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Give them a 5 star review. It sounds like the guide handled this tricky situation very well. If you are not comfortable disclosing any details just write something like "we encountered an unexpected and potentially dangerous situation and the guide handled it very professionally and calmly and kept me safe at all times"


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His name is Ihsan Aknur, and maybe he'll be your friend, too, if you message him on Facebook.


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As a tourist myself who goes on adventures in potentially dangerous areas, knowing how a tour company handles a life-threatening emergency is super important to me, the more details the better. That information may dissuade some unprepared tourists to take the hike. Or it may cause some unprepared tourists to take better precautions, or to wait until they'...


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There are a number of different types of these "Free" walking tours, with the business models varying dramatically. In some countries you can expect to end up at the guides "cousins" carpet shop, where the guide will take a kick-back for any sales. Some tours are run by the local community and/or volunteers and truly are free (although with the potential ...


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I'm surprised no answer so far has mentioned Raildude. This is a very useful, community-driven website for international trains in Europe. It is particularly focussed on budget travel, and indeed originates from a Interrail-related website. Hafas is not always accurate I'd like to issue a word of warning about Hafas-based search engines. Bahn.de, B-Rail, ...


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I seem to be going against the general flow here, but I'm going to offer a contrary opinion. I've been in that sort of environment in South Africa as well as Zambia and Botswana and I would not give any kind of positive review to a tour guide who didn't pretty much force me to keep well hydrated and take things easily. In places like that (and this is ...


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I have been on cruise twice - once from Boston, MA to Bermuda and once around western Mediterranean, covering Spain, Tunisia, Italy and France. Both times, when booking the cruises, the cruise company provided extra guided tours that could be purchased for extra cost. It's worth noting that in many cases, the ship will berth not in the city that's ...


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I can show you my experience in guided and self-drive safaris. That's my experience and it could be different depending on the parks, the weather and other conditions. My experience is limited to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, which are on the East side of Africa, and Senegal, which is at the north; and there are not too many game parks. I have in mind a travel ...


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There is no general "Right to Roam" in England and Wales, in contrast to Scotland. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 only allows public access that can be recognised and "Right to Roam" on "Access Land". Access land is defined as such: (1)In this Part “access land” means any land which— (a)is shown as open country on a map in conclusive ...


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In addition to the standard city tours (which are quite nice, btw.), there are quite a few places that are open to visitors, though most are by appointment only, and several require minimum group sizes. I've been to several of these (and some more that are only possible if you know people working there), and found all of them really nice. Note that in ...


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I am an American expat. operating a small adventure tourism company out of Puerto Maldonado, Peru called WildPERU. Our operation is geared more towards adventure-style travel in the S.W. Amazon Basin in Peru including boat travel up-river, camping and trail walking in the forest and Pampas. We call it more of a "dirt-under-your-fingernails" kind of ...


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I've done the Pamir Highway in the summer of 2014. It's hard to answer the question how long it takes because it's not a road for getting from A to B but it's an experience in itself and you may want to spend as long as you can up there. There are several points to think about before heading out: Which route? do you want to take, there are several options ...


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The Esplanade itself conducts guided tours. If you have at least 20 people, then you can get a group tour (they say you've to book it two weeks in advance, but there should be some leeway in that): The tour is for a minimum pax of 20. Each Tour is about 45 minutes. Tour would begin from the Concert Hall Information Counter and end at the Esplanade ...


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If you travel through the Baltic countries, prefer the bus to the train. Buses are faster, more frequent and more comfortable than trains. Once you are in Poland, you can switch to trains. So here are the sites: DB TravelService has schedules that will cover the whole trip, apart from the buses in the Baltic countries. It only has fares for trains within ...


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The driver will usually take care of his own accommodation and meals. If it means that he'll sleep inside the vehicle, he will do that. It's always better to contact the owners of the house you are renting to see if there's by any chance a place for a driver to sleep. If not, let the driver know in advance so he will be prepared. Make sure he gets some ...


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Many "Aboriginal tours" and "Aboriginal experiences" exist but, while you will have Aborginal guides, in many cases these operations are not majority or even largely operated or owned by 'Aboriginal persons' - some care will be needed in discerning which are 'authentic' in this respect. Mild warning: You are probably aware that the subject of the rights ...


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Here is the Interrail map: On the site, it is also available as a 14Mb PDF that you can zoom for details. As speed/duration depends on many factors, the map only distinguishes between high speed lines, main lines and other lines.


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I have never been there, but one traveler and author, Beata Pawlikowska wrote several books about the jungle. She would go to Iquitos and hire local Indian guide there. And I believe, good communication in Spanish will be necessary, as few people there would be able to speak English. Unfortunately, only a few of the books have been translated into English ...


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here is a company who does jungle training, so you can go alone next time and you probably learn much more and have more fun than by just following your guide. :)


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The answer depends on (at least) two things. Whether you want to do the 'proper' Inca trail or one of the alternatives and what time of the year you are going. If you want to do the proper trail in high season you should book in advanced. Sometimes it is fully booked for 3 months. I was there in October (not high season) and I stayed in Cusco for two weeks ...


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They are called Goodwill Guides. Your description is spot on. They only want to have travel etc paid for. But you will not only find students but also retirees and housewives. I know one page with a huge list. Here is another one of such sites that covers several areas of Japan. If you are in Tokyo, you might want to go directly to this page.


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There are two types of free walking tours. Free ones sponsored by companies. For example, in Berlin - Sandemans has one, where you're offered and told about their other tours while you go on the 'free' walking tour of the city. In addition, you'll have it suggested that you tip your guide. The same occurs in Krakow through another tour group there. This ...


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Your question is how to find one, and not to make a direct referral of a translator/guide. I have assumed that you want a trustworthy and reasonably high quality daily escort. Mark Mayo added 'credible and/or official sources to the question. To research an answer I sent out five emails (I made it clear that I intended to pay the fair market rate for that ...


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All cruises I have ever heard or read about offer guided tours at their stops, often at extra costs. When you look at the description of a cruise look at excursions and at program and things like that. I searched a few cruises for you, in the same area so you can compare: Royal Caribean and Holland America Line Prices for shore excursions can differ a lot ...


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I have gone on several cruises in the Caribbean and agree with the other answers regarding guides. To address the 'leaving you behind' question, there is one wrinkle to that: the shore excursions. If you are on an excursion booked through the cruise line, and you are late getting back, the ship will wait for you. I don't know what they'll do if it is a ...


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There are three guide companies available for climbing Rainier: Alpine Ascents International (206)378-1927 International Mountain Guides LLC (360)569-2609 Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (360)569-2227 They are all probably pretty good. I've heard good things about RMI. I don't know about prices. It's possible to do without a guide company, if you learn and ...


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Our family of three had a three-week trip to Botswana, flying in and out of Johannesburg. Our trip was a hybrid of self-drive and budget safari package. We rented a normal road car in Johannesburg, drove to Gaborone and visited a friend, then drove with the friend up to Kasane in the north-east. We stopped in various places and took group safari expeditions ...


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There are at least a couple of options for private tours. It implies that you may be the only ones, potentially, but at least you'd have a leader to show you around, and if you have others they could come too. Firstly, there's the Rotterdam Walking Tour: Discover the secrets of Rotterdam with a knowledgeable local guide (3hrs walk) And more ...


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To go from Russia and Baltic Countries to Germany and France you have to go through the Poland. Although in other answers you have good international links, I think it's good to double-check connections on country-specific site. Polish railways has schedules and approximate prices on site: http://rozklad.pkp.pl/


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