Over the years we have fallen into our share of pitfalls when it comes to arranging tours on the spot. We haven’t had as many problems as we have had with taking taxis (read our article on how to use Taxi’s here), but we have come up with several things to be aware of.
This information is geared to those who have already arrived at their destination and want to go on a tour. There are always some basics to consider when choosing day tours from an agency.
Often you will be presented with different tour options and attractions and these are some points to consider before making your decision.
How much will the tour cost? Be very clear on the final cost and find out if you pay before or when you return.
What are the main attractions of the tour, i.e., what will you see? Do you have enough time to stop and absorb the attractions or is it a fast paced tour, jumping from attraction to attraction.
How much walking is involved in the tour?
Are there extra “hidden” costs not listed in the tour price? Some examples might be entrance fees, petrol, food, parking fees, liquid refreshment, etc.
If you are stopping for food at a restaurant at a pre-determined restaurant, what type of restaurant is it? Can you choose your own restaurant on the tour. If not, ask for the approximate cost of a meal there if you will be paying for it.
What type of vehicle will you be using? How many people will it fit and does the agency expect it to be full.
Who will be driving? Just a driver or driver and guide, or is the driver the guide? Does the guide/driver speak your language.
Group or Solo
Will there be others joining you, and if so what is the maximum number of people on the tour?
These are just a few points that we have found valuable based on past experiences when deciding on which tour to take. If you have additional points, please comment below or email: firstname.lastname@example.org