Full-Time Local Guides
The Best Guides in the World
You’ve Got a Well-Connected Friend.
There is simply no better way to discover a place than in the company of a well-connected friend. That’s how you’ll feel about the local guides who are your companions every step of the way on every one of our Cultural Walking Adventures.
Your guide will be the kind of person whose grandfather was his country’s former president or who walked the runways of Milan for Galiano and traded in her heels to hike the footpaths of the Cinque Terre. An insider who knows the opening day of truffle season…and a truffle-hunter who’ll let you tag along. A Fes native who can navigate the maze of the medina 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.
You’ll Always Enjoy Their Company.
Classic Journeys guides are there full-time for you, every step of the way. They’ll also introduce you to our extended family—specialists in anything from birding to wine-tasting to archaeology. And because your guides are actually members of the Classic Journeys team that curates your trip itinerary, they have all kinds of 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.
Moments when a local guide matters most…
Get to Know Some of Our Top-rated Guides
"Sergio, amico mio!” Sergio practically invented the concept of the “well-connected local guide”. He’s a native Neapolitan who puts his life into showing off the region he’d never leave.
Originally a journalist, she graduated with a degree in English Literature before switching to guiding more than two decades ago. A mother of two daughters (one a doctor and the other an engineer) she delights in breaking down cultural stereotypes. She’s guided U.S. Senators and Ambassadors and has even teamed with The Today Show to introduce people to her country.
Named the #1 guide in all of Croatia and fluent in seven languages, Livio is part teacher, part kid, and all-around great guy.
An expert in Modern and Contemporary Art for Sotheby’s in Rome, her discerning eye is a huge asset whether she’s helping you see the composition of Lucca’s townscape or interpreting an altarpiece. Her knack for seeing under the skin of Italy is a skill guests treasure.
An expert in prehistory, Bart has worked with NASA, the Leakey Foundation, museums and universities. He was Michael Crichton’s personal guide during the author’s research for his book, ‘Timeline’. A philanthropist, he’s also been a convoy-leader for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Africa and Asia.
Yasemin is married to another Classic Journeys guide, Cemil, and they live along the beautiful south coast in Antalya, where their home is surrounded by mountains and Termessos National Park. A noted botanist, she authored a book on local wildflowers.
Nova Scotia’s a melting pot for culture and food, and there’s no one better to experience it with than Michael. An acclaimed chef, he’s on the boards of Taste of Nova Scotia and Slow Food Nova Scotia, and is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His cookbook, ATLANTIC SEAFOOD, was shortlisted for the Canadian Cookbook Awards.
A true Renaissance man, Luciano has studied music in Florence and is fluent in six languages. He also knows everyone in Tuscany, from Andrea Bocelli and Dario Cecchini to the best gelato maker in San Gimignano.
A true sportswoman, Vibeke grew up in Bergen and delights in cross country and downhill skiing, hiking, glacier climbing, and any other activity she can organize for herself, husband, sons and friends. She enjoys sharing “hidden” places with guests and giving them experiences and memories that tourista never have while opening windows into the Norwegian culture and soul.
Beny is the kind of naturalist guide you dream of: well informed and fluent in how to transmit his treasure of information to you. In his own words: "As a naturalist guide I have to help people 'remember' the other senses that they seldom use.
An expert on the people, history and culture of Ireland, Donal continues his studies at University College in Cork. His favorite moment on tour? The boat trip on Killarney Lakes to Ross Castle. “It’s beautiful. And the guests can’t stop laughing at the stories and antics of the boatman, Pat O’Callaghan."
A naturalist and rafting guide, Kenneth is always prepared. Not only does he know every bird, plant and animal in Coasta Rica, he knows the people (‘ticos’) just as well. And when you visit his friend’s orchard, Kenneth will just happen to have two knives and a pair of gloves on him to carve up a juicy treat for you.
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
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