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 experiences; 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 river cruise.
Take a look at our options below and get in touch with one of our destination specialists to start planning your dream trip.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Verona Opera
4 days from £3,815 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 £9,485 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
10 days from £4,530 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 £3,700 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 £6,245 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 £18,820 pp incl. flightsSave up to £415 pp – ends 31 January
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.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London
4 days from £3,495 pp incl. flightsSave up to £550 pp – ends 28 February
A counterpoint to the classic London-Venice route, this journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express starts among the exquisite architecture of Italy's floating city before crossing the Alps in style en route to London.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Verona to London
4 days from £3,055 pp incl. flightsSave up to £495 pp – ends 28 February
Beginning with a luxury city stay and included walking tour in Verona, you'll board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for an unforgettable journey across Europe, steeped in the elegant traditions of 1920s rail travel.