NatGeo Traveler- Family Travel


A Royal Weekend in London
A great guide is worth her weight in gold. Clare from Context Travel had my daughter hanging on every word with her juicy stories about royal life at Kensington. The palace itself is fascinating, but touring it is a different experience with someone who can bring its history to life.

NatGeo Traveler Intelligent Travel- Sept 2013

Huffington Post


Most travelers are now traveling independently, rather than traveling in groups, but are missing the intellectual stimulation provided by top-notch group tours. Context fills that void perfectly.

Huffington Post- December 2012



Seeing London, Under Advisement

The secondmost useful bit of advice was from a representative of Context Travel, a service that provides scholars as guides. To take a tour with Context Travel is to take a virtual graduate seminar in architecture or art. Her advice was to go deep, to look at something we were familiar with, but to look at it carefully and for a long time.

Akhil Sharma- The Daily Beast and Newsweek-November 2012



With its scholar-led walking tours of the world's cultural capitals, Context Travel might not be top of mind when making all the arrangements for a family client's trip to Europe, but think again. Context Travel knows what it's doing with its Family Programs. 

Recommend Magazine- Family Travel Issue- September 2012

Wall Street Journal


The Best in...Destinations

Personal Guides Travelers are growing increasingly comfortable with the idea of hiring personal tour guides. These people often specialize in subjects—art, history, food—that can help enrich a visit to a new destination. Among the best providers: Context Travel.

-July 2012

USA Today


Highly Rated Tour Groups for Rome

These tours are for the intellectually curious, who prefer in-depth three- to four-hour alternatives to conventional walking and bus tours. Context keeps the tours intimate, with maximum group sizes of no more than six people. As a complement to the art and history, tours also include excursions to investigate the city’s culinary delights that date back to Roman times. These tours, led by a food writer or chef, examine Rome’s food traditions, including its coffees, pizzas, ice creams and chocolates. Even the fried snacks of the Jewish Ghetto get attention.

Arthur Frommer Online


A highlight of her stay was a walking tour of the Tuileries Gardens conducted by the impressive, Europe-wide (many cities) Context Travel, whose highly-intellectual walking tours are led by Ph.D.-level guides and deal with profound subjects of cultural and historical importance

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Architectural Digest

AD Travels- Getting Around Istanbul

March 2012

For a quick introduction to the city, book a private walking tour with Context Travel. The company hires local docents with expertise that matches your interests, from ancient history to contemporary design.

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Boston Globe

Currents, Sunday March 5, 2012

Learn more about the great 19th-century writer and celebrate his 200th birthday year on a new walking tour called “Charles Dickens: Storyteller of Victorian London.’’ Literary specialists and historians take groups of up to six people to sections of the city that were closely connected to the author, his life, and his works.

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Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2011


For the second year in a row, Conde Nast Traveler has named us as a Top Travel Specialist. We are recognized for our exceptional walking seminars that go above and beyond what any guidebook could offer.

BBC Travel


Gift Guide 2011: A small, savvy walking tour.

While large groups adopt a mobbed, cookie cutter approach, private tours can cost a fortune. Context travel seeks a middle ground, letting you split the cost of a tour with only a handful of other travellers. Taking a half-day tour with a guide from Context Travel is like having a conversation with a working practitioner in design, art or a similar field

December, 2011

Indulge Magazine


Ultimate Family Cultural Experience

Intellectually curious travellers of all ages will appreciate the enlightening experience of an interactive family walking “seminar” designed by Context Travel, a network of scholars, museum educators and specialists, uniquely equipped to bring a city’s rich history to life.

Designed to engage children and their parents with the area’s culture and heritage, the fun and informative walks are led by docents trained in Visual Thinking Strategies and inquiry-based learning. From locales including the United States to Europe, there are nine different available family outings, all of which include a special activity, such as a treasure hunt, game or painting project.

—Christie Judson, Oct 18, 2011

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The Guardian


Where to go in November

One place we guarantee you won't be jostled by fellow tourists is on Context Travel's new tour. The company specialises in small, group walks led by architects, historians, art historians and other brainy guides. Its latest offering in the city is an obscure but fascinating tour along the Old Croton Aqueduct, the city's first municipal water supply and "a milestone in the urban development and history of the city". Led by a history expert, the three-hour tour takes you along several miles of the structure, even tracing evidence of it in Manhattan.

—Isabel Choat,
October 14, 2011

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La Boheme

Away from the queues, the madding crowds and the restaurant menus printed in six different languages, there is a slice of Florence Italy's artisans call home.

—Shaney Hudson, Oct 2011

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Ottawa Citizen


Going Places - Jewish London

The walks are more like ambulatory seminars than standard tours, and are aimed at people who want to actively learn something rather than just see the sights.

-Daniel Drolet, October 2011

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The Pulse- September Issue


Sew'n Go

“Context Travel's Rome Shopping and Artisans tour takes in the history of artisans whose crafts date back to the 1st Century. Their shopping mavens know the fashion stores inside out and can show you where to go while putting a historical spon on your shopping spree

September, 2011

INC Magazine


Context Travel makes the Inc. 500I5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.

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Financial Times


Gatekeepers of the spectacular

Context Travel, which bills itself as the scholarly tour company, refers to them as “docents” – a network of English-speaking scholars and professionals, including art historians, writers, architects and gastronomes, who provide “walking seminars" in 15 world cities.

— Sophie Roberts, August 6 2011

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Condé Nast Traveler


The Informer- Cruise Special

"My sister, her husband, and their three sons toured the Vatican with a private docent provided by Context Travel. The guide had reserved their entrance for 12:30pm, allowing them to bypass lines, and was masterful at keeping the family happily engaged."

-Condé Nast Traveler - August 2011

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The Sydney Morning Herald- Traveller


Rhythms of the outer reaches

Next, Luca offers us the option of heading into the remote northern lagoon to a place called Bone Island, or Sant'Ariano. Originally a monastery, the island became an ossuary for dumping bones during the 16th century as the Black Death hit; first in 1575 and again in 1630, when Venice lost a quarter of its population to the plague.

—Shaney Hudson, July 24, 2011

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Scottsman - The Pulse


Grand Tours

“If you have ever visited a city rich in culture and yearned for your very own guide to interpret it for you, then yearn no longer. Context Travel offers scholar-led walking seminars..
— Jools Stone, July 7, 2011

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The Sunday Times - Travel


A drink with your history lesson, sir?

A new walking tour of Manhattan's bars tells the potent story of the cocktail, glass by glass.
— Martin Hemming, July 3, 2011

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Paris a la Thomas Jefferson offered in new July walking tour

These arts shine brightly in the three-hour “A Walk with Thomas Jefferson” tour by Context Travel, which includes the Louvre, the Hôtel de la Marine at Place de la Concorde, the Palais Royal, and other spots he was “violently smitten with”, according to another letter.
— Marsha Dubrow, June 28, 2011

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Sydney Morning Herald


Precious Mettle

“...Unlike most areas of central Florence, it's a neighbourhood still dominated by locals. We pass university students eating pizza in the sun on the steps of Santo Spirito church, a man in a wheelchair chatting with his elderly neighbour at the window of a fourth-floor apartment and a child riding his bike. Each time we pass a workshop, artisans wave and greet Luca by name

—Shaney Hudson,June 12, 2011

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The Virtues of a Tour Guide

“…Seeing Rome on my own and then with Dabell was like the difference between scanning a piece of sheet music and hearing a choir sing it aloud. Suddenly the arc of the melody, the grace of the counterpoint, the thrust of the lyric all become clear. When I told Dabell this, he humbly demurred. “Sometimes you just have to step out of the way and let the art sing for itself,” he said as we gazed into Vigevano’s mournful eyes. “This is something we never make the time to do—just to stop, and look, without speaking.” And so we did.

— Peter Jon Lindberg, May, 2011

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Travel News

“Savouring Rome is just one food tour led by chefs and food writers for Context Travel. The three-hour tour starts in the Jewish ghetto where you try artichokes fried in the traditional style or gently poached alla Romana. Eat pizza rossa at the lively Roscioli forno, toss down an espresso at the famous Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè and sample a rose-flavoured gelato at Cremeria Monteforte gelateria next to the Pantheon. Groups are limited to six and guides offer cooking tips and insights into the cultural significance of Roman specialties.
—Josephine Mckenna, April 29, 2011

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In Search of Rome's Holy Trinity: Pizza, Coffee, and Gelato

In two days we took one introductory two-hour "Orientation" walk and two three-hour Context tours, and I would very happily have taken more. The intimacy and ease of movement is that of a private tour, but the group tours, limited to six people, have the same feel and cost considerably less.

—Corby Kummer, March 11, 2011

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TravelAge West


Explore Cities in a New Context

TravelAge West recently spoke to Bennett to discuss his company's unique approach to touring new cities.
— Feb 28, 2011

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AiresLibre interview with the entire Context staff


Travel agent Raquel Segura of AiresLibre interviewed Paul Bennett and the entire Context staff during their annual retreat to discuss our innovative approach to travel and the new walks (and cities) we're introducing in 2011.

February 9, 2011

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The bespoke itineraries from Context Travel ( from $85) are led by scholars in cities including Florence and Istanbul. On the three-hour Underground Rome trip, an archaeologist takes you to sites below street level, such as the subterranean area of San Nicola in Carcere, built over three republican-era temples on busy Via del Teatro Marcello.

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The Guardian - Travel Section


Private tours are a great way to enjoy tourist hotspots, such as Rome's Sistine Chapel and the Vasari Corridor in Florence, without the crowds

“…Context Travel will arrange a personal tour led by an art historian
" — Carolyn Lyons, Jan 14, 2011

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Where Traveler Boston


Unearthing History

Context Tours'new Big Dig Boston Architecture Walking Tour is a three-hour exploration of the city's former Central Artery. What you won't hear:sordid details about the infamous 20-year urban engineering project. Instead, traverse the Financial District with a group of six and examine the physical evolutionof Boston since the 17th-century, though building architecture and historical cartography.

USA Today, Travel Tips


Tours in Naples, Italy

Feed your intellectual curiosity with tours that take you deeper while still giving a comprehensive idea of all that Naples offers. Art historians and scholars lead Context Travel tours, and they design aspects of your chosen itinerary based on your interests.

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Sydney Morning Herald


London: more than meets the Eye

Led by scholars, PhD-level professors and experts, Context Tours runs intellectually minded tours focusing on archaeology, history and culture. Groups are no bigger than five people. Tours run for at least 2½ hours and include an introduction to London architecture, gastronomic London and a session at the British Museum.

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Conde Nast Traveler


Founder, Paul Bennett has been selected as a Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for 2010.

Visit Conde Nast Traveler's Truth.Travel profile.



Cooking schools in Rome

Context Travel service offers "the experience of place" through walking tours conducted by art historians, architects, historians and, in the case of culinary walks, food and wine experts. Rome culinary walks include a variety of experiences from a half day session in the kitchen of a Roman chef; a walk through historic neighborhoods on an exploration of Roman street food; or a guided stroll through Testaccio food market.

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Screen_shot_2010-06-25_at_9.40.58_pm_medium Paris correspondent Courtney Traub encounters Keneisha and Kathleen, this year's Context Travel Scholarship winners, and learns a lot about the power of travel.

Gran Tourismo Travels


Gran Tourismo meets Paul and Lani, founders of Context

"We wanted to see if walking tours such as those offered by Context could be a way for people to kick-start a longer stay in a city, help them hit the ground running, quickly get to grips with a place, inspire their curiosity and encourage them to dig deeper."

-Lara Dunston, August 8, 2010

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The Wall Street Journal


Ten Great Trips You've Probably Never Heard Of

Context Travel, based in Philadelphia, offers three-hour scholarly "walking seminars" in New York. Well established in Europe, Context's walking tours are relatively new to the U.S. In recent months, the firm has introduced tours, led mainly by academics, in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington.

—Anne Tergesen, May 15, 2010

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The New York Times — InTransit Blog


Chefs Lead New Rome Walking Tours

Savoring Rome stops by traditional bakeries, cafes and gelateries, particularly in the maze of side streets around the Pantheon, said the statement last week. Wines of Italy, A Comparative Tasting is led by a sommelier.

—Joyce Lau, April 5, 2010

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The New York Times — T Magazine


Eco-Tripping | ROME

The savvy trip operator Context now offers ‘‘farm to fork’’ tours of Rome — a multiday experience focused on sustainable food.
— March 25, 2010

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Town & Country


Istanbul: An Insider's Guide

“Context Travel conducts some of the most interesting walking tours, led by art historians and architects, among others. Guides take groups of up to six people on scheduled thematic trips (architecture, shopping, cuisine, theology), ...
— April 2010

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La Dolce Vita: Gelato Tours

“...For anyone interested in joining him, the author of the ice cream bible The Perfect Scoop will lead an Out of Context three-hour guided tour to the eternal city’s best gelato and granita ($86/person)...Context Travel will also host Lebovitz’s book signing in the 17th century Palazzo Santacroce on June 5th.
—Tina Isaac, April 24, 2010

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The New York Times — T Magazine


The Concierge | Paris for Lovers

“…be it 19th-century painting or chocolate, try a guided tour with Context Travel, a smart outfit with small groups. (You can also hire it for private tours.)
— Christine Muhlke, March 11, 2010

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Paradizo- Inspiration for the discerning traveler


Ultimate New York City Tour: Sightseeing and Cuisine in New York

With some of the best planned New York walking tours available, Context isn’t just anothersightseeing tour. Referring to its private tours as “walking seminars,” Context aims to provide a “narrative experience” for small groups eager to discover the character of the city. Led by accomplished scholars in their field, each private tour “docent” aims to connect the traveler and the city.

Paradizo, June 8, 2010

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