Luxury Travel Specialist Rachel Cooper

RACHEL COOPER

Sabbaticals Specialist

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Guardsmen in uniform in London

LONDON

There is no better place to begin your sabbatical than in vibrant and cosmopolitan London, where centuries of history and tradition contrast with contemporary art, fashion, music and flavours from around the world.

  • At the Tower of London, explore 1000 years of history, meet the resident ravens and see the Crown Jewels amongst a collection of over 23,000 gemstones
  • Take a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and sit in Sir Winston Churchill’s chair
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world
A roaring stag in the highlands of Scotland

SCOTLAND

After the buzz of London, the rugged heather-clad hillsides, deep sapphire-coloured lochs and undulating pine forests of the Scottish Highlands beckon. Contrast this rugged natural beauty with the romantic cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town.

  • Fall in love with Edinburgh’s historic streets, lined with welcoming tea shops, colourful tartan and traditional pubs
  • Indulge in countryside pursuits in the Highlands with off-road safaris to clay pigeon shooting, hill walking, salmon fishing and whisky tasting
  • Delve into Scotland's larder to sample fresh oysters, haggis, artisan cheeses and some of the best whiskies in the world
View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

FRANCE

Irresistible French style, enchanting landscapes and world-class cuisine await on a delightful sojourn through chic Paris, bucolic Provence and the sparkling Côte d’Azur.

  • Tour the iconic streets of Paris in a vintage Citroen 2CV, then hone your baking skills with a croissant and baguette making masterclass
  • Lose yourself in the idyllic landscapes of Provence, taking in the scenery that inspired the Impressionists and shopping for cheese in hillside villages
  • Absorb the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with its alluring beach clubs, seaside bistros and opportunities to swim or sail in aquamarine waters
Park Guell in Barcelona

SPAIN

Immerse yourself in the the colours and contrasts of Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, each pulsating with its own unique character and cuisine. You could then take the short hop to Ibiza for some coastal bliss of your choosing, whether that is wellness and serenity in a rural retreat or diving head-first into the island’s legendary beach clubs and nightlife.

  • Stroll along Barcelona’s iconic Las Ramblas after gorging on Gaudí
  • Learn the art of Flamenco in heady Seville, and sample a plethora of tapas in the city’s atmospheric streets
  • Find your perfect beach hideaway on the white isle of Ibiza, whether that is in the pampering surroundings of the Six Senses or ensconced in an exclusive private villa
Streets and canals of Burano in Venice

ITALY

Embrace la dolce vita on an unforgettable adventure through magical Venice, Rome and the sun-drenched island of Sicily.

  • Take gondolier and mask-making lessons in Venice, then while away the evening with Aperol and delicious cicchetti
  • Be put through your paces in Gladiator School in Rome, feast on exquisite gelato or perhaps cycle the Appian Way and venture into the ancient catacombs
  • Take a 4x4 adventure up the slopes of Sicily’s Mount Etna and a Vespa ride through Palermo’s colourful streets
Flowers against a white house in Santorini

GREECE

The birthplace of democracy and one of the oldest cities in the world is a striking starting point for the final phase of your European odyssey. From Athens, the glittering blue waters and sleepy white-washed villages of the Greek Islands await, where you will conclude your sabbatical adventure in magnificent style.

  • Be astounded by the Acropolis in Athens, and then delve into the city’s thriving foodie and street art neighbourhoods
  • From Mykonos to Paros, become intoxicated by the beauty of the Greek islands with their hillside villages, tempting tavernas and secluded coves lapped by turquoise waters
  • Hike a spectacular trail along the rim of Santorini’s volcanic caldera
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