NEW! The Topkapi Palace
During our new excursion we'll be visiting the Topkapi Palace – built in the 15th century, and which served for almost four hundred years as the residence of the rulers of the Ottoman Empire. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, and on all sides by massive, impregnable fortified walls, it was known as a 'city within a city', covering over seven hundred thousand square metres – an area greater than the size of the Vatican – and stretching along the banks of Cape Sarayburnu for a full five kilometres. At one time, the palace was home to a population of up to five thousand people! The palace architecture is starkly contrasted to European styles. In fact, it can be thought of as a complete complex of buildings, structures, and pavilions which have a strange resemblance to a tent city. Turks, of course, were originally a nomadic people, and this aspect of their lives is reflected in the appearance of this great palace complex of the Ottoman Empire.
NEW! The St Germain-des-Pres quarter of Paris
The St Germain-des-Pres quarter of Paris — a district of the city that has always had a distinctly separate identity from the rest of Paris. The fields and lush riverside meadows that you would have seen here in the 6th century AD gradually became the property of the adjoining Benedictine priory of St Germain-des-Pres – from which the district takes its name, and of which at least the church survives to this day. The region went rapidly upmarket at the beginning of the 17th century, when Italian princess Maria di Medici built her lavish Luxembourg Palace here – a building which later caught the eye of the French Senate, who today use it as their headquarters. Even so, the wave of new buildings here commenced only a century after – at a time when the French nobility, tired of their cramped palaces in the Marais Quarter, began to look at the attractive possibilities of the more spacious region across the river – where their deep pockets and architectural ambitions found opportunities for luxurious modern palaces with the latest fashion – carefully manicured gardens. Within a generation, the smart set of Paris had turned the former unfashionable suburb into the centre of sophisticated Parisian city life. It became the city's artistic and literary hub, where the pavement tables of chic cafés were populated by the leading luminaries of the age – Hemingway and Faulkner, Antoine de Saint-Exupery - author of The Little Prince – and the new generation of French 'public intellectuals' such as Jean-Paul Sartre, and his wife Simone de Beauvoir . To satisfy their ambitious physical needs, Paris's very first five-storey department store, Bon Marche opened its doors on the Rue de Sevres.
The neighbourhood of Ueno
If you enjoy walking around the old streets of Tokyo, then the neighbourhood of Ueno is definitely for you! The name 'Ueno' translates as 'upper fields' or 'higher up' – and the district is 20 metres above sea level. At the beginning of the Edo period, the sea had come right up to the hill. However, due to land development and drainage programs, only the artificial pond of Sinobadzu was left – everything else around was now dry land. The seventeenth century was a period when the Shogun military leaders siezed effective political power in Japan – marginalising the emperors into a nominal role as merely religious leaders with no effective power. During the 17th century, the Shogun, or military leader of Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu, built a Kanji temple here – intended to protect the royal palace from evil forces. The supposition was that Ueno Hill was to the northeast of the city – the direction from which, according to Buddhist belief, supernaturally evil forces might strike. Somewhat later, a number of Buddhist and Shinto temples were built in the district.Today, some of Tokyo's best museums are located here – including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, the National Science Museum, and the Sitimati Museum – the Museum of Life in the Lower City. Also here is the oldest zoo in Japan, whose history stretches back for over a century.
Welcome to Tokyo's Asakusa neighbourhood!
Even amid the skyscrapers of Tokyo's multi-million population skyline, there are a still a few old neighbourhoods that preserve the charm of the city's bygone post. Asakusa – or Lower Town – is a district of simple life and pleasure. The Japanese kanji symbol for Asakusa translates as 'soft grass', and the area used to be riverside meadows long ago, where the 'soft grass' hosted a fishing village. The district's hallmark is its great, red lamp on the Thunder Gates that lead the way to the main Buddhist shrine of Asakusa – Sensoji.
The Caracalla Roman Baths
NEW! The Caracalla Roman Baths were built by the Roman Emperor Caracalla, on the slopes of the Lesser Aventine Hill, close to the Circus Maximus – over the period of 212 to 216 AD. Perhaps you're thinking that you've never heard of a Roman Emperor called 'Caracalla'? And you'd be right – it wasn't his official Roman name, but his popular nickname. This young man from the Severan clan of rulers was officially named Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus Caesar. But don't mistake him for the 'real' Marcus Aurelius – his father had renamed him after the much-loved Emperor, as the first step in massaging public opinion for the boy's path to high office. He and his brother Geta spent their young years of manhood posted with the Roman legions, north of Hadrian's Wall, in a failed military campaign to extend Roman rule in Britain to conquer Caledonia – which today we would call Scotland. A Roman toga was completely inadequate clothing for the Highland gales, and so the boys took to wearing a long, woollen hooded coat that came down to the ankles, and which the Roman would-be colonists named a caracal – a borrowed local name. The future Emperor liked his warm Scottish coat so much, that he took to wearing it, even after their legion had been recalled to Rome – and so Romans nicknamed him Caracallus, 'the boy in the hooded coat'. Today we're going to visit the most famous achievement of his chequered career – the Caracalla Roman Baths. He built the baths to win public favour – and at least in their name, he definitely succeeded. They still bear his name, to this day.
Riga – from Town Hall Square to Bastion Hill
Town Hall Square is one of the most famous squares in the Latvian capital's Old Town - famed for the buildings of the Town Hall, and the House of Blackheads, as well as the Roland statue. Nearby is the monument to the Latvian Riflemen, and Menzendorf's House – the place where the famous Riga Balsam was invented. Behind the House of the Blackheads we find the city's symbol – St Peter's Church, with its famous spire, and monument to the Musicians of Bremen in its courtyard. Along our route today you will also see St John's Church, and the Riga Chekhov Russian Drama Theatre; you can stop to admire the 'Laima' clock, a well-known place for the romantically-minded to meet for dates; and finally we'll come to the elegant park on Bastion Hill, for a wonderful panoramic view over Riga.
NEW! From the Circus Maximus to the Aventine Hill
The meaning of 'Aventine Hill' has become lost over the centuries – in fact even the Ancient Romans had no clear idea about the origins of the name. There were some people who believed a legendary king of Rome name Avencinus was buried there. Plutarch, on the other hand, claimed the name arose from the various birds of prey which lived on the hill – avibus or ave in Latin. Legend also mentions the famous stand-off between Romulus and Remus – the two twin children of Mars, the god of war. During our walk we will tell you who exactly won that fight, as well as some more about ancient Roman traditions and pastimes... about the miracles which the first Christians performed... and the clash between the Order of Malta and the Masons.
Welcome to Riga!
Riga, the Latvian capital, is the largest city in the Baltic states. Yet just a few centuries ago, the whole of Riga fitted within its ancient defensive walls, on the right-hand banks of the Daugava River – as the Western Dvina River is known in Latvian. Today, by contrast, only a small area of this large city could be called its heart – the Old City. Riga was badly damaged during the hostilities of the Second World War – after which there were no available funds to rebuild it, and thus it languished in a broken-down state for many years. In fact it was only relatively recently that Riga finally got the post-war rebuilding work for which it had waited for so long. The Old Town is where almost all of the tourist sites and visitor facilities are located. Frankly, the very best way to see the city is to set off on foot, for an excursion around its medieval streets and lanes. The area of the Old Town district isn't too big to walk – and it's here that you'll find all the most important and interesting historic sites, neatly arranged with a good spattering of friendly cafes and charming shops here too.
Welcome to Vilnius!
Vilnius's Old Town quarter is one of Europe's largest – it spreads over nearly four square kilometres, in a kaleidoscopic mixture of seven dozen streets and a maze of picturesque, convoluted lanes. One-and-a-half thousand old buildings in the Old Town – built in every style from Gothic and Renaissance, to Classical and Soviet-era – will be your local guides to the stories of Lithuania's most famous people and personalities. Let's begin our excursion at the very cradle of Lithuania's long history – Gediminas Hill, or as it's often called, Castle Hill – a place where there was once a mighty and impregnable castle. We'll hear about the two princes who played the most memorable roles in Lithuanian history. We'll find out about the Cathedral Church, with its unique monument to Lithuania's first saint, Saint Casimir, and we'll walk along Pilies Street, the city's main street, which has been the central thoroughfare of Vilnius since the earliest days of the city.
From the Alexander Gardens to the Cathedral of Christ the SaviourThe Alexander Gardens have always been a favourite spot for a stroll, both with native Muscovites, and city visitors. The gardens were laid out alongside the walls of the Kremlin as part of the victory commemoration events to mark Russia's successful defeat of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. The gardens were laid in what had once been the Kremlin's river moat – along the course of where the now-forgotten Neglinnaya River runs – or rather ran, before it was ducted below ground as part of the plans for the Gardens. It was planned to call them The Kremlin Gardens – their original name. As we stroll through these gardens, we'll find out just how many defensive wall-towers the Kremlin has really, and what their names are. We'll walk further to Volkhonka Street, with its museums and galleries... we'll hear the story of how Moscow's most famous museum was founded, and marvel at the grandeur of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour – the tallest in Russia, and the principle cathedral in Russia today.
New town - Hague!
Although everyone knows that the official capital of the Netherlands in Amsterdam, Dutch people themselves the importance of the nearby city of The Hague – Den Haag – is actually rather greater. This is where issues of national significance are decided, and where the country's pulse can be truly measured. This walking tour covers the real heart of The Hague – the areas around Binnenhof and Buitenhof. Long ago, this area was covered by a hunting estate, which then became a magnificent residence for Dutch aristocrats. Today it's the scene of political life in the Netherlands, and the location for the meetings of the Dutch parliament. Along our way we'll see some remains of that former parkland, some ancient taverns... and even a square where official executions took place. As we move along our way, you'll find out more about the Hague's political and historical heritage, as well as finding out how political life in the Netherlands has developed from its earliest days until now.
NEW TOWN - BRUGES!
Today, Bruges is a city in Belgium, and historically it's always been known by the French style of its name – as Bruges. However, modern Belgium is a country with two languages, both French, and Flemish. Bruges' cultural roots are all Flemish, and so we'll be using the local Flemish place-names as we walk around – because they are the ones used by local people! As in many of Europe's medieval cities, the old centre of Bruges took shape around its market squares. The city's oldest market square was called Burg – which took its name from the city fortifications which had once stood there. The market square, called Grote Markt, grew up next to these fortifications, as well as some nearby premises that sold fish, grain, and dairy products, also known as Markt. Today, all of these former trading locations form the heart of the historic city centre. Alongside them are the city's historic sights – the Belfort; the Town Hall, or Stadhuis; the government offices of the West Flanders Province, or Provinciaal Hof; the historic Courthouse; and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which is known as the oldest extant Romanesque-style church building in Flanders.
Around the Belvedere Palace
Today's walk is devoted to the major sights, monuments and locations which are most loved by the Viennese themselves. Most of the places we'll see today were built during the era of the Austrian monarchy – so they call up memories of Austria's great and glorious past, when Vienna was the capital of a mighty empire. During our tour we'll be strolling alongside the 'Secession' Exhibition Centre – which local punsters have dubbed 'the golden head of cabbage'; the building of the Technical University, founded in the 19th century; Vienna's oldest market, the Nashmarkt; and the centrepiece of our route, the Belvedere Palace, a sight sufficiently famous as to be commemorated on Austria's 20-euro-cent coin, which is produced by the Austrian Mint. A nice coincidence, because we'll be visiting the Mint too – to see how much of Austria's 'own' tradition they've been able to depict on their local EU-approved currency.
Around Stockholm City Hall
Our new excursion is based around one of Stockholm's iconic sights - The City Hall, located on the royal island of Kungsholmen. It's the building which hosts the annual ceremonial banquet to honour the laureates of the Nobel Prize - as well as the civic building where the city administration also holds its meetings. By tradition, excursions to Kungsholmen usually end with a visit to the City Hall, rather than beginning there. Kungsholmen has quite a few unusual offerings for curious tourists - did you know, for example, that royal coins, or even Venetian glass were once made here? Kungsholmen is also the gateway into the world of Astrid Lindgren. Just cross the St Eriksbron Bridge, and you'll quickly see some of the neighbourhood streets where the creator of the famous 'Carlson' books once lived.
NEW! Welcome to Dubrovnik!
NEW! Welcome to Dubrovnik! A huge wealth of historical, architectural and cultural masterpieces are enclosed within the ancient fortress walls of Dubrovnik. On this walk you'll see Dubrovnik not only as an elegant tourist resort, and a major international sea-port – but also as an open-air museum, and the most important cultural jewel of Croatia. From the towering fortress walls there is a wonderful panoramic view of the sea and the harbour to one side – and to the other, the breathtaking view of the historic city centre.
Our new walk of Hamburg for Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Our new walk today takes you around some parts of Hamburg which have preserved the finest traditions of German civic pride of the late 19th century. The beautiful Colonnade Street leads us to Hamburg's oldest square – Goosemarket Square. Along our way we'll pass the Hamburg City Opera, one of Europe's finest concert-halls, and the Church of the Archangel Michael – the largest of Hamburg's five main churches, and nicknamed “Big Micky”. We'll also see the Big Park and the Little Park, as well as the continuing delight of strolling past Hamburg's many rivers and canals.
NEW! Welcome to Hamburg!
NEW! Welcome to Hamburg! The port of Hamburg is Germany's largest port, and the second-largest in Europe – a port which Germans habitually call “the gates to the world”. As well as goods, the port has welcomed people – people often hoping to find freedom in the northern lands of Germany. For example, in the 16th century Protestants from Holland, who feared persecution in their own country, found refuge here in Hamburg. So too did Jews from Portugal - and a century later, French aristocrats fleeing the French Revolution. Back then they would have seen a waterfront district of warehouses and piers, with merchants and sailors scurrying about their business. Today, the waterfront of Hamburg's harbour looks very different – one of the most prestigious and fast-developing districts of the city, lined with expensive new buildings and a lively leisure and dining area.
Welcome to Florence!
Welcome to Florence!
During our new excursion 'Along the left bank of the River Arno' we cross Florence's legendary bridge, the Ponte Vecchio, to reach the Left Bank of the River Arno. Here we see Michelangelo Square, which offers a magnificent panoramic view of the entire city. Along our way we'll see the Belvedere Fortress... the house where astronomer Galileo Galilei once lived... the beautiful Pitti Gardens, which were laid out by Florentine nobility.. and we'll come to the ancient Porta Romana gates, where they used to hold a Bride Market in medieval times.
NEW version of the AZBO Guidebooks
NEW version of the AZBO Guidebooks and Audioguides features faster and more stable operation for almost all of the app's functions, including:
- vector mapping is now available for devices including iPhone 6, 6plus, 7, 7plus, IPad Air, Air 2, iPad mini 4;
- a new navigation function for tracking your progress on the map, including your direction. Finding your way around a city and finding the landmarks is now easier than ever;
- the file-size of downloaded maps and excursions has been significantly reduced – saving you storage space on your device;
- the process for creating and editing your own excursions has been perfected. You can now use a pop-out panel of sights, on which you can mark the landmarks you are particularly interested in – as well as changing their order, or removing the ones you don't want from your route;
- it's now easier and simpler to find the city, excursion or landmark you're looking for. We've expanded the access of local searches to make the service better for you;
- our app has been optimised for iOs 10.x
We'd also like to remind you that frequent travellers can take out a subscription for either 1 month, 6 months or 12 months – or a non-expiring subscription for unlimited access to all our excursions in all of our cities. You simply PAY JUST ONCE, and then use the service as much as you like! All the latest excursions which come available in our range of routes will be accessible for free!
Welcome to Los Angeles!
Welcome to Los Angeles!
Los Angeles was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. Los Angeles is known worldwide these days as a metropolis located on the shores of the ocean. On our NEW walking route today we'll move through the historic centre of Los Angeles – taking in sights such as Spanish colonial-era mansions, futuristic buildings that include the Disney Concert Hall, haunted hotels, and skyscrapers that almost date back two centuries.
Hello, and welcome to this walk around the Kreutzberg neighbourhood!
During our walk today we'll be following along parts of the Berlin Wall. We'll see places historically connected with the Wall, hear about how the Wall was first built, and about life in the two parts of Berlin which the Wall divided – and the attempts of the 'socialist paradise' to outdo West Berlin. We're also going to be delving deeper into boho Berlin. The areas adjacent to the Wall were considered a bit crummy by comparison with the rest of the city – so some of society's more unconventional characters often ended up living here. Kreuzberg became home to hippy artists, students, squatters, and Turkish immigrants – all of whom have left their own mark on the neighbourhood. In fact we'll be going past one of Berlin's most famous squats, as well as seeing a graffiti version of the famous picture of Brezhnev & Honecker's embrace – painted on the Wall by Russian artist Dmitry Vrubel.
New! Friedrichstrasse is Berlin's largest, longest and most central street. It was named in honour of King Friedrich I, the Elector of Brandenburg – the first monarch to rule a united Prussia. Friedrichstrasse cuts through the entire city on a north-south axis – and despite the great destruction of World War Two, it preserves many of the city's historic locations. In fact, there are really quite a lot of them along Friedrichstrasse! Here you'll see the most enormous theatre in Berlin – the Admiralpalast Theatre, which dates from the early years of the 20th century. Here too we find the famous “Checkpoint Charlie”, where East and West Berlin were once divided; the remains of the former Anhalt Railway Station, and the tragic memorial complex of the Topography of Terror. Come along with us through the pages of Berlin's glorious and infamous history.
Welcome to Vienna!
Schönbrunn is considered to be one of the most beautiful palace estates in Europe. It's hard to believe that before the 16th century there was no palace at all here – nor any park, nor even the name Schönbrunn itself. It was only in the 18th century that Schönbrunn really flowered as a great royal palace complex – when Habsburg Emperor Charles VI gave the palace as a gift to his beloved, eldest daughter, the future Empress Maria Theresa, as a wedding present. On her father's death in 1740, Maria Theresa took on the task of transforming what was then really a hunting lodge into one of Europe's greatest palaces, reworked to designs by the Austrian-born Italian architect Nicolò Pacassi. By the end of the eighteenth century the estate had been fully laid-out as a modern palace complex – comprising not only the palace itself, but many outbuildings, follies, stables, ornamental and hunting parks, and even a theatre. And now, Ladies and Gentlemen! In the name of her Most Imperial Majesty, Maria Theresa, you are cordially invited to join us on a walk around the Summer Estate of the Austrian Emperors – a palace which became the symbol of modern Austria, and remains to this day the most visited sightseeing attraction in the country.
Our new tour in Vienna - 'The Hofburg Palace'
Austria's rulers lived in the Hofburg Palace from the 13th century onwards. The palace was the principle residence of the Austrian Imperial Court in Vienna. Some of these rooms are still in ceremonial use today – as the official residence of the Austrian president. As we make our way through the entire palace complex, we will stop to tell you about all the most interesting rooms and sights within the palace.
The Castle District – the new tour through the center of Budapest
This itinerary will take you from the iconic Chain Bridge in Budapest up to the Castle District of Buda which is conveniently connected via Adam Clark Square and the Castle Hill funicular. This area of Budapest is a magnificent World Heritage Site with a very rich history indeed. It is a home to not only the Buda Royal Palace, but also for an old town historical district with cobblestone streets that still follow their original medieval paths. Here you will find the stunning Fisherman’s Bastion and magnificent Matthias Church to name just a few of the wonderful sights, attractions and panoramic views you are sure to enjoy. There are many different styles of building here to admire from the Medieval and Baroque and also other building styles ranging from the fourteenth right through to the nineteenth century. Castle District was first permanently settled in the thirteenth century following the Mongolian invasion, but even before then there is evidence that it was inhabited by earlier settlers going as far back in history as prehistoric man. Over time it has also been occupied by Turks, Austrians, Germans and Soviets and then back again to the Hungarian people. Unfortunately during World War II the area suffered appalling devastation and many of the sites had to be completely rebuilt. Even so, when strolling around the Caste District and taking in the many must-see sights you sometimes really do feel like you are being transported back in time. Once on Castle Hill this itinerary will take you on an easy to follow circular route taking in all the main sites and will then lead you back down the hill where you can enjoy the Castle Bazaar and Royal Palace Gardens.
Around the Greenwich Village - our new tour in New York
Lower Manhattan is known for its polarities: here we find the former bohemian capital of America, Greenwich Village, and just a couple of kilometers south we encounter the Civic Center with all the major New York courthouses. On the one hand we have Soho, a very neat and elegant neighborhood thriving on pricy art galleries and boutiques, and then, all of a sudden, without any warnings or intervals, we wind up on Canal Street, the noisiest and dirtiest street in Manhattan, but geographically one of the most important. These are just two of the peculiar mismatches that await us on this itinerary.
Follow Azbo to see The Gems of Amsterdam
We will follow the right bank of Amstel river and see the architectural gems of Amsterdam. On our way we will see Nemo – an amazing Renzo Piano building, The Arsenal of 17th century, the historical De Gooyer windmill and colored buildings of the former warehouses, which were remodeled into modern lofts and now form the largest inhabited warehouse complex in Amsterdam.
Welcome to Zurich!
We introduce you our new tour in Zurich. In the Old Town every building, regardless of whether it is medieval or early 20th century, is steeped in ancient legends. On this tour we will try to introduce you to more than just the architectural details of the city, but also to many Swiss traditions, some of which have gone unchanged for centuries
Along the Amstel river: the new tour in Amsterdam
All Amsterdam’s history is connected with the river Amstel. In old days it was the main trading and transport arteria of the city. We will walk along the bank of Amstel and watch the transformation of the city’s life and architecture during the ages.
Around the Wall Street - the new tour on Manhattan
By exploring the tip of Manhattan we will learn about the most recent events of America's history and about the oldest ones, those related to the foundation of the country and even before that. The World Trace Center will take us through the tragic hours of 9/11, when the nation was traumatized by a terrorist attack, while the Battery Park area will tell us about the glorious years of America's victory over the British in the Revolutionary War. We will also get acquainted with the nucleus of American finance, Wall Street, and try to imagine what would have happened if the Native Indians had not sold the island of Manhattan to the Dutch settlers in the 17th century.
The new Azbo tour around Versailles – the majestic palace near Paris
The majestic palace at Versailles can claim to be the most famous in all Europe. This was where the heart of France beat for over a century, before the revolution forced the monarch back to Paris. It was here that plots were hatched, fates were sealed and treaties of huge import were signed. The Gardens of Versailles, the creation of landscape architect André Le Nôtre, still guard the secrets of those times. A little further from the main palace we find the Grand Trianon - designed as a place of solitude for Louis XIV, and the Petit Trianon - Queen Marie Antoinette’s favorite palace, with its charming little hamlet and lake.
Welcome to The Marais quarter – new Azbo tour in Paris!
One of the most attractive and respectable districts of Paris grew up from a swamp – literally! That’s how the Marais gets its name, from the French word for marsh. The church ordered the land to be drained early in the 12th century and the Order of the Temple was the first to build a monastery here. In the early 17th century the Place Royale, or Royal Square (now the Place des Vosges) was built in the Marais. That transformed a modest district, attracting the wealthiest families of Paris. Residents became a who’s who of famous Frenchmen and women – Cardinal Richelieu, Madame de Sevigne and the famous writers Victor Hugo, Alphonse Daudet and Georges Simenon all lived here. Today’s Marais attracts culture vultures to its museums. It is also home to two large, and contrasting groups: the Jews of Paris, who settled here in the 12th century, and a prominent LGBT community of more recent origin.
Welcome to Manhattan. The new tour is coming in New York
Azbo Audio Tour welcomes you in New York! Today we invite
you to take a walk on Upper West Side. Located between the Hudson River on its
west and Central Park on its East, with 125th Street as a northern boundary and
59th Street as the south, the Upper West Side is certainly the most diverse
neighborhood in Manhattan. No other zone combines so many different styles,
moods, tastes and energies. In no other area will you feel such a great
amalgamation of various ethnic traditions.
Heading down Broadway, you will find Old World European elegance, contemporary architectural masterpieces, a vibrant cultural dynamic, the most sophisticated shopping and eating centers in the city and just plain old New York fun.
The fundamentals of Milan – coming soon
This itinerary will lead us through the most cherished places for the Milanese, places that constitute Milan's vast and complex identity. We will start with the Castello Sforzesco, which for three centuries had been the Duchy of Milan's political and military center. Then we'll explore the secrets behind one of the most famous artworks in history: Leonardo's Last Supper. In the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, which contains the remains of Milan's patron saint, we'll contemplate the city's spiritual life. Although the Duomo may be more impressive architecturally, it was St. Ambrose and the church associated with him that had once made Milan the religious capital of the Roman Empire. We will move on to learn about the Italian Stock Exchange and how Milan has become the financial heart of Italy. Finally, we will discover the treasures of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the first Milanese art gallery that opened to the public.
The new walk: First time in Brussels
Brussels is an extraordinary city with an unusual character. Its streets harbour an intriguing blend of the high-gothic with the modern, and the memorials that grace the city squares cast knowing winks at each other and from one century to the next. For hundreds of years Brussels has been a melting pot of different cultures, and the unforgettable aromas of chocolate and old books waft through the air. During this walk we will see many of the main sights of Brussels, as well as some unorthodox parodies of the famous peeing boy statue ‘Manneken Pis’. Turn up the volume a little louder and enjoy the tour!
Edinburgh: whiskey, kilts, ghosts
A visit to Edinburgh is an experience you will never forget in a lifetime. Every stone here breathes history. The narrow streets, soaring church spires and the magnificent castle appear to emerge straight from the pages of a Walter Scott novel. This is a city permeated with the memories of medieval highlanders, noble knights and their beloved damsels.
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Hollywood Boulevard, the two new tours to come
During the first walk we will follow the Hollywood boulevard, visit The Church of Scientology Celebrity Center International and find out more about this ‘religion of celebrities’, also we will see the buildings of the record and movie companies, where the history of the world show business were been created. During the saecond tour we to follow the Walk of Fame, examine the giant letters of the word Hollywood from the amazing viewpoint of the Hollywood & Highland Center, and listen to the stories and legends about this world-famous symbol.
Innsbruck: following the way of the Austrian emperors
Innsbruck - the capital of the Tyrol province, the small town with great history. Once it was the capital of the Austrian Empire and the host of the Olympics games. All these periods left their marks upon its architecture. Every stone here is a part of history. You can enjoy the view of the High Alps, rise to the modern ski jump kicker, pass through the Arc de Triomphe, which became a witness of great happiness and sorrow of the Empress Maria Theresa.You can inspect the monastery, founded by the mythical giant and learn which emperor wanted to compete the fame of Egyptian pharaohs.
The new tour is coming: Milanese Classic
This excursion centres on the legendary Duomo di Milano, the Cathedral of Milan, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and leads us through the ancient, aristocratic and most elegant quarter of the Lombard capital. Here we will also see La Scala de Milan, the world famous opera house whose glory has ensured Milan’s grand reputation throughout the corners of the globe.
The Art Nouveau walk in Rome
Most visitors to Rome are lured by the picturesque ancient ruins or the great baroque architecture. Many like to dodge the afternoon heat by slipping into a cool church to get a look at examples of early Christian art. But there are relatively few who take an interest in the monuments of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Yet among these there are several wonderful examples of Art Nouveau architecture, which is known in Italy as ‘Liberty’. Many of these buildings can be found in Trieste, a district of embassies and residences of leading bankers and lawyers. These houses are a statement of the respectability of their owners. In this part of Rome we can see whole ensembles of houses in the Liberty style, created by one of the greatest architects of the age – Gino Coppedè.
Heroes and saints of Rome
This tour of Rome takes us around the places associated with the great names of different eras. We’ll follow in the footsteps of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the hero of the 19th century wars of unification, and other eminent figures from St. Theresa to Queen Margarita (of pizza fame). We’ll also meet famous generals and the first Christian martyrs as we explore the elegant Ludovisi and Sallustiano districts and learn about two of the most important government centers and the difficult life of Christians in Ancient Rome.
Amsterdam: welcome to Jordaan area
The Jewish quarter of Amsterdam - Jordaan - was built in early 17th century. The population increase during the next centuries was enormously, caused by the stream political refugees like protestant Fleming, Spanish and Portuguese Jews and French Huguenots who mainly settled in the Jordaan. The entire area was one ghetto with open sewers, canals served for both transport and sewer, and no running water. Now it is one of the most picturesque and attractive old quarters of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam: through the ages of Jordaan history
The Jewish quarter of Amsterdam - Jordaan - was built in early 17th century. The population increase during the next centuries was enormously, caused by the stream political refugees like protestant Fleming, Spanish and Portuguese Jews and French Huguenots who mainly settled in the Jordaan. The entire area was one ghetto with open sewers, canals served for both transport and sewer, and no running water. Now it is one of the most picturesque and attractive old quarters of Amsterdam.
A new walk in Paris: The Latin Quarter
On the Left Bank of the Seine, a short hop from Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter is one of the oldest districts of Paris. It gets its name from the prestigious Sorbonne university, which was established on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève. All the teaching was done in Latin, and the surroundings quickly earned a reputation for Latin speakers – earned themselves their nickname. Within a few years the Sorbonne became the center of the academic world, attracting students from all over Europe, and even today, several centuries later, the Latin Quarter maintains its spirit of learning. Its narrow medieval lanes are dotted with several colleges and universities, libraries, cozy cafes and long-established shops.The quarter still bears some unique traces of Lutetia, the first settlement emerged on the site of modern-day Paris. The Rue Monge has the remains of the Roman Arena, while the Boulevard Saint-Michel boasts the Roman baths from the first millennium. Streets like the Rue Mouffetard and the Rue de Chat qui Peche (literally the street of the fishing cat) have scarcely changed since the Middle Ages. A stroll along here is a step back in time, where we can imagine how Paris looked in the past. The Latin Quarter also has many old churches, most of which are still in use today.
Cannaregio - our new tour in Venice
Though starting in the Sestiere of Castello, this itinerary will take us through almost the entire Sestiere of Cannaregio, in the northern part of Venice. We will learn about all the heroes resting in Venice's marvelous pantheon, the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. We will goggle at one of the most gorgeous facades on the Grand Canal, that of Ca' d'Oro. The monument of Paolo Sarpi will tell us about the tense relations between Venice and the Vatican, and the Ghetto will give us an idea of how the Jewish community lived on this island for three hundred years. We must keep in mind though, that the main street in the Sestiere of Cannaregio, the Strada Nova, did not exist before the 19th century. During the Venetian Republic, a canal flowed on this spot and everyone got around on watercraft. Today the Strada Nova is one of the widest streets in town and so intense is the tourist movement you can barely get through. Therefore a private gondola, if possible, is highly recommended.
Tour around Sagrada Familia, Barcelona: the invitation to the Gaudi World
Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous buildings of the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. The cathedral is the real gemstone of Barcelona. We will walk around it’s facades and speak about their symbols and Gaudi philosophy. Afterwards we will enter inside, visit the museum and the viewpoint on the roof top.
The new tour: Park Guell, Barcelona
Park Güell is the dream-like creation of architect Antonio Gaudi and businessman Eusebi Güell. The park was originally conceived as a gated community for the urban beau-monde, a paradise closed off from the outer world by way of a high fence replete with masonic imagery. Commercially the project was a flop – only one willing buyer came forward – yet with time the park would become symbolic with Barcelona. Together we will explore this famous landmark, wandering through galleries full of wonder, climbing to one of the grandest views of Barcelona, following the trail of the masonic and Catholic imagery dotted throughout the park, and learning what its history can teach us of the philosophy of the two remarkable men who conceived and created it.
Welcome to the world's smallest state
Our tour will lead us through Vatican - the smallest state in the world. Situated in the heart of Rome, it’s tiny territory includes many important historical sights. We will see the Saint Peter’s Cathedral, the Castle of the Saint Angel, and many other famous places of Vatican.
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We invite you to the exiting walks in Venice: we will visit San-Marco area and its main points of interest, the famous Riva-degli-Schiavoni embankment with its sprawling market, and the Castello district, where the famous Biennale is taking place, and the Arsenale - the complex of shipyards and armory, where the fighting ships were created in Medieval times, is situated.
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Prague: The mysterious Vyšehrad fortress
Vyšehrad fortress towers over the Vltava , protruding from the darkness of ancient legends. The exact date of its foundation has been lost over the centuries, but it is known that it was the home of the first Czech Princes and Kings of the Middle Ages. This Citadel is now the only surviving example of defensive architecture from the Baroque period left in Central Europe. We will climb the ancient walls and visit the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, and the rotunda of St. Martin; we will go on through the ancient streets and gardens, and hear the ancient traditions of the residents of Vyšehrad.
Rome: take a walk through Via Julia street
Via Julia is considered to be one of the most elegant streets in Rome. During 16th century it became the center of the Florentine community of Rome, and one of the buzziest quarters in the city. Bankers, merchants, jewelers and the wealthy craftsmen were living here. The most popular architects and artists of the Italian Renaissance have been working here, creating its magnificent churches and palaces.
Amsterdam: discover The Red light district
During this walk we will discover the Red light district. It is one of the most famous and oldest parts of Amsterdam. We will see old ‘hidden churches’ and synagogues, Rembrandt's House and Rembrandt's square, the famous Amstelhof , learn more about the dancing houses and, of course, visit The Rossebuurt - the oldest ‘hot spot’ of the city, with it’s famous windows and bars.
The City, London's Square Mile walk
Our walk today takes you back through two thousand years of London's history – to the era when it was the great Roman colonial city of Londinium! And we will be walking in the footsteps of the people who made London great! We'll tread on the floors of the actual houses where Roman settlers lived! We'll stand where C11th King William the Conqueror stood, when he planned the mighty fortress and palace from which he would rule England. We'll follow the steps of Queen Elizabeth I, and her astonishing finance minister Thomas Gresham – and see what he built! We'll see the magnificent palace – the Guildhall – where famous Mayor Dick Whittington invited King Henry V, to discuss the king's debts! We'll see a market where notorious gangsters the Kray Twins worked, and we'll finish at a historic pub where Charles Dickens loved to drink. Along the way we'll see the mightiest fortress of medieval Europe, and London's most famous bridges – Tower Bridge, and London Bridge. Two things made all of this possible – the River Thames, which provided transport and fresh water for the new city – and money, which was generated from trade and commerce. Today the City of London is the biggest financial centre of the world – but long before the skyscraper mirror-glass bank buildings there were powerful financial syndicates and banking organisations here – from the Jewish financiers of the C13th, to Mayor Dick Whittington and his Merchant Bankers who were the personal bankers of the kings of England. It's all part of what has made the modern City of London so successful and so powerful, and we'll see every stage of London's rise to mega-billions!
The main embankment of Venice - Riva-degli-Schiavoni
The Riva-degli-Schiavoni begins by the Doge’s Palace, immediately after the Ponte della Paglia (‘the bridge of straw’), and ends by the Ca-di-Dio embankment by the Arsenal. Today the Riva-degli-Schiavoni is the site of a sprawling market where local traders sell souvenirs and assorted bric-a-brac ranging from bags and sunglasses to toys, sometimes of questionable provenance. The embankment is a brilliant place for late evening or early morning walks, when the quality of light is such that a fluffy body of mist appears above the water.
Paris: the city of monarchs
During this new walk we will see the library of the Sun King, Ekaterina Medici garden, Place Vendome, Louvre - all the points of this excursion are connected with the crown-bearing personalities. We will stroll down the The Saint-Honoré and Rivoli streets, and even see the hotel, where George Orwell was washing dishes when he was young.
Around the Paris Opera - the gift excursion for our users
This new walk will take us around the Paris Opera and it’s area, where the famous boutiques, galleries and passages are located. During our excursion we will learn the history of the theatre in Paris, see the famous Galeries Lafayette and Passage Choiseul. Wishing you a Happy New Year, we made this excursion free for you.
Prague: the small and big stories of the Jewish Quarter
As a result of large-scale redevelopment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the once impoverished Jewish quarter of Josefov has been transformed into one of the more fashionable districts of the Czech capital. Gone are the maze of narrow and windy streets and passageways. However, an observant person will still manage to find nooks and crannies where the old character of the Jewish Quarter is still preserved. We are going to follow the footsteps of Golem and visit the places where he once walked, and see the synagogue, where the wise Rabbi Loew once served, and then follow the winding streets surrounding the convent of Saint of Agnes – nearby we can see some of the old homes that have miraculously survived the redevelopment that took place in the Old Town of Prague and which still preserve their stories and secrets.
San Marco – walk through the heart of Venice
San Marco square is the heart of the city. During the times of the Republic of the Venice here, in the Doge’s palace, the government was located. And the main city church – San Marco Basilica – is also here.
Raval district: poor and glamourus Barcelona
Our new walk will pass through the Raval district of Barcelona. Raval is considered to be one of the most colorful districts of Barcelona. In the Middle ages it was inhabited by the city poor, emigrants and “gentlemen of fortune”. The local Red Light district and illegal market were also located here. Today the adventure spirit of Raval is supported by the underground communities – the district became a beloved place of the musicians, poets and artists.
Take a walk through Born and Eixample – the famous districts of Barcelona. And Merry Christmas! :)
We invite you to walk along the contrasts of Barcelona – from one of the oldest parts of the Born area and its gothic churches and squares to the complicated creative buildings of modernists époque, that you can find in the right part of Eixample area.
And wish you a Merry Christmas and more new destinations in the new year!
The new excursion in Moscow: Red and Manege Square
We will cross the main squares of the Russian capital - Red and Manege. During our walk we will see the monuments of the Soviet époque, such as Hotel 'Moskva', the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Lenin's Mausoleum. On our way we’ll also meet the beautiful masterpieces of Russian medieval architecture: The Spasskaya and Nicolskaya Towers, St Basil's Cathedral, GUM and Historical museums buildings.
Welcome to the heart of Moscow
Our new excursion will lead you through the terrirory of the Moscow Kremlin. The Moscow Kremlin is the main Russian citadel. From here, from Borovitsky hill, the history of Moscow started. The first earth fortifications appeared on the bank of Moscow river in 12th century. Later the oak, and then the white stone citadel were built. The red brick fort was erected on the edge of 15-16th centuries by the order of The Great Prince of Moscow Ivan III. The citadel had survived many great fires, wars and the architectural interferences of the different Moscow rulers, who used to change the appearance of the walls, towers and the interiors. During your walk you can make a real travel through the time and see the places, where the Russian history was made.
Champs-Elysees - welcome to a new walk!
This walk will take us through one of the most beautiful and famous streets of the French capital. During the excursion we will see the The Historical Axis of Paris, The Grands Palais and the Petit Palais, The Arc de Triomphe, and learn the wondering and trilling stories, hidden behind the walls of the old mansions.
Welcome to La Rambla!
La Rambla boulevard is one of the main must-see streets of Barcelona. Here you can meet locals, walking together after a working day, drinking coffee and having fun. Visiting Barcelona, you shouldn’t miss Canaletes fountain – the famous meeting-point of Barsa football team fans, Boqueria Market, Juan Miro Mosaic, ‘live statues’ – all you can meet on La Rambla during our walk!
Castello, Venice: welcome to Arsenale
We invite you to Castello - the largest of six
sestieri (areas) of Venice. One of the oldest churches of Venice - St Peters
Church - is situated here, as well as the Public Gardens, built by the
Napoleon, where the famous Biennale is taking place, and the Arsenale - the
complex of shipyards and armory, where the fighting ships were created in
Madrid of Habsburg dynasty
This route will lead you through the oldest part of Madrid. The first buildings appeared here when Madrid was a small village. The Habsburg dynasty brought prosperity to this area. Our journey will start from Puerta del Sol, we will visit the ‘zero point’ of Spain, study everything about the Bear and the Strawberry Tree - the main symbol of the Spanish capital, see Plaza Mayor and San Miguel Market, the oldest trading point of the city.
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Venice, Castello area
Coming soon!Castello is the largest of six sestieri (areas) of Venice. One of the oldest churches of Venice - St Peters Church - is situated here, as well as the Public Gardens, built by the Napoleon, where the famous Biennale is taking place, and the Arsenale - the complex of shipyards and armory, where the fighting ships were created in Medieval times.
Westminster - through the pages of history
Coming soon!During this walk we will see the main sights of London: the Westminster Bridge, Parliament and Big Ben, the Westminster Abbey, Buckingham palace and Saint James park.
Covent Garden - the "Theatre Land" of London
We invite you to take a walk in Covent Garden. This historic area at the very heart of modern London is famous with Trafalgar Square monuments, as well as the theaters and historical pubs. We will take you through the tiny old lanes, hidden from the most of the tourists, and tell you, where Princes met courtesans in the back-streets of a vegetable market and a King flirted with loose women in a theatre room specially built for the purpose. Followusandenjoy!
Istanbul. Sultanahmet area - the heart of Old City
Coming soon!During our walk through Istanbul Sultanahmet area we will face the ages of the ancient megapolis history. On our way we will see Haiga Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome square, Topkapi palace and Basilica Cistern.
First time in Berlin?
This author-made walking tour includes the major
sights, and makes an ideal introduction to the city for first-time visitors.
The route will take you past the sights of Berlin which Berliners
love themselves – the Concert Hall, the Brandenburg Gates, the Reichstag – and
of course, the Berlin Wall.
Cité Island - the heart of Paris
Early morning. The sun beams jumping down the pavement. Coffee.
Croissant. Paris. Here we are in the centre of Paris, on the island called Cité – at the very heart of the French
capital! During our walk we will visit the principal attractions of Le Cité:
Notre Dame De Paris, and its chapel of Saint-Chapelle; the Conciergerie
fortress; the Institut Francais; and a number of individual bridges and squares
on the island. They preserve the spirit of Paris – for many the most beautiful
city in the world.
The Charles Bridge, Prague. Coming soon!
The Charles Bridge is one of Prague's iconic landmarks – the oldest of Prague's bridges, and one of the most magnificent examples of Gothic architecture anywhere in the world. There may be several bridges over the Vltava River – but the Charles Bridge exceeds them all not only its beauty, but also in the number of myths and legends associated with its six-hundred-year history. When we have the chance to share the bridge with only the statues of the saints for company, we feel the passing of time as the waters of the Vltava pass below our feet.
Prague: Nové Město – New Town
This Prague Walking Tour includes the two largest squares in the city – Wenceslas Square, and Charles Square. Many of the attractions you’ll see along your way have become iconic symbols of Prague – the Statue of St Wenceslas, who is the national patron saint of Bohemia; the building of the National Museum; and the mysterious building of Faust's House, famous with it’s legends and strange inhabitants.
London – Covent Garden route. Coming soon!
Covent Garden is London's 'theatre-land'. Our audio-guide will lead you through the places, where Princes met courtesans in the back-streets of a vegetable market; where a famous poet was attacked by thugs hired by a C17th aristocrat; where a King flirted with loose women in a theatre room specially built for the purpose; and where a young courtesan - born in a penniless drunken family - not only became England's leading dramatic actress – she even had her funeral sermon preached by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Trafalgar Square and Nelson Column, Coliseum Theatre and Drury Lane – these are not only the places, but the stories. And we promise to tell you the most thrilling ones!
London – Covent Garden route, coming soon on Appstore.
Barcelona: God’s blessing instead of insurance a special church for car blessing in Barcelona
The Chapel of St Christopher was built in 1530, and we find it on Carrer Regomir at Number 5. We might pass it by unnoticed, were it not for one unusual detail. It goes back to the medieval Catalan custom of painting the image of St Christopher on a city's gates – so that those entering and leaving might gain the Saint's protection and blessing. And that is why the Chapel of St Christopher was built here – it was directly by the city gates.
On the 10th of June 1907 – St Christopher's Day – the first blessing of motor cars took place. It's hardly surprising. Who would be more appropriate to bless cars, than the patron saint oftravellers?! And the tradition has continued every year. Every year those who have bought themselves new cars set off for St Christopher's, seeking long and safe use of their iron chariots.
Rome: a church, decorated with human bones
On the Via Veneto there is one unusual spot – the Church of Santa Maria della Concepcione.
The ghoulish attraction of the Church stems from its five cavernous crypts, decorated with the human bones of former Capuchin monks. There are garlands, ornaments, rosettes, and other decorations fashioned from the vertebrae, wrist-bones and other skeletal remains. Sometimes there are whole skeletons, one of which was of noble birth – the remains of a Barberiniprincess who died while still a young girl.