Mother's Day is just around the corner. A special day for mother figures to celebrate their special bond with those they hold close and dear, to make this year’s celebration more memorable, organize a virtual tour to a place she’s always dreamed of traveling to. She'll get the best of both worlds: to experience an unforgettable live experience, all while doing so from the comfort of her home. From vineyards and city tours to adventures sailing the River Nile or scaling Machu Picchu, we are your digital passport to the world offering tours and experiences that cater to every personality and interest.
Scenic Tours Mom Will Love
She loves to go on long walks and dabbles in a little photography, she snaps scenic memories to draw and paint when she’s home and treasures all her travel memories. Our selection of scenic tours offers her a chance to be fully immersed in travel experiences like strolling along Venice’s Rialto Bridge, sailing down the River Nile, or joining a sunrise tour of Auckland’s scenic Waitemata harbor and Viaduct Harbour, watching the bustling city center come to life as the sun rises.
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Virtual Tours for the Foodie Mom
For the mother who holds a passion for learning more about global cuisine and exotic ingredients, our food and beverage experiences will expand her culinary repertoire. Follow along as expert chefs explain the nuances of Tuscan olive oil, make Turkish home specialties and gourmet Argentinian cuisine live on camera. Our guides will host an interactive session showcasing a working coffee farm in Costa Rica and delve into the Malbec winemaking process, from plant to bottle, on a walking tour of a traditional, working vineyard located in Lujan de Cuyo, the heart of Mendoza wine country.
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Virtual Tours for the Adventurous Mom
She never says no to a hike or a mountain bike ride through the forest and she has nurtured a lifelong love and appreciation for the great outdoors. She finds peace and joy being amongst majestic mountains and stark desert landscapes. Treat her to an outdoor-indoor adventure with walking tours that explore Boliva’s unique Moon Valley or Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano where the trails are formed out of lava. Take her to see the Iguazu Falls in all its splendor and make good on that promise to finally hike the Canadian Rockies with this immersive Banff experience where an expert local guide brings you through Canada's most famous national park nestled in over 6,000 square kilometers of majestic wilderness.
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Virtual Tours with other Moms
The social glue of the family, she’s the first to volunteer for PTA and lead the neighborhood bake sale. She knows all your friends (and their Mom’s) names and has standing coffee/brunch dates with her own girls. Indulge her outgoing nature with these interactive tours to far-off destinations like South Africa’s Bo-Kaap neighborhood and Egypt’s Luxor Temple. Satisfy her love of history with a tour of Croatia’s Sibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic with charming winding streets and Saint James’ cathedral (the first renaissance building outside of Italy). It was also the first city in the world to receive public lighting on alternating electricity in 1895.
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Not sure which experience Mom would love? Why not buy her a gift card so she can use it at her leisure to travel to a fascinating place she has never been before!
February may be the month we celebrate the Hallmark holiday of Valentine’s Day but there’s no reason you can’t plan something special all year round with these interactive, virtual experiences. Whether you’re looking to spice up your regular date night, out of ideas for a fun way to connect with someone you’ve just met, or organizing a virtual get to know your friends and family meeting, these virtual experiences will provide all the necessary spark, fun and romance.
Explore Amsterdam on a Bike
Now that you’ve done the dinners and weekday drinks, it’s time to test the waters if your romantic interest could be a potential traveling partner. Stoke his or her travel lust by exploring a new city together virtually. Hop along on a walking tour bike ride with That Dam Guide who’ll explore Amsterdam’s winding cobbled stone streets as you take in the sights of crisscrossing canals, historic houses, and picturesque bridges that dot the city center.
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Gawk at Bolivia’s Salt Flats Together
Bucket-list trips may have taken a backseat the past couple of years but that doesn’t mean you can’t surprise your love with an adventure. Follow our guide and explore "El Salar de Uyuni" the largest salt flat in the world located in the southwest of Bolivia. He’ll give you a tour of this unique semi-desert and volcanic region pointing out the rock formations, volcanic wells, and spectacular geysers that make this landscape truly one of a kind. Depending on your visit, expect to see the intense blue of the sky contrasted with the brilliant white of the salt crust, or on cloudy days, experience the “White-out” effect where the horizon is blurred until it disappears into the salt flat.
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Shake up some Cocktails in Hoi An
If you’ve missed going on random cocktail bar crawls while traveling, sign up for this storytelling/cocktail class experience hosted live in Hoi An. Enjoy a fun, interactive session where you’ll shake, mix and stir through a menu of vodka or rum-based tipples curated by professional mixologists and bartenders. All the while the host will regale you with stories from Hoi An and share evocative images of this historic trading port known for its wooden Chinese shophouses and colorful French colonial buildings.
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Cook Some Turkish Food Together
Some of the best bonding moments happen over food - after all, this might be the person you’ll be having dinner with for the rest of your life. Forge a deeper connection by learning how to cook a meal together. This live, interactive class will teach you both how to make some traditional Turkish dishes like Imam Bayildi (stuffed aubergines), Cacik (cucumber yogurt salad), and Halva (a traditional sweet pudding made with toasted flour and browned butter). End the class with the host on her terrace overlooking the quaint village of Sirince, located 12 km from the ancient city of Ephesus.
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Join A Japanese Happy Hour
Instead of popping out for a sushi/ramen date, why not treat your date to an online cocktail happy hour experience live from Japan. Aside from learning how to create two Japanese-style cocktails, you’ll pick up some professional bar basics and get to quiz the host on anything cocktail or Japan-related in terms of culture, travel, or food. As a bonus they’ll also dish on their best-kept Tokyo tips and tricks, so you won’t be lost in translation when you next visit that buzzing metropolis.
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This year-end rather than cancel the highly anticipated Christmas/New Year party, keep the date and level up festivities with a virtual event that’ll bring everyone (and perhaps even your sister offices) altogether in an online party. Now that you’re not limited by venue capacity or team location, expand your creative chops and uncover which virtual experience best suits your work setting, and will leave everyone feeling appreciated, rejuvenated, and connected to their colleagues. To help kickstart the party planning, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite thematic virtual tours and experiences.
INDULGE CULINARY ASPIRATIONS
Celebratory year-end affairs aren’t complete without something delicious to nibble on. Rather than having a meal together over Zoom, learn to make a unique dish from a foreign land. This virtual workshop experience from Singapore teaches all parties to make ondeh ondeh, one of Singapore’s more popular desserts. Bite into delicious glutinous rice and sweet potato balls filled with palm sugar and coated generously with shredded coconut, it’s a sweet treat with a distinct Peranakan influence that’s sure to delight. Another exotic dish that’ll whet all appetites is this Sri Lankan Curry cooking class where you’ll learn how to make your own curry paste ground from fresh curry leaves, a truly local Sri Lankan practice. A fully customizable experience, adjustments can be made to cater for vegetarians or to explore other signature Sri Lankan dishes.
UNCOVER HISTORICAL SECRETS
Learn something new while satisfying everyone’s travel lust with an experiential “outing” to far-flung historical sites. Explore the archaeological zone known as the great pyramid of Cholula in Mexico City established almost 3,000 years ago and dedicated to the deity Quetzalcoatl. Fun fact: It’s four times larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Equally impressive, sneak a peek of the 2,300-year-old Great Wall of China in this live virtual private tour that walks the steps towards the first watchtower (one of 22 built along its 21,196 km length) and admire this marvel of construction and the stunning surrounding scenery.
GO OUT INTO THE WILD
How’s this for a team bonding experience? Get up close and personal with a pride of lions in this virtual wildlife encounter that brings South Africa’s Kruger National Park to a screen near you. Hosted by an ecologist and conservationist, he’ll share real-life experiences with these majestic creatures and bring you so close to them, you’ll hear their growls loud and proud. Ever wondered which creatures glow in the dark? Witness this unusual occurrence on a virtual tour that’ll head out into the bush and shine a light on bioluminescent (lights up on its own) and some biofluorescent (lights up with UV light) creatures. Spoiler alert: You might catch a bossy possum in action.
EXPLORE AN EXOTIC DESTINATION
When an in-person team incentive trip isn’t possible, there are still options to enjoy a destination together. Schedule this immersive virtual experience that tours the city of Siem Reap and the UNESCO heritage site of Angkor Wat. Led by a local guide who’ll show off the hidden gems and cultural landmarks not often seen by visitors, it’ll leave everyone with a deeper understanding of the rich culture and history of the Khmer people. In a vastly different continent, not many individuals realize that the city of Ohrid, Macedonia is one of the oldest human settlements in all of Europe dating back over three million years old. This live streaming tour will tour major sites like the fortress of Tsar Samuel from the XI century, an ancient theatre from 2 B.C, home to historic gladiator battles, as well as the lake of Ohrid, one of the largest and clearest natural tectonic lakes in Europe.
TOUR SOME VINEYARDS
For a more inclusive office gathering, rather than organizing a wine tasting, why not sign up for a virtual walking tour of vineyards in Argentina or Chile. Learn more about Argentina’s Mendoza wine heritage on this walkabout of a working vineyard located in Lujan de Cuyo where our host will explain the wine-making process, from plant to bottle, and why the country’s most highly rated Malbec wines originate from this region. Another compelling option is this excursion through the best Chilean wineries of the Maipo Valley to learn about their history of the “Bordeaux of South America”, the grapes, terroir, and what makes their cabernet sauvignon wines so highly desired by wine connoisseurs.
This year-end, plan some virtual holiday experiences as part of your festive celebrations. A great way to come together with co-workers, family members, and friends regardless of location or time zone, experience Beeyonder’s limited-time festive tours where you’ll visit holiday markets in Europe, learn how the Japanese celebrate the New Year, and explore the deeper meaning behind holidays like Hanukkah and Christmas.
Learn the Meaning of Hanukkah
Deepen this year’s Hanukkah celebrations with this virtual tour that explores the story of the Maccabees, the group of Jewish rebel warriors who took control of Judea. Our guide will tell you more about who they are and where they came from and why they were fighting with the Greeks. Through a mix of virtual site visits to see the landscape and the archeological evidence uncovered over the years. You’ll visit Modi'in, Maresha, Mitzpah (known as the Tomb of Prophet Samuel), the City of David in Jerusalem, and much more to gain a new perspective and understanding of Hanukkah. Join this experience here.
Visit Christmas Markets in Norway
If you’ve got Netflix’s Home For Christmas queued up on your playlist, add this virtual experience to your fun holiday list. Join this online tour and follow along as a local guide takes you to Norway’s most popular markets and events happening during Christmas time. If you’re lucky you’ll catch sight of a Christmas concert, kids making their own snowmen and market stalls selling gløgg (mulled wine using aquavit), Christmas cookies like goro (traditional butter Christmas cookie) and krumkaker (traditional wafer-thin cookie), and gingerbread houses. Join the tour here.
Walk in the Footsteps of Baby Jesus
If spending time together in person is proving challenging this holiday season, there are still ways to bond bond and share as a family. This virtual session delves into the story of the early life of Jesus using videos, 3-D models, photospheres, and evocative imagery. Travel back to ancient times and visit Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Egypt, the Temple in Jerusalem (just like Jesus did when he was a baby and 12 years old) and our guide will also show you the location on Jordan river where he was baptized. Join this experience here.
Visit Buzzy Lisbon during Christmas
Break out the egg nog and your favorite Christmas tunes for a virtual walk around buzzy Lisbon. A live experience that’ll take in all the sounds and sights of the city center decorated with thousands of colorful lights, arty installations, and Christmas trees, keep your eyes peeled for market stalls selling festive treats, mulled wine, and hot chocolate. Our guide will also share about local Portuguese Christmas traditions, what dishes make up a typical Christmas feast, and scrumptious cakes like bolo rei (king cake) they make to mark special occasions. Join the tour here.
Visit Plimoth Plantation this Thanksgiving
Gather together virtually before/after your roast turkey dinner for a virtual walk around the original site of Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, founded in 1947. A 40-minute stroll starting at Plymouth Rock and proceeding up the oldest street in America, you’ll hear all about the 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. Join this experience here.
Learn How the Japanese Celebrate Christmas
The Japanese celebrate Christmas a little differently and now you can experience it first hand without getting on a plane. Join this virtual session and get crafting with our expert guide who’ll show you how to craft your very own Nengajo (New Year’s card) out of origami paper and other quirky new year traditions (hint: it has to do with heralding in good luck) including the practice of Christmas date nights, and how KFC’s fried chicken party barrels is regarded as a substitute for the traditional American turkey dinner.
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