What do I need to know about tipping and gratuities on my tour?
When traveling with Luxury Gold, certain tips and gratuities are included in your tour package. Porterage at hotels, service charges and tips for hotel waiting staff (for included meals) will be taken care of by your Travel Concierge. There are however a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.
It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill.
Local Hosts and Local Specialists
Tours outside of the Americas do not include gratuities for Local Hosts and Local Specialists. It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories and know-how shared with you.
Your Travel Concierge and Driver
At the end of your tour you may wish to express appreciation to your Travel Concierge for their excellent service and the personal attention you received.
For your convenience and ease, there is an option to prepay gratuities for the Travel Concierge and Driver at the time of booking on the majority of our tours. This option is not available on Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast, and tours in Asia and Africa. For further information, please check with your local sales representative or reservation agent at time of booking.
Eating and drinking
Tips and gratuities will be taken care of by your Travel Concierge for all meals included in your itinerary. When you are exploring on your own, it's helpful to know regional norms around tipping.
In Europe, there is no obligation to leave a tip, but between 5% and 10% is normal in most European restaurants. Make sure to check that a service charge hasn’t already been added on as this is becoming more common. Also bear in mind that tipping is only necessary at a table service restaurant. When eating out at a pub or fast food outlet where you order your food from a counter, tipping isn’t necessary or expected.
In North America, it is customary to tip for a variety of services. A restaurant is usually tipped 15-20% of the total bill before tax. In bars and pubs, the bartender and cocktail server usually earns between $1-$2 per drink depending on the price of the drink. Other services from taxi drivers to hairdressers normally receive 10%. Your Travel Concierge can also answer any questions you may have regarding when and how much to tip.