Tibet Plateau Cycling Tour

I wanted to thank you for organizing such an exception honeymoon for us! It was truly a holiday of a lifetime. I could not fault one aspect, and we will treasure forever the memories of Tibet, Bhutan and our packed transit day in Nepal. Everything came together exactly as you had organised, like clockwork. Including the tight transfer in Nepal on the way to Bhutan where we had airport staff primed and ready to meet us and speed us through transit to our next flight. Knowing your teams in different countries were in communication and well-coordinated was very comforting. Nepal was frantic and exciting, Bhutan was amazingly relaxing and beautiful. I have to call out Tibet as a truly exceptional part of the holiday though. This was 100% due to the truly wonderful hosts we had in Tinkar and Ngodup. Thank you for this introduction. The time they gave up for us, and effort they made was beyond any expectations. The fact that they are also such amazing, interesting and kind people made the holiday even more wonderful. Both were extremely thoughtful to our needs, listened and responded to any requests or concerns, and were readily available at any time. We felt very looked after, and really appreciate the thought and effort they put into making this such a special holiday. MK.

Great time to see the Silk Road

Samarkand, Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara - all places that have seen History flowing through. Take a trip to Uzbekistan this Autumn.

Its Festival time in Bhutan!

From February onwards Bhutan holds a number of Festivals or Tshechus across the country. Every village is known for their unique festival though the most widely known is the annual Tshechu, meaning a religious festival. Combine a visit to this fascinating kingdom with one of the Festivals and we can offer you tailored programmes to fit your schedule. Contact us for further information.

67 Tanzanian elephants a day ... are losing their lives ONLY for their ivory!

We just signed the following petition -- Tanzania: Stop the poaching of elephants! Will you join us? Click here to find out more and sign: www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_poaching_ of_elephants_in_Tanzania/?kaNcRab

It's the Middle East, Bhutan and the Silk Road that people want to see!

Oman and Jordan are the popular destinations at the moment with our Bedouin friends in demand, closely followed by the people of Uzbekistan and Bhutan. Contact us if you are planning a trip for 2013 and we will be pleased to help you.

More Experiences with local people from Earth Cultures. Detail Page

More Experiences with local people from Earth Cultures.

We continue to build our portfolio and can now offer you a truly genuine and wonderful experience with the Meru and Maasai people in Tanzania based around Hatari Lodge and Shu'Mata Camp. In the shadow of Kilimanjaro, the Meru and Maasai will guide you around their homeland in a way that no others can.

A new initiative from Earth Cultures!

We have just launched a new website for solo travellers - www.travelcompanion-finder.co.uk - if you want to meet fellow like-minded travellers, just post your own plans for others to see and contact you. As more people go on the site, you will be able to contact others and share in their plans.

New Destinations from Earth Cultures in 2012

We continue to add new experiences of local cultures around the World and have 4 more destinations for you to look at - Namibia & the Himba, Egypt & the Bedouin & Nubian people, Kyrgyzstan and Sharjah.

Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2011

Earth Cultures has been nominated in two categories: BEST CONTRIBUTION TO CONSERVING CULTURAL HERITAGE and BEST TOUR OPERATOR FOR LOCAL EXPERIENCES - fingers crossed!!

Lake of Stars 2011 Festival is definitely ON.

The eighth edition of the award winning festival will take place at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Mangochi, September 30th to October 2nd on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi.The Lake of Stars is an internationally renowned music festival that takes place on the shores of Lake Malawi each year. The name, Lake of Stars, comes from the nickname given to Lake Malawi by David Livingstone. The festival borrows this name and when you're camped by the shore it's easy to see why. Malawi is Africa's most mellow destination and the lake-side is the most peaceful, sun-splattered spot you could wish for.

The Bedouin of Petra invite you...

The Bedouin of Petra would like to invite you to their homeland and will host your stay to show you true Bedouin hospitality. Select Jordan from our destinations above.

The People of the Peruvian Andes

Have a look at our new programme to Peru, where you will meet the people who live on Lake Titicaca and in the mountains, while seeing Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puno and Arequipa and staying in some inspiring accommodation. Visit Andahuaylillas and see the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes".

More Experiences from Earth Cultures

Have you ever considered Samarkand and Tashkent and meeting the People of Central Asia on the Great Silk Road? We have introduced a new programme to this historic region - select Uzbekistan from the Destination list above.

New from Earth Cultures - The People of Rajasthan

Visit the key Cities of Rajasthan and spend time with the people of the Thar Desert. We have introduced a new programme to this fascinating and ancient area - select India from the Destination list above.

Experience the people and history of Syria in our two new programmes!

We have just launched Syria as a new destination. You will find a 7 and a 12 day programme which both give you a unique insight into the Syrian culture - storytelling in the cafes, meeting a Muslim Sheikh, dining with the Bedouin and a Syrian Family. Only Earth Cultures offers you genuine contact with the Syrian people to leave you with a greater understanding, awareness and respect for the people of this ancient culture.

Feynan Ecolodge Jordan

Deep in the heart of the mountainous Dana Biosphere Reserve, at the end of a rugged track, an idyllic candle-lit lodge rests in the magnificent Wadi Feynan. Have a look at our 10 or 14 day programmes to Jordan and consider staying at the beautiful and inspiring Feynan Ecolodge.

Cultural Festivals abound!

There are more and more Cultural Festivals and we offer programmes to visit these great events. See Mali and Ethiopia for some good examples..

Malawi and Bhutan - new experiences!

We have just introduced new programmes to both of these fascinating countries. Take time to have a look!

Visit the historical region of Salalah in Oman and meet the Bedouin of the Empty Quarter.

We have a new tour to Oman to experience Salalah, the Bedouin of the Empty Quarter and the Frankincense Trail!

Visit the Emirates in August/September for a unqiue Ramadan Experience

In late August, early September, we have 3 departure dates to Dubai and the Emirates to enjoy a Ramadan Experience and a unique insight into the Middle Eastern culture and traditions. You will also be able to give something back to the community by participating in a charity that will definitely touch your life. Celebrate your final Iftar meal with His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi.

The Sami and Norway come online!

We have just introduced new Winter Sami Experiences in Northern Norway. We will have some similar Autumn offers soon!

An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby

Watch An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby Episode 1 where he gets his hands dirty as the apprentice of a 74-year-old mud mason in Djenne, a town containing the largest mud structure in the World and featured on our Mali experiences. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00snc3c

A basket of exciting and inspirational experiences from around the World.

Looking for late inspiration for this Summer? Try a Navajo Experience in the Four Corners region of the American South West, visit Petra with the Bedouin or let the Seychellois people show you the real Creole!