Make up for Lost Time on a Globe-Spanning Adventure That Only Abercrombie & Kent Could Orchestrate
NEW FOR 2021: Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet
October 30, 2020
Japan | Myanmar | Vietnam | Laos | The Maldives | Eritrea | Benin | Brazil | New Orleans
Travellers who have had to put their passport away for far too long will appreciate Abercrombie & Kent’s newest Private Jet journey, Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet (Oct 14-Nov 8, 2021). This one-of-a-kind adventure offers 48 privileged guests the opportunity to explore the far reaches of the world and discover lesser-known destinations such as Eritrea and Benin on one expertly planned itinerary featuring insider access only possible with A&K.
“In creating this Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet, I challenged myself to curate a routing that included destinations I’ve been fascinated with but haven’t had the opportunity to visit, such as Eritrea for its unique architecture; Benin, one of the epicenters of African Voodoo; and Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, a landscape of white sand dunes dotted with ponds of crystal-clear water,” explains Geoffrey Kent, Abercrombie & Kent founder. “This journey is not about checking places off a list – it’s about discovering new experiences in destinations that most travelers completely overlook and doing it in a way that never sacrifices comfort and style.”
Discover Kanazawa, “the other Japan”, known for its rich cultural offerings, alongside a renowned Japanologist; dine at Ketataisha Shrine, and trace the beginnings of samurai culture in the Shirakawago Valley. Explore remote villages along the Irrawaddy River, witnessing local life in an unspoiled setting seldom viewed by outsiders. Marvel at the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay, before exploring Hanoi’s history and hearing from veterans from both sides of the Vietnam War. Meet with artisans and specialists at a private exhibit of ethnic textiles at a former royal residence in Luang Prabang. Spend three days relaxing in the Maldives enjoying the activities on offer in these pristine islands. Discover the eclectic modernist and Art Deco architecture of Asmara, Eritrea, home to one of the finest Lombard-Romanesque-style churches outside Italy and the archaeological wonders of the ancient city of Kohaito. Cross the heart of the African continent en route to Benin to learn the secrets of African Vodoun (Voodoo) at an authentic private ceremony, then explore a village referred to as the “Venice of West Africa.” Take advantage of the many active opportunities to explore the white sand dunes and crystal clear waters of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil. Return to New Orleans with a final, festive Mardi Gras-style celebration.
Privileged Access & Personalized Experiences
To travel on an A&K Private Jet Journey is to join an inspiring adventure packed with insider access, fine dining and invitation-only cultural celebrations – each an authentic, unforgettable event beyond the reach of any other travel company. Sample local street food at festive neighborhood party in Hanoi arranged exclusively for A&K and hosted by a celebrity chef; explore Kenroku-en Garden accompanied by its chief landscape designer, followed by a private tea ceremony – the first ever in the garden; and learn the ways of African Vodoun at a private ceremony in Benin.
Personalize the journey with a choice of Design Your Day® activities, including active outdoor excursions, enriching cultural encounters and relaxing wellness experiences. In Hanoi, cycle around West Lake, meet traditional handicraft makers on an ethical artisan tour or visit a private art collection, hosted by the curator. In Brazil, explore Lençóis Maranhenses National Park by 4x4, boat or horseback; learn to kite-surf or paddle board; or simply relax on a pristine beach.
Leading the journey is one of A&K’s most experienced Tour Directors, who orchestrates the adventure from start to finish. On the ground, explore in smaller parties, each led by a Tour Manager assisted by expert local guides who share their personal stories and lend insights well beyond any guidebook. A professional photographer travels with the group throughout to document every remarkable moment.
Health & Safety
On A&K’s Private Jet journeys, guests travel in confidence knowing that A&K has enhanced health and safety protocols with a full-time physician accompanying guests throughout their entire journey, in the air and on the ground. A&K’s more than 55 offices around the world fully vet each on-the-ground partner and work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure they follow A&K’s exacting standards.
Accommodations reflect the distinctive character of each destination and offer authentic local hospitality. These include the classic luxury of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, as well as lesser-known gems reserved exclusively for A&K, such as Porto Preguiças Resort, the gateway to Brazil’s Barreirinhas region and Mitsuno-Midori Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn featuring its own private onsen, as well as the luxurious ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ an intimate all-balcony river cruiser on the Irrawaddy River.
Fine Dining & Entertainment
Meals are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day – they are a feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning historic backdrops. Dine in Kanazawa Castle, a privilege normally accorded only to heads of state. Enjoy cocktails and a private dinner at the picturesque Hanoi Opera House and end the journey with a festive, Mardi Gras-style farewell celebration in the heart of the French Quarter. There are also several opportunities to sample cuisine at local restaurants — with A&K picking up the check.
A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® service ensures luggage is waiting in guest rooms at each hotel. Guests may also take advantage of complimentary laundry service, Traveller’s Valet®, midway through the journey. Prior to departure, guests can save time with A&K’s White Glove Visa and Passport Handling, a concierge service that expedites visa and passport applications.
Luxury in the Air
Travelling by private jet makes it possible to experience far more than on a conventional itinerary -- with greater comfort and ease. Onboard A&K’s privately-chartered Boeing 757 are 50 custom-designed Italian leather seats that open to fully lie-flat beds 6.5' long (79” pitch), each equipped with a personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrest and lumbar support. A fully stocked, open bar features top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to first-class meal service with personalized espresso drinks. A best-in-class in-flight experience is guaranteed by a dedicated cabin crew with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:7. Amenities onboard include noise-cancelling headphones and curated entertainment selected to complement the itinerary.
Abercrombie & Kent was a private jet pioneer, introducing the first Royal Air Tour in 1989. Today it is one of the most experienced companies in the private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations all over the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for multi-generational families and private groups.
To learn more about Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet (26 days from $160,000 per person, double occupancy) or other A&K Private Jet Journeys, contact your travel professional, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/private-jet or call 800.554.7094 to speak to an A&K Travel Consultant.
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