Our private and full-time guides welcome you into their world

The warm, beating heart of every Classic Journey is your experienced local guide. After all, there is no better way to discover a faraway place than in the company of a well-connected friend. 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 let 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 are more than map-readers and agenda-followers. 
They are colorful, caring personalities who are unflappable, genuine and as sunny as they are sincere. As your cultural hosts, they are with you full-time—just like a friend should be—to open doors and help you see their word through their eyes.

We empower them to go with the flow. 
Our guides have plenty 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. Your guide will also be glad to offer ideas that appeal to your special interests. Some trips have two full-time guides, and on any itinerary specialists in anything from birding to wine-tasting to archeology may join you.
local guide in Amalfi, Italy

Sergio

“Sergio, amico mio!” Sergio practically invented the concept of the “connected local guide”. He’s a native Neapolitan who puts his life into showing off the region he’d never leave.

Amalfi Coast & Capri

Saida

A woman working in a man's world, Saida has been an accomplished guide since 1997. Originally wanting to be a journalist, she graduated with a degree in English Literature. She speaks three languages (English, French and Arabic).

Morocco

Livio

Named the #1 guide in all of Croatia and fluent in seven languages, Livio is part teacher, part kid, and all-around great guy.

Croatia's Istrian Peninsula

Flaminia

Flaminia is with Sotheby’s in Rome, an expert in Modern and Contemporary Art for international auction house. When she steps away from her profession to guide for Classic Journeys, you can be sure she doesn’t leave it behind.

Tuscany & the Cinque Terre

Bart

After a period of extensive traveling in Africa and Asia as a convoy-leader for the F.A.O., Bart chose to live in the Dordogne region because of its natural and cultural richness.

Bordeaux & the Dordogne Valley
turkey

Yasemin

Yasemin grew up in Ankara and met her husband, Cemil in Istanbul. After enjoying several years in the city, they traveled along the south coast of Turkey to find a place to settle down and ended up in Antalya.

Turkey

Heather

Heather is a certified Waldorf teacher and has a degree in Southwest Studies. She also has a world-wide background of whale research, geology, and bio

Cuba
Tuscany

Luciano

When we initially met Luciano, we were reminded why we hold our guides in such high esteem—he’s fluent in six languages, studied music in Florence and

Tuscany
BRYCE, GRAND CANYON & ZION

Eric

Eric has a degree in Natural History, and his career has included translator, editor, publisher, photographer and guide. Since 1980, he has traveled the globe as a professional guide and photographer.

BRYCE, GRAND CANYON & ZION
PANAMA

Venicio (Beny)

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."

PANAMA
ireland

Donal

A 30-year career with Irish Telecom provided Donal the opportunity to travel extensively through South Kerry. An expert on the people, history, cultur

IRELAND
COSTA RICA

Kenneth

A naturalist and rafting guide, Kenneth is always prepared. If you visit his friend’s orchard, Kenneth will just happen to have two knives and a pair

COSTA RICA
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