Top 20 Bucket List Travel and Events for the Ultimate Luxury Experiences in 2024

What are the finest Bucket-List trips you’re longing to give—and take? We pick our favourites, from London to Venice on the Orient-Express to a luxury Alaskan cruise before the glaciers melt. These are dreams that stay with you for life. Here we list the very best.

1. Alaska Cruise
The raw, unspoiled beauty of the ultimate wilderness is almost overwhelming. Glaciers, whales, bears and wildlife in all directions. See it all now in luxury, before the glaciers melt and it is too late. Regent Seven Seas arrange the best six-star Alaska cruises, and CountryClubuk the best rates.

2. London to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The iconic Bucket-List train journey. The ‘king of trains, the train of kings’, the one that relaunched luxury train travel back in 1982 is still the benchmark of quality. Even Agatha Christie never knew it could be this glamorous. Belmond own and operate the historic train, CountryClubuk Members enjoy the best rates on this and all the Orient-Express journeys.

3. Stay in the Monet Suite at The Savoy London
Overlook the River Thames from where Impressionist painter Claude Monet was inspired to paint ‘The Thames Below Westminster’ and many more of his Thames canvases. Monet was fascinated by this view. Capture the moment by staying the night in the Monet Suite—and any other room or suite at this famous London hotel.

4. The Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot
Only Royal Enclosure badge holders are allowed into the hallowed enclosure at the Royal Ascot race meeting, to rub shoulders with the British Monarchy and their invited guests. Join our party and you too can enjoy the most prestigious race meeting from the most privileged enclosure.

5. Centre Court at Wimbledon
To be there in person on Centre Court during Wimbledon Fortnight in the exclusive debenture holders’ seats is a quintessentially British experience. We have again secured debenture tickets at exclusive advantageous rates for CountryClubuk Members for every day of the 2023 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on Centre Court and No1 Court.

6. Chelsea Flower Show on RHS Members Day
The grand event of the season is this, the mecca of gardening. The cream of British and international horticulturalists fill the 11 acres of the Christopher Wren-designed Royal Hospital grounds. The true gardener will want to see the exhibitions at their best, on the exclusive Royal Horticultural Scoiety members-only opening day—always considered the only civilised way to see the great floral feast. This is the day we book for our Members.

7. Cartier Queen’s Cup Final at Guards Polo Club
Be a guest of Guards Polo Club at the prestigious Cartier Queen’s Cup Final. This, the jewel in the polo calendar, it encapsulates the best of the British season. Our Members are invited alongside Guards Polo Club members for this great sporting and social highlight of the year.

8. The White Continent
An unforgettable five-star Arctic expedition cruise to the Land of the Polar Bear with the Polar specialists, Ponant. Sailing on a luxury mega-yacht you will experience, up close, the Arctic at its most exuberant: ice-choked fjords, soaring icebergs, tundra flowers in bloom, and wildlife in its natural habitat: Beluga whales, walruses, Arctic fox—and the king of the Arctic, Polar bears, hunting in the midnight sun. Or see the Antarctic in the footsteps of Shackleton … these Polar expeditions are the stuff of dreams.

9. England international rugby match at Twickenham
To see England play at Twickenham is a bucket-list match for rugby fans. CountryClubuk Members can bag tickets for most matches.

10. Diving and fishing in the Maldives
On what could be the most exclusive holiday of its kind, you’ll stay on a pristine island to explore some of the world’s least-visited dive sites. Expect brilliant corals, schooling barracuda, rays and sailfish. Or you can relax, sunbathe and swim, leaving time to see the resident masseuse.

11. Salmon fishing on one of the world’s great rivers
Fish for salmon in the footsteps of the ‘Salmon Lords’ on the Namsen, Norway, one of the world’s great salmon rivers. Renowned for its big fish, catching a 30 to 50-pounder is a genuine possibility and a bucket-list moment for a fisher.

12. Champagne Lunch at The Ritz
Some take tea at this iconic London hotel. But the quintessential way to enjoy the Ritz cuisine as a Ritz insider is to lunch in the famous Michelin-Star restaurant at a window table with—if you are a CountryClubuk Member—you can enjoy with a complimentary glass of Champagne to welcome you. For the perfect finale, stay the night at exclusive CountryClubuk rates.

13. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
The extraordinary talents of Raymond Blanc draw food lovers to this chef d’oeuvre of the art de vivre. Fans and scrutinising food critics alike regard his celebrated manor-restaurant as one of the best in the world, a niche of French perfection in the English Cotswolds. For the perfect bucket-list event, book for dinner and stay the night—perfection!

14. A diamond ring in London’s Hatton Garden
To possess a precious gemstone ring from Hatton Garden without it costing the earth can literally be the stuff of dreams for many of us. CountryClubuk work with Hatton Garden to make those dreams come true.

15 Visit Machu Picchu for the gateway to the Inca empire in Peru
Once you understand the cosmology, the sacred sites of Peru take on a new dimension. On this trip, discover the gateway to the Inca empire in Machu Picchu and its connection to the cosmos. To see this sacred site before the tourist crowds, stay in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel close to Machu Picchu and the best in the world for easy access to the site. Or take a Regent Seven Seas cruise to Lima with a post-cruise excursion to Machu Picchu.

16. Private Caviar Tasting with the Queen of Caviar
Laura King MBE is regarded as the UK’s leading caviar expert. She has sourced the finest caviar for more than two decades and supplies the Royal Palaces and Michelin Star restaurants among others. Sample seven varieties of exquisite caviar in an exclusive tasting led by Laura King herself. Or enjoy the best caviar any time as a Club Member at exclusive preferential prices.

17. The Royal Scotsman train
There is no finer way to view the Scottish Highlands than from the restored vintage carriages of the Royal Scotsman. Travelling through mountains and glens, beside loughs and seas in romantic Edwardian elegance on little used railway lines, visiting private castles and sporting estates, you will be aboard one of the world’s most exclusive trains. A palace on wheels, with seamless service and sublime cuisine,  the wine list surpassed only by the whisky tastings.

18. An Italian Grand Tour
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Italian Villeggiatura in a latter-day Grand Tour of Italy’s most iconic destinations. Stay in the Renaissance city of Florence, in Venice, or Portofino on the Italian Riviera, Ravenna on the Amalfi Coast, Etna in Sicily, all from an historic luxury hotel.

19. The Big Five in Africa
Whatever your heart desires, CountryClubuk can steer you to the most appropriate lodge to choose for the adventure of your dreams. It may be a safari for the soul in privately owned Garonga, or the Okavanga Delta, or more. This is the gift of Nature.

20. A Grand Cru Cruise
Cruise to Bordeaux with Château Latour as your guide. Or journey through Burgundy sampling from the 33 Grand Cru vineyards in the region. As you enjoy the slower pace of life on the water, take exclusive tours of Châteaux and be joined on-board by wine experts who offer years of experience and knowledge on the special Grand Cru vines. For wine lovers, this is the stuff of dreams.

CountryClubuk Members receive all these and more at exclusive rates, in some cases saving literally thousands of pounds.

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