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Private Jet Vacations: Cuba & South America

$99500

Designed by Geoffrey Kent, Cuba & South America by Private Jet combines the greatest destinations in South America in a single, comprehensive journey, beginning in Cuba, where Geoffrey joins you on a fascinating people-to-people program. You then proceed to experience this rich continent in depth, visiting Colombia, Peru, Easter Island and Chile, Argentina and Brazil in hallmark A&K luxury.

A&K Advantages

  • Come aboard our exclusively chartered Boeing 757-200ER jet and stretch out on a first-class seat that extends into a fully lie-flat bed
  • Explore Cuba on a licensed people-to-people exchange program, accompanied by A&K founder Geoffrey Kent and filled with meaningful interactions with the Cuban people
  • Immerse yourself in a Colombian street market displayed exclusively for you
  • Travel to Machu Picchu in style in a private luxury train car, arriving to explore the site with a local 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
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires
  • Gaze on Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side, continuing to the Pantanal to spot the elusive jaguar
  • End your journey in Rio de Janeiro with a spectacular private Carnival show

Itinerary

Cuba & South America by Private Jet

Day 1: Miami | Your Journey Begins

Arrive in Miami and transfer to the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, where you meet Geoffrey Kent, your leadership team and fellow guests over cocktails and dinner, sharing the anticipation of the incredible adventures ahead.

Four Seasons Hotel Miami   |   Meals: D

Days 2-4: Cuba | Enigmatic Island

Accompanied by Geoffrey Kent, begin your people-to-people exchange in Cuba. Start with a panoramic tour of Havana with a local expert, and then get a closer look the next morning on a walking tour through the old city with an architectural expert and discuss architectural restoration. The afternoon offers a choice of a meeting with a local artist or a chance to talk — and possibly play — baseball with locals. Gather for a private Buena Vista Social Club-style concert, followed by a discussion with the musicians. Begin the next day with a dialogue with a Foreign Services Scholar on the history of U.S.-Cuban relations. Visit a cigar factory and discuss workplace issues, learn about local dance with a salsa instructor and stop by Finca Vigia, former residence of Ernest Hemingway, and talk with local Hemingway experts.

Saratoga Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Days 5-7: 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. Gather in a city square for dinner and a folkloric dance performance. Experience local life up close at a “street market” displayed exclusively for you. 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 behold its ancient golden treasures and enjoy a lecture by an expert in pre-Columbian art. Later, view works by contemporary artist Fernando Botero — as well as paintings by Picasso, Monet, Dali and other masters — at the Museo Botero. Then, sample Colombian coffees before returning to Cartagena.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena   |   Meals: B L D

Days 8-10: Peru | Incan Treasures

Arrive in Peru to immerse yourself in the world of the Incas, the pre-Columbian civilization that left behind a staggering historic and cultural legacy. Begin 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. Arrive 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 about 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 meet Quechua-speaking farmers and weavers. Gather tonight for a special dinner at the Convent of San Francisco.

Palacio Nazarenas   |   Meals: B L D

Days 11-12: 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 rivaled 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 blue sea. Afterward, choose from the many activities on offer. Take a caves tour that includes Ana Kai Tangata and its historic wall paintings, as well as Ana te Pahu, large enough to have been made into a garden. You may set out on an archeological tour to some of the island’s most significant moai sites; hike “the way of the moai,” the best way to take in many of the island’s famous monoliths; or explore the town of Hanga Roa, including its informative museum and local market. Celebrate tonight at a special umu (earth-cooked) feast in a Rapa Nui home.

Explora Rapa Nui   |   Meals: B L D

Days 13-15: 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, an herbal tea drunk from a hollowed-out gourd. Enjoy a slow-cooked 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 horseback 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: B L D

Days 16-17: 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. Dine at the chic Puerto Madero Yacht Club this evening. 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 by some of the opera house singers, which shows off the space’s astounding acoustics. Gather for dinner at a restored 19th-century mansion that showcases artifacts dating back to the founding of Buenos Aires, more than 500 years ago.

Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires   |   Meals: B L D

Days 18-20: Iguazu Falls & Pantanal | Nature’s Wonders

Depart Buenos Aires for Iguazu Falls, the greatest natural wonder in South America. Topping out at 269 feet, the cascades of Iguazu Falls (275 in all) together send 450,000 cubic feet of water tumbling over the edge every second. Roam the more than half a mile of 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 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 / Pousada Rio Claro   |   Meals: B L D

Days 21-23: 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. This evening, sample Rio’s culinary offerings with dinner at your choice of some of the city’s best restaurants. 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 sprawling city. Later, pay a visit to one of Rio’s traditional samba schools for a glimpse behind the scenes of Rio’s annual Carnival, far and away 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 colorful costumes, professional dancers and thrilling music. Depart for Miami the next morning, where you bid farewell to your friendly private jet crew and leadership team and connect with your homebound flight.

Belmond Copacabana Palace   |   Meals: B L D

 

Experience Private Jet Travel

Flying by private jet elevates your journey to an entirely new level of convenience and flexibility. As a guest on A&K’s chartered Boeing 757, you touch down in exotic destinations not easily accessible via the major carriers, bypass long customs and security lines, and come and go on a timetable based on your itinerary —not an airline’s convenience.

 

from $99,500 USD plus airfare to & from Miami 

Cuba Information | This journey includes a people-to-people cultural exchange experience in Cuba operated by A&K under a general license. For information regarding travel within Cuba and A&K’s People-to-People cultural exchange program, please click here to read Cuba Frequently Asked Questions.


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All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes $30 per adult Booking Management Fee.  Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287