Travel is Back for 2023 and So Are the Airport Headaches
Abercrombie & Kent Has the Answer for Avoiding a Repeat of Last Year. A multi-city European holiday that removes the airport pain points
May 15, 2023
With travel industry officials warning of record air passenger numbers this year, travel advisors looking to avoid a repeat of last summer’s chaos with delayed and cancelled regional flights have their eyes on the newest Abercrombie & Kent’s Wings Over the World journey, featuring privately chartered flights across Europe. Wings Over Europe’s Iconic Capitals (Oct 6-17, 2023) is the perfect way to avoid the dreaded “flightmare” of commercial airline travel and visit four of Europe’s most celebrated cities – London, Paris, Rome and Athens. This carefully curated itinerary includes iconic sites and experiences that reveal the character of each destination, along with exclusive accommodations at elegant hotels with limited availability. The royal treatment starts in London at the Household Cavalry Museum and the daily changing of the Mounted Guard, followed by fast-track entry and a Champagne toast atop the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Tour Paris in a charming Citroën 2CV automobile. Begin the day with an A&K-exclusive breakfast at the Jules Verne restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower and end it with cocktails in an iconic jazz club. Visit a family run organic winery to learn about Champagne production. In Rome, privately explore the Castel Sant’Angelo, once the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian and the Imperial family, and enter the secret passage that connects the castle with the Vatican, an A&K exclusive. Join a specialist guide on a food and wine adventure in Trastevere with its bustling local market and lively back streets lined with artisanal shops. Explore the Athenian Riviera on an electric trike excursion to the beach with time to relax under the Mediterranean sun.
“This is the next best thing to having your own private jet. Guests enjoy the benefits of private air, such as skipping long airport security lines, while on a carefully designed itinerary that makes the most of each day,” explains Stefanie Schmudde, A&K Vice President of Product Development and Operations. “A&K’s local offices across Europe have reserved accommodations at some of the region’s finest hotels, lined up extraordinarily knowledgeable local guides and arranged exclusive insider access experiences. We take our guests beyond-the-guidebook with unforgettable dining and cultural encounters orchestrated by local experts.”
LUXURIES THAT MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
Luxurious accommodations range from London’s historic Brown’s Hotel to a serene new hideaway in Paris at Le Grand Mazarin, the acclaimed Hotel de Russie in the heart of Rome and the Four Seasons Astir Palace in Athens. Savor local cuisine with a balance between planned group meals and mealtimes left unscheduled, as well as opportunities to dine a la carte. As with every Wings Over the World journey, there is a choice of Design Your Day® experiences, featuring at least three expertly curated activities, with one adventure planned with active guests in mind. In London, options include a visit to Windsor Castle, a Gin-Focused Walking Tour through old London, and a guided biking excursion to iconic sights like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Guests appreciate A&K exclusives on Wings programs that include Traveller’s Valet®, complimentary mid-journey laundry service, Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from hotel to hotel, and Breakfast in Bed, where guests may enjoy two leisurely mornings with continental breakfast served in the comfort of their hotel room. Private arrival and departure transfers are always included, regardless of date of arrival.
TAKE IT PRIVATE
With the pandemic in the rearview mirror, friends and extended families who were not able to get together to celebrate milestone events are increasingly looking to reconnect through travel. Any Wings Over the World journey can be chartered — the same destinations, hotels and sightseeing — or used as the inspiration for a completely customized itinerary. Recent examples:
- Wings Over the Mediterranean was chartered by four couples to celebrate their 60th birthdays
- Four couples marked the 40th anniversary of one couple and the birthday of another on Wings Over Alaska
- A family of 8 spent time in the Holy Land on Wings Over Israel, Jordon & Egypt with an extension
- Ten friends celebrated 60th birthdays on Wings Over East Africa with an extension to South Africa
For more information on Wings Over Europe’s Iconic Capitals (12 days from $47,995, limited to just 13 guests) or other Wings Over the World journeys, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/small-group-journeys/wings-over-the-world, call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant or contact your travel advisor.
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Pricing is per person, double occupancy
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