Enjoy travelling for history? Here are 15 culture trips to take around the world

February 2019

Below are the 15 culture trips to take around the world

Istanbul, Turkey

Located between Asia and Europe, Istanbul is the perfect culture trip. Here you can find magnificent religious buildings such as the world famous Blue Mosque. The Hagia Sophia was built in 537 AD and was originally a Greek Orthodox Cathedral. After the Ottoman conquest, it became an Ottoman imperial mosque and is now a museum. This is the perfect landmark to visit to appreciate Turkey's history of West meeting East.

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Bruges, Belgium

It's hard to avoid history among Bruges' cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Head the the Markt, or Market Square, to find the Belfry of Bruges, a medieval bell tower. Head inside and climb its 366 steps to experience some incredible views of the city. The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a Roman Catholic cathedral that holds a very rare relic, a piece of cloth believed to be stained with the blood of Jesus Christ. Hundreds of people visit the cathedral just to get a glimpse of it.

Athens, Greece

Athens has been a much loved destination of choice for tourists for many years, and with its abundance of ancient ruins, it's easy to see why. The most famous of its ancient sites is the Acropolis, a hilltop temple that dates back to the 5th century. Head to the Plaka to see even more acropolises, temples and tavernas. There are also numerous museums such as the National Archaeological Museum, to help guide you through if you are not too clued up on ancient history.

Kyoto, Japan

In Kyoto, you can explore a world of temples and a castle that dates back to the 10th and the 12th centuries. By taking a stroll down the streets of the town, it's hard not to notice the history of the city that is shown in many different places. In the forests there are magnificent, hidden temples such as the Kiyomizu-dera. This Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a visit to the castle of Nijo and walk along its nightingale floor: wooden planks designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon.

Bangkok, Sukothai and Chiang Mai, Thailand

Embark on a discovery of Thailand's famous temples. Bangkok, Sukhothai and of course Chiang Mai are where you can find a plethora of ornate Buddhist temples. You will be left in awe of their incredible architecture, and the buildings are of all different colors. The Buddha statues also vary and are equally as incredible as the buildings. The oldest temple in Thailand is the Wat Pho, which was completed during the 16th century.

Dehli, Jaipur and Agra, India

Embark upon a journey into the universe of the Indian Maharajas, the Great Kings. Visit what's known as the triangle of gold: the cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Admire the stunning palaces whilst taking in the modern sights and sounds everywhere you turn. The Hawa Mahal, known also as the palace of winds, has an impressive 953 windows said to be designed so that the ladies of the royal court could observe the events that unfolded in the streets behind the intricate latticework of the windows. A trip to India wouldn't be complete without visiting the Taj Mahal, arguably one of the world's most admired landmarks of heritage.

Zacatecas, Mexico

At the doorstep of the desert, Zacatecas offers landscapes that are dry and semi-arid. Here you can visit the beautiful silver cities, the ghost town of Real de Catorce and the vestiges of the Chichimec civilization of La Quemada. Zacatecas is simply stunning with its blue sky and contrasting red earth.

Petra, Jordan

Take off for an adventure to Petra and see the wonders of the Jordanian desert. Here you'll find a number of buildings dating back to the Byzantine period that are decorated with mosaics. Petra dates back as early as 300 BC and this archaeological site has taken influence from the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. For even more culture, visit the towns of Amman and Madaba to see even more monasteries and tombs.

Oslo, Norway

In Oslo, the capital of Norway, you can learn about history of the Vikings. Head to the Vikinglandet, located just outside the city, which is a park dedicated to the country's Viking heritage. The Viking Ship Museum also offers a real taste of Viking history, displaying ships which date from 800 to 1000 AD. The Akershus Fortress and Frogner Park, with museum and sculptures, are also two places that hold important historical significance in Oslo.

Normandy, France

Normandy is home to one of Europe's most unforgettable sights: Mont-Saint-Michel. This landmark is found on an island where Normandy and Brittany meet. The island is well known for its outstanding Romanesque-Gothic buildings. After the French Revolution in the 19th century, Mont-Saint-Michel was used as a prison.

Rome, Italy

A trip to the Eternal city won't leave anyone disappointed. Many great Roman rulers have made their mark on Rome from Julius Caesar to Augustus. The Colosseum is a must-see for every visitor as it is a truly outstanding amphitheater built in the 1st century AD. The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill should also be on your radar.

Budapest, Hungary

This picturesque city in Hungary is full of history waiting to be explored. In Budapest's old town you can find the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Danube embankments and the Buda Castle district. If you are unsure about where to explore, start your journey off at Heroes' Square, where you can find the Millennium Monument or Andrassy Avenue, which has examples of neo-Renaissance architecture.

Prague, Czech Republic

For cultural holidays, Prague has always been a top destination. It's a city full of different architectural styles, from Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and Art Nouveau. The most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture are the Old Town Bridge Tower and the Church of our Lady of the Snows. The Schwarzenberg Palace is also worth seeing given that it has been titled the Pearl of Renaissance architecture.

England, United Kingdom

Gardening is a great part of English culture and is a well-loved tradition that has been preserved for many years. During the spring and summer months, you can browse some of England's most prestigious gardens, which are filled with great scents and colors. In Surrey and Sussex counties, you can admire the splendid royal estates where many artists have taken their inspiration.

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