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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Borneo—Sabah Adventure (AASA)

Asia Malaysia, Borneo

Revive your sense of adventure on this jam-packed tour. Hike rainforest trails and summit Mt Kinabalu to watch the sunrise. Our CEOs will provide nature lovers and photographers of all skill levels with an introduction to the highlights of remote Sabah, helping you frame great snapshots of tropical birds and giant flowers. Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and meet these special creatures. And after all the excitement and exercise, there will still be the chance to see baby turtles in their natural habitat. Get off the beaten track and discover the best of Sabah.

Highlights: Climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia, photograph Asia's only great ape, spot turtles on Turtle Island, explore the Kinabatangan jungle

10 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK)

Asia Hong Kong, China

Stand face to face with the Terracotta Warriors and marvel at the Temple of Heaven and other national treasures on this 10-day showcase of four diverse yet defining pieces of the Middle Kingdom. From the Forbidden City to the power of the Great Wall, head south through spectacular karst scenery to the bright lights of Hong Kong. Discover China's natural and cultural highlights with the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore.

Highlights: Climb the Great Wall, stroll through Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, cycle through scenic rice paddies, marvel at skyscrapers in Hong Kong

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

Asia China

China is developing faster than just about anywhere else, but after wandering the scenic highlands of Yunnan for a while, you can’t help but wonder, “What’s the rush?” This 10-day trip is ideal for travellers eager to dig into a side of China you won’t find in bustling Beijing. Hike the huge (and hugely gorgeous) Tiger Leaping Gorge, explore ancient villages and stroll the streets of the Ming-influenced old city of Dali. This is China, unfiltered.

Highlights: Explore the old town of Lijiang, hike Tiger Leaping Gorge, wander cobblestoned streets in Shaxi, indulge in the spicy cuisine of Yunnan

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1104
$1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

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

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1104
$1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Bhutan Adventure (ADPP)

Asia Bhutan

Imagine a country where a land’s worth is measured differently—think Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Now stop dreaming because you are in the unexplored mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Beauty and wisdom are revealed at each dzong, every gompa and, most incredibly, in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you meet. On gentle treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers and cultural junkies will uncover a purity of culture, traditions and kindness.

Highlights: Travel along mystical mountains, visit various dzongs and Buddhist gompas, trek along scenic nature trails, experience the 'Dragon Kingdom' with cultural interactions at a local farm, take in stunning Himalayan mountain views

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

Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB)

Asia Bhutan

For lovers of Asian 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, photography, 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.

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

Nepal Adventure (ANNA)

Asia Nepal

From the colours and magic of Kathmandu's markets to the serenity of Himalayan trails, this 10-day adventure offers an intriguing blend of well-paced excursions. The rugged foothills of the Annapurna Range will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of mountain vistas. Experience Nepal from a different perspective as you explore Chitwan National Park from the back of an elephant. With many included activities and options for more, like a soak in the restorative waters of a natural hot spring, you'll come away with a full and real appreciation of this fascinating land.

Highlights: Explore the sights in old Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, search for tigers in Chitwan National Park, trek the foothills of the Annapurna Range, marvel at the mountain landscapes

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

Northern Thailand Discovery (ATBC)

Asia Thailand

From the buzzing night market of Chiang Mai and the elephants of Lampang to delicious food and beautiful textiles, immerse yourself in the incredible culture of the region. Cycle through the ancient city of Sukhothai, climb up to the Buddhist temples at Doi Suthep and enjoy the beauty of the hills surrounding Chiang Mai. Our expert CEOs will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.

Highlights: Explore the canals of Bangkok, experience the 13th-century ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park from the saddle of a bike, uncover the mysteries of Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle, ride an elephant through the countryside, savour a home-cooked khantoke-style meal with a Thai family

10 days
From $999
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

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

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

Semana Santa - Easter in Guatemala (CGEM)

Central America Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala's most beautiful colonial city, is famous for its celebrations, and this unique 10-day adventure ensures you're there for Semana Santa—one of the most vibrant and colourful celebrations in all of Central America. Line the parade route along cobblestoned streets decorated in flower petals and take in religious processions on Good Friday. Search for cultural treasures at the famous Chichicastenango market and meet local Mayan villagers amidst the volcanic scenery of Lake Atitlán. See for yourself how timing is everything as you discover the splendour of Guatemala.

Highlights: Visit local indigenous villages, barter at the bustling local markets, catch the stunning volcano views over peaceful Lake Atitlán, watch the Holy Week processions and elaborate colourful carpets laid out in the streets in Antigua

10 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Jamaica Encompassed (CJRR)

Central America Jamaica

Escape the all-inclusive resorts and see a side of Jamaica that few tourists experience on this whirlwind 10-day adventure. Meet true Rastafarians and learn about the original inhabitants of the island while hiking through lush wilderness. Visit the Appleton Estates rum distillery, the Bob Marley Museum and check out a Blue Mountain coffee plantation—for a taste of culture with a splash of fun in the sun. With plenty of time to relax on Jamaica's famous white-sand beaches, you're going to come back well rested—and with a real understanding of this vibrant island.

Highlights: Relax on world-class beaches around the island, bargain at the local markets, visit a Rastafarian village, learn to drum and dance with the locals at a Maroon village, experience a different side of this familiar island.

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1529
$1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail (CMMT)

Central America Mexico

For the nature lover who also appreciates cultural luminescence, this Limited Edition butterfly adventure captures the brightest colours of Mexico in just ten days. From the historic streets of Mexico City, you'll travel through stunning national parks, colonial towns and beautiful countryside as you follow the migration of the monarch butterfly. Wander through flutters of butterflies in the reserves of El Rosario and Sierra Chincua. Off the beaten path, this quirky adventure will give you a unique insight into the people and 'mariposas' of Mexico.

Highlights: Watch thousands of monarch butterflies surround you, tread off the beaten path on horseback to small towns, set your sights on impressive architecture in Morelia's city centre, sample Mexico City's vibrant nightlife

10 days
From $1369
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Kruger & Falls (DAKU)

Africa Zambia, South Africa

Enjoy a quick taste of southern Africa’s characteristic highlights on this brief-yet-comprehensive trip to South Africa and Zambia. It begins with a safari expedition in the Kruger area and the Timbavati Private Game Reserve—South Africa’s famed zoos without cages—where you’ll get the chance to see and photograph the Big Five on their own turf. Later, you’ll jet off to Zambia for a date with the awesome spectacle that is Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Finally, there’s time to unwind and absorb the experience along the banks of the Zambezi River in Livingstone.

Highlights: Snap photos of the Big Five on open vehicle safaris in a private nature reserve then overnight at a luxury tented camp, visit a local school and Planeterra-supported project, spot white lions and more wildlife inside world famous Kruger National Park, get misty at the mighty Victoria Falls

10 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

South Africa Discoverer (DCD)

Africa South Africa

Explore South Africa's fascinating cultural diversity on this exciting journey through the 'Rainbow Nation'. Chase stunning views through Tsitsikamma National Park and track big game across Addo Elephant National Park. Led by a knowledgeable and dynamic CEO, journey across the southern coast in search of phenomenal wildlife and dramatic scenery. With an itinerary taking in the best of the Garden Route, you'll be talking about this 10-day adventure for a long, long time.

Highlights: Track wildlife in Addo Elephant National Park, take in the dramatic scenery of the Wild Coast, hike in Tsitsikamma National Park, soak up the culture of Cape Town.

10 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Kenya & Tanzania Overland (DKTO)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania

Nairobi's convenient international airport is your gateway to this 10-day adventure that serves up all of Africa's wildness for a decidedly mild price. Here, you'll head out across the acacia-spotted savannah of the Serengeti and the plains of the majestic Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Our overland truck and smaller 4x4 safari vehicles will ferry you through the incredible scenery of Kenya and Tanzania safely and in good spirits — and camping will keep you close to the action. With this much stunning African wilderness so close at hand, expect your shutter finger to get a hefty workout.

Highlights: Encounter the wildlife of the famous Masai Mara and Serengeti ecosystems, photograph legions of flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park, view wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater from 4x4 safari vehicles.

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1827
$2149
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Sierra Leone Uncovered (DSUN)

Africa Sierra Leone

The only thing needed to experience something spectacular is a sense of adventure. This incredible 10-day tour of Sierra Leone will guide the avid explorer through a little-visited nation that rewards attention. You’ll explore historic Freetown, get to know the locals during a village stay, spot wildlife on a riverboat cruise and get some time at the beach to unwind. Don’t expect the comforts of home—just the beauty of the people and the chance to experience something truly special. One-of-a-kind? This is it.

Highlights: Experience life in a local village, trek through the rainforest looking for resident monkeys, get inspired by the resilient people of Sierra Leone, learn about life on the coast, explore historic Freetown

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

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

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
10 days
From $1999

Borneo—Sabah Adventure (AASA)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1444
$1699

Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1104
$1299

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1104
$1299

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

10 days
From $2999

Bhutan Adventure (ADPP)

10 days
From $3699

Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB)

10 days
From $1299

Nepal Adventure (ANNA)

10 days
From $999

Northern Thailand Discovery (ATBC)

10 days
From $849

Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC)

10 days
From $1399

Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak (AVHB)

10 days
From $1399

Semana Santa - Easter in Guatemala (CGEM)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1529
$1799

Jamaica Encompassed (CJRR)

10 days
From $1369

Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail (CMMT)

10 days
From $2499

Kruger & Falls (DAKU)

10 days
From $1299

South Africa Discoverer (DCD)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1827
$2149

Kenya & Tanzania Overland (DKTO)

10 days
From $2499

Sierra Leone Uncovered (DSUN)

10 days
From $1599

Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)

10 days
From $1599

Rome to Prague Adventure (EIRP)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Borneo—Sabah Adventure (AASA) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1444
$1699
Best of Yunnan (ACBY) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1104
$1299
Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA) 10 days Active Standard
From $1104
$1299
Bhutan Adventure (ADPP) 10 days Classic Standard
From $2999
Wonders of Bhutan (ADWB) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3699
Nepal Adventure (ANNA) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1299
Northern Thailand Discovery (ATBC) 10 days Classic Standard
From $999
Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $849
Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (AVCH) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Vietnam Hike, Bike & Kayak (AVHB) 10 days Active Standard
From $1399
Semana Santa - Easter in Guatemala (CGEM) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1399
Jamaica Encompassed (CJRR) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1529
$1799
Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail (CMMT) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1369
Kruger & Falls (DAKU) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
South Africa Discoverer (DCD) 10 days Yolo Camping
From $1299
Kenya & Tanzania Overland (DKTO) 10 days Yolo Camping
From $1827
$2149
Sierra Leone Uncovered (DSUN) 10 days Classic Basic
From $2499
Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT) 10 days Active Basic
From $1599
Rome to Prague Adventure (EIRP) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $1599