Our sojourn through Europe begins in Versailles, once a small medieval seigniory, now evoking in the visitor's mind’s eye the golden glitter and magical sparkle of the Palace of Versailles. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Palace was the residence of three French kings, Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI, their courts, and the French government from 1682 to 1789. More than 4 million visitors every year enjoy the outstanding hospitality, top-notch accommodations, and delicious cuisine that Versailles has to offer.
We will begin our adventure with a guided tour of Versailles, where you will experience the luxury and splendor of the famous Palace. From there we will head to the hotel, where you can take time to relax in your room before we gather for a welcome dinner. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with your fellow travelers, sample some delicious cuisine, and wind down after a long day.
Tonight and tomorrow morning we will discuss the route and weather for the next adventure in our trip, our flight into Austria and Hungary.
Salzburg, Austria and 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 Versailles to Salzburg, Austria, home to the Flying Bulls and Red Bull Hangar-7, a museum containing a unique collection of historic aircraft and helicopters. We will be stopping over for lunch and touring the museum and of course taking a look at some of the Cirrus sponsored aircraft, before departing for our destination in Hungary.
We will land at LHKU, private airfield to Hertelendy Kastely Hotel, a beautifully renovated mansion turned resort just 50 minutes from Budapest. Enjoy the serenity of the exquisite rooms, the delightful grounds, and the exceptional service.
We'll have a delicious open kitchen bbq with Hungarian dishes. Relax, enjoy, and share stories about the day of flying with your fellow travelers.
Hertelendy Kastely, Hungary
Day 3 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 gourmet 4 course meal. We will discuss our upcoming route into and over Italy before you retire for the evening.
DAY 4 - 6
After breakfast we will say farewell to Hungary and head west, crossing into Italian territory. After parking at the airfield on Lido, an 11 km sandbar in Venice with a beautiful grass runway on the north end, we will head to the hotel, after which you will be on your own for the 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 to take in such sights as the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica, and Doge’s Palace. Have dinner at your leisure before returning to the hotel for the night. Or if you prefer, join us for a walking tour of Venice, and dinner at a location that catches our eye along the way.
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 Valardno, 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 6 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.
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
6 nights accommodations
1 night in Versailles
2 nights in Hungary
1 night in Lido
2 nights in Tuscany
Breakfast each morning
Dinner each evening
Tour and Lunch at Hangar 7
Wine Tour at Il Borro
Aircraft tie down fees
CSIP Instructor in your aircraft
Additional activities are available through theresorts.
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.