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New cultural trips by Exodus for 2017

Best known for its walking and cycling trips, Exodus also has an amazing portfolio of cultural tours. Here are the best new Exodus cultural trips for 2017.

Best of Sri Lanka & Southern India 19 days from $3,575

Behind the beautiful coastline of Sri Lanka lies a lush interior of thick jungle and rushing rivers. Discover ancient Buddhist temples, beautiful spice gardens and an array of wildlife. Climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock and visit the royal city of Kandy, famous for a temple which houses the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha. From Sri Lanka we fly to India's tropical south where we explore Madurai, and marvel at the intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple. We then cross into Kerala, a land of fertile forests, spice and tea plantations and sweeping grasslands. Explore a colonial hill station and enjoy a moderate trek through the surrounding hills and tea estates. We end our epic journey cruising the tranquil backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat and relaxing on a tropical beach. View trip

Portugal Explorer 10 days from $2,655

Portugal is one of the friendliest and most laid back countries in Europe, though the legacy of its former wealth can still be found in its historic cities. Starting from the colourful Porto, our journey follows the verdant valleys and rolling hills of the Douro wine region, before heading to the more undiscovered and rural regions of Centro and Alentejo. Here we visit some remote villages and wonderful towns full of culture and history, before reaching vibrant Lisbon, Europe's second-oldest capital. View trip

Highlights of Ancient Greece 8 days from $2,085

Starting in the capital city Athens, we’ll visit some of the most significant archaeological sites in the country, including the Acropolis, Ancient Mycenae and Epidaurus. We’ll also visit the mediaeval castle town of Mystras, Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place, Delphi, where heaven and earth met in the ancient world, and the unique 'stone forest' of Meteora, one of the largest Orthodox communities in Greece and the Balkans. At the same time we’ll cover a large part of mainland Greece, including the Peloponnese Peninsula and Central Greece, enjoying both the beautiful coastline and lush forests and mountains! View trip

Tbilisi to Isfahan 14 days from $3,605

An epic two week journey taking in the very best of Georgia, Armenia and Iran. This combination gives the opportunity to explore three distinctly different cultures with their own authentic traditions and ancient history: Georgia with untouched nature, the Caucasus Mountains, hundreds of monasteries and history of wine making; Armenia with its ancient churches and proud cultural identity; While Iran offers a taste of exotic Persia with stunning mosques, teahouses, bazaars, deserts, and oases. View trip

Highlights of Central Spain 7 days from $1,805

Steeped in history, culture and delicious cuisine; central Spain is bustling with UNESCO World Heritage listed towns and sights, medieval cobble stoned villages, rural vineyards and breathtaking architecture. This trip visits all the main cultural highlights of central Spain including Madrid and Toledo, known for its fusion of historical influence and dramatic setting. We visit lively Salamanca as well as Rueda for wine tasting, the medieval village of Pedraza, the incredibly well preserved Roman aqueduct in Segovia and the walled city of Avila before finishing in the magnificent monastery town of El Escorial. View trip

Highlights of Romania 10 days from $1,805

Romania is one of Europe's most beautifully wild and fascinating countries. Dense forests have remained largely untouched, shepherds work their field by horse-drawn carts, and medieval towns and villages dot the pristine landscape. For centuries, people of different ethnic minorities have lived in harmony, preserving their culture and traditions. We go off the beaten track and explore four different regions of this wonderful country. View trip

Discover Poland 8 days from $1,655

Poland has come and gone from the map of Europe many times over the centuries, the battle line between East and West. Thankfully those days are now long gone and what is a left is a beautiful country full of history and a proud people, keen to show off their country's individuality, culture and history. This is a busy trip with lots to discover, far beyond Poland’s stereotypes of communist housing blocks and stodgy food. View trip

Scandinavia in Summer 9 days from $3,795

As the days become longer and brighter, the citizens of Scandinavia slowly emerge from hibernation, the skies and gloves are packed away for another year and they head out into the sunshine. The streets of Bergen, Oslo and Stockholm come alive with street cafes, farmers markets and entertainers, while the stunning fjords and mountains become a playground for walkers, sailors, and adventure seekers. A week in this beautiful region of Northern Europe will change how you view these two countries forever. View trip

Russia: Last Journey of the Tsars 9 days from $2,185

From Moscow we travel by train across this historically fascinating, yet almost unknown region of Russia. Visiting ancient Suzdal and Vladimir, Kazan; capital of the Republic of Tartarstan - the centre of Russia’s Muslim culture; the once closed city of Gorky – now known as Nizhny Novgorod. Finally we will reach Yekaterinburg a city overflowing with history and culture. View trip

Piedmont & Parma Food Adventure - Premium 8 days from $2,565

Italy is inseparable from its food. On this culinary journey, you’ll venture off the main tourist trails, to its so called "Food valley" a region characterised by vineyards and crowned with castles, nestled between the snowy shoulders of the Italian Alps and green slopes of the Apennines. You’ll find culinary specialities such as the prosciutto di Parma, Parmiggiano Reggiano and home made tortellini. But you won’t just taste them, you’ll get to see how they’re made to traditional recipes the way they have for generations, and even cook with them yourself. The undeniable highlight is the chance to join an authentic truffle hunt for the day – an unforgettable day for any gastronomic globetrotter! View trip

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