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The Best Local Culture Travel Experiences

Get under the skin of a place and pick up a skill – whether that’s dancing in Colombia or cooking in Georgia –.on one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Siobhan Grogan
23 Dec 2021
The best trips are so much more than a holiday. Venture away from the pool to experience different cultures and discover a destination like a local, and you will not regret it. From family-run restaurants off the tourist trail to historical monuments only locals know, these carefully curated TRIPS by Culture Trip allow you to experience culture in the world’s most unforgettable destinations.
1 . Getting stuck into a cooking lesson in rural Georgia
From the very first day exploring Old Tbilisi’s fourth-century Narikala Fortress, this cultural trip will take you back in time in the place many believe is the Land of the Golden Fleece. Your local experience will include a cooking lesson in a chef’s home, a trip to remote Juta village and a visit to the Kakheti region, where wine has been made since 6000BCE in clay vessels buried underground.
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2 . Learning to dance in Cartagena, Colombia
Colombia may not be the first destination you think of on the Caribbean coast, but it is unbeatable for those seeking cultural travel. White-sand beaches are a given, but you’ll also enjoy a traditional lunch in the first free African town in the Americas, take a champeta dance lesson and graze on local fare in a street food tour followed by rum tasting in Cartagena.
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Next available from22 Oct 2022
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3 . Taking part in a Balinese blessing ceremony in Tabanan, Bali
It might be famous for its beautiful beaches, but Bali is also renowned for its welcoming, spiritual people. This cultural trip will introduce you to their way of life, so you can truly experience a new culture, from placing an offering at Batukaru Temple to taking part in a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony. You’ll also attend a cooking class and spend time in Ubud, with its thriving arts, crafts and dance scene.
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Next available from22 Oct 2022
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4 . Making sushi in Tokyo and learning martial arts in Hiroshima
The best way to explore different cultures is to roll up your sleeves and get involved. There’s ample opportunity on this 12-day tour of Japan to do just that, with a sushi-making class in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Outer Market, a lesson in taiko drumming, sake tasting at a brewery and the chance to learn the martial art aikido in Hiroshima. There’s even a visit to a sumo wrestler’s training session, but you might prefer to stick to the sidelines that day…
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Next available from9 Mar 2023
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5 . Sipping Turkish tea and haggling in Istanbul
Tourists may make a beeline for the beach resorts of Turkey – but to really experience culture in this fascinating country, you need to travel a little further. In just 12 days, this tour will take you through the Old City of Istanbul and across the Bosphorus to Asia, before moving on to the ancient sites of Hattusas, Yazilikaya and Cappadocia via belly dancing, rock-carved chapels, wine tasting and a visit to watch local craftspeople weave rugs.
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Next available from14 Oct 2022
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