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We run tours every day in more than 50 cities around the world. Peruse the different city pages to select your walking tour.
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
Our semi-private tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our semi-private tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
Our guaranteed departure tours are just that: guaranteed. They have no minimum participant numbers and will definitely operate as scheduled. We have chosen certain tours to be guaranteed departure tours based on popular routes and times; they are typically orientation-style itineraries that place you in a group of 10 or less. Guaranteed departure tours are designated by the guaranteed departure seal in the tour listing.
Our experts are scholars and specialists in a variety of fields including art history, archaeology, cuisine, architecture, history, and theology. Many of them hold Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their field and teach at the university level.
You will receive 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 information (directions and maps of our walks, meetings points, etc.) about your order. If we are 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.
Tipping is always appreciated—although not obligatory. Context clients generally tip anywhere from 10-25% of the purchase price, depending on the quality of the experience and their tipping habits.
For most of our services we need at least 48 hours advance notice, at which time we refund 85% of the original purchase price. Some services, like car services have a 72-hour threshold. You will find the specific policy for each service listed along with its description on the website, and in your confirmation. Items cancelled within the 48-hour threshold are considered no-shows and are un-refundable. Read our full cancellation policy here.
In order to personalize our walks and shape them around participants' learning styles, we like to know a little more about you, your background, and your interests. We often need to pre-purchase entrance tickets to some of the sites you will visit. We need to know your age to account for age-related discounts.
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.
No, in order to sign up for any of our walks we require payment in advance by credit card through our website. You may certainly call our U.S. office to place your order on the phone: +1 800 691 6036
We are an American company. Our credit card processor is located in the U.S., and hence all of our transactions are in dollars. We have designed our pricing structure based around the local currency where we're providing our service since the docents who lead our walks are local residents. Our conversion rate is the real-time, interbank rate, which is the rate that banks trade currency and is generally 1.3% higher than the central bank rate set by the EU Central Bank or Bank of England. By converting our prices at this rate we're able to offer a savings off most credit card, currency exchange, and retail bank conversions, which normally entail a 2-3% premium.
A group walk that is not confirmed is considered "tentative." If you sign up for a tentative tour or add a new tour to the calendar that is tentative, you will be asked to supply us with a "notify by" date for when you would like to be notified if no one else signs up for the walk and it's not confirmed to run. At that point we'll supply you with a variety of options, including upgrading to a private or other group walks that might be running at that time. If you opt to cancel, we'll cancel those spaces and you won't be charged.
Read more about our PCI-compliant privacy statement here.