Top Culture Trip Adventures in Africa

Nick Dauk

Senior Travel Writer

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Africa is a continent like no other, and its kaleidoscopic countries confirm it. Jungle and desert. Fishing villages and blockbuster cities. Thousands upon thousands of years of history and perhaps even more wildlife. Take the adventure of a lifetime and discover everything from savannah and safaris to winelands and wilderness on these top small-group Culture Trips.

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CentralAmerica

GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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CentralAmerica

BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini
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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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CentralAmerica

COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini
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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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SouthAmerica

ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic
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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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Europe

SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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Asia

SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic
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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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Africa

EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic
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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Ultimate Egypt

Seeing the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx will be mummified into your memory forever. These incredible structures alone are reason enough to set a course for North Africa, but they aren’t the only big-ticket attractions awaiting your arrival. Check off a bucket-list trip with this nine-day small-group tour of Egypt, including insider-only experiences such as a hidden-gem tour of Cairo and a Nubian dinner. From the shores of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings, you’ll spend every day spellbound by the iconic sights of this ancient country.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Cairo, Egypt

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ENDS AT

Aswan, Egypt

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

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Epic Morocco

Dust off your copy of One Thousand and One Nights for this 11-day adventure through Morocco, which lets you leaf through the pages of this country from cover to cover. Each day is a beautiful new chapter for your travel journal, including afternoons spent admiring the art deco scene in Casablanca, touring the surreal blue streets of Chefchaouen and strolling past donkeys and dye pits in the ancient medina of Fes. Sounds like a journey worth writing about – and for the storybook ending? Getting lost in the flavours of Marrakech.

From US$2369

Next available from 10th Feb 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Casablanca, Morocco

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ENDS AT

Marrakech, Morocco

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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Discovery

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Splendid South Africa

Chasing adrenaline rushes in South Africa is a must, but no one should forget to add a little downtime to their trip across the tip of the continent. The lush valleys of the Cape Winelands deserve hours of sitting, sipping and savouring. Don’t worry, though, because you won’t miss a moment when you join this 11-day trip through the Rainbow Nation. Between spotting the Big Five on the private game reserve of Gondwana, kayaking with penguins off Simons Town and taking a leap of faith with the biggest bridge bungee jump on the planet, you’ll be happy for the rest only wine can bring in Stellenbosch.

From US$2899

Next available from 3rd Feb 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Cape Town, South Africa

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ENDS AT

Cape Town, South Africa

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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Discovery

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Immersive Kenya

Africa guidebook covers often feature Kenya, where you can spot wildlife on safari drives in the Great Rift Valley and meet Maasai communities in the Mara. This eight-day overland tour begins as you venture from Nairobi into the wilderness of Aberdare National Park, home to the second-largest population of rare black rhinos in Africa. After a day in the mountains, you’ll travel to the shores of Lake Nakuru, a high-altitude lake in the Rift Valley that turns pink with flocks of flamingos. In the Maasai Mara itself you’ll spend a day with Maasai people, who’ve lived here for millennia, before exploring the savannah in search of the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephants. Join us at the right time of year and you might even get to watch hoards of migrating wildebeest charge by.

From US$2959

Next available from 10th Mar 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Nairobi, Kenya

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ENDS AT

Nairobi, Kenya

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

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Discovery

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Additional reporting was contributed by Richard Collett.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?

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