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IslaWhether you’re savouring the taste of an authentic dish at a local restaurant, bartering over vibrant stacks of spices, olives and fruit at a street market, or watching an elaborate religious festival unfold before your eyes – a cultural holiday is a chance to step into a whole new world of experiences and adventures.

Our cultural holidays cover the whole spectrum – and span the globe – from the blossom-filled streets of Japan to the breathtaking vistas of Machu Picchu. 

Discover the world’s cultural treasures

One of the best cultural holidays, tour Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – a trio of cities better known as India’s historic Golden Triangle – to discover one of the most culturally rich and beautiful areas on the planet. Here you’ll glimpse the marble turrets, intricate architecture and towering fortresses of India’s most spectacular monuments and buildings, including the iconic Taj Mahal.

A tour of Beijing will take you into the heart of China’s Forbidden City, a palace complex home to the world’s largest imperial palace – and one that was closed off to the public for hundreds of years. Finish your trip on the Great Wall of China as it snakes through the mountainous landscape of Badaling.

A venture into the authentic culture of Myanmar offers a rare insight into local life as it is lived. Ride a three-wheeled trishaw through rural villages, uncovering secluded temples and hidden monasteries you won’t find in any guide book.

Cultural holidays offer a unique opportunity to not only experience a country’s present, but its past and history, too. The world is full of incredibly dynamic and diverse cultures, and we’d love to guide you on your discoveries.

Top Tips from our Experts

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Take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour at night to see both Kowloon and Hong Kong lit up. It’s inexpensive, totally unique and at just ten minutes long it’s a brilliant way to get  between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

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Nashville is an absolute must do for music lovers — visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B where Elvis recorded many of his tracks. The Rymen Auditorium is the original home of the Grand Opry and is still in use today. Plan your journey so that you are in town on a night that the Grant Opry is on and book your tickets in advance. Broadway Street is bar after bar of live country music, restaurants and cowboy boot shops.

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Top cultural tours

Here’s a selection of popular itinerary suggestions to give you an idea of what’s available. Call us now and we’ll create an amazing holiday just for you.

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Vietname Tour North To South

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,899 PP
Travel from north to south as you discover the unique culture and endless beauty of Vietnam Explore French and Chinese…
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Classic Thailand Tour

  • 6 Days
  • Guide Price £2,399 PP
Experience Thailand with our Classic Thailand tour, which combines unique cultural sights and intriguing nature-centric surroundings. From the contrasting bustling…
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Myanmar Luxury Private Tour

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £3,399 PP
Discover Buddhist monks, bright golden pagodas and plains scattered with magnificent temples on our Highlights of Myanmar tour. This classic…
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Top cultural destinations

Explore the cultural delights of Bangkok

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit Petra?

March to May, or September to November, are good times to visit Petra as temperatures aren’t too hot to explore it. Whenever you visit, it’s best to set off early to avoid the crowds – and the midday heat.

When is the best time to visit the Taj Mahal?

While there’s never a bad time to visit the Taj Mahal – except Fridays, when it’s closed – October to March is generally considered the best season for visitors as the comparatively cooler winter temperatures make exploring far more manageable. Arrive at sunrise to avoid the crowds, which surge from mid-morning onwards.

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Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for…Cultural Holidays?

We’ve been crisscrossing the planet and exploring the world’s cultures for over six decades. From Bangkok’s back streets, to the tango bars of Buenos Aires, we love nothing more than travelling like locals. With one of our incredible culture holidays, you’ll be able to truly unlock the secrets and traditions of your favourite destinations. We can plan an itinerary that combines cultural tours with some beach-side relaxation, meaning you enjoy the best of both worlds.

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