The concept of “Free Walking Tour” has been growing through recent years. Exploring the city with a local guide become more and more popular among travelers because it’s a easy and fun way to learn about its history and culture, as well as find the city’s hidden gems and not only the touristy spots.
How are the tours “free” ?
The tours are ‘free’ because there is no set price, so you’re free to join. Instead of the traditional “pay before you try”, here the roles are changed. You are able to evaluate the full experience and then pay your guide accordingly, when the tour is over.
This way, the decision belongs to the traveler, therefore there is no risk of feeling like you didn’t get your money’s worth. It’s easier to understand the value of the whole concept, after receiving a great quality tour and appreciate the uniqueness of it.
How much should I give the guide?
Usually the tour guides are freelancers, they aren’t paid by any organizations, so they really have to earn the tips. It also works as a motivation for them to give their best on every single tour and making sure everyone is enjoying.
As an average, for a good tour each person should give from 10€ – 20€ up – it will all depend on you and what you thought about the tour.
At the end of the day, the whole experience is a mutually beneficial situation for both the traveler and local guide. Free walking tours are an exciting alternative way to discover cities creating authentic local tour experiences accessible to all regardless of budget as well as supporting passionate local guides.
Now that you know all about the concept, if you’re visiting Lisbon, you can’t miss our Free walking tours!
Meet our yellow team at Rossio Square (aka Praça D. Pedro IV) everyday at 10:30, 11 AM and 3 PM !