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. Royalty, Noblemen and more, here are 4 fascinating people you’ll meet in Europe with Luxury Gold if you choose to travel on a Chairman’s Collection departure.

Meet an Austrian Princess

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.

Princess Anita reveals an intriguing, yet at times painful family history. For her great grandfather was Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, who was assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914, leading to the outbreak of World War I. The historic event is one that not only changed world history but devastated the Hohenberg family. Princess Anita’s grandfather Maximilian and his brother Ernst were later deported to the concentration camp at Dachau after the annexation of 1938 and Artstetten was confiscated from the family until 1949.

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Dine with Nobility in 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.

A truly exclusive way to explore Europe with Luxury Gold, be regaled by tales of the past and of life at the beautiful Castello. 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.

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Explore exquisite gardens with an English Duchess  

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, a grand cascade comprising 120 water jets and the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard. Hear from The Duchess herself the fascinating and personal story of how she has restored this exquisite garden to its former 18th century glory over the last twenty years.

The Garden offers a peaceful and tranquil haven to spend hour after hour wandering amongst the Roses, the Ornamental Garden and the cherry blossom or just relaxing and taking it all in on one of the 50 swinging benches.

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. One of the true highlights of Europe with Luxury Gold. 

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Learn all about Guinness in Ireland 

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. Founded in 1752, by 1830 the Guinness Brewery was the biggest and most successful in Ireland. The company was floated on the stock market in 1886 and today is owned by Diageo, with the original Dublin plant continuing to produce some 18 million liters daily

Your location for this exclusive meeting is none other than Dublin’s award-winning Little Museum. Known as the “People’s Museum of the capital” the Little Museum’s collection was created entirely by public donation. Focussing on building civic pride, documenting the past and kindling memories and laughter, expect a very warm welcome from founder and host Trevor White.

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The Chairman’s Collection

At Luxury Gold we believe that every aspect of travel should be truly exceptional. These exclusive travel experiences were personally curated by our late Chairman, Mr. Stanley Tollman, calling upon his extensive connections and inspired by his life in travel.

If you are keen to explore Europe this summer with Luxury Gold, take a look at the exclusive Chairman’s Collection, and our full collection of luxury guided tours.