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Coronavirus in Italy
Abercrombie & Kent Italy & Croatia is part of the A&K Group of Companies, the world’s largest network of DMCs with some 55 offices in more than 30 countries and over 50 years’ experience of looking after the needs of luxury travellers. Travelling with A&K means you benefit from the A&K cocoon every step of the way; the safety of our guests, as well as our staff, is paramount to us.
This means that we have a robust support team to handle rapidly evolving situations such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, whether supporting our guests or our staff around the globe.
In all our destinations, our local teams are closely monitoring the development of Coronavirus and we will contact you should there be any immediate need to review your travel plans.
In addition to our usual high standards of care, our DMC offices are also ensuring similar levels of protection when it comes to Coronavirus. We are prepared in case of any suspicion of coronavirus risk to guests or staff to ensure that anyone who does become unwell is quickly cared for in the right way. Wherever possible in the event of illness, our staff will be on hand to assist and to minimise the impact on others.
For those due to travel soon, if you have concerns about the trip and the impact of Coronavirus on travel plans, please do contact us to discuss your options. Whilst, in most cases, there is no reason to change these plans, we do understand the many concerns that our guests and Travel Advisors may have in the current climate.
If you need to delay existing travel plans because of Coronavirus, we will do our very best to accommodate such requests, subject to partners (hotels, airlines etc.), the vast majority of whom are being equally flexible. In most cases, we will be able to move the booking to a new date without penalty, although the cost of your trip may be adjusted to reflect the new dates, particularly if those coincide with festivals or peak season.*
If you make a new booking with us from 6th March to 31st May 2020 to travel on any date in 2020, we are also relaxing our cancellation policy in the same way until 60 days prior to travel. Again, there will be a few exclusions and these will be advised at the time of booking.*
In conclusion, please remember that we are here to help. So please do not hesitate to contact us.
* All monies will be kept as in-house credit and alternate travel must begin within 12 months of original departure date. Standard terms and conditions apply to the new booking; however, in all circumstances, in-house credit is non-transferable, non-refundable and any unused portion is forfeited. Applicable price of the new journey applies. Guest is responsible for all other related costs, including any air travel change fees and additional insurance premiums. Special terms are not applicable to booking cancellations and changes made prior to March 6, 2020, are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time.
A&K Europe's new and improved shore excursions brochure gives more options than ever
Fresh ideas have been developed and original ideas added to the new 2020/21 shore excursions brochure, showcasing over 150 excursions in 56 ports, from 18 countries all over Europe. The brochure is available on our downloads page and can be used in tandem with our handy pricing insert, which lists NET prices for each excursion, from 1-6 travellers. Contact us for any more details or to book
The origins of prosecco earn UNESCO recognition
In a country where the competition in the wine market couldn’t be stronger, it takes something to really stand out. Prosecco’s steep rise to become the most popular Italian wine abroad is no mean task and UNESCO have recognised the scale of these impressive achievements. The beautiful hilly landscapes of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, with their lush terraced vineyards, were among several new sites added to the UNESCO World Heritage List earlier this month. Centuries of agriculture dedicated to prosecco viticulture are now rewarded with a befitting status, and visitors usually drawn to the more well-known vineyards can expect to be tempted to the north-eastern corner of the country.
Ready for Take Off!
Passengers throughout California and the wider region can gear up for fresh new flights into Italy. From April 3, Air Italy will be running direct flights four times a week between Los Angeles and Milan Malpensa, with an additional route between San Francisco and Milan Malpensa opening a week later (the only direct flight between San Francisco and any destination in Italy), doubling the existing number of US gateways that included New York and Miami already. All the flights are to be operated with the new Airbus A330-200, with up to 24 seats in Business Class providing the comfort of signature Italian cuisine, complimentary WiFi and more. Not only does this represent a great opportunity to experience the historic city of Milan, a European capital of fashion, but also an opportunity to explore the surrounding area of the Italian Lakes, the Riviera or even the Swiss Alps.
Celebrate the Oldest Vine in the World!
The arrival of the harvest season in the Eastern Slovenian region of Styria is a cause of celebration for the locals, as they take to the streets to pay tribute to their rich wine tradition. A little known fact internationally is that the oldest vine in the world continues to grow right here in the middle of Maribor, and the city really comes alive this time of the year to revel in the longevity of its 400-year-old hero. A series of cultural and gastronomic events and programmes unfold throughout October, culminating in the unforgettable St Martin's Day celebrations on November 11th.
Private Last Supper viewings now available through A&K
One of the most famous and reproduced paintings of all time, The Last Supper is considered one of Leonardo da Vinci's artistic masterpieces and has attracted legions of admirers over the centuries. The 15th-century mural is housed in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie where crowds must gather to witness the spectacle together. But now, for the very first time, Abercrombie & Kent Italy & Croatia is proud to announce that we can offer the opportunity to enjoy this magnificent work in all its glory, without the presence of any other visitors! Get in touch to find out how you can book a private viewing
Venice Ghetto Celebrates 500th Anniversary
Established in 1516, the Venice Ghetto was one of the first areas in the world where people were forcibly segregated due to their religion. This year marks its 500th Anniversary and is a chance to commemorate on a stretch of history which many lived and suffered through. There are several events going on throughout the city including an outdoor performance of 'The Merchant of Venice' held at the Campo di Ghetto Nuovo from July 26th to 31st. Other highlights are hourly guided tours around the synagogues of the city, starting from The Jewish Museum of Venice, these will be running from June 1st - September 30th.
Rome's Colosseum Gets a Facelift
After three years of meticulous cleaning, the first stage of the Colosseum's multi-million euro restoration project is complete. The sparkling new exterior was officially unveiled on Friday 1st July and is part of an ongoing scheme to restore the colosseum to its former glory. The exterior, originally dating from the 1st century has been carefully cleaned with water misters and brushes wielded by hand!
Venice Biennale of Architecture
This year marks the 15th International Architecture Festival in Venice. Titled 'Reporting from the Front' and held at the beautiful historic pavilions at the Giardini along with other locations across the city, the exhibition will be open to the public from May 28th - November 27th 2016 . Expect to see works from 37 different countries, this time themed around the political and economical factors which shape architecture across the world.
Sisley comes to the Park Hyatt Hotel in Milan
The Park Hyatt Milan hotel in the heart of the city is excited to offer its guests a selection of 'Signature Sisley' treatments. Sisley Paris is said to be a brand recognised globally for high quality. The hotel wants to create a unique oasis dedicated to pure relaxation and luxury. Please contact us for further information.
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