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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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 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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An interesting article “The Pros and Cons of Free Walking Tours”. These tours are of course not entirely free. Most of the guides for these tours work on a tip only basis and ask that you tip them at the end for what you feel the tour was worth (you should also consider when tipping your guide for these “free” tours that often the guide pays a ...


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There's no legal reason a driver and/or guide are required. But, it's advisable. Mongolia is empty. The size of western Europe, and then some, with 1-2 million people living outside of the capital, you're likely to find absolutely nothing, if you go for a long drive. A guide will know where to go and how to get there. But, will also be able to talk to the ...


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This is an interesting article, lots of people have views on this subject and preconceived idea of how things work or don't work. I have been a free walking tour guide for 3 years now and I am long way from being a Student, just passed the big 50 I have found myself in the current economic situation in Europe to for forced to change my profession. I do admit ...


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As many companies have, there is rarely a possibility to see the inside of a plant, but only to see a kind of exhibition, but stocked only with marketing material made for school tours etc. Currently, nuclear power is the most sensitive and emotional topic in Japan and there are many movements against it. You can actually find a lot of organized tours ...


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You could do a lot worse than the Captain Cook Hop-On, Hop-Off Cruise. The ferries are all wheelchair-accessible and there's some basic guide-style commentary as well. The list price for the all-you-can-ride 24 hour pass is also $40 per head, but they've got good deals with many attractions so you can get, for example, the pass and Sydney Tower or Sea Life ...


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There is a surprisingly large bookstore, named Borri Books in the railway station. It is on the side of the bus station on the Piazza dei Cinquecento. There are two floors, so go upstairs if you don't find the travel guides immediately on the ground floor. I think they are on the upper floor, but my memory might fail me on this. The store is open from 7am to ...


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What is the purpose of a review? The purpose is to help others evaluate the worthiness of this particular tour guide (versus others or other activities). It is not a travelogue or tell-your-story soapbox; Blogspot gives those away for free. Most customers will not have a medical emergency. So on one hand, your description of your trouble is totally ...


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Most decent hotels would provide meals and accommodation for the driver. Even if they don't, drivers can easily find places nearby that provide cheap accommodation. While you are not required to, it would be a gesture to pay for that and their dinner, which would both cost less than $10 in most cases. In the daytime, I would usually have meals together, ...


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The obvious initial answer for filtering your selection is to ask them where they go. Some may be offering an 'historic' tour, a 'river walk', 'museum stroll' or whatever - and depending on the variations of routes, even for a 'sights of the city' tour you may see some variation and see something one has that others don't that you don't want to miss. Once ...


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There's aerial tours being offered from Germany for WindForce 2014. They're going to be run on Monday, June 16 and registration closes on May 30. More details are available here. There doesn't seem to be any restrictions on the passengers that I can see, i.e. industry membership, other than the cost.


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Actually it seems that the ticket distribution moved to Members of Congress only to combat White House Ticket scalping going back to Clinton era. And then under George W. Bush under the claim that tours are free so noone should profit from it: ''The White House welcomes large numbers of visitors, consistent with previous administrations,'' said the White ...


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Lonely Planet actually has three separate guides for Rome: Pocket Rome: small and compact, intended for short trips (long weekend or so), focuses only on top attractions and cuts out eg. all lodging information. Rome City Guide: the full-length city guide, dense and packed full of information, mostly black & white, standalone guide for long stays ...


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A friend of mine published his top five here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/27496732-post19.html


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