The Importance of Local Guides for Travelers

A great guide can completely transform a trip, making a destination come alive with historical anecdotes, specialized visits and insider access. With our incredible network all over the world, Indagare can match our clients with experts suited to your family’s interests and dynamics. Here are six reasons why you should to book a local tour guide for your next journey, and contact us for further guidance.

Local guides are local experts.

Guides know all the best haunts in their city and can provide insider access that enables you to experience a destination like a local. For European capitals like Venice, Paris and Munich, all of which are brimming with history and art, guides help put it all into context.

Related: Three-Day Munich Itinerary

They can adapt to situations and change plans quickly.

With local contacts and nuanced destination knowledge, guides are at your service and can easily modify the day’s schedule if, say, your youngest is on the verge of a tantrum and the next museum needs to be replaced with a visit to the best local ice-cream shop. They can quickly pivot and be your advocate in modifying tours, dinner reservations and transfers, saving you time and stress, especially if you’re traveling with children.

Tour guides can help you skip lines.

Nothing is more frustrating than wasting precious vacation time queuing in the heat or cold. When you book a guide through Indagare, we can ensure expedited entry to sights. Even when you are already on the ground, your guide can often make special arrangements if, say, you make a last-minute decision to visit the Musée d’Orsay.

They educate and engage.

Guides take intensive courses in a variety of topics, including history, art, architecture and cuisine, so they are authorities on their destinations. They are also trained in engaging clients of different ages and interests in the same group—catering to adults who want a cultural tour, for instance, while entertaining little ones at the same time with coloring books, treasure hunts or little souvenirs.

Related: India Insider Trip 2017

Local guides are a must for certain destinations.

A great local tour guide can make all the difference in complex destinations like India, Japan or on safari in Africa. In such cases, your guides are your lifeline. They are frequently with you for your entire trip, not just for a one-off tour, and their in-depth knowledge and local savvy can bring a place to life in a unique way.

Indagare can match guides to your family.

Indagare can draw on its extensive pool of tried-and-trusted guides to find one perfectly suited to your particular needs, interests and situation — a family-friendly cicerone in Barcelona, say, or an expert in the art history of Vienna. Every guide is different, and because of our close relationship with our clients, we can make matches that are compatible in personality and style.

Contact Indagare for assistance arranging a guide for your next vacation.

– Kira Reinke on March 21, 2017



“We adored our tour guides in Italy and Greece. They showed both a passion for and a deep knowledge of the sites we toured. They were all incredibly professional and a joy to be around. We could relax knowing that all of our transportation and transfers would be handled expertly.”
~ Indagare member L.C.

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