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Last minute family holidays

Family last minute holidays are tricky as they often revolve around the school holidays, so our Last Minute Holidays Guide family page details what’s available in the immediate school breaks. We have a wide range to help you narrow down the choices from a world of family fun, such as a mountain lake in Montenegro, a yurt in Lanzarote, a Bedouin camp in Jordan or a raft going down Turkey’s Toparlar Canyon.

Canadian Rockies adventure holiday
Walk, bike and canoe in the Canadian Rockies, from £1599 - £1809 (10 days) ex flights
Croatia holiday, activity week
A 'Relaxingly Active' holiday with flexible activities, from £820 - £880 (7 days) ex flights
National Parks holidays in America
Explore the historic lodges of America's National Parks, from £2999 - £3609 (16 days) ex flights
Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday
See the Grand Canyon & Monument Valley, from £999 - £1349 (7 days) ex flights
Family sea kayaking holiday in Croatia
Relaxing & fun family kayaking holiday on Croatian islands, from €615 (8 days) ex flights
Canada family adventure holiday
The perfect outdoor adventure for the whole family, from £999 - £1159 (11 days) ex flights
Marine conservation holiday in Thailand
Join a community conservation project on a tropical island, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Family adventure holiday in Thailand
Hill tribes and fantastic scenery in N Thailand, from £1750 - £1950 (14 days) inc UK flights
Small group camping holiday in America
Explore the delights of the National Park system, from £1449 - £1679 (12 days) ex flights
Alaska and Yukon classic camping tour
Experience arctic wilderness & the richness of frontier living, from £3239 - £3619 (18 days) ex flights
Croatia family activity week
A 'relaxingly active' holiday on the Croatian island of Vis, from £820 - £880 (7 days) ex flights
Andalucian self catering apartment, sleeps 6, Spain
Spacious apartment with breathtaking views over Lake Vinuela, from €140 - €180 per apartment per night
Loire Valley self catering accommodation, France
Loire Valley cottage for your holiday to happen with ease, from €635 - €750 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Camping tours of Western America
Stunning awe inspiring trip taking in the highlights of South Western USA, from £1869 - £2379 (18 days) ex flights
Canadian wildlife & Vancouver Island holiday
Off the beaten track adventure into the Canadian Rockies, from £2219 - £2489 (14 days) ex flights
Family camping holiday in America
Camp under the stars in America, from £1299 - £1649 (12 days) ex flights
Alaska holiday, classic camping tour
Camp and discover the delights of Alaska, from £1819 - £1999 (12 days) ex flights
New York to Niagara Falls tour, 3 days
Niagara Falls & upstate New York short break from nyc, from £375 - £419 (3 days) ex flights
Maldives family holiday, Fuvahmulah Island
Family fun and adventure on a Maldives local island, from US $3999 - US $4999 (8 days) ex flights
Canadian Rockies & wilderness walking holiday
Prepare for a journey deep into the Canadian Rockies, from £1519 - £1699 (12 days) ex flights
Western National Parks walking & camping holiday, America
See glaciers and volcanoes, geysers and hot-springs, from £1729 - £2229 (14 days) ex flights
New England and Canadian east coast holiday
Colonial New England and French Canadian culture, from £1989 - £2509 (12 days) ex flights
Alaska small group camping tour
The last wilderness frontierthis is Alaska, from £1649 - £1839 (13 days) ex flights
Appalachian Trail walking holiday in America, camping
Discover jewels of New England's state and national forests, from £1519 - £1629 (10 days) ex flights
Family holiday to National Parks in America
An authentic western adventure, from £1679 (10 days) ex flights
Yellowstone NP walking holiday, USA
Three celebrated national parks in the Rocky Mountain Range, from £1819 - £2129 (12 days) ex flights
New York to Los Angeles small group tour, Southern sun
Explore the Southern United States from New Orleans to Vegas, from £1669 - £2099 (21 days) ex flights
San Francisco to New York overland tour
Sample all the highlights that the lower 48 states offer, from £2999 - £3159 (24 days) ex flights
Catalonia holiday, cycling and relaxation
Cycle holiday based from self catering accommodation Calonge, from €375 - €799 (8 days) ex flights
North Devon ecolodge, England
Uniquely quirky Devon eco lodge with fantastic views, from £750 - £1100 per week (sleeps 8)

126 reviews for Family last minute holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Family 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.

Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday
Excellent, great bunch of fellow travellers (tour was full at 13). Our tour guide, Dan, was great and made the holiday work really. He was always available to us and coped well with our different needs/wants and the unpredictable weather. (more)Wendy Pountain
The most memorable parts were my first view of Bryce Canyon; trekking down to Cedar Ridge in the Grand Canyon. (more)DC Gibson
Hiking through Bryce Canyon with snow capping the rocks. One group member said as we hiked down amongst the structures "We need to invent new superlatives". It was stunning...Fantastic, recommended. Great tour guide from this tour operator. (more)Melanie Atkins
From £999 - £1349 excluding flights
National Parks holidays in America
Memorable parts? There were so many highlights! Perhaps the most memorable was the sunset in Monument Valley, the light made the rock glow. The tour leader was also excellent - knowledgeable, enthusiastic, but reactive to the views and wishes of the travellers, anticipating our preferences. Tips? Be prepared for extremes of temperature - cool and cloudy in San Francisco, extremely hot and dry in Vegas. Local benefits? Clearly using local accommodation, often not owned by... (more)Ian Roberts
From £2939 - £3609 excluding flights
Family sea kayaking holiday in Croatia
Croatia was jolly good value, beautiful and friendly. (more)Bridget Smith
It was right balance of activities and doing our own thing. I would definitely recommend and will be back. (more)Peter Wightman
We loved loved loved the kayaking which was pitched at just the right level for us with 2 kids, aged 11 years and 8 years but we all agree that the absolute highlight was swimming in the green cave, absolutely unforgettable. (more)Trish Horgan
From €615 excluding flights
Croatia holiday, activity week
Fabulous if you're into activity holidays that are not too crowded. (more)Cordelia Howitt
A excellent week - Craig and Xania work extremely hard to give their guests a memorable holiday. (more)Graeme Everard
Excellent, superb, outstanding....the hospitality was outstanding, Vis is absolutely beautiful, and our hosts were wonderful. (more)Nancy Lauby
From £820 - £880 excluding flights
Canada family adventure holiday
Memorable parts? The camping trip was so wonderful, it is very difficult to name only one thing. Having said that, the walk to the Plain of Six Glaciers was truly spectacular! Tips? Be flexible, respect other travellers and the tour guide and make the most of opportunities available. Local benefits? Possibly. Overall rating? A wonderful experience. The parts of Canada we visited were spectacular and our tour guide Jayko is worth his weight in gold. (more)Lynda Wilson
From £999 - £1159 excluding flights
Camping tours of Western America
Memorable parts? There were lots!! But Yellowstone NP does stands out. Tips? Go for it, don't think twice, you'll love it, if you really love the outdoors. Local benefits? Yes, by using the campsites and local guides. Overall rating? Great: best locations of the West US. (more)Theresa Farrugia
From £1869 - £2379 excluding flights
Family camping holiday in America
Memorable parts? Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks, walking amoungst the Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon and sleeping under the stars in the Navajo Tribal Lands. The children had the most wonderful time paddling in rivers, playing in the sand, climbing up rocks at the Kodachrome campsite, riding bikes in Yosemite and following the geology time-line in the Grand Canyon. Tips? Mostly don't bother to pitch the tent - just sleep under the stars! Take as little baggage as possible - you... (more)Helen Perry
From £1299 - £1649 excluding flights
Family adventure holiday in Thailand
Wonderful. Travelling in a small group as a family with such a dedicated guide allowed us to see more & interact more. We were able to eat at small road side cafes and at the Phetchaburi night market, and wander around the Sangklaburi floating houses (more)Simon Daniels
We all have different highlights, but generally agree that the day we had a boat trip down the Maekok river, followed by an elephant ride where we got to ride the elephants like a mahout and then spent a night in an Akha village, was our most memorable day. (more)Taru Jones
Most memorable was walking in the rainforest following local guide in his shower cap and Wellingtons and meeting the jungle dwelling Sakai, and swimming in pool at top of huge and remote waterfall. (more)Jane Giles
From £1750 - £1950 including UK flights
Croatia family activity week
The holiday was brilliant. Activity balanced with proper relaxation. We have come back really rejuvenated. Craig and Xania (and Zora-the dog) work very well together to pull the experience together so you can just get on and enjoy your break. (more)Paul Irving
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
From £820 - £880 excluding flights
Alaska holiday, classic camping tour
Best holiday that our family of four has ever had. (more)Howard Robinson
It was an amazing experience. I fell in love with the place and the group I travelled with and our guide were super!! Which made the trip even more memorable. The itinerary was great and it was all very well organised and hassle free. (more)Maria Sarda
The most memorable part was the optional extra activity of kayaking among icebergs off the Columbia glacier out of Valdez, Alaska. (more)Mary Jane Mahony
From £1819 - £1999 excluding flights
Marine conservation holiday in Thailand
Memorable parts? Arrival at Koh Tao and finding the lovely coral sand beach behind the dive school at Chalok Ban Bay. Then, exploring the fascinating underwater environment. Tips? Go prepared to learn, there's loads of really interesting marine ecology information to learn as part of the Environment Management Programme. There are interesting and knowledgeable people there, who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. Enjoy the diving, safe in the knowledge that you are diving... (more)Stephen Orwin
From £695 excluding flights
Alaska and Yukon classic camping tour
Memorable parts? We travelled a great distance, saw tons of great scenery and was able to do a variety of activities so I can't really say that one thing stands out however Dawson City (both times) was great. Tips? Bring a bug hat/jacket and some good bug spray. Bring a variety of warm clothes (e.g. mitts, wool hat...) even in the summer months - you never know what the temperature will be like. It really is an active tour and to be ready for this. You do no have to be an athlete... (more)Mary Ellen Ruddell
From £3239 - £3619 excluding flights
Small group camping holiday in America
Memorable parts? Each new place visited on the itinerary. The variety was brilliant. Tips? Check the age range of your fellow travellers, if you are not among the first to book. I was with an excellent group ranging from 23 to 63! Local benefits? Yes, certainly. Recycling was handled extremely well and local people were used in the one place where it was possible and mattered, i.e. Monument Valley and the Navajo Indians. Overall rating? Excellent. (more)Audrey Nice
From £1449 - £1679 excluding flights
Texas small group holiday, America
Memorable parts? What an amazing trip! My favourite part of the tour was rafting down the Rio Grande river in the warm sunshine and stopping off en route for some wild swimming. Having said that though, every single day of the trip was exhilarating and there was such a wide range of activities and experiences that the nine days went by really quickly in a blur of excitement. Big Bend National Park was stunning and it was really refreshing to be somewhere so remote and wild. Our guide was... (more)Elfie Burgess
From £1599 - £1889 excluding flights
Canadian Rockies & wilderness walking holiday
Memorable parts? Hiking the Iceline trail in Yoho National Park. Seeing grizzly and black bears by the roadside. Tips? The pace of this holiday is a bit frenetic and there was very little 'down time'. Days started early and every minute was taken up with hiking, cooking for the group (of 16 in our case) and washing up, putting up or taking down tents and travelling between destinations, but, despite the hard work, it was one of the best holidays I've ever had. Truly fabulous group... (more)Christabel Owens
From £1519 - £1699 excluding flights
Catalonia holiday, cycling and relaxation
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
It was an unexpected delight. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody. (more)Lisa Kirkhope
Fantastic apartment. Great introductory cycling with interesting routes and very well supported by Alan and Vivian. (more)matthew spencer
From €375 - €799 excluding flights
Baby friendly family accommodation in France
Leave your toys and books at home!! Everything you need for a couple of weeks is already there. (more)Robert Bradley
Amazing. A lovely cottage with lovely owners who couldn't do enough to help. We received a lovely warm welcome. The cottage was immaculate. Everything had been thought of. (more)Kathryn Rawlinson
The cabins are fully equipped and a lot of thought was put in every detail...The atmosphere and being able to spend private quality time with my family was the best part of the holiday. (more)sari ziv
From €550 - €850 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Family holiday to National Parks in America
Hiking up to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, horse-back riding in Utah, seeing my eleven year olds hike 9 miles in 35 degrees without complaining were the most memorable moments. (more)Rebecca Hill
One of the best holidays I have ever had!! It was a worry wondering how we were going to get on with our travelling companions but in fact they enhanced the entire holiday experience. (more)Amanda Taylor
The National Parks are very well managed - and quite spectacular - but the best bit was the horse riding at the 'mountain ranch' - good horses, well looked after and an excellent evening ride catered for all abilities. (more)Christopher Hawker
From £1679 excluding flights
Volunteering in Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
I went to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, this was a fantastic project helping animals who had been mostly kept as pets. It’s hard to say what was the most memorable part of this holiday as there was so much variety and different experiences, it’s difficult to decide what was the best part of it. (more)Cathy Bisset
I had so many fantastic experiences, and the centre itself was in an idyllic area, on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. One highlight was spotting wild elephants in a nearby national park, after dark. (more)Olly Carney
From £549 excluding flights
Canadian Rockies walking holiday
Memorable parts? The glaciers Tips? Always consider that temperature could get lower than expected and same for the rain, it rains frequently but a rain coat is enough to deal with the rain. Local benefits? Yes, we purchased food from locals Overall rating? It was enjoyable (more)Luis Marrero
From £1169 - £1339 excluding flights
Family holiday cottages in Andalucia, Spain
Great. Beautiful place. V. Quiet and peaceful. Visit the Alhambra late afternoon for fewer crowds (more)Nicola Goddard
This is a really beautiful part of Spain as its all hills and valleys...visiting the Alhambra was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)kay scoresby
The beautiful views from the apartment and balcony were most memorable. An excellent family holiday in a beautiful location. (more)Sara Morris
From €95 - €135 per house per night
Horse rehabilitation project in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with experienced people who are always willing to help and teach you Tips? To bring many working pieces of clothes and leave at home fashion dresses Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Great and fulfilling experience (more)Giorgia Trevisan
From £1095 excluding flights
Loire Valley self catering accommodation
Memorable parts? Everything! We loved being surrounded by historic French villages; staying in a beautiful rustic (but VERY comfortable) 19th century stone cottage; the warmth and approachability of our hosts Nicole and Alex Crawford; and being spoilt for choice when arranging our daily activities. We went for lovely long walks; visited outdoor markets; ate wonderful, good value food at local restaurants; explored castles, chateaus and other historic sites; people-watched from snug, friendly... (more)Jane Lewis
From €722 - €850 per cottage per week
Family holiday to Thailand, jungles and islands
As our first holiday in Asia it was fantastic. Our guide was so friendly and helpful we really didn't have to do anything but have a great time! (more)Alison Hatchman
10 out of 10...my favourite parts were tube riding on the river and swimming in the beautiful clear water in Koh Talu (more)Francoise Harris
The three days trekking in Nan province was certainly the most memorable part of our holiday. Highlights included the market across the street from the hotel selling a wide range of "interesting" live produce. (more)John Caswell
From £1300 excluding flights
Malaysia family holiday
Definitely memorable, a last family holiday my teenager's will remember forever. It really opened their eyes to different cultures and my daughter is more confident about the possibility of backpacking in her uni years. (more)Karen Wright
We swam with sea turtles, sharks, rays and the most amazing range of tropical fish. At Banding Island we also saw a rare Asian elephant in the wild. But the whole holiday was great - a huge range of sights and experiences crammed into a very short time. (more)Julie Martin
Highlights include tracking gibbons and overnight camp in the rainforest, some great food, swimming with a giant turtle and snorkelling around the reef. ALL the wildlife was great. People were lovely. (more)Laura Brodrick
From £2275 - £2475 including UK flights
San Francisco to New York overland tour
Memorable parts? Enjoyed all of it from sleeping in a Hogan in Monument Valley, to staying on the Main Street in Las Vegas. Tips? Can get very hot at night in the west to very cold in the east. Lots of places to do laundry so don't need to take lots of clothes. Basic camping to some lovely hotels, but tents are provided. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Very good. Group was very small. Tour guide was very caring and took us to places not on itinerary, so enjoyed... (more)Anne Higgins
From £2999 - £3159 excluding flights
Rocky Mountain wildlife tours, USA
Memorable parts? Hearing and seeing wolves in Yellowstone Park Tips? Nothing - everything was easy Local benefits? Not particularly, but it didn't harm them either Overall rating? Great (more)Karen Carrington
From £1819 - £2129 excluding flights
Holiday cottages in Andalucia, Spain, sleeps 2
Nice and relaxing...The view from the cottages was the most memorable part. (more)Natasha Sawyer
The most memorable part of the holiday was exploring Spain with my two children and seeing them learn to swim in the pool with the most amazing views...We are planning on going again next summer. (more)Sophie Kramhøft
From €65 - €95 per house per night
California walking holiday, America
Memorable parts? A couple of lovely walks Tips? Lots of driving. Hotels poor. Local benefits? Not really Overall rating? Good (more)Julia Jones
From £1169 - £1729 excluding flights
Elephant conservation holiday, Thailand
Being with the elephants and their handlers. Having the big bull elephants walk past you, just inches from your face, leaving you to feel completely small and vulnerable as these pre-historic like mammals move by with grace, softness, power and majesty! (more)Georgina Hickman
What a wonderful educational experience and to feel you are putting something back into the preservation of these magnificent creatures. (more)Sharryn Salkilld
A great experience. I haven't travelled alone before but I soon made friends and the staff were great. (more)Paul Gramlick
From £549 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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