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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Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDC)

Africa Tanzania

The spice island of Zanzibar is a fascinating and beautiful world of its own and its beautiful beaches are world-renowned, so enjoy the idyllic white sand, turquoise water and unforgettable sunsets. At night, retire to comfortable accommodations. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town by wandering its labyrinth of narrow streets, losing yourself in the buzz of the markets, and exploring the many mosques and grand Arab residences. You'll never want to leave.

Highlights: Marvel at history and tradition whilst strolling through Stone Town, take in the aromas at a spice plantation, relax on the pristine beach

5 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
1

Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDN)

Africa Tanzania

The spice island of Zanzibar is a fascinating and beautiful world of its own. Discover Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while wandering its narrow streets and losing yourself in the buzz of the markets. Delight your senses on a guided spice tour, learning about the island's cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and lemongrass. Zanzibar's beaches are world-renowned, so enjoy the idyllic white sand, turquoise water and unforgettable sunsets.

Highlights: Take in the aromas on a spice plantation tour, relax on a tropical beach, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Stone Town.

5 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
1

Volcano, Hot Springs & Cloudforest (TCRVHC)

Central America Costa Rica

Head for the hills! Costa Rica's backbone of mountains and volcanoes hold some of its greatest treasures. The area around Arenal Volcano has adrenaline sports galore; enjoy the luxury of volcano-heated hot springs once the day's over. Join a guided tour of the Caño Negro wetlands, heading the next day for the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Explore this unique ecosystem, famous for its biodiversity, and spot quetzal and hummingbirds in a thick forest studded with tiny orchids.

Highlights: Spot wildlife around the waters of the Caño Negro wetlands, hike through the misty cloud forest, soak in the blissful thermal hot springs of Arenal

5 days
From $889
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

The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXC)

South America Argentina

Spend four days in El Calafate and explore a piece of Argentina's incredible Patagonia region. Witness active Perito Moreno glacier as massive ice chunks crack off and crash into the chilly waters of Lago Argentino below—one of Mother Nature's most stunning displays of power. On your free day, walk the town at your leisure, cruise the lake, or visit one of the several other glaciers of this awe-inspiring area.

Highlights: Explore stunning El Calafate, marvel at the dramatic Perito Moreno Glacier

4 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXN)

South America Argentina

Spend four days in El Calafate and explore a piece of Argentina's incredible Patagonia region. Witness active Perito Moreno Glacier, as massive ice chunks crack off and crash into the chilly waters of Lago Argentino below—one of Mother Nature's most stunning displays of power. On your free day, walk the town at your leisure, cruise the lake, or visit one of the several other glaciers of this awe-inspiring area.

Highlights: Witness the massive Perito Moreno Glacier, immerse yourself in Patagonia, indulge in Argentine food and wine

4 days
From $499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Puno & Lake Titicaca (TSPLTC)

South America Peru

Lake Titicaca is not only the largest lake in South America, it's also overflowing with culture and history. Sitting at 3838m above sea level, this is the highest navigable lake in the world. Take a day trip on the lake to meet its most famous residents—the Uros people, who live on floating, man-made islands made of reeds collected from the lake. In the evening, return to Puno and enjoy some live music in this town famous for its festivals and dances.

Highlights: Enjoy the festive and colourful city of Puno, Cruise on famed Lake Titicaca, Explore the floating reed islands of the Uros people

3 days
From $229
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Paraty Experience (TSZPXC)

South America Brazil

Discover one of Brazil's most untouched colonial towns. UNESCO World Heritage site Paraty sits on a bay, surrounded by lush hills and countless islands and coves. Every day, the streets closest to the sea flood with the tide—some residents take boats to their doors! Charming and full of cafes, Paraty is not to be missed. Dive off the boat on an included schooner tour and learn more about the town's history as one of the country's greatest producers of fiery cachaça liquor.

Highlights: Explore the islands and beaches of Paraty from a schooner, relax in a pristine paradise

4 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
1

Oktoberfest (EDOB)

Europe Germany

Bavarian beer, cuisine and culture combine to make this one tour of Germany you don’t want to miss. Imagine singing along with tens of thousands accompanied by ‘oom pah pahs’, while locals clad in lederhosen and feathered hats dance on tables. This is Oktoberfest! Of course, this tour is not only about beer—it’s also about sampling Munich’s cuisine and culture. Your CEO will take the hassle out of organizing so that you’re free to enjoy the party. Experience the lederhosen, the music and the friendliness of Bavaria—Ein Prosit!

Highlights: Revel in raucous Oktoberfest, dig into hearty regional fare, follow Bavarian beer from brewery to tankard and enjoy a tipple or two yourself, shop for lederhosen, feel right at home with apartment accommodations.

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

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

Asia Thailand

Trek through the hills surrounding Chiang Mai and meet the local people, known collectively as hilltribes, who have made their homes on these slopes. They have lived in peace and without modern conveniences for many years; a visit to these traditional communities is like travelling back to a simpler time. Learn about jungle food and the local way of life. After all that exertion, recline on a bamboo raft and float downriver, giving the friendly locals a wave as you drift past them going about their daily lives.

Highlights: Explore the vibrant colours of Chiang Mai, trek through Northern Thailand, meet the friendly locals, learn about the Karen tribe and witness their traditional weaving

5 days
From $299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Nazca Lines (TSPNLN)

South America Peru

Discover the Nazca Lines, one of the world's great enigmas. The Nazca Lines, 1,000 year-old figures etched into the desert floor, are visible in their entirety from the air. Travel to the plains near Nazca, board the included flight and marvel at the ever-changing desert landscape. You'll witness incredible stylized figures, including a monkey and a hummingbird. Other activities include visiting a pottery workshop and a cemetery containing ancient mummies.

Highlights: View the incredible Nazca Lines from the air, visit the city of Nazca and the Chauchilla cemetery

3 days
From $499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Mendoza Wine Experience (TSAMXC)

South America Argentina

Sip your way around the region that put Argentina on the world wine map on this three-day pursuit of the perfect glass! We explore old and new on our Mendoza city tour before venturing out into the countryside, visiting wineries and enjoying wine tasting. Take in all the region has to offer as you drive through fields of vines with the snowy Andes as a dramatic backdrop, and get to know your Malbec from your Merlot.

Highlights: Explore the churches and squares of Mendoza on a private tour, enjoy the local wineries - with tastings and lunch

4 days
From $449
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
1

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

This comfortable and compact adventure serves up Machu Picchu, one of the world's true treasures, in style. In colonial Cusco, once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, you'll spend a day exploring its Spanish, indigenous and natural highlights. You'll ride the rails through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu, perched on a mountain ridge. Then, let your local guide explain the site. You're free to explore this Incan masterpiece before catching your train back to Cusco.

Highlights: Explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide, wander the historic streets of Cusco, enjoy a scenic train journey through the Sacred Valley

4 days
From $849
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Magnificent Machu Picchu should be on every traveller's lifetime must-see list. In colonial Cusco, once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, you'll spend a day exploring its Spanish, indigenous and natural highlights. You'll ride the rails through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu, perched dramatically on a mountain ridge. Then, let your local guide explain the site. You're free to explore this Incan masterpiece before catching your train back to Cusco.

Highlights: Explore colonial Cusco, travel by rail to ancient Machu Picchu

4 days
From $619
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML)

Africa Kenya

For ages, the Masai people of East Africa have preserved an authentic way of life that includes training warriors, communicating with wild animals across the plains and developing native medicines. Now it’s your turn to get a taste of this unique lifestyle. This short, five-day trip takes a dive right into the daily life of the Masai, where you’ll learn how to make traditional beaded jewelry, milk cows, throw a spear and identify different animal tracks. You’ll get a firsthand look at bush survival skills as you live with the Masai people in their village, learn the beliefs of the Masai and enjoy a ceremony on your final night to cap off your experience.

Highlights: Learn survival skills from Masai warriors, participate in day-to-day life in a remote Masai village, listen to warrior stories around the campfire, witness a traditional Masai ceremony.

5 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Local Living Iceland—Northern Lights & Reykjavík (ELNL)

Europe Iceland

It’s one thing to look at photos of the majestic Northern Lights – it’s definitely another to see them for yourself while living in Iceland for five days. While we’ll absolutely take some time to go in search of the Lights, we’ll also include some local elements to best connect you to winter life in Reykjavík – think visiting a local flea market, buying fish for a cooking class, and touring this beautiful city. The CEO is a native Icelander and will be able to impart loads of knowledge about customs and daily life. Throw in some free time to keep this trip extra customizable and you’ve got an Iceland living experience to remember.

Highlights: Hunt for the ethereal Northern Lights, soak in natural pools with locals, savour the fruits of a cooking lesson with an Icelandic dinner feast, scour the local flea and fish market for bargains, explore the Icelandic countryside.

5 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Lima Fly & Stay (TSPFFN)

South America Peru

Add a night in Lima and a flight to Cusco to complement your ongoing adventures in the Cusco area. A perfect add-on to our 'The Inca Trail' tour (trip code SPIT), this provides peace of mind with those extra details organized for you and leaves more time for enjoying all that Peru has to offer.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, have your logistics organized before a trip starting in Cusco

2 days
From $299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
1

Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN)

South America Peru

Get a unique perspective on local Peruvian life. Relax on the pristine waters of Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in rural indigenous culture. Get a first-hand experience of the people who live life in ways we can hardly imagine on a homestay opportunity in a small village. Explore the village, get to know your hosts and peek through a window into a culture that is unique and fascinating.

Highlights: Immerse yourself in local culture at a Lake Titicaca homestay, explore the reed islands of the Uros people, enjoy stunning lake views by boat

4 days
From $239
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Kruger Camping Safari (DAKS)

Africa South Africa

Short and to the point, if you're already in Joburg or simply hungry for a taste of South Africa's exceptional wildlife and culture, this 4-day safari adventure will certainly hit the spot. Starting in Johannesburg, you'll head into world-renowned Kruger National Park—one of the largest and most diverse wildlife areas in Africa and home to zebras, elephants and lions. Travel is via a small 19-seat minibus. Participatory camping keeps you under the stars and, thanks to our long-standing community ties, you'll get plenty of invigorating local interaction as you meet the people of Shalati. The African wilderness is closer than you ever imagined.

Highlights: Encounter exotic wildlife in Kruger National Park, get off the mainstream tourist trail while spending a night in the community of Shalati, witness a traditional dance.

4 days
From $499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Iguassu Falls (TSAIFC)

South America Brazil, Argentina

Experience the stunning beauty and raw power of one of the greatest natural wonders on earth: Iguassu Falls. Wider than Victoria Falls and taller than Niagara, Iguassu Falls are set in the tropical jungles of the three-way border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Spend four days exploring, travelling to both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides on this complete experience of the falls—Iguassu is one of those places that needs to be seen to be believed.

Highlights: Stand in awe in the mists of stunning Iguassu Falls, catch views from the Argentine and Brazilian sides

4 days
From $499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2
5 days
From $1099

Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDC)

5 days
From $599

Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDN)

5 days
From $889

Volcano, Hot Springs & Cloudforest (TCRVHC)

4 days
From $349

Varanasi Experience (TAHVNC)

4 days
From $649

The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXC)

4 days
From $499

The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXN)

3 days
From $229

Puno & Lake Titicaca (TSPLTC)

4 days
From $599

Paraty Experience (TSZPXC)

5 days
From $1349

Oktoberfest (EDOB)

5 days
From $299

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

3 days
From $499

Nazca Lines (TSPNLN)

4 days
From $449

Mendoza Wine Experience (TSAMXC)

4 days
From $849

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC)

4 days
From $619

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN)

5 days
From $599

Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML)

2 days
From $299

Lima Fly & Stay (TSPFFN)

4 days
From $239

Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN)

4 days
From $499

Kruger Camping Safari (DAKS)

4 days
From $499

Iguassu Falls (TSAIFC)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDC) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1099
Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDN) 5 days Classic Standard
From $599
Volcano, Hot Springs & Cloudforest (TCRVHC) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $889
Varanasi Experience (TAHVNC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $349
The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $649
The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $499
Puno & Lake Titicaca (TSPLTC) 3 days Comfort Upgraded
From $229
Paraty Experience (TSZPXC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $599
Oktoberfest (EDOB) 5 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH) 5 days Classic Standard
From $299
Nazca Lines (TSPNLN) 3 days Classic Standard
From $499
Mendoza Wine Experience (TSAMXC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $449
Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $849
Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $619
Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML) 5 days Local Living Camping
From $599
Local Living Iceland—Northern Lights & Reykjavík (ELNL) 5 days Local Living Standard
From $1099
Lima Fly & Stay (TSPFFN) 2 days Classic Standard
From $299
Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $239
Kruger Camping Safari (DAKS) 4 days Yolo Camping
From $499
Iguassu Falls (TSAIFC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $499