Connect to the World's Greatest Places
Fifty years after pioneering the modern luxury adventure, Abercrombie & Kent introduces a new approach to group travel.
Connections by Abercrombie & Kent offers one-on-one connections with the world’s most intriguing places and cultures. For explorers at heart who refuse to skimp on inspiration and enrichment, Connections journeys offer something never before possible: a chance to discover the world in the company of unmatched local experts, at an unbeatable value.
2014 features an expanded portfolio of journeys that reveal even more great destinations at a terrific value. We are offering journeys to ten new destinations, including South Africa; Great Britain and France; Turkey; and Australia and New Zealand, as well as a brand-new line of inspiring European River Cruise Journeys aboard the stylish Amadeus fleet. On these nine new journeys, visit vibrant cities along the great rivers of Europe, experiencing exclusive Onshore Connections with your A&K Tour Director.
To bring you even closer to the countries you visit, we are introducing a variety of Local Connections, everything from authentic marketplace and neighborhood excursions to encounters with local musicians, artisans and culinary experts, as well as experiences that reveal the spiritual dimension of a people and their culture.
Unmatched A&K Service and On-the-Ground Expertise
Backing every Connections journey is the foremost team of travel specialists in the world. Working out of 50 offices worldwide, A&K experts know each destination inside and out – often because they have lived their entire lives there. Their expertise comes not from the Internet, but from decades of dedicated, firsthand exploration.
Great Value from Beginning to End
Connections travel delivers what you value most in a vacation: a true understanding of your destination’s culture, history and natural beauty, with an authentic local expert leading the way. Our commitment to great value shines through in every aspect of your journey, from the hotels hand-selected by our local experts to the Tour Directors who make sure you get the most from every stop on your itinerary.
Intimate Groups of Just 24 Guests
Our journeys are created to connect you to your destination. That’s why Connections journeys are limited to just 24 guests on all journeys. Stay in intimate upscale lodgings or aboard stylish modern river cruise vessels and explore sites that are closed to larger groups, while enjoying more interaction with your A&K Tour Director.
Hotels Selected by A&K Experts
Your accommodations are more than a place to lay your head at night: they are an important way of experiencing the character of your destination. Ranging from spacious resorts to boutique lodgings, the hotels and lodges on Connections journeys are chosen by A&K experts for their amenities, local character and proximity to the places that make your destination unique.
Irresistible Dining Opportunities
To a dedicated traveller, a new cuisine is like a destination unto itself, something to be explored and savored. Connections journeys offer a balance between planned meals at restaurants rich in local flavor and history – not to mention festive welcome and farewell dinners –and meals left free to allow you to explore the local fare on your own. Not sure where to start? Ask an expert: your A&K Tour Director is ready with suggestions to satisfy any palate.
All-Inclusive Value: Transfers & Gratuities
Regardless of when you choose to arrive or depart, arrival and departure transfers are always included with your A&K journey. Likewise, all of your gratuities are included, save for your Tour Director, which is at your sole discretion. (Gratuities not included on European River Cruise Journeys.)
New for 2014: All-New Local Connections
We want you to return home from your journey feeling as though you made a unique, authentic connection to the places you visited. That is why we have established six categories of Local Connections, each reflecting a distinctive aspect of the local culture. Market Connections introduce you to the craft s and produce markets where locals gather to shop, barter and socialize. Neighborhood Connections feature walking tours that immerse you in a specific locale. Sample the local flavors on a Culinary Connection, or discover traditional handicraft s with an Artisan Connection. Musical Connections feature private performances with local musicians who also happen to be expert ambassadors for their musical culture and heritage. Lastly, visits to sacred places and meetings with devout individuals offer the opportunity for a moving Spiritual Connection.