7 Benefits of Virtual Tourism (& 28 Free Virtual Tours)
Let’s go somewhere…virtually!
Stuck at home with the quarantine blues? Then virtual tours might be the best option for you! If you’re following stay-at-home orders but are still itching to travel, virtual tours allow you to travel all over the world with just a simple click. Still not convinced? Keep reading to:
- Discover the seven main benefits of virtual traveling
- Explore 28 amazing experiences in nine different countries
- Get inspired for your next (physical) trip with us
What is “Virtual Tourism”?
Virtual tourism enables people to visit places remotely. The idea has been around for several years, as a natural offshoot of the possibilities inspired by virtual reality (VR); but Covid-19 has accelerated the buzz around this concept.
Virtual traveling leverages audio-visual components, and sometimes VR, to bring tours, galleries, museums, exhibits, zoos, aquariums, parks, and more to life through your screen.
It lends itself especially well to educational tourism activities, where you might want to read every single sign, or cultural and artistic tourist experiences, where you might want to look at each unique detail of a painting or tapestry up close. It can ignite that sense of wonder and excitement you feel when you visit a new place, but from the comfort of your home.
7 Benefits of Virtual Tourism
Naturally, some of the tactile senses that animate an in-person tourism experience will elude you, but, traveling virtually has myriad benefits:
- You’ll always be first in line
- You can visit multiple destinations in a day
- There is no need to plan in advance – explore in a spontaneous, stress-free way!
- It’s easily accessible to adventurers with mobility issues
- Many tours are free or cheaper than visiting in person
- They’re Covid-19 friendly: you’ll stay socially distant and not need to wear a mask
- It’s a carbon-friendly way to travel
Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of virtual tours that’ll take you on a trip around the world. Buckle up!
Portugal Virtual Tours
- Take a guided tour through the capital city of Lisbon. Then virtually transport to Sintra for a visit to Pena National Palace.
- Learn about the famous Portuguese azulejo ceramic tilework from this online exhibit presented by the National Azulejo Museum on Google Arts & Culture.
- Enjoy the remarkable collection of the National Museum of Ancient Art.
After virtually exploring Portugal’s well-known sites, consider our off the beaten path trip through the Heart and Soul of Douro Valley, a self-guided walking trip through this northern Portugal wine region. Bookable for 2+ people. Consider going with your partner, family, or a close group of friends for an outdoors, Covid-19 safe vacation.
Nepal Virtual Tours
- Roam through the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.
- Venture to the Himalayas to explore its various villages and monasteries and try to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Check out our Nar Phu Trek Wellness Tour if you enjoyed these virtual tourism experiences. This tour has a variable start date – so you can book it in advance for a date you feel comfortable with. Privatization is possible too, so you can book with your partner, family. or a close group of friends. Since you’ll be out in the fresh air, it’s easy to stay socially distanced, too!
Kyrgyzstan Virtual Tours
- Learn about Kyrgyzstan’s rich culture & traditions from an online presentation by You Visit before touring the capital city, Bishkek.
- If nature is more your calling, explore the serene regions of Sary-Chelek and Naryn via Air Pano’s 360° aerial experience.
If you liked this virtual visit to Kyrgyzstan, we’re sure you’ll like our 16 day trip to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan Virtual Tours
- Skip the line and enter the House Museum of Aybek, an exhibit dedicated to the famous Uzbek writer Aybek Musa Tashmukhamedov.
- View the city of Bukhara from the Kalyan Minaret, also known as the “Tower of Death” in the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex.
- Take a virtual reality tour of Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent.
Kenya Virtual Tours
- Check out this virtual ecotour by vEcotourism titled “Salt-mining Elephants of Mount Elgon”.
- Explore Kenya’s diverse communities at the Nairobi National Museum as well as its various national parks presented by the National Museums of Kenya
If being out in nature, savoring unique landscapes, and partaking in local activities sounds like what you’re looking for, our Mida Creek Village Experience in Kenya might be just the trip for you. Bookable for up to six people, this 3-day experience would be perfect to add to the beginning or end of a longer trip to Kenya or Eastern Africa.
Jordan Virtual Tours
- Educate yourself on the “Handwoven History of Palestine and Jordan” with this historical presentation on Google Arts & Culture.
- Visit in detail the “Rose City” of Petra; one of the 7 Wonders of the World. If you’re interested in historical monuments, Shoubak Castle may also be right up your alley.
- For a mini beach getaway visit the port city of Aqaba known for its marine blue water.
If you’re interested in a more in-depth visit to Jordan, take a look at our trip Wander Across Egypt and Jordan.
Ghana Virtual Tours
- Visit the Nubuke Foundation in Accra to learn how they’re “Championing Ghanaian Contemporary Art”.
- Take a virtual journey to popular destinations like Elmina Castle and Wli Waterfall with Dobiison’s 360 Ghana tours.
Has Ghana piqued your interest? With our trip to the West African coast, you can explore Benin, Togo & Ghana all on the same 20-day trip. (By the way, did you know that spending longer in your destination is more sustainable when you have to fly across the world?)
Georgia Virtual Tours
- Admire Georgian architecture, art and culture through this historical tour of the Art Palace of Georgia.
- Visit Georgia’s various cities and landscapes in this Virtual Reality Georgia Tour by Pandorama 360.
Intrigued by what else Georgia has to offer? Look into our small-group (max 10 people) cultural tour through Georgia & Armenia.
Armenia Virtual Tours
- Explore Armenia with virtual tours to Noravank Monastery, Shaki Waterfall, and Republic Square with Armenia | 360 Stories.
Where to next?
Hopefully, at least one of these tours piqued your interest. Maybe it even got the travel gears turning in your head and gave you inspiration for your next adventure. We also have several great sustainable adventures waiting whenever you’re ready to travel again.
Which of these virtual tours do you find most intriguing? Do you think virtual tourism will become a travel trend of the future? Let us know in the comments!