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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Dougga Ruins, Tunisia
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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.

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Where to go

Rome's rooftops

Rome

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

Camels and pyramids

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

Seville

Seville

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

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula

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

St Nicholas Cathedral

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.

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.

A River Winding Alongside the Vineyards of Rioja

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

The Basque Country and Rioja offer world class wine, award-winning gastronomy, outstanding contemporary art and architecture, culture, surfing, beaches and charming cities. Not a bad little combination.

Blue Doorway to Cobbled Street

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.

Angkor Wat - Siem Reap

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Spend time exploring the galleries and workshops of Siem Reap before the highlight; the awe-inspiring temples of the Angkor site.

Galata Tower at Dusk

Istanbul

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

Croatian coast scenery

Dalmatian Coast

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

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.

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.

Grand Hotel Timeo, luxury hotel in Italy

Belmond 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.

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Dave, Saskia and Miranda are our 'Art, Archaeology & Architecture' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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