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

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

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.

Promotions Available! 25 days
From $3187
$3749
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

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

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

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure—travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters—and an exceptional experience for you.

Highlights: Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals on public buses, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine Peru is known for.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

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.

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

Backroads of Japan (AJMS)

Asia Japan

Tokyo and Kyoto—the modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectively—represent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, you’ll thoroughly explore both and everything in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Snow monkeys, geishas, the teeming pedestrian scrambles of Tokyo’s Shibuya district and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals you’ll meet and never forget.

Highlights: Experience the bustle of modern Tokyo, visit the Zenkoji temple in the Japanese Alps, discover the snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs, cycle the Kibi Plains, explore Kyoto's temples.

12 days
From $3599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE)

Asia Indonesia

If you’re looking to free your spiritual side–with a backdrop of stunning beaches and jungles–Bali and Java are waiting. Travel by bicycle rickshaw to local markets and workshops, and get your “om” on at the Borobudur temple. Participate in a traditional cooking class with an expert chef. And of course, it wouldn’t be the full Balinese experience if you didn’t take some leisure time to relax on the picturesque beaches. It’s the perfect mix of beauty and Buddhist zen.

Highlights: Explore bustling Yogyakarta by bicycle rickshaw, delve into the spiritual side by visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, learn to prepare Indonesian specialties under the guidance of a local chef, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces and lush green jungles, stand in awe of soaring active volcanoes

14 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Baltics to St Petersburg (EXVS)

Europe Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Estonia

Decades after the fall of communism, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia remain a mystery to most travellers. We’re not complaining, though; more mystery means fewer crowds and an easier time getting to know these fantastic countries. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius and ending in St Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, this 2-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing into Russia by land. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.

Highlights: Explore the charming and enigmatic Baltic countries, ride a bike around the coastal dunes of Lithuania's Curonian Spit, picnic in beautiful Riga, live like a local on a farm in Estonia, wander through back alleys in St Petersburg

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1699
$1999
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: 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

Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM)

Asia Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore

Bliss out on world-class beaches in exotic southern Thailand before cooling off in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. This 2-week tour will introduce you to three diverse nations—and three of the region’s most vibrant cities. Sample street food or hit Bangkok’s clubs with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with those that’ll keep up. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure: pack your trip with everything you want and nothing you don't.

Highlights: Explore the streets of bustling Bangkok, stop by Penang's Chinese shop houses, glimpse beautiful green vistas in the the Cameron Highlands, dive into multicultural Kuala Lumpur, visit three diverse countries in two weeks.

14 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Basic Costa Rica (CRCR)

Central America Costa Rica

Stay flexible in Costa Rica on this unique 2-week adventure. You'll hit the volcanoes, a cloud forest and both of the incredible coasts. Chill out on white-sand beaches and explore pristine wildlife reserves. Best of all, this trip gives you the flexibility to create the adventure of a lifetime, so you can soar across the treetops by zipline, rappel down a waterfall or learn to surf the Pacific breaks. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—everything you need to explore the diversity and beauty of Costa Rica.

Highlights: Chill out on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, cruise across Lake Arenal with beautiful views of Arenal Volcano, enjoy opportunities to go whitewater rafting and horseback riding along the beach, explore the cloud forest on a guided tour

14 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK)

Asia Hong Kong, China

Stand face to face with the Terracotta Warriors and marvel at the Temple of Heaven and other national treasures on this 10-day showcase of four diverse yet defining pieces of the Middle Kingdom. From the Forbidden City to the power of the Great Wall, head south through spectacular karst scenery to the bright lights of Hong Kong. Discover China's natural and cultural highlights with the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore.

Highlights: Climb the Great Wall, stroll through Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, cycle through scenic rice paddies, marvel at skyscrapers in Hong Kong

10 days
From $1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Beijing to Shanghai Adventure (ACBI)

Asia China

China can be intimidating, what with its Great Wall, Forbidden City and army of Terracotta Warriors. This 8-day trip will wipe away any worries—you'll have an expert CEO leading the way and you'll hit the highlights in the company of other young travellers. Get a mix of modern and historic with plenty of time to enjoy the nightlife. Best of all, you're in control—see the sights you like and skip the ones you don't—so it's an adventure you'll never forget.

Highlights: Trek along the Great Wall, take in ancient and modern China, stroll the historic canals of Suzhou, enjoy a night out at karaoke in modern Shanghai.

8 days
From $1049
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

Europe Belgium

Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur, however, is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this 8-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. In Belgium, you’ll visit the six Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium (including the chance to taste Westvleteren, one of beerdom’s most celebrated brews), explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)

Highlights: Visit all six Trappist breweries in Belgium, indulge in delicious Belgian cuisine, explore quaint towns like Bruges and Rochefort, learn about (and taste) rare beers and visit the monasteries they're made in

8 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)

Central America Guatemala, Belize

Follow in the footsteps of Mayan warriors to lost cities cloaked in jungle mists. This adventure offers an intriguing mix of ruins, beaches, wildlife and the rich cultures of Belize and Guatemala. It's a perfect blend of activity and relaxation—spend three days canoeing deep in the jungle and snorkelling the crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters before easing into the laidback Belizean lifestyle while sipping on a rum cocktail. As pioneers of canoeing in the region, we are pleased to offer this Classic trip—one you won’t find anywhere else.

Highlights: 3-day canoe adventure in central Belize, spot tropical sea life while snorkelling the second-largest barrier reef, explore the jungle-set ruins of Tikal, listen to reggae music as you walk down Caye Caulker's sandy main street

15 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Best of Borneo (AAHB)

Asia Malaysia, Borneo

Still wild and mysterious even after all these years, Borneo is one of those places that’s become synonymous with adventure travel. Come see what all the fuss is about on this 14-day journey through the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. There, you’ll encounter wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and other creatures of the rainforest, visit hot springs and waterfalls, and get a better understanding of the local Dayak people by spending the night in a traditional longhouse. Adventure never goes out of style; it just becomes more classic.

Highlights: Watch the sunrise from the top of Mt Kinabalu, spot wildlife on a jungle walk, explore the Mulu caves, overnight in a traditional longhouse, meet an orangutan face-to-face

14 days
From $2599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Best of Central America (CRBA)

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

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

Highlights: Bliss out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, walk the colonial streets of colourful Granada and Antigua, experience an overnight homestay in Guatemala and Nicaragua, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, visit seven countries in a month.

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

Best of China (ACBC)

Asia China

From cosmopolitan cities to ancient capitals and surreal rural scenery, China’s stunning diversity offers adventurous visitors to the Middle Kingdom a chance to explore both its modern allure and ancient past. A rapidly changing country, now is the time to discover its cultural and historical diversity—and do it with a bit of style! Our experienced CEO will lead the way and eliminate the hassle so you're free to explore China's urban and rural highlights.

Highlights: Walk the Great Wall and cycle along the Xi'an city walls, explore the back-alley streets in Beijing's traditional hutongs, face the Terracotta Warriors and visit the farming community where they were discovered, cycle the countryside and visit quaint villages, Learn to cook local specialities at a rural cooking school

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Egypt (DPBE)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

This journey through Egypt packs in the best of culture and adventure in eight energetic days. Explore the ancient sites along the Nile and discover the most famous of them all, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you sample some traditional fare with a Nubian family in a local village. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Aswan and Luxor, but still manage to relax and watch life unfold as you sail the Nile in a traditional felucca.

Highlights: Enjoy dinner with a local family, spend the night on a felucca, explore ancient temples and monuments, hunt for deals in the bazaars, gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Greece (EGBG)

Europe Greece

When you saddle a trip with a moniker as lofty as 'Best of Greece', you’d better make sure it lives up to the hype. This one does. Compiling the top moments from our best-selling trips in the region, this comprehensive tour through the cradle of Western Civilization brings the distant past and vibrant present into sharp focus. Between the must-see historical sites of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the fabled Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste. Witness Greece—in all her timeless glory—with us.

Highlights: Discover Greek history and culture, marvel at classic architecture both ancient and modern, explore old cities and quaint villages, witness a Mediterranean sunset while eating fresh seafood, soak in Cretan culture

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1954
$2299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3
14 days
From $4949

Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX)

22 days
From $8999

Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1444
$1699

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

18 days
From $1649

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

12 days
From $3599

Backroads of Japan (AJMS)

14 days
From $2499

Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1699
$1999

Baltics to St Petersburg (EXVS)

28 days
From $2849

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

14 days
From $1399

Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM)

14 days
From $1149

Basic Costa Rica (CRCR)

10 days
From $1699

Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK)

8 days
From $1049

Beijing to Shanghai Adventure (ACBI)

8 days
From $1999

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

15 days
From $1799

Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)

14 days
From $2599

Best of Borneo (AAHB)

33 days
From $2799

Best of Central America (CRBA)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2124
$2499

Best of China (ACBC)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Best of Egypt (DPBE)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1954
$2299

Best of Greece (EGBG)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Arctic Highlights (XVAHNX) 14 days Marine N/A
From $4949
Atlantic to the Andes Experience (SXRL) 25 days Classic Standard
From $3187
$3749
Australia & New Zealand Explorer (OANS) 22 days Comfort Upgraded
From $8999
Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH) 17 days Classic Basic
From $1444
$1699
Backroads of Central America (CRSG) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1649
Backroads of Japan (AJMS) 12 days Classic Standard
From $3599
Bali and Java Explorer (AEBE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
Baltics to St Petersburg (EXVS) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1699
$1999
Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2849
Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
Basic Costa Rica (CRCR) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1149
Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1699
Beijing to Shanghai Adventure (ACBI) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $1049
Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Best of Borneo (AAHB) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2599
Best of Central America (CRBA) 33 days Yolo Basic
From $2799
Best of China (ACBC) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2124
$2499
Best of Egypt (DPBE) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Best of Greece (EGBG) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1954
$2299