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BE MY GUEST

Discover travel’s original local experience
Local travel experiences you won’t find anywhere else

There are no second chances when you travel. Choose travel’s most immersive experience for food lovers, history buffs, families and everyone in-between. Our Be My Guest story began in 2009 in the home of the Esposito sisters in Sorrento, Italy, who welcomed our guests into their home over a homecooked meal and limoncello. You will connect with locals as you taste produce direct from source, uncover a piece of history in châteaux, ryokans, farms and castles and meet the characters who bring these places to life. Be My Guest experiences are exclusive to us and are available on every trip each a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Be My Guest
experiences are exclusively available on every trip.
2009
was the first Be My Guest experience, with the Esposito sisters in Sorrento, Italy.
Experience Be My Guest around the world
Oonagh O’Dwyer, Ireland

Join nature-loving Oonagh, as you forage along the Wild Atlantic Way for local delicacies that can be transformed into a hearty Irish feast.

Meet Oonagh on Irish Experience
Count Miari Fulcis, Italy

Explore the 15th-century organic olive oil estate in the Tuscan hills, owned by Count Miari Fulcis, before settling in for an aperitif, olive oil tasting and specially-crafted regional feast.

Meet Count Miari on Great Italian Cities
Esther Carpenter, USA

Explore this Southern Mansion, passed down through 5 generations of Carpenter women, over a meal prepared by award-winning chef Esther alongside her neighbour, pianist Joe Stone.

Meet Esther on Tastes and Sounds of the South
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“Yoshida Sanso Be My Guest was very special”
Jason, Australia
CONNECT WITH LOCALS
DINE WITH YOUR HOSTS, THE WONDERFUL OWNERS OF RYOKAN YOSHIDO SANSO
Kyoko & Tomoko
Meet Kyoko & Tomoko Nakamura, who’ll take you on a journey of Japanese imperial history at their beautifully kept home.
  • The ryokan was built for the uncle of the current Japanese Emperor, Prince Higashi-Fushimi.

  • The ryokan is one of Japan’s few privately-owned places allowed to keep the Imperial Seal of Japan visible, which are visible on the ornate door pulls & roof tiles.

  • The main home is built in the classic Shoin style of Japanese architecture.

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Photo of Giada Landi in the kitchen

Surrounded by beautiful, landscaped gardens on the hillside of Mt. Yoshida, this 1930’s ryokan is picture perfect. Meet the Nakamuras and get a one-of-a-kind insight into ancient Japanese history. On arrival, guests will learn about local Japanese customs and receive a seasonal Waka poem, hand-written in calligraphy. Learn about the crests of Urakiku and enjoy a traditional kaiseki lunch - experience Japanese hospitality at its best.

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10 Years of Be My Guest

Discover how our exclusive Be My Guest experiences revolutionized the way we travel.

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“James the tour guide was fantastic!! his knowledge of places was great and the driver Peter was great too. Both were extremely helpful. The places we visited were so lovely and the host's were fabulous!”
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