The Best Places to Travel in August with Culture Trip

Streets in Seoul, South Korea
Streets in Seoul, South Korea | Photo by Alexandre Chambon on Unsplash

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We all like to make the most of our holidays, and there’s no better time to maximise time off from work than when the sun is shining. Planning around our annual break can get stressful, however, and what you really need is to sit back and pick from one of these outstanding August offerings from Culture Trip.

Blissful Bali

One of the amazing activities you can look forward to in Blai with Culture Trip

Plan your August getaway to Bali and discover its abundance of natural beauty, from swimming in tropical waterfalls to snorkelling with turtles. Begin your trip at the bustling beach resort of Legian, then venture north deep into the jungle-enshrouded mountains. Make your way up Mount Batur for breathtaking sunrise views and attend a cooking masterclass in Ubud. Hop on a speedy boat to Gili Trawangan, a small island off the coast of Lombok, before returning to Bali. Wrap up your trip with an optional surf lesson, a customary beachfront blessing ceremony, and a farewell dinner with new friends to remember in Canggu.

Join us in Blissful Bali and experience a real-life wonderland

Tropical Northern Thailand

One of Thailand’s many palaces

Looking for a unique adventure in Thailand? Join our small group of fellow travelers on a 10-day journey through the breathtaking northwest region. You’ll be treated to unforgettable experiences such as watching the sunrise over Thailand’s highest mountain and interacting with rescued elephants in a sanctuary. Explore Doi Inthanon National Park, float through a stunning cave, and witness the sun set over Pai Canyon. There will also be time to indulge in relaxation at a geothermal hot spring and savor delicious local Thai cuisine. This is the ultimate off-the-beaten-track exploration for those seeking an authentic experience of the former Lanna Kingdom.

Join our Tropical Northern Thailand trip and see a very different side to the county

Budapest to Berlin – The Best of Central Europe by Train

The beautiful city of Budapest is the final call on our Central European tour

The rail network across this part of Europe is known as being one of the best in the world. Fast, clean and efficient, if you want to get from destination to destination, this is the way to do it. Our exclusive Budapest to Berlin itinerary has been curated with you in mind and includes everything you would want to experience in the region. You won’t be stuck to your seat though as we have time in the thrilling multicultural web that is Berlin, before moving on to Prague, perhaps Europe’s most picturesque city. Hot on its heels is Vienna, as elegant today as in the days of Mozart. We’ll escape the urban hustle for a day trip to the spectacularly scenic Wachau, where you can cycle and sip wine on the banks of the Danube. Then, a brief stay in Bratislava before reaching our final destination: Budapest.

Travel from Budapest to Berlin in relaxing style and ultimate comfort

Dazzling South Africa

Paternoster, South Africa

A heady mix of influences and cultures, modern South Africa offers a unique experience for every type of visitor. Our journey begins in Cape Town, where you’ll discover the rich cultural diversity of this fascinating city, shaped by the trials and tribulations of its complex history. After exploring the city, we’ll embark on the Garden Route, where you’ll be enchanted by the natural wonders of this beautiful region – from the mystical limestone caves to the lush national parks, dazzling coastlines, and endless vineyards. Our grand finale will be a luxurious stay in a breathtaking safari game reserve, where you can witness the majestic Big Five in their natural habitat and savour the stunning scenery of the South African wilderness.

Shine in Dazzling South Africa this August

Soulful South Korea

Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul, Korean traditional architecture

Our 10-day trip takes in the major cities in South Korea and also includes time in the peaceful mountains. Experience urban and rural wonders by sightseeing and singing your heart out on a karaoke night in Seoul, as well as venturing into the tunnels of the Demilitarized Zone, running along the North Korean border. Admire mountainous scenery as you hike through Seoraksan National Park, spend a night in a hillside Buddhist temple and discover the archaeological gems of Gyeongju by bike. You’ll gain an authentic taste of the country’s vibrant food and drink scene with a traditional cooking class in Busan, and plenty of local dishes, like ‘bibimbap’ in Jeonju, before returning to Seoul by train.

Experience the ultimate Soulful South Korea trip this August

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Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

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It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

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Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

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Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

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: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

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.