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Tours using local transport holidays

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Tours using local transport holidays
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this compact adventure, from 488 - 730 (10 days) ex flights
Vienna to Budapest tour
Travel five countries for memories to last a lifetime, from 1377 - 1705 (15 days) ex flights
Adventure holiday in Egypt
An unforgettable journey through Egypt, from 999 (16 days) ex flights
The Essence of China vacation
Explore cultural & religious heritage, from 1866 - 2325 (21 days) ex flights
Croatia small group tour
Discover the cultural and natural highlights of Croatia, from 779 (8 days) ex flights
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour
Live and breathe the Latino culture, from 1519 (16 days) ex flights
Small group holiday to Burma
South East Asia as it used to be, from 2675 - 3095 (15 days) inc UK flights
Vietnam holiday
Tour and learn about this beautiful destination, from 807 - 1160 (20 days) ex flights
North India cultural tour
An adventure to one of the planet's exotic destinations, from 750 - 885 (22 days) ex flights
Cuba holiday, small group
The best of old-world Cuba, from 1008 - 1185 (15 days) ex flights
Abu Simbel tour, Egypt
Discover the secrets of the ancient Egyptian and pharaohs, from 530 - 555 (8 days) ex flights
South India & Kerala holiday
Mysore Palace village stay Kerala Backwaters, from 770 - 845 (15 days) ex flights
Eastern European tour, Baltic experience
Experience the diverse delights of the Baltic states, from 1518 - 1890 (15 days) ex flights
Borneo small group holiday
Head into Borneo's jungles, rivers and villages, from 1330 - 1460 (10 days) ex flights
Egypt and Jordan adventure holiday
Get a true taste of Egypt & the Middle East, from 1299 (17 days) ex flights
Egypt adventure holiday
A fabulous introduction to Egypt, from 443 - 610 (8 days) ex flights
Malaysia Tour
Ethnically and culturally rich, scenic Malaysia awaits, from 897 - 1265 (14 days) ex flights
Central America holiday
Travel from Antigua to San Jose, from 627 - 910 (17 days) ex flights
Indonesia holiday, Isle of the Gods
True holiday perfection, from 1075 - 1195 (15 days) ex flights
Punjab holiday,  Mountains & Mystics
Mountains remote villages Golden Temple, from 605 - 685 (13 days) ex flights
Tibet holiday
Roam the Roof of the World, from 1424 - 1775 (15 days) ex flights
Japan tours, The Land of the Rising Sun
Journey by bullet train, boat and car across Japan's largest island of Honshu, from 2275 (14 days) ex flights
Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind
Wildlife & culture in Malaysia, from 1335 - 1570 (12 days) ex flights
Beijing to Kathmandu tours, Mountains & Monasteries
A true overland journey, from 2385 - 2530 (18 days) ex flights

209 reviews for Tours using local transport holidays4 star overall rating

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Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind
The most memorable part of the holiday was scrambling to the top of Kinabalu mountain and trying to get a photo taken at the top with over 100 other people. (more)Ron Price
Climbing Mt Kinabalu. Staying in the jungle. Seeing local, unique wildlife were the most memorable parts of the holiday (more)Penny Earle
Excellent!! Amazing experience...Orangutans, Turtles, Mt Kinabalu...Go with an open mind. Take it all in... there's so much to see! (more)Heidi Hosgood
From 1335 - 1570 excluding flights
Beijing to Kathmandu tours, Mountains & Monasteries
It was very memorable and exciting, and a good idea to go on a tour through a country that would be difficult to navigate alone. (more)Laura Tomlinson
A festival day in Varanasi was the most memorable part. (more)Bornet Claudine
From 2385 - 2530 excluding flights
Vietnam holiday
The best parts were the old town and cycling in Hoi An. (more)Fiona Christie
The most memorable part was the home stay on the Meakon delta and the National Park. I also love kayaking and seeing the wild monkeys in Haylon bay. (more)Juliet Price
Cambodia - the temples of Angkor Wat are a true gem; Phnom Penh and its museums as well as the recent Cambodian history were heart breaking but very educational. (more)martina kocjan
From 807 - 1160 excluding flights
The Essence of China vacation
The Great Wall walk was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Colin Nelson
The overall holiday was excellent, and the group we travelled with were very nice. We thought that the trip itinerary was well designed and we thank the operator management and staff for the opportunity to have this wonderful experience. (more)Michael Barnes
I had a brilliant time, the tour was amazing, I got to see some really different parts of China and loved every day of it. (more)Lisa Calmiano
From 1866 - 2325 excluding flights
North India cultural tour
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 750 - 885 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 1075 - 1195 excluding flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
the most memorable part was the cruise in Halong Bay and the Mekong River outing (more)Chandra Kant Sharma
Best holiday ever!!! Had a wonderful group of people on the tour, aged from 19 to 70, singles, couples. We all got on really well and enjoyed spending time together. Riding round Hue on the back of a motorbike. (more)mary souster
Fantastic experience, would recommend it and would book another holiday with the operator. (more)Debra Hamilton
From 488 - 730 excluding flights
Small group holiday to Burma
It was all new and exciting for that reason very heart warming to see what is flourishing in Myanmar and also fearful that some not such good things come with the advent of more tourism. Our trip to Pagan and Inle Lake are the highlights for me. (more)Jane Edington
The most memorable parts are hard to choose between the wonder of Shwedeagon Pagoda with all it's glittering gold, river journey down the Ayeyarrwady and first sight of Bagan, then cycling around it, relaxing time on Inle Lake, and visiting the botanic gardens in Pyin U-Lwin and the hills of Kalaw. (more)Janet Sutherland
Excellent....Each day was amazing with many highlights - the country is beautiful and the people are warm and welcoming - our tour guide was superb and the restaurants chosen provided a wide variety of very good food (more)Anonymous
From 2675 - 3095 including UK flights
Central America holiday
Zip Lining in Monteverde was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Gordon Beattie
Hiking up Conception Volcano was the most memorable part of the trip. (more)Shelagh Travers
Very good...Definitely climbing Concepcion volcano on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua was the most memorab;e part of the trip. (more)Graham Dalby
From 627 - 910 excluding flights
Adventure holiday in Egypt
Very good, saw some amazing places and had a great time...Pyramids/ Petra were my personal highlights (more)James Adams
Excellent, sensational, a must-do....Prepare yourself for an amazing mix of adventure and antiquities. (more)Julie Henry
From 999 excluding flights
Discover Yunnan holiday, China
Hmmm, hard to choose just one most memorable part since the whole trip was so great!...Overall my trip to China was one of the best vacations I've ever had. (more)Ethan Meyers
The highlight was hiring bikes in Dali and spending the day cycling through villages by the lake. It was great to get away from the touristy spots for a few hours and get a glimpse of the local lifestyle. (more)Juliet Hewish
From 735 - 755 excluding flights
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour
Memorable parts? There were a number of great parts to the holiday and it is impossible to single out one simply due to the diversity of the experiences we had. The whole holiday was amazing, but if I had to name the top three things I would say (in no particular order!) going to Iguazu Falls (especially the boat ride under the falls!), the boat trip we went on in Paraty and just being in Rio. Tips? If you want to see Buenos Aries or Rio (and I suggest they're worth seeing!!) then... (more)Carol Clutton
From 1519 excluding flights
Budget Thailand holiday, a taste of Thailand
Memorable parts? I enjoyed so many things about my holiday, I had a truly fantastic time but if I had to choose I would say the hill-tribe trek, that was a great experience for many reasons, I especially loved seeing the tribes & the breath-taking landscape it was unbelievable I thought, a special experience. Tips? To travel as lightly as possible during the hill-tribe trek as it can be rather demanding especially the first day & make sure you have the correct footwear. Be prepared... (more)Gary Remekie
From 460 - 505 excluding flights
Tour of  Northern Italy
It was fantastic and we would do it again in a heartbeat. We are already talking about where we will be going next. (more)Jeffrey Maclusky
Every destination was exciting to experience but my favorites were the Cinque Terra, Lake Como, and the bike ride in Lucca. (more)Cheryl Wilkins
From 2286 - 2690 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 890 - 970 excluding flights
South India & Kerala holiday
Wonderful, fabulous, went beyond my already high expectations. Everyone should do this one, it's a gem. (more)Dorothy Shirvell
This is a fantastic way to be given a taste of what a wide area of the south of India has to offer, and helps highlight places to which a return is required! (more)Gail Boardman
The highlight was when Peter Lemass organised a car and driver for my wife and me so that we could go round Ooty and Ketti to see where I used to live as a boy. Also the Rock carvings at Mahabaliporam. Also the stay with Thomas in the Kerala backwaters. (more)Roger Hamer
From 770 - 845 excluding flights
Malaysia Tour
The most memorable part of my holiday is the night safari in Taman Negara and the snorkelling trip on the Perhentians. (more)Marleen den Hartog
The Perhentian Islands are breathtakingly lovely and so relaxing; the homestay was absolutely charming and we ate like royalty. (more)Graham Diggle
From 897 - 1265 excluding flights
Vienna to Budapest tour
The most memorable for me was waking through the sandstone canyons in the Teplice National Park. (more)David Simpson
I loved the Czech Republic in particular and also walking in the Tatra mountians. I will be telling everyone that if they want to ski they should try Slovakia as a skiing destination. Cesky Krumlov and Prague are the most fascinating cities and I will definitely be returning to visit them again. (more)Helen Spooner
Well thought out - good mix of free time and planned activities. V.good trip notes and information - really useful for planning what to see and how to get there. (more)fenella williams
From 1377 - 1705 excluding flights
Turkey adventure holiday
Memorable parts? Cappadocia - the hot air ballooning and the walk through to our new home stay Ortahisar. Tips? Ensure the guide offers competitive prices. I think that the price of the hot air ballooning was potentially double/more than what another group offered but we were "on the spot" with the decision and there was no comparative pricing and the marketing push was that everyone including all the other groups were fully booked. It was a very expensive trip. The cheaper tour... (more)Robyn Chalmers
From 855 - 1140 excluding flights
Mexico & Guatemala overland tours
Memorable parts? The homestay at the family at Lake Attitlan, the volcano hiking and the caving. Tips? Be flexible, warm showers are rare and enjoy even if you are sometimes squeezed in a bus. Local benefits? Agree on benefit local people, not sure how the impacts on the environment are minimized on this journey. Overall rating? Very exciting and diversive. (more)Andrea Baumann
From 1295 - 1420 excluding flights
Cuba holiday, small group
The most memorable part of the holiday was the friendliness and openness of the people - in the street as well as ones we met more formally through homestays and tours. The music in every bar - some cheesy - some excellent. (more)David Jockelson
We had an excellent time and made some good friends. The leader was very good and did her best to advise, inform and enthuse us at every turn. She was honest, open and did her best to pass on her enthusiasm for her country, while being prepared to discuss its idiosyncrasies in an informative and thoughtful way. (more)Sarah Walker
Most memorable parts were being taught salsa, merengue and reggaeton by the locals, diving off the coast of Trinidad, having a barbeque on our own private beach and visiting our tour leader's farm and meeting his family and friends. (more)Suzy Gray
From 1008 - 1185 excluding 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 885 - 940 excluding flights
Mayan cultural tour in Central America
The trips I did with my friend were the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Tony Walsh
Great holiday. Will be booking another soon as poss. The tour guide was the best. Thanks Roberto. Recommend the holiday. A long time travelling in the bus but worth it. Very interesting places to visit. Enough culture but not too much. (more)Beverley Knijff
Some of the most fun I had during the trip was in the mini-van with the other travellers. Including my tour leader Diego, who was not only a great laugh, but also very organised and flexible with our itinerary. (more)John Richard Houghton
From 1395 - 1530 excluding flights
China holiday, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? The terracotta warriors at Xi'an and the Great Wall. Cherry, our guide although very young, was dedicated and gave us great tips and help when choosing restaurants and outings. Our group integrated very well and everyone was on time for going places. Tips? Travel light, but do take toilet paper!! Local benefits? We certainly used local transport (busses, trains and only once taxis). Overall rating? Most enjoyable. The only thing that didn't work out... (more)Sheila Taylor
From 1594 - 1930 excluding flights
Punjab holiday,  Mountains & Mystics
excellent....Don't visit India if all you want to do is change it (more)Olivia Neely
The golden temple at Amritsar and the border ceremony at Waga on the Pakistan India Border were most memorable. Fantastic! I love India; the people are so friendly and so colourful, the temples are wonderful. The entire spectrum is there to be enjoyed. (more)Jackie Driver
Visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar at night when it wasn't busy was the most memorable part. (more)Bela Gor
From 605 - 685 excluding flights
Balkan adventure holiday
The train ride from Sarajevo to Mostar was the most memorable part. (more)Kwan Lee
I loved the whole holiday but the people on the holiday were so great that they will remain in my memory for a long time. Sarajevo was perhaps the place I liked best for many reasons. Budva was beautiful. (more)Katie Coates
The most memorable was the Montenegrin coastline (more)Navinder Shergill
From 1114 - 1620 excluding flights
Eastern European tour, Baltic experience
Memorable parts? Cycling in Tallinn, testing fresh food in central market of Riga, kayaking and pick mushrooms in the Aukstaitija National Park. Dinning in Warsaw and the very lovely sunny tour leader. Tips? Travel light, ready to walk up to twenty minutes and claim stairs with all your luggage. Be well prepared with tourist information in all places, as the tour leader is not a tour guide, only gives out limited local information and may leave you behind if you walk too slow. Local... (more)Xiaoling Wang
From 1518 - 1890 excluding flights
Japan tours, The Land of the Rising Sun
Memorable parts? We chose the 'Narrow Road to the Deep North' tour, where , as part of an international party of 10 we followed in the footsteps of the poet and writer Matsuo Basho into the northern region of Tohoku with its soaring tree clad slopes, hidden monasteries and sand fringed tranquil lakes. The tour started and ended in Tokyo and included art galleries and museums, cafes and cobweb bars, parks and gardens, sushi and sake and convivial companions, we were loath to leave. As we moved... (more)Sue Jones
From 2275 excluding flights
Delhi to Kathmandu tour
Memorable parts? Chitwan as a place, seing Rhino from the back of an elephant and being sang to round a fire by the accomodation owners 9 year old son!! Tips? Plenty of small notes, be prepared for the amount of rubbish and litter in India, the walk in Chitwan, it's long and on paths and bridges that don't exist, make sure your happpy with this kind of walk before taking part but don't let it put you off trip, one person form our group stayed in town and got to see the elephants... (more)jenny hickey
From 765 - 1075 excluding flights
Costa Rica tour
The trip to Tortuguera via bus and finally the boat journey through the rivers and canals was magical and the "town" itself was wonderful, a naturalist's dream! I would recommend it to anyone interested in the beauty of nature, birds and flowers, etc. (more)ANGELA HOLLAND
Seeing green turtles laying eggs & watching them hatch was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Michael Murphy
Seeing the rare Quetzal bird was exciting, but it was all memorable...Excellent. (more)J. Suzanne Hula
From 747 - 930 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
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It was OK
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A bit disappointing really
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