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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Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT)

Asia, Europe China, Russia, Mongolia

Epic doesn't begin to describe this overland journey from Russia to China. From the cathedrals of Russia to the imperial palaces of Beijing, you'll encounter the best of St Petersburg and Moscow before boarding the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway en route to Lake Baikal. Experience secluded Mongolia's colourful culture and spend a night in a ger before continuing on to the palaces of Beijing. An experienced CEO will lead the way and take care of the details so you’re free to enjoy one of the world's greatest train rides. Offering a balance of guided excursions and free time, this adventure is proof that getting there is half the fun.

Highlights: Wander St Petersburg streets and Beijing hutongs, journey by train across the steppes, dine on Lake Baikal's fish, admire Red Square and Chinese temples, spend the night in a traditional Mongolian ger.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $2549
$2999
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Cultural Sri Lanka (ASSL)

Asia Sri Lanka

For most travellers, Sri Lanka has been off the map for too long. Well, it's back. Discover the vibrant colours, diverse cultures and swaying palm trees of this tropical jewel on a 14-day trip designed to please. You'll explore tea plantations and rock fortresses, try stilt fishing in Galle and get inspired at an elephant sanctuary. This trip is about more than just beaches and stunning views; it's about the inspiring people you'll meet along the way.

Highlights: Explore Sigriya rock fortress, watch the stilt fishermen in Galle, enjoy local flavours at a village meal, gain insight into the national heritage at a tea plantation, relax on pristine beaches

14 days
From $1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Northern Thailand Discovery (ATBC)

Asia Thailand

From the buzzing night market of Chiang Mai and the elephants of Lampang to delicious food and beautiful textiles, immerse yourself in the incredible culture of the region. Cycle through the ancient city of Sukhothai, climb up to the Buddhist temples at Doi Suthep and enjoy the beauty of the hills surrounding Chiang Mai. Our expert CEOs will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.

Highlights: Explore the canals of Bangkok, experience the 13th-century ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park from the saddle of a bike, uncover the mysteries of Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle, savour a home-cooked khantoke-style meal with a Thai family

10 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand and Laos Adventure (ATBH)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

From the energy of Bangkok to the calm of Laos, this trip is a study in contrasts. Visit temples in Chiang Mai then spend the evening exploring the night market. Sail the Mekong into the heart and soul of Laos. An experienced CEO will make sure you get the most of your tour, but will leave plenty of time for you to do your own thing. We utilize many forms of transport—both public and private—to keep travel time short, maximizing time spent exploring the history and culture of this unforgettable region.

Highlights: Explore Bangkok's canals, discover Buddhist temples, float down the mighty Mekong, get wet in the spray of waterfalls

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

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore

Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java—this epic adventure covers the best of Southeast Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches and gaze out across the ‘sea of sand’ from Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.

Highlights: Watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike through rice terraces, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, discover the cultural side of Indonesia

28 days
From $2849
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
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

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

Discover Cambodia (ATDC)

Asia Thailand, Cambodia

Ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to experience Cambodia’s highlights, our CEOs will help you discover Phnom Penh’s markets, shrines and temples—and the horrors of the Killing Fields. In Siem Reap, we’ll devote plenty of time to the wonders of the Khmer Empire at Angkor Wat. Witness crumbling temples and monuments cloaked in vines as you explore this massive complex of ruins. From the glories of the ancient past to the upheavals of recent times, this week-long journey will introduce you to Cambodia's rich history.

Highlights: Shop in the bustling markets of Bangkok, wander through the temples of Angkor Wat, explore colonial Phnom Penh by cyclo.

7 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand Discovery (ATDT)

Asia Thailand

Get the best of Thailand's culture, sacred sites and beaches on this 18-day adventure. Explore the north’s Golden Triangle and cycle the streets of ancient Sukhothai before heading south for peaceful island beaches. You'll explore the perfect islands and swim in the incredible waters. This trip offers the classic Thai experience—a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to do your own thing.

Highlights: Explore Buddhist temples and palaces, relax on a stunning beach, snorkel through crystal-clear blue waters, savour a home-cooked khantoke-style meal at a local home in Chiang Mai

18 days
From $1999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Thailand Family Adventure (ATFF)

Asia Thailand

Why do some families go all the way to Thailand just to lie on the beach? We don’t know either. Our family adventure mixes a whole lot of bona fide Thai experiences – everything from a longboat tour of Bangkok, a meeting with a hill tribe community, a cooking class in Chiang Mai and a somber visit to the infamous bridge over the River Kwai – with a little bit of sand and surf, too. Hey, even the Buddha reclined and relaxed once in a while, right?

Highlights: Get caught up in the bustle of Bangkok, take in the scenery at ancient Ayutthaya, wander through colourful Chiang Mai, relax on the beach in Koh Chang.

12 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak (ATHB)

Asia Thailand

Perfect for those who believe the best way to appreciate paradise is to jump right into it, this adventure will have you hiking through forests and rice paddies, experiencing Thailand's intriguing combination of culture and the great outdoors. Kayak the turquoise waters of the Andaman and discover coral coves and white sand beaches. With the services of a CEO and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the main sights of Thailand, offering up plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you'll never forget.

Highlights: Cycle through busy Bangkok, experience colourful Chiang Mai, trek into remote hilltribe villages, discover ancient Ayutthaya by bike, learn the sombre history of Kanchanaburi, kayak the Andaman Sea from Krabi

14 days
From $1749
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

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. 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 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 Shan 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

Indochina Explorer (ATIC)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Past meets present in this fast-paced adventure that takes you from Bangkok to Hanoi and just about everywhere in between. With a busy culture richly steeped in tradition, there's always something to see or do on this journey through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, be it witnessing the daily rituals of monks, participating in an authentic Thai cooking class or taking cyclo rides through impossibly busy city streets. A series of included flights lets us cover more ground and take you on a whirlwind throughout Southeast Asia. Make sure you stay up late for the night markets, too!

Highlights: Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner in a rural village, observe the daily life of monks and visit sacred temples, learn about Cambodian history (both ancient and modern), take thrilling cyclo rides for a different perspective in bustling cities, eat well while giving back at a Planeterra-supported training restaurant in Siem Reap

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $2959
$3699
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Adventure (ATLV)

Asia Thailand, Vietnam, Laos

From the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok to Halong Bay's magnificent limestone karsts, this trip encompasses the highlights of Indochina. Marvel at the majestic granite peak of Doi Suthep, explore a traditional Hmong village, and savour noodles in Chiang Mai. Shop for souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City and join the locals sipping coffee at a lakeside café in Hanoi. With hotels, transport, and a number of included activities arranged by our CEOs, this adventure offers up the perfect combination of must-see highlights and free time.

Highlights: Explore the canals of Bangkok, float down the mighty Mekong, visit majestic caves and stunning limestone karsts in Halong Bay, browse the tailor shops in Hoi An, squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels

22 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC)

Asia Thailand, Cambodia, Laos

Spend time volunteering with one of our projects in Laos and Cambodia, and you'll take away so much more than souvenirs or photographs—you'll engage the local community with building and education initiatives, and still have the opportunity to explore incredible ruins at Angkor Wat and experience French influences in riverside cafés. Whether you're marvelling at stunning scenery, Buddhist monasteries or the face of a smiling child, this journey will allow you to dig deep into the people and culture of South East Asia.

Highlights: Volunteer with New Hope Cambodia in Siem Reap, marvel at the temples of Angkor Wat, enjoy a local homestay, relax in the riverside town of Vang Vieng, meet workers of a local NGO in Luang Prabang

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

Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (ATRA)

Asia Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia

Feast on a Nyonya delicacy in Melaka or delicious street food in Singapore as you hit the highlights of Southeast Asia. With other travellers your own age, you’ll enjoy this adventure’s pace, exploring the hilltribes of northern Thailand or mellowing out on the white-sand beaches of the exotic south—it’s your choice. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEO, you’ll enjoy the freedom of roaming where you want to and choosing your activities—cross into Malaysia to experience mouthwatering laksa while shopping in KL's night market or take high tea at Raffles in Singapore.

Highlights: Explore some of Asia's largest cities, trek on foot and feed and bathe an elephant, visit remote hilltribe villages, go bamboo rafting, enjoy island life in Koh Samui, visit tea stations of the Cameron Highlands.

21 days
From $1949
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

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, chill out on golden beaches, connect with the locals on an overnight homestay.

10 days
From $849
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM)

Asia Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore

Bliss out on world-class beaches in exotic southern Thailand before cooling off in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. This 2-week tour will introduce you to three diverse nations—and three of the region’s most vibrant cities. Sample street food or hit Bangkok’s clubs with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with those that’ll keep up. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure: pack your trip with everything you want and nothing you don't.

Highlights: Explore the streets of bustling Bangkok, stop by Penang's Chinese shop houses, glimpse beautiful green vistas in the the Cameron Highlands, dive into multicultural Kuala Lumpur, visit three diverse countries in two weeks.

14 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE)

Asia Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore

Get off the beaten path and head right into the wonders of Southeast Asia. On this best-of collection of Bangkok, Bali, Sumatra and more, we’ll see some of the most famous tourist areas as well as little-known marvels. With days spent on boat trips and sunny beaches and evenings full of bonding with new friends as you enjoy the city nightlife, your schedule will be so full that the 41 days will fly by.

Highlights: Watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hike down to a beautiful crater lake, sample java from its namesake island, chill out on stunning beaches, encounter orangutans up close and personal in Sumatra.

41 days
From $4399
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Southern Thailand Sojourn (ATSS)

Asia Thailand

From Bangkok nightclubs that never close to laid-back beachside drinks on Koh Tao, experience the energy of southern Thailand. Hike through the magnificent lowland rainforest of Khao Sok National Park, where tigers still roam, or laze in a riverside hammock. This is your trip—so tread your own path. With an expert CEO leading the way, you're free to snorkel beautiful coral reefs or work on your tan. Enjoy the best of the beachside sun and backpacker nightlife in nine amazing days.

Highlights: Explore bustling Bangkok, enjoy nature at Khao Sok National Park, relax on the white-sand beaches of Koh Samui and Koh Tao.

9 days
From $849
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 17 days
From $2549
$2999

Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT)

14 days
From $1799

Cultural Sri Lanka (ASSL)

10 days
From $999

Northern Thailand Discovery (ATBC)

14 days
From $1599

Thailand and Laos Adventure (ATBH)

28 days
From $2849

Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS)

15 days
From $1749

Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure (ATCM)

7 days
From $999

Discover Cambodia (ATDC)

18 days
From $1999

Thailand Discovery (ATDT)

12 days
From $1599

Thailand Family Adventure (ATFF)

14 days
From $1749

Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak (ATHB)

5 days
From $299

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH)

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $2959
$3699

Indochina Explorer (ATIC)

22 days
From $2499

Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Adventure (ATLV)

15 days
From $1799

Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC)

21 days
From $1949

Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (ATRA)

10 days
From $849

Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC)

14 days
From $1399

Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM)

41 days
From $4399

Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE)

9 days
From $849

Southern Thailand Sojourn (ATSS)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2549
$2999
Cultural Sri Lanka (ASSL) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Northern Thailand Discovery (ATBC) 10 days Classic Standard
From $999
Thailand and Laos Adventure (ATBH) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1599
Bangkok to Bali on a Shoestring (ATBS) 28 days Yolo Basic
From $2849
Cambodia & Laos Mekong Adventure (ATCM) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1749
Discover Cambodia (ATDC) 7 days Classic Standard
From $999
Thailand Discovery (ATDT) 18 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Thailand Family Adventure (ATFF) 12 days Family Standard
From $1599
Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak (ATHB) 14 days Active Standard
From $1749
Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek (ATHH) 5 days Classic Standard
From $299
Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience (ATHL) 6 days Local Living Basic
From $399
Indochina Explorer (ATIC) 18 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2959
$3699
Thailand, Laos and Vietnam Adventure (ATLV) 22 days Classic Standard
From $2499
Volunteer– Cambodia & Laos (ATPC) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1799
Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (ATRA) 21 days Yolo Basic
From $1949
Cambodia on a Shoestring (ATRC) 10 days Yolo Basic
From $849
Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring (ATRM) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1399
Southeast Asia in Depth (ATSE) 41 days Yolo Basic
From $4399
Southern Thailand Sojourn (ATSS) 9 days Yolo Basic
From $849