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Best cultural holidays for 2019 and 2020

Looking for something more than a beach holiday? These cultural tours take you to some of the world's most interesting destinations...

1. Discover Machu Picchu and the best of Peru

See the Nazca lines, marvel at Machu Picchu, and enjoy a homestay on Lake Titicaca on our Discover Machu Picchu and the best of Peru tour, exclusive to Times Expert Traveller.

This is a 16-day tour in partnership with adventure experts Exodus, taking you from Lima to Arequipa. You will visit the world-famous inca ruins of Machu Picchu, spot condors soaring through Colca Canyon, cruise serene Lake Titicaca, and fly over the mysterious Nazca lines. You will also explore the historic cities of Lima, Cuzco and the ‘White City’ of Arequipa, with a trip to the Ballestas Islands to see sea lions and penguins.

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Next departure: April 24th 2020

2. Learn to cook like an Italian in Tuscany

Take a foodie tour of Florence, enjoy wine tasting and full-board meals by a private chef, and master the art of Italian cuisine on our Learn to Cook in Tuscany trip, exclusive to Times Expert Traveller.

This is a small-group holiday in partnership with foodie specialists Flavours Holidays. Stay for three nights in a beautiful private Tuscan villa, where you will be catered for by a private chef, who will also provide hands-on cooking lessons. A tasting at a local winery and a food tour of Florence – including lunch in a superb trattoria – complete this gastronomic extravaganza.

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Next departure: October 19th 2019

3.The ultimate Silk Road adventure

Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, explore the ancient cities of Merv and Persepolis, and retrace the steps of Genghis Khan on our Great Silk Road trip, exclusive to Times Expert Traveller.

This is an incredible 35-day small-group tour in partnership with award-winning operators Wild Frontiers, taking you from China to Iran. Along this ancient trade route you will see Unesco-listed treasures including the Temple of Heaven, the formidable Terracotta Warriors, and the crossroads city of Samarkand. You will walk on the incredible Great Wall of China and visit the ruined cities of Merv and Persepolis. This is a journey that straddles continents, cultures and empires.

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Next departure: May 19th 2020

5. See Japan during cherry blossom season

Explore Mount Fuji, visit the temples of Kyoto, and enjoy the spectacle of Japanese cherry blossom on our See Japan During the Cherry Blossom tour, exclusive to Times Expert Traveller.

This is a ten-day tour in partnership with Asia specialists Wendy Wu, taking you from Tokyo to Hiroshima and Osaka. You will travel during the cherry blossom season, taking in some of Japan’s most magnificent sights and experiences. You will cruise Lake Ashi, ascend the slopes of Mount Fuji, travel on the bullet train to Kyoto and Hiroshima, and visit incredible temples and gardens.

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Next departure: March 23rd 2021

6. Discover Dubrovnik and Croatian coast

Explore Croatia’s historic coastal towns and idyllic islands on our Sail the stunning coast of Croatia from Dubrovnik trip, exclusive to Times Expert Traveller.

This is a gently adventurous 8-day tour in partnership with travel specialists Intrepid Travel that takes you on a private yacht from Venice to Dubrovnik. You’ll visit several stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Split, while stopping off in sun-drenched ports such as Hvar and Korcula.

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Next departure: October 19th 2019

7. Discover extraordinary Georgia

Experience the ‘Pearl of the Caucasus’ on our Discover Extraordinary Georgia Tour, exclusive to Times Expert Traveller.

On this incredible eight-day holiday, designed by award-winning specialists Wild Frontiers, you will explore the cosmopolitan capital of Tbilisi – taking in the sulphur baths, synagogue and several ancient churches – before moving on to visit the extraordinary 6th-century cave complex at Davit Gareja. You will enjoy a homemade Georgian dinner, with the opportunity to learn traditional Georgian cookery, and will experience two wine tastings in one of the oldest wine-producing nations in the world.

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Next departure: April 25th 2020

8. Meet giant pandas on the ultimate China holiday

Get up-close with giant pandas, walk on the Great Wall, and admire the Terracotta Warriors on our nine-day Ultimate China Holiday, exclusive to Times Expert Traveller.

This is a small group tour in partnership with China specialists Wendy Wu, taking you from Beijing to Xian and Chengdu. You will visit the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, walk on a magnificent section of the Great Wall of China, and travel on the world-famous Bullet Train.

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9. Oberammergau and the Veneto

Discover the masterpieces of the Veneto and watch the legendary once-in-a-decade Passion Play on our Oberammergau and the Veneto holiday, exclusive to Times Expert Traveller.

This is a unique seven-day trip designed by our award-winning partner Brightwater Holidays. You will begin with tours of the historic Veneto region of Italy, visiting the Unesco-listed Vincenza to admire architectural treasures. Here you will meet members of the Italian aristocracy for two exclusive dinners. You will then travel north into Germany for the extraordinary, once-in-a-decade performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play, recounting the arrest, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

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Next departure: July 13th 2020

9. Visit India’s Golden Triangle

Always fancied seeing India’s Taj Mahal? Take a 14-night tour of India’s Golden Triangle and you’ll combine adventure with luxury. Walk the blush-tinted streets of Jaipur’s pink city, spot wild tigers roaming through Ranthambore National Park and visit the banks of the Varnasi river, one of the oldest Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world.

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