Cultural tours vacations and tours, 2014 and 2015

Cultural tours are often the best way to see the the main highlights of a country & immerse yourself in it's culture. All our cultural tours & vacations are run by responsible operators who will also ensure that your vacation benefits the destination & local people.
Highlights of Morocco vacation
Explore the diversity of romantic Morocco, from US $1275 - US $1400 (15 days) ex flights
Israel vacations, small group tour
Israel, a Hidden gem this 8 day tour hits all the main spots, from £899 - £999 (8 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajhastan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from £1650 (14 days) ex flights
Bolivia small group vacation
13 Day Bolivian Odyssey, from £1850 (13 days) ex flights
Golden Triangle & Northern Laos vacation
Discover remote Northern Thailand and Northern Laos, from US $2250 - US $2400 (11 days) ex flights
Shell-Myanmar
Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome, from US $3500 (12 days) ex flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from US $0 (18 days) ex flights
Thailand vacation, culture and beach
Temples and elephants, jungle and beaches - with a twist!, from £1050 (15 days) ex flights
Vacation in Peru & Inca Trail
A comprehensive journey through Peru, from US $3455 - US $3886 (21 days ) ex flights
Vietnam adventure vacation
A comprehensive north to south exploration , from US $1750 - US $1870 (14 days) ex flights
Thailand and Laos vacation, tailor made
Overland adventure through Northern Thailand and Laos, from US $2725 (15 days) ex flights
Adventure vacation in Jordan
The very best of Jordan, from £650 - £699 (9 days) ex flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
Japan's classic sights on a shoestring!, from US $1105 (8 days) ex flights
Jordan vacation, a week in Jordan
A week to explore the spectacular sites and scenery of Jordan, from US $1190 - US $1345 (9 days) ex flights
Burma cultural vacation
Discover a side of Burma hidden beyond the tourist trail, from £1499 (15 days) ex flights
India vacation to Rajasthan, tailor made
opulent palaces, golden forts, Village Visit, from £1540 - £1970 (14 days) ex flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
Discover the natural beauty and culture of Ethiopia, from £1456 (14 days) ex flights
Burma tailor made vacation
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from £1625 (10 days) ex flights
Japan small group vacation
Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countrside, from US $4420 (14 days) ex flights
Ecuador cultural vacation
A different way to enjoy, explore and understand the past., from US $4949 - US $5349 (16 days) ex flights
Small group holiday to Burma
South East Asia as it used to be, from US $2520 - US $2920 (12 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka vacation, island explorer
An ideal introduction, from US $2400 (15 days) ex flights
India small group vacation, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India., from US $1611 - US $2325 (14 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
Tailor made vacations to Sri Lanka, from £1825 (15 days) inc UK flights
Family holiday in Burma
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Burma, from £1025 - £1450 (12 days) ex flights
Small group tours to Japan
Explore the backroads of Japan, from US $4190 (15 days) ex flights
Family tour to Morocco
Live like nomads, from US $703 - US $726 (8 days ) ex flights
India vacations, The Golden Triangle, tailormade
An ideal trip for the first-time visitor to India, from £1465 (8 days) ex flights
Cuba cultural tours
Experience authentic Cuba with home-stays and local guides, from US $715 - US $1275 (15 days) ex flights
Cultural vacation in Ethiopia
Discover the historic wonders of Ethiopia, from £2250 (14 days) ex flights

1438 reviews for cultural tours vacations4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent cultural tours vacations reviews are from travelers 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 travelers below.

Vacation 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 vacation was made all the more memorable because of the great group we were traveling 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 US $3455 - US $3886 excluding flights
Sabah & Sarawak vacation in Borneo
It was an amazing wildlife adventure - I feel very fortunate to have seen freshly hatched baby green turtles and wild orangutans. (more)Claire Onody
There were many memorable moments. Too few to fully list out! One destination was the Gomantong Birdnest Caves. The main cave tests all your senses. Certainly a location for the next Indiana Jones film, not for flip-flop wearing tourists! (more)Jonathan Reed-Lethbridge
From US $2495 excluding flights
Malawi tailor made vacation
The most memorable part was locating and visiting Rita's brother's grave in Blantyre. Huntingdon House and meeting Chip. Safaris at Mvuu Camp...Excellent - the trip of a lifetime for all of us. (more)John Christie
Very good, we went to four very different locations and saw a great deal. (more)ian macbeth
From £2195 - £2245 excluding flights
Kerala culture and backwaters vacation, India
Memorable parts? We (a married couple of mature years) spent two nights at a homestay situated within a bird sanctuary. The family, four generations, gave us a touchingly friendly welcome ('this is your home'), and at dawn our host took us to a rocky promontory where we sat as the sun rose over the jungle and the birds began their day - hornbills, bulbuls, sunbirds, woodpeckers, mynahs, parakeets, etc, etc. We counted at least 35 species including, on the way back, a pair of frogmouths,... (more)Robin Fox
From £750 - £890 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 US $1599 excluding flights
Spain self drive vacation, Rioja & Pyrenees
Memorable parts? This vacation was so packed full of fantastic memories.........From the moment we arrived in Bilbao with the awesome Guggenheim Museum and delicious tapas, through to the final day when we walked down to the beach in Barcelona to paddle in the Mediterranean Sea like a couple of teenagers! Tips? Go with an open mind, and enjoy the real Spain. Local benefits? All the hotels we stayed in, apart from the first night, were family run hotels. The spanish people... (more)Janet Herbert
From £1811 - £2117 excluding flights
Georgia vacation, tailor made
Memorable parts? Hard to say - it was all wonderful. But probably our time in the High Caucasus Mountains where the wildflowers, scenery, and local people were unforgettable. Tips? Take the Bradt Guide - it's full of great information. Local benefits? Definitely benefited local people. Throughout the tour we travelled with a local guide and 2 local drivers. Hotels and Guest Houses were all locally owned/managed. We ate locally produced food in small restaurants/cafes most... (more)Caroline Gant
From £1390 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 traveling 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 US $0 excluding flights
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
Exciting family vacation in Jordan
Memorable parts? All of it! We all had our personal highlights though. Hannah (11) loved swimming in the Dead Sea, Ciaran (15) loved climbing, the cycle ride and the history in Jerash, Little Petra and Petra, Luke (51) loved the camel journey, Jo (50) loved sitting round the fire with the Bedouins and trading gifts and tea with the Bedouin women in their tents. Tips? Be flexible, open minded and be up for the challenge! Local benefits? Yes, we came away feeling that the... (more)Jo Tunmer
From £970 - £990 excluding flights
Portugal hiking & culture vacation, Medieval Encounter
Wonderful. Refreshing. Peaceful. (more)Adele Torrance
Every bit of it was hugely enjoyable. I highly recommend this vacation 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
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
10/10...Hiroshima, sumo , Magome and Koyasan were the highlights (more)peter deen
Excellent. We had a nice mix of major cities, the Hakone National Park Region, and Miyajima Island. (more)Sally Vogl
We absolutely had a blast on the whole trip. It was a busy, we tried to see a much as we could but enjoyed the vacation...I would do this again in a heartbeat! (more)Rebekah Schultz
From US $1105 excluding flights
Archaeology vacation 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
Tailor made vacation in Bali, Off the beaten track
The people are so nice, always happy and the island is like nowhere else. (more)michele allix
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. They put together the perfect package for our honeymoon. We can't thank them enough. (more)Christina Lloyd
It was a fantastic vacation, the organisation was faultless, the guide excellent - overall I am very pleased, especially because I hardly ever go on a package vacation of any kind. Thank you (more)Dragana Josifova
From US $1795 excluding flights
Japan golden route vacation
Memorable parts? We enjoyed it all. The travel arrangements all worked perfectly. Hotels were fine. Amy at the tour operator was terrific. Tips? 6 hour day tour of Tokyo was a bit stressful for seniors, in the amount of stairs and walking particularly between subways. The guide could have given us more options for traveling. Two tour guides to Geisha district were poor and overly talkative The tour and experience was great. The two tour guides in Tokyo and daytime Kyoto were... (more)Howard Rosenthal
From US $2057 excluding flights
Cultural vacation in Ethiopia
very good....rock cut churches of lalibela and tigray, waking up in the crisp cool morning in tigray with the gheralta mtns in clear view, right in front of my room in beautiful gheralta lodge, nice evenings by the lake tana (more)berta pires
There were so many memorable parts of the vacation. Ethiopia's amazing scenery, the rock hewn churches of Tigray and Lalbela, and the Blue Nile Falls; and all the magnificent paintings in their churches. (more)David Evans
Saviour it and enjoy!...Much to appreciate and enjoy (more)Ken Edwards
From £2250 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 US $2520 - US $2920 excluding flights
Bangladesh vacation
Very interesting and enjoyable. The most memorable part is the amount of curiosity we aroused wherever we went - people were interested to see us and wanted to talk to us - and have their photos taken with us (more)Miranda Clifton
I loved the Sundarbans and seeing the tribal people of the CHT. Absolutely wonderful (more)Rob Horsefield
Most memorable was finding a recent tiger paw print in the mud and some on the beach as well. Never saw the elusive tiger itself but at least we knew at least one had been around recently! (more)Vicki Brown
From £1499 excluding flights
India Golden Triangle tour
The temples and history were fascinating, especially the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Amer Fort, Pink city etc and were very interesting the animals, birds, environment, and landscape were amazing with stunningly beautiful scenery in many locations. (more)Elizabeth Gooch
Seeing the Taj Mahal and Baby Taj in Agra was so amazing. I got to see the Taj at sunset and it really does change colors. The biggest surprise was Mumbai. (more)Patricia Iris Mayo
From £1199 - £1399 excluding flights
Laos small group vacation
Memorable parts? The boat trip down the Mekong. So relaxing. Tips? Keep luggage to a minimum. Laundry facilities are widely available and you'll have more room in your case for purchases. Local benefits? Yes. Local village people, prosthetics provision and literacy help having a direct effect on Laos citizens. Overall rating? Very interesting and well paced. (more)Chris Williams
From US $1810 - US $2340 including domestic flights only
Burma tailor made vacation
The most memorable parts of the vacation were the temples at Bagan and charming Hsipaw and the local village visit and boat trip - tranquil, natural beauty...Excellent tour, very well organised. (more)Alice Bretherton
It was a wonderful vacation which I have been recommending to everyone I meet! The highlights were the elegant pink nuns we met along the way wielding a double handed saw to cut down some trees. The village family we visited, seeing their house and meeting their neighbours sharing tea with them all and trying on their national costumes. (more)Janette Gledhill
We loved our vacation. The mixture of culture, wildlife (particularly the birds at Inle lake)interesting places to stay and excellent street food was just what we needed. I travel a lot for work and this was just the contrast I needed. (more)Liz Ollier
From £1625 excluding flights
Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked
The most memorable part is hard to sum up, so much of the trip was truly great, but would have to pick the Maiko session...Fantastic. Still raving about it. (more)Roslyn Fraser
I enjoyed everything that I did. The food and accommodation were as expected and mostly better as it was not an expensive tour. The Japanese people were delightful - very polite, helpful and thoughtful and were a highlight in themselves. (more)Gillian Armstrong
Excellent...The Japanese people are very nice and go out of their way to help you. The food is also fabulous! (more)Lisa Gould
From US $2975 excluding flights
Indonesia vacation, 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 US $1539 - US $2090 excluding flights
Peru tailor made vacation, Machu Picchu & Tambopata
Memorable parts? Taking boat trips on the side tributaries of the Amazon! We loved seeing all the animals. Tips? Allow more time at the Ankatera Maccu Picchu Hotel. There is a lot to do there and we didn't allow any time there (except for seeing the ruins). Local benefits? The Amazon portion of our trip benefited local villages and supported conservation of primates. The time in the Sacred Valley definitely benefited local cooperatives and individuals. Overall rating? 9/10 (more)Nadia Al-Alawi
From £2000 excluding flights
Burma vacation, highlights of Burma
An enjoyable tour. Would have liked an extra day in several of the areas - it felt a little rushed at times. (more)Elizabeth Treherne
To be honest - I loved all of it. However, we had a trip to Mount Popa by Bagan which was fantastic. I also loved the 2 cycling days we had in Bagan - this is by far the best way to view this amaizing sight. (more)Vered Hopkins
From US $1954 - US $2510 excluding flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
The vacation overall was amazing, there were so many memorable experiences it is difficult to name only one thing. If we had to choose it would have to be turtle watching on Rekawa beach. (more)Jude Lambert
Great!...Sri Lankean nature and food were just amazing. The chefs are real professionals! (more)Heli Aru
The elephant safari, or swimming in the Indian Ocean at sunset were the most memorable parts of the vacation (more)Emma Coleman
From £1825 including UK flights
Small group vacations to Madagascar
The most fantastic vacation we have experienced and totally different from any location we have been to. The tour company was first class in every respect...Be prepared for poverty, humble experiences, lack of electricity but don't let this put anyone off going to this wonderful country. (more)George Bannister
As I expected not 'comfortable' but an amazing experience (more)Jean Maclean
Seeing five out of six possible types of lemur in the first National Park we visited...Excellent. (more)Gill Berry
From £2195 - £2396 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 US $3295 excluding flights
Scotland, luxury rail vacation
Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall (more)Andrew and Hilary Walker
Wow, a number of exciting parts, firstly the train journey from Queen Street station to Fort William, absolutely superb. Staying at Inverlochy Castle, truly breathtaking location. Steam train. (more)Anne Feeley
From £1750 - £1820 excluding flights
Romania adventure vacation
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 £1749 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation 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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