Curated by travel experts and led by Local Insiders, the small-group trips allow travellers to get under the skin of a destination with immersive local experiences combined with unique places to stay
With travel restrictions easing and many people eager to explore the world again, TRIPS by Culture Trip is launching 11 new itineraries for 2022. This is increasing its collection of small-group adventures to over 70 trips, with more to be added throughout the year.
Available to book via culturetrip.com/trips, these boutique trips offer the opportunity to explore the world in new, more meaningful ways together with other like-minded travellers. It is not about lazing on a packed beach for a week but about enjoying tea in the Sabah Tea Garden in Borneo, cooking with a local family in Greece or learning taiko drumming in Japan – all while staying in hand-picked accommodations enhancing that wow-factor experience.
The new itineraries take travellers on multi-day adventures to South Africa, Croatia, Nepal, Kenya and more – in addition to destinations such as Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Mexico, Italy, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, the UK and beyond that are part of the existing TRIPS portfolio.
Launched in September 2021, TRIPS by Culture Trip is a collection of small-group adventures curated by travel experts and led by Local Insiders who know the destination inside out. The itineraries combine unique places to stay with immersive experiences, hyper-local activities and hidden gems that travellers might not be able to discover otherwise. All elements of a trip are thoughtfully researched, planned and organised so all you have to do is book and show up – and then embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Whether joining solo or with friends, TRIPS by Culture Trip is for those who want to connect with a place, its people and its culture. While all itineraries feature many bucket list moments, there is also free time to unwind or explore on your own, offering the right balance of action and relaxation.
The new TRIPS by Culture Trip itineraries range from island hopping in Greece and wine tasting in South Africa to catching a glimpse of an orangutan in Borneo:
Experience the lesser-known side of Athens exploring the hip but overlooked Keramikos neighbourhood while staying in a hotel with rooftop pool and Acropolis view. Visit colourful fishing villages and secluded bays on a boat cruise around the island of Milos with its charming villages and the impressive Sikia Cave, before continuing to Naxos for ancient ruins, pristine beaches and a Greek cooking class in a family home. Cap off the trip in style in Santorini, renowned for its spectacular sunsets and whitewashed buildings with blue-domed roofs. 8-day trip starts from £1,599* per person based on departures in May and September.
Encounter the rich variety of wildlife and spectacular landscapes from the Western to the Eastern Cape whilst staying in exquisite hotels and lodges. Hike up Table Mountain, explore the Cape Peninsula and go stand-up paddleboarding with penguins, before wine tasting in Stellenbosch and staying in a spectacular cliff-edge hotel in Hermanus with views of Walker Bay and even a chance to spot Southern right whales in the waters below. Embark on a marine safari to uninhabited Dyer Island, look out for whales, sharks and dolphins, enjoy a boat cruise on Knysna Lagoon with fresh oysters, before finishing the trip at Amakhala Game Reserve in a family-run luxury lodge – a prime destination to spot the Big Five in the wild. 10-day trip starts from £2,399* per person based on departures in August and October.
Marvel at endemic species and idyllic scenery on Asia’s largest island. Traverse the spectacular landscapes of Sabah, get insights into the vital work at orangutan and sun bear sanctuaries that provide safe homes and care for young animals orphaned or endangered due to deforestation. Travel by boat to the Kinabatangan River, with the chance to spot proboscis monkeys and Borneo gibbons in their natural habitat and sleep in a nature retreat in the wilderness. Hike up Maragang Hill for magnificent views of Mount Kinabalu – the highest peak in Malaysia – and enjoy organic tea at the Sabah Tea Garden. 10-day trip starts from £1,669* per person based on departures May, June and September.
Geraint Hamer, Culture Trip’s VP Tours, Packages & Wholesale, said: “As the world opens up again we are excited to expand our TRIPS by Culture Trip collection, offering travellers something new and exciting in some of the most compelling places around the globe. These are truly authentic experiences featuring some of those much missed bucket list moments.
“Over the last two years we have all craved adventure and connection so our collection of carefully curated trips allows you to reconnect with inspiring people and exciting destinations whilst lavishing in the comfort of some of the world’s most unique and individual places to stay.”
TRIPS by Culture Trip itineraries range from four to 13 days, welcoming a maximum of up to 18 travellers aged 25 and over who can join solo or with friends. With a focus beyond mass-market offerings, the itineraries often put local people at the centre and avoid areas of over tourism as well as unethical activities or wildlife interactions that aren’t in the best interest of the animals.
TRIPS by Culture Trip offers its Ultimate Covid Booking Guarantee, so if Covid regulations change a customer’s plans, they can rebook for free or get a refund. All trips have Covid safety measures in place.
Travellers can now choose from over 70 itineraries – including the company’s own, inhouse curated TRIPS by Culture Trip alongside partner experiences complementing the portfolio.
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* All prices include the Local Insider; activities; accommodation based on two people sharing, transport throughout the trip and a range of meals – bookable via culturetrip.com/trips
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.