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Tipping Tour Guides

What's the tipping culture for tour guides?

When you’re on vacation, it’s easy to forget the little things that can make a big difference to the people who are helping to make your trip special. One of those things is tipping tour guides. Most people would never dream of not tipping their waiter or waitress, but for some reason, tour guides often get left out. If you’re wondering whether or not to tip your tour guide, the answer is a resounding yes! Tour guides work hard to make sure you have an enjoyable and educational experience, and they deserve to be rewarded for their efforts.


If you are going to Europe, a customary tip for your tour guide is between 5% and 15% of the price you pay per person, with the higher spectrum reserved for exceptional service. When tipping on a trip with a private tour guide, it costs an average of between 10% and 20% of the tour’s price per person. When the tour price is $1,000 per person, for example, the appropriate tip should be between $100 and $200 per person, depending on the level of service provided by the tour guide. If the tour guide provides lots of extras (anything not on the written itinerary), consider this when tipping.


Tipping will also vary depending on the size of your tour, so make it a point to tip generously for a more personal experience.


Please be aware that this is simply a guide. So, although tips are not mandatory, they are definitely welcome and most certainly appreciated.

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