Video: Explore the Rhine on a Boutique European River Cruise

Enjoy a boutique river cruise on the Rhine, with insight from your own Resident Tour Director during an art and architecture-themed European journey. Enjoy everything from exclusive, private tours of the Tinguely Museum and the Vitra Campus with your small group to an excursion to Darmstadt to view Mathildenhöhe. Before and after the cruise in Amsterdam and Basel, stays in centrally located boutique hotels further bring these fascinating destinations to life.

Learn more about Art & Architecture Along the Rhine

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Stories From Antarctica: Sensory Overload on the Southern Ocean

Sensory Overload on the Southern Ocean

As told by Scott M., A&K Guest

I’m a visual person, so before I went to Antarctica, I was always drawn to the colors and all the crazy blues I had seen in photos, how sculptural the icebergs and mountains were, and how these landscapes didn’t look like anything else. Now that I’ve just returned from Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands, these incredible landscapes — that exceeded every expectation — are also what stay with me the most.

Part of that is just the sheer size of it all. On our luxury expedition cruise, we experienced landscapes like a crescendo that went from small to big. The Falklands are definitely hilly, but the slopes are gentle with rocky outcroppings. South Georgia Island is a full-on mountain range with these 7,000 to 8,000 feet peaks — they’re not small! — that seem to pop up from the ocean as if out of nowhere. Contrast that with Antarctica, which is made up almost entirely of glaciers (95 percent) and even more extreme and impressive with its ice.

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For me, though, nothing tops the small bay of Gold Harbour, which is situated at the east end of South Georgia. The island itself is full of these amazing glaciers. You see them coming out to the ocean, up on hills, retreating back up the mountain and even transforming the landscape with newly formed hills. Continue Reading ›

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Stories From Antarctica: Why You Should Go to Antarctica Now

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Antarctica is unparalleled, otherworldly, and powerfully moving in a way that is almost impossible to describe. But we’re going to try. A&K is excited to introduce a series of first-hand stories — dispatches, moments, eye-openers — by our guests and Expedition Team about their experiences across the Southern Ocean.


As told by A&K climate change expert and marine biologist Dr. James McClintock from his current research site, Palmer Station in Antarctica

I’m in Antarctica now, and it has me thinking that there is no good reason that anyone who hasn’t been should put off a visit. It is the quintessential trip of a lifetime and I can say with great experience and confidence that it will change you — and in a better, enriching way.

For me as a marine biologist, Antarctica is always about the wildlife, which is remarkable and unreal in so many respects. Just last month, I was along the Antarctic Peninsula on a research expedition and we counted 65 humpback whales in just a few hours time. We saw many feeding and several breaching (leaping from the water). I had never seen such a large concentration of whales.

12 Jan Whale-6127These high populations of animals take some getting used to. One of my favorite experiences is going ashore and being welcomed by tens of thousands of Adélie or gentoo or chinstrap penguins, and discovering the penguins have not read the regulations for keeping their distance. I call it the Disney element; because the wildlife have no history of predation by large animals, they have no fear of us. It’s surreal. Whether for me as a scientist or an A&K guest making their first landing, it’s like being a kid in a candy store.

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Take a Sneak Peek at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s Complete 2016 Renovation in Botswana

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta

A buzz is growing in Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, and it’s not the wildlife causing the commotion. One of A&K’s most popular African safari destinations, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, began an extensive renovation of all of its facilities early this month. Consistently rated as one of the top luxury safari camps in Botswana, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is poised to emerge bigger and better than ever with a highly anticipated grand reopening this coming June. Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect to see.

All 12 pavilions will be rebuilt and expanded from 550 square feet to 1, 500 square feet, making them some of the largest in the area. Each air-conditioned pavilion will boast a new private dining area, tranquil outside seating area and terrace plunge pool—perfect for absorbing the surrounding plains and majestic African skies. New bathrooms will offer a spacious outdoor shower, luxury bathtub and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over waters of the Okavango Delta.

As for the shared areas, an updated safari-chic style will extend throughout the bar, library and expanded dining room. The camp will also feature several brand new amenities, including a pizza deck, orientation room, gym and kid’s play room.


Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana


Be Among the First to Experience It

Celebrate the reopening of luxurious Sanctuary Chief’s Camp as you join A&K USA President Phil Otterson for an exclusive edition of Botswana Safari in Style. Limited to just 22 privileged guests, this special departure features a host of extras handpicked to elevate your experience. Enjoy a private Flight of the Angels helicopter tour of Victoria Falls, take a ride on the Royal Livingstone Express, and experience Africa’s wildlife at its best with A&K’s peerless safari guides.

Botswana Safari in Style: Special President’s Journey
Jul 11–20 | 10 Days | $13,295
Single supplement $4,795 | Internal air $1,895

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