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Best of the Best Things to Do

Cultural & Historic - World

For travellers who want to dive right into the local culture and history wherever they go, these experiences leave a lasting impression.

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Skip the crowded streets and see Amsterdam from an entirely new perspective with a cruise through the city’s canals. You’ll float through the city on an intimate, open-air boat while a knowledgeable skipper fills you in on local lore and history. Add in reasonable prices and cool breezes, and this is a can’t-miss experience, especially in warmer weather.
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 Duration: 1h
 Ages 0-100, max of 15 per group
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dunas was fantastic! Highly recommend if you are looking for a relaxing tour through the city. Great for a sunny day however they have umbrellas if not
    vickiwD3457SO
    @vickiwD3457SO
    Reviewed July 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stein was so friendly, knowledgeable and downright hilarious. It was the perfect way to relax after walking all over plus it was nice to see the city through a different lens via the canals. It was the perfect amount of time (60 minutes). I highly recommend this tour and Captain Stein
    kimberlysX1010LG
    @kimberlysX1010LG
    Reviewed July 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    we had a great experience with this company, much better than a company we had previously gone with for a canal tour. our captain was nemo and he was so friendly and the tour he gave was very interesting! 100% recommend :)
    304elliei
    @304elliei
    Reviewed July 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice and interesting tour where out capitain Arthur W. did a great job. He explained a lot, was well informed and navigated us safely through the channels. Thank you!
    sgx1138
    @sgx1138
    Reviewed July 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fannie was a wonderful guide! She gave us a great history lesson during our cruise. The open boat allows for unimpeded views of the sites.
    foxlb
    @foxlb
    Reviewed July 2024

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5.0 of 5 bubbles6,175 reviews
Explore the spooky side of Salem with the History and Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour. Engaging tour guides share detailed historical information, peppered with humor and interesting storytelling. You'll visit a variety of sites, snapping photos and asking questions along an easy walking route.
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 120–135 minutes
 Ages 6-95, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles4,566 reviews
On this journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, you'll be treated to captivating insights and informative commentary as you visit the Grand Mosque, Royal Palace, and Etihad Towers. With well-planned stops and plenty of photo opportunities, you'll enjoy a journey filled with beautiful scenery. Guides offer a flexible itinerary to make it a relaxing and hassle-free day.
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 Duration: 9h
 Ages 3-80, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,981 reviews
On the Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London, you'll stroll through the city while learning interesting facts from a knowledgeable guide. Explore off-the-beaten-path local pubs, admire historical and architectural highlights, and enjoy a fun atmosphere with good company.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 18-99, max of 14 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,254 reviews
On the Pearl Harbor Remembered Tour, take a journey through history with a friendly and informative guide. Benefit from a hassle-free visit with skip-the-line access and ample time at each location. Along the way, get recommendations for local eateries and other places worth exploring, making for a truly memorable day.
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 Duration: 7h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,701 reviews
Get ready to peel back the layers during the Guided visit to the Banana Museum. Soak in the panoramic views as you go on a self-guided plantation tour and taste delicious samples of banana products. It's a delightful, educational, and satisfying family adventure with excellent facilities and beautiful surroundings.
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 50–60 minutes
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,737 reviews
Leave the crowds behind and opt for this private, all-inclusive tour of Ubud instead—air-conditioned car included. Your super knowledgeable guide will tailor your tour to only what you're interested in, with shopping and snacks stops along the way. Choose from can't-miss spots like the Ubud Monkey Forest, Batuan Temple, Tegenungan Waterfall, and Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
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 8–9 hours
 Ages 3-99, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,662 reviews
On the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, you can expect a fun and engaging ride, filled with nostalgic tunes and interesting facts about the legendary band. A knowledgeable guide ensures an entertaining journey, while the well-organized itinerary offers photo opportunities and live music.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-100, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,807 reviews
Bypass the queues with the Louvre Museum Semi-Private Guided Tour (Reserved Entry Included). A passionate and knowledgeable guide provides engaging storytelling and clear descriptions to make it a stress-free, informative, and unforgettable journey. The intimate tour is tailored to your group's preferences and covers a diverse selection of art, ensuring a personalized experience.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,444 reviews
With a Tokyo 6hr Private Tour, enjoy a personalized and efficient itinerary, tailored to your interests. Your government-licensed guide will provide cultural and historical insights while ensuring a fun and enjoyable time. Explore off-the-beaten-path attractions, immerse yourself in the local culture, and make the most of your time with hassle-free transportation. You'll also appreciate the careful planning and good communication throughout your memorable journey.
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 Duration: 6h
 Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,476 reviews
Stroll through Valencia's Old Town on a personalized walking tour that uncovers hidden gems and valuable history. With a knowledgeable leader, you'll relish high-quality tapas and wine in an 11th-century historic monument, boasting a Baroque interior and intimate atmosphere. The relaxed ambience, friendly group, and great conversations make for a superb, engaging visit to this beautiful city while learning about Spanish culture and cuisine.
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 Duration: 4h
 Ages 0-85, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles687 reviews
Stroll through the charming streets of Old Dubai on a walking tour that's brimming with cultural insights and scenic views. As you explore historical landmarks with a knowledgeable guide, you'll gain an eye-opening perspective of the area. The tour also includes a traditional abra ride and authentic tastings, providing a well-rounded and immersive experience that's sure to leave a lasting impression.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 0-80, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,266 reviews
Explore the dark side of Florence - Mysteries and Legends on this unique, short and sweet journey. With enthusiastic guides, you'll hear a good blend of historical facts, local legends, and ghost stories while visiting spectacular locations at night. Engaging and informative, you'll dive into gripping tales, comedic insights, and clear audio devices as you uncover the city's hidden secrets in a whole new light.
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 Duration: 1h 45m
 Ages 0-90, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles857 reviews
Think sightseeing is boring? Then it’s time to try a historic tour and beer drinking combo, especially fitting in Prague, a city known as a bastion of great pubs. Sample the local lager (or wine or soda) while checking out the top sights, such as Charles Bridge, Old Town, and Wenceslas Square, for a, yes, fun-filled afternoon.
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 3–4 hours
 Ages 18-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,099 reviews
Leave the bustling streets of Bangkok behind as you glide through the city's waterways in a sleek longtail boat. Catch a glimpse of canal life up close (with great photo opportunities at every turn) while you sip traditional Thai coffee and marvel at the splendor of golden temple complexes. Extra bonus: Cool river breezes are always included.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,231 reviews
Yes, you are an early riser. That’s because the best way to beat the eternal crowds of the Eternal City is by getting an early start and going with a guide who can get you to the Sistine Chapel before the endless lines start to build. You’ll also see Vatican treasures and St. Paul’s Cathedral, all before lunchtime.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 2 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles604 reviews
Set sail on a Pirate Jeep Sightseeing Adventure for an engaging journey filled with entertaining stories and great photo opportunities. Explore local historical sites with a customizable itinerary while tasting local food and drinks. Friendly, informative guides provide a local perspective, and comfortable transportation ensures a safe, secure trip. Perfect for families and friends, this memorable activity also includes authentic souvenirs and breathtaking views.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 2-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles468 reviews
Leave the driving to a pro while you get a private and personalized look at Kuala Lumpur with this tour that includes the iconic Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck and the fascinating Batu Caves. And since you set the schedule, there’s plenty of time to shop for souvenirs or local foods at the Central Market, too.
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 Duration: 8h
 Ages 1-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles417 reviews
Skip the long lines and explore the Orsay Museum Semi-Private 6ppl Max Tour (Reserved Entry Included) with a knowledgeable guide leading the way. You can expect a well-paced, interactive, and informative tour of stunning artwork in a small group setting. Soak up the enriching and thought-provoking atmosphere while your guide shares in-depth information about the masterpieces on display.
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 120–150 minutes
 Ages 0-99, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles847 reviews
Dive into an enriching trip with the Luxor Day Tour, where you'll visit the Valley of Kings & Queens and Hatchepsut Temples. In a small group with a warm, courteous, and highly informative guide, you'll be taken through historical sites in a comfortable, air-conditioned car. Enjoy a pleasant stop at an alabaster shop, and gain insight on the valley of workers and artisans, making for a well-rounded West Bank Luxor adventure.
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 Duration: 8h
 Ages 0-80, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles348 reviews
The Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Valley Temple…all the wonders of ancient Egypt are at your fingertips with this private tour. Not only will you be chauffeured in an air-conditioned car, you can ride a camel and enjoy an authentic local lunch all while learning about ancient Egyptian history and avoiding crowds, too.
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 7–9 hours
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles475 reviews
The “floating” red tori gate of Miyajima Island, the moving Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, plus castles, shrines, and stops for local delicacies, a private tour guide puts the best of Hiroshima and Miyajima at your fingertips.
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 Duration: 7h
 Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles374 reviews
Strolling through Hanoi Old Quarter with a student guide not only shows you the historic highlights, but also what’s new and cool in the charming city. Highlights include Sword Lake Temple, Ancient House, Train Street, and Hoa Lo Prison, but since it’s a customizable itinerary, you can choose what you want to dive into.
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 3–4 hours
 Ages 0-120, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles938 reviews
Enjoy the vibrant streets and the festive vibes of Old San Juan while you check out 500 years of history on a guided tour. Gorgeous ocean views, included.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 7-85, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles520 reviews
The most visited section of the Great Wall of China, Mutianyu, located just outside of Beijing, can get a bit crowded. You won’t have to worry though, on a private tour you’ll have comfortable transportation, snacks, and pre-arranged entrance tickets for a seamless experience.
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 Duration: 8h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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