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PERSONAL TOUR GUIDES - WORLDWIDE

We've tried to list some small, personalized travel services below with the aim of serving a couple or a family. Experienced travelers know that once you check in at your hotel, the concierge should be able to suggest a personalized tour operator.  These might come in helpful as you plan your trip.

Obviously we cannot vouch for tour operators we have not had experience with.  However, entries in red indicate that we have used their services and can recommend them, based on our own, personal experience.  Any reviews in green indicate that we have personally used this service but cannot recommend it to you.
 

AFRICA

ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL SAFARI GUIDES

ARGENTINA

BUENOS AIRES PRIVATE TOURS
This is an outstanding service and compared to other similar services around the world, it is very affordable.  The guide assigned to us was a great guy named Esteban.  Even prior to flying to Buenos Aires, Esteban secured ferry reservations for a trip across the Rio de la Plata to Montevideo, made dinner reservations, and coordinated details of our multi-day tour via e-mail.  I can't speak highly enough about Buenos Aires Private Tours and Esteban.  He knows this beautiful city and can show you places others would overlook.  And he'll take you to some great local restaurants that you'd never find on your own.  We highly recommend Buenos Aires Private Tours based on our own, personal experience.  You can e-mail Esteban at:  esteban@baprivatetours.com  .

AUSTRALIA

DISCOVER SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
PERSONALISED TOURS OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
SAVANNA GUIDES (Outback)

AUSTRIA

WANDERWEG HOLIDAYS (Covering Switzerland also)

BELIZE 

BELIZE TOUR GUIDE ASSOCIATION

CANADA

ABERDEEN HOSPITALITY GROUP (Tour Ideas in Nova Scotia)
CITYSCAPE TOURS (Vancouver, B.C.)
OTTAWA WEST (Site offering several tour options in Ottawa)
PERSONAL TOURS (Toronto & Niagara Falls)
QUEBEC CITY TOURS

CZECH REPUBLIC

SIGHTSEEING (Prague & Czech Republic)

FRANCE

A LA CARTE FRENCH TOURS 
BRASS TOURS (Paris) 
DISCOVER PARIS  
FRENCH WINE EXPLORERS (Wine Tours)  
PANACHE TOURS (Paris)

GERMANY

BERLIN SIGHTSEEING TOURS

GREECE

GEORGE THE FAMOUS TAXI DRIVER - Athens & Greece
We have used this service and it's great.  During our trip George was not available but we were assigned Nick Plitas and he was incredible.  These guys are much more than just "taxi drivers."  They know their Athens and their Greece.  To contact George, e-mail him at:  greektaxi@aol.com.

HUNGARY

PERSONAL GUIDES IN BUDAPEST
PRIVATE TOURS BUDAPEST

INDONESIA

While staying at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Bali in Nusa Dua we arranged a day long tour through the hotel concierge.  Our guide was an absolutely delightful Indonesian named "Chika."  He showed us much of the island, parked us for a nice lunch and we were very pleased with the service.  Chika, I think, is probably well known among hotel concierges in Bali.  I highly recommend him.  He comes with a very small mini-van and pleasant driver.  The driver concentrates on the crazy motorcycle traffic while Chika explains everything you'd ever want to know about Bali.  You can visit temples, the seacoast, stone and wood carving towns, an active volcano.  Just let Chika know what you'd like to do.  His service is inexpensive compared to Europe.

IRELAND

DEDICATED CHAUFFER SERVICES (Dublin & Ireland)

ITALY

ACTIVE ITALY - GUIDE OF ROME FRANCESCA
CIAO TOURS (Tuscany)
EX-PAT PERSONAL TOURS (Florence)
ITALY INDEPENDENT TRAVEL TEAM    
SICILY TRAVEL NET  

NAMIBIA

RENT-A-GUIDE SERVICE (Safaris)

NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM'S "FRIEND IN TOWN" TOURS
SIMPLY AMSTERDAM

PAKISTAN

KARAKORAM TREKS & TOURS
Offering mountain treks in Northern Pakistan.

PANAMA

ANCON EXPEDITIONS - Panama City / Canal / Panama - E-Mail Them at:  ecopanama@sinfo.net
Excellent service.  Highly recommended.  These guys know Panama and can custom arrange a trip that meets all your needs from visiting Panama City, the Panama Canal, the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, jungles, etc.  Our personal guide was Jaime A. Diax A.  He was great.  He can be reached by phone at: (507) 260-7340.  Or fax him your needs at:  (507) 236-7373.

RUSSIA

DEMCHOOK GYULY GUIDE (Moscow)   
TOURS TO ST. PETERSBURG

SINGAPORE

We arranged a day long city tour through our hotel, the wonderful Shangri-La.  A great guy named Kumar turned out to be our host and gave us the grand tour in an immaculate Mercedes car.  Kumar showed us all nooks and crannies of this amazing city.  If you wind up staying at the beautiful Shangri-La, ask if Kumar is available. He may work out of other hotels but I'm not sure.

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA TOUR GUIDES

SPAIN
On the island of Gran Canaria in the Spanish Canary Islands we arranged for a car and driver to take us on a tour from the Melia Tamarindos Hotel.  This was a nightmare experience.  The driver tried to rip us off on the number of hours on the tour and drove us on a very dangerous road that he had no business to be on.  Therefore we CANNOT RECOMMEND hiring a car and tour driver from this hotel.

SWITZERLAND

WANDERWEG HOLIDAYS (Covering Austria also)

THAILAND

CHAT CHAI 'S. - Bangkok (Hope I spelled his name correctly!)
This gentlemen works out of the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok and he did a great job for us.  At the time of our trip, his rates were roughly $20 U.S. per hour.  He knows the city well and can suggest all the sites that you'd care to see.  Even if you're not staying at the Shangri-La, he'll still be glad to show you the city.  He's driven for heads of state and royalty before and he's a very nice man.  He can be contacted at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok at 02 236 7777. You may need to put a (66) in front of the number.  Things had just started to change when we were there. You can also e-mail them at this address:  slbk@shangri-la.com.  Be sure to include the driver's name (Chat Chai 'S.)

TURKEY

TOURIST GUIDE OF TURKEY   
TRAVEL IN TURKEY

UNITED KINGDOM

NICK WILSON AT JAMES & COMPANY - London
We've used Nick twice in London and he is absolutely the best!  He is knowledgeable, funny, punctual, and accommodating.  We can't rave enough about Nick.  He's not cheap, but when you add up all the cab fares you'd have to pay to see the sites, touring London with Nick is really a good deal and especially if you have a family.  Nick can also arrange tours of the rest of Europe. To start the ball rolling, E-mail Nick directly at: nick@nwilson36.fsnet.co.uk. And tell him hello for us!

HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND TOUR GUIDE ASSOCIATION  (Scotland)
LONDON TOUR GUIDES 
NORTHERN IRELAND TOUR GUIDE ASSOCIATION (Northern Ireland)
SCOTTISH TOUR GUIDES ASSOCIATION
SIMPLY NICE TOURS (England & Wales)
TOUR GUIDES IN SCOTLAND (Scotland)

URUGUAY

Unfortunately I didn't get our guide's last name in Montevideo but his first name was Diego and he said all the hotels are familiar with him.  We stayed at the Sheraton Montevideo and asked the concierge to arrange a three hour tour of the city.  Diego was great.  He gave us the grand tour from all the classic sites and shrines, to the beautiful beaches to Old Town.  His rate was quite reasonable and you can tell that he truly loves this city.  Tell your hotel concierge (or front desk person) that you want to do a tour and that you want to secure the services of Diego and I have a hunch they'll be able to find him.

 

UNITED STATES

ALASKA  (Please See Fishing Lodge Vacations on this Site)

CALIFORNIA

ALL ABOUT NAPA VALLEY (Northern California Wine Tours, etc.)
DRAGONFLY TRAVEL DOT COM (L.A./San Francisco & Elsewhere)
IT'S ALL ABOUT TOURS (Covering Southern California)
PERSONAL TOURS (Hollywood/L.A.)
ROYAL DYNASTY TOUR (L.A. & Southern California)
SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOURS

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

CAPITAL CITY TOURS (Washington, D.C.)
KB TOURS OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
KITTY TOURS (Washington, D.C.)

FLORIDA

TRAVEL WITH STYLE (Miami)

HAWAII

BY DESIGN BY JUSTY (Honolulu & Other Islands)
EKAHI TOURS (Maui)
GUIDES OF MAUI LAND TOURS

LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS TOURS

MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON ADVENTURES
JACK MAYFIELD TOURS (Boston)

NEW YORK

A FRIEND IN NEW YORK 
ALL ABOUT NEW YORK TOURS
COVER NEW YORK DOT COM 
GO HARLEM USA DOT COM (Harlem District)
GORDON POLATNICK'S BIG APPLE JAZZ TOURS  
MAGIC ACCESS (New York City)
PRIVATE TOURS OF NEW YORK CITY
SAVORY SOJOURNS ( New York City Culinary Tour)

 

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