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The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

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The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

Vast, intricate palaces trimmed with gold, barely explored temples shrouded in vines, exquisitely crafted sculptures, crumbling fortresses, and museums brimming with original artwork… Whether you're an art aficionado or history enthusiast, travel can reinvigorate your passion and give you new perspectives. Our specialists have explored all corners of the globe to find the best ways to experience the world’s historical and artistic treasures on your art- or history-focused vacation.

Wherever you go, we can help you appreciate both well-known and under-the-radar sights, seeing them in a new light with the help of our expert guides. You might gaze upon Michelangelo’s David in situ while learning more about the artist and his techniques. Follow in the footsteps of soldiers and explorers for a depth of understanding you won’t get from a textbook. Or, discover the stories surrounding museum pieces recovered from ancient civilizations.

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Our recommended art and history trip ideas

Our art- and history-inspired trips below are designed to give you a fresh perspective on some of the world's masterpieces, legends, and monumental moments, all with the help of our knowledgeable local guides.

Our expert guides to planning your art and history vacations

Brimming with expert insights and advice, the travel guides below are designed to inspire and inform your art- or history-focused trip, whether you want to visit Inca sites or stay in an Indian palace. Our specialists share how you can best explore art, history, and ancient cultures in just some of our destinations.

  • The Roman Empire in North Africa
    El Jem, Tunisia

    The Roman Empire in North Africa

    The Roman Empire in North Africa

    North Africa’s Roman legacy includes the third biggest amphitheater in the world at El Jem as well as mosaics that rival those in Pompeii. Our North Africa specialists will plan your individual tour around the lasting highlights of this great Empire, the big sites and the lesser known ones.

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  • Peru’s Inca wonders beyond Machu Picchu
    Moray agricultural terraces

    Peru’s Inca wonders beyond Machu Picchu

    Peru’s Inca wonders beyond Machu Picchu

    Former Cuzco resident Fiona shares her choice of her adopted country’s lesser-known Inca ruins, which share Machu Picchu’s geography but not its fame. She explains how to delve even deeper into the best archaeological sites of the Peruvian Incas.

    8 min read

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  • Aboriginal Australia
    Aboriginal rock art, Kakadu National Park

    Aboriginal Australia

    Aboriginal Australia

    The big skies of the Northern Territory are also the heartland of Aboriginal Australia. We work with local Aboriginal guides and groups who'll reveal their way of life, traditions and a hidden wealth of ancient rock art.

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  • Exploring classical Greece: Five essential destinations
    Erechtheum, Athens

    Exploring classical Greece: Five essential destinations

    Exploring classical Greece: Five essential destinations

    Explore the cradle of European culture with Greece specialist Abbey on this tour of five classical destinations, from the sun-bleached Parthenon in Athens to the sacred island of Delos, which the ancients believed to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.

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  • Italy’s art cities: Venice, Florence and Rome
    Michelangelo's 'David', Florence

    Italy’s art cities: Venice, Florence and Rome

    Italy’s art cities: Venice, Florence and Rome

    From classical Roman statues through Renaissance frescoes to modern installations, you can trace a complete history of Western art in Italy’s great cities. Specialist Kimberly talks about how to deal with the crowds as you take in these important works.

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  • Uncover ancient Britain beyond Stonehenge
    Roman Baths, Bath

    Uncover ancient Britain beyond Stonehenge

    Uncover ancient Britain beyond Stonehenge

    Stonehenge is the most popular prehistoric site in Britain, but it’s not the country’s only ancient attraction. Discover the limits of Roman power at Hadrian’s Wall, a Stone Age barrow near Avebury and Bronze Age cairns featured in Outlander.

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  • Palaces and regal stays in India
    Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur

    Palaces and regal stays in India

    Palaces and regal stays in India

    Private butlers, priceless chandeliers, and gilded furniture: life as an Indian royal was the epitome of opulence. With many royal residences now palatial hotels, you can taste life as a maharaja or maharani. We’ve chosen the best regal experiences from Rajasthan to Varanasi.

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  • The King's Highway in Jordan
    Kerak Castle

    The King's Highway in Jordan

    The King's Highway in Jordan

    Traveling the Kings' Highway in Jordan means seeing 5,000 years of history. Visit sites of the Holy Land, the churches at Madaba and Mount Nebo, the castles of Kerak and Shawbak, as well as the ancient city of Petra.

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  • Explore the mysteries of Petra
    The Monastery, Petra

    Explore the mysteries of Petra

    Explore the mysteries of Petra

    A hidden city that’s carved into sandstone cliffs, Petra was one of the wonders of the ancient world. Jordan specialist Nick offers a guide to the history and important sites in this vast city.

    9 min read

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  • Past Civilizations of Ancient Egypt
    Abu Simbel, Egypt

    Past Civilizations of Ancient Egypt

    Past Civilizations of Ancient Egypt

    Discover the culture and history of Ancient Egypt on a tailor-made vacation. Our knowledgeable specialists can create a unique itinerary for you that suits your interests, including a few places that you might not have known about.

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  • The Khmer Empire
    Khmer man resting at Angkor Wat

    The Khmer Empire

    The Khmer Empire

    Discover the culture and history of a country on a tailor-made trip, with visits to explore famous sites and others not quite so well known but equally impressive.

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  • UNESCO sites of Indochina
    Young monks studying the bas relief, Angkor Wat

    UNESCO sites of Indochina

    UNESCO sites of Indochina

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was set up to protect culturally important sites from around the world. Here, we focus on eight sites in Indochina.

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  • Explore the Renaissance
    Interior of Florence Duomo

    Explore the Renaissance

    Explore the Renaissance

    Walk in Da Vinci’s footsteps, marvel at Michelangelo’s genius and see Shakespeare’s plays as he intended. Our Europe specialists suggest ways to explore the Renaissance across the continent, including both must-see destinations and lesser-known sights that you might otherwise overlook.

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  • Explore ancient cities of Europe and the Middle East
    Roman Forum ruins, Rome

    Explore ancient cities of Europe and the Middle East

    Explore ancient cities of Europe and the Middle East

    From the pyramids and the Parthenon to the Colosseum and Diocletian’s Palace, the remnants of ancient empires still define modern Europe and the Middle East. Our specialists suggest the best way to explore these not-so-hidden roots from Amman to Athens.

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  • The best World War II sites in Western Europe
    Dover Castle

    The best World War II sites in Western Europe

    The best World War II sites in Western Europe

    In many ways, World War II still shapes the cities and landscapes of Western Europe. Here are a handful of the war’s most compelling sites, including the beaches at Normandy, a naval headquarters in Liverpool and a secret tunnel under Naples.

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Inspiration for art and history explorations from our blog

Retrace the past or take a deep dive into the world’s most celebrated masterpieces — our collection of blog articles below will provide some inspiration for your art- or history-focused trip.

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    5 ways to discover your Irish heritage in Ireland

    From the coffin ships of the Great Famine to the Titanic, the Irish diaspora has spread Irish culture far and wide across the globe. Here, Ireland specialist Shannon suggests five ways for you to learn more about your roots in your ancestral land.

  • Bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    This iconic landmark serves as a poignant reminder of the atrocities suffered here during World War II. The nearby museum highlights the plight of the POWs and Asian laborers tortured by the Japanese, whilst the beautifully maintained World War II cemetery provides a quiet sanctuary for reflection.

  • Jacobite gravestone at Culloden

    An Outlander tour of Scotland

    An Outlander-themed tour of Scotland lets fans visit the Fraser grave marker at Culloden Moor, walk in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s footsteps at Holyrood Palace, see the real castle that doubles as Lallybroch and touch the stone circle that inspired the series.

  • San Agustin archaeological park

    Forgotten and abandoned places, refound

    As the nights shorten, our travel musings take on a tinge of the macabre. Here, our specialists interpret what it means for a place to be forgotten. They explain why a particular place speaks to them — and why you should visit.

  • Highclere Castle

    A Downton Abbey tour of England

    From the narrow lanes of Bampton Village to the lofty halls of Highclere Castle, UK specialist Andea outlines the best way to see filming locations and other sights important to fans of Downton Abbey, both the show and the movie.

  • Chittorgarh Fort, India

    Top five historical battlefield sites

    From a sun-baked desert in Turkey to a grassy field in Vietnam, battlefields are pivot points in history. Here, we suggest five battle sites around the world that we can take you to so you can gain a better understanding of history.

  • Artefacts on display in the Gold Museum, Bogotá

    Treasures of Latin America

    We explore some of the best museums in Latin America, the incredible finds that have been discovered and their fascinating history.