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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Easter Island (TSCRNN)

South America Chile

Unravel the mystery of Rapa Nui. Explore mythical Easter Island, known around the world for its ancient monolithic stone statues. See the mysterious statues, or Moai, sprinkled throughout the island, tour the volcanoes, beaches and petroglyphs, and get to know the unique culture of one of the most remote islands on earth.

Highlights: Tour the Moai route and explore the Ana Tepahu and Ana Kai caverns, visit the quarry of Puna Pau, learn more about the islanders at Orongo Cultural Centre

4 days
From $629
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN)

South America Galapagos, Ecuador

Want more Galápagos? Extend your stay by adding this 4-day adventure. See a different side of the Galápagos from your base on the archipelago's largest island, Isabela. Hike to a giant volcanic crater, visit a tortoise breeding centre and shark resting ground—and stop at the site of the island's former penal colony. Along the way spot flamingos, penguins, sea lions and marine iguanas.

Highlights: Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, swim and snorkel in paradise, hike up Sierra Negra Volcano – the second largest volcanic crater in the world

4 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN)

South America Peru

Get a unique perspective on local Peruvian life. Relax on the pristine waters of Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in rural indigenous culture. Get a first-hand experience of the people who live life in ways we can hardly imagine on a homestay opportunity in a small village. Explore the village, get to know your hosts and peek through a window into a culture that is unique and fascinating.

Highlights: Immerse yourself in local culture at a Lake Titicaca homestay, explore the reed islands of the Uros people, enjoy stunning lake views by boat

4 days
From $239
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

This comfortable and compact adventure serves up Machu Picchu, one of the world's true treasures, in style. In colonial Cusco, once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, you'll spend a day exploring its Spanish, indigenous and natural highlights. You'll ride the rails through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu, perched on a mountain ridge. Then, let your local guide explain the site. You're free to explore this Incan masterpiece before catching your train back to Cusco.

Highlights: Explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide, wander the historic streets of Cusco, enjoy a scenic train journey through the Sacred Valley

4 days
From $849
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN)

South America Machu Picchu, Peru

Magnificent Machu Picchu should be on every traveller's lifetime must-see list. In colonial Cusco, once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, you'll spend a day exploring its Spanish, indigenous and natural highlights. You'll ride the rails through the spectacular Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu, perched dramatically on a mountain ridge. Then, let your local guide explain the site. You're free to explore this Incan masterpiece before catching your train back to Cusco.

Highlights: Explore colonial Cusco, travel by rail to ancient Machu Picchu

4 days
From $619
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Paraty Experience (TSZPXC)

South America Brazil

Discover one of Brazil's most untouched colonial towns. UNESCO World Heritage site Paraty sits on a bay, surrounded by lush hills and countless islands and coves. Every day, the streets closest to the sea flood with the tide—some residents take boats to their doors! Charming and full of cafes, Paraty is not to be missed. Dive off the boat on an included schooner tour and learn more about the town's history as one of the country's greatest producers of fiery cachaça liquor.

Highlights: Explore the islands and beaches of Paraty from a schooner, relax in a pristine paradise

4 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
1

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

Asia Thailand

Trek through the hills surrounding Chiang Mai and meet the local people, known collectively as hilltribes, who have made their homes on these slopes. They have lived in peace and without modern conveniences for many years; a visit to these traditional communities is like travelling back to a simpler time. Learn about jungle food and the local way of life, and ride an elephant through the forest. After all that exertion, recline on a bamboo raft and float downriver, giving the friendly locals a wave as you drift past them going about their daily lives.

Highlights: Explore the vibrant colours of Chiang Mai, trek through Northern Thailand, meet the friendly locals, learn about the Karen tribe and witness their traditional weaving

5 days
From $299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML)

Africa Kenya

For ages, the Masai people of East Africa have preserved an authentic way of life that includes training warriors, communicating with wild animals across the plains and developing native medicines. Now it’s your turn to get a taste of this unique lifestyle. This short, five-day trip takes a dive right into the daily life of the Masai, where you’ll learn how to make traditional beaded jewelry, milk cows, throw a spear and identify different animal tracks. You’ll get a firsthand look at bush survival skills as you live with the Masai people in their village, learn the beliefs of the Masai and enjoy a ceremony on your final night to cap off your experience.

Highlights: Learn survival skills from Masai warriors, participate in day-to-day life in a remote Masai village, listen to warrior stories around the campfire, witness a traditional Masai ceremony.

Promotions Available! 5 days
From $509
$599
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Oktoberfest (EDOB)

Europe Germany

Bavarian beer, cuisine and culture combine to make this one tour of Germany you don’t want to miss. Imagine singing along with tens of thousands accompanied by ‘oom pah pahs’, while locals clad in lederhosen and feathered hats dance on tables. This is Oktoberfest! Of course, this tour is not only about beer—it’s also about sampling Munich’s cuisine and culture. Your CEO will take the hassle out of organizing so that you’re free to enjoy the party. Experience the lederhosen, the music and the friendliness of Bavaria—Ein Prosit!

Highlights: Revel in raucous Oktoberfest, dig into hearty regional fare, follow Bavarian beer from brewery to tankard and enjoy a tipple or two yourself, shop for lederhosen, feel right at home with apartment accommodations.

5 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Local Living Iceland—Northern Lights & Reykjavík (ELNL)

Europe Iceland

It’s one thing to look at photos of the majestic Northern Lights – it’s definitely another to see them for yourself while living in Iceland for five days. While we’ll absolutely take some time to go in search of the Lights, we’ll also include some local elements to best connect you to winter life in Reykjavík – think visiting a local flea market, buying fish for a cooking class, and touring this beautiful city. The CEO is a native Icelander and will be able to impart loads of knowledge about customs and daily life. Throw in some free time to keep this trip extra customizable and you’ve got an Iceland living experience to remember.

Highlights: Hunt for the ethereal Northern Lights, soak in natural pools with locals, savour the fruits of a cooking lesson with an Icelandic dinner feast, scour the local flea and fish market for bargains, explore the Icelandic countryside.

5 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle (TATGTC)

Asia Thailand

Visit the fascinating city of Chiang Mai, a thriving metropolis with many points of interest to visitors and a less hectic alternative to the capital. Explore ancient temples, ride on top of a gentle elephant and delve into Thai culture and traditions in lush, mountainous scenery. Visit indigenous hilltribe communities for a glimpse into traditional life, and then venture by boat to the threshold of three different countries—the Golden Triangle—where the borders of Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos meet.

Highlights: Get up-close and personal with majestic elephant at a conservation centre, delight in Chiang Mai with a khantoke dinner, seek enlightenment at the temple of Doi Suthep, marvel at the mysteries of Chiang Rai, explore local hilltribe villages

5 days
From $689
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Volcano, Hot Springs & Cloudforest (TCRVHC)

Central America Costa Rica

Head for the hills! Costa Rica's backbone of mountains and volcanoes hold some of its greatest treasures. The area around Arenal Volcano has adrenaline sports galore; enjoy the luxury of volcano-heated hot springs once the day's over. Join a guided tour of the Caño Negro wetlands, heading the next day for the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Explore this unique ecosystem, famous for its biodiversity, and spot quetzal and hummingbirds in a thick forest studded with tiny orchids.

Highlights: Spot wildlife around the waters of the Caño Negro wetlands, hike through the misty cloud forest, soak in the blissful thermal hot springs of Arenal

5 days
From $889
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDC)

Africa Tanzania

The spice island of Zanzibar is a fascinating and beautiful world of its own and its beautiful beaches are world renowned, so enjoy the idyllic white sand, turquoise water and unforgettable sunsets. At night, retire to comfortable accommodations. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town by wandering its labyrinth of narrow streets, losing yourself in the buzz of the markets, and exploring the many mosques and grand Arab residences. You'll never want to leave.

Highlights: Marvel at history and tradition whilst strolling through Stone Town, take in the aromas at a spice plantation, relax on the pristine beach

5 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
1

Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDN)

Africa Tanzania

The spice island of Zanzibar is a fascinating and beautiful world of its own. Discover Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while wandering its narrow streets and losing yourself in the buzz of the markets. Delight your senses on a guided spice tour, learning about the island's cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and lemongrass. Zanzibar's beaches are world-renowned, so enjoy the idyllic white sand, turquoise water and unforgettable sunsets.

Highlights: Take in the aromas on a spice plantation tour, relax on a tropical beach, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Stone Town.

5 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
1

Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL)

Asia Thailand

When most of us think "Thailand," we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.

Highlights: Connect with local Black Lahu and Shah communities, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.

6 days
From $399
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Kenya Overland Adventure (DKOA)

Africa Kenya

Beginning and ending in Nairobi, this 6-day adventure offers up wild Kenya on a budget. Track the Big Five across the legendary plains of Masai Mara and spot flamingos at Lake Naivasha—you'll take game drives at both locations. You'll travel in our unique overland truck and camp under the stars.You'll always be in the heart of Africa's stunning wilderness. Make sure your camera’s charged because you're going to need it.

Highlights: Encounter the wildlife of the famous Masai Mara, camp in the great outdoors, learn traditional ways at a Masai settlement in the Loita Hills, photograph wildlife at Lake Nakuru National Park, do it all in less than a week.

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

Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)

Europe Sweden

Nothing prepares you for the icy wilderness of Sweden's far north. This incredible trip takes you right inside the Arctic Circle, to the snowy wilderness of Lapland. Slide across the ice in complete silence, listening to the sound of your team of dogs pulling your sled and enjoy the frozen beauty of the ICEHOTEL® . Sleeping out in a teepee in the snow and looking out for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are unforgettable experiences.

Highlights: Dog-sled through icy wilderness, see the Northern Lights in all their glory, sleep a night in the renowned ICEHOTEL®

6 days
From $3499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC)

Asia India

Spend six days traversing the famed Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Explore the sites of hectic Delhi and onto Agra to marvel at the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most recognizable structures on the planet. Visit Fatephur Sikri, the 'Deserted City' of red sandstone, the Amber Fort and the sights of Jaipur—all await you in the frenzy of culture and history that makes up India’s Golden Triangle.

Highlights: Explore Delhi's bustling streets with an expert guide, marvel at the monuments of Agra and the Taj Mahal, gaze upon the ancient city of Fatephur Sikri

6 days
From $899
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Discover Arequipa & Colca Canyon (TSPACC)

South America Peru

See Peru's south before the secret's out! The 'white city' of Arequipa has a friendly atmosphere, colonial architecture (including a working convent) and the incredible El Misti Volcano towering over the cityscape. Meet its most famous resident, Juanita—a 500-year-old mummy discovered on the top of nearby Mount Ampato—then travel along mountain roads to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Spot condors and hike across the dramatic Andean scenery.

Highlights: Explore the 'white city' of Arequipa, hike the stunning vistas of Colca Canyon

6 days
From $499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN)

South America Brazil

Experience Rio's biggest party! Dance the night away and see the sights and sounds of this truly epic annual event. From the street parties to the immense Sambadrome parade, this is something not to be missed.

Highlights: Revel in one of the biggest parties on earth, witness the spectacular scenery of Rio, experience the craziness of the Sambadrome, relax knowing you have local support taking care of all the details

6 days
From $1759
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
1
4 days
From $629

Easter Island (TSCRNN)

4 days
From $799

Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN)

4 days
From $239

Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN)

4 days
From $849

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC)

4 days
From $619

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN)

4 days
From $599

Paraty Experience (TSZPXC)

5 days
From $299

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

5 days
From $1349

Oktoberfest (EDOB)

5 days
From $689

Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle (TATGTC)

5 days
From $889

Volcano, Hot Springs & Cloudforest (TCRVHC)

5 days
From $1099

Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDC)

5 days
From $599

Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDN)

6 days
From $1149

Kenya Overland Adventure (DKOA)

6 days
From $3499

Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA)

6 days
From $899

Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC)

6 days
From $499

Discover Arequipa & Colca Canyon (TSPACC)

6 days
From $1759

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Easter Island (TSCRNN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $629
Galápagos Isabela Island Add-On (TSEGSN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $799
Lake Titicaca Homestay (TSPLHN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $239
Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $849
Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $619
Paraty Experience (TSZPXC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $599
Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH) 5 days Classic Standard
From $299
Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML) 5 days Local Living Camping
From $509
$599
Oktoberfest (EDOB) 5 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Local Living Iceland—Northern Lights & Reykjavík (ELNL) 5 days Local Living Standard
From $1099
Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle (TATGTC) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $689
Volcano, Hot Springs & Cloudforest (TCRVHC) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $889
Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDC) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1099
Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDN) 5 days Classic Standard
From $599
Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL) 6 days Local Living Basic
From $399
Kenya Overland Adventure (DKOA) 6 days Yolo Camping
From $1149
Lapland Active Adventure (EWLA) 6 days Active Basic
From $3499
Golden Triangle—Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (TAHGTC) 6 days Comfort Upgraded
From $899
Discover Arequipa & Colca Canyon (TSPACC) 6 days Comfort Upgraded
From $499
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience (TSZRCN) 6 days Classic Standard
From $1759