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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Wild China (ACWC)

Asia Hong Kong, China

Walk the Great Wall of China and trek through stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stare down Terracotta Warriors and commune with giant pandas. For those seeking a unique adventure that balances China’s highlights with a look at its ‘wild’ side, this 3-week tour gives you the classics before taking you further afield to the hidden gems. Best of all, you get the free time you need to explore at your own pace. Whether wandering mountain monasteries or cycling through the region’s watercolour scenery, this tour will take you down the road less travelled.

Highlights: Meet the Terracotta Warriors, sleep overnight in a monastery, hike Emei Shan and Tiger Leaping Gorge, marvel at the Li River countryside near Yangshuo, bask in the glamour of Hong Kong

21 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)

Africa Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Togo, Congo, Namibia, Benin

People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Explore bustling local markets and colonial architecture in historic West African ports, Gain insight into the region's modern history, Interact with our expert expedition team, wine taste while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.

18 days
From $9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Canary Islands, Sierra Leone

From the M/S Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. The second leg of the 32-day West Africa Cruise, this 17-day trip focuses prominently on the roots of the West African slave trade with numerous chances for cultural and natural interaction in port cities and nature preserves along the coast. On-board activities range from open-air painting lessons on the deck to sommelier-led wine-tastings featuring top South African vintages.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, observe wildlife up close, explore local markets and colonial architecture in historic ports, visit remote archipelagos via Zodiac. Interact with our expert expedition team while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.

17 days
From $9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Volcano Trail (JGS)

Central America Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica

From the crystal-blue ocean teeming with marine life to tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies, take the road less travelled on this trip through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica with other travellers your own age. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breath-taking scenery and a chance to experience local culture with a 2-night homestay on the island of Ometepe. Enjoy a blend of public and private transportation, which not only keeps costs down but also gives you a chance to really meet the locals.

Highlights: Connect with your hosts at a homestay experience in Ometepe, relax seaside in the Bay Islands, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatán and Tegucigalpa

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1439
$1599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua (CRSA)

Central America Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica

From the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica to the evocative cobblestoned streets of Antigua, get off the tourist track and discover the colour and spirit of Central America. Discover ancient Mayan ruins at Copán and visit small villages for insight into the region's vibrant culture. Explore the volcanoes and jungle surrounding Ometepe Island and unwind on the white-sand beaches of Roatán. With its combination of included activities and countless thrilling options, this trip offers you the chance to personalize your adventure into something special.

Highlights: Hike through the mist of a cloud forest, explore Mayan ruins of Copán, connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, peer over the crater of Masaya Volcano, chill on a Caribbean island's beaches.

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

Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVVL)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

From the fast-paced nightlife of Bangkok to a slow boat along the Mekong, this trip brings you the best of Southeast Asia on a shoestring. You'll party along the beautiful bay of Vietnam’s Nha Trang in the company of like-minded travellers and channel the French vibe sipping coffee in riverside cafés in Laos. Explore golden temples or hunt down treasures in local markets—the choice is all yours. Best of all, your CEO will take the hassle out of planning, so you're free to soak up the spirit of this amazing region.

Highlights: Explore vibrant cities, snorkel colourful reefs, shop in quaint Hoi An, float among the karsts of Halong Bay, discover sleepy Laos, cruise the mighty Mekong River.

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $1559
$1949
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five, feel the thunder of Victoria Falls. Uncover the spectacular highlights of four African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and bright city lights from the comfort of our overland truck and camp under the big African sky for a unique perspective of this majestic land. With a unique itinerary that offers plenty of options, uncover all that this diverse region has to offer.

Highlights: Track the Big Five across the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in agile 4x4 safari vehicles, chill out at Lake Malawi, explore Victoria Falls and Zanzibar.

Promotions Available! 20 days
From $2399
$2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Ultimate Turkey (ETUT)

Europe Turkey

Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country. From the architectural highlights of Istanbul's long history, make your way east for a glimpse of Turkey’s less travelled and more traditional side. Explore exotic covered bazaars and mud brick cities, and experience life in a place where time seems to stand still. From its incredible Mediterranean beaches to the unreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and giant stone heads of Nemrut Dagi—uncover all that Turkey has to offer.

Highlights: Dine in a local family home and taste regional delicacies, relax on an overnight boat trip, explore ancient ruins and bargain in bazaars, watch the sunset over Nemrut Dagi surrounded by mysterious rock sculptures, marvel at the landscapes of Cappadocia

21 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM)

Europe Portugal, Spain

As former imperial superpowers, Spain and Portugal have centuries of history and captivating culture to draw upon. You, on the other hand, have only 22 days. Make ‘em count! This comprehensive adventure across the Iberian Peninsula presents travellers with the chance to explore these two nations through their cuisine, architecture and idyllic countryside. Here, you’ll wander the wondrous streets of Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid, step up into the Pyrenees, relax in glorious San Sebastián and live the local culture alongside the locals themselves. Spain and Portugal: Europe’s greatest two-for-one deal!

Highlights: Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, devour tapas at a local haunt, relax on the Algarve coast, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life

22 days
From $3699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Ultimate East Africa (DKUE)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Beginning in Nairobi, with its convenient international airport, this 24-day African adventure offers up the prizes of Uganda before heading east towards the beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy game drives across the Serengeti and trek through remote forests for an incredible encounter with mountain gorillas in their own habitat. Travel aboard our overland truck is well-paced and wilderness camping along the way will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Our certified CEO will lead the way and share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime. This trip will truly leave an impression on you for the rest of your life!

Highlights: Meet mountain gorillas, track the Big Five in three diverse ecosystems, view wildlife from 4x4 safari vehicles, explore mystical Stone Town, taste local spices in Zanzibar.

Promotions Available! 24 days
From $3199
$3999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
4

Trekking Annapurna (ANTA)

Asia Nepal

On this incredible trekking adventure, you’ll spend 13 challenging days traversing forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, make your way along the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the world’s highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides and assisted by support staff throughout, you’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life and majestic views few rarely experience.

Highlights: Witness stunning Himalayan views, experience high passes and prayer flags, stay in teahouse lodges and tiny hamlets, meet Sherpa herders along the trek, explore rhododendron forests and hot springs.

18 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
5

Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)

Asia, Europe China, Russia, Mongolia

From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in Mongolian ger tents and in a cozy Russian homestay. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

Highlights: Explore the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walk along the Great Wall of China, ride the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forests, stay in a local village on Lake Baikal, admire the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $4229
$4699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT)

Asia, Europe China, Russia, Mongolia

Epic doesn't begin to describe this overland journey from Russia to China. From the cathedrals of Russia to the imperial palaces of Beijing, you'll encounter the best of St Petersburg and Moscow before boarding the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway en route to Lake Baikal. Experience secluded Mongolia's colourful culture and spend a night in a ger before continuing on to the palaces of Beijing. An experienced CEO will lead the way and take care of the details so you’re free to enjoy one of the world's greatest train rides. Offering a balance of guided excursions and free time, this adventure is proof that getting there is half the fun.

Highlights: Wander St Petersburg streets and Beijing hutongs, journey by train across the steppes, dine on Lake Baikal's fish, admire Red Square and Chinese temples, spend the night in a traditional Mongolian ger.

17 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

The Voodoo Trail (DVVT)

Africa Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin

Get off the beaten track and into the hills, forests and villages that make up the 'Voodoo Trail' of West Africa for an immersive experience that few travellers get to have. Meet African royalty and witness tribal dancers fall into trance-like states as you enjoy an authentic cultural experience like no other. An expert CEO will guide you through the stunning landscape, helping with the cultural and lingual hurdles, ensuring you come away with deep insight into the origins of Africa’s mystical animist religions. This is a truly mind-blowing experience. Interested?

Highlights: Witness authentic voodoo ceremonies and dances, explore the forests of Kpalime, meet African spiritual leaders and even royalty, attend a traditional Bwa mask ceremony, visit ancient mosques and modern cities, learn about the slave trade in Ouidah.

16 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

Asia China

Geographically and culturally, Northwest China is about as far away from “traditional China” as you can get without crossing the border. The source of the Silk Road—the ancient trade route that helped create the modern world—is unlike anything you’ll find in Beijing or Xi'an, and this 17-day adventure takes you deep into the China few ever see. Otherworldly experiences abound: watch the sun rise over the dunes outside Dunhuang, explore the world of the Muslim Uyghurs, spend the night in traditional yurts near Urumqi, and venture into the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar. There’s more, of course, but we’ve got to keep a few secrets, right?

Highlights: Walk along two sections of the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, ride a camel through sand dunes, learn about the Uyghur culture, stay in a traditional Kazakh yurt, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar

17 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture, and witness lush jungles and exotic wildlife. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We'll travel from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, relax on Ecuador's beaches, witness Andean scenery, ride by train to the Devil's Nose, learn from the locals at an indigenous community, shop the Otavalo Market

18 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Thailand on a Shoestring (ATRT)

Asia Thailand

Perfect for those looking to experience northern Thailand’s cultural treasures and the natural beauty of its southern islands. This 16-day trip will help you get off the beaten path with a trek to the region’s hilltribes but remains flexible enough to suit all tastes. From the lush hills of the north, stitched through with the diverse colours of its hilltribes, to the soft sands of the south and the glorious chaos of Bangkok, Thailand will leave you captivated.

Highlights: Experience the bustling streets of Bangkok, explore colourful Chiang Mai, trek to remote hilltribe villages, float down a river on a bamboo raft, enjoy the island beaches of Koh Samui and Koh Tao.

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

Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Adventure (ATLV)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

From the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok to Halong Bay's magnificent limestone karsts, this trip encompasses the highlights of Indochina. Marvel at the majestic granite peak of Doi Suthep, explore a traditional Hmong village, and savour noodles in Chiang Mai. Shop for souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City and join the locals sipping coffee at a lakeside café in Hanoi. With hotels, transport, and a number of included activities arranged by our CEOs, this adventure offers up the perfect combination of must-see highlights and free time.

Highlights: Explore the canals of Bangkok, float down the mighty Mekong, visit majestic caves and stunning limestone karsts in Halong Bay, browse the tailor shops in Hoi An, squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $1749
$2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand Experience (ATTE)

Asia Thailand

Marvel at beautiful Buddhist temples, share smiles with villagers during a remote hillside trek, and dive into southern waters - this comprehensive 20-day tour gets you to the cultural heart of Thailand and its best beaches. After getting close with elephants and temple ruins, head south for a week of island-hopping in search of great snorkelling and cold drinks on the best beaches. This trip is the perfect introduction to Thailand.

Highlights: Tour Bangkok's canals to Wat Po, explore vibrant Chiang Mai, trek on foot to hilltribe villages, feed and bathe an elephant, experience ancient Ayutthaya, snorkel amongst the colourful marine life, wander quiet beaches and enjoy the scenery

20 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Thailand Discovery (ATDT)

Asia Thailand

Get the best of Thailand's culture, sacred sites and beaches on this 18-day adventure. Explore the north’s Golden Triangle and cycle the streets of ancient Sukhothai before heading south for peaceful island beaches. You'll explore the perfect islands and swim in the incredible waters. This trip offers the classic Thai experience—a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to do your own thing.

Highlights: Explore Buddhist temples and palaces, relax on a stunning beach, snorkel through crystal-clear blue waters, savour a home-cooked khantoke-style meal at a local home in Chiang Mai

18 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
21 days
From $2999

Wild China (ACWC)

18 days
From $9999

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)

17 days
From $9999

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1439
$1599

Volcano Trail (JGS)

21 days
From $2999

Ultimate Turkey (ETUT)

22 days
From $3699

Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM)

Promotions Available! 24 days
From $3199
$3999

Ultimate East Africa (DKUE)

18 days
From $1249

Trekking Annapurna (ANTA)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $4229
$4699

Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)

17 days
From $2999

Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT)

16 days
From $2699

The Voodoo Trail (DVVT)

17 days
From $3499

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

18 days
From $1299

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

16 days
From $1399

Thailand on a Shoestring (ATRT)

20 days
From $2199

Thailand Experience (ATTE)

18 days
From $1999

Thailand Discovery (ATDT)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Wild China (ACWC) 21 days Classic Standard
From $2999
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX) 18 days Marine N/A
From $9999
West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX) 17 days Marine N/A
From $9999
Volcano Trail (JGS) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $1439
$1599
Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua (CRSA) 21 days Classic Standard
From $2499
Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVVL) 22 days Yolo Basic
From $1559
$1949
Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN) 20 days Yolo Camping
From $2399
$2999
Ultimate Turkey (ETUT) 21 days Classic Standard
From $2999
Ultimate Spain & Portugal (ESLM) 22 days Classic Standard
From $3699
Ultimate East Africa (DKUE) 24 days Yolo Camping
From $3199
$3999
Trekking Annapurna (ANTA) 18 days Active Basic
From $1249
Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM) 21 days Classic Standard
From $4229
$4699
Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2999
The Voodoo Trail (DVVT) 16 days Classic Standard
From $2699
The Silk Road of China (ACSR) 17 days Classic Standard
From $3499
The Ecuador Experience (REE) 18 days Classic Basic
From $1299
Thailand on a Shoestring (ATRT) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Adventure (ATLV) 22 days Classic Standard
From $1749
$2499
Thailand Experience (ATTE) 20 days Classic Standard
From $2199
Thailand Discovery (ATDT) 18 days Classic Standard
From $1999