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Top Trips for Discovering a City Inside Out

Book your way into the backdoor of a city – discover the heart of a place as only the locals can show you.
Culture Trip Travel Team
23 Feb 2022
The streets of every city hold secrets that only the locals are wise to. Vibrant neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the skyscrapers and hole-in-the-wall local haunts overshadowed by corporate chains give you a more intimate offering of the city’s history, culture, and everyday life. Even if you know a city like the back of your hand, there’s always more to explore beneath the surface. These top trips for discovering a city inside out will give you a deep dive into the world’s coolest cities.
1 . Japan Rising: From Neon Lights to Rural Ryokans

Each year, millions of tourists visit Japan for a glimpse of its mountain-dotted landscapes and tucked-away onsens. To catch all of the region’s highlights, however, your best bet is following an expert-curated itinerary. On our Japan Rising trip, you’ll see the deer on Miyajima Island, for example, which – according to folklore – are considered sacred messengers from the gods. You’ll also experience the city lights of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, watching sumo wrestlers train and learning how to make sushi.

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2 . La Vida Local in Mexico City

Get under the skin of the buzziest city in Latin America with a four-day trip to Mexico City. You’ll be in the hands of our Local Insider, who knows all the top-secret spots around town. Explore the Condesa and Roma district; visit Frida Kahlo’s house and sample Mexico’s other favourite tipple, mezcal. You’ll even spend an evening cheering on luchadores at a wrestling match. Round off your adventure with a boat ride on the canals of Xochimilco  – soundtrack provided by los mariachis.

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3 . The Holy Land: See Jerusalem Through the Eyes of Locals

From whipping up a Middle Eastern feast in a family home in Bethlehem to trying craft beers at Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market, this seven-day trip will show you both the traditional and the modern faces of Israel. Scratch beneath the surface of the Holy City with tours led by both Israeli and Palestinian guides, and take a bicycle tour of Tel Aviv’s lively food markets, including the vibrant Carmel Market, is another treat for the tastebuds.

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4 . Riches and Ruins: Wine, Dine and Step Back in Time in Rural Georgia

Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, has a rich and fascinating history. At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it’s characterised by an eclectic mix of architectural styles and cultural influences. You’ll get under the skin of the city with our Local Insider by your side on this nine-day trip, which includes a guided walking tour of Tbilisi’s old quarter, a hearty lunch of khachapuri (traditional cheese-filled bread), and a visit to the Museum of Georgia. At the Dezerter Bazaar, Georgia’s largest food market, you’ll purchase fresh ingredients to use in a Georgian cooking class.

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Nick Dauk, Emma Gibbins and Grace Beard contributed to this article.