Introducing “Around the World with Geoffrey Kent by Private Jet”
Join A&K's Pioneering Founder on a Globe-Spanning Voyage in Unmatched Comfort and Style
Order more pages for your passport in preparation for a globe-spanning journey, “Around the World with Geoffrey Kent by Private Jet.” This epic voyage includes some of the most remote and least-visited places on earth — as well as the plains of Africa where luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent started more than 50 years ago. Join just 50 privileged guests on a chartered luxury jet, visiting nine countries in 26 days on an aviation adventure that transports you from the world’s mightiest river, the Amazon, to its most mysterious islands. Observe remarkable wildlife and take in vistas of spectacular natural beauty. Enjoy gourmet feasts on an elegant river cruiser and with Western diplomats in an 18th-century merchant’s house. And experience it all alongside the man who defined luxury adventure travel, Abercrombie & Kent founder Geoffrey Kent.
“From the start, I wanted this trip to combine some of my favorite places with exotic destinations even I have yet to visit,” explains Geoffrey Kent. “From Kenya’s Masai Mara, the land where I grew up and A&K began, to destinations that are new to me such as Easter Island, which I’ve tried to reach three different times. Under ordinary circumstances these remote places are difficult – perhaps impossible – to visit on a single journey. But a private luxury jet brings all these experiences within reach, in comfort and in style.”
Amazon River | Safari by Water (3 nights)
Embark on twin river cruisers, ‘Aqua’ and ‘Aria,’ for three nights sailing the Amazon, the world’s longest river. Expert naturalist guides reveal the secrets of the region’s stunning biological diversity, ranging from brilliant-hued tropical birds to rare pink river dolphins. Enjoy a dinner prepared and hosted by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Latin America’s most innovative chefs, who builds his award-winning culinary creations around traditional Amazonian ingredients and techniques.
Easter Island | The Lost World (2 nights)
Explore one of the most remote — and enticing — destinations on earth: Easter Island. Experience a Hotumatua ritual, a celebration of the island’s mythic founding. Visit the Orongo ceremonial village (site of the island’s “birdman” rituals) and witness a demonstration of haka pei, a thrilling form of downhill sledding. Explore the island’s unique landscape on a cave tour, an archaeological trek by vehicle or on horseback, or hike along “the way of the moai,” a chance to view many of Easter Island’s iconic statues. Celebrate with a traditional umu (earth-cooked) celebratory feast at the home of a noted islander, with local dignitaries.
Samoa | A Tropical Interlude (2 nights)
Cross the International Dateline and unwind in this tropical paradise. Explore the island, including the village of Vailima, the last home of Robert Louis Stevenson. Relax on the beach or enjoy resort activities from water skiing to spa treatments. Mark the end of your stay with a celebratory fia fia, a feast of Polynesian dishes accompanied by dancers and fire-spinners.
Papua New Guinea | The Huli Wigmen (3 nights)
Walk the rainforest paths of the Highlands or the Sepik River Basin with knowledgable local guides who point out the area’s stunning flora and fauna. Learn the ways of a pre-modern civilization during encounters with the Huli, accompanied by local experts who explain their social and family customs. Witness demonstrations of bilum (string bag) making, umbrella making and archery, as well as a sing sing performed by the Huli, an unforgettable spectacle of traditional song and dance.
Bali | Where Dragons Roam (3 nights)
See one of the world's most remarkable predators - the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard - in its natural habitat. Visit Tirta Empul Temple, a place of Hindu devotion where natural spring waters draw thousands of pilgrims. Witness a traditional Balinese religious ceremony and processional, and participate in a one-on-one consultation with an astrologer. A celebratory feast is accompanied by demonstrations of Balinese dance forms, including the thrilling kecak fire dance.
Sri Lanka | The Island Gem (3 nights)
Visit a tea factory on the island formerly known as Ceylon, where the owner explains the process and offers a freshly brewed cup. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort, a former European colonial outpost. Dine with British and American diplomats at Dutch House, a former merchant's mansion and now one of the most exclusive properties in Sri Lanka. Explore the Cultural Triangle, a cluster of ancient cities and temples, including the most popular Buddhist site in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, with a local expert. Peruse Sri Lanka’s renowned blue sapphires with a personal shopper.
Madagascar | Land of the Lemurs (3 nights)
The island of Nosy Komba promises an encounter with Madagascar’s rare primates, the lemurs. A local storyteller enlivens the experience with tales of the island’s mythic history. Learn about Madagascar’s many naturally grown products with visits to a ylang-ylang distillery and Millot Plantation, one of the finest cacao and coffee growers in Madagascar, and sample some of its delicious products.
Kenya | The Masai Mara (3 nights)
Embark on a game drive en route to your exclusive mobile tented camp. Spend three days observing the rich variety of wildlife in the Masai Mara on game drives, a guided bush walk and an early-morning balloon safari. Meet nomadic Maasai herders who have acted as stewards of this land for hundreds of years. Get a glimpse into how A&K Philanthropy is making a difference during a visit to a local elementary school. Discuss the challenges facing this region during an informal talk with a wildlife conservation expert.
Monaco | A Festive Farewell (1 night)
Upon arrival in Nice, a fleet of chartered helicopters takes guests to neighboring Monaco, playground of the rich and famous — and Geoffrey Kent’s adopted home.
Over the last five decades, Abercrombie & Kent has perfected the art of delivering unexpected luxury in the most remote places. Deep roots and long-established relationships — as well as 50 offices around the world — allow A&K to offer unique encounters and inspiring experiences to its travellers that are not available to others. Because of this privileged access, Abercrombie & Kent has been voted “World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator” year after year by travel professionals at the World Travel Awards.
Comfort In the Air
Private jet travel with Abercrombie & Kent brings an entirely new level of comfort and convenience to travellers. A&K’s privately chartered Boeing 757-200ER luxury jet has roomy VIP extended-recline cradle seats for 50 privileged guests. The plane interior has been completely redesigned to create a soothing, yet stylish home-away-from home with grey leather club seating (60” pitch) and handsome teak accents. Guests are invited to meet their fellow passengers in the inviting Sky Lounge while sipping premium wine and spirits. The flight crew travels with the group throughout, learning personal preferences and helping to make the private aircraft a familiar and inviting home away from home.
Unrivalled Experience On the Ground
A journey is only as successful as its guide. Leading this expedition is a Tour Director chosen from the ranks of A&K’s international coterie of professionals, who oversees everything from start to finish, relying on a lifetime’s worth of knowledge to reveal sights only locals know. A team of exceptional Tour Managers assist the Tour Director in providing seamless service, while expert local guides lend additional insight. A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® collects luggage from each room and ensures it is waiting at the next destination.
Accommodations are always the best available, selected to reflect the destination’s spirit and style. They may be historic hotels, intimate boats, lavish resorts or remote bush camps, but all offer a distinctive sense of place, gracious hospitality and inspiring views. This is enhanced by the exclusive use of most properties, including A&K’s mobile tented camp offering an incomparable experience in the Masai Mara; the most stylish river cruisers on the Amazon (‘Aqua’ and ‘Aria’) with wall-to-wall panoramic windows; Explora Rapa Nui on Easter Island; Amangalla in Sri Lanka; and the Royal Beach Hotel, located on one of Madagascar’s most picturesque beaches. With a stay of two or three nights in most destinations, there is time to relax and appreciate the pristine beauty of the surroundings.
Meals are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day — they are a feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning natural backdrops. On the Amazon, enjoy a special tasting menu prepared from local ingredients by rising culinary star Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. A local Rapa Nui family hosts a traditional UMU dinner, prepared in an earth oven and blessed in a traditional manner. Local Balinese villagers lead a lavish torchlight celebration with entertainment, including the thrilling kecak fire dance.
Abercrombie & Kent is one of the most experienced companies in the luxury private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of private jet programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations around the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for families and private groups. To learn more about Around the World with Geoffrey Kent by Private Jet (26 days, from $105,000 per person, double occupancy) go to http://www.abercrombiekent.com/privatejet, call 800 554 7094 to speak to a Travel Consultant or join our webinar on May 21 at 12:30 pm CST.
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