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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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

Cuba Libre (CCL)

Central America Cuba

Walking through the pincushion hills, wandering amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations—see another side of the island on this week-long tour through the ‘Garden Province’ of Cuba. Tour a tobacco plantation, snorkel crystal-clear waters full of colourful coral and search for the pirates of lore along the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Soak up local culture in a homestay for an immersive experience that travellers rarely get to know. Let our experienced CEO lead you off the beaten path and discover the cultural treasures of Cuba.

Highlights: Relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches, experience Cuban hospitality during a homestay, visit a factory that produces world-famous Cuban cigars

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $899
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Kenya Safari Experience (DKKS)

Africa Kenya

If you’re of the opinion that ‘safari’ doesn’t have to be synonymous with ‘roughing it’, have we got an adventure for you! Designed for travellers who long to get out into the thick of Kenya’s game parks and reserves by day and sleep in a cozy bed by night, this trip maximizes both wildlife access and creature comforts. Witness stunning wildlife and get that perfect pic to show all your friends, explore the vast plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve and gaze in awe at the peaks of Kilimanjaro in the distance from Amboseli National Park. Maximum Africa—minimal sweat.

Highlights: Explore the Masai Mara and Kenya's premiere game reserves with an expert local safari guide, search out rare rhinos at Lake Nakuru, get up close and personal with wildlife in a small safari 4x4 with a maximum group size of 6, take in views of Mt Kilimanjaro from our comfortable tented camp inside Amboseli

8 days
From $3299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Kenya Camping Safari (DKWA)

Africa Kenya

From dramatic savannahs to the Great Rift Valley, experience Kenya in all its glory. Travel the vast open plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara and scour the wilderness for Africa’s Big Five. Full-service camping under the big African sky will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife and gets you off the beaten path so you can really experience this land's unique culture. Our small safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of some of the most amazing animals on the planet.

Highlights: Explore the Masai Mara Reserve, visit a Samburu village, visit three of Kenya's best game parks and reserves, take in views of the Great Rift Valley

9 days
From $2149
Travel Style:
Classic
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

Southern Discovery (SSB)

South America Argentina, Chile, Patagonia

From the wineries of the Maipo Valley to the pristine beauty of Patagonia and the cosmopolitan flair of Buenos Aires, experience the riches of South America. Enjoy a taste of wilderness with hiking opportunities in Chile's Lake District and Argentine Patagonia before cleansing your palate for a wine tasting at a vineyard. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style. As an introduction to Chile and Argentina, this trip offers the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore at your own pace.

Highlights: Sample the best Chilean wines in the Maipo Valley, soak in the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District's volcanoes and waterways, savour a local meal slow-cooked under hot rocks in the ground, experience the sophistication of Buenos Aires.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $2039
$2399
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
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

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

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

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, float downstream on a bamboo raft.

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

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 $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

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

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

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

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

Cycle Croatia (ECCA)

Europe Croatia

The jagged and dramatic Dalmatian Coast is dotted with over a thousand islands, which form an impressive backdrop to a week cycling around this delightful country. Follow coastal paths, climb over green hillsides and explore the remote corners of some of the islands following the coast. Along the way, sample delicious local wines and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Participants should be experienced cyclists prepared for some challenging cycling.

Highlights: Cycle in between the beaches and over the hills of Hvar, explore the green hillsides of Korcula on two wheels, marvel at the great wall of Croatia in Ston, sample delicious local wines in the Konavle Valley

8 days
From $2099
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

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

London to Rome Adventure (EELR)

Europe Switzerland, England, Italy, United Kingdom, France

Crisscrossing four countries, this whirlwind tour of Europe’s most celebrated capitals squeezes unique culture, delectable food and drink, stunning scenery, wild nightlife and centuries of thrilling history into eight days without ever feeling rushed. Browse the galleries and museums of Paris and gape at the Swiss Alps' natural beauty, all for less than you’d ever dreamed possible.

Highlights: Explore historic cities and their galleries and museums, sample regional wines and delicacies, visit four countries in eight days.

8 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD)

Europe Ireland

Leave the green beer and tacky hats behind and have an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience in Ireland. Of course, there’ll be the requisite Paddy’s Day partying in Dublin, but there will also be pub crawls in locales like Galway, Killarney and Cork, as well as storytelling tours and orientation walks to get you up to speed on Ireland’s culture. A small group size means that you’ll get more attention from the trip’s CEO—and more seats at the pub!

Highlights: Blend into the green masses on a Paddy's Day pub crawl in Templebar (Dublin), kiss the Blarney Stone, dance an Irish jig to traditional music at the local pub, experience the best craic Ireland has to offer.

8 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
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

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $919
$1149
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 $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Classic Bali (AESU)

Asia Indonesia

Watch the sun rise over volcanic peaks and the spires of Pura Besakih. From pristine beaches and temples surrounded by jungle, Bali is a land loaded with cultural and natural highlights. With your accommodation and transport arranged by CEOs, this well-packed adventure offers up the perfect blend of the island’s highlights and free time to get off the beaten path—where the people on the beach are just as likely to be fishermen as other travellers. With its excellent food, artists and an island steeped in culture, Bali is truly an unforgettable experience.

Highlights: Relax on stunning beaches, uncover the unique culture of Ubud, explore Hindu temples, marvel at the power of active volcanoes.

8 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
9 days
From $1099

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $899
$999

Cuba Libre (CCL)

8 days
From $3299

Kenya Safari Experience (DKKS)

9 days
From $2149

Kenya Camping Safari (DKWA)

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $977
$1149

The Inca Trail (SPIT)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $2039
$2399

Southern Discovery (SSB)

9 days
From $2699

The Best of Brazil (SZBB)

10 days
From $1299

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

8 days
From $699

Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Best of Egypt (DPBE)

7 days
From $2199

Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE)

9 days
From $2099

Uganda & Gorillas Overland (DUKK)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1699
$1999

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

8 days
From $2099

Cycle Croatia (ECCA)

7 days
From $1499

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

8 days
From $1299

London to Rome Adventure (EELR)

8 days
From $999

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $919
$1149

Best of Java (AEJV)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Best of Sumatra (AESM)

8 days
From $999

Classic Bali (AESU)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Cambodia Experience (AVCW) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Cuba Libre (CCL) 8 days Classic Standard
From $899
$999
Kenya Safari Experience (DKKS) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3299
Kenya Camping Safari (DKWA) 9 days Classic Camping
From $2149
The Inca Trail (SPIT) 7 days Active Standard
From $977
$1149
Southern Discovery (SSB) 8 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2039
$2399
The Best of Brazil (SZBB) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2699
Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA) 10 days Active Standard
From $1299
Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $699
Best of Egypt (DPBE) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE) 7 days Classic Camping
From $2199
Uganda & Gorillas Overland (DUKK) 9 days Yolo Camping
From $2099
Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1699
$1999
Cycle Croatia (ECCA) 8 days Active Basic
From $2099
Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA) 7 days Active Basic
From $1499
London to Rome Adventure (EELR) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $1299
St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $999
Best of Java (AEJV) 9 days Classic Standard
From $919
$1149
Best of Sumatra (AESM) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Classic Bali (AESU) 8 days Classic Standard
From $999