Keep the holiday spirit alive this month as you join in the fun and revelry around celebrations focused on the beginning of Catholic lent (Carnival), a celebration of feasting (Mardi Gras translates as Fat Tuesday) and love (Valentine’s Day). Join us and soak up all the fun and festivities!
The lively city of New Orleans is especially vibrant in the month of February in the run-up to all the festivities around the highly anticipated Mardi Gras Parade, typically taking place at the end of the month. Learn more about the city’s history, architecture, and cuisine on this tour around the French Quarter where you’ll sneak a peek into some of the beautiful Creole courtyards and walk past some familiar movie locations. Other sights include Jackson Square, Café du Monde, Bourbon Street and Pirate’s Alley so you get a real feel of the New Orleans “magic”.
Walking Tour of the Eiffel Tower
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was once yellow and its radical design so disliked by 300 prominent Parisian artists and intellectuals that they took out a manifesto in the Le Temps newspaper on Valentine’s Day in 1887? For a novel Valentine’s Day “date”, join in on this lively tour with our expert tour guide who will unveil all her secrets while you get a personal close-up view of the Iron Lady and feel like you’re right there in the City of Love.
If you’ve always dreamed of attending the famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, now you can with our local Brazil guide who’ll share all about how the celebration started in Brazil in 1723 and its evolution into the “biggest show on earth”. Be immersed in the colors, music, and energy, via beautifully filmed videos of this spectacular event celebrating the beginning of Catholic Lent involving more than two million people on the streets every day during the five-day celebration.
In celebration of Black History Month, a month-long celebration of African-American culture and history, we’ve gathered some of the most interesting, interactive tours that shed light on important figures from Black History and the ongoing exploration of Black lives, their achievements, rich culture, heritage, and history.
Black History in Bahia: Walking Tour in Pelourinho
Who better to show you around the first capital of Brazil, Salvador in Bahia, than local Sayuri Cardoso Koshima, who grew up in this historic town known for its outstanding Renaissance buildings and brightly colored houses. On this live walking tour, you’ll hear traditional Bahia music, “dance” to the Samba reggae of Mestre Neguinho do Samba, tour the Sao Francisco Church (the most famous "gold" church in Brazil), and learn more about Black history hero Manoel Querino and his pioneering work as a labor leader, politician and Black vindicationist.
A March Through Time - A Historic Walking Tour of Cape Town
Led by South African Anita Hermanus (also known as Aunty Nita) who grew up on the Cape Flats, this immersive tour of the Mother City brings one through the iconic St. George's Cathedral and the Company Gardens. Walk past the lively flower sellers at Trafalgar Place before ending at the iconic City Hall where Nelson Mandela made his first speech after being freed from 27 years of imprisonment on 11 Feb 1990.
Afro-Argentine Heritage Tour
This unique tour sheds light on the rich Afro-Argentine history of Argentina. Hosted by a Jewish Afro-Argentine performance artist, she elaborates on the lesser-known facets of Afro-Argentine culture, and their influence on everything from the tango to the quilombos (communities formed by descendants of runaway slaves) while exploring the historic neighborhood of San Telmo.
The start of any new year is the perfect time to sit back, take stock, relax and plan the year ahead. We’ve put together three wellness and regenerative tours to enjoy that’ll bring you on an exploration of unique places that may inspire your own internal discovery.
A Walk Through the Wild Orchid Botanical Gardens in Ecuador
Did you know that Ecuador is considered the country of orchids? There are over 4,300 registered species of monocotyledonous flowering plants. Join this live, interactive tour of the botanical garden in Quito, Ecuador's capital, home to almost 2,000 different species of orchids. Let our guide share more about this unique bloom, which species are native to Ecuador, and bring a close-up view of these beautiful flowers so you can admire their beauty and variety in a calm, peaceful setting.
Cherry Blossoms and Zen Garden Immersion
Every year, the Japanese look forward to cherry blossom season as a symbol of human life, transience, and nobleness. Learn more about the symbolic flower of the spring as you virtually travel to Japan and immerse yourself in cherry blossoms and a mystical Zen garden. Guided by an American Japanese garden specialist, you’ll stroll through pristine, immaculate spaces and come across a major Japanese Zen temple, a shrine dedicated to a powerful samurai, and a miniature moss forest, making it more than just a tour but a chance to contemplate and reflect.
Explore The Medieval Town of Sakamoto
Walk in the footsteps of monks and come away enlightened and enriched. Our expert guide will bring you on an immersive tour of the medieval town of Sakamoto where the monks from Mount Hiei would rest and recharge between bouts of intense spiritual training. This online experience will bring you to see ancient rice fields, and a medieval village with 1,000-year-old stone walls while showing you the exquisite gardens of an Edo-period villa, an ancient cemetery, and one of the most important shrines in Japan.
This year, give the people in your life an experiential present that they can choose and customize exactly to their liking. While giving a gift card to their favorite coffee shop says you’ve been paying attention to the java of their choice, a Beeyonder gift card presents them with a lifetime of memories.
Our variety of interactive, accessible, and inclusive online experiences hosts an extensive array of curated tours and classes hosted by expert local guides who inject that all-important personal touch that’s impossible to replicate. Best of all, the giftee can schedule our tech-light interactions to take place at their leisure and choose to go solo or bring along other friends and family to join in the fun.
For this holiday season, fulfill someone’s bucket list travel dream or bring them back to an old favorite vacation spot, an experiential gift that they will cherish forever.
Eat & Drink Their Way Around The World
The beauty of food and drink experiences is that it translates across all language barriers. All you need is an appreciation for a particular culinary art, or curiosity to learn about a favorite cuisine or ingredient, and viola! With experiences that span the globe from Argentina to Japan, South Africa to Peru, choose from fascinating experiences like preparing Patagonia dishes, touring a working coffee farm in Costa Rica to learning how to prepare authentic Turkish Halva.
Cultivating A Love For Wine
Everyone has that one friend, family member, or colleague who is a budding wine connoisseur. Deepen his or her love for the grape with our exclusive wine-centric experiences. Let them choose from experiences like uncovering the nuances of Malbec wines by joining on a walking tour of an Argentinian vineyard, or attending a special Malbec virtual tasting. Give them new ways to build their wine knowledge with experiences hosted by wine experts where they have access to wine experts and fellow wine connoisseurs.
Go Sightseeing Across the Globe
For the avid traveler, there’s nothing better than experiencing a new destination, immersing themselves in a foreign country, and learning about its history and culture as they take in unforgettable sights and picturesque sunsets. This year, give the wanderluster an opportunity to go on luxury tours around the world affordably and doing so in a climate-friendly way. Choose from a wide range of walking tours, expert presentations and cultural experiences to charming destinations like Venice where you’ll learn more about the art of glass blowing, or enjoy a private gondola ride. Or perhaps the tour goer will prefer to go to far flung destinations to climb the summit of Machu Picchu, ride a hot air balloon over Egypt’s Luxor or visit the set of “Emily in Paris”; the opportunities are endless.
With Beeyonder, there truly is an experience for everyone. Just choose the destination, and let us unlock the adventure. Easy to book and easy to go.
Traveling to one’s ancestral homeland is a bucket list wish of many but sometimes it’s not possible to visit in person. What’s the next best option? Book a virtual tour with us and utilize the expertise and local knowledge of our experienced guides to deliver a personalized experience that’ll leave you with special, heartfelt memories. Read on to hear how one family came together for a trip to Prvic Sepurine, Croatia with their very special guide Anita.
“We are a close-knit family of 7 and for the 4th of July, we decided to organize a virtual experience with Beeyonder to visit the island of Prvic, Sepurine in Croatia. While my mother’s side of the family is all from Croatia, none of us had ever been there. As her paternal grandparents, parents, and brothers immigrated before World War II, she has never been to the island but has expressed a desire to see Prvic, Sepurine. Taking into account her age, some physical challenges, and the pandemic, traveling there would have been too complicated.
How Our Tour Came Together
I looked for options and discovered Beeyonder and thought a virtual tour could be the perfect solution. While there were virtual tours already being offered in parts of Croatia, it did not come as a surprise to find there were none being offered in Prvic Sepurine. Still, I completed the online questionnaire, and to our surprise, our guide Anita graciously agreed to accommodate our request due to the island's close proximity to her home in Zadar.
We provided Anita with some family history, including my grandparents’ names, when they were born, and their parents’ names. We knew the island was small and while we did not have exact addresses, we provided Anita with very approximate locations of the homes where my grandfather and grandmother lived growing up. This lack of detail did not faze Anita who did her research, asked locals, and eventually discovered the home where my mom’s father grew up with his parents and his siblings, and the home where my mom’s mother was raised with her siblings.
Her research also unearthed that my mother’s first cousin still lives in the home where her mother grew up. While he wasn’t on the island at the time of the tour, Anita managed to share a photo of him with his grandson, who is named after my mother’s grandfather. As part of the experience, Anita also took us all over the island. We visited the two local churches – where my mom’s ancestors were likely baptized and married – and the locations of what would have been the schools at that time in history. Just walking the streets with her made it feel like we were there and gave us a sense of how close everything was. There were no cars on the island (just a fire truck) so to walk through the narrow roadways and see stone buildings that have been there for centuries was so exciting. It truly felt like we were experiencing what my ancestors saw day in and day out!
We Were Blown Away!
To be honest, we did not know what to expect, and while we provided Anita with some family history and other details we did not want to get our hopes up. Imagine our surprise when she started the tour by showing us the burial place of my great grandparents. On the burial marker, was a picture of them that my mom recognized, as that same picture was in her home growing up. My mother shed tears of joy, even Anita was crying, knowing how precious this experience was for my mom and our family. When I asked my mom afterward how she felt she shared: “What a thrilling beginning to a wonderful tour. It was as though time had stopped and we could peek into history and touch the homes and lives of our loved ones. In Anita's caring hands, the experience was unforgettable.”
Anita is an amazing guide who went beyond any textbook tour. It was apparent that she did a lot of "homework" to give us a wonderful experience. She made the tour very personal and showed such an interest in our family and we feel like she’s part of our family story now. She even followed up after the tour with more facts and photos and graciously offered to send us some videos as keepsakes.
My family and I still are still replaying this experience over and over again and we can’t thank the Beeyonder team and Anita enough for this experience that we will never forget. We are happily spreading the word about Beeyonder and can’t wait to book another tour with Anita, or one of the other fantastic guides on the platform!”
While we cannot guarantee a personalized experience, we are available to help customize tours and packages to fit your budget and needs. Click here to inquire about a tour today.
The year-end holiday season is fast approaching and if your calendar is filling up fast and you’re starting to feel some work burnout, worry not. We have three fun, no hassles, online travel experiences to suggest as employee gifts, or as a new and inclusive way to enjoy the festive season, be it with friends, colleagues, or amongst senior individuals living in a community. Give these three a spin this season and enjoy the holiday cheer!
Treat your staff and their families to a virtual trip to Germany’s Christmas markets at their leisure. They’ll soak in all the festive vibes with a live walking tour of Berlin’s famous Christmas market located near the iconic TV Tower and the Alexanderplatz. A beloved German holiday tradition, Berlin’s beautiful fairy-lit markets are famous all over the world as one of the prettiest and busiest, offering everything from mulled wine, to beautiful hand-crafted decorations and lots of delicious winter foods on display. Our local guide is more than happy to share stories about Germany’s unique holiday traditions like Krampus Night (Krampus Nacht), the symbolic meaning of advent calendars, and why they celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve.
Fun Year-Round Tours
What’s more fun than exploring a new city altogether? One done virtually and riding through the pretty cobbled streets of Amsterdam with our expert local guide Mark on his bike. He’ll tour you around all the city’s great views, drop fun nuggets of history and local quirks and show you firsthand how the locals do everything on two wheels. Best of all the route changes according to the weather but what you can be sure of is you’ll take in some beautiful views of the canals, houses, and bridges and come away feeling like you’ve visited Amsterdam in person.
Unique Team Bonding Tours
Did you know that the purpose of the Japanese tea ceremony is to create a closer bond between host and guest in pursuit of gaining inner peace? Explore the wonderful virtues of a Japanese tea brewing ceremony altogether as a team, as you individually brew an aromatic cup of green tea altogether. An insightful session where the host shares more about green tea’s special and highly symbolic place in Japanese culture. You’ll learn the easy brewing techniques to produce a perfect cup of green tea, how to make sure it isn’t bitter, what makes for a good green tea pairing, and learn more about life in Japan.
If you prefer to leave the tour choice up to the individual, you can still purchase a gift card to share a unique Beeyonder tour at their leisure.
The end of the year is the perfect time for corporate groups to celebrate a year of achievements. Studies show that holiday parties help inspire a positive work culture and forge stronger bonds internally and with external business partners. What better way than to ditch the conventional office holiday party for something unexpected? This year, give your celebrations a virtual and interactive twist with an online tour experience to learn more about the holiday traditions celebrated in places like Edinburgh, Portugal, and Japan!
Edinburgh Holiday Tour
Did you know that Christmas Day only became a public holiday in 1958 in Scotland? Not that this has stopped the city of Edinburgh from transforming itself into a winter wonderland every year. Soak in the holiday spirit with your colleagues as our local guide brings you to explore popular festive markets and stalls. Revel in the over-the-top light displays as he explains more about Scottish Christmas traditions like burning a rowan twig to get rid of any bad feelings between friends or family.
Lisbon Holiday Lights & Traditions
Take a virtual tour of Portugal with your colleagues. See a different side to the City of Light as our guide walks through downtown Lisbon filled with beautiful colonialist-style buildings as she regales everyone with local Portuguese Christmas traditions (Santa is called Pai Natal , presents are left under the Christmas tree or in shoes by the fireplace) and shares more about festive foods like consoada (salted cod served with green vegetables, boiled potatoes, and boiled eggs) that’s eaten on Christmas Eve.
Holidays in Japan
Explore the history and culture from a locals point of view with this team bonding tour. Full of stories, fun facts, trivia, and even, make your own Japanese style holiday decoration this tour will engage remote and in person teams.
The changing leaves and the scent of pumpkin spice are sure signs that the holiday season is soon upon us. Before the year-end busyness sets in, this is an opportune time to organize team bonding events and cultural activities that encourage diverse conversations amongst teams. For seniors, these online experiences blending history, culture, and travel make for a fun, interactive way to welcome the start of the holiday season.
The festival of lights is India’s most important holiday marked by five days of celebrations involving prayers, feasts, fireworks, family gatherings, and charitable giving. To celebrate, families go all out, cleaning and decorating their homes, cooking up festive foods, and shopping for new wardrobes. Join our guide Komal as she takes you into the heart of a bustling Delhi market to go Diwali shopping while explaining the different rituals and experiences associated with this holiday.
Gather everyone in their best Halloween costumes for a live virtual tour of Plymouth's spooky Burial Hill. The 17th-century cemetery is the final resting place of many Pilgrims and Native people who perished from disease and hunger and is regarded as one of the most haunted places on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Be entertained by our guide Vicki who has a treasure trove of spooky stories and will share more about the Revolutionary War era mass grave and how it came to be the final resting place of a Revolutionary War general and his wife.
Walk off the turkey dinner with a virtual stroll around the original site of Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum founded in 1947. The 40-minute stroll starts at Plymouth Rock and proceeds up the oldest street in America. Along the way, be regaled by tales of the first settlers who came over on the Mayflower, take in sights like Plymouth Rock, Burial Hill, and other points of historical interest.
Taking virtual experiences to the next stage, we have revamped our digital platform customized for different target groups and interests. Created for people by people, our customer-centric virtual tours are ideal for corporate team building and bonding, virtual events and senior groups. Whether it’s exploring hidden gems, learning about new cultures and skills, or revisiting previous experiences, our tours offer inspiring and inclusive experiences by qualified local tour guides around the world. You will also notice the new look of Beeyonder! As we continue to add more tours, we will also bring the excitement of travel, the beauty of new destinations and, of course, people connections to our site and beyond.
At the heart of Beeyonder remains its concierge-style customer service and inspiring, qualified local guides who open up their world to you. With live interactive tours spanning visits to bustling local markets to UNESCO heritage sites and immersive historical presentations, Beeyonder allows everyone the opportunity to inclusively explore the world and be kind to the planet at the same time.
With Beeyonder, a new experience is only a few clicks away and the options are limitless. A place to share thoughts, gain new experiences and have a laugh, you’ll climb the hills of Mt Fuji in Japan in the morning and visit the castles of Ireland by the end of the day, and along the way meet inspiring and like-minded people who will open up your world.
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53 million Americans are providing unpaid care for relatives and friends – Source: AARP
Benefit: Caregiver burnout is real. Gift them a virtual getaway that they can schedule at their own time as a way to say thank you or as a convenient avenue to practice regular self-care.
In the US, 74.6 million people have some type of physical disability – Source: Monsido
Benefit: Having easy access to immersive travel experiences hosted by experienced tour guides allows those with a physical disability to continue traveling and discovering the world. Beeyonder’s tours can also be used as a pre-trip research tool to allow travelers to get a “lay of the land” and ask an expert questions about a specific experience or area of interest.
36% of caregiver households have a net income of less than $50,000 – Source: AARP
Benefit: Taking a vacation can be expensive, especially now with the rising cost of hotel rooms and air flights. A virtual travel experience easily accessible on a mobile phone, tablet or computer allows one to explore a new destination for a fraction of the cost, and as it’s hosted by an expert local guide, guests are likely to get local insights and insider tips to learn more about a destination or area of interest.
Many UNESCO Heritage Sites Aren’t Handicapped Accessible. – Source: Wheelchair Travel
Benefit: Gaining access to Hoi An and the Luxor Temples assumes a certain level of mobility and physical fitness. There’s also the issue of cost and time away from home and work to be factored in. Given the option of a quality, immersive interactive tour, the experience can be as good, if not better than one taking place in person.
Caregivers feel physical, emotional, and financial strain, with 2 in 10 caregivers reporting feeling alone. – Source: Caregiving.Org
Benefit: Gifting a caregiver an online travel experience they can attend on their own or together with friends and family is a lovely way for them to create bonds and memories with their close ones. It allows easy access to a regular social event to look forward to without having to coordinate backup care and can be incorporated into the daily caregiving routine as Beeyonder’s experiences span historical presentations, cooking lessons, walking tours, and tours to religious sites.
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