Meet Our On-The-Ground Local Insiders

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Alex Allen

Commissioning Editor

Our Local Insiders are an integral part of our Trips – often born and raised in the destination itself, they have the inside scoop on the most authentic, off-the-tourist-track places to eat, sleep and explore. Here they tell us why they love doing what they do, and the reasons you should put their homeland your holiday hit-list.

Hanna – Local Insider, Iceland
Hanna loves all things outdoorsy, which makes her the perfect person to lead our Volcanic Iceland Mini Trip. From snowmobiling across a glacier, to walking behind thundering waterfalls and bathing in the luminous waters of the Blue Lagoon, there’s adventure and tranquility to be found on this five-day itinerary.

‘There are always mountains that I want to climb, recently discovered waterfalls I haven’t seen – it’s what I love about living here. There’s so much natural beauty, it would be almost impossible to see it all.’ – Hanna, Local Insider, Iceland | Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash

Antonio – Local Insider, Ecuador

Antonio did most of his growing up in Quito, but is a country boy at heart. Among the things he most loves about leading our eight-day Adventurous Ecuador Epic Trip is how we move from the inner-city buzz of the Ecuadorian Capital, to the wild tranquility of the Cotopaxi highlands as we take to horseback among volcanic peaks.

‘I love that in Ecuador it’s possible to travel from the city, to volcanic highlands to the beaches of the Pacific in one day.’ – Antonio, Local Insider, Ecuador

Linda & Angelica – Local Insiders, Colombia
Linda and Angelica are both from Bogotá, Colombia’s high-altitude capital. They lead our eight-day Authentic Colombia itinerary, which spans the breadth of the Andes – from Bogotá to Medellín, via whitewater rafting on the Rio Negro, sipping volcanic coffee in Cordillera Central and visiting an orchid farm. They share their love for the diversity, history and accessibility of their home country.

‘In Colombia we have the beauty of the Caribbean, the dramatic landscapes of the Andes and the wildness of the Amazon – it makes any journey here an adventure’. – Angelica, Local Insider, Colombia

Ana – Local Insider, Portugal

When it comes to the things she most loves about her home country, the food is right up there. ‘We have some of the best food and drink in the world – wine production, cheeses, cured meats… and the people are some of the most gentle and kind you can find.’ It’s no surprise that foodies will find plenty to love about our 10-day Complete Portugal Epic Trip, which meanders its way through the country from Porto to Lisbon via the Douro Valley.

Ana’s love of Portuguese cuisine certainly shines shines through on our 10-day itinerary

Onur – Local Insider, Turkey

With over 20 years’ guiding experience, Onur knows Turkey like the back of his hand. He’s helped us put together the comprehensive 12-day itinerary of our Majestic Turkey Epic Trip, which covers the best of the big-hitter and off-the-beaten-path sights, from the bazaars of Istanbul to the blazing beaches of the Antalya coast. His favourite spot? Cappadocia, with its magical ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations.

‘Cappadocia is both culturally and geographically very special. It is breathtaking.’ – Onur, Local Insider, Turkey
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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.