We hope that we can answer any and all of your questions below.
We recommend taking our tour at the beginning of your trip; that way, you have the rest of your vacation to come back Downtown and shop with our fabulous and exclusive Downtown Booklet, full of deals and discounts! All tours usually sell out in advance, so there is no one day that is better than another.
Yes. While we would prefer to take you at your word, bringing your ID for check in helps us keep our records straight. Any sort of ID badge is acceptable; if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to email us.
To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.
We will begin Private Group Tours in September 2016. Can’t wait!
Yes, the Downtown tour is both wheelchair and stroller friendly.
We will walk about 1.5 miles over the course of a 3 hour tour. Asheville is right smack in the middle of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, but don’t worry, hills Downtown are rolling and easy. We will have frequent stops along the way; the longest walking segments are about 8 minutes long. Be aware of the weather and wear comfortable shoes as some of the streets we visit are old brick and cobblestone.
At this time, we only offer tours in English. We hope to soon have Spanish tours available.
Always good to bring: your phone (for pictures!), a bottle of water, a bag for items purchased on tour.
If you have a great time on tour (and we think you will!) please bring cash to tip your tour guide. As this is considered a service industry job, the standard 18-20% makes an excellent tip. Tour guides also accept Venmo.
In warmer months, sunscreen, sunglasses, and comfortable warm weather clothes and shoes are appropriate. Though most summer thunder storms happen in late afternoon, it is a good idea to bring an umbrella.
In cooler months, layer as much as possible and wear a comfortable coat.
Several of the streets we walk on are brick or cobblestone so high heels will make the walk more challenging.
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. If there is inclement weather, we will be able to duck into our partners’ venues until it is sensible to go outside. We have a few ponchos to provide to those who do not have umbrellas. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your event and dress appropriately.
We love kids and trust that you know the needs of your own little darlings. Please keep the following in mind: we will be walking for about 1.5 miles in all types of weather; tours last about 3 hours; there will be a lot of standing as well. Please make the best choices for you, your family, and our other guests.
If you are traveling with an infant or small child who will not participate in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please let us know that your infant/small child will be attending in the Notes section of your ticket.
Of course not! Your knowledgeable and talented tour guides will share architectural, historical, cultural, literary, and culinary insights with you along the way, creating a unique tour experience. Imagine walking through Asheville eating our local artisans’ most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals.
You will enjoy an eclectic selection of dishes from local restaurants, specialty shops, and ethnic eateries. The full list can be found on the Downtown tour page.
Asheville is a very allergy-conscious city. While our food tour professionals have carefully selected tastings that may include fish, meat, poultry, wheat, dairy, and nuts, our talented chef-partners can prepare delicious alternatives upon request. Please let us know at the time of purchase what alternatives you need. Accommodations cannot be made at the time of the tour.
A list of the current tasting locations can be found on the Downtown tour page. (Food tasting locations can change without notice.)
You’re in Beer City, USA! Of course there are beverages! You will sample a flight of four craft beers from one of Asheville’s 27 breweries. You may sample Japanese-style sake from one of the few sake micro-breweries in the country or cold-brew coffee with beans roasted in the area. You may sample a Mexican cocktail. Water is available at all other tasting locations or additional beverages for purchase.
We currently do not include wine tastings but wine is available for purchase at several of our partner restaurants.
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.
Yes! We encourage you to take photos/ videos of your wonderful experience with us.
No. Although we are animal lovers, you may not bring your pets on the tours at this time.
The temptation will be great, but we encourage our guests to wait to shop until after the tour. We have a tight schedule to maintain as all of our partner restaurants have prepared their tastings to be at their freshest, so it is important that we arrive to each on time. You will have plenty of time to return to your favorite spots to shop after.
Although not mandatory, gratuities are greatly appreciated by your tour guides. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%.
The tour ends close to where it begins. Once you purchase a ticket, detailed information about start and end locations and parking will be found there. You will receive the Moveable Feasts Downtown Booklet at the beginning of the tour that will include a map for you to use to get back to the start or back to your parking garage.
Yes. Specific information about parking will be found on your ticket as well as meeting locations.
We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please email us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.