Hire a Guide

Tourists and families, create a customized tour for your group!

You choose the attractions, or let one of our Certified Guides recommend the perfect tour that meets your interests. We'll custom-tailor your excursion so that you have a great experience. 

We are also offering virtual tours at this time!  Join one of our talented Guild tour guides through a virtual tour of all the monuments and special places you and your group would like to visit, but given the current times, are unable to visit in person.

Guild guides are skilled professionals who serve tour companies, student, affinity, and corporate groups, as well as individuals, families, and seniors. All of our guides hold valid DC tour guide licenses, as required by DC law. Always ask to see your guides' DC license as well as their Guild ID badge to ensure you are working with a Guild professional.

The health and safety of guides and travelers is a paramount concern of the Guild. We have created Health & Safety Guidance for Guides during the COVID-19 Pandemic that can be reviewed here.

If your group consists of 15 or less, complete the form below to have your tour guide needs communicated to member guides.  If your group consists of more than 15, you will need to complete the "Tour Operators Hire a Tour Guide" form found on our home page.

After submitting the completed form, you will receive e-mail responses from available and qualified guides. Guides will provide you with information about the requested tour, their qualifications, and fee. You are likely to receive a number of responses over a 3-day period. Choose the guide who meets your requirements and contact that guide. When mutual agreement is reached, document the terms with the guide. The Guild assumes no liability in connection with tours and/or transportation.

Note that guides are independent contractors and fees vary, usually with a 4-hour minimum.  Hourly rates for guides are approximately $40 - $60 per hour, although bilingual, specialty, and Certified Master Guides may charge more.

Guild members' knowledge and experience range from:

  • Guild Guides: Guides who are licensed and Guild qualified;
  • Guild Certified Guides: Guides who are licensed and have taken and passed additional Guild education, training, and testing;
  • Guild Certified Master Guides: Guides who are licensed and have completed the Guild's required education, training, and testing for certification as "Master."

Groups Larger Than 15

Groups larger than 15 and ALL Tour Operators must complete the Hire a Guide form.

Hire a Guide

Groups of 15 or Less

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