Our clients are an erudite bunch, which is why we have so many cultural trips in our portfolio. We know about the desire to feel some much needed sun on your face, but that at other times it's more important to explore the mysteries and mindsets of another culture. Even better if the two types of holiday can be combined in one.

We offer trips to explore the world from the Mayan ruins of Central America to the tombs and terracotta troops of China, but fortunately many of the planet's finest cultural highlights are right on our metaphorical doorstep, be that the perfection of the Pantheon in Rome, the art collection at the Hermitage in St Petersburg or the ancient artefacts of Egypt and Iran. Add access to some of the finest guides around, and we think we could keep the hungriest culture vulture satisfied.

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Want to combine all three? The Pantheon in Rome (above and main), which dates from around 120 BC, is a work of art, living archaeology and one of the most sublime pieces of architecture in history.

Dave, Original Traveller

Where to go

Marcus Aurelius Column, Rome

Rome

The world’s greatest open-air museum is also one of the most alluring and vibrant of modern cities.

Rome
Pyramids and the Red Sea

Pyramids and the Red Sea

Still one of the classic destinations, Egypt is a long-standing Original Travel favourite. Cairo may be a little on the hectic side, but with good hotels and the Pyramids of Giza, it’s well worth exploration

Pyramids and the Red Sea
Xi'an & the Terracotta Army

Xi'an & the Terracotta Army

The city of Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, along which cultural and economic exchanges flowed between east and west for centuries. It served as the imperial capital for over a millennium, and retains a number of important historical attractions, foremost of which is the extraordinary Terracotta Army, a world heritage site.

Xi'an & the Terracotta Army
View Across Seville

Seville

Andalucia's largest city has enough attractions to last weeks; tapas, sunshine and delightful architecture and hotels.

Seville
Hungary

Hungary

A country that until the early 20th Century formed half (albeit as a very junior partner) of one of the greatest ever European empires, Hungary has had a profound influence on the continent’s history, and yet this, the beating heart of Middle Europe, is a place apart.

Hungary
Tunisia

Tunisia

Underestimate Tunisia at your peril - this is perfect short haul sun territory, with the fascinating Carthage and Sahara to explore as well.

Tunisia
Yucatán Peninsula

Yucatán Peninsula

A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.

Yucatán Peninsula
St Petersburg

St Petersburg

Built in defiance of nature and logic, St. Petersburg is a monument to the will of Peter the Great. His city became a ‘window on the West’ and remains Russia’s cultural capital.

St Petersburg
Berlin

Berlin

The perfect urban city break destination, with museums, galleries and a cutting edge contemporary art and music scene.

Berlin
New York

New York

Does it need an introduction? Go shopping, go partying, stay in an uber cool urban hotel, and enjoy your bite out of the Big Apple.

New York
Wine Bottle Corks

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

San Sebastian and Bilbao are the two main cities of the Basque Country, or Euskadi as it is known in the Basque language.

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja
Minas Gerais

Minas Gerais

Between Salvador to the north and Rio to the south and inland from the coast lies the state of Minas Gerais, the heart of the gold mining activity in colonial Brazil during the 18th century.

Minas Gerais
Angkor Wat & Phnom Penh

Angkor Wat & Phnom Penh

Don't overlook Cambodia's capital city en route for the main attraction; the awe-inspiring temples of the Angkor site.

Angkor Wat & Phnom Penh
Beijing & the Great Wall

Beijing & the Great Wall

A guide is essential to get the most from China's historic capital city, as well as all the nearby attractions.

Beijing & the Great Wall
Istanbul

Istanbul

Just three and a half hours from the UK, this atmospheric 'East meets West' city is a perfect destination for a long weekend.

Istanbul
Dalmatian Coast

Dalmatian Coast

Combine beautiful Mediterranean coastline with cosmopolitan and lively cities on your Dalmatian Coast holiday.

Dalmatian Coast
Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

The highlight of many visits to Peru, Machu Picchu combines easily with Cusco and the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
China

China

Modern China contains striking contemporary metropolises such as Shanghai and Hong Kong, and rural areas where life has changed little for centuries.

China

Where to stay

Exterior at Miro Hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Miro Hotel

The hotel is located just a couple of hundred feet from two of the city’s top attractions: the famous Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Miro Hotel
Ellerman House & Villas, luxury hotel in South Africa

Ellerman House & Villas

Ellerman House is perhaps Cape Town’s most exclusive address – a luxury boutique hotel of just eleven rooms (and two seriously lux villas) located in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay.

Ellerman House & Villas
Grand Hotel Timeo, luxury hotel in Italy

Grand Hotel Timeo

If there was a 'hotel with the best location in the world' award, the Grand Hotel Timeo would be a serious contender... Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats, and has now had a serious - and arguably much needed - overhaul by the Belmond group.

Grand Hotel Timeo

We have used OT for many years now and you seem to have a great team. But what has been most impressive with you is your speed of response, the accuracy of your information and the fact that you really make us feel you listen to our wishes and adapt itineraries to suit.

Tim

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