Often one of the most rewarding aspects of travel is the people we meet. These cherished interactions forge an unforgettable connection with a destination and create lasting memories. If you love meeting fascinating people, then look no further than our exclusive Chairman’s Collection.

Now imagine if you met a cosmonaut. What would you ask them about their journey into space? Or if you were to explore a palace with an Austrian Princess, what would you want to know about her heritage and her home?

Choose to travel with Luxury Gold on a Chairman’s Collection departure and connect with an eclectic and inspiring range of people, including legendary locals, European nobility and celebrated icons. Along with stunning destinations, VIP experiences, 5-star hotels and exceptional dining, here are the Chairman’s Collection delights that will await you on your luxury guided tour:

Discover the secrets of space with a cosmonaut in Russia

Remarkable Russia

For all of us travelers, no matter how adventurous, outer space remains a destination we are unlikely to ever see for ourselves. So, the next best thing is to meet someone who has been. Journey with us on a Chairman’s Collection departure and join retired cosmonaut Aleksander Laveykin for a personal guided tour of the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. Aleksander spent 174 days in space so can answer all your burning questions about this most exclusive of exclusive destinations!

Meet an Austrian Princess

Harmony of Central Europe

When you step inside Artstetten Castle, for a private drinks reception with of Princess Anita von Hohenberg, you will be enchanted by both the setting and the company. A captivating storyteller, the Princess takes you back in time on a fascinating journey through her Habsburg heritage. A direct descendant of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination in 1914 lead to the outbreak of World War I, Princess Anita has countless stories which she is delighted to share exclusively with Luxury Gold guests.

See India through the eyes of a renowned journalist and historian

Imperial Rajasthan, Grand India 

There really is no better way to discover the true heart of a destination than over a delicious dinner with a renowned local historian and journalist. Journey to India and in the vibrant capital Delhi you will meet with Rana Safvi and enjoy an intimate dinner at Sana-Di-Ge. Here Rana will teach you about her studies of Indian culture and how they relate to present day life in India. Dine on the finest seafood, share experiences and delve deep into the heart of this fascinating country.

Dine with Nobility in Italy

Ultimate Italy 

Imagine meandering through vineyards in the heart of Tuscany and learning about winemaking from a master. For 25 generations, the Mazzei family has been producing exceptional wines at the beautiful Castello di Fonterutoli, and the Marchese Mazzei himself will take you on a tour of his beloved ancestral home. Let your senses run wild over a lunch of Tuscan delights and taste some of the finest Chianti wines, the perfect way to toast this special occasion.

Discover the history of Peru

Treasures of the Incas, Grand South America

In Lima, meet with the fascinating Dr. Francisco Diez-Canseco Távara, as he invites you to lunch at his beautiful villa. As you dine you will learn all about his family’s long heritage in Peru, which includes former presidents of Peru and Spanish nobility. A tour of his ancestral home reveals many precious artifacts, including a framed telegram from President John F. Kennedy commending his ancestor as a “fighter for freedom, democracy and social justice.” We guarantee you will come away with a deep and personal insight into the history of this fascinating country, and with many warm memories of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

Explore exquisite gardens with an English Duchess

British Royale, Castles & Kingdoms

For lovers of horticulture and aristocracy, this meeting is simply unforgettable. Meet with Her Grace, the Duchess of Northumberland, as she personally welcomes you for a private tour of her beloved Alnwick Castle Gardens. Join the Head Gardener for a tour of the 12 acre site and explore the serpent garden and ornate fountains, and the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard. Hear from The Duchess the fascinating and personal story of how she has restored this exquisite garden to its former 18th century glory over the last twenty years. You’ll also be able to indulge your taste buds over a delicious seasonal lunch and explore the magnificent 11th century castle, with the guidance of a local expert.

Meet music legends in Nashville, USA

Photo by Jon Tyson

Southern Grace, The Sumptuous Soul of America

What better way to discover Music City than alongside one of the stars who contributed to its legacy? Charlie McCoy, a Country Music Hall of Fame musician and Grammy-winning artist, has collaborated with famous musicians like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn.  Brenda Lee is the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to music, being the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. Only when traveling on a Luxury Gold Chairman’s Collection departure will you meet one of these legendary locals during your time in Nashville – a story you will be telling over and over and again.

Learn all about Guinness in Ireland

Ultimate Ireland, Castles & Kingdoms

In delightful Dublin, learn all about the history of the Guinness brewing empire from its heir, Patrick Guinness himself. Patrick, who has spent his life researching his family, teaches you about Irish history, the origins of his ancestor Arthur Guinness’ brewing empire, and what it took to succeed. You can read more about this exclusive get-together in our recent Luxury Gold blog here.

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At Luxury Gold we believe that every aspect of travel should be truly exceptional, and we hope you have been inspired to join us one day on a Chairman’s Collection departure. These elite experiences were personally curated by our late Chairman, Mr. Stanley Tollman, calling upon his extensive connections and inspired by his life in travel.

For more information on Luxury Gold’s Chairman’s Collection and how to select departures click here. 

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