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Add a little local to your next adventure

Are you looking for something extra to make your stay in a destination that little bit more authentic? As travellers we often want to immerse ourselves in a new destination, whether it’s by meeting the local people, trying traditional food and drinks, exploring significant sites or learning about their history and culture.

If you’re on your own without a guide, sometimes it can be hard to know where to go or what to do to get that truly authentic and local experience. Including an Urban Adventures experience in your itinerary is a great way to add that little bit extra to your next holiday. Urban Adventures have a great range of tours run by over 800 passionate and knowledgeable local guides, for those travellers who want to get off the beaten track and really connect with a destination.

Some experiences are for a couple of hours, others for a full day – but with 1285 unique tours to choose from in over 152 cities across 96 countries around the world, you are sure to find the perfect experience for you! Urban Adventures offers Food Tours, Drink Tours, Active Tours and more to ensure you can get a truly local experience in any destination.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the interesting Urban Adventures experiences around the world that we have on our list of things to do.

Mexico – ‘Mexican Night Out: Cantinas, Mariachi & Lucha Libre’

This 5 hour tour begins at 5pm and is a great way to enjoy a fun night out in Mexico City with a group of other travellers and a knowledgable local guide. Get a snapshot of the local entertainment including sipping tequila at a cantina, dancing to some Mariachi music and watching a popular lucha libre free-style wresting match.

USA – ‘Tenements, Tales and Tastes of New York City’

Commencing at 10am, this 3 hour tour will give you an insight into the influence of immigrants on American food. Your local guide will take you to visit bustling markets, sample tasty treats, take in some of the unique sites of New York’s Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy and understand how the heritage of immigrants has shaped this city today.

Vietnam – ‘Hanoi Street Food by Night’

One way to get into the local scene in Vietnam is trying some of their delicious street food. This can be a little daunting if you’re not sure where to go and what is good to eat, so on this 2.5 hour tour you’ll get to try the best street eats Hanoi has to offer with the help of your local guide. You’ll get the down low on the best markets, carts and cafes to get a meal from, including some in hard to find locations. A great idea to help you get your bearings in a new city and satisfy those cravings throughout the rest of the trip!

Portugal – ‘Experience Lisbon Walk’

Walking through a city is a great way to take in the sites, you’ll find little spots that you may miss in a car or other transportation. Combine walking with a local guide who can give you the history and insight into the destination along the way and you have the perfect half day experience. This 3-4 hour tour begins at 10:30am and will take you through the streets of Lisbon tasting pastries, coffee, cheese, wine and more while you learn about Lisbon and Portugal and see some beautiful neighbourhoods and squares. A great way to experience a truly beautiful city!

Cuba – ‘Classic American Car Tour of Havana’

When you think Havana you think classic cars – so what better way to do a tour through the city of Havana than in your very own classic 1950s American convertible! Your local guide and driver will take you through the many districts and neighbourhoods of Havana, showing you famous sites along the way on this 2 hour drive. You’ll get an insight into the fascinating sites and history along the way and finish up in style enjoying a cockatil at the Hotel Nacional at sunset. We think there’s no better way to explore Havana.

Morocco – ‘Shopping Secrets of the Medina – Marrakech’

Exploring the souks in the Marrakech medina can be overwhelming if you’re not sure where to go or how to haggle to get the best price! Why not have the help of a local personal shopper to guide you through the hidden stalls and show you where to get the most authentic souvenirs and gifts. As well as being shown some secret spots, you’ll also have access to some exclusive bargains and of course the opportunity to have a quick tea break at a local cafe during this 3.5 hour tour. The best part about this experience – part of the proceeds from the tour go towards funding a local women’s project in Marrakech – and we think that’s worth a shop!

Contact us to find out about the great range of Urban Adventure tours and how you can make them a part of your next holiday itinerary!

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