Discover Walks was originally started to give our guests a couple of special hours in the company of a true local – whether in Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco etc. The kind of experience you would have if you had a good friend who was a native. Discover Walks walking tours are fun, informative and most of all, personal to you and your guide.
We succeeded in this beyond our initial ambitions. In our first city (Paris) in our first year (2010) over 20,000 tourists became guests on Discover Walks walking tours. Even more exciting was that nearly half of the guests decided to join us for a second tour.
With our success we decided to expand to other cities, one at a time, as we find like-minded locals eager to share their city with visitors.
Our Discover Walk staff are called City Guides. Their job is to know their home town Barcelona better than an English cabbie knows London. To join us they go through extensive training and they take written and oral tests.
City Guides add their personal stories to every walk, from what it’s like being a kid in a Barcelona high school to the restaurant they went to on their first date.
Our base walks are free of charge – we make our living solely from tips from happy guests. You’re always welcome to join us – our Walks start and end at major city landmarks.
Our original founders Alexandre Gourevitch (Paris native) and Jim Jorgensen (a Californian) represent the two spectrums of each Walk – the local and the guest. We are especially thankful to our founding Discover Walk Paris staff Bertrand, Charlotte, Thomas, Cécile and petit Victor, and now our founding Discover Walk Barcelona staff for sticking with us for the good times and the bad times.
Discover Walks is a trademark of our owner Charing Cross Corporation (our lawyers made us put this in.)