See Tulips Where They Originated—Turkey—During Istanbul’s Annual Tulip Festival

Turkish Tulips

Experience the wonders of Turkey—and the tulip—where it was first cultivated, during the annual International Istanbul Tulip Festival.

Given its architectural wonders, rich history and cultural heritage, Istanbul’s wow-factor is already off the charts. But this becomes especially true each spring, when the annual International Istanbul Tulip Festival (Istanbul Lale Festivali) bursts on the scene with its more than 18 million vibrant blooms. Continue Reading ›

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Why Should 007 Have All the Fun? Visit Exotic James Bond Movie Locations with A&K

Daniel Craig as James Bond, 007, in Spectre
Italy

Rome, Italy

In what may well be Daniel Craig’s last outing as indestructible super spy James Bond, Spectre opens worldwide this month, offering movie goers the usual irresistible Bond recipe of fast cars, high-tech gadgets, diabolical super villains, gorgeous ladies and inimitable derring-do from agent 007.

Like all 23 series entries before it, Spectre presents a cinematic travelogue of some of the world’s most exotic and intriguing locales, starting in Rome, Italy, home to such iconic sites as the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. Continue Reading ›

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Wonders of the World by Private Jet: September 2015

Wonders of the World by Private Jet

September 17 – October 10, 2015

Let the Private Jet journey begin! A&K guests begin their adventure to visit the world’s greatest wonders – such as Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the Hagia Sophia. For the next 24 days, we’ll sharing photos from each destination. Be sure to check back for updates.
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Coffee Around the World

Coffee Around the World

Coffee Around the WorldCoffee’s reputation as a pick-me-up, coupled with its important role in our social and culinary lives, has ensured its coveted status across continents and cultures through the ages. Today, coffee cultivation, production and enjoyment are a deeply engrained in many cultures.

Each region has its own distinct coffee type or traditions, and you can experience many firsthand in Turkey, Italy or throughout Europe, not to mention Africa and South America. Delve further to learn about these cups of joe in store.

In Turkey, It’s About Style

“Turkish coffee” is less about origin and more about the style of preparation, which involves grinding beans into a very fine powder and boiling them over moderate heat in a small brass pot called a cezve — usually with sugar and sometimes with cardamom. The coffee is ready when it rises, bubbles, all-but-overflows and the grounds settle. Sipping the result is an experience no A&K guest should miss. Continue Reading ›

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