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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
Legendary Yunnan$265410Feb 16, 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$28354Feb 26, 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$11413Feb 16, 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 7, 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 …
Asia, a Blend of Tradition and Modernity$980015Oct 26, 2019Set 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$1598015Apr 13, 2019Join Caledonian Sky on a 15-day sailing adventure to see Japan and South Korea's breathtaking scenery such as ancient Buddhist temples, the famous …
Vietnam and Cambodia: Along the Mekong River, including Angkor and Saigon$1119013Feb 21, 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 …
The Best of Japan - Maizuru to Osaka$48909Oct 18, 2019Through this exceptional 9-day sailing expedition invites you to discover the Land of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the …
Charms of the Mekong$485816Feb 16, 2019Join 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 NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Tanzania Wildlife & Culture$686013Feb 16, 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$954412Mar 1, 2019Board 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$626610Apr 1, 2019Explore 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$71009Mar 4, 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 …
Hidden Zimbabwe$55128Feb 16, 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$441910Feb 16, 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$372310Apr 4, 2019Namibia 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$26625Feb 16, 2019Explore 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 NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy, and Flamenco$18588Feb 21, 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$79908Jun 2, 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, …
Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea$865011Aug 15, 2019From Stockholm, embark aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for an 11-day cruise, including 3 exceptional days in the former capital of the Tsars. Enjoy …
Mediterranean Gems: From Dubrovnik to Naples$1299011Jun 11, 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$1294011Jun 1, 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, …
Iberian Peninsula$1198015Apr 19, 2019Travel 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 …
The Best of Croatia$34408May 20, 2019From 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 …
Recitals in the Mediterranean$51808Jun 10, 2019You are invited on a musical cruise in partnership with Radio Classique, with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault. Discover the wonders of the …
Icelandic Mosaic$48808Jul 13, 2020Hardly anywhere is geology as exciting as it is in Iceland. Ice and fire have combined throughout the years to form unearthly landscapes of lava, …

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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