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!”
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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.
Travel today is no longer limited to in-person experiences, thanks to technology and devices, there are numerous immersive ways to virtually discover new destinations. Our platform of digital experiences covers a wide range of interests and countries, providing everyone – from people with disabilities, caregivers who can’t get away, or individuals who are less mobile or not of age to travel independently – a chance to explore dream destinations without having to pack a suitcase or use their passport. Additionally, as top-rated expert local guides host them, these online, interactive encounters go into greater detail and background than the average visitor who visits for the first time, on a budget or a limited schedule. This month, join us for a first-hand experience of some unique destinations.
Hike Machu Picchu Without The Hassles
Planning an in-person trip to see this symbol of the Inca Empire on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains comes with a few challenges. Not only are tickets hard to come by but the weather can be unpredictable and depending on the trail of interest, there are limited permits issued daily. For sustainably-minded travelers, the question of visiting an already over touristed destination also poses a quandary. We offer a private experience conducted in English or Spanish that will take you on a virtual tour broadcasted live from the highest viewpoint so you can drink in the beauty of its advanced architecture terraces with its giant rock walls and ramps at leisure, and without any altitude sickness.
Visit the Great Pyramids & Ride a Camel in an Afternoon
Built over 5,000 years ago, the Pyramids of Giza are truly a marvel of human ingenuity and imagination. The only Wonder of the World to remain largely intact, it’s a sight not to be missed. Unfortunately, making a trip to Egypt just to see the Pyramids of Giza is an extravagance. A country that warrants at least two weeks on the ground, for many, this is an experience that’ll be hard to juggle alongside work and family commitments. Our sightseeing tour however offers the chance to ride through the stark desert around the Giza plateau on a camel and observe the pyramids up close. Hosted by a local expert guide who will talk about the time it was built and the pharaohs who commissioned them, you’ll also have the opportunity to look at the great sphinx, all of this on the back of a camel!
Join Venice Locals On a Stroll Without Dealing With Crowds
The city of Venice is a bucketlist favorite of travelers for its charming, cobbled streets and footbridges. In a bid to conserve the city, daytrippers will now have to make reservations and pay a fee to visit the historic lagoon city. Skip these logistics and help preserve Venice by joining our virtual walking discovery tour across the Rialto Bridge. On this one-hour tour, you’ll explore the neighborhood of Rialto, once the banking center of Venice, and the inspiration for Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'. Our guide will bring you to a bustling fish market and watch residents going about their day, and as the tour is offered between 6am-9pm (Venice time) you can opt to start the tour right before sunset so you’ll see the city bathed in a warm golden glow.
Ever wanted to go on an adventure, but never got around to actually doing it? Sometimes it's just not possible to travel far from home. You might not have enough vacation days or you’re saving up for other expenses. Even if you can't get away, access to a travel escapade is still possible with our platform of on-demand digital experiences. Led by local expert guides they’ll bring you on fascinating trips to explore destinations you’ve always wanted to visit. Here are a few tours perfect for travel enthusiasts to enjoy from anywhere!
Walking Tour of Arenal Volcano National Park
With an almost perfect conical shape and a crater about 1,700 feet wide and 2,000 feet deep, Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Our walking tour experience takes you on trails formed out of lava through a beautiful rainforest as you learn about the history of the volcano, geology, and ecology of the area.
Ride In A Hot Air Balloon Over Luxor
Take to the skies and admire the ancient city of Luxor, once the site of ancient Thebes, from a hot air balloon. An immersive, interactive experience where you’ll watch the inflation set-up where bright gusts of air are thrust into the canopies of the hot-air balloon before you ride along on a sunset tour over the majestic Theban mountains.
In the heart of the Iguazu Falls
Straddling Brazil and Argentina, be wow-ed by the impressive Iguazu Falls by joining our interactive live-streaming tour. Your guide will get wet for you, and take you to the footbridges to go as close as possible to the falls so you can experience this New Wonder of the World as if you were there in person.
Taking a vacation doesn’t have to be a once-a-year event, it can take place anytime you wish. Travel should be experienced at leisure and our wealth of virtual vacation experiences offers accessible digital opportunities to explore the world from the comfort of your laptop or mobile phone, allowing you to experience a world of destinations you’ve always dreamed about traveling to.
FOR CORPORATE ACTIVITIES
Is part of a company’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, consider planning team bonding activities that pair sustainable digital travel with a cultural and historical angle. Our robust platform of online experiences (from cooking classes and coffee farm tours to historical and religious presentations) can be enjoyed by team members from anywhere around the world, so everyone can select a tour or subject they’re interested in.
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem - The Holiest Place on Earth
“We hosted about 20 colleagues on a virtual walking tour of Jerusalem as part of our diversity & inclusion initiatives. It was a great opportunity for our team to learn more about the roots of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and he made an effort to interact with several locals during the tour to give us a real flavor of the region. It was a unique and enjoyable team-building activity and it received rave reviews from our employees!” - Brown & Brown Absence Services Group
FOR SENIOR SOCIALS
Walking tours are some of the best ways to explore a country and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a new destination. Our experiences are curated according to interest or type of experience, for instance, our “Live From The Street” unlocks a wealth of online walking tours from Auckland to Beijing, Venice, and Cape Town. Hosted by expert guides who know the ins and outs of their city, they’ll be more than happy to share their favorite spots and stories.
Live Virtual Walking Tour of Singapore's City Center
“My group took its first trip with Edwin, from Singapore as our guide. It was a small group and we got to ask him many questions which he answered to our satisfaction. Edwin was funny, he repeated himself to be sure we understood what he was saying. We are all looking forward to future trips!” - Alford COA
FOR SENIOR GROUPS
Thanks to Beeyonder’s diverse online experiences, travel can take place anytime, anywhere, and in a group setting. Our Passport Club curates more than 350 tours across 50 countries featuring exotic locations like Siem Reap, Egypt, Croatia, and Argentina. Join other travel-loving individuals for a session of wanderlust exploring new and amazing destinations together.
Discovering Ushuaia, the Southernmost City in the World
“Barbara was extraordinary! She really went the extra distance to make the tour enjoyable and fascinating for me and my friends. It’s the second tour I’ve done with her and I look forward to going on another. I highly recommend her and her tours!” - Mike
Passport Club membership costs $60 per month for a group of up to 50 people. Available as well as a 3, 6, 9 month, and annual membership. Tour schedules are available three months in advance and take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Not sure which experience to book? Drop us a line or buy a gift card that can be used at leisure.
With longer days, warm sunshine, blue skies, and a general laid back vibe, summertime is one of the seasons to take a trip somewhere, be it in person or via a digital experience. This month, treat yourself to a virtual vacation day and head off to a dream destination without the hassles of bringing a passport, dealing with flight delays, and navigating crowded spaces.
Image of: River Nile in Egypt, Africa
Picture yourself Sailing The River Nile by motorboat at sunset as you drink in the view of the East and West Banks of the world’s longest river. A bucket list experience that no longer needs a travel buddy to embark on, keep your eyes peeled for a sighting of a hippopotamus or spotted-neck otter that inhabit the Nile basin while your guide explains more about Egypt’s food, culture, and people.
A virtual travel experience doesn’t have to be a solo adventure. As we start to return to the office, a corporate bonding day focused on doing something fun as a team altogether is the perfect ice-breaker to re-introduce everyone to each other and create some memorable experiences for all to share, regardless of location, age, or accessibility.
Image of: Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
One summer hotspot that can be revisited over and over again is Rome. A city that’s best explored via walking, sign everyone up for The Highlights of Rome - Live Virtual Experience. Embark on a stroll through this picturesque city from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain wandering through the famous Piazza de Spagna as seen in the movies. Your private tour guide will pepper the time with nuggets of information that only locals know about, with historic photographs and videos to give historical context to Rome's incredible and turbulent past.
Image of: Šibenik, Croatia
Shared live experiences are also a wonderful way to form deep bonds with the most important people in your life. Immersive digital tours like A Walk Through Šibenik, Croatia give multi-generational families an easy, uncomplicated opportunity to explore a new destination together. There’s no juggling of work and school schedules to take into consideration, and all of the fun to be experienced as you gather in person or online to explore the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic.
Travel is a great way to expand your world and your global view by learning more about different cultures and people, their practices, history, and heritage. And thanks to technology, it doesn’t exclusively need to take place in person. Our digital experiences are your passport to the world offering a platform of accessible opportunities to travel from anywhere to destinations you’ve always dreamed about.
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