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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Inca Heartland (PXML)

South America Inca Trail, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, Peru

Experience the archaeological highlights and the cultural treasures of the Andean highlands, then uncover the secrets of the mysterious Nazca Lines and Peru's desert coast on this incredible 3-week adventure. Embrace Incan culture past and present in Cusco and get a taste of Bolivian culture in La Paz. Travel by boat on Lake Titicaca and trek to the stunning ruins of Machu Picchu. As the Inca Trail’s largest operator, we run our own treks, which ensures quality food, service and equipment. Join us for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know.

Highlights: Spot condors at Colca Canyon, trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, experience local life at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the world's highest capital city

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2399
$2999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX)

Antarctica, South America Falkland Islands, Antarctica, Argentina

Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. This 21-day voyage illuminates Ernest Shackleton’s legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. You’ll visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton’s final resting place – the wildlife-rich island of South Georgia. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

Highlights: Meet hardy locals and spot unique wildlife in the Falkland Islands, explore abandoned whaling stations and visit Shackleton’s grave, walk quietly amongst king penguins and watching them surf onto the beach, learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts, spot whales and seals while cruising past icebergs aboard Zodiacs, set foot on the continent of Antarctica

21 days
From $13999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

India on a Shoestring (AHRH)

Asia India

From the monuments of Delhi to the colourful cities of Rajasthan, experience three weeks of northern India's best. Marvel at Jaisalmer's mud fortress and Bikaner's unique temple before journeying into the desert for an overnight camel safari. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and make your way to the Ganges River at Varanasi. Your expert CEO will take care of the hassles so you're free to see the sights or just soak up the vibe—India is home to great food, fascinating culture, alluring sights and friendly and inviting people. Discover the charms and mystery that make up this incredible country.

Highlights: Drink in a kaleidoscope of colour and culture, experience spiritual Varanasi along the Ganges, marvel at the Taj in Agra, wander vibrant cities, revel in the colourful villages of Rajasthan.

20 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring (ATCV)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

Begin in Bangkok—a city that never sleeps—and end by braving Hanoi's bustling streets. Plug in to Cambodia and Vietnam on this electric journey with breaks to bliss out on white-sand beaches. Get a history lesson exploring Angkor Wat and walking Ho Chi Minh City’s streets. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Explore the bustling streets of Bangkok, revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat, enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village, relax on golden beaches, shop Hoi An's quaint streets, float through Halong Bay.

Promotions Available! 20 days
From $1343
$1679
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand Experience (ATTE)

Asia Thailand

Marvel at beautiful Buddhist temples, share smiles with villagers during a remote hillside trek, and dive into southern waters - this comprehensive 20-day tour gets you to the cultural heart of Thailand and its best beaches. After getting close with elephants and temple ruins, head south for a week of island-hopping in search of great snorkelling and cold drinks on the best beaches. This trip is the perfect introduction to Thailand.

Highlights: Tour Bangkok's canals to Wat Po, explore vibrant Chiang Mai, trek on foot to hilltribe villages, feed and bathe an elephant, experience ancient Ayutthaya, snorkel amongst the colourful marine life, wander quiet beaches and enjoy the scenery

20 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Nairobi to Victoria Falls Adventure (DNV)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five across the Serengeti, feel the thunder of Victoria Falls—uncover the spectacular highlights of four African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and bright city lights from the comfort of our overland truck and camp under the big African sky for a unique perspective of this majestic land. With a unique itinerary that offers plenty of options, uncover all that this diverse region has to offer.

Highlights: Track the Big Five in agile 4x4 safari vehicles, feel the mist of Victoria Falls, chill out at Lake Malawi, raft the Zambezi River, bliss out on the beaches of Zanzibar.

Promotions Available! 20 days
From $2399
$2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five, feel the thunder of Victoria Falls. Uncover the spectacular highlights of four African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and bright city lights from the comfort of our overland truck and camp under the big African sky for a unique perspective of this majestic land. With a unique itinerary that offers plenty of options, uncover all that this diverse region has to offer.

Highlights: Track the Big Five across the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in agile 4x4 safari vehicles, chill out at Lake Malawi, explore Victoria Falls and Zanzibar.

20 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB)

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 everything in between. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience. Scour the indigenous handicraft market at Otavalo for special treasures before flying to the Galápagos to spend three nights exploring the islands aboard our comfortable yacht, the Daphne. As one of the biggest tour operators in the islands, our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value – there’s no better way to explore the region.

Highlights: Relax in Andean hot springs, spend the night with a local Quichua family, search for wildlife in the Amazon Jungle, swim and snorkel in the Galápagos Islands, encounter unique wildlife found nowhere else on the planet, explore colonial cities and hike up volcanoes

20 days
From $3849
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Egypt and Jordan Explorer (DPEX)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt, Jordan

There's something indefinitely alluring about the mysteries of ancient Egypt. From the ruins to the mummies to the mythology behind the pyramids, this is a trip that no archaeology or history buff should miss. This 19-day trip is packed full of highlights of not just Egypt but of Jordan, including visits to Petra, Kerak Castle and the Dead Sea. With internal flights taken care of and comfortable accommodations awaiting you every night, you can sit back and focus on the ancient wonders hidden in the desert.

Highlights: Marvel at ancient Egyptian archaeological sites and ruins, savour a traditional dinner in a local family's home, visit a Planeterra-supported library project, explore ancient Petra with a local expert, overnight in a desert camp and learn about the ancient Bedouin culture

Promotions Available! 19 days
From $3439
$4299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ)

Asia Japan, China

Explore two ancient nations in 18 well-packed days on this unique journey that takes you from the epic lengths of the Great Wall of China to the poetic views of Mt Fuji. You'll face an army of Terracotta Warriors for an historical encounter you won't soon forget and spend nights in a traditional ryokan and a shukubo temple lodging for an authentic Japanese experience. Our CEOs will take you off the beaten track to reveal the cultural treasures of the region’s ancient sites.

Highlights: Experience the contrast between cultures, meet the ancient Terracotta Warriors, cross the East China Sea, get a bird's-eye view of Mt Fuji from a cable car, stay in a traditional ryokan

18 days
From $4799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

China on a Shoestring: Hong Kong to Beijing (ACRC)

Asia Hong Kong, China

Soak in the vibrant pulse of Hong Kong, float down the Yangtze on a Chinese-style riverboat and walk the Great Wall with other others that share your appetite for adventure. Enjoy 18 days packed with China's major sights and out-of-the way gems with the freedom to choose those that interest you. Cycle along Xian’s ancient city walls and through the stunning rice fields and limestone karsts of Yangzhou. Explore gorgeous scenery straight out of a painting or just relax and take it all in.

Highlights: Explore Shanghai and Hong Kong's bustling streets, snap photos of Yangshuo's karst scenery, discover history in Xi'an and Beijing, walk along the Great Wall of China.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1614
$1899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Trekking Annapurna (ANTA)

Asia Nepal

On this incredible trekking adventure, you’ll spend 13 challenging days traversing forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, make your way along the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the world’s highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides and assisted by support staff throughout, you’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life and majestic views few rarely experience.

Highlights: Witness stunning Himalayan views, experience high passes and prayer flags, stay in teahouse lodges and tiny hamlets, meet Sherpa herders along the trek, explore rhododendron forests and hot springs.

18 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
5

Thailand Discovery (ATDT)

Asia Thailand

Get the best of Thailand's culture, sacred sites and beaches on this 18-day adventure. Explore the north’s Golden Triangle and cycle the streets of ancient Sukhothai before heading south for peaceful island beaches. You'll explore the perfect islands and swim in the incredible waters. This trip offers the classic Thai experience—a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to do your own thing.

Highlights: Explore Buddhist temples and palaces, relax on a stunning beach, snorkel through crystal-clear blue waters, savour a home-cooked khantoke-style meal at a local home in Chiang Mai

18 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Indochina Explorer (ATIC)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Past meets present in this fast-paced adventure that takes you from Bangkok to Hanoi and just about everywhere in between. With a busy culture richly steeped in tradition, there's always something to see or do on this journey through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, be it witnessing the daily rituals of monks, participating in an authentic Thai cooking class or taking cyclo rides through impossibly busy city streets. A series of included flights lets us cover more ground and take you on a whirlwind throughout Southeast Asia. Make sure you stay up late for the night markets, too!

Highlights: Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village, observe the daily life of monks and visit sacred temples, learn about Cambodian history (both ancient and modern), take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities, eat well while giving back at a Planeterra-supported training restaurant in Siem Reap

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $2959
$3699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

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

Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery—from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and you rooted in local life.

Highlights: Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach, stroll through Antigua's colonial streets, explore Mayan ruins.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (DAFD)

Africa Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa

This 18-day journey through four African countries hits the highlights and is perfect for the adventurer who wants to discover the region’s diversity. Explore the Okavango Delta by dug-out mokoro canoe, marvel at the highest sand dunes in the world in the Namib Desert and meet the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the hassles and planning while you recharge in hotels, bushmen huts, camps and farm stays for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience you'll forever treasure.

Highlights: Marvel at Fish River Canyon, explore giant sand dunes and Victoria Falls, track the Big Five, take game walks and dug-out canoe rides

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

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

If you want to sample the region’s highlights without sacrificing some of its lesser-known gems, there’s no better way to experience Ecuador's dramatic scenery and colourful people. Visit the Amazon and a shaman for an incredible introduction to indigenous culture, and witness lush jungles and exotic wildlife. Staying in simple hotels and homestays and using public transport will keep you grounded in the local customs and culture. We'll travel from the Avenue of the Volcanoes to relaxing Pacific beaches and mountain hot springs. This adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.

Highlights: Feel like a local at an Amazon homestay, relax on Ecuador's beaches, witness Andean scenery, ride by train to the Devil's Nose, learn from the locals at an indigenous community, shop the Otavalo Market

18 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Budget China: Beijing to Hong Kong (ACRG)

Asia Hong Kong, China

For ambitious travellers on a tight budget who are after an experience full of the very best this country has to offer, this tour showcases the scenic wonders without missing its most famous cities and sites. Walk back in time along the Great Wall then see the future in Shanghai. Our CEOs will help you dig deeper into the very best of China. Offering a great deal of flexibility, our optional activities allow you to go beyond the highlights.

Highlights: Explore cosmopolitan cities, uncover ancient capitals and charming rural villages, hike the beautiful hills dotted with Longji rice terraces, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, stand in awe on the Great Wall.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1614
$1899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)

Africa Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola, South Africa, Togo, Congo, Namibia, 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. 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.

18 days
From $9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

Asia China

Geographically and culturally, Northwest China is about as far away from “traditional China” as you can get without crossing the border. The source of the Silk Road—the ancient trade route that helped create the modern world—is unlike anything you’ll find in Beijing or Xi'an, and this 17-day adventure takes you deep into the China few ever see. Otherworldly experiences abound: watch the sun rise over the dunes outside Dunhuang, explore the world of the Muslim Uyghurs, spend the night in traditional yurts near Urumqi, and venture into the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar. There’s more, of course, but we’ve got to keep a few secrets, right?

Highlights: Walk along two sections of the Great Wall, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, ride a camel through sand dunes, learn about the Uyghur culture, stay in a traditional Kazakh yurt, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar

17 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2399
$2999

Inca Heartland (PXML)

21 days
From $13999

Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX)

20 days
From $1349

India on a Shoestring (AHRH)

20 days
From $2199

Thailand Experience (ATTE)

20 days
From $2999

Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN)

20 days
From $3849

Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB)

Promotions Available! 19 days
From $3439
$4299

Egypt and Jordan Explorer (DPEX)

18 days
From $4799

Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ)

18 days
From $1249

Trekking Annapurna (ANTA)

18 days
From $1999

Thailand Discovery (ATDT)

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $2959
$3699

Indochina Explorer (ATIC)

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

18 days
From $3499

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (DAFD)

18 days
From $1299

The Ecuador Experience (REE)

18 days
From $9999

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)

17 days
From $3499

The Silk Road of China (ACSR)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Inca Heartland (PXML) 21 days Classic Standard
From $2399
$2999
Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX) 21 days Marine N/A
From $13999
India on a Shoestring (AHRH) 20 days Yolo Basic
From $1349
Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring (ATCV) 20 days Yolo Basic
From $1343
$1679
Thailand Experience (ATTE) 20 days Classic Standard
From $2199
Nairobi to Victoria Falls Adventure (DNV) 20 days Yolo Camping
From $2399
$2999
Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN) 20 days Yolo Camping
From $2999
Highlights of Ecuador (EF06HB) 20 days Classic Standard
From $3849
Egypt and Jordan Explorer (DPEX) 19 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3439
$4299
Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ) 18 days Classic Standard
From $4799
China on a Shoestring: Hong Kong to Beijing (ACRC) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1614
$1899
Trekking Annapurna (ANTA) 18 days Active Basic
From $1249
Thailand Discovery (ATDT) 18 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Indochina Explorer (ATIC) 18 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2959
$3699
Backroads of Central America (CRSG) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1402
$1649
Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (DAFD) 18 days Classic Standard
From $3499
The Ecuador Experience (REE) 18 days Classic Basic
From $1299
Budget China: Beijing to Hong Kong (ACRG) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1614
$1899
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX) 18 days Marine N/A
From $9999
The Silk Road of China (ACSR) 17 days Classic Standard
From $3499