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Where to hire a private tour for a quick 1 day in Lux

I will be having a short quick layover in Luxembourg.
I am wondering if I can get a local guide to show me around on a private tour due to the time that I have.
Thanks and look forward to hearing from you.


9 Answers

answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I can't help with guides but am assuming that you have one full day to explore?

Luxembourg City really is very small indeed, and extremely walkable. You would be hard-pressed to spend more than a few hours exploring its central historical area, the Haute (or Vielle) Ville and adjacent districts such as Grund. It would also be extremely difficult to get lost, as the Haute Ville is only a few hundred metres wide. English is widely spoken: Luxembourg is, in lots of ways, a very cosmopolitan city.

So perhaps it would be easy enough to explore without a guide? I certainly found it to be so.

Have a look at my Luxembourg pages to see if that idea seems feasible for you. I was there just a few weeks ago (hence the snow!):

[original VT link]

If you are absolutely set on having a guide and no VT-er can recommend one, you might contact the Luxembourg City Tourist Office to ask for their list of recommended guides:

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Los Angeles

I agree you don't really need a guide - it's a small city and very easy to find your way around and English is spoken by most people I met (as well as French and German, if you know either of those). The central tourism office is in a large square, easy to find, maybe 10 minutes by foot from the train station. If you're flying in, a taxi can get you to the central square quickly and fairly inexpensively. The central square, Place Guillaume, is right by the Notre Dame cathedral, which is right across from the cliffs overlooking the river - all very easy to find. I'm sure they could give you a walking tour route and maps for free rather than pay someone to guide you around personally. Besides, I thought half the fun of Luxembourg was just walking around those twisty little narrow streets getting lost;-)

answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

You'd have to be trying very hard indeed if you got lost in Luxembourg Haute Ville! :-)

If you are flying in, the excellent and very frequent airport bus will take you to city centre for just 2 euro. Look to the right as you exit Arrivals and just pay the driver.

[original VT link]

(Hopefully you won't land in a blizzard like I did!).

I got off at Place du noted, 10 mins walk (at the very most) from Haute Ville.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hellevoetsluis

You don't need a guide really. I would advise you to visit the tourist information first, get yourself a city map. There are probably more than one tourist information points (probably one at the train station). But the one I know is described here:
[original VT link]

As you can read there, you can visit their excellent information website and order brochures in advance by post.

There's also two sightseeing options by bus: the Petrusse express and a topless bus:
[original VT link]


answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

>Look to the *left* as you exit Arrivals and just pay the driver.


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hesperia

As usual, all these independant travellers here on VT are not ever keen on using local guides. Frankly, at least in 50% of the cases, a local guide will help enhance your experiece, - if he is a good one. But it really depends on your comfort zone. Some folks feel they can find anything of interest on their own (they really can't....), and some are quite happy with that independance. However if you would just as soon be shown all there is to see, without having to make effort required to do it solo, then by all means get a local guide.

So, I will give you two links to local guides in Lux. Have fun.......d:o)

answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Horses for courses, Erik. The important point here is that in Luxembourg, as with many/most European destinations, a local guide is in no way essential or even necessary.

Your comment about 'having to make the effort to do it solo' is possibly much nearer the mark.

And some folks really can find anything of interest to them on their own, trust me. :-)

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hesperia

Yes J. I know, but as far as finding everything there is to see. On your own, no one can tell what they missed, so it is normal (and preferable) to think one saw it all.

Further, an experienced traveller will do solo far better than a novice. It is often better for a novice to get help so they can learn how to do it on their own. Contrary to popular believe, it is not a talent one is born with. Often a tourist simply does not want the uneasy feeling of "what am I missing?", and "I am afraid of getting lost/scammed/robbed/hurt/taken advantage of....".

All that said, yes Lux is a small place, fairly easily navigated, but the fact is that there are many many travellers that prefer having a local with them on their excursions. There would not be any group tour operators if that was not true.

Still further, the question was regarding how to find a local guide, - not whether one was needed or not.........d:o)

You know folks, as a tour manager/director/guide, I am always going to give that option because it is useful and relevant. It is every bit as valid an advise as the rest of the advise given.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Dear All Gurus:

Thanking you very much for all the inputs and insights. Really appreciate it. You are all very helpful and knowledgeable.

Thank you.

Have a good weekds

From Bangkok, Thailand. Sunday Morning 10.30 am

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