Invisible Cities, the social enterprise that trains people who have previously experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city in Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow and York – has teamed up with Virtualtrips.io to offer LIVE virtual tours of Edinburgh.
Virtualtrips is a dedicated live-streaming platform that offers raw, human-centric tours of interesting places, broadcast in real time by expert locals. With more than 250 tours across 45 locations and counting, people can ‘travel’ together to Venice, explore Yellowstone National Park, and make it back in time to see the coast of Guernsey – all in the same day.
Viewers can enjoy following Virtualtrips’ friendly and knowledgeable guides and engage with them and fellow travellers through interactive chat. All of the tours are currently free to watch, though tips are encouraged (and very much appreciated!) On average, people have rated the tours 4.7 out of 5 across 15,000 reviews.
Zakia Moulaoui Guery, Founder & CEO of Invisible Cities comments, “The Virtualtrips online platform offers virtual walking tours from around the world and we are really delighted to be joining forces with them. We are also hoping to eventually be able to take this partnership further and become a Virtualtrips community partner, but that is for the future!
“In the meantime, our virtual tours of Edinburgh will keep the community engaged, allow us to continue our work, giving a voice to those who have felt invisible and offering some much–
needed entertainment for people across the UK and beyond.”
The virtual tours of Edinburgh are also available on Invisible Cities’ very own Zoom platform, making them ideal for teams at work, or families and friends, who wish to discover the city from the comfort of their own home.
Zakia concludes, “We are inviting people to book their preferred date and time via our Invisible Cities website and then they can just log onto zoom on the day. Their guide will take them through a journey along the streets of Edinburgh – either on their own or as part of a group tour experience, with others from various households, no matter where they are in the world! “