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
Between stays in castles and a country-side spa retreat, this itinerary links together all the medieval charm of central Spain with scenic drives.
Discover ancient Roman ruins, Ottoman-era architecture, Crusader forts and Lebanon's natural attractions with privately guided tours from a luxurious base in downtown Beirut
Discover the best of Nova Scotia on this action-packed self-drive holiday as you take in the province’s best driving routes, pairing spectacular coastlines and pretty fishing villages with a heritage that dates back some 250 years.
Top offers for History and culture
Free night offer – Save up to £270 pp
Book by: 30 June 2019
If you’re looking for a luxury short break to Singapore, look no further. This curated itinerary will see you stay in two of its finest hotels, pairing city exploration with golden island beaches.
Complimentary entry to Dali Museum and Empuries Roman Ruins – Save up to £65 pp
Book by: 31 March 2019
This spectacular, historic spa hotel is right on the beach and home to fascinating Roman ruins alongside exquisite restaurants and a superb spa.
Exclusive tailor-made fares
Book by: 28 February 2019
Enjoy the glamour of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice before you embark the Danube Express to Budapest and finally relax on board the 5-star AmaSonata for a 7-day luxury river cruise on the Danube.
Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite
Book by: 01 April 2021
Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.