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2022 Live Auction Experiences

First Descents is excited to offer an incredible lineup of adventure and travel experiences at the 2022 First Descents Ball. Read on below for more information about this year’s Live Auction experiences including France, Italy, Botswana, Thailand, and Beaver Creek, Colorado.

LUXURY SAFARI adventure FOR two in botswana 

Experience a 6 night safari adventure in Botswana for two with Wilderness Safaris, the leading ecotourism operator in Africa. Wilderness Safaris offers best-in-luxury camps that offer guests private access to over five million acres of pristine wildlife.

Start your trip with 2 nights at Qorokwe situated in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, a region iconic for wildlife viewing. You’ll enjoy a private tented suite with indoor/outdoor showers, private decks, an expansive swimming pool, and multiple living and dining areas.

Followed by 2 nights at Kwetsani located in the middle of the Jao concession. Kwetsani boasts luxurious “treehouse” style chalets, each with spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and lounges. Kwetsani’s location ensures an unparalled wildlife viewing experience.

End your trip with 2 nights at DumaTau located in the nearby Linyanti concession. Linyanti offers a unique range of habitats including swamps, woodlands, and floodplains making it a hotspot for zebra, giraffe, and buffalo as well as lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog.

To view a full sample itinerary of this one-in-a-lifetime adventure, click HERE.

*This experience is redeemable between November 30, 2022 and April 30, 2023, excluding the holidays (December 15th- January 5th).*

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If you’d like to learn more about Wilderness Safaris and this exciting offering, please mark your calendars for a special 20 minute Q & A session on Monday, March 28th @ 1:30 PM-2 PM EST with Gabriella Gentil, the Senior Manager of Client Relationships. Gabi will be sharing more about the history and mission of Wilderness Safaris, diving into details of the safari auction trip, and will be able to answer any questions participants may have. Katherine Coe, FD’s new Development Coordinator, will also be on the call to make introductions!

 

The link to the Q & A is: https://zoom.us/j/7537291582?pwd=ZlZGSlBTMEljTmYxOEJ4OEVHcitIZz09
Meeting ID: 753 729 1582
Passcode: botswana

Bask and Bike in Burgundy, France

Enjoy 7 days / 6 nights for 6 people in Burgundy, France where history, exceptional wines, and gastronomy unite, and Renaissance châteaux and medieval castles stand tall amongst the vineyards that blanket the countryside.

Bask in the wine-soaked glory during your stay in a beautifully restored 4-bedroom stone villa that dates to the 17th century. Just a few minutes walk from the center of Beaune, the quiet location is ideal for discovering Burgundy, as well as relaxing after a long day with a glass of wine.

You’ll also enjoy a half-day private bike tour of Beaune, which includes an incredible wine tasting.

Utilities, midweek and final cleaning as well as concierge service included.

*Valid for 18 months, blackout dates may apply*

Discover Tuscany, Italy in a private Villa for Ten People

Immerse yourself in Tuscany, Italy for 8 days / 7 nights in a private villa for up to ten people.

From its ideal location in Cortona, you’re poised to explore the romance of the Italian countryside, alongside nearby Florence and Rome, and then relax in your beautifully restored 16th century 5-bedroom Italian manor featuring ensuite bathrooms with each bedroom, a private pool and simply stunning views over the rolling hills.

During your trip, you and your guests will enjoy a private dinner prepared by an Italian master chef and waiter at your villa, which includes a regional wine pairing.

Concierge service and assistance included.

*Valid for 18 months, blackout dates may apply*

Treat Yourself to a private villa in Phuket, Thailand

Savor every moment of your 8 days / 7 nights in your private, luxury 5-bedroom villa for up to 10 people! The villa has a complete staff and features an oversized private pool and outdoor areas for relaxation under the Thai sun.

Whether you seek world-class diving in the Andaman Sea, unforgettable sights on a boat trip through Phang Nga Bay or a spiritual visit to Wat Chalong, Phuket, Thailand is the perfect place to expand your horizons with your closest family and friends.

You and your guests will enjoy a private chef for your entire stay (guests are responsible for the cost of food prepared).

Round trip airport transfers, access to a luxury vehicle and driver for two full days, and villa concierge for additional activity bookings included.

*Valid for 18 months, blackout dates may apply*

ULTIMATE SKI VACATION AT THE Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Can’t get enough of the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch? Then this luxury experience is for you! Nestled among towering pines and majestic mountains, you’ll enjoy 5 nights in a Club Level King Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch for two people.

Your ultimate ski vacation comes with two lift tickets to Beaver Creek Mountain and Vail Mountain to experience some of the best skiing Colorado has to offer.

Enjoy a lavish dinner for two at The Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant, WYLD. And relax over a 60-minute signature treatment for two at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, a 21,000 square foot award-winning spa.

*This package is valid for the 2022/2023 ski season, black out dates may apply*