Full-Time Local Guides

Go Exploring With Our Guides

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Your Classic Journeys guides live in the region you’re visiting. There is simply no better way to discover a faraway place than in the company of a well-connected friend. That’s how you’ll feel about the fulltime local guides who will be your non-stop companions every step of the way on any Classic Journey you select.

Full-time Local Guides

Your guide will be the kind of person whose cousin is the llama-trekker. An insider who knows the opening day of truffle season…and a truffle-hunter who’ll get you tag along. A native who can navigate the maze of the medina in Fes with her eyes closed, because it’s where she and her family live.

Our Guides Open Doors That Outsiders Can’t.

Many other tour operators airlift guides in from overseas, but what a missed opportunity that is for a curious traveler like you. Our native guides are your proud cultural hosts who understand local life…and go out of their way to help you get a real feel of their world. Their friends are your friends. They know the shopkeepers, the monks in the monastery, the farmers who wave them down for a friendly chat.

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You’ll Always Enjoy Their Company.

Classic Journeys guides are there full-time for you, all day and every step of the way. From time to time, they will introduce you to specialists in anything from birding to wine-tasting to archaeology. Our guides have leeway to personalize your trip on the fly, whether it’s to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity like a one-day festival or an invitation into a private home. Your guide will also be glad to offer ideas that appeal to your special interests.

Women on sand dunes in Morocco.

Moments when a local guide matters most…

  • In a village café, you want to try the off-the-menu dish they’re having at the next table, but you don’t know how to ask for it.
  • A flock of sheep blocks your footpath, but your guide knows a detour through the private pasture of her childhood friend.
  • You need a packet of antihistamines, but no one in the pharmacy speaks English.
  • You wonder what it’s like to go to school in the rainforest, and your guide calls his cousin the principal to arrange an invitation to a classroom.

In our many travels abroad, some 70+ countries by land tour and cruise ship, it is amazing to find two superb tour guides working seamlessly together as a team. Luciano and Elena’s knowledge, delivery and pace are excellent, as are their patience, accommodation and consideration for fellow travelers. Having previously visited Venice, Florence and Rome, we were impressed by how much is to be gained from tour guides skilled in their craft

A Note From a Fellow Traveler


What Our Guests are Saying

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If you’re seeking a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience that’s tailor-made for you and yours, look no further. Drop us a line today and see how we can work together to fine-tune the details of your dream journey.