I love Free Tours. I think they are one of the best ways to get in touch with a city. But this was probably the worst and weirdest free tour I've ever attended. Branding your tours Alternative creates some expectations. This was everything but an Alternative tour. I felt more like a tourist from a cruise ship or bus that is following the yellow umbrella or number (in this case free tour sign) from the guide. Our guide was called Anna or Anja and showed up at exactly 12pm. Her voice was soft and it was sometimes hard to understand. what didn't help was that she always placed herself in the middle of the group in stead of keeping the group in front of her (many times people stood behind her and could not hear her). She also seemed to pick locations which were particularly loud (fountains, busy roads) what did not seem to help either. The weirdest part of the tour was when she walked towards the Tourist information where there were some boards with information about sights in the city. She went by some of the pictures (a zoo??, a museum that was not open yet?? and a big stadium???) and told us it was worthwhile going. At the end of the tour she also told us we could go on a boat tour in a pirate ship, and told us the times (which were displayed on a very big board, so everybody had already seen it). The tour went through all the mayor sights in the city centre that you can also find by yourself if you pick up a guide book. There was only one hidden spot.
I felt disappointed by this free tour, after already seen so many good ones. Maybe the guide was new. She seemed like a nice girl though, and I hope she can improve her guiding, because you could tell she was passionate about Gdansk, which was nice to see. (But get rid of the boards, the pirate ship, think about how you place yourself in front of the group and locations)
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