How much would you pay for a free group tour?

May 3rd, 2019, 10:42 PM
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How much would you pay for a free group tour?

Hello!

I've never done any free tours on my own when I travel (I've hired tour guides before for group trips but that's different). I am curious about FREE TOURS BY FOOT which I saw mentioned in a YouTube video. If I were to join a group tour (2-3 hours), how much would you expect to pay at the end?

Thanks so much!

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May 4th, 2019, 02:51 AM
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Hold my beer while I get change for your 500 euro note..

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May 4th, 2019, 02:59 AM
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I have taken guests on Free tours by Foot and folks usually give at least $5 to the guide
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May 4th, 2019, 06:35 AM
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folks usually give at least $5 to the guide
. Thank you, Rhea.
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May 4th, 2019, 08:25 PM
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We paid our Washington DC Free Tours by Foot guide $10 each and would have happily paid more if we could have afforded to at the time.

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May 5th, 2019, 06:22 AM
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LeeAnn, was it $10 for 2-3 hour tour? I see some places mentioning $10 per hour. However, when I was watching videos of the groups, sometimes they are quite large like 15-20 people. So just doing the math, 15 ppl x $10 x 2 (hours) = $300! I'm thinking everyone is probably adjusting the tip according to the number of people in the group as well as how engaging and interesting the guide is.
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May 5th, 2019, 09:25 AM
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Here's an interesting thread on rick steves board last year on this topic

https://community.ricksteves.com/tra...e-walking-tour
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May 6th, 2019, 03:29 PM
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everyone is probably adjusting the tip according to the number of people in the group as well as how engaging and interesting the guide is.

I would not adjust it by size of the group. I would adjust it by how good the guide was. If I were solo, and the walking tour was 2-3 hours, and it was enjoyable, I'd tip $20 at least.
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May 6th, 2019, 05:24 PM
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We give $ 10, which is for the two of us, so $ 5 each. Love Free Tours by Foot. Which ones are you going to do in NYC?
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May 7th, 2019, 05:05 AM
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What I would tip would depend on the size of the group and on the quality of the guide.
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May 7th, 2019, 06:56 AM
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We have done free walking tours in various cities and we tip roughly $20 pp. So far we have had excellent guides, but I think if we had a bad one or very average, we might tip a bit less. Thankfully we have not been in that position though
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May 8th, 2019, 09:34 AM
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The number in the group is irrelevant. This is someone joining a grop tour, it isn't a private tour for only their personal family/roup or whatever.

I'm not sure I would take one of these as I object to the concept of paying for something that is trying to get clients by calling themselves free and I question their licensure/training. I have friends who are professional licensed guides, that takes time to get that credential.

But $10 PER HOUR is not remotely free, that's more expensive than any real "nonfree" group tour I've taken. I take group tours in Paris where I appreicate that licensed guides advertise their particular theme tours in the weekly entertainment guide, and you just show up. But the price is mentioned. Those are 10-12 euro per tour and those tours usually last at least 2 hrs.

So If I were going to do this and the false advertising didn't bug me, I think $10 per person is about right. Size of group is irrelevant, it's not your reponsibility as to how many people show up or don't to do this tours by unlicensed guides.
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Jun 12th, 2019, 06:06 AM
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Thank you, everyone, for suggestions! I will keep these in mind the next time I'm in NYC. This time, the timing didn't work out and I could not join any of the free-tours. The one I was most interested in was the one covering the theater district. So, hopefully, next time I'll get a chance to do it.
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