History & culture holidays
From the palazzos and ancient waterways of Venice to the Incan wonders of Machu Picchu, the world is bursting with historic and cultural sites to be explored. Watching the sunset over the temples at Angkor Wat, exploring the Roman and Moorish vestiges of Portugal's Lisbon or marvelling at the ruins of ancient Sicily are all experiences guaranteed to make your holiday unforgettable.
It's easy to pair these journeys with other elements; visit iconic Italian cities by rail on the world-famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, or join Vietnamese temples and its network of wartime tunnels with a scenic Mekong Delta cruise.
Take a look at our options below and get in touch with one of our destination specialists to start planning your dream trip.
Verona Opera & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
4 days from £3,975 pp incl. flights
This spectacular short break combines a journey on the world’s most elegant train with a stay in a converted palace and of opera at the iconic Arena di Verona.
Machu Picchu & the Galápagos
15 days from £8,715 pp incl. flights
In between exploring the mist-clad beauty of Machu Picchu and cruising the Galápagos Islands, discover the rhythms of Lima, Cusco and Quito, some of South America's most enticing cities.
Highlights of Japan
11 days from £5,320 pp incl. flights
We've included personalised tours, a trip up the iconic Tokyo Skytree, stylish city stays, luxurious ryokan inn accommodation and kaiseki feasts, a ride aboard a bullet train – and more – on this excellent introduction to Japan
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice
4 days from £3,505 pp incl. flights
Between indulgent fine dining, champagne receptions and private city tours, this elegant journey pairs the ultimate in luxury rail travel with a palace stay in the heart of ancient Venice.
Highlights of Peru
12 days from £5,280 pp incl. flights
Whether it’s staying at the only hotel at Machu Picchu, enjoying a chef-led cooking course in Lima or travelling through the Andes on a luxury rail journey, this trip showcases Peru's icons at their very finest.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Istanbul to London
9 days from £18,170 pp incl. flights
This is your chance to retrace the route of the original Orient Express, but in reverse, travelling in unmatched style between Istanbul and Paris. You'll also be treated to luxury stays in Bucharest, Budapest and the French capital.
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina
Historic Hotel from £1,315 pp incl. flightsSave up to £265 pp – ends 31 December
The Belmond Grand Hotel sits high on Sicilian cliffs, with glorious views of the sea and Mount Etna.
Highlights of Rajasthan
14 days from £4,545 pp incl. flightsSave up to £550 pp – ends 15 December
Go in search of tigers on jungle safaris, witness sunrise over the Taj Mahal, visit traditional desert villages and stay in palaces that float on lakes, colonial mansions and more on this perfect introduction to Rajasthan