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Achieve your travel dreams with an Explore small group tour. On one of our cultural tours you'll get to see the highlights, and get off the beaten track to discover more than the average tourist. Our trips are designed to make sure you experience the culture, history and sights of every destination.

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Cultural tours

About our small group cultural discovery tours


We offer hundreds of cultural discovery trips to extraordinary destinations all over the world; from bucketlist favorites like India and Italy to more unusual, less-visited destinations like Kazakhstan and Lebanon. They're designed to fully immerse you in the culture of your destination, as well as include the must-dos, like visits to key landmarks, walks and wildlife spotting. And alongside the essential things to see, we work hard to add in extraordinary experiences you wouldn't otherwise get, like meals with locals and unique accommodation like home stays.  

Our Discovery tours allow you to get under the skin of your destination and fully explore. The average group size on these small-group tours is just 12, meaning you'll have like-minded travelers with you, but not too many to disrupt your trip.

On a Discovery tour you'll be led by a local tour guide. These tour leaders have expert knowledge about the areas you'll travel and will make sure your trip is not only safe and comfortable but unforgettable in all the right ways. 

First time traveling with Explore? We've answered some of the most-asked questions about our small group Discovery trips. 

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What to expect on a cultural discovery tour


Types of Discovery tours

Included in our cultural discovery tours are our festival departures. Visiting a festival is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of a destination. We run trips to unusual and less-known festivals like the festivals in Bhutan or festivals in Tibet.

Many of our destinations are home to fascinating wildlife species, and so we include wildlife-spotting activities like game drives and visits to nature reserves in our itineraries. We also offer dedicated wildlife tours, which have a focus of seeing the animals and birdlife of a destination. From Africa safaris to Galapagos tours, bear watching in Europe to Amazon rainforest stays, our wildlife tours offer you the best opportunity to spot the stars of the animal kingdom. 

Food and drink is also a big part of our Discovery vacations. We aim to include the opportunity to try local food and drink on all our discovery tours, but if this is a particular focus for you we've got some trips specifically designed to include food and drink experiences. From sampling cheeses and wines in Italy to making tamales in Mexico, you'll get to sample all the best cuisine from your destination.  
 

Frequently asked questions about our Discovery trips

Learn more about our Discovery tours in our 7 questions answered about your first Discovery trip blog.

What to expect from the adventure travel experts

There's a reason why 98% of customers say they would book with us again.

Unforgettable experiences

From big wows to hidden gems, our tours leave you feeling that you've really explored.

Expert local guides

Chosen for great knowledge of their country, and a passion to make your trip extraordinary.

Small groups

Average groups of 12; solos, couples and friends, united by a desire for authentic experiences.

Responsible at heart

How we operate sets us apart; our flexible booking policy, our loyalty scheme & sustainable approach.

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