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How much $$ for a guide??

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How much $$ for a guide??

Could someone please let me know what the common rates are for a private guide, so I know what a good deal is? Thanks?


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1. Re: How much $$ for a guide??

It depends on your needs. If you need a guide who will also be your driver/transportation you can expect to pay $350.00 and up per day. If you want a guide for a walking tour that could be an entirely different pricing.

Can you tell us more about your needs?

Kathy Walters

Paragon, Indiana, USA


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2. Re: How much $$ for a guide??

You aren't likely to get a 'good deal' since the best guides are booked well in advance nowadays.

Look at $350 for a full day driver-guide as about as good as you're likely to get. You are responsible as well for any meals, and either a flat fee or room and board if you have a guide away from home overnight. That's not quite as bad as it sounds, since many guides are partially comped on meals and guide's room rates are lower at most hotels.

Then be careful to clarify about possible add-ons that some, but not all guides charge -- fuel surcharges, distance from base-city surcharge or mileage limits, etc.

When you get a quote, ask about any additional or extra fees, or if that is all-inclusive. Get it in writing, and print out the email.

Be sure what the policy is regarding fluctuations in the exchange rate -- is a set price really set, or if the dollar drops or rises a lot, is it adjusted? What happens if the guide gets sick or if you get sick and either has to cancel?

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3. Re: How much $$ for a guide??

The price for a walking guide tour is running $150-180 USD for a half day (4-5 hours) -- thanks to the falling US dollar, and $250-300 USD for a full day.

Douglas Duckett

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