About Tour Freely

About GPS Audio Tours

The best way to see Southern California is on a self-guided GPS audio tour… you can take in the sights and notice the little things you would otherwise miss.

A Group of People Riding on Bicycles in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Follow Your Passion

It is important to follow your passions and a tour guide may make suggestions and provide guidance, but ultimately the decision should be yours. You should not be swayed by what the guide recommends if it is not something that you are passionate about. Instead, take the time to explore and find the activities and experiences that truly excite and interest you.

GPS Audio Tours
Be Spontaneous

When you join a walking or driving tour, you normally join a group. That group assembles at specific times and moves at the pace the tour guide dictates. You lose the joy of the freedom to be spontaneous on the tour.

Immerse Yourself in the Surroundings

TourFreely’s walking or driving tours gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. You can start at any time and stop whenever and wherever you like, for as long as you like. You don’t even need to hit pause. The app uses your location to play audio automatically, at exactly the right time and place, and when you start moving again, playback will too. It also gives you directions, making it much easier to immerse yourself in your surroundings, not the screen.

Very interesting tour covering multiple sites of 
interest. Visitors to Santa Barbara will enjoy 
walking, listening and stopping easily anywhere 
along the way. The app is easy to manage. 
Thanks Tour Freely! 
Camille S

Let the Numbers Speak

800+

Over 800 downloaded tours in Southern California.

Average 4.5 Stars

A 98% client satisfaction rate, a testament to our commitment to quality.

7+

With over 7 years of industry experience, we continue to lead the way in creativity and innovation.

FAQs

How do I get and take the tours?

  • How does the tour work?
    • As you walk or drive, the app on your phone tracks your location. All you have to do is follow along the tour route and enjoy the beauty and the tour stories through your mobile device.
  • How long are the tours?
    • It will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes depending on your pace and stops. Remember this is Tour Freely – so feel free to skip ahead or pause as often as you like. The location tracker will pick back up along the route. We want you to enjoy the tour – your style!.
  • How do I download the app to start the tour?
    • Step #1 Download the VoiceMap app from the AppStore (iPhones and suitable iPads,) or Google Play (Android) stores. Please have your account username and You can listen to the audio commentary points before you go, or after you come back if you are trying to remember something from the tour. ready.
    • Step #2  Search for one of our tours. Click to download the tour app. To buy an app, tap the price on the right side of the screen, then tap Buy. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the transaction and get started.
  • Do I need to bring anything with me?
    • Yes – A FULLY charged phone. Location services use your battery up faster. Your phone needs to stay charged throughout the tour. 
    • Bring headphones. If you don’t have headphones, you can listen through the phone’s speaker or your car’s speaker for our driving tours.
    • Lastly, bring your adventurous spirit and a smile to pass along to fellow explorers!
  • How do I preview the tour before I go?
    • You can listen to the audio commentary points before you go, or after you come back if you are trying to remember something from the tour.
    • We don’t recommend manually tapping your way all through the tour before you go as the audio is designed to be experienced while you are visiting the destination and seeing the sights!
  • What if the tour app won’t fully download?
    • Downloading on a reliable Wi-fi network is required. You may have limitations in downloading using a hot spot or a tether to create a Wi-fi signal. We recommend downloading before you leave your home or hotel.
    • You can find free Wi-fi service Starbucks, McDonalds or at some a local coffee shops.
  • Is there a time limit to use the tour?
    • You do not need to use the tour within a time limit. There is no limit on how many times you use the tour and you have it for life.
  • Do I have to do the tour in order?
    • No – We have carefully designed the tour for the best experience. However, it’s not a problem to go out of order. The GPS trigger will kick in when you approach one of the stops.
  • Are the tours suitable for children?
    • Yes – they are suitable for children who enjoy local history. You’ll need to determine if the FULL tour is appropriate for your children. 
  • Are the tours suitable for wheelchair users?
    • The tours are mostly wheelchair accessible. There may be some special instructions for a couple sections of the tours.  Additionally, there may be steep hills. We are aware that there may be special requirements. We want our tours to be accessible as possible, so if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 858-634-9100 or at mindy@TourFreely.com.
  • What if I have problems with the app?
    • If you follow the set up instructions with app – you should not have any problems.
    • Each tour app contains a Help section in the menu. This covers all the most important things to pay attention to and simple fixes for the most common things that cause issues with set up.

About the Founders

After re-careering out of the training/career development field, Mindy, a San Diego native, was ready to make her avocation her vocation and she, together with her husband, Jerry, launched Tour Freely – a GPS audio tour company. Jerry’s passion for research and storytelling was aligned, given his background in medical research, which syncs up with his love of historical research, local culture and technology in creating the tours. Jerry was also raised in San Diego and then in Los Angeles areas and he has always appreciated the beauty and rich history of Southern California.

Min & Jer

Mindy and Jerry Flanagan

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