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Why book with A&K?
Travel is in our DNA. We live it, breathe it, love it, and we want you to feel to same way. Ever since our chairman, Geoffrey Kent, set up A&K in 1962, our mission has been to create holidays and travel experiences that deliver more than what has been asked for. We believe it is our people, both in the UK and our offices all over the world, who help us achieve this. People who keep their ears to ground, who anticipate what you are looking for before you are aware of it yourself and who have the contacts to make things happen.
With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s where we come in. Whether you know exactly what you want, but not how to get it, or whether you are looking for inspiration and ideas, our team are here to help guide you through the process of finding the perfect holiday. We welcome the opportunity to show you what we can do.
Travel in a style that suits you...
"One man's meat is another man's poison" - or so the saying goes. Everyone's different, that's for sure, including when it comes to holidays. At one end of the travel spectrum is the lure of an adventure or exploring a different culture, new experiences, learning and enlightenment. At the other it's all about chilling your boots and recharging the batteries, bathed in sunshine, cocktail in hand. And of course there's a whole host of variations and combinations in between. We offer three ways to travel that cover most options. You'll see that the holidays listed throughout our site broadly fall into these three categories but rest assured, we can tailor-make any trip to your individual requirements.
These categories are Tailor-made, Set departure and Group Tours, the options are set out here for you to explore and throughout the site you'll see how each holiday is classified.
A holiday created to fit your precise requirements - hand crafted by a travel consultant with first-hand knowledge of the region you want to visit; it is their job to understand exactly what you are looking for, and, drawing on their own experience, contacts and insight, create a trip that incorporates the experiences, the activities, the style of accommodation, the pace of travel and the level of luxury that are important to you.
Private Set Departures
A portfolio of journeys to the world's most iconic destinations, which come with all the typical A&K hallmarks - exceptional guides, insider access and seamless logistics, great accommodation - but are pre-packaged with flights, transfers and hotels and some meals, so you can see exactly how much your holiday will cost on given departure dates. These journeys are perfect if you have a degree of flexibility around your exact departure date, or are working to a fixed budget as you will typically save around 10% compared to the tailor-made equivalent.
Join a group of people who have a shared interest in the destination or focus of the journey, accompanied by an A&K tour director and our local and specialist guides - well suited if you enjoy meeting new people and making new friends. These journeys are curated by our own people on the ground all over the world, and in the case of our Land Rover Adventures or Christie's Art Tours, with input and guiding from their own experts.
Our sales consultants are all specialists in their own geographical region and are on hand to offer you a very personal service. One specialist will handle your booking from start to finish and ensure that all your travel needs are met. They each have their own direct line and so you will be able to get through to your personal consultant whenever you need to.
Choose accommodation to suit your style...and budget
We also recognise that everyone's definition of luxury is different. For some, it is five star international hotels, fine dining and air-con all the way. For others luxury is the privilege of discovery, solitude or insight often accessed in more remote areas where the accommodation is more rustic. At A&K our definition of luxury is simply getting exactly what you are looking for. Within this broad definition, we often see our travellers wishing to mix and match, and so for most of our tailor-made itineraries, we have chosen a raft of hotel options, designed to accommodate a range budgets and tastes, all of which have been checked out by our team and come with A&K wholehearted endorsement. As a point of comparison, we've classified our recommended hotels into 3 categories (✓Spend, ✓Save, ✓Splurge), to give you an idea of relative price:
Great value accommodation that nonetheless delivers something a bit special –typically independent boutique hotels which ooze style, character and a contemporary ambience. While they may not offer 24 hour room service and a superfast business centre, who cares? You're on holiday!
This is what we'd describe as 'traditional luxury', accommodation with an international flavour where you can expect most of the 5-star whistles and bells such as sumptuous accommodation, fine dining, round-the-clock concierge service, spa and swimming pools.
The hotels which fall into this category take luxury to an unbelievable level;while we don't pretend these are the common-or-garden option, there are times when it seems appropriate to splash out on an experience so sublime, you'll dine out on it for years and your friends will be green with envy.
Still looking for more reasons to book?
With local guides on the ground in over 50 offices around the world, Abercrombie & Kent can provide you with exclusive insider access to the experiences that other travel companies simply can't provide. So whether you want a tour of the Pyramids with your own Egyptologist, or browse the private art collection of the Medicis' in Florence, our experts will know just how to make it happen. And as we are the partner of choice for many hotels and resorts, our clients are guaranteed to receive the best service available.
Abercrombie & Kent is committed to responsible and ethical tourism. At A&K we understand that tourism has the potential to enrich, but can also threaten the fabric and spirit of fragile destinations. We therefore firmly believe that it is our duty to help protect the zoological and anthropological heritage that makes travel so worthwhile and rewarding. Through the work of A&K Philanthropy, we support sustainable conservation projects which help give local people a personal economic interest in preserving the unique qualities of their habitat and environment.
A&K has a unique infrastructure within the travel industry, with our own ground operations and local offices around the world providing a network of specialist knowledge and first class service. Today we have 52 offices and over 2,300 members of staff and can boast a wholly-owned fleet of boats, lodges, camps, and 340 vehicles. It is only through having this ground presence that we can safely claim that we can manage our clients' needs from an initial enquiry through to their travel experience and on to their safe return home.
SAFETY & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
Our clients can rest assured that wherever they travel with us, they will be looked after by the A&K network around the world. In the event of any emergency situation, local A&K staff will be on hand to assist you and your travel documentation will contain a 24-hour emergency telephone number linking you to our 24 hour, 7 days a week Duty Manager system.
At A&K we thrive on repeat business due to our reputation. Repeat clients are extremely valuable to us and your feedback is recorded and noted to ensure that your needs are not only met, but exceeded.
EXPERIENCE AND ACCURACY
Our staff, both in the UK and around the world, are extremely experienced and have years of travel knowledge and experience between them. Attention to detail is key and our highly trained sales consultants will ensure that every element of your travel itinerary is planned to the last detail.
Collect Avios on every booking
We are delighted to announce that you can now collect Avios when you book a holiday or rent a villa or ski chalet with Abercrombie & Kent. If you are a member of British Airways Executive Club, Avios Travel Rewards Programme or an Iberia Plus, for every £1 you spend on holiday with us (excluding taxes and credit card fees) you will earn 2 Avios. So, when you book with Abercrombie & Kent, not only will you have an amazing holiday, you could collect enough Avios for a return flight to a European city, all you pay are taxes, fees and charges*. You'll see an approximate Avios value attached to each holiday on our site but the more you spend, the more you could collect. For more information about collecting Avios, please call a member of our team on 01242 547 760.
*All bookings are strictly subject to availability, taxes, fees and charges are payable in cash for all bookings.