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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West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Canary Islands, Togo, Sierra Leone, 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 before wrapping it all up in enchanting Marrakech. 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

32 days
From $16999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB)

South America Galapagos, Amazon, Inca Trail, Ecuador, Peru, Machu Picchu

Explore Peru's southern coast and its Incan Highlands. From the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to the steamy jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, this epic journey includes an all-encompassing tour of Peru and four nights exploring the Galápagos. As one of the biggest tour operators in the region, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value, and in Peru, we run our own treks, ensuring the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to majestic Machu Picchu.

Highlights: Four nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Daphne , trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore extraordinary frigatebird and booby cliff colonies on Genovesa, discover biological history from your naturalist guide, witness Lake Titicaca and the Nazca Lines, encounter wildlife in the Amazon Jungle

27 days
From $6099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Cape Town to Nairobi (DCN)

Africa South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia

Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango in a dug-out mokoro canoe and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. Journey across nearly half of the African continent—from the southern tip of Africa to Kenya—and soak up the vibrant colours, culture and scenery of seven countries. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to enjoy the region’s intriguing combination of wilderness and bright city lights, while camping under Africa’s big sky will provide a unique perspective. Take the road less travelled and come away with jaw-dropping photographs and a deeper understanding of this incredible continent.

Highlights: See the Big Five from 4x4 safari vehicles, experience cosmopolitan Cape Town, explore spice plantations and the immense Fish River Canyon, cruise in dugout canoes, gaze at Victoria Falls and giant sand dunes.

40 days
From $4699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Machu Picchu

From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Highlights: Stare in awe at Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, spend three days exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Promotions Available! 39 days
From $4589
$5399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

Asia Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China

Since opening up to travellers, China and its northwestern neighbours don’t seem quite as out-there a destination to some people – but they’re clearly not looking in the right places. This comprehensive 26-day journey from Beijing to Tashkent is one of those experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Picking up in the Chinese capital, you’ll visit the Uyghur province of Xinjiang, learning about the food, culture and history of this minority group. Then, we’ll leave China behind and venture into Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to retrace part of the route that helped build empires: The Silk Road. From stunning snow-capped mountains to arid deserts, experience a side of Asia in a way that you’ll barely believe is real.

Highlights: Wander along the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar, stay in a yurt with a Kyrgyz family, marvel at the sights in Bukhara and Samarkand.

26 days
From $4399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT)

Europe Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Croatia

This epic cross-European adventure offers an intriguing combination of Central Europe's castles and romantic squares with the Balkan's own historic towns and wondrous landscapes. But this trip isn't a cobweb-enshrouded history tour—you'll connect with village life, immerse yourself in urban centres and get active with outdoor pursuits, including kayaking in Montenegro and hiking through diverse country. With 29-days devoted to this journey, this is your chance to discover what still feels like a well-kept secret.

Highlights: Wander beautiful medieval cities, hike in the Carpathian Mountains, kayak the Bay of Kotor, hike to an undersea winery on the Dalmatian island of Hvar, marvel at the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian in Split

29 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

Asia Indonesia

Indonesia is a busy place, and not just because it’s one of the most densely-populated places on Earth. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes and mile upon mile of gorgeous beachfront, it’s not surprising that 135 million people live here full-time. On this 29-day trip, you’ll get to experience what they live every day – Bandung, which feels more European than some cities in Europe; Yogyakarta’s volcanic landscapes; Bali’s pristine beaches; and far more than we can possibly get into here. Need more details? Come find 'em. Don’t worry, we’ll wait...

Highlights: Meet the orangutans in Sumatra, visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu in Lombok, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples in Bali and Buddhist sanctuaries in Java, climb volcanoes, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, live with the locals in a traditional village

29 days
From $3949
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)

South America Peru, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, it's 35 full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

Highlights: Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4

35 days
From $3899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB)

South America Peru, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Lima and ending in Buenos Aires, it's 35-full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

Highlights: Spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 excursion

35 days
From $3899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Joburg to Nairobi Overland (DAJB)

Africa South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Botswana

Connecting two major hubs, this overland journey will take you from Johannesburg to Nairobi and into the stunning wilderness of the six countries that lie in between. Track Africa’s Big Five on game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro and head to the Okavango Delta for a game walk and mokoro canoe excursion. Inhale the mists of Victoria Falls and the fragrant air of spice plantations in Zanzibar. You'll make your discoveries from a rugged overland truck, ready to take on Africa. Combine this with bush camping, a social atmosphere and a comprehensive itinerary and you have one hell of an adventure.

Highlights: Marvel at Victoria Falls, track rhinos at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, experience 4x4 game drives in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, immerse yourself in ancient cultures with traditional dancing, spend three glorious days on exotic Zanzibar.

27 days
From $3799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure (DKNC)

Africa South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia

Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. Journey across nearly half of the continent—from Kenya to the southern tip of Africa—and soak up the vibrant colours, culture and scenery of seven countries. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to enjoy the region’s intriguing combination of wilderness and bright city lights, while camping under Africa’s big sky will provide a unique perspective. Take the road less traveled and come away with jaw-dropping photographs and a deeper understanding of this incredible continent.

Highlights: Search for the Big Five, inhale the aromas of a spice plantation, snorkel in Zanzibar, get wet at Victoria Falls, marvel at giant sand dunes, enjoy Fish River Canyon, explore cosmopolitan Cape Town.

Promotions Available! 40 days
From $3759
$4699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)

South America Inca Trail, Peru, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Ecuador

Really discover what South America is all about on this epic 5-week journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all—the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Experience traditional life in the Amazon, witness colonial cities and volcanoes, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, set in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.

35 days
From $3749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Nairobi to Joburg Overland (DKBJ)

Africa South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi

Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Kruger National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls—we originally called this trip ‘Africa Complete,’ but those pesky lawyers made us change it. While it may not feature all of Africa, it’s still pretty darn close: Wildlife safaris, cultural contact, rugged landscapes and natural landmarks spread across six incredible countries. And with supremely knowledgeable CEOs, meals prepared from fresh local produce and starlit camping stays, you’ll gain a kinship with this land and its people you won’t find anywhere else.

Highlights: Spot the Big Five from 4x4 safari vehicles, snorkel Zanzibar's waters, gaze out across Victoria Falls, spot wildlife in Kruger National Park, discover the less-visited Zimbabwe.

27 days
From $3699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Indochina Encompassed (ATIE)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

From the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok to Halong Bay's magnificent limestone karsts, this trip encompasses the highlights of Indochina. Marvel at the wonders of Angkor Wat, sail the Mekong 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: Float down the mighty Mekong River, explore the bustling streets of Hanoi, sail a junk through Halong Bay, shop in Hoi An, experience magnificent Angkor Wat.

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

Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ)

Africa Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa

Like action, adventure and wildlife documentaries? Then you’re going to flat-out love this trip. The itinerary reads like a special double-issue of your favourite travel mag: towering sand dunes, impossibly deep canyons, game drives in Etosha, Kruger and Matobo National Parks, the bone-shaking roar of Victoria Falls, Shangaan village tour, campouts under a sprawling blanket of stars—and that’s just a sample! With expert CEOs and loads of optional activities available each day, you’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do, see and experience.

Highlights: Cruise the Okavango Delta in a dug-out canoe, meet the San Bushmen, marvel at Fish River Canyon, spot the Big Five in Etosha and Kruger National Parks, search for wildlife from a 4x4 in Matobo National Park, witness Shangaan traditions, discover the less-visited Zimbabwe.

28 days
From $3199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore

Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java—this epic adventure covers the best of Southeast Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches and gaze out across the ‘sea of sand’ from Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.

Highlights: Watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike through rice terraces, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, discover the cultural side of Indonesia

28 days
From $2849
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Indochina Discovery (ATID)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Discover the heart and soul of Indochina on this tour of four very diverse countries. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendour of Angkor Wat. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered—so you can choose the activities that interest you. Push through hectic city lanes and tap into the pulsing nightlife. And with other travellers your own age, you can be sure to get down with adventurers that’ll keep up.

Highlights: Revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat, enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village, chill out on golden beaches, cruise magical Halong Bay, scour markets across four unique countries.

30 days
From $2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID)

Asia Indonesia

Get ready to hit the ground running in this 28-day whirlwind tour of Indonesia’s top sights. We mean that literally, too – you’ll stay active as you hike and explore Berastagi, Sipirok, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang and more. Recharge with street food crawls and coffee plantation tours, and take the time to get up close and personal with orangutans and elephants. Experiencing it all with a group of like-minded travellers is the best way to get the most out of this dynamic country.

Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, encounter orangutans up close and personal, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, travel through beautiful rice terraces, chill out on Lake Samosir.

28 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Central American Journey (JCS)

Central America Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this classic adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, rainforests and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included, and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with all the things you need and nothing you don't—32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.

Highlights: Relax on white-sand beaches, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua, meet some local friends at an overnight homestays in Guatemala and Nicaragua, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatan and Tegucigalpa.

32 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Best of Central America (CRBA)

Central America Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua

From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America—on a shoestring. Make sure your passport has space because this exciting 33-day trip hits most of Central America, as it covers tropical rainforests, volcanoes, colonial cities and all the breathtaking scenery in between. Explore indigenous Mayan villages and soak in the region's incredible culture. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered—so you can choose the activities and sights that interest you most—the adventure is yours to choose!

Highlights: Bliss out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, walk the colonial streets of colourful Granada and Antigua, experience an overnight homestay in Guatemala and Nicaragua, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, visit seven countries in a month.

Promotions Available! 33 days
From $2519
$2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3
32 days
From $16999

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)

40 days
From $4699

Cape Town to Nairobi (DCN)

26 days
From $4399

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

29 days
From $3999

Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT)

29 days
From $3949

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

35 days
From $3899

Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)

35 days
From $3899

Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB)

27 days
From $3799

Joburg to Nairobi Overland (DAJB)

35 days
From $3749

Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)

27 days
From $3699

Nairobi to Joburg Overland (DKBJ)

29 days
From $3499

Indochina Encompassed (ATIE)

28 days
From $3199

Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ)

28 days
From $2849

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

30 days
From $2799

Indochina Discovery (ATID)

32 days
From $2699

Central American Journey (JCS)

Promotions Available! 33 days
From $2519
$2799

Best of Central America (CRBA)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX) 32 days Marine N/A
From $16999
Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB) 27 days Classic Standard
From $6099
Cape Town to Nairobi (DCN) 40 days Yolo Camping
From $4699
Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM) 39 days Classic Standard
From $4589
$5399
Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU) 26 days Classic Standard
From $4399
Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3999
Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3949
Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3899
Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3899
Joburg to Nairobi Overland (DAJB) 27 days Yolo Camping
From $3799
Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure (DKNC) 40 days Yolo Camping
From $3759
$4699
Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3749
Nairobi to Joburg Overland (DKBJ) 27 days Yolo Camping
From $3699
Indochina Encompassed (ATIE) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3499
Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ) 28 days Yolo Camping
From $3199
Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2849
Indochina Discovery (ATID) 30 days Yolo Basic
From $2799
Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
Central American Journey (JCS) 32 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
Best of Central America (CRBA) 33 days Yolo Basic
From $2519
$2799