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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.

Tailor made vacation in Bali, Off the beaten track
Fabulous cultural heritage & beach relaxation, from US $1795 (14 days) ex flights
India vacation to Rajasthan, tailor made
opulent palaces, golden forts, elephant ride, from £1540 - £1970 (14 days) ex flights
Cambodia tailor made vacation
A diverse adventure; from Khmer temples to exotic beaches., from £790 - £1650 (10 days) ex flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from US $1899 (18 days) ex flights
Thailand vacation, culture and beach
Temples and elephants, jungle and beaches - with a twist!, from £1050 (15 days) ex flights
South America tour, coast to coast
Journey across South America, from £0 (19 days) inc UK flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
Tailor made vacations to Sri Lanka, from £1825 (15 days) inc UK flights
Vacation in Peru & Inca Trail
A comprehensive journey through Peru, from US $3116 - US $3886 (21 days ) ex flights
Japan small group vacation
Japan's must-see cities and beautiful, rural countrside, from US $4290 (14 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
Cuba cultural tours
Experience authentic Cuba with home-stays and local guides, from US $1200 - US $1275 (15 days) ex flights
South India small group tour
Beautiful cities, colonial hill stations & colourful temples, from US $2100 - US $2360 (20 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka vacation, island explorer
An ideal introduction, from US $2400 (15 days) ex flights
Thailand and Laos vacation, tailor made
Overland adventure through Northern Thailand and Laos, from US $2725 (15 days) ex flights
The Essence of China vacation
Explore cultural & religious heritage, from US $2971 - US $3705 (21 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajhastan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from £1650 (14 days) ex flights
Small group vacations to Madagascar
Experience the best of this enigmatic island continent, from £2395 (17 days) ex flights
Bolivia small group vacation
13 Day Bolivian Odyssey, from £1850 (13 days) ex flights
Burma tailor made vacation
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from £1625 (10 days) ex flights
Family holiday in Burma
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Burma, from £1025 - £1450 (12 days) ex flights
Ecuador vacation, Quito & the Galapagos
Experience Quito & the Galapagos Islands, from £2200 (11 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
Archaeology vacation in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €1150 (8 days) ex flights
Highlights of Morocco vacation
Explore the diversity of romantic Morocco, from US $1275 - US $1400 (15 days) ex flights

1369 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.

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
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 $3116 - 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
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
Small group tours to Japan
Memorable parts? Walking in the countryside - seeing parts of Japan that I would never have discovered on my own and being guided by a reliable expert. Asuka, Dorogawa and the Mitarai Gorge were particularly memorable. Also - wonderful exotic food, charming ryokans and soothing onsens. (And the company of like-minded fellow travelers.) Tips? Ensure that you are fit enough to do the walking required, get a really good rucksack and carry as little as possible. There are drinks and... (more)Una Dinning
From US $4390 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
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
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
Excellent. One of my favourite vacations - I'd loved the Peloponnese when I went once as a child and it all lived up to my rose-tinted memories of the place. Two of us in the group had studied Classics which was our reason for going, and we weren't disappointed by the archaeological guides who took us round or the amount of time we had to explore for ourselves. As a company they were great at making sure we were taken care of and a great vacation. (more)Naranee Ruthra-Rajan
This was a wonderful vacation... The guides we had at the sites were excellent and our tour leader just great. The tour was quite simply more than we could have imagined! (more)Alison Marshall
From €1150 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 tailor made tour on a shoestring
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 $1072 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
Turkey small group tour
Memorable parts? Cappadocia and balloon flight. Tips? Take euro's and take universal sink plug. Local benefits? Yes we supported local businesses and co-operatives. Overall rating? Excellent for travel but well below average for accommodation. (star ratings not reflected on services). (more)Judith and Alan Hepburn
From £585 - £689 excluding flights
Morocco trekking vacation with nomads
Memorable parts? The people in the group, including the guide and nomad family that we hiked with. Such good spirits. Tips? Bring a towel, wet wipes, books. There is time to savor the afternoons. Local benefits? Yes, I felt that our visit did help the nomad family and mule handlers. We learned about each theirs cultures and they sure benefited by having some income to supplement their goat herding. Overall rating? It was a wonderful mix of exotic city pleasures,... (more)Kathy House
From £795 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
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 $2800 excluding flights
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
Tailor made vacation in Bali, Off the beaten track
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
We had a relaxing and pleasant time. Some really special moments. On the whole, Bali was much more commercialised than I'd expected in a lot of ways but we had a good honeymoon. The operator was extremely helpful and patient, making all of the possible travel options extremely clear. (more)Frances Rock
The fact that Bali could be so much - we were in four totally different environments - including weather - in 15 days and each was wonderful. The snorkelling off Menjangang Island was world class - never seen better (more)Pauline Johansen
From US $1795 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
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
South America tour, coast to coast
For me it was a life long goal to see Machu Picchu, which no picture or video can replace the memories logged in my head of the sheer size and awe of this place. But also whilst traveling through other countries, the beautiful landscapes just amaze you. (more)Michael North
Every day was a wonderful experience during our stay in Brazil and Ecuador but I guess the Galapagos will be the most memorable. (more)Ann Hammersley
There were so many memorable parts! - Rio, Cusco, Iguacu falls, Machu Picchu, the rainforest, etc. Overall a brilliant cross section of South American sights and culture. (more)Brian Wright
From £0 including UK 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 $1355 - US $1695 excluding flights
Western Cuba small group tour
Memorable parts? Cuban Music, variety of venues. Tips? The daily outlay during the first eight days was under budget, on reaching the final destination in Havana it went over budget. Be prepared. Local benefits? Would agree that the use of Paladars fed money back into the community. No perceived heavy impact on the environment. Overall rating? Very highly. It was extremely varied always interesting. The tour guide, Bill Hill was exemplary, he provided excellent local... (more)Anthony Haugh
From £0 including UK flights
Tailor made vacations to Jordan
Magical. Loved every minute. 4 days that felt like 2 weeks they were so full of sights and sounds and wonderful people. A brilliant short break. (more)ali king
Very good...Feynan Lodge was the best part - would like to have spent longer there. (more)Alan Graham
I will always remember Petra. The history is incredible and our guide was very informative...Excellent! (more)Carol Seaforth
From US $1650 excluding flights
Tailor made tours of Oman
Driving through a Wadi with water flowing through it. Driving the sand dunes in the desert. The mountain scenery is great. (more)Adrian O Malley
The most memorable part was the surprise at arriving at the camp in the Wahiba Sands for our night of Wild Camping and instead of finding the little 2-man tent that we had expected we found a luxury tent complete with bathroom, proper beds, carpets, oriental cushions and lanterns which had been set up just for us. (more)Sally Frohlich
Driving down to Wadi Bani Awf. Awesome. Also the night in the desert where the operator found us a camp where we were completely alone, 8 km through the dunes from the main camp, itself small and remoter than the bigger camps. (more)Peta Constable
From US $1999 excluding flights
Cultural vacation in Ethiopia
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
Very good...the most interesting were the rock churches at Lalibela. The fact that they are not monuments or museums but a live and living church and place of pilgrimage makes them all the more special. (more)Richard Bacon
From £2250 excluding flights
Tibet cultural tours
We had a great time. We were warmly welcomed by Kashev and Achut, who looked after us really well. Our Tibetan guide Tashi also took great care of us, and explained so much to us. (more)JUDITH GRUBB
It was an amazing experience ...despite the strict procedures go and visit Tibet - it is a beautiful country. The scenery is spectacular and the people are very friendly. (more)Paul Aynsley
It was amazing. Everything was organised very well and we didn't have to worry about a thing. Moreover, we've met fantastic people both in Nepal and Tibet, have seen amazing views, and have gotten to know really interesting culture. (more)Magdalena Hajdukiewicz
From £895 excluding flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
Loved every minute of it! Camping and hiking in the Simiens. Traveling through breathtaking landscapes. The friendliness and hospitality of the people we met along the way but most of all our driver and guide who looked after us throughout the whole trip. (more)Sharon Woodworth
It was a fantastic experience for our whole family; the children coped extremely well with the change of culture and will have learnt a great deal from their experiences. They are looking forward to sharing their photos and thoughts with their schools. We are extremely grateful to Eskinder for his meticulous attention to detail, efficiency and organisation, and also to the fantastic guides... (more)Fran Ellis
I can't speak highly enough of Eskinder and his team - organisation was efficient and all the guides were excellent. The only reason not to give it 5-star rating is that Ethiopian food is an acquired taste (that I haven't acquired) (more)Stephen Osgerby
From £1456 excluding flights
Luxury culture vacation in Sri Lanka
We'll worth doing (more)philip perry
the most memorable part of the vacation was seeing Leopard first time in wild... it was very emotional and our guide(s) seemed like they shared and respected our emotions. (more)Eli Hart
Great! We went with open minds and we learnt a lot and had a great time. (more)Steven Ardagh
From £1400 excluding flights
Sri Lanka tour & beach vacation
There were many memorable moments - we loved the incredible bird life especially seeing them close-up in the bird sanctuary. (more)Gabi Tubbs
Leopards in Yala were the most memorable part of the vacation (more)Ann Griffiths
We had a great time, we mixed cultural interest with wildlife experience and finished up with a beach flop...The jeep safari to see the elephants in the wild was the most exciting part of the vacation. (more)Elayne Farmer
From £1995 including UK 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 $1695 - US $2030 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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