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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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CUBA ! Announcing an All-New 2017 People-to-People Cruise

 

Abercrombie & Kent
Cuba by Land & Sea: A People-to-People Cruise
Set Sail for Cuba with A&K Aboard ‘Le Ponant’

Enjoy the best of both worlds, plying the Caribbean Sea during Cuba by Land & Sea: A People-to-People Cruise. This culture-rich program features full days of meaningful connections with Cuban residents in the company of no more than 58 Connections guests. Pay visits to an artist’s house in Havana and the university in Santiago de Cuba; snorkel in a marine park; and meet with local dancers after a performance at Habana Compas Dance Studio.

It is only possible during a seven-night cruise aboard modern, boutique sailing vessel ‘Le Ponant.’ Featuring two restaurants — an al fresco eatery and a refined dining room — its spacious public spaces give way to a scenic Sun Deck and a Marina, ideal for time spent snorkeling and swimming after you return from immersive experiences with the Cuban people.

Book early and save $1,000 per person on Cabin Categories 1-3 when you reserve by
July 31, 2016.

Cuba by Land & Sea: A People-to-People Cruise
New! Cuba by Land & Sea: A People-to-People Cruise
Signature Series
11 Days | Mar 1-11, 2017; Mar 9-19, 2017*
From: $9,995 (was $10,995)
Stay in centrally located hotels pre- and post-cruise and a seven-night cruise aboard boutique sailing vessel ‘Le Ponant’
Immerse yourself in Cuban culture, exploring its architecture, arts, music and dining during intimate, one-on-one experiences with residents
Discover Punta Frances Marine Natural Park, inaccessible except by sea, where you snorkel or explore the mangroves with a naturalist, who discusses local ecology and conservation efforts
Take a boat ride to Cayo Granma to meet with local fishermen and children, discussing the Children of the Dreams and Fantasies Project, which creates art from objects that have washed ashore
Join a local architect for an educational walk through Havana, discussing its historic styles, ongoing restoration efforts and their impact on the community
Contact us to arrange your journey.
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*The March 9-19 departure operates in reverse and timing and actual sequence of sightseeing on some days may vary.
See abercrombiekent.com for details.
Prices are per person, double occupancy and subject to availability. Internal and international air not included.
Book Cabin Categories 1-3 by July 31 and save $1,000 per person.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.
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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.

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
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four seasons preferred partner

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

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

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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josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency

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four seasons preferred partner,

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