Earlier this year we announced that Clio Muse Tours is expanding to 20 more countries with 100 new self-guided audio tours. The time to announce the first batch of releases has arrived and we are excited to be sharing the news. From city walking tours to island excursions and historical tours on the occasion of the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence, these are our first 10 new self-guided tours and destinations. More to come soon.

Santorini: “Akrotiri: The Pompeii of the Aegean”

Santorini needs no introduction. Its magical sunset and the charming cliff-top villages have gained the Cycladic island a worldwide reputation. Besides its natural wonders, Santorini is also home to the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a prehistoric town buried in the ashes of a volcanic eruption that brought down a unique civilization. “Akrotiri: The Pompeii of the Aegean” self-guided audio tour guides you through this remarkable archaelogical site. 50 stories narrate the story of this ancient city unraveling all the different aspects that made it one of the most important towns of antiquity.

Archaeological site of Akrotiri Santorini self-guided tour
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Madrid City Tour: from Arab town to capital city

After Seville and Granada, which have been on our portfolio for a while, it was about time to put the Spanish capital under our microscope. And there couldn’t be a better way to explore Madrid than with a city walking tour. “Madrid City Tour: from Arab town to capital city” takes you on a stroll at parks, by the city’s prominent museums, through shopping streets and markets. After 15 stops and 48 insightful stories, the tour completes at the Egyptian Temple of Debod.

Madrid city self-guided walking tour
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London City Tour: From Westminster to Trafalgar

“London City Tour: From Westminster to Trafalgar” self-guided walking tour unravels historical facts, royal traditions and the city’s well-preserved secrets always with a dash of sparkle as fits Great Britain’s capital. From the imposing palaces to the green-covered parks and the legendary theaters, Clio Muse Tours in collaboration with the “Let me show you London” local guides take you around London through 43 stories. The Palace of Westminster, Her Majesty’s Treasury, the popular Downing Street and of course the Buckingham Palace are only some of the places you’ll discover along the way.

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Rhodes City Tour: The city of knights

Being the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, Rhodes combines breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins and architectural landmarks that bear witness to the island’s turbulent past. It is not by chance that Helios, the Knights Hospitallers, Italians and apparently the Greeks fell in love with Rhodes. Over the centuries, Turks, Greeks, Jews, Levantines, and Europeans mingled in the island’s streets and created a Babel of cultures and languages. Nowadays, a walk around its scenic alleys unravels its rich history. And “Rhodes City Tour: The city of knights” self-guided walking tour was designed to spark travelers’ imagination. The Aquarium of Rhodes, the Grand Hotel of Roses current Casino Rodos, Palazzo del Governo and the majestic medieval Grand Masters’ Palace commonly called the Castello are some of the places this Clio Muse self-guided tour is taking you to.

Rhodes island self-guided walking tour
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New York City Tour: the greatest hits

New York has been captivating travelers forever and we are no exception. Therefore, we decided to explore the multicultural pot the way we know best: with a self-guided audio tour. Designing a walking route for this bustling city wasn’t easy. There are simply, too many things to see and few that can be left out. However, we decided to highlight the most popular spots. And who knows? Maybe we’ll “New York City Tour: the greatest hits” consists of 10 stops and as the title implies it takes you to the metropolitan’s most popular landmarks. Starting from the Flatiron Building, it moves towards the iconic Empire State Building and from here to the Grand Central Station and the New York Public Library. By the time you’ll be finishing your tour at Central Park, you’ll have passed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rockefeller Center and Times Square among others.

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Amsterdam City Tour: History in the canals

This isn’t the first Clio Muse self-guided tour in Amsterdam but each time we’re diving into this city we’re equally fascinated. This time we are examining the city’s history as it is revealed through its architectural elements. The self-guided tour kicks off from the Central Station with its neo-gothic and Renaissance architectural elements. It then takes travelers to the former stock exchange building that now houses the Loetje Restaurant and of course, to the legendary Dam Square. “Amsterdam City Tour: History in the canals” leads you to the De Blauwbrug one of Amsterdam’s 1,200 bridges as your final point where you can take a photo or just relax rummaging. One thing is for sure, after the tour you’ll be seeing the city from another perspective.

Seville City Tour: The Princess of Andalusia

Every building, street and square bears witness to Seville’s history and multicultural past. And therefore, a city walking tour around the Princess of Andalusia couldn’t be missing from our new destinations list. We paved its street with our partner, historian and Seville tour guide Juan Alberto Romero and marked a path of 10 stops. Metropol Parasol, El Salvador church, the Town Hall and Seville Cathedral will introduce you to the city and will open your appetite to learn more. Then we move to Alcázar, the oldest royal residence still in use in Europe, the historic General Archive of the Indies and to many more sites before unwinding to the breathtaking Plaza de España. And if you feel like learning more about the the largest Gothic cathedral in the world check out our audio tour “Seville Cathedral: The Gothic Wonder.”

Granada City Tour: Moorish Splendour

“No other city exemplifies the spirit of Medieval Islam in Spain as tangibly as Granada. In 1492, the city was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs, but its Moorish aura never faded out; the “comfortable Orient” as romantic travelers would call it. Let’s discover the stories of stellar landmarks, such as the Alhambra Palace, and many other hidden gems!” The intro of our self-guided walking tour “Granada City Tour: Moorish Splendour” says it all. This is a tour that tells the story of the majestic Andalusian city through its buildings, historical landmarks and narrow alleys. Walk its streets and let Clio Muse Tours tell you their stories.

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Munich: ISAR ATHEN

On the occasion of the 200 years of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence, the Consulate General of Greece in Munich designed the digital tour “Isar Athen.” Its aim is to showcase the city’s monuments and landmarks that are designed based on ancient Greek architecture with neoclassical elements due to the King’s philhellenism. Through 10 stops and 30 stories, this self-guided tour explains how the Munich of the 19th century transforms to Athens of Isar. This digital tour was created under the auspices of the “Greece 2021” Committee.

The Dutch Philellenic Movement: Rise and Fall

This may not be a purely walking tour but its stops include the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and other noteworthy places. Through this digital tour, we travel back to the era of the not widely known, yet significant, 19th-century Dutch philhellenic movement and its paramount role in the 1821 Greek Revolution, exploring the tumultuous years from the rise of the movement till its fall in 1829. “The Dutch Philellenic Movement: The Rise and Fall” tour was created under the auspices of the “Greece 2021” Committee on behalf of the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Greece.