Airbnb in June quietly introduced City Hosts, described as “multiday trips curated by local, knowledgeable hosts.” The tours are being offered to a select group of Airbnb users and include 83 experiences in eight destinations.

In Los Angeles, guests can join Hollywood stuntman David “Soop” Frison for a workout on Muscle Beach, a Cirque du Soleil-style acro class and a practice session with other stunt performers.

In San Francisco, visitors can sample ales at a craft brewery, followed by a home-brewing workshop and dinner at a secret supper club. Host Justin Tung will even mail the results of your brewing efforts, because “the pleasure of brewing is about enjoying one’s hard work.”

In Tokyo, former sumo champion “The Dump Truck” Konishiki offers a window into the sport’s culture with a hosted dinner, a visit to a sumo house (where guests can sample a traditional hot pot meal and learn to throw a 440-pound wrestler), and tickets to a sumo tournament complete with behind-the-scenes access.

City Hosts tours are also available in Paris, London, Miami, Cape Town and Florence.

Each host provides a minimum of two experiences, and prices range from under $100 to upwards of $500, depending on the activities provided.

City Hosts bookings come with access to a trip app that offers other hosted activities as well as host-generated tips and suggestions for restaurants, sites and attractions. Hosts become local guides for their guests, who can contact them with general questions unrelated to the tour throughout their visit.

“We believe that the best way to get to know a place is through its people, and Airbnb City Hosts gives guests access to some of the most interesting and welcoming people everywhere,” reads the City Hosts website.

An Airbnb representative contacted about the City Hosts program said, “We’re continually experimenting with new things and this is a private beta. We don’t have any specifics to share on this right now, but we have a few exciting things in the works.”

This isn’t the first time that Airbnb has dipped a toe into tours. In October, The Next Web reported that Airbnb was experimenting with packaged tours dubbed Journeys that included Airbnb accommodations, “curated excursions,” one meal per day and a Lyft ride from the airport.

The beta program focused on San Francisco, where the company is based, and offered three itineraries themed around outdoor exploration, dining and the Mission neighborhood.


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