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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Paddling in 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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    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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      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.

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            Libya

            7 Days

            A 7 day trip exploring the bustling city of Tripoli, the spectacular Roman ruins of Leptis Magna and the UNESCO site of Ghadames.    

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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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              Yemen Fixed Date Trip

                Yemen

                7 Days

                A 7-day trip to visit the sights of mainland Yemen. You will be guided by experienced local guides and an international guide. The trip starts in Salalah, Oman and ends in Seiyun, Yemen.  

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                  Horn of Africa – NEW Itinerary

                  10 Days

                  Explore the wilder parts of Ethiopia plus Somaliland. The road trip heads through the otherworldly Danakil Depression. Passing through the hottest inhabited place on earth, visiting the lava lake at Erta Ale and witnessing the life of the salt mining…

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                  Erbil Marathon

                    Erbil Marathon

                    6 Days

                    This package offers travel and entrance to the Erbil Marathon 2021. 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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                    Mogadishu

                      Mogadishu Add On

                      3 days

                      Explore the city of Mogadishu with an experienced English speaking Somali guide/translator and a four-man security detail.

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                        Pakistan In 10 Days

                        9 Days

                        A road trip almost the entire length of Pakistan from Karachi in the Arabian Sea to the Mughal city of Lahore. Stopping at Sufi shrines, Buddhist remains, Mughal mosques and energetic bazaars.

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                          Pakistan In 8 Days

                          7 Days

                          A road trip from the Mughal city of Lahore to the oldest city in Pakistan, Peshawar. Stopping at Sufi shrines, Buddhist remains, Mughal mosques and energetic bazaars.  

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                          Pakistan in 12 Days

                            Pakistan In 13 Days

                            12 Days

                            A road trip almost the entire length of Pakistan from Karachi in the Arabian Sea to the city of Peshawar. Stopping at Sufi shrines, Buddhist remains, Mughal mosques and energetic bazaars. This is the 10-day and 8-day itinerary combined together.

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                              The Balochistan Explorer

                              10 Days

                              A ten-day trip into the heartland of Pakistan’s largest and least-visited province, Balochistan. A region previously very difficult to access but that’s now possible.

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                              Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia

                                Saudi Arabia

                                10 Days

                                Explore the history and culture of Saudi Arabia with experienced guides, taking in the sights and sounds of Jeddah, Al Ula and Riyadh. Explore ancient architecture, museums, local arts and crafts and a geological side of Saudi Arabia that many…

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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 2022.

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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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