Unusual holidays. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 2016

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B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals
Self-drive staying in Tasmania's most charming B&Bs, from AU $950 - AU $2950 (7 days) ex flights
Sicily history tour, Italy
One of the most fascinating islands in Europe, from £1179 - £1299 (9 days) inc UK flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Explore the amazing island's coasts, medieval town on bike, from €380 - €690 (8 days) ex flights
Luxury yurt pod accommodation in Lanzarote, with eco car
Luxury Large Yurt, inc Hybrid Car, 2-6 Guests, from €1820 - €2345 per accommodation per week

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Vietnam small group cycling holiday
The best of Vietnam on two wheels , from £1949 - £2684 (16 days) inc UK flights
Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from €400 (7 days) ex flights
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
Our cabin is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the countryside, from £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Luxury fitness holidays in Spain
Luxury weight loss, detox, fitness & wellness retreat Spain, from £1198 - £1348 (7 days) ex flights
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
Multi-activity cultural holiday in fabulous rural Andalucia, from €207 - €270 (6 days) ex flights
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
Guesthouse, in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal near beaches, from €75 - €107 per room per night
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from €400 (7 days) ex flights
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Award winning lodges on a wildlife-rich Devon farm, from £250 - £595 per accommodation per week
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from £400 - £600 per week
Transylvania holiday accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from €36 - €49 per person per night
Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities
Experience cosy log cabins and exciting activities, from £1115 - £1245 (4 days) inc UK flights
Coast to coast cycling holiday in Costa Rica
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, from £2649 - £2949 (15 days) inc UK flights
Alaska adventure holiday, salmon run
Active small group adventures in a retrofitted school bus, from US $3200 - US $3290 (20 days) ex flights
Burma cultural holiday
Discover a side of Burma hidden beyond the tourist trail, from £1299 - £1499 (15 days) ex flights
Cuba dance holiday
Salsa dance holiday of a lifetime in Cuba, from £1345 (15 days) ex flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €990 (8 days) ex flights
Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Experience what it really felt like to be a warrior under the Great Khan, from £2350 (9 days) ex flights
Yoga Gulet cruise in Turkey
Enjoy Yoga in the blue Aegean on board a traditional Gulet, from £625 (7 days) ex flights
Sea kayaking holiday in Croatia
Paddle around the Pearl of the Adriatic, from €715 - €750 (8 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga holiday, Iyengar retreat
Wonderful healing Iyengar yoga retreat in Portugal's Algarve, from £635 (7 days) ex flights
Arctic diving holiday, marine life & wildlife expedition
Awe-inspiring for divers & non-divers, from £2190 (8 days) ex flights
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Cycling trip through stunning desert scenery, from £1369 - £1649 (9 days) inc UK flights
Tobago beach accommodation
14 beautiful accommodations in unique eco resort, from £85 - £225 per accommodation per night
Portugal yoga & dance holiday
A week of yoga, music, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains, from €740 - €890 (7 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from £1244 (15 days) ex flights

1238 reviews for unusual holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent unusual 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.

Rocky Mountain vacation accommodation
The centre was amazing. The people made it a great experience and we had wonderful food. The peace and tranquillity was wonderful and I appreciated being away from the crowds. (more)Sally Wright
It is so hard to pinpoint the best part; it was all a fabulous experience. This is a place where you can completely relax and refresh your mind, body and soul. (more)Sarah Smith
From CA $124 - CA $250
Arctic diving holiday, marine life & wildlife expedition
Memorable parts? All of it! The extremes of weather, the diversity of animals, the quality of the accommodation and facilities, and something you can't plan for - new found friends! Tips? Don't set your heart on seeing anything specific. Be prepared for the changes in weather. It's not as challenging as I expected - to take account of the huge spectrum of ages and abilities. But most of all HAVE FUN! Local benefits? Not so much the local people, though we did buy a lot... (more)Lisa Thomas
From £2190 excluding 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 Luís 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 £2649 - £2949 including UK flights
Croatia self drive holiday
Absolutely perfect. Well organized and with no hitches. Car hire was easy and the hotels were very well chosen. We would certainly recommend this to anyone. (more)Mairead Lennox
We have travelled to a lot of the world over the last 30 years and I would put this holiday at the top of them all! (more)Tony Jones
There were so many highlights - Croatia is such a beautiful country, I genuinely loved every stop on our itinerary. (more)Ewan Hunter
From £750 - £1150 excluding flights
Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia
I hesitate to write this review for selfish reasons. Why? Because this holiday is so wonderful I'd rather keep it a secret! Situated on the southern slopes of Mt Batakaru in remotest Bali, this place is a pocket of paradise, far removed from the ravages of the 21st century. Having spent a week there I did not want to leave. (more)Daphne Donkin
Most memorable was walking through the rice-fields... It was just great. (more)Astrid Dello
From US $85 - US $210 per house per night
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
We had a wonderful holiday at Colina Flora - the accommodation is beautiful, the swimming pool wonderfully refreshing, everything clean and beautifully decorated. (more)Caroline Rumble
This was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. The location was beautiful and there were many moderate walking expeditions to be made in the area. Travel to Cascais and Sintra was straightforward using the local bus service. (more)Janet Dear
5 stars plus! A lovely B&B if you appreciate nature and love to walk. Accommodations and service are outstanding.Hosts very friendly and helpful. (more)Arlene Fleischman
From €75 - €107 per room per night
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
Archaeology holiday in Greece
Most memorable for me, I would probably just go for the trip to Mycenae, as it had been a long-held wish to go there, and it didn't disappoint! (more)Neil Holt
This was about the best holiday I have ever been on; with excellent licensed guides informing us of the archaeology in the historical Peloponnese and in Athens. (more)Alan Wallis
Really good. Easily lived up to expectations. (more)Malcolm Torry
From €990 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain
Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. (more)Nikki Rogers
It was fantastic, our most memorable holiday ever and we were all sad to leave. (more)Clare Duncan
Lovely. Peaceful hotel, good food, beautiful countryside, interesting and varied activities which work for children and adults. (more)Anna McConnell
From €207 - €270 excluding flights
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
Perfect! We stayed for a full week and felt very relaxed and revived - what a treat! We would definitely come again!!! (more)Erika Dutting
My best holiday ever....The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. (more)Matthew Murphy
Very good...the best parts were Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle. (more)Gisa Jaehnichen
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Bhutan holidays, cultural tours
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
The best bits: People and countryside. (more)Margaret Phelan
It was an excellent holiday. Experiencing the hospitality of the Bhutanese and Nepali people. (more)Peter Grove
From £1105 excluding flights
Snowshoeing in the French Alps
The husky dog sledding, the ice climb, the snowshoeing itself, being out in such a beautiful environment! And our companions too - the other four people in the party were lovely, and we all got on very well together - enough in common to bond yet different enough for good conversation! (more)Angela Dennison
In terms of the most exciting part, it has to be the ice climbing...not part of our original plans but I'm so glad it was suggested. Slow down and enjoy your stay in what really is an undiscovered part of the Alps. (more)Norma Sherratt
Well organized, interesting, hassle free and great fun- the ideal introduction to the activities. (more)Matt Hannah
From €985 excluding flights
Mercantour family walking holiday, France
Awesome, it has raised the bar for next year! (more)Tony Johnson
The whole thing was memorable! Our 6 year old and 4 year old leading "Leonidas" our donkey through the French Alps, sleeping in a beautiful yurt in an Alpine meadow, and feeling like we'd done something completely different to the typical "bucket and spade" type of holiday. (more)Alison Godfrey
The mountains, flora and fauna in an exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt part of the world, within and on the periphery of the Mercantour National Park in the French maritime Alps were most memorable. (more)Nick Lampert
From £440 - £570 excluding flights
Luxury yurt accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
It is a wonderful place for a family holiday with small children and a great place to recharge your batteries. (more)Alison Brookes Day
Fabulously relaxing, beautiful island, relaxed yet very responsive hosts. A great experience...Great for kids with donkey rides, missions to collect eggs every day, and to hang out with other kids on the communal trampoline, pirate boat and playground. (more)Michelle Levene
Most memorable were the rural location with an opportunity to see the landscape and vegetation. The space, both our private area around our yurt and outside where the kids were free to play on the trampoline and meet the chickens and donkey. The smallness of the resort and the uncrowded beach. The morning bike ride into the village for bread. (more)Roos Eisma
From €1225 - €1610 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Romania adventure holiday
Excellent...there were too many highlights for us to single out any one experience as the most memorable. Every day was memorable and for all the right reasons. (more)Gerald Sherry
Successful (more)Marcia Westreich
One of the most memorable things was the beautiful Carpathian countryside and the people working in the fields as of yesteryear. The haymaking and haystacks were fascinating and we all fell in love with rural Romania. (more)Joan Houston
From £1499 excluding flights
Cycling tour in Catalonia for food lovers, Spain
It was great. We could do as much as we wanted. We could have made it as hard or easy as we liked. We loved being active. (more)Liz Wood
Biking in the beautiful country of Spain with my husband and good friends was the most memorable part. It was a wonderful experience, great trails, food and memories to last a lifetime. I am planning my next trip now! (more)Mark Edwards
Everything about this holiday was excellent, and exceeded expectations. We have already recommended this holiday to our friends, and would do it again ourselves! (more)Ashling Swirtz
From €995 - €1190 excluding flights
B&B self drive tour of Tasmania, meet the locals
The whole of Tasmania is just awesome; so every part of the travel is memorable. (more)Lim HunHo
It was a fantastic tour of the island, the memories from which we we will savour for the rest of our lives. (more)Sandra Mendenhall
From AU $950 - AU $2950 excluding flights
Yoga Gulet cruise in Turkey
I've done yoga holidays in the past but this one exceeded all my expectations. (more)Olga Baranova
The whole trip was memorable, on a beautiful boat, in a stunning coastal location with delicious food. The yoga was an excellent. (more)deborah Hancock
From £625 excluding flights
Borneo family tour
Don't be put off by having a guide, we thought we would feel less intrepid but we learnt and laughed so much. Be prepared for the unexpected! Amazing fun. (more)Nikki Shack
Fantastic! We constantly remember different things and look at the photos. Staying with a local family - our daughters got so much out of it. (more)Sarah Madeley
From £1450 - £1700 excluding flights
Albania holiday, in the land of the Eagles
Fantastic, accommodation and food far exceeded expectations. Scenery and Albanian people are wonderful. (more)Barbara Hoffmann
Nine of ten....Visit to St Nicholas Catholic Church, down the rutted track (over one hour) situated on a remote beach. Surrounded by Hoxha's bunkers and people fishing. And, the local priest was conducting a service so the 9Century church was open (more)Sarah-Jane Lee
From £899 excluding flights
Exciting family holiday in China
Memorable parts? The itinerary planned by our operator worked out beautifully for my family of 8. A couple of the guides, especially Johnnie in Beijing and Susan in chengdu engaged with the children and helped make our time in those cities very enjoyable. we loved that logistics were taken care of by our guides n drivers. The children loved the ice skating, the time at the Great Wall, learning to cook their own dishes, spending Christmas day at the panda research center, biking in town... (more)Kristin Baker
From £1320 - £1380 excluding flights
Romania holiday, the Beauty of Yesterday
EXCELLENT, our guide Alexandra was first class....Hard to say as so many wonderful bits. Maybe visiting the fortified church in the village where Prince Charles has bought a house, and then going by horse and cart to visit the brick maker. (more)Peter Hartnall
It is difficult to pick out the 'most' memorable as the whole holiday was absolutely wonderful. The guide made it possible to visit small museums and 'cottage industries' such as a rural tile maker, which involved a pony cart ride, none of which would have been possible without her local knowledge. (more)Julie. Stokes
It's difficult to pick one thing. For me the Carpathian Forest Steam Train trip and the visit to Viscri Weisskirch are the two most memorable items. (more)Martin Sutton
From £985 excluding flights
Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
The whole holiday was memorable. (more)Kate Sharrock
A first class combination of fun and informative Spanish lessons, with exploring a beautiful part of Spain. Well organised by the operator. (more)Stephen Orwin
Very relaxing for solo travellers - once you are there all you have to do is study, eat and walk! (more)Sabrina Sweeney
From €400 excluding flights
Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
I had a great time in ways I didn't expect. The area is stunning and I loved the local food. (more)Christine Riley
This was fantastic, and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! (more)Cynthia Krom
Glorious mountain scenery and wonderful walks, combined with well-constructed and fun language course run by patient and interesting tutors. Enjoyed the company of great co-students/travellers. (more)Maudie Vanden Berghe
From €400 excluding flights
Portugal yoga holiday, Iyengar retreat
The yoga classes, the extraordinary vegetarian food and the peaceful location...9 out of 10! (more)Alex Bartolozzi
The combination of the very warm welcome, excellent teaching and the wonderful food...All the elements were carefully put together with experience and a real commitment to the well being of the quests. The location was beautiful too. (more)Ros Morpeth
Excellent..Great food. A relaxing holiday in good company (more)Roger Elston-Green
From £635 excluding flights
Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The whole trip was very memorable, horse riding, local, landscape, culture everything was amazing Tips? just be ready to let yourself go and enjoy being in a very different authentic existence for a while Local benefits? The locals were key to the whole trip and were very happy to be sharing their culture Overall rating? absolutely amazing experience (more)Dave Redfern
From £2350 excluding flights
Activity holiday in Montenegro
Difficult to pick one [best bit] from a week of fabulous experiences. Lake Skada is stunningly beautiful, Villa Miele is very comfortable, the hiking and kayaking are both great and over a week you get to really experience the area through the eyes of people who know and love it. It is a fantastic holiday. (more)Linda Davies
Everytime you thought you'd seen the best Emma or Ben managed to show us something even more jaw droppingly beautiful. Every day was different, from the amazing wild life and birds, to the glorious hidden water pools high in the hills, to the monasteries in the lake, this holiday had everything. (more)Debbie Maitland
This holiday has got it all. If you love nature in all it's aspects and you love to put your own effort into getting to know the scenery, this is your holiday! (more)Katrien Ertryckx
From £495 - £695 excluding flights
Photography holiday in Picos de Europa, Spain
Great time. Interesting locations. I got a lot of hands on time with the knowledgeable instructors. I ended up looking at certain things I'd never considered before, and have taken that knowledge home with me as I take photos here. (more)Shane Woods
Very good, I learned a lot. The small group size was perfect for a photography holiday and despite being very full in terms of activities was also very relaxing. Food very large portions and good range of choice. (more)D Smith
The mountainous landscape of the Picos de Europa was stunning...lots of photographic help and advice was available for anyone who wished to take it and each participant was treated as an individual at their own level of expertise. (more)Maureen Fidkin
From £2100 excluding flights
Photography holiday in Andalucia, Spain
it was best vacation I've had. I will definitely use responsible vacations again. I was very pleased (more)Katie hartwig
Fabulous - wonderful hosts and tutors in a spectacular environment. (more)Margaret Renaud
The locations for the photo shoots were excellent - especially Comares and the lake. Good company enjoyed over the varied evening meals. (more)ROB INNIS
From £775 excluding flights
Sailing in Croatia
The highlight of our month in Europe. Worth every cent, or should I say Kuna. 10+/10 (more)Ingrid Sloan
Excellent. Would definitely recommend it. Loved the small villages, cycling and trying the SUP. The catamaran and crew were fantastic. (more)Monique Linder
The most memorable part of the holiday - Sitting on the boat in the sun, under sail, with no noise other than the waves! (more)Sonia Reynolds
From €620 - €790 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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