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 Explorer (CRE)

Central America Costa Rica

Costa Rica has as many microclimates as it does opportunities for active adventures, and this 2-week journey will bring you the best of both. There's a visit to a cloud forest, but for a bigger jolt, opt to rappel down waterfalls or fly across ziplines above the treetops. For the caffeine connoisseur, we visit a coffee co-op and learn how it gets from bean to your cup. For a different pace, float through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife. From the Caribbean beaches to the Pacific, this stunning tour embodies some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

Highlights: Spot wildlife while cruising the canals of Tortuguero, savour a local lunch at a Planeterra-supported coffee co-op, enjoy spectacular volcano views while soaking in hot springs, hike the trails of reserves and National Parks, learn to make tortillas with a local family, relax on the scenic Pacific coast

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1699
$1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Best of Egypt (DPBE)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt

This journey through Egypt packs in the best of culture and adventure in eight energetic days. Explore the ancient sites along the Nile and discover the most famous of them all, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you sample some traditional fare with a Nubian family in a local village. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Aswan and Luxor, but still manage to relax and watch life unfold as you sail the Nile in a traditional felucca.

Highlights: Enjoy dinner with a local family, spend the night on a felucca, explore ancient temples and monuments, hunt for deals in the bazaars, gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Egypt & Jordan Adventure (DPJA)

North Africa / Middle East Egypt, Jordan

A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures, offering the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore at your own pace. Our expert local leaders will share with you the archaeological and historical secrets of the ancient sites of Petra, Luxor and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Whether it’s haggling in Cairo’s bustling bazaars or snapping a desert sunset, Egypt and Jordan will be etched into your memory like a hieroglyph.

Highlights: Discover ancient civilizations and architectural wonders, relax at the Red Sea, enjoy an overnight felucca journey with support boat, bargain in bazaars, camp in a Bedouin tent, marvel at the rock-cut architecture of Petra

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1759
$2199
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE)

Africa Tanzania

Witness big game on open savannah and experience the stunning beauty of the Great Rift Valley. Led by a certified safari guide, you'll journey to Tanzania in search of phenomenal wildlife in its natural habitat. Full-service camping will bring you closer to the region’s animals and is an economical way to gain insight into local cultures in a short amount of time. Our small safari vehicles minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of one of the elusive Big Five.

Highlights: Enjoy game drives in the Serengeti, dance with the Masai, savour traditional cuisine in a local village, take in the views at Ngorongoro Crater, meet local artisans on a village walk.

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

Uganda & Gorillas Overland (DUKK)

Africa Uganda

Meet mountain gorillas and the other amazing wildlife on this 9-day overland adventure. Spot chimps in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will keep you in the thick of the action. Experience a world apart as you encounter the colourful cultures and wild landscapes of Kenya and Uganda.

Highlights: See a mountain gorilla up close and personal, search for chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest Reserve, photograph diverse wildlife, raft down the White Nile River in Jinja.

9 days
From $2099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
4

Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five, feel the thunder of Victoria Falls. Uncover the spectacular highlights of four African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and bright city lights from the comfort of our overland truck and camp under the big African sky for a unique perspective of this majestic land. With a unique itinerary that offers plenty of options, uncover all that this diverse region has to offer.

Highlights: Track the Big Five across the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in agile 4x4 safari vehicles, chill out at Lake Malawi, explore Victoria Falls and Zanzibar.

20 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Dunes, Deltas and Falls (DZLD)

Africa Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa

If you want to soak up the colours, culture and scenery of this incredible region, this is the ultimate expedition into southwestern Africa. Experience game drives, leave footprints on the world's highest sand dunes, wonder at the majesty of Victoria Falls and canoe game-rich deltas. Our overland trucks are an adventurous and inexpensive way to see the highlights while wilderness camping will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife—drift off to sleep to the call of cranes and awake to the rustle of elephants grazing on nearby riverbanks.

Highlights: Track the Big Five, witness Victoria Falls, cruise the Chobe River at sunset, camp in African wilderness, meet the San bushmen, try adrenaline activities, soak up Cape Town's culture.

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $1839
$2299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

Europe Belgium

Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur, however, is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this 8-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. In Belgium, you’ll visit the six Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium (including the chance to taste Westvleteren, one of beerdom’s most celebrated brews), explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)

Highlights: Visit all six Trappist breweries in Belgium, indulge in delicious Belgian cuisine, explore quaint towns like Bruges and Rochefort, learn about (and taste) rare beers and visit the monasteries they're made in

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1699
$1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cycle Croatia (ECCA)

Europe Croatia

The jagged and dramatic Dalmatian Coast is dotted with over a thousand islands, which form an impressive backdrop to a week cycling around this delightful country. Follow coastal paths, climb over green hillsides and explore the remote corners of some of the islands following the coast. Along the way, sample delicious local wines and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Participants should be experienced cyclists prepared for some challenging cycling.

Highlights: Cycle in between the beaches and over the hills of Hvar, explore the green hillsides of Korcula on two wheels, marvel at the great wall of Croatia in Ston, sample delicious local wines in the Konavle Valley

8 days
From $2099
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

Europe Croatia

Dotted with unspoiled islands, secluded beaches, and miles of coastal paths, the Dalmatian Coast remains one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Ideal for travellers looking to try a variety of things in an out-of-the-way place, this idyllic slice of Croatia along the surprisingly balmy Adriatic is practically bursting with outdoorsy potential. Hike and bike the ruggedly beautiful rocky coastlines, paddle a sea kayak to an uninhabited island, or just laze about on the beach and let the time pass. The choice is yours, and the choices are infinite.

Highlights: Enjoy a guided sea-kayaking excursion around Dubrovnik's city walls, cycle in the Konavle Valley, hike along Dalmatian cliffs, visit the island of Kolocep, wander in Dubrovnik's old town.

7 days
From $1499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Cities of Europe (EELA)

Europe Netherlands, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany

If you’re looking for a stellar, budget-conscious tour that provides a quick yet comprehensive sampler of Europe, this is a party you’ll want to join. We’ll hit up six countries in 14 days and take the time to drink in all the highlights in famous cities like Paris, Rome, Venice, London and more. Enjoy comfortable train travel between locations and soak up the experience of seeing Europe with a small group. This continent has never felt so small.

Highlights: Explore historic cities and their galleries and museums, sample regional wines and delicacies, hit six countries in 14 days, sample some pilsner on a German pub crawl.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2079
$2599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Europe Encompassed (EELL)

Europe Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium

You. Europe. 24 days. Ready? You’d better be, because this epic London-to-London romp through the Old World’s greatest cities doesn’t slow down for stragglers. Geared towards budget-conscious travellers eager to check an entire continent off their ‘must-do’ list in one fell swoop, this adventure will take you from the busy streets of the English capital to Paris’ most elegant galleries and cafés, the stunning natural brilliance of the Swiss Alps, the rugged beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre and the party capitals of Berlin and Amsterdam before wrapping up with a celebratory pint in a London pub. Phew! We’re tired just talking about it.

Highlights: Pound the pavement in cities teeming with history, visit nine countries in less than a month, explore galleries and museums, discover medieval towns straight from fairytales, sample regional wines and cuisine, take in the nightlife across Europe.

24 days
From $3999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

London to Rome Adventure (EELR)

Europe Switzerland, England, Italy, United Kingdom, France

Crisscrossing four countries, this whirlwind tour of Europe’s most celebrated capitals squeezes unique culture, delectable food and drink, stunning scenery, wild nightlife and centuries of thrilling history into eight days without ever feeling rushed. Browse the galleries and museums of Paris and gape at the Swiss Alps' natural beauty, all for less than you’d ever dreamed possible.

Highlights: Explore historic cities and their galleries and museums, sample regional wines and delicacies, visit four countries in eight days.

8 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

South America Amazon, Ecuador

From the heights of the Andes to the heat of the Amazon Rainforest, experience an incredible land of contrasts on this 16-day journey through Ecuador. Explore the jungle by canoe and stay with a local Quichua family for an extraordinary cultural experience you'll never forget. Scour the market at Otavalo for special treasures and cure what ails you in a mountain hot spring. With its unique variety of accommodation and insight into rural life in the jungle, this is more than just a tour—it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Highlights: Wander Quito and colonial cities, soak in Andean hot springs, feel like a local at a Quichua homestay, search for wildlife in the Amazon and adventure in Baños, shop at the Otavalo Market, visit Ingapirca ruins, travel back in time with an historic hacienda stay.

16 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Ultimate Italy (EIRV)

Europe Italy

From the villages of the Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendour, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Your CEO will take care of the details so you can travel at a leisurely pace and appreciate the scenery, whether it’s sipping vino in Tuscany or sampling local delicacies within the walls of charming Lucca. Experience the best of Italy in this all-encompassing tour.

Highlights: Experience medieval and Renaissance delights, discover a passion for regional wines and Italian cuisine, savour the sea views and Tuscan hills, explore the elegant countryside of Lake Como by boat, enjoy an authentic Roman meal with new friends

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD)

Europe Ireland

Leave the green beer and tacky hats behind and have an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience in Ireland. Of course, there’ll be the requisite Paddy’s Day partying in Dublin, but there will also be pub crawls in locales like Galway, Killarney and Cork, as well as storytelling tours and orientation walks to get you up to speed on Ireland’s culture. A small group size means that you’ll get more attention from the trip’s CEO—and more seats at the pub!

Highlights: Blend into the green masses on a Paddy's Day pub crawl in Templebar (Dublin), kiss the Blarney Stone, dance an Irish jig to traditional music at the local pub, experience the best craic Ireland has to offer.

8 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS)

Europe United Kingdom, Scotland

Looking for a very different New Year’s Eve experience? Try out Hogmanay in Scotland—a street-party celebration in and around Edinburgh that involves tens of thousands of fellow revelers, a cracking rendition of Auld Lang Syne, deep fried Mars bars, hot toddies, sausage and more. This is a unique three-day trip that will immerse you in Scottish culture as you ring in the new year, highlander-style.

Highlights: Party with the Scottish at one of the world's largest New Year's Eve street parties, learn a new dance at a traditional céilidh, wander the beautiful streets of Edinburgh, sample deep fried Mars bars, participate in the torchlight procession with thousands of people.

3 days
From $799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Volcano Trail (JGS)

Central America Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica

From the crystal-blue ocean teeming with marine life to tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies, take the road less travelled on this trip through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica with other travellers your own age. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breath-taking scenery and a chance to experience local culture with a 2-night homestay on the island of Ometepe. Enjoy a blend of public and private transportation, which not only keeps costs down but also gives you a chance to really meet the locals.

Highlights: Connect with your hosts at a homestay experience in Ometepe, relax seaside in the Bay Islands, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatán and Tegucigalpa

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1439
$1599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Absolute Peru (PHPT)

South America Amazon, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Scan the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, contemplate mountain vistas or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines—this epic journey explores the geography, culture and history of Peru, offering you the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time. Hike the Inca Trail, which rewards those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forest. And because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food, service and equipment.

Highlights: Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, search for wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, spot condors at Colca Canyon, experience local life at a homestay on Lake Titicaca, explore the mysterious Nazca Lines

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2879
$3599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Peru Panorama (PPP)

South America Amazon, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Spot macaws in the jungle and caimans on the riverbanks, sail the waters of Lake Titicaca, delight in the smells of markets and explore ancient ruins—including a trek along the Inca Trail. As we operate our own treks, our quality equipment and the expertise of our porters and CEOs will ensure that your first glimpse of Machu Picchu will leave you in awe. Whether you’re scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon or following in the footsteps of the Incas, this fast-paced adventure provides a sweeping view of this diverse country.

Highlights: Meet the locals at a Lake Titicaca homestay, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, spot wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon, sample the diverse cuisine Peru is known for.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2804
$3299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4
Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1699
$1999

Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $799
$999

Best of Egypt (DPBE)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1759
$2199

Egypt & Jordan Adventure (DPJA)

7 days
From $2199

Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE)

9 days
From $2099

Uganda & Gorillas Overland (DUKK)

20 days
From $2999

Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $1839
$2299

Dunes, Deltas and Falls (DZLD)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1699
$1999

Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT)

8 days
From $2099

Cycle Croatia (ECCA)

7 days
From $1499

Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2079
$2599

Cities of Europe (EELA)

24 days
From $3999

Europe Encompassed (EELL)

8 days
From $1299

London to Rome Adventure (EELR)

16 days
From $1599

Inland & Amazon (EIA)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $2124
$2499

Ultimate Italy (EIRV)

8 days
From $999

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD)

3 days
From $799

Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1439
$1599

Volcano Trail (JGS)

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2879
$3599

Absolute Peru (PHPT)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $2804
$3299

Peru Panorama (PPP)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Costa Rica Explorer (CRE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1699
$1999
Best of Egypt (DPBE) 8 days Classic Standard
From $799
$999
Egypt & Jordan Adventure (DPJA) 17 days Classic Standard
From $1759
$2199
Tanzania Camping Adventure (DTWE) 7 days Classic Camping
From $2199
Uganda & Gorillas Overland (DUKK) 9 days Yolo Camping
From $2099
Victoria Falls to Nairobi Adventure (DVN) 20 days Yolo Camping
From $2999
Dunes, Deltas and Falls (DZLD) 21 days Yolo Camping
From $1839
$2299
Belgian Beer Tour (EBBT) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1699
$1999
Cycle Croatia (ECCA) 8 days Active Basic
From $2099
Croatia Active Adventure (ECTA) 7 days Active Basic
From $1499
Cities of Europe (EELA) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $2079
$2599
Europe Encompassed (EELL) 24 days Yolo Basic
From $3999
London to Rome Adventure (EELR) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $1299
Inland & Amazon (EIA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1599
Ultimate Italy (EIRV) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2124
$2499
St. Patrick's Day in Ireland (EQPD) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $999
Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS) 3 days Yolo Basic
From $799
Volcano Trail (JGS) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $1439
$1599
Absolute Peru (PHPT) 21 days Classic Standard
From $2879
$3599
Peru Panorama (PPP) 15 days Classic Standard
From $2804
$3299