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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Central America Explorer (CGCA)

Central America Guatemala, Honduras

The ultimate exploration of Mayan culture for those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option. Explore the ruins at Copán and Tikal, walk the cobblestones in the colonial city of Antigua, and take part in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony after a local lunch on breathtaking Lake Atitlán. From the Caribbean flavour of Livingston to soaring volcano views, your CEO will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Mayan culture.

Highlights: Explore ancient Mayan ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, visit modern day Mayan communities and participate in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony, visit local artisan co-ops for hands-on demonstrations, take a cooking class and enjoy the results for lunch

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1869
$2199
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of Ethiopia (DEHE)

Africa Ethiopia

Rich with natural contrast, captivating human history and countless surprises, Ethiopia has long been an intersection between the civilizations of North Africa, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This 15-day adventure is perfect for the traveller looking to delve into the history and culture of this incredibly diverse land like few others do. In fact, we’ll help to take some of the infamous bumps out of African travel through a combination of flights and comfortable land transport. Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged.

Highlights: Explore rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and castles in Gondar, admire the monasteries of Lake Tana, visit the Blue Nile Falls, discover the Simien Mountains and historical Axum

15 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Ethiopia Discovery (DES)

Africa Ethiopia

This 12-day adventure through a less-visited part of Ethiopia offers travellers willing to go without some western conveniences an opportunity to truly interact with various ethnic communities. Explore the enigmatic beehive houses of the Dorze and stop in numerous villages for truly immersive cultural encounters with the Ari, Karo, Mursi, Hamer and Dassanech people. Visit two national parks and explore Lake Chamo by boat in search of crocodiles, hippos and bird life. With your expert CEO doing the planning, you're free to soak in the diversity of this remote land and its incredible people.

Highlights: Embark on a boat trip on Lake Chamo, uncover rural culture and traditions, meet different ethnic groups, view the incredible birdlife of Lake Ziway, camp with the Mursi people

12 days
From $2299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure (DKNZ)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania

From the buzz of Kenya's capital Nairobi to the excitement of tracking the Big Five across the Serengeti, feel the pulse of Africa on this 11-day journey. Explore the incomparable beauty of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater before heading east through the savannah to visit spice plantations and relax on the beach. While our agile 4x4s will improve your chances of seeing some of the planet’s most amazing wildlife, our unique overland truck will get you around safely—and camping will keep you at the heart of the action along the way. Our certified CEO will lead the way and share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime.

Highlights: Track the Big Five across the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in agile 4x4 safari vehicles, See Mt Kilimanjaro towering in the distance, Explore Zanzibar's spice plantations and pristine beaches.

11 days
From $1899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience (DKTS)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania

Whether you travel in style or by the seat of your pants, the sprawling, wildlife-rich grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania are a sight to behold. This trip stresses the former while capturing the spirit of the latter, transferring you swiftly between national parks, cushy lodges and tented camps while still giving you the chance to get out and truly feel the majestic lands you’re travelling across. In a small safari 4x4 with two expert local guides, you’ll descend into the Great Rift Valley, view Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance from Amboseli National Park, track the Big Five across the Serengeti and Masai Mara plains and much, much more.

Highlights: Explore Kenya and Tanzania's top game reserves with an expert safari guide, relax at comfortable tented camps and lodges located inside parks and reserves, visit an authentic Masai village and experience a different way of life, travel in a small group of 6 for a more intimate safari experience, enjoy a local lunch and village walk.

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $4799
$5999
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

Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM)

Africa Madagascar

Wild landscapes, village culture, beaches—Madagascar might be an island but there’s nothing small about it. For those who like to get remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people you’ll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) You’ll get to embrace local life but still have time to relax at the beach. Best of all, there’s always a local CEO there to lead the way and provide a link to the unusual and extraordinary.

Highlights: Search for lemurs and unique wildlife, learn about endemic flora and fauna in world-famous national parks, visit local artisan workshops, lounge on the beautiful beaches, savour dinner with a local family

14 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO)

Africa Namibia, South Africa

Experience incredible desert scenery and cosmopolitan city streets as you discover the diverse riches of South Africa and Namibia on this two-week adventure. Beginning in Namibia, and continuing down the western edge of South Africa, this tour is a nature and adventure lover's dream. Explore the world's highest sand dunes, visit Africa's largest canyon and explore Etosha National Park in search if the 'Big 5'. Our expert CEOs will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. This is truly an African experience.

Highlights: See the Big Five in Etosha National Park, try adrenaline activities, tackle the world's largest sand dunes, appreciate beauty in the Fish River Canyon, get cultured in Cape Town.

14 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

National Parks & Bright Lights (NUNP)

North America United States

From the Golden Gate Bridge to glowing canyon walls at sunset, this trip captures the beauty of the cities and wilderness of the Western US. It’s perfect for the traveller looking to breathe in the scent of the sequoias of Yosemite by day but wanting the comforts of a hotel at night. Prepare yourself for otherworldly ‘hoodoos’ in Bryce Canyon National Park and the desert scenery in Death Valley—the lowest spot on the continent—before taking an optional helicopter ride above the incomparable Grand Canyon. You won’t just visit the West Coast—you’ll live it.

Highlights: Search for stars in Los Angeles, meet the Navajo in stunning Monument Valley, marvel at the Grand Canyon, hike in the beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, roll the dice in Las Vegas.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2639
$3299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF)

North America United States

Imagine a land of lava and geysers, bears and bison, mountains and glaciers—now open your eyes to the possibilities of Yosemite, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. This ultimate journey through these iconic national parks offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty of time to spot wildlife, soak in the scenery and experience the bubbling, gushing wonder of it all—there is more geothermal activity in Yellowstone than anywhere else in the world. Even when you close your eyes, you can sense the immense beauty surrounding you.

Highlights: Be inspired by wilderness in the Rockies, dance at an authentic cowboy bar, watch geysers erupt in Yellowstone, stroll the hilly streets of San Francisco.

15 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
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

Highlights of the Eastern US & Canada (NUYH)

North America United States, Canada

This grand tour of the eastern US and Canada is a sensory overload of everything that makes North America great—skyscrapers, monuments, Niagara Falls, ice cream, canoeing, poutine, subways, whales, sunshine, designer boutiques and nature hikes. On this adventure, we’ll ditch the big, clunky buses and pile small groups into private vans, clocking miles of smiles all over New York, Washington, Toronto, Montreal, Vermont and all points in between. Your friends are already jealous.

Highlights: Take a bite out of the Big Apple, embrace the diversity of Toronto and Montreal, hike through paradise in Algonquin Provincial Park, follow the Freedom Trail in Boston and the path to independence in Philadelphia, feel the spray of Niagara Falls.

15 days
From $2049
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

Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA)

South America Galapagos, Peru, Ecuador

Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Begin in the “Lost City of the Incas” – the ideal place to unleash your inner historian – and journey through majestic ruins and local villages bursting with culture, with an optional one-day hike up the Inca Trail. Then set off for the Galápagos island chain to see the incredible archipelago wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the comfortable Queen of Galápagos to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, three nights cruising and exploring the Galápagos National Park aboard the Queen of Galápagos, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles

13 days
From $4649
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Southern Explorer (SSR)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Patagonia

From natural wonders to some of the region’s most vibrant cities, experience the riches of South America on this comprehensive adventure that takes you from Chile to Argentina and Brazil. Enjoy the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore the beauty of some of the world’s most breathtaking wonders—northern Patagonia and Iguassu Falls. Sip wine in Santiago, learn to tango in Buenos Aires and live it up in beachside Rio. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style.

Highlights: Taste the best Chilean wines at their source, visit local villages and enjoy a traditional meal, appreciate the beauty of the Lake District by scenic ferry, marvel at the mighty Iguassu Falls, sip caipirinhas on a Brazilian beach, savour a local meal in an Afro-Brazilian community.

15 days
From $4699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
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

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Adventure Bus (TCR4BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Check out three great western highlights—from volcanoes to cloud forests to beaches and monkeys. Start with the area near Arenal Volcano, known for rafting and hot springs, then to the unique ecosystem of Monteverde's cloud forests. Finish with beach time in Manuel Antonio, blessed with wildlife, fantastic beaches and great nightlife.

Highlights: Enjoy the activities around Arenal Volcano, zipline through the cloud forest in Monteverde, relax on tranquil beaches or surf at Manuel Antonio.

11 days
From $869
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive around three great western highlights: from volcanoes to cloud forests to beaches and monkeys. Start with the area near active Arenal Volcano, known for rafting and hot springs, then head to the hills and the unique ecosystem of Monteverde's cloud forests. Finish it all with some beach time in Manuel Antonio Park, blessed with wildlife, fantastic beaches, and the best nightlife on the Pacific coast.

Highlights: San José, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area

11 days
From $919
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Travel from coast to coast, from the Caribbean-flavoured beaches of Costa Rica's Atlantic coast to the Latin rhythms of Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and consistently sunny weather. In between, make a stop on the country's volcanic backbone at the Arenal Volcano, a wonderland of rafting, hiking, waterfalls and hot springs.

Highlights: Enjoy the surf and relax with a cocktail on the beach, keep active around Arenal Volcano, kayak the estuaries along the coast at Guanacaste.

11 days
From $869
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive from coast to coast, from the Caribbean-flavoured beaches of Costa Rica's Atlantic to the Latin rhythms of Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and consistently sunny weather. In between, make a stop on the country's volcanic backbone at active Arenal Volcano, a wonderland of rafting, hiking, waterfalls and hot springs.

Highlights: San José, Cahuita or Puerto Viejo, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Guanacaste.

11 days
From $919
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1869
$2199

Central America Explorer (CGCA)

15 days
From $2999

Highlights of Ethiopia (DEHE)

12 days
From $2299

Ethiopia Discovery (DES)

11 days
From $1899

Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure (DKNZ)

15 days
From $4199

Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW)

14 days
From $1999

Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM)

14 days
From $1399

Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO)

15 days
From $2199

Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF)

15 days
From $3249

Western Express Loop (NUWL)

15 days
From $2049

Highlights of the Eastern US & Canada (NUYH)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1399
$1749

Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS)

15 days
From $4699

Southern Explorer (SSR)

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $2549
$2999

Wonders of Brazil (SZWB)

11 days
From $869

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Adventure Bus (TCR4BN)

11 days
From $919

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN)

11 days
From $869

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN)

11 days
From $919

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Central America Explorer (CGCA) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1869
$2199
Highlights of Ethiopia (DEHE) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2999
Ethiopia Discovery (DES) 12 days Classic Basic
From $2299
Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure (DKNZ) 11 days Yolo Camping
From $1899
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience (DKTS) 13 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4799
$5999
Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW) 15 days Classic Camping
From $4199
Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO) 14 days Yolo Camping
From $1399
National Parks & Bright Lights (NUNP) 15 days Classic Standard
From $2639
$3299
Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF) 15 days Yolo Camping
From $2199
Western Express Loop (NUWL) 15 days Classic Standard
From $3249
Highlights of the Eastern US & Canada (NUYH) 15 days Yolo Camping
From $2049
Peru on a Shoestring (SPPS) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
$1749
Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA) 13 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4649
Southern Explorer (SSR) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4699
Wonders of Brazil (SZWB) 13 days Classic Standard
From $2549
$2999
Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Adventure Bus (TCR4BN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $869
Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $919
Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $869
Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $919