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Europe holidays and tours, 2015 and 2016

A diversity of more off the beaten track Europe holidays & European tours from specialist & responsible operators & accommodations. All our Europe holidays are from operators commited to supporting their local communities and environments.
Catalonia tours, walking and wine tasting in Spain
Walk one of the most thrilling wine regions in Spain, from £835 (8 days) ex flights
Watersports activity holiday in Croatia
Multi activity adventures: kayak, rafting, hiking in Croatia, from €620 - €790 (8 days) ex flights
Mercantour Park self catering gite, France
Beautifully located accommodation in the Mercantour, France, from £420 per week (sleeps 2)
Cycling holiday in Catalonia, Spain
Discover pretty medieval villages and coastal paths, from €429 - €849 (7 days) ex flights
Romania holiday, the Beauty of Yesterday
Small group tour to rediscover enchanting rural Romania, from £995 (10 days) ex flights
Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands
This unique volcanic island reveals unexpected variety, from £695 - £795 (8 days) inc UK flights
Wolf spotting in France
Wolf holiday - Mercantour National Park - South of France, from £415 - £650 (8 days) ex flights
Husky safari in Finland
5 day husky safari in Finland's spectacular wilderness, from £1675 - £1945 (7 days) inc UK flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
Capture Iceland's Glacier, Northern Lights, Ice & Waterfalls, from £1950 - £2200 (8 days) ex flights
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Off-grid, off-beat self catering cabin, from €630 - €900 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Snowshoeing holiday in Finland
A great hut to hut snowshoe tour in eastern Finland, from €840 (7 days) ex flights
Troodos Mountains accommodation, Cyprus
Wake up in the country and breath the Troodos mountain air, from £40 per apartment per night (sleeps 2)
Family activity holiday in Turkey
Exciting, active and varied family holiday in Turkey, from £475 - £510 (8 days) ex flights
Catalan Pyrenees family activity holiday
Adrenalin filled Catalan adventure, from £865 - £945 (8 days) inc UK flights
Turkey small group tour
Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10 day tour, from £639 - £789 (10 days) ex flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Explore the amazing island's coasts and medieval town, from €360 - €690 (8 days) ex flights
Croatia holiday, activity week
A 'Relaxingly Active' holiday with flexible activities, from £820 - £940 (7 days) ex flights
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
A range of activities combined with log cabin accommodation, from £1095 - £1245 (4 days) inc UK flights
Ski touring holiday in Finland, Russian border
Guided ski touring holiday in the beautiful wilderness, from €920 (7 days) ex flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains, from €700 - €850 (7 days) ex flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from £875 - £975 (4 days) inc UK flights
Kayaking holiday in Montenegro, Lake Skadar
Kayaking tour of a vast, spectacular lake in Montenegro, from £625 - £725 (7 days) ex flights
Croatia national parks walking holiday
Walking holiday in Croatia's beautiful national parks, from €620 - €790 (8 days) ex flights
Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Discover this Finnish winter activity wildernerss week, from £1529 - £1799 (8 days) inc UK flights
Gozo family activity holiday in Malta
Family activity holiday on the beautiful Island of Gozo, from £1345 - £1420 (8 days) inc UK flights
Alternative family winter holiday in Chamonix, France
Half Term Family Ski Yoga & Circus Holiday, from £675 (7 days) ex flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from £1700 (7 days) ex flights
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from £650 - £700 per person per week
Catalonia self guided cycling holiday, Spain
Self guided cycling holiday, from £426 - £840 (8 days) ex flights
Romania adventure holiday
An amazing tour exploring medieval Europe and Transylvania, from £1499 (14 days) ex flights

2863 reviews for Europe holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Europe 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.

Arctic diving holiday, marine life & wildlife expedition
Memorable parts? All of it! The extremes of weather, the diversity of animals, the quality of the accommodation and facilities, and something you can't plan for - new found friends! Tips? Don't set your heart on seeing anything specific. Be prepared for the changes in weather. It's not as challenging as I expected - to take account of the huge spectrum of ages and abilities. But most of all HAVE FUN! Local benefits? Not so much the local people, though we did buy a lot... (more)Lisa Thomas
From £2990 excluding flights
Canoeing holiday in Ireland
As a family, the sense of teamwork was really noticeable... Occasionally we managed to stop the loud singing from our children and caught sight of kingfishers, herons, cormorants and all manner of wildlife... A fantastic family holiday – so glad we booked. (more)Fiona Penny
We had a fantastic 5 day self propelled Canadian canoe trip through beautiful, verdant Irish countryside. This was a perfect holiday to relax and enjoy the scenery as we paddled at our own pace down the idyllic River Barrow. (more)Clare Warrell
We had the most amazing time. Everything about the trip was incredible - the people we met, the landscape, the adrenalin, the "away from it all" feeling throughout! Will deffo be back for more first chance I get. (more)Sorcha NicCormaic
From £134 - £302 excluding flights
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
What was the most memorable part of the holiday? - Everything!...Excellent! (more)Chada Ruangtoowagoon
Fabulous, never to be forgotten...the excitement of 'getting' the Northern Lights was really great. (more)Doreen Kelly
I think everyone who went on this trip would return in the future given the chance. I will certainly be back next year. Overall a great holiday and learning experience. (more)Malcolm Park
From £2350 - £2500 excluding flights
Amalfi coast easy walking holiday, Italy
Memorable parts? It is difficult to identify just one part as the whole holiday was wonderful. I think the views from the last two walks were spectacular - Valle delle Ferriere and Sentiero degli Dei. Tips? Be prepared for hundreds of steps but well worth the climb up and down as every view is stunning. Local benefits? Definitely, in the attention to using local restaurants, shops and public transport. Overall rating? It was amazing. June and Aubrey are welcoming,... (more)Hannah Wilson
From £1155 excluding 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 £949 - £1149 including UK flights
Catalonia family mountain biking & activity holiday, Spain
Memorable parts? The atmosphere. The amazing biking. The friendliness of the Spaniards and our hosts. The excellent food. Tips? Make sure you research all there is to do so that you can take advantage of exactly what you like best. The region, in close proximity to Mas Pelegri, is absolutely full of incredible things to do, especially sporting activities. We were full to the brim AND we'd have liked to do more research even before going. Local benefits? Yes. By... (more)Jeneva Patterson
From €690 excluding flights
Amalfi to Sorrento walking holiday in Italy
Memorable parts? The views and location by far - and with only a few exceptions the friendliness of the people and their willingness to speak English without any hint of frustration by your lack of Italian. The Hotel Capodimonte in Sorrento deserves a special mention for its first class service across the board but particularly for its restaurant. Tips? Do not hesitate if you have the footwear for demanding terrain. The walking guide is detailed and comprehensive - it is wise to... (more)Christine Higgins
From £1419 - £1648 including UK flights
Iceland Northern Lights short break
Brilliant and Awesome!! Climbing the ice wall during our trip to the Sσlheimajφkull glacier and seeing the geological wonders of Iceland - geysers, waterfalls, Thingvellir and of course, The Northern Lights!! (more)sue deedigan
Book as much as you can!!!! This is a fantastic company with excellent service and great advice...The amazing day trips which we booked through the company for a great price and included breakfasts made the day easy (more)Elizabeth King
From IKr85990 excluding flights
Sweden walking holiday, self guided
Memorable parts? Canoeing on Marviken lakes. Walking in Swedish forests and on coastal paths when there was barely a sound to be heard Taking boats to Islands in the southern archipelago Paddle oat journey to beautiful Mariefred - especially stepping on board to find our bikes already there with all equipment and a welcoming note from the operator Tips? Don't hesitate - you will not be disappointed. The organisation and support from the operator is excellent - Carmen does a superb... (more)Andrew and Sharon Venables
From SKr8700 - SKr8995 excluding flights
Yoga retreats in Andalucia, Spain
I can not rate this retreat highly enough.The effort that is made to make sure everyone's level of yoga practice is accommodated and everyone is included. The attention to small details that make the whole experience one of healing, learning, happiness and joy. I left feeling energised, rested, optimistic about the future and re-engaged with my yoga practice and my health. (more)Alison Pomfret
Go for it! The employees were locals and our cook was an organic farmer. Food waste was recycled back to feed the chickens on the farm :) Eco-friendly products were used. Wonderful! A revitalising experience. (more)Elizabeth Reuben
Wonderful - I cannot recommend this holiday highly enough: such a patient and encouraging yoga teacher and the food was delicious. I feel I benefitted physically, emotionally and spiritually. I came home relaxed and healthy and I still keep in regular contact with my new international friends. (more)Sheila Scott
From €649 - €1149 excluding flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Lots of memorable moments, the Huskies, riding the Snowmobiles across the frozen lakes at speed!! And of course the fab aurora showing on our last night... (more)joe staton
Fabulous trip. Enjoyed the whole thing. Good home cooked food, comfortable accommodation, friendly & knowledgeable guide and good company during the evenings. We had several sightings of the aurora, which was an added bonus. (more)Sue Hodges
Overall the best experience ever and would look at having more winter holidays now than summer :-) (more)Elizabeth Watson
From £875 - £975 including UK flights
Umbria cooking holiday, Italy
This is foodie heaven. The cooking classes were fabulous came back with a lot of good ideas. This is holiday is run by a local couple on their own organic smallholding. As far as possible food is sourced from their own vegetable garden or local farmers and the vine from local vineyards. (more)Annette Chapman
The cookery course was fun and we made tasty but not too fiddly food, so what you learn you can put to use when you return home. (more)nicola cosgrove
They were the perfect hosts! They always catered for our every need and went out of their way to make sure that our stay was an enjoyable one. We would not hesitate to book this holiday again! (more)Joanne Anagnostu
From €1100 - €1200 excluding flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
The trip was definitely one of most memorable and exiting holidays I have ever had. Nothing was short of wonder! (more)Anna Manaeva
When a week feels like a month ( in the best possible way), you know you have struck holiday gold! I'm a bit reluctant to tell anyone about them, as I loved it so much I kind of want to keep it for myself! ;) (more)Deirdre O
This holiday was very special and nourished body, mind and spirit. This is what holidays should be like and I would recommend this holiday to anyone looking for something nourishing, peaceful and uplifting. (more)Domini Stone
From €700 - €850 excluding flights
Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain
We spent a lovely 6 days with Gareth and Fiona. The best bit was the communal meals and camaraderie between all the people staying there, whatever activity they were taking part in (more)Vanessa Richards
Hats off to Fiona and Gareth, they really got the formula of a home from home with the conveniences of a hotel spot on! Five star, definitely five star, every bit of it provided what my family, from 4 to 40 years old, needed for a perfect holiday. They gave us a list of great places to visit, they had horse riding just down the road where my daughter would spend the day there if she could! It is definitely a place we will go to again. (more)Caroline O
From €685 - €1065 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
We enjoyed the treks and had some good time to relax. (more)Hanh Nguyen
It couldn't have been better. A wonderful, wonderful family holiday (children 8 & 9). (more)Lyndsay Turley
We had a brilliant holiday. The food and hospitality were excellent and our hosts were intimately familiar with the language, locality, food, history and culture. The hotel is as off the beaten track as one could imagine and is in a tranquil and scenic setting. (more)David Graham
From €207 - €270 excluding flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
5 stars plus! A lovely B&B if you appreciate nature and love to walk. Accommodations and service are outstanding.Hosts very friendly and helpful. (more)Arlene Fleischman
Brilliant, couldn't have asked for more! Great accommodation, very welcoming and helpful hosts. Beautiful countryside with very interesting sites to visit. (more)Elmer van der Hoek
This is a lovely place to stay with lovely walks available in the surrounding countryside. It was a really relaxing stay but there is plenty to do and places to visit in the surrounding area. (more)Janet Sivyer
From €75 - €107 per room per night
Croatian coast walking tours, self guided
An inspiring holiday from the places visited to the better understanding of Croatian history...The most memorable part was learning from our hostess and guides the impact of the Homeland War. The most exciting was the trip to Mljet. (more)William Laubenstein
We loved it. The walking was relaxed and you could really walk as much or as little as you wanted. By the end of our week, when it was getting quite hot in the afternoon we just sat under an olive tree in the garden, ate a picnic, read a book and watched the yachts go by. Lovely (more)Liz Pritchard
A well balanced interesting trip with fantastic scenery, history, wonderful people, excellent food and a good mix of countryside and city options. (more)sandra pullen
From €485 - €630 excluding flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
The most memorable part of the holiday was our hike along the Lousios gorge that ended with a wonderful picnic among the ruins of Gortys, an ancient healing centre...We would rate the archaeology activity holiday overall as among the best holidays we've had in Europe. (more)Ellen Taylor
The people we interacted with throughout our holiday, including Christos and his father, the drivers, the specialized tour guides, the hotel staff, and restaurant and shopkeepers were extremely warm and friendly. (more)Randi Morrison
The most memorable moments were unexpected. Our driver / guide took us up into the mountains to one of his favourite sites, ancient Orchomenos, where we stood in the lonely excavated theatre, just the five of us, with the majestic hills as the most perfect backdrop. Timeless! (more)Chris Thompson
From €980 excluding flights
Croatia self drive holiday
The visit to Plitvisc lakes and falls were absolutely spectacular...Overall it was a very interesting experience and well worth it. Croatia is a beautiful country with plenty of natural sights. (more)Graham Emblen
Your company was fantastic. Everything falling into place . Pick up, hotels, car arrangements , the whole works. Will recommend you to all my friends . Well done. (more)Kenneth Vaithilingam
9 out of 10 ( rain for a few days cost one point!) (more)Roger GoodlIff
From £750 - £1150 excluding flights
Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland
I have wanted to visit the Arctic for a long time and had high expectations, which were met in full. It was a wrench to leave at the end of the week and the first couple of days back home I was really missing the snow and ice, the hospitality, and the sheer fun of it - we seemed to spend all week laughing. (more)Irene Mitchell
Being in an environment which was so different to our everyday environment was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Kate O Reilly
Most memorable? Being out in beautiful natural surroundings, untouched, serene. It felt exciting to be so far up north...Excellent. (more)Antonia Cornaro
From £1725 - £1915 including UK flights
Lapland husky safari and activity holiday, Finland
Having done many huskey trips before I can say that it was the best dog sled holiday I've ever had. (more)Mark Waddock
Wonderful and magical. Great location, people, food, accommodation, activities and the dogs. It is a holiday we will never forget and hope to return one day. (more)Jane Collingwood-Bates
From £1775 - £2145 including UK flights
Snowshoeing in the French Alps
The husky dog sledding, the ice climb, the snowshoeing itself, being out in such a beautiful environment! And our companions too - the other four people in the party were lovely, and we all got on very well together - enough in common to bond yet different enough for good conversation! (more)Angela Dennison
In terms of the most exciting part, it has to be the ice climbing...not part of our original plans but I'm so glad it was suggested. Slow down and enjoy your stay in what really is an undiscovered part of the Alps. (more)Norma Sherratt
Well organized, interesting, hassle free and great fun- the ideal introduction to the activities. (more)Matt Hannah
From €992 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
Luxury yurt accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
It is a wonderful place for a family holiday with small children and a great place to recharge your batteries. (more)Alison Brookes Day
Fabulously relaxing, beautiful island, relaxed yet very responsive hosts. A great experience...Great for kids with donkey rides, missions to collect eggs every day, and to hang out with other kids on the communal trampoline, pirate boat and playground. (more)Michelle Levene
Most memorable were the rural location with an opportunity to see the landscape and vegetation. The space, both our private area around our yurt and outside where the kids were free to play on the trampoline and meet the chickens and donkey. The smallness of the resort and the uncrowded beach. The morning bike ride into the village for bread. (more)Roos Eisma
From €1225 - €1610 per week (sleeps 2-4)
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
Cycling tour in Catalonia for food lovers, Spain
It was great. We could do as much as we wanted. We could have made it as hard or easy as we liked. We loved being active. (more)Liz Wood
Biking in the beautiful country of Spain with my husband and good friends was the most memorable part. It was a wonderful experience, great trails, food and memories to last a lifetime. I am planning my next trip now! (more)Mark Edwards
Everything about this holiday was excellent, and exceeded expectations. We have already recommended this holiday to our friends, and would do it again ourselves! (more)Ashling Swirtz
From €950 - €1170 excluding flights
Watersports activity holiday in Croatia
It was simply the best holiday I have ever been on. I used to think the city was the best place in the world. My world was turned upside down. (more)Julie Stolyarchuk
Amazing! The perfect combination of activities and challenges in pristine settings. Our guides, Nikola and Mario are passionate, knowledgeable guys who spoke openly and honestly. I not only enjoyed the activities, but loved learning more about Croatia. (more)maria falgoust
All the activities were excellent but we really enjoyed the river rafting through clouds of blue dragon flies and our lunch stop at a beautiful pool with a waterfall (more)Caroline McGregor
From €620 - €790 excluding flights
Mercantour family walking holiday, France
The whole thing was memorable! Our 6 year old and 4 year old leading "Leonidas" our donkey through the French Alps, sleeping in a beautiful yurt in an Alpine meadow, and feeling like we'd done something completely different to the typical "bucket and spade" type of holiday. (more)Alison Godfrey
The mountains, flora and fauna in an exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt part of the world, within and on the periphery of the Mercantour National Park in the French maritime Alps were most memorable. (more)Nick Lampert
The fantastic alpine flora high in the mountains was the most memorable part. (more)Lesley Eddleston
From £440 - £570 excluding flights
Lapland family winter adventure holiday
Riding the snow mobiles over the most beautiful landscape in Nellim and experiencing the true culture of Finnish Lapland has to be the best, but there were so many things that we loved...other included tours that we did like the husky safari, cross country skiing, snow shoe walking... (more)Brenda Foster
The husky sledding was the most interactive and therefore enjoyable day...We had a very happy and relaxing time. The local activities (Haariniva) guide Jaako was a particularly motivated, able, caring, patient and sensible guy. The hotel facilities and staff were very good. (more)Alastair Deery
The holiday was, quite simply, fantastic and it is difficult to pick "best bits". For me it was simply being outdoors in a very different environment. (more)Elizabeth Johnston
From £1495 including UK flights
Finnish Lapland activity holiday
Brilliant! Husky ride and Reindeer sleigh and snowmobile. It was all great. (more)Emily Symes
Truly excellent. Very well organized, accommodation spotless, warm, beautiful meals, clean winter suits, great activities, friendly staff, and the support of the operators representative if you needed it. (more)catherine macleod
I enjoyed all of it...Very good. (more)Vicki May
From £1592 - £1798 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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