Discover the French Riviera hiking or by VTC

The French Riviera and the surroundings of Monaco are full of splendid places to discover. Situated between sea and mountains, this gives rise to magnificent landscapes perched at medium altitude and offering a glimpse of the blue expanse of the Mediterranean.

These landscapes are moreover visible thanks to our VTC drivers who take the roads connecting Nice and the principality during a transfer with a private driver from the airport for example.

A hike from Monaco to Nice ?

To enjoy the French Riviera for a few hours and its landscapes, there are several hikes along the coast. By the sea or slightly climbing in the heights, there is something for everyone.

One of the most beautiful walks connects the Monaco train station to the Riquier train station in Nice. After the departure from the principality, the path climbs up to La Turbie and then passes under the park of La Revère. It then turns westward to go along the park of the great corniche and passes by the Plateau de la Justice and then by the Vinaigrier.

The private driver option

The points of interest that this hike crosses are also accessible by car with one of our VTC drivers. This allows you to avoid the five to six hours of walking required for this easy but long hike, but above all to be sure to travel in comfort.

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Covid-19: what will happen to the Monte-Carlo Rally in 2021?

Every year since 1911 the Monte-Carlo car rally has been held, a famous race whose start and finish are in the very heart of the principality. Rest assured, our private drivers have a much more comfortable driving experience and will transport you throughout the region.

In 2021, the dates chosen are from January 20 to 24, but the current pandemic could turn everything upside down.

Is it necessary to cancel?

The health context is unpredictable and may change at any time. The Swedish rally that normally took place in February has already been cancelled.

For the moment, the organizers of the Monte-Carlo Rally are maintaining the prestigious race.

Modified routes

But to be sure, the rally will change its route slightly. Firstly, it is important to respect the closed-door schedule established by the government until January 20 and the night stages are also modified.

Do not forget the Alex storm

Last November a storm hit the south of France and many roads have already been destroyed. These changes come on top of the current health crisis and are even impacting the journeys of our private drivers.

Before reserving your place, do not hesitate to plan a rescue plan by following the news as this rally may take place behind closed doors.

In case it is cancelled, and you are in the Principality, our private Monegasque drivers will be delighted to show you the region and its mythical roads.

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How to properly set up for driving?

We all remember our driving lessons at driving school, “adjust your seat, move the mirrors, adjust the steering wheel and put on your seat belt”.  Indeed, these are elementary safety rules that allow you to feel more comfortable at the wheel, but also to react more easily and to carry out your checks more efficiently.

Here are a few tips that any driver from our transport company in Monaco could give you.

Start by adjusting your body …

Adjusting one’s body of course means getting comfortable in the seat, so that you should be able to press down on the pedals without moving. Also, the height of the seat and headrest allows you to have a global view of the road while being comfortable, as does the inclination of the backrest.

Finally, the steering wheel must be in a good position in front of you so that you can control it without stretching or bending your arms. Moreover, too high will obstruct the vision of the road and too low will not be comfortable for the arms.

… Then adjust in relation to the eyes

Visibility is perhaps the most important thing for drivers. The interior mirror and both exterior mirrors should provide a picture of just about everything behind the car. Of course, there are blind spots that you will have to check by turning slightly. That is actually one of the reasons why it’s important to be comfortable in your seat.

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A short history of the Monaco Grand Prix

The city-state of Monaco has a past linked to the automobile. Between the luxury cars that you come across on every street corner and the private driver services helping their clients get around the area and from the airport, one is entitled to wonder where this heavy focus on cars all comes from? If the wealth of the city is one explanation – more than 30% of Monegasques are millionaires – the history of the Monaco GP also tells us about this passion.

One of the oldest prestigious races

In 1929, Anthony Noghès, son of the President of the Automobile Club de Monaco, designed an urban circuit in the heart of the city to meet the challenge of organizing a competition on the smallest territory in the world. The Prince Regent, Louis II of Monaco was excited about the project and enthusiastically supported it.

An amazing first race

In 1929, the first Monaco Grand Prix started and was won by the British William Grover-Williams and his Bugatti 35B. He completed the 100 laps which corresponded to 318 km with an average speed of 80 km/h.

The famous Monegasque driver Louis Chiron, who had been involved in the creation of the project, was unable to take part because he was running another race, the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

If this year, due to the epidemic, the Grand Prix is cancelled, rest assured that our private driver company will be happy to accompany you during this event in the coming years.

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The Monegasque driving licence: what you need to know

Our agency’s private drivers all have a valid licence to drive in Monaco and France. There are many misconceptions about the Monegasque licence, and how to obtain it, which we will clarify in this article.

A European system to punish offenders

For many, having a foreign driver’s licence makes them think they can behave like reckless drivers in France and avoid the consequences. While it was once possible to circumvent fines or loss of points, this is no longer the case since August 2019.

France, Monaco and 19 member states of the European Union have set up a system for exchanging information on road traffic offences in order to prosecute offenders.

The Monegasque licence: who is it for?

To obtain a Monegasque licence, you must at least be a resident of the principality if you do not have nationality. This may include a secondary residence.

Thus, according to local law, after acquiring a residence in Monaco, a person may apply for the issue of a Monegasque licence if he or she already holds a foreign licence, within a maximum period of one year. Otherwise, if he/she wants to be able to drive around and obtain a city-state number plate, he/she must retake the test in an approved centre.

In any case, for convenience, it is often simpler to use the services of private drivers like ours to travel in the region and get around the city.

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Road safety as a New Year’s resolution

The transition from 2019 to 2020 has again taken place in the greatest serenity for our private drivers in Monaco. Thanks to the growing number of people who are taking responsibility for road safety, we have been able to bring the partygoers back home smoothly.

Times are changing

Incidents that might have been considered fatal once upon a time are now becoming history. A few years ago, it was commonplace, and therefore trivial, for festive nights such as New Year’s Eve to be the scene of disrespectful or even dangerous behavior on the road while driving around Monaco.

Fatigue and/or drunkenness at the wheel did not help drivers to control their vehicle.

Fortunately, mentalities have changed, whether attributed to the campaigns of the Monegasque and French governments, the development of chauffeured vehicle services, or simply to user awareness.

2020 is off to a good start!

In 2020, Private driver Monaco will still be there to drive you on the roads of the Principality of Monaco. Day or night, daily or for events, our team of experienced drivers is at your service!

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Come and contemplate “The Odyssey of Marine Turtles” at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Your private chauffeur agency presents you the exhibition “The Odyssey of Marine Turtles“. This exhibition invites its spectators to discover a route dedicated to marine turtles. It takes place in the magnificent Monaco Oceanographic Museum located on Avenue Saint-Martin until 1 January 2020.

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Come and visit Monaco’s Christmas market

Christmas will be here soon! That is why Private Driver Monaco is here to give you the scoop on the Monaco Christmas market. In fact, it is one of the best Christmas markets in the region with a magical ambiance that will transport you to the North Pole.

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