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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, 9 June 2020. 

A&K Launches UK and Ireland Product

Exceptional Journeys; from the mighty craic in Ireland to the fling in the highlands

Luxury travel company A&K has been selling UK and Ireland holidays to its well-heeled international clientele for decades. On the back of an increase in enquiries and response to their recent survey, for the first time they have curated a selection of trips across the British Isles tailored to Brits, with the added bonus of fully flexible booking.

 

In a recent survey of its clients, Europe and the UK came out on top as the most desired destinations to travel to post-lockdown. The carefully curated suite of A&K UK & Ireland itineraries are no ordinary trips, with their exclusive access and top guides. All self-guided trips can be upgraded to include a super car or a driver-guide. Booking with a tour operator for a holiday at home has added security and peace of mind should the situation change; A&K will alter arrangements and bookings to every holiday is stress free.

 

In England, tap into passion points such as art, history and culture in the form of medieval castles, thousand-year-old churches, world-renowned museums and enduring traditions. Scotland stirs with its everlasting charm; natural beauty simply dazzles, bagpipes seem to echo across the glens, and history can be felt at every turn. Discover Ireland; packed full of ancient artefacts, rich in myth and folklore made famous in story and song, and warm welcoming from the locals who buy you a Guinness in a local pub. The range of itineraries include following the homes and castles of the Royal family, a private island tour of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for those wishing to explore the 'real' Scotland, and the ultimate itineraries for golf lovers in ScotlandIreland or a mix of both.

 

The very best hotels have been chosen, from Gleneagles in Scotland - an icon of jazz-age glamour, dripping in luxury with an added shot of fun - to castles in Ireland, and stately homes in England such as Beaverbrook. The itineraries are supported by a whole host of incredible luxury experiences that A&K consultants can include in a tailor-made holiday. 

 

A&K’s Managing Director Kerry Golds commented;

 

We’ve been keen to develop a suite of UK and Ireland itineraries tailored to our UK clientele for quite a while, and decided now was the right time. The breadth and depth of these islands is truly remarkable and right on our doorstep. Many people might think that they can simply do these trips themselves.. but can they do them the A&K way?

 

What’s more, flexible booking terms were also revealed as an important factor, resulting in A&K’s introduction of flexible booking conditions. For new bookings made by 30 September 2020, A&K will not charge should clients wish to switch destination or move travel dates any time up to 35 days prior to departure and can rebook to travel any time before 31 December 2021. Full details can be found on the A&K website.

 

Best of British

A nine-night trip that celebrates the glorious green grass of home, with a leisurely drive through the British Isles staying in the country’s most iconic hotels and boutique properties along the way. From £2,250pp

From the rolling hills of Surrey, stay overnight at Beaverbrook, Surrey. Capture of the glamour of the Roaring Twenties with two nights at this extraordinary Victorian mansion, once home to the press baron and war-time MP Lord Beaverbrook. On the drive up north stop for an indulgent five course summer lunch at the fragrant 15th Century Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’s two Michelin starred restaurant. Then spend two nights at the boutique Holbeck Ghyll, ideally situated between Ambleside and Lake Windermere, so you can spend your days hiking through the rugged fell the spectacular lake vistas.  Gleneagles is one of Britain’s largest hotel and sporting estates – a glorious playground of 850 acres, offering guests an array of country pursuits and activities including falconry with Harris’ Hawks, horse riding in the equestrian centre, off-roading, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, gun dog training, archery as well as the opportunity to hike through the Ochil Halls and of course tee-off on three championship golf courses. The final stop is on to God’s Own – Yorkshire via a picnic on the glorious sandy beaches of Milsey Bay in Berwick.  The Grade II* listed Grantley Hall, near Ripon has caused a buzz amongst spa sybarites since its opening last summer. Make this trip ultra-luxurious by hiring a super car to glide you from one luxury resting spot to the next.

 

A British Royal Journey Through The UK

An eight-night trip for any avid Royal fan; features many royal homes and places of historical importance including Windsor Castle, Eton College, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Royal Yacht Britannia, Scone Palace, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace. From £7,559pp including flights, VIP airport services and private entrances

 

With Netflix’s The Crown returning to our screens in November 2020, discover the locations and landmarks that make up Britain’s royal heritage. From the Scottish Wars of Independence to the Tower of London, learn the secrets of the monarchy and enjoy the same luxuries as them, such as Champagne Afternoon Tea aboard a beautiful floating hotel, and insider-access to palaces before the official opening times.

 

Highlights include a stay at The Goring Hotel (where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding to Prince William). In London, you can enjoy a private early morning tour of the Tower of London Jewel House instead of the Tower of London or enjoy a private early morning tour of Kensington palace instead of the regular entrance. Visit to the Highgrove Shop, where a wide range of organic foods and other items promoted by the Prince of Wales are on sale. Visit the Queen's favourite residence on a visit to Windsor; visit the State Apartments, including St. George’s Hall that has been beautifully reconstructed following the fire of 1992. In Scotland, the family home of the Queen Mother, a day of sightseeing takes in all things Royal. Hop on board The Fingal, a vessel that spent most of its operational career transporting supplies to remote lighthouses but has now been restored into a luxurious floating hotel. Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Built in Scotland, this ship was used by the Royal Family for many official voyages overseas, and much loved by the Queen as a refuge for relaxation. A private tour takes in the grand reception rooms and the cosy private areas that were once used by the Royal Family.

 

The Tastes of Ireland

A seven- night self-drive trip including Dublin, The Wicklow Mountains, Ballyknocken, Powerscourt, Cork, Blarney Castle, Kerry, Ballymaloe, Foynes, Galway, Connemara, Clonmacnoise, County Kildare. From £3,349pp

 

Fresh flavours, passionate producers and traditions handed down through generations: experience Ireland's food for yourself. Learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse, home to Ireland's most celebrated export. Dine at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Adjoining the Merrion Hotel, this is Ireland's highest rated restaurant, and the proud possessor of two Michelin stars. Learn about the basics of Irish cooking at Ballyknocken House, Farm and Cookery School in Co. Wicklow, an hour south of Dublin. The experience includes a hands-on class on how to make perfect Irish soda scones, and a demonstration of how to make a traditional Irish stew using local lamb from the surrounding mountains. In Cork, visit the English Market, ironically one of the most noted food markets in Ireland. Often deemed the Irish riviera, drive to the picturesque coastal village of Kinsale for dinner. This village is often considered to be the gourmet capital of Ireland on account of the large number restaurants located there. On to West Cork which extends over to the bays of the Atlantic Coast. This area has become well established as a leading centre for artisanal cheeses including Durrus, Milleens and Gubbeen and a visit to one of the factories where you can learn about cheese making. Continue to drive along Beara Peninsula to Castletownbere, the leading port in Ireland for white fish landing. Hear about the importance of the fishing industry to the local economy before enjoying lunch of freshly caught fish in a local hostelry. Visit Ballymaloe, run by legendary chef Darina Allen, this is unquestionably the most celebrated cookery school in Ireland. A visit to Foynews, where the main legacy is Irish coffee, learn how to make it properly in a master class using Irish whiskey and fresh local cream. In 1942, Joe Sheridan decided that transatlantic passengers needed something stronger than ordinary coffee to revive them after the flight, and so introduced the original Irish coffee. If there’s still room ,add on Galway Bay, home to some of the finest oyster beds in Europe. Visit the Connemara Smokehouse, where the proprietors will welcome us and show us how salmon is filleted and prepared for the delicate smoking that imparts a distinctive flavour. Samples are of course included.

 

Highlands & Islands of Scotland

A seven night private tour of Isles of Mull and Iona, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Whisky Distilling, Inverewe Gardens. Designed for those wishing to explore the 'real' Scotland, beyond the cities and into the wild west and north coast where the views are stunning and the welcome warm

 

The Highlands and Islands are a veritable photo album of majestic mountains, mysterious lochs and sublime seascapes. This itinerary stretches beyond the cities and into the wild west and north coast. Alight on the Isle of Mull and enter Duart Castle, the ancient seat of the Clan Maclean. Walk in the shadow of Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis. Discover a rich history on the Isle of Skye. Visit the attractive town of Pitlochry and Blair Castle. Plot a course through the Cairngorm mountain range, enjoying stops at some of the best whisky distilleries in Scotland. Contemplate the legend of Nessie as you stare into the deep, dark waters of the loch. Visit Culloden Moor, the site where the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated. Uncover Scottish folklore and much, much more.

 

British Motoring: From the Golden Age to Today

A five-night journey following the history of British motoring in England for the true petrol head. From £2,939pp

 

Go back in time and discover the history and legacy of British motoring at world-famous manufacturing plants and multiple museum visits. Then, try your hand at off-roading and experience the prestigious Goodwood Revival, held each September. Visit the Land Rover Experience Centre to witness expert demonstrations in off-road driving before taking your own turn behind the wheel beside a skilled Land Rover instructor. Hone your off-road driving techniques while putting the latest Land Rover production models through their paces on the Jungle Track, the Land Track and in the Adventure Zone. Highlights of the itinerary also include a visit to the Jaguar factory, Morgan Motor Company, National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. The most luxurious hotels included in this itinerary include Ellenborough Park in the Cotswolds, the Grand Hotel Brighton and Brown’s Hotel in London.

 

A Classic Par – Scottish Whisky And Golf

A six-night journey for any golf fan who enjoys the green grass of Scotland along with the peaty whiskeys from this fine land. From £4,869

 

Tee-off on some of Scotland’s famous and most challenging golf courses, from the location of the Ryder Cup to the Carnoustie Championship Course. Enjoy the Old Course Experience that comes with driving range privileges and dinner perks, everything packaged together for a luxury hole-in-one experience. Discover Scotland’s perfect pairing. Staying at Gleneagles, enjoy a private whisky Master Class in the hotel's exclusive cellar hosted by their senior whisky ambassador. The cellars at Gleneagles are home to some of the rarest and most prestigious wines and spirits in the world. You also have the opportunity to create your own blend of whisky with the 'Perfect Pour' Experience. Not only will you learn how to identify and blend flavours of whisky, but you will also create your own unique blend of whisky to enjoy at the Gleneagles bar and to take home with you.

 

Quintessentially English in The Cotswolds

A six-night journey for the inner anglophile in us all - as English as the bowler hat and umbrella, this tour includes some of the best of England, featuring a selection of the most iconic sights. From £3,059pp

 

Slip on the Barbour jacket and head out on a week-long tour of the essential sites and landmarks of the iconic Cotswolds. Saunter around dreamy Oxford colleges, stop off at Churchill’s birthplace, and breathe in the Cotswold hills. Gen up on ancient Roman history in Bath, and while you are there, drink in the Palladian architecture, in particular the majestic sweep of the Royal Crescent. Cup of tea anyone? Or would you prefer some famous Bath gin?

 

Gardens of Southern England

A seven-night trip to to discover the secret gardens of England. From formal walled gardens to open parkland. From £1,979pp

 

The flora and fauna of these historic houses and conservation projects will delight and inspire you for your next green-fingered project. Various private tours are available at each location, and afterwards you can sit back and relax in a tearoom, overlooking beautiful vistas. This peaceful self-drive itinerary is all about stunning landscapes, taking the time to simply stop and smell the roses. Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen by promenading through Sydney Gardens to the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal. Enjoy a private tour of Cerney House Gardens and an introductory talk with Hidcote’s gardener before exploring the gardens known as the Arts and Craft Garden.  Last but not least, explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan for a private tour. Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England – lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this sleeping beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Today, Heligan’s 200 acres are a mythical paradise for the explorer and romanticist alike.

 

A Northern Discovery

A seven-night discovery of the North, including Yorkshire and the Lake District. From £2,919pp

 

Industrial heritage, iconic landscapes, beautiful landscapes and boutique shops – it's no wonder Northern England is on top. Discover true Yorkshire life as a local, with a guide to take you across the moors, with hidden trails and legendary tales. Visit Snowdonia National Park and the quaint villages surrounding the Lake District. Not forgetting a private tasting of Carmel’s famous sticky toffee pudding, where the original dessert was created. Finally, indulge in some retail therapy at Chester’s famous medieval half-timbered arcades called ‘The Rows’.

 

On The Right Track with Belmond

A rise in slow-travel has us looking to train travel

 

Riding the Belmond Royal Scotsman is one of those pinch-me moments. Ranking among the world’s most luxurious trains, our mahogany-clad cars marry Edwardian elegance with the comforts of a country house. Ten intricately designed carriages, including the sublime Bamford Spa, form a palace on wheels. After a day´s adventures exploring the Highlands, retire into a haven of Edwardian-inspired elegance. Each en-suite cabin features sophisticated mahogany marquetry and an inviting medley of tweed furnishings and soft Highland wool. As the rugged Scottish landscape glides by, let the view—and motion—soothe you into a well-earned rest.

 

The Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s only luxury sleeper train introduces new personalised experiences that take guests off the rails and into the heart of Ireland’s eclectic and adventurous landscape. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, nature lover or keen on Celtic culture, guests can now tailor their experience by choosing from a range of activities including kayaking at sunset on the lake at Killarney, paddle boarding across Clew Bay, kissing the blarney stone at Blarney Castle, horse riding on the beach in Carrowholly or exploring foodie Galway. New for 2020 – Belmond brings the warmth and craic of Irish hospitality direct to the rails with a ‘pop-up’ pub in the traditional style of a ‘Shebeen’ – once known as an illicit inn. This unique watering hole offers a taste of traditional Ireland, music, Guinness and dancing on board this iconic luxury adventure across the Emerald Isle.

 

 

All prices are based on double occupancy in low season

 

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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 clients down the road less travelled. 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 visit. Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at the helm, we 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.  Our long-standing networks allow us to uncover local secrets beyond the reach of most. Not much is truly impossible, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your lifewww.abercrombiekent.co.uk

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London, 4 June 2020. 

Best of British - The Ultimate Road Trip

Relive the glory of the motoring age with a nine-night package curated by Abercrombie & Kent exploring the changing landscape of the British Isles while indulging in the UK’s finest hotels

This summer, celebrate the glorious green grass of home, with a leisurely drive through the British Isles staying in the country’s most iconic hotels and boutique properties along the way. The new Best of British experience curates a 10 day / 9 night drive from the rolling hills of Surrey to the Ochil Hills of Perthshire via the glacial ribbon lakes of Wordsworth’s Lake District and ‘God’s Own County’ – Yorkshire on your return.

Starting at Beaverbrook, Surrey – capture of the glamour of the Roaring Twenties with two nights at this extraordinary Victorian mansion, once home to the press baron and war-time MP Lord Beaverbrook and party hotspot for luminaries of the day. Prop up at the Art Deco Sir Franks Bar and indulge in innovative international cuisine, surrounded by the rolling countryside. It’s a four-hour drive to the Lake District but one which can be sweetened by an indulgent five course Summer lunch at the fragrant 15th Century Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’s two Michelin starred restaurant.  Heading north to Cumbria, spend two nights at the boutique Holbeck Ghyll, ideally situated between Ambleside & Lake Windermere. Spend your days hiking up through the rugged fell mountains and savour the spectacular lake vistas. There are plenty of opportunities to unwind with aromatherapy treatments at the Spa and fabulous fine dining.

From the Lake District you will observe the change in the countryside as Cumbria’s lakes and mountains give way to the woodlands and glens of the Scottish Lowlands. It’s a three-hour drive to the iconic Gleneagles hotel in Auchterarder and it’s always worth paying a visit en-route  to one of Scotland’s most important castles - Stirling Castle – where various Kings and Queens, including Mary Queen of Scots, were crowned.  Gleneagles is one of Britain’s largest hotel and sporting estates – a glorious playground of 850 acres, offering guests an array of country pursuits and activities including falconry with Harris’ Hawks, horse riding and lessons in the equestrian centre, off roading, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, gun dog training, archery as well as the opportunity to hike through the Ochil Halls and of course tee-off on three championship golf courses.  Having recently undergone a complete transformation, the hotel exudes luxury with redesigned and refreshed accommodation, bars and restaurants. Guests have the option to dress up for a decadent affair at Scotland’s only Michelin starred restaurant, or enjoy more relaxed yet refined dining at one of the hotel’s six remaining outlets. Heralding the golden age of travel, the American Bar captures the excitement of the ‘20s and ‘30s and there is an award-winning spa to completely unwind.

The final stop is on to God’s Own – Yorkshire via a picnic on the glorious sandy beaches of Milsey Bay in Berwick.  The Grade II* listed Grantley Hall, near Ripon has caused a buzz amongst spa sybarites since its opening last summer. The Three Graces Spa will be a welcome place of respite or for those who want to dig deeper, the Elite luxury gym, offers some of the most pioneering services available in the health and fitness industry including a cryotherapy chamber, altitude training facilities, underwater treadmill and 3D body scanners. Take time to wander in the beautiful grounds – notably an English Heritage Listed Japanese garden, which dates back to 1910 or pick up the pace with a bracing walk into the Yorkshire Dales with a picnic provided. London is a short four-hour drive down the A1 (M).

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers the Best of British Trip based on a nine night basis from £2,250 per person, based on two people sharing and includes accommodation on a B&B basis. Supercar hire can be added, price on request

  • Beaverbrook, Surrey – two nights on bed and breakfast basis including a complimentary upgrade to a Turret Room, Beaverbrook bubbles on arrival, a complimentary mini bar and late check outx
  • Lunch at  Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons for a 5 course Summer lunch menu 
  • Holbeck Ghyll – two nights on a bed and breakfast basis,staying in a Classic Room with Lake view (with a complimentary bottle of wine)
  • Gleneagles – three nights on a bed and breakfast basis  staying in a Manor Room with guaranteed complimentary upgrade to an Estate room, picnic lunch provided for lunchtime stop over at Milsey Bay Beach, Borders
  • Grantley Hall – two nights bed and breakfast  staying in a Deluxe room (including champagne afternoon tea picnic served in the hotel’s 38 acres of grounds or taken away to have while exploring the Yorkshire Dales). Rates includes £50pp of credit towards dinner in a restaurant of your choice on the second night
  • Drive back to London (4 hours)
 

London, 28 May 2020. 

Luxury Consumer Travel Trends Post Lockdown Revealed

  • The largest % of people believe they will be travelling in Spring 2021
  • Over half of those surveyed said they intend to start planning travel soon, if they have not already
  • Healthcare, hygiene and safety are all key destination factors
  • Europe and the UK are the big winners
  • Flexible booking conditions and comprehensive travel insurance will become more important than ever

 

Drawing on their expertise as leaders in luxury travel, Abercrombie & Kent alongside its sister company Cox & Kings, released the first in a series of luxury travel insights to try and discover how coronavirus may have affected their clients’ future travel plans directly from its well-heeled clientele. Overall, the first report revealed that

  • Consumer sentiment is decisive when it comes to holiday planning; with over half already planning or intending to start soon.
  • Safety and security of a destination came out on top, alongside buying from a reputable company.
  • Travel is a spending priority for the year ahead, with the majority of people’s budgets remaining unaffected. 

The six key results that feature from the travel trends report are:

People are keen to travel and are planning now

2020 will still see people trying to visit when it's safe to do so, with a goal of Autumn and Winter followed by Spring 2021. Summer 2020 is a write off for those asked. After a challenging time with the pandemic, planning and researching future travel is high on the agenda, with the majority of people planning now or planning to do so soon. 25% are re-looking at their bucket list and re-evaluating their travel plans.

Europe comes out on top.

Unsurprising Europe tops the list of places people intend to travel to in the next 12 months, with almost two-thirds of people (57%) looking to our nearest neighbours. Closer to home, domestic holidays are expected to perform well. The top ten destinations from both companies bare some similarities yet differ on some key geographies:

 

A&K

1. Europe

2. UK

3. North America

4. Africa

5. Far East

6. Caribbean

7. South America

8. Australasia

9. Indian Ocean

10. Middle East

 

Cox & Kings

1. Europe

2. UK

3. Far East

4. North America

5. South America / Africa

6. Indian Subcontinent

7. Middle East

8. Australasia

9. Caribbean

10. Indian Ocean

 

Beach is a popular option with nearly a third of A&K's audience opting for the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean; which is positive with the reopening of many Caribbean islands in June. Cox & Kings’ clientele who take advantage of their group touring offering, unsurprisingly put Caribbean in their lowest preference with South America, Africa and Indian Subcontinent all proving popular. However, those surveyed flagged that they will be a lot more cautious with where and when they travel (44%), highlighting the ever-evolving situation on the ground.

Budget

In a positive sign and a nod to the British tradition of holidaying abroad, over 70% said that their budget remains the same for the next 12 months.

Types of Holidays?

Pre-coronavirus, all sorts of holidays were possible. But when asked what type of holiday consumers would like to take compared to before, some distinct holiday type trends came to light:

  • A&K -  villa holidays (85%)  wildlife holidays (82.3%)
  • Cox & Kings - Private Touring (73.3%), Small Group (73.1%) and Arts & Culture (76.4%)

The research also highlighted other ‘factors’ that are important such as direct flights, consultant expertise and having comprehensive insurance.

Keeping It In The Family

When thinking about who to travel with, respondents wanted to keep it in the family and go as a couple or with their extended family. Solo travel came in third, highlighting the luxury travellers desire to explore the world post lockdown.

Safety and Flexibility

With every day bringing changes across the globe, flexibility with holiday bookings remains more critical than ever according to the research, explicitly citing 'flexibility without charges’ by over 80% of those surveyed. A&K and Cox & Kings have introduced the most flexible booking conditions for new bookings made before 30 September. For new bookings made by 30 September 2020, A&K and Cox & Kings will not charge any fees should clients choose to change to a new destination or move travel dates any time up to 35 days prior to departure. Clients can rebook to travel any time before 31 December 2021.

Expectedly, hygiene and safety of the destination came in second as a critical factor for booking a trip.

With the recent challenges facing clients on refunds and repatriations it is perhaps not surprising that consumers cited that the reputation of the travel company was in their top three concerns. A&K and Cox & Kings worked tirelessly to get their clients home quickly and safely at the height of global border closures. And as heritage brands that understand the value of customer service their teams remain on hand to process postponements, rebookings and refunds for affected clients.

The research has also established a new consumer panel – a powerhouse of A&K and Cox and King's clients who wish to be part of an on-going group to help provide further insights on future travel trends. This research will also help influence product development and strategy in the future.

Kerry Golds, Managing Director of A&K, commented on the results

What holidays look like has changed dramatically, this pandemic isn’t going to be easily forgotten. Unsurprisingly, people want to work with a reputable company so that if something bad does happen, they can rely on their operator to get them home quickly. 

We’re starting this consumer panel as our clients have and always will be at the heart of our business, so it’s vital we stay continue to exceed their expectations and we need data to inform us.

 

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Methodology

The research was conducted by Abercrombie & Kent and Cox & Kings in an email survey to their database of clients. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from these companies. Total sample size was 2,588 respondents (1,252 A&K and 1,336 Cox & Kings). Fieldwork was undertaken between 12 – 17th May. The survey was carried out online.

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, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

 

About Cox & Kings UK

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

 

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

London, 19 May 2020. 

World Ocean Day 2020

World Oceans Day on June 8th each year is celebrated to remind everyone of the major role oceans have in everyday life. Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent and its sister company Cox & Kings have curated a selection of trips that dive right into oceans across the world.

A&K, via its philanthropic arm A&K Philanthropy is helping to discover the potentially deadly effects of climate change on the planet’s valuable marine life, more details below.

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

 

Equatorial Wonderland: Raja Ampat Sailing Trip

Private sailing yacht in Indonesia

Why? During this 10-night voyage, you will embark on a far-reaching exploration on a private sailing charter of what is, without a doubt, one of the least-visited but most remarkable adventure destinations on our planet.

 

Starting in Sorong, this voyage will take you north to Wayag, then through Waigeo, Batanta and Misool to cover the highlights of the entire Raja Ampat region. Tailored to an active and nature-loving group, the expedition is packed with fun ways to enjoy the bounties of Raja Ampat’s equatorial wonderland. Each day presents opportunities for adventure in stunning natural habitats supported by the amenities of the yacht.

 

A&K work with several luxury yachts and super yachts in the region. The smallest yacht has 5 cabins and 10 crew – the Rascal, priced below.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a ten night trip on a private yacht for 10 people from £10,000pp based on 10 people sharing. Includes flights, transfers, use of private yacht on a full board basis

 

Zanzibar Private Island Escape – Mnemba

Why? Zanzibar has some of the most unique coral along the Africa coast and Mnemba island (super exclusive) offers diving from sand banks, and deep wall drop offs. Visibility up to 30 mts.

 

A romantic hideaway, Mnemba Island is an exclusive paradise featuring twelve rustically chic beachside bandas, for just 24 guests, connected to the breathtaking Mnemba atoll. At just 500 meters in diameter and 1.5 kilometers in circumference, this tiny island is wrapped by an oval reef -- the Mnemba Atoll -- a marine conservation area. Even if the lodge is at a capacity, you'll be one of less than two dozen guests, with three members of lodge staff on hand to address your every whim. A monitoring and protection project for the green turtles that nest here has been in place for over two decades, with staff documenting all turtle breeding activities.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers seven nights’ all-inclusive from £6,635pp including flights, transfers and accommodation

 

The Iconic Islands of Hawaii

Why? Hawaii’s marine life is about 20 – 15 % endemic and the green turtles are highly protected.

 

From yellow butterfly fish that dart among the rocks to benevolent green sea turtles, it’s easy to see these fascinating locals while snorkelling, scuba diving. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu) these gentle creatures are among Hawaii’s most beloved. If you’re snorkelling, they’ll coast on by as if they've known you all their lives. Spinner dolphins are aptly named for their affinity to spin as they leap out of the water. Hawaii’s abundant waters are home to a variety of fish. In fact, roughly 20% of fish species in Hawaii are unique to the islands. From the bandit angelfish to Hawaii’s state fish the humuhumunukunukuapuaa (which ironically isn’t endemic)

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a 15 night Iconic Hawaii Islands trip to the four main islands; Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island  from £6,349pp based on two people sharing. Includes flights, transfers, accommodation on a B&B basis and activities such as snorkelling and guided swimming

 

Bioluminescent Plankton Night Snorkelling in the Maldives

Why? For over 40 years, Baros Maldives has been renowned as one of the best diving locations in the Indian Ocean, home to the first Dive Centre to open in the archipelago in 1979. 

 

Various species of phytoplankton are known to be bioluminescence. Found in warm water lagoons, this organism emits a beautiful glow when stressed. When they are washed ashore their chemical energy, luciferin, is turned to light energy. The bright blue-green light is this microscopic organism’s defence mechanism to disorientate and surprise their predators, whether it’s fish or sea mammals. This in turn creates an incredible night-time viewing on the beaches of the Maldives. . Baros, which has the most spectacular house reef just 15 to 30 metre from the shore, has launched exciting new dive offerings, appealing to divers of all levels. These include fascinating ‘Fluo Night Diving’, an activity promising to excite even the most practised diver. This is a unique adventure allows guests to see the reef in an entirely ‘different light’ and is completely safe, due to the resort’s close proximity to the sheltered waters on the house reef.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a seven night trip to Baros in the Maldives staying in a deluxe villa on a B&B basis from £1,720pp based on two people sharing (includes 35% discount)

 

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

Why? Witness the amazing natural phenomena at Horizontal Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the ocean phenomenon creates horizontal currents that look like waterfalls turned sideways. Sir David Attenborough described it as “Australia’s most unusual natural wonder.”

 

Explore beautiful beaches at Broome, witness amazing natural phenomena at Horizontal Falls and the King George River, and discover Australia’s history in the fascinating rock art at Freshwater Cove. The west coast of Australia is studded with fascinating sights. Enjoy this unforgettable expedition in comfort and luxury on Le Bellot, an impressive mega-yacht perfectly matched to this type of voyage. Relax in spacious accommodation with a guaranteed balcony and enjoy unparalleled on-board assistance from your dedicated expedition team. Experts onboard include  Brad Climpson, Expedition Leader and Bart Pigram, Aboriginal Culture Expert;  A Yawuru man, Bart’s passion and experience is with protecting the indigenous Nyamba Buru Yawru community. Trip extensions offered to Ningaloo Reef, Perth and Margaret River and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Sailing dates - 6 May 2021 – 18 May 2021.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a 13 day trip A&K expedition – Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier on its 2021 sailing from £10,570pp based on two people sharing. Includes accommodation with guaranteed balcony accommodation, all-inclusive cruising, covering on-board meals and most meals ashore, unlimited house drinks, Zodiac excursions, expedition gear, port charges, complimentary wifi, and Traveller’s Valet® laundry service

 

Polynesia Idyllic Private Islands

Why? Walk, swim, kayak or paddleboard your way between 12 idyllic islands

The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa – an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti.

 

The reef surrounding Tetiaroa is made of large and spectacular coral beds in the inner and outer lagoons which provide a perfect place for marine life to flourish. At least 167 fish species have been observed around the atoll, from colourful parrotfish and spotted eagle rays to blacktop sharks and bonefish. Whales often pause at Tetiaroa during their annual migrations and during the nesting season, large sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the coral sands. Guests can explore the spectacular lagoons by Polynesian canoe, kayak, paddle board, snorkelling, SCUBA diving as well as take guided tours of the atoll’s motus. Protection of the abundant tropical fish and other marine life is core to the resort’s mission. 

 

There is an eco-station for scientific research whose goal is to preserve the precious biodiversity on Tetiaroa with several projects including a fish replenishment program and an atoll conservation plan which guests can visit to learn more about the work that is being done. With deep respect for its cultural legacy, the use of historical practices and new technologies to provide extraordinary luxury in an environmentally friendly manner, the Brando brings the past and future together invigorating the spirit and enriching and changing all who visit.

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a seven-night stay at The Brando in Polynesia from £10,000 pp based on two people sharing in a one bedroom villa on an all inclusive basis. Includes flights, transfers and room

 

AKP | Antarctica Climate Change Project

AKP is helping to discover the potentially deadly effects of climate change on the planet’s valuable marine life

 

Studying the effect of climate change on polar marine life in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica is the purpose of the Antarctica Climate Change Project, directed by award-winning climate change expert Dr. James McClintock of the University of Alabama. In addition to its research efforts, the project’s educational component supports outreach programs to students in grades K-12. Since 2007, AKP and A&K guests have contributed to Dr. McClintock’s pioneering studies with the purchase of essential laboratory supplies and equipment, including penguin satellite tags and drones. In 2012 the researchers at Palmer Station were presented with a “penguin cam.” The live-streaming equipment was installed on Torgersen Island to monitor a population of Adelie penguins. Watch them live October to February by clicking here.

 

Visit this Project

Travel with Dr. McClintock on one of A&K’s Antarctica cruises and deepen your understanding of environmental issues through his enriching lectures and excursions centred on environmental conservation. If conditions permit, visit the U.S. Palmer Research Station for a behind-the-scenes tour and the presentation of research equipment donated by AKP.

 

COX & KINGS

Queensland – Southern Great Barrier Reef

Why? Almost 60 years ago, a young Sir David Attenborough first visited the Southern Great Barrier Reef and he still describes it as ‘his most magical place on earth.’ 

 

Situated within a highly protected ‘Green Zone’ the coral cay is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef. Visit our Flora, Fauna and Marine Life page for more information about the Great Barrier Reef and the Islands history, flora and fauna.

 

Cox & Kings (020 3797 4887; www.coxandkings.co.uk) offer a seven night trip to the Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland Australia staying at Heron Island and Lady Elliot Island resorts from £1,550pp based on two people sharing. Includes international flights, transfers and room on a B&B basis

 

Belize Ambergris Reef Adventure

Why? With the biggest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, and second biggest in the World, Ambergris offers some of the greatest sea life in the world.

 

Ambergris Caye is the largest of the 200-plus cayes (islands) in Belize, with long smooth beaches and inviting blue seas. Its coastline is protected by a 190 mile long barrier reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world. It receives cooling Tradewinds most of the year, which keeps the temperature down and the mosquitoes away. The only inhabited area is the fishing village of San Pedro and the island offers a variety of activities as well as a small Mayan ruin

 

Cox & Kings (020 3797 4887; www.coxandkings.co.uk) offer a three night stay at a beach cabane at Portofino Hotel on a B&B basis including transfers and international flights from £1,500pp based on two people sharing. Room on B&B basis

 

Thailand Sea Canoeing Among Bioluminescent plankton

Why? Canoe with fireflies and dinoflagellates (bioluminescent plankton)

 

The glowing waves may seem like an optical illusion though it makes you feel the fantasy world of Avatar is not far from reality. Thailand is not only known for its gorgeous shores and island hopping. It’s a paradise for holidaymakers to indulge in bioluminescent beaches that comes to life at night. The neon-glowing waves can be seen around the beaches in Thailand.

 

Cox & Kings (020 3797 4887; www.coxandkings.co.uk) offers an 11 night Family Adventure in Thailand trip from £2,450pp based on a family of four travelling. Includes flights, transfers, accommodation on a B&B basis and canoeing with plankton

 

Island Hopping in The Cook Islands

Why? Explore the largest multi-use marine park in the world.

 

The Cook Islands is home to Mara Moana, the largest multi-use marine park in the world– spanning a total ocean area of nearly two million square kilometres, rich with marine biodiversity, including rare seabirds, beaked whales, manta rays and several threatened shark species. There are 136 identified coral species and some 650 species of fish in the coral reefs of Marae Moana, making it a bit of a ‘hidden gem’ – more info here. Alan Friedlander is currently chief scientist for National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, has stated that Marae Moana a “key strategy” for restoring the health of our oceans – more info here.

 

Cox & Kings (020 3797 4887; www.coxandkings.co.uk) offers 12 night Island Hopping Tour of the Cook Islands from £3,495pp. Includes accommodation on a B&B basis, activities and domestic flights. International flights not included

 

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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, and we ensure that your time away is the time of your life. 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 April 2020.

AKP Responds to the Global Pandemic 

Helping the Most Vulnerable Fight

WORLDWIDE | During this time of uncertainty, AKP remains fully committed to supporting the 125,000 community members worldwide that rely on our programs. Many of AKP’s partner communities lack the infrastructure and essential resources needed to even stand a chance against a global pandemic. In response to challenges that we are currently facing, AKP is mobilizing our efforts around the globe. Working with our coordinators in Peru, Brazil, SE Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, we are planning for the most effective methods to assist to resource-limited regions where our A&K guests travel.

A Commitment to Fighting Hunger & Inspiring Hope

While the rest of the world “flattens the curve” with self-isolation, in many of our partner communities it is simply not possible under their current living conditions. Many governments have declared schools will be used as isolation wards for the sick. An added challenge becomes food. How will those who are sick get food if they’re living in isolation in a school building?

AKP programs provide school lunches to approximately 3,500 children everyday around the globe - when school is in session. We are working with our community partners in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to ramp up the school lunch kitchens, to get meals to those who are sick and isolated. AKP has the expertise, on-the-ground experience and long-term commitment to stand with our community partners during a crisis. They are currently working on initiatives to help feed those in need.

The AKP Emergency Relief Fund

AKP believes that we can help each other even though we are far apart – that’s why we have set up the AKP Emergency Relief Fund to help the most vulnerable as they fight to protect their families and livelihoods. Our AKP coordinators and community partners are working to address local needs through initiatives such as:

  • Procuring essential health items like soap and medical supplies to distribute through the communities in need;

     

  • Supplementing the income of women who run small community-based businesses as their revenue-generating operations are temporarily shut down; and

     

  • Providing vital resources that will help our brothers and sisters across the world get through these difficult times.

 

AKP Delivers More Than One Million Dollars of Medical Supplies & Equipment to Uganda & Cambodia

UGANDA & CAMBODIA | With health as one of AKP’s four mission pillars, AKP works toward eliminating healthcare disparities in disadvantaged populations. The places where A&K guests travel often face the greatest obstacles to health. Now more than ever, our partner communities are turning to AKP for support and relying on AKP’s Global Medical Assistance program with our partner, Project C.U.R.E. .

Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. In the past two months, three AKP-supported shipping containers (valued at approximately $350,000 USD each) have been successfully delivered to locations where A&K operates. These supplies are coming into country at an incredibly important time and will have a tremendous impact in these communities.

In March, two containers of medical supplies and equipment arrived in Uganda. The shipments were stocked with everything from gloves and disinfectant to wheelchairs and defibrillators, which are being utilized by the Bwindi Community Hospital to deliver critical care to patients and local community members.

In April, one container of medical equipment was gratefully received by the Ministry of Health in Cambodia. Our partners at Project C.U.R.E. report “We received word from General Sokren Seng in Cambodia informing us that the A&K container has been released from port and will be delivered to Phnom Penh over the weekend. The Ministry of Health of Cambodia will take possession of the goods and make sure that they get distributed to hospitals in need to combat COVID-19.”

Although a small effort in comparison to fighting this global pandemic, AKP is happy to do our part in addressing the health needs of others. AKP is planning to pack a shipping container for Tanzania at the end of May from Project C.U.R.E.’s Chicago warehouse.

 

London, 26 February 2020.

Discover the Arctic Through the Eyes of Abercrombie & Kent’s Explorers in Residence

At the heart of every Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruise is an emphasis on learning. Meet two extraordinary adventurers who will join A&K’s Arctic expedition cruises this summer as Explorers in Residence - each one a pioneer in their own fields, pushing boundaries and accomplishing remarkable feats.

 

Joining our Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise is Alex Pancoe, who summited Alaska’s Denali in July 2019 achieved what very few have: the Explorers Grand Slam. His recovery from a brain tumour at 18 inspired him to climb the seven tallest peaks with the goal of raising one million dollars for the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago where he received treatment. Also on board will be Fiann Paul, a record-breaking ocean rower, who captained The Impossible Row across the treacherous Drake Passage in December, making him the first person to complete the Ocean Explorers Grand Slam.

 

“We have selected these accomplished Explorers in Residence because they not only have achieved at the highest level, but have inspirational stories to share about their pursuits,” explains Bob Simpson, Abercrombie & Kent’s Vice President of Expedition Cruising. “Guests will have the opportunity to learn from each of these remarkable individuals during on board lectures and shore excursions, and informally while enjoying a drink, sharing a meal or spotting wildlife while cruising the fjords.”

 

Pancoe will share stories from his adventures conquering the tallest peak on every continent and trekking the final degree to the North and South Poles. Guests can sign up to ascend Iceland’s Dynjandi Falls, rappel down a rock formation overlooking the ancient village of Qaqortoq and trek on the Greenland Ice Cap under his guidance. Fiann Paul describes his experience as Captain of The Impossible Row team, which completed the first completely human-powered crossing of the Drake Passage this past December. Kayak with him in the waters of Iceland’s Westfjords or Greenland’s Tunulliarfik Fjord.

 

These Explorers in Residence will be joined by Cultural Expert Lykke Geisler Yakaboylu, whose deep family roots in Greenland led her to focus on the unique cultural traditions in the villages she holds dear, adding an additional layer of expertise to A&K’s enrichment program. She joins the A&K Expedition Team of accomplished explorers, from award-winning scientists to habitat conservationists, historians and recipients of the prestigious Polar Medal.

 

Following routes once pioneered by the Vikings and great Arctic explorers, guests are invited to join Fiann Paul on the new 48-day Grand Arctic Voyage (July 31-Sept 16, 2020), which combines all three of A&K’s Arctic cruises into one extraordinary voyage of discovery:

 

Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear (Jul 31-Aug 14, 2020) voyages through the Svalbard Islands and along the rarely-visited east coast of Greenland. Visit Svalbard, Norway’s polar bear haven, an Inuit village on Greenland’s Scoresby Sound and Iceland’s verdant West Fjords. 15 days from £13,410 (was £14,630).

 

Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise (August 13-27, 2020) explores spectacular Lindenow Fjord, Prince Christian Sound and the Westman archipelago, with excursions for active guests and families alike. Visit Inuit villages and discover the deeply-rooted Viking history of both countries. 15 days from £13,555pp with no single supplement.

 

The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (Aug 24- Sep 16, 2020) traces the rarely-transited route from western Greenland through the Canadian Arctic to the Bering Sea and Nome, Alaska. 24 days from £26,785pp (was £30,040).

 

 

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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, 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

 

ENDS

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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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, 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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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, 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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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.

ENDS

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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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