Cultural Adventures

Immerse yourself in a new culture. Cultural Adventures focus on getting to know the people, places, and customs of a particular area. You may visit small villages, dance alongside revelers, learn ABCs during a school visit, experience religious rituals at temples and churches, join festival celebrations, create your own traditional art, and make new friends as you learn from locals about their daily lives.

Featured Trips

The majestic ruins of Madain Saleh
Adventure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Jeddah, Jazan, Abha, Riyadh, and the Farasan Islands
The majestic ruins of Madain Saleh
Land Cost: $6,725 - $7,250
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Duration:
13 days
Dates:
Feb 8-20, 2018
Journeys travelers are known for breaking barriers and exploring uncharted territory, so we weren't surprised when we started getting requests for a trip to Saudi Arabia, one of the most difficult places in the world to visit. What did surprise us, though, was the depth of exploration to be had in this previously impenetrable destination, and the openness of the guides to share their country and their stories with us. 
See geishas in Kyoto's old Gion entertainment district
Ancient Arts and Temple Gardens of Japan
Arts, crafts and gardens of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hakone
See geishas in Kyoto's old Gion entertainment district
Land Cost: $5,100 - $7,250
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Duration:
12 days
Dates:
Apr 2-13, 2018 or custom & private on your dates
We've taken the original and very popular Classic and Festive Japan itinerary and tweaked it for those interested in exploring more of the arts, crafts, and gardens that Japan is famous for. Your adventure takes you from vibrant Tokyo to Mt. Fuji and scenic Lake Ashinoko in Hakone, then to the old capital of Kyoto via bullet train.
Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earth
Indonesia: Apes, Arts, and Dragons
An adventure to Borneo, Java, Flores, Komodo, and beyond
Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earth
Land Cost: $4,650 SPECIAL OFFER
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Duration:
15 days
Dates:
Jul 27-Aug 10, 2018 or custom & private on your dates
The best expedition to see natural and cultural sites in Indonesia. See Komodo dragons, orangutans, and the great sights of Java. Add Bali before or after.
Soak up amazing vistas on your hike
Bhutan: Black Mountain Trek
Spectacular scenery, ancient trails and visits in our guides' villages
Soak up amazing vistas on your hike
Land Cost: $4,250 - $4,650
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13 days
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Mar 19-31, 2018 Staff-led departure or custom & private on your dates
Experience the Buddhist character, spectacular scenery, and ancient trails of Bhutan. After a warm-up hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery, trek to the remote home village of your guide, with several Monpa tribe encounters along the way. This is one of the easiest and least frequented treks in Bhutan.
Witness remarkably carved radishes
Mexico: Christmas In Oaxaca
Indigenous cultures, holiday pageantry and hands-on fun
Witness remarkably carved radishes
Land Cost: $2,995
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Duration:
8 days
Dates:
Dec 20-27, 2018
Celebrate Christmas in a region of Mexico known for color, crafts, hospitality and conviviality. Enjoy direct interaction with local artisans, and witness the over-the-top pageantry of celebrations featuring parades of giant papier-mache heads and competitions between artists who create sculptures from 7-pound radishes.
Welcome to Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea: Classic Goroka Show Tour
Sing-sing escorted by local experts, plus Tari, Mt. Hagen, and the Sepik River
Welcome to Papua New Guinea
Land Cost: $7,810
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Duration:
13 days
Dates:
Sep 6-18, 2018
Combine a classic sing-sing show with explorations of the fabled Sepik River, Tari Highlands, and Waghi Valley, all with top-level accommodations.
Watch traditional dance
Cultural and Animal Encounters in Uganda & Rwanda
Village visits and wildlife tracking in Kampala, Murchison Falls, Bwindi, and Volcanoes National Park
Watch traditional dance
Land Cost: $6,600 - $8,750
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Duration:
15 days
Dates:
2 upcoming departures or custom & private on your dates
With opportunities to meet villagers, learn cultural traditions, spot the big five safari animals, track mountain gorillas, view waterfalls, and visit community development projects, this trip includes more highlights than any other trip to Uganda and Rwanda. This itinerary was hand-crafted by our top-rated guide, Paul Tamwenya.
Catrina Dolls
Day of the Dead in Michoacán
Explore Morelia, Patzcuaro, and craft villages of the Purepecha people
Catrina Dolls
Land Cost: $3,295
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Duration:
9 days
Dates:
Oct 27-Nov 4, 2018 or custom & private on your dates
Begin in colonial Morelia, continue to the villages of the Meseta Purepecha, and celebrate the Day of the Dead on the shores of Lake Patzcuaro, where traditions are more beautiful, more colorful, and more elaborate than anywhere else in Mexico.
Hang out with elephants
Thailand: Elephants, Arts and Adventure for Families
An active family adventure featuring highlights of Thailand
Hang out with elephants
Land Cost: $2,450 - $2,850
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10 days
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2 upcoming departures or custom & private on your dates
Your family will enjoy this active and hands-on experience—it's a great first-time visitor's overview including some fantastic quality time with elephants.
Priests carry colorful umbrellas during Timkat
Ethiopia Genna & Timkat Festivals
Axum, Gondar, Lalibela, Bahir Dar, Gelada baboons, and the Omo Valley
Priests carry colorful umbrellas during Timkat
Land Cost: $6,495 - $6,795
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Duration:
20 days
Dates:
Dec 31, 2017-Jan 19, 2018 or custom & private on your dates
Join in the swirling color and passions of the Genna and Timkat Festivals. Visit the castles of Gondar, the sacred city of Axum, the Gelada Baboons in the Simien Mountains and the tribes of the Omo Valley.
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