Luxury Cultural & Historical Holidays | Private Tours

We believe that a destination comes alive when you hear about its history and experience its culture in all its richness and authenticity. Without history, everything is just scenery. We tailor-make luxury historical and cultural holidays and can provide you with engaging private guided experiences and behind the scenes bespoke tours to explore and understand the sites and monuments of history’s greatest civilizations. From remote sites of antiquity, imposing medieval towns and castles, exploring age-old communities unchanged by time to private tours of Unesco world heritage sites – below are just a few examples of the popular cultural and historical holidays we can craft for you, which will showcase these unique destinations in a new perspective. In Asia: Hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan, rise at dawn in Luang Prabang in Laos to see the mendicant monks gathering alms in the streets, hot air balloon over the Sagar Pagodas in Inle Lake, Myanmar, take a sunset tour of the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, discover the floating markets in the ancient Unesco town of Hoi An, Vietnam, admire the rich history & majestic architecture of some of the over 100 forts in the princely state of Rajasthan, enjoy a private performance by a Geisha in the Gion district of Kyoto, take a private guided tour of the ancient Buddhist temples of Borobudur in Java, visit the Terracotta Army Mausoleum of the first Emperor of China in Xi’an. In the Middle East: Explore the iconic sights of the Nile as far as Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, take a behind the scenes tour of Petra – the famous archaeological site in Jordan, walk thru the back lanes of the exotic Medina in Marrakesh. In South America: Enjoy a local family’s hospitality for a homemade lunch on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In Africa: Join a tribal immersion program and learn about the Masaai traditions in Kenya. In Europe: join a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or the best hidden art galleries in Paris, learn about the glittering Byzantine, Ottoman and Christian architecture of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, admire the ancient citadel of Acropolis in Athens. We work only with the most highly reputed local luxury tour operators who come with an insider’s knowledge and provide the best experiences for discerning clients. Take a look at our curated collection of luxury hotels, lodges & resorts in the best cultural & historical destinations below and get in touch with our luxury travel designers to begin planning your dream cultural holiday today.

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Saseka Tented Camp

This extraordinary 5-star lodge serves up understated luxury on the banks of the seasonal Monwana River, across 9 spacious tented suites. The striking design of the lodge, luxurious touches and spectacular location have combined to create a lodge that is like no other in the Greater Kruger Park region. The main area has a large, tiered deck with a broad view of the riverbed and a cleverly designed roof that mimics the dappled light of a tree canopy. This is where we love to meet with our guests for a drink or a meal, share stories and listen to the afternoon breeze bringing the surrounding tre ...

Country: South Africa

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Calilo, Ios Island

At Calilo, we offer elegant 5 star accommodations in the middle of a 1000-acre plot of land with 6 miles of coastline that all but guaranties absolute privacy to those who need it. Our resort is located on the island of los, which is in the middle of one of the most successful tourist areas on earth, right in-between two world class destinations, Mykonos and Santorini. Calilo is brilliantly situated on the beautiful beach of Papas, offering a haven of serenity and relaxation amidst the dramatic natural surroundings. However, unlike the neighbouring islands of Santorini and Mykonos, los possess ...

Country: Greece

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Campi ya Kanzi, Chyulu Hills

Campi ya Kanzi is an award-winning boutique ecolodge in the Chyulu Hills of southern Kenya, in Ernest Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa”. This camp offers an incomparable combination of 5-star luxury, first class wilderness adventure, amazing wildlife, and authentic immersion in Maasai culture. This camp is the only Kenya luxury safari lodge on a Maasai-owned reserve spanning 283,000 acres of pristine wilderness. The Hills' volcanic summits are covered in a rich green cloud forest,  home to a completely different array of trees, flowers, insects, birds and mammals. This special Maas ...

Country: Kenya

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The St. Regis Chengdu

Defining elegance in the heart of the business district, The St. Regis Chengdu is located steps from Tianfu Square and Chunxi Road. Boasting an iconic address in the ancient city of Chengdu, our hotel is conveniently located near premier shopping malls and renowned restaurants. The epitome of uncompromising living, our landmark luxury hotel presents epicurean dining alongside indoor and outdoor pools, The St. Regis Athletic Club and the Iridium Spa. Meticulously decorated, our 277 guest rooms and 36 suites unite bespoke furnishings with state-of-the-art technology. Let exclusive Laboratoire Re ...

Country: China

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Shambala Private Game Reserve, Waterberg

A small, exclusive big five lodge, offering plenty of extras, from sundowner cruises and fine dining to a spa and historic connections: Nelson Mandela's former villa lies in the 12,000-hectare reserve. Situated on 10,000 hectares in the Limpopo Province, a mere 2½ hour drive or 45 minute helicopter ride from Johannesburg, Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve is set under the watchful guardianship of the picturesque, malaria-free Waterberg mountains, and the magnificent African bushveld is home to a variety of remarkable flora and fauna including The Big Five. Whether you discover it i ...

Country: South Africa

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Valverde Hotel, Lisbon

The revival of the Grande Dame! Situated in the Algarve’s eastern most corner, nestled across the river from Spain, Grand House is a stunning Belle Époque hotel, a revived Grand Dame, becoming the first 5 -star hotel in the historical town of Vila Real de Santo António. Curl up with a book in one of the hotel’s nooks, linger in the cosy library and embark on a journey back in time. Honouring the hotel’s rich history, the 30 rooms & suites boast an array of period details, including intricate molding, antique pieces & glamorous crystal chandeliers. With an eclectic style suited to the ...

Country: Portugal

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Ker and Downey Botswana Okuti

This delightful camp lies alongside the Maunachira River which flows through Xakanaxa Lagoon amidst the wilderness of one of Botswana's prime game viewing regions - the world renowned Moremi Game Reserve. The area is remote and regarded as one of the most incredible wildlife reserves in the world. Camp Okuti is known as a photographer's paradise; the camp offers luxury accommodation and guests can experience excellent year round game viewing opportunities in specially-designed safari vehicles. Refurbishment of Okuti took place at the beginning of 2014 and draws its influence from water which ...

Country: Botswana

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Sikelia Luxury Hotel, Pantelleria

Simple monastic architecture meets striking modernist interiors at Sikelia – a boutique luxury retreat in a dramatic setting. Housed within porcelain-white dammusi, ancient stone buildings typical of this part of Italy, this is an atmospheric escape with effortless style.Stylish suites housed in ancient dammusi dwellings bring together strict monastic interior architecture and refined contemporary elegance: welcome to Sikelia, an exclusive, timeless place, synonymous with luxury and tranquillity, a place to discover the many contrasts of the island of Pantelleria. Our warm and personal welco ...

Country: Italy

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Mosaic Lagoon Eco Lodge, Hermanus

An ornately decorated, cliffside eyrie that will suit those who want mesmerising mountain and sea views, and value real privacy. With just six rooms, it's also one of the city's most exclusive boltholes, combining a relaxing home-like atmosphere with 24/7 butler service and generous amenities. Nettleton is the epitome of elegance and luxury. Nestled against the slopes of Lion’s Head, this private boutique hotel is located in one of the finest positions in Clifton. A mere 10 minutes away from Cape Town’s legendary Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain and the city centre, yet a seren ...

Country: South Africa

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The Strand Cruise

The Strand Cruise is a luxury river cruise ship carrying up to 50 passengers in 25 cabin suites along the mystical waterways of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River. Named and styled after its sister property, the luxury heritage hotel, The Strand Yangon, The Strand Cruise offers all the features passengers would expect from a Strand product, from flawless service and gourmet a la carte cuisine, to signature elements celebrating the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs. The Strand Cruise operates a schedule of two, three and four-night itineraries between the ancien ...

Country: Myanmar

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