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Canvas & Compass Travel

Cultural Exchanges

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

Cultural ExChanges

Our cultural exchanges provide the perfect opportunity to meet local communities to learn about different cultures and traditions. You’ll experience a completely different way of life first-hand, as you visit some of the most fascinating cultures in the world. Your group will return back to the UK with a renewed outlook on life and a richer knowledge of different countries in a way you wouldn’t as a tourist!

Cultural Exchanges are available all over the world, but we have listed a few of our favourites below –


(plus Trans Siberian Railway to Beijing)

Experience the lives of Mongolians first hand on this in-depth journey exploring Mongolian culture and traditions. This voyage of discovery explores the nomadic traditions that form the backbone of Mongolian culture. Learn how to put up a ger, have a countryside cooking lesson, enjoy a homestay, visit a tree-planting project, and explore some fantastic, varied landscapes and historical sites. The overland route goes through the Gobi and through the verdant valleys of central Mongolia with highlights including palaeontological sites, ancient rock art, sand dunes, mountains, rivers, monasteries and hilltop temples. A departure in July departure can also include a visit to the yak festival in the Orkhon Valley or the world famous Naadam Festival.

You can create an amazing twin centre itinerary by combining a trip to Mongolia with a stay in China travelling on the world famous Trans-Siberian Railway between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing.


Japan is a well-known destination to Scout and Guide groups with Japan hosting the 23 rd World Scout Jamboree in 2015. The Japanese Scouts welcomed over 40,000 Scouts and Guides to their country including 4,000 from the UK.

Japan is a fascinating country of contrasts with stunning landscapes, interesting history and age-old traditions that are still practiced today. From the modern, high-tech capital of Tokyo, with its modern neon-lit streets and quirky pop culture, to the timeless traditions and beautiful temple gardens of the ancient imperial city of Kyoto; the tranquil beauty of the Japanese Alps and the devastating history of Hiroshima, this rich country offers an abundance of cultural experiences.

Enhance your experience by staying with Buddhist monks in a monastery or staying in a Ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel) at the foothills of Mount Fuji.


With fascinating history and well-preserved ruins dating back over 2,000 years, Jordan combines exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Sites with an incredible cultural experience. The incredible carved Petra, one of the seven modern wonders of the world, is at the top of everyone’s ‘must see’ list when they visit Jordan.

Further south lies the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, home to Bedouin families where you can stay overnight before travelling further south to the city of Aqaba, gateway to the Red Sea.


For many, Machu Picchu is the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about Peru, and for good reason. It is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and combines perfectly with the Andean scenery that surrounds it to create an iconic site. Journey back in time by discovering parts of ancient Peruvian civilisation in almost every village and city, whether by witnessing ancient architectural feats, or simply soaking up the culture still steeped in local tradition.

While in Peru you also need to visit Lake Titicaca, renowned for being the highest navigable lake in the world, at over 3,800 metres above sea level. Lake Titicaca is said to be the birthplace of the Incas and most visitors spend some time visiting the floating reed islands as well as Taquile and Amantaní.