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Tours using local transport holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

We've got a range of tours which use local transport as opposed to travelling on tourist coaches. Discover the enjoyment of travelling on local transport be it trains, buses or even rickshaws. These tours allow you to see the world from a different perspective.
Cuba holiday, small group
The best of old-world Cuba, from £1195 - £1415 (15 days) ex flights
Vietnam holiday
Tour and learn about this beautiful destination, from £1144 - £1660 (20 days) ex flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this compact adventure, from £668 - £855 (10 days) ex flights
Small group holiday to Burma
Highlights of Burma; Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle, from £2825 - £3195 (15 days) inc UK flights

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The Essence of China vacation
Explore cultural & religious heritage, from £1692 - £2555 (21 days) ex flights
Croatia small group tour
Discover the cultural and natural highlights of Croatia, from £493 (8 days) ex flights
Malaysia Tour
Ethnically and culturally rich, scenic Malaysia awaits, from £1054 - £1355 (15 days) ex flights
Adventure holiday in Egypt
An unforgettable journey through Egypt, from £1099 - £1199 (16 days) ex flights
Tibet holiday
Roam the Roof of the World, from £1910 - £2145 (15 days) ex flights
India holiday, small group
Vibrant, intoxicating, inspiring and dramatic India, from £795 - £905 (15 days) ex flights
Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
Thailand to Southern Vietnam via Angkor Wat, from £444 - £585 (9 days) ex flights
Japan small group holiday, Kyoto to Tokyo
Journey into the heart of Japan - Kyoto to Tokyo, from £2595 - £3140 (12 days) ex flights
Indonesia holiday, Isle of the Gods
True holiday perfection, from £1125 - £1275 (15 days) ex flights
Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind
Wildlife & culture in Malaysia, from £1350 - £1510 (12 days) ex flights
Morocco cultural tour
Come and see Morocco's kaleidoscope of colours, from £725 - £855 (15 days) ex flights
Borneo small group holiday
Head into Borneo's jungles, rivers and villages, from £1359 - £1715 (10 days) ex flights
Japan cultural small group holiday
A journey along the ancient Tokaido highway, from £1250 (10 days) ex flights
South India & Kerala holiday
Mysore Palace village stay Kerala Backwaters, from £855 - £970 (15 days) ex flights
Cambodia six day tour
A comfortable introduction to Cambodia, from £655 - £810 (6 days) ex flights
Punjab holiday,  Mountains & Mystics
Mountains remote villages Golden Temple, from £670 - £760 (13 days) ex flights
Holiday in Umbria
Explore the charms of laid-back Umbria, from £975 - £1065 (8 days) ex flights
Egypt adventure holiday
A fabulous introduction to Egypt, from £725 - £825 (8 days) ex flights
Egypt and Jordan adventure holiday
Get a true taste of Egypt & the Middle East, from £1399 - £1539 (17 days) ex flights
Delhi to Kathmandu tour
An inspiring cultural tour, from £930 - £1050 (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 tour, Trivandrum to Goa
Head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India, from £558 - £705 (16 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
Tour of  Northern Italy
Experience the magic of Italy, from £2640 - £2990 (21 days) ex flights
Flexible Galapagos Islands tailor made tour
Your choice of a five, six or eight-day land-based adventure, from US $2059 (5 days) ex flights

204 reviews for Tours using local transport holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Tours using local transport 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.

Indochina tours
Very good...Walking the Fitzroy track in Patagonia was the most memorable part (more)Carol McKearney
Laos is beautiful and the people are gentle and kind. Vietnam is crazy, hectic with stunning beaches and Halong Bay, Wow...Excellent. (more)Anne Honeyball
was one of the best trips I have ever done. We experienced all kinds of travel, visited many amazing sites and learned more in one month than most people do in a lifetime. The most memorable part was the homestay where we experienced what life really is for the locals who were so welcoming and friendly to us. (more)Sarah Beddow
From £2330 - £2640 excluding flights
North India cultural tour
Holiday was a great to help me see my own culture with completely new eyes and become more aware of things that I have taken for granted in the past. (more)Judith Brockmann
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 £680 - £845 excluding flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
Wonderful people to travel with in a truly special country. Healing Bay & Hoi An take some beating. Utterly memorable. I loved it! (more)John McLaughlin
A most enjoyable time...a really memorable trip. (more)Mary Rae
Very good - I truly enjoyed the whole experience. The whole trip was great but the most memorable part was probably the motorbike tour through the countryside around Hue. (more)Gail Morris
From £668 - £855 excluding flights
Small group holiday to Burma
Wonderful! We loved the country and the people, so friendly and kind. We can make no criticism. (more)Eleanor Stewart
Don't hesitate - just go! The operator are an independent company who care that you get the best holiday possible. And they are small enough to make sure you see some of the top sights, but also get you in to see off the beaten track places. (more)Helen White
We probably would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the expansion of the rating to say that it was 'simply the best holiday I have ever been on'! We have been on other wonderful holidays, but this was up there with the best. (more)John Lippiett
From £2825 - £3195 including UK flights
Cambodia six day tour
Excellent! Cambodia is a great place to visit and we were looked after with great care and attention - and had lots of laughs. Our guide was particularly keen to emphasise the use of local expertise and the emphasis on supporting environmental projects. (more)Richard Evans
It was all good - I enjoyed meeting the group, the tour guide and also the different part of the holiday. The killing fields were thought provoking. The temples of Angor amazing in so many different ways. (more)Elizabeth Carmichael
Our group leader was very conscientious and knowledgeable, and was really keen to introduce us to his country. (more)Eleanor Attridge
From £655 - £810 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 £1144 - £1660 excluding flights
Tibet holiday
Very good, enjoyable, hard work but always worth it. (more)Victoria Hart
See Mt. Everest from Base Camp. Excellent. Group leader Gorpal was terrific. (more)Brian Dahlstedt
From £1910 - £2145 excluding flights
Malaysia Tour
Best bit: The canopy walk in the jungle. (more)Nanette Cribbes
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 £1054 - £1355 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 £2640 - £2990 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 £1099 - £1199 excluding flights
Delhi to Kathmandu tour
Each day was packed with memorable moments, but if I had to pick one day it would be when we went to a very small town to stay in a fort/castle overnight. It was fantastic. I can't wait to go back one day. (more)Lindsey Lavaysse
Had a great trip... seing Rhino from the back of an elephant was one of the most memorable experiences. (more)jenny hickey
From £930 - £1050 excluding flights
Vancouver to Alaska tour, by ferry & rail
Memorable parts? The optional ferry ride from Juneau to the fjord. Wonderful experience. Also optional ice climbing on Exit Glacier...scary, exciting,mouthed my boundaries like nothing else. Great patient and encouraging guides who were very safety conscious. Tips? Be prepared for early mornings and late nights. The ferry schedule rules everything. You will spend a lot of time travelling so be sure to take on the optional activities so you have a balance. Local benefits? It's... (more)Alison Horch
From £3299 - £3399 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 £821 - £1055 excluding flights
Sri Lanka adventure holiday
Memorable parts? The variety, colours, smells, religions, history, companionship of the group, the care taken by the tour guide (Bruno) and his friends, food, birds and wildlife, Kandy Perahera Festival, elephants, children, public transport, roller-coaster driving and overtaking, cycling, trekking, Buddhist temples, the variety of fruit, flowers, smiling. The 7 hour train ride from Kandy to Haputale was amazing. Jam packed and lively. People hanging out of the doors and windows with wonderful... (more)Yvonne Connelly
From £1320 - £1495 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 £855 - £970 excluding flights
Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
Excellent...Angkor Wat was the memorable part. (more)Elodie Maria Sube
Superb! Guide was excellent and itinerary was perfect. Sunrise at Angkor Wat will take your breath away! (more)Ian Young
An excellent holiday. A really wonderful guide who went the extra mile to show us the real Cambodia and give us an interesting and enjoyable trip. (more)Richard Moorhead
From £444 - £585 excluding flights
Morocco cultural tour
Very enjoyable...Chefchaouen, meeting nomads and the Atlas Mountains scenery (more)Elizabeth Wingate
A huge variety of sights, places, experiences and people - we gained an insight into the size, diversity and history of Morocco. We were made welcome at each visit, at each accommodation and by all the local guides. (more)Graham Jackson
ATV driving on the Dunes and beach in Essoeira was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Sandra Goldman
From £725 - £855 excluding flights
Holiday in Umbria
Memorable parts? Wine tasting in Spello. Tips? You will benefit from not following the crowds thru Rome, Venice and in between. Some of the best shops, people and sights were along the narrower, less popular streets. Local benefits? I know it did. We stumbled on a very local benefit cook-out for a church restoration in Venice. We enjoyed dinner there which also included a live band, and felt good that proceeds were going to a good cause. Overall rating? Great. It... (more)John LaMonica
From £975 - £1065 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 £833 - £1155 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 £864 - £1225 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 £670 - £760 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 £1295 - £1465 excluding flights
Mexico & Guatemala overland tours
The nicest part was the homestay in a pleasant little village with a lovely family. (more)Laura Palmucci
The homestay at the family at Lake Attitlan, the volcano hiking and the caving were the most memorable parts. (more)Andrea Baumann
From £1543 - £1885 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 £1125 - £1275 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 £1855 - £2020 excluding flights
South India holiday, small group
Memorable parts? Probably the meenakshi temple visit. I also thought Kerala was beautiful. Tips? I would advise other travelers to research the areas being visited because I didn't think there were enough interesting activities offered. Local benefits? Not sure. Overall rating? 2 stars. Although our tour leader was nice enough, I found her rather disorganized and not particularly communicative regarding the areas we visited (unless we asked direct questions) or the... (more)Rose Ortiz
From £1103 - £1615 excluding flights
Cultural tour of Mali
Memorable parts? We named it the “5000 Star Hotel” under the full moon on a windy night as we told stories around a small fire. That was on the very edge of the Bandiagara Cliff in Dogon Country. The rocks and the edge of the cliffs were –right there —and the stories told and laughter were very precious. Our guide Aly and his Dogon friends made a conversation in multiple broken languages fun and enlightening. It truly felt like the mythical Shangra-La. And the rich history of Timbuktu.... (more)Susan Aschim
From €1940 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
Cambodia & Vietnam holiday
I would definitely recommend this tour and intend to do another one with this company....As a single traveller I particularly appreciated the fact that all the other members of the tour were extremely friendly and easy to get on with. (more)Marian Jenkins
Loved cycling in Hoi An and seeing the locals and water buffalo in the fields. The cookery class was hilarious and memorable for all the right reasons. (more)Loretta Ahmed
Most memorable part of the holiday was...everything. (more)Jack Kitchener
From £1230 - £1395 excluding flights
Abu Simbel tour, Egypt
Everything came together so smoothly - which made the holiday fantastic. 5*, amazing, memorable holiday. (more)Bridget Carr
Everyone was extremely helpful and everything went according to plan - we both enjoyed it very much. (more)Julie Griffiths
Gauging by the reaction of a 18y (son) and a 16y (daughter), the holiday met all expectations for our family. (more)Anthony Ramanathan
From £530 - £555 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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