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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The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)

South America Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador

Sometimes the slow road is the way to go. Hit the road from Quito to Rio with other young travellers and experience pretty much everything you can imagine in between. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the thriving Inca culture, cross the salt flats of Bolivia, dance the tango in Buenos Aires, and hit the beach in Brazil. This trip offers up lively cities, stunning scenery, and tons of adventure. 65 days, 7 countries, 3 nights in the Amazon and 1 adventure you’ll remember forever.

Highlights: Mingle with the locals at a homestay in the Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, conquer the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experience traditional life on Lake Titicaca, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 4x4 excursion, stand in awe at Iguassu Falls.

65 days
From $7399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Ultimate Africa (DAUA)

Africa South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia

Spanning eight countries, this journey is full of diverse cultures, abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, stunning beaches and loads of adventure. Track the Big Five across open savannah, explore the Okavango Delta in a dug-out mokoro canoe, encounter gorillas deep in the Ugandan wilderness—do it all on this ultimate 54-day adventure and get a real feel for how large Africa really is. Travel aboard our rugged overland truck is well-paced and wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Encounter rare wildlife and real people on this unique and cost-effective journey through the stunning scenery of southern and East Africa.

Highlights: Experience game drives, witness giant sand dunes and massive Victoria Falls, photograph exotic wildlife, ride in 4x4 safari vehicles and dug-out canoes, meet mountain gorillas.

Promotions Available! 54 days
From $5949
$6999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
4

Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR)

South America Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both—and pretty much everything in between—on this 51-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic cultures, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road and have an adventure while you can.

Highlights: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4, being awed by Iguassu Falls.

51 days
From $5799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Rio to Lima Adventure (SZRA)

South America Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both—and pretty much everything in between—on this 50-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic cultures, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road and have an adventure while you can.

Highlights: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, being awed by Iguassu Falls, playing with the beautiful people in Rio, doing it all with other fun, young travellers.

51 days
From $5799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Southern Cross (SXMR)

South America Brazil, Inca Trail, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Peru

From the Nazca Lines and the heights of Incan archaeology to the beach at Ipanema, this 45-day long tour provides limitless opportunities for adventure. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, thundering Iguassu Falls and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats. In the thin air of the Andes, trek the challenging Inca Trail to legendary Machu Picchu—we run our own treks and ensure quality food and equipment, leaving you to focus on your next exhilarating step forward. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this trip offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own. This trip has it all!

Highlights: Conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the Uyuni Salt Flats and Andean wilderness, spot wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, stand in awe of Iguassu Falls

45 days
From $6499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Best of the USA Tour - New York to New York (NUYY)

North America United States

From hip hop to country fiddles, Yankee accents to a western drawl, businessmen in power suits and ranchers in cowboy hats—the US is one heck of a country. And if you’ve got the time, this—our ultimate American tour—is the best way to explore the iconic cities and the legendary national parks, national monuments and wide-open spaces. Centrally located hotels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.

Highlights: Watch bats take flight from the Carlsbad Caverns, break a sweat in Death Valley and cool off on the Maid of the Mist, search for aliens in Roswell, dance like a cowboy in Jackson, meet the Navajo in Monument Valley, hike in national parks.

44 days
From $5299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE)

Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore

Get off the beaten path and head right into the wonders of Southeast Asia. On this best-of collection of Bangkok, Bali, Sumatra and more, we’ll see some of the most famous tourist areas as well as little-known marvels. With days spent on boat trips and sunny beaches and evenings full of bonding with new friends as you enjoy the city nightlife, your schedule will be so full that the 41 days will fly by.

Highlights: Watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike down to a beautiful crater lake, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, encounter elephants and orangutans up close and personal in Sumatra.

41 days
From $4399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Cape Town to Nairobi (DCN)

Africa South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia

Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango in a dug-out mokoro canoe and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. Journey across nearly half of the African continent—from the southern tip of Africa to Kenya—and soak up the vibrant colours, culture and scenery of seven countries. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to enjoy the region’s intriguing combination of wilderness and bright city lights, while camping under Africa’s big sky will provide a unique perspective. Take the road less travelled and come away with jaw-dropping photographs and a deeper understanding of this incredible continent.

Highlights: See the Big Five from 4x4 safari vehicles, experience cosmopolitan Cape Town, explore spice plantations and the immense Fish River Canyon, cruise in dugout canoes, gaze at Victoria Falls and giant sand dunes.

40 days
From $4699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure (DKNC)

Africa South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia

Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. Journey across nearly half of the continent—from Kenya to the southern tip of Africa—and soak up the vibrant colours, culture and scenery of seven countries. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to enjoy the region’s intriguing combination of wilderness and bright city lights, while camping under Africa’s big sky will provide a unique perspective. Take the road less traveled and come away with jaw-dropping photographs and a deeper understanding of this incredible continent.

Highlights: Search for the Big Five, inhale the aromas of a spice plantation, snorkel in Zanzibar, get wet at Victoria Falls, marvel at giant sand dunes, enjoy Fish River Canyon, explore cosmopolitan Cape Town.

Promotions Available! 40 days
From $3524
$4699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Machu Picchu

From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 39-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal and the bizarre landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and revel in the mists of thundering Iguassu Falls. Gain greater insight into the culture on the region’s public buses and meet locals from the rural towns along the way for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. Get off the beaten path and experience Peru, Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Highlights: Stare in awe at Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, spend three days exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, settle in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

39 days
From $5399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)

South America Peru, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, it's 35 full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the salt flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

Highlights: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4

Promotions Available! 35 days
From $3509
$3899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)

South America Inca Trail, Peru, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Ecuador

Really discover what South America is all about on this epic 5-week journey through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This adventure truly has it all—the Pacific coast, the awe-inspiring Amazon and the archeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, tear it up on mountain bikes, raft wild rivers, catch big waves and get your adrenaline pumping on exciting optional excursions. With local transportation and authentic accommodation, this adventure offers an intense blend of included activities and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Experiencing traditional life in the Amazon, witnessing colonial cities and volcanoes, spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, settling in with the locals at a homestay on Lake Titicaca.

Promotions Available! 35 days
From $3374
$3749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB)

South America Peru, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Lima and ending in Buenos Aires, it's 35-full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

Highlights: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Salar de Uyuni on a 4x4 excursion

Promotions Available! 35 days
From $3509
$3899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Best of Central America (CRBA)

Central America Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua

From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America—on a shoestring. Make sure your passport has space because this exciting 33-day trip hits most of Central America as it covers tropical rainforests, volcanoes, colonial cities and all the breathtaking scenery in between. Explore indigenous Mayan villages and soak in the region's incredible culture. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered—so you can choose the activities and sights that interest you most—the adventure is yours to choose!

Highlights: Take in breathtaking Ometepe Island, bliss out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, walk the colonial streets of colourful Granada and Antigua, eat regional specialties like El Salvador's pupusa, experience an overnight homestay in Guatemala and Nicaragua, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, visit seven countries in a month.

33 days
From $2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Central American Journey (JCS)

Central America Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this classic adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, rainforests and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with all the things you need and nothing you don't—32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.

Highlights: Relax on white-sand beaches, explore the ruins of Copán and Tikal, bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua, experience an overnight homestay in Guatemala and Nicaragua, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatan and Tegucigalpa, interact with the locals on chicken buses, experience the misty cloud forest.

32 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Canary Islands, Togo, Sierra Leone, Benin

People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. A solid combination of activity and leisure, you’ll have ample time to spot rare birds and endemic wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets, and learn about the region from our experienced expedition staff, including naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and ornithologists. While at sea, we’ll also enjoy South African wine tastings from our very own sommelier and enjoy daily lectures from experts before wrapping it all up in enchanting Marrakech. Africa by sea? We didn’t believe it was possible either.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites, explore bustling local markets and colonial architecture in historic West African ports, gain insight into the region's modern history, interact with our expert expedition team, wine-taste while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition

Promotions Available! 32 days
From $13599
$16999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Indochina Discovery (ATID)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Discover the heart and soul of Indochina on this tour of four very diverse countries. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendour of Angkor Wat. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered—so you can choose the activities that interest you. Experience Halong Bay by boat and cycle around Vang Vieng. Push through hectic city lanes and tap into the pulsing nightlife. And with other travellers your own age, you can be sure to get down with adventurers that’ll keep up.

Highlights: Revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat, enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village, chill out on golden beaches, float down the mighty Mekong River, snorkel beautiful reefs, shop in quaint Hoi An, cruise magical Halong Bay, explore the streets of serene Luang Prabang.

30 days
From $2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

Asia Indonesia

Indonesia is a busy place, and not just because it’s one of the most densely-populated places on Earth. Blessed with rich jungles, imposing volcanoes and mile upon mile of gorgeous beachfront, it’s not surprising that 135 million people live here full-time. On this 29-day trip, you’ll get to experience what they live every day – Bandung, which feels more European than some cities in Europe; Yogyakarta’s volcanic landscapes; Bali’s pristine beaches; and far more than we can possibly get into here. Need more details? Come find 'em. Don’t worry, we’ll wait...

Highlights: Meet the orangutans in Sumatra, visit the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu in Lombok, snorkel vibrant reefs and dig your feet into white sand, explore Hindu temples in Bali and Buddhist sanctuaries in Java, climb volcanoes, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, live with the locals in a traditional village

29 days
From $3949
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Indochina Encompassed (ATIE)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

From the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok to Halong Bay's magnificent limestone karsts, this trip encompasses the highlights of Indochina. Marvel at the wonders of Angkor Wat, sail the Mekong and savour noodles in Chiang Mai. Shop for souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City and join the locals sipping coffee at a lakeside café in Hanoi. With hotels, transport and a number of included activities arranged by our CEOs, this adventure offers up the perfect combination of must-see highlights and free time.

Highlights: Float down the mighty Mekong River, explore the bustling streets of Hanoi, sail a junk through Halong Bay, shop in Hoi An, experience magnificent Angkor Wat.

29 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT)

Europe Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Croatia

This epic cross-European adventure offers an intriguing combination of Central Europe's castles and romantic squares with the Balkan's own historic towns and wondrous landscapes. But this trip isn't a cobweb-enshrouded history tour—you'll connect with village life, immerse yourself in urban centres and get active with outdoor pursuits, including kayaking in Montenegro and hiking through diverse country. With 29-days devoted to this journey, this is your chance to discover what still feels like a well-kept secret.

Highlights: Wander beautiful medieval cities, hike in the Carpathian Mountains, kayak the Bay of Kotor, hike to an undersea winery on the Dalmatian island of Hvar, marvel at the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian in Split

29 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 54 days
From $5949
$6999

Ultimate Africa (DAUA)

51 days
From $5799

Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR)

51 days
From $5799

Rio to Lima Adventure (SZRA)

45 days
From $6499

Southern Cross (SXMR)

41 days
From $4399

Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE)

40 days
From $4699

Cape Town to Nairobi (DCN)

39 days
From $5399

Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM)

Promotions Available! 35 days
From $3374
$3749

Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL)

33 days
From $2799

Best of Central America (CRBA)

32 days
From $2699

Central American Journey (JCS)

30 days
From $2799

Indochina Discovery (ATID)

29 days
From $3949

Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE)

29 days
From $3499

Indochina Encompassed (ATIE)

29 days
From $3999

Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR) 65 days Yolo Basic
From $7399
Ultimate Africa (DAUA) 54 days Yolo Camping
From $5949
$6999
Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR) 51 days Yolo Basic
From $5799
Rio to Lima Adventure (SZRA) 51 days Yolo Basic
From $5799
Southern Cross (SXMR) 45 days Classic Standard
From $6499
Best of the USA Tour - New York to New York (NUYY) 44 days Yolo Camping
From $5299
Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE) 41 days Yolo Basic
From $4399
Cape Town to Nairobi (DCN) 40 days Yolo Camping
From $4699
Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure (DKNC) 40 days Yolo Camping
From $3524
$4699
Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM) 39 days Classic Standard
From $5399
Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3509
$3899
Quito to La Paz Adventure (SEQL) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3374
$3749
Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3509
$3899
Best of Central America (CRBA) 33 days Yolo Basic
From $2799
Central American Journey (JCS) 32 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX) 32 days Marine N/A
From $13599
$16999
Indochina Discovery (ATID) 30 days Yolo Basic
From $2799
Indonesia Encompassed (AEIE) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3949
Indochina Encompassed (ATIE) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3499
Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3999