Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours

Our specialised cultural tours give you the opportunity of diving head first into foreign cultures with the help of an expert local guide.

Discover the history behind Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral with a tour of Kent in South-East England, learn how to prepare gorgeous Balinese food with a Balinese cooking class, take a trip through the traditional South African homesteads of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi and Sotho or be guided through the plethora of artisan showrooms in Ubud, Indonesia.

On the other hand, delve deep into Inca customs with a sacred valley tour from Cuzco, gain an insight into Buddhism with a Mind and Soul experience in Chiang Mai or learn to tango in the city of passion Buenos Aires.

Perhaps you’ll appreciate one of our Europe tours and be guided around the historic heart of Prague, Czech Republic, the baroque monastery in Melk, Austria or the Roman amphitheatre in Arles, France. Then there’s always the restored Reichstag in Berlin, Drottningholm Palace just outside Stockholm and the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

With our range of cultural tours your travelling experience will be enriched and enhanced. Call us now on 1800 046 462 and chat with our experienced consultants today.

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  • Explore some of the highlights of Nevada

    Las Vegas Evening & South Rim Motorcoach Tours

    from $209*

    • Las Vegas Evening Tour*.
    • South Rim Motorcoach Tour.
    • Lunch.
    • Complimentary hotel pick up & drop off.
    • Video entertainment.
    • Rest stops along the way.
    • Return to Las Vegas hotel by motorcoach.
    Las Vegas Evening Tour
    This evening bus and walking tour takes you down the Las Vegas Strip for a glimpse of the Vegas nightlife Tour includes the Dancing fountains at the Bellagio, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, Bellagio Conservatory, Rio's Masquerade Show in the Sky and the Freemont Street Experience. Itinerary may vary from evening to evening. Extensive walking is required on this tour. Tour length is approx 6 hours from pick up to drop off.

    South Rim Motorcoach Tour
    Experience a big attraction at a small price - Grand Canyon National Park Your tour to the iconic South Rim of the Grand Canyon begins with pickup at your hotel and transfer to the AirBridge bus terminal for a pre-trip orientation and complimentary continental breakfast before boarding your deluxe motorcoach.

    Once underway, your first stop is the high-tech and high-up O'Callaghan-Tillman Bridge, where you can take photos of Hoover Dam from an amazing "over-the-top" perspective. Look further out and you'll see a reminder of the past, Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, now a stately mesa keeping its silent watch over Lake Mead. Moving on toward Grand Canyon South Rim, you'll travel on Interstate 40, which bypassed the legendary Route 66 in the 1970's. Those with a sharp eye might spot remnants of the Mother Road amid the vast expanse of the Southwest desert.

    Arriving at Grand Canyon National Park, you'll stop at two of the South Rim's most scenic overlooks to take in the breath-taking vistas of this wonder of nature. These are the classic "picture postcard" views you've always wanted to see, where the Grand Canyon is at its deepest, widest and most colorful. You'll have time to walk the easy paved Grand Canyon Rim Trail and shop for mementos of your tour as well. Your Grand Canyon South Rim tour price also includes a lunch at the National Geographic IMAX Theatre before the return trip to Las Vegas and shuttle transfer back to your Las Vegas hotel.

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  • See the highlights of Scotland

    Skye High, 3 Days

    from $229*

    • Transport by the legendary yellow Haggis Mercedes midi-coach to explore off the beaten track.
    • Services of a local Guide.
    • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook.
    Pricing Options:
    Student from $229*
    Adult from $239*

    The Skye High is a wee gem, ideal for travellers short on time who want to get the most out of their trip to Scotland. All the best stuff is packed in: Nessie hunting, ruined castles, stunning lochs and dramatic mountains. All this as you listen to tales of Celtic myths and legends before a couple of great nights in a Highland pub.

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  • An unforgettable experience

    Festmeister, 4 Days

    from $259*

    • 4 day tour departing Munich.
    • 3 nights accommodation camping in twin-share pre erected tents with air mattresses.
    • 3 hot breakfasts.
    • Join the Oktoberfest celebrations.
    • Commemorative Trip T-Shirt.
    • Return coach transport to Oktoberfest grounds.
    • Services of a European trained Topdeck crew.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Munich

    Day 1 Munich, Germany
    Wilkommen in Munchen, welcome to Munich Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to our campsite.

    Day 2 Munich
    What first began as a horse race in a field to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Prince Ludwig in the beginning of the 19th century has subsequently grown into the world's largest festival, attracting upwards of six million visitors every year Join the crowds and check out what it's all about, there's more to do here than just drink beer although there is a lot of beer drinking done Over the two weeks some seven million litres of beer will be consumed in the various brewery-run tents. Order yourself one of the colossal one-litre glasses of beer and get ready to sing along with the obligatory 'oompah band'. Enjoy what is likely to be one of the most memorable days of your life you never remember. Prost

    Day 3 Munich
    The day is yours to do as you please, it's a good time to try out some of the different beer halls you may have missed the day before, after all there are many more here than just the travellers' favourite Hofbrauhaus. For those looking to take it a bit easier there is a whole different world of fun going on outside the tents. Of course, if you wanted to head in to town for a spot of sightseeing, the city centre is only a short S-Bahn-ride away.

    Day 4 Munich
    As all good things must come to an end, it's time to say goodbye to Oktoberfest and newlymade friends. At least for another year that is

    Ask about our great airfares
  • Cultural Tour Holiday Packages

    • Explore some of the highlights of Nevada

      Las Vegas Evening & South Rim Motorcoach Tours

      from $209*

      • Las Vegas Evening Tour*.
      • South Rim Motorcoach Tour.
      • Lunch.
      • Complimentary hotel pick up & drop off.
      • Video entertainment.
      • Rest stops along the way.
      • Return to Las Vegas hotel by motorcoach.
      Las Vegas Evening Tour
      This evening bus and walking tour takes you down the Las Vegas Strip for a glimpse of the Vegas nightlife Tour includes the Dancing fountains at the Bellagio, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, Bellagio Conservatory, Rio's Masquerade Show in the Sky and the Freemont Street Experience. Itinerary may vary from evening to evening. Extensive walking is required on this tour. Tour length is approx 6 hours from pick up to drop off.

      South Rim Motorcoach Tour
      Experience a big attraction at a small price - Grand Canyon National Park Your tour to the iconic South Rim of the Grand Canyon begins with pickup at your hotel and transfer to the AirBridge bus terminal for a pre-trip orientation and complimentary continental breakfast before boarding your deluxe motorcoach.

      Once underway, your first stop is the high-tech and high-up O'Callaghan-Tillman Bridge, where you can take photos of Hoover Dam from an amazing "over-the-top" perspective. Look further out and you'll see a reminder of the past, Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, now a stately mesa keeping its silent watch over Lake Mead. Moving on toward Grand Canyon South Rim, you'll travel on Interstate 40, which bypassed the legendary Route 66 in the 1970's. Those with a sharp eye might spot remnants of the Mother Road amid the vast expanse of the Southwest desert.

      Arriving at Grand Canyon National Park, you'll stop at two of the South Rim's most scenic overlooks to take in the breath-taking vistas of this wonder of nature. These are the classic "picture postcard" views you've always wanted to see, where the Grand Canyon is at its deepest, widest and most colorful. You'll have time to walk the easy paved Grand Canyon Rim Trail and shop for mementos of your tour as well. Your Grand Canyon South Rim tour price also includes a lunch at the National Geographic IMAX Theatre before the return trip to Las Vegas and shuttle transfer back to your Las Vegas hotel.

      Ask about our great airfares
    • See the highlights of Scotland

      Skye High, 3 Days

      from $229*

      • Transport by the legendary yellow Haggis Mercedes midi-coach to explore off the beaten track.
      • Services of a local Guide.
      • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook.
      Pricing Options:
      Student from $229*
      Adult from $239*

      The Skye High is a wee gem, ideal for travellers short on time who want to get the most out of their trip to Scotland. All the best stuff is packed in: Nessie hunting, ruined castles, stunning lochs and dramatic mountains. All this as you listen to tales of Celtic myths and legends before a couple of great nights in a Highland pub.

      Ask about our great airfares
    • An unforgettable experience

      Festmeister, 4 Days

      from $259*

      • 4 day tour departing Munich.
      • 3 nights accommodation camping in twin-share pre erected tents with air mattresses.
      • 3 hot breakfasts.
      • Join the Oktoberfest celebrations.
      • Commemorative Trip T-Shirt.
      • Return coach transport to Oktoberfest grounds.
      • Services of a European trained Topdeck crew.
      HIGHLIGHTS: Munich

      Day 1 Munich, Germany
      Wilkommen in Munchen, welcome to Munich Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to our campsite.

      Day 2 Munich
      What first began as a horse race in a field to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Prince Ludwig in the beginning of the 19th century has subsequently grown into the world's largest festival, attracting upwards of six million visitors every year Join the crowds and check out what it's all about, there's more to do here than just drink beer although there is a lot of beer drinking done Over the two weeks some seven million litres of beer will be consumed in the various brewery-run tents. Order yourself one of the colossal one-litre glasses of beer and get ready to sing along with the obligatory 'oompah band'. Enjoy what is likely to be one of the most memorable days of your life you never remember. Prost

      Day 3 Munich
      The day is yours to do as you please, it's a good time to try out some of the different beer halls you may have missed the day before, after all there are many more here than just the travellers' favourite Hofbrauhaus. For those looking to take it a bit easier there is a whole different world of fun going on outside the tents. Of course, if you wanted to head in to town for a spot of sightseeing, the city centre is only a short S-Bahn-ride away.

      Day 4 Munich
      As all good things must come to an end, it's time to say goodbye to Oktoberfest and newlymade friends. At least for another year that is

      Ask about our great airfares
    • Prepare to be whisked away from the cosmopolitan streets of Hanoi to the serene landscape of the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay. Cast away on a traditional junk boat and set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald waters of the bay. Sit back, relax and soak up this epic landscape while enjoying scrumptious meals cooked on board. Relax on deck with friends, chat to the friendly crew, meet the locals as they row between boats or explore the myriad of hidden caves by kayak. This short trip is the perfect way to add a few days of well-deserved relaxation onto any Vietnam adventure.

      Halong Bay Junk Cruise

      from $265*

      • Overnight boat.
      Day 1 Hanoi/Halong Bay
      Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French-colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh. Halong Bay is a place of surreal beauty, with ethereal limestone islands jutting out of jade waters and atmospheric caves and grottoes carved out by time.

      Day 2 Halong Bay/Hanoi
      With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers.
    • Join us for an unforgettable journey

      Western Rocker, 3 Days

      from $279*

      • Services of a 100% Irish Guide.
      • All transport around Emerald Isle.
      • FREE transfer and ferry to Inis Mor.
      • FREE entry to Cliffs of Moher.
      • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook.
      Pricing Options:
      Student from $279*
      Adult from $289*

      HIGHLIGHTS: Inis Mor - Cliffs of Moher - Galway

      An awesome trip that takes you through centuries of Irish history, plus some of the most stunning natural highlights the island has to offer. Overnight in the cultural hot spot of Galway with its great nightlife and vibrant Celtic energy that will give you an incredible insight into the Irish way of life that will be hard to match.

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    • Discover the secrets of Waikiki

      Waikiki Explorer, 3 Days

      from $285*

      • 3 day tour departing Hawaii.
      • 2 nights accommodation in hotels.
      • Daily voucher for coffee and pastry.
      • Tour featuring Pearl Harbour, the USS Arizona Memorial and Punch Bowl.
      • Services of a Contiki concierge service.
      • Local taxes as per itinerary.
      HIGHLIGHTS: Waikiki

      There is no place on earth quite like the Hawaiian tropical islands - palm fringed blue lagoons, cascading waterfalls, ancient volcanoes and stunning beaches with fantastic surf. Stay in the Park Shore just minutes from world-famous Waikiki Beach. While you are here tap into the Contiki Customer Service Centre - our concierge is there to make your holiday hassle free and direct you to the best action on the Island.

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    • Join us for an unforgettable journey

      Greek Odyssey, 2 Days

      from $285*

      • 2 day tour departing Athens.
      • 1 night accommodation (triple share) in Kalambaka (Meteora).
      • 1 breakfast.
      • Professional local guide in Delphi, plus site & museum entrance fees.
      • Professional local guide in Kalambaka, plus entrance fees for two monasteries.
      • Services of a Busabout guide and a local coach and driver.
      • Local taxes.
      • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook.
      HIGHLIGHTS: Delphi - Meteora

      Get exploring some of the most famous sites of Greece including Delphi, the heart of the classical Greek world, plus the breathtaking cliff-top Monasteries of Meteora in this amazing mini adventure. We'll head to Kalambaka for the night, passing through the Thessalian plains then take a tour of UNESCO listed Meteora, one of the country's most unique attractions and a must see for any visitor to mainland Greece.

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    • Trek through the hills surrounding Chiang Mai and meet the local people, known collectively as hilltribes, who have made their homes on these slopes. They have lived in peace and without modern conveniences for many years; a visit to these traditional communities is like travelling back to a simpler time. Learn about jungle food and the local way of life. After all that exertion, recline on a bamboo raft and float downriver, giving the friendly locals a wave as you drift past them going about their daily lives.

      Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek

      from $299*

      • Group leader
        Local trekking guides.

      • What's Included
        3-day trek.
      • Karen village visit.
      • Elephant bathing and feeding.
      • Bamboo rafting.
      • Free time to explore Chiang Mai.
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

      • Meals Included
        4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.

      • (Allow USD50-75 for meals not included.
      • ).
      Explore the vibrant colours of Chiang Mai, trek through Northern Thailand, meet the friendly locals, learn about the Karen tribe and witness their traditional weaving
      Day 1 Chiang Mai
      Arrive at any time.
      Days 2-4 Hilltribe trekking/Karen village (3B,3L,2D)
      Trek through rugged forest and experience the wonderful diversity of this region, each village with its own language, belief system, styles of dress and traditions. On Day 2, spend time in a Karen tribe village. Here, observe and learn about traditional basket-weaving and scarf-making. Feed and bathe the village's elephants. On the journey back to Chiang Mai, enjoy a well-earned break from trekking with a bamboo raft float downriver.
      Day 5 Chiang Mai (B)
      Depart at any time.

    Cultural Tour Holiday Packages

    • Explore some of the highlights of Nevada

      Las Vegas Evening & South Rim Motorcoach Tours

      from $209*

      • Las Vegas Evening Tour*.
      • South Rim Motorcoach Tour.
      • Lunch.
      • Complimentary hotel pick up & drop off.
      • Video entertainment.
      • Rest stops along the way.
      • Return to Las Vegas hotel by motorcoach.
      Las Vegas Evening Tour
      This evening bus and walking tour takes you down the Las Vegas Strip for a glimpse of the Vegas nightlife Tour includes the Dancing fountains at the Bellagio, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, Bellagio Conservatory, Rio's Masquerade Show in the Sky and the Freemont Street Experience. Itinerary may vary from evening to evening. Extensive walking is required on this tour. Tour length is approx 6 hours from pick up to drop off.

      South Rim Motorcoach Tour
      Experience a big attraction at a small price - Grand Canyon National Park Your tour to the iconic South Rim of the Grand Canyon begins with pickup at your hotel and transfer to the AirBridge bus terminal for a pre-trip orientation and complimentary continental breakfast before boarding your deluxe motorcoach.

      Once underway, your first stop is the high-tech and high-up O'Callaghan-Tillman Bridge, where you can take photos of Hoover Dam from an amazing "over-the-top" perspective. Look further out and you'll see a reminder of the past, Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, now a stately mesa keeping its silent watch over Lake Mead. Moving on toward Grand Canyon South Rim, you'll travel on Interstate 40, which bypassed the legendary Route 66 in the 1970's. Those with a sharp eye might spot remnants of the Mother Road amid the vast expanse of the Southwest desert.

      Arriving at Grand Canyon National Park, you'll stop at two of the South Rim's most scenic overlooks to take in the breath-taking vistas of this wonder of nature. These are the classic "picture postcard" views you've always wanted to see, where the Grand Canyon is at its deepest, widest and most colorful. You'll have time to walk the easy paved Grand Canyon Rim Trail and shop for mementos of your tour as well. Your Grand Canyon South Rim tour price also includes a lunch at the National Geographic IMAX Theatre before the return trip to Las Vegas and shuttle transfer back to your Las Vegas hotel.

      Ask about our great airfares
    • See the highlights of Scotland

      Skye High, 3 Days

      from $229*

      • Transport by the legendary yellow Haggis Mercedes midi-coach to explore off the beaten track.
      • Services of a local Guide.
      • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook.
      Pricing Options:
      Student from $229*
      Adult from $239*

      The Skye High is a wee gem, ideal for travellers short on time who want to get the most out of their trip to Scotland. All the best stuff is packed in: Nessie hunting, ruined castles, stunning lochs and dramatic mountains. All this as you listen to tales of Celtic myths and legends before a couple of great nights in a Highland pub.

      Ask about our great airfares
    • An unforgettable experience

      Festmeister, 4 Days

      from $259*

      • 4 day tour departing Munich.
      • 3 nights accommodation camping in twin-share pre erected tents with air mattresses.
      • 3 hot breakfasts.
      • Join the Oktoberfest celebrations.
      • Commemorative Trip T-Shirt.
      • Return coach transport to Oktoberfest grounds.
      • Services of a European trained Topdeck crew.
      HIGHLIGHTS: Munich

      Day 1 Munich, Germany
      Wilkommen in Munchen, welcome to Munich Arrive at any time during the day and make your way to our campsite.

      Day 2 Munich
      What first began as a horse race in a field to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Prince Ludwig in the beginning of the 19th century has subsequently grown into the world's largest festival, attracting upwards of six million visitors every year Join the crowds and check out what it's all about, there's more to do here than just drink beer although there is a lot of beer drinking done Over the two weeks some seven million litres of beer will be consumed in the various brewery-run tents. Order yourself one of the colossal one-litre glasses of beer and get ready to sing along with the obligatory 'oompah band'. Enjoy what is likely to be one of the most memorable days of your life you never remember. Prost

      Day 3 Munich
      The day is yours to do as you please, it's a good time to try out some of the different beer halls you may have missed the day before, after all there are many more here than just the travellers' favourite Hofbrauhaus. For those looking to take it a bit easier there is a whole different world of fun going on outside the tents. Of course, if you wanted to head in to town for a spot of sightseeing, the city centre is only a short S-Bahn-ride away.

      Day 4 Munich
      As all good things must come to an end, it's time to say goodbye to Oktoberfest and newlymade friends. At least for another year that is

      Ask about our great airfares

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    Did you know that a camels' hump isn't full of water, but full of fat? It help camels survive up to two weeks without food, allowing them to lose up to 25 gallons of water with no side effects. It also helps keep their body temperature in check. Now that's a hump worth having.

    Drunk on Wadi Rum, 7 Days

    HIGHLIGHTS: Amman - Aqaba - Wadi Rum - Aqaba - Petra - Jerash

    DAY 1: AMMAN
    Make a beeline for Rai...

    from $530*

    what are people saying about tours?

    Having not travelled too much I wasn't sure if a tour would be be my cup of tea. Oh how I was wrong, we had an extremely packed 1 week on the west coast of USA and saw some amazing things including The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, and the small group was filled with great people, very down to earth and loads of fun. Highly recommended!

    Chris from Brisbane

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