Welcome to Oxford, the “city of dreaming spires”, famous for its academia. Home for centuries to royalty and scholars, the city is now a cosomoplitan mix of historic and modern, providing plenty to do. Visitors to the city can see its historic buildings, colleges and museums, take in a show, partake in a delicious meal, or shop til they drop- Oxford has it all.
In addition to the world-famous Oxford University, nearby is Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and masterpiece of Baroque architecture. In fact, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The Palace sits on more than 2000 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens, which were carefully planned out to appear natural.
Once you have made your way to Oxford and checked into the hotel for tonight, settle in, then come to the lobby, where the group will meet for our Opening Night Dinner.Tonight we will enjoy a delicious meal while sharing aviation stories and getting to know our travel companions. We will also discuss routing and weather for our week long adventure through Europe.
DAY 2 - 3
Hertelendy Kastely, Hungary
We will begin the day with breakfast at the hotel and a weather and route briefing. Your flight plan will be filed for you by our instructor staff.
The first leg takes us from Oxford to Hungary. Along the way we will stop for lunch in Germany, before making our way to Hertelendy Kastely Hotel, a beautifully renovated mansion turned resort just 2 ½ hours from Budapest. We will land at LHKU, private airfield to Hertelendy, and get whisked away to the hotel via a horse drawn carriage. Enjoy the serenity of the exquisite rooms, the delightful grounds, and the exceptional service.
We'll have a delicious dinner made with organic ingredients from the local garden, consisting of traditional as well as gourmet cuisine. Relax, enjoy, and share stories about the day of flying with your fellow travelers.
Day three will begin with a lovely breakfast before heading out to experience what the resort has to offer, which includes a spa, outdoor activities such as golf and tennis, and even hunting and horseback riding. You will find that nature and well-being are the theme of Hertelendy.
After your day of activity, relax in your room or take a stroll around the grounds before preparing for another sumptuous gourmet dinner. We will discuss our upcoming route into and over Italy before you retire for the evening.
DAY 4 - 5
Lido - Venice, Italy
After breakfast we will say farewell to Hungary and head west, crossing into Italian territory. After parking at the airfield on Lido, an 11km sandbar in Venice with a beautiful grass runway on the north end, we will head to the hotel. After checking in, join us for a walking tour of Venice, followed by dinner on the water.
Day five will be a do as you please day. Relax on the beach with a book, take a nap, rent a bike or scooter to tour Lido, or head over to Venice via the water taxi for further exploration. Today’s meals and activities will be on your own, at your leisure.
DAY 6 - 7
After breakfast and a weather and route briefing, we will depart Lido, doing some sightseeing from the air, travelling north toward the Alps for a tour around Lago di Garda and Lake Como.
Our final destination of the journey is Il Borro, an historic estate and winery belonging to the Ferragamo family, located in San Giustino Valdarno, Tuscany. Upon arrival at the grass airfield you will feel as if time has stood still (other than the fact that you arrived in your modern Cirrus!), as you gaze upon a 700 acre oasis in the image of a medieval village, complete with farms and villas. Take a moment to enjoy your suite, each unique space designed with exquisite attention to detail, and containing both traditional touches and modern comforts, before enjoying dinner at the Bistro.
Day seven will be a day to do as you please. After a breakfast resplendent in the flavor of the Tuscan countryside, experience what Il Borro has to offer. The estate has many activities, including spa treatments, wine cellar tours, golf, horse riding, and even a permanent art exhibit housing Ferruccio Ferragamo’s private collection. Or take the time to relax in the infinity swimming pool overlooking the medieval town. You can also take a walk, discovering the enchantment of the Tuscan landscape between the vineyards and hills. Take a moment to stop for lunch and enjoy the estate and its surroundings.
If you wish, you can arrange for the concierge to set you up for an excursion into Florence or Rome with your own private driver. Sightsee, shop, eat- Italy has so much to offer.
We will meet for a group dinner on this our last night together, during which time we can partake in exceptional food, delicious wine, and laughter as we share stories of the time we had on our trip.
After breakfast, we will prepare for departure from Il Borro and say farewell. We are here to assist you, whether you are continuing on to another destination or to your home base. If you would like to extend your stay, we can help make the arrangements for you to do so.
Included in this trip
7 nights accommodations
1 night in Oxford
2 nights in Hungary
2 nights in Lido
2 nights in Tuscany
Breakfast each morning
Dinner on 6 evenings (day 5 exception)
Lunch on 5 days (day 5 exception)
Wine Tour at Il Borro
Skeet Shooting and Carriage rides at Hertelendy
Aircraft tie down fees
CSIP Instructor in your aircraft
Additional activities are available through the resorts.
The Flight Academy will not fly or sanction flight in weather that is unsafe or for which the Cirrus is not rated. The weather at our departure location and our destination must be above published minimums in order for us to launch.
In the event weather does not permit a flight to take place as scheduled, the Flight Academy will attempt to find an alternate route that allows for a safe execution of the flight. If the weather causes the trip to be cancelled, no refund will be offered. Any additional expenses incurred during the trip due to foul weather will be the responsibility of the customer.