Let your iPhone be your tour guide: GPS-guided walking tours

11 November 10

| Green Travel News |

No need to endure the stale jokes and take-it-or-leave-it schedules of city bus tours ever again. Be greener and walk at your own pace, on your own timetable, without fear of missing a thing. GPSmyCity, an iPhone software start-up based in Las Vegas, offers a travel app that turns your iPhone into a private tour guide through 180+ cities around the world. You won’t get lost, they promise, because this app comes with detailed tour route maps and GPS solutions that guide with turn-by-turn directions to famous attractions as well as hidden gems. Along the way, you’ll be fed all the background info to make your walking tour entertaining and educational.

An avid collector of antiquarian maps, GPSmyCity founder Jim Zhu became frustrated when he couldn’t find a tour that steered him to antique shops and old book stores when traveling. So he saw the need for self-guided tours for special interests as well as the popular tourist haunts. As a result, his tours often guide you where no bus tours will go.

For instance: “Casanova’s Venice,” “Belgian Beer Tour in Brussels,” “Ultimate Girls’ Night Out in Buenos Aires,” “Romantic Fountains of Rome,” “Beijing Markets,” “Vienna‘s Antique and Craft Shops.” To date, more than 2 thousand walking tours are available, with more on the way.

The GPSmyCity’s iPhone app costs USD$2.99 to $4.99 per city. The app does not require internet access to function, so users won’t incur roaming charges while roaming the world’s greatest cities.

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