The Different Types of Urban Adventures Tours
Food Tours: These are my favorite tours to take with Urban Adventures. Unlike typical food tours where you just get a few tastings, these tours provide a full meal and your guides won’t be satisfied until you are happy & full. They take you to restaurants that tourists wouldn’t know about and always order traditional foods.
Home Cooked Meals: There is nothing like a meal made with love! With these home-cooked meal tours, you are invited into a locals home for a delicious & traditional meal. You get to chat with your hosts about what living in their country and city is like plus, learn all about local customs and traditions.
Shopping Tours: Forget those cheap, mass-produced souvenirs that everyone buys. These shopping tours take you to stores that are 100% locally run & owned. Any purchases you make will directly benefit the local community and shopping local, helps preserve traditional crafts for the next generation. Plus, it’s sustainable!
Cooking Classes: Learn to make traditional foods so you can ‘wow’ your friends back home! These tours can consist of a market visit where your guide takes you to buy the ingredients you need for the cooking class. (I did this in Krakow and our guide had us order our ingredients in Polish.) Or you will head to a meeting spot and your guide will take you directly to where the cooking class will be held. Either way, you are guaranteed a good and delicious time!
Drink Tours: There are a number of beer, cocktail, and wine tours on offer. These usually consist of tastings and snacks. I have done one in Prague and we got to have three large glasses of beer and several traditional Czech beer snacks. I also did one in Athens that consisted of a few glasses of wine, a traditional strong shot of Greek liquor called Ouzo and a few snacks plus, glimpses into some really awesome bars. These tours generally start in the evening so if you aren’t too tired from sightseeing, I highly recommend taking one and exploring the city at night.
In Focus Tours: These tours focus on real issues and the people tackling them. When I did my first In Focus Tour, I left in ‘awe’ of the incredible people I met and their stories I heard. They run in partnership with local nonprofits, NGOs, and Social Enterprises tackling these issues. I did an In Focus Tour in Istanbul at a Syrian Refugee Center. I got to meet people who risked their lives to come to Istanbul for a better life. We were served a delicious traditional Syrian meal (probably one of the best meals I have ever had in my life.) and learned about all the services they provide for those who immigrate. The profits from these tours goes back to helping these organizations strive and offer even more helpful services.
New York Times Journeys: These tours are based on New York Times column ‘36 hours.’ These jam-packed day tours are filled with tips from local guides as well as NYT journalists providing a full day of the best things to do, see, eat, and drink.
Active Tours: Hiking, bike riding, and snorkeling. These are just a few of the active experiences you can have on one of these tours.
Christmas Tours: My favorite kind of tour! These tours provide a glimpse into how the locals celebrate Christmas. You visit smaller, lesser-crowded markets, learn about Christmas traditions & food plus, it wouldn’t be an Urban Adventures tour without a few tastings! I did one in Prague and it was so nice escaping the crowds of the city center for a quieter Christmas Market experience.
Pop up Tours: These are only available certain times of the year to celebrate holidays, festivals and to test new tours.