Small group holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

We offer a superb choice of small group holidays from cultural trips in Asia to walking holidays in Europe. All our range of small group holidays are from leading companies committed to supporting local people & the environment.
Maldives holidays, Dhoni cruise
Cruise the Atolls unspoilt tropical islands, from £1525 - £1941 (8 days) inc UK flights
Romania adventure holiday
An amazing tour exploring medieval Europe and Transylvania, from £1875 (14 days) ex flights
Greenland sailing holiday
In search of Bowhead whales in remote Greenland wilderness, from £1690 (8 days) ex flights
Family tour to Morocco
Live like nomads, from £699 - £909 (8 days ) inc UK flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Indian curries temples harems & Himalayas, from £699 (15 days) ex flights
Windward Isles & French Antilles holiday
Dominica Martinique & St. Lucia, from £2404 - £2744 (13 days) inc UK flights
Family sea kayaking holiday in Croatia
Relaxing & fun family kayaking holiday on Croatian islands, from €615 (7 days) ex flights
Vietnam adventure holiday
A comprehensive north to south exploration , from £1769 - £2299 (16 days) inc UK flights
Sri Lanka wildlife and whales tour
Whales and the wildlife of Yala National Park, from £2199 - £2999 (10 days) inc UK flights
Cuba adventure tours
Explore authentic Cuba using homestays and local guides, from US $390 (8 days) ex flights
Cuba cycling holiday
Cycle the quiet country roads of Cuba, from £1559 - £1999 (9 days) inc UK flights
Malaysia Tour
Ethnically and culturally rich, scenic Malaysia awaits, from £1230 - £1300 (14 days) ex flights
Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays
One of Europe's most dramatic stretches of coastline, from £1049 (8 days) inc UK flights
Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan
A week to explore the spectacular sites and scenery of Jordan, from £1179 - £1399 (9 days) inc UK flights
Great Wall of China walking holiday
Trek along various contrasting sections of the wall, from £1599 - £1649 (10 days) inc UK flights
Oman small group tour
Ancient spice trails, Wahiba Sands, superb coastal scenery, from £1199 (7 days) ex flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from £0 (18 days) ex flights
Gozo family activity holiday in Malta
Family activity holiday on the beautiful Island of Gozo., from £1345 (8 days) inc UK flights
Small group tours to Japan
Explore the backroads of Japan, from £2590 (15 days) ex flights
Japan small group holiday
Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countrside, from £2600 (14 days) ex flights
Small group tour of Turkey
The perfect introduction to cosmopolitan and memorial Turkey, from £479 - £589 (8 days) ex flights
The Essence of China vacation
Explore cultural & religious heritage, from £2165 - £2410 (21 days) ex flights
Burma holiday, highlights of Burma
Discover a country of mythical landscapes, from £2589 - £2929 (17 days ) inc UK flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from £1550 (7 days) ex flights
South Africa Safari holiday, 14 days
14 Day - Big 5 game viewing with conservation professionals, from £2395 - £2725 (14 days) ex flights
Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands
This unique volcanic island reveals unexpected variety, from £872 - £1025 (8 days) inc UK flights
Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday
See the Grand Canyon & Monument Valley, from £969 - £1149 (7 days) ex flights
Croatia activity holiday, Dubrovnik region
Fun activity holiday, stunning nature and gourmet food, from €765 - €815 (7 days) ex flights
Ethiopia cultural holidays
Discover the historic wonders of Ethiopia, from £2250 (14 days) ex flights
Kayaking holiday in Montenegro, Lake Skadar
Kayaking tour of a vast, spectacular lake in Montenegro, from £520 - £570 (7 days) ex flights

2504 reviews for small group holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent small group 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.

Tanzania holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days
Very good...I enjoyed both the safari in Serengeti and the diving in Mafia very much (more)Marina Poletto
Fantastic! Amazing! Awe inspiring! The trip of a lifetime! Our most memorable moments were our interactions with the local people. Even though we booked this safari to see the Serengeti, we also wanted to make sure we spent an equal amount of time visiting and getting to know the people of Tanzania. We will forever hold in our hearts how warm and inviting everyone was. (more)Teresa VandenBosch
Fantastic. It was the perfect family holiday with a 12 year old and 14 year old. Always plenty to do, loads of variety, but never rushed. (more)Rebecca Rowland
From US $1860 - US $2480 excluding flights
Holiday in Peru & Inca Trail
As each day passed it became my favourite day so far! The Inca Trail of course and the island home stay have to be my top two. The holiday was made all the more memorable because of the great group we were travelling with and of course our guide Dante. (more)Helen Leng
Sitting on top of WaynaPicchu looking at the cloud forest and mountains was the highlight. (more)Joanna Tupper
Walking the Inca Trail was the hardest thing I have ever done but the exhilaration and euphoria of the whole group as we walked through the Sun Gate is something money cannot buy and a memory that will last forever. (more)Christine Ingham
From £3245 - £3639 including UK flights
Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group tour
Memorable parts? Driving with Makoros (traditional wood boot) to our wild camping in the Okavango Delta observed by hippos. Tips? Take thermal underwear with you when going on this trip in Africa's winter. The temperature at night was sub zero and morning/evenings were cold as well. Local benefits? Yes, we contributed to the local economy and tried to leave only foot prints. Overall rating? Even I am not reborn I would give 5 stars. It was one of my best holidays... (more)Sigrid Pach
From €2895 excluding flights
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 £2280 - £2480 including UK flights
Greenland sailing holiday
Memorable parts? The scenery along the coast and fjords of West Greenland was breathtakingly beautiful and constantly changing as we made our slow way north. The weather was bitterly cold but bright and the sun felt warm when we found a sheltered nook on the deck. The beauty of the area was just magical. Tips? Take lots of layers but don't worry too much about buying lots of expensive technical clothing for the trip. Think about what you do have in your wardrobe - an old pair... (more)Christine Symes
From £1690 excluding flights
Algonquin Park tours in Canada, canoeing & moose
Memorable parts? Gentle paddling during the day enjoying incredibly vast skies, calm blue water and forests of white pines. And lying back on sun-warmed rocks in the evening watching the Milky Way emerge and listening to the loons calling across the lakes. Learning how to track animals, brew pine needle tea, make rope out of bark, start a fire in the rain and read weather patterns. Tips? The camp sites are simply a natural clearing in the forest near the water, with some rocks for... (more)Jane Lucken
From CA $550 excluding flights
Great Wall of China walking holiday
Five stars: Themost memorable parts were walking on the Great Wall, interacting with ordinary Chinese people in theTemple of Heaven Park and seeing Red & Giant Pandas. (more)Sally Payne
I LOVED every minute of my stay in China, and the tour was very efficiently run. Our tour guide, Jerry was really great. (more)Phyllis Ryan
Great organisation, exactly what I was looking for and far exceeded my expectations. (more)Lynne Oakerbee
From £1599 - £1649 including UK flights
Lapland husky safari and activity holiday, Finland
Having done many huskey trips before I can say that it was the best dog sled holiday I've ever had. (more)Mark Waddock
Wonderful and magical. Great location, people, food, accommodation, activities and the dogs. It is a holiday we will never forget and hope to return one day. (more)Jane Collingwood-Bates
From £1695 including UK flights
South Africa Safari holiday, 14 days
For a first safari for my daughter and I, this was a terrific experience. Good weather, delicious and varied cooking, confortable accommodations and experienced, diplomatic and knowledgeable guides made our safari something to remember and talk about (more)Lucille Daze
This was a fantastic, very well organized holiday. There was always a lot going on but we saw a lot and learned a lot. All the guides and hosts at the lodges were very knowledgable and passionate about the wildlife and very open to sharing their knowledge and experiences with all of us. (more)Amanda Hathway
It was an amazing experience! Thank to all the staff , the guides and everybody else we had a full, safe contact with the animals in a completely wild environment. My kids came back happy and full of enthusiasm, and they actually learnt a lot, I have now two young wildlife experts! (more)Gaia Bertocci Marsicola
From £2395 - £2725 excluding flights
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
Orangutan photography in Borneo
This is a great holiday. Whether you are a first time photographer or experienced photographer you will love this holiday and will come back with great photos and memories, as well as having learned a lot. (more)Mark Edwards
Totally brilliant, great food, great organisation and most of all a great wildlife experience that felt unique and very privileged...Great tuition from Ian really helped me to learn to use my camera to maximise the results. (more)suzanne lamb
Very good! Wonderful experience and something out of the box!! The most exciting part was the close encounters with endangered orangutans. (more)Kaz Thorpe
From £1820 excluding flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
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
10/10, relaxing and rewarding....Great hosts and fellow travellers, stunning scenery and wonderful food, on and off the boat (more)Michele Stewart
My family and I enjoyed it very much. The wonderful scenery and the good food on and off the boat, (more)Alistair Macmillan
From £690 - £944 excluding flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? One evening after a show we needed to get a snack, our CEO was going to get noodles an she let us join her we sat in the street with local people and enjoyed a supper of noodles. The local children tried to speak English and the adults were very friendly it was a lovely atmosphere. Tips? If they are travelling in summer they need to understand how exceptionally hot it will be, thy will need enough thin clothing to have two outfits a day and they will need lots of... (more)Laura McKenna
From £0 excluding flights
Self guided canoeing holiday in Ireland
As a family, the sense of teamwork was really noticeable... Occasionally we managed to stop the loud singing from our children and caught sight of kingfishers, herons, cormorants and all manner of wildlife... A fantastic family holiday – so glad we booked. (more)Fiona Penny
We had a fantastic 5 day self propelled Canadian canoe trip through beautiful, verdant Irish countryside. This was a perfect holiday to relax and enjoy the scenery as we paddled at our own pace down the idyllic River Barrow. (more)Clare Warrell
We had the most amazing time. Everything about the trip was incredible - the people we met, the landscape, the adrenalin, the "away from it all" feeling throughout! Will deffo be back for more first chance I get. (more)Sorcha NicCormaic
From £134 - £302 excluding flights
Nepal extreme activity holiday
Brilliant!! The most memorable part has to have been rafting the G4 rapids on the Bhote Koshi with thunder and lightning, rain bouncing off the water and 1.5cm hailstones falling from the sky, still all in 27 degrees heat, wow amazing! (more)Neil Whittemore
I had a brilliant time on this holiday and it fulfilled most of what I wanted to get out of the trip. (more)Murray Hendriksen
From £1690 including domestic flights only
Laos adventure holiday, Bangkok to Vang Vieng
5*++++++++ It was absolutely superb! The operator may be a small company but it's dedication to providing the best service and most rounded and authentic personal experience of the country meant that I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. (more)Alice Ross
This trip was an amazing introduction to southeast Asia for me. I felt that my experience of Thailand and Laos was enhanced by this trip...Trekking throughout the north of Laos was amazing. We had a wonderful guide that was proud to show of his country, people, food, history and culture's. (more)Amy Worthington
From £1775 excluding flights
Multi activity holiday in Greece
Superfabulous...Overall the holiday was very memorable & exciting, however, rafting was the best as we could take even a seven year old. Nafplio was just an amazing place to be (more)Cheryl Suares
Excellent, we all really enjoyed the different activities. The rafting was brilliant, although in fairness all the activities were excellent, well organised and suited to all abilities....We will definitely be back! (more)June Nelson
Every day was special and exciting and We would repeat every day again...Everybody in the organisation did their best to make everything wonderful (more)Nicolescu ion
From €890 excluding flights
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 £2250 - £2350 including domestic flights only
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 £1554 - £2345 excluding flights
Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays
Memorable parts? Most exciting was definitely Walk of the Gods, from Bomerano where we stayed to Positano over 2000' down on the coast. Fantastic views surrounded by wildflowers and herbs, across precipitous slopes and finally descending steps through cacti gardens from Montpertuso. But I also have to say I was surpised by how attractive Naples was, with its very elegant seafront. Tips? The combination of mountains and coast means that you can experience every sort of weather in... (more)Juliet Dunn
From £1049 including UK flights
Antarctica cruises
Memorable parts? Seeing the interplay between the animals, icebergs, glaciers, sea and sky. Tips? First: TAKE THE TRIP TO ANTARCTICA. It is unforgettable. If Miami is not on a direct route to Buenos Aires, fly there directly.Be sure to bring the right clothing. Being out on the water or a hill is COLD with the wrong clothes. Spend as much time on the bridge of the ship as possible. Go to all of the lectures. Meet new people Local benefits? No people to benefit in Antarctica. However,... (more)Stephen Kohn
From US $3995 - US $35000 excluding flights
South East China photography holiday
Memorable parts? Oktay gave me a wonderful introduction to China from all his (and his assistant Sandy's) experience. He knew just the right places to go for photography and the right people to meet. Oktay is a great professional and I had an excellent and instructive time with him. Tips? If possible go to both Guilin and Shanghai with Oktay - the contrast is extraordinary. Local benefits? Yes - we used local resources; we went to out of the way places, photographing them,... (more)John Stork
From €1950 - €2100 excluding flights
Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days
This holiday was great and I was still smiling weeks after I got back home. To date it has been the best holiday I have ever been on. I came home really relaxed and incredibly happy. I would challenge anyone to go to Cuba, spend sometime with the people and not be effected by their wonderful nature. (more)Shireen Alsalti
Absolutely brilliant....We thought our tour was excellent - a comprehensive itinerary and good value. It was really packed with activities so we did enjoy a beach break at the end. (more)Karin Barrett
Outstanding! We will return to Cuba! (more)Sonja Stromdahl
From £730 excluding flights
Umbria cooking holiday, Italy
The location is stunning, Marina and Gianluca make you feel welcome, and they work exceedingly hard to ensure that you have an enjoyable stay. We came to learn cookery, but Marina ensures you know about so much more. I can't wait to try some of the recipes we have been taught. (more)Joanne Wilkins
It was amazing. One of the best holidays I have ever had (& I am old...so have had a few!) I can honestly not praise this trip enough. It was FABULOUS. (more)Hilary Brett
A very special week filled with many memorable moments, that will always be cherished (more)Yvonne Stark
From €900 - €1100 excluding flights
Luxury camping safari in Botswana
Memorable parts? The wildlife, the stunning location of our accommodation was truly memorable. Tips? Go to the bushcamps! Its fab. Local benefits? During our stay, we learnt a lot about the different local projects the provider of this holiday is involved with - we thought it was quite extensive. Environmentally, the solar-powered bushcamp was definitely the most ecological of the 3 camps we stayed at. Overall rating? A truly unique experience. Great service pre-booking.... (more)Judith Frehner
From £1685 - £2975 excluding flights
Sweden self guided cycling holiday, Stockholm countryside
Memorable parts? There were too many to count. But many great bike rides. We did a 5 day ride near Stockholm. A second trip was done in the islands around Stockholm. Tips? I would extend the Gotland part of the trip by 1 day. Local benefits? We had a lot of contact with many local people and they were great. Overall rating? It was a great trip. We did 2 back to back self guided bike trips near Stockholm. It was planned and supported beautifully by Carmen. I love recommending... (more)Ed Weiner
From SKr6270 - SKr6565 excluding flights
Portugal walking & culture holiday, Medieval Encounter
Wonderful. Refreshing. Peaceful. (more)Adele Torrance
Every bit of it was hugely enjoyable. I highly recommend this holiday to anyone who wishes to have an authentic experience of life in a very beautiful part of rural Portugal. (more)victoria mann
I would run out of superlatives, this was truly excellent from start to finish. (more)Jeff Todd
From €679 excluding flights
Sweden activity holiday, Stockholm countryside
Memorable parts? Visiting the archipelago Tips? If cycling invest I'm gel saddle covers - amazon do some £3-4! Carry water snacks & fruit Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Very enjoyable, the operator (Carmen) couldn't have done more, from the moment I started organising it 'til we left Sweden. (more)Hilary Thomas
From SKr7495 - SKr7795 excluding flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Fantastic - just what I needed! If you want to learn Spanish, go on some great hikes and be truly immersed in Spanish all week (both in school and in the local community) - then book it without hesitation! (more)Hazel Tyror
A challenging and rewarding week spent learning new skills and meeting warm, friendly people. (more)Cathryn Priestley
Memorable says it all. It's 5 star as a learning experience . A chance to learn more Spanish in a thoroughly enjoyable, varied and relaxed fashion - on subjects which have real relevance and usage in everyday Spanish life (more)Veronica Thompson
From €720 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Just to say how much I enjoyed this trip. Amazing how much you can learn in 15hours beginners course. Caring, responsible and responsive team of teachers and walking guides. Great mountain views, coastal paths... unforgetable visit to the caves to see prehistoric painting - sophisticated. (more)Ethel Kojman
Good...The walks and the Spanish learning were the best parts. (more)Elizabeth Weightman
Excellent opportunity to learn Spanish while having very enjoyable holiday. Would thoroughly recommend it. (more)Barbara Ainger
From €720 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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