The Ultimate Celebration: Creating a Million Pounds worth of Memories

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There can be so many reasons for a big celebration - a significant birthday, an anniversary or a life event such as selling your business. So are you going to blow your budget on an overpriced bash that will be over in the blink of an eye, or take your nearest and dearest on an unforgettable holiday, storing up memories which will last a lifetime?

A dinner? Yes, that would be good, but everyone has to get home so before you know it, it's over. Well what about a dinner and overnight stay? Better, but will you have had the chance to speak to everyone? And what about the delights of introducing family to friends, of remembering the past and anticipating the future.

So sit back, and let your imagination run wild - we are going to create a Million Pounds worth of Memories.

Where will we go? Venice, of course, La Serenissima, the most romantic city in the world. How to get there? It has to be by train, on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, an overnight journey to Venice, with 48 of your very favourite people. The champagne flows from the moment you step on board, and a lavish dinner as you trundle southwards kicks off the party in style.

Ultimate Celebration - Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

On arrival, a fleet of private water taxis are waiting to whisk you off to the Aman Venice, a lavish 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, as sumptuous and romantic as the city itself, and home to museum-quality treasures including Tiepolo frescoes, gilded ceilings and centuries-old leather wall coverings. From the beautiful Palazzo bedrooms right up to the Grand Canal Suite, every room in the Palace is to be occupied by your group: this is your exclusive home for three days.

And what days they will be: exploring the city, taking spectacular helicopter flights over the Dolomites, and enjoying another extraordinary treat each evening: a night at the opera, an exclusive classical concert, a party in the gardens of your Palace, overlooking the canal, and a special dinner at the Locanda Cipriani in magical Torcello, away from the crowds.

Ultimate Celebration - Gondola, Venice, Italy

Now you're getting a taste for it, going home is not an option. Join the lovely Crystal Esprit, your private yacht for the week, totally dedicated to the needs of you and your party. Gather on deck as you sail down Giudecca, toasting farewell to lovely Venice, and anticipating the week to come.

Sail the beautiful Adriatic Coast to Dubrovnik for seven nights, visiting en route such gems as Opatija with its Belle-Epoque villas, Diocletian's Palace in Split, and the scented island of Hvar. In each port of call, a special surprise has been arranged for your guests, as you step ashore for a new experience every day.

Ultimate Celebration - Hvar Harbour, Croatia

Finally, you anchor in the bay at Dubrovnik with a glorious view of the city walls, and after the sun has set, a magnificent firework display marks the final night of your trip. The following morning, your private jet is waiting at Dubrovnik airport to whisk you all home.

Ultimate Celebration - City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Your million pounds will buy you:

  • Accommodation for 48 on the Venice Simplon-Orient- Express from London to Venice
  • Three nights at the Aman Venice for your exclusive use on full board, with a fleet of water taxis at your disposal
  • Seven nights exclusive charter of the Crystal Esprit
  • Private jet flight from Dubrovnik to London
  • All transfers and travel arrangements throughout
  • All meals, drinks and gratuities
  • Private tours in every port of call
  • Firework display in Dubrovnik
  • A million pounds worth of memories
Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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