A&K Cuba 2016

We’re a top A&K travel agency. Ask us for details on Cuba 2016. Highlights from their website are below. Everybody wants to go!

Experience Havana and its surrounds on an engaging, private journey, with full days spent making meaningful people-to-people connections that reveal the spirit of this culture-rich island nation and those who embody its vibrant spirit.

A&K Advantages

  • Experience Cuba with family and friends during a private, people-to-people departure with expert insight from a local guide and a dedicated A&K Program Director
  • Immerse yourself in Cuban culture, exploring its architecture, agriculture, music and dining during intimate, one-on-one experiences with residents
  • Engage in a stimulating discussion of the history of U.S.-Cuba relations with a former Cuban Foreign Services Scholar in Havana
  • Join a local architect for an educational walk through Havana, discussing its historic styles, ongoing restoration efforts and their impact on the community

Day 1: Arrive Miami, Florida

Arrive at Miami International Airport, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your accompanying Abercrombie & Kent Program Director at a briefing this evening.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

Day 2: Havana, Cuba / Experiencing a Paladar

Transfer to the Miami International Airport and check in with VIP assistance for your short charter flight to Cuba. Upon arrival at José Martí International Airport in Havana, complete immigration and customs formalities and meet your guide. Ride Like a Local when you embark on a short, panoramic tour of Havana, seeing Revolution Square and the José Martí Memorial in a Coco Taxi. Stop briefly at the historic Hotel Nacional for a mojito and narrative on its fascinating past. Considered a national monument, the hotel was built in 1930 and overlooks the Malecon (seaside promenade) and Havana Harbor. Have lunch at a private paladar (family-run restaurant) — a unique, welcoming Cuban enterprise — before checking into your hotel. After taking some time to unwind, enjoy dinner at the hotel at leisure.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Havana / Hemingway Connection

Begin the day with a visit to a local daycare center, where you meet with teachers, interact with children and gain insight into daily life. Pause for a cooking demonstration, followed by lunch at an organic farm. Continue to Finca La Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s former home, where The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls were penned. As you look through the windows and open doors of this remarkably preserved home, visualize the author’s life during the more than 20 years he lived there. Have dinner on your own this evening.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Las Terrazas / Art & Nature

This morning, drive to the verdant, pioneering eco-village of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve just 45 minutes outside of Havana. It is the site of the earliest surviving coffee plantation in Cuba. After a family-style lunch in a campesino(farmhouse), explore the Jaimanitas neighborhood, stopping at the whimsical studio of José Fuster, a renowned Cuban painter and ceramicist. Take part in a discussion about the artist’s work and the role the arts play in contemporary Cuba. Return to your hotel, and have dinner on your own.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L

Day 5: Havana / U.S. & Cuban Relations

Today’s introduction to historic Havana begins with a brief discussion exclusively for A&K Guests, by a former Cuban Foreign Services Scholar; during it, you are immersed in the history of Cuba-U.S. relations, from the colonial era to the present day. Take part in a thought-provoking question and answer session. Then, visit the neo-classical-style Museo de Artes Decorativas, an arts museum in the former residence of the María Luisa Gómez-Mena, Countess of Revilla de Camargo. Then, attend a cigar-rolling demonstration and rum sampling. After lunch, visit the Muraleando Neighborhood Community Project, meeting members and seeing firsthand the art projects and significant restorations that are underway. Later, meet a local salsa instructor to talk about the history of this native rhythm and the importance of dance in Cuban life, followed by a refreshing mojito and lesson under your instructor’s attentive eye. This evening, attend a Tropicana show, an energetic Cuban cabaret.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: Havana / Architecture & the Arts

This morning, stroll through Old Havana with a local architect, discussing the challenges and successes of city reconstruction projects, all the while absorbing the vibrant, extraordinary architecture that surrounds you. After lunch, witness storied Colon Cemetery. Founded in 1876, it is the site of more than 800,000 graves and one million interments. Under the guidance of a local specialist, gain insight into the cemetery’s history and its significance to the local community and pilgrims. Then, discover bustling Almacenes San José, Havana´s largest craft market. Early this evening, take a drive in iconic “Yank tanks” (vintage cars) along the Malecon to your farewell dinner, absorbing impressive view of the city en route.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Depart Havana

Transfer to the airport, where you have access to the VIP Lounge before departure. Board your return flight to Miami.

Meals: B

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTES: PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE
Please note that this special, people-to-people program will be different from other programs on which you may have previously participated. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC operates the people-to-people program to Cuba under a general license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control and, as dictated by U.S. law, all participants are required to adhere to a full-time schedule of activities designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted. Per the general license requirements, this is a full-time program with many inclusions and there will be little to no free time on most days of the program.

Note:
The schedule of activities will vary on each departure.

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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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A&K Music Mediterranean Cruise in 2015

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Aegean Odyssey: A Music Cruise from Istanbul to Athens
Embark on a Music-Filled Aegean Odyssey with A&K in 2015
Abercrombie & Kent is pleased to introduce Aegean Odyssey: A Music Cruise from Istanbul to Athens (10 days, from $7,795), an enchanting new luxury cruise journey for 2015 that explores the glory of Classical Greece and the rapture of classical music. Accompanied by a Resident Tour Director,SM cruise in style as part of a small group of just 24 A&K guests, going ashore to discover your destination as only A&K can reveal it.

Musicians scheduled to perform during this cruise include Gilles Vonsattel, Arnaud Sussmann, Hsin-Yun Huang, Edward Arron, Todd Palmer and Stuart Isacoff.

Aegean Odyssey: A Music Cruise from Istanbul to Athens
New! Aegean Odyssey: A Music Cruise from Istanbul to Athens
Oct 5 | 10 days | From $7,795
Istanbul | Nesebar | The Bosphorus | Kuşadasi
Delos | Santorini | Nafplio | Athens
Limited to just 24 A&K guests led by an A&K Resident Tour Director and the finest local guides
Visit Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern and Suleyman Mosque on a pre-cruise city stay in Istanbul
Cruise for seven nights aboard sleek, spacious new ‘Le Lyrial’
Listen to live classical music throughout your cruise performed by world-class musicians
Choose from 13 optional shore excursions, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Greek island of Delos and the ancient city of Nesebar in Bulgaria
Enjoy post-cruise sightseeing in Athens, Greece, including the ancient Acropolis
Step Aboard Stunning New ‘Le Lyrial’
Luxurious, new ‘Le Lyrial’ — sister ship to ‘Le Boreal,’ the expedition cruiser for A&K’s polar journeys — features superb cuisine, al fresco dining options, pool, sundeck, fitness center and theater. Wireless Internet access is available in all of her 122 staterooms and suites.
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Exterior Observatory Lounge Prestige Stateroom
Contact Josh to arrange your journey.
Prices are per person, double occupancy.

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Call Josh for details, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso. To receive our periodic destination and/or promotional emails, 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

Valparaiso Emergency | Update from A&K

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Valparaiso Emergency Update

Dear All,

We are happy to report that the wildfires in Valparaiso have been contained. Though the fires never came close to the popular touristic areas and heritage sites, a great many families, over 3,000 according to estimates, lost their homes. The smoke and ash have largely subsided and though we are still recommending travelers to avoid the town this week, beginning next Monday we are including visits to Valparaíso as usual.

Chileans are proud of their solidarity and it was heart-warming to see the cover of the mayor newspapers report that there were already 20,000 young volunteers in Valparaiso bring comfort, kindness and labor to begin the reconstruction. In fact, the cover expressed that Valparaiso could take no more volunteers. Amazingly, a call to restrain our solidarity. At A&K we have already begun to help as individuals and hope to make a contribution as a company once it is time to rebuild homes.

If your have any further questions or comment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

With kind regards

Javier Echecopar
Country Manager
Abercrombie & Kent Chile

© 2014 Abercrombie & Kent Ltd ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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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

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Abercrombie Kent Update | New More Affordable Group Tours

Just attended an update with this very high end tour operator. Big Changes – now introducing a less expensive, less over-the-top small escorted group product to compete with Tauck. I think it will be very successful. Ask me for details. And they’re also re-entering the private around the world by jet tours!

And solo travelers pay no single supplement on many departures!

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Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler.  His personal  relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies often allows for exclusive amenities and VIP status. 

 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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Abercrombie and Kent | What’s New

The Abercrombie and Kent people were in the office earlier in the year, I’ve been meaning to post this summary, so I apologize if I’m a little lite, but nonetheless, here’s what’s up for A&K for 2012. And remember we’re a top A&K agency so please call us for details and our usual VIP treatment.

SOLO TRAVEL

20 departures with 75% or more off of single supplements. 

EXTREME TRAVEL

Everest Base Camp
Mt. Kilimanjaro (climb, not look!)
Bhutan by foot and cycle
Morocco, the desert road rally
Patagonia Hiking

MARCO POLO | Exclusive trips which are no longer just for repeat A&K guests

Chelsea Flower Show
Mongolia Naadam Festival

ALL GUARANTEED

All escorted group departures are guaranteed for 2012
Maximum 12 or 24 persons depending on level of tour – Connoisseur or Discovery

VILLAS

Available staffed or not, in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Caribbean

PRE-POST CRUISE

A&K’s Elements programs includes city tours and top hotels, of course.

ON THE WATER

Barges in Frances
River cruises on the Yangtze
Antarctica. This November or December 10 day cruises on the 198 guest MV “Le Boreal” plus other longer cruises including South Georgia Island. All shore excursions, drinks and gratuities included.  Not necessarily in that order
Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard this July, also on Le Boreal

EGYPT

11 days from $1,975 or Egypt and Jordan. Call for details.
[Yes, it’s not everybody that A&K is a price leader, but they’re definitely getting more aggressive worldwide, so give us a call for details.]

 

Call Josh for details, excellent pricing & the ultimate in service 

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Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler.  His personal  relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies often allows for exclusive amenities and VIP status. 

 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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A&K Now on iPad

Here’s a great app for your iPad. On your way to/from work on the train, or hanging out on your couch, you can check — in full amazing color — the world of luxury and exotic (or not so exotic) travel with Abercrombie and Kent. And of course, we’re a top partner with A&K which means clout for you.

Please click here for the info. Sorry, but it didn’t want to appear in the body of the post.

Helicopter Hiking | That’s a Novel Idea

here’s an idea!
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Unmatched Outdoor Heli-Hiking and Heli-Skiing in British Columbia
Unmatched Outdoor Heli-Hiking and Heli-Skiing in British Columbia

A&K’s partner CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures offers incredible experiences in the scenic Canadian Rockies. Established in 1965, Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) is the world’s oldest and largest Heli-Skiing and Heli-Hiking operator, providing opportunities to ski or hike in pristine conditions. After an active day, retreat to your convenient lodge that features 5-Star dining and a variety of relaxing amenities, including spa services and outdoor swimming.

Heli-Hiking
Each day, travel by helicopter with your expert guides to pristine locations in British Columbia’s Mountains for a Heli-Hiking adventure through incredible scenery.
Heli-Skiing
This is your chance to ski through untouched powder across diverse natural terrain, seemingly created by nature for the ideal Heli-Skiing experience.
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Heli-Skiing
Learn more about Heli-Hiking and Heli-Skiing with A&K’s trusted partner, CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures.

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Santiago: the New York Times’ #1 Travel Destination for 2011

Santiago and thewine producing areas of Chile and Argentina (Mendoza) are agreattrip. Evenadd on Buenos Aires and/or Rio. And we customize your luxury travel experience as you would expect that we would.Josh

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Visit Santiago, Top Choice of New York Times for 2011
Visit Santiago, Top Choice of New York Times for 2011The New York Times in “The 41 Places to Go in 2011” named the Chilean capital this year’s best destination. Nestled between Andean peaks and the Pacific Ocean, Santiago has an enviable Mediterranean climate, stunning museums and award-winning restaurants. Discover this fascinating city on Signature Chile or embark on a culinary adventure in Santiago and design your own wine on Tailor Made Chile: Santiago & Wine Valleys. Combine Santiago with Chile’s volcano-studded southlands and Lake District, as well as Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and Rio de Janeiro on Wonders of Chile, Argentina & Brazil.Discover Santiago in 2011 on an A&K independent or small group departure.
Rare Opportunity to Attend Hemis Festival
Rare Opportunity to Attend Hemis FestivalJoin Tour Director Vishal Ghai and explore India’s highest and most inaccessible region on Marco Polo Club’s India’s Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh (July 5-17). In this fascinating center of Buddhism and its related cultural riches, attend Hemis Festival, a privilege not often available to Westerners. Enjoy spectacular views of the Himalaya from your luxury tented camp on the banks of the Indus River.Learn more about this incredible Invitational Program.
Test Your Stamina on an Extreme Adventure to Bhutan
Test Your Stamina on an Extreme Adventure to BhutanBike, hike, walk and climb through the remote valleys and mountain plateaus of the Himalaya on Extreme Adventures Bhutan: Land of the Dragon by Foot & Cycle. Explore this isolated culture and physically challenge yourself every day. Climb 3,000 feet to explore a sacred pilgrimage site, bike winding roads and hike down a 70- to 80-degree slope. May, June and November departures are available.Learn more about this exhilarating Extreme Adventure.
travel_weekly_logo.gif A&K Wins Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice AwardsAbercrombie & Kent was voted “World’s Best Luxury Tour Operator” and “Best Africa Tour Operator” for the seventh consecutive year by travel professionals at the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards. The awards acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the travel industry and are considered to be among the highest accolades a travel company can receive.
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Elephant | Chobe River Botswana