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Cultural Holidays

Discovering the history, language and identity of a place and its people is one of the most rewarding aspects of travel. Cultural holidays are a way of delving into a country's past, but equally, they are about immersing yourself in its present; about getting a feel for the rhythm and pace of daily life in the places you visit.

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Jax

Featured itineraries

Ancient Villages & Mountains of Anhui

Journey into Eastern China’s most remote and least-developed province, Anhui, to discover ancient Huizhou villages and staggeringly beautiful mountain scenery. This 10-day part-guided tour can be booked as a standalone holiday or as an extension to a larger tour of China’s Eastern seaboard, with Anhui’s dramatic scenery and slower pace of life providing a welcome antidote to the hustle and bustle of China’s megalopolises.

Destination

  • China

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from£2145 pp

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Ethiopia's Historic Route (with Tigray and Simiens)

Comprehensive guided tour of Ethiopia's famous Historic Route (Axum, Gondar, Lalibela, Lake Tana, Addis Ababa), extended to include remote Tigray and the Simien Mountains.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from£3095 pp

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Into the Maasai Lands

Explore the Maasai Lands of Tanzania, East Africa, visiting remote Maasai communities, seeing wildlife within and outside the national parks, and ending with a tour of Ngorongoro Crater.

Destination

  • Tanzania

Experience

  • Safari and Wildlife Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£3180 pp

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Bagan to Katha - Upper Irrawaddy Cruise

Explore the Upper Irrawaddy and remote Kachin State on this 11-day Myanmar river cruise.

Destination

  • Myanmar

Experience

  • Cruise Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£2770 pp

Special Offer

Children travel free on Pandaw River Cruises during the school holidays

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A Taste of Thailand

Discover Thailand's rich culinary history in this ten-day exploration of the country's food and culture.

Destination

  • Thailand

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£1998 pp

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Agra to Satpura

This 14-day itinerary beginning in Agra and ending in Satpura combines the best of India's monument-laden cities and its wildlife parks. Ideal for wildlife-enthusiasts, this India holiday itinerary can also be adapted to suit families.

Destination

  • India

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Safari and Wildlife Holidays
  • Family Travel

Prices from£1845 pp

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Ancient Kingdoms of Sri Lanka

Trace the history of Sri Lanka through its ancient and modern capitals on this 10-day historical tour. Discover the origins of Sinhalese culture in ancient Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, before venturing to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s colonial-era capital. The tour ends with a visit to the highland town of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka’s tea region and a stay in a rainforest eco-lodge.

Destination

  • Sri Lanka

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£1195 pp

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Ancient Villages & Mountains of Anhui

Journey into Eastern China’s most remote and least-developed province, Anhui, to discover ancient Huizhou villages and staggeringly beautiful mountain scenery. This 10-day part-guided tour can be booked as a standalone holiday or as an extension to a larger tour of China’s Eastern seaboard, with Anhui’s dramatic scenery and slower pace of life providing a welcome antidote to the hustle and bustle of China’s megalopolises.

Destination

  • China

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from£2145 pp

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Angkor and Kep (Knai Bang Chatt)

Start your tour in Siem Reap, where you'll visit the world-famous temples of Angkor and Tonle Sap Lake, before venturing south to Kep, a quiet beach retreat on the southern Cambodian coast, for 6 nights at upmarket resort Knai Bang Chatt.

Destination

  • Cambodia

Experience

  • Beach Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£1185 pp

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Angkor and the Southern Coast

14-day tour visiting the heartland of the former Angkorean Empire in Siem Reap and Battambang, followed by a tour of Cambodia's beautiful Southern Coast

Destination

  • Cambodia

Experience

  • Beach Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£1995 pp

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China's Eastern Seaboard

Encompassing the provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong and Jiangsu, China’s Eastern Seaboard extends for 1,200 miles between the mouths of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers. This is the country’s most developed and populous region, containing several of its most spectacular cities, including Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. Yet it is also a region rich in history and, away from the urban centres, great natural beauty.

Destination

  • China

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£2175 pp

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Complete Myanmar

This comprehensive three week tour takes in the very best of Myanmar, from the beautiful central coast to northernmost Putao on the border with Tibet

Destination

  • Myanmar

Experience

  • Family Travel
  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£2985 pp

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Complete Vietnam

Comprehensive 15-day itinerary covering North, South and Central Vietnam, visiting the northern and southern capitals of Hanoi and Saigon, the imperial capital Hue, the world heritage town of Hoi An, beautiful Ha Long Bay, the beach at Nha Trang, and the Mekong Delta.

Destination

  • Vietnam

Experience

  • Cruise Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£1689 pp

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Deserts, Mountains and Beaches of Oman

Seven day north Oman 4x4 driving and trekking itinerary, visiting, Muscat, Sur, Nizwa, Jebel Shams, and the Wahiba Sands.

Destination

  • Oman

Experience

  • Walking and Climbing
  • Family Travel
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£2095 pp

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Ethiopia's Historic Route (with Tigray and Simiens)

Comprehensive guided tour of Ethiopia's famous Historic Route (Axum, Gondar, Lalibela, Lake Tana, Addis Ababa), extended to include remote Tigray and the Simien Mountains.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from£3095 pp

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Guangxi and Hunan

Explore the spectacular karst landscapes of Guangxi province before venturing north to the remote and often-overlooked province of Hunan on this guided 9-day tour of south-western China. Taking advantage of a new highway between Longsheng and Fenghuang Ancient Town, you'll visit parts of China far removed from the standard tourist circuit.

Destination

  • China

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from£2185 pp

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Highlights of Oman

9 Days / 10 nights north & south Oman sightseeing tour, visiting Muscat, Sur, and Salalah.

Destination

  • Oman

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Family Travel

Prices from£2309 pp

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Ethiopia's Historic Route

This guided Historic Route tour visits Axum, Lalibela, Lake Tana, Bahir Dar and Gondar. The programme can be extended to include more elements, such as the rock churches of Tigray, the Rift Valley lakes, Omo Valley and southern Ethiopia, and the Bale and Simien Mountains.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£2770 pp

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Historic Thailand

Discover Thailand's rich history, from 13th-century Sukhothai, royal seat of the first Siamese dynasty, through old Ayutthaya, Thailand's great historic capital, to modern-day Bangkok.

Destination

  • Thailand

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Family Travel

Prices from£2385 pp

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Hokkaido Hotspots

Journey to northernmost Japan to explore the pristine scenery and fascinating culture of Hokkaido.

Destination

  • Japan

Experience

  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Family Travel

Prices from£2995 pp

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Honshu Highlights

Discover Japan’s cultural heartland on this 8-day overview of central Honshu. Your tour starts amid the neon cityscapes of Tokyo, where you’ll spend three days exploring the city and its surrounds, before being whisked away by bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s old Imperial capital.

Destination

  • Japan

Experience

  • Family Travel
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£1890 pp

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India and Bhutan Highlights

From Mumbai to Thimphu, experience the highlights of India and Bhutan on this 11-day journey.

Destination

  • India

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£2575 pp

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Into the Maasai Lands

Explore the Maasai Lands of Tanzania, East Africa, visiting remote Maasai communities, seeing wildlife within and outside the national parks, and ending with a tour of Ngorongoro Crater.

Destination

  • Tanzania

Experience

  • Safari and Wildlife Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£3180 pp

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Jewels of Southern India

Life moves at an altogether more languid pace in India’s tropical south. This unhurried itinerary will allow you to discover the best that the region has to offer, from the stunning temples and palaces of Mysore to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.

Destination

  • India

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings
  • Beach Holidays

Prices from£1465 pp

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Jewels of Sri Lanka

Experience the best of Sinhalese culture and hospitality on this 11-day guided Sri Lanka tour. Starting at the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa and ending in the modern-day capital of Colombo, you’ll travel the length and breadth of Sri Lanka on a journey through the island’s past.

Destination

  • Sri Lanka

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Train Journeys
  • Family Travel

Prices from£1385 pp

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Journey to the North of Sri Lanka

Explore Sri Lanka’s ‘cultural triangle’, including such well known sights as Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, before venturing north to the old Portuguese port city of Trincomalee and the Tamil capital of Jaffna, which was off limits for so many years. Although tourism is new to this area, the people are welcoming and the culture fascinating. A train journey returning to Colombo completes this 10-day itinerary.

Destination

  • Sri Lanka

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£1245 pp

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Khmer Heritage

6-day tour visiting the present-day capital, Phnom Penh, and ancient Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat

Destination

  • Cambodia

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£690 pp

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Koyasan Temple Retreat (Extension)

Enjoy a break from Japan’s hectic city life on this overnight escape to the Buddhist mountain refuge and UNESCO world heritage site of Koyasan.

Destination

  • Japan

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£295 pp

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Classic Japan

Explore highland villages, ancient walking trails and spectacular Shinto shrines on this comprehensive two-week overview of Honshu and Shikoku Islands.

Destination

  • Japan

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£3345 pp

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Walled City of Harar

This short tour of the walled city of Harar can be booked as an extension to a longer Ethiopia itinerary, such as our escorted Historic Route tours or our Simien trekking expeditions. We recommend at two nights in Harar, though longer stays are also possible.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£890 pp

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Undiscovered Cambodia

14-day tour visiting Cambodia’s remote northeast, including Kratie, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Kompong Thom, before ending in Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat.

Destination

  • Cambodia

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£1455 pp

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Southern Highlights of Vietnam

12-day itinerary covering the best of Southern Vietnam, including Saigon, Da Lat and the Mekong Delta.

Destination

  • Vietnam

Experience

  • Cruise Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£1487 pp

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Northern Highlights of Vietnam

12-day itinerary taking in the best of northern Vietnam, including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong National Park, and Sapa

Destination

  • Vietnam

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£1495 pp

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The Japanese Alps

Discover the samurai culture of Matsumoto, the rural folk traditions of Takayama, and the Edo-era heritage of Tsumago on this ten day journey into the Japanese Alps.

Destination

  • Japan

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from£2740 pp

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The Best of Western Australia

Experience the best that Western Australia has to offer, from the lively urban centres of Fremantle and Perth to the beautiful Margaret River Wine Valley and the stunning Coral Coast. This 5-day self-drive holiday can also be extended to include a guided walking tour of the south-western coast.

Destination

  • Australia

Experience

  • Self-drive Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£1085 pp

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The Ancient Tea-Horse Trail

Journey along the legendary tea-horse trail, an ancient trading route connecting West China with Tibet and India, on this 13-day guided tour of Yunnan province. Beginning in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, you’ll travel north to the Tibetan Plateau via the ancient settlements of Dali, Shaxi, Lijiang and Zhongdian, visiting remote villages and taking in stunning mountain scenery along the way.

Destination

  • China

Experience

  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£4225 pp

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Southern Stars - Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney

Explore the best of Southern Australia, including the lively coastal cities of Melbourne and Sydney, the historic attractions of Tasmania, and the natural splendour of the Grampians and the Great Ocean Road. Accommodation throughout is in boutique hotels and beautiful country retreats.

Destination

  • Australia

Experience

  • Family Travel
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Self-drive Holidays

Prices from£3050 pp

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North Island Contrasts

Experience the best of New Zealand's North Island on this 13-day self-drive tour. Beginning in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city and cultural capital, you'll visit Waiheke Island, with its famous boutique wineries; the beautiful Bay of Islands; Rotorua, the Maori heartlands and a region of great scenic beauty; the stylish Art Deco city of Napier; stunning Tongariro National Park, and much, much more.

Destination

  • New Zealand

Experience

  • Self-drive Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Family Travel

Prices from£1580 pp

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North India Highlights

7-day sightseeing tour to North India, visiting New Delhi, Agra, the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, and Sarnath. This India tour focuses on the towns and culture of North India.

Destination

  • India

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£845 pp

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Madagascar East and West

From the Pangalanes Canal to the Kirindy Forest Reserve, explore the contrasting sights and sounds of Madagascar’s eastern and western coastlines on this 13-day journey beginning and ending in Tana.

Destination

  • Madagascar

Experience

  • Family Travel
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Safari and Wildlife Holidays

Prices from£2545 pp

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Ancient Capitals of Japan

Delve into Japan’s rich and engaging history on this 9-day traversal of the country’s ancient and modern capitals, taking in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kamakura.

Destination

  • Japan

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£2670 pp

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Simien Mountains Full Trek with Historic Route

A full Simien Mountains trek to remote parts of the Ethiopian Highlands. This Ethiopia trekking tour includes as standard some aspects of the Historic Route: Gondar, Lalibela and Addis. You may extend the trip to add more elements, for instance Axum, the Rift Valley Lakes, Omo Valley, or Bale Mountains.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£2970 pp

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Simien Mountains Trek with Historic Route

Our standard Simien Mountains trek, this trekking itinerary takes you to remote parts of the Ethiopian Highlands and to the summit of Ras Deshen. This tour includes as standard some aspects of the Historic Route, such as Gondar and Lalibela, and may be extended to feature more.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£2480 pp

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Essential Laos

Discover Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and the world heritage town of Luang Prabang in this 7-day overview

Destination

  • Laos

Experience

  • Cruise Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£1135 pp

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Scenic Laos

12-day itinerary visiting the remote north of Laos; spend a night in a tree house in Bokeo Nature Reserve; trek the Luang Nam Tha hills; and meet the tribes of Muang La

Destination

  • Laos

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Family Travel
  • Walking and Climbing
  • Safari and Wildlife Holidays

Prices from£2230 pp

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Yangon to Mandalay

10-day itinerary taking in the best of Myanmar, including the old capital Yangon, the historic temples of Bagan, beautiful Inle Lake, and vibrant, bustling Mandalay.

Destination

  • Myanmar

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£1725 pp

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Mandalay to Homalin River Cruise

Follow the Chindwin River into the heart of Burmese Nagaland on this unique 8-day river cruise. Departing from Monywa, near Mandalay, your cruise will take you along the Upper Chindwin to Homalin, the capital of Nagaland, on the border with India. En-route, you’ll find time to stop and explore remote villages, religious sites from the Konbaung-era, and old colonial towns.

Destination

  • Myanmar

Experience

  • Cruise Holidays
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from£2290 pp

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The Remote North of Vietnam

13-day itinerary to Vietnam's remote Northern Hills, visiting Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Sapa and ending in Ha Long Bay

Destination

  • Vietnam

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from£1950 pp

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The Red Centre & Top of Australia

Venture into Australia's Red Centre and its northernmost wilderness parks on this 12-day tour. You'll visit the geological marvel, and Aboriginal landmark, that is Uluru; travel on the Ghan train to Australia's geographic centre at Alice Springs; and explore the country's largest National Park, rough and rugged Kakadu.

Destination

  • Australia

Experience

  • Family Travel
  • Cultural Holidays
  • Train Journeys

Prices from£2695 pp

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Highlights of Peru

Explore Peru’s scenic and historical wonders on this 13-day highlights tour, taking in the cosmopolitan cities of Cusco and Lima, the Sacred Valley of the Incas & the lost city of Machu Picchu, and the vast Lake Titicaca.

Destination

  • Peru

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from£1695 pp

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Kansai Walking Trails

Explore the history of Classical Japan on this mixed walking and sightseeing tour taking in Koyasan, Yoshino, Kyoto, Nara, and the Kumano Pilgrimage Trails.

Destination

  • Japan

Experience

  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£4095 pp

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Highlights of Ecuador

Discover colonial cities and traditional towns, spectacular mountainous landscapes and search for exotic wildlife in the Amazon – this action-packed 13-day tour visits all of Ecuador’s highlights.

Destination

  • Ecuador

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from£3450 pp

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Testimonial

Alyson and I want to thank you for coordinating such a wonderful vacation for us. We enjoyed it immensely.

Phil and Alyson