Travel in 2021 is anything but conventional – if available at all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience something new in a foreign land. To adapt to current circumstances, many tour companies and operators have transitioned to a new style of travel – virtual tours! You can escape your living room for up to a few hours and see the far-away lands you’ve been dreaming of (for a fraction of the price, too!). Out of equal parts boredom and curiosity, I was able to experience Europe in a new light over the course of the past few months. Part 1 in this series will cover Europe, Part 2 will cover virtual tours of Asia, with more to come soon!. Enjoy this roundup of the best virtual tours in Europe, my favorite continent!

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Albania

Communist Tirana

From the comfort of your home, join two expert guides as they lead you on a live, virtual tour of Tirana, the Albanian capital. You’ll visit at least eight sites of interest while learning about communist ideology and the rise and fall of communism in Albania. The tour is live and interactive, allowing ample time to ask your guides any questions you may have regarding communism in Albania.

Price: From $13.00

Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

Link: VIRTUAL GUIDED TOUR OF COMMUNIST TIRANA


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Rafting River Neretva

Neretva River in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina with iconic bridge spanning the river.
Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina – July 18, 2019. Old stone bridge above river Neretva

Here is a truly unique experience to have from your living room! Experience epic scenic beauty on this 50-minute river tour as you travel from the village of Glavaticevo to the town of Konjic. You’ll see beautiful canyons and waterfalls, hidden spots that most tourists never get the chance to see, and four adrenaline rapids – no lifejacket required! Or mask, for that matter. Rafting down the river Neretva was certainly one of the most unique and enjoyable virtual tours in Europe.

Price: From $25.00

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Link: RAFTING RIVER NERETVA


Bulgaria

Sofia

Sit back and relax on this virtual guided tour of Sofia, Bulgaria’s unique capital city. Enjoy the secrets of your local guides, personalized stories, and visiting all of the important sites Sofia has to offer. You’ll have the opportunity to discover 18 different touristic sites and gain new appreciation for Sofia as a focal point of Bulgarian tourism.

Price: From $26.00

Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

Link: VIRTUAL GUIDED TOUR OF SOFIA


Croatia

Dubrovnik

Domed orange roofs of Dubrovik Old Town.

During this live guided tour, you’ll stop at some of the most prominent historic and tourist sites of Dubrovnik. Your local guide will virtually bring you to the Walls of Dubrovnik, the Old Town, Stradun, and Lokrum Island among others. You’ll learn history, culture, and get a taste of daily life for Croatians living in the capital city. The tour is interactive and allows for a Q&A session.

Price: From $9.00

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Link: VIRTUAL GUIDED TOUR OF DUBROVNIK

Rijeka

Take a virtual “walk” through European Capital of Culture, the Croatian city of Rijeka. Learn interesting facts about the city, such as the fact that it changed six different countries over the course of the last century! Discover how the city came to be, its complicated history, and daily life for its citizens. You’ll visit a local food market, hear street music, see ancient Roman ruins, and take in a medieval fortress with bay views. You’ll visit and learn about many other interesting points in the city as well. Questions are encouraged as this is a live, interactive tour.

Price: From $25.00

Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

Link: VIRTUAL GUIDED TOUR OF RIJEKA


France

Louvre

Of course ,we all want the ability to travel freely again, but this is one perk of lockdown. To experience the Louvre, unrushed, without tourists or queues, is such a treat! This tour takes you through the highlights of the Louvre and even includes a Q&A session in case there’s anything you’re more curious about! This tour of the Louvre was one of my favorite virtual tours in Europe.

Price: From $12.00

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Link: VIRTUAL GUIDED TOUR OF THE LOUVRE

Versailles

Palace of Versailles with iconic black and white tilework in the courtyard.

Visit the Palace of Versailles from the comfort of your home in this private, guided virtual tour. Marvel at the exquisite gardens, re-live history through the stories of your knowledgeable guide, and see what life was like for French royalty at its peak. This interactive tour allows time for communicating with your guide, enabling you to learn much more than researching the Palace independently.

Price: From $13.00

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Link: VERSAILLES VIRTUAL TOUR

Montmartre

With its cobblestone streets, stunning basilica, artistic vibes and quintessential Parisian flair, Montmartre is one of the best known and most-visited neighborhoods in Paris. On this virtual tour, your guide will take you up the hill and through the winding alleys to uncover Montmartre’s hidden gems. The tour is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Price: From $9.00

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Link: HIDDEN GEMS OF MONTMARTRE

Notre Dame & Quintessential Paris

On this virtual tour, you will experience Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin Quarter, the banks of the Seine and the mini islands of Ile de la Cité and Ile St Louis. This is the quintessential and fairytale Paris that we dream of visiting. Although current restrictions may hinder your visit at the moment, you can still explore live on a detailed walking tour with a local guide. You will see the actual sites on a real-time walking tour through the heart of the City of Lights.

Price: From $13.00

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

Link: NOTRE DAME AND QUINTESSENTIAL PARIS VIRTUAL TOUR

Secrets of Champagne

Not much is more quintessentially French than Champagne! As most of you already know, France’s iconic sparkling wine is exclusively French – Champagne can only be called ‘champagne’ if it comes from the Champagne region of France. There are two main cities in this region, Reims & Epernay. On this virtual tour, you’ll visit the Notre Dame de Reims and the famous Champagne Avenue in Epernay. Learn about the history of champagne, the geography of the region that makes it particularly conducive to this phenomenal libation, and more about the process of its creation. Bonus points if you pop a bottle during your at-home virtual tour!

Price: From $19.00

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Link: VIRTUAL TOUR: CHAMPAGNE SECRETS

French Revolution

On this virtual tour, you will experience the iconic Parisian cafés, Ile de la Cité, the opulent architecture of the Palais Royal and more. Discover the history that contributes to Paris’ allure on this immersive virtual tour in the heart of Europe that will captivate and entice you to see more once it’s safe to do so. Re-live the downfall of the French elite and what made the French Revolution so successful – maybe particularly interesting if you’re currently living in a country that seems on the brink of revolution itself! *Cough* USA *Cough*.

Price: From $13.00

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

Link: VIRTUAL TOUR: THE FRENCH REVOLUTION