DOWNERS GROVE, IL – October 11, 2016.... Inspired by The New York Times and brought to life by luxury travel experts Abercrombie & Kent, Around the World by Private Jet: Cultures in Transformation (Feb 8-Mar 5, 2018) reveals the stories behind today’s most compelling New York Times headlines. Discover what is being done to preserve the traditional cultures in Cuba and Colombia; explore a dormant volcano in cutting-edge Iceland and marvel at the carefully-preserved archaeological heritage in enigmatic Iran.
“The New York Times, through its Times Journeys brand and Abercrombie & Kent, collaborated to design an itinerary that would appeal to New York Times readers; educated, active, accomplished professionals and entrepreneurs with an intense curiosity about the world,” explains Alice Ting, VP, Brand Development, Licensing, and Syndication, The New York Times. “Our guests will have the rare opportunity to meet with local experts and Times reporters who understand the nuances of the culture and can provide unique insight and a professional context into the changes under way."
Travel by private jet makes it possible to combine nine emerging destinations in one 26-day journey, flying directly between remote destinations rather than through international hubs serviced by commercial carriers.
“We were inspired by The Times’s wide-ranging coverage and commitment to going beyond the headline to create an itinerary that reveals countries on the cusp of dramatic change,” says Geoffrey Kent, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent. “Around the World by Private Jet: Cultures in Transformation offers readers a new understanding of today’s most compelling destinations with the depth and insight that only The New York Times can deliver.”
The journey begins in New York with a private brunch in The New York Times building in Midtown, where The Times’s publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. will greet guests.
Joining the group at each stage of the journey are some of The Times’s most noteworthy journalists, who offer their perspectives on the people and places that shape our world.
Alan Riding, a former Foreign Correspondent, will travel to Cuba and Colombia. His focus is on Latin American writers and the ways they have shaped the region’s image of itself; the legalization and taxation of drugs in Latin America; and the extremes of wealth and poverty in major Latin American cities.
Elaine Sciolino, Writer and former Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, will travel to Myanmar, Iran and Morocco. She will cover the history of the Iranian Revolution and the creation of the Islamic Republic; the status of women; and the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, including the 1979-1980 hostage crisis, which she observed firsthand.
Cornelia Dean, former Editor of Science Times, will travel to Morocco and Iceland to speak about how science is understood by the public — or, often, misunderstood; and how this impacts the ability to analyze the risks presented by issues such as global climate change; and of the so-called “evolution wars” that pit science against religion.
Calling on local experts around the world, A&K and The Times have created an itinerary that balances luxury with authentic, beyond-the-guidebook encounters with local people and places. Along the way, local Times contributors will share what they have learned over years of dedicated reporting.
New York, New York - Go behind the scenes at The New York Times on an exclusive visit, and dine with its publisher.
Havana, Cuba - Immerse yourself in the vibrant music, art, history and culture of Cuba during a comprehensive people-to-people exchange, and hear from an on-the-ground journalist in Havana.
Bogotá, Colombia - Visit a nation shaking off its dark past, discover its vibrant art scene and dine in the city’s Salt Cathedral, sharing insights from a journalist who has covered Colombia for years.
Easter Island, Chile & Samoa - Visit the Orongo ceremonial village, hike “the way of the moai” and learn how Easter Island is coping with climate change.
Sydney, Australia - Experience authentic Australian cuisine and culture in Sydney and the Australian bush, and hear about the nation’s issues from a veteran journalist.
Yangon, Myanmar - Meet a Nobel Laureate’s assistant and a journalist and former political prisoner to hear about this nation’s controversial past and path towards a more representative government. Light oil lamps at Shwedagon Pagoda.
Isfahan, Iran - Learn about this enigmatic nation and its complicated history with the US; learn about Persian architecture at Maidan Square and the Friday Mosque, famous for its prayer niche; explore the sprawling Grand Bazaar.
Er Rachidia & Marrakesh, Morocco - Camp in luxury in the Sahara and hear of the nation’s difficult political balancing act from a Times journalist who has covered conflicts around the world.
Reykjavik, Iceland – Discover its natural wonders, from geothermal pools and geysers, to stunning waterfalls; search for the Northern Lights, then enjoy a champagne toast inside an ice funnel. See how climate change is affecting the land of fire and ice.
An experienced Abercrombie & Kent Tour Director orchestrates the journey from start to finish. Guests explore each country in intimate groups of no more than 16, each led by a knowledgeable Tour Manager and assisted by expert local guides, who lend additional insight and expertise. A dedicated Luggage Manager oversees the transfer of luggage between each hotel as part of A&K’s signature Travelling Bell Boy® service.
Guests travel with an experienced flight crew aboard A&K’s exclusively chartered Boeing 757-200ER and enjoy the utmost in comfort and style with 50 first-class, fully lie-flat seats. The dedicated cabin crew provides personalized service with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:8. An onboard executive chef coordinates meals featuring local specialties. Thoughtful A&K amenities include an espresso maker, Bose noise-cancelling headphones and iPads loaded with music and movies.
The small group size of no more than 50 guests allows for privileged access and invitation-only events, such as meeting Ma Thanegi, former personal assistant to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, political prisoner turned stateswoman in Myanmar, and an after-hours private visit to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon to watch for the Northern Lights.
Meals are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day — they are a feast for the senses, from a pop-up restaurant created just for A&K guests, to a private dinner in the Zipaquiras Salt Cathedral with a colorful folkloric performance. Accommodations are always the best available. They may be historic hotels, lavish resorts or eco-friendly lodges, but all offer a distinctive sense of place, gracious hospitality and inspiring views. With a stay of three nights in many destinations, there is time to relax and appreciate the pristine beauty of the surroundings.
Abercrombie & Kent is one of the most experienced companies in the luxury private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations around the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for families and private groups.
To learn more about Around the World by Private Jet: Cultures in Transformation (26 days, from $135,000 per person, double occupancy)
Contact your travel professional, go to http://www.abercrombiekent.com/nytimes or call 800 554 7094 to speak to an A&K Travel Consultant.
About Abercrombie & Kent
Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while our 52 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique. Join the world of A&K by following us on Facebook, Twitter: @AKTravel_USA and Instagram: aktravel_us
About The New York Times Company
The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The company includes The New York Times, International New York Times, NYTimes.com, INYT.com and related properties. It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model. Follow news about the company at @NYTimesComm.
Times Journeys is the luxury travel brand of The New York Times. Launched in 2012 as a cruise program, the brand has since extended to include educational small group tours for adults and in September, 2016 announced a new initiative for high school students The New York Times Student Journeys.
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