The urge to stay on vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic is still high. Although flight paths and road trips are still limited, many ways can be done to treat the longing for travel. One of them is by following a virtual tour held by tourist attractions, botanical gardens to museums, both at home and abroad.
Some virtual tours charge a fee but some are free. Even if it’s just a walk in the virtual world, at least the photos and videos of the scenery presented are quite refreshing to the eyes. What are some interesting virtual tours? Here’s the list.
Bogor Botanical Gardens
As the manager, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences provides a virtual tour of the Bogor Botanical Gardens. This tour has been available since October 2020 on the Vtkrb.pddi.lipi.go.id site in the form of interactive 350-degree photos as well as audio-visuals. The photos are also equipped with an information button that when clicked will present data and interesting information related to the location.
Utilizing instagram live streaming application, the manager of this tourist attraction holds a virtual tour in the form of video. Visitors will be taken to several places in Ancol, such as Ocean Dream Samudra and Ancol Beach. The tour, which is held daily, is explained by the guide. For the schedule, visitors can check it directly on the Instagram account @ancoltamanimpian.
JKT Good Guide
This virtual tour organized by JKT Good Guide tourism community is paid. Participants will be invited to tour Jakarta, such as to Kota Tua, Monas to famous coffee shops in DKI. The tour is done with the Google Street app, equipped with a guide who will explain it through Zoom. The schedule and how to follow it can be seen on @jktgoodguide Instagram account.
This site contains a catalog of museums, culture and nature in the form of virtual tours and audio-vidual. Visitors only need to access the site and choose the museum that you want to visit virtually. Some of the museums that can be explored are:
- Museum of the Asian-African Conference
- National Museum of Indonesia
- Kasepuhan Cirebon
- Indonesian Maritime Museum, etc.
PT Kereta Api Wisata which is a subsidiary of PT Kereta Api Indonesia also holds virtual tours with the aim of a number of destinations in several cities. Ka Wisata has held 2 scheduled and paid tours, with the aim of Lawang Sewu Building Semarang and Yogyakarta.
The fees paid by participants will be partially donated to people affected by COVID-19. The tour is conducted using Zoom with limited participants, information about the Tour With The Tour train can be seen on Instagram @kawisata.
3-Minute Tour, Tokyo
Before the pandemic, Tokyo was one of the most popular international tourist destinations for Indonesians. For those who miss the atmosphere of the Japanese capital, now it can be done by sitting at home. Not only traveling around Tokyo, visitors can also feel the activities of its citizens. This virtual tour provided by Japan’s official tourism industry is a video uploaded on Visit Japan’s YouTube channel.
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The UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu in peru’s Andes Mountains also provides virtual tours with Youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu addresses. This interactive 360-degree photo tour is even more optimal when watched using a virtual reality device.
No need to crowded with other visitors, Leonardo da Vinci’s Monalisa painting can be seen on the phone screen. In addition, thousands of other collections from museums located in Paris, France can also be seen.
Visitors can choose the room they want to explore, and the Louvre Museum’s virtual tour is also equipped with a navigation map that makes it easy to explore each room. The tour can be accessed on the Louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne page.
Through the official website of Museivaticani.va, anyone can see the beauty of architecture as well as historical monuments in the Vatican holy city, Rome, Italy. Visitors even enter the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s, famous for the beauty of his artwork.
The Acropolis in Athens, Greece has popular destinations such as the Dionysus Theatre and the Parthenon Temple. The site Acropolisvirtualtour.gr not only presents it in interactive forms and videos, but also features information and history related to the place.
That’s the list of places and sites that provide virtual tours at home and abroad both paid and free.