New Limited-Edition Marco Polo Journeys from A&K Offer the Luxury of Access
Ten New Adventures for 2017: Papua New Guinea, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, India, The Philippines, Ethiopia and The Royal Portfolio in South Africa
August 03, 2016For those who have seen it all, there is no greater luxury than the undiscovered. Created to appeal to our most seasoned travellers, Abercrombie & Kent’s Marco Polo Journeys offer a fresh call to adventure in 2017 with ten new itineraries in exotic destinations and rich in unique insider access experiences. Intrepid travellers looking to blaze a trail are invited to discover the less-frequented corners of Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. For guests seeking a deeper dive, there are journeys offering a closer look at the world’s most inspiring architecture, wildlife, events and festivals.
“This is the largest portfolio of Marco Polo Journeys we have ever offered – 22 in all – featuring luxurious accommodations, remote destinations and insight into cultures unknown to most,” explains A&K President Phil Otterson. “Whether it’s getting your boots dirty in Ethiopia or dressing for dinner in one of Britain’s elegant country homes, these journeys deliver the luxury of access.”
Marco Polo Journeys are limited to no more than 18 guests. This small group size opens up a world of exclusive insider-access opportunities only possible for small groups, from private museum openings to visits with local people in their homes. A small group also means more one-on-one interaction with the Resident Tour Director®, who shares their beyond-the-guidebook understanding of daily life in the place they’ve lived for decades.
Below are A&K’s new Marco Polo Journeys for 2017, organized by theme to help travellers choose the adventure that best matches their interests.
Palaces & Estates: Explore exclusive palaces, estates and wineries by day, while staying in incredible properties at night.
NEW! South Africa: The Royal Portfolio Edition – Owner Liz Biden joins the inaugural March departure, sharing her design inspirations and the story behind each of these uniquely luxurious accommodations. Spot the “Big Five” on Thornybush Private Game Reserve. Forage for mussels in Hermanus with an executive chef. Savor a vertical tasting of South Africa’s premier Pinot Noirs and a private blending experience on a 300-year-old estate. Discover the Cape of Good Hope, summit Table Mountain by cable car, encounter African penguins at Boulders Beach and enjoy a private tour of Robben Island. Accommodations include Royal Malewane, La Residence, Birkenhead House, Saxon Hotel and The Silo, the newest gem overlooking Cape Town’s iconic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. 12 days from $13,495; two departures, Mar 19-30, Sep 22-Oct 3
NEW! Britain’s Great Stately Homes – Tour Alnwick Castle, a filming location of Downton Abbey and home to the Percy family for the past 700 years. Go behind the scenes on a private tour and be our guest at a cocktail reception at the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth House. Enjoy private access to Badminton House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. Learn about the challenges of modernization as you tour the Duke of Roxburghe’s estate at Floors Castle. 11 days from $12,495; two departures, Sept 4-14 and 11-21
NEW! The Royal Palaces of India –Celebrate the incomparable spectacle of Diwali, India’s joyous Festival of Lights, as fireworks and candles illuminate the streets of Jaipur. Unlock the secrets of historic Hyderabad, exploring its grand mosques, forts and bazaars with the help of local experts. Discover traces of India’s Victorian past at the elegant UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Terminus. Take a peek behind the scenes of a Bollywood production. Enjoy three nights in the iconic island hideaway of the Taj Lake Palace, embarking on a tranquil sunset cruise. 15 days from $12,495; one departure: Oct 8-22
Festivals & Events: Centered on local events and celebrations, experienced with VIP access.
NEW! Papua New Guinea & the Mount Hagen Sing Sing Festival – Experience the world-renowned Mount Hagen Cultural Show, a dazzling spectacle of tribal song, dance, pageantry and tradition. Take a three-night cruise on the Sepik River, past unspoiled villages and pristine rainforests. Relish intimate interactions with vibrant tribal cultures that have remained unchanged for centuries, from remote river villages along the Sepik, to the Huli Highlands and the Mount Hagen region. 14 days from $11,995; one departure, Aug 9-22
Wilderness Adventures: Explore the untamed wild — in premier A&K style.
NEW! India Wildlife Safari: Lions, Tigers & Leopards – Visit Gir National Park, the only remaining place on earth to see the Asiatic lion. Experience morning and afternoon game drives in Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks, home to rare exotic birds and the world’s largest concentration of elusive Bengal tigers. Begin and end your journey in two world-class cities — Mumbai and Delhi — experiencing the distinctly different cultures of southern and northern India.14 days from $8,995; four departures: Jan 14-27, Feb 4-17, Oct 10-23, Nov 4-17
Incredible Cultures: Whether visiting a familiar or lesser-known destination, go deep to experience it in ways few other travellers can.
NEW! Sri Lanka: Island of Temples & Trade Winds – Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sacred Temple of the Tooth and Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s first royal capital. Take a private helicopter over Sri Lanka’s lush landscapes. Embark on morning and afternoon game drives in Yala National Park, home to one of the world’s largest leopard populations. Savor a Chef’s Table experience at a world-renowned Colombo restaurant. Tour the home of the late Geoffrey Bawa, the “father of Asian architecture.” 12 days from $10,995; three departures: Mar 20-31, Oct 13-24, Nov 2-14
NEW! The Philippines: Islands of Paradise – Take a thrilling helicopter ride to General MacArthur’s historic island outpost of Corregidor. Marvel at the iconic Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Savor Filipino cuisine at a festive Chef’s Table. Embark on a jungle cruise down the Loboc River. Discover the traditions of an indigenous Filipino village at the Motag Living Museum. Relax on the world-renowned white sand beaches of Boracay. 12 days from $9,795; three departures, Feb 11-22, Mar 18-29, Nov 4-15
NEW! Ethiopia: Historic Route & Simien Mountains – Go behind the scenes to observe the actual 3.2-million-year-old Lucy skeleton, which confirmed Ethiopia as the cradle of civilization. Trace the glory of past empires among the ruins of palaces and monuments in Axum. Explore the vivid frescoes of Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches. Set out on a drive through Simien Mountains National Park in search of exotic wildlife. Roam the medieval castles and churches of Gondar, revealing the secrets of Africa’s Camelot. Cruise Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, and hike to breathtaking Blue Nile Falls. 11 days from $6,995; two departures: Feb 12-22, Oct 15-25
NEW! Peru, Bolivia & the Atacama: Across the Andes – Journey from the driest place on earth to the highest navigable lake in the world, as you explore remote regions of Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Stargaze in the Atacama Desert, one of the most breathtaking places to view the night sky. Learn about the indigenous and colonial past of La Paz, the world’s highest capital city. Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats, one of South America’s most secluded and stunning landscapes. Visit the legendary Uros Floating Islands in Lake Titicaca. 10 days from $10,295; two departures, May 19-28, Oct 20-29
River & Rail: Experience luxurious interludes onboard a stylish river cruiser or train, hearkening back to a more refined and leisurely era of travel.
NEW! Paris, Champagne & Alsace: Villages & Vineyards by Barge – Watch the idyllic scenery slip by as you cruise the Marne from Paris through the Champagne region aboard the intimate, six-cabin canal barge, ‘Panache.’ Craft your own perfume at the Fragonard Museum. Enjoy private tastings at wineries from Champagne to Alsace. Savor meals at Michelin-starred restaurants. 14 days from $13,995; one departure: Jun 8-21
Every Luxury from Start to Finish
All journeys feature exclusive, locally-inspired moments designed for A&K guests, such as the opportunity to Ride Like a Local and explore a charming neighborhood by rickshaw, or enjoy a Scenic Sundowner, a refreshing cocktail in an unforgettable location as the sun sets. Traveller’s Valet is an exclusive amenity for A&K guests, with complimentary laundry service at the midpoint of the journey. Private arrival and departure transfers are included, regardless of when guests arrive or depart, as are all gratuities, except for the Resident Tour Director, which is at guest discretion. A&K guests also appreciate Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from one hotel to the next, as well as complimentary Internet Access.
For details about Abercrombie & Kent’s 2017 Marco Polo Journeys, contact A&K at 800.554.7094, www.abercrombiekent.com or contact your travel professional.
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Pricing is per person, double occupancy
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