Our Offerings:

Who leads your tours? 

Remember your favorite professor at university? Precisely. Our guides are a network of scholars and specialists in a variety of fields including art history, archaeology, cuisine, architecture, history, and theology. Their areas of expertise may differ, but they’re united by a lifelong curiosity, a passion for sharing their knowledge, and a yen for taking you into the lives, histories, and stories of their city. (Nota bene: we’re not joking about the professor bit—most hold PhD’s or other terminal degrees in their field and teach at the university level).

What makes your tours different?

Regardless of type, all of our tours are inspired by the pre-Napoleonic meaning of the word—think gentlemen like Shelley and Byron touring the Continent as a means of education and cultural exploration, not hordes of drive-by tourists mobbing the Trevi Fountain. Every tour we offer is led by a scholar or specialist, limited to 6 participants (in the case of small group tours), and designed to foster meaningful conversation and understanding.

What types of tours do you offer?

There’s no sense rethinking the timeless triumvirate model (who are we to argue with the nave, the apse, and the transept?), so our tours are available in three main sorts: private, small group, and custom.

- Private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party, and can be tailored to the interests of you and your traveling companions. They’re particularly well suited to the time-strapped and those traveling with the under-twelve set.

- Small group tours place you with other travelers, operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with both the guide as well as other travelers in your group. These tours follow the same itinerary as the private tour and still offer the ability to go in-depth, with a maximum group size of 6 people.

- Custom tours are just that: customized so you see exactly what you want, on your own schedule, by either stitching together a series of our private tours or creating something entirely personalized.

Do you have gift certificates?

Bien sûr! We think learning is the best sort of gift, and travel is the best way to learn; ergo, Context Travel Gift Certificates are the perfect gifts for curious travelers. (We're taking some liberties with Aristotelian syllogism there, but you get the gist).

Our Process & Pricing: 

I've signed up for some tours on your website. What now?

Look for an email from us within two business days. (More than likely this will be a confirmation email directing you to check your online itinerary for your order details). If we're unable to provide a service that you have requested or your request is taking longer to fulfill than planned, we will correspond with you personally about your options.

How does your private tour pricing work?

We’ll spare you a deconstruction of price theory and its microeconomic underpinnings, but, over the course of November 2019, we'll be making a few changes to our pricing. In an effort to make our private tours more accessible to people traveling as singles and couples, our private tours will be offered at a flat fee (for up to two people), with a per-person fee for each additional participant. Our small group tours will remain priced, as always, on a per-person basis. For more detail, take a look at the 'Pricing and Process' section below, or get in touch with us at info@contexttravel.com. 

Please Note: Our company is required to purchase specific professional-grade tickets to many of the venues that we lead tours in. Context Clients are required to purchase necessary tour tickets through us directly at the time of tour booking. Context cannot use privately purchased tickets for our tours.

Why are your prices in dollars?

We’re an American company. Our credit card processor is located in the U.S., and hence all of our transactions are in dollars. If you choose, you can pay by credit cards denominated in non-USD currencies and it will automatically convert to USD based on real-time interbank rates. 

Can I add tours, services, or additional participants to my tour once I arrive? 

We'd be happy to work with you on any last minute additions of tours, services, or tour participants, though we do require payment in advance by credit card. If you'd like to make any changes or additions to your plans at any point before or during your trip, get in touch with us at info@contexttravel.com.

Do your prices include tips?

Tipping is always appreciated, though not obligatory. Context clients generally tip anywhere from 5% to 15% of the purchase price, depending on the duration and quality of the experience. We also appreciate you taking the time to review your tour online.

Our Fine Print: 

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

Cancellations made at least 15 days prior to the tour date are eligible for a 100% refund or a future travel credit (less ticket and reservation fees). Cancellations made between 14 days and 48 hours prior to the tour date are eligible for a 50% refund or a future travel credit. All sales are final within 48 hours of the tour date. Venue tickets and reservation fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you request a tour reschedule, Context will need to purchase and charge for new tickets / reservation fees. Read our full cancellation policy here.

How do you secure my payment information?

All credit card information is stored remotely with a level 1 PCI-compliant service provider. All sensitive information is conveyed to that provider through a secure (SSL) connection. We do not share any of our customer information with anyone.

How can I contact my guide in advance of my tour?

Because our guides are busy teaching, writing, and excavating—and for their privacy—we do not share their personal contact information in advance of your trip. However, we'd be delighted to talk with you beforehand and are happy to relay any information to them. Get in touch with us at info@contexttravel.com. We will provide you with your guide's contact info just prior to the start of the tour in case of emergency.

How can I leave a review of a Context tour?

Reviews may be left by verified clients of Context after they have completed a tour (clients will receive a review request via email). These reviews, which are posted to the tour information webpage, are never edited and are only hidden if they contain profanity, personal information, or misinformation about the tour or guides. 

What's your policy on privacy?

Read more about our PCI-compliant privacy statement here.

What are you reading lately?

At long last, our favorite question! (And a ploy to see if you were still, well, reading). We're revisiting Christopher Hibbert's Rome: Biography of a City, because it's a timeless view of the full narrative arc of our first city. We also just picked up A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles by our very own scholar Ned Palmer, which is proving a lively romp through the history of British Cheesemaking.