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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Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID)

Asia Indonesia

Get ready to hit the ground running in this 28-day whirlwind tour of Indonesia’ top sights. We mean that literally, too – you’ll stay active as you hike and explore Berastagi, Sipirok, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang and more. Recharge with street food crawls and coffee plantation tours, and take the time to get up close and personal with orangutans and elephants. Experiencing it all with a group of like-minded travellers is the best way to get the most out of this dynamic country.

Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, explore thriving cities, encounter elephants and orangutans up close and personal, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces, sip coffee at plantations, relax on sandy beaches, chill out on Lake Samosir.

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

India Encompassed (AHHE)

Asia India

From the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal to the unforgettable backwaters of Kerala, this comprehensive Indian journey is a photographer's delight. Walk along the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi and explore Abhaneri’s carved stepwells in the North before flying south to search for tigers in the wild and exotic spices in relaxed hill stations. With an intriguing combination of included activities and free time, city streets and rural spirit, you're sure to gain an understanding of the people and some insight into this fascinating land.

Highlights: Discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, sail the Ganges in venerable Varanasi, stay with the locals in the Kerala backwaters, smell spices at a plantation in the Cardamom HIlls

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

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore

Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java—this epic adventure covers the best of Southeast Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches and gaze out across the ‘sea of sand’ from Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.

Highlights: Explore bustling cities, take in the beautiful scenery, watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike through rice terraces, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, discover the cultural side of Indonesia

28 days
From $2849
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ)

Africa Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa

Like action, adventure and wildlife documentaries? Then you’re going to flat-out love this trip. The itinerary reads like a special double-issue of your favourite travel mag: towering sand dunes, impossibly deep canyons, game drives in Etosha, Kruger and Matobo National Parks, the bone-shaking roar of Victoria Falls, Shangaan village tour, campouts under a sprawling blanket of stars—and that’s just a sample! With expert CEOs and loads of optional activities available each day, you’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do, see and experience.

Highlights: Cruise the Okavango Delta in a dug-out canoe, meet the San Bushmen, marvel at Fish River Canyon, spot the Big Five in Etosha and Kruger National Parks, search for wildlife from a 4x4 in Matobo National Park, witness Shangaan traditions, discover the less-visited Zimbabwe.

28 days
From $3199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Joburg to Nairobi Overland (DAJB)

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

Connecting two major hubs, this overland journey will take you from Johannesburg to Nairobi and into the stunning wilderness of the six countries that lie in between. Track Africa’s Big Five on game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro and head to the Okavango Delta for a game walk and mokoro canoe excursion. Inhale the mists of Victoria Falls and the fragrant air of spice plantations in Zanzibar. You'll make your discoveries from a rugged overland truck, ready to take on Africa. Combine this with bush camping, a social atmosphere and a comprehensive itinerary and you have one hell of an adventure.

Highlights: Marvel at Victoria Falls, track rhinos at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, experience 4x4 game drives in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, immerse yourself in ancient cultures with traditional dancing, spend three glorious days on exotic Zanzibar.

27 days
From $3799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Nairobi to Joburg Overland (DKBJ)

Africa South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi

Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Kruger National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls—we originally called this trip ‘Africa Complete,’ but those pesky lawyers made us change it. While it may not feature all of Africa, it’s still pretty darn close: Wildlife safaris, cultural contact, rugged landscapes and natural landmarks spread across six incredible countries. And with supremely knowledgeable CEOs, meals prepared from fresh local produce and starlit camping stays, you’ll gain a kinship with this land and its people you won’t find anywhere else.

Highlights: Spot the Big Five from 4x4 safari vehicles, inhale the aromas of a spice plantation, snorkel Zanzibar's waters, gaze out across Victoria Falls, spot wildlife in Kruger National Park, discover the less-visited Zimbabwe, walk in search of rhinos in Matobo National Park.

27 days
From $3699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB)

South America Galapagos, Amazon, Inca Trail, Ecuador, Peru, Machu Picchu

Explore Peru's southern coast and its Incan Highlands. From the soaring heights of the Inca Trail to the steamy jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon, this epic journey includes an all-encompassing tour of Peru and four nights exploring the Galápagos. As one of the biggest tour operators in the region, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value, and in Peru, we run our own treks, ensuring the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to majestic Machu Picchu.

Highlights: Four nights cruising the Galápagos National Park aboard the Daphne , trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore extraordinary frigatebird and booby cliff colonies on Genovesa, discover biological history from your naturalist guide, witness Lake Titicaca and the Nazca Lines, encounter wildlife in the Amazon Jungle

27 days
From $6099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

Asia Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China

Since opening up to travellers, China and its northwestern neighbours don’t seem quite as out-there a destination to some people – but they’re clearly not looking in the right places. This comprehensive 26-day journey from Beijing to Tashkent is one of those experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Picking up in the Chinese capital, you’ll visit the Uyghur province of Xinjiang, learning about the food, culture and history of this minority group. Then, we’ll leave China behind and venture into Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to retrace part of the route that helped build empires: The Silk Road. From stunning snow-capped mountains to arid deserts, experience a side of Asia in a way that you’ll barely believe is real.

Highlights: Wander along the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar, stay in a yurt with a Kyrgyz family, marvel at the sights in Bukhara and Samarkand.

Promotions Available! 26 days
From $3519
$4399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Andes to the Atlantic Experience (SXLR)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia

From the heights of the Bolivian Andes to the sands of Ipanema, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, 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 Bolivia and Brazil—a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Highlights: Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats on a 3-day 4x4 excursion, discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, marvel at the power of Iguassu Falls

25 days
From $3749
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Atlantic to the Andes Experience (SXRL)

South America Brazil, Bolivia

From the sands of Ipanema to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, this incredible 25-day journey will introduce you to the diverse landscape and people of South America. Explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the bizarre landscape of 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 Brazil and Bolivia —a vibrant cross-section of South America.

Highlights: Stand in awe of Iguassu Falls, search for wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, encounter colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia, explore the Uyuni salt flats by 4x4.

25 days
From $3749
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Ultimate East Africa (DKUE)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Beginning in Nairobi, with its convenient international airport, this 24-day African adventure offers up the prizes of Uganda before heading east towards the beaches of Zanzibar. Enjoy game drives across the Serengeti and trek through remote forests for an incredible encounter with mountain gorillas in their own habitat. Travel aboard our overland truck is well-paced and wilderness camping along the way will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Our certified CEO will lead the way and share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime. This trip will truly leave an impression on you for the rest of your life!

Highlights: Meet mountain gorillas, track the Big Five in three diverse ecosystems, view wildlife from 4x4 safari vehicles, explore mystical Stone Town, taste local spices in Zanzibar.

Promotions Available! 24 days
From $2999
$3999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
4

Europe Encompassed (EELL)

Europe Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium

You. Europe. 24 days. Ready? You’d better be, because this epic London-to-London romp through the Old World’s greatest cities doesn’t slow down for stragglers. Geared towards budget-conscious travellers eager to check an entire continent off their ‘must-do’ list in one fell swoop, this adventure will take you from the busy streets of the English capital to Paris’ most elegant galleries and cafés, the stunning natural brilliance of the Swiss Alps, the rugged beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre and the party capitals of Berlin and Amsterdam before wrapping up with a celebratory pint in a London pub. Phew! We’re tired just talking about it.

Highlights: Pound the pavement in cities teeming with history, visit nine countries in less than a month, explore galleries and museums, discover medieval towns straight from fairytales, sample regional wines and cuisine, take in the nightlife across Europe.

Promotions Available! 24 days
From $3599
$3999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Full Ecuador (EF10HB)

South America Amazon, Galapagos, Ecuador

Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos and the diversity of the Amazon on this ultimate Ecuadorean adventure. Get to know Ecuador inside out—from the Andes to the islands and miss nothing in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend a week exploring the islands aboard Daphne. Our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value—there’s no better way to explore the region.

Highlights: Eight days cruising and swimming the Galápagos Islands by yacht, soaking in hot springs, feeling like a local on a Quichua homestay, encountering wildlife in the Amazon, shopping at the Otavalo Market.

24 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Coast to Coast Road Trip Eastbound (NUFY)

North America United States

Get out on the road and follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac to discover the real America. This ultimate coast-to-coast road trip connects you and your small group of fellow travellers to the iconic cities, natural wonders, national parks and monuments that make this land great. Learn about Navajo culture in the Southwest and what the odds are in Las Vegas. Whether it’s comfortable hotels in the cities or campsites in national parks, you’ll always be close to the action. So slide on your cowboy boots in Texas and your dancing shoes in Nashville and Memphis—it’s time to embrace the spirit of this land by hitting the open road.

Highlights: Stroll the hills of San Francisco, look for wildlife in Yosemite, party in Las Vegas and New Orleans, marvel at the Grand Canyon and the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, watch bats in flight at Carlsbad Caverns, relive history in Washington DC, gaze at the New York City skyline.

23 days
From $3199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Coast to Coast Camping Westbound (NUYF)

North America United States

Yellowstone, the Badlands and Niagara Falls—once you’ve escaped the city limits, the US is a country defined by incredible wilderness. This affordable cross-country adventure keeps you on the ground between New York City, Chicago and San Francisco so you can experience what lies in between. Days feature magnificent sites like Yosemite and Old Faithful, while evenings offer experiences like cooking over a fire and camping in the great outdoors—imagine waking up beside the Mississippi. Travel coast to coast and embrace the soul of this great land.

Highlights: Explore New York City and San Francisco, get wet on the Maid of the Mist, feel like a cowboy in Jackson, camp beside the Mississippi River, meet the presidents at Mount Rushmore, hike in beautiful national parks.

Promotions Available! 23 days
From $2549
$2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL)

Asia Indonesia

Yeah, we’ve seen you perusing the Bali, Lombok and Java trips and thinking, “Why don’t they just put all three of them together?” Here you go: All the natural splendour, bustling cities, remote villages and exotic wildlife of Indonesia’s most popular territories in one convenient, 22-day bundle. Explore the volcanoes of Yogyakarta, endless rainforests, the rugged and untouched beauty of Lombok, bustling Jakarta and blissful Sanur’s white-sand beaches. The adventure of a lifetime is out there. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.

Highlights: 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, lay eyes on active volcanoes

22 days
From $2949
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Adventure (ATLV)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

From the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok to Halong Bay's magnificent limestone karsts, this trip encompasses the highlights of Indochina. Marvel at the majestic granite peak of Doi Suthep, explore a traditional Hmong village, 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: Explore the canals of Bangkok, float down the mighty Mekong, visit majestic caves and stunning limestone karsts in Halong Bay, browse the tailor shops in Hoi An, squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels

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

Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVVL)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

From the fast-paced nightlife of Bangkok to a slow boat along the Mekong, this trip brings you the best of South East Asia on a shoestring. You'll party along the beautiful bay of Vietnam’s Nha Trang in the company of like-minded travellers and channel the French vibe sipping coffee in riverside cafés in Laos. Explore golden temples or hunt down treasures in local markets—the choice is all yours. Best of all, your CEO will take the hassle out of planning, so you're free to soak up the spirit of this amazing region.

Highlights: Explore vibrant cities, snorkel colourful reefs, shop in quaint Hoi An, float among the karsts of Halong Bay, discover sleepy Laos, cruise the mighty Mekong River.

22 days
From $1949
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Mayan Adventure (CAM)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

Leave the resorts of Cancún behind and explore the authentic Yucatán. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of Chichén Itzá, Palenque and Tikal and walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial San Cristóbal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on sunny Caribbean beaches. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.

Highlights: Explore incredible Mayan sites and colourful local markets, relax on the world-class Mayan Riviera beaches, go caving in a Mayan sacred site, snorkel on Belize's world-famous barrier reef

22 days
From $2399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

East Africa Overland (DUAE)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

From the incomparable wildlife of Uganda to the source of the Nile and onto the sunny beaches of Zanzibar, journey overland across East Africa on this thrilling 3-week adventure. Track mountain gorillas through remote forest for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and pursue the elusive Big Five across open savannah on an unforgettable game drive. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife. Discover the diversity of wildlife, landscape and people on your journey through these fascinating countries.

Highlights: Track the Big Five in three different ecosystems, meet mountain gorillas, tempt fate with adrenaline-inducing activities, view wildlife in our 4x4 safari vehicles in Tanzania, discover Zanzibar's spice plantations and crystal-clear waters.

22 days
From $3799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
4
28 days
From $2499

India Encompassed (AHHE)

28 days
From $2849

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

28 days
From $3199

Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ)

27 days
From $3799

Joburg to Nairobi Overland (DAJB)

27 days
From $3699

Nairobi to Joburg Overland (DKBJ)

Promotions Available! 26 days
From $3519
$4399

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

25 days
From $3749

Andes to the Atlantic Experience (SXLR)

25 days
From $3749

Atlantic to the Andes Experience (SXRL)

Promotions Available! 24 days
From $2999
$3999

Ultimate East Africa (DKUE)

Promotions Available! 24 days
From $3599
$3999

Europe Encompassed (EELL)

24 days
From $4999

Full Ecuador (EF10HB)

23 days
From $3199

Coast to Coast Road Trip Eastbound (NUFY)

22 days
From $2949

Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL)

22 days
From $2499

Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Adventure (ATLV)

22 days
From $2399

Mayan Adventure (CAM)

22 days
From $3799

East Africa Overland (DUAE)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
India Encompassed (AHHE) 28 days Classic Standard
From $2499
Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2849
Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ) 28 days Yolo Camping
From $3199
Joburg to Nairobi Overland (DAJB) 27 days Yolo Camping
From $3799
Nairobi to Joburg Overland (DKBJ) 27 days Yolo Camping
From $3699
Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB) 27 days Classic Standard
From $6099
Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU) 26 days Classic Standard
From $3519
$4399
Andes to the Atlantic Experience (SXLR) 25 days Classic Standard
From $3749
Atlantic to the Andes Experience (SXRL) 25 days Classic Standard
From $3749
Ultimate East Africa (DKUE) 24 days Yolo Camping
From $2999
$3999
Europe Encompassed (EELL) 24 days Yolo Basic
From $3599
$3999
Full Ecuador (EF10HB) 24 days Classic Standard
From $4999
Coast to Coast Road Trip Eastbound (NUFY) 23 days Yolo Camping
From $3199
Coast to Coast Camping Westbound (NUYF) 23 days Yolo Camping
From $2549
$2999
Indonesia Java, Bali & Lombok (AEJL) 22 days Classic Standard
From $2949
Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Adventure (ATLV) 22 days Classic Standard
From $2499
Vietnam, Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring (AVVL) 22 days Yolo Basic
From $1949
Mayan Adventure (CAM) 22 days Classic Standard
From $2399
East Africa Overland (DUAE) 22 days Yolo Camping
From $3799