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Small group holidays

What is a small group holiday?

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper – and more sociable – than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

Kayaking holiday in Montenegro, Lake Skadar
Kayaking tour of a vast, spectacular lake in Montenegro, from £645 - £695 (7 days) ex flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €990 (8 days) ex flights
Activity holiday in Montenegro
An active villa holiday at stunning Lake Skadar, Montenegro, from £495 - £695 (7 days) ex flights
Patagonia small group holiday
Explore Patagonia's National Parks by foot and small-ship, from US $3995 - US $7215 (11 days) ex flights

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Rajasthan tours, India
Discover the evocative northern province of Rajasthan, from £795 - £930 (15 days) ex flights
Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind
Wildlife & culture in Malaysia, from £1350 - £1555 (12 days) ex flights
Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb
Eight days of trekking on Africa's highest mountain, from £2679 - £3499 (12 days) inc UK flights
Sea kayaking holiday in Croatia
Paddle around the Pearl of the Adriatic, from €715 - €750 (8 days) ex flights
Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy
Walk in lemon groves and hillside villages, from £949 - £1269 (8 days) inc UK flights
Water multi sport holiday in Croatia
Kayak, canoe, rafting and hike, plus nature and culture, from €620 - €790 (8 days) ex flights
Family adventure holiday to France
Life enhancing family adventure & yoga in the French Alps, from £640 (7 days) ex flights
Ethiopia cultural holidays
Discover the historic wonders of Ethiopia, from £2299 (14 days) ex flights
Finland hiking holiday
A hut-to-hut hiking journey along Finland's eastern border, from €900 (8 days) ex flights
Malaysia Tour
Ethnically and culturally rich, scenic Malaysia awaits, from £1250 - £1395 (15 days) ex flights
Bolivia small group holiday
Experience the highlights of Bolivia, from £2100 (13 days) ex flights
Small group tour of Turkey
The perfect introduction to cosmopolitan and memorial Turkey, from £475 - £679 (8 days) ex flights
Croatia activity holiday, Dubrovnik region
Fun activity holiday, stunning nature and gourmet food, from €815 - €895 (8 days) ex flights
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo
Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures, from £2999 - £3249 (18 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife holiday
An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife, from £2399 - £3099 (16 days) inc UK flights
Botswana great wilderness journey
Botswana Great Wilderness journey, from £5395 (10 days) ex flights
Yoga holiday in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains, from €740 - €890 (7 days) ex flights
Japan small group holiday by bullet train
Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countryside, from £2600 (14 days) ex flights
Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays
One of Europe's most dramatic stretches of coastline, from £999 - £1249 (8 days) inc UK flights
Walking tours to Japan
Explore the backroads of Japan, from £2390 (15 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
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
Whistlestop Japan highlights with an expert tour leader, from £1750 (14 days) ex flights
Romania adventure holiday
An amazing tour exploring medieval Europe and Transylvania, from £1699 (14 days) ex flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this compact adventure, from £760 - £880 (10 days) ex flights
Burma photography tours
Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome, from US $4100 (12 days) ex flights

2632 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 Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Mekong adventure holiday, Laos & Cambodia
Memorable parts? Every day was something different, we walked through jungle; rode elephants; explored caves and sailed in wooden boats, sometimes we used a wooden plank, sometimes we were knee deep in the river! We saw amazing temples and wooden huts that the locals lived in, we saw how people lived and how they dried peppers in their satellite dishes! There were sad parts too, understanding the legacy of the Vietnam war, unexploded bombs everywhere and maimed people. However, the people... (more)Colin Smith
From £3000 - £3200 including UK 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 - £2894 including UK flights
Big game safari in Tanzania
Superb: it exceeded our expectations. Watching a herd of wildebeest crossing the Mara River. It was a truly astonishing, primal sight. (more)Sheila Brooks
The time spent on Chumbe was so relaxing in on idyllic paradise Island & with it's eco ethics it is a place with a truly great purpose. (more)Becky Jones
Everywhere we looked there were birds: on the water's edge, in the air, perched in trees. Crocodiles slipped into the water and there were pods of hippos, plus giraffes, elephants, buffalo and impala. (more)Joanne Davenport
From £2775 - £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
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 £1579 - £1849 including UK 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 US $2800 excluding flights
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
Fantastic - the tutors were excellent, patient, helpful and very professional. I learnt a lot but realise that I still have a lot to learn (more)Jan Beaty
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
From £2500 - £2600 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 £999 - £1249 including UK flights
Coast to coast cycling holiday in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Every day with new discoveries of Costa Rica, beautiful cycling experience, local tour leader Memo and his fantastic crew member Luνs and Ronald, and variety of holiday experience in two weeks made this holiday the best I've ever been. Tips? Be prepared for rice and beans three times a day for two weeks ;) Local benefits? Yes, absolutely, in all the trips (including optional) I felt that local people were supported in their business, be it a local restaurant... (more)Agne Bajoriniene
From £2699 - £3199 including UK flights
Luxury camping safari in Botswana
Every part of every day was special in some way. Of course seeing really wild animals in the really wilds the best bit. (more)Jill Jesson
The wildlife, the stunning location of our accommodation was truly memorable... A truly unique experience. Great service pre-booking. Great service "on the ground" - including all transfers etc. Thank you! (more)Judith Frehner
From £2985 excluding flights
Madagascar small group tour, the lost Continent
Memorable parts? The Tsingy was brilliant really would have liked to stay there longer which is what could be said of all the places we visited. A really great country to visit. Tips? Be prepared for some long drives and get fit as the walks are terrific but you need to be up to doing them. Local benefits? I'm sure it helps local people and conservation reducing environmental impacts is debatable. Overall rating? Extremely good I could not have done myself, very well... (more)Barry Theobald
From £2499 excluding flights
Tasmania east coast camping & walking tour
If you love nature, want to discover the wild and rugged beauty of Tasmania with a fantastic guide/chef/botanist/photography coach, I wholeheartedly recommend going on this tour! (more)Alexandra Grellet
The holiday was fantastic and I would recommend using this company wholeheartedly. The equipment was excellent, the food was substantial and healthy. The activities were well planned and tailored to the needs of the group. (more)Kathy Layton
From AU $1300 excluding flights
Yoga retreats in Andalucia, Spain
The setting is very tranquil and lovely and rather "away from it all" so you can really disconnect if you want to. (more)Heather Rome
It was great. Just what I needed. Very relaxing, great very healthy local food, great tips and advise. (more)Sarah Williams
The best thing I have ever done, so so glad that I did it. (more)Josie Korda
From €649 - €1149 excluding flights
Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
10 OUT OF 10 (more)Jill Bridden
Every minute I spent in Finland was truly memory making! To walk in snowy woods along paths through the trees, to hear nothing but the sound of my breath was so soul restoring. (more)Marilyn Molyneux
One of the best holidays we have ever had, we loved it all. (more)Samantha May
From £1325 - £1445 including UK flights
Umbria cooking holiday, Italy
The cooking was great and we helped out with different parts such as frying courgette flowers in rice flour a delicacy and making ravioli (more)Richard Soper
The cooking was fun and well balanced with other activities and visits to interesting places in the wider area. (more)Penny Kent
This is foodie heaven. The cooking classes were fabulous came back with a lot of good ideas. This is holiday is run by a local couple on their own organic smallholding. As far as possible food is sourced from their own vegetable garden or local farmers and the vine from local vineyards. (more)Annette Chapman
From €1190 - €1240 excluding flights
Husky safari in Finland
Bounding through the snow-covered woods, balancing on the runners of the sledge with the dogs running in front of me. (more)Tim Goodwin
This is not a holiday but a true adventure 300 kilometres of wilderness country. Its a time warp living away from all the rat race of modern society. (more)Alan Warwick
It almost goes without saying that the scenery is breathtaking from the outset but the real memories are the dogs and the bond you form with them. Cruising through the wilderness with your own team is a mixture of calm and excitement that is nicely balanced by caring for your dogs when their work is done. (more)Gareth Jones
From £1495 - £1995 including UK flights
Amalfi coast easy walking holiday, Italy
Walking in the hills above Amalfi was very special, and it was lovely seeing some of the little villages tourists generally don't visit. (more)Helen Rankin
It was amazing. June and Aubrey are welcoming, knowledgeable and experienced. They made the holiday a truly memorable experience. Nothing was too much trouble. (more)Hannah Wilson
From £1070 - £1099 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
Japan small group holiday, Japan unmasked
The holiday fully lived up to expectations! (more)Rebecca Goulding
Amazing holiday would definitely recommend. (more)Jean Heap
My holiday was wonderful, William our tour leader, with his unique style made our holiday really special! (more)Lara Pallard
From £1750 excluding flights
Japan small group holiday by bullet train
A ten plus. The whole trip was fantastic, from the neon lights of Tokyo to the countryside around Takayama. (more)Catherine Atkinson
It was fabulous and everything and more than we expected! (more)Michelle Rademeyer
Excellent thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. The whole holiday was memorable as we went from the busy metropolis of Tokyo to the quiet of the Japanese Alps. (more)Amanda Johnson
From £2600 excluding flights
Mongolia adventure holiday, off the beaten track
The landscapes of Mongolia and the night sky. (more)Judith Petrie
Excellent. Very well organised. Guides knew their stuff and were always helpful and cheerful. It was a tremendous experience and I would love to go again - maybe to a different part of this huge and empty country. (more)Theresa Partington
Memorable, beautiful, with a bit of challenge [especially for a 75 year old, me] (more)Elizabeth Wingate
From £1237 - £1365 excluding flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
I would give this tour the highest rating. My husband and I felt totally taken care of, with never a worry. (more)Jan Fisher
Loved traveling with the guides--they treated us like family. (more)Brynnen Ford
Delphi is extraordinary, as expected. Olympia is a real surprise - much richer than just athletics. Mycenae is beautiful and moving. Lousios Gorge fascinating. (more)Nick Heath
From €990 excluding flights
South East China photography holiday
It was a wonderful holiday/experience The weather was perfect, We had a very good choice of food. Beer very good. Wine ghastly. Excellent company we laughed a lot. Oktay helped us with any camera problems and gave us some very good advice. He went to the trouble of following us up after our return to see if he could help us with our photo's (more)SIMONA doyle
This trip offers so many great memories which get even better as I reflect on them following my return. A great experience, with a great host and an invaluable local guide. (more)Jenny Abbott
I enjoyed the whole trip. I think it was well planned, even leaving it open to changes, tour leaders know their way around well and we had plenty of interesting photo opps. and they are always available and helpful. I would rate it 10 out of 10. (more)VIVIANE VAMMALLE
From €2340 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
I was immersed in the Nepalese way of life and found it to be enchanting ! (more)Carole Bridge
I absolutely loved it and even now a few weeks later, the wonderful sights and sounds are still with me. (more)Linda Marlow
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
From £1105 excluding flights
Orangutan photography in Borneo
Overall just absolutely amazing. As a nature lover, traveller and with an interest in knowing new cultures and interacting with local people I really appreciated the program of the trip. As a beginner in photography I really appreciated the patient and willing attitude that Ian had on this tour. (more)Henriette Hradocka
Staff excellent and very friendly and helpful. (more)Greg Morrison
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
From £1820 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
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
Thailand and 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 £2250 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

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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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