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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, November 2020 

God Bless America: Trips to Celebrate a New Era

Abercrombie & Kent’s luxury trips to the USA and Ireland

America has chosen Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president. Fast paced, simultaneously wild and refined, and with some of the most beautiful natural wonders on the planet, the USA is abundant with once-in-a-lifetime sights. Luxury travel company A&K has outlined some of its newest and favourite trips to the USA below. Running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris will make history as the first woman, the first Black person and the first person of South Asian descent to become vice president. As Senator for Californiathere are some new trips there too.

 

Irish Roots

US president-elect Joe Biden has spoken about his Irish heritage on numerous occasions, even referencing poet Séamus Heaney in his speeches. During a media scrum after the announcement, Biden was asked by a BBC reporter for a word for the British broadcasters. Reporter: Mr Biden, a quick word for the BBC? Biden: The BBC? I'm Irish!. In the spirit of Biden, A&K have included some of their luxury Ireland trips below.

 

A&K’s new USA itineraries complement a portfolio of guest favorites in some of the country’s most spectacular destinations, featuring wildlife viewing on private ranches, access to historic sites off-limits to most visitors, and meetings with tribal elders and historians who share stories about traditions that are quickly disappearing.

 

Alaskan Wonder

Experience the full majesty of America’s last frontier, taking in sweeping views by river and air, visiting historic sites, quaint towns, and wildlife-rich landscapes. Gain a new perspective on Denali with a flightseeing adventure — complete with the chance to land on a glacier. Cruise off the Kenai Peninsula, navigating among awe-inspiring glaciers while searching for orcas and whales. Visit the sled dog kennels of a champion Iditarod musher and try leading a team. Seven days, £POA

 

Grand Teton & Yellowstone

Seek out wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in two of America’s greatest national parks. Spend a full day exploring Yellowstone, site of Old Faithful and home to free-roaming bison, on privately guided hikes. Explore Grand Teton National Park on a wildlife-spotting excursion led by a private naturalist guide. Float down the scenic Snake River in a traditional river dory. Six days from, £POA

 

National Parks by Air

The full majesty of America’s natural beauty is revealed on an ultimate flying safari to the most iconic national parks -- Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone -- using privately chartered air. Fly from one awe-inspiring landscape to the next, exploring with local guides and enjoying five-star hospitality along the way. Hike the Grand Canyon with a private guide, track bison and bears in Grand Teton and Yellowstone and visit secluded, and rarely seen, slot canyons as well as the graceful natural landscape of Arches National Park. Price varies by group size and aircraft.

 

Northern California

Experience the City by the Bay with a privately guided walking tour of San Francisco. Explore Yosemite on a full-day privately guided excursion, and see larger-than-life El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Ride the Buena Vista Pass on a private horseback trail to experience it as the cowboys once did. Kayak off the Monterey coast, in a sheltered inlet abundant with seals, otters and birdlife. Eight days, £POA

 

Utah: The Mighty Five

An adventure-packed outdoor odyssey through five of Utah’s national parks, exploring by four-wheel-drive vehicle, on horseback and by river raft. Marvel at the canyons, mesas and nature-made stone sculptures of Zion National Park. Saddle up to ride the trails of Bryce Canyon guided by cowboys steeped in the region’s history. Explore Arches and Canyonland on foot and by four-wheel-drive. Raft along a quiet stretch of the Colorado River with expert river guides. Eight days, £POA

 

California: Wine Country

California’s wine country is renowned as a mecca for wine lovers, with some of North America’s most lauded varietals hailing from this region. Discover Napa Valley’s vineyards on a private, full-day guided tasting experience tailored to your palate. Enjoy a cooking class at Peju Vineyards, learning from a master chef and pairing your creation with a local wine. See one of America’s great natural wonders with a visit to the towering trees of the Armstrong Redwoods Reserve. Finish off your journey with a half day of tastings by bicycle in Sonoma Valley. Five days, £POA

 

GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIPS

Start and end points customized based on location. Vehicle options vary by itinerary and group size.

 

Los Angeles to the Southwest

Journey across the Southwestern U.S. with an expert driver-guide, travelling in comfort between the Grand Canyon and Zion, exploring by hot-air balloon, helicopter and off-road vehicle as well as on privately-guided hikes. Venture into a secluded slot canyon via a private road and try your hand at canyoneering under an expert’s eye. End the journey in glittering Las Vegas, where your local guide shows you all the can’t-miss sites — and shares some insider tips.

 

Chicago to the West

Leave the city behind on a chauffeur-driven adventure from Chicago into the heart of the American West. Explore eight states in 18 days on one extraordinary journey, visiting sites made famous by Lewis and Clark, as well as Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Canyonlands and more. Spend an invigorating day hiking, riding and fishing at a scenic ranch, follow in the footsteps of Buffalo Bill and Mark Twain, and get a comprehensive view of the historic American West, gaining insight into native traditions as well as the true stories behind some of our country’s most enduring legends.

 

LUXURY PRIVATE STAYS

Discover the best of the U.S. privately and in safety with A&K Luxury Private Stays: an end-to-end private experience centered around a luxury property secured for exclusive use and personalized with activities, amenities and services. Owing to A&K’s longstanding relationships with the finest luxury hotels and lodges, we can secure exclusive accommodations for a family or small group in the country’s best outdoor adventure destinations. Come and go — with minimal exposure to other travellers —at a working ranch in Moab, a lodge on the doorstep of Denali or an inn with Michelin-starred cuisine in the heart of California’s wine country. We arrange for local guides as well as private, beyond-the-guidebook experiences, all while safeguarding guest health and wellbeing.

Fully crewed chartered yachts, accommodating from six to 20 guests, are a rewarding way to explore the Inside Passage of Alaska, the San Juan Islands in Washington or California’s Channel Islands. All craft offer luxury private staterooms with daily housekeeping, onboard cuisine tailored to guest preferences, and rafts or kayaks for going ashore.

 

IRELAND

The Tastes of Ireland

An eight-night self-drive trip including Dublin, The Wicklow Mountains, Ballyknocken, Powerscourt, Cork, Blarney Castle, Kerry, Ballymaloe, Foynes, Galway, Connemara, Clonmacnoise, County Kildare. From £3,929pp

 

Discover the gastronomic delights of Ireland on this nine-day suggested itinerary. Enjoy a private tour of The Burren Smokehouse and taste the local salmon; attend classes at the renowned Ballyknocken House, Farm and Cookery School; and explore the beautiful Connemara National Park, stopping off for oysters, and mussels and more. Take your taste buds for a tour on this self-drive adventure – it's ripe for picking.

 

Discover the Greens of the Emerald Isle

A five-night trip for the golf lover that includes Dromoland Castle in Co. Clare, Lahinch Golf Course, whiskey in Kilbeggan, a tour of Dublin and some more golf in Wicklow at Powerscourt Estate. From £3,189pp

 

The only fairway to discover Ireland’s golf courses. From Powerscourt Estate to Lahinch Course, tee off with your companions for a delightful round or two as part of your holiday. This itinerary is tailor-made to suit you, so if you think it’s too short, that’s fine – why not combine this with a Scottish Whisky and Golf tour, for the ultimate golfing experience, playing at some of the most renowned locations and sampling the various whiskeys and whiskys.  

 

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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 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 life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

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London, November 2020 

A&K Appoints Martin Froggatt to Group Leadership Position

The leaders in luxury travel, Abercrombie & Kent announced the appointment of Martin Froggatt as Executive Vice President, Destination Management and member of the Global Management Board, effective November 9th.

 

The role encompasses global leadership across A&K’s DMC’s; of over 55 offices in more than 30 countries, and its luxury riverboat and lodges brand, Sanctuary Retreats.

 

Martin joins the business with over 25 years experience in the travel industry with leading brands such as Walt Disney Attractions, TUI and Travelopia in both the UK and the USA. Whilst at Travelopia, Martin managed the education, events and expeditions portfolios delivering record customer satisfaction scores, revenue growth and profitability. 

 

Under his leadership, the expeditions portfolio that included Quark Expeditions and TCS World Travel became market leaders through an unwavering focus on delivering the best customer experience. He was also instrumental in the delivery of several mergers and acquisitions, including the sale of Travelopia into private equity.

 

Michael Wale, President and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent commented

 

‘During these incredibly challenging times for the industry, I’m delighted to have Martin join us. As a renowned travel industry executive with a strong people focus, it’s great to have him on our global leadership team who continue to innovate exceptional travel experiences for our clients.#

 

Martin Froggatt added

 

‘A&K, founded by Geoffrey, one of the icons of our industry is one of those companies that you’ve always wanted to work for – they are the best at what they do. Customers book trips, tours and vacations with them and expect the service to be incredible every time they travel, and guess what, it is, this does not happen by accident. It takes time, experience and dedicated teams behind the scenes making sure this happens every day on every trip. Having a highly skilled efficient DMC Network and controlled product enables A&K to consistently exceed guest expectations. I’m looking forward to joining the A&K family and working with Michael and the global team.’

 

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About Abercrombie & Kent Group

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. We've come a long way since pioneering our first luxury safari in Kenya, equipped with nothing but a safari vehicle, a silver ice bucket and a thirst for adventure. Today we are the world's largest network of luxury destination management companies (DMCs), with over 55 offices in more than 30 countries. We are dedicated to partnering with premium and luxury travel companies who strive to provide their clients with high quality and innovative travel experiences in all four corners of the world. We deliver a seamless process from tailor-made itineraries to on the ground services for: Tour Operators, Cruise lines, Meetings, Incentives & Events Companies and Travel Professionals. A&K DMCs' specialised services are only available on a business-to-business basis, to travel industry professionals. 

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London, November 2020 

Follow in Poirot’s footsteps on a Luxury Nile Cruise

On December 18th, inimitable detective Hercule Poirot will return in the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent offers guests the chance to follow in Poirot’s footsteps and revive the magic and romance of a bygone era on a trip to Egypt including a river cruise on the Nile.

Kenneth Branagh will direct the film, in a follow up to his opulent 2017 production of Murder on the Orient Express, reviving his own role as the famous sleuth. One of Poirot’s most famous cases, Death on the Nile is set aboard a glamorous Nile steamer, against a majestic backdrop of Egypt’s ancient wonders. Along with the inauguration of the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum and a more intimate experience at the major archaeological attractions, the film will no doubt boost interest in Egypt in 2021.   

In 1977, A&K’s founder Geoffrey Kent was in Aswan, where he encountered the film crew of the 1978 adaptation of Death on the Nile. It was at dinner with one of the star-studded cast that seeded the idea of A&K’s own Nile river cruises. Sanctuary Retreats’ boutique river boats are still amongst the most exclusive and intimate boats cruising the Nile today and are the only boats to have their own private moorings along the Nile.

Why go in 2021? Luxor's star attraction, the tomb of Tutankhamun will grant entry to a maximum of 10 people at a time, meaning a truly intimate experience. The tourism industry, a key pillar of Egypt's economy, had started to show signs of recovery after years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising that toppled long time ruler Hosni Mubarak; so now is the perfect time to go before the crowds come back. In 2021, authorities are counting on the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum at the Giza plateau to spur tourism.

A&K’s office in Egypt means unrivalled access across the country. From dinner at the foot at the Sphinx to behind the scenes access at the Grand Egyptian Museum, there is no better company to travel with.

A&K Trips

Petra to the Pyramids & a Nile Yacht Cruise | 12 nights from £10,225pp 

One of A&K’s new Luxury Small Group Journeys, this trip includes a cruise on the intimate, exclusively chartered Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau, visiting iconic sites including the Temple of Luxor and the tomb of Tutankhamun. Stay overnight at the historic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, where Agatha Christie stayed on the visit to Egypt that inspired her to write Death on the Nile.

 

Classic Nile | 5 nights from £1,795pp

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.

 

Classic Egypt | 11 nights from £4,665pp

Explore the wonders of Ancient Egypt as you marvel at pyramids, discover temples, stroll through medieval streets, bustle in bazaars and cruise down the majestic River Nile. Your own private Egyptologist will be on hand to unravel all the mysteries of classical Egypt as you follow in archaeologist Howard Carter’s footsteps and peek inside Tutankhamun's final resting place in the Valley of the Kings.

 

Highlights of Egypt | 7 nights from £3,150pp

See some of the most magnificent monuments and treasures of the Ancient World when you explore Egypt on this exclusive tour. You’ll see the awesome Great Pyramids and Sphinx before setting sail down the Nile on the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer. As you cruise the Nile more highlights of Egypt will drift into view and your boat will pull in so you can explore them fully. Let us take you to the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun’s final resting place, and many other imposing temples and necropolises that still have the power to amaze and inspire after more than 4,500 years.

 

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau | 6 nights from £2,030pp

Agatha Christie set Death on the Nile at the cataracts of Aswan. It’s likely she opted to travel the Nile in a dahabiya. For your classic Nile cruise the old-world charm of these river-going sailboats is perfect. This is how aristocrats travelled in the relaxed age of Egyptian monarchs (1920-40). The Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is today’s luxury dahabiya. Effortlessly blending old-world elegance with modern comforts, you’ll feel thoroughly spoiled as you explore the temples and tombs of Ancient Egypt. With just six cabins it’s ideal for a group or family trip. This classic Nile cruise is executed with elegance and flair.

 

Cox & Kings Trips

Egyptian Grand Tour | Nile Cruise 10 Nights from £3,095pp including flights

This journey recalls the golden age of the Grand Tour, when travellers would explore the world’s most fascinating places in style. Begin with a few days in Cairo to explore the sites before continuing to enjoy cruises on both the Nile and Lake Nasser. This comprehensive tour visits Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt and Lower Nubia, and is ideal for those wishing to see Egypt’s greatest sites in comfort.

 

Splendours of Egypt | Nile cruise | 7 Nights from £2,045pp including flights

This is the perfect introduction to the highlights of Egypt, combining a stay in Cairo including visits to the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum, with a 4-night Nile cruise, taking in the celebrated sights of Upper Egypt including visits to both the East and West Bank to see the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Karnak and the immense Aswan High Dam.

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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 life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk 

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October 2020 

ONE&ONLY INTRODUCES ‘ELOPE&STAY’ WITH 
ABERCROMBIE & KENT

An epic Rwandan safari, a grand Dubai stopover and the ultimate Maldivian beach wedding and honeymoon

One&Only Resorts, home to the most covetable destinations for celebrations and memorable events, is introducing ‘Elope&Stay’ in collaboration with leading luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent. For couples looking to slip away and trade a traditional wedding for an intimate ceremony and an unrivalled ultra-luxury adventure, this new two-week offering encapsulates a unique Rwandan safari, a Dubai stopover for couples to purchase their wedding rings, and an irresistible beach wedding ceremony and honeymoon in the Maldives.

 

Pre-wedding adventure in Rwanda

Offering an exclusive front-row seat to the world’s most remarkable mountain gorilla sanctuary, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda is cushioned in the foothills of the breath-taking Virunga volcano range. Guests will be awe-inspired as they indulge in a pre-wedding mini-moon like no other and explore one of the planet’s most exceptional natural locations and experience a personal encounter with the rare and majestic mountain gorilla, roaming free in its own natural habitat.  In addition to the endangered mountain gorillas, the park is also home to playful golden monkeys, African elephants and other remarkable species that live within a rainforest ecosystem on the slopes of five dormant volcanoes. Due to these incredible wildlife habitats, Rwanda has quickly become one of Africa’s most sought-after destinations, offering unparalleled nature-based experiences coupled with an immersion in Rwanda’s unique culture and warm hospitality.

Located just two and a half hours from Kigali International Airport, guests will enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the countryside before arriving at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest to a traditional Rwandan drummers welcome. Designed to frame nature, each of the 21 jungle-chic havens is positioned on stilts within the greenery and boast private decks and suites with outdoor bathtubs surrounded by trees, giving guests the opportunity to live amongst the lush landscape for a truly unforgettable African experience. The package includes three night’s accommodation in the Forest King Lodge, with an open air viewing deck, invigorating al fresco shower and standalone bath with undisturbed private views.

 

 

 

Jewellery shopping in Dubai

From Rwanda, couples will be whisked away to One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai for a three-night stopover. Resting on a kilometre of private beach overlooking The Palm and nestled within 65 acres of lush landscaped gardens, One&Only Royal Mirage is a legendary beachfront oasis celebrating the splendour and opulence of Arabia. Many couples travel to the UAE to purchase gold and diamonds and, working with a certified diamond expert, Abercrombie & Kent will organise a visit to the diamond district for couples to choose their special rings.

Tucked away amidst grand palms and shimmering pools is the One&Only Spa, a haven of serenity offering a range of holistic and tailored experiences. Once the rings are chosen, couples can relax with a private spa ceremony in an elegant suite for two, with a choice of relaxing massages to refining facials, this is the perfect opportunity to unwind. At the resort’s famed traditional Oriental Hammam, housed under a procession of domes that lead guests through a series of winding corridors and tiled chambers, guests can experience a signature couple’s bathing ritual. Featuring a selection of steam rooms, private massage rooms, jet shower, whirlpool and a traditionally furnished relaxation area, guests are encouraged to escape from the outside world and take a journey together.

 

Once rested and recuperated, couples will be captured by the romance of the Middle East on a customised, private desert adventure, exploring Dubai’s iconic sand dunes in a vintage open-back Land Rover or hot-air balloon. This is followed by a magical evening under a canopy of stars, indulging in a traditional barbeque for two in the desert.

 

Beach vows and honeymoon in The Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah, with legendary service and world-class cuisine, provides a breath-taking backdrop for any occasion, from intimate ceremonies and beautiful vow renewals to meaningful milestone celebrations, gala dinners and glittering soirees. The ultra-luxury, all-villa resort set on one of the largest private islands in the Maldives, is a place of discovery and memorable experiences, surrounded by the crystal-clear ocean and endless white sand coves. One&Only Reethi Rah’s dedicated Celebration Coordinator will take care of every detail of the couples’ special day.  Pristine sands and a pathway fashioned from vibrant orchids, will lead couples to a bespoke floral wedding arch as they marry on the beach with the sand between their toes.

 

For the ultimate in seclusion and exclusivity, guests will reside in a Beach Villa with Pool, complete with access to a private stretch of palm-fringed beach. The resort’s One&Only Spa is an idyllic place for post-wedding relaxation with over-water treatment villas and a dedicated Only Couples Collection of face and body treatments. Furthermore, One&Only Reethi Rah can curate a magical island experience for two, newly-weds will embark on a private sea voyage onboard one of the resort’s majestic yachts, chic catamarans or traditional Maldivian dhonis, sharing champagne and canapés on the deck as they cruise the beautiful natural surroundings of one of the most beautiful and romantic destinations in the world.

 

The Elope&Stay package includes three nights at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, three nights at One&Only Royal Mirage and six nights at One&Only Reethi Rah, business class flights with Rwandair and Emirates, transfers and accommodation including breakfast, unless otherwise stated. Prices start from £40,000 for two guests, based on two people sharing. To book, visit www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; +44 (0)1242 547 760.

 

For further information on One&Only, visit oneandonlyresorts.com  

 

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

 

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  Package Inclusions:

Return Business Class Flights for two people

Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis

 

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda

Return transfers

Accommodation in a Forest King Lodge

Gorilla Trekking Permits for two

 

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai

Return transfers

Accommodation in an Arabian Court Deluxe Room

Private desert experience and dinner for two

Rings experience at Cara, including transfers

 

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

Return transfers

Accommodation in Beach Villa with Pool

£2,500 towards wedding ceremony arrangements

 

 

 

About One&Only

Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, One&Only is conceived as a hallmark of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. The exclusive collection includes One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in The Blue Mountains in Australia; One&Only Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda. As part of the new portfolio, One&Only will be opening One&Only Mandarina in Riviera Nayarit in Mexico in 2020.  Additional resorts in development include One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, One&Only Kéa Island in Greece, One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai as well as communities of One&Only Private Homes around the world. More information on One&Only is available at oneandonlyresorts.com

 

 

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 life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

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London, October 2020 

A Very British Royal Journey

Luxury travel company A&K curates royal journey 

Luxury travel company A&K has been organising holidays for royalty around the world for decades. Now, for the first time they are offering a trip following in the footsteps of the British Royal Family. The founder of A&K, Geoffrey Kent is no stranger to the royal family, as he served as captain of the Windsor Park polo team, on which he played with HRH The Prince of Wales.


The eight night trip ties in with Netflix’s The Crown returning to our screens in November 2020, allowing royal fans to discover the locations and landmarks that make up Britain’s royal heritage on A&K’s A British Royal Journey Through The UK. 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.


Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers an eight night British Royal Journey trip from £7,559pp. Includes private transfers and guides, accommodation on a B&B basis and domestic flight between London and Edinburgh based on two people sharing 


London 
The trip kicks off with a stay at The Goring Hotel, where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding to Prince William. The closest hotel to Buckingham Palace, The Goring has been a firm Royal favourite for many years, since it first opened its doors. The Queen Mother famously enjoyed Eggs Drumkilbo – a lobster and egg-based dish that remains one of the most popular dishes in The Dining Room. Guests can get the true royal experience with what is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious suites in London, The Royal Suite at The Goring includes two beautiful bedrooms, a sitting room and dining room, with an incredible balcony overlooking The Goring Gardens.


Meet your guide for a private tour of the Tower of London Jewel House where the Yeoman Warders – the ‘Beefeaters’ - guard the dazzling Crown Jewels. Visit the White Tower and the reconstruction of royal living apartments in the Medieval Palace. Next, your guide will escort you to Westminster Abbey, the scene of the Queen’s Coronation. Head over to Whitehall, where you will enjoy insider-access to the only surviving part of King Henry VIII’s Whitehall Palace. During August or September, you may visit Buckingham Palace’s opulent state apartments where functions are held each year. Otherwise, visit the Queen’s Gallery where items from the Royal Collection are displayed. Enjoy a private early morning tour of Kensington palace, instead of the usual, regular entrance time. These unique opportunities are not to be missed, for that exceptional insider-access. Walk over to see the fountain in Kensington Gardens that was created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. You will also visit St. Paul's Cathedral, the baroque masterpiece that was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London. It has also been used for state occasions, most notably the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.


Windsor and Eton
Then on to Cliveden House, where Meghan Markle stayed the night before her nuptials to Prince Harry. Cliveden House was home to a number of British nobles—including Frederick, Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland and the Duke of Westminster—before it was purchased by William Waldorf Astor in 1893. Guests over the years have included Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi and Charlie Chaplin. Queen Elizabeth II has visited several times, and in 1965, the Beatles filmed part of their musical-comedy Help! at the estate. The Lady Astor Suite, named after its illustrious former occupant (she married Waldorf Astor and was also the first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons in 1919) is located on the main floor of the mansion. It’s outfitted with a massive crown canopy bed, velvet upholstered furniture and a fireplace with its original mantle. It also has a private terrace and views of the River Thames. Located a short drive from Windsor, you can visit the Queen's favourite residence on a visit to the castle; visit the State Apartments, including St. George’s Hall that has been beautifully reconstructed following the fire of 1992. Swing by Eton, Eton College, one of the most prestigious schools in the world. The exclusive boarding school; Prince William, Prince Harry, Tom Hiddleston, and Eddie Redmayne are among its best-known alumni. Fifteen members of the British royal family have attended Eton, including Prince William and Prince Harry. Eton has also educated royals from Belgium, Romania, Ethiopia, Thailand and Nepal.


The Cotswolds 
Head out into the rural English countryside with your guide to see the beautiful Cotswold Hills. Visit Cirencester and Avening, where the home of the Princess Royal is located. Stop off in Tetbury, one of the most attractive towns in the region, and enjoy browsing the antique shops. It is very close to Highgrove House, the home of the Prince of Wales, and you can explore Highgrove Shop, known for its wide range of organic foods and gifts. 


Edinburgh 
In Scotland, the family home of the Queen Mother, a day of sightseeing takes in all things Royal. Meet your guide to walk around Edinburgh and see sites including Edinburgh Castle, where the Scottish Crown Jewels are held, St. Giles Cathedral, the Canongate and Holyrood Palace, the official residence for the Queen in Scotland. Enjoy an insider look into the staterooms – if no member of the royal family is present during your visit.  


Hop on board The Fingal, a vessel that started life as a lighthouse tender, helping maintain lighthouses and transporting their keepers, equipment and supplies to some of the most treacherous locations in Scotland. Now she has been transformed into an exquisite 23 cabin boutique hotel and exclusive use venue by the award winning team at The Royal Yacht Britannia A hotel with all the glamour and style of a superyacht but with an old-world elegance that is completely unique. Just moments away from the Royal Yacht Britannia, take a visit to follow in the footsteps of royal history. 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. 


St Andrews 
Your guide will drive north of Edinburgh, crossing the mighty Forth Bridge en route to Scone Palace, home of the Earls of Mansfield. In the palace grounds is Moot Hill, the ancient coronation place of Scottish kings, who sat on the Stone of Destiny during the ceremony. Next, cross the River Tay to Fife, and explore the town of St. Andrews. Discover the ruins of the cathedral and Scotland’s oldest university, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met. 


Stirling
The final day will take you to Stirling, the site where both William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace and Robert the Bruce defeated the English armies during the Scottish Wars of Independence. See Stirling Castle – one of the most important royal fortresses in Scotland.  On your return to Edinburgh, visit the ruins of Linlithgow Palace. This was one of the favourite residences of the Stuart Kings of Scotland. Even though a ruin, the stout remains indicate how majestically the medieval monarchs lived, with a backdrop of a beautiful lake.  


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.


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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 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 life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk
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London, October 2020 

Abercrombie & Kent to Resume Small Group Travel in Africa and the Middle East

New Small Group Journeys Introduced to UK market

Luxury travel company A&K will resume operating small group journeys in Africa with a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro beginning this week. Other bucket-list journeys for the remainder of 2020 include the Great Migration Safari in Style and Egypt & the Nile. 


“After months spent at home, travellers are ready to get away but are asking ‘where can we go that is safe?’” says Abercrombie & Kent founder Geoffrey Kent. “Our guests are looking for places that offer wide open spaces and lend themselves to physical distancing, or the novelty of exploring a completely new destination, knowing they’re safe in the A&K cocoon.”


East Africa and Egypt some of the most popular enquiries for future travel, including Botswana, Southern Africa, Morocco, Jordan & Israel, and the Galapagos Islands. 


“This is Africa’s moment,” says Kent. “Safaris are a natural fit as we begin travelling again, featuring small boutique camps with plenty of space and privacy. Plus, tourism plays an important role in protecting endangered wildlife, not only by keeping poachers at bay, but also bringing much-needed funding to local conservation projects.”


On the back of continued success and increased demand with their Luxury Small Group Journeys programme, 18 new trips are being introduced to the UK market, including: 


Petra to the Pyramids & a Nile Yacht Cruise | 12 nights from £10,225pp


Imperial Russia | 8 nights from £7,315pp


Oman & the Emirates: The Sands of Time | 10 nights from £8,435pp 


Private Jet Tour: Wings Over Greece & Turkey | 11 nights from £26,010pp


The rest of the new trips span across the world and are outlined below


Europe, Middle East and North Africa 
Splendors of Morocco, Egypt & the Nile, Jordan & Israel: Ancient Wonders, Splendors of Budapest, Vienna & Prague, Treasures of Croatia


Americas 
Cuba Awakened, Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Escorted Tour, Wonders of the Galapagos & Machu Picchu, Patagonia: The Last Wilderness, Wild Canada: Belugas & Bears


Australasia
Mongolia: Naadam Festival & the Khan Legacy, Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under, Sri Lanka: Secrets of the Spice Island, India: The Beautiful South




Peace of Mind When Booking & Travelling
A&K’s small-group journeys are well-suited to travel with physical distancing already in place: transfers are private, vehicles are never more than half full, group size averages just 14 guests and are led from start to finish with a Resident Tour Director. With more than 55 offices around the world, A&K’s local presence offers 24/7 support to handle the unexpected. They fully vet each partner, including restaurants, hotels, boats, transportation providers and venues, and work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure they know A&K’s exacting standards. 


A&K has established enhanced health and safety protocols that meet or exceed the latest global health and safety protocols recommended by “Safe Travels” from the World Travel & Tourism Council and “TourCare” from the United States Tour Operators Association, Canadian Association of Tour Operators and the European Tourism Association.


To provide peace of mind to travellers who may be reticent to commit, A&K offers a flexible booking policy which allows cancellations for COVID-19 related reasons through 2021 when booked by December 31, 2020, with the ability to change or cancel up to 30 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason. Details on A&K’s Book with Confidence policy can be found here. And whether booking eight weeks or eight months in advance, travellers appreciate knowing every departure is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of two guests. 


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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 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 life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk
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London, September 2020 

A&K’s Special Offers on Maldives 

On the back of the guidance for the Maldives changing, please see all of our Maldives offers are here. I’ve pulled together some of our best offers below, including 50% off at one of my personal favourites, Baros.


Trip idea
Island hopping in the Maldives | 10 nights 
Leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you board a plane to the Maldives, renowned for its year-round tropical climate and photogenic scenery. Unwind in two of the finest resorts in the region and fill your days with a range of exciting excursions or relax on the sand. Your first stop is the magnificent island-resort of Milaidhoo. Home to luxury accommodation, gourmet restaurants and a five-star PADI diving centre, this is an incredible destination to kick off your Maldivian holiday. Afterwards, it’s off to The Nautilus – an enchanting hideaway surrounded by lush tropical flora and white sandy beaches. 


Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers 10 nights from £9,447pp based on two people sharing




Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers -


HUVAFEN FUSHI
From £3,730pp, excluding flights. Valid for travel from 1 October 2020 to 30 April 2021
Valid for travel from 1st October 2020 to 30th April 2021. From £3,730 per person. Based on two adults sharing an Ocean View Pool Villa for seven nights, including a 45% saving, excluding flights. Includes free spa treatment per person per stay. Blackout dates apply. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists. 


MILAIDHOO
Up to 50% off at Milaidhoo – saving up to £3,2699pp. From £3,269 per person
Valid for travel from 1st September to 22nd December 2020. Based on two adults sharing a Water Pool Villa for seven nights, including 50% saving, excluding flights. Blackout dates apply. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists. 


BAROS
Save up to £535pp, from £1,450pp excluding flights.
Valid for travel from 1st October 2020 to 12th April 2021. From £1,450 per person. Based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Villa for seven nights, including up to 35% saving, excluding flights. Blackout dates apply. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists. 


NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS
Save up to £3,855pp at Niyama. From £4,595 per person.
Valid for travel from 1 August to 22 December 2020. Based on two adults sharing a Beach House for seven nights, including 50% saving, excluding flights. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists.


THE NAUTILUS
Save up to £3,658pp at Nautilus Maldives. From £6,995 per person
Valid for travel from 1 August to 22 December 2020. Based on two adults sharing a Beach House for seven nights, including 35% saving, excluding flights. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists.


COMO Cocoa Island
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) is offering savings up to £980pp at COMO Cocoa Island – from £2,635pp


Valid for travel until 19 December 2020. Must be booked 45 days before travel.  From £2,635 per person. Based on two adults sharing for seven nights, excluding flights. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists. 


COMO MAALIFUSHI
SAVE UP TO £3,914PP THIS CHRISTMAS AT COMO MAALIFUSHI, MALDIVES
From £5,872 per person. Valid for travel from 20 December 2020 to 10 January 2021
Valid for travel from 20 December 2020 to 10 January 2021. From £5,872 per person. Based on two adults sharing a Beach Suite for seven nights, including 40% saving, excluding flights. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists.


LUX* NORTH MALE ATOLL
Save £1,507pp – from £3,515pp
Valid for travel from 6 January 2021 to 5 January 2022. From £3,515 per person. Based on two adults sharing a Beach Villa for seven nights, including 30% saving, excluding flights. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists.


SIX SENSES LAAMU
Save up to £805pp this festive season. From £7,125pp, excluding flights. Valid for travel on 30 & 31 December and 1 January
Valid for travel on 30 & 31 December and 1 January. From £7,125 per person. Based on two adults sharing a Lagoon Water Villa for seven nights, including 25% saving, excluding flights. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists.


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Pricing is per person, double occupancy


Photos available for download at:  
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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 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 life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk
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London, September 2020 

A&K + Cox & Kings Stands By Trade Partners

A&K and Cox & Kings Host Key Agent Partner Forum

Luxury travel company A&K and its sister company Cox & Kings have reaffirmed their commitment to the trade by hosting the first of its ‘Key Agent Partner Forum’. Since the start of the pandemic, both brands have kept in close contact with agents to offer sales, marketing and operational support.


Managing Director, Kerry Golds and Director of Sales James Coughlan and Agency Sales Manager Mark Harris hosted the forum– which aimed to share key market insights and ideas on future travel trends; additionally, honest feedback was discussed on how A&K and Cox & Kings supported the agents’ clients in the last 6 months. Another outcome was agreeing the most effective ways both companies support its trade partners through this difficult time and devise a joint plan on how to reassure and inspire clients for future bookings. 


As a result of the agent feedback, A&K will be putting together an updated marketing support toolkit that agents will be able to download themselves. Plus an additional trade forum is planned in the coming weeks. 


Some of the feedback received focused on how both luxury companies supported their clients during the repatriation efforts


"10 out of 10, they responded really quickly. You sorted our clients out immediately. They will definitely re-book with Cox & Kings when they are ready to start travelling again."
Polly Davies (Marco Polo Bristol)


"The contact we had with your staff was exceptional, I can't say how good the service was. You held our hand all the way. It has given us great confidence especially during this time. I know I can rely on A&K."
Gary Pridmore (Aquilium)


“A&K have been a lot more pro-active than other tour operators. A&K are definitely winners on that front.”
Richard Frampton (Hurlingham Travel)


Kerry Golds commented


Collaboration is king right now, and we want to reassure our trade partners that we’re here for them. During the pandemic we were able to repatriate clients faster than most; due to our extensive local connections on the ground. 


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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 life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk
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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 boasts an award-winning portfolio of escorted small-group tours, with an average of just 14 guests per tour, and its team of well-travelled experts create private tailor-made holidays globally, with a focus on high-quality service and attention to detail. Cox & Kings joined the Abercrombie & Kent Group in 2019. www.coxandkings.co.uk


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London, September 2020 

A&K Celebrates 30 Years of Luxury Expedition Cruising with New Voyages for 2021-22 

- Founder Geoffrey Kent to host the premier of Remote Northeast Passage voyage
- Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space to lead Antarctica & the Total Solar Eclipse 
- Other experts include Poland’s former president, Lech Wałęsa


2021 marks a significant milestone as luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent celebrates 30 years of expedition cruising. What was once an intrepid way to observe wildlife in remote destinations has since been transformed into a luxury adventure, offering an unprecedented level of comfort and access. Today A&K offers 12 voyages, including polar and cultural cruises, across six continents. (all voyages outlined below)


To commemorate the anniversary, A&K founder Geoffrey Kent will host a brand-new expedition through The Northeast Passage: Across the Russian Arctic. He commented on the milestone in Luxury Expedition Cruising – 


‘In 1991 we set out to explore Antarctica — a place that speaks to my passion for discovery. Thirty years later, I am excited to explore a new frontier – the Russian High Arctic – alongside A&K guests and my wife Otavia. In this rarely-transited, vast wilderness, each day’s activities are determined by the captain and expedition leader based on ice, weather and sea conditions – as well as knowledge gained from years of experience. That’s the appeal of expedition cruising – the unpredictability (and thrill) of adventure.’


Award-Winning Team of Experts
The key to every unforgettable journey is A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team of accomplished explorers, from award-winning scientists to habitat conservationists, historians and recipients of the prestigious Polar Medal – some who have been with A&K since the beginning. To recognize A&K’s 30th anniversary of cruising to Antarctica and other far reaches of the world, A&K has created a series of videos celebrating these intrepid explorers, including a special 30th Anniversary celebration video. 


Joining A&K’s Expedition Team are world-renowned experts poised to lead riveting lectures and guide thrilling excursions as part of this robust, hand-selected team. The Northeast Passage cruise includes featured experts Kiliii Yuyan, a prized National Geographic photographer of Siberian descent, who specializes in photographing indigenous people, and Steffen Graupner, a trained scientist and passionate explorer who has explored extensively in Russia and brings a wealth of local knowledge to his role as Expedition Leader.  


On The Northeast Passage Across the Russian Arctic with Geoffrey Kent (Aug 27-Sept 21, 2021) navigate from Tromso, Norway, to Nome, Alaska, visiting remote settlements strewn across the Russian High Arctic, seldom-seen Siberian islands, isolated wildlife habitats and Arctic nature reserves along the way. Discover Soviet-era Russia with visits to Murmansk, the world’s biggest city north of the Arctic Circle, and Provideniya, a former military port. Visit Wrangel Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was recognized for its vast biodiversity – including 400 species of plants, walruses and bird life. Explore the Great Arctic state Nature Reserve in the Kara Sea, which spans over 41,000 square kilometers and is home to polar bears, Arctic fox, reindeer, beluga whales and more. Geoffrey Kent commented - 


‘As we celebrate 30 years of Luxury Expedition Cruising in 2021, we also celebrate these incredible people,” says Kent. “I am looking forward to exploring alongside these experts and adventurers who share their experiences and insight gained through decades of field work. They are the essence of every voyage we lead.’


Cruising Confidently 
By chartering the perfect small expedition ship for each itinerary, Abercrombie & Kent is able to offer a safe and immersive destination experience. Every ship offers spacious, private-yacht-like ambiance and the utmost in luxury, complete with butler service in all suites (an A&K exclusive), and an intimate 1 to 1.3 staff-to-guest ratio. A&K limits capacity to approximately 80% – this means no polar voyage exceeds 199 guests and no cultural journey exceeds 148 – to ensure every stateroom and suite has a private balcony. This commitment to added space is also reflected in shore excursions, with capacity limits on Zodiacs and small groups on shore to ensure physical distancing.


Onboard, Ponant has implemented strict sanitary protocols that reflect “best practices” for cleanliness and disinfection established by the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition to constant and systematic cleaning and sanitizing of all areas on board and stringent management of air circulation, lounge areas and dining rooms have been reconfigured to provide appropriate physical distancing. A doctor and nurse are available 24/7 and have access to advanced hospital equipment and isolation areas, if needed.
Book early to save on all staterooms and suites — and book with confidence when you reserve any A&K Luxury Expedition Cruise by December 31, 2020, enjoying the flexibility to change your travel plans for up to 30 days prior to your departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason. Details on A&K’s flexible booking policy can be found here. 


The Northeast Passage Across the Russian Arctic with Geoffrey Kent 
25 nights from £ 30,890 Aug 27-Sept 21, 2021 
Join A&K founder Geoffrey Kent on a celebratory voyage through the Northeast Passage. Navigate from Tromso, Norway, to Nome, Alaska, visiting remote settlements strewn across the Russian High Arctic, seldom-seen Siberian islands, isolated wildlife habitats and Arctic nature reserves. Featured experts include Kiliii Yuyan, a prized National Geographic photographer who specializes in the photography of indigenous people, and Steffan Graupner, a trained scientist and Russian Far East expert. 26 days from £30,890 with Early Booking Discount.


A&K expedition – Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear
14 nights from £13,815 | 5 – 19 August 2021
Embark on an unforgettable adventure in the Arctic Circle. Begin in Oslo, Norway’s stylish capital before making your way to Svalbard. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, board your luxury vessel – Le Boreal – and set out in search of the polar bear. Learn about the unique landscape from your on-board expedition team as you cruise the Greenland Sea, Denmark Strait and Westfjords. Disembark at Jan Mayen, Húsavík and Ittoqqortoormiit village for a range of exciting excursions, designed to introduce you to the history, geology and biodiversity of the region. Explore this glacial wilderness in ultimate luxury on board Le Boreal.


A&K expedition – Antarctica & the Total Solar Eclipse Cruise
14 nights from £16,175 | 28 November – 12 December 2021
Meet renowned former astronaut Kathy Sullivan and A&K’s solar and space expert Dr. David Crain on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Antarctica. Be right in the centre of the action as you cruise to the path of totality for a perfect viewpoint of this natural phenomena onboard luxurious Le Lyrial. Other activities include Zodiac wildlife excursions where you can view everything from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to Antarctic and imperial shags. Antarctica is a bucket-list destination, and there’s no time to experience it better than this. 


A&K expedition – Cruising the Greek Isles
9 nights from £8,940 | 16 – 25 June and 9 – 18 September 2021
Sail on A&K’s bestselling cruise to Greece and explore ancient ruins and natural marvels with a choice of two departure dates. Joined by A&K experts, visit iconic sites such as Athens and Mykonos, as well as lesser-known gems, including Patmos, Delos and Syros. Go off the beaten path in Santorini with an exclusive wine tasting, hike to the Monastery of St. John in Patmos and soak up the idyllic Mediterranean Sea with a beach break in Rhodes.


A&K expedition – Wonders of Japan
13 nights from £14,635 | 25 March – 7 April 2021  (Cherry Blossom Season)
Experience fascinating Japan during springtime with a chance to witness the country’s iconic cherry blossoms alongside a professional photographer. Spanning five islands, this all-encompassing cruise explores Japan’s culturally rich coastline with a pre-cruise stay in Osaka and included shore excursions throughout, including a visit to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, the Adachi Museum of Art and its gardens, and Kanazawa’s historic district.


Arctic – Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Baltic Sea
11 nights from £10,805 | 18 – 29 August 2021
Embark on a thrilling expedition to breathtaking southeastern Iceland, the isolated and unique Faroe Islands and off-the-beaten-path Norwegian fjords. Soak up the lava-crafted, windswept wilds of Hofn, Iceland; visit the brightly coloured façades of the Torshavn harbour; and discover the myth and magic of the Sami people in the Vesteralen islands. Enjoy active exploration throughout, including hiking and kayaking with Explorer-in-Residence Fiann Paul.


A&K expedition – Baltic Sea: Copenhagen to St. Petersburg
12 nights from £11,785 | 29 June – 11 July 2021
Discover cool Scandinavian culture in Stockholm and Copenhagen, learn about fascinating history in Gdańsk and St Petersburg, and enjoy beautiful architecture in Tallinn and Klaipėda. This adventurous A&K expedition showcases the highlights of the Baltic coast. Enjoy an intimate guest capacity, limited to 148 guests, ensuring guaranteed balcony accommodation and a range of exciting excursions throughout your voyage. Enrich your knowledge of European culture with exciting museum visits and an exclusive meet-and-greet with Poland’s former president, Lech Wałęsa.


A&K expedition – Antarctic Cruise Adventure: A Changing Landscape
12 nights from £11,295 | 10 – 22 December 2021
Embark on the Luxury Expedition Cruise of a lifetime to extraordinary Antarctica, where towering icebergs and massive glaciers showcase flawless beauty. Uncover the effects of rising global temperatures first-hand with enthralling lectures by climate scientist James McClintock, enjoy daily Zodiac excursions to the White Continent and witness rare and thrilling wildlife up close – from lively flocks of penguins to several species of whales.


A&K expedition – Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
17 nights from £16,985 | three dates available 
Cruise the South Shetlands Islands in search of rare Antarctic wildlife, discover rich history in the Falkland Islands and explore abundant natural phenomena in South Georgia.  Experience the hidden treasures of Antarctica on this voyage, following in the footsteps of explorers such as Sir Ernest Shackleton. Journey through the polar wilderness aboard luxury mega-yacht, Le Lyrial, savouring the glacial beauty from the comfort of your guaranteed balcony accommodation.


A&K expedition – Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier
12 nights from £10,570 | 6 – 18 May 2021
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.


Featured Experts 
 
Brad Climpson, Expedition Leader
An accomplished scuba diver, Brad’s underwater passions have taken him all over the world. In addition to reef systems, Brad brings extensive experience leading expeditions in the Kimberley. 


Bart Pigram, Aboriginal Culture Expert
A Yawuru man, Bart’s passion and experience is with protecting the indigenous Nyamba Buru Yawru community. Bart is also the owner and operator of Narlijia Experiences Broome.
 


High res imagery and videos can be found:
- View A&K 30th Anniversary Video Series
- Download hi-res photos of Northeast Passage
- 30 Years of Luxury Expedition Cruising


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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 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 life. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk
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London, September 2020 

Hurry! Where you need to book now

Luxury travel companies reveal where is booking up quick for 2021
Wildlife experiences, Christmas in the Maldives and the best villas are selling fast

 

With 2020 being a rollercoaster of a year for travel, 2021 is looking to be the year that everyone will want to get away. Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, alongside its sister company, luxury group tour specialist Cox & Kings have revealed the destinations you need to book now to ensure availability next year.

 

With many of the companies 2020 bookings simply moved into next year, availability is even more scarce for some of the most popular trips. Both companies flexible booking policies are designed to give clients additional peace of mind should they need to change their plans unexpectedly.

 

Included in the list of trips to book soon are the usual in demand destinations such as visiting Japan during cherry blossom season and gorilla trekking in Rwanda; but next year other trends are appearing. Luxury safari lodges are already reporting high occupancy; A&K’s villa arm are reporting that their larger family villas are booking up quickly; and destinations where the amount of tourists are restricted, such as at historical sites across Egypt are warning that occupancy is booking up quicker than normal. A full breakdown of trends and areas to book are outlined below.  

 

Kerry Golds, Managing Director commented on the companies trends findings

 

The rule book as we knew it is out of the window; it’s a new world for travel. So if you do want to see, do or go somewhere, we’d suggest booking sooner, rather than later to avoid disappointment.

 

Booking Trends

In a time when the rule book has been ripped up, the below consumer trends have appeared from the luxury traveller.

 

Longer trips

An increase in the average length of a trip; this is opposed to several smaller trips, which also minimises air travel.

 

For Cox & Kings, their slower paced tours with more nights in one destination are proving popular, including India: Golden Triangle & Shimla and Splendours of South America both in February. Their longer tours Grand Tour of South America – April and Grand Tour of Indochina in November are also popular.

 

Missed Milestones

Anecdotal feedback from clients indicate that missed milestones in 2020 are encouraging them to travel in 2021, for that trip of a lifetime or with the wider family. This is meaning villas are a popular choice as they are perfect for a large family gathering.

 

Cruise, but smaller

An increase in interest in smaller cruises – smaller boutique cruises such as Silversea, Sanctuary Retreats and luxury expedition cruises are proving popular. A&K’s Myanmar & the Irrawaddy Escorted Tour Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat Escorted Tour has received a number of enquiries already for 2021.

 

On the back of demand A&K has introduced more private yacht products, with yacht Alexa J in Greece getting a number of enquiries already for summer 2021.

 

Demand For Train Travel

The Belmond Andean Explorer will not start operations again until April 2021. Meaning there is pent-up demand for Cox & Kings’ Train to Machu Pichu group tour with May proving very popular already.

 

Where, When and How?

Homes away from home

Given that families were kept apart in 2020, A&K’s villa arm are seeing increased demand in large group holidays across Europe. Close to home and ideal for a celebration with a long guest list, or a break for the whole family.

 

Increased demand for private homes across the world and at home in the UK has encouraged A&K to introduce more into their portfolio that can be found here.

 

Egypt

Egypt has been captivating tourists for decades. There has been much anticipation as 2020 promised the opening of the Egyptian Grand Museum and the Death on The Nile movie. Many of the most magnificent monuments and treasures of the Ancient World will now have strict visitor numbers, meaning less availability to see these wonders. Early booking is advised to see the awesome Great Pyramids and Sphinx before setting sail down the Nile on one of Sanctuary Retreats’ boutique river boats, who are reporting high occupancy throughout the year, especially during school holidays and Christmas.

 

The Maldives and Caribbean Christmas

Beach holidays have never been more popular as Brits look for a well-deserved break. Despite high prices and minimum stay requirements over the Christmas and New Year period, the best rooms in top Caribbean and Maldivian hotels are already being snapped up early. Popular resorts include Gili Lankanfushi and Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. In the Caribbean, Blue Waters in Antigua is looking like a popular option.

 

Wildlife Across The World

Some of our favourite camps are reporting high occupancy already, particularly during school holidays. Kenya and Tanzania are looking busy for July and August with many families postponing their 2020 trip to see the migration in 2021. Luxury lodges Sanctuary Retreats are already reporting high occupancy rates, especially in Botswana where some camps are nearly full during peak season.

 

*Book Now* Gorilla-watching in Rwanda

Visits to the small number of mountain gorilla groups which live in the Rwandan rainforest are heavily restricted and you need a permit costing US$1,500 per person for an hour’s viewing (maximum eight for each gorilla group). Tour operators need to book these as far in advance as possible, particularly for high season departures (from June to September and December to February).

 

Tiger Safari In India

In India, the classic Northern India circuit is proving popular for clients wanting historic palaces, romantic lakes, bustling bazaars and colourful temples. For those in search of tiger, safari is proving popular in Ranthambore. Small properties like Aman-i-Khas are reporting high bookings for next year. Cox & Kings’ An Indian wildlife Odyssey is looking to be popular already.

 

Expedition Cruising to Antarctica and the Arctic

Expedition voyages depart for the Arctic from mid-May to October when the weather is at its warmest and wildlife, including polar bears, walrus and arctic fox, are at their most active. Demand is high for the most sophisticated polar vessels, with A&K holding many of the best boats able to do this type of journey.

 

Sail the Arctic with A&K founder Geoffrey Kent

In particular, a sailing with A&K founder Geoffrey Kent on a celebratory voyage through the Northeast Passage is selling well. The journey includes an award-winning Expedition Team, which includes a National Geographic photographer and a Russian Far East expert. Navigate from Tromso, Norway, to Nome, Alaska, visiting remote, legendary settlements strewn across the Russian High Arctic, seldom-seen Siberian islands, isolated wildlife habitats and Arctic nature reserves along the way. (27 August 2021 – 21 September 2021)

 

Antarctica

The perfect blend of luxury, adventure and epic scenery. However, the short season from November and March and the small size of the expedition vessels and the restriction on the number of people allowed to disembark onto the pristine ice floes combined with growing demand means early planning is essential to bag the best departure dates and cabin types.

 

Japan | Cherry Blossom and Olympics

When it comes to cherry blossom in Japan, it’s never too early to book your trip. Accommodation, trains and tours book up sometimes up to two years in advance. Tie that in with the 2020 Olympics in the summer of 2021, means that Japan is going to be tricky for availability next year.  Cox & Kings’ Japan’s Cultural Treasures tour is already looking like a popular departure.

 

Solo travellers

Solo travellers face the problem that most tours and accommodation are still designed around couples. Dedicated accommodation for singles is very hard to come by and they often face no choice but to book more expensive double rooms and cruise cabins. With the world on pause during 2020, this is a good chance to step in to avail of the no single supplement on the first three places on most of Cox and Kings’ small group tours. The company also offers dedicated solo ours, but these are booking up fast.

 

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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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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 boasts an award-winning portfolio of escorted small-group tours, with an average of just 14 guests per tour, and its team of well-travelled experts create private tailor-made holidays globally, with a focus on high-quality service and attention to detail. Cox & Kings joined the Abercrombie & Kent Group in 2019. www.coxandkings.co.uk

 

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Monaco, 29 July 2020.  

Michael Wale Named President & Chief Executive Officer, Abercrombie & Kent

Michael Wale has been named President & Chief Executive Officer of the Abercrombie & Kent Group by Geoffrey Kent and Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, co-chairmen, effective October 1, 2020. He joins the luxury travel company from Kerzner International, the owner of Atlantis and One & Only Resorts, where he was CEO. Before joining Kerzner, his career spanned almost 40 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, culminating as President for Europe, Africa & Middle East, directly overseeing the operations of 250 hotels and resorts, for its ten brands, in 60 countries.

      “With Michael, Abercrombie & Kent will start an exciting new chapter,” explained Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.  “When guests book a holiday with us, they know we will guide them to amazing places, but the destination is a given.  What they expect from us – and what keeps them coming back – is how we go the extra mile. Michael’s extensive experience in guest services and operations will take what A&K is known for to the next level.”

 

     Geoffrey Kent added, “Michael Wale has a remarkable track record of steering leading luxury brands towards unequalled heights.  We look forward to working with him to elevate Abercrombie & Kent’s profile and achieve even higher standards of excellence.”

 

Michael Wale is currently based in Dubai and will be relocating to Monaco.  Michael will continue his association with Kerzner International as he joins the Board of the company.

 

      “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Abercrombie & Kent at this pivotal time in the company’s history,” said Wale.  “I have travelled with A&K before and understand its distinctive approach to luxury experiential travel. I also look forward to working with Geoffrey and Manfredi, two titans of the travel industry, to build a bright future for our guests, partners and staff.”

 

Abercrombie & Kent is the world's leading luxury and adventure travel company. Founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962 as the first luxury safari outfitter, A&K’s award-winning travel services now extend around the globe to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. The company’s unparalleled network of more than 55 local offices ensures an unwavering commitment to service—with the unquestioned best in expert guides, luxurious accommodations, safety standards, and thoughtfully-designed itineraries.  Recent innovations include Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent and Wings Over the World, regional journeys that combine the advantages of luxury small group travel with the comfort of privately-chartered flights. 

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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, pioneered luxury adventure travel, introducing the first luxury tented safaris in 1962. Today 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

 

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London, July 2020. 

Privacy – the new must have

When you want a holiday that will truly spoil you and your family, look to luxury travel company, A&K. With five-star service, unique touches for that special celebration and access to areas off limits to other companies, our private experiences around the world go above and beyond the ordinary. We have selected below some our very best experiences, both on water and on land. From private jets to private homes, A&K have it covered.

 

Private Water Experiences

Equatorial Wonderland: Raja Ampat Sailing Trip

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.

 

Explore The Galápagos Islands In Style

Step aboard the Stella Maris, a luxury yacht chartered exclusively for this adventure. This fantastic vessel accommodates up to 14 passengers, providing each with unparalleled comfort when cruising these fabled waters. The Al Fresco Area offers authentic Ecuadorian fine-dining experiences. Wines have been carefully selected by the owner from the best vineyards in South America. Daily excursions take you to the different islands of the Galápagos, accompanied by an expert naturalist guide. All excursions can be tailed to suit your interests, however some of the most popular options include a visit to San Cristobal island. This island is full of panoramic hiking trails over the volcanic landscape. This is probably the only site where the Galapagos' three booby species can be seen together which include; Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed. Espanola Island is a great spot for watching sea lion and marine iguana. Meanwhile, at Kicker Rock you can enjoy astonishing snorkelling trips to observe manta ray, sea turtle and shark.

 

Private Cruise Along The Amalfi Coast

Cruise the caerulean waters along the Amalfi Coast on board your own private motor-yacht. Allow your captain to take the helm as you sail towards the beautiful island of Capri and natural wonder of the Blue Grotto. Enjoy the luxury of this exclusive experience. By chartering your own boat enjoy a bespoke experience where you choose the route. Swim in a private cove, explore a picturesque village or just relax and enjoy the breath-taking view from deck. After shopping for souvenirs return to the yacht and ask your English-speaking captain to find a private bay to enjoy a swim. Drop anchor at Marina Piccolo on Capri and enjoy lunch.  Take the time to stroll along this charming cove which is lined with elegant bathing lidos. As you head towards the sea cave of the Blue Grotto you’ll pass high calcareous cliffs. Your captain will navigate the waters to enter the cave which is illuminated creating a natural blue light. A magical way to round off your day at sea.

 

Sunset Dhow Cruise in Oman

View the rugged coast of Muscat through the eyes of ancient mariners as you embark on a sunset dhow cruise. Your twilight trip will take you out into the Indian Ocean casting anchor at a natural cove. You’ll be transferred from your hotel to the marina where the traditional wooden vessel awaits you. Catch the breeze in its distinctive sails and venture out into warm waters rich with sealife from dolphin to turtle.  Your sunset cruise will give you a taste of why Omanis were drawn to the sea as fishermen, traders and shipbuilders. According to Middle Eastern mythology Sinbad the Sailor was born in Oman and it was from Sohar, the ancient capital and maritime port in the north, that he set sail on his seven fantastical voyages. A tale which is sure to enthral the children in your party.

 

Traditional Gulet Cruise in Turkey

Set sail with family or friends on board a traditional Turkish Gulet. Allow your skipper to take the wheel while you take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, explore hidden coves along the Aegean coast or simply relax on deck with a sundowner. From Bodrum, you can enjoy a choice of seven-day cruises. These vary from heading to the yachting mecca of Gocek or sailing around the beautiful Greek islands. A cruise to Gocek will take you to the hidden treasures along the Datca peninsula before sailing to Serce, an amazing land-locked harbour. Experienced the thrill of entering through a narrow pen and seeing the beautiful fjord-like bay for the first time. As you cruise along the shore you can hop aboard a launch to visit the ancient city of Caunos - a renowned breeding ground for turtle. Before arriving in Gocek, dive from your gulet and languish in the glittering waters of a bay known as Cleopatra’s Bath. For those wishing to sail further afield, why not go island hopping around Greece? As you leave Turkish waters you’ll arrive at the popular island of Kos. It may be hard to leave the golden beaches and taverna’s, but you’ll soon be weighing anchor off secluded beaches on the less-populated islands from Pserimos to Marathi. Back on deck, enjoy dinner served by your private chef and sit back to admire the ever-changing seascape. No two days will ever be the same on a gulet cruise.

 

Private Islands

Nihi Sumba Island | Indonesia

Located on an unspoiled island paradise, Nihi Sumba Island is a responsible luxury resort surrounded by deciduous forest, pristine white sands and the azure Indian Ocean. Despite being twice the size of Bali, Sumba's population barely reaches a sixth of Bali's. This intimate island retreat includes 28 exquisite villas set in 567 acres of land. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, each villa is perched upon a terrace with a spacious outdoor veranda. Interiors are open-plan, reflecting simple Indonesian architecture and utilising local materials such as Alang Alang, teak and rattan. Rooms are designed to incorporate the beautiful surrounding nature, be it the dazzling ocean, swaying palms or colourful bougainvillea. The Mamole three-bedroom Tree House Villa is the most recent addition to the resort, defining luxurious tropical living and offering the best view of the beach.

 

The Boathouse offers a range of unique experiences including surfing, free diving, stand-up paddle boarding and deep sea fishing. Exclusive to guests staying at Nihi Sumba Island, the beaches are a great place to learn with only 10 surfers permitted to ride the waves per day. Guests can hire out private charter boats to explore the most remote regions of Sumba and the vibrant marine life which inhabits the island's clear waters. As evening draws, the boathouse is transformed into a tranquil setting where you can enjoy sunset cocktails and spectacular views about an open fire.

 

Song Saa Private Island | Cambodia

Located in the untouched archipelago of Koh Rong off Cambodia, the two islands which make up Song Saa (Khmer for 'the sweethearts') are the natural setting for this hotel – the first of its kind in Cambodia. Based on the Maldivian footprint, Song Saa features 27 overwater, rainforest and beach villas, and has been built with the environment in mind using sustainable materials. The resort's tasteful design shows real attention to detail, and features beautiful fabrics, artworks and a palette of neutral, earthy colours reflecting its natural surroundings.

 

As a result of design and its isolated setting, the harmonious atmosphere at Song Saa is delightfully conducive to relaxation. Snorkel over beautiful coral reefs, wander among lush rainforest or lie on the white sand beach. At the resort's heart is a first class restaurant and lounge, positioned just off the island's shoreline, surrounded by sea. A short stroll on the boardwalk will leave you perfectly positioned to take in the sunsets and seascapes. Other facilities include a water sports centre and a beautiful wedding venue.

 

Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island | Maldives

For an idyllic, private retreat, the Cheval Blanc Randheli private island is beyond comparison. Take a seaplane for 40 minutes once you’ve landed at Malé, and glide over the glistening waters of Noonu Atoll.

 

Here you’ll find a one hectare of sandy bliss. Even more so because it is exclusively yours. Access this world of wonder from a private berth and jetty and enter luxury barefoot living. With four bedrooms across two buildings, this destination is suited to a family where part of the group would value even more privacy. Enjoy indoor-outdoor living with spacious rooms that border and open onto the 25-metre long private pool. When you’re not in the pool, or diving into the Indian Ocean, you can the private spa treatment room, fitness centre and screening room at your disposal, as well as a dining pergola, private beaches and meditation pavilions. The villa is impeccably furnished and decorated – with everything you could need to hand. If for any reason it isn’t, there’s no need to panic. You also have a dedicated team of Ambassadeurs at your service. This is part of the Cheval Blanc’s Art de Recevoir initiative, designed to ensure the most memorable of experiences for guests. The team is available 24/7 and housed on the premises, ensuring you are pampered with personalised activities and breath-taking experiences. 

 

Thanda Island Private Marina Reserve | Tanzania

Once an unknown deserted island 25 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania, Thanda Island is now home to one of the most luxurious private islands in the world. The owners are Swedish entrepreneurs Christin and Dan Olofsson who created their fantasy island home here: a Cape Cod-esque beach house with Scandi style interiors, plus two traditional Tanzanian bandas on the beach. When the Olofssons are not holidaying, the whole island is yours to rent.

 

Once you’ve settled into your beachfront suite, there's much to enjoy on the island from massages on the beach, meditation lessons, or yoga . If you’re feeling more energetic, there’s a tennis and volleyball court, or perhaps you’d prefer to hit the water. A boathouse is fully stocked with paddleboards, kayaks and canoes, or try snorkelling or scuba diving in the surrounding marine park. You can swim with whale sharks, dugongs and turtles, all protected by conservation projects supported by Thanda.

 

As well as making great efforts to protect the natural environment (Thanda Island is powered by solar energy), the private island provides training and employment in hospitality, sustainable fishing and marine conservation to young Tanzanians in the area.

 

Private Jet Journeys

Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet 2021

Embark on a unique multi-destination adventure in search of the world’s most amazing wildlife. Begin in Japan to observe snow monkey in the enchanting Ginza district, before stopping in the Philippines, Malaysia and India to see shark, honey bear and the elusive Bengal tiger. Then answer Africa’s call of the wild with exciting visits to Kenya, Madagascar and Rwanda to spot gorilla, lemur and all members of the Big Five. During this thrilling expedition, you’ll also enjoy insightful cultural experiences such as a visit to a Maasai school and private performances of traditional music.

 

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with VistaJet

VistaJet Members can explore the natural splendor of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during a 14-day exclusive trip. Guests will discover spectacular scenery, enjoy epic adventures, learn about the country’s rich heritage and culture, while safely and responsibly immersing themselves in the secluded, natural habitat of aquatic and land creatures. With the new Cotopaxi Sanctuary Lodge as an exclusive base, spectacular volcanoes and the abundant wildlife of the National Park can be explored. Guests can enjoy a hike in the Andes with world record breaking mountain athlete, Karl Egloff, sharing his own story, mountain climbing anecdotes and the best tips to handle hiking at altitude. From here, a privately chartered seven-night private yacht cruise in the Galapagos Islands awaits, including a private audience with a leading scientist from the Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal Island.

 

Private Homes

Sirai House | Kenya

Set at the foot of the iconic Mount Kenya, Sirai House is an enchanting private house set within over 100 hectares of game-abundant plains which make up the Borona Conservancy. Throughout your stay an excellent team of staff are on hand to ensure you feel fully pampered at all times. As well as top-class services, including a private chef and safari team, you are also presented with unparalleled style and luxury amenities.

 

Sitting beneath a wonderful high-vaulted ceiling, the living area is furnished to perfection. The high windows bring plenty of light into your space and the decorations and ornate fireplace complete the ambience. Accommodating up to 12 clients, the bedrooms are equally spacious and stylish. You will also find a home cinema and outdoor tennis court on site. Sirai House also provides you with a great range of wildlife-watching experiences. Enjoy game drives, horse rides, nature walks, picnics and informative guidance as you get to grips with the beauty of Kenya.

 

Lengishu House | Kenya

Lengishu, an exclusive-use family home on the Borana Conservancy in Kenya, is arguably one of the best places for a memorable and isolated getaway. Tucked into a ridge with views across the Laikipia plains and deep into the Northern Frontier, Lengishu is made up of a main house and four separate cottages, creating a retreat for up to 12 people. All rooms face east over the undulating valley below, offering some of the best sunrise views. 

 

A full team of staff are on hand making stays effortless, offering guests the freedom to choose their own itinerary, not bound by the constraints of other safari lodges. Activities are in abundance and again fully flexible, including private game drives both on land and by air, mountain biking and horse riding through the conservancy, as well as the rare opportunity to help with the conservation efforts by helping to track rhino on foot.  Should guests want to stay at home, the infinity pool overlooking the valley is hard to beat or a game of petanque on their own private pitch before a gym session and a massage by the in-house masseuse can keep guests fully entertained. 

 

Both Lengishu and the Borana Conservancy have sustainability front of mind - Lengishu is built with locally sourced materials, expertly crafted by local artisans. All the conservation fees paid by Lengishu's guests are invested into the conservation of land and wildlife notably the endangered black rhino and its habitat. This is something every guest of Lengishu can learn about - how the Borana Conservancy supports the conservation of wildlife and the local community and how every stay makes a difference. Images

 

Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a 7 night stay at Lengishu from £6,250pp including international flights based on 12 people sharing

 

Africa House, at Royal Malewane | South Africa 

Africa House, at Royal Malewane enjoys a privileged position within a private reserve in the Greater Kruger Area, renowned for yielding fantastic wildlife sightings. As you explore the sun-scorched plains and seasonal rivers, you stand a good chance of ticking off all of the Big Five. This wonderfully scenic villa can accommodate up to 12 clients. Your stay is also enriched by an exceptional team of staff. As well as a chef and housekeeping team, you are joined by a private ranger, guide and tracker, as well as a safari vehicle. Your experiences are completely catered to your preferences. 

 

These living spaces here have been wonderfully designed, with eclectic antique furniture and carved four-poster beds. With great social spaces and breath-taking views, the atmosphere is always laid back.  Africa House also enables access to the main lodge of the Royal Malewane, where you can use the outdoor swimming pool and fully equipped spa.

 

Mesa Home, Amangiri | USA

There’s a particular beauty to Utah’s desert. With its swathes of tufted scrubland interrupted by huge, peach-coloured boulders, it feels a world away from anywhere. Located in the south of the state lies the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here in turn you will find luxurious resort, Amangiri. Residing in nearly 250 hectares of the Colorado Plateau, and requiring an Act of Congress to be passed so it could be built here, Amangiri blends into countless untouched square miles of red rock country.

 

Take privacy to the next level in one of the world’s most dramatically secluded settings, with at stay at Amangiri’s four-bedroom Mesa Home property. Offering seclusion mere minutes from the resort, this lavish private residence is contemporary in style with a pared-back aesthetic and muted palette. It offers a stone terrace and 15-metre infinity pool from which to enjoy the spectacular desert views. If you are able to tear yourself away from this exclusive space, you can enjoy all the amenities of Amangiri. Beyond the resort, there is an enormous wilderness of geological wonders including slot canyons, teetering hoodoos and sandstone arches. Head out to explore by foot, 4x4, horseback, hot-air balloon, or helicopter.

 

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, 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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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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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)