Top 10 Cultural Vacations
From uncovering the secrets of ancient civilizations to delving into centuries-old traditions, our specialists have handpicked the best cultural vacations that go beyond the usual sightseeing, so you can really get under the skin of a destination.
Experience a private tea ceremony at Kodaiji Temple
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 savor the nuanced flavors 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
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 colorful ornate costumes.
Meet the Moai on Easter Island
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
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
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
Experience a magical Christmas in Finnish Lapland, home of Santa Claus, 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
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 travelers 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.
Uncover tales of the Swedish reindeer
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Sami people, indigenous to Sweden's northernmost realms. Experience a unique journey where reindeer herding isn't just a livelihood, but an integral part of their heritage. Uncover vibrant traditions over a traditional lunch, offering a rare glimpse into the rich tapestry of Swedish culture.
Be mesmerized by the Taj Mahal
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 color. 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.
A country’s cultural festivals are an incredible insight into its history and people, and experiencing one in all its colorful, 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 color popping carnival, a traditional ceremony or a patriotic party that takes your fancy, we’ve chosen our favorites from around the world.
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.
Ultimate Italian Cities
Venice, Florence & Rome
Dive into three glorious cities, taking in the iconic sites of Venice, Florence and Rome. Staying in unrivaled luxury, you'll enjoy world-class art, breathtaking architecture and profound ancient history on this tour of Italy. You'll be spoiled with expert guides, unprecedented service and delicious cuisine.
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...
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...
Family Fun in Rajasthan
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Nimaj & Jodhpur
This two-week tour of India’s Rajasthan state combines rich history, awe-inspiring wildlife encounters and immersive cultural experiences. Ideal for families looking to step off the tourist trail and embrace quality time together, this India tour combines the perfect mixture of modern family-friendly hotels, boutique lodges and heritage properties.
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.
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 mesmerizing scenery and exciting nightlife.
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.
Twin Center Nevis and Antigua
Nevis and Antigua
Experience the Caribbean with the lush, green hills of Nevis and the stunning beaches of Antigua.
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.
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