Escorted Tours 2020-2021

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Reflecting our ethos of touring excellence, A&K’s Escorted Tours combine authentic local access with five-star style, and unparalleled expertise. Designed by A&K experts in more than 55 offices in over 30 countries around the globe, any of our escorted tours make for the journey of a lifetime.

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ESCORTED TOURS 2020-2021


The itinerary, resident

tour director, and my

fellow travellers were

all factors that made

for a joyful, relaxing,

yet educational

experience. It was my

first A&K escorted

tour, but it definitely

won’t be my last

Ms D, 2019


“Adventure by day, luxury by night”

Dear traveller,

In 1962, I founded Abercrombie & Kent with nothing more than a game-changing idea,

a refrigerated ex-Army truck, and $100 in my pocket. A&K pioneered a new way to

travel, one that combines authentic local access with five-star style, and unparalleled

expertise. Today, our escorted tours, which still reflect that nearly 60-year-old ethos

of excellence, illuminate the world’s most inspiring places in a style in which you have

always longed to experience them.

Carefully designed by A&K experts in more than 55 offices in over 30 countries around

the globe, any of the escorted tours in this brochure make for the journey of a lifetime.

Choose from two types of tours: in-depth Immersive Journeys, on which early-booking

solo travellers pay no single supplement; and faster-paced Luxury Small Group

Journeys, which feature the VIP Travelling Bellboy® and Traveller’s Valet® services.

Whichever you opt for, you will travel in a small group of no more than 18, on an

itinerary that balances must-see sites with overlooked attractions known only to the

locals. You’ll tailor your journey to your interests with the Design your Day® concept,

available on all tours in 2020. Your resident tour director will imbue each visit with

his or her unique perspective, while a handpicked luxury hotel, wilderness lodge, or

sanctuary-like river boat will provide a comfortable retreat at day’s end.

We hope you’re inspired to start thinking about your next luxury adventure on an

escorted tour with A&K.

As always, I wish you happy travels…

Geoffrey Kent

Founder & Co-Chairman

Abercrombie & Kent

Follow @geoffrey_kent on Instagram

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Contents

INTRODUCTION

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

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

Why an A&K Escorted Tour..................................................... 8

Design your Day®..................................................................... 10

Luxury accommodation.......................................................... 12

Extend your journey & book your flights with A&K.......... 13

Immersive Journeys................................................................. 14

Luxury Small Group Journeys................................................ 15

A&K Philanthropy................................................................... 16

Why choose an A&K safari..................................................... 18

Deciding on your safari destination....................................... 19

AFRICA

South Africa & Victoria Falls.................................................. 20

Botswana Safari in Style........................................................... 22

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

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

Climb Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route.......... 34

A Naturalist’s Guide to Madagascar

with Dr Charlie Gardner......................................................... 38

EUROPE

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

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Splendours of the Golden Triangle........................................ 62

The Secrets of Southern India................................................. 66

The Spice Lands of Sri Lanka.................................................. 70

SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

The Wonders of China............................................................. 74

Across China: Tibet & the Yangtze........................................ 78

Journey Through Japan: From Tokyo to Kyoto.................... 82

Classic Japan.............................................................................. 86

Rhythms of South-East Asia................................................... 88

Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat...........................................92

Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat............ 94

LATIN AMERICA

Peru’s Ancient Marvels............................................................ 98

Inside Tracks in Argentina & Brazil.....................................102

Marvels of Chile......................................................................106

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Egypt: Cairo & Cruising the Nile........................................... 40

Jordan: Petra & Beyond........................................................... 44

Splendours of Oman: City, Mountain & Desert................... 48

The Delights of Morocco......................................................... 52

Israel: Crossroads of History................................................... 56

FURTHER INFORMATION

Calendar..................................................................................110

Terms & conditions................................................................112

Ways to travel..........................................................................115

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Why travel with A&K

A&K is the world’s leading luxury travel company. With over 55 years of

experience, more than 55 offices around the world, and a renowned network

of connections, only A&K can take you to the heart of a destination with the

privilege of authentic, local access

AWARD-WINNING

A&K’s service and reputation are tested every day

by the most discerning critics: our clients. 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.

Our guests 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. In 2019, for

the 10th consecutive year, A&K was voted ‘Africa’s

Leading Luxury Tour Operator’ at the World

Travel Awards.

WINNER

PEACE OF MIND

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

with complete confidence. We’re ATOL (Air

Travel Organiser’s Licence) affiliated and ABTA

(Association of British Travel Agents) bonded.

Both ATOL and ABTA offer travellers forms of

protection to ensure that your money is protected

from the moment you pay your deposit until the

instant you return from your holiday.

These schemes differ depending on the type of

transportation that is included in your holiday.

Managed by the Civil Aviation Authority, ATOLprotected

holidays include flights. ABTA-covered

holidays include rail, cruise, or self-drive elements,

but no air travel. ABTA protection is both legal and

financial in nature and being associated with the

most-recognisable name in the industry means that

we adhere to a code of conduct that demands the

highest professional standards.

Additionally, we’re proudly part of IATA

(International Air Transport Association) and AITO

(Association of Independent Tour Operators).

World’s Leading Tour Operator

World’s Leading Luxury Safari Company

BEST LUXURY TOUR OPERATOR

BY TRAVELLERS, FOR TRAVELLERS

When Geoffrey Kent was 16 years old, he rode a

motorbike from Nairobi to Cape Town. On this

3,000-mile journey of self-discovery along some of

Africa’s most dangerous roads, the ethos on which

he would found A&K occurred to him: adventure by

day, security and luxury by night.

More than 55 years after our first pioneering

safari in Africa in 1962, we’re still 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

by 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 luxury travel specialists. These experts

are devoted to making your holiday dreams an

unforgettable reality.

ACCESS & AUTHENTICITY

A&K works tirelessly to design adventures you won’t

be able to undertake with any other tour provider,

thanks to our globe-spanning access. Underlying

each inspiring escorted tour is the most robust tour

operator support network in the travel industry

– more than 55 offices in more than 30 countries

around the world, all working 24/7 to uphold the

same impeccable standards. Unlike our competitors,

we train and manage our own full-time staff, who

orchestrate every aspect of your journey with

precision and flexibility down to the last detail.

At A&K, we forge lasting, one-on-one

relationships with the people who know your

destination best, from craftspeople and chiefs to

experts in local art and history. Our itineraries are

the result of the authentic connections established

between our experts and the friendly, hospitable

local people who lend your journey a unique and

personal touch.

What does this mean for you as an A&K client?

It means you experience each stop on your journey

from a truly local perspective, all while enjoying a

seamless travel experience in which every detail has

been anticipated by dedicated on-the-ground staff.

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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. 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 each A&K Escorted Tour...

33OUR RESIDENT TOUR

DIRECTORS & GUIDES

Their expertise is unmatched, and their

excitement is contagious. Our resident tour

directors have lived for decades, sometimes

even their entire lives, in the places you

visit. Overseeing your entire journey, they

accompany you every day, sharing their

unique understanding of daily life as well as

your destination’s culture, history, and natural

environment. The result is a journey that reveals

the real spirit of a place, connecting you to the

people, sights, and wildlife you 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.

33INTIMATE GROUPS OF

LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

Small groups make a big difference. We

guarantee that each tour features no more than

18 guests (unless otherwise noted). Seasoned

travellers say the best part of a journey is often

the people you meet. On an A&K Escorted

Tour, this extends not just to the fascinating

locals you encounter, but to the new friends

you make within your group. In addition, thanks

to these small group sizes, our clients can avail

themselves of the opportunity to enjoy deeper

interactions with the resident tour director and

expert local guides.

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

We ensure that, while on tour, 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.

33INTERNAL/DOMESTIC FLIGHTS,

WHERE APPLICABLE

If internal or domestic flights are necessary

during your A&K Escorted Tour, rest assured

once again that the cost is accounted for within

the price of your holiday (unless otherwise noted).

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 choose to go online while on location –

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, toast the end of the

day with a beverage on us.

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Your escorted tour,

your way

Design your Day ®

There’s always room for personalisation on an A&K holiday – even an escorted tour. Experience your

destination your way thanks to the innovative Design your Day® concept. Available on one or more

selected days of your itinerary, you will be able to choose from at least three expert-crafted activities.

On these days you have the freedom to pick an experience that is suited to you and your interests. On

Immersive Journeys, these have been loosely grouped into three themes to help you pick the ideal way to

spend your day: arts and culture; culinary delights; and active. On Luxury Small Group Journeys, there

will always be one or more active options. So, whether you’re a foodie, fitness fanatic, or fine art aficionado,

there’ll be an option to suit.

ARTS & CULTURE

A chance to really understand what makes each destination

unique, and the influences that framed its development.

CULINARY DELIGHTS

Live like a local and learn how to make favourite foods and

signature dishes in classes taught by native 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 accommodation to

complement your journey

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, more adventurous itineraries, fivestar

accommodation may not always exist. In these rare instances, we choose the best

quality and most luxurious options 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 spray that rises from

‘the Smoke that Thunders’.

INTIMATE BOUTIQUE CAMPS & LODGES

As a home base to secluded and extraordinary wilderness adventures, many of our

journeys feature luxurious boutique camps and lodges available only to smaller

groups. While they vary in style, our handpicked accommodations all combine classic

local details with modern amenities and cutting-edge ecofriendly practices –

not to mention an incredible front seat to wildlife, often just outside your door.

STYLISH SHIPS

Our commitment to luxury doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. When your A&K

Escorted Tour includes cruising, your sleek, modern vessel offers the same comfort,

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

on the world’s greatest waterways.

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Extend your journey

PERSONALISE YOUR TOUR WITH A

TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE EXTENSION

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 in this brochure – for example, you could

top and tail Peru’s Ancient Marvels with a pre-trip Amazon adventure,

or Arequipa and Colca post-tour experience; or you might choose to

extend your time in India by visiting Amritsar, Shimla, or Varanasi

after touring India’s Golden Triangle.

START OR END WITH A

SMALL-GROUP EXTENSION

Alternatively, some escorted tours feature small-group extensions,

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

a harmonious addition – for example, come back down to Earth in

style by enjoying a safari in Tanzania after the Climb Kilimanjaro:

Summiting the Machame Route tour.

Look out for the pre/post-tour extensions flagged throughout

this brochure. The extension prices listed are per person and based

on two sharing.

Book your flights with A&K

International 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 long-established partnerships

with the world’s premier carriers – not to mention decades of

experience – booking your flights with A&K affords you a multitude

of benefits including the financial protection guaranteed through our

ATOL affiliation (see page 7).

Your travel specialist and our internal ‘air team’ always know the

best flights that work with your itinerary’s start and end times, and in

the event that a flight is delayed or cancelled, we’re there 24/7 to assist

you and make sure you enjoy your journey as planned. We offer special

fares where available, as well as the freedom to earn mileage points as

your carrier allows.

Contact us or your travel specialist to learn more about the benefits

of booking your flights through A&K.

Choose your tour type

Our escorted tours are designed in two formats:

Immersive Journeys and Luxury Small Group Journeys.

They share all the A&K elements described on pages

8-13: read on to discover how they differ and to find

the right one for you.

IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

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

These trips offer the same promises whether you are travelling with family, with

friends, or alone, as well as all the features highlighted on previous pages.

33NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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.

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 flow 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.

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LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

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

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 previous pages.

33VIP TRAVELLING BELLBOY ®

With A&K’s exclusive Travelling Bellboy® service, travel becomes hassle-free.

Simply leave your packed bags behind in your room as you walk out the door

and find them waiting for you at your next accommodation.

33TRAVELLER’S VALET ®

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. Participate in

‘Chef ’s Table’ experiences – cooking demonstrations, cookery classes,

or special culinary adventures led by a chef.

33RIDE LIKE A LOCAL

Experience the real locale as you take to the streets as the residents do.

This is the authentic way to see towns and countryside, in a way that

won’t harm the environment but will bring you closer to nature.

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Transforming travel:

from adventure to advantage

OUR FOUR MAIN MISSION OBJECTIVES

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.

HEALTHCARE

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

residents within our partner communities, ensuring greater wellbeing 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.

The travel industry is evolving. Greater

equity and sustainability from tourism is

becoming a key element of every holiday

– and ensuring that the local community benefits

from the tourist economy is important 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

Arctic Circle, we are working with partner

communities on 42 education, healthcare,

conservation, and enterprise development

projects, across 22 countries, and with nine

full-time A&K Philanthropy co-ordinators –

a philanthropic commitment unequalled by

our peers.

We are committed to ensuring guests learn

about our investment in local communities as

an integral part of their travel experience. For

many of our clients, their ‘wow’ moment comes

courtesy of A&K Philanthropy projects – the

co-ordinators at work on these projects, and

the face-to-face interactions with communities

reveal genuine local perspectives. From visiting

villages benefiting from tourism in their ancestral

homelands, 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.

A non-profit organisation registered in the UK,

US, and Australia, AKP is committed to operating

with integrity, accountability, and openness. We

are proud to have received a gold-level GuideStar

‘Seal of Transparency’.

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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

HEALTHCARE PROJECT:

Cambodia Clean Water Project

ESCORTED TOUR:

Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat

EDUCATION/HEALTHCARE PROJECT:

Enkereri Primary School to see the Safe

Water for Schools Initiative

ESCORTED TOUR:

The Great Migration Safari in Style

ENTERPRISE PROJECT:

Dipetsana Women’s Bike Shop

ESCORTED TOUR:

Botswana Safari in Style

HEALTHCARE PROJECT:

Children of the Rainbow School

ESCORTED TOUR:

Peru’s Ancient Marvels

EDUCATION/HEALTHCARE PROJECT:

Deepalaya School

ESCORTED TOUR:

Splendours of the Golden Triangle

AKP PROJECT

SPOTLIGHT

Dipetsana Women’s

Bike Shop

See how bicycles are helping to transform

lives in rural Botswana. Empowering

local women through this community

enterprise, the shop employs five

women who have all learned valuable

business and bike mechanic skills.

Additionally, the local community

benefits from a new source of

transportation – vital so healthcare

workers can get to patients, and so

that children can travel to school.

It was wonderful to see that our

holiday helps make a difference

Mrs McG, 2019

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 finest 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

55 years 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

sub-contract 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 wildlife-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 set 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 2019, we were voted ‘Africa’s Leading Luxury

Tour Operator’ for the 10th 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

In order to select 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 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 diverse 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, and 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 £8,900 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

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

Internal flights

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches

& 6 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowners

33

Design your Day ® on Day 8

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Traveller’s Valet ®

once per journey

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed on two selected days

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Experience South Africa’s

treasures, from Cape Town

to Greater Kruger

National Park

››

See Table Mountain,

the Cape of Good Hope,

and a penguin colony

››

Enjoy wildlife-viewing drives,

bush walks, and informative

talks while on safari

››

Cruise the mighty Zambezi

››

Visit the natural wonder

of Victoria Falls on a

private walking tour

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 and City Hall on the

Grand Parade. 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

Greater Kruger

National Park

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

EXTENSION

DAY 3: Cape Town

Head to Cape Point, the mountainous

promontory at the south-western tip of the

continent. Pass by the beaches at the base

of the mountains known as the Twelve

Apostles, bucolic Hout Bay’s bustling fishing

harbour, and wind carefully along the

famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore Cape

Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature

Reserve in search of bontebok, chacma

baboon, and endemic plants. 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.

One&Only Cape Town | Meals: B L

DAY 4: Greater Kruger Area

Fly to your private wildlife reserve bordering

Kruger National Park, offering the finest

wildlife-viewing experience. After settling

into your elegant accommodation, relax by

the pool before setting off in search of the

Big Five. To enhance your experience, each

game drive is led by two safari professionals: a

driver-guide, trained to safely manoeuvre up

close to South Africa’s iconic wildlife, and an

expert tracker who will help you identify the

animals and predict where they are likely to be

found on both sunrise and sunset drives.

Lion Sands River Lodge | Meals: B L D

DAYS 5 & 6: Greater Kruger Area

Spend two days immersed in your private

wildlife 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. 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.

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DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

AFRICA

JANUARY:

8 £8,900 £2,355

FEBRUARY:

18 £8,900 £2,355

MARCH:

3 £8,900 £2,355

APRIL:

18 £8,900 £2,355

SOUTHERN AFRICA

MAY:

10, 13, 24, 31 £8,900 £2,355

JUNE:

5, 23 £8,900 £2,355

JULY:

5, 12, 26 £8,900 £2,355

AUGUST:

10, 14, 23, 30 £8,900 £2,355

SEPTEMBER:

5, 12 £8,900 £2,355

OCTOBER:

2, 11, 25, 30 £8,900 £2,355

NOVEMBER:

15, 29 £8,900 £2,355

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’). Before dinner, enjoy hearing

from a special guest speaker who shares tales

of celebrated explorer David Livingstone –

an exclusive A&K experience.

The Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Victoria Falls

This morning, cruise the mighty

Zambezi, viewing hippo and elephant dotted

along the banks.

Then Design your Day® – giving you the

freedom to choose the experience that is

best suited to you. Select from the following

fascinating options:

OPTION 1: Glimpse local life

Visit a rural village for an interactive

experience that offers insight into the

traditions of the Zimbabwean people.

OPTION 2: Private jewellery tour

Personal tour of the Ndau Collection to meet

the artisans who design this opulent jewellery.

OPTION 3: Cycle along the Zambezi

Private bike tour, cycling through Victoria

Falls and stopping at viewpoints along

the Zambezi.

After time at leisure, set out on a guided

walking tour of Victoria Falls, one of the

world’s greatest natural wonders. See rainbows

and clouds of spray as the wide Upper

Zambezi plummets into the Lower Zambezi.

Gather tonight for a farewell dinner.

The Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: B D

JOURNEY DETAILS

Minimum age is 10 years. Each guest on this journey

will receive an A&K safari duffel. Please note

that Table Mountain closes annually mid-July to

mid-August. Alternative touring will be provided

for affected departures. On certain departures,

you will stay on Days 4-6 at andBeyond Ngala Safari

Lodge; and on Days 7 & 8 at Stanley & Livingstone

Boutique Hotel. 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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Winelands pre-tour extension –

three days from £2,270pp

Available on selected departures.

Hwange post-tour extension –

four days from £2,475pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DAY 9: Depart Johannesburg,

South Africa

Fly to Johannesburg, where you can access the

Premier Lounge, before departing for home.

Meals: B

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

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

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 £8,410 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

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

Internal flights

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches

& 9 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Design your Day ® on Day 3

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Limited laundry service

available at all camps & lodges

3 3 Complimentary breakfast in

bed on one selected day

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)

››

Coast along the Zambezi

River on a sunset cruise

››

See the thundering

Victoria Falls, one

of the Seven Natural

Wonders of the World

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 Hotel, Villas & 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 cocktails and gazing out across a

verdant vista and gliding past pods of hippo,

on a memorable scenic sundowner experience.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

DAY 3: Livingstone

This morning, Design your Day®

– giving you the freedom to choose the

experience that is best suited to you.

Select from the following options:

Johannesburg

OPTION 1: View Victoria Falls from Zambia

Tour Victoria Falls from the Zambia side,

to see the Zambezi River cascade over a

two-kilometre-wide lip of basalt.

OPTION 2: Visit a village bike shop

Cycle or walk through Nakatindi Village

to see a bike shop, school, and clinic supported

by A&K Philanthropy.

OPTION 3: Walk with rhino

Walk close to rhino, pausing on a game drive

in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to draw near

the giants on foot.

Return to camp for lunch and the rest of your

afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a cocktail

and a ‘Chef ’s Table’ tasting of traditional

Zambian fare, followed by dinner.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D

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

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AFRICA

BOTSWANA

in the park, as well as impala and 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. Visit the village of

Kasane, to see how the Dipetsana Women’s

Bike Shop, a project supported by AKP,

benefits the local community. 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. The park’s beautiful wetlands also

lure a wealth of birdlife. When you return to

the lodge, revel in the comforts of your luxury

accommodation and enjoy a 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 activities, such as a

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DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

7 £8,410 £1,215

FEBRUARY:

11 £8,410 £1,215

MARCH:

10 £8,410 £1,215

APRIL:

6, 21 £9,275 £2,435

MAY:

13, 16, 20, 23

28, 30

£9,710

£12,395

£2,435

£4,630

seasonal mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the

delta or a night wildlife-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 | Meals: B L D

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 wildlife-viewing

activities led by experienced driver-guides or

observe the wildlife from your private deck.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | 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 | 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

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Cape Town post-tour extension

– four days from £2,030pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

JUNE:

6, 14, 16, 20

30

£12,395

£13,615

£4,630

£5,685

JULY:

7, 10, 17, 19, 29 £13,615 £5,685

AUGUST:

1, 14, 19, 24 £13,615 £4,875

SEPTEMBER:

4, 7, 18, 22, 28 £12,800 £4,685

OCTOBER:

6, 13, 20 £12,395 £4,630

NOVEMBER:

6 £8,410 £1,215

DECEMBER:

18 £13,615 £5,685

JOURNEY DETAILS

Minimum age is 10 years. Each guest on this journey

will receive an A&K safari duffel. On certain

departure dates, the hotel on Days 2 & 3 will be

Victoria Falls River Lodge; on Days 6 & 7 will be

Belmond Khwai River Lodge; and on Days 8 & 9,

it will be Belmond Eagle Island Lodge. Activities on

these departures may vary. 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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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AFRICA

BOTSWANA

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

Lauded, peaceful hotel spread across 1.6

hectares in the heart of Johannesburg

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

A dozen romantic, air-conditioned

treehouses, set in a riverine forest

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

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Luxurious bush camp with exceptional

amenities in Moremi

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The Great Migration

Safari in Style

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

14 days/13 nights | From £13,120 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Perfect for all wildlife-lovers, witness East Africa’s adundant animal life

firsthand. On this quintessential safari experience, enjoy game drives

through the region’s most stunning parks and reserves

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

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

13 breakfasts, 12 lunches

& 12 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowners

33

Design your Day ® on Day 6

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

3 3 Limited laundry service

available at camps & lodges

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Experience six nights in the

heart of Great Migration

country – the Serengeti

and the Masai Mara

››

Observe Africa’s iconic

Big Five with A&K’s expert

driver-guides in our own

custom-made vehicles

››

Visit a vibrant Tanzanian

village, and explore by

tuk-tuk

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

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 animals – 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,

take 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 animal life,

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, with just 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 bush baby,

spotted genet, serval, and bat-eared fox.

During your stay, partake of a ‘Chef ’s Table’

experience and learn to prepare local dishes

such as ugali, makande, and kachumbari.

Sanctuary Swala | Meals: B L D

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AFRICA

KENYA & TANZANIA

DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater

Today, explore the village of Mto wa

Mbu. Ride like a Local by tuk-tuk, see rice

fields, and try banana beer. Enjoy a walk

through the local market before heading for

lunch at your lodge set near the Ngorongoro

Conservation Area.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Walk with a Maasai healer

Enjoy a walk through the Ngorongoro Forest

with a Maasai healer, who will introduce you

to more than 20 different indigenous plants

and explain how they treat health problems.

OPTION 2: Bicycle the back roads

Take a guided bike ride through the rural back

roads to visit the village of Karatu.

OPTION 3: High tea and meet the artist

Relax on the veranda of Gibb’s Farm with

traditional high tea. Meet the artist-inresidence

and view their work.

Gibb’s Farm | Meals: B L D

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DAY 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Today, set out on a game drive in Ngorongoro

Crater, exploring the panoramic, short-grass

prairies along the floor of this ancient volcanic

caldera, home to rare black rhino as well

as lion, hyena, and gazelle. The diverse and

profuse wildlife dwelling within the encircling

crater walls led this incredible ‘Lost World’

to be named a UNESCO World Heritage

Site. Enjoy lunch alfresco in the crater before

returning to your lodge. Tonight, gather for

dinner with your fellow guests.

Gibb’s Farm | Meals: B L D

DAYS 8-10: Serengeti National Park

Fly to Serengeti National Park, a vast

Tanzanian landscape that hosts one of Earth’s

last remaining wildlife spectacles: the annual

Great Migration, when millions of herbivores

trek across the Serengeti plains in search of

water and fresh grass, with hungry predators

awaiting them. Over the next two days, your

adventure may reveal giraffe, wildebeest,

elephant, and far more on morning and

afternoon game drives. You may also opt for

a hot air balloon ride across the boundless

Serengeti, at an additional cost, for an exciting

new perspective.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti | 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 400 bird

species make their home here. Your riverside

accommodation 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. Wildlife viewing is never dull

in the Mara, especially when the dramatic

annual Great Migration unfolds. On one day,

visit a Maasai village and meet with an elder

to learn about local culture and traditions.

During one of your mornings, enjoy an

optional hot air balloon ride over the

sprawling Mara (at an additional cost).

Connect with local residents when you visit a

village and primary school supported by AKP.

Learn firsthand how AKP’s LifeStraw

partnership is changing lives by providing

locals access to safe, clean drinking water.

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 (dayroom) | Meals: B

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Victoria Falls pre-tour extension

– four days from £3,065pp

Available on selected departures.

Uganda post-tour extension –

four days from £3,870pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

22 £13,120 £3,165

FEBRUARY:

19 £13,120 £3,165

MARCH:

11 £13,120 £3,165

JUNE:

3, 10, 17, 24 £14,545 £4,465

JULY:

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 £14,545 £4,465

AUGUST:

5, 12, 19, 26 £14,545 £4,465

SEPTEMBER:

16

2, 9, 23, 30

£13,730

£14,545

£4,465

£4,465

OCTOBER:

7, 14, 21 £13,975 £3,900

DECEMBER:

16 £15,440 £4,875

JOURNEY DETAILS

Minimum age is 10 years. Each guest on this journey

will receive an A&K safari duffel. On certain

departure dates, the hotel on Days 6 & 7 will be

The Manor at Ngorongoro; and on Days 8-10,

the hotel will be Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge. 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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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YOUR LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

Fairmont The Norfolk

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

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Elegant lodge situated on plains

blessed with prolific wildlife

Sanctuary Olonana

Superb luxury lodge in the Masai Mara,

14 spacious suites with private decks

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Kenya & Tanzania

Wildlife Safari

12 days/11 nights | From £7,960 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

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

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches

& 10 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowners

33

Design your Day ® on Day 11

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Traveller’s Valet ®

once per journey

3 3 Complimentary breakfast in

bed on two selected days

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Embark on daily game drives

with expert driver-guides 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

Migori

Tarime

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

Masai Mara

Game Reserve

Nairobi

Serengeti

National Park

Ngorongoro

Crater Arusha

Lake Manyara

National Park

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

TANZANIA

KENYA

Amboseli

National Park

DAY 2: Amboseli National Park

Drive to Amboseli National Park, known for

its thriving animal population. Take in views

of 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 Arusha. After stopping for

lunch in the town, continue to your lodge,

which is located in a picturesque region of the

Great Rift Valley. On arrival, settle in, freshen

up, and relax before venturing to a nearby

escarpment with picturesque views of the

valley below. Here, enjoy a refreshing scenic

sundowner as the equatorial sun slips toward

the horizon. This evening, gather 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

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KENYA & TANZANIA

in the world, and a likely place to find lion,

elephant, hyena, and gazelle. This afternoon,

prepare and sample local dishes at 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 lunch, visit a Maasai village to gain

a better understanding of the nomadic cattleherders’

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.

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

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DATES & PRICING

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DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

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

wildlife-viewing regions, take a drive through

the famed reserve.

Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D

DAY 10: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Spend the day exploring a region bestowed

with nearly 1,300 square kilometres of

savannas, woodlands, and tree-fringed rivers.

Observe crocodile basking in the sun,

ever-alert hippo wallowing in muddy water,

and mischievous monkey racing overhead.

Spot massive elephant and graceful giraffe.

In the evening, enjoy a scenic sundowner

experience overlooking the plains at dusk.

Optional experiences include a hot air balloon

ride over the plains (at an additional cost)

and a visit to a local school.

Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D

DAY 11: Masai Mara Game

Reserve

Enjoy a morning game drive or choose a ride

in a hot air balloon, for an additional cost,

floating peacefully above the wildlife-dotted

plains and gaining a new perspective on life

in the Mara.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Guided bird walk

Set out on a guided bird walk for the

opportunity to spot some of the nearly

500 species of bird in the region.

OPTION 2: Beading with the Maasai

Make beads with the Maasai, learning the

craft of beading from tribal members and

creating your own jewellery.

OPTION 3: Throw the rungu hunting club

Throw the rungu with Maasai warriors,

testing your skills with their traditional

wooden hunting club.

Tonight, attend a memorable farewell dinner

with your fellow guests.

Mara Intrepids | Meals: B L D

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

JANUARY:

21 £9,585 £1,460

FEBRUARY:

4, 18 £9,585 £1,460

MARCH:

3 £8,935 £1,135

MAY:

19 £7,960 £730

JUNE:

16, 30 £10,400 £1,620

JULY:

7, 14, 17, 21, 28, 31 £10,400 £1,620

AUGUST:

4, 11, 14, 18, 25, 28 £10,400 £1,620

SEPTEMBER:

1, 8, 11, 15, 22 £10,400 £1,620

OCTOBER:

6, 13 £10,400 £1,620

NOVEMBER:

3 £10,400 £1,620

DECEMBER:

8

22

£9,585

£11,375

£1,460

£1,785

JOURNEY DETAILS

Minimum age is 10 years. Each guest on this journey

will receive an A&K safari duffel.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

AFRICA

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Oasis of serenity set within

the vibrant city of Nairobi

KENYA & TANZANIA

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

Luxury lodge perched on the crater’s rim,

with vistas of its natural wonders

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 wildlife-viewing country

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Climb Kilimanjaro:

Summiting the Machame Route

9 days/8 nights | From £5,995 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

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

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed on Days 2 & 3

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Climb with confidence: A&K

has been leading treks up

Kilimanjaro for more than 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

››

Quality assured: A&K directly

employs all chefs, porters, and

guides (who are all 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

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 no more

than 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 you time to rest and adjust to the

higher altitude. In the afternoon, you

may hike in the Karanga Valley set beneath

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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 sparsely dotted

with 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

highest point in Africa after about seven

hours. 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

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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 (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

21 £5,995 £1,620

FEBRUARY:

4, 18 £5,995 £1,620

MAY:

19 £5,995 £1,620

JUNE:

9, 16 £5,995 £1,620

YOUR ACCOMMODATION

JULY:

7 £5,995 £1,620

AUGUST:

4, 18 £5,995 £1,620

SEPTEMBER:

15, 29 £5,995 £1,620

OCTOBER:

6 £5,995 £1,620

NOVEMBER:

10 £5,995 £1,620

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey is strenuous with steep ascents and high

altitudes, however novice climbers are welcome.

Minimum age is 16 years. Each guest on this journey

will receive an A&K safari duffel.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Tanzania safari post-tour

extension – five days from

£3,125pp

Available on selected departures.

• Our customised tents

are the most luxurious

on the mountain

• Sleeping tents are designed

to accommodate two. They

feature 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

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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CLIMB 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 are fluent in English, and most have

completed over 200 summits. A founding member of the 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, contributing to A&K’s 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 Dr Charlie Gardner

12 days/11 nights | From £9,315 per person | Maximum 10 guests

Discover a unique collection of animals and plants in this biodiverse hot spot, almost

untouched by tourism. Guided by our wildlife expert, come face-to-face with lemur,

hike between age-old baobabs, walk among orchids, and stroll along deserted beaches

INCLUSIONS

33

Resident tour director &

English-speaking expert

local guides

33

Airport meet & greet,

& return private transfers

33

Bottled drinking water,

wine, beer & some spirits

33

All entrance fees, taxes &

tips, & excursions

33

Three charter flights

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches

& 11 dinners

33

Scenic sundowner

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Enjoy a rare insight into

the indigenous wildlife

from your guest host,

Dr Charlie Gardner

››

Spot indri lemur,

chameleon, and bird

species within the

national parks

››

Hike in the Sacred

Spiny Forest

››

Visit a local village and learn

about the cultural traditions

of the Antandroy tribe

››

Explore the historic Rova

(Queen’s Palace) crowning

the hill above the capital

››

Savour a scenic sundowner

from your hammock as dusk

falls over Manafiafy Beach

MOZAMBIQUE

CHANNEL

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

DAY 1: Arrive Antananarivo

On arrival in the hilly Malagasy capital you’re

welcomed by our A&K representative. You will

be 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 a relaxing afternoon,

your guest host, Dr 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

DAYS 2-4: Andasibe

Enjoy three days watching the island’s unique

wildlife. Head to Andasibe, a rainforest

comprising Périnet Special Reserve and

Mantadia National Park. Spot the indri –

the largest lemur, which cannot survive

in captivity – along with 11 other species,

including the fat-tailed dwarf lemur.

Birdwatchers can observe the velvet asity and

nuthatch vanga. The reserve is also home to

reptiles and more than 1,000 orchid species.

Visit Mitsinjo Forest Reserve to take part in

a planting programme and head to Lemur

Island where four species are protected.

Mantadia Lodge | Meals: B L D

Antananarivo

Ifotaka

Andasibe-

Mantadia

National

Park

Manafiafy

Fort Dauphin

DAY 5: Antananarivo

Return to the capital to explore the Upper

Town with your guide. Visit the Queen’s

Palace, locally referred to as the Rova, which

crowns the highest hill in the city. The resting

place of the country’s monarchs, you can

explore this fortified structure designed for

Queen Ranavalona I by Scottish missionary

James Cameron. Round off your tour with a

stop at the newly built photography museum

showcasing the everyday life of the Malagasy

people. Learn more about the history of ‘the

city of the thousand’, a name referring to

the soldiers who once guarded it.

Hotel Colbert | Meals: B L D

DAYS 6-8: Ifotaka

Take a private flight south to Mandrare

River Camp, close to where the fascinating

Antandroy tribe lives. The next three days

are spent on a journey of discovery. Enjoy

seeing the entwined branches of the octopus

tree while walking in the Sacred Spiny Forest.

Visit a local village, and enjoy a sundowner.

Depending on water levels, walk or take a boat

across the river to the Sacred Gallery Forest,

home to the ring-tailed and Verreaux sifaka

lemur. Observe the nocturnal creatures on a

night walk through the Forest of Zenavo.

Mandrare River Camp | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Manafiafy Beach

Today, fly to Fort Dauphin on a private charter

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AFRICA

YOUR A&K HOST

DR CHARLIE GARDNER

MADAGASCAR

Charlie has worked as a scientific advisor

for the World Wildlife Fund and has published

many papers on Madagascar’s wildlife and

its conservation. He has appeared on natural

history documentaries and assisted with the

filming of Sir David Attenborough’s

BBC series Madagascar.

YOUR

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Colbert

Homely hotel with views

over the colourful capital

flight and travel north to Manafiafy Beach.

This secluded tropical paradise, also known as

Sainte Luce, is a beautiful sandy bay, fringed

with forest-covered mountains and wildliferich

mangroves. Enjoy time at leisure for a

swim and sundowner overlooking the bay.

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge |

Meals: B L D

DAYS 10 & 11: Manafiafy Beach

Enjoy two days to kick back in this barefoot

paradise. Your lodge offers easy access to

nature and a wide range of sporting activities,

which are all included. Wildlife-watching

options encompass guided day and night

walks in the rainforest, snorkelling in the bay

and nearby cove, kayaking, and scenic boat

trips to the mangroves and a whale-watching

tower (humpback whale pass between July

and September). Enjoy boat rides to nearby

islands for picnics and trips to the local village,

supported by the lodge. Toast your adventure

with a sumptuous dinner on the beach.

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge |

Meals: B L D

DAY 12: Depart Antananarivo

Say a fond farewell to Madagascar and

transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JUNE:

7, 18 £9,315 £1,540

NOVEMBER:

8 £9,315 £1,540

This escorted tour is a Hosted Journey: all standard

inclusions featured on pages 8 & 9 apply, however

please note that due to the specialist nature of this tour,

Luxury Small Group Journeys’ and Immersive Journeys’

additional extras are not included.

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes some optional long and/or

steep 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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

Mantadia Lodge

Comfortable base for

excursions to spot indri lemur

Mandrare River Camp

Classic tented safari camp offering

majestic views of the Mandrare River

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Coastal bungalows from which you can

enjoy walks in the littoral rainforest

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Egypt: Cairo &

Cruising the Nile

IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

9 days/8 nights | From £3,995 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Step back in time as you travel from the pyramids of Cairo to the temples of Aswan and

Luxor. Cruise down the Nile aboard Sanctuary Nile Adventurer. Unravel the mysteries

of ancient Egypt with the help of your own private Egyptologist, and come face-to-face

with the iconic death mask of King Tutankhamun

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ® 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

33

Cocktail reception, welcome

& farewell dinners

33

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches

& 5 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore inside the Great

Pyramid of Cheops

››

Cruise the Nile aboard

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

››

Special entry into the tomb of

Seti I in the Valley of the Kings

››

Enjoy private, exclusive-to-

A&K docking facilities in both

Luxor and Aswan

››

Enjoy exclusive access to the

Grand Egyptian Museum if

travelling before Oct 2020

EGYPT

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

CRUISE

EXTENSION

DAY 1: Arrive Cairo, Egypt

Arrive in Cairo where you are met by your

A&K representative and transfer to your

luxury hotel. This superbly located hotel lies

downtown, set right on the banks of the Nile.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton

Alexandria

Cairo

DAY 2: Cairo

Drive to Sakkara, the site of hundreds of

tombs and 14 pyramids, including the Step

Pyramid of Djoser (the world’s oldest complete

stone building) and temple of Serapeum. Head

to Giza to venture inside the Great Pyramid,

the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the

Ancient World. Explore the plateau, home to

the pyramids of Menkaure and Khafre, which

were built in the Fourth Dynasty. Visit the

Solar Boat Museum, which houses a pharaoh’s

funerary vessel. Tonight, gather for a delicious

welcome dinner.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton | Meals: B L D

Hurghada

Luxor

Esna

Edfu

Kom Ombo

Aswan

DAY 3: Cairo

This morning, head to the Grand

Egyptian Museum (GEM), the largest

archaeological museum in the world,

overlooking Giza’s pyramids. It contains

Tutankhamun’s treasures including the iconic

death mask. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Later, Design your Day® – giving you the

freedom to choose the experience that

is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Discover Coptic Cairo

Visit the oldest area of Cairo to explore the

remains of the Fortress of Babylon, visit the

Church of St Sergius, the Hanging Church,

and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.

OPTION 2: Islamic walking tour

Visit the Citadel of Salah El Din, before

embarking on an Islamic walking tour down

the main street of the walled city of Cairo.

View beautiful Islamic monuments and busy

local markets.

OPTION 3: Take to the Nile by felucca

View Cairo from a different perspective as

you sail the waters of the Nile.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton | Meals: B L

DAY 4: Cairo – Aswan

Fly to Aswan where you will be met and

transferred to your hotel. Explore the spice

souks of Aswan and take a stroll along the

Corniche. This southern town lies along

the languid waters of the Nile, dotted with

feluccas gliding towards the botanical gardens

on Kitchener’s Island. Nubian villages run

down to the water and stand out against the

backdrop of the west bank’s desert escarpment.

Mövenpick Resort Aswan | Meals: B L

DAY 5: Cruising the Nile

Enjoy a morning at leisure before boarding

the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer from your

private dock. After settling into your cabin and

exploring your boat, which has an Arabianstyle

Sun Deck and a refreshing dipping pool,

it will be time to sail around the Aswan islands

on board a traditional felucca. Your cruise

will circumnavigate Elephantine Island, Lord

Kitchener’s Botanical Garden, and the Aga

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Khan Mausoleum. Tonight, it’s time to dress

up and head for a cocktail reception, gourmet

dinner, and on-board show.

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Cruising the Nile

This morning, take a motor boat to Philae

Temple on the island of Agilkia, dedicated

to the goddess Isis. The temple was moved

when the Aswan Dam was built. Proceed

to the impressive granite quarries and the

Unfinished Obelisk. Join your chef back on

board for a cooking lesson. Later disembark at

Kom Ombo (‘hill of gold’) to visit the temple

dedicated to Horus the sun god and Sobek

the crocodile god, and view mummified

remains of the ancient reptiles. Tonight, take

part in an Egyptian-themed night with buffet

and entertainment.

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: Cruising the Nile

This morning, 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 was like in Edfu. Return to your

boat for lunch as you sail towards Esna. Join

your Egyptologist for a visit to the Temple

of Khnum, which lies below street level, and

marvel at its soaring columns and hieroglyphs.

Relax with afternoon tea as you sail towards

the temples of Luxor and feel the lure of the

Valley of the Kings.

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | Meals: B L D

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

DAY 8: Cruising the Nile

Wake up in the ancient city of Thebes. Your

tour begins at the temples of Luxor and

Karnak. Pass the huge columns of Great

Hypostyle Hall. After lunch, explore the

Valley of the Kings with entry into the burial

chambers of Tutankhamun and Seti I. You

will also have the chance to visit the tomb of

Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, before

heading towards the Mortuary Temple of

Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female pharaoh, and a

photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon. Gather

for a farewell dinner.

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Depart Luxor

After a delicious breakfast, head to the airport

for your homeward flight.

Meals: B

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Alexandria pre-tour extension –

three days from £420pp

Available on selected departures.

Hurghada post-tour extension –

three days from £495pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

17 £3,995

MARCH:

4 £4,150

OCTOBER:

10 £4,150

NOVEMBER:

3, 27 £4,150

DECEMBER:

13 £4,290

For additional early 2020 departures, please refer to our

website for the Egypt & the Nile LSGJ escorted tour.

JOURNEY DETAILS

Price is based on Nile Deck cabin. Upgrade prices

to superior cabins are available on request. Please

note that multiple groups may be travelling on board

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer simultaneously.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to see

how A&K can tailor this escorted tour itinerary

into the perfect bespoke holiday.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton

Luxury hotel in downtown Cairo with views

of either the Nile or the Egyptian Museum

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

Enjoy the river view from the Sun Deck,

pool, and all cabins

Mövenpick Resort Aswan

Spectacular Nile views from the quiet

shores of Elephantine Island

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Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

Be one of the first to set sail on the journey of a lifetime aboard the Sanctuary Nile

Adventurer following its elegant makeover. Enjoy river views from all the luxury cabins

or private cabanas on the gleaming teak Sun Deck

A&K SIGNATURE ELEMENTS

33

32 contemporary cabins, including

two deluxe and two presidential

suites, all with Nile views

33

Expert A&K Egyptologist

accompanies all shore excursions

33

Boarding from your private dock

33

Cooking lesson with on-board chef

33

New massage room with floating

four-poster bed and outdoor gym,

both on the Sun Deck

33

Cosy wood-panelled library

33

Pool with inviting loungers

33

Egyptian-inspired rugs, tiles,

and textiles

RIVER VIEWS FROM ALL CABINS

Enjoy river views from all the newly

refurbished cabins. These spacious havens of

sophistication feature a new floating vanity

and a private dining space. The palatial

presidential suites include cinematic vistas

from vast windows, private balconies,

plus refined living areas. Relax at the end

of another memorable day in the new

four-poster bed, the epitome of graceful

indulgence. Dramatic new feature walls

and headboards with embedded lighting

add a touch of glamour to this intimate

boutique vessel.

PRIVACY & PAMPERING

After a day of sightseeing, you can relax on a

floating four-poster bed in the new massage

room, which offers a range of soothing

treatments. The outdoor Sun Deck with its

cabanas, sunloungers, and refreshing pool is

the perfect place to watch the world glide by

as you cruise down this majestic river. If you’re

feeling active, you can enjoy the ultimate

workout at the new outdoor gym, or you may

prefer to cosy up with a book in the library.

FINE FOOD & COOKERY CLASSES

Award-winning chefs offer fine cuisine

and Egyptian cooking classes so you can

savour authentic flavours when you return

home. Dine in the new restaurant, rich

with burnished bronze tones, the glow of

hammered copper, delicately patterned

tiles inlaid in the walnut floor, and carefully

selected antiques. With stunning views, this

is the perfect setting for gourmet dinners and

gala evenings.

DECK PLAN

Swimming Pool

SUN DECK

405 403 401

406 404 402 Lower Sun Deck

PROMENADE DECK

309 307 305 303 301

310 308 306 304 302

Lounge & Bar

BRIDGE DECK

209 207 205 203 201

210 208 206 204 202

Restaurant

MAIN DECK

111 109 107

110 108 106

NILE DECK

King presidential suite (42.4 sqm)

Twin presidential suites (42.4 sqm)

King junior suite (21.3 sqm)

Twin junior suite (21.3 sqm)

Standard king cabin (14.2-16.5 sqm)

Standard twin cabin (14.2-16.5 sqm)

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Jordan: Petra & Beyond

9 days/8 nights | From £2,450 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 the rose-red city of Petra, then traverse Bedouin

desertscapes in the Wadi Rum, and float in the mineral-rich 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. After lunch, you’ll have the

afternoon to explore and linger as you please.

Intercontinental Amman | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Amman

Today, Design your Day® – 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, where you’ll enjoy lunch and see

the 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 L

DAY 5: Petra

Despite Indiana Jones’s best efforts, nothing

can quite prepare you for Jordan’s rock star

landmark. Beguiling even the most discerning

travellers, Petra is located in rugged rift valleys

in what is now the southwestern region of

Jordan. The sandstone cliff-carved city was

once a thriving trade town and the Nabataean

kingdom’s capital from 312 BC to 106 AD. The

UNESCO World Heritage Site is 60 square

kilometres in total, so boot up to stroll around

remarkable sights such as the Monastery,

the Temple of Winged Lions, the Corinthian

Tomb, the Palace Tomb, and the magnificent

Treasury with your A&K guide.

Mövenpick Resort Petra | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Petra

Today, Design your Day® – 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 kilometre long

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

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ®

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, 4 lunches

& 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore the Greco-

Roman city of Jerash

››

See Petra’s ancient

rosy temples & tombs

››

Trailblaze the Wadi Rum

desert in a 4x4

››

Float in the Dead Sea’s

mineral-rich waters

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DAY 7: Petra – Dead Sea

Channel Lawrence of Arabia on a 4x4 journey

across the Wadi Rum. You’ll get your kicks

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. No visit to

Jordan would be complete without floating in

the Dead Sea. Relax with a book as you soak

in the mineral-rich waters, an iconic picture to

share with friends, before heading to the hotel

spa for a mud treatment harnessing the power

of the salt lake. This evening, enjoy cocktails

and a farewell dinner with your group.

Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa | Meals: B D

DAY 9: Depart Amman

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

taken to the airport so you can return home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

7, 21 £2,550

MARCH:

6, 20 £2,550

APRIL:

10, 24 £2,550

MAY:

8 £2,450

SEPTEMBER:

6, 20 £2,695

OCTOBER:

11, 25 £2,695

NOVEMBER:

8 £2,695

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

7, 21 £2,890

MARCH:

6, 20 £2,890

APRIL:

10, 24 £2,890

MAY:

8 £2,790

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Dead Sea post-tour extension –

three days from £285pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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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 sharp

design and stunning sea vistas

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Splendours of Oman:

City, Mountain & Desert

8 days/7 nights | From £3,195 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

Muscat

Jebel Akhdar

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

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

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

EXTENSION

Sharqiya Sands

OMAN

Salalah

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 Muttrah Fish Market and

colourful Muttrah Souk, take your photo

DAY 3: Muscat

Today, Design your Day® – 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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– 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 an 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 terraced fields and

traditional houses laid out against the rocky

slopes is breath-taking. 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, fine 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. Practise 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 quad biking, dune trekking,

or sand boarding (additional cost to be paid

at the resort). Then see how traditional dhows

(sailboats) were made in the fishing town of

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ® on Day 3

33

Five-star 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

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Spend a night under the

stars in a desert camp

››

Watch traditional dhow

building in Sur

››

Retreat to Alila Jabal

Akhdar, perched in the

Hajar mountains, a haven

for nature lovers

››

Visit the Grand Mosque

and National Museum

in Muscat

››

Marvel at the changing

colours of Sharqiya Sands

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Sur when you visit the dhow factory. Relax on

Fins Beach or discover the pearl-white villages

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

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

9 £3,195

MARCH:

1, 15 £3,195

APRIL:

19 £3,195

OCTOBER:

4, 28 £3,250

NOVEMBER:

15 £3,250

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

7 £3,290

MARCH:

14 £3,290

APRIL:

11 £3,290

JOURNEY DETAILS

To enter the Al Alam Palace on Day 2, women will

be required to be fully covered (including head

scarf) and men will be required to wear trousers.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Muscat pre-tour extension –

two days from £440pp

Salalah post-tour extension –

three days from £415pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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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

Enjoy panoramic mountain views

from this luxurious desert retreat

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 £3,240 per person | Maximum 12 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 Fes. En route,

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

for a look around its majestic Hassan tower.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Palais Amani | Meals: B L 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

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 zellige tiles

are made. Next stop the Dar Batha Museum,

filled with Moroccan arts, and finally Nejjarine

Square, with the city’s finest tiled fountain.

Palais Amani | Meals: B L

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 L

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 you’ll

reach Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara

Desert and the setting for many a Hollywood

movie. After the trip, you’ll be ready for some

downtime by the pool with a fresh mint tea.

Berbère Palace | Meals: B L 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 L 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.

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura | Meals: B L

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ® on Day 10

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

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

10 breakfasts, 7 lunches

& 5 dinners

33

Scenic sundowner

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

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DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

DAY 9: Marrakech

Explore the medina bursting with Berber

carpets and spices. Lose yourself in Jemaa

el-Fna, a cacophony of fire-eaters and snake

charmers. 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. Final stop is the recently

opened Dar El Bacha Palace, renowned for its

geometric zellige tilework and painted ceilings,

some of the finest in the city.

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura | Meals: B

DAY 10: Marrakech

Today, Design your Day® – 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

as you please. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura | Meals: B D

DAY 11: Depart Marrakech

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airport

from where you’ll depart.

Meals: B

MARCH:

9 £3,240

APRIL:

6, 20 £3,240

MAY:

4 £3,240

SEPTEMBER:

7 £3,450

OCTOBER:

5 £3,450

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Marrakech post-tour extension

– three days from £290pp

Available on selected departures.

PRICE

PER

PERSON

JANUARY:

18 £3,595

FEBRUARY:

8 £3,595

MARCH:

8 £3,595

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

Hôtel & Ryads Barrière Le Naoura

Luxury boutique hotel located 10 minutes

from Marrakech’s bustling medina

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Israel: Crossroads

of History

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

9 days/8 nights | From £5,445 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Discover a beautiful land held sacred by three faiths. Your tour through the

Holy Land will take you beyond the ancient walls of Nazareth, Bethlehem,

and Jerusalem. Sail on the Sea of Galilee, catch a cable car to Masada for

spectacular Dead Sea views, and chill out in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv

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, 7 lunches

& 4 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Design your Day ® on Day 8

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Traveller’s Valet ®

once per journey

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed on two selected days

Tel

Aviv

Haifa

I S R A E L

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

Acre

Tiberias

Nazareth

Jerusalem

Masada

DAY 3: Sea of Galilee

Today, cruise the Sea of Galilee by private boat

and stop at Capernaum, site of the synagogue

where Jesus taught. See Saint Peter’s House,

now a converted church; Tabgha, where

the miracle of the loaves and fishes is said

to have occurred; and the commemorative

fifth-century mosaic in the Church of

Multiplication. Then, visit the Mount of

Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount.

Shift perspectives from the ancient to the

modern, as you continue to the Golan Heights,

and later enjoy wine tasting at your hotel.

Scots Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 4: Nazareth

Visit Nazareth, where Jesus lived, to see the

Basilica of the Annunciation; Mary’s Well,

where an angel is said to have visited; and the

basement of the Church of St Joseph, with its

cavern believed to have been the carpentry

shop of Joseph. Traverse the Jordan Valley

to the Decapolis city of Bet She’an (known

in the Hellenistic period as Scythopolis) –

one of the oldest cities in Israel. Later, arrive

in Jerusalem.

The King David | Meals: B L D

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Visit the Church of the Nativity,

the site of the Sermon on the

Mount, and the Western Wall

››

Sail the Sea of Galilee

by private boat

››

Share a family meal in

a Bethlehem home

››

Stroll the streets of the

Old City of Jerusalem

››

Catch a cable car to Masada

››

View the Dead Sea – its shore

is the lowest land on Earth

DAY 1: Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel

Arrive in Tel Aviv, where you are met and

transferred to your hotel overlooking the

Mediterranean Sea.

Dan Tel Aviv

DAY 2: Caesarea – Haifa – Acre

Journey down the coastal highway to the

ancient port city of Caesarea. This city was

rebuilt and enlarged from 22 BC to 10 BC by

King Herod who constructed a revolutionary

artificial harbour. View a partial inscription

mentioning Pontius Pilate – the only secular

reference to his existence. Then, visit the

seaport cities of Haifa and UNESCO-listed

Acre. While at Acre, tour the Knights’ Halls,

view the El Jazaar Mosque and explore the

elaborate covered markets. Later, gather

for a welcome dinner, savouring your first

encounter with Israel’s vibrant culinary scene.

Scots Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 5: Jerusalem

Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, established

by King David in 1004 BC. Start at the Mount

of Olives for a view of the city. Visit the

Garden of Gethsemane and the Western Wall,

one of Judaism’s most sacred sites and a link

between Israel’s past and present. View the

Temple Mount complex and in the Christian

Quarter, stroll the Via Dolorosa and stop

at the Convent of Zion Sisters, where Pilate

tried Jesus. Arrive at the Church of the Holy

Sepulchre, site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial,

and resurrection.

The King David | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Jerusalem

Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s poignant and

moving memorial to Holocaust victims. Pass

the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) en route to

the Israel Museum, which houses a portion

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NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST ISRAEL

of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Finish in Bethlehem,

located in the West Bank, for lunch with a

local family in their home and a visit to the

Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus.

The King David | Meals: B L

DAY 7: Masada

Drive to Masada, and take a cable car to the

last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots who held

out for three years against the invading Roman

army and ultimately took their own lives

rather than be enslaved. Stop at the Dead Sea,

the lowest place on Earth, before returning

to Jerusalem. Tonight, gather for a special

farewell dinner.

The King David | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Jerusalem

Start today, with an early morning walk

of the Temple Mount. Circle the Dome of

the Rock and later eat lunch at the ethnically

diverse Mahna Yahuda Market.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: View historic excavations

Learn about the exciting discoveries made

by archaeologists who excavated the City

of David.

OPTION 2: Visit the Christian Quarter

Tour this area with an opportunity to view the

tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

OPTION 3: Revisit the Old City

Stroll the myriad bustling alleyways, home to

an eclectic array of merchants, and visit the

Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Return to your hotel to relax or enjoy a

swim in the open air pool.

The King David | Meals: B L

DAY 9: Depart Tel Aviv

Enjoy breakfast before heading to the airport

for your homeward flight.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

FEBRUARY:

23 £5,445 £2,680

MARCH:

8, 22, 29 £5,445 £2,680

APRIL:

26 £5,445 £2,680

MAY:

10, 17 £5,605 £2,760

SEPTEMBER:

9, 13 £5,445 £2,680

OCTOBER:

11, 18, 25 £5,445 £2,680

NOVEMBER:

1, 8, 29 £5,445 £2,680

DECEMBER:

20 £5,605 £2,760

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Dan Tel Aviv

Relaxing accommodation close to

the beach, shopping, and dining

Scots Hotel

Stay in a luxurious room at this historic

hotel on the Sea of Galilee

The King David

Historic property with deluxe rooms

overlooking the Old City, spacious

gardens, and an outdoor pool

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

The Treasures of Russia

8 days/7 nights | From £2,850 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Discover a tale of two iconic cities as you journey from the majesty of Moscow to the cultural

capital of St Petersburg. Your itinerary will take you from the gilded splendour of Red Square

to magnificent palaces, and the wonders that lie within the State Hermitage Museum

ARRIVE/DEPART

RAIL

St Petersburg

RUSSIA

Moscow

DAY 1: Arrive Moscow

Land in Moscow where you will be met by

your English-speaking guide and taken to

your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day

at leisure. Your luxury hotel is in an ideal

location to explore Russia’s capital and offers

spectacular views of the Kremlin and onionshaped

domes of St Basil’s Cathedral. You can

choose to relax in the pool or treat yourself

to a home-made pastry in Café Kranzler.

This evening, gather for a welcome dinner.

Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow | Meals: D

DAY 2: Moscow

Today, enjoy a tour of this gilded city with

your private guide. Explore resplendent Red

Square, from Lenin’s Tomb to the domes of

St Basil’s. Head to the Cathedral of Christ the

Saviour and Novodevichy Convent Cemetery,

final resting place of many Russian greats.

Hop on board Moscow’s elaborately adorned

metro, renowned for its stations which are

covered with frescoes. After lunch, you’ll

have the afternoon at leisure. Glitzy and

cosmopolitan, suavely European yet distinctly

exotic, explore a city that is the beating heart

of modern Russia.

Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow |

Meals: B

DAY 3: Moscow

View the magnificent art, including the

Russian icons and pre-revolutionary Russian

art, at Tretyakov Gallery.

After lunch, Design your Day® – giving you

the freedom to choose the experience that is

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EUROPE

RUSSIA

best suited to you. Select from the following

options:

OPTION 1: Visit Novodevichy cemetery

Explore the cemetery where Nikita

Khrushchev, Raisa Gorbachev, and former

president Boris Yeltsin are buried. Head to the

observation platform on Vorobiovy (Sparrow)

Hills, the highest spot in Moscow.

OPTION 2: Count down at the space museum

View Russia’s first rocket engine and capsules

that bear the scars of re-entry back to Earth,

along with the belongings of astronauts at the

Museum of Cosmonautics.

OPTION 3: Take in New Tretyakov Galley

Not to be confused with this morning’s tour,

the new gallery is Moscow’s premier venue for

20th-century Russian art showcasing avantgarde

artists such as Kandinsky and Chagall.

Evening and dinner at leisure.

Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow |

Meals: B

DAY 4: Moscow – St Petersburg

Start your day with a visit to the Kremlin, the

symbol of Russia’s political power. A 14thcentury

walled fort, the complex is dazzling

and thought-provoking. Comfortable shoes

are a must for this tour of the Armoury

Museum and the diamond regalia. You will

also see the five-domed Assumption Cathedral

and Annunciation and Archangel churches.

Take the high-speed train to St Petersburg

where you will be met and driven to your

hotel. Known as the Venice of the North for its

network of canals, you can explore at leisure.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 | Meals: B

DAY 5: 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. This

morning, you can view some of the huge

collection which includes works by da Vinci,

Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Monet, and

Matisse with your guide. Not to mention the

ostentatious imperial rooms. Don’t miss the

Ambassador’s Staircase, the Throne Room,

and the Ballroom. After lunch, you will have

the afternoon to explore this cultural city.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 | Meals: B

DAY 6: St Petersburg

This morning, Design your Day®

– giving you the freedom to choose the

experience that is best suited to you. Select

from the following options:

OPTION 1: Explore the summer palace

Visit Peterhof Palace, the summer estate

of Peter the Great, nestled on the shore of

the Gulf of Finland. Your guide will lead

you around the park featuring palaces and

the pièce de résistance; the splendid Grand

Cascade of water.

OPTION 2: Glimpse the hidden Hermitage

Peek inside the Hermitage’s vaults with a

rare opportunity to view antique frescoes,

furniture, artworks, and a hall of carriages

that have been hidden away.

OPTION 3: Cruise the Venice of the North

Experience St Petersburg in the manner Peter

the Great intended with a one-hour private

journey by canal boat. View the palaces and

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ®

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

7 breakfasts & 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

View the gilded splendour of

the Kremlin and onion domes

of St Basil’s Cathedral

››

Visit Peterhof Palace, the

impressive summer estate

of Peter the Great

››

Browse the priceless art

collections in the State

Hermitage Museum

››

Take a ride on the palatial

Moscow Metro

››

Cruise through the Venice

of the North

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ustle of everyday life above the long

granite embankments.

Following a relaxing lunch, the afternoon is

spent at leisure.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 | Meals: B

DAY 7: St Petersburg

This morning, visit Tsarskoye Selo – once

an imperial retreat, it’s also known as Pushkin,

after the Russian writer who studied here.

Take time to stroll around the Rococo

Catherine Palace and immaculate gardens.

Following lunch, you will head to 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. Round off your day in

style with a tour of the gold-domed St Issac’s

Cathedral, one of the city’s famous landmarks.

Gather tonight for your farewell dinner.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 | Meals: B D

DAY 8: St Petersburg

Today, you are driven to the airport for your

homeward flight.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

MARCH:

20 £2,850

APRIL:

10, 24 £2,850

MAY:

1 £3,350

JUNE:

5, 27 £3,490

JULY:

10 £3,490

AUGUST:

7, 21 £3,490

SEPTEMBER:

11, 25 £3,490

OCTOBER:

9 £3,120

DECEMBER:

11 £3,120

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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EUROPE

RUSSIA

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow

Contemporary hotel with views of the

Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22

Aristocratic mansion in St Petersburg with

Winter Palace and Moika River views

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Splendours of the Golden Triangle

12 days/11 nights | From £2,295 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Ideal for first-time visitors to India, this tour features Delhi, Agra, the pink city of Jaipur, and the country’s most

romantic city, Udaipur. Prepare to kick-start your senses as you journey through this intoxicating land

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 AKPsupported

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 India

Gate, before a drive along Rajpath, flanked by

ornamental ponds. Try to glimpse the

Rashtrapati Bhawan. Enjoy welcome cocktails

and dinner this evening with your group.

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: New Delhi

Today, Design your Day® – 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: View modern art in one of the world’s

biggest galleries

Its 12,000 square metres of exhibition space

make the NGMA one the world’s largest

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INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

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

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® – 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

Cycle up the Aravalli mountains and you’ll

be rewarded with stunning views of Udaipur

and Lake Pichola. En-route you’ll pass the

Monsoon Palace and Badi Lake and get the

chance to meet the locals along the way.

OPTION 2: Tickle the taste buds 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® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Spot the leopard

Enjoy a safari in Jhalana Reserve Forest. With

INCLUSIONS

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Design your Day ®

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

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch

& 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

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

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around 15 elusive leopards living in this forest,

you stand a good chance of seeing 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: Stride out on a heritage water walk

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, the metropolis

shared imperial duties with Agra and is

regarded as Emperor Akbar’s crowning

architectural legacy. Its palaces, halls, and

masjids (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 breath-taking

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.

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 12: Depart New Delhi

After breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport

and depart for the UK.

Meals: B

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Amritsar post-tour extension –

four days from £545pp

Available on selected departures.

Shimla post-tour extension –

four days from £595pp

Available on selected departures.

Varanasi post-tour extension –

four days from £480pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

FEBRUARY:

7, 21 £2,495

MARCH:

6, 13, 27 £2,495

SEPTEMBER:

18 £2,295

OCTOBER:

9, 23 £2,550

NOVEMBER:

6, 20 £2,550

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PER

PERSON

FROM

FEBRUARY:

5, 19 £2,550

MARCH:

5, 19 £2,550

APRIL:

2 £2,390

JOURNEY DETAILS

During the 6 Nov 2020 & 19 Mar 2021 departures,

you will be in India on holy days (Diwali and Holi

respectively), therefore one day of each of these

tours will be ‘dry’.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

NORTHERN INDIA

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Sheraton New Delhi Hotel

Central location, cosmopolitan elegance,

and the best of Indian cuisine

Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur

Rich in Rajasthani heritage, a blend of

modern luxuries and palatial touches

ITC Rajputana, Jaipur,

a Luxury Collection Hotel

A regal hotel where you can retreat

to enjoy its space and splendour

ITC Mughal, a Luxury

Collection Hotel

View the iconic Taj Mahal from the roof

terrace of this Mughal-themed hotel

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

The Secrets of Southern India

11 days/11 nights | From £1,990 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Explore the lesser-travelled roads and waterways from Kerala to Tamil Nadu on this tour.

Punt through sun-dappled rivers on a houseboat, enjoy the ultimate high tea,

and experience the dazzling temple city of Maduri

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

Goa

Kochi

Munnar

Kumarakom

Madurai

Periyar

Chennai

DAY 1: Arrive Kochi, India

Land very early in the coastal city of Kochi

(or Cochin) where you’ll be chauffeured to

your hotel. You’ll have time to sleep after your

flight. Feeling refreshed, you can spend the

afternoon with a tour of Mattancherry Palace,

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

displaying Hindu murals. Then visit St Francis

Church, India’s first European-built church,

before taking a boat ride along the harbour,

stopping at the Bolgatty Palace, one of India’s

oldest Dutch mansions. Return to your hotel

for cocktails and your welcome dinner.

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa | Meals: B D

DAY 2: Kochi

Today, Design your Day® – 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 entire

Commonwealth. Peruse Chinese handpainted

tiles, a brass pulpit, and Belgian

glass chandeliers.

Either select Option 1, which occurs prior to

the synagogue visit, or from Option 2 or 3,

which take place afterwards:

OPTION 1: Bike Kochi

Pedal around the city’s landmarks and

communities on a four-hour tour. Highlights

include the colonial-era Thakur House, the

Dutch Cemetery, Jeevamatha Church, and the

atmospheric dhobi khana (public laundry).

OPTION 2: Crabbing in Kumbalangi

Visit Kumbalangi, a tucked-away island

village. Watch weavers work with coir

(coconut fibre), learn about the traditional

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

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INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

OPTION 3: Enjoy a kathakali performance

Traditionally, a kathakali dance performance

lasts all night until dawn. However, you can

experience a shorter version of its dramatic

choreography depicting Hindu epics.

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa | 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. As you glide through hyacinth-dotted

water, you will feel Kerala’s serenity refreshing

your body and soul. After checking 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 thick mangroves, coconut

palms, and 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.

Spice Village | 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.

Fragrant Nature Munnar | Meals: B

DAY 7: Munnar

Today, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Enjoy the ultimate high tea

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 from

which 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 rolling 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.

Fragrant Nature Munnar | Meals: B

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ®

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

A domestic flight

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch

& 2 dinners

33

Early check-in on arrival

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Punt through Kerala’s

backwaters on a

traditional houseboat

››

Sip a fresh brew made at

the world’s highest tea

plantation

››

Trek to Munnar’s Top

Station for peak views

››

Explore Southern India’s

star wildlife sanctuary,

Periyar National Park

››

Visit the iconic temple

town of Madurai

SOUTHERN INDIA

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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

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. Raise a toast to southern India

with dinner’s accompanying cocktails.

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 £395pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JANUARY:

11, 25 £2,455

FEBRUARY:

8, 22 £2,455

MARCH:

14 £2,455

SEPTEMBER:

18 £1,990

OCTOBER:

9, 23 £2,590

NOVEMBER:

6, 20 £2,590

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JANUARY:

8, 22 £2,590

FEBRUARY:

5, 19 £2,590

MARCH:

5 £2,590

APRIL:

2 £2,590

JOURNEY DETAILS

On certain departure dates, the hotel on Days 3 & 4

will be The Zuri Hotel. During the 6 Nov 2020,

22 Jan & 2 April 2021 departures, you will be in

India on holy days & public holidays, therefore one

day of each of these tours will be ‘dry’.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa

Old-world charm combines with worldclass

luxury in this harbourside hotel

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

SOUTHERN INDIA

Coconut Lagoon

Based on a traditional Keralan village

in the backwaters of Kumarakom

Spice Village

A tribal village, with all modern

luxuries, set in a spice garden

Fragrant Nature Munnar

Enjoy views of mist-clad mountains

from this authentic hill hotel

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 £1,950 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Explore this teardrop-shaped island rich with ancient treasures, lush landscapes, and fascinating history. The scent of spices

lingers on the breeze as you travel from cave temples to rock fortresses, national parks, and botanical gardens

Colombo

Galle

Sigiriya

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® – 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 – Sigiriya

The early start this morning pays off with a

stop at Ridi Viharaya cave temple. Admire

the gold-plated Buddha and Bible Tiles, then

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 breath-taking

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® – 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 Sri Lankan 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

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ®

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

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Meander the streets

of the ancient city of

Polonnaruwa

››

Visit the Temple of the

Tooth Relic in Kandy

››

Go leopard-spotting in

Yala National Park

››

Shop for spices at Galle

Dutch Fort

››

View the UNESCO-listed

Dambulla cave temple

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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. Breathe in the scents of 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 a five-hour 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. This national

park may be famous for having the highest

concentration of leopard in the world, but you

can also view elephant and sloth, three of Sri

Lanka’s Big Five, during a single safari. While

searching for the elusive leopard, herds of

spotted deer, wild boar, wild buffalo, crocodile,

and peacock will provide you with plenty

of fantastic photographic 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 together. Explore Galle Fort

on foot and pick up some spices to take home,

before enjoying a final sundowner and your

farewell group dinner.

Tamarind Hill | Meals: B D

DAY 13: Depart Galle

After breakfast, transfer to Colombo airport

and depart for the UK.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

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

OCTOBER:

20 £1,950

NOVEMBER:

17 £2,190

DECEMBER:

1, 10 £2,190

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JANUARY:

12 £2,450

FEBRUARY:

9, 23 £2,450

MARCH:

15 £2,450

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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availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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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

The Wonders of China

11 days/10 nights | From £3,795 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

ROAD

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.

Then retreat to the opulence within the walls

of the Forbidden City. Ringed by a scarlet

citadel, this is the world’s largest palace

complex. Enter through the Meridian Gate

and pass through into the Three Great Halls.

Look out for two Qing Dynasty sedan chairs,

and the largest collection of Chinese art in the

world. Tonight, enjoy a group welcome dinner.

New World Beijing | Meals: L D

DAY 2: Beijing

Travel an hour and a half outside the city to

the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China. Built

over some two millennia, 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.

New World Beijing | Meals: B L

DAY 3: Beijing

Start your day at leisure relaxing in

your suite or treating yourself to a traditional

Cantonese lunch of dim sum in the hotel’s

Sun Ming Yuen restaurant.

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Design your Day ® on

Days 3, 7 & 10

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

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, it showcases

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.

New World 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

swimming laps in the indoor pool.

Crowne Plaza 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 3rd century

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

balconies you can peer over legions of lifesized

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.

Crowne Plaza Xian | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Xian – Guilin – Yangshuo

Fly to Guilin, famed for its enigmatic karst

mountains. 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 fashioned into musical instruments.

Inside is a vision of colourfully lit stalactites,

stalagmites, and Tang-era calligraphy.

Transfer to Xinggong Hill for sightseeing

and a scenic sundowner before returning

to your hotel.

Alila Yangshuo | Meals: B

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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

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

10 breakfasts, 4 lunches

& 2 dinners

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

See into an off-limits

ceremonial hall in

Beijing’s Forbidden City

››

Walk the less-frequented

Mutianyu section of the

Great Wall of China

››

Meet Xian’s 2,000-yearold

Terracotta Warriors

››

Immerse yourself in

Guilin’s karst topography

››

Explore the Bund,

Shanghai’s buzzing

waterfront hot spot

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DAY 7: Yangshuo

Board a bamboo raft and sail down

the Li River to Yangshuo, taking in the

bucolic views of rice paddies and cormorant

fishermen. Return to Yangshuo and stroll

down cosmopolitan West Street before lunch

at a local restaurant.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – 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.

OPTION 2: Ready, steady, cook

Browse the food markets with a local

connoisseur. Then master the wok to whip

up a dish such as 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. Create a fan

yourself and perhaps purchase pre-made ones.

OPTION 4: Go ride a bike

Peddle off-piste through Yangshuo’s

picturesque countryside, past paddies

and along the Yulong River.

Alila Yangshuo | Meals: B

DAY 8: Yangshuo – Shanghai

Today you’ll travel 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.

New World Shanghai | Meals: B L

DAY 9: 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.

New World Shanghai | Meals: B

DAY 10: Shanghai

This morning, your time is all your own.

This afternoon, you can Design your Day®

– 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 finest museum for ancient art.

Explore beautifully displayed ceramics, bronze

sculptures, jade, and traditional paintings.

Tonight gather for a farewell dinner with your

fellow guests.

New World Shanghai | Meals: B D

DAY 11: Depart Shanghai

Say goodbye to Shanghai and head to the

airport in good time for your flight home.

Meals: B

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Hangzhou post-tour extension –

four days from £465pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

FEBRUARY:

20 £3,795

MARCH:

12, 26 £3,795

APRIL:

9, 16 £3,995

JUNE:

12 £3,795

AUGUST:

14 £3,895

SEPTEMBER:

18 £3,895

OCTOBER:

16 £3,995

NOVEMBER:

6 £3,895

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PER

PERSON

FROM

FEBRUARY:

26 £3,995

MARCH:

19 £3,995

APRIL:

2 £4,080

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

New World Beijing

Luxurious low-rise hotel located near

the city’s cultural attractions

Crowne Plaza Xian

Panoramic views from the

tallest building in Xian city

Alila Yangshuo

Former sugar mill turned cutting-edge

hotel accommodation

New World Shanghai

Urban sanctuary overlooking Zhongshan

Park in Shanghai’s business district

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Across China:

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

Tibet & the Yangtze

17 days/16 nights | From £8,575 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Explore remarkable cultures with an intriguing journey through China, travelling from

Beijing and Chengdu to Lhasa, where you visit Potala Palace, before cruising through

the stunning Three Gorges region on the Yangtze River, and finishing in Shanghai

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

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

16 breakfasts, 13 lunches

& 9 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowners

33

Design your Day ® on Day 16

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Traveller’s Valet ®

once per journey

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed on two selected days

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Walk the Great Wall at Mutianyu,

a less-crowded section of this

architectural wonder

››

Cruise the Yangtze River, on

board the luxurious all-balcony

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

››

Come face-to-face with the

Terracotta Warriors

››

Get up-close with the giant

panda in a recreated habitat

››

Discover Potala Palace in Lhasa,

Tibet’s spiritual capital and roof

of the world

››

Explore the Bund, Shanghai’s

buzzing waterfront hot spot

››

Visit Shanghai Museum

on a private tour with

an expert curator

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

CRUISE

RAIL

EXTENSION

Lhasa

CHINA

Chengdu

Xian

DAY 1: Arrive Beijing, China

Arrive in Beijing, China’s capital, where you

are transferred to your luxurious hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Guilin

Beijing

Yichang

Chongqing

DAY 2: Beijing

After a morning welcome briefing, take part

in a tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven, a

classic example of Ming architecture. After

lunch, explore Tiananmen Square, and then

walk in the footsteps of emperors in the

Forbidden City, seat of imperial power for

centuries. Learn how it was given its name as

no riff-raff were allowed to enter. This evening,

enjoy a welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: B L D

DAY 3: Beijing

Ride like a Local on a pedicab through a

hutong, a neighbourhood of small winding

alleyways dating back to China’s dynastic

period. This afternoon, travel to the wellpreserved

Mutianyu section of the Great Wall,

one of the great wonders of the world. Walk or

ride on a cable car to the top and take in the

sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing | Meals: B L

From Mongolia

Shanghai

Hong Kong

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

Elevation:

Ngorongoro Rim –

7,500 ft.

Nairobi – 5,600 ft.

DAY 4: Xian

Fly to Xian, made famous by the explorer

Marco Polo and more recently by its collection

of Terracotta Warriors. Once a vital stop

on the Great Silk Road, Xian has become

a melting pot of Asian and Middle Eastern

influences. Enjoy a private ‘Chef ’s Table’

experience of noodle-throwing and dumpling

making. This afternoon, view the Great

Mosque, a fascinating site that blends classic

Chinese temple architecture and central Asian

embellishments. Visit the city’s lively Muslim

Quarter with its teeming markets.

The Ritz-Carlton, Xian | Meals: B L

DAY 5: Xian

View the incomparable Terracotta Warriors,

lost to the world for two millennia until

accidentally rediscovered by a local farmer.

Explore the excavation area with an on-site

specialist and marvel at the life-sized soldiers

and horses created during the Qin Dynasty to

protect China’s first emperor in the afterlife.

Look closely as you peer over the balcony

down into the three pits: every soldier bears a

unique face. Later, stroll along the impressive

ramparts of Xian’s City Wall.

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

DAY 6: Chengdu

Travel to Chengdu, the charming capital of

Sichuan Provence, by bullet train. For lunch,

savour local specialities at a traditional hotpot

meal. Visit People’s Park, the city’s largest

public park, where you immerse yourself in

local life and culture, watching the old and

young play traditional Chinese instruments,

practise calligraphy, and engage in tai chi.

Later, enjoy a tea demonstration at your hotel.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu | Meals: B L

DAY 7: Chengdu

Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and

Research Centre. Enjoy the rare opportunity

to observe these endangered animals roaming

freely in a specially designed habitat. Then,

enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax at your

hotel or explore Chengdu. This evening, gather

with fellow guests for dinner.

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu | Meals: B L D

DAY 8: Lhasa

Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet,

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which literally means the ‘Place of Gods’. One

of the highest cities on Earth at 3,650 metres,

this will be your home for the next three

nights. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and

getting acclimatised for your stay on the roof

of the world.

The St Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: B D

DAY 9: Lhasa

Today, experience the spiritual heart of

Tibet at the sacred Jokhang, a 1,300-year-old

temple famed for its central golden Buddha.

Wander Lhasa’s Barkhor Bazaar and visit the

Dropenling Tibet Handicraft Development

Centre. Continue to renowned Sera

Monastery, home to about 500 monks, and

visit with a local family for first-hand insight

into Tibetan culture.

The St Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: B L D

DAY 10: Lhasa

Discover the Dalai Lama’s former summer

residence at Norbulingka, surrounded by

trees, ponds, gardens, and pavilions. Next,

venture beyond the towering walls of the

awe-inspiring Potala Palace, former winter

residence of the Dalai Lama and Lhasa’s main

landmark. An architectural wonder, the palace

rises 13 storeys from Marpo Ri (Red Hill)

and contains more than 1,000 rooms. Explore

the magnificent chapels, golden stupas, and

prayer halls.

The St Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: B L

DAY 11: Chongqing

Fly to Chongqing. Upon arrival, stop for

lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy a brief

city tour. Marvel at this new municipality,

stretching along the banks of the mighty

Yangtze River, which is one of China’s fastest

growing cities. Board your river cruiser and

settle into your cabin for a three-night journey

meandering downstream to the scenic

Three Gorges region.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B L D

DAY 12: Cruising the Yangtze

Disembark in the small city of Fuling and

enjoy a private shore excursion, beginning

with a visit to the White Crane Ridge

Underwater Museum. Descend 46 metres

underwater to see centuries-old rock

carvings. After, continue to a local market

to gain insight into the region’s rich culinary

culture. This afternoon, learn about Chinese

traditional medicine and reflexology.

Tonight, it’s time to dress up and attend

the captain’s reception.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B L D

DAY 13: 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,

members of a minority culture famed for their

river skills, to privately explore a scenic gorge

and village. Tonight, enjoy a ‘Taste of China’

dinner experience.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer | Meals: B L D

DAY 14: Yichang – Shanghai

This morning, disembark your river cruiser

in Yichang and fly to Shanghai, stopping

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DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

APRIL:

20, 27 £9,465 £3,490

MAY:

4, 11, 18

25

£9,465

£8,735

£3,490

£2,600

JUNE:

1

8, 15, 22

29

£8,735

£8,575

£8,735

£2,600

£2,435

£2,600

JULY:

6, 13, 20, 27 £8,735 £2,600

Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Elegant, luxurious hotel renowned for

exceptionally high-quality service

briefly to photograph the Three Gorges

Dam. This 185-metre-tall engineering feat

submerged cities and was a project which saw

the resettlement of 1.2 million residents. On

arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your elegant

hotel located on the city’s historic Bund.

The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B L

DAY 15: Shanghai

Stroll the Bund, Shanghai’s popular

promenade. Wander the streets of Old Town

and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Enjoy

lunch, followed by an afternoon at leisure.

This evening, experience a scenic sundowner

at your hotel’s terrace bar, taking in the city’s

lights and Art Deco architecture.

The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B L

DAY 16: Shanghai

This morning, Design your Day®

– giving you the freedom to choose the

experience that is best suited to you. Select

from the following options:

OPTION 1: Walk Shanghai’s Jewish quarter

Learn how the city became a haven for Jews

fleeing Europe in World War II with a tour of

the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum and a

walk through the Jewish quarter.

OPTION 2: Explore the art scene

Discover new works by local artists at the

West Bund Art Centre. The former aircraft

factory now hosts many exhibitions from

cutting-edge artists.

OPTION 3: Seek out street food

Weave through Shanghai’s backstreets where

you can sample local specialities such as deep

fried wontons and slurp satisfying bowls of

chang shou mian.

Afterwards, explore the Shanghai Museum

accompanied by an expert curator, viewing

the exceptional collection of art. Visit the

Urban Planning Exhibition Centre to view

a model of the city. This evening, savour a

farewell dinner.

The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B D

AUGUST:

3, 10, 17, 24

31

£8,735

£9,465

£2,600

£3,490

SEPTEMBER:

7, 14, 21, 28 £9,465 £3,490

OCTOBER:

5, 12 £9,465 £3,490

JOURNEY DETAILS

Price is based on Main Deck cabin. Upgrade prices to

superior cabins are available on request. This journey

includes some active elements. Minimum age is 10

years. 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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to see

how A&K can tailor this escorted tour itinerary

into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Mongolia pre-tour extension –

three days from £3,755pp

Guilin & Hong Kong post-tour

extension – four days from

£2,375pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

The Ritz-Carlton, Xian

Newly opened luxury hotel blending

classic and modern Chinese decor

Waldorf Astoria Chengdu

Art Deco-styled luxury hotel,

offering stunning city views

The St Regis Lhasa Resort

Spacious resort with inspiring views

of magnificent Potala Palace

DAY 17: Depart Shanghai

After breakfast, transfer to the airport

for your flight home or to depart for a

post-tour extension.

Meals: B

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Cruiser with the largest cabins on the

Yangtze, each with a private balcony

The Peninsula Shanghai

Luxury hotel on the Condé Nast Traveller

Gold List, set on the Bund

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CHINA

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

With luxurious staterooms and public areas, expert on-board 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 more 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.

ON-BOARD SPECIALISTS

Your A&K resident tour director and the

ship’s on-board 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

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)

Jade

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

10 days/9 nights | From £6,595 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

JAPAN

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

urban atmosphere.

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. Tonight, gather for

a welcome dinner.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B L D

Hiroshima

Takayama

Kyoto

Nakasendo Way

Tokyo

Hakone

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

DAY 3: Tokyo

This morning, Design your Day®

– 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 MORI Art Museum,

the world’s first digital museum. Enjoy

artwork on a large scale at the Suntory

Museum of Art.

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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

cuts 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. Learn

the history and then join in a traditional

jam session.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

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 transport 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 with a parade of precious

17th-century yatai (floats). You can view

these ornate vehicles at the Takayama Festival

Floats Exhibition Hall. Step back in time with

a stroll through the beautifully preserved

Old Town (Sanmachi-Suji District) dating

from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the

city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants.

Head to Sannomachi Street, to browse the

old homes, shops, coffee houses, and sake

breweries, some of which have been in

business for centuries. Your afternoon is

free so you can explore further.

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort | Meals: B

DAY 6: Takayama – Kyoto

Today, you’ll transfer to Kyoto, pausing to

admire the rural beauty of Japan. Explore

the UNESCO village of Shirakawago, tucked

away in Shogawa River Valley. It is here you

can see its famed A-shaped, thatched gasshozukuri

houses, said to resemble the hands

of Buddhist monks. En route to Kanazawa

train station, visit the well-preserved samurai

residences and view the custom-made outfits.

Join your guide to catch the bullet train

to ancient Kyoto, the Imperial capital. The

journey takes just over an hour and when you

arrive, you’ll be driven to your hotel.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 7: 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 intricate ceilings.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 8: 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

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ® on

Days 3 & 9

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

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches

& 2 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore geisha culture

and watch a timeless,

entrancing performance

››

Discover Tokyo’s

myriad facets

››

Speed through Japan

on the world-famous

bullet train

››

See traditional gasshozukuri

houses in

Shirakawago

››

Unravel Hiroshima’s

history with an expert

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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 attack, detailing its history with

pictures and memorabilia. Then take the ferry

to Itsukushima, known as Miyajima (‘Shrine

Island’), to see the famous floating red torii

gate. Board a bullet train to return to Kyoto,

where a sundowner cocktail awaits.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B

DAY 9: Kyoto

Today, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Don a kimono

Visit a town of machiya houses where you

can learn the history of the silk kimono and

try one on.

OPTION 2: Browse markets and make sweets

Visit Nishiki market, dating back to the 17th

century. Browse rows of fresh produce and

learn how to prepare Japanese sweets.

OPTION 3: Take a rickshaw ride

Travel by rickshaw around the Sagano

Bamboo Forest, idyllic in the light wind.

Buy bamboo baskets or mats made in the

local workshops.

OPTION 4: Cycle tour of the side streets

Smell burning incense and spot the vermillion

torii gate marking a shrine entrance during a

ride through the city’s side streets.

Tonight, enjoy a geisha performance during

your farewell dinner.

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel | Meals: B D

DAY 10: Depart Kyoto

A chauffeur will drive you to the airport from

where you will depart.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

MARCH:

10, 16 £6,795

APRIL:

1, 8 £6,895

MAY:

13 £6,650

SEPTEMBER:

11 £6,595

OCTOBER:

2 £6,795

NOVEMBER:

20 £6,850

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

26 £6,750

MARCH:

19 £6,995

APRIL:

2, 16 £7,150

MAY:

14 £6,870

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Nakasendo Way post-tour

extension – four days

from £1,290pp

Available on selected departures.

Hakone ryokan-stay post-tour

extension – three days

from £525pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Sky-scraping splendour with

contemporary Tokyo style

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

Mountain escape with a traditional onsen

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

Modern retreat close to the sights

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Classic Japan

9 days/8 nights | From £9,425 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

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

Design your Day ® on Day 3

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Traveller’s Valet ®

once per journey

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed on two selected days

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

ARRIVE/DEPART

ROAD

RAIL

EXTENSION

Hiroshima

Kyoto

Osaka

JAPAN

Tokyo

Hakone

DAY 1: Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting, modern

capital. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the

expansive views over the city’s skyline.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

DAY 2: Tokyo

Start your day at Tsukiji Fish Market, a

bustling hub of Japanese daily life where a

dizzying array of seafood is on show. Continue

to an exclusive local workshop that specialises

in Japanese drum making and try your hand

at playing the taiko. Enjoy lunch at a local

restaurant, and then visit Asakusa Kannon

Temple, completed in 645 AD, before pausing

in the tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. Tonight,

enjoy a welcome dinner.

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

DAY 3: Tokyo

Start your day at the Samurai Museum,

where you learn about the customs of this elite

warrior class and get an up-close look at an

authentic collection of their ritualistic armour

and weaponry. Then, receive a lesson in sushi

making followed by lunch.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Experience Tokyo’s art

Explore the MORI Art Museum to take

in local, contemporary art.

OPTION 2: Step back in time

Learn about the country’s history at the

Edo-Tokyo Museum, built to preserve

the heritage of the city’s last 400 years.

OPTION 3: Sample Japan’s finest sake

Indulge in sake tasting, sampling some of

Japan’s finest rice wine and learning about

its cultural importance.

Return to your hotel for an evening 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 Open Air Museum

to admire the contemporary sculptures and

artwork on display, including one of the

world’s finest Picasso exhibits, showcasing

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,

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

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

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

Head out 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

watching 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 Osaka. Alternatively,

begin a post-tour extension to Hiroshima.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

MARCH:

2, 9

16

20, 23, 27, 30

PER

PERSON

FROM

£9,425

£10,160

£10,810

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey includes long walks.

Minimum age is 10 years.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

£4,465

£4,875

£5,120

APRIL:

3, 6, 10, 13 £10,810 £5,120

MAY:

4, 11 £10,160 £4,875

SEPTEMBER:

11, 28 £10,160 £4,685

OCTOBER:

5, 9

12, 16, 19, 23

£10,160

£10,565

£4,685

£5,035

NOVEMBER:

2, 9 £10,565 £5,035

Hiroshima post-tour extension

– three days from £3,005pp

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

A luxurious hotel in a trendy

downtown district

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

A modern sanctuary draped in

horticultural history

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Rhythms of

South-East Asia

IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

12 days/11 nights | From £3,795 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Explore the rich tapestry of life from Vietnam and Cambodia to Laos.

Experience the buzz of city life, sail over emerald waters punctuated with

limestone karsts, and see the sun rising over Angkor Wat in this

intoxicating world of saffron-robed monks and golden stupas

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ® on

Days 2, 6, 8 & 11

33

Five-star luxury accommodation

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

EXTENSION

THAILAND

Hanoi

Luang

Prabang

LAOS

Ha Long

Bay

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

Internal flights

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 3 lunches

& 3 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Porterage at airports & hotels

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Cruise the emerald waters

of Ha Long Bay as they lap

at limestone karsts

››

Watch the sun rise over

Angkor Wat

››

Experience the daily

tak bat ritual offering

alms to Buddhist monks

››

Enjoy a sunset cruise

along the Mekong River

››

Explore the depths within

the Cu Chi Tunnels

››

Enjoy a dawn cyclo trip

around Ho Chi Minh City

››

Kayak on South-East Asia’s

largest freshwater lake

at sunset

To Phuket

Bangkok

DAY 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam

Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam,

where you will be greeted by your guide.

After transferring to your central hotel,

the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Hotel de l’Opera

Siem Reap

CAMBODIA

DAY 2: Hanoi

Enjoy your first taste of Hanoi with a

private tour of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and

the One Pillar Pagoda.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Lakeside bike ride

Jump on a bike and follow your guide around

the city’s largest freshwater lake. Cycle around

West Lake, stopping off at the Golden Lotus

Temple (Kim Lien Pagoda).

OPTION 2: Eat like a local

Embark on a foodie adventure to sample fresh

street eats. Tuck into a banh xeo (Vietnamese

pancake) and a glass of bia hoi (beer) before

tasting home-style specialities.

OPTION 3: Meet a Vietnamese War veteran

Gain a personal insight into the complex

Vietnam War by meeting in private with a

veteran, now an officer at Hoa Lo Prison

Museum, once known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Hotel de l’Opera | Meals: B D

Ho Chi Minh City

VIETNAM

DAY 3: Ha Long Bay

Leave the city behind to discover one of the

wonders of Vietnam, the emerald waters of

Ha Long Bay. You will be driven to the port

and board a traditional wooden junk to cruise

through this UNESCO site. Enjoy a lazy lunch

as you gaze at the majestic bay made up of

islets formed from striking limestone karsts

topped by rainforests. After an afternoon of

cruising, return to the pier and transfer back

to Hanoi by private vehicle.

Hotel de l’Opera | Meals: B L

DAY 4: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and

most energetic metropolis. Join your guide

to begin exploring this city of culture and

commerce. French boulevards and colonial

architecture stand beside traditional temples

and shimmering skyscrapers, revealing a city

of diversity and charm. Keep an eye open

for the Central Post Office, designed and

constructed by Frenchman Gustave Eiffel,

and the iconic Reunification Palace. Retreat

to an oasis of calm with a visit to a seminary

and St Joseph’s church.

Hotel des Arts Saigon | Meals: B

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DAY 5: Ho Chi Minh City

Today, head northwest by private vehicle to

the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel

network amounting to hundreds of miles. The

tunnels were built during resistance to French

colonisation and utilised extensively during

the Vietnam War. Catch a glimpse of life

during the conflict as you experience crawling

in tight, narrow passageways and through

a series of caverns which consist of storage

rooms, make-shift hospitals, and sleeping

quarters. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

followed by an afternoon at leisure.

Hotel des Arts Saigon | Meals: B L

DAY 6: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem

Reap, Cambodia

This morning, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: See the city as it stirs

Join your guide at dawn to journey by cyclo

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around the city’s landmarks. Pass Notre Dame

on the way to Tao Dan Park. Venture by Vespa

to local markets and refuel with a breakfast of

pho (noodle soup).

OPTION 2: Cooking with the experts

Discover the secrets of Vietnamese cooking

with tips from a professional. Shop in the

market and head to the chef ’s kitchen to

prepare your lunch before tucking in.

OPTION 3: Discover new wave artists

Enjoy a glimpse of Vietnam through the eyes

of its artists. Meet them in their small village

and view a collection of work before heading

to a contemporary art gallery.

This afternoon, fly to Siem Reap.

Treeline Urban Resort | Meals: B

DAY 7: Siem Reap

Awaken early to experience the serenity of

sunrise over Angkor Wat. Join your guide to

witness the moment the sun appears. Explore

the stunning ruins of Ta Prohm, where the

roots of great trees spill over the roof of

this iconic temple. Continue to the walled

city of Angkor Thom, the former capital of

the Khmer empire. This evening, celebrate

Cambodian cuisine by sampling a different

course at each of four top venues.

Treeline Urban Resort | Meals: B D

DAY 8: Siem Reap

Today, visit a less well-known temple,

Banteay Srei, dedicated to Shiva and

known as the ‘Citadel of Women’. Visit

Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K

Philanthropy initiative. Learn about its

essential work building pumping wells in rural

areas. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Meet artisans putting Cambodia

on the map

Meet fashion designers, photographers, and

artists making a name for Cambodia. Learn

more about Khymer lacquerware and visit

the studio of a fashion designer. Browse the

boutiques of tree-lined Kendal Village.

OPTION 2: Kayak on the Tonle Sap Lake

Hop on a kayak to paddle out into South-East

Asia’s largest freshwater lake at sunset. Enjoy

birdwatching and seeing fishermen at work as

you skim over Tonle Sap Lake.

Treeline Urban Resort | Meals: Park B L

DAY 9: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang,

Laos

Today fly to Luang Prabang in Laos where

you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

You will have plenty of time to soak up the

atmosphere at your own pace. There are gilded

temples, orange-robed monks, golden stupas,

and the richly decorated Wat Mai to enjoy.

You can take it easy in this laid-back city and

relax next to the hotel’s lily ponds.

Satri House | Meals: B

DAY 10: Luang Prabang

Rise early to join residents offering alms to the

Buddhist monks in the daily ritual known as

tak bat. Before returning for breakfast, stop

by a market and shop with the locals. Feeling

refreshed, start your half-day tour of the

city visiting the Royal Palace Museum, Wat

Visoun, known as ‘the Water Melon Stupa’ and

the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its low,

sweeping roof. Learn more about the culture

of Laos with a visit to the Arts and Ethnology

Centre. Enjoy the remainder of

the day at leisure.

Satri House | Meals: B

DAY 11: Luang Prabang

This morning, Design your Day® –

giving you the freedom to choose

the experience that is best suited to you.

Select from the following options:

OPTION 1: Crop-to-bowl experience

Take part in an authentic crop-to-bowl

experience when you visit an organic farm.

Move from the garden into the kitchen where

you will transform grains of rice into strands

of noodle, called kaopun.

OPTION 2: Take part in a baci ceremony

Take part in a traditional baci ceremony in a

village. Learn more about this local custom

performed in celebration of important events.

This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise along

the Mekong River. A farewell dinner will be

served at a local restaurant.

Satri House | Meals: B D

DAY 12: Luang Prabang

Say a fond farewell to South-East Asia

and begin your journey home.

Meals: B

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

Hotel de l’Opera

Centrally located in Hanoi’s French Quarter

with the opera house on its doorstep

SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Hotel des Arts Saigon

Art-filled, French-colonial-era boutique

hotel with world-class dining

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

FEBRUARY:

9 £3,795

Treeline Urban Resort

Contemporary hotel on Siem Reap’s

riverside, offering laid-back luxury

MARCH:

22 £3,795

NOVEMBER:

15 £3,850

DECEMBER:

6 £3,850

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

JANUARY:

17 £3,895

FEBRUARY:

7 £3,945

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

Satri House

Former royal residence a short stroll from

Luang Prabang’s historic Old Town

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Bangkok post-tour extension

- three days from £490pp

Available on selected departures.

Phuket post-tour extension

- three days from £695pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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Images of Indochina

& Angkor Wat

LUXURY

SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

13 days/12 nights | From £7,550 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

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

Internal flights

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

12 breakfasts, 7 lunches

& 6 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Design your Day ® on Day 6

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Traveller’s Valet ®

once per journey

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed on two selected days

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,

Luang Prabang, and Bangkok

››

Step back in time as

you explore tranquil

Luang Prabang

››

Experience vibrant café

culture in Hanoi and

Ho Chi Minh City

Bangkok

THAILAND

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

CRUISE

Luang

Prabang

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 Vietnamese cuisine,

followed by dinner.

Orchid | Meals: B L D

DAY 4: Ha Long Bay & Ho Chi Minh City

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, transfer to Hanoi

and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon,

where you settle in at your hotel.

The Reverie Saigon | Meals: B L

DAY 5: Ho Chi Minh City

Rise early for a cyclo ride around the city

and stroll through Tao Dan Park, alive with

birdsong, stopping by a memorial park

dedicated to a Buddhist monk. Changing

from cyclo to vehicle, continue along Nguyen

Dinh Chieu Street to visit a weapons bunker,

along with a food and flower market. Enjoy a

breakfast of pho (noodle soup) with locals in

a secret restaurant. This afternoon, take a drive

viewing St Joseph’s Seminary, the Central Post

Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Tonight,

gather for dinner at a local culinary hot spot.

The Reverie Saigon | 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

wish, crawl through these small tunnels once

traversed by Viet Cong guerrillas.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: View historic war images

Visit the War Remnants Museum to view

photographs from Bunyo Ishikawa,

a Vietnam War photojournalist.

OPTION 2: Sample sublime street food

Embark on a culinary tour to try some of

the mouth-watering street food cooked by

local vendors. Watch out for the blazing hot

chillies in some dishes.

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OPTION 3: Explore the colourful markets

Visit Nguyen Hue Street and Ben Thanh

Market to discover the latest in trendy shops

and explore local market life.

The Reverie Saigon | Meals: B

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 Ta Prohm, where the roots of

great trees seem to have spilled over the roof

of this iconic stone temple. Enjoy an evening

at leisure.

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: B L

DAY 8: Siem Reap

Rise early this morning to experience the

incomparable serenity of watching the sun

rise over mystical Angkor Wat. Return to

your hotel for breakfast and a morning at

leisure. This afternoon, visit Angkor Thom,

the last capital of the Khmer kingdom and

Bayon Temple, its 172 large-scale faces bearing

beguiling smiles, representing gods, goddesses,

and characters from classical poems and

mythology. This evening, enjoy a scenic

sundowner on a gondola while floating on

the Angkor Thom moat.

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor | Meals: B D

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 bidding farewell to

Cambodia and flying to Luang Prabang.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao | Meals: B L

at leisure where you can relax and pack.

After lunch, take part in a baci ceremony –

a good-luck ritual for a safe onward journey

that is part of the local culture – before flying

to Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital.

The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B L

DAY 12: Bangkok

Visit the sprawling Grand Palace, a complex

that housed the historic Siamese court, home

to Thailand’s most important shrine, the jade

Emerald Buddha. Also visit the Queen Sirikit

Museum of Textiles to view the dazzling array

of finely detailed ethnic fabrics on display.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure when you can

swim or take a treatment in the spa. Tonight,

gather for a farewell dinner.

The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B D

DAY 13: Depart Bangkok

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to

depart for home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

9, 16, 23, 30 £7,710 £2,600

FEBRUARY:

16, 27 £7,710 £2,600

MARCH:

1, 5, 15, 26 £7,550 £2,355

APRIL:

12 £7,550 £2,355

SEPTEMBER:

20 £7,550 £2,355

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Condé Nast Traveller Gold List hotel

with stylish, spacious rooms

Orchid

All-balcony luxury vessel with superb

on-board service cruising Ha Long Bay

The Reverie Saigon

Contemporary luxury hotel

with beautiful river views

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor

Serene, leafy hideaway set

close to Angkor Wat

SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

CAMBODIA, LAOS, THAILAND & VIETNAM

DAY 10: Luang Prabang, Laos

Step back in time for a day, as you explore

charming Luang Prabang and its tranquil

streets. Start your day of discovery with a

visit to Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist Temple

noted for its Tree of Life wall mosaic, and Wat

Khili, known for its mix of French and Lao

architecture. Next, visit the National Museum,

which was once a royal palace. After lunch,

enjoy your afternoon at leisure or explore on

your own. Gather this evening for dinner.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao | Meals: B D

DAY 11: Luang Prabang – Bangkok,

Thailand

Early risers can give alms to Buddhist monks,

which puts you in touch with the local culture

and community. Enjoy a hearty breakfast

back at the hotel and then spend a morning

OCTOBER:

4, 15, 18 £7,710 £2,600

NOVEMBER:

1, 5, 12 £7,710 £2,600

DECEMBER:

6

17

20

£7,710

£8,930

£9,990

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

£2,600

£3,250

£3,655

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

Tranquil boutique luxury hotel,

appointed with teak and local textiles

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 £6,965 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

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

Internal flights

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

11 breakfasts, 9 lunches

& 9 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowner

33

Design your Day ® on Day 11

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Traveller’s Valet ®

once per journey

33

Complimentary breakfast in

bed on two selected days

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 lessfrequented

locales including

little-known river islands

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 breath-taking 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 this

morning. Stop briefly at the local monastery

complex on your walk back to the ship. Sail

to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s lush capital city,

and Ride like a Local 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 Buddha

and the diamond-encrusted Maitreya Buddha.

Visit the National Museum before returning to

the ship to enjoy a professional exhibition of

traditional folk dances.

Mekong Princess | Meals: B L D

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SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

CAMBODIA, THAILAND & VIETNAM

DAY 6: Cruising the Mekong

This morning, learn about Cambodia’s darker

days as you walk the notorious killing fields of

Choeung Ek, one of history’s most infamous

places. Your afternoon is free for you to

explore the city on your own.

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 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

Disembark at the village of Hoa An,

well known for its floral and craft industries.

See how locals grow and use flowers and meet

a family in their home. Then, enjoy an

exclusive visit to the Hoa An Kindergarten,

supported by A&K Philanthropy, and watch as

the children make local conical hats. Later,

reboard the ship and cruise downstream

toward 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,

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YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

The Peninsula Bangkok

One of Asia’s premier hotels,

overlooking Chao Phraya River

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

Delta, rarely touched by travellers, to see the

fourth-century Phuoc Hau Pagoda and meet

local monks to learn about their daily lives.

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.

Today, Design your Day® – giving you

the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: View historic war images

Visit the War Remnants Museum to

view photographs from Bunyo Ishikawa,

a Vietnam War photojournalist, and the

Reunification Palace.

OPTION 2: Sample sublime street food

Embark on a culinary tour of Chinatown

to sample the mouth-watering street food

on offer.

OPTION 3: Browse the colourful markets

Visit Nguyen Hue Street and Ben Thanh

Market to discover the latest in trendy shops

and explore local market life.

Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner.

The Reverie Saigon | 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 (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

6, 20 £6,965 £810

FEBRUARY:

17 £6,965 £810

MARCH:

2, 16 £6,965 £810

SEPTEMBER:

28 £6,965 £810

OCTOBER:

12, 26 £6,965 £810

DECEMBER:

21 £7,775 £970

JOURNEY DETAILS

Price is based on Saigon suite. Upgrade prices to

Apsara, Tonle, and Angkor suites are on request.

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor

Serene, leafy retreat where ancient

tradition meets contemporary style

Mekong Princess

Exclusively chartered all-suite

river cruiser limited to just 24 guests

The Reverie Saigon

Contemporary luxury hotel with

beautiful river views

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Luang Prabang pre-tour

extension – four days

from £2,340pp

Available on selected departures.

Cu Chi & Hanoi post-tour

extension – three days

from £1,855pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

CAMBODIA, THAILAND & VIETNAM

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 DECOR

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, recount

activities in the lounge, and stay 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 (52 sqm)

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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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Peru’s Ancient Marvels

10 days/9 nights | From £3,995 per person | Maximum 18 guests

This itinerary is perfect for those keen to unravel Peru’s rich history and culture. Delve into the historic citadels and Incan

ruins from Lima to the Sacred Valley, stopping off at Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca along the way

Lima

PERU

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

Colca

RAIL

EXTENSION

Arequipa

Elevation

Cusco: 3,400m approx.

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

Machu Picchu: 2,400m approx.

From Amazon

pre-tour extension

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley

Cusco

Puno

DAY 1: Arrive Lima, Peru

Land in Lima, Peru’s spotlight capital city,

where you are chauffeured straight to your

hotel in the exclusive Miraflores district.

You may just want to relax and order room

service tonight.

Hilton Lima Miraflores

DAY 2: Lima

Enjoy your first taste of Peru’s capital with

a visit to the Plaza Mayor, which is the

birthplace of the city of Lima, and contains the

beautiful cathedral and government palaces.

Then head to Larco Museum. Its flower-filled

gardens alone are worth a visit, not to mention

its thousands of pre-Columbian artefacts,

pottery, and Incan relics. Over the years, Lima

has become a serious dining destination for

foodies from all over the world. Sit down to

a welcome lunch with your fellow guests at

Café del Museo restaurant before spending the

afternoon at leisure.

Hilton Lima Miraflores | Meals: B L

DAY 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Today, fly to Cusco where you are met and

transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Colonial architecture, including the 16thcentury

cathedral, and Incan remains are

dotted across this historic city. En route to

your hotel you have a chance to meet the

locals in the form of llamas and alpacas at

Awana Kancha, and to learn about their

valuable fleeces. Lunch is served at Hacienda

Sarapampa. Here, you can see how the Incas

developed a unique corn variety which helped

to boost their economy.

Tambo del Inka | Meals: B L

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DAY 4: Sacred Valley

After a hearty breakfast, begin exploring the

Sacred Valley of the Incas with a visit to a

remote village, frozen in time. Here there is

the opportunity to mingle with the Andean

community and learn about the agricultural

methods they have used for centuries to

support themselves in this challenging

mountain environment. Before lunch, visit

the archaeological site of Moray. With

concentric terraces carved into a huge

earthen bowl, the deep amphitheatre-like

terracing creates a fascinating landscape.

It also offers magnificent views right across

the Sacred Valley.

Tambo del Inka | Meals: B L

Day 5: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Today, travel by train to Machu Picchu. En

route to the station, visit Ollantaytambo to

look around its imposing fortress. Arrive at

Aguas Calientes, from where a bus takes you

to the last citadel built by a pre-Columbian

civilisation. Overlooking the Urubamba

River and discovered in a tangle of trees atop

a mountain, nothing can prepare you for

the sight of Machu Picchu’s wide avenues,

cascading terraces, and intricate stonework.

All this cradled by steamy forest and skypiercing

mountains. After a guided tour,

head to your hotel for dinner.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Return to Machu Picchu for a second look.

You may want to linger here or walk to the

iconic Sun Gate. 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 take

the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo

from where you are driven to Cusco to

transfer to your hotel.

Palacio del Inka | Meals: B L

DAY 7: 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 the outskirts,

where Incas shaped giant polished boulders

into a Cyclopean fortress.

This afternoon, Design your Day® – giving

you the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from the

following options:

OPTION 1: Museum and market

Enjoy a guided tour around the Inca Museum

and San Pedro market.

OPTION 2: Meet the artisans

Visit the San Blas artisans’ neighbourhood

and church.

OPTION 3: Photographic tour

Capture the images of Cusco’s hidden streets.

After an educational day, enjoy dinner at the

elegant MAP Café.

Palacio del Inka | Meals: B D

DAY 8: Cusco – Puno

After an early morning breakfast, leave the

hotel for your transfer to the station and take

the train to Puno. Today, set your sights on

the magical journey to Lake Titicaca’s

waterside city. Sit back in a Pullman-style

carriage and watch the Peruvian landscape

unfold before you, from vast plains to

lush, 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. On arrival you will be

transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Libertador Puno | Meals: B L

INCLUSIONS

33

Design your Day ® on Day 7

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

33

Welcome lunch

& farewell dinner

33

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches

& 3 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Explore the Inca city of

Machu Picchu, Peru’s

historic wonder

››

Walk to the iconic Sun Gate

››

Discover history-rich Cusco

and the Sacred Valley

››

Visit Lake Titicaca’s

floating reed islands

››

Watch breath-taking views

from the observation car

of the Vistadome train

››

Hotel with private train

station direct to the

Sacred Valley

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DAY 9: Puno

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. Then visit Taquile

Island, where a hike will reward you with

views over the blue waters. Enjoy a farewell

dinner at the hotel, sharing memories of the

trip with new-found friends.

Hotel Libertador Puno | Meals: B L D

DAY 10: Depart Puno

Bid a fond farewell before transferring to Puno

airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

MARCH:

18 £3,995

APRIL:

15 £3,995

AUGUST:

26 £3,995

OCTOBER:

9, 23 £3,995

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PER

PERSON

FROM

MARCH:

26 £4,295

APRIL:

16 £4,295

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

PRE & POST-TOUR

EXTENSIONS

Amazon pre-tour extension –

three days from £935pp

Available on selected departures.

Arequipa & Colca post-tour

extension – four days from £910pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

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PERU

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

Hilton Lima Miraflores

Elegant and stylish property ideally

located near Parque Kennedy

Tambo del Inka

Inca-inspired architecture

with a private train station

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Adobe whitewashed cottages

set within tropical gardens

Palacio del Inka

Grand colonial mansion in Cusco,

oozing with Iberian flair

Hotel Libertador Puno

Overlooking Lake Titicaca on

its own private island of Esteves

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IMMERSIVE

JOURNEYS

Inside Tracks in

Argentina & Brazil

9 days/8 nights | From £3,295 per person | Maximum 18 guests

For those who want the inside story on Brazil and Argentina. Enjoy private access

to the thundering Iguazu Falls, scale the steps to Christ the Redeemer above

Rio de Janiero, and learn to tango in Buenos Aires

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 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, return

to your hotel, renowned for showcasing local

artworks, for a glass of Malbec before dinner.

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta | 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,

if you so choose, you can enjoy an intimate

tango performance at the Philippe Starckdesigned

Faena Hotel. Get up close to the

dancers in the cabaret-style setting.

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta | 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

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Design your Day ® on

Days 3 & 7

ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

DAY 3: Buenos Aires

Today, Design your Day® – 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.

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta | 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.

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana | Meals: B

DAY 7: Rio de Janeiro

Today, Design your Day® – 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.

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana | Meals: B

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

33

Porterage (two pieces of

luggage per person)

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch

& 2 dinners

33

Bottled drinking water

33

Wifi in accommodation

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Rest your head in Buenos

Aires’ well-heeled Recoleta

››

Private tour of the famed

Teatro Colón

››

Zoom close to Iguazu Falls

on a Zodiac tour

››

Visit Rio’s treasured landmark,

Christ the Redeemer

››

Sip a sundowner atop

Sugarloaf Mountain

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DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2020)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JANUARY:

10 £3,295

FEBRUARY:

7 £3,295

MARCH:

6 £3,295

DAY 8: Rio de Janeiro

It’s your last full day, so why not spend it on

a private yacht? From sparkling blue waters,

look back at Sugarloaf Mountain for a different

perspective. 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 guests

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

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro 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 £1,250pp

Available on selected departures.

Amazon post-tour extension –

four days from £1,495pp

Available on selected departures.

Contact a specialist for more information

about how to extend your escorted tour.

APRIL:

24 £3,395

MAY:

15 £3,395

JUNE:

12 £3,395

AUGUST:

7 £3,395

SEPTEMBER:

11 £3,395

OCTOBER:

16 £3,395

NOVEMBER:

13 £3,495

DECEMBER:

11 £3,495

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE DATES (2021)

PER

PERSON

FROM

JANUARY:

8 £3,495

MARCH:

12 £3,495

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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ACCOMMODATION

LATIN AMERICA

Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta

Sophisticated mix of European heritage,

inspired by its Argentine roots

ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Colonial-style residence with an

unbeatable location near Iguazu

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Classic luxury on Copacabana’s

famed beachfront in Rio

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SMALL GROUP

JOURNEYS

Marvels of Chile

9 days/8 nights | From £7,965 per person | Maximum 18 guests

Explore the diverse landscapes and lakes of this ribbon of land that is bookended by the

Pacific Ocean and the Andes. Venture through Chile from one of the driest deserts on Earth

to snow-capped volcanoes. Experience stargazing at its best in the Valley of the Moon

Calama

CHILE

Santiago

San Pedro

de Atacama

Pucón

ARRIVE/DEPART

AIR

ROAD

DAY 1: Arrive Santiago, Chile

Arrive in Santiago where you are met and

transferred to your hotel. This afternoon,

remain at leisure to relax or explore Chile’s

dynamic capital and get your first taste of the

Andean vibes and mountain views. Tonight,

after a welcome briefing, enjoy dinner at the

private home of an art lover and chef, who

has appeared on the popular TV show

MasterChef Chile. Relish every moment as

she delights you with dishes prepared with

locally sourced ingredients complemented

with fine Chilean wines.

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: D

DAY 2: Santiago

Today, set out on a guided walking tour of the

city’s boulevards. View the presidential palace,

La Moneda, Court of Justice, and National

Congress before visiting the Museum of

Pre-Columbian Art. Relax during a drive

to the wine district, for a full tour of a top

vineyard, where you will sample the organic

wines they produce on site. Enjoy a ‘Chef ’s

Table’ experience with a delicious lunch served

by the resident chef. Then take a brief streetart

tour in Santiago’s Bellavista neighbourhood

before returning to your hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: B L

DAY 3: Pucón

Fly to Temuco, gateway to the Chilean Lake

District, known locally as Los Lagos, and head

to your hotel at lakeside town Pucón. Set on

an organic farm, take in the views of the snowcapped

volcanoes mirrored in the blue-green

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CHILE

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

33

Welcome & farewell dinners

33

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches

& 7 dinners

33

Wifi in accommodation

33

Scenic sundowners

33

Design your Day ® on Day 7

33

Travelling Bellboy ®

33

Traveller’s Valet ®

once per journey

33

Complimentary breakfast

in bed on two selected days

glacial water that fills the lakes. Picturesque

villages and vast swaths of rugged forest

beckon if you want to explore by

foot, bike, or on horseback. Tonight, enjoy

a private wine tasting at your hotel, hosted

by a sommelier, an exclusive way to experience

the region’s most renowned bounty.

andBeyond Vira Vira | Meals: B L D

DAYS 4 & 5: Pucón

During your two-day stay, take part in an

array of curated activities. Join a private

tour of a cheese factory to see how premium

parmesan is made. You can also choose to

explore the mystic ambience of the Mapuche

territories on your own. Extending from

southern Chile into western Argentina, this

remains the home of its indigenous people.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

››

Visit Atacama Desert, one of

the driest places on Earth

››

See snow-capped mountains

mirrored in glacial waters

››

Enjoy organic wines

at a renowned vineyard

››

Explore the coloured cliffs

of the Rainbow Valley

››

Discover the landmarks

and art of capital Santiago

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Outdoor activities include rafting on the

Trancura River, floating on Villarrica Lake,

or trekking in the Cordilleras. Toast your last

night here with a private dinner featuring a

chef-led cooking demonstration.

andBeyond Vira Vira | Meals: B L D

DAY 6: San Pedro de Atacama

Today, fly to the tranquil Atacama Desert.

Your adventure begins at Calama, the gateway

to the geological and archaeological wonders

of the central desert. On arrival, transfer to

your lodge near the oasis town of San Pedro

de Atacama. Surrounded by the Cordillera de

la Sal (Salt Mountains), Alto Atacama rests in

one of the driest places on Earth, the Atacama

Desert. This afternoon, set off on a private

excursion to the spectacular Valley of the

Moon. Enjoy a scenic sundowner under a sky

of orange and pink hues.

Alto Atacama | Meals: B L D

DAY 7: San Pedro de Atacama

Rise early to experience the sight of an

Andean sunrise as you enjoy breakfast on the

shores of Laguna Tebinquinche. Watch in awe

as the intense colour, texture, and shade shift

as light levels move across the plains.

Later, Design your Day® – giving you

the freedom to choose the experience

that is best suited to you. Select from

the following options:

OPTION 1: Cycle the Salt Mountains

Mountain bike through the gorges of

Cordillera de la Sal, taking in the inspiring

landscape views.

OPTION 2: Walk in the High Catarpe

Experience scenic lookouts and view

age-old petroglyphs and rock carvings.

OPTION 3: Explore the rainbow rocks

Visit the caves and view the mineral-coloured

cliffs of the Rainbow Valley.

Tonight, make the most of one of the

best places on Earth for stargazing.

Alto Atacama | Meals: B L D

DAYS 8: San Pedro de Atacama

Today, visit the pre-Columbian archaeological

site of Pucará Quitor, a stone fortress dating

from the 12th century. Built by the local

atacameños to defend themselves from attack,

it offers commanding views over the San

Pedro River valley. This afternoon, relax or

choose an excursion such as biking, trekking

to the Catarpe Valley, or a guided hike up to

the Toco Volcano. Enjoy your final night with

a visit to picturesque San Pedro de Atacama.

Gather for your farewell dinner complemented

with a glass of crisp Chilean white.

Alto Atacama | Meals: B L D

DAY 9: Depart Santiago

After a morning at leisure and lunch transfer

to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B L

DATES & PRICING

GUARANTEED

DEPARTURE

DATES (2020)

PRICE

PER

PERSON

SINGLE

SUPP.

FROM

JANUARY:

9 £8,205 £2,355

FEBRUARY:

6 £7,965 £1,945

MARCH:

15 £7,965 £1,945

APRIL:

11 £7,965 £1,945

SEPTEMBER:

26 £8,205 £2,355

OCTOBER:

15 £8,205 £2,355

NOVEMBER:

19 £8,205 £2,355

DECEMBER

7 £8,205 £2,355

JOURNEY DETAILS

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

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.

Visit abercrombiekent.co.uk for up-to-date

availability and pricing information; and to

see how A&K can tailor this escorted tour

itinerary into the perfect bespoke holiday.

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CHILE

YOUR LUXURY

ACCOMMODATION

The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago

Enviable location with amazing cityscape

views from the glass-roofed spa

andBeyond Vira Vira

Riverside hacienda-style boutique hotel

with superb choice of seasonal activities

Alto Atacama

Adobe-walled wilderness lodge that

perfectly slots into the desert landscape

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DEC

AFRICA

20 South Africa & Victoria Falls 8 • • • • • • • • • • •

22 Botswana Safari in Style 9 • • • • • • • • • • • •

26

30

34

38

The Great Migration

Safari in Style

Kenya & Tanzania

Wildlife Safari

Climb Kilimanjaro:

Summiting the Machame Route

A Naturalist’s Guide to Madagascar

with Dr Charlie Gardner

NORTH AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

13 • • • • • • • • •

11 • • • • • • • • • • •

8 • • • • • • • • •

11 • •

40 Egypt: Cairo & Cruising the Nile 8 • • • • •

44 Jordan: Petra & Beyond 8 • • • • • • •

48

Splendours of Oman:

City, Mountain & Desert

7 • • • • •

52 The Delights of Morocco 10 • • • • •

56 Israel: Crossroads of History 8 • • • • • • • •

EUROPE

58 The Treasures of Russia 7 • • • • • • • • •

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

62

Splendours of the

Golden Triangle

11 • • • • •

66 The Secrets of Southern India 11 • • • • • •

70 The Spice Lands of Sri Lanka 12 • • • • • •

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KEY:

IMMERSIVE JOURNEYS

LUXURY SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS

PAGE JOURNEY NIGHTS

TRIP

TYPE

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

SOUTH-EAST ASIA & THE FAR EAST

74 The Wonders of China 10 • • • • • • • •

78 Across China: Tibet & the Yangtze 16 • • • • • • •

82

Journey Through Japan:

From Tokyo to Kyoto

9 • • • • • •

86 Classic Japan 8 • • • • • •

88 Rhythms of South-East Asia 11 • • • •

92

94

Images of Indochina

& Angkor Wat

Cruising the Mekong:

Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat

LATIN AMERICA

12 • • • • • • • •

11 • • • • • •

98 Peru’s Ancient Marvels 9 • • • •

102

Inside Tracks in

Argentina & Brazil

8 • • • • • • • • • • •

106 Marvels of Chile 8 • • • • • • • •

NOTE: Not all departures for 2021 had been released at the time of going to print. Please refer to the page of your specific tour for departure dates for 2021 and if none are listed,

please speak to one of our escorted tours travel specialists.

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Terms & conditions For bookings made from 1 July 2019

The Terms and conditions apply to group journeys including Immersive

Journeys, Luxury Small Group Journeys, Luxury Expedition Cruises,

Hosted Journeys, and group pre/post-tour extensions departing between

1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021. Your contract is with Abercrombie

& Kent Limited, ‘the Company’ of St George’s House, Ambrose Street,

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3LG, which is registered in England

under company number 1082430. The following conditions, together

with our Privacy Policy, the relevant information set out in this brochure

and on our website, and any other written information we brought to

your attention before we confirmed your booking, will form part of your

contract with the Company. Please read them carefully before you book.

By making a booking, the first named person on the booking agrees on

behalf of all persons detailed on the booking that:

a. he/she has read these Booking Conditions and has the authority to and

does agree to be bound by them;

b. he/she consents to our use of information personal data in accordance

with our Privacy Policy and is authorised on behalf of all persons named

on the booking to disclose their personal details to us, including where

applicable, special categories of data (such as information on health

conditions or disabilities and dietary requirements);

c. he/she is over 18 years of age and where placing an order for services

with age restrictions declares that he/she and all members of the party are

of the appropriate age to purchase those services;

d. he/she accepts financial responsibility for payment of the booking on

behalf of all persons detailed on the booking.

1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY

(a) Our aim is to provide the right holiday to suit your requirements. You

can call us on +44 (0)1242 547 892 or email info@abercrombiekent.co.uk

to discuss or make a booking and provide you with a price per person.

In order to maintain our customer services standards and to assist with

the ongoing training of our staff we may record or monitor our telephone

conversations or emails with you.

(b) To secure your booking we require a deposit, typically the amount set

out below. Some suppliers and holidays may require higher deposits at

the time of booking. You will be notified of these requirements before you

pay your deposit.

Deposit per person required at time of booking

Immersive Journeys £500

Luxury Small Group Journeys

& Hosted Journeys £750

Luxury Expedition Cruises £2,500

Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or by most major credit

cards in favour of Abercrombie & Kent Limited. If for any reason we do

not accept your booking, your deposit will be returned.

(c) Many airlines now require the full name of all passengers travelling.

We will therefore ask you at the time of booking to confirm the number

of members in your party and to provide us with the first forename (as

shown in each passport) as well as the title and surname of each member.

(d) Special Requests, such as diet, room location, twin or double-bedded

room, a particular facility or flight seat which are an important factor

in the choice of holiday, should be indicated in writing at the time of

booking. We will pass your request on to the hotel or airline but cannot

guarantee that it will be accommodated. We will also pass on any dietary

requests to airlines but we recommend that you check directly with

the airline once your tickets have been issued. The Company will try to

arrange for Special Requests to be met, but cannot guarantee that they

will be, nor will the Company be liable if any Special Request is not

met. The provision of any Special Request does not constitute a term

of your contract with us unless we have confirmed in writing that your

requirement will be met. Most hotels allow check-in to take place during

the mid-afternoon. Should you wish to have a guaranteed room ready for

your immediate check-in upon arrival, it can be arranged for an additional

charge. Please ask A&K for details and prices.

(e) On receipt of your correct deposit we will book your arrangements

and issue a Confirmation Invoice. A contract will come into existence on

the date on which we issue a Confirmation Invoice. If your confirmed

arrangements include a flight, we (or if you booked via an authorised

agent of ours, that agent) will also issue you with an ATOL Certificate.

(f) It is important for you to check the details on the Confirmation Invoice,

and ATOL Certificate where applicable, as soon as you get it, as these set

out the services we have agreed to provide. In the event of any discrepancy

please contact us immediately. If you arrange your holiday direct with

the Company, all correspondence and other communications will be

sent to the address of the person who made the initial payment unless

you specify otherwise. If you request correspondence through a business

address, a residential address will also be required for emergency and

security reasons.

(g) If your booking is made through a travel agent, the Company will

address all communications to that travel agent, who will act as agent for

you in regard to all communications from us to you. All monies paid by

you to a travel agent under or in contemplation of this contract will be

held by the travel agent for the Company until such monies are forwarded

to the Company.

(h) Final payment of the cost of your arrangements is due 90 days prior to

departure. For Select Journeys indicated below* final payment is due 120

days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within this period, the

entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request in order to

secure confirmation. If it is not paid in time, we reserve the right to treat

your booking as cancelled by you, in which case the cancellation charges

set out in clause 2 below will become payable. An additional £600 per

person non-refundable permit fee is required at time of booking for the

Uganda extension tour.

*Select Journeys: All Hosted Journeys; Ultimate Arctic Adventure;

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands; Myanmar & the

Irrawaddy; India Wildlife Safari; Legends of the East by Rail; Mongolia:

Naadam Festival; Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail; Taj Mahal &

the Treasures of India; Cruising the Mekong: Indochina & Angkor Wat;

Churchill: Belugas & Bears; and related pre/post-tour extensions, or any

other Journey and related pre/post-tour extension indicated to you at the

point of booking.

2. AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATION

(a) Amendments by you

The Company will make every effort to assist you if you wish to alter

your arrangements, but it may not always be possible. Requests for an

amendment must be in writing, signed by the person who made the initial

payment. If it is possible to make the amendment, it will be subject to an

amendment charge of £50 per booking, together with all communication

charges or other expenses incurred by the Company as a result of the

change. These charges will be payable whether or not the Company

succeeds in confirming your requested amendment. Scheduled airlines

normally regard name changes as a cancellation and re-booking, and any

alteration may incur a 100% cancellation charge in respect of the airfare.

Please note that save for the transfer of a booking, it will not be possible

to make changes within 28 days of your departure date. Your request may

be treated as a cancellation and re-booking and the normal cancellation

charges detailed in clause 2(b) below will apply dependent upon the

conditions imposed by our suppliers.

If you wish to change your arrangements while on your holiday, all costs

are payable by you.

Date amendments: Should you wish to amend the date of departure of

your trip this will follow the rules outlined in part 2(a) above. The new

departure date must be initiated within six months of the original date of

departure. If travel commences after six months of the original holiday

departure date this will be treated as a cancellation and re-booking and

the normal cancellation charges detailed in clause 2(b) will apply.

Destination amendments: Should you wish to change the destination

(unless for reasons of extraordinary circumstances outlined below)

of your confirmed holiday before departure this shall be treated as a

cancellation and re-booking and the normal cancellation charges detailed

in clause 2(b) will apply.

Transfers of booking

If you or any member of your party is prevented from travelling, that

person(s) may transfer their place to someone else, subject to the

following conditions:

a. that person is introduced by you and satisfies all the conditions

applicable to the holiday;

b. we are notified not less than seven days before departure;

c. you pay any outstanding balance payment, an amendment fee of £50

per person transferring, as well as any additional fees, charges or other

costs arising from the transfer;

d. the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of

the contract between us; and

e. it is understood that flight tickets may not be able to be transferred

in which case a replacement ticket for the transferee would need to be

purchased.

You and the transferee remain jointly and severally liable for payment

of all sums. If you are unable to find a replacement, cancellation charges

as set out in clause 2(b) will apply in order to cover our estimated costs.

Otherwise, no refunds will be given for passengers not travelling or for

unused services.

(b) Cancellation by you

All cancellations must be advised in writing, signed by the person who

made the initial payment and sent to the Company at St George’s House,

Ambrose Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3LG. Cancellations

are effective on the date they are received by the Company. Recorded

delivery is strongly recommended. Since we incur costs in cancelling your

travel arrangements, the following cancellation charges will be payable,

depending upon the number of days prior to departure the Company

receives your notice of cancellation.

Standard cancellation fees per person

91 days prior to departure or

more

90-61 days prior to date of

departure

60-31 days prior to date of

departure

30 days prior to departure or

fewer

Select Journeys listed above and related group

pre/post-tour extensions

121 days prior to date of

departure or more

120-91 days prior to date of

departure

90-61 days prior to date of

departure

60 days prior to date of departure

or fewer

Loss of deposit

25%

of total holiday cost

50%

of total holiday cost

100%

of total holiday cost

Loss of deposit

25%

of total holiday cost

50%

of total holiday cost

100%

of total holiday cost

We will deduct the cancellation charge(s) from any monies you have

already paid to us.

Important note: Certain arrangements may not be amended after they

have been confirmed and any alteration or cancellation could incur a

cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements in

addition to the charge above.

Partial room cancellation: If a guest cancels or leaves a journey and a

roommate remains, an additional supplement may apply to the price for

the remaining guest.

Please note that at certain times of year, for example peak season, or for

certain products, for example some game lodges and cruises, stricter

cancellation conditions may apply. Any such revised conditions will be

notified to you prior to booking.

We strongly recommend that you secure adequate travel insurance as per

clause 6 below.

(c) Cancellation by you due to unavoidable and extraordinary

circumstances

You have the right to cancel your confirmed holiday before departure

without paying a cancellation charge in the event of “unavoidable and

extraordinary circumstances” occurring at your holiday destination

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or its immediate vicinity and significantly affecting the performance

of the holiday or significantly affecting the transport arrangements

to the destination. In these circumstances, we shall provide you with

a full refund of the monies you have paid but we will not be liable to

pay you any additional compensation. Please note that your right to

cancel in these circumstances will only apply where the Foreign and

Commonwealth Office advises against travel to your destination or its

immediate vicinity. For the purposes of this clause, “unavoidable and

extraordinary circumstances” means warfare, acts of terrorism, significant

risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the

travel destination, or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or

weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel

destination.

(d) Re-booking following a cancellation

Should you wish to cancel a holiday and re-book an alternative this will

be subject to the cancellation terms within these booking conditions. If

the alternative booking requires a greater deposit than has already been

paid (after deducting cancellation fees) then the balance between what is

required as a deposit and any deposits sums already paid becomes due.

(e) Accuracy of information

We check the information which we provide about our holidays very

carefully. However, tour, excursion, or cruise itineraries may change

as a result of local conditions. Circumstances such as these, or weather

conditions, may cause some of the amenities we have described to be

unavailable or different from those advertised. When we are told of any

significant or long-term changes, we will always endeavour to advise you

prior to your departure.

(f) Amendments by the Company

Great care is taken to ensure that the description and prices given in our

brochures and on our website are accurate at the time of publication.

However, changes can occur, and the Company reserves the right to

change any of the details in company literature, including prices, in

which case the Company will advise you of any such change before

accepting your booking. After a Confirmation Invoice has been issued, the

Company makes every effort to operate all holidays as advertised. We plan

arrangements a long time in advance of your holiday using independent

suppliers such as airlines, hotels, local transport operators and guides,

over whom we have no direct control. In very rare circumstances, the

Company may have to modify a holiday before you depart. Most of these

changes are insignificant. If we make an insignificant change to your

holiday, we will make reasonable efforts to inform you or your travel agent

as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure but

we will have no liability to you. Examples of insignificant changes include

alteration of your outward/return flights by fewer than 12 hours, changes

to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same or

higher standard and changes of carriers.

Occasionally we may have to make a significant change to your confirmed

arrangements. Examples of “significant changes” include the following,

when made before departure: a change of flight time by more than 12

hours, a change of international airport (except between airports serving

the same city), a change of destination or a change to a lower standard

accommodation, and/or price. If we have to make a significant change

we will tell you as soon as possible and if there is time to do so before

departure, we will provide you with three alternatives. You may accept

the modification, you may change your booking to another available and

comparable holiday, or you may cancel and receive a full and prompt

refund. If you choose another holiday which is cheaper, the Company will

make the appropriate refund.

You must notify us of your choice within seven days of our offer. If we

do not hear from you within seven days, we will contact you again to

request notification of your choice. If you fail to respond again, we will

assume that you have chosen to accept the change or alternative booking

arrangements.

If you cancel and receive a full refund following a significant change made

for any reason other than force majeure or low bookings, you will receive

the following compensation, calculated according to the number of days

prior to departure that you are notified of the change.

Compensation when notification of change is sent

Days prior to departure

Compensation per person

More than 42 days £10

29-42 days prior £20

15-28 days prior £25

0-14 days prior £30

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will not pay you compensation in the following

circumstances:

a. where we make an insignificant change;

b. where we make a significant change or cancel your arrangements

more than 91 days before departure (or 121 days in the case of the Select

Journeys listed in clause 1(h), above, and related group pre/post-tour

extensions, Hosted Journeys and Ultimate Arctic Adventures);

c. where we make a significant change and you accept those changed

arrangements or you accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements;

d. where we have to cancel your arrangements as a result of your failure to

make full payment on time;

e. where the change or cancellation by us arises out of alterations to the

confirmed booking requested by you;

f. where we are forced to cancel or change your arrangements due to force

majeure.

“Force majeure” has the meaning set out in clause 16.

“Low bookings” means that an insufficient number of people have

booked the arrangements to make their operation financially viable in the

advertised form.

If there is an insignificant change before you depart (that is, any change

not included in the definition of a significant change set out above), the

Company will try to notify you, although it is not obliged to pay any

compensation. lf the Company becomes unable to provide a significant

proportion of your holiday after it has commenced, every effort will be

made to provide suitable alternative arrangements, which will be made

for you at no extra charge to you (save in the case of force majeure) or,

alternatively, you will be returned to your point of departure and the

company will, where appropriate, pay compensation. No compensation is

payable in the case of force majeure.

(g) Cancellation by the Company


We reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your holiday for

any reason, subject to the commitments in clause 2(g). However, we

will not cancel your hotel arrangement fewer than 90 days before your

departure date, except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to

pay the final balance. If you fail to pay the balance of the holiday price at

least 90 days before departure, the Company will treat your booking as

cancelled and levy the cancellation charges set out in clause 2(c). If the

Company is obliged to cancel your holiday in any other circumstances

before departure, the Company will use its best endeavours to offer

alternative arrangements of equivalent or very closely similar standard

and price, if available; travel arrangements of a lower standard and a

refund of the difference in price; or will give you a full and prompt refund

of all monies paid. In addition, unless the cancellation has been caused by

force majeure, failure by you to pay the final balance, or low bookings, the

Company will pay you compensation as set out in clause 2(g).

(h) A&K guaranteed departures

All Luxury Small Group Journeys and Immersive Journeys are guaranteed

to operate with a minimum of two (2) persons. Guaranteed departures

will operate except in cases of force majeure, which could include any

major world event adversely affecting international travel patterns. If only

two, three, or four people are booked, we will advise you three months

before travel and check that you are happy to travel even if numbers do

not increase or whether you would prefer a departure with more guests

booked. If only one person is booked we will offer alternative dates at the

same price. Hosted Journeys are subject to minimum numbers.

(i) Design your Day® (DYD)

Immersive Journeys allow you to select guiding experiences on a

designated day from a choice of options. Each DYD experience is subject

to availability and may require a minimum number of travellers in order

to operate. If the minimum number of travellers have not selected your

experience you will be offered an alternative experience. Some DYD

experiences may have a maximum number of travellers. If your selected

experience is already fully booked an alternative from the menu will be

offered.

3. ABERCROMBIE & KENT PRICE POLICY

(a) We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in

our brochure or on our website. You will be advised of the current price of

the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.

(b) When you make your booking you must pay a deposit, see section

1(b) for relevant deposits. The balance of the price of your travel

arrangements must be paid by the date indicated on your confirmation.

If the deposit and/or balance is not paid in time, we shall cancel your

travel arrangements. If the balance is not paid in time we shall retain

your deposit.

(c) In respect of any booking covered by our ATOL, all monies you pay

to the travel agent are held by them on behalf and for the benefit of the

Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times. This is subject to the agent’s

obligation to pay it to us for so long as we do not fail. If we fail, any money

held at that time by the agent, or subsequently accepted from you by them,

is and continues to be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees

of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us.

(d) The Company is under no obligation to give a breakdown of the costs

involved in a holiday.

(e) The Company reserves the right to notify you of an increase in the

brochure or advertised price before accepting your booking and prices

may go up or down. While we do our utmost to avoid such a scenario,

due to human or computer error there may on occasion be an incorrect

price shown in a brochure or online. When we become aware of any such

error, we will endeavour to notify you at the time of booking (if we are

then aware of the mistake) or within seven days of the time of booking,

or as soon as reasonably possible. We do have to reserve all our rights in a

situation such as this which may include cancelling a holiday if the actual

price applicable to the holiday is not acceptable to you. We will of course

allow you to amend your holiday with us, if you so wish, to an alternative

holiday at the correct price.

(f) We reserve the right to increase the price of confirmed holidays solely

to allow for increases which are a direct consequence of changes in:

a. the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from the cost of fuel or

other power sources;

b. the level of taxes or fees chargeable for services applicable to the holiday

imposed by third parties not directly involved in the performance of

the holiday, including tourist taxes, landing taxes, or embarkation or

disembarkation fees at ports and airports; and

c. the exchange rates relevant to the package.

Such variations could include but are not limited to airline cost changes

which are part of our contracts with airlines (and their agents), cruise ship

operators and any other transport providers.

(g) We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent

to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance

premiums and any amendment charges and/or additional services or

travel arrangements. You will be charged for the amount over and above

that. However, if this means that you have to pay an increase of more

than 8% of the price of your confirmed holiday (excluding any insurance

premiums, amendment charges, and/or additional services or travel

arrangements), you will have the option of accepting a change to another

holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality

you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be

refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund

of all monies paid to us, except for any insurance premiums and any

amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements.

Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right

to do so within seven days from the issue date printed on your final

invoice. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums

paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy.

(h) Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes

mentioned above, then any refund due will be paid to you less an

administrative fee of £10. However, please note that travel arrangements

are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes

have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other

protection in place.

(i) There will be no change made to the price of your confirmed holiday

within 20 days of your departure nor will refunds be paid during this

period.

4. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMPANY

(a) The Company applies all reasonable checks to ensure that those

involved in the preparation and provision of your holiday maintain the

appropriate standards.

(b) We will accept responsibility for the arrangements we agree to provide

or arrange for you as an “organiser” under the Package Travel and Linked

Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, as set out below and as such, we

are responsible for the proper provision of all travel services included in

your package, as set out in your Confirmation Invoice. The descriptions,

information, and opinions given in our brochures or on the website by

the Company in respect of the airlines, hotels, and other suppliers whose

services are used are given in good faith, based on the latest information

available at the time of printing. The Company accepts liability for any loss

you may suffer if due to fault on our part, or that of our agents or suppliers,

any part of the holiday arrangements you book with the Company before

your departure is not as described in our brochure, on our website, or

itinerary, or not of a reasonable standard and we don’t remedy or resolve

your complaint within a reasonable period of time, and this has affected

the enjoyment of your package holiday, in such circumstances you may

be entitled to an appropriate price reduction or compensation or both.

You must inform us without undue delay of any failure to perform or

improper performance of the travel services included in this package. The

Company limits its liability in respect of these claims to a maximum of

three times the holiday cost. Subject to the conditions set out below, the

Company also accepts liability if you or any member of your party suffers

death or personal injury as a direct result of negligence by the Company or

its suppliers. However, these acceptances of liability do not apply if there

has been no fault on the part of the Company or its servants, agents, or

suppliers, or if the loss, death, or personal injury suffered is attributable

to: (i) your own acts or omissions; (ii) the acts or omissions of a third

party not involved in providing the services which make up your holiday

and which were unavoidable and extraordinary; or (iii) force majeure. In

addition, where claims do not involve personal injury or death, they are

also conditional upon you following the procedures for notification of

complaints set out in clause 11, and upon you assigning to the Company

any right you may have against any other person whose acts or omissions

have given rise to the Company’s liability. Nothing in the above shall limit

or exclude the Company’s liability for fraud, or for death or personal injury

caused by negligence, or to the extent otherwise not permitted by law.

(c) The Company’s liability to compensate you and the amount of such

compensation is subject to the following limitations. First, in the case

of damage other than death, illness, or personal injury, compensation

is restricted to a reasonable amount having regard to such factors as,

inter alia, the holiday cost and the extent to which the enjoyment of

your holiday can be said to have been affected. Second, if any failure in

your holiday arrangements relates to, or if you or any member in your

party is killed, injured, or becomes ill during or as a result of carriage by

aircraft, ship, train, or coach forming part of the holiday arrangements

booked with us before your departure from the UK, our liability to pay

compensation and/or the amount of compensation we will pay is limited

as if we were the carrier under any international convention which

governs such services. International Conventions which may apply

include: in respect of carriage by air, the Montreal Convention 1999 or the

Warsaw Convention 1929 (including as amended by the Hague Protocol

of 1955 and by any of the Montreal Additional Protocol of 1975); in

respect of carriage by sea, the Athens Convention 1974; in respect of rail

carriage, the Berne/Cotif Convention 1980; and in respect of carriage by

road the Geneva Convention 1973. The terms of these conventions are

incorporated into and form part of your contract with us. In respect of

death or personal injury, the liability of an air carrier under the Montreal

Convention and the Warsaw Convention is limited to damage sustained

caused by an accident which takes place onboard the aircraft or in the

course of any of the operations of embarking or disembarking. You can

get copies of the relevant conventions if you ask us for them. You should

also note that these conventions may limit or remove the carrier’s liability

to you and the amount which the carrier has to pay you. You should also

know that the carrier will rely upon its “conditions of carriage” which may

limit or remove the carrier’s liability to you and limit compensation under

international conventions.

(d) Our suppliers (such as accommodation or transport providers)

have their own booking conditions or conditions of carriage, and these

conditions are binding between you and the supplier. Some of these

conditions may limit or remove the relevant transport provider’s or other

supplier’s liability to you. You can get copies of such conditions from our

offices, or the offices of the relevant supplier.

(e) If we make any payment to you or any member of your party for death,

personal injury, or illness, you must co-operate fully with us in seeking

recovery of any payment we make.

(f) Operational decisions may be taken by air carriers and airports

resulting in delays, diversions, or rescheduling. Abercrombie & Kent

has no control over such decisions, and is therefore unable to accept

responsibility for them. Where, as a result of circumstances beyond our

control, we are obliged to change or end your holiday after departure, but

before the end of your holiday, we will not pay compensation or reimburse

you for expenses incurred. We strongly recommend you have adequate

travel insurance for your holiday and should claim via your insurance

company for any loss or damage to luggage and/or personal possessions.

In the event that any claim is made directly with us, our liability to pay

compensation and/or the amount of compensation will be limited in

accordance with the conventions referred to in (c) above.

(g) If you suffer death, injury or illness during your holiday arising out of

an activity which does not form part of the inclusive arrangements booked

with the Company, the Company will offer assistance where appropriate

and in its sole discretion. This assistance must be requested within 90

days of your misadventure and will be limited to general advice and/or

assistance with legal fees up to £5,000 per party, such contributions to be

repaid to the Company out of any judgment or insurance payment you

subsequently obtain.

(h) Where it is impossible for you to return to your departure point as

per the agreed return date of your package, due to “unavoidable and

extraordinary circumstances”, we shall provide you with any necessary

accommodation (where possible, of a comparable standard) for a period

not exceeding three nights per person. If the circumstances continue

beyond a three-night period our responsibility under this clause will cease

and you will need to claim upon your travel insurance where you are able

to do so. Please note that the three-night cap does not apply to persons

with reduced mobility, pregnant women, or unaccompanied minors, nor

to persons needing specific medical assistance, provided we have been

notified of these particular needs at least 48 hours before the start of your

holiday. For the purposes of this clause, “unavoidable and extraordinary

circumstances” mean warfare, acts of terrorism, significant risks to human

health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination, or

natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which

make it impossible to travel safely back to your departure point.

5. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

(a) Make yourself travel aware: Before making a booking, please consult

the travel advice produced by the government of your home jurisdiction,

as well as that of the government who issued the passport and/or visa

you intend to travel under. Also ensure you make yourself familiar with

the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice on staying safe and healthy

on your trip:

www.gov.uk/travelaware. Advice can change, so always

check regularly for the latest updates.

(b) If the Foreign Office advises that people should not visit a particular

country, we will act on this advice.

(c) In the event of active government advice and warnings against travel

to a specific destination or location(s) of a trip, should the traveller still

choose to travel, notwithstanding such travel advisory or warning, the

traveller assumes all risks of loss, personal injury, death, or property

damage from any event that may arise out of or associated with the travel

advice or warnings given. The Company strongly recommends you do not

travel against Foreign Office Travel advice and warnings as they are given

for your safety and security.

(d) It is important that you check the details on your Confirmation Invoice

when you receive it. In the event of any discrepancy, you should contact

the Company or your travel agent.

(e) General information concerning passport, visa, and health

requirements applicable to UK citizens is set out in our literature.

However, such requirements are subject to change and you must check

current requirements before departure. Passports for British citizens

are valid for travel to any EU country up to and including the passport

expiry date. Many countries outside of the EU require that passengers’

passports are valid for at least six months after the completion of their

journey, and/or contains blank pages (for visas). Please visit gov.uk/

foreign-travel-advice for advice by country. Some destinations also require

visas and additional documentation and you should contact the Embassy

or Consulate of the country which you are planning to visit in good time

before you travel. Further information is available from Visa Central

at visacentral.co.uk. You should also contact your medical advisor or a

specialist vaccination centre for details of the measures you will need to

take prior to departure. All children should travel on full passports. It is

your responsibility to obtain all documents required for your holiday,

including passports, visas, health certificates, and international driving

licences, to ensure that these are in proper order and to take them with

you. We recommend that if you are travelling with a child that does not

share your surname, in order to minimise the possibility of disruption

to your travel plans, you travel with documentation that proves your

relationship to the child as well as documentation that proves you have

permission to travel with them. The Company cannot be held responsible

should you or any member of your travelling party be denied entry to a

country due to non-compliance with these requirements. Please consult

the travel advice produced by the government of your home jurisdiction,

as well as that of the government who issued the passport and/or visa you

intend to travel under for further details. We will not be liable to make

any refund or pay compensation if you or any member of your party is

unable to proceed with the holiday as planned because of incorrect or

missing personal documents, or any other failure to meet passport, visa or

immigration requirements.

(f) Approximately seven days before departure you will receive your

airline tickets together with other information concerning your holiday.

Please ensure that you check the names and flight timings on your tickets

carefully and contact us immediately if you have any queries. The correct

timings, using the 24-hour clock system, may have been adjusted since

you received your Confirmation Invoice.

(g) You are responsible for checking-in for flights at the correct time and

for presenting yourself to take up all pre-booked components of your

holiday. The Company cannot accept responsibility for clients missing

flights as a result of late check-in and no credit or refunds will be given if

you fail to take up any component of your holiday. No credit or refunds

will be given for lost, mislaid, or destroyed travel documents.

(h) Most people go on holiday for rest and relaxation, so if in our

reasonable opinion or that of any airline pilot, hotel manager, tour leader,

or other person in authority, your behaviour is causing danger, damage

to property, or persistently affecting the enjoyment of others, we reserve

the right to terminate your holiday. Should this happen no refund or

compensation would be paid.

(i) If you lose any personal items while on holiday, please obtain a written

report from the police, to help with any insurance claim upon your return.

(j) You are responsible for the costs of any damage to the accommodation

and/or any extra charges incurred with our suppliers during your holiday.

Should you fail to make such payment at the time the charges and/or

costs are incurred, you will be liable to reimburse us for these and you

authorise the Company to automatically debit your credit card to the value

instructed by the supplier for any such costs and/or charges.

6. INSURANCE

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of purchasing

comprehensive travel insurance prior to date of travel. This insurance

should be commensurate to the value of your booking, and cover

cancellation and curtailment, all medical expenses including evacuation/

repatriation, personal baggage, personal liability, death and permanent

disability, and travel document insurance. If you suffer from a disability

or medical condition, you should disclose this to insurers. For those

who participate in sports and activities while on holiday that have been

organised and arranged independently of us, it should be understood that

participation is at the individual’s own risk and it is your responsibility to

obtain the relevant insurance. Note that special insurance may be required

if you intend to scuba dive or undertake any other dangerous or sports

activities. Please keep your insurance details with you while on holiday.

7. AIRLINES & OTHER SUPPLIERS

(a) As between you and the suppliers of the transport, accommodation

and other components making up your holiday, the conditions of the

supplier will apply. These conditions may be subject to international

Conventions which limit and/or restrict the supplier’s liability. Copies are

available on request – please allow 28 days. Under EU law you have rights

in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline

in cases of denied boarding, cancellation, or delay to flights. Full details

of these rights will be publicised at EU airports, and will also be available

from your airline. Reimbursement in these cases is the responsibility of

the airline and will not automatically entitle you to refund of your holiday

cost from the Company. Your rights to compensation from the Company

is set out in clause 2(e). If your airline does not acknowledge your rights,

you should complain to the Civil Aviation Authority at caa.co.uk.

(b) Transport timings are provided by the carrier concerned and are

subject to such matters as weather conditions, maintenance requirements,

the ability of passengers to check-in on time, and, in the case of flights, to

air traffic control restrictions. Accordingly, the times of flights and other

forms of transport are estimates only and cannot be guaranteed.

(c) As airlines regularly overbook, we recommend that you check in

online as soon as you are notified by the airline that check-in is available,

or 24 hours before departure. If you do not check-in online or are unable

to, we recommend that you arrive at the airport three hours prior to

departure as airlines have been known to re-allocate seats in the event

of late arrivals. The Company is unable to check you in and it is your

responsibility to ensure that you are checked in within the appropriate

time. The Company is not responsible or liable if you are downgraded an

airline class as a result of the airline overbooking the class in which you

are booked. Seat reservations are at the discretion of the airline and may

be changed at any time without notice.

(d) The majority of airlines have introduced a total smoking ban on most

or all of their flights. Please ask before booking if this information is

important to you.

(e) The European Commission publishes a list of airlines that are subject

to an operating ban within European air space. To view the list, go to

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ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/safety/air-ban/index_en.htm or search

for “banned airlines” at europa.eu.

Some itineraries may include one of the following airlines;

Air Dyanasty Heli. S.

Air Kasthamandap

Buddha Air

Costal Aviation

Fishtail Air

Goma Air

Himalaya Airlines

Makalu Air

Manang Air PVT Ltd

Mountain Helicopters

Muktinath Airlines

Nepal Airlines Corporation

Saurya Airlines

Shree Airlines

Simrick Air

Simrick Airlines

Tara Air

Yeti Airlines Domestic

(f) Some activities carry inherent risks and if you are participating in

such activities you may be asked to sign an additional form by the local

supplier. In rare cases beginners may have to take lessons at a charge

before being permitted to use hotel equipment otherwise offered for free.

8. EXCURSIONS

Please note that when you book an excursion locally you contract with

the local company providing that excursion and not the Company. The

Company has no legal liability for anything that goes wrong on such

an excursion and any claim which you might have arising out of the

excursion will be against the relevant local company and subject to the

local company’s terms and conditions. The Company will, at its discretion,

offer advice, guidance and assistance if you, or any member of your party,

suffer death, illness, or injury arising out of an activity which does not

form part of your holiday with the Company, or an excursion arranged

locally. Where legal action is contemplated and you want the Company’s

assistance, you must obtain the Company’s written consent prior to

commencement of proceedings. The Company’s consent will be given

subject to you undertaking to assign any costs or benefits received and

any relevant insurance policy to the Company. We limit the cost of the

Company’s assistance to you or any member of your party to £5,000.

9. DATA PROTECTION

(a) In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel

arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements, we need to use

the information you provide such as your name and address, any special

needs/dietary requirements etc. We take full responsibility for ensuring

that proper security measures are in place to protect your information.

We must pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel

arrangements such as airlines, hotels, transport companies, and so on.

The information may also be provided to security or credit checking

companies, public authorities such as customs and immigration if

required by them, or as required by law. Additionally, where your holiday

is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), controls on data protection

in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in

this country. We will not, however, pass any information on to any

person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements. This applies

to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any

disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. If, however, we cannot

pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or

not, we cannot accept your booking. In making a booking, you consent

to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. Please note

that where information is also held by your travel agent, this is subject

to your agent’s own data protection policy. You are entitled to a copy of

your information held by us. To see it, please contact the Company during

normal working hours.

(b) The information you are required to provide may include debit/credit

card details. As set out above, we take full responsibility for ensuring

that proper security measures are in place to protect this information. In

accordance with applicable legal, regulatory, and business requirements,

this information will be securely deleted as soon as it is no longer

required. However, it is necessary for the Company to retain your debit/

credit card details for a reasonable period of time after the conclusion of

you holiday, and you to consent to such retention, in the event that any

costs referred to in clause 5(j) above are incurred and you fail to settle

these directly with the supplier, in order that the Company can debit your

card for the relevant amount. This will be reviewed on a regular basis to

ensure that the information is not kept longer than is strictly necessary for

the purposes set out above.

10. ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

If you or any member of your party suffer from a disability or other

medical condition please tell us before you book. Abercrombie & Kent

is happy to give you advice and to try to assist you in choosing a holiday

that will meet your requirements. However, most of our holidays are in

destinations which are off the beaten track and lack even the simplest

facilities for disabled guests such as ramps for wheelchairs, lifts and so

on. Many of our holidays require a fair degree of physical fitness. Medical

facilities may not be readily available.

In order to assist you, we must be provided prior to booking with

full written details regarding your medical condition and any special

requirements which result from this. An appropriate medical form will be

sent to you for this purpose. Air travel can cause problems for some people

with circulatory or bronchial problems, such as deep vein thrombosis. It is

inadvisable for anyone with high blood pressure or respiratory problems

to visit high altitudes. You should consult your doctor for advice before

you book and in good time before your departure.

11. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM

(a) If you are unhappy with any aspect of the Company’s arrangements

while you are on holiday, you must address your complaint immediately

to the Company’s local representative (or, if none, to the Company

by contacting the duty manager on +44 207 998 4141) and to the

management of the hotel or other supplier whose services are involved.

They will do their best to rectify the situation. It is unreasonable to

take no action while on holiday, but then to write a letter of complaint

upon return. If the problem cannot be resolved locally and you wish to

complain, full details must be sent to the Company in writing to arrive

within 30 days of your return. We will do our best to investigate and reply

to you within 28 days of receipt of your letter. Failure to take either of

these steps will deny the Company the opportunity to resolve the problem

immediately and/or investigate it properly.

In consequence, this may affect your rights under this contract.

(b) In the rare event of a dispute which cannot be amicably settled, you

may (if you wish) use ABTA’s approved Alternative Dispute Resolution

(ADR) scheme, available through abta.com which, though devised

by arrangement with the Association of British Travel Agents, is

administered quite independently by the Centre for Effective Dispute

Resolution (CEDR). The scheme (details of which will be supplied on

request) provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on

documents alone, with restricted liability on holidaymakers in respect of

costs. The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than

£5,000 per person or £25,000 per party, neither does it apply to claims

which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury, illness, nervous

shock, death or their consequences. The scheme can, however, deal with

compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness

subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per

person in respect of this element. Application for arbitration under this

scheme must be made within 18 months of the date of return from the

holiday, otherwise it will only be available if we agree, but the ABTA Code

does not require such agreement from us. For injury and illness claims,

you can request the ABTA Mediation Procedure and we have the option

to agree to mediation.

12. GOVERNING LAW

This contract and any matters arising from it are governed by the laws

of England and Wales and are subject to the jurisdiction of the Courts of

England and Wales.

13. DESCRIPTIONS

Every effort is made to ensure that the details, description, and prices

contained in company literature are correct, based on inspections and

information passed to the Company by its suppliers. However, changes

do occur, sometimes at short notice and therefore the Company will

advise you at the time of booking, or if after booking as soon as possible,

of any such changes to our published information. It is not always

possible for the Company to control all elements of the holiday whereby

advertised facilities can sometimes become unavailable at short notice

due to inclement weather conditions, lack of demand, emergency repair

works etc.

14. FINANCIAL PROTECTION

We provide financial security for flight-inclusive packages and ATOL

protected flights by way of our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number

2881, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, Gatwick Airport South, West

Sussex RH6 0YR, UK, +44 333 103 6350, claims@caa.co.uk.

When you buy an ATOL protected product from us you will receive an

ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can

get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things

go wrong. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.

org.uk. The price of our flight inclusive arrangements includes the amount

of £2.50 per person as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC)

we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices. Not

all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by

the ATOL Scheme. ATOL protection extends primarily to customers

who book and pay in the United Kingdom and European Economic Area

(EEA).

We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you

with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative).

In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for

reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you

with the services you have bought (at no extra cost to you). You agree

to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will

perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding

to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder.

However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to

appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to

make a claim under the ATOL Scheme (or your credit card issuer where

applicable).

If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to

provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative

ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the

Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you

under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or

benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have

or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services,

including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer

where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned

to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under

the ATOL scheme.

When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection is

provided by way of a bond held by ABTA Ltd, The Travel Association, 30

Park Street, London SE1 9EQ, abta.com.

Abercrombie & Kent is a member of ABTA (number V6398/72314)

and holds an ATOL Licence (number 2881) issued by the Civil Aviation

Authority. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by

ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, The Code

of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you, or if you have a

complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ. Tel: 0203 117

0500 or abta.com.

15. PROMPT ASSISTANCE

If, while you are on holiday, you find yourself in difficulty for any

reason, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is appropriate in

the circumstances. In particular, we will provide you with appropriate

information on health services, local authorities, and consular assistance,

and assistance with distance communications and finding alternative

travel arrangements. Where you require assistance which is not owing

to any failure by us, our employees, or sub-contractors, we will not be

liable for the costs of any alternative travel arrangements or other such

assistance you require. Any supplier, airline, or other transport supplier

may however pay for or provide refreshments and/or appropriate

accommodation and you should make a claim directly to them. Subject

to the other terms of these Booking Conditions, we will not be liable for

any costs, fees, or charges you incur in the above circumstances, if you

fail to obtain our prior authorisation before making your own travel

arrangements. Furthermore, we reserve the right to charge you a fee for

our assistance in the event that the difficulty is caused intentionally by

you or a member of your party, or otherwise through your or your party’s

negligence.

16. FORCE MAJEURE

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions, we

will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations

to you are affected by “force majeure”. For the purposes of these Booking

Conditions, force majeure means any event beyond our or our suppliers’

control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all

reasonable measures had been taken. Examples include warfare and acts

of terrorism (and threat thereof), civil strife, significant risks to human

health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination, or

natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which

make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination or remain at

the travel destination, the act of any government or other national or local

authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, labour

strikes, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological

disaster, unavoidable technical problems with transport and all similar

events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned’s control.

Brexit implications

Please note that certain travel arrangements may be affected as a result of

the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. This could

include an unavailability of certain flight routes, access to certain ports

and airports, and changes to the visa requirements of British citizens

travelling to, within, or through the EU.

Please rest assured that this is something we will continue to monitor

and we will advise our customers as soon as possible if we become aware

of any confirmed bookings that will be affected. However, since this is

something which is completely unprecedented and outside our control,

we would treat any such changes as force majeure, and while we will

endeavour to provide suitable alternative arrangements or refunds where

possible, we will not be liable to pay you any compensation.

17. PHOTOGRAPHY DURING TRAVEL

The Company reserves the right to take photographs during the operation

of any programme or part thereof and to use them for promotional

purposes. By booking a programme with the Company, guests agree to

allow their images to be used in such photographs. Guests who prefer that

their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to their tour

director at the beginning of their programme.

18. CHILD POLICY

The minimum age is 10 years old unless noted on the itinerary and all

children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum

age is 12 years old for Connections River Cruise Journeys and varies for

Family Journeys. Some activities contained within an itinerary may have

a different age restrictions than the overall minimum age requirement.

Details will be provided at the time of booking. The Company reserves the

right to marginally exceed the published maximum group size on Family

Journeys to accommodate a family.

WHAT YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES

• All accommodation, meals, and fully guided sightseeing (including park

and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary.

• Airport transfers to/from hotel in the first/last published city regardless

of day of arrival and departure (for Luxury Expedition Cruises,

departure transfer is from the ship to the airport on day of departure

only).

• Services of A&K tour director or appropriate guide on extensions.

• Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water at included meals; local wine and

beer at welcome and farewell dinners and onboard ship on Connections

European River Cruise Journeys; local bottled water during sightseeing.

• Porterage of two pieces of baggage – Luxury Small Group Journeys only.

• Complimentary internet access (Immersive Journeys & Luxury Small

Group Journeys only – where available on land, service levels are not

guaranteed).

• Hotel taxes.

• Gratuities throughout, except to the tour director/extension guide/safari

driver-guides, unless otherwise specified.

Luxury Small Group Journeys additional inclusions: A&K’s Travelling

Bellboy® service is provided; however, because of security regulations, this

service may be limited at airports, rail stations, and points of embarkation

for cruises. A&K’s Traveller’s Valet® includes laundry service for five pieces

on journeys of 10 days or fewer and eight pieces on journeys over 10 days

(except Mount Kilimanjaro and Galapagos programmes and extensions).

Dry cleaning is not included.

Immersive Journeys additional inclusions: Design your Day® optional

sightseeing and guiding, scenic sundowner

Expedition Cruises additional inclusions: Complimentary standard

bar drinks, beer, house wine, soft drinks, coffee, juices, and bottled

water (excluding premium wines and Champagnes) while onboard; all

shore excursions and full lecture programme while onboard; services

of an A&K expedition staff and local guides; tips for the ship’s crew and

A&K expedition staff; a complimentary expedition parka and backpack

provided onboard; and a post-cruise expedition logbook.

Africa Journeys additional inclusions: Medical evacuation service, when

available, including air transportation to medical care facilities, is included

within Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. For Climb

Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route programme participants,

medical evacuation is included from the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro to

Nairobi. Hospitalisation and medical expenses are at an additional cost.

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

• International flights: Where flights are included, they will be economy

class air travel unless otherwise specified. (World Traveller Plus, Business,

and First Class travel supplements available).

• United Kingdom Passenger Duty: Included where levied in connection

with flights booked by Abercrombie & Kent.

• Free baggage allowance: Full details will be supplied with your itinerary.

Normally on intercontinental flights, Economy Class passengers are

allowed 20kg of luggage, 30kg per person in Business Class, and 40kg per

person in First Class.

• Normal local flight baggage restrictions: Some of our arrangements

utilise local domestic airlines and charter flights operating small aircraft

with restrictions on baggage allowance. Full details will be supplied with

your itinerary.

• Passport or visa costs, porterage, and holiday insurance.

• Overseas departure taxes: Where these are levied and payable locally

by the client.

• Sightseeing tours: Except where specified in the itinerary.

• Personal expenditure: On such items as drinks, laundry, room service,

telephone calls etc, and any related tax and service charge.

• Excess baggage charges.

• Gratuities to the A&K tour director/extension guide/safari driver-guides,

unless otherwise specified.

• Meals other than those specified in the itinerary.

• Beverages other than those noted in inclusions above.

• Sightseeing not included in the published itinerary.

• Optional activities (which are subject to availability).

• Government levies or taxes: Any government levies or taxes introduced

after the publication of company literature.

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