For those on vacation it is often difficult to find enough time to visit all of the attractions on your itinerary. Tours of churches, historical sites and even tours of countryside regions are hard to plan; hence a private guide can be an invaluable resource. The local knowledge possessed by a private guide can ensure your tours go smoothly and you visit all of the things you want to see.
Naturally, while you're on your tours you will have an extensive list of attractions to see. This is where a private guide comes in very handy. Depending on the service you select you will either have a personal private guide or a guide that will lead a tour group. It is irrelevant which you have, but for those with a little more money, the option of private tours will be appealing.
That is not to say the group tours are not advisable, these can be both affordable and worthwhile. Jumping on a tour bus and heading out to various attractions while on your vacation can be a great way to see sites. That is if you can put up with the other people present on your tour. While it may not be your own personal guide, it can still give a brilliant educational element to your trip, ensuring you come back more informed about the area than when you left.
Knowledge is the greatest resource that a private tour guide offers. Whenever visiting attractions whilst on your tours having somebody there who is knowledgeable about the history and development of a site is valuable. For instance, if your tours are likely to include many historical attractions, having a guide that can inform you and teach you about the site is ultimately rewarding. There is only so much you can learn from a guide book, the human element cannot be underestimated.
A private guide can also ensure that your tours are filled to bursting with attractions, the result being that no time in your vacation is wasted. If you really want to sample and understand the culture of the place you are visiting a local guide can help you get close to the people who live in that place. They are also useful in understanding any cultural restraints that may affect your tours; for example, some attractions require certain dress codes and rituals that without a private guide would be difficult to understand.
Having a good guide also means that you can find the best places to eat and drink whilst on your vacation. While many who travel simply visit the restaurants and eateries that resemble those of their homeland, a private guide will be able to show you the best places to eat. An adjunct to this is that if the menus are in a foreign language, a guide can help you translate what the menu contains as well as advise on local delicacies.
Getting around can also be made easier by having a private tour guide, making your tours that much more enjoyable. If travelling by local transport a guide will be worth their weight in gold, ensuring you do not get lost or do not end up in the wrong part of town. It is this kind of information that is invaluable to you as a tourist, while many guide books can help with this kind of knowledge; actually having a person that can guide you is ultimately worthwhile.
Overall having a private guide for tours will allow you to get more from your vacation than you would otherwise. Both group and personal guides are a brilliant way to travel that give a unique insight into a country and its culture.
Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks into how private tours are becoming an evermore popular adjunct to vacations.