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Private Tour Guide Tip?

When using a private guide for a private tour should you tip at the end of the tour? I do tip at the end of a public tours but not sure when I have scheduled a tour and my group are the only ones on the tour. If so, what metric do you use to determine the amount?

Your thoughts.

Posted by
8507 posts

Totally up to you. I will often tip if I feel guide was exceptional, maybe 5 euros. Otherwise you don’t “need” to tip at all.

Posted by
7391 posts

I do city bike tours & food tours with a guide. There’s usually 6-10 people on them. I tip the guide around 10%. If there happens to only be a couple of people on the tour, I will tip more.

I do tip according to the guide’s engagement with us, and their knowledge. My daughter & I had a very disappointing one in Rome, and I didn’t give the person a tip.

Posted by
14157 posts

I think it also depends on whether the tour guide works for themselves or if they work for a company they they do not own. I'm more prone to tipping if it's a guide that's employed by someone using Jean's suggestions on engagement and knowledge. If it's someone who works for themselves I assume they have included a "tip" in the fee.