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.
Join the celebrations of India's favourite festival this October, with a visit to a local temple and a special Diwali meal for the Festival of Light.
Witness the colourful festivities and spectacle of serious livestock bartering of the annual Pushkar Camel Fair in India this November.
Witness the release of thousands of lanterns into the night sky or a local river during the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Thailand each November.
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 OTG 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.
On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.
The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.