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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Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (AVCH)

Asia Vietnam

Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. From vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in 10 jam-packed days. An experienced CEO will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

Highlights: Experience bustling Hanoi, sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay, shop in romantic Hoi An, squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels, sip Vietnamese iced coffee, people-watch in hectic Saigon

10 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Golden Triangle (AHGT)

Asia India

This compact Indian journey will introduce you to three very different northern cities and the colourful rural life of Rajasthan. From the hectic pace of Delhi with its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and colonial past, travel by private transport to Agra and the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal—truly one of the wonders of the world. Discover why Jaipur is called the 'Pink City' and get a taste of village life in Abhaneri with its magnificent stepwells. Photographers and culture lovers won't be disappointed on this classic adventure.

Highlights: Wander around modern and ancient Delhi, revel in the Mughal magnificence of the Taj Mahal and Fatephur Sikri, visit rural villages and historic forts, explore India's vibrant cities

8 days
From $659
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV)

Asia Thailand

From the luxury of Bangkok's malls and gleaming highrises, head north to Thailand's hills. Eating and sleeping with the hilltribes will bring you face to face with these colourful cultures. We’ll leave plenty of time for fun in historic Chiang Mai with its night market and delicious cuisine. Our CEOs will help you get off the beaten path—but you'll stay flexible by being able to choose the activities you really want.

Highlights: Experience the bustle of Bangkok, explore the vibrancy of Chiang Mai, trek through northern hilltribes and meet the locals, ride on the back of an elephant and float on a bamboo raft.

8 days
From $699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

Stand in awe of the architectural achievement of Angkor Wat and contemplate the horrors of the Killing Fields at Phnom Penh. This 9-day trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to soak up the colours, culture and history of this incredible country. Its natural beauty coupled with tumultuous history make Cambodia a truly fascinating destination. With your accommodation, transportation and entrance to Angkor arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on making this the time of your life.

Highlights: Explore exciting and fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City, float through the Mekong Delta, discover the magnificence of Angkor Wat, savour an authentic Khmer meal in a local home

9 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Highlights: Explore ruins in the Sacred Valley, learn about traditional ways of life and visit local markets, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

7 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Golden Ring of Russia (ARGR)

Europe Russia

Experience the treasures of Russian culture, history and architecture on this 8-day journey—wander picturesque towns older than Moscow and marvel at Orthodox frescoes and golden domes. An expert CEO will lead the way and locals will uncover what was hidden behind the Iron Curtain for years. Visit the Kremlin in Moscow and contemplate European masterpieces in St Petersburg's Hermitage. The graceful cathedrals of St Petersburg coupled with the grandeur of Moscow are just waiting to be discovered in this glimpse of Russia.

Highlights: Admire St Basil's Cathedral and Red Square, admire at the Kremlin Armoury treasures, visit Golden Ring churches and monasteries, relax at Lake Nero, explore St Petersburg's back streets and ornate buildings

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1699
$1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

Marvel at the incredible Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat and the clear turquoise waters at Sihanoukville. This journey packages Cambodia’s treasures into 10 well-paced days. Brave Ho Chi Minh City’s jam-packed streets with other travellers your own age—you can be sure they’ll keep pace with you—or check out the more laid back waterways of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. With your accommodation, transportation and general trip logistics arranged, you can concentrate on choosing the activities that interest you most.

Highlights: Explore bustling Bangkok, catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village, walk the bustling streets of Phnom Penh, chill out on golden beaches, connect with the locals on an overnight homestay, cruise the Mekong Delta, discover intriguing Ho Chi Minh City.

10 days
From $849
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Rome to Prague Adventure (EIRP)

Europe Austria, Italy, Czech Republic

This trip is perfect for the young, budget-conscious traveller eager to check a bunch of boxes off their travelling to-do list in one fell swoop. Beginning in Rome—the crucible of Western civilization—and wrapping up in beautiful Prague, you’ll sample the regional specialties and delicious wines of Italy, get in touch with the continent’s rich culture in famed museums and galleries, and compare dance floors in the nightclubs of Europe’s party capitals.

Highlights: Sip world-famous Czech beer, party across Europe, devour delicious Italian cuisine, stroll the history-filled streets of European capitals.

10 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM)

South America Amazon, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Big on comfort for those short on time, this journey offers an intriguing combination of natural wonders and local cultures. Whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, embracing cultures past and present in the former Inca capital of Cusco or choosing to hike the Inca Trail or catch the scenic train, this is the once-in-a-lifetime adventure for you! Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy the the majesty of Machu Picchu.

Highlights: Spot wildlife at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, explore the Incan city of Cusco, conquer the Inca Trail or enjoy the scenic train to Machu Picchu, be assured you are travelling with the leading experts in the region.

10 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
4

Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

A wonder of the ancient world, the “lost city of the Incas” is the ideal place to unleash your inner historian. With 2-Days to explore the Sacred Valley, once you’ve left the road less travelled, you’ll find majestic ruins, striking views of the Peruvian mountains and local villages bursting with culture. As the premiere operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned. An optional 1-day hike up the Inca Trail brings you even closer to Machu Picchu’s storied past, and if you prefer something a little more relaxing, there’s always the scenic train.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide, visit a Planterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op and a local Village for a community lunch, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, enjoy traditional specialties with a Pachamanca-style dinner

8 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC)

Asia India

Spend six days traversing the famed Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Explore the sites of hectic Delhi and onto Agra to marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most recognizable structures on the planet. Visit Fatephur Sikri, the 'Deserted City' of red sandstone, the Amber Fort and the sights of Jaipur—all await you in the frenzy of culture and history that makes up India’s Golden Triangle.

Highlights: Explore Delhi's bustling streets with an expert guide, marvel at the monuments of Agra and the Taj Mahal, gaze upon the ancient city of Fatephur Sikri

6 days
From $899
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Adventure Bus (TCR1BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's signature spots: First, head for the outdoor adventure playground around Arenal Volcano and take advantage of everything from world-class rafting to rivers of volcano-heated hot springs. Next, head to the beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica's northwest coast, known for dry sunny weather all year round, killer surf and beaches that stretch for miles.

Highlights: Catch glimpses of Arenal Volcano, raft jungle waters, relax at a natural hot spring, laze on a beautiful Guanacaste beach.

8 days
From $629
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Self Drive (TCR1DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's signature spots: first, head for the outdoor adventure playground around active Arenal Volcano, and take advantage of everything from world-class rafting to rivers of volcano-heated hot springs. Next drive on to the beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica's northwest coast, known for dry sunny weather all year round, killer surf and beaches that stretch for miles.

Highlights: San José, Guanacaste, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano.

8 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Adventure Bus (TCR2BN)

Central America Costa Rica

See two sides of Costa Rica's incredible natural playground. Get your fill of outdoor adventure around Arenal Volcano with everything from world-class to volcano-heated hot springs, then check out Manuel Antonio, home to the country's most popular park. With protected beaches, awe-inspiring wildlife and great nightlife, it's easy to see why.

Highlights: View magnificent Arenal Volcano, relax on the beach at Manuel Antonio, explore Costa Rica's first national park.

8 days
From $629
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Self Drive (TCR2DN)

Central America Costa Rica

See two sides of Costa Rica's incredible natural playground: get your fill of outdoor adventure around active Arenal Volcano, famous for everything from world-class rafting to rivers of volcano-heated hot springs. Next point your rental car down the Pacific coast to Manuel Antonio Park, the country's most popular. With pristine, protected beaches, wildlife that practically dances for you (monkeys!) and some of the best nightlife in the country, it's easy to see why.

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

8 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Adventure Bus (TCR3BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive from the clouds to the sand. Spend two days in the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest looking for the beautiful but elusive quetzal before heading south to the sun and sea around Manuel Antonio, home to the country's most popular park. See scores of monkeys or sloths, swim or hike along pristine beaches, or dance the night away—the local nightlife is some of the best around.

Highlights: Hike in the cloud forest reserve near Monteverde, zipline through the treetops, relax on the beach at beautiful Manuel Antonio.

8 days
From $629
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Self Drive (TCR3DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive from the clouds to the sand! Spend two days in the world-famous Monteverde cloud forest looking for the beautiful but elusive quetzal, before driving your rental car south to the sun and sea around Manuel Antonio Park, the country's most popular. See scores of monkeys or sloth, swim or hike along pristine beaches, or dance the night away--the local nightlife is some of the best around.

Highlights: San José, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area

8 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

The Best of Costa Rica (TCRBCC)

Central America Costa Rica

Can't decide between the jungle, volcanoes or the beach? Do all three on this 10-day independent journey around all that makes Costa Rica world-renowned for its natural beauty. Start by cruising the remote rainforests of Tortuguero (no roads here!) before heading to volcano country. Stay at the foot of Arenal Volcano and explore the rivers, trails and hot springs of the area before chasing sun and sea in Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and great weather.

Highlights: Spot monkeys and tropical wildlife along the Tortuguero canals, relax on the Pacific coast, get active in the Arenal volcano region, soak in relaxing hot springs after a hard day of play

10 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Discover Arequipa & Colca Canyon (TSPACC)

South America Peru

See Peru's south before the secret's out! The 'white city' of Arequipa has a friendly atmosphere, colonial architecture (including a working convent) and the incredible El Misti Volcano towering over the cityscape. Meet its most famous resident, Juanita—a 500-year-old mummy discovered on the top of nearby Mount Ampato—then travel along mountain roads to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Spot condors and hike across the dramatic Andean scenery.

Highlights: Explore the 'white city' of Arequipa, hike the stunning vistas of Colca Canyon

6 days
From $499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

See the heart of Incan Peru: colonial Cusco, and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Explore the museums, markets, restaurants and ruins of fascinating Cusco before strapping on your hiking boots to tackle the famous trail on this independent adventure. A rite of passage for many visitors to Peru, the Inca Trail is a challenging, 4-day trek from the Sacred Valley floor, up through the high Andes descending into cloud forest. Traverse high mountain passes and finishing at the magical 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the site before heading back to Cusco by train. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Highlights: Discovering Incan history in Cusco, climbing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

7 days
From $1089
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4
8 days
From $659

Golden Triangle (AHGT)

8 days
From $699

Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV)

9 days
From $1099

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

7 days
From $1149

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1699
$1999

Golden Ring of Russia (ARGR)

10 days
From $849

Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC)

10 days
From $1599

Rome to Prague Adventure (EIRP)

10 days
From $2499

In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM)

8 days
From $1699

Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX)

6 days
From $899

Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC)

8 days
From $629

Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Adventure Bus (TCR1BN)

8 days
From $649

Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Self Drive (TCR1DN)

8 days
From $629

Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Adventure Bus (TCR2BN)

8 days
From $649

Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Self Drive (TCR2DN)

8 days
From $629

Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Adventure Bus (TCR3BN)

8 days
From $649

Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Self Drive (TCR3DN)

10 days
From $1149

The Best of Costa Rica (TCRBCC)

6 days
From $499

Discover Arequipa & Colca Canyon (TSPACC)

7 days
From $1089

Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (AVCH) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Golden Triangle (AHGT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $659
Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $699
Cambodia Experience (AVCW) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1099
The Inca Trail (SPIT) 7 days Active Standard
From $1149
Golden Ring of Russia (ARGR) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1699
$1999
Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $849
Rome to Prague Adventure (EIRP) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $1599
In The Shadow Of Machu Picchu (PSM) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
Machu Picchu Explorer (SPEX) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1699
Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC) 6 days Comfort Upgraded
From $899
Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Adventure Bus (TCR1BN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $629
Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Self Drive (TCR1DN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $649
Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Adventure Bus (TCR2BN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $629
Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Self Drive (TCR2DN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $649
Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Adventure Bus (TCR3BN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $629
Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Self Drive (TCR3DN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $649
The Best of Costa Rica (TCRBCC) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1149
Discover Arequipa & Colca Canyon (TSPACC) 6 days Comfort Upgraded
From $499
Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN) 7 days Active Standard
From $1089