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Uber guides

You often hear it said that what really makes a difference when traveling to new places, is the people you meet. We handpick all the guides we recommend to our guests, to ensure that you experience the very best of what each destination has to offer.

In the Northern Territory of Australia, our wonderful guide Sab will really help you get under the skin of this wild and ancient area. Our guide in Bangkok, Daniel, can showcase a side of Thai life only available to the lucky few. And in Calcutta, Devika has looked after Scott Dunn guests for a number of years. Married to a tea planter and the daughter of one of Calcutta’s prominent families, uses her amazing network of friends to unlock doors not usually open to normal travelers.

Ann, Sweden

Not only are we excited about the launch of our new Sweden portfolio, we can add an uber guide to the mix too. Typical blonde Swede Ann is bubbly and vivacious, a bit like the city she calls home; Gothenburg. She is just the sort of person you would like to spend an afternoon on a Segway with or share a cinnamon bun in Café Husaren. She will whisk you off to a chocolate emporium one minute, an art gallery the next.

From £700pp for 3 nights at Upper House on a B&B basis and a half day’s guiding with Ann.

Anthony, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe produces the best guides in Africa. Fact. Anthony Kaschula scored the highest marks ever in the Zimbabwean guiding exams. Fact. Holding a masters in environmental and geographical science, Ant has been described as ‘an academic with unique people skills.’ He believes in embracing the wilderness and what better place to do it than in his home stomping ground: Gonarezhou National Park.

From £3,075pp based on a family of 4 spending 4 nights at Gonarezhou Bush Camp, on a B&B basis, being guided by Ant and including domestic flights.

Carlos, Guatemala

Carlos in Tikal, Guatemala is quite simply the best guide one could wish for. After exploring the majestic Mayan ruins rising through the jungle canopy, Carlos can take you on to the remote little village of Uaxactun, where he grew up, to meet his family. He can arrange a special dinner in a clearing next to a Mayan pyramid for the night, dating back to 300BC. Illuminated by candles and with only the sound of howler monkeys calling he’ll recount enriching tales to treasure forever.

From £3,685pp based on two people sharing for 13 nights.

Daniel, Bangkok

As one of the world’s busiest cities, uncovering the heart of Bangkok can be a challenge. However with our phenomenal guide Daniel, the city’s deepest secrets and hidden histories are at your fingertips. Living as a local for nearly 20 years, from working with the Royal Family to hosting his own Thai TV show, he can showcase a side of Thai life only available to the lucky few.

From £3,245pp, including Daniel guiding in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, for 2 nights at Metropolitan Bangkok, 3 nights at Anantara Chiang Mai and 5 nights at Sala Phuket, including domestic flights with Thai Airways.

Devika, Calcutta

Devika has looked after Scott Dunn guests in Calcutta for a number of years and together we tailor each experience to your own interests. Devika is married to a tea planter and is the daughter of one of Calcutta’s prominent families. She uses her amazing network of friends to unlock doors not usually open to normal travelers. She intimately knows Calcutta’s secret hideaways, from out of the way restaurants and markets, to taking you to a live tea auction or a private breakfast at a friend’s house.

From £1,995pp for a 12 night itinerary including Calcutta, Sikkim & Darjeeling.

Doug, Canada

If you’re looking for grizzly bears, Doug’s your man! Having lived in the beautiful Bella Coola Valley of Canada’s British Columbia for 22 years he knows all the secret spots to take you to for the best chance of catching a glimpse of these fascinating creatures, you can meet him at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge.

From £3,900pp based on 2 people sharing for 2 nights at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver and then 5 nights at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, all meals and bear viewing included at the lodge.

Fabio, Rome

Fabio, our guide in Rome, knows everything there is to know about the city, ancient and modern. He participated in the excavation of the Forum, Coliseum and other monuments as part of his studies. An enthusiastic and fun guide, he’ll always tailor his commentary to his audience, whether they are academics or young children. He also has the connections necessary to gain access to many of the cities major sights outside of normal opening hours.

From £1,495pp for 4 nights in Rome at Villa Spalletti Trivelli on a B&B basis, including 2.5 days guiding.

Gemma, Seychelles

Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve is a nature park and UNESCO World Heritage site on Praslin. Enjoy guided walks with guide Gemma, who is the island’s expert on flora and fauna. During your visit to the well preserved palm forest you may be lucky enough to spot the rare Seychelles Black Parrott.

From £2675pp for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing a Bay View Pool Villa on a B&B basis at Raffles Praslin, saving £500 when traveling in March, June and July.

Jason, Wyoming USA

Nature lovers and wildlife photographers will appreciate the nous of Wyoming based naturalist and photographer Jason Williams, who offers off-the-beaten-track guiding. For the adventurous, we suggest the signature three day safari that delves deep into the Greater Yellowstone area, encounter bison, moose, bears and wolves. Add in great photography opportunities, iconic park sites and endless breathtaking scenery and you are in for a real treat.

From £4,000pp based on a family of 4 on a 2 week customized itinerary, including 3 day safari, 4 nights at The Wort and 7 nights at Goosewing Ranch.

Jonty, Hyderabad

Discover Hyderabad in a unique way: Jonty, our elite guide based there will bring this fascinating city to life by avoiding conventional tourist sights. Instead, discover the city’s secrets – wander down hidden alleys and or immerse yourself in the lost world of Mughal leaders. Jonty has a true understanding of Hyderabad’s culinary past and will arrange for you to dine with families who recipes have been passed down for generations.

From £2,550pp based on 12 nights on a B&B basis.

Juliet, Galle, Sri Lanka

Explore Galle’s hidden backstreets with Juliet Coombe, totally tailored to your own interests, from street food, gardens, antiques, architecture or something crafted for families. Uncover 18th century merchant houses complete with ostentatious gold bedrooms, lavish pools and characters akin to Hemmingway. The customized walks will give you an unforgettable insight into the best-preserved living colonial Fort in Asia.

From £1,495pp for a 9 night stay at The Fortress, Galle with a tour of Galle with Juliet.

Mark, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo is a city that often gets overlooked by visitors to Sri Lanka but our walks around the capital with our elite guide Mark, a passionate Colombo native, are very personalized and aim to show a mix of colonial influences whilst also experience what being "Sri Lankan" today is all about. His tours create great photographic opportunities, give guests the chance to experience local food and the chaotic hustle at Pettah Bazaar.

From £2,250pp as part of a 14 night itinerary, based on 2 sharing standard rooms on a B&B basis (except half board at Horathapola Estate and Ellerton).

Sab, Australia

Explore one of Australia’s most remote corners on a privately guided safari with a true local. Sab grew up in the area that is now Kakadu and Arnhem Land and has a unique relationship with many local Aboriginal people. With this sort of backyard as a playground, it is little wonder that he grew up fascinated by the nature, terrain and Aboriginal culture. Let him guide on camping trip with a difference, using his special access to discover a wild, ancient part of Australia.

From £6,250pp based on a family of 4 for 7 nights, including all transfers, 6 days of guiding, most meals and all park fees.

Suzy, Vail

To get the most out of a ski trip to a new resort we highly recommend using the services of a guide to show you around the mountain to suit whichever type of skiing you like best. Suzy, a fun-loving Aussie snowboarder, has been in Vail for 13 years and knows the resort like the back of her hand. She offers top quality service on and off the slopes, from helping you on with your boots to recommending the best restaurants.

From £2,445pp based on 2 people traveling for 7 nights on a B&B basis in a Classic Room at the Sebastian. In addition a guide in Vail from $595 per day.

Timi, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a fascinating city, full of stories from the monks’ 14th century face cream, a nightclub built into a fortress and film locations for Game of Thrones. Take a water taxi to Dubrovnik for a day trip and explore the old town with Timmi – a professional guide with all sorts of fun facts and figures at her fingertips to entertain the whole family.

From £895pp based on a family of 4 in a two bedroom residence at Sun Gardens for 7 nights on room only basis, including the early booking offer.

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