Last Updated on March 31, 2024

If you’re like me and my family, when we travel to a European destination, we want a unique, immersive, and authentic way to get to know the region. Representing Hornblower Group’s expansive portfolio of water- and land-based companies, City Experiences has expanded its portfolio of tours in European destinations like Greece, Spain, England, France and more.

Through its partners and award-winning tour providers Walks and Devour Tours, the company is offering guests unmatched explorations of major cultural sites, lesser-known haunts, and fun family-run eateries.

In partnership with some of the world’s top museums and monuments, including the Vatican Museums, Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, Niagara Falls, the Royal Alcazar of Seville, Sainte-Chapelle, and most recently, the Prado Museum and Buckingham Palace, Walks and Devour Tours offer unique, often exclusive tours that travelers cannot find elsewhere.

“In an era where travel is not just about the destination, but the experience, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of our unique tours in Europe,” Stephen Oddo, SVP Hornblower Group, President & Founder of Walks, said. “Walks and Devour Tours immerse travelers in the culture of each city, from major landmarks to mom-and-pop eateries, and offer an unparalleled exploration of Europe’s diverse tapestry.”

City Experiences will help guests travel smarter and experience more, whether it be an upcoming bucket list summer vacation or simply exploring their own backyard. New in 2024, these are the Walks and Devour tours being offered in Europe:

Spain – Madrid, Seville, San Sebastian

Visitors at The Prado Museum in Madrid admire Diego Velázquez' 'Las Meninas, one of the famous paintings in Prado.
Visitors at The Prado Museum in Madrid admire Diego Velázquez’ ‘Las Meninas.’ Photo by Deposit Photos.

VIP Alone in the Prado, available April 20, 2024, offers an exclusive early access museum tour as it can be a challenge to fully appreciate the Prado Museum’s countless masterpieces among the daytime crowds.

On this VIP tour, guests will be welcomed into the museum before the site opens to the public, offering plenty of space to enjoy legendary works such as Velázquez’s Las Meninas, Goya’s “Black” paintings, Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and more, complete with fascinating insights from an art historian guide.

An Evening Out in Seville: Triana Neighborhood Tapas Tour begins April 13, and on this evening tapas tour, guests join a local foodie expert and a small group of new friends in Triana, Sevillanos’ neighborhood of choice for a night out.

As travelers eat and drink their way across four unique styles of tapas bars, they will get a crash course in what it means to eat out in Seville—so they can conquer even the loudest, liveliest bar like a pro during the remainder of their stay.

An Evening Out in San Sebastian: Centro Neighborhood Pintxos Tour, available April 16 will introduce travelers to great bar food as they tour the Centro neighborhood in San Sebastian. This lesser-visited area is the one the locals choose when making their plans. This tour will offer visitors a true local experience full of both iconic pintxos and pleasantly unexpected tastes they won’t find anywhere else.

Vatican City

Alone In The Vatican: Exclusive VIP Access Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour beginning April 10 will allow visitors to explore the Vatican at its quietest time on an exclusive, super-special access tour.

Visiting before the Museums open to the public or after they’ve closed their doors allows for a once-in-a-lifetime tour and a rare chance to admire its beautiful galleries empty and free of crowds. No matter which option visitors choose, they’ll enjoy the company of an intimate small group (as well as a knowledgeable Walks guide) and have Michelangelo’s masterpiece entirely to themselves.

Florence

Alone in the Duomo: VIP After-Hours Tour with Dome Climb & Private Terrace Access available now will provide guests with a once-in-a-lifetime tour. Entering after closing time, visitors escape the crowds and experience the sacred space at its most peaceful, allowing them the serenity to fully appreciate its magnificence.

Complete with a guided dome climb, private access to both terraces and even an encounter with the Key Master himself, there’s no more privileged way to experience this Florentine treasure.

Paris

Paris Montmartre Tour.
Paris Montmartre Tour. Photo courtesy of City Experiences.

From Orsay to Giverny: Skip-the-Line Museum Tour & Exclusive Monet House Day Trip is available beginning April 3. This full-day art experience not only gives travelers an up-close look at these legendary works within the museum, but they will also see the stunning scenery that inspired Monet and other Impressionist masters on a day trip from Paris to Giverny.

From the halls of the Orsay (complete with perfectly timed, skip-the-line entry) to the peaceful gardens at Monet’s Giverny retreat, this impeccably planned, expertly guided experience is perfect for anyone who wants a deeper dive into French art and culture—or who just wants a relaxing escape from the busy capital in stunningly beautiful surroundings.

Exclusive Montmartre Experience with Private Vineyard Tasting, Skip-the-Line Museum Tour, & Sacré-Coeur starts April 5. On this relaxed early evening Montmartre walking tour, guests will explore the neighborhood with a local, following in the footsteps of artists, musicians, and activists who left a lasting mark on its cobblestoned streets.

From the top of the hill at the magnificent Sacré-Coeur to a private stroll among the vines at a hidden urban vineyard, this is the Montmartre many visitors seek out, yet few can claim to have truly found.

London

Tower of London.
Tower of London. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter & London Walking Tour is currently available for booking. The tour combines a city stroll to several famous landmarks in central London with private transport to and from Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where visitors can walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps. Impeccably crafted sets, original props and costumes, and more magical encounters await, making the Studio Tour one of the most in-demand locations in the UK.

Best of Buckingham Palace: Skip-the-Line Tickets & Royal London Walking Tour is now available and offers skip-the-line access to either the palace’s breathtaking State Rooms or the fascinating Royal Mews.

Visitors will spend an enjoyable morning getting to the heart of royal life in the UK without the hassle of trying to obtain tickets or figure out a route on their own. At every step of the way, experienced guides will regale tourgoers with stories they’ll have to hear to believe about the fascinating sites and the household-name monarchs.

Athens

Delphi Small Group Day Trip from Athens with Honey Farm Visit & Homemade Lunch becomes available May 9. As the most important archaeological site in Greece outside of Athens, Delphi has attracted countless travelers throughout the ages.

While trying to get there on their own can be challenging, this carefully curated Delphi day trip from Athens comes with all the logistics handled, including round-trip private transport for guests and their small group of 15. Together with a knowledgeable guide, they will explore the Delphi Archaeological Site on the slopes of Mount Parnassus before venturing off to a family-run honey farm, where they will meet the owners and indulge in a homemade lunch.

An Evening Out in Athens: Koukaki Neighborhood Food & Wine Tour is currently available. Tucked away in the shadow of the Acropolis, the Koukaki neighborhood is the place in Athens where locals go for dinner and drinks.

Along the way, guests get a crash course in all things related to Greek food culture—from how to choose a great spot to what to order when they get there—so they can make every meal memorable throughout the rest of their stay.

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