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Cuba and South America by Private Jet with special guest Geoffrey Kent
Brazil, Cuba, Peru, United States
Best time to go: September
22 Nights | from £66,779pp
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Holiday type: Group departure
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*Complimentary flight value up to a maximum of £3,200 per person including taxes and charges between UK and Miami, where this private jet journey commences. Subject to availability. Additional flight costs are the responsibility of the passenger. Flight from UK must commence within one week of scheduled departure date of the private jet journey and return within one week of scheduled end. Not combinable with any other offer. No cash alternative available. Non-refundable.
- Explore Cuba accompanied by A&K's founder Geoffrey Kent, and meet with Cuban locals
- Immerse yourself in a Colombian street market
- Travel to Machu Picchu in a private luxury train car, and explore the site with a leading expert
- Walk Easter Island's 'way of the moai' and see its iconic stone statues up close
- Visit a working estancia in Patagonia and see gauchos at work
- Go on a behind the scenes tour of the Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires
- Visit Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side, continuing to the Pantanal to spot the elusive jaguar
- End your journey in Rio de Janeiro with a private Carnival show
On arrival in Miami, a member of the A&K team will meet you and accompany you to your hotel, the luxurious and Mandarin Oriental, Miami. Here you will meet Geoffrey Kent, your leadership team and fellow travellers over cocktails and dinner.
Mandarin Oriental. Meals: Dinner
7th - 9th September: Cuba - Enigmatic Island
Accompanied by Geoffrey Kent, you'll start your journey with a tour of Havana with a local guide, and then delve deeper the next morning on a walking tour through the old city accompanied by an architectural expert. In the afternoon you can either meet a local artist or talk - and possibly play - baseball with locals. In the evening gather for a private Buena Vista Social Club-style concert, after which you will have the chance to talk to the musicians. The following day meet a Foreign Services Scholar and discuss the history of U.S.-Cuban relations, visit a cigar factory, learn about local dance with a salsa instructor and stop by Finca Vigia, the former residence of Ernest Hemingway, to talk with local Hemingway experts.
Saratoga Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
10th - 12th September: Colombia - Colonial Grace
Set off on your private jet for Cartagena, Colombia, a bastion of well-preserved colonial architecture. Wander the streets of the Badillo neighborhood and drive to the 17th-century Convent of La Popa for beautiful views of the city. You'll gather in a city square for dinner and a folkloric dance performance, and experience local life up close at a street market put on exclusively for you. You will then fly by private jet to Bogotá to walk its historic streets, admire the magnificent buildings and absorb the lively ambience. Tour the Museo del Oro to see its ancient golden treasures and enjoy a lecture by an expert in pre-Columbian art. Later, you can view works by contemporary artist Fernando Botero —as well as paintings by Picasso, Monet, Dali and other masters —at the Museo Botero. Before returning to Cartagena make sure you sample the infamous Colombian coffees.
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
13th - 15th September: Peru - Incan Treasures
Immerse yourself in the world of the Incas, the pre-Columbian civilization that left behind a staggering historic and cultural legacy. Start with a sightseeing tour of Cusco, followed by a welcome dinner at your historic palace-turned-hotel. Ride on board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train - in a private car reserved exclusively for your party - to unforgettable Machu Picchu. This mountaintop citadel was built in the 1400s and abandoned a century later for reasons lost to history, as the Incas left no written records. Arriving at this mysterious site after the morning crowds have departed, walk its ghostly terraces and take in the spectacular surrounding views. An expert local guide is on hand to provide context on the Incas and the site's reconstruction, which is ongoing today. Enjoy Pisco Sours, entertainment and a private dinner on the train. The next day, pay a visit to an Andean community where you'll meet Quechua-speaking farmers and weavers. Tonight you'll be treated to a special dinner at the Convent of San Francisco.
Palacio Nazarenas. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
16th - 17th September: Easter Island - The Lost World
Fly nearly 3,000 miles over the Pacific to one of the most remote - and enticing - destinations on Earth: Easter Island. The grandeur of its monolithic moai statues is rivalled by its intense natural beauty, with a postcard-worthy view seemingly in every direction. Arrive to a greeting of flowers and warm smiles from your Rapa Nui hosts, followed by a sunset cocktail and Hotumatua ritual, a celebration of the island's mythic founding. The next day, visit the Orongo ceremonial village, site of the island's 'birdman' rituals. Lunch is a festive affair on the beach, with native dancers performing in front of the row of moai facing in from the sea. Afterwards, choose from the many activities on offer: take a cave tour that includes Ana Kai Tangata and its historic wall paintings, an archaeological tour to some of the island's most significant moai sites, hike 'the way of the moai', or explore the town of Hanga Roa, including its informative museum and local market. Celebrate tonight with a special umu (earth-cooked) feast in a Rapa Nui home.
Explora Rapa Nui. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
18th - 20th September: Patagonia - Remote Wilderness
Depart Easter Island in the morning for the astonishing mountain landscapes of Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Chile. Like Easter Island, this 600,000-acre park has an unmistakable aura of remoteness, with little more than the occasional herd of guanacos or wheeling condors standing out against the vast expanses of blue sky and wildflower-carpeted plains. Settle into your luxurious lodge, seated on the shore of Lake Pehoe and offering postcard-worthy views in every direction. The next day, visit a working estancia to watch sheep being herded and gauchos at work. A gaucho may offer you a sip of Mate, a herbal tea drunk from a hollowed-out gourd. Enjoy a traditional slow-cooked asado barbecue lunch at the ranch.
The following day is yours to spend as you like, taking advantage of the variety of activities offered by your lodge. Saddle up for a horse ride along the trails, or lace up your hiking boots for your choice of more than 20 guided hikes. Your guides help you choose the right excursion based on what you want to see, whether it's glaciers, condors, guanacos (a camelid species similar to a llama) or staggering 360-degree views of the park in all its grandeur. Return to your private jet after breakfast the next day and resume your journey.
Explora Patagonia. Meals: Breakfast
21st - 22nd September: Buenos Aires - Old-World Elegance
Arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and one of South America's most stylish and exuberant cities. The afternoon is yours to spend as you like, with several options on offer. You may take a walking tour of the elegant Recoleta district, including its famous cemetery, followed by tea at the Alvear Palace Hotel;sample the world-class shopping Buenos Aires has to offer;learn the steps of the tango with a private lesson at a local tango club;or tour the MALBA Art Museum. Spend the next day exploring the city, starting at Plaza de Mayo, site of the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Presidential Palace, continuing to La Boca and the narrow, winding lanes of colonial San Telmo. In the afternoon, go behind the scenes at the spectacular Colón Opera House and enjoy a private performance. Dinner is at a restored 19th-century mansion that showcases artefacts dating back to the founding of Buenos Aires, more than 500 years ago.
Four Seasons Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
23rd - 25th September: Iguazu Falls & Pantanal - Nature's Wonders
Depart Buenos Aires for Iguazu Falls, the greatest natural wonder in South America. Roam the catwalks on the Brazilian side of the falls, taking in their astonishing scale from every vantage point. Return to the airport for your flight to Cuiaba where you board local charter flights to Poconé, gateway to the Pantanal —in its way, as astonishing a natural spectacle as the falls. The Pantanal is a massive floodplain that serves as home to a vast array of wildlife. In the wet season, the region is an emerald-green patchwork of lagoons and lakes;your arrival coincides with the end of the dry season, when getting around by land is easier and animals are more abundant as they forage for grass and water. Spend the next few days exploring on foot, by vehicle and even on horseback and canoe, led by expert naturalist guides. Look out for exotically plumed birds, caimans, marsh deer, capybaras and, most exciting of all, the stealthy jaguar —the Pantanal is home to one of the largest and healthiest jaguar populations on earth. One of your afternoons includes a Brazilian churrasco -style picnic lunch along the riverbank.
Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge and Pousada Rio Claro. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
26th - 28th September: Rio de Janeiro - A Festive Finale
Arrive in Brazil's world-famous capital, Rio de Janeiro, a name synonymous with sun, fun and an unmistakable joie de vivre. Get your first glimpse of the city when you board a helicopter for spectacular views of Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer. The next day, climb aboard a convertible Jeep for a visit to Rio's iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, perched at the top of Corcovado, a mountain affording amazing views of the city. Later, pay a visit to one of Rio's traditional samba schools for a glimpse behind the scenes of Rio's annual Carnival, the country's most significant cultural event. Learn how the event is organized and observe the amazing attention to detail that goes into making every spectacular element. Gather tonight with your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner complimented by a private Brazilian Carnival show, complete with colourful costumes, professional dancers and thrilling music. Depart for Miami the next morning, where you'll bid farewell to your friendly private jet crew and leadership team and connect with your homebound flight.
Belmond Copacabana. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an infected area
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9 hours direct
GMT -5 hours
Required - obtainable in advance
No mandatory vaccinations
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GMT -5 hours
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ESTA Visa required for UK Passport Holders