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Ditch The Bus Tour! 7 Weird Ways To Explore A New City

Ditch The Bus Tour! 7 Weird Ways To Explore A New City

Pirates, are you tired of typical walking and bus tours? Ditch the hordes of tourists and try out one of these off-the-beaten-path tours. Whether you're looking for a fun twist on the ordinary, or to dive into a more authentic understanding of the city, these tours are sure to make for a memorable vacation. So go ahead: resist buying those double-decker bus passes, and try out these one-of-a-kind tours!

Black Cab Tour
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Whether you're a history buff, or just a curious traveler, we promise you'll be on the edge of your seat during Belfast's famous Black Cab Tour. Dive into the history of Northern Ireland's troubles with the "Political Mural Tour" for an extremely informative and unforgettable look into the conflict, with stops at sites like political murals and the Peace Line. The tour guides lived in Belfast during this time and provide a poignant first-hand perspective.

Belfast tour5/5 on TripAdvisor—Certificate of Excellence

Price: From $17/person for (based on six people)

Best time to go: May – August for pleasant temperatures and frequent tours

Black taxi tours

Underwater Sea Walk
Grand Baie, Mauritius

A trip to the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius wouldn't be complete without heading under the waves! The Solar Undersea Walking Tour is sure to be a truly unforgettable experience. You'll have the the chance to walk on the ocean bed of a lagoon and interact with some very friendly fish, all while wearing a helmet that allows you to breath freely underwater. This highly-reviewed tour is even solar powered!

undersea walk Mauritius4.5/5 on TripAdvisor—Certificate of Excellence

Price: Around $58/person

Best time to go: May – December for sunny and dry weather

Underwater sea walk

Manhattan Sailing Tour
New York City, New York

New York is full of bus and walking tours, but did you know you can take an epic sailing tour in a vintage sail-boat for around the same price? The Daytime Statue Tour takes you back in time in a schooner with a 12-story high mast. Yes, you read that right—12 stories! You'll set sail from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and travel around the Statue of Liberty while taking in sights of Downtown Manhattan. The boat features a full-service bar and is suited for all ages.

Manhattan by sail4.5/5 on TripAdvisor—Certificate of Excellence

Price: $45/person for adults, $25/person for children

Best time to go: May – September for pleasantly warm weather

Manhattan by sail

Mario Kart Tour
Tokyo, Japan

Get ready to live out your wildest Mario Kart dreams! Your price includes your "Mario Kart" car, costume rental, photoshoot, insurance, and more. Once you're suited up, a guide will lead you on a scenic cruise around central Tokyo. We hope you're not camera shy—many participants noted being treated like a celebrity! Book this one-of-a-kind experience early, and be sure to have a Japanese license, an international driving permit, or a SOFA license with you.

Mario Kart tour5/5 on TripAdvisor


Best time to go: March – May and October – December for dry and pleasant weather

Mario Kart tour

Walking Tour Led By A Homeless Guide
London, UK

Unseen Tours is a stigma-breaking tour company that employs homeless, formerly homeless, or housing vulnerable guides to show you their London. Not only will you hear some entertaining stories about the area's history, but you'll gain an inside perspective into the homeless experience in London amid gentrification and political changes. Choose between six different tour options like Camden, London Bridge, or Shoreditch (or try them all!). The best part: guides are paid a living wage and all profits are reinvested into company expansion in order to employ more at-risk individuals.

unseen tours london5/5 on TripAdvisor—Certificate of Excellence

Price: From $16/person

Best time to go: May – August for pleasant temperatures—be sure to plan ahead because tours only run on certain days of the week

Walking tour

Stand Up Paddle-boarding Tour
Venice, Italy

We know you've heard of Gondola tours in Venice, but what about stand up paddle-boarding through the canals? This unique tour takes you through the canals of Venice in small groups of two to four with an expert local guide. On your own paddle-board you'll have the power to control the pace of your own tour and get up close and personal with the sights of Venice. Don't worry if you're new to stand up paddle-boarding—they provide beginner tours!

SUP venice5/5 on TripAdvisor—Certificate of Excellence

Price: From $58/person for experienced paddle-boarders, from $81/person for beginners

Best time to go: May – August for warm weather

SUP Venice

Cold War Nuclear Bunker Tour
Berlin, Germany

As tensions rose during the Cold War, West Berlin invested millions of dollars into building underground shelters in case of a nuclear attack. Some were even equipped to fit thousands of citizens. What happened to these shelters after the Cold War ended? This underground tour takes you through some of these bunkers with an expert guide, helping you visualize the magnitude of fear and paranoia in Berlin at this time.

Nuclear War underground tour4.5/5 on TripAdvisor—Certificate of Excellence

Price: $14/person

Best time to go: April – October for pleasant temperatures and frequent tours—be sure to dress for cool temperatures as it can get quite cold underground

Berlin underground tour

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