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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 2019-2020

Best Cultural Tours of Asia

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Laos in Motion$17119Jun 21, 2019This 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$4494Jun 21, 2019Explore 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$211011Jun 23, 2019This 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$265410Jun 21, 2019Enjoy 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$28354Jul 2, 2019Embark 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$12013Dec 25, 2019During 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$12834Jun 25, 2019Add 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$23626Jan 23, 2020Spend 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 …
An Immersion in Japanese Culture$73009May 30, 2020Board Le Soleal for an unforgettable 9-day Japan cruise, a country that deeply honors its past but rushes headlong into the future. Hyper-modernity …
Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor and Saigon$1119013Dec 18, 2019Explore Vietnam & Cambodia along the Mekong River on this 13-day cruise aboard the luxurious small ship Jahan. As you cruise from Siem Reap, Cambodia …

Best Cultural Tours of Africa

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Zimbabwe Explorer$626610Jun 21, 2019From 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$686013Jun 21, 2019This 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$954413Jun 23, 2019After touring South Africa board the African Dream to cruise along the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. From Johannesburg to Zambia this itinerary provides …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$71009Jun 23, 2019Board 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$72869Feb 22, 2020Enjoy this 9-day exploration of Southern Africa, and sailing aboard Zimbabwean Dream. Get an up-close experience of the region's wildlife, observe …
Hidden Zimbabwe$55128Jun 21, 2019Tour 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$378910Jan 1, 2020Tour 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, …
Timket Festival$399110Jan 17, 2020Explore the best of the Historic Route on this 10-day Ethiopia tour, spending an extra day in Gondar to celebrate Timket Festival with the locals. …
Isolated Tribes of Ethiopia$441910Jun 21, 2019Explore the Omo Valley on this 10-day Ethiopia cultural tour. Encounter first-hand the isolated tribes that have been living in this isolated part of …
Namibia Under Canvas$372310Jun 27, 2019Namibia Under Canvas allows travelers to experience the wonders of Namibia in a very personal way. Namibia is a vast country, even by African …

Best Cultural Tours of Europe

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy, and Flamenco$14868Jun 27, 2019This 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$1099010Jul 16, 2019On this active 10-day Iceland cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer, you'll circumnavigate Iceland and witness glaciers, geysers, thundering …
Scotland's Highlands and Islands$79908Jul 21, 2019From Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, explore the historic sites of Scotland on this week-long cruise on the Lord of the Glens. Lochs, castles, …
Mediterranean Gems: From Dubrovnik to Naples$1299011Jun 21, 2019Beginning 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$1294011Aug 21, 2019Spend 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, …
Icelandic Mosaic$45908Aug 16, 2020On the edge of the Arctic, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers, Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and …
Icelandic Mosaic$63308Jul 13, 2020Le Bellot hosts this 10-day Arctic cruise of Iceland, departing from the artistic capital city of Reykjavik. Bird lovers rejoice at the wealth of …
Melodies of the Danube$448913Jun 21, 2019This 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$37499Aug 15, 2019The Danube River has captivated musicians, artists, and poets throughout the centuries, and its bound to captivate you on this 9-day adventure …
Melodies of the Danube - Cruise Only$30998Jun 23, 2019Enjoy a 7-night wine-themed Danube River cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen aboard the MS AmaMagna, visiting Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, and Passau …

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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