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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Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

Arctic, Europe Iceland, Arctic, Greenland, Norway

Sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland, follow the ice’s edge with an eye peeled to the horizon for wildlife. Navigating south, you'll explore this remote landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. This journey highlights the contrast and change in the Arctic as you move south, finally ending in the Iceland, "the Land of Fire and Ice." An Inuit village, unique wildlife and remote destinations are just some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.

Highlights: Explore the edges of an ice floe by Zodiac, walk on the tundra searching for birds, keep an eye out for a variety of whale species and dolphins, learn about the Arctic from lectures and onsite briefings, sail through magnificent fjords and visit a local community in Ittoqqortoormiit

15 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Antarctica Classic (XVCASX)

Antarctica, South America Antarctica, Argentina

Vivid emerald, violet tints, intense blue and crimson light—the Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at your world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. This 11-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Highlights: Set foot on Antarctica—the world's least visited continent, watch majestic albatross soar by the ship while crossing the Drake Passage, brave the chill by taking an optional polar plunge, witness immense icebergs and magnificent glaciers, have your questions answered by Antarctic experts

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Norwegian Fjords (XVNFNX)

Arctic, Europe United Kingdom, Scotland, Arctic, Norway

Take part in a mystical North Atlantic journey and explore the various medieval towns of the Norwegian coast before heading north to the island of Spitsbergen. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ply the Norwegian Sea, keeping your eyes open for unique wildlife while searching for the elusive polar bear.

Highlights: Ship cruise around Bjørnøya – a birdwatcher’s paradise, discover Torghatten – one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway, explore the mysteriously beautiful Træna archipelago, witness the Standing Stones of Stenness, explore the intriguing Ring of Brodgar and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Skara Brae and Geiranger fjord

15 days
From $4999
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

Arctic, Europe Iceland, Arctic, Greenland, Norway

Sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland, follow the ice’s edge with an eye peeled to the horizon for wildlife. Navigating south, you'll explore this remote landscape not only by ship but also on foot and via Zodiac. This journey highlights the contrast and change in the Arctic as you move south, finally ending in the Iceland, "the Land of Fire and Ice." An Inuit village, unique wildlife and remote destinations are just some of the highlights on this truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic.

Highlights: Explore the edges of an ice floe by Zodiac, walk on the tundra searching for birds, keep an eye out for a variety of whale species and dolphins, learn about the Arctic from lectures and onsite briefings, sail through magnificent fjords and visit a local community in Ittoqqortoormiit

14 days
From $4949
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Physical Grading:
2

Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience (DKTS)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania

Whether you travel in style or by the seat of your pants, the sprawling, wildlife-rich grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania are a sight to behold. This trip stresses the former while capturing the spirit of the latter, transferring you swiftly between national parks, cushy lodges and tented camps while still giving you the chance to get out and truly feel the majestic lands you’re travelling across. In a small safari 4x4 with two expert local guides, you’ll descend into the Great Rift Valley, view Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance from Amboseli National Park, track the Big Five across the Serengeti and Masai Mara plains and much, much more.

Highlights: Explore Kenya and Tanzania's top game reserves with an expert safari guide, relax at comfortable tented camps and lodges located inside parks and reserves, visit an authentic Masai village and experience a different way of life, travel in a small group of 6 for a more intimate safari experience, enjoy a local lunch and village walk.

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $4799
$5999
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

Kailash Saga Dawa Festival (ACSF)

Asia Nepal, China, Tibet

Journey overland to Tibet and cross the ‘roof of the world’ to Kailash—Asia's most sacred mountain—in time for the amazing Saga Dawa Festival. You'll join pilgrims and celebrate the renewal of the Tarboche flagpole, then embark on a demanding multi-day trek around the holy mountain which is said to bring good luck to whomever completes it. Explore Lhasa and experience unparalleled vistas of Mt Everest at its base camp. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries and the colourful markets of Kathmandu, this adventure truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Highlights: Witness pilgrims replace the Tarboche flagpole, hike the ancient Kailash kora, visit spectacular palaces and incredible monuments, arrive at Everest Base Camp

21 days
From $4799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Southern Explorer (SSR)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Patagonia

From natural wonders to some of the region’s most vibrant cities, experience the riches of South America on this comprehensive adventure that takes you from Chile to Argentina and Brazil. Enjoy the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore the beauty of some of the world’s most breathtaking wonders—northern Patagonia and Iguassu Falls. Sip wine in Santiago, learn to tango in Buenos Aires and live it up in beachside Rio. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style.

Highlights: Taste the best Chilean wines at their source, visit local villages and enjoy a traditional meal, appreciate the beauty of the Lake District by scenic ferry, marvel at the mighty Iguassu Falls, sip caipirinhas on a Brazilian beach, savour a local meal in an Afro-Brazilian community.

15 days
From $4699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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

Tanzania Encompassed (DTTE)

Africa Tanzania, Kilimanjaro

Summit, safari and relax on the beach—this is an all-in-one adventure for those seeking the ultimate African experience. As a world leader in Kilimanjaro treks, we’ll help you conquer Africa’s highest peak and then show you the world’s best game parks. Small groups and safari vehicles not only allow for a more authentic travel experience, but ensure great views so that you’ll be able to capture the perfect shot of some of the most amazing animals on the planet—Africa’s elusive Big Five. Finish up your adventure on the historic and alluring spice island of Zanzibar and take in the beauty of its pristine beaches.

Highlights: Conquer Africa's highest peak, search for the Big Five in the Serengeti, dance with the Masai, meet local artisans and sample traditional cuisine, inhale the aromas of a Zanzibar spice plantation

17 days
From $4699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
5

Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA)

South America Galapagos, Peru, Ecuador

Experience two wonders of the ancient world on one comprehensive trip full of culture, discovery and exploration. Begin in the “Lost City of the Incas” – the ideal place to unleash your inner historian – and journey through majestic ruins and local villages bursting with culture, with an optional one-day hike up the Inca Trail. Then set off for the Galápagos island chain to see the incredible archipelago wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the comfortable Queen of Galápagos to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

Highlights: Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley, visit local villages and a women's weaving co-op, take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu, three nights cruising and exploring the Galápagos National Park aboard the Queen of Galápagos, snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles

13 days
From $4649
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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

Promotions Available! 39 days
From $4589
$5399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

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.

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

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 orangutans up close and personal in Sumatra.

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

Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)

Asia, Europe China, Russia, Mongolia

From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in Mongolian ger tents and in a cozy Russian homestay. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

Highlights: Explore the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walk along the Great Wall of China, ride the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forests, stay in a local village on Lake Baikal, admire the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $4229
$4699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania

Led by a certified safari guide, this 15-day tour will bring you to the famous wildlife habitats of both Tanzania and Kenya. Descend into the Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Crater for stunning wilderness and let your spirit soar as you race across the plains of the Masai Mara and Serengeti tracking Africa’s elusive Big Five. Our safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of getting ‘the’ shot—and full-service camping will bring you even closer to the region’s wildlife.

Highlights: Travel across the Serengeti, search for the Big Five in incredible game parks, savour traditional cuisine, visit a Samburu village, meet the Masai and discover their culture

15 days
From $4199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

China, Yangtze and Tibet Explorer (ACCE)

Asia China, Tibet

While retracing the footsteps of ancient warriors along the Great Wall, you realize you’re onto something. You want to get into the heart of the Middle Kingdom and our guides will take you ‘over the wall’. Handpicked for their expertise, they’ll bring you deep into China and walk backward in time with you to Tibet where you’ll reconnect with ancient ways long forgotten by the modern world. You'll have the chance to visit and have lunch at the village where the Terracotta warriors were unearthed, and experience exotic local cuisine. You won’t just experience China’s arts and culture, you’ll become a part of it.

Highlights: Enjoy a walk along the Great Wall and a cycle along Xi'an's city walls, ponder Tibetan spirituality in Buddhist temples and monasteries, get up close and personal with pandas at a breeding centre in Sichuan, cruise the mighty Yangtze River on a luxury riverboat, gain more cultural insight with an expert local guide

15 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
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

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.

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

Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA)

South America Guyana

If you've travelled South America but want to go further afield, discover Guyana—the continent's hidden corner. A nature-lover's paradise and free of typical tourist infrastructure, you'll encounter mountains, savannah and jungle canopy walkways in search of exotic birds, jaguars and other wildlife. A highlight is Karanambu Ranch, a rehabilitation centre for orphaned giant river otters. And for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know, you'll visit indigenous communities and encounter a way of life long forgotten by the modern world.

Highlights: Experience the forest from above on a canopy walkway, learn about traditional Amerindian life from the locals, trek jungle trails to observe birds and monkeys, explore the river at night in search of caimans, tend to giant river otters at the rehabilitation centre

12 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
15 days
From $4999

Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

Promotions Available! 11 days
From $4999

Antarctica Classic (XVCASX)

15 days
From $4999

Norwegian Fjords (XVNFNX)

14 days
From $4949

Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

18 days
From $4799

Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ)

21 days
From $4799

Kailash Saga Dawa Festival (ACSF)

15 days
From $4699

Southern Explorer (SSR)

40 days
From $4699

Cape Town to Nairobi (DCN)

17 days
From $4699

Tanzania Encompassed (DTTE)

26 days
From $4399

Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU)

41 days
From $4399

Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $4229
$4699

Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)

15 days
From $4199

Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW)

15 days
From $3999

China, Yangtze and Tibet Explorer (ACCE)

29 days
From $3999

Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT)

24 days
From $3999

Europe Encompassed (EELL)

12 days
From $3999

Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX) 15 days Marine N/A
From $4999
Antarctica Classic (XVCASX) 11 days Marine N/A
From $4999
Norwegian Fjords (XVNFNX) 15 days Marine N/A
From $4999
Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX) 14 days Marine N/A
From $4949
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience (DKTS) 13 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4799
$5999
Ancient Empires—Beijing to Tokyo (ACCJ) 18 days Classic Standard
From $4799
Kailash Saga Dawa Festival (ACSF) 21 days Classic Standard
From $4799
Southern Explorer (SSR) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4699
Cape Town to Nairobi (DCN) 40 days Yolo Camping
From $4699
Tanzania Encompassed (DTTE) 17 days Classic Basic
From $4699
Discover Machu Picchu and Galápagos - Central Islands (SPX06GA) 13 days Comfort Upgraded
From $4649
Southern Cross Westbound - Rio to Lima (SZRM) 39 days Classic Standard
From $4589
$5399
Central Asia on the Silk Road (ACKU) 26 days Classic Standard
From $4399
Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE) 41 days Yolo Basic
From $4399
Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM) 21 days Classic Standard
From $4229
$4699
Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari (DKTW) 15 days Classic Camping
From $4199
China, Yangtze and Tibet Explorer (ACCE) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3999
Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT) 29 days Classic Standard
From $3999
Europe Encompassed (EELL) 24 days Yolo Basic
From $3999
Guyana Wildlife Adventure (SGWA) 12 days Classic Standard
From $3999