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  1. 1. asia, india & the pacific 2013 ®
  2. 2. 68 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific The Terra Cotta Warriors number in the thousands, each with unique facial features China: Yangtze Passage 15 days, visiting Beijing, Yichang, the Yangtze River (four nights), Chongqing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian and Shanghai Priced from $7,695 Limited to 24 guests; arrives on Wednesday, departs on Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Peek into Beijing’s future on a tour of the city’s cutting-edge contemporary architecture ›› Embark on a four-night cruise upon the Yangtze River on board Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer,’ in deluxe cabins that offer uninterrupted views of the Three Gorges from your own balcony ›› Enjoy special access to the Terra Cotta Warriors from a private viewing platform ›› Take in the exotic sights and sounds of Xian’s Muslim Quarter, viewing life on the eastern edge of the Silk Road ›› Gain a deeper understanding of Chinese artifacts with a visit to the Yangling Museum and its conservation lab ›› Visit an artist’s studio in Shanghai and learn about the city’s up-and-coming contemporary art scene DAY 1: Arrive Beijing, China Arrive in Beijing and check in to your hotel, located within walking distance of the Forbidden City. The Peninsula Beijing DAY 2: Beijing Journey to the Great Wall, walking along the ramparts of its best- preserved section at Mutianyu. This afternoon is at leisure. Later, join fellow guests for cocktails and a welcome dinner. The Peninsula Beijing | Meals: B D DAY 3: Beijing Spend the day discovering old and new Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Continue to Beijing’s top modern-day buildings, including the Grand National Theater, CCTV building and the 2008 Olympic sites. The Peninsula Beijing | Meals: B L “Towering gorges, timeless warriors and unsurpassed scenery: I designed this program to gather allof China’swonders into a single experience.” — Patrick Macleod, A&K China DAY 4: Beijing Start the day with an early morning class with a tai chi master on the grounds of the stunning Temple of Heaven. Afterward, visit the Panjiayuan Weekend Market, with hundreds of open-air stalls selling a dizzying array of collectibles. The remainder of your day is at leisure to continue exploring Beijing on your own. The Peninsula Beijing | Meals: B DAY 5: Beijing/Yichang Fly to Yichang and embark on your Yangtze River cruise. (See page 136 for ‘Yangzi Explorer’ details.) Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: B D DAYS 6-8: Cruising the Yangtze River Cruise the mighty Yangtze River, passing through the legendary Three Gorges: Xiling, Wu and Qutang. This is perhaps the most picturesque region in China, and your voyage is enhanced with shore excursions led by expert historians and naturalists. Gain eye-opening insight into the changing face of China when you visit with a family that was relocated during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Chongqing/Guilin Disembark in Chongqing. Fly to picturesque, postcard-perfect Guilin, where your afternoon is at leisure to settle in to your hotel and explore the city. Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin | Meals: B D DAY 10: Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin The Chinese have a saying: “The scenery of Guilin is the finest under heaven; the scenery of Yangshuo surpasses Guilin.” Witness the fabled Yangshuo landscape for yourself when you float down the Li River amid forests of towering limestone peaks. Later, explore Yangshuo’s cobblestone lanes and bustling market. Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin | Meals: B L DAY 11: Guilin/Xian Fly to Xian and meander through the markets and winding lanes of the old city. Marvel at the exquisite beauty of the Great Mosque and the bustle of the Muslim Quarter. Then, climb an ancient gate of the City Walls and cycle along its ramparts. Shangri-La Hotel, Xian | Meals: B L D DAY 12: Xian/Shanghai Continue your exploration of Xian today with special entry and
  3. 3. 69800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com lifealongtheriver A cruise along the Yangtze River is a must for any journey to China. Discover the region’s iconic sites, scenic beauty and hidden treasures the A&K way — in comfort and style. “I love river cruising and how the ‘Yangzi Explorer’ felt like the perfect floating hotel to take me through one of the world’s greatest areas of natural beauty.” – A.F., New York, NY The Three Gorges region is a place of unmatched importance in China’s art, history and economy. Abercrombie & Kent offers unparalleled access to the Yangtze River’s highlights, the best of which are featured below. YICHANG Many Yangtze River journeys start at this charming city, known for its delicate tea and fragrant oranges. THREE GORGES DAM PROJECT The largest construction project ever undertaken. Discover this engineering feat as you sail through the locks of a dam that stretches 7,600 feet across the river. XILING GORGE The longest of the gorges, scenic Xiling has many smaller gorges and canyons punctuating its banks. SHENNONG STREAM Board a sampan and travel up this picturesque shallow stream, rowed by expert Tujia boatmen. WU GORGE According to legend, the celestial being Yao Ji loved the area so much that she and 12 attendants were transformed into the graceful towering peaks along this gorge. QUTANG GORGE The shortest and most narrow of the gorges, Qutang is famous for its roiling waters and climbing cliffs. CHONGQING Chongqing, the gateway to China’s southwest frontier, is home to sites such as the poignant Stilwell Museum. asia,india&thepacific
  4. 4. 70 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific enhanced viewing of the Terra Cotta Warriors, constructed to guard the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuangdi. After lunch, tour the Yangling Museum and gain special access to its conservation lab. Then fly to Shanghai, China’s economic capital. The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B L float down the li river as the landscape unfolds before you, like a constantly shifting chinese ink painting. DAY 13: Shanghai In the morning, explore Zhujiajiao, a delightful canal town that evokes China’s past. Stroll its centuries-old narrow lanes and board a sampan to glide along its main canal. Your afternoon is at leisure. Later this evening, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic performance. The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B DAY 14: Shanghai Explore the 16th-century Yu Garden, and then join the throngs of people strolling the Bund, Shanghai’s most popular promenade. In the afternoon, explore artist studios and galleries in the M-50 Contemporary Art District. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner at the sophisticated M on the Bund. The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B L D DAY 15: Depart Shanghai Transfer to the airport for your journey home, or continue to Hong Kong (see next page). Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ The most luxurious cruise boat on the river, with the largest cabins (each with private balcony) and a staff-to-guest ratio of better than 1:1. The Peninsula Shanghai On the city’s famed Bund; stay in a Deluxe River View room. Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin Enjoy a Horizon Floor room with club benefits and river views. The Peninsula Beijing Grand Deluxe Club Rooms add to the appeal of this classic. Shangri-La Hotel, Xian Xian’s most luxurious hotel, where you stay in a Club Level room.
  5. 5. 71800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific Day 1: Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong and transfer to your hotel. The Peninsula Hong Kong | Meals: B Day 2: Explore Sheung Wan Market, followed by a stop at incense- filled Man Mo Temple. Board the tram and ride to the top of Victoria Peak for city panoramas; then travel by motorized sampan to the fishing village of Aberdeen. After a traditional dim sum lunch, visit the Chi Nin nunnery and a local produce market. The Peninsula Hong Kong | Meals: B L Day 3: Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B Available on the Apr 10, May 15, Sep 18 and Oct 16 departures. A timeless scene along the Li River in lovely Yangshuo dates & PRicing Apr 10-24 Apr 17-May 01 May 08-22 May 15-29 May 29-Jun 12 Jun 05-19 Jun 26-Jul 10 Jul 24-Aug 07 Aug 21-Sep 04 Aug 28-Sep 11 Sep 11-25 Sep 18-Oct 02 Oct 02-16 Oct 09-23 Oct 16-30 Oct 23-Nov 06 Land/Cruise arrangements: Deluxe Cabin Jun-Jul Apr-May; Aug-Oct 23 Double occupancy Single supplement Double occupancy Single supplement Main Deck $7,695 $3,205 $8,195 $3,580 Xiling Deck $7,775 $3,275 $8,275 $3,650 Wu Deck $7,855 $3,335 $8,355 $3,720 Suite Wu Deck $8,495 $3,865 $9,115 $4,370 Qutang Deck $8,595 $3,935 $9,195 $4,400 Jade/Mandarin $9,835 $4,955 $11,275 $6,160 Celestial/Imperial $10,385 $5,435 $11,935 $6,710 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,185Beijing/Yichang; Chongqing/Guilin/Xian/Shanghai Take This Journey Private Thisitineraryisavailableasanindependentjourney ledbylocalguides.ContactA&Kfordetails. Hong Kong Extension Enhanceyourjourneywithapost-toursmall-groupextension. 3 days, priced from $1,595 CHINA E A S T C H I N A S E A Air Cruise Xian Yichang Shanghai Chongqing Beijing Guilin
  6. 6. 72 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific A giant panda cub, an endangered species that lives in southwestern China Family China 12 days, visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, the Yangtze River (three nights), Yichang and Shanghai Priced from $6,295 Limited to 24 guests; arrives on Friday, departs on Tuesday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Visit the less-crowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, taking a toboggan car ride back down ›› Attend performances of traditional Chinese arts, including a kung fu show in Beijing and a Sichuan face-changing opera performance in Chengdu ›› Visit the Panda Research Center, where you learn about China’s unofficial national symbol and its natural habitat ›› Crafts and entertainment are arranged by a Children’s Activity Coordinator — from calligraphy and pottery-making to Mandarin lessons — on a luxurious, three-night Yangtze River cruise, which conveniently features a private dining area for A&K guests ›› Disembark from a float along the Yangtze River to visit a local community and experience daily life firsthand ›› Challenge your nerves as you step onto the Glass Skywalk in Shanghai, suspended 1,555 feet above the city DAY 1: Arrive Beijing, China Arrive in Beijing, China’s political and cultural hub. Transfer to your centrally located hotel. The Peninsula Beijing DAY 2: Beijing Walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City, the former Chinese imperial palace, home of the royal families and ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Wander through Tiananmen Square, site of several key events in Chinese history — not to mention the world’s largest public plaza. This evening, gather for your welcome dinner. The Peninsula Beijing | Meals: B D DAY 3: Beijing Walk or take a cable car to the top of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall; then, hop on a toboggan for an exciting ride down the curvy path. After lunch, pause to take photos of the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest.” Proceed to the Temple of Heaven, climbing in a pedicab to thread your way through the winding lanes of a hutong (narrow alleyway) neighborhood. Later, watch the thrilling feats of daring kung fu masters during an evening performance. The Peninsula Beijing | Meals: B L DAY 4: Beijing/Xian Fly to Xian in western China, the start of the ancient Silk Road. Explore the ancient calligraphy of the Stone Tablets Forest, the largest library of engraved slabs in China. Later, climb an ancient gate of the City Walls, one of the few city walls remaining in China. This evening, enjoy dinner that includes a dumpling-making and noodle-throwing demonstration. Shangri-La Hotel, Xian | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Xian/Chengdu Examine the Terra Cotta Warriors, thousands of life-sized ceramic soldiers and horses “guarding” the tomb of China’s first emperor. The ancient burial site was discovered when Chinese peasants dug a well in 1974. Each soldier has a unique face, and there are more than 8,000 of them spread throughout the site. Then, make your very own miniature terra cotta soldier at a local pottery factory. Later today, fly to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province. The city’s traditional daub and wood houses recall Tudor England, while its flourishing markets are stocked with fragrant teas, oranges, herbal medicines and spicy chili peppers. Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu | Meals: B L D learn about china’s iconic panda bear when you and your family get a closer look at the species at the panda research center in chengdu. DAY 6: Chengdu This morning, visit the Panda Research Center. Afterward, spend a relaxing afternoon at leisure. Later this evening, attend a family- friendly Sichuan Opera, the famous face-changing performance — one of China’s oldest, most treasured art forms. Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu | Meals: B DAY 7: Chengdu/Chongqing Early this morning, noted masters give you a lesson in tai chi before you drive to the Dazu Caves and stop to visit a family home nearby. In Chongqing, board your luxury river cruiser for a three-night journey through the scenic Three Gorges. (See page 136 for more on Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Eplorer.’) Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: B L D DAYS 8-9: Cruising the Yangtze River Spend two adventurous days on the ship and exploring the shore.
  7. 7. 73800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific Strolling the Great Wall, one of China’s most enduring monuments Meet a local family and pass through the world’s largest dam project. On board, a Children’s Activity Coordinator engages young guests with calligraphy and Mandarin lessons as well as crafts and games. Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: B L D Take part in plenty of fun activitiesarrangedspecially forchildren during your China trip, including a photo scavenger hunt, lessons in speaking Chinese, mask painting and paper folding. DAY 10: Yichang/Shanghai After an early lunch on board, disembark in Yichang. Later, fly to Shanghai. Fairmont Peace Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 11: Shanghai Explore Shanghai, starting off for Pudong via the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, which features a visual display of Shanghainese life. Ascend to the top of the World Financial Center, the tallest observatory in China at 1,555 feet. Walk along the Glass Skywalk, looking down from your perspective perched high above the streets of Shanghai. Back on the Puxi side of the river, wander through the streets of Old Town and visit the Yu Garden, adorned with pavilions and punctuated by streams and pools. Tonight, join your newly made friends for a farewell dinner. Fairmont Peace Hotel | Meals: B D DAY 12: Depart Shanghai After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ The only luxury boutique river cruiser on the Yangtze River features specially designed activities for children, on board and on shore. Fairmont Peace Hotel Located inside a historic Shanghai building, on the famous Bund. The Peninsula Beijing The best location in the city, steps away from the Forbidden City. Shangri-La Hotel, Xian The only luxury hotel in the city, featuring stylish, spacious rooms. Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu The best hotel in Chengdu, with spacious, inter-connecting rooms. dates & PRicing Jun 14-25  Jun 21-Jul 02  Jul 19-30  Aug 02-13 Land/Cruisearrangements: Double occupancy Child <12 (w/1 adult) Child <12 (w/2 adults) Deluxe Cabin Main Deck $6,295 $5,995 $4,795 Deluxe Cabin Xiling Deck $6,375 $6,075 $4,865 Deluxe Cabin Wu Deck $6,455 $6,155 $4,925 Suite Wu Deck $7,095 $6,795 $5,125 Suite Qutang Deck $7,175 $6,875 $5,195 Suite Jade/Mandarin $8,415 $8,115 $5,465 Suite Celestial/Imperial $8,965 $8,665 $5,695 Internalairfare: Economyclass(Adult/Childunder12) from $780/$610Beijing/Xian/Chengdu;Yichang/Shanghai CHINA E A S T C H I N A S E A Xian Yichang Shanghai Chongqing Beijing Chengdu Air Road Cruise
  8. 8. 74 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific Cherry blossoms in full bloom around Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto Classic Japan 10 days, visiting Tokyo, Nikko, Kamakura, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara and Shigaraki Priced from $9,395 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Friday, departs on Sunday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Gain an in-depth perspective on Japanese culture with lengthy stays in Tokyo and Kyoto, exploring diverse neighborhoods and bustling markets on foot ›› Participate in a Shinto ceremony in the ancient Toshogu Shrine, experiencing Japan’s religious rituals firsthand ›› Capture the spirit of Japan during a guided Zen meditation lesson; then, learn the ancient art of the traditional tea ceremony ›› Savor Kyoto’s distinctive cuisine and traditions during an exclusive kaiseki banquet with entertainment by a geiko and maiko (apprentice geisha) DAY 1: Arrive Tokyo, Japan Arrive in Tokyo, Japan’s exciting capital. Transfer to your hotel, located in the upscale Ginza district. Imperial Hotel DAY 2: Tokyo Visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll the grounds of Meiji- Jingu, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. In the afternoon, visit Asakusa Temple, pausing to look for keepsakes in the tiny shops of Nakamise-dori. Tonight, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner. Imperial Hotel | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Tokyo/Nikko/Tokyo The Japanese have a saying: “Don’t say kekko (wonderful) without seeing Nikko.” Today, travel overland to Nikko National Park in the mountains north of Tokyo and discover this lovely region. Visit the magnificently carved 17th-century Toshogu Shrine, where you take part in a special Shinto ceremony and tour the shrine with a Shinto priest or miko (priestess). Imperial Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 4: Tokyo Take a guided tour of Ginza, a glamorous neighborhood brimming with designer boutiques, chic restaurants and art galleries housed in buildings designed by world-class architects. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore Tokyo’s contemporary galleries and museums and dine at one of the city’s fine restaurants. Imperial Hotel | Meals: B “We timed ClassicJapan to arrive during the country’s most scenic periods, including in April, when cherry trees blossom, and in October, when leaves are at their most colorful in the mountains.” —Risa Sekiguchi, A&K Japan Product Manager DAY 5: Tokyo/Kamakura/Hakone Drive to Kamakura to see the Great Buddha at Kotoku-in. Standing over 37 feet tall, the statue is one of the most important icons in Japan. Visit Hase Kannon Temple; its flower-filled garden is unusual among Japanese gardens, which normally focus on structure. After lunch, continue to the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. Cruise Lake Ashi and board a gondola on the Komagatake Ropeway for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. Tonight, enjoy the unparalleled service and kaiseki cuisine at Gora Kadan, a top- rated traditional inn where reservations are difficult to come by. Contemplate this once-in-a-lifetime experience while relaxing in an onsen (hot spring) baths. Gora Kadan | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Hakone/Kyoto Board the bullet train for Kyoto, the epicenter of Japan’s cultural, spiritual and artistic heritage. Kyoto boasts more than 2,000 temples and shrines, 17 of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Start your exploration with a walk before the 1,001 statues of Kannon at Sanjusangendo Temple. Next, visit Kodai-ji for a lesson in Zen meditation, and take part in a tea ceremony. Tonight, relax at a neighborhood izakaya (Japanese pub). Kyoto Hotel Okura | Meals: B D DAY 7: Kyoto/Nara/Kyoto Head to northwest Kyoto for an early morning contemplation of the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji. Then, gaze at the glittering Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). Next, drive south to ancient Nara, Japan’s first capital. Wander through Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer. Continue to eighth-century Todai-ji, a temple complex that contains the world’s largest wooden structure: its main hall houses the largest bronze Buddha in Japan. Return to Kyoto in the late afternoon. Kyoto Hotel Okura | Meals: B L DAY 8: Kyoto This morning, visit Kiyomizu Temple and stand on its massive veranda for stunning city views. Then stroll along Gojozaka Hills,
  9. 9. 75800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific A maiko (apprentice geisha) in traditional attire and makeup an area know for its many pottery studios, on your way to the home and studio of the late Kawai Kanjiro, one of Kyoto’s most famous potters. Kanjiro was one of the founders of Japan’s Mingei art movement of the 1920s and 1930s, which was similar to the worldwide Arts & Crafts movement. Kanjiro’s beautiful, unusual home — redesigned to resemble a country house — is filled with his own creations as well as his personal collection of the folk art he championed. After a Kyoto-style lunch, the remainder of your afternoon is at leisure. Kyoto Hotel Okura | Meals: B L listen to a geiko explain the symbolic pattern of her splendidly embroidered kimono, A PRICELESS PIECE OF ART — and a testament to ancient Japanese traditions. DAY 9: Kyoto Take a guided walk through some of Kyoto’s market areas, including the lively Nishiki market. See the best seasonal produce, fresh fish and prepared foods that generations of Kyoto-ites have relied on since the Middle Ages. Your afternoon is free for shopping or exploring on your own. Since Kyoto is a center for traditional arts and crafts, shopping opportunities abound, and you can easily find expertly made lacquerware, textiles and ceramics. Tonight, celebrate the end of your journey in style with an exquisitely presented kaiseki banquet, complete with a geiko (geisha in Kyoto) and maiko in attendance to dance, sing, pour sake and converse about their fascinating lives. Kyoto Hotel Okura | Meals: B D DAY 10: Depart Kyoto Transfer to Kansai or Itami Airport for your return flight. Meals: B dates & PRicing Mar 29-Apr 07 May 10-19 Oct 18-27 Landarrangements: Double occupancy $9,395 Single supplement $2,550 Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Gora Kadan This beautiful ryokan (traditional inn) is one of the most in-demand in the country, and A&K alone can secure rooms for a small group here. Imperial Hotel Originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on Imperial Palace grounds; located in Tokyo’s most prestigious neighborhood. Kyoto Hotel Okura Centrally located in the city’s best neighborhood, within walking distance of world-class shopping and dining. japan PA C I F I C O C E A N Road Rail Tokyo Hakone Osaka Kyoto
  10. 10. 76 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific One of the many life-sized mythical statues dotting Thailand’s Grand Palace Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat 13 days, visiting Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat and Bangkok Priced from $5,995 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Sunday, departs on Friday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Breeze through customs and immigration upon arrival in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Bangkok with special VIP assistance ›› Experience the legendary hospitality and romance of Southeast Asia by lodging in luxury hotels famous for their colonial-era grace throughout your journey ›› Absorb the mysterious beauty of Ha Long Bay, studded with soaring limestone islands, on an overnight cruise ›› Delve into Vietnam’s history and culture, descending into the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City and travelling like locals do, by cyclo through Hanoi and boat in Siem Reap ›› Gain a deeper understanding of the Khmer empire with a lecture by an expert in Angkorian history and culture ›› Enter Angkor Wat through the east entrance to avoid the crowds, and explore it with your expert local guide, who was born and raised in a nearby village ›› Visit atmospheric, foliage-engulfed Ta Prohm early in the morning, before the heat sets in and other visitors arrive DAY 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam Arrive in Hanoi, where an A&K representative meets and assists you through customs and immigration. You are then transferred to your French colonial-style hotel. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi 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 located among banyan, frangipani and milkweed trees. Continue to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the first Vietnamese empire independent from China in the 11th century. Also visit the Quan Thanh Temple, the Temple of Literature and the National Museum of Fine Arts, with its excellent collection of folk art, sculpture and lacquerware by contemporary Vietnamese artists. Later, travel the way a local would — by cyclo — through the Old Quarter. You also visit Dr. Huong, a traditional medicine expert, for insight into an ancient form of medical treatments. Later, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay Travel overland through the verdant Vietnamese countryside to Ha Long Bay, seeing a traditional way of life en route. Board your luxury junk (boat), your accommodations for the night. Sail through this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waters. After lunch on the boat, disembark and trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the sail-dotted bay or swim by a secluded beach, or simply choose to stay on deck and sunbathe. Then visit a fishing village and meet third-generation fishermen before returning to the boat. ‘Halong Jasmine’ | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi/Danang Greet the sunrise with a tai chi lesson on deck. After breakfast, sail to a spellbinding limestone grotto before heading back to shore. Return overland to Hanoi, visiting a pottery village along the way. This evening, fly to Danang and continue to your newly opened beachfront resort on Son Tra Peninsula near China Beach. InterContinental Danang Resort | Meals: B L Get the most from your visit to ha long bay with an overnight cruise that lets you experience sunrise and sunset at this beautiful locale. DAY 5: Danang/Hoi An/Danang After breakfast, visit the lovely traditional town of Hoi An, which retains architectural styles of the many nations that used its port; this includes the Old House of Tan Ky, the Fujian Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Visit a local home to see how silkworms are raised, and how silk is produced. Afterward, visit a lantern artisan to learn how to make one of the silk lanterns for which Hoi An is known. Return to your resort for an afternoon at leisure. InterContinental Danang Resort | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Danang/Ho Chi Minh City Fly this morning to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. The city has recently experienced a resurgence of art and culture; nowadays, it is a vibrant hub of activity, a sharp contrast to the traditional ambience of Hanoi. This afternoon, visit the NEW!
  11. 11. 77800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific thekhmercrownjewel Spread out over 40 miles in northwestern Cambodia and rediscovered in 1860 in a dense jungle, the magnificent temple city of Angkor represents the epitome of Khmer architecture and artistry. Here, a primer on its best- known temples. ANGKOR WAT At the behest of King Suryavarman II, it took 25,000 workers over 35 years to complete this 12th-century temple complex. This Cambodian icon — dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu — features a central tower surrounded by four smaller ones and intricate bas-relief carvings and statues throughout. BAYON TEMPLE As the main attraction of the fortress city of Angkor Thom, this temple features 54 squat towers, upon which 172 large-scale faces look out with beguiling expressions. Tear yourself away from their mysterious gaze to marvel at the two sets of bas-reliefs featuring both mythological and mundane scenes. TA PROHM Upon its discovery, this temple was left much like it was found — entangled in the surrounding jungle foliage, with vines creeping up its ornate walls and tree roots dripping down its ceilings. The surreal sight becomes even more romantic when viewed in the golden light of sunrise or in the afternoon. BANTEAY SREI Built in the 10th century and located about 16 miles from the main cluster of Angkor temples, the “Citadel of Women” was constructed with red sandstone. The material, which can be carved like wood, allows for precise and intricate carvings, for which the temple is known. BANTEAY SAMRE Near Banteay Srei is Banteay Samre, one of the most complete temple complexes of Angkor — and often the less-visited, since it is off the beaten path. A stroll through this quiet site is a great opportunity to inspect its elaborate architecture and fine carvings from up close.
  12. 12. 78 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific A romantic riverside scene in historic Hoi An, Vietnam 19th-century Thien Hau Pagoda, which serves as a site for prayers to Buddha as well as to the Chinese deity Thien Hau Thanh Mau. Explore the surrounding neighborhood of Cholon, the city’s Chinatown. Tonight, gather for dinner at one of Ho Chi Minh City’s culinary hot spots. InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B D DAY 7: Ho Chi Minh City This morning, head out of the city and into the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnel network, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War. You have the opportunity to shoot a rifle, and squeeze into and crawl through the small tunnels, experiencing for yourself what it was like to live this way. Later, savor the unique, diverse flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. In the afternoon, see the city’s colonial legacy, including the Central Post Office, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Opera House. InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B L DAY 8: Ho Chi Minh City/Angkor Wat, Cambodia Fly to Siem Reap, the town nearest to the ruins of Angkor Wat. Over the next few days, explore the region with your guide, who was born and raised in Cambodia and experienced firsthand the challenges under the Khmer Rouge and the country’s optimistic rise from that terrible era. Transfer to your hotel for a lecture on the Angkor complex by a noted authority on Khmer history and culture. Take your newly acquired knowledge with you as you set off to explore the complex. Start with a visit to the Bayon Temple, with its 172 large-scale faces bearing beguiling smiles. Then visit the Elephant and Leper King Terraces. All are examples of masterful Khmer engineering and artistry. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor | Meals: B D Discover Angkor Wat over a visit spanning threefull nights, giving you the chance to explore the vast site in its entirety, as well as meet locals who worship there, in the company of your local expert. DAY 9: Angkor Wat Early this morning, journey to Ta Prohm as it is bathed in the golden light of early morning. Explore it at leisure before other visitors arrive for the day. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast. In the afternoon, explore two less-visited areas: Banteay Srei, also known as the “Citadel of Women,” and Banteay Samre, one of the most complete temple complexes of Angkor. You also visit the Landmine Museum, an organization and museum that promotes mine awareness and education. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor | Meals: B L DAY 10: Angkor Wat Watch the sunrise over the main temple of Angkor Wat, an unforgettable and quintessential Southeast Asia experience. Then walk amid the moss-peppered pathways, gazing up at the intricately carved tower tops, or climb the steep, narrow temple steps that lead to wide courtyards. Contemplate the temple’s spiritual power while you walk in the cool shade of its hallways, stopping to take in the
  13. 13. 79800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific dates & PRicing Jan 13-25 Jan 27-Feb 08 Feb 17-Mar 01 Feb 24-Mar 08 Mar 10-22 May 12-24 Sep 22-Oct 04 Oct 06-18 Nov 03-15 Dec 08-20 Dec 22-Jan 03, 2014 Landarrangements: Jan-Mar; Oct-Dec 8 May & Sep Dec 22 Double occupancy $6,395 $5,995 $7,495 Single supplement $2,330 $2,130 $2,725 Internalairfare: Economy class from $895 Hanoi/Danang/Ho Chi Minh City/ Siem Reap/Bangkok perfume of burning incense. After lunch, visit Tonle Sap Lake to observe local life as it unfolds along the floating villages that dot the shoreline. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor | Meals: B L DAY 11: Angkor Wat/Bangkok, Thailand This morning, fly to Bangkok, enjoying VIP airport assistance. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The remainder of your day is at leisure. You may choose to take advantage of your complimentary spa credit this afternoon. The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B DAY 12: Bangkok If you wish, rise early to give alms to monks at a little-visited temple. After breakfast, travel by boat to see life along the klongs, an ancient system of canals branching off the Chao Phraya River and still a vital part of many locals’ lives. Afterward, visit the Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful legacies of the ancient Siamese court. The sprawling, garden-dotted compound includes ornate statues of mythological creatures and more than 100 colorful buildings. Also on the grounds is the 18th-century Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand’s most important shrine, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Made of green jade or jasper, it symbolizes the independence, strength and good fortune of the country. Next, visit Wat Pho and its lovely gilded Reclining Buddha. The temple resonates with the musical sound of coins as they are dropped into brass offering bowls by the faithful, who circumambulate the giant statue. The afternoon is at leisure to unwind in your hotel or peruse some of the nearby galleries and boutiques. This evening, join fellow A&K guests at a farewell dinner featuring classical Thai dancing. The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B D DAY 13: Depart Bangkok Transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight. Meals: B Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, and transfer to your hotel. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel Day 2: Fly to Luang Prabang. Walk the grounds of Wat Xiengthong and Phoussy Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take part in baci, a Lao welcoming ceremony. Luang Say Residence Day 3: Participate in a food offering to monks. Then sail the Mekong River, exploring the Pak Ou Buddhist caves, a weavers village and Vat Longkhoune temple. Luang Say Residence | Meals: B L Day 4: View the collection of the Royal Palace Museum and visit a local market. Later today, fly to Hanoi, Vietnam, to begin your main program. Meals: B L Available on the Jan 27, Feb 24, Nov 03 and Dec 08 departures. Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. SofitelLegendMetropoleHanoi Lodge in Grand Premium rooms amid French-colonial ambience. The Peninsula Bangkok Every Grand Deluxe room boasts views of the river. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor Sprawling, colonial-style hotel with Landmark rooms. InterContinentalDanangResort Built in 2012 on Son Tra Peninsula, with Premium Resort rooms. ‘Halong Jasmine’ Premium cabins enhance this luxury Ha Long Bay cruiser. InterContinental Asiana Saigon Club Deluxe rooms in Ho Chi Minh City, with teaandcocktails. Take This Journey Private Thisitineraryisavailableasanindependentjourney ledbylocalguides.ContactA&Kfordetails. Luang Prabang, Laos Extension Enhanceyourjourneywithapre-toursmall-groupextension. 4 days, priced from $1,295 CAMBODIA THAILAND LAOS VIETNAM S O U T H C H I N A S E A A N D A M A N S E A Bangkok Danang AngkorWat HoiAn HaLongBay HoChiMinhCity Hanoi Air Road
  14. 14. 80 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific Exploring Bagan’s many stupas and temples by hot air balloon Myanmar’s Burmese Heritage 11 days, visiting Bangkok, Heho, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Ayeyarwady River (three nights), Bagan, Mount Popa and Yangon Priced from $6,495 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Sunday, departs on Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Spend two nights on Inle Lake, where a unique waterborne and nature-bound way of life prevails ›› Float along the legendary Ayeyarwady River in comfort and style during a three-night cruise on the ‘Road To Mandalay’ ›› Capture the photographs of a lifetime with an aerial view of Bagan’s plains from a private hot air balloon ride over 2,000 pagodas and temples ›› Enjoy a candlelite dinner by one of Bagan’s ancient temples ›› Gain insight into Myanmar’s spirituality when you reflect on your journey in a Buddhist monastery atop Mount Popa DAY 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand Upon arrival in Bangkok, you are met and transferred to your airport hotel. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel DAY 2: Bangkok/Yangon, Myanmar/Heho/Inle Lake Board your flight to Yangon for your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundly Buddhist country that has kept many of its ancient traditions. You are greeted at the airport by your Tour Director — a Myanmar native — and enjoy lunch before boarding your flight to Heho. On arrival, you continue to Inle Lake, the second-largest in Myanmar and one of the highest. Travel by private boat to your resort. Tonight, gather for cocktails and dinner. Aureum Resort & Spa Inle | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Inle Lake After breakfast, head out onto the lake (the way the locals do) to explore this unique area, where life remains unchanged and residents still make their living from the land and water. Visit the five-day market, a mobile market that changes location to accommodate different nearby communities. Join hill tribespeople — decked in colorful, traditional outfits — as they barter for goods and produce. Next, watch the masterful skills of local silk weavers at the Mya Set Kyar Ikat silk weaving workshop. Visit a blacksmith before trying your hand at making a cheroot (Burmese cigar) alongside a cigar maker. After lunch, admire the ingenious floating gardens that are typical of Inle Lake en route to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Aureum Resort & Spa Inle | Meals: B L DAY 4: Inle Lake/Heho/Mandalay/Ayeyarwady Cruise Fly via Heho to Mandalay. Board the luxury vessel ‘Road To Mandalay’ in time for lunch. In the afternoon, explore Mandalay’s treasures, including Mandalay Hill, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Later, visit the wooden U Bein Bridge that crosses Taungthaman Lake, and capture photos of this iconic image at sunset. ‘Road To Mandalay’ | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Ayeyarwady Cruise Visit Sagaing, the living center of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar and home to the majority of the country’s monks and nuns. After lunch onboard, set sail downstream, admiring the natural beauty of the river and life along its banks. ‘Road To Mandalay’ | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Ayeyarwady Cruise/Bagan Take in the sunrise as ‘Road to Mandalay’ approaches Bagan, the 11th-century capital of the country and one of Asia’s most extraordinary destinations. More than 2,000 temples, pagodas and stupas (Buddhist memorials) cover the plains of Bagan, a treasure trove of Buddhist art history. Spend a full day exploring these monuments. Highlights include a visit to the 11th-century Ananda Temple, the best-preserved temple in Bagan. Then, catch the sunset at Shwezigon Pagoda. ‘Road To Mandalay’ | Meals: B L D Float IN a hot air Balloon over the temples, stupas and pagodas of bagan, a dreamlike experience — some of the taller temples seem almost close enough to touch. DAY 7: Bagan/Mount Popa/Bagan Take an early morning hot air balloon ride over Bagan, contemplating the scene that unfolds before you: the rising sun illuminating the gold- and sand-colored stupas that stretch into the horizon. After breakfast, disembark and drive to Mount Popa, a dormant volcano with a Buddhist monastery at its summit. The monastery is a popular pilgrimage site for the devout, and you walk among them as you explore this sacred site. Return to Bagan. Enjoy a temple dinner under the stars in a stunning location by an ancient NEW!
  15. 15. 81800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific Myanmar has many pockets of life seemingly untouched by the passage of time, but Inle Lake is truly a world apart. Home to generations of Intha, who farm and fish its waters, this high- altitude lake has its own eco-system, agriculture, economy and culture. It is a place ruled by water, one where children learn to row as soon as they can walk; ingenious floating farms produce fresh produce; and lotus stems are laboriously turned into thread and woven. One of the most enduring cultural traditions in the region is of the Inle fishermen’s unique style of rowing: Standing on one leg at the stern while bracing the oar with their other, they somehow manage to gracefully push the oar with one leg in a rhythmic, dance-like movement that makes them look like they are bobbing along on the surface of the water. Their traps — hand-woven from bamboo — resemble huge baskets. Much like in times past, these fishermen sell their catch at the five-day market, so named because it rotates between villages every five days to better suit the needs of the local hill tribes who come to buy and sell their goods. Villagers arrive in colorfully embroidered outfits to barter and share gossip in this lively setting. Other items for sale range from handmade crafts to produce grown on the lake’s fascinating “floating gardens” — a system of lake gardening developed by the local fishermen — whereby the water plants are harvested in large bundles, mixed with earth and anchored to the lake floor with bamboo staves. These gardens are exceptionally fertile, allowing locals to grow flowers and vegetable crops. Cottage industries also thrive along the lake, and the Inn Paw Khone Village is full of family-owned workshops housed in wooden buildings built on stilts above the water. Here, you can witness the art of ikat, a traditional weaving technique. As popular as silk is nowadays, it is only here that you can find scarves made from fiber gathered meticulously — one by one — from the stems of the lotus. While Inle Lake has monasteries and temples along its shores, as well as delicious local food in the Shan style, it is the slow- paced, sustainable lifestyle — now all but lost to the modern world — that makes a lasting impression on visitors. lifeonInleLake Water is the source of life for the self-sustaining people that live along Myanmar’s great lake.
  16. 16. 82 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific pagoda, watching a showcase of traditional Burmese dances and songs. Aureum Palace Hotel Bagan | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Bagan/Yangon Fly to Yangon, where contemporary and colonial Myanmar continue to coexist decades after British departure. Visit the National Museum and Sule Pagoda, and arrive at the Shwedagon Pagoda — a fantasy of golden stupas, serene Buddhas and mythical beasts — just before sunset. Observe as the devout pray before the images, the evocative fragrance of incense enveloping you as you watch the waning sunlight illuminate the main pagoda. The Strand | Meals: B DAY 9: Yangon Continue your exploration of Yangon. Visit the colorful Chinatown and shop for Burmese handicrafts at Scott Market. In the evening, gather with fellow guests for cocktails and a multi-course farewell dinner at the elegant restaurant, Le Planteur. The Strand | Meals: B D DAY 10: Yangon/Bangkok, Thailand This morning, visit Botataung Pagoda and the Reclining Buddha, one of the largest icons in Myanmar at 230 feet long. After lunch, fly to Bangkok, where the balance of your day is at leisure to relax or enjoy your hotel’s amenities. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 11: Depart Bangkok Transfer to the airport to your next destination or board your homebound flight. Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. TheStrand Stay in a Deluxe Suite at this colonial-era hotel — and enjoy its famous bar — located in the best part of downtown Yangon. Aureum Resort & Spa Inle Lakefront villas offer expansive views at this sprawling, charming resort located near Mine Thauk Village. Aureum Palace Hotel Bagan Featuring Orchid Villas and located and set around a lotus- studded lake, with stunning views of the ruins. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel This hotel offers options for dining as well as a convenient location near Bangkok’s international airport.
  17. 17. 83800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific The golden spires of the glorious Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon DATES & PRICING Feb 10-20  Mar 10-20  Oct 13-23  Nov 03-13 Land/Cruisearrangements: Feb-Mar Superior Cabin Deluxe Cabin State Cabin Single Cabin Double occupancy $6,495 $7,495 $8,295 $7,695 Single supplement $1,975 $2,845 $4,270 N/A Oct-Nov Superior Cabin Deluxe Cabin State Cabin Single Cabin Double occupancy $6,995 $7,995 $8,795 $8,595 Single supplement $2,405 $3,275 $4,700 N/A Internalairfare: Economy class from $930 Bangkok/Yangon/Heho/Mandalay; Bagan/Yangon/ Bangkok ‘roadtomandalay’ Cruise the Ayeyarwady River on board the elegant ‘Road To Mandalay,’ taking in unique experiences in a country that Rudyard Kipling once described as “quite unlike any land you know about.” This Orient-Express luxury cruiser features newly remodeled cabins; attentive, personalized service; and the best crew and guidance on the river today, unveiling Myanmar at its most authentic. Superior Cabin State Cabin Deluxe Cabin Single Cabin DELUXE DECK STATE DECK MAIN DECK OBSERVATION DECK Reception Lounge Restaurant Kitchen Bar Gym Bar Pool Mandalay MYANMAR B AY O F B E N G A L Heho Yangon (Bangkok) Bagan Air Cruise
  18. 18. 84 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific A colorfully festooned elephant in front of the Palace of the Winds, Jaipur Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India 15 days, visiting Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Panna National Park, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Delhi Priced from $8,295 Limited to 18 guests; arrives on Thursday, departs on Thursday A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Throughout the journey, stay in actual former palaces, including iconic royal residences, such as the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur and grand Rambagh Palace in Jaipur ›› Experience India by water in three destinations — from Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, Udaipur’s serene Lake Pichola and along the holy Ganges River ›› Explore the countryside of Jaipur during an elephant ride conducted by an expert mahout (trainer) ›› Stay two nights in Panna National Park, home to leopards, sloth bears, wolves and the mysterious Bengal tiger ›› Explore some of the world’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and the temples of Elephanta Island DAY 1: Arrive Mumbai, India Arrive in Mumbai, perhaps from your pre-tour extension to Aurangabad (see page 87). On arrival, an A&K representative meets you and transfers to your iconic hotel. The Taj Mahal Palace DAY 2: Mumbai Explore the city’s classic sights, including the Gateway of India, an 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. See the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world and a sight to behold as hundreds of men and women hand-wash sheets and garments. Enjoy a welcome dinner alongside fellow guests. The Taj Mahal Palace | Meals: B D travel with a native-born Tour Director who answers your historical and cultural questions as only a true local can. DAY 3: Mumbai/Udaipur This morning, privately cruise Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the island’s world- renowned temples, which are carved directly out of the basalt rock and filled with ornamental statues, pillars and friezes dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Later this afternoon, fly to Udaipur and check in to your romantic hotel. After settling in, take in the magnificent views of the City and Jag Mandir palaces from the hotel’s many balconies, and stroll its interior courtyard gardens. Taj Lake Palace | Meals: B D DAY 4: Udaipur Visit the City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries that offers unforgettable views of the lake and its surroundings. Take a private tour of the Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakesh Palace, and stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor). Following an afternoon at leisure, enjoy a private cruise to Jag Mandir, a palace of splendidly carved marble on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola. Later, attend a candlelit performance of Indian folk dancing. Taj Lake Palace | Meals: B DAY 5: Udaipur/Jaipur After breakfast, travel overland to Jaipur, known as the “pink city” for the abundance of pink plastered stone used to build its massive forts, magnificent palaces and exquisite temples. Arrive at your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Tonight, join fellow guests for traditional entertainment on the lawn, followed by a Rajasthani dinner. Rambagh Palace | Meals: B D DAY 6: Jaipur This morning, explore the Amber Fort; its Mughal-style façade seems to grow out of the rugged hills. Later, head to a village for a pleasant elephant ride through the countryside with the help of a mahout (trainer). Visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of astronomical instruments that includes the world’s largest sundial. View the nearby Palace of the Winds, with its ornately screened windows that allowed the women of the palace to gaze out onto the street unobserved. Rambagh Palace | Meals: B L DAY 7: Jaipur/Agra Travel to Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Emperor Akbar as his palace in the 16th century and then later abandoned, “ruined” Fatehpur Sikri is a fairy-tale ghost city of delicately carved red sandstone. Continue to Agra and your luxury hotel, catching your first glimpse of the Taj Mahal from your window. The Oberoi, Amarvilās | Meals: B L D
  19. 19. 85800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific India’smostcolorfulFair Typically a feast for the senses, India is experienced at its colorful best during Pushkar Fair. Let A&K introduce you to the country’s largest, most vibrant fest during a special departure. Throughout the year, pious Hindus make a pilgrimage to Pushkar to dip in the holy waters of Lake Pushkar and visit its temple. But each November, Pushkar welcomes a different kind of pilgrim: Livestock traders heading in for the annual camel and cattle sale at the outskirts of the city. During the fair, thousands of steers, camels and horses are traded. In order to fetch the best price, most of the creatures are lavishly decorated — and their owners dress up as well, wearing vibrantly hued turbans and long moustaches. Beyond the livestock sale and vendors, the fairgrounds teem with plenty of action as tribal villagers, dressed in their traditional best, also gather and mingle with acrobats, fortune tellers and performers. During your visit, you spend a full day with your expert A&K Tour Director and local guide enjoying the wonder and incredible photographic opportunities. To experience the festival at its best, start your visit in the early morning, carefully walking amid the gypsy campfires as owners and animals awaken. Watch as camels lie in the sand and munch on grain from enormous feed bags, while men in long robes sit in circles and drink coffee. As the day progresses, the colors get brighter, as women from all over Rajasthan float in wearing beautifully hued saris, and puppeteers, musicians and storytellers mill about, entertaining the crowds. Beyond livestock, merchants set up shop and sell everything from gaudy camel tassels and vintage gypsy dowry bags to spices. Also on display are a bevy of sporting activities, including tug-of-war and camel and steer races. This extravaganza represents India at her most authentic, which is why A&K is proud to deliver you to the heart of this fair. See the splendor of the Pushkar Fair on the special November 8 departure of TajMahal&theTreasuresof India.
  20. 20. 86 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific The Bengal tiger is one of India’s most rare sights “Waking up in the Lake Palace, seeing the TajMahalatsunrise and watching a tiger run free in the bush: three things even a lifelong local would treasure.” — Vikram Madhok, A&K India DAY 8: Agra Today, visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Agra Fort and the immortal Taj Mahal. Flawless in its proportions and breathtaking in its beauty, the Taj Mahal looks as though it were painted onto the sky itself — a vision of unrivaled magnificence. Pay your first visit to the masterpiece this morning, when the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Continue to the impressive Agra Fort. Built of red sandstone and marble, Agra Fort presents a formidable exterior and a graceful interior. Return to the Taj Mahal in the late afternoon, as the setting sun bathes the monument in soft orange, for another view of this iconic site. The Oberoi, Amarvilās | Meals: B DAY 9: Agra/Jhansi/Panna National Park Today you depart from Agra, taking an early morning express train to Jhansi, then continue overland by road to Orchha, visiting its 17th-century abandoned palace. After lunch, continue to remote Panna National Park, checking in to your wilderness lodge. Pashan Garh | Meals: B L D DAY 10: Panna/Khajuraho/Panna Head overland to the medieval temples of Khajuraho. Here, life in all its aspects — joy, love, divinity, war — is depicted in exquisite detail on every inch of the 85 sandstone Hindu and Jain temples. After lunch, continue exploring and then return to Panna for an evening at leisure. You may choose to relax at the lodge or take a dip in the infinity swimming pool overlooking a tranquil stream. Pashan Garh | Meals: B L D DAY 11: Panna/Varanasi Take an early morning game drive on a four-wheel-drive vehicle over rocky terrain and through lush teak forests, perhaps spotting crocodiles along the Ken River or even the elusive Bengal tiger. After breakfast, fly to Varanasi, a city of more than a thousand Hindu and Buddhist temples and shrines, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. At dusk, head to the banks of the sacred Ganges River to witness the Aarti ceremony. Take in the sounds of chanted prayers and rhythmic drumming as you watch the Hindu priests — holding lanterns to keep the darkness at bay — bid the gods and goddesses a restful slumber. Return to the hotel for dinner. Gateway Hotel The Ganges Varanasi | Meals: B D DAY 12: Varanasi Today, you visit Varanasi’s highlights, including Banaras Hindu University; the 18th-century Durga Temple, devoted to the Hindu deity, Durga; and Bharat Mata Temple, dedicated by Mahatma Gandhi to Mother India. In the afternoon, explore nearby Sarnath, a park where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon 25 centuries ago. Gateway Hotel The Ganges Varanasi | Meals: B
  21. 21. 87800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. The Taj Mahal Palace This newly refurbished 1903 icon is located next to the Gateway of India. Enjoy luxury harbor-view rooms in the historic palace wing. Taj Lake Palace Enjoy luxury rooms at this real palace, “floating” on Lake Pichola. Rambagh Palace The splendid former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Pashan Garh A new lodge of just 12 cottages in Panna National Park. The Oberoi, Amarvil-as Featuring views of the Taj Mahal, just 600 yards away. The Taj Mahal Hotel Deluxe Club rooms with great views in the heart of New Delhi. Gateway Hotel The Ganges Comfortable hotel located in a serene, lush setting in Varanasi. Day 1: Fly to Mumbai. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The Taj Mahal Palace Days 2-3: Fly to Aurangabad. Discover the Ajanta Caves, where 24 monasteries and five temples, embedded in rock in a gorge, contain some of the finest Buddhist mural art in the world. These caves date as far back as 200 BC. Then, explore the Ellora Caves, which consist of temples and monasteries hewn from rock by Buddhist, Hindu and Jain craftsmen and monks. More than 2,000 years old, these structures have been compared to the Pyramids of Giza for their construction. Taj Residency | Meals: B Day 4: Fly to Mumbai to join the main program. Meals: B Available on the Jan 24, Feb 21, Oct 10 and Nov 21 departures. DAY 13: Varanasi/Delhi Today you rise early for a private sunrise cruise on the Ganges River for a view of the activity along the ghats, the embankments of stone steps leading down to the river and where the locals and pilgrims alike cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually. In the afternoon, fly to Delhi, India’s capital. The Taj Mahal Hotel | Meals: B D DAY 14: Delhi Wind down your journey by discovering the best of Old and New Delhi. Visit the great Jama Masjid, the most important mosque in India. Then set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the bustling main street of Old Delhi, inching your way through a maze of ox carts filled with fresh produce, cars and the occasional wandering cow. Pause for lunch, and then visit New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb, a Mughal complex whose symmetrical designs prefigured the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 15: Depart Delhi Board your homebound flight. Meals: B Aurangabad Extension Enhanceyourjourneywithapre-toursmall-groupextension. 4 days, priced from $1,295 dates & PRicing Jan 17-31 Feb 21-Mar 07 Oct 10-24 Nov 21-Dec 05 Jan 24-Feb 07 Feb 28-Mar 14 Oct 17-31 Dec 19-Jan 02,2014 Feb 14-28 Mar 14-28 Nov 08-24† Landarrangements: Jan-Oct; Nov 21 Pushkar Dec Double occupancy $8,295 $9,195 $9,595 Single supplement $3,495 $4,035 $4,110 † Special Pushkar departure. Internalairfare: Economy class from $540Mumbai/Udaipur; Khajuraho/Varanasi/Delhi Air Road Rail Mumbai Udaipur AgraJaipur Panna Varanasi Khajuraho Jhansi Delhi INDIA Take This Journey Private Thisitineraryisavailableasanindependentjourney ledbylocalguides.ContactA&Kfordetails.
  22. 22. 88 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,india&thepacific The Taktsang (“Tiger’s Nest”) Monastery, hugging a sheer cliff in Bhutan’s Paro Valley Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya 13 days, visiting Bangkok, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Kathmandu and Bardia National Park Priced from $7,995 Limited to 16 guests; arrives varied days of the week A&KADVANTAGES: ›› Hike or ride on horseback to the picturesque Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan, located on a cliff’s edge in the Paro Valley ›› Get an insider’s perspective on the local culture by drinking tea with a family in their home ›› Witness a debate among monks at the Kopan Monastery, an unforgettable, ages-old tradition ›› Embark on an elephant back safari in Nepal’s Bardia National Park for a unique vantage point DAY 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand Upon arrival in Bangkok, you are met and transferred to your airport hotel. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel DAY 2: Bangkok/Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu Fly this morning to Paro, where you are met by your A&K Tour Director, and drive to your hotel in Thimphu. This afternoon, visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument to world peace and prosperity. The finely executed wall paintings and delicately constructed statues within the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Continue to Tashichhodzong, home to Bhutan’s royal government. Tonight, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner. Taj Tashi | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Thimphu Explore the National Textile Museum for an in-depth look into a Bhutanese art form. See examples of weaving techniques from different areas of Bhutan, as well as styles of traditional dress and textiles. A small group of weavers usually works their looms inside the shop, giving you the chance to see weaving firsthand. Later, visit the National Library to view its extensive collection of Buddhist literature. Taj Tashi | Meals: B L DAY 4: Thimphu/Punakha/Thimphu Visit the Folk Heritage Museum for a glimpse of how life was lived in a Bhutanese village a hundred years ago. Drive over the 10,500-foot-high Dochula Pass in the stunning Himalaya. The elevation drops when you arrive in sub-tropical Punakha. Stop at the 17th-century Punakha Dzong; damaged over the centuries by catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been restored in recent years by the present monarch. Continue to the Chime Lhakhang, also known as the Temple of the Divine Madman. It was named after a beloved saint and teacher from Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, which you also have time to see. Taj Tashi | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Thimphu/Paro Paro is home to Bhutan’s oldest and most important temples. En route, visit Chuzom at the confluence of the Paro and Thimphu rivers. When you reach Paro, attend a special archery match, Bhutan’s national sport. After lunch, explore the National Museum, housing a collection of relics, religious thankga (scroll) paintings and a natural history collection. Afterward, head to the 17th-century Rimpung Dzong. Learn about the lifestyle of local farmers this evening when you have dinner in a traditional farmhouse. Zhiwa Ling Hotel | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Paro Hike (or ride on horseback) to the picturesque Taktsang (“Tiger’s Nest”) Monastery that clings to a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Spend the day among the monks at this sacred pilgrimage site, where the great tantric mystic Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava) is believed to have flown on the back of the tiger to bring the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan. Late this afternoon, drive through the Paro Valley to visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most sacred shrines. Zhiwa Ling Hotel | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Paro/Kathmandu, Nepal Fly over the Himalaya to Kathmandu, observing the world’s highest glacial peaks as you go. During the 14th century, artisans constructed temples, monasteries and elaborate courtyards in Kathmandu that today contribute to a fascinating architectural history. Visit Durbar Square and Teleju Temple, with its gilded roofs. Stop at the house of the Living Goddess (Kumari). Walk through the bazaar and labyrinthine streets of the old city and explore Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), the oldest shrine in the world. The four sides of this ancient structure are painted with the compassionate eyes of Buddha; between them, a mystical third eye symbolizes true wisdom. Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 8: Kathmandu Explore Patan, known for its fine bronze, silver and copper works. NEW!
  23. 23. 89800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,india&thepacific Visit Durbar Square, the Royal Baths, the Golden Temple and the Krishna Mandir, as well as the new Patan Museum, with its collection of metalwork sculptures. This afternoon, head out to the village of Bungamati, with stops at the Rato Machhendranath Temple and the Lokeshwar Shrine. Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Kathmandu Witness a debate among monks (part of their training) at the Kopan Monastery. Visit Boudhanath, home to what is possibly the world’s largest Buddhist shrine. Continue to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, built in pagoda style with a gilded roof. After lunch, visit the royal city of Bhaktapur, a showcase of medieval Nepalese town life and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During dinner, watch a folk dance performance. Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: B L D DAYS 10-11: Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Bardia National Park Fly to Nepalgunj and drive to your lodge at the edge of Bardia National Park, established to protect the region’s ecosystems. The park is home to endangered species, including the one-horned rhinoceros, the royal Bengal tiger and rare Gangetic dolphins. You can explore the surrounding areas on elephant back, on foot, or by jeep or boat. Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 12: Bardia/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu After a morning of wildlife activities, drive back to Nepalgunj and board a flight to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, gather with fellow guests to toast the end of your journey. Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: B D DAY 13: Depart Kathmandu Board your departure flight or continue on a post-journey extension to Lhasa (see right). Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Taj Tashi Centrally located; inspired by dzong-style architecture and outfitted in hand-painted Bhutanese murals and art. Dwarika’s Hotel Enjoy a spacious Heritage Junior Suite at this Kathmandu classic. Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge An eco-friendly retreat inside Bardia National Park. Zhiwa Ling Hotel Splendid views of the Paro Valley and surrounding mountains. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel A comfortable hotel, conveniently located near Bangkok airport. dates & PRicing Feb 23-Mar 07 Apr 01-13 Oct 19-31 Mar 09-21 Sep 30-Oct 12 Oct 27-Nov 08† Landarrangements: Double occupancy $7,995 Single supplement $2,920 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,270Bangkok/Paro/Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu † The October 27 departure features Deepawali, the festival of lights. Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. St. Regis Lhasa Resort Day 2: Explore the massive Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama. Then visit the revered Jokhang Temple, the oldest religious structure in Tibet, where you join monks as they circumambulate the temple. Stop at the lively Barkhor Bazaar. St. Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: B Day 3: Spend the day at two of Tibet’s great monasteries, Drepung and Sera, both built in the 1400s. St. Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: B Day 4: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals: B Available on the Apr 01 and Oct 19 departures. Lhasa Extension Enhanceyourjourneywithapost-toursmall-groupextension. 4 days, priced from $1,695 Bardia NationalPark Nepalgunj Kathmandu Paro (Bangkok) Thimphu Punakha Air Road NEPAL BHUTAN
  24. 24. 90 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,indiathepacific Exploring Sydney Harbour’s rock pools for marine life and beneath the endless stars for an unforgettable, quintessential experience. Chifley Alice Springs Resort | Meals: B D DAY 4: Alice Springs/Uluru Today is full of educational activities, beginning with a visit to the School of the Air, a radio instruction program that brings homeschooling to isolated children living in the vast Outback. Continue on to The Royal Flying Doctor Service — a service providing medical care to those residing in Australia’s furthest reaches — and the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Later this afternoon, board a flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock), and visit this sacred Aboriginal site. Walk along its base, viewing hallowed locales and paintings of ancient Aboriginal tribal myths. End a day of new discoveries and welcome the evening over canapés and beverages at sunset. Sails in the Desert | Meals: B DAY 5: Uluru/Cairns/Port Douglas This morning, catch the Camel Express and embark on a 45-minute ride on a good-natured camel on a caravan through the classic Central Australian desert landscape. Enjoy views of Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), another set of rock formations that are equally stunning. Later this afternoon fly to Cairns, continuing to your luxurious resort in the seaside town of Port Douglas. Sea Temple Port Douglas | Meals: B D DAY 6: Great Barrier Reef Experience one of your journey’s highlights today: A swim and snorkel excursion among the colorful fish in the crystal-blue waters of the unforgettable Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day of sun and fun as you explore various coral sites that make up this Family Australia 8 days, visiting Sydney, Alice Springs, Uluru, Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef Priced from $7,495 Limited to 24 guests; arrives varied days of the week AKADVANTAGES: ›› Refresh after your overseas flight with immediate hotel check-in to your Hyde Park View room at the Sheraton on the Park ›› See Australian wildlife up close during a private walkabout tour of Taronga Zoo ›› Learn to surf at famous Bondi Beach with a true-blue Aussie surfer ›› Attend an authentic, Aussie-style barbecue in a natural bush setting under the stars ›› Ride a camel in the Outback while taking in views of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta ›› Gather food, throw spears and learn about traditional hunting at Cooya Beach with your private Aboriginal guide DAY 1: Arrive Sydney, Australia Upon arrival, your hotel room is ready for you. Take time to settle in and rest before exploring Sydney — a former penal colony dating back to the 18th century and now a vibrant, multicultural city — at leisure. Your explorations might take you to wander around the historic Rocks area, the original settlement of the city. Later this afternoon, take a private tea-time cruise of Sydney Harbour, and look out onto the lush surrounding parklands, reserves and gardens. Sheraton on the Park DAY 2: Sydney This morning, depart by ferry for a privately guided visit to Taronga Zoo, home to an aquarium, rainforest aviary, nocturnal animal abode and a koala house. The zoo is located next to the water, and you enjoy magnificent harbor views as you zigzag the paths leading to animal enclosures. You also come face to face with local “residents,” including emus, kangaroos, wombats, koalas and kookaburras. Afterward, head to famous Bondi Beach and learn to ride the waves during a surfing lesson with an Aussie surfer (minimum age is seven). Later tonight, attend a welcome dinner, and meet other families sharing your adventure. Sheraton on the Park | Meals: B L D learn how life is lived in the outback with special visits to the school of the air and the royal flying doctor service. DAY 3: Sydney/Alice Springs Today you board a flight to Alice Springs, the second-largest city in the Northern Territory of the country’s fabled Outback. In this vast land of deserts and semi-arid plains, you and your family witness a mixture of light and color seen nowhere else on earth. The sky here is a bright blue, and the clear air causes the sun to sparkle as it reflects on the red rocks below. Embark on a thrilling ATV ride on a private cattle ranch, where you and your young explorers traverse bush tracks, dry riverbeds and the base of mountain ranges. Tonight, attend a traditional Aussie-style barbecue amid the bush
  25. 25. 91800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,indiathepacific dates PRicing Jul 01-08  Dec 21-28  Dec 28-Jan 04, 2014 Landarrangements: Jul Dec Double occupancy $7,495 $7,695 Single supplement $2,500 $2,500 Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) $6,895 $7,095 Child (under 12 sharing with 2 adults) $6,495 $6,695 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,105Sydney/Alice Springs/Uluru/Cairns Getting up close and personal on the Great Barrier Reef breathtaking natural wonder of the world. The fragile, stunning reef — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — is composed of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and can actually be seen from outer space. The ecosystem supports a rich kaleidoscope of marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, whales, coral, dugongs, sea snakes, marine birds and as many as 2,000 species of fish. Sea Temple Port Douglas | Meals: B L Learn the art of surfing on famous Bondi Beach.Race acrosstheOutback on an ATV. Rideacamel in a desert caravan. Snorkel in the Great BarrierReef. For kids of any age, this Australia journey offers thrill after thrill. DAY 7: Port Douglas/Cooya Beach/Port Douglas This morning, travel to Cooya Beach, meandering through primordial habitats with your Aboriginal guide while unearthing the ancient history of the area. Learn about an ages-old way of life as you gather food, throw spears and learn about traditional hunting in the mudflats, mangroves and beaches. Later this evening, attend a special farewell dinner with your new friends. Sea Temple Port Douglas | Meals: B D DAY 8: Depart Port Douglas Relax before your departure flight, or extend your stay and discover another region of this unique part of the world. Meals: B Your Inspiring Accommodations Here is a preview of your journey’s best-in-class accommodations. Sea Temple Port Douglas A resort boasting luxurious facilities and spacious penthouse apartments with direct access to the stunning Four Mile Beach. Sheraton on the Park Excellent location overlooking Hyde Park in Sydney. Combines classic style with contemporary furnishings. Sails in the Desert Situated right in the heart of the Australian Outback, just minutes away from marvelous Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Chifley Alice Springs Resort A friendly and comfortable hotel in the Outback town of Alice Springs, located on the banks of the Todd River. AliceSprings Sydney Cairns PortDouglas Great BarrierReef Uluru AUSTRALIA I N D I A N O C E A N Air Road
  26. 26. 92 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,indiathepacific Extend your inspiring journey with one of these short add-on itineraries. Asia, India the Pacific Extensions Myanmar 5 days, visiting Inle Lake, Bagan and Yangon; priced from $2,195 Day 1: Arrive in Yangon, where you are met by your guide. After lunch, fly to Heho. Transfer to Inle Lake and your artful resort of Shan-style wooden chalets set on stilts above the water. Inle Princess Resort Day 2: Start your full-day tour of the lake at the bustling local market, where, along with your guide and host family, you buy fresh fruits and vegetables, the ingredients for your cooking lesson and lunch. In the afternoon, cruise along a river to the village of Inn Dein and the Shwe Inn Dein, a collection of ancient stupas. Inle Princess Resort | Meals: B L Day 3: Continue your exploration of Inle Lake, visiting the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the ingenious floating gardens. Later, fly to Bagan, one of Asia’s most wondrous destinations and the cradle of Myanmar civilization, where over 2,000 temples, pagodas and stupas remain. Aureum Palace Hotel Bagan | Meals: B Day 4: Experience the local market before visiting Shwezigon Pagoda. After lunch, explore some of Bagan’s treasures, including the stunning Ananda Temple, which houses murals depicting life from the 11th to the 13th centuries. Fly this evening to Yangon. The Strand | Meals: B L Day 5: Explore the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, gilded with eight tons of gold and believed by Buddhists to be more than 2,500 years old. Also visit the Botataung and Sule pagodas before your transfer to the airport. Meals: B Yunnan 5 days, visiting Lijiang and Zhongdian; priced from $2,395 Day 1: Arrive in Kunming and connect to Lijiang. Transfer to your luxury resort hotel, featuring views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from every room. Banyan Tree Lijiang Day 2: Visit Baisha, the former capital of the 12th-century Naxi Kingdom and now a sleepy hamlet that houses remarkable mural paintings. Visit the tiny rural village of Yuhu, once home to explorer and botanist Joseph Rock, who is said to have inspired James Hilton’s classic book Lost Horizons, about a mythical land called Shangri-La. Then, stroll the cobblestone lanes of Lijiang’s ancient Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, stop by the idyllic Black Dragon Pool Park. This evening, take in a performance by the Naxi Ancient Music Ensemble. Banyan Tree Lijiang | Meals: B L Day 3: Drive to Zhongdian (renamed Shangri-La in 2001), stopping at the First Bend of the Yangtze River and the village of Shigu. Continue along the stunning Yunnan/Tibet Highway, and lunch beside the breathtaking Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the most dramatically beautiful sites in all of Asia. Arrive in the late afernoon at your luxury retreat, nestled in a peaceful valley overlooking the Songzangling Monastery. Songtsam Retreat | Meals: B L Day 4: Meet with monks and the lama (Living Buddha) at the Songzangling Monastery. Then explore Zhongdian’s 400-year-old Old Town and Ringha, a traditional Khampa Tibetan village. Hike to the summit of Dabaosi (sacred hill of Ringha) and sip butter tea with a farming family. Songtsam Retreat | Meals: B L Day 5: Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Meals: B
  27. 27. 93800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,indiathepacific Japan 6 days, visiting Tokyo and Kyoto; priced from $9,095 Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo. Park Hyatt Tokyo/The Peninsula Tokyo Day 2: Spend the day exploring Tokyo. Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Imperial Palace Plaza. Take part in a tea ceremony at Happo-en Garden and enjoy world-class art at the Mori Art Museum. Park Hyatt Tokyo/The Peninsula Tokyo | Meals: B L Day 3: Today is at leisure to discover this vibrant city. Park Hyatt Tokyo/The Peninsula Tokyo | Meals: B Days 4-5: Ride the bullet train to Kyoto. The next day, visit the city’s highlights, including the Golden Pavilion, Nijo castle and Ryoan-ji. Hoshinoya Kyoto/Hyatt Regency Kyoto | Meals: B (Day 5: B L) Day 6: Transfer to Kansai airport for your onward flight. Meals: B Chiang Mai 4 days; priced from $1,795 Day 1: Arrive in Chiang Mai and transfer to your luxury resort. The remainder of the day is at leisure, with an evening visit to the vibrant Night Bazaar. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi/ Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Day 2: Set out on a rickshaw city tour, viewing Wat Doi Suthep, a sacred temple. After lunch, visit a handicraft workshop. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi/Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai | Meals: B L Day 3: Meet elephants during a private mahout (trainer) training program. After lunch, your afternoon is at leisure. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi/Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai | Meals: B Day 4: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals: B Tibet 4 days, visiting Lhasa; priced from $1,695 Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a short walk near the hotel to acclimatize to the altitude. St. Regis Lhasa Resort Days 2-3: Spend the next two days exploring Lhasa and its sites. Discover this spiritual place by witnessing monks debating about Buddhism at the Sera Monastery; visiting Sanggye Dhungu, where hundreds of Buddha statues are carved into a cliff wall; stopping at Jokhang Temple; and exploring the halls of the Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama. Meander the colorful Barkhor Bazaar and learn how traditional culture is being preserved at the Norbulingka Institute. St. Regis Lhasa Resort | Meals: B L Day 4: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals: B Hong Kong 4 days, visiting Hong Kong and Lantau Island; priced from $2,295 Day 1: You are met on arrival and privately transferred to your hotel. The Peninsula Hong Kong/Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Day 2: Explore Sheung Wan Market and Man Mo Temple. Ride to the top of Victoria Peak; then travel by sampan to Aberdeen village. The Peninsula Hong Kong/Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong | Meals: B L Day 3: Travel by ferry to Lantau Island. Afterward, meander the grounds of the Po Lin Monastery and explore Ngong Ping Village. The Peninsula Hong Kong/Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong | Meals: B Day 4: Board your onward flight to your next destination or to the USA or Canada. Meals: B
  28. 28. 94 Luxury Small Group Journeys asia,indiathepacific Bhutan 4 days, visiting Paro and Thimphu; priced from $4,295 Day 1: Fly into Bhutan, over breathtaking views of Himalayan scenery. Arrive in Paro and transfer through a winding valley to Thimphu and your secluded resort located just outside this, the smallest capital in the world. Amankora Thimphu | Meals: D Day 2: Explore the National Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the memory of Bhutan’s popular third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck; majestic Tashichhodzong; and the Handicrafts Emporium. After lunch, travel overland to Paro and your lodge, situated in a pine forest. Stroll to the nearby ruins or amble down the city’s quaint main street. Amankora Paro | Meals: B L D Day 3: Embark on a long hike to one of Bhutan’s most revered icons, Taktsang (also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery), perched 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Far from being a monument, it is a living, breathing monastery, home to a handful of monks. Hang a prayer flag to send Buddhist blessings via the winds. Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking Taktsang and, time permitting, visit Ta Dzong, a circular fortress that once protected the Paro Valley from Tibetan invaders. Currently, this old watchtower is being used as the National Museum and is filled with a beautiful collection of antiquities. Cross Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and drive down to the temple to view ancient wall paintings. Amankora Paro | Meals: B L D Day 4: After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your onward flight. Meals: B Nepal 4 days, visiting Kathmandu; priced from $1,495 Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, where you are met and transferred to your heritage hotel, featuring local textiles and intricately carved woodwork. If time permits, explore Kathmandu’s medieval streets, including buildings dating as far back as the 16th century. Dwarika’s Hotel Day 2: Weather permitting, start your day with an optional scenic flight over the Himalaya. Or begin your morning visiting Kathmandu’s main sites, including Durbar Square, Teleju Temple and the House of the Living Goddess. Next, visit Swayambhunath, perched high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. From here you can see the mighty Himalaya rising above the valley. Journey to nearby Patan, the city of arts and architecture founded in AD 250 and known for its fine works in bronze, silver and copper. Many of these treasures can be seen in the new Patan Museum. Also visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp to watch a demonstration in carpet weaving. Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: B Day 3: Visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred of all Hindu temples, before heading to Boudhanath and joining Tibetan pilgrims for a walk around its Buddhist stupa. Next, drive to Bhaktapur, a town with abundant medieval architecture. As you walk along its cobblestone streets, notice the many ornately carved windows for which the town is famous. Dwarika’s Hotel | Meals: B Day 4: Transfer to Kathmandu’s airport and board your onward flight. Meals: B Asia, India the Pacific Extensions Extend your inspiring journey with one of these short add-on itineraries.
  29. 29. 95800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com asia,indiathepacific Kerala 5 days, visiting Kochi and Kumarakom; priced from $1,595 Day 1: Arrive in Kochi and drive to Kumarakom. Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort Spa Day 2: Venture to Vembanad Lake to spot its birdlife. Later, travel through backwaters by boat to a spice plantation for lunch with the owner. Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort Spa | Meals: B L Day 3: Travel by private boat to Alleppey for a glimpse of Kerala’s village lifestyle; then travel to Kochi. This evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance. Brunton’s Boatyard | Meals: B Day 4: Tour Kochi’s Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi and St. Francis Church. Brunton’s Boatyard | Meals: B Day 5: Transfer to Kochi’s airport and board your flight. Meals: B Varanasi 3 days, visiting Sarnath; priced from $1,195 DAY 1: From Delhi, board your flight for the holy city of Varanasi. Visit the ghats on the Ganges and witness the evening Aarti ceremony. Taj Nadesar Palace DAY 2: Explore the Bharat Mata and Durga temples, as well as Banaras Hindu University. Set off for the holy city of Sarnath, filled with Buddhist monuments. Visit the ruins of this once-flourishing Buddhist monastery and explore a museum with an excellent collection of Buddhist artwork. Taj Nadesar Palace | Meals: B DAY 3: Take an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges to see burning incense and bathing near the ghats. This afternoon, fly to Delhi and connect to your onward flight. Meals: B Bali 6 days, visiting Ubud and Jimbaran; priced from $3,795 DAY 1: Arrive in Bali, where you are met and transferred to Ubud, Bali’s capital of art and culture. Four Seasons Bali at Sayan DAY 2: Spend a day among the artisans, traditions and architecture of Ubud. Four Seasons Bali at Sayan | Meals: B L DAY 3: Leave the verdant hills behind and head to the beaches of Jimbaran. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay | Meals: B DAYs 4-5: Set off with your guide to discover the temples at Uluwatu and Tanah Lot, the artistic highlights of the Bali Museum and shopping at Kuta Market. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay | Meals: B (Day 4: B L) DAY 6: Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Meals: B Luang Prabang 3 days; priced from $1,095 Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang, Laos. Stroll through the grounds of Wat Xiengthong and the hilltop Phoussy Temple for a view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and city. Take part in the baci, a traditional Lao welcoming ceremony. Luang Say Residence Day 2: Rise early this morning to participate in a food offering to the local monks. Then sail along the Mekong River to explore the sacred Buddhist Pak Ou Caves, a village of weavers and the royal temple of Vat Longkhoune. Luang Say Residence | Meals: B L Day 3: View the Royal Palace Museum collection and stop at the local market. Transfer to the airport to board your flight. Meals: B
  30. 30. 136 Luxury Small Group Journeys Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ Five-Star Style on the Yangtze Cruise the Yangtze River in comfort on board the boutique all-balcony Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer.’ The ship’s private quarters offer the most comfortable experience, no matter which cabin you select. Combined with expert on-board guides and a peerless staff and crew, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ is the best choice for cruising China’s mighty Yangtze. Choice and Flexibility ‘Yangzi Explorer’s’ stylish, well-appointed staterooms set a new standard in spaciousness and elegance. Choose from six different types of accommodations that range from a roomy Deluxe Cabin — at 333 square feet, the largest cabin of its kind on the river — to the palatial Imperial and Celestial suites, 1,183 square feet in which to stretch out. The Imperial and Celestial suites also feature a private sun deck, heavenly king-size bed and separate lounge area for enjoying panoramic views of the scenery. Little Details, Big Difference All cabins and suites feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open up to private balconies with an al fresco sitting area, affording a unique view of the gently rolling landscape. They also come equipped with a private bathroom, well-stocked mini bar, air conditioning and a flat-screen satellite television, in addition to plush bedding and contemporary, Eastern-flavored décor. On an AK journey on ‘Yangzi Explorer,’ you can reserve your cabin or suite at the time of booking, ensuring your comfort before you even set sail. ‘Yangzi Explorer’ boasts the finest amenities on the river, enhancing AK-exclusive experiences and activities. Combine the best vessel on the Yangtze today with AK’s carefully crafted itineraries and insider-access experience for the most memorable China journey. Comfort and Convenience In the spacious public areas, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ includes all the amenities you would expect at a deluxe hotel, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, business center, laundry service and a spa and beauty salon. To further ensure your comfort on board, smoking is not permitted in internal areas and mobile phone use is confined to private areas. Adeptly and discreetly making sure your every need is taken care of is a highly trained international, English- speaking staff. And with a staff-to-guest ratio of better than 1:1, you can expect the most attentive service of any Yangtze cruiser during your sojourn. Fine Dining Meals on board ‘Yangzi Explorer’ are a feast for the senses. On an AK journey, you enjoy friendly, personalized service in a spacious, well-appointed dining room reserved solely for AK guests. A dedicated team of internationally trained chefs concoct meals from fresh ingredients (many purchased that day at local riverside towns and markets you visit), and perfectly pair each dish with complimentary house wines from the vessel’s well-stocked wine cellar. Other refreshments are also included at all meals throughout the journey. Every meal is a three-course affair that blends Chinese and continental cuisine. The kitchen is happy to accommodate particular dietary requirements, or create a special dinner for your party in one of the private rooms. The Finest Expertise ‘Yangzi Explorer’s’ on-board China specialists coordinate a range of educational programs and shore excursions, unraveling the historical, cultural and environmental factors that have made the Yangzi so integral to thousands of years of Chinese history. On the AK Family China journey, the Yangtze River cruise features special children’s programming that introduces China’s deep culture to young explorers through fun activities such as lantern- making, Chinese mask painting and cultural exchanges with local children. Flexible Departures ‘Yangzi Explorer’ cruises downstream from Chongqing to Yichang (3 nights) and upstream from Yichang to Chongqing (4 nights), with shore excursions while travelling in either direction at local villages (including markets and home visits), the lovely Shennong Stream and the colossal Three Gorges Dam Project. ‘Yangzi Explorer’ cruising through the Three Gorges
  31. 31. 137800 323 7308 • abercrombiekent.com ShipDetails ›› 38 Deluxe Cabins, 20 Suites and four specialty suites, all with private balcony, mini bar, bathrobes and slippers, telephone, plasma screen television, private security box, and hair dryer ›› Viewing lounge with bar ›› International restaurant offering a wide array of menu options ›› Suite Lounge (exclusive for passengers staying in suites) ›› Business center ›› Fitness center ›› Spa and beauty salon ›› Well-appointed function rooms ›› Double-decker theater area with bar ›› Laundry service ›› 24-hour room service ›› Wireless Internet access (in the Explorer Bar) ‘Yangzi Explorer’s’ elegant lobby Enjoying tranquil views from the Explorer Deck A comfortable, well-appointed suite DeckPlan 215 T213 T211TC209TC207KC205TC203KC201TC Reception Elevator StairRestaurant 216 T214 T212TC210TC208KC206TC204KC202TCElevator StairTheater Mezzanine 407TC405KC403TC401KC 408TC406KC404TC402KC 416 T 414 K 412 T 410 K 413 K 411TC409KC CelestialK ImperialK Elevator StairTheater MainFloor Function Rooms 313 T311KC309TC307KC305TC303TC301TC 314 T312KC310TC308KC306TC304TC302TCElevator Stair ViewingLounge andBar ViewingDeck Business Center SuiteLounge JadeKMandarinK Elevator StairSpaand FitnessCenter 514 T 512 T 510 K 508 K 506K 504KC502TC 511 T 509K 507K 505K 503KC501TC MAIN DECK XILING DECK WU DECK QUTANG DECK EXPLORER DECK Deluxe Cabin (333 sq. ft.) Suite (420 sq. ft.) Jade Suite (871 sq. ft.) Mandarin Suite (871 sq. ft.) Celestial Suite (1,183 sq. ft.) Imperial Suite (1,183 sq. ft.)