May 2019

Cultural Holidays – What Is A Cultural Holiday?

In this guide, we will be outlining for you in detail the definition of a cultural holiday as well as the top 4 best cultural holiday destinations in the world (by our reckoning at least!). We hope that you can take away an impression, however small, of the impact and joy that a cultural holiday can bring you as a solo traveller, a couple, a small family or a large family – a cultural holiday is the perfect experience for any and all and you are never too young or too old to experience the unique beauty of a cultural holiday.

A cultural holiday is a beautiful thing, it is a holiday in which you immerse yourself fully and completely in the culture of a place, a city, a country, or any holiday destination. You go out of your way to live like the locals do, you go off the beaten track and you explore off-script! The whole purpose of a cultural holiday is to discover and uncover in equal measure, during a which time you can soak up and enjoy the museums, the art galleries, the local establishments serving food and/or coffee – or a unique combination of the above!

So What Exactly Are They?


As we alluded to in the introduction to this guide, a cultural holiday is all about one thing and one thing alone – culture! This may seem obvious but many holidaymakers are content with sunbathing by the pool with a book and a cocktail in hand and while this is indeed a fantastic idea – it is vital you remember that no matter where you go, be it Thailand, Spain, Hong Kong or France, there is a world of culture out there waiting for you with fresh experiences ripe for the taking.

So, a cultural holiday is one where you explore. You lose yourself in city streets, you eat at cafes and bars that are more tucked away and perhaps a little bit more secluded. How can we assure you a cultural holiday that will be representative of the place in which you travel to? Worry not. All of our team members, as well as everyone involved in the cultural holiday planning process here at WindowtoTravel, are incredibly well versed and knowledgeable regarding the secrets and the hidden gems that pepper cities and countries alike just waiting to be found! So, if you want to find all the best local hotspots that are free from the large crowds and guided tour groups, then get in touch with us today and let us plan your perfect holiday! But where should this holiday be to, we hear you ask? We are going to breakdown for you below the top 4 best cultural holiday destinations!

Best Cultural Holiday Destinations


In this section of our cultural holiday guide, we will be outlining for the places that we consider as the best cultural holiday destinations. Unfortunately, we are restricted in the amount that we can write – if we had completely free reign then we would build a list 100 strong but short and sweet is definitely the best approach here! So, without further ado, we bring you the best cultural holiday destinations (whittled down to 4!):


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Hong Kong, Asia


Hong Kong is a truly mesmerising city with as many delights on the city streets as are to be found at the top of skyscrapers wherein you can dine on the authentic cuisine that has come to define Hong Kong. A melting pot of cultures and history, massively influenced by migration, this city has an interesting past and has contributed tremendously to the art scene, and as a historic trade port (itself considered a gateway to the west) has developed Chinese and eastern culture in new and exciting ways over the decades. It is no wonder then that Hong Kong has quickly become one of the most popular cultural holiday destinations in Asia.

Please visit our dedicated Hong-Kong page to learn more about this city, and to book your tailor-made holiday to this ancient destination. For need-to-know information before you travel, please read our travel guide.


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Paris, Europe


What can we say about Paris that hasn’t already been said? A mecca for the cultured for countless years, a city that attracts artists, musicians, street performers and revolutionary chefs alike all of whom are not disappointed in their pursuit of a cultural holiday. Paris has long since acted as the de-facto capital of Europe’s cultural heartland. This is a city positively brimming with culture. There are museums and monuments aplenty that are sure to cater to even the most abstract of tastes, there are cafés and restaurants on every street corner and a nightclub a block for those of you who enjoy the culture of the later hours as well. If you know where to go (and we most certainly do) then you can go your whole holiday without treading on the toes of tourists with every other step.

Please look at our dedicated Paris page to learn more about this fantastic city and to get the ball rolling on your bespoke holiday.


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San Francisco, U.S.A


This thriving west coast haven has long been considered one of America’s most cultural holiday destinations, and for very good reason. There is a history in San Francisco unlike any other American city – the hippie revolution (with the Beetles playing a leading role) arguably functioning as the pinnacle of this modern history. A quick stroll around the city streets will reveal to you a world full of cultural extravagance and wonder that will surprise you at every turn. We have no doubt that you will quickly discover such things as spoken word events, unique bars with live and interesting music, bistros, cafes and restaurants serving the food synonymous with this multifarious and magnificent city – all without venturing too far from your base of operations!

Please have a look at our dedicated San Francisco page to learn more and to book your bespoke holiday to San Francisco!


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Egypt, Africa


If you know where to look, and if you are in the hands of a tour guide who really knows their stuff (which would be the case with us here at WindowtoTravel) then Egypt can hold wonders unlike anywhere else in the world. Some of the most unreal battles and events that have ever occurred in human history have taken place in Egypt, with relics still standing testament to the achievements and the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptians themselves. Immerse yourself in a culture that spans thousands of years, consists of truly unimaginable feats of ancient engineering as well as landmarks that have amazingly stood the extreme test of time.

To learn more about Egypt, please visit our dedicated page to get started on booking your bespoke holiday to this amazing place.


A Cultural Holiday – To Conclude


We have only listed four holidays above (one for each continent) but in truth, we could have listed countless more. A cultural holiday is a wonderful experience and is guaranteed to provide you with memories that will remain with you for the rest of your life. If you have any questions about cultural holidays then please do not hesitate to contact us and a member of our friendly and professional team will be in touch with you as soon as they are able. If you would rather, please feel free to call us directly on 01784 770844. We look forward to speaking with you.