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Guides: looking for some how-to advice, please

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Guides: looking for some how-to advice, please

My husband and I are taking a private tour. In several cities, our operator has arranged for us to have our own guide for the one full day that we will be in town. Since our itinerary is tight, that's probably a good idea. But could someone please tell me what the usual practice is when we want to stop for lunch, or to have a drink, or to just have some un-guided time to ourselves? Do guides expect to be invited eg to lunch, or do we offer an early tip so that they can make their own arrangements, or do they generally expect that they may be looking after themsleves? Obviously, if we're getting on well with a guide then we might all be happy with (and interested in) each other's company throughout the day. But I can imagine that there will also be times when we (and/or our guide) might welcome a bit of private down-time the many hours of sightseeing. We might also like to stroll around some streets or sights independently from time to time. Or we might want to treat ourselves to an expensive drink in an historic palace-type hotel. Or to visit shops of our choice (rather than his). Obviously, however, we wouldn't want to give any offence - so I'd be very grateful for any guidance on how best to handle such things..

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1. Re: Guides: looking for some how-to advice, please

Guide don't expect that you invite him for a Lunch. once you finish your guided tour. the rest time is your own activities. or private time at Expensive Hotel etc etc

"You can listen his advise but can decide to do what you feel.

good time

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2. Re: Guides: looking for some how-to advice, please

Guides dont expect to be invited for lunch. They also need some un-touristed time during the day as much as you need un-guided time!!

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3. Re: Guides: looking for some how-to advice, please

Hey

Please read this post as your how-to guide for handling guides tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g304551-i3482-k392…

Please make sure you clarify these things with your guide before hand. More often than not they are very obliging fellows and will operate as you please, but they are primarily there to make a living and do all that they can to achieve just that.

About shopping please make sure that you avoid buying at the 'Handicrafts Museums and Emporiums' they will escort you, as the prices are 4-5 times and they generally get a good cut out of that, including your travel company(most not all). Go to the local bazaars and markets to do your shopping and you will find great bargains.

They do not expect to be invited for meals, but if you share a meal or 2 that is a great way to create a rapport i always feel.

Hope this helps

Udit

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Edited: 09 October 2011, 08:13
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