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

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. 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, cruise magical Halong Bay, scour markets across four unique countries.

30 days
From $2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
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

10 days
From $1099
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

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1529
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
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

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

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

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1147
$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

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

Sailing Turkey - Fethiye to Bodrum (ETVF)

Europe Turkey

When it comes to beautiful coastlines and natural geographic wonders, it's hard to beat the Turkish Rivera. On this sailing adventure, you'll cruise along the area known as the Lycian Way, a popular destination with a long-standing maritime culture. That said, there are still many off-the-beaten-path treasures waiting to be discovered, and you'll have the perfect opportunity to do so in between snorkelling, swimming in open water, relaxing in mud baths, and enjoying Turkey's beaches. Living aboard our state-of-the-art catamaran means you'll never have to go without.

Highlights: Discover tiny villages and secluded islands with deserted beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters, learn to sail a catamaran, hike through ancient ruins, marvel at the ancient rock tombs in Dalyan, sail into the ancient port of Bodrum

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1329
$1899
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Sailing Greece - Mykonos to Santorini (GVMS)

Europe Greece

A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world's most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail eight days aboard our 15m (49 ft) yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling, and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don't forget to try the ouzo!

Highlights: Explore the beautiful southern Cyclades by sailboat, stop at small off-the-beaten-path islands along the way, relax on white-sand beaches, try your hand at sailing (or just relax on the deck), stroll through local villages and sample traditional Greek food and wine

8 days
From $1449
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
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 and 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, relax on golden beaches, shop Hoi An's quaint streets, float through Halong Bay.

20 days
From $1679
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
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

Cuba Libre (CCL)

Central America Cuba

Walking through the pincushion hills, wandering amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations—see another side of the island on this week-long tour through the ‘Garden Province’ of Cuba. Tour a tobacco plantation, snorkel crystal-clear waters full of colourful coral and search for the pirates of lore along the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Soak up local culture in a homestay for an immersive experience that travellers rarely get to know. Let our experienced CEO lead you off the beaten path and discover the cultural treasures of Cuba.

Highlights: Relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches, experience Cuban hospitality during a homestay, visit a factory that produces world-famous Cuban cigars

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $899
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Kenya Safari Experience (DKKS)

Africa Kenya

If you’re of the opinion that ‘safari’ doesn’t have to be synonymous with ‘roughing it’, have we got an adventure for you! Designed for travellers who long to get out into the thick of Kenya’s game parks and reserves by day and sleep in a cozy bed by night, this trip maximizes both wildlife access and creature comforts. Witness stunning wildlife and get that perfect pic to show all your friends, explore the vast plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve and gaze in awe at the peaks of Kilimanjaro in the distance from Amboseli National Park. Maximum Africa—minimal sweat.

Highlights: Explore the Masai Mara and Kenya's premiere game reserves with an expert local safari guide, search out rare rhinos at Lake Nakuru, get up close and personal with wildlife in a small safari 4x4 with a maximum group size of 6, take in views of Mt Kilimanjaro from our comfortable tented camp inside Amboseli

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $2474
$3299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
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

Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE)

Africa Tanzania

Witness big game on open savannah and experience the stunning beauty of the Great Rift Valley. Led by a certified safari guide, you'll journey to Tanzania in search of phenomenal wildlife in its natural habitat. Full-service camping will bring you closer to the region’s animals and is an economical way to gain insight into local cultures in a short amount of time. Our small safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of one of the elusive Big Five.

Highlights: Enjoy game drives in the Serengeti, dance with the Masai, savour traditional cuisine in a local village, take in the views at Ngorongoro Crater, meet local artisans on a village walk.

7 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN)

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, 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 across the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in agile 4x4 safari vehicles, chill out at Lake Malawi, explore Victoria Falls and Zanzibar.

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

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

Europe Belgium

Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur, however, is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this 8-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. In Belgium, you’ll visit the six Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium (including the chance to taste Westvleteren, one of beerdom’s most celebrated brews), explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)

Highlights: Visit all six Trappist breweries in Belgium, indulge in delicious Belgian cuisine, explore quaint towns like Bruges and Rochefort, learn about (and taste) rare beers and visit the monasteries they're made in

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1699
$1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cities of Europe (EELA)

Europe Netherlands, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany

If you’re looking for a stellar, budget-conscious tour that provides a quick yet comprehensive sampler of Europe, this is a party you’ll want to join. We’ll hit up six countries in 14 days and take the time to drink in all the highlights in famous cities like Paris, Rome, Venice, London and more. Enjoy comfortable train travel between locations and soak up the experience of seeing Europe with a small group. This continent has never felt so small.

Highlights: Explore historic cities and their galleries and museums, sample regional wines and delicacies, hit six countries in 14 days, sample some pilsner on a German pub crawl.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2079
$2599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Absolute Peru (PHPT)

South America Amazon, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Scan the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, contemplate mountain vistas or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines—this epic journey explores the geography, culture and history of Peru, offering you the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time. Hike the Inca Trail, which rewards those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forest. And because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food, service and equipment.

Highlights: Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, search for wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, experience local life at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the mysterious Nazca Lines

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2879
$3599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4
15 days
From $1999

Land of the Maharajas (AHLM)

30 days
From $2799

Indochina Discovery (ATID)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1529
$1699

Cuba Colonial (CCC)

7 days
From $1399

Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany (EIST)

12 days
From $2449

Amazon To The Andes (PAA)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1147
$1349

Inca Discovery (PID)

8 days
From $1449

Sailing Greece - Mykonos to Santorini (GVMS)

20 days
From $1679

Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring (ATCV)

9 days
From $1099

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $899
$999

Cuba Libre (CCL)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $2474
$3299

Kenya Safari Experience (DKKS)

9 days
From $2149

Kenya Camping Safari (DKWA)

7 days
From $2199

Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE)

20 days
From $2999

Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1699
$1999

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2079
$2599

Cities of Europe (EELA)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2879
$3599

Absolute Peru (PHPT)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Land of the Maharajas (AHLM) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1999
Indochina Discovery (ATID) 30 days Yolo Basic
From $2799
Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (AVCH) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Cuba Colonial (CCC) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1529
$1699
Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany (EIST) 7 days Local Living Standard
From $1399
Amazon To The Andes (PAA) 12 days Classic Standard
From $2449
Inca Discovery (PID) 8 days Active Standard
From $1147
$1349
Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Queen Violeta (PVIIA) 9 days Marine Upgraded
From $2499
Sailing Turkey - Fethiye to Bodrum (ETVF) 10 days Marine Standard
From $1329
$1899
Sailing Greece - Mykonos to Santorini (GVMS) 8 days Marine Standard
From $1449
Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring (ATCV) 20 days Yolo Basic
From $1679
Cambodia Experience (AVCW) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Cuba Libre (CCL) 8 days Classic Standard
From $899
$999
Kenya Safari Experience (DKKS) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2474
$3299
Kenya Camping Safari (DKWA) 9 days Classic Camping
From $2149
Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE) 7 days Classic Camping
From $2199
Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN) 20 days Yolo Camping
From $2999
Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1699
$1999
Cities of Europe (EELA) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $2079
$2599
Absolute Peru (PHPT) 21 days Classic Standard
From $2879
$3599