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.
Bangladesh holiday
Bangladesh is waiting to be discovered, from £1499 (13 days) ex flights
Family holiday to Sri Lanka
Explore Sri Lanka with the family, from £1674 - £2589 (14 days) inc UK flights
Galapagos holidays, Ecuador
A First Class wildlife cruise around the 'Enchanted Isles', from £3635 - £4465 (12 days) inc UK flights
Indochina tours
An awesome adventure Cambodia Laos Thailand & Vietnam, from £1696 - £2350 (30 days) ex flights
Turkey small group tour
Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10 day tour., from £585 - £719 (10 days) ex flights
Costa Rica adventure holiday
Fall under the spell of Costa Rica, from £999 (16 days) ex flights
Family adventure holiday to France
Life enhancing family adventure w/ yoga & donkey trek, Alps, from £680 (7 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka wildlife and whales tour
Whales and the wildlife of Yala National Park, from £2199 - £2999 (10 days) inc UK flights
Turkey sailing and photography holiday
Sailing and Photography - Turkey and the Greek Dodecanese, from £1900 (7 days) ex flights
Cuba small group holidays
A unique blend of African and Spanish influences, from £1899 - £2459 (16 days) inc UK flights
Adventure cruise in Scotland, lochs and canals
Visit Britain's most beautiful shortcut - the Crinan Canal, from £794 (8 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Cycling trip through stunning desert scenery, from £1399 - £1629 (9 days) inc UK flights
Vietnam holiday
Tour and learn about this beautiful destination, from £914 - £1195 (20 days) ex flights
Patagonia luxury adventure holiday
Luxury hotels and adventure in Patagonia, from £2350 (11 days) ex flights
Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb
Eight days of trekking on Africa's highest mountain, from £2699 - £3199 (12 days) inc UK flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains., from €650 - €800 (7 days) ex flights
Walking in Atlas Mountains, Morocco
A short walking trip in the superb Atlas Mountains, from £640 - £719 (8 days ) inc UK flights
Western Cuba small group tour
Discover the highlights of western Cuba in style, from £2268 - £2598 (12 days) inc UK flights
Rajasthan tours, India
Discover the evocative northern province of Rajasthan, from £638 - £860 (15 days) ex flights
Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind
Wildlife & culture in Malaysia, from £1435 - £1615 (12 days) ex flights
Croatia activity holiday for families
Family multi activity week in Croatia, for fun & relaxation!, from €599 - €699 (8 days) ex flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from £1550 (7 days) ex flights
Vietnam adventure holiday
A comprehensive north to south exploration , from £1879 - £2399 (16 days) inc UK flights
Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday
See the Grand Canyon & Monument Valley, from £1029 - £1229 (7 days) ex flights
Burma holiday, highlights of Burma
Discover a country of mythical landscapes, from £2356 - £2929 (17 days ) inc UK flights
Golden Triangle & Northern Laos holiday
Discover remote Northern Thailand and Northern Laos, from £2475 - £2775 (15 days) inc UK flights
Lycian activity holiday
High adventure under the Mediterranean sun, from £899 - £999 (8 days) inc UK flights
Kayaking holiday in Montenegro, Lake Skadar
Kayaking tour of a vast, spectacular lake in Montenegro, from £520 - £620 (7 days) ex flights
Patagonia overland tour, Villarica
Overland adventure Chile to Argentina, from £1996 (21 days) ex flights
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader, from £1750 (14 days) ex flights

2442 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
Rajasthan tours, India
We had many memorable and exciting experiences from this trip. Some of the local villages we visited were fantastic in terms of getting a glimpse of rural life in Rajasthan. We also stayed at some very interesting accommodation. (more)R and K Mackenzie
The most memorable part was the Camel Fair at Pushkar. To see so many camels and horses assembled in one spot was awesome. (more)Linda Williams
The most memorable parts of the holiday in Rajasthan were the diversity of the scenery and the people. The colours and the smells and the respect for cows are also etched into my memory. (more)Ingrid Jones
From £638 - £860 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 £3339 - £3639 including UK flights
Atacama and Patagonia hiking holiday
Memorable parts? Trekking with the most amazing mountain backdrop for several days, in Torres del Paine, culminating in the climb up to Las Torres themselves; there just aren't the words to do this place justice. Tips? Do some walking beforehand, if you want to get the most from it. Also, don't forget a camera, or you will be truly sorry! Local benefits? Since we stayed, ate and drank locally, this should be a positive thing. Minimized environmental impacts is a bit tricky,... (more)Chris Senior
From £3785 excluding 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
Patagonia overland tour, Villarica
Memorable parts? Seeing the Moreno glacier and hiking in Torres del Paine. Tips? Make sure you have appropriate footwear (hiking boots). There is no need to bring a sleeping bag as these can be hired at the time (and they are good sleeping bags). Local benefits? The only benefit to local people would be the custom of staying in hotels/eating in restaurants. We did make a conscious effort not to leave rubbish and I suppose 30+ people using 1 bus instead of various means of... (more)Frank Sperling
From £1997 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 - £1699 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
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
Excellent. The planning and execution of the entire holiday was superb. Everybody involved helped to make this a most memorable experience and we were extremely well looked after at all times. (more)Janet Thomas
From £2395 - £2595 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
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
Archaeology holiday in Greece
We will have lasting memories of the wonderful ancient sites, beautiful villages and towns, fantastic food and the friendly people of this diverse and attractive region (more)Andrew Douglas
It was excellent in every way. I wouldn't hesitate to do another tour with Chrisos and his crew...Chrstos and everyone he works with were incredibly accommodating. I think there may be more than one Christos, given everything he does. (more)Tim Kearley
Excellent! Our group consisted just of my wife and I so we got personal service from Christos, the Company Operations Director, for the the whole week. The hotel we stayed in was very comfortable, the staff most attentive and the general atmosphere most congenial. (more)Julian Grubb
From €1150 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 parts? 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. Thunder and lightening echoing around the mountains while we watched from our tents. The unexpected - the tour leader was flexible and a number of times we took unscheduled opportunities to see wildlife, talk to local people, find out about the election that was going on while we... (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 - £1219 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 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
I had the best time imaginable in Asturias doing Intensive Spanish each day with Ana Rodriguez Garcia and walking in the Picos speaking Spanish each afternoon. Accommodation in the simple hotel was perfect. The town was great and the course superbly well run. It was the best decision ever to take this course. And Ana went far beyond any expectation many times during the week. (more)Marianne Gorman
Had a great time. Everyone was very friendly, the teaching by Ana and Celine was brilliant and perfectly judged for my level of ability. The surrounding mountains are lovely and Jamie took us on some great walks in the afternoons. The food and drink in the local bars and restaurants was excellent. I came home with considerably greater confidence in Spanish. (more)Andrew Robinson
From €720 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 US $1299 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 walking holiday, self guided
Memorable parts? Canoeing on Marviken lakes. Walking in Swedish forests and on coastal paths when there was barely a sound to be heard Taking boats to Islands in the southern archipelago Paddle oat journey to beautiful Mariefred - especially stepping on board to find our bikes already there with all equipment and a welcoming note from the operator Tips? Don't hesitate - you will not be disappointed. The organisation and support from the operator is excellent - Carmen does a superb... (more)Andrew and Sharon Venables
From SKr8685 - SKr8955 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 €599 - €679 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
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A bit disappointing really

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