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SmallGroup Luxury Takes Flight on New Wings Over the World Journeys

first_imgAbercrombie & Kent announces two new itineraries to Australia and the Mediterranean, featuring the convenience of privately-chartered flights  January 13, 2017- Abercrombie & Kent has expanded their Wings Over the World portfolio for 2017 to offer four regional journeys that combine the advantages of A&K luxury small-group travel with the comfort and ease of privately-chartered flights.  First introduced in China and India last year, A&K developed two intriguing new itineraries for 2017: Wings Over the Mediterranean, which reveals ancient and modern wonders from Portugal and Spain to Italy and Croatia, and Wings Over Australia, which offers the best of the continent, including mystical Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. Wings Over the World journeys feature privately-chartered flights between destinations. This not only offers guests the convenience of visiting remote places with less time spent getting there, but a more enjoyable travel experience on the ground and in the air. From hassle-free flight departures and arrivals and the ability to avoid long waits at airports due to commercial aviation schedules, to separate terminals and faster check-in procedures. In the air, the experienced crews aboard the chartered planes offer personalized in-flight service, in a comfortable, sociable atmosphere. “The greatest luxury for our guests is time – especially when spent with family and friends or doing something they’re passionate about, like travel. Our Wings Over the World itineraries are so expertly planned and seamlessly executed that they enable travellers to get the absolute most from their journey,” explains Abercrombie & Kent President, Phil Otterson. “Whether on a complex itinerary, visiting cosmopolitan cities and rural villages, or traversing a continent, every minute saved flying between destinations means more time on the ground to experience them.” These journeys offer exclusive insider access only possible for a small group of travellers; from private museum openings to visits with local people in their own homes and stays at one of-a-kind hotels that can’t accommodate larger groups. The group size reflects the size of the plane, from 13 in China and the Mediterranean to 20 guests in Australia.  Each departure is led by an A&K Resident Tour Director® who has lived for decades, or their entire lives, in the destination, and provides insights into the culture that can only come from being a local. NEW! Wings Over the MediterraneanImmerse yourself in iconic and storied locales surrounding the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, from Lisbon and Barcelona to Monaco and the Amalfi Coast, and on to Dubrovnik and the Elafiti Islands. Discover the wonders of Portuguese royalty during a day exploring the castles at Sintra. Explore the life and works of surrealist master Salvador Dalí on a day trip to Figueres. Enjoy a two-night stay in Monaco, where you have an exclusive after-hours visit to the Prince’s Palace. Explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii and relax along the incomparable Amalfi Coast. Tour Dubrovnik and visit a traditional silk weaver, before cruising the verdant ElafitiIslands by private yacht. Limited to 13 guests; 14 days from $29,995 (May 23–Jun 5; Sep 12–25, 2017) NEW! Wings Over AustraliaExplore Australia from Melbourne to the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney, staying in the very best accommodations in every location. Discover Melbourne, privately visiting a family sheep ranch and enjoying a full day of touring in the Yarra Valley winelands. Relax with a two-night stay at Longitude 131° — a five-star, tented eco-camp with stunning views of majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock). Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day private excursion. Discover the best of Sydney, touring the Sydney Opera House, cruising around Sydney Harbour, viewing native Australian species firsthand at Taronga Zoo and exploring the famed Rocks District. Limited to 20 guests; 13 days from $25,495 (Sep 25–Oct 7, 2017; Feb 19–Mar 3, 2018) Luxuries That Make a World of DifferenceExperience locally inspired moments crafted by A&K’s experts, such as a charming neighborhood visit by horse-drawn carriage or rickshaw when you Ride Like a Local, or a refreshing cocktail — a Scenic Sundowner — set in an unforgettable location against a breathtaking sunset. Guests also appreciate Traveller’s Valet®, complimentary mid-journey laundry service, Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from hotel to hotel, along with private arrival and departure transfers and most gratuities included. The authentic taste of local cuisine can be the highlight of any journey. A&K provides a balanced mix of planned group meals — including celebratory welcome and farewell dinners — and mealtimes left unscheduled. Guests can also experience favorite local restaurants, join a Chef’s Table experience featuring a culinary demonstration, and enjoy an à la carte dinner at their leisure, on A&K. For more information and a full list of departures, please visit www.abercrombiekent.com, call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant or contact your travel professional for more informationlast_img read more

The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time

first_imgOK, talking about whiskey is almost never going to be as fun as actually drinking whiskey, but it can still be an enjoyable time. Take a moment to think about it. You’re sitting around a fire with your best friends, a few fingers of a fine single malt whisky in your tumbler (and a few more already in your stomach), why wouldn’t you want to wax poetic about the source of your current joy?Okay, maybe you’re not sitting around a campfire, but you do need a new quote for your Tinder profile. Or maybe you’re feeling morbid and want to plan your gravestone prematurely and want the world to know that, even in death, you really freaking love whiskey. We’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find quotes from a variety of celebrities across time, from writers to actors to professional athletes, that all discuss whiskey. We love these quotes and, frankly, we think you will, too.Need some whiskey on hand for drinking while reading about whiskey? Here are some great cheap bottles to get you started.For more inspiration, check out the best quotes about beer, food, manliness, and our favorite last words from famous men.Hunter S. ThompsonPaul Harris/Getty Images“Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested.”Ernest HemingwayLloyd Arnold/Getty Images“Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.”   Mark TwainUniversal Images Group/Getty Images“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”Winston ChurchillEvening Standard/Getty Images“The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.”Tug McGrawBettmann/Getty Images“Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. The other 10 percent I’ll probably waste.”Errol FlynnSilver Screen Collection/Getty Images“I like my whisky old and my women young.”George Bernard ShawBettmann/Getty Images“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”William FaulknerBettmann/Getty Images“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”Ava GardnerSilver Screen Collection/Getty Images“I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.” Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Businesslast_img read more

Indians protesting against Lankans at hotel arrested

“Bilateral trade between India and Sri Lanka is about five billion US dollars and export to Sri Lanka is eight times more than import. India is among the four big investors in Sri Lanka to the tune of USD 500 million, out of which Tamil Nadu holds a large share. Tamil Nadu has also emerged second priority destination for tourists from Lanka,” said S Rethinavelu, senior president of TNCCI and N Jegatheesan, president in a joint statement.The trade bodies see the attacks as a grave threat to bilateral relations, particularly at a time when a direct flight from Madurai to Colombo is set to commence from September 20. “TNCCI is taking a 50-member trade delegation on the first flight to Colombo to meet our counterparts to improve bilateral trade and investment. On no account, tourism and pilgrimage traffic between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka should be disturbed,” the statement said. Even as the attack on Sri Lankan tourists in Thanjavur two days back came in for widespread condemnation, a group of cadres of Naam Tamilar Katchi staged a protest in front of a private hotel in Madurai on Thursday alleging that Sri Lankans were employed there in large numbers.The protestors also attempted to barge into the hotel but were arrested by the police. Meanwhile, the hotel authorities had clarified that only one Sri Lankan was employed by them and he was a Tamil and not a Sinhala. “Neranjan Moraes, working in Heritage Madurai hotel as general manager is a Tamil from Sri Lanka. He is not a Sinhala. There is no other Sri Lankan working in our property,” said Rukmini Thiagarajan, executive director of Heritage Madurai in a statement. But the protest left the hotel authorities perturbed. TNCCI has also urged Sri Lankan government to withdraw the travel advisory issued to Lankan citizens on visiting Tamil Nadu.  (Times of India) The cadres of the film director Seeman’s Naam Tamilar Katchi assembled in front of the hotel in the morning and demanded the authorities to send away the Sri Lankan employees. They alleged that about a dozen Sinhalese were employed in the hotel and raised slogans against them. Attempts by hotel authorities to pacify the protestors failed and they sought the help of police who arrested the protestors. Apprehensive that the attacks and protests against the Sri Lankan visitors would harm relations with the island nation, the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TNurged that image and hospitality of Tamil Nadu people should not be allowed to be tarnished by “mindless harassment of foreign tourists.” read more