The city tours scam on cruises

Hi! after doing a cruise over the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, now I'm looking forward to my holidays over the Greek Islands :)

Since while doing a cruise you don't have so much time for sightseeing, I usually book the organized tours offered on the boat, but I always end up feeling cheated, losing time on a souvenir shop, or bored by an unmotivated tour guide...

I've heard about these "guruwalks" or "free walking tours", some walking tours where you don't have to pay anything upfront, just a tip at the end if you liked it.

Have you tried this kind of tours before? are they fun? well-prepared and professional?


2 Answers

I’ve done a free walking tour in San Francisco. It wasn’t connected with a cruise.

The volunteer leader had gone through 7 classes (One a week for seven weeks) and lived in San Francisco for over twenty years. He was outstanding. I had no problem with tipping him at the end of the two hour tour.

We have taken several 'free' walking tours and generally found them very professional. One in Tallin was exceptional. We were travelling in a multi generation family group and the young student guide was able to hold the interest of teens as well as adults and seniors. She was well informed and paced the tour well. At the end she gave us ideas of how to spend the ret of the day as well as lunch suggestions at various price points. We were happy to give her a generous tip.

Another good experience was in Buenos Aires where we learned a lot about the history of the city including details of recent problems. We always check for this type of tour when visiting a new port and have rarely been disappointed.


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