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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. 

Certain music tours have been created in conjunction with Songlines Music Travel - the folks behind Songlines, the world music magazine - and are specifically designed to immerse you in the traditional music of your destination. With these tours you will be guided by a music specialist, as well as local guides. 

Our Culture & Festivals trips


GROUP TOUR from £3030 for 12 days


- Akwasidae Festival or Egun Festival (date specific)
- Ganvie - The largest and most beautiful African village on stilts
- Dankoli Fetish & Fetish Hills
- Kumasi - Historical an spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom
- Join a Voodoo Ceremony in a remote village
- Fire dance in the land of the Sombra & Tamberma
- Participate in a traditional Ashanti Funeral


GROUP TOUR from £1556 for 12 days


- 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 TOUR from £1600 for 12 days


- 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


GROUP TOUR from £3010 for 12 days


- 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


GROUP TOUR from £1965 for 13 days


- 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


GROUP TOUR from £910 for 13 days


- 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


GROUP TOUR from £2049 for 13 days


- Go off the beaten path and explore Tigrai's rock-hewn churches
- Explore the monasteries of Lake Tana
- Visit castles and churches in Gondar and Lalibela
- Spot endemic wildlife such as Gelada baboons and Klipspringers in the Simien Mountains


GROUP TOUR from £3625 for 14 days


- Experience the very best live music across Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Baranquilla and Cartagena
- Get to know what life was like in Medellín during Pablo Escobar’s time
- Immerse yourself in the rhythms and atmosphere of the Petronio Alvarez Festival
- Visit San Basilio de Palenque and its traditional communities
- Explore Colombia’s alternative hip hop scene as well as more traditional music genres


TAILOR MADE TOUR from £1780 for 14 days


- 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


GROUP TOUR from £2060 for 14 days


- 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


GROUP TOUR from £2174 for 15 days


- The giant desert inscriptions of the Nazca Lines are one of Peru's great unsolved mysteries. Scrutinise them up close on a viewing platform or from a bird's-eye-view on an optional flight
- Cuzco is a great city to explore on foot. Enter a bygone era as you explore the ancient Incan ruins dotted all over the city
- A trip through Peru wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour around the ruins as well as plenty of free time to discover it on your own


GROUP TOUR from £1900 for 15 days


- Experience the untouched world of the Amazon rainforest. Wander along jungle trails on the lookout for monkeys, parrots, otters and caimans, and sleep in a nature lodge lit by candles and kerosene lamps
- Marvel at the mother of all Incan cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own
- If trekking's not your thing, simply take a train to Machu Picchu instead – a great excuse to stay longer in lovely Cuzco
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