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Culture Trip: 5 Cities That Take You Back in Time

Reasons to Go

Culture Trip: 5 Cities That Take You Back in Time

These historical, cultural destinations have the power to steal you back in time, especially when paired with A&K insider access on a private Tailor Made Journey.

By Nina Kokotas Hahn, A&K Staff Writer | December 7, 2021

1 Middle East Jordan Petra

Petra, Jordan

Exceptional for its time, ancient Petra was remarkably chiseled from a sandstone mountain range 2,000 years ago by the nomadic Nabateans. Travel to its iconic Treasury and tombs, but also let A&K create a private candlelit dinner here and lead you on a private trek to the top of Little Petra’s monastery.

3 Europe Italy Florence Restoration

Florence, Italy

Amid the triumphant Duomo and galleries housing the likes of Michelangelo’s David, the Renaissance feels like it never ended in Florence. Go off the beaten path on an exclusive visit to the 13th-century Basilica of Santissima Annunziata, meeting with a team of restorers who are working, with the support of A&K Philanthropy, to preserve its frescoes.

2 Europe Turkey Istanbul Hagia Sophia

Istanbul, Turkey

Legacies of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires color richly historical Turkey. In Istanbul, follow a special national guide back in time to Topkapi Palace and its sultans and to the marvelous Hagia Sophia, where emperors were crowned since the time of Constantinople.

4 Asia Japan Tokyo Taiko Drummer

Tokyo, Japan

For a master class in preserving the past while embracing the future, look to Tokyo. Experience the city’s origins at historic temples and shrines, partake in an exclusive taiko drum workshop and get an insider’s perspective at the contemporary Mori Art Museum, all in the shade of the city’s shimmering supertowers.

5 Europe Spain Barcelona Gaudi

Barcelona, Spain

UNESCO-designated sites paint the Iberian landscape, perhaps most brilliantly in Barcelona, where you find the masterpieces of famed architect Antoni Gaudí. Your A&K guide completes the story at Gaudí’s Casa Milà, arresting Gothic-meets-Art Nouveau Sagrada Familia Basilica and his garden creation, Parc Güell.

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