More Need-to-Know Tidbits — Spring 2019

Short shots about travel

BY DON NICHOLS — Spring 2019

DO Book “From the Andes to the Amazon,” a new land-and-cruise adventure from Explora and Aqua Expeditions, and you’ll spend a minimum of six days hiking and biking in Peru’s Sacred Valley and plying the Amazon. Trips offered from April 1 to Nov. 30. 866-750-6699;


FLY In May, La Compagnie, the Paris-based all-business-class airline, will start offering direct flights between New York and Nice, France, Wednesday-Sunday out of Newark Liberty International Airport. The service will continue through October. 800-218-8187;

STAY At press time, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts was scheduled to open its third California property — the 161-room Rosewood Miramar Beach in Santa Barbara’s exclusive Montecito community — on March 1. Unwind on its 16 acres fronting an idyllic beach. From $825. 888-767-3966;

SAIL Continuing in growth mode, Viking launched its sixth ocean ship in February: Viking Jupiter, which will cruise in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Identical in design to the brand’s other ocean ships, it holds 930 passengers. 855-884-5464;

For the first time, Tauck will start cruising Portugal’s Douro Valley beginning in April 2020 — on the ms Andorinha, an 84-passenger ship now under construction that has been specially designed for the Douro. Choose from eight- and 12-day itineraries. 800-468-2825;

Detail of Rembrandt
Self-Portrait, 1669.

SEE Through Sept. 15, the Mauritshuis in the Hague, Netherlands, is exhibiting the 18 Rembrandt paintings in its collection, including the artist’s late self-portrait. The exhibition honors the master on the 350th anniversary of his death in October 1669.

EAT Feast on a nine-course dinner with just 13 other diners at Odo, a kaiseki restaurant that Chef Hiroki Odo opened in New York’s Flatiron District in December. Like a speakeasy, it’s hidden away at the back of Hall, an all-day café and cocktail bar the chef opened in November.


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