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  • Allow R. Crusoe to show you da Vinci's "Last Supper" in Milan.

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  • For many, the summer doesn't really start until Wimbledon does. London.

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  • Before or after Wimbledon, get deep inside magnificent London—and beyond—with R. Crusoe & Son.

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  • Ever so dear: R. Crusoe shows you the (very) British Cotswolds from the inside out.

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  • In 2018, the World Cup of Soccer heads for Russia. Roadtrips gets you exactly where you want to be.

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Roadtrips: World-Class Sports Events & First-Class Travel

R. Crusoe & Son is thrilled to announce that we now partner with Roadtrips to get you to the world’s greatest sports events—and beyond.

     Roadtrips experts have been sending travelers to premier events—the Monaco Grand Prix, Wimbledon, the World Cup of Soccer, and way beyond—for decades. With their vast network of contacts, the experts at Roadtrips provide tickets in preferred seating areas, even to “sold-out” events.

     With more than 25 years of experience, they know their way around the events and offer personalized airport meet-and-greets and arrival transfers; preferred race-day or match-day viewing; round-trip private transfers to your chosen viewing locations; personalized concierge services during your stay; and on-site host teams dedicated to addressing your every wish.

     What’s more, Roadtrips experts have put together incredible insider activities out of reach of those attending on their own.

     They’ve arranged for travelers to go behind the scenes to meet the pros (and sometimes even compete against them). They’ve given travelers up-close and personal looks at race courses, tennis courts, and stadiums. Arranged entrée into exclusive nearby events—for instance, getting Grand Prix travelers into Cannes Film Festival screenings.

     What’s on your bucket list? Let the Roadtrips experts know, and they’re on it.

     R. Crusoe can create a Custom Journey to round out your international experience before or after your event. We have three upcoming suggestions for sports events: the Monaco Grand Prix (May 24-27 2018); the Wimbledon Championships (2-9 July 2018); and the World Cup of Soccer Russia (14 June-15 July 2018).

     Interested in creating a journey around one of these sports events? Call R. Crusoe at 888-490-8046, or email us at info@rcrusoe.com. Have an idea we haven’t mentioned? Call or email, and let’s talk travel.


England, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Wales

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Monaco Grand Prix. Race Dates: Thursday 24-Sunday 27 May 2018.

One of the world’s top sports events, the Monaco Grand Prix is a bucket-list experience for any world traveler. This prestigious race is more than one of the world’s most challenging competitions; it is among the most exotic and exciting international events around.

     The Monaco Grand Prix is staged around the narrow, winding streets of Monte Carlo on a two-mile course that allows absolutely no margin for error as drivers complete 78 laps. It is always a thrill, complete with all the ingredients of a great race: awe-inspiring speed and skill, dramatic controversy, and a deserving winner.

     Run since 1929, it remains among the world’s most important and elite automobile races. With the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix completes the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

     At least once in your life, you should experience the Grand Prix. Monaco absolutely has it all: a variety of museums, some of the world’s grandest hotels, sumptuous gastronomy, sublime shopping, and entertaining people-watching. Add in the casinos and clubs, and you’re sure to keep busy 24 hours a day.

     Roadtrips experts have been sending travelers to Monaco for the Grand Prix for decades. With their vast network of contacts, they know their way around the event and offer personalized helicopter transfers from Nice airport to Monte Carlo (if you’re staying at a hotel in town), preferred race-day viewing, private vehicle transfer to your chosen race-day location, personalized concierge services, and an on-site host team at your beck and call.

     What’s more, they have put together incredible insider activities at the Grand Prix. They’ve arranged for travelers to be race-day guests of a Formula 1 team. Secured invitations to parties attended by drivers as well as the Prince of Monaco. Taken travelers behind the scenes to meet drivers and their teams. Given travelers an up-close and personal look at the course riding in the security car that clears the streets just before the race. Arranged entrée into Cannes Film Festival screenings.

     Pricing: 2018 Monaco Grand Prix pricing is not yet available, but in 2017, prices were from $5,950 per person.

     Don’t stop at Monaco. Before and/or after the race, allow R. Crusoe to create a Custom Journey to extend your European jaunt...

Pre & Post Tour Ideas Around the Grand Prix Monaco with R. Crusoe

Here's one suggestion we love before or after Monaco: Inside Northern Italy. It’s an easy drive between Monaco and Alba, gateway to Italy’s fascinating northern region. Upon arrival, settle into an 18th-century nobleman’s castle that now functions as a splendid, art-filled hotel. Then take a brief guided walking tour of this Piedmontese town, known for its prized white truffles, trifola d’Alba Madonna (truffle of the White Madonna).

     Join a local expert on a truffle hunt in the lovely Piedmont countryside.

     Time for a hands-on lesson in Piedmontese cuisine alongside a chef at the one-Michelin-star La Ciau del Tornavento. Follow up with lunch at the restaurant—and be sure to check out the award-winning wine cellar.

     A two-hour drive takes you to Milan. Indulge in a private tour of the highlights: the famous Gothic Duomo, and later, da Vinci’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper.” We confirm tickets early. When they are gone, they’re gone.

     During your leisure hours, perhaps you’d like to switch gears and examine art from the 1900s at the new Museo del Novecento? Take in the recently opened Prada Fondazione or the Armani/Silos Museum. Shop Milan’s fashions, if you choose. And there’s the possibility of a performance at
La Scala, if you wish.

     On to the Italian Lakes District and its multilayered culture and natural beauty. We suggest one of three divine hotels.

     Lake Como has been a popular retreat since Roman times. By private launch, visit Tremezzo to tour a villa with spectacular gardens. Bellagio is home of the 12th-century church and a villa known for its Egyptian sculptures. Next, focus on Lake Maggiore, with time in Stresa, the prettiest lakeside town and a magnet for Europe’s turn-of-the-century beautiful people. A private launch takes you to the Borromean Islands, three beauties off the beaten path.

     Finally to the airport for your journey home.We suggest a seven-day journey.

     Pricing: available upon request from R. Crusoe & Son.

Other pre- and post- Monaco suggestions from R. Crusoe & Son? Provence, France, just a three-hour drive to or from Monaco. Normandy, France, where D-Day comes alive, but the layers of history reach much further back—to the days of William the Conqueror. Lyon, France, a foodie’s delight, and Burgundy, France, to taste your way around some of the world’s great vineyards. Or a delightful, luxurious week aboard a chartered barge along quiet French canals.

For more information, contact Mariana Tosic at mtosic@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8008.

 

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Wimbledon Championships. Monday, 2 July to Monday, 9 July 2018.

It is the most anticipated Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year—every year. It culminates with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals. For many, summer only begins once Wimbledon gets underway.
More than a series of elite tennis matches, Wimbledon is about beloved English customs, from the royals’ attendance to the strawberries and cream.

     Roadtrips takes you to Center Court for the fast-paced action, up close and personal. If you’re a tennis nut, shouldn’t you be courtside at Wimbledon? Roadtrips experts have been sending travelers to Wimbledon for decades. They know their way around the event and offer debenture seating at the matches of your choice, first-class accommodations, access to exclusive in-stadium debenture restaurants and bars, personalized concierge services, and entry to Wimbledon’s museum.

     Beyond that, they have crafted unique experiences for their travelers, including private meetings with tennis pros and private cooking lessons with Michelin-starred chefs. They’ve arranged tickets to sold-out West End theater performances, tennis games with pros, and private guided shopping sprees at Harrods. Would you enjoy a private dinner in an exclusive wine cellar? No problem. Roadtrips is experienced at getting travelers behind the scenes in and around London and Wimbledon. The possibilities are endless.

     Pricing: 2018 Wimbledon Championships pricing is not yet available, but in 2017, prices were from $1,845 per person for a two-night stay.    

     Don’t stop at Wimbledon. Before and/or after the matches, allow R. Crusoe to create a Custom Journey to extend your European jaunt...

Pre & Post Tour Ideas Around the Wimbledon Championships with R. Crusoe

Here's one suggestion we love before or after Wimbledon: the Cotswolds, the quintessential English countryside. En route from London, enjoy a very special visit to Windsor Castle, built in 1070 by William the Conqueror. It still serves as a royal residence. Enter St. George’s Chapel and the lavish state apartments. View Queen Mary’s Doll House, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. You are invited for a private morning coffee at the home (within the castle walls) of one of Windsor’s military knights.

     Continue your drive to Oxford for a walking tour of this delightful university town. Possibilities here? The Ashmolean, founded in 1683 as Britain’s first public museum and now home to some the world’s great art and archaeology collections. See what an Oxford college really means during time in one—either Trinity (founded in 1555) or Christ Church (1546), which has its own cathedral. See Oxford Castle (1071) and Saxon Tower, the town’s oldest structure (1040). If you have an interest in rare books, we can take you to view an important medieval collection.

     Then into the magical Cotswolds. Decide with your private guide which villages you’d most like to see. There’s also 17th-century Chastleton House, a Jacobean beauty, the Tudor Snowshill Manor, and much more. Have a green thumb? If so, head to Hidcote, known for one of England’s most influential 20th-century gardens. Have other ideas? Speak to your guide, and you’re off.  

     One of the most celebrated Cotswold towns is Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of the Bard. Visit Shakespeare’s homes as well as the cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway. Enter two of their daughters’ houses. Attend a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theater, if you’d like.

     Then consider a very special day in Gloucestershire. Begin with a visit to a magnificent 400-year-old manor that’s appeared in many films and television shows, including the popular BBC series “Poldark.” Here, the resident family takes you on a private tour of their home and invites you to join them for an informal lunch. Oliver Cromwell was a guest at the house. Enter the room he slept in—now said to be haunted. Other wraiths linger on the property, too.

     Next, if you’d like, we can secure special permission to visit Highgrove House Garden, family home of the Prince of Wales. You are seeing something that few others have, as permission to enter is notoriously difficult to obtain. Enjoy afternoon tea while we’re here.

     What would a journey in England be without time to ponder Stonehenge and its mysteries? Your special guide is the altogether charming Professor Terence Meaden, who earned advanced degrees from Oxford in physics and archaeology. Terence shows you around Stonehenge as well as nearby Avebury, where you can walk among the Neolithic stones.

     The city of Bath was a popular meeting place for the Romans, who enjoyed a good soak and plenty of gossip here. The entire old town is a UNESCO site. Wear comfortable walking shoes; there’s plenty here to occupy us. During a private tour, see what most interests you: the Roman Baths Museum, 15th-century Bath Abbey, magnificently restored Georgian architecture, Pulteney Bridge, the Jane Austen Center.

     Speaking of the author, how about a visit to the medieval town of Winchester, where Austen spent her
final years? Important sites abound, including a spectacular Norman cathedral.

     We recommend an overnight at Coworth Park, an historic spa-hotel just outside London. Another possibility? Visit an enchanting fifth-century castle owned by a famous member of Parliament, then continue to Canterbury for a special insider’s tour of one of Christendom’s greatest cathedrals.

     We suggest an eight-day journey.

     Pricing: available upon request from R. Crusoe & Son.

Other pre- and post- Wimbledon suggestions from R. Crusoe & Son? Take a history lesson in the Scottish Border Country, then explore the very best of the Scottish Highlands. If you’d like, come aboard a luxurious vintage train, The Royal Scotsman, for a look at the Scottish Highlands, and spend time in the magnificent city of Edinburgh. Just a two-hour train from London, Wales is worlds apart culturally from England. Come see for yourself on a journey off the beaten path.

For more information, contact Mariana Tosic at mtosic@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8008.

 

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World Cup of Soccer: Russia. Thursday, 14 June to Saturday, 15 July 2018.

Every four years, soccer fans around the globe enjoy the thrill of the World Cup. It’s all happening again in 2018, this time in 11 cities across Russia.Here is your opportunity to witness firsthand the world’s most elite soccer players. Watch as the teams are whittled down to four… then two… and, finally, the World Cup champion.

     In June, the World Cup Group Stage matches unfold, and the roster of teams is reduced from 32 to just 16. From 30 June to 3 July, the Round of 16 is played, leading to the Quarter-Finals (6 and 7 July), the Semi-Finals (10 and 11 July), and the Final on 15 July in Moscow.

     There are many ways to attend the World Cup, and Roadtrips stands at the ready to arrange your preferred experience. Want to follow your favorite team wherever the matches take it? No problem. Prefer to stay in Moscow to see games played only there? That works, too. Are Quarter-Finals, the Semi-Finals, or the Final the only thing on your list? No worries. Is Team USA your main interest? We understand.

     Roadtrips experts have been sending travelers to the World Cup for decades. With their vast network of contacts, they can secure preferred seating. They offer personalized meet-and-greet upon your arrival in Russia; round-trip private vehicle transfers to all your chosen matches; rooms at the finest Moscow hotels, even those that are “sold out;” personalized Moscow-based concierge services; airfare between cities (economy? first-class? private jet?) when needed; and on-site hosts to assist round the clock. Roadtrips can also create excursions in Russia just for you.

     Beyond those services, Roadtrips has set up private cooking lessons with celebrated chefs, guided personal shopping excursions, and secured official credentials for travelers to VIP events. The experts have accessed luxury boxes at matches chosen by their travelers, and they’ve set up private meetings with star athletes and entree into exclusive team parties. They’ve even arranged target practice atop tanks on a shooting range.

     Pricing: 2018 World Cup of Soccer Russia from $3,375 per person for a three-night stay at the Quarter-Finals.   

     Don’t stop at the World Cup. Before and/or after the matches, allow R. Crusoe to create a Custom Journey to extend your European jaunt...

Pre & Post Tour Ideas Around the Russia World Cup of Soccer with R. Crusoe

Before and/or after the World Cup, allow R. Crusoe to create a Custom Journey just for you. Consider a visit to Poland, a dynamic, trailblazing nation that’s shaken off the shackles of the Soviet Union. Another possibility? Norway, where the fjords are spectacular, the history complex, and the locals welcoming.
Or head to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia—the Baltic Countries—to explore their distinct cultures, and divide your time between three celebrated UNESCO World Heritage sites.

     Pricing: available upon request from R. Crusoe & Son.

For more information, contact Mariana Tosic at mtosic@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8008.

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