Cultural Tours

Ready to completely immerse yourself in the local culture? Sign up for a cultural tour and let your guides show you what life is like – or used to be like – in one of many countries around the world. Booking one of these cultural tours will allow you to experience what makes each country unique, and even further discover different cultures within that country.

Whether you want to ride camels through the Moroccan Sahara with the Berbers or see what it’s like to grow up deep in the Amazon Rainforest, these cultural tours are your window to the rest of the world. Eat the food, speak the language, learn the history and customs – there’s no better way to have such an immersive holiday!

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Amazon River CruiseAmazon River Cruise
  • Cruise along the Rio Napo in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest
  • Visit Yasuni National Park in the heart of the rainforest
  • Discover native wildlife in the Limoncocha Biological Reserve
6 days / 5 nights
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Cruise ship
From $3,850USD
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Atlas Valley Trek & Sahara Desert TourAtlas Valley Trek & Sahara Desert Tour
  • Trek through the spectacular Atlas Mountains in Morocco
  • Enjoy a sunset camel trek through the Sahara Desert
  • Explore the beautiful landscape of the Todra Gorge Canyon
8 days / 7 nights
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Mixed
From €540EUR
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Best of ChinaBest of China
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai
  • Hike along the Great Wall of China
  • Visit the ancient Terracotta Warriors near Xian
9 days / 8 nights
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Hotels
From $1,025USD
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Flight Package TourFlight Package Tour
  • Spend more time on Safari as you fly between parks.
  • Seek out big game on a safari in Serengeti National Park
  • Experience Maasai ancestral traditions at a “boma”
9 days / 8 nights
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Hotels, Camps
From $4,350USD
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China Adventure Travel - China Tibet EncompassedChina Adventure Travel - China Tibet Encompassed
  • Visit the ancient Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall of China
  • Explore the former home of the Dalai Lama in Tibet
  • Hang out with endangered Giant Pandas
14 days / 13 nights
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Hotel
From $2,675USD
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Chitral Valley OverlandChitral Valley Overland
  • See the Milky Way Spend while camped at Shandur Pass
  • Visit Gol National Park for epic views of the Chitral Valley
  • Experience the history and culture of the Kalasha people
8 days / 7 nights
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Hotel + Camping
From $825USD
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East Africa Camps Classic SafariEast Africa Camps Classic Safari
  • See wildlife on a Bush Walking Safari in Maasai Mara
  • Visit the incredible Serengeti!
  • Explore Tanzania’s famous Ngorongoro Crater
10 days / 9 nights
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Camps, Lodges, Hotels
From $3,450USD
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Ecuador: Amazonas to GalapagosEcuador: Amazonas to Galapagos
  • Take a guided tour of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city
  • Discover the nature and local culture of the Cuyabeno Reserve
  • Cruise for 4-days through the incredible Galapagos Islands
12 days / 11 nights
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Hotels
From $3,025USD
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Erg Chigaga Sahara Camel TrekErg Chigaga Sahara Camel Trek
  • Tour the incredible Sahara Desert with camels
  • Cross the Atlas Mountains at the famous Tizi n’Tichka Pass
  • Camp among the famous dunes of Chigaga and Bougarn
8 days / 7 nights
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B&B / Camping
From €645EUR
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Great Migration SafariGreat Migration Safari
  • See elephants amid the baobab trees of the Tarangire riverbank
  • Go on safari to Lake Manyara in search of hunting carnivores
  • Meet the Datoga and Hadzabe bushmen near Lake Eyasi
8 days / 7 nights
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Hotel
From $3,095USD
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Highlights of ChinaHighlights of China
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Great Wall of China
  • Hang out with the endangered Giant Pandas
  • Explore the vibrant streets of Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong
11 days / 10 nights
Guided
Hotels
From $1,798USD
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Hunza Valley Overland TourHunza Valley Overland Tour
  • Experience the Hunza region’s history, culture, and hospitality
  • Explore Pakistan’s rugged peaks, arid deserts and lush valleys
  • Travel the Karakorum Highway and cross the Babusar Pass
9 days / 8 nights
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Hotel
From $895USD
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Kasbahs and Merzouga Desert TourKasbahs and Merzouga Desert Tour
  • Explore the beautiful Todra Gorge canyon and date palm oasis
  • Ride a camel through the Sahara at sunset to a Berber camp
  • Visit the ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou
6 days / 5 nights
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B&B / Camping
From €405EUR
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Los Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost CityLos Nevados, Tayrona Beaches and the Lost City
  • Trek in the Andes in Los Nevados National Park
  • Explore Colombia’s best beaches at Tayrona National Park
  • Hike to the Lost City of the Tayronas archaeological site
19 days / 18 nights
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Hotels / Camping
From $2,790USD
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Lost City TrekLost City Trek
  • Trek through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains
  • Tour the Lost City archaeological site
  • Discover the fascinating indigenous cultures of Colombia
6 days / 5 nights
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Hotels / Camping
From $695USD
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Mount Toubkal Summit & Sahara TourMount Toubkal Summit & Sahara Tour
  • Trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal
  • Explore the incredible Todra Gorge canyon
  • Ride a camel through the Sahara and stay in a Berber camp
9 days / 8 nights
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Mixed
From €575EUR
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Peru, Ecuador, and Galapagos TourPeru, Ecuador, and Galapagos Tour
  • Take a private guided tour of the world-famous Machu Picchu
  • Tour the South American capital cities of Lima and Quito
  • Explore the Galapagos Islands on a 7-day cruise
20 days / 19 nights
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Hotels
From $6,100USD
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Skardu Valley Overland TourSkardu Valley Overland Tour
  • Drive along the Karakorum Highway and over the Babusar Pass
  • Take a 4x4 Jeep excursion across the Deosai Plateau
  • Experience the culture of the people of the Skardu Valley
10 days / 9 nights
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Hotel / Camping
From $995USD
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The Best of EcuadorThe Best of Ecuador
  • Explore the incredible Amazon rainforest
  • Experience the wonders of the Ecuadorian Andes
  • Take an unforgettable 8-day cruise through the Galapagos Islands
24 days / 23 nights
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Hotels
From $6,350USD
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The Caribbean Coast and Lost CityThe Caribbean Coast and Lost City
  • Explore the amazing beaches of the Guajira peninsula
  • Hike to the Lost City of the Tayronas archaeological site
  • Visit the famous Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean coast
11 days / 10 nights
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Hotels / Camping
From $1,615USD
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Trekking to Mount KailashTrekking to Mount Kailash
  • Trek through Tibet and visit the holy Mount Kailash
  • Visit Everest Base camp and Rongbuk Monastery
  • Enjoy exploring Tibet as you drive through this magical land
14 days / 13 nights
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Hotels
From $2,250USD
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Vietnam Life and CuisineVietnam Life and Cuisine
  • Learn all about Vietnamese Cuisine and how to cook it
  • Explore the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’
  • Visit floating markets, farms, villages, and homestays
14 days / 13 nights
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Hotels, Homestays, Sleeper Train, Boat
From $1,595USD
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Vietnam Tropical JourneyVietnam Tropical Journey
  • Spend a fascinating day exploring the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’
  • Visit Ninh Binh with its extraordinary limestone monoliths
  • Hike through rainforests, cycle, swim and try canyoning on this active trip
12 days / 11 nights
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Hotels, Homestays
From $1,150USD
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Walking in Colombia TourWalking in Colombia Tour
  • Explore some of the best walking in all of Colombia
  • Trek for 4 days in Los Nevados National Park
  • Tour the fascinating archaeological sites at San Agustin
17 days / 16 nights
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Hotels / Camping
From $2,350USD
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Cultural Tour Accommodations

Accommodations on your cultural tour won’t be limousines and five-star hotels. As the saying goes, “when in Rome…”

Most cultural tours will arrange lodging in guesthouses rather than big-name hotels to give you a better experience of local life. If you do stay in hotels, every effort will be made to stay in locally-owned hotels rather than international chains.

It can get even more adventurous than that! Lodging in Morocco, for example, might be nothing more than a tent in the dunes of the Sahara, sleeping under the stars. In Colombia, you might camp in nature refuges or on coffee farms. And in Pakistan, camping at Shandur Pass affords breathtaking views of the Milky Way above the world’s tallest mountains.

Types of Cultural Tours

There are several types of cultural tours that focus on history, traditions, cuisine, and more. Most cultural tours, however, will combine all aspects that make a culture what it is so to give you the whole picture. While a specific dish may define one culture, for example, it’s essential to know the background of that culture to understand why that dish defines them.

Most cultural tours are also going to be guided tours, as opposed to self-guided tours. Your local guide is the keystone holding the entire journey together. They’ll serve as your interpreter, your historian, your guide, and your friend. Total immersion is much more difficult without a guide. Make the most of your holiday and let these experienced local guides show you why they’re so proud of their culture.

You can also participate in everything from prearranged group tours to custom private tours. The group guided tours are generally more economical because the trip is already planned and you’re splitting costs with several other people. However, this may not be how you prefer to travel, so you can always request a private tour and customize it as you like.

History Tours

History tours are an extremely popular and engaging type of cultural tour. They appeal to the explorer in all of us. You can climb up to Colombia’s recently-discovered Lost City, walking alongside working archeologists who are still uncovering the mysteries of this ancient mountaintop city. Or, in Morocco, drive from one kasbah to the next, admiring the architecture of these mud fortresses, which have been repurposed into royal palaces, restaurants, and hotels. And history tours in Nepal and Pakistan provide insight into how isolated religious tribes have made a life in this harsh landscape for centuries.

Lifestyle Tours

Lifestyle tours especially appeal to the dancers, the shoppers, and the foodies. Your guides will take you to local markets, away from the cliché tourist markets, so you can shop how the locals shop and return with souvenirs created by the skilled hands of local craftsmen and women. Eat where the locals eat, tasting dishes you’ve never heard of before, away from the fast-food chains that have found a foothold almost everywhere else. You’ll see traditional fishing and farming methods and enjoy music and folk dancing you can’t participate in anywhere else.

Benefits of Cultural Tours

One of the most significant benefits of cultural tours is how much smaller the world will appear for you. You’ll see how other cultures have been shaped by nature, war, and religion, and better appreciate their contributions to the world. These cultures will no longer just be text in a book or photos on the Internet; they’ll be your new friends. You’ll return with stories and pictures of your own, able to share what you loved so much about that culture with your family and friends. While many other adventure tours will test and improve your physical fitness, cultural tours will test and improve you as a human being.

If you were to plan a cultural tour on your own, you’d be completely overwhelmed trying to come up with an authentic experience. Where are you going to eat authentic food? Where can you go to stay away from the commercialized areas overrun by tourists? How will you communicate? What about driving and authentic lodging? Booking a cultural tour eliminates the stress of trying to do this on your own. Local guides with plenty of experience, experts in their own culture, know precisely where to take you and which activities to show you. Leave it up to them as you’ll never be able to top it on your own!

Cultural tours are also great for smaller, local economies. Since you’ll be staying in guesthouses, shopping in local markets, and participating in activities led by individually-run businesses, you’re helping the people you’re there to learn about, rather than big corporations.

Cultural Tour Requirements

The only requirements for cultural tours are an open mind, a desire to try new things, and a willingness to express respect and gratitude to your friendly hosts. Depending on the specific cultural tour you sign up for, there may be additional requirements like hiking gear, cold-weather clothing, and a degree of physical fitness for hikes and climbs.

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