There is no better way to experience the rich cultural heritage of a destination than by joining in one of its vibrant local festivals. With hundreds of unique cultural events to choose from, we’ve selected some of our favourites and aligned them to popular group tour itineraries. Time your next trip to coincide with one of these events and fully immerse yourself in colourful local cultures.
If you have a specific festival in mind in one of our destinations that is not featured on our website, please do get in touch with our tailor-made team and they will endeavour to put together a trip especially for you.
At any time of year somewhere in the world is throwing a celebration of local traditions or honouring long-held beliefs in spectacular fashion. Here we highlight some of our favourite that will soon be gracing the calendar.
Coincide your visit to Sri Lanka with the revelry of Kandy Festival in July/August, when elaborately decorated elephants and performers parade down the streets.
Explore Japan when the landscapes are decorated in the fiery colours of autumn and attend the Hachiman Matsuri celebrations in Takayama.
The Sun Festival at Abu Simbel happens twice a year - in February and in October - and we offer a number of trips to Egypt that coincide with this incredible phenomenon.
Head to Vietnam and the attractive riverside town of Hoi An to witness the mass release of thousands of colourful lanterns into the river & eat mooncakes.
Want to know more about some of the most popular festivals that we cover? Have a read of our comprehensive guides covering everything from the origins of these festivals to the best places to experience them.
Whether you're planning a visit or simply keen to know a bit more, you'll find all you need to know here.
We offer a number of specially crafted tours that take advantage of some of the world's most popular, colourful and fun festivals. Our full section is below, however, if there's a particular festival you want to include in your holiday plans, contact our tailor-made team who will be happy to put together your perfect itinerary.
If this selection of festival tours has inspired you to learn more about the world's quirkiest celebrations, have a browse through these websites:
Fest300 - the definitive guide to the world's festivals with videos and blogs Places to See in Your Lifetime - a top 29 of festivals and events across the six continents Escape Normal - a bucket list of festivals in order of date (very useful)
On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our Adventure range.
Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.
Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.
Our Adventure range takes you overland to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of our Signature range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.
Adventure tours takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.