From the Most Remote Islands to the Mightiest River to the Plains of Africa
Join Abercrombie & Kent on an Encore Private Jet Voyage Around the World in Unmatched Comfort and StyleFollowing its sell-out launch of Around the World by Private Jet, Abercrombie & Kent announces an encore journey for 2015, specially designed by A&K Founder, Chairman & CEO Geoffrey Kent. This epic voyage, “Islands, Savannas & the Amazon” (October 12 – November 6, 2015), traverses the globe to explore some of the most remote and least-visited places on earth – in just 26 days, and offers a level of exclusivity and authenticity not found in other types of travel.
The appeal of travel by private jet is as much about the “in the air” experience as the luxury of what it delivers on the ground. A&K’s privately chartered jet can land where large airlines cannot, and the group size – no more than 50 guests – makes it possible to include exclusive, invitation-only events that make the journey truly unforgettable. Gain insight into Bali’s spiritual core at a private Buddhist ceremony. Witness a demonstration of haka pei, an exciting form of downhill sledding practiced by the Rapa Nui on Easter Island.
“To attempt this same itinerary using commercial flights would require more time and patience than most of today’s busy travellers have,” explains Kent. “With no worries about connecting flights, security lines and lost luggage, this is travel you can relax and truly enjoy.”
Planned by Kent himself, this circumnavigation of the globe combines the world’s mightiest river with the most mysterious islands. Observe remarkable wildlife in their natural habitat and vistas of spectacular beauty. Meet indigenous peoples and gain an understanding of their traditional way of life unchanged over hundreds of years.
Amazon River | Safari by Water (3 nights)
Sail the remote waters of the Amazon aboard the stylish river cruisers, ‘Aqua’ and ‘Aria.’ Expert naturalist guides reveal the stunning biological diversity, ranging from brilliant-hued tropical birds to rare pink river dolphins. Enjoy dinner prepared and hosted by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Latin America’s most innovative chefs.
Easter Island | The Lost World (2 nights)
Experience a Hotumatua ritual, a celebration of the island’s mythic founding. Visit the Orongo ceremonial village (site of the “birdman” rituals) and witness a demonstration of haka pei, a thrilling form of downhill sledding. Explore the unique landscape on a cave tour, an archaeological trek by vehicle or on horseback, or hike along “the way of the moai” for a close-up view of Easter Island’s iconic statues.
Samoa | A Tropical Interlude (2 nights)
Cross the International Dateline and unwind in a tropical paradise. Explore the last home of Robert Louis Stevenson, relax on the beach or enjoy resort activities and spa treatments. End your stay with a celebratory fia fia, a feast of Polynesian dishes accompanied by fire-spinners.
Papua New Guinea | The Huli Wigmen (3 nights)
Walk the rainforest paths of the Highlands or the Sepik River Basin with knowledgeable local guides. 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.
Bali | Where Dragons Roam (3 nights)
See one of the world's most remarkable predators, the Komodo dragon, in its natural habitat. Visit Tirta Empul Temple, a place of Hindu devotion. Witness a traditional Balinese religious ceremony and processional. Participate in a one-on-one consultation with an astrologer. A traditional feast is accompanied by demonstrations of Balinese dance, including the kecak fire dance.
Sri Lanka | The Island Gem (3 nights)
Tour a tea factory on the island formerly known as Ceylon with the owner. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort. Dine with diplomats at a former merchant's mansion. Explore the Cultural Triangle, a cluster of ancient cities and temples, including the most popular Buddhist site, Sigiriya. Peruse Sri Lanka’s renowned blue sapphires with a personal shopper.
Madagascar | Land of the Lemurs (3 nights)
A visit to 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.
Kenya | The Masai Mara (3 nights)
Observe the rich variety of wildlife in the Masai Mara on game drives, a guided bush walk and an early-morning balloon safari, with nights at A&K’s luxurious mobile tented camp. Meet nomadic Maasai herders who have acted as stewards of this land for hundreds of years. Learn about how A&K Philanthropy is making a difference during a visit to a local elementary school. Discuss the challenges facing the 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 whisks guests to neighboring Monaco, playground of the rich and famous – and home to Geoffrey Kent.
Comfort in the Air
Private jet travel with Abercrombie & Kent delivers an entirely new level of comfort and convenience. A&K’s privately chartered Boeing 757-200ER luxury jet has roomy VIP extended-recline cradle seats (60” pitch) for 50 privileged guests. An onboard lounge with room for 16 guests provides cozy club-style seating, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail, a game of cards or simply good conversation with others. A bar stocked with premium wines and spirits provides the finishing touch to an elegant onboard experience.
Unrivalled Experience on the Ground
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 provide seamless service, while expert local guides lend additional insight. A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® collects luggage from each room when you depart and ensures it is waiting at your 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 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. Balinese villagers lead a lavish torchlight celebration with entertainment, including the thrilling kecak fire dance. Celebrate an unforgettable journey over a private breakfast with Geoffrey Kent in Monaco.
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 Islands, Savannas & the Amazon (26 days, from $108,000 per person, double occupancy) go to http://www.abercrombiekent.com/privatejet, call 800 554 7094 to speak to a Travel Consultant.