Experience the colourful, authentic side of city life with our guide to some of the world’s quirkiest city tours

January is the perfect to time to start planning your next trip away. If you are bored of the beach and instead fancy a city break, then why not try a totally unique tour experience while you are there. To see a city from a totally different perspective, check out our guide to some of the quirkiest tours.

If you are heading to Lisbon, Portugal and want to see the authentic side of the city through the eyes of a genuine local then take the Meet the Grannies Walking Tour. None of the grannies speak English, but you’ll love them all the same! Walk around Alfama with these remarkable women who rule the city from behind the scenes. They know every corner like the palm of their hand and seem to have a never-ending repertoire of stories. Genuinely funny and surprisingly naughty – theirs is the kind of experience you won’t find in history books! And if you worried the best bits might get lost in translation, don’t worry, a trusted storyteller will be in tow to help with the language barrier.
Cost from £36 per person

To capture an alternative view off Barcelona, forget Las Ramblas and Sagrada Familia. See the night time city skyline from atop your own stand-up paddle board (SUP) with LED lights during this guided, SUP tour with dinner. Paddle out in a group of no more than twelve and see the sea and marine life lit up below you. Look at the city from your quiet spot on the water under the moon and enjoy a dinner of traditional dishes after your paddle.
Cost from £87 per person

Old meets new in Naples using the latest technology. See Pompeii like never before with this two hour guided tour using special 3D virtual reality headsets. Experience the ancient city as it was before Mt. Vesuvius buried it. Walk through the ruins of Pompeii with your professional guide, stopping at the main attractions to watch 360-degree video re-creations on your headset.
Cost from £70 per person

The Drag Me Along tour in San Francisco is a special one-of-a-kind walking tour through the eyes of the infamous Countess Lola Montez. Lola will show you her favourite spots, the places she entertained, and share with you parts of her life that many have never known. Life is still on the streets of San Francisco, but with Lola history is alive.
Cost from £23 per person

Forget bike tours or taxis if you are visiting Tokyo this year. Tour the major landmarks in an unforgettable way—dressed up in costume, traveling by go-kart. During the tour, drive past many Tokyo landmarks such as the Gate Bridge, Odaiba, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi, and Shibuya Crossing. Travellers will get a souvenir photo of this magical tour to take home too.
Cost from £55 per person

If you loved the film, then you will want to be a part of the Crazy Rich Asian Food Tour in Singapore. Experience the food at real-world locations featured in Kevin Kwan’s bestseller on this private food tour. In addition to your local guide, you will receive a printed guide featuring excerpts taken from the book along with mouth-watering photos. You will start your Crazy Rich Asian tour at Chjimes. This is a charming historic building complex located in the heart of the city. It started as a Catholic Convent and is now the scene of buzzing eateries, bars and yes, it was the wedding venue in the movie.
Costs from £106 per person

All of the city tours featured can be booked with TripAdvisor, www.tripadvisor.co.uk/attractions.





Anji McGrandles

Anji is obsessed with all things wellbeing. She runs a workplace wellbeing business, The Mind Tribe, coaching teams to be more resilient and less stressed through mindset tools. Anji loves travel and scoping out new wellness trends and products for House of Coco. You can read her Well and Good column in our print issue and catch her tips and travels at @themindtribe

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