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 Express (ACTM)

Asia, Europe China, Russia, Mongolia

From the Great Wall of China to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, travel halfway around the world in three incredible weeks. Board one of the world’s great trains and ride the rails on this once-in-a-lifetime trip across the grassy steppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Share train carriages with locals, overnight in Mongolian ger tents and in a cozy Russian homestay. Not only does this trip provide the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and plenty of activities, but also free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.

Highlights: Explore the courtyards of the Forbidden City and walk along the Great Wall of China, ride the rails through Mongolia's grassy steppe and Siberia's taiga forests, stay in a local village on Lake Baikal, admire the grand structure of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square, marvel at the rich art collection in the Hermitage.

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $4229
$4699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Burma Adventure (ABBA)

Asia Burma/Myanmar

After decades of controversy, friendly Burma (also known as Myanmar) is opening up to travellers, which means the adventurous can experience a curious nation unbiased by hordes of tourists. This 12-day adventure offers comfort level hotels and travel between sights by plane, boat and private buses or vans. Discover the floating gardens of Inle Lake, incredible ruins of ancient Bagan, ancient capitals around Mandalay and the refreshing hill station of Kalaw. Not all of Asia follows the same beat; join in Burma's unique rhythm.

Highlights: Enjoy connecting with Burmese culture by meeting local people, explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land, visit a toddy farm and have a local lunch, step back in time at Bagan's archaeological zone, explore floating villages and daily life on tranquil Inle Lake

12 days
From $2999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

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.

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

The Voodoo Trail (DVVT)

Africa Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin

Get off the beaten track and into the hills, forests and villages that make up the 'Voodoo Trail' of West Africa for an immersive experience that few travellers get to have. Meet African royalty and witness tribal dancers fall into trance-like states as you enjoy an authentic cultural experience like no other. An expert CEO will guide you through the stunning landscape, helping with the cultural and lingual hurdles, ensuring you come away with deep insight into the origins of Africa’s mystical animist religions. This is a truly mind-blowing experience. Interested?

Highlights: Witness authentic voodoo ceremonies and dances, explore the forests of Kpalime, meet African spiritual leaders and even royalty, attend a traditional Bwa mask ceremony, visit ancient mosques and modern cities, learn about the slave trade in Ouidah.

16 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

India Explorer (AHSS)

Asia India

Walking through Delhi’s markets, you realize that India’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced—its kaleidoscope of culture and colour has burnt itself into your memory. And it’s not just the magnificent forts or treasures like the Taj Mahal that impress—it’s the country’s spirit. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism to gain greater insight into this ancient and complex land. Explore the hidden side of Delhi guided by a former streetkid taking part in the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. With this new perspective, our expert guides will bring you deep into one of the world’s most culturally and spiritually fascinating places.

Highlights: Walk Delhi's backstreets with a local youth guide on a Planeterra-supported street kids rehabilitation project, uncover spirituality at Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh temples, observe ancient local ceremonies on the holy Ganges River, go on safari in Ranthambore with local park rangers/naturalists, Enjoy a village stay in a historic heritage hotel.

15 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR)

North Africa / Middle East Iran

Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities, and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and organizing, leaving you free to uncover the gems of Iran at the best cultural monuments and in the stalls of exotic bazaars.

Highlights: Bargain in the bazaars, walk through stunning palace gardens, savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine, relax in classic teahouses and meet the friendliest locals in the world, visit ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae

14 days
From $2299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Kenya & Tanzania Overland (DKTO)

Africa Kenya, Tanzania

Nairobi's convenient international airport is your gateway to this 10-day adventure that serves up all of Africa's wildness for a decidedly mild price. Here, you'll head out across the acacia-spotted savannah of the Serengeti and the plains of the majestic Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Our overland truck and smaller 4x4 safari vehicles will ferry you through the incredible scenery of Kenya and Tanzania safely and in good spirits — and camping will keep you close to the action. With this much stunning African wilderness so close at hand, expect your shutter finger to get a hefty workout.

Highlights: Encounter the Big Five of the famous Masai Mara and Serengeti ecosystems, give your camera a workout at Lake Nakuru National Park, saerch for wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater from 4x4 safari vehicles.

10 days
From $2149
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

China Family Adventure (ACFB)

Asia Hong Kong, China

China is that rare place that looks to the future while embracing its past. Come see where it’s been and where it’s headed on this incredible 14-day adventure through times both ancient and modern. Starting in Beijing, you’ll stop in at the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall before departing to Xi’an for a summit with the Terracotta Warriors. Later, enjoy three days in the rugged beauty of rural Yangshuo before winding it all up in bustling Hong Kong. In China, the future – and the past – is now.

Highlights: Visit the Great Wall and Beijing's monuments, encounter Terracotta Warriors, cycle through karst landscapes, wander Hong Kong's vibrant streets, see pandas in Chengdu.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1999
$2499
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM)

Africa Madagascar

Wild landscapes, village culture, beaches—Madagascar might be an island but there’s nothing small about it. For those who like to get remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people you’ll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) You’ll get to embrace local life but still have time to relax at the beach. Best of all, there’s always a local CEO there to lead the way and provide a link to the unusual and extraordinary.

Highlights: Search for lemurs and unique wildlife, learn about endemic flora and fauna in world-famous national parks, visit local artisan workshops, lounge on the beautiful beaches, savour dinner with a local family

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

Best of Greece (EGBG)

Europe Greece

When you saddle a trip with a moniker as lofty as 'Best of Greece', you’d better make sure it lives up to the hype. This one does. Compiling the top moments from our best-selling trips in the region, this comprehensive tour through the cradle of Western Civilization brings the distant past and vibrant present into sharp focus. Between the must-see historical sites of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the fabled Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste. Witness Greece—in all her timeless glory—with us.

Highlights: Discover Greek history and culture, marvel at classic architecture both ancient and modern, explore old cities and quaint villages, witness a Mediterranean sunset while eating fresh seafood, soak in Cretan culture

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1954
$2299
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF)

North America United States

Imagine a land of lava and geysers, bears and bison, mountains and glaciers—now open your eyes to the possibilities of Yosemite, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. This ultimate journey through these iconic national parks offers the outdoor enthusiast plenty of time to spot wildlife, soak in the scenery and experience the bubbling, gushing wonder of it all—there is more geothermal activity in Yellowstone than anywhere else in the world. Even when you close your eyes, you can sense the immense beauty surrounding you.

Highlights: Be inspired by wilderness in the Rockies, dance at an authentic cowboy bar, watch geysers erupt in Yellowstone, stroll the hilly streets of San Francisco.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1869
$2199
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
2

Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)

Central America Guatemala, Belize

Follow in the footsteps of Mayan warriors to lost cities cloaked in jungle mists. This adventure offers an intriguing mix of ruins, beaches, wildlife and the rich cultures of Belize and Guatemala. It's a perfect blend of activity and relaxation—spend three days canoeing deep in the jungle and snorkelling the crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters before easing into the laidback Belizean lifestyle while sipping on a rum cocktail. As pioneers of canoeing in the region, we are pleased to offer this Classic trip—one you won’t find anywhere else.

Highlights: 3-day canoe adventure in central Belize, spot tropical sea life while snorkelling the second-largest barrier reef, explore the jungle-set ruins of Tikal, listen to reggae music as you walk down Caye Caulker's sandy main street

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1619
$1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)

South America Argentina, Bolivia, Chile

Breathe in the Inca spirit of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this 2-week adventure. Connecting the Andes to the Atlantic, you'll journey across the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert and the Uyuni Salt Flats, feel like a sophisticate as you sip wine in Buenos Aires and pull back the curtain on the centre of the continent. Best of all, you'll do it in the company of other fun, young travellers. Don't choose between inspiring wilderness and urban sophistication—do it all.

Highlights: Discover colonial cities and historic cultures, cross the Uyuni Salt Flats and surrounding desert altiplano on a 4x4 excursion, witness the stunning scenery and unique culture of northern Argentina.

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1444
$1699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2

Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK)

Asia Uzbekistan

From the remarkable mosques and Soviet architecture of Tashkent to the ancient capital of Khiva, follow the legendary Silk Road through the exotic best of Uzbekistan. Indulge in steamy marble hammams, roam the twisting lanes of ancient bazaars and explore the monuments and minarets of Samarkand. Your CEO will lead the way, taking care of the hassles and leaving you free to explore a land rich in culture and history. For a great taste of enigmatic Uzbekistan, this 12-day adventure serves up only the best.

Highlights: Discover ancient cities of the Silk Road, sip hot drinks in tiny Khiva teahouses, bargain at colourful bazaars, admire the fountains and madrassas of the Registan, stay in a traditional yurt.

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1439
$1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

Central America El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica

Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery—from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and you rooted in local life.

Highlights: Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach, stroll through Antigua's colonial streets, explore Mayan ruins.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

South America Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure—travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters—and an exceptional experience for you.

Highlights: Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals on public buses, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine Peru is known for.

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1359
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW)

Asia India

Have your camera at the ready as you hit three parks in 14 days for the best chance to see the elusive tiger in its natural habitat. From the scrublands of Ranthambore to the beauty of Bandhavgarh, your expert CEO and handpicked local guides will lead you through a wilderness home to the most exotic of wildlife. The world famous Taj Mahal and the rugged forts and palaces of Jaipur provide an intriguing blend of culture so that you come away with the essence of India. Along the way, our certified CEO will share with you the hidden gems that will have your camera’s shutter working overtime.

Highlights: Search for tigers in their natural habitats, discover forts and palaces, revel in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal

14 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Marvellous Morocco (DCMM)

North Africa / Middle East Morocco

Watch the sun rise above the highest sand dunes in Morocco and journey through fresh cedar forests in the Atlas Mountains. From the bustling souks of imperial cities and meandering lanes of old medinas, travel into the heart of Morocco without foregoing comfort. Get off the beaten path while exploring mudbrick kasbahs and conquering Saharan sand dunes by 4x4. With comfortable accommodation and transport by private air-conditioned van arranged by your CEO, you'll be free to experience Morocco's Roman heritage and Islamic grandeur in style.

Highlights: Explore Roman ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, walk the labyrinth of the Fes medina with a local expert, enjoy a 4x4 excursion into the Sahara Desert, visit a historic kasbah, bargain in exotic souks and marketplaces with the locals

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1319
$1649
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL)

Africa Zambia, Botswana, South Africa

This trip offers a fully immersive, unyieldingly African experience in a compact 8-day package. Soak up the wildlife and vibrant colours and scenery of Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, with game walks and plenty of options for game drives. Camp under the stars of the Okavango Delta, track rhinos in the Khama Sanctuary and marvel at the immense Victoria Falls. Your nimble rugged overland truck will get you to the sites safely and camping will allow you to fall asleep to the sounds of the wild underneath big African skies. You'll end your adventure in Livingstone, where a G Adventures representative is there to assist you as you ease into the relaxed vibe.

Highlights: Camp in the Okavango Delta and track exotic wildlife, feel the spray of Victoria Falls, try to steer a mokoro canoe, take a game drive in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, camp under the stars.

8 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Camping
Physical Grading:
3

Eastern Turkey Adventure (ETET)

Europe Turkey

Spectacular mosques, rustic Armenian churches and towering stone castles reward those willing to get off the beaten path. From ancient mud brick cities to exotic bazaars and the mysterious fallen stone heads at Nemrut Dagi, this 8-day trip is Turkey at its most fascinating. Travel to the land beneath the snow-capped peak of Mt Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's Ark and immerse yourself in the magnificent sights and legendary hospitality of the people in this lesser-known, and lesser-travelled, region of Turkey.

Highlights: Explore ancient mud brick cities, bargain in bazaars, taste regional specialties, visit the mysterious stone heads of Mount Nemrut

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1062
$1249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 21 days
From $4229
$4699

Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM)

12 days
From $2999

Burma Adventure (ABBA)

17 days
From $2999

Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT)

16 days
From $2699

The Voodoo Trail (DVVT)

15 days
From $2499

India Explorer (AHSS)

14 days
From $2299

Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR)

10 days
From $2149

Kenya & Tanzania Overland (DKTO)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1999
$2499

China Family Adventure (ACFB)

14 days
From $1999

Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1954
$2299

Best of Greece (EGBG)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1619
$1799

Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)

Promotions Available! 12 days
From $1439
$1799

Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK)

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1359
$1699

Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH)

14 days
From $1349

Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1319
$1649

Marvellous Morocco (DCMM)

8 days
From $1099

Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL)

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $1062
$1249

Eastern Turkey Adventure (ETET)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Trans Mongolian Express (ACTM) 21 days Classic Standard
From $4229
$4699
Burma Adventure (ABBA) 12 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2999
Trans Mongolian Adventure (ARRT) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $2999
The Voodoo Trail (DVVT) 16 days Classic Standard
From $2699
India Explorer (AHSS) 15 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2499
Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR) 14 days Classic Standard
From $2299
Kenya & Tanzania Overland (DKTO) 10 days Yolo Camping
From $2149
China Family Adventure (ACFB) 14 days Family Upgraded
From $1999
$2499
Highlights of Madagascar (DMHM) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1999
Best of Greece (EGBG) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1954
$2299
Camping Yosemite & Yellowstone (NUSF) 15 days Yolo Camping
From $1869
$2199
Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1619
$1799
La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB) 15 days Yolo Basic
From $1444
$1699
Uzbekistan Discovered (AUUK) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1439
$1799
Backroads of Central America (CRSG) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1402
$1649
Backroads & Highlands of Peru (SPBH) 17 days Classic Basic
From $1359
$1699
Tigers, Temples & Wildlife Adventure (AHTW) 14 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Marvellous Morocco (DCMM) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1319
$1649
Botswana and Falls Adventure (DAJL) 8 days Yolo Camping
From $1099
Eastern Turkey Adventure (ETET) 8 days Classic Standard
From $1062
$1249