Cultural Travel


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“What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions.”
~Octavio Paz

Cultural Travel is usually used to describe tours focussing on museums, concert halls and opera houses. But Cultural Travel also refers to planned encounters with people from various walks of life and exposure to the institutions and traditions that govern a particular society. Too often, we travel to places in the protective bubble of a private coach and accompanying guides, isolating ourselves from local people, their history and their values.

As technology shrinks our world and brings us all closer together, the opportunity to learn about our neighbours (both present and past) grows. By delving into other cultures, we learn about the history of other people, the rise of their civilization and in some cases, their downfall. By viewing both the highs and lows, we come away with a much better view of not just them, but also ourselves. Classical Pursuits trips all include experiences that expose us to local people and customs. In Siena, we attend a secular “baptism” at one of the local contradas and are invited to a wine festival and private tour at another. In Milledgeville, Georgia, we spend time with two of Flannery O’Connor’s close personal friends.

Cultural travel is an excellent way to undertake serious self-exploration. By understanding and appreciating different cultures, our senses and awareness becomes more acute and we broaden our perspective about the quality of our own life.

Cultural travel leaves us with much more than a typical vacation. We gain a deeper knowledge of the world. We get to experience life outside our familiar comfort zone. It can be a life-changing experience.


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