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 four fascinating people you’ll meet in Europe with Luxury Gold if you choose to travel on a Founder’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.
Refreshingly down to earth, Princess Anita comes from a long line of Habsburgs, one of Europe’s oldest sovereign families, dating back to the 15th century. She lives with her family in Schloss Artstetten the whole year round and it is a real family affair running the estate.
As she leads you through her grand, yet family home, 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.
Historically Fonterutoli had been a resting post for wayfarers on the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim road from Canterbury to Rome. The estate today extends over 1600 acres, 290 acres of which are planted with vines.
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 you may choose to just relax and taking it all in on one of the 50 swinging benches featured around the grounds.
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. This exclusive meeting will be one of the true highlights of traveling to Europe with Luxury Gold.
At Luxury Gold we believe that every aspect of travel should be truly exceptional. These exclusive travel experiences were personally curated by our Founder 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 Founder’s Collection and our full collection of luxury guided tours. With exquisite hotels, exceptional dining and the personal attention of your Travel Concierge, the only thing you have to do is relax and enjoy every moment.