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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Afternoon tea in The Gallery at Adare Manor is a truly magical experience. Breath in the elegance and history as you sit in this exquisitely designed room (which is based on the legendary Hall of Mirrors in Versailles) fitted with breathtaking architecture and delicate details. Enjoy scrumptuous sandwiches and pastries paired with an extensive selection of specialty teas from around the world. Don't forget to check out the impeccably manicured French gardens while you're there!
Along the south-east coast of Ireland you'll find Waterford; the oldest city in country. After taking in the beautiful views of Waterford Harbour, we will be the special guests of a local chef for a hands-on cookery class featuring traditional Irish and local specialties. After preparing these delicious treats, we will enjoy lunch together as we sample our creations.
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