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How can I find a guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?

Where/how can I find a local/professional guide that will take me safely up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus?
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How can I find a guide who will take me safely through the Amazon jungle?

This was one of our definition questions, but also one that interests me personally: How can I find a guide that will take me safely through the Amazon jungle? I'd love to explore the Amazon but would ...
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Historic Boston Sites - Good Resource

I plan to visit Boston this year; I'm looking to hit up the historical sites, and trying to find a good guide of all of the sites. Is there one out there online, or a good one I can find or buy when ...
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Good Apps for travelers between cities in Europe especially

I travel a lot using mainly trains and buses sometimes also need taxis when i travel between cities. My question is what's the best mobile app (or others) that could help guide me when I'm in the ...
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Self-drive vs. guided safari in Southern Africa

I am researching safaris for Southern Africa through Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa with possibly a stop at Victoria Falls. We are looking at both guided tours and doing a self-drive for about ...
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What is the term for remote tourism consultation as a "bypass" for tour guiding in certain countries?

This question might be somewhat irrelevant in January 2020 (described below) but I ask it anyway to broaden general knowledge Certain countries do not allow people which aren't their citizens to work ...
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Is there an 1-hour guide at the Deutsches Museum?

In British Museum, you can get a map (the one with the magnificent Parthenon marbles on the cover) that list the must-see exhibits of the museum in an hour. Is there something similar in the ...
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Is there a good website to plan a trip via trains in Europe?

My wife and I have decided to move across Europe by train. Do you know of any good sites for planning a trip via train (schedule and maybe prices)? We're going to go across Europe from east (Russia ...
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What is the business model of commercial free walking tours?

For instance, Sandeman's runs free walking tours all over Europe. One or two every day of the year, good local guides, and the only payment is tips at the end. I'm sure the tip money is good since ...
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Roughly how long does the Pamir Highway take to do?

I'm heading into Tajikistan on Friday (to Dushanbe). I aim to go around to Khorog and then via the Pamir highway to Kyrgyzstan. I'm unsure as to how long to allow for this part of the trip, or how ...
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Tour options in Doha [closed]

I have a 17hr transit in Doha and am getting a free hotel, thanks to Qatar Airways. What are the best tour options for tours that will pick me up at/near the hotel? I am staying at Oryx Rotana Doha. I ...
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Finding a list of agriculture unique to Catalina Island [closed]

I'm trying to find a list of plants that are unique to Catalina Island. In particular one species of vine that exists on the mainland as a regular vine. However, when exposed to the nature of ...
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Japanese Ema and Omamori Shrine Charm Guide

I was wondering if there is an online resource that posts pictures about which ema, omamori, and omikuji each Japanese shrine has. (Not a guide that talks about what ema and omamori are). Some shrines ...
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Is it possible to haggle over tours in Indonesia, and to what extent?

I'm planning a customized, private 10-day tour of Flores for which I'm contacting small local tour operators. They will arrange a car and driver, an English-speaking guide and sleeping accommodations. ...
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(How) Can I hire an instructor as a tourist driver on the Nürburgring without renting a car?

I'd like to take my car on a couple laps around the Green Hell (Nordschleife track). I have no experience as a race driver. I'd rather not crash my car but I don't want to go slowpoke speed either. ...
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How to review a tour operator after medical emergency?

I recently hired a tour guide to show me Bushmen art in South Africa. The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. After about 7 km of hiking, I fainted from a combination of heat-...
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Are there walking tours (where you join a group) in Rotterdam?

A few weeks ago I was in Berlin, which has a huge number of excellent walking tours, many of which are free (you pay a tip at the end). These covered the usual sights, as well as some more interesting ...
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Antelope Canyon - Do I need to purchase a tour? How to avoid crowds and take good pictures in Antelope Canyon?

We are planning a trip to Page, AZ from CA in November. I have been looking around online and it seems like we need to purchase a tour if we want to see the beauty of Antelope Canyon. Is that true? If ...
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I heard that Sikkim is not safe for tourists now? [closed]

News and sources said that Darjeeling issue of North East India is misleading tourists . And Doklam/China controversy with India . I am planning a tour on Dussehra for Sikkim . here http://www....
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Where can I find a local guide for Japan?

My friends and I are going to Japan in October. A coworker mentioned that there's a site where university students will gladly guide tourists in exchange for transportation/food costs and learning ...
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Are there Ijen Crater tours from Bali that finish at Yogyakarta? [closed]

I can see tours starting at Yogya but I cannot find anything that starts at Bali and finishes at Yogya. The plan is to start at Bali, visit the Ijen Crater, visit Mt. Bromo (not a deal breaker if not ...
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Where can I find guided tours of Australia by indigenous people?

Where can I find guided tours of Australia by Aboriginal persons, or organisations, ideally where profits go back into helping or preserving the local people and/or landmarks? I would love to see ...
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Could one find and hire a guide for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for a day?

I have read that it may be helpful for a tourist to hire a private guide for a day in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Similarly, I have read that one could higher a taxi driver to be a private ...
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Is there a ranking or a guide with the airports offering the most beautiful landings?

Often landing (or take-off) offers very beautiful sights over travel destinations. Knowing this would be a great way to start a travel. Unfortunately, I've lost this oportunity, several times for ...
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Where I can find a guide in Peru to take me safely to the Jivaro headhunting tribe? [duplicate]

I'm a psychology major and I would love to barter for a shrunken head if I could still come back with my own.
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What is the best company to go through for climbing Mt. Rainier?

I'm thinking about climbing Mount Rainier some time next summer, and I'm trying to find the best Guide company to go through. I'd want to do a 3 or 4 day climb, and make sure that I get adequate ...
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How can I meet the world's most jovial taxi driver?

I'm a fan of Anthony Bourdain's TV shows and the two times he's been to Istanbul he was driven and shown around by the tirelessly cheerful and voluble taxi driver/entertainer Issam (Ihsan ? Isham ? ...
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Organized trips for young single travelers? [closed]

I have 3 weeks vacation during Sep-Oct. I'm an Israeli with excellent English. I want to fly somewhere. and was thinking to join organized trips for young single-travelers. I saw this site: http:/...
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UIAA membership and guides

I have a question about International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) membership. Shouldn't it allow me to climb the mountains, without hiring a guide? Which usually is the most ...
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How can I find a professional business trip guide in China?

I will travel to China to meet some suppliers in late April. It's my first time to visit there. I am thinking to hire someone in local who speaks good English as my personal tour guide and interpreter ...
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Hastings Battlefield and the 'Right to Roam'

Later this year I will be guiding a tour of the "traditional" Hastings Battlefield. It will be a walking tour with about 5 - 7 clients. The route is pictured below... The starting point is shown ...
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Are there guides when traveling on cruise ships between countries?

I've never been on a cruise ship. Say someone goes on a vacation cruise ship that travels across various countries throughout a 7-day period. When they get to these countries and there are places of ...
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Inexpensive vehicular guided tour of Sydney

We're looking for a guided tour of Sydney. We initially considered the hop-on, hop-off tour bus for Sydney, but $40 for ordinary fares, $30 for concession was a bit steep. Another possibility I ...
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How do I choose a travel agency to book tours from in Hanoi, Vietnam?

I am travelling to Vietnam in December and would like to book with a travel agency in the Hanoi area. There are so many to choose from, what are things that I should consider when picking a travel ...
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What else do I need to consider for travel to Bali, Indonesia? [closed]

I'm planning a mid-year trip to Bali, to escape the cold Winter here in southern Australia. I will be travelling with my partner and our 7 year old daughter. My friend referred me to this Bali ...
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Travel guides stores in Rome

Could you tell me please where can I find a store in Rome to buy a travel guide such as Lonely Planet? I hope you there's one near Termini station because that's the only place I know :) Appreciate ...
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Lonely Planet: pocket version or the big version?

I want to buy a travel guide for Rome, I found Lonely Planet. There are two versions, the pocket version and the full version. The pocket version is 13 euros, the big (full version) is 23 euros. ...
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Homestays and a driver in Sri Lanka - will accommodation be a problem?

When hiring a car with driver in Sri Lanka, I am led to believe that the hotels provide accommodation and meals free to the driver. How would this work if instead of hotels we used home-stays? Is ...
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Tourist guide in Philippines

I'm planning to take some members of my family in a trip to the Philippines, and I would like to know what would be the best way to find a Tourist guide? (Preferably someone who can speak Spanish) I ...
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How can I find a local guide to take me safely up Mt Toubkal in Morocco? [closed]

My partner and I will be visiting Morocco in late December and would like to hire a local and knowledgeable guide for climbing Mt Toubkal, who can also provide equipment (crampons, ice axe etc). Many ...
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What is the rationale for requiring White House tours be scheduled through a member of Congress?

According to https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/tours-and-events Public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. My question is… why is that requirement present? Why ...
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How do tour companies book flights and hotels? [closed]

My husband and I are booked with a well-known, established tour company for our trip to Europe. The trip we booked with them originally was cancelled because of lack of customers. We understand that ...
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Tourist guide for self-made holiday [closed]

I usually travel planning the vacation by myself. During my holiday I notice a real difference between cities visited alone from cities visited with a local friend of mine. How can I find an "...
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Roadtrip in Mongolia WITHOUT guide possible?

My friend and I are planning a trip in Mongolia this summer. We saw on the internet that most people hire a driver and a guide. We couldn't find anyone talking about going there without a guide. Is ...
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How to find an organization that offers semi-guided tours?

I am looking for an organization that offers tours, that are close to an individual travel experience. The organization should: + organize the lodging + organize the travel from site to site + ...
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Are there companies in China that offer personal tour guide services?

I will be traveling to China by myself and interested in hiring a person to be a personal tour guide for multiple days ...possibly as long as a month. This will be my first trip to China and my grasp ...
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Behind the scenes tours in Zürich

I usually enjoy visiting behind the scenes tours in factories, waterworks, water towers, industrial areas, airports, libraries, hotels, abandoned basements, caves or just closed old buildings etc. I ...
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Best time to visit Goa [closed]

Which is the best time to visit Goa. My company will be shut down on Christmas and New Year eve, and I'm planning to go to Goa during that time. So is December-January right time to visit Goa? Any ...
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Costs of tour in Kyrgyzstan [closed]

Though I have some experience with travelling/backpacking through Asia (India, Nepal, East-Asia) this year will be the first time I visit a country like Kyrgyzstan and will also be the first time I ...
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Expert-guided tour of an offshore wind farm in or near the North Sea?

A few months ago, there were expert-guided tours available of one of the Danish offshore wind farms. Those have stopped now. Where can I find an expert-guided tour now? Not just a boat that heads out ...