Urban Adventures is part of the Intrepid Group. These tours can be for a few hours or a full day. There are a few different varieties of tours to choose from, in 93 countries and 157 cities. There are tours in New Zealand, USA, Brazil, Thailand and Denmark, to name just a few. And more are being added! With small group sizes (a maximum of 12) you really can get off the beaten path, see the hidden gems and meet the locals.
Types Of Tours
Tours can focus on different things, such as food or active. Some overlap, so you’re sure to find something that suits you! There are a few different types to choose from and even a new type called ‘In Focus’. Here’s a little bit about the tour styles of Urban Adventure:
The newest tour style to be added by Urban Adventure. These focus on real-life issues and work in conjunction with charities. These tours show projects to travellers and how they are giving back to the local community. These tours are not about giving money to charity though, they are about helping tourist to understand local issues and supporting start-ups in a way that means they should have longevity. Examples of In-Focus Tours include:
Bagan Community Experience – Visit an underdeveloped village outside of Bagan and how locals are working with ActionAid Myanmar.
Beyond The Beach – Experience a quieter part of Maldives life and join Save The Beach to learn about the conservation work in this area.
Tastes Of Chinatown – Support local enterprises and hear stories of migration as you sample the tastes of Sydney’s Chinatown.
Make new friends and sample local craft beers in new cities around the world. Here are just a few examples of Beer Tours:
Totally Philly – Explore Philly’s great neighbourhoods whilst sampling the food and beer! See the rich art, history and culture, sampling local craft beer and visiting Jewish delis and Italian markets.
Bohemian Slovenia – Explore more than 2,000 years of history whilst sampling the best local brews. Also listen to street musicians and admire local art.
The Art Of Craft Beer In San Jose – Be part of the beer revolution in Costa Rica! Sample the local brews and hear the locals stories and reasons why they love beer!
What better way to see a place than sample the local cuisine? From street foods to gourmet food, you’ll sample the best food on offer! Here are just a few of the food tours available:
Christmas Lights And Markets – Let London show you how to do Christmas! Meander not only through the Christmas Markets to see (and taste) London at it’s festive best!
Total Taste Of Persia – You are the chef on this tour! Visit a local market to buy your ingredients then try your hand at cooking local favourites! Then enjoy an authentic taste!
Tapas Night In Palma – You can’t visit Spain without a Tapas Night! On this tour locals will show you around and take you to the best tapas bars on offer!
Want extra bragging rights from your tour? Pick an active tour then, you may walk, cycle, dive or even paddle. Active tours include:
Vodno Night Hike – Climb up Vodno mountain and see Skopje below you, prettily lit up.Then celebrate your climb with a local beer!
Mayan Underwater Explorer – Explore ancient underground rivers and caves under Playa del Carmen. On the way you will learn about the Mayan culture and about their underworld.
Beijing By Bike – Zigzag through alleyways and hutongs in Beijing. Learn secret streets and shortcuts to experience local life.
Your glass won’t be empty on a drink tour. Visit vineyards, distilleries, cocktail bars and more to get a taste of the local tipple. Some examples of drink tours are:
Bohemian Sunset – Discover the Bohemian side of Crete whilst sampling wines, food and strong spirits. You’ll also see a secret spot to watch the sunset that only the locals know about!
Soho Legends And Pub Tour – Enjoy English beers and ales in an English pub. Also learn about Soho and the stories about celebrities that have been here.
Wine And Sunset – Hike through valleys, visit vineyards and sip on the wines of Cappadocia. Learn about Turkey’s wine production industry, which is over 4,000 years old!
Still can’t find a tour that’s quite right for you? That’s not a problem – you could have your own private tour! Private tours cater for individuals and groups, so you can custom your own tour that is perfect!
Why Choose Urban Adventures?
Urban Adventures prides itself on responsible travel, using local amenities to ensure they are giving back to the local community. The tours are run by locals and you will experience local life, meeting local people and using local amenities. With over 800 local guides that are full of enthusiasm, passion and knowledge you’re sure to get a great tour.
There are more ways than great local guides to deliver responsible tourism. Urban Adventures also promise to:
- Use locally owned infrastructure (where possible);
- Share the financial benefits with local businesses and people;
- Employ local people and offer leadership opportunities;
- Respect local culture and customs;
- Provide safe tours, not only for travellers but also staff and partners;
- Educate travellers and partners about local travel;
- Limit any negative impacts on local people’s daily lives;
- Limit any physical impact that may be negative to the natural and cultural environments;
- Give support to local communities and organisations;
- Provide opportunities for interaction between travellers and locals;
- Ban travelers, partners and staff that endorse or take part in illegal drug use or commercial sexual activities;
- Try to prevent the exploitation of children in tourism;
- Discourage participation in activities that exploit animals;
- Only use local partners that meet urban Adventure’s standards;
- Encourage fair employment;
- Give the best possible value to travellers.
There are also ways that you can be a responsible traveller that Urban Adventures encourage:
- Be mindful of local people, their traditions and customs. If in doubt, ask your guide.
- Take care of the local environment. Ask for advice and always keep conservation and sustainability in mind.
- Respect local culture, even if there are some customs you don’t agree with.
- Make an effort to support the local economy, use local shops and transport.
Need more reasons to choose Urban Adventures? They’re an award winning company! So they must be doing something right! They have received:
Gold in “Best For Engaging People And Cultures” at the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015
“Rising Brand Of The Year” at the Travolution Awards 2014
With a wide variety of tours to choose from, Urban Adventures is a great choice. With small group sizes and responsible travel in mind, you’re sure to have an informative and fun tour