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Top Trip Memories
  • Learning about the Inca civilization in Peru
  • Visiting the 3000 years old Pyramids of Giza
  • Seeing the Colosseum and the Forum in Rome
  • Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, once a protective fortresses now a beautiful castle
  • Listening to the various theories of the purpose of Neolithic monument, Stonehenge
  • Seeing the magnificent Great Wall of China
  • Finding yourself travelling back to ancient civilization while the tour guides narrate the stories
  • Taking a small ship cruise to explore the surroundings
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Tour Tips
  • Choose a tour that has a heavy historical focus, and make sure the activities are going to be enjoyable for you. Some tours may be more museum focused, and others may involve a lot of walking.
  • History tours tend to be information heavy, and guides are always open to answering a lot of questions. Be prepared for a more wordy experience, and perhaps think up some questions beforehand!
  • If traveling with young children, look into interactive tours with hands on activities, or tours that showcase re-enactments. 
  • Museums and other such temperature controlled environments can be chilly, so dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes.
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History Travel Reviews & Ratings
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2,333 Reviews

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4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7
Tour Reviews

Fantastic trip! This is such a great value and wonderful experience.

Guatemala with Tikal, Atitlán and Antigua

5.0 August 2017 Caravan Tours Recommend: Yes We just spent 10 days exploring Guatemala with Caravan tours. The hotels were amazing, the food was delicious, our driver was fantastic and our guide was so knowledgeable and kind. We had two families and 6 kids from the ages of 18-10 and we all learned so much. The guide was wonderful and really had great knowledge of the country. I came back with such a great appreciation for the Mayan culture and people. Thank you, Caravan for a wonderful adventure. Read more

A Great Walking Tour

Portugal: Walking & Wine

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A wonderful week of walking with great guides, interesting co-hikers, very
nice accommodation in a very lovely setting.
There were two things that inspired me; first the beautiful panoramic views
of terraced vineyards in the Douro Valley and second; learning a great deal
more about the history and culture of this area and Portugal overall.


Nuno was a wonderful guide and was capably assisted by Ricardo. He was very
knowledgeable about the area and was incredibly helpful in choosing meals and
wines. He kept us interested and informed and his knowledge of each of our
locations meant no disappointments at all. Both Nuno and Ricardo were
personable and very helpful. Great guys!


Do it! It's fun, it's educational and you'll probably meet interesting
people on the trip.


This is listed as a Level 1 "leisurely" trip. I think it is closer to a
Level 2+ in that there are some significant elevation changes, as well as
some paths that are a bit more challenging than "a walk in the park".


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Walking the Greek Islands in JuneS

Walking on the Greek Islands

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A very enjoyable week visiting Naxos, Santorini and Paros with a great group
of people. Leisurely walking amongst stunning scenery, refreshment stops at
pretty villages and excellent meals at local tavernas. Accommodation was
generally better than I expected and as always with Exodus the whole week was
well organised
The walk along the Byzantine path and all the beautiful sunsets, particularly
the last night in Paros


Having met Cécile on the Evia trip 2 years ago, I knew we would be in safe
hands. She manages to be both professional and friendly, has a great
knowledge of the Islands and always chose great tavernas for our group meals.


As previous review, pack light and obviously be prepared for walking in high
temperatures if you go in June. This is a good trip if you have a non walking
friend or partner, plenty for them to do whilst the group walks. Books or
music are useful for the longer ferry journeys


If you love Greece and want a bit of exercise to counteract the wonderful
food and drink then I thoroughly recommend this trip.


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Excellent way to sample the islands

Walking on the Greek Islands

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This was my first Exodus holiday and was a marvelous experience. I found the
balance between organized walks, free time and traveling to be perfect. The
group was friendly and diverse so I enjoyed the whole week. Our guide -
Cécile- was good. She really knows the islands and how to beat the crowds. I
especially enjoyed using local busses and ferries and staying in small
individual hotels.
Walking the Byzantine trail on Paros. The sage, rosemary and aniseed growing
beside us made it a feast for the senses and the idea of using a path that
was so old made it really special.


Excellent - she worked hard and made it look easy.


Pack light - you have plenty of chances to do washing.


I felt the hotel Sunrise on Santorini was below par The rooms are dark and
dingy and the breakfast was mediocre.


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Excellent Trek to one of the 7 wonders of the modern world!

The High Inca Trail

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Truly an excellent 2 week holiday! 7 days spent in the Peruvian Andes- 4 days
trekking around Salcantay, 3 on the Inca trail, ending at the Sun Gate and
that picture postcard view of Machu Picchu. If you have entertained the
idea of doing this holiday, or a shorter version of the trek, I'd just book
it! You will certainly not be disappointed.
Difficult to choose just one but I would have to go with reaching the Sun
Gate and getting the first view of Machu Picchu. It really is an eye opener
and you definitely feel you have earned it after 7 days of quite challenging
trekking through the Andes.

As well as MP, the scenery in general, is truly magnificent. There are
plenty of times when you'll want to stop and simply take in and admire your
surroundings. If you are lucky and get clear skies during the evening, you
should see the Milky Way.


Bruce was excellent! Very professional, caring and made sure he understood
the capabilities of the group. He has a passion to share his knowledge
about his country and it's history and gave very detailed, interesting
explanations when we stopped at archeological sites. He made every member of
the group feel welcome and brought us all together as a 'family' for the two
weeks we were together.

A special mention needs to go to Cesar, our second guide. Knowledgeable and
very likeable- along with Bruce he made sure all of our needs were catered
for and that we all finished the trek in one piece.

One final mention goes to the support team- cooks, wranglers and porters.
These guys are like machines! While you're struggling up and down the trail,
this team carries up to 25kg of equipment per person and make sure camp and
lunch spots are set up well before you arrive. Truly awesome.


Train for this trek and be prepared for the change in altitude, it really
does make a difference and you'll notice it when you reach the hotel in
Cusco.

As other reviewers have stated, pack for all seasons. At the highest camp
(4,200m), you will be very cold and temperatures will fall below zero. The
next day, you'll be in a valley and in temperatures above 20C. We were
fortunate not to get any rainfall but it is still a possibility.

Take a mixture of Peruvian Sols and US dollars, for use in Cusco.


Book it and enjoy it!


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History Trips & Tour Advice

Many tours and small ship cruises have an element of history in their itineraries. For true history buffs, however, some destinations especially lend themselves to making history the focus of the trip: Rome, Athens, Angkor Wat, and Egypt to name a few. You can find specific tours and trip itineraries that cater to historically minded travelers, and even some tour operators who specialize in the field.

Going Beyond the Museum

For a truly immersive historical experience, it’s far more interesting to trace the footsteps of ancient people and cultures, than staring at artifacts encased in glass. The pasts represented by said artifacts come alive after experiencing the history outside the museum walls. On the other hand, the definition of museum has loosened in recent years. Many are outdoors, more interactive than they used to be, and also more specific. Could you believe that a museum exists in Portland, Oregon just about hats? Or a museum dedicated to vampires can be found in France

There’s so many avenues through which to get a sense of culture and history, and your tour will hit on many of them. Food, art, architecture, clothing, even where water sources come from, all feed into the history of people and places. The information you learn on a history tour will enhance your appreciation in countless ways.

Interactive History

Discover how ancient people used to build their dwellings, eat food prepared from ingredients that would have been available to middle class families in Victorian England, learn how to dance traditional folk dances, trace the footsteps of famous authors and artists. No matter where you're traveling, interactive history tours provide an exciting link to the past. Especially if you’re traveling with children, activities where “history comes alive” are an absolute pleasure, and are often included on tours which are not history specific.

Temples, Ruins, and Castles

From the spectacular Angkor Wat temple, to the proudly standing ruins of the Forum in Rome, to every anglophiles dream at Lancaster Castle in the UK, history tours will undoubtedly showcase impressive architecture. Buildings such as these, whether they still exist intact or are mere skeletons of their former glory are always engaging and interesting to visit. They also offer spectacular photo opportunities!

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