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Locally run holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

Photography holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees
Nature photography holiday in the breathtaking Spanish Pyrenees, from €1595 (8 days) ex flights
Wine tour in Croatia and Slovenia
Food, wine and culinary traditions of Slovenia and Croatia, from €3500 (11 days) ex flights
Wildlife and cultural tour to Ethiopia
See wildlife in the Omo valley, from £1496 (14 days) ex flights
South Africa safari holiday, 14 days
Award winning safari in South Africa, from £2250 - £2850 (14 days) ex flights

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Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters
Enjoy a riverside view of life, from £385 (5 days) ex flights
Bariloche kayaking holiday in Patagonia
Enjoy guided kayaking and hiking in Bariloche, Argentina, from US $1000 - US $1500 (4 days) ex flights
Adelaide to Perth tour, Australia
Discover the beauty of South & Western Australia in 10 days, from AU $1495 - AU $1645 (10 days) ex flights
China tailor made holiday, from Beijing to Shanghai
Highlights of China private tour from Beijing, from US $1132 - US $2019 (8 days) ex flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
A chance to see the majestic tiger in the wild, from £660 - £860 (9 days) ex flights
Western Ghats mountain biking holidays, Southern India
Western Ghats mountain biking, off the beaten track, from £815 (8 days) ex flights
Walking and yoga holiday in Greece
Walking & yoga in coastal & mountain surroundings, from £595 (8 days) ex flights
Slovakia family holiday, Discover Slovakia
Discovery, action in Bratislava and the Slovak Carpathians, from €1142 (7 days) ex flights
Ski touring holiday in Chile
Lifetime summer skiing tour in Chile's Southern Volcanoes, from US $5890 - US $7890 (8 days) ex flights
South Africa vista lodge safari
Classic Journey northern South Africa, Kruger private lodge, from £1850 (12 days) ex flights
Greece self drive holiday, Peloponnese beaches
Beach tour of the Peloponnese, from €730 - €890 (12 days) ex flights
Greece activity holiday, Peloponnese
Enter the magical world of multisport activities in Greece, from €475 (4 days) ex flights
Walking holiday in the West Cyclades, Greece
Walk & explore the authentic Serifos, Sifnos & Milos islands, from £685 - £740 (10 days) ex flights
New Zealand birdwatching holiday
Fully guided bird watching holliday in New Zealand, from NZ $1895 (7 days) ex flights
Luxury detox & anti-ageing retreat in Spain
Luxury detox & anti-ageing retreat in Spain, from £1198 - £1348 (7 days) ex flights
Darjeeling & Sikkim trekking holiday
Trek in Sikkim & Darjeeling, from £1050 - £1250 (12 days) ex flights
Yukon horse riding holiday, Canada
Yukon Wilderness Adventure on Horseback, from CA $1335 (5 days) ex flights
South Island tour of New Zealand, small group
Takahe 11 Day South Island Small Group Tour, from NZ $4790 - NZ $5690 (11 days) ex flights
Tundra wildlife holiday in Canada
Northern lights & musk-oxen herds in Canada's Far North, from CA $3995 (5 days) ex flights
Norway self guided cycling holiday, Rallarvegen route
Rallarvegen, the most popular cycling tour in Norway, from NKr4150 - NKr4500 (3 days) ex flights
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, tailor made
A challenging trek tailormade, from £1295 (8 days) ex flights
Yoga and Pilates holiday in Spain
Yoga and Pilates retreats at an old Olive Farm in Spain, from £700 - £725 (6 days) ex flights
Namibia and Botswana camping safari
Camping safari to Namib desert, Caprivi, Etosha & Okavango, from €1990 (21 days) ex flights
Indigenous cultural tour of Panama
Discover culturally and naturally rich Darien Province, from US $1326 (6 days) per accommodation
Vietnam tours, tailor made
For beginner adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts, from US $1128 (15 days) ex flights

1878 reviews for locally run holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent locally run 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.

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 £2500 - £2600 excluding 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
Kilimanjaro Climb, safari & Zanzibar holiday
Memorable parts? Too many to mention! Highlights - getting to the top of Kilimanjaro and Serengeti safari! Tips? Do your research. We tweaked our holiday quite a bit and the main aim was to climb Kilimanjaro - had we not researched and as such altered the original itinerary by adding an extra day - we would NOT have made it to the top - which would have soured the rest of the trip which was to go on safari and finish in Zanzibar. Local benefits? Yes - we had sixteen people... (more)Angie Koufou
From US $4550 - US $5850 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 were impressed with the beauty of Sweden and how easy it was to travel around. (more)Sharon Reardon
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 SKr9595 - SKr9840 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 - €1100 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. (more)Nikki Rogers
It was fantastic, our most memorable holiday ever and we were all sad to leave. (more)Clare Duncan
Lovely. Peaceful hotel, good food, beautiful countryside, interesting and varied activities which work for children and adults. (more)Anna McConnell
From €207 - €270 excluding flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
Most memorable for me, I would probably just go for the trip to Mycenae, as it had been a long-held wish to go there, and it didn't disappoint! (more)Neil Holt
This was about the best holiday I have ever been on; with excellent licensed guides informing us of the archaeology in the historical Peloponnese and in Athens. (more)Alan Wallis
Really good. Easily lived up to expectations. (more)Malcolm Torry
From €990 excluding flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
I miss walking home to my pad, under the starry August sky with a belly full of ridiculously tasteful deliciousness, and a body stretched to the core. (more)Medea Van Schijndel
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
From €740 - €890 excluding flights
South Africa safari holiday, 14 days
If you are looking for a first class small group safari experience which has the added benefits of a more hands approach to the wild life and conservation, culture, and people of South Africa and all at a reasonable cost, this is the ideal package. (more)Adele Struyck-Ismay
Five stars! It was, as stated, the adventure of a lifetime, which we were expecting, but we did not plan to gain so much more, in the way of making friends and feeling a part of missions that transcended mere tourism. (more)Tania Modleski
Most memorable for me is was a great encounter with bush baby jumping around on the track and in the bushes. For my husband it was the lions making a buffalo kill right in front of our jeep. For both of us it was seeing the white lions at Umlani. (more)Richard Palmer
From £2250 - £2850 excluding flights
Tibet cultural tours
Outstanding guides. Excellent (more)frank ingram
A real adventure. The whole trip was thoroughly enjoyable. The highlights for us were Lhasa Old Town, the Potala Palace and Mount Everest. (more)Christopher Ashley-Jones
It was my dream to travel to Tibet and I wasn’t disappointed... (more)izabela spero
From £895 excluding flights
Bhutan holidays, cultural tours
The whole journey on the roads in Bhutan was something special, but of course the most momentous was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. It was really something special. (more)Eszter Bernath
The best bits: People and countryside. (more)Margaret Phelan
It was an excellent holiday. Experiencing the hospitality of the Bhutanese and Nepali people. (more)Peter Grove
From £1105 excluding flights
Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea
Excellent - if you want a friendly open hearted place to stay and learn to dive then I couldn't recommend it more highly. (more)katherine Church
Do not hesitate to book this holiday! The people are fantastic, the place is beautiful and the more relaxed nature of the area due to its more remote location made for a far more relaxing holiday than you would have at other resorts in the region The whole operation was centred around local people and the local economy. We were actively encouraged to reduce our environmental impact and respect the environment which we were lucky enough to see (more)Gareth Jones
Everything was fantastic but the most memorable part was the diving. We went diving every day and saw lots of coral and fish. Staying with this operator was also very relaxing. They looked after us wonderfully, everything we wanted was provided and nothing was too much trouble. (more)Diederik Kohnhorst
From £490 excluding flights
Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group lodge tour
Remember that this is Africa and everything does not work all the time. Be patient and positive and make friends along the way. (more)Louis Carroll
The most memorable part was driving with Makoros (traditional wood boot) to our wild camping in the Okavango Delta observed by hippos. (more)Sigrid Pach
From €3170 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 €995 - €1190 excluding flights
Himalayan cultural tours, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal
The whole trip was memorable and exciting but one highlight was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan - quite a grueling walk for a Sunday afternoon but what memories! Also, visiting Lhasa in February when pilgrims from the furthest reaches of Tibet were there was a joy. (more)Carolynn Peace
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing new places and meeting new people from completely new cultures. (more)Dietrich Yap
Watching the sun go down on Everest on the most perfect evening. Celebrating Diwali with the locals were the most memorable parts of the holiday (more)Rosemary Chinchen
From £2055 excluding flights
Watersports activity holiday in Croatia
If you enjoy being outdoors and in water then this is the holiday for you. (more)Emma Brehony
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
From €620 - €790 excluding flights
Honeymoon in Vietnam
Our tour around the palaces & tombs of Hue with our responsible travel guide Mr Dai & the trip over the mountains to Hoi An were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Jenny Jones
Highlights of the trip were 5 days at the fantastic Mango Bay resort on Phu Quoc Island and trekking / homestay in Pu Luong National Park. The tour operator, were excellent and extremely well organised. (more)Rachel Baldry
11/10 mark. Just perfect! All of it was amazing, wandering around all Vietnam was an unforgettable experience. (more)Stathis Nikolaou
From US $1694 excluding flights
Mercantour family walking holiday, France
Awesome, it has raised the bar for next year! (more)Tony Johnson
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
From £440 - £570 excluding flights
Family scuba diving holidays in the Red Sea
Absolutely brilliant. Excellent service, accommodation fine, food good, beach close, great picnic in the mountains. So good we are going back in a few months. (more)Jackie Vale
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
From £490 excluding flights
Algonquin Park tours in Canada, canoeing & moose
It was great fun to be out on the water in the sunshine, paddling along the lakes and rivers. It was a beautiful, peaceful trip in which time did not exist. (more)Annemarieke de Bruin
Learning how to track animals, brew pine needle tea, make rope out of bark, start a fire in the rain and read weather patterns were the most memorable parts. (more)Jane Lucken
From CA $550 excluding flights
Family activity holiday in Turkey
9.5/10 - an absolutely wonderful holiday. We cannot recommend it highly enough. (more)Doug Grimwade
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
From £475 - £510 excluding flights
Marine conservation in Belize
The diving was fabulous. The instructors are brilliant, very patient and informative! (more)Lucy Keech
The most memorable part was diving with like minded staff and guests who love and appreciate the ocean and contributing to research and conservation...Excellent opportunity and experience. (more)Michelle Lamarca
Tom Owens Caye was a magic location for a chilled week diving in Belize. Polly, Patty and the team were generous hosts. The food was delicious with the lionfish and banana pancakes particular highlights! Diving was excellent. Still feeling good about the lobster survey! (more)Karen Whitham
From US $1330 excluding flights
Nepal trek with Chitwan National Park safari
It was absolutely great. I think it would be perfect for groups and solo travellers (I went solo). I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting great diversity and fun. (more)Endija Skopane
Book your flight , pack your bag , seize the day , go ! Just do it ! (more)Lorna Jenkins
Everything was done locally, and the guides were great at imparting knowledge about the local area and customs. (more)Bronwyn Russell
From US $849 excluding flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
Seeing tigers was heart-stopping! (more)TINA JOHNSON
It was a trip of a lifetime and to experience tigers at such close hand was an experience we will never forget. India is exhausting but the wildlife of the parks was amazing. (more)Julia Gallagher
Excellent, well organised, all arrangements went smoothly and we had a great time. (more)Lucie McKenzie
From £660 - £860 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 £555 - £647 excluding flights
Croatia activity holiday, Dubrovnik region
Best holiday in years, perfect location, exciting activities, knowledgeable guide. (more)Lisa Fogden
It was a great holiday. The idea of a few days in a city (Dubrovnik) and then a few days out on the islands is a great combination. (more)Rob McCormick
Very very good. Easy to set up and arange. As a small company they could be responsive to your needs. A lovely part of the world. (more)Joy Curran
From €815 - €895 excluding flights
Self guided sea kayaking in Croatia
Most memorable was getting out on the sea and being able to travel at your own pace. The Islands are amazing and Miljet is a must see place, we loved it. (more)Chivers Libby
We enjoyed the kayaking because we were able to get away from the throng of tourists and it was an ideal holiday for the 3 active teenagers we had with us but easy enough for the adults. (more)Louise Solomon
The sea kayaking and snorkelling on Lopud island was great fun. It got quite interesting in terms of high waves on the way back which was a welcomed challenge. (more)Mariana Heinrich
From €560 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 €650 - €750 excluding flights
Cycling holiday in Portugal, self guided
It was all just wonderful. Great weather, great food, great scenery, great accommodation. The organising of it was first class. (more)Debbie Merrick
10 out of 10. We could not fault any part of the holiday. The rides were routed through beautiful landscapes, visiting interesting villages and all felt very safe. The accommodation was clean, friendly and in wonderful locations. The personal service provided was great which meant that the holiday met our needs perfectly without any worry at all. (more)Sally Forster
Do it! it's great fun and a wonderful sense of achievement reaching the destination. The organiser was always available although thankfully we didn't need him as his instructions were spot on. (more)karen austin
From €539 - €623 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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