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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Best of Northern Spain (ESNS)

Europe Spain

Spain has been described as less of a country than a collection of small nations all working together. Each region has its own distinct character, style, even language. This quick 8-day trip introduces you to Spain’s Basque and Catalan provinces the best way: through food, art, culture and first-person contact. Vibrant Barcelona, unhurried San Sebastián, Bilbao’s fabulous architecture, Logroño's famous cuisine, cosmopolitan Madrid and the mighty Pyrenees, all in just over a week? Yeah, we did that. Come find out how.

Highlights: Capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, indulge in the tapas lifestyle, wander through Gaudí's wonderland in Barcelona, live like a local in a 'casa rural' in the Pyrenees, experience the Basque way of life

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1169
$1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Panama (CPPQ)

Central America Panama

Panama has been a destination on the cusp of the mainstream for ages, but somehow still remains a secret. More greatness for us to enjoy, we say. This 8-day trip opens the lid on the natural splendour of this overlooked gem of a country, giving travellers the chance to hike cloud forests, snorkel the Caribbean and even discover where that delicious morning cup of joe comes from at a coffee plantation. Panama is spectacular, and the best way to promote it is by word-of-mouth. Tell your friends!

Highlights: Snorkel in the crystal-blue Caribbean waters in Bocas del Toro, take in the crisp air of the lush green highlands in Boquete, explore the Panama Canal, learn where your morning coffee comes from on a tour of a local plantation.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $764
$899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Southern India (AHBS)

Asia India

From steamy Kerala backwaters and spice plantations to incredible temples and searching for tigers in the wild, have your camera ready as you experience the highlights of Southern India. This 2-week adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to explore on your own. Travelling by train, bus, rickshaw, bicycle and country boats will bring you closer to the locals and is a fascinating way to gain insight into the peaceful backwaters of Kerala and stunning temples of Tamilnadu.

Highlights: Relax in peaceful backwaters, spot wildlife in beautiful parks, uncover ancient temples, explore tea and spice plantations, take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Madurai

14 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Spain & Portugal (ESSP)

Europe Portugal, Spain

Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine—the Iberian Peninsula really is an embarrassment of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you’ll soak up the Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra and witness Gaudí’s Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; we’ve only just begun.

Highlights: Explore Moorish palaces and great Iberian cities, feel the rhythm of flamenco, capture photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, devour tapas at a local haunt, relax on the Algarve coast

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2249
$2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Sumatra (AESM)

Asia Indonesia

Fabled for its rainforests and wildlife, Sumatra remains a destination most travellers resign to their “someday” list. Someday is now. One of the largest islands in the world, this lush Indonesian gem is ideal for adventurers looking for something beyond the ordinary. Beginning in Medan, this 8-day trip will bring you face-to-face with orangutans, the impressive supervolcano at Lake Toba, coffee plantations, village life in Berastagi (famed for its delicious passion fruit) and much more. What, exactly? You’ve gotta get here to find out!

Highlights: Explore Bohorok National Park and meet the orangutans, watch the sunrise from the top of a volcano, relax on an island resort, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, soak in the natural hot springs

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $849
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ)

Asia Indonesia

A staggeringly beautiful land of volcanoes and tropical rainforest filled with all manner of unusual wildlife, the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java call out to explorers searching for something otherworldly. This adventure mixes close contact with orangutans and other endemic animals with encounters at coffee plantations, curiously European-like cities and dramatic landscapes, leaving you off to explore the famous Balinese beaches. Indonesia is like another planet, right here on Earth. Beam yourself up.

Highlights: Explore Bohorok National Park and meet the orangutans, watch the sunrise from the top of a volcano, relax on an island resort, learn where famous Sumatra coffee comes from, take the train through the terraced rice fields of Java, visit a Buddhist sanctuary

16 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

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 hotels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.

Highlights: Watch bats take flight from the Carlsbad Caverns, break a sweat in Death Valley and cool off on the Maid of the Mist, search for aliens in Roswell, dance like a cowboy in Jackson, meet the Navajo in Monument Valley, hike in national parks.

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

Best of the West (NUAA)

North America United States

Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll traverse the concrete jungle by day with an expert CEO and overnight in centrally located hotels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and bike in the Yosemite Valley before tucking into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the West like you’ve never seen it before.

Highlights: Stargaze in Los Angeles, marvel at a Grand Canyon sunset, get your kicks on Route 66, take a chance in Las Vegas, camp under the stars, hike in Yosemite, embrace the laidback spirit of California's coast.

15 days
From $2349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Vietnam (AVBV)

Asia Vietnam

From the intensity of Ho Chi Minh City's streets to spectacular rice terraces, travel the length of Vietnam and savour its natural, cultural and historical delights. Meet the Hmong people and other minority villagers on a hilltribe excursion and sail into the photographic possibilities of beautiful Halong Bay. With the services of a CEO and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the region’s main sights, providing plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you'll never forget.

Highlights: Explore vibrant streets of Hanoi, trek through hilltribe villages of Sapa, cruise magical Halong Bay, shop in quaint Hoi An, experience a Mekong Delta homestay

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1439
$1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

Asia China

China is developing faster than just about anywhere else, but after wandering the scenic highlands of Yunnan for a while, you can’t help but wonder, “What’s the rush?” This 10-day trip is ideal for travellers eager to dig into a side of China you won’t find in bustling Beijing. Hike the huge (and hugely gorgeous) Tiger Leaping Gorge, explore ancient villages and stroll the streets of the Ming-influenced old city of Dali. This is China, unfiltered.

Highlights: Explore the old town of Lijiang, hike Tiger Leaping Gorge, wander cobblestoned streets in Shaxi, indulge in the spicy cuisine of Yunnan

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1104
$1299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Bhutan Adventure (ADPP)

Asia Bhutan

Imagine a country where a land’s worth is measured differently—think Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Now stop dreaming because you are in the unexplored mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Beauty and wisdom are revealed at each dzong, every gompa and, most incredibly, in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you meet. On gentle treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers and cultural junkies will uncover a purity of culture, traditions and kindness.

Highlights: Travel along mystical mountains, visit various dzongs and Buddhist gompas, trek along scenic nature trails, experience the 'Dragon Kingdom' with cultural interactions at a local farm, take in stunning Himalayan mountain views

10 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Bolivia Discovery (BBDR)

South America Bolivia

Climb to the top of South America for an out-of-this-world Bolivian experience— encounter awe-inspiring geography, cities rich in colonial history and indigenous culture. From La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, travel to the crest of the Andes and the middle of nowhere for three days of incredible off-road exploration of the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano. Take the road less travelled and meet locals for an immersive cultural experience that few travellers get to know. If you are looking for an authentic experience away from the tourist track, Bolivia is the perfect place for genuine adventure.

Highlights: Explore the winding streets and markets of La Paz, experience the Uyuni Salt Flats and high mountain wilderness by 4x4, discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia

11 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Borneo—Sabah Adventure (AASA)

Asia Malaysia, Borneo

Revive your sense of adventure on this jam-packed tour. Hike rainforest trails and summit Mt Kinabalu to watch the sunrise. Our CEOs will provide nature lovers and photographers of all skill levels with an introduction to the highlights of remote Sabah, helping you frame great snapshots of tropical birds and giant flowers. Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and meet these special creatures. And after all the excitement and exercise, there will still be the chance to see baby turtles in their natural habitat. Get off the beaten track and discover the best of Sabah.

Highlights: Climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia, photograph Asia's only great ape, spot turtles on Turtle Island, explore the Kinabatangan jungle

10 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL)

Africa Zambia, Botswana, South Africa

This trip offers a fully immersive, unyieldingly African experience in a compact 8-day package. Soak up the wildlife and vibrant colours and scenery of Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, with game walks and plenty of options for game drives. Camp under the stars of the Okavango Delta, track rhinos in the Khama Sanctuary and marvel at the immense Victoria Falls. Your nimble rugged overland truck will get you to the sites safely and camping will allow you to fall asleep to the sounds of the wild underneath big African skies. You'll end your adventure in Livingstone, where a G Adventures representative is there to assist you as you ease into the relaxed vibe.

Highlights: Camp in the Okavango Delta and track exotic wildlife, marvel at Victoria Falls, try steering a mokoro canoe, take a game drive in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, camp under the stars.

8 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure (DADF)

Africa Zambia, Namibia, Botswana

This Classic trip showcases some of the best that Africa has to offer. Journey from Namibia, across Botswana and on to Zambia on an authentic African adventure that includes the elephants of Chobe National Park. Meet San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari and explore the Okavango Delta by dug-out mokoro canoe. With a knowledgeable CEO ensuring your accommodation will provide the most authentic travel experience possible, you’ll have an overnight in bushmen huts for an utterly unique experience. This tour is the trip of a lifetime.

Highlights: Witness the immense Kalahari Desert and Victoria Falls, experience game walks and wilderness camping, float past hippos in a dug-out canoe, learn about the San Bushmen in Ghanzi, search for the Big Five

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

Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)

South America Brazil, Argentina

Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Our CEOs will take you to the highlights on a shoestring and then let you loose so you can do what you want. You’ll stick to public bus, which not only keeps costs down but gives you a chance to really meet the locals.

Highlights: Sip caipirinhas on the beach, savour the sophistication and cuisine of Buenos Aires, marvel at Iguassu Falls, wander around colonial Paraty, live it up on the beaches of Rio.

11 days
From $1749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Brazil Football 2014—Buenos Aires to Rio (SAWC)

South America Brazil, Argentina

Every four years, soccer fans get the chance to watch the world's best players compete in the mother of all championships. This time it's happening in Brazil. Join the party and connect with the people's samba spirit while exploring the most exuberant nation in South America. From sophisticated Buenos Aires, you'll cross into Brazil for a dose of urban delights in Rio, stunning Iguassu Falls and beautiful colonial Paraty. While no match tickets are included, we'll be in town when games are on so you're free to arrange your own or simply dance along during the country's biggest party yet.

Highlights: Being a part of football euphoria in Brazil, having plenty of time to live it up in Rio, marvelling at Iguassu Falls, exploring Buenos Aires, sipping caipirinhas at night, partying with thousands on the Brazilian streets, cheering on your team.

17 days
From $3249
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Brazil Football 2014—Falls & Fandemonium (SZWC)

South America Brazil

Every four years, soccer fans get the chance to watch the world's best players compete in the mother of all championships. This time it's happening in Brazil. Join the party and connect with the people's samba spirit while exploring the most exuberant nation in South America. Get a dose of urban delights in Rio and southern Curitiba and natural wonders at stunning Iguassu Falls and the massive Pantanal wetlands. Better yet, you'll fly between Rio and Curitiba so there's more time to celebrate. While no match tickets are included, you're free to arrange your own or simply dance along during the country's biggest party yet.

Highlights: Being a part of football euphoria in Brazil, sipping caipirinhas at night, marvelling at Iguassu Falls, encountering wildlife in the Brazilian Pantanal, cheering for your team with many others, partying with thousands on the Brazilian streets, experiencing all Rio has to offer by day and night.

13 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Budapest to Istanbul (EABI)

Europe Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria

From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and magnificent mountain ranges, experience the romance of the east on your way from Budapest to Istanbul. In two well-paced weeks, explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces and mosques in Istanbul for an introduction to the artistic and cultural heights of two very different empires. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and outdoor activities, you'll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.

Highlights: Discover the rich and varied culture of Eastern Europe, visit 'Dracula's Castle' and charming Slavic villages, explore the spectacular capitals of Budapest and Istanbul

14 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Budget Egypt (DPGE)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

This compact adventure offers maximum Egypt at minimum cost. Stare in amazement at the pyramids and float down the Nile on a felucca. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you dine on traditional fare with a local family in a Nubian village. You'll enjoy basic accommodation and transport to the best sights. Walk through the Valley of the Kings or explore Karnak—it's your call. Don't just dream of Egypt, wake up in the 'Land of the Pharaohs' and open your eyes to adventure.

Highlights: Enjoy a traditional family meal, Explore ancient temples and monuments, Barter in bazaars, Sleep beneath the stars on a felucca, Visit a Nubian village, Explore the famous Khan el-Khalili souk.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $509
$599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3
Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1169
$1299

Best of Northern Spain (ESNS)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $764
$899

Best of Panama (CPPQ)

14 days
From $1249

Best of Southern India (AHBS)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2249
$2499

Best of Spain & Portugal (ESSP)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $849
$999

Best of Sumatra (AESM)

16 days
From $2349

Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ)

15 days
From $2349

Best of the West (NUAA)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1439
$1599

Best of Vietnam (AVBV)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1104
$1299

Best of Yunnan (ACBY)

10 days
From $2999

Bhutan Adventure (ADPP)

11 days
From $1399

Bolivia Discovery (BBDR)

10 days
From $1999

Borneo—Sabah Adventure (AASA)

8 days
From $1099

Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL)

8 days
From $1699

Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure (DADF)

11 days
From $1749

Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD)

14 days
From $1799

Budapest to Istanbul (EABI)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $509
$599

Budget Egypt (DPGE)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Best of Northern Spain (ESNS) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1169
$1299
Best of Panama (CPPQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $764
$899
Best of Southern India (AHBS) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1249
Best of Spain & Portugal (ESSP) 15 days Classic Standard
From $2249
$2499
Best of Sumatra (AESM) 8 days Classic Standard
From $849
$999
Best of Sumatra & Java (AESJ) 16 days Classic Standard
From $2349
Best of the USA Tour - New York to New York (NUYY) 44 days Yolo Camping
From $5299
Best of the West (NUAA) 15 days Yolo Camping
From $2349
Best of Vietnam (AVBV) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1439
$1599
Best of Yunnan (ACBY) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1104
$1299
Bhutan Adventure (ADPP) 10 days Classic Standard
From $2999
Bolivia Discovery (BBDR) 11 days Classic Standard
From $1399
Borneo—Sabah Adventure (AASA) 10 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL) 8 days Yolo Camping
From $1099
Botswana and Victoria Falls Adventure (DADF) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1699
Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring (SAZD) 11 days Yolo Basic
From $1749
Brazil Football 2014—Buenos Aires to Rio (SAWC) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $3249
Brazil Football 2014—Falls & Fandemonium (SZWC) 13 days Yolo Basic
From $3499
Budapest to Istanbul (EABI) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Budget Egypt (DPGE) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $509
$599