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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Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC)

Central America Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's famed features—volcanoes and beaches—on this exciting trip that isn't too hard on the wallet. Get the adrenaline pumping in La Fortuna, then soak up the hippie spirit of Montezuma and relax on the beach. While you're free to choose your own adventure and optional adrenaline-inducing activities like waterfall rappelling, your accommodation and transportation are included and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—eight days of maximum Costa Rica at minimum cost.

Highlights: Try adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and waterfall rappelling, take in the views of Arenal Volcano towering over La Fortuna, chill out on the Pacific Ocean.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $552
$649
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

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.

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

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

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

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.

Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.

7 days
From $599
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

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

Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Adventure Bus (TCR1BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's signature spots: First, head for the outdoor adventure playground around Arenal Volcano and take advantage of everything from world-class rafting to rivers of volcano-heated hot springs. Next, head to the beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica's northwest coast, known for dry sunny weather all year round, killer surf and beaches that stretch for miles.

Highlights: Catch glimpses of Arenal Volcano, raft jungle waters, relax at a natural hot spring, laze on a beautiful Guanacaste beach.

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

Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Adventure Bus (TCR2BN)

Central America Costa Rica

See two sides of Costa Rica's incredible natural playground. Get your fill of outdoor adventure around Arenal Volcano with everything from world-class to volcano-heated hot springs, then check out Manuel Antonio, home to the country's most popular park. With protected beaches, awe-inspiring wildlife and great nightlife, it's easy to see why.

Highlights: View magnificent Arenal Volcano, relax on the beach at Manuel Antonio, explore Costa Rica's first national park.

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

Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Adventure Bus (TCR3BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive from the clouds to the sand. Spend two days in the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest looking for the beautiful but elusive quetzal before heading south to the sun and sea around Manuel Antonio, home to the country's most popular park. See scores of monkeys or sloths, swim or hike along pristine beaches, or dance the night away—the local nightlife is some of the best around.

Highlights: Hike in the cloud forest reserve near Monteverde, zipline through the treetops, relax on the beach at beautiful Manuel Antonio.

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

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

Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Self Drive (TCR1DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's signature spots: first, head for the outdoor adventure playground around active Arenal Volcano, and take advantage of everything from world-class rafting to rivers of volcano-heated hot springs. Next drive on to the beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica's northwest coast, known for dry sunny weather all year round, killer surf and beaches that stretch for miles.

Highlights: San José, Guanacaste, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano.

8 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Self Drive (TCR2DN)

Central America Costa Rica

See two sides of Costa Rica's incredible natural playground: get your fill of outdoor adventure around active Arenal Volcano, famous for everything from world-class rafting to rivers of volcano-heated hot springs. Next point your rental car down the Pacific coast to Manuel Antonio Park, the country's most popular. With pristine, protected beaches, wildlife that practically dances for you (monkeys!) and some of the best nightlife in the country, it's easy to see why.

Highlights: San José, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area

8 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Self Drive (TCR3DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive from the clouds to the sand! Spend two days in the world-famous Monteverde cloud forest looking for the beautiful but elusive quetzal, before driving your rental car south to the sun and sea around Manuel Antonio Park, the country's most popular. See scores of monkeys or sloth, swim or hike along pristine beaches, or dance the night away--the local nightlife is some of the best around.

Highlights: San José, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area

8 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXC)

South America Argentina

Spend four days in El Calafate and explore a piece of Argentina's incredible Patagonia region. Witness active Perito Moreno glacier as massive ice chunks crack off and crash into the chilly waters of Lago Argentino below—one of Mother Nature's most stunning displays of power. On your free day, walk the town at your leisure, cruise the lake, or visit one of the several other glaciers of this awe-inspiring area.

Highlights: Explore stunning El Calafate, marvel at the dramatic Perito Moreno Glacier

4 days
From $649
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Golden Triangle (AHGT)

Asia India

This compact Indian journey will introduce you to three very different northern cities and the colourful rural life of Rajasthan. From the hectic pace of Delhi with its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and colonial past, travel by private transport to Agra and the mesmerizing beauty of the Taj Mahal—truly one of the wonders of the world. Discover why Jaipur is called the 'Pink City' and get a taste of village life in Abhaneri with its magnificent stepwells. Photographers and culture lovers won't be disappointed on this classic adventure.

Highlights: Wander around modern and ancient Delhi, revel in the Mughal magnificence of the Taj Mahal and Fatephur Sikri, visit rural villages and historic forts, explore India's vibrant cities

8 days
From $659
Travel Style:
Classic
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, visit gentle elephants 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 elephants 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

Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)

Central America Cuba

For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That’s crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise—get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!

Highlights: Mingle with the locals at homestays, sample the local rum and cigars, connect to the salsa culture on the dance floor, explore colonial Havana's alleyways, laze under the Caribbean sun.

8 days
From $699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV)

Asia Thailand

From the luxury of Bangkok's malls and gleaming highrises, head north to Thailand's hills. Eating and sleeping with the hilltribes will bring you face to face with these colourful cultures. We’ll leave plenty of time for fun in historic Chiang Mai with its night market and delicious cuisine. Our CEOs will help you get off the beaten path—but you'll stay flexible by being able to choose the activities you really want.

Highlights: Experience the bustle of Bangkok, explore the vibrancy of Chiang Mai, trek through northern hilltribes and meet the locals, float downstream on a bamboo raft.

8 days
From $699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Easter Island (TSCRNC)

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: Explore the ruins and monolithic heads of this mysterious island, visit the island town and beaches, search for prehistoric paintings at the Ana Kai Tangata cavern

4 days
From $749
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
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.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $764
$899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
5 days
From $599

Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML)

5 days
From $599

Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDN)

4 days
From $599

Paraty Experience (TSZPXC)

7 days
From $599

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)

4 days
From $619

Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN)

8 days
From $629

Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Adventure Bus (TCR1BN)

8 days
From $629

Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Adventure Bus (TCR2BN)

8 days
From $629

Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Adventure Bus (TCR3BN)

4 days
From $629

Easter Island (TSCRNN)

8 days
From $649

Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Self Drive (TCR1DN)

8 days
From $649

Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Self Drive (TCR2DN)

8 days
From $649

Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Self Drive (TCR3DN)

4 days
From $649

The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXC)

8 days
From $659

Golden Triangle (AHGT)

5 days
From $689

Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle (TATGTC)

8 days
From $699

Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)

8 days
From $699

Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV)

4 days
From $749

Easter Island (TSCRNC)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $764
$899

Best of Panama (CPPQ)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $552
$649
Local Living Kenya—Masai Village (DKML) 5 days Local Living Camping
From $599
Zanzibar Discovery (TDTZDN) 5 days Classic Standard
From $599
Paraty Experience (TSZPXC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $599
Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL) 7 days Local Living Basic
From $599
Machu Picchu By Train (TSPMTN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $619
Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Adventure Bus (TCR1BN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $629
Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Adventure Bus (TCR2BN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $629
Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Adventure Bus (TCR3BN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $629
Easter Island (TSCRNN) 4 days Classic Standard
From $629
Costa Rica Pass - Route 1 Self Drive (TCR1DN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $649
Costa Rica Pass - Route 2 Self Drive (TCR2DN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $649
Costa Rica Pass - Route 3 Self Drive (TCR3DN) 8 days Classic Standard
From $649
The Glaciers Experience (TSAEXC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $649
Golden Triangle (AHGT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $659
Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle (TATGTC) 5 days Comfort Upgraded
From $689
Cuban Rhythms (CCCR) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $699
Northern Hilltribes & Villages (ATHV) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $699
Easter Island (TSCRNC) 4 days Comfort Upgraded
From $749
Best of Panama (CPPQ) 8 days Classic Standard
From $764
$899