Jungle Segwaying (Adventure Tours Costa Rica)
List Words : Peter Moore | 02 September

7 incredible (and strange) Segway tours from around the world

From gliding through the jungles of Costa Rica to a wine-tasting tour of a South African vineyard, these Segways tours offer out-of-the-ordinary fun on two wheels...

1. Quepos, Costa Rica

Using the latest off-road Segways, this tour offers everything you’d expect from a tour in Costa Rica – beaches, jungles and a very good chance of seeing colourful wildlife.

Starting at the Manuel Antonia Marina, the tour follows the Pacific Coast to Nahomi Park, where sloths, monkeys and other native animals can be easily spotted.

After a short ferry ride to Cocal Island, you’ll hit a heavily forested jungle track and pass through small villages before ending up on a black sand beach where your tour guide will crack upon a coconut for you, while you do Segway-doughnuts in the sand.

www.adventuretourscostarica.com

2. Battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

This three-hour tour takes you into the heart of the Western Battlefield, providing an overview of the famous Civil War battle here and visiting both ends of the Pickett’s Charge. You’ll also visit other important sites like the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard, Wheatfield, Devil's Den and the High Water Mark.

For those looking for a more in-depth understanding of the battle and its history, a tour of the Eastern battlefield is offered, visiting lesser-known but equally crucial sites like Culp's Hill, Spangler Spring and East Cemetery Hill. The tour takes two hours and includes a rest stop at the Culp's Hill observation tower which offers and incredible overview of the whole area.

www.segtours.com

3. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

This busy port in Eastern Canada is dominated by a star-shaped hilltop citadel and steeped in maritime history. The historic waterfront has been spruced up and reinvigorated, making it the ideal place to glide along on a Segway.

With a fresh Atlantic breeze at your back, you’ll take in all the major sites along the boardwalk, from Nathan Green Square to the Seaport District, before taking a ferry to Dartmouth, where you'll glide along the Harbourwalk Trail, enjoying spectacular views of Halifax Harbour and the Halifax skyline. Keep an eye out for Theodore the Tugboat - he’s the one wearing a giant red baseball cap on his funnel.

www.segwayns.com

4. Spier Vineyard, Stellenbosch, South Africa

If you love riding Segways and you’re partial to award-winning Sauvignon Blancs, this tour offered by the Spier Vineyard in Stellenbosch could be right up your alley. With the brooding Heidelberg mountains as your backdrop, you’ll glide around the indigenous River Garden and through the leafy vineyards before resting your wheels for a spot of wine-tasting.

The sunset tour is particularly lovely, with the crisp, fruity notes of the wine seeming even more intensely refreshing on a balmy South African evening.

www.spier.co.za

5. Fort Wilderness Disney World, Florida, USA

What better way to get behind the scenes at Disney World Florida than on a Segway, with a informative and entertaining 'cast member' sharing trivia and anecdotes from the Magic Kingdom?

The two-wheel tour follows woodland trails, stopping at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the stables of Tri-Circle-D Ranch and glassy Bay Lake. 

disneyworld.disney.go.com

6. Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Just 18 kilometres off Fremantle, Rottnest Island is famous for three things: white beaches, azure waters and quokkas, the tiny, perma-grinning marsupials that have taken social media by storm as the happiest animals on earth.

Crisscrossed with sandy tracks, the island makes quite an experience from a Segway. The tour will take you from Kingston Barracks to Henrietta Rocks and back through the fire trails past the airstrip on Rottnest Island. It’s a fun way to get around this tiny island. Just watch out for the quokkas.

segwaytourswa.com.au

7.  Chang Mai, Thailand

This northern city is the perfect place to Segway in Thailand. Compared to Bangkok, the streets are wider, the drivers (relatively) civil and the climate cooler. What’s more, most of the major places of interest are within the ancient city walls.

After practicing your Segway skills, you’ll soon be gliding through narrow backstreets and wide boulevards, discovering all kinds of hidden gems inside the walls of the old city. The tour includes stops at Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang, as well as numerous food and drink stalls to keep you fuelled up and hydrated.

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