Expert’s Eye: Lima

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victor1Proud to call Lima his home, A&K Resident Tour Director® Victor Pulisci has been escorting groups throughout Peru and beyond since 1992. Victor is passionate about his hometown, and this becomes immediately apparent when he’s sharing the sights of Lima with our guests. Here’s what this resident insider had to say about his favorite city.

What makes Lima so unique?
This city has so many distinctive traits. The architecture, history and culture are all so compelling. The common thread is diversity. You see Incan, colonial and contemporary international influences everywhere.

lima-miraflores-parksWhat is your favorite neighborhood?
I grew up in Miraflores, and it still holds my heart. It offers the best of Lima: trendy shopping malls (such as Larcomar overlooking the Pacific Ocean), an abundance of parks, all manner of art galleries and the city’s finest restaurants. Continue Reading ›

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Expert’s Eye: Barcelona

Expert’s Eye: Barcelona
Jeremy Kerrison

If you’re travelling to Spain this year, this is the man to talk to first. A&K Resident Tour Director®, Jeremy Kerrison has over 25 years of travel experience in Europe, several of them spent in the Catalan capital of Barcelona. Jeremy recently sat down with us to share his short list in Spain’s must-see city.

What makes Barcelona so unique?
It is a Mediterranean-situated city, renowned for its Modernist architecture, which is inspired by Antoni Gaudí and reflected in singular buildings, such as the unfinished Sagrada Familia church. However, its history dates back to the Romans, so there is amazing, diverse architecture that spans 2,000 years. Continue Reading ›

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Q&A: A&K Resident Tour Director Pawan Tuladhar on Returning to Nepal Now

Nepal Q&A

In the wake of devastation, A&K paves the way for a safe return to a remarkable nation on the rebound

You may never see the Nepalese more welcoming than now. A country dependent on tourist dollars for its livelihood, Nepal suffered a tremendous blow last spring when earthquakes shook the region, devastating communities and resulting in an instant decline in tourism. Today, the people of Nepal are focused on healing and returning to life as usual — and drawing visitors back is a key part of that.

A&K talked to Pawan Tuladhar, a long-time resident of Kathmandu, for his take on why you should visit Nepal with A&K now. Continue Reading ›

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Expert’s Eye: Xian

Expert’s Eye: Xian

You’ve Seen the Terra Cotta Warriors. Now What?

A&K Tour Director Gerald HatherlyEver since 1974, when local farmers accidentally unearthed its now world-renowned Terra Cotta Warriors, Xian, China, has graced countless luxury China tour itineraries. Viewing the life-size antiquities up close, accompanied by an on-site archaeologist on an A&K Luxury Small Group Journey, is an unforgettable travel experience clearly worth the trip.

Less obvious is how to choose from among this ancient city’s many other cultural and historic attractions. So, we asked Gerald Hatherly — one of A&K’s premier Tour Directors and a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for China — for his best recommendations.

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Expert’s Eye: Madrid

Expert’s Eye: Madrid

A&K Tour Director Simon Butler-Madden A&K Tour Director Simon Butler-Madden takes you inside the place he knows best — his hometown, Madrid. Travel to Spain, as this madrileño reveals his favorite sites, place to grab a bite, soak up local culture and unearth treasures in Spain’s capital.

A diplomat specializing in East-West relations before joining Abercrombie & Kent in 1989, Simon has accompanied groups throughout all of Europe and Russia. His involvement in European arts, politics and culture gives him a unique insight that he shares with his travellers. He is a connoisseur of European wines and cuisine, even producing his own olive oil on a small farm in Extremadura, Spain.

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