JET SET EXPERIENCES: BUENOS AIRES

GO
Biking, culture, art, tango, table-hopping, and shopping! This city has something for every type traveler.

STAY
– Four Seasons. Located in the heart of the La Recoleta District, Four Seasons service is matched with a coveted locale. Spa-ing and dining are on tap, here, too—both of which are worth a stay.
– Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt. Also located in the historic French district of Recoleta, the hotel’s Paseo de las Artes Duhau art collection is reason enough to visit.
La Bamba de Areco. Nestled in the heart of Pampa—one of the oldest estancias in Argentina, this recently renovated boutique hotel combines gaucho tradition with equestrian pursuits and notable cuisine.
 
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– Floreria Atlantic. This hidden cocktail bar is tucked away beneath a gorgeous flower shop.
– Patagonia Sur. A Francis Mallmann outpost, fine dining is celebrated with a knockout wine list.
– El Cuartito. This hyper-local pizza restaurant is casual and quaint.

WOW FACTOR
One of the most emblematic buildings is the Casa Rosada—the pink presidential palace. Yes, it’s touristy, but it’s where Evita used to address throngs of Peronists gathered in the Plaza de Mayo and Avenida de Mayo.

CONTACT:
– Jill Taylor
– Cally Pirrung

JET SET EXPERIENCES: ZEGRAHM EXPEDITIONS – JAPAN’S WILD ISLAND

Departing May 19, 2018
This 14-night, round-trip Tokyo Zegrahm adventure offers a brand new itinerary though one of Japan’s least-developed islands. Perfect for the repeat visitor to Japan—escape the larger cities and visit remote villages, markets, temples, and pagodas. Rebun Island is this cruise’s muse. A small island near the northern tip of Hokkaido that’s part of the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, it’s been coined the “Floating Island of Flowers.”

GO
– Mark Brazil, an ornithologist who lives in Hokkaido with his Japanese wife (he’s originally from the UK), customized the itinerary. He bridges the cultural gap for North American travelers and has designed the itinerary to showcase the best of his backyard.
–  While circumnavigating Hokkaido, a small ship is a must. The excursion fuses Russia and parts of mainland Japan in an easy and effective way (versus flying).
–  A highlight is Shikotsu-Toya National Park—a UNESCO Geopark with caldera lakes, hot springs, and hiking trails.
– Combine birding with the rugged, natural side of Japan, and its remote villages—a natural and cultural history homerun.

STAY
The all-suite, 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious yet intimate expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2012, sleek public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano, an elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym. All suites have an ocean view and feature sitting rooms, en suite bathrooms, flat screen televisions, spacious wardrobes, and dressing tables. The Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs and is equipped to offer scuba diving.

WOW FACTOR
Learn about the indigenous Ainu culture at the Museum of Northern Peoples and experience a traditional Cossack performance in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

CONTACT
Michelle Gordon to customize your itinerary, accessed here.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: PORTUGAL PLEASE

Portugal is defined by marvelous wine, unique culture, beautiful scenery, and a maritime past. The steep inclines of the city streets may mirror San Francisco, but upon entering a cupboard-sized Ginjinha Bar you’ll know you’re in Lisbon. Navigate a maze of medieval lanes, which reveal beautiful murals and ornate brickwork in public squares. And be forewarned: the addictive Pastéis de Belém is just one of Portugal’s tasty treasures.

GO
Just an hour drive from Lisbon, Bombarral kisses the ocean; its climate perfectly primed for wine production. Considered the Napa Valley of Portugal, take a tour and tasting at Quinta do Sanguinhal winery. Discover 19th-century gardens, a restored distillery that produces brandy and grappa, and stone tanks where grapes were trodden with wooden presses from 1871.

DRIVE
To the spectacular medieval village of Serra de Marvao. Perched atop a rocky hillside at 3000 feet, the town’s narrow, cobble-stoned streets are lined with whitewashed houses and 13th-century castles. Continue north to the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and stay at the remote Casa das Penhas Douradas. Hike through pristine trails followed by a delectable meal paired with unbeatable views.

WOW FACTOR
Your itinerary wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Porto! Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site by boat. Cruise the Douro River at sunset and find six iconic bridges. Port wine lodges beckon from the riverbanks, including Sandeman, Churchill’s, and Taylors.

CONTACT
To discover your own treasures in this diverse country, contact your favorite Jet Set Advisor.