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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Villa Pliniana, Lake Como

Il Sereno brings a new era of luxury to the banks of Italy’s iconic Lake Como. Il Sereno’s ethos of understated elegance presents a freshness to this well-established destination. This stylish Lake Como retreat incorporates the unparalleled beauty of the lake in its seamless design with panoramic view from every inch of the outstanding property.  The all-suite hotel promises modern style and an authentic flair, all in the name of effortless comfort. The 30 suites at Il Sereno are spacious, light and airy, with the majority offering spectacular views across Lake Como. Each beautifully-des ...

Country: Italy

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Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

The manor house was originally built as a private home in the 1930s and has twelve bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Giraffe Manor is surrounded by 140 acres of pristine indigenous forest in Nairobi. An elegant, personally-hosted, small and exclusive hotel, it is famous for its resident herd of endangered Rothschild giraffe. As it was originally built in the 1930s as a private home, the manor has a personality of its own with all the rooms being individually decorated and differently proportioned. Giraffe Manor was modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge and now has twelve bedrooms split bet ...

Country: Kenya

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Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

One of Madagascar’s most remote and most exclusive secrets, Constance Tsarabanjina is a hidden island paradise, offering a barefoot luxury tropical beach holiday. This unique island getaway off the coast of Nosy Be is a place to escape it all, to surround oneself with white powdery sand beaches, azure blue water, exotic birds, abundant marine life, and the simple comforts of island luxury. This intimate lodge is set on it’s own deserted island and made up of 25 charming thatched bungalows on two beaches from which you can explore the pristine coastline or explore the reefs on a dive. Ever ...

Country: Africa

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Rosewood Vienna

Rosewood Vienna will open in summer 2022 as the brand’s fifth property in Europe. Housed in an historic 18th century building which was the former headquarters for Erste Group Bank AG, Rosewood Vienna will be ideally situated on Petersplatz, one of the most famous squares in Vienna’s Old Town. Located just steps away from the city’s most luxurious shopping and dining and its most famous historical sites, Rosewood Vienna will serve as an unsurpassed gateway to one of Europe’s most charming destinations. Rosewood Vienna will combine the best of European architecture and design with a ref ...

Country: Austria

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Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat

100 km south of Munich. In a wide & protected valley of the Bavarian Alps. The deafening sound of silence & rushing streams. The breath of the mountains & the scent of the woods. A sense of freedom & security in a unique Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway. Rest & serenity in separate spas for adults & families. TCM, Tajii & Yoga Retreats with Experts. Sport in untouched nature. 2 Michelin stars in the Luce d'Oro & an outstanding bookstore for cosmopolitans. Classical & Jazz with some of the greatest artists on the pulse of our time.Two hotels. One Resort. T ...

Country: Germany

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W Koh Samui

Tranquil by day. Electric by night. Situated on a 30-square-mile tropical Thai island in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand, overlooking stunning beaches and lush forests, W Koh Samui awakens as the sun goes down, igniting the unexpected. Life done right. Start the day with a workout at FIT or dip at WET before unwinding with a local therapy at AWAY Spa. Then, light up the evening with signature cocktails at W Lounge and dinner at our on-site restaurants Namu and The Kitchen Table. Take it easy. Surrounded by verdant foliage, each of our 74 villas boasts a private outdoor pool and infinite isl ...

Country: Thailand

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SUJÁN The Serai, Jaisalmer

The Serai, Jaisalmer, our luxurious desert camp and spa, close to the medieval city of Jaisalmer is a spectacular getaway. Set on a 100-acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub, The Serai draws inspiration from the designs of the royal caravan sites of Rajputana; blending their dash and vivacity with luxurious amenities and services. There is no better place from which to venture into the mystical city of Jaisalmer or discover its fabled golden fortress, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evenings are spent under the dome of a starlit desert sky, punctuated by the ancient melodies of the ...

Country: India

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Azumi Setoda

Azumi Setoda is a contemporary Japanese ryokan located on the tranquil island of Ikuchijima. The property occupies a 19th-century former home of a shipping and salt-farming family, now restored and converted to offer 18 suites and four duplexes in a two-story pavilion. Suites and duplexes blend contemporary amenities with traditional ryokan aesthetic, dressed in raw materials such as cedar, cypress, traditional Japanese paper, and granite. Each room is equipped with a cypress wood bathtub, and offers a private garden or generous balcony overlooking the landscaped cedar-framed courtyard. At the ...

Country: Japan

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Hotel Relais & Châteaux Orfila, Madrid

History comes to life with vibrant modern energy at Four Seasons Hotel Madrid. In the very heart of the capital – within walking distance of all the key attractions – seven historical buildings have been transformed into one dynamic destination. With rooftop dining by Spanish celebrity chef Dani García, a four-level spa and a sun-splashed pool terrace, Four Seasons is bringing a new level of luxury and service to Madrid. Home to Four Seasons Hotel Madrid, ...

Country: Spain

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Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou

Hangzhou’s loftiest hotel is some distance from the West Lake, but it more than makes up for its removed location with a chic sky-high design, elegant rooms styled with local motifs, and impressive dining. Towering 49 floors over Qianjiang New City, an evolving business district on the westbank of Qiantang River, Park Hyatt affords sweeping views of Hangzhou and the tea-clad hillsides beyond. It rises above a luxury shopping mall, and two metro lines in the basement provide traffic-free travel to West Lake in 20 minutes and Hangzhou East High-speed Railway Station in just 15 minutes. It’s ...

Country: China

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