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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Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS)

Asia Indonesia

Home to 136 million people, the Indonesian island of Java is the most densely populated region on Earth. But while the teeming rivers of humanity that flow through Jakarta’s streets at rush hour can feel overpowering, there’s still a surprising amount of room to stretch out and explore. Travelling with other young travellers eager to experience this unique place, you’ll make your way from big cities to the calming beaches of Bali, soaking up culture and excitement along the way. And as your expert CEOs will be only too happy to show you, there’s plenty more to taste here than just stellar coffee.

Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, explore thriving cities, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces, sip coffee at plantations, relax on sandy beaches.

15 days
From $1449
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

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

Western Express Loop (NUWL)

North America United States

You’ve got two weeks and the entire West Coast of the United States at your disposal. Where do you go? Start in Los Angeles and cruise the fabled Pacific Coast Highway, cross the Golden Gate into San Francisco and then work your way swiftly through a handful of national parks (Bryce, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon), sow some wild oats in Vegas, and finally work your way back to Hollywood before heading home. (Hey, we don’t call it the ‘Express’ for nothing.)

Highlights: Drive the Pacific Coast Highway, ride a bike around Monterey, bask in big city lights in Los Angeles and San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, try your luck on the Las Vegas strip

15 days
From $3249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Western Balkans Adventure (ECWB)

Europe Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On the crossroads between east & west, the Balkan Peninsula is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This trip will introduce the culture lover to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the eastern delicacies of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and the verdant fjords of Montenegro in 12 rich days. While your expert CEO is there to unveil Mostar, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik, you'll also have plenty of free time for sea kayaking, hiking or island visits.

Highlights: Wander the ancient city of Split built among the Roman ruins of Diocletian's Palace, visit the historic bridge of Mostar, discover where eastern delicacies meet western traditions in Sarajevo, enjoy a market visit and picnic lunch

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2549
$2999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Volunteer Costa Rica (CRPJ)

Central America Costa Rica

From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast’s famous surf, experience some of the world's most incredible scenery and exotic wildlife—and make a lasting impact while you're there. Spend five days volunteering with a sea turtle project to help ensure these endearing creatures are around for future generations to admire. Then, hike through misty cloud forests and get your heart racing on optional activities in the lush wilderness. Give some of your time to this beautiful country and a worthy cause, and you'll be rewarded with an experience you can really treasure. Gain a real sense of accomplishment and take home more than photographs.

Highlights: Patrol for sea turtles laying their eggs, chill out on the beach and watch the waves lap at the coast, search for the elusive quetzal bird, take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting

15 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ)

Asia China

This unique itinerary introduces the highlights of the Middle Kingdom — from the historic gems of modern Beijing to the ancient walls of Xi'an and cosmopolitan glitter of contemporary Shanghai — while allowing you to give back to the community at the same time. From the palaces and temples of Beijing, venture to the countryside to experience the grandeur of the Great Wall and offer vocational training at a school with people who have developmental disabilities. In Xi'an, witness the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. In Chengdu, indulge in the culinary spice that is Sichuan cuisine, and volunteer at the largest panda reserve in the world to help ensure these distinctly Chinese icons are around for future generations to admire.

Highlights: Volunteer at a school for people with developmental disabilities offering vocational training, come face-to-face with pandas in Chengdu, explore the bustling streets of China's biggest cities, hike along the Great Wall, meet the Terracotta Warriors.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1799
$2249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC)

Asia Thailand, Cambodia, Laos

Spend time volunteering with one of our projects in Laos and Cambodia, and you'll take away so much more than souvenirs or photographs—you'll engage the local community with building and education initiatives, and still have the opportunity to explore incredible ruins at Angkor Wat and experience French influences in riverside cafés. Whether you're marvelling at stunning scenery, Buddhist monasteries or the face of a smiling child, this journey will allow you to dig deep into the people and culture of South East Asia.

Highlights: Volunteer with New Hope Cambodia in Siem Reap, marvel at the temples of Angkor Wat, enjoy a local homestay, relax in the riverside town of Vang Vieng, meet workers of a local NGO in Luang Prabang

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

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, discover the vibrant streets of Hanoi.

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $799
$999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Vietnam Family Adventure (AVVF)

Asia Vietnam

Gifted with a staggering abundance of flavourful food, fascinating culture, untouched nature, and disarmingly friendly people, Vietnam has more than earned its rep as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. This fun-focused family trip packs as much of the good stuff into 12 days as humanly possible – including cruising Halong Bay, exploring the Imperial Citadel, museum visits, and even a boat trip to a floating market – yet still offers more than enough time to relax. Don’t forget to pack your smile; you’ll be needing it often here.

Highlights: Explore Hanoi by cyclo, cruise the peaks in Halong Bay, shop and relax in Hoi An, meet local families in the Mekong Delta, discover bustling Ho Chi Minh City

12 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK)

Asia Uzbekistan

From the remarkable mosques and Soviet architecture of Tashkent to the ancient capital of Khiva, follow the legendary Silk Road through the exotic best of Uzbekistan. Indulge in steamy marble hammams, roam the twisting lanes of ancient bazaars and explore the monuments and minarets of Samarkand. Your CEO will lead the way, taking care of the hassles and leaving you free to explore a land rich in culture and history. For a great taste of enigmatic Uzbekistan, this 12-day adventure serves up only the best.

Highlights: Discover ancient cities of the Silk Road, sip hot drinks in tiny Khiva teahouses, bargain at colourful bazaars, admire the fountains and madrassas of the Registan, stay in a traditional yurt.

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1439
$1799
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

Ultimate Italy: Winter (EIULC)

Europe Italy

From the delightful small towns of Umbria to Venice's splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in Italy’s delights in the winter, when the crowds are fewer and the food and drink in even greater abundance than usual. Marvel at the Renaissance glories of Tuscany and sample the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna in Bologna. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery. Experience the best of Italy in winter in this all-encompassing tour.

Highlights: Indulge in a traditional Roman meal, sip a cappuccino in a piazza in Florence, visit the medieval town of Gubbio, wonder the streets of Modena, revel in the breathtaking piazza San Marco in Venice

13 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Ultimate Italy (EIRV)

Europe Italy

From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether it’s sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies within the walls of charming Lucca. Experience the best of Italy in this all-encompassing tour.

Highlights: Experience medieval and Renaissance delights, discover a passion for regional wines and Italian cuisine, savour the sea views and Tuscan hills, explore the elegant countryside of Lake Como by boat, enjoy an authentic Roman meal with new friends

14 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Ultimate Cambodian Adventure (ATUC)

Asia Thailand, Cambodia

No matter where you travel in Cambodia, the past is always present. History, both ancient and modern, is everywhere here; whether you’re cycling in the shadows of the mighty Angkor Wat, wandering the streets of cosmopolitan Phnom Penh or exploring the Irrawaddy in search of river dolphins, you can’t escape the pull of time that shaped—and continues to shape—this arresting land.

Highlights: Stroll through the streets of colonial Phnom Penh and Battambang, learn about recent history of Cambodia with a visit to Tuol Sleng, revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat, relax on golden beaches, experience a local village meal

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1189
$1399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Turkey On A Budget (ETTO)

Europe Turkey

White cliff waterfalls and the glimmering Blue Mosque—experience the best of Turkey's historical highlights and natural wonders in one incredible tour. Begin your trip roaming the palaces of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre underground cities and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Stick to public bus and budget accommodation, which not only keeps costs down but gives you a chance to really meet the locals. From the ancient Roman streets of Ephesus to bustling bazaars, follow your curiosity and spend 15 days discovering the culture and natural beauty of this fascinating region.

Highlights: Discover historic cities and extraordinary scenery, chill out in local villages, relax on an overnight boat trip, explore the bustling streets of Istanbul

15 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Turkey Explorer (ETTE)

Europe Turkey

Marvel at painted churches chiseled into rock, descend into underground cities, walk through ancient towns and savour fresh seafood in seaside villages as you discover the treasures of Turkey. Travel days are well paced, with 2 included flights allowing you the time to really experience Turkey's riches. And while enjoying its coastline, you'll return each night to a cozy bed so you're fresh each morning. This trip offers all the adventure activities, culture and vivid history of this magnificent land for those who prefer a more comfortable option.

Highlights: Discover historic cities and Roman ruins, enjoy dinner in a traditional family home, relax on a boat excursion on turquoise waters, meet local people and explore their culture, investigate a mysterious underground city and a ghost town

15 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC)

Central America Costa Rica

Think you know Costa Rica? Trade in the same old settings for the real deal. Trek into the heart of the jungle to live with three families in a remote village. Discover the emerald core of a diverse land while bunking down behind a massive waterfall in a hidden cave. Learn about the medicinal plants native to these parts and how to make sugarcane candy. This is a spectacular country with opportunities for waterfall rappelling, surfing and whitewater rafting. This is what adventure is all about.

Highlights: Trek into a remote community to live with the locals, sleep in a cave behind twin 26m (85 ft) waterfalls, make your own sugarcane candy, experience a traditional sauna and learn about medicinal plants, rappel down hidden waterfalls, whitewater-raft on the Savegre River.

12 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Treasures of Italy (EITI)

Europe Italy

Artists have always travelled to Italy to lift their spirits, and this 2-week adventure offers you the same opportunity. Connect with the ancients at the ruins of Pompeii and in Rome and marvel at the Renaissance in Venice and Florence. You’ll explore Villages, boat off the coast of Cinque Terre, and walk with the gods in Amalfi. We’ve taken care of the planning so you’ll have plenty of time for solo exploring and optional activities. Connect with the culture—past and present—and discover what visitors have always known: the heart beats faster in Italy.

Highlights: Connect with an ancient civilization in historic Roman cities, feel inspired by the Tuscan landscapes, ponder ash-covered Pompeii under the shadow of Mt Vesuvius, learn how limoncello is made before sneaking a taste, taste the difference at a local lunch in Amalfi

14 days
From $3699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Timeless Vietnam (AVHC)

Asia Vietnam

For those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option, this adventure explores the best of Vietnam’s history, culture and cuisine. From the breathless beauty of Halong Bay to the former imperial capital of Hue, the ancient port town of Hoi An and the hilltribe villages, Vietnam offers adventurous visitors a chance to explore its ancient past, recent history and promising future. With comfortable accommodation and transport by private air-conditioned van arranged by your CEO, you'll have plenty of time to appreciate the incredible beauty and remarkable people of Vietnam.

Highlights: Travel like a local on a cyclo ride in Hanoi, meet locals in remote hilltribe villages, cruise along Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat, learn to cook your favourite Vietnamese dishes, step back into history at the Chu Chi Tunnels

13 days
From $2099
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW)

Asia India

Have your camera at the ready as you hit three parks in 14 days for the best chance to see the elusive tiger in its natural habitat. From the scrublands of Ranthambore to the beauty of Bandhavgarh, your expert CEO and handpicked local guides will lead you through a wilderness home to the most exotic of wildlife. The world famous Taj Mahal and the rugged forts and palaces of Jaipur provide an intriguing blend of culture so that you come away with the essence of India. Along the way, our certified CEO will share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime.

Highlights: Search for tigers in their natural habitats, discover forts and palaces, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal

14 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
15 days
From $1449

Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS)

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $2549
$2999

Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)

15 days
From $3249

Western Express Loop (NUWL)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2549
$2999

Western Balkans Adventure (ECWB)

15 days
From $1099

Volunteer Costa Rica (CRPJ)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1799
$2249

Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ)

15 days
From $1799

Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $799
$999

Vietnam on a Shoestring (AVRV)

12 days
From $1599

Vietnam Family Adventure (AVVF)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1439
$1799

Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK)

15 days
From $1349

Uncover India—Delhi to Goa (AHUH)

13 days
From $1999

Ultimate Italy: Winter (EIULC)

14 days
From $2499

Ultimate Italy (EIRV)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1189
$1399

Ultimate Cambodian Adventure (ATUC)

15 days
From $1299

Turkey On A Budget (ETTO)

15 days
From $2349

Turkey Explorer (ETTE)

12 days
From $1399

Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC)

14 days
From $3699

Treasures of Italy (EITI)

13 days
From $2099

Timeless Vietnam (AVHC)

14 days
From $1349

Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Yolo Java to Bali (AEKS) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1449
Wonders of Brazil (SZWB) 13 days Classic Standard
From $2549
$2999
Western Express Loop (NUWL) 15 days Classic Standard
From $3249
Western Balkans Adventure (ECWB) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2549
$2999
Volunteer Costa Rica (CRPJ) 15 days Classic Basic
From $1099
Volunteer China – Pandas (ACZJ) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1799
$2249
Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Vietnam on a Shoestring (AVRV) 12 days Yolo Basic
From $799
$999
Vietnam Family Adventure (AVVF) 12 days Family Upgraded
From $1599
Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1439
$1799
Uncover India—Delhi to Goa (AHUH) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1349
Ultimate Italy: Winter (EIULC) 13 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Ultimate Italy (EIRV) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2499
Ultimate Cambodian Adventure (ATUC) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1189
$1399
Turkey On A Budget (ETTO) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1299
Turkey Explorer (ETTE) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2349
Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC) 12 days Active Basic
From $1399
Treasures of Italy (EITI) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3699
Timeless Vietnam (AVHC) 13 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2099
Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1349