I've decided to leave a review even after reading the condescending response from management in relation to any mediocre reviews received.
Firstly I've done over a dozen free walking tours and perhaps expected way too much.
Whilst we were in Budapest we did all three free tours the company provided. The general was average, the communist walking tour we enjoyed immensely however the Jewish walking tour was a great disappointment.
Our tour guide was rather poor in his command of the English language - fluent, however not accurate or clear. He barely had any proper control of the group and basicaly didn't lead it at all.
People were allowed to wander ahead without him even notifying them that they were going the wrong way. The walk was definitely at a very slow pace; in the end we spent more time in the ruin bar and Jewish book shop than we actually did walking and seeing the sites.
We actually ended up staying in the ruin bar for almost half an hour because he allowed these pushy Germans to get mulled wine after letting them decide for almost ten minutes!
He re-arranged the walking tour as well letting us end at Jewish bookshop instead of the ruin pub.
After having read and heard of emotional stories about this tour I believe we must've missed out on half of it. He only showed us three places to eat in the area; we later found a area on our own in the Jewish district with a better set of restaurants and places to eat.
Another note this is one of the first tour company that I have been pressured into tipping an outrageous amount. They quoted an average monthly salary of 500 Euros yet all three tour guides we had set a "bench mark" of 10 Euros (vaguely saying more or less was okay...); if you calculate how many people go on these tours per day, per week etc I'm quite sure most of the guides would be getting average and even above salaries.
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