Travel website Culture Trip today has announced the launch of TRIPS by Culture Trip — unique small-group adventures that help people experience extraordinary destinations in unexpected ways, together with other culturally curious travellers. Curated by travel experts and led by Local Insiders, the multi-day adventures offer exciting itineraries that combine immersive activities and unique places to stay. TRIPS by Culture Trip is now available to book via culturetrip.com/trips
Once-in-a-lifetime experiences and personal encounters
The diverse TRIPS itineraries are aimed at travellers who want to connect with — not just visit — a place, its people, and its culture. All itineraries feature hand-picked, hyper-local experiences and authentic activities combined with quality accommodation that has a personal feel and is — where possible — locally owned. Thoughtfully planned with ample free time to unwind or explore solo, the itineraries offer the right balance of exploration, action, and relaxation. TRIPS are led by expert Local Insiders who know the destination inside out, show lesser-known places, share their in-depth knowledge, and reveal hidden gems that travellers might not be able to access or have otherwise discovered.
TRIPS launches with 30 itineraries in some of the world’s most captivating and off-the-grid places in the UK, Europe, the U.S., South and Central America, North Africa, Asia and other regions, with new itineraries added regularly. First departures are set to take place at the end of this year, with a focus on 2022 and beyond. TRIPS durations range from four to 13 days, with prices starting from £857 ($1,169) per person*. Groups will welcome up to 18 travellers aged 25 and over who can join solo or with friends. TRIPS styles include Discovery, Active, City Break, and Wellness, with physical ratings from easy to challenging.
TRIPS examples from island-hopping off the coast of Scotland and culinary delights in Portugal to off-road adventures in Utah & Colorado
Britain’s Last Frontier: Exploring the Hebridean Isles (Scotland): This island-hopping trip explores the remote Hebrides islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis. Kayak through secluded inlets and explore a wilderness of white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, stunning nature spots and more. 7-day trip from £2,179 ($3,089) per person* – departures in 2022
Off-Road Adventures in Utah & Colorado: The lush granite mountains of Colorado and the mighty red-rock deserts of Utah are at the heart of this trip. Travelers get to hike through the Moab canyonlands, bike down dusty trails in Arches National Park, and go rafting on the Colorado River. They will visit quaint alpine towns, soak in hot springs, and — with any luck — spot a black bear or two in the Colorado Rockies. There will also be cocktails at the haunted hotel from The Shining and draft beer tasting in Denver. 8-day trip from £2,559 ($3,499) per person* – departures in 2022
Find Your Wild Side in North Wales: An action-packed trip for those who love thrills and natural beauty. Hike hillsides in Snowdonia National Park, descend into a disused slate mine on an underground adventure, discover coasteering along the Anglesey coast, forage for a feast of wild edibles and spend a night under the stars in a remote cabin. 5-day trip from £1,189 ($1,689) per person* – departures in 2022
Berkshire: Swim Wild, Sip Cider and Meditate in Rural England: Rest and relax with wild swimming, cider tasting and yoga. Stay at a retreat in a beautiful riverside setting, with an expert instructor who will introduce guests to meditation. The trip goes beyond calming the mind, with hikes and stand-up paddleboard yoga. 4-day trip from £889 ($1,259) per person* – departure in 2022
Escape to Iceland’s Frozen Wilderness Take in the expansive wilderness on a snowmobile, travel to glaciers, explore the waterfalls and mountains that inspired the Game of Thrones, enjoy geothermal baked bread and soak in natural hot springs while watching out for the Northern Lights. 5-day trip from £2,109 ($2,929) per person* – departures at the end of 2021 and in 2022
A Tale of Two Cities: Exploring Northern Portugal An immersive experience in Portugal’s most vibrant cities – Porto and Lisbon. Plus: sip fine wine in the Douro Valley and the Alentejo, trace the wild Atlantic coastline and enjoy the many regional delicacies on a culinary walking tour. 9-day trip from £2,059 ($2,859) per person* – departures in 2022
Reset & Recharge in New York State’s Hudson Valley: Four days of mindful rest, activity, and interaction to help mentally disconnect from the daily grind. Staying in a boutique hotel, the small group will learn the basics of meditation with an expert instructor, join an artist workshop, hike through the lush High Falls Conservation Area — home to the highest waterfall in Columbia County — and try stand-up paddleboard Yoga on the Hudson River. 4-day trip from £857 ($1,169) per person* – departure in 2022
Ancient Temples and Wild Cenotes on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula: Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula offers beaches, culture, history, and a rich culinary scene. With this TRIPS itinerary, travelers can climb the ancient Mayan pyramid at Cobá, swim in crystal-clear cenotes, sample pox (the lesser-known cousin of tequila), whip up a Yucatecan feast at a cooking workshop, and enjoy the white-sand beaches of Holbox island. The group will also explore the world-famous Chichen Itza and lesser-known Mayan pyramid at Cobá before finishing this leisurely trip in the beach town of Tulum. 9-day trip from £2,229 ($3,039) per person* – departures at the end of 2021 and in 2022
Treasure Island: Ancient Temples & Wildlife Encounters in Sri Lanka: Travelers get to immerse themselves in authentic Sri Lanka on this trip: the itinerary includes a local’s tour of Colombo, cycling around 1,000-year-old ruins, going on a beautiful train journey, enjoying a hands-on cooking lesson combined with a trip to the village market, spotting wild elephants and leopards with a visit to a quieter and lesser-known side of Yala National Park, having lunch overlooking paddy fields and a private spice garden, learning about local education in a rural village school, and more. 12-day trip from £1,489 ($2,039) per person* – departures in 2022
Additional highlights from some of the just-launched, inaugural TRIPS itineraries:
- A Jungle Safari of Costa Rica: marvel at the Arenal volcano from a luxury lodge, explore a cloud forest, surf the Pacific waves, and enjoy coffee tasting on a volcanic farm
- La Vida Local in Mexico City: watch lucha libre wrestlers in action, visit Frida Kahlo’s house, sing with the mariachis floating along the Xochimilco canals, and more
- California Dreamin’: From Yosemite National Park to Napa & Sonoma Valley: hike, bike, and wine-taste through the Golden State
- Japan Rising: From Neon Lights to Rural Delights: visit the food capital of Osaka, sample sake, watch sumo wrestlers train, stay in a traditional ryokan-style hotel, take a Taiko drumming class, and sing karaoke
- Arabian Nights: the Complete Morocco Experience: stargaze with a local astrologer, dine under the stars in a desert oasis, and discover Casablanca’s design style with a local architect
In addition, TRIPS will bring curious travellers to Northern Italy, Sicily, Turkey, Thailand, Jordan, Georgia, Bali, Egypt, Vietnam, Colombia, the Galapagos Islands and other exciting destinations.
Geraint Hamer, Culture Trip’s VP Tours, Packages & Wholesale, who is leading TRIPS said: “We know that exploring the world, discovering something new, and meeting people is top of the agenda for so many. We have created TRIPS by Culture Trip to offer something new and exciting that brings together people who want to experience the world like never before — and embrace the value of shared experiences, cultural immersion, and travel that never feels rushed.”
“Millions of people come to Culture Trip every month, so we know what travellers around the world are interested in and that they want to go on one of those journeys they’ve been dreaming of for so long. Using these insights and our travel expertise, we’ve created TRIPS that take travellers straight to the heart of the action and show every destination in a fresh and meaningful way. We’ve got it all planned out – all you need to do is show up”.
Behind TRIPS by Culture Trip is an experienced travel team that knows travel and the world inside out. They do all the planning and have trawled the globe to find extraordinary places, activities, and a range of specialist global suppliers to offer a unique customer experience.
Booking with confidence is more important than ever, which is why TRIPS by Culture Trip is committed to making booking hassle-free with its experienced Customer Support team on hand and COVID safety measures in place for all TRIPS. The company also offers its Ultimate Covid Booking Guarantee, so if Covid-19 regulations change a customer’s plans, they can rebook for free (valid for bookings made by 30th September 2021 for travel in 2021). For bookings outside these dates, no change or cancellation fees are imposed, and customers can get a full refund should they need to postpone or cancel their trip up to 30 days prior to departure.
With a focus beyond mass-market offerings, TRIPS launches with a commitment to help people explore the world while being good to it; the itineraries often avoid areas of over tourism and aim to put local people at the centre. Additionally, the team is dedicated to avoiding unethical activities or wildlife interactions that aren’t in the best interest of the animals.
TRIPS is part of Culture Trip — a company that was created in 2011 to inspire people to go beyond their cultural boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people, and its culture special, unique, and meaningful. So for over a decade, travellers have trusted Culture Trip to help them discover the world with travel inspiration and curated collections of places to stay and experiences that can be booked online — and now also with TRIPS by Culture Trip.
* Prices include the Local Insider; activities; accommodation based on two people sharing, with single occupancy available with a supplement; transport throughout the trip and a range of meals
About TRIPS by Culture Trip:
TRIPS by Culture Trip are small-group adventures curated by travel experts and led by Local Insiders. The multi-day trips offer exciting itineraries combining immersive activities and unique places to stay. The mission is to let travellers experience extraordinary places in unexpected ways, together with other culturally curious travellers. TRIPS by Culture Trip can be booked via culturetrip.com.
TRIPS is part of Culture Trip, the travel e-commerce brand with content at its core and the trusted shortcut to booking travel that’s good, and makes you feel good. Culture Trip was created in 2011 to inspire people to go beyond their cultural boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people, and its culture special, unique, and meaningful. So for over a decade now, Culture Trip’s global community of travel experts and local insiders have hand picked the world’s best bits to share travel stories and unbiased recommendations, together with curated collections of places to stay, hotels, things to do, and experiences that can be booked online. Culture Trip inspires people and enables them to turn this inspiration directly into reality — in one single platform, they can discover and book spot-on stays, experiences, and now also TRIPS by Culture Trip.