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Cultural & Historical Tours - World

Below are the 2023 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Culture and Historical Experiences for up-close exploration by foot, by bike, or even by Vespa!

The Travellers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best title celebrates the highest level of excellence in travel. It’s awarded to those who receive a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month period. Out of our 8 million listings, fewer than 1% achieve this milestone.


Take a day tour around the Ubud area to check out some of Bali's most popular attractions. Stop at Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Tegenungan Waterfall, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, an art market where you can shop for souvenirs, Puri Saren Palace (Ubud Palace), and Tirta Empul Temple, known for its natural springs.
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 8–10 hours
 Ages 1-99, max of 13 per group

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5.0 of 5 bubbles13,377 reviews
See the highlights of the DMZ stress-free on a half-day sightseeing tour from Seoul. After comfortable transfer from convenient pickup locations, your group will visit Imjingak Pyeonghwa-Nuri Park and the Bridge of Freedom. Next, tour the DMZ, Third Tunnel, and Dora Observatory. From beginning to end, your guide will provide detailed commentary to ensure an immersive and informative experience. Return to Seoul with plenty of time to enjoy the evening as you wish.
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 Duration: 7h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles5,115 reviews
Explore the key sites of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat complex (admission at your own expense; ticket costs $37 per person and covers all the Temple admission ) during this small-group tour. Learn about the history of Cambodia and Siem Reap from your tour guide as you visit the Terrace of the Elephants, the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Ta Prohm Temple, and much more. This tour also offers the opportunity to watch the sunrise over the ancient temples as well as hotel pickup and drop-off.
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 Duration: 8h
 Ages 4-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles5,322 reviews
Florence is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance” and the city was home to many important artists and intellectuals. Find out more about Florentine history, culture, and the legendary Medici dynasty behind the city’s rise to power with this introductory walking tour. Stroll by highlights like the cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, and Piazza della Signoria for an overview of the city’s wonders in just a couple of hours.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-90, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,358 reviews
Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 18-99, max of 14 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles5,753 reviews
Learn about the mysterious history of Salem on this guided walking tour of the city. Follow your local historian guide through Salem, listening to 400 years of history and admire the old architecture that dates back hundreds of years. For spookier experience, select the nighttime tour led by lantern light and find out the truth about the 1692 Salem Witch Trial hysteria.
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 120–135 minutes
 Ages 6-95, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,952 reviews
Get to know Abu Dhabi on a day trip from Dubai that lets you explore the largest emirate on a time budget. All transportation is included, saving you the hassle figuring out logistics, and a guide makes the most of your time by taking you straight to Abu Dhabi highlights like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Emirates Palace and Etihad Towers, and more.
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 8–9 hours
 Ages 3-80, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,282 reviews
Travel by fast train round-trip from Delhi to Agra to pack in more sightseeing and spend less time on the road. The Gatimaan Express train gets you to Agra and your local guide and private driver meet you upon arrival. Visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj), and Mehtab Bagh, before returning to Delhi in the evening. Choose the transport and guide option or upgrade to included lunch, entrance fees, and train-class options.
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 Duration: 12h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,349 reviews
See the secrets of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum on this small-group. With your knowledgeable guide, skip the long entrance lines at each attraction. Explore the Colosseum's underground chambers, which are off-limits to most of the public each day and discover Palatine Hill and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Limited to just six people, this tour provides a more intimate experience.
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 Duration: 3h 15m
 Ages 0-99, max of 6 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,449 reviews
Experience the highlights of downtown Honolulu and the USS Arizona Memorial in absolute comfort on this half-day sightseeing tour by coach. Aboard air-conditioned transport, pass attractions including the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha statue, and the Punchbowl National Cemetery, while listening to informative commentary from your driver-guide. Learn Pearl Harbor history at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Upgrade to include entry to the USS Missouri battleship and see the deck where the signing of Japan’s surrender took place that ended World War II, or upgrade to include Hangar 79 that withstood the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour
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 5–9 hours
 Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,346 reviews
Visiting the Louvre can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, so why not enjoy skip-the-line access and personal attention from your guide on a small-group tour? Journey through the history of art as you explore one of the world’s biggest and most famous museums on this 2.5-hour tour, with numbers limited to eight. See iconic works like the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa, discover little-known masterpieces, and learn how to distinguish different art styles and techniques. After your tour, spend as long as you want exploring the museum independently.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,212 reviews
Join your guide for a 2.5-hour walking tour that combines sightseeing in the hills of Los Angeles with a vigorous walk up to the Hollywood sign. Learn about the history of Los Angeles on an entertaining hike that takes in Griffith Park, the Hollywood Hills neighborhood, and the Hollywood sign, and offers views of Burbank, the San Fernando Valley, and all of Los Angeles.
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 2–3 hours
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,274 reviews
Experience two of the most popular activities in Ho Chi Minh on one convenient tour. Travel to Cu Chu tunnels, an elaborate network of underground passages used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Learn about the importance of the tunnels and the role they played in history. After lunch (included), take a river cruise on the Mekong Delta where you can admire the scenery and interact with locals.
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 Duration: 10h
 Ages 1-80, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles4,115 reviews
Experience Berlin’s past and present on this half-day guided walking tour through the city's Mitte district. Visit landmarks from the city’s Prussian, Imperial, Nazi, Cold War and modern eras, offering insight into the evolution of this fascinating German capital. Stroll along the iconic Berlin Wall and follow Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate. Then check out the rebuilt Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial and hear the amazing stories of Cold War Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie. Please note that we do not enter any buildings during the tour.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles834 reviews
When you visit Hanoi, don’t just stick to exploring the city—there’s so much to see just outside the city limits. This full-day sightseeing tour gives you a taste of both. Spend the morning zipping around the Hanoi streets on the back of a vintage motorcycle, stopping at local landmarks and street food stalls. In the afternoon, hop in a vintage jeep and head out of the city to visit the villages and picturesque countryside of the Red River Delta.
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 Duration: 4h 30m
 Ages 0-85, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,071 reviews
Visit Chichen Itza, Valladolid, and the open-air Cenote San Lorenzo Oxman on your own terms, with this private guided tour. You'll head out to to Chichen Itza bright and early so that you can avoid the crowds and heat that come later in the day, continuing on to Cenote San Lorenzo Oxman for a refreshing dip. You'll finish your tour with an a la carte lunch in colonial Valladolid.
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 Duration: 10h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,243 reviews
Dubrovnik is known for its history and architecture, but appreciating its many sights can be difficult on a self-led tour. Forget the guidebook and learn from a local on a tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, exploring landmarks including the Franciscan Monastery, Stradun monument, Cathedral of the Assumption, and more. Enjoy the intimate perspective of a walking tour as you gain insight into the city’s far-reaching heritage and culture.
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 Duration: 1h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,060 reviews
Skip the crowded coach tours and discover the highlights of the Eternal City from a Vespa sidecar. Each motorcycle and sidecar fits two people (plus driver), so you can settle back with a friend or loved one as you cruise by attractions from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain. Tours include live narration via convenient headphones for crucial context on each site, plus a traditional Roman breakfast of cappuccino and cornetto.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 5-99, max of 6 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles742 reviews
Prague has always been famous among artists, musicians, and creatives, which has created a rich culture. Discover the local hangouts of some of the past and present icons on this historic pub crawl through the city. Meet your fellow partygoers and enjoy drinks at each venue, listening to anecdotes about the Rolling Stones, Hollywood stars, corrupt politicians, and more.
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 3–4 hours
 Ages 18-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,554 reviews
The Warner Bros studio might be the top ticket for Harry Potter lovers visiting London, but the city has so many magical movie locations for fans to explore. Join a group of fellow muggles for a walking tour and see the real-life locations that inspired sets such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and the Ministry of Magic.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles600 reviews
Learn about Mumbai's history and get some exercise in the process with this private guided walking tour of the southern part of the city. You'll cover a distance of roughly 2 km (1.6 miles), visiting sites such as St. Thomas Cathedral, the Kala Ghoda Arts District, and the Gateway of India with your professional local guide.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 5-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles329 reviews
Get a taste for the top attractions in Barcelona during this small group tour for a maximum of 8 people of the Catalan capital. Enjoy spectacular city views and a glimpse of the 1992 Olympics complex during a stop at Montjüic. Then explore the incredible history of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and tour Passeig de Gracia, an elegant boulevard with a wealth of modernist architecture like Gaudí's La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Finish your day in Eixample at the stunning Sagrada Familia. Hotel or apartment pick-up and drop-off are included.
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 Duration: 5h
 Ages 0-99, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,410 reviews
Leave Barcelona behind, and head for the medieval city of Girona and the scenic Costa Brava with this small group excursion for a maximum of 8 guests. This day tour through the Catalonian villages of northeastern Spain includes guided tours of Pals and Calella de Palafrugell. Take in the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea from viewpoints along the way and enjoy the intimacy of travel with a small group. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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 Duration: 10h
 Ages 0-99, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles426 reviews
Pair the freedom of independent travel with the expertise of a licensed tour guide on this 100% customizable private Cappadocia tour. Whether your tastes run to caves or crafts, to churches or hiking, your guide will pick you up directly from your hotel at a time that suits your schedule and deliver the itinerary of your dreams. Please note: mileage limits apply and any entrance fees are at your expense.
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 Duration: 8h
 Ages 0-120, max of 14 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles851 reviews
Live a unique experience and get to know behind the scenes of our true story. The proposal of this Walking tour; elaborate in 2012 by the guide Fabrício Rodrigues, is present the city through a dynamic unique and surprising mica; an immersion cultural-historical through a pleasant walking through the streets, alleys, woods, streets and main churches of Tiradentes. Lots of details, tips, exclusive giveaways and curiosities will be guaranteed in the Walking Tour Alleys of Tiradentes. Recommended for the whole family. (Limited places).
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 5-70, max of 15 per group
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