360˚ of Luxury from Abercrombie & Kent
Global Portfolio of 2013 Luxury Small Group Journeys
Celebrating 50 years of planning extraordinary travel experiences, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) is introducing a comprehensive luxury portfolio that establishes a new global standard for luxury travel, replacing regional destination brochures and redefining the luxury experience. A&K's 2013 Luxury Small Group Journeys showcases more than 40 inspiring itineraries, highlighting guest favorites, along with 6 newly-designed programs.
"We closely analyzed what was most important to our guests: the destinations with the greatest appeal, experiences that made a lasting impression and the most frequent wish list requests," explains Phil Otterson, president of Abercrombie & Kent USA. "We distilled these into expertly-curated itineraries for the most authentic and inspiring small group tours, with the comfort and service that only A&K consistently delivers worldwide."
Exclusive & Innovative: The A&K Travel Experience
Through its network of 50 local offices, Abercrombie & Kent has added new amenities to 2013 departures to further enhance the luxury travel experience:
- NEW: Travelling Bell Boy® – Guests simply leave their packed bags in their room when they depart in the morning and find them waiting in their room at the next hotel that evening. Previously only available in Europe, A&K is expanding this exclusive service to the rest of the globe.
- NEW: Staying Connected: Internet on the Road – Complimentary Internet service is now included in most destinations.
- NEW: Guaranteed Group Extensions – These are specially designed and priced to complement select journeys, with many departures guaranteed to operate.
Each A&K Luxury Small Group Journey includes the best rooms at the best hotel at every stop – whether a modern, five-star haven, a royal residence turned hotel or an authentic, eco-friendly wilderness camp. The small group size – with just 12-18 guests on land-based programs and 24 on Family Journeys and cruises – makes it possible to feature intimate, upscale lodgings and sites that are closed to larger groups.
According to Otterson, "We designed these travel itineraries to be the most luxurious way to experience a destination. Each features best-in-class accommodations and the new brochure includes photos and detailed descriptions of each hotel. A simplified Dates & Pricing chart makes it easy for travel agents to explain the difference between high and low season departures to their clients. And every trip is guaranteed to operate with a local A&K Tour Director from start to finish for a minimum of two guests."
NEW ITINERARIES FOR 2013
Zambia & Botswana Wildlife Safari
Travel through verdant Zambia and Botswana to view the abundant game from open, customized 4x4 vehicles, on foot or from motorized boats. Night game drives are a highlight of Botswana and Zambia Safaris. Stay in award-winning Sanctuary lodges, including a luxurious tree house. Gaze in wonder at the rainbows and thunderous water of Victoria Falls. Nine days from $5,995.
Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat
Compare and contrast the traditional and modern culture of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand's capital city, Bangkok. Relax on an overnight cruise through the studded limestone islands of Ha Long Bay. Explore Angkor Wat, away from the crowds, as you're led through a side entrance by your local guide, who was raised in a nearby village. Thirteen days from $5,995.
Myanmar's Burmese Heritage
Shrouded in mystery, Myanmar is beginning to awake to the 21st century. Experience the inspiring spirituality and old-world charm of a country largely untouched by modernity. Capture the stunning view of 2,000 stupas dotting Bagan's plains from a private hot air balloon. Cruise the Ayeyarwady River on board the luxurious 'Road to Mandalay.' Eleven days from $6,495.
Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya
Discover a rich mosaic of traditions, ethnic groups and languages in the remote valleys and mountain plateaus of the Himalaya. Explore incredible landscapes and temples that give the area the name, "the last Shangri-La," including Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), the oldest shrine in the world. Witness a debate among monks at Kopan Monastery, an age-old tradition. Hike or ride on horseback to the picturesque Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro. Embark on an elephant-back safari in Nepal's Bardia National Park. Thirteen days from $7,995.
Treasures of Croatia
Experience picturesque villages, ruggedly beautiful shorelines, pretty Adriatic islands and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the idyllic island of Hvar, known for its sunny days and medieval buildings. Savor Croatia's famous oysters and join a wine expert for a tasting of fine and rarely exported Croatian wines. Seven days from $4,595.
Arctic Cruise Adventure: Polar Bear Country
Explore the islands of the High Arctic and the Svalbard archipelago in Norway in search of polar bear. Travel with A&K's seasoned expedition team aboard the luxurious, all-balcony 'Le Boreal.' Observe the amazing flora that comes alive with unexpected color under July's midnight sun. Discover Greenland's Bronze Age villages, Inuit settlements and fishing enclaves, and search for local wildlife, ending your journey amidst the pastoral tranquility and stunning volcanoes in Iceland. Fifteen days from $11,995.FAMILY JOURNEYS
The 10 Family Journeys featured in A&K's Luxury Small Group Journeys were designed from the ground up with families in mind. They take place over holidays and school breaks and include mostly three-night stays to minimize packing and unpacking. Each luxury family vacation includes fun and age-appropriate activities such as scavenger hunts, cooking and craft lessons and wildlife encounters, and some feature a dedicated Children's Activity Coordinator.
TAKE THIS JOURNEY PRIVATE
"We often get requests from our guests to duplicate a group itinerary for their family or friends," adds Otterson. "This new portfolio highlights places where it is possible to 'Take This Journey Private' and enjoy the same seamless A&K service from arrival to departure as on our luxury small group journeys. We include expert local guides, private airport transfers on arrival and departure, deluxe accommodations and enriching sightseeing – often with access to places only available to A&K clients."
These touchpoints have made Abercrombie & Kent the choice of travel professionals year after year, voted "World's Leading Luxury Tour Operator" at the World Travel Awards, "Best Luxury Tour Operator" by Travel Weekly and Luxury Travel Advisor, "Best Worldwide Tour Operator" by Porthole, along with "Best Tour Operator Africa/Middle East" by readers of TravelAge West, Recommend and Agent@Home.
To discover a world of inspiring travel as only Abercrombie & Kent can deliver, go to www.abercrombiekent.com to view or download the 2013 Luxury Small Group Journeys brochure, or call 800 554 7094 to speak with a destination specialist.
Prices are per person, double occupancy
A video preview of the new brochure is available at youtu.be/ZPeSxZwR92w
About Abercrombie & Kent
Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K's custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while our 50 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique. Join the world of A&K by following us on Facebook and Twitter: @AKTravel_USA.