The Most Diverse and Progressive Countries to Visit

From the volcanic landscapes to vibrant cities, join one of these amazing trips to visit the worlds most progressive countries
From the volcanic landscapes to vibrant cities, join one of these amazing trips to visit the world's most progressive countries | © Marco Bottigelli / Getty Images

Embrace the most diverse and progressive countries in the world by booking your place on one of these small-group Culture Trip adventures.

When choosing a country to visit, many people consider factors such as affordability, weather and the variety of things to do – but how about progressiveness? Typically, the higher a country ranks on social progress surveys, the happier and friendlier the locals are. Through Culture Trip, you can book a place on a small-group trip to many of the most progressive and friendliest countries in the world – from the lunar-like volcanic landscapes of Iceland to the pulsating cities of Japan.

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Busy, neon-lit street full of Japanese signs in Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan.

Japan, for delicious food and fascinating architecture

Anyone who has visited Japan will attest to meeting some of the kindest people in the world, thanks to the country’s long-standing culture of welcoming guests with wholehearted hospitality – known locally as omotenashi. Discover one of the world’s most polite countries on this in-depth 12-day Rail Trip, where our Local Insider will show you the best of Japanese culture. From soaking in hot springs at a traditional ryokan to sushi making and sumo wrestling – don’t worry, you’ll only be spectating – in Tokyo, you’ll have a blast here.

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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View of Ponte Luis I and the Douro river in Porto from Vila Nova de Gaia

Portugal, for mouthwatering cuisine and colourful cities

According to surveys from InterNations and the Global Peace Index, Portugal is not only ranked the friendliest country in the world, but also the third most peaceful. Expats and retirees report feeling at home right away in the southern European country. Get a warm Portuguese welcome on Culture Trip’s leisurely eight-day Rail Trip, where you’ll immerse yourself in the vibrant cities of Lisbon and Porto and venture into the dreamy Douro Valley to sip some of the continent’s finest wines. As soon as you take a seat on a sloping street and sink your teeth into a Pastel de Nata, you’ll feel like you’ve lived here forever.

From US$1927

Next available from 15th Jun 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Porto, Portugal

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ENDS AT

Lisbon, Portugal

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Buddhist monk beating large drum in the Haeinsa temple, South Korea

South Korea, for mountain hiking, karaoke and Buddhist meditation

South Korea is generally regarded as a safe and liberal country, particularly in comparison to its northern counterpart. Experience a warm Korean welcome on Culture Trip’s 10-day South Korea small-group tour. You’ll start off in Seoul, South Korea’s diverse and futuristic capital city, before enjoying an action-packed itinerary that includes admiring mountain scenery in Seoraksan National Park – discovering archaeological gems such as Gyeongju’s hanok village and spending a night in a hillside Buddhist temple. After learning Buddhist chanting and meditation, you’ll come away feeling properly zen.

From US$3223

Next available from 1st Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Seoul, South Korea

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ENDS AT

Seoul, South Korea

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

Culture Trips 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. 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 places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.?>

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

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