The best authentic cultural tours

We decided to put together some of the best authentic cultural tours to explore in 2020. Feel free to get inspired with all those amazing cultural tours that will take you sailing the Moselle river, exploring the Atlas mountains, searching for heroes in Scottish highlands, tasting old-world Tokyo, and trolleying through 3 centuries of history, becoming a Parisian, and living the legends in Transylvania.

Moselle River cruise, Germany

If you want to dive into southwestern Germany at its finest, the Moselle River will give you an amazing experience. Imagine meandering down the Moselle River, admiring the imperial Reichsburg Cochem Castle, introducing yourself to a quaint town, and this is just for starters! The cruise will show you preserved timbered houses and lush vineyards while a mighty imperial castle will look down on you from a rock.

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Here’s a link to the Panoramic Moselle River Cruise.

If you really want to get to know this particularly fertile region of Germany, you can to one of the many family-owned wineries in the region. There’s nothing like tasting a glass of fine Riesling while chatting with the wine-makers themselves. If you’re a wine connoisseur, you can browse the beautiful terraced vineyards and you should definitely buy your favorite wines. And voila – you’ll have the Moselle River captured in a bottle of wine, available for you to reminisce in your memories later at home!

Moselle River, Photo by Kai Pilger on Unsplash
Photo by Kai Pilger on Unsplash

Explore the Atlas Mountains in Morroco

What do the Atlas Mountains in Morrocco hide? Join a day trip from Marrakesh to discover not only views to take your breath away, but to also immerse deeply in past and present Morrocan traditions and lifestyles. You’ll spot the Berber women extracting Argan oil, something unique to Morocco. You will be welcomed by a glass of mint tea and then you’ll discover authentic Barber villages with houses built from adobe and stone, you may even have lunch in a typical house or visit a traditional Berber market.

Here are the links to the Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour and the Atlas Mountains Day Trip. If you can stay in the area, here’s a nice accommodation to complete your immersion in the area – Atlas Imoula.

Nature is stunning in the area – apple, walnut, almond, and peach trees in Asni valley, waterfalls and hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula, and ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn, and vegetables, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees in Tamatert.

Atlas Mountains, Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash
Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

Discover the Scottish Highlands and their heroes

Scottish Highlands must be discovered with their forests, lochs, and mountains, but also with their history and heroes. On a day trip from Edinburg, you’ll explore the land of Braveheart’s William Wallace. You’ll meet the Kelpies monument with its two horses’ heads. After that. the biggest loch in Scotland will greet you – the Loch Lomond which is also a natural park. The trails of pristine beauty and stories about folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor are waiting for out. To finish, you’ll visit one of the most beautiful castles n Scotland – Stirling Castle, or the “Key to Scotland”.

Here’s the link to Loch Lomond, Kelpies, and Stirling Castle Tour.

‘Trotternish Cairns’, by Tinker & Rove, licensed under CC BY 2.0
‘Trotternish Cairns’, by Tinker & Rove, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Taste old-world Tokyo

It’s not easy to find those hidden shops that sell rare traditional items that are hard to find in modern-day Japan. This tour is perfect for you if you want to taste old-world sweet and savory snacks, learn about the art of making and appreciating incense, visit a seaweed seller, and offer a prayer in a shrine where virtue, longevity, learning, and wealth are worshiped. You’ll visit a shop that makes golden leaves as thin as 0.0001 of a millimeter, katsuobushi (fish shavings) shop, and many other traditional Japanese shops are hidden in its alleyways and even within its department stores in Nihonbashi and Ningyocho neighborhoods.

Here’s the link to Made in Japan: Cultural Curiosities Tour.

Your guide will take you to many more hidden jewels like the shamisen shop (where they sell the traditional Japanese stringed instrument) and the tenugui shop (where they sell woven hand towels depicting Japanese scenes). Your sweet tooth will be more than happy – the tour includes also a snack shop from the Showa Era featuring candies, caramels, ramune soda, fish jerky, and bean paste snacks and a traditional snack shop featuring senbei, sweet kawara senbei, and salty crackers. Don’t worry – you’ll visit a toothpick shop that will give you a toothpick wrapped in a piece of paper with a poem.

Tokyo, Photo by Alex Knight on Unsplash
Photo by Alex Knight on Unsplash

Trolley through 270 years of history in Savannah

If you’re short on time and still want to explore the history and atmosphere of Savannah, Georgia, you should take a 90-minute trolley tour that will drive you through 270 years of history. The tour is fully narrated by costumed guides, and you will wide along cobblestone streets, under moss-draped oaks, you will pass beautiful Old South mansions, squares, the romantic riverfront, and many artifacts.

Here’s the link to Historic Savannah Trolley Tour.

Savannah, Photo by Ashley Knedler on Unsplash
Photo by Ashley Knedler on Unsplash

Become a Parisian at the Theatre des Nouveautes

Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to be a Parisian? Take a seat at the Theatre des Nouveautes in Paris and find out how to think and act like a Parisian. The comedy show explores the cultural differences between the people of Paris and the rest of the world. You learn some typical Parisian language and facial expressions that will help you pretend to be a local or at least have some fun browsing the streets of Paris. You’ll also know how to travel on public transport, how to go shopping, and how to make the most out of the nightlife scene.

Here’s the link to How to Become a Parisian 1-Hour Show.

Parisians, Photo by Nicolas Lafargue on Unsplash
Photo by Nicolas Lafargue on Unsplash

Live the legends in Transylvania

Dracula’s homeland will surprise you with its Medieval castles, charming towns, and mystical vibes. No matter which combination of castles and experiences you choose, you’ll fall in love with Transylvania. The majestic mountains are waving with their beautiful colors all year long, while the castles give you coziness and interesting stories. Dracula Castle (or Bran Castle), Peleș Castle, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu – there are so many places to visit to appreciate architecture, history, nature, and the legend of Vlad the Impaler.

Pick your favorite out of those Transylvania tours.

Transylvania, Photo by Majkl Velner on Unsplash
Photo by Majkl Velner on Unsplash

So those were our suggestions on the best authentic cultural tours for 2020. Which one do you like the most? What do you think will be the trend for the next year?

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