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About us

About us

The Cultural Travel Company is a new tour operator, offering exceptional cultural travel experiences at affordable prices. Accompanied by first-rate speakers, we explore many of the cultural highlights of Europe and the UK. Art, architecture, archaeology, history and music are all on the menu, and on each carefully-paced itinerary there’s a mix of guided tours, lively lectures, group dinners and free time.

We set up The Cultural Travel Company to deliver inspiring trips, art journeys, and historical learning at reasonable prices. We have achieved fantastic value for money by focusing on the core ingredients, using sensible hotels, cutting the frills and allowing greater freedom than is usual on this sort of trip.

The Cultural Travel Company is a division of Martin Randall Travel, Britain’s largest and most innovative specialist in cultural tours. For nearly 30 years Martin Randall Travel have offered immaculately-planned tours across the globe. We draw on the same experience and expertise and share their unrivalled pool of speakers.

Travelling with us

All our trips include the services of an expert speaker. We also equip each group with an experienced trip assistant to take care of reservations, time-keeping and trouble-shooting. Also included is accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels with daily breakfast, and at least two group dinners (with two glasses of wine or beer and tips for the restaurant staff). We travel by private coach or as otherwise specified. Admission charges to sites and museums as mentioned in the trip descriptions, concert tickets when an integral part of the trip, local taxes and audio devices are all included.

Flights and trains are not included; you make your own way to and from the starting and finishing points of the trip. Please contact us if you need advice on how to get to and from the destination.

One of the features of our trips is the free time we build into our itineraries – giving you time to do as you wish. Our trip assistant is at hand to recommend sights, activities and restaurants to visit when needed.

Our trips are perfect for single travellers, and we are delighted when they can join us. We do not add anything to the supplement a hotel charges for single occupancy of a room. Our trip assistant will ensure you will not feel left out during independent meals and other free time.

Your booking is very important to us and our client relationship assistants are here to look after you. We aim to deliver excellent service and faultless administration. However, if we do make a mistake, we will work hard to rectify it as quickly as possible. After all, we would like you to join us again on another trip.

For our first season, starting from September 2017, there are no minimum booking numbers required for our trips to depart. This means all trips are guaranteed to run. We anticipate the average group size to be 18 to 20 per trip.

Our speakers

No trip is complete without one of our expert speakers – always highly qualified, often distinguished. Many are academics and writers. Some are museum curators, and others have presented documentaries for the BBC.

All have been chosen for their ability to talk engagingly, as well as for their expertise. Our aim is to place at the heart of each itinerary a speaker whose commentary is authoritative, inspiring and accessible, as well as being attentive and good company.

Find out more about our expert speakers


Travelling with us means you should expect an active trip. Walking, stair-climbing, traversing uneven ground, and standing around for lengthy periods are unavoidable aspects of every trip. They should not present problems to anyone of normal fitness, but they would not be suitable for those who are slow, need support or are low on stamina.

To help you measure your fitness we have designed some simple tests. If you cannot manage these, our trips are probably unsuitable for you. If during the trip you can not cope, you may be asked to opt out of visits or be asked to leave the trip entirely – this would be at your own expense.

The simple tests:

1) Sit in a chair, fold your arms and place your hands on opposite shoulders. Stand and return to a sitting position eight times in thirty seconds.

2) Stand and raise each knee in turn, at least sixty times in two minutes.

3) Record the time it takes to stand up from a chair, collect an object from nine feet away and sit back down. This shouldn't take more than seven seconds. 

You should also be able to walk unaided at three miles per hour for a minimum of thirty minutes, and to stand for fifteen minutes.