Last minute getaways with Ker & Downey give you a chance to pack in fantastic Ker & Downey luxury experiences on short journeys. Travel between October and December to take advantage of some of these exclusive luxury last minute getaways.
Summer has ended and school has just begun, but we already feel like we need a break. You too? Snag some alone time before the hustle and bustle of the holidays picks up with some of our favorite last minute getaways. These quick luxury journeys are packed with the same fantastic experiences Ker & Downey is known for with a shorter timetable to give you enough time to decompress from your summer break without staying gone too long.
Colombia is extremely accessible and incredibly convenient for last minute getaways. Head to Hacienda Bambusa, a hidden gem in the Coffee Triangle, for fresh food, legendary coffee, and excursions among the stunning Central Andes mountains. You’ll also spend three nights in luxury at the Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara, a 17th century colonial jewel and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Cartagena’s Old City. While in Cartagena, you’ll experience a chocolate and rum tasting, go on a cultural tour of the city, and take a private cruise in Cartagena Bay.
From Newark Liberty International Airport, you could be in Portugal in just seven hours – enough time to catch up on some sleep and hit the ground running for five days in Lisbon at the Hotel Bairro Alto, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of historic downtown. It’s within walking distance to many major historic sites, exclusive shops, restaurants, and bars. Explore the city with your private guide, sample sherry liqueur, and try your hand at an authentic Portuguese dish with a cooking class and intimate dinner. Take in Portugal from the coast aboard a private vessel as you head from Belém to Sintra, stopping in the small village of Cascais for lunch. In Sintra, visit the charming 19th century Pena Palace. Cap off your time in Lisbon with dinner at Palacete da Rua das Chagas, an exclusive experience that will transport you back in time to the glorious monarchy.
A whirlwind trip to Russia reveals a rich history amid strides of modernization in the world’s largest country. As the country works to shed its Soviet past and reclaim its former cultural and capitalist vitality, ancient palaces and cathedrals are benefiting with much-needed restoration while colorful markets are once again the hub of social activity. Explore the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg with in-depth private city tours. Between Moscow’s astounding Kremlin and uncanny concentration of billionaires and St. Petersburg distinct European flavor, both capitals prove that in today’s Russia, anything is possible.
Last minute getaways to Egypt offer insight into the ancient culture and pack in the luxury! This quick escape is the perfect introduction to Cairo paired with one of the region’s best kept secrets: the Fayoum oasis. You’ll have a full day in Cairo to explore the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with a private Egyptologist guide who really brings the ancient culture to life. Then you’ll head to Fayoum, Egypt’s oldest city and one of the most ancient in all of Africa. The Fayoum oasis offers an incredible array of shimmering sand flats, pristine desert, rich archaeological sites, and plenteous fossil remains to explore. It’s a relatively unknown area to the tourist circuit, therefore providing visitors with a hyper-personalized experience. And your accommodations in Fayoum at the Lazib Inn is an authentic Egyptian escape setting a new standard of luxury in the desert.
Last minute getaways to Argentina offer the traveler unabashed luxury, vibrant cultures, and award-winning wines. Visit Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South” and take in its Bohemian charm and European-flavored sophistication with tours of the city and a Tango show. Head out of the city to Andes Mountain foothills and the vineyards of Mendoza, an area known as the “land of good sunshine and good wine.” The wine industry in Argentina shows great promise and the area continues to make noise in the wine world. Check it out for yourself with wine tastings in the Uco Valley, regarded as of the top wine areas in Argentina.
Sure the travel time may seem prohibitive, but when you’re traveling to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, what’s one overnight flight? The iconic city of Cape Town is anchored by Table Mountain and is a melting pot of cultures. Explore it with four nights of luxury at the One&Only Cape Town. You’ll have privately guided tours of the Cape and its surrounds and a day in the famous Winelands region. Before heading home, you’ll retreat to the charming Birkenhead House in Hermanus, an area renowned for being home to the Southern Right whale. Birkenhead’s prime location perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus allows you to sit on the patio or on plush sofas in the sitting room and spot the whales as they swim and breech in the bay.
It might be a quick trip to Egypt, but you’ll have plenty of time to explore Cairo and dig into the history of one of the world’s most intriguing cultures. Over the course of five days in the city, you’ll do a lot of exploring with your private Egyptologist guide – from the pyramids to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, there’s a lot to see. You’ll also get a chance to dive deep into Egypt’s rich culture at the famed Khan el Khalili Marketplace, Egypt’s oldest marketplace and one of the best places to enjoy color, bargains, and people. Your days touring are full, but you’ll also have a chance to enjoy the luxury of the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. The Spa is the largest of its kind in Cairo and offers a range of massages and beauty treatments – the perfect end cap to last minute getaways!
Take advantage of these last minute getaways by traveling between October 1 and the beginning of December. For more information on one of these luxury last minute getaways, contact your Ker & Downey Travel Professional. To stay up to date on all of our online content, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.