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.
Sri Lanka vacation, island explorer
An ideal introduction, from US $2200 - US $2400 (15 days) ex flights
Japan golden route vacation
9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, from US $2057 (10 days) ex flights
Cultural vacation in Ethiopia
Discover the historic wonders of Ethiopia, from £2250 (14 days) ex flights
Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday
Small group tour to rediscover enchanting rural Romania, from £995 - £1025 (10 days) ex flights
Thailand and Laos vacation, tailor made
Overland adventure through Northern Thailand and Laos, from US $2725 (15 days) ex flights
India small group vacation, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India, from US $2070 - US $2320 (15 days) ex flights
Tailor made vacation in Bali, Off the beaten track
Cultural heritage, rainforest & beach relaxation in Bali, from US $1795 (14 days) ex flights
Small group holiday to Burma
South East Asia as it used to be, from US $2585 - US $2920 (12 days) ex flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
Japan's classic sights on a shoestring, from US $1105 (8 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from £1650 (14 days) ex flights
Ecuador vacation, Quito & the Galapagos
Experience Quito & the Galapagos Islands, from £2200 (11 days) ex flights
Family holiday in Burma
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Burma, from £1025 - £1450 (12 days) ex flights
Burma cultural vacation
Discover a side of Burma hidden beyond the tourist trail, from £1499 (15 days) ex flights
Small group vacations to Madagascar
Experience the best of this enigmatic island continent, from £2195 - £2395 (17 days) ex flights
Jordan vacation, a week in Jordan
A week to explore the spectacular sites and scenery of Jordan, from US $1225 - US $1365 (9 days) ex flights
South India small group tour
Beautiful cities, colonial hill stations & colourful temples, from US $2275 - US $2810 (20 days) ex flights
Ethiopia holiday, tailormade
Discover the people, places and wildlife of Ethiopia, from £1720 (17 days) ex flights
Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure
Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Vietnam, from US $1870 - US $2270 (12 days) ex flights
Bolivia small group vacation
13 Day Bolivian Odyssey, from £1850 (13 days) ex flights
Garden Route vacation, tailor made, South Africa
Wildlife, mountains & white sandy beaches, from £1630 (12 days) ex flights
Burma photography tours
Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome, from US $3500 (12 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
Tailor made vacations to Sri Lanka, from £1755 (15 days) inc UK flights
Adventure vacation in Jordan
The very best of Jordan, from £650 - £699 (9 days) ex flights
Family tour to Morocco
Live like nomads, from US $696 - US $726 (8 days ) ex flights
Israel vacations, small group tour
Israel, a Hidden gem this 8 day tour hits all the main spots, from £979 - £999 (8 days) ex flights
Cambodia tailor made vacation
A diverse adventure; from Khmer temples to exotic beaches, from £790 - £1650 (10 days) ex flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from Ä1150 (8 days) ex flights
Small group tours to Japan
Explore the backroads of Japan, from US $4190 (15 days) ex flights
Western Cuba small group tour
Discover the highlights of western Cuba in style, from £2268 - £2598 (12 days) inc UK flights
Ecuador cultural vacation
A different way to enjoy, explore and understand the past, from US $4949 - US $5349 (16 days) ex flights

1446 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.

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
Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The actual festival and living with the nomads Tips? Be prepared for the unexpected Local benefits? Yes it probably did I always find this hard to evaluate. May be by interacting with us they lose part of their innocence or should you ask did we benefit from our interaction from the local people Overall rating? This was a great vacation, well organized, well run, excellent guide (more)allen gray
From US $2072 - US $2866 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 $1899 excluding flights
Amalfi coast easy walking holiday, Italy
Memorable parts? It is difficult to identify just one part as the whole vacation was wonderful. I think the views from the last two walks were spectacular - Valle delle Ferriere and Sentiero degli Dei. Tips? Be prepared for hundreds of steps but well worth the climb up and down as every view is stunning. Local benefits? Definitely, in the attention to using local restaurants, shops and public transport. Overall rating? It was amazing. June and Aubrey are welcoming,... (more)Hannah Wilson
From £1155 - £1181 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
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
Japan is fascinating, the ultra modern against a background of traditional. I loved their simplistic art, Zen gardens, efficiency and positive attitudes. (more)Ann Walsby
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
From US $2975 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
Vietnam culture and beach holiday
It was excellent. I would definitely recommend this sort of tour for a first visit. We had never had a guide or arranged tour before so it really made the difference knowing that tours had been prepaid and pick ups and cars had been pre arranged. (more)Val Bodington
Both the visit to the Cu Chi tunnels and the day on the Mekong Delta was the most memorable. (more)Emma Miller
From US $1038 excluding flights
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 £1775 excluding flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
This was a wonderful vacation: friendly staff; excellent accommodation; knowledgeable and friendly tour guides; and an excellent, extremely interesting itinerary. (more)Genevieve Morris
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
We enjoyed all of it! Exciting to see the original running track at Olympia, Mystras was spectacular, and the Acropolis Museum is amazing - both the building and the contents. (more)Paul Beckett
From Ä1150 excluding flights
Tibet cultural tours
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 wasnít disappointed... (more)izabela spero
The vacation was excellent and we could not fault the service provided. The stunning beauty of Tibet and the Himalayas, and the warmth of the ethnic Tibetans, cannot be overstated. (more)Thomas Miles
From £895 excluding flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
This was an incredible vacation. It was beautifully planned, by our agent, who planned every detail with precision and wisdom. The places we stayed were excellent, and the entire itinerary, designed specifically to our needs, was wonderful. (more)Barbara Kaplan
Go for it! The whole trip was brilliantly organised - ran like clockwork - and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. (more)Michelle Le Blanc
Although my tent living conditions were not 5 star, the experience was. (more)Helen Spence
From £1456 excluding flights
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours
Everything about Bhutan and Mt.Everest in Tibet was memorable. (more)Selina Brandl
My vacation was amazing the guides were so helpful and made my experience wonderful. The most memorable part of my vacation was the beautiful scenery on the treks in Bhutan and Nepal and the 51 metre Buddha high on a mountain in Thimpu is impressive and inspiring. (more)michele allix
The most memorable parts were the visits to the Dzong in Thimpu and Tiger's Nest...It was very good. The operator in Katmandu were attentive and well organised as well as very helpful people. (more)Jan Brettingham
From £1105 excluding flights
History, culture & wildlife of India vacation
The most exciting part was not on the original programme. We asked Rajat to give us somewhat more nature and less culture. He arranged for us to spend a day and two nights in a resort on the Kabini Lake, across from the Nagarhole National Park. On a boat safari at dusk, amidst myriad birds and beasts, we saw a male tiger emerging muddily from the river, slinking into the jungle. (more)Robin Fox
Excellent, we enjoyed it all. The two home stays were an amazing part of our trip. Take the plunge and travel on an overnight train with shared accommodation. It's a great experience. (more)Caroline Powell
The most memorable parts were staying at the home of the Kumars, visiting Golden Temple at Amritsar and WildFlower Hall...Outstanding. (more)Andrew Hollas
From £1336 excluding flights
Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour
This was the most fantastic vacation. I was not that keen on going, but my husband is a very keen birder and he really wanted to go. I am now so glad he persuaded me, and will definitely visit Sri Lanka again... (more)John Diley
This was a really excellent vacation. We had fun, we were stimulated, we were educated and we made good friends with our locals who showed us their country. We also feel that we had excellent value for money with two locals, a new vehicle, most meals, all entrance fees and other extras included for a very inexpensive daily rate. (more)Keith Pigdon
It was great and our guide, Jith, was an incredible birder, funny, and generous. The most memorable was the smiles of all the people in Sri Lanka whom we passed in our bird walks and the children who got all excited and waved and called to us (more)Gisela Meyn
From £1400 excluding flights
Romania adventure vacation
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 £1749 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
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 - £2395 excluding flights
Garden Route vacation, tailor made, South Africa
Most memorable was being so close to wild animals on the game drives at Elephant Plains...Fantastic! (more)Yvonne Chapman
The Drakensberg mountains and Didima camp at Cathedral Peak provided a magical start to the vacation, with stunning scenery, fantastic hiking and lovely accommodation; we could easily have stayed much longer there. (more)Barbara Sykes
Some of the best highlights were - the penguins on Boulder Beach, Cape Point on a glorious day, staying with Hazel of Hazel's Homestays, the Real City tour in PE, Amakhala Lodge. (more)David Catherall
From £1630 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
Family vacation to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City
At the risk of sounding over the top with enthusiasm I would answer "All of it" to this question. We went to Jordan and returned renewed, stimulated and educated and with a new understanding of the culture, history and politics of the Middle East. This was in in no small way due to the effort and enthusiasm of our guide, Usama Awad. Are all of this companies guides as brilliant as he was? (more)Fiona O
It was a very inspirational vacation...Staying at Dana guesthouse supported a very important nature biosphere. (more)sharyn hall
This trip delivered everything we wanted, adventure, relaxation, new experiences - without having to think too much after a busy year, thanks to our wonderful guide. (more)Tania Riddiford
From US $953 - US $1233 excluding flights
Thailand vacation, mountains & beaches
Imaginatively devised, well planned and executed. The best parts were the visit to the Sakai tribe, Sukhotai World Heritage Site, the longboat trip down the Kok River & the trek to the Northern hill tribes. (more)Charles Moberly
The elephant riding and the Thai cooking was the most memorable part. (more)Sarah Morton
From US $3040 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 US $2160 - US $2660 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
Vietnam vacations, tailor made
Halong Bay and Siem Reap were amazing, but there were lots of other lovely places and people. (more)Yvonne Chapman
It was excellent- thank you for providing us with the introduction....The whole vacation was really good and I don't think one particular part was more memorable than all of them. (more)Carol Norman
I would recommed this trip very highly. The best part was the vietnamese people. (more)Bernard Butt
From US $1687 excluding flights
Rajasthan luxury tours
Every moment was memorable and there was such a diversity of places to stay and things to do that every day was exciting. (more)Sheila Taylor
The most memorable part of the vacation were the vivid colours, the clothing of the women it is just a sea of fantastic colours everywhere you look, the brightly coloured turbans of the men. The fantastic people so friendly and welcoming, the culture and food. (more)Sharon Walker
Riding Marwari horses, madcap rides in a Jeep to track leopards & sightings of rare cats...An excellent insight into rural Rajasthan! (more)Tony Prout
From £300 - £650 excluding flights
The Essence of China vacation
The Great Wall walk was the most memorable part of the vacation (more)Colin Nelson
The overall vacation 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 US $3705 - US $3995 excluding flights
Family tour to Morocco
The most memorable part was the camping trip into the Sahara Desert and the nights at Tazzarine Campsite - home of Said and his family. (more)Meriel Griffiths
This was an amazing experience. The trip was suitable for all ages and it was culturally challenging. I would recommend the trip for families. The most memorable part of the vacation was camping in the desert and sleeping under the stars! Amazing! (more)Tania Knight
A great fun family adventure. Kids loved it and didn't mind the traveling...the best part was trekking with camels in the desert and camping under the stars (more)Susan Gregory
From US $696 - US $726 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 US $1280 - US $1490 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 £1755 including UK 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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