John Cleese

Specialized tours enrich travel

Specialized tours enrich travel

When I arrive in a new city, I book a private guide straightaway -- someone who can bring the architecture, history and culture to life. Lately, in the spirit of experiential sightseeing, I've been taking specialized tours that highlight unique, local experiences or historical themes. Particularly in big cities, I've found all kinds of focused tours, from guided night walks to musical pub crawls.

One of the most popular sightseeing trends is food tours, which reward travelers with edible memories. For about $100, you can eat your way through a few neighborhoods in a few hours, while an expert explains the history and tradition behind each dish. Some tours involve standing and...

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