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 £3,975 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
10 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 £18,100 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.
Cinque Terre in Style
6 days from £1,230 pp incl. flightsSave up to £130 pp – ends 31 August
The coast of Italy has long been known as the epitome of romance and charm, but this is perhaps nowhere more apparent than among the pastel-hued villages, rugged cliffs and charming yacht-lined harbours of world-famous Cinque Terre. Explore it all on this tailor-made, luxury trip.
Palazzo Avino, Ravello
Contemporary Hotel from £1,250 pp incl. flightsSave up to £270 pp – ends 31 August
This exquisite five-star hotel was once a 12th-century private villa, perched above the dazzling coast of Amalfi in medieval Ravello. Opulent rooms are adorned with hand-made Vietri tiles and the highest-level suites feature private decks with hot tubs.
Hotel Lungarno, Florence
Grand & Elegant Hotel from £915 pp incl. flightsSave up to £200 pp – ends 31 August
Discover luxury amid Florence's myriad delights in this opulent hotel whose walls are adorned with more than 400 pieces of art, some dating back to the 900s. Evenings are spent in the Michelin-starred restaurant on the banks of the river – with the option to dine on your own private terrace.