While there are numerous reasons to arrange a private travel experience, it may not be the most suitable option for you. This article examines the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a private tour guide so that you can make the best decision for your next trip.
Positives of Hiring a Private Tour Guide
You need not bother about travelling between locations.
A private tour guide company will provide you with both a guide and transport for the day. Typically, the tour guide will appear at your hotel in the morning and wait for you in the lobby while the driver waits in the vehicle.
A morning pick-up is especially convenient because the pick-up time is typically first thing in the morning, so all you have to do is get to the lobby on time. Also, in a foreign country, there is no need to trek to the tube, train or bus to connect with the tour guide.
With a driver, you can simply exit the (usually air-conditioned) vehicle and head directly to the travel highlight without having to locate a parking spot. When you have completed your visit to a site, your guide will contact the driver, who will meet you with the car.
The entire procedure makes travel time considerably more efficient and also more luxurious due to its discretion.
You need not fret about entry fees or transportation between locations.
The convenience of arranging a private tour guide is one of the things I enjoy most about it. Entry fees to tour sites are typically included in the price of a private tour guide experience. Thus, there is no need to struggle with cash at each location. Additionally, there is no need to communicate with the ticket counter in order to obtain the desired admission ticket. Also – and this is a major one for me – there is no need to wait in a queue; your tour guide will purchase your tickets from a designated queue for tour guides, so the wait time is minimal.
You obtain a local’s perspective on the location.
Your tour guide has in-depth knowledge of each destination on your itinerary. They can explain the significance and history of each site you visit. Not only the facts but also the site’s significance to the locals. Additionally, you may query your guide for anything that comes to mind about the location or culture.
Negatives of Hiring a Private Tour Guide
It is more costly than travelling alone.
Unquestionably, a private tour guide will be more expensive than visiting attractions independently. However, there are many benefits to what you pay for transportation, entry fees, snacks/water/meals (sometimes included in the overall cost), a customizable itinerary, and a bilingual, area-expert guide. However, if your travel budget is limited, you may decide to forego the private tour guide experience.
You have less schedule flexibility.
Are you the sort of person who wishes to read every inscription on every artwork in every museum room? If so, you may not require a private tour guide unless the appointed tour guide will only take you through the museum. On the other hand, if you prefer to take your time through a site and peruse or listen to the audio guide in its entirety, a full day planned with your private tour guide may be frustrating for you.