The Best Private Trips to Book for a Relaxing Retreat

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Gethin Morgan

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The only thing more relaxing than an international retreat is a retreat shared with only the people you love most. Gather the gang together for a detox and book one of these soul-soothing getaways as a private Culture Trip.


There’s plenty of pros for going private. Obviously it means you can keep the guest-list locked down, so you can enjoy memory-making travel experiences with only the ones you love most. It also allows for far greater flexibility on travel dates, group sizes (minimum of 4) and even age requirements. Simply get in touch with our Travel Experts to organise your personalised Culture Trip adventure.

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Sublime Southern Thailand

The bays and beaches of Thailand’s southerly regions make for a dreamy tropical retreat, and this 11-day itinerary will leave you and your group with a longtail boatful of memories. After a brief intro to Bangkok, you’ll head south to Khao Sok Lake, where a floating raft house with your name on it awaits. You’ll have instant access to the lake, plus a kayak to explore if you don’t fancy a swim. The following day includes a longtail boat wildlife safari and a kayaking adventure through mangrove forests. After that we’ll boat over to Hong Island to snorkel with tropical fish and have a sunset cruise, before moving on to another island, Koh Yao Yai. That’s where we’ll spend three nights at a gorgeous beach resort, where you can explore the island at your own pace, even if that just means beach time and infinity pool dips. Our last night will be spent back on the mainland, with a farewell dinner in Phuket.

From US$1657

Next available from 19th Dec 2023

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Trip highlights and details

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Phuket, Thailand

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

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STYLE

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Greek Island Odyssey

There’s something inherently relaxing about Southern Europe, and nowhere better represents the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle than a pretty little Greek island. Our eight-day extravaganza in Greece is designed to show you a lot, but with lots of free time and a relaxed itinerary that allows for flexibility. The tour starts in Athens, where you’ll have a guided tour of the Acropolis and of the trendy Keramikos neighbourhood. Then our island-hopping adventure begins, first with beach time and a boat cruise on Milos, famed for its charming fishing villages and striking cave systems. Naxos is next, where you’ll travel inland for an incredible foodie experience, as you’re taught how to rustle up classic Greek dishes using fresh, local Naxian ingredients. Our final destination? It could only be Santorini, with its glorious whitewashed buildings and unmistakable blue-domed churches. If your taste of the Greek life hasn’t already soothed you, then the Santorini sunset surely will.

From US$2056

Next available from 28th Apr 2024

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Trip highlights and details

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Athens, Greece

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Santorini Island, Greece

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

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STYLE

Discovery

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Blissful Bali

This island paradise has become a haven for spiritual travellers, and we can’t blame them. You can pretty much tailor your Bali experience to fit any travel style, but our 12-day itinerary blends a hint of tropical adventure with lots of relaxation and a few culturally unique experiences. We’ll start with immersion, as we learn to make traditional offerings to place in a sacred temple and hike through rice paddies and rural villages. You’ll picnic beside a waterfall and climb Mount Batur at sunrise, before the relaxation really kicks in on our detour to the tiny island of Gili Trawangan. Our stunning beach resort will keep you well rested, from the cosy bedrooms to the gorgeous infinity pool and the onsite spa. If that’s not enough, we’ll be surrounded by some of the finest beaches in Indonesia – what more could you want?

From US$1350

Next available from 7th Oct 2023

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Trip highlights and details

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Bali, Indonesia

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Bali, Indonesia

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

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A Taste of Taiwan by Train

If your inner-peace is found when deep in a food coma, this East Asian itinerary is ready to take you to nirvana. Taiwan is a gorgeous island nation off the coast of China with a distinct cultural identity, an abundance of natural beauty and a truly incredible food scene. Our loop tour of the island aims to put a focus on all of the above, via a series of scenic train rides that wind you gently through the Taiwanese countryside. You’ll discover true serenity on a Sun Moon Lake boat ride, warm the soul with a soul-soothing tea tasting session and make magical memories with a sky lantern release on Shifen Old Street. On the foodie front, you’ll visit two of Taipei’s most thrilling night markets, as well as Taichung, the culinary capital. You’ll also be treated to a Taiwanese cooking masterclass at a local culinary school – real food for the soul.

From US$1522

Next available from 30th Dec 2023

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Taipei, Taiwan

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ENDS AT

Taipei, Taiwan

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Coastal Croatia

If the salty whiff of sea air puts your mind at ease then consider Croatia as your destination of choice. This shimmering gem of a country is almost all coastline, and our eight-day itinerary takes in some of the nation’s most beautiful islands and cities as we trace the Dalmatian Coast. Start in Split, with a bit of history and a seaside stroll, before hopping over to Vis Island. This former military base is a fascinating place, which you’ll explore on land and by boat. Next up is Korcula, with its rolling vineyards and epic fort town. You’ll be given a set of bikes to embark on a gentle cycle to the Lumbarda area, where you’ll be rewarded with an incredible wine tasting, featuring a range of unique indigenous grape varieties. Back on the mainland we’ll indulge in some freshly caught oysters in Ston – a town famous for this seafood delicacy – before rounding off the trip with a guided tour of Dubrovnik.

From US$1844

Next available from 29th Mar 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Split, Croatia

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ENDS AT

Dubrovnik, Croatia

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

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Hanna

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?

2 years.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?

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.

WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?

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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KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

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.