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There are 4 Ways to tour Niagara’s Wine Country… which is the best suited to you will depend on (a) Who you are touring with… alone or with a group and (b) How much wine knowledge you have.
OPTION # 1 – Large Organized Motorcoach Tours
OPTION # 2 – Specialize Wine Tours on a Smaller Scale
OPTION # 3 – Private Touring
OPTION # 4 – Self Touring
For more info on these 4 Options… and to whom they are most suited for see the previous topic entitled *Wine Tours* = tripadvisor.ca/…32740961
In addition to the Organized Wine Touring Companies (Option # 2) there are also many limo companies in the Niagara Peninsula that offer wine country tours… OR the option of setting up your own itinerary.
GROUP A (these companies are highly regarded in Option # 2 as well). They tend to offer what they call Corporate Tours in addition to their regular organized itineraries… the Corporate Category allows you to design your own Itinerary… you’d have to contact them for more details. Generally speaking this lot has wine knowledgeable folks who are also the Drivers… so you’ll get some Wine Info as you are driven from Winery to Winery.
Crush on Niagara Wine Tours = www.crushtours.com
Niagara Wine Tours International = www.niagaraworldwinetours.com
Grape Escape Wine Tours = www.tourniagarawineries.com
Niagara Vintage Wine Tours = www.niagaravintagewinetours.com
All of these companies receive good REVIEWS… I have listed them here however from the most known (oldest?) thru to the newer ones.
GROUP B (these are limo / livery companies in the Niagara Region). Some offer Organized Wine Tours as well… but they primarily are where one is just driven from place to place with no additional wine info. As they are limo companies, all offer the ability to drive a customized itinerary.
Here then a list of some of the more known (alphabetically)…
Jewel of Niagara = www.jewelofniagara.com
Lincoln Limo & Cab = http://lincolnlimoandcab.com
Niagara Air Bus = www.niagaraairbus.com
Niagara Classic Transport (formerly Niagara Classic Cabs) = www.nctcanada.com
Wine Country Tours = www.countrytours.ca
Of this set… Niagara Classic Transport has what I would regard as the best track record when it comes to Wine Touring. There are many stories here in the FORUM about them… you can use the FORUM SEARCH option to find them (put in the keywords – Niagara Classic)
*NOTE - Some of these Private Touring Companies may have MINIMUMS on either how many people they take on tour with a per person charge (8 seems to be the norm)... OR they may charge by the hour if that Minimum is not met.
Hope this is helpful,
PS... I see that my esteemed colleague TOBIE has also linked info for Niagara Classic Cabs / Transportation. Suggest that you do look thru the REVIEWS Section here on TA, many of the Wine Touring Companies (all options) are listed there in.
Edited: 1:47 pm, August 05, 2011