From Fabergé eggs to the Crown Jewels, travelers with the right access can make close studies of history’s precious pieces with the historians, archaeologists, and curators who conserve them. When everyone else goes home for the day, a select few linger in the world’s most iconic museums. Study the contours of the Mona Lisa’s
rosy cheeks with a curator at the Louvre Museum
, or walk beyond the crowds to stand face-to-face with a warrior of the Terra-Cotta Army in the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
in Xi’an, China
. Virtuoso travel advisor Jasmine Folden is an authority on arranging up-close-and-personal encounters with antiquities. Her greatest coup: “I once closed the Cairo Museum for a large family to dine with a famous archeologist.”
Imagine the anticipation of uncorking a Château Cheval Blanc Saint-Émilion 1947 or a Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 – bottles of which have sold for average sums of $135,000 and $500,000, respectively. While such wines might be nerve-wracking to open, leading Bordeaux and Napa winemakers are happy to pour and clink glasses with lucky guests at handsome vineyard estates.
It’s no surprise that several of the world’s hottest hotel suites sit at the loftiest heights – of buildings, cities, and price scales. Imagine a Shanghai suite on the 88th
floor with a private wine cellar. But the most lauded hotel accommodations in the world might be on the 16th
floors in Manhattan. At around $75,000 per night, everything about this 10,000-square-foot penthouse pampers and delights, from the living room that can be reconfigured into a ballroom to the rooftop atrium to the rare chocolates and personalized designer slippers at turndown.