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Culture & Festivals

Imaginative Traveller has an incredible knowledge and understanding of the geography and culture of a destination. Tours of the music, festivals, history and culture of a country can be particularly fascinating and really brought to life when guided by a specialist.

 Fascinating festivals

Experience Paro Festival, a colourful celebration of Bhutanese culture and faith through music and dance; the Harbin Ice Festival in China, one of the world’s largest ice festivals featuring huge, beautifully-lit ice sculptures; and Mongolia's Naadam Festival, a circus-like event dating back centuries and featuring wrestling, archery and horse-racing.

The complete Rio Carnival experience

The annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the greatest party on Earth, with six days’ worth of street festivals and the incredible Sambadrome parade attracting more than a million visitors each year. When you’re not partying, take some time to explore the fascinating city and its gorgeous beaches.

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Travelling to far-flung places across the globe can be daunting but we're on hand, before and during your trip, to ensure that your holiday with us is smooth and hassle free. For your peace of mind we are fully bonded with ATOL and ABTOT ensuring your deposit and trip payment are secure.

Responsible Travel

The world’s an amazing place and we want to do our bit to keep it that way. That’s why we choose to travel responsibly, giving back to the communities we visit and helping to create a sustainable world for our children.

Our Culture & Festivals trips


TRIP CODE
EAIB

GROUP TOUR from £3199 for 11 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience Bhutan's colourful, vibrant masked dance festivals
- Visit the Paro Dzong and the incredible 'Tiger's Nest' monastery at Taktsang
- Drive across the Dochu La and visit Punakha Dzong
- Walk in the quiet Gangtey Valley
- Visit the impressive Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu
- Travel in a country where few foreigners visit and tourism is still in its infancy

TRIP CODE
EPDB

GROUP TOUR from £1806 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit Elvis' birthplace and Graceland
- Take the Mississippi River Road to Natchez
- Vibrant Bourbon Street

TRIP CODE
IXEKI

GROUP TOUR from £1665 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Set sail on one of the world’s most iconic rivers with a cruise down the Nile. Relax in comfort and soak up the landscapes and scenes of everyday Egyptian life
- Explore the marvels, mythology and mystery of Ancient Egypt, including the Pyramids at Giza and the tombs of iconic pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings
- Cairo's Khan al-Khalili Bazaar is an essential Egyptian experience – lose yourself in the colours and aromas of this fascinating marketplace

TAILOR
MADE

TAILOR MADE TOUR from £1600 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games
- Gaze in awe at the unique rock formations of Meteora
- Explore the ancient heart of Greece with expert local guides
- Visit Delphi where ancient Greeks consulted the famous
- Explore the hedonistic island of Mykonos and the white-washed Cycladic house of Santorini

TRIP CODE
ISSKES

GROUP TOUR from £2970 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Jazz Fest is one of the best music festivals in North America. As well as being able to listen to all different kinds of music across 12 stages, the festival also attracts some big name international artists. A single day ticket is included in the price of your trip.
- Embark on a road trip across one of the most colourful, musical and hospitable parts of the USA: the Deep South. This diverse trip takes you through six states and the best of the region's contrasting cities, from the historic settlements of Savannah and Charleston, to the mountain town of Asheville and the musical centres of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans
- A journey through the USA wouldn’t be complete without a lesson in history. Charleston’s story is told through the former auction rooms of the Old Slave Mart and in the fields of the cotton plantations

TRIP CODE
EAIK

GROUP TOUR from £1199 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal
- Search for the elusive tiger
- Explore the 'Pearl of Rajasthan', Udaipur

TRIP CODE
EAIKA

GROUP TOUR from £1299 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal
- Search for the elusive tiger
- Explore the 'Pearl of Rajasthan', Udaipur

TRIP CODE
ICBSIC

GROUP TOUR from £1740 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)
- Exploring the narrow alleyways of Shanghai's nearby water town of Xitang, you can imagine a life long lost to modernity
- Escape to the countryside, overnight near the Great Wall at a family run guesthouse, and see this iconic structure without the masses

TRIP CODE
IHHSF

GROUP TOUR from £774 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Explore Old Delhi by foot and cycle rickshaw, where ancient temples stand against extravagant billboards advertising Bollywood films
- The colonial charm of Shimla Hill Station offers a great introduction to the Himalayas, and the World Heritage-listed ‘toy-train’ is a great way to get there
- As the home of the Dalai Lama, tranquil Dharmasala is the ideal place for an enlightening experience of Tibetan spirituality, culture and history

TRIP CODE
EAYF

GROUP TOUR from £1999 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Rock hewn churches of Tigrai and Lalibela
- Castles of Gondar
- Spectacular scenery in the Simien Mountains
- Stelae of Axum
- Monasteries on Lake Tana

TAILOR
MADE

TAILOR MADE TOUR from £1780 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Drive inland to the world famous ruins of Anuradhapura, stopping at a coconut plantation along the way
- Enjoy a morning bicycle tour through Anuradhapura, the well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization
- Visit Polonnaruwa, the 5th century ancient city and second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms

TRIP CODE
IHPSN

GROUP TOUR from £1630 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience the wondrous remains of Persepolis
- Immerse yourself in nomadic life in a remote homestay with the Qashqai people
- Stay in a classic 16th century Caravanserai
 
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