Cultural Holidays

Whether you’re savouring the taste of an authentic dish at a local restaurant, bartering over vibrant stacks of spices, olives and fruit at a street market, or watching an elaborate religious festival unfold before your eyes - a cultural holiday is a chance to step into a whole new world of experiences and adventures.

Our cultural holidays cover the whole spectrum - and span the globe - from the blossom-filled streets of Japan to the breathtaking vistas of Machu Picchu. 

Discover the world’s cultural treasures

One of the best cultural holidays, tour Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - a trio of cities better known as India’s historic Golden Triangle - to discover one of the most culturally rich and beautiful areas on the planet. Here you’ll glimpse the marble turrets, intricate architecture and towering fortresses of India’s most spectacular monuments and buildings, including the iconic Taj Mahal.

A tour of Beijing will take you into the heart of China’s Forbidden City, a palace complex home to the world’s largest imperial palace - and one that was closed off to the public for hundreds of years. Finish your trip on the Great Wall of China as it snakes through the mountainous landscape of Badaling.

A venture into the authentic culture of Myanmar offers a rare insight into local life as it is lived. Ride a three-wheeled trishaw through rural villages, uncovering secluded temples and hidden monasteries you won’t find in any guide book.

Cultural holidays offer a unique opportunity to not only experience a country’s present, but its past and history, too. The world is full of incredibly dynamic and diverse cultures, and we’d love to guide you on your discoveries.

Top Tips from our Experts

Karen

Destination Executive

Take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour at night to see both Kowloon and Hong Kong lit up. It's inexpensive, totally unique and at just ten minutes long it's a brilliant way to get  between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

Isla

Destination Executive

Nashville is an absolute must do for music lovers -- visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B where Elvis recorded many of his tracks. The Rymen Auditorium is the original home of the Grand Opry and is still in use today. Plan your journey so that you are in town on a night that the Grant Opry is on and book your tickets in advance. Broadway Street is bar after bar of live country music, restaurants and cowboy boot shops. 

If you're a foodie with a love of spices, then you're in for a treat in Sri Lanka. The food is outstanding, so tasty, you could eat your way around the island. Take cookery classes whenever you get the opportunity and bring these exciting recipes home.

Top cultural sights

The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Probably the most recognisable and romantic landmark on the planet, the majestic Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum that shows off India’s rich history and the Emperor Jihan's eternal tribute to his wife. The iconic structure, one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture, took more than 20 years to complete and is a must-see on any trip to India.

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Ruined cities don’t get more famous than Machu Picchu. This mysterious Incan citadel sits some 2,400 metres up in the Peruvian Andes; quite what its purpose was, no-one knows for sure. Get there via either the Inca Trail, through forests and over mountains or on the opulent Belmond Hiram Bingham train to the top.

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Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

It’s almost too much to comprehend; a wall constructed over 2,000 years, stretching more than 13,000 miles across China. Much of it has turned to ruin in the years since, but the main part built during the Ming dynasty has 3,889 miles of wall to see. Visit the section at Badaling on the Treasures of China tour.

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Top cultural destinations

Far East

Vietnam

Vietnam
Oak Alley Plantation

USA

The Deep South

The Deep South
The Taj Mahal

Indian Subcontinent

India

India

South America

Peru

Peru

Frequently Asked Questions

March to May, or September to November, are good times to visit Petra as temperatures aren’t too hot to explore it. Whenever you visit, it’s best to set off early to avoid the crowds – and the midday heat.

While there’s never a bad time to visit the Taj Mahal – except Fridays, when it’s closed – October to March is generally considered the best season for visitors as the comparatively cooler winter temperatures make exploring far more manageable. Arrive at sunrise to avoid the crowds, which surge from mid-morning onwards.

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Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for…Cultural Holidays?

We’ve been crisscrossing the planet and exploring the world’s cultures for over six decades. From Bangkok’s back streets, to the tango bars of Buenos Aires, we love nothing more than travelling like locals. With one of our incredible culture holidays, you’ll be able to truly unlock the secrets and traditions of your favourite destinations. We can plan an itinerary that combines cultural tours with some beach-side relaxation, meaning you enjoy the best of both worlds.