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Is a Food Tour Worth the Money? (Revisited)

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Are you planning a trip? One of the first steps, of course, is to figure out how much you can afford to spend. Where are you going? How much will it cost to get there? Once you’re there, where will you stay? Will you being eating all your meals in restaurants? Or will you be doing some food prep and cooking on your own? Even if you’re just planning a weekend getaway, the costs can add up.

Of course, once you’re settled on your destination, you need to think about what you’ll do while you’re there. Sure, you can wander around on your own and choose your own activities and restaurants, but you might be wasting time and money doing it. You might be surprised to discover that it’s more affordable to take a food tour!

At Cincinnati Food Tours, we share the best of Cincinnati in one experience. You get a little history, an introduction to the culture of a neighborhood, interaction with the locals, lessons in how to use public transportation, suggestions about other attractions, tips on where the locals go, and best of all, FOOD.

Consider, for example, our 3-hourĀ Signature Over-the-Rhine Tour. The 2023 price per person is $75. Let’s break it down to see whether or not it’s worth the money to book the experience:

  1. The cost of a guide for a local tour varies from city to city. However, in most Midwestern cities in the U.S., you will pay a minimum of $75 per hour for a private tour guide. Consider a 3-hour tour, add a 20% gratuity, and you just spent $270 for each person on just the informational part of your experience. Even worse, you might not actually enjoy the guide, and you’re stuck with them for 3 hours!!
  2. For lunch, you might spend $10-12 to pick up something at a hot dog stand or a carryout window. If you opt for a sit-down restaurant, you will be more likely to spend around $18 in Cincinnati. Add a 20% gratuity, and you just spent $21.60 for lunch. Want a beer with your meal? Add another $10. And what if you’ve ordered the wrong thing? Or what if the service is terrible?
  3. If you go it on your own, you will also spend a lot of time trying to figure out where to park, how to get from one attraction to the next, and where to eat. If time is money, you’re wasting it.

It should be obvious by now that booking a food tour might be the most economical way to get acquainted with a new destination. At Cincinnati Food Tours, our guides are Certified Tourism Ambassadors, and we know our guests enjoy spending time with them. (See our Google Reviews.) In addition, during the last 11 years we have built the relationships with the restaurants that allow you to experience a variety of foods in unique venues. By the time we’ve been to four different restaurants during a three hour experience, you will have had plenty of food for lunch along with a glass of beer, wine, or a cocktail. As a bonus, you’ll have a very good idea of where you might want to go back and have dinner!

If you’re convinced and ready to sign up now, check out the calendar and book directly through our website.