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Top Trip Memories

  • Visiting ancient temples such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom in Cambodia
  • Watching early morning ritual performance in Ganges River
  • Visiting archaeological sites and museum collection in Greece to learn about ancient Greek culture
  • Discovering monuments of Roman Empire in Italy
  • Visiting the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
  • Watching the monks chant prayers in Taktsang Palphug Monastery also knows as “Tigers Nest,” in Bhutan
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Tour Tips

  • Cultural tours are all about learning and gaining a deeper understanding. Be respectful and open minded.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your tour will only be enhanced by the more you engage with locals and your guides.
  • Figure out what type of cultural experience you’re looking for. Are you interested in visiting a small, remote village for an intense, sometimes uncomfortable look at another way of life? Or are you interested in a more relaxed cultural experience, like a food tour in Italy
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Cultural Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.6 out of 5

98%

recommend

7,633 Reviews

  • Excellent 4,745
  • Great 1,823
  • Average 345
  • Disappointing 77
  • Terrible 28

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.6
  • Guide
    4.6
  • Activities
    4.6
  • Lodging
    4.6
  • Transportation
    4.6
  • Meals
    4.6

Tour Reviews

Stunning and unforgettable experience !

Classic India

5.0
May 2017
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Four of us travelled together, and everyone had different favourite moments. For me, Varanasi was a stunning and unforgettable experience -- from witnessing the celebration of a religious festival to experiencing the chaos of the street life. It was India in a microcosm: history, life & death, colours, noise, mystery, diversity. In contrast, our peaceful evening eating dinner with a family in Jaipur who opened their home to us was every bit as wonderful as any of the sites. They were welcoming, interesting and gracious. And the homemade meal was a bonus.

Guidance through the visa process was quite helpful.

Almost all of the accommodations were first-rate. Ahilya Fort, Dera Mandawa and Sarai at Toria stood out because they were small, and each had a uniquely personal touch. The Fort was in a great location -- adjacent to the town and the river -- yet quiet with amazing rooms and views of the river. We were able to go down to the river early in the morning and see the town come to life. The rooms at Dera Mandawa were beautiful, the staff amazingly attentive. Again, although we were in a city, the hotel was a peaceful refuge. Sarai was a surprising spot next to Panna, again with interesting and helpful owners and staff. If you found places like these throughout India, I would forget about staying the in big five-star hotels.

Kaush, our guide beginning in Indore, was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive to our needs and interests. He handled the logistics of meeting local guides, porters, local drivers and dozens of other details flawlessly. In a disorganized country, he was a model of organization. We knew we were in good hands, start to finish.

A guide he engaged in Khajuraho to take us through the temples stood out as a brilliant and interesting individual. Everyone loved him.
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Response time was immediate!!

Indochine: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

5.0
May 2017
Myths and Mountains
Recommend: Yes
Response time was immediate. There was an ease and smoothness of every connection during a 5 week trip through three countries in Southeast Asia.

M&M was always going above and beyond - finding us unique situations and people to meet and having a true understanding and care for the local people.

Everything was straight forward and easy. We had so many favourite trip memories, but the fact that we were in some popular and crowded places where our guides always knew the best time of day and ways to get the most enjoyment from our visit.

Our favourite hotel was the Song Saa...pure luxury within a natural setting and our favourite guide was Cuoong ...because he would go beyond expectations day in and day out.
Advice: Please do not hesitate to have someone plan a trip for you it makes such a difference
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5.0
May 2017
Kuoda Travel
Recommend: Yes
I can't tell how much we appreciated how you and the Kuoda Travel team handled our stay in Peru. Every aspect of the trip was incredible and fabulous. The guides were wonderful and so very helpful and knowledgeable - they love they homeland. We would recommend Kuoda travel to anyone traveling to Peru. Fantastic trip!!
Again, thank you for putting a fantastic trip together.
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Wildflowers, empty roads and big, big hill climbs!

Cycling in Sicily

4.0
May 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Sicily is an intriguing place full of history that is very much alive all around you. The highlands, with empty roads and big views, were lovely. In April there were very few tourists and there were amazing wildflowers everywhere. The weather was rather 'English' though! The food was amazing.
In Syracuse, walking down a little alley, an operatic aria was playing on a sound system somewhere, and all the street traders suddenly started singing along, joining in one by one, with beautiful voices. It was magical!
Everywhere we went there were beautiful wildflowers like I've never seen before. Definitely recommend going in April for that reason, as well as the fact that the tourist draws and beaches are very quiet.

The group leaders were excellent, really worked hard to look after us and passionate about their homeland. The picnic lunches were outstanding.

Make sure you practice riding up hills! Overall level 3 is fair, but there are some really hilly sections, with sustained climbs. Also, in April, bring clothing for a range of weather.

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Hidden Treasures of Jordan

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

3.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Tour arrangements (meeting us at airport and transfer to airport at end of trip were good)
We did not receive an updated itinerary-weren't prepared to check out Days Inn first day of tour
Issa our tour was barely adequate. Difficult to understand, pronunciation very poor. Information about sites was garbled and mostly wrong. Was constantly collecting money for side trips, dinners , and tips for drivers, etc. No receipts or paperwork so quite mysterious. At end of tour collected money for water on bus which is usually free.
Petra

not very good.

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Cultural Trips & Tour Advice

Cultural tours can take many forms: art, architecture, music, and literary tours being perhaps the most common. But cultural tours might also involve interactions with indigenous tribes in South America or visiting villages to learn about daily life in Fiji. While many tours contain major cultural components, some make it their primary focus.

The Arts & National Consciousness

Throughout time, the arts have been a unique and powerful tool. They are used for portraying both political dissonance and dissatisfaction. They are intrinsically linked to the outlook of a nation. They are a great equalizer - whether you “like” a piece of art or not, is irrelevant. All humans create art, and have for thousands of years. It’s one of the quickest avenues to discovering more about a country’s culture.

It’s guaranteed that a cultural tour will incorporate a deep look at the arts - from film, painting, and music, to artifacts and architecture. 

Native Traditions

Learning about the traditions and cultures of native peoples can be a glimpse into the ancient world. Often more closely connected to their culture as a way of life, in some places native populations are struggling to maintain their traditions in a rapidly closing in modern world. Many tours will showcase local artists, visit native villages, present traditional foods, and you may learn a word or two in their language!

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