History and culture holidays
From the Pyramids to the Parthenon, the Silk and Spice Routes to the Suez Canal, local history and culture add a rich flavour to any travel experience. Whether you want to explore the great opera houses of Sydney and Beijing, or the Palaeolithic cave paintings of France and Spain, our history and culture specialists can help you find your ideal holiday.
Our unrivalled local knowledge and fabulous contacts on the ground deliver tailor-made themed excursions and multi-centre tours and cruises. Or if you prefer, we’ll advise you on the best local tours and destinations, and send you on a highly personalised self-drive or walking tour.
Venture deep into Mayan Mexico, mountainous Machu Picchu, the Mekong, the Maharaja palaces of India, Imperial Russia and China, or any other destination that piques your curiosity.
Wherever you choose to travel, our history and culture specialists will keep you enthralled and entertained.
Popular destinations for History and culture
Visit temples and walk through vermilion tori gates, meet geisha for a tea ceremony or learn the intricacies of a tea ceremony on a cultural tour of Japan’s most beloved traditions.
Modern New Zealand has a reputation for good-humoured people and natural beauty, as well as Maori culture with its romantic storytelling, tribal symbolism and more. Explore all of New Zealand with a tailor-made cultural holiday.
From plains filled with ancient pagodas as far as the eye can see to evocative 19th century colonial architecture lining city streets, Myanmar provides the means to see thousands of years' worth of history rubbing shoulders with each other.
Shaped by geographical and foreign influence Vietnam has a broad history and culture. Live as a local and trek through the paddy fields, explore the plethora of ornate tombs and temples while discovering the history of this fascinating country.
Explore Australia's multi-faceted past, from the ancient indigenous cultures of the bush to the colonial cities of New South Wales and Tasmania. Whether it's rock art or political landmarks, there's plenty of opportunity for some fascinating cultural immersion .
Explore South Africa’s plethora of World Heritage Sites and discover the history and culture of a country with 11 official languages and an intriguing history, both historic and recent.
When you travel in the USA holidays are always intertwined with the country’s history, and these tailor-made trips take you through colonial towns, onto river steamboats, and into the ranchers’ West.
Monarchs, generals, religious leaders, artists... they’ve all left their mark on India over the millennia. Get to know the country’s rich and varied legacy with trips that bring it all to life.
Colonial heritage is its claim to fame, but New England has plenty more to intrigue the history buff or culture vulture. From Boston’s buzzing arts and dining scene to Maine and Vermont’s artisans and the visible indigenous tribal culture, there is a New England holiday to suit all interests.
Although some of the Indian Ocean islands have only been inhabited for a relatively brief period, others, including Sri Lanka have a long-standing history and a wealth of cultural attractions to explore.
Europe is full of history and culture and every country has a raft of significant sites to visit or explore. Travel to France, Italy, Spain and more to uncover traditional festivals, customs, spectacular buildings and great art.
South America conjures up images of lost cities and otherworldly cultures; travel to Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to discover sites such as Machu Picchu for yourself and see the breathtaking remains of the Inca's endeavours.
North America has had such an impact on the world that it is full of historically significant sites for you to discover, whilst the indigenous peoples of Canada and the USA are also important in their country's developement.
The Middle East is rich in history and culture, with countries such as Israel, Jordan and Syria containing significant sites just waiting for you to discover.
On the Indian Subscontinent explore the temples, palaces and remnants from once-mighty empires in India, Nepal and Bhutan and discover the ancient and dynamic cultures that thrived here.
Central America history and culture holidays revolve around discovering the Maya ruins in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. Alternatively, vist the Kuna in Panama to see how an indigenous tribe continue to thrive.
The Caribbean, so often associated with beach holidays and all-inclusive escapes, actually conceals a wealth of history and culture on islands such as Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Australasia and the Pacific is perfect for discovering the history and culture of the indigenous groups that live here. Discover the Aborigines, Maori and minority tribes of Papua New Guinea to get a feel for traditional Australasia.
Asia is awash with history and culture; a holiday in China, Japan or South East Asian countries such as Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand or Vietnam inevitably involves discovering these diverse, ancient cultures, their traditions and impact on daily life.
Our top itineraries for History and culture
Offering superb value, this weeklong road trip will see you uncovering the Moorish wonders of southern Spain, brought to life with guided tours and stays in historic hotels. Highlights include visits to the palace-fortresses of Seville and Granada along with the Córdoba's cathedral-mosque.
Combine New Brunswick’s all-natural good looks and its intriguing past with this scenic road trip. Along the way, guided tours bring it all to life, ranging from whale watching trips to champagne-paired caviar tastings.
Discover Puglia’s rich culture, idyllic coastline and unique gastronomy on this small-group escorted tour. Throughout your weeklong journey, you'll pair guided tours of the region’s heritage towns and cities with included wine tastings and indulgent gourmet dinners.
Top offers for History and culture
Save £144 per couple, stay 4 pay 3
Book by: 31 October 2017
This short break is a viticulture getaway to the wine-soaked Duero Valley. You’ll stay in an idyllic country manor with all of Salamanca’s heritage charm on your doorstep.
2017 Limited Departure Six Senses Premium Package
Book by: 28 May 2017
From Porto’s charm both historic and daringly contemporary, dip into the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards aboard The Presidential – Portugal’s most luxurious train. It’s all paired with Michelin-standard dining throughout.
Save £800 per stateroom
Includes return flights from the UK. Discover remarkable landscapes, storied history and charming cultures as you traverse Eastern European countries such as Romania and Serbia on this invigorating adventure.
Save £2,000 per stateroom
Learn wine tasting in one of the traditional vineyards or visit an authentic local food market on this 8 day cruise through the magical Bordeaux region.