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Luxury cultural holidays

Camping below Angkor's temples in Cambodia, enjoying a local family's hospitality on a homestay in Kerala, discovering Australia's earliest artworks with an Aboriginal expert — our specialists will give you all the routes into unlocking your destination's true cultural identity.

We work with local guides who come with an insider's knowledge, and we can advise you on which of a country's cultural highlights you shouldn't miss, because we've visited them ourselves.

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Our recommended cultural itinerary ideas

Our itinerary ideas will give you a starting point for what your trip could entail. Treat them just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you and there are many more options available.

Recommended destinations for a cultural holiday

Our specialists can help you plan your cultural trip, individually focusing on your tastes and interests, to the destinations below.

Our expert guides to choosing your cultural holiday

Penned by our specialists from their own travels, these guides aim to inspire you with suggestions of where to spend your holiday. Giving tips for what to experience and recommendations for where to stay, we share our ideas for the best destinations to consider.

  • Sadhu in Varanasi

    What to do in India: our highlights guide

    Our India specialists pick some of their best things to see and do, and where to stay from the Himalaya to Kerala. Include spotting tiger, staying in a palace in Rajasthan, taking a boat trip down the Ganges and experience one of the country’s many festivals in your trip to India.

  • Geisha of Japan

    What to do in Japan: our highlights guide

    Having lived and travelled across the country, our Japan Specialist Caitlin has compiled her highlights, from observing centuries-old rituals to the learning about the most modern technology.

  • Fruit seller in the Mekong Delta

    What to do in Vietnam: our highlights guide

    Visit a floating market on the Mekong Delta, try your hand at woodcut painting in Hanoi, or explore Saigon by vintage sidecar. Our guide will help immerse you in the sights, people and landscapes of Vietnam.

  • The Great Wall, Beijing

    The Great Wall of China: taking a quieter path

    Unmistakeable in its appearance and scale, the Great Wall of China wends across the hills, mountains and valleys of northern China. For most visitors, blanking out time to visit this man-made wonder is a must — China specialist Susan outlines the best ways to do this.

  • Monk gathering thoughts, Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat & the temples of Angkor

    Our Cambodia specialist gives a personal experience of visiting the 'big three' temples of Angkor: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. He details a brief history of each, his recommendations of where to stay and the best time to visit.

  • Ayuthaya, Thailand

    What to do in Thailand: our highlights guide

    To travel to Thailand and only see the beaches is to miss a magical and enthralling experience. This guide delves more deeply into what you can see and experience in this diverse country.

  • Machu Picchu

    Visit Machu Picchu: A first timer's guide

    Perched high on a mountain ridge and hidden from the world for hundreds of years, the ruins of Machu Picchu are the jewel in Peru's crown. One of our Peru specialists gives a personal account of how to get the most from your visit.

  • Statue, Herculaneum

    Unlocking Italy’s key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii & Herculaneum

    Italy has been at the forefront of so much: a military empire, art, architecture, cuisine and of course a penchant for style. For many however it’s still characterized by a handful of famous places. We highlight the key Roman sites of Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum.