Cultural Holidays

History shouldn’t be boring. At Intrepid, when we think historical holidays, we don’t see textbooks and lectures and tweed. We see crumbling Mayan temples covered in vines, the bone-white dome of the Taj Mahal and the mist-shrouded ruins of Machu Picchu. We see you, the intrepid explorer, learning by venturing into the wonders of history and experiencing these wild places for yourself. Don’t mistake old for old-fashioned – our action-packed historical adventures will bring out the Indiana Jones in every traveller (whip and fedora not included).

From the holy waters of the Ganges and the graveyards of Mexico to the tulip fields and orange groves of Europe, festival season never truly dies – and we’ve got your private pass all ready to go. It’s time strap on your sandals, loosen your lederhosen and dive right in.

Popular cultural holiday destinations




Holi Festival, India


Petra, Jordan

The passage to Petra is long and narrow, winding through The Siq: a 1.2km canyon rent asunder by tectonic forces long ago. The walls are high and oppressive, blocking out the light, and just when you think it will never end, you see it – the Grecian sandstone columns of The Treasury. Nothing quite prepares you for the sight of this architectural marvel, built by the Nabataeans in the 3rd century BC to control the spice route. It lies in relief, carved deep into the red cliffs like something from another world. Thousands of travellers make the pilgrimage to Petra every year, and not one of them leaves disappointed. 

When to travel: For such a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. The best times to visit are in spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) when the temperatures are milder. For an extra treat, travel in April to catch the wildflowers in bloom.

Our top trips

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Explore Jordan 8
USD $1,205
CAD $1,245
AUD $1,220
EUR €820
GBP £705
NZD $1,355
ZAR R12,200
CHF FR995
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Jordan Family - Journey to the Lost City 8
USD $1,152
CAD $1,183
AUD $1,165
EUR €801
GBP £657
NZD $1,287
ZAR R11,394
CHF FR949
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Petra Uncovered 3
USD $707
CAD $730
AUD $715
EUR €492
GBP £412
NZD $795
ZAR R7,157
CHF FR595
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Day of the Dead, Mexico


Pyramids, Egypt

The pyramids of Egypt are usually associated with the Great Pyramid of Giza – the oldest and best preserved wonder of the ancient world – but there are dozens of other sites scattered along the banks of the Nile and deep within the high desert that are equally as impressive (and don’t come with the cacophony of Cairo on their doorstep). The sheer size and scale of many of these constructions is astounding, and no visit to the golden sands of Egypt is complete without them.
Egypt’s climate can be summed up in two words: hot and dry. 

 

When to travel: This shouldn’t come as much surprise to anyone that’s at least googled the country before. Generally winter (December to February) is the tourist high season, as the days are milder than the summer months. From June to August, temperatures can soar to over 40°C and it’s best to avoid travelling during this time, despite the smaller crowds.

Our top trips

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Egypt Adventure 8
USD $1,180
CAD $1,220
AUD $1,210
EUR €815
GBP £690
NZD $1,335
ZAR R11,980
CHF FR985
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Egypt Adventure 8
USD $1,190
CAD $1,555
AUD $1,645
EUR €1,055
GBP £795
NZD $1,790
ZAR R15,090
CHF FR1,025
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Road to Jordan 10
USD $1,760
CAD $1,850
AUD $1,815
EUR €1,165
GBP £1,050
NZD $2,015
ZAR R18,150
CHF FR1,410
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Road to Jordan 10
USD $1,595
CAD $1,880
AUD $1,975
EUR €1,235
GBP £1,025
NZD $2,165
ZAR R18,570
CHF FR1,430
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Oktoberfest, Germany


Machu Picchu, Peru

Lost in the misty valleys of the Andes mountain range until 1911, Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar landmark of the Incas: a spectacular city in the clouds, perched 2,400m above the farmland of Peru’s Sacred Valley. Thousands of travellers every year make the trek along the Inca Trail from the ancient capital of Cuzco, traversing the steep mountain peaks and the ruins of Ollantaytambo.  It’s a glorious trail, and our friendly Peruvian porters, guides and chefs help make it as fun and comfortable as possible. Whether you’ve only got a week or want to work it into a sprawling Peruvian itinerary, there’s a Machu Picchu adventure that fits the bill. 

When to travel: Peru is a year-round destination, but the mountain dry season generally runs from April to October. The nights are milder in these mid-year months, and there are often wild orchids in bloom along the trail. June and July are the most popular, and therefore most crowded, months on the trail. Low cloud cover in winter also means cold nights on the trail – bring some thermals for a good night’s sleep. 

Our top trips

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Inca Trail Express 7
USD $1,240
CAD $1,295
AUD $1,265
EUR €820
GBP £730
NZD $1,410
ZAR R12,675
CHF FR995
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Peru Encompassed 21
USD $3,825
CAD $3,945
AUD $3,870
EUR €2,610
GBP £2,240
NZD $4,310
ZAR R38,745
CHF FR3,160
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Sapporo winter festival, Japan


Taj Mahal, India

It’s considered to be the most beautiful building in the world. Rudyard Kipling described it as ‘the embodiment of all things pure’, Rabindranath Tagore as 'a teardrop on the cheek of eternity’. The Taj Mahal draws more travellers each year than the entire population of Agra, and is probably the biggest and longest-standing token of love ever built. Constructed over eight years by Shah Jahan in the 17th century, the Taj Mahal is obviously a must see for any travellers passing even remotely near Delhi. Our local guides can give you the historical background and colourful anecdotes that truly bring this ancient wonder to life. 

When to travel: To avoid the worst of the summer heat, it’s generally best to travel in the more temperate months of October through to March. Try to make it to the Taj Mahal at sunrise as the dawn stains the temple pink and purple – this is also good advice if you’re concerned about the midday crowds. Return in the evening for another technicolour display. The structure glows amber as the sun starts to dip below the horizon, then returns to pearl white just before sunset. 

Top trips

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Northern India Family Holiday 10
USD $990
CAD $1,155
AUD $1,215
EUR €860
GBP £630
NZD $1,305
ZAR R11,425
CHF FR880
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Delhi to Kathmandu 15
USD $1,330
CAD $1,372
AUD $1,347
EUR €875
GBP £773
NZD $1,500
ZAR R13,493
CHF FR1,100
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Rio Carnaval, Brazil


Angkor Wat, Cambodia

It’s probably the most iconic silhouette in all of South East Asia: the sun dipping behind the tiered temples and vine-covered ruins of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The ancient seat of the Khmer kingdom, the sheer scale of Angkor is breathtaking: 400 sq km of crumbling temples and ancient galleries, now overgrown with strangler figs, creeping vines and soft, green moss. We’ll get you right up close to Angkor’s biggest attractions, as well as showing you a few secluded sites away from the usual tourist track. 
 

When to travel: When visiting Angkor there are two factors to consider: time of year and time of day. To make the most of your visit, it’s generally best to travel between November and February, when the weather is drier and the temperature a little cooler. When it comes to time of day, try to outthink the tourists. Visit the site when it opens at dawn (5am), when most people are taking their lunch (around 1pm) or right before the park closes (6pm). Not only will you miss most of the crowds, you’ll catch the best sunrises and sunsets over the temple complex. 

Top trips

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Angkor Trails 9
USD $783
CAD $806
AUD $791
EUR €532
GBP £457
NZD $885
ZAR R7,923
CHF FR648
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Best of Cambodia 14
USD $1,210
CAD $1,246
AUD $1,224
EUR €828
GBP £706
NZD $1,363
ZAR R12,276
CHF FR999
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Secrets of Angkor 3
USD $385
CAD $397
AUD $390
EUR €267
GBP £225
NZD $435
ZAR R3,902
CHF FR325
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Camel, India


Terracotta Warriors, China

In 1974 local peasants were drilling a well in Xi’an when they felt the ground give way. They didn’t know it at the time but they had just discovered the greatest archaeological find in Chinese history – three huge subterranean vaults containing 8000 carefully built terracotta warriors. Standing silent guard over the remains of Qin Shi Huang – one of the few emperors to unite the warring factions of China – these incredible specimens are now on display for the world to see. We’ll get you behind the scenes of Xi’an to hear from locals what the Army has done for the region, and what secrets it has yet to reveal…
 

When to travel: China is a vast country with a whole host of weather patterns, but Xi’an is thankfully pretty predictable. March to May is generally a good time to travel, as temperatures are mild and rain is unlikely. The same goes for September to October, when temperatures hang around the 20°C mark. 

Top trips

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Yangzi & Beyond 14
USD $3,555
CAD $3,885
AUD $3,810
EUR €2,475
GBP £2,120
NZD $4,245
ZAR R38,145
CHF FR2,995
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China Experience 21
USD $3,447
CAD $3,559
AUD $3,483
EUR €2,416
GBP £2,011
NZD $3,883
ZAR R34,920
CHF FR2,925
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China Highlights 9
USD $1,655
CAD $1,715
AUD $1,685
EUR €1,095
GBP £970
NZD $1,870
ZAR R16,830
CHF FR1,320
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