The Open Championship is the greatest golf tournament of all with the first championship being held at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1860. The following eleven championships were also staged at Prestwick until 1873 when St. Andrews played host and took over responsibility for the Championship. Over the years a number of the other great links courses in the UK have been added to the Open circuit such as Muirfield, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Turnberry to name but a few. The Claret Jug, or to use its proper name, The Golf Champion Trophy, is presented to each year’s winner of The Open Championship.
Discover the treasures of Italy! Here’s your chance to enjoy the best of Italy with seven nights in Rome, Florence, and Venice, as well as carefree travel by train from city to city. Experience the wonders of ancient Rome, wander the cobbled streets of Florence, and explore the canals and bridges of Venice, and get a taste of fashion and design in Milan.
Rome is overflowing with history, ancient structures and landmarks, from the imposing Colosseum where great fights were once fought, to the holy Catholic shrine of St. Peter’s Basilica. Discover all the romance and wonders for which the Eternal City is known during your stay at the four-star Fortyseven Hotel, which puts you right in the heart of the city, near the charming, medieval neighborhood of Trastevere, where you can explore the hidden corners of Rome. This hotel also gives you convenient access to some of the most famous Roman landmarks, including the Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Domus Aurea, as well as the seventh-century church of San Giorgio al Velabro, and several archaeological sites such as the Teatro Marcello.
In Florence, the Renaissance city, stroll through the streets and explore its art and architecture. You’ll find history and culture in every corner. Michelangelo’s David, which stands in the Piazza della Signoria, continues to be celebrated as one of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance. Bask in the luxury of the four-star Hotel Pierre, a fascinating Gothic style residence that reflects the splendid artistic and architectural ambiance which have made Florence one of the world’s capitals of culture. In addition to elegant accommodations, the hotel also boasts an ideal location just a short distance from the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio.
Venice is a place like no other. The only way to get around this 1,500-year-old city is by foot or by water. Relax in Piazza San Marco, visit the basilicas, drink a bellini at Harry’s Bar and wander the alleyways and bridges. Venice defies description. The design of the Basilica of San Marco, one of the greatest Venetian monuments, was influenced by a mixture of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian artists and craftsmen. Overlooking St. Mark’s Basin in the heart of the Venice Lagoon, your accommodations at the Hotel Savoia & Jolanda boasts a centuries-old tradition of hospitality. It combines the charm of a Venetian palace with luxury and modern amenities, and is located a short distance from Venice’s most important sites, including St. Mark’s Square, Palazzo Ducale, the Bridge of Sighs and the Venice Biennale.
In Milan, you can behold one of the world’s most famous works of art, Da Vinci’s The Last Supper in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and visit the Duomo, “one of the mightiest Gothic buildings ever created”. You’ll spend one night in the modern elegance of the four-star Uptown Palace, which is a short walk from Piazza Duomo and Milan’s famous shopping streets.
The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most exclusive and glamorous events worldwide each year, one that proudly celebrates the possibility of people all over the world speaking the same language. This is a festival that encourages the artistic freedom of cinema, and honors its ability to transport you, make you experience something new and different. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of the action in Cannes, with tickets to a movie premier and a premier party to top off your experience!
Ever since its creation over 60 years ago, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose, which was to raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level. At Cannes, the Cinema de la Plage, an outdoor cinema, screens a different film each as part of its theme-based program.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we’re giving you six nights to experience the beauty of this ancient city. There is so much to see and do, from the religious sites such as the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, the center of the Roman Catholic faith, to the Roman Colosseum, ancient home of gladiators, tournaments and fights, and social gatherings. You’ll spend three fascinating hours touring the Vatican, where you will be immersed in the glory of art, culture, and faith, and the Sistine Chapel, one of the world’s most artistic wonders.
Discover all the romance and wonders for which the Eternal City is known during your stay at the four-star Fortyseven Hotel, which puts you right in the heart of the city, near the charming, medieval neighborhood of Trastevere, where you can explore the hidden corners of Rome. This hotel also gives you convenient access to some of the most famous Roman landmarks, including the Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Domus Aurea, as well as the seventh-century church of San Giorgio al Velabro, and several archaeological sites such as the Teatro Marcello.
Whether you spend your time touring Roman treasures, photographing the Baroque architecture, savoring authentic Italian food, walking along charming medieval roads, lazing in cafes, or relishing a breathtaking view of Rome, you’ll recognize why many travelers consider Rome an essential destination abundant with cultural wonders and legendary hospitality. As Charles Dickens wrote, tourists seeing the Colosseum today see “the ghost of old Rome floating over the places its people walk in.”
Dublin is a city you won’t soon forget, with its eclectic mix of city, countryside and coastline, its charismatic personality, and countless opportunities to discover its culture and history. The sightseeing and guided tours on this trip will take you all over Dublin, from glens to concerts, distilleries to pubs, and bridges to cliffs – you’ll even get a whiskey tasting, tour and experience! So whether you prefer museums or galleries, cathedrals or castles, this is truly the quintessential Dublin experience!
Your Dublin Pass is your passport to over 30 of the best attractions, as well as VIP status that allows you to skip the queues at Dublin’s major attractions, some of which include Christchurch Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery. Get a taste for some of Ireland’s finest whiskey at a private premium tasting of four exclusive whiskies in the Reserve Bar. Your tour will end with a delicious Irish lunch in the Jameson restaurant. Your Dublin sightseeing tour will take you past Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Phoenix Park. With a ticket that is valid for 48 hours and has 25 stops at Dublin’s top visitor attractions, there is no better way to see Dublin!
Spend one evening enjoying the Merry Ploughboys Live in Concert, which is widely regarded as the best traditional music show in Dublin, and also a must-see for any visitors. From start to finish, this highly entertaining performance of live traditional Irish music, song and Irish dancing is based on fantastic interaction between the performers and the audience.
You also have a choice of three shared full-day group tours, one of which takes you on breathtakingly scenic coastal drives to Cliff of Moher, Bunratty Castle, The Burren and Galway. From the majestic cliffs of Moher on the wild Atlantic coast, to the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, this is one fantastic way to discover the greater Dublin area. Or you could head to the famous Antrim Coast Road, crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, where you can glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day! The Ring of Kerry tour offers a tour of the most spectacular Scottish scenery, including Dingle Bay, the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain Carrantuohill, Moll’s Gap, Ladies View, and the world famous Lakes of Killarney.
Rome’s fascinating history as one of the world’s largest empires of all time, as well as being the birthplace of Western civilization, will enthrall you from start to finish. Then let the the charming canals, winding pathways and numerous bridges of Venice guide and inspire you. Immersing yourself in the Italian culture is an experience like no other, so you won’t want to miss out!
Known as the Eternal City for its long lasting power, Rome is brimming with history, ancient structures and landmarks, from the imposing Colosseum; to St. Peter’s Basilica, the most renowned piece of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world; to the Vatican. Discover all the romance and wonders for which the Eternal City is known during your stay at the four-star Fortyseven Hotel, which puts you right in the heart of the city, near the charming, medieval neighborhood of Trastevere, where you can explore the hidden corners of Rome. This hotel also gives you convenient access to some of the most famous Roman landmarks, including the Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Domus Aurea, as well as the seventh-century church of San Giorgio al Velabro, and several archaeological sites such as the Teatro Marcello. Take your choice of going on either a tour of ancient Rome, or a tour of the official residence of the Pope at the Vatican. Whether you spend your time touring Roman treasures, photographing the Baroque architecture, savoring authentic Italian food, walking along charming medieval roads, lazing in cafes, or relishing a breathtaking view of the city, you’ll recognize why many travelers consider Rome an essential destination abundant with cultural wonders and legendary hospitality. As Charles Dickens wrote, tourists seeing the Colosseum today see “the ghost of old Rome floating over the places its people walk in.”
Next you’ll head north to the romantic city of Venice, a place like no other. With accommodations facing the sea on the docks of San Marco, the four-star Hotel Bucintoro has been inspired by Venice’s authentic maritime tradition. Venice has been a whirlwind of sailors, merchants and galleys for centuries; now, from the windows of Hotel Bucintoro, you can watch the peaceful gondolas, water shuttle and tope (typical work boats) glide by. Relax in Piazza San Marco, visit the basilicas, drink a bellini at Harry’s Bar and wander the alleyways and bridges. Venice defies description. The design of the Basilica of San Marco, one of the greatest Venetian monuments, was influenced by a mixture of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian artists and craftsmen. The only way to get around this 1,500-year-old city is by foot or by water, and your two tours include both methods! Discover Venice at your own pace on your three-hour walking tour, and revel in the beauty of this serene city. Soak up the romance of Venice on your private gondola tour, as you wind your way through the enchanting canals, under bridges, and catch views of the elegant palaces.
Directly connected to the Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport via a covered overpass and moving walkway, Hilton Rome Airport has a quiet location with easy access to the heart of Rome with its free shuttle service.
Take a fantastic journey to the region of iconic landmarks, world-famous festivals and exciting possibilities – Edinburgh, of course, where heroes and history, myths and medieval stories combine! Get a true taste for Edinburgh with your private half-day city sightseeing tour, which will take you past all the major tourist attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace and more, as well as a whiskey experience! You’ll also get to choose two of seven fascinating full-day tours to complete your Scottish experience, all with the comfort of staying at the 4-star Apex City Hotel in central Edinburgh.
Your Scotland experience includes two full-day tours to the various Scottish destinations, from lochs to glens, and villages and to castles. A tour to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlights takes you through some of the most spectacular and haunting scenery. You can travel by Stirling and on past Doune Castle toward the village of Luss, set on bonny, bonny banks. Spend a day in the land of Scottish heroes Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, as you tour Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and Stirling Castle. Stunning waterfalls and the country’s tallest trees dot the route between Highland Loch, Pitlochry, Loch Tummel and Loch Tay. View the “eighth wonder of the world” in South Queensferry, before traveling into the medieval kingdom of Fife, and then the historic city of St. Andrews, where you are free to explore! Uncover the myths and legends surrounding the Da Vinci code, the Knights Templar and the heart of Robert the Bruce as you visit Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders. Or follow the ancient Roman Dere Street that connected Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia through the Scottish Borders, including a visit to Alnwick Castle and Berwick.
Find out how whiskey, the water of life, is produced in Scotland as an experienced tour guide explains the different characteristics between whiskies from the Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and Islands. Your tour also includes a private viewing of the Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whiskey Collection (the largest in the world); a Sensory Perception Test; comparative tastings of one blended, one single grain and two single malt whiskies; nosing of new-make spirit; a Whiskey Shop discount voucher; boxed crystal whisky tasting glass; a copy of Whiskey Magazine; and tea or coffee and shortbread. Your tour ends with a traditional Scottish three-course food tasting menu in the Amber restaurant.
For golfers, the name “St. Andrews” is as hallowed as any in the glorious game. St. Andrews is, after all, the home of golf. All the greats have played here, and you can, too. Of course, golf is the primary attraction, and St. Andrews Bay?s two courses, Torrance and Kittocks, offer 36 magnificent holes that run along the coast. There?s even a team of PGA pros on hand to help you with your game. Best of all, you can enter your name into the lottery every day to play at Old Saint Andrews, the home of the British Open. In a word, you?ll discover golfing ? and vacationing ? at its best at The Fairmont St. Andrews, a five-star resort with unforgettable views of the town.
Escape to vibrant Edinburgh, where history and modernity meet in a cosmopolitan city set against the striking landscape of Scotland. Originally Scotland’s defensive fortress for hundreds of years with its position presiding over the North Sea, Edinburgh is now a must-see destination. Visit its namesake Edinburgh Castle, home to the 12th-century St. Margaret’s Chapel, and wander the cobblestone streets that lead to fantastic dining, rambunctious taverns and exciting shopping.
A beautiful and cultured city, you will find a wealth of things to do in Edinburgh. Discover nearby historic attractions like the shops along Princes Street, the National Museum of Scotland or the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, both within walking distance of the hotel. Start your Royal Mile journey at Edinburgh Castle and take in the dramatic panorama over Scotland’s capital. From there, walk down the cobbled street past the St. Giles Cathedral, John Knox’s House and shops selling Scottish crafts and tartan goods. At the end of the Mile, you’ll find a uniquely Scottish marriage of old and new power, where Holyrood Palace sits opposite the Scottish Parliament. After a day spent sightseeing, Edinburgh at night is not to be missed. Take in a show at the Edinburgh Playhouse, enjoy a meal at one of Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred restaurants or dance the night away in the lively clubs on George Street or the Cowgate.
Stay at your choice of four wonderful hotels in the city. A stay along Edinburgh’s vibrant Royal Mile at the Hotel Radisson Blu puts you in the ideal location for exploring this breathtaking and historic city! With its attractive turret and 16th-century-style edifice, this alluring hotel in Edinburgh blends charming Old World architecture with modern-day comfort. The George Hotel is the pinnacle of luxury hotels in Edinburgh, a leading four-star, 18th century property with a central location near a wide range of attractions, the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh is situated in the city’s historic and beautiful old town, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the world famous Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament building. The hotel’s convenient location in the city centre also means that you’re within easy walking distance of Waverley Railway station and the bustle of the city’s main thoroughfare, Princes Street. And the Apex Hotel is a stylish property that offers contemporary comfort in an ideal location.
With its spectacularly scenic cities, an obsession with amazing food and wine, postcard-perfect countryside and artistic masterpieces, it’s no wonder Tuscany is one of Italy’s most cherished, and most popular vacation destinations. You’ll spend an incredible eight days in this region, soaking up the culture and stepping back into medieval Tuscany with a tour of the lovely province of Siena and the medieval hill town of San Gimignano (the Manhattan of Tuscany), which, as legend has it, dates back to 63 BC! Sensational flavors abound with a wine tour that visits three famed wineries, your choice of an artisanal cheese-making or olive-picking food experience, and a tantalizing dinner prepared by a master chef in your villa!
Travelers flock to Tuscany for a myriad of reasons, from its historic cities, inspiring art, great wine and succulent food, medieval hill towns, beaches, and beautiful countryside just to name a few! But it’s also geographically attractive with an ideal location just a one hour drive from arguably the most beautiful city in the world, Florence, and less than a two hour drive from historic Rome. Tuscany hosts innumerable astounding localities, many of which are also named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. A trip to this region means the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Etruscans, the Romans, the Christians, the British, and Napoleon!
Holiday in the comfort of your own five-bedroom villa in a meticulously restored 16th-century Italian manor! Located in the foothills of historic Cortona, this magnificent villa is the perfect compliment to exquisite Tuscany. The five ensuite bedrooms and a private hydrotherapy spa make this the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate yourself – and if that wasn’t enough, the villa also boasts stunning views of the rolling hills!
Your full day wine tour will take you to two famous wineries in Montepulciano and one in Montalcino, and includes a delicious lunch. Your food experience continues with either an artisanal cheese-making lesson in a farmhouse, or a morning of olive-picking before producing olive oil in a field. And on one spectacular evening, an Italian master chef and waiter will come to your villa to prepare a special, memorable feast, which will be served with paired regional wines.