Local is the New Luxury: Connections Journeys Offer Unmatched Local Access and Incredible Value
New for 2014: A&K Adds New Destinations, Introduces European River CruisesFor an increasing number of travellers, the true luxury of travel is experiencing a new destination in a way only a local could know. Last year Abercrombie & Kent introduced Connections journeys to deliver authentic, intimate experiences in some of the world’s most intriguing places, combined with the service on which A&K has built its reputation -- all at an incomparable value. Interest has been so strong that A&K is adding 10 new programs to its 2014 Connections portfolio featuring 22 journeys, along with a brand-new line of European river cruises.
For 2014, A&K has limited the group size on all Connections departures to just 24 guests, making it possible to offer intimate upscale lodgings and access to sites that are closed to larger groups. Travellers can book with confidence knowing that every land-based Connections journey is now guaranteed to operate (with a minimum of only two guests) and will be led from start to finish by an A&K Tour Director who brings decades, if not a lifetime, of experience and insight into the destination. Like A&K’s award-winning Luxury Small Group Journeys and Private Journeys, Connections by Abercrombie & Kent are designed and backed by the experts at A&K’s 50 offices around the world.
Imagine browsing the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, accompanied by a local resident who introduces you to the city’s best baklava; chatting one on one with a monk over lunch in Myanmar; or learning about South Africa’s apartheid history as you walk through the prison where Nelson Mandela was held. These moments lie at the heart of Connections travel, and are the cornerstone of A&K’s new 2014 journeys.
“We are building on our successful inaugural season by increasing the number of destinations to 30 countries and guaranteeing every single one of the land-based departures will operate,” explains Abercrombie & Kent USA President Phil Otterson. “We’ve also limited the group size on all journeys, including our new European river cruises, to just 24 guests. Our goal is for guests to return home feeling as though they made a unique, authentic connection to each place they visited.”
A&K’s Local Connections reflect a distinctive aspect of the local culture and transform a traveller’s experience of a destination. Market Connections introduce guests to the markets where locals gather to shop, barter and socialize. Neighborhood Connections feature walking tours that immerse travellers in a specific locale, while Musical Connections feature private performances with local musicians. Sample the local flavors on a Culinary Connection, or discover traditional handicrafts with an Artisan Connection. Lastly, visits to sacred places and meetings with devout individuals offer the opportunity for a moving Spiritual Connection.
NEW CONNECTIONS JOURNEYS FOR 2014
Authentic, surprising and backed by peerless local expertise, Connections by Abercrombie & Kent takes guests beneath the surface of new destinations including Australia & New Zealand, Chile & Argentina, London & Paris, Scotland & Ireland, Turkey and more.
Russia: Treasures of the Tsars – Enjoy a talk by a Russian scholar on the country’s complex past and present. Take part in a re-creation of a traditional Russian wedding ceremony and be entertained by a folk group with authentic local songs and games. Ride the Moscow metro, famed for the splendor of its stations. Meet an expert on the Romanovs, to learn the fascinating history of Russia’s last ruling dynasty. Savor a hearty meal in a traditional Russian log house. Eight days from $4,695.
Myanmar: Untouched Lands & Golden Spirit – Visit a lacquerware workshop in Bagan. Explore a monastery to observe local traditions and learn about the spiritual beliefs of the Burmese. Enjoy a special sunset lighting ceremony of Shwedagon Pagoda. Meet school children and locals in the Pa-oh village of In Dein. 10 days from $4,945.
South Africa: Wildlife, Winelands and Cape Town – Embark on twice-daily game viewing activities in Karongwe and Ngala Game Reserves and enjoy a winetasting at South Africa’s oldest wine estate. Tour Robben Island with an expert local guide to learn about its history. Take in the view from Table Mountain, then visit the Boulders African penguin colony. Visit a children’s school and crèches (nurseries) in the Welverdiend community. 12 days from $6,495.
Tanzania: World of Wildlife – Explore the game-rich Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Africa’s Garden of Eden. Visit a Maasai village and learn about their traditional culture from an elder. Stay in classic safari lodges set in scenic landscapes. Privately tour Olduvai Gorge to see the excavation that revealed a 1.8 million year old man. Eight days from $3,450.
Scotland & Ireland: Stories and Legends – Visit Scotland’s smallest malt whisky distillery, meet its craftsmen and taste “the water of life.” Enjoy a rousing evening of dancing and bagpipe music. Spend an evening in the company of an authentic seancaithe (storyteller), a unique part of Irish culture. Learn about the heritage of the Gaelic-speaking Blanket Islands. 12 days from $5,995.
River Cruising: An Inspired Way to Experience Europe
Abercrombie & Kent’s new European River Cruise Journeys reveal the historic waterways of Europe from the comfort of the modern and stylish Amadeus fleet. Connections river cruise journeys include private sightseeing excursions led by a dedicated A&K Tour Director in a small group of 24 guests, in addition to pre- and post-cruise hotel nights including exclusive experiences and On Shore Connections, only available to A&K guests.
Discover a world of inspiring travel made possible only with Connections by Abercrombie & Kent. Call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant, go to www.ak-connections.com, or contact your travel professional to learn more.
Pricing is based on per person, double occupancy
About Abercrombie & Kent
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