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British Travel Awards Nominee 2018

British Travel Awards Nominee 2018

Thanks to your amazing support last year we won a Travel Mole award for the best branded travel website.

We are delighted to announce that we have now been shortlisted in the category of "Best Special Interest Holiday Company" at the British Travel Awards.  Read more

The Great War – Searching for Edward

The Great War – Searching for Edward

An urgent appeal has been launched by the MOD to trace relatives of a soldier killed during the Great War. Sergeant Edward Norton, 7th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry died in September 1918 but his body was never found.   Read more

Press Release - The Cultural Experience Awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award

Press Release - The Cultural Experience Awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award

The Cultural Experience has won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.  Read more

Come and see us in 2018

Come and see us in 2018

We will be appearing at a number of events in 2018 and we would love to catch up with you or meet you for the first time. Here is a list of events where you can see us.  Read more

The defining features and hardships of the Salonika Campaign

The defining features and hardships of the Salonika Campaign

The campaign along what is now the Greece-Macedonia boarder, known as the Salonika front, is one of the least studied and explored parts of the First World War. The line was established in 1915 by the allied forces in an attempt to protect Serbia against attacks from the combined Bulgarian, Germans and Austro-Hungarian forces.   Read more

SS Iona II: Confederate blockade runner

SS Iona II: Confederate blockade runner

Launched in 1863, The SS Iona II had not even been in service for a year, but already this state of the art twin paddle steamer built to ferry Scots across the River Clyde had been snapped up for trans-Atlantic clandestine operations by Charles Hopkins Boster of Richmond, VA. On the night 19th January 1864, fully laden with coal and her mysterious cargo, she set sail to travel the short journey across the Irish Sea to Queenstown (Cobh) near Cork, where some say she refueled again  Read more

Low Deposit Offer This January

Low Deposit Offer This January

This January you can book any of our tours which have a duration of 6 days or longer from just £100 per person*  Read more

2019 Tour Preview - Register Your Interest Now

2019 Tour Preview - Register Your Interest Now

We have been working hard to come up with some brilliant tours that we are looking to run throughout 2019. You can register your interest in these tours by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

By registering your interest in a tour you will be given an exclusive booking window to be able to book a tour before it goes on general sale so please do let us know if a tour interests you.  Read more

Winners Of The Best Branded Travel Website

Winners Of The Best Branded Travel Website

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of you that voted for us at the recent Travel Mole awards. We were up against some stiff competition but are delighted to announce that we won "Best Branded Website"  Read more

WW1 Memorial in Stourhead

WW1 Memorial in Stourhead

Our operations manager Emma recently took a trip to Stourhead to visit the sculpture trail created by The Scraptors Sculpture Group. It was commissioned by the National Trust to commemorate the effect of World War 1 on the local community.  Read more

The Cultural Experience At TankFest 2018

The Cultural Experience At TankFest 2018

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at TankFest 2018 in Bovvington, Dorset.   Read more

The Battle of Borodino

The Battle of Borodino

On the 7th September 1812 the meteoric career of Napoleon Bonaparte reached its apogee and started its precipitous descent towards catastrophe as the Emperor fought the Russians in one of the bloodiest battles of the 19th century.   Read more

2018 Tour Programme Now On Sale

2018 Tour Programme Now On Sale

After months of planning and designing we are delighted to introduce our new brochure for 2017 / 2018, which is packed with over 45 battlefield tours and cultural experiences.  Read more

John Byne Skerrett – the ‘Coward’ who died like a Hero and yet became a Scapegoat

John Byne Skerrett – the ‘Coward’ who died like a Hero and yet became a Scapegoat

Veterans of TCE Peninsular War tours with Col. Nick Lipscombe to the East Coast of Spain and the Pyrenees may well be familiar with the name of Major General John Byne Skerrett, an officer who eventually left Wellington’s army under a cloud after a series of poor battlefield judgments.  Read more

Tale of Two Peninsulas

Tale of Two Peninsulas

When an Anglo-Russian army left North Holland in the late autumn of 1799, under an armistice granted to them by the Franco-Dutch forces they had failed to defeat, there would seem to have been little to celebrate. Granted, the Dutch navy was now in British hands.  Read more

Tunnel Network in World War 1

Tunnel Network in World War 1

At The Cultural Experience we always look to create tours that are educational and informative and we often explore areas and parts of history that are lesser known.

One such example of this is our Tunnellers on the Western Front tour: The Underground War.   Read more

The Battle Of Los Angeles during World War 2

The Battle Of Los Angeles during World War 2

A lesser known tale of the Americans involvement in World War 2 is the strange “Battle of Los Angeles”

Following the attack on Pearl Harbour, many Americans believed that enemy raids were likely to take place at any moment, which was not helped when U.S Secretary of War Henry Stimson warned that American cities should be prepared to take the “occasional blow”.   Read more

Fortress Malta Tour - from The Knights of St John to WW2

Fortress Malta Tour - from The Knights of St John to WW2

Ashley Truluck and guests from Britain, America and Australia have just returned from this year’s tour of Malta. Despite (or perhaps because of!) the international mix, the group got on particularly well and had a great time.  Read more

Remembrance Sunday 2016

Remembrance Sunday 2016

For the Fallen...  Read more

Summing up of the recent Spanish Civil War Tour by Col Ray Wilkinson

Summing up of the recent Spanish Civil War Tour by Col Ray Wilkinson

Here is Col Ray summarising the highly successful Spanish Civil War Tour which we ran at the end of September to Madrid...  Read more

A highly successful tour - Wellington Over the Pyrenees

A highly successful tour - Wellington Over the Pyrenees

Col Nick Lipscombe has just finished a highly successful tour covering the final stages of the Peninsular War...  Read more

Chelsea Pensioners pay special visit to Elvas

Chelsea Pensioners pay special visit to Elvas

Four Chelsea Pensioners enjoying Wellington's Classic Tour of Spain and Portugal guided by Nick Lipscombe this September...  Read more

Latest Brochure OUT NOW!

Latest Brochure OUT NOW!

We have launched our new brochure for 2016/2017, packed with over 50 battlefield tours and cultural experiences, a marked increase on last year. We are pleased to say we have attracted the leading academics and historians to guide the tours...  Read more

Billy's Blog - The Verdun Centenary Tour March 2016

Billy's Blog - The Verdun Centenary Tour March 2016

On our arrival at St Pancras station a number of our participants were already waiting at our usual meeting point, next to the Sir John Betjeman statue, and the rest closely followed. All greeted each other and some caught up with familiar faces from previous tours. Once the whole group was present and had received their tickets we moved swiftly through check-in and into the departure lounge where we again congregated before making our way on to the train. All being seated in the same carriage allowed our guide Bruce to move through the train to distribute the tour handout and to introduce himself personally...  Read more

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