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Embark on the ultimate round-the-world trip with A&K

To mark six decades at the forefront of luxury travel, A&K has designed a globe-spanning adventure to top all others – and you can be on it

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It all started with a simple ethos: adventure by day, luxury by night.

When the Kent family founded A&K in 1962, ‘luxury’ was keeping food fresh on safari. As Geoffrey Kent says: “I knew that the secret to making someone feel at home in the middle of nowhere was a hot dinner and a cold drink.” So, he introduced refrigerated safari trucks. This was the first in a six-decade-long line of innovations that has pushed A&K to the forefront of luxury travel.

Today, as we mark our 60th anniversary, A&K is a very different animal, with operations across more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. Yet, that central ethos remains true: adventure by day, luxury by night. It’s at the heart of a very special itinerary we’ve designed to celebrate six decades of taking clients around the world.

Our new ‘Greatest of All Trips’ itinerary features iconic experiences in 13 countries, on all seven continents. This unparalleled, globe-spanning journey visits UNESCO World Heritage sites, rare wildlife habitats, vibrant cities and remote communities – and you’re invited. Here is what’s in store…

East Africa:

Mountain gorillas & the Great Migration

The adventure begins where A&K started in 1962, on an East African safari. This region is home to one of the wonders of the natural world – the Great Migration. More than a million wildebeest – along with gazelle and zebra – stampede Lion King-style, following the rains between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It’s the largest migration on Earth.

East Africa is also home to the last of the mountain gorillas. A&K was founded on a belief in sustainable, nature-based tourism, and pioneered gorilla tracking in Uganda. “I worked with the president to set aside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, now home to half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas. Today, the sale of gorilla tracking permits contributes more than US$1 million to the local economy. At the same time, we have not forgotten the human population. Through Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP), we’ve built a hospital that has helped to reduce infant mortality by more than 50 per cent,” explains Kent.

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Egypt:

A journey back in time

Next it’s onwards to Egypt, A&K’s first destination outside sub-Saharan Africa. “Egypt is a place everyone must experience at least once in their lives,” says Kent. “Sailing on the Nile is like a trip back in time.” To guarantee the quality of the experience, A&K built the first ‘Sun Boat’. Today, its award-winning Sanctuary Nile River cruisers offer privileged access to the country’s most famous sites, accompanied by the region’s best Egyptologists – as you’ll find out for yourself.

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India: 

Royal treasures and jungle safaris

Having played polo in India, Geoffrey Kent knew many of the royal families of Rajasthan, who welcomed guests and converted their palaces into extraordinary hotels. So, India became A&K’s next destination. During your visit to northern India, we will open the doors to ornate palaces and offer chances to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset. Then there are the national parks, home to a veritable Jungle Book of wildlife for you to spot, including the elusive Bengal tiger.

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South-east Asia:

The land of Angkor Wat

A&K was one of the first tour operators in the region. Our local experts will bring you on a personal journey to meet specialists in culture, food and history, so you can discover South-east Asia’s centuries of art and architecture. Cycle through rice fields, trek through valleys, tour the temples and meet the locals. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the Indochinese heritage and historical ties between Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

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Australia: 

From Sydney to Uluru

Then it’s on to the ‘land down under’. A&K has been revealing hidden corners of this remarkable landscape since 1986. On this grand tour, you cruise Sydney harbour with a glass of Australia's finest wine, dine under desert stars in view of Uluru (Ayers Rock), watch the sun rise over the Red Centre, and go walkabout in a UNESCO World Heritage rainforest with a local bushman. 

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Machu Picchu: 

The path of the Incas

Next, you cross the Pacific to South America, home to jungle-cloistered, Mesoamerican wonders. Travel by rail through a narrow gorge surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, or trek the last portion of the Inca Trail, to the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a private lecture on Incan history helmed by a renowned scholar, before discovering the magnificent ruins in the company of a local expert guide. A&K’s long-standing roots allow guests an exclusive visit to a remote village to meet local residents for an inside look at daily life.

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Antarctica: 

The White Continent

For more than 30 years, A&K has delivered intrepid travellers to a world where pristine ice and snow contrast starkly with the ever-changing sea and sky. During your visit to Antarctica via luxury expedition cruise, learn about the effects of rising global temperatures first-hand. Enjoy enthralling lectures, daily Zodiac excursions and spotting wildlife – from lively penguin colonies to several species of whale.

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USA:

The great outdoors

Just as travellers were emerging from the pandemic, A&K expanded operations in the USA. The growing demand for private bubbles inspired our tailor-made ‘National Parks by Private Air’ itinerary, incorporated into this globetrotting adventure. Experience the full majesty of Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone with expert local guides, flying by privately chartered air from one awe-inspiring landscape to the next, enjoying five-star hospitality along the way.

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Europe:

Cradle of the Renaissance 

Once in Italy, take in three of Italy's most iconic cities – Venice, with its romance-laden canals; Florence and its artistic masterpieces; then Rome and its inescapable history. A&K guides will unlock the secrets of this historic Italian trio, where A&K has been taking guests beyond the guidebooks since 1997.

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The A&K ‘Greatest of All Trips’ itinerary costs from £110,000 per person. To begin planning your journey of a lifetime, enquire online, by phone, or in person at the A&K boutique in Harrods.