London, August 2021
What's New from A&K and Cox & Kings
Despite travel at a standstill, luxury travel companies A&K and Cox & Kings have innovated and expanded their product portfolio. From one of the most flexible booking policies on the market to new trips on land, air and sea, A&K is well-positioned given their global network of over 55 offices across the world.
Abercrombie & Kent Announces New Wings Over the World Journeys for 2021-2022
Journeys combine luxury small-group travel with the timesaving comfort and convenience of privately chartered air
*New* for 2022 is a journey across New Zealand in 2022. A&K has redesigned two journeys in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean and offer Wings itineraries in East and Southern Africa; Israel, Jordan & Egypt; Spain & Morocco; Greece & Turkey; Argentina, Chile & Brazil.
NEW for 2022: Wings Over New Zealand | Limited to 18 guests; 11 days from £26,920pp
Take in the stunning scenery on a flightseeing tour by helicopter of Milford Sound and a glacier walk, with a cruise around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in a private 60-ft catamaran. Savour a full day of food, wine and art on Waiheke Island, visiting with a local artisan and tasting local wines and foods such as oysters, wild honey and cheeses. Visit a working sheep and cattle farm in Hawke's Bay and enjoy a wine tasting. Spend a day on a privately chartered wildlife cruise around the South Island's Otago Peninsula to see the only mainland colony of northern royal albatross and other wildlife. Choose among Design Your Day activities, including a Dart River boat safari, a 4-wheel drive adventure through Skippers Canyon followed by wine tasting, or an electric bike tour of the bridges along the Queenstown Trails.
REDESIGNED ITINERARY Wings Over the Mediterranean | Limited to 13 guests; 13 days from £23,075pp
Discover ancient and modern wonders around the Mediterranean, from Portugal and Spain's art and history to the Amalfi Coast and Dubrovnik seaside charms. Imagine living like Portuguese royalty on a day exploring the castles at Sintra. Explore the life and works of surrealist master Salvador Dalí in Figueres. Visit the National Archaeological Museum in Naples before entering the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Indulge in the splendours of the Amalfi Coast, with a cooking class in Ravello and a visit to a local farm where fresh mozzarella is crafted by hand. Tour Dubrovnik and visit a traditional silk weaver, then choose from Design Your Day offerings, including a cooking class with wine tasting, sea kayaking around Lokrum Island or visiting shooting locations on a Game of Thrones walking tour.
REDESIGNED ITINERARY Wings Over Northern Europe | Limited to 13 guests; 12 days from £24,610pp
Explore the historical and cultural links between England, Iceland, Germany and Russia. Experience London like a local, including a ferry across the Thames and a culinary stroll through Southwark's Borough Market. Design Your Day options include visiting Windsor Castle, exploring the Royal Horticultural Society Home Garden, savouring a gin-focused walking tour or biking through London. Learn about Icelandic horses with an exclusive visit to a private farm and relax with VIP access to The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy an evening visit to the striking Reichstag Dome, with dinner and drinks overlooking the Berlin skyline. Early entry to the Hermitage Museum affords a rare opportunity to view its spectacular collection with fewer people. Celebrate at a private farewell concert at the Isaak Brodsky House Museum on Arts Square in the centre of St. Petersburg, followed by a caviar tasting with Champagne.
A&K and Cox & Kings launch Book with Confidence Hub
Moving the goalposts, changing travel guidelines, and confusion over-testing is now the norm for anyone planning a holiday. Luxury travel companies Abercrombie & Kent, alongside its sister company Cox & Kings, have launched a central place of information on travelling safely with their Book with Confidence Hub. A&K's hub can be found here, and Cox & Kings' can be found here.
The Book With Confidence Hub was launched alongside one of the most flexible booking policies on the market – with Cox & Kings offering deposits for group tours for as little as £100pp. The advice hub includes travel corridor details, frequently asked questions, links to the current FCDO advice, and a host of other resources to aid the safe planning of a holiday. As restrictions are relaxed and holidays become possible again, the advice will be continuously updated.
Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet.
Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent have launched a new, one-of-a-kind adventure for 2021, accompanied by pioneering founder Geoffrey Kent.
NEW: Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet
26 days from £130,000pp | 14 October – 8 November 2021
Make up for Lost Time on a Globe-Spanning Adventure that only Abercrombie & Kent could Orchestrate
Japan | Myanmar | Vietnam | Laos | The Maldives | Eritrea | Benin | Brazil | New Orleans
Venture far off-the-beaten-path on this one-of-a-kind, globe-spanning adventure. Geoffrey Kent has designed this Inspiring Expedition to include several places he's visiting for the first time. It will reveal every destination through the kind of insider-access opportunities only possible when you travel with A&K. Dine in a 400-year-old samurai fortress; experience a private neighbourhood party hosted by a celebrity chef in Hanoi; watch a voodoo ceremony, put on just for you. Join A&K's pioneering founder, along with a hand-picked tour management team and dedicated flight crew onboard a chartered 757 with first-class, fully lie-flat seats to circle the globe to discover one awe-inspiring destination after another.
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The Best Safari in The World? Around the World by Private Jet: A Wildlife Adventure for 2022
A globe-spanning safari by private jet with A&K promises epic encounters with rare & endangered wildlife in 2022.
NEW: Wildlife Safari: Around the World by Private Jet | 24 days from £125,975pp | 3 – 26 February 2022
Japan: Snow Monkeys | Philippines: Tarsiers & Whale Sharks | Malaysia: Honey Bears & Orangutans | India: Bengal Tigers | Madagascar: Lemurs | Rwanda: Gorillas & Golden Monkeys | Kenya: The Big Five
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.
Follow in the footsteps of the Maritime Silk Route with A&K
Luxury travel company A&K has launched a series of new trips to iconic destinations and rarely visited islands with Tradewind Voyages onboard their ship, the Golden Horizon, the largest square-rigged sailing ship in the world, a near-replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel. There are four journeys in total, with this one proving popular:
NEW: Safari in Tanzania then sail to the Seychelles | 18+ nights
Your adventure kicks off with a thrilling wildlife spectacle on a three-night safari in Tanzania's famed Tarangire National Park, home to roaming elephant herds, dusty landscapes and fantastic predators. Stay at the luxurious Sanctuary Swala camp. Leave the African mainland aboard Golden Horizon and sail towards the island of Zanzibar, known for its spice plantations, wide sandy beaches and UNESCO-listed capital, Stone Town. Then cruise to the picture-perfect Seychelles archipelago, beginning with Astove Island and its large, inviting lagoon, migratory waders and remarkable sheer drop-off known as the 'Astove Wall'. Next, visit the pristine private island of Alphonse and lush Desroches Island, each offering great diving and a real castaway experience. End your voyage with a relaxing stay at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, set on the idyllic southwest shore of Mahé; this exclusive retreat is one of the most sought-after hideaways in the Seychelles.
A&K Launches 2022-23 Expedition Cruises Early, Due to Demand
For 2022-23, A&K has expanded its portfolio of Luxury Expedition CruisesSM to feature four new voyages, totalling 13, including six Polar Cruises in Antarctica and the Arctic, and seven Cultural cruises in Japan, Australia, the Baltic Sea, Italy, Greece, the British Isles and Indonesia.
NEW: South Pacific Voyage: Komodo, Papua & Great Barrier Reef (Nov 21-Dec 7, 2022)
Visit Komodo National Park, with its wondrous marine ecosystem, unique culture and rare namesake dragon; enjoy wildlife and nature walk, Zodiac excursions, snorkelling and local village visits on the spice island of Maluku, astonishing Papua and the Great Barrier Reef. 17 days; Price coming soon
NEW: Cruising the Enchanted Isles: Scotland, Ireland & England (Aug 26-Sep 8, 2022)
Discover the velvet-green Orkney archipelago and ancient standing stones of the wild Hebrides Islands, UNESCO-designated St. Kilda and cliffs of Donegal and Moher. Enjoy a mix of onboard enrichment, guided landings and walks, exploration in birding havens and visits to legendary castles and whiskey distilleries, as well as a pre-cruise stay in Edinburgh and a two-night post-cruise stay in London. 14 days; Price coming soon
NEW: Antarctica Discovery: Across the Antarctic Circle (Jan 18-Feb 1, 2023)
Witness the beauty of Antarctica's towering icebergs, blue glaciers and spectacular wildlife up close. Enjoy thrilling, expert-led excursions by Zodiac boat. Venture beyond the Antarctic Circle to the historic rarely explored treasures of the Southern Ocean. Discover wildlife-rich Marguerite Bay, the southernmost region believed to have been visited by Palmer. A full programme of lectures affords you fascinating insights into the 'White Continent' throughout your voyage. 15 days from £13,455pp (was £16,085pp)
NEW: The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (Aug 23-Sept 15, 2022)
Cruise in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers, from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska. Experience visits to iceberg-laden shores, remote Inuit villages, historic islands, and spectacular geological wonders like the UNESCO-designated Ilulissat Icefjord and Franklin Bay's "Smoking Hills." .Price coming soon
A&K Villas introduces Extra Flex and report steady demand
Low deposits and more flexibility for clients
Given the everchanging situation, booking flexibility and reassurance around refunds remain the key considerations for clients. In response, A&K Villas has worked closely with villa owners to offer reduced deposits of 20% and 100% refund or fee-free postponement if clients cannot travel because of government travel advice or quarantine requirements. Its new Extra Flex policy applies to a selected range of over 70 villas in the most popular in Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Croatia.
Cox & Kings Launches New Spotlight Tours
Luxury small group tour specialist Cox & Kings has launched its new 'European Spotlight' tours. These holidays explore lesser-visited facets of well-known destinations, offering an array of culturally immersive activities based in a single location. In all Cox & Kings small group tours, you benefit from discovering these regions in the company of expert local guides, who can explain the local way of life, customs and issues in-depth, bringing your chosen destination to life in a way no guidebook can.
There are seven new tours in total:
NEW: Spotlight on Malta | 7 days from £1,395pp
Malta might be one of the smallest nations in Europe. Still, its strategic position at the Mediterranean's crossroads has allowed it to cultivate a rich culture over thousands of years. This centre-based tour goes beyond the seaside resorts. The island is most famous, exploring the exciting history of the capital, Valletta, instead; the three cities of Birgu, Senglea and Bormla, and the Hagar Qim temples' historic sites Marsaxlokk village. Highlights include driving your electric buggy through the narrow streets and a tuk-tuk tour of Gozo island.
NEW: Spotlight on Athens & Evia | 7 days from £1,395pp
After Crete, Evia is Greece's second-largest island but remains mostly off the tourist map - despite being just a stone's throw from Athens. It is home to uncrowded beaches, important archaeological sites, historic towns and charming wineries. This new centre-based tour reveals the best of this unspoiled island, as well as giving you a day to explore Athens, including the famous Acropolis and adjoining museum. Throughout your journey, enjoy unique experiences, such as learning to make authentic Greek coffee. The tour also features ample downtime to spend in luxury at your five-star beachfront hotel.
NEW: Spotlight on the Azores | 7 days from £1,595pp
The far-flung Portuguese island chain of the Azores is famed for its rich history and its verdant, volcanic landscape. This archipelago played a part in the Age of Discovery, and even Christopher Columbus landed on Santa Maria in 1493. The relatively small main island - San Miguel - makes a great base from which to explore. Our journey takes in all the major sites such including geothermal lakes, volcanic craters and the pretty capital of Ponta Delgada. It also gives guests the chance to try the locally distilled gin and pick tea at one of Europe's few tea plantations.
NEW: Spotlight on Veneto | 8 Days from £1,795pp
The northern Italian region of Veneto needs little introduction, home as it is to Venice, one of the finest cities in the world. However, the area has so much more to offer, including numerous historic towns and rural idylls. This tour includes a visit to three of Veneto's other worthy cities: Verona, famously the setting for Romeo and Juliet; Padua, with its picturesque arcaded streets and Giotto frescoes; and Vicenza, whose abundance of Palladio-designed buildings never fails to impress. Embark on a mix of cultural excursions and rural expeditions to experience the region's wines, cheeses and other produce whilst being based for the week in a beautiful 18th-century hotel in Castelfranco Veneto.
NEW: Spotlight on Aegean Turkey | 8 Days from £1,295pp
The Aegean region of Turkey's east coast is a rich cultural blend of Greek and Turkish history, where ancient civilisations rose and fell many times across millennia. What we are left with is a treasure trove of archaeological sites unmatched almost anywhere else in the classical world, with the likes of Ephesus, Hierapolis and Didyma just waiting to be explored. For this week-long, centre-based tour, you will stay in the beautiful village of Sirince, famed for its attractive Ottoman Christian architecture. As well as in-depth tours of the region's main sites, you will enjoy wine tasting and a traditional Turkish bath experience.
NEW: Spotlight on Slovenia | 7 Day from £1,595pp
Sandwiched between the Alps and the Adriatic, Slovenia is often referred to as 'Europe in miniature. This tiny nation is home to beautiful mountains, stunning lakes, historic cities, pretty coastal towns, deep forest and rich farmland. In this new tour, centred on the capital, you've the opportunity to explore Ljubljana itself; Lake Bled and its island church; Piran, famous for its Venetian architecture; and the Postojna cave complex. You also have many chances to sample Slovenia's wonderful cuisine and local produce.
NEW: Spotlight on the Basque Country | 7 days from £1,595pp
The Basque Country is proudly unique - this northern region differs from the rest of Spain in almost every regard. From the soaring peaks of the Pyrenees and the rugged Atlantic coastline to the ancient Basque language and traditional cuisine, it's a hugely rewarding destination. Based in vibrant Bilbao, this tour guides visitors through this often-overlooked corner of the Iberian Peninsula. Experience fine cities like San Sebastián and Burgos, as well as remarkable excursions, such as a cheese tasting at a remote farm and a pintxos tour through Bilbao's twisting Old Town.
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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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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