I come from a law enforcement background in Sydney, Australia where I achieved the designation of Detective. I achieved numerous college qualifications throughout my time as a Detective including a bachelor’s degree specifically in investigation. I have spent the last five years in a joint counter-terrorism team involved in all aspects of its investigation. This of course has involved training in numerous disciplines and skills outside the realm of general law enforcement.
In mid 2015, my wife and I decided to pack up and move to her beautiful home-town of Napa, California with our 18 month old son. My wife encouraged me to think creatively and turn my mind to something that I really wanted to do while I was here. I’d started my own successful business many years ago in Sydney’s tourism industry and began to wonder if I could do it again. I immediately found Napa’s wonderful environment inspiring and enticing. Napa’s rolling valley is always a joy to drive through and showing off this beautiful landscape has always been an exciting thing to look forward to with visiting family and friends. I became an unofficial driver of sorts, not just for family and friends but their friends as well.
Due to my background, it became apparent that the people I escorted felt a sense of safety and security whilst being driven by me. It became evident that this was high on the list of priorities when people select a driver.
NAPA, CALIFORNIA, 94558
“...One of reasons our trip was so perfect was because of the excellent service provided to us by our tour expert and driver Andrew Schluter. Andrew went above and beyond to make sure that everything was perfect! Prior to our arrival we communicated with Andrew via email to share some of our requests… wineries, tours, restaurants, etc that we wanted to visit. He assisted with our planning, scheduling of tours and arrival and departure recommendations. From the first pick up to the last drop off, Andrew made sure we got to see and do even more than we thought possible… arriving on time to each destination. By the time we left him on our 4th and final day of our trip, we felt like we made a new friend. Andrew’s Tours and Transportation will make your time in Napa the very best!
- Margaret Kopp, Coral Springs FL
My wife and I recently had the good fortune to use Andrew's services for an evening out with friends. His Lincoln Navigator L was immaculate. I became aware of Andrew's professional background prior to the trip and it was a major reason for acquiring his services.
Andrew knows the Napa Valley well, is informative, personable, highly professional and has more than a few stories to tell. We all felt very safe knowing that we were in his hands.
Andrew will undoubtedly be my first choice for driving services in the future.
- Michael Holcomb, Napa, CA
We used Andrews Tours for airport transportation after hearing excellent reviews from people around the Napa Valley who have used his services.
We found Andrew to be very responsive & accommodating when booking our trip and found him to be extremely punctual when picking us up for our ride to the airport which was no small task being that he had to be at our home at 4:00 AM! Our trip to the Airport was seamless and Andrews personable demeanor made this a pleasurable experience. Our return trip was even better! Andrew kept tabs on our return flight which had been delayed by several hours, adjusted his schedule to be at the airport prior to our plane landing, and met us with 2 minutes of walking out of the terminal! Fabulous service!
On our return ride home, we found Andrew to be exceedingly knowledgeable regarding Wineries, restaurants, and lodging within the Napa Valley.
As a local resident of the Napa Valley, I am asked often about services where people want a fabulous "Wine Country" experience at a reasonable rate.
I will most definitely be recommending Andrew's Tours to all by friends, neighbors and visitors here in the Valley as well as using him myself for my transportation needs.
- Dennis K, Yountville, CA
Andrew is first class all the way, from the minute he greets you to the moment you end your private luxury tour of the Napa Valley. Every detail is beautifully planned and professionally carried out, with a personal, quiet touch. His connections as a Napa insider give you experiences so unique and special - customized tastings, off-the-beaten track wineries, lovely, relaxing routes. Leave all the thinking and driving and planning to Andrew - he will ensure a flawless and most wonderful day!
- Alison Gibson, Lafayette, CA
My wife and I had an absolutely amazing day with Andrew. We left the itinerary in his hands, trusted his ideas, and he hit it out of the park. Very professional, helpful, and just fun to be with. He let us really enjoy our time in the wineries and was there for whatever else we needed. We will be using him again on our next trip to wine country and I highly recommend his services to others. You will not be disappointed.
-Mike and Julie, Detroit, MI
Andrew was perfect for us, and we would highly recommend him. He's a nice, professional guy with an easy-going personality, cool Australian accent, and is very knowledgeable about the area. He listened to our desires and preferences in wine and designed a custom tour of Napa that fit our criteria. His choices were fantastic, and we had a great time (We had a tasting inside a cave - so cool!). You can tell he's developed a relationship with people in the Valley, and Andrew's clients benefit from that. Also, my wife often gets motion sick in cars and she had no issues riding in the back seat, which is a testament to Andrew's driving. You won't be disappointed.
-Jason, Denver, CO.
Andrew was terrific during a recent full day tour of Napa. Through his connections with local wineries, he was able to design an itinerary for my daughter and me which exceeded expectations. Andrew was also able unobtrusively to take photos as we engaged in our various tours and tastings. Andrew's vehicle was clean and comfortable and his knowledge of Napa and the various sights and personalities was truly impressive. I would strongly recommend Andrew for his both his skills as a tour guide and driver.
-Robert Blue, Baltimore, MD
What gives me the edge over competitors? 4 reasons.
I’m an owner/operator. This is almost always self explanatory. I am the business and the business is me. Everything that you experience is a reflection of who I am.
My professional life and training. This undoubtedly gives me an edge over competitors. If I were selecting a driver/escort for my family, friends or clients, I would want someone with a similar skill-set. Please see my list of professional commendations.
I’m Australian! There’s a reason why Aussies enjoy a fun loving reputation all over the world. We know how to enjoy life and do just that. Not taking every minute of your work supplied vacation time is simply un-Australian, unheard of and almost illegal in every Australian state. I know how valuable your time-off is to you.
I’m just as enthusiastic to drive you as you want to be driven. Driving in Napa is relaxing to say the least. Silverado trail would have to be my favorite roadway in the entire valley. It's the gateway to so many of Napa's hidden wineries. No two trips are ever the same and there’s always something new to be experienced or a new winery to try.
Licensing and insurance:
It goes without saying that I’m fully insured and licensed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the DMV. If you look closely at properly licensed vehicles doing this kind of work you’ll see a “TCP” number on the rear of the vehicle and a little sticker on the right hand side that allows the operator to attend airports in a commercial capacity. My TCP number is 37071.
If you'd like to verify this and my other details as listed with the CPUC please click this link. You'll need to enter my TCP number in the "Carrier ID" section and click "submit".
For the sake of my passengers (and at considerable cost) I have doubled the minimum amount required by the CPUC for public liability.
Commendation received from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (HRH Prince William and Princess Kate) for personal security detail duties performed (June 2014)
Commendation received from the US Consul General to Australia regarding investigative duties performed (February 2013)
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) heads of government meetings held in Sydney, Australia. Assisted with security detail for President George W. Bush and other heads of state (September 2007)
The above letters of commendation are viewable upon request.
$90 per hour from point of pick-up until drop-off (within Napa County) plus 20% service charge.
SFO pick-ups and drop-offs available. Please call or email for a quote.
I don't charge a 'license fee'.
I don't have a 'fuel surcharge'.
I don’t add tolls.
All of the above are a cost of doing business!
Prudence and experience dictates that I include a $500 clean-up fee for those unfortunate circumstances when the vehicle is soiled by bodily fluids or damaged in any way. This fee is secured by way of your credit card and added to the bill if required (just so you know, I have never had to add this fee).