Chauffeured cars and limousine tours: Tailor-made excursions for your customers
Last updated: 06/06/2016
When berthed in the local marina and ready to explore the surrounding areas, choosing a limousine or private car company to co-ordinate excursions is a popular choice for superyacht owners and guests. There are many specialist companies who can pick up clients directly from their yacht or villa and offer bespoke tours of the surrounding areas.
So if you’re a captain or crew member looking to organise a trip for owners or guests, or just want more information on how to ensure that both the excursion and company you use is the best, read on.
What can a limousine company offer guests?
One of the French Riviera’s leading luxury limousine companies IKON, provided some information on just what a limousine company can offer clients and what level of services should be expected.
It’s not just about the ride
Choosing a limousine company is not just about the transfer between the airport and the yacht. Some limousine companies can provide tailor-made trips or excursions where clients will be able to enjoy planned outings in a limousine or luxury car, specific to their requirements.
Experienced and local drivers
Limousine and luxury car hire companies can act as your tour guide and are able to plan a complete itinerary for you, depending on your specific interests and requests. A good limousine company will have a plethora of experienced drivers who know exactly where the best places are in each region/town nearby.
Nikolas Beer, CEO of IKON explained, “Through our particularly rigorous recruitment of drivers, our team is capable of meeting the most demanding requirements of a luxury clientele who expect a top notch quality service. With a perfect knowledge of the region and their experience, they can recommend restaurants, museums or other beautiful places in the Riviera and take them directly there. Our manager can also plan the perfect trip for your clients regarding their preferences or passions.
Ultimate luxury for the world’s most luxurious clients
As you would expect, the companies provide the most luxurious of cars to suit the requirements of today’s superyacht owners and guests.
Nikolas Beer of IKON went on to say, “For example, we provide all the latest generation of Mercedes models, offering the highest standards of luxury and relaxation.
Luxury cars in the Med
The cars available usually include a fleet of high class vehicles such as limousines, vans and SUV’s. However this can depend on the location, as Mercedes are particularly popular with chauffeured companies in the South of France as well as Audi’s and Volkswagen.
IKON reported recently that the Mercedes S-Class is popular among clients, adding the new S Class 63 AMG Mercedes to their fleet last year, and announcing the addition of the S-Class 500 hybrid in 2015.
The fleet at Monaco Prestige Limousines (MPL) mainly consists of Audi’s and Mercedes, with the company offering the Audi A8 / Q7 and the Mercedes S / R Class as its four and five seaters.
The fleets also usually include luxury seven seaters such as the Mercedes Viano Vans and Mercedes V Class.
In the USA/Caribbean
However outside of the Med, across the Atlantic, fleets tend to consist of a broader range of cars, including anything from Toyota and Hyundai to BMW and Ford.
For example Big’s Car Rental in Antigua and Barbuda, includes a VIP fleet of luxury cars such as the BMW 5151, the Toyota Prado and the Infiniti QX60.
Likewise, St Maarten-based Travel Rent-A-Car often works with luxury yachts and has a fleet containing Hyundai, Toyota, and Ford models.
Services and tariff
Most companies will provide a 24-hour service and will drive you where you want to go, at any time. Tariff rates between companies can vary, but using Monaco Prestige Limousines (MPL) as an example, the tariff rates are roughly as follows:
From 8:00am to 8:00pm (allowing unlimited mileage) is €130 for all vehicles, except for SUV travel, which is charged at €150. From 8:00pm to 8:00am (allowing unlimited mileage) the tariff rates are €156 for all vehicles, and €180 for SUVs.
Day rates are also common among luxury chauffeur companies, with MPL offering €1,200 for a minimum of 10 hours.