Hi. I saw a post from last Fall about a Guide Marketplace, but I'm not seeing it. Hoping this means a lot of the guides are doing the official tours again! Is my best bet to look in the most recent guidebooks and see if there are guide contacts in there? Thank you.
I came across the list of guides on Rick Steves’ Website some time ago, but wasn't in the market for any at the moment, so didn’t take note of any. I’d wondered about that list a couple times since then, but as you say, it appears to have gone away. Hopefully those people are now all busy with their own activities, and the boost provided by the list isn’t as useful for them now. The most recent guidebooks are probably 2 years old now, with 3 year old information, but they could at least be a possibility for contact details.
A couple definite items, if they’re not already on your travel radar:
For London, the London Walks company has many itineraries for 2-3 hour small group walks in neighborhoods and elements of London. Local experts provide a local’s take on their city. The price per walk is £15 or less, and they have a discount program for frequent participants. See https://www.walks.com
For Paris, and this is focused on art museums, Paris Muse tours are the best. Led by art history professors and grad students, they’re informative and entertaining, and we’ve done several private tours with them. See https://parismuse.com/