Whether you’re unravelling the legacy of the ancient Mayan civilisation; mingling with locals at a night market in Vietnam; or visiting remote rural communities untouched by the outside world, a history and culture holiday will take you to the heart of a destination.

You could find yourself in the isolated Kingdom of Bhutan, a spiritual land where cultures and traditions have remained the same for centuries. Where you’ll visit sacred monasteries, experience vibrant Buddhist festivals and explore villages whose locals welcome you with open arms.

In Peru you’ll see the country’s colonial past reflected in the beautiful baroque architecture, and gather the might of the Inca Empire from the ruins of Machu Picchu, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Mexico’s cultural heritage is equally alluring, from the sprawling colonial highlands to the exquisite Mayan relics that include the mighty Chichen Itza.

In Vietnam we can arrange for you to take walking tours around the Old Quarter of Hoi An with its pagodas, merchant’s houses and 400-year old Japanese bridge, and visit the historic war-time tunnels used by the Viet Cong. A journey through India will also transport you through numerous periods of history, from the colonial tea plantations to the architectural masterpieces of the Mughal Empire.

We’ll create an itinerary to help you get to know the people, discover time-honoured customs and uncover little-known histories.

History holidays