8 Incredible Whales and Seals of Antarctica

8 Amazing Whales and Seals of Antarctica

The Incredible World Beneath You in Antarctica

Whether on land or beneath the waves, the wildlife in Antarctica is astounding in its variety. Meet some species of whales and seals you’re likely to encounter on your voyage.

Orca Whales

Orcas

Also known as killer whales, orcas are not really whales at all but the largest member of the dolphin family — and also its most powerful carnivore. Known for their intelligent, collaborative hunting efforts, pods of orcas can be seen swimming along Antarctic coasts in search of prey, each easily distinguished by its jet-black top and the wide, white patches behind its eyes. Continue Reading ›

Ten Reasons to Visit Antarctica Now

Ten Reasons to Visit Antarctica Now

Penguins, icebergs, a top-notch Expedition Team — there are countless reasons why an Antarctica voyage is a true trip of a lifetime. Here are ten of our favorites.

Penguins, Penguins, and more penguins

1. Penguins, penguins, and more penguins

The unofficial ambassadors of Antarctica, penguins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the small black-and-white Adélie to the orange-trimmed King, both found exclusively in the Antarctic region. Penguins have no innate fear of humans and visitors often find themselves approached by the curious birds.


Every picture is postcard-worthy

2. Every picture is postcard-worthy

If you have a passion for photographing wildlife and spectacular scenery, Antarctica is the place for you. You’ll see animals you won’t find anywhere else, along with landscapes like the Lemaire Channel, fondly known as “Kodak Alley” for the incredible photo opportunities it affords. All the while, an onboard Photo Coach is at hand to help you capture that perfect shot.


An ever-changing landscape of ice

3. An ever-changing landscape of ice

With its towering blue icebergs, Antarctica is like a vast, open-air museum of ever-changing sculptures, as awe-inspiring as any natural wonder on earth. Navigate among these floating giants on a nimble Zodiac boat, an expert pilot/guide providing insight. Continue Reading ›

Enchanting South America: a Photo Journal

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On an epic, five-month road trip with his family, which was recently featured in AFAR, new A&K Sales Director Javier Echecopar traveled over 16,000 miles in search of fascinating destinations and enriching encounters throughout Latin America. We’re excited to share his inspiring photos and firsthand recommendations, which are all-but-made for luxury Tailor Made private travel in South America. From the raw beauty of an isolated, glass-like Chalten lagoon to Machu Picchu travel and a leisurely float along the mighty Amazon, his breathtaking photos capture the sort of activities you, too, can incorporate into private adventure travel.

 

Video: Explore the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Discover the history of the fascinating Incas who inhabited this area in the 15th century, leaving behind spectacular architectural achievements. Walk through the well-preserved ruins and stay in the center of Machu Picchu, at the only hotel on site. Join A&K on an unforgettable Luxury Small Group Journey and explore the colorful traditions, impressive culture and delectable cuisine of Peru.

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Video: Explore Temples and Cultures of Southeast Asia

Get inspired with this glimpse of Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat, a revealing Luxury Small Group Journey from Abercrombie & Kent. Take in the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia: sailing magical Ha Long Bay, sharing a sunrise over Angkor Wat and exploring lively Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Experience the local culture with insider access to the traditions, cuisine, markets and temples that define this evocative corner of the world.

Follow along as we spend three days exploring the stunning ruins of ancient Angkor with an expert local guide, including visits to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Absorb the mysterious beauty of Ha Long Bay, studded with soaring limestone islands, on an overnight cruise. Delve into Vietnam’s recent history, descending into the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City. Experience the vibrancy and color of café culture in Hanoi and Saigon.

You’ll also glimpse the special brand of A&K magic that makes these experiences more than just a collection of destinations — the thoughtful touches that bring our discerning guests back year after year.

 

Flying the W Flag in Antarctica with A&K

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They say Cubs fans will travel anywhere to cheer on their team…even to the ends of the earth. We made sure of that by celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win by flying the W flag on a recent Luxury Expedition Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Two guests from Chicago, Hilary and Elias, even brought the Championship banner to share with some of the locals.

Cubs Fans in Antarctica

Discovering the Culture of Morocco

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On a recent luxury journey through Morocco, A&K staff writer Bennett Neuhauser found a culture in the midst of transition buoyed by a tradition of inner beauty.

From the crenellated ramparts of its iconic kasbahs to the pastel colors of its desert landscapes, Morocco outwardly plays to certain expectations – a Muslim country with Moorish architecture, an arid land where herds of sheep roam painted hills, Berber men sipping coffee in cafés, women walking on roadsides in scarves and djellabas – all overlaid with the enduring influences of mid-20th-century French rule.

Yet, Morocco is far more than it first appears. Presided over by a progressive king who has opened the door to major reforms, Morocco is a Western-friendly nation with one foot anchored comfortably in the past and the other striding confidently into the future.

One of the souks selling copper cook pots and utensils

The Medieval Medina of Fez

After a first morning spent touring Casablanca and its massive Hassan II mosque, we boarded our spacious, air-conditioned motor coach for the drive to Fez. The next day, our small group of 18 ventured into the souks of its famed medina, to experience a cornucopia of sights, sounds and smells. We walked along narrow, uneven alleyways, with daylight filtering down from above high gray walls, enjoying up-close looks at tables heaped with spices, dried fruits, fresh fish or silk and leather garments. They’ve been selling goods and working metal by hand in the medina since medieval times, and today’s generation works in the same stalls their ancestors once did. And everywhere, there are cats, scrounging, prowling and sleeping – the mascots of the medina.

Part of a university dating to medieval times.

Centers of Faith and Learning

Led by our Resident Tour Director Mohamed Zahidi and his team, we were allowed to enter the Karaouine, the oldest continually operating university in the world. Founded in 859, virtually every surface of its quiet inner courtyard is decorated with highly detailed, delicately carved geometric patterns. Prohibited by their faith to use representational art such as icons, statues and paintings, Muslims employ geometric patterns to evoke spiritual meaning. Entering this graceful place that seemed hidden in the medina was like lifting the veil on an ancient culture that once kept outsiders at arm’s length.
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