The Best Trip Ideas for Couples

From the rainforests of the Amazon to the high mountains of the Andes, these premium small-group Culture Trip adventures will inspire you to book your next holiday.
Richard Collett
5 May 2023
Experience new cultures and new cuisines together as you tour through some of the most exciting and adventurous destinations in the world. If these don’t work as bonding experiences, nothing will. Looking for the best trip ideas for couples? These Culture Trip tours are the best of the best.
1 . Iceland, to soak in a geothermal hot tub and see the Northern Lights
Iceland is one of the best places for couples to travel to – after all, what’s more romantic than watching the Northern Lights together in a geothermal hot tub? This five-day Culture Trip tour takes you from Reykjavik into the Golden Circle, where you’ll see geysers, waterfalls and glaciers. You’ll also have the chance to try the delights of geothermally baked bread, visit black sand beaches on the southern coast and soak up the mineral-rich goodness of the Blue Lagoon.
Next available from21 Oct 2023
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2 . Morocco, to stargaze in the Sahara and ride camels

A Morocco trip is one for the romantics – as you tour through ancient souks, stargaze in the Sahara and trek through the Atlas Mountains. On this 11-day Culture Trip tour, you and your partner will see as much of Morocco as possible as you start in Casablanca, travel to Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fez, Merzouga and finally, Marrakech. You’ll ride camels through the desert together, feast with Berber families and uncover the history and culture of this fascinating North African nation.

Next available from1 Jul 2023
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3 . Ecuador, if you'd like to ride horseback to volcanoes and stay in a jungle lodge

Can’t decide between the Amazon or the Andes? There’s no need to argue when you book this trip because you’ll get to experience both together. This eight-day Culture Trip Ecuadorian adventure starts with a cooking masterclass in Quito before you venture on horseback to the volcanoes and mountains of Cotopaxi National Park. The tour moves south to Banos, where you’ll explore the waterfall route and bathe in hot springs – where the tour ends with a romantic overnight stay in an Amazon jungle lodge.

Next available from8 Jul 2023
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4 . Japan, if you both love sushi and mountains

Big fan of sushi dates? You and your partner will love delving into food markets, sushi stalls and ramen restaurants on this 12-day overland adventure across Japan. Your tour starts in Osaka, with a visit to the Kuromon Market and a 400-year-old castle. From here, you’ll board the bullet train to Hiroshima, where you’ll visit the Peace Park and learn how to make Okonomiyaki Pancakes, before speeding off to Kyoto, the Japanese Alps, Mount Fuji and more. Your tour ends with sushi-making classes and sumo wrestling under the neon lights of Tokyo.

Next available from7 Sep 2023
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This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Luke Abrahams. Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting.

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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Epic Trips, Mini Trips and Sailing Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travellers and friends who want to explore the world together.

Epic Trips are deeply immersive 8 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and enough down time to really relax and soak it all in. Our Mini Trips are small and mighty - they squeeze all the excitement and authenticity of our longer Epic Trips into a manageable 3-5 day window. Our Sailing Trips invite you to spend a week experiencing the best of the sea and land in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm – and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.