Experience hosted by Vanny

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English and French

What you'll do

Have you ever wondered how to discover new places and engage with locals in a meaningful way?

Do you know that walking is a healthy way to induce alpha brainwaves similar to those experienced during deep meditation?

The Cincinnati Urban Hikers explore the city and its people by walking the historical streets and forgotten alleyways of the region’s urban core. Over the course of the hike, participants engage in thought-provoking exchanges with real people. Hikers walk away with a new perspective on their urban experience, and in many cases, much needed relief from the pressures of the working week.
Our experience begins with 11:00 am introductions over coffee at a local eatery in the heart of historical Findlay Market;
2.2 miles later, over well-worn streets and bridges, we visit Covington, KY to rest and browse through bookstores and coffee houses, all the while expanding well past the small talk that started our journey.
Another 1.3 miles takes us to another Northern KY city and another walking bridge.
The final loop leads us back to our initial starting point where we benefit from the alpha brainwaves, a deeper understanding of the urban landscape and of ourselves. We part ways better and more connected people.

Join us on the hike!
Other things to note
Dressed weather-sensitive to really enjoy the experience. Good comfortable shoes are highly recommended.
Guesses can bring a friendly dog.
Have you ever wondered how to discover new places and engage with locals in a meaningful way?

Do you know that walking is a healthy way to induce alpha brainwaves similar to those experienced during deep meditation?

The Cincinnati Urban Hikers explore the city and its people by walking the historical streets and forgotten alleyways of the region’s urban core. Over the course of the hike, participants engage in thought-provok…

Meet your Host, Vanny

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 6 Reviews
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I'm the co-founder of the Urban Hikers.
The Urban Hikers is an open network of inner-city walkers that explore their town’s historic streets and forgotten alleyways on a weekly basis. Intellectual conversations over coffee and meditative walks act as a cathartic escape from the mundane grind of their working week.

I was born in Zaire now Congo, also fluent in various languages, including French; Swahili, Lingala, Tshiluba. I’ve pack backed through South America and a little bit in Europe.
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Where you'll be

We will meet at French Crust, which located at the heart of Cincinnati Findlay Market. We will walk through OTR toward the Roebling bridge, then a stop will take place at Roebling point books & coffee, they always carry great local selections. After, we will walk through Newport KY, Which at its peak was the mecca of a good time and gambling.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Janet
December 2021
I enjoyed walking and conversing with Vanny throughout downtown Cincinnati and Covington Kentucky! I didn’t know much about Cinny, but through the walk I learned a bit about the city and it’s evolving history. Vanny was also very personable and inviting. I had a great time and you will too!
Dave
October 2021
This is a long hike. You see a lot and talk a lot to locals and outsiders. You feel invigorated after the walk.
Imee
June 2021
This was an amazing experience! We’ve been to Cincinnati many times, but after this urban hike, we feel even better acquainted with the city. Often we would just drive to one point of attraction but this was a great way to see the city. And Vanny is amazing! Easy going and great to talk to. Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone!
Rachael
May 2021
This walk is one of the most valuable adventures I have explored in my life so far. It was all encompassing of the mind, spirit, body and soul. Pure magic. I will be back for a walk again.
Jeanmarie
April 2021
In an era where online algorithms control many of our interactions with one another, funnelling us into echo chambers with more people just like us, it's fantastic to find an experience like Vanny's Urban Hiking, which is designed to foster authentic engagement and meaningful conversation. The hike isn't intended to teach you anything about the area's buildings or history, but rather to experience the urban environment alongside interesting people with diverse experiences and fresh perspectives. This is one walk that truly IS about the journey, not the destination. Vanny and his fellow urban hikers—shout out to Abde, Toure and the Rev!—met us at a local cafe for introductions over coffee. The environment made for a relaxed encounter. It was a gorgeous day so when we set out for Mount Adams, the pace was casual and the vistas stunning. I appreciated that the route wasn't "curated" to show us only the city's polished side; we followed the roads and overpasses locals use. (Folks with disabilities need to be aware there are a lot of steps to climb, but I'm sure Vanny can tailor routes to suit your abilities.) When we reached the top, we stopped at another cafe for more coffee and a wide-ranging conversation. The walk back down the hill took us through Washington Park, in the heart of OTR's cultural district, and ended in front of the cafe where we began our trip. The urban hikers are an impressive and accomplished group, and my family enjoyed learning about their interests and endeavors, and sharing our own. Vanny is a cerebral and engaging host. His goal of bringing people together, one step at a time, to make the world a more respectful, empathetic and understanding place, is one we should all embrace.
Evelyn
March 2020
An excellent experience to walk the city with people that live there, and that also want to engage in great conversation along the way.

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is light.
The skill level for this experience is beginner.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.