Earth Shaking | "Philanthropic Tourism" ™: Brag-Worthy Trip Packages to thrill even the most experienced traveler!
Kenya Safari Extravaganza | Masai Mara
7 days/6 nights begin in the cosmopolitan city of Nairobi with a day tour of hand feeding the gentle Rothschild giraffes at the Giraffe Center, interacting with orphaned elephants or rhinos at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and glimpsing into the former home of “Out of Africa” Karen Blixen --an overview of Kenya’s diverse conservation efforts and its colonial history. 3 nights luxury accommodations in a standard room at Panari Nairobi. A private vehicle (driver and guide) provide transportation to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Two photographic safaris per day included. One relaxing night at the lovely Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge and 3 nights at the Keekorok Lodge to continue the safari experience (standard room and full board with two private game drives/day). Game drives in the Masai Mara, one of the world’s natural wonders and an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem, are never dull. Patience is often rewarded with unique sightings: Lions and Cheetahs, large herds of Elephant, Buffalo, Zebras, and Giraffe! One million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Zebra and Gazelles move across the savanna in what is termed the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet!
- Package for Six People, Private Vehicle and Driver/Guide
- Reserve Price: $7,950.00
- Market Value: $30,000.00
- Package for Two People, Private Vehicle and Driver/Guide
- Reserve Price: $3,350.00
- Market Value: $13,000.00
Gorilla Trekking in the Mist | Rwanda
Voted #4 Overall and the #1 Destination in Africa on the list of The 30 Top Emerging Travel Destinations for 2020... “Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda: A Bucket-List Must!” Wall Street Journal November 7, 2019...Rwanda has recently been named the safest country in Africa by the World Economic Forum... The list of why Rwanda is the “it” place to go is lengthy but most famously for the opportunity to come face to face with the world’s most enrapturing creature—the protected mountain gorillas. 4 days/3 nights for two people. Inclusive of RT airport transfer, 1 night Kigali Serena Hotel (or similar) BB, city tour; 2 nights Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (or similar) FB, gorilla trekking park entrance fees of $1500pp included; private car/guide to all excursions, hotel and/or lodge.
- Package for Two People, Private Vehicle and Driver/Guide
- Reserve Price: $5595.00
- Market Value: $10,975.00
Belize for Chocolate Lovers | Punta Gorda
Belize is a hidden gem in Central America. Sparsely populated and ethnically diverse, the country is rich in natural wonders from the barrier reef and coastal cayes to the Maya Mountains and inland rain-forest. The Lodge at Big Falls is located in the southern district of Toledo, the Mayan heartland of Belize, and is the ideal base from which to explore this most unspoiled area of Central America. The lodge is situated on 30 acres comprised of manicured grounds and mature forest surrounding the main lodge, and the eight private guest cottages on the banks of the Rio Grande. Enjoy a rum cocktail, take a dip in the pool, or grab an inner tube and float down the Rio Grande that runs around the Lodge and relax in the natural hot springs that feed into the river. The Lodge offers Mayan culture, an abundance of tropical nature, with an intimate luxury experience. Winning bidders will enjoy 6 days/ 5nights accommodations inclusive of all meals (international and local cuisine, expertly prepared). Two chocolate making experiences form the central theme of the program activities. The one is a local Mayan farmer and his wife who have created Ixcacao, an artisanal chocolate manufacturer. The other, a boutique chocolate maker managing the entire process from farm to bean to bar. Winners will also visit a spice farm growing vanilla, cardamom and black pepper and a host of other spices. Learn the traditional Mayan way of life with a local family, tour the Mayan ruins, and more.
- Package for Two People
- Private Driver/Guide for Off Site Excursions in the Provided Itinerary
- Reserve Price: $2,710.00
- Market Value: $5,650.00
Cape Wine Experience | South Africa
Sir Francis Drake called it THE FAIREST CAPE IN THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE EARTH‚ and the British called it THE TAVERN OF THE SEAS. Cape Town the oldest city in South Africa is fondly called THE MOTHER CITY of South Africa. Table Mountain has been declared one of the modern Natural Seven Wonders of the World. The winelands and the elegant estates surpass all expectations. Six days, 5 nights for two people. Three-night accommodations at the Winchester Mansions, Cape Town and two nights at Devon Valley Hotel in Stellenbosch (or similar)—includes meals and activities as per the provided itinerary.
- Package for Two People, Private Driver in the Winelands
- Reserve Price $3200.00
- Market Value: $6200.00
Cayuco Villa 33, "Las Golondrinas" | Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Las Golondrinas, "The Swallows"-- A privately-owned multi-million dollar 5 Bedroom/7 Bath villa in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic is situated between two Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses (Punta Espada and the soon to be developed Las Iguanas). A golfer? great!—if not, do not worry—there is much to enjoy while staying at the villa-- including: private pool and jacuzzi, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, private chef/butler, maid and concierge. Nearby are pink coral beaches with turquoise blue Caribbean waters lapping the shore, spa services, and more. Is this a golfer’s package, a girls’ getaway, or a family vacation?
Winners enjoy private poolside salsa, merengue, bachata dance lessons one evening (included). Simply relax and enjoy the attention of the staff and privacy of the villa, or arrange for golf or off-site excursions. 5 days/4 nights for 6 people inclusive of airport transfers, luxury accommodations at the villa including 3 bedrooms** with ensuite baths, full staff (maid, chef/butler, concierge). Additional nights and guests can be added post event. **Villa can sleep up to 16. Auction package includes 3 of the 5 bedrooms—the other two bedrooms can be unlocked for an additional cost.
- Package for 6 People
- Reserve Price: $3,900.00
- Market Value: $11,860.00
Zanzibar | Spice Islands
The spice isle of Zanzibar, drifting in the lapis-lazuli waters of the Indian Ocean, is fringed by coconut palms, and redolent of clove, coriander and frangipani. Just 23 miles off the eastern coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is an archipelago of historic Indian Ocean Islands, awash with atmosphere, intrigue, and idyllic tropical experiences. A traveler’s delight of history, culture, and hedonism. It is the perfect place to relax after an exhilarating safari, climbing Kilimanjaro, or a glorious paradise for honeymooners! 6 days/5 nights B&B for TWO people inclusive of luxury accommodations in a standard room at the lavishly restored Zanzibar Serena Beach Hotel (a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World) situated on Zanzibar’s seafront deep in the heart of legendary Stone Town—formerly two historic buildings: the early 19th century Extelcom Building and the Chinese Doctor’s House (An old Arab house possibly predating Stone Town itself!). Private guided excursions to Stone Town, and to the Spice Farms to pick up a bit of saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, etc. (at the source!).
- Package for Two People, Driver/Guide for Included Excursions
- Reserve Price: $2,350.00
- Market Value: $4,800.00
“Kili Climb" Mount Kilimanjaro | Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro lies just 205 miles from the equator, in the country of Tanzania, near the border of Kenya. Two people will trek the Marangu route to Zebra Rocks and the base of Mawenzi Peak--nearly 13,000 feet above sea level. The climb is "bookended" (one night pre-trek, one night post-trek) by a stay at the exquisite Lake Duluti Lodge inclusive of breakfast and a $120 spa credit for post trek massages. Total of 5 day/ 4 nights for two people inclusive of hut accommodations, private porter, and chef prepared meals while on the mountain. Private driver for airport transfer and ground transportation, and all taxes and park entrance fees. No black out dates, subject to availability. ** A full summit extension to Uhuru Peak can be added by the winning bidder if desired at an additional cost. (2 more nights, climbing to 19,341 feet above sea level --higher difficulty.)
- Package for Two People, Personal Porter on mountain, Private Driver for ground transportation
- Reserve Price: $4475.00
- Market Value: $9350.00
Zulu Nyala Photo Safari | South Africa
Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve provides a unique bush experience in the heart of one of South Africa’s most diverse conservation regions. Nestled between the wilderness reserves of Mkuze, Hluhluwe, and St. Lucia, this lush stretch of paradise is home to a wide variety of game, from the majestic elephant to rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, the shy and beautiful Nyala buck that is endemic to the region, and the secretive leopard. A 6-night luxury safari experience at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge or Hemingway Tented Camp in Kwa Zulu Natal—inclusive of two photographic game drives/day with a staff of certified rangers and all meals showcasing the local cuisine. Relax poolside after a day of viewing the wildlife. Listen to the magical sounds of the African Bush at sundown while enjoying the renowned local wines or your favorite cocktail and knowing tomorrow will bring another day filled with the magic of Africa and the experiences of a lifetime!
- Package for Two People, Guide and Driver on Game Drives
- Reserve Price: $2,600.00
- Market Value: $5,950.00
Discover Northern Vietnam and Cambodia
Vietnam, a country a bit smaller than the state of California, is a treat for the senses bursting with visual, cultural, and culinary delights! Experience the northern regions including the picturesque and bustling city of Hanoi, the magic and stunning vistas of Ha Long Bay-- while on an overnight cruise on a beautiful wooden junk. Then discover Cambodia, adjacent to Vietnam but with its own distinct culture, food, and history. In Siem Reap, visit the Great City of Angkor Thom and the Bayon temple built in the 12th & 13th centuries, and the incredible temple of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven man-made wonders of the world! Then a day excursion to the Kompong Kleang floating village on Tonle Sap Lake and enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch at a local house in the village. 7 days/ 6 nights for two people, luxury accommodations inclusive of most meals as per the provided itinerary.
- Package for Two People, English Speaking Guide and Private Driver
- Reserve Price: $3760.00
- Market Value: $6100.00
Discover Northern And Central Vietnam
Vietnam, a country a bit smaller than the state of California, is a treat for the senses bursting with visual, cultural, and culinary delights! Experience the northern and central regions including the picturesque and bustling city of Hanoi, the magic and stunning vistas of Ha Long Bay-- while on an overnight cruise on a beautiful wooden junk, and the ancient coastal city of Hoi An a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and architecture. Be transported back in time as you walk the tree shaded streets of Hanoi, enjoy the scenery as you are transported to Ha Long Bay where you will board a luxury wooden junk for a relaxing over night cruise, including sumptuous meals of fresh seafood and visiting the floating village. Explore ancient coastal Hoi An Town with its quaint cobblestone streets and more than two century old Chinese houses. Take a bike or cyclo ride (transfer by private vehicle is also an option) to visit Tra Que the “village of vegetables” known for its special farming practices used for centuries and enjoy a local cooking class. 7 days/ 6 nights. Accommodations at the Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy, Classic Junk in Halong Bay, and Ancient House Village in Hoi An. Includes an English-speaking guide, private driver, and meals/activities as per the provided itinerary.
- Package for Two People, English speaking Guide and Private Driver
- Reserve Price: $2,070.00
- Market Value: $3,300.00
Royal Treatment at The Kentucky Castle | Versailles, KY
Once upon a time, an amazing property was built in Kentucky, the process and years it took are where the fairytale began. Voted the most beautiful hotel in Kentucky by Architectural Digest, the castle awaits! The award-winning restaurant features Farm to Table selections from the organic gardens of the castle grounds, pollinated by their hives of honey bees, and locally sourced meats. Take a dip in the salt water pool, indulge one of the services offered by the on-property spa. 2018 “Diner’s Choice” at Open Table, and the most romantic restaurant in Kentucky by Reader’s Digest.
• 4 days/3 nights and Choice of TWO of the following four activities at the castle:
1. Bourbon Sensory and Education Experience- The castle has their very own Bourbon Steward in Residence, Tim Nittle. He is the world’s only “Professor of Bourbon Studies” and he will lead you through a sensory journey, learning how to better appreciate bourbon and get the most out of America’s Drink!
2. Murder Mystery Dinner-Enjoy a farm to table dinner and put your detective hat on to solve the “who done it” interactive mystery (put on by “Murder and Merriment”) and win a prize!
3. Tour and Lunch- Get THE FULL TOUR of the castle and learn of the history, mystery, and heartbreaks that make up the story behind this iconic structure. Enjoy a farm to table buffet lunch in the ballroom after the tour.
4. Concerts at the Castle- Enjoy live music either on the rooftop, in the ballroom, or in the greenhouse, depending on the weather and the artist.
• One “off-property” excursion with Horse and Barrel Tours, Inc. enjoying lunch and your choice of 3 central Kentucky venues which might include bourbon distilleries, horse farms, wineries, historical sites, and local arts.
**Currently unavailable as package is being revised.
- Package for Two People, Private Driver for Included Excursions
- Reserve Price: $1495.00
- Market Value: $2475.00
Caleton Villa 16 | Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Luxurious “Caleton Villa 16”! --A privately owned, multi-million dollar 5 Bedroom/6 Bath villa on the 16th hole of the Punta Espada Golf Course-in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. Punta Espada Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus is the number one rated course in the Caribbean. A golfer? great!—if not, do not worry—there is much to enjoy while staying at the villa-- including: private pool and jacuzzi, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, private chef/butler, maid and concierge. Nearby are pink coral beaches with turquoise blue Caribbean waters lapping the shore, spa services, and more. Is this a golfer’s package, a girls’ getaway, or a family vacation? Relax poolside with a favorite beverage as the chef prepares all meals to perfection. Take in a few rounds of golf in the gorgeous sunshine cooled by Caribbean breezes. Is this a golfer’s package, a girls’ getaway, or a family vacation? The choice is up to the lucky auction winner. Simply relax and enjoy the attention of the staff and privacy of the villa, or arrange for golf or off-site excursions. 5 days/4 nights for 6 people inclusive of airport transfers, luxury accommodations at the villa including 3 bedrooms** with ensuite baths, full staff. Additional nights and guests can be added post event. **Villa can sleep up to 16. Auction package includes 3 of the 5 bedrooms—the other two bedrooms can be unlocked for an additional cost.
**Currently unavailable during property renovations.
- Package for Six People
- Reserve Price: $3,900.00
- Market Value: $11,700.00
Auction Shake Up occasionally modifies/updates the travel packages. We will confirm you have the most current version when you request the certificate/winner packet prior to the event.