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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 NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Legendary Yunnan$252110RelaxedEnjoy 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$28354RelaxedEmbark 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$11413RelaxedDuring 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$12834RelaxedAdd 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$22496RelaxedSpend 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 …
Asia, a Blend of Tradition and Modernity$980015RelaxedSet off to encounter age-old civilizations during an all-new 15-day cruise in Asia aboard Le Lapérouse. Explore these Asian countries from Japan to …
Treasures of Japan and South Korea$1598015RelaxedJoin Caledonian Sky on a 15-day sailing adventure to see Japan and South Korea's breathtaking scenery such as ancient Buddhist temples, the famous …
The Best of Japan - Maizuru to Osaka$61909RelaxedThrough this exceptional 9-day sailing expedition invites you to discover the Land of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the …
Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor and Saigon$1119012RelaxedExplore Vietnam & Cambodia along the Mekong River on this 12-day cruise aboard the luxurious small ship Jahan. As you cruise from Siem Reap, Cambodia …
Charms of the Mekong$485816RelaxedJoin the MS Amadara on this 16-day Cambodia and Vietnam adventure - Starting with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City, depart on a 7-night Mekong River …

Best Cultural Tours of Africa

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Tanzania Wildlife & Culture$686013RelaxedThis 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$954412RelaxedBoard the African Dream for a 12-day cruise along the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, from Johannesburg to Zambia this itinerary provides an intimate look …
Zimbabwe Explorer$626610Easy ActiveExplore two of the most popular National Parks on this 10-day Zimbabwe Safari tour. Go on safari in Mana Pools and Hwange National Parks and tour …
Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth$71009RelaxedBoard the African Dream for a 9-day cruise along the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, from Johannesburg to Zambia this itinerary provides an intimate look …
Hidden Zimbabwe$55128Easy ActiveTour 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$378910RelaxedTour 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$399110RelaxedExplore 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$441910RelaxedExplore 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$372310RelaxedNamibia Under Canvas allows travelers to experience the wonders of Namibia in a very personal way. Namibia is a vast country, even by African …
Omo Valley Snapshot$26625RelaxedExplore some of the most isolated tribes on this 5-day Omo Valley tour in Ethiopia. Visit Konso, Tsemai, and Chencha villages. Observe the Ari and …

Best Cultural Tours of Europe

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy, and Flamenco$18588RelaxedThis 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$1099010RelaxedOn 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$79908RelaxedFrom Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, explore the historic sites of Scotland on this week-long cruise on the Lord of the Glens. Lochs, castles, …
Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea$865011RelaxedFrom Stockholm, embark aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for an 11-day cruise, including 3 exceptional days in the former capital of the Tsars. Enjoy …
Under Sail: Greece and the Dalmatian Coast$1294011RelaxedSpend 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, …
Mediterranean Gems: From Dubrovnik to Naples$1294011RelaxedBeginning 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 …
Iberian Peninsula$1198015RelaxedTravel back in time as you join the 16-day adventure aboard Ocean Adventurer as it sails through Spain to Portugal for a historical and enchanting …
Recitals in the Mediterranean$51808RelaxedYou are invited on a musical cruise in partnership with Radio Classique, with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault. Discover the wonders of the …
The Best of Croatia$51508RelaxedFrom Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures on this 8-day cruise aboard luxurious Le Lyrial. Explore the wild beauty and pearls …
Icelandic Mosaic$45908RelaxedOn the edge of the Arctic, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers, Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and …

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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