History & Culture Trips
Mexico Monarch Butterfly TrailWatch thousands of monarch butterflies surround you, tread off the beaten path on horseback to small towns, set your sights on impressive architecture in Morelia's city centre, sample Mexico City's vibrant nightlife. 10D small group adventure from USD $1,499 per person.
Uma Bhutan Himalayan Explorer | Kingdom of BhutanThis 10D9N Uma Bhutan Himalayan adventure, the longest offered, allows you to totally immerse yourself in this Himalayan Kingdom. From the gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest monastery to the Temple of the Divine Madman, this comprehensive itinerary combines spectacular drives, unique nature walks and fascinating cultural visits. There are also opportunities for adventure with the option to include whitewater rafting and hiking.
Dagala Thousand Lakes TrekThis is an excellent trek for those of good fitness who without necessarily having had previous Alpine experience. This moderate standard rated trek passes through various picturesque high altitude lakes so named as the Thousand Lakes Trek. The route is also particularly rich in bird species, alpine flowers and attractive meadows.
Biking The Thunder DragonBesides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of Bhutan for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbours. Take a ride in this mystical kingdom that exists almost as an enigma due to its policy of restricting visitor numbers and protecting its culture.
Chinese & Tibetan Buddhism in SichuanEmbark on a spiritual journey into China's Buddhist heart. In Sichuan province, explore the history & temples of Chengdu before taking a trip to Leshan, where the huge, 71m tall Giant Buddha overlooks the Min River. Following an encounter with local pandas, guests then head up into sacred mountains where ancient towns and monasteries are nestled among the hills, grasslands, valleys and glaciers.
Discover Sri LankaExplore Sigiriya Rock Fortress and find your own peace at the unusual Dambulla Cave Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger in search of elephants and leopards. Experience a unique part of the world so few travellers get to.
Ethiopia’s Historic Route by OverlandThis 11-day adventure provides a snapshot of the 3000-year mysteries and living historical facts and monuments of Ethiopia, including the steles of Axum, Palace of Queen of Sheba, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, the Great Blue Nile Falls, last but not least the charming and friendly people of Ethiopia.
Tribes & Traditions of MyanmarA tour for those wanting to experience, first hand, the age old traditions of hill tribes found around Kengtung, Pindaya and Inle Lake. Explore hillside villages and admire the spectacular views of the rolling hills as you make your way between destinations. Learn about the unique skills of village people and how they use local materials to create a livelihood.
Classic Overland LaosLandlocked Laos is one of the Asia’s most enchanting destinations. A land of stunning natural beauty, mist shrouded mountain peaks, jungle-clad valleys teeming with wildlife, Laos, combined with a fascinating Buddhist culture, is a superb destination for luxury explorers, backpackers and independent travellers. Travellers are now well catered for allowing visitors opportunities to explore more of this off-the-beaten-track destination.
Egypt ExplorerVisit some of the most revered wonders of the ancient world with a certified Egyptologist, marvel at the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Abu Simbel, savour a traditional Nubian dinner in a local village, visit a Planeterra-supported library and community project, bargain with the locals in bazaars and markets.
Hidden China & Inner MongoliaEnvision ancient times at the Great Wall of China, live like a local in an Inner Mongolian ger, marvel at the Hanging Monastery of Datong, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, learn traditional Chinese painting in Pingyao. 12D classic adventure from USD $1,499 per person; trip departures up to Sep, 2016.
Discover the BalkansWander the ancient city of Split built among the Roman ruins of Diocletian's Palace, visit the historic bridge of Mostar, discover where eastern delicacies meet western traditions in Sarajevo, enjoy a market visit and picnic lunch. 12-day comfort adventure from USD $2,999 per person. (UD141213160916)
Discover Yunnan by BikeDiscover the Yunnan historical cities of Lijiang and Dali by bike. The spectacular landscapes that surround these cities are in a class of their own. The old towns found inside the cities, like the Ancient Dayan Town in Lijiang and the Dali Old City, will take you back in time.