Family holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

With 1417 family holidays in our collection, there is something to suit all the family’s travel tastes. If your family holiday time is about chilling out, enjoy a gorgeous villa in Europe. If it’s adrenalin you seek, there's the chance to learn new water sports together at family friendly hotels in the Mediterranean or you’ll find adventurous safaris in Africa. For beach-loving families, the sparkling Andaman beaches of Thailand could be just the ticket.
Tavira holiday cottages, Portugal
A country estate with original manor house & farm buildings, from £95 per accommodation per night
Family holiday in Burma
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Burma, from £1025 - £1450 (12 days) ex flights
Algarve holiday accommodation
Enchanting manor in a 6 hectare rural estate close to beach, from €85 - €190 per house per night
Family holiday to Sri Lanka
Explore Sri Lanka with the family, from £1674 - £2589 (14 days) inc UK flights
Peru family adventure holiday
Peru Family Adventure activity holiday, from £1051 (9 days) ex flights
Canada family adventure holiday
The perfect outdoor adventure for the whole family, from £1219 - £1279 (10 days) ex flights
Family tour to Morocco
Live like nomads, from £699 - £734 (8 days ) inc UK flights
Cuba family holiday
Friendly island of Cuba, from £1706 - £1959 (12 days ) inc UK flights
Iceland family holiday
Refreshing summer holiday to explore Iceland's rugged beauty, from £1829 - £1849 (7 days ) inc UK flights
Exciting family holiday in Jordan
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Jordan, from £970 - £990 (9 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
Activity holiday in Montenegro
An active villa holiday at Montenegro's stunning Lake Skadar, from £425 - £525 (7 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
Kerala family activity holiday, India
Discover lush green forests & magical Kerala backwaters, from £840 (15 days) ex flights
Family adventure holiday to France
Life enhancing family adventure w/ yoga & donkey trek, Alps, from £680 (7 days) ex flights
Family teenager holiday in Peru
An active itinerary in Peru’s varied terrain, from £2495 - £2915 (15 days ) inc UK flights
Croatia activity holiday for families
Family multi activity week in Croatia, for fun & relaxation!, from €599 - €699 (8 days) ex flights
Self drive Cuba family holiday
Family holiday Cuba for parents & children, from €1598 - €3379 (15 days) ex flights
Family holiday in Thailand
A private family adventure you'll be talking about for years, from £1200 - £1900 (15 days) inc UK flights
Family sea kayaking holiday in Croatia
Relaxing & fun family kayaking holiday on Croatian islands, from €615 (7 days) ex flights
Catalan Pyrenees family activity holiday
Adrenalin filled Catalan adventure., from £840 - £920 (8 days) inc UK flights
Family holidays in Bavaria
Family holiday experience in beautiful Bavaria, Germany., from £495 (8 days) ex flights
Lanzarote north coast villa holiday, Canary Islands
2 bed villa in Punta Mujeres fishing village, shared pool, from €595 - €770 per accommodation per week (sleeps 4)
Croatia multi sport tour
Dubrovnik to Zagreb with daily outdoor activities, from €1240 - €1340 (8 days) ex flights
Family activity holidays in Turkey
Activities, adventure & stunning coastal views, from £950 (8 days) inc UK flights
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
Idyllic Andalucian Farmhouse with Stunning Private Pool, from €799 - €1199 per accommodation per week
Family adventure holiday in Thailand
Hill tribes and elephants in N Thailand, from £1925 - £2050 (14 days) inc UK flights
Baby friendly family accommodation in France
Family Friendly Loire Valley self-catering holiday cottages, from €550 - €850 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Sri Lanka family holiday
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Sri Lanka, from £1155 - £1825 (14 days) ex flights

1849 reviews for family holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent family holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Family cycling holiday in Kenya & Tanzania
Wonderful guides, incredible access to the remotest regions and real people... Wonderful - genuinely the holiday of a lifetime and a never to be forgotten special experience. (more)Dan Cobley
Every day brought new experiences. The animals just kept coming out on cue! Brilliant - I don’t know how we will top it. (more)Monica Szolin-Jones
Most memorable were waking to the sound of a lion killing a wildebeast behind our tent in Amboseli National Park campsite. Singing and dancing with 500 children from a local primary school in Tanzania. (more)Gaenor Morris
From NZ $3690 - NZ $4490 excluding flights
Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia
I hesitate to write this review for selfish reasons. Why? Because this holiday is so wonderful I'd rather keep it a secret! Situated on the southern slopes of Mt Batakaru in remotest Bali, this place is a pocket of paradise, far removed from the ravages of the 21st century. Having spent a week there I did not want to leave. (more)Daphne Donkin
Most memorable was walking through the rice-fields... It was just great. (more)Astrid Dello
From US $85 - US $210 per house per night
Exciting family holiday in Jordan
Memorable parts? All of it! We all had our personal highlights though. Hannah (11) loved swimming in the Dead Sea, Ciaran (15) loved climbing, the cycle ride and the history in Jerash, Little Petra and Petra, Luke (51) loved the camel journey, Jo (50) loved sitting round the fire with the Bedouins and trading gifts and tea with the Bedouin women in their tents. Tips? Be flexible, open minded and be up for the challenge! Local benefits? Yes, we came away feeling that the... (more)Jo Tunmer
From £970 - £990 excluding flights
Tavira holiday cottages, Portugal
Memorable parts? Relaxing! - at breakfast, eating fresh warm figs from the garden after a great sleep (air-conditioning!) - on clean beaches (maybe with a caipirinha, after swimming or playing in the wavesllent surf - walks around Tavira - on loungers outside, watching the moon grow bigger each night after cooking our fish/octopus/prawns (from Tavira's market) Tips? You need a car/taxi - you can't walk to a beach, and it is hotter inland Local benefits? Only in so much as... (more)Richard Walmsley
From £95 per accommodation per night
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Croatia family activity week
Excellent! The best parts were actively exploring the Island of Vis, on bikes, kayaks and foot. Beautiful place, beautiful people. (more)Diane Johnson
Our kids, aged 5 and 11 had a terrific time and really loved the activities as well as mucking about in the sea, snorkelling and swimming...Great! "Fantastic, awesome, really good!" (comments from the kids). (more)Diana Lloyd
Brilliant perfect mixture of exercise and relaxation and no pressure to do anything you didn’t want to, and catered for all ages (in our case 4-31). (more)Amanda Wagg
From £800 - £920 excluding flights
French Alps self guided walking holiday
The overall experience was top-notch. The staff were warm, welcoming and helpful. Great accommodation and excellent food and beverages. Great hiking guide as well. (more)David Rabinowitz
Fantastic walks and great company. The chalet and staff and the food were really good. (more)Ingrid Beveridge
The most memorable part of the holiday was hiking to the frozen lake just outside Samoens...Excellent. Great food, comfortable chalet, beautiful walks... (more)D. Smith
From £385 excluding flights
Self drive holiday in Costa Rica
It was all memorable but probably the two things which stand out were the tour to Torteguero and the one day trip to the Corcavado national park from Uvita. (more)Margaret Everall
We had a great holiday...the eco lodge was amazing with a spectacular view, a private beach, surrounded by rainforest and beautiful gardens full of tropical birds like Toucans and Colibris, and a fantastic restaurant with delicious fresh pure food!! (more)Kim Jans
The most memorable part of the holiday was rafting to Pacuare Lodge and then rafting out again 2 days later. 28km of rafting in all...It was an excellent holiday with a great mix of nature, conservation and thrills. (more)Christine McCormack
From £1950 - £2060 excluding flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
It was wonderful. We had such a relaxing time, good food, good wine...Nothing was too much trouble for James and Aasta, they made us feel so welcome. (more)Jenni Malcolm
The location is perfect for sightseeing in Sintra, cliff walking, forest trails, beach visits, day trip to Lisbon or Cascais, good and reasonable eating options...the perfect cocktail of good accommodation , helpful hosts, location, scenic walking, sightseeing and food. (more)hina chandra
We had a relaxing holiday, James & Aasta made us very welcome and gave us lots of tips, advice and information on the local area. (more)David and Pauline Truelove
From €65 - €110 per room per night
Lanzarote rural self catering accommodation, Canary Islands
Couldn't have asked for more! This hideaway, hidden amongst Lanzaote's awesome landscape, made a perfect home from home for me and my young family. The added benefits were for me a hammock, my 2 boys a 'garden' to explore and my husband enjoyed the alfresco cooking. The owners left Great tips on best beaches and places to explore too. (more)Rachel Grevatte
Wonderful break in a Rural part of Lanzarote. The beaches at Costa De Papagayo are to be recommended for a relaxing in the sun and out of the wind...Excellent holiday. (more)Stuart Mackay
It really was a beautiful holiday. The location was wonderful; the landscape was amazing, nice and quiet, in contact with nature. We liked hiking in the beautiful Lanzarote volcanic areas and along the paths of La Geria wine region. (more)Chiara Zubelli
From €60 per house per night (sleeps 4)
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
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
The best parts were the location, kindness of hosts, accomodation, amazing stars at night (more)Lisa Hardie
The most memorable aspect was the hotel itself and the great service provided by Ilaria and Des. They are fantastic hosts and arranged all the activities for us as well as providing notes for the various walks and excursions we did. My husband and sons particularly liked the canyoning. (more)Alison Bowyer
From €249 - €339 excluding flights
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
My best holiday ever....The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. (more)Matthew Murphy
Very good...the best parts were Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle. (more)Gisa Jaehnichen
Beautiful location, living in the open all day and night without the hassle of camping, the Malaysian food, the balance between privacy and company, the access to the virgin forest, the pools. What's not to like! (more)Mervyn Hawe
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Ethiopia family holiday
The spectacular mountain scenery was something unexpected and awesome. The people were very friendly. Labilela rock hewn churches and the history was very interesting and fascinating. (more)Nicola de Jager
I am not sure what was the most memorable or exciting part of our holiday - for the three of us it would be different things. I think for my daughter it would be the fact that a leopard visited our camp in the Simien Mountains...I would say it was a truly amazing time. (more)Sophie Brinckman
As an introduction to the African continent, for me it was the best experience imaginable! (more)Julie Stanhope
From £1632 excluding flights
Holiday in Swedish Lapland, tailor made
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing northern lights, the wilderness retreat and a real log fired sauna. Mika and Maja lovely hosts. (more)Jonathan Marsh
Exhilarating...The warm friendly welcome, dog-sledding and the wonderful Wilderness Cabin were the best parts. (more)Liz Evans
Amazing! The best parts were the snow , local people, husky dogs, father Christmas , -38 !!! And the ice hotel (more)Lynne Walker
From SKr11450 excluding flights
Galapagos adventure holiday
We feel we've had many 5-star holidays but this was certainly one of them. (more)Robert Coifman
Very enjoyable....We hiked the Inca trail; catching sight of Machu Picchu through the cloud as we approached was spectacular! (more)Sue Johnson
Snorkelling with the wonderful under-sea creatures - as well as scores of beautiful fishes, I swam with marine iguanas and sea turtles. Plus the kayaking was a high point for me. (more)Camilla Reeve
From £2135 including domestic flights only
Sardinia snorkelling holidays
We loved it and hope to return some day. We were well looked after; the accommodation was clean and comfortable, adequate rather than elaborate; the excursions were fascinating and well managed with good attention to safety; the staff, especially Cinzia, were friendly, encouraging, well organised and willing to be flexible to meet our requests. (more)Carole Eyles
The snorkelling trips in the gulf of Orosei. Stunning coast line and clear blue waters. Cinzia makes a great guide - she tells you lots of information and points out stuff while you're snorkelling. You go in caves and swim or snorkel for as long as you want, getting back in time for lunch. (more)Alan Macdonald
Snorkelling in azure waters amongst tiny blue fish with Eleonora Falcons flying overhead was the most memorable part. (more)Kerry Riddell
From €325 - €550 excluding flights
Family activity holiday in Turkey
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
It was good to go with a local travel company rather than a group one. We have recommended it to lots of friends. So many good memories and hard to pinpoint anything. The accommodation was lovely and felt like we were staying with an extended family rather than employees. (more)Kate Fox Evans
From £465 - £499 excluding flights
Cuba family holiday
Overall, a brilliant trip ! We enjoyed the beautiful unspoilt beach and sea at the end of our trip...The country is beautiful, the inhabitants are extremely friendly, our guide and the bus driver were both fantastic (more)Xavier Pujos
It was a great trip, despite a lot of bussing around: fascinating; frustrating; beautiful; run-down; bubbling with friendliness; yet often like a living corpse. Not a gourmet paradise but lots of great music. (more)Andrew James
For us day one was fantastic with the open top American cars coming to take us for a trip wow. The other highlight was swimming in the fresh water rivers. (more)Elizabeth Morgan
From £1706 - £1959 including UK flights
Family tour to Morocco
The most memorable part was the camping trip into the Sahara Desert and the nights at Tazzarine Campsite - home of Said and his family. (more)Meriel Griffiths
This was an amazing experience. The trip was suitable for all ages and it was culturally challenging. I would recommend the trip for families. The most memorable part of the holiday was camping in the desert and sleeping under the stars! Amazing! (more)Tania Knight
A great fun family adventure. Kids loved it and didn't mind the travelling...the best part was trekking with camels in the desert and camping under the stars (more)Susan Gregory
From £699 - £734 including UK flights
Catalonia self guided cycling holiday, Spain
Loved the fact that this worked so well for my husband and I - he's a serious recreational cyclist and I'm an avid cyclist but more casual in my approach. We're '50 something's' and found this all very enjoyable. (more)Beth from Canada
What a fantastic holiday! Cycling each day down a new route, through vineyards, small hamlets, to the beach! A holiday quite different to anything we had both been on before. (more)Claire Hermolle
Loved it! There were many memorable moments: views of the Mediterranean from the Cap de Creus Park, hike to San Pere de Rodes, delicious food at every turn, nifty Romanesque churches at seemingly every cross-road….I could go on (more)Amy Shannon
From £426 - £840 excluding flights
Cycling holiday in Catalonia, Spain
We all had a brilliant time and I can't thank Alan and Vivian enough for the warm welcome we received and the thoughtfulness they demonstrated while we were there. They are super hosts and really did think of everything we might have needed. (more)Jane Edwards
Great. Would definitely now consider another cycling holiday with this company. We enjoyed the experience of cycling through the countryside and to the beach then stopping off for lunch and a beer. We saw so many lovely places. (more)patricia houston
We all enjoyed it immensely...I think seeing the first medieval village and cycling through the deep countryside were the most satisfying experiences. For others it might have been stopping for the first beer at a village café. Or the fantastic burger and chips in Ripli when we were all tired and hungry. (more)John Lowdon
From €429 - €799 excluding flights
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
The most memorable parts were the Food, the Huskies, the snowmobile trip. (more)John Rawstrone
Very memorable and would not hesitate to visit again, given the time and opportunity. Exciting part was the Snow Shoe walk at night in the Woods with an experienced guide imparting knowledge about the fauna and wildlife. (more)Tan Juliana
Though not able to see any northern light, the only memorable night was the smoked salmon dinner. (more)HC Toh
From £1095 - £1245 including UK flights
Swedish Lapland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
I rate this trip extremely highly. Accommodation was great, food was excellent, weather was great, skiing and staying out in the wilderness was fantastic, northern lights spectacular, snow rolling sauna a whole lot of fun. (more)Anwen Victory
The most memorable part was living in the wilderness with no running water or electricity and in the company of a lovely first class guide. (more)Jan McGourty
More than 10 out of 10, amazing, fabulous and i really didn’t want to leave at all...Standing near our cabin in the wilderness in silence so absolute, you could hear a plane so far away you could barely see it and hear the water in the river over 5km away was the mostmemorable part. (more)kathy agashi
From SKr9210 excluding flights
Activity holiday in Montenegro
Something that will stay with me always was the silence, peace and tranquillity whilst kayaking around Lake Skadar, as well as the stunning landscape of the area. (more)Agatha Willoughby
Environment was covered with green different shade and no concrete around. Swimming in the river and fall was a dream come true. (more)Neslihan Tozge
We had a great time. Perfect activities for families with teenagers and a beautiful setting. It's also great to be somewhere that's such good value for money. (more)Hazel Edwards
From £425 - £525 excluding flights
Croatia activity holiday for families
Great. We had a wonderful time. Beautiful places, friendly people, lots of variety and great food...the highlight for us was the trip to a farm one evening whilst staying on one of the islands, where we ate lots of fantastic local food, sampled homemade spirits and had a bit of a sing-song. (more)Naomi Foster
Amazing. Definitely recommend it....White water rafting was amazing. So scary but loads of fun. The guides were all brilliant, very knowledgable and funny. (more)Jennifer Kewley
Excellent. We have visited Croatia and done activity weeks before but this was the best yet - a great blend of different (more)Alan macdonald
From €599 - €699 excluding flights
Self drive Cuba family holiday
There were many memorable moments on this holiday that I can not pick just one. Everything was far beyond our expectations. The people, culture, snorkelling and food were all fantastic! (more)Tania Kitchell
Overall, it was an experience not to be missed. We wanted to see Cuba before it changes beyond recognition and we got to see so much of the real Cuba, it was amazing. (more)Jenny Jones
We loved our Cuban holiday and would love to go back. We have spoken with several friends that travel and they too would love to go there. We would give our holiday a 10/10 - it was fantastic! (more)Ant Rigter
From €1598 - €3379 excluding flights
Family scuba diving holidays in the Red Sea
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
Completely relaxing. Met some lovely people. My sons completed their open water and advanced diving courses, and enjoyed themselves without the aid of modern technology. (more)Mary Souster
From £449 excluding flights
Catalan Pyrenees family activity holiday
Memorable parts? Every activity was at least as good as expected if not better. Great group of people, fantastic fun all brilliantly orchestrated by our devoted, excellent guide, Dejan. Tips? Don't have high expectations of the hotel location! We had a wonderful holiday but were initially disappointed by the very central location of the hotel within the resort of Sort, since we imagined a rural, romantic place. Silly fools we are! The pool however is wonderful, clean and a great... (more)Hinds Beatrice
From £840 - £920 including UK flights
Family sea kayaking holiday in Croatia
Wonderful...Swimming in the sea caves, the farmhouse dinner...So many happy meals. The silence of kayaking even in a group. Discovering footpaths leading to beautiful rocky places to swim...Too many good memories to have only one favourite! (more)Alison Acton
It was brilliant. The 3 other families in our group were great fun. The guides were really good and worked very hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. The island of Lopud is idyllic. We will certainly be back! (more)Hannah Whibley
Most memorable? The peaceful islands, the warm, clear waters and the relaxed approach... Absolutely fantastic, I only wish it could have lasted longer. I really could not fault the operator. (more)Kate Holloway
From €615 excluding flights
Transylvania holiday accommodation
We had an amazing time and will be returning. It was the perfect place... (more)martin davis
An unforgettable holiday in a remote region of Europe. (more)Gerhard Loupal
It was all brilliant. Fantastic staff, extremely well looked after. The tour guides were great, the scenery amazing and the chance to see crafts being maintained was lovely. (more)Karen Booth
From €36 - €49 per person per night

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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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