Tuesday 12th September Arrive in London
Welcome to London! Upon arrival you will be collected from the airport and transferred privately to your hotel where you will be welcomed by your Tour Director, Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke. Your accommodations at the lavish Corinthia Hotel will put you in the beating heart of London, on the edge of the River Thames and a mere stone's throw from iconic heritage sites such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square.
This evening, our first meal as a group will start off this memorable journey in exquisite style: a private dinner at the Wellington Arch, the original entrance to Buckingham Palace and the end of the State Funeral procession of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Here, after being serenaded by the Band of one of His Majesty's Regiments of Foot Guards, we'll sit down to dinner with Sir Nicholas Coleridge CBE, former president of Condé Nast International, chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum, co-chair of Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant, and noted author and raconteur. Also joining will be Alderman Sir William Russell, former Lord Mayor of London and the only Lord Mayor to serve two consecutive terms.
Overnight: Corinthia London
Wednesday 13th September To Sicily
This morning we depart London for the journey west to Farnborough Airport, where we will board our private jet. Sleek and sophisticated in matt black with a gleaming trim, our Embraer ERJ135 makes a striking impression against the Hampshire landscape, and in no time we will find ourselves high above the clouds, settling into a glass of champagne and a delicious lunch prepared by Mosimann’s of London.