When you arrive at the location that you wish to visit, there are a few important things you need to do to get your experience off to the best start. Go to the tourist offices: office staff, in addition to providing maps and brochures, are able to give you information on available tourist guides. Keep in mind that tourist offices may have limited opening hours or be closed on some holidays. So if you need information outside of business hours, try souvenir shops, often these merchants know local tour guides, or see if online bookings can be made or if dedicated mobile applications are available.
An experienced tour guide can be an invaluable ally in discovering all the secrets and curiosities of our area. It can enrich your experience, giving you a unique perspective on the attractions, history, culture and traditions of the place.
Ask questions and also seek advice on local, restaurants and suggestions on activities or special events currently taking place. The tour guides are local experts and can provide you with real tidbits to make your experience even more authentic.
They often offer "standard itineraries" and advice on what to see and do. However, do not be afraid to stray from the set routes and explore lesser-known places as well. Tour guides can provide you with a solid foundation, but free exploration can lead you to discover hidden gems.
Remember: information about schedules, fees and attractions might change over time, so make sure you have accurate and up-to-date information to avoid unpleasant surprises during your visit.