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Buon Appetito in Tuscany
Wine and Dine in Cortona, Tuscany, Italy (Europe) for Six Days & Five Nights in a Two-Bedroom Loft Apartment for Four, Including a Cooking Class and Lunch in a Winery (Land Only)
Escape to Cortona, one of Tuscany's oldest hill towns, where strolls down the narrow medieval streets reward you with glimpses of impressive churches and incredible views of the countryside. With accommodations in one of three contemporary private apartments, you're perfectly poised to explore the romance of the Italian countryside - with its breathtaking scenery, historic cities, medieval art, impeccable wines and divine cuisine, not to mention an enviable proximity to Florence and Rome! The region is a true feast for your senses, and speaking of feasts, you'll participate in a cooking class, and savor lunch in a winery after a tour!
Just one hour drive from arguably the most beautiful city in the world, Florence, and less than two hours' drive to 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. Cortona, with its medieval walls still intact, sits in a strategic position overlooking the valley that leads south into Umbria and towards Rome. Spend some time exploring the landmarks of this historic city, such as the Piazza della Republica, the 13th century town hall and clock tower that is now one of Cortona's main plazas, or the Duomo, the Renaissance cathedral featuring an 11th century facade and gorgeous 16th and 17th century paintings inside.
Immerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle during your stay in a recently renovated two-bedroom apartment set in the center of Cortona. Enjoy the stylish residences, which feature modern comforts and contemporary flair, from open sitting areas to fully-equipped kitchens, views to central air-conditioning and heating. Your Tuscan home away from home is in an exceptional location within walking distance from the main squares and attractions, in addition to various restaurants, bars and shops.
Then it's time to say buon appetito! You'll participate in a cooking class at a restaurant just a few steps from your apartment, where you'll learn about the culinary traditions and techniques as two courses are explained and prepared. Afterwards, you can feast on the fruits of your labor!
You'll love your tour and lunch at La Braccesca Estate! Just a few miles away from the city of Montepulciano, near the border between Tuscany and neighboring Umbria, La Braccesca Estate is immersed in a pristine environment that is greatly loved and admired by travelers from all over the world. The land owned by La Braccesca is situated in two very close, but entirely different, zones: Montepulciano, the classic and prestigious area of "Vino Nobile", and Cortona, which has made a name for itself in world markets with international grape varieties, specifically syrah. These two different "souls", the essential spirit of the different terroirs, represent La Braccesca's style - a harmony between the past and the future, a balance between the old and the new, a synergy of its professional mastery and its passion for quality. Then dine on a delectable lunch comprised of a Tuscan appetizer, a main course and dessert, all while tasting complementary wines.
Your trip for four includes:
6 days/5 nights accommodations at a Two-Bedroom Loft Apartment
A cooking class and dinner at a local restaurant
A tour of La Braccesca Winery, including lunch and wine tasting
All room-related taxes
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Loft may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation prior to arrival will be subject to forfeiture of reservations and funds.
Bask in the Glory of The French Riviera
Immerse Yourself in Monaco's Joie de Vivre in Monte Carlo, Monaco (Europe) for Six Days & Five Nights at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in a Suite for Two, Including an Arts Tour of the French Riviera, a Monaco and Eze Full-Day Tour, and a Monaco Night Tour (Land Only)
Escape to the incomparable grandeur of the four-star Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco, a principality nestled between Italy and France, and between the sparkling Mediterranean and the legendary Casino, on the Côte d'Azur. When you ascend to the top of The Fairmont, you can see the majestic view of all three countries! While you'll be immersed in the beauty and sophistication of this world-class destination, you'll also get a taste of France on three small-group tours!
The Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel is a unique four-star luxury resort located in the heart of the Principality of Monaco, a lavish retreat that puts the entire destination at your doorstep and allows you to immerse yourself in the region’s joie de vivre. With their signature touches apparent everywhere, from a shopping arcade, an in-house casino, to the stunning Fairmont Spa, it's no wonder The Fairmont is known as one of the most prestigious Monte Carlo resorts. The Fairmont Monte Carlo is an island unto itself, situated in the most exclusive part of the world. Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa, the acclaimed and highly influential celebrity chef and owner of Nobu restaurants, has settled down in Monaco at the Fairmont! Recognized worldwide for his amazing cuisine, you can savor his combinations of traditional Japanese dishes and South American spices and aromas in an elegant yet cozy atmosphere that features a magnificent bar, two exclusive private lounges, and a terrace overlooking the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea.
Take in as much of this gorgeous region as you can with three small-group tours to France's Nice, Eze Village and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, all on the comfort of air-conditioned minibuses. Depart Monaco on a picturesque half-day arts tour to three of the most famous museums on the French Riviera. Discover the apartments of the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and stroll through its colorful gardens. Then continue to Nice, where you'll see Marc Chagall's famous biblical paintings at the Chagall Museum in the Cimiez district and explore the Matisse Museum, which treasures the works of artist Henri Matisse, who spent a large part of his life on the splendid French Riviera. Then combine the glitz and glam of Monaco with the medieval charm of Eze on a full-day tour of the beautiful French Riviera. Enjoy views of the Mediterranean coast as you head to the lovely hilltop village of Eze, where you’ll learn about the French art of perfume-making at the Fragonard perfumery. Back in Monaco, watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Prince's Palace, visit Monaco Cathedral, drive along the road used for the world-famous Formula One Grand Prix race, and explore Casino Square in Monte Carlo. Monaco sparkles at night, and you'll get to explore this glamorous city and see its top attractions illuminated against the night sky on a five-hour night tour. Drive along the spectacular Basse Corniche road and stop at the Vista Palace Hotel in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin for magnificent views of radiant Monaco. Back in the city, you'll see the Prince's Palace and the Monaco Cathedral, admire the illuminated Old Town (Monaco-Ville), and cruise around Casino Square in Monte Carlo. Before your night tour ends, you'll have free time to discover Monaco's vibrant nightlife at your leisure – visit the Grand Casino or enjoy dinner in a local restaurant if you wish.
Your one bedroom suite consists of two full rooms, a spacious bedroom and a beautifully appointed living room.
Your trip for two includes:
6 days/5 nights accommodations at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in a Suite
Daily complimentary breakfast
All room-related taxes (including VAT)
Small group tour of Monaco and Eze, including hotel pickup and drop-off
Small group Arts Tour of the French Riviera, including hotel pickup and drop-off
Monaco night tour
Free concierge reservation service
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. Entrance fees are not included. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue. Blackout dates: Mar 30-April 1, Grand Prix, Sep 11-13. Some restrictions may apply during special events.
Insider’s Trip to Napa Valley
Two-night stay for two couples or four-night stay for one couple. When it’s time to relax, retreat to your private, beautifully appointed, wine country guest accommodations, furnished with antiques and collected original art, and located on a quiet, secluded country road just outside St. Helena. What better way to wind down from the day than with a game of bocce played on your private court, glass of wine in hand, on the edge of a world-class vineyard?
Four exclusive wine experiences
Flora Springs Estate
Silver Trident Wines
High Season (April 15-Nov 15) Book Sunday-Thursday nights or incurs $125/night weekend premium for booking Friday and/or Saturday night,
(weekend premium does not apply to one-couple bookings); Low Season (Nov 16 - April 14) No restrictions and no weekend premium, book any available nights. Cleaning fee: $150 for two couples or $75 for one couple, due upon booking. For optimal date availability and selection, book 3–6 months in advance. Additional nights are available for purchase.
Get Jazzy in the Big Easy
Come Hungry for Southern Cuisine and Soulful Music to New Orleans, Louisiana for Four Days & Three Nights at Either the St. James Hotel, the Windsor Court Hotel, the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans, or the Maison Dupuy Hotel for Two, Including a Tour of the City, a Dinner Jazz Cruise and a Class at the New Orleans School of Cooking (Land Only)
Riverboats, jazz, Creole cuisine and Mardi Gras have given "The Big Easy" its flamboyant reputation, and that rich heritage continues today. Let your dinner jazz cruise take you back to a time when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi! A class at the New Orleans School of Cooking and a tour of one of America's most colorful cities are the finishing touches on your trip to the one and only New Orleans.
Take a step back in time to the 19th century with a stay in the heart of the Central Business District at the St. James Hotel, which puts you within a short walking distance of all the major attractions, including the French Quarter, the Superdome, and all the jazz you could want! For the epitome of personal luxury, the four-star and four-diamond Windsor Court Hotel invites you to relax in its classic elegance. A historic setting, modern amenities and excellent service beckon you to the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans, which sits adjacent to the famed Bourbon Street. And for a bit of New Orleans charm, the distinct Maison Dupuy Hotel gives you the perfect combination of luxurious relaxation and the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street.
Music is always nearby, supplied by the tolling bells of St. Louis Cathedral, the clanging of streetcars, and the rhythms of Dixieland Jazz. Stop for a café au lait and beignets at a sidewalk café. Your thorough and fascinating introduction to the endless variety that is New Orleans on your city tour includes such highlights as the Superdome, St. Charles Avenue, the French Quarter and Jackson Square.
From Cajun to Creole, and French to fabulous, New Orleans is a city of flavors! As the evening sets in, take a lazy ride down the Mississippi in an authentic paddlewheel riverboat for your dinner jazz cruise. The entertaining classes at the New Orleans School of Cooking are held in a renovated molasses warehouse, built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. The popular lunch classes include generous samplings of the demonstrated items as well as recipes, coffee, iced tea and beer.
Your trip for two includes:
4 days/3 nights accommodations at Either the St. James Hotel, the Windsor Court Hotel, the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans, or the Maison Dupuy Hotel
All room-related taxes
Dinner Jazz Cruise, including a lavish Creole buffet
Gray Line New Orleans-Super City Tour
3-hour class at the New Orleans School of Cooking
Free concierge reservation service
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Blackout dates: Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival, President's Weekend, Mar 1-10, Apr 6-9, 11-14 July 2-8, Halloween week, Dec 30-Jan 3. Dinner Jazz Cruise runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. Tours run on specific days of the week and at specific times. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.
Lago Dinner with Shoes Guys
Enjoy your VIP night out with up to seven of your friends plus five of our fabulous WWS Shoe Guys at Lago, located in the East Bank of the Flats! You and your guests will enjoy a four course meal paired with wine for the evening. Lago’s philosophy is simple...The freshest ingredients, made from scratch menu items, using simple recipes to bring authentic Italian flavors to the table. You bring good friends, Lago will serve great food, and these Shoe Guys will provide lots of fun.
Donors: Lago Restaurant and the Shoe Guys
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: There is no expiration date and the certificate is good for a Monday through Thursday night booking, excluding major holidays. Dinner must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
With Love, From the Cavs
Help your Cleveland Cavaliers kick off a new era with this prize package. You can show off your Cavs love with an autographed basketball signed by five-time NBA All-Star and member of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love. You and three guests will be in the arena as Kevin and the Cavs face Ohio’s own Lebron James during his one and only visit to Cleveland on November 21st when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Cleveland Cavaliers. In addition to your four (4) upper level seats for this historic game, you will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have two of your favorite kids, ages 5-15, stand on the court with the players during the National Anthem. The winning bidder will take home this priceless package and be considered a true Wine Women & Shoes All-Star! (Kevin Love autographed ball is accompanied by certificate of authenticity from Upper Deck.)