While the continent's diverse and unique wildlife is often all that is mentioned in regards to African travel, as home to the oldest civilizations on the planet, Africa has equally impressive cultures and history. The most famous civilization on the continent, and arguably in the world, is that of ancient Egypt. From the southern city of Abu Simbel to Luxor and all the way north to Alexandria and Cairo, including the Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving of the original Seven Wonders of the World and the most iconic symbols of this ancient kingdom. Sites from the Nubian-Kushite Kingdom that broke away from Egypt can be found in Sudan, such as Gebel Barkal and many other pyramids in Meroe.

Ethiopia offers many ruins from the ancient Axumite Kingdom where the Queen of Sheba ruled. The obelisks and Dungur ruins in Axum were built prior to the kingdom's conversion to Christianity, while many other great monuments, such as the Ezana Stone and the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, where the Arc of the Covenant is said to be stored, were built after the conversion as religious sites. Other famous Christian structures built later by the kingdom's successor, the Abyssinian Empire, especially during the 12th and 13th centuries, can also be found in Lalibela.

In West Africa, structures from the ancient Mali Empire can be found in Timbuktu and Djenne. Although there are Islamic influences, the architectural style of the Malian Kingdom's mosques are still quite unique and recognizably African. The cliff dwellings in Mali's Dogon Country, built by the Dogon people, are also impressive ancient structures in Mali. Often overshadowed by Africa's other monuments, Sungbo's Eredo in Ijebu Ode, Nigeria, built by the Yoruba people, is actually the largest pre-colonial structure remaining on the continent. Today it towers over the city, covered in vegetation.

Ruins from the ancient Swahili culture can be found in the coastal areas of East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. The Swahili structures combines elements of African architecture with Islamic architecture, which was quite prominent around the 14th century. Some of the most famous Swahili structures include the Gedi Ruins and Pillar Tombs around Malindi and Kilwa Kisiwani. Zanzibar's Stone Town features Swahili structures spanning hundreds of years from its early days to the 18th century.

In Southern Africa, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe have fascinated visitors ever since Europeans discovered them. No one had believed that the inhabitants of black Africa were capable of creating any great monuments on their own until the ruins of this ancient culture were discovered.

Roman structures are scattered throughout North Africa, with the ancient city of Carthage being the most well-known abroad. Many cities, such as Leptis Magna, Timgad, and Dougga feature Roman ruins as impressive as those in Europe itself. Many other European structures can be found throughout the continent, dating back to the earliest days of imperialism.

Tours


  • Israel & Jordan (Summer 2020)

    From $5,825.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Ancient CivilizationsStep back into Biblical times, as you see iconic religious sites and uncover hidden gems across Israel and Jordan.


  • Athens & Three Continents Cruise Superior (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,525.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterDiscover the treasures of some of the world's most ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean as you explore history through archaeology, religion and culture on a 7-day, multi-continen...


  • 2020: Highlights of Morocco (6780)

    From $999.00 (USD)

    Exotic and fascinating, the Kingdom of Morocco is rich in history and culture, offering travelers intriguing historic sights, authentic cuisine, and changing scenery that is perfect for value-minded travelers wanting to explore and learn about a new ...


  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Nairobi & Amboseli (QKY)

    From $5,559.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.


  • Wonders of Egypt (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,095.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterIncredibly, after gazing upon the illustrious pyramids, this trip only gets better. Further up the Nile, your cruise ship is poised to take you to royal tombs and breathtaking temples.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls (QS)

    From $4,299.00 (USD)

    This South Africa tour-from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery-is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Nairobi (QKQ)

    From $4,479.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Botswana (QSE)

    From $6,519.00 (USD)

    This South Africa and Botswana tour-from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery-is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience (QB)

    From $7,279.00 (USD)

    East Africa-a land of breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife, and a distinct culture! Witness some of nature's great treasures as you embark on this timeless Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania.


  • Jordan Experience (Summer 2020)

    From $2,195.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.


  • Land of the Prophets (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $9,925.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterGet up close and personal with the beautiful cultures, iconic antiquities, and inspiring landscapes of Israel, Egypt and Jordan on this heritage journey.


  • Glories of Greece & Three Continents Cruise Superior (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $4,725.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterDiscover the treasures of some of the world's most ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean as you explore history through archaeology, religion and culture on a 7-day, multi-continen...


  • 2020: South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger (3800)

    From $2,789.00 (USD)

    Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences?this South Africa tour has it all! Have your camera ready for opportunities to see wildlife in their natural environment.


  • Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Summer 2020

    From $3,725.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Europe & Britain PremiumA kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Chobe National Park (QSE1)

    From $5,349.00 (USD)

    This South Africa and Botswana tour-from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery-is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


  • 2020: South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger with Victoria Falls (3805)

    From $3,459.00 (USD)

    Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences?this South Africa tour with Victoria Falls has it all!


  • Jordan Experience with Dead Sea (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,770.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.


  • Glories of Greece & Three Continents Cruise Premium (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $4,850.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterDiscover the treasures of some of the world's most ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean as you explore history through archaeology, religion and culture on a 7-day, multi-continen...


  • GLOBUS 2020: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (ZU)

    From $3,399.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries, each with a rich history and culture! Overnight in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond with Zanzibar - Stone Town (QZE)

    From $5,249.00 (USD)

    'Karibu!' - welcome in Swahili. Looking for a new adventure? Have you dreamed of seeing wildlife in its native habitat? Do you desire to learn about new cultures? If so, this quintessential Tanzania safari is for you.

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Tours

  • Wonders of Egypt (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,095.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterIncredibly, after gazing upon the illustrious pyramids, this trip only gets better. Further up the Nile, your cruise ship is poised to take you to royal tombs and breathtaking temples.

  • Best of Morocco (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,575.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterMorocco is a colourful mix of Islamic, Arabic and African influences. Spain and France have left their marks too.

  • GLOBUS 2020: Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond with Stay in Serengeti (QZE3)

    From $5,689.00 (USD)

    Karibu!' - welcome in Swahili. Looking for a new adventure? Have you dreamed of seeing wildlife in its native habitat? Do you desire to learn about new cultures? If so, this quintessential Tanzania safari is for you.

  • 2020: On Safari in Kenya (3500)

    From $2,389.00 (USD)

    Imagine seeing wildlife-lion, zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, flamingo, elephant, and more-in their natural habitat. On this Kenya safari for value-minded travelers, you can!

  • GLOBUS 2020/2021: Moroccan Escape (KMAX)

    From $699.00 (USD)

    Your escorted tour of Morocco is an escape from the crowds typically found at busier times of the year. Begin your vacation with a welcome dinner in legendary Casablanca.

  • Land of Prophets (Summer 2020)

    From $9,850.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Ancient CivilizationsGet up close and personal with the beautiful cultures, iconic antiquities, and inspiring landscapes of Israel, Egypt and Jordan on this heritage journey.

  • Namibia Adventure Summer 2020

    From $4,975.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Africa 2020Peer into the depths of Africa's largest canyon, admire the stark beauty of Sossusvlei's ancient backdrops and see the shimmering expanse of the Etosha Pan on this expedition through Namibia's surr...

  • GLOBUS 2020: Splendors of South Africa & Victoria Falls with Chobe National Park (QSE1)

    From $5,349.00 (USD)

    This South Africa and Botswana tour-from the fascinating cities to the enthralling game drives and breathtaking scenery-is sure to offer you an experience of a lifetime. Start in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Nairobi & Amboseli (QKY)

    From $5,559.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.

  • Athens & Three Continents Cruise Superior (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,525.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterDiscover the treasures of some of the world's most ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean as you explore history through archaeology, religion and culture on a 7-day, multi-continen...

  • Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Summer 2020

    From $3,725.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Europe & Britain PremiumA kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.

  • Israel & Jordan with Dead Sea (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $6,400.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterStep back into Biblical times, as you see iconic religious sites and uncover hidden gems across Israel and Jordan.

  • 2020: South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger (3800)

    From $2,789.00 (USD)

    Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences?this South Africa tour has it all! Have your camera ready for opportunities to see wildlife in their natural environment.

  • GLOBUS 2020: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (ZU)

    From $3,399.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries, each with a rich history and culture! Overnight in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid.

  • Glories of Greece & Three Continents Cruise Superior (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $4,725.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterDiscover the treasures of some of the world's most ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean as you explore history through archaeology, religion and culture on a 7-day, multi-continen...

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Tours


  • Jordan Experience (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,195.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.

  • Spectacular South Africa

    From $3,399.00 (USD)

    South Africa's cosmopolitan cities, posh resorts, expansive desert, magnificent wildlife and fertile wine country combine with a harmonious mix of many cultures to create a beautiful mosaic to discover on this fascinating tour.

 
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