Festivals and Events

Celebrate some of the world's most colourful festivals with our range of tours

Dive into culture and tradition

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.

Upcoming Festivals

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.

Palaces of St Petersburg music festival

White Nights

Visit the beautiful city of St. Petersburg during the white nights for a cultural extravaganza as museums open all night long under the midnight sun.


Esala Perahera

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.

Takayama Autumn Festival - Festival Tours - Japan - On The Go Tours

Takayama Festival

Explore Japan when the landscapes are decorated in the fiery colours of autumn and attend the Hachiman Matsuri celebrations in Takayama.

Lady sitting in front of Abu Simbel - Egypt Tours - On The Go Tours

Follow the Sun

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.

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Festival FAQs

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.

Festivals & Events Articles from The Inside Track

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Easter Traditions From Around The World

April 12, 2017 • Philippa George

Easter is a holiday filled with chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and Bank Holidays. But did you know a...

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March 16, 2017 • Philippa George

Honouring the death of winter and the re-birth of spring, there is nothing quite like experiencing...

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Where to See Cherry Blossoms in South Korea

December 12, 2016 • Hollie Youlden

Think cherry blossom and you’ll likely first think of Japan as the best place in the world to...

Further reading on festivals from across the globe

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)