I am not a tour person, but I need to admit that Free’ or pay-what-you-want tours somehow have become an interesting way to see cities.
The approach is simple: you check the tour’s website to find the daily meeting place; take the tour alongside anyone else who happens to turn up; and then leave a tip at the end (knowing full well that “free” is loosely employed as a marketing tactic and you are expected to part company with more than a handshake). This allows a more spontaneous travel = if you oversleep or the weather is bad, you just try again next time.
I had Free tours in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and recently Sydney.
Actually I ended up doing the 2 tours in Sydney, day time and the twilight one . Packed with loads of energy a good humor, Ron was able to tell us back stories of the buildings and little known facts. His passion really shown through while he was speaking about the architecture, the history an politics. As you can imagine I needed to find out how did thiese free tours stared. I asked Ron and this is his story: