Our Favorite Places for Breakfast in Bed

Mena House - Castro, Egypt

With A&K’s complimentary new amenity, Breakfast in Bed, you have the option to enjoy continental breakfast delivered to your hotel room on two select days of every 2018 Luxury Small Group Journey, and here are some of the best places we know for relaxing over coffee and pastries before starting a brand new day of exploration.

One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town

Take in majestic views of Table Mountain, framed by expansive glass doors opening onto your private balcony, from your Marina Table Mountain Room at this superb accommodation featured on South Africa & Victoria Falls.


Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Luxuriate in this five-star sanctuary perfectly placed between the cobblestone laneways of The Rocks and the ferry wharves of Circular Quay, enjoying a Premier Partial Harbour View Room for four nights on Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under.

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Antarctica: From a Kid’s Perspective

Antarctica, South Georgia the Falkland Islands
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Eileen Ogintz, family travel writer from takingthekids.com, joins us on our Family Antarctica departure this year. She is sharing the kids’ perspectives on what an A&K cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands is all about. Take a look at her day-by-day experience and why this is the perfect destination to inspire all ages.

 

On a Cruise to Antarctica – 34 Kids and a Whole Lot of Enthusiasm

December 21, 2016 –  By Eileen Ogintz

“Heaps of Albatross,” reports Thomas, 13, from Melbourne, Australia.

“Rockhopper penguins were jumping,” adds Marcos, 12, from Montclair, NJ.

“Two whale spouts,” declares Ryan, 13, San Diego, CA.

And it’s just the first day aboard ‘Le Boreal’ heading on two-week adventure cruise from Southern Argentina to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands and Antarctica. Even more amazing than the wildlife, perhaps, is that these Young Explorers, part of the group of 34 kids on board — a record number for this Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) — trip, are already such fast friends.

They hadn’t even met until this morning; by lunchtime, after a get-to-know-you game (TRUTH or LIE: “I’ve petted a cheetah!” “I’ve broken both wrists!” “I’ve been on the Great Wall of China!” “I have four cats!”) and a scavenger hunt around the ship organized by the two experienced Young Explorer leaders on board, Jeff Manker and Kristin Wornson, a gaggle of them had commandeered a table together for lunch and were chattering as if they ate lunch together everyday.

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December 22 – Who knew? A trip to the Fire Station in the Falkland Islands

December 23 – On the Southern Ocean, dissecting a squid is what you do

December 24 – Whales and Christmas Carole on the high Southern Seas

December 25 – Christmas morning on South Georgia Island – Tens of thousands of penguins

December 27 – Day two on South Georgia Island – A visit to the old Whaling Station

December 28 – Last day on South Georgia Island – Learning animal behavior

December 29 – Kids learn about sailing the most difficult waters on Earth aboard ‘Le Boreal’

December 30 – Watch for whales, seabirds and penguins on icebergs in the Antarctic

December 31 – Day one in Antarctica: Kids try a spin in the zodiacs

January 1 – Snow fun in the sun in Antarctica on New Year’s Eve!

January 2 – New Year’s Day to remember: On the ice and with the whales in Antarctica

January 3 – Memories for a lifetime: Kids on an expedition to the Antarctic

 

 

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Your Peruvian Pisco Primer

Bartender

No Peruvian adventure would be complete without a taste of the country’s distinctive national drink, pisco. Whether mixed in a cocktail or sipped neat like a fine Armagnac, nothing epitomizes Peru in a glass like this complex and unique spirit. A little knowledge goes a long way towards elevating your pisco experience, so let’s belly up to the bar and see what it’s all about. Continue Reading ›

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Explained: Africa’s Inspiring “Little Five”

African Tree

Finding all of the “Big Five” — leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion and rhinoceros — on an African safari can be challenging enough, but locating the continent’s “Little Five” takes a keener eye. John Niva, safari guide and Tour Manager for A&K’s Africa Private Jet journeys, weighs in on these smaller creatures and where to spot them.

Ant Lion1. Ant Lion

Not an ant and definitely not a lion, this insect is actually the larval stage of a flying insect. “It is one of the most ferocious larvae,” John says. “Woe to any ant that slides down into its funnel-shaped sand trap, where the ant lion lies with its pincers ready.” Once its prey falls in, the ant lion literally sucks its prey dry and discards the empty husk outside the hole. Continue Reading ›

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Track Wildlife Like the Pros on Your African Safari

Track Wildlife Like the Pros on Your African Safari

A&K’s expert safari guides spend years honing their wildlife-tracking skills. The good news is you can get a leg up with our handy diagram featuring some of the most common tracks you’ll encounter — whether of the massive white rhino, lightning-fast cheetah or lanky giraffe — during a luxury African safari.

Keep this guide at the ready and train your eyes — because fascinating encounters await at every turn. Continue Reading ›

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Coffee Around the World

Coffee Around the World

Coffee Around the WorldCoffee’s reputation as a pick-me-up, coupled with its important role in our social and culinary lives, has ensured its coveted status across continents and cultures through the ages. Today, coffee cultivation, production and enjoyment are a deeply engrained in many cultures.

Each region has its own distinct coffee type or traditions, and you can experience many firsthand in Turkey, Italy or throughout Europe, not to mention Africa and South America. Delve further to learn about these cups of joe in store.

In Turkey, It’s About Style

“Turkish coffee” is less about origin and more about the style of preparation, which involves grinding beans into a very fine powder and boiling them over moderate heat in a small brass pot called a cezve — usually with sugar and sometimes with cardamom. The coffee is ready when it rises, bubbles, all-but-overflows and the grounds settle. Sipping the result is an experience no A&K guest should miss. Continue Reading ›

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