As spring slips away and summer approaches, it’s time to start planning your next getaway. Dedicated to providing outstanding holidays and experiences, Luxury Gold and The Red Carnation Hotel Collection are proud members of The Travel Corporation (TTC). Here, we explore what to expect on three perfectly planned Luxury Gold vacations, all of which feature a luxurious stay with Red Carnation Hotels.
Fairy-tale castles and enchanting alpine villages border the Swiss city of Geneva, where those departing on Luxury Gold’s Majestic Switzerland vacation will receive a warm welcome at the Hotel d’Angleterre. Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea at the hotel or refined cocktails and live jazz in the Leopard Bar. The tour introduces guests to a variety of local experts, including impassioned foodies who are keen to share classic Swiss specialties like cheese fondue and creamy chocolate.
Ireland offers an enthusiastic welcome, too. From revered author and Dubliner Trevor White to Killarney locals and the animated performers of Gaelic Roots, who know a few moves, Luxury Gold’s Ultimate Ireland adventure promises lasting memories. Discover the characterful village of Cong in County Mayo, hidden hangouts in Dublin and sample the finest Guinness in Killarney.
Luxury Gold’s 12-day voyage around the Emerald Isle includes a stay at the extraordinary Ashford Castle, formerly home to the Guinness family. The fortress’s impressive roots stretch back 800 years, with the George V Dining Room named after the monarch following his visit in 1905.
Alternatively, uncover historic South Africa on Luxury Gold’s Spectacular South Africa vacation. Commencing in Cape Town, the trip explores the country’s compelling past. Board a ferry to UNESCO World Heritage Site Robben Island, famous for the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years of his 27-year sentence. A former political prisoner shares personal anecdotes as you take in the storied surroundings.
The world-famous Cliffs of Moher, which hit heights of 700ft in parts, are one of the highlights of Luxury Gold’s Ireland experience, in addition to miles of rugged coastline and breathtaking bays where tumbling sea-cliffs form the backdrop. The route navigates striking mountain ranges and rolling meadows, crystalline lochs and sheep-speckled hills.
Sparkling Lake Geneva spills out opposite Hotel d’Angleterre in Switzerland, while the magnificent Jet d’Eau blasts into the air mere moments from its front steps. For fast access to the best shopping streets and chicest boutiques in town, this is where to spend the night and Luxury Gold's Majestic Switzerland itinerary affords plenty of browsing time.
Cosmopolitan Cape Town, meanwhile, is studded with trendy craft stores and big-name brands, cosy cafés and smart wine bars. Feast on modern South African cuisine at the 12 Apostles’ coveted Azure Restaurant on night one of Luxury Gold’s Spectacular South Africa vacation. The menu fuses organic ingredients with the freshest seafood, plucked straight from the sea. Raise a glass of award-winning wine from the nearby Bouchard Finlayson Winery and toast to the exciting journey ahead.
Discover raw natural beauty and captivating history on Luxury Gold’s thrilling vacations this summer, all of which stay at The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s exceptional hotels.