Family Adventures with All the Right Luxuries
New Itineraries, Foodie Experiences and $500 Savings for Children 17 and Under
September 29, 2017
For parents (and grandparents) who want to do more than just show their family the Eiffel Tower, luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent incorporates the thrill of discovery into 13 small-group Luxury Family Journeys for 2018. New itineraries in Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and London & Paris let families relax and experience the gift of travel together knowing that A&K has seamlessly orchestrated every detail.
“On these carefully-curated journeys, our local experts have found the most rewarding ways to stimulate curious young minds and foster a lifelong love for travel,” says Abercrombie & Kent President Keith Baron. “Each journey is filled with enriching activities, like a hands-on baking demonstration in a Parisian boulangerie or the excitement of meeting Maasai children at their school in Kenya. In Antarctica, a kids-only Zodiac boat tour with a marine biologist has inspired many young scientists.”
Each journey features exclusive, locally-inspired moments and unexpected amenities designed just for A&K guests, including new-for-2018 Family Foodie Experiences, which offer an authentic taste of local cuisine, often with a playful twist. Feast on hand-made Chinese dumplings in Xian or dunk churros in hot chocolate in Madrid. Kids can connect with nature, culture and local children on Family Discoveries like a scavenger hunt through a bustling market or a kids-only game of soccer with local schoolchildren. Guests of all ages will enjoy hands-on workshops with artists, learning a bit of the local language, and the chance to Ride Like a Local, by pedicab or on camel back. “Just because these journeys are designed with kids in mind, adults aren’t sacrificing any of the luxuries and service they have come to expect from Abercrombie & Kent,” explains Baron. By limiting group size to no more than 24 guests, A&K opens up a world of insider-access opportunities, including visits with locals in their own homes, crowd-free sightseeing with private museum openings, and the ability to stay at the best hotels, boutique lodges and ships, selecting only those that combine superior service and luxuries with family-friendly amenities such as connecting rooms, complimentary Internet access and swimming pools, where available.
In addition, 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 always included, as well as gratuities, except for the Resident Tour Director, which is at guest discretion. Parents also appreciate the convenience of Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from one hotel to the next.
On A&K’s Luxury Family Journeys, every detail from sightseeing to meals is arranged by local A&K experts, taking the stress out of planning -- and leaving only the anticipation of exciting family adventures.
NEW FOR 2018: Family Switzerland
Raft the Aare River to Bern, just as medieval traders once did. Ascend the Schilthorn (“James Bond Mountain”) for lunch at Piz Gloria, a restaurant 10,000 feet above sea level. In the pretty idyll of Emmental, home of the country’s famous Swiss cheese, visit a local cheese-making facility to learn the craft and enjoy lunch. Take a private lesson from a local expert in the fun Swiss art of alphorn-playing. Discover Switzerland’s sweetest culinary treasures during a chocolate-themed walking tour in Zurich. 8 days from $7,495 per person, double occupancy; children 17 and under save $500
NEW FOR 2018: Family London & Paris
Travellers of all ages will be thrilled with a high-speed boat ride on the Thames, a Channel Tunnel train from London to Paris and the views from the London Eye Ferris Wheel. Experience the historic Tower of London, as well as exclusive access to the Ceremony of the Keys. Visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and dress in costume. Step inside an authentic Parisian boulangerie for a lesson in the art of French baking. Join a local artist for a sketching lesson in storied Montmartre. 7 days from $7,995 per person, double occupancy; children 17 and under save $500
NEW FOR 2018: Family Spain
Marvel at the wonders of Spanish architecture, from Granada’s Alhambra to Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia. Experience amazing feats of horsemanship during an equestrian show in Jerez, followed by a tapas lunch (and sherry tasting for adults). Discover the art of flamenco in a private lesson. Go on a private tour of Segovia’s Alcázar. Set out on a fun treasure hunt amid the art at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Learn the fine art of Spanish paella and taste the results. 10 days from $7495 per person, double occupancy; children 17 and under save $500
NEW FOR 2018: Family Italy
In Rome, battle like a Roman gladiator in mock combat as part of an exciting training session. Learn to toss pizza with a local chef in Rome and craft Italian pasta in Bologna, the heartland of Italian cuisine. Visit the birthplace of the Ferrari and a racetrack where these Italian sports cars are tested. Visit the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence to gain insight into the diverse works of this local genius. 10 days from $7,995 per person, double occupancy; children 17 and under save $500.
SPECIAL SAVINGS FOR 2018: Family Galápagos
Cruise the Galápagos Islands for six nights aboard 'La Pinta,' an adventure yacht that blends stability, spaciousness and style. Explore alongside naturalist guides on twice-daily shore excursions - limited to 12 guests. Choose from activities including kayaking, snorkeling and light trekking. Relax before and after your cruise, enjoying a visit to a cacao plantation and a final night relaxing at a Galápagos beachfront hotel. 10 days from $8,995 per person, double occupancy (includes Early Booking Discount when booked by December 31, 2017).
Safety You Can Trust
A&K’s network of 52 local offices and long-established relationships provide peace of mind, along with 24/7 support should anything unexpected occur. A&K has resources at the ready, whether it’s a misplaced passport, lost glasses or a need for medical attention.
Join A&K this year on a family vacation that will be remembered for years to come. Go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/small-group-journeys/family-journeys, call 800 554 7094 to speak with a travel consultant or contact your travel professional.
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