Some of my best childhood memories are traveling the world with my family. I knew I wanted my kids to have the same love of exploring. Now twelve and thirteen years old, they’ve already been to more than forty countries. As a family, we’ve walked on the Great Wall of China, climbed the steps of the Eiffel Tower, and hiked Machu Picchu.
When we travel, one of our favorite ways to experience a new destination is a walking tour. There’s no better way to get a feel for a city. Finding the right guide, however, can be hit or miss. Sometimes we get lucky with an informative, engaging, and personable guide. Very often, we don’t.
On December 31, 2017, we were on one of the not-so-good tours. In front of the Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, listening to a dull by-the-book tour guide, a thought flashed into my mind…What if there were an app with excellent, well-designed walking tours led by an augmented reality tour guide.
From that moment on, it has been my mission to create Sherpa Tours.
Our goal is to blanket the world’s cities and travel destinations with Sherpa tours. So that every time you arrive in a foreign land with a desire to explore and learn, we hope your first thought is “let’s go on a Sherpa tour…”
Michael Suskind – Founder, Sherpa Tours
Let Sherpa Tours create a tour for you!
How about a Sherpa tour of your school or university for prospective students? Or of local landmarks for members of your historical society? Maybe your city’s tourism association wants to draw attention to undiscovered neighborhoods in your area. Whatever your needs, Sherpa Tours can help.
Become a Sherpa Tours’ guide!
We’re looking for expert guides (MA/PhD degrees required) who know the story behind the story, where to find the hidden gems, and how to go off-the-beaten path to create the next great Sherpa tour.
Vision for the Future
The foundational guiding principle of Sherpa Tours is to offer AR avatar-led walking tours that are world-class, on-demand, and affordable. And in the not-too-distant future, Sherpa Tours will take this experience to the next level by harnessing cutting-edge technology of augmented reality glasses. Imagine exploring the Great Wall of China alongside your Sherpa AR guide as workers construct the ancient wonder stone by stone. Or seeing the sights of Washington, DC with President Barack Obama as your personal tour guide. This is the world that Sherpa Tours is building towards and we hope you join us on this journey.
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Testimonials for the Sherpa Tours app
Such a great idea for an app. Super informative and a great way to travel on a budget!! It was easy to navigate (pun intended). Can’t believe how many sites and cities they already have tours for!!! Can’t wait to travel to more of them. Thanks for making Sherpa!! - yd1100
This is one of the best touring experiences I’ve ever had. The best part was going at my own pace, and clearly understanding our guide, whom I now call Ms. Sherpa. But just as great was learning really interesting details of London’s history while I was being guided around the incredible architecture of Westminster Abbey and fascinating history of Blackfriars. For example, who knew that London was first founded by the Romans?! Or that Henry the VIII became head of the church in England because the Pope refused to grant him permission to....well, I don’t want to give it all away! Really enjoyed it. Thank you, Ms. Sherpa! - Thedrumman84
Simply put - Sherpa AR is top notch! I recently had a chance to visit Oslo for a few days and wanted to check some neighborhoods outside of the CBD area and stumbled upon the Grunerlokker Tour. While I normally like to plan sightseeing activities on my own, my time was pretty limited, so this app was a great solution. It took me to a neighborhood that I typically wouldn’t visit on a business trip - and led me to a fantastic food hall, along with a dozen+ other sites and highlights of Grunerlokker. I liked the ability to be able to do either the AR tour or just the GPS/audio tour guide. I’d definitely use Sherpa AR in other cities in the future! - SD5191
Great app - smart concept and well executed. - EricWDC