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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Alexandria Extension (TDPAXN)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

Delve into legendary Alexandria, Egypt's capital for a millennium and once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Wander the Roman amphitheatres, palaces and catacombs of Egypt's gateway to the Mediterranean. Starting from Cairo, spend a day and a half exploring Alexandria's Greek, Roman and Byzantine history in one of the greatest cities of the Hellenic world. And with a top-notch CEO from door to door, you'll know you're in good hands the whole time.

Highlights: Connect with history on the streets of Alexandria, visit the impressive Qaitbay Fort and look up at towering Pompey's Pillar, explore the underground Catacombs of Komel-Shokafa

2 days
From $349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
1

Ancient Angkor Wat (TAKAAC)

Asia Cambodia

A perfect add-on to any Southeast Asia trip, explore the Angkor Temple complex with an expert local guide. Built over a period of 400 years by a number of different rulers and covering an area of more than 400 sq km, the temple complex of Angkor was only rediscovered 150 years ago. This magnificent site holds incredible structures and sculptures from the Khmer Empire and is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. With its beautiful gardens, stone carvings, and endless photo opportunities, a visit to the magical and mysterious UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor will remain with you forever.

Highlights: Take in the archaeological splendour of the majestic Angkor temples with an expert local guide, explore vibrant Siem Reap

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

ANZAC Day Memorial Tour (ETAD)

Europe Turkey

With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, stand in the morning breeze and pay respect to the fallen on ANZAC Day at a dawn vigil. This special 3-day trip takes you by private bus along the Dardanelles, from Istanbul to the memorial site commemorating the common sacrifice for all of the nations involved. This moving tour will also include visits to other important sites such as Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair and the war cemeteries, making your visit to Turkey a unique and beautiful experience.

Highlights: Witness the moving dawn service and accompanying memorials, explore the ancient city of Troy

3 days
From $299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Buenos Aires & Tango Experience (TSATXC)

South America Argentina

Dance, drink and eat your way around the most sophisticated European city in South America—Buenos Aires. Get to know the city everyone loves to love, as you tour colourful La Boca, bohemian San Telmo and historic Plaza de Mayo. Enjoy a tango show before a free day to explore the rest of the 'Paris of the Americas' on your own or dance the night away in the smoky milongas (tango houses). Funky Palermo and swanky Recoleta—home to Eva Peron's tomb are options for your free day. Don't forget to indulge in possibly the best beef in the world!

Highlights: Savour the sophistication of Buenos Aires, explore the famed neighbourhoods of La Boca and Recoleta, feel the passion of the tango

4 days
From $459
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
1

Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle (TATGTC)

Asia Thailand

Visit the fascinating city of Chiang Mai, a thriving metropolis with many points of interest to visitors and a less hectic alternative to the capital. Explore ancient temples, visit gentle elephants and delve into Thai culture and traditions in lush, mountainous scenery. Visit indigenous hilltribe communities for a glimpse into traditional life, and then venture by boat to the threshold of three different countries—the Golden Triangle—where the borders of Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos meet.

Highlights: Get up close and personal with majestic elephants at a conservation centre, delight in Chiang Mai with a khantoke dinner, seek enlightenment at the temple of Doi Suthep, marvel at the mysteries of Chiang Rai, explore local hilltribe villages

5 days
From $689
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Cloud Forest Experience (TSEFXC)

South America Ecuador

Head for the clouds—cloud forest, that is. Experience it from your lodge in the middle of the Mindo forest, sitting at a comfortable 1200m in altitude. Try river tubing, rappelling, hiking or horseback riding, or just take a more relaxed pace enjoying the jungle atmosphere. The Mindo area is known for its mind-boggling bird watching and more orchids than you thought possible.

Highlights: Explore the lush cloud forest at Mindo, encounter stunning flora and fauna unique to this area

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

Easter Island (TSCRNC)

South America Chile

Unravel the mystery of Rapa Nui. Explore mythical Easter Island, known around the world for its ancient monolithic stone statues. See the mysterious statues - or Moai - sprinkled throughout the island, tour the volcanoes, beaches and petroglyphs, and get to know the unique culture of one of the most remote islands on Earth.

Highlights: Explore the ruins and monolithic heads of this mysterious island, visit the island town and beaches, search for prehistoric paintings at the Ana Kai Tangata cavern

4 days
From $749
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Easter Island (TSCRNN)

South America Chile

Unravel the mystery of Rapa Nui. Explore mythical Easter Island, known around the world for its ancient monolithic stone statues. See the mysterious statues, or Moai, sprinkled throughout the island, tour the volcanoes, beaches and petroglyphs, and get to know the unique culture of one of the most remote islands on earth.

Highlights: Tour the Moai route and explore the Ana Tepahu and Ana Kai caverns, visit the quarry of Puna Pau, learn more about the islanders at Orongo Cultural Centre

4 days
From $629
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Explore Petra and Wadi Rum (TDWEPN)

North Africa / Middle East Jordan

Hit the highlights of Jordan in this action-packed four days. View spectacular Wadi Rum by 4x4 before spending a night in the desert in the company of a local Bedouin tribe. Explore the magnificent red rock city of Petra and be amazed by the well-preserved Roman city of Jerash. Jordan has so much to offer!

Highlights: Explore the ancient Roman city of Jerash, traverse the desert by 4x4 and stay in a desert camp at Wadi Rum, discover hidden secrets in Petra

4 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Want more Galápagos? Extend your stay by adding this 4-day adventure. See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's largest island, Isabela. Hike to a giant volcanic crater, visit a tortoise breeding centre and shark resting ground—and stop at the site of the island's former penal colony. Along the way spot flamingos, penguins, sea lions and marine iguanas.

Highlights: Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, swim and snorkel in paradise, hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second largest volcanic crater in the world

4 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Hanoi & Halong Bay Experience (TAVHHN)

Asia Vietnam

A city of Parisian charm and grace with an Asian edge, Hanoi is an enthralling blend of East and West and a rising star in Southeast Asia. Vietnam’s capital has much to explore—museums, parks, history and culture abound. Don’t forget to check out the local cuisine and enjoy the nightlife in this busy city. Next, visit stunning Halong Bay and overnight on a junk boat (a traditional Asian vessel) whilst cruising among the bay's 3000 islands rising dramatically from the emerald waters.

Highlights: Explore the streets of vibrant Hanoi, cruise in the shadows of limestone karsts in Halong Bay, indulge in delicious seafood

4 days
From $399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS)

Europe United Kingdom, Scotland

Looking for a very different New Year’s Eve experience? Try out Hogmanay in Scotland—a street-party celebration in and around Edinburgh that involves traditional singing and dancing, comedians, storytelling and more. This is a unique four-day trip that will immerse you in Scottish culture as you ring in the new year, highlander-style.

Highlights: Party with the Scottish at one of the world's largest New Year's Eve street parties, learn a new dance at a traditional céilidh, wander the beautiful streets of Edinburgh.

4 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
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

Iguassu Falls (TSAIFN)

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 near the 3-way border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. On this complete falls experience, you'll spend four days exploring both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. Iguassu is one of those places that needs to be seen to be believed.

Highlights: Be awestruck by Iguassu Falls, get up close and personal with the falls on an optional boat ride

4 days
From $399
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

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

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

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

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

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
2 days
From $349

Alexandria Extension (TDPAXN)

4 days
From $499

Ancient Angkor Wat (TAKAAC)

3 days
From $299

ANZAC Day Memorial Tour (ETAD)

4 days
From $459

Buenos Aires & Tango Experience (TSATXC)

5 days
From $689

Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle (TATGTC)

3 days
From $499

Cloud Forest Experience (TSEFXC)

4 days
From $749

Easter Island (TSCRNC)

4 days
From $629

Easter Island (TSCRNN)

4 days
From $999

Explore Petra and Wadi Rum (TDWEPN)

4 days
From $799

Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN)

4 days
From $399

Hanoi & Halong Bay Experience (TAVHHN)

4 days
From $799

Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS)

4 days
From $499

Iguassu Falls (TSAIFC)

4 days
From $399

Iguassu Falls (TSAIFN)

4 days
From $499

Kruger Camping Safari (DAKS)

4 days
From $239

Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN)

2 days
From $299

Lima Fly & Stay (TSPFFN)

5 days
From $599

Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML)

4 days
From $849

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Alexandria Extension (TDPAXN) 2 days Classic Standard
From $349
Ancient Angkor Wat (TAKAAC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $499
ANZAC Day Memorial Tour (ETAD) 3 days Classic Basic
From $299
Buenos Aires & Tango Experience (TSATXC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $459
Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle (TATGTC) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $689
Cloud Forest Experience (TSEFXC) 3 days Comfort Upgraded
From $499
Easter Island (TSCRNC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $749
Easter Island (TSCRNN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $629
Explore Petra and Wadi Rum (TDWEPN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $999
Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $799
Hanoi & Halong Bay Experience (TAVHHN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $399
Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS) 4 days Yolo Basic
From $799
Iguassu Falls (TSAIFC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $499
Iguassu Falls (TSAIFN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $399
Kruger Camping Safari (DAKS) 4 days Yolo Camping
From $499
Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $239
Lima Fly & Stay (TSPFFN) 2 days Classic Standard
From $299
Local Living Iceland—Northern Lights & Reykjavík (ELNL) 5 days Local Living Standard
From $1099
Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML) 5 days Local Living Camping
From $599
Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $849