The Most Authentic Travel Experiences

Discover authentic ways of living and being on these thoughtful trips around the world.
Jo Fernandez
5 May 2023
What constitutes an authentic travel experience? Effectively, it’s a trip you return from with an in-depth understanding of the destination. If you’re looking for authentic travel experiences, you’ll likely want to experience local lifestyles, customs and culture. Our carefully curated trips, led by Local Insiders, will reveal meaningful monuments, heart-stoppingly beautiful scenery, centuries-old recipes and deep-seated traditions.
1 . Riches and Ruins: Wine, Dine and Step Back in Time in Rural Georgia

This nine-day trip will continually immerse you in unique elements of Georgian life, from the Old Quarter in Tbilisi to the High Caucasus Mountains. You’ll mingle with locals in the farmers’ market as you buy spices to create feasts in a local chef’s home. Snap photogenic Unesco-listed monuments before breaking bread at a family meal. Taste the traditional wine as you see it made, staying steady enough to hike in Lagodekhi National Park, a protected wildlife reserve. Your walk to remote villages will be rewarded with a local wellness tradition – a steamy, therapeutic sulphur bath, followed by an exfoliation and a massage.

Next available from10 Jun 2023
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2 . Pulsating Cities and Majestic Mountains: the Soul of South Korea

How many people can say they’ve explored the tunnels of the Korean Demilitarized Zone or practised martial arts in a Buddhist temple? Or seen Squid Game locations in real life in open-all-hours Seoul, for that matter? On our 10-day exploration of South Korea, you’ll hike and cycle around treasured temples and tombs. Hungry? Nothing says authentic travel like local cuisine, so you’ll cook like the Koreans and witness the etiquette of a traditional tea ceremony. Visit the largest seafood market in the country, Jagalchi Market, then tuck into your chosen catch of the day.

Next available from27 Aug 2023
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3 . Himalayan Escapades and Wildlife Encounters in Nepal

You’ll be amazed at how much of Nepal you’ll see in this 11-day whirl through the Himalayan peaks and wildlife-rich jungle – although the culture is as beautiful as the scenery. Starting in Kathmandu, you’ll learn how to cook at an educational charity for disadvantaged women and tour the narrow streets, lined with Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas, in a rickshaw. Immerse yourself in rural Nepalese life as you hike through remote villages and rice terraces. Learn how to make traditional momo dumplings at a Tibetan refugee camp. But for most of us, the real treat will be sighting a Bengal tiger on a wildlife safari.

Next available from16 Sep 2023
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4 . Arabian Nights: the Complete Morocco Experience

Travel doesn’t come much more authentic than stargazing with an expert astrologer in the Sahara. Our 13-day whirl through Morocco will peel back the layers of this alluring country, from camel riding in the desert to seeking out the spices and smells in the medinas in Fez and Marrakech. The architecture in Casablanca will charm you, as will walks along lesser-known trails in the Atlas Mountains. Fancy some sea air? Haggle in the Old Kasbah in coastal Tangier before soaking up that North African sun from the terrace of your hilltop hotel.

Next available from1 Jul 2023
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Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel – and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

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.