Cultural
Experiences






Innovative and immersive experiences that showcase the most fascinating aspects of local culture and gastronomy. Enjoy browsing the rich variety of highlights available for your next Encore Experience!

Featured Cultural Experiences

Art Nouveau Experience

The Municipal House is one of the most significant public buildings in the Art Nouveau style, with original artwork by Alfons Mucha. It is the place where the Czechoslovak Republic was proclaimed in 1918 and you can celebrate this historic event with a glass of champagne on the very balcony where it happened. Your evening in the Art Nouveau style will be crowned by dinner surrounded by the spectacular decor of the Municipal House restaurant.

Meissen Fabrik

In Meissen, we explore the winding cobbled streets and the magnificent cathedral with lunch taken at the charming historic Vincenz Richter restaurant, which serves wine from its own vineyards. Afterwards enjoy an exclusive tour of the world-renowned Porcelain Manufactury which includes not only a display of porcelain from the past 300 years, but also a chance to watch skilled artists mold objects, sculpt the delicate blossoms and paint flowers on plates and teacups.

Ferrari

At Maranello, the home of the prancing horse, visit the museum featuring a collection of the most famous models while those who choose may opt to experience the thrill of getting behind the wheel or enjoy being driven by a professional driver. For those who may prefer, spend this time visiting a top producer of balsamic vinegars, including samples of their finest 'aceto' and where we will all enjoy a light lunch featuring regional specialties.

Tasty Treble

Experience Culatello, the finest variety of cured meat in all of Italy, as a guest of Antica Corte Pallavicina where it has been aged in the cellars since the 14th century. Visit the venerable vaults and their fascinating contents with the owner and hear histories of serving nobility such as the Sforzesco family of Milan. Dinner at the restaurant tops off our experience with sumptuous dishes featuring the best product of the estate and region.

Butler's Way

A traditional afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of a top London hotel is an experience to savor. Doing so with the attentions and expertise of a senior English Butler elevates the entertainment and educational value to no end. Be warned though, breaches of etiquette may be observed and corrected by subtle suggestion!

Pub and Poet - Chaucer

Travel back in time and meet England's master poet and orator of the middle ages. Chaucer himself invites you to London's oldest coaching inn for lunch and a hilarious re-telling of the most colorful episodes from his Canterbury Tales.

Garden Party

The finest English country gardens are a source of national pride and there is no better way to visit than with the gardeners themselves. Our invitation includes a personal tour of the typical wide paths surrounded by bursting flower displays, rosebushes and topiary as well as afternoon tea and a chin-wag with your hosts.

Garden Party

Waltz With Me

Perfect your box-step under the guidance of an expert in Viennese Waltz. The city offers many opportunities for ballroom dancing to show off your techinque later in the day.

Culinary Repertoire

Programs feature selected lunches and dinners at restaurants carefully sourced for authentic regional cuisine, stunning interiors, or privileged locations and with an eye to the overall dining experience.

Culinary Repertoire

Edinburgh Castle

Visit Edinburgh Castle an hour before opening for unobstructed views of the Crown Jewels and a delicious full Scottish breakfast tken in one of the castle's ornate dining rooms.

Royal Brow

Arrive on the Royal Brow, an entrance previously reserved for the Queen, and board the magnificent Royal Yacht Britannia. Walk the red carpet, enjoy a glass of champagne, and embark on a private guided visit of the five decks including the Admiral's Cabin and State Apartments.

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is a stunning example of a medieval fortified noble home and from where the family financed a voyage to the New World. Upon arrival in Virginia in December 1619, the passengers held the first recorded religious Thanksgiving service, which historians credit as the earliest origin of the celebration we observe today. On this private visit, discover connections to the US with the castle archivist and join the custodian in areas not usually accessible including a rooftop tour.

Dorotheum

Founded by Emperor Joseph I in 1707, the Dorotheum is one of the oldest and largest auction houses worldwide. Visit behind the scenes, view the most sought after items of the day and attend a live auction all with the guidance and through the eyes of a Dorotheum auctioneer. After the excitement of the auction, explore the stunning building and browse the various departments with items on immediate sale, at your own pace.

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