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Tipping on Wine Tour

We just reserved a full day wine tour w 4 stops in Cotes du Rhone for 2 couples (160 euro/person). I know that tipping is much less in Europe compared to the US, so wondering what is the approx. going rate to tip for something like this? I know this can be subjective but just wanted to get an idea so we don't tip way under or over.

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Thanks Estimated Prophet. We were thinking about 10 euro/person so good to know we were on track. Have a great day!

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3801 posts

I feel like I tend to overtip and it has never occurred to me to tip the person who led the few wine tours that I have taken in France. It could be because the tours have all been owner-operated and I guess I never think to tip owners as opposed to employees. So if I were on your tour, you would definitely not be a comparative under tipper. LOL

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115 posts

JHK, that gives us something to think about since this is conducted by the owner. I guess we'll see how the tour goes and if it as wonderful as the reviewers say it is, then we can decide if we wish to tip and how much. Thanks!

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788 posts

As a tour operator we find accepting tips awkward. But because we aren't Franch we don't perceive tipping as charity, and therefore as uncomfortable as they do.

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3801 posts

I've done a champagne tour with Cris Event twice (65€ per per person for half day) and did not tip either time and I did not notice anyone else on the tour tipping. Both times, I and travel companion(s) were the only Americans in the group of six and five so maybe that is why I did not notice anyone tipping. So, you are spending 640€ for the wine tour, correct? I did one of those very expensive (in my view) tours in the Bordeaux region a few years ago (US$520 for the person or the day regardless of how many people were with us) and it was the best most informative tour that I have ever done anywhere. That tour operator is an American expat and nothing about him suggested that he expected or was thinking about receiving a tip.

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115 posts

Appreciate the additional insights. Maybe we need to rethink this; tipping may not be needed after all. Merci!

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2595 posts

160€ per person for a one day tour? I should be embarrassed to pay anything more.

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115 posts

Tocard, I know 160 euro seems like a lot but he picks up at our hotel, drives us around all day to 4 different wineries. I would assume there would normally be tasting fees and those are included. Considering all that, we think it is pretty reasonable.
We now agree, based on mostly everyone's input, that we will not need to tip.
Thanks everyone for your insights. Can't wait for our trip!

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3801 posts

There is no need to defend the price that you are paying. It is what it is. The price you are paying is quite reasonable for what you get. Someone will be spending and full work day with you and France is not a cheap country. Friends of mine recently splurged and took a one-day tour in the Burgundy region that cost €890 for 2 with a 200€ charge per person for each additional person -- lunch was included. Their second choice was one that is 160€ per person (without lunch). The tour I took that cost $520 in 2017 was amazing and the owner of the business/tour guide was a fountain of useful knowledge. I hope that you have a great time with your tour.

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When you tip, the person does not count or look at your tip. Late they have pocket of money and whether you tip 10-20-30 is unknown to that person.