A virtual tour is a sequence of panoramic images that are ‘stitched’ together to create a ‘virtual’ experience of any location. Once created, the viewer is able to experience what it is like to be somewhere they are actually not. This virtual experience could be viewed through their desktop computers, their laptops, their tablets and even mobile devices. Some virtual tours also include sound effects such as music or a narration describing products or points of interest. Many offer buttons that can be clicked on by users who want to take a still image of a particular portion of the tour.
Virtual tours should not be confused with video tours, even though both types of tours are similar. Video tours only allow users to see one point of view at any given time. With a virtual tour, users can see an entire panoramic scene or zoom in to get a closer look at a particular area.