Walking tours - whether a short city tour or an extended tour of the countryside - are a great way to get up close and meet the locals.
Sightseeing by bus only allows you to see the outside of a building or drive by the place where an important event happened - it doesn't get you to the heart of history or culture, which is the people who live it everyday.
Self guided or escorted tours are among the best ways to really explore an area. A tour may travel from one place to the next by bus, train or plane, but you need to get out there, on foot, to really get to know the city, town, or neighborhood.
You can find guided tours of architecture, history, neighborhoods, and places of interest in every major city in the world.
But did you know that you can also explore the countryside on foot?
You can explore Italy or France outside of the neighborhoods of Rome and Paris, and get to know the people who live there.
Like a bus tour, these walking vacations take you from place to place by motorcoach and allow you to get close to the locals on daily escorted walks.
These country vacations offer a view of the "real" Italy, France, or other destinations, far from the usual tourist sites.
From food tasting in NYC to ghost tours in Savannah, there are excursions to suit every taste.
Hear scary stories on ghost tours in New Orleans or Savannah, or try to find the legend of Jack the Ripper in London.
Literary tours are a great way to get to know the characters in your favorite books. While in London, you can see some of the places that inspired the Harry Potter novels. In Paris, follow the trail of the Da Vinci Code.
Culinary tours are popular all over the world, from chocolate tasting tours in New York and Paris , to wine and pasta tours in Italy - or San Francisco's North Beach!
Walking provides a much more intimate view of the city or country landscape than a bus tour - and although these are active vacations, you don't have to be in great shape to do it!
You don't literally walk across an entire country, but after being driven from one city or town to the next, you explore each destination on foot.
Imagine strolling through the vineyards of Tuscany, enjoying great food and wine along the way.
Don't see the world from the back of a bus - get out there and introduce yourself!
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