To many sports enthusiasts, attending their favourite sporting event is the highlight of their holiday. Some would travel halfway around the world to feel the thrill from the stands or tick off their bucket lists.
True, these tournaments cost a small fortune. But to most avid fans, the joy and prestige of watching their favourite sports live deserve the splurge. Here are the top five luxury sporting events in Europe that are, without a doubt, worth the extravagance.
Wimbledon – Tennis
Widely regarded as the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon draws thousands of spectators each year, including celebrities from across the globe. The event usually takes place over two weeks, opening in early summer and closing with the single finals for men and women categories. One of its most popular traditions is all players must wear an all-white outfit throughout the match. Another is eating strawberries and cream, a practice that traces its roots to the Tudors.
With tickets ranging from £1,000 to £3,500, Wimbledon is not cheap. But it is a once-in-a-lifetime sporting events experience for many die-hard tennis fans. As a bonus, you get to discover the highlights of London, the host city, including its famed landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and fascinating museums.
St Andrews – Golf
From July 10th to 17th, the British Open is going back to where golf was born 600 years ago – on the grounds of the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland. Founded in 1860, the Open Championship is the world’s oldest golf tournament and one of the most esteemed. We know you are there for the sport, but St Andrews, with its stunning coastline and breathtaking beaches, makes a suitable setting for an idyllic getaway.
Still, the usually laid-back town will be abuzz with excitement as the Open nears and golf fans flock to the area. Be sure to secure your accommodations ahead of time as there is a limited number of places to stay. Check out Auchterarder House, which offers excellent lodging for up to 20 people.
Paris – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
First held on October 3, 1920, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is one of the leading international horse races. The competition runs about one and a half miles (over 2,400 metres) in Longchamp, Paris, and is open for horses at least three years old. Since its onset several decades ago, the competition has attracted hundreds of entries from nations across Europe and other parts of the world.
With an impressive grand prize money of €5,000,000, the Arc is currently the second richest horse race on turf, behind Australia’s The Everest. Additionally, the Arc features the prestigious Arabian World Cup, open to purebred Arabian horses four years or older, with a cash reward of €1,000,000. The event traditionally takes place on the first Sunday in October.
Sardinia – Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta
As the new title sponsor of the Superyacht Regatta, Giorgio Armani has added chic and glamour to the gritty, albeit elite, boat race. This year’s competition takes place on the waters of Costa Smeralda, along the northeast coast of Sardinia. The view is incredibly stunning, but any staunch sailor knows that racing in the Sardinian waters is not for the faint of heart as the winds here tend to be stronger, and the jutting rocks require keen navigation skills. The competition is open to superyachts at least 90 feet in length and multihulls of a minimum of 50 feet long. Fun social events, such as parties, dancing and dining, usually cap the regatta.
Budapest – Grand Prix
Held every July, the Hungarian Grand Prix covers 70 laps of the Hungaroring, a 4.381-kilometre twisty motorsport racetrack in the village of Mogyoród near Budapest. With the venue’s dramatic circuit, excellent spectator viewing and easy-going atmosphere, the event is a unique and unforgettable experience for any avid F1 fan. One of the best sporting events.
Enjoy first-rate hospitality with a Budapest Grand Prix package that includes four grandstand tickets, return flights, private transfers to the airport, circuit transfers, and 3-night accommodations. If you want a truly luxurious holiday, go for the VIP package. Apart from the inclusions in the standard package, it offers perks, such as paddock walks, meet-and-greet with F1 drivers, gourmet food and drinks and a guided tour of the circuit.
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