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Tipping Advice

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Tipping Advice

We have hired a private guide for part of our trip in Israel and are also joining a small group with a private guide. Is it customary and expected to tip the guide on top of the fee (which is quite a lot for us since it is a private guide)?

Thank you for your advice.

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1. Re: Tipping Advice

As in any other service industry - tipping is up to you and the "norm" runs the entire spectrum from end to end.

There is no requirement and should be no expectation that demands tipping. As you would in other circumstances - if you feel that what you received was excellent and exceeded your expectations, then by all means tip, but as nice as it is to receive tips, you should not feel compelled to do so.

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2. Re: Tipping Advice

Oreets is being very diplomatic.

If you hire a private guide directly, you are paying them directly a set fee which they get. A tip is a bonus- not a must.

If you are joining a group and the guide is good, you should tip. Just as a ballpark figure, tour companies recomment $6-$10 a day per person for tipping. If you are going on the high end you should feel that the guide was excellent, attentive and gave you their undivided attention. They should also have 'read' the group and geared their talks to the level of understanding of the group. If you are going on the lower end you should feel satisfied that the guide was prepared, informative and you enjoyed your experience.

As Oreets said, it is up to you and I personally would not tip a guide I was dissatified with in any way.

By the way, if there are drivers hired for your group, they generally get a tip as well. Not as much as a guide ( tour companies suggest $3-$5 a day) depending on their efforts.

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3. Re: Tipping Advice

To expand one thing on anmejoshme's excellent post.

Private guides are hired two ways. You may contact and hire one directly or you may contact an agency who then matches you with a guide. In the second instance the guide isn't getting the full fee paid, the agency takes a cut. All this should be taken into consideration when you decide how much to tip.

Of course, like in everything else you show you satisfaction in the size of the tip.

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4. Re: Tipping Advice

As an Israeli I would not think of tipping a tour guide. Only waiters in a restaurant or a delivery person.

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