Private Guides


The role of a private guide varies from destination to destination and depending on your preference, schedule and budget - you may wish to have a guide accompany you for a day or you may choose to have a guide accompany you throughout your itinerary.

Why do we recommend that you travel with a private guide?

The most obvious reason is for their expert knowledge. A guide is not there to regurgitate facts and figures but will pitch their delivery according to your interest/s. Moreover they are there for you to ask questions, to learn and discover more than you would through any guidebook. 

They will give you a local’s insight and an introduction into their country which will be both personal and memorable. There's no denying that travelling with your own private guide is the best way to fully appreciate the richness of a country's history, culture, cuisine, flora and fauna.
Added to this, here are some further advantages of having a private guide:

1. Beat the Queues 

Guides have priority and can get you access ahead of the crowds.

2. Save you time

Guides know how to use your precious travel time most efficiently—no need for backtracking or waiting needlessly in traffic when a better itinerary would have spared you.

3. Photography

Your guide will show you the best angles and locations for photography. Also importantly, they will help you when taking photos of people – they will let you know what is and what is not culturally appropriate.

4. Behind the Scenes

They are connected both locally and with Steppes so that we can offer you privileged access whether it be The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg or the Galapagos Darwin Research centre for conservation.

5. Local insight

They have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening day by day so can keep updated of local events, festivals or simply the best time to see something.

6. Eating out

Your guide will know the best places to eat out and not necessarily the restaurants or cafés listed in guidebooks. Tell them what you like and they'll take you there.

7. Language

Your guide can be both a translator if you want to know what someone is saying and also a teacher for helping you interact and try your hand at a few words in the local dialect, which always brings a smile and a richer experience.

Travel with a guide rather than a guide book.




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