The Best Guided Tours for History Buffs

By Samantha Scott
October 12, 2015

If there's one area where a guided tour significantly improves your tourist take-a-way, it's a history tour. A guide can bring to life those dull museum placards you skim through, provide anecdotes which simply don't fit on a plaque dedicated to a historical event, or offer insight beyond a buildings modern facade.

Travelers are often natural history lovers, with a yearning to learn about the world, it's people, places, and cultures. History ties so much together, and with a guide along the way to help make connections, historical facts and stories have a greater emotional impact. 

Ready to find your perfect History Tour? Here are a few places to start!

1. Central Europe

Tour Suggestion: Explore Central Europe

Budapest, Hungary

In terms of rapid cultural and political change within the last thirty years, Central Europe is definitely a case study. And with the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, travel to former Soviet Bloc countries has grown significantly in popularity.

Traces of dark times under communist rule can still be seen in the fabric of concrete things such as roads and buildings, and abstract areas such the arts especially. Get a feel for it all on this G Adventures tour.

2. Rome

Tour Suggestion: Italy's Great Cities

Rome, Italy

Nothing beats a tour of Rome for history buffs! I still remember the thrilling experience of walking around the Forum and the Colosseum, feeling the ghosts of all those who had walked the same footsteps, centuries past.

This Italy tour with Story Land and Sea takes you through Rome, as well as the other two Italian cities making up the "Big 3": Venice and Florence. 

3. Vietnam

Suggested Tour: A Taste of Vietnam


Another country that has gone through rapid change, and has experienced a steady growth in toursim is Vietnam. Guided tours in Vietnam have been gaining popularity and provide a fascinating glimpse into the people and culture.

Dive into it's ancient past, experience stunning nature and wildlife in Halong Bay, and see how this beautiful nation is thriving today. 

4. Egypt

Tour Suggestion: The Ulitmate Egypt Experience

Abu Simbel in Egypt

Ok, admit it. You wanted to be Indiana Jones when you grew up. No? Really? Just me? Well, in any case many develop a fascination with ancient Egypt at some point in their life, often during childhood.

Satisfy your fantasies about discovering a new hieroglyphic covered wall inside a pyramid, dusty ancient books with apt names like "Book of the Dead" calling mummies to life, and elaborate tombs filled with treasure on this in-depth tour.

Learn about Egyptian history from real life Egyptologists, visit King Tut's tomb, and float down the Nile on a river cruise. (Disclaimer: No mummies are actually brought to life). 

5. The Galapagos

Tour Suggestion: Galapagos - in Darwin's Footsteps

Galapagos Iguana

See history happening right before your eyes as you witness the many varied species that Darwin observed, in their natural habitat. Tours in the Galapagos provide excellent photo opportunites, with it's thriving diversity and beautiful surroundings.

Discover living history through science and get a sense of what Darwin must have felt when he discovered the key's for his breakthrough evolutionary studies.


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