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Cultural - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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

23,445 Cultural Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 16,446
Great 5,818
Average 866
Disappointing 208
Terrible 109
Value
4.6
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4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
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Meals
4.6

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Great holiday thanks to Zama Tours & Safari

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

Normally we book our holidays ourselves but as Tanzania is unknown to us we preferred to ask a local agent to do this for us. We wanted somebody who really lives there and knows the country inside out. We contacted Zama Tours and told them more or less what we wanted a week of safari and a beach holiday afterward. They listened carefully to us and came up with a lovely program. Email exchange went so smoothly so we went for it. And it was a really great experience. Wilson, our guide and driver, was very pleasant and knowledgeable. A nice thing was that we didn't visit only the national parks but we also met local people, the real life there. Accommodations were quite luxury and of an excellent standard. Also on Zanzibar, where we spent some days afterward, where again we were very warmly welcomed by Mussa. We saw amazing things, great wildlife, met wonderful people, enjoyed the food. Thumps up for the team of Zama

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Operator Zama Tours & Safaris

Eastern Europe top trip with great company!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

Did a long break trip (or fall break) with Euroadventures on their "Best of the East" adventure. I had always wanted to travel to the destinations (especially Prague, Krakow & Budapest) and the trip and organization did not disappoint. Everything really was top notch from the itinerary and pace of the trip to the accommodations to the trip leader. By the end of the trip our group went from strangers (there were some traveling together as groups of friends) to all great friends. Highly recommend this trip, especially for those looking for something slightly off the beaten path (especially Krakow) and this company.

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Operator Euroadventures LLC

Pothigai Tours made a perfect arrangement and given us a good English speaking chauffeur. We really enjoyed the trip in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Water boating.

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

We appreciate Pothigai tours for taking care of us and guide is very flexible. Pothigai has given best price and given value to us. I would say this is called the best customer service.

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Operator Pothigai Tours and Travels

Great way to discover Vietnam with small group tour

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

We did this trip in September with great experience from Highland to Lowland and Halong bay for 3 days. Highly recommended!

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Operator Go Vietnam Travel

An excellent experience for the food lovers

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

We enjoyed all of the locations we visited, the great food and wine, the rich culture & interesting history of Portugal... Thanks for coordinating, booking, confirming and generally taking care of our requests in planning our adventure.
Highly recommended and I would definitely book Eco Trilha again.

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Operator Eco Trilha

Fantastic

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

They took very good care of me as I was a woman traveling alone, never once did I worry about a thing. It was extraordinary. I am using them again to go to Japan.

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Operator Alexander + Roberts

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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AsiaSouth AmericaEurope & Middle East & North Africa

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IndiaBhutanItalyGreeceCambodiaEgyptIranChinaJapan & Peru

Popular Cultural Destinations:                  

Taktsang Palphung Monastery, Bhutan; Taj Mahal, India; Machu Picchu, Peru; Tikal, Guatemala; Acropolis, Greece; Valley of the Kings, Egypt; Pantheon, Italy and Many More

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18-30 plusFamilies & 50+

 

 

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