August 18, 2015
Most people love going on vacation, but that’s not to say there aren’t annoyances that pop up while on the road. Whether it’s long security lines at the airport, navigating a foreign city in a different language or trying to squeeze one more stop into an already-packed itinerary, travel has its share of inconveniences. One of the biggest of those challenges is waiting in long lines at popular tourist destinations around the globe, sweating or shivering on a sidewalk while trying to get into an exhibit, a restaurant or a monument.
The good news: No matter how popular a destination, Mitch-Stuart can help. Our fundraising auction travel packages take donors around the world, of course, but they can also help supporters skip the lines for unique, private experiences in some of our favorite cities.
While the types of resorts with which Mitch-Stuart deal with aren’t the sort to have thin walls or other inconveniences associated with over-crowding, travelers still find it nice to be staying on their own on occasion. In two of our favorite international destinations, that privacy is also given a luxurious upgrade. The “Under the Tuscan Sun” package comes with a seven-night stay in a stunning, five-bedroom private villa in a restored 16th century Italian manor, along with a private driver and even one evening with a private chef. In Southeast Asia, meanwhile, the “Bali’s Breathtaking Beauty” package includes seven nights at the Bali Double V Villa, with three bedrooms and a private pool.
Getting away from crowds isn’t just for retiring for the evening, either. Anyone who has ever stood in a long line at a tourist attraction knows that long wait times can cut into not just the enjoyment of the sight being seen, but also curb the number of sights that can be seen. In a city like Paris, it can be tough to escape the mobs of visitors … unless traveling on one of our trips to the City of Lights. We can send your supporters on private, evening tours of the Louvre, led by guides who can transform a simple walk around an exhibit into an engrossing history lesson, all while checking out the works of da Vinci, sculptures from Greece and Rome and even early Egyptian art. For those more interested in getting outside, a private nighttime tour of the city’s famous sights may be in order. It includes a cruise along the River Seine and a gourmet dinner, as well.
Along with long lines, the winery tours in California’s wine country can also involve some unfortunate encounters with those whom have overindulged. Cut them out of the picture with one of our private winery tours, available on several of our vino-based trips. Donors can ride in chauffeured luxury sedans between stops, and the entire itinerary can be based around their personal preferences. One of our favorite packages, “Indulge in the Ultimate Wine Country Excursion,” even includes a private lunch with some of the region’s vinters themselves, meaning that supporters can combine drinking and learning.
Want to help your donors avoid the crowds? Reach out to a Mitch-Stuart travel expert today!