After a czar witnessed Baccarat’s work at an 1860s world’s fair, orders for crystal started streaming into the company from the Russian Court at a rate that required 1,000 workers to keep up with them. The world’s largest chandelier is a Baccarat masterpiece hanging in Istanbul’s gilded Dolmabahçe Palace. And in Japan, patrons of B Bar can order drinks served in Baccarat crystal glasses, to experience drinking from the exquisite vessels.
To pay proper tribute to its 250-year history, Baccarat has created the 12-night, $300,000 Baccarat Heritage Experience, which takes participants to France, Istanbul, Russia, and four other destinations for the ultimate crystal “cruise.” Private jets transport guests between cities to witness the crystal brand come to life. The journey begins in the best suite at Baccarat Hotel & Residences, New York, where guests are invited to afternoon tea in the grand salon surrounded by Baccarat finery. The next night, following an after-hours visit to Baccarat’s flagship boutique on Madison Avenue, chef Shea Gallante of the hotel’s restaurant Chevalier will personally cook for the travelers. With stops in Paris; Moscow; Tokyo; Lorraine, France; Istanbul; and Seoul, South Korea, guests will enjoy private tours, special meals, and showings of the most-spectacular crystal creations. Baccarat Maison Seoul, the journey’s final destination, opened in 2015 with the world’s largest collection of Baccarat chandeliers. (baccarathotels.com)