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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Adriatic Adventure—Dubrovnik to Athens (ECDA)

Europe Montenegro, Albania, Croatia, Greece

You could see Europe the same as everyone else, or you could live it like you mean it. With magnificent Dubrovnik as a launching pad, you’ll head south through Montenegro and undiscovered Albania, hit Corfu and its fabulous beaches en route to a history fix in ancient Athens. Along the way, you’ll climb the lanes of walled towns and get down in exclusive clubs. In the company of other young, fun travellers this trip is utterly unique—just like you.

Highlights: Laze on Corfu’s beaches, discover enigmatic Albania, make new friends over drinks in the Dalmatian Islands, connect with the culture in charming old villages, walk through historic Athens

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $934
$1099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Queen Violeta (PVIIA)

South America Amazon, Peru

Hop aboard a riverboat and experience the Amazon in style. Led by an Amazon Reserve naturalist guide, your cruise will include daily excursions by motorized skiff designed to reveal the exotic wildlife that calls the rainforest home – with any luck you’ll spot sloths, toucans or pink dolphins! And, with two full days for exploration in Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve, you'll have the chance to experience the jungle up close. The cuisine onboard is regional and provides a unique – and delicious – window into local culture. Gain a rare glimpse of how life "on the river" is lived and experience the magic of the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime riverboat adventure.

Highlights: Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, interact with members of the local community, learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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 $1359
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Beijing to Shanghai Adventure (ACBI)

Asia China

China can be intimidating, what with its Great Wall, Forbidden City and army of Terracotta Warriors. This 8-day trip will wipe away any worries—you'll have an expert CEO leading the way and you'll hit the highlights in the company of other young travellers. Get a mix of modern and historic with plenty of time to enjoy the nightlife. Best of all, you're in control—see the sights you like and skip the ones you don't—so it's an adventure you'll never forget.

Highlights: Trek along the Great Wall, take in ancient and modern China, stroll the historic canals of Suzhou, enjoy a night out at karaoke in modern Shanghai.

8 days
From $1049
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

Europe Belgium

Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur, however, is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this 8-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. In Belgium, you’ll visit the six Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium (including the chance to taste Westvleteren, one of beerdom’s most celebrated brews), explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)

Highlights: Visit all six Trappist breweries in Belgium, indulge in delicious Belgian cuisine, explore quaint towns like Bruges and Rochefort, learn about (and taste) rare beers and visit the monasteries they're made in

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

Best of Egypt (DPBE)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

This journey through Egypt packs in the best of culture and adventure in eight energetic days. Explore the ancient sites along the Nile and discover the most famous of them all, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you sample some traditional fare with a Nubian family in a local village. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Aswan and Luxor, but still manage to relax and watch life unfold as you sail the Nile in a traditional felucca.

Highlights: Enjoy dinner with a local family, spend the night on a felucca, explore ancient temples and monuments, hunt for deals in the bazaars, gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $849
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Java (AEJV)

Asia Indonesia

With a population of 135 million crammed into just under 140,000 sq. kilometres, you’d think there’d be no room on Java left for adventuring. Densely populated as it is, this amazing swath of Indonesia has loads of unexplored corners just waiting for travellers looking for something a little different. From Jakarta, you’ll venture to the curiously European-like city of Bandung (the “Paris of Java”) en route to Yogyakarta, home to the island’s monstrous volcanoes. Later, you’ll spend two days in Dutch colonial Batu before winding up on the gorgeous Balinese beaches of Sanur. (Hey, if you can’t beat the crowd, join it!)

Highlights: Explore vibrant Jakarta, take the train through terraced rice fields, visit a Buddhist sanctuary, meet the locals and learn the Javanese way of life

9 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Northern Spain (ESNS)

Europe Spain

Spain has been described as less of a country than a collection of small nations all working together. Each region has its own distinct character, style, even language. This quick 8-day trip introduces you to Spain’s Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture and first-person contact. Vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebastián, Bilbao’s fabulous architecture, Logroño's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid and the mighty Pyrenees, all in just over a week? Yeah, we did that. Come find out how.

Highlights: Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, indulge in the tapas lifestyle, wander through Gaudí's wonderland in Barcelona, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1169
$1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Panama (CPPQ)

Central America Panama

Panama has been a destination on the cusp of the mainstream for ages, but somehow still remains a secret. More greatness for us to enjoy, we say. This 8-day trip opens the lid on the natural splendour of this overlooked gem of a country, giving travellers the chance to hike cloud forests, snorkel the Caribbean and even discover where that delicious morning cup of joe comes from at a coffee plantation. Panama is spectacular, and the best way to promote it is by word-of-mouth. Tell your friends!

Highlights: Snorkel in the crystal-blue Caribbean waters in Bocas del Toro, take in the crisp air of the lush green highlands in Boquete, explore the Panama Canal, learn where your morning coffee comes from on a tour of a local plantation.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $764
$899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Sumatra (AESM)

Asia Indonesia

Fabled for its rainforests and wildlife, Sumatra remains a destination most travellers resign to their “someday” list. Someday is now. One of the largest islands in the world, this lush Indonesian gem is ideal for adventurers looking for something beyond the ordinary. Beginning in Medan, this 8-day trip will bring you face-to-face with orangutans, the impressive supervolcano at Lake Toba, coffee plantations, village life in Berastagi (famed for its delicious passion fruit) and much more. What, exactly? You’ve gotta get here to find out!

Highlights: Explore Bohorok National Park and meet the orangutans, watch the sunrise from the top of a volcano, relax on an island resort, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, soak in the natural hot springs

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $849
$999
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

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

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

Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL)

Africa Zambia, Botswana, South Africa

This trip offers a fully immersive, unyieldingly African experience in a compact 8-day package. Soak up the wildlife and vibrant colours and scenery of Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, with game walks and plenty of options for game drives. Camp under the stars of the Okavango Delta, track rhinos in the Khama Sanctuary and marvel at the immense Victoria Falls. Your nimble rugged overland truck will get you to the sites safely and camping will allow you to fall asleep to the sounds of the wild underneath big African skies. You'll end your adventure in Livingstone, where a G Adventures representative is there to assist you as you ease into the relaxed vibe.

Highlights: Camp in the Okavango Delta and track exotic wildlife, marvel at Victoria Falls, try steering a mokoro canoe, take a game drive in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, camp under the stars.

8 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure (DADF)

Africa Zambia, Namibia, Botswana

This Classic trip showcases some of the best that Africa has to offer. Journey from Namibia, across Botswana and on to Zambia on an authentic African adventure that includes the elephants of Chobe National Park. Meet San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari and explore the Okavango Delta by dug-out mokoro canoe. With a knowledgeable CEO ensuring your accommodation will provide the most authentic travel experience possible, you’ll have an overnight in bushmen huts for an utterly unique experience. This tour is the trip of a lifetime.

Highlights: Witness the immense Kalahari Desert and Victoria Falls, experience game walks and wilderness camping, float past hippos in a dug-out canoe, learn about the San Bushmen in Ghanzi, search for the Big Five

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

Budget Egypt (DPGE)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

This compact adventure offers maximum Egypt at minimum cost. Stare in amazement at the pyramids and float down the Nile on a felucca. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you dine on traditional fare with a local family in a Nubian village. You'll enjoy basic accommodation and transport to the best sights. Walk through the Valley of the Kings or explore Karnak—it's your call. Don't just dream of Egypt, wake up in the 'Land of the Pharaohs' and open your eyes to adventure.

Highlights: Enjoy a traditional family meal, Explore ancient temples and monuments, Barter in bazaars, Sleep beneath the stars on a felucca, Visit a Nubian village, Explore the famous Khan el-Khalili souk.

8 days
From $599
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

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

Cape of Good Hope Hike (DACH)

Africa South Africa

Sure, you could see South Africa from the back of a 4x4 on a safari, but there’s nothing like the feel of Table Mountain under your feet as you hike to the summit. Get your sweat on as you take the short, challenging hike up the mountain before continuing down into Cape Point National Park, enjoying the great views and variety of landscapes across South Africa. You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in local village culture along the way, as well as visiting the African penguin sanctuary.

Highlights: Hike to the summit of Table Mountain, follow the Vlakkenberg Trail and climb to the summit of Swartkop, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local township, watch penguins on the beach in Simon's Town, walk among the rocky landscape of Cape Point National Park

7 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Cape, Rails & Kruger Photography Tour (DSKQP)

Africa South Africa

Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for shutterbugs with more memory cards to fill than time to fill 'em in, this 9-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. Best of all, you’ll get expert guidance in photography and adventuring from our Wanderer-in Resident Gary Arndt, founder of Everything Everywhere, and recipient of the Society of American Travel Writers award for 2014 Photographer of the Year.

Highlights: Learn travel photography tips from host Gary Arndt, take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool

9 days
From $1899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1359
$1699

Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK)

8 days
From $1049

Beijing to Shanghai Adventure (ACBI)

8 days
From $1999

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $849
$999

Best of Egypt (DPBE)

9 days
From $1149

Best of Java (AEJV)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1169
$1299

Best of Northern Spain (ESNS)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $764
$899

Best of Panama (CPPQ)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $849
$999

Best of Sumatra (AESM)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1104
$1299

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

10 days
From $2999

Bhutan Adventure (ADPP)

10 days
From $1999

Borneo—Sabah Adventure (AASA)

8 days
From $1099

Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL)

8 days
From $1699

Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure (DADF)

8 days
From $599

Budget Egypt (DPGE)

9 days
From $1099

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

10 days
From $849

Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC)

7 days
From $1499

Cape of Good Hope Hike (DACH)

9 days
From $1899

Cape, Rails & Kruger Photography Tour (DSKQP)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Adriatic Adventure—Dubrovnik to Athens (ECDA) 9 days Yolo Basic
From $934
$1099
Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Queen Violeta (PVIIA) 9 days Marine Upgraded
From $2124
$2499
Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1359
$1699
Beijing to Shanghai Adventure (ACBI) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $1049
Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Best of Egypt (DPBE) 8 days Classic Standard
From $849
$999
Best of Java (AEJV) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1149
Best of Northern Spain (ESNS) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1169
$1299
Best of Panama (CPPQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $764
$899
Best of Sumatra (AESM) 8 days Classic Standard
From $849
$999
Best of Yunnan (ACBY) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1104
$1299
Bhutan Adventure (ADPP) 10 days Classic Standard
From $2999
Borneo—Sabah Adventure (AASA) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL) 8 days Yolo Camping
From $1099
Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure (DADF) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1699
Budget Egypt (DPGE) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $599
Cambodia Experience (AVCW) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $849
Cape of Good Hope Hike (DACH) 7 days Active Standard
From $1499
Cape, Rails & Kruger Photography Tour (DSKQP) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1899