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Cox & Kings, THe AmeriCAs

Europe

Speaking Bespoke in Europe
Carla Hunt

In Europe, luxury travel experiences keep
taking off in new directions, as can be
expected on a continent tailor-made for
today's world of bespoke travel. This is, of
course, good news for U.S. travel planners
looking for new horizons and creative ways
to serve their upscale, well-traveled, recently
adventurous, and often repeat-travel clients.
They are the audience for the newest luxury
lodgings and most exclusive trips, the most
extraordinary and authentic experiences. We
zeroed in on a trio of tour operators that are
addressing the expanding and demanding
bespoke market in three different ways.

Luxury Gold
It was the boom in the luxury travel market
that begot Luxury Gold vacations, once the
baby sister of Insight Vacations and now a
free-standing family member of The Travel
Corporation, and most recently, inducted as
a Virtuoso luxury travel partner.
"We are very attuned to the fact that
travelers want to see Europe in the best way
possible and have experiences that are not
available to the average traveler," says Phil
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Cappelli, president of Luxury Gold USA, this
year introducing nine itineraries for small
groups, five of which are in Europe. "We
[seek] to guarantee a truly once-in-a-lifetime
experience," he continues," by ensuring that
each of our small group journeys includes
immersive cultural encounters, the finest
luxury accommodations, Michelin-starred
dining, and the services of a passionate
Traveling Concierge who can personalize the
trip to individual tastes."
Atop the luxury ladder this year will be its
new Chairman's Collection, a curated selection
of memorable encounters with European
nobles in stunning locales that are available
on only 12 Luxury Gold departures to France,
Italy, England and Austria. Inspired by
the golden era of travel, Stanley Tollman,
chairman of The Travel Corporation, called
upon his extensive personal connections to
give guests the chance to meet with counts,
duchesses and princesses, and to go behind
the scenes at some of Europe's most celebrated
castles and estates. Think a private reception
with Princess Anita von Hohenberg on the
Harmony of Central Europe itinerary, or an

exclusive lunch and wine tasting with Count
Francesco Mazzei at his centuries-old Tuscan
estate on the Ultimate Italy itinerary.
And come summertime, Luxury Gold guests
on select trips will enjoy the pre-trip amenity
of starting (and ending) their journeys with
the brand-new door-to-door private airport
transfer service. These limousine transfers will
be available to guests living within a 50-mile
radius of a qualifying international airport in
the U.S.; guests living beyond this perimeter
will receive a credit to their trip booking, while
they make their own transfer arrangements.

CIE Tours International
The evolution of luxury travel products
continues at CIE Tours International, with
this year's Luxury Vacation Collection expanded
to embrace both Ireland and Britain and
offering clients three choices:
	 *	Private Driver Vacations for two or more
people, touring in Mercedes-Benz in the
company of an expert guide who escorts clients
along the customized itinerary by day, dropping
them off each evening at their luxury lodgings.
	 *	Custom Guided Vacations for a group of 10
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