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Cultural Holidays & City Breaks

Cultural holidays can range from a few hours visiting the major sights to a specialist tour led by a guest leader, an expert in their field, who can help you understand your chosen destination in greater depth.

You can really get under the skin of a country by exploring the architecture and discovering its heritage at art galleries and museums, or by visiting an archaeological site.

Employing a local guide is a great way to learn about your destination. Their local knowledge is invaluable as they know where to find the best traditional restaurants, and how to access the places that are of interest to you. Time spent at a family cihomestay is undoubtedly the best way to experience local culture and cuisine first hand.

 

EUROPEAN CITY BREAKS

A short break is a great way to re-charge the batteries and do something fun for a few days. It is amazing how refreshed you feel after just a couple of days away from it all.

When you only have a short amount of time it is important that the time you have is utilised to the full. I will tailor a package to fit around trains from your home town or flights from your local airport. I can book accommodation to suit your budget, transfers or vehicle hire and pre-book activities, excursions and even your evening meal!

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The cities of Europe are just a short flight away and what choice! Dine in style in Paris; take a tour of Ireland’s most famous brewery in Dublin, or round off your tour of Budapest at one of the city’s historic spa baths. Many of Italy’s most famous cities are just a short budget flight away. Take to the water to appreciate the beauty of Venice, or enjoy the spectacle of Rome and the Vatican City.

If you have 5 days to spare head to Russia where the history and architecture of St Petersburg and Moscow will astonish you. Fly into St Petersburg and return home from Moscow. The train journey linking the two cities will be a highlight of the trip.

Barcelona is of course famous as a 24-hour party city, but have you considered Porto in Northern Portugal or Ljubljana, Slovenia's stunning capital?

Europe’s Christmas Markets offer a fun alternative to Christmas shopping. Trade a weary wander around your local out of town shopping centre for the sparkle of Brussels or the traditional markets of Germany and Austria……and of course who can resist a long weekend shopping in New York! 

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North Africa AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Egypt’s tombs and pyramids have lured visitors for centuries, but consider venturing to nearby Israel, Jordan and Tunisia to see ancient religious sites and Roman cities. During its tumultuous history Jerusalem has been fought over by countless armies, and its surprisingly well-preserved architecture reflects its history as one of the world's most holiest cities.

In Jordan the existence and location of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra was a closely-guarded secret by the local Bedouin until it’s re-discovery in the 19th Century. The amphitheatre of El Jem in Tunisia is one of the most impressive Roman monuments in Africa. Tour the magnificent cities of Morocco, where you can bargain in the souks and then watch the world go by at cafes that have served tea for centuries.

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Africa

The magnificent landscapes of Ethiopia provide a stunning backdrop to an exploration of the mysterious rock-cut churches of Lalibela, the monasteries at Lake Tana and the ancient city of Aksum, legendary capital of the Queen of Sheba and reputedly the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

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Asia

China’s Terracotta Army can be found in the ancient city of Xian, starting point of the Silk Road and a days train journey from the intriguing city of Beijing where modern and imperial worlds live side-by-side and a tour of the city will take you on a fascinating journey through the centuries.

India’s Taj Mahal is an iconic image known to all, but discover for yourself why this monument to love is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. A tour of Rajasthan in northern India will take you on a whirlwind adventure from the melting pot of Delhi to the desert fortress city of Jaiselmer via forts and palaces, lakes and temples.

Uzbekistan in Central Asia is a blend of desert, steppe and river valley, and its architecture is some of the most sublime of the Islamic world. It's cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva were at the very centre of the intrigue of the Great Game played out between British and Russian spies in the 19th Century.

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THE AMERICAS

Visit Peru to explore the Lost City of the Incas, view the mysterious Nasca Lines and discover a rich Spanish colonial heritage that combined with indigenous history and culture makes for a colourful and contrasting visit to one of Latin America's most popular destinations.

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If you would like to incorporate culture and history into your holiday send me an enquiry. I can tailor an itinerary to include private guides, or arrange for you to join a tour that will put you with like-minded travellers and focus on your chosen interests.