To celebrate the state festivities for HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, which took place on June 11, 2016, TTC (The Travel Corporation) has compiled a guide to the best royal vacation and leisure experiences from across its family of award-winning brands. 

High TeaCourtesy of The Travel Corporation

Live like Royalty for a weekend
Ever wondered what it would be like to experience London like a Royal? Horse-drawn carriage rides, sophisticated afternoon teas and regal suites? Well now is your chance! To commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations this year, The Rubens at the Palace, the hotel situated closest to Buckingham Palace, is offering a magnificent, 3-night Live like Royalty hotel package, including a commemorative Royal Afternoon Tea, a horse-drawn carriage ride around London, regal accommodation in the hotel’s Royal wing, and a gourmet four-course dinner, with the finest cuts from the same butcher that supplies the kitchens at Buckingham Palace.

Rubens at the PalaceCourtesy of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

The Rubens at the Palace’s 3-night Live like Royalty package costs from £1,527 and includes a daily breakfast. (Suites will be charged at a supplement, depending on the requested suite category.) For more information please visit www.rubenshotel.com

Enjoy a Royal Afternoon Tea
To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday festivities, The Rubens at the Palace has launched a Royal Afternoon Tea with some delicious, well researched and much-loved favourites of various British Royals throughout ages. Served overlooking the Royal Mews, this unique afternoon tea concept features a selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches such as Coronation Chicken Bridge Roll, Fillet of Beef Castle of Mey with Horseradish Cream and, of course, the classic Cucumber and Cream Cheese. Also included are delicious sweet treats, including freshly baked Orange Scented Scones served with Citrus Curd, and homemade Jam Pennies – one of the Queen’s favourites. The Rubens’ twist on the Chocolate Biscuit Cake that William and Catherine served at their wedding reception is boxed up as a takeaway gift for guests. Guests can also choose from a selection of regally-approved beverages including the Queen’s tipple, Gin and Dubonnet; Prince Phillip’s favourite English bitter, Boddingtons; and Prince Charles’ 50:50 Martini.

The Royal Tea at The Rubens costs £32 per person; booking is advised. The tea is also included within the Live like Royalty package (above). For more information please visit www.rubenshotel.com or call 020 7834 6600.

Uniworld River BeatriceCourtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Meet a real life princess with Uniworld’s Monarch Collection
Synonymous with luxury, Uniworld has created specialist Monarch Collection departures, which give an in-depth exploration of Europe’s aristocratic heritage and a unique perspective of the life and times of royalty past and present. The cruise includes a visit to Artsetten Castle in Austria, where guests are hosted by Princess Anita von Hohenberg, the great-granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie von Hohenberg, for a champagne reception in her regal home. The Monarch Collection is available exclusively on select 2016 & 2017 European Jewels and Enchanting Danube itinerary departures.

The 7-night Enchanting Danube river cruise includes luxurious facilities; all meals and unlimited beverages onboard, including a wide range of dining experiences, premium spirits and fine wines; a broad range of onshore excursions; wellness on the water experiences; all transfers on arrival and departure days and excellent service, with a staff to guest ratio of two to one. For more information about Uniworld, please visit https://www.uniworld.com/.

Insight French EleganceCourtesy of Insight Vacations

Stay by the Palace of Versailles with Luxury Gold
Insight Vacations has introduced Luxury Gold, bringing new and unsurpassed levels of luxury to the escorted vacation sector; offering the finest hotels, private access to sights and attractions, with VIP and “behind closed door” experiences, plus Michelin starred dining on all European trips. On the 15-day Luxury Gold French Elegance itinerary guests will stay at one of France's finest luxury retreats, the Trianon Palace, Versailles, just steps away from the royal Château de Versailles. There guests can take the opportunity to visit the imposing palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and stroll through the magnificent state apartments and the opulent Hall of Mirrors.

Guests will experience luxury 5-star accommodation, breakfast daily, plus signature dining experiences and a meal at the Michelin-starred La Dauphin Restaurant, VIP airport transfers, sightseeing, luxury coach transportation with business class legroom, and the services of a Travelling Concierge throughout. For more information, please visit www.insightvacations.com.

TrafalgarCourtesy of Trafalgar Tours

Explore Germany’s castles
Germany is a country teeming with castles, and Trafalgar’s 12-day Best of Germany trip reveals the best. Twinning historical castle visits with the stunning scenery of the Rhine, Black Forest and Bavarian Alps, highlights include the Rococo styled Zwinger Palace in Dresden; King Ludwig’s fairy-tale 19th Century castle at Neuschwanstein; Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps; and the medieval hillside fortress, Castle Liebenstein, overlooking the Rhine below.

Included in the trip is 11-nights’ hand-picked 4 and 5-star hotel accommodation, daily breakfast and additional delicious dining experiences, must-see sightseeing, an expert Travel Director, comfortable coach transportation with complimentary Wi-Fi, and airport transfers. For more information please visit www.trafalgar.com.

Stay in a 17th Century French Château with Contiki
Contiki, the leader in youth travel for 18-35 year olds, has a Special Stopover site at their own Château de Cruix on many of its French trips, situated among the green rolling hills and vineyards of the famous Beaujolais Wine Region of Southern France. From here, guests can spend days exploring pretty French villages, wine tasting with Contiki’s resident experts, or hanging out by the pool; and then dancing until dawn in the Chateau’s exclusive nightclub.

Stay at Château de Cruix on Contiki’s 14-day European Highlights, a high energy trip that crams as much of Europe as possible into two weeks! Visiting France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria (in transit), Germany, Netherlands and Belgium (in transit), the trip includes sightseeing, walking tours and scenic drives. Trip includes 13 nights’ accommodation, one of which is spent in Contiki’s Château de Cruix; daily breakfasts and seven dinners; ferry crossings; modern, air-conditioned coach transportation; sightseeing; and an experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team. For more information, please visit www.contiki.com.

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