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Culture & Festivals

Fascinating Cultures & 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.

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 or, of course, the annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro - the greatest party on Earth.

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Our Culture & Festivals trips


TRIP CODE
EAIB

GROUP TOUR from £3479 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 £2999 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 £1528 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
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 £1349 for 13 days

HIGHLIGHTS

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

TRIP CODE
IHHSF

GROUP TOUR from £816 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 £2499 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 £1416 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

TRIP CODE
IGGKP

GROUP TOUR from £2016 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- 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

TRIP CODE
IGGSQ

GROUP TOUR from £1844 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- 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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