Cultural vacations. Tours & vacations in 2015 & 2016

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.
Dubrovnik to Athens tour
Join us on a whirlwind adventure through the Balkans, from US $3250 - US $3310 (15 days) ex flights
Buenos Aires to Rio small group vacation
Amazing discovery tour from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, from US $2515 - US $3055 (17 days) ex flights
Tanzania vacations, Selous, Zanzibar & the coast
See wildlife, experience culture and relax on beaches, from £1895 (11 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka family vacation
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Sri Lanka, from US $1865 - US $2985 (14 days) ex flights
Arequipa to Machu Picchu Peru tour
A grand tour of Peru, from £2740 - £2838 (21 days) ex flights
Vietnam vacations, tailor made
Tailor made Vietnam vacations, from US $1687 (14 days) ex flights
Halloween tour in Transylvania
Take a fascinating and historical tour in Transylvania, from £499 (3 days) ex flights
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours
Discover Bhutan for a once in a lifetime experience, from £1105 (11 days) ex flights
Burma vacations, small group tour
The highlights of Burma visiting Rangoon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake, from US $2720 - US $2945 (14 days) ex flights
Rajasthan tours, India
Discover the evocative northern province of Rajasthan, from US $1247 - US $1650 (15 days) ex flights
Guyana vacation, wildlife & culture
Discover the incredible wildlife of Guyana and Suriname, from £2999 (15 days) ex flights
Ecuador cultural vacation
Enjoy a unique adventure in the avenue of volcanoes, from US $1199 (6 days) ex flights
Highlights of Vietnam vacation
A quality small group tour through Vietnam's highlights, from US $1760 - US $2620 (10 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
Highlights of Morocco vacation
Explore the diversity of romantic Morocco, from US $1290 - US $1670 (15 days) ex flights
West Highland Line railway vacation in Scotland
Take the "The World's Best Rail Journey" to the Isle of Skye, from £500 - £510 (4 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka tour & beach vacation
Tropical island paradise and wildlife safari, from £1995 (15 days) inc UK flights
Burma photography tour
Discover Burma with travel photographer Gary Latham, from £3680 (15 days) inc UK flights
Cuba tour, small group
Discover the old and new faces of Cuba, from US $2556 - US $3130 (22 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos vacation
An inspirational tour combining Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos, from £4198 - £4388 (15 days) ex flights
Borneo family tour
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Borneo, from US $2245 - US $2730 (13 days) ex flights
Small group vacations to Madagascar
Experience the best of this enigmatic island continent, from £2195 (17 days) ex flights
Exciting family vacation in China
An exciting family vacation taking in the highlights of China, from US $2135 - US $2255 (12 days) ex flights
Romania adventure vacation
An amazing tour exploring medieval Europe and Transylvania, from £1499 (14 days) ex flights
Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia vacation
Escape the crowds and explore hidden Europe, from £1399 (15 days) ex flights
Burma tailor made vacation
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from £1499 - £1850 (10 days) ex flights
Family holiday in Burma
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Burma, from £1025 - £1450 (12 days) ex flights
Borneo tailor made tour on a shoestring
The Best of Borneo: Wildlife, Adventure, Idyllic Beaches, from US $2195 (10 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
Tailor made vacations to Sri Lanka, from £1755 (15 days) inc UK flights
Cambodia country tour, temples & sea
Explore Angkor Wat before relaxing on sun-kissed beaches, from £949 (9 days) ex flights

1595 reviews for cultural vacations4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent cultural 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 $1520 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 excluding flights
Mongolia adventure vacation, off the beaten track
Excellent. Very well organised. Guides knew their stuff and were always helpful and cheerful. It was a tremendous experience and I would love to go again - maybe to a different part of this huge and empty country. (more)Theresa Partington
Memorable, beautiful, with a bit of challenge [especially for a 75 year old, me] (more)Elizabeth Wingate
The most memorable parts were: Traveling across vast plains in the Gobi, with no roads no buildings no artificial light, and stopping to listen to the silence. The immense blue sky. The generosity and kindness of Mongolians... (more)Alison Cathles
From £1538 - £2629 excluding flights
Madagascar tailor made vacation, Reef and Rainforest
Brilliant, eye opening, once in a lifetime experience...Seeing and hearing the Indri in Andasibe was breathtaking and our guide was brilliant. (more)Anita Chapman
This was an absolutely superb adventure, great people, amazing wildlife, stunning scenery. (more)Claudia Biedert
Excellent...Seeing lemurs in the wild was the most memorable part. (more)Hilary Wilson
From £2980 - £3650 including UK flights
Kerala culture and backwaters vacation, India
Having visited more than 340 cities in 46 countries on my own or with a group, I can say that this was one of the best ever. It exceeded not just my expectations but also of my wife and our 2 friends who accompanied us. I do not have any reservations in recommending this vacation to those who love and respect nature. (more)Paul Micallef
It was just great! I really enjoyed it and had great experiences. (more)karin baumgartner
We were quite astonished the continuous concern for our welfare and enjoyment. One of the most memorable things was spending two nights at a homestay situated within a bird sanctuary. (more)Robin Fox
From £750 - £890 excluding flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
I absolutely adored Hakone...That entire leg of the journey was my favourite. I wish we'd had more time there. It was so relaxing, but at the same time there was mountain to explore! ...Our tour operators were fantastic, they couldn't do enough for us. (more)Jennifer Whiteside
4 star. Best bit: To visit Hiroshima (more)Dr Haq
Japan is an interesting country with some great things to see and do. Maiko makeover was such fun! (more)Georgina Flower
From US $1120 excluding flights
Chile tailor made vacation, Atacama Desert
Amazing, really great. So varied, we felt so lucky to be met at every airport or bus station by friendly experienced and interested guides. We were taken to their homes , to meet family and friends , to have coffee, to share in their lives and interests and to be guided into their part of the country. We can't wait to go back.....Simply the Best ! (more)Paul Barczak
Maximum classification: 10/10 The landscape was wonderful and I recommend to all the people that like big spaces, trekking and emotions. (more)Helena Melo
The great awareness of protecting the environment in the Atacama area was very striking. (more)Jenny Maddick
From £1395 - £1695 including domestic flights only
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 £2250 excluding flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
Fantastic, well organised, informative and great fun. Wonderful memories of our visit to the Peloponesse. (more)Gary Gleeson
The most memorable part of the vacation was our hike along the Lousios gorge that ended with a wonderful picnic among the ruins of Gortys, an ancient healing centre...We would rate the archaeology activity vacation overall as among the best vacations we've had in Europe. (more)Ellen Taylor
The people we interacted with throughout our vacation, including Christos and his father, the drivers, the specialized tour guides, the hotel staff, and restaurant and shopkeepers were extremely warm and friendly. (more)Randi Morrison
From Ä980 excluding flights
Tibet cultural tours
Outstanding guides. Excellent (more)frank ingram
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
From £895 excluding flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
It was most excellent. So many highlights to choose from however the Simian highlands and the Golada baboons were amazing. Go for it, sit back and enjoy! (more)Noel O
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
From £1456 excluding flights
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours
This was an excellent vacation with huge contrasts between the mountain countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Both countries are steeped in their unique cultures and histories - it was a joy to learn so much. (more)Ray Priest
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
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 £1250 excluding flights
North India cultural tour
Vacation 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 US $1280 - US $1715 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 £1499 excluding flights
Small group vacations to Madagascar
Wonderful tho' it was to see wildlife in natural habitate, the standout thing for me was the wonderful people I met and catching a glimpse into their customs and cultures. (more)Stephanie Diggon
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
From £2195 excluding flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
We really got to see the local view of life traveling on our own, very modern vehicle and used local cafes, services and attractions when possible. Safaris fund conservation.The whole tour was superb. From meeting our guide at the airport to our day of departure we enjoyed every new experience. We were helped every step of the way by Upul, our excellent Guide. (more)Derek Putnam
First and foremost, it has to be said that Sri Lanka did not disappoint us in any way! We were always greeted with warmth waves and smiles! It has to be one of the friendliest countries I've visited and it was for the most part very clean. (more)Lori Keating
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
From £1755 including UK 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
Rajasthan luxury tours
Be prepared to be 'blown away'. The owners are fully involved in conservation - they have their own reserve which has been highly successful in increasing the numbers of an endangered cat species. If you want to see a fascinating part of India and stay in some fascinating places, this is the trip for you. My friend and I absolutely loved it. (more)(Edwina) Jayne Rudge
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
From £900 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 $2950 excluding 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 vacation. 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 US $945 - US $1210 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 $2515 - US $2740 excluding flights
Family vacation in Italy
Great...Climbing Vesuvius and the Capri boat trip were the most memorable parts. (more)Claire Wilde
The vacation in Italy was the 2nd organized by Responsibletravel.com and I am recommending your company to all my friends and family members. Looking forward for the next adventure! (more)Teresa Trippenbach
The whole trip was memorable for the camaraderie, the knowledge of the guide and the food at the agroturismo farm. (more)Jacqueline Bunce
From US $1367 - US $1520 excluding flights
Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India
Memorable parts? History and culture. I enjoyed the amazing hotels we stayed in that were beautiful locations and historical. Tips? Due to distance between locations, ensure there are two nights at every hotel. There is significant time spent driving (in a car) between each location. If flying from Delhi during December / January be aware of fog delaying / cancelling flights. Local benefits? We visited local communities (e.g. Bishnoi, Samode) but not sure how it benefitted... (more)Tracey Warren
From £1650 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

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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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