Go exploring with our full-time local guides
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.

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 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, 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.

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.

 

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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