Europe | Culinary Delights Across London, Paris & Florence
From London's traditional tea time and lively pubs to the vast cultural heritage of the French cuisine of Paris and the iconic Tuscan flavors of Florence, experience a world of flavors. Delight in everything from hearty fish and chips, truffles and sweet delicacies, to legendary olive oil, breads, pasta, and wine in these incredible European cities.
Day 1: USA / London, England | Upon arrival in London, England, meet your private transfer to The Westbury, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Mayfair-London where you will stay for three nights in a superior suite. Located in the fashionable Mayfair district close to exclusive shops and landmarks, unwind in refreshed, designer elegance with spacious comforts, bespoke amenities, and world-renowned dining.
From Beluga caviar, panko-crusted prawns, grilled sandwiches, tasty salads and filling specialties such as Shetland scallops with grilled chorizo and fresh pea shoots, to an extensive wine, champagne and beverage menu, including signature cocktails, mocktails, cognac, and beers, savor a delightful British welcome in the Polo Bar.
Day 2: London | The next day, experience this remarkable royal city on a Private London Excursion. Experience West End's vivacity featuring world-class shops, elegant parks, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the city's famous London Tower and Bridge. Conclude your whirlwind expedition with a bird's eye view of the city sipping a champagne flight on the London Eye.
For a chic and elegant dining experience, indulge in Michelin star chef dining at Alyn Williams at The Westbury in the hotel this evening. With an extraordinary wine salon, delight in a bespoke menu combining contemporary cooking and superb presentations. Enjoy a tasting menu including mackerel tartare, poached halibut, and roasted pork with matching wines. Or choose a three-course a la carte meal starting with king crab and oyster with crispy caviar or Orkney scallop with yuzu caramel. Then delight in roasted halibut or Cumbrian beef sirloin with a salted caramel tart and baked apple ice cream for a grand finale.
Day 3: London | After an exceptional day of exploration, celebrate your final evening in London in a traditional and historic British pub in the heart of London. Ideal for beer lovers, learn about the British ale brewing process, how to test the quality, noting their fruitier, sweeter, more full-bodied and complex characteristics, and what foods are recommended for each brew on the British Ale Food Tasting Class. With an expert cask master at the helm, sample six different ales alongside six different offerings of authentic British fare, with a full pint at the end of the evening as you reminisce about your exciting days in London.
Day 4: London / Paris, France | Enjoy a cup of English tea before your private transfer to Heathrow Airport for your flight to France. Upon arrival, your private transfer awaits to whisk you away to Prince de Galles where you will stay for four nights in a spacious Art Deco deluxe patio terrace guestroom. Located on Avenue George V minutes from the Champs Elysees, immerse in the timeless elegance of Parisian Art-Deco-style living featuring enchanting city views, Wellness Suite with hammam and refined dining in three distinctive venues featuring Michelin star chef cuisine and a premium wine cellar.
Celebrate your arrival in Paris with afternoon tea and sweet delicacies, a glass of bubbly from the extensive champagne menu, or a gourmet cocktail or tapas in the Roaring Twenties-style Bar Les Heures, before stepping into the mosaic-clad, botanical urban oasis at Le Patio. Michelin star Chef Stephanie Le Quellec creates thriving gastronomical experiences year-round from the grill or the plancha with hints of the Mediterranean including olive oils, fresh produce and fish, savory barbeque offerings, and homemade ice creams and sorbets.
Day 5: Paris | This morning, board a high-speed train to wine country on the guided Bordeaux Day with Wine Tastings excursion. Taste some of France's most beloved wines from three of the region's wineries before lunch at a beautiful French chateau, accompanied by wine and a stroll in the gardens. Continue to Saint Emilion, a world heritage site, with its seven-story subterranean wine caves where you can sip and savor wine and macaroon tastings in ancient cellars.
Day 6: Paris | Following your favorite morning pastry or croissant, embark on a discovery of sparkling vintages on the informative Champagne Day Trip with Moet. Renowned for its incredible champagne region and Madame Clicquot's innovative production, learn the subtleties of the region's world-famous sparking wines with visits to premium champagne houses with tastings, including a visit to Moet & Chandon and lunch stop in Epernay. Then, delight in exploring Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers, home to the tomb of monk, Dom Perignon, who discovered the champagne winemaking process in the 18th century.
Day 7: Paris | Spend the day relaxing or exploring Paris at your leisure. Stroll along the Seine and discover its elegant bridges or the 25-acre Tuileries Garden by the world-famous Louvre Museum. Be sure to capture special moments in front of the Eiffel Tower or under the Arc de Triomphe. Peruse the tree-lined Champs-Elysees and its many boutiques, shops and cafes, or be inspired with a visit to the Chateau de Versailles and Fontainbleau, less than an hour outside the city.
Delight in an epicurean performance of a lifetime tonight in La Scene. Inspired by the medley of flavors in southern French cuisine, Michelin star chef Stephanie Le Quellec masterfully creates "acts" of delights uniting simple pleasures. In addition to optional four- or six-course dinners with wine pairings, devour an enticing a la carte menu, beginning with caviar Oscietre and toasted souffle bread, and beetroot with Comte cheese and black truffle, followed by exquisite entrees of fish, lamb or duck served with the authenticity of taste and artistic culinary presentation. Clear your palate with an interlude of aged cheese and wine before a confectionery coda, including Grand Cru Chocolate with crispy gavottes and pecan praline or a signature five-layer vanilla dessert, for a luscious epilogue to remarkable days in Paris.
Days 8 - 9: Paris / Florence, Italy | Bid au revoir to Paris before your private transfer to the airport for your flight to Florence, Italy. Enjoy your private transfer to the Hotel Brunelleschi where you will stay for three nights in a one-bedroom suite. A historical boutique hotel situated in a 6th-century round Byzantine tower and medieval church, steps from Palazzo Vecchio, unwind in elegance with parquet wood floors, luxury linens, whirlpool bathtub and personalized butler service. Wake up each morning with a hearty included buffet breakfast in the Sala del Pozzo, and indulge in haute cuisine and extensive wine menu in Santa Elisabetta restaurant, or try casual fare in Osteria della Pagliazza to experience the pure flavors of Italy.
In the morning, after a delizioso breakfast in the hotel, meet your private transfer to The Enoteca, a 15th-century parsonage in Settignano, for a Private Cooking Lesson led by a highly-trained master chef. Discover the secrets of preparing homemade pastas and other Tuscan dishes from tempting Mediterranean recipes with a hands-on experience, utilizing the finest seasonal ingredients before gathering around the table to toast to your mouth-watering feast.
Days 10 - 11: Florence | The center of the Italian Renaissance, discover the many artistic treasures of Florence. Spend your day exploring the many priceless masterpieces, from Michelangelo's David to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, the inspiring churches and cathedrals, as well as the many shops and cafe's in this enchanting, walking city.
Extol the symphony of flavors, food and friends tonight on the Dine Around Florence excursion. Indulge in regional cuisine and tastings at local wine cellars as you hop around to restaurants and bar dine-arounds, devouring a full meal including appetizers, soups and two courses with a grand sweet dessert finale, all accompanied by wine and good cheer as you discover the appetizing allure of Tuscan cuisine.
The next day, bid arrivederci to Tuscany and this flavorful getaway as you head to the airport for your homebound flight.