3 night stay in a deluxe guest room at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Your party of two will enjoy a hands-on 3-hour sail on the famous America's Cup yacht "Stars & Stripes USA 11". With masts as high as an 11-story building, these precision-tuned racing yachts are the fastest mono-hull sailing vessels in the world. You can pitch in and be a part of the sailing crew - manning the wheel or grinding the winches - or just relax and take in this magnificent 80-foot high-tech racing machine as you cruise effortlessly through the sheltered waters of beautiful San Diego Bay. A sail on an America's Cup yacht is a once-in-a-lifetime treat.
This Experience Includes:
America's Cup sailing experience for 2 in San Diego
3-night stay in a deluxe guest room at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa (San Diego)
Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to San Diego, CA
Car-free and Care-free Bald Head Island
Everything you want and need for a relaxing 4-night stay in this ocean front three bedroom, two full, 2 half baths, home in Killegray Ridge in Bald Head Island. The island is only a 20-minute ferry ride from Southport and the modern-day mainland, but it feels a world away. While lush nature preserves cover more than 80 percent of the island, protecting views seen by the Spanish explorers who first mapped it about 500 years ago, there's still room for the lodging, activities and amenities to make your vacation memorable.
The island has its own transportation system, and this will be your first encounter with the true definition of "getaway." Cars are prohibited, so park yours in secure lots at the mainland terminal. The home comes with a golf cart to make it easy to travel around the island.
Lying at the foot of the Alps bordering France and Switzerland, Italy's Piemonte region is a paradise for connoisseurs of mouth-watering food and fabulous wines.
Dates: July 15-25, 2021
Days/Nights: 9 1/2 days/10 nights
Bidding begins at $7,000 for two people.
Included: all accommodations as listed (or similar) based on double occupancy; all meals; local wines at lunch and dinner, transportation from/to Milan airport and all excursions, guided tours with English-speaking guides, admission fees to itinerary sites, visits, and museum; services of and gratuities for leader/guides/drivers throughout tour; hotel taxes and services charges; handling of one reasonable sized suitcase and one carry on per person.
Take in the sights of Torino, the capital city of Piemonte, known for its refined architecture and cuisine.
Explore the town of Bra - capital of Slow food movement and home of the world's first University of Gastronomic Sciences.
Get to know the town of Alba located in the heart of the wine country of Langhe and Roero. Alba is the hometown of "Nutella" and it is only a few miles away from the area of production of award-winning wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco. It is also known for its white truffles.
Tour the historic center of the picturesque and charming town of Asti with its medieval palaces and merchant houses, many with monumental towers.
Delight in the small Village of Barolo, famous because of its wine, Barolo which is often referred to as the King of Wines, made from the Nebbiolo grape. Visit the corkscrew museum and see how the important tool has evolved.
Visit a rice production facility and enjoy a lunch of locally produced risotto.
Take a tour of a cooperage facility and see how barrels and bottis are made while breathing in the sweet smell of oak.
Tour some of the vineyards and wineries of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato wine regions and taste the following wines: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Asti Spumanti, Gavi, Acqui and Arneis. These regions are home to 42 Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and 17 Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG).
Bask in the beauty of Lago D'Aorta. Relax poolside at the Agritorismo.
Learn about the culture and history of Piemonte from a university professor who is a native of Piemonte.