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AO Tours Austin

Austin, TX 78641
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Business Description

AO Tours Austin is a sightseeing tour company located in Austin offering private and custom tours of Austin & Central Texas. AO Tours Austin provides daily 90-min tours of Austin and Hill County. The company's destination management services provide transportation services and activities associated with custom tours. AO Tours Austin has won the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. The agency is also the winner of the Viator 2014, 2015, and 2016 awards due to their top-rated small group tour.

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4.8 / 5 (118)
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4.5 / 5 (40)
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5.0 / 5 (25)

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ATXcursions

Austin, TX 78701
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ATXcursions is a tour agency located in Austin that offers river tubing, Austin brewery tours, and custom tours. Tourists can enjoy a float down the river with the river tubing tour. The company provides tube rentals, coolers, and ice. With the Austin brewery tours, tourists can visit up to three breweries to sample the local beer. ATXcursions has been rated 5-stars on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Facebook.

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5.0 / 5 (132)
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Austin Biplane

Austin, TX 78719
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Austin Biplane is an aircraft tour company located in Austin and founded in 2015. With Austin Biplane, visitors can escape the hustle and bustle and experience Austin in all its glory. Tourists can soar over Town Lake, the University of Texas, the Capitol Building, Lake Austin, Lake Travis, and other places. Austin Biplane also offers aerobatic flights. The company's flights deliver truly unique experiences whether it's a romantic sunset flight for two or an exciting aerobatic flight for one.

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Austin Brewery Tours

Austin, TX 78745
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Business Description

Austin Brewery Tours, LLC is a brewery tour agency in Austin that has offered services to visitors for over seven years. The company provides brewery, winery, and distillery tours. Tourists can expect to visit three different breweries on a 4-hour brewery tour. The agency also offers charter van service and exclusive discounts. Austin Brewery Tours, LLC Tours has been rated as "excellent" by 167 travelers on TripAdvisor.

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Austin Detours

Austin, TX 78701
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Austin Detours is a sightseeing tour agency in Austin offering tours focusing on the city's local landmarks, food, history and art, wines and distilleries, and more. The company also hosts corporate events, music tours, evening tours, scavenger hunts, and bachelor/ bachelorette parties. The agency has been rated #3 in the Best Thing To Do in Austin category by TripAdvisor.

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Austin Duck Adventures

Austin, TX 78701
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Austin Duck Adventures is a boat tour agency offering amphibious tours of downtown Austin. The company boasts a reputation as the #1 kid friendly tour in the area while accommodating adults and seniors as well. Visitors can enjoy their time around the beautiful Lake Austin area inside a reliable Hydra-Terra vehicle that was inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Austin Tour Company

Austin, TX 78745
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Austin Tour Company is a tour agency in Austin offering tourists a variety of adventures that includes distilleries, breweries and bars, floats and boats, seasonal events and festivals, food, art, and other unique experiences. The company conducts and handles corporate events and team building programs while providing transportation solutions for both small and large groups.

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5.0 / 5 (86)
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4.8 / 5 (53)
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4.9 / 5 (47)

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Bike and Brew ATX Tours

Austin, TX 78723
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Bike and Brew ATX Tours is a tour operator offering a premier city and libation adventure in Austin. The company provides visitors with a custom bicycle to use for a unique experience while exploring the sights and culture of the city. Bike and Brew ATX Tours also features the breweries in Downtown/East Side, Hill Country, North Austin, and South Austin.

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5.0 / 5 (33)
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5.0 / 5 (23)
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Discover Texas Private Wine Tours

Dripping Springs, TX 78620
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Discover Texas Private Wine Tours is a winery tour agency located in Dripping Springs that offers bachelorette wine tours and wine tours for two. The company also provides full and half day Texas Hill Country wine tours. The agency's recent offerings include a complete Wine Tour Stay and Play package that can accommodate up to 12 guests. Discover Texas Private Wine Tours features award-winning vintages produced at Fredericksburg, Dripping Springs, and Wimberley wineries.

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Double Decker Austin Tours

Austin, TX 78701
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Double Decker Austin Tours is a locally owned and operated sightseeing tour agency located in Austin. The company features stops at attractions such as the Austin Visitor Center, the Museum of the Weird on the 6th Street, the Texas State Capitol, the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and The South Congress District. Double Decker Austin Tours receives excellent ratings on TripAdvisor.

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Good Time Tours

Austin, TX 78734
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Good Time Tours is a boat tour agency based in Austin providing an elegant, upscale luxury boat service for touring on Lake Travis. The company specializes in hosting a variety of celebrations for occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, and other special events. The agency provides clients an opportunity to relax and enjoy the lake with friends while the Captain attends to their needs.

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Hipside Peddler

700 Shady Lane, Austin, TX 78702
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Hipside Peddler is a tour company serving Austin individuals and families. It offers a wide range of tour experiences and selections of stops for groups of people, which involve pedaling exercises, with different timeframes to explore the amenities within the city. Its team of professional drivers accommodates up to 30 people on sightseeing and restaurant & bar hopping tours. The company's luxury party bikes feature motorized assistance, adjustable seats, bluetooth stereo, USB phone chargers, and overhead storage & coolers.

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5.0 / 5 (85)
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4.5 / 5 (44)

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Live Love Paddle

Austin, TX 78741
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Live Love Paddle is a canoe and kayak tour agency located in Austin providing kayak and paddle board rentals. The company offers Austin Kayak Tours including Congress Bridge Bat Tours, the Urban Kayaking Tour of Austin, and Team Building Excursions. Customers can also choose to paddle through Lady Bird Lake, also known as Town Lake. Live Love Paddle is the exclusive NuCanoe dealer in Austin.

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PubCrawler of Austin, LLC

Austin, TX 78703
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PubCrawler of Austin, LLC is a tour operator located in Austin with routes that include the Market District, Warehouse District, Capitol, Barton Springs, and UT Football Tailgating. The company offers team building and corporate events as well. The tour agency also sells souvenirs for the tourists. All of PubCrawler's tours are BYOB. PubCrawler of Austin, LLC has won the 2015 and 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards.

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SherpaLux Tours & Transportation

Austin, TX 78701
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SherpaLux Tours & Transportation is a sightseeing tour agency located in Austin that specializes in corporate and personal tours. The company's tours include the Culinary Crawl, Wine Tour and Bar-B-Q, The Night Crawler, Christmas parties, Austin Your Way, day tours and public events, bachelorette parties, and the Live Music Crawl. SherpaLux's goal is to create an experience for their customers that shatters all expectations.

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Sunshine Machine Boat Tours

Austin, TX 78730
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Located in Austin, Sunshine Machine Boat Tours is a company with a multi-level party boat suitable for hosting office parties, entertaining out-of-town guests, birthdays, swimming parties, weddings and wedding-related events, team building, and other special occasions. Visitors can cruise under the Pennybacker Bridge and enjoy the view of spectacular cliff top and lakefront homes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

If you're looking to get the most out of your vacation experience, then hiring a tour guide can be a smart choice. Learning about new places and seeing how the locals live are just a few of the reasons travelers hire tour guides. There are local tours catering to almost any interest, too, from browsing art galleries to adventuring in the great outdoors. Whether you'd like to tour with a group or prefer one-on-one guidance from your own private escort, you've got plenty of options to choose from. Here are answers to common questions about what to expect on different kinds of tours and how to choose the best local tour for your travel plans.

What is a tour guide?

Tour guides provide information that helps travelers learn more about the place they're visiting. Guides can give tours of museums, scenic locations, historical monuments, and many other points of interest. Some give walking tours, while others hold tours on a bus or boat.

What is the difference between escorted and guided tours?

Escorted tours are an all-inclusive experience led by a tour director who oversees the trip from beginning to end. They often include transportation, hotel stays, sightseeing activities, tickets to attractions, and meals. Guided tours are provided by various local representatives and don't typically escort travelers to each destination, allowing for more flexibility throughout the day.

What is a guided city tour?

Guided city tours are for travelers who want to professional guidance as they explore a city. They're often given by locals who are knowledgeable about the area and can help visitors find restaurants, shops, and other interesting places off the beaten path. These tours can also take travelers to the most popular attractions a city has to offer.

What happens on a guided tour?

On a tour, guides describe the location in detail, explain its importance, and answer questions visitors may have. Local guides may tell personal stories about what it's like to live there, giving travelers a unique perspective they can't get anywhere else. Guides also look out for the safety of guests and make sure the group stays organized so no one gets left behind or lost.

Why are guided tours good?

For many travelers, exploring a new place on their own can be a bit overwhelming. Guided tours remove the guesswork by showing visitors the top sights in a streamlined and efficient way. These tours can also steer people away from dangerous areas and help provide a sense of safety for visitors.

What is a private tour guide?

Private tour guides give tours to one party at a time, allowing for more customized service and flexible scheduling. Guests can choose which sites they'd like to see and how much time to spend at each destination. Private tours are often taken by families who need special accommodations for small children, the elderly, or the disabled.

Can you hire a personal tour guide?

Personal tour guides essentially offer the same services as a private tour guide. It's possible to hire a personal tour guide in many areas, particularly in places known as popular tourist destinations. Hiring a personal tour guide can be more expensive than a group tour, though, so it's not always ideal for travelers on a budget.

Are self-guided tours worth it?

Self-guided tours arrange an itinerary for travelers to follow, but don't usually include transportation between sites or a hired guide. They're best in places with well-established travel routes, such as set trails in national parks. This type of tour can be rewarding for the adventurous traveler who enjoys exploring an area independently.

Are guided tours worth it?

Guided tours can be worth it depending on the destination and your travel goals. They're  beneficial if you're not sure which places are worth visiting or if you'd like to check out a variety of destinations in the most efficient way. Guided tours also bring peace of mind by keeping you away from potentially dangerous areas.

How to find a local tour guide?

Local tour guides don't always advertise their services online, so many travelers may be unsure about how to hire one. Reputable tour guides can often be found by asking hotel staff, other travelers, or local tourist agencies for recommendations.

How much do local tour guides cost?

The price to hire a local tour guide varies widely depending on the destination, length of the trip, and whether the tour is given to a group or privately. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $25 to $100 per hour. There may be additional costs for transportation and baggage handling.

How much should we tip our tour guide?

It's generally a good practice to tip 10 to 20% of the cost of the tour. For bus tours, tip the driver a minimum of $1 per person per day. Tipping isn't normally expected for guides at government sites and national parks.

What is a ghost tour?

Ghost tours allow travelers to learn about locations with a history of hauntings and paranormal activity. Not all ghost tours are frightening; there are many options suitable for children. Tours often include access to ghost-hunting equipment, such as infrared cameras and dowsing rods. Popular destinations for ghost tours include graveyards, old hotels, parks, and historic downtowns.

What is an architectural tour?

An architectural tour can be an exciting way to learn about the most iconic and beautiful buildings in a city. These tours are available on foot, by bus, or by boat. Architectural boat tours are especially popular in waterfront cities such as Chicago, Miami, and San Diego.

How do winery tours work?

Winery tours include a tour of the vineyards and a demonstration of how the wine is made in the production area. Afterward, visitors are given samples of wine to taste, and meals may also be provided on some tours. Tours can last anywhere from two hours to two weeks depending on how many wineries travelers want to visit.

What has to be tackled during pre-tour?

Before the tour, guides should study the route and learn as much as possible about the location so they're prepared to answer questions guests might have. It's ideal to have backup destinations planned in case the original site happens to be closed or inaccessible. Before departing, go over the guest list and review the rules and regulations of any areas you plan to visit.

How much do tour guides make?

Wages for tour guides can vary depending on location and experience. On average, tour guides earn approximately $17 per hour, plus up to $75 per day in tips. Guides are typically paid more in areas where licensing is required.

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