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Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards not only for our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where.

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London, 30 January 2020.

Abercrombie & Kent Appoints Northern Sales Manager

Appointment strengthens A&K’s trade team alongside Cox & Kings’

Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent has announced that Richard Hey joined the business this week as Agency Sales Manager covering the northern region.  

 

Richard is a familiar face in the luxury travel world having held roles at If Only and most recently, The Lux Collective. Mark Harris continues in his role as Agency Sales Manager looking after the south. The duo will be working closely with Sarah Turner and Laura Dawson, Trade Sales Managers for Cox & Kings to drive their agent engagement programme for both programmes respectively. This strong team underpins the ongoing commitment to the trade from both brands, offering a comprehensive spectrum of luxury products and services to agent partners.

 

2020 is a big year for the A&K Group on the back of a year of significant change in 2019; a majority stake in A&K was acquired by investment company the Heritage Group, headed by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio whose family founded ultra-luxury cruise company Silversea

 

Kerry Golds, Managing Director commented

 

The trade is a crucial pillar of our business and has only gone from strength to strength over recent years. Richard's expertise will be vital in an exciting time for A&K and C&K respectively. With both Agency Sales Teams now focussed on providing specialist knowledge we have a solid platform on which to further pioneer the world of luxury travel with our trade partners.

 

Richard Hey added

 

A&K has been ground-breaking the world of luxury since its inception. I'm excited to be joining a market leader in luxury travel at an impressive time in its history.

 

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A&K and C&K Trade Sales Team – Left to Right

  • Mark Harris – A&K Agency Sales Manager – South
  • Sarah Turner – C&K Agency Sales Manager – South
  • Richard Hey – A&K Agency Sales Manager – North
  • Laura Dawson – C&K Agency Sales Manager - North

 

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Media: James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 07854933581 | [email protected]   

 

About Abercrombie & Kent:

Abercrombie & Kent was founded in 1962 by Geoffrey Kent when he headed out into Kenya's bush country with little more than a tent, his mother's silver ice bucket and a Land Rover adapted to provide refrigeration. These early trips formed the blueprint for African safaris, and the tone for every A&K journey that followed. Today, fifty-five years on from that first safari in East Africa, you can experience the A&K difference in more than 100 countries on all seven continents. With a network of 54 offices around the world and a family of more than 2,500 travel experts, A&K is in a unique position to ensure that every aspect is arranged with exacting precision for a stylish, seamless and safe journey. There is travel, and there is travel with A&K. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

London, 20 January 2020.

A&K Pledges Support for Australia

Luxury travel company encourages clients to still visit the continent

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has pledged $100,000 AUD to support relief efforts in Australia. The donation, encompassed from the global network of offices and its philanthropic arm, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP). The funds are being used to support Australian charities leading the humanitarian and wildlife relief efforts, including the Red Cross and RSPCA

 

Others can donate via the AKP website. In addition, A&K’s Australian based staff are being encouraged to use volunteer Community Service days to provide support where possible.

 

The size and scale of Australia’s bushfires is difficult to imagine. To date, more than over 20.5 million acres have burned. Shockingly, this is 10 times the number of acres burned in California’s 2018 and 2019 wildfire seasons combined, and larger than last year’s Amazon fires.

 

What some travellers don’t realise is just how big Australia really is. At almost 3 million square miles, it’s roughly the size of the U.S. mainland, which means a huge section of the country has not been impacted and most tourism businesses are still open.

 

All international airports are operating as normal and Tourism Australia’s travel alerts page provides updates on popular international destinations. The long list of areas that have not been affected by fires include Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and Whitsundays, the Hunter Valley and North Coast of New South Wales, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island, and Western Australia’s Coral Coast.

 

Geoffrey Kent, Founder and Co-Chairman commented

 

We’re deeply saddened by the situation in Australia. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Australian communities who have been impacted.

 

Tourism is a key industry for Australia, and at present many of the main tourist areas remain unaffected. It’s important not to abandon this incredible country in its time of need.

 

Sujata Raman, Regional Managing Director, Abercrombie & Kent Australia / Asia Pacific added

 

At this difficult time, we have been heartened by the tremendous response of the local and global community in providing support to affected families and communities. Our inbound travel team have been working around the clock to ensure the many Abercrombie & Kent guests visiting Australia have been kept safe and comfortable and are being looked after in inimitable A&K Australia style.

 

Why we love the land down under

Cosmopolitan cities and outstanding natural wonders make Australia holidays irresistible. You’ll quickly discover why there’s so much more to luxury tours in Australia than ‘Sydney, rock and reef’. Explore sophisticated Melbourne and Adelaide as well as Perth. And while the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru are extraordinary sights, there’s also Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest and Kakadu National Park in the Top End.

 

With our extensive network of guides and experts, we’ll ensure you have those special moments that make luxury Australia holidays and tours so memorable. With our tailor-made holidays in Australia, we can arrange exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Sydney Opera House, a helicopter spin around the Hunter Valley's vineyards or a sheep-shearing lesson on a family ranch. Whether you’re travelling with family, in a small group or on your own, our team will reveal a huge and diverse country of modern and ancient indigenous culture.

 

 

Classic Australia

Cruise Sydney's handsome harbour with a glass of Australia's finest wine on our tailor made Australia tour. You’ll dine in the desert under the stars, gazing at Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), before rising early to watch the sunrise over this remarkable landscape. Other classic Australian experiences waiting for you include going walkabout in a UNESCO World Heritage rainforest with a local bushman to guide you, sailing and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the alleyways and arcades of cosmopolitan Melbourne.

 

Discover Australia

Explore the wonders of Australia on this whistle stop tour of the land down under. Visit Sydney’s humming harbourside and wander the atmospheric arcades of Melbourne. Snap the steeple-laden skyline of Adelaide, and potter around Perth’s repurposed heritage buildings. Of course, there’s more to see beyond just the major cities. Travel to Australia’s stunning west coast to experience the lesser-known beauty of Tasmania. Sample the fine wine of The Mornington Peninsula as you stop off at its maritime vineyards. From buzzing cosmopolitan cities to sun-drenched conservation parks, take in the very best contemporary Australia has to offer.

 

 

The Pristine Waters of Ningaloo Reef

On our Ningaloo reef tours you’ll snorkel or scuba dive with the dazzling marine life of Australia’s western coast

 

A&K expedition – Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier

Explore Kimberley’s wild coast on this exciting voyage, stopping in at Freshwater Cove, Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and Vanistart Bay

 

Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under Escorted Tour

Discover two of the world’s most captivating countries with our 18-day Australia and New Zealand itinerary

 

Exploring the outback

Spend three days exploring Australia’s iconic outback. Watch jumping saltwater crocodiles, explore Arnhem Land and swim in freshwater plunge pools

 

Heart Island Reef Experience

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Enjoy a scenic flight to Heart Island before discovering the Heart Reef up close. Spot wildlife, snorkel in the lagoon and explore aboard a glass-bottomed boat

 

Insider access to Sydney’s attractions

NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the animals at Taronga Zoo and a back-stage tour of Sydney Opera House with your private A&K guide. Explore the coastlines of Chowder Bay and Bondi Beach

 


 

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About Abercrombie & Kent

 

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 9 January 2020.

Your wish, granted by Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent curate experiences for every traveller's wish

Every traveller has their wish list of dream destinations and longed-for travel experiences. Whatever your wish, A&K can fulfil it with our signature combination of authenticity, expertise and knowledge of nearly 60 years and a network of offices across the world.

 

2019 saw an increase in demand from our clients to get more involved in the inspiration and planning stages of their holiday - a natural evolution in the desire for more curated, experiential travel. That prompted us to set up My A&K, an area of our site where clients can begin building their dream trip, selecting and saving tours and experiences, before handing over to our specialists who will pull it all together for them. That demand for personalised, curated experiential travel is undoubtedly going to keep growing.

 

Below, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite experiences from our 2020 campaign, Your Wish, Granted. Read them all here.

 

See somewhere from a new angle

With A&K, there are always new ways to see old favourites – even for the most seasoned traveller. We know how to reveal the hidden side of a destination, whether it’s by taking you off the tourist trail, or showing you the highlights from a fresh perspective.

 

View Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park | Grenada

View the world’s first underwater sculpture park off the coast of Grenada. Listed as one of the Top 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic, you can swim among or sail over the 100 figures which inhabit this watery wonderland in Moliniere Bay. Observe how the power of the ocean has brought about dynamic changes.

Start your adventure by taking a 10-minute boat ride from St George’s, or 15 minutes from Grand Anse, to the protected area praised for being an artificial reef with flourishing marine life. The underwater gallery created by Jason deCaires Taylor can be seen from beneath the water if you dive or snorkel, or it can be viewed from a glass-bottom boat.

 

Sunset San Andreas Fault 4x4 Tour | California

Enjoy a 4x4 desert adventure on a jeep tour of the San Andreas Fault. On this sunset tour in Palm Desert, you’ll ride in an open-air Jeep, exploring the canyons along the San Andreas Fault as the sun goes down in the desert. 

The San Andreas Fault is a major fracture in the Earth’s crust. It extends more than 1,300km through California and represents a transform (strike-slip) boundary between two major tectonic plates: the Northern Pacific to the south and west and the North American to the north and east. Your journey begins before dark, as the sun sets you will be wowed by as long shadows bathe the hills in incredible red, yellow, orange, and purple hues. Wildlife also tends to be most active at sunrise and sunset, so your chances of catching Discover how and why the Cahuilla Indians lived along this fault and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more.

 

Delve into Rome’s Underground World | Italy

Take a journey back in time and descend below the modern streets of Rome to discover some of the Eternal City’s best-kept secrets. Join your local guide to learn more about ancient crypts and Roman catacombs. Start your amazing underground tour at the Basilica of San Clemente, easily the best example of exactly how deep you need to dig to understand Rome's history. You’ll descend three levels and through two thousand years of history. Underneath lies a functioning aqueduct, in which water still flows today. Marvel at one of the finest mosaics of the famous Tree of Life. Hear how in the 1860s, a priest discovered the structure we see today sitting on top of two millennia of foundations dating back to Nero's Great Fire in the year 64 AD. Your next stop will be one of Rome’s most important catacombs. Dating back almost 2,000 years this extensive network of tunnels, was once both a burial ground and a place of worship for the first Christians in Rome. Explore the tombs carved right out of the rock and hear the fascinating history of this sacred place.

 

Balloon Ride over Luxor’s Temples | Egypt

Take to the skies above Luxor in a hot-air balloon and enjoy a panoramic views of the world greatest open-air museum. Leaving at sunrise, your scenic flight over Egypt's iconic monuments promises to be one of the highlights of your journey down the river. View the magnificent temples of Karnak and Hatshepsut, among many other privileged sights. Enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the sun rising over the east bank of the Nile, illuminating the land of the ancient Pharaohs. You’ll take off following a safety briefing and introduction to your ground crew and pilot. Your balloon will rise gently away from the crowds to reveal the wonders below.

 

Helicopter flight over Val d’Orcia | Italy

Take a helicopter ride over the UNESCO site of Val d’Orcia Nation Park, one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. After touring the enchanting reaches of the region, your pilot will take you down at Podere Le Ripi. Here, you will be led to the members’ cellar for an engaging wine-tasting session. Next, you are transferred to Il Silene Restaurant for lunch. Led by a Michelin-starred chef, the menu is focused around the natural ingredients of the surrounding area.

This divinely sculpted landscape has captured imaginations for centuries. Gaze over the expansive chalk plains and remarkably conical hills topped with breath-taking historic buildings. Here, you may spot an eclectic mix of Etruscan settlements, Roman roads and Renaissance castles. As well as being the inspiration for many important Renaissance artworks, such as those of Simone Martini and Giovanni Bellini, Val d’Orcia has also been used as a set for well-known films such as The English Patient and Gladiator.

 

Ziplining on the Mehrangarh Fort | Italy

Thrill seekers can experience Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur’s most impressive site, on an exciting zipline ride. Perched on a cliff, 124 metres above the city, the fort was home to maharajas since the 15th century. Today, you can still see cannonball dents imposed by Jaipur’s invading forces. Meet your expert guides who will brief you on the six ziplines. Then glide over the terraced Chokelao Gardens, leafy and brimming with orchids. You can also enjoy uninterrupted views over Jodhpur’s brilliant blue houses. Launch off a battlement accessed by a hidden tunnel. You’ll fly over crenellations and deep ravines. One line will whisk you deep into the arid red desert of Rao Jodha Park, gliding serenely over the surrounding mirror-like lakes. From volcanic rock and sandstone, you can look back at the fort in all its glory. Finish the adventure landing on the tip of a 30-metre fortified tower.

 

Stimulate Your Senses

In travel, what you see is only part of what you get. Imagine aromatic spice markets, thundering waterfalls and sizzling street food; the greatest destinations promise a multisensory extravaganza – and we can show them to you.

 

Pottery to palaces | India

The city of Jaipur seduces from all angles. Spend three nights exploring Rajasthan’s capital, a world-renowned epicentre for craft; block printed textiles, hand-painted pottery and intricate jewellery. Experience this first hand with private workshops and masterclasses in ancestral techniques. Then admire grandeur on a royal scale as you explore the city’s alluring palaces including private sections of City Palace, usually off-limits for other travellers.

 

Cheetah tracking in the Great Karoo | South Africa

Spend three nights in South Africa’s Great Karoo. Explore its varied landscape known for its heart-breaking natural beauty. Go cheetah tracking with a successful conservation programme and put your skills to the test scouting out the Big Five. You’ll also get to enjoy wilderness picnics and sleep out under the stars in a four-poster bed. Your base? A graceful farmhouse tucked away in a private game reserve.

 

Follow India’s Perfume Trail | India

Follow the scented trail through Lucknow, the northern capital of Uttar Pradesh, known for its grace, arts and culture. You will also explore the perfume capital of Kannauj, famed for its 200 or so perfume distilleries and its rose attar.

You’re A&K guide will accompany you as you meander through timeless lanes filled with fragrance. Learn how the process of making Attar, or Ittar, has its origins in medieval times as well as ancient India and Persia. Peruse some of the best perfumeries showcasing incense and beautifully-bottled essential oils. You’ll find scents of sandalwood, sweet-smelling jasmine and blends of amber and musk. They come in different forms from incense sticks and room sprays to therapeutic oils and laundry fragrances. Meet a perfume master with a canny ability to identify rare wood or laurel leaves. You’ll learn the delicate process behind making attar from plucking botanicals to the steaming distillation process.

 

Journey with a view

Whether you wish to lay eyes on mountain panoramas or oceanscapes, view-finding means more with A&K. With us, you can traverse the landscape in style – whether by rail, road, air or water – and savour the most stunning scenery on the planet.

 

Classic Nile | Egypt

A cruise down the majestic River Nile makes the wonders of Ancient Egypt come alive. You’ll be cruising on a floating five-star hotel with every modern comfort imaginable. This is a classic Nile tour with a pronounced sense of style. Drift past temples, tombs, colossal statues, wildlife and farmlands that line the banks as they have for millennia. At your side you’ll have the expert tutelage of an Egyptologist, revealing secret insights and deepening your appreciation. See where Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, lose yourself in the meandering alleys of bustling souks, ponder ancient hieroglyphics. And then relax as you sail gently down the Nile.

 

Cutting-edge California| USA

If you’re going to do one road trip in your entire life, you could do worse than taking the exhilarating Highway 1 from San Francisco along the California coast. Then why not do it in style? It’s almost obligatory to hire a Mustang convertible. En route you’ll stop at Napa Valley for wine tastings in smart estates and seek thrills on a hot-air-balloon ride over the vine-strewn hills. Wind along Big Sur’s coastal cliffs and lap up its ocean panoramas. When you get to Los Angeles, do as the Californians do and take on the luxurious shops with a private stylist.

 

Get Up Close To Wildlife

Let us whisk you off to exotic lands where the wildlife is as unique as the wilderness it inhabits. During your wildlife holiday, benefit from the expertise of our world-class guides

 

The spectacular zebra migration

Spend three nights in the deep reaches of Botswana’s premier national parks. Witness the great zebra migration, one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. More than 25,000 zebras make the trek from the Chobe to the dazzling Makgadikgadi Pans. Witness the drama as it unfolds against the backdrop of wide-open vistas of shallow streams, carpeted emerald plains and giant baobabs.

 

The Great Ice Bear Adventure

A Churchill polar bear tour is without doubt the world’s ultimate polar bear-watching experience. Your adventure in Canada's Far North begins on the light aircraft flight to Churchill. From high above the remote hinterland you may well see polar bear, caribou, moose and wolf. Under the guidance of our team of specialist guides, you’ll trek the region's remote tundra and witness wild polar bears in their natural habitat. Climb aboard lumbering Tundra Buggies for a 'lunch with the bears' experience. After dinner each evening you may be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights in the Arctic's clear skies.

 

Give Back

Every holiday makes an impression – on our lives, but also on the places we visit. At A&K, we ensure this impact is a positive one. Our philanthropic arm, AKP, supports an amazing 42 projects in 22 countries, and we’re committed to integrating sustainability into your travel arrangements

 

Dipetsana Bike Shop | Botswana

Set in the small town of Kasane, Dipetsana Bike Shop is owned and run as a cooperative by five local women. On your visit, you’ll learn about everyday life here while coming to understand the importance of reliable and sustainable transport in this remote part of Botswana. Afterwards, a guide joins you for a cycling tour of the town. Seeing the shop at work, you’d think these highly trained women had been working in this cheery, bustling environment for decades. Several years ago, these inspiring entrepreneurs partnered with AKP, who were able to arrange for several shipping containers of second-hand bikes to be sent to them. A project with very little waste, even the containers have come to good use, forming the shop’s building. This has provided a means to support their families and broaden the community's mobility.

 

Hansraj Children’s Home | India

Hansraj Children’s Home is a residential girls’ school which serves around 100 children in the local area. This project is supported by A&K Philanthropy, with the aim of improving literacy rates in the area and combatting gender discrimination which makes it difficult for girls particularly to access education. The home provides free education, books, meals and clothes, as well as somewhere safe to spend the night, making it a vital resource for the area.

Most of the children here come from the tribal belts surrounding Udaipur. These rural communities are often situated far from the nearest school, creating another boundary to equal education. As you observe the good being done, hear from the girls how Hansraj Children’s Home has made a difference to their lives. You may even take part in games and other activities to help brighten up their day.

 

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James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]

 

About Abercrombie & Kent

 

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 7 January 2020.

New: Multi-Centre Asia Itinerary and angles from A&K

Immersive, authentic experiences have been the talk of the industry for some time now – luckily, luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent have been specialising in them since they started nearly 60 years ago. While beach holidays are always popular, clients are generally looking to be immersed in a destination rather than a simple fly and flop. For those that want the best of both worlds there's always the twin or multi-centre which has seen constant growth over the past 10 years - and is something expected to grow. For example, a visit to Asia often encompasses more than one country.

 

With this demand from clients in mind, A&K have devised a new Luxury Tented Camps of South-east Asia which takes in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

 

Luxury Tented Camps of South-east Asia | 15 nights from £12,785pp

Embark on a thrilling adventure around South-east Asia, staying at the region’s most luxurious tented camps. This journey begins in the hills of Northern Thailand, on the edge of the fabled Golden Triangle, where you will bed down in style amidst bamboo jungles. Next, cruise on the Mekong to Laos, where the UNESCO-listed city of Luang Prabang is waiting to charm you. Then it’s off into the remote Cambodian jungle for the ultimate eco-luxe experience. Your tour ends in Myanmar, where you’ll discover the fascinating people and places of Yangon, before indulging in beach bliss on the Mergui archipelago. The following hotels and resorts have been carefully selected for this itinerary.

 

 

Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

Take advantage of the Four Seasons’ excellent activities. Join a guided excursion to the Golden Triangle, beginning with a longtail-boat ride on the iconic Mekong. Cruise to where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, before hopping onto dry land for a journey by tuk tuk or songthaew. You’ll visit the historic Buddhist temple of Chedi Luang and stop by a bustling market. Alternatively, head to the hotel’s ethical elephant camp to learn all about the loveable pachyderm and its conservation, while meeting the local population of Asian elephant. 

 

Rosewood Luang Prabang

Enjoy a farm-to-plate experience. Discover the types of crop grown here, lend a hand in a vegetable garden, then learn how to turn harvested rice into delicious kaopun (Lao noodles). Afterwards, hike through the forest to the nearby Kuang Si Falls. This three-tiered waterfall is famous for its sixty-metre cascade and inviting turquoise pool – just the place to cool off. Finally, head to Laos Buffalo Dairy. You’ll tour the farm, meet the buffalo, help feed the calves, and sample the diverse produce made from buffalo milk – everything from cheese to ice cream.

 

Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild

With an ethos of sustainability and conservation at its heart, this eco-luxe tented camp immerses you in nature. You can arrive in intrepid style with a zip line ride over a waterfall, join wildlife rangers on an anti-poaching patrol; navigate hidden backwaters by kayak; mountain bike between villages; or forage in nature’s larder accompanied by expert naturalists. 

 

Belmond Governors Residence

This charming, colonial-style mansion boasts a calming atmosphere throughout. In the evening, head out to experience the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda after dark. Discover Yangon's people and places as you explore the city on foot. Stroll along busy boulevards to admire a range of old-world architecture and learn about the cultural influences that have shaped this place. Stop at the iconic Strand Hotel for a drink and chat with Ma Thanegi, author and former personal assistant to leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. Then browse a dazzling array of produce at the city’s biggest and busiest marketplace, Bogyoke Aung San Market, before meeting artisans who produce hand-made goods from homewares to jewellery.

 

Wa Ale Island Resort

This eco-resort, the first of its kind in the Mergui Archipelago, is surrounded by nature. Spend your days snorkelling and diving the abundant reefs and caves here; enjoying daily yoga classes; and witnessing the exotic marine life. Accommodation comprises just 11 tented beach-villas and three treehouses, giving you a real sense of exclusivity.

 

 

With Asia in mind, A&K’s other itineraries are designed with immersive travel in mind. From untold Asia to Indochina Adventures.

 

Untold Asia | 15 nights from £7,679pp

Explore the magical rhythms which span South-east Asia. Travel by luxury train, boat, bike or simply walk barefoot on your private beach. Cruise the khlongs (canals) of Bangkok before cycling through its verdant hills. Watch the world go by as you relax in your colonial-style cabin on board the Eastern & Oriental Express. Be one of the first to stay in Singapore’s newly restored Raffles Hotel and marvel at the landscape of skyscrapers and botanical gardens in the country’s bicentennial year. Watch the sun rise at Angkor Wat before meeting Cambodia’s artisans in Siem Reap. Catch your breath on your own tropical island.

 

Indochina Adventures | 22 nights from £5,355pp

Visiting Vietnam’s cities, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hue and Hoi An as well as Ho Chi Minh. 

Unwind in Phu Quoc Island before time in the Mekong Delta. You’ll travel to Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, ending at the colonial city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Explore Indochina’s beautiful beaches, ancient streets and tropical jungles. Take a sampan cruise through the Mekong Delta and explore phenomenal monuments on foot, by bicycle and even by cyclo (pedicab). Witness market-life in Vietnam and see Cambodia’s forgotten jungle temples. Afterwards, head north to experience the welcoming tribal cultures of Laos.

 

Sanctuary Ananda cruise - Mandalay to Bagan | 4 nights from £795pp

See some of Myanmar’s most important and evocative sights on a Sanctuary Ananda cruise. You’ll have the chance to tour the beautiful city of Mandalay, explore the holy Sagaing Hill, learn to cook traditional Burmese food and discover more about the country’s fascinating culture. Watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon high over the temples and pagodas of Bagan for a truly unforgettable experience.

 

A New Era For Bangkok

Bangkok is, if not yet hip, then certainly on the cusp of hip. A hip Bangkok would be only the latest in a series of reincarnations this Buddhist city has undergone in the space of a few decades. Over the last 30 years, it has tripled in population and metamorphosed from a drowsy Asian backwater (quite literally: only a few feet above sea level, it's often flooded in monsoon season) to a densely populated, plugged-in metropolis.

 

Thai fashion designers are drawing inspiration from their own cultural heritage. Even the old-guard Jim Thompson silk company, best known for its high-quality, conservative neckties and scarves, has introduced a collection of bold, contemporary furniture and accessories in traditional materials—such as silk and teak—by the London-based Thai designer Ou Baholyodhin. Many creative enterprises are collaborations between Thais and expats, who bring an outsider's appreciation for the culture. One of the most popular spots for dinner in Bangkok these days is Le Café Siam, where French-born executive chef Xavier Lecourt's menu draws from both French and Thai traditions.

 

An area of rice paddies only 50 years ago, Sukhumvit is now home to the Emporium, the city's newest and most upscale shopping plaza (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and the like). The restaurant Agalico, whose owner is reputed to be a direct descendant of King Rama V, is where ladies who lunch go for afternoon tea. Sukhumvit has also become a boom area for small, chic day spas such as Pirom, Palm Herbal, and Being, all of which offer treatments with a Thai twist, like hot-oil papaya body wraps and a Thai-pepper body scrub.

 

ICONSIAM is a sensational riverside mixed-use shopping destination where the best of Thailand's retail, entertainment, hospitality, and more come together as one. Despite this futuristic building defining Thailand’s commitment to the future, there is a nod to the past.  SookSiam is an indoor “floating market” that sells a huge variety of traditional Thai street food. Designed in the style of a simulated floating market with street vendors along the “riverbanks”, SookSiam aims to promote the cuisine, arts and culture of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

 

A new subway system modelled after Singapore's and will have air-conditioned platforms, is scheduled to open this year.

 

HOTEL NEWS

Cappella Bangkok

Capella Bangkok opened its doors last summer, marking the first launch of a hotel along the banks of the Chao Phraya River for two decades. Set in the heart of the creative neighbourhoods of Chao Phraya and Charoenkrung, the property comprises 101 villas and suite and will become the first urban Thai property from the Capella Hotel Group. Woven among one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods within the 14-acre Chao Phraya Estate development, Capella Bangkok’s 350-metre riverside setting provides each villa and suite with unobstructed views of the river, while The Capella Living Room, a river-facing lounge filled with natural light, will host a carousel of local artisans, musicians and chefs and will reflect the neighbourhood’s passion for food, wellness and culture. Further, a number of ‘Capella Personal Assistants’ will curate crafted guest experiences that engage with the areas’ rich locality.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok At Chao Phraya River

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River in the centre of Thailand’s energetic capital, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is an urban sanctuary, with dramatic gardens, cascading waterfalls and mirror pools forming a natural extension of the flowing river. Take in sweeping water views from our light-filled lobby, savour inventive cuisine in our collection of restaurants, stroll the waterfront promenade or simply relax in one of our 299 guest rooms. Put yourself at the exciting heart of Bangkok’s revitalized riverside, and discover the city’s many intriguing contrasts in an atmosphere of Four Seasons care and gracious Thai hospitality.

 

Mandarin Oriental River Wing Renovation

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group renovated its Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s River Wing, designed to confirm this historic hotel’s position as one of the best in the world. Opened in late 2020, and taking seven months to complete, the renovation encompassed all the rooms and suites in the hotel’s River Wing, together with the lobby, swimming pools and Lord Jim’s, The Verandah and Riverside Terrace restaurants. The historic Authors’ and Garden Wings of the hotel will remain open throughout the renovation. More info here.

 

Peninsula Bangkok 

The newest luxury property in Bangkok is also the first major hotel on the Thonburi side of the river, so almost every excursion means a river crossing (boats run every few minutes). The service might be the friendliest in town, and the views from higher floors are stunning. The pool goes on and on. 

 

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok At Chao Phraya River

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River in the centre of Thailand’s energetic capital, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is an urban sanctuary, with our dramatic gardens, cascading waterfalls and mirror pools forming a natural extension of the flowing river. Take in sweeping water views from our light-filled lobby, savour inventive cuisine in our collection of restaurants, stroll the waterfront promenade or simply relax in one of our 299 guest rooms. Put yourself at the exciting heart of Bangkok’s revitalized riverside, and discover the city’s many intriguing contrasts in an atmosphere of Four Seasons care and gracious Thai hospitality.

 

VIETNAM

Why go now?

Most travellers to Vietnam follow a well-blazed trail between five familiar touchstones: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Huế, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Even returning visitors seldom stray from the H’s—which makes sense; they’re all eminently worthwhile and strung together on an easy north–south route, with quick flights or scenic train rides between them. But there’s so much more—from the mist-shrouded mountains of Hà Giang to the coffee plantations of Dalat to the coconut-palm idyll of Ninh Van Bay. With fewer crowds and calmer vibes, these B sides are as compelling as the big hits, and even first-timers should consider one or more for a best-of-Vietnam trip.

 

Undiscovered - Even though it is not considered as a tourist destination, this medium-sized town is bordered by stunning beaches and the countryside that surrounds it is also breathtaking. Quy Nhon is the capital of Binh Dinh Province.

 

Quy Nohn – luxury is arriving

Overshadowed by Vietnam’s larger coastal cities for decades, the world is slowly discovering the historic charms of unassuming Quy Nhon. Quy Nhon is a growing and busy small industrial town which belies its history as the birthplace of an emperor, a significant seaport in the 18th century and an important part of the 11th-century Champa kingdom, whose temples and towers are still remarkably well preserved. The emergence of this destination as an area of importance is only highlighted by the opening of Anantara Quy Nhon Villas – a brand new all-villa resort. The 26 one and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas are ensconced amid 7.2 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens. The resort is designed to blend seamlessly into the natural environment: locally-sourced materials, traditional craftsmanship and regional influences are discreetly incorporated into its contemporary design.

 

Zannier hotels are set to open Bãi San Hô , that will open on the second half of 2020. Surrounded by spectacular hills and lush vegetation, this discrete peninsula lies far away from the mainstream tourist paths, in the province of ình Định standing out with its soul and historical authenticity. The untouched and well protected coastline unmasks an impressive coral bay.

 

CAMBODIA

The Iconic Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor Re-Opens

Following in the footsteps of its Singaporean sister, the iconic landmark, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, re-opened its doors in October 2019 following a meticulous six-month restoration. First opened in 1932, the hotel has been welcoming discerning travellers and famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy - to the historic heart of Cambodia for over eighty years. Set in Siem Reap’s leafy French Quarter, the hotel re-opens with restored rooms, a fresh façade, new signature restaurant and Children’s Club, as well as a menu of new extraordinary Raffles Curated Journeys; from exploring Angkor Wat by Vespa and temple picnics at sunrise, to an Insider Art Tour by Tuk Tuk.

 

Deemed the last bastion of Cambodia’s Golden Age of Travel, the hotel is deeply rooted in local culture; the restoration has retained colonial charm, heritage and architectural grandeur, yet still leads the way in answering the needs of today’s well-travelled guest. Travel back in time in an original timber elevator in the grand, marble-washed lobby, or enjoy a majestic Apsara performance – a traditional Cambodian dance.

 

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About Abercrombie & Kent

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

London, 12 December 2019.

Explore Iceland & Greenland Alongside Adventurer Alex Pancoe on a Luxury Expedition Cruise

While curiosity about the world’s largest island has exploded in recent weeks, Greenland has been a beacon to explorers for centuries. Therefore it’s a natural fit for Abercrombie & Kent to introduce active adventures to the new Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise (Aug 13-27, 2020). These heart-pounding excursions will be led by famed mountaineer Alex Pancoe, who just completed the Explorers Grand Slam, an adventurers’ challenge consisting of climbing the Seven Summits – the highest mountains on each continent — as well as cross-country skiing the final degree to the North and South Poles.

 

“This unique voyage offers guests a choice of expertly designed shore excursions that appeal to cultural enthusiasts, families and active thrill-seekers,” explains Bob Simpson, Abercrombie & Kent’s Vice President, Expedition Cruising. “Alex Pancoe will be our Explorer in Residence on this voyage, encouraging guests to challenge themselves in some of Iceland and Greenland’s wildest places.”

 

Few destinations offer the dramatic scenery and geological wonders that make adventures in this region so rewarding. Highlights include:

 

  • Explore a volcano: Take a challenging walk to the top of Iceland’s Eldfell volcano, then descend to the local museum to learn the story of its 1973 eruption
  • Rappel with an Everest summiteer: Rappel down a rock formation overlooking the ancient village of Qaqortoq, under the guidance of Alex Pancoe  
  • Kayak a Greenlandic fjord: Experience the waters of Tunulliarfik Fjord, opting to kayak the serene shoreline or paddle into more exciting waters
  • Trek the Greenland Ice Cap: Strap on crampons and set foot across the awe-inspiring Greenland Ice Cap, the second largest ice body in the world
  • Hike from a mine to a military base: Embark on a fascinating, three-mile hike from a rare cryolite mine to “Bluie,” an abandoned Danish naval base in Arsuk Fjord
  • Summit a waterfall: Ascend Iceland’s Dynjandi falls, which involves a rigorous hike and a scramble up a steep cliff

 

Guests will explore alongside Alex Pancoe as he shares stories from his many adventures and encourages guests to set their own goals and challenge themselves. It was his recovery from a brain tumor at the age of 18 that inspired him to attempt the Explorers Grand Slam, with the goal of raising a million dollars for Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he received care.

 

He joins A&K’s Expedition Team of accomplished, real-life explorers, from award-winning scientists to habitat conservationists, historians and recipients of the prestigious Polar Medal. Guests can count on insight and guidance from at least 18 A&K Expedition Team members, learning about the geology of the region and wildlife on Zodiac cruises, as well as fascinating lectures about the culture and how people survived in this harsh environment. Family activities are geared for young people of all ages. A&K’s dedicated photo coach encourages guests to hone their skills with lectures and hands-on workshops for both experts and budding photographers alike, in one of the world’s most photogenic settings.

 

Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise

Discover Iceland’s abundant natural beauty and modern Reykjavik, as well as rarely-visited areas like the rugged Westfjords and the remote fishing village of SudureyriGreenland offers rarely seen wildlife, ice-cloaked landscapes and geological wonders, as well as traditional coastal communities where locals share their traditional way of life, from how to catch and prepare fish the Inuk way, to the distinctive features of Greenland’s national costume. Kids may choose family-friendly options including an unforgettable trek on Greenland’s ice cap, a meeting with a traditional storyteller in Iceland’s mystical Westfjords, and much more. 15 days from £13,555pp

 

Truly Luxurious, All-Inclusive Cruising

By chartering the luxurious mega-yacht ‘Le Boreal,’ A&K can limit guest capacity to 199, which not only allows unrestricted access to landing sites prohibited to larger vessels, but also affords an intimate staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3, as well as a private balcony in every stateroom and suite. Each voyage is all-inclusive, featuring arrival and departure transfers, gratuities and bar drinks, in addition to complimentary Wi-Fi and Traveller’s Valet® laundry service – exclusive A&K amenities.

 

To ensure travellers have all the gear they need for their polar voyage (and not use up valuable luggage space), A&K provides a custom expedition parka, backpack and water bottle. Guests also enjoy complimentary use of boots, waterproof pants and trekking poles, all of which are delivered to staterooms, courtesy of A&K’s exclusive concierge service.

 

For travellers looking for even more Arctic experiences, Abercrombie & Kent developed the new 48-day Grand Arctic Voyage (July 31-Sept 16, 2020), offering everything from varied wildlife, geological wonders, fabled cultures and endless wilderness deep in the heart of the Arctic. This cruise combines all three of A&K’s Arctic cruises into one, including Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (Jul 31-Aug 14, 2020) which explores the Svalbard Islands, home to rich wildlife and stunning scenery, and the rarely-visited east coast of Greenland. Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise and The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (Aug 24- Sep 16, 2020) which follows in the footsteps of the greatest polar explorers from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska.

 

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About Abercrombie & Kent

 

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

 

London, 4 December 2019.

Abercrombie & Kent Expands Its Luxury Portfolio with Cox & Kings UK Acquisition

Leading luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent today completed the brand and assets acquisition of Cox & Kings UK, out of administration. The deal means safeguarding all current and future client bookings. The deal secures the future of the world's oldest travel company and its UK employees.  

A&K is the world's leading luxury and adventure travel company. Founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962 as a safari outfitter, A&K's award-winning travel services now extend around the globe to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. A&K's portfolio includes Sanctuary Retreats, a collection of camps, lodges and riverboats across Africa, Egypt, China and Myanmar. A majority stake in A&K was acquired in February this year by investment company the Heritage Group, headed by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio whose family founded ultra-luxury cruise company Silversea

Through the acquisition of Cox & Kings, A&K will continue to increase its presence in the luxury travel world. As two heritage brands, with loyal client databases and strong trade partnerships, A&K believes the two companies complement each other and create a combined brand proposition that will grow the UK luxury travel market.

Geoffrey Kent, A&K founder and Co-Chairman, commented "Cox & Kings' heritage, service and brand align well with A&K. The company's product portfolio is complementary to our own and increases A&K's presence in the luxury travel sphere. This is an exciting time for A&K and the first iteration of growth plans globally."

Kerry Golds, UK Managing Director added "Today's announcement builds on our pioneering legacy and is an exciting development for both companies, especially our employees. We are confident that, as part of the A&K family, Cox & Kings’ ability to deliver premium luxury holidays will reach new levels."

 

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About Abercrombie & Kent

A&K is majority-owned by the Heritage Group, a leading private group investing in tourism and other industries. Its Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of A&K. Geoffrey Kent, Founder and Co-Chairman of A&K, was a pioneer in luxury adventure travel, introducing the first luxury tented safaris in 1962Today A&K's award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K has more people in more places than any other travel company with more than 55 on-site offices in over 30 countries. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

About Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings UK is the world's longest established travel company. Its history stretches back 260 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed a regimental agent to the Foot Guards (later the Grenadier Guards). The company's fortunes grew hand in hand with the British empire, and by the early 20th century the company was acting as agent and banker throughout the armed forces and as a shipping agent. In 1922 Cox & Co merged with the Henry S King bank. The bank became part of Lloyds, and the shipping agency grew separately, evolving into the modern travel company. Today, the company organises escorted small-group tours and private tailor-made travel in the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with a focus on high-quality service and attention to detail. www.coxandkings.co.uk

 

London, 28 November 2019.

Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruising

Special Edition Cruise Features Astronomy Experts Including the First Woman to Walk in Space

Embark on the ultimate adventure to Antarctica, where towering icebergs and massive glaciers set the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. Abercrombie & Kent’s Antarctica & the Total Solar Eclipse Cruise (Nov 28-Dec 12, 2021) provides the best opportunity to experience this rare astronomical spectacle alongside experts including former astronaut Kathy Sullivan, award-winning astronomer Massimo Tarenghi and rocket scientist David J. Crain.

All eyes will be on the sky throughout this voyage to the center of the eclipse’s path of totality, a band that stretches through the rarely-visited South Orkney Islands. A&K’s Luxury Expedition Cruise team selected the ideal location for the ship to be positioned: in a very narrow track on the surface of the earth where the radiating “circle of light” is best seen -- weather, sea and ice conditions permitting -- which will allow for a remarkable viewing time of approximately one minute and 40 seconds.

During a welcome event at Santiago’s Observatorio Astronómico Andino, Dr. David Crain will set the stage for the adventure ahead. Kathy Sullivan will share what it’s like to live in space, including the view from the Space Shuttle – 140 miles above the earth in in-board lectures and informal conversations. Dr. Massimo Terenghi, who spent his career working with state-of-the-art telescopes in Chile’s Atacama Desert, will provide tips on photographing the eclipse.

Dr. Kathy Sullivan, Astronaut, Geologistand Scientist

One of the first women to join NASA in 1978, Dr. Sullivan’s tenure also includes the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She is the former Administrator of NOAA and currently serves as an Ambassador at Large for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, travels the globe as a scientific expert and holds a Ph.D. in geology from Dalhousie University.

 

Dr. Massimo Terenghi, Scientist and Photographer

A former professor of astrophysics at the University of Milan, Dr. Terenghi has worked in leadership roles with the European Southern Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert. In addition to serving as the director of the ALMA telescope, he spent 17 years building the Paranal Observatory in Atacama. He’s won multiple awards, including the Bernado O’Higgins Grand Cross by the Chilean government and the Tycho Brahe Award by the Institute of Navigation, and now spends his time on astronomical photography.

 

Dr. David Crain, Scientist and NewSpace Entrepreneur

With a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Space Physics, Dr. Crain has founded and co-founded several commercial space startups with an emphasis on weather observations. He has also been on several observational expeditions for past Solar Eclipses and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Utah State University and Sam Houston State University. 

 

These experts join members of an award-winning A&K Expedition Teammany who have been travelling to Antarctica for decades. These accomplished explorers range from pioneering scientists and recipients of the prestigious Polar Medal, to seasoned academics, photographers and field naturalists. Count on in-depth insight and hands-on guidance from an average of 18 A&K Expedition Team members, with a staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 12. These friendly pros accompany guests throughout the journey, offering fascinating lectures and kid-friendly activities at sea, guiding shore excursions, and sharing captivating stories about their adventures over meals.

We’re bringing together some of the foremost experts in astronomy and polar expeditions for the ultimate polar adventure cruise,” explains Bob Simpson, A&K Vice President of Expedition Cruising. “The next total solar eclipse in this part of the world isn’t until 2061, which makes this a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

For even more astral adventures, A&K is offering a 12-night pre-cruise extension to explore Chile and the Atacama Desert and the lunar landscapes of the Moon Valley. Visit the vibrant Santiago and Valparaiso before falling into lunar landscapes of the star-laden Atacama desert and take in the artistic vibe of San Pedro de Atacama.

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers 12 nights from £6,700

Truly Luxurious, All-Inclusive Cruising

By chartering the luxurious mega-yacht Le Lyrial in Antarctica, A&K is able to limit guest capacity to 199, which not only allows unrestricted access to landing sites prohibited to larger vessels, but also affords personalized attention on board the ship, as well as a private balcony in every stateroom.  Pricing is all-inclusive, featuring arrival and departure transfers, gratuities and bar drinks, in addition to complimentary Wi-Fi and Traveller’s Valet® laundry service – exclusive A&K amenities. Guests also have a choice of included excursions in Santiago, such as a bicycle tour of the city, a visit to an artist studio, a stroll through the city’s famed graffiti street art district, or a wine tasting in the Maipo Valley.

Onboard a fresh menu inspired by French culinary heritage encompasses everything from lavish multi-course dinners and international buffets to carefully-selected cheeses and freshly-baked pastries that rival those found in Paris. With a choice of two restaurants, no formal evenings, and 24-hour room service, guests have the flexibility to dine when and where they wish.

To ensure travellers have all the gear they need for their polar voyage (and not use up valuable luggage space), A&K provides an expedition parka, backpack and water bottle. Guests also enjoy complimentary use of boots, waterproof pants and trekking poles, delivered to staterooms, courtesy of A&K’s exclusive concierge service.

Environmentally Responsible

Le Lyrial boasts a 1C ice class rating and is one of the most environmentally-friendly ships to sail in polar waters, with cutting-edge technology that includes dynamic positioning and the most up-to-date wastewater treatment and recycling. The ship is “Cleanship” certified by the Bureau Veritas as operating with minimal impact on the environment.

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers 14 nights from £16,175

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About Abercrombie & Kent: 

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. https://www.abercrombiekent.co.uk/

London, 19 November 2019.

A Globe-Spanning Safari by Private Jet with Abercrombie & Kent
Promises Epic Encounters with Rare Wildlife

Circle the globe by exclusively chartered private jet to experience one rewarding wildlife encounter after another: from Madagascar’s playful lemurs and the placid whale sharks of the Philippines to the endangered mountain gorilla and the iconic Big Five. Private jet pioneer A&K has curated each of these up-close wildlife experiences and combined them into one remarkable journey.

Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet (January 10-February 2, 2021) is an opportunity for 48 guests to encounter iconic – and regrettably, often critically endangered – animals in their natural habitats and spend time with leading conservation experts. Observe little-known species like Japan’s snow monkey and the tiny Philippine tarsier. Swim with massive whale sharks and go behind-the-scenes to feed orphaned orangutans. Learn from experts who have spent their lives studying these remarkable animals. This extraordinary journey ends with a safari in East Africa, where A&K began, with breathtaking panoramas in every direction, a vast range of wildlife including the Big Five and a rich cultural heritage to explore.

Privileged Access & Personalized Experiences

Private jet travel with A&K invites guests to personalize the journey with a choice of Design Your Day® activities, including active outdoor excursions, enriching cultural encounters and relaxing wellness experiences. In Rwanda, guests may choose to hike to Bisoke Volcano, visit Dian Fossey’s research center, search for golden monkeys in the jungle or simply relax in camp with a massage. In India, choices include a tour of historic Ranthambore Fort, a cultural encounter in a local village, the chance to savor the complex spices of Indian cuisine during a private cooking lesson or be pampered at a world-class spa.

A&K’s network of worldwide experts worked together to design an itinerary filled with authentic, invitation-only events beyond the reach of any other travel company. Learn about measures to protect endangered wildlife during eye-opening discussions with experts including a gorilla doctor, the founder of the Bornean Sunbear Conservation Centre and the president of the Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar.

One of A&K’s most experienced Tour Directors orchestrates the journey from start to finish. On the ground, guests travel in small groups of no more than 16, each led by a Tour Manager, assisted by expert local guides who share their personal stories and lend insights well beyond any guidebook. A dedicated Photo Enrichment Coach helps guests make the most of every wildlife encounter, with tips and advice for capturing animals in their natural habitats. There is also an onboard Physician who travels with the group throughout the journey.

Distinctive Accommodations

Accommodations reflect the distinctive character of each destination and offer authentic hospitality. These include not only the classic luxury of The Peninsula Tokyo and The Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambhore, but also lesser-known gems such as the boutique Angama Mara, perched on the edge of the Great Rift Valley overlooking the Masai Mara, and an array of luxury lodges in Rwanda, reserved exclusively for A&K Private Jet guests.

A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® service insures luggage is waiting in guest rooms at each hotel. Guests may also take advantage of complimentary laundry service, Traveller’s Valet®, midway through the journey. Prior to departure, guests can save time and hassle with A&K’s White Glove Visa and Passport Handling, a concierge service that expedites visa and passport applications.

Fine Dining & Entertainment

Meals are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day – they are a feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning natural backdrops. Attend an authentic Japanese kaiseki feast presided over by accomplished geisha, experience the full range of Filipino cuisine at a private culinary festival, and gather for a torchlit feast in an amphitheater in Ranthambore. There are also several opportunities to sample cuisine at local restaurants — with A&K picking up the check.

Luxury in the Air

Travelling by private jet allows guests to experience far more than on a conventional itinerary -- with greater comfort and ease. Onboard A&K’s privately-chartered Boeing 757 are 50 custom-designed Italian leather seats equipped with personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support, that open to fully lie-flat beds 6.5' long (79” pitch).  Additional seating enables guests to socialize in comfort with their travelling companions. Guests enjoy a fully stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to first-class meal service with personalized espresso drinks. Completing the best-in-class in-flight experience is a dedicated cabin crew with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:6. Amenities onboard are designed to make guests feel at home, including noise-cancelling headphones and curated entertainment selected to complement the itinerary.

Abercrombie & Kent was a private jet pioneer, introducing the first Royal Air Tour in 1989. Today it is one of the most experienced companies in the private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations all over the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for multi-generational families and private groups.  

To learn more about Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet (24 days from £120,000 per person, double occupancy) or other A&K Private Jet Journeys, please visit here or contact A&K’s  Chairman’s Club on 01242 547 768 to speak with a Private Client Manager

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James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546 686 Jtreacy[email protected]   

 

About Abercrombie & Kent:

In 1962, Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Kenya with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists, each dedicated to ensuring that your time away is the time of your life. Find out more by visiting abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 14 October 2019.

A&K Reports Escorted Tour Success

A year on since the relaunch of A&K’s Escorted Tours programme including its new immersive journeys, A&K has seen unprecedented levels of growth and support from the trade.

Trade sales are up 400% year on year, with its Immersive Journeys - a range of unique small group tours unrivalled in the market and designed with the trade in mind, proving very popular. One element that has proved particularly popular is the no single supplement for the first four places on every tour.

Limited to a maximum of 18 guests, escorted tours are led by A&K’s resident tour directors and feature only the best in five-star luxury accommodation and experiences. Whether it’s an intimate visit with the locals in a remote Peruvian village or peeking inside the vaults of a museum, A&K’s insider access will get you there.

Abercrombie & Kent offer two types of touring – Luxury Small Group Journey and a new addition, Immersive Journeys, both are available to trade partners.

Key Features of all A&K’s Escorted Tours:

  • Tour directors and guides who have unmatched experience with insight from their permanent immersion
  • Guaranteed departures once there are two people booked on an A&K Escorted Tour. We guarantee that no tour will have more than 18 guests on it, and the average is 14
  • No surprise expenses –  entrance fees, taxes, and tips are included
  • Welcome and farewell dinners provided to meet with other guests
  • Wi-Fi in accommodation is included wherever possible

The new addition to the programme Immersive Journeys, includes:

  • Support of an escorted group, but with more freedom
  • A more leisurely pace, these trips are in-depth and informative, giving guests the chance to understand the culture, history, and get under the skin of a location
  • No single supplement for the first four solo places booked
  • Innovation; Design Your DaySM concept where guests choose the experience best suited to them; giving the flexibility to explore their destinations at their own pace and steam
  • To celebrate the launch of the programme, A&K is offering a reduced deposit of £250 if confirmed by 31 December

Luxury Small Group Journeys, has had huge success in the UK already and includes:

  • Travel at a faster pace than Immersive Journeys, under the guidance of expert guides
  • Guests have access to VIP Travelling BellboySM; a Traveller’s ValetSM; unique and varied dining experiences; and the opportunity to Ride like a Local

Kerry Golds, Managing Director of A&K commented

“For nearly 60 years we’ve been pushing the boundaries of luxury travel across the world. When devising our new tours built for the UK market, we consulted with our trade partners and listened to what their clients wanted. The trade remain a central focus to our business and we remain committed to providing them the best possible products and services to their clients.”

The best-selling tours to the trade include;

Journey through Japan: From Tokyo to Kyoto Escorted Tour

9 NIGHTS FROM £7,400pp including flights

The ideal escape for those keen to embrace both modern and traditional Japan. Journey from futuristic Tokyo to ancient Kyoto, seeing everything from samurai houses to the world-famous bullet train

Jordan: Petra & Beyond Escorted Tour

8 NIGHTS FROM £3,100pp including flights

Adventurers can cross Crusader kingdoms and see biblical beauty on a nine-day sweep through Jordan

Inside Tracks in Argentina & Brazil Escorted Tour

8 NIGHTS FROM £3,985pp including flights

For those who want the inside story on Brazil and Argentina. Enjoy private access to the thundering Iguazu Falls, scale the steps to Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janiero, and learn to tango in Buenos Aires

Splendours of the Golden Triangle Escorted Tour

11 NIGHTS FROM £2,755pp including flights

Ideal for first-time visitors to India, this tour features Delhi, Agra, the pink city of Jaipur, and the country’s most romantic city, Udaipur. Prepare to kick-start your senses as you journey through this intoxicating land

Adventures in Chile Escorted Tour

9 NIGHTS FROM £6,950pp including flights

This 10-day itinerary is perfect for intrepid travellers, who are fascinated by Chile’s poetic landscapes. It features the capital of Santiago, Patagonia’s enchanting wilderness, and the otherworldly Atacama Desert

New tours for 2020 include;

Rhythms of South-East Asia

11 NIGHTS FROM £4,450pp including flights

Explore the rich tapestry of life from Vietnam and Cambodia to Laos. Experience the buzz of city life, sail over emerald waters punctuated with limestone karsts, and see the sun rising over Angkor Wat in this intoxicating world of saffron-robed monks and golden stupas

Egypt: Cairo & cruising the Nile Escorted Tour

8 NIGHTS FROM £4,500pp including flights

Step back in time as you travel from the pyramids of Cairo to the temples of Aswan and Luxor. Cruise down the Nile aboard Sanctuary Nile Adventurer. Unravel the mysteries of ancient Egypt with the help of your own private Egyptologist, and come face-to-face with the iconic death mask of King Tutankhamun

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James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546 686 | [email protected]   

About Abercrombie & Kent:

In 1962, Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Kenya with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists, each dedicated to ensuring that your time away is the time of your life. Find out more by visiting abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 9 October 2019.

Abercrombie & Kent announces appointment of new Director of Sales and Business Development

Luxury tour operator A&K has announced that James Coughlan will join the business in November as Director of Sales and Business Development. The role encompasses sales, operations and business development and based across the companies Cheltenham and London offices.

James joins the business from the telecoms industry but has a long history within travel having spent 6 years with Thomas Cook where he was responsible for leading the retail team in the North, two contact centre teams selling to consumers and online sales, delivering revenues in excess of £100million. His career in travel also includes senior commercial roles at Holiday Malta Company & Flexi Vacations Limited, Affinion International Travel Limited and Cendant Vacation Rental Group.

Kerry Golds, Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent commented

James’ experience will be invaluable as A&K moves into a new era of pushing the boundaries of luxury travel and we’re thrilled to have him join.

James Coughlan commented

I’ve always admired A&K as a brand, so I’m excited to be joining this leader in luxury travel. Kerry has been known to the industry for many years and I’m confident we can do great things together.

James has led several partnerships during his time in previous roles, with brands such as Vodafone, Carnival Cruises and more. His experience with the trade was a key point in his appointment as A&K has reinforced its commitment to working with them; other initiatives include the hiring of two sales managers and an increase in fam budgets.

James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546 686 | [email protected]   

About Abercrombie & Kent:

In 1962, Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Kenya with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists, each dedicated to ensuring that your time away is the time of your life. Find out more by visiting abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 8 October 2019.

A&K’s Top destinations to make your money go further

Discover the most desirable luxury holiday destinations where you’ll get more for your pound

Luxury travel needn’t break the bank. Because of favourable exchange rates, some of the greatest countries in the world are also where your money goes further. Upgrade to the best room in the house, splash out on a better bottle or book a few more nights in luxury: these destinations make living the good life a little kinder to your wallet.

South Africa

Example: a mid-range three-course meal for two costs around £26

South Africa is renowned for its wildlife – the Big Five are even emblazoned on its money. Yet this country offers much more than a fantastic safari, and at a reasonable price. The land of the rand is excellent for a city break, honeymoon or family holiday, thanks to a dizzying array of activities available. Spend a romantic night under the stars in a luxury treehouse; enjoy a family-friendly escape to the winelands; or hike up the iconic Table Mountain before bedding down in luxury at One&Only Cape Town. You’ll never want for something to do in South Africa.

Visit our dedicated South Africa page for itineraries, experiences and more.

Argentina

Example: a bottle of wine costs around £4

In Argentina, natural wonders, a warm welcome and wonderful wine await. We recommend getting acquainted with the latter by visiting Mendoza, where you’ll find the best Argentine malbec money can buy, and luxurious accommodation such as Cavas Wine Lodge affording you easy access.

For the adventurous, Patagonia is heaven, with vast plains, Andean peaks and glacial lakes to explore. Alternatively, ride in the hoof-steps of the gauchos through the Iberá Wetlands – Argentina’s answer to Brazil’s Pantanal and Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Then there are the cultural charms of the capital, Buenos Aires, the perfect place to practise your tango steps, sip artisanal coffee and admire architecture steeped in history.

Visit our dedicated Argentina page for itineraries, experiences and more.

Chile

Example: a pint of beer costs around £2.50

Chile astonishes from head to foot; from the arid drama of the Atacama to the glacial delights of the southern coast. Santiago, the capital of this long, narrow nation, is a sophisticated city full of must-sees. Spend time strolling around its historic neighbourhoods; flitting between stellar bars and restaurants; and visiting the numerous museums and galleries. Afterwards, retire to one of the city’s many five-star hotels, such as The Singular Santiago.

If it’s remote wilderness you’re after, the Atacama’s lunar-like landscape and star-filled nights should tick the box. We recommend staying at the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge for easy excursions into the heart of the desert. Alternatively, visit the Chilean side of Patagonia, where the mountains and icebergs of the Torres del Paine National Park will astound you. Sleep surrounded by these wonders at explora Patagonia.

Visit our dedicated Chile page for itineraries, experiences and more.

Morocco

Example: one mile in a taxi costs around £0.80

Discover a unique blend of African, Arabian and European influences in mesmerising Morocco. This country’s major cities each tempt with their palatial landmarks, bustling markets and historic quarters. In Marrakech, soak up the atmosphere by staying in a traditional riad such as Les Jardins de la Medina. From this base, take a day trip to the nearby Atlas Mountains, where we can arrange an authentic Berber breakfast with spectacular views. Or head further into Morocco’s wilderness to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi. This sea of sand offers the quintessential Sahara experience, and is best enjoyed whilst staying in a camp such as Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp.

Visit our dedicated Morocco page for itineraries, experiences and more.

Thailand

Example: a meal from a street-food vendor will cost around £2

There is more to smile about in ‘the land of a thousand smiles’ than the menu prices. In Thailand you’ll find the most gorgeous sun-soaked beaches, flavourful cuisine sure to tantalise and jungles brimming with wildlife. You’ll also find the hustle and bustle of urban life exemplified by megacity Bangkok.

Whilst the tourist trail offers plenty to see, we recommend taking an off-the-beaten-track adventure, whether it be a visit to the hill tribes of Northern Thailand, an art-themed cycle tour of Chiang Mai or a cruise on the capital’s lively waterways.

Visit our dedicated Thailand page for itineraries, experiences and more.

Indonesia

Example: you can stay in some resorts for as little as £45 per night

As a country of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia promises endless coastal delights, from palm-fringed beaches and world-class waves to marine wildlife havens. On land, villages and temples nestle serenely on hills and in jungles, whilst life speeds along in urban areas such as the vast capital, Jakarta.

Each island in this archipelago has a distinct character. In Java, the country’s most populous island, you’ll find everything from colonial-era architecture and UNESCO-listed temples to mountain passes and active volcanoes. Bali to the east is renowned for its coastal beauty and arts scene, and is home to luxurious retreats such as Capella Ubud. Then there are the idyllic islets such as the Gili Islands, where you can unplug and unwind on white-sand shores.

Visit our dedicated Indonesia page for itineraries, experiences and more.

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James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546 686 | [email protected]   

About Abercrombie & Kent:

In 1962, Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Kenya with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists, each dedicated to ensuring that your time away is the time of your life. Find out more by visiting abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 2 October 2019.

A&K predicts where to travel in 2020

Here at A&K, we keep our fingers firmly on the pulse of luxury travel, allowing us to confidently predict next year’s hottest destinations. Discover the countries making a thrilling comeback, where to go for a true one-off experience, and the up-and-comers promising seasoned travellers something different.

The comeback kings

Egypt

After the tumult of recent years, Egypt is making a deserved return to form. In 2018, more than 11 million tourists visited Egypt, and the World Tourism Organisation has since named the country the world’s fastest-growing travel destination.

Why go in 2020?

  • To visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, scheduled to finally open after several delays. Set to be the world’s largest archaeological museum, this exhibition space will showcase a vast array of Ancient Egyptian finds – 30,000 of which have never been exhibited to the public

     

  • To see the gilded sarcophagus that was stolen by an international smuggling ring in 2011. The 2,100-year-old artefact was recovered and returned to Egypt in September, and plans for its public display in 2020 are now underway

 

  • To follow in Poirot’s footsteps; the inimitable detective will return in the new adaptation of Death on The Nile next October, sleuthing aboard a Nile river steamboat. Beyond the big screen, Sanctuary’s own vessel – the Nile Adventurer – has just undergone a dramatic refurbishment. It returns to the water this autumn, in time for your own luxury cruise in 2020

    A&K’s Egypt: Cairo & cruising the Nile escorted tour offers eight nights of exploring the ‘Land of the Pharaohs’ from £3,995pp – plus no single supplement for early bookers

     

    Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is brimming with ancient treasures and a rich cultural heritage – all ringed by the palm-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean. Although the tragic events of Easter 2019 affected tourism, the country has bounced back, and its multitude of charms are tempting travellers once more.

    Why go in 2020?

  • To dodge the crowds; the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has rescinded its advice against visiting the island nation, meaning it’s a fantastic opportunity to see the sights before tourism numbers return to their peak

     

  • To save money on your Indian Subcontinent adventure. UK nationals can enter the country on a visa-free, no-cost basis until the end of January 2020. On top of that, the government has announced plans to slash airline charges and increase flight numbers

     

  • Improved highways will make travelling around Sri Lanka easier. Another 145km is due to be added to the expressway system in Sri Lanka by the end of the year.

A&K’s Classic Sri Lanka suggested itinerary is a 13-night showcase of Sri Lanka’s myriad attractions, from £3,905pp

The one-off event

Argentina

Dramatic landscapes, a vibrant capital and famously hospitable people are reasons enough to put Argentina on your wish list next year. However, we can offer one more excuse for escaping to the South American country’s shores…  

Why go in 2020?

  • For the cherry on the cake – a total solar eclipse. Set to take place on 14 December, the eclipse will be visible from just a few South American countries. In Argentina, the event will briefly plunge Northern Patagonia into darkness in the middle of the afternoon. Be among the few to witness this rare, magical moment in a region already famed for its spectacular scenery

     

  • To be among the first guests to stay at the explora Argentina. The latest in the hotel group’s roster of exemplary eco-lodges, this new property places you within Southern Patagonia’s Los Huemules reserve, close to El Chaltén. You’ll enjoy access to a stunning wilderness, with views to the Electric Valley and Marconi range — perfect for embracing your adventurous side

 

A&K’s 12-night Patagonia Explored suggested itinerary is designed to immerse clients in this vast and varied landscape, from £6,300pp

The up-and-comers

Laos

Laos has long been stuck in the shadow of its more famous Indochinese neighbours; that is, until now. This country’s charm and authenticity are drawing a growing number of visitors to its lesser-travelled trails, and we expect the trend to continue in 2020. Next year, why not discover this nation of jungles, temples, hill-top villages and ancient relics for yourself?

Why go in 2020?

  • For new discoveries; stretching across the Xiangkhoang Plateau, The Plain of Jars features thousands of enormous stone vessels, scattered by a past civilisation whose culture remains a mystery. While folklore suggests the jars belonged to giants, further excavations in 2019 point instead towards a more anthropological answer: that this was once a burial ground

     

  • To experience one of Laos’ most luxurious eco-retreats. Launched in 2018, Rosewood Luang Prabang features tented suites and jungle-nested villas within easy reach of UNESCO-listed attractions, including museums, monasteries and the Mandalao Elephant Sanctuary

 

A&K’s 11-night Rhythms of South-east Asia escorted tour offers the chance to experience Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in one luxury holiday, from £3,795pp – plus no single supplement for early bookers

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most enthralling – and often overlooked – destinations. Situated in the Horn of Africa, it easily earns its spot in this next year’s limelight. Whether in the bustling cities or remote plains, you’ll find an abundance of cultural riches. 

Why go in 2020?

  • For the history; Ethiopia has a bounty of relics and ruins, many UNESCO-listed. There are Lalibela’s 11 rock-hewn churches, built in the 13th century and still a place of pilgrimage; Lake Tana’s remote, centuries-old monasteries, famous for their murals; the city of Gondar, nicknamed ‘the Camelot of Africa’ for its castles; and more besides

     

  • For Timkat, one of the major festivals in Ethiopia’s calendar. Marking the baptism of Jesus Christ, this three-day religious event in January features colourful processions, unique traditions and candle-lit hymns. It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the country’s culture

     

  • For the wildlife; the Simien Mountains National Park is home to an abundance of animals, including the walia ibex, colobus monkey, gelada baboon and more than 180 bird species. Also worthy of exploration is Bale Mountains National Park, a haven for endemic wildlife such as the rare Ethiopian wolf and mountain nyala. We recommend staying at Bale Mountain Lodge, a boutique, eco-friendly property secreted away in this captivating wilderness

A&K’s 10-night Classic Ethiopia suggested itinerary is your chance to visit Ethiopia’s most celebrated sights, from £5,785pp

The wild card

The Arctic Circle

Imagine exploring a sweeping arc at the top of the world and five distinct Arctic regions – the wild Svalbard archipelago, stunning Iceland, magical Greenland, the remote Canadian Arctic, and vast Bering Sea – on one all-encompassing adventure. Sailing alongside an award-winning team of modern explorers on a luxuriously all-inclusive cruise aboard exclusively chartered Le Boreal

Why go in 2020?

To experience a luxury cruise like no other. Our 14-night Grand Arctic Voyage lets you explore the remote archipelago of Svalbard, trendy Iceland, rugged Greenland, the entire Canadian Arctic Reykjavík and Nuuk, both equally unique capital cities, and the glittering landscapes that surround them, from £51,285 (was £62,085). Discover this icy wonderland from the comfort of Le Boreal, a robust mega-yacht perfectly matched to this ambitious voyage

Images here.

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James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546 686 | [email protected]   

About Abercrombie & Kent:

In 1962, Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Kenya with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists, each dedicated to ensuring that your time away is the time of your life. Find out more by visiting abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 27 August 2019.

Abercrombie & Kent Opens Destination Management Company in USA

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent will be opening a destination management company in the United States to provide ground operating services to Travel Advisors, Tour Operators, Cruise Lines, and Meeting & Incentive Groups. 

“There is a growing global demand for luxury experiential travel in the U.S,” says Jonathan White, Executive Vice President - Destination Management for Abercrombie & Kent. “We feel it is important to establish our own office in North America to guarantee the kind of insider access, personalized service and seamless attention to detail that discerning travellers expect.”

Marty Behr has been appointed Managing Director. He brings decades of experience in luxury travel in the U.S. and Canada with a strong background in itinerary design, finding the best local guides and coordinating logistics.  His expert curation earned him recognition from Conde Nast Traveler as the top travel specialist for National Parks.

Abercrombie & Kent is the world's largest network of luxury destination management companies, with over 55 offices and 2,500 employees on the ground in more than 30 countries. The office is scheduled to begin operations January 1, 2020.

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Media: James Treacy | PR & Communications Manager | 01242 546686 | [email protected]   

 

About Abercrombie & Kent:

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

London, 20 August 2019.

Explore The Remote Arctic In-Depth and In-Style with Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruising

New for 2020: An Epic Grand Arctic Voyage Adventure; Cruise to Iceland & Greenland

 

London 20 August, 2019. More than polar bears, midnight sun and Viking culture, the Arctic offers a remarkable history of exploration and survival, Inuit traditions and natural phenomena. Abercrombie & Kent’s Luxury Expedition CruisesSM highlight the region’s varied offerings, including ­­– new for 2020 Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise and a sweeping 48-day Grand Arctic Voyage that combines all of A&K’s Arctic offerings into one epic adventure that spans five Arctic regions.

 

A&K’s Arctic offerings for 2020

Starting off the season is Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (Jul 31-Aug 14, 2020) which explores the Svalbard Islands, home to rich wildlife and stunning scenery, and the rarely-visited east coast of Greenland, from £12,885pp.

 

Then Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise (Aug 13-27, 2020) is an immersive adventure featuring a treasure trove of Viking history. Discover the rugged and remote coastlines of Iceland’s stunning Westfjords and retrace the pioneering trails of Erik the Red and other historic adventurers that ultimately led to the discovery of North America, from £12,885pp.

 

Finally The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (Aug 24- Sep 16, 2020) follows in the footsteps of the greatest polar explorers from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska. From £25,740pp

 

And for the first time, guests may combine all three voyages into one extraordinary Arctic expedition on Grand Arctic Voyage (July 31-Sept 16, 2020), experiencing everything from varied wildlife, geological wonders, fabled cultures and endless wilderness deep in the heart of the Arctic.

 

A&K’s Expedition Team of accomplished, real-life explorers – ranging from award-winning scientists to habitat conservationists, historians and recipients of the prestigious Polar Medal – bring each voyage to life in a most extraordinary way. Whether joining one, two or all three cruises, guests can count on insight and guidance from an average of 20 A&K Expedition Team members every step of the way, with interactions that include adventurous Zodiac cruises, fascinating lectures, unforgettable wildlife encounters and stories best shared over meals. A&K’s dedicated photo coach also joins every voyage, allowing guests to hone their skills with lectures and hands-on workshops for both experts and budding photographers alike, in one of the world’s most photogenic settings.

 

Truly Luxurious, All-Inclusive Cruising

By chartering the luxurious mega-yacht ‘Le Boreal,’ A&K is able to limit guest capacity to 199, which not only allows unrestricted access to landing sites prohibited to larger vessels, but also affords an intimate staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3, as well as a private balcony in every stateroom and suite. Each voyage is all-inclusive, featuring arrival and departure transfers, gratuities and bar drinks, in addition to complimentary Wi-Fi and Traveller’s Valet® laundry service – exclusive A&K amenities.

A fresh menu inspired by France’s culinary heritage encompasses everything from lavish multi-course dinners and international buffets to carefully-selected cheeses and freshly-baked pastries that rival those found in Paris. With a choice of restaurants, no formal evenings, and 24-hour room service, guests have the flexibility to dine when and where they wish.

 

To ensure travellers have all the gear they need for their polar voyage (and not use up valuable luggage space), A&K provides a custom expedition parka, backpack and water bottle. Guests also enjoy complimentary use of boots, waterproof pants and trekking poles, all of which are delivered to staterooms, courtesy of A&K’s exclusive concierge service.

 

NEW FOR 2020

Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise (Aug 13-27, 2020)

Explore vast landscapes, such as the geologically-rich Westman archipelago, picturesque Lindenow Fjord and Prince Christian Sound, while cruising for 12 nights on exclusively chartered ‘Le Boreal.’ Discover fascinating Viking history while tracing the steps of Erik the Red, visiting ancient archaeological sites that include the ruins at Hvalsey and the explorer’s homestead at Brattahlid. Visit and learn about life in remote Greenlandic communities, such as Qaqortoq and Narsaq. Tour the faraway city of Nuuk, abundant in historic and cultural treasures.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers 15 days from £13,555 with early booking discount, was £14,755

 

Grand Arctic Voyage (July 31-Sept 16, 2020)

Cruise for 48 adventure-packed days on luxurious ‘Le Boreal,’ enjoying all-balcony accommodations and a guest capacity limited to just 199, only when exclusively chartered by A&K.  Sail with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team, including a dedicated photo coach, historian, geologist, ornithologist, botanist and marine biologist, as well as a team of field naturalists and Zodiac driver-guides. Benefit from expert photography programming, including lectures and workshops with a dedicated A&K photo coach.  Experience a vast breadth of Arctic wildlife habitats, including the polar bear haven of Svalbard, where A&K enjoys unrestricted access to landing sites Embark on a historic voyage to the Northwest Passage, following in the footsteps of legendary Arctic explorers Discover fascinating Viking history and trace the steps of Erik the Red, visiting archaeological sites that include the explorer’s homestead at Brattahlid. Visit and learn about life in remote Greenlandic communities that include Qaqortoq and Narsaq, where you learn about their traditional lifestyles.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers 48 days from £46,165 per person, includes 10 percent savings and early booking discount; was £51,285

 

Making a Difference

Established in 1982 and currently supporting more than 40 projects across all seven continents, A&K Philanthropy (AKP) is dedicated to giving back to the environments and communities guests explore. With the support of A&K guests, AKP initiatives in the Arctic include the Husavik Whale Museum, Inuit Youth Arts Workshops for Canada’s at-risk youth, and an art auction featuring work by Nunavut’s indigenous artisans.

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About Abercrombie & Kent:

Geoffrey Kent founded A&K in Africa in 1962 with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy. Then, the company went by the motto ‘off-the-beaten-track safaris’. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but we still want to take you down the road less travelled. We devise unique, meticulously planned journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses and authentic cultures. We win awards for not only our bespoke luxury holidays and unparalleled escorted tours, but also our philanthropic efforts to protect and preserve the places we travel to… because sometimes it’s the how as well as the where. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm and leading our expedition team, we have grown into a family of over 2,500 travel specialists. These experts have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation and between them visited nearly every country on Earth. They continue to go off-the-beaten track every day. They are passionate about helping you find authentic experiences and pushing your boundaries, wherever they might lie. Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. We can open doors to private palaces; arrange out-of-hours tours of museums and galleries; take you to monuments when not another soul is there. Not much is truly impossible we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk