Free. Walking. Tours. What’s not to like? You get to explore a fabulous city in the most up-close way possible with some of the most entertaining tour guides you will ever meet. After this summer, I am officially a walking endorsement for Sandeman’s New Europe tours (and any other tip-only walking tours – looking at you, York, Venice, & Rome).
I met my first London friends (as well as the Bathrobe Crusader – look it up, haha) on my first London tour.
I (along with Angela, Laura, and Lily) got one of the most entertaining history lessons in Dublin.
No group pictures were taken on my Venice & Rome walking tours – but they were both fantastic. So many iconic sights!
I took my parents on the London walking tour when they came to visit – and I was just as entertained the second time around.
Dad & I were the only ones to show up to the non-Sandeman’s York tour in the cold rain. (This one deserves its own post.)
Dad & I also went on the Edinburgh tour – where we ended up buying tickets for a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle for all three of us the next day.
Some of my best traveling stories from 2014 happened during or because of a free walking tour. I think I remember more history from one 3 hour tour than any semester of class. It is also an excellent way to get in some great exercise without realizing it. And it is always a treat to see a new city from the perspective of someone who lives there. So if you’re ever in a city with Sandeman’s, go!
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu