Cultural vacations. Tours & vacations in 2015 & 2016

Cultural tours are often the best way to see the the main highlights of a country & immerse yourself in it's culture. All our cultural tours & vacations are run by responsible operators who will also ensure that your vacation benefits the destination & local people.
Burma photography tour
Discover Burma with travel photographer Gary Latham, from £3680 (15 days) inc UK flights
Laos small group vacation
Experience the very best of Laos on this small group vacation, from US $1820 - US $2555 (8 days) ex flights
Tuscany vacation, Italy
Florence, Lucca, Pisa & the Cinque Terre, from US $1445 (8 days) ex flights
Vienna to Budapest tour
Travel five countries for memories to last a lifetime, from US $2095 - US $2380 (15 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka family vacation
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Sri Lanka, from US $1965 - US $2985 (15 days) ex flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure vacation
Combine sand sea wildlife and culture, from US $1330 - US $1999 (15 days) ex flights
Jordan luxury small group tour
Explore Jordan in comfort suited to a sheikh, from US $2175 - US $2210 (9 days) ex flights
Burkina Faso holiday, Festival of the Dancing Masks
Vibrant cultural celebrations in West Africa's secret nation, from £1899 (9 days) ex flights
Vietnam vacation
Tour and learn about this beautiful destination, from US $2282 - US $2610 (20 days) ex flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh vacation in Vietnam
Capture the spirit of Vietnam on this compact adventure, from US $1000 - US $1360 (10 days) ex flights
Hidden treasures of Jordan vacation
World famous historical monuments & breathtaking desert scenery, from US $1870 - US $1955 (12 days) ex flights
Hiking the Inca trail vacation
An unrivalled combination of history and spectacular scenery, from US $1385 - US $1530 (9 days) ex flights
Peru and Galapagos vacation
An inspirational tour combining Peru, Ecuador & the Galapagos, from £4388 (15 days) ex flights
Family vacation to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City
Experience the best of Jordan, from US $1202 - US $1225 (8 days ) ex flights
Dubrovnik to Athens tour
Join us on a whirlwind adventure through the Balkans, from US $2520 - US $2855 (15 days) ex flights
Omo Valley cultural vacation in Ethiopia
Travel to the Omo Valley, Africa's cultural heartland, from £1750 (14 days) ex flights
Highlights of Vietnam vacation
A quality small group tour through Vietnam's highlights, from US $1895 - US $2140 (10 days) ex flights
Garden Route vacation, tailor made, South Africa
Wildlife, mountains & white sandy beaches, from £1630 (12 days) ex flights
South Africa wildlife & culture holiday
Unique responsible South African round trip, from £967 (16 days) ex flights
Cultural vacation in Indonesia
Traditional culture, stunning scenery and unusual wildlife, from £1795 (15 days) ex flights
Indochina tailor made vacation
Explore the great diversity of the Southeast Asia region, from £3290 - £4690 (21 days) ex flights
Ecuador cultural vacation
Enjoy a unique adventure in the avenue of volcanoes, from US $1199 (6 days) ex flights
Burma vacations, small group tour
The highlights of Burma visiting Rangoon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake, from US $2720 - US $2945 (14 days) ex flights
Burma photography tours
Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome, from US $3500 (12 days) ex flights
Himalayan cultural tours, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal
Explore stunning Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, from £2055 (16 days) ex flights
Family vacation in Vietnam
Explore the lively streets and hidden corners of Vietnam, from US $1353 - US $1739 (13 days ) ex flights
Northern Thailand small group tour
Temples, ancient ruins & exotic markets of Northern Thailand, from US $975 - US $1055 (8 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka tour & beach vacation
Tropical island paradise and wildlife safari, from £1995 (15 days) inc UK flights
Halloween tour in Transylvania
Take a fascinating and historical tour in Transylvania, from £499 (3 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade vacations in the pearl of the Carribean, from €920 (15 days) ex flights

1606 reviews for cultural vacations4 star overall rating

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Mekong Adventure in Laos & Cambodia
Memorable parts? Every day was something different, we walked through jungle; rode elephants; explored caves and sailed in wooden boats, sometimes we used a wooden plank, sometimes we were knee deep in the river! We saw amazing temples and wooden huts that the locals lived in, we saw how people lived and how they dried peppers in their satellite dishes! There were sad parts too, understanding the legacy of the Vietnam war, unexploded bombs everywhere and maimed people. However, the people... (more)Colin Smith
From US $3000 excluding flights
Adventure holiday in Egypt
Very good, saw some amazing places and had a great time...Pyramids/ Petra were my personal highlights (more)James Adams
Excellent, sensational, a must-do....Prepare yourself for an amazing mix of adventure and antiquities. (more)Julie Henry
From US $1599 - US $1899 excluding flights
Golden Eagle Festival in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The actual festival and living with the nomads Tips? Be prepared for the unexpected Local benefits? Yes it probably did I always find this hard to evaluate. May be by interacting with us they lose part of their innocence or should you ask did we benefit from our interaction from the local people Overall rating? This was a great vacation, well organized, well run, excellent guide (more)allen gray
From US $2072 - US $2866 excluding flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? One evening after a show we needed to get a snack, our CEO was going to get noodles an she let us join her we sat in the street with local people and enjoyed a supper of noodles. The local children tried to speak English and the adults were very friendly it was a lovely atmosphere. Tips? If they are traveling in summer they need to understand how exceptionally hot it will be, thy will need enough thin clothing to have two outfits a day and they will need lots of... (more)Laura McKenna
From US $1520 excluding flights
Vietnam culture and beach holiday
It was excellent. I would definitely recommend this sort of tour for a first visit. We had never had a guide or arranged tour before so it really made the difference knowing that tours had been prepaid and pick ups and cars had been pre arranged. (more)Val Bodington
Both the visit to the Cu Chi tunnels and the day on the Mekong Delta was the most memorable. (more)Emma Miller
From US $1038 excluding flights
Tibet cultural tours
Outstanding guides. Excellent (more)frank ingram
A real adventure. The whole trip was thoroughly enjoyable. The highlights for us were Lhasa Old Town, the Potala Palace and Mount Everest. (more)Christopher Ashley-Jones
It was my dream to travel to Tibet and I wasn’t disappointed... (more)izabela spero
From £895 excluding flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
It was most excellent. So many highlights to choose from however the Simian highlands and the Golada baboons were amazing. Go for it, sit back and enjoy! (more)Noel O
This was an incredible vacation. It was beautifully planned, by our agent, who planned every detail with precision and wisdom. The places we stayed were excellent, and the entire itinerary, designed specifically to our needs, was wonderful. (more)Barbara Kaplan
Go for it! The whole trip was brilliantly organised - ran like clockwork - and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. (more)Michelle Le Blanc
From £1456 excluding flights
Bhutan vacations, cultural tours
The whole journey on the roads in Bhutan was something special, but of course the most momentous was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. It was really something special. (more)Eszter Bernath
The best bits: People and countryside. (more)Margaret Phelan
It was an excellent vacation. Experiencing the hospitality of the Bhutanese and Nepali people. (more)Peter Grove
From £1105 excluding flights
Thailand and Laos adventure holiday, Bangkok to Vang Vieng
5*++++++++ It was absolutely superb! The operator may be a small company but it's dedication to providing the best service and most rounded and authentic personal experience of the country meant that I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. (more)Alice Ross
This trip was an amazing introduction to southeast Asia for me. I felt that my experience of Thailand and Laos was enhanced by this trip...Trekking throughout the north of Laos was amazing. We had a wonderful guide that was proud to show of his country, people, food, history and culture's. (more)Amy Worthington
From £2250 excluding flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
Most memorable for me, I would probably just go for the trip to Mycenae, as it had been a long-held wish to go there, and it didn't disappoint! (more)Neil Holt
This was about the best vacation I have ever been on; with excellent licensed guides informing us of the archaeology in the historical Peloponnese and in Athens. (more)Alan Wallis
Really good. Easily lived up to expectations. (more)Malcolm Torry
From €990 excluding flights
Mongolia adventure vacation, off the beaten track
Excellent. Very well organised. Guides knew their stuff and were always helpful and cheerful. It was a tremendous experience and I would love to go again - maybe to a different part of this huge and empty country. (more)Theresa Partington
Memorable, beautiful, with a bit of challenge [especially for a 75 year old, me] (more)Elizabeth Wingate
The most memorable parts were: Traveling across vast plains in the Gobi, with no roads no buildings no artificial light, and stopping to listen to the silence. The immense blue sky. The generosity and kindness of Mongolians... (more)Alison Cathles
From £1449 - £2074 excluding flights
Amalfi coast easy walking holiday, Italy
Walking in the hills above Amalfi was very special, and it was lovely seeing some of the little villages tourists generally don't visit. (more)Helen Rankin
It was amazing. June and Aubrey are welcoming, knowledgeable and experienced. They made the vacation a truly memorable experience. Nothing was too much trouble. (more)Hannah Wilson
From £1070 - £1099 excluding flights
History, culture & wildlife of India vacation
The most exciting part was not on the original programme. We asked Rajat to give us somewhat more nature and less culture. He arranged for us to spend a day and two nights in a resort on the Kabini Lake, across from the Nagarhole National Park. On a boat safari at dusk, amidst myriad birds and beasts, we saw a male tiger emerging muddily from the river, slinking into the jungle. (more)Robin Fox
Excellent, we enjoyed it all. The two home stays were an amazing part of our trip. Take the plunge and travel on an overnight train with shared accommodation. It's a great experience. (more)Caroline Powell
The most memorable parts were staying at the home of the Kumars, visiting Golden Temple at Amritsar and WildFlower Hall...Outstanding. (more)Andrew Hollas
From £1336 excluding flights
Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour
This was the most fantastic vacation. I was not that keen on going, but my husband is a very keen birder and he really wanted to go. I am now so glad he persuaded me, and will definitely visit Sri Lanka again... (more)John Diley
This was a really excellent vacation. We had fun, we were stimulated, we were educated and we made good friends with our locals who showed us their country. We also feel that we had excellent value for money with two locals, a new vehicle, most meals, all entrance fees and other extras included for a very inexpensive daily rate. (more)Keith Pigdon
It was great and our guide, Jith, was an incredible birder, funny, and generous. The most memorable was the smiles of all the people in Sri Lanka whom we passed in our bird walks and the children who got all excited and waved and called to us (more)Gisela Meyn
From £1250 excluding flights
Romania adventure vacation
Excellent...there were too many highlights for us to single out any one experience as the most memorable. Every day was memorable and for all the right reasons. (more)Gerald Sherry
Successful (more)Marcia Westreich
One of the most memorable things was the beautiful Carpathian countryside and the people working in the fields as of yesteryear. The haymaking and haystacks were fascinating and we all fell in love with rural Romania. (more)Joan Houston
From £1499 excluding flights
North India cultural tour
Vacation was a great to help me see my own culture with completely new eyes and become more aware of things that I have taken for granted in the past. (more)Judith Brockmann
A very good trip. Varanasi, the camaraderie of group members and our group leader and seeing India in action were the best parts of the trip. (more)Michael Adams
I am in my 50s and I found the pace excellent - no more than 3 nights anywhere - arrive - shower/rest - orientation walk then choose your activities and what a great diversity of activities. I found it stimulating and fun. (more)Hazel Durbridge
From US $1190 - US $1610 excluding flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
We really got to see the local view of life traveling on our own, very modern vehicle and used local cafes, services and attractions when possible. Safaris fund conservation.The whole tour was superb. From meeting our guide at the airport to our day of departure we enjoyed every new experience. We were helped every step of the way by Upul, our excellent Guide. (more)Derek Putnam
First and foremost, it has to be said that Sri Lanka did not disappoint us in any way! We were always greeted with warmth waves and smiles! It has to be one of the friendliest countries I've visited and it was for the most part very clean. (more)Lori Keating
The vacation overall was amazing, there were so many memorable experiences it is difficult to name only one thing. If we had to choose it would have to be turtle watching on Rekawa beach. (more)Jude Lambert
From £1755 including UK flights
Garden Route vacation, tailor made, South Africa
Most memorable was being so close to wild animals on the game drives at Elephant Plains...Fantastic! (more)Yvonne Chapman
The Drakensberg mountains and Didima camp at Cathedral Peak provided a magical start to the vacation, with stunning scenery, fantastic hiking and lovely accommodation; we could easily have stayed much longer there. (more)Barbara Sykes
Some of the best highlights were - the penguins on Boulder Beach, Cape Point on a glorious day, staying with Hazel of Hazel's Homestays, the Real City tour in PE, Amakhala Lodge. (more)David Catherall
From £1630 excluding flights
Malawi tailor made vacation
The most memorable part was locating and visiting Rita's brother's grave in Blantyre. Huntingdon House and meeting Chip. Safaris at Mvuu Camp...Excellent - the trip of a lifetime for all of us. (more)John Christie
Very good, we went to four very different locations and saw a great deal. (more)ian macbeth
From £2195 - £2245 excluding flights
Madagascar tailor made vacation, Reef and Rainforest
A lovely time. second visit. (more)John Dreyfuss
Brilliant, eye opening, once in a lifetime experience...Seeing and hearing the Indri in Andasibe was breathtaking and our guide was brilliant. (more)Anita Chapman
This was an absolutely superb adventure, great people, amazing wildlife, stunning scenery. (more)Claudia Biedert
From £3095 - £3650 including UK flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
I absolutely adored Hakone...That entire leg of the journey was my favourite. I wish we'd had more time there. It was so relaxing, but at the same time there was mountain to explore! ...Our tour operators were fantastic, they couldn't do enough for us. (more)Jennifer Whiteside
This was an excellent and memorable vacation and both my daughter and I judged it a great success. (more)Caitriona Tomlinson
This was an excellent and memorable vacation and both my daughter and I judged it a great success. (more)Caitriona Tomlinson
From US $1120 excluding flights
Japan small group vacation, Japan unmasked
Amazing vacation would definitely recommend. (more)Jean Heap
My vacation was wonderful, William our tour leader, with his unique style made our vacation really special! (more)Lara Pallard
I loved the variety of sights. There was always something a little different to see and do. Loved the variety of restaurants! Every night we tried a new type of Japanese food. Our guide, Alain, was terrific! (more)Kristin Samuelson
From US $2800 excluding flights
Japan small group vacation
A ten plus. The whole trip was fantastic, from the neon lights of Tokyo to the countryside around Takayama. (more)Catherine Atkinson
It was fabulous and everything and more than we expected! (more)Michelle Rademeyer
Excellent thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. The whole vacation was memorable as we went from the busy metropolis of Tokyo to the quiet of the Japanese Alps. (more)Amanda Johnson
From US $4160 excluding flights
Scotland, luxury rail vacation
Excellent! The train rides through the highlands - such scenery, and having the train stop at so many lovely, tiny places. (more)Marianna Mather
The whole experience was memorable. The Jacobite steam train, the Culodin battlefield, and the warm and friendly people. (more)Lisa Shaffer
Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall (more)Andrew and Hilary Walker
From £1840 - £1915 excluding flights
Borneo family tour
Don't be put off by having a guide, we thought we would feel less intrepid but we learnt and laughed so much. Be prepared for the unexpected! Amazing fun. (more)Nikki Shack
Fantastic! We constantly remember different things and look at the photos. Staying with a local family - our daughters got so much out of it. (more)Sarah Madeley
From US $2345 - US $2830 excluding flights
Romania vacation, the Beauty of Yesterday
EXCELLENT, our guide Alexandra was first class....Hard to say as so many wonderful bits. Maybe visiting the fortified church in the village where Prince Charles has bought a house, and then going by horse and cart to visit the brick maker. (more)Peter Hartnall
It is difficult to pick out the 'most' memorable as the whole vacation was absolutely wonderful. The guide made it possible to visit small museums and 'cottage industries' such as a rural tile maker, which involved a pony cart ride, none of which would have been possible without her local knowledge. (more)Julie. Stokes
It's difficult to pick one thing. For me the Carpathian Forest Steam Train trip and the visit to Viscri Weisskirch are the two most memorable items. (more)Martin Sutton
From £985 excluding flights
Exciting family vacation in China
Memorable parts? The itinerary planned by our operator worked out beautifully for my family of 8. A couple of the guides, especially Johnnie in Beijing and Susan in chengdu engaged with the children and helped make our time in those cities very enjoyable. we loved that logistics were taken care of by our guides n drivers. The children loved the ice skating, the time at the Great Wall, learning to cook their own dishes, spending Christmas day at the panda research center, biking in town... (more)Kristin Baker
From US $2135 - US $2255 excluding flights
Vietnam family vacation
Memorable parts? Walking in the hills in North Vetnam, really connected with the people off the tourist trails. Stunning. Tips? Be prepared for simple accommodation and reasonably hard walking. Although not very long walks, about 15km in a day it can get quite hot and hilly. Wish I was fitter. Local benefits? Yes, staying with families and local businesses is very important to the development of the tourist industry. Always ate in small restaurants. Overall rating? Very... (more)Angela Reid
From £1075 - £1095 excluding flights
Japan golden route vacation
Excellent and good value for money (more)Allison Krill
Excellent. We enjoyed it all. The travel arrangements all worked perfectly. Hotels were fine. Amy at the tour operator was terrific. (more)Howard Rosenthal
From US $2048 excluding flights
Turkey small group tour
Local people definitely benefited from the tourism both on our trip and from the many others, obviously on the same circuit as us. Our guide, Perihan Asan, was very informative and lively and made the vacation so enjoyable. (more)Lesley McManus
I loved the balloon ride over Capodocchia, and found Galipoli very moving. I thought it ticked all the boxes as they say. (more)Gillian Willcocks
Cappadocia and balloon flight were the most memorable parts of the vacation (more)Judith and Alan Hepburn
From £629 - £929 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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