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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Land of the Maharajas (AHLM)

Asia India

Legend has it that colour film was invented specifically to capture the vibrancy of India. (Okay, we made that up, but still.) This adventure offers a look at the history and heritage of this land, bringing you to the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and New Delhi, stunning capitals of the former princely states—home to sprawling haveli and Rajput-era palaces—and rural Rajasthan villages and fortified towns untouched by time. And with private transport and unique accommodation throughout, you'll feel a little like royalty yourself.

Highlights: Experience the regal lifestyle by staying in heritage homes and rural palaces, explore stunning forts and intriguing local markets, discover rural Indian culture in hamlets and villages, walk through Delhi's backstreets with a young adult guide taking part in a program to help get kids off the street

15 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $824
$1099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

Stand in awe of the architectural achievement of Angkor Wat and contemplate the horrors of the Killing Fields at Phnom Penh. This 9-day trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to soak up the colours, culture and history of this incredible country. Its natural beauty coupled with tumultuous history make Cambodia a truly fascinating destination. With your accommodation, transportation and entrance to Angkor arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on making this the time of your life.

Highlights: Explore exciting and fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City, float through the Mekong Delta, discover the magnificence of Angkor Wat, savour an authentic Khmer meal in a local home

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

Kenya Camping Safari (DKWA)

Africa Kenya

From dramatic savannahs to the Great Rift Valley, experience Kenya in all its glory. Travel the vast open plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara and scour the wilderness for Africa’s Big Five. Full-service camping under the big African sky will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife and gets you off the beaten path so you can really experience this land's unique culture. Our small safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of some of the most amazing animals on the planet.

Highlights: Explore the Masai Mara Reserve, visit a Samburu village, visit three of Kenya's best game parks and reserves, take in views of the Great Rift Valley

9 days
From $2149
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. 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 in the Sacred Valley, learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure (AHDU)

Asia Nepal, India

India is less a place to see than a place to do and this fast-paced 15-day tour ensures you live every moment to the fullest. With other youthful travellers, you'll sail the Ganges, have the opportunity to take a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park and breathe deeply in the Himalayas of Nepal. It's a mix of classics like the Taj Majal, and backpacker faves like Pushkar wrapped up in a riot of colour. And we do the planning but leave the choice of excursions up to you. Don't explore South Asia—live it.

Highlights: Explore the vibrant streets of urban India, sail down the Ganges, get a glimpse of a traditional life in tiny villages, experience a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, marvel at Nepal's mountain views.

15 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVRL)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

Wander the tranquil monasteries of Luang Prabang and experience the French colonial influence while sipping coffee at a café. Take 12 days to uncover this laid-back corner of Southeast Asia. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included, and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a slow boat down the Mekong, and admire the limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng.

Highlights: Explore vibrant Hanoi, revel in the shadows of limestone karsts, discover the serenity of Luang Prabang, float on the mighty Mekong, experience the beauty of scenic northern Thailand.

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $999
$1249
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Vietnam on a Shoestring (AVRV)

Asia Vietnam

From chaotic Ho Chi Minh City to charming Hoi An, the imperial capital of Hue, vibrant Hanoi and the stunning natural beauty of Halong Bay, this trip has something for everyone. Journey up the coast in this jam-packed introduction to the country's highlights and nightlife with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with others that’ll keep up. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you really want.

Highlights: Explore the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, relax on golden beaches, shop in quaint Hoi An, discover Hue's citadels and pagodas, float through magical Halong Bay.

12 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVVL)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

From the fast-paced nightlife of Bangkok to a slow boat along the Mekong, this trip brings you the best of Southeast Asia on a shoestring. You'll party along the beautiful bay of Vietnam’s Nha Trang in the company of like-minded travellers and channel the French vibe sipping coffee in riverside cafés in Laos. Explore golden temples or hunt down treasures in local markets—the choice is all yours. Best of all, your CEO will take the hassle out of planning, so you're free to soak up the spirit of this amazing region.

Highlights: Explore vibrant cities, snorkel colourful reefs, shop in quaint Hoi An, float among the karsts of Halong Bay, discover sleepy Laos, cruise the mighty Mekong River.

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $1462
$1949
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Inca Empire (BILM)

South America Inca Trail, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Peru

From the bustling market-filled streets of La Paz to Incan culture high in the Andes, this 2-week adventure provides a panoramic view of Peru and a glimpse of Bolivia. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco and La Paz and interact with locals from the region’s communities for an immersive experience that few rarely get to know. Conquer the Inca Trail, one of the world’s best known and challenging hikes, and experience the stunning views of majestic Machu Picchu. As the region’s largest operator, we run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters, quality food, service and equipment.

Highlights: Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the pre-Incan ruins of Tihuanaco, witness life on Lake Titicaca, haggle at Sacred Valley markets

15 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Jordan Highlights (DJJH)

North Africa / Middle East Jordan

Looking to explore a piece of the ancient past? Go no further than Jordan. Our local CEO will ensure a thrilling journey throughout Jordan’s past and present, including a dip in the Dead Sea and a visit to Kerak Castle. Find your own bit of desert peace as you explore archaeological ruins and see what Israel looks like from the top of Mt Nebo. Start making history back where history began.

Highlights: Visit ancient ruins and archaeological sites with a local expert, float in the Dead Sea, watch a cooking demonstration and taste local specialities, overnight in a comfortable desert camp and learn about the ancient Bedouin culture

8 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania

Led by a certified safari guide, this 15-day tour will bring you to the famous wildlife habitats of both Tanzania and Kenya. Descend into the Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Crater for stunning wilderness and let your spirit soar as you race across the plains of the Masai Mara and Serengeti tracking Africa’s elusive Big Five. Our safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of getting ‘the’ shot—and full-service camping will bring you even closer to the region’s wildlife.

Highlights: Travel across the Serengeti, search for the Big Five in incredible game parks, savour traditional cuisine, visit a Samburu village, meet the Masai and discover their culture

15 days
From $4199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Nairobi to Victoria Falls Adventure (DNV)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five across the Serengeti, feel the thunder of Victoria Falls—uncover the spectacular highlights of four African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and bright city lights from the comfort of our overland truck and camp under the big African sky for a unique perspective of this majestic land. With a unique itinerary that offers plenty of options, uncover all that this diverse region has to offer.

Highlights: Track the Big Five in agile 4x4 safari vehicles, feel the mist of Victoria Falls, chill out at Lake Malawi, raft the Zambezi River, bliss out on the beaches of Zanzibar.

Promotions Available! 20 days
From $2399
$2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Music, Mountains & Monuments Eastbound (NUOY)

North America United States

From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, this roadtrip swings south along the East Coast and captures the best cities, historical monuments and beautiful scenery from New Orleans and New York to and everything in between. Embrace big city beats, Nashville grooves, and the traditional twang of the Appalachian Mountains. As always, centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action. Skip flying and discover country roots and the earthly delights that come with staying grounded.

Highlights: Feel the beat in Memphis and New Orleans, drive through the Appalachian Mountains, visit American history in Washington DC, party it up in New York.

8 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Climb the legendary Inca Trail to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu, dine the traditional way at a ceremonial Pachamanca feast, or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines—the adventure is yours to choose! With the services of a CEO and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the region’s main sights, providing plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you'll never forget. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—15 days of maximum Peru at minimum cost. This is everything you imagined Peru would be—and more!

Highlights: Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, meet the locals at an Andean homestay, spot soaring condors at Colca Canyon, sip pisco sours and eat ceviche.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1399
$1749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Atlantic to the Andes Experience (SXRL)

South America Brazil, Bolivia

From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of Uyuni Salt Flats and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Highlights: Stand in awe of Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, explore the Uyuni salt flats by 4x4.

Promotions Available! 25 days
From $3187
$3749
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Machu Picchu

From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Highlights: Stare in awe at Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, spend three days exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Promotions Available! 39 days
From $4589
$5399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)

South America Brazil

From the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty to remote interior wilderness, uncover the wonders of Brazil in two exciting weeks. Experience Iguassu Falls—so massive they straddle two countries and so intriguing you'll need two days to fully appreciate them. Not to be outdone, the Pantanal wetlands are teeming with wildlife like caiman, jaguar and exotic birds. Finally, trade early morning songbirds for samba nights in Rio and the rhythm of the beach. This adventure provides natural and cultural highlights and the best Brazil has to offer.

Highlights: Wander the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty, live it up in Rio de Janiero, marvel at the thundering Iguassu Falls, encounter wildlife and sleep in hammocks in the Brazilian Pantanal, sip caipirinhas on the beach

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $2549
$2999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC)

Asia India

Spend six days traversing the famed Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Explore the sites of hectic Delhi and onto Agra to marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most recognizable structures on the planet. Visit Fatephur Sikri, the 'Deserted City' of red sandstone, the Amber Fort and the sights of Jaipur—all await you in the frenzy of culture and history that makes up India’s Golden Triangle.

Highlights: Explore Delhi's bustling streets with an expert guide, marvel at the monuments of Agra and the Taj Mahal, gaze upon the ancient city of Fatephur Sikri

6 days
From $899
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Varanasi Experience (TAHVNC)

Asia India

A perfect add-on to any trip to India, explore the mystical and holy Hindu city of Varanasi. Take a memorable sunset and sunrise boat trip down the Ganges River and be enthralled by the thousands of devotees who come to the banks of the river to absolve themselves of their sins. Witness the bathing ghats and centuries-old temples, and explore the narrow winding lanes in search of exquisite silks, brassware and stunning saris. Also visit Sarnath, known as the birthplace of Buddhism and the site of the enlightened Buddha’s first sermon.

Highlights: Cruise the Ganges River and observe local traditions and rituals, explore Varanasi's 'Old City' and marvel at its ghats, visit where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon

4 days
From $349
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2
15 days
From $1999

Land of the Maharajas (AHLM)

9 days
From $1099

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

9 days
From $2149

Kenya Camping Safari (DKWA)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

15 days
From $1149

Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure (AHDU)

12 days
From $999

Vietnam on a Shoestring (AVRV)

15 days
From $2499

Inca Empire (BILM)

8 days
From $1999

Jordan Highlights (DJJH)

15 days
From $4199

Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW)

8 days
From $1149

Music, Mountains & Monuments Eastbound (NUOY)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1399
$1749

Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $2549
$2999

Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)

6 days
From $899

Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC)

4 days
From $349

Varanasi Experience (TAHVNC)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Land of the Maharajas (AHLM) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1999
Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (AVCH) 10 days Classic Standard
From $824
$1099
Cambodia Experience (AVCW) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Kenya Camping Safari (DKWA) 9 days Classic Camping
From $2149
The Inca Trail (SPIT) 7 days Active Standard
From $977
$1149
Delhi to Kathmandu Yolo Adventure (AHDU) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1149
Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVRL) 12 days Yolo Basic
From $999
$1249
Vietnam on a Shoestring (AVRV) 12 days Yolo Basic
From $999
Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVVL) 22 days Yolo Basic
From $1462
$1949
Inca Empire (BILM) 15 days Classic Standard
From $2499
Jordan Highlights (DJJH) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1999
Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW) 15 days Classic Camping
From $4199
Nairobi to Victoria Falls Adventure (DNV) 20 days Yolo Camping
From $2399
$2999
Music, Mountains & Monuments Eastbound (NUOY) 8 days Yolo Camping
From $1149
Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
$1749
Atlantic to the Andes Experience (SXRL) 25 days Classic Standard
From $3187
$3749
Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM) 39 days Classic Standard
From $4589
$5399
Wonders of Brazil (SZWB) 13 days Classic Standard
From $2549
$2999
Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC) 6 days Comfort Upgraded
From $899
Varanasi Experience (TAHVNC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $349