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Local community insight holidays and tours, 2015 and 2016

These holidays give an authentic experience of the destinations and people that you visit. From festivals to conservation trips, dancing lessons to trekking holidays, and hunting with the locals to working side by side them, local community insight holidays are remarkable, and rare.
Laos small group holiday
Experience the very best of Laos on this small group holiday, from £1165 - £1555 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from £1254 (15 days) ex flights
Belize holidays, tailor made
Explore the rainforests, rivers & coral reefs of Belize, from £2700 (12 days) inc UK flights
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from £400 - £510 (8 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made
Tailor made holidays to Sri Lanka, from £1755 (15 days) inc UK flights
History, culture & wildlife of India holiday
From the Nilgiri Hills to the beaches of Goa, from £1336 (15 days) ex flights
Morocco walking holiday with nomads
Walking with Nomads - Moroccan Hiking Holiday, from £795 (9 days) ex flights
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan holiday
Explore the ancient Silk Road mountains and communities, from £1995 (16 days) ex flights
Thailand activity holiday, bike, hike & raft
Outdoor activity in true paradise, from £870 - £975 (12 days) ex flights
Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure
Kerala adventure staying in a variety of accommodations, from £1335 (14 days) ex flights
Mongolia adventure holiday, off the beaten track
Adventure holiday through spectacular nomadic Mongolia, from £1538 - £2629 (15 days) ex flights
Health care & sports volunteering in Uganda
Help promote healthy living in rural southwest Uganda, from £995 (16 weeks) ex flights
Peru tour, tailor made
Explore Peru & the Amazon, from US $1835 (18 days) ex flights
Assam photography tour in North East India
Remote photo expedition, Assam Nagaland & Hornbill Festival, from £2550 (16 days) ex flights
Mali cultural holiday
Immerse yourself in Mali’s wonders, from €1640 (11 days) ex flights
Rajasthan tailor made tours, India
Explore Rajasthan countryside and culture, from £3390 (18 days) inc UK flights
Live with a Berber family in the Moroccan Sahara
Experience desert life with a Berber family, from £170 (3 days) ex flights
Western Mongolia tour, the Altai mountains & eagles
Culture and adventure in the landscapes of western Mongolia, from £1211 - £1684 (15 days) ex flights
Rajasthan cultural holiday
Experince a God facing culture called "Rural India", from £531 (7 days) ex flights
Cultural history holiday in Ghana
History, culture, traditions and wildlife, from £750 - £1299 (7 days) ex flights
Vietnam holiday, off the beaten track
Get close to the remote ‘hill-tribe’ culture, from US $3008 (15 days) ex flights
Mongolia cultural holiday & Naadam Festival
Summer based slow paced journey through nomadic Mongolia, from £1535 - £2178 (14 days) ex flights
Tamang culture trek, Nepal
Moderate Offbeat Culture Trek in the Langtang Region, Nepal, from £555 (11 days) ex flights
Golden Triangle tour in India
A Golden triangle tour with homestays, from £700 (7 days) ex flights
Bangladesh holiday, fair trade tour
Meet the producers behind fair trade, from £1475 (14 days) ex flights
Hanoi to Sapa holiday in Vietnam
A small group tour through enchanting northern Vietnam, from £590 - £725 (6 days) ex flights
Vietnam Hill Tribe holiday
Tailor made hiking holiday in Vietnam, from US $2148 (14 days) ex flights
South India holiday
Tour the ancient trading cities and towns, from £1851 (15 days) ex flights
Morocco cultural tour
Come and see Morocco's kaleidoscope of colours, from £800 - £910 (15 days) ex flights
Laos and Vietnam holiday, Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Remote and rarely visited Northern Laos and Vietnam, from £2350 - £2450 (15 days) inc UK flights

305 reviews for Local community insight holidays4.5 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Local community insight 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.

Laos and Vietnam holiday, Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Memorable parts? Visiting a cave which had become a shrine due to a tragedy that happened there during the Vietnam war.....the place was thickly populated by the most incredible butterflies it was a deeply spiritual and moving experience. Our guides were lovely kind thoughtful and patient Tips? Don't bring too many clothes you won't need them and laundry can be done easily and cheaply in Laos and Vietnam Local benefits? Yes we were pretty Eco and ate with locals everywhere... (more)simone plaut
From £2350 - £2450 including UK flights
Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made
We really got to see the local view of life traveling on our own, very modern vehicle and used local cafes, services and attractions when possible. Safaris fund conservation.The whole tour was superb. From meeting our guide at the airport to our day of departure we enjoyed every new experience. We were helped every step of the way by Upul, our excellent Guide. (more)Derek Putnam
First and foremost, it has to be said that Sri Lanka did not disappoint us in any way! We were always greeted with warmth waves and smiles! It has to be one of the friendliest countries I've visited and it was for the most part very clean. (more)Lori Keating
The holiday overall was amazing, there were so many memorable experiences it is difficult to name only one thing. If we had to choose it would have to be turtle watching on Rekawa beach. (more)Jude Lambert
From £1755 including UK flights
North India cultural tour
Holiday was a great to help me see my own culture with completely new eyes and become more aware of things that I have taken for granted in the past. (more)Judith Brockmann
A very good trip. Varanasi, the camaraderie of group members and our group leader and seeing India in action were the best parts of the trip. (more)Michael Adams
I am in my 50s and I found the pace excellent - no more than 3 nights anywhere - arrive - shower/rest - orientation walk then choose your activities and what a great diversity of activities. I found it stimulating and fun. (more)Hazel Durbridge
From £755 - £975 excluding flights
History, culture & wildlife of India holiday
The most exciting part was not on the original programme. We asked Rajat to give us somewhat more nature and less culture. He arranged for us to spend a day and two nights in a resort on the Kabini Lake, across from the Nagarhole National Park. On a boat safari at dusk, amidst myriad birds and beasts, we saw a male tiger emerging muddily from the river, slinking into the jungle. (more)Robin Fox
Excellent, we enjoyed it all. The two home stays were an amazing part of our trip. Take the plunge and travel on an overnight train with shared accommodation. It's a great experience. (more)Caroline Powell
The most memorable parts were staying at the home of the Kumars, visiting Golden Temple at Amritsar and WildFlower Hall...Outstanding. (more)Andrew Hollas
From £1336 excluding flights
Mongolia adventure holiday, off the beaten track
Memorable, beautiful, with a bit of challenge [especially for a 75 year old, me] (more)Elizabeth Wingate
The most memorable parts were: Travelling across vast plains in the Gobi, with no roads no buildings no artificial light, and stopping to listen to the silence. The immense blue sky. The generosity and kindness of Mongolians... (more)Alison Cathles
From £1538 - £2629 excluding flights
Morocco walking holiday with nomads
Memorable parts? The people in the group, including the guide and nomad family that we hiked with. Such good spirits. Tips? Bring a towel, wet wipes, books. There is time to savor the afternoons. Local benefits? Yes, I felt that our visit did help the nomad family and mule handlers. We learned about each theirs cultures and they sure benefited by having some income to supplement their goat herding. Overall rating? It was a wonderful mix of exotic city pleasures,... (more)Kathy House
From £795 excluding flights
Cuba tours
The people were very friendly, the landscape was stunning, the music/food and culture were fantastic...I wouldn't change anything. (more)Lydia Trickey
It was the best holiday we ever had. Our family and friends asked us a lot, but we couldn't explain by pictures and words what we felt during this awesome trip. We simply fell in love with the people and the landscapes. (more)Linda Kisa
We had a truly amazing time in Cuba and loved the country. Would definitely recommend a trip to Cuba. (more)Natasha Perry
From €920 excluding flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Excellent! Best bits: The two days in Mumbai at the beginning and the experience of the Indian roads! (more)William Avery
Excellent! (more)Roger Humphreys
This certainly would be rated up amongst one of the best holidays we have had...Getting off of the beaten track and being introduced to the real India (more)Sylvia Shilliam
From £1254 excluding flights
Laos small group holiday
Memorable parts? The boat trip down the Mekong. So relaxing. Tips? Keep luggage to a minimum. Laundry facilities are widely available and you'll have more room in your case for purchases. Local benefits? Yes. Local village people, prosthetics provision and literacy help having a direct effect on Laos citizens. Overall rating? Very interesting and well paced. (more)Chris Williams
From £1165 - £1555 including domestic flights only
Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure
Memorable parts? The food and the beds Tips? No alcohol on first day of month and every Sunday. Internal flights have much lower baggage allowance than international flights Local benefits? Perhaps Overall rating? I feel good after it. (more)Marion Shepherd
From £1335 excluding flights
Belize holidays, tailor made
Brilliant. My husband and I both thought it one of the best holidays we'd been on. Superb destination. Fantastic people. Great culture. Stupendous wildlife. I think I've overdosed on superlatives. I'm not giving 5 stars because I haven't finished exploring yet! (more)Joanna Lloyd
Most memorable parts of the holiday were: Black Rock Jungle Lodge, picturesque, welcoming, fascinating. (more)Clare Morgan
From £2700 including UK flights
Vietnam holiday, off the beaten track
Excellent in all ways. Ms. Thanh Ha of the operator’s Saigon office provided detailed information and reminders, and she met us in Saigon to make sure everything was as we hoped. (more)Sandy Snyder
Eating and experiencing the beauty of Vietnam was the most memorable part...Brilliant. Wouldn't hesitate in doing it again and recommending to anyone wanting some happy healing holiday happenings. (more)Anita Lowe
From US $3008 excluding flights
Ghana holidays, tailor made
Absolutely fantastic! I wouldn't change a thing. (more)Kay Newberry
Excellent! The entire trip was memorable and life enriching... The tour company was efficient and accommodating of all our requests from start to finish. Our driver and guide were superb, knowledgeable and looked after us very well. (more)Julie Winning
To pick one would be impossible - but how about visiting and dancing with new friends from a Lobi village while listening to their incredible music (one of the "instruments" was a shovel) or following an elephant's footprints, then hearing him, particularly the sound of his ears flapping, before seeing him. (more)Freddy Davis
From £799 - £999 excluding flights
Cultural history holiday in Ghana
Visiting compounds and seeing the real Ghana. Great to meet the locals and see how they lived. Also: river safari with the hippos; tree top rainforest walk; learning about the slave trade .... and much more. (more)Nicholas Wilson
The best part of the holiday was visiting Wechiau, a rural village in northern part of Ghana; our driver cooked a meal for us on open fire, the whole Lobi tribal community got together and danced for us. (more)Amy Sakai
What part of my holiday wasn't memorable or exciting?? If I had to pick something, I would have to say hanging out with the Lobi villagers around Wechiau. They were all so kind and generous and had great senses of humour. I also loved the Kakum canopy walk, despite a mild fear of heights. (more)Amy Lippincott
From £750 - £1299 excluding flights
Peru tour, tailor made
Very well organized travel, beautiful country with interesting contrasts (from desert to amazon jungle), kind people, good level of travel possibilities and accommodation. Recommend to people who like to be in the close touch with country life. (more)Igor Borisek
Many great memories. Machu Pichu and the Amazon jungle would have to top the list. Viewing the Nazca lines and the sand dunes of Huacachina were also really special. (more)Stuart Rieger
Walking in Chivay region independently was one of the highlights, and a great starting point for the holiday. We also spent some time with a charity in Ollantaytambo and got to know some fantastic people working for the charity as well as local families. (more)Jane Lewis-Evans
From US $1835 including domestic flights only
Cuba holiday, small group tours
Visiting Santa Clara and seeing the Che Guevara Mausoleum and statue was the most memorable part of the holiday...10/10. Absolutely perfect. (more)Genevieve Isherwood
We really enjoyed this holiday. We had a fantastic range of experiences and met some wonderful people. We've travelled extensively, but Cuba is pretty much a unique destination. (more)Alan Shelton
From €1695 including domestic flights only
Shikoku island tailor made holiday, Japan
Memorable parts? "Art Island" of Naoshima; Osaka Tips? Do it. Great travel agency, excellent itinerary and issuing of tickets, accommodation arrangements, etc; helpful guide books. Local benefits? Not really, except that we spent lots of money which hopefully helped the local economies. Overall rating? Excellent (more)Dave Burrows
From £1790 excluding flights
Walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain
The most memorable part is very hard to choose: the kind welcome, the beautiful countryside and riot of almond blossom, the delicious food, the charming and relaxed interior decor, all the laughs we had...Great! I loved the place... (more)Susanne Warren
Walking among the Almond Blossom was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Liz Ashcroft
From €850 excluding flights
Morocco cultural tour
Very enjoyable...Chefchaouen, meeting nomads and the Atlas Mountains scenery (more)Elizabeth Wingate
A huge variety of sights, places, experiences and people - we gained an insight into the size, diversity and history of Morocco. We were made welcome at each visit, at each accommodation and by all the local guides. (more)Graham Jackson
ATV driving on the Dunes and beach in Essoeira was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Sandra Goldman
From £800 - £910 excluding flights
Rajasthan luxury tours
Be prepared to be 'blown away'. The owners are fully involved in conservation - they have their own reserve which has been highly successful in increasing the numbers of an endangered cat species. If you want to see a fascinating part of India and stay in some fascinating places, this is the trip for you. My friend and I absolutely loved it. (more)(Edwina) Jayne Rudge
Every moment was memorable and there was such a diversity of places to stay and things to do that every day was exciting. (more)Sheila Taylor
The most memorable part of the holiday were the vivid colours, the clothing of the women it is just a sea of fantastic colours everywhere you look, the brightly coloured turbans of the men. The fantastic people so friendly and welcoming, the culture and food. (more)Sharon Walker
From £900 excluding flights
Timeless Thailand holiday
The temples in Angkor Wat / Siem Reap were incredible. The roads in Cambodia were pretty memorable as well [though for a completely different reason!]. (more)Candy Owens
Great country, fantastic guide, very friendly and welcoming local people. Would book another trip with same company but especially Thailand if I could get the same guide as she really helped the group come together and made sure everything went as smoothly and was as much fun as possible. (more)Louise Massen
From £885 - £1165 excluding flights
Tailor made tour of Jordan & Israel
Every moment was a memorable moment...Jerash in Jordan was a surprise...Petra Kitchen was a lot of fun ...Dinner at Fauzi Azar Inn, and singing and dancing at Bedouin Camp was great too! (more)Helga Trim
9/10...Jordan - particularly Petra which lived up to, and surpassed its reputation (more)Jean Ross
From £2370 including UK flights
Thailand activity holiday, bike, hike & raft
Memorable parts? The first village stay on the hill tribe trek - we were the first group to stay in this village, and the kids were so excited to see us that I think we became a free babysitting service to the whole village for the entire night! Tips? Be prepared to 'rough it' and bring a sense of adventure with you. Many of the nights accommodation involve some form of shared accommodation with the whole group - think home stays, bamboo huts when trekking, house boats, and sleeper... (more)Hannah Gausden
From £870 - £975 excluding flights
Kerala homestay tours
The most memorable parts were the overnight trip on a rice barge and the canoe trip through villages. (more)Brenda Fox
The most memorable part was the stay in Kumily. It was my first 2 days. Having spent the last 2 weeks in Madurai and Chennai, it was nice to find somewhere cool, clean and tranquil. (more)Peter Shepherd
Excellent....By far the best food is to be had at homestays. (more)Maggie Carr
From £400 - £510 excluding flights
Indonesia holiday, Isle of the Gods
Borobudur is one of the world's great monuments. The people of Java were as friendly and approachable as you can get. (more)STEVE CRABB
It was great, I learned a lot and enjoyed the company. the most exciting part was Getting to the crater of Mt Bromo. (more)Philippa Drew
From £1015 - £1150 excluding flights
Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya
Memorable parts? Arriving in the village - the warmth of the welcome, the pleasure of staying in a manyatta (mud hut). Also the activities are wonderful - walks amongst the zebra, milking cows, firing bows and arrows, lighting fires. Really good fun!! Tips? I went for 4 nights - 2 in the camp and 2 in the village. The camp is great - paraffin lamps, good food and comfy beds. You can get the lie of the land and start to get to know your hosts. But don't miss out on staying in the village... (more)Helena Smith
From US $70 per person per night
Cultural tour of Mali
Memorable parts? We named it the “5000 Star Hotel” under the full moon on a windy night as we told stories around a small fire. That was on the very edge of the Bandiagara Cliff in Dogon Country. The rocks and the edge of the cliffs were –right there —and the stories told and laughter were very precious. Our guide Aly and his Dogon friends made a conversation in multiple broken languages fun and enlightening. It truly felt like the mythical Shangra-La. And the rich history of Timbuktu.... (more)Susan Aschim
From €1940 excluding flights
Health care & sports volunteering in Uganda
Memorable parts? When I was marking out straight lines of the village's football pitch, the local community joined in to help. it showed me that little things can make a difference and put smile's on people's faces. Tips? Just go and throw yourself fully into the whole experience, the projects you help with and the people you share the house with. Also just relax, things are at a much slower pace so timings can be a issue, but its not really a big deal when you can go look outside... (more)James Bloomfield
From £995 excluding flights
Mumbai to Delhi tour through Rajasthan, India
A fantastic experience. I feel I learned so much about India. This was the best possible experience I could have had. (more)Pauline Hughes
This was more than a holiday, it was an experience...If you relish the thought of the unexpected and want to see some authentic indian life, this tour is for you. (more)susan richards
Sharing meals and time with local families. In their homes and on a camel trek were certainly two of the highlights. Having Krishna as a guide added a special dimension to the trip. (more)terry matthews
From £800 excluding flights
Gobi Desert expedition
Memorable parts? That's a hard decision to make. The Gobi desert in Mongolia awesome. I took around 4000 pictures and movies that we'll put on our website along with a travel log. We really liked the sand dunes and camels. I got some great pictures of horses, camels, people and the environment. It was awesome staying in Ger camps. Our driver, Ot, was awsome. Tips? Be flexible. Know that your guide and driver are very experienced. It's typical for a car to break down but the driver's... (more)Charlotte Lundemo
From £1395 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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