Posted by: travelrat | August 13, 2008

Valletta Audio Tour

First, let me state that this is in no way a really objective review. I haven’t been to Valletta (the capital of Malta, to save you looking!) since 1972, and have only a sketchy memory of it, and, since my plans don’t include a visit any time soon, I only listened to samples of the audio tour. So, I’m not really in a position to pass judgement on its quality.

But, I can tell you what it’s about. You can go to www.cultel.com, and, for €13, download the audio tour you want, which you can either copy on to your MP3 player, or burn on to CD for use in a personal CD player. With the audio tour comes a booklet in .pdf format, which you can either print out or load into a PDA or something.

Or, for a free e-book, you can go to https://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=batch_download&batch_id=Q01FblRqSEIwZ214dnc9PQ and receive one. It not only gives a good account of what’s to be seen in Valletta, and shows some excellent pictures, but tells you about Cultel, and provides links to some video.

But, be warned … I can read it on my ‘big’ computer, or my IBM laptop. But, I haven’t yet figured out a way to read it on my Asüs. However, there should be no problem with the .pdfs.

It also tells you how to order an interactive DVD, from which you can download the audio tour, which is available in English, Spanish, German, Italian or Maltese. The .pdf booklet is also available, as is a gallery of almost 100 photos, from which you can print and personalise your own postcards. The DVD will cost you €15.

I have to say, I’m really keen on the idea of comprehensive guides that can be loaded into an MP3 player or a PDA … anything that saves dragging around a load of maps and books has to be an improvement. So, too, does the idea of finding your way about on your own. No more traipsing around in a gaggle, following the man with the table-tennis bat! That definitely has my vote!


Responses

  1. I’m definitely in favour of anything that makes travelling easier, like audio guides. What a great idea!

  2. I think the ultimate ‘good idea’ would be the ability to load everything (maps, information, audio commentary, etc.) on to an easily portable SATNAV kind of affair.

    I wonder, though, is there any arrangement whereby two or more people can listen to an MP3 player?


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