4 Day Luxury London Getaway

Dorchester is one of those very small luxury hotel companies in Europe, with hotels in the UK, France, Switzerland & Italy.   Plus the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and Bel Air.

Here’s a fun 4 day itinerary for your next jaunt to London..  .Ready to go?

Enjoy, Josh

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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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Rocco Forte Hotels Update

I just received an update from my very friendly Rocco Forte hotels sales rep today on what’s up with this top group of European hotels. Rocco Forte is one of my top “go to” companies in Europe for a few reasons:  Location of hotels, historical buildings with contemporary interior design, top service & great restaurant options. Many of the hotels are quite busy with locals so you can be sure you’ll be a part of the city, instead of just a tourist.  At least I like that.

Our agency is a top producer for Rocco Forte and as such have the connections to make your stay ‘above and beyond’ your expectations.  And you’ll receive our normal complimentary perks, i.e. breakfasts, credits & upgrades as noted in each link below.

Rocco Forte also has a very favorable family plan too with a discounted 2nd room for small children. I’ve found this quite popular especially in both Florence & Rome.

London, Brown’s Hotel
The oldest hotel in town, the lobby is classic dark wood in a very central Mayfair location. Rooms are very contemporary and light, with new studio suites quite modern.

Edinburgh,  The Balmoral
A bar with about 500 whiskies to choose from. And it’s above the train station and they’ll come and get your luggage. Perfect central location.

BerlinHotel de Rome
In former East Berlin, in a historic bank building.  Rooftop restaurant with 360 views of the city. A more masculine approach than many others in the Rocco Forte Collection. A few newer suites quite modern though.

Florence, The Savoy
I’ve stayed here and the location is perfect if you want to walk out the door and be in the city.  Just over 100 rooms, the smallest of all RF hotels. Very modern (but not over the top) in keeping with Florence’s always trendy position on top of an incredible 15th century base. And if you book in conjunction with Rome you’ll likely get a discount on both (minimum 5 nights last I heard).

Rome, Hotel de Russie
I was just here in October. The best location in Rome (really!) and they have a wonderful staff. This is one classy, fairly grand (but small) hotel with it’s own private garden and adjacent restaurant. It’s about a block from the Piazza del Popolo, the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps),  Gucci , Prada et al, and it’s just below the Pincio for a fabulous walk to the Borghese Gallery.

Sicily, Verdura Resort
Almost brand new resort with beach, golf (3 courses) and near the ruins of Agrigento. Siciliy is amazing (yes, I’ve been there twice) and I’d probably combine this with a stay on the eastern side of the island (Taormina) and maybe Palermo, too.

 

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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.

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

 

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Why Italy is like India

Take hunger for instance. I’m hungry right now, but I’m totally loving my restaurant experience here in Sorrento. The waiter and the pizza maker are taking a break and chatting with two beautiful female customers. I assume my pasta is coming – paccheri con melanzane and ….ok the pizza maker just brought it…mandorle (almonds).

The relaxed vibe is impossible to describe to anybody who hasn’t been to Italy. It’s fantastic. It’s 100% un-American.

I was hungry in Rishikesh, India a couple of years ago. I was attending a typical arti sunset ceremony on the banks of the Ganga (Ganges) with a group and we were invited to meet with the guru. So starving I went and thoroughly enjoyed that beyond unique experience.

So Italy and India aren’t really alike but offer the over stimulated American the opportunity to sit back and enjoy life. And that’s a gift. # joshtravels

p.s. I wrote this entire piece here in Sorrento as the waiter or pizza cook didn’t rush me out. Or even bring a check.

Meet Valentina: Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como

Meet Valentina: Owner & CEO of Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como.

Como and Bellagio | Luxury Italy Update

Direct from our luxury travel partner in Italy, IC Bellagio. In their words:

The scenery and charming beauty of Lake Como, with its old world charm and snowcapped mountains have always had the ability to grip you at first sight.

Although, that is completely true, there is something particularly special about the Lake at this time of year with its remarkable colours and wonderful atmosphere resulting from the new season arriving with us that just gives it a certain edge.

Playing our part in making it a time of year to remember, we have been busy this month making big preperations regards the accomodations we can offer on the Lake. We begin our latest newsletter by covering the latest events regarding our very own unique and historic Italian Renaissance Palace, Palazzo De Vice Re, situated in the heart of the Central Lake Area, Lezzeno… as well one of our most beautiful Villa’s, Villa dei Sogni.

Palazzo De Vice Re

We are thrilled to announce to you that we will be opening the doors to IC Bellagio’s very own Historic Palace, Palazzo De Vice Re, on June 1st, 2014. Situated on the shores of Lake Como far from the hustle and bustle of Milan and Como and just minutes from the charming lakeside town of Bellagio, lies the picturesque fishing village of Lezzeno. And nestled among its colorful buildings, just behind the leafy square by the harbor, sits Il Palazzo del Vice Re, a lovingly restored aristocratic palace that has been transformed into a unique boutique property. When you step through the stone arch onto the courtyard’s well-worn paving stones, you take your place among the colorful cast of characters that make up this typical Italian borgo and start living Lake Como’s special brand of la dolce vita. Now is the time for us to introduce you to the five separate living quarters, within our medieval ‘borgo’, all different in size and setting:

L’Isola Comacina Apartment
The Palazzo’s first floor apartment, L’Isola Comacina, overlooks the island of the same name on the far side of the lake. Furnished with beautiful period pieces, the living area has original cotto floors, an antique fireplace, timber beam ceilings, a pianoforte and a step-out balcony above the courtyard that has been known to inspire renditions of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”. An internal staircase leads to the zona notte with two bedrooms and a large bathroom, with another full bath downstairs. The spacious kitchen has a working antique fireplace as well as everything you need to rustle up your favorite Italian dishes. Take your meals by the fire in the kitchen or under the dark beams of the covered terrace while gazing out over the deep blue lake.

L’Onda Apartment
The Palazzo’s loft apartment, L’Onda, takes its name from the waves guests can see lapping at the shores below. The open plan kitchen and living area has a sloped ceiling and tasteful furnishings, with low set windows to enjoy the views from the Jacuzzi. Large enough for five adults, the Jacuzzi is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down over the lake and soothe your tired tourist legs. L’Onda’s zona notte is towards the back of the apartment, promising a quiet, restful sleep. There are two double bedrooms, one with a skylight perfect for stargazing, and one single bedroom as well as two spacious shower rooms.

La Torre Apartment
The Palazzo’s second-floor apartment, La Torre, is spacious and inviting, with an open plan living, dining and kitchen area. This corner apartment has lovely views across the tree-filled park to the harbor and the lake, with the snow-capped mountains rising in the distance. The double bedroom comfortably sleeps two people and includes a spacious bathroom with a Jacuzzi shower.

La Vista
The Palazzo’s junior suite La Vista offers elegant accommodations on the piano nobile (first floor), with a range of stunning original features from the Palazzo’s first life as an aristocratic palace. This palatial lounge cum bedroom has antique furnishings, heavy drapes in luxury Italian fabric and high ceilings featuring original frescoes that have been lovingly restored by local artists. Thanks to the suite’s many windows, the room has ample natural light as well as enchanting views of the lakes and the snow-capped mountains beyond. A partial wall conceals the spacious bathroom (but not the ceiling frescoes!), which has modern fittings including a Jacuzzi shower.

Il Fuoco
The first floor double room Il Fuoco takes its name from the sky-high burnt orange walls leading up to its charming timber ceiling. This room comfortably sleeps two, with handpicked antique furnishings and a large window offering plentiful natural light. The room has its own spacious shower room with a Jacuzzi shower.

The Palazzo’s guests will enjoy luxuriating in the beautiful public spaces: the bar with its 17th century frescoes, the reception room with its period marble fireplace, the breakfast room with its Renaissance-era frescoes and a stunning array of local specialties offered daily, as well as the historic stone courtyard with its antique well and stunning lake views. For a special treat, ask about our special tasting events featuring the best of Lombardy’s artisanal products under the vaulted stone ceilings of La Cantina.

Photo Shoot at Villa dei Sogni

The Villa dei Sogni is exactly what the name suggests — a Villa of Dreams. Overlooking the town of Bellagio, known locally as the Pearl of Lario, it is ready to play host to the most special of occasions. Here, transparent throughout the property you will find all of the rooms attentively decorated with a splendid variety of high quality finishings. Gently, making your way around the Villa you will discover the most luxurious of facilities at your disposal. Fall in love with the gorgeous Gardens, relax by the beautiful Pool with a morning smoothie, and enjoy a glass or two of Red in the Italian Wine Cellar at night. Do not miss the opportunity to dine romantically under the stars in the evening on your outside terrace with a meal prepared within your well-equipped kitchen or simply stand and be wowed by the remarkable views of Lake Como before your eyes. The beautiful promontory of Bellagio sits below your position at the Villa, truly offering something for everyone. On route to the historical centre of Bellagio, stop off at the local bakery to sample some of the best brioche that you will ever taste, before enjoying the fine delights of the town itself. Make your way up and down the picteresque alleyways within the town, stumble by one of the local bars to stop for an espresso and spend time browsing around the huge range of gorgeous boutiques selling local products of every variety. That is your Villa dei Sogni, waiting for you and your party this season with a range of fresh new touches this year. See our brand-new promotional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLRHyNXa3ek&feature=em-upload_owner

So, we hope you have enjoyed reading about our wonderful developments regards Palazzo Del Vice Re and Villa dei Sogni and that you now share some of the excitement we have for the two properties! Here’s some news on what else we have been up to this month, here at IC Bellagio…


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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

Luxury Travel | 10 Places I Would Go in 2014

Only ten places? That will be hard but 10 seems to be a popular number so I’ll try to whittle the list down.   Here then are 10 places I would go to, because they’re fabulous, hot, fun, historic, fascinating, spectacularly beautiful, offer awesome food and wine, have a top hotel or resort to crash out and where we can work with a great local partner to bring you unique sightseeing and learning opportunities.

India | I just went for my first time in May but I want to go back. Perfect if you’ve never traveled anywhere, and outrageous if you’ve been almost everywhere like me.  The people, architecture, daily life, food, spirituality, yoga, cows, monkeys – all an incredible feast to your senses.

jaipur elephant
jaipur, india

Normandy | June 2014 will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. You can experience this area by land (we offer excellent traditional châteaux to stay in and superb guides and we’ll pick you up in Paris).  Or you can take a 7 day river cruise round-trip from Paris. Combine with Brittany and the Loire.

Amalfi Coast | The ultimate honeymoon getaway are these villages on the cliffs above the Mediterranean not too far from the Naples airport such as Ravello, Positano & Sorrento. Enjoy probably Italy’s freshest produce grown in the sun drenched area, awesome pasta and limoncello. The hotels are studies in spectacular tile work reflecting the sparkling sea below. Capri is right there too.  Fly home from the north and visit Umbria and Tuscany.

Bora Bora & Le Teha’a | Maybe this is the ultimate honeymoon getaway instead.  The reports from my clients who have been are always off the charts.  On either of these islands lose yourself into your hut sitting on top of their respective lagoons. I’ve not yet been and it’s at the top of my list.  While “Bora” is more famous and has two ultra-luxury resorts, Le Teha’a is bit more authentic and more secluded.

Bali | I’ve been wanting to go back here since I went there in 1994 when I worked for Seabourn.  The culture is fascinating, the hotels and resorts sybaritic.  It’s just so different from Western life, and much calmer than India. Be prepared to slow down a lot. Bali makes Mexico seem fast paced.

Seabourn Cruise Line | Just take me anywhere on the Sojourn, Odyssey or Quest.  Seabourn continues to be one of the top cruise lines, if not the best, for world travelers who demand the best service and best food & drink — at sea or on land.  Next time I think I wouldn’t mind a trip to the fjords of Norway.  I love visiting the Land of the Midnight Sun in the summer where it’s easy to stay up almost 24/7.

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Seabourn Spirit docked in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Fredericksted, February 2012

Silversea Cruises | You can take me anywhere with Silversea too.  With Seabourn and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea completes the trilogy of ultra-luxury cruising with smaller ships.  And that’s easier now that they’ve expanded their fleet to include adventure sailings in the Galapagos with Silver Galapagos, throughout the polar regions with Silver Explorer and the Pacific with Silver Discoverer launching in March 2014. And their first ship, Silver Cloud, was recently refurbished.

Sea Dream Yacht Club | I’m dying to take a cruise on Sea Dream. It’s all about the water and I love being in and around a lot of it since I’m from Miami Beach and Los Angeles. The ships have only 100 guests and everything revolves around being outside – on the deck or in the water.  I’d be perfectly content to spend 1 or 2 weeks in the Caribbean this winter with SeaDream.  They even offer Glatt-Kosher cuisine for private charters which by the way is a GREAT way to celebrate – say a 60th birthday? Kosher is optional.

Japan | This is not a popular destination for my clients but it’s always seemed so interesting to me.  I think it’s the history, the style and the hospitality that intrigues me around Tokyo and Kyoto. I’ve met many Japanese at my annual luxury travel conference and I’m sure if they’re anything like the folks back home it would be a great trip. The hotels (including Hoshinoya in Kyoto), lodges and ryokans appear to be unique and worthy of a visit.  Stay 7-10 days and combine with the beaches in Thailand or  Vietnam for a fun vacation!

Dublin at Trinity College
Dublin at Trinity College

Ireland | I got a taste of Dublin a year ago when I accompanied my partner John there on a business trip. Not sure I’d recommend that you go in February (no lines though at Trinity College for the Book of Kells), but a good 7 to 10 day trip any other time would be pretty wonderful.  The Irish are super friendly, like to have a good time and the countryside is absolutely beautiful I’m told – and have seen virtually.  Staying at a castle and touring the Ring of Kerry sounds very fun. And I can vouch for the excellent whisky selections and Guinness in Dublin.

All the best for a wonderful 2014!

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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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Trip Report | Venice and Florence

It’s hard to believe I didn’t post this sooner but the end of the year came and went, and then the office got crazy busy. Anyway, I went to Italy and I never told you, my readers and clients, about the trip. Until now, and this is just Part One.   The main purpose of the trip was to check out hotels since I sell a lot of Italy and hadn’t been back in a year  (to Venice) or three (Florence). And I had never been to Chianti.

If you’d prefer a visual tour, click here. Otherwise, please read on.

Austrian Airlines

It’s not too often I would even mention flights these days, but for this trip I wanted to try something new.  Since I started from New York I took Austrian Airlines to Venice via Vienna.  Overall it was nice but no rave reviews. Everybody wears red (red jackets, red stockings,  etc.)  The seats were red. The food was actually pretty good, too. It wasn’t red. The flight attendants were the opposite of your typical American carrier — all very young and not jaded, but they could have used a bit more experience. The Vienna airport is small and easy to connect at.  I’d fly them again.Vienna Hotel Sacher

SWISS

I took SWISS [the old Swissair]  back from Florence to San Francisco via Zurich.  Cute little airplane up and over the Alps. Very polished.  We had a pretzel and a piece of chocolate.   The Zurich airport is very modern and has great upscale shopping including a snazzy chocolate shop, Hugo Boss, etc.  Nice place to change planes.  The flight back to SFO was up there with Air France as one of the best to/from Europe. Nice, new, clean planes. Friendly service. Food was OK.

Venice | Venezia

Arriving in Venice on a spectacular late Fall day is one of life’s great pleasures. The crowds were non-existent. The weather was warm. The streets in the late morning were quiet except for the footsteps of the signoras preparing their pranzo. Yes, I wanted to stay forever.

I took the Alilaguna water shuttle from the airport just one stop and then walked to my hotel – Ca Sagredo. Goes down on my list as one of the top hotels anywhere. Doesn’t have all the services, and no spa, but the rooms & suites are authentic Venetian, the corridors hundreds of years old, and the views of the canal from the top rooms are breathtaking.  6+ stars.  The other two hotels that I really enjoyed were the Danieli and the Londra Palace.  These are more traditional hotels with a bit more hustle and bustle, the Danieli more so than the smaller Londra.  The Danieli’s rooms are elaborate while the Londra’s more homey and unusual.  I was fortunate to have had lunch at the Danieli on their terrace overlooking the Lagoon.  The meal was one of the best I’ve ever had (pasta with anchovies for starters)  and the view was unreal.  Cocktails at the Londra Palace at their intimate bar was relaxing and dinner was fairly non-traditional Italian. I don’t think I had pasta!  It was 5 star continental cuisine which would rival about any restaurant anywhere, and the dining room is small, quiet & elegant. And right on the Lagoon. I imagine that on a warmer evening you can sit outside.

I also visited the Centurion, the Bauer, Bauer il Palazzo, Bonvecchiati and the Bonvecchiati Palace.  Unfortunately the Cipriani was already closed for the season.

Florence | Firenze

florence santa maria novellaThe train to Florence took just a couple of hours and I walked to my first hotel, JK Place, right on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, near the church with the same name. Actually the train station is named after it too — SMN.  The hotel is a find. Similar in size and function to Ca Sagredo, it’s small and personal and with an amazing design sense. Very sophisticated. And both have fabulous bathrooms. JK is like your home. You ring the doorbell, they let you in. Serve you a drink as you relax in the lobby. And the location is perfect. It’s actually hard to have a bad location in Florence but this area is nice. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to have a meal here.

But I did make it to the Four Seasons Florence where I again had one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Anywhere. Traditional Italian. Tuscan wine.  The hotel is a former convent [what else is new in Italy?] as well as palace.  I know Florence very well having lived there and this hotel will not be for everyone due to the location. It’s not for anybody who wants to walk out the door and have everything right there.  So you can’t run out the door, have a cappuccino, and then run back in to take a shower before sightseeing. Or it’s hard to come back to it between museums. But it’s not that badly located – just sort of.  The great thing about this hotel (besides my friend Maria G) is that you can relax, take a swim (in summer) or go to the nice gym. It’s really a resort in the City. So great for kids, of course.  The decor is a bit over the top 16th century, but I could live with that.

The best located great hotel in town, other than the very small JK Place discussed above, is the Savoy.  Besides another friend here (Francesca P)  this hotel is the embodiment of modern day Florence. A typical 19th century building, starkly modern inside, and chic as Rocco Forte is known for.  Suites are stunning  in Florentine simplicity with mosaic bathrooms of varying colors. Love this place, but if you have to have super quiet, the noise from the piazza might bother you, especially on busy summer weekends.

There are several more hotels worth mentioning, and for a review, just call or email me. They are the Florence St. Regis, the Florence Excelsior, Relais Santa Croce, Hotel Gallery Art, Villa San Michele (Orient Express hotel near Fiesole)

 

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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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Orient Express Hotels and Resorts l Insider Update

Today’s download from our office visit by Orient Express! Thank you, Ray.  Call or email me for details and, of course, our exclusive perks at this resorts, not available to the general public.

If you’re not that familiar with Orient Express, it’s a wonderful collection of very historic, completely renovated and ultra-luxury hotels, resorts, trains and boats, from Burma to Peru to France to Italy and more.

Maroma | Mexico near Cancun on the Riviera Maya.  Now offers a very reasonable all-inclusive option at between $80 and $100 per night per person.

El Ecanto | Santa Barbara.  Opening in Spring 2013.  Will compete with the top resorts in the area, 6 years in the making, renovation of a classic place. 95 rooms and suites on a hill overlooking the Pacific.

Palacio Nazarenas in Cuzco | A 2nd hotel adjacent to Monasterio, targeted to a client with a more modern sensibility, and a chic swimming pool. Could this be Hollywood in Peru?

Cipriani | 95% renovated. It’s the hotel/resort in Venice.  Kid’s Club too (along with Villa San Michele in Florence).  OMG – keys to the Vasari corridor or visiting the Duomo at night? Talk about access.  Ci vado Io (i’m going!)

Royal Scotsman, your rolling manor home (it’s a train).  Very traditional Scottish. Not new. Just still very unique with fully inclusive dining. And Whiskey tastings, too (extra cost). Kilts optional.

VSOE, the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, now in Scandinavia.  Venice to Copenhagen to Stockholm (and return). 8 places left for April 2013 – next year’s only departure.

Myanmar |  a new river vessel and several of the top hotels here

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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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River Cruises from Venice on the Po River

Uniworld Cruises is now offering something I’ve never seen before. A 7 night round-trip river cruise from Venice. After crossing a bit of the Adriatic (or greater Venice Lagoon I’d say) you go inland. From various little cities you’ve never heard of, they offer land excursions by bus (included in fare) to Verona, Bologna, Ravenna & Padua (Padova).

I’d like to try this to see how it flows (no pun intended), but certainly these top tier towns not normally visited sounds interesting to me.

Here’s their own info:

Spend seven nights onboard Uniworld’s luxurious River Countess, your floating boutique hotel while you take in the best sights of Venice and its surroundings. You’ll discover one of the world’s most entrancing cities, Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic,” in all its water-bound splendor. Cruise the storied Grand Canal, pause at the Bridge of Sighs, and follow the footsteps of the doges through their historic palace. Discover the glorious, surprisingly modern, frescoes of Giotto in 13th-century Padua. Uncover ancient mosaics in Ravenna, the last capital of Byzantine Empire in Italy. Savor Bologna, home of the first university in Europe and the culinary capital of northern Italy. Find romance in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, and we’ll introduce you to Italy’s distinctive culinary delights by teaching you some of the tricks of the trade during a pasta-making workshop in Bologna, the culinary capital of northern Italy.

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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. 

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