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Walking Tours Provide Context

by Joshua Liberles on March 26, 2008

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The best way to experience any travel destination isn’t behind the glass of an air-conditioned tour bus: it’s on foot, moving slowly, with your eyes, ears, and nose taking in the essence of the place. That’s the idea behind Context Travel, a company that compares its tours to small seminars in a liberal arts college classroom.

Founded in 2003, Context Travel began offering excursions in Rome, then expanded to include Florence, Naples, Paris, and Venice. Tour guides are scholars with a diverse range of expertise – from art history to cuisine.

In a style very much in keeping with the Slow Travel concept, the pace is deliberate and the goal is to delve into the nitty-gritty of subject matters. Group sizes are limited to six guests, making for in-depth, personal discussions and information exchanges.

At the beginning of March, Context launched walking tours in New York City and London. Although all of their international tours have always been English-language, these are the first offerings in the US or UK.

In New York the thematic walks will include several tours through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a study of archeology in Manhattan, visits to the chocolatiers in Soho, and an in-depth look at the role immigration played in the development of a neighborhood in Queens.

The London programs will include curator-led walks through the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as a comprehensive thematic walk through London dubbed “Portrait of the City.”

City planners take note: It’s no coincidence that some of the world’s most traveled-to destinations are also the most walkable, and not the modern sprawling monstrosities.

See also: Urban AdvenTours Removes the Bus From Tours.

Thanks to Kyeann from Wearing the Future for the info.

Photo via flickr by Nick Bowers.

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1 Devlyn December 9, 2007 at 2:04 am

Supposedly the new MAX trains (to be implemented in 2009 with the advent of the new MAX Green Line) will have even more room for bikes, which is definitely needed, as the racks are *always* filled during rush hour.

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