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This trip sounds really fun, but I’m not a “group trip” type of person. How does the Riviera Driving Tour differ from other group trips?
The Riviera Driving Tour was designed so that guests can be as dependent or independent as they wish. Guests should always feel free to explore on their own, though most people do find that driving around the south of France rally style is much more fun than doing it alone. A convoy of sports cars attracts a lot of attention, smiles, and photo opportunities!

Why do you provide round-trip airport transfers? Wouldn’t it be easier to just pick up the car at the airport?
We want to take the hassle out of transatlantic arrivals, so cars are delivered to the hotel. Upon arrival at Nice Cote D’Azur airport you’ll be met in the arrivals terminal and transferred to Le Hameau in St Paul de Vence.

How large, or small, will the group be?
The group will consist of at least 3 cars (plus the lead car) and no more than 7 cars. If we have 7 cars we’ll usually add an additional lead car.

Tell me about the hotel I’ll be staying in in St Paul de Vence.
Hotel Le Hameau is a charming, very "French", property ideally located just below the medieval village of St Paul de Vence (a walk up to the village takes about 10 to 15 minutes). Le Hameau has a secured parking lot, boutique art shop, pool, bar, air-conditioned rooms, WiFi, and a kitchen that serves snacks and drinks until 5 pm.

What are the vehicles like?
Vehicles are never more than six months old and have very low mileage.
Mini Cooper Cabriolets are 120hp front wheel drive with automatic transmission and a manual shift option. Satellite Navigation Systems ensure that, should you split from the group, you’ll never be in doubt about your next destination.
Cars are delivered to the hotel on the first day of the trip and picked up after your departure on the final day. 

Once I arrive at Le Hameau can I hop in my car and go?
Cars are available on arrival day but you will have to endure a quick vehicle orientation and sign one or two forms before you can hit the road.

Is fuel included?
Yes, all fuel used during the tour is included in the price. 

Is car insurance included?
Riviera Driving Tours purchases the maximum amount of insurance possible for each vehicle. In car rental lingo this means we “buy down the excess” to its lowest limit of 2,000 Euros. The excess is the maximum amount (2,000 Euros) the renter (you) will be liable for should there be an accident. According to the terms of our agreement with the car rental company, the driver is responsible for the excess. Before you embark on your trip we will require the passport number and drivers license number of each driver as well as one valid credit card per vehicle. The credit card will be “blocked off” (not charged) by the rental car company for the amount of 2,000 Euros for the duration of the trip.

What’s a typical day like on a Riviera Driving Tour?
We’ll gather at the hotel between 9:00 and 9:30 in the morning (after a hearty breakfast) for a quick rundown of the day’s route (each one carefully designed to take advantage of light traffic conditions, days of the week, etc.). Then we drive! Each day has at least two or three destination points (a particular village, overlook, or point of interest). Driving normally winds down in the late afternoon so that guests can have plenty of time to rest before heading out to dinner.

What about drinking and driving in France?
France has become much more vigilant in recent years regarding enforcing laws against drinking and driving. The legal BAC (Blood Alcohol Limit) in France is 0.05. That's roughly the equivalent of two drinks in one hour. Drivers are strongly advised to abstain from or limit their alcohol consumption for their own safety and the safety of their passenger.

Do I have to worry about speeding tickets?
Speeding cameras have become much more common in the French Riviera region in recent years (especially on the A8). Often there is a sign warning drivers that they are approaching a camera but sometimes there's no warning sign. Your lead car driver is familiar with most roads that have cameras and will alert the group to slow down but there is always the possibility that you will receive a ticket in the mail after you have arrived home from your trip. If that happens the driver of the vehicle listed on the ticket will be responsible for payment. 

OK, I’m ready to book! What information do you need from me?
Please contact Dirk Dominick at dirkdominick@gmail.com to confirm your vehicle selection, dates, room category, and pricing.

A 30% deposit (per person) is required to reserve your spot on the Riviera Driving Tour. Once your payment is received you'll be asked to fill out a secure form with passport information for each traveler, drivers license information for each driver, and one valid credit card per couple (we can't reserve your vehicle without this information).

Deposits will be held in escrow until 90 days prior to the first day of the tour, at which time payments are due in full.