Where to Go in 2021?
Escape Into Nature with Abercrombie & Kent
December 10, 2020
After months of lockdown, and a vaccine on the horizon, people are ready to think about where to go in 2021. But instead of focusing on “what’s new,” luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent reports that travellers are more interested in bucket-list experiences and outdoor adventures in remote destinations – especially places under threat from climate change or development.
“This pause has changed how people are thinking about their next holiday,” says A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. “There is an increasing desire to spend time outdoors, as well as a sense of urgency to visit places being impacted by climate change. Meanwhile, the travel industry has been working to rebuild consumer trust and confidence, with enhanced health and safety standards from air travel to hotels and restaurants. As a company, our commitment to one standard of quality means A&K’s partners meet stringent requirements, following the ‘Safe Travels’ protocols established by the World Travel & Tourism Council.”
Why Go: Rediscover the grandeur of America’s national parks – carved by rivers and glaciers and awash with waterfalls and rock formations – with each one offering something majestic and unique. But with some parks not fully reopened as well as differing regulations, travellers need a true local expert on their side to plan a safe and responsible journey.
How to Go: A&K, known for providing beyond-the-guidebook experiences in exotic, far-flung destinations, brings that same expertise to places closer to home with private Tailor Made USA journeys exploring the country’s must-see sites and the little-known gems. For those short on time but long on adventure, Tailor Made National Parks by Air visits five of the U.S.’s most iconic national parks (Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Arches, Grand Teton and Yellowstone) in nine adventure-filled days. Fly from one awe-inspiring destination to the next, on an active, outdoor itinerary tailored to guest interests. Create your own travel bubble, exploring with private local guides and enjoying five-star hospitality and uncrowded insider access along the way. Prices vary by group size and aircraft.
Why Go: The only social distancing you need to worry about in the Galapagos Islands is staying 6 feet from the animals; not always possible when they have no fear of humans. These enchanted islands are an ideal vacation spot for families, with colorful wildlife guaranteed to captivate children and parents alike, while temperate weather makes this a year-round destination.
How to Go: A&K founder Geoffrey Kent recommends exploring on a chartered yacht that is fully staffed and self-contained, much like a safari camp. Create your own travel bubble on Tailor Made Ecuador: Galapagos Cruise from a selection of private yachts and catamarans with space to relax, both indoors and out. Prices vary by group size and vessel.
SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS, ANTARCTICA
Why Go: On December 4, 2021, a rare total eclipse will occur in the middle of the Southern Ocean, with a path of totality that stretches through the rarely-visited South Orkney Islands. Typically only traversed by British and Argentine scientists, the archipelago comprises four main islands and offers breathtaking polar scenery. The next total eclipse in this part of the world isn’t until 2061, which makes this a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
How to Go: On Antarctica & the Total Solar Eclipse Cruise (Nov 28-Dec 12, 2021), A&K’s Luxury Expedition Cruise team has selected the ideal location for the ship to be positioned: in a very narrow track on the surface of the earth where the radiating “circle of light” is best seen -- weather, sea and ice conditions permitting -- which will allow for a remarkable viewing time of approximately one minute and 40 seconds. Experience this rare astronomical spectacle alongside experts including former astronaut Kathy Sullivan, the first person to ever travel to both space and the bottom of the ocean, as well as award-winning astronomer Massimo Tarenghi and rocket scientist David J. Crain. (15 days from $18,995 - was $22,495)
Why Go: The world’s greatest open-air museum, Egypt offers the kind of bucket-list experiences many travellers were dreaming of while sheltering at home. With construction of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, much of the tourism infrastructure surrounding the pyramids has been moved underground so the Giza Plateau has been returned to the desert, as seen in the new Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Death on the Nile, premiering December 18, 2020.
How to Go: On Egypt & the Nile explore the pyramids from the inside out. Gain private entry into the tomb of Seti I, one of the best-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Sail on a four-night Nile River cruise aboard award-winning ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’. Accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza (10 days from $7,595). Or customize a private Tailor Made journey to include special access to the Tomb of Wahtye, featured in the new Netflix documentary “Secrets of the Sakkara Tomb.”
Why Go: While the rescheduled Olympics may be reason enough to go to Tokyo in 2021, the new Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi will entice those looking for next-generation luxury. Located next to the Imperial Palace and its surrounding gardens, escape the bustle of the city with walks through this green oasis filled with moats, traditional gardens, museums and temples.
How to Go: Both Classic Japan (9 days from $11,695) and Signature Japan (9 days from $11,995 - was $15,995) feature this design-inspired hotel that evokes the delicacy of origami, symbolized by the billowing, three-dimensional fabric installation that greets visitors to as they enter the Spa. Choose between cherry blossom season, known locally as sakura, or the vivid red leaves of autumn.
Why Go: The rarely-transited Northeast Passage is a modern adventure, traversing largely uninhabited islands and regions like Franz Josef Land, the world’s northernmost archipelago -- only possible by special permit. Novaya Zemlya has a history of military activity dating back to the cold war. Wrangel Island is a biodiversity hot spot with the world’s largest walrus population, highest density of ancestral polar bear dens, hundreds of migrating bird species and over 400 identified plant species.
How to Go: Join A&K founder Geoffrey Kent on The Northeast Passage: Across the Russian Arctic with Geoffrey Kent (Aug 27-Sept 21, 2021), celebrating A&K’s 30 years of Luxury Expedition Cruising. In this vast wilderness, the captain and A&K Expedition Leader determine each day's activities based on ice, weather and sea conditions – and knowledge gained from decades of experience. Daily Zodiac cruises are piloted by experienced field naturalists who share insights into wildlife behavior while landing on remote beaches, leading hikes and viewing breaching whales or polar bears on ice floes. (26 days from $36,995 with Early Booking Discount - was $40,995)
Why Go: Safaris naturally lend themselves to social distancing with small boutique camps that offer private entrances and outdoor dining. Nestled amongst fever trees in the shadow of Mount Kenya, Sanctuary Tambarare, opening June 2021, delivers the perfect balance of adventure and serenity. With just 10 luxurious tents, Sanctuary Tambarare is a peaceful haven that looks out across the grassy plateau of the award-winning Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 90,000 acres of unspoilt African landscape, where the Big Five roam, including the last two northern white rhinos on earth.
How to Go: Experience Sanctuary Tambarare on A&K’s flagship safari, Kenya Safari in Style (8 days from $8,695), a Hemingway-style adventure with a modern flair. This adventure in the birthplace of A&K offers spectacularly diverse wildlife as well as a beading demonstration by a member of the Maasai people. The safari ends at the recently rebuilt Sanctuary Olonana, a spacious contemporary lodge with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Mara River.
Peace of Mind When Booking & Travelling
A&K has established enhanced health and safety protocols that meet or exceed the latest global standards recommended by the World Travel & Tourism Council “Safe Travels” program, as well as “TourCare” from the United States Tour Operators Association, Canadian Association of Tour Operators and the European Tourism Association.
A&K’s flexible booking policy allows cancellations for COVID-19 related reasons, with the ability to change or cancel up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason. Details on A&K’s Book with Confidence policy can be found here.
To book a 2021 adventure, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com, call 800 554 7094 to speak to a travel consultant or contact your travel professional.
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