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Festival Journeys


Celebrate local festivals around the world with Cox & Kings!

When you travel with Cox & Kings, you know you're getting a unique perspective on your destination. Perhaps the ultimate insider's experience is celebrating the magic and passion of a holiday or cultural festival with the locals. Our Destination Experts have designed special itineraries to take advantage of holidays and festivals from Buenos Aires to Beijing.

When you take one of our Festival Journeys, you’ll get a front-row seat to some serious celebrating — and the opportunity to join in the festivities should you wish. Whether you want to follow a swaying procession to a sacred river, indulge in the sweet strains of some beautiful music or simply join the locals as they celebrate a national holiday, catching one of these festivals on your journey will make an already fabulous trip completely unforgettable.

International Festivals and Events

Download a PDF of popular festivals and events in the regions below to customize your own journey built around the festival of your choice.



  • Southern Ethiopia: The Bale Mountains & The Omo Valley

    Southern Ethiopia: The Bale Mountains & the Omo Valley

    12 DAYS & 11 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Addis Ababa, Lake Langano, Bale Mountains, Lake Awasa, Arba Minch & Turmi

    The Omo Valley is one of the most unique places on earth, a kaleidoscope of vanishing cultures and breathtaking landscapes. Search for the Ethiopian wolf in the Bale Mountains and Read More »

  • Northern Ethiopia: The Historic Route

    Northern Ethiopia: The Historic Route

    8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela & Axum

    Explore northern Ethiopia on this extraordinary journey. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church played a huge role in shaping the country, and your explorations are a mix of the sacred and Read More »

  • Japan: Path Of Enlightenment

    Japan: Path of Enlightenment

    10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Tokyo, Ise Shima, Koya-San, Kyoto & Osaka

    Experience firsthand the influence that Zen Buddhism has had on the culture of Japan. Explore Tokyo's shrines and temples, then venture to the ruggedly beautiful Shima Read More »

  • Exploring Myanmar By Land & River

    Exploring Myanmar by Land & River

    10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Yangon, Mandalay, Irrawaddy River & Bagan

    Begin your journey in Yangon at the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. Reach the last royal city of Mandalay and marvel at the sunset from the summit of famed Mandalay Hill. Cruise the Read More »

  • Thailand Icons: Bangkok, Chiang Mai And Phuket

    Thailand Icons: Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket

    10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket

    Golden Buddhas, elephant rides, river cruises and idyllic tropical beaches await you on this fascinating journey to the Land of Smiles. A warm and welcoming country, Thailand Read More »

  • Japan: Land Of The Rising Sun

    Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

    9 DAYS & 8 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto

    Explore the modern metropolis of Tokyo and then marvel at the view of Mount Fuji from Hakone National Park's wetlands and bubbling hot springs. Heading southwest, Read More »

  • Vanishing Worlds: Burma And Bhutan

    Vanishing Worlds: Burma and Bhutan

    14 DAYS & 13 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Paro

    Capture the essence of Myanmar (formally known as Burma), and Bhutan on this unique journey. Stand in awe of the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Discover the hundreds of Read More »

  • Mongolia's Legendary Gobi

    Mongolia's Legendary Gobi

    7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Ulaanbaatar, South Gobi Desert & Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

    Follow in the footsteps of the first nomads as you travel across the wide-open grasslands of the Mongolian steppe, ride a camel through the sun-scorched Gobi Desert and open your Read More »

  • Modern & Ancient Cities Of China

    Modern & Ancient Cities of China

    12 DAYS & 11 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Shanghai, Pingyao, Guilin, Longsheng, Hangzhou & Huangshan

    Delve into the picturesque beauty of China and explore some destinations that are off the beaten path. From the ancient trading city of Pingyao, once the financial capital of Read More »

  • Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

    Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

    15 DAYS & 14 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) & Siem Reap

    On this journey through Southeast Asia, cruise the Mekong, stroll through colonial Hanoi, ride an elephant through the lush forest, go underground to explore the Cu Chi tunnels Read More »

  • Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea

    9 DAYS & 8 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Port Moresby, Tari Valley, Karawari River & Mount Hagen

    Begin your journey in the Tari Valley, home to the Huli tribe and their amazing handmade wigs, as well as up to forty species of the splendid Birds of Paradise. Then, head to the Read More »

  • Japan's History & Traditions

    Japan's History & Traditions

    10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Hiroshima, Iya Valley, Mimasaka & Osaka

    Immerse yourself in the culture of the ancient land of Japan on this fascinating journey. In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Park and sail to the island of Miya-jima, Read More »

  • Cuba: History & Culture: People To People

    Cuba: History & Culture: People to People

    7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Havana, Vinales, Varadero & Mantanzas

    Accompanied by an experienced Cox & Kings guide, you'll explore the culture and history of this nearby island long closed to American visitors. From your Read More »

  • Machu Picchu: Mystic Empire

    Machu Picchu: Mystic Empire

    8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco

    Trace the history of the Inca Empire. Explore the cosmopolitan neighborhoods of Lima and enjoy an exclusive visit to a private art collection before journeying to Cusco and the Read More »

  • Mexico - History, Heritage & Culture

    Mexico - History, Heritage & Culture

    10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    San Miguel De Allende, Patzcuaro & Tequila

    Embrace the eclectic nature of Mexico on this unique journey. Begin your travels in San Miguel de Allende where you visit a boutique winery, meet with artists and delve into the Read More »

  • Rhythm Of Brazil: Colonial Roots & World Heritage

    Rhythm of Brazil: Colonial Roots & World Heritage

    9 DAYS & 8 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Salvador, Ouro Preto, Tiradentes & Paraty

    Begin your journey with an exploration of the colonial jewel of Salvador, home to lively Afro-Brazilian culture, colorful markets and effervescent music and dance. Wander around Read More »

  • Mexico & Guatemala: Footsteps Of The Mayans

    Mexico & Guatemala: Footsteps of the Mayans

    9 DAYS & 8 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Tikal & Antigua

    Experience the glories of the Mayan empire on this unique journey through the historic, cultural and natural wonders of Mexico and Guatemala. After an idyllic few days in the Read More »

  • Bhutan: The Hidden Kingdom

    Bhutan: The Hidden Kingdom

    7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Thimphu, Punakha & Paro

    The remote kingdom of Bhutan-with its fascinating cultural heritage and beautiful mountain scenery-was off limits to tourists until 1974. Today, the doors are open to this Read More »

  • Sri Lanka - The Spice Island

    Sri Lanka - The Spice Island

    10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Sigiriya, Kandy, Hatton, Galle & Colombo

    For a small island, Sri Lanka's diversity is absolutely stunning. Set against a dramatic landscape, this jewel of the Indian Ocean will enchant you with a bounty of Read More »

  • Ladakh: Land Of The Lamas

    Ladakh: Land of the Lamas

    9 DAYS & 8 NIGHTS, Private Journey

    Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.


    Delhi & Leh

    Ladakh is a beautiful high desert valley set between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. On this journey, meet Ladakhi craftsmen and visit the medieval temples and Buddhist Read More »