How does Questo adapt to this pandemic?

Questo tours during the pandemic

This pandemic changed how we do everything in our daily lives. And it definitely changed travel, maybe forever.

What people and companies do now is adapt. We too asked ourselves what we can do to accommodate these new issues and help protect our players once they will be allowed to explore again. And we came up with a fortunate answer: not much. That’s right!

The way our product is built was almost made for this. Here’s why.

1. Contact

Our players never get in close encounters with a human operator at any point in the process, compared to traditional tours or other sorts of leisure activities. Download the app and you’re good to go. Supercalifragilistic.

contactless tours by Questo

2. Privacy

You can play alone or with your friends and family, without having to adhere to a group of strangers. Bonus points: awkwardness erased.

private tours by Questo

3. Availability

Play at midnight or right after sunrise. During the week or on holidays. Questo doesn’t take brakes. Just start your quest and wave schedules goodbye.

24/7 tours

4. Overcrowding

When you play with Questo, you are taken to both popular and lesser-known places, but always on alternative paths. You can be sure that you’ll avoid humans as much as humanly possible.

5. Affordability

These times can be tough financially too. We recommend saving the life of that porcelain piggy and paying less with Questo. With no more than 15 Euro, you get access to a quest for an entire group of 4 people. That’s less than 4 Euro for a two-hours-long immersive exploration bonanza.

affordable tours by Questo

Change is good. We were just lucky enough to offer a product which happened to be a great fit for these challenging times, and for that we are grateful.

Now put on your silly explorer hat and play your city a visit!

P.S.: If the authorities allow you to, don’t be naughty.

LATER EDIT:

We did find something we had to change. That’s the number of quests we offer, so we expanded into 20 more cities. And that number is growing day by day.

We couldn’t have done this without the help from our local storytellers and partner tour operators who trusted us with tackling travel in times of pandemics and beyond.

tours in 70 cities

Discover the TOP 10 Utrecht attractions | Utrecht sightseeing for tourists

Utrecht attractions - Utrecht walking tour

Utrecht might just be the most surprising city in the Netherlands. Stick with us to find why!

The city of Utrecht used to be a religious center that preserved its old and medieval symbols and harmonized them with the new. The churches, the buildings, the gardens and the spectacular gems you can discover are the main reasons to pay the city a visit. 

To make your life easier, we gathered the top 10 Utrecht tourist attractions. These are the most important things to see in Utrecht and most of them can be visited by going on a unique Utrecht walking tour & city game that you can play on your smartphone). Here we go:

St. Martin’s Cathedral

The first  Utrecht must see attraction has a unique story – it used to be the biggest cathedral in the Netherlands until the 17th century when a storm separated the building from its tower. You will notice that it’s very similar to the French gothic architecture. Here you will find the tombs of Emperor Conrad II and Emperor Henry V – historical figures that weigh a lot for the imposing cathedral.

St Martin's Cathedral Utrecht - Utrecht Walking Tour

The Domtoren

One of the most imposing Utrecht sights, the tower of the cathedral holds extreme importance for the Dutch. There is an unspoken rule that doesn’t allow any other building to exceed its height. To better understand how mesmerizing it is, you can climb the 465 stairs and admire the view. It is said that during a sunny day you can see Amsterdam and Rotterdam from the top.

Domtorem Utrecht - Utrecht walking tour

Cathedral Square and DOMUnder

Do you want to experience 2000 years of history in one visit? Then you came to the right place! The excitement of the visitors is expected as everything that surrounds you is pure history. It helps you get the feel of the culture and what it used to be. Also, the DOMUnder is reminiscent of Roman’s habitation underground that you can visit UNDER the ground.

DOMUnder Utrecht - Utrecht walking tour

St. Catherine’s Convent Museum

If you want to get a complete picture of the religious culture of the past, you don’t want to miss this attraction. It gathered artifacts from the museum of religious art of the Catholic Archbishopric of Utrecht. The most interesting aspect is that the museum is placed in the former St. Catherine’s Convent, so the atmosphere will complete the experience.

St Catherine Museum Utrecht - Utrecht walking tour

Museum Speelklok

For a more artistic part of the city, the Speelklok Museum presents a collection of self-playing instruments. Because most of them are still functional, you can admire inventions both from a visual and an acoustic point of view.

Museum Speelklok Utrecht - Utrecht walking tour

Utrecht Centraal Museum

The most artistic element of your visit has to be the Centraal Museum, with its numerous works and forms of art. Currently, the collection covers pre-1850 art, modern art, applied art and fashion from various national and international artists. Also, for a more informed perspective of the city’s history, you can check the historical wing of the museum.

Utrecht Centraal Museum - Utrecht walking tour

The Railway Museum of Utrecht

For train enthusiasts or for those who enjoy the vintage way of traveling, this museum is a must. The exhibition can be seen here as the former Maalieban station (train station) has been remodeled into the Railway Museum. Its history starts in the first part of the 20th century and continues after the 1950s. It now displays an old steam locomotive, documents, accessories and small objects filled with unbelievable stories. The Dutch invite you to visit it because it is representative of their national history.

Railway Museum Utrecht - Utrecht walking tour

The Oudegracht

Do you want to actually sense the pulse of the city? The Oudegracht is the canal that passes through the center of the city and it’s famous for the instagrammable landscapes it offers. If you are willing to remain on its sides and create a special moment, there are numerous restaurants and cafes that offer dinner with a view.

The Oudegracht Utrecht - Utrecht walking tour

Utrecht Botanic Gardens

If you need to disconnect from the city’s buzz and learn a bit more about nature, this is the place you have to visit. The University of Utrecht created a space called the Botanical Gardens of Utrecht that allows special and rare plants to grow. This garden is the first place in which Ginkgo Biloba has been brought to Europe, and has a record of being one of the largest rock gardens in Europe.

University Botanic Gardens Utrecht - Utrecht walking tour

The Letters of Utrecht

The most innovative and poetic attraction in the Netherlands is The Letters of Utrecht. A group of poets had a brilliant idea – to pave the streets with cobblestones that form a poem. Since the 1st of January, 2000, a letter is added every Sunday to complete the poem. It takes about a year to write an average sentence, and every few years a new poet continues the poem.

The Letters of Utrecht - Utrecht walking tour

That’s all, folks. If you are planning to visit other cities in the Netherlands, make sure to check out these amazing walking tours in Amsterdam or Rotterdam that will take you to the major attractions while you are involved in a mission.

The new era of walking tours is here and tour operators can now join the movement

Vienna walking tour about Freud, Mozart and Beethoven

Digital platforms have changed the way many industries operate. Uber has changed the way we go from point A to point B, Airbnb the way we book a place to stay, Netflix changed the way we see movies, Amazon the way we shop. 

From transportation to television to shopping, it makes you wonder what industry is next? 

Disrupting the tours & activities industry

Imagine being able to go on a walking tour of any city in the world, at any time of day or night, with your significant other, friends or family and stop anytime you want. Private, flexible, affordable, and fun.

All you need is your smartphone. 

Sounds futuristic? Not anymore!

Today, Questo has opened its travel platform for 24/7 city games to tour operators worldwide. Tour operators can now create their own modern tours that offer full flexibility, privacy, and a new travel experience. Tour operators can sign-up here to join the platform.

What is Questo?

Questo is the award-winning travel app that takes tourists on city exploration games where they solve clues to discover new places and local stories. No need for a tour guide, only your smartphone.

With Questo, tourists enjoy:

 instant booking: pay online and get instant access to the desired tour

flexible start hour: tourists can start their tour at any hour of the day or night

flexible tour duration: travelers can stop whenever they want to take a break or make a detour. Then, they can even continue the next day where they left off

private tours: the tours are private and can be enjoyed in a couple, with friends or family

Questo has recently received the “Most Disruptive Travel Start-up of 2019 in Hospitality” Award by the World Tourism Organization and is considered one of the Top 25 Hot Travel Startups 2020 according to Phocuswire.

Reach new audiences with modern tours

You can now capture the attention and imagination of the younger generations of travelers (millennials and generation Z) with interactive, engaging and fun Questo tours. 

Travelers use the Questo travel app to visit attractions and discover local stories as if they are involved in missions. On each mission, they solve clues, puzzles, and riddles in order to continue on their journey.

Each route inside the Questo mobile app is unique and created around a specific theme, which can be inspired by a movie, a book, a historical fact or just a local legend. In London, for instance, travelers can explore the city as Sherlock Holmes or Isaac Newton, while in Paris they can play as Hemingway or Picasso. 

Last year alone, more than 50.000 people have finished a city exploration game while walking more than 200.000 kilometers to discover popular and hidden locations, as well as local stories using the Questo mobile app. Most of the tourists using Questo are between 18-40 years old, technology-friendly: couples, families with kids, large groups, and business travelers.

Questo players, walking tour Bucharest

Walking tours available 24/7, all year long

With Questo, you can now offer an interactive walking tour at any hour. Even at night. In any season; winter, summer, spring or autumn. No more starting hours or cut-off times. Tourists can book these tours at any given time and start instantly. 

We have seen tourists playing at 12 pm or oven 3 am when the streets are quiet and they can take pictures of their favorite attractions unobstructed by crowds of other tourists.

Unlimited supply

As demand increases for popular tourist destinations, tour guides can’t always serve all tourists who want to book a specific tour. Moreover, overbooked tours can lead to unsatisfied travelers that cannot enjoy the experience properly. On the other hand, having just a few customers book a tour can lead to the tour being canceled on that particular day.

With Questo, you can offer tours to an unlimited number of people simultaneously. You can honor even a single booking or thousands of bookings on the same day.

Questo Android app for walking tours

Destination Asia, the first tour operator to join the Questo platform

Destination Asia, one of Asia’s leading destination management companies with operations spanning 11 countries, is the first tour operator to join the Questo platform. The company will create interactive city games across Asia.

Monique Arnoux, CEO of Destination Asia commented, “We are truly excited to partner with Questo to curate personal, intriguing adventures for individuals or small groups. Our starting point is going to be Bangkok in the heart of Southeast Asia, together with Questo, we will open up a whole new world of local experiences across Asia. We foresee this being a real game-changer for our holiday-makers.”

How can you offer modern tours to your clients

If you are a tour operator, travel agency or represent a hotel chain, please complete the document below and a Questo team member will get in touch with you in 24 hours:

 

Questo Replay 2019: We guided over 50,000 people and 90% of them ask for more

Questo - Year in Review 2019

2019 was amazing to us and we are truly grateful to all the players, partners, investors and all of you who spread the word about Questo.

We gathered the most notable, satisfying and wackiest things that happened during the year. Enjoy the insights, our thoughts for this year and our little gift to you.

 

In 2019, more than 50,000 people finished a quest in 40 cities from Europe and 90% of them wanted to play another one at the end.

Players read more than 400k stories, solved the same number of clues, and walked close to 200 km, enough to go around the Earth 5 times.

 

We entertained people coming from more than 100 different countries.

 

 

The tastes of our players are extremely diverse. They played quests based on art, history, contemporary conflicts, love affairs, ghosts, politics, witchery and many, many more.

 

 

The most committed Questo player is Alexandra, who played 24 quests last year. In fact, she discovered Questo in June and, until the end of the year, she managed to play 24 quests in 9 different cities. Naturally, she’s the top player in the overall leaderboard.

We’ll be working hard to create more quests for you, Alexandra!

 

 

Haunted Bucharest III, the latest edition brought back by popular demand, was the most played quest by locals in 2019.

 

Questo Haunted Europe 2019

Questo Haunted Europe 2019 was amazing because our players are amazing:🌍 5 Countries🌃 14 events in 14 cities👣 +30 000 km walked following clues🕵️‍♀️ + 100 000 puzzles solved😍 +1 000 5-star reviews🚀 #1 Travel App on GoogleThis was posibile only with the support from our talented local creators. Big round of applause 👏All the quests are still available in the app and you can discover the haunted cities with your friends whenever you wish.

Posted by Questo on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

 

 

Most of our quests can be played 24h per day. That is why we had people who started at 3 AM and finished just before sunrise.

 

 

The average solving time for a quest is about 90 minutes. The fastest was 39, which happened during a competition organized for BlueAir. The airline wanted to offer gifts to people who wished to learn more about the history of aviation through Questo.

 

Treasure Hunt pentru viitoare călătorii!

Cam așa a arătat ziua de 5 octombrie când, alături de Questo, am dat startul unui Treasure Hunt prin Iași, iar la final am premiat și pe câțiva dintre participanți! Iată câteva clipe intense și pline de distracție și noi descoperiri. 🙂 👇👇#BlueAir #Questo #FlyBlueAur #TreasureHunt

Posted by Blue Air on Thursday, October 24, 2019

 

 


Also, last year we had another type of record. A group of players who managed to finish the Haunted Rome quest in 3 days. Because you can start and pause the quest whenever you want, they chose to solve an average of 3 clues per day.

 

 

Thanks for being the awesome questers that you are!

 

 

We couldn’t have accomplished any of these without the tremendous help from our crazy talented creators around the world. Huge shout-out to the entire growing network of more than 100 writers and creatives. The average yearly revenue they received passively from their quests is 1000 Euro.

 

 

A player came to us wanting to create a personalized quest used to propose to his girlfriend.

 


One of the quests had one of the most difficult clues to solve, it was found inside a playground slide.

 


Dracula’s Castle, with the mission to escape it.

 

 

 

We have won the trust of many partners over the last year, for which we are greatly thankful. The online travel industry is just at the beginning (with over 80% of the experiences still bought offline) and we’re happy to be amongst the, dare we say, pioneers.

 


We are thrilled to transform every place into a game, so we are working hard with local creators to develop more quests on 4 continents.

The app design and game mechanics will be greatly improved. Expect even more awesome things in the first half of the year.

We start working with partners that can offer even more and diverse Questo experiences all over the world.

Gift for your friends

To start the year right, we’re offering a gift for your friends. We invite you to send a free quest to a friend of yours.

Just let us know which quest in the form below. Of course, if you want you to leave us feedback or a message, you can also do that.

We can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us.
Meanwhile, remember to always play your city a visit.

The World Tourism Organization picks Questo as a finalist in its 2nd Tourism Startup Competition

Questo finalists at UNWTO tourism startup competition

 

Update: We won the Disruptive Hospitality Award 🚀 More details here.

Questo has been selected to take part in the 2nd Tourism Startup Competition organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and backed by leading tourism companies such as Amadeus, Globalia, and Telefonica.

Selected from 1700 applications from over 150 countries, Questo will pitch in the Disruptive Hospitality category. The pitch will be held on the 20th of January in Madrid during FITUR, the International Tourism Fair. 

“Building on the success of the inaugural competition, this new edition continues to identify new companies that will lead the sector’s transformation. The aim and common denominator are to achieve a sustainable and profitable future through technology and innovation.”, the organizers said in their official press release.

In total, 16 innovative tourism startups were selected to pitch at the event, competing for 7 prizes in different categories. The selected startups have been evaluated on 5 criteria: business model, potential impact, scalability, team, and sustainability.  Full details on UNWTO.com

“Being selected as a finalist by the World Tourism Organization is a validation of our work and vision to create exploration games in every city in the world“, said Alex Govoreanu, CEO and Co-founder of Questo.

Questo - tourism startup competition by unwtoQuesto helps tourists explore cities by solving clues to discover new places and stories about them. Each route (quest) is based on a specific theme, which can be inspired by a movie, a book, a historical fact or just a local legend. In London, for instance, travelers can explore the city as Sherlock Holmes or Isaac Newton, while in Paris they can play as Hemingway or Picasso. Questo is currently present in 50 European cities such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome or Berlin. 

So far, more than 60.000 people have finished a quest while walking more than 200.000 kilometers to discover popular and hidden locations, as well as local stories using Questo. As of today, the app has over 120 available quests created by a growing network of local content creators. They can be purchased in the Questo iOS and Android apps or the Questo website, on TripAdvisor, on GetYourGuide, and on Booking.com, for prices ranging from 8 to 20 Euro. 

Questo is a previous winner of the Booking.com Booster Lab 2018 in Tel Aviv, winner of the People’ Choice Award at Phocuswright Europe 2019, one of the top online travel and technology events for top travel executives, and was selected as one of the Top 25 Hot Travel Startups 2020 according to Phocuswright.

Montpellier Hanté – Découvrez tout sur l’évènement

Montpellier Hante

RÉSERVEZ VOTRE PLACE POUR LE PREMIER JEU D’EXPLORATION SUR LE MONTPELLIER HANTÉ. 

Le samedi 26 octobre, à 20h, vous êtes invité à découvrir les âmes captives, les esprits et les squelettes mystérieux de Montpellier, ainsi que leurs histoires oubliées.

À l’aide de l’application Questo, vous serez guidé étape par étape sur ce chemin unique, qui vous mènera à la découverte des bâtiments maudits où ont lieu des punitions éternelles.

Réservez votre place maintenant !

Halloween

Comment réserver

Réservez votre place maintenant sur le site et obtenez 4 invitations supplémentaires gratuites pour vos amis. Vous aurez un accès immédiat dans l’application et vos amis recevront des codes d’accès.

Après avoir réservé

  1. Téléchargez gratuitement l’application sur onelink.to/questo
  2. Le moment venu, rendez-vous au point de départ désigné.
  3. Repérez les détails cachés, trouvez les indices, lisez les histoires.

Autres choses qu’il faut savoir

Heure de début : 20h
Point de départ : Fontaine des Trois Grace
Durée : environ 1,5 heures

Évènement de l’année dernière

Le dernier évènement a rassemblé 20 000 personnes qui se sont répandues dans les rues d’Europe pour fêter Halloween.

Halloween 2019