The Friendliest Countries in the World to Travel

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Siobhan Grogan

Book your place to visit one of the friendliest places in the world with Culture Trip – and you’ll be greeted with smiles wherever you go.

It’s the people you meet who can make or break a holiday. A warm welcome and locals happy to see you can mean more than discovering the perfect secluded beach or that restaurant you return to night after night. Choose the right destination and you can still have both, plus spectacular mountain ranges, historic monuments, untouched jungle wilderness or even a paradise island. Check out these Epic Trips and experience authentic hospitality around the globe.

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View from a flowery field as the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) zooms past Mount Fuji in the Japanese countryside

Japan by Train to have a relaxing cultural experience

From neon-lit skyscrapers to bamboo forests dotted with ancient temples, there’s nowhere quite like Japan. This 12-day trip will take you from the foodie capital of Osaka, to the city lights of Tokyo and even down to the floating Torii Gate of Miyajima Island, which sits in Hiroshima Bay. Along the way, you’ll get to see geishas in Kyoto, sample sake in Takayama and watch sumo wrestlers train in the capital. You’ll even get the chance to stay in a traditional ryokan-style hotel and sing your heart out at karaoke alongside your fellow travellers. How can we squeeze so much into one itinerary? You have Japan’s incredible train networks to thank.

From US$4045

Next available from 2nd Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Osaka, Japan

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ENDS AT

Tokyo, Japan

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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A hiker follows a trail to the Koruldi lakes in the Caucasus Mountains near Mestia; Ushba mountain is ahead

Georgia to discover remote villages and hike in the Caucasus Mountains

Georgia is one of the friendliest countries in Europe, with some of the best food, wine and countryside to boot. On this tour, you’ll find people ready to chat wherever you go, including in the local pub and farmers’ market in Tbilisi, the ancient wine region of Kakheti and even remote Juta, one of the highest villages in the region.

From US$1287

Next available from 18th May 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Tbilisi, Georgia

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ENDS AT

Tbilisi, Georgia

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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A woman practises yoga by the ocean surf at Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

Costa Rica for jungle trekking and sunrise yoga

Happiness is guaranteed on this safari trip to the Central American country of Costa Rica. Once you’ve bonded with fellow travellers over a welcome dinner of traditional Costa Rican dishes, you can choose from a range of optional activities to make sure this is your holiday of a lifetime. Think sunrise yoga, nocturnal wildlife hikes, treetop tours, canyoning and surf lessons, all in steamy tropical surroundings.

From US$2403

Next available from 20th Jul 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

San Jose, Costa Rica

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ENDS AT

Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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