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River Arts District Tip-Based Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Asheville, United States
River Arts District Tip-Based Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Take a walking tour in the River Arts District, or RAD, with a local guide by booking this walking tour. You'll start at Magnetic Theatre and make your way down Depost Street, where you'll stop to check out a gallery. You'll also visit a coffee shop, a taqueria, a music venue, and watch a glass-blowing demonstration.
  • Visit the River Arts District with an enthusiastic local guide
  • Morning and afternoon tours are available
  • Snacks will be provided
  • Pay what you want with this tips-based tour
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Entrance to venues, tastings, and live demonstrations
The Magnetic Theatre , 375 Depot St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

Outside of the Theatre under the sign with the magnet on it! I recommend parking at the free parking lot right beside the theatre. Also if you want to park halfway between the meeting spot and the end, you can park at the visitor center in the river arts district

This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
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    The 2pm tour will end at the winery where you can taste wine specials that are specific to our tour guests or try local beers from the Wedge brewery.

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    The 10am tour will finish here at Into the Great nowhere. You will have options to use your beer tickets later in the day when the brewery opens

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Asheville Free Walking Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    • "Maybe due to COVID, we were not able to enter most galleries, which would have the walk more enjoyable." See review


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    David : tour guide extraordinaire for the RAD (look it up!) tours!
    , Oct 2021
    David was a great guide- he was super easy going, very knowledgeable, and accommodating. We were 3 very different groups- from the 3 largest cities in the US (NY, Chi, LA) and David managed the personalities in the most excellent way. We loved the historical references, coupled with art & restaurant info!
    Not worth$180.00
    , Oct 2021
    Our tour guide David was amazing that’s why I am giving it a average view. He was so knowledgeable and friendly. The downside is that for $180 on a Monday where we were told oh this is closed and that is closed I do not feel to walk around and be educated on the Riverwalk was worth $180 plus tip. Especially since we signed up for the tip base tour for free and it was canceled
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour guide David! I am sorry that you did not enjoy the private tour you took. The reason we don’t have public tours on Monday is because many places are closed on those days, which is what I tried to explain when we spoke on the phone. We offer private, paid tours on days where guests prefer the exact day they sought rather than the days that are best for the area
    Neat tour of River Arts District
    , Jul 2021
    Neat tour seeing areas of Asheville we would probably have never found ourselves. Great tour guide and lots of great history of the River Arts district
    Enjoyed the area but....
    , Jul 2021
    Enjoyed seeing this area. Four miles is too long to walk but we did stop for bathrooms and breaks. Too much focus on tour partners but enjoyed the free samples. Tour guide was dressed in too tight leggings and gave too much personal information. We should have seen a little more art. Repetitive script that omitted discussing the plant life.The concept of this tour is good but the tour needs revision.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
    I am sorry to hear you were not satisfied with your experience. I know that the 3 mile tour can be long for some but glad the breaks were helpful and that you enjoyed the samples. We do work hard to let you know about all of the wonderful businesses and artist in the area so that you know where to visit once you are finished. We are not able to discuss everything we see (I.e. plant life) because we don’t want the tour to last too long but I know there are some nature tours in Asheville that would be happy to emphasize those aspects of our city.
    Syed Family Reunion
    , Jun 2021
    Jordan was a great tour guide and we enjoyed each stop, as well as the snacks, coffee, and water from local businesses. The heat made the long, mostly outdoor tour kind of challenging.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    A modern history
    , May 2021
    A highlight of our trip to Asheville. This was akin to a modern history of the area. Very informative and interesting.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    River Arts Walking Tour
    , May 2021
    Interesting walk thru a very unique area of twin in transition. Easy walk with tastings and ability to visit open galleries. Maybe due to COVID, we were not able to enter most galleries, which would have the walk more enjoyable. Jordan and Crissie are very knowledgeable about the area and provided recommendations on additional activities in the city.
    icon Response from Host , May 2021
    I am glad you found the tour interesting! We try to stop into a few galleries and not all of them to give you an idea so that you can go back and visit the ones that most interested you. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the RAD and the discounts we provided for you

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