Tours with a car

My tours can naturally also be ordered with a car and a professional driver (chauffeur). The price for this addition includes the insurance and is dependent on several factors: the duration of the tour, the size and quality of the required vehicle, seasonal variations as well as the availability of the various drivers. Please write me and I will make the inquiries for you.

Touring with car can have many advantages, but I don't recommend having a car for every tour, as many of them can be easily done as walking tours or with Berlin's public transportation system. In the Jewish quarter, for example, the sites are very close to each other, so having a car doesn't make much of a difference. Nevertheless, each guest has his or her own needs, and I'd be happy to advise you personally and to plan our tours accordingly.

I hold a German driving license, but for tours with a car I always book professional drivers with appropriate vehicles. These chauffeurs hold special licenses for commercial driving, and are regularly tested by the authorities. This additional license for commercial passenger transportation (in German: "Personenbeförderungsschein") is required by German law, even if it's just one or two passengers/clients.

Moreover, the vehicle must be also approved for commercial transportation, which means it needs to fulfill some extra requirements that are not imposed on vehicles for private use. It also means that cars and vans with such approval are checked more often and more thoroughly than similar vehicles for private use. It's not about the specific model of the vehicles, but about the purpose for which it is used.

All of these conditions - for the driver as well as for the vehicles - are legal prerequisites for city tours with a car, a van or a limousine. Without them, the whole thing is illegal, which means (among other repercussions) that the passengers/clients have no insurance coverage. This is why I always hire a professional chauffeur with an adequately licensed vehicle.

If you want a tour with a chauffeur, just let me know and I'll be happy to make the arrangements. It's important that you write me about it in advance, so I can find and book a driver for you. Please note that because of the extra costs, I only book a chauffeur and a vehicle when I'm asked to do so by my guests. Since most people want walking tours, that's the default.

In recent years, some “unofficial guides emerged in Berlin, who offer tours in their private cars without holding the required license, i. e. without a legal permit (for themselves and for the vehicle). These tours are usually cheaper than normal, but as explained above, it's very important 
for you as the clients to know that during such tours, there is no insurance coverage - the insurance policies of the car and the driver are void. Therefore, regardless of your guide, I warmly recommend you to make sure in advance, that the tour you're offered is done with an adequately licensed, professional driver and includes full insurance coverage.


 


 a commercial driving license
 


a normal driving license