Seattle | A Warm Welcome
Arrive in Seattle and transfer to your accommodations at the Edgewater Hotel, where you meet your tour leadership team and fellow guests over cocktails and dinner.
Japan | The Snow Monkey
Set off on your private jet for Tokyo, Japan (crossing the International Dateline en route), and arrive to an evening dinner of sushi and sake. Travel to Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in Nagano and take a pleasant walk through the park to meet the Japanese macaque, commonly known as the snow monkey. Enjoy a special talk conducted by the director of the national park before heading to lunch. Dine at your choice of one of A&K’s hand-picked restaurants in Tokyo.
Design Your Day with a guided exploration of Tokyo, taking in the Meiji Jingu and Asakusa Kannon Temple, and visit a sumo stable. Alternately, stroll through a Japanese garden and then sit down to a tea ceremony in a traditional tea house, or learn the art of Japanese calligraphy from a master artist. In the afternoon, relax and enjoy a spa treatment, compliments of A&K, or shop alongside a personal shopper. Tonight, attend a celebratory dinner hosted by expert geisha.
The Philippines | Tarsiers & Whale Sharks
Celebrate your arrival in Cebu, the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, during a beachfront Playa del Fuego cocktail reception and dinner. The next morning, set out via private helicopter for Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary at Corella for a chance to see one of the world’s smallest, and rarest, primates in its natural habitat. These shy creatures are difficult to keep in captivity and seeing them in person is a rare treat. Continue to the Chocolate Hills, a region famous for its undulating topography — here you have the opportunity to interact with local children as they perform traditional songs and dances. Enjoy a private recital by the renowned Loboc children’s choir.
Design Your Day the next day with your choice of activities. Swim with the majestic whale shark — the world’s largest fish, and despite its name, a placid and harmless creature — and observe this one-of-a-kind species up close; enjoy a leisurely 18 holes at a nearby golf course; or take your pick from the many activities offered by your resort. On your last evening here, take part in a local cultural feast featuring an array of traditional Filipino dishes and lively entertainment.
Malaysia | Honey Bears & Orangutans
Board your private jet this morning for your flight to exotic Borneo. Proceed to the hotel, and enjoy time at leisure before a celebratory evening that begins with a talk by one of the world’s foremost conservation activists, and concludes with a Malaysian food fair, featuring demonstrations from five of the unique ethnic groups that make Borneo their home. The next morning, set out on an excursion to the wildlife sanctuaries of Sepilok. Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center for a lecture followed by a stroll on the boardwalk in search of the sun bear, also known as the honey bear for its voracious appetite for honeycombs and honey. There are 44 rescued bears at the center, thriving within a natural environment while being prepared to re-enter the wild.
Continue to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, one of the best places to observe this critically endangered primate, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes opportunity to observe young orangutans as they are conditioned to return to the jungle. Return to your hotel to freshen up before tonight’s exclusive visit to the Agnes Keith House and dinner at the colonial-style English Tea House and Restaurant.
India | The Elusive Bengal Tiger
Arrive in Jaipur, India’s fabled “PinkCity,”where you are greeted with a traditional maharajah’s welcome. This evening, enjoy a village-themed dinner on the lawns of Rambagh Palace. The next day, drive to Ranthambore National Park, where you and your expert trackers search for the greatest of all the great cats, the Bengal tiger, so endangered that there are more specimens in captivity in the United States than remain in the wild. Spanning about 250 square miles, the forests of Ranthambore were once the private hunting grounds of the maharajahs of Jaipur, and their desire to preserve game in these forests is partially responsible for making Ranthambore the finest habitat in the world to see wild tigers.
Explore on morning and afternoon jungle drives, watching for these magnificent predators as well as the numerous other species that call the park home, including the wild boar, deer, antelope and sloth bear. Mughal ruins, palaces and tombs also dot the tree-clad hills. Gather for dinner in the Mango Orchard, an intimate natural space hung with lanterns and suffused with the scent of blossoming mango trees. Design Your Day the next day with a choice of a cultural encounter at a local village; a visit to historic Ranthambore Fort; a lesson in Indian cuisine; or a relaxing spa afternoon. Enjoy a farewell feast at a torchlit, open-air amphitheater.
Madagascar | Land of the Lemur
Your next stop is Madagascar, where life proceeds at a slower pace and hospitable Malagasies welcome you with serene smiles. Arrive on the island of Nosy Be — known as “the Perfumed Island” for the fragrant ylang-ylang that grows everywhere — and receive a festive local welcome. Take an excursion to the Nosy Antsoha Reserve for an encounter with Madagascar’s endemic primates, the lemurs. These curious creatures are a mesmerizing sight as they forage, play and interact with each other. Pause for refreshments on the beach, or, if you wish, take a dip in the crystal-clearwaters before heading to lunch. Sip cocktails and enjoy a festive dinner on the beach featuring an unforgettable seafood selection accompanied by local musicians.
Return to Nosy Be’s airport the next day and rejoin your private jet for the next stage of your wildlife adventure.
Rwanda | Gorillas & Golden Monkeys
Arrive at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport and continue to Musanze, your gateway to Volcanoes National Park, where you set out on your once-in-a lifetime chance to encounter the mountain gorillas of the Parc Nationale des Volcanes, part of a worldwide population of just 600 individuals. This is one of the world’s truly memorable experiences — a look into these magnificent creatures’ eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us. It also brings home the poignant fact that they are on the edge of extinction, and that your presence here contributes to their continued survival. Design Your Day with a choice of a cultural demonstration by the local Iby’iwacu people or a visit to a local market. Learn the ins and outs of gorilla conservation at a talk with a Gorilla Doctor.
Another Design Your Day opportunity offers a tempting array of choices: a trek to spot the jungle’s resident golden monkeys; a hike to Mount Bisoke; a visit to the research center established by Dian Fossey in 1967; or a massage at the camp compliments of A&K.
Kenya | The Big Five
Arrive in Nairobi and board your private charter flight to the Masai Mara, where a party of tribal dancers is on hand to welcome you when you touch down. Spend two days observing the amazing variety of wildlife that populates the Masai Mara, including the iconic Big Five: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and Cape buffalo. Explore on game drives, a guided bush walk and even an early-morning balloon safari complete with breakfast served in the bush. Retire to your luxurious lodge at the end of each day, reliving the day’s adventures over a gourmet dinner. You also have the opportunity to visit a Maasai village, where you meet the nomadic herders who have acted as stewards of this land for hundreds of years. A visit to a local school provides a glimpse of how A&K Philanthropy is working to make lives better in the Mara. Your last evening includes an informal talk from a wildlife conservation expert.
Boston, Massachusetts | A Fond Farewell
This evening, arrive in Boston and transfer to Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Bid farewell to your crew and fellow guests and then settle in for a relaxing evening in the heart of this historic city.
Today you are transferred to the airport to board your departure flight.