Eolo | Patagonia Relais Chateau

I was in Patagonia earlier this month as part of a fabulous vacation in South America. After an incredible four days exploring the Chilean side of the border at The Singular in Puerto Natales (near Torres del Paine) we drove about 4.5 hours north (including the customs stop) to the Argentine side.  Just outside of the town of El Calafate, we were lucky to spend 2 nights at Eolo, a very small Relais & Chateau hotel (lodge?) in the middle of absolute nowhere.  Except that it is on the main road from El Calafate to the Perito Moreno glacier, the key draw to this area.

  • The location on the slopes of a hill affords views that are (again) breathtaking
  • Each room has expansive views to the pampa, a few cows, horses, birds & even a local pooch
  • The best food of our trip is included, and wine is very reasonably priced.
  • The staff was very helpful in arranging our tour to the Moreno Glacier, which is one of the coolest excursion I’ve ever done.  (See us in the crampons in the photos?).

From here, we flew north to Buenos Aires….. click through for pix of the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires and the Four Seasons Buenos Aires.

More photos of my trip are here on Flickr.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Crystal’s Northwest Passage 2017

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: CRYSTAL’S 2nd NORTHWEST PASSAGE in 2017!

Hot off the press from Crystal Cruises:

Today, we are thrilled to confirm that the 2017 Northwest Passage Explorer Cruise is the latest enhancement to Crystal’s robust roster of worldwide itineraries!

Due to continued strong demand for Crystal’s groundbreaking 2016 Northwest Passage expedition-style cruise, Crystal Serenity will once again transit the famed Northwest Passage on August 15 through September 16, 2017 on a 32-day grand expedition of this majestic route and region.

Do not miss a special Preview Sales period from March 1 through March 6 to sign up and book this voyage. A nominal $500 non-refundable deposit is all that’s needed for a coveted spot on this extraordinary adventure a full week before we officially open this for public sale on March 7.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Silver Cloud | Moving to Expedition Fleet

Dear Clients & Friends,

Silversea just announced the following:

SILVER CLOUD TO JOIN SILVERSEA’S EXPEDITION FLEET

Sep 17, 2015
Silversea Cruises will announce that it will move Silver Cloud to its luxury expedition fleet in November 2017. Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled to start in August 2017.

As an expedition ship, the all-suite Silver Cloud will accommodate 260 guests and also sail on itineraries to non-polar regions. When sailing Arctic and Antarctic itineraries, the guest complement will be restricted to 200. Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), and adheres to each organization’s guidelines to ensure sustainable tourism. These include such measures as limiting the number of guests going ashore in certain areas of the Arctic and allowing for a broader range of Antarctic landing sites for expedition ships with no more than 200 guests.

Silver Explorer’s polar expedition cruises have proven hugely popular with our guests,” said Enzo Visone, Silversea’s CEO. “By converting Silver Cloud into an ice-class ship for our expedition fleet, we will be better positioned to meet the increasing demand for comfortable adventure travel, particularly to the Arctic and Antarctica, places that are best explored by small ships specially equipped with ice-strengthened hulls.”

Silver Cloud will be the only luxury ice-class expedition ship offering five dining options: The Dining Room, the Relais & Châteaux® restaurant, La Terrazza, The Grill, and in-suite dining. The ship will have the highest space ratio and highest staff-to-guest ratio (nearly one to one) among luxury ice-class expedition ships. For the expedition team alone, there will be on average one team member guiding no more than twelve guests each. Plus the ship will be augmented by a fleet of 18 Zodiac crafts for up-close explorations.

The luxury expedition line currently has three all-suite expedition ships, Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Galapagos. Collectively, they explore over 500 far-flung destinations, from Africa, Australia’s Kimberley Coast, and the Russian Far East, to the Galápagos Islands, the British Isles, and the polar realms.

Guests are enriched by an onboard program of destination lectures, photo presentations, and daily recaps. Exploratory excursions are complimentary, and led by a team of experts, including marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists.

These expedition cruises offer a comfortable, intimate and convivial onboard lifestyle where guests can feel at home as they explore secluded lands. Guests enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and complimentary Wi-Fi for each guest.

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– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

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Le Boreal | Ship Visit and Comments

Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions invited me to visit their ship Le Boreal while it was in San Francisco today.

Two things immediately come to mind:  One – the itineraries this ship does are wild. This baby was coming from Europe via the Northwest Passage and down to Alaska. And she’s headed for several months of cruising in Antarctica.

And Two – this ship is gorgeous. It’s about as French chic as you can get and she’s luxurious.  And small – just over 10,000 GRT and typically sails with just about 225 guests. For comparison Seabourn’s original ships were also 10,000 GRT and sailed with 200 guests.

Take a look at my pix which will give you some idea of what I’m talking about. I have them posted on my Facebook page

Short Analysis –  She does have competition – most definitely Silversea who now operates an entire fleet of expedition vessels. They both operate small ships, sail in exotic locales and are all-inclusive of drinks and gratuities.  I’d put them both in the Ultra Luxury category and both are focused on learning as well.

But she’s definitely not an American ship – Le Boreal and the other Ponant ships (there are 4 identical ones plus the original sailing ship Le Ponant) cater to an international crowd and Americans can expect to be the minority, in company with Aussies, Brits, French and others.  The ship is bi-lingual French/English which is fun and the feel of the vessel is very French from the very tailored and minimal design and colors to the quirky sense of humor (look at the photo associated with this post!)  which Americans might find a bit unusual.

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Top Producer with Expert Knowledge on all Luxury Lines:
– Silversea
– Seabourn Cruise Line
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– SeaDream Yacht Club
– Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
– AmaWaterways
– Viking Cruises & Viking River Cruises

Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn
and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

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Exchange Program to Cuba | Abercrombie Kent

Connections by Abercrombie & Kent
Embark on a New, Island-Wide People to People Departure to Cuba
Embark on a New, Island-Wide People to People Departure to Cuba
Filled with intimate, one-on-one experiences with Cuban locals, our 2015 Cuba: Across the Island: People to People exchange features new routing, including a visit to Birán — Fidel Castro’s birthplace — Santiago de Cuba and the charming fishing community of Cayo Granma. Included are many new, interactive experiences aimed at fostering a long-lasting, meaningful connection with the Cuban people, among them the opportunity to meet artists who are enriching their community and local musicians who play instruments exceeding 150 years of age. Throughout your people-to-people travels, stay in the country’s best hotels, enjoying a minimum of two-night stays at each.
Cuba: People to People
New! Cuba: Across the Island:
People to People
13 days | From $7,495
Oct 7, 21 | Nov 4 | Dec 2, 9, 2015
Try your hand at making traditional tinajones (earthenware pots) at Casanova Pottery Studio in Camaguey
Discover Cuba’s and America’s great shared passion, baseball, at a game where you meet and engage with the players — and have the chance to play a few innings with them
Immerse yourself in Cuban culture, exploring its architecture, agriculture, music and dining during intimate, one-on-one experiences with residents
Observe a local farmer as he prepares a Cuban specialty from cassava, serving it with made-on-site cheese and guava jam
Discover Cuba in Ten Enlightening Days on A&K’s Original People-to-People Program
Cuba: People to People
10 days | From $5,695
Our popular 2014-2015 journey, Cuba: People to People features days spent exploring the arts and culture of Havana, the Las Terrazas eco-community, Cienfuegos, Caibarién, Remedios and Santa Clara.
Cuba: People to People
Contact us to book this program.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own

South America | Adventure Blog

Explora Lodges in South America.  Visits by our partner JG Blackbook.  Click here

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

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Silversea Expeditions Zero Single Supplement

Click here for Zero Single Supplement Details for Silver Discoverer in New Zealand and the So Pacific

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & complimentary amenities with Virtuoso Travel’s Voyager Club. To receive our periodic destination and/or promotional emails, click here.

Top Producer with & Knowledgeable Person for All Luxury Lines:

– Seabourn’s Pinnacle Club
– Regent Seven Seas Cruises
– Crystal Cruises
– Silversea

– Windstar Cruises

 

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four seasons preferred partner,
Read my review of Seabourn Sojourn

and my more recent review of Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic
Read my review of Seabourn Spirit
Read my review of Silver Cloud
Read my review of Oceania’s Marina
Read all my ship reviews with photos

Josh Friedman  is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service.  Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

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Newfoundland Canada Walking Tour | Butterfield

While we love introducing travellers to far flung corners of the world, as a Canadian company we’re also lucky to have a wealth of culture and natural beauty in our own backyard. Nowhere is this more evident than on our Newfoundland Walking trip, our newest North American offering. From the quintessential fishing outpost of Trinity to the awe-inspiring architecture of the Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland offers a wealth of experiences that complement the resiliency and hospitality of its charming people.

Details
Newfoundland Walking
Jul 27 – Aug 1, Aug 10-15
From US$5,995 per person

Feel free to get in touch to request an itinerary to learn about one of the coolest corners of the continent.

Butterfield & Robinson
www.butterfield.com

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals. His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays. He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own

Miraval Trip to Eastern Europe October 2012

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Miraval | Bunnies, Horses and You

I once had a boss (hi Nick at Clorox) whose mantra was “it’s all about you,”  speaking about the customer.  Couple that with the focus on the customer and service that I learned at Consumers Liquor from my dad, and I live that sentiment day in and day out.

Miraval Equine Experience
Miraval Equine Experience. Josh, Leo & John

Miraval is known for their Equine Experience. Their tag line is “It’s Not About the Horse.” Right – it’s about You. People go to Miraval to do Yoga, to swim, to get massage treatments, to meet with specialists from every conceivable spectrum of Wellness.  And people go to hang out with some horses for a couple of hours. That’s my partner John and me in the pic with the granddaddy horse there whose name is Leo. He’s 25.  The idea in plain words is to try to understand the concept of confidence and how one interacts with others. The session ends up with you as a horse trainer. Will the horse do what you want her to, or not? Is that what real life is about? Anyway, it’s pretty cool, even if you’re a born cynic like me.

Miraval Bunnies in Residence
Miraval Bunnies in Residence

And of course the bunnies… Those cute little critters everywhere! Here are 2 to contemplate.

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 If you’d like to learn more about luxury travel and our services, please contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel in San Francisco’s Financial District via phone at 415.987.0372  or email: josh [at] joshfriedmantravel [dot] com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, too.

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