Culture and History Tours

For history hounds and culture vultures there's never a shortage of locations to indulge your curiosity and immerse yourself in the traditions of days gone by. Vibrant living cultures infused with the olden times offer a window into the past, and hold a mirror up to our own world.

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China on a Shoestring: Hong Kong to Beijing (ACRC)

Asia Hong Kong, China

Soak in the vibrant pulse of Hong Kong, float down the Yangtze on a Chinese-style riverboat and walk the Great Wall with other others that share your appetite for adventure. Enjoy eighteen days packed with China's major sights and out-of-the way gems with the freedom to choose those that interest you. Cycle along Xian’s ancient city walls and through the stunning rice fields and limestone karsts of Yangzhou. Explore gorgeous scenery straight out of a painting or just relax and take it all in.

Highlights: Exploring Shanghai and Hong Kong's bustling streets and Yangshuo's karst scenery, cruising the Three Gorges of the Yangtse River, discovering history in Xi'an and Beijing, walking along the Great Wall of China.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1709
$1899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Indochina Discovery (ATID)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Discover the heart and soul of Indochina on this tour of four very diverse countries. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendour of Angkor Wat. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered—so you can choose the activities that interest you. Experience Halong Bay by boat and cycle around Vang Vieng. Push through hectic city lanes and tap into the pulsing nightlife. And with other travellers your own age, you can be sure to get down with adventurers that’ll keep up.

Highlights: Revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat, enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village, chill out on golden beaches, float down the mighty Mekong River, snorkel beautiful reefs, shop in quaint Hoi An, cruise magical Halong Bay, explore the streets of serene Luang Prabang.

Promotions Available! 30 days
From $2519
$2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Northern Thailand Experience (ATNE)

Asia Thailand

Meet saffron-robed monks, visit hilltribe villages and delve into the different on an adventure that includes Thailand's wild northwest corner. You'll stretch your legs and your mind on a 3-day trek to hilltribe villages, each with their own language and religions. Whether you're walking the ancient streets of Ayutthaya or planning some shopping in Chiang Mai, our CEOs will help you discover places you wouldn't otherwise have known were there. And with plenty of free time to explore on your own, this trip will let you really absorb the spirit of this diverse country.

Highlights: Explore magnificent temples and palaces, trek through remote hilltribe villages and meet local people, ride an elephant, sleep on a floating rafthouse, learn about the somber history of Kanchanaburi and the infamous Burma Railway

12 days
From $1199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (AVCH)

Asia Vietnam

Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. From vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in 10 jam-packed days. An experienced CEO will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

Highlights: Experience bustling Hanoi, sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay, shop in romantic Hoi An, squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels, sip Vietnamese iced coffee, people-watch in hectic Saigon

10 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia (AVEV)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures, this 17-day trip offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches and ruins, urban culture and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day and overnight on a traditional sailing junk in Halong Bay. Witness the heights of Cambodia's past at Angkor Wat, and contemplate its lows by walking the infamous Killing Fields. Although many activities are included, there is still plenty of time to explore on your own and create the ultimate adventure.

Highlights: Sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay, sip iced coffee in Ho Chi Minh City, float through the Mekong Delta, enjoy sunrise over breathtaking Angkor Wat

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1869
$2199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cuba Colonial (CCC)

Central America Cuba

The melody of horns floating through the air, classic cars parked in colonial squares, revolutionary statues—get over the resort wall and discover the real Cuba! Travel east to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa and encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and revolutionary fervour. Soak in Spanish heritage while exploring churches, forts and cobblestoned streets. Overnight in homestays for an immersive Cuban experience few travellers get to enjoy. Don't just walk down the road less travelled—dance down it. Viva la Revolución!

Highlights: Dance salsa with the locals, walk in Che Guevara's footsteps, gain insight on Cuban life at 'casa particular' stays, explore breathtaking beaches

15 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Quest (CRQ)

Central America Costa Rica

Nature called you to Costa Rica—now here you are, suspended in the jungle canopy, locking eyes with a curious monkey. This action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Get your adrenaline pumping, follow a trail to the base of a waterfall, melt away in thermal springs or relax on a beach—our CEOs will help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.

Highlights: Soak in the thermal hot springs of Arenal Volcano, search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest, watch the sunset over the Pacific, learn about sugar cane and coffee production at a local plantation

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $899
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of Israel (DOHI)

North Africa / Middle East Israel

A spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, Israel occupies a unique place in Middle Eastern history. With sacred sites central to three of humanity’s major religions, you could spend a lifetime in Israel and never experience all of its wonders. This trip delivers you to the country’s top natural, historical and cultural treasures in style. From the historic seaport of Jaffa to the glittering desert jewel that is Jerusalem, you’ll always begin and end your day in the comfort of a well-appointed hotel. Hey, 'adventure' doesn’t always have to mean 'roughing it', right?

Highlights: Lunch in a Druze village and taste local specialties, feel weightless while floating in the Dead Sea, explore old Jerusalem and Bethlehem, immerse in spirituality and learn about different faiths and beliefs

8 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany (EIST)

Europe Italy

Experience life the local way and you’ll experience a Tuscany that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty in the kitchen as you’ll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region’s culinary and viticultural delights. Peruse the local markets and delis in search of the finest organic fare, sample wines in the very vineyards that produced them, and work off all that deliciousness with walks through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.

Highlights: Learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine, tour the agriturismo's organic orchards and wine cellar and learn more about the Slow Food movement, visit medieval Montalcino and sample delicious local wines, explore the Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $1189
$1399
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Absolute Turkey (ETAT)

Europe Turkey

This comprehensive tour of Turkey combines history and beaches, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming culture. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfalls of Pamukkale to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local CEOs will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

Highlights: Discover historic cities and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvel at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoy dinner in a local family home, relax on an overnight boat trip, live like a local in a Turkish village

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1614
$1899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

In Search Of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay

Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop a flight to São Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast—no gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our centrally located Copacabana hotel.

Highlights: Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires, discover Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch, marvel at Iguassu Falls, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to São Paulo, sip caipirinhas on the beach, revel in the energy of Rio de Janiero.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Amazon To The Andes (PAA)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

This adventure offers up an intriguing combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife and cultures, whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or climbing the ancient trail of the Incas to Machu Picchu, situated in the heavens of the Americas. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Highlights: Explore ruins and bargain at Sacred Valley markets, devour seafood in Lima, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon

12 days
From $2449
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Inca Discovery (PID)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. We run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment. Our knowledgeable CEOs will work hard to make certain the first glimpse of Machu Picchu will burn itself into your memory.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, learn ancient traditions at the Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op

8 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Queen Violeta (PVIIA)

South America Amazon, Peru

Hop aboard a riverboat and experience the Amazon in style. Led by an Amazon Reserve naturalist guide, your cruise will include daily excursions by motorized skiff designed to reveal the exotic wildlife that calls the rainforest home – with any luck you’ll spot sloths, toucans or pink dolphins! And, with two full days for exploration in Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve, you'll have the chance to experience the jungle up close. The cuisine onboard is regional and provides a unique – and delicious – window into local culture. Gain a rare glimpse of how life "on the river" is lived and experience the magic of the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime riverboat adventure.

Highlights: Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, interact with members of the local community, learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

China Adventure (ACBH)

Asia Hong Kong, China

Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Using rural roads that wind through tiny villages and past seemingly endless rice fields, you’ll get a full dose of this land’s truly incredible history, culture, and geography. On two wheels or on foot, you’ll tour the imperial tombs and palaces of the walled city of Xi’an, study curious limestome karst formations, navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that your downtime is rightly earned.

Highlights: Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and hutongs, walk the Great Wall, trek through rice terraces, cycle old city walls and rural villages, watch kung fu monks

15 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

Asia China

Centuries after its construction, China’s Great Wall remains one of humankind’s engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You won’t tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trek, but you’ll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture and history that make this one of China’s most captivating attractions. The Wall’s been standing for centuries. Isn’t it about time you turned up?

Highlights: Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, trek along the Great Wall, sleep on the Wall and in rural villages, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tai chi lessons

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1169
$1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Essential India (AHEH)

Asia India

From the intricate saris of Rajasthan to the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal, this compact journey is a photographer's delight and the perfect introduction to India. You'll walk along the ghats on the River Ganges to encounter the spiritual heart of Hinduism in Varanasi and get off the beaten path exploring carved stepwells and quaint temples in rural villages. With the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore the nation's rich heritage, you're sure to be caught up in India's incredible tapestry of life.

Highlights: Explore India's vibrant cities, discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, witness the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho and Orchha, sail the Ganges in venerable Varanasi

15 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Golden Triangle (AHGT)

Asia India

This compact Indian journey will introduce you to three very different northern cities and the colourful rural life of Rajasthan. From the hectic pace of Delhi with its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and colonial past, travel by private transport to Agra and the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal—truly one of the wonders of the world. Discover why Jaipur is called the 'Pink City' and get a taste of village life in Abhaneri with its magnificent stepwells. Photographers and culture lovers won't be disappointed on this classic adventure.

Highlights: Wander around modern and ancient Delhi, revel in the Mughal magnificence of the Taj Mahal and Fatephur Sikri, visit rural villages and historic forts, explore India's vibrant cities

8 days
From $659
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Uncover India—Delhi to Goa (AHUH)

Asia India

For travellers on a budget who are after an experience full of the very best India has to offer, this tour showcases man-made wonders and natural marvels without missing its most famous cities and sights. From the shining marble of the Taj Mahal and the sparkling shores of Goa to Rajasthan’s colourful forts and temples, connect with the culture and spirit of this incredible land. Our expert CEOs will take the hassle out of planning but leave you free to choose sites that really shine—so you can encounter India.

Highlights: Enjoy a fast-paced adventure, experience the Taj Mahal at sunrise, uncover bustling cities, capture colourful Rajasthan in the viewfinder, relax on quiet beaches in Goa.

15 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring (ATCV)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

Begin in Bangkok—a city that never sleeps—and end by braving Hanoi's bustling streets. Plug in to Cambodia and Vietnam on this electric journey with breaks to bliss out on white-sand beaches. Get a history lesson exploring Angkor Wat or walking Ho Chi Minh City’s streets. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Explore the bustling streets of Bangkok, revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat, enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village, discover colonial Phnom Penh, relax on golden beaches, shop Hoi An's quaint streets, float through Halong Bay, walk the intriguing streets of Hanoi.

Promotions Available! 20 days
From $1343
$1679
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 30 days
From $2519
$2799

Indochina Discovery (ATID)

12 days
From $1199

Northern Thailand Experience (ATNE)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1869
$2199

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia (AVEV)

15 days
From $1699

Cuba Colonial (CCC)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $899
$999

Costa Rica Quest (CRQ)

8 days
From $2199

Highlights of Israel (DOHI)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1614
$1899

Absolute Turkey (ETAT)

12 days
From $2449

Amazon To The Andes (PAA)

8 days
From $1349

Inca Discovery (PID)

15 days
From $1799

China Adventure (ACBH)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1169
$1299

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

15 days
From $1349

Essential India (AHEH)

8 days
From $659

Golden Triangle (AHGT)

15 days
From $1349

Uncover India—Delhi to Goa (AHUH)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
China on a Shoestring: Hong Kong to Beijing (ACRC) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1709
$1899
Indochina Discovery (ATID) 30 days Yolo Basic
From $2519
$2799
Northern Thailand Experience (ATNE) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1199
Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (AVCH) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Essential Vietnam & Cambodia (AVEV) 17 days Classic Standard
From $1869
$2199
Cuba Colonial (CCC) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1699
Costa Rica Quest (CRQ) 9 days Classic Standard
From $899
$999
Highlights of Israel (DOHI) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2199
Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany (EIST) 7 days Local Living Standard
From $1189
$1399
Absolute Turkey (ETAT) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1614
$1899
In Search Of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2499
Amazon To The Andes (PAA) 12 days Classic Standard
From $2449
Inca Discovery (PID) 8 days Active Standard
From $1349
Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Queen Violeta (PVIIA) 9 days Marine Upgraded
From $2499
China Adventure (ACBH) 15 days Active Standard
From $1799
Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA) 10 days Active Standard
From $1169
$1299
Essential India (AHEH) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Golden Triangle (AHGT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $659
Uncover India—Delhi to Goa (AHUH) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1349
Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring (ATCV) 20 days Yolo Basic
From $1343
$1679