Top 10 Cultural Holidays

From uncovering the secrets of ancient civilisations to delving into centuries-old traditions, our specialists have handpicked the best cultural holidays that go beyond the usual sightseeing, so you can really get under the skin of a destination.

Cultural Holidays

Experience a private tea ceremony at Kodaiji Temple

Kyoto, Japan

During an experience-filled trip to Japan, Kyoto offers a chance for you to slow down and delve into the historic art of tea ceremonies. Elevate your senses in the tranquil embrace of Japan's Kodaiji Temple, where a private, candle-lit tea ceremony unveils centuries-old traditions. Amidst elegant surroundings, you’ll get to savour the nuanced flavours of matcha in a ritual transcending time. Immerse yourself in the serenity, a moment where the art of tea and the spirit of Kyoto meet.

Attend a sacred Tshechu celebration in Bhutan

Bhutan

Experience the soul-stirring effect of Tshechu celebrations in Bhutan, a kingdom in the clouds which is one of the last truly unspoiled countries on earth. Held in monasteries across the country, these sacred religious festivals are an explosion of dance and folk music with monks and laity donning colourful ornate costumes.

Meet the Moai on Easter Island

Chile

Venture to the world’s most remote inhabited island, Rapa Nui, for the opportunity to explore this intriguing and isolated destination. You’ll be welcomed into a fascinating culture, a place of tremendous history and legend, and come face to face with the colossal Moai statues, which are over three thousand years old.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Angkor Wat 

Cambodia

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the UNESCO-protected temples of Angkor. This expansive temple complex is one of the most important archaeological sites in South East Asia. Join an expert guide and delve into the hidden narratives of this ancient marvel. Elevate your visit and find your zen with a private yoga session at one of the more secluded temples of Angkor.

See the Pyramids of Giza at dawn

Egypt

Tick the last remaining wonder of the ancient world off your travel wish list. Arrive for dawn, before the rush of the crowds, and explore the archeological site on a private tour. Stand in the shadow of these world-famous monuments and watch the limestone glow gold as the sun rises over Cairo.

Celebrate Christmas in Finnish Lapland

Finland

Experience a magical Christmas in Finnish Lapland, home of Father Christmas, where the enchantment of winter meets festive wonder. Amidst snow-laden landscapes, revel in the Arctic Circle's charm with reindeer sleigh rides, visits to Santa's village, and the allure of the Polar Night. You’ll see the fairytale stories of Lapland come to life – it's sure to be a Christmas to remember! Demand is high so be sure to book early to secure your spot in one of our charming and luxurious Christmas chalets.

Craft a scent unique to you

Grasse, France

Embark on a journey of the senses with a signature perfume-making experience in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world. Discover the secrets of fragrance creation and craft your own bespoke scent, which is sure to be a cherished memento, allowing you to reminisce about your time in the French Riviera, long after you return home.

Trace the footsteps of Sir Thomas Lipton

Sri Lanka Hill Country

Explore Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea region, delving into the heart, soul and history of the area. On a journey that will enchant travellers both young and old, trace the footsteps of Sir Thomas Lipton in the place where the term ‘Ceylon tea’ was coined. Follow the Ceylon Tea Trail and stay at historic tea planters’ bungalows for a luxurious tea-inspired experience.

Live like a cowboy in Wyoming

Wyoming, USA

Luxury living and the rustic outdoors meet at Bush Creek Ranch. Feel the true spirit of the American west and discover this remote and ruggedly beautiful area during a stay at this lodge located on a working cattle ranch which is flanked by mountains and pristine wilderness. Don your cowboy hat and look forward to unique outdoor adventures led by expert guides, from horse riding and hiking to fly-fishing. Choose to up the ante with Western-inspired indulgences on epicurean retreats during your stay.

Be mesmerized by the Taj Mahal

Agra, India

With marble minarets, shimmering walls, delicately inlaid stones and majestic towers, the Taj Mahal draws visitors from around the world to Agra, to marvel at the ultimate monument to love. Visit at sunrise or sunset to see the white marble transform in colour. Much photographed, the Taj Mahal’s sheer, unabashed beauty demands to be seen in person. Stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas, located close to the Taj Mahal, where all rooms and suites have uninterrupted views of this world-famous monument.

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Cultural festivals

A country’s cultural festivals are an incredible insight into its history and people, and experiencing one in all its colourful, and potentially chaotic, glory is a truly unforgettable experience. Some, a celebration, others a commemoration, yet all are a fascinating snapshot into the cultural heritage of each destination. Whether it’s a colour popping carnival, a traditional ceremony or a patriotic party that takes your fancy, we’ve chosen our favourites from around the world.

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Ultimate Namibia

Ultimate Namibia

Damaraland, Skeleton Coast & Ongava

Escape the crowds on this epic northern adventure exploring some of Namibia's most remote regions. Discover the desert adapted wildlife, marvel at the ever-contrasting landscapes and take the opportunity to meet and interact with nomadic Himba tribes.

Adventure Eco/ethical tourism Off the beaten track

GBP £12,800 pp

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Ultimate Italian Cities

Ultimate Italian Cities

Venice, Florence & Rome

Dive into three glorious cities, taking in the iconic sites of Venice, Florence and Rome. Staying in unrivalled luxury, you'll enjoy world-class art, breathtaking architecture and profound ancient history on this tour of Italy. You'll be spoilt with expert guides, unprecedented service and delicious cuisine.

Couples Culture

GBP £8,300 pp

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Ultimate Turkey

Ultimate Turkey

Istanbul, Cappadocia & Bodrum

This varied and engaging itinerary is designed to give you a fantastic insight into Turkey, combining the cultural sights with wild and romantic landscapes and the beautiful Turkish coastline. Explore the magnificent mosques and bustling bazaars of Istanbul with an expert guide before rising up in a hot air balloon to gain a birds-eye view of the...

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Exceptional Victoria Falls, Botswana & Mozambique

Exceptional Victoria Falls, Botswana & Mozambique

Victoria Falls, Linyanti, Okavango Delta & Benguerra Island

Dive into elegance on this exclusive and luxurious tour of Southern Africa that bursts with properties that step away from the norm. Gaze in awe at the majesty of Victoria Falls as it thunders over the brink, search for lions as they stalk the channels of the Okavango before the impossibly soft powder white sands of Mozambique’s irresistible...

Adventure Wildlife Couples

GBP £17,700 pp

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Guatemala and Belize Uncovered

Guatemala and Belize Uncovered

Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Mountain Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District

Uncover the fascinating history and rich biodiversity of these two very different awe-inspiring countries. Explore colonial cities, visit bustling local markets, glide across lakes flanked by smoking volcanoes, discover ancient ruins and observe wildlife hidden in the jungle.

Adventure Couples Culture Off the beaten track

GBP £4,000 pp

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Epic Japan

Epic Japan

Osaka, Kyoto, Takayama & Tokyo

Dive straight into the buzz and throng of life in Japan with this epic and immersive trip. Staying in the very best spots for cultural highlights, unique diversity and culinary delights, you'll venture through the country led by your taste buds. Experience an array of regional cuisines alongside mesmerising scenery and exciting nightlife.

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GBP £9,800 pp

14 nights
Epic Peru & Bolivia

Epic Peru & Bolivia

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, La Paz & Uyuni

Experience the best of two incredible countries: Peru and Bolivia. The tour takes in Lake Titicaca's floating reed islands and includes a private guided trip to the unforgettable Machu Picchu. You'll also stay in glamping domes at the breathtaking Uyuni salt flat, where pristine reflections of the sky create ethereal landscapes with no horizon.

GBP £9,000 pp

11 nights
Exceptional Egypt

Exceptional Egypt

Cairo, Luxor, Nile River & Aswan

Sail down the River Nile alongside some of Egypt's legendary historical sites while observing the traditional way of life. Conclude your journey in Cairo to marvel at the iconic Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx.

Culture Couples Cruise

GBP £7,200 pp

11 nights
Limitless Vietnam

Limitless Vietnam

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ninh Vahn Bay, Ho Chi Minh

This carefully curated luxury Vietnam tour takes you on a journey through some of the most evocative parts of the country. Dive into the vibrancy in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, stay on an elite junk boat on Halong Bay with a personal butler, and indulge in a blissful break at Ninh Vahn Bay.

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Twin Centre Nevis and Antigua

Twin Centre Nevis and Antigua

Nevis and Antigua

Experience the Caribbean with the lush, green hills of Nevis and the stunning beaches of Antigua.

Beach Culture Couples Diving

GBP £3,200 pp

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