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Bored of binging Netflix and lusting after some real-life travel experience without leaving the home? The best virtual tours are not the ones that take you through a 360 photo of a building! The tours that come out on top are the ones that have trained guides to talk you through the adventure too. By signing up for one of the following tours you are helping guides stay in business during this downturn while you get to visit Paris, Venice, Edinburgh and New York!
Best Virtual Tours You Can Do From Home
Visit Harry Potter Locations
With this 1-hour video tour over Zoom, you can hop aboard the Hogwarts Express to Edinburgh to follow in the footsteps of JK Rowling.
Take a virtual tour of the Harry Potter landmarks such as Greyfriars Kirk, to visit some familiar names, and off to Scotland’s answer to Diagon Alley, the cute Victoria Street.
Below you can see me and my friend, Ronan, doing the tour with our wizard, Richard.
I learnt so much about Potter’s impact on Scotland’s capital and I’ve not even read every book or see every film.
Ronan is a huge fan and enjoyed it too.
He got more house points than me of course.
All you need to do is sign up then Richard, or a member of the team, will set a designated date/time and provide a link for you.
Anyone, anywhere around the world can register. All you need is a device that you can access video call on.
The video chat is just for you and your family and there are house points to be collected throughout!
All of the tour guides are trained performers and Potterheads.
The tour is normally £40 but we have an offer for you!
Any referral commission received will be added to The Potter Trail’s donation to Scottish Trans Alliance in reaction to JK Rowling’s recent actions.
You may also like our Harry Potter Zoom wallpapers.
Outlander Virtual Tour
Yes, now live from your own living room, Outlander tours of Scotland!
Now you can follow of the steps of Jamie and Claire without leaving *insert name of country*
The lovely Anne and Emma from the award-winning Mary’s Meanders have been delivering Outlander tours for the last six years.
In this online Outlander tour, you join your guide and fellow Outlander fans/friends via Zoom to take a tour of the Outlander locations in Scotland!
Here’s a picture of me in Falkland aka Inverness in Outlander. Recognise from the show?
For more information and the booking form, click here. Tell them Two Scots Abroad sent you!
Cheese and Wine Tour from Paris
Our friends at Woyago have created a virtual alcohol tasting event accompanied by cheese, history and cultural references.
The 60-90 minute group session is delivered by a Parisian who loves to talk about wine and cheese!
Four cheeses and three wines are delivered overnight and the virtual culinary tour discusses the French items while you taste them.
Find out more here. Sessions only delivered to mainland US.
Virtual Guided Tours of Popular Places
Step into the Sistine Chapel, meander around the Met or head underground from the comfort of your armchair with this exciting lists of virtual tours from home with guides under £15.
Paris Virtual Tour
Learn more about the culture of the City of Lights with this unusual tour hosted by a local.
Join other Paris fans as you are shown the pretty streets of Paris and taught more about France’s capital.
You might just have to dress up and pull the ‘Parisian smile’ as we did… That’s me, Gemma, in the hat!
These are the same guys that offer the wine and cheese event above but there are no restrictions on where attendees come from during this virtual tour of Paris.
Get ready for a few challenges too! Reserve your spot here.
Italy Virtual Tours
- The Wonders of the Sistine Chapel
- The Secrets of the Roman Colosseum
- Journey into St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
- Florence with an Expert
- Pompeii, The City Frozen in Time
USA Virtual Tours
Paris Virtual Tours
Cook Via Live Stream
Join a real Italian Nonna as she teaches you how to make pasta via live stream!
Take a two-hour pasta making class is $50
Click here, pay $50 (which is 50% off) and select a date for your live stream lesson with an authentic Italian cook.
Not only are you learning a new skill you are supporting a business that is not making any income now that we can’t travel.
A week before your lesson you will be sent a shopping list that links to Amazon.
My friend Christine took this class in person and is asking content creators to help support Nona through live streams.
Take a Tour of Edinburgh With An Ex-Homeless Person
Support ex-homeless people while taking a tour of Scotland’s capital with Invisible Cities.
Invisible Cities starting in Edinburgh and is now an established tour company around other UK cities.
All tour guides have experienced insecure housing and show you ‘their’ version of the city.
During this virtual tour, Paul, a Leith local, takes you through the Old Town to meet some Edinburgh characters such as Greyfriars Bobby and Maggie Dickson.
He also talks about the myths which swirl around the city and which book was written on a seven day drug bender!
A unique tour to take around Edinburgh, supporting a good cause.
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2 thoughts on “Best Virtual Tours With Guides: Visit Paris, Venice + Harry Potter!”
Morning, My name is Serena Hall and I work for the Young Carers service in West Sussex, we run interactive Zoom sessions for our Young Carers whilst we are not able to get out and about and meet face to face. I was interested in some of your on line Zoom tours and wondered if I could talk to you about arranging a interactive Tour of some sort.
Hi Serena, thank you for your message. If you click on any of the links in our virtual tour guide post you will be directed to the companies that offer the tours. Hope that helps and you find the best tour of your group!