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The Best Places to Learn About Ancient Civilisations

For history buffs wanting to satisfy their curious nature, read our guide to the best places around the world where you can learn about those who came before us.
Nick Dauk
30 Dec 2021
History may be of the past, but it’s coming alive in the present at some of the world’s most historical sights. Learning about ancient civilisations is no longer restricted to the written word, relics and ruins. From the ancient Egyptians to the Mayans, you can immerse yourself in the culture, history and way of life of yesterday while on holiday. Learn as much as possible about the ancient civilisations you only studied in school at these historical sites.
1. Rome, to see where the Empire rose and fell

You could study the Roman Empire for millennia and still only scratch the surface. Rome, naturally, is one of the best places to learn about ancient civilisation. The Colosseum and Forum are only the tips of the iceberg – you’ll spot countless ruins merely walking the short distance between the two. See Rome on two feet and atop a bicycle on this historical TRIPS by Culture Trip tour of Northern Italy.

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2. History and hangovers in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

One of the new Seven Wonders of the World is hanging out just west of Cancun on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Imagine that – you can spend spring break far from campus yet still pack in a visit to one of the most famous ancient temples in the world. Spend your days learning about the ancient Maya civilisation and your nights learning about tequila with this educational high-energy TRIPS by Culture Trip tour.

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3. Hike to ancient temples in Sri Lanka

Looking to elevate your view of ancient civilisations? Sri Lanka will take your history lesson to new heights. The fifth-century Sigiriya fortress must be reached by climbing winding steps that stretch more than 1,144ft (348m) high. Don’t worry – not all remnants of yesterday require such an excursion. You can gaze in wonder at 1,000-year-old Buddhas carved into the rock within an easy car ride away. Get to know Sri Lanka’s ancient temples on this exciting TRIPS by Culture Trip tour.

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4. Walk like an Egyptian through its historical pyramids

Egypt is the ultimate historical trip. No matter if you’re interested in the marvels that are the pyramids, riches of the pharaohs or the macabre mummification process, you’ll be blown away seeing the remnants of this ancient civilisation. A visit to Cairo is a bucket list trip in itself – stopping at the Valley of the Kinds and temples of Luxor only enhances the experience. Dig up ancient Egyptian history with this 10-day TRIPS by Culture Trip tour from Giza down the Nile River.

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5. Swap stories on ancient trading routes in Nepal

Mount Everest may showcase a century of summit-hiker tales but the Himalayas have a history that’s a little bit longer. The Kathmandu Valley itself has housed tribes for more than 4,000 years. Discover the ancient citadel Nuwakot Durbar on the Trishuli River Valley and see where traders trekked on their way to and from Tibet. This TRIPS by Culture Trip Nepalese tour lasts 11 days, taking you across the very mountains that countless cultures have traversed for thousands of years.

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