See Amsterdam by beer bike
What: Drinking and pedalling whilst taking in the Netherlands’ beautiful capital. You and your mates climb aboard an 17-seater bar on wheels manned by a (sober) driver and help yourselves to unlimited free beer while lending a foot with the pedalling. On this two-hour tour, you’ll enjoy famous sights such as the Canal Belt without worrying about being nicked for drunk driving or speeding – the bar’s top speed is just 6kmph.
Why: Can you think of a reason why not? The trip is 1.5 hours and includes 20 litres of beer! Beer not your thing? You can have Prosecco instead for €10 a bottle!
Cost: €350 per group
What: This is no run-of-the-mill walking tour. You’ll be a dizzying 140ft above the city, but not to worry – you’re secured with safety equipment. And how else could you get a bird’s eye view of the islands on which Stockholm is based? The vista is particularly extraordinary from the rooftop of the Old Parliament building. If you go after dark, your guide will treat you to bloodcurdling stories of murder and mysterious things that go bump in the night.
Why: If you laugh in the face of normal sightseeing tours and fancy yourself a bit of a daredevil, this is the way to go.
Cost: from €80
See Krakow by tram(party)
What: See Krakow’s sights by tram. No ordinary tram, however with music, lights, food & drink and of course Bar! This is 2 hours of booze-filed fun whilst touring the main sights of Krakow – includes informative tour guide too!
Why: Krakow is one of the biggest party zones in Eastern Europe, and the Old Town has more than 400 clubs, bars and pubs. So the tram is the perfect way to get the party started.
Cost: from €39pp
See Venice by kayak
What: Forget gondolas – the only way to discover Venice and visit parts of the city that few tourists get to see is by kayak. Plus, sharing the waterways with local ‘road users’ provides an authentic slice of everyday life in La Serenissima. See St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge; paddle your way past the palaces and homes to the toffery; and bob along the Grand Canal. Then strike out to see the islands that are all but inaccessible to tourists, but simply visited by kayak.
Why: A unique experience for adventure seekers – and those looking to tone up their arms. And what better way to see the floating city than from the water?
Cost: from €95pp
See Rome by vintage Vespa
What: Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday) and hop on the back of a beautiful Vespa and be driven round all the sites of Rome – does it get any more Italian than this?
Why: There are several tours to choose from – see Rome by night or explore the secret streets of Rome from back in the day…tours are 3-4 hours depending on the tour and includes pick-up and drop-off from your hotel.
Cost: price on application
See Paris by 2CV
What: Razz around Paris in a Citroen 2CV, the much-loved French economy car that sadly went out of production in 1990. There are a few 2CV tours around town, but we like 4 roues sous 1 parapluie (or ‘four wheels under one umbrella’). The company’s cars come in a variety of colours, and you’ll be driven around by smart chauffeurs who, the operator tells us, “are polite, cultivated, elegant (dressed by Saint-James) and pleasant”. Good to know. The convertible cars take in
a whistlestop tour of the city of love’s main sights. Tours last for approx 1.5 hours.
Why: The 2CV is to Paris what the gondola is to Venice and the yellow cab is to New York. Throw in a stripy shirt, an onion necklace and a baguette and you couldn’t get any more French.
cost: from €60pp