How to Hire a Limousine Service to Wine Country
Hiring a limo to the wine country is a great option for those who don’t want to drive. Best advice is to plan your trip to the wineries. Tell the limo driver where you want to go. To plan your trip consult our regional wine trails or use our handy Winery Finder/Trip Planner to select wineries.
Use our wine country guide to plan and select a wine trail and route. Then, hire a limo and hand the driver your itinerary. Sit back and relax and enjoy. Read our tips and then check our limousine service page for listings of several limo companies.
Cost for a Wine Tour
This varies depending on the limousine company. Charges are made by the hour, the day, the number of people. The cost does not usually include any tasting fees that wineries charge.
Limousine Appointments at Wineries
Several wineries, especially in the Napa Valley, will not receive parties in limousines or mini buses, unless an appointment is arranged ahead of time. Smaller wineries often do not have the space to accomadate tour groups.
Arranging Lunch at a Winery
Many limousine services will arrange a picnic lunch for you. They will pick up the lunch and have it ready for you at one of the wineries. You can request which winery for the lunch. Always call the winery and check to make sure they can reserve tables for your party.
A 15% to 20% tip is usually added to the cost of the trip. Check with the company to make sure how the tipping is handled. If you particularly like your driver, then an extra tip might be in order.
Other Limousine considerations
Some of the wineries on our tours have narrow driveways or other
situations that make them inaccessible to limousines.
Other Tour Options besides a Limousine
A Guided Tour Operator – A guided tour operator is one that is trained and knowledgable about the wine country. They will have much information to tell you along the way. They usually have a van or limo. In contrast, when you hire a limo service, the driver may or may not know anything about wineries, winemaking, etc.
A Scheduled Tour – This tour is usually on a bus that has a set itinery or schedule. The passengers have no say in where to go. A scheduled tour will have a trained tour guide on board.
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