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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Yucatan Panorama (MYP)

Central America Mexico

If you’re short on time but want to delve into the Yucatan, this wide-ranging itinerary in one of Mexico’s most fascinating regions is an authentic alternative to the mainstream. Snorkel Caribbean reefs and laze on beautiful white-sand beaches. Enter the world of the ancient Maya at Chichén Itzá and the incredible jungle ruins of Palenque. Your experienced CEO will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on ancient ruins and vibrant sites—or revel in a tranquil sunset cruise off Isla Mujeres.

Highlights: Soak up true Mexican culture, marvel at the beauty of Palenque, explore the jungles of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, relax on world-class beaches

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1214
$1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Yosemite Park & Napa Valley (NUVF)

North America United States

The perfect blend of wildlife, active excursions and the charm of wine country, this week-long journey from Las Vegas to San Francisco packs a punch. Explore Yosemite—famous for its waterfalls and fantastic landscapes—and paddle the Russian River in Sonoma wine country. These diverse areas offer plenty of options and our nimble touring van makes the most of sites. Camping keeps you close to the land while offering great value, so you’ll have money left to sip or slurp you way through Napa Valley.

Highlights: Check out the beautiful scenery in Napa Valley, hike the trails of Yosemite, revel in the bright lights of Las Vegas, break a sweat in Death Valley, stroll the hills of San Francisco.

7 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB)

Asia Bhutan

For lovers of Buddhist culture wanting to dig deeper, this 10-day trip through Bhutan's magnificent mountain terrain promises stunning photographs and encounters with a people who care more about GNH—Gross National Happiness—than GDP. As you explore tiny towns and remarkable monasteries, you'll receive unparallelled opportunities for cultural interactions and blessings from Buddhist monks. With the direction of an expert local guide and comfortable accommodations at the end of the day, immerse yourself in a land that prides itself on its remote isolation and happiness.

Highlights: Visit one of the most remote countries in the world, Take a moment to reflect at ancient Buddhist temples and shrines, Hike along peaceful nature trails and thrilling cliffs, Experience the pristine and peaceful nature of the 'Dragon Kingdom'.

10 days
From $3699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival (EIIC)

Europe Italy

Peel back the mask and uncover the secrets of Venice during the legendary Carnival. From the marvels of St Mark's Square to the exuberant crowds in full costume, Venice is a feast for the senses. Feel the pull of mystery at the Bridge of Sighs and visit the tiny fishermen's island of Burano, known for its lace-making and painted houses. Explore Byzantine basilicas and the famous traditional glass-blowing studios of Murano. And of course, immerse yourself in the sounds and energy of the crowds on festival night. Add in the highlight cities of Rome and Florence and you have a trip you'll never forget.

Highlights: Revel with the Venetians through the lively streets of Venice Carnival, explore Florence's museums and markets, set eyes on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, savour a local meal in Rome.

9 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Western Express Southbound (NUPS)

North America United States

From ghost towns and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, the San Francisco to Los Angeles itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sites—like the atmospheric mining town of Laughlin—you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances fees are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

Highlights: Basking in big city lights in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, hiking through Yosemite, sweating buckets in Death Valley, driving Route 66, reliving the Wild West at the ghost town of Calico

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1359
$1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Western Express Northbound (NUPN)

North America United States

From ghost towns and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At the sights—like the atmospheric mining town of Laughlin—you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

Highlights: Bask in big city lights of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, wind through the streets of San Francisco, hike through Yosemite, feel the heat in Death Valley, get your kicks on Route 66

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1359
$1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

Asia China

Centuries after its construction, China’s Great Wall remains one of humankind’s engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You won’t tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trek, but you’ll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture and history that make this one of China’s most captivating attractions. The Wall’s been standing for centuries. Isn’t it about time you turned up?

Highlights: Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, trek along the Great Wall, sleep on the Wall and in rural villages, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tai chi lessons

10 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak (AVHB)

Asia Vietnam

Perfect for the active adventurer, this trip will have you hiking, biking, and paddling through the best of Vietnam. Kayak through Halong Bay’s towering limestone karsts, trek the Mai Chau area, and cycle through small towns for an authentic taste of Vietnam. When you’re not pedalling or paddling, you'll visit the country's cultural highlights like the Cu Chi Tunnels and Emperor's Tomb, or overnight at a local family’s homestay. Whether by bike or on foot, this tour will keep you grounded in Vietnam's intriguing culture.

Highlights: Kayak through limestone karsts in Halong Bay, trek in the hills of Mai Chau, cycle through unspoiled countryside, enjoy the frenetic energy of Ho Chi Minh City, visit the tailors and beaches of Hoi An, wander the vibrant streets of Hanoi

10 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Uganda & Gorillas Overland (DUKK)

Africa Uganda

Meet mountain gorillas and the other amazing wildlife on this 9-day overland adventure. Spot chimps in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action. Experience a world apart as you encounter the colourful cultures and wild landscapes of Kenya and Uganda.

Highlights: See a mountain gorilla up close and personal, search for chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest Reserve, photograph diverse wildlife, raft down the White Nile River in Jinja.

9 days
From $2099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
4

Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)

Europe Romania

Enter the world of legend and embrace the myth of Count Dracula as you trek through the rugged wilderness of Romania. Ancient border roads and shepherds’ trails will reward active adventurers willing to break a sweat with stunning mountain scenery populated with bears, wolves and lynx. You'll stay in simple guesthouses and travel in small groups with local guides for a truly authentic insight into this wild corner of Europe. From steep dramatic slopes to small one-school, one-pub villages, experience the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains.

Highlights: Visit Dracula's castle in Bran, hike the undiscovered Romanian countryside, marvel at magnificent Carpathian views, savour Romanian culture and history.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $879
$1099
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)

Europe Italy

Beloved by mountaineers and nature lovers alike, the Dolomites sit perched atop northern Italy like a rocky crown. This exhilarating trip through the mountains features day treks through some of Italy’s most unbelievable scenery, with plenty of visits to small villages along the way to soak up the unique local Ladin culture and cuisine. Nights are spent in mountain refuges, where your hosts will ply you with hearty home-cooked meals. Eat up; you won’t find tastier mountain-trekking food anywhere else.

Highlights: Enjoy magnificent hiking amongst towering peaks, pass by the highest peak in the Dolomites, revel in the chance to learn about local Ladin language and customs.

10 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
5

Transylvania Unearthed – Halloween Edition (EQHR)

Europe Romania

Is there a better time to explore Romania's most (in)famous region than during Halloween? We don't think so. Yeah, this is indeed the place that popularized the vampire myth, but there's so much more to this charming swath of Europe beyond the spooky stuff. Incredible Gothic architecture, lush forests, captivating little villages filled with friendly people, and gorgeous cities like Sighisoara and Brasov. And on Halloween itself we'll even treat you to a costume party inside a genuine Transylvanian castle. Scared yet? Don't be. Your CEO is always there to hold your hand.

Highlights: Attend a special Halloween costume party in an authentic Gothic castle, take a peek into the ruins of Dracula’s castle, explore medieval towns like Brasov and Sighisoara with a little extra time, learn the true story of the infamous 'Vlad the Impaler'

9 days
From $1649
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Tour East Coast USA (NUEC)

North America United States

From big city bustle in New York to anachronistic Amish communities in rural Pennsylvania, this 9-day trip captures the rollicking history and modern energy of the East Coast. Relive the revolution in Boston, explore the great museums of Washington DC and get soaked on the boat at Niagara Falls. You’ll travel by private van and stay in central hotels so that you’re always in the heart of the action. This trip is compact enough for those short on time but long enough to make some new friends while discovering America’s past.

Highlights: Sightsee in the Big Apple, meet an Amish community, taste Hershey's chocolate straight from the factory, experience the Great Lakes and powerful Niagara Falls, wander along the Freedom Trail in Boston

9 days
From $1799
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.

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

The Inca Journey (SPIJ)

South America Amazon, Machu Picchu, Peru

This tour will introduce you to the best of Peru, from ruins high in the Andes to wildlife deep in the Amazon. Embrace cultures past and present in Cusco before travelling by rail to Machu Picchu. With years of experience, we directly employ the finest guides so that you'll see the best of the region. And, with no hiking, you’ll have lots of time to explore ruins, museums and markets. Following your visit to the Andes, travel deep into the Amazon to explore the jungle.

Highlights: Explore the Sacred Valley ruins and bargain in local markets, enjoy the view from the train to Machu Picchu, track wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, learn traditional weaving at the Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op

10 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

The Best of Turkey (ETBT)

Europe Turkey

This trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to experience as much of Turkey’s stunning scenery and fascinating history as possible. Begin the journey at the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli, then leap into Greek myths and explore the remains of the legendary city of Troy before strolling along the streets of Ephesus. Don't miss the remarkable white cliff pools of Pamukkale before boarding a comfortable and convenient flight back to Istanbul. Return refreshed and ready to explore the city’s bazaars, mosques and tea houses.

Highlights: Explore ancient historic cities, overnight in a converted Ottoman mansion, discover ancient Roman ruins and amazing natural scenery, taste delicious local cuisine, walk through the astonishing white pools of Pamukkale

8 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
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

The Best of Brazil (SZBB)

South America Brazil

From the heat of Rio’s nightlife to the chilled out atmosphere of Ilha Grande, discover the treasures of Brazil on this comfortable week-long adventure. You’ll wander the colonial streets of Paraty—it’s a UNESCO heritage site and quite possibly the prettiest spot on the planet—and savour seafood and life without cars on the island of Ilha Grande. Stand in awe of awesome Iguassu Falls deep in the interior, then marvel at it from Argentina’s side. Brazil awaits—let’s make the most of it.

Highlights: Chill out on the remote and relaxed island of Ilha Grande, cruise on a schooner to pristine islands and beaches while sipping a caipirinha, visit a local Afro-Brazillian community and share a meal, get misty at the mighty Iguassu Falls, feel the energy of Rio de Janeiro

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $2294
$2699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
1

Thailand Island Hopping (ATTW)

Asia Thailand

Relax under swaying palm trees then jump into crystal-clear waters—spend time island-hopping through the best of Southern Thailand's islands. The itinerary changes seasonally but you'll get a memorable experience no matter what time of year you visit. Snorkel the warm waters and meet the friendly locals while enjoying this tropical paradise. Get geared up for adventure or unwind on the islands’ beaches—it’s your choice.

Highlights: Explore picturesque islands, relax as you sail the waters of southern Thailand, snorkel amongst the colourful marine life, wander quiet beaches and enjoy the scenery

9 days
From $1199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Taste of Turkey (ETTT)

Europe Turkey

When it comes to the most desired locales to visit, Turkey tends to fly under the radar. We can't imagine why. Throughout 9 days of Turkey's best highlights, we'll visit Aya Sofya in Istanbul, the Göreme Open Air Museum, and World War I sites in Gallipoli. We'll also take a jaunt to the ancient Roman town of Ephesus and tour the city of Troy. Of course, no trip to this vibrant country would be complete without wine tastings and native cuisine, including a dinner with a local family in Cappadocia. Throw in comfortable accommodations, private transfers and quick flights, and you'll want to return to Turkey again and again.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins with a local expert, visit rural villages and share a meal, walk through the surreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, balance the traditions of East-meets-West

9 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1214
$1349

Yucatan Panorama (MYP)

7 days
From $999

Yosemite Park & Napa Valley (NUVF)

10 days
From $3699

Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB)

9 days
From $1699

Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival (EIIC)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1359
$1599

Western Express Southbound (NUPS)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1359
$1599

Western Express Northbound (NUPN)

10 days
From $1299

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

10 days
From $1399

Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak (AVHB)

9 days
From $2099

Uganda & Gorillas Overland (DUKK)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $879
$1099

Trekking in Transylvania (EATC)

10 days
From $1599

Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)

9 days
From $1799

Tour East Coast USA (NUEC)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

10 days
From $2199

The Inca Journey (SPIJ)

8 days
From $1249

The Best of Turkey (ETBT)

10 days
From $1149

The Best of Costa Rica (TCRBCC)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $2294
$2699

The Best of Brazil (SZBB)

9 days
From $1199

Thailand Island Hopping (ATTW)

9 days
From $1499

Taste of Turkey (ETTT)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Yucatan Panorama (MYP) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1214
$1349
Yosemite Park & Napa Valley (NUVF) 7 days Yolo Camping
From $999
Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3699
Winter in Italy with Venice Carnival (EIIC) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1699
Western Express Southbound (NUPS) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1359
$1599
Western Express Northbound (NUPN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1359
$1599
Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA) 10 days Active Standard
From $1299
Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak (AVHB) 10 days Active Standard
From $1399
Uganda & Gorillas Overland (DUKK) 9 days Yolo Camping
From $2099
Trekking in Transylvania (EATC) 8 days Active Basic
From $879
$1099
Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT) 10 days Active Basic
From $1599
Transylvania Unearthed – Halloween Edition (EQHR) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1649
Tour East Coast USA (NUEC) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1799
The Inca Trail (SPIT) 7 days Active Standard
From $977
$1149
The Inca Journey (SPIJ) 10 days Classic Standard
From $2199
The Best of Turkey (ETBT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1249
The Best of Costa Rica (TCRBCC) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1149
The Best of Brazil (SZBB) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2294
$2699
Thailand Island Hopping (ATTW) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1199
Taste of Turkey (ETTT) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1499