Black Friday Special

ABTA & ATOL Protected | Flexible Cancellation Policies | Book a 7-night cruise or more in an Ocean View or above by 8pm 30th November 2021 and receive a FREE John Lewis Gift Card worth up to £500

Call us FREE  08082394989

Opening Hours - Office closed, we'll open at 8:30am

Request a call back

History & Culture Cruises

Divider Crest Logo

Featured History & Culture Cruises

View Cruise The 2024 All-Inclusive World Cruise Deal
Inside from £19,479pp (full fare £19,734)
Princess Cruises

The 2024 All-Inclusive World Cruise

  • 03 Jan 2024
  • 113 nights
  • Ship: Island Princess
  • Fly Cruise
  • Flights Included

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Cartagena, Colombia - Panama Canal Full Transit - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - San Juan del Sur - Huatulco - Puerto Vallarta - Los Angeles - Honolulu - Kauai…

Includes: $1,000 On Board Spend when you book by 8pm 31st January 2022*, Premium Drinks Package Included for ALL bookings*, Tips, Wi-Fi & Speciality Dining Included for ALL bookings*,...

Save up to £1,000
View Cruise Balkan Adventure - Budapest to Bucharest Deal
Outside from £1,889pp (full fare £2,395)
APT Cruising

Balkan Adventure - Budapest to Bucharest

  • 21 Mar 2022
  • 7 nights
  • Ship: Travelmarvel Capella
  • Fly Cruise
  • Flights Included

Itinerary: Budapest, Hungary - Mohacs - Pecs, Hungary - Vukovar, Croatia - Belgrade, Serbia - Iron Gates - Rousse, Bulgaria - Transfer to the airport for your flight to London

Includes: Drinks & Gratuities Included*, Shore excursions included*, Return flights & overseas transfers*, Early booking savings of up to £1,000*

Incredible savings
View Cruise The 2022 Imperial Charms Of Russia Deal
Outside from £2,339pp (full fare £2,845)
D Grade
Emerald Cruises

The 2022 Imperial Charms Of Russia

  • 11 Jun 2022
  • 10 nights
  • Ship: MS Nizhny Novgorod
  • Fly Cruise
  • Flights Included

Itinerary: St. Petersburg, Russia - Mandrogi, Russia - Kizhi, Russia - Goritsy, Russia - Yaroslavl, Russia - Uglich, Russia - Moscow, Russia

Includes: Save up to £1,000*, Included Drinks, FREE Wi-Fi & Gratuities*, Sail aboard the refurbished MS Nizhny Novgorod*, Expert-led Shore Excursions Included*

Divider Crest Logo

Divider Crest Logo

What is a history & culture cruise?

Cruises can often be a wonderful way to embark on a history-intensive journey. Whether it’s a history-themed cruise or a destination-focused voyage, you’re certain to learn something new.

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the history and culture of your chosen destination is to embark on a history-themed shore excursion. Whether it's a historic site or a museum filled with tales as old as time, your knowledgeable tour guide will wow you with fascinating tidbits of information. Discover the Colosseum in Rome, explore the Acropolis of Athens or marvel at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. The learning doesn’t stop when you step back on board - enriching lectures with special guests (many of which are historians, knowledgeable about their chosen topic) await.

Where can you sail on a history & culture cruise?

Two million bodies dancing together to a hypnotic samba beat, rainbow-hued costumes that boggle the senses, ornate floats that took months to prepare - all for five days of joyous abandon. Rio Carnival is an experience like no other. Since 1723, Rio de Janeiro has exploded into a life-affirming celebration in the days leading up to lent. And you can be at the heart of it, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

For a different kind of celebration, see in the New Year the Chinese way. A huge ceremonial dragon, adorned in spectacular robes dances as it enters to a backdrop of clattering percussion. Revellers banish bad luck and wish one another good fortune for the coming year. Everywhere you look, houses are adorned with scarlet draps to engage ancient gods and bring about wealth and longevity. While on your cruise to China, enjoy the tranquility and ancient spectacle of the Great Wall of China. With sections dating back to the 7th-century BC, the Great Wall extends for more than 13,000 miles. As one of the most remarkable structures in the world it is a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Ming Dynasty.

Which cruise lines offer history & culture cruises?

Lots of destination-focused cruise lines call on regions with fascinating historical sites. Seabourn is the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage. The cruise line promotes sustainable tourism at World Heritage sites around the world while supporting UNESCO’s mission to identify, safeguard and promote unique cultural and natural heritage around the world deemed to possess outstanding universal value for all humankind. Crystal Cruises unearth history and culture on their range of sailings, from Indian to Greece. While Emerald Cruises, Scenic River Cruises and Uniworld River Cruises enable you to get to the heart of many historical hotspots with their incredible range of European river cruises.

Cruise Line Itineraries
Crystal History Cruises See all featured cruises >
Emerald History Cruises See all featured cruises >
Scenic History Cruises See all featured cruises >
Seabourn History Cruises See all featured cruises >
Uniworld History Cruises See all featured cruises >