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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Sailing Croatia - Split to Dubrovnik (ECVS)

Europe Croatia

Whether you're looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or time to indulge in the nightlife, this Croatian cruise aims to please. Discover charming villages and stunning scenery as you sail from Split to Dubrovnik on a small yacht. The emphasis is on connecting with the country and culture and you'll fall in love with this region's beauty on hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecue and snorkelling and you have an incredible and affordable island getaway.

Highlights: Connect with history at Diocletian's Palace in Split, discover secluded islands and deserted beaches, explore Korčula – the birthplace of Marco Polo, wander the forested paradise of Mljet National Park, sail into the ancient port of Dubrovnik – "the Pearl of the Adriatic"

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1087
$1449
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)

Europe Italy

Beloved by mountaineers and nature lovers alike, the Dolomites sit perched atop northern Italy like a rocky crown. This exhilarating trip through the mountains features day treks through some of Italy’s most unbelievable scenery, with plenty of visits to small villages along the way to soak up the unique local Ladin culture and cuisine. Nights are spent in mountain refuges, where your hosts will ply you with hearty home-cooked meals. Eat up; you won’t find tastier mountain-trekking food anywhere else.

Highlights: Enjoy magnificent hiking amongst towering peaks, pass by the highest peak in the Dolomites, revel in the chance to learn about local Ladin language and customs.

10 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
5

Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany (EIST)

Europe Italy

Experience life the local way and you’ll experience a Tuscany that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty in the kitchen as you’ll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region’s culinary and viticultural delights. Peruse the local markets and delis in search of the finest organic fare, sample wines in the very vineyards that produced them, and work off all that deliciousness with walks through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.

Highlights: Learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine, tour the agriturismo's organic orchards and wine cellar and learn more about the Slow Food movement, visit medieval Montalcino and sample delicious local wines, explore the Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns

Promotions Available! 7 days
From $1189
$1399
Travel Style:
Local Living
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cycling in Tuscany (EITC)

Europe Italy

What better way to experience the beauty of Tuscany than from the seat of a bike? A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. You'll explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. After a hard day's ride, what could be better than enjoying the delicious meals your host Stefano will prepare for you each evening, from his locally grown produce. When you are not riding, take the chance to wander the property's vineyard, relax by the pool, or visit the pigs!. There's no better way to work up an appetite.

Highlights: Cycle through Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns, visit quaint Pienza and medieval Montepulciano, learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine.

7 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Absolute Turkey (ETAT)

Europe Turkey

This comprehensive tour of Turkey combines history and beaches, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming culture. Begin your trip roaming the palaces and mosques of Istanbul before journeying into the bizarre as you explore otherworldly Cappadocia. From the amazing white cliff waterfalls of Pamukkale to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul, our local CEOs will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

Highlights: Discover historic cities and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus, marvel at the extraordinary scenery of Cappadocia, enjoy dinner in a local family home, relax on an overnight boat trip, live like a local in a Turkish village

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1614
$1899
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Sailing Turkey - Bodrum to Fethiye (ETVB)

Europe Turkey

When it comes to beautiful coastlines and natural geographic wonders, it's hard to beat the Turkish Rivera. On this sailing adventure, you'll cruise along the area known as the Lycian Way, a popular destination with a long-standing maritime culture. That said, there are still many off-the-beaten-path treasures waiting to be discovered, and you'll have the perfect opportunity to do so in between snorkelling, swimming in open water, relaxing in mud baths, and enjoying Turkey's beaches. Living aboard our state-of-the-art catamaran means you'll never have to go without.

Highlights: Discover tiny villages along the Turkish coastline, secluded islands and deserted beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters, learn to sail on a state-of-the-art catamaran, marvel at the ancient rock tombs in Dalyan and hike through ancient ruins, sail into the ancient port of Fethiye

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1424
$1899
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Sailing Turkey - Fethiye to Bodrum (ETVF)

Europe Turkey

When it comes to beautiful coastlines and natural geographic wonders, it's hard to beat the Turkish Rivera. On this sailing adventure, you'll cruise along the area known as the Lycian Way, a popular destination with a long-standing maritime culture. That said, there are still many off-the-beaten-path treasures waiting to be discovered, and you'll have the perfect opportunity to do so in between snorkelling, swimming in open water, relaxing in mud baths, and enjoying Turkey's beaches. Living aboard our state-of-the-art catamaran means you'll never have to go without.

Highlights: Discover tiny villages and secluded islands with deserted beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters, learn to sail a catamaran, hike through ancient ruins, marvel at the ancient rock tombs in Dalyan, sail into the ancient port of Bodrum

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1424
$1899
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Sailing Greece - Mykonos to Santorini (GVMS)

Europe Greece

A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world's most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail eight days aboard our 15m (49 ft) yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling, and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don't forget to try the ouzo!

Highlights: Explore the beautiful southern Cyclades by sailboat, stop at small off-the-beaten-path islands along the way, relax on white-sand beaches, try your hand at sailing (or just relax on the deck), stroll through local villages and sample traditional Greek food and wine

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1087
$1449
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

In Search Of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR)

South America Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay

Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before getting back to nature on day hikes at a working Uruguayan ranch. Marvel at Iguassu Falls, then hop a flight to São Paulo on your way to the Brazilian coast—no gruelling bus ride means more time on the beach. We'll wrap up in the party in Rio, where you're free to embrace the carnival atmosphere from our centrally located Copacabana hotel.

Highlights: Sample the cuisine and culture of Buenos Aires, discover Uruguay's rural beauty at a working ranch, marvel at Iguassu Falls, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight to São Paulo, sip caipirinhas on the beach, revel in the energy of Rio de Janiero.

17 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Amazon To The Andes (PAA)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

This adventure offers up an intriguing combination of beauty and contrasts in scenery, wildlife and cultures, whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or climbing the ancient trail of the Incas to Machu Picchu, situated in the heavens of the Americas. Because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region.

Highlights: Explore ruins and bargain at Sacred Valley markets, devour seafood in Lima, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon

12 days
From $2449
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Inca Discovery (PID)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the world’s best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. We run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment. Our knowledgeable CEOs will work hard to make certain the first glimpse of Machu Picchu will burn itself into your memory.

Highlights: Sample seafood in Lima, explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, learn ancient traditions at the Planeterra-supported Women's Weaving Co-op

8 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Queen Violeta (PVIIA)

South America Amazon, Peru

Hop aboard a riverboat and experience the Amazon in style. Led by an Amazon Reserve naturalist guide, your cruise will include daily excursions by motorized skiff designed to reveal the exotic wildlife that calls the rainforest home – with any luck you’ll spot sloths, toucans or pink dolphins! And, with two full days for exploration in Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve, you'll have the chance to experience the jungle up close. The cuisine onboard is regional and provides a unique – and delicious – window into local culture. Gain a rare glimpse of how life "on the river" is lived and experience the magic of the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime riverboat adventure.

Highlights: Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve – the largest national park in Peru, dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, interact with members of the local community, learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Marine
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Peru Multisport (SPHK)

South America Peru

How do you improve a trip that already includes the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail and Lake Titicaca? Throw in some bikes, a few kayaks, and loads of high-energy thrills, that’s how! 'Peru Multisport' connects immersive cultural interaction and classic Peruvian landmarks with challenging physical activities tailored specifically for adrenaline junkies and fitness freaks. Climb and bike your way from small villages to astounding monuments, then explore Lake Titicaca from a kayak; a perspective few visitors ever get the chance to see. Need more? Consult your CEO; they’ll keep your zest for adventure satisfied.

Highlights: Soak in the views by bicycle in the Sacred Valley, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, kayak Lake Titicaca, mingle with the locals and learn about traditional life, savour the Altiplano scenery, devour seafood in Lima.

15 days
From $2599
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (SPSK)

South America Peru

Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, you’ll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. You’ll arrive at Santa Teresa – the backdoor of Machu Picchu – where you’ll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.

Highlights: Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes, explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu, trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1147
$1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
5

Sailing The British Virgin Islands - Tortola to Tortola (CIVT)

Central America British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are among the world’s most popular sailing destinations, and you only have to look around to understand why. Laidback and low-key, the BVIs are flat-out gorgeous to sail and explore. Hop aboard our state-of-the-art catamaran and discover secluded coves, impossibly beautiful snorkelling spots, and ruggedly beautiful islands virtually untouched by humans. Added bonus: your expert CEO knows this place so well, you’ll discover stuff not even the locals know.

Highlights: Sail on a catamaran through the beautiful turquoise waters of the British Virgin Islands. Stop to snorkel in deep caves, anchor and jump aboard a floating bar and tour around islands by car or go for a hike. Relax in the evenings and enjoy the sunset and the caribbean sounds.

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

China Adventure (ACBH)

Asia Hong Kong, China

Explore a side of China you never knew existed on this eye-opening multi-activity adventure. Using rural roads that wind through tiny villages and past seemingly endless rice fields, you’ll get a full dose of this land’s truly incredible history, culture, and geography. On two wheels or on foot, you’ll tour the imperial tombs and palaces of the walled city of Xi’an, study curious limestome karst formations, navigate the busy streets of Beijing and relax, secure in the knowledge that your downtime is rightly earned.

Highlights: Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and hutongs, walk the Great Wall, trek through rice terraces, cycle old city walls and rural villages, watch kung fu monks

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

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

Asia China

Centuries after its construction, China’s Great Wall remains one of humankind’s engineering marvels. At over 21,000km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You won’t tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trek, but you’ll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it. The Beijing-to-Beijing route will take you to small villages that have stood for centuries in the shadow of this massive tribute to human will and introduce you to the cuisine, culture and history that make this one of China’s most captivating attractions. The Wall’s been standing for centuries. Isn’t it about time you turned up?

Highlights: Explore Beijing's Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, trek along the Great Wall, sleep on the Wall and in rural villages, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and tai chi lessons

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1169
$1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID)

Asia Indonesia

Get ready to hit the ground running in this 28-day whirlwind tour of Indonesia’ top sights. We mean that literally, too – you’ll stay active as you hike and explore Berastagi, Sipirok, Tangkahan, Bukit Lawang and more. Recharge with street food crawls and coffee plantation tours, and take the time to get up close and personal with orangutans and elephants. Experiencing it all with a group of like-minded travellers is the best way to get the most out of this dynamic country.

Highlights: Discover Javanese culture, explore thriving cities, encounter elephants and orangutans up close and personal, trek in the shadow of Mt Bromo, snap photos of beautiful rice terraces, sip coffee at plantations, relax on sandy beaches, chill out on Lake Samosir.

28 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Highlights of Sumatra (AESH)

Asia Indonesia

If the only thing you think of when you hear “Sumatra” is “coffee,” then we need to have a chat. If you’re looking to plunge right into a nature-filled adventure with elephants and orangutans aplenty, here’s where you’ll want to be for two weeks of city touring, hiking, and having a great time bonding with your fellow travellers. We’re pretty sure you’ll agree that everything is a highlight in Sumatra.

Highlights: Encounter elephants and orangutans up close and personal, hike down to a crater lake, trek in the jungle of national parks, chill out on Lake Samosir.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $959
$1199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Essential India (AHEH)

Asia India

From the intricate saris of Rajasthan to the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal, this compact journey is a photographer's delight and the perfect introduction to India. You'll walk along the ghats on the River Ganges to encounter the spiritual heart of Hinduism in Varanasi and get off the beaten path exploring carved stepwells and quaint temples in rural villages. With the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore the nation's rich heritage, you're sure to be caught up in India's incredible tapestry of life.

Highlights: Explore India's vibrant cities, discover ancient forts and temples, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, witness the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho and Orchha, sail the Ganges in venerable Varanasi

15 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
10 days
From $1599

Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT)

7 days
From $1399

Cycling in Tuscany (EITC)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1614
$1899

Absolute Turkey (ETAT)

12 days
From $2449

Amazon To The Andes (PAA)

8 days
From $1349

Inca Discovery (PID)

15 days
From $2599

Peru Multisport (SPHK)

15 days
From $1799

China Adventure (ACBH)

Promotions Available! 10 days
From $1169
$1299

Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $959
$1199

Highlights of Sumatra (AESH)

15 days
From $1349

Essential India (AHEH)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Sailing Croatia - Split to Dubrovnik (ECVS) 8 days Marine Standard
From $1087
$1449
Trekking in the Dolomites (EIDT) 10 days Active Basic
From $1599
Local Living Italy - Southern Tuscany (EIST) 7 days Local Living Standard
From $1189
$1399
Cycling in Tuscany (EITC) 7 days Active Standard
From $1399
Absolute Turkey (ETAT) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1614
$1899
Sailing Turkey - Bodrum to Fethiye (ETVB) 10 days Marine Standard
From $1424
$1899
Sailing Turkey - Fethiye to Bodrum (ETVF) 10 days Marine Standard
From $1424
$1899
Sailing Greece - Mykonos to Santorini (GVMS) 8 days Marine Standard
From $1087
$1449
In Search Of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2499
Amazon To The Andes (PAA) 12 days Classic Standard
From $2449
Inca Discovery (PID) 8 days Active Standard
From $1349
Amazon Riverboat Adventure aboard the Queen Violeta (PVIIA) 9 days Marine Upgraded
From $2124
$2499
Peru Multisport (SPHK) 15 days Active Standard
From $2599
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (SPSK) 8 days Active Standard
From $1147
$1349
Sailing The British Virgin Islands - Tortola to Tortola (CIVT) 7 days Marine Standard
From $1699
China Adventure (ACBH) 15 days Active Standard
From $1799
Walk the Great Wall of China (ACGA) 10 days Active Standard
From $1169
$1299
Indonesia in Depth—Sumatra, Java, Bali (AEID) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
Highlights of Sumatra (AESH) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $959
$1199
Essential India (AHEH) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1349