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Culture is like a fingerprint of society - each one is unique and identifies who a society is. And our hand-crafted culture tours highlight some of the world's many fascinating cultures. Dive back into history as you explore Europe; get to know the ways of life in the remote villages of Africa or in Africa's bustling modern cities. Witness the ancient ruins of Asia and how much of their modern cultures are a reflection of their storied past. You can even head into the middle of the Pacific blue to get to know the customs and traditions of Polynesia and other tiny and isolated island nations. Each tour shows off the rituals, cuisine, music, customs, and traditions of the culture, with opportunities to spend time with locals who will give you a first-hand account of their lifestyle. Let us know when you're ready to plan!

Top 10 Cultural Tours for 2020-2021

Best Cultural Tours of Asia

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Laos in Motion$17579Apr 1, 2020This 9-day active tour of Laos explores Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, and Vientiane as you hike, kayak, and cycle your way through the ancient ruins and …
Siem Reap Highlights$4194Apr 1, 2020Explore the temples of Siem Reap on this 4-day extension tour of Cambodia, from the boutique Natura Resort. Visit the Roluos Group temples, along …
Myanmar Multisport$210411Apr 1, 2020This 11-day adventure tour of Myanmar visits Yangon, Bagan, and spends two full days trekking in the Shan State region. From cultural encounters & …
Legendary Yunnan$281310Apr 1, 2020Enjoy the most of Southern China from its ancient culture to its breathtaking mountain scenary. Our Yunnan Tour is a great option for those looking …
Mekong Discovery - Downriver$28354Apr 7, 2020Embark the luxurious Aqua Mekong in Phnom Pehn on this 4-day discovery cruise along the Mekong River from Phnom Penh, Cambodia all the way to Ho Chi …
Harbin Ice Festival$12733Jan 1, 2021During January and February extend your China tour to include 3 days at the Harbin Ice Festival. View ice sculptures, enjoy local festivities, and …
Dragon Boat Festival$13604Jun 25, 2020Add time to a China trip in July to come witness the Miao dragon boat festival along the Qingshuijiang River in the Guizhou Province. Learn about the …
Chinese New Year Festival$26456Feb 10, 2021Spend five full days experiencing the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival like the locals do in the Sichuan Province. Enjoy time with a local family …
The Best of Japan - Maizuru to Osaka$57809Oct 13, 2020This exceptional 9-day sailing expedition invites you to discover the Land of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the daintiness of …
An Immersion in Japanese Culture$62609May 30, 2020Board on the Le Soleal for an unforgettable 9-day Japan cruise, a country that deeply honors its past but rushes headlong into the future. …

Best Cultural Tours of Africa

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Zimbabwe Explorer$542710Apr 1, 2020From your choice of luxury safari tent camps, explore two of the most popular National Parks in Zimbabwe on this 10-day safari adventure. Visit Mana …
Tanzania Wildlife & Culture$706313Apr 1, 2020This two-week Tanzania highlight tour gives you opportunities to explore Mount Kilimanjaro, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, the …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth with Extended Stay at The Cape of Good Hope$1028713Apr 2, 2020After touring South Africa board the African Dream to cruise along the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. From Johannesburg to Zambia this itinerary provides …
Egypt in Depth$749514Apr 5, 2020Going with the flow on this luxury 14-day Egypt tour, follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions as you cruise leisurely up the Nile …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$824410Dec 23, 2020Board the African Dream for a 14-day cruise to the ends of the Earth. Get an up-close experience of the region's wildlife, observe the grandness of …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$73159Apr 3, 2020Board the African Dream for a 9-day cruise along the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, from Johannesburg to Zambia this itinerary provides an intimate look …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$72869Apr 1, 2020Enjoy this 9-day exploration of Southern Africa, and sailing aboard Zimbabwean Dream. Get an up-close experience of the region's wildlife, observe …
Treasures of Egypt$639511May 22, 2020During this 11-day Egypt tour, the explorer in you will rejoice over what is arguably the biggest concentration of ancient wonders in the world. …
Hidden Zimbabwe$48578Apr 1, 2020Tour seldom-visited regions in Zimbabwe on this 8-day tour. Stay in Matobo Hills, a World Heritage Site where rhino tracking is possible and granite …
Ethiopian Christmas Festival$394610Jan 1, 2021Tour the popular Historic Route in Ethiopia in January and spend an extra day in Lalibela to take part in the Christmas Festival here. Visit Gondar, …

Best Cultural Tours of Europe

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy, and Flamenco$18528Jul 9, 2020This 8-day Spanish cruise aboard the MS La Belle de Cadix showcases the Andalusia region, including stops in Seville, Cadiz, Granada and Cordoba. …
A Circumnavigation of Iceland$1132010Jun 21, 2020On this active 10-day Iceland cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer, you'll circumnavigate Iceland and witness glaciers, geysers, thundering …
Mediterranean Gems: From Dubrovnik to Naples$1333011May 23, 2020Beginning in the enchanting Croatian city of Dubrovnik, sail across the Adriatic on an 11-day small ship cruise on the alluring Sea Cloud and wind …
Under Sail: Greece and the Dalmatian Coast$1294011Jun 2, 2020Spend 11 days immersed in the history & culture of the Mediterranean as you travel aboard the Sea Cloud. Ply the crystal blue waters of the Aegean, …
Secrets of the Greek islands$39009Aug 6, 2021Sail the Aegean Sea and set off to discover Greece and its famous islands: the Cyclades and the Dodecanese Islands. Enjoy the Mycenae ruins and the …
Icelandic Mosaic$46808Aug 16, 2020On the edge of the Arctic, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers, Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and …
Treasures of the Aegean Sea - From Istanbul to Athens$34108Jul 10, 2020Board Le Lyrial for a once-in-a-lifetime 8-day cruise from Istanbul to Athens. Set off to discover Greece and its famous islands: the Cyclades and …
Treasures of the Peloponnese$44108Jul 17, 2020Succumb to the charms of Eternal Greece during a new 8-day cruise. With Athens as the departure point, set sail aboard Le Lyrial for an exceptional …
Melodies of the Danube$468913Apr 10, 2020This classic Danube River cruise of Eastern Europe starts with two nights in historic and beautiful Budapest, followed by a 7-night cruise from …
The Romantic Danube$39499Apr 2, 2020Tour the historic majesty of eastern Europe on this 9-day Danube River cruise aboard the MS Amamagna, starting in Munich, Germany, visiting …

Travel Guide for Cultural Experiences

What to expect on a Cultural experience with Adventure Life
We believe that immersion is the only way to truly know the ways of life of different peoples and societies, which is why we have curated these tours that give you an exclusive cultural experience in destinations all over the world. 

Isolated tribes and Indigenous Communities
If you're hoping to see ancient rituals and simpler ways of life, then consider a cultural experience in:
  • The Amazon - Contrary to popular myth, most of the indigenous communities in the Amazon have been contacted by modern society, but they choose to keep their customs and traditions. We have formed relationships with several of these communities who are excited to share their jungle lifestyles with you!
  • Africa - Perhaps the most famous native group that we visit on our cultural experiences in Africa is the Maasai, who have found a balance between integration into the modern world without losing their customs and traditions. Several of our Africa tours visit other tribes that are even more secluded from the buzz of society. 
  • The South Pacific - These early oceanic explorers were the first to settle the islands of the South Pacific and their distance from the nearest major cities has helped them preserve their ways of life (and more native languages than the rest of the world combined) for thousands of years.
What might I get to do on a cultural tour?
  • Sample local dishes - a mix of some delicious flavors that you didn't even know existed and some that might even challenge your palate! 
  • Learn how to cook these dishes for yourself using the same methods and techniques that the indigenous communities have used for centuries.
  • Participate in ceremonies, dances, and rituals! Many native groups are excited to share their ways of life with travelers and will give you a front row seat or even a role in their ceremonial rituals.

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