Cultural tours holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

We’ve selected 1585 unique cultural tours to offer you the best way to see the highlights of your destination. Cultural tours are about getting a real sense of a place through its history and traditions, whether that’s sailing slowly down the Ganges, cycling around the townships of Cape Town, following the footsteps of history along the Silk Road, or riding elephants and visiting remote hill tribes in Thailand. Immersive and historical, cultural tours help you get under the skin of destinations.
Burma cultural holiday
Discover a side of Burma hidden beyond the tourist trail, from £1499 (15 days) ex flights
China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from £0 (18 days) ex flights
Ethiopia holiday, tailormade
Discover the people, places and wildlife of Ethiopia, from £1720 (17 days) ex flights
Holidays to Cuba
A comprehensive and intriguing tour, from £1699 - £2129 (15 days) inc UK flights
Israel holidays, small group tour
Israel, a Hidden gem this 8 day tour hits all the main spots, from £899 - £999 (8 days) ex flights
Thailand holiday, culture and beach
Temples and elephants, jungle and beaches - with a twist!, from £1050 (15 days) ex flights
Romania holiday, the Beauty of Yesterday
Small group tour to rediscover enchanting rural Romania, from £990 - £995 (10 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka holiday, island explorer
An ideal introduction to Sri Lanka, from £2400 - £2600 (16 days) inc UK flights
Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan
A week to explore the spectacular sites and scenery of Jordan, from £1179 - £1399 (9 days) inc UK flights
India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
An ideal trip for the first-time visitor to India, from £1465 (8 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajhastan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from £1650 (14 days) ex flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €1150 (8 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made
Tailor made holidays to Sri Lanka, from £1825 (15 days) inc UK flights
Family holiday to India, sightseeing and safari
, from £1295 - £1385 (11 days ) inc UK flights
Trinidad and Tobago holidays
All the main highlights of Trinidad & Tobago, from £2155 - £2650 (16 days) inc UK flights
Vietnam holidays, tailor made
Tailor made Vietnam holidays., from US $2183 (14 days) ex flights
Golden Triangle & Northern Laos holiday
Discover remote Northern Thailand and Northern Laos, from £2475 - £2775 (15 days) inc UK flights
Japan golden route holiday
9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, from £1210 (10 days) ex flights
Tailor made tours of Oman
Privately escorted mystical trip of stunning Oman, from £1760 (8 days) inc UK flights
Burma highlights tour
Crumbling colonial architecture, overgrown temples & stunning landscapes, from £2149 - £2549 (11 days) inc UK flights
India holiday to Rajasthan, tailor made
opulent palaces, golden forts, Village Visit, from £1540 - £1970 (14 days) ex flights
Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track
Fabulous cultural heritage & beach relaxation, from £2095 (14 days) inc UK flights
South India small group tour
Beautiful cities, colonial hill stations & colourful temples, from £1899 - £2399 (21 days) inc UK flights
The Essence of China vacation
Explore cultural & religious heritage, from £2090 - £2325 (21 days) ex flights
Malaysia Tour
Ethnically and culturally rich, scenic Malaysia awaits, from £1076 - £1265 (14 days) ex flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India., from £1170 - £1495 (14 days) ex flights
Bolivia small group holiday
13 day Bolivian Odyssey, from £1850 (13 days) ex flights
Western Cuba small group tour
Discover the highlights of western Cuba in style, from £2268 - £2598 (12 days) inc UK flights
Burma tailor made holiday
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from £1625 (10 days) ex flights
Burma photography tour
Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome, from US $3500 (12 days) ex flights

1758 reviews for cultural tours holidays4 star overall rating

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Japan holidays, tailor made
The autumn colours were just amazing in Japan. Its a fascinating culture with so many memorable experiences, just a few spring to mind, walking the Nakesendo highway, staying at the Mitsui Garden hotel in Tokyo, the views are mind blowing from here, Geisha spotting in Kyoto... (more)Katherine Windibank
In all honesty it is very hard to pin point one defining moment. It was all brilliant. (more)Alan Brownlow
It's hard to say just which part was the most memorable because it all was (more)Janet Turnbull
From £3130 including UK flights
Holiday in Peru & Inca Trail
As each day passed it became my favourite day so far! The Inca Trail of course and the island home stay have to be my top two. The holiday was made all the more memorable because of the great group we were travelling with and of course our guide Dante. (more)Helen Leng
Sitting on top of WaynaPicchu looking at the cloud forest and mountains was the highlight. (more)Joanna Tupper
Walking the Inca Trail was the hardest thing I have ever done but the exhilaration and euphoria of the whole group as we walked through the Sun Gate is something money cannot buy and a memory that will last forever. (more)Christine Ingham
From £3339 - £3639 including UK flights
Orangutans and Ibans tour to Borneo
The most memorable parts of the holiday were Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Dannum Valley and climbing Mt. Kinabalu. (more)Zachry Brown
Fantastic experience, unforgettable. It surpassed all expectations. (more)Lois Froud
From £3750 including UK flights
Tanzania holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 7 days
Very good...I enjoyed both the safari in Serengeti and the diving in Mafia very much (more)Marina Poletto
Fantastic! Amazing! Awe inspiring! The trip of a lifetime! Our most memorable moments were our interactions with the local people. Even though we booked this safari to see the Serengeti, we also wanted to make sure we spent an equal amount of time visiting and getting to know the people of Tanzania. We will forever hold in our hearts how warm and inviting everyone was. (more)Teresa VandenBosch
Fantastic. It was the perfect family holiday with a 12 year old and 14 year old. Always plenty to do, loads of variety, but never rushed. (more)Rebecca Rowland
From US $1860 - US $2480 excluding flights
Self guided canoeing holiday in Ireland
As a family, the sense of teamwork was really noticeable... Occasionally we managed to stop the loud singing from our children and caught sight of kingfishers, herons, cormorants and all manner of wildlife... A fantastic family holiday – so glad we booked. (more)Fiona Penny
We had a fantastic 5 day self propelled Canadian canoe trip through beautiful, verdant Irish countryside. This was a perfect holiday to relax and enjoy the scenery as we paddled at our own pace down the idyllic River Barrow. (more)Clare Warrell
We had the most amazing time. Everything about the trip was incredible - the people we met, the landscape, the adrenalin, the "away from it all" feeling throughout! Will deffo be back for more first chance I get. (more)Sorcha NicCormaic
From £134 - £302 excluding flights
Malawi tailor made holiday
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
Trinidad and Tobago holidays
Memorable parts? All of it Tips? If you are bird watcher you are in for a treat Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? (more)Julie Newberry
From £2155 - £2650 including UK 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 $1284 excluding flights
Mongolia adventure holiday, off the beaten track
Memorable parts? Travelling 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. Thunder and lightening echoing around the mountains while we watched from our tents. The unexpected - the tour leader was flexible and a number of times we took unscheduled opportunities to see wildlife, talk to local people, find out about the election that was going on while we... (more)Alison Cathles
From £1554 - £2345 excluding flights
Spain self drive holiday, Rioja & Pyrenees
Memorable parts? This holiday was so packed full of fantastic memories.........From the moment we arrived in Bilbao with the awesome Guggenheim Museum and delicious tapas, through to the final day when we walked down to the beach in Barcelona to paddle in the Mediterranean Sea like a couple of teenagers! Tips? Go with an open mind, and enjoy the real Spain. Local benefits? All the hotels we stayed in, apart from the first night, were family run hotels. The spanish people... (more)Janet Herbert
From £1811 - £2117 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 travelling 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 £0 excluding flights
Laos and Vietnam holiday, Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Memorable parts? Visiting a cave which had become a shrine due to a tragedy that happened there during the Vietnam war.....the place was thickly populated by the most incredible butterflies it was a deeply spiritual and moving experience. Our guides were lovely kind thoughtful and patient Tips? Don't bring too many clothes you won't need them and laundry can be done easily and cheaply in Laos and Vietnam Local benefits? Yes we were pretty Eco and ate with locals everywhere... (more)simone plaut
From £2280 - £2480 including UK flights
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 £1775 excluding flights
Australia holidays, tailor made
Excellent with a lot of variety. All memorable, but perhaps going to Uluru and spending a week in Sydney over Christmas and new Year (more)Jan Baker
This is a fabulous place with great food and service. Lizzie and Shayne are so knowledgeable and passionate, it is really inspiring. We were surrounded by wildlife. We had breakfast with kangaroos grazing right in front of the window...It was brilliant, I wish I could do it all again. (more)Diane Bushell
From £5395 including UK flights
Exciting family holiday in Jordan
Memorable parts? All of it! We all had our personal highlights though. Hannah (11) loved swimming in the Dead Sea, Ciaran (15) loved climbing, the cycle ride and the history in Jerash, Little Petra and Petra, Luke (51) loved the camel journey, Jo (50) loved sitting round the fire with the Bedouins and trading gifts and tea with the Bedouin women in their tents. Tips? Be flexible, open minded and be up for the challenge! Local benefits? Yes, we came away feeling that the... (more)Jo Tunmer
From £970 - £990 excluding flights
Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days
This holiday was great and I was still smiling weeks after I got back home. To date it has been the best holiday I have ever been on. I came home really relaxed and incredibly happy. I would challenge anyone to go to Cuba, spend sometime with the people and not be effected by their wonderful nature. (more)Shireen Alsalti
Absolutely brilliant....We thought our tour was excellent - a comprehensive itinerary and good value. It was really packed with activities so we did enjoy a beach break at the end. (more)Karin Barrett
Outstanding! We will return to Cuba! (more)Sonja Stromdahl
From £710 excluding flights
Portugal walking & culture holiday, Medieval Encounter
Wonderful. Refreshing. Peaceful. (more)Adele Torrance
Every bit of it was hugely enjoyable. I highly recommend this holiday to anyone who wishes to have an authentic experience of life in a very beautiful part of rural Portugal. (more)victoria mann
I would run out of superlatives, this was truly excellent from start to finish. (more)Jeff Todd
From €599 - €679 excluding flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
10/10...Hiroshima, sumo , Magome and Koyasan were the highlights (more)peter deen
Excellent. We had a nice mix of major cities, the Hakone National Park Region, and Miyajima Island. (more)Sally Vogl
We absolutely had a blast on the whole trip. It was a busy, we tried to see a much as we could but enjoyed the holiday...I would do this again in a heartbeat! (more)Rebekah Schultz
From £650 excluding flights
Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays
Memorable parts? Most exciting was definitely Walk of the Gods, from Bomerano where we stayed to Positano over 2000' down on the coast. Fantastic views surrounded by wildflowers and herbs, across precipitous slopes and finally descending steps through cacti gardens from Montpertuso. But I also have to say I was surpised by how attractive Naples was, with its very elegant seafront. Tips? The combination of mountains and coast means that you can experience every sort of weather in... (more)Juliet Dunn
From £1049 - £1219 including UK flights
Archaeology holiday in Greece
We will have lasting memories of the wonderful ancient sites, beautiful villages and towns, fantastic food and the friendly people of this diverse and attractive region (more)Andrew Douglas
Walking on tracks that were not tourist tracks was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Louis Mcmanus
It was excellent in every way. I wouldn't hesitate to do another tour with Chrisos and his crew...Chrstos and everyone he works with were incredibly accommodating. I think there may be more than one Christos, given everything he does. (more)Tim Kearley
From €1150 excluding flights
Romania adventure holiday
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 £1749 excluding flights
Dingle Way walking holiday in Ireland
Memorable parts? Meeting the local farm workers as we walked through or passed their farms...what a lot of amazing characters. Tips? Be prepared to walk quite a distance before coming across somewhere that you could buy a drink or snack. Local benefits? Most definitely as all stays were in local B&Bs, farms or small pubs, and most meals were in these places. Overall rating? One of the best walking trips we have had...great views, changing daily, friendly and interesting... (more)Denise Kibby
From £689 excluding flights
Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track
The people are so nice, always happy and the island is like nowhere else. (more)michele allix
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. They put together the perfect package for our honeymoon. We can't thank them enough. (more)Christina Lloyd
Most memorable was sailing down the river in our private boat in kalamantan looking at the orangutans swinging through the jungle and staying on a remote island near komodo snarkling and watching the birds. (more)Amanda Law
From £2095 including UK flights
Japan small group holiday
Memorable parts? the whole holiday was memorable as we went from the busy metropolis of Tokyo to the quiet of the Japanese Alps. The travel was easier than expected due to the Japanese efficiency and all accommodation was satisfactory. Tips? Not as expensive as expected and Wi-Fi more available than anticipated. Local benefits? Local travel and local businesses were encouraged. Overall rating? Excellent thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it (more)Amanda Johnson
From £2600 excluding flights
Japan golden route holiday
Memorable parts? We enjoyed it all. The travel arrangements all worked perfectly. Hotels were fine. Amy at the tour operator was terrific. Tips? 6 hour day tour of Tokyo was a bit stressful for seniors, in the amount of stairs and walking particularly between subways. The guide could have given us more options for traveling. Two tour guides to Geisha district were poor and overly talkative The tour and experience was great. The two tour guides in Tokyo and daytime Kyoto were... (more)Howard Rosenthal
From £1210 excluding flights
Ethiopia cultural holidays
very good....rock cut churches of lalibela and tigray, waking up in the crisp cool morning in tigray with the gheralta mtns in clear view, right in front of my room in beautiful gheralta lodge, nice evenings by the lake tana (more)berta pires
There were so many memorable parts of the holiday. Ethiopia's amazing scenery, the rock hewn churches of Tigray and Lalbela, and the Blue Nile Falls; and all the magnificent paintings in their churches. (more)David Evans
Saviour it and enjoy!...Much to appreciate and enjoy (more)Ken Edwards
From £2250 excluding flights
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh holiday in Vietnam
A most enjoyable time...a really memorable trip. (more)Mary Rae
Very good - I truly enjoyed the whole experience. The whole trip was great but the most memorable part was probably the motorbike tour through the countryside around Hue. (more)Gail Morris
the most memorable part was the cruise in Halong Bay and the Mekong River outing (more)Chandra Kant Sharma
From £645 - £765 excluding flights
Bangladesh holiday
Very interesting and enjoyable. The most memorable part is the amount of curiosity we aroused wherever we went - people were interested to see us and wanted to talk to us - and have their photos taken with us (more)Miranda Clifton
I loved the Sundarbans and seeing the tribal people of the CHT. Absolutely wonderful (more)Rob Horsefield
Most memorable was finding a recent tiger paw print in the mud and some on the beach as well. Never saw the elusive tiger itself but at least we knew at least one had been around recently! (more)Vicki Brown
From £1499 excluding flights
India Golden Triangle tour
The temples and history were fascinating, especially the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Amer Fort, Pink city etc and were very interesting the animals, birds, environment, and landscape were amazing with stunningly beautiful scenery in many locations. (more)Elizabeth Gooch
Seeing the Taj Mahal and Baby Taj in Agra was so amazing. I got to see the Taj at sunset and it really does change colors. The biggest surprise was Mumbai. (more)Patricia Iris Mayo
From £1199 - £1399 excluding flights
Laos small group holiday
Memorable parts? The boat trip down the Mekong. So relaxing. Tips? Keep luggage to a minimum. Laundry facilities are widely available and you'll have more room in your case for purchases. Local benefits? Yes. Local village people, prosthetics provision and literacy help having a direct effect on Laos citizens. Overall rating? Very interesting and well paced. (more)Chris Williams
From £995 - £1255 including domestic flights only

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday 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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Few of us enjoy the feeling of sticking out like a sore thumb when we are on holiday. We giggle about the strange habits of overseas tourists here in the UK, but maybe it’s them laughing at us when we are away on holiday? However sometimes cultural faux pas are no laughing matter. Although our intentions might be good some of our behaviour can inadvertently cause great offence in destinations. For example, that little pink mini skirt which looks great in Brighton or Miami can, when worn away from the beach in Muslim countries, cause offence. The same types of culture clashes happen in conservative Christian communities in Polynesia, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Beyond causing offence to individual people tourism can impact on the culture in entire destinations. The tourism industry packages up and sanitises religious rituals, dress, ethnic rites and festivals to conform to tourist expectations. Once a destination begins to see itself through the eyes of tourists it begins to lose its sense of itself and its identity (and pretty quickly the reason why tourists came in the first place). Read more about cultural holidays in this cultural holidays article.
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