As the astute Vanilla Ice once stated, “anything less than the best is a felony.” And no one wants a felony on their record…even if it’s just their travel record. Lucky for Brownell Travelers, our partners at NoteWorthy have the connections and pull to ensure our clients have the very best experiences – no long lines, fighting crowds, or generic tours here! So though you may not actually get arrested for an unexceptional trip, who wants to waste their precious leisure time on mediocrity? These insider experiences in the United Kingdom and Paris are sure to take your trip to a new level of awesomeness!
Feel like an aristocrat
What better way to feel like high society in England than to have tea in a private home. As you wind up the long driveway through the large wooden gates and approach the home designed by one of Britain’s renowned architects (it was their first commission!), you can’t help but imagine yourself in the days of Jane Austen. The owners will show you their amazing collection of art, which includes oil paintings and sculptures from the last 300 years. There are even signed Lithographs based on watercolors by members of the Royal Family and sketches by Nelson Mandela. Then, enjoy afternoon tea as the owners share wonderful stories about restoring this beautiful home and buying art from the Royal family.
Stonehenge is on many must-see lists, so we all know what that means – lines and crowds. But just like the London experiences, there is no standing in lines like the ordinary tourist when you travel with NoteWorthy and Brownell. Your NoteWorthy guide will drive straight up to the stones and share the history, and then you can continue on with your day – no time wasted in the queue!
Private Tour of the Roman Baths
Bath, England is famous for its Roman baths (yes – ancient Rome spread all the way to the UK!). 240,000 gallons of naturally hot water rise from the hot springs daily – a phenomenon that the Ancient Romans believed could only be the work of the gods. Naturally, they constructed a temple and a spa (or baths) in 60 AD.
And what better way to see this World Heritage Spa City (and one of the most popular sites in the UK) than to tour it with the Head of Heritage Services? You’ll walk where the Romans walked, seeing the Great Bath, the front of the Temple (one of the only two truly classical temples from Roman Britain), and the Sacred Spring – skipping lines and avoiding crowds along the way!
Behind the scenes experience at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
As the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland AND the tallest AND the largest church in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a highlight of any trip to Dublin. So why not go behind-the-scenes? Start your tour at the Door of the Order of St. Patrick, a completely private entrance, and then experience the highlights of the Cathedral from the ground to the top of the tower. As you explore the Cathedral, hear the history of it and understand the story of St. Patrick’s life as told in the stained glass windows whilst enjoy stunning views of Dublin from the roof. And for the literary fans, you can even opt for high tea in Dean Swift’s original home where Gulliver’s Travels was written.
Meet the Locals around the Lough
When in Ireland, hang with the Irish! Have an authentic experience as you spend time with charismatic locals. Taste local cheese and homemade whiskey while you relax in your new Irish BFFs’ home. You can also swim in the Lough and walk in the footsteps of Irish Immigrants who headed for a new life in America. And of course, no Irish experience is complete without getting to pull a pint of Guinness in a local Irish pub!
A private tour and drinks in a library founded in the early eighteenth century.
Calling all bookworms! While in Ireland, spend an evening enjoying drinks with old friends…and by old friends we mean a 300 year old library filled with books dating back to The Enlightenment. And this isn’t any old library – it is one of the very few 18th century buildings left in Dublin that is still being used for its original purpose. Your host will lead a discussion on Irish painters and publishers who traveled to the 13 colonies and the new Republic, and reveal who caused assorted kinds of mayhem!
Exclusive tour of the Louvre Underground Vaults
Far away from the crowds elbowing their way through the mob of tourists to see the Mona Lisa lies a totally different side to the Musée du Louvre: the Underground Vaults. Together with your NoteWorthy guide, an expert curator from the Louvre will escort you into the high security, top-secret art vaults stretching beneath the museum and far beyond. This experience is never available to the public and is dependent upon security checks…talk about exclusive!
Private Champagne Seine River Cruise
What is more Parisian than viewing the iconic Paris skyline while sipping Champagne in a private water taxi on the Seine? As you cruise past Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame and more with a chilled glass of vintage bubbles in hand, enjoy hearing stories and history from your NoteWorthy guide and charming captain. Très chic!
Exclusive Tour of a Scottish Palace and lunch hosted by the Viscountess
It’s not very often you get to visit a palace, let alone have a private tour. But with NoteWorthy, it’s the norm. Explore a 1500+ year old Scottish palace, starting with a private tour of the State Rooms. Then, complete the tour with a gourmet lunch in the State Dining Room by the Viscountess herself.
Forget your typical souvenir t-shirt or mug – after this trip to Scotland you can bring back something even better: bagpiping skills. Start by learning how Scotland’s national instrument is made. The owner of a historic shop in Edinburgh’s Old Town (and a noted bagpiper as well) will show you how they are made AND played! You might even want to have a go at playing the ‘chanter’ (finger work pipe) yourself.
Private whisky tasting with a ‘Keeper of the Quaich’
As the highest accolade available to a whisky connoisseur (the equivalent of a Master of Wine), the Keepers of the Quaich are true experts when it comes to whisky. So naturally, you need a Keeper of the Quaich to guide you through a private whisky tasting. Tailored to your specific tastes and interests, the tasting will help you understand the unique qualities of Scotch whisky. Cheers!