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tipping private guides

I have signed up for a self-employed private guide for our group in Athens. She charges 60 euros per hour, which I believe is reasonable and adequate. is a tip expected or necessary?

Posted by
1082 posts

I hired a private guide in Athens for 4 hours and did not tip. It did seem in retrospect that he had expected that I would. I say this because I had tried to pay him the balance due before we started and he made a comment about not paying before taking the tour. Later I thought that was a suggestion that I would give him more than we had agreed upon.

Posted by
1932 posts

I don't feel it's necessary to give a tip to a private guide. I feel if the guide was exceptional I will give a complimentary review on trip advisor or the RS Travel Forum.

Posted by
2416 posts

I agree it's useful to give good reviews to private guides that you've liked ... and even more useful to those who read, if you'll just mention the fees also. It's frustrating to moderate-budget travelers who read people's praises for day-long or overnight+ guide services, driver & car, but no indication of the price tag. Monty did it right; I urge others to do so in future, it's thoughtful.

Posted by
1 posts

Hi Monty. We are headed to Athens in two weeks and are looking for a guide for 2-3 hours to walk us through the Acropolis and surrounding sites. I know it is possible to do research beforehand but my party of 13 will not be inclined to do so. May I ask who you booked? I sent a message to a guide and haven't heard back yet, it would be nice to have another option. Thank you.

Posted by
98 posts

For Janet, my guide's rate is 60 euros an hour. Viator.com also has licensed guide, who may charge less.