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Desert & dune holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

Journey into the solitude of the desert on one of these exceptional desert & dune holidays, tours and expeditions. Get closer to nature and desert cultures with these specialist responsible operators in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America.
Tailor made tours of Oman
Privately escorted mystical trip of stunning Oman, from £1760 (8 days) inc UK flights
Morocco holiday, Marrakech to the Sahara
Marrakech and Sahara - stay in a Riad, sleep under the stars, from £585 - £675 (7 days) ex flights
Marrakech & the Sahara holiday in Morocco
Journey to the Moroccan Sahara, from £799 - £949 (8 days) inc UK flights
Oman small group tour
Ancient spice trails, Wahiba Sands, superb coastal scenery, from £1499 (7 days) ex flights

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Sudan holiday, Desert Explorer
Explore Sudan, one of the most underrated countries in the World, from £2899 - £3099 (13 days) inc UK flights
Rajasthan desert adventure
Explore India's desert state, tigers and Taj Mahal, from £1599 - £1999 (14 days) inc UK flights
Algeria holidays, Desert and History
Explore the history and culture of Algeria, from £2199 (12 days) ex flights
Oman holiday, Forts and Deserts of Oman
Explore the dramatic mountains and deserts of Oman, from £2290 (8 days) ex flights
Morocco cultural tour
Come and see Morocco's kaleidoscope of colours, from £608 - £880 (15 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum trekking holiday
Some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world, from £1149 - £1499 (8 days) inc UK flights
Diverse Namibia holiday
An active, exciting adventure, exploring iconic Namibia, from £2130 - £2425 (12 days) ex flights
Egypt and Jordan adventure holiday
Get a true taste of Egypt & the Middle East, from £1399 - £1539 (17 days) ex flights
Namibia safari
Desert scenery & game-viewing, from £2449 - £3099 (15 days) inc UK flights
Gobi Desert expedition
An exciting overland adventure through the Gobi Desert, from £1395 (10 days) ex flights
Highlights of Morocco holiday
Explore the diversity of romantic Morocco, from £949 - £1199 (15 days) inc UK flights
Budget camel safari in Morocco
Experience life as a nomad in the Moroccan Sahara, from £255 (4 days) ex flights
Morocco holiday, deserts and valleys
Amazing scenic journey through deserts & valleys of Morocco, from £1325 (7 days) inc UK flights
Uzbekistan holiday, silk road and desert
Fascinating cultural adventure to the heart of the Silk Road, from £1895 (11 days) ex flights
Fes & desert tour in Morocco
Awe-inspiring, unmissable mountain to Desert sunset tour, from €1985 (11 days) ex flights
Tailor made holidays to Jordan
Private tour of Jordan's dramatic scenic contrasts, from £1975 (9 days) inc UK flights
Sahara Desert camel trek with the Berber, Morocco
A unique experience of the Sahara with the Berber, from £949 (9 days) ex flights
Chad holiday
The 'final frontier' of the Sahara, Chad Abta/Atol, from £3299 (17 days) ex flights
Morocco small group holiday, beach & gorges
Moroccan mountains, gorges, Sahara sands, kasbahs and beach, from £859 (15 days) ex flights
Egypt desert & culture tour
Enjoy ancient Egypt and the beauty of the present from, from £985 - £1100 (14 days) ex flights
Egypt holiday, tailor made
An exciting journey learning about Egypt's history & culture, from £2270 (10 days) inc UK flights
Adelaide to Alice Springs tour, Australia
Go where the others only dream of going, from AU $2450 - AU $2495 (10 days) ex flights
Oman highlights, small group tour
Journey through Oman's ancient cities, mountains and deserts, from £2795 (12 days) ex flights
Oman adventure holiday
Explore the dramatic mountains and deserts of Oman, from £2295 - £2350 (11 days) ex flights
Egypt and Northern Sudan cultural tour
Fascinating cultural tour through Egypt and Sudan, from £3945 (14 days) ex flights

105 reviews for Desert & dune holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Desert & dune 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.

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 £1499 excluding flights
Tailor made tours of Oman
Excellent and tour guide (Abdullah) was really excellent (more)Karen Shaw
Oman is a "must see" country and I would thoroughly recommend everyone to go. Lovely, wonderful, gentle people, so proud of their heritage and a most beautiful country. (more)Vivien Gainsborough Foot
The whole trip was fabulous, we loved every part of the itinerary. The best bits were swimming outdoors in the Wadi Bani Khalid and in the Bimmah sinkhole, and also seeing turtles on the beach at night (we were lucky). (more)Anisha Palan
From £1760 including UK flights
Morocco holiday, Marrakech to the Sahara
Our main driver was very knowledgeable about the area as is a qualified guide and he was very attentive to our needs. He made our long road trip a pleasure. (more)Anna Gonzales
The most memorable moments were sitting on a high dune in the Ch'Gagga desert at sunset without anyone else around apart from my husband and then later that evening stargazing at a sky with no light pollution. (more)Juliet Simpson
Excellent...great places to stay, lovely people...we talked with our guides. We were not just talked to! We were out of our comfort zone when we arranged it for us to share with old friends...who had flown half way across the world...but we were not disappointed! (more)Derek Moorhouse
From £585 - £675 excluding flights
Egypt desert & culture tour
The most memorable parts of the holiday were Camel ride round the Pyramids (you do have to barter hard), Abel Simbel and best of all Valley of the Kings. (more)Jo Carter
The whole holiday has been a dream of mine for 25 years and it more than lived up to expectations. The pyramids, temples and tombs were amazing. The Nile cruise was 10 times better than we expected - lovely staff and surroundings, especially the surprise animals made out of towels on our beds each night! (more)Janice Gould
The whole Egypt holiday was memorable and each part was different and equally exciting. Spent a few days in Cairo seeing the sights - the Pyramids are phenomenal. (more)Irene Ennenga
From £985 - £1100 excluding flights
Highlights of Morocco holiday
We saw some fascinating historic sites, and some wonderful scenery. (more)Harriet Truscott
The most memorable part of this holiday was going off the beaten track. The amazing tour guide Jerry who is a credit to the tour operator (more)sharon kalsy
The most memorable part of the holiday was the camel ride into & out of the desert - not knowing whether I would survive the lurches down over the top of the dunes! (more)Kathleen Culliton
From £949 - £1199 including UK flights
Morocco cultural tour
Very enjoyable...Chefchaouen, meeting nomads and the Atlas Mountains scenery (more)Elizabeth Wingate
A huge variety of sights, places, experiences and people - we gained an insight into the size, diversity and history of Morocco. We were made welcome at each visit, at each accommodation and by all the local guides. (more)Graham Jackson
ATV driving on the Dunes and beach in Essoeira was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Sandra Goldman
From £608 - £880 excluding flights
Morocco small group holiday, beach & gorges
Memorable parts? Blue and white Chefchaouen, berber villages, camel trek, tanneries in Fes, Volubilis and a lot of couscous and tajines. Tips? It is a lot of travelling. So if you are looking for a very relaxing or private holiday, this is not the one. But if you are looking for a great trip with a lot to see and experience, learn and eat, go for it. Local benefits? Yes. We used local hotels, local guides and local restaurants. But we could do more in cleaning Morocco from... (more)Kristina Mänd
From £859 - £889 excluding flights
Sudan holiday
Memorable parts? The visit to Meroe. Mind blowing! The pyramids in the daytime WOW, but even better at sundown. A very big shame that there were no G&T`s to go with the atmospheric feeling of history. When you stay in tent city, it`s fantastic with the night sky and no light pollution. Eating and sleeping, with the stars, all around you, then you have arrived in paradise.If you are lucky to go on this trip and have Kahlid as your guide, then you are in for a treat.If you think the desert... (more)Geoffrey Hermsen
From £1999 - £2199 excluding flights
Marrakech & the Sahara holiday in Morocco
The best bit was climbing a sand dune after a camel trek to our camp for the night...Excellent. No criticisms whatsoever. (more)Roddy MacLeod
Great trip for anyone looking for a variety of experiences - desert, mountains, city - packed into a week. The camel trip was a memorable experience, as was glamping in the desert and star-gazing. (more)Kate Charles
Walking in the Atlas in general was terrific with the beautiful scenery. Sleeping outside under the stars was also amazing... Second to none! (more)Jennifer Baker Dallison
From £799 - £949 including UK flights
Rajasthan desert adventure
Memorable parts? All visits to Rajastani palaces, forts and havelis were a fantastic experience, especially since the city guides were really good and very excited to tell us all about it. The Taj Mahal is certainly a highlight, but my top experience was visiting the living and breathing city within the walls of Jaisalmer fort. Other highlights for me included the miniature painting school in Udaipur, the carpet and block printing workshop in Jaipur, the observatory in Jaipur and the makrana... (more)Monica Filkova
From £1599 - £1999 including UK flights
Gobi Desert expedition
Memorable parts? That's a hard decision to make. The Gobi desert in Mongolia awesome. I took around 4000 pictures and movies that we'll put on our website along with a travel log. We really liked the sand dunes and camels. I got some great pictures of horses, camels, people and the environment. It was awesome staying in Ger camps. Our driver, Ot, was awsome. Tips? Be flexible. Know that your guide and driver are very experienced. It's typical for a car to break down but the driver's... (more)Charlotte Lundemo
From £1395 excluding flights
Sudan holiday, Desert Explorer
Memorable parts? The most memorable part of my journey in Sudan was the Sudanese people, I have never experienced just a warm welcome in my life, it will for ever stay with me. Tips? Just book it, don't ponder about it and worry about safety, I never felt as safe and for me it was a trip of a lifetime. Local benefits? The trip was linked with a local tour operator, who were directly involved or had links with local projects just as schools and education. Also they employed... (more)Cathal Murphy
From £2899 - £3099 including UK flights
Budget camel safari in Morocco
It was a good holiday with an insight into a different world which was the highlight of it for us (more)Gabriella Guglielminotti
My daughter's sheer delight in "her" camel (called Yellow) & my son's face as we set off on the camels on the 1st day, his 13th birthday. My children playing blind mans bluff with the younger 3 Fayous, watching them all wrestling in a heap on the floor. (more)Kirk Hutton
While we only stayed with the family properly for one night, they were equally warm, inviting, embracing and served up a fantastic couscous...My husband and I truly enjoyed the silence and peacefulness of the 5-day journey. I like to sum it up by likening it to a 5-day interior camping trip, with a camel instead of a canoe. We were in Morocco for a whole month, and this was definitely our favourite part. It is definitely not for everyone, but it was perfect for us! (more)Erin Kelly
From £255 excluding flights
Tailor made holidays to Jordan
Magical. Loved every minute. 4 days that felt like 2 weeks they were so full of sights and sounds and wonderful people. A brilliant short break. (more)ali king
Very good...Feynan Lodge was the best part - would like to have spent longer there. (more)Alan Graham
I will always remember Petra. The history is incredible and our guide was very informative...Excellent! (more)Carol Seaforth
From £1975 including UK flights
Adelaide to Alice Springs tour, Australia
Memorable parts? The wonderful walks -- canyons, gorges, other natural features -- that revealed to us the natural riches of the Outback, from birds and other creatures to the land itself. Also... the bush knowledge and sensitivity of our leader, Steve. He added immeasurably to our appreciation, and therefore our pleasure. Tips? Probably more important for Europeans than Canadians or Americans (who live in big-scale countries): realize emotionally, not just intellectually, that once... (more)Penny Williams
From AU $2450 - AU $2495 excluding flights
Uzbekistan holiday, silk road and desert
Memorable parts? Experiencing a rare storm in the desert on the journey to the shores of the Aral Sea. The tracks soon turned into raging streams, there was thunder and lightning and even hail. We had been prepared for dust but the 4X4 drivers quickly adapted to floods and mud so we had an exciting off road experience. Tips? The wild camping and spending a night in a yurt contrast well with sightseeing in the fabulous cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Be adaptable and enjoy... (more)Diana Rybinski
From £1895 including domestic flights only
Namibia safari
The most memorable part was seeing a leopard "in the wild" for the first time. I have been trying for over 35 years! (more)Linda Adams
The most memorable part of the holiday was spotting the leopard. We would have missed it & driven on, but the leaders saw it & we went back. We had to be patient because the leopard hid in a culvert, but eventually came out. (more)Alan Reimer
From £2449 - £3099 including UK flights
Egypt holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? Seeing the ancient Egyptian sites that are so old and so famous, to actually see them in real life. And to be able to see so much in a few days without feeling rushed! Tips? It is worth if possible to book a private guide, as the only (somewhat) negative comment is that with a big group (off the cruise) the guided tours are not as interesting than when it is exactly according to your timetable and interests. Local benefits? Yes, in principle, but given the... (more)Katrin Nyman-Metcalf
From £2270 including UK flights
Jordan holiday, highlights & hidden gems
The most memorable part was walking down Wadi in Dana National Park to Feynan...It was wonderful. So beautiful and so much to do and see and the Jordanians were very kind and helpful. (more)Stephen Pick
Jerash was incredible as was the site of the Baptism of Christ. The countryside of Jordan an all its aspects. (more)Geoffrey Gurling
From £2450 including UK flights
Adventure holiday in Rajasthan
Memorable parts? I will never forget bicycling down some of the quite back country lanes of Rajasthan - children running across field of yellow mustard flowers to greet you as you bicycle past - pausing in a small village to meet the people weaving a beautiful rug on the huge loom - spotting a beautiful Kingfisher perched in a tree as you pause to admire. Tips? Enquire as to what you might bring along to benefit a local school or such that you might be visiting along the way! Local... (more)Mike Perry
From £1250 excluding flights
Oman holiday, Forts and Deserts of Oman
Memorable parts? The desert, mountains and hospitality in Oman. Tips? Distances are long in Muscat so make sure you book a hotel with a convenient location. We made a tailor-made contract with the operator. However, the tour was subcontracted to a local travel agent - not ideal when problems arise! Often there was a miss-match between given itinerary and actual plan, not that we missed anything but somehow annoying. Book your holiday directly and you are in control! Local benefits? Not... (more)Kirsten Christensen
From £2290 excluding flights
Holiday in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The solar eclipse. Also visiting a nomadic family one night. Tips? Not really applicable as a one-off trip to see solar eclipse and Mongolia along the way. General tips would be Mongolia is a big country with poor infrastructure. Make sure your trip doesn't involve too much driving or you will spend your whole time on a bus and not out seeing things. Covering 400km in one day, while possible, is not pleasant. Local benefits? Yes and no. It was run by a Mongolian... (more)Sam Grainne
From £1599 - £1699 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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