There are three things I do in almost every city I go to: walking tours, markets, and ghost tours. I’ll break them up into separate posts so that you aren’t sitting here reading a a super long post in one sitting. Maybe I’ll throw a picture of a cat in there somewhere, too. You’re welcome.
Let’s start with:
Walking Tours are, in my opinion, the BEST way to get a feel for a city. Screw bus tours! Those are bad for the environment and only take you along main routes. Walking tours, on the other hand, bring you down hidden alleys, get you free samples from cheese shops and give your feet a chance to feel the cobbles. You get to know a city much more with a walking tour, and the guides are always eager to answer questions, have a chat, and give you their favourite food/bar/activity recommendations. Best of all, you can find free or cheap walking tours almost anywhere you go! FREE, GUYS. Don’t be a dick and make sure you tip as much as you can at the end, and give them a good rating on Trip Advisor too.
Here are some of my favourites:
Almost every big city in Europe has a Sandeman’s Free tour, and they are fucking fantastic. Dudes, they’re FREE. They also have paid tours (usually like 12 Euros or something) that are great quality, pub crawls that give you way too much to drink, and they’re a great way to meet people. My favourite paid ones (I did about five of the free ones and all of them were great): the Prague Castle and the visit to the concentration camp just outside of Berlin. They were well worth a few Euros.
In Toronto, Tour Guys is run by one of the nicest guys I know and is fantastic. I checked out their ghost tour last year and had a total blast, and can’t wait to get home to try more!
Melbourne Underground is (I think?) relatively new and I had a wonderful time. Our guide was fantastic with her fvavourite recommendations and the rotue took us all around the CBD. A really really great way to spend a few hours in one of my favuorite cities on Earth.
I’m Free offers free tours in Sydney, and are great. Sydney is a big city, but it felt much more walkable after this tour, and I got to see some great places and learn some great history. They have another tour of The Rocks that I’d like to do when I get back to town later this year.
Make it a point to check out a walking tour next time you find yourself somewhere new (or find yourself with a night off in your hometown)! Exercise + learning? You can’t beat it!
Do you have any favourite walking tours you’d recommend?