Yes, it was expensive to hire a private guide for 3 cities (Copenhagen, Gdansk and Stockholm. But, I would do it again! Each of our guides was warm, knowledgeable, flexible and happy to share about their culture and city. We ate tradition lunches and shared stories as well as seeing and learning about soo… many things. There is no comparison between the ship’s excursions and this. Thank you, Nordic! Our trip was everything I’d hoped.