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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.

top 3

  • Sail close to the clouds on Lake Titicaca and meet the descendants of ancient civilisations that inhabit its islands. Feel the spongy reeds of the 'floating' Uros islands beneath your feet, learn about unique local cultures and customs at a homestay, and relish the vistas over seemingly infinite waters from the brilliant Taquile Island. This is the world’s highest navigable lake, sitting at a soaring 3,812 m above sea level. On this unique and inspiring trip, encounter the fascinating people and beautiful locations that characterise this evocative place.

    Lake Titicaca (Basix)

    from $210*

    • Homestay
      Boat, Minibus.
    Day 1 Puno/Lake Titicaca
    Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets. Crossing the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and has some fascinating islands and hefty-sized frogs living within its waters.

    Day 2 Lake Titicaca/Puno
    Known as the folklore capital of Peru, Puno often has colourful celebrations and is a great place to find goods made of alpaca wool.
  • 
Get a feel of the pure white sands of the Bay of Islands.
Be ready for some jaw-dropping scenery! 

    3 Day Bay to Bay 2013 - 2014

    from $220*

    •  

      TOTALLY TOPDECK: 

      • Stunning Bay of Islands
      • ‘Rock the Boat’ Upgrade Option

      Also INCLUDED:

      • 2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)
      • 2 nights in hotels/motels
      • Modern air-conditioned coach
      • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader & Driver
      • Group Size : Average 28 People
      • Transport : Modern air-conditioned coach
      • Available
      .
    Day 1 Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands.
    We start our trip together in Auckland, the jewel of the North Island, heading north around the picturesque harbour. First stop is Parry’s Kauri Park to visit an impressive example of a Kauri tree. Then it’s on to the seaside town of Paihia, nestled amongst the breathtaking Bay of Islands – a beautiful locale of 144 islands with quiet bays and plenty of marine life. Once we’ve sorted our accommodation, relax by the pool or grab a meal in town. Optional Upgrade to ‘Rock the Boat’ Overnight.
    Day 2 Paihia, Bay of Islands.
    You’ve got a free day to explore some of what the Bay of Islands has to offer! And trust us when we say there’s a wealth of optional activities. Drive along 90 Mile Beach all the way to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific and try boarding down the towering sand dunes is a great rush! Cruise around the inner Bay aboard a catamaran and spot some dolphins, or just paddle through the mangroves to Haruru Falls by kayak. You may wish to learn a little of the region’s history with a visit to Russell (NZ’s oldest settlement) or the Waitangi Treaty House. Maybe you’d just like to get back to nature with a hike to Haruru Falls through the gorgeous natural landscape. We’ll regroup for dinner and share the day’s experiences! (B, D)
    Day 3 Bay of Islands to Auckland.
    Our travel direction turns southwards, and we visit the stunning Whangarei Falls if the weather’s on our side. From here, it’s a short hop back to Auckland, the City of Sails, where our quick jaunt together comes to a close. (B)
  • 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.

    Ask about our great airfares
  • Cultural Tour Holiday Packages

    • Sail close to the clouds on Lake Titicaca and meet the descendants of ancient civilisations that inhabit its islands. Feel the spongy reeds of the 'floating' Uros islands beneath your feet, learn about unique local cultures and customs at a homestay, and relish the vistas over seemingly infinite waters from the brilliant Taquile Island. This is the world’s highest navigable lake, sitting at a soaring 3,812 m above sea level. On this unique and inspiring trip, encounter the fascinating people and beautiful locations that characterise this evocative place.

      Lake Titicaca (Basix)

      from $210*

      • Homestay
        Boat, Minibus.
      Day 1 Puno/Lake Titicaca
      Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets. Crossing the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and has some fascinating islands and hefty-sized frogs living within its waters.

      Day 2 Lake Titicaca/Puno
      Known as the folklore capital of Peru, Puno often has colourful celebrations and is a great place to find goods made of alpaca wool.
    • 
Get a feel of the pure white sands of the Bay of Islands.
Be ready for some jaw-dropping scenery! 

      3 Day Bay to Bay 2013 - 2014

      from $220*

      •  

        TOTALLY TOPDECK: 

        • Stunning Bay of Islands
        • ‘Rock the Boat’ Upgrade Option

        Also INCLUDED:

        • 2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)
        • 2 nights in hotels/motels
        • Modern air-conditioned coach
        • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader & Driver
        • Group Size : Average 28 People
        • Transport : Modern air-conditioned coach
        • Available
        .
      Day 1 Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands.
      We start our trip together in Auckland, the jewel of the North Island, heading north around the picturesque harbour. First stop is Parry’s Kauri Park to visit an impressive example of a Kauri tree. Then it’s on to the seaside town of Paihia, nestled amongst the breathtaking Bay of Islands – a beautiful locale of 144 islands with quiet bays and plenty of marine life. Once we’ve sorted our accommodation, relax by the pool or grab a meal in town. Optional Upgrade to ‘Rock the Boat’ Overnight.
      Day 2 Paihia, Bay of Islands.
      You’ve got a free day to explore some of what the Bay of Islands has to offer! And trust us when we say there’s a wealth of optional activities. Drive along 90 Mile Beach all the way to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific and try boarding down the towering sand dunes is a great rush! Cruise around the inner Bay aboard a catamaran and spot some dolphins, or just paddle through the mangroves to Haruru Falls by kayak. You may wish to learn a little of the region’s history with a visit to Russell (NZ’s oldest settlement) or the Waitangi Treaty House. Maybe you’d just like to get back to nature with a hike to Haruru Falls through the gorgeous natural landscape. We’ll regroup for dinner and share the day’s experiences! (B, D)
      Day 3 Bay of Islands to Auckland.
      Our travel direction turns southwards, and we visit the stunning Whangarei Falls if the weather’s on our side. From here, it’s a short hop back to Auckland, the City of Sails, where our quick jaunt together comes to a close. (B)
    • 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.

      Ask about our great airfares
    • 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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    • With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, stand in the morning breeze and pay respect to the fallen on ANZAC Day at a dawn vigil. This special 3-day trip takes you by private bus along the Dardanelles, from Istanbul to the memorial site commemorating the common sacrifice for all of the nations involved. This moving tour will also include visits to other important sites such as Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair and the war cemeteries, making your visit to Turkey a unique and beautiful experience.

      ANZAC Day Memorial Tour

      from $299*

      • Group leader
        Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

      • What's Included
        Gallipoli battlefields and sites tour.
      • Troy visit.
      • ANZAC Day dawn service.
      • Country-specific memorial services.
      • Sleeping bag use.

      • Meals Included
        2 breakfasts.

      • (Allow USD60-75 for meals not included)
        Local Flights
        If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted.
      • It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets.
      • Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
      Witness the moving dawn service and accompanying memorials, explore the ancient city of Troy
      Day 1 Istanbul
      Depart Istanbul at 8am. Afternoon tour of the battlefields, cemeteries and other important sites.
      Day 2 Troy/Canakkale (1B)
      Morning visit to Troy with free time in the afternoon. Evening departure to Gallipoli ceremony site.
      Day 3 Istanbul (1B)
      ANZAC Day Dawn Service. Option to attend Australian, New Zealand and Turkish morning memorial services. Transfer back to Istanbul where tour finishes upon arrival in late evening. We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
    • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum & King Tut's 9kg solid Golden Mask

      Cairo Stopover - 4 Days

      from $329*

      • Breakfast daily
        3 nights - standard hotel (based on twin/double basis)
        Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 4
        Guided sightseeing of the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza and the Egyptian Museum
        Guided sightseeing on day 2 conducted by an English speaking Egyptian tour guide, qualified in Egyptology
        All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
      Day 1, Cairo
      Welcome to Egypt and the start of your citystay! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to your hotel and overnight.
      No meals included.
      Day 2, Pyramids & the Egyptian Museum
      Hello Cairo! Today, enjoy a guided visit to the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Whilst here, you can opt to enter inside one of the pyramids, subject to opening. Not built for the purpose of accommodating curious travellers, a visit inside one of the pyramids is hot, humid and not recommended for the claustrophobic! For a real Arabian experience, perhaps opt to hire a camel for a trot across the sands of Giza.

      We later enjoy a guided visit at the Egyptian Museum. Prize exhibit has to be the priceless funerary treasures of King Tutankhamen, including his legendary solid gold death mask. Also during the visit you can choose to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom is displayed.
      1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
      Day 3, Explore or relax
      Free day to enjoy Cairo your way. Perhaps enjoy an optional Cairo city tour or a visit to the first pyramid ever built - Zhoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara. There are also plenty of cabs available from you hotel to take you into central Cairo. Perhaps check out the bargains at Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
      1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
      Day 4, Cairo
      Hotel check out and included onward transfer to airport.
      1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    • See the best of Siem Reap & Phnom Penh

      A Land Before Time Travel, 6 Days - SAVE 20%*

      from $348*

      • 6 day tour departing Phnom Penh.
      • 5 nights accommodation in hotels.
      • Transport by private van and public air-conditioned coach.
      HIGHLIGHTS: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Angkor

      If you Google, 'inspirational quotes about Angkor Wat' you get, absolutely nothing. So do us a favour and make some up after you've seen it.

      DAY 1-2: PHNOM PENH
      Eat your heart out, starting with a nom banh chok from a local street vendor. Phnom Penh is a quirky mix of romantic Indo-China charm, poverty, modern development, friendly locals and cheeky tuk-tuk drivers. Tonight there will be a group meeting at 6pm.

      DAY 3-5: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR
      Time for the main event, which kicks off with sunset over the temples. A local tour guide will show you the ropes then you've got a free day to explore. How many faces can you count at Bayon?

      DAY 6: SIEM REAP
      After all that walking, get an optional pedicure Siem Reap style as thousands of little fish nibble your tootsies. Grab any last minute scarves/DVDs/wooden bowls/art at the night market before heading home. The trip finishes today after breakfast

    Cultural Tour Holiday Packages

    • Sail close to the clouds on Lake Titicaca and meet the descendants of ancient civilisations that inhabit its islands. Feel the spongy reeds of the 'floating' Uros islands beneath your feet, learn about unique local cultures and customs at a homestay, and relish the vistas over seemingly infinite waters from the brilliant Taquile Island. This is the world’s highest navigable lake, sitting at a soaring 3,812 m above sea level. On this unique and inspiring trip, encounter the fascinating people and beautiful locations that characterise this evocative place.

      Lake Titicaca (Basix)

      from $210*

      • Homestay
        Boat, Minibus.
      Day 1 Puno/Lake Titicaca
      Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets. Crossing the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and has some fascinating islands and hefty-sized frogs living within its waters.

      Day 2 Lake Titicaca/Puno
      Known as the folklore capital of Peru, Puno often has colourful celebrations and is a great place to find goods made of alpaca wool.
    • 
Get a feel of the pure white sands of the Bay of Islands.
Be ready for some jaw-dropping scenery! 

      3 Day Bay to Bay 2013 - 2014

      from $220*

      •  

        TOTALLY TOPDECK: 

        • Stunning Bay of Islands
        • ‘Rock the Boat’ Upgrade Option

        Also INCLUDED:

        • 2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)
        • 2 nights in hotels/motels
        • Modern air-conditioned coach
        • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader & Driver
        • Group Size : Average 28 People
        • Transport : Modern air-conditioned coach
        • Available
        .
      Day 1 Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands.
      We start our trip together in Auckland, the jewel of the North Island, heading north around the picturesque harbour. First stop is Parry’s Kauri Park to visit an impressive example of a Kauri tree. Then it’s on to the seaside town of Paihia, nestled amongst the breathtaking Bay of Islands – a beautiful locale of 144 islands with quiet bays and plenty of marine life. Once we’ve sorted our accommodation, relax by the pool or grab a meal in town. Optional Upgrade to ‘Rock the Boat’ Overnight.
      Day 2 Paihia, Bay of Islands.
      You’ve got a free day to explore some of what the Bay of Islands has to offer! And trust us when we say there’s a wealth of optional activities. Drive along 90 Mile Beach all the way to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific and try boarding down the towering sand dunes is a great rush! Cruise around the inner Bay aboard a catamaran and spot some dolphins, or just paddle through the mangroves to Haruru Falls by kayak. You may wish to learn a little of the region’s history with a visit to Russell (NZ’s oldest settlement) or the Waitangi Treaty House. Maybe you’d just like to get back to nature with a hike to Haruru Falls through the gorgeous natural landscape. We’ll regroup for dinner and share the day’s experiences! (B, D)
      Day 3 Bay of Islands to Auckland.
      Our travel direction turns southwards, and we visit the stunning Whangarei Falls if the weather’s on our side. From here, it’s a short hop back to Auckland, the City of Sails, where our quick jaunt together comes to a close. (B)
    • 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.

      Ask about our great airfares

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    Discover Egypt

    My Camel Humps, 9 Days - SAVE 20%*

    HIGHLIGHTS: Cairo - Aswan - Luxor - Abu Simbel - Nile Cruise

    Cairo is your kickoff point, check out the Pyramids and Sphi...

    from $500*

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    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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