Cultural Trips

Cultural trips are what we refer to as trips visiting the historical, cultural and geographical highlights of a country or region. We offer both fixed date trips and private/bespoke trips.
The fixed date trips take place at specific times of the year with a fixed itinerary and take place at either the best time of year to visit the region or to coincide with an event or festival. Groups are small (8-10 people) and are designed for individuals to join like-minded travellers. We arrange fixed date trips to many, but not all, of the regions we work in.
Private/bespoke trips can be arranged to suit the needs, dates and specifications of the guest in any of the regions we work in.
For inspiration take a look at the destinations in the menu or the itineraries listed below or on the itineraries page.
Best Seasons:Location Dependant
Popular Location:Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Russia, Ethiopia, Somalia...

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Marathon of Afghanistan

    Marathon of Afghanistan

    10 Days

    The Marathon of Afghanistan will take place in the Bamian province, amidst the mighty mountains of the Hindu Kush in central Afghanistan. The astonishingly beautiful valley, a UNESCO world heritage site, is recognised as one of the safest provinces in…

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    Krak des Chevalliers, Syria by Martin Poirier

      Syria

      7 Days

      The 7-day trip shall visit the ancient site of Palmyra, the crusader fort of Krak des Chevaliers, as well as spending time in Aleppo and Damascus. US passport holders please contact us before booking this trip.

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      Afghanistan in Spring

        Afghanistan in 7 Days

        7 Days

        A 7-day trip through the best bits of Afghanistan. We start by exploring the capital, Kabul, before flying to Mazar e Sharif to see the blue-tiled shrine of Hazrat Ali and the remains of the once great Silk Road City…

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        Band e Amir - Credit Elke Allenstein

          Afghanistan In 8 Days

          7 Days

          An 8-day trip following on from our first Afghanistan in 7 Days trip. We start in the capital, Kabul, before flying to Bamian, one of the most peaceful places in Afghanistan to see the ancient Buddha niches and the Lapis…

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          Erbil Marathon

            Erbil Marathon

            6 Days

            This package offers travel and entrance to the Erbil Marathon. There are three distances (5km, 10km and full marathon) so even if you are not a strong runner you can still take part and enjoy the event.

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            Iraq - Arch of Ctesaphon

              Iraq – Cradle of Civilisation

              9 Days

              The trip begins in Baghdad and visits ancient Sumerian and Babylonian sites, as well as medieval souks, UNESCO-recognised minarets, Shia Islam’s two holiest sites, and a boat trip on the Shatt al-Arab. There is an add-on to Kurdistan available directly…

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              Lalish, Iraqi Kurdistan

                Iraqi-Kurdistan add-on

                7 Days

                This 7-day trip explores the Northern area of Iraq, Kurdistan, taking in the cultural, geographical and historical highlights as well as getting a greater understanding of life in this semi-autonomous region of Iraq. **Please note this trip is only available…

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                Buzkashi in the shadow of the Buddha niches

                  Afghan Winter Tour + Buzkashi

                  15 Days

                  We start in Kabul before taking a short flight across the Hindu Kush to Herat, the most architecturally complete city in Afghanistan. Then we will move on to Bamian where we spend three days exploring the valleys, the Buddha niches…

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                  Tigray Ethiopia

                    Horn of Africa

                    10 Days

                    Explore the wilder parts of Ethiopia plus Somaliland. You will visit the hottest inhabited place on earth, climb up to remote rock churches, and feed the wild hyenas of Harar.

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                    Mogadishu

                      Mogadishu Add On

                      3 days

                      This trip is an “add-on” and therefore only available to guests who book the Horn of Africa trip.  However, we can arrange the same itinerary at any time of year on a private basis.  Contact us for further details.

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                      Yemen Fixed Date Trip

                        Yemen

                        6 Days

                        A 6-day trip to visit the sights of mainland Yemen. You will be guided by experienced local guides and an international guide. The trip starts and finishes in Salalah, Oman.

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                        Socotra

                          Socotra

                          8 Days

                          An 8-day trip to the Yemeni island of Socotra, known as the ‘Jewel of Arabia’ or the “Galapagos of the middle east”, its biodiversity lends itself to the UNESCO world heritage site.

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                          Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia

                            Saudi Arabia

                            9 Days

                            Explore the history and culture of Saudi Arabia with experienced guides, taking in the sights and sounds of Jeddah, Abha, Riyadh and Al Ula. Witness ancient architecture, museums, local arts and crafts, mountain peaks and abandoned villages set into cliff…

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                            South Sudan

                              South Sudan

                              8 Days

                              Experience the complex diversity of the world’s youngest country through an immersive 8-day journey into South Sudanese culture. Contact us for further details about our trip in March 2021.

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                              Lake Attabad Pakistan

                                Hindu Kush & Karakorum Pakistan

                                14 days

                                A 14-day road trip through the awe-inspiring Karakorum and Hindu Kush mountain ranges of Northern Pakistan. These mountains contain a kaleidoscope of people as well as some of the earth’s most incredible scenery.

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                                Kyrgyzstan

                                  Unseen Kyrgyzstan

                                  13 Days

                                  Kyrgyzstan, an offbeat destination renowned for its trekking and horse riding, is an ideal place to discover nomadic culture at a grassroots level. There are plenty of rarely-visited locales to explore throughout this centuries-old Central Asian nation, and our two-part…

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                                  Republic of Tuva

                                    Wild Siberia: Western Tuva

                                    This eight-day trip will take you into the remote and rural western region of the Republic of Tuva. Being the epicentre of traditional Tuvan culture you’ll have a chance to meet with nomadic pastoralists, master craftsmen, throat singers and musicians.

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