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Tipping culture in Croatia and the Balkans

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I do not wish to replicate the rather uncivilized recent discussion on another forum, but I am curious about how other travellers address this topic when on multi day private guided tours to these countries.

We just returned yesterday from a week in Reykjavik and took several day long tours. It was very interesting to see how different segments of our small daily groups showed appreciation for the guides' efforts. Some expressed a sincere thank you and others offered cash tips, sometimes in foreign rather than Icelandic currency. The guides did not seem offended by either practice.

As has been expressed on other threads, much depends on the tipping culture of the country. We will be spending time in Croatia next month on a private guided tour, meaning we will be transported in segments between locations with local drivers and have daytime tours in our selected areas of interest with local guides. We have done this before in other countries I.e. India, Turkey, Tunisia, and Australia as a few examples. The Australian guide was the only one who was uncomfortable with a cash tip. I understand that tipping is not a big part of their culture.

What is the usual practice and expectation in Croatia and the Balkans for guides and drivers? We have always tipped guides in our travels, and for most meals where it is "service compris" we will round up. Any insights into local practices would be appreciated.

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