
Fantastic window into cambodia. we needed a few days on a thai beach to assimilate it all. (more)Anna Bradley
So many things were amazing. Seeing the sun rise at Angkor Wat, trekking in the Kulen mountains and camping overnight at the monastery at the top. My daughter would say it was riding on an elephant, something she has always wanted to do. (more)Janet Potts
From £1000 - £2050 including UK flights
Turkey small group tour
Local people definitely benefited from the tourism both on our trip and from the many others, obviously on the same circuit as us. Our guide, Perihan Asan, was very informative and lively and made the holiday so enjoyable. (more)Lesley McManus
I loved the balloon ride over Capodocchia, and found Galipoli very moving. I thought it ticked all the boxes as they say. (more)Gillian Willcocks
Cappadocia and balloon flight were the most memorable parts of the holiday (more)Judith and Alan Hepburn
From £739 - £929 excluding flights
Peru holiday, Cusco to Lake Titicaca
Memorable parts? The trip up to Machu Puchi, our guide Wilfredo was very knowledgeable and stopped to let us drink in the pure awesomeness of it all and when we reached the top the feeling was surreal and brought not just a lump to my throat but a tear to my ear. Tips? Take plenty of insect repellent as the mosquitos are in their millions Local benefits? Peru's main economy is from mining but all our guides stressed how important tourism is to their country Overall rating? My... (more)John Hawkins
From £1095 excluding flights
Silk Road holiday, small group
Memorable parts? New country, different culture Tips? check what medicines you can take into the country with a doctors prescription info, otherwise may have problems at boarder control. Local benefits? yes, very much so Overall rating? very good, learnt lots and as only a small group we all got on very well (more)Anne Higgins
From £1995 excluding flights
Omo Valley cultural holiday in Ethiopia
Memorable parts? Bull jumping ceremony in Hammar village Tips? Beware of poor accommodation in Yabello and Wando Genet Local benefits? No Overall rating? I enjoyed learning about the customs and village life (more)Joan Thomas
From £1750 excluding flights
Burma cultural tour, Yangon and Mandalay
Memorable parts? Coming across by chance a house warming and monk blessing in village house on an island near Bagan. We were invited into the upstairs room for the ceremony and then back to join them for the celebratory lunch afterwards. Tips? Look into the wide variety of options for sight seeing and experiences away from the main tourist route. It's all very safe; extremely interesting and the people are very welcoming. Local benefits? Yes I think so. We used local companies... (more)Jacqueline Scott
From £3295 - £3395 excluding flights
Festivals and holidays in Ethiopia
It was all memorable but - not toooo exciting! (more)June Addison
This was a wonderful way to see the beauty of Ethiopia, its warm friendly people and to experience one of it's best known festivals in an idyllic rural community setting. The guide was outstanding in her knowledge of the country and was proactive...A travelling group holiday cannot get better than this. (more)Anne Cooper
The trek in the Simien Mountains was truly memorable. It felt like we had the whole Mountain range, a world heritage site, to ourselves. (more)Matthew Thomas
From £2950 - £3315 excluding flights
South Africa and Swaziland safari
A totally amazing and uplifting experience. A lot of fun, a lot of new things learnt, a new appreciation of another country and it's culture, and new friends made. (more)Cathy McCall
We went to some utterly stunning places, purely magical. The tour leaders couldn't have been better- humorous, brimming with knowledge and stories, fantastic chefs...I could go on (more)Christina Stephenson
Cape Town is truly a wonder of the world and the beaches on the Wild Coast were spectacular...This was one of the best trips I have ever been on. (more)Patricia Ruble
From £1405 excluding flights
Egypt budget small group tour
The most memorable parts of the holiday were the Guide Waleed, unforgettable. Nothing was too much trouble. Sufi dancing (an optional event) was stupendous. Felucca overnight. Valley of Kings - King Tuts tomb. Snorkelling in Red Sea. (more)Helen Golden
Very difficult to pick out any individual highlights as the whole tour was incredible...Definitely ten out of ten. (more)Roger Stead
From £679 - £799 excluding flights
Cuba walking holiday
Memorable parts? Watching an amazing couple dancing to a buena vista band in the casa de cultura in Vinales. They were unbelievable and the music was so good. It was much better staying in casa particulares rather than the government hotels which were out of town. Also visiting a little village school in Soroa and seeing how the teachers and children manage with so little resources. Tips? Be flexible and make allowances for being in Cuba - Cuba e Cuba - and things don't work like... (more)Jayne Harnett
From £1050 excluding flights
Hanoi to Da Nang tour in Vietnam
Memorable parts? Sitting in a restaurant in Hoi An overlooking the river at night; Trying local dishes at each place we visited. (Try the Hue pancakes!) Walking around Hoi An's old quarter. Visiting the My Son ruins early in the morning to get there ahead of the heat and other tourists. (The itinerary showed that visit as an afternoon trip but the guide suggested we go early in the morning which was a great idea and meant we had it almost to ourselves.) Tips? Take the opportunity... (more)Sue Pidgeon
From £2000 - £2100 including UK flights
Thailand wildlife holiday, elephants & waterfalls
It was absolutely brilliant. The whole tour ran to plan and was extremely well organised. It was a great combination of active and relaxing and we had a marvellous time. Highly recommended. (more)Michelle Le Blanc
The most memorable parts were... Riding the elephants and seeing Angkor Wat. The lodgings at Ko Samed were also very beautiful...It was a very well run trip. (more)Marc Teicholz
The most memorable part was the time with elephants!....Amazing! (more)Lisa Hele
From £1200 - £1900 including UK flights
Northern Thailand tour
The most memorable part of this holiday were the great guides. Both Wi and Aor were great company and very knowledgeable. (more)Lorrie Marchington
Most memorable? The warm welcome from all the people we met, the fun everyone was having at the Thai New Year festival, the variety of experience each day, and being able to see so much of the country. (more)Laura Woodhead
From £1750 - £1950 including UK flights
Small group tour of Jordan
Memorable parts? Walking around Petra on a beautiful sunny day, we had the whole place practically to ourselves - and then walking back at sunset when all the sandstone turning pink, breath taking. We also had a fun night at the Bedouin camp and had a good laugh floating around the Dead Sea! Tips? Wrap up warm for Amman's cold evenings. Try the Turkish baths, not as relaxing as we expected but surely will leave you with some good stories to tell Local benefits? It is a good... (more)Chiara Talamonti
From £629 - £699 excluding flights
Jordan holiday on a shoestring
Memorable parts? Petra was AMAZING, the site, and number of different ancient relics is unbelieveable, and truly awe inspiring to see how sophisticated they were, so long ago. Tips? Make sure you spend your evenings exploring, it's all too easy to get meals in hotels, but walking into the town in Petra (it's a little walk from the hotel, but there are taxis as alternative), and taxis into Amman - it is so worth while. Local benefits? I think this trip used local guides, and... (more)Clara Downton
From £499 - £599 excluding flights
India tour, rural India
The most exciting part of the holiday was travelling on the overnight train and the many opportunities we had to meet local people and glimpse a little of what their lives are like. I must also add the bustle and colour of the camel fair and the friendliness of everyone we met. (more)Avril Vallance
Bhopal Singh is undoubtedly the best guide I have had on trips to India. He actually knows the history as well as the culture, habits, etc...Excellent. (more)Nancy Hayward
From £2225 - £2295 excluding flights
Maldives small group tour
One night I stood in the shallow waters and stingrays washed over my feet and we saw a large school of dolphins going past, followed closely by a logger head turtle and then some sharks! (more)Anne Hazzard
The most memorable part was the candle lit dinner + sunset on the tiny sandbank island...Very enjoyable. (more)Robert Linsky
From £764 - £949 excluding flights
Indochina overland tour, Saigon to Angkor
Joining crowds of people and the sense of anticipation felt when waiting for the sunrise over Ankor Wat. Being taught to create and cook my own wrap was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Sara Page
The sampan ride through the jungle at Xe Quit and coffee in the floating market in Vietnam were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Yvette Etcell
Most memorable were Angkor Wat and the other temples around Siem Reap. Home Stay near Vinh Long. (more)Graham Dalby
From £2450 - £2650 including UK 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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