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Cultural Tourism and the Discovery of Past and Present

Every place has a unique story, and a cultural and heritage tour helps narrate it. Discover the past through the remains of medieval cities, ancient temples, and archaeological sites.

Visit Mayan pyramids and temples to learn about the daily and ceremonial life of this ancient civilization. Explore the legacy of the colonial Spanish in the architecture of countless South and Central American cities like Antigua, Cartagena, and Sucre.

Experience Asia’s various religious and spiritual traditions in real time as you listen to monks chat in the atmospheric monasteries of Bhutan, or watch devotees worship in the elaborate temples of India or Bali. Step into Japan’s Zen gardens and ancient Shinto shrines. Or make your Japanese cultural experience more immersive by having dinner with a geisha, attending a matcha tea ceremony, or taking a hands-on sumo wrestling or Samurai swordsmanship lesson.

Anyone with the faintest interest in traditional architecture will be bowled over by the abundance of India’s heritage structures. Erotic temples in Khajuraho, grand medieval forts and palaces in Rajasthan, the bustling temple towns of Tamil Nadu, the Taj Mahal in Agra—these are only a small fraction of the country’s cultural wealth.

Asia to Africa, Central to South America, browsing local markets is a marvelous way to experience a region’s contemporary culture. Explore lives, legends, and lore as you wander through Asia’s floating produce markets or the colorful handicraft markets of the native Andean cultures.

If you’d like to visit an indigenous community we’ll arrange a tour that is respectful of their culture and ethical and responsible to the people you meet. It’s a good way to delve deeper into the history and heritage of a people, their environment and way of life. Spend the day with the Uros who live on floating homes on Lake Titicaca in Peru, or interact with Maasai pastoralists in Kenya.

As you travel the world and uncover its cultural diversity, you will be repeatedly reminded that around every corner lies a fascinating tale. At Enchanting Travels we take pride in helping you immerse in and experience these stories.

Recommended Heritage & Culture Tours

Example private tour: Simply South India: Heritage, Landscapes and Beach

Simply South India: Heritage, Landscapes and Beach

16 Days from $ 3,790 / person

Places: Chennai (1 day) → Mamallapuram (2) → Pondicherry (1) → Thanjavur (1) → Chettinad (2) → Madurai (1) → Munnar (2) → Cochin (2) → Backwaters of Kerala (1) → Mararikulam (3) → Cochin (1)

Tour Highlights: Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra Dance School, Marina Beach, Shore Temples, Arjuna’s Penance Monument, Pancha Pandava...

Ideal For: Beaches Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes Wine & Food

Example private tour: Sri Lanka: Ancient Wonders and Beaches Up to 10 % Savings

Sri Lanka: Ancient Wonders and Beaches

16 Days from $ 4,732 $ 4,290 / person

Places: Colombo (1 day) → Anuradhapura (2) → Sigiriya (2) → Kandy (1) → Nuwara Eliya (2) → Udawalawe National Park (1) → Yala National Park (1) → Mirissa/Weligama (3) → Galle Fort (1) → Negombo (1)

Tour Highlights: Geoffrey Bawa Architecutral Excursion, Temples and Mosques, Independence Square, Huge Bell-Shaped Stupas, World’s Oldest Tree...

Ideal For: Beaches Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes

Example private tour: Kenya Off the Beaten Track

Kenya Off the Beaten Track

11 Days from $ 5,690 / person

Places: Nairobi (2 days) → Laikipia - Ol Pejeta / Solio (2) → Meru National Park (3) → Masai Mara (3) → Nairobi (1)

Tour Highlights: Contemporary African Art & Culture, National Museum, Nairobi National Park, High Predator Density, Endangered Black...

Ideal For: Heritage & Culture Nature & Landscapes Wildlife & Safaris

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Top Heritage & Culture Hotels

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&Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge

Style: Beach Resort

Benguerra Lodge is sheltered by a natural acacia forest bordering Benguerra Bay with its coral reefs and turquoise seas.

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137 Pillar House, Chiang Mai

Style: Boutique

137 Pillars House offers you a luxurious stay at Chiang Mai. This spectacular, century-old property carries an old world charm…

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23 LoveLane

Style: Boutique

23 Love Lane, located in the heart of George Town, Penang, is an erstwhile private residence which has been converted into a boutique heritage hotel.

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Acacia Farm Lodge

Style: Lodge

Acacia Farm Lodge is set in a farm on the outskirts of Karatu, a charming Tanzanian town. Stay in cozy ensuite chalets equipped with a TV, digital safe, and a mini bar, apart from a private deck.

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Acorn House

Style: Guest house

Acorn House is a century-old guesthouse in Oranjezicht, a short five-minute drive from the heart of Cape Town. Each of the magnificent and cozy en suite bedrooms comes with all modern amenities, while some of them additionally feature a panoramic view of the bay and the remarkable Table Mountains.

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African Rock Hotel

Style: Boutique

This exclusive boutique hotel is located 11kms from the OR Tambo International Airport, in the quiet suburb of Kempton Park, and away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes.

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Ahilya Fort

Style: Heritage

A stay at Ahilya Fort is an experience which takes you back to the 18th century.

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Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat

Style: Heritage

Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat, situated at the edge of the Batang Ai National Park, offers you a peaceful stay amid a lush rainforest.

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Ajit Bhawan Palace

Style: Heritage

One of India's earliest heritage hotels, the Ajit Bhawan Palace is an epitome of hospitality and warm Rajput charm.

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Algodon Mansion

Style: Boutique

Located in the heart of the privileged Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, the 'Mansion Algodón' is housed in an impeccably restored building of French colonial splendor.

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Alila Diwa

Style: Resort

Infused with traditional Goanese design, the Alila (meaning 'surprise') Diwa Resort is the hallmark of style, relaxation, hospitality.

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Alila Fort Bishangarh

Style: Heritage

Alila Fort Bishangarh is a heritage hotel perched atop a granite hill off the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Enjoy timeless luxury at this recently refurbished fortress that has stood the test of time through centuries.

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Top 5 Boutique Hotels

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