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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.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Cultural Experiences and Attractions

Top Cultural Experiences

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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Cultural Trip Reviews

23,366 Cultural Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 16,418
Great 5,762
Average 869
Disappointing 208
Terrible 109
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6

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Nepal is always my best destination in the world

5.0
Travel Max Guide Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

While I was in Nepal last year. Nepal is also one of the best destinations in the world. More different than in other countries. Diversity in culture, religion, landscapes, land of mountains and beyond mountains. Thank you Travel Max Guide for organizing my round trip to Nepal. The team is good enough to handle all kinds of situations in a good manner.

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Operator Travel Max Guide

Sri Lanka Trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Sri Lanka - fabulous trip but very poor Tour Rep
Just returned from a 12 day escorted tour to Sri Lanka (24 Feb - 8 March). The trip was excellent. The hotels were fabulous. Our guide Ravi was very good and very knowledgeable.

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Operator Riviera Travel

Fabulous Tibetan tour to Everest Base Camp

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We have been fortunate to travel many places around the world, but Tibet counts as one of the most touching, authentic, and moving travel experiences that we've had.

Our family of four (including two children, ages 9 & 12) booked a 8 day tour which included Lhasa and several other cities and major sights on a round trip to Everest Base Camp. Great Tibet Tour worked with us on our itinerary and provided us options that worked for children.

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Operator Great Tibet Tour

Incredible trip!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It was an incredible trip! This trip was by far the most fascinating trip I have taken so far. The Canadian Rockies exceeded my expectations.

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Operator Vacations By Rail

Great memory of Vietnam

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We have just backed from our 12 day trip to Vietnam via Go Asia Travel.
This is one of our most enjoyable trip so far. Mike Nguyen our assistant came to see us at hotel to ensure we got all the info.

Everything goes smoothly. Our driver and guide always wait for us at hotel, train station or airport. No hassel.

We meet different friends each tour and all of them are great. It is nice to make friend during the trip

We enjoy Hoi An so much, would love to spend 1 week relaxing in this lovely town
Thank you Mike and team for everything

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Operator Go Asia Travel

The best experience in Marrakesh

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The best experience in Marrakesh. Ouidad and Noura are the best female guides in town. They are knowledgeable, sweet, and a lot of fun. It changed 100% our experience in Marrakesh being guided by them!

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Operator Morocco private expert

Cultural Tours and Travel Guide

Cultural Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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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