Are you vacationing to Niagara Falls any time soon and planning on taking a tour of the area? Be prepared for sticker shock when you see how much some of the tours cost!
Of course there are many reasons you would go with a large tour company when visiting the area. Perhaps you would like to go on a boat tour, or a helicopter ride. Obviously for a tour of that caliber it would be necessary to hire a professional company to show you around Niagara.
But what about if you just wanted to go site seeing? Some of the local tours in Niagara charge anywhere from $75-$150 per person for a 3-4 hour tour. So for an average family of 2 adults and 2 children you can expect to pay between $300-$600! Not only are you paying a lot of money for someone to show you around the area, but you will most likely be with a large group of people as well. Having a large group while site seeing is not always a plus. It can take longer to explore areas with a large group, and you don’t have a say if you want to skip a specific part of the tour.
If you are looking to have the tour of your life and see things you want to see, then going with a tour company might not be your best option. A better option you may want to consider would be to hire a local that lives in Niagara or even a retired tour guide from the area. Someone who you could pay to give your family a private tour of exactly what you want to see. Rather than paying $300-$600 for a family of 4 people to get a tour with a group, you can pay around $50 and save yourself hundreds of dollars and get a custom tour specified to your needs.
The best tour guides to any area are locals who actually live there. Many times people from the area would be more than happy to show you around, and create a custom tour to fit your site seeing needs. A website like www.RentAFriend.com is a great option for finding a local no matter where you a traveling to.
RentAFriend.com is a “friend for hire” website, allowing you to find locals from anywhere around the US or Canada. A local can recommend great places to stay, the best restaurants in the area, and they can also help facilitate transportation as well. The best part about hiring a local is that you get great one on one attention from someone who lives where you a traveling to at a fraction of the cost if you went with a tour guide company. Visit RentAFriend.com now for a free zip code search of locals in the city you are looking to visit.