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Creative virtual team building for creative teams.
Connect the legendary West African empire of Timbuktu with American music today. Coming in February 2022, with live guides in West Africa and New Orleans.
Why Your Team Will Love Unexpected Virtual Tours
Fun and Engaging
No awkward Zoom happy hours. Passionate and fun studio guides lead each Unexpected Virtual Tour.
Ship custom gift boxes filled with treats and hands-on activities to your team.
Explore the world with live-streaming guides in unique places.
Active team challenges build engaged teams.
Loved By the World’s Largest Companies
- Christina Prudent
Jamie, Emily, Kevin and Kristin absolutely KILLED our team tour of ATL! Such great energy and lots of fun facts-- the hour flew by! I can't wait to do another one with them. It's a great mix of virtual and "live on the scene" with the segments broadcast from the different areas of the city. 10/10! - 8/16/2021
- alena. h.
I loved the street art tour! Jamie and Kristin are so cool and gave us a lot of information about the Colin Kaepernick murals and the Cabbagetown street art murals. Emily was able to tag our group name G.O.A.T.S. on one of the walls which is so cool 🙂 ! I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. - 8/16/2021
- Sarah Sehgal
I spent more time than I'll admit trying to find a "unique" digital experience that wasn't just your typical cooking or wine tasting. When I found this I was like "hmm, interesting"...but as soon as I reached out my expectations were blown out the park! What a top notch team! EVERYTHING was beyond great - the communication, goodies, the EXPERIENCE! We did the "Best of Atlanta" option given we have a remote team but our company HQ is in ATL, and even those in the area were raving about things they learned. Thank you so, so much to Jamie, Kevin, Emily and Kristin for guiding our team on such a fun virtual adventure! - 8/16/2021
- Madison Eubanks
Our team of ~15 did a virtual tour of Atlanta for a special occasion at work and it was phenomenal! We learned some amazing Atlanta history (including lots of facts that even our ATL residents didn't know) and got to see some of the city's coolest sites. The hosts (Emily, Jamie, Kristin, and Kevin) had great energy and made the hour fly by. Plus, the goodies in our boxes were super fun! Highly recommend. - 8/16/2021
- Cara Harbinger
This experience was absolutely incredible. Jen, Jason, Joy, and Emily were great hosts and the on-site location tour segments were phenomenal. They sent us related snacks prior to the virtual event, and the history they included was so so well done. I recommend this experience to everyone! Thanks UVT! - 7/16/2021
- Nicolette Musachio
HIGHLY recommend for teambuilding and educational experiences! I've participated in two engaging virtual sessions with Emily, Jen, Jason, and Joy and thoroughly enjoyed both.All are incredibly smart, effective story-tellers and historians-- my whole team learned so much and left both tours feeling energized and informed. Bonus points for amazing treat boxes w/ delicious goodies from black owned, ATL based small businesses. - 7/16/2021
Free Virtual Team Building Resources
FAQs About Unexpected Virtual Tours
Why Virtual Team Building?
Each virtual team building activities packs in a lot! In general, each experience has a:
- short introduction,
- icebreaker questions,
- stories about a specific topic,
- breakout room activities,
- and live-streaming guides from locations across the world.
First, check out our Google reviews and 5 star rating. Teams love what we do.
Second, many teams tell us that this is “the best virtual experience” they have ever taken.
That is because we seamlessly integrate fun with knowledge.
You have a smart and creative team. We provide smart and creative team building.
In general, every experience focuses on supporting your company culture.
We promise: no eye-rolling, cheesy team events here.
Engaged employees are 59% less likely to seek out a new job. Plus, that hits your bottom line. In fact, replacing an employee costs about 1.5 times that person’s annual salary.
On the other hand, our team building experiences range from $40 to $150 per person — a lot LESS!
Further, each experience integrates a specific corporate cultural goal.
For example, the Street Art experience strengthens team creativity.
Our goal is to work with you and provide you an experience within your budget! In general, companies invest between $30 to 85 per person.
That being said, price depends on group size and Treat Box requests.
Contact us about discounted rates for non-profits and school groups.
Virtual tours are so much fun with us!
We combine live-streamed virtual sightseeing with beautiful events. Plus, we add in fun team-building breakout rooms.
This means that:
- team is engaged
- avoid technology issues
- team doesn’t get bored
Of course, you could hire a guide on Airbnb or Amazon. But, you get what you pay for.
Those companies usually have one person on a cell phone.
All of our experiences have at least 3 guides.
That means fun engagement, team-building games, AND a fantastic sightseeing tour.
We utilize incredible presentation software plus Treat Boxes.
It results in a 360 degree virtual experience.
How Do Unexpected Virtual Tours Work?
Each virtual experience packs in many mini experiences.
For instance, you’ll answer ice breaker questions and hear stories. Plus, you will have time for breakout activities and live-streaming guides who provide city tours.
In addition, while it might sound overwhelming, we make it seamless. We keep every experience moving so that the hour flies by!
Your guests will just think they’re having fun.
Firstly, 41% of remote team members have high stress levels. Likewise, 44% of Gen Z employees don’t have friends at work.
But, those personal connections are critical to retain employees.
We want to help you change those statistics. Each virtual activity includes real time guides and interesting stories.
For example, your event might include a scavenger hunt or team trivia. Or, we include story contests, paint games, or another team building game.
Up to 500 remote employees may join a virtual experience.
In fact, we have run events between 8 remote workers to 450 remote team members.
Every experience includes both “studio” and “live-streaming” guides.
Firstly, the studio guides act as hosts and ensure seamless technology.
That is to say, our studio guides are professional performers. All are masters at virtual engagement. In addition, most are television and film actors who are history buffs.
Secondly, the live-streaming guide is on location somewhere in the world.
For example, in European Holiday, we have two live streaming guides in Prague and Rome.
In addition, these guides walk the streets of those cities. They share history and sites with your team.
Booking Virtual Team Building Details
We use Zoom as our standard video conferencing software.
However, if your team requires an alternative software, we may charge a small fee. Specifically, that fee allows our team to practice with your software before the event.
Yes, we provide live virtual sightseeing. Our live streaming guides are on-the-ground in a unique location.
They share stories and sights from that location. This is not just a static presentation, either.
Our studio guides will be interacting with the live streaming guides and your team.
Corporate travel is expensive. And, corporate travel may not be possible with a distributed work force.
We bring your remote work team together in a virtual destination.
All we need from you is
- time and date of the online meeting
- total number of attendees
If you are ordering Treat Boxes, we need:
- final number of Treat Boxes 21 days before the event
- street addresses for each participant at least 14 days before the event
We build unique bespoke virtual experiences for clients.
Do you want to virtually travel to Asia? Do you want an experience focused on the Super Bowl? Would you like a custom Masters-themed experience?
These are some bespoke virtual experiences we have created for clients. Pricing determined based on your specs.
In order to keep events running on time, we start promptly. That also helps support your team’s busy schedules.
We start with a five-minute introduction. Then, we will dive straight in to the content, breakout rooms, and live-streaming.
Guests are welcome to join at any time throughout the team meetings.
Booking Unexpected Virtual Tours is quick and easy.
First, fill in the contact form. We need to know your time, date, and number of attendees.
Second, our sales team will give you a quick call. Or, we can communicate by e-mail.
Third, we will send you a proposal detailing pricing and the events.
Last, pick the event you desire. We will send you an invoice for the deposit.
Once you’ve paid the invoice, your event is booked.
Please provide addresses and final numbers three weeks before the event.
Virtual Team Building Details
Interaction is what we do. In fact, our experiences will improve team communication skills while employees work from home.
First, every event includes engaging chat sessions. Second, teams enjoy hands-on breakout activities.
For example, your teams may work to invent a color or join a virtual jam band.
Unfortunately, we don’t offer a stand-alone pub trivia game.
However, all our experiences include trivia.
In addition, guides will give out trivia points to engage the whole team.
We would like a 30 minute, 45 minute, 90 minute, etc. event? Can you customize the event time for us?
In general, we do not recommend less than 45 minutes for virtual team building games.
Most events are one hour long. But, we can customize the time of your event for a small additional fee.
That being said, we have found that 60 minutes is the best time frame for most companies. Generally, one hour keeps everyone engaged and interested.
We provide live virtual sightseeing. For example, our live-streaming guides are on the streets in a unique location.
Further, they share stories and sights from that location. Specifically, this is not just a static presentation.
Instead, our studio and live-streaming guides will interact with your team.
Corporate travel is expensive. In addition, corporate travel may not be possible with a distributed work force.
However, with Unexpected Virtual Tours, we bring your remote work team to an amazing virtual destination.
Most experiences work for 1 to 500 attendees.
However, some virtual experiences, like European Holiday, can host 2,000 attendees. That being said, at larger group sizes, we provide discounted rates.
Treat Boxes Details
The Treat Box is an optional enhancement to your experience.
First, the box includes all the elements your team will need for the activity. In addition, we include yummy snacks.
Each experience includes its own thematic Treat Box.
In addition, United States small businesses make all the treats.
Further, 90% of our small business vendors are women-owned or BIPOC-owned businesses.
All food products are pre-packaged with vendors that have a food handler license.
Further, Unexpected Virtual Tours has a gift box production space. It meets all CDC requirements for safety and handling. For instance, team members wear masks and gloves when packaging boxes.
All Treat Boxes ship UPS Ground. In general, boxes reach your teams in their virtual office space within 2 to 5 business days.
That being said, we do not recommend shipping to P.O. boxes.
With advance notice, we can provide some alternatives.
That being said, all of our Treat Boxes are vegetarian. In addition, we do not ship perishable items.
There is NO cooking in our experiences. On the other hand, the food elements in the Treat Box enhance the experience.
For example, on our Street Art event, we provide cookies you can paint.
On the other hand, for Music Evolution, we have foods like Rap Snacks.
Most companies find that our Treat Boxes provide significant value.
In particular, we have negotiated shipping rates that we pass on.
About Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Events
Unexpected Virtual Tours does not offer standard diversity training. Instead, we offer diversity experiences that embed training concepts.
In other words, your employees will WANT to attend our diversity events.
Most diversity training fails because employees just aren’t engaged.
On the other hand, our experiences help your guests walk in others’ shoes without leaving their desk.
In short, our diversity events combine traditional diversity training topics in fun events.
For example, our Music Evolution experience shares these diversity training topics:
But, it does so with fun music activities. In addition, get a deep look at the African American influence on American music history.
In summary, your teams won’t realize that they are training when they are on our experiences.
Unexpected Virtual Tours has three historians on staff. Our historians focus on:
- food history,
- the histories of BIPOC people in America,
- music history,
- race and social justice
As such, we never use Wikipedia research. Instead, our historians use original source documents.
In fact, it takes them about 140 hours to research a 1-hour experience!
We do not focus on politics or any political leaning.
Our diversity and inclusion virtual events are meant for everyone across the political spectrum.
Instead, we focus on sharing the history as it happened.
In particular, we are fortunate to have multiple historians on staff.
Our events never preach and they are super engaging.
First, each experience focuses on expanding knowledge. Second, each experience amplifies marginalized stories.
For example, our Juneteenth experience shares the deep history of Emancipation. Our historians spent over 350 hours developing this one-hour experience.
The content is radically engaging, told by our studio guides and live-streaming guides.
Allyship is a corporate value embedded in the event. Teams leave the experience excited to promote allyship in their own company.
We provide diversity virtual events for Fortune 100 companies, which have dedicated DEI staff. In addition, we provide DEI events for small companies.
Regardless of size, our approach is the same. We create accessible and inclusive programming that enhances your corporate goals. Specifically, we do NOT provide boring mandatory diversity training, nor do we preach.
Firstly, our events are research-based, with the goal of entertaining while educating. Harvard research has found that the most effective diversity programs spark engagement. This is our guiding light, as well.
For example, groups love learning the history of music in Music Evolution.
But, through the team meetings, we embed the DEI terms of appropriation, re-appropriation, and collaboration.
Are these events just for people of color or for LGBTQIA+ employees? Will I feel uncomfortable attending as a white person or a heterosexual person?
Everyone is welcome and comfortable at our DEI events.
First, our events are truly inclusive. Inclusivity is the celebration of every person in our diverse world. In addition, such inclusivity has been made possible by groundbreaking leaders and allies.
Specifically, each experience will have guides of different races and ethnicities. And, most importantly, there is no “us vs. them” mentality.
For example, our events are for everyone who loves food, history, and fun knowledge. In addition, we host many individuals of every race on every single experience.
Rather than keep saying it, here’s a testimonial from one of our clients:
“HIGHLY recommend for team building and educational experiences! All are incredibly smart, effective story-tellers and historians. My whole team learned so much and left feeling energized and informed.”
About Unexpected Virtual Tours
First, we are a 100% minority-owned and women-owned small business.
However, in June 2021, Unexpected Virtual Tours submitted an application to be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise.
Generally, we expect to receive the certificate in the next month or so.
First, we are a 100% minority-owned and women-owned small business.
However, we do not have Women Business Enterprise certification.
Are the small businesses utilized in the Treat Boxes certified minority-owned or women-owned businesses?
Generally, over 90% of our vendors are women-owned or minority-owned small businesses. However, most of them do not have certificates because they are so small.
For example, one of our vendors is an 11-year-old baker.
We will provide a Quickbooks invoice and most companies pay via credit card or ACH transfer. However, if you would prefer to pay by check, let us know and we can provide that information.