Abercrombie & Kent brings this sensibility and by-invitation-only access to destinations around the world with their 2019 Luxury Small Group Journeys.
A&K’s new journeys for 2019 are for the culturally-curious traveller, who wants more than just a rest and a getaway. “Both Vietnam and Ireland have attracted strong interest among our Tailor Made travelers. We received such positive guest feedback about going off the beaten path to explore the rural countryside and meet local hill tribes of Mai Chau, that it made sense to introduce a Luxury Small Group Journey across the country. For Ireland, we designed an exclusive group experience that features private access to see the Book of Kells, as well as accommodations at the country’s top hotels.”
In addition to these new destinations, A&K has combined two guest favorites into one epic itinerary with Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu, as well as redesigning existing journeys to enhance the guest experience. Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat now includes Luang Prabang, Laos, based on its popularity as a pre-trip extension, as well as a change in the routing for more time to explore Ho Chi Minh City. Travellers who want to explore South America will appreciate the addition of Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro to Wonders of Chile, Argentina & Brazil.
A Small-Group Travel Experience Like No Other
A&K Luxury Small Group Journeys open the door to exclusive hotels and a world of insider access opportunities, from private museum openings to visits with local people in their own homes. The intimate group size of no more than 18 allows A&K to choose the best five-star hotels, boutique lodges and camps in one-of-a-kind locations. And since each itinerary is designed around the small group size, guests enjoy benefits such as flight routings that allow for longer stops in must-see sites and even multiple visits – such as seeing Machu Picchu at sunset and again at sunrise the following morning.
NEW — Vietnam: A Nation Revealed — Experience the contrast between Vietnam’s two largest cities: traditional Hanoi and modern Ho Chi Minh City. Cruise less-frequented parts of Ha Long Bay and learn about life in the countryside by exploring Mai Chau on a bicycle. See Hue’s Imperial Citadel, the former national capital. Twelve days from $6,495.
NEW — Ireland: Splendors of the Emerald Isle — Marvel at the Book of Kells without the crowds during a before-hours tour of the Old Library at Dublin’s Trinity College.Explore restored Kilkenny Castle, including the on-site Butler Art Gallery. Savor Irish cuisine with a visit to a local chocolatier, a Guinness and Galway Bay oyster pairing and dinner at renowned Ballymaloe House. Enjoy private tours of Jameson’s Distillery and Bantry House. Learn about rural life over a home-cooked lunch at a traditional dairy farm. Venture along the scenic coast of County Clare for dramatic views of the soaring Cliffs of Moher. Nine days from $6,995.
NEW — Wonders of the Galápagos & Machu Picchu — Cruise for four nights aboard ‘La Pinta’ — a stylish expedition vessel — in the Galápagos Islands, choosing from a variety of activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, trekking or simply relaxing on shore. Marvel at the unique wildlife on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks led by certified naturalist guides. Explore the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu in the company of an expert local guide and stay at the only hotel on site. Learn about centuries-old traditions in the Sacred Valley and meet farmers and their children. Twelve days from $11,695.
All journeys feature exclusive, locally-inspired moments designed just for A&K guests, such as the opportunity to Ride Like a Local and explore a charming neighborhood by rickshaw, get a taste of local cuisine with a Chef’s Table culinary demonstration, or enjoy a Scenic Sundowner, with a refreshing cocktail in an unforgettable location as the sun sets. Breakfast in Bed is an exclusive amenity for A&K guests, providing two opportunities to enjoy continental breakfast served in the comfort of their hotel room, as well as Traveller’s Valet featuring complimentary laundry service at the midpoint of the journey. Private arrival and departure transfers are always included, regardless of when guests arrive or depart, as are all gratuities, except for the Resident Tour Director, which is at guest discretion. A&K guests also appreciate Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from hotel to hotel and complimentary Internet access.