Papua New Guinea Firedance Festival Travel deep into Papua New Guinea to experience local cultures, natural splendour and island life on a nine-day adventure culminating in the spectacular Baining Firedance Festival. Watch as local villagers invite you into their communities and perform a traditional dance around the fire – a culturally rich and awesome sight to see. Along with this festival, discover the wild beauty of the Duke of York Islands, learn of the fascinating military history of East New Britain, encounter resident spinner dolphins, and let local island life delight your senses. For those interested in a South Pacific adventure which is definitely one-of-a-kind, let Papua New Guinea’s islands capture your imagination.ActivitiesHighlightsAs a small group, be welcomed into a local village and watch as traditional Baining dancers circle a growing fire and perform dancing rituals – a insight into one of Papua New Guinea’s indigenous cultures.Spend time before and after the performance learning more about these traditional customs, sharing meals, stories and laughs with local community members.Jump straight into island life of the Duke of York Islands, marvelling at an active volcano, tucking into a beachside barbecue and experiencing a traditional sing-along with the villagers.Discover how the World Wars played out in the Pacific, by visiting the War Museum in Rabaul and heading underground for a tour of the Japanese tunnels in Kokopo.Head with your expert local leader to Matupit – an ‘island’ dwarfed in the shadow of Tavurvur Volcano looming overhead – to visit the local community, their markets and streets.
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Mexico City: Day of the Dead Comfort Feel the mystical vibes of the weird and wonderful Dia de los Muertos, or the annual Day of the Dead festival, on a five-day cultural exploration of Mexico City. Visit the museums of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and learn all about their fascination with death, wander about the sacred indigenous site of Tepoztlan, participate in a traditional Day of the Dead ceremony and see elaborate altars dedicated to the deceased. This festival is all about rituals, so dive straight in to the spooky and sacrilegious ceremonies that has made this tradition so infamous. Oh, and Mexico City’s tacos will make you feel you’ve died and gone to heaven, too.ActivitiesMexico City - City TourMexico City - Anahuacalli Museum (Entrance Fee)Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (Entrance Fee)El Tepozteco - Archeological Site Tour (Guide. Transport & Entrance Fee)Mexico City - Day of the Dead altar creationMexico City - Cemetery visitHighlightsFiesta the night away in Mexico City and get into the true spirit of this haunting ceremonial festival.Get the low-down on all of the traditions and rituals of the Day of the Dead festival, including taking part in making your own traditional altar offering.Get a taste of local art with a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum in the Coyoacan neighbourhood. Check out the works in her former home, with her art often focused on the notion of death.Explore the historic town of Tepoztlan – a mecca for artists and mystics, with a magical feel in the air. Tour the ancient city and ruins, and climb to the top of the Tepozteco pyramid.All of these festivities will work up an appetite. Luckily Mexico City boasts some of Central America’s best food – from roadside taco stands to fine dining in the heart of the city, you won’t go hungry.
Louisiana Mardi Gras Festival Tour Get ready for a colourful celebration: it’s time for Mardi Gras down South! Southwest Louisiana knows how to party, and this is the perfect excuse to experience the carnival atmosphere of one of the largest festivals on earth. You’ll tour smaller towns to learn the traditions of Mardi Gras, and finish in New Orleans for a knock-out party on Fat Tuesday. This 9-day adventure covers the highlights of Louisiana food, culture and hospitality with a focus on the Mardi Gras festival, so become part of a krewe, join in the traditional bead throw, dress in yellow, green and purple and experience how fun Mardi Gras can be in the US of A.ActivitiesMardi Gras Museum of Imperial CalcasieuKing Cake Demonstration, Tasting and CoffeeCrying Eagle Brewing - Tour & Flight TastingLake Charles Mardi Gras Lighted Boat ParadeCreole Nature Trail All-American Road - Guided TourLake Charles - Down home seafood lunchMardi Gras Merchants' Parade Float RideAvery Island - Tabasco Factoy Tour & MuseumLafayette - Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade VIP ExperienceLafayette - Martin’s Accordions visit & demonstrationLafayette - Mardi Gras Mask and Capchon making with a localJefferson Parish - Lundi Gras celebrationsNew Orleans - Mardi Gras WorldNew Orleans Mardi Gras ParadeHighlightsMardi Gras season is a celebration for everyone, and this tour is a perfect opportunity to experience the festival at its cultural heart.Before celebrating on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, learn about the traditions behind the celebration: the krewes, king cake, throwing of the beads and more.By day, drive through the Creole Nature trails sighting marsh wildlife, and by night, dance on a parade float in Lake Charles.Experience the heart of Cajun country in Lafayette, with good food, swamp adventures and warm Southern hospitality.Even though Mardi Gras is the focus, you won’t miss out on other Louisiana hotspots! Eat down-home cuisine, experience traditional jazz and blues, and discover where the world-famous Tabasco sauce is made.
India's Golden Triangle - Diwali Festival India is a spectacle in itself, but with this festival of lights in the mix you’ve got a serious adventure on your hands. Explore the old city of Delhi, a delightful clash of new and old; gaze out the window of the train as the country rolls by; perhaps catch a Bollywood flick in India’s coolest cinema; and soak up the beauty of the Taj Mahal, that iconic paen to Mughal romance. If you think you’ve experienced India, think again. Time to turn up the volume on India with the Diwali festival and more.ActivitiesDelhi - Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tourDelhi - Jama MasjidDelhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)Cultural Dance Show Diwali Celebrations in Jaipur)Indian Dress up for DiwaliJaipur - Amber FortAgra - Taj MahalAgra - Agra FortHighlightsWatch as the rooftops of Jaipur light up in dazzling colour as the fireworks of the Diwali Festival unfoldSlip into a saree and experience the Diwali night dressed like a local. If you’re going to do it, you’ve got to do it right!In Karauli, you’ll be more than impressed with your new digs – a gorgeous heritage property, with dinner included of courseThe Taj Mahal may be one of the most visually striking buildings in the world, but its history is just as breathtaking. A local expert will tell you all about it.Sit down to a Bollywood blockbuster in one of the most stylish and legendary cinemas in all of India
Incredible Ethiopia: Timket Festival Travel to Ethiopia and discover a beautiful country, barely touched by modern society. It’s an incredible combination of history, tradition, culture and nature. From the fascinating and colourful Timket festival in Addis Ababa to the amazing rock-hewn churches, hidden crypts and grottoes in Lalibela, this trip take you deep into human history. The 500-year-old monastery islands of Bahir Dar, the elegant castles of Gondar, the majestic geological formations of the Simien mountains, the giant obelisks that rise out of Aksum, and even the rumoured home of the Ark of the Covenant. This 14 day trip travels through the north of the country, taking in views of the Blue Nile and trekking to the peaks of the Simien Mountains (meeting red chested Gelada baboons). You’ll be sure to taste the country’s famous coffee and delectable cuisine, and meet the genuine and friendly people along the way. This is an adventure like no other.ActivitiesAddis Ababa - March to Jan MedaAddis Ababa - Timket FestivalLake Tana - Boat CruiseBahir Dar - Blue Nile FallsGondar - Cooking ClassSimien Mountains National Park - Entrance feesSimien Mountains National Park - HikeAksum - Yeha TempleLalibela - Morning & Afternoon Churches TourLalibela - Asheten Mariam HikeHighlightsBe part of the procession of locals marching to Jan Meda in preparations for Timket Festival in Addis AbabaSearch for the source of the Blue Nile on a boat cruise at Lake Tana, then discover the churches and unique castles of the regal city of Gondar.Trek the majestic series of undulating amethyst peaks that make up the Simien Mountains, looking out for the distinctive red-hearted Gelada.Explore Lalibela's unique churches - astonishing constructions sculpted from huge slabs of stone - that make up one of the world's greatest historical and religious sites.Meet locals for a cooking class and traditional coffee ceremony
Classic Rajasthan - Holi Festival We've taken our most popular trip to Rajasthan and one of the top selling trips in our entire range and added a royal celebration of one of the worlds most spectacular festivals. Celebrate the world-renowned Hindu ‘festival of colours’ on an enchanting adventure through the northern state of Rajasthan. Discover the fierce history of massive forts and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces, search for the elusive Bengal tiger in the stunning surrounds of Ranthambhore National Park, watch the blazing Indian sun set over the remote village of Madhogarh from your heritage hotel and get among the colourful festivities in the beautiful town of Bundi. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan – magnified by the magic of Holi. ActivitiesDelhi - Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tourDelhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)Delhi - Jama MasjidAgra - Taj MahalAgra - Agra FortAgra - Red Fort guided tourMadhogarh - Village walkMadhogarh - Dinner at Fort MadhogarhJaipur - Amber FortJaipur - Walking & market tourRanthambhore National Park - Evening wildlife safariBundi - StepwellBundi - PalaceBijaipur - Village tourUdaipur - City walkUdaipur - City PalacePushkar - Walking tourPushkar - Home-cooked lunchHighlightsExperience the magic of Holi Festival with a royal family in Bundi – dance in clouds of coloured smoke and immerse yourself in the music and celebrations!Explore northern India with the luxury of a local leader on hand to give you all the insider info and ensure that you have a memorable experience of this captivating, but sometimes challenging, country.Watch the sunset from a rampart on Fort Madhogarh, one of our heritage hotels (and a former royal residence) that will be your accommodation while here.Keep your adrenaline charged with an evening tiger-spotting safari among the lakes and jungles of one of India's well-known national parks – Ranthambhore.Visit our local friends in their home on the border of sacred Pushkar Lake and the evocative Thar Desert. Share a meal together and gain insight into local life.Could any visit to India be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal? Here's what you need to know about your visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/taj-mahal-travel-guide/
Embrace the frozen glory of winter in this journey to China’s frosty northeast and experience the Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival in all its winter wonder. From Beijing head to the remote north of the country to discover a city shaped by Russian as well as Chinese culture and experience a festival that’ll take your (frozen) breath away.
China Highlights & Harbin Ice Festival Get a taste of China on this cultural and ice-filled adventure. Travel from modern Shanghai to old Beijing, exploring bustling Xi'an on the way with the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors just a couple of highlights on offer. Delve beneath the surface of this massive country, discovering gourmet delights and learning about Chinese lifestyles and traditions. Then embrace the frozen glory of a Chinese winter and head north-east to experience the Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival in all its winter wonder. From Beijing head to the remote north of the country to discover a city shaped by Russian as well as Chinese culture and experience a festival that’ll take your (frozen) breath away.ActivitiesShanghai - Walking tourXitang - Walking tourXi'an - Muslim Quarter walking tourXi'an - Night marketXi'an - Terracotta WarriorsXi'an - Home-cooked lunchGreat Wall - Dumpling makingGreat Wall - Jinshanling sectionBeijing - Forbidden CityBeijing - Tiananmen SquareHarbin - Walking Tour & Saint Sophia CathedralHarbin - International Ice & Snow Sculpture FestivalHarbin - Snow ParkHighlightsLike everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)Exploring the narrow alleyways of Shanghai's nearby water town of Xitang, you can imagine a life long lost to modernityEscape to the countryside, overnight near the Great Wall at a family run guesthouse, and see this iconic structure without the massesBuilt to accommodate Russian engineers working on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in the 19th century, discover Harbin’s Russian and Jewish heritage on a guided walking tourExperience Harbin’s International Ice and Snow Festival, a vast winter wonderland of the biggest and most elaborate ice sculptures in the worldTour the festival with a local guide during the day and again at night, when the frosty re-creations of famous buildings, monuments and characters are lit up in technicolourTrain travel is intrinsic to Chinese life. Bunk up with locals and other travellers on an overnight sleeper train from Beijing to Harbin, and experience a high speed train back the other way
ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2020 On April 25th, 1915, Allied troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The military campaign that followed was disastrous for the Allies yet came to define the national psyches of Australia and New Zealand. Travel to these solemn battlefields on the anniversary of the landing and wander through Anzac Cove to the Nek and Lone Pine. Walk through the trenches, attend a moving dawn service and hear the stories of heroism and camaraderie immortalised in Australia's Anzac history. This journey provides a great opportunity to pay respect to the fallen of World War I and to reflect on what they fought for.ActivitiesHighlightsPay your respects to the fallen at Gallipoli a moving and educational experience regardless of your age or background.Reflect and pay your respects at Lone Pine and Chunk Bair
American Jazz Festival Tour Pack your dancing shoes and prepare your jazz hands because we’re getting bluesy. This adventure from Atlanta to New Orleans takes you through the musical meccas of Nashville and Memphis with all the sights, sounds and sauces you could ever ask for. Learn to line dance in Nashville, get your hands dirty eating Memphis-style barbecue, visit the iconic Sun Studio, let your hair down on Bourbon Street and finish it all off with two days at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. As they say in NOLA, ‘pass a good time’ (let the fun begin)!ActivitiesMemphis - Sun Studio tourNew Orleans - Two Day Jazz Fest TicketNew Orleans - Two Day Jazz Fest TicketHighlightsImmerse yourself in a medley of jazz, country and the blues on this musical road trip from Atlanta to New Orleans.Discover the rhythm of life in New Orleans during the city’s iconic Jazz Fest, a celebration of the music, culture and food that make NOLA unique.A small group size means dive bars and diners are on the menu, so you can get a taste of the South beyond the tourist traps.Get the floorboards shaking at a honky-tonk in Nashville, where locals go to stamp out the stress of the day.Refuel with barbecue – just remember that in the South it’s more than a style of cooking, it’s a way of life and people take it very seriously.