Abercrombie and Kent: Escorted Tours 2019-2020

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ESCORTED TOURS 2019/20


We enjoyed our

unique journey. It

was interesting and

educational – our

guide was truly

remarkable, so

knowledgeable

and insightful

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Dear traveller,

We’ve been perfecting the small group escorted tour experience ever since I founded

the company in 1962. A&K’s Escorted Tours for 2019/20 reflect everything we have

learned in the past five decades.

Limited to a maximum of 18 guests, our escorted tours are led by A&K’s resident tour

directors, and feature only the best in five-star luxury accommodation and experiences

beyond the scope of most other travel companies. Whether it’s an intimate visit with

locals in a remote Peruvian village or peeking inside the vaults of the Hermitage

Museum in St Petersburg, on an A&K Escorted Tour the offerings arranged by our

insider access are simply without peer.

There are two types of tours to choose from: Immersive Journeys, which include the

innovative Design your Day SM concept and no single supplement for solo travellers;

and Luxury Small Group Journeys, which feature the VIP Travelling Bellboy SM and

Traveller’s Valet SM services. In addition, our programme of award-winning Luxury

Expedition Cruises are led by a renowned, unparalleled team.

Each itinerary is designed by A&K’s travel experts in our myriad offices around

the world. These luxurious and authentic journeys will immerse you in your chosen

destination and allow you to experience life like a local at its most inspiring

and transformational.

No matter whether you choose a Luxury Small Group Journey African safari, an

Immersive Journey to Morocco or China, or a Luxury Expedition Cruise to one of

the Poles, we will make your travel dreams an unforgettable reality.

As always, I wish you happy travels…

Geoffrey Kent

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Abercrombie & Kent

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Letter from Geoffrey Kent......................................................... 3

Why travel with A&K................................................................ 6

Our people on the ground.........................................................8

Why an A&K Escorted Tour...................................................10

Immersive Journeys..................................................................12

Luxury Small Group Journeys................................................14

Luxury accommodation..........................................................16

Extend your journey and book your flights with A&K.......17

Transforming travel: A&K Philanthropy...............................18

Why choose an A&K safari.....................................................20

Deciding on your safari destination.......................................21

AFRICA

South Africa & Victoria Falls..................................................22

Botswana: Safari in Style.......................................................... 24

The Great Migration: Safari in Style....................................... 26

Kenya & Tanzania: Wildlife Safari......................................... 30

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route....32

A Naturalist’s Guide to Madagascar

with Charlie Gardner...............................................................36

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Egypt & the Nile.......................................................................38

Jordan: Petra & Beyond............................................................42

Splendours of Oman: City, Mountain & Desert...................46

The Delights of Morocco.........................................................50

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Splendours of the Golden Triangle........................................64

The Secrets of Southern India................................................. 68

The Spice Lands of Sri Lanka..................................................72

LATIN AMERICA

Peru’s Ancient Marvels.............................................................76

Galápagos Wildlife Adventure................................................80

Inside Tracks in Argentina & Brazil....................................... 84

Adventures in Chile..................................................................88

Patagonia: The Last Wilderness.............................................. 92

SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

The Wonders of China............................................................. 94

China & the Yangtze................................................................ 98

Journey through Japan: From Tokyo to Kyoto...................102

Classic Japan............................................................................106

Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat...................................108

Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat..........112

LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISES

Why visit the Arctic or Antarctica with A&K....................116

In the company of experts.....................................................120

Le Lyrial & Le Boreal..............................................................122

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands.............124

Arctic Cruise Adventure:

Norway, Greenland & Iceland..............................................126

EUROPE

Quintessential Sicily.................................................................54

The Treasures of Russia............................................................ 58

Scandinavia: Stockholm, Copenhagen & Oslo.....................62

FURTHER INFORMATION

Terms & conditions................................................................128

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WHY TRAVEL WITH A&K

With over 55 years of experience, more than 55 offices around the world,

and a renowned network of connections, only A&K’s Escorted Tours can take

you to the heart of a destination with the privilege of authentic, local access.

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TRUST & HERITAGE

From our first pioneering safari in Africa in 1962

– when Geoffrey Kent led his debut tour with little

more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the

best tents money could buy – we’ve been setting

the standard for adventurous, luxury escorted

tours. A lot has changed in the intervening years,

but we still want to take you down the road less

travelled, devising unique, meticulously planned

journeys into hard-to-reach wildernesses to

commune with authentic cultures.

Nearly six decades later, with Geoffrey Kent still at

the helm, we have grown into a family of over 2,500

travel specialists. These experts have turned their

passion for travel into a vocation. We are devoted

to making your holiday dreams an unforgettable

reality, and our long-standing networks allow us to

reveal local secrets beyond the reach of most.

When you travel with A&K, we don’t just take you

to the front of the line; we take you to the rooms

in the palace not typically open to visitors, on an

exclusive tour with the best historian in the region.

This kind of unfettered access to the authentic heart

and soul of a place – to the people and sites that are

set far beyond the reach of the average traveller – is

something we pride ourselves on delivering for

every journey we create, whether to the world’s

most iconic or off-the-beaten-track destinations.

It is unequivocally what sets A&K apart from

any competitor. And it has everything to do with

our extensive and long-established connections

throughout every locale in which we operate.

OUR PEOPLE

A&K works tirelessly to design adventures you

won’t be able to undertake with any other tour

provider, backed up by the most robust support

network, including over 55 offices in more than

30 countries around the world. Unlike other

operators, we recruit, train, and manage our own

full-time staff, orchestrating every aspect of your

journey with precision and flexibility, down to the

last detail. Whether it’s the seamless flow of an

A&K itinerary or the prompt attention paid to an

unexpected request, you can be sure that our global

family is the driving force making it happen.

Your well-being is always our highest priority.

Our network of local offices and long-established

relationships in every region in which we operate

allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of local

dynamics and events. Should an averse situation

arise, A&K has the resources at the ready to allow

you to seamlessly continue your journey.

CONFIDENCE

When you book with A&K you can do so with

complete confidence. We’re IATA accredited and

a member of ABTA. Additionally, if you choose to

allow us to arrange your flight, your holiday will be

financially protected as we’re proudly part of the

ATOL scheme.

AWARD-WINNING WINNER

A&K’s service and

reputation are tested every

day by the most discerning

critics: our clients. And

BEST LUXURY TOUR OPERATOR

time and again, we pass

with flying colours. Travellers who choose A&K

often write to tell us they’re now too spoilt to travel

with anyone else. They vote for us too – thanks

to those who have journeyed with us, we have

won distinctions that include ‘Best Tour Operator

2018’ in the Luxury Lifestyle Magazine Readers’

Travel Awards. In 2018, A&K was ‘Best Luxury

Tour Operator’ for the third time at the annual

News UK Travel Awards, voted for by the readers

of The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Sunday

Times Travel Magazine. Among our peers, we are

consistently recognised as the gold standard for

luxury travel, and have been awarded industry

accolades including ‘Best Small Luxury Tour

Operator 2016’ at The Telegraph ULTRA awards;

and in 2018, for the ninth consecutive year, A&K

was voted ‘Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator’

at the World Travel Awards.

SIGNATURE MOMENTS

Every journey brings discovery and delight. We

know that by travelling with us, you are searching

for momentous experiences – memories that will

last a lifetime. While all A&K Escorted Tours

clients are like-minded, we understand that

everyone is an individual and no two sets of needs

and desires are the same. While one person will

be wowed by views of the Taj Mahal at sunrise or

sunset, another traveller will be blown away by

sipping a sundowner by the Dead Sea. We celebrate

that uniqueness and individuality – whatever a

signature moment means to you, we guarantee that

on an A&K Escorted Tour, you will have it.

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OUR PEOPLE

ON THE GROUND

We are a truly global brand. We have more than 55 offices

around the world and there isn’t much ground our worldwide

family of 2,500 experts hasn’t trodden. Between them, they

have visited nearly every country on Earth. They have gone

off the beaten track all around the world, to help you find

authentic experiences in far-flung places.

OUR A&K OFFICES

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Melbourne, Australia (2)

Maun, Botswana

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Santiago, Chile

Beijing, China (2)

Hong Kong, China

Shanghai, China

Quito, Ecuador

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt

Aswan, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt (2)

Hurghada, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Agra, India

Bharatpur, India

Jaipur, India

New Delhi, India

Florence, Italy

Amman, Jordan

Mombasa, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Casablanca, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Bagan, Myanmar

Inle Lake, Myanmar

Mandalay, Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar

Auckland, New Zealand

Cusco, Peru

Lima, Peru

Moscow, Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

Kigali, Rwanda

Cape Town,

South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Madrid, Spain

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Zurich, Switzerland

Arusha, Tanzania

Bangkok, Thailand

Kampala, Uganda

Cheltenham, UK (2)

Harrods, UK

London, UK

Chicago, US (2)

Da Nang, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Lusaka, Zambia

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WHY AN A&K

ESCORTED TOUR

When it comes to choosing an A&K Escorted Tour, you can be sure it has

everything you need included – and that you’re not going to be unpleasantly

surprised at any stage of your trip. A&K’s approach to guided holidays

means that you have all the information you need as soon as you start

planning the tour of your dreams. We pride ourselves on inclusions that

make your trip as authentic as possible, while ensuring it’s also as special as

you want. Here’s everything that’s included on an A&K Escorted Tour...

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33OUR RESIDENT TOUR

DIRECTORS & GUIDES

Their expertise is unmatched and their

excitement is contagious. Not only have

they lived for decades, or even their entire

lives, in the places you visit, they are

year-round residents with the kind of insight

into local culture that can only come from being

permanently immersed in a destination. Small

wonder our guests rated them as ‘excellent’

more than 95 per cent of the time last year.

Overseeing your entire journey, they accompany

you every day, sharing a beyond-the-guidebook

understanding of daily life that stems from their

own genuine curiosity, and introducing you to

everything from temples in their most flattering

light to side-street cafés that serve up the local

delicacies you’ve been dying to try, made to

a centuries-old recipe. The result is a journey

that reveals the real spirit of a place, connecting

you to the people, places, and wildlife you’ll

encounter in a way you’ll never forget.

33GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

As long as we have at least two people booked on

an A&K Escorted Tour, it will take place. So you

don’t need to worry about a last-minute phone

call saying your holiday has to be cancelled. If

you’re committed to going, then so are we.

33SMALL GROUPS

This is how to travel in a group. We guarantee

that no tour will have more than 18 guests on

it, and we average about 14 on our trips. This

means you travel in a like-minded group at a

pace that suits you all. And that you will have

easy and personal access to your expert guides,

throughout the journey.*

*Please note there are some exceptions to the maximum

group size of 18; and in some instances on cruising days

during your itinerary, your group can be aboard a boat

with multiple A&K groups of 18. Refer to the group size

reference on each itinerary.

33FIVE-STAR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Enjoy the top level of accommodation

available throughout your trip. We make

certain that all our hotels are the best quality

and luxurious, ensuring you the holiday

you deserve. In some developing or remote

regions occasionally featured in our pioneering

and more adventurous itineraries, ‘five-star’

accommodation may not always exist. In these

rare instances, we choose the best quality and

most luxurious option available.

33AIRPORT MEET & GREET,

RETURN PRIVATE TRANSFERS

Be truly escorted on every step of your journey

with an airport meet and greet service on arrival

and return private transfers to and from your

first and last hotels.

33EXCURSIONS AS STATED,

ENTRANCE FEES, TAXES, & TIPS

Let us take the strain off your wallet while you

are away by making sure you won’t need to think

about the usual sundry costs of entrance fees,

taxes, and tips (excluding one for your resident

tour director, which is at your discretion).

These are all included in the price of the tour,

meaning you can focus on the experience, not

the expense.

33DOMESTIC FLIGHTS,

WHERE APPLICABLE

If in-country travel is necessary during your

A&K Escorted Tour, rest assured once again

that the cost is accounted for and you won’t

be asked for more.

33WELCOME &

FAREWELL DINNERS

Being part of an A&K Escorted Tour is more

than just a trip away. It’s a chance to meet other

travellers and enjoy the experience together. Our

welcome and farewell dinners provide the perfect

frame around your holiday – this is when your

memories will begin and then be cemented.

We also include most breakfasts in your stay, as

well as selected lunches and dinners throughout.

33WIFI IN ACCOMMODATION

If you really want to be online – checking emails

or sharing the memories you are making – wifi

in accommodation is included in your package,

wherever we can make it happen.

33SCENIC SUNDOWNERS

There’s always time for a sunset celebration of

your travel experience, so on selected days and

in the most idyllic locations, enjoy a beverage

with a view on us.

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

SELECT YOUR TOUR

Our guided tours come in two formats: Luxury Small

Group Journeys and Immersive Journeys. Read on

to find the one that’s right for you.

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IMMERSIVE JOURNEYS

The Immersive Journeys that A&K offers are ideally suited to travellers who like

the support of an escorted group, but with a little bit more freedom. Taking every

day at a more leisurely pace, these trips are truly immersive. They are in-depth and

informative, giving you the chance to understand the culture, history, or lifestyle you

have travelled to experience.

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Pick from three distinct

Design your Day SM themes

to help you easily identify

the option that suits you

These trips offer the same promises whether you are

travelling with family, with friends, or alone, as well

as all the features highlighted on pages 10 & 11.

33NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

Travelling solo? Book early and the first four

solo places won’t pay any single supplement.

The same journey, the same luxury, guaranteed

at the same price.

33DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

An innovative addition to the Immersive

Journey itinerary is A&K’s new Design your

Day SM concept. On these days you have the

freedom to pick an experience that is suited to

you and your interests. These are grouped into

three themes to help you choose the ideal way

to spend your day (see right).

ARTS & CULTURE

A chance to really understand what

makes each destination unique, and the

influences that framed its development

33LEISURELY PACE

Clients travelling on these trips enjoy enough

time at each location to take in all of its sights –

from the popular to the lesser known.

33FLEXIBILITY

Travelling at an unhurried rate also means

more downtime in your chosen destination.

Go with the slow and explore under your own

steam. Your resident tour director and guides

will be happy to make recommendations based

on your interests and tastes – from niche

museums and specialist stores to hidden city

cafés that the locals all love – for you to find in

your leisure time.

CULINARY DELIGHTS

Live like a local and learn how to make

favourite foods and signature dishes in

classes taught by local cooks and chefs

ACTIVE

Get the adrenalin pumping as you head

out on more physical adventures that

will enhance your escorted tour

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LUXURY SMALL

GROUP JOURNEYS

If you’re looking to fit as much as you can into your holiday, our Luxury

Small Group Journeys are just the ticket. Travelling at a faster pace than

our Immersive Journeys, you will be sure to experience all the facets of

a destination, while gaining an understanding of exactly how these piece

together, thanks to our expert guides.

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LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

Everything on these trips is designed to make life as easy as possible for you with several elements

you won’t want to miss out on, in addition to all the features highlighted on pages 10 & 11.

33VIP TRAVELLING BELLBOY SM

Make sure your travels are hassle-free as you are picked up from the airport, with your

baggage all handled for you by your own personal bellboy.

33TRAVELLER’S VALET SM

Don’t worry about packing extra clothes on this trip as you will receive a complimentary

laundry service at the midpoint of your journey, making sure you’re as fresh as the

experiences you’re having.

33UNIQUE & VARIED DINING EXPERIENCES

Enjoy breakfast in bed at A&K’s expense on selected days, and participate in a culinary

demonstration at the chef ’s table at specially chosen restaurants in your tour destinations.

33RIDE LIKE A LOCAL

Experience the real locale as you take to the streets by cyclo or tuk-tuk, just like the residents.

This is how to see the authentic towns and countryside, in a way that won’t harm the

environment but will bring you closer to nature.

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LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

FIVE-STAR TREATMENT

When luxury is what you’re looking for, there’s no reason to settle for second-best.

Our local experts choose the premier hotels in each location – often award-winning

properties, and always synonymous with five-star style. In some developing or remote

regions occasionally featured in our pioneering and more adventurous itineraries,

five-star accommodation may not always exist. In these rare instances, we choose the

best quality and most luxurious option available.

ONE-OF-A-KIND LOCATIONS

When considering a hotel, our specialists look at more than just the rooms.

Wherever possible, we arrange for stays close to the destinations you dream of seeing,

in the region’s best properties. Luxuriate at the ITC Mughal in Agra for easy access

to the Taj Mahal; or stay at The Victoria Falls Hotel to see the smoke that rises

from Mosi-oa-Tunya.

INTIMATE BOUTIQUE CAMPS & LODGES

As a home base on secluded and extraordinary wilderness adventures, our journeys

feature luxurious boutique camps and lodges available only to smaller groups,

and always with an incredible front-row seat to wildlife displays, often just outside

your door.

STYLISH SHIPS

Our commitment to luxury doesn’t stop at the water’s edge: when it comes to polar,

ocean, and river cruising with A&K, step aboard knowing you’ll experience the same

comfort, service, and style you would on land, all while discovering the joys of life on

the water.

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EXTEND YOUR

JOURNEY

Discover a region in greater detail with a tailor-made extension, added to the start or

end of your escorted tour. Speak to your A&K travel specialist about your desires and

needs, and they will be happy to create a bespoke, compatible addition to your tour.

Some non-group extensions are highlighted throughout on the Immersive Journeys

pages – for example, you could top and tail Peru’s Ancient Marvels with a Chiclayo and

Trujillo pre-tour extension and post-trip Amazon cruise.

Alternatively, some of our Luxury Small Group Journeys feature small-group

extensions, all led by local experts. Lengthen your well-deserved holiday with a

harmonious addition. Come back down to Earth in style when you enjoy a safari in

Tanzania after the Climbing Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route tour. Or

visit Reykjavík in Iceland after experiencing the Arctic Cruise Adventure. Look out for

the pre- and post-tour extensions flagged throughout this brochure. The prices of all

extensions featured in this brochure are per person and based on two sharing.

BOOK YOUR

FLIGHTS WITH A&K

Flights are not included in the price of our escorted tours – we believe this works to

your advantage, allowing you to travel when and how you wish. Thanks to our extensive

experience in air travel and well-established, excellent relationships with partner airlines,

A&K travel specialists and dedicated ‘air team’ know when and how to book the very

best flights for you – at ideal times, with the amenities you desire, and at the best price.

Contact your A&K travel specialist to allow us to go to work finding you the ideal flight.

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TRANSFORMING TRAVEL:

FROM ADVENTURE TO ADVANTAGE

The travel industry is evolving. Greater equity

and sustainability from tourism is becoming

a key element of every holiday. Ensuring that

the local community benefits from the tourist

economy is vital to the majority of our A&K

Escorted Tours’ clients.

From its inception in 1982, Abercrombie &

Kent Philanthropy (AKP) has been dedicated

to positively impacting lives and livelihoods in

the communities to which our guests travel.

From Africa to Asia, Latin America to

the Antarctic, we are working with partner

communities on 41 education, healthcare,

conservation, and enterprise development

projects, across 20 countries and with eight

full-time A&K Philanthropy co-ordinators –

a philanthropic commitment unequalled by

our peers.

We are committed to ensuring guests learn

about our philanthropic investments as an

integral part of their travel experience. For

many of our clients, their ‘wow’ Signature

Moment comes courtesy of A&K Philanthropy

projects – the dedicated co-ordinators at

work on these projects, and the face-to-face

interactions with communities reveal genuine

local perspectives. From meeting the rangers

protecting rhino in Botswana to witnessing

the impact of clean water from AKP-dug

wells in Cambodia, guests learn how these

communities are tackling big challenges and

achieving inspirational triumphs.

AKP is committed to operating with

integrity, accountability, and openness. We are

proud to have received a gold-level GuideStar

‘Seal of Transparency’.

OUR FOUR MAIN MISSION OBJECTIVES ARE:

Education

Providing a supportive learning environment, we are committed to enabling

children and young adults to fulfil their potential with many diverse opportunities.

Conservation

Partnering with communities living on the edge of wilderness areas, we support

strategies to maintain a balance between endangered species, fragile ecosystems,

and economic opportunity.

Health

We actively support the water, sanitation, and other health-related needs of

residents within our partner communities, ensuring greater well-being for all.

Enterprise

Training our partner communities in self-support and income-generating activities,

we help drive the growth of economic opportunity and deliver other innovations to

positively impact local livelihoods.

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AKP in action

Look for the AKP logo on our itinerary pages – it indicates an opportunity to visit an

A&K Philanthropy project on your Immersive Journey or Luxury Small Group Journey.

DEEPALAYA SCHOOL

Splendours of the

Golden Triangle

CAMBODIA CLEAN

WATER PROJECT

Images of Indochina

& Angkor Wat

ENKERERI PRIMARY

SCHOOL

The Great Migration:

Safari in Style

CHILDREN OF THE

RAINBOW SCHOOL

Peru’s Ancient Marvels

NAKATINDI COMMUNITY

& SCHOOL

Botswana: Safari in Style

AKP PROJECT

SPOTLIGHT

Cambodia Clean

Water Project

Travel to rural Cambodia on

Images of Indochina & Angkor

Wat and meet a family who has

benefited from the installation

of a well. Witness first-hand the

impact that clean water has on

their lives, including improved

prosperity from irrigated fields.

We experienced

positive energy at

every moment

Aileen S remembers her visit to

Children of the Rainbow School

during her A&K tour in Peru

For more information on AKP projects around

the world, visit akphilanthropy.org

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WHY CHOOSE

AN A&K SAFARI

The original and still the best: while others seek to emulate A&K’s safari experience, ours remain

unparalleled. So what makes us the world’s best safari company, year after year?

MORE THAN 55 YEARS OF

ON-THE-GROUND EXPERIENCE

A&K was born in Kenya in 1962, when Geoffrey Kent

invented the modern luxury African safari. More than

five decades later, A&K is still setting the standard for an

African journey like no other, delivering meticulously

planned tours into hard-to-reach wildernesses to meet

authentic cultures. Where other safari companies

subcontract their services from a continent away, we live

and work every day in the very same areas you visit.

A PEERLESS LOCAL PRESENCE

Our long-standing connections – and 12 offices in

sub-Saharan Africa – allow us to offer the most desirable

room categories, the best game-viewing locations for

lodges and camps, and unmatched service at every stage

of your journey.

SIMPLY THE BEST SAFARI GUIDES

A&K’s safari guides are handpicked for their expertise in

Africa’s culture, flora, and wildlife. In Kenya, every A&K

guide has attained a minimum of bronze-level certification

from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association –

that’s more than any other tour operator.

CUSTOM SAFARI VEHICLES

WE DESIGN, BUILD, & OWN

While other safari providers rent or lease their vehicles,

A&K owns and maintains a custom fleet – the finest in

East Africa. These conveyances have been built to our

specifications, with high front and side windows providing

great views; air conditioning in most vehicles (a blessing

on hot afternoons in the bush); a refrigerator filled with

chilled water; and even wifi access (for posting Big Five

sightings straight to Instagram).

ONLY THE FINEST SAFARI

CAMPS & LODGES

Retreat daily to your own veranda-fronted tent or restful

lodge to enjoy an unexpected haven of five-star comfort

in the heart of Africa. From Sanctuary Ngorongoro

Crater Camp in Tanzania and Sanctuary Chief ’s Camp

in Botswana, to Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

and renowned Gibb’s Farm, our safaris feature luxurious

accommodation positioned away from the crowds, and

near an abundance of wildlife and scenic views.

EXCELLENCE RECOGNISED BY

TRAVELLERS & TRAVEL PROS

A&K’s African safaris have won acclaim from guests

and travel professionals alike. At the World Travel Awards

in 2018, we have been chosen as ‘Africa’s Leading Luxury

Tour Operator’ for the ninth consecutive year; and across

the pond in the US, we have been named ‘Best Tour

Operator in Africa’ for 12 years running by the readers

of Travel Weekly – accolades the global family is justifiably

proud of. In Africa and throughout the world, A&K sets

the standard.

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DECIDING ON

YOUR DESTINATION

As you try to pick the A&K safari journey which best suits your travel interests,

it helps to understand how the safari experience differs between East Africa

and Southern Africa.

EAST AFRICA:

CLASSIC APPEAL

East Africa (including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) is the definition of classic safari country. Home

to the vast Serengeti and Masai Mara as well as the teeming Ngorongoro Crater, East Africa has formed

the backdrop for legendary safari expeditions since the days of Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen,

and served as the birthplace of A&K.

In northern Tanzania, the seemingly endless horizon yields to Mount Kilimanjaro – the tallest

mountain in Africa, at over 5,895 metres. Conquer it with surety – A&K enjoys the highest summit

rate of any operator in Africa.

Wildlife viewing throughout Kenya and Tanzania is reliably spectacular. The famed Big Five – lion,

leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo – are sighted here on a regular basis, along with hundreds of

other species, ranging from wildebeest and zebra to antelope and giraffe. And up-close encounters with

mountain gorilla are available, on an extension with A&K that takes you trekking through Uganda.

East Africa’s wide-open grasslands also bear witness to the Great Migration, when millions of

wildebeest, zebra, antelope and other herd animals make their annual trek in search of water and fresh

grazing land, stalked by predators every step of the way. One of nature’s most incredible spectacles, the

Great Migration vividly illustrates the timeless circle of life in the wild.

SOUTHERN AFRICA:

DYNAMIC & DIVERSE

Southern Africa, an area encompassing Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa,

offers varying topography. From the forests of Botswana to incomparable Victoria Falls, which borders

both Zambia and Zimbabwe, and from the stark, stunning sand dunes of the Namib Desert to the

bushveld of South Africa’s private reserves, variety abounds.

Southern African wildlife is similarly varied, with the iconic big cats – lion, leopard, and cheetah

– always on the prowl. In Botswana, the lush Okavango Delta draws a profusion of species, including

hippo, giraffe, crocodile, rhino, and baboon, which A&K clients encounter in private game reserves.

The nation of South Africa offers exceptional safari experiences, first-rate culinary and cultural

opportunities, ranging from tastings at award-winning wineries in the ruggedly beautiful Cape

Winelands, to visits to historical sites and the majestic Table Mountain in the country’s cosmopolitan

‘Mother City’, Cape Town.

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South Africa &

Victoria Falls

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

9 days/8 nights | From £8,055 per person | Maximum 18 guests

This eclectic itinerary offers nine days of pure delight. Visit Cape Town’s most intriguing

attractions, tour mighty Victoria Falls, and experience the wildlife wonders of Kruger

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Experience South Africa’s

treasures, from Cape Town

to Kruger National Park

››

See Table Mountain,

the Cape of Good Hope,

and a penguin colony

››

Enjoy game drives, bush

walks, and wildlife lectures

while on safari

››

Cruise the Zambezi River

at sunset with a scenic

sundowner cocktail

››

Visit the natural wonder of

Victoria Falls on a private

walking tour

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches

& 6 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowners

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Day 3

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on Day 5

Cape

Town

Victoria Falls

Johannesburg

Winelands

DAY 1: Arrive Cape Town,

South Africa

Land in Cape Town, a beautiful harbour

city where old and new converge in history,

architecture, cultural pursuits, and its people.

Warmed by the African sun, the city is

dominated by the towering, flat-topped Table

Mountain, set on a peninsula of rocky heights

and lush valleys. An A&K representative

transfers you to your luxurious hotel.

One&Only Cape Town

ZAMBIA

Livingstone

Hwange

National

Park

SOUTH AFRICA

ZIMBABWE

DAY 2: Cape Town

Wind your way to Table Mountain; ascend

to its sky-high plateau by cable car (weather

permitting) for dazzling views of city and

sea. Next, see Groote Kerk, City Hall on the

Grand Parade, and other notable buildings.

Continue past the pentagonal Castle of Good

Hope, originally built by the Dutch East India

Company. When available, stop at Streetwires,

where locals craft unique wire and bead art.

Next, visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical

Garden alongside a private local guide

before tonight’s welcome dinner. A resident

chef or sommelier guides you through a

contemporary feast.

One&Only Cape Town | Meals: B L D

Kruger

National Park

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

DAY 3: Cape Town

Head to Cape Point, the mountainous

promontory at the south-western tip of the

continent. Pass by the ‘bikini beaches’ at

the base of the towering Twelve Apostles

mountains, bucolic Hout Bay’s bustling fishing

harbour, and over the famous Chapman’s

Peak Drive. Explore Cape Peninsula and

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve in search

of bontebok, chacma baboon, and endemic

plant species. Ride the Flying Dutchman, the

funicular at blustery Cape Point, and, from

July to November, watch for southern right

whale. At Boulders Beach, see endangered

African penguin; accustomed to humans, they

provide endless photo opportunities. Spend

the remainder of your day as you wish.

One&Only Cape Town | Meals: B L

DAY 4: Greater Kruger Area

Fly to either the Lion Sands River Lodge in

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, set among the

ancient trees on the banks of the Sabie River;

or MalaMala Main Camp in the private

MalaMala Game Reserve, on the lush banks

of the Sand River. Both of these wildlife-rich

properties boast private reserves which border

Kruger National Park. Once you’re settled into

your elegant accommodation, set off in search

of the Big Five and other wildlife.

Lion Sands River Lodge/MalaMala Main Camp |

Meals: B L D

DAYS 5 & 6: Greater Kruger Area

Spend two days immersed in your private

game reserve. Embark on game drives in

open safari vehicles and take morning game

walks with your ranger. This region is one of

the finest in Africa for abundant wildlife. As

you explore, learn about the flora and fauna,

and acquire some basic tracking skills. Also

today, participate in a chef ’s table culinary

experience, preparing a traditional South

African dish. At dusk, stop for a sundowner,

and then search for nocturnal animals before

returning to your lodge for dinner.

Lion Sands River Lodge/MalaMala Main Camp |

Meals: B L D

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AFRICA

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

SOUTHERN AFRICA

JANUARY:

9, 20, 31 £8,055 £2,225

FEBRUARY:

8, 18 £8,055 £2,225

MARCH:

3, 5, 18 £8,055 £2,225

APRIL:

4, 19 £8,055 £2,225

MAY:

11, 22, 25, 31 £8,055 £2,225

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

DAY 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then

transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls,

Zimbabwe. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon

at leisure, anticipating tomorrow’s visit to the

falls once called Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘The Smoke

That Thunders’).

The Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Victoria Falls

Take a guided walking tour of breathtaking

Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest

natural wonders, and explore the surrounding

rainforest. See rainbows and clouds of spray

as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plummets

into the Lower Zambezi. Afterwards, you may

opt to shop at the stalls of artisans at a local

market. At sunset, cruise the Zambezi, viewing

hippo and elephant at the shore, while sipping

a cocktail for a delightfully relaxing scenic

sundowner. Gather together tonight for a

farewell dinner.

The Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: B D

DAY 9: Depart Johannesburg,

South Africa

Fly to Johannesburg, where you can access the

Premier Lounge, before departing for home.

Meals: B

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

JUNE:

11, 23 £8,055 £2,225

JULY:

5, 18, 26 £8,055 £2,225

AUGUST:

9, 14, 16, 25 £8,055 £2,225

SEPTEMBER:

1, 17, 19, 29 £8,055 £2,225

OCTOBER:

11, 15, 25, 30 £8,055 £2,225

NOVEMBER:

15, 29 £8,055 £2,225

DECEMBER:

12 £8,055 £2,225

JOURNEY DETAILS

Please note that Table Mountain closes annually

mid-July to mid-August. Alternate touring will

be provided for affected departures. On certain

departures, you will stay on Days 4-6 at MalaMala

Main Camp rather than Lion Sands River Lodge, or in

alternative (equivalent) accommodation on Days 1-3

and/or Days 7 & 8. Please speak to your specialist for

more information.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Winelands pre-tour extension –

three days from £2,150pp

Available on the following departures:

8 & 18 Feb; 11 & 25 May; 5 & 18 Jul;

9, 16 & 25 Aug; 1 & 29 Sep.

Hwange post-tour extension –

four days from £2,335pp

Available on the following departures:

8 & 18 Feb; 11 & 31 May; 23 Jun; 5 & 18 Jul;

9, 16 & 25 Aug; 1 & 29 Sep.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

One&Only Cape Town

Condé Nast Traveller Gold List

hotel with Table Mountain views

Lion Sands River Lodge

Luxurious lodge with incredible vistas

overlooking the Sabie River

MalaMala Main Camp

Luxury tents set on one of South

Africa’s oldest private game reserves

The Victoria Falls Hotel

Historic colonial-style hotel just a

10-minute walk from Victoria Falls

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Botswana:

Safari in Style

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

10 days/9 nights | From £7,650 per person | Maximum 16 guests

From the scenic to the sublime, this safari adventure offers a huge range of experiences.

Traverse this great safari destination and its landscapes as you seek out the Big Five

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Get tips on capturing the

best Big Five images

during a private lecture

with a professional

photographer

››

Glide through the

Okavango Delta in a

mokoro (dugout canoe)

››

Take a private tour of

Victoria Falls, experiencing

them from both the Zambia

and Zimbabwe sides

››

Coast along the Zambezi

River on a sunset cruise

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director

& English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches

& 9 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed on Day 2

33

Limited laundry service

available at all camps & lodges

ZAMBIA

Livingstone

ZIMBABWE

Chobe National Park

Victoria

Okavango Delta Falls

Maun

NAMIBIA

Cape Town

BOTSWANA

SOUTH AFRICA

DAY 1: Arrive Johannesburg,

South Africa

Land in Johannesburg and transfer to your

hotel. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet welcome

dinner prepared with locally sourced

ingredients. A professional photographer

joins you to offer tips for the days ahead.

Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa | Meals: D

DAY 2: Livingstone, Zambia

Fly to Livingstone, Zambia, where you’re met

by your A&K resident tour director. Continue

to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, and settle into

your luxury treehouse built into the riverside

canopy. At twilight, cruise the Zambezi River,

sipping a scenic sundowner and gazing out

across a verdant and teeming vista set against

the boundless African sky.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Livingstone

Begin with a guided tour of Victoria

Falls from the Zambian side. Plummeting 108

metres, the thick mist inspired the native name

Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘The Smoke That Thunders’).

See the mighty Zambezi River cascade over

a two-kilometre-wide basalt lip. Afterwards,

you can peruse local crafts, including excellent

wood carvings, on a pleasant market visit.

Gain insight into local daily life with a trip

to a school and clinic supported by A&K

Philanthropy in Nakatindi Village. Return to

camp for a cocktail and a chef ’s table tasting of

traditional Zambian fare.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D

Johannesburg

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

DAY 4: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe -

Chobe National Park, Botswana

This morning, see these awe-inspiring falls

from the Zimbabwean side. Afterwards,

visit an artists’ village, where you can meet

local artisans and observe them at work.

Enjoy lunch in the town of Victoria Falls

before continuing to Chobe National Park

in Botswana. Here your scenic lodge offers

panoramic views across the islands and

floodplains of the Chobe River. Set out on

an afternoon game drive – 120,000 elephant

live in the park, as well as impala, buffalo,

and you may also spot lion.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Chobe National Park

Head out on a sunrise game drive, when

animals are most active. You might even

glimpse a leopard returning from a hunt.

Later, embark on a Chobe River safari cruise

aboard a double-decker boat. Look out for

crocodile and hippo, as well as elephant that

come down to drink and play in the water. The

park’s beautiful wetlands also lure a wealth

of birdlife, with 460 species that either live

here or migrate through, including raptors,

vultures, and waterfowl. When you return to

the lodge, revel in the comforts of your luxury

accommodation and enjoy a freshly made meal.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D

DAYS 6 & 7: Okavango Delta

Fly to the vast private concession in the

Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in

the world. The afternoon is yours to enjoy

at leisure with a choice of game-viewing

activities, such as a seasonal mokoro

(dugout canoe) ride on the delta or a night

game-viewing drive. The next morning,

continue with your choice of activities. Set

off on a thrilling, guided game drive in a

customised 4x4 vehicle or a bush walk in the

company of an armed, expert guide, on the

lookout for giraffe, hippo, and lion.

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp/Belmond Khwai River

Lodge | Meals: B L D

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YOUR LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

AFRICA

Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa

Condé Nast Traveller Gold List

hotel spread across 1.6 hectares

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

A dozen romantic, air-conditioned

treehouses, set in a riverine forest

BOTSWANA

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

15 incredibly luxurious cottages

and a fully equipped spa

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Classic camp with 10 tents

on a large private concession

DAY 8: Okavango Delta

Fly across the Okavango Delta to your next

amazing camp, from where you will enjoy

game drives in Moremi Game Reserve.

Widely acknowledged as the ‘predator capital

of the world’, this area is one of Botswana’s

best places for spotting the Big Five. Hunters

include cheetah, spotted hyena and, at the

very top of the food chain, large resident lion

prides. White and black rhino are also found

here. This afternoon, enjoy game-viewing

activities led by experienced driver-guides or

observe the wildlife from your private deck.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp/Belmond Eagle Island

Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Okavango Delta

Depart on another spectacular early morning

game drive. Beyond predators, the Okavango

Delta draws large concentrations of elephant,

buffalo, red lechwe, giraffe, and impala. Enjoy

a seasonal mokoro ride across deceptively

quiet marshlands alive with crocodile, bathing

hippo, tiny red reed frog, and many bird

species. If you opt for an afternoon game

drive, listen for roaring lion on the hunt or spy

nocturnal animals starting out for the night.

After a full day of wildlife-watching, return to

your camp to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp/Belmond Eagle Island

Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 10: Depart Johannesburg,

South Africa

Fly from Botswana to South Africa, from

where you’ll depart for home. Relax in the

Premier Lounge at Johannesburg airport,

compliments of A&K.

Meals: B

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Stunning riverside setting and easy

access to Moremi Game Reserve

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Award-winning camp with luxurious bush

pavilions and exceptional amenities

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Remote safari retreat located

on a private island

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Cape Town post-tour extension

– four days from £1,920pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

7 £7,650 £1,150

FEBRUARY:

8 £7,650 £1,150

MARCH:

5, 14 £7,650 £1,150

APRIL:

9

16

22

£8,420

£8,035

£9,190

£1,535

£1,535

£2,150

MAY:

2, 8, 17, 21, 31 £9,190 £2,150

JUNE:

9, 13, 19, 21 £11,110 £3,840

JULY:

1, 7, 12, 24, 31 £12,265 £4,610

AUGUST:

7, 9, 18, 29 £12,265 £4,610

SEPTEMBER:

5, 16, 22, 30 £11,495 £4,075

OCTOBER:

11, 13, 19, 22 £11,110 £3,840

NOVEMBER:

4 £8,805 £2,150

DECEMBER:

18 £12,265 £4,610

JOURNEY DETAILS

On the following departure dates, the hotel on

Days 6 & 7 will be changed from the Sanctuary

Stanley’s Camp to the Belmond Khwai River

Lodge; and the hotel on Days 8 & 9 will be changed

from the Sanctuary Chief’s Camp to the Belmond

Eagle Island Lodge: 14 Mar; 22 Apr; 17 & 31 May;

21 Jun; 12 Jul; 9 Aug; 11, 13 & 19 Oct; 4 Nov 2019.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

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The Great Migration:

Safari in Style

14 days/13 nights | From £12,525 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Perfect for all wildlife-lovers, this quintessential safari follows the Great Migration

from the vast Serengeti to the famed Masai Mara, visiting the Ngorongoro Crater

and other game-viewing hot spots en route

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Experience the Great

Migration in the Serengeti

or the Masai Mara

››

Observe Africa’s iconic

Big Five with A&K’s expert

driver-guides in our own

custom-made vehicles

››

Enjoy a private tour of

Olduvai Gorge

››

Visit a vibrant Tanzanian

village, and explore by

tuk-tuk

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

13 breakfasts, 12 lunches

& 12 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowners

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Limited laundry service

available at camps & lodges

Serengeti

National Park

To Entebbe,

KENYA

Uganda

Masai Mara

Migori Game Reserve

Tarime

Nairobi

Ngorongoro

Crater

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Land in Nairobi and transfer to the luxurious

Fairmont The Norfolk. Perhaps Kenya’s most

famous hotel, The Norfolk is in the heart of

Nairobi, welcoming generations of safari-goers

since it first opened on Christmas Day, 1904.

Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

DAY 2: Amboseli National Park

Today, drive to Amboseli National Park

at the base of the soaring, snow-capped

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding

mountain in the world at 5,895 metres. Set out

in search of the region’s spectacular wildlife –

African savanna elephant, leopard, cheetah,

and hosts of plains game – all roaming freely

amid swamps, springs, and a shimmering

dried-up lakebed. This evening, gather with

fellow guests for a welcome dinner celebrating

the start of an unforgettable safari adventure.

Tawi Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Amboseli National Park

Spend a full day exploring wildlife-rich

Amboseli National Park, watching for lion

and buffalo. Enjoy a morning on safari

before breaking for lunch. This afternoon,

make another game drive, capped off with

a refreshing sundowner.

Tawi Lodge | Meals: B L D

Tarangire

National Park

TANZANIA

Arusha

Amboseli

National

Park

From

Victoria Falls

via Livingstone

DAY 4: Tarangire National Park,

Tanzania

Drive to the Tanzanian border, stopping for

lunch in Arusha. From here, fly to Tarangire

National Park and settle into your luxurious

accommodation. Sanctuary Swala’s large tents

are built on raised decks under umbrella

acacia trees overlooking the Gurusi flood

plains. Expanses of wooded savanna are

nurtured by the Tarangire River. Resident

herds of impala often graze inside the camp,

while excursions through the dusty landscape

may be populated by abundant big game, such

as lion, elephant, and buffalo, as well as a range

of bird species.

Sanctuary Swala | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Tarangire National Park

Embark on morning and afternoon game

drives, seated six to a vehicle to allow

window seats for all. Observe the stunning

concentration of herd animals here, such as

elephant, zebra, and impala. You may opt for

a night safari, available at an additional fee,

to spy nocturnal creatures. With specialised

lighting, look for African wildcat, leopard,

hyena, and lion. You may also see bushbaby,

spotted genet, serval, and bat-eared fox.

During your stay, partake of a chef ’s table

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AFRICA

KENYA & TANZANIA

experience and learn to prepare local dishes

such as ugali, makande, and kachumbari.

Sanctuary Swala | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater

Learn how Africans live today, exploring in

and around the village of Mto wa Mbu, as you

Ride like a Local by tuk-tuk, a major form of

transport here. See rice fields and a banana

plantation, and try banana beer at a bar. In the

village, enjoy a walk through the local market

to see the colourful produce on display. After

lunch in the village, head to Ngorongoro

Crater. Arrive at your restful luxury lodge,

set near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area,

for a tranquil evening and overnight stay.

Gibb’s Farm/The Manor at Ngorongoro |

Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Set out on a full-day game drive in

Ngorongoro Crater. Explore the panoramic,

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short-grass prairies along the floor of this

ancient caldera, home to rare black rhino as

well as lion, hyena, and gazelle. The diverse

wildlife dwelling within the encircling crater

walls led this incredible ‘lost world’ to be

recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This afternoon, visit a Maasai village and meet

with an elder to learn about local culture and

traditions, and witness a traditional beadwork

crafting demonstration.

Gibb’s Farm/The Manor at Ngorongoro |

Meals: B L D

DAYS 8-10: Serengeti National Park

Drive to Serengeti National Park, pausing for

a privately guided visit to archaeologically rich

Olduvai Gorge. As you continue, prepare to

witness one of Earth’s most incredible wildlife

spectacles – the Great Migration. Every year,

millions of herbivores traverse the Serengeti

plains in search of water and fresh grass, with

hungry predators awaiting them. Over the

next two days, take morning and afternoon

game drives to observe the phenomenon.

You can also opt for a hot-air balloon ride,

at an additional cost, for an exciting new

perspective on the wildlife.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti/Lemala Kuria

Hills | Meals: B L D

DAY 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve,

Kenya

Fly to the Masai Mara, the northern extension

of the Serengeti. Settle into Sanctuary

Olonana, and take an afternoon game drive.

Follow the Mara River to see crocodile, hippo,

and other thirsty animals. Over 500 bird

species make their home here. Your riverside

accommodation, recently rebuilt, is one of

the finest safari lodges in Kenya. As well as a

great range of on-site amenities, your private

veranda offers magnificent views of the Mara

River. Tonight, join fellow guests for a scenic

sundowner, followed by an elegant dinner.

Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D

DAYS 12 & 13: Masai Mara Game

Reserve

Spend two full days exploring the open

savanna, woodlands, and tree-fringed rivers of

the Masai Mara. Look out for unique sights

such as leopard stalking along acacia branches

overhead, or elephant shielding calves from

opportunistic predators. Watch as Maasai

tribesmen wander the plains or herd goats and

cattle. You can opt for a hot-air balloon ride

over the prime game-viewing country at an

additional cost. Visit a village and Enkereri

Primary School supported by A&K

Philanthropy, and learn how AKP’s e-reader

programme is improving literacy rates here.

Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D

DAY 14: Depart Nairobi

Fly back to Nairobi and spend the afternoon

at leisure in a comfortable dayroom. In the

evening, transfer to the airport or begin a

post-tour extension to Uganda.

Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

9, 23 £12,525 £2,995

FEBRUARY:

6, 20 £12,525 £2,995

MARCH:

6 £12,525 £2,995

JUNE:

5, 12, 19 £13,295 £3,460

JULY:

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 £13,295 £3,460

AUGUST:

7, 14, 21, 28 £13,295 £3,460

SEPTEMBER:

4, 11, 18, 25 £13,295 £3,460

OCTOBER:

2, 9 £13,065 £3,075

DECEMBER:

17 £14,065 £3,840

JOURNEY DETAILS

On the following departure dates, the hotel on Days

6 & 7 will be changed from Gibb’s Farm to The Manor

at Ngorongoro: 6 Feb & 6 Mar. On the following

departure date, the hotel on Days 8-10 will be

changed from Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

to Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge. This will involve a direct

flight from Manyara to Serengeti without a visit to

Olduvai Gorge: 19 Jun.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Victoria Falls pre-tour extension

– four days from £3,310pp

Available on the following departures:

9 Jan; 20 Feb; 5 & 19 Jun; 17 Jul;

7, 21 & 28 Aug; 11 Sep.

Uganda post-tour extension –

four days from £3,930pp

Available on the following departures: 6 Feb;

5 & 19 Jun; 17 Jul; 14 & 28 Aug; 11 Sep; 9 Oct.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

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YOUR LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

A starting point for safaris since 1904,

located within central Nairobi

Tawi Lodge

13 cottages facing Mount Kilimanjaro,

set on a private reserve

Sanctuary Swala

12 elegant pavilions by a waterhole, with

panoramic views of Tanzania’s grasslands

Gibb’s Farm

17 cottages surrounded by gardens and a

coffee plantation near Ngorongoro Crater

The Manor at Ngorongoro

Enjoy exceptional hospitality within

this expansive coffee estate

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Elegant lodge situated on plains

blessed with prolific wildlife

Lemala Kuria Hills

This lodge offers tremendous

game-viewing and relaxation facilities

Sanctuary Olonana

Superb luxury lodge on the Masai Mara,

14 spacious suites with private decks

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Kenya & Tanzania:

Wildlife Safari

12 days/11 nights | From £7,375 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Get fully focused on the fauna of Kenya and Tanzania on this 12-day safari.

Spot wildlife in the best national parks and game reserves, and experience

African hospitality at its finest

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Embark on daily game

drives with expert driverguides

in custom-built

safari vehicles

››

Visit a Maasai village to

learn about the nomadic

herders’ traditions

››

Prepare and sample local

dishes during a chef’s

table experience

››

Explore Olduvai Gorge,

where fossils linking man

to his distant ancestors

were first discovered

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches

& 10 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowners

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed, on Days 5 & 9

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on Day 5

DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel.

A microcosm of the African continent, this

capital city is your gateway to a dramatic

procession of natural spectacles in Kenya

and Tanzania, among the most thrilling

destinations in the world.

Nairobi Serena Hotel

KENYA

Masai Mara

Game Reserve

Migori

Tarime

Nairobi

Serengeti

National Park

Ngorongoro

Crater

Arusha

Lake Manyara

National Park

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

TANZANIA

Amboseli

National Park

DAY 2: Amboseli National Park

Drive to Amboseli National Park, known

for its thriving big-game population. Take in

views of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro,

with its impressive Uhuru Peak soaring to

5,895 metres. Arrive at your lodge, set beneath

acacia trees in the shadow of the mountain.

After lunch, explore the acacia woodland,

freshwater swamps, scrub brush, and open

plains in search of wildlife. Part of the park

is composed of a dried-up lakebed, where

mirages rise in the shimmering heat. This

evening, share in a special welcome dinner

with your fellow guests.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Amboseli National Park

Spend the day on early morning and afternoon

game drives, crisscrossing the landscape in

search of elephant, zebra, and wildebeest

along the saltpan trails. Prepare for predator

sightings, as opportunistic animals begin to

roam these plains in search of prey.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D

INDIAN

OCEAN

DAY 4: Lake Manyara National Park,

Tanzania

Travel by road to the border of Tanzania.

After stopping for lunch in Arusha, continue

to the village of Mto wa Mbu, where you

Ride like a Local on a tuk-tuk, passing rice

fields and native villages. Afterwards, browse

the colourful stalls of the village market, as

merchants display rice and bananas. Your

lodge is located in a picturesque region of the

Great Rift Valley. On arrival, settle in, freshen

up, and relax before gathering with fellow

guests for a hearty dinner.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Set out on a morning game drive in search of

baboon, dik-dik, and large herds of buffalo,

wildebeest, and zebra. Along a narrow belt

of acacia woodland, you may even spot the

region’s unique tree-climbing lion, which

ascends branches for a cool breeze. After a

farm-fresh lunch, travel to the Ngorongoro

Crater, the largest unbroken ancient caldera

in the world and a likely place to find lion,

elephant, hyena, and gazelle. This afternoon,

prepare and sample local dishes in a chef ’s

table demonstration in the hotel kitchen.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater

Wake to explore this ‘lost world’ of animals;

its savannas are an ideal spot to see buffalo

and elephant. Bird lovers can view flamingo,

when in season, and countless other species

on the crater’s 259-square-kilometre floor.

You may even see the rare black rhino.

Following a picnic lunch, visit a Maasai village

to gain a better understanding of the nomadic

cattle-herders’ daily life and culture. Witness

a demonstration of traditional crafts.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Serengeti National Park

Drive to vast, wildlife-rich Serengeti National

Park, stopping en route for a privately guided

tour of Olduvai Gorge, where ancient fossils

offer insight into humankind’s past. Pass

savanna grassland and volcanic hills, before

dropping steeply downward into the gorge.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

AFRICA

DATES & PRICING

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Oasis of serenity set within

the vibrant city of Nairobi

KENYA & TANZANIA

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

Visit the small museum and examine the

excavations which revealed 3.7 million-yearold

footprints and a 1.8 million-year-old skull.

Your nearby lodge enjoys commanding views

of this landscape. The park is also on the route

of the annual Great Migration.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Serengeti National Park

Spend your day in true safari country,

searching for the Big Five (lion, leopard, Cape

buffalo, elephant, and rhino), along with

giraffe, gazelle, and zebra. Along the rivers,

plains, and rocky outcroppings, you may also

spot some of the Serengeti’s more diminutive

denizens, such as the leopard tortoise and

rhinoceros beetle.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Masai Mara Game

Reserve, Kenya

Fly to the vast Masai Mara Game Reserve,

Kenya’s finest wildlife spectacle. The unending

landscape hosts some 400-500 bird species, 95

animal species and all of the great predators,

including the country’s largest lion population.

The Mara lies within the territory of the

Maasai, who help administer the park and

protect it from poachers. After familiarising

yourself with your accommodation, ideally

situated at the confluence of the Mara’s four

game-viewing regions, take a drive through

the famed reserve.

Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D

DAYS 10 & 11: Masai Mara Game

Reserve

Spend two days exploring a region bestowed

with nearly 1,300 square kilometres of

savannas, woodlands, and tree-fringed rivers.

Observe crocodile basking in the sun, everalert

hippo wallowing in muddy water, and

mischievous monkey racing overhead. Spot

massive elephant and graceful giraffe. One

evening, enjoy a scenic sundowner experience

overlooking the plains at dusk. Optional

JANUARY:

8, 22, 29 £8,840 £1,150

FEBRUARY:

5, 12,19

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JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes some long walks.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

experiences include a hot-air balloon ride

over the plains (at an additional cost) and a

visit to a local school. On your final evening,

attend a farewell dinner with fellow guests.

Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D

£8,840

£8,300

£1,150

£1,075

MARCH:

5, 12 £8,300 £1,075

MAY:

21 £7, 375 £690

JUNE:

18 £9,530 £1,305

JULY:

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 £9,530 £1,305

AUGUST:

6, 13, 20, 27 £9,530 £1,305

SEPTEMBER:

3, 10, 17, 24 £9,530 £1,305

OCTOBER:

8, 15 £9,530 £1,305

NOVEMBER:

5 £8,840 £1,150

DECEMBER:

3

23

£8,840

£10,375

£1,150

£1,305

DAY 12: Depart Nairobi

Return to Nairobi. Spend the afternoon at

leisure in a reserved dayroom before you

depart for home.

Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Secluded safari lodge with

Masai-inspired guest rooms

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Drink in panoramic views

of the Great Rift Valley

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Comfortable lodge on the

very rim of Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Stylish, well-located lodge offering

commanding views of the Serengeti

Mara Intrepids

Authentic safari tents in the heart

of Kenya’s game-viewing country

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Climbing Kilimanjaro:

Summiting the Machame Route

9 days/8 nights | From £5,690 per person | Maximum 12 guests

This itinerary follows the scenic Machame Route to the summit, allowing extra time

to acclimatise to the altitude. Ideal for amateurs and experienced mountaineers alike,

enjoy unrivalled equipment and certified guides

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

A&K has been leading

treks up Kilimanjaro for

over 30 years and boasts

a successful summit rate

of 97 per cent

››

Superior, top-of-the-line

camping gear and safety

equipment, owned and

maintained by A&K

››

Chefs, porters and guides

are directly employed,

and all guides are

certified Wilderness

First Responders

››

Stay in the largest and

most comfortable sleeping

tents on the mountain, with

private toilet facilities

››

Carry only a daypack, as

porters transport your

luggage and equipment

throughout the climb

and descent

INCLUSIONS

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome dinner & farewell

lunch

33

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches

& 7 dinners

3,990m

Shira Camp

3,850m

DAY 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Land in Arusha and transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy a good night’s rest as one of only 12

guests on this epic journey.

Lake Duluti Lodge

MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Barafu Camp

4,680m

Karanga Camp

Mweka Camp

Machame Camp 3,100m

2,835m

DAY 2: Arusha

In preparation for the climb ahead, acclimatise

as you walk through Arusha National

Park. Situated between the peaks of Mount

Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, this scenic

park houses a wide range of habitats, from its

string of crater lakes populated by waterfowl

to its montane forest and imposing summit

views. The forest harbours a wealth of wildlife,

including frolicking black-and-white colobus

monkey and regal bushbuck. This evening, sit

down to a welcome dinner with fellow guests.

Lake Duluti Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Mount Kilimanjaro

Drive from Arusha to the Machame village

on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to begin

your climb along the challenging and scenic

Machame Route. Hike for about six hours

through dense rubber tree and giant fig

forests to reach your camp, set up near huts

once used for shelter. As you make your way

up through the forested terrain, keep an eye

out for elephant. Settle into your first camp,

poised at an altitude of 2,835 metres.

Machame Camp | Meals: B L D

Barranco Camp

3,900m

Uhuru Peak

5,895m

DAY 4: Mount Kilimanjaro

Awake early to a piping-hot cup of coffee

or tea. As you leave camp, absorb the

commanding view of Uhuru Peak. Trek out

of the forest up to the Hagenia zone, through

a savanna of tall grasses and haunting volcanic

lava landscapes. After a six-hour hike, arrive

at the Shira Plateau and your camp. At 3,850

metres, it boasts sweeping views across the

Masai Steppe to distant Mount Meru and the

Shira Needles.

Shira Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Mount Kilimanjaro

During a further six-hour trek, skirt the Shira

Plateau toward the Kibo Massif, continuing

upward to the pass at Lava Tower (4,600

metres). Descend towards Barranco Camp

through the immense, waterfall-punctuated

Grand Barranco Canyon, which is fed by

streams from the Umbwe River. Today’s camp

is situated at an elevation of 3,900 metres.

Barranco Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Mount Kilimanjaro

Hike for about five hours along the Barranco

Cliff with no increase in elevation. This allows

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TANZANIA

you time to rest and adjust to the increasingly

higher altitudes. In the afternoon, you may

hike in the Karanga Valley set beneath

the icefalls of the Heim, Decken, and

Kersten glaciers.

Karanga Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Mount Kilimanjaro

Take a four- to five-hour trek on another day

of acclimatisation as you near the mountain’s

peak, stopping at Barafu Camp (4,680 metres)

on a moraine, with views of majestic

Mawenzi Peak to the right and looming

Kibo Peak overhead. Gaze out over the

surrounding mineral terrain dotted with

only some lichens and moss. Don’t turn in

too late this evening – tomorrow, you make an

early start for the summit.

Barafu Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Mount Kilimanjaro

Rise early with a hot drink before setting

out on approximately 13 hours of trekking.

Should all go as planned, you’ll stand at the

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highest point in Africa in about seven hours’

time. Ascend a winding path flanked by the

towering Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers to

soaring Stella Point on the rim of Kibo Crater.

As the sun rises, continue around to Uhuru

Peak (5,895 metres), the highest point in

Africa, where the air is rarefied. Savour your

achievement before you descend to your last

campsite at 3,100 metres.

Mweka Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Depart Arusha

Continue your way down to the base of the

mountain, where your A&K driver greets

and transports you back to Arusha. During a

farewell lunch, bask in your accomplishments

with fellow guests. Comfortable dayrooms are

provided until your departure flight.

Lake Duluti Lodge (dayroom) | Meals: B L

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

22 £5,690 £1,690

FEBRUARY:

5, 19 £5,690 £1,690

MAY:

21 £5,690 £1,690

JUNE:

18 £5,690 £1,690

JULY:

18, 23 £5,690 £1,690

AUGUST:

6, 20 £5,690 £1,690

SEPTEMBER:

17 £5,690 £1,690

OCTOBER:

8, 22 £5,690 £1,690

NOVEMBER:

12 £5,690 £1,690

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey is strenuous with steep ascents and high

altitudes; however, novice climbers are welcome.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights.

Our specialists will be able to find the best

travel options to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Tanzania safari post-tour

extension – five days from

£3,040pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

YOUR ACCOMMODATION

• Our customised tents

are the most luxurious

on the mountain

• Sleeping tents are designed

to accommodate two

people with raised camp

beds and tall ceiling heights

• Dining tents are solar-lit

with comfortable chairs

and tables and all our

camps on the mountain

have hygienic private

toilet facilities

Lake Duluti Lodge

Spacious private chalets

with views over an expansive

coffee farm

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TANZANIA

CLIMBING KILIMANJARO WITH A&K

With a successful summit rate of 97 per cent (compared

to the 60-70 per cent average), A&K’s Mount Kilimanjaro

expeditions give you an outstanding chance of reaching

‘the roof of Africa’. Our experienced climbing team

oversees every factor that contributes to a successful climb

GUIDES & PORTERS

Every A&K guide is a certified Wilderness First Responder, trained

in mountain craft, natural history, and ecological awareness. Our

guides are also trained in first aid and fluent in English, and most have

completed over 200 summits. A founding member of Kilimanjaro

Porter Assistance Project and a proud Partner for Responsible Travel

with the International Mountain Explorers Connection, A&K is an

advocate for the welfare of our team of porters. Their hard work and

dedication are what make every A&K trek possible.

COMFORTS ON THE MOUNTAIN

Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro comes easier to those who are well

rested – and A&K campsites are famous for their comforts. Our

customised sleeping tents are the largest and most luxurious on the

mountain, designed for two people with raised camp beds and tall

ceiling heights. Solar-lit dining tents with comfortable tables and chairs

allow you to relax out of the elements and rejuvenate during the trek.

Hygienic private toilets are also exclusively available to A&K trekkers.

FOOD & NUTRITION

Another key element to conquering Kilimanjaro is to maintain proper

nutrition throughout your entire trek. Every meal is designed to

provide the fuel you need to reach the summit. Unlike many other

companies, A&K provides fresh food throughout the entire trek,

including abundant snacks between meals as well as unlimited,

purified water. Special diets can also be accommodated.

ACCLIMATISATION

While most trekkers spend a total of five days on the mountain,

we schedule seven days (six nights) to allow more time for premium

altitude acclimatisation, giving A&K a successful summit rate of

97 per cent.

SUSTAINABLE TREKS

A&K leaves no trace on the mountain and takes pride in operating

green campsites. Every A&K camp is completely portable with no

fixed ground structures or plumbing, and we remove all waste

and rubbish from our treks.

SAFETY ON THE MOUNTAIN

A&K climbs use the finest climbing and camping apparatus, safety

equipment and communications network. On every climb, we supply

and carry all safety and emergency equipment, including emergency

oxygen, a portable altitude chamber, a defibrillator, pulse oximeters,

a stretcher, an extensive first-aid kit, and three means of

communication (mobile phone, two-way radio, and satellite phone).

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A Naturalist’s Guide

to Madagascar

with Charlie Gardner

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

12 days/11 nights | From £6,180 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Madagascar’s people, wildlife, and landscapes are extraordinary. Explore its flora and fauna

in expert hands and be astonished by the diverse terrain, still largely untouched by tourism

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Gain expert insights into

the wildlife of Madagascar

from your guest host

Charlie Gardner

››

Explore the colonial

Haute-Ville district

of Antananarivo

››

Tick off lemur, chameleon,

and many bird species

across the country’s

finest national parks

››

Hike between 500-yearold

baobabs in Sacred

Spiny Forest, one of the

oldest on the planet

››

Experience the unique

cultural traditions of the

Antandroy people

INCLUSIONS

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 9 lunches

& 11 dinners

33

Scenic sundowners

MOZAMBIQUE

CHANNEL

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

DAY 1: Arrive Antananarivo

On arrival into the hilly Malagasy capital,

you’re met by an A&K representative and

transferred to your hotel in the embassy

district of Haute-Ville (upper town). This

part of the city is a tangled assortment of

steep, partly cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs,

and pastel-coloured houses with a lovely cool

climate. After time to settle in, your guest host

Charlie Gardner will introduce himself and

give you a briefing on the adventure ahead

over welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel.

Hotel Colbert | Meals: D

MADAGASCAR

DAY 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe

Head east to Andasibe, passing rice fields,

redbrick houses and roadside stalls of seasonal

produce. Andasibe-Mantadia is a stunning

rainforest park comprising Périnet Special

Reserve and Mantadia National Park. Périnet

is world famous for its population of indri,

the largest lemur species. Arrive at your lodge

in time for lunch, and spend the afternoon

at leisure before a guided night walk into the

surrounding forests. Look out for nocturnal

lemur such as mouse lemur, white-footed

sportive lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, and

woolly lemur.

Mantadia Lodge | Meals: B L D

Antananarivo

Ifotaka

Andasibe-

Mantadia

National

Park

Manafiafy

Fort Dauphin

DAY 3: Andasibe

Today, go in search of the iconic indri lemur

in the 810-hectare Périnet Reserve. This lemur

is one of the few animals in the world that

cannot survive in captivity. Another 11 species

of lemur find their home here; you may see

grey bamboo lemur, common brown lemur,

diademed sifaka, and black and white ruffed

lemur. Birdwatchers could observe the velvet

asity, blue coua, and nuthatch vanga, and

many more endemic species. Périnet is also

home to reptiles, invertebrates, and some of

Madagascar’s thousand orchid species.

Mantadia Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 4: Andasibe – Antananarivo

Head to Lemur Island first thing this morning.

This small private reserve protects a number

of habituated lemur. Here you can find four

species – bamboo lemur, brown lemur, black

and white ruffed lemur, and one diademed

sifaka. Head back to the capital after lunch.

Le Relais des Plateaux | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Antananarivo – Ifotaka

Fly to Fort Dauphin. The group is divided

today; Group One visits Mandrare River

Camp for Days 5-8 and Manafiafy Beach &

Rainforest Lodge for Days 8-11. Group Two

does the reverse, and the following itinerary

relates to Group One. Your guest host remains

at Mandrare while your local escort stays

at Manafiafy. In the afternoon, venture into

Sacred Spiny Forest to see many endemic

Madagascan plants, extraordinary wildlife,

and the Antandroy’s ancestral tombs, before

sundowners on the river bank.

Mandrare River Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Ifotaka

Depending on water levels, take a morning

boat ride across the Mandrare River to visit

the stunning Sacred Gallery Forest. Inquisitive

groups of ring tailed lemur and Verreaux’s

sifaka are the highlight of this excursion.

Return to camp for lunch and a relaxed

afternoon. A night walk in the Forest of

Zenavo is a fantastic way to see diurnal

lemur bedding down and nocturnal lemur

emerging, as well as two species of mouse

lemur, chameleon, owl, and the active

sportive lemur.

Mandrare River Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Ifotaka

Revisit the Sacred Spiny Forest this morning,

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YOUR A&K HOST

DR CHARLIE

GARDNER

Charlie has worked as a

scientific advisor for the

WWF and has published many papers on

Madagascar’s wildlife and its conservation.

He has appeared on wildlife documentaries,

and assisted with the filming of Sir David

Attenborough’s BBC series Madagascar.

AFRICA

MADAGASCAR

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

and see the sunlight break through the

octopus trees while looking out for endemic

birds such as crested coua, the running coua,

and a variety of vanga species. Return to camp

for breakfast followed by a visit to the local

market or the village to meet members

of the fascinating Antandroy community.

This evening, enjoy a memorable sundowner

among the baobabs, with views to the

mountains beyond. Then witness a

traditional performance by the villagers.

Mandrare River Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Ifotaka – Manafiafy Beach

Return to Fort Dauphin for lunch and then in

the afternoon head north to Manafiafy Beach,

a secluded tropical paradise. Also known as

Sainte Luce, Manafiafy is a beautiful sandy bay,

fringed with forest-covered mountains and

wildlife-abundant mangroves. After arrival

at your lodge for the next three nights, spend

a relaxed afternoon by the pool enjoying

cocktails as the sun sets over the bay.

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAYS 9 & 10: Manafiafy Beach

Enjoy two days to spend at leisure. The

lodge offers a wide range of wildlife, and

sporting activities, which are all included.

Wildlife-watching options include guided

day and night walks in the rainforest,

snorkelling excursions in the bay and nearby

cove, kayaking and scenic boat trips to the

mangroves, and a whale-watching tower

(humpback whale pass through these waters

between July and September). Enjoy boat rides

to nearby islands for secluded picnics, walks

up long empty beaches, and trips to the local

village, supported by the lodge.

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAY 11: Manafiafy – Antananarivo

Return by road to Fort Dauphin Airport

where the group reunites for the flight back

to Antananarivo. This evening, enjoy farewell

cocktails and dinner at Le Café de la Gare,

a lovely restaurant in Antananarivo’s

abandoned central railway station, a typically

French building constructed in 1910.

Hotel Colbert | Meals: B D

DAY 12: Depart Antananarivo

Say goodbye for now to Madagascar and

transfer to the airport.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

APRIL:

15 £6,180 £1,100

JUNE:

23 £6,180 £1,100

NOVEMBER:

10 £6,180 £1,100

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes some long walks. In order to

provide travellers with exclusive accommodation

at the Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge and

Mandrare River Camp, the group will be divided.

Group One visits Mandrare River Camp on Days 5-8

and Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge on Days

8-11. Group Two does the reverse. Your guest host,

Charlie, will remain at Mandrare on Days 5-11 while

your local escort stays at Manafiafy. The featured

itinerary relates to the programme scheduled for

Group One.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

Hotel Colbert

Homely hotel with views

over iconic city sights

Mantadia Lodge

Comfortable base for

excursions to spot indri lemur

Le Relais des Plateaux

Lovely hotel offering good spa

facilities and appealing cuisine

Mandrare River Camp

Tented camp in magnificent location; enjoy

wildlife-watching and tribal experiences

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Coastal bungalows from which you can

enjoy walks in the littoral rainforest

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Egypt &

the Nile

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

10 days/9 nights | From £4,675 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Explore the iconic marvels of Egypt, as well as its longest-kept secrets,

on a journey south along the Nile, including a river cruise

aboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Sail aboard award-winning

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

››

All shore excursions led by

expert A&K Egyptologists

››

Special entry into the tomb

of Seti I in the Valley of

the Kings, and a chance to

enter a legendary pyramid

››

Ride like a Local on

camelback and sail the

Nile in a felucca (sailboat)

››

Private docking facilities in

Luxor and Aswan

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches

& 8 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Days 3 & 9

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on the boat

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

CRUISE

EGYPT

DAY 1: Arrive Cairo, Egypt

Arrive in Cairo where you’re met by your A&K

representative and transferred to your historic

hotel with fantastic views of the pyramids.

Marriott Mena House Hotel

Cairo

Edfu

Luxor

Esna

Kom Ombo

Aswan

Abu Simbel

DAY 2: Cairo

This morning, explore the Museum of

Egyptian Antiquities, home to an extensive

collection of 120,000 ancient Egyptian

artefacts – including myriad items from

Tutankhamun’s tomb. After lunch at a local

restaurant, enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Tonight, gather for a sumptuous welcome

dinner with your fellow travellers.

Marriott Mena House Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Giza

Drive to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs

and 14 pyramids, including the Step Pyramid

of Djoser. Later, tour the Giza Plateau, site of

the pyramids of Menkaure and Khafre, and the

Great Pyramid. Built in the Fourth Dynasty

(approximately 2,690 BC), it is the only

survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient

World. Explore these legendary pyramids from

inside, and visit the tombs of the pyramid

builders. Ride like a Local on camelback, then

visit the Solar Boat Museum – site of Cheops’

funerary boat – and the Great Sphinx.

Marriott Mena House Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 4: Luxor

Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes.

Your full-day tour commences at the Temple

of Karnak. Pass the huge columns of Great

Hypostyle Hall, before stepping aboard

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV for lunch. Afterwards,

explore the Necropolis of Thebes, continuing

to the Valley of the Kings. Visit the tomb of

Tutankhamun as well as the well-preserved

tomb of Seti I. See the Temple of Hatshepsut,

ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh and one of

its most successful leaders. Finish with a photo

stop at the Colossi of Memnon.

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Cruising the Nile

Journey once more to the east bank of the

Nile, this time visiting the city of Thebes and

the striking Temple of Luxor. Behold the three

large statues of Ramses II along the front of

the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses

II behind the East Tower; and the Colonnade

of Amenhotep III, with its 14 papyrus-headed

columns, some 15 metres in height. This

afternoon, sail to Esna and visit the Temple of

Khnum and marvel at its soaring columns.

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Cruising the Nile

View the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed

god of the sky. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III,

this stunningly well-preserved and colourful

structure reveals what temple worship in

ancient Egypt was like. Join your chef back

on board for a local cooking lesson. Later,

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disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit

the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Horus

(the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god),

who some ancient Egyptians believed to be the

creator of the world. Here you can view the

mummified remains of several Nile crocodiles.

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Aswan

Cruise to Aswan and ride a motorised boat

to Philae Temple on the island of Agilkia,

dedicated to the goddess Isis. This sacred

complex reflects a fusion of the Egyptian,

Greek, and Roman civilisations. The entire

temple was transported when Aswan High

Dam was constructed. Built in the 1960s, the

dam spans the Nile River, more than three

kilometres across. Proceed to the impressive

granite quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk.

Later, Ride like a Local around the islands in

a felucca (sailboat), weather permitting.

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Abu Simbel

Today, bid farewell to Sanctuary Sun Boat IV,

disembarking to fly to Abu Simbel. There,

discover the commanding twin temples of

Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. Built

at about 1250 BC, the main temple’s façade is

dominated by four spectacular statues of the

pharaoh, each nearly 21 metres tall. This entire

World Heritage site was disassembled and

moved in the 1960s due to the construction of

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the Aswan High Dam. Return to Cairo for an

afternoon spent entirely at your leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza |

Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Cairo

Explore the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan

Hassan, among the finest examples of early

Mamluk architecture. Head from the

twin-towered Bab al-Futuh in Cairo’s Old

City walls to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of

the city’s major souks. Browse spices, leather

goods, and jewellery on a street that has hardly

changed for centuries; haggling is expected, so

prepare to negotiate. After lunch, visit Coptic

Cairo or return to your hotel for an afternoon

at leisure. This evening, gather with fellow

guests at a farewell dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza |

Meals: B L D

DAY 10: Depart Cairo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and

depart the city.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

4, 11, 18, 25 £4,985 £1,535

FEBRUARY:

1, 8, 15, 22 £4,985 £1,535

MARCH:

1, 8, 15, 29 £4,985 £1,535

APRIL:

2, 6, 10

14, 18

22, 26

£4,985

£5,525

£4,985

£1,535

£1,610

£1,535

AUGUST:

30 £4,675 £1,305

SEPTEMBER:

3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27 £4,675 £1,305

OCTOBER:

1, 5, 9, 13, 17,

21, 25, 29 £6,525 £1,920

NOVEMBER:

2, 6, 10, 14, 26 £6,525 £1,920

DECEMBER:

4, 8, 12, 16

20, 24, 28

£6,525

£6,675

£1,920

£1,995

JOURNEY DETAILS

Price is based on Nile Deck cabin. Upgrade prices

to the Main, Bridge & Promenade Decks, and

presidential and royal suites are on request.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Marriott Mena House Hotel

History-rich luxury hotel featuring

rooms with views of the pyramid

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

A spacious vessel offering

a great array of amenities

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

Four Seasons Hotel

Cairo at Nile Plaza

Luxury hotel on the famed

Corniche along the Nile River

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Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Art Deco-inspired décor, modern amenities and exceptional service distinguish

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. With a maximum capacity of about 80 guests, the atmosphere

aboard this elegant vessel is among the most intimate on the Nile

A&K SIGNATURE ELEMENTS

33

36 luxury cabins, two presidential

suites, and two royal suites with

balcony

33

Expert A&K Egyptologist

accompanies all shore excursions

33

Fully air-conditioned

with cabin control

33

Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows

in all cabins (except Nile Deck)

33

Flat-screen LCD television with

satellite available in all rooms

33

Elegant dining room with

picture windows

33

Onboard, on-call doctor

33

Wifi access available

BREATHTAKING RIVER VIEWS

All cabins are air-conditioned and feature

flat-screen TV, direct-dial international phone

and minibar. Floor-to-ceiling windows grace

most decks offering sweeping views of the

river’s shore. Art Deco-inspired public areas

make it easy to find a quiet corner from

which to observe life along the Nile. Teak

flooring enhances outdoor spaces, and vintage

decoration coexists with modern comforts.

A REGAL, RELAXING SUN DECK

The Sun Deck is adorned with luxurious

Egyptian marble, soft canvas sunshades,

and a tiled swimming pool.

FINE FOOD & SUPERB SERVICE

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV offers exquisite

dining and peerless service, including

excursions to the Nile’s greatest

monuments led by expert Egyptologists.

DECK ‘Sanctuary PLAN Sun Boat IV’

‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’

‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’

‘Sanctuary Sun Boat

Sun Deck

IV’

Sun Deck

‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’

Pool

Pool

Sun Deck

Pool

SUN DECK

Sun Deck

Pool

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Sun

Sun Deck

402

Deck

404 406

Pool

408

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401

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402 401 404 403 406 405

408

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401 403 405 407

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401 403 405 407

Sun Deck Lounge

302 304 306 308 310 312

Lounge

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BRIDGE DECK Lounge Restaurant Lounge 202 204 206 208 210

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NILE DECK

Royal suites (59 sqm)

Presidential suites (38sqm)

Promenade Deck (15 sqm avg.)

Bridge Deck (17 sqm avg.)

Main Deck (18 sqm avg.)

Nile Deck (18 sqm avg.)

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Jordan: Petra & Beyond

9 days/8 nights | From £2,295 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Adventurers can cross Crusader kingdoms and see biblical beauty on a nine-day sweep

through Jordan. Visit ancient Jerash and swoon-worthy Petra, then traverse Bedouin

desertscapes in the Wadi Rum and rejuvenate in the Dead Sea

Dead Sea

Petra

Jerash

Amman

JORDAN

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

EXTENSION

DAY 1: Arrive Amman, Jordan

Touch down in Amman. You’ll be cordially

greeted and driven the 40 minutes to your

hotel. We recommend resting well before

tomorrow’s excitements.

Intercontinental Amman

DAY 2: Ajloun & Jerash

Start your Jordan adventure at the Crusader

castle of Ajloun. Strategically built in the

hilly contours, on a clear day, you can admire

views all the way to the Dead Sea. Head to

Jerash, one of the best-preserved Greco-

Roman cities in the world. Once a hub for

spice traders, today you can walk around its

striking colonnades, crumbling archways, and

pavements permanently grooved by years of

chariot traffic. You’ll have the afternoon to

explore and linger as you please.

Intercontinental Amman | Meals: B D

DAY 3: Amman

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Get acquainted with Amman

Visit Amman’s ancient citadel to view the

monumental Temple of Hercules and the

Umayyad Palace. Then head to the Royal

Automobile Museum to see classic cars from

American cruisers to regal Rolls-Royces.

OPTION 2: Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women

Cooperative Society

Take a look at the work of this local

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JORDAN

cooperative aimed at developing craftwork by

women in the surrounding villages. Visit both

the fabric and paper workshop showcasing

artisanal designs.

This afternoon, take the opportunity to duck

into the Jordan Museum to see the Ain Ghazal

statues, which date from 7250 BC.

Intercontinental Amman | Meals: B

DAY 4: Amman – Petra

Take the scenic route to Petra, stopping at

Mount Nebo, from where Moses glimpsed the

Promised Land. From its summit you can

gaze out over Jerusalem. Follow the crosscountry

King’s Highway, forged by Old

Testament kings (and everyone who came

after). You’ll swoop through the Amman

gorge to Madaba and see its Byzantine Mosaic

Map, made from two million pieces of stone.

Learn how to preserve ancient mosaics before

heading to dramatic Shobak, a 12th-century

Crusader castle, built to guard the King’s

Highway. Continue to your hotel in Petra.

Mövenpick Resort Petra | Meals: B

DAY 5: Petra

Despite Indiana Jones’s best efforts, nothing

can quite prepare you for Petra, Jordan’s rock

star landmark. Sculpted into the mountain

range, its huge carved temples and rose-hued

sandstone beguile even the most discerning

travellers. With over 2,000 years of history,

you can view Nabataean masonry at its finest.

There are over 1,000 tombs, so boot up

to stroll around treasured sites such as

the colonnaded Temple of Winged Lions,

the Corinthian Tomb, the Palace Tomb, and

the magnificent Treasury. You’ll also have the

chance to investigate original baths, markets,

and storerooms.

Mövenpick Resort Petra | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Petra

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Explore Petra

Return to the Lost City and continue

surveying its network of tombs. This time you

might choose to walk the Siq, the near milelong

passageway leading to the Treasury.

OPTION 2: Experience Little Petra

See Siq al-Barid, smaller but no less beautiful

than Petra. It’s mercifully overlooked by

tourists, so you can enjoy its cooling cave

dwellings and hand-painted frescoes in peace.

Mövenpick Resort Petra | Meals: B

DAY 7: Petra – Dead Sea

Channel Lawrence of Arabia on a 4x4 journey

across the Wadi Rum. You’ll get your kicks

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore the Greco-

Roman city of Jerash

››

See Petra’s ancient

rose-red temples

››

Trailblaze the Wadi Rum

desert in a 4x4

››

Sip an elegant sundowner

by the Dead Sea

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Days 3 & 6

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches

& 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Days

3 & 6 for further details

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 3: Get acquainted with Amman

DAY 3: Visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women

Cooperative Society

DAY 6: Experience Little Petra

careering through rippled desert, speckled

with Bedouin Camps during World War I.

These still exist today and you can pause for

lunch under canvas. Continue to the shores of

the Dead Sea, the lowest land on Earth, and

check into your shoreside resort. Spend the

rest of the afternoon hypnotised by the pale

blue waters, best enjoyed with an icy cocktail.

Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa | Meals: B L

DAY 8: Dead Sea

Set off for ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan’, said

to be the site where Jesus was baptised by

John the Baptist. Its religious importance

has earned it UNESCO accreditation. After

spending time here, return to your hotel

then cool off in the Dead Sea, a swimming

experience of a different sort. Despite its

name, the Dead Sea has long attracted

travellers who believe in its rejuvenating

qualities. Join them to bob across the surface

of its mineral-rich waters.

Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa | Meals: B D

DAY 9: Depart Amman

It’s time to say ‘adieu’. This morning you’ll be

taken to the airport so you can return home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

ACTIVE

DAY 6: Explore Petra

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Dead Sea post-tour extension –

three days from £255pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

SEPTEMBER:

6, 20 £2,295

OCTOBER:

11, 25 £2,295

NOVEMBER:

8 £2,295

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

7, 21 £2,420

MARCH:

6, 20 £2,420

APRIL:

10, 24 £2,420

MAY:

8 £2,295

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay any

single supplement. The same journey, the same luxury,

guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Intercontinental Amman

Contemporary outpost in an ancient

setting, atop one of the city’s seven hills

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

JORDAN

Mövenpick Resort Petra

Modern luxury meets

the ancient Middle East

Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa

Glamorous resort with

stunning sea vistas

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Splendours of Oman:

City, Mountain & Desert

8 days/7 nights | From £2,865 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Explore Oman’s every aspect from the coastal capital Muscat, to the mountains

of Jebel Akhdar, through to the desert area of Sharqiya Sands.

Herein lies culture, nature, and relaxation

UNITED ARAB

EMIRATES

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

Jebel Akhdar

Muscat

Sharqiya Sands

OMAN

Salalah

DAY 1: Arrive Muscat, Oman

Arrive in Muscat, where you are met and

transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your

fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

Grand Hyatt Muscat | Meals: D

DAY 2: Muscat

Muscat is a unique city where modern

commerce co-exists with traditional culture.

Today explore the Sultan Qaboos Grand

Mosque and the National Museum in a brief

introduction to Oman’s fascinating history.

After visiting the Fish Market and colourful

Muttrah Souk, take your photo at the

magnificent Al Alam Palace, official residence

of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and flanked

by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani

and Jalali. Spend the afternoon at leisure

discussing Muscat’s marvels.

Grand Hyatt Muscat | Meals: B

DAY 3: Muscat

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Backstage at the opera

Choose to visit the Royal Opera House Muscat

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OMAN

– a fusion of Omani tradition and modernity.

Culture is high on the Sultan’s agenda – take

your chance to indulge with a backstage tour.

OPTION 2: Omani cooking masterclass

Choose the best catch of the day with your

chef at Muttrah Fish Market and sample spices

at Muttrah Souk. Cook up your Omani-style

dish, then savour the flavours at lunch.

Grand Hyatt Muscat | Meals: B

DAY 4: Muscat – Jebel Akhdar

Leave Muscat by 4x4 to see Barka’s fish market

and souk, before passing the Batinah Plain

and on to Nakhal and its fort. Turn off to Wadi

Bani Auf to see the sedimentary mountains

and canyon. Stop at Bilad Sayt – one of Oman’s

quaintest villages – and explore its streets on

foot. The patchwork of terrace farming and

traditional houses laid out against the rocky

slopes is breathtaking. Follow the mountain

roads from here to Al Hamra and its mud

houses and date plantations, before arriving at

the resort of Alila Jabal Akhdar.

Alila Jabal Akhdar | Meals: B D

DAY 5: Jebel Akhdar

This day is all about experiencing the best of

the region with a visit to the necropolis of

Al-Ayn, and the picturesque abandoned

village of Wadi Bani Habib. From here, you

can gaze across spectacular scenery of terraced

farms and valleys, and follow trails around

the wadi or farmlands, through the ancient

walnut trees and fragrant pomegranate

bushes. If you need some R’n’R, you might

prefer to spend time at the wonderful hotel

soaking up the views, meals, and relaxing

spa. The choice is yours.

Alila Jabal Akhdar | Meals: B D

DAY 6: Jebel Akhdar – Sharqiya

Sands

Today you’ll visit Nizwa, capital of the

interior and the birthplace of Islam in

the Sultanate of Oman. Discover Nizwa’s

famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th

century, and its souk. Renowned for its cattle

auction, hand-carved khanjars (daggers), and

ornamental silver jewellery, be prepared to

be wowed. Relax at Wadi Bani Khalid with

its deep blue pools fringed by palms. Head to

Sharqiya Sands, and see a variety of flora and

fauna. Practice your photography skills on

the patterns of the dunes, then check in at

Desert Nights Camp for sunset.

Desert Nights Camp | Meals: B D

DAY 7: Sharqiya Sands - Muscat

Take time this morning to enjoy camp

activities such as camel riding or quad biking

(additional cost to be paid at the resort).

Then see how traditional dhows (sailboats)

were made in the fishing town of Sur when

you visit the dhow factory. Relax on Fins

Beach or discover the pearl-white villages

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Spend a night under the

stars in a desert camp

››

Watch traditional dhow

building in Sur

››

Spend two nights at the

celebrated Alila Jabal

Akhdar hotel

››

Visit the Grand Mosque

and National Museum

in Muscat

››

Marvel at the changing

colours of Sharqiya

Sands

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Day 3

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

& 5 dinners

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Day 3

for further details

of Wadi Tiwi, before visiting the mysterious

Bimmah Sinkhole where you can enjoy a

picnic lunch. Return to Muscat, where tonight

you’ll join together for a farewell dinner.

Grand Hyatt Muscat | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Depart Muscat

Say goodbye to magical Muscat as you transfer

to the city’s stylish new airport.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 3: Omani cooking masterclass

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

SEPTEMBER:

22 £2,865

OCTOBER:

6, 20 £2,995

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

9 £2,995

MARCH:

1, 15 £2,995

APRIL:

19 £2,995

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay

any single supplement. The same journey, the same

luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 3: Backstage at the opera

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights. Our

specialists will be able to find the best travel options

to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Muscat pre-tour extension –

two days from £400pp

Salalah post-tour extension –

three days from £375pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Grand Hyatt Muscat

One of the most luxurious and opulent

Arabian-style hotels in the capital

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

OMAN

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Outstanding location, amazing views,

and luxury beyond your wildest dreams

Desert Nights Camp

Experience ultimate desert adventure

in Bedouin-style tents under the stars

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

The Delights of Morocco

11 days/10 nights | From £2,995 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Ideal for travellers eager to experience Morocco’s many highlights. Featuring

cosmopolitan Casablanca, the imperial city of Fes, the windswept sand dunes of the Erg

Chebbi, cinematic Ouarzazate, and cultural Marrakech

Casablanca

Marrakech

Ouarzazate

MOROCCO

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

Volubilis

Fes

Erfoud

Merzouga

DAY 1: Arrive Casablanca, Morocco

Arrive in the cosmopolitan port city of

Casablanca where an A&K driver will take

you to your hotel. After checking in, you have

the rest of the day to explore on your own.

Conjure romantic images of Bergman and

Bogart while strolling past Art Deco buildings,

or enjoy lunch at one of the waterfront

restaurants. Why not explore the city’s café

society and watch the world go by, or head

to the local market for the scents of fresh

oranges, peaches, and herbs?

Le Casablanca Hotel

DAY 2: Casablanca – Fes

Wake up early to visit the Hassan II Mosque,

the largest mosque in Morocco with the

tallest minaret in the world. It’s also one

of the most visually striking with pale blue

marble, elaborate chandeliers, and glass

floors where worshippers can pray above the

Atlantic sea. Amble around the palm studded

Mohammed V Square and the leafy Quartier

Habous district, where you’ll see the city’s

French influence. Then set off to Fez. En route,

you’ll take a pit stop at the capital city, Rabat,

for a look around its majestic Hassan tower

before continuing to your hotel.

Palais Amani | Meals: B D

DAY 3: Fes

It’s time to explore Morocco’s cultural capital,

a medieval city steeped in tradition. Walk

around its labyrinthian alleyways, riads, and

century-old souks. Visit the 9th-century

Al Quaraouiyine, the oldest university in the

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of Erfoud, you may find 400 million-yearold

sharks’ teeth and ammonite fossils from

Morocco’s underwater past. A 4x4 will take

you through the Erg Chebbi’s rolling sand

dunes to your tented camp. Take in the sunset

on a camelback ride and then tuck into

dinner around the campfire.

Merzouga Luxury Camp | Meals: B L D

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST MOROCCO

world, and Al-Attarine, a splendid madrasa

patterned with mosaics. For centuries Fes

has been an artisanal hub. Experience this at

the leather tanneries and also at the ceramics

factory where you can see how zellij tiles are

made. Next stop the Dar Batha Museum, filled

with Moroccan arts, and finally Nejjarine

Square, with the city’s best tiled fountain.

Palais Amani | Meals: B

DAY 4: Volubilis & Meknes

Take a trip to the excavation of Volubilis,

once a 3rd-century Roman outpost that grew

rich by trading olives. Today you can still

see grandeur in the crumbling temples, a

triumphal arch, and vast mosaic floors. Then

on to the imperial city of Meknes, quieter

than Fes but no less intriguing. It was the

home of the Moroccan sultanate whose large

fortifications, royal stables (sheltering 12,000

horses), and the magnificent Bab Mansour

gateway have remained untouched since the

11 th century. Head back to Fes for the night.

Palais Amani | Meals: B

DAY 5: Fes – Erg Chebbi

It’s an eight-hour drive from Fes to Erfoud, but

the journey offers spectacular vistas. Traverse

the vast Atlas Mountains where you’ll come

across Tafilalt, a huge oasis known for its

savoury dates and miles of palm groves. In

the Sahara, which skirts the fortified village

DAY 6: Erg Chebbi – Ouarzazate

Travel west to the city of Ouarzazate stopping

for a snapshot of the Todra Gorges, a series

of rust-coloured river canyons. En route, pop

into a private museum for a peek into kasbah

culture. After five hours or so you’ll reach

Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert

and the setting for many a Hollywood movie.

After the journey, you’ll be ready for some

downtime by the pool with a fresh mint tea.

Berbère Palace | Meals: B D

DAY 7: Ouarzazate

Today you can visit Taourirt Kasbah, one of

the most impressive kasbahs around, with

crenellated towers and a maze of chambers.

The seat of the powerful Glaoui family in

the 19 th century, you can still see traces of

delicate stucco décor and painted cedar

ceilings. Continue to Morocco’s most iconic

landmark, Aït Benhaddou, a fortified site

unchanged since the 11 th century. It’s one of

the best-preserved ksars – a group of earthen

buildings surrounded by high walls – and the

most cinematic. You may recognise its clay

architecture from films such as Gladiator and

Lawrence of Arabia.

Berbère Palace | Meals: B D

DAY 8: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

Drive back through the Atlas Mountains

towards Marrakech. Take a photo stop at the

Tizi n’Tichka Pass, the journey’s highest point

at 2,260 metres. After taking in views over

the Marrakech plains, weave down through

red-hued Berber villages and eucalyptus trees

all the way to your hotel. Hungry? Make sure

to order a chwaya (grilled meat tagine),

a local speciality.

Les Jardins de la Medina | Meals: B

DAY 9: Marrakech

Explore the maze-like medina and its myriad

souks bursting with Berber carpets, colourful

spices, brass trinkets, and leather goods.

Lose yourself in the buzzing Jemaa el-Fna,

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Visit Morocco’s great

imperial cities, Fes,

Meknes, and Marrakech

››

Explore the Roman ruins

of Volubilis

››

Enjoy a night under the

stars in a desert camp

››

Spend three nights in

whimsical Marrakech

››

Rest your head in

boutique hotels

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Day 10

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

10 breakfasts, 1 lunch

& 4 dinners

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Day 10

for further details

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 10: Visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum

DAY 10: Wander Marrakech’s gardens

a cacophony of orange juice stalls, fire-eaters,

and snake charmers at every turn. Pause by

the Koutoubia Mosque. Its emblematic red

stone minaret rises to 77 metres, inspiring

others of its kind, including the Giralda of

Seville. Then visit the 19th-century Bahia

Palace, which took 15 years to build, noted for

its marble, stucco, and mosaic structures.

Les Jardins de la Medina | Meals: B

DAY 10: Marrakech

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Visit this 13,000-square-metre building

dedicated to the Yves Saint Laurent fashion

house. Peruse more than 5,000 dresses

and 15,000 haute couture accessories amid

architecture inspired by the dazzling colours

of Marrakech.

OPTION 2: Wander Marrakech’s gardens

Take a horse-drawn carriage to the Menara

Gardens, set among orchards and olive

groves. Then on to Jardins Majorelle, designed

by painter Jacques Majorelle, and filled

with cacti.

You have the rest of the afternoon to explore

and shop as you please.

Les Jardins de la Medina | Meals: B

DAY 11: Depart Marrakech

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airport

from where you’ll depart.

Meals: B

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t

pay any single supplement. The same journey, the

same luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights.

Our specialists will be able to find the best travel

options to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

PRICE

PER

PERSON

SEPTEMBER:

9 £2,995

OCTOBER:

7, 21 £2,995

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

MARCH:

9 £3,240

APRIL:

6, 20 £3,240

MAY:

4 £3,240

Marrakech post-tour extension

– three days from £255pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

MOROCCO

Le Casablanca Hotel

Art Deco retreat in the heart of the city

Palais Amani

Palatial riad in Fes with 1920s-style flair

Merzouga Luxury Camp

Splendid tented camp among sand dunes

Berbère Palace

Oasis-like hotel built as a

kasbah in Ouarzazate

Les Jardins de la Medina

Charming riad amid orange trees

and jacarandas in Marrakech

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Quintessential Sicily

10 days/9 nights | From £2,995 per person | Maximum 18 guests

This itinerary is perfect for those fascinated by Sicily’s historic wonders and

classic Italian beauty. See baroque churches, seaside towns, and ancient

temples from Syracuse to Taormina, guided by savvy local experts

Palermo

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

SICILY

Agrigento

Ragusa

Taormina

Catania

Syracuse

Ortygia

Noto

DAY 1: Arrive Catania, Sicily

Arrive at Catania’s airport and you will be

transfered to your hotel in sun-drenched

Syracuse. Nearly 3,000 years old, the city

played its part as a powerful stronghold in the

Mediterranean during ancient times. It was

the birthplace of Archimedes and frequented

by Plato. Cicero called it “the greatest Greek

city and the most beautiful of all”. Spend

the rest of the afternoon strolling around its

golden piazzas and baroque buildings. Then

head for dinner at a local restaurant for your

first taste of no-nonsense Sicilian cooking.

Hotel Ortea Palace | Meals: D

DAY 2: Ortygia

The white island of Ortygia is Syracuse’s

historical centre, lapped by the sparkling

Ionian Sea. Images of ancient Greece and

its deities (Artemis was supposedly born

here) are conjured as you navigate medieval

lanes, temples, and striking duomos. Stop at

Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia to see Sicily’s

famed Caravaggio masterpiece, The Burial

of Saint Lucy. Then visit a Greek theatre and

an impressive Roman amphitheatre. If you

wish, there is also time to enjoy the Paolo Orsi

Archaeological Museum with its displays of

Neolithic pottery and Greek statues.

Hotel Ortea Palace | Meals: B

DAY 3: Noto & Ragusa

Surviving an earthquake in the last gasp

of the 17th century, the historic towns of

Sicily’s south-eastern corner made a glorious

recovery. Take the day to explore honey-

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EUROPE

ITALY

coloured buildings and graceful churches

flanked by picture-perfect Italian seaside.

Noto’s Baroque cathedral is especially

splendid, while Ragusa’s treasures are to be

found on a rocky hilltop. The views you get

from its tangled alleyways are worth the

steep climb. The region is known for great

food: homemade gnocchi; fresh swordfish

from Michelin-starred restaurants; and

family-run trattorias. The area is also

celebrated for artisanal chocolate.

Hotel Ortea Palace | Meals: B

DAY 4: Syracuse – Agrigento

Set off to Agrigento to explore the Valley

of the Temples, built by ancient Greeks and

now Sicily’s most prized archaeological site.

Wander around Doric temples dating back

to the 5th century and dedicated to deities

including Hercules and Juno. You’ll meander

among 1,000-year-old olive trees and ponder

Greek kingdoms before heading to your hotel,

a stone’s throw from the park.

Hotel Villa Athena | Meals: B D

DAY 5: Palermo

Head to seaside city Palermo, a couple of

hours’ drive away. Stop en route at Monreale

Cathedral, a place of intoxicating beauty. It’s a

stupendous example of Norman architecture

where you can investigate 12th-century

gold leaf mosaics, palm dotted grounds, and

colonnaded cloisters. Continue to your hotel

in Palermo and check-in. Feeling peckish?

Grab some arancini at the food market and

settle down to enjoy it in one of Palermo’s

beautiful squares.

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea | Meals: B

DAY 6: Palermo

Take the morning to enjoy a sweep of the

city’s finest churches. As captivating as it is

romantic, much of Palermo’s history can

be seen on foot. First stop the cathedral, to

admire its white marble shell and panoramic

rooftop views. Walk to old Palermo’s Quattro

Canti where you can visit the pared-back

church of San Cataldo with its three red

domes. Then pop into the Palatine Chapel,

small but dazzling – yet another Norman

triumph. You can sooth any aching muscles

with a massage back at your hotel.

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea | Meals: B

DAY 7: Palermo

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: A day at the opera

Step inside Palermo’s romantic Teatro

Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy.

It featured in the film The Godfather III, a

testament to its dramatic appearance.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore the ancient

Greek city Ortygia

››

See temples dedicated to

gods in Agrigento

››

Visit the honey-gold,

model Baroque towns

of Noto and Ragusa

››

Admire gold-leaf mosaics

at Monreale Cathedral

››

Rest your head in

picturesque Taormina

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Day 7

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts & 4 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See

Day 7 for further details

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 7: Sample some street eats

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 7: A day at the opera

OPTION 2: Sample some street eats

Hit the food market to try local delicacies

such as panelle (chickpea fritters) and gelato

con brioche, the ultimate sweet treat. Those

feeling adventurous should nibble on pani ca

meusa (spleen sandwiches).

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea | Meals: B

DAY 8: Palermo – Taormina

It’s an early start to get to Taormina. Along

the way, you’ll stop at the rural town of Piazza

Armerina to take a look at Villa Romana

del Casale, once a luxurious Roman abode.

Observe its exquisite mosaics depicting

mythological scenes before continuing to the

hilltop town of Taormina. Arrive at your final

hotel and drink in the sea views.

Hotel NH Collection Taormina | Meals: B D

DAY 9: Taormina

Soak up la dolce vita at this outpost at the

foot of Mount Etna. Over the years, Taormina

has hosted famous faces from DH Lawrence,

who lived here in the 1920s, to various rock

stars. Who would blame them? It’s achingly

beautiful with narrow streets, uninterrupted

sea views, and an inspiring Greek theatre.

Spend the day exploring at your own pace

before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel NH Collection Taormina | Meals: B D

DAY 10: Depart Catania

Today your driver will take you to the airport

for your departure from Sicily.

Meals: B

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

SEPTEMBER:

6, 20 £3,565

OCTOBER:

4, 18 £3,565

NOVEMBER:

8 £2,995

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

MARCH:

6, 20 £2,995

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay

any single supplement. The same journey, the same

luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest

flight offers, we don’t include international flights.

Our specialists will be able to find the best travel

options to suit you.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

EUROPE

ITALY

Hotel Ortea Palace

Ornate Italian hotel splendour

built in the 1920s

Hotel Villa Athena

Classical residence overlooking the

Valley of the Temples

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea

Splendid sea-facing hotel in Palermo

complete with Italian masterpieces

Hotel NH Collection Taormina

Contemporary hotel with

wow-factor views

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

The Treasures of Russia

8 days/7 nights | From £2,675 per person | Maximum 18 guests

The perfect itinerary for those wanting to explore the highlights of Russia’s two iconic

cities, Moscow and St Petersburg. Featuring the country’s finest sights – diamond regalia,

onion-domed cathedrals, and palatial museums

ARRIVE/DEPART

RAIL

St Petersburg

RUSSIA

Moscow

DAY 1: Arrive Moscow, Russia

Land in Moscow and you will be taken to your

hotel. After travelling, you can take advantage

of the hotel’s Mandara Spa. For those eager

to explore, downtown Moscow is on your

doorstep. Walk down the 15th-century Arbat,

one of the city’s oldest surviving streets.

Or stroll to the monumental Red Square to

catch your first glimpse of the Kremlin and

St Basil’s Cathedral. Hungry? Your hotel has

a very good Italian restaurant headed by

Michelin-star chef, Carlo Cracco.

Lotte Hotel Moscow

DAY 2: Moscow

No trip to Moscow is complete without a

visit to the Kremlin, the symbol of Russia’s

political power. A 14th-century walled fort

(its name literally means ‘fortress within

a city’), the complex is as dazzling as it is

thought-provoking. Comfortable shoes are

imperative for walking past the miles of

imperial costumes, thrones, and diamond

regalia. You’ll visit the five-domed Assumption

Cathedral, as well as the Annunciation and

Archangel churches. You will also have a

chance to see the ceremonial parade of the

Horse Guard. Tonight, join your fellow

travellers for a welcome dinner.

Lotte Hotel Moscow | Meals: B D

DAY 3: Moscow

Spend the morning exploring the city’s

landmarks. Start at Red Square, which

conjures images of tsars and coronations.

Then walk across to the oft-photographed

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St Basil’s Cathedral with its multi-coloured

domes, commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in

the 16th century. Inside you’ll find it’s just as

vivid with an array of brightly painted murals.

Afterwards, take a ride on the Moscow Metro.

Also known as the ‘Palaces of the People’, it’s

probably the most ornate mode of transport

you will ever encounter.

Lotte Hotel Moscow | Meals: B

DAY 4: Moscow – St Petersburg

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Go to the GARAGE

Visit Russia’s leading contemporary art

museum. Revamped by Roman Abramovich

and Dasha Zhukova, the nearly 20,000-squaremetre

structure hosts exhibitions, events, and

opportunities for public dialogue.

OPTION 2: Visit Novodevichy Convent

Head to the tranquil Novodevichy Convent,

frequented by noblewomen in the 16th

century. In its cemetery you will find the final

resting places of Chekhov and Prokofiev.

OPTION 3: Take in the Tretyakov Gallery

Browse the world’s best collection of Russian

fine art. This includes icons and works

by artists such as Andrei Rublev, Wassily

Kandinsky, and Kazimir Malevich.

In the afternoon, take the high-speed train to

St Petersburg, where you’ll be met and driven

to your hotel. The city is known as the Venice

of the North for its network of canals, so you

may want to spend some of the afternoon

walking alongside the waterways.

Lotte Hotel St Petersburg | Meals: B

DAY 5: St Petersburg

Start your day at Peter and Paul Fortress,

founded by Peter the Great in 1703. It was

later used as a prison, incarcerating Gorky and

Trotsky among other left-wing figures. Also

visit the onion-domed Church of the Saviour

on Spilled Blood, built on the spot where

Emperor Alexander II was assassinated. The

interior dazzles with 7,500 square metres of

mosaics. Stop in at the Tsarskoye Selo, once an

imperial retreat, also known as Pushkin, after

Russia’s beloved writer who studied here. Take

time to stroll around its Rococo Catherine

Palace and immaculate gardens.

Lotte Hotel St Petersburg | Meals: B

DAY 6: St Petersburg

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: See the hidden Hermitage

Peek inside the Hermitage Museum’s vaults.

While you will be visiting the museum

tomorrow, today you have the opportunity

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

View the Kremlin’s

imperial glitz

››

Hop from Moscow to

St Petersburg on a

high-speed train

››

Take a ride on the

palatial Moscow Metro

››

Discover enormous royal

art collections in the

Hermitage Museum

››

Stay in opulent hotels

close to Russia’s famous

landmarks

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Days

4 & 6

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

7 breakfasts & 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Days

4 & 6 for further details

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 4: Go to the GARAGE

DAY 4: Visit Novodevichy Convent

DAY 4: Take in the Tretyakov Gallery

DAY 6: See the hidden Hermitage

DAY 6: See Russia’s greatest artworks

ACTIVE

DAY 6: Climb St Isaac’s Cathedral

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Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

to preview its antique frescoes and furniture,

which are temporarily exhibited in a state-ofthe-art

restoration facility.

OPTION 2: Climb St Isaac’s Cathedral

As well as lavish interiors, St Isaac’s Cathedral

is renowned for its gleaming gold dome.

Feeling sprightly? Walk up its 262 steps to

the top for the best city views.

OPTION 3: See Russia’s greatest artworks

Visit the State Russian Museum, dedicated

to preserving art from avant-garde works by

Kazimir Malevich to paintings by the great

Karl Bryullov.

Lotte Hotel St Petersburg | Meals: B

DAY 7: St Petersburg

The second largest museum in the world, the

State Hermitage Museum was commissioned

by Catherine the Great in 1764 as a court

museum, adjoining the Winter Palace. Today

you can view some of the huge collection

which includes works by da Vinci, Rembrandt,

Rubens, Picasso, Monet, and Matisse. Not

to mention the ostentatious Imperial rooms.

Don’t miss the Ambassador’s Staircase, the

Throne Room, and the Ballroom in particular.

You have the afternoon to explore on your

own before a celebratory dinner.

Lotte Hotel St Petersburg | Meals: B D

DAY 8: Depart St Petersburg

Today you are driven to the airport from

where you’ll depart for home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

JUNE:

14 £3,150

JULY:

19 £3,150

AUGUST:

16 £2,895

SEPTEMBER:

6, 20 £2,895

OCTOBER:

11 £2,675

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

MARCH:

20 £2,675

APRIL:

10, 24 £2,675

MAY:

1 £2,675

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay any

single supplement. The same journey, the same luxury,

guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

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RUSSIA

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Lotte Hotel Moscow

Opulence in the heart of

downtown Moscow

Lotte Hotel St Petersburg

Contemporary comfort

in a historic mansion

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Scandinavia:

Stockholm, Copenhagen & Oslo

10 days/9 nights | From £7,995 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Ideal for those drawn by the historic charm of northern Europe, this refined itinerary

offers an enlightening tour of the pristine Scandinavian capitals of

Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Visit three lively

Scandinavian capitals, and

their most iconic hotels

››

Experience modern

Norwegian cuisine at

Oslo’s Mathallen Food Hall

››

Go to Sigtuna and tour

Uppsala’s majestic Gothic

cathedral

››

Travel first-class from

Stockholm to Copenhagen,

across the Øresund

Bridge, by train

››

View authentic, excavated

Norse longships in Oslo

and Stockholm

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches

& 5 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Days 5 & 7

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on Day 5

Voss

Bergen

Gudvangen/Flåm

NORWAY

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

CRUISE

RAIL

EXTENSION

Oslo

DENMARK

DAY 1: Arrive Stockholm, Sweden

Land in Stockholm, capital of Sweden, where

you are met and transferred to your centrally

located hotel. Tonight, join your resident tour

director for a briefing and reception followed

by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Grand Hotel | Meals: D

DAY 2: Stockholm

Today, tour the city, built on a 14-island

archipelago. Visit Gamla Stan (Old Town),

walking its cobblestone streets past shops,

museums, and galleries, as well as the Royal

Palace. Explore the island of Djurgården and

the neighbourhood of Kungsholmen, where

you enter the Stockholm City Hall, site of the

Nobel Prize awards banquet. After lunch at a

local restaurant, tour the Vasa Museum, home

to the only preserved 17th-century ship in the

world. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Grand Hotel | Meals: B L

DAY 3: Uppsala & Sigtuna

Travel to Uppsala to tour its soaring Gothic

cathedral. Inside, view the 14th-century

murals depicting the legend of Saint Eric,

patron saint of Sweden. Break for lunch, and

then proceed to Sigtuna, Sweden’s first town,

to appreciate its charming wooden buildings

and fascinating rune stones.

Grand Hotel | Meals: B L D

SWEDEN

Elsinore

Uppsala

Stockholm

Copenhagen

DAY 4: Copenhagen, Denmark

After a leisurely morning, board the express

train that whisks you to Copenhagen, crossing

the Øresund Bridge, an eight-kilometre

engineering marvel that spans the strait

between Sweden and Denmark. Check into

your hotel and savour a Danish dinner at a

local restaurant.

SKT. PETRI | Meals: B D

DAY 5: Copenhagen

Start your day with a city tour of Copenhagen,

Denmark’s elegant capital. Cruise the canals

to see the city from a unique perspective.

Spend your afternoon at leisure, with the

included option to visit the Tivoli Gardens.

This evening, enjoy dinner at a restaurant in

the gardens.

SKT. PETRI | Meals: B D

DAY 6: Elsinore

Tour Frederiksborg Castle, a stunning example

of Renaissance architecture. Proceed to the

charming fishing village of Gilleleje for lunch.

Afterwards, tour nearby Elsinore’s Kronborg

Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and

the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Return

to Copenhagen.

SKT. PETRI | Meals: B L

DAY 7: Copenhagen – Oslo, Norway

Experience urban beekeeping on the roof of

Copenhagen’s city hall. Stop for lunch at a

local restaurant before boarding an overnight

ferry to the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Relax in

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SCANDINAVIA

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

Commodore Class and enjoy the vessel’s many

recently renovated facilities.

DFDS Seaways | Meals: B L

DAY 8: Oslo

Awaken to the views of the Oslo Fjord as

you sail into Norway’s cosmopolitan capital.

After a hearty breakfast, disembark and visit

the Mathallen Food Hall, and take part in a

cooking class focused on modern Norwegian

cuisine. Enjoy the lunch you helped prepare,

before visiting the city with a local guide.

Receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes

tour of the stunning waterfront opera house

and visit the Viking Ship Museum, with its

restored medieval longships as well as the

Kon-Tiki Museum, housing adventurer Thor

Heyerdahl’s famous expedition vessel.

Hotel Continental Oslo | Meals: B L

DAY 9: Oslo

This morning, enjoy a private guided tour

of the Munch Museum – devoted to the art

of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, who

bequeathed all of his works to the city of Oslo.

Then, spend your afternoon at leisure before

gathering this evening for a farewell dinner at

a local restaurant.

Hotel Continental Oslo | Meals: B D

DAY 10: Depart Oslo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to

depart for home or perhaps begin your

post-tour extension.

Meals: B

MAY:

11 £7,995 £2,765

JUNE:

15 £8,150 £2,840

JULY:

13 £8,150 £2,840

AUGUST:

10, 24 £8,150 £2,840

SEPTEMBER:

7 £7,995 £2,765

OCTOBER:

5 £7,995 £2,765

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes some long walks.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights. Our

specialists will be able to find the best travel options

to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Bergen & Norway’s Fjords

post-tour extension –

six days from £3,995pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

Grand Hotel

Helsinki waterfront hotel overlooking

the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan

SKT. PETRI

Uniquely designed hotel in the heart

of Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter

DFDS Seaways

Comfortable, recently renovated

cruise ship with many amenities

Hotel Continental Oslo

Elegantly appointed luxury hotel,

family-owned for four generations

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Splendours of the Golden Triangle

11 days/10 nights | From £2,355 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Ideal for first time visitors to India, this tour features the Golden Triangle’s main sights coupled

with the city of Udaipur. Prepare for complete immersion in the country’s most incredible destinations

Udaipur

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

Amritsar

Jaipur

INDIA

Delhi

Shimla

Agra

Varanasi

DAY 1: Arrive New Delhi, India

Touch down in New Delhi, where you are met

and transferred to your hotel.

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel

DAY 2: Old & New Delhi

A busy day taking in the sights of

Old and New Delhi, and visiting the

AKP-supported Deepalaya School. Visit Jama

Masjid, the largest Indian mosque, then the

Red Fort for its teeming bazaars. You’ll drive

past the cremation sites of Gandhi and Nehru.

Then it’s over to New Delhi to Humayun’s

Tomb. You can’t miss the 42-metre-high

stone arch of India Gate, before a drive along

Rajpath, flanked by ornamental ponds. Try

to glimpse the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Enjoy a

welcome dinner this evening with your group.

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: New Delhi

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Seek out Sikhism

Spend time in the kitchen of Gurudwara

Bangla Sahib, where the community cooks

for the needy, and be blessed by Lakshmi

Narayan Mandir’s priest.

OPTION 2: Get spicy with Indian cuisine

Time to relish Indian delicacies cooked by

you, after visiting a local spice and vegetable

market and learning how to create the perfect

dish for your stomach and your heart.

OPTION 3: Appreciate artworks at the National

Gallery of Modern Art

Its 12,000 square metres of exhibition space

makes the NGMA one the world’s largest

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a royal dowry. Spend your afternoon as you

choose: perhaps visiting Hansraj Children’s

Home, a residential school where an A&K

Philanthropy project is improving facilities.

Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur | Meals: B L

NORTHERN INDIA

modern art museums. Wander among over

14,000 local pictures and sculptures, as well as

foreign works.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 4: New Delhi – Udaipur

This morning, transfer to the airport and fly

to Udaipur, India’s most romantic city. Upon

arrival, you will be met and transferred to

your hotel and from here you can explore the

tumbling, whitewashed mansions and Aravalli

Hills. At sunset take a boat ride on the placid,

shimmering waters of Lake Pichola. From the

boat, view the city rising majestically above

the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.

Be sure to visit the Jag Mandir Palace – a

second island palace in the middle of the lake.

You might recognise it from the 1983 Bond

film, Octopussy.

Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur | Meals: B

DAY 5: Udaipur

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before a

morning city tour of Udaipur. Be amazed at

the enormous City Palace and the paintings,

mosaics, chhatries, and architecturally brilliant

façade. Visit the Crystal Gallery, which houses

crystal ornaments, fountains, crockery, and

furniture. Saheliyon-ki-Bari, ‘The Garden of

the Maids of Honour’, is a lavish tribute to

the 48 ladies-in-waiting who formed part of

DAY 6: Udaipur

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Hop in the saddle for the best views

Use pedal power to appreciate Udaipur’s

wonderful surroundings. Head up the Aravalli

mountains, passing the Monsoon Palace and

Badi Lake, and meeting some local people

along your route.

OPTION 2: Tickle the tastebuds with

traditional cuisine

Learn the local Rajasthani approach to

cooking from a family with centuriesold

recipes, then enjoy the lunch you’ve

made. Guests will help the family shortlist

ingredients, and prepare the exquisite meal.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur | Meals: B

DAY 7: Udaipur – Jaipur

This morning, transfer to the airport and fly

the one hour to Jaipur. Upon arrival, you will

be met and transferred to your hotel.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 8: Jaipur

Today is all about understanding the city,

starting with a tour of the Amber Fort, with

its distinctive Mughal architecture. Initiated in

1600 by Raja Man Singh, the fort was added

to over the years by subsequent rulers. After

lunch, it’s time for a quick photo at Hawa

Mahal (also known as the ‘Palace of Winds’),

perhaps Jaipur’s most famous building, with

its red and pink façade. Head to City Palace,

a large complex, and then end your tour at the

Jantar Mantar Observatory.

ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel | Meals: B L

DAY 9: Jaipur

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Spot the leopard

Safari in Jhalana Reserve Forest to get up close

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

View the Taj Mahal at

sunrise and sunset

››

Spend three nights

each in Delhi, Udaipur,

and Jaipur

››

Enjoy a sunset boat ride

on Lake Pichola

››

Discover the old and new

faces of Delhi

››

View the jewel of Jaipur,

the Amber Fort

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Days 3,

6 & 9

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

10 breakfasts, 3 lunches

& 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Days 3,

6 & 9 for further details

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 3: Seek out Sikhism

DAY 3: Appreciate artworks at the

National Gallery of Modern Art

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 3: Get spicy with Indian cuisine

DAY 6 Tickle the tastebuds with

traditional cooking

ACTIVE

DAY 6: Hop in the saddle for the best views

DAY 9: Spot the leopard

DAY 9: Hike in the foothills of the Amer

DAY 9: Go water walking

to the elusive leopard. With around 15 leopard

living in this forest, you stand a good chance

of glimpsing one of the beautiful beasts.

OPTION 2: Hike in the foothills of the Amer

Walk along the Amer to the Anokhi Museum

of Hand Printing. This popular traditional

pastime is housed in a haveli, which received

an award for its restoration from UNESCO.

OPTION 3: Go water walking

Trek the water walk at Nahargarh to see

how water was channelled in ancient times

from hilltop forts. Take in the sights of

Madhavendra Bhawan and fine city views.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 10: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

It’s time to head to Agra, stopping off at the

deserted Mughal City of Fatehpur Sikri.

Located in Uttar Pradesh, Fatehpur Sikri

shared imperial duties with Agra and is

regarded as Emperor Akbar’s crowning

architectural legacy. Its palaces, halls, and

masjids or mosques satisfied his aesthetic

impulses, so typical of Mughals, and so

intriguing to us still. From here, head to Agra

and check in at your hotel. Tonight, visit the

Taj Mahal at sunset and drink in the view.

Then, join your group for a farewell dinner.

ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel | Meals: B D

DAY 11: Agra – New Delhi

One visit to the Taj Mahal is never enough,

so rise early to wonder at the breathtaking

monument in a moment of peace before

sunrise. Then it’s time to return to your hotel

for breakfast. Once you’ve eaten, head to

Agra Fort on the bend of the River Yamuna,

almost in the heart of the town. Built by the

great Mughal emperor Akbar I as his citadel

between 1565 and 1573, it has imposing gates

and red sandstone walls – a beautiful example

of Indian architecture. Transfer to Delhi

airport and depart for the UK.

Meals: B

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Shimla post-tour extension –

four days from £545pp

Varanasi post-tour extension –

four days from £430pp

Amritsar post-tour extension –

four days from £495pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SEPTEMBER:

27 £2,355

OCTOBER:

11, 25 £2,425

NOVEMBER:

8, 22 £2,425

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

FEBRUARY:

7, 21 £2,495

MARCH:

6, 13, 27 £2,495

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay any

single supplement. The same journey, the same luxury,

guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

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NORTHERN INDIA

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel

This central location with refined

touches opens New Delhi’s doors

Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur

Take advantage of renowned Vedic

architecture and a palatial pool in Udaipur

ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection

Hotel

Enjoy Jaipur in refinement with all mod cons

ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection

Hotel

Offering easy access to the Taj Mahal

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

The Secrets of Southern India

11 days/10 nights | From £2,355 per person | Maximum 18 guests

If you’re game to explore Southern India’s lesser-travelled road from Kerala to

Tamil Nadu, this is the tour for you. Featuring historical Kochi, Kumarakom’s backwaters,

Munnar’s tea estates, and the splendid temple town of Madurai

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

Goa

Munnar

Kochi

Kumarakom

Madurai

Periyar

Chennai

DAY 1: Arrive Kochi, India

Land in the coastal city of Kochi (or Cochin)

where you’ll be chauffeured to your hotel.

Your afternoon jaunt starts at Mattancherry

Palace, gifted to the King of Kochi in the 16th

century, displaying well-preserved Hindu

murals. Then visit St Francis Church, India’s

first European-built church. In the afternoon,

take a boat ride along the harbour, stopping at

the Bolgatty Palace, one of India’s oldest Dutch

mansions. You’ll see fishermen tending to

Chinese nets and lush islands with waterside

hamlets. Return to your hotel to get ready for

your welcome dinner.

Forte Kochi | Meals: D

DAY 2: Kochi

Today, Design your Day SM – giving you

the freedom to choose the experience that is

best suited to you.

This morning, visit Paradesi Synagogue,

the oldest active synagogue in the

Commonwealth. Peruse Chinese

hand-painted tiles, a brass pulpit,

and Belgian glass chandeliers.

Select Option 1, which occurs prior to the

synagogue visit, or from Option 2 or 3 which

occur afterwards:

OPTION 1: Bike Kochi

Pedal around the city’s diverse landmarks

and communities on a four-hour tour.

Highlights include the colonial-era Thakur

House, the Dutch Cemetery, the Jeevamatha

Church, and the atmospheric dhobi khana

(public laundry).

OPTION 2: Crabbing in Kumbalangi

Visit Kumbalangi, an island village tucked

away in the backwaters. Watch weavers work

with coir, learn about the traditional Chinese

nets, or take part in a spot of crab fishing.

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OPTION 3: Enjoy a kathakali performance

Traditionally, the kathakali dance performance

lasts all night until dawn. However, you can

experience a shorter version of its dramatic

choreography depicting Hindu epics.

Forte Kochi | Meals: B

DAY 3: Kochi – Kumarakom

Leave Kochi after breakfast and head towards

Kumarakom, a traditional village in Kerala’s

backwater paradise. Sitting on the picturesque

Vembanad Lake, your hotel is accessible only

by boat. Glide through serene water dotted

with hyacinths and check into your hotel. You

may want to spend the rest of the afternoon

unwinding with an Ayurvedic massage or sit

out by the lake, cocktail in hand.

Coconut Lagoon | Meals: B

DAY 4: Kumarakom

Exploring Kerala’s backwaters on a traditional

houseboat is a must. The cocoon-like rice

barge is one of the region’s most iconic

images. Punt along sun-dappled waterways

and through corridors of mangroves, coconut

palms, and thick paddy fields. From the deck,

you might catch glimpses of fishermen hauling

their nets and an egret or two perched in the

vegetation. You’ll pass sleepy fishing villages

with women weaving on the shoreline and

children playing in the shallows.

Coconut Lagoon | Meals: B L

DAY 5: Kumarakom – Periyar

This morning, a driver will take you into

the Western Ghats to explore an area of

remarkable natural beauty. The Periyar

National Park is a sanctuary for wildlife

including the Indian elephant and tiger that

congregate around the rolling rivers. Spend

time exploring miles of tropical forest, huge

dams and serene lakes. Then continue to your

hotel in the Cardamom Hills where you can

stroll around the spice gardens and take a dip

in the pool.

Shalimar Spice Garden | Meals: B

DAY 6: Periyar – Munnar

It’s a three-hour drive to the misty mountain

town of Munnar, famed for its emerald tea

gardens. Sitting at the confluence of three

rivers, its forested highlands are home to herds

of wild elephant and vivid flora and fauna.

You can visit the Tea Museum showcasing

the work of British tea planters, before taking

a walk through the plantations. Here you’ll

see local workers clipping tea bushes and

collecting the valuable leaves. There’s time

to visit the nearby market before you return

to your hotel.

Windermere Estate | Meals: B

DAY 7: Munnar

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Jump on a jeep safari

Take a jeep ride to the world’s highest tea

estate, Kolukkumalai, for a behind-the-scenes

tour of its factory. Then enjoy a picnic lunch

amid rural countryside.

OPTION 2: Take a hike in the Letchmi Hills

Hike to the top of the Letchmi Hills where on

a clear day you can see Anamudi, the highest

peak in southern India. Take a picnic and

enjoy wildlife spotting.

OPTION 3: Trek to Chokkarmudi

Follow the Chokkarmudi trail up craggy

mountain slopes from where you can see

rolling tea plantations and tiny villages

embroidered in the hilly contours.

OPTION 4: Climb to Top Station

The best views can be achieved in higher

territory. Trek the ridges of the Western Ghats

to Top Station where you can take in towering

mountain peaks from above the clouds.

Windermere Estate | Meals: B

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Punt through

Kumarakom’s backwaters

on a traditional barge

››

Sip the freshest brew at a

tea plantation in Munnar

››

Trek to Munnar’s Top

Station for ultimate

peak views

››

Explore Southern India’s

star wildlife sanctuary,

Periyar National Park

››

Visit the iconic temple

town of Madurai

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on

Days 2 & 7

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

10 breakfasts, 1 lunch &

2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

SOUTHERN INDIA

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See

Days 2 & 7 for further details

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 2: Crabbing in Kumbalangi

DAY 2: See a kathakali performance

DAY 7: Jump on a jeep safari

DAY 8: Munnar – Madurai

Cross over to the temple city of Madurai,

Tamil Nadu’s spiritual heart. On the banks of

the River Vaigai, it’s one of the oldest cities in

the world with over two millennia of complex

history. Today the metropolis pulses with

worshippers travelling to pray at its temples.

Your hotel sits in a quiet spot in the hills

where you can unwind and have lunch –

Tamil Nadu is renowned for fresh ground

masalas. Or take a tuk-tuk to investigate the

Dravidian architecture.

Heritage Madurai | Meals: B

ACTIVE

DAY 2: Bike Kochi

DAY 7: Hike in the Letchmi Hills

DAY 7: Trek to Chokkarmudi

DAY 7: Climb to Top Station

DAY 9: Madurai

Every year, thousands make the pilgrimage to

the Meenakshi Temple, celebrating Lord Shiva

and the Meenakshi deity. This morning you

can explore its dazzling maze of courtyards,

grand pillared hallways, and towers of brightly

painted stucco carvings. Take a break in the

afternoon, perhaps recuperating in your

hotel spa. Return to the temple at dusk for

the closing ceremony, a spectacle of idols,

musicians, and rituals in procession. From one

celebration to another, return to your hotel for

a final dinner.

Heritage Madurai | Meals: B D

DAY 10: Madurai – Chennai

This morning you’ll be driven to the airport

for your flight to Chennai. On arrival, you’ll

be taken straight to your hotel. Relax by the

pool or you may want to stroll around the

city’s Victorian-era buildings. There’s also the

Chennai Fish Market and Fort St George,

a strategic outpost during the British Empire.

Trident Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 11: Depart Chennai

Your chauffeur will drive you to Chennai

airport from where you’ll depart.

Meals: B

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Goa post-tour extension –

four days from £375pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

OCTOBER:

12, 26 £2,355

NOVEMBER:

9, 23 £2,355

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JANUARY:

11, 25 £2,455

FEBRUARY:

8, 22 £2,455

MARCH:

14 £2,455

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay

any single supplement. The same journey, the same

luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights. Our

specialists will be able to find the best travel options

to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Forte Kochi

Colonial-style hotel in

historical Fort Kochi

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

SOUTHERN INDIA

Coconut Lagoon

Based on a traditional Keralan village

in the backwaters of Kumarakom

Shalimar Spice Garden

Stylish thatched cottages among

the spice gardens in Thekkady

Windermere Estate

Stone bungalows and plantation

style in the Cardamom Hills

Heritage Madurai

Old-world charm among seven

hectares of lush gardens

Trident Hotel

Modern luxury near Chennai’s landmarks

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

The Spice Lands of

Sri Lanka

13 days/12 nights | From £1,875 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Even for seasoned travellers, Sri Lanka offers a wealth of unique cultural attractions coupled with superb

scenery. Visit heritage sites, explore national parks, and stay in characterful, authentic hotels

Colombo

Galle

Dambulla

SRI LANKA

Habarana

Polonnaruwa

Kandy

Nuwara Eliya

INDIAN

OCEAN

Yala National Park

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

DAY 1: Arrive Colombo, Sri Lanka

Land in Colombo, where you are met by an

A&K representative and transferred to your

hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Galle Face Hotel

DAY 2: Colombo

Today, Design your Day SM – giving you

the freedom to choose the experience that is

best suited to you.

Make the most of Colombo with a morning

tour. Sri Lanka’s capital blends historic value

and modern vibes. Dating back over 600 years,

it is incredibly diverse. An array of temples,

mosques, and churches reflect the various

beliefs on the island. Architecturally, beautiful

façades of colonial buildings contrast with the

modern. Discover the Gangaramaya Buddhist

Temple, the Pettah bazaar, the Wolvendaal

Dutch Church, the Old Parliament, and

Independence Square.

This afternoon, select from the following

options:

OPTION 1: Get arty in Colombo

Tour Saskia Fernando Gallery and admire

contemporary art, and the Asokaramaya

Buddhist Temple’s murals. Interact with street

artisans in Viharamahadevi Park. End in style

with a tuk-tuk ride.

OPTION 2: Be blessed with Buddhism

A supremely sacred site, Lord Buddha is said

to have visited Kelaniya Temple. Tour the

temple, then hear a short sermon and attend

a blessing ceremony.

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of the Buddha cut into the stone, and ruins

of ancient palaces, intricately carved moon

stones, and royal baths.

Jetwing Lake | Meals: B D

DAY 5: Dambulla

Take time at breakfast before a trip to the vast

complex that is Dambulla cave temple. The

site is still a significant Buddhist monastery,

with the largest collection of cave temple

paintings in Sri Lanka on its ceiling. It also

houses the greatest number of Buddha

statues in a single place. Wandering through

the temple, absorb the serenity of this

well-preserved landmark. It is no wonder

Dambulla has been named a UNESCO World

Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the day at

your leisure.

Jetwing Lake | Meals: B D

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

SRI LANKA

OPTION 3: Stretch your legs before tea

Join resident photographers to understand the

island’s history. See the Old Dutch Hospital

and Colombo Fort. Take tea then hit Pettah

Bazaar, before dinner and drinks at your hotel.

Galle Face Hotel | Meals: B D

DAY 3: Colombo – Dambulla

The early start this morning pays off with a

stop at Ridi Viharaya cave temple. Admire

the gold-plated Buddha and Bible Tiles, but

linger on the cave’s carved door frame with

its intricate carvings inlaid with ivory. Spend

your afternoon at leisure or climb Sigiriya,

the famed rock fortress. A UNESCO World

Heritage Site, ‘the Lion Rock’ rises 200 metres

above the jungle and was a royal citadel for

almost 20 years. Admire the mirror wall, the

graffiti, the Sigiriya frescoes, and the great lion

paws. The 360-degree view is as breathtaking

as the climb.

Jetwing Lake | Meals: B D

DAY 4: Habarana & Polonnaruwa

Delve into dual destinations today and spend

time with monks, then see the archaeological

monuments of Sri Lanka’s second kingdom.

In Habarana, enjoy local hospitality, partaking

in dana, when meals are offered to the village

temple, followed by a Buddhist sermon. Travel

to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. See the

iconic man-made reservoir, the famous Gal

Viharaya or ‘Rock Temple’ with four statues

DAY 6: Dambulla – Kandy

After breakfast, head to Kandy for a personal

guided tour, ending at the sacred Temple of

the Tooth Relic, another UNESCO World

Heritage Site. Historic Kandy Lake, the Royal

Botanical Gardens, and the scenic Victoria

Golf Club are also worthy of your time.

Shop for silverware, brassware, and gemstudded

jewellery, carved by skilled Kandyan

craftsmen. Escape the evening city bustle to

watch the sunset and religious ceremonies

around the Sacred Temple. By special

arrangement, meet with the head priests and

receive their blessing.

Mahaweli Reach Hotel | Meals: B D

DAY 7: Kandy

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Learn local culinary secrets

Join a local family in a cookery session

at home. Learn authentic techniques and

flavours to create a fish or chicken curry and

accompaniments, tasting as you go.

OPTION 2: Experience temple traditions

Visit four ancient temples of Kandy –

Gadaladeniya, Lankathilaka, Degaldoruwa,

and Embakke in a half-day trip. See how

Hinduism has influenced Buddhist culture

and how each temple is highly individual.

OPTION 3: Channel your inner chieftain

Step into the past when you try on a richly

decorated royal costume, worn exclusively

by the ancient kings and noble chieftains of

Kandy (known as nilame). This is a rare photo

opportunity to revel in traditional splendour.

Mahaweli Reach Hotel | Meals: B D

DAY 8: Kandy – Peradeniya –

Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, stroll through the Royal

Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, a 14thcentury

pleasure park for Sri Lankan royalty.

The largest botanical garden measures 59

hectares and is home to over 4,000 species

of flora, and an array of butterflies and bird

species. Admire the incredible collection

of over 300 varieties of orchids – one of the

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Meander the streets

of the ancient city of

Polonnaruwa

››

Visit the Temple of the

Tooth Relic in Kandy

››

Enjoy a game drive at

Yala National Park

››

Explore the famous Galle

Dutch Fort area

››

View the UNESCO-listed

Dambulla cave temple

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Days

2 & 7

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

12 breakfasts & 11 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Days

2 & 7 for further details

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 2: Get arty in Colombo

DAY 2: Be blessed with Buddhism

DAY 7: Experience temple traditions

DAY 7: Channel your

inner chieftain

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 7: Learn local cooking secrets

ACTIVE

DAY 2: Stretch your legs before tea

garden’s highlights, as well as giant bamboo

and double palm trees, both of which are

imports to the island – some from more than

100 years ago. Visit the commonwealth war

cemetery then leave for Nuwara Eliya.

Langdale by Amaya | Meals: B D

DAY 9: Nuwara Eliya

This morning you have the opportunity to

experience one of Sri Lanka’s highlights on a

tea factory visit. Personally guided by a local

expert, this is a tea experience like no other.

Get up close and personal with handpicked

Ceylon tea, learn about the tea manufacturing

process, and sample several varieties in a

tasting session to understand the different

flavours and processes that make Sri Lankan

teas among the best in the world. Spend the

rest of the day at your leisure (with a cup of

your favourite brew).

Langdale by Amaya | Meals: B D

DAY 10: Nuwara Eliya – Yala

Head to Moon Plains, and visit the best

vantage points for the central highlands of Sri

Lanka. Suited to nature lovers, this is a halfday

trip an hour from the hotel. Nearly 2,000

metres above sea level and encircled by cloud

forests, take your fill of the view and of photos

of the surrounding mountain ranges and

peaks including Pidurutalagala, Kirigalpotta,

and Thotupola, and keep an eye open for the

sambar deer, and a variety of birds. From here,

it’s five hours’ journey to Yala.

Jetwing Yala | Meals: B D

DAY 11: Yala

Rise with the sun for an early game ride with

a local trekker, spotting wildlife unique to

the region, before breakfast. If you’re lucky,

you may see three of Sri Lanka’s Big Five

endangered animals on one single safari,

since the native leopard, sloth, and elephant

can all be found in the area. While searching

for the elusive leopard, herds of spotted

deer, wild boar, wild buffalo, crocodile,

and peacock will provide you with plenty

of fantastic photograph opportunities.

Spend the afternoon as you wish.

Jetwing Yala | Meals: B D

DAY 12: Yala – Galle

After breakfast, drive along the south coast

to Galle for a well-deserved rest before a late

afternoon transfer to Galle Fort. Take time for

a guided tour of the walled city – another of

Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The exotic mixes with the colonial here and

the impressive fortress is a living example

of European architecture and South Asian

traditions melded between the 16th and 19th

centuries. Explore Galle Fort on foot, before

your farewell group dinner.

Tamarind Hill | Meals: B D

DAY 13: Depart Galle

Transfer to Colombo airport and depart for

the UK.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

OCTOBER:

20 £1,875

NOVEMBER:

17 £2,160

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

JANUARY:

12

26

FEBRUARY:

9

23

PER

PERSON

FROM

£2,240

£2,335

£2,335

£2,245

MARCH:

15 £2,145

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay any

single supplement. The same journey, the same luxury,

guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

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Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Galle Face Hotel

Colonial-style hotel in Colombo

with wonderful views of the ocean

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

SRI LANKA

Jetwing Lake

Marvel at palatial gardens, centrally located

for exploration of the Dambulla area

Mahaweli Reach Hotel

Both peaceful and picturesque,

in an idyllic river location in Kandy

Langdale by Amaya

This boutique property has glorious hillside

views across Nuwara Eliya’s plantations

Jetwing Yala

Scenic ocean location enhanced

by proximity to the national park

Tamarind Hill

Occupying a former aristocratic colonialstyle

mansion, this Galle hotel is stunning

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Peru’s Ancient Marvels

15 days/14 nights | From £4,525 per person | Maximum 18 guests

This itinerary is perfect for those keen to unravel Peru’s rich history and culture. Delve into ancient

citadels, Incan ruins, and splendid colonial architecture from Lima to the Sacred Valley

Chiclayo and Trujillo

Lima

PERU

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

Colca

ROAD

RAIL

EXTENSION

Arequipa

Elevation:

Cusco – 3,400m. approx.

Sacred Valley – 2,000m-3,000m. approx.

Machu Picchu – 2,400m. approx.

To Amazon posttour

excursion

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley

Cusco

Puno

DAY 1: Arrive Lima, Peru

Land in Lima, Peru’s spotlight capital city, and

you will be chauffeured straight to your hotel

in the exclusive Miraflores district. If it’s late,

you may just want to relax and order room

service tonight.

Hilton Lima Miraflores

DAY 2: Lima

Head straight to the Larco Museum for

your first fix of ancient Peru. Its flower-filled

gardens are worth a visit alone, not to mention

its thousands of pre-Columbian artefacts,

pottery, and Incan relics. Over the years,

Lima has become a serious dining destination

and foodies from all over the world make

the pilgrimage to its restaurants. For lunch,

you may want to try a trendy cevichería,

completely queue-worthy. Make sure you

leave space for dinner at one of the city’s

finest eateries.

Hilton Lima Miraflores | Meals: B D

DAY 3: Lima – Arequipa

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Scenic cycling in Lima

Hop on a bike and pedal along Lima’s seafront.

Pause at the Bridge of Sighs, a local meeting

point, and take in views over surfers and

sweeping sea.

OPTION 2: Explore the ruins at Pachacamac

Take a trip to Pachacamac, a ruin dating back

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LATIN AMERICA

PERU

to 200 AD. It’s one of the most important

pre-Hispanic settlements. Explore the tombs,

terraced pyramids, and temples of early Lima.

OPTION 3: Take a cooking class

Head to the market with a local chef to source

tuna, corn, aji (Peruvian chilli), and cuts

of sirloin. Then whip up ceviche and lomo

saltado for lunch.

In the afternoon you’ll be driven to the airport

for your flight to Arequipa. You’ll be met on

arrival and transferred to your hotel for the

next two nights.

Hotel Libertador Arequipa | Meals: B

DAY 4: Arequipa

Welcome to Arequipa, fondly known as the

White City for the gleaming volcanic stone

used in much of its architecture. First stop, the

historic Yanahuara district to see Andalucianstyle

churches, the arched square, and views

over the entire city. Then on to the colonial

Church of San Francisco for a wander around

its pretty plaza. End at the Santa Catalina,

Arequipa’s most impressive site. Known as

the ‘city within a city,’ this 16th-century

monastery comes complete with ornate

chapels, geranium-filled doorways, colourfully

painted cloisters, and even an art gallery.

Hotel Libertador Arequipa | Meals: B

DAY 5: Arequipa – Colca

The four-and-a-half-hour drive to the Colca

Canyon is worth the views. Stop at Yura,

a town known for its medicinal hot springs,

used by the Incas for their healing qualities.

You’ll pass plains dotted with wild vicuña,

extinct volcanoes, and wetlands where you

may spot an Andean flamingo. Pause at Abra

Patapampa, the highest point of your journey

(4,910 metres above sea level), then continue

to your lodge in the Colca Canyon. It’s twice as

deep as the Grand Canyon and you can spend

the afternoon admiring the vastness from

bubbling hot springs.

Colca Lodge | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Colca

Wake up early to seek out condor soaring on

the warm morning thermals. Peru’s national

bird is somewhat elusive, but scouting it out

with your expert guide is all part of the fun.

From the teetering canyon rim, look out to

see nearly two-metre wingspans and huge

shadowy frames silently gliding through the

canyon. If you’re lucky, you can get close to

them perching in the sheer cliffs. Afterwards,

stop in at the traditional villages of Maca and

Yanque, which, although tiny and remote,

boast ornate colonial churches.

Colca Lodge | Meals: B

DAY 7: Colca – Puno

Set your sights on Puno, Lake Titicaca’s

waterside city. The journey may be long (five

hours), but you can stretch your legs hiking

to the pre-Incan ruins of San Antonio. Then

follow the highland road from which you

might see roaming alpaca and llama. Reach

the highest point in your journey at 4,528

metres before continuing to your hotel on the

very edge of Lake Titicaca.

Hotel Libertador Puno | Meals: B L

DAY 8: Puno

Sky-facing and mirror-like, Lake Titicaca is

considered the highest navigable lake in the

world. At a surface elevation of nearly 4,000

metres, its waters are home to indigenous

communities where life is conducted as it has

been for centuries. Take a boat to the Floating

Island of Uros, cleverly made of tightly woven

reeds. Learn how its people build their homes

and live a traditional way of life. You’ll then

visit Taquile island where a hike will reward

you with views over the glittering blue waters,

and a well-earned lunch.

Hotel Libertador Puno | Meals: B L

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore the Inca city of

Machu Picchu, Peru’s

ancient wonder

››

See condors soar on the

Colca Canyon thermals

››

Discover history-rich

Cusco and the Sacred

Valley

››

Visit Lake Titicaca’s

floating reed islands

››

Stay in standout hotels

throughout

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Day 3

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

14 breakfasts, 8 lunches

& 3 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Day 3

for further details

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 3: Explore the ruins at Pachacamac

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 3: Take a cooking class

ACTIVE

DAY 3: Scenic cycling in Lima

DAY 9: Puno – Cusco

A driver will take you to Puno station where

you’ll board a train to Cusco. Sit back in

a Pullman-style carriage and watch the

landscape unfold from vast plains to emerald

mountain slopes. There’s an observation car

where you can take in the views with a pisco

sour. You can also enjoy a three-course lunch.

Arrive into Cusco and a driver will take you to

your central hotel.

Palacio del Inka | Meals: B L

DAY 10: Cusco

It’s time to explore history-rich Cusco. Once

the Incan capital before the Spanish crushed

their civilisation, today you can witness both

colonial architecture and Incan remains

on just about every corner. Sights include

the 16th-century cathedral on the bustling

Plaza de Armas, and Coricancha, a former

Inca palace turned Spanish church. Head to

Sacsayhuamán on Cusco’s outskirts, where

Incas shaped giant polished boulders into a

cyclopean fortress. There’s time to see San

Pedro market’s jostling fruit stalls before lunch.

Palacio del Inka | Meals: B

DAY 11: Cusco – Sacred Valley

This morning, your driver will take you

to the Sacred Valley, Peru’s spiritual land

of giant mountains and traditional towns.

Drop into the town of Pisac, famed for its

Sunday markets bursting with colourful

textiles, handicrafts, and fruit gathered by the

Quechan communities. Then visit Hacienda

Sarapampa where you can learn how the locals

harvest the giant white corn, Peru’s staple

ingredient. Continue to your hillside hotel

tucked away in the valley.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba | Meals: B L

DAY 12: Sacred Valley

Take the morning to visit Chinchero, a

pretty market town and hot spot for local

textiles. Here you can mingle with the

Andean community whose ancient weaving

techniques, medicinal remedies, and adobe

brickwork survive today. Return to your hotel

in time for tea. You may want to do a spot of

bird-watching or stroll around the farmland.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba | Meals: B L

DAY 13: Sacred Valley –

Machu Picchu

This morning, you’ll be driven to

Ollantaytambo to take a look around its

imposing fortress, once an Incan lookout

point. While school is in session, visit the

AKP-supported Kuychi Centre to meet pupils

from the Children of the Rainbow School.

Then catch the train to the town of Aguas

Calientes where a bus will take you to the very

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Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

last citadel in pre-Columbian society. No

matter how many photos you’ve seen, nothing

can prepare you for Machu Picchu’s wide

avenues, cascading terraces and intricate

stonework. All this cradled by steamy forest

and sky-piercing mountains. Spend time

navigating this ancient wonder before heading

down to your hotel.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo | Meals: B L D

DAY 14: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Return to Machu Picchu for a second look.

You may want to linger here or walk to the

iconic Sun Gate. For those intrepid enough

can hike up the neighbouring Huayna Picchu

mountain, at 2,693 metres it has staggering

bird’s-eye views. In the early afternoon you’ll

take the train back to Ollantaytambo where

your driver will take you to Cusco. Celebrate

the last night at a standout restaurant.

Palacio del Inka | Meals: B L D

DAY 15: Depart Cusco

This morning your driver will take you to

Cusco airport from where you’ll depart.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SEPTEMBER:

4, 25 £4,525

OCTOBER:

9, 23 £4,525

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

MARCH:

18, 25 £4,625

APRIL:

15, 29 £4,625

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay any

single supplement. The same journey, the same luxury,

guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Amazon post-tour extension –

three days from £850pp

Chiclayo & Trujillo pre-tour

extension – five days from

£1,515pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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PERU

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Hilton Lima Miraflores

Grand and elegantly styled property,

ideally located near Parque Kennedy

Hotel Libertador Arequipa

Refinement in a grand setting, plus the city’s

most important sites are a short walk away

Colca Lodge

Rustic retreat on the banks

of the Colca River

Hotel Libertador Puno

Modern chic overlooking Lake Titicaca

on its own private island

Palacio del Inka

Grand colonial mansion in Cusco,

oozing with Iberian flair

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Hacienda-style hotel with a

farm-to-table dining concept

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Adobe whitewashed cottages

set within tropical gardens

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Galápagos

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

Wildlife Adventure

10 days/9 nights | From £7,360 per person | Maximum 18 guests

From family fun to in-depth observation, search for the unique species,

which inhabit the Galápagos Islands. Uncover their habitats on boating

excursions, guided hikes, and other exciting activities

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Cruise the Galápagos

Islands on expedition

vessel, La Pinta

››

Enjoy the opportunity to

have wildlife encounters

with iguana, cormorant,

and giant tortoise

››

Explore the lesser-known

sites of Post Office Bay

and Darwin Lake

››

Partake in glass-bottom

boat trips, kayaking,

snorkelling, trekking,

and shore excursions

››

Attend guided stargazing

and nature lectures, and

enjoy attentive staff

INCLUSIONS

33

Luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director

& English-speaking

expert local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches

& 8 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Day 3

33

Traveller’s Valet SM while on the

cruise

Baltra

GALÁPAGOS

ISLANDS

PACIFIC

OCEAN

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

DAY 1: Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil, the commercial centre

of Ecuador, where you’re met and transferred

to your hotel.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

DAY 2: Guayaquil

This morning, drive into the rural countryside

for a visit to Hacienda La Danesa, a traditional

dairy and cacao farm with a rich heritage and

history. Learn about growing and harvesting

cocoa to create famed Ecuadorian chocolate

during a hands-on plantation visit that

includes artisanal chocolate tasting, before an

organic farm lunch. Return to Guayaquil for

a brief city tour. Tonight, enjoy a delightful

welcome dinner.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: The Galápagos

Fly to Baltra in the remote Galápagos Islands.

Meet your naturalist guide and board La Pinta,

your home for a six-night cruise through the

Galápagos’ Western Islands. Nimble enough to

access these waters yet large enough for safety

and comfort, La Pinta is built for adventure.

The vessel is ecologically sound as well, and

comes equipped with pangas (rubber rafts), a

glass-bottom boat, and sea kayaks that allow

for independent exploration. After lunch,

attend an introductory briefing and a fitting

for your wetsuit and snorkelling gear.

La Pinta | Meals: B L D

ECUADOR

Guayaquil

DAYS 4-8: The Galápagos

Because weather, water, and wildlife

conditions can change, your cruise itinerary

remains flexible, though two daily excursions

are planned. Each cruise day begins with a

hearty breakfast, before boarding a sturdy

panga for the morning shore excursion.

Explore landmarks such as Punta Espinoza,

the red beach of Rábida Island, Champion

Inlet, and the Charles Darwin Research

Station on Santa Cruz Island. You may

spot sunbathing sea lion, skittering Sally

Lightfoot crab, century-old tortoise, and both

marine and land iguana. Birdlife includes

penguin, flamingo, blue-footed booby, and

Darwin’s iconic finch. Return to La Pinta for

a refreshing lunch and a little time at leisure.

Return to the pangas for a second excursion,

perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak,

or snorkel. After a wonderful meal, your

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DATES & PRICING

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

23 £7,825 £5,380

MARCH:

20 £7,825 £5,380

APRIL:

17 £7,825 £5,380

MAY:

15 £7,825 £5,380

SEPTEMBER:

4 £7, 360 £5,075

OCTOBER:

2, 30 £7,825 £5,380

La Pinta

Spacious adventure yacht featuring

sea kayaks and a glass-bottom boat

evenings are your own – attend astronomy

and nature lectures presented by your affable

guides, peruse the onboard library, or gather

in the lounge.

La Pinta | Meals: B L D

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes some active elements.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

DAYS 9 & 10: Depart Guayaquil

Disembark today and fly back to Guayaquil.

Enjoy time to relax before gathering for a

farewell dinner at your hotel’s restaurant.

The next morning, transfer to the airport

to head for home.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil |

Meals: B D (Day 9); B (Day 10)

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

Central hotel located close to

Centennial Park and the airport

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MEET THE NATIVES

From the finches that inspired Darwin

to the whales that return to the islands

each autumn, wildlife sets the Galápagos

apart. Encounter each island’s unique

species up close with the help of your

naturalist guide

SEA LION

The social sea lion hardly bats an eye at

human visitors. When not congregating on

the beach, they are swift, powerful swimmers.

Want to swim with a sea lion? January

through March is a great time of year for

water clarity and warmer temperatures. Or

come in October for a chance to snorkel with

a sea lion pup.

SALLY LIGHTFOOT CRAB

This brilliant-hued crab is perhaps the islands’

most photogenic species. It occupies the rocky

coasts, feeding on algae, year round.

BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY

Given to foot-stamping mating displays that

make it a favourite of Galápagos visitors, the

endearing blue-footed booby may be found

mating and nesting year round, depending

on conditions.

FLIGHTLESS CORMORANT

Over the eons since arriving by air in the

Galápagos, this living experiment from

‘Nature’s Laboratory’ evolved into the

world’s only flightless seabird besides the

penguin. It nests from May to October.

MARINE & LAND IGUANA

Called the ‘imp of darkness’ by Darwin, the

marine iguana is well adapted to the water,

with finlike tails and teeth designed to scrape

algae from rocks. Nesting begins in February.

Its terrestrial kin, the land iguana, prefers

dining on prickly pear cactus and has a

mating schedule that varies by island.

GALÁPAGOS PENGUIN

Both the rarest and the most northerly

penguin species, this island denizen arrived

at the Galápagos via the chilly Humboldt

Current from Antarctica. Penguin, and many

other Galápagos bird species, such as the

red-footed booby, start nesting in January.

GIANT TORTOISE

Overhunting and habitat loss nearly drove

these placid, stately reptiles to extinction.

Happily, conservation efforts are proving

successful and many subspecies’ populations

are on the increase. Visit in January to see

laying. Come between March and May to see

its rare aquatic cousin, the green sea turtle,

nesting on the beaches.

WHEN WHAT WHERE

January

February

March

April

May

September

October

November

Land bird nesting, marine iguana

displaying bright colours, sea turtle

laying

Greater flamingo nesting,

Bahama pintail duck breeding,

marine iguana nesting

Marine iguana nesting, waved

albatross arriving, penguin performing

water acrobatics

Waved albatross performing courtship

ritual, giant tortoise hatching season

ends, land iguana hatching season starts

Blue-footed booby courting, sea turtle

hatching, marine iguana hatching

Galápagos penguin performing water

acrobatics, seabirds are active,

sea lion are active

Lava heron nesting, fur seal mating,

blue-footed booby raising chicks,

giant tortoise laying eggs

Sea lion pupping season, brown noddy

breeding season, band-rumped storm

petrel nesting season

Española Island

Floreana Island, Santa

Cruz

Fernandina, Española

Island, Isabela Island

Española Island, Isabela

Island

North Seymour Island,

Gardner Bay, Punta

Cormorant, Puerto Egas,

Santa Cruz

Bartolomé, Mosquera

Island, Española, Rábida

Island, Santiago

Española, Isabela Island

Various Galápagos

islands

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GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

La Pinta

At the heart of your Galápagos experience is La Pinta, a vessel built for adventure.

By day, cruise the islands and discover the wonders of this incredible region. By night,

luxuriate in your comfortable, spacious cabin

SHIP DETAILS AT A GLANCE

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24 outside cabins, with large

windows and ocean views,

located on the Upper Deck

33

Includes four triple cabins able

to accommodate a third guest

under 12 years of age

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Menus, created by a Cordon

Bleu-trained chef, featuring

fine Ecuadorian dishes and

international cuisine

33

Sea kayaks and a glass-bottom

boat available on board for

independent exploration

MADE FOR EXPLORATION

La Pinta combines the amenities of a

first-class yacht with the skilled personnel

of an expedition vessel. At 63 metres long,

she carries just 48 guests in 24 spacious

cabins (multiple groups). That means more

room to stretch out. A small group size also

ensures better service, with 28 crew members,

three Galápagos-certified naturalist guides and

A&K resident tour directors at your service

throughout your voyage.

STYLISH YET CASUAL DINING

Dining on board is a stylish affair, with menus

featuring international cuisine and celebrated

Ecuadorian dishes. Aboard La Pinta, fine

dining doesn’t mean formal. You need not

pack anything dressier than smart-casual wear,

and many meals may be enjoyed alfresco in

the Observation Lounge & Bar.

STABLE & ECO-FRIENDLY

When not on shore expeditions, guests are free

to wander La Pinta’s relaxed public spaces,

including the outside Sky Bar on the boat

deck, perfect for a chat with your guides.

The ship itself is small enough to nimbly

navigate the Galápagos waters but large

enough to ensure the safety of passengers.

DECK PLAN

Outside Sky Bar

Jacuzzi

BOAT DECK

CABIN DECK

MAIN DECK

Dining

Library

Gym

Reception

Dr.

Observation

Lounge & Bar

Boutique

Luxury cabins (17 sqm average)

Luxury plus cabins (23 sqm)

(Triple occupancy only)

Terrace

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Inside Tracks in

Argentina & Brazil

9 days/8 nights | From £2,865 per person | Maximum 18 guests

For those who want the inside scoop on Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Delve into BA’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and its exclusive tango scene,

then witness Brazil’s thundering Iguazu Falls and Rio’s signature coast

ARGENTINA

From Estancia

Iguazu Falls

Buenos

Aires

BRAZIL

To the Amazon

Rio de Janeiro

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

EXTENSION

DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Land in Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital,

Buenos Aires, and transfer from the airport

to the city centre for a walking tour around

Recoleta, including a light lunch at La Biela.

As far as city boroughs go, few can compete

with Recoleta’s leafy plazas, European

architecture, and beautiful cemetery. Aside

from igniting postcode envy, this classical

neighbourhood is where the city’s well-heeled

crowd comes to shop in boutiques and

dine on Michelin star-worthy tasting menus.

Tonight you can follow suit with a chef ’s table

experience, including steaks aged to perfection

and wine to match.

The Brick Hotel | Meals: L D

DAY 2: Buenos Aires

Spend the morning visiting the 16th-century

Plaza de Mayo, the city’s political heart, and

then La Boca, a colourful neighbourhood with

an equally vibrant history. Wander through

Recoleta’s cemetery to see Eva Perón’s ornate

resting place as well as the tombs of other

celebrated figures. The pièce de résistance is

a private, guided tour of the Teatro Colón,

which hosted the likes of Pavarotti and Maria

Callas, lit by a 700-bulb chandelier. Tonight,

enjoy an intimate tango performance at the

Philippe Starck-designed Faena Hotel. Get up

close to the dancers moving sensually around

the cabaret-style setting.

The Brick Hotel | Meals: B

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thundering cataracts which you can view

from a platform. Cross the border into Brazil

to your jungle retreat. When the park closes

at 18.00 to visitors who aren’t staying at the

hotel, you will have the Falls to yourselves.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: B

DAY 5: Iguazu Falls

It’s impossible to soak up the Falls all in

one day, so today you have the chance to

investigate further. You’ll have the option

to zoom on a Zodiac boat along a threekilometre

stretch of the Iguazu River, and get

as close to the Falls as possible. Will you get

wet? Very. So make sure to don quick-drying

clothes. Tonight, foodies can opt to visit

the home of a prestigious chef for a private

dinner (at an additional cost). Learn about

native ingredients as you dine by candlelight.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: B

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

DAY 3: Buenos Aires

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Hit the galleries

Peruse controversial photography and

sculptures at two up and coming art galleries

and visit MALBA for works by Latin

America’s champions – Diego Rivera, Frida

Kahlo, and Fernando Botero.

OPTION 2: Private dining at Bajollave

Cook Argentinean classics at Bajollave –

a ‘closed-door’ restaurant. Whip up the

perfect crêpe batter with a private chef and

have lunch in what feels like a chic friend’s

dining room.

OPTION 3: Tango in San Telmo

Head to San Telmo, a tango hot spot, where

you’ll learn the sharp, staccato moves. Then

stroll through the cobbled streets lined with

colonial buildings and artists’ studios.

The Brick Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 4: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls,

Brazil

Fly to Iguazu Falls, a natural wonder

straddling both Argentina and Brazil. After

landing, head to the Argentinean side for

a train ride that circuits the mist-shrouded

waterfalls. You’ll have world-class views of

its curtain-like sheets of water. The most

impressive is the Devil’s Throat, a series of

DAY 6: Iguazu Falls – Rio de Janeiro

Pop into the bird park to see rainforestdwelling

toucan and macaw before your

transfer to Iguazu Falls airport. Fly to Rio,

a city famed for its flamboyant Carnival,

sultry samba, and ridiculously goodlooking

cariocas. The architecture is equally

handsome, from the towering statue of Christ

the Redeemer to the colourful 215-step

Selarón staircase. After checking into your

hotel, take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf

Mountain, where from the summit you can

toast the sunset with a caipirinha.

Hilton Rio Copacabana | Meals: B

DAY 7: Rio de Janeiro

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Sample art and cachaça

Explore artsy Santa Teresa stopping at a

19th-century mansion and a spectacular city

viewpoint. Visit an artist’s workshop and

finish the day with a cachaça tasting.

OPTION 2: Carnival behind the scenes

Get a taste for Carnival. See how costumes

and floats are made and visit a top samba

school, where you’ll dress up in authentic

carnival costumes and enjoy a caipirinha.

Finally meander the nearby cobblestone

alleys to explore Rio’s history on foot.

OPTION 3: See Rio by bike

Set off on a gentle bike ride along the

patterned promenades of Rio’s iconic

beaches. Pedal through Copacabana,

Ipanema, Leblon, and around the Rodrigo

de Freitas Lagoon.

Hilton Rio Copacabana | Meals: B

››

Rest your head

in Buenos Aires’

well-heeled Recoleta

››

Gaze at Rio from the

deck of a private yacht

››

Out-of-hours access

to Brazil’s Iguazu Falls

››

Visit Rio’s treasured

landmark, Christ the

Redeemer

››

Sip a sundowner atop

Sugarloaf Mountain

INCLUSIONS

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Design your Day SM on Days 3 & 7

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch

& 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Days

3 & 7 for further details

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 3: Hit the galleries in Buenos Aires

DAY 7: Sample art and cachaça

DAY 7: Carnival behind the scenes

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 3: Private dining at Bajollave

ACTIVE

DAY 3: Tango in San Telmo

DAY 7: See Rio by bike

DAY 8: Rio de Janeiro

It’s your last full day, so why not celebrate

on a private yacht? From sparkling blue

waters, look back at Sugarloaf Mountain for

a different take. You’ll cruise past islands and

forts, stopping for dips along the way. Brazil’s

love of meat is eternalised in its restaurants.

In the evening, dine at a churrascaria

(barbecue restaurant), where carnivores

can tuck into melt-in-your-mouth cuts.

Hilton Rio Copacabana | Meals: B D

DAY 9: Depart Rio de Janeiro

Be sure to take one last look at the Corcovado

Mountain as you bid farewell to Brazil and

are chauffeured to Rio airport. You’ll take

the scenic route along the foothills of the

Tijuca Forest and through traditional

Brazilian neighbourhoods.

Meals: B

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Estancia pre-tour extension –

four days from £1,100pp

Amazon post-tour extension –

four days from £1,390pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SEPTEMBER:

20 £2,865

OCTOBER:

18 £2,975

NOVEMBER:

1, 22 £2,975

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JANUARY:

10 £2,975

FEBRUARY:

7 £3,045

MARCH:

6 £3,045

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay

any single supplement. The same journey, the same

luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest

flight offers, we don’t include international flights.

Our specialists will be able to find the best travel

options to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

LATIN AMERICA

The Brick Hotel

Modern five-star hotel in sought-after

Recoleta area of Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Colonial-style residence with an

unbeatable location near Iguazu

Hilton Rio Copacabana

Classic luxury on Copacabana’s

famed beachfront in Rio

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Adventures in Chile

10 days/9 nights | From £5,940 per person | Maximum 18 guests

This 10-day itinerary is perfect for intrepid travellers, who are fascinated by Chile’s poetic

landscapes. It features the capital of Santiago, Patagonia’s enchanting wilderness,

and the otherworldly Atacama Desert

Calama

CHILE

Santiago

To

Easter

Island

Winelands

Puerto

Natales

San Pedro

de Atacama

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

DAY 1: Arrive Santiago, Chile

Land in Chile’s capital where you’ll be met

and taken to your hotel. After checking in,

head to the glass-roofed spa to soak up the

city skyline and views of the Andes. Itchy feet?

Head straight out to wander around attractive

neoclassical architecture and myriad eateries.

Ritz-Carlton Santiago | Meals: D

DAY 2: Santiago

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: See some street art

Santiago’s streets have been a graffiti hot

spot for some time. From Barrio Brasil to

the Bellavista district you’ll see abstract

designs plus anime, as well as more politically

motivated works.

OPTION 2: Go in search of local eats

Santiago is a cornucopia of hip eateries and

street food stalls. Visit La Vega, a market loaded

with indigenous fruit and veg, and Mercado

Central for some of Santiago’s best seafood.

OPTION 3: Have a morning of museums

Visit the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian

Art, boasting the country’s important

pre-Hispanic works. Then the stately Chilean

National Museum of Fine Arts to see

19th-century sculptures. Finish at La

Chascona, one of Pablo Neruda’s three homes.

OPTION 4: Take a bike tour

Pedal around the bohemian neighbourhood of

Bellavista, where you can soak up its outdoor

graffiti. Stop at the bustling markets for tapas

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CHILE

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore vast glaciers

in wild Patagonia

››

Kayak in Chile’s

fjordlands

››

Discover the lunarlike

landscape of the

Atacama Desert

››

Enjoy stargazing in the

desert with professional

equipment for an

unparalleled viewing

››

Bunk down in high

design hotels

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Day 2

and cycle through the pretty Parque Forestal.

Ritz-Carlton Santiago | Meals: B

DAY 3: Santiago – Puerto Natales

This morning you’ll be driven to the airport

for your flight south to Punta Arenas. Your

driver-guide will then take you three hours

across the vast Patagonian pampas. Your hotel

sits on the outskirts of Puerto Natales, a port

city and the gateway to Patagonia’s wilderness.

Perched on the lake, you can take in mountain

views from every angle. Watch chefs fire up

the grill for a rustic asado and treat yourself

to a glass of carménère.

The Singular Patagonia | Meals: B L D

DAYS 4 & 5: Puerto Natales

Spend the next couple of days venturing

through landscapes that inspired Pablo

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Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches

& 8 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See

Day 2 for further details

Neruda and Bruce Chatwin. Kayak on serene

fjords where you may spot a Chilean flamingo

or black-necked swan. Or sail to the great

Balmaceda glacier to witness radiant blue

icebergs. There are trails for the hardcore

trekker, and scenic routes for the ambler,

with miles of lenga forest to explore. You’ll

find old-world estancias used by 19th-century

pioneers as well as life-changing lookout

points. Peckish? Take a delicious picnic to

one of the lagoons.

The Singular Patagonia | Meals: B L D

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 2: See some street art

DAY 2: Have a morning of museums

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 2: Go in search of local eats

ACTIVE

DAY 2: Take a bike tour

DAY 6: Puerto Natales – Santiago

Take the morning to relax or squeeze in a

hike along the Last Hope Sound. In the early

afternoon, a driver will take you to the airport

for your flight back to Santiago. This time your

hotel is a convenient stone’s throw away from

the airport so you can bunk down in a matter

of minutes.

Holiday Inn Santiago – Airport Terminal |

Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Santiago – San Pedro

de Atacama

Walk over to the airport for your flight to

Calama in the north. You’ll be met and driven

to the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, an

oasis town in the Chilean desert. Your hotel

sits tucked away in the rust-coloured hills of

the Catarpe Valley, an otherworldly landscape

which you can admire from the pool.

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa | Meals: B L D

DAYS 8 & 9: San Pedro de Atacama

Explore Chile’s Atacama Desert, a lunar-like

terrain of salt-rich mountains and tangerine

desertscape. It’s the driest desert on Earth,

affording spectacular scenery from dusk

until dawn. Visit the salt flats, where you may

spot a pink flamingo, or hike to high-altitude

lagoons. You can trek up to the bubbling

geysers at El Tatio and enjoy a picnic with

volcano views. In the evening, watch the

amber sun melt over the salt lakes. You can

embark on moonlit walks and go stargazing in

the clearest skies with a professional telescope.

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa | Meals: B L D

DAY 10: Depart Calama

A driver will take you to Calama airport from

where you’ll depart.

Meals: B

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Easter Island post-tour extension

– four days from £1,335pp

Winelands post-tour extension

– four days from £1,100pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

OCTOBER:

8 £5,940

DECEMBER:

3 £6,100

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

JANUARY:

21 £6,250

FEBRUARY:

11 £6,250

MARCH:

10 £5,995

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t

pay any single supplement. The same journey,

the same luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights.

Our specialists will be able to find the best

travel options to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

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CHILE

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Manor house-style hotel with

an enviable rooftop pool

The Singular Patagonia

Industrial-luxe in a former

cold-storage warehouse space

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

A low-slung adobe lodge that slots into

the landscape of the San Pedro region

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Patagonia:

The Last Wilderness

10 days/9 nights | From £8,260 per person | Maximum 18 guests

This enlightening itinerary leads discerning adventurers through South America’s most

beautiful and unforgiving landscapes. Visit towering glaciers, remote ranches and isolated

islands, where you can experience unforgettable landscapes

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Experience cosmopolitan

Buenos Aires, Santiago, and

the Patagonian wilderness

››

Sail to Tierra del Fuego to

see Magellanic penguin

››

Visit a working ranch and

enjoy hiking and horse riding

››

Explore Patagonia and

Torres del Paine by horse,

foot, or kayak

››

Admire the cracking

and roaring of Perito

Moreno Glacier

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts, 6 lunches

& 8 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Days 4 & 10

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on Day 9

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

PACIFIC

OCEAN

CHILE

Puerto Natales

Punta Arenas

DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant

capital, and a city bursting with European

flair, where you’re met and transferred to your

hotel. Relax with early check-in. Tonight,

gather for a welcome briefing, followed by a

festive dinner at the famed Elena Restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: D

DAY 2: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia

Explore Buenos Aires in the company of your

resident tour director. Visit the Plaza de Mayo,

pass through the San Telmo neighbourhood,

continue to La Boca, and walk along Caminito

Street. After a light lunch, visit La Recoleta

Cemetery, final resting place of Eva Perón.

Then, fly south to Ushuaia, a scenic city set in

magnificent Tierra del Fuego. Tonight, enjoy

dinner at your hotel.

Arakur Ushuaia | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Ushuaia

Drive to Estancia Harberton, the oldest

farm in Tierra del Fuego and an Argentine

National Historical Monument. Embark on a

private sail to Isla Martillo to walk among a

teeming rookery of Magellanic penguin before

continuing to Gable Island for lunch. Relax in

the solitude of this remote, primal landscape.

After lunch, sail back to Harberton and return

to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Arakur Ushuaia | Meals: B L D

Santiago

Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA

Torres del Paine

National Park

El Calafate

Ushuaia

ATLANTIC

OCEAN

DAY 4: El Calafate

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or take an early

morning hike through the Reserva Natural

Cerro Alarkén with your local guide. Your

hotel, Arakur Ushuaia, is set within a region

devoted to preserving the native forests. Fly

to Patagonia El Calafate to visit a secluded

Patagonian ranch. Observe sheep shearing

and herding, and hike or horse ride along the

banks of Argentino Lake. Tonight, dine on

local lamb grilled on a traditional Patagonian

cross stake.

Hotel Posada Los Alamos | Meals: B D

DAY 5: El Calafate

Start the day sailing by catamaran to Seno

Mayo of Argentino Lake, stopping to explore

the Andean Patagonian forest. Continue

to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few

remaining advancing glaciers in the world.

Hike at your own pace and ability along the

seven walkways located at different heights

and distances from the glacier, taking in

magnificent views of its northern and

southern faces. Return to your hotel

and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Hotel Posada Los Alamos | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Puerto Natales, Chile

Journey to Puerto Natales, check into your

luxury hotel and have a late lunch, before

enjoying the remainder of your afternoon at

leisure. Choose from a wide range of exclusive

expeditions and activities offered by your

hotel, such as horse riding, trekking, kayaking,

and mountain biking, all designed to reveal

Patagonia at its most authentic.

The Singular Patagonia | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Puerto Natales

Take today to explore the magnificent

wilderness area of Torres del Paine National

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LATIN AMERICA

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

PATAGONIA

Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires

Stylish, comfortable hotel, located

within historic Recoleta

Park, created by tectonic movements during

the last Ice Age. A UNESCO Biosphere

Reserve, it is renowned for its otherworldly

landscape. Scan the peaks for Andean condor.

After dinner, if the sky is clear, step outside for

some impromptu stargazing.

The Singular Patagonia | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Puerto Natales

Among many optional excursions, today

you can sail through the Patagonian Fjords

(weather dependent). Observe colonies of

blue-eyed cormorant and sea lion, arriving at

Seno de Última Esperanza (Last Hope Fjord).

At Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, hike to

the mirador (viewpoint) overlooking Serrano

Glacier to view icebergs calving. If conditions

allow, visit Lago Azul to observe the pristine

vegetation at Mount Balmaceda. Tonight, join

your resident tour director and fellow guests

for a dinner paired with superb Chilean wines.

The Singular Patagonia | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Santiago

After a leisurely morning, drive to Punta

Arenas for your flight to vibrant Santiago,

capital of Chile. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: B D

DAY 10: Depart Santiago

Enjoy a morning tour of the city highlights.

Visit the Palacio de La Moneda presidential

palace and the Plaza de Armas. Ride a

funicular up San Cristobal Hill to behold the

statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Relax this

afternoon with privileged late access to your

room, before transferring to the airport.

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago (dayroom) | Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes some long walks.

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

18, 25 £8,260 £1,840

FEBRUARY:

15, 22 £8,260 £1,840

MARCH:

8, 22 £8,260 £1,840

OCTOBER:

11, 25 £8,260 £1,840

NOVEMBER:

8, 15 £8,260 £1,840

DECEMBER:

6 £8,260 £1,840

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

Arakur Ushuaia

Surrounded by ancient woodlands with

views over the stunning landscape

Hotel Posada Los Alamos

Luxury hotel within El Calafate,

close to Lake Argentino

The Singular Patagonia

Contemporary hotel overlooking

the Patagonian fjords and Antonio

Varas Peninsula

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago

Comfortable lodgings in the

heart of charming Santiago

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

The Wonders of China

12 days/11 nights | From £4,395 per person | Maximum 18 guests

This itinerary is the ideal taster for those wanting to take in China’s most famous highlights. Featuring

the capital Beijing, culture-rich Xian, rural Guilin, sleepy Yangshuo, and the Shanghai megalopolis

CHINA

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

DAY CRUISE

RAIL

EXTENSION

Xian

Guilin

Beijing

Hangzhou

Shanghai

Yangshuo

DAY 1: Arrive Beijing

Land in Beijing and you will be driven straight

to Tiananmen Square, the beating heart of

the city. It’s one of the largest city squares on

Earth, pulsing with kite-flyers and commuters.

Take a slower pace at the Forbidden City,

given its name because no riff-raff were

allowed to enter during the emperors’ reigns.

Today you can peruse its collection of Chinese

artwork (the largest in the world), and take

a peek at an opulent reception hall, usually

closed to the public.

Hotel Eclat Beijing | Meals: L D

DAY 2: Beijing

Travel an hour and a half outside the city to

the Great Wall. Having served as an enemy

lookout over 2,000 years ago, today you’ll walk

along the lesser-trodden Mutianyu section

viewing Ming Dynasty watchtowers, merlons,

and fortresses. Take the cable car up and down

to cast your gaze over the Yan Mountains’

loftiest peaks. Refuel on dumplings, then

head to the Old Summer Palace, built in

the 18th century for the Qianlong Emperor.

Stroll around weeping willows, pavilions, and

lakes bobbing with dragon boats. The former

Imperial Gardens are a horticultural heaven.

Hotel Eclat Beijing | Meals: B L

DAY 3: Beijing

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

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OPTION 1: Contemplate the contemporary

Visit Beijing’s edgiest art community – 798

Art District – housed within an industrialstyle

complex. Brimming with studios,

galleries, restaurants, and bars, and works by

China’s leading modern artists.

OPTION 2: Hop to a hutong

Take a pedicab through Beijing’s winding

alleyways, known as hutongs. Here you’ll

be able to visit the home of a friendly local

family and partake in a calligraphy class.

OPTION 3: Get cultural at the Capital Museum

Peruse the finest Chinese porcelain and

collections of jade. The main highlight is an

exhibition dedicated to Beijing’s history told

through bronze, calligraphy, and paintings.

Hotel Eclat Beijing | Meals: B

DAY 4: Beijing – Xian

You’ll be driven to the train station in the

morning for your journey to Xian. There’s

no dawdling on this high-speed train which

will zip you to the one-time imperial capital

in just over four hours –and you’ll have more

legroom than if you flew. From the station,

you’ll be taken to your hotel. You may be

tempted to spend the rest of the afternoon

in the spa.

Shangri-La Hotel Xian | Meals: B

DAY 5: Xian

It’s time to explore Xian’s star attraction: the

Terracotta Warriors. See the subterranean

army built to guard the tomb of China’s first

emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in the third century

BC. Visit pits one, two, and three, where from

balconies you can peer over legions of lifesize

sculptures, each created with a unique

face. You’ll also get to view bronze chariots

– the largest in Chinese archaeology. Leave

in time for lunch, after which you can weave

through the city’s Muslim quarter. A visit to

the Great Mosque is a must for its blend of

Chinese and Islamic architecture.

Shangri-La Hotel Xian | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Xian – Guilin

Fly to rural Guilin, famed for its enigmatic

karst mountains. Straight after landing you’ll

be driven to the fairytale setting of Elephant

Trunk Hill, where the curved rock resembles

a snout dipping into the Li River. Then steer

towards the limestone Reed Flute Cave,

formed over 600,000 years ago. The cave was

named after the reeds growing outside, which

can be made into musical intruments. Inside

is a heady vision of stalactites, stalagmites,

and Tang-era calligraphy, all the more

dramatic when colourfully lit. Then head

to your hotel to check in.

Shangri-La Hotel Guilin | Meals: B

DAY 7: Guilin – Yangshuo

This morning, board a boat and sail down the

Li River to Yangshuo, taking in the splendid

bucolic views of rice paddies, grazing buffalo,

and cormorant fishermen on the calm water

– classic Chinese landscapes. Your hotel sits

just outside the small river town of Yangshuo

framed by surreal karst peaks. Order a rum

cocktail (your hotel has its own distillery)

and watch the sun set over mountainous

farmland. The afternoon is yours to enjoy.

Alila Yangshuo | Meals: B L

DAY 8: Yangshuo

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you.

Select from the following options:

OPTION 1: Partake in some painting

Try your hand at ink painting at the Peony

Xuan Art Gallery.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

See into an off-limits

ceremonial hall in

Beijing’s Forbidden City

››

Walk the less-frequented

Mutianyu section of the

Great Wall

››

Meet Xian’s 2,000-yearold

Terracotta Warriors

››

Immerse yourself in

Guilin’s karst topography

››

Explore the Bund,

Shanghai’s buzzing

waterfront hot spot

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Days 3,

8 & 11

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches

& 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

CHINA

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Days 3,

8 & 11 for further details

OPTION 2: Ready, steady, cook

Browse the food markets with a local

connoisseur. Then master the wok to make

aubergine in oyster sauce and ginger chilli duck.

OPTION 3: Join a fan club

Go to Fuli, a traditional village where paper

fans are the main commodities. Make a fan

yourself and perhaps purchase pre-made ones.

OPTION 4: Go ride a bike

Peddle off-piste through Yangshuo’s picturesque

countryside, through verdant paddies, busy

villages, and along the quieter Yulong River.

Alila Yangshuo | Meals: B

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 3: Contemplate the contemporary

DAY 3: Hop to a hutong

DAY 3: Get cultural at the Capital Museum

DAY 8: Partake in some painting

DAY 8: Join a fan club

DAY 11: Hit the Bund

DAY 11: Enjoy the Shanghai Museum

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 8: Ready, steady, cook

DAY 11: Seek out some street food

ACTIVE

DAY 8: Go ride a bike

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this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

DAY 9: Yangshuo – Shanghai

Today you’ll be taken to Guilin airport where

you’ll board a flight to Shanghai. China’s

futuristic city is a sharp contrast to peaceful

Yangshuo, and after dropping your bags at

your hotel, you may want to hit the streets and

scout out the fashionable shops and eateries

which lie within walking distance.

Four Seasons Shanghai at Puxi | Meals: B

DAY 10: Shanghai

It’s possible to find the spirit of the old city,

you just need to know where to look. This

morning, you’ll travel to the ancient water

town of Zhujiajiao, where you can take a boat

ride down the canals. Drift between its narrow

alleyways and under arched stone bridges.

After spending time here, sample xiao long

bao back in Shanghai before scouting out the

Chinese old quarter. Visit the 16th-century

Yuyuan Gardens, quieter in the afternoons,

and view rockeries, vermilion pagodas, and a

maze of bridges.

Four Seasons Shanghai at Puxi | Meals: B

DAY 11: Shanghai

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Hit the Bund

A waterfront promenade where old and new

collide. Walk alongside colonial buildings and

former trading houses. Then discover West

Bund’s burgeoning art scene.

OPTION 2: Seek out some street food

Weave through Shanghai’s backstreets where

you can find the most delicious street food in

town. Tuck into deep fried wontons and slurp

bowls of chang shou mian.

OPTION 3: Enjoy the Shanghai Museum

Arguably China’s top museum for ancient art.

Explore beautifully displayed ceramics, bronze

sculptures, jade, and traditional paintings.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before gathering

for a farewell dinner this evening.

Four Seasons Shanghai at Puxi | Meals: B D

DAY 12: Depart Shanghai

Say goodbye to Shanghai and head to the

airport in good time for your flight home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

PER

PERSON

FROM

AUGUST:

8 £4,495

SEPTEMBER:

19 £4,595

OCTOBER:

10, 24 £4,595

NOVEMBER:

7 £4,695

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

FEBRUARY:

20 £4,595

MARCH:

12, 26 £4,595

APRIL:

9, 16 £4,395

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t

pay any single supplement. The same journey,

the same luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

Hangzhou post-tour extension –

four days from £415pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

CHINA

Hotel Eclat Beijing

Upscale hotel with its own

private art collection

Shangri-La Hotel Xian

Contemporary retreat close to

the city’s ancient wonders

Shangri-La Hotel Guilin

Traditional-style Chinese architecture

on the banks of the Li River

Alila Yangshuo

Former sugar mill turned

cutting-edge sanctuary

Four Seasons Shanghai at Puxi

Contemporay luxury in

Shanghai’s historic centre

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China &

the Yangtze

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

13 days/12 nights | From £5,920 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Travelling by pedicab, bullet train, river cruiser, and plane, explore a sublime

series of attractions. Perfect for foodie fans, nature enthusiasts and

culture lovers alike, this itinerary offers authentic discovery

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Embark on a three-night

cruise on the Yangtze

River aboard the luxurious

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

››

Discover the less-visited

and well-preserved

Mutianyu section of the

Great Wall of China

››

View the incredible

Terracotta Army

accompanied by a specialist

››

Get up close and personal

with giant panda roaming

free in their natural habitat

››

Experience the narrow

winding lanes and

courtyard residences

of a traditional hutong

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches

& 7 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Days 3 & 7

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on Day 7

CHINA

Chengdu

Xian

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

CRUISE

RAIL

Chongqing

DAY 1: Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in the capital city of Beijing, the

country’s long-time seat of power, where you

are transferred to your luxurious hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Yichang

Beijing

DAY 2: Beijing

After your welcome briefing, participate in

a private tai chi lesson taught by a master

instructor at the Temple of Heaven, a stunning

example of classical Ming period architecture.

After lunch, take in the sweep of history

at Tiananmen Square before exploring the

imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City.

Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner

at your hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Beijing

Travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section

of the Great Wall of China. Walk or ride

a cable car to the top of the wall to take in

sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.

After experiencing this wonder of the world,

return to Beijing. Then, Ride like a Local on a

pedicab through a hutong, a vast yet intimate

neighbourhood of small winding alleyways

dating back to China’s dynastic period.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: B L

Shanghai

DAY 4: Xian

Fly to Xian, a modern city cloaked in over

3,000 years of history. Once the eastern

terminus of the Great Silk Road, Xian has

become a melting pot of Middle Eastern and

Asian influences. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch,

and then visit the old city quarter with its

teeming markets and beautiful Great Mosque,

a 14th-century national heritage site. A blend

of classic Chinese temple architecture and

central Asian embellishments makes it one of

the most fascinating sites in Xian.

Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian |

Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Xian

Today, accompanied by an on-site specialist,

visit the excavation area of the Terracotta

Warriors and Horses, the life-size army

created during the Qin Dynasty to protect

Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor, in his

afterlife. More than 8,000 remarkably crafted

soldiers are spread throughout three dig pits,

each bearing a unique face. Then, enjoy a

chef ’s table dumpling-making demonstration

followed by lunch.

Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian |

Meals: B L

DAY 6: Chengdu

Travel to Chengdu, the charming capital

of Sichuan Province. After lunch, immerse

yourself in local life and culture at the People’s

Park, where regional residents play traditional

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CHINA

Chinese instruments, practice calligraphy,

and engage in tai chi. Observe a traditional

tea demonstration and learn about the

centuries-old match-making techniques

still in use today. Tonight, enjoy a special

Sichuan hotpot dinner.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Chengdu – Chongqing

Today, visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and

Research Centre. Enjoy the rare opportunity

to observe these endangered creatures

roaming freely in their natural habitat.

Then, board a high-speed train for a

ride through the Chinese countryside to

Chongqing, where you embark on your river

cruiser, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, for a

three-night journey to Yichang. Settle into

your cabin as the craft sets sail downstream

to the stunning Three Gorges region.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Cruising the Yangtze

Start your morning with tai chi on the deck

before breakfast. Disembark in the small

city of Fuling and enjoy a shore excursion,

beginning with a visit to the White Crane

Ridge Underwater Museum. Descend 46

metres underwater to see centuries-old rock

carvings. Afterwards, continue to a local

market to gain insight into the region’s

rich culinary culture. After lunch, learn

about Chinese traditional medicine and

reflexology and in the evening, attend

the captain’s reception.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Cruising the Yangtze

Early this morning, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

navigates the Qutang and Wu Gorges before

anchoring at Badong, where you board a ferry

and travel up Shennong Stream. Transfer to

‘pea pod’ boats poled by Tujia boatmen to

view a scenic gorge. The Tujia are members

of a local minority culture famed for their

boatbuilding skills and keen knowledge of

the Yangtze. Gain insights into their daily

lives by visiting a village before returning

by ferryboat to Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

Tonight, savour a ‘Taste of China’ dinner,

followed by onboard entertainment.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B L D

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Elegant hotel renowned for

exceptionally high-quality service

DAY 10: Yichang – Shanghai

This morning, disembark and fly to Shanghai,

stopping briefly to photograph the Three

Gorges Dam, a project that resulted in the

resettlement of 1.2 million residents of the

cities submerged behind the 185-metre-tall

engineering marvel. Upon arrival in Shanghai,

transfer to your elegant hotel, located on the

city’s historic Bund, for some relaxation.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund | Meals: B L

DAY 11: Shanghai

Explore dynamic Shanghai, where stunning

modern skylines meet classic street markets

and gardens. Contrast this experience with

a visit to charming Zhujiajiao, a traditional

water village which harks back to China’s

imperial past. Glide along its main canal on

a sampan (wooden boat). Tonight, attend

a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics

Troupe, featuring dazzling feats of athleticism.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund | Meals: B

DAY 12: Shanghai

Stroll the streets of the Old Town and visit

the 16th-century Yu Garden with its pavilions

and streams. Walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s

most popular promenade. This afternoon,

explore studios and galleries in the M-50

Contemporary Art District. Then, gather

tonight for a farewell dinner.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund |

Meals: B L D

DAY 13: Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to

depart for home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

MARCH:

15, 22

29

PER

PERSON

FROM

£5,920

£6,305

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

£1,535

£2,305

APRIL:

5, 12, 19, 26 £6,305 £2,305

MAY:

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 £6,305 £2,305

JUNE:

14, 21, 28 £5,920 £1,535

JULY:

12, 19, 26 £5,920 £1,535

AUGUST:

2, 9, 16, 23

30

£5,920

£6,305

£1,535

£2,305

SEPTEMBER:

6, 13, 20, 27 £6,305 £2,305

OCTOBER:

4, 11, 18, 25 £6,305 £2,305

NOVEMBER:

1 £6,305 £2,305

JOURNEY DETAILS

Price is based on Main Deck cabin. Upgrade prices to

the Xiling Deck, Wu Deck and suites are on request.

This journey includes some active elements. Please

note that multiple groups of 18 A&K guests and

other passengers may be travelling on board

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer simultaneously.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

Sofitel Legend People’s Grand

Hotel Xian

Iconic and ideally located property

within Xian’s historic walls

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu

Art Deco-style hotel offering

stunning city views

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Reconditioned river cruiser boasting

the largest cabins on the Yangtze

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai

on the Bund

Palatial luxury hotel, a five-minute

walk from the Bund

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CHINA

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

With luxurious staterooms and public areas, expert onboard guides, and a peerless

staff and crew, Yangzi Explorer is ideal for cruising the mighty Yangtze

DECK PLAN

Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

A&K SIGNATURE ELEMENTS

33

38 deluxe cabins, 20 suites

and four speciality suites

33

Private balcony in all cabins

and suites

33

Viewing lounge & bar

33

International restaurant offering

a wide array of menu options

33

Double-decker theatre with bar

33

Spa and beauty salon

SPACIOUS, ELEGANT CABINS

The recently refurbished Yangzi Explorer’s

spacious, elegant staterooms range from a

roomy deluxe cabin — at 31 square metres,

the largest cabin of its kind on the river — to

the palatial Imperial and Celestial suites at 110

square metres. Some suites feature a private

sun deck/balcony, king-size bed and separate

lounge with panoramic views. All cabins and

suites include private balconies with alfresco

sitting area, private bathroom, minibar, air

conditioning, and flat-screen TV.

FINE AMENITIES & SUPERB STAFF

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer includes all the

amenities you would expect at a deluxe hotel,

with its fitness centre, business centre, spa and

beauty salon, and a laundry service. And, with

a staff-to-guest ratio of better than 1:1, you

can rely on the most attentive service.

EXCELLENT FOOD & WINE

A dedicated team of internationally

trained chefs prepare meals from fresh

ingredients, and perfectly pair each dish with

complimentary house wines.

ONBOARD SPECIALISTS

Your A&K resident tour director and the

ship’s onboard China specialists co-ordinate

educational programmes and shore excursions

that reveal the Yangtze’s integral role in

Chinese history.

Function

Room

Spa/

Fitness Centre

Theatre

Mezzanine

Theatre

Main Floor

Restaurant

Suite

Lounge

EXPLORER DECK

QUTANG DECK

WU DECK

XILING DECK

MAIN DECK

Business Centre

Lift

Lift

Viewing Lounge

& Bar

501 503 505 507 509 511

502 504 506 508 510 512 514 Mandarin

Lift

401 403 405 407 409 411 413

Lift

402 404 406 408 410 412 414 416

Art Gallery/

Shops

301 303 305 307 309 311 313 Celestial

302 304 306 308 310 312 314 Imperial

Reception 201 203 205 207 209 211 213 215

Lobby

Viewing

Deck

202 204 206 208 210 212 214 216

Jade

Imperial/Celestial suite (110 sqm)

Mandarin/Jade suite (81 sqm)

Suite – Qutang Deck (39 sqm)

Suite – Wu Deck (39 sqm)

Deluxe cabin – Wu Deck (31 sqm)

Bridge

Deluxe cabin – Xiling Deck (31 sqm)

Deluxe cabin – Main Deck (31 sqm)

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Journey through Japan:

From Tokyo to Kyoto

12 days/11 nights | From £6,740 per person | Maximum 18 guests

The ideal escape for those keen to embrace both modern and traditional Japan. Journey from futuristic

Tokyo to ancient Kyoto, seeing everything from samurai houses to the world-famous bullet train

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

RAIL

EXTENSION

Hiroshima

Kanazawa

Kyoto

JAPAN

Nakasendo Way

Tokyo

Hakone

DAY 1: Arrive Tokyo

Land in Japan’s capital city where you will be

met and driven straight to your hotel. Spend

the rest of the day getting acquainted with

this metropolis. Pull up a stool at a sushi bar

or go for a walk to soak up the medley of

neon lights, modern skyscrapers, and

buzzing atmosphere.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

DAY 2: Tokyo

Start the day in the Asakusa district to see

the city’s oldest temple, Senso-ji. You can

pick up souvenirs at the nearby Nakamise

Arcade selling rows of traditional objects

and snacks. Continue to Meiji Shrine, one of

Japan’s most important Shinto sites. Its serene

forest setting is a far cry from Harajuku, your

next stop, famed for Japanese youth culture

and cutting-edge fashion. For something a

bit more refined, head to the shopping mecca

of Omotesando, an avenue known as Tokyo’s

Champs-Élysées for its architectural design

and upmarket shops.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Tokyo

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Experience art two ways

Immerse yourself in the hi-tech Mori Art

Museum, the world’s first digital museum.

For artwork on a large scale, visit the Suntory

Museum of Art’s impressive architecture.

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OPTION 2: Dive into Tsukiji Fish Market

Wake up early to see the world’s largest fish

market in full swing. Then learn how to make

sushi like a pro and tuck into homemade

maguro hosomaki (tuna rolls).

OPTION 3: Swing samurai swords

Don a kimono and begin your samurai

training journey. An expert will show you the

swings and thrusts used by generations

of these famed warriors.

OPTION 4: Take up Taiko drumming

Try out the Japanese drumming techniques

used in ancient religious ceremonies.

You’ll learn about the history and join

in a traditional jam session.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 4: Tokyo – Takayama

Leave Tokyo behind and zip through the

country on the revolutionary bullet train.

Travelling at over 480kph, you’ll arrive at

Nagoya in just over an hour and a half where

you’ll switch to a slower paced train. Tuck into

a bento box and enjoy panoramic views of

mountains, gorges, and rural villages before

you glide into the town of Takayama. Your

driver will be waiting to take you to your

retreat. Take the afternoon to relax or stretch

your legs on a hike through the hills.

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort | Meals: B L

DAY 5: Takayama

During spring, the whole town celebrates

the new season by parading precious

17th-century yatai (floats) through the

streets. You may not be there for the festival,

but you can get close to these ornate floats at

the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

Chase this with a sake tasting, delving behind

the scenes of a few cedar-smelling breweries

and observing the different brewing methods.

The afternoon is free to explore as you please.

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort | Meals: B

DAY 6: Takayama – Kanazawa

Today you’ll be driven a couple of hours to

the historic city of Kanazawa. Pause at the

traditional village of Shirakawago, UNESCO

accredited for its remote beauty and intact

culture. Tucked away in the verdant Shogawa

River Valley, it is here you can see its famed

A-shaped thatched gassho-zukuri houses, said

to resemble the hands of Buddhist monks.

Continue to Kanazawa and your hotel.

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 7: Kanazawa

At first, Kanazawa may appear modern.

Nevertheless, the city is renowned for

its distinct pockets of yesteryear Japan.

Head to the samurai district where you

can view well-preserved samurai residences.

Nomura-ke is one such restored house

where you can investigate its earthen walls,

carp-filled ponds, and custom-made outfits

from the glory days. Then visit the zen-like

Kenroku-en, a prize-winning garden and

horticultural haven. Stroll around the

streams, irises, and flowering trees.

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 8: Kanazawa – Kyoto

You have the morning to explore on your

own or do some last minute shopping. In

the afternoon your guide will take you to the

train station where you’ll catch the bullet

train to Kyoto. The journey takes just over an

hour and when you arrive, you’ll be driven

to your hotel. Worlds away from Tokyo’s

futuristic neon lights, the city of Kyoto evokes

old-world Japan. Why not start off with an

introductory stroll through what was once

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore geisha culture

and watch a timeless,

entrancing performance

››

Discover Tokyo in depth

for three nights

››

Whistle through Japan

on the world-famous

bullet train

››

See traditional

gassho-zukuri houses

in Shirakawago

››

Unravel Hiroshima’s

history with an expert

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day SM on Days 3 & 11

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches

& 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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DESIGN YOUR DAY SM

Design your Day SM experiences

have been organised into themes

to help you easily identify the

option that suits you. See Days

3 & 11 for further details

the country’s Imperial capital? You can take it

at your own pace.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 9: Kyoto

Get ready to visit Kyoto’s iconic Kinkaku-ji,

glittering with gold. It used to belong to the

powerful Saionji family in the 14th century

and is now a Zen Buddhist temple offering its

visitors fantastical reflections in the mirrorlike

pond. Steer towards the 17th-century Nijo

Castle harking back to the feudal era with

original moats and stone walls. Its manicured

gardens blanketed with cherry trees are reason

enough to visit, but make sure to stop at the

Ninomaru Palace for its lavish gold-leaf décor

and decorated ceilings.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

ARTS & CULTURE

DAY 3: Experience art two ways

DAY 11: Don a kimono

CULINARY DELIGHTS

DAY 3: Dive into Tsukiji Fish Market

DAY 11: Browse markets and make sweets

ACTIVE

DAY 3: Swing samurai swords

DAY 3: Take up Taiko drumming

DAY 11: Enjoy a rickshaw ride

DAY 10: Hiroshima

Take the bullet train to Hiroshima, the site

where the first atomic bomb was dropped

on 6 August 1945. Today you can still see

the ruins where this devastating attack took

place. While the city itself was rebuilt, the

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park remains as a

legacy of the atttack, detailing its history with

pictures and memorabilia. Then take the ferry

to Itsukushima, known as Miyajima (‘Shrine

Island’), to see the floating red Torii gate.

Return to Kyoto on the bullet train.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 11: Kyoto

Today, Design your Day SM – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Don a kimono

For centuries Japanese people have worn silk

kimonos, the country’s cultural symbol. Visit

a town full of machiya houses where you can

learn the history of the kimono and try one on.

OPTION 2: Browse markets and make sweets

Visit Nishiki market that’s been thriving

since the 17th century. Browse endless rows

of fresh produce. Then learn how to prepare

traditional Japanese sweets.

OPTION 3: Enjoy a rickshaw ride

Set off on a rickshaw ride around the lofty

Sagano Bamboo Forest, particularly idyllic in

the light wind. You can buy bamboo baskets or

mats made in the local workshops.

This evening, you’ll be treated to a special

geisha performance while you dine. You can

also try your hand at traditional Japanese

party games to celebrate your last night.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B D

DAY 12: Depart Kyoto

A chauffeur will drive you to the airport from

where you will depart.

Meals: B

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2019)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

SEPTEMBER:

9 £6,740

OCTOBER:

18 £6,995

NOVEMBER:

13 £7, 265

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

MARCH:

10

16

PRICE

PER

PERSON

£6,995

£7, 325

APRIL:

1, 8 £7, 395

MAY:

13 £7,250

TRAVELLING SOLO?

Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay

any single supplement. The same journey, the same

luxury, guaranteed at the same price.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights. Our

specialists will be able to find the best travel options

to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Nakasendo Way post-tour

extension – four days

from £1,120pp

Hakone ryokan stay post-tour

extension – three days

from £450pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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JAPAN

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Sky-scraping luxury with

contemporary Tokyo style

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

Mountain escape with a traditional onsen

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Contemporary outpost five

minutes from the city landmarks

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Modern retreat close to the sights

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Classic Japan

9 days/8 nights | From £8,765 per person | Maximum 18 guests

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

Combining fantastic foodie experiences, remote natural retreats, and a chance to

discover Japan’s historic and ultra-modern marvels, this diverse itinerary leads you

to the heart of an extraordinary and unique country

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Capture the spirit

of Japan in a traditional

tea ceremony

››

Experience Japan’s culture,

from ancient traditions to

ultra-modern bullet trains

››

Meet a geiko and a

maiko at an exclusive

shabu-shabu dinner

››

Relax in an authentic

ryokan at a popular

hot-spring destination

››

View cherry blossoms in

spring or enjoy astonishing

autumnal colours

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director

& English-speaking

expert local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches

& 4 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Days 3 & 5

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on Day 5

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

RAIL

EXTENSION

Hiroshima

Kyoto

Osaka

JAPAN

Tokyo

Hakone

DAY 1: Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting and modern

capital. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the

expansive views over the city’s skyline.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

DAY 2: Tokyo

After your welcome briefing, proceed to

Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub. Continue

to the Shitamachi Museum to view historical

reproductions of the living spaces of artisans

and merchants who once occupied Tokyo’s

lowlands. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant,

and then visit the colourful Asakusa Kannon

Temple, completed in 645 AD, pausing in the

tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. Finish your day

with a photo stop at the Imperial Palace Plaza.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Tokyo

Today, start at the Samurai Museum, where

you learn about the customs of this elitewarrior

class and get an up-close look at

an authentic weaponry collection. Then,

pass by Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo’s answer

to Times Square, to watch the mesmerising

foot traffic. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

before proceeding to Tokyo’s vibrant Harajuku

district, where the city’s youth gathers to

see and be seen, sporting colourful, eclectic

fashions. Also visit Omotesando Street, an

elegant row of upscale shops with dazzling

façades. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo | Meals: B L

DAY 4: Hakone

Travel to Hakone, among Japan’s most popular

hot-spring destinations, and view Hakone

National Park’s coastlines, mountains, lakes,

and many volcanic islands. Board an aerial

tram for inspiring views of Mount Fuji. Enjoy

lunch at a local restaurant before strolling the

grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum

to admire the contemporary sculptures and

artwork on display, including one of the

world’s finest Picasso exhibits, presenting

visitors with some 300 works by the cubist

master. Tonight, enjoy unparalleled service

and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gora

Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn).

Gora Kadan | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Osaka

After breakfast at your ryokan, visit the Okada

Museum of Art to view its stunning paintings,

ceramics, lacquerware, and bronzes from

Japan, Korea, and China. Then, Ride like a

Local by bullet train to Osaka. Historically

known as a merchant city, today Osaka is

Japan’s undisputed culinary capital. Indulge

in everything from octopus dumplings to

okonomiyaki – a battered, grilled concoction

of cabbage, meat, or seafood, and seaweed,

topped with mayo. This evening, explore the

popular Dotonbori district on a foodie tour,

stopping at a diverse array of restaurants.

The St Regis Osaka | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Nara

Travel to Nara, Japan’s first capital, to visit

Todai-ji, a temple complex and UNESCO

World Heritage Site containing the largest

bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Proceed

to Nara Park, home to hundreds of deer,

venerated here as divine spirits, which you

can feed by hand. Complete your Nara

excursion with a visit to Kasuga Taisha Shrine

to experience a Shinto ceremony. Pause for

lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

to the Kehaya-za Sumo Pavilion. Observe a

demonstration of this popular Japanese sport.

Return to your hotel for dinner.

The St Regis Osaka | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Kyoto

Travel early this morning to contemplate

the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji, the

perfect spot for a meditative moment, and

discover the glittering Kinkaku-ji Temple

(Golden Pavilion) – covered with gold leaf,

surrounded by green gardens and casting its

delicate reflection in the tranquil pond beside

it. After a traditional bento box lunch, explore

the Arashiyama neighbourhood, including the

garden of Tenryu-ji Temple. Later, bask in the

magical atmosphere of Arashiyama Bamboo

Grove, strolling through the towering shoots.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto | Meals: B L

DAY 8: Kyoto

Visit Shogunzuka Temple for stunning views

of Kyoto, and then continue to the home and

studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s

most famous potters. View his creations as

well as his personal collection of ceramics,

sculptures and wood carvings. Proceed to

a temple to experience the art of the tea

ceremony, noting its refined etiquette.

Tonight, savour traditional Japanese cuisine,

while attending geisha dance, sing, pour sake,

and converse about their fascinating lives.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto | Meals: B D

DAY 9: Depart Kyoto

After breakfast, transfer to Kansai

International Airport or Itami Airport, both

located just outside of Osaka. Alternatively,

begin a post-tour extension to Hiroshima.

Meals: B

MARCH:

4

11

18, 22, 25, 29

APRIL:

1, 5, 8

12, 15

£8,765

£9,610

£9,995

£9,995

£9,610

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes some long walks. April

departure dates are planned to potentially coincide

with the famed blooming of Japan’s cherry blossoms.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers,

we don’t include international flights. Our specialists

will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

£3,690

£4,225

£4,610

£4,610

£4,225

MAY:

6, 13 £9,610 £4,225

SEPTEMBER:

13, 30 £9,610 £4,225

OCTOBER:

7, 11, 14, 21 £9,610 £4,225

NOVEMBER:

4, 11 £9,610 £4,225

Hiroshima post-tour extension

- three days from £2,840pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Enjoy panoramic views of Mount

Fuji from Tokyo’s tallest building

Gora Kadan

Traditional ryokan situated

within Hakone National Park

The St Regis Osaka

Luxury hotel set on Midosuji Boulevard,

the Champs-Élysées of Osaka

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Enjoy a tea ceremony around

the 800-year-old pond garden

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Images of Indochina

& Angkor Wat

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

13 days/12 nights | From £7,095 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Whether you’re attracted by the striking natural beauty, the fascinating history

surrounding the glittering temples, or the unique charm of rural Indochinese lifestyles, this

diverse itinerary offers many unforgettable wonders

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Spend two days exploring

the ruins of Angkor with

your expert guide

››

Take a tranquil overnight

cruise on Ha Long Bay

››

Enjoy expedited customs

and immigration

formalities upon arrival

in Hanoi, Siem Reap,

and Bangkok

››

Step back in time as you

explore tranquil Luang

Prabang

››

Experience vibrant café

culture in Hanoi and Ho

Chi Minh City

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

12 breakfasts, 9 lunches

& 6 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Days 9 & 10

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on Day 5

Bangkok

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

CRUISE

Luang

Prabang

THAILAND

Siem Reap

LAOS

CAMBODIA

DAY 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam

Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam,

and transfer to your colonial-style hotel.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Hanoi

Hai Phong

Ha Long

Bay

VIETNAM

Ho Chi

Minh City

DAY 2: Hanoi

Hanoi is the country’s cultural heart, bearing

traces of centuries of changing dynasties.

Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house, a simple structure

that served as home to the revolutionary

guerrilla leader. Continue to the lotus-shaped

One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the first

independent Vietnamese empire. Also

visit the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison,

where American prisoners of war were once

confined. Ride like a Local by cyclo through

the city’s Old Quarter. This evening, gather

with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Ha Long Bay

Travel to Haiphong to board Orchid and cruise

picturesque Ha Long Bay. Pass the islets of

Con Vit and Gia Luan, their striking karsts

rising dramatically from the emerald waters.

On a course less frequented by other cruises,

wind past Cat Ba Island, Thoi Quyt, Coc Ngoi

islet, and Cua Van floating village. Halt in Lan

Ha Bay, where you can disembark to enjoy

this remote beach. Back aboard, watch the sun

set over the Gulf of Tonkin, before a chef ’s

table demonstration featuring traditional

Vietnamese cuisine, followed by dinner.

Orchid | Meals: B L D

DAY 4: Ha Long Bay & Haiphong

Greet the day on deck with sunrise tai chi

overlooking the bay. Then, set out to explore

Toi and Sang (Dark and Bright) Cave.

Return for brunch on board as Orchid sails

home to port in Haiphong. Back on terra

firma, proceed to Hang Keng Temple and

enjoy a water puppet show. Later, fly to Ho Chi

Minh City, formerly Saigon, where you settle

in at your hotel.

InterContinental Saigon Hotel | Meals: B L

DAY 5: Ho Chi Minh City

Recently undergoing a resurgence of art and

culture, Ho Chi Minh City is a lively hub of

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CAMBODIA, LAOS, THAILAND & VIETNAM

activity. View examples of the city’s colonial

legacy, including the Reunification Palace

and Central Post Office, stopping for photos

at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and Saigon

Opera House. After lunch at a local restaurant,

visit the War Remnants Museum, to view

photographs of the Vietnam War by Japanese

photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa. Then

experience present-day Vietnamese life at Ben

Thanh Market. Tonight, gather with fellow

guests for dinner at a local culinary hot spot.

InterContinental Saigon Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Ho Chi Minh City

Travel into the countryside to explore the

expansive Cu Chi Tunnels. On arrival, talk

with a former Viet Cong soldier and, if you

like, crawl through these small tunnels once

traversed by Viet Cong guerrillas. After lunch,

return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

InterContinental Saigon Hotel | Meals: B L

DAY 7: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Fly to Siem Reap, the town nearest to Angkor

Thom and Angkor Wat, and enjoy lunch at

a local restaurant upon arrival. Then, begin

your exploration of Angkor Thom, the last

capital of the Khmer kingdom, with a visit to

the Bayon Temple. Its 172 faces bear beguiling

smiles, representing gods, goddesses, and

other beings from classical poems and

mythology. Check in to your hotel before

gathering for dinner at a local restaurant.

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Siem Reap

Rise early this morning to experience the

incomparable serenity and inspiration of

sunrise over mystical Angkor Wat. Return

to your hotel for breakfast and a morning

at leisure. Later this afternoon, explore the

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stunning ruins of Ta Prohm, where the roots

of great trees have spilled over the roof of

this iconic temple. Enjoy a scenic sundowner

on a gondola while floating on the Angkor

Thom moat.

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: B

DAY 9: Siem Reap

Today, visit a less well-known temple,

Banteay Srei, dedicated to Shiva and known as

the ‘Citadel of Women’. Learn about the

essential work of the Cambodia Clean Water

Project, an A&K Philanthropy initiative that

builds pumping wells in rural communities

throughout the country. Enjoy lunch at a

local restaurant before visiting the Angkor

National Museum, home to golden-era

Khmer kingdom artefacts. Then, bid farewell

to Cambodia as you fly to Luang Prabang.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao | Meals: B L

DAY 10: Luang Prabang, Laos

Step back in time for a day. This morning,

join in a village baci ceremony, and then

proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist

Temple noted for its Tree of Life wall mosaic.

After lunch at a local restaurant, stop at the

Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, which

is devoted to protecting the ethnic diversity

of Laos. In the evening, enjoy a stroll through

the vibrant night market before continuing on


YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Condé Nast Traveller Gold List hotel

with stylish, spacious rooms

SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

DATES & PRICING

Orchid

All-balcony luxury vessel with superb

onboard service cruising Ha Long Bay

CAMBODIA, LAOS, THAILAND & VIETNAM

to sample Laos cuisine at a top local restaurant

for dinner.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao | Meals: B L D

DAY 11: Luang Prabang – Bangkok,

Thailand

Rise very early to give alms to local monks

before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

Next, visit the National Museum, once a royal

palace, before continuing to a local restaurant

for lunch. Visit a silk weaving centre and then

fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital.

The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B L

DAY 12: Bangkok

Visit the sprawling Grand Palace. Explore the

historic Siamese court, home to Thailand’s

most important shrine, the jade Emerald

Buddha. See the temple of Wat Pho, with

its massive, gilded reclining Buddha. Next,

enjoy a splendid view of Wat Arun from the

deck of a boat as you take a Chao Phraya

River cruise. Tonight, gather for a special

farewell dinner.

The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B D

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes some long walks.

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

6, 10, 13, 17,

20, 24, 27 £7,095 £2,245

FEBRUARY:

10, 17, 21, 28 £7,095 £2,245

MARCH:

3, 7, 14, 17, 28 £7,095 £2,245

APRIL:

14 £7,095 £2,245

SEPTEMBER:

22 £7,095 £2,245

OCTOBER:

6, 13, 17, 20 £7,095 £2,245

NOVEMBER:

3, 7, 14 £7,095 £2,245

DECEMBER:

8, 12

15

£7,095

£7,870

£2,245

£2,785

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights. Our

specialists will be able to find the best travel options

to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

InterContinental Saigon Hotel

Luxurious rooms in the heart of

energetic Ho Chi Minh City

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor

Serene, leafy hideaway

set close to Angkor Wat

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Tranquil boutique luxury hotel,

appointed with teak and local textiles

DAY 13: Depart Bangkok

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to

depart for home.

Meals: B

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

The Peninsula Bangkok

One of Asia’s best hotels, overlooking

Chao Phraya River

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Cruising the Mekong:

Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat

12 days/11 nights | From £6,590 per person | Maximum 24 guests

This great eastern river is certain to satisfy those who hunger for diverse

experiences; explore secluded markets, wildlife-rich mangroves, and jungle

temples, learning from local villagers and Buddhist monks

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Cruise for seven

nights on the luxurious,

exclusively chartered

Mekong Princess

››

Tour the attractions of

Bangkok by tuk-tuk and

traditional rice barge

››

Explore magnificent

Angkor Wat at sunset

with an expert guide

››

Gain deeper insight into

South-East Asia’s varied

cultures as you meet locals

››

Enjoy access to

less-frequented locales

including little-known

river islands

INCLUSIONS

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet

& return private transfers

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Domestic flights included

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 9 lunches

& 9 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Travelling Bellboy SM

33

Complimentary breakfast in bed

on Days 3 & 4

33

Traveller’s Valet SM on Day 4

Bangkok

Hanoi

Luang Prabang

LAOS

THAILAND

Siem Reap

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

CRUISE

EXTENSION

DAY 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, the Thai capital, and

transfer to your luxurious hotel.

The Peninsula Bangkok

Phnom Penh

CAMBODIA

Kampong

Cham

Mekong Delta

VIETNAM

Ho Chi

Minh City

DAY 2: Bangkok

After your welcome briefing, discover the

temple of Wat Pho, with its huge Buddha

statue, and listen to the musical sound of

coins dropping into brass offering bowls.

Ride like a Local on a tuk-tuk around the

sprawling Grand Palace. Explore the royal

Siamese court, home to Thailand’s most

important shrine, the jade Emerald Buddha.

Next, gather for lunch aboard a traditional

wooden rice barge. Cruise the Chao Phraya

River, taking in the wonderful views. Later, fly

to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and transfer to your

traditional, Khmer-style boutique hotel.

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Explore the extraordinary temples of Angkor,

a breathtaking jungle city and Cambodia’s

most prized national treasure. Enter the

monumental gates of Angkor Thom, where 54

gods and 54 demons are represented in an epic

tug of war. Visit Bayon Temple, with its 172

large-scale faces wearing enchanting smiles,

and Terraces of the Elephant and Leper Kings.

Walk to the temple of Ta Prohm, an Indiana

Jones-worthy fantasy with crumbling towers.

Stay at Angkor Wat until sunset, marvelling

as the diminishing light washes over this

unforgettable, faraway world.

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: B L

DAY 4: Cruising the Mekong

Drive through the scenic Cambodian

countryside to Kampong Cham, where

you board A&K’s private charter, the

Mekong Princess, your boutique river cruiser

for the next seven nights. Tonight, enjoy a

Khmer-inspired dinner on board.

Mekong Princess | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Cruising the Mekong

Explore the charming town of Angkor Ban,

where you enjoy glimpses into the lives of local

people, starting with a visit to a family home.

Continue to the village school to observe a

classroom. Stop briefly at the local monastery

complex on your walk back to the ship.

Mekong Princess | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Cruising the Mekong

Ride like a Local through Phnom Penh,

Cambodia’s lush capital city, on an engaging

cyclo tour. Discover the ornate Royal Palace

and wander past huge stupas, spirit houses,

and potted flowers en route to the famous

Silver Pagoda, home of Cambodia’s Emerald

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Buddha and the diamond-encrusted Maitreya

Buddha. Visit the National Museum this

afternoon. Later, learn about Cambodia’s

darker days as you visit the notorious killing

fields of Choeung Ek. Then, leave behind

that bleak period in Cambodian history to

attend an uplifting performance of apsara, the

country’s national dance.

Mekong Princess | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Cruising the Mekong, Vietnam

Cruise into Vietnam this morning, continuing

downstream to little-known Hong Ngu.

Experience a friendly welcome, before you

visit a local family home to watch the weaving

of kormas (traditional Khmer scarves). Later,

explore a local temple dedicated to Hoa Hao,

a unique Vietnamese Buddhist sect. In the

afternoon, board a sampan (wooden boat)

to Gieng Island, where these vessels are

constructed. Cruise a canal past orchards

and rice fields, heading to the French Cu Lao

Gieng Church, built in 1879.

Mekong Princess | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Cruising the Mekong

This morning, disembark at the village of

Hoa An, well known for its floral and craft

industries. You have the chance to see how

locals grow and use flowers, and to meet a

family in their home. Later, reboard the ship

and cruise downstream towards Can Tho.

Mekong Princess | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Cruising the Mekong

Rise early for a sampan cruise through a

fascinating floating market near Can Tho.

Weave between the boats selling a diverse

array of goods, capturing photographs of

dynamic market life. Fresh coconut water,

the Vietnamese ‘anti-ageing drink’, refreshes

you before a stop at a local factory to see the

making of instant noodles. Back on board the

Mekong Princess, sail deeper into the Mekong

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

The Peninsula Bangkok

One of Asia’s premier hotels,

overlooking Chao Phraya River

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor

Serene, leafy retreat where ancient

tradition meets contemporary style

Delta, rarely touched by travellers, to see the

fourth-century Phuoc Hau Pagoda and meet

local monks to learn about their daily lives

and practices.

Mekong Princess | Meals: B L D

DAY 10: Cruising the Mekong

Today, it’s back onto a sampan to wend your

way through the thick mangroves, whose

tangled roots provide a sheltered habitat for

the smallest denizens of the river’s ecosystem.

Pause to see artisans produce coconut candy,

a favourite local snack. Next, board an

intimate, two-seater boat for a cruise through

narrow creeks lined with nipa palms, a native

species and the only one of its kind adapted

to the mangrove habitat.

Mekong Princess | Meals: B L D

DAY 11: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Unlike other river ships, Mekong Princess

docks right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

Recently experiencing a resurgence of art

and culture, the city is a hub of activity. Bid

farewell to the crew of Mekong Princess and

visit the Central Post Office and colourful

Ben Thanh Market. Then, drive past the

former US embassy building, from which

helicopters carried off the last American

personnel before the city fell to the Viet Cong

in 1975. Tonight, gather with your fellow

guests for a special farewell dinner.

InterContinental Saigon Hotel | Meals: B D

DAY 12: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, begin a Cu Chi and Hanoi

post-tour extension or transfer to the airport

to depart for home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

7 £6,590 £650

FEBRUARY:

4, 18 £6,590 £650

MARCH:

4, 18 £6,590 £650

OCTOBER:

28 £6,820 £690

NOVEMBER:

11 £6,820 £690

DECEMBER:

9

23

£6,820

£7,360

£690

£765

JOURNEY DETAILS

Price is based on Saigon suite. Upgrade prices to

Apsara, Tonle and Angkor suites are on request.

This journey includes some active elements.

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include international flights. Our

specialists will be able to find the best travel options

to suit you.

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL WITH A&K

Ask us about how to customise

this itinerary to create the perfect

bespoke holiday, just for you.

Mekong Princess

Exclusively chartered all-suite

river cruiser limited to just 24 guests

InterContinental Saigon Hotel

Luxurious rooms in the

heart of Ho Chi Minh City

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Luang Prabang pre-tour

extension – four days

from £2,365pp

Cu Chi & Hanoi post-tour

extension – three days

from £1,715pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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Mekong Princess

Redefining intimate with an exclusive A&K charter of an extraordinary 12-suite vessel

A&K SIGNATURE ELEMENTS

33

12 elegant suites with private

verandas or Juliet balconies

33

Spa-inspired bath amenities

33

Nightly turndown service

33

Fully air-conditioned

with cabin control

33

Complimentary laundry

service, canapés, and scented

baths in Angkor suites

FRENCH-COLONIAL DÉCOR

Experience the treasures of the Mekong

River from aboard the 12-suite Mekong

Princess, stopping to explore unique ports and

destinations virtually unknown to travellers.

Adorned with French-colonial furnishings,

the vessel’s staff are gracious, and guests can

enjoy the comfortable spa, which offers a

complimentary, hour-long treatment.

The dozen tranquil, well-appointed suites on

Mekong Princess offer spa bath amenities,

with nightly turndown service, as well as

either a private veranda or Juliet balcony,

both with panoramic views.

DELICIOUS DINING

Breakfast and lunches on board are served

buffet-style. Come evening, sit down to

casually elegant, multi-course dinners in

the candlelit Indochine dining room amid

expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows.

ELEGANT ONBOARD LIVING

While plying the waters, pause to watch life

unfold from the Observation Deck, recounting

activities in the lounge, and staying connected

in the library. Keep in shape in the fully

equipped fitness centre.

DECK PLAN

‘Mekong Princess’

Lounge

Observation

Deck

BASSAC DECK

Dining Room

MEKONG DECK

207

208

205

206

Spa Gym Library

Angkor suite (52sqm)

Tonle suite (30 sqm)

Apsara suite (24 sqm)

Saigon suite (24 sqm)

203

204

103 101

104 102

201

202

Private

Veranda

Private

Veranda

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LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISES

At home in the faraway polar regions, A&K’s programme of Antarctic and Arctic cruises delivers

an artful combination of passion, experience, dynamism, and unrivalled expertise from start to finish

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WHY VISIT ANTARCTICA

OR THE ARCTIC WITH A&K

Bob Simpson

Bob Simpson, past chair of the

IAATO Executive Committee

and A&K’s vice president of

Expedition Cruises, explains

what makes A&K the best

choice when looking for an

exceptional polar cruise

I am proud and privileged every time I set out on an A&K

Expedition Cruise. Navigating the harsh but amazing frontiers of

the Arctic and Antarctica six times a year, in the company of our

passionate expedition team with their unparalleled experience in

these continents, is awe-inspiring.

The desire to understand and explore the Arctic and Antarctic is

the driving factor behind every cruise we undertake. We set sail on

a luxury cruise ship with an intimate tour group to a natural wonder

of our world. Whether is it trips to lesser known parts of these wild

frontiers, or a Zodiac outing to watch wildlife in the most unspoilt

of habitats, or even the opportunity to seek out rarely visited

communities, these up close and personal experiences are those of

a lifetime.

In my view, there are a host of ways in which A&K polar cruises

exceed every expectation, but here are five key elements that make

our expeditions incomparable, with no other operator coming close.

EXPERIENCE & HERITAGE

When it comes to expeditions to these wild and wonderful frontiers,

you know you’re in safe hands with us because:

• The A&K polar team has been doing this since 1991

• We’ve led over 300 expeditions and still counting

• We are experts in all the best places to stop – from the highlights

you’ll see on most itineraries to more rarely visited locations like

the US Palmer Station

• When it comes to choosing our team, we pick the best

of the best

• Our experience and knowledge mean we understand the

importance of protecting and preserving these fragile areas:

we currently operate four projects in the polar regions through

Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy.

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OUR SHIPS, BUILT FOR SAFETY & COMFORT

Preparation and equipment are vital on polar expeditions. We only

use the highest level rating of everything we need to ensure your

safety and enjoyment:

• Ice-class ratings on both Le Lyrial and Le Boreal allow us to

safely navigate frozen polar regions

• State-of-the-art stabilisation systems, controlled by

Rolls-Royce technology, offer you one of the most

comfortable cruise experiences

• The vessels have the latest communication, navigation, and safety

equipment including the Global Maritime Distress and Safety

System (GMDSS) and a satellite weather system that receives

real-time images of cruising conditions to ensure your safety

• Exclusively chartered for A&K, our vessels are built to sleep

from 244-264, but we guarantee to only take a maximum of 199.

This ensures more space and premium accommodation for

every guest

• Responsible cruising – the vessels are clean-ship certified,

exceeding all environmental protocols including energyefficient

engines, fuel-efficient motors fitted to all Zodiacs,

and a computerised dynamic positioning system to reduce

the need to drop anchor.

TRUE LUXURY

Although you’ll be on the ice for some excursions, our vessels will

be your home for the duration of your trip. Our attention to detail

ensures the luxury levels you expect with A&K, including:

• Guaranteed private balcony with every accommodation

• Complimentary butler service in every suite

• Select open bar throughout programme

• All-inclusive cruising – a full programme of lectures, events,

and excursions with our award-winning expedition team

• No hidden extras: from tips to complimentary wifi and laundry.

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THE FINER DETAILS, ONLY THE BEST

OF EVERYTHING

And life at the world’s extremities should be extremely wonderful.

We guarantee five-star treatment and service throughout your trip:

• Culinary excellence – our fresh menu is inspired by French

gastronomic heritage

• Two beautiful restaurants on both ships – The Grill for casual

buffet service and The Restaurant for a more formal dining

experience – or choose to eat alfresco on the terrace by the pool

• Complimentary 24-hour room service and breakfast in bed options

• Unlimited house drinks when dining, open bar in the Panoramic

Lounge, or Club Lounge with nightly live music

• Custom-designed parka and backpack included for you to keep

• Complimentary use of rental boots, waterproof trousers, and

trekking poles

• Exclusive A&K-designed Voyage Journal featuring the best

moments and photos from each day of your expedition, sent

to your home after your journey

• A personnel-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3, all of whom work together

behind the scenes to deliver an exceptionally seamless experience

at sea.

We only trust the execution of our voyages to our handpicked and

experienced expedition team. They are accomplished, real-life

explorers who make your polar expedition your perfect experience.

Turn to the next page to see how they will bring your journey to life

in a most extraordinary way.

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IN THE COMPANY

OF EXPERTS

One of the advantages of cruising with A&K is exploring the polar

landscapes with our incredible expedition team, a handpicked group

of experts who represent the pinnacle of their fields.

ADVENTURES WITH THOSE IN THE KNOW

Antarctica and the Arctic command respect and require knowledge,

and are no places for the uninitiated traveller. Which is why A&K

employs the world’s best guides, and international experts, to ensure

your safety and enhance your polar experience. With skills ranging

from expedition leading to photography coaching, and indepth

knowledge on climate change and natural history, our team’s insight

makes your journey magical. Through lectures, guided tours,

and informal instruction, they equip you with the know-how to

negotiate these wild, remote locations. We only trust the execution

of our voyages to our handpicked, highly experienced expedition

team, who work together behind the scenes to deliver a seamless

experience for our guests at sea. They are accomplished, real-life

explorers – from award-winning scientists, habitat conservationists,

and wildlife photographers, to historians and recipients of the

prestigious Polar Medal – and they bring your voyage to life in a

most extraordinary way.

SPECIAL PLACES WE KNOW BY HEART

Decorated with awards and namesake islands, many of our guides

have been breathing the cool air of the Arctic and Antarctic regions

for decades, if not a lifetime. With over 25 years of experience

of successful polar expeditions, our team cross the barren polar

wastelands and glacier-carved coves as easily as their home town

streets – in fact you could practically call them locals in these remote

regions. There’s no better way to explore this fascinating landscape

than in the company of these passionate people.

Meet some of the experts from our award-winning expedition team:

Suzana Machado D’Oliveira

Expedition director

Richard Harker

Photo enrichment coach

Dr Patricia Silva

Ornithology lecturer

Russ Manning

Naturalist & Zodiac driver

Dr James McClintock

Climate ecology lecturer

Sally Escanilla

Assistant cruise director

Agustín Ullmann

Expedition leader

Matthew Messina

Marine mammal lecturer

Bob Burton

History lecturer

Helen Ahern

Young explorers’ guide

Juan José (JJ) Apestegui

Assistant expedition leader

Dr Daria Nikitina

Geology lecturer

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Le Lyrial & Le Boreal

Step aboard the finest purpose-built luxury expedition ships, exclusively chartered by A&K

for our Luxury Expedition Cruising. Sister ships Le Lyrial and Le Boreal offer incredible comfort

at sea, and thanks to small group numbers, all clients can enjoy a balconied stateroom or suite

DISCOVER ANTARCTICA

ABOARD LE LYRIAL

With an elegantly airy design inspired by one of the brightest stars in

the sky, impressive Le Lyrial makes a grand statement in polar waters,

featuring everything from cutting-edge technology to a multitude of

plushly comfortable suites.

CRUISE THE ARCTIC AND

NORTHWEST PASSAGE

ON LE BOREAL

High design defines vibrant Le Boreal, which features gorgeous

staterooms and suites, luxurious amenities and beautiful common

areas with access to outside decks.

From above (top to bottom): Le Boreal’s owner’s suite; Le Boreal’s lounge with

panoramic view; a Le Lyrial stateroom. Right at top of column: Le Lyrial’s reception

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A&K CHARTERS

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Private balcony with every guest

stateroom and suite

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Complimentary butler service with

every suite (includes welcome

champagne, nightly canapés,

packing/unpacking, etc. on request)

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Stateroom and suite amenities

include a hairdryer, large wardrobe

and ample storage, safe, alarm clock,

and Hermès bath products

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Stateroom and suite electricity: 220v

outlets – Europe 2-prong style (plus

two 110/220 U.S. outlets)

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Sun deck and multiple outer deck

observation areas

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and games

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Open bar with beer, wine, spirits,

cocktails, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and

mineral water (excludes premium

wines and spirits)

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Two lounges with bars: club with

live music and a panoramic lounge

with terrace

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Complimentary in-cabin breakfast

(on request)

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Fitness centre with Kinesis ® wall

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Spa with salon, sauna, and steam

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Theatre with comfortable seating

for all guests

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24-hour medical facilities with

certified doctor

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A&K’s complimentary Traveller’s

Valet SM laundry service up to eight

items (additional laundry available)

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destinations, access and speed

may vary)

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Antarctica, South Georgia

& the Falkland Islands

LUXURY

EXPEDITION

CRUISES

18 days/17 nights | From £18,520 per person | Maximum 199 guests

This once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the White Continent follows in the footsteps

of Sir Ernest Shackleton, offering excursions to incredible wildlife watching

destinations among many other entertaining and enriching experiences

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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Be sure of a balcony

stateroom aboard Le Lyrial

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Join A&K’s renowned

expedition team

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Explore South Georgia

and visit Sir Ernest

Shackleton’s gravesite

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Depart on 17 December

to enjoy workshops,

events, and excursions

led by dedicated Young

Explorers’ guides

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Five-star luxury accommodation

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Award-winning expedition team

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Airport meet & greet

& return transfers

33

Domestic flight from

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

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& excursions as stated

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dinners

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17 breakfasts, 16 lunches

& 15 dinners

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(where available)

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LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISES

Ask us for more details of our full range

of award-winning polar cruises.

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

CRUISE

EXTENSION

Ushuaia

Deception

Island

ARGENTINA

DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Argentina’s capital city and transfer

to your hotel. Enjoy time at leisure before

joining fellow travellers tonight for a

welcome reception.

Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau

Port Stanley

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PASSAGE

ANTARCTICA

Buenos Aires

DAY 2: Buenos Aires

With its wide boulevards and classical

buildings, romantic and exciting Buenos

Aires is charged with a distinctive energy.

Explore its best treasures with expert A&K

local guides, choosing from a selection

of included excursions. Explore the city

on a guided tour complete with a tango

demonstration. Or you can spend a full day

at an authentic estancia (ranch), complete

with a local lunch. Alternatively, dive into a

burgeoning art scene on a guided tour focused

on Buenos Aires’ street art. Tonight, enjoy the

evening at your leisure.

Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau | Meals: B L

Iguazu Falls

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South Shetland

Islands

Antarctic Sound

DAY 3: Ushuaia

Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the

southern tip of South America. On arrival,

enjoy lunch at the Arakur Ushuaia Resort.

Time and weather permitting, you can take

a nature walk in the Cerro Alarken Nature

Reserve, or simply relax with a coffee in front

of views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel.

Later, board Le Lyrial and settle into your

cabin with a private balcony. Throughout your

journey, benefit from insightful enrichment

programmes both aboard and on shore, and

an expedition team that is second to none.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

DAY 4: Cruising the South Atlantic

As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands,

your expedition team begins an informal

series of daily discussions on the flora and

fauna, geology, and history of the region.

These expert lectures span diverse topics,

such as seabirds and penguin of the Southern

Ocean, the formation of sea ice over thousands

of years, and personal accounts of living and

working in Antarctica. Enjoy time with A&K’s

resident photo coach too, and observe the

waters from the deck for marine mammals

hunting the rich krill population here.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Today, Le Lyrial arrives in the remote

Falkland Islands, where you can spend the

day exploring. This may include a visit to

Stanley, the tiny colourful capital, where you

can stroll its charming streets and explore its

surrounding wilderness areas. Alternatively,

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ANTARCTICA

north for her return to Ushuaia. Enjoy more

opportunities to observe birds and marine life

while reflecting on an incredible journey with

fellow passengers and new friends.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

discover the south-east islands of Sea Lion and

Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

DAYS 6 & 7: Cruising the South

Atlantic

As you approach South Georgia, deck-side

sightings of whale and other wildlife become

more frequent. Time spent cruising is once

again filled with informative lectures and

casual talks with your guides, leaving your

knowledge of the region greatly enhanced.

Scan the seas to spot marine mammals and

seabirds, as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich

waters past the islands of Shag Rocks.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

DAYS 8-10: South Georgia

South Georgia is a nearly submerged

continuation of the Andes mountain range,

and your days here are spent exploring its

glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. While

weather and ice conditions determine the

schedule, stops may include Eleshul Bay to

see nesting wandering albatross, as well as

Salisbury Plain, St Andrews Bay, and Gold

Harbour, all three of which are home to

vast colonies of king penguin and southern

elephant seal. You may also visit Ernest

Shackleton’s gravesite in Grytviken

alongside your onboard historian,

an expert on the great explorer’s life.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

DAYS 11 & 12: Cruising the Scotia Sea

During your time navigating the Scotia

Sea – abundant with marine mammals and

fish – your enrichment specialists recap

your adventures in South Georgia. During

additional lectures, learn more about the

seventh continent, from its terrain to the

hardy wildlife that inhabits it. Ensuring

your experience reaches far beyond that

of everyday travellers, ongoing, informative

discussions with your expedition team lend

further context.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

DAYS 13-15: Antarctica

Conditions permitting, your itinerary calls

for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula

and a number of South Shetland Islands,

which may include Half Moon, Penguin,

and Deception. You may also visit Cuverville

and Goudier islands, Paradise Bay, and the

Lemaire Channel, called ‘Kodak Alley’ for its

photogenic scenery. Further adventures may

include Wilhelmina Bay, noted for its prolific

humpback whale activity. The 17 December

departure features an unforgettable New Year’s

Eve celebration onboard to cap off a final day

of exploration on the White Continent.

Le Lyrial | Meals: B L D

DAYS 16 & 17: Cruising the Drake

Passage

Bid farewell to Antarctica as Le Lyrial points

DAY 18: Depart Ushuaia

After breakfast, disembark your luxury

expedition ship in Ushuaia. Transfer to the

airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires,

from where you will set off for home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATE (2019)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JOURNEY DETAILS

Price is based on classic balcony stateroom.

Upgraded cabin prices are on request.

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

DECEMBER:

17 £18,520 £13,370

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATE (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

1 £19,295 £13,950

FLIGHTS

To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight

offers, we don’t include any flights. Our specialists will

be able to find the best travel options to suit you.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Iguazu Falls pre-tour extension

– from £1,575pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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Arctic Cruise Adventure:

Norway, Greenland & Iceland

LUXURY

EXPEDITION

CRUISES

15 days/14 nights | From £13,140 per person | Maximum 199 guests

Hardened adventurers with a taste for luxury will relish this expedition to

some of the planet’s remotest regions, sighting iconic Arctic wildlife,

intriguing ancient sites, and striking natural phenomena

SVALBARD ISLANDS

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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Join A&K’s renowned

expedition team

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Enjoy luxury amenities

on board

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Explore many Arctic

habitats, including the

polar bear domain of

Norway’s pristine

Svalbard Islands

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Visit stunning Scoresby

Sound, Iceland’s

Langjökull glacier

and the Westman Islands

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Benefit from expert

photography programming

INCLUSIONS

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Five-star luxury accommodation

33

Award-winning expedition team

33

Airport meet & greet

& return transfers

33

Domestic flight from Oslo

to Longyearbyen

33

Entrance fees, taxes & tips,

& excursions as stated

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

14 breakfasts, 13 lunches

& 13 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

(where available)

33

Traveller’s Valet SM

GREENLAND

Hornstrandir

Nature Reserve

Scoresby

Sound

DAY 1: Arrive Oslo, Norway

Say “hallo” to Oslo, Norway’s capital city and

your gateway to the Arctic. On arrival, you’re

met and escorted to your hotel. This evening,

join your fellow guests for a jovial welcome

cocktail reception.

Radisson Blu Airport

DAY 2: Longyearbyen

Board an early morning charter flight to

Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island, the

unofficial capital of Svalbard. This Arctic

archipelago is ruled by Norway, and is one

of the remotest island groups on the planet,

with nearly two-thirds of its surface covered

in luminous glaciers. Tour the tiny town and

its Arctic Museum. This afternoon, board your

expedition cruiser.

Le Boreal | Meals: B L D

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SEA

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Reykjavík NORWEGIAN

Westman Islands SEA

ARRIVE/DEPART

NORWAY

AIR

Oslo

CRUISE

EXTENSION

DAYS 3-6: Svalbard Islands

Few have the opportunity to observe the

remote Svalbard Islands, but you can go on

twice daily excursions on land or by Zodiac

boat, led by our knowledgeable expedition

team and enrichment specialists. In this

archipelago, polar bear, walrus, Svalbard

reindeer, and a rich variety of birds abound.

Cathedrals of ice and mountain peaks

populate the landscape, which comes alive

with diminutive flora under summer’s

midnight sun. Your captain and expedition

team will plan activities dependent on

weather, sea, ice, and wildlife conditions. Daily

excursions may include these spectacular areas:

Magdalenefjorden

A stunning fjord which straddles blue-hued

glaciers and deep crevasses. Often frequented

by walrus and rare seabirds, this ‘glacier coast’

provides magnificent views of the slowmoving

ice masses.

Ny-Ålesund

Once an Arctic-expedition launch point,

meteorology, seismology and many other

sciences are now studied at Ny-Ålesund’s

research station. You may visit the museum,

gallery and the world’s northernmost post office.

Hinlopen Strait

Navigate this passageway between Spitsbergen

and the island of Nordaustlandet, arriving at

Alkefjellet, or ‘auk cliff ’. This towering rock

face drops directly into the sea, housing large

colonies of auk.

Wahlbergøya

In the centre of the southern entrance to

Hinlopen Strait, this island (named after

Swedish botanist Peter Fredrik Wahlberg)

is a favourite summer haul-out for walrus.

Monaco Bay and Glacier

Located in north-west Spitsbergen, Monaco

Bay is frequented by a variety of wildlife

populations, including polar bear, walrus, and

bearded seal, as well as a multitude of seabirds.

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country. Disembark for an adventurous visit

aboard special expedition trucks, stopping

en route at the shimmering waterfall of

Hraunfossar before arriving at the entrance

to Langjökull. Explore the labyrinth of ice

tunnels and caves, all revealing breathtaking

shades of blue and depths of ice. Following

lunch in nearby Húsafell, return this afternoon

to Akranes to board Le Boreal.

Le Boreal | Meals: B L D

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ARCTIC

DAY 14: Westman Islands

Visit Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), a

rock-studded, volcanically active archipelago

on Iceland’s south coast. Explore Heimaey,

home to diverse populations of seabirds

including the iconic puffin which flock here in

eight million-strong groups. Observe Eldfell

(‘Mount Fire’), a new mountain created during

a 1973 eruption. Discover a local village,

seeing Viking buildings which date back

to 650 AD, and enjoy the panorama from

Helgafell. Conditions permitting, view Surtsey

Island, a volcanic island formed in the 1960s

by an underwater eruption and protected as a

UNESCO World Heritage Site ever since.

Le Boreal | Meals: B L D

DAY 15: Depart Reykjavík

This morning, disembark Le Boreal in

Reykjavík and transfer to the airport to return

home, or continue to explore Ice