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...

Cultural

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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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    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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      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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        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.

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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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              Afghanistan in Spring

                Afghanistan in Summer

                7 Days

                A 7-day trip through the best bits of Afghanistan. The blossom is out and the country is at its greenest. We start by exploring the capital, Kabul, before flying to Mazar e Sharif to see the blue-tiled shrine of Hazrat…

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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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                  Band e Amir - Credit Elke Allenstein

                    Afghanistan in Summer Part 2

                    7 Days

                    A 7-day trip following on from our first Afghanistan in Summer trip. The blossom is out and the country is at its greenest. We start in the capital, Kabul, before flying to Bamian, one of the most peaceful places in…

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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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                      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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                        Marathon of Afghanistan

                          Marathon of Afghanistan

                          10 Days

                          This package offers travel and entrance to the 6th edition of the Marathon of Afghanistan – the only international marathon in the country.  Please contact us for the exact dates of the package.

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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.

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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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