Enjoy an exclusive private tour of The Uffizi Gallery and The Academia Gallery followed by a special wine tasting dinner at Ornellaia Estate.
Contessa Simonetta Brandolini D'Adda founder of Friends of Florence and a recipient of the key to the city award will welcome your party of eight for a Private Visit to the Uffizi Gallery with an art historian on the day the museum is closed to the public.
You will visit the great masterpieces and then walk through the private outdoor covered walkway of the Medici family which connected their office building(the Uffizi) to their Granducal palace (Palazzo Pitti). It is called today the Vasarian corridor after Giorgio Vasari, the court’s artistic director who planned and oversaw its construction in 1565. The entrance is from inside the Uffizi gallery and one exits the corridor into the Boboli Gardens of the Palazzo Pitti. The walls are lined with paintings, some of the family’s collection from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the largest collection of self portraits of artists in the world.
There is no better way to step into the shoes of the grandukes of Tuscany than walking their most exclusive skywalk.
Followed by Private Visit to the Academia Gallery with an art historian on the day the museum is closed to the public. Prepare yourself to see the Michelangelo works, the original David statue and some of his unfinished sculptural pieces. Again this will be on the day this museum is closed. Just your party of eight will experience this in total privacy with the historian to answer all your questions and give you an experience you will never forget.
There is no better way to experience... no lines, no crowds, see what you want as close as you want and get access to parts of museum the public does not get to access.
To complete this exclusive Florence Experience you will be treated to a special wine tasting dinner at Ornellaia and a tour of this magnificent estate . Created in 1981, Ornellaia Estate is located near the picturesque village of Bolgheri, on the unspoilt Tuscan coast. The uniqueness of the area was epitomized by the famous poet Giosuè Carducci who gave eternal fame to the monumental Cypress Avenue leading up to Bolgheri. The coastal plain is a natural refuge to numerous migratory birds and other protected species. In the midst of all this natural beauty lie the vineyards of Ornellaia.
Once you will enjoy this legendary Super Tuscan it will have you begging for more of The Dolce Vita.
Wrapped by majestic views, luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is surrounded by sand-fringed islets on an outer coral reef that enclose a turquoise lagoon. Steep yourself in the island’s traditions, activities, and authentic cuisine during your Bora Bora vacation.
This package includes:
Buffet Breakfast for two at the Tere Nui Restaurant
Business Class Airfare for two (up to $6,000.00) on your airline of choice.
Local airport transfers by water taxi for two upon arrival and departure
PXG produces the finest golf clubs on the planet. Visit the company's headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ and be fit by their professional staff for One (1) Full Set of PXG clubs, including a driver and putter.
Also included in this package:
Two rounds of golf at Scottsdale National Golf Club, including lunch each day
Dinner for two with Mr. and Mrs. Parsons
Two night stay at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, just minutes from the golf club
Two first class round trip tickets to PHX, AZ. Ground transfers included
One of 2014’s most popular Live Auction items has generously been re-created for 2015 by Leon & Joy Dreimann
In 2002, David and Susan Sabin established Sabina Vineyards which they named in honor of David’s mother, Sabina Sabin who was the Matriarch of the family. After spending most of their adult lives in Chicago where they raised three, now-grown, children, David and Susan moved to Napa Valley.
Together they have created a winery estate based on the small, family-owned Burgundian properties they have visited over years of travel to famous wine growing regions. Their primary focus is the production of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, and they have made a devoted commitment to organic farming. The Sabina Winery, built as the foundation for their home, was designed to maximize an efficient flow for hands-on, artisanal wine making. The Sabins have created a little bit of heaven in the Napa Valley incorporating their love of contemporary painting and sculpture within their wine estate. Sabina Vineyards has become a gathering place in which family, friends, ideas and wines all flourish.
Wines are available only through a mailing list and are highly thought by wine connoisseurs who love the best wines from California but prefer the slightly lower alcohol content comparable to the best wines produced in Bordeaux.
For your cellar 14 amazing bottle of Sabina Vineyards wines:
Sabina 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5 Liter (1)
Sabina 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml (6)
Sabina 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir (6)
Sabina 2011 Artist Series Pinot Noir 3 Liter (1)
Added to this rare opportunity is a dinner for 6 at any restaurant of your choice in the Hualalai Resort. Leon and Joy will select worlds best wines with the menu that will be memories and an opportunity to taste rare and worlds highest rated wines. These bottles of wine will have you going to bed smiling and sleeping soundly.
The higher your bid, the better and rarer the wines.
Your party of six can fly United Airlines into Washington Dulles International from any mainland location. Once in the city, you can visit the wonders of the Smithsonian at any of the Washington D.C Metro area facilities. The Smithsonian is 19 world-class museums and a zoo—plus 9 research centers! From astrophysics to modern art, cheetah conservation to the Star Spangle Banner, the Smithsonian Institution has a little something for everyone. This 'behind the scenes tour" entitles you to access at one location (your choice of museum or research center) with the venue expert for 1/2 day. They will craft an engaging and personalized tour to include things not typically seen by the public!
The Central Coast Wine Classic is an exhilarating wine & food-packed week. Each year famous vintners and celebrity chefs from throughout the world journey to the Central Coast of California
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
5 PM Dinner at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, featuring a Roederer Champagne Reception presented by Xavier Barlier & Stellar Chefs from Relais & Chateaux, Including fine wines from Heralded Wine Classic Vintners
Thursday, August 11, 2016
10 AM to 1:30 PM Vineyard Tour “Recent” Rhone Rangers Tasting & Luncheon at Tablas Creek, the Luncheon presented by Laurent Grangien of Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles
3:30 PM to 5 PM Barrel Tasting, featuring Yet-to-be-Released Wines from at Greengate Farms in the Edna Valley & Barrel Auction Featuring Fine Wines from Napa Valley to Santa Barbara County
7 PM to 10 PM Winery Dinners at San Luis Obispo County Wineries, Restaurants, Resorts and Homes of Patrons
Friday, August 12, 2016
9:30 AM to 11 AM Unique White Wines from California at The Dolphin Bay Resort in Shell Beach OR Edna & Arroyo Grande Vineyard Tours with continental breakfast
1 PM to 3 PM Lompoc Wine Ghetto and Santa Rita Hills Tour & Tasting; Longoria, Palmina, Brewer-Clifton Wineries
4 PM to 5:30 PM Santa Barbara Wine Collective Symposium at The Funk Zone in Santa Barbara OR Australian Wine Symposium
7 PM to 10 PM Winery Winemaker Dinners at Wineries, Restaurants, Resorts & Homes of Patrons in Santa Barbara
Saturday, August 13, 2016
10:30 AM to Noon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Symposium, featuring the wines of Pritchard Hill OR Champagne & Black River Caviar Symposium, featuring Patrick Will or Xavier Barlier OR Auction Preview with Entertainment & Exotic Automobiles
12:30 PM to 5 PM Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Live Auction, Silent Auction and Luncheon, Hosted By Narsai David, featuring the cuisine of James Sly, Michael Hutchings, Frank Ostini & Rick Manson, at a Montecito Estate
Sunday, August 14, 2016
10:30 AM to Noon “Send in the Clones” Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir Symposium OR Original Central Coast Rhone Rangers
Also included is this spectacular package:
Round trip transportation to all events
Two night accommodation in a two bedroom ocean front suite at The Dolphin Bay Resort, in Shell Beach
Two night accommodation at Four Seasons The Biltmore, in Santa Barbara.
*Presented by the Hualalai Ohana Foundation and The Friends of Hearst Castle. Please note that all proceeds from this auction item will be evenly split between Hualalai Ohana Foundation and The Friends of Hearst Castle.
Your party of eight will spend two days experiencing Hearst Castle as the guest of William Randolph Hearst did!
Begin your Castle encounter with a very exclusive catered dinner on the Castle’s South Earring Terrace, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Followed by the movie of your choice* in Mr. Hearst’s private hilltop movie theater.
A luxurious limousine ride to Paso Robles for an overnight stay in the 1850s Historic Adobe owned by Hearst Ranch Winery.
Wake up to a scrumptious catered breakfast, prepared for you at the Adobe.
Return to the coast via limousine for lunch at historic Sebastian’s General Store in San Simeon cove. Enjoy the view of the legendary Hearst warehouse designed by Julia Morgan.
Then on to Hearst Castle for a private tour with Hearst Castle Museum Director Mary Levkoff.
Enjoy a private cocktail reception during a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean in the privacy of the Loggia in La Casa del Mar.
Conclude your stay by immersing yourself in the still waters of the fabled Roman Pool, lined with royal blue Murano glass tiles and accented with gold.
You will use the very same private dressing-rooms as Mr. Hearst’s guests did in the 1920s and 30s to change into your swimsuits.
Superb wine and refreshments will be provided during your swim.
A luxurious limousine ride to Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon, where the ocean is just a step away!