Marriott Partners With Quintessentially To Encourage Luxury Road Trips This Fall


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Marriott has joined forces with high-end concierge company Quintessentially, to pull together a series of road trip options for travelers that may prefer to vacation closer to home or for those who would still like to travel but who would like to see more of the regions they’re visiting. Each of the curated itineraries includes stays at some of Marriott’s top properties in the US and Europe.

To find out the prices of each itinerary you have to email in your preferences via this webpage so I have no idea how much these road trips cost, but given that they all only include properties affiliated to the higher-end brands in Marriott’s portfolio (EDITON, Ritz-Carlton, St Regis, etc…), and that they include some pretty unique experiences, it’s probably safe to say that these itineraries aren’t going to be cheap.

Quintessentially and Marriott have put together 9 separate itineraries (6 in the United States and 3 in Europe) and each appears to offer something very different from the others. A little annoyingly these trips only appear to be available through October…but there’s nothing to say that Quintissentailly and Marriott won’t be flexible if you ask nicely.

These are the itineraries on offer – you’ll notice that they vary considerably in length.

USA Itineraries

Best of The Sunshine State (Florida)

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Journey deep into the Everglades aboard an airboat
  • Private seaplane experience from Miami to Key West
  • Tour of 3 fine art galleries in downtown Naples with local art expert
  • Sunset sail around Naples
  • Take a luxury yacht to explore the coast of Sarasota
  • Sunset electric bike tour of historical downtown Sarasota

The Classic (California)

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Private sunset sailboat cruise around the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Champagne toast in private seaplane overlooking the San Francisco Bay
  • Mountain biking in Santa Barbara with local pro biker
  • Private kayaking in the Channel Islands
  • Surf the Laguna Niguel coast with a world competitor surfer
  • Explore the art community of Laguna Niguel and make your own masterpiec

The Rockies (Colorado)

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Drive a supercar down the canyons of Denver
  • Private hike through the Boulder Flatirons
  • Fly fishing in Vail Valley’s Eagle River
  • Hike the backcountry of Vail Valley with a llama
  • Mountaintop yoga in Aspen
  • Supper beneath the stars on Snowmass Mountain

Country To Coastal (California)

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Dusk kayaking in Lake Tahoe with a private guide
  • Private boat trip and lunch on Lake Tahoe
  • Private city tour in San Francisco in your own cable car with a local guide
  • Champagne toast in a private seaplane overlooking San Francisco at sunset
  • Surfing lesson with a world competitor surfer in Half Moon Bay
  • Horseback riding and private photo-shoot session on the beach at Half Moon Bay

Rancho Mirage To The Sonoran Desert (Arizona/California)

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Horseback riding along the historic Agua Caliente Indian Reservation
  • Mountain biking in Palm Springs
  • Behind the scenes of Scottsdale’s art and culinary scene
  • Experience a classic cattle drive in Scottsdale
  • Explore the Colossal Cave Park with a geologist
  • Graffiti tour and lesson with a local mural artist in Tucson

Deep South To The Music (Georgia, North Carolina & Tennessee)

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Kayak tour through Savannah’s Ebenezer Creek
  • Tea tasting trip to Charleston
  • Picnic at Charlotte’s Duke’s Mansion
  • Learn the slow methods barbecuing meat from a pitmaster
  • Build your own guitar in Nashville
  • Learn the story of Jack Daniels and his world-famous whiskey

European Itineraries

The Dolomites To Lake Geneva (Austria, Italy & Switzerland)

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Enjoy a private yoga lesson in the mountains
  • Hike the mountains with a private guide
  • Bike tour of Salzburg
  • Walking tour of Mozart’s Salzburg
  • Private boat ride on Lake Geneva
  • Visit to the Patek Philippe Museum with a private guide

Classic Italy (Italy)

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Guided walking tour of classic Venice
  • Private boat trip on the Venice lagoon and visit to Murano glassblowing factories
  • Afterhours tour of Florence by river cruise
  • Tour of the exclusive Palazzo Corsini followed by a visit to the Villa Torrigiani, Europe’s largest private garden
  • Early morning, private visit to the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided baroque passeggiata in Rome

Gastronomy Of The Basque Region

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Included In The Itinerary:

  • Exclusive meal in one of San Sebastian’s members-only cooking clubs
  • Learn to cook traditional Basque dishes under the guidance of a private chef
  • Explore the Rioja wine region via bicycle
  • Tour Europe’s finest Rolls-Royce collection, housed in a medieval tower

Bottom Line

Booking these road trips through Marriott/Qunitissentailly will probably only appeal to a small number of people but the itineraries and the routings can still be very useful to give more independent travelers an idea of what can be done and what regions may be interesting to visit. Personally speaking, I’d love to do a road trip that included Florence and Rome (I’ve visited Venice relatively recently) as well as other parts of Europe too, so combining aspects of the Classic Italy road trip with the Dolomites To Lake Geneva road trip would be a very appealing option….although I may have to check out a few hotels that aren’t quite as expensive as some that these road trips suggest!

Would you consider doing any of these trips?

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