For many today, Amsterdam is Europe’s epicentre of the 24/7 party circuit. And while Amsterdam undeniably knows how to have a good time, it is so much more than just its nightlife; it is here, in this Venice of the North, that vast fortunes were made on a humble flower bulb, world-changing battles were won and lost, and a young girl, hiding from the encroaching fascist forces, captured the world’s heart with her beautiful, wise words jotted down in a simple chequered diary.
Athens is a city rich with history, mythology and ancient relics. As you walk around this ancient city you will uncover a history filled with gods and goddesses, ancient civilisations and plenty of legends. Athens is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens, as a landlocked location was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European continent. The walk will also unlock important people and events in the not to distant past, which gives Athens its atmosphere today.
Hello and welcome to bewitching Barcelona. You might know it as Spain’s second city, but don't say that to a local. Barcelona is actually the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous region within Spain. Starting at the adeptly named Catalunya Square, we will guide you down the famous La Rambla were you might see street performers or artists entertaining the crowds. La Rambla stretches for approximately 1.2km and the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was "the only street in the world which I wish would never end." Barcelona is famous for attracting many artists and during this walk you will have the opportunity to marvel at Gaudi, Miro and Dali.
Today, Berlin is one of the world’s most important cultural flashpoints, a vibrant melting pot on the cutting edge of art and innovation. But was it always this way? Few cities have had such a wildly convoluted past; this is a city marked by contradictions. While Europe’s intelligentsia held highbrow debates in one corner of a café, an ignorant fascist railed to his friends in another. In Berlin, every building has a story; let’s get these walls talking.
Boston also played a key role in some of the major moments in American history. During the American Revolution, Boston became the battle ground for early liberal ideas, a place where educated men gathered to start the argument of ‘no taxation without representation’. It was here that the Boston Tea Party dumped tea into the river, and here that Paul Revere begun his mad midnight ride shouting about the approaching British.
Bruges is known as one of Europe’s most picturesque cities, and for good reason; you’d be hard-pressed to find another town in such perfectly pretty condition. Its gorgeous Gothic cathedrals and intricately detailed architecture create an unparalleled atmosphere of sophisticated charm and tranquillity. And yet this sleepy little Renaissance town has a couple tricks up its sleeve… This walk, which starts at T’Zand Square and the New Concert Hall and concludes at Hof Arents Square, tells you all about the interesting history of how Brugges came to be; as well as divulging an odd secret or two at the same time! You’ll hear about a horse said to be possessed by the devil, a Flemish poet by the name of Guido Gezelle and the tight-knit community of the Beguinages nun, all while taking in the splendid surroundings of this gorgeous town.
Set astride the banks of the Danube, Budapest is a gem of a city with a unique and winsome atmosphere all its own. Across the majestic Chain Bridge, atop a leafy hill, sits one of Europe’s grandest palaces: the Royal Palace of Budapest.
Welcome to Cambridge a city of shameless English elegance. Seated beside the river Cam it has been an illustrious and thriving community since the Danes set up home here in 875. In the early 11th century a handful of Oxford students came to the flourishing town little realising that their migration would help develop Cambridge to a world-renowned university city and a rival to Oxford. Today its quaint streets, take you on a tour of its history and culture, glimpsing pocket courtyards, breathtaking architecture and wide green spaces. Follow in the footsteps of luminaries throughout the centuries and get counting those colleges!
Welcome to cool Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital and Scandinavia’s largest city. From what was once a modest fishing village, the Danes have created a modern, model city often voted the happiest and greenest in the world.
Welcome to Edinburgh and the Royal Mile. It may only be a mile, but it has centuries of history in every nook and cranny along the way. Thrilling tales of death, destruction, love and passion lie behind every wall and down every dark alleyway; this walk will spill all the most fascinating secrets of this fantastically vibrant city.
Beauty, wealth, genius and tyranny. This walk will soak up some of the finest Renaissance works on earth, take you over Hitler’s favourite bridge, and teach why you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of the Medicis. You’ll also get to stroke a bronze pig, discover Michelangelo’s secret room, and learn why Galileo’s skeleton is three fingers short. It's a whole new side to this historic Italian city.
San Carlos became famous as a hippy village in the 1960s and 1970s and Anita’s Bar was where they all gathered. Today’s new hippy generation now congregate in Las Dalias, located about 1 km outside of San Carlos. It’s here you’ll find the hippy markets with its hundreds of brightly coloured stalls and larger than life characters. Not only can you walk around the village, it is easy to explore the surrounding countryside by bike. A further 10 minute drive is the beach at Cara Llana.
Ibiza’s capital is romantic and stimulating, exciting and vibrant, brash and buzzing, cosmopolitan and classic. By day, it’s all about shopping, culture and historical sightseeing then by night, alfresco eating, and fine dining followed by dancing until the sun rises again. On this walk you will visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cathedral of Santa Maria followed local food in Comidas bar San Juan before dancing all night at Teatro de Pereyra.
Santa Gertrudis is the geographical heart of the island, the village of Santa Gertrudis, is Ibiza in microcosm. Soaked in tradition, its main square houses the whitewashed church and a cluster of bars, restaurants and shops including Bar Costa and Te Cuero, whilst in the rich agricultural landscape all around, live sheep, goats and the island's only dairy cows.
San Antonio really does offer something for everybody, with a great variety of accommodation and entertainment. Famous for its sunsets in Café Mambo and lively night-time vibe, San Antonio is a great holiday choice. The beautiful wide and sandy main beach with its safe and shallow can be viewed by the excellent water sports available. While you can dine in the exceptional Rita’s Cantina or soak up the atmosphere of Sa Capella.
Las Salinas is possibly the most iconic of all Ibiza beaches with its long expanse of soft golden sand surrounded by sand dunes, pine forests and spectacular salt flats. The sea is particularly salty here, meaning it is incredibly easy to stay afloat when swimming. Dotted with numerous chiringuitos, such as Sa Trinxa, where DJs spin Balearic beats until the sun goes down. If you want to shop then this walk will lead to the Once Upon a Time market housed in the glamorous Boutique Hostal Salina.
Istanbul – where the East meets the West. Founded back in 660 BC as Byzantium, and then becoming widely known as Constantinople under the Romans in 330 AD, this sprawling city lining the Bosphorous Strait has been the cornerstone for both the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Before the Romans arrived and started to shape the city, it had also already been owned by the Persians and the Greeks. The city became Istanbul in 1930 after the Turkey became a Republic in 1923.
Hello and welcome to glorious Lisbon! The Portuguese capital is a dazzlingly dramatic city with an awe-inspiring hillside setting, and a past that's witnessed bloodshed and natural disaster by the bucket load. Modern Lisbon, however, is an altogether different story; it's one of the most easy-going cities in Europe, and the inhabitants – or Lisboetas as they're called – tend to be extremely friendly.
Along London’s iconic Thames River lie two opposing worlds: the hotspots for highbrow culture, and the sordid, seedy underbelly. Between art powerhouses like the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre lurk the murky places marked by murder long ago, and the locales frequented by Elizabethans who had a keen lust for gruesome bloodsports…It was here that bishops bedded down next to brothels, and families taking a weekend jaunt to the coast on a new-fangled locomotive departed from the same station as trains piled high with corpses… London is a fantastically diverse city, and few places show that better than the Southbank. This walk leads you from Waterloo Station, along the Thames River before concluding at Tower Bridge, taking around 3 hours.
Imagine London in 1666; the stench of smoke stings your nostrils and whips tears from your eyes as the inner city blazes in a hellish conflagration. Now bring your mind to wartime London in 1945; bombs whistle through the air, blasting through centuries-old buildings as enemy planes zoom overhead. What part of London could be so unlucky as to have suffered both periods of such unthinkable destruction? That would be the famous Square Mile, so known because it is precisely 1.12 square miles in size; despite its size, it has certainly weathered more than its fair share of grief and strife, and is chockfull of history. This walk will lead you through the Square Mile’s streets, spilling its innermost secrets and bringing this unique part of London to life before your very eyes. Tracing the Great Fire’s incendiary blaze, this route begins at St Paul’s Cathedral and ends at Pudding Lane, which takes around 3 hours to walk. Highlights include the iconic Smithfield’s Market, the Lord Mayor of London’s house and the Royal Exchange, as well as a number of tucked away treasures.
Let us teach you more about the magnificent history of the Savoy hotel. Did you know it is also the known spot where Claude Monet and James McNeill Whistler painted the Thames from its windows, capturing the strings of Embankment fairy lights flickering on the inky waters all the way from the fluted Houses of Parliament to the Globe theatre.
Discover more about what happened here and let’s take a stroll back in time….
It was once said that the sun never set on the British Empire, but how did this little island get to that grand seat of such vast power in the first place? Britain’s history of power and governance is a fascinating, richly detailed one, and it all originates here in London. Starting at the regal Pall Mall and ending at the buzzing Trafalgar Square, this walk will take around 3 hours. You will take in some of London’s most iconic landmarks, from St James’s Palace to Westminster Abbey, Parliament and beyond… we’ll even take you past the pub where all the MPs go to drink away their sorrows; who knows what notable faces you could spot there! Along the way, you’ll hear all of the most interesting stories about the volatile Henry VIII, the peculiarly brilliant Winston Churchill and the shameless King Edward VII.
When you think of London, what springs to mind? Big Ben? The London Eye? Or is it the indomitable Queen and her royal brood? The world has long been fascinated with the English royalty and gentry, but what really goes on behind the closed palace doors? Starting at Marble Arch and finishing at the iconic Buckingham Palace, this walk will take around 3 hours and leads you through leafy Hyde Park and past some of London’s most well-known destinations. Along the way, we’ll divulge insider’s secrets of London’s high society, as well as giving you a glimpse into the fairy-tale romance between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. You’ll also hear all about a daring hostage rescue, a startlingly funny Victorian duel and the peculiar reason why Green Park doesn’t have any flowers…
Over 1000 years ago, a thoroughfare existed in the southern region of an island just off the coast of the Holy Roman Empire, known as Strondway. Hundreds of thousands of Roman soldiers used it each year to travel north. Centuries passed and the avenue remained while the city known as Londinium grew and transformed around it; today, it is simply known at The Strand. Walking down The Strand is like flipping through a history book at lightening speed; ancient Roman baths stand next to glamorous, art deco hotels; revolutionary printing presses jostle for space amidst pubs as old as Time itself. This route, beginning at the buzzing Trafalgar Square and ending at the tranquil St Paul’s Cathedral, takes around 3 hours to walk. We will lead you to the most iconic destinations along this one, vibrant street, peeling back the facades to show you the long-forgotten secrets of this essential part of London. You’ll hear tales about a one-eyed Casanova, a river so pungent that it brought Parliament to a halt and a dress so revealing that it outraged all of London society… not to mention the secrets of England’s most notorious prison, a haunted pub and the misogynistic bigot who created the first English dictionary, and thus gave us these terms with which to identify him.
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We begin the walk at the Queen’s Chapel and Marlborough House, near St James’s Palace. Then, we take you up to the Duke of York Column and around St James’s Park, taking in such sights as the famous Horse Guards Parade and the Bali Bombing Memorial. Finally, we end up at the Treasury and the quirkily named Bird Cage Walk; wonder how this street got such an avian name? Tune in to find out!
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Discover the world’s most pampered residency as we walk outside and explore the city. We will begin from Simpson’s on the strand and the Exeter Exchange. Tune in to understand more about the tales and history of the Savoy and its surroundings.
London has always been a hotbed of cultural happenings, and few things have as much buzz around them as its gallery scene in the West End. Get an unparalleled insider’s look into the ins and outs of London’s leading galleries on this unique walk through the picturesque streets of Mayfair and Soho. Starting at the White Cube Gallery near Green Park, this walk concludes at the Pilar Corrias Gallery, and will take around 2 hours to complete, or longer if you stop into the galleries en route. Along the way, you’ll hear about how each gallery was created, the styles that are shown there and tales of the famous artists whose work has been exhibited at each location at one point or another. For art aficionados, or those who wish to brush up on their culture, this is an absolute must-do.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. Madrid boasts an artistic pedigree that is hard to rival and many art lovers return here again and again, so rich is the city’s art collection. The culture of Madrid was dominated by its Royal history, centre of the Spanish Empire. The Royal Palace, big palaces and buildings used by the Spanish Monarchy, enormous cathedrals and churches are plentiful in Madrid, as well as medieval architecture, although nowadays Madrid is just as much a cosmopolitan city as Berlin or London, full of new architecture, lifestyle and culture.
The Bavarian capital is world-famous for its beer and bratwurst scene, as well as its time-honoured Oktoberfest festival, but even after the dirndl and lederhosen-clad revellers have left and the stein-swilling madness is over, there is still plenty of high and lowbrow culture to enjoy in this multi-faceted cosmopolitan city.
While Central Park is a favourite of tourists, it's also the city's beloved backyard. This tour will reveal what locals love to do in America's most celebrated urban park. We'll sit on the steps of one of the world's finest art museums, joining New Yorkers as they lunch and people watch. We'll visit a wildly-popular running track that is frequented by celebrities, and named after an adored First Lady. We'll see a theatre that features free performances by Hollywood heavyweights, and fields that host aspiring musicians as well as musical greats. We'll meander through landscaped gardens and woodlands, and then make our way to the most romantic place in the Park.
While Central Park is a breathtaking mix of pastoral and formal spaces, it’s really the people, both past and present, that make this Park such a vibrant place. This tour introduces you to the Park's masterminds, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, as well as many other colourful personalities. The brilliant sculptor who proposed the Park's official gateway, but who couldn't finish the project because he was killed in a tragic accident. The Civil War general who went from demented to demigod, and who is honoured with an equestrian masterpiece at the Park's entrance. The visionary civic leader who made sure art was installed on city streets, not just confined to museums. The publishing tycoon who took daily walks in the Park until he was a great grandfather many times over, and who's fortune has significantly enhanced the Park. The Bavarian immigrant who has made free Park concerts possible for over a century.
Oxford is the perfect combination of beauty and brains. The City of Dreaming Spires is famous for its strikingly gorgeous architecture, and its historic, world-class university. The University of Oxford is the oldest in the English-speaking world. You will visit a The Eagle and Child Pub where CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein met, so make sure you sample local ale. If you are a film fan, you might notice a few buildings that popped up in the Harry Potter films. The walk will end in the Covered Market were you can pick up a tasty snack to replenish your strength.
Paris: The City of Love. There is a reason why so many love songs and so many movies have been based around this one metropolis; never was there such a charming, evocative town as this. And yet things are rarely as they seem; behind the picturesque facades lie many well-guarded mysteries and tales of untold destruction.
Paris: has another city ever held such a special place in so many people’s hearts, both tourists and locals alike. Paris’s streets are laced with an incomparable charm, its air imbued with a tangible aura of enchantment… And yet for such a civilized city, it certainly has a rather sordid past. It was here, in this very metropolis, that a brilliant intellectual was brutally castrated, a pack of wolves marauded in search of human prey and a revolution, unparalleled in both its success and astonishing violence, came to completion.
The city may look picture perfect but what really lies behind it turrets and spires? Take a guided tour through some of Prague’s most beautiful avenues and alleyways, hearing the secret tales of the goings-on that shaped this metropolis into what you see today. You’ll also hear about the brilliant, tortured philologist Josef Dobrovsky, local myths surrounding a certain portrait of the Virgin Mary and the tale of a browbeaten husband who reportedly turned his wife into an ostrich….
Hello and welcome to Rome! The Eternal City, the City of the Seven Hills, Caput Mundi... the Italian capital has accumulated a fair few nicknames over the years. Considering that it has been inhabited for around three millennia, that's understandable! And with ruins and remnants from the mighty Roman Empire still present today, the city is certainly not shy about revealing its age.
Hello and welcome to Salzburg – a city that dazzles with Baroque beauty.
Salzburg may only be the fourth largest city in Austria, but it's hard to beat for its wealth of culture – not to mention its staggering good looks. The host of spires and accompanying architecture of the Old Town, or Altstadt, were built largely between the 16th and 18th centuries under the watchful eye of the all-powerful Price-Archbishops. The Old Town is where we're going to focus much of our walk today. However, the first handful of stop off points are in the New Town. Salzburg also has a rich musical history, and is the birthplace of one of the all-time great composers.
Be amazed in Venice, a city that was shaped by marauding forces, brilliant artistic vision and the odd prod from God. This walk will whisk you around some of Venice’s most extraordinary buildings, unearthing the eccentric architects and aristocrats who once inhabited their hallowed halls. You’ll meet the vain Admiral Barbaro, the dreamy Saint Magnus and one or two doges for good measure. You’ll also get to see a leaning tower, a loved-up bridge and a building that apparently reminds everyone of a snail…
For this walk we are going to concentrate on the most influential group of people that influenced Vienna – the Habsburgs. The first part of the walk will centre on the Hofburg Palace, which housed some of the most powerful people in European and Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Vienna itself dates back to 500BC and now is home to 20 percent of Austria’s total population. It is Austria’s capital and largest city and apart from being regarded as the ‘City of Music’ because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be ‘The City of Dreams’ because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud.
These days, Washington is all marble, monuments and museums, so it can be hard to imagine that it was once the site of a swamp crawling with vermin, mosquitoes and all sorts of undesirable wildlife. And that was before the politicians and lawyers moved in. This is where American history has been made and written, and where some of the bloodiest Civil War battles were fought – battles that determined the future of the nation. Here is where millions have marched in political rallies, where presidents have made and broken promises, and where some of the most treasured American art and artifacts are stored. Just up the river is the former hotel where Richard Nixon broke the law and in the downtown area is the theatre where Abraham Lincoln sat down to watch a production of Our American Cousin but didn't survive to see the end. A lot has happened here over the years.