Cultural Safaris

Cultural trips, tours, and safaris focus on the joy of cross-cultural learning and communication. As distinct from Community Based Tourism, you are not quite as deeply immersed in a single culture or  single family experience. You will meet a variety of people very different from you and learn from them. JOURNEYS cultural safaris explore cultural diversity - artistically, musically, spiritually, and through conversation and interaction. These are trips for those who like meeting other people and enjoy sharing and learning. Our cultural trips utilize smaller, locally-owned accommodations whose owners may participate on the trips. Your guides are likely to be representatives of the areas and cultures you will visit, but also good English speakers and experienced as leaders. The following trips offer a sharp cultural focus. If you have specific cross-cultural travel interests in music, art, language, dance, or other area, call and ask to speak with a JOURNEYS destination specialist about your interests.

CULTURAL SAFARIS
Kenya: A Million Animals, A Multitude of Friends
Cost: $4,235-$5,475  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Jun. 19-29, 2014 or Privately on Request

Join long-time friend and favorite JOURNEYS guide Makau Nzioka on safari in Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. If you go in August, you can join in the festivities at Makau's spirited family reunion in Mbitini village.

An Original Greece Odyssey
Cost: $4,950  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  with Gail Scherer

Superbly-guided exploration of choice islands, ruins, and landscapes with active days and comfortable accommodations.

Best of Namibia Camping Safari 2014
Cost: $3,350-$3,550  •  Duration: 12 days  •   14 upcoming departures

Meditate on Africa's most colorful landscapes and track spectacular wildlife where you wouldn't expect it.

Bhutan: Black-Necked Crane Festival
Cost: $3,150  •  Duration: 9 days  •  Nov. 7-15, 2014

Join Bhutanese villagers in a Buddhist temple festival honoring sacred cranes and all of nature. This trip is about art, beauty, celebration, and understanding the Buddhist spirit of Bhutan.

Botswana Mammals and Meerkats
Cost: $6,750  •  Duration: 14 days  •  Sep. 14-27, 2014

Ride elephants, walk with lions! After exploring the country's most famous reserves, sleep under the stars at Makgadikgadi Pans and visit the meerkats. A group of six will be joined by JOURNEYS Africa Specialist Kirsten Williams for her dream Botswana camping safari.

Botswana's Best Camping Safari
Cost: $3,550-$4,100  •  Duration: 9 days  •   27 upcoming departures

Enjoy photography, birding, and exceptional wildlife viewing as part of a guided small group camping trip exploring the very best reserves and sanctuaries of Botswana.

Buddhist Valleys of Bhutan
Cost: $2,050  •  Duration: 6 days  •  Weekly Thursday departures

This is a very personally- and compassionately-guided, non-trekking exploration of villages, monuments, and scenic sacred monasteries of the last Buddhist Kingdom.

Burma: Ruins and Rivers
Cost: $4,250-$4,600  •  Duration: 16 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Take time to reflect and meditate on the special wonders of Burma. Drift down the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Mingun and bask in the Buddhist spirit of an ancient land.

Turkey: Cappadocia, Ephesus and the Coast
Cost: $4,295  •  Duration: 17 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Sail by gulet to small Mediterranean coves, wander among fairy chimneys and cave dwellings in Cappadocia, explore some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world in Ephesus, and seek out grand mosques while experiencing everything Istanbul has to offer.

China's Wonders, Past and Present
Cost: $4,250-$4,750  •  Duration: 15 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Explore historic, cultural, and scenic treasures of China on foot, by tram, ferry, bicycle, river boat, train, and van in a small group with an expert guide.

Mexico: Christmas In Oaxaca
Cost: $2,995  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Dec. 20-27, 2014

Celebrate Christmas in a region of Mexico known for color, crafts, hospitality and conviviality. Enjoy direct interaction with local artisans and a great coast and beach experience.

Papua New Guinea: Classic Goroka Show Tour
Cost: $7,560  •  Duration: 13 days  •  Sep. 4-16, 2014

Combine a classic sing-sing show with explorations of the fabled Sepik River, Tari Highlands, and Waghi Valley, all with top-level accommodations.

Classic Namibia Under Canvas
Cost: $4,795  •  Duration: 12 days  •   14 upcoming departures

Savor the wonders of Nambia from luxury camps in the wild bush.

Australia: Discovery Down Under
Cost: $4,495  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Flexible departures joining small groups

Australia is too big to see all in one trip, but this exploration hits highlights in style and ensures the best guides, fully engaging activities, and a big dose of cheerful "G'Day" hospitality.

Guatemala: Engaging Antigua and Atitlan
Cost: $2,250  •  Duration: 7 days  •   Privately on Request

A flexible design for embracing Antigua and Atitlan. JOURNEYS provides the building blocks, including orientation, guides, and logistical support for your personally-tailored experience. Focus on markets and textiles, or history and archaeology, or hiking on forest and volcano trails.

Ethiopia Timkat Festival & Cultural Odyssey
Cost: $6,495  •  Duration: 20 days  •   3 upcoming departures •  This departure does not visit Timkat Festival but ends in Addis on the day of Meskel Celebrations.

Join in the swirling color and passion of Timkat Festival. Visit the castles of Gondar, the sacred city of Axum, the Gelada Baboons in the Simien Mountains and the tribes of the Omo Valley. Late December departure varies slightly and includes the Genna Festival.

Nepal: Fall Festivals East of Everest
Cost: $3,200  •  Duration: 12 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Experience Dashain, Nepal's biggest festival, in the dramatic Arun Valley where few travelers go. Walk among Nepal's most scenic peaks and villages, visit weekly markets in Wana and Chainpur, bask in the beauty of terraced rice fields, and join revelry in local homes.

Fall Festivals of Bhutan
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Oct. 1-12, 2014 •  Tentative

Become one with the hypnotic drumming, chanting, dancing, and devotional fervor of Bhutan's most accomplished lamas as they honor and celebrate the unseen mountain spirits around them.

Family-friendly Japan
Cost: $3,400-$5,550  •  Duration: 10 days  •   5 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Japan is a spectacular dynamic destination for the entire family. Experience the profound traditions and the 21st century energy. Join a group in summer or visit on your dates. Early April is cherry blossom time!

Finding Forgotten China
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures •  with Gail Scherer

Traditions, cultures and visions of ancient China and of the Dong, Miao and other tribes are still accessible to travelers willing to venture deep into rural and mountainous regions. Enjoy direct contact with people in traditional dress and exceptional opportunities for cultural and landscape photography.

Grand and Gracious Nicaragua
Cost: $2,990  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the most distinctive and memorable features of Nicaragua from rich coffee country and iconic volcanoes to graceful Granada, Las Isletas and Lago Nicaragua.

Africa: Great Trek Adventure
Cost: $4,050  •  Duration: 22 days  •   12 upcoming departures

If you don't need fancy lodges, luxury camp, and hotels, this is the perfect value safari for experiencing all the best of southern African nature and culture.

Haciendas of Andean Ecuador
Cost: $3,325  •  Duration: 10 days  •   Privately on Request

A perfect complement to a Galapagos cruise, the haciendas of highland Ecuador offer a perfect blend of hospitality, tradition, culture, and activity. Unique to Ecuador, the haciendas are part ranch, part country inn and part family home.

Peru: Incas and Amazon for Families with Teens
Cost: $3,895  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Jul. 3-14, 2014 or Privately on Request

Reveal the wonders and delights of the Amazon, Andes, and all of Peru to your whole family with our expert, family-friendly naturalist guides.

Israel In-Depth
Cost: $5,595  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Mar. 4-14, 2015 or Privately on Request

Your comprehensive trip through the spectacular sites and stories of Israel will chronicle the dramas of the Canaanites, Israelites, Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Jewish Hasmoneans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans, Palestinians, and Israelis. Join Florine Herendeen in March 2015 or go on your own.

Jordan and Israel Explorer
Cost: $4,550  •  Duration: 12 days  •   Privately on Request

Explore the ancient landmarks in Jordan and Israel. Visit the Dead Sea, the rose city of Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem.

Nepal: Kathmandu Ridgetop Trek
Cost: $2,100  •  Duration: 8 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

The north rim of the Kathmandu Valley offers a little known window to the highest peaks from relatively easy trails at modest altitudes. Routes are easily accessible from Kathmandu without flights or long drives. Visit a variety of cultural groups in their middle hill villages.

Guatemala: Maya Magic
Cost: $3,095  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Anytime
Start on Sun or Wed

This Guatemala exploration offers a special perspective on Mayan culture, both past and present, and adapts to your specific interests for hiking, nature, crafts, archeology, and contemporary communities.

Mindfully Engaging Costa Rica
Cost: $2,495  •  Duration: 7 days

This unique Costa Rica exploration is accompanied by mindfulness teacher Lynn Sipher and JOURNEYS Director Joan Weber.. Based in a lovely lodge in the Sarapiqui, we practice various mindfulness techniques to more fully engage our experiences. Myriad opportunities for activity and stillness.

Mindfully Engaging Guatemala
Cost: $2,450  •  Duration: 7 days  •   2 upcoming departures

We set a deliberate intention to practice the art of mindfulness in two beautiful, welcoming settings in Guatemala -- charming Antigua, and the stunning lakeside at Atitlan.

Mongolia Lakes and Legends
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 13 days  •   Privately on Request

A fantastic overview of scenic and historic sites, and Mongolia's best national parks. Customize just for your party, anytime from June to September.

Moroccan Dreams
Cost: $3,995  •  Duration: 9 days  •   Privately on Request

Enjoy three distinctly different experiences of Morocco. In Chefchaouen life unfolds at a leisurely pace among the charming blue-tinted buildings. The ancient walled city of Fez pulses with human activity while appearing as it did centuries ago. Marrakech is stunning, contemporary and dynamic.

Papua New Guinea: Mt. Hagen Show Tour Panorama
Cost: $7,255  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Aug. 15-25, 2014

Witness the famous Hagen sing-sing show, then visit the fabled Sepik River, Tari Highlands, and Waghi Valley accompanied by great local guides.

Nepal Namaste!
Cost: $2,500  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

This is an expertly-guided, flexible exploration for non-hikers who enjoy wildlife, ancient traditions, spiritual discovery, and beautiful mountain scenery.

Tanzania: Northern Circuit Gems & The Chimps of Mahale
Cost: $8,150  •  Duration: 13 days  •   Privately on Request

This safari combines the gems of Tanzania's Northern Safari circuit - the sublime Serengeti, World Heritage Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarangire National Park - with the opportunity to track some of the last wild chimpanzees in Africa in the Mahale Mountains National Park.

India: Rajasthan Royal Wildlife Safari
Cost: $6,125  •  Duration: 15 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Expert naturalists lead this search for tigers and other wildlife in the parks of northern India. Visit both famous and lesser-known sites and sanctuaries.

Peru: Sacred Valley Week
Cost: $2,850  •  Duration: 7 days  •   Privately on Request

Focus on the heart of the ancient Inca Empire while based in comfortable ecolodges. Visit little-known sites and hike ancient off-the-beaten-path trails. An astounding week!

Savoring Southeast Asia
Cost: $5,200  •  Duration: 20 days  •  Oct. 27-Nov. 15, 2014

Tour temples. Cruise the Mekong River. Attend a traditional Vietnamese puppet show. This is a comprehensive overview of Southeast Asia packed full with a wide variety of cultural, historical, and recreational activities.

Papua New Guinea: Sepik Highlands Odyssey
Cost: $7,060  •  Duration: 12 days  •  Privately, May - July

This relaxed nature and culture expedition takes you to the Sepik River, Tari Highlands, and Waghi Valley to meet local people and observe colorful traditions.

South Africa Adventure
Cost: $4,195  •  Duration: 18 days  •   8 upcoming departures

This is the grand tour that local South Africans might choose for themselves, combining a great variety of culture, wildlife, scenery, and activity on a fast-paced adventure.

South Africa Self-Drive
Cost: $3,450  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

This very flexible auto safari adapts to your preference of sites, duration, route, accommodations, cuisine, and vehicle type. We'll help find the right mix for you on your dates.

South India Treasures
Cost: $3,150  •  Duration: 11 days  •   2 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

A counterpart to North India Treasures. A lovely overview of the gentler half of India, focusing on the cultural and natural highlights of the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Sri Lanka: Splendors of Serendib
Cost: $3,350  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Dec. 8-18, 2014 or Privately on Request

This is a fantastic overview of culture and history. Explore ancient cities, the roots of Buddhism, and the tea-covered hill country.

Tanzania: Summer Serengeti
Cost: $4,975  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

Follow the famous Serengeti wildebeest migration through some of the best parks in Tanzania.

Tanzania Culture and Wildlife
Cost: $5,895-$6,445  •  Duration: 13 days  •   Privately on Request

Understand the great game herds of the Serengeti in the context of local tribes and communities that live in harmony with wildlife and the natural environments.

Tanzania Wildlife Week Safari
Cost: $4,100-$4,480  •  Duration: 8 days  •   Privately on Request

This safari seeks the greatest variety, numbers and concentrations of animals and birds on a dawn-to-dusk, fast-paced, intensive visit to the best parks and reserves in East Africa.

Mexico: The Monarchs of Michoacan
Cost: $2,895  •  Duration: 8 days  •  Privately on Request - Nov-March

Journey to Mexico's state of Michoacan, (MEECH-wa-cahn), where you will witness the wintering home of the monarch butterflies in the oyamel forests of the region. The trip begins in colonial...

Timely and Timeless Tunisia
Cost: $5,595  •  Duration: 16 days  •  Sep. 6-21, 2014 •  Join others already signed up on this trip!

Explore the diversity of Tunisia's environments from Tunis and Carthage through the Sahara to the coast and Djerba Island with expert guide Mohamed Halouani. Meet Tunisians from all walks of life as you retrace North Africa's history and witness an historic ongoing transformation.

Morocco: Toubkal Trekking
Cost: $2,550  •  Duration: 11 days  •   Privately on Request

Visit one of the world's most amazing and beautifully austere mountain ranges, including the summit of Mount Toubkal -- at 13,300' the highest in north Africa -- on this trekking trip. Start and end in mysterious, magical Marrakech, one the most fascinating cities on earth.

China: Tracing the Ancient Silk Route
Cost: $3,950-$4,600  •  Duration: 15 days  •  Sep. 1-15, 2014

Travel in modern, comfortable style on the legendary Silk Road, along which camel caravans plodded a thousand years ago.

Africa: Trans Kalahari Adventure
Cost: $5,195  •  Duration: 22 days  •   12 upcoming departures

This 22-day safari offers indigenous cultures, the greatest wildlife reserves, and spectacular scenery of Namibia, the Okavango, and Victoria Falls.

Burma: Treasures of the Golden Land
Cost: $3,400-$3,800  •  Duration: 12 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

Enjoy a classic exploration of Burma's greatest sites with a JOURNEYS senior local guide. End with a coastal beach option.

Treasures of Tunisia
Cost: $4,825  •  Duration: 14 days  •   Privately on Request

Explore and understand the remarkable culture, ruins, history, and landscape. Travel beyond the beaches that confine most tourists. Expect excellent food.

Burma: Trek to the Last Village
Cost: $3,950  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Currently unavailable until further notice

Trekking through the tiny villages at the base of the towering Burmese Himalayas offers rich nature, tribal hospitality, and an unbounded exploration challenge.

Bhutan: Views, Valleys, and Visions
Cost: $3,450  •  Duration: 10 days  •   3 upcoming departures or Privately on Request

On this ten-day immersion in Buddhist culture, you may catch glimpses of the forest spirits, the leaping lamas, or at least a Musk Deer, Bearded Vulture, or Black-Necked Crane. Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery.

Sri Lanka: Wild and Sacred Sanctuaries
Cost: $4,500  •  Duration: 14 days  •  Dec. 1-14, 2014 or Privately on Request

Maximize your experience with the nature and wildlife of Sri Lanka. Seek out elephants and monkeys, langurs, sloth bear, leopards, sambur and many other mammals, as well as endemic bird and plant life in some of Asia's best sanctuaries. Visit cultural highlights as well.

Writing Our Way Into Costa Rica
Cost: $2,295  •  Duration: 7 days  •  Feb. 28-Mar. 6, 2015

Immersing ourselves in one of the richest environments of Central America, with writer/teacher Hannah Ensor, we use writing to expand our engagement and build our own senses of what it is to see, hear, feel, notice and even remember.

China: Yunnan Jade Dragon Journey
Cost: $3,250  •  Duration: 11 days  •  Oct. 7-17, 2014 or Privately on Request

Explore southern China's Yunnan Province, a feast of natural, scenic, and cultural diversity born of Himalayan mountains, deep valleys, and a history of isolation, Buddhist heritage, and adaptation.

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