5 Countries to Visit Offering Unique Cultural Experiences
Travelling presents you with the delightful opportunity to experience a luxury travel and explore various cultures worldwide.
So, without any further ado, let’s explore some countries that offer diverse cultural experiences you can easily make part of your bespoke luxury holiday.
5 Countries That Offer Luxurious & Unique Cultural Experiences
Here are five countries that provide their visitors with must-have cultural experiences:
Greece is undoubtedly a country blessed with a rich culture thanks to its incomparable legacy of mythology and ancient history, celebratory festivals, and traditional and modern cuisine. Greece is home to many impressive museums, archaeological sites, and galleries that take you through aeons of history.
Greece is also known for its philosophers, scholars, architects, medics, and politicians, making this country the perfect place for cultural tours. Greece has it all, whether you want to experience the local festivals, witness the ancient architecture, explore the archaeological excavations, or eat the versatile food. For a genuinely holistic cultural experience, you should visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, an amphitheatre that runs a yearly summer festival of art that combines traditional and modern music, dance, and theatre.
You can also head on a mythology tour in Athens, where you can explore its abundant archaeological sites, including historical monuments and ruins. Moreover, you have to visit the Athens Central Market to soak in the city’s smells and sights and consume its local food, such as dolmades, spanakopita, and tzatziki. You will also get to shop the local produce and souvenirs.
India is truly a hotpot of several cultures, religions, languages, and histories. Every state in India has a diverse culture, but Kerala and Rajasthan reflect truly unique cultures that you must experience. Kerala is in the southwest of India and is known for its natural beauty. It features a series of canals and rolling hills.
You can cruise Kerala’s backwaters on trade boats repurposed into houseboats. Additionally, you can attend the bi-annual international Muziris in Kochi – a contemporary arts festival with modern artwork. You can also head to Munnar and enjoy a tea tasting at the several tea estates in the village. Then, you can visit Rajasthan, the home of rulers and the land where epic battles were fought in bygone eras. The state has rich folk music, art, dance, and literary culture.
In Rajasthan, you can witness the Pushkar Camel Fair, one of the largest annual animal trading fairs worldwide. You can also visit Chokhi Dhani, a resort village that offers visitors a look at Rajasthani traditional folk dance, puppet shows, skits, and sketches. You can also enjoy traditional Rajasthani thali at the resort.
Lastly, you must visit Varanasi, an ancient spiritual destination that acts as a pilgrimage for Hindus who bathe in the sacred Ganges River and perform their funeral rites. Look up a luxury travel company in the UK that can plan a bespoke India trip to explore this beautiful country so that you don’t miss out on its fascinating culture.
If you want to enjoy luxury group holidays, you have to visit the Big Island of Hawaii. It has eight varied climate zones, three active volcanoes, and the most striking beaches and waterfalls. This Hawaiian island is also home to many important cultural sites and is where the first Polynesian settlers arrived. You can tour the Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park and explore an ancient temple, fishponds, wooden carvings, and thatched huts.
Furthermore, you can learn the art of weaving palm fronds, known as ulana launiu. Take a workshop and learn how to use coconut palms to create baskets, hats, and more. You can also check out Hawaiian petroglyphs and explore the carvings of turtles, babies and canoes. Lastly, you have to step aboard an outrigger canoe to explore the Hawaiian shore.
Japan is a truly fascinating country because, in this Asian country, you can witness the peaceful coexistence of tradition and modernity. If you want to explore Japanese culture, you have to visit the striking city of Kyoto to see its classical Buddhist temples, wood houses, stunning gardens, and imperial palaces. When visiting Japan, make sure to lodge in a temple to experience the country’s Zen tradition.
Partake in a tea ceremony in Kyoto to get a taste of Japanese culture. When you visit the city in spring, you can witness the beautiful cherry blossoms and plan your trip during the Golden Week, the biggest holiday in Japan. You can witness cultural festivals during summers, such as the Lantern Festival and the Boat Festival.
Morocco is home to the culturally rich city of Marrakesh. It’s one of the most vibrant cities globally. When visiting the city, you have to explore the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, a marketplace where you will find crafts, clothes, food, and lots of entertainment. Take an evening camel ride, sample traditional Moroccan tea, explore the unique red architecture of the Mellahs, devour world-famous Moroccan tagines, and rejuvenate your body and soul in a hammam.
The Bottom Line
Our world is home to many cultures coexisting peacefully in different geographies. If you want to explore the various cultures across the globe, visit the countries mentioned above to get a glimpse of life outside the UK.
Author Bio: Rhodri Andrews
Rhodri Andrews is the Head of Content at SevenTravel, a luxury travel company based in Mayfair, London, that specialises in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. SevenTravel is all about the kind of travel that forges deeper connections with the countries you visit, encouraging you to linger for longer with trips that last ten or more days. Rhodri manages all of SevenTravel’s content, bringing to life the countries, regions and unique tailor-made experiences its clients will discover as well as all the useful information SevenTravel clients need to know before they head off on a luxury holiday of a lifetime. He crafts content for all SevenTravel’s luxury holiday destinations, whether it’s the Arabian charm of Oman to the Amazon jungle of Peru and everything in between. Through his natural curiosity and passion for travel, he also brings SevenTravel’s one-of-a-kind experiences to life, from trekking through the Patagonian wilderness to exploring Morocco’s souks and medinas. Whether you’re a couple, honeymooners or a family embarking on an exciting luxury holiday, the experiences are crafted to suit your personal preferences.