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Last minute family vacations

Family last minute vacations are tricky as they often revolve around the school vacations, so our Last Minute Vacations Guide family page details what’s available in the immediate school breaks. We have a wide range to help you narrow down the choices from a world of family fun, such as a mountain lake in Montenegro, a yurt in Lanzarote, a Bedouin camp in Jordan or a raft going down Turkey’s Toparlar Canyon.

Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Family fun with scenic bike rides & adventure activities, from €720 (8 days) ex flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
Extraordinary wildlife above and below the waves, from £690 - £964 (6 days) ex flights
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
The perfect trip to recharge the batteries, from £690 - £964 (3 days) ex flights
Catalan horse riding vacation in Spain
Horse riding in the beautiful Catalan countryside, from €685 - €1100 (8 days) ex flights
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
Help re-habilitate orphaned monkeys in beautiful rural South Africa, from £795 (14 days) ex flights
Catalonia family mountain biking & activity vacation, Spain
Family MTB & activities in the Catalan countryside, from €720 (8 days) ex flights
Pacific Rim sailing cruise, Canada
Sailing, Wildlife, and Cultural Cruise, Pacific Rim, Canada, from CA $2995 (6 days) ex flights
Family cycling vacation in Kenya & Tanzania
Family Biking and camping adventure in Kenya and Tanzania, from US $2800 (16 days) ex flights
Catalonia family self guided biking holiday, Spain
Customised road cycling tour in Girona, Catalonia, from €288.50 - €399.50 (8 days) ex flights
Marine conservation vacation in Thailand
Join a community conservation project on a tropical island, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Hiking with huskies vacation in Finland
Week at a husky farm with guided trekking tours, from €950 (6 days) ex flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
7 Day Safari with wildlife conservationists, from £1425 - £1695 (7 days) ex flights
Mercantour Park self catering gite, France
Beautifully located accommodation in the Mercantour, France, from £420 per week (sleeps 2)
Accommodation in the Mercantour, France
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from £420 (7 days) per accommodation per week
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Volunteer at an inspiring bear sanctuary in Transylvania, from £895 (7 days) ex flights
Adventure cruise in Scotland, lochs and canals
Visit Britain's most beautiful shortcut - the Crinan Canal, from £690 - £964 (8 days) ex flights
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
Boutique beach bungalows with lots of rustic charm, from £290 - £340 (7 days) per week
Animal care internship in Malaysia
Animal care and welfare internship in tropical Malaysia, from £1014 - £1497 (14 days) ex flights
Turtle conservation volunteering in Thailand
Turtle conservation on a stunning Thai island, from £628 (7 days) ex flights
Morocco Fez culinary tour, 4 days
A combination of great food and culture of Morocco, from £890 (4 days) ex flights
Turkey villa vacation, near Patara Beach
Delightful modern villa in rural setting near Patara beach, from £600 - £1400 (7 days) per accommodation per week
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
Protect nesting turtles on Costa Rica's beautiful beaches, from £735 (7 days) ex flights
Thailand wildlife safari and beach vacation
Unique Thailand wildlife safari and beach vacation, from £1775 - £1990 (11 days) ex flights
West coast of Scotland cruise
Unique sailing vacation on a wooden traditional ketch, from £690 - £964 (7 days) ex flights
South Africa safari & Victoria Falls
4 day Victoria Falls package, from £765 - £990 (4 days) ex flights
Almeria walking vacation in Andalucia, Spain
Surreal, dramatic hills covered in almond and olive groves, from £499 (7 days) per accommodation
14 day South Africa safari vacation
Big five game viewing plus the exclusive Black Leopard Camp, from £2350 - £2750 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteering Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
Work with rescued tropical animals such as monkeys and bears, from £549 (7 days) ex flights
Wilderness activity vacation with huskies in Finland
Wilderness life on a husky farm, from €1200 (7 days) ex flights
Reef conservation volunteering in Belize
Join an award-winning research team in Belize, from £795 (7 days) ex flights

215 reviews for Family last minute vacations4.5 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Family last minute 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.

Family cycling vacation in Kenya & Tanzania
Wonderful guides, incredible access to the remotest regions and real people... Wonderful - genuinely the vacation of a lifetime and a never to be forgotten special experience. (more)Dan Cobley
Every day brought new experiences. The animals just kept coming out on cue! Brilliant - I don’t know how we will top it. (more)Monica Szolin-Jones
Most memorable were waking to the sound of a lion killing a wildebeast behind our tent in Amboseli National Park campsite. Singing and dancing with 500 children from a local primary school in Tanzania. (more)Gaenor Morris
From US $2800 excluding flights
Catalonia family mountain biking & activity vacation, Spain
A tactic family oriented house with lovely owners and great activities - cycling, running & swimming (more)Emma Huntington
The atmosphere. The amazing biking. The friendliness of the Spaniards and our hosts. The excellent food. (more)Jeneva Patterson
From €720 excluding flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
A very interesting experience for people who loves nature, sea and peace. (more)Beatrice Just
Michael and Colette are wonderful hosts and very patient with teaching us. We enjoyed their company. (more)Kathy Wuerch
Brilliant vacation...both Michael and Colette were passionate about conservation matters and the threat to the marine environment which couldn't help but rub off on everyone on board. (more)Roy Owen
From £690 - £964 excluding flights
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
Fabulous, relaxing and comfortable. (more)Alison Johnson
The peace and quiet! 4 stars! (more)James Coates
It's a very special place and we had a fabulous vacation - it will be hard to beat. (more)Su Winsbury
From £290 - £340 per week
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Memorable parts? Staying in a welcoming and comfortable hotel in a beautiful part of Spain, with delightful hosts, and masses of available activities. Tips? Stay at here, it's great. Local benefits? Yes, all of the above. We booked several activities with local companies and ate in local restaurants. We were able to travel extensively by bike rather than car. Overall rating? Excellent. We have all returned fit, healthy and happy. (more)Mary Anne Roffs
From €720 excluding flights
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
Memorable parts? The stunning scenery and peaceful moorings. The wildlife especially the seals and beautiful shoals of jellyfish floating like alien creatures in a calm sea. The first ever fish caught by one of our party - a splendid mackerel! The delicious food and good company of Michael and Colette. The successful descent into the dinghy of a nervous member of our party - if she can do it with Michael's patient help anyone can. Raising and lowering the anchor - tying knots and rope throwing... (more)Fiona Morrison
From £690 - £964 excluding flights
Volunteering with bears in Romania
Absolutely amazing - so good I will definitely return in 2 - 3 years time (more)Angela Ransome
Absolutely amazing. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I have actually recommended it to everybody who'll listen. (more)Shannon Clarke
It is a beautiful peaceful place and watching all the bears eating, splashing about in their pools, climbing trees and just enjoying their surroundings was a fantastic experience (more)Rosemary Hindley
From £895 excluding flights
Volunteering Thailand, wildlife rescue centre
I went to the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand, this was a fantastic project helping animals who had been mostly kept as pets. It’s hard to say what was the most memorable part of this vacation as there was so much variety and different experiences, it’s difficult to decide what was the best part of it. (more)Cathy Bisset
I had so many fantastic experiences, and the centre itself was in an idyllic area, on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. One highlight was spotting wild elephants in a nearby national park, after dark. (more)Olly Carney
From £549 excluding flights
Catalonia family self guided biking holiday, Spain
Wonderful vacation for active people who love nature and do not like tourist traps. (more)Dorine van der Vloodt
The most memorable part of the vacation was the 30k mountain bike ride that took in parts of the local scenery that would have remained unseen without the guidance and assistance of our host. (more)Mark Burberry
From €288.50 - €399.50 excluding flights
Hiking with huskies vacation in Finland
Hiking with huskies is an unusual experience, they are such a smart and good dogs. A++++++++++ :) (more)Anastasia Nastik
Great, a real escape from it all and a back to basics experience with great hosts and a fantastic way to get to experience the real Finland. (more)Morag Turton
The scenery was fantastic - pristine pine forests dotted with lakes but the most enjoyable part was getting to know our guide, Aki, and of course the dogs! (more)Justin Francis
From €950 excluding flights
Catalan horse riding vacation in Spain
Fantastic, didn't want to come home again. (more)Jane Nair
Absolutely brilliant! We loved every part of it! (more)Angie Johnston
Very interesting with plenty of activities and many lovely people (more)Matthew Gobey
From €685 - €1100 excluding flights
Mercantour Park self catering gite, France
Excellent. We travelled with young family and would certainly stay again so cannot recommend it too highly. (more)ROSIE KELBRICK
A really worthwhile and memorable vacation: the self guided walks were well planned and gave us a great idea of the locality; the food was very good and the garden(s) excellent for relaxing on our days off. We were given a very warm welcome and a friendly stay. (more)Jon Nay
Amazing 360 degree views on the walks in the Maritime Alps and the relaxed but informative approach of our guide Mel. The gite is very comfortable and well equipped and the food which was prepared by Liz was delicious and varied. (more)Cathy Wiggins
From £420 per week (sleeps 2)
Elephant conservation vacation, Thailand
Being with the elephants and their handlers. Having the big bull elephants walk past you, just inches from your face, leaving you to feel completely small and vulnerable as these pre-historic like mammals move by with grace, softness, power and majesty! (more)Georgina Hickman
What a wonderful educational experience and to feel you are putting something back into the preservation of these magnificent creatures. (more)Sharryn Salkilld
A great experience. I haven't travelled alone before but I soon made friends and the staff were great. (more)Paul Gramlick
From £549 excluding flights
Adventure cruise in Scotland, lochs and canals
A fabulous unique opportunity to enjoy and marvel at nature in all its glory....The most outstanding part of the trip was definitely the experience of being immersed in the stunningly beautiful environment of the lochs of western Scotland. (more)David Ritchie
A really terrific week which we will always remember (along with how to tie a bowline). Two of my colleagues at work have already expressed interest! (more)Helen Newton
Absolutely fantastic for ALL ages, young and old. Colette is a brilliant cook and the meal she made out of freshly caught Mackerel fish has set a very high bench mark to beat. Michael knows so much and is a very patient teacher. We miss them dearly - thank you for a trip to remember! (more)Lani Retter
From £690 - £964 excluding flights
Accommodation in the Mercantour, France
It is the best vacation we’ve had in France and that's from a perspective of over 40 years vacationing in France...The walking in the beautiful mountains in the Mercantour with snow,sun,isolation and good companions.Why did I reach 67 before finding this most beautiful place? (more)Tony Bell
The Alpes-Maritimes and Mercantour National Park is a fantastic area to visit and we would consider this to be one of our best vacations. (more)Lourdes Roffey
We loved the autumn walking in the Parc du Mercantour, in fact our walk to the Lac de Negre was probably the prettiest walk we have ever done. (more)Mary Dracup
From £420 per accommodation per week
Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya
Memorable parts? Arriving in the village - the warmth of the welcome, the pleasure of staying in a manyatta (mud hut). Also the activities are wonderful - walks amongst the zebra, milking cows, firing bows and arrows, lighting fires. Really good fun!! Tips? I went for 4 nights - 2 in the camp and 2 in the village. The camp is great - paraffin lamps, good food and comfy beds. You can get the lie of the land and start to get to know your hosts. But don't miss out on staying in the village... (more)Helena Smith
From US $70 per person per night
Shark conservation in South Africa
Memorable parts? My last cage dive. We had one large female shark who did a slow pass right next to the cage. You could see her blue eye moving and focusing as she had a good look at what was going on inside our cage. Tips? I would recommend adding a few extra days on either side of the project so that you can explore Cape Town and do any additional activities that you haven't yet had the chance to fit in. The longer you are there, the longer your "to do" list will get. Local... (more)Annabel Marriott
From £1145 excluding flights
Wilderness activity vacation with huskies in Finland
Memorable parts? Hmm, all of it, we had such a great time I couldn't really pick any one thing over the rest Tips? Local benefits? Yes to all three. Overall rating? One of the best experiences ever, could not recommend this vacation enough (more)Paul Ashby
From €1200 excluding flights
South Africa wildlife volunteering vacation
5 I couldn't of had a better time. I truly had the time of my life, I felt at home, happy and really didn't want to go home. It seems crazy now to think its all over but this whole experience couldn't have been much better. Best decision of my life. (more)Kirstin Runcie
A fabulous experience and I would be keen to return. (more)Mark Milligan
The best part was meeting the elephants and having contact with them. They are such amazing animals and I could spend all day long observing them, which I did even on some of my days off (more)Kim Mackie
From £829 excluding flights
Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa
This was an exquisite vacation! (more)Sandy Schuler
Absolutely fantastic! I have been on several safari vacations both self arranged and commercial in the past, but the highly professional, personal, helpful, and friendly service provided by our hosts and their team surpasses anything I had previously experienced. They made us feel like family. (more)Lena Hughes
Excellent. Will be back! (more)Trish Russell
From £1795 - £2170 excluding flights
Catalonia vacation, cycling and relaxation
Excellent - beautiful accommodation, spotlessly clean and with lovely extra thoughtful touches. The bicycles were perfect - very comfortable and trustworthy. (more)Margaret Steventon
We all had a brilliant time and I can't thank Alan and Vivian enough for the warm welcome we received and the thoughtfulness they demonstrated while we were there. They are super hosts and really did think of everything we might have needed. (more)Jane Edwards
It was an unexpected delight. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody. (more)Lisa Kirkhope
From £290 - £615 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference. Would highly recommend this project to anyone. (more)Katie Wilkinson
I would give the vacation 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles. (more)Ellie Hall
5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic (more)Daniel Halder
From £735 excluding flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
Excellent - a truly amazing vacation for all the family! We met some wonderful, dedicated people, learnt an awful lot, saw some incredible wildlife- large and small - and have returned home with some amazing memories. (more)Rachel Gray
This was one of the best vacations we have experienced. The animal sightings were brilliant, the information we received about the bush was exceptional and above all, the friendliness of all the guides and staff and their desire to consider our every need resulted in a truly memorable vacation. (more)kim plumb
Individual highlights are too many to mention but one consistent one was the look on the girls faces when we found something special on a game drive...Fantastic, well organised and great value for money. (more)Neil Wilson
From £1425 - £1695 excluding flights
Marine conservation vacation in Thailand
Memorable parts? Arrival at Koh Tao and finding the lovely coral sand beach behind the dive school at Chalok Ban Bay. Then, exploring the fascinating underwater environment. Tips? Go prepared to learn, there's loads of really interesting marine ecology information to learn as part of the Environment Management Programme. There are interesting and knowledgeable people there, who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. Enjoy the diving, safe in the knowledge that you are diving... (more)Stephen Orwin
From £695 excluding flights
Almeria walking vacation in Andalucia, Spain
Memorable parts? Experiencing the real and unspoilt Spain, sampling the local food and hiking in delightful countryside. No tourists and the rustic charm of the accommodation. Tips? If you want total tranquility, the real Spain with its delicious tapas bars and restaurants and local wine ( all at amazing value!) and totally peaceful accommodation away from it all, but near enough to walk into the village, then this is the place for you. The walks were very enjoyable taking anything... (more)Ellen Common
From £499 per accommodation
Three Reserve safari in South Africa
Don't concentrate on the big 5. There are plenty of other animals, birds and plant life to see and learn about. (more)Graham Lamb
This was the perfect safari for anyone who wanted to experience a variety within South Africa and didn’t have time to set it up! (more)Jenny Sherwood
From £1495 - £1695 excluding flights
South Africa safari & Victoria Falls
Memorable parts? Being looked after by people that really care about the habitat and the wildlife within, who were happy to part their knowledge so that you got the most out of your trip, learning new skills in tracking wildlife and reading the bush and how the weather and time of the day effects all around you. Did enjoy the bush senses test ! Seeing more smaller and nocturnal animals, which were just as interesting as the big 5. Tips? Go with an open mind and you will learn new... (more)steve Harris
From £765 - £990 including domestic flights only
Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa
If you love animals you'll love this volunteer work. You can't help but fall in love with them. Be ready for how difficult it is to leave them. To know these lost little ones will be able to get back out into the wild again is the best. (more)Laura Lockhard
The best 4weeks of my life, cant wait to book my next! (more)emma pound
It was certainly one of the best vacations I have been on and I hope to return next year. (more)Diana McKinley
From £795 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & family activity vacation in Spain
Memorable parts? The adventure activities - especially the canyoning in Picos de Europe. Tips? The Via Ferrata is not for the faint hearted. The guide, Jesus, is brilliant but you have to be reasonably fit and be able to pull you body weight up the ladders. Local benefits? Yes - benefitted local people. Overall rating? The language learning was a bit hard going. The area is very beautiful and great for outdoor types. (more)Kate Wykes
From €400 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
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A bit disappointing really
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