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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Buenos Aires & Tango Experience (TSATXC)

South America Argentina

Dance, drink and eat your way around the most sophisticated European city in South America—Buenos Aires. Get to know the city everyone loves to love, as you tour colourful La Boca, bohemian San Telmo and historic Plaza de Mayo. Enjoy a tango show before a free day to explore the rest of the 'Paris of the Americas' on your own or dance the night away in the smoky milongas (tango houses). Funky Palermo and swanky Recoleta—home to Eva Peron's tomb are options for your free day. Don't forget to indulge in possibly the best beef in the world!

Highlights: Savour the sophistication of Buenos Aires, explore the famed neighbourhoods of La Boca and Recoleta, feel the passion of the tango

4 days
From $459
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
1

Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Breathe in the Incan spirit of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on one 2-week adventure. Connecting the Atlantic to the Andes, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication—do it all.

Highlights: Discovering colonial cities and historic cultures, crossing the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, feeling like a sophisticate while sipping fine wines in Mendoza, witnessing the stunning scenery and unique cultures of Northern Argentina, doing it all with other fun, young travellers.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1529
$1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)

South America Peru, Inca Trail, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Machu Picchu

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, it's 35 full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the salt flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

Highlights: Spotting condors at Colca Canyon, conquering the Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu, experiencing traditional life on Lake Titicaca, crossing the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4

Promotions Available! 35 days
From $3509
$3899
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Burma Adventure (ABBA)

Asia Burma/Myanmar

After decades of controversy, friendly Burma (also known as Myanmar) is opening up to travellers, which means the adventurous can experience a curious nation unbiased by hordes of tourists. This 12-day adventure offers comfort level hotels and travel between sights by plane, boat and private buses or vans. Discover the floating gardens of Inle Lake, incredible ruins of ancient Bagan, ancient capitals around Mandalay and the refreshing hill station of Kalaw. Not all of Asia follows the same beat, join in Burma's unique rhythm.

Highlights: Enjoy connecting with Burmese culture by meeting local people, explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land, visit a toddy farm and have a local lunch, step back in time at Bagan's archaeological zone, explore floating villages and daily life on tranquil Inle Lake

12 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

Stand in awe of the architectural achievement of Angkor Wat and contemplate the horrors of the Killing Fields at Phnom Penh. This 9-day trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to soak up the colours, culture and history of this incredible country. Its natural beauty coupled with tumultuous history make Cambodia a truly fascinating destination. With your accommodation, transportation and entrance to Angkor arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on making this the time of your life.

Highlights: Explore exciting and fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City, float through the Mekong Delta, discover the magnificence of Angkor Wat, savour an authentic Khmer meal in a local home

9 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure (ATCM)

Asia Thailand, Cambodia, Laos

From Angkor Wat to remote river towns, journey down the Mekong and into the heart and soul of Southeast Asia. Our CEOs will share with you the region’s cultural treasures and natural splendours. Explore the region’s many temples and, if you’re lucky, spot a rare Irrawaddy dolphin. Experience the highlights with a chance to get off the beaten track and explore the remote islands of Don Khong. With local transportation and authentic accommodation—like a rural homestay—this adventure offers an intriguing blend of included activities and free time for personal discovery.

Highlights: Explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, confront history in Phnom Penh, catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy River dolphin, experience a Mekong homestay, bargain at the night market in Luang Prabang

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1399
$1749
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia

Marvel at the incredible Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat and the clear turquoise waters at Sihanoukville. This journey packages Cambodia’s treasures into 10 well-paced days. Brave Ho Chi Minh City’s jam-packed streets with other travellers your own age—you can be sure they’ll keep pace with you—or check out the more laid back waterways of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. With your accommodation, transportation and general trip logistics arranged, you can concentrate on choosing the activities that interest you most.

Highlights: Explore bustling Bangkok, catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, enjoy a delicious local Khmer meal in a small village, walk the bustling streets of Phnom Penh, chill out on golden beaches, connect with the locals on an overnight homestay, cruise the Mekong Delta, discover intriguing Ho Chi Minh City.

10 days
From $849
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 or 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, discover colonial Phnom Penh, relax on golden beaches, shop Hoi An's quaint streets, float through Halong Bay, walk the intriguing streets of Hanoi.

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

Camping America's West (NUFF)

North America United States

Think every trail in the Great American West has been blazed by now? Think again, partner. Spread across 22 glorious days, this trip takes you on an incredible loop from beautiful San Francisco and back again with stops in LA, San Diego, Scottsdale and Vegas along the way. In between, you’ll have the chance to take a dip in the Pacific, raft the Colorado River, hike the Grand Canyon and stretch out under star-filled skies in the region’s top national parks. Three weeks of your life, a memory for all time.

Highlights: Stroll the hills of San Francisco, savour views of the scenic coastline, learn about Navajo culture, hike through the best of the West's parks, stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon, play the odds in Las Vegas.

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $2474
$2749
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF)

North America United States

Imagine a land of lava and geysers, bears and bison, mountains and glaciers—now open your eyes to the possibilities of Yosemite, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. This ultimate journey through these iconic national parks offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty of time to spot wildlife, soak in the scenery and experience the bubbling, gushing wonder of it all—there is more geothermal activity in Yellowstone than anywhere else in the world. Even when you close your eyes, you can sense the immense beauty surrounding you.

Highlights: Be inspired by wilderness in the Rockies, dance at the One Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, watch geysers erupt in Yellowstone, stroll the hilly streets of San Francisco.

15 days
From $2199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Canadian Arctic Polar Bear Migration (NCPM)

North America Canada

The polar bear is one of nature's most ferocious stars—see them for yourself in their native land. Travel to the Inuit town of Arviat—in the middle of one of the planet's most extreme environments—and immerse yourself in Inuit culture. Inuit guides will lead you further off the grid to remote huts on the tundra where you'll witness the annual polar bear migration and once-in-a-lifetime views. Along the way, you'll visit local artists, try traditional teas and experience a way of life you will truly never forget.

Highlights: Head out onto the tundra and try not to be overwhelmed when spotting migrating polar bears, immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Inuit people of Arviat, be surrounded by untouched Arctic scenery, get the chance to photograph bears in this remote frontier

4 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Canadian Rockies Trail (NCRC)

North America Canada

Stunning scenery and wildlife abound in Western Canada. This 12-day trip offers fresh air in Jasper, Banff and Wells Gray, a whale-watching tour off Victoria and a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley. Do the region justice with comfort level accommodation, including a guest ranch stay, and stunning drives—the Sea to Sky Highway and the Icefields Parkway. Whether you're enjoying an ice walk on a glacier or strolling down Victoria's charming downtown core, you're going to want to bring your camera.

Highlights: Cruise scenic roads from the Pacific Coast to Rocky Mountain heights, head out to sea to spot killer whales, search for grizzly and black bears at the Blue River, feel down home during a cowboy guest ranch stay, take an ice walk on an active glacier

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2804
$3299
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Canyon Country & Coasts (NUFV)

North America United States

Speckled with national parks, bustling cities, natural treasures and must-see monuments, the Southwest—America’s great wide open—is a living postcard. On this trip, you’ll venture inland from the Pacific Coast of California to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, camping outdoors and reconnecting with a side of this great country most rarely see. Paired up with an attentive and knowledgeable CEO, this trip is perfect for nature-minded travellers eager to see the best of the Southwest in a short period of time.

Highlights: Stroll the streets of San Francisco, stargaze in Los Angeles, marvel at cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle, peer over the Grand Canyon rim, hike the best of the West's national parks.

16 days
From $2099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Cape and Namibia Adventure (DACD)

Africa Namibia, South Africa

From the cosmopolitan streets of Cape Town to the desert and lunar scenery of Namibia, witness the diversity of southwestern Africa on this 12-day nature adventure. Leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, peer deep into the heart of Africa’s largest canyon and experience incredible game drives through Etosha National Park. Your knowledgeable CEO will take care of the planning while you recharge in a combination of hotels, camping, farm stays and guesthouses for a cultural experience you’ll treasure forever. Have your breath taken away by incredible scenery and marvel at amazing wildlife—this is truly an African experience!

Highlights: Marvel at Fish River Canyon, get your adrenaline going with adventure activities, spot wildlife in beautiful Etosha National Park, climb Dune 45 in Namibia.

12 days
From $1899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cape & Dunes Overland (DADO)

Africa Namibia, South Africa

Journey from the city streets of Cape Town to the desert of Namibia and experience the diversity of Africa on this classic adventure—Namibia is one of the world's most fascinating countries. Encounter a thrilling game drive through Etosha National Park and explore the world's highest sand dunes at Soussusvlei. Our unique overland truck will get you around smoothly and safely, while camping will keep you in the thick of the action. With guaranteed departures, plenty of optional excursions and a certified CEO to take care of the hassles, you’ll be free to absorb the spirit of this amazing country.

Highlights: Soak up cosmopolitan Cape Town, take in the breathtaking view of the immense Fish River Canyon, tackle the world's largest sand dunes, get your adrenaline going on adventurous activities, snap shots of the Big Five in Etosha National Park.

14 days
From $1449
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO)

Africa Namibia, South Africa

Experience incredible desert scenery and cosmopolitan city streets as you discover the diverse riches of South Africa and Namibia on this two-week adventure. Beginning in Namibia, and continuing down the western edge of South Africa, this tour is a nature and adventure lover's dream. Explore the world's highest sand dunes, visit Africa's largest canyon and explore Etosha National Park in search if the 'Big 5'. Our expert CEOs will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. This is truly an African experience.

Highlights: See the Big Five in Etosha National Park, try adrenaline activities, tackle the world's largest sand dunes, appreciate beauty in the Fish River Canyon, get cultured in Cape Town.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1049
$1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Cape of Good Hope Hike (DACH)

Africa South Africa

Sure, you could see South Africa from the back of a 4x4 on a safari, but there’s nothing like the feel of Table Mountain under your feet as you hike to the summit. Get your sweat on as you take the short, challenging hike up the mountain before continuing down into Cape Point National Park, enjoying the great views and variety of landscapes across South Africa. You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in local village culture along the way, as well as visiting the African penguin sanctuary.

Highlights: Hike to the summit of Table Mountain, follow the Vlakkenberg Trail and climb to the summit of Swartkop, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local township, watch penguins on the beach in Simon's Town, walk among the rocky landscape of Cape Point National Park

7 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Cape, Rails & Kruger Photography Tour (DSKQP)

Africa South Africa

Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for shutterbugs with more memory cards to fill than time to fill 'em in, this 9-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. Best of all, you’ll get expert guidance in photography and adventuring from our Wanderer-in Resident Gary Arndt, founder of Everything Everywhere, and recipient of the Society of American Travel Writers award for 2014 Photographer of the Year.

Highlights: Learn travel photography tips from host Gary Arndt, take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool

9 days
From $1899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ)

Africa South Africa

Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for travellers who don’t have a ton of time, this 8-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. One week now, memories forever.

Highlights: Take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1274
$1499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ)

Africa Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa

Like action, adventure and wildlife documentaries? Then you’re going to flat-out love this trip. The itinerary reads like a special double-issue of your favourite travel mag: towering sand dunes, impossibly deep canyons, game drives in Etosha, Kruger and Matobo National Parks, the bone-shaking roar of Victoria Falls, Shangaan village tour, campouts under a sprawling blanket of stars—and that’s just a sample! With expert CEOs and loads of optional activities available each day, you’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do, see and experience.

Highlights: Cruise the Okavango Delta in a dug-out canoe, meet the San Bushmen, marvel at Fish River Canyon, spot the Big Five in Etosha and Kruger National Parks, search for wildlife from a 4x4 in Matobo National Park, witness Shangaan traditions, discover the less-visited Zimbabwe.

28 days
From $3199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3
4 days
From $459

Buenos Aires & Tango Experience (TSATXC)

12 days
From $2999

Burma Adventure (ABBA)

9 days
From $1099

Cambodia Experience (AVCW)

10 days
From $849

Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC)

20 days
From $1679

Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring (ATCV)

Promotions Available! 22 days
From $2474
$2749

Camping America's West (NUFF)

15 days
From $2199

Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF)

4 days
From $3999

Canadian Arctic Polar Bear Migration (NCPM)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $2804
$3299

Canadian Rockies Trail (NCRC)

16 days
From $2099

Canyon Country & Coasts (NUFV)

12 days
From $1899

Cape and Namibia Adventure (DACD)

14 days
From $1449

Cape & Dunes Overland (DADO)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1049
$1399

Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO)

7 days
From $1499

Cape of Good Hope Hike (DACH)

9 days
From $1899

Cape, Rails & Kruger Photography Tour (DSKQP)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1274
$1499

Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ)

28 days
From $3199

Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Buenos Aires & Tango Experience (TSATXC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $459
Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure (SABL) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1529
$1699
Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM) 35 days Yolo Basic
From $3509
$3899
Burma Adventure (ABBA) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2999
Cambodia Experience (AVCW) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1099
Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure (ATCM) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1399
$1749
Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $849
Cambodia & Vietnam on a Shoestring (ATCV) 20 days Yolo Basic
From $1679
Camping America's West (NUFF) 22 days Yolo Camping
From $2474
$2749
Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF) 15 days Yolo Camping
From $2199
Canadian Arctic Polar Bear Migration (NCPM) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $3999
Canadian Rockies Trail (NCRC) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2804
$3299
Canyon Country & Coasts (NUFV) 16 days Yolo Camping
From $2099
Cape and Namibia Adventure (DACD) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1899
Cape & Dunes Overland (DADO) 14 days Yolo Camping
From $1449
Cape & Dunes Overland (DNDO) 14 days Yolo Camping
From $1049
$1399
Cape of Good Hope Hike (DACH) 7 days Active Standard
From $1499
Cape, Rails & Kruger Photography Tour (DSKQP) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1899
Cape, Rails & Kruger Quest (DSKQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1274
$1499
Cape Town to Joburg Adventure (DATJ) 28 days Yolo Camping
From $3199