Hi, I’m Mitch.

I write guidebooks, lead trips for people around the world, and train new tour guides. I also speak at companies and conferences on a variety of travel-related topics. Below you’ll find descriptions of what I get up to.


I’ve written four city guidebooks, available through TripSchool Press. They’re geared towards helping tour guides (and anyone in the travel industry) get up to speed quickly on learning only the most interesting stories, trivia and fun facts that groups want to hear.


I speak at travel conferences, company events, and professional organizations. Topics include crafting narratives when communicating to groups, creating exceptional experiences for group travel, and engaging effectively with students.


I’m the co-founder of TripSchool, a company focused on training new tour directors and guides. We offer on-site courses in Canada and the U.S. to help new guides get up to speed on their destinations and guiding skills quickly.

Local NYC Expert & Guide

For 17 years I’ve created special experiences & private walking tours around NYC. I specialize in creating unforgettable experiences tying together locals, food, and the best storytelling there is.

International Tour Director

I lead groups of adults and students around the world, principally across the U.S. and Europe. I organize private tours and also contract with the leading tour operators of the world.

Booking & Availability

You can check here for my availability to lead a trip, or speak to your company, or guide you privately through New York City, or on a trip of your own design.

Other Passions

My side-passions include photography and composing classical music. My photos have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Time, The New Yorker, and LA Times, amongst others. My music has been performed for ensembles around the world. Most recently I premiered my second opera, Les Trois Mousquetaires, at the 2017 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.

(photo by Lois Frazer)

Bio & Résumé

Mitch Bach has been an opera composer, philosophy teacher, and magazine photographer, but the central activity his life has revolved around is travel. After graduating high school he left home with a backpack and no plan, and moved to New Zealand simply because it was the farthest place he could go. 75 countries later he ended up with degrees from the Sorbonne University in Paris in history, philosophy, and music, but his summers were spent organizing and leading groups around Europe and the rest of the world. He started his own tour company and now lives in Manhattan, where he guides locally and internationally, and trains new tour guides and directors. He runs TripSchool, which leads destination trainings in the US and Canada, and  publishes commentary guides for several east coast cities, and opportunities for joining a network of experienced tourism professionals who offer mentorship and practical destination help. When he’s not racing around the world, Mitch composes classical music (he just premiered his second opera) and takes photos for leading publications.

Contact Mitch

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