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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Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR)

North Africa / Middle East Iran

Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities, and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and organizing, leaving you free to uncover the gems of Iran at the best cultural monuments and in the stalls of exotic bazaars.

Highlights: Bargain in the bazaars, walk through stunning palace gardens, savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine, relax in classic teahouses and meet the friendliest locals in the world, visit ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae

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

Burma Adventure (ABBA)

Asia Burma/Myanmar

After decades of controversy, friendly Burma (also known as Myanmar) is opening up to travellers, which means the adventurous can experience a curious nation unbiased by hordes of tourists. This 12-day adventure offers comfort level hotels and travel between sights by plane, boat and private buses or vans. Discover the floating gardens of Inle Lake, incredible ruins of ancient Bagan, ancient capitals around Mandalay and the refreshing hill station of Kalaw. Not all of Asia follows the same beat, join in Burma's unique rhythm.

Highlights: Enjoy connecting with Burmese culture by meeting local people, explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land, visit a toddy farm and have a local lunch, step back in time at Bagan's archaeological zone, explore floating villages and daily life on tranquil Inle Lake

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

China Family Adventure (ACFB)

Asia Hong Kong, China

China is that rare place that looks to the future while embracing its past. Come see where it’s been and where it’s headed on this incredible 14-day adventure through times both ancient and modern. Starting in Beijing, you’ll stop in at the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall before departing to Xi’an for a summit with the Terracotta Warriors. Later, enjoy three days in the rugged beauty of rural Yangshuo before winding it all up in bustling Hong Kong. In China, the future – and the past – is now.

Highlights: Visit the Great Wall and Beijing's monuments, encounter Terracotta Warriors, cycle through karst landscapes, wander Hong Kong's vibrant streets, see pandas in Chengdu.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2249
$2499
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

India Explorer (AHSS)

Asia India

Walking through Delhi’s markets, you realize that India’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced—its kaleidoscope of culture and colour has burnt itself into your memory. And it’s not just the magnificent forts or treasures like the Taj Mahal that impress—it’s the country’s spirit. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism to gain greater insight into this ancient and complex land. Explore the hidden side of Delhi guided by a former streetkid taking part in the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. With this new perspective, our expert guides will bring you deep into one of the world’s most culturally and spiritually fascinating places.

Highlights: Walk Delhi's backstreets with a local youth guide on a Planeterra-supported street kids rehabilitation project, uncover spirituality at Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh temples, observe ancient local ceremonies on the holy Ganges River, go on safari in Ranthambore with local park rangers/naturalists, Enjoy a village stay in a historic heritage hotel.

15 days
From $2499
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

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

Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)

Central America Guatemala, Belize

Follow in the footsteps of Mayan warriors to lost cities cloaked in jungle mists. This adventure offers an intriguing mix of ruins, beaches, wildlife and the rich cultures of Belize and Guatemala. It's a perfect blend of activity and relaxation—spend three days canoeing deep in the jungle and snorkelling the crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters before easing into the laidback Belizean lifestyle while sipping on a rum cocktail. As pioneers of canoeing in the region, we are pleased to offer this Classic trip—one you won’t find anywhere else.

Highlights: 3-day canoe adventure in central Belize, spot tropical sea life while snorkelling the second-largest barrier reef, explore the jungle-set ruins of Tikal, listen to reggae music as you walk down Caye Caulker's sandy main street

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

Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN)

Central America Nicaragua

From the colonial streets of Granada and León to the beauty of San Juan del Sur's horseshoe bay, discover the best of Nicaragua on this unique 12-day adventure. Encounter a nature-lover's paradise on Ometepe Island and both dormant and active volcanoes amidst this country's stunning wilderness. Emerging from a long and turbulent history, Nicaragua is set to become the next big thing. Discover it before the others do and come away with a greater understanding of both the volatile past and a passion for this country's vibrant modern culture.

Highlights: Explore colonial Granada, seek out the revolutionary murals in León, chill out on the beach at San Juan del Sur, savour a typical meal at a rural farm, connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience.

12 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
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

Best of Greece (EGBG)

Europe Greece

When you saddle a trip with a moniker as lofty as 'Best of Greece', you’d better make sure it lives up to the hype. This one does. Compiling the top moments from our best-selling trips in the region, this comprehensive tour through the cradle of Western Civilization brings the distant past and vibrant present into sharp focus. Between the must-see historical sites of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the fabled Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste. Witness Greece—in all her timeless glory—with us.

Highlights: Discover Greek history and culture, marvel at classic architecture both ancient and modern, explore old cities and quaint villages, witness a Mediterranean sunset while eating fresh seafood, soak in Cretan culture

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

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 the One Million Dollar 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

La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Breathe in the Incan spirit of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this 2-week adventure. Connecting the Andes to the Atlantic, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats, feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication—do it all.

Highlights: Discover colonial cities and historic cultures, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, witness the stunning scenery and unique cultures of northern Argentina.

15 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2
14 days
From $2299

Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR)

12 days
From $2999

Burma Adventure (ABBA)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2249
$2499

China Family Adventure (ACFB)

15 days
From $2499

India Explorer (AHSS)

14 days
From $1349

Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1439
$1799

Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK)

12 days
From $999

Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN)

14 days
From $1999

Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2299

Best of Greece (EGBG)

15 days
From $2199

Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF)

15 days
From $1699

La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2299
Burma Adventure (ABBA) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2999
China Family Adventure (ACFB) 14 days Family Upgraded
From $2249
$2499
India Explorer (AHSS) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1439
$1799
Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN) 12 days Classic Standard
From $999
Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Best of Greece (EGBG) 15 days Classic Standard
From $2299
Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF) 15 days Yolo Camping
From $2199
La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1699