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Coronavirus in Europe
Abercrombie & Kent Europe 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
Kingly Kladrubers add to royal status
Over 440 years ago Czech equine experts began breeding horses specifically for the purpose of pulling the coaches of monarchs. The site that emerged at Kladruby nad Labem has since become a breeding ground and training site for the Kladruber breed, which is still used by European royalty today. Though there are only four royal stables left in Europe, Kladruby nad Labem supports half of them, in Sweden and Denmark. Earlier this month, UNESCO recognised its major cultural by adding it to is World Heritage List, and visitors to the Central European site today can witness the studs of the majestic greys and blacks with a guided tour of the stables, coach room and chateau, as well as enjoy the possibility of a coach ride.
Dining beneath the (Michelin) stars
Perched 125m high on the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, the renowned Jules Verne restaurant offers diners surely the finest views of Paris imaginable. Run by Alain Ducasse, the most-starred chef in the world, until last summer, the Eiffel Tower’s operating company has since decided to award the lease to different caterers and their new era will begin with much fanfare at the end of May (reservations are already open). Chef Frédéric Anton of the triple-starred Pré Catalan is responsible for the revamped fine dining menus at lunch and dinner, with a breakfast menu set to commence from September. Meanwhile, the first-floor brasserie concept has been developed by chef Thierry Marx, owner of the two-Michelin-star Sur Mesure restaurant at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental, and is due to open next February, with more options for diners on lower budgets.
Prague's Astronomical Clock back in business
Visitors to the Czech capital since April 2017 may have been disappointed to miss out on seeing one of the city's most famous landmarks, but the iconic Astronomical Clock can now be seen by the public again in its happy home at the Old Town Hall. Dating back to 1410, the medieval clock and its wooden figures of the twelve apostles attracted thousands of daily visitors, who gathered in the Old Town Square below to watch the apostles' hourly procession. However, some parts (including the original wooden figures) were heavily damaged or destroyed during WWII and the local authorities made the decision last year to temporarily remove the clock for some well-deserved restoration work. Happily, it has now revitalised itself during the year-long vacation and Prague's rejuvenated landmark has been put back on display this week to enjoy the appreciation of admirers once again!
007 Elements Now Open!
From July, a brand new James Bond experience is open to the public from the top of Austria's Gaislachkogl Mountain in Sölden. This unique cinematic installation offers visitors a fascinating insight into the making of these legendary films, focusing on the most recent one, Spectre, which was shot right here up in the Tirolese Alps. Take the custom-built gondola up to the summit, 3000m high, for breath-taking views of the valleys below, and embark on an immersive experience that reveals the secrets behind iconic studio sets and characters
New Restaurant Opening at The Charles Munich
The Charles Hotel in Munich has just opened the new Sophia's Restaurant and Bar, headed up by former Michelin starred chef, Michael Hüsken. Perfectly situated in the center of Munich, adjacent to the Old Botanical Gardens, The Charles Hotel of The Rocco Forte Collection, offers 160 spacious rooms including 23 suites and a Presidential Suite of 200 square meters.
The Ritz Paris Reopens
Since its original opening in 1898, The iconic Ritz Paris has undergone its largest transformation yet and finally reopened its doors following a four year long renovation project, costing somewhere in the realms of €400 million. The entire hotel has benefited from this makeover and whilst still very much maintaining its classic Parisian charm and elegance, now boasts wonderfully 21st century technology and amenities in every room.
World's Longest Tunnel Opens in Switzerland
The world's longest tunnel opened this month in Switzerland, standing at 57 kilometres long and reaching a depth of 2,300 metres. The Gotthard Tunnel has created a high speed rail link deep beneath the famous mountain range connecting Northern and Southern Europe and will slice an hour off travel time between cities such as Zurich and Milan.
New Restaurant at The Four Seasons George V Hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris is delighted to open a new restaurant - Le George, complimenting its existing two restaurants. Le George has been designed by famous interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and is located in the hotels former Ballroom. In the spring the restaurant will over look L'Orangerie, soon to be unveiled. What's more, the team will be headed up by Chef Marco Garfagnini from Tuscany named Young Italian Chef of the year 2005. Please contact us for further details.
Geneva- 'Europe's Leading City Break'
Geneva in Switzerland has been awarded "Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2015" at the World Travel Awards. The Swiss city is ideally located on the banks of lake Geneva and close to the magnificent Alps and is Switzerland's most cosmopolitan city, filled with luxurious shopping areas and lavish restaurants. Please contact us for further information.
Love Lock Bridge Collapse
The Pont des Arts footbridge over the river Seine in the heart of Paris also known as love lock bridge was recently closed due to a metal grill laden with padlocks collapsing on to the walkway. Padlocks have been bolted to the famous bridge in recent years symbolising couples enduring love, lovers typically throw the keys into the river. Contact us for further information.
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