Explore the Real World with the Ultimate in Cultural Immersion Experiences

Leeds, United Kingdom, March 06, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Leading experiential travel provider i-to-i is offering would be globe trotters a rare opportunity to go beyond scratching the surface and get to the real heart of some of the world’s most exciting destinations, with the launch of its new cultural tours.

The unique trips which include tours across Nepal, Indonesia, Tibet, Bhutan, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa, allow travellers to not only visit a country, but to totally immerse themselves in the cultures of their hosts.

From travelling across the country, exploring ancient ruins, visiting holy temples or even trekking through some of the world’s most extraordinary environments, every tour introduces a different aspect of a remarkable culture and promises to excite and inspire even the most hardened traveller.

A journey of Discovery in Nepal and Bhutan
Nepal boasts spectacular views and a rich culture and this tour is the perfect opportunity to see them first hand. This is a rare chance to experience the real Nepal through living with a local family and joining them in their daily lives. Travellers will also take part in a jungle Safari through Chitwan National Park, with the once-in-a-life time opportunity to catch a glimpse of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. From there the tour takes you by plane across the Himalayan Mountains to Bhutan to visit national museums, medieval fortresses and ancient ruins.

Three week tour costs £1,295 including TEFL course, accommodation and meals. Flights not included.

Living the legend - Nelson Mandela Tour
This is an opportunity to trace the steps of Nelson Mandela, delving into his life, his beliefs and his country. The unique tour takes enthusiasts to Nelson Mandela Museum in Umatata, his birth place in Mvezu and the small village of Qunu in which he grew up. They’ll not only learn about the man himself, but also about the country he loves as they delve deeper into African culture, staying overnight in a Xhosa house and seeing and experiencing first hand the traditional lifestyle of Mandela’s people.

Two week tour costs £995 including accommodation and meals. Flights not included.

Unravel the Mysteries of Tibet
Tibet is a land of unparalleled beauty and this cultural tour is the perfect way to experience it. Explorers will be travelling to Yamdrok, the turquoise lake, surrounded by breathtaking mountains and up into the foothills of Mount Everest. As well as discovering Tibet’s beauty, they’ll be exploring the country’s unique culture as they pass from colourful markets to holy temples, royal palaces to Buddhist monasteries. And on top of all this they’ll have the rare opportunity to give something back by spending time at an orphanage in Tibet’s stunning capital, Lhasa.

The two week tour costs £1,195 including accommodation and some meals. Flights not included.

A journey to the heart of the Moroccan culture
This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the real Morocco and explore everything that this fascinating country has to offer. On this tour travellers not only visit the stunning sites and experience the buzz around places such as Fez and Marrakech, but they will also get to the heart of the Moroccan people, studying their language, food and even experiencing a day in the life of a Berber. This is a trip that takes you way beyond a visit to the souks of Marrakech to show you the real soul of Morocco.

The two week tour costs £795 including accommodation and some meals. Flights not included.

To find out more about the cultural tours or any other i-to-i projects, visit www.i-to-i.com or call their team of travel advisors on 0870 333 2332.


For further press information or photography, please contact Jo Little on 0113 205 4569/jo.little@i-to-i.com


1. i-to-i is a volunteer travel and TEFL training organisation based in Leeds, UK; Denver, USA; Melbourne, Australia and Co. Waterford, Ireland. Each year it sends around 5,000 volunteers to work on 500 projects in 30 countries worldwide and trains a further 15,000 people to teach English as a foreign language.

2. i-to-i is a founding member of the Year Out Group, associate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘Know Before You Go’ Campaign, member of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations and has training accreditation from the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council.
Jo Little