Private Tours

With previous Europe travel we would at times rent a car to explore outside our base city.  While it was convenient to have our own vehicle it was also at times stressful.  At the same time we were not interested in going on day tours with several people.  No offense to anyone, but we did not have the best experiences at times and we were at the mercy of their schedule. A few years ago while in the south of France we tried something a little different.  Hence, us checking into private guided tours.  Yes, they are more expensive, but you get what you pay for just like anything else.  We look at it this way- we travel far, we spend a good amount of money getting there, we spend more on hotels and food but really the most important aspect is seeing what you came for! With private tours there are some advantages to the group tours and going out on your own:

Ancient Rome Private Guided Tour

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9 Reasons for Guided Private Tours

Based on what you want to do in a day you can usually pick your start time and/or they will tell you what time is good so that you will complete your itinerary for the day.

Not only can you eat where you want but you also can order anything on the menu.  Large tours you usually are brought to a designated “tour” restaurant with a limited menu choice. A “tour restaurant” can be good, but food is cooked in large quantities, so it may not have give you the food experience you are expecting.

If you are a shopper and want to fit in some shopping while sightseeing- a private tour is for you! Large tours usually stop at the stores where they receive a commission and if you are like me I buy things just because… so I end up with items when I get home and wonder what was I thinking!

You can ask 100 questions of your tour guide.  He/she is used to it and would rather be talking then just driving you around, so engage with your tour guide.

You can hear everything your tour guide is saying.  Sometimes on a large tour you end up next to people talking and you miss some descriptions.  Done that been there- not fun.

Your transportation should be very comfortable.  You should have more room and not crowded.  A window view is more likely too.

If you want to stop at a restroom, no problem.  Sorry, but a tour bus is only going to make designated stops for you.

If for some terrible reason you or someone in your small party are not feeling well you can go back to your hotel.

You can learn a lot more then going on your own.  Who has time to read everything about each town and village you’re going to?? Plus the local guides give you information that you won’t find in tour books sometimes.

So those are just some of the reasons we love private tours.  Do yourself a favor look into it for your next trip if you are wanting to do a day trip, you might just like it! We have experienced them at several destinations: The Dolomites, Rome, Switzerland, England, Greece, South of France, Morocco and more! Each of our Private tours we went on were Fabulous!!

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Taking a tour when traveling can be the best informative way to see and learn about the world. But, a private tour can be even more so.  There are private tours for all different types of travelers and itineraries; adventure, history, relaxing.  Just about everything you can think of or want.  #Privatetours

Sherrie has been traveling for sometime now. Her husband Kevin and herself love to explore different destinations and adventures. She has always wanted to write, so writing about traveling just became the obvious combination. "I love, love, love to travel! Everything about it- views, sights, experiences, exploration, food, wine and of course meeting people!" Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten


  • August 28, 2017

    Ooh, I never considered going on a private tour. Sounds like it would be amazing to be able to pick your times, not necessarily feel cattled along with a gob of people who may or may not be annoying, etc. While I do also enjoy renting a car and having some sort of freedom to go and do, finding parking, navigating new countries, and adjusting to the flow of traffic can be a bit of a headache. Thanks for sharing!

  • August 28, 2017

    I agree with all of your reasons!! I’ll definitely add one: My aunt and I had a private tour guide in Iceland, and it was SO cool getting to know Krisjan too. He was very personable and quite open too! We chatted about his life, why he likes giving tours, his kids (he showed us pictures). We could ask so many random questions over the course of the 3 days we were with him.

  • August 28, 2017

    Great post! I’ve never actually considered private tours, because I’m lazy at heart and the thought of having to keep up a conversation with a stranger for the entire day sounds a little tiring to me. I’m not sure that I’d enjoy the destinations as much. BUT, having said that, my aunt and uncle had a private guide around Dubai and said it was the best experience. Mostly for the reasons you’ve mentioned!

  • August 28, 2017

    I agree, if you can afford it, a private tour can be good. I would only object to the assumption that the private guide doesn’t take you somewhere they receive a commission 😉 But I guess that doesn’t matter if you’re happy with the shop/restaurant.
    I mostly prefer exploring on my own, but when I go on a guided tour, I like small tours as it’s fun to a) meet and exchange impressions with the other guests, and b) sometimes they have questions I wouldn’t have come up with.

    Happy continued travels!

  • August 30, 2017

    I couldn’t agree more. I tend to travel on my own and sometimes it’s easier (and cheaper) to join a group tour on some excursions and day trips but the times that I’ve travelled on a private tour (I did them in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran and India), it was all well worth it. I think the main key factor for a great experience with a private tour, apart from all the flexibility that it entails, depends on the connection between guide/driver and us, whether s/he is knowledgeable enough to answer all our questions on top of all the stories and anecdotes, flexible enough with the itinerary and the tour in general, and understanding that there are times we just want to enjoy our own space, to better absorb the experience at each destination.

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