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The best new cultural and discovery trips for 2018

2018 Is nearly here and it is time to plan your next holiday. Perhaps a cultural discovery is in order, exploring new lands, cities and places. Getting adventurous without working up a sweat. And there are lots of new trips to choose from. At Adventure Coordinators we have used our expertise to find the best new cultural and discovery trips for 2018.

Russia Explorer 14 days from CA$4300 Physical rating 2 out of 5 I love this tour and nearly booked myself on it, but alas, the dates conflicted with a wedding. It’s the multi-faceted culture Russia has to offer that makes it so appealing. Places like St. Petersburg or the cities of the Golden Ring boast so much in art and culture that it would take near decades to even loosely acquaint yourself with what they have to offer, yet the frosty reaches to the north tell different tales of old castles, derelict towns, prison camps and time-lost labyrinths. This trip takes you across a land shrouded in both magnificence and secrets as you explore the bustling architectural glory of Vyborg, Yaroslavl and Moscow and right up to the Arctic treasures of Murmansk and the Solovetsky Islands. Email to ask about this trip

Moldova, Ukraine & Romania Explorer 13 days from $2,995

Physical rating 2 out of 5

Welcome to Bessarabia, a land so remote that tourism is yet to get a foothold. Escape the tourist crowds on this unique trip to Eastern Romania, Moldova and the Black Sea Coast of Ukraine. From the breakaway republic of Transnistria – where Soviet values persist – to the eerie wastelands of Chernobyl, the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, this itinerary showcases some of the least visited sights in Europe. Get ready for an adventure. Email to ask about this trip

Romania: Secrets of Romania

11 days from $3,435 Physical rating 2 out of 5

No place on Earth conjures images of gothic horror quite like Transylvania. Beyond Bram Stoker’s famous Count Dracula and Ceausescu’s equally horrifying reign of terror exists a land of surprising natural beauty, remarkably preserved medieval villages and a very modern capital city. From Bran Castle in Brasov and the pristine forests outside Viscri, to the shabby chic of Bucharest, this tour delivers the real, resplendent Romania. Email to ask about this trip

Italy: Grand tour of Sicily

15 days from $4,045 Rated leisurely to moderate, 2 out of 10 The variety and richness of Sicily's heritage is unparalleled - nowhere else have the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spanish and Italians left such an indelible historical legacy. On this incredible journey we sample the island's best UNESCO heritage sites, impressive archaeological treasures, quaint villages and its diverse landscape. With so much to see and do, a two week itinerary is ideal for those who want to cover the whole of the island at a reasonable pace. With sufficient time on our hands, we can also venture inland into the heart of Sicily, for a visit to the world famous UNESCO mosaics of Piazza Armerina. Email to ask about this trip

France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary: Europe by Rail with the Glacier Express

12 days from $3,349 Physical rating 2 out of 5

Europe is full of magnificent train rides, so why not come with us and hop aboard as many of them as you can? Over 12 days, you’ll go from Paris to Switzerland on the TGV while admiring picturesque scenery zooming by. Take in the alpine sights by way of the famous Glacier Express, and disembark in Germany to fill up on beer and bratwurst in Munich. With additional train rides to Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest, this is your one-stop – okay, multiple-stop – shop for seeing Europe by rail. Email to ask about this trip

UK: Scottish Highland Games - Limited Edition

14 days from $6,155 Physical rating 2 out of 5