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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Kenya Overland Adventure (DKOA)

Africa Kenya

Beginning and ending in Nairobi, this 6-day adventure offers up wild Kenya on a budget. Track the Big Five across the legendary plains of Masai Mara and spot wildlife at Lake Naivasha—you'll take game drives at both locations. You'll travel in our unique overland truck and camp under the stars.You'll always be in the heart of Africa's stunning wilderness. Make sure your camera’s charged because you're going to need it.

Highlights: Encounter the wildlife of the famous Masai Mara, camp in the great outdoors, learn traditional ways at a Masai settlement in the Loita Hills, photograph wildlife at Lake Nakuru National Park, do it all in less than a week.

6 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

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

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, be surrounded by soaring volcanoes, hike the stunning vistas of Colca Canyon

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

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN)

South America Brazil

Experience Rio's biggest party! Dance the night away and see the sights and sounds of this truly epic annual event. From the street parties to the immense Sambadrome parade, this is something not to be missed.

Highlights: Revel in one of the biggest parties on earth, witness the spectacular scenery of Rio, experience the craziness of the Sambadrome, relax knowing you have local support taking care of all the details

6 days
From $1759
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
1

Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL)

Asia Thailand

When most of us think "Thailand," we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.

Highlights: Connect with local Black Lahu and Shan communities, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.

6 days
From $399
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)

Europe Sweden

Nothing prepares you for the icy wilderness of Sweden's far north. This incredible trip takes you right inside the Arctic Circle, to the snowy wilderness of Lapland. Slide across the ice in complete silence, listening to the sound of your team of dogs pulling your sled and enjoy the frozen beauty of the ICEHOTEL® . Sleeping out in a teepee in the snow and looking out for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are unforgettable experiences.

Highlights: Dog-sled through icy wilderness, see the Northern Lights in all their glory, sleep a night in the renowned ICEHOTEL®

6 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Highlights of South India (AHIS)

Asia India

Compared to the North, southern India is a different place working on a different pace. But you don't need to devote a month to get here; this compact trip offers a healthy taste of Kerala's stunning tropical beauty. Luxuriate on the beach and watch the sunset, explore magnificent temples, and savour that last smidgen of flavour as you scrape your banana leaf plate clean. After a night aboard a houseboat in the tranquil backwaters, you may never want to leave.

Highlights: Learn the true meaning of relaxation on a houseboat cruising Kerala's backwaters, discover how fishermen's nets can be an attraction in their own right, drool over that extra helping of delicious South Indian cuisine

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $823
$1029
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
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

New York to Chicago (NUYC)

North America United States

The Big Apple, Finger Lakes, a Windy City and some waterfalls that are so famous they don’t need a nickname—welcome to the most jam-packed week-long road trip in America. Experience skyscrapers, music and street life in two of the coolest cities in the US and breathe in the fresh air in upstate New York. We’ll throw in Niagara Falls for good measure. You’ll stay in the heart of the cities, and camping will keep you snug in the region's wild heart. Quick and affordable—how’s that for a great deal?

Highlights: See the sights in New York City, feel the spray of Niagara Falls, revel in the beauty of the Finger Lakes, sample Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $839
$1049
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
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

Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's two largest islands, Isabela and Santa Cruz. Travel by air, road and speedboat to Isabela Island. Hike around Sierra Negra Volcano's massive crater, visit a tortoise breeding centre and shark resting grounds. Witness flamingos in the wild, visit the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Centre and enjoy plenty of opportunities to snorkel along the way.

Highlights: Hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second largest volcanic crater in the world – and walk on the lava fields, observe flamingos at an isolated lagoon, be amazed at the unique wildlife of the Galápagos

7 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

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

Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Avoid the crowds on this independent adventure and head off the beaten track! The challenging Lares Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail, offering opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities, allowing hikers learn about the Inca’s fascinating culture. Sandwich it between charming colonial Cusco and magical Machu Picchu and you couldn't ask for a more complete Incan experience.

Highlights: Discovering the wonders of Cusco, interacting with the locals, conquering the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

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

Svalbard Express (XVSENX)

Arctic, Europe Arctic, Norway

When the Arctic calls, you simply have to go. Designed for the adventurous explorer whose long on ambition but short on time, this trip delivers all the wonder and frozen magic of the Arctic in a compact six days. Track polar bears from the deck of the ship, explore the landscape via Zodiac-assisted excursions, and spot exotic birds on the wing, all from the comfort and convenience of a dedicated polar expedition ship. You may not have much time up here, but that’s okay – you’ve got the rest of your life to relive every moment.

Highlights: An opportunity to venture into the Arctic even if you have limited time. Spend the day on deck searching for polar bears and whales, cruise through breathtaking fjords and admire massive glaciers, experience the midnight sun, learn about Arctic history and ecology from our expert guides, brave the Arctic waters and take a polar plunge, enjoy the silence of the Arctic tundra

7 days
From $3199
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Discover Cambodia (ATDC)

Asia Thailand, Cambodia

Ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to experience Cambodia’s highlights, our CEOs will help you discover Phnom Penh’s markets, shrines and temples—and the horrors of the Killing Fields. In Siem Reap, we’ll devote plenty of time to the wonders of the Khmer Empire at Angkor Wat. Witness crumbling temples and monuments cloaked in vines as you explore this massive complex of ruins. From the glories of the ancient past to the upheavals of recent times, this week-long journey will introduce you to Cambodia's rich history.

Highlights: Shop in the bustling markets of Bangkok, wander through the temples of Angkor Wat, explore colonial Phnom Penh by cyclo.

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Mexico Day of the Dead in Oaxaca (CMDO)

Central America Mexico

One of the great festivals of the world, the Day of the Dead is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party. From candy skulls and colourful parades to family picnics in historic cemeteries, the Day of the Dead is a party like no other—and this tour is your backstage pass. If you’re culturally curious or slightly ghoulish, join us in Oaxaca—Mexico’s artistic heartland—for a truly different perspective of the country at its most exciting. And with incredible ruins and fantastic landscapes all around, you don’t need to be Wednesday Addams to get into the macabre spirit of this incredible celebration.

Highlights: Follow the seas of flowers and flickering candles of cemetery vigils, watch the painted faces and street dances during Day of the Dead parades, enjoy beautiful colonial Oaxaca in all its glory, barter for macabre skeleton dolls at the local market

7 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
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

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $1124
$1499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE)

Africa Tanzania

Witness big game on open savannah and experience the stunning beauty of the Great Rift Valley. Led by a certified safari guide, you'll journey to Tanzania in search of phenomenal wildlife in its natural habitat. Full-service camping will bring you closer to the region’s animals and is an economical way to gain insight into local cultures in a short amount of time. Our small safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of one of the elusive Big Five.

Highlights: Enjoy game drives in the Serengeti, dance with the Masai, savour traditional cuisine in a local village, take in the views at Ngorongoro Crater, meet local artisans on a village walk.

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

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

Europe Croatia

Dotted with unspoiled islands, secluded beaches, and miles of coastal paths, the Dalmatian Coast remains one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Ideal for travellers looking to try a variety of things in an out-of-the-way place, this idyllic slice of Croatia along the surprisingly balmy Adriatic is practically bursting with outdoorsy potential. Hike and bike the ruggedly beautiful rocky coastlines, paddle a sea kayak to an uninhabited island, or just laze about on the beach and let the time pass. The choice is yours, and the choices are infinite.

Highlights: Enjoy a guided sea-kayaking excursion around Dubrovnik's city walls, cycle in the Konavle Valley, hike along Dalmatian cliffs, visit the island of Kolocep, wander in Dubrovnik's old town.

7 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Croatia Adventure - Zagreb to Dubrovnik (ECZD)

Europe Croatia

A trip from Zagreb to Dubrovnik is not your backpacker’s typical European tour—it’s way better. In one week, scramble from historic Zagreb along the Adriatic Coast to stunning Dubrovnik. Along the way you’ll hit the highlights—did we mention the beautiful lakes of Plitvice or Hvar on the coast? But you’ll also discover a Europe too often ignored by travellers. Party in exclusive clubs and wander historic and picture-perfect old lanes. Come away from Europe with more than just great photographs—travel with young and fun travellers and you’ve got friends for life.

Highlights: Make new friends over drinks along the Adriatic, scramble around medieval fortresses, connect with the culture in charming old villages, discover the rich and varied countryside of the Balkans, explore Diocletian's Palace on a guided tour.

7 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2
6 days
From $1149

Kenya Overland Adventure (DKOA)

6 days
From $899

Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC)

6 days
From $499

Discover Arequipa & Colca Canyon (TSPACC)

6 days
From $1759

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN)

6 days
From $3499

Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $823
$1029

Highlights of South India (AHIS)

7 days
From $999

Yosemite Park & Napa Valley (NUVF)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $839
$1049

New York to Chicago (NUYC)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

7 days
From $1799

Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN)

7 days
From $1089

Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN)

7 days
From $1089

Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN)

7 days
From $3199

Svalbard Express (XVSENX)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $799
$999

Discover Cambodia (ATDC)

7 days
From $999

Mexico Day of the Dead in Oaxaca (CMDO)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $1124
$1499

Cape of Good Hope Hike (DACH)

7 days
From $2199

Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE)

7 days
From $1499

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Kenya Overland Adventure (DKOA) 6 days Yolo Camping
From $1149
Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC) 6 days Comfort Upgraded
From $899
Discover Arequipa & Colca Canyon (TSPACC) 6 days Comfort Upgraded
From $499
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN) 6 days Classic Standard
From $1759
Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL) 6 days Local Living Basic
From $399
Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA) 6 days Active Basic
From $3499
Highlights of South India (AHIS) 7 days Comfort Upgraded
From $823
$1029
Yosemite Park & Napa Valley (NUVF) 7 days Yolo Camping
From $999
New York to Chicago (NUYC) 7 days Yolo Camping
From $839
$1049
The Inca Trail (SPIT) 7 days Active Standard
From $977
$1149
Galápagos Isabela Island Package (TSEGLN) 7 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Independent Inca Discovery (TSPIDN) 7 days Active Standard
From $1089
Independent Lares Trek (TSPILN) 7 days Active Standard
From $1089
Svalbard Express (XVSENX) 7 days Marine N/A
From $3199
Discover Cambodia (ATDC) 7 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Mexico Day of the Dead in Oaxaca (CMDO) 7 days Comfort Upgraded
From $999
Cape of Good Hope Hike (DACH) 7 days Active Standard
From $1124
$1499
Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE) 7 days Classic Camping
From $2199
Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA) 7 days Active Basic
From $1499
Croatia Adventure - Zagreb to Dubrovnik (ECZD) 7 days Yolo Basic
From $799