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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.

Family teenager holiday in Peru
An active itinerary in Peru’s varied terrain, from £2954 - £3264 (15 days ) inc UK flights
Catalonia family mountain biking & activity holiday, Spain
Family MTB & activities in the Catalan countryside, from €720 (8 days) ex flights
Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain
Horse riding in the beautiful Catalan countryside, from €685 - €1100 (8 days) ex flights
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
A delightful cosy cottage on secluded organic farm, from £290 - £470 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)

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Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
Multi-activity cultural holiday in fabulous rural Andalucia, from €207 - €270 (6 days) ex flights
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Family fun with scenic bike rides & adventure activities, from €720 (8 days) ex flights
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
The perfect trip to recharge the batteries, from £690 - £964 (3 days) ex flights
Family cycling holiday in Kenya & Tanzania
Family Biking and camping adventure in Kenya and Tanzania, from US $2800 (16 days) ex flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
Extraordinary wildlife above and below the waves, from £690 - £964 (6 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from €400 (7 days) ex flights
Croatia holiday, activity week
A 'Relaxingly Active' holiday with flexible activities, from £820 - £940 (7 days) ex flights
Catalonia family self guided cycling holiday, Spain
Customised road cycling tour in Girona, Catalonia, from €288.50 - €399.50 (8 days) ex flights
Family holiday to India, sightseeing and safari
Taj Mahal in Agra to the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, from £1309 - £1445 (11 days ) inc UK flights
Family holiday in Costa Rica
The perfect place to take your family, from £2134 - £2739 (16 days ) inc UK flights
Family holiday in Thailand
Private tour filled with activities and insider experiences, from £1350 - £1800 (15 days) inc UK flights
France gite accommodation, Mercantour, sleeps 6
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from £420 per accommodation per week
7 day big five safari in South Africa
7 Day Safari with wildlife conservationists, from £1425 - £1695 (7 days) ex flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Volunteer at an inspiring bear sanctuary in Transylvania, from £895 (7 days) ex flights
Marine conservation holiday in Thailand
Join a community conservation project on a tropical island, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
South African safaris for families with teenagers
Visit the famous Kruger National Park and Zulu villages, from £2140 - £2925 (14 days ) inc UK flights
Hiking with huskies holiday in Finland
Week at a husky farm with guided trekking tours, from €950 (6 days) ex flights
Mercantour Park self catering gite, France
Beautifully located accommodation in the Mercantour, France, from £420 per week (sleeps 2)
Adventure cruise in Scotland, lochs and canals
Visit Britain's most beautiful shortcut - the Crinan Canal, from £690 - £964 (8 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka small group holiday
Culture, sights & wildlife. No supplement for single rooms, from £2275 (15 days) inc UK flights
Scotland wildlife cruise, marine biology
A fun, introductory course to practical marine biology, from £690 - £964 (7 days) ex flights
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
Boutique beach bungalows with lots of rustic charm, from £290 - £340 (7 days) per week
Croatia family activity week
A 'relaxingly active' holiday on the Croatian island of Vis, from £820 - £940 (7 days) ex flights
Brac Island family activity holiday, Croatia
Paradise Island sports adventure, sun, fun and tranquility, from £799 (8 days) ex flights

355 reviews for Family last minute holidays4.5 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.

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 US $2800 excluding flights
Family holiday in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Tortuguero National Park-beautuful accomodation in the middle of the rainforest with howler monkeys and loads of birdlife very close-boat trip really quiet and special. Zipwiring incredible- Quite physically demanding but worth it as really long-I think 18 in total zip wires and run across a valley with the rainforest beneath you-Amazing. Tips? Great for teenagers- Busy itinary and good mix of wildlife walks/boat trips where you get really close and the adventure... (more)Helen Shard
From £2134 - £2739 including UK flights
Catalonia family mountain biking & activity holiday, Spain
A tactic family oriented house with lovely owners and great activities - cycling, running & swimming (more)Emma Huntington
The atmosphere. The amazing biking. The friendliness of the Spaniards and our hosts. The excellent food. (more)Jeneva Patterson
From €720 excluding flights
Catalonia family self guided cycling holiday, Spain
Wonderful holiday for active people who love nature and do not like tourist traps. (more)Dorine van der Vloodt
The most memorable part of the holiday was the 30k mountain bike ride that took in parts of the local scenery that would have remained unseen without the guidance and assistance of our host. (more)Mark Burberry
From €288.50 - €399.50 excluding flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
A very interesting experience for people who loves nature, sea and peace. (more)Beatrice Just
Michael and Colette are wonderful hosts and very patient with teaching us. We enjoyed their company. (more)Kathy Wuerch
Brilliant holiday...both Michael and Colette were passionate about conservation matters and the threat to the marine environment which couldn't help but rub off on everyone on board. (more)Roy Owen
From £690 - £964 excluding flights
Croatia holiday, activity week
An amazing experience and it has given us an incentive to consider how we become fitter, eat more vegetarian dishes and how invigorating it is to try new things. Never too late to try! (more)Veronica Thompson
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
From £820 - £940 excluding flights
Family holiday in Thailand
Far beyond my expectations. Outstanding....Many memorable moments: from the home stay at Bangkok, to the food experiences, from the island hopping to the emerald pool. Maybe the best part was the people part: guides, drivers, locals were all very super helpful and kind. (more)Michael Fattore
We all thoroughly enjoyed every part of the experience and loved the intensity and variety of the well organised and full itinerary. (more)Caren Matthews-Lane
Most memorable were the palaces and temples of Bangkok, closely followed by the jungle walk! Best yet for all of us. (more)Barbara Chadband
From £1350 - £1800 including UK flights
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
We loved the amazing views in all directions from, the great range of exciting activities organised by the owners, who were fantastic hosts and so friendly and helpful, and the total relaxation of really getting away from it all. (more)Lucy Schonberger
A gloriously friendly hotel with a perfect location for a peaceful retreat into a Spain we rarely get to experience (more)Amanda Povey
Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. (more)Nikki Rogers
From €207 - €270 excluding flights
Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain
Fantastic, didn't want to come home again. (more)Jane Nair
Absolutely brilliant! We loved every part of it! (more)Angie Johnston
Very interesting with plenty of activities and many lovely people (more)Matthew Gobey
From €685 - €1100 excluding flights
Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
The entire week was good fun and well organised. I was a complete beginner in Spanish and was surprised at how much ground we managed to cover. The teachers and walking guide were all very friendly and accommodating. (more)Paula Rutherford
I had a great time in ways I didn't expect. The area is stunning and I loved the local food. (more)Christine Riley
This was fantastic, and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! (more)Cynthia Krom
From €400 excluding flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
If you love animals you'll love this volunteer work. You can't help but fall in love with them. Be ready for how difficult it is to leave them. To know these lost little ones will be able to get back out into the wild again is the best. (more)Laura Lockhard
The best 4weeks of my life, cant wait to book my next! (more)emma pound
It was certainly one of the best holidays I have been on and I hope to return next year. (more)Diana McKinley
From £795 excluding flights
Family holiday to India, sightseeing and safari
Memorable parts? It was all such a memorable trip! I guess the biggest pleasure I had this time was sharing my love of India with my 11 year old granddaughter. Jaipur was wonderful, as were the frescos in Nawalgarh and the amazing hotel in Surajgarh and I haven't mentioned Agra and Fatepur Sikri! Tips? Check the weather, it's cold overnight and early starts mean you need warm clothing as well as lighter cottons for the day time. My granddaughter had a problem with spicy food and... (more)Kathryn Park
From £1309 - £1445 including UK flights
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
Memorable parts? The stunning scenery and peaceful moorings. The wildlife especially the seals and beautiful shoals of jellyfish floating like alien creatures in a calm sea. The first ever fish caught by one of our party - a splendid mackerel! The delicious food and good company of Michael and Colette. The successful descent into the dinghy of a nervous member of our party - if she can do it with Michael's patient help anyone can. Raising and lowering the anchor - tying knots and rope throwing... (more)Fiona Morrison
From £690 - £964 excluding flights
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 £290 - £470 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Family teenager holiday in Peru
Memorable parts? The camping, food and walking through the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Piccu are a few of my many highlights. Our guide, Reni was terrific and the family we travelled with were super. The holiday gradually gears you up for the big trek, you acclimatise in Cusco before exploring the Sacred Valley and attempting the mountain bike ride. Tips? The accommodation is on the whole fairly basic, with one or two quirky gems, but we weren't expecting the hotel in Agua Calientes... (more)Jo Turnbull
From £2954 - £3264 including UK flights
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Memorable parts? Staying in a welcoming and comfortable hotel in a beautiful part of Spain, with delightful hosts, and masses of available activities. Tips? Stay at here, it's great. Local benefits? Yes, all of the above. We booked several activities with local companies and ate in local restaurants. We were able to travel extensively by bike rather than car. Overall rating? Excellent. We have all returned fit, healthy and happy. (more)Mary Anne Roffs
From €720 excluding flights
Sri Lanka small group holiday
Memorable parts? Everything. The mixture of styles and settings was 100% amazing. Each one fulfilling a different part of the Sri Lanka experience. Each one had novelty; each one was for me just right. I could not and did not expect anything better on this style and type of tour. Tips? Don't worry. Just relax and go with the flow. Everyone without exception that we met and who assisted us was magnificent. Local benefits? Yes. We also benefited from more local insight than... (more)Tim Harber
From £2275 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 - £940 excluding flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
Excellent - a truly amazing holiday for all the family! We met some wonderful, dedicated people, learnt an awful lot, saw some incredible wildlife- large and small - and have returned home with some amazing memories. (more)Rachel Gray
This was one of the best holidays we have experienced. The animal sightings were brilliant, the information we received about the bush was exceptional and above all, the friendliness of all the guides and staff and their desire to consider our every need resulted in a truly memorable holiday. (more)kim plumb
Individual highlights are too many to mention but one consistent one was the look on the girls faces when we found something special on a game drive...Fantastic, well organised and great value for money. (more)Neil Wilson
From £1425 - £1695 excluding flights
Hiking with huskies holiday in Finland
Hiking with huskies is an unusual experience, they are such a smart and good dogs. A++++++++++ :) (more)Anastasia Nastik
Great, a real escape from it all and a back to basics experience with great hosts and a fantastic way to get to experience the real Finland. (more)Morag Turton
The scenery was fantastic - pristine pine forests dotted with lakes but the most enjoyable part was getting to know our guide, Aki, and of course the dogs! (more)Justin Francis
From €950 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
This really is the most memorable holiday I've had in many years (more)Rowena Dark
I enjoyed seeing the bears and watching them in their natural environment. I also learned a lot about them and their plight. Awesome I want to go back. (more)Melinda millermon
Absolutely amazing - so good I will definitely return in 2 - 3 years time (more)Angela Ransome
From £895 excluding flights
Brac Island family activity holiday, Croatia
Jumping into the freezing source water after a bike ride in intense heat was an amazing feeling...Excellent! We hope to come again and do it all over! (more)Andrea Freely
The most memorable parts were the people, the food, the island! We felt at home with the staff of the wonderful Illyrian Resort...This is a fantastic family owned business that provides the nicest and most soothing atmosphere to relax and enjoy with your family. (more)Fernando Colchero
From £799 excluding flights
Adventure cruise in Scotland, lochs and canals
A fabulous unique opportunity to enjoy and marvel at nature in all its glory....The most outstanding part of the trip was definitely the experience of being immersed in the stunningly beautiful environment of the lochs of western Scotland. (more)David Ritchie
A really terrific week which we will always remember (along with how to tie a bowline). Two of my colleagues at work have already expressed interest! (more)Helen Newton
Absolutely fantastic for ALL ages, young and old. Colette is a brilliant cook and the meal she made out of freshly caught Mackerel fish has set a very high bench mark to beat. Michael knows so much and is a very patient teacher. We miss them dearly - thank you for a trip to remember! (more)Lani Retter
From £690 - £964 excluding flights
France gite accommodation, Mercantour, sleeps 6
It is the best holiday we’ve had in France and that's from a perspective of over 40 years holidaying in France...The walking in the beautiful mountains in the Mercantour with snow,sun,isolation and good companions.Why did I reach 67 before finding this most beautiful place? (more)Tony Bell
The Alpes-Maritimes and Mercantour National Park is a fantastic area to visit and we would consider this to be one of our best holidays. (more)Lourdes Roffey
We loved the autumn walking in the Parc du Mercantour, in fact our walk to the Lac de Negre was probably the prettiest walk we have ever done. (more)Mary Dracup
From £420 per accommodation per week
Beach holiday in Cirali, Turkey
Fabulous, relaxing and comfortable. (more)Alison Johnson
The peace and quiet! 4 stars! (more)James Coates
It's a very special place and we had a fabulous holiday - it will be hard to beat. (more)Su Winsbury
From £290 - £340 per week
Scotland wildlife cruise, marine biology
Memorable parts? I loved the whole atmosphere of being on the St Hilda, learning about how to sail a boat and discovering the wildlife around us. Sailing towards Arran under the blue sky was absolutely fantastic. Also, fishing for our dinner and catching lobster and crabs in our lobster pot was so exciting! Colette and Michael looked after us so well - they were the perfect hosts! And Colette cooks the most delicious meals! Tips? Remember taking the right gear so you can enjoy your... (more)N.Z
From £690 - £964 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
Mercantour Park self catering gite, France
Excellent. We travelled with young family and would certainly stay again so cannot recommend it too highly. (more)ROSIE KELBRICK
A really worthwhile and memorable holiday: the self guided walks were well planned and gave us a great idea of the locality; the food was very good and the garden(s) excellent for relaxing on our days off. We were given a very warm welcome and a friendly stay. (more)Jon Nay
Amazing 360 degree views on the walks in the Maritime Alps and the relaxed but informative approach of our guide Mel. The gite is very comfortable and well equipped and the food which was prepared by Liz was delicious and varied. (more)Cathy Wiggins
From £420 per week (sleeps 2)
Ardeche family activity holiday in France
The instructors, the professionalism and the enthusiasm they all put in really made this a holiday to remember. From myself as an unfit 40 year old down to my 12 year old son we were looked after and made to feel welcome. (more)Andrew Riley
Seeing my children develop new skills and challenging skills in a safe environment was the most memorable part of the holiday...Excellent. (more)Briane Loram
5 stars, listen, I never fill in feedback forms but this company has given my family the best holiday ever and basically we are all looking to go again. Well done everyone involved! (more)Andrew Riley
From £299 - £439 excluding flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Memorable parts? My last cage dive. We had one large female shark who did a slow pass right next to the cage. You could see her blue eye moving and focusing as she had a good look at what was going on inside our cage. Tips? I would recommend adding a few extra days on either side of the project so that you can explore Cape Town and do any additional activities that you haven't yet had the chance to fit in. The longer you are there, the longer your "to do" list will get. Local... (more)Annabel Marriott
From £1145 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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