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Reasons to Go

Why Insider Access Is the Secret to the Ultimate Private Family Journey

Reasons to Go

Why Insider Access Is the Secret to the Ultimate Private Family Journey

As Vice President of A&K Tailor Made and Private Travel, Stephanie Papaioannou has helped to create countless amazing private family journeys all around the world. The most important ingredient to making each unforgettably special? She says it’s all about insider access.

As told to Nina Kokotas Hahn, A&K Staff Writer | December 3, 2021

I think the most surprising thing about private Tailor Made family journeys we custom-create might just be the insider access experiences A&K is uniquely able to deliver. Whether it’s a special encounter with an inspiring local, an incredible adventure in the wilderness or an over-the-top dream come true, for us, insider access allows us to broaden horizons for kids of all ages and help create amazing family memories that last a lifetime. Here’s what insider access can look like on your private journey with A&K.


1 Africa Maasai Tribe Guest

Meetings with Legendary Storytellers

We believe in the power of authentic storytelling. Picture a campfire talk with a Navajo storyteller at the Grand Canyon, a shaman’s tale shared by a Nepalese alpine lake or sitting down with Maasai women in Kenya to learn the significance of beading. Even our expert local guides can invoke the glory and grandeur of ancient Rome as you stand before the great Colosseum.

2 Europe Italy Market Family

Taking Family Passions Next Level

In Buenos Aires and Spain, we’ve taken soccer fanatics into stadiums to see their favorite clubs at practice, and in Moscow, budding ballerinas on backstage tours at the world-famous Bolshoi Theater to see the dancers up close. In Paris, Milan and Vietnam, couture-loving teens go crazy for private visits at top design houses. So many families love to cook together, so we deliver a full-blown, hands-on culinary experience that may start with a visit to the local market with your chef and a scavenger hunt designed just for your family.

3 Africa AKP Bead Studio

Giving Back Together, Changing Lives Forever

Dream of showing your family how to make a difference? We can arrange for you to visit and take part in an inspiring project with A&K Philanthropy. Dedicated to positively impacting the local communities we explore, AKP offers a wealth of moving experiences with more than 40 projects across seven continents. Talk to us about paying a visit during your journey or even building an entire family trip around AKP and experiences that include Zambia’s Nakatindi Village bike shop and Sishemo bead studio, the Cambodia Clean Water Project and the Children of the Rainbow School in Peru.

4 Yellowstone Wolves

Getting Closer Than Ever to the Natural World

We won’t just tell your family about the famed wolves of Yellowstone National Park, we’ll arrange for you to see them alongside one of the park’s wolf biologists. We’ll also invite you off the beaten path for mountain hikes with an award-winning local guide and overnight stays at your own luxurious tented camp, complete with full beds. In Kenya, go beyond safari to experience conservation in action with private visits and special animal meetings at Africa’s foremost wildlife sanctuaries.

5 Wyoming Horseback Riding

Seeing Your Wildest Dreams Come True

If it’s far-fetched and seemingly impossible, we’d love to make it happen for you and your family. Dream big and imagine: turning a Wyoming family reunion into the Wild West with horseback rides, fly fishing, and custom cowboy hats and boots for all; meeting with Santa in Finland at his Joulukka hideaway and elf guides for surprise gifts along the way; having lunch with sumo wrestlers after time in the ring in full mawashis (costumes) in Osaka; and in New Zealand, taking over the entire Hobbiton village featured in The Lord of the Rings, complete with costumes and special effects.

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