1 – 12 Liter 2014 Cos d’Estournel
Seven (7) nights of European luxury for one (1) couple
VIP Meet and Greet roundtrip airport service with customs assistance
Three (3) nights’ accommodations in Palazzo Chamber Luminoso Room at Hotel Aman for one (1) couple
Breakfast each morning at Hotel Aman
Private ground transfer from Marco Polo Airport to Hotel Aman
Two (2) hour boat tour of Venice by night
Three (3) hour Miracle of Venice tour with a gondola ride
Six (6) hour private boat tour of Murano and Burano
Two (2) hour food tour of Venice: Cicchetti e Ombre
Travel aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to Paris in a Grand Suite for one (1) couple
Two (2) nights’ accommodations in a Suite at La Réserve Paris for one (1) couple
Breakfast each morning at La Réserve Paris
Lunch at Two Michelin-starred Le Gabriel
Two (2) nights’ accommodations at La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel for one (1) couple
Intimate, in-depth tour of the vineyard and gravity-flow cellar
Tasting of Cos d’Estournel’s full range of wines
Visit to Médoc to explore the 18th century stone houses, antique shops and charming port, followed by an oyster and wine tasting in a “carrelet,” a typical fisherman’s hut built on stilts
VIP tour of La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux
If you could design your dream vacation in Europe, odds are it would exactly match this amazing lot: one unforgettable week in Venice, Paris and Bordeaux, accompanied by the ultimate in accommodations, food, wine and luxury transportation.
Your dream week in Europe begins in Venice as you settle into the Hotel Aman overlooking the Grand Canal. Aman hotels and resorts are known for their comfort, attention to detail and legendary service with as many as six staff members for each guest. You’ll stay in a Palazzo Chamber Luminoso Room, south-facing and filled with glorious natural light, capturing the colors of Venice through large picture windows.
In order to truly experience Venice, you must explore the city by boat. Your explorations will begin with a three-hour daylight tour in which you traverse the city’s 17 miles of canals. You’ll cruise under the Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sighs. A gondola ride will allow you to meander through the smaller canals to see sites you can’t possibly access by walking. It’s a quiet, meditative experience that will bring you close to the city’s essence. Your daytime cruise will be matched by a nighttime boat tour, breathing the fresh air of the lagoon as you watch the city change its mood under the reflection of the moonlight.
No visit to Venice is complete without a trip through the Venetian Lagoon to experience the islands of Murano and Burano. Murano has been a center of glassmaking since 1291, when Venice’s elders ordered glassblowers to move their furnaces to the island for fear of destroying the city’s wooden buildings. The artisans of Murano still employ centuries-old techniques to craft everything from contemporary glass art and jewelry to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers, and you’ll be able to watch them in action.
Known for its small, brightly colored houses, Burano is located near Torcello at the northern end of the lagoon. It has been a center of needlework and lace manufacture since the 16th century; when Leonardo da Vinci visited, he purchased a cloth for the main altar of the Duomo in Milan. Lacemaking on the island remains an art form, with secrets and techniques handed down through the generations.
You’ll be introduced to Venice’s Ritual of the Apéritif, known as Cicchetti e Ombre (tastings and wine). From 6 to 8 p.m., you’ll join the locals standing in wine bars and consuming a glass of wine or Prosecco paired with delicacies such as polpette (meatballs), soppressa (salami), sarde in saor (sardines in sauce), cozze ripieni (stuffed mussels) and mezzo vovo (boiled egg with anchovy).
During your stay in Venice, you’ll come to understand why the city acquired the nickname “La Serenissima”, or “The Most Serene Republic of Venice”: a sanctuary of meditation and peace that calms the nerves and enriches the soul.
It’s time to leave La Serenissima and board the world’s most famous luxury train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, for your overnight journey to the City of Light. The history of the Orient Express began in 1883, when the train went all the way to Istanbul (then Constantinople). It became synonymous with luxury, style and romance. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is made up of original 1920’s carriages, all of which formed part of many of the famous trains of the era. Traveling on this legendary train recalls the glorious days of rail travel with restored Art Deco cars, sumptuous sleeping compartments, world-class food and pampering service.
You’ll spend the night en route to Paris in a spacious Grand Suite, where you’ll have 24-hour butler service, free-flowing Champagne, a marble en-suite bathroom and plush sitting area, along with the option of in-suite dining.
In Paris, you’ll stay in a Suite for two nights at La Réserve Hotel and Spa, owned by Michel Reybier of Cos d’Estournel. La Réserve exudes the ambiance of a private urban mansion. You’ll be personally welcomed in the Louis XV Salon and drawn into an oasis of calm and repose in the midst of the capital.
While at La Réserve, you’ll have lunch at Restaurant Le Gabriel, awarded Two Stars in the Michelin Guide. Using ultra-fresh ingredients gathered at their peak of perfection, chef Jérôme Banctel will guide you through some of his signature recipes: cured monkfish with miso and wasabi, abalone from Brittany and mackerel cooked on stones with anchovy tomatoes.
You’ll depart Paris for Bordeaux in the Médoc, the capital of one of the world’s greatest wine regions, where you’ll have an intimate and personal glimpse of life at Cos d’Estournel in St. Estèphe, ranked as a Second Growth in the Classification of 1855.
Your home for two nights will be La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel, the private residence of owner Michel Reybier. With the discreet charm and elegance of a family home, La Chartreuse is a haven of understated luxury that will allow you to immerse yourself in the life of the château. After an in-depth discovery of the vineyard and the gravity-flow cellar followed by a tasting of Cos d’Estournel’s full range of wines, you’ll feel deeply connected to the estate.
While in the Médoc, you’ll experience the city of Bordeaux, a port first settled in 300 BC and now a center of gastronomy and wine tourism. You’ll explore the charming architecture and heritage of Bordeaux and have a VIP tour of the Cité du Vin, a museum as well as a place of exhibitions, shows, movie projections and academic seminars on the theme of wine. You will also visit Médoc to explore the 18th century stone houses, antique shops and charming port, followed by an oyster and wine tasting in a “carrelet,” a typical fisherman’s hut built on stilts.
For your future pleasure, you’ll take home an extremely rare 12 Liter bottle of 2014 Cos d’Estournel, which Wine Enthusiast said, “is an immensely dense wine that is going to be a classic” and which “brings together gorgeous textural richness and ripeness, yet retains considerable aromatic freshness,” according to Antonio Galloni.
This lot is a collection of priceless, one-of-a-kind wine and travel experiences: Don’t let it get away from you!
Airfare is not included. VIP Meet and Greet, roundtrip airport services and ground transfers are included. Trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to Paris is for two (2) couples in a Grand Suite, must be used prior to November 23, 2023. Grand Suite availability is limited, and reservations will be made subject to availability. It is non-transferrable, non-refundable and has no cash value. Belmond UK includes ground transportation from hotel in Venice to the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express and from the Express to your hotel, La Reserve, in Paris. Ground transfer from the hotel in Paris to La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel is included and planned through SmartFlyer. Accommodations at La Chartruese de Cos d’Estournel is valid between February 1-April 8, 2022, May 15-September 15, 2022, October 15-December 15, 2022, February 1-April 7, 2023, May 15-September 15, 2023 and October 15-December 15, 2023, subject to mutually agreeable dates and availability and must be used on consecutive nights. Lunch at Le Gabriel includes select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Gratuities are included at Cos d’Estournel and for lunch at Le Gabriel. All other gratuities are at the winning bidder’s expense. Stay at Cos d’Estournel and La Reserve must be redeemed no later than December 15, 2023. All portions of the trip are recommended to be taken consecutively. If the winner bidder splits the trip up, any additional airport services, ground transfers or other incurred expense will be the responsibility of the winning bidder.
Belmond UK Ltd and Cos d’Estournel
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