6 Cultural Holidays That Will Change How You See The World

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1. Vietnam's wonders & waterways

Vietnam is the jewel in South East Asia's crown - famous for its beautiful scenery, majestic rivers, rich history, French colonial architecture, extraordinary food and stunning beaches.

On a 13-day tour you'll explore Vietnam's most exciting cities: foodie heaven Hanoi, historical Hue, and lively Ho Chi Minh City. Then, relax on a serene overnight cruise around Halong Bay, and wander the Unesco-listed old town of Hoi An - whose market is the perfect place to haggle for local silks, paintings and tailormade clothes.

'The Ultimate Tour of Vietnam' with Woman & Home: 13 days, from £2,195 (including accommodation, breakfasts and flights).

2. Treasures of Russia

Compare the cities of St Petersburg and Moscow on a well-paced, seven-night cultural holiday which includes a specially-organised, private tour of the Fabergé Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St Petersburg.


Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg (Alamy)

Visit the Hermitage and St Isaac Cathedral before departing for Moscow on the high-speed, Sapsan train. A city tour of the capital, plus excursions to the Kremlin and to Novodevichy Convent - burial place of the musicians Shostakovich and Prokofiev - are further highlights.

'Russian Capitals' with Jules Verne: 7 nights, from £1,175 (including accommodation, breakfast and flights).

3. 'Mozart Week' in Salzburg, Austria

Immerse yourself in the music of Salzburg's most famous composer on a five-day cultural holiday in the company of expert lecturer and musician, Professor John Irving.


Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart (Alamy)

Alongside a variety of talks, guided walks and performances, including a morning recital at the Mozarteum by eminent pianist, Daniel Barenboim, and an opera at the Haus für Mozart, there will be plenty of free time to explore this elegant Austrian city.

'Mozart Week Festival' in Salzburg with The Cultural Travel Company: 5 days, from £1,645 (including accommodation, some meals and concert tickets. Flights not included)

4. India's Real Marigold Hotel

Follow in the footsteps of iconic actors Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith, on a ten-day cultural holiday which includes an exclusive talk by Best Exotic Marigold Hotel author, Deborah Moggach.


Unlock the treasures of India (Alamy)

Have high tea at Castle Kanota, film location for the Viceroy Club and stay at Ravla Khempur, location for the Exotic Marigold Hotel itself. Tour Jaipur and Udaipur, and watch the sunset at the Taj Mahal.

'The Real Marigold Hotel Tour of India' with Woman & Home: 10 days, from £1,780 (including accommodation and most meals. Flights not included)

5. Amazing Andalucía

Explore the major cities in this fascinating Spanish region on an 11-day cultural holiday accompanied by author, lecturer and Andalucia specialist Dr Philippa Joseph. Focusing on Moorish sites, gardens, palaces and fine art collections, itinerary highlights include Grenada's thirteenth-century Alhambra, Córdoba's La Mesquita mosque and the Alcázar Palace in Seville.


Alcázar Palace, Seville (Alamy)

The Picasso Museum and recently-opened Centre Pompidou in Málaga also feature on the itinerary, with a detour to the small Renaissance towns of Úbeda and Baeza.

'Essential Andalucía' with Martin Randall Travel: 11 days, from £3,230 (including accommodation, some meals and flights)

6. Intrepid South America

Combine the vibrant countries of Brazil, Argentina and Chile on an unforgettable 11-day cultural holiday which starts in Santiago and finishes in Rio de Janeiro. Included on the itinerary is a private city tour of Buenos Aires, with a visit to its famous Teatro Colon, and a chance to see the spectacular Iguassu Falls.


Buenos Aires is famed for its street music (Alamy)

Exclusive insights include a meeting with an indigenous Guarani tribe, visits to family-run wineries, a breathtaking tango display, and a lavish Michelin-starred dinner.

'Classic South America' with Luxury Gold Vacations: 11 days, from £4,294 (including accommodation and some meals. Flights not included) 

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