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Europe holidays. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 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.
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from £875 - £945 (4 days) inc UK flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Explore the amazing island's coasts and medieval town, from €360 - €690 (8 days) ex flights
Croatia activity holiday for families with teenagers
Teenager Departures. Family multi activity week in Croatia, from £525 - £799 (8 days) ex flights
Cycling holiday in Croatia, Dalmatian Coast
Cycling through the Dalmatian Coast Islands in Croatia, from £1049 - £1249 (8 days) inc UK flights
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
Multi-activity cultural holiday in fabulous rural Andalucia, from €207 - €270 (6 days) ex flights
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
Photographic trip coastal landscapes, ice & northern lights, from £2350 - £2500 (10 days) ex flights
Family activity holiday in Turkey
Exciting, active and varied family holiday in Turkey, from £475 - £510 (8 days) ex flights
Transylvania holiday accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from €36 - €49 per person per night
Kayaking in Turkey, Turquoise coast
Some of the best kayaking in Europe, from £899 - £1049 (8 days) inc UK flights
Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays
One of Europe's most dramatic stretches of coastline, from £949 - £1199 (8 days) inc UK flights
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Off-grid, off-beat self catering cabin, from €630 - €900 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Sailing in Croatia
A multi-activity adventure sailing cruise, from €620 - €790 (5 days) ex flights
Snowshoeing holiday in Finland
A great hut to hut snowshoe tour in eastern Finland, from €840 (7 days) ex flights
Andalucia self catering accommodation, Almeria, Spain
Peace and Tranquility- 5 minute walk to shops & restaurants, from £390 per week (sleeps 2)
Croatia multi sport tour
Dubrovnik to Zagreb with daily outdoor activities, from €1240 - €1340 (8 days) ex flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
Guesthouse, in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal near beaches, from €75 - €107 per room per night
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from £650 - £700 per person per week
Turkey small group tour
Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10 day tour, from £629 - £829 (10 days) ex flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from £1700 (7 days) ex flights
Self guided walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Self-guided and guided walking in Spanish Lake District, from €285 (6 days) ex flights
Catalonia tours, walking and wine tasting in Spain
Walk one of the most thrilling wine regions in Spain, from £835 (8 days) ex flights
Cyclades walking holiday, Greece
Walk ancient paths and enjoy stunning Cycladic sceneries, from £529 - £576 (7 days) ex flights
Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & aurora spotting in Finnish wilderness, from £1375 - £1625 (5 days) inc UK flights
Mont Saint Michel self guided cycling tours in Normandy & Brittany
Cycling journey through Brittany to Mont Saint Michel, from €640 - €850 (6 days) ex flights
Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland
Beautiful winter cottages in an idyllic setting, from £1725 - £1915 (7 days) inc UK flights
Provence cycling tour, France
Cycling tour of Provence for avid riders, from €995 - €1335 (8 days) ex flights
Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy
Walk in lemon groves and hillside villages, from £899 - £1199 (8 days) inc UK flights
Wild Taiga self drive holiday in Finland
Self guided driving tour in Finland's Wild Taiga wilderness, from €720 (8 days) ex flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
Capture Iceland's Glacier, Northern Lights, Ice & Waterfalls, from £1950 - £2200 (8 days) ex flights
Cycling holiday in Catalonia, Spain
Discover pretty medieval villages and coastal paths, from €429 - €849 (7 days) ex flights

2969 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 £2190 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 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 - £1199 including UK 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
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
Yoga retreats in Andalucia, Spain
The best thing I have ever done, so so glad that I did it. (more)Josie Korda
I will and have recommended this retreat to friends. I returned to work feeling refreshed and committed to making this feeling of health and inner peace last! (more)Stephanie Jones
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
From €649 - €1149 excluding flights
Sweden walking holiday, self guided
We had a fantastic time with our family of 4. Our teenage children did not miss their WiFi one moment, busy with making fire, canoeing, cutting wooden sticks (bring a pocket knife!), chopping wood... even doing the dishes was fun! (more)Gerda van Loon
Excellent. No complaints at all and would definitely do it again. Credit should be given to Carmen Hamdi who left nothing to chance and organised our stay with extreme professionalism. (more)Andrew and Sharon Venables
From SKr8700 - SKr8995 excluding 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
Very enjoyable. The hotel is beautiful and the owners are excellent hosts. Very warm and welcoming and knowledgeable about where to visit in the local area. (more)Heather Iqbal-rayner
It was great. The Altiplano is a beautiful region perfect for both a relaxing and quiet holiday but also if you want to fill your holiday with sports and activities. Our hosts couldn't have been more helpful and friendly and really made our holiday. (more)Alicia Shepherd
We enjoyed the treks and had some good time to relax. (more)Hanh Nguyen
From €207 - €270 excluding flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
We had a wonderful holiday at Colina Flora - the accommodation is beautiful, the swimming pool wonderfully refreshing, everything clean and beautifully decorated. (more)Caroline Rumble
This was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. The location was beautiful and there were many moderate walking expeditions to be made in the area. Travel to Cascais and Sintra was straightforward using the local bus service. (more)Janet Dear
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
From €75 - €107 per room per night
Archaeology holiday in Greece
Fantastic, well organised, informative and great fun. Wonderful memories of our visit to the Peloponesse. (more)Gary Gleeson
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
From €980 excluding flights
Croatia self drive holiday
Plitvice Lakes National Park which is simply stunning, but Krka Park is also not to be missed. The drive to Hvar Town on the island of Hvar is similarly stunning. Many beautiful old towns. We liked the smaller towns like Stari Grad as well as magnificent Dubrovnik. (more)Randall Hurd
Very good. The holiday provider gave a superb personal service and clearly with detailed knowledge of the country. (more)Colin Beauchamp
Excellent - great country, great scenery, everyone we met was friendly and very helpful (more)Bob Wheeler
From £750 - £1150 excluding 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 €985 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
Guided walking holidays in the French Alps
The fabulous scenery and super guide made this a truly memorable holiday. We were treated like royalty by the holiday company and would recommend this holiday to anyone. (more)Jane Berrisford
Exceptional - Sam and Steve did a great job in every aspect of the trip - from initial contact to our departure. (more)Karen Schonfelder
Excellent - it ticked all the boxes I knew I had and more. Can't wait to go again. (more)Catherine Fish
From £615 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 £1425 - £1495 including UK flights
Self guided sea kayaking in Croatia
sea kayaking from island to island... (more)Andrew Mok
9 out of 10. An unprecedented success, with one of the nicest local family run businesses out there. The family were incredibly accommodating and were always helping us (more)Dan Zubaida
A really good break which allowed us to kayak extensively each day, at our own pace and with lovely overnight rests in a variety of different places. Excellent maps were provided by the operator (more)Paul Hyland
From €560 excluding flights
Family activity holiday in Turkey
Fantastic. A wonderful life-affirming experience, thoroughly enjoyed by our whole family (rare, given wide-ranging abilities). I would highly recommend this company and holiday. (more)Lisa Williams
Excellent! Probably the best family holiday we have had. Try it for your self! (more)Angelique Crooks
Excellent...the guides could not have been more helpful or accommodating. We had a wonderful time. (more)David Scanlon
From £475 - £510 excluding flights
Liveaboard diving and sailing holiday in Greece
We could not rate our holiday any higher. All six of us are eager to return. We miss the stories and history learned from Sotiris and Annie, the deliciousness of the local authentic food, the curiosity of learning about a new place and its culuture and the genuineness of the hospitality everywhere. (more)Danielle Romme
I had a really lovely time. (more)Melandee Brown
Excellent...For me it was the opportunity to see some amazing places, both on land and underwater. The night dive on Polygaios with the bioluminescent plankton was mind-blowing, Avatar style! (more)Mathias Bredvei
From €790 - €920 excluding flights
Pisa to Florence cycling holiday, Italy
Memorable parts? The whole trip was memorable... Tuscany is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. I think the most exciting part of the trip was when we were biking to Pisa and got our first glimpse of the leaning tower. It was so surreal! Tips? The Tuscany route offered is pretty challenging. When we booked this trip was described as light to moderate in difficulty however after finishing the tour and talking to the tour operator we were told it was one of the hardest... (more)Manpreet Anand
From £695 excluding flights
Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy
Excellent! (more)Andy Jackson
Superb! As it was predominantly a walking holiday our impact on the environment was reduced. We also supported several local businesses, putting something back into the economy. (more)Barry Williams
The hotel was really lovely with a warm and attentive atmosphere and very good simple food. Our Guide was very special and without her we would not have seen or understood the beautiful areas in which we walked, the area is outstanding and it was a very nice group. (more)Therese Moore
From £899 - £1199 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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