Frequently Asked Questions
I want to visit wineries and brew pubs. Can we do that on the same day?
Yes, private tours can visit most anything or any place they would like during their tour time. We help in making all those arraignments when needed.
What is included in the tour prices?
All tours include free pick up from most local Traverse City locations, transportation during your allowed tour time. We also provide water & small snacks on the vehicles during your tour.
What is not included?
We do not include alcohol or any cost for alcohol along the way. Most wineries charge about $5 for 5 tastings, some have other options. When we visit breweries it varies from a few dollars and up depending on the purchase you make. Some wineries (only a few on Leelanau Peninsula) do not charge for tasting fees.
What is a Join In Tour?
This is a tour that lets smaller groups join in with others that also want to go on one of our tours. @ $49.50 per person for transportation this is cheaper than a private tour for groups of 8 or smaller. Any cost for alcohol and a tip for the driver is not included.
When should we make our reservation?
The best answer is as soon as you can. Some vehicles and tours book 2 months or more in advance. In most cases we always have room for a few more and at the last minute. However most Saturdays during June – October can be sold out in advance.
How much are tasting fees?
Most wineries charge tasting fees. Tasting fees are a charge for a certain amount of wine or cider samples. Most common is $5 for 5 tastings, some have slight variations to this.
Can we play our own music?
Yes, all of our vehicles have bluetooth so you can play your music.
Can we book private tours longer than 4 hours?
Yes, at checkout you have the option of adding hours to your reservation.
How large of a group can go on a tour?
75 +, however our largest vehicle at this time seats 14 people. For groups larger than this we book multiple vehicles as needed. At times there are advantages for uses multiple vehicles over one larger one depending on the group size.
How many places can we get to in a 4 hour tour?
For private tour depending on the group size and how busy a day it is at the wineries and breweries the most common is 4 stops. This takes into account travel time to and from and also in between places. Smaller groups and week day events can sometimes get to more than 4.
Do you pick up outside of Traverse City?
Yes we do. For Join In tours you have to be in Traverse City for the most part. For private tours there is no limit to where we will go to pick you up. There is a cost incurred depending on how far away you are. Most of the time this just covers time for the driver and fuel for the extra miles. Keep in mind your tour time typically starts when we pick you up and ends when we drop you off.
When does our tour time start and end?
For private tours the time that you have booked starts when we pick you up and ends when we drop you off. For Join In tours we start picking up people up to 45 min ahead of the start time depending on the hotels where people are located. The tour will also typically end up to 30 min after the posted end time. We attempt to run the tour from the last pick up to the first drop off at the posted tour time which in most cases is a 4 hour tour.
Do wineries need to know we are coming to visit?
With groups of 8 or more most wineries insist that we let them know we are coming and at what time. However if the wineries are busy and backed up they are not moving you to the front of any line in most cases. The best we can do it to try to meet the time they have given us and hope for the best. Saturdays are very busy at the wineries and sometimes a wait of 20 minutes for tastings can happen.
Are private tasting tables available?
Yes, some wineries have private tasting tables. We will make these arrangements for you when requested. Keep in mind that some of these wineries will charge more for a private server and it is also very important to be on time for a private tasting.
What happens if we are late for our private tour?
We try to be as flexible as possible. However please keep in mind that the vehicle you are riding on is probably booked on another tour after yours and for larger groups wineries are expecting us at a certain time. Being late can mean that we will get to the wineries at the same time other buses arrive and this will not make for the best experience. In the end, we might be able to make up 15 min but after that an extra fee may apply or your tour may be shorter than you originally booked.
When do I pay the deposit?
A minimum deposit of $100 at the time of the reservation to be paid via credit card or check, which is transferable or refundable if cancelled or changed 30 days in advance. Group / Join In Tours are to be paid in full at the time of the reservation and are non refundable but transferable if changed 7 days in advance. All credit card refunds are subject to a 7% fee to cover credit card processing cost.
What can we bring with us?
Feel free to bring almost anything with you. Coolers, Cameras, Umbrellas, Jacket or Sweatshirt etc. Alcohol is also allowed on the vehicles. Wineries may require picture I.D. for age verification.
What are your Terms & Conditions?
Terms and Conditions Client shall be liable for all damages to the vehicle caused by the client or members of his/her party, sustained during client’s trip; to include but not limited to all Spills, Burns, Rips, Tears or Damage to any equipment. Client agrees to pay a service charge of $200.00 to clean any spillage in vehicles. This also includes the loss of business because of “down time” for repairs. Client hereby authorizes Traverse City Wine and Beer Tours to collect a minimum deposit of $100 at the time of the reservation to be paid via credit card or check, which is transferable or refundable if cancelled or changed 30 days in advance. Group / Join In Tours are to be paid in full at the time of the reservation and are non refundable but transferable if changed 7 days in advance. Client understands that there is no smoking allowed in vehicle(s) at any time. If a private tour runs over the scheduled end time additional charges are based on 1/2 hour increments (minimum). Your vehicle may be scheduled for another tour at the end of yours, thus making your vehicle unavailable of any additional time for your party. Client agrees that if anyone in the party is found using any illegal drugs, fighting or any other forms of misconduct considered inappropriate by the driver, the driver may immediately cancel the tour and all parties will be responsible for their own form of return transportation.
Can we smoke in the limo?
No. All of our autos are non smoking.