Beach and Culture Holidays

The perfect combination of sightseeing and fun in the sun

Nothing quite beats topping off a culture-rich trip than topping up your tan with a relaxing few days of sun, sand and sea and we've got a select collection of holidays where you can do just that. Whether it's combining the sights and delights of India’s Golden Triangle with the sandy shores of Goa, the ancient treasures of Egypt with the warm waters of the Red Sea, or a thrilling wildlife safari in Tanzania with the island bliss of Zanzibar, our trips that combine the best of both beach and cultural touring are hard to look past. And for real water babies, we also offer a selection of sailing and cruising holidays in Croatia and Turkey.

Top Beach and Culture Combo Destinations

There's plenty of destinations that offer fascinating culture with stunning beaches that makes ideal two-part holidays - spend the first half touring around your chosen destination and experiencing what makes that country so unique before hitting the shores for a much-needed break. To the list below you could also add Burma for the temples of Bagan and the beaches of Ngapali, or Cambodia for the temples of Angkor and resort of Sihanoukville, or even Vietnam for its epic history and divine cuisine with miles of coastline to choose from.

Varkala beach - India - On The Go Tours


A melting pot of religion, ancient traditions and rich cuisine, India has plenty of cultural sites to keep you entertained and also claims one of the world's New 7 Wonders - the iconic Taj Mahal. It also claims miles of coastline with the tropical beaches of Goa and Kerala star attractions on the list of beach options.

Recommended Tour:
Golden Triangle and Goa

Croatia Brac Beach-Croatia Tours-On The Go Tours


Fronting the Adriatic Sea where thousands of stunning islands dot the azure waters, Croatia is one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world. With a thoroughly Mediterranean vibe, rich history and captivating cities, it's the ideal place to explore from the comfort of a sailboat stopping for swim breaks and harbour town visits.

Recommended Tour:
Sailing Split

Sunbeds and umbrellas in Hurghada - Egypt Tours - On The Go Tours


Home to the original World Wonder, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and a host of ancient cities, tombs and temples from the era of the pharaohs, Egypt brings out the archaeologist in all of us. Claiming a portion of the Red Sea, it also offers ample beach opportunities with the resort of Hurghada where you can snorkel, kite surf and more.

Recommended Tour:
King Ramses

Sri Lanka Coast

Sri Lanka

With the Cultural Triangle at its heart and 1,340 km of coastline along the island's edges, Sri Lanka is another prime beach and culture combo. Discover the incredible rock fortress of Sigiriya and the revered Temple of the Tooth in Kandy before checking out a varied choice of beaches from popular Bentota to the low-key Uppuveli and Nilaveli.

Recommended Tour:
Buddha and Beach

Rhodes - Greece Tours - On The Go Tours


The stunning Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes offer a wealth of ancient architecture, fascinating history... and blissful beaches. Many of our Greece tours combine sightseeing with relaxation, so you can discover Athens, Delphi and Meteora before unwinding on an island-hopping cruise between these diverse island destinations.

Recommended Tour:
Jewels of Greece & Aegean Islands

Beach in Torremolinos - Costa del - Sol - Spain


Combine the historic highlights, great food and architectural gems of Madrid, Granada, Seville and Toledo with two days to unwind on the beaches of the Costa del Sol! You can even explore Morocco and Portugal in the same trip, for a real beach and culture adventure! With plenty of included sightseeing and free time to explore your way too!

Recommended Tour:
Jewels of Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Taghazoute 1 - surfer


The exoticism of Marrakech's souks and the tanneries of Fes have long captured the imagination of travellers and it shows little sign of abating. There's your dose of culture and as for beaches, Morocco's are perfectly suited to those that enjoy water-based adventure with excellent surfing at Taghazoute and kite surfing at Essaouira just some of the options.

Recommended Tour:
Casablanca to Essaouira

Marmaris beach - Turkey - On The Go Tours


Where East meets West with influences of Europe and Asia, Turkey is an alluring destination that promises grand mosques, Roman ruins, World War history and natural marvels to boot from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Add to this endless beach options along the coast and the hundreds of islands in the Aegean Sea and you have a prime contender for culture and beach.

Recommended Tour:
Istanbul to the Med

Top Beach and Wildlife Combo Destinations

For serious outdoor enthusiasts, a beach break is the perfect end to a holiday that includes ample adventure in the great outdoors and wildlife galore. Whether it's a Tanzanian safari followed by a few days R&R on the golden sands of Zanzibar, or exploring the heart of South Africa before hitting the beach, here's some inspiration on how you can best combine wildlife and beach.

sunset river


Home to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania has long been a safari favourite with the Great Wildebeest Migration one of its standout spectacles of nature. Off the coast lies the idyllic island of Zanzibar where you can unwind on fine powdery sands and swim in crystal clear waters.

Recommended Tour:
East Africa Explorer

Plettenberg Bay Highlight - Web Ready

South Africa

A popular safari destination for families thanks to the malaria-free region of the Eastern Cape, South Africa is home to the Big 5 and then some. Visit famed game reserves before following the coastal Garden Route to stop off at secluded bays, rocky coves, and sandy beaches for watersports and nature hikes.

Recommended Tour:
Cape Town & the Garden Route

Tofo beach near Inhambane - Best places to Visit - On The Go Tours


The tropical beaches and wildlife-rich waters off the coast of Mozambique are the perfect place to relax and recharge with a few days R&R during your eastern or southern Africa safari adventure. From Tofo to the Bazaruto Archipelago, opportunities for beach time are endless!

Recommended Tour:
Zimbabwe & Mozambique Discovery

Get in touch to start planning your beach & culture holiday →

If this has you reaching for your passport and suitcase, get in touch! Our reservations team would be happy to discuss the destinations mentioned here and any itineraries you may have in mind so feel free to contact us to start planning that dream beach holiday with a difference.