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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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

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

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

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

Africa, North Africa / Middle East Ghana, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Canary Islands, Sierra Leone

From the M/S 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. The second leg of the 32-day West Africa Cruise, this 17-day trip focuses prominently on the roots of the West African slave trade with numerous chances for cultural and natural interaction in port cities and nature preserves along the coast. On-board activities range from open-air painting lessons on the deck to sommelier-led wine-tastings featuring top South African vintages.

Highlights: Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, observe wildlife up close, explore local markets and colonial architecture in historic ports, visit remote archipelagos via Zodiac. Interact with our expert expedition team while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.

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

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

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands (XVGFSX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina, Uruguay

Challenge. Desolation. Unlimited wonder. It’s not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to Antarctica. Get a personal appreciation for the struggle to tame the bottom of the world on this 22-day adventure to the land than entranced Ernest Shackleton and countless others since. Down here, you’ll explore the Falkland Islands, encounter abandoned whaling stations on South Georgia Island, and pay your respects at Shackleton’s grave. Elsewhere, you’ll catch up with penguins (king, chinstrap, and gentoo varieties) and learn all about them through daily lectures, get close to whales and cavorting seals from a Zodiac boat, and keep an eye peeled for towering icebergs and massive glaciers. Prepare to be astonished.

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

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $9999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula (XVAWSX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina

Fierce, cold and stunningly beautiful – explorers since Shackleton have grappled with the contrasts of the Weddell Sea. Experience this ultimate Antarctic landscape on a 15-day adventure that defines "once in a lifetime." Cross the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea – this less-visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and the birthing ground of incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings each day means more potential sightings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. This isn't a polar cruise – it's an adventure.

Highlights: Spend eight full days exploring one of the world's last true wildernesses, connect with the history of exploration while retracing Shackleton’s journey, catch sight of whales and albatross following the ship, go ashore with seasoned experts explaining the intricacies of Antarctic ecology, admire the tabular icebergs of the Weddell Sea

15 days
From $8499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Quest for the Antarctic Circle (XVQCSX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina

A massive rookery of penguins shuffles across a frozen shore; a pod of whales glides through frigid waters; dramatic landscapes float off in the distance – welcome to Antarctica. Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier – a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness, and her expert staff are on hand to ensure you’ll fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. Sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands, then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other – more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise.

Highlights: Spend seven full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, go farther south than most have ever gone, spend time on deck searching for whales and watching soaring albatross, get up close and personal with a variety of penguin species, discover the intricacies of the Antarctic region through our on board lecture program

14 days
From $8499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

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

Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS)

Australia / Pacific New Zealand, Australia

Australia or New Zealand? Do both! There’s never been a better time to get a taste of the world Down Under, and on this adventure, you’ll do so via trains, canopy cable cars, and private yachts. There’ll be no lack of sights to see as you explore Sydney and Auckland, walk around iconic Uluru, visit Aboriginal villages, and participate in wine tastings in the Barossa Valley. Add in an overnight wilderness cruise and you’ve got yourself a trip that memories are made of.

Highlights: Learn about Aboriginal and Maori myths and traditions with local experts, ride the rails on 3 historic trains, explore the rainforest by foot and canopy cable car, learn how your favourite wines get from vine to glass, revitalize yourself in geothermal pools, enjoy an overnight cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound in search of wildlife, cover more ground with included internal flights

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $7199
$8999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Antarctica Classic in Depth (XVAESX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina

Like the ‘Antarctica Classic,' this 13-day expedition introduces you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, but adds on two additional days to better explore its majesty. Part of the reward of arriving in Antarctica is the challenge of negotiating the Drake Passage – and the MS Expedition will bring you there safely. Encounter leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. The Expedition’s expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge and insight that really bring the nature and history of the region to life, creating the adventure of a lifetime.

Highlights: Spend six full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, conquer the notorious Drake Passage, learn from polar experts about the wonders of the Antarctic region, come face-to-face with amazing polar wildlife, marvel at immense icebergs, spend time on deck spotting whales and watching soaring albatross

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $6299
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

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

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 culture, 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: 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 and surrounding desert altiplano, be 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 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 culture, 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: 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 and surrounding desert altiplano, be awed by Iguassu Falls, beach-lounge with the beautiful people of Brazil.

51 days
From $5799
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 $5599
$6999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
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 hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.

Highlights: Break a sweat in Death Valley and cool off in the spray of Niagara Falls, dance like a cowboy in Jackson, meet the Navajo in Monument Valley, hike in stunning national parks.

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

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

Promotions Available! 45 days
From $5199
$6499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)

Arctic, Europe Arctic, Norway

Similar to our 'Realm of the Polar Bear' itinerary (XVRPNX), you'll enjoy three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and tundra in search of the elusive polar bear and encounter even more icebergs, glaciers, and unique wildlife than you ever thought possible on this 11-day expedition. Search for lounging seals, grazing reindeer, and colonies of birds under the midnight sun.

Highlights: Make the most of your time in the high Arctic with 11 days to explore, take a turn on "polar bear watch" with a member of the Expedition staff, challenge yourself with an optional polar plunge, capture a herd of Svalbard reindeer in your viewfinder, enjoy spectacular vistas under the midnight sun, learn from lectures on history and natural sciences

11 days
From $5199
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Southwest Highlights (NUNL)

North America United States

Time for a pop quiz: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, or Death Valley, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon? Correct answer: both! This incredible 22-day adventure starts fast and never lets up for a second, introducing you to the very best of the American West and much, much more. This trip offers an unbeatable blend of outdoors and big cities; encounter the unusual ‘hoodoos’ of Bryce Canyon National Park, take an optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, sample the local vintages in Santa Barbara and explore some of the West’s biggest and brightest cities. You’ll never want to go home.

Highlights: Meet the Navajo in stunning Monument Valley, marvel at the Grand Canyon, hike in the beautiful Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, roll the dice in Las Vegas, drive the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to SF

22 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure (DRGR)

Africa Rwanda, Uganda

They're the closest animals out there to us homo sapiens, and on this trip we aim to bring you as close as possible to these majestic creatures. There'll be gorillas, monkeys and chimps in abundance on this 9-day trip through Rwanda and Uganda. Take part in jungle trekking, embark on boat and jeep safaris in national parks, and learn about Rwanda's fascinating culture and history along the way. With an expert local CEO throughout and comfortable lodges to relax in during your down time, your focus can stay on spotting rare primates in their natural habitat.

Highlights: Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas in their backyard, trek through the forest to visit Golden Monkeys, meet local people and gain a better understanding of Rwanda then and now, encounter more primates on a chimp trek in Uganda, search for hippos while enjoying a boat ride down the Kazinga Channel

9 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
4

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
32 days
From $16999

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX)

21 days
From $13999

Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX)

17 days
From $9999

West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX)

18 days
From $9999

West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX)

15 days
From $8499

Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula (XVAWSX)

14 days
From $8499

Quest for the Antarctic Circle (XVQCSX)

51 days
From $5799

Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR)

51 days
From $5799

Rio to Lima Adventure (SZRA)

Promotions Available! 54 days
From $5599
$6999

Ultimate Africa (DAUA)

Promotions Available! 45 days
From $5199
$6499

Southern Cross (SXMR)

11 days
From $5199

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX)

22 days
From $4999

Southwest Highlights (NUNL)

24 days
From $4999

Full Ecuador (EF10HB)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech (XVCMDX) 32 days Marine N/A
From $16999
Spirit of Shackleton (XVSHSX) 21 days Marine N/A
From $13999
West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech (XVAMDX) 17 days Marine N/A
From $9999
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Accra (XVCADX) 18 days Marine N/A
From $9999
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands (XVGFSX) 22 days Marine N/A
From $9999
Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula (XVAWSX) 15 days Marine N/A
From $8499
Quest for the Antarctic Circle (XVQCSX) 14 days Marine N/A
From $8499
The Great South American Journey - Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR) 65 days Yolo Basic
From $7399
Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS) 22 days Comfort Upgraded
From $7199
$8999
Antarctica Classic in Depth (XVAESX) 13 days Marine N/A
From $6299
Absolute Peru & Galapagos North & Central Islands (PH07HB) 27 days Classic Standard
From $6099
Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR) 51 days Yolo Basic
From $5799
Rio to Lima Adventure (SZRA) 51 days Yolo Basic
From $5799
Ultimate Africa (DAUA) 54 days Yolo Camping
From $5599
$6999
Best of the USA Tour - New York to New York (NUYY) 44 days Yolo Camping
From $5299
Southern Cross (SXMR) 45 days Classic Standard
From $5199
$6499
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth (XVRDNX) 11 days Marine N/A
From $5199
Southwest Highlights (NUNL) 22 days Classic Standard
From $4999
Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla & Chimp Adventure (DRGR) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4999
Full Ecuador (EF10HB) 24 days Classic Standard
From $4999