Abercrombie & Kent’s Cuba & South America by Private Jet With Special Guest Geoffrey Kent (September 6-28, 2016) takes guests south from Miami on a 23-day odyssey around a continent to discover the vibrant cultures of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, the mysteries of Machu Picchu and Easter Island, the stunning natural wonders of Torres del Paine, Iguazu Falls and the Pantanal – and is the first Private Jet journey to include a people-to-people program in Cuba.
This thoughtfully planned journey, designed by A&K founder, Chairman and CEO Geoffrey Kent, enables travellers to visit six countries – not simply arriving at each destination to see the sights, but to learn from people with intimate, lifelong knowledge of the area and leave with a new understanding of how life is lived in another part of the world.
“This immersive experience appeals to people who were focused on building their professional careers and feel they have not had time to adequately explore the wonders of a continent so close to our own,” explains Kent. “The draw of South America has lured me back dozens of times and I look forward to our guests discovering those same wonders.”
Travel by private jet makes it possible to experience far more than on a conventional itinerary, with the added benefit of absolute comfort and convenience. Guests on A&K’s privately chartered jet bypass customs and security lines, can land where many major carriers do not, and the limited group size –– no more than 50 guests – makes it possible to include invitation-only events, including a private Buena Vista Social Club-style concert and discussion with the band members in Havana, dinner at the well-preserved Convent of San Francisco in Peru, and a street fair in Colombia arranged exclusively for A&K guests.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant music, art, history and culture of Cuba during up-close encounters with locals on a people-to-people exchange, accompanied by Geoffrey Kent. Experience local life in Cartagena and enjoy a lively dinner in the historic city center, then fly by private jet to Bogotá to see the incomparable collections at the Gold and Botero Museums. Travel to Machu Picchu in a private car on board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train, arriving after the morning crowds have departed. Marvel at the mysterious moai on Easter Island and celebrate at a traditional feast with local dignitaries. Explore the remote wilderness of Torres del Paine in Chile’s Patagonia and visit a working estancia to see gauchos at work. Learn the tango in Buenos Aires and go behind the scenes at the historic Colón Opera House for a private performance. View the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, one of the most impressive sights on the continent, with 275 cascades spread across a gulf of nearly two miles. Discover the Pantanal, home to a range of exotic wildlife, including one of the largest jaguar populations on earth. Visit a traditional samba school in Rio de Janeiro for a glimpse behind-the-scenes of the country’s most significant cultural event, then experience it firsthand at an exclusive Carnival-themed farewell celebration.
Unrivalled Comfort in the Air
Private jet travel with Abercrombie & Kent delivers an entirely new level of comfort and convenience. A&K’s privately chartered Boeing 757 features 50 hand-made, first class leather seats that recline a full 180 degrees into a bed more than six and a half feet long, with relaxing massage and adjustable lumbar support available at the touch of a button. Footrests double as seating for impromptu chats with fellow travellers, while adjustable reading lights, power ports and privacy screens allow for complete relaxation.
Unparalleled Experience on the Ground
Leading every Private Jet Journey is a Tour Director chosen from the ranks of A&K’s international coterie of professionals, who orchestrates everything from start to finish, relying on a lifetime’s worth of experience. A team of exceptional Tour Managers guarantee seamless service, while expert local guides reveal sights only locals know. A&K’s mid-journey laundry service, Traveler’s Valet®, allows guests to keep luggage light, while Traveling Bell Boy® service collects luggage from each room and ensures it is waiting at the next hotel.
Meals are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day — they are a feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning natural backdrops. Dine in a restored 19th-century mansion filled with artefacts dating back more than 500 years; taste fresh mate with a gaucho on a Chilean estancia; enjoy a traditional Brazilian churrasco-style picnic along a lush riverbank, and savor the spirit of Carnival in Rio at a festive feast complete with costumes, music and dancing.
Thisjourney delivers the very finest in comfort, service and authenticity, and features properties chosen by A&K’s experts because they reflect each destination’s style and spirit, such as a former convent in Cartagena dating back to the 17th century and the luxurious Belmond Copacabana Palace overlooking Rio’s fabled beach. This is enhanced by exclusive use of several properties, including Explora Rapa Nui on Easter Island and Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge and Pousada Rio Claro in Brazil’s Pantanal. With a stay of three nights in most destinations, there is time to relax and appreciate the unique beauty of the surroundings.
As one of the most experienced companies in the luxury private jet business, Abercrombie & Kent continues to offer a diverse range of itineraries such as Around the World with Geoffrey Kent by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic (May 1 - 26, 2016) designed and hosted by Kent himself to feature destinations not yet on the radar of most travelers, which quickly sold out primarily to past A&K private jet travelers. A&K is also bringing back its best-selling selling Private Jet Journey, Around the World by Private Jet: Islands, Savannas & the Amazon (October 17 – November 11, 2016), featuring some of the most remote places on earth.
To learn more about Cuba & South America by Private Jet With Special Guest Geoffrey Kent (23 days from $99,500), contact your travel professional, go to http://www.abercrombiekent.com/privatejet or call 800 554 7094 to speak to an A&K Travel Consultant.
** Please note: Cuba remains a developing country, and guests should adjust their expectations accordingly. Delays commonly occur, and flexibility and patience on the part of visitors is a must. Traveling to Cuba is authorized by the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control on a people-to-people general license. As such, it is quite unlike journeying to other destinations, involving full days spent getting to know the Cuban people and their culture through one-on-one cultural and social interactions; participation in all people-to-people activities is mandatory. While every effort will be made to operate the program as scheduled, all activities are subject to change without notice. In the event that an individual or location becomes unavailable, a comparable activity will be substituted.
Flights are operated by Icelandair, an FAA authorized foreign air carrier. Please refer to the operator-participant contract for further information about conditions applicable to the charter.