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Private Car and Driver

While some people relish the opportunity to get behind the wheel when they’re on vacation, others would rather leave the driving to someone else, especially if they’re traveling to an unfamiliar place.

One solution is to hire a private car and driver for your trip. Some private chauffeur services in Europe offer customized, multi-city itineraries. You decide where you want to go, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery while someone who knows the area contends with all the roadway twists and turns, as well as traffic and parking.

For example, if you’re traveling through Italy, a private driver means you won’t have to navigate ancient, narrow roads. If you’re traveling to the United Kingdom or Ireland, there’s an added advantage of not having to worry about driving on the left-hand side of the road. Wherever you go, a private car means you won’t be spending precious vacation time stopping to ask for directions or trying to find your way out of that roundabout a la National Lampoon’s European Vacation.

Also, the driver is likely someone who lives in the area or knows it well and can point you to a must-see attraction or the great restaurant where the locals go. Just remember that in some countries, regulations cover the number of hours a day that a private driver can work, and the number of days in a row the person can be on the road.

There are also advantages to hiring a private car and driver even if you’ll be traveling in the United States. 

For example, in a big, sprawling city like Los Angeles and its environs, with its multitude of freeways, driving can be stressful even for people who live there. A private driver will know how to navigate the shortcuts or find faster alternatives. Since you’re paying for the day, there’s no incentive to take you the long way around. A driver can drop you off in front of the attractions you’re there to see, then come get you when you’re ready to move on to the next stop. Instead of circling the block trying to find a parking space, you’ll have more time to enjoy your destination and be free to take in the view.

While it might not occur to many travelers, cruise passengers can also hire a private driver to offer more personalized excursions when the ship is in port. 

Travel Leaders’ Distinctive Voyages, an exclusive collection of cruises that offers added amenities, now has a Car and Driver option. The service will be available beginning fall of 2017 on a select number of luxury voyages on Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea, with other cruise lines being added in 2018. Clients will be able to go on a guided tour in select ports with their private car and driver, or they may take advantage of the service for a specified length of time, allowing them to determine where to go and what to see. 

For help planning a trip anywhere in the United States or abroad with a private car and driver, contact Travel Leaders COS at 800-273-0793, locally 719-597-0004, or send us an email at

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