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Venice revealed herself to us in spectacular fashion.
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A World of Inspiring
Connections
Dear traveller,
When we first launched Abercrombie & K...
throughout our journey, we found ourselves in places only the
locals knew.
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TableofContents
2013 Worldwide Group Journeys
Foranoverviewofalldepartures,refertopage6...
within no time, we had learned to decipher hieroglyphics like a
native expert.
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What Does It Mean
to Connect?
Imagine yourself visiting Egypt, exploring the tombs in t...
with both sunrise and afternoon visits, we appreciated every facet
of the Taj Mahal’s beauty.
7800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com
The Abercrombie & Kent
Difference
What makes A&K unique?
For 50 years, Abercrombie & Ke...
Great Value from Beginning to End
Connections travel delivers what you value most in a vacation:
a true understanding of y...
9800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com
The Finest Local Experts
Your A&K Tour Director brings your itinerary to life with
one-...
Hotels Selected by A&K Experts
Your accommodations are more than a place to lay your
head at night: they are an important ...
11800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com
Irresistible Dining Opportunities
Connections journeys offer a balance between planned...
Choose Your Journey
With Confidence
Travel with A&K, and travel with
peace of mind
What does it mean to book with confiden...
13800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com
All-inclusive Value:
Transfers & Gratuities
Included in your Connections journey price...
egypt
SPAIN
italy
morocco
austria
FRANCE
croatia
hungary
czech
republic
Peru
UNITEDSTATES
CANADA
tanzania
kenya
Connection...
INDIA
China
vietnam
cambodia
thailand
australia
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Your Journey
Begins Here
Read the foll...
/ 201316
Day 1: Arrive in Rome
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Later, meet your fellow guests
for a welcome dinner. Rom...
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Venice is renowned for its yearly carnival, so we
included a peek behind the scenes at...
/ 201318
Day 1: Arrive in Naples
Arrive in Naples and transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow guests
at tonight’s welcome...
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one of the most widely copied buildings in the Western world. Later,
stop at t...
/ 201320
Day 8: Cinque Terre / Beauty Along the Coast
Discover the extraordinary beauty of the
Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”)...
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cooking. Enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch, and then spend
the remainder of the...
/ 201322
Day 1: Arrive in Paris
On arriving, transfer to your hotel, and later, meet your fellow guests
over champagne at ...
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Because no journey to France would be complete
without an authentic French wine experi...
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Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona
Your A&K representative greets you on arrival and escorts you to
your hotel. Get to kn...
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No visit to Spain is complete without flamenco,  
and so we’ve arranged for a private ...
/ 201326
Day 1: Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and meet your A&K representative. This evening,
gather with fellow g...
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Soak up Vienna’s musical heritage with a private
lecture and performance by Edward Kud...
/ 201328
Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb
On arrival, meet your A&K representative and transfer to your hotel.
Gather for a welcome...
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Croatia’s world-famous oysters taste especially
fantastic when taken fresh from the se...
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha
Arrive and meet your A&K representative, who escorts you to your
hotel in the center of Arusha. Th...
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time to settle in. If time permits, take an afternoon game drive for
your first taste ...
Africa’s highest mountain dominates every view of the reserve. This
is where Ernest Hemingway spun stories of big-game hun...
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Perched on the brow of the steep banks of the Mara River, the Mara
Safari Club offers ...
Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca
Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your hotel. Your welcome
dinner tonight is at Rick’s Café...
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What better way to get to know someone than to
dine with them? That’s why we arranged ...
Day1:ArriveinCairo
Arrive in Cairo, the largest city in Africa and the hub of your adventure
through milennia of history. ...
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traditional Nile felucca and continue your discovery of Nubian culture
and heritage wi...
AtraditionalfeluccasailstheNile.
and enjoy a buffet of savory Egyptian cuisine, followed by music and
dancing.  Sanctuary‘...
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This journey illuminates every era of Egyptian history
— not only the glory days of th...
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, China’s bustling capital, where your A&K
representative meets you and takes yo...
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Chinese architectural style of the exquisite Great Mosque. Visit the
Ming-era City Wal...
Tonight, meet the captain during a welcome reception before dinner.
Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...
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One of the best ways to know a culture is through
food, which is why we arranged for a...
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in Thailand’s vibrant capital city, where an A&K
representative is on hand to greet you an...
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Day 6: Siem Reap / The Temple in the Jungle
Fly from Chiang Mai via Bangkok to Siem Re...
your first day at the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the
Leper King. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Si...
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your first day at the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the
Leper King. The rest of ...
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, where an A&K representative is on hand to greet
you.  Taj Palace Hotel
Day 2: Delh...
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  1. 1. ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528018 ak-connections.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® luxury SMAll GrOuP JOurNEyS Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYsmALLgroUpjoUrneYs ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8003237308 (M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CST) luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® Abercrombie&KentconnectionS2013 WOrldWide GrOup JOurneys 2013 ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528018 ak-connections.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® luxury SMAll GrOuP JOurNEyS Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYsmALLgroUpjoUrneYs ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8003237308 (M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CST) luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Please call your travel professional or Abercrombie & Kent at 866 252 3836 or visit our web site at akmarcopolo.com. INVITATIONAL JOURNEYS ® Marco Polo Club International Journeys Private Luxury Travel Connections Worldwide Group Journeys Luxury Small Group Journeys ® AntArcticA Abercrombie&KentAntArcticA ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 Antarctica 2013 ® WORLDWIDE HOTEL PORTFOLIO 2013 ® luxury SMAll GrOuP JOurNEyS Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYsmALLgroUpjoUrneYs ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8003237308 (M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CST) luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® Abercrombie&KentconnectionS2013 WOrldWide GrOup JOurneys 2013 ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528018 ak-connections.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 ® luxury SMAll GrOuP JOurNEyS Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYsmALLgroUpjoUrneYs ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8003237308 (M-F 8-7, Sat 9-1 CST) luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Please call your travel professional or Abercrombie & Kent at 866 252 3836 or visit our web site at akmarcopolo.com. INVITATIONAL JOURNEYS ® Marco Polo Club International Journeys Private Luxury Travel Connections Worldwide Group Journeys Luxury Small Group Journeys ® AntArcticA Abercrombie&KentAntArcticA ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 Antarctica Please call your travel professional or Abercrombie & Kent at 866 252 3836 or visit our web site at akmarcopolo.com. INVITATIONAL JOURNEYS ® Marco Polo Club International Journeys 2013 ® luxury Private travel Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYPrivAtetrAveL ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528403 luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Luxury Private Travel Worldwide Hotel Portfolio Connections Worldwide Group Journeys Luxury Small Group Journeys ® AntArcticA Abercrombie&KentAntArcticA ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 Antarctica ABERCROMBIE&KENTWORLDWIDEHOTELPORTFOLIO ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 XXXXXXXXX xxxxx@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Please call your travel professional or Abercrombie & Kent at 866 252 3836 or visit our web site at akmarcopolo.com. INVITATIONAL JOURNEYS ® Marco Polo Club Invitational Journeys 2013 ® luxury Private travel Abercrombie&KentLUXUrYPrivAtetrAveL ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528403 luxury@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013 Luxury Private Travel Connections Worldwide Group Journeys Worldwide Hotel Portfolio Luxury Small Group Journeys ® AntArcticA Abercrombie&KentAntArcticA ContactyourtravelprofessionalorAbercrombie&Kentat: 1411OpusPlace ExecutiveTowersWestII,Suite300 DownersGrove,IL60515 8006528568 antarctica@abercrombiekent.com abercrombiekent.com facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA 2013-2014 2013-2014 Antarctica Abercrombie&KentCONNECTIONS2013 ® WOrldwide Group Journeys 2013
  2. 2. Venice revealed herself to us in spectacular fashion.
  3. 3. 1800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com A World of Inspiring Connections Dear traveller, When we first launched Abercrombie & Kent 50 years ago in Africa, I dreamed of allowing my guests to make an authentic connection with the lands they visited. Today, I am proud to unveil an entirely new approach to A&K travel, one that combines our tradition of service with never- before-seen value. I am proud to introduce Connections by Abercrombie & Kent. Connections journeys are created by on-the-ground experts working out of our 50 local offices worldwide, the same dedicated people who have made A&K a byword for inspiring travel for five decades. All the destinations profiled in this book are ripe for discovery the A&K way: in comfort and with the finest Tour Directors and local guides at your side. Enjoy reading this brochure, and start dreaming of all the places A&K can take you. Geoffrey Kent Founder, Chairman & CEO Abercrombie & Kent
  4. 4. throughout our journey, we found ourselves in places only the locals knew.
  5. 5. 3800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com TableofContents 2013 Worldwide Group Journeys Foranoverviewofalldepartures,refertopage66. 16 Italy: Renaissance Cities 18 Italy: South to North 22 France: Art & Artistry 24 Spain: Seven Cities 26 Eastern Europe: Budapest, Vienna & Prague 28 Croatia: Jewel of the Coast 30 East Africa: Tanzania & Kenya 34 Morocco: Kasbahs & Medinas 36 Egypt: Ancient Kingdoms 40 China: Life Along the Yangtze 44 Southeast Asia: Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam 48 India: Spiritual Splendors 50 Australia: Adventure Down Under 52 Peru: Land of the Incas 54 North America: Canyons of the Southwest 56 North America: Yellowstone 58 North America: Canadian Rockies
  6. 6. within no time, we had learned to decipher hieroglyphics like a native expert.
  7. 7. 5800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com What Does It Mean to Connect? Imagine yourself visiting Egypt, exploring the tombs in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile. Emerging from one tomb, you observe your Tour Director waving for you to join him in conversation with a local man. This turns out to be one of the tomb’s caretakers who, speaking through your guide, provides a unique firsthand perspective on the challenges and rewards of maintaining these treasures of antiquity. All at once, your visit takes on an added dimension. Through this encounter, unique and spontaneous, you have made an unforgettable connection both to Egypt’s past and its present — one which virtually no other traveller can match. Moments such as this lie at the heart of Connections travel. Authentic, surprising and backed by peerless local expertise, Connections journeys by Abercrombie & Kent bring out the best in every destination you visit.
  8. 8. with both sunrise and afternoon visits, we appreciated every facet of the Taj Mahal’s beauty.
  9. 9. 7800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com The Abercrombie & Kent Difference What makes A&K unique? For 50 years, Abercrombie & Kent has set the standard for luxury adventure travel, bringing five-star comfort and uncompromising service to exotic lands the world over. Today, we are launching a new tier of A&K travel that brings our incomparable experience and expertise to a whole new world of travellers. Connections by Abercrombie & Kent offers one-on-one connections with the world’s most intriguing places and cultures. For explorers at heart who refuse to skimp on inspiration and enrichment, Connections journeys offer something never before possible: a chance to discover the world in the company of unmatched local experts, at an unbeatable value. Fifty Local Offices. One Impeccable Standard. Abercrombie & Kent knows there is simply no substitute for having local staff on the ground, experts with beyond-the- guidebook knowledge of what makes your destination tick. That is why A&K operates 50 independent offices around the globe, employing hundreds of full-time local experts. These men and women have spent decades, and in some cases lifetimes, getting to know the people and places you will encounter on your journey, and their insights are what make Connections journeys so special. Our on-the-ground approach extends to all areas of our operations. We train our own staff, maintain our own vehicles and oversee every detail of your journey with consummate expertise.
  10. 10. Great Value from Beginning to End Connections travel delivers what you value most in a vacation: a true understanding of your destination’s culture, history and natural beauty, without the extra amenities that make up a typical luxury journey. Our commitment to great value shines through in every aspect of your journey, from the hotels hand- selected by our local experts to the Tour Directors who make sure you get the most from every stop on your itinerary — read on for more details. Connecting to the World’s Greatest Places How Connections journeys deliver unmatched value Jean Bernard-Coudon, A&K Morocco “IdesignedMorocco:Kasbahs& Medinastointroduceyoutothemany wonderfulfacetsofmyhomecountry, fromthetimelessbeautyofFeztothe warmthandhospitalityofMarrakech.” 8 / 2013
  11. 11. 9800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com The Finest Local Experts Your A&K Tour Director brings your itinerary to life with one-of-a-kind local insight. Part storyteller, part scholar and part expert organizer, the Tour Director oversees your Connections journey from beginning to end, answering questions (usually before you think to ask them) and engaging every single member of the travelling party in the wonders of your destination. Assisting the Tour Director are local guides who lend your journey additional expertise and insight that only come from a longtime native. Pedro Barraza, A&K South America “OurTourDirectorsmaycomefromall walksoflife,buttheyhaveonethingin common:anincrediblepassionfortheir homelandthatcomesoutineveryvisit, everymealandeverylocalinteraction.” Small Groups of Just 24-28 Guests Other travel companies tout “average group sizes” of as many as 44 passengers — meaning you can end up travelling with even more than that. In order to truly connect you to your destination, Connections journeys are limited to no more than 24-28 guests. That means more one-on-one local connections, less time spent boarding and disembarking vehicles and plenty of personal interaction with your A&K Tour Director.
  12. 12. Hotels Selected by A&K Experts Your accommodations are more than a place to lay your head at night: they are an important way of experiencing the character of your destination. Ranging from spacious resorts to boutique lodgings, the hotels and lodges on Connections itineraries are chosen by local A&K experts for their amenities, local character and proximity to the places that make your destination unique. Sujata Raman, A&K Australia “Fortheperfect‘homebase’foravisit totheGreatBarrierReef,wechose PeppersBeachClubforitsopen-air designandcloseproximitybothtothe reefandtotheDaintreeRainforest.” 10 / 2013
  13. 13. 11800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Irresistible Dining Opportunities Connections journeys offer a balance between planned meals at restaurants rich in local flavor and history — not to mention festive welcome and farewell dinners — and meals left free to allow you to explore and discover independently. Not sure where to start? Ask an expert: your A&K Tour Director is ready with suggestions to satisfy any palate. Friendly Service From the Moment You Arrive When you arrive in country for your Connections itinerary, your A&K representative is on hand to welcome you and escort you to your first lodging, a preview of the close personalized service you will receive throughout your journey. Vikram Madhok, A&K India “Thefirstthingyouseewhenyou arriveinIndiaisanA&Krepresentative holdingourfamousyellowsign.Once youseethatsign,youcanrelax— everythingisgoingtorunsmoothly.”
  14. 14. Choose Your Journey With Confidence Travel with A&K, and travel with peace of mind What does it mean to book with confidence? It means knowing that your journey is going to run, guaranteed; that the price you pay is always the best price; and that the company you choose has an unmatched record of acclaim. Departures and Prices Guaranteed Select departures in this brochure are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of only two guests. In addition, every group journey is led from start to finish by an A&K Tour Director. The A&K Price Assurance (see page 64) ensures that you always pay the lowest possible price for your vacation — so if the price on your journey is reduced after booking, A&K will refund you the difference immediately. 2C logo (top line: PMS Cool Gray 7 C bottom line: PMS 295 C) 2C logo (top line: PMS Cool Gray 7 C bottom line: PMS 295 C) 12 / 2013
  15. 15. 13800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com All-inclusive Value: Transfers & Gratuities Included in your Connections journey price are your arrival and departure transfers, no matter which airline you choose or whether you book your flights or have us do it for you. Most taxes and gratuities are also included up front — Connections journeys end with inspiring memories, not surprise fees. A Great Fit for Solo Travellers Solo travellers are welcome on all Connections departures, where single accommodations are available on every stop on the itinerary. Group journeys are a great fit for the solo traveller: all the planning is taken care of for you, and there is always a like-minded fellow guest with whom to share a meal or discuss the day’s sightseeing. Award-Winning Standards, Time and Time Again Year after year, A&K’s inspiring journeys win the recognition and praise of travellers and travel professionals alike. The same dedicated experts and staff who have made A&K a byword for quality are the ones working behind the scenes to make your Connections journey as perfect as it can be — award-winning service on every departure.
  16. 16. egypt SPAIN italy morocco austria FRANCE croatia hungary czech republic Peru UNITEDSTATES CANADA tanzania kenya Connections by Abercrombie & Kent 2013 Destinations Start planning your next great adventure today. Connections Destinations AdditionalA&KDestinations 14 / 2013
  17. 17. INDIA China vietnam cambodia thailand australia 15800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Your Journey Begins Here Read the following pages and discover a world of inspiring travel made possible only with Abercrombie & Kent. A&K Destination Specialists are on hand at 800 652 8018 Monday through Friday (8-7 CST) and on Saturday (9-1 CST); you may also find more information online, at ak-connections.com. When you’re ready to take the next step, call us or consult your travel professional. What sets Connections journeys apart from the rest? • Hundreds of dedicated local experts in 50 offices around the world • Decades-long relationships that give us prime access to your destination’s best sites • Unprecedented value for travellers who value authenticity over luxury • World-renowned resident Tour Directors and local experts • Small groups of no more than 24-28 guests • Authentic, characterful hotels in the best locations • Guaranteed Departures on select dates • Price Assurance insures you pay the lowest possible price • Round-the-clock support no matter where in the world you are
  18. 18. / 201316 Day 1: Arrive in Rome Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Later, meet your fellow guests for a welcome dinner. Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora / Dinner Day 2: rome / City of Empire Explore the seat of the former Roman Empire, visiting the Roman Forum and Palatine, the Colosseum and the theatrical Piazza Navona, once a Roman racetrack and now the setting for Bernini’s awe-inspiring sculptures. Rome also gave its name to romance, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the spectacular Trevi Fountain. You also visit the Pantheon, originally a Roman temple to the gods, and the magnificent Castel Sant’Angelo, which overlooks the Tiber River. Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora / Breakfast, Lunch Italy: Renaissance Cities TheunmistakableDuomoinFlorence. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Enjoy unique, private access to the atelier (workshop) that produces Venice’s carnival costumes, and tour the palace that houses it. • Visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence accompanied by a specialist art guide. • Stop at a farm near Siena for lunch and an opportunity to sample local honey and saffron. • Join a fun night out, learning the secrets of pizza making from an authentic Roman piazziaolo. • Visit a traditional Florentine enoteca, where the owner guides you through tastings of the various Italian wines. Priced from $4,380 Limited to 28 Guests | 8 Days | 13 Meals Road Rail Rome Venice Siena A D R I AT I C S E A T Y R R H E N I A N S E A Florence ITALY
  19. 19. 17800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Venice is renowned for its yearly carnival, so we included a peek behind the scenes at the workshop where the famous carnival costumes are made. local connections Hotel Danieli Combinesamagnificentatmosphere witheasyaccesstoPiazzaSanMarco. Hotel Brunelleschi OncethepropertyofaRenaissance nobleman,nowacontemporaryhaven. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. Day 3: rome / The Vatican This morning, visit Vatican City and explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel with its famous frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, a Renaissance and Baroque masterpiece. Explore the city at your leisure this afternoon, and tonight, learn the secrets of pizza making from an authentic Roman piazziaolo. Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora / Breakfast, Dinner Day 4: Florence / The Heart of Tuscany Depart for Florence this morning, stopping en route for a visit to the scenic Tuscan town of Siena, built on three hills and enclosed by a series of walls and gates. Visit Siena’s Duomo, considered to be one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Italy. Afterward, continue to a nearby farm for a light lunch and an opportunity to sample local honey and saffron. Arrive in Florence later this afternoon. Hotel Brunelleschi / Breakfast, Lunch Day 5: Florence / Treasures of the Renaissance Set out to discover this vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance, a city transformed by artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Donatello into one of the world’s great capitals of the arts. A specialist art guide accompanies you on visits to the Uffizi Gallery, housing some of the world’s most important art treasures, as well as the Bargello, which contains Italy’s finest collection of Renaissance sculpture. Enjoy a light lunch before visiting a traditional Florentine enoteca, where the owner conducts a tasting of the various regional wines. Hotel Brunelleschi / Breakfast, Lunch Day 6: venice / Europe’s Drawing Room Depart Florence this morning aboard a high-speed train to Venice. On arrival, transfer along the Grand Canal to St. Mark’s Square, known as the “drawing room of Europe,” for a walking tour of the square that includes St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. End the day with a Venetian spritz looking out over the Grand Canal. Hotel Danieli / Breakfast Day 7: Venice / City of Splendors This morning, enjoy a taste of local life with a visit to the market district around the Rialto Bridge. Visit the nearby Frari Church, considered one of the most imposing Gothic monuments in Venice, where you can admire timeless works by Bellini and Titian. End your morning with a special private visit to the long-serving atelier (workshop) for Venice’s iconic carnival costumes, housed in a Venetian palace that is still home to one of the oldest families in the city. Tour the palace, and then learn about the history of the costumes and how they are made. Mark the end of your journey with a festive farewell dinner. Hotel Danieli / Breakfast, Dinner Day 8: Depart Venice Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Dates & Pricing Apr 09-16 Jun 11-18 Sep 03-10 Apr 30-May 07 Jul 30-Aug 06 Oct 01-08 May 14-21 Aug 20-27 Oct 15-22 Land arrangements: Apr-Jun; Sep-Oct Jul-Aug Double occupancy $4,675 $4,380 Triple occupancy $4,310 $4,115 Single supplement $1,440 $1,200 A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  20. 20. / 201318 Day 1: Arrive in Naples Arrive in Naples and transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow guests at tonight’s welcome dinner. Hilton Sorrento Palace / Dinner Day 2: Sorrento / The Amalfi Coast Embark on a walking tour of Sorrento, a Belle Ėpoque treasure of elegant streets with a stunning view across the Bay of Naples. Travel along the famously scenic Amalfi Coast, pausing in Positano, a town built into the cliff face, before continuing to delightful Amalfi. Visit the 10th-century Duomo fronted by a beautifully colored 13th- century façade. Hilton Sorrento Palace / Breakfast Day 3: Sorrento / The Island of Capri Start your journey this morning with a cruise by hydrofoil to the Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Take a walk through Rome’s Trastevere district with a local resident. • Learn the secrets of Florentine cuisine from your chef, who guides you in an Italian culinary class. • Enjoy unique, private access to the atelier (workshop) that crafts Venice’s carnival costumes, and tour the palace that houses it. • Meet a local buffalo mozzarella producer on his farm to sample this delicious cheese and learn firsthand how it is made. • Lunch with a family who produces celebrated balsamic vinegar and sample this local favorite. Italy: South to North Priced from $7,270 Limited to 28 Guests | 13 Days | 21 Meals Road Rail Rome Naples Sorrento Venice Siena Cinque Terre A D R I AT I C S E A T Y R R H E N I A N S E A Florence ITALY
  21. 21. 19800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com/ 201318 one of the most widely copied buildings in the Western world. Later, stop at the iconic Trevi Fountain and then continue to the charming Campo de Fiori, whose local food market delights the senses. Spend your afternoon exploring at leisure. St. Regis Rome / Breakfast Day 7: Siena / Tuscan Treasures Travel north this morning to the famed region of Tuscany, stopping en route in the scenic Tuscan town of Siena. Here your local expert introduces you to the Piazza del Campo, one of the finest main squares in Italy, and the Palazzo Pubblico, which has served as Siena’s town hall since the 14th century. In the afternoon, visit Siena’s Duomo, one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Italy. Continue through the Tuscan countryside to the elegant spa town of Montecatini Terme. Grand Hotel & La Pace Spa / Breakfast, Dinner Mediterranean island paradise of Capri. You may visit the town of Capri via cable car, and also take a boat to the iridescent Blue Grotto. This afternoon, meet a local buffalo mozzarella producer and learn how the cheese is made before enjoying a sample. Hilton Sorrento Palace / Breakfast Day 4: rome / Secrets of Pompeii Travel north this morning to Rome, stopping en route in the ancient city of Pompeii, which was buried in volcanic ash and essentially frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The excavated city now offers incredible insights into Roman life. A specialist local guide joins you to bring this extraordinary place to life. After lunch, resume your journey north, arriving in Rome in the late afternoon. This evening, explore the Trastevere district with a local resident, ending with a wine-tasting and dinner. St. Regis Rome / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 5: Rome / The Empire & the Vatican Journey through history today with a visit to the Imperial Roman Forum, the ancient political, commercial and religious center of Roman life. Afterward, visit the Colosseum where gladiators fought pitched battles with each other and wild beasts before crowds of over 50,000 spectators. Continue to Vatican City. View the treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel with its unparalleled frescoes by Michelangelo. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, with its elaborate interior of marble, mosaic, gilt and bronze. St. Regis Rome / Breakfast Day 6: Rome / The City in Depth Visit the Piazza Navona, today dominated by the remarkable Baroque Fountain of the Four Rivers, and continue to the Pantheon, Day 1: Arrive in Naples Arrive in Naples and transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow guests at tonight’s welcome dinner. Hilton Sorrento Palace / Dinner Day 2: Sorrento / The Amalfi Coast Embark on a walking tour of Sorrento, a Belle Ėpoque treasure of elegant streets with a stunning view across the Bay of Naples. Travel along the famously scenic Amalfi Coast, pausing in Positano, a town built into the cliff face, before continuing to delightful Amalfi. Visit the 10th century Duomo fronted by a beautifully colored 13th century façade. Hilton Sorrento Palace / Breakfast Day 3: Sorrento / The Island of Capri Start your journey this morning with a cruise by hydrofoil to the ThetownofPositanoontheAmalfiCoast. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Take a walk through Rome’s Trastevere district with a local resident. • Learn the secrets of Florentine cuisine from your chef, who guides you in an Italian culinary class. • Enjoy unique, private access to the atelier (workshop) that crafts Venice’s carnival costumes, and tour the palace that houses it. • Meet a local buffalo mozzarella producer on his farm to sample this delicious cheese and learn firsthand how it is made. • Lunch with a family who produces celebrated balsamic vinegar and sample this local favorite. Italy: South to North Priced from $7,270 Limited to 28 Guests | 13 Days | 21 Meals Road Rail Rome Naples Sorrento Venice Siena Cinque Terre A D R I AT I C S E A T Y R R H E N I A N S E A Florence ITALY Jonathan White, A&K Europe “From the great cities of Rome, Florence and Venice to the quaint beauty of Capri and the Cinque Terre, this journey offers a truly comprehensive Italian experience.”
  22. 22. / 201320 Day 8: Cinque Terre / Beauty Along the Coast Discover the extraordinary beauty of the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), five scenic villages built along the steep coastal cliffs of Liguria on the Italian Riviera. Board the local train at Levanto and visit Vernazza, a beautiful village consisting of tall, colorful houses and a church clustered together at the head of a sheltered cove; partially buried in a 2011 mudslide, the town has been rebuilt and restored to its former glory. Manarola is a fishing village set amid terraced vineyards where you can walk to view the coast and visit other neighboring villages. You may also wish to visit Riomaggiore, a medieval village set in a narrow valley. Continue to Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Hotel Brunelleschi / Breakfast, Lunch Day 9: Florence / The Renaissance Come to Life Florence is a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance, and Michelangelo, Botticelli and Donatello were its artist laureates, transforming the city into one of the world’s greatest centers of fine art. A specialist art guide accompanies you on visits to the Uffizi Gallery, housing some of the world’s most important art treasures, and the Bargello, which contains Italy’s finest collection of Renaissance sculpture. After lunch at leisure, drive out to the hills surrounding Florence to visit Villa Castello and Villa della Petraia, home to two outstanding terraced gardens created by the Medici family in the 15th century. Hotel Brunelleschi / Breakfast, Dinner Day 10: Florence / Tuscan Flavors Savor the sights of the central market hall before enjoying a three- hour culinary class, where your chef shares the secrets of FlorentineTheexcavatedruinsofPompeii. AmorningmistshroudstheTuscancountryside.
  23. 23. 21800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com cooking. Enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch, and then spend the remainder of the day experiencing the flavor of Florence on your own. Hotel Brunelleschi / Breakfast, Lunch Day 11: Venice / A Culinary Excursion Travelling by coach to Venice, stop en route this morning to enjoy a gastronomic treat: a private tasting of balsamic vinegar in a rustic restaurant owned by a renowned balsamic vinegar producer and his family. Hear the history of vinegar making, and then join the family for a light lunch of local specialties. Afterward, continue to Venice. Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal / Breakfast, Lunch Day 12: Venice / Palaces and Canals Visit St. Mark’s Basilica, with its rich decoration of marbles and golden mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace before continuing to the bustling Rialto district. Top off your morning with a specially arranged visit to the workshop (or atelier) that crafts Venice’s iconic carnival costumes, housed in a Venetian palace still occupied by of one of the oldest families in Venice. Tour the palace, and then learn the history of the costumes and how they are made. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a festive farewell dinner. Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal / Breakfast, Dinner Day 13: Depart Venice Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Italy is a food-lover’s paradise. That’s why we have arranged a three-hour private cooking lesson with a Florentine chef — and of course, you can enjoy the results for lunch! local connections St. Regis Rome A2011CondéNastTravelerGold ListpropertyneartheTreviFountain. Grand Hotel & La Pace Spa Situatedwithinavastprivate parkinMontecatiniTerme. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. Dates & Pricing May 27-Jun 08 Jun 03-15 Jun 17-29 Jul 01-13 Jul 22-Aug 03 Sep 09-21 Oct 14-26 Land arrangements: May-Jun; Oct Jul-Aug Sep Double occupancy $7,495 $7,270 $7,590 Triple occupancy $7,045 $6,860 $7,125 Single supplement $2,300 $2,095 $2,380 A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  24. 24. / 201322 Day 1: Arrive in Paris On arriving, transfer to your hotel, and later, meet your fellow guests over champagne at the hotel’s historic Champagne Bar. Radisson Blu le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero / Dinner Day 2: Paris / The City of Light Explore Paris, starting at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral. Continue to Sainte Chapelle and the Left Bank, meandering through the charming streets of the Latin Quarter. Pass by La Sorbonne, and then cross the river to the lovely Marais district. Continue to the stunning Champs-Elysées, capped by the famous Arc de Triomphe. End your tour at the iconic Eiffel Tower. The rest of the day is at leisure. Radisson Blu le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero / Breakfast France: Art & Artistry TheEiffelTowerlightsuptheParisevening. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Join a resident Parisian for a walking tour of her neighborhood. • Lunch at a Provençal family farm near St. Remy, featuring your host’s homegrown vegetables. • Stop at a delightful olive oil mill for a tour and tasting. • Visit the private studio of Paul Cezanne in Provence. • Meet a local art student for a lesson in Provençal art history. • Enjoy the art de vivre on the Côte d’Azur with a game of boules, followed by dinner at a countryside restaurant. • Sample the local wine at a private tasting in Aix-en-Provence. • Pay a private visit to a local artist’s studio. Pricedfrom$4,760 Limited to 28 Guests | 9 Days | 15 Meals Road RAIL Nice Paris Avignon Arles Nimes Aix-en- Provence B AY O F B I S C AY FRANCE MonteCarlo
  25. 25. 23800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Because no journey to France would be complete without an authentic French wine experience, we take you to a Provençal château for a private wine tasting. local connections RadissonBluleDokhan’sHotel, ParisTrocadero Aformerprivate residenceinthe16tharrondissement. Fairmont Monte Carlo StunningMediterraneanviewsand aluxuriousspasetthisresortapart. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. Day 3: Paris / An Artistic Treasure Trove Spend the morning at the Louvre Museum, home to one of the world’s most famous and distinguished art collections. Highlights include the Venus de Milo, Ghirlandaio’s The Visitation and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Afterward, join a Parisian for a fascinating walk through the markets in her neighborhood, meeting local vendors. Later, have dinner in a nearby restaurant. Radisson Blu le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero / Breakfast, Dinner Day 4: Avignon / Papal Estates Travel south to Avignon by TGV high-speed train. Visit the Palais des Papes, a 14th-century palace built as Avignon’s papal capital. The city overlooks the River Rhône and is the strategic point of the valley. From the fortress’ ramparts, you can see the Pont d’Avignon. Avignon Grand Hotel / Breakfast, Dinner Day 5: St-Remy-de-Provence & Arles / Country Charms Explore the French countryside, immortalized by Vincent van Gogh. Visit St. Paul de Mausole, the asylum where the famous painter was voluntarily interned for a year. Continue to Arles, exploring its Roman amphitheater, cathedral and Place du Forum, where Van Gogh painted his famous Café at Night. After a rustic French lunch featuring homegrown produce at a family-owned farm, continue to Les Baux-de-Provence. The main attractions near this cliffside village are its Celtic and Roman ruins. End the afternoon with a stop at an olive oil mill for a tasting of this flavorful local product. Avignon Grand Hotel / Breakfast, Lunch Day 6: NÎmes / Roman Wonder Visit a family-run company helping to keep the art of traditional textile printing alive, and meet a member of the family. Then drive to Nîmes to explore the city’s stunning architecture, including the amphitheater, which once held 24,000 spectators for gladiatorial combats and chariot races. En route back to Avignon, stop at the Roman ruins of Pont du Gard. Avignon Grand Hotel / Breakfast Day 7: Aix-en-Provence / Cezanne’s Hometown Drive through the Provençal countryside to the 17th-century town of Aix-en-Provence. Visit the studio of Paul Cézanne for an intimate look at one of the founders of modern art. Afterward, share lunch with a local art student who introduces you to the artists who called Provence home. Stroll through the picturesque streets to admire the fountains, colorful market shops and bustling cafés. Pause at a château for a tour and private wine tasting. Continue to Monaco, where you have a chance to visit the famous casino. Fairmont Monte Carlo / Breakfast, Lunch Day 8: Nice / Coastal Gems Transfer to Nice and enjoy a private visit to a local artist’s studio, followed by a lunch of Niçoise specialties. Pay a visit to the medieval village of Eze for a glimpse of how locals live and to take part in a fun-filled game of boules. Head back to Monte Carlo for a special farewell dinner. Fairmont Monte Carlo / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 9: Depart monte carlo Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Dates & Pricing Apr 12-20 May 03-11 May 31-Jun 08 Jun 07-15 Jun 28-Jul 06 Aug 16-24 Oct 11-19 Oct 18-26 Land arrangements: Apr-May; Oct 18 Jun-Aug; Oct 11 Double occupancy $4,760 $4,995 Triple occupancy $4,590 $4,750 Single supplement $1,495 $1,670 A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  26. 26. / 201324 Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona Your A&K representative greets you on arrival and escorts you to your hotel. Get to know your fellow guests at tonight’s welcome dinner. El Palace Hotel Barcelona / Dinner Day 2: Barcelona / Heart of Catalonia Explore this vibrant city, beginning with the Boquería, perhaps the finest food market in all Europe. Continue to the Sant Jaume Square, the cathedral and then down into the elegant Eixample district. End your tour with a visit to Gaudi’s sensational Sagrada Familia Basilica. El Palace Hotel Barcelona / Breakfast Day 3: Granada / Spain’s Islamic Heritage Fly to Granada and check in to your historic hotel. This afternoon, Spain: Seven Cities ThePlazadeEspaña,Seville. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Sample savory Spanish olive oil at a private tasting in Granada. • Attend a private recital by an ensemble of Andalusian musicians. • Visit an authentic bodega to privately sample sherry in the famed region of Jerez. • Savor the authentic taste of Seville on an evening tapas tour. • Travel via horse drawn carriage to a private palace in Seville for dinner with the owners. • Enjoy an unforgettable private performance by local flamenco dancers and singers from the Santa Cruz district. Pricedfrom$5,495 Limited to 28 Guests | 10 Days | 17 Meals Road AIR Rail Barcelona Madrid Granada Marbella Gibraltar Seville Córdoba A L B O R A N S E A B A L E A R I C S E A SPAIN
  27. 27. 25800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com No visit to Spain is complete without flamenco, and so we’ve arranged for a private flamenco performance in a palace where the owners welcome you for dinner. local connections Hotel Alfonso XIII Aniconic1920slandmarkin Moorishstyle,renovatedin2012. Hotel Ritz Madrid ABaroquepalacebuiltin1910at thebequestofKingAlfonsoXIII. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. visit the Alhambra Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture in the world, and then the extraordinary district of the Albaizín, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right. Later, savor a uniquely Spanish experience: a tasting of local olive oils. Following dinner, enjoy a remarkable recital by an ensemble of world-class Andalucian musicians. Hotel Alhambra Palace / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 4: Marbella / Historic Málaga Depart for Marbella, stopping en route in Málaga to visit the beautifully restored historic center and to see the Picasso and Carmen Thyssen Museums. Continue to Marbella, the finest resort on the south coast of Spain, where the remainder of the afternoon is free to spend as you like. Hotel Fuerte Marbella / Breakfast Day 5: Gibraltar / Europe’s Last Outpost Follow the coast westward to the Rock of Gibraltar, visiting the spectacular St. Michael’s Cave and seeing Gibraltar’s Barbary macaques, the only wild monkeys in all of Europe. Return to Marbella, where the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the shops and restaurants. Hotel Fuerte Marbella / Breakfast, Lunch Day 6: Seville / Ronda and Jerez Journey into the heart of Andalucía, first up the winding hills to Ronda, one the most beautiful “white villages” in all of Spain. Continue through the mountains to Jerez, home of golden sherry, where you visit a bodega to learn about sherry and taste its different varieties. After time at leisure, the road takes you to Seville. This evening, join your fellow guests on a tapas tour through Seville’s finest taverns. Hotel Alfonso XIII / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 7: Seville / Sunny Santa Cruz Explore this uniquely lovely city: the Royal Palace of the Alcázar, the enormous Gothic cathedral and of course, the flower-filled Santa Cruz district. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. On this unique and exciting evening, ride a horse- drawn carriage to a beautiful palace, where the owners host your private dinner. Afterward, enjoy an unforgettable performance of flamenco dancing and singing on the patio of this historic home. Hotel Alfonso XIII / Breakfast, Dinner Day 8: CÓrdoba / Streets of Flowers Today the road leads north to Córdoba, where you visit the extraordinary Mezquita, the cathedral and former great mosque of Córdoba, and walk along its flower-lined streets. Later in the afternoon, board your high-speed AVE train to Madrid. Hotel Ritz Madrid / Breakfast Day 9: Madrid / Masterful Art & Architecture This morning, view works by the great Spanish masters El Greco, Velázquez and Goya in the Prado Museum. Afterward, visit the Royal Palace, followed by a short walk to the Plaza Mayor, and the marvelous San Miguel market, where you arrive in time to savor its mouth-watering ensemble of tapas bars for lunch at leisure. This evening, join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner. Hotel Ritz Madrid / Breakfast, Dinner Day 10: Depart Madrid Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Dates & Pricing Apr 22-May 01 Jun 24-Jul 03 Sep 02-11 May 13-22 Jul 08-17 Sep 16-25 Jun 17-26 Jul 22-31 Oct 14-23 Land arrangements: Apr-Jun 17; Jul-Oct Jun 24 Double occupancy $5,795 $5,495 Single supplement $1,690 $1,425 Internal airfare from Barcelona to Grenada included in program cost. A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  28. 28. / 201326 Day 1: Arrive in Budapest Arrive in Budapest and meet your A&K representative. This evening, gather with fellow guests at a welcome dinner. InterContinental Budapest / Dinner Day 2: Budapest / Old World Splendors Explore Budapest, starting with a private tour of the palatial State Opera House. Visit the ornate Dohány Street Synagogue, the vast Heroes’ Square and St. Stephen’s Basilica, the city’s largest church. After lunch, ascend Castle Hill, where the former Royal Palace gracefully towers over the Danube. Visit the Matthias Church, where many Hungarian kings have been crowned, and enjoy the stunning views of the city and river. InterContinental Budapest / Breakfast, Lunch Eastern Europe: Budapest, Vienna & Prague TheCharlesBridgeinthequietofdusk,Prague. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Enjoy a private visit to the Opera House in Budapest. • Take an evening cruise along the Danube River. • Learn the art of apple strudel baking at a demonstration by a professional pastry chef. • Attend a music lecture with Edward Kudlak, retired violist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. • Practice your waltz with a lesson in one of Vienna’s most prestigious dance schools. • Take a private tour of the ornate library of the Strahov Monastery in Prague. Pricedfrom$4,335 Limited to 28 Guests | 10 Days | 15 Meals Prague Vienna Budapest CZECH REPUBLIC HUNGARY AUSTRIA Road
  29. 29. 27800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Soak up Vienna’s musical heritage with a private lecture and performance by Edward Kudlek, former violist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and a private waltz lesson later that evening. local connections Hotel Imperial Builtin1863asaroyalpalace, locatedonVienna’s Ringstrasse. InterContinental Budapest Achicpropertyoverlookingthe DanubeandBudapestlandmarks. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. Day 3: Budapest / The Danube by Twilight Spend the morning strolling among the merchants and local shoppers in the Central Market Hall, at the Pest end of Liberty Bridge. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own. This evening, enjoy a relaxing private cruise along the Danube. InterContinental Budapest / Breakfast Day 4: Vienna / Pannonhalma Depart Budapest for Vienna. Stop along the way at Pannonhalma, where your local guide leads you on a tour of the 1,000-year-old Benedictine abbey. Afterward, enjoy lunch in the abbey’s restaurant while sampling a range of their wines. Arrive in Vienna this afternoon. Hotel Imperial / Breakfast, Lunch Day 5: Vienna / Home of the Habsburgs Discover the fabulous imperial city of Vienna during a walking tour. Walk along the famous Ringstrasse with its 19th-century buildings, and visit the Hofburg Palace, former home of the Habsburgs. Also visit the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, whose soaring structure enshrines the heart of Vienna. This afternoon takes you to Schönbrunn Palace for an apple strudel baking lesson and tasting with a professional pastry chef. Hotel Imperial / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 6: Vienna / A Musical History After a morning at leisure, join Edward Kudlak, retired Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra violist, for a talk on Vienna’s incomparable musical heritage. The performance is but a prelude to this evening, when you take part in a private Viennese waltz lesson in one of the city’s most prestigious dance schools. Hotel Imperial / Breakfast Day 7: Prague / Medieval Telc This morning, depart Vienna for Prague. Stop en route at the medieval Czech town of Telc, famous for its fine Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, where you may visit the abbey at your leisure. Continue to Prague for an afternoon at leisure, or join your Tour Director for a brief orientation walking tour. InterContinental Prague / Breakfast Day 8: Prague / The Old Town Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town with its cobbled streets and Jewish Quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka. See the Gothic Town Hall in Old Town Square, famous for its astronomical clock. Visit the Jewish Museum, which houses the largest collection of Judaica in Europe, along with the Jewish Cemetery. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Prague’s Castle District and visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus. Complete your sightseeing with a visit to the Strahov Monastery, with its glorious Baroque decorations, where you enjoy a private tour of the ornate library. InterContinental Prague / Breakfast Day 9: Prague / Czech Favorites Today, take an in-depth look at two of the Czech Republic’s best- known products: Bohemian crystal and Pilsner Urquell beer. You are also welcome to relax and explore on your own. Gather tonight for your farewell dinner. InterContinental Prague / Breakfast, Dinner Day 10: Depart Prague Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Dates & Pricing Apr 23-May 02 May 14-23 May 21-30 Jun 11-20 Jun 18-27 Jul 09-18 Sep 10-19 Oct 08-17 Land arrangements: Apr-Jun; Sep-Oct Jul Double occupancy $4,560 $4,335 Triple occupancy $4,205 $4,100 Single supplement $1,665 $1,380 A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  30. 30. / 201328 Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb On arrival, meet your A&K representative and transfer to your hotel. Gather for a welcome dinner tonight. Regent Esplanade Zagreb / Dinner Day 2: Zagreb / The Stately Capital This morning, take a tour of the Croatian capital. Walk the loveliest parts of Zagreb, seeing the National Theatre, Mimara Museum and Academy of Arts and Sciences. Visit the Ban Jelačić Square, which divides the old town from the newer part of the city. Then ride a funicular, built in 1889, to reach the charming Upper Town quarter from Lower Town. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore your favorite parts of the capital. Regent Esplanade Zagreb / Breakfast Croatia: Jewel of the Coast Thesapphire-bluewatersalongtheDubrovnikcoast. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Explore Split’s Mestrovic Gallery as its curator opens its doors to you for a private guided tour. • Meet a local fisherman and sample his harvest of Croatia’s famous oysters. • Attend a private talk in Dubrovnik with a local resident who relates her experiences during the Balkan War. • Meet some of the local traders and craftsmen of Dubrovnik. • Immerse yourself in Croatia’s musical heritage during a local brass band’s performance. Pricedfrom$3,675 Limited to 28 Guests | 9 Days | 16 Meals A D R I AT I C S E A Kotor Dubrovnik Brac Split Zagreb CROATIA MONTENEGRO Road
  31. 31. 29800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Croatia’s world-famous oysters taste especially fantastic when taken fresh from the sea, as you discover when you meet with a local fisherman. local connections Regent Esplanade Zagreb Apalatialexteriorgiveswaytoart decoglamourandmodernamenities. Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik A100-year-oldhoteljuststeps awayfromDubrovnik’sOldTown. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. Day 3: Split / Plitvice Lakes Drive to the coastal city of Split. En route, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Plitvice Lakes, where emerald forests surround 16 shimmering turquoise lakes linked by a series of breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy lunch in this spectacularly scenic region before continuing to Split. Radisson Blu Resort / Breakfast, Lunch Day 4: Brac / The View from Vidova Gora Board a ferry to Brač, a Dalmatian island famous for its stone, used in the construction of Split’s Diocletian Palace and the White House in Washington, D.C. In Brac, travel to Vidova Gora, the highest summit of the Adriatic islands, for spectacular views. Enjoy a lunch made from local ingredients. Radisson Blu Resort / Breakfast, Lunch Day 5: Split / The Emperor’s Palace Tour Split, starting with the fascinating Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, built in 295 BC. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore at your own pace. You may also visit Riva, a coastal boardwalk lined with palm trees, to soak up the sun and the views of the port and nearby islands. In the late afternoon, take a private tour of the Mestrović Gallery, led by its curator. Marvel at the 86 bronze, marble and wood sculptures fashioned by this talented artist. Radisson Blu Resort / Breakfast, Dinner Day 6: Dubrovnik / The Culinary Road Depart Split for Dubrovnik, stopping first at Ston, world-renowned for its oysters. Meet a local fisherman and sample one of these gastronomic delights on the spot. Savor magnificent seafood at a local restaurant, and then continue along the Pelješac peninsula to a region renowned for its red wine. Visit winemaker Mike Grgich’s birthplace, Trstenik, and his small winery. Continue to Dubrovnik. Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik / Breakfast, Lunch Day 7: Dubrovnik / The City Museum Enjoy a morning tour of Dubrovnik. Proclaimed a “city museum” by UNESCO, the old town is surrounded by a circuit of walls, with a tower in each corner. Along the way, meet some of the local traders and craftspeople in the town’s markets. At morning’s end, a survivor of the Balkan War shares emotional memories of that tumultuous time. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps strolling along the Stradun, the centuries-old main city promenade. Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik / Breakfast, Dinner Day 8: Montenegro / Of Beaches and Mountains Drive along the Konavle Valley to Montenegro, a country of sandy beaches and high mountains. Visit Boka Kotorska, the most southern fjord in Europe, where precipitous mountains rise from azure waters. Continue past Risan and Perast, and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, a Baroque edifice constructed in 1452 on a man-made islet. Later, visit the walled city of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Dubrovnik for a farewell dinner with your fellow guests, accompanied by music from a local brass band. Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 9: Depart Dubrovnik Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Dates & Pricing May 03-11 May 24-Jun 01 Jun 07-15 Jun 21-29 Sep 06-14 Sep 13-21 Oct 04-12 Land arrangements: May-Jun; Oct Sep Double occupancy $3,675 $3,860 Single supplement $795 $940 A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  32. 32. Day 1: Arrive in Arusha Arrive and meet your A&K representative, who escorts you to your hotel in the center of Arusha. The Arusha Hotel Day 2: Arusha / Ngorongoro Crater Start your morning with a visit to Ilboru Primary School, one of the few schools in the region that offers programs for deaf and special- needs children. Pause at Gibb’s Farm for a lunch prepared from farm-fresh ingredients. Following lunch you have the opportunity to stretch your legs on a walk to the nearby coffee farm and vegetable garden. Continue your journey to Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano some 10 miles across, and which serves as sanctuary to a stunning array of wildlife. Stay the next two nights at the Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Experience East Africa with the company that pioneered the modern safari adventure, Abercrombie & Kent. • Pay a visit to Ilboru Primary School, one of the few area schools to service special-needs children. • Meet with a Maasai village elder, who welcomes you into the community. • Visit Gibb’s Farm for a fresh lunch and a leisurely walk through the gardens. • Observe a traditional Maasai dance, performed for you by members of the local tribe. East Africa: Tanzania & Kenya Priced from $5,195 Limited to 24 Guests | 11 Days | 28 Meals ArushaNgorongoro Crater Serengeti NationalPark Nairobi MasaiMara GameReserve KENYA TANZANIA Road AIR Amboseli / 201330
  33. 33. 31800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com time to settle in. If time permits, take an afternoon game drive for your first taste of this famed reserve and its wildlife. Serengeti Sopa Lodge / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 5: Serengeti National Park / Land of the Migration This morning, you have the option to view the Serengeti from a unique perspective: from a hot air balloon soaring high over the plains (at an additional cost). Following lunch back at your lodge, relax by the pool or in your tent before returning to the Serengeti for an afternoon game drive. Return to your lodge through a golden sunset at the end of a truly wonderful and unforgettable day. Serengeti Sopa Lodge / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 6: Amboseli National Park / Mountain Vistas Transfer to the airstrip this morning for your onward flight to Arusha, where you travel overland to Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the snow-capped peak of Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which offers spectacular views across this 2,000-foot-deep natural amphitheater. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater / Africa’s Garden of Eden Descend to the crater floor this morning for your first game drive, in an A&K custom safari vehicle. The crater walls serve as a spectacular backdrop to every photo as you begin your search for the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo), as well as the myriad other animals that populate the crater, including hyenas, zebras, gazelles and flamingos; even the rare and elusive black rhinoceros, one of Africa’s most endangered species, is a resident here. Enjoy a picnic lunch near the hippo pool before continuing with your game drive. The crater lies within the territory of the Maasai: tall, proud, nomadic warriors and herdsmen who continue to co-exist with wildlife as they have for centuries. You may chance to see members of the local tribe driving their herds. This afternoon, meet with a village elder at a nearby Maasai village who introduces you to the village community and its culture and traditions. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 4: Serengeti National Park / Land of the Migration Depart the crater this morning for Serengeti National Park, a land whose name alone conjures powerful images of nature at its most spectacular. Each year this park is the setting of an awe-inspiring migration, when millions of wildebeest and zebra make their annual trek in search of fresh grasses, trailed by lions, leopards and hyenas hoping to make a kill. Arrive at your lodge early this afternoon with AlionintheMasaiMara. Mark Wheeler, A&K Kenya “Africa is a land of proud, longstanding cultures as well as wildlife, which is why we introduce you to the Maasai tribe and let you discover their unique way of life.”
  34. 34. Africa’s highest mountain dominates every view of the reserve. This is where Ernest Hemingway spun stories of big-game hunting in the African wilds, and it is also home of the Maasai people. Enjoy game viewing en route to your lodge, which is shaded by acacia trees deep in the heart of the park. Between game drives, watch animals graze nearby. Enjoy an evening of entertainment at your lodge, perhaps featuring a demonstration of traditional dance by the local Maasai. Ol Tukai Lodge / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 7: Amboseli National Park / Mountain Vistas Enjoy a full day in Amboseli National Park today, with morning and afternoon game drives. The snows of Kilimanjaro form a backdrop to one of Kenya’s most spectacular displays of wildlife including lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo and hosts of plains game and birds — Amboseli is a photographer’s paradise. Part of the reserve is composed of a dried-up lakebed, which produces mirages in the shimmering heat. Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro’s melting snows, form permanent watering places for the wildlife in times of drought. Ol Tukai Lodge / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 8: Masai Mara Game Reserve / Jewel of Africa Depart Amboseli this morning for Nairobi. Lunch today is at Carnivore, an open-air restaurant famous for their game meats. Afterward, board a flight for the Masai Mara Game Reserve, a jewel in Africa’s crown, rich in plains game, predators and birds. Embark on an afternoon game viewing drive before returning to the Fairmont Mara Safari Club, your home for the next three nights.AtraditionalMaasaidance. Oneofthe“BigFive,”themajesticelephant. / 201332
  35. 35. 33800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Perched on the brow of the steep banks of the Mara River, the Mara Safari Club offers a luxurious retreat on the edge of the world’s greatest wilderness. Fairmont Mara Safari Club / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Days 9-10: Masai Mara Game Reserve / Jewel of Africa Spend the next two days in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game viewing each day. The Mara’s 583 square miles of open savanna, woodlands and tree-lined rivers create an ecosystem that supports huge numbers of bird and mammal species. The western border of the park is the spectacular Siria Escarpment, and together with the acacia-dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning beauty. Lions are found in abundance throughout the park, as are elephants, giraffes, a variety of gazelle species and zebras. Cheetahs and leopards are also regularly sighted, and you may even spot rhinos. For an unforgettable view of the reserve, take an optional early morning balloon flight (at an additional cost). Fairmont Mara Safari Club / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 11: Depart Nairobi Enjoy a final game drive before driving back to Nairobi. A dayroom is reserved for your use until your transfer to the airport for your flight home. Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel (Dayroom) / Breakfast A&K pioneered the luxury safari 50 years ago, and no one does East Africa better. We train our own driver-guides, maintain our own vehicles and oversee every element of your safari, from beginning to end. localconnections Fairmont Mara Safari Club Theepitomeoftentedcomfort,flanked bytheMaraRiveronthreesides. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Abeautifullodgeperchedonthe rimofNgorongoroCrater. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. Dates & Pricing Mar 20-30 Jun 12-22 Aug 02-12 Oct 16-26 May 04-14 Jul 03-13 Sep 04-14 Dec 11-21 Land arrangements: Mar, Jun-Dec May Double occupancy $6,895 $5,195 Single supplement $2,245 $1,510 Internal airfare: Economy class from $635Serengeti/Arusha; Nairobi/Masai Mara A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  36. 36. Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca Arrive in Casablanca and transfer to your hotel. Your welcome dinner tonight is at Rick’s Café. Hyatt Regency Casablanca / Dinner Day 2: Casablanca / Roman Volubilis Start the day by exploring Casablanca’s most important site, the Hassan II Mosque, which houses 25,000 worshippers. Afterward, drive to the city of Meknes, built in the 17th century to rival the court of Louis XIV. Following lunch, continue to Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Morocco’s largest and best-preserved Roman ruins; its greatest treasures are its excellently preserved mosaic floors. At day’s end, arrive in Fez. Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï / Breakfast, Lunch Morocco: Kasbahs & Medinas TheviewthroughtheBlueGate,Fez. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • “Everybody comestoRick’s”: Enjoyanostalgic welcomedinnerat Rick’s Café in Casablanca. • Dine in an authentic riad, where a special guest speaker shares an insider’s view of life in Fez. • Get to know Marrakech with a horse-drawn carriage ride. • Experience Moroccan hospitality when you dine with a family in their home in Marrakech. • Stop at a village in Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, where you meet the local Berber people and visit them in their homes. Priced from $3,395 Limited to 28 Guests | 8 Days | 16 Meals AT L A N T I C O C E A N Road Fez Rabat Casablanca Marrakech MOROCCO / 201334
  37. 37. 35800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com What better way to get to know someone than to dine with them? That’s why we arranged for a local family in Marrakech to welcome you into their home for dinner. local connections Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï, Fez OutstandingMoorishandArabic architecturesetsthishotelapart. Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses LocatedintheheartofRabat,near themausoleumofMohamedV. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. Day 3: Fez / The Medieval City Step back in time to the Middle Ages as you visit one of the most ancient and untouched city neighborhoods in the world, Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”), the cultural heart of Morocco. Wander among the 9,000 lanes, alleys and souks that comprise the city’s old quarter, taking in the sights and sounds of locals conducting their day-to- day business. Pause at Nejjarine Square, with its beautiful fountain with elaborate mosaic tile work. After lunch, discover Fez el-Jadid (“New Fez”), built by the Merinid Dynasty in the 13th century. Fez el-Jadid is home to the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, which boasts traditional Jewish architecture of wrought iron–decorated windows and splendid carved wood balconies. Tonight, dine at a traditional Moroccan riad, where a special guest offers insights into life in Fez during an informal talk. Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 4: Rabat / Morocco’s Capital After breakfast, drive to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Set off to explore the city’s highlights, including its superbly preserved Moorish relics, such as the 12th-century Hassan Tower, the incomplete minaret of a great mosque built by Yacoub el-Mansour. View the mausoleum of Mohamed V, founder of modern Morocco, and visit Oudaya Kasbah, built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. Note the carvings on the kasbah’s gate, among the most beautiful surviving in the Moorish world. Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses / Breakfast, Lunch Day 5: Marrakech / The Red City Travel overland today to Marrakech, arriving in the afternoon. Considered the “Pearl of the South,” Marrakech was once the capital of an empire that stretched from Spain to Senegal, and is sometimes known as “the red city” for the distinctive hues of its brick buildings. Hotel Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa / Breakfast Day 6: Marrakech Spend the day discovering Marrakech, starting at its ancient medina, the old walled section of the city. Visits include the Saadian Tombs, displaying intricate stucco and Granada-style carvings, and the Dar Si Said, one of the most beautiful palaces and the home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts. Continue to El Badi Palace and the 12th-century Koutoubia Minaret, the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa. Enjoy an exciting stroll through the fabled Djemaa el-Fna square where fire-eaters, mime artists and street musicians perform at every turn. Before returning to your hotel, savor another view of the city with a private horse-drawn carriage ride. This evening, join a special dinner hosted by a local Marrakech family. Hotel Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 7: Marrakech / Atlas Mountains You may choose to remain in Marrakech today or enjoy a full-day excursion to the High Atlas Mountains, North Africa’s greatest mountain range. Visit a picturesque village at Imlil Valley, meeting with local Berbers and visiting them in their home. Your farewell dinner tonight is held at the Palais Soleiman, a lovely Moroccan riad. Hotel Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 8: Depart Marrakech Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Dates & Pricing Aug 22-29 Sep 05-12 Land arrangements: Aug Sep Double occupancy $3,395 $3,750 Single supplement $735 $990 A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  38. 38. Day1:ArriveinCairo Arrive in Cairo, the largest city in Africa and the hub of your adventure through milennia of history. Meet your A&K representative, who escorts you to your hotel. FairmontNileCity Day2:Cairo/PyramidsofGiza This afternoon, visit the Giza Plateau to view one of the world’s truly iconic sights: the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chefren and the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the last surviving structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and, for much of its existence, the tallest manmade structure on earth. Standing guard before the pyramid of Chefren is the Great Sphinx, the largest statue ever carved from a single piece of stone. This enigmatic figure depicts a pharaoh with the body of a lion, Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Cruise for three nights on board the luxurious Nile cruiser Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV,’ named top small cruise ship by Condé Nast Traveler. • Avoid crowds and the hassle of navigating around other ships, thanks to private Nile docking facilities in Luxor and Aswan. • Discover the heritage of the Nubian people with a visit to one of their villages. • Sail aboard an authentic Egyptian felucca around the Aswan Islands. • Enjoy afternoon tea on the Victorian-inspired terrace at the historic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract hotel. Egypt: Ancient Kingdoms Priced from $3,795 Limited to 24 Guests | 9 Days | 18 Meals AbuSimbel Aswan KomOmbo Edfu Luxor Cairo R E D S E A Egypt Air Cruise / 201336
  39. 39. 37800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com traditional Nile felucca and continue your discovery of Nubian culture and heritage with a visit to a traditional Nubian village. Sanctuary‘SunBoatIV’/Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Day5:CruisingtheNile/KomOmbotoEdfu After a morning at leisure, take part in a cooking lesson and a chance to help prepare this afternoon’s lunch hosted by your onboard chef. Your next port of call is Kom Ombo, where you visit its lovely Greco-Roman temple. Kom Ombo is unique for having been dedicated to two gods, Haroeris and Sobek, and its construction mirrors this dual focus. Mummified crocodiles were also discovered near the site, and a few are on display here. Return to Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ for a leisurely sail to Edfu, where you explore the beautifully preserved Temple of Horus, the falcon god, built in 230 BC. The temple spent much of the modern era buried in sand and debris, thus preserving its colorful murals from the ravages of time. This evening’s dinner on board is an “Egyptian Night” costume party, with a chance to don traditional galabeyyas (long robes) though who the figure represents is unknown. Continue to the Solar Boat Museum, which houses Cheops’ 142-foot funerary boat, perhaps the single most important archaeological find in Egypt since the tomb of Tutankhamun. Get to know your fellow guests at tonight’s welcome dinner. FairmontNileCity/Breakfast,Dinner Day3:AbuSimbel/TheTwinTemples Early this morning, fly south to Abu Simbel, site of the magnificent twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The four towering sculptures of Ramses (each nearly 70 feet tall) are impressive enough; even more astonishing, this entire site was disassembled and moved to its present location to save it from flooding in the waters of the Aswan High Dam. Following your visit, take a short flight to Aswan and enjoy afternoon tea and the Nile views from the terrace of your hotel. Later, pay a visit to the Nubian Museum, home to many rare artifacts and mummies from this distinct Nile-dwelling culture. SofitelLegendOldCataractAswan/Breakfast Day4:Aswan/TempleofPhilae Begin the day with a visit to the granite quarries to view the enormous Unfinished Obelisk, a 1,200-ton block that showcases the outstanding skills of ancient Egypt’s stonemasons. From here, take a short boat ride to the exquisite temple of Philae on the island of Agilika. Like Abu Simbel, this temple was dismantled and reconstructed to prevent its eventual destruction by the Nile floodwaters. Later, step off the beaten track when you discover the less-visited temple of Nubian Egypt, Kalabsha, constructed around 30 BC. Continue overland to your five-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV.’ This afternoon, sail in a LookingoutoverthepyramidsatGiza. Amr Badr, A&K Egypt “Escorting you throughout your journey is your own A&K Egyptologist, a native expert in the history and myths of the pharaohs.”
  40. 40. AtraditionalfeluccasailstheNile. and enjoy a buffet of savory Egyptian cuisine, followed by music and dancing. Sanctuary‘SunBoatIV’/Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Day6:CruisingtheNile/Luxor This morning, tour the famed temple of Luxor, built in 1400 BC and containing, among other wonders, a Christian mural dating from the 10th century. Visit the neighboring temple of Karnak, an awe-inspiring complex built by a succession of pharaohs over two millennia. Its highlight is the great Hypostyle Hall, a forest of towering stone columns spanning an area greater than Notre Dame cathedral. After lunch, explore the west bank of the Nile, the famous necropolis of Thebes where many of Egypt’s pharaohs were laid to rest. Begin in the Valley of the Kings, the burial ground of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom, including Tutankhamun. Continue to the lovely, terraced mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female pharaoh, and end with a stop at the Colossi of Memnon, two gargantuan statues of Amenhotep III. Sanctuary‘SunBoatIV’/Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Day7:Cairo /TheAncientCity Bid farewell to Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ before your return flight to Cairo. On arriving, embark on a sightseeing excursion to Old Cairo and its Coptic area. Explore the remains of the Fortress of Babylon, built in the sixth century BC, as well as the oldest synagogue in Egypt, Ben Ezra. In this basilica-style temple were found the Cairo Geniza documents, an invaluable source of information about the life of the Jews in Egypt’s past. You also visit the Coptic Museum, with its many fine examples of pagan and Christian art. Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. FairmontNileCity/Breakfast,Lunch Day8:Cairo/ThePharaohs’Treasures Visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to over 120,000 relics of ancient Egypt. While your guide introduces you to many stunning sights, none are as awe-inspiring as the Mummy Room, where some of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and nobility lie in state, and the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb, including his priceless gold funerary mask. A wireless earpiece allows you to hear your Egyptologist’s commentary even in the most crowded galleries. Continue your tour of Cairo, exploring the Sultan Hassan mosque, remarkable for containing a madrasa for each of the four schools of Sunni Muslim belief. Continue to the Khan El-Khalili, the city’s famous bazaar, where you may browse and haggle for all manner of goods, from souvenir keepsakes to rugs, clothing and fresh spices. Celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner tonight. FairmontNileCity/Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Day 9: Depart Cairo Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan CompletelyrestoredVictorian jewelonthebanksoftheNile. Fairmont Nile City, Cairo Anelegant,modernhotelwithgreat Nileviewsandin-housespa. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. / 201338
  41. 41. 39800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com This journey illuminates every era of Egyptian history — not only the glory days of the pharaohs, but also the less well-known civilization of the Nubians, which you discover during a visit to a Nubian village. localconnections Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ Comfort Worthy of the Pharaohs SwimmingPool Galley Restaurant Reception Library Lower SunDeck Gym Lounge& Bar GiftShop Royal Suites (638 sq. ft.) Presidential Suites (468 sq. ft.) Promenade Deck (162 sq. ft. avg.) Bridge Deck (180 sq. ft. avg.) Main Deck (193 sq. ft. avg.) Nile Deck (207 sq. ft. avg.) Deck Plan SUN DECK BRIDGE DECK PROMENADE DECK MAIN DECK NILE DECK Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ offers equally distinguished service and comfort. With a maximum of about 80 guests, she delivers one of the most intimate experiences on the Nile. ›› 36luxurycabins,2PresidentialSuitesand2RoyalSuiteswithbalcony ›› Fullyair-conditionedwithcabincontrol ›› Mostcabinshavepanoramicfloor-to-ceilingwindows ›› Elegantdiningroomwithpicturewindows ›› Smokingandcellphoneuserestrictedforyourcomfort ›› On-boarddoctorisalwaysavailable ›› WirelessInternetaccess Dates & Pricing Sep 10-18  Oct 22-30  Nov 19-27  Dec 03-11 Land/Cruise arrangements: Double occupancy Single supplement Sep Nile Deck $3,795 $1,030 Main Deck $3,895 $1,190 Bridge Deck $3,990 $1,265 Promenade Deck $4,095 $1,375 Presidential Suite $4,555 $2,295 Royal Suite $5,075 $3,115 Oct-Dec Nile Deck $4,495 $1,455 Main Deck $4,660 $1,610 Bridge Deck $4,720 $1,690 Promenade Deck $4,820 $1,800 Presidential Suite $5,635 $2,905 Royal Suite $6,350 $3,825 Internal airfare: Economy class from $630Luxor/Cairo; Cairo/Abu Simbel/Aswan A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  42. 42. Day 1: Arrive in Beijing Arrive in Beijing, China’s bustling capital, where your A&K representative meets you and takes you to your hotel. Fairmont Beijing Day 2: Beijing / The Heart of the City Start your explorations of Beijing at Tiananmen Square, where thousands gather to walk, fly kites or enjoy the view of the monuments surrounding the square. Continue to the Forbidden City, so named because it was barred to all but the emperors who inhabited it and the servants who attended them. The Imperial Palace is a vast complex of halls, pavilions, courtyards and walls. It was within these walls that 24 emperors — aided by their ministers, soldiers and servants — ruled imperial China for nearly 500 years. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Pay a unique visit to a family home for a dumpling making lesson and lunch with the family. • Hop into a pedicab and explore a traditional Beijing neighborhood. • See a noodle making demonstration. • Participate in traditional tai chi exercise, lead by a tai chi master. • Visit aYangtze River village to mingle with the locals. • Participate in a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy lesson. • Take a traditional sampan ride through the local floating villages. • Enjoy a tea service at a local Shanghai teahouse. China: Life Along the Yangtze Priced from $4,690 Limited to 28 Guests | 13 Days | 27 Meals E A S T C H I N A S ea S O U T H C H I N A S ea HongKong Shanghai Beijing Xian Chongqing Fengdu ThreeGorges DamProject CHINA Air Cruise / 201340
  43. 43. 41800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Chinese architectural style of the exquisite Great Mosque. Visit the Ming-era City Walls as well. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a show, based on Tang Dynasty music and dance. Hilton Xian / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 6: Chongqing / At River’s Edge Fly from Xian to Chongqing this morning. Visit the Chongqing Zoo to catch a glimpse of China’s famous pandas. Afterward, take a tour of the city, the gateway to China’s southwest frontier. Following lunch, board Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer.’ Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 7: Fengdu / Life Along the Yangtze Start off your morning with a soothing tai chi session alongside a tai chi master. In the afternoon, disembark for a shore excursion in Fengdu, a village on the shores of the Yangtze. Explore Fengdu, chatting with locals and visiting a school. Return to ‘Yangzi Explorer,’ where more activities and fascinating lectures await. After an afternoon at leisure, enjoy a special welcome dinner. Fairmont Beijing / Breakfast, Dinner Day 3: Beijing / A Taste of the Ancient Capital Hop into a pedicab and explore a traditional Beijing neighborhood. Hutongs, winding alleyways that were once the lifeblood of old Beijing, used to number in the thousands; yet under urban renewal, they are quickly disappearing. Pay a visit to a home for a dumpling making lesson and lunch with the family. Afterward, travel to the Mutianyu section of Great Wall of China, and explore this architectural feat along its best-preserved section. Return to Beijing, pausing en route to take photos of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, fixtures of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This evening, savor traditional Peking duck at a local restaurant. Fairmont Beijing / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 4: Xian / Treasures of the Silk Road Fly to Xian, the ancient eastern terminus of the Silk Road. Visit the Yangling Museum, which features archaeological discoveries from Han Dynasty tombs. Enjoy a local dumpling lunch, one of the city’s culinary specialties, followed by an afternoon at leisure. Hilton Xian / Breakfast, Lunch Day 5: Xian / Terra Cotta Warriors Visit the site of what is often considered to be the single greatest archaeological find of the 20th century, the Terra Cotta Warriors. See the more than 8,000 life-size figures said to represent second-century Chinese military might. After lunch, continue exploring Xian. Stroll through the markets and lanes of the old city quarter and discover the TheGreatWallcoursingovertheChineselandscape. Patrick Macleod, A&K Hong Kong “Learn many of China’s traditional arts through firsthand instruction, including tai chi, calligraphy — even dumpling making.”
  44. 44. Tonight, meet the captain during a welcome reception before dinner. Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 8: The Three Gorges / Cruising a Chinese Scroll Painting ‘Yangzi Explorer’ enters the Qutang Gorge this morning through the majestic cliffs of Kui Men gate. Continue cruising through Wu Gorge, known for its famous peaks, said to represent a celestial being and her 12 attendants. At Badong, embark on an exclusive excursion up the picturesque Shennong Stream on board a traditional sampan, rowed by expert Tujia boatmen. Back on board ‘Yangzi Explorer,’ pass through the Xiling Gorge. Later, partake in a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy lesson, as your instructor explains the method of Chinese writing. Tonight, dress in traditional Chinese attire for a festive dinner. Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 9: The Three Gorges Dam Project Visit the Exhibition of the Three Gorges Dam Project for a tour of the area. The Three Gorges Dam Project, the largest construction project ever undertaken, stands at 1.2 miles in length and 600 feet high. Sail through its locks before continuing to Yichang. Disembark in Yichang and transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Fairmont Peace Hotel / Breakfast, Lunch Day 10: Shanghai / China’s Style and Economic Capital Join your Tour Director for a stroll along the Bund — the promenade along the Huangpu River — watching locals doing their morning exercises. Continue through Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter to the 16th-century Yu Garden. Afterward, enjoy a tea appreciation service at a local teahouse. Return to the Bund, with its lovely British, French, American, German, Japanese and Russian buildings. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the city. Fairmont Peace Hotel / Breakfast, Dinner Day 11: Hong Kong / City-State on the Make This morning, fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong, a vibrant city known for its expansive skyline, deep harbor and surprising greenery. Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers / Breakfast Day 12: Hong Kong / East Meets West This morning, visit the Dried Food and Herbal Medicine Market in the Western District. Continue to the incense-filled Man Mo Temple and to the Peak Tram for a ride on this storied funicular up to Victoria Peak. Enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city from the observation deck. Afterward, take a sampan ride through the local floating villages of Aberdeen. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, attend a special farewell dinner. RoyalPacificHotel&Towers/Breakfast,Dinner Day 13: Depart Hong Kong Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast ThebreathtakingThreeGorgesregion. Fairmont Beijing WinnerofTripAdvisor.com’s2012 Travelers’ChoiceAwards. Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers LocatedonstunningVictoriaHarbour, neartheshopsofCantonRoad. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. / 201342
  45. 45. 43800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com One of the best ways to know a culture is through food, which is why we arranged for a hands-on dumpling making session and lunch with a local family in Beijing. localconnections Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ Five-star style on the Yangtze. Reception Elevato r Sta irRestaurant Elevato r Sta irTheater Mezzanine CelestialK ImperialK Elevato r Sta irTheater MainFloor Function Rooms Elevato r Sta ir ViewingLounge andBar ViewingDeck ShopsSuiteLounge JadeKMandarinK Elevato r Sta irSpaand FitnessCenter Function Rooms DeckPlan With luxurious staterooms and public areas, expert on-board guides and a peerless staff and crew, ‘Yangzi Explorer’ is the best choice for cruising China’s mighty Yangtze. ›› 38DeluxeCabins,20Suitesandfourspecialtysuites ›› Privatebalconyinallcabinsandsuites ›› Viewingloungewithbar ›› Internationalrestaurantofferingawidearrayofmenuoptions ›› Double-deckertheaterareawithbar ›› Spaandbeautysalon 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.) EXPLORER DECK WU DECK QUTANG DECK XILING DECK MAIN DECK Dates & Pricing Apr 20-May 02 May 11-23 May 18-30 Jun 01-13 Jun 22-Jul 04 Jul 13-25 Aug 17-29 Sep 07-19 Sep21-Oct03 Oct 05-17 Oct 26-Nov 07 Land/Cruise arrangements: Apr; Sep; Oct 05- Oct 26-Nov May Jun -Aug Oct24 Deluxe Cabin Double Double Double Double occupancy occupancy occupancy occupancy Main Deck $5,225 $5,120 $4,690 $5,315 Xiling Deck $5,305 $5,200 $4,770 $5,395 Wu Deck $5,385 $5,280 $4,850 $5,475 Suite Wu Deck $6,225 $6,120 $5,490 $6,315 Qutang Deck $6,350 $6,245 $5,590 $6,440 Jade/Mandarin $8,305 $8,200 $6,830 $8,395 Celestial/Imperial $8,965 $8,860 $7,380 $9,055 Internal airfare: Economy class from $920Beijing/Xian/Chongqing; Yichang/Shanghai/Hong Kong Single supplement from $2,115. Call A&K for details. A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate.
  46. 46. Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok Arrive in Thailand’s vibrant capital city, where an A&K representative is on hand to greet you and escort you to your hotel. Millennium Hilton Bangkok Day 2: Bangkok / City of Angels Start at the Grand Palace, entering via a secret doorway that reveals oft-missed treasures in the exhibit of royal regalia. Explore its sprawling grounds dotted with over 100 ornate buildings, gardens and statues of mythological creatures. Continue to the Wat Phra Kaew, home to the famous Emerald Buddha. Then visit Wat Pho, where the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha lies. Cruise the Chao Phraya River to an artists’ collective for a traditional performance by Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Enter the Grand Palace via a secret doorway. • Encounter one of the last masters of Thai traditional puppetry. • Explore Bangkok through a unique rickshaw and walking tour. • Witness a stunning sunrise at Angkor Wat. • Meet a war veteran who shares his eye-opening experience during your visit to the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam. • Travel by traditional cyclo through Hanoi’s old quarter. • Experience a private elephant ride at Maesa Elephant Camp. • Chat with a Buddhist monk at Wat Umong. Southeast Asia: Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Priced from $5,395 Limited to 28 Guests | 15 Days | 32 Meals CAMBODIA AIR Hanoi A ndaman S ea S outh C hina S ea vietnam Danang Bangkok ChiangMai SiemReap HoChiMinhCity Thailand / 201344
  47. 47. 45800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com Day 6: Siem Reap / The Temple in the Jungle Fly from Chiang Mai via Bangkok to Siem Reap, near the ruins of Angkor Wat. Visit romantic Ta Prohm, entangled in the surrounding jungle foliage. Climb over its crumbling stonework and marvel at the tree roots dripping down the temple’s walls. Sofitel Angkor / Breakfast, Dinner Day 7: Siem Reap / The Khmer Crown Jewel Travel early today to Angkor Wat to catch the sunrise. Then discover the masterpiece of the Khmer empire, walking amid moss-covered cobbled pathways and marveling at the intricately carved bas-reliefs. Continue to Banteay Srei, a temple constructed with red sandstone. After lunch, board a wooden boat and cruise through the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting a local school and perhaps even presenting students with study materials. Sofitel Angkor / Breakfast, Lunch Day 8: Siem Reap / The Faces of Bayon Set off to explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple, with its beguiling 172 large-scale faces. Wrap up one of the last masters of Thai puppetry. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow guests set to traditional Thai dance performances. Millennium Hilton Bangkok / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 3: Bangkok / The Local’s Way Venture off the beaten path onto the opposite side of the river for a rickshaw ride and walking tour. Stops include a local temple to witness Buddhists at worship. Then embark on a long-tail boat ride to a lush, secluded area of the city. Take a ride on a samlor (bicycle taxi) through the greenest parts of Bangkok before returning to the other side of the river. The rest of your day is at leisure. Millennium Hilton Bangkok / Breakfast, Dinner Day 4: Chiang Mai / Home to the Lion Buddha Fly to Chiang Mai. Venture through its streets via rickshaw, stopping at Wat Phra Singh, home to the revered Phra Singh (Lion Buddha), one of the most revered images of Buddha. Later, stroll Chiang Mai’s famous Night Market, a kaleidoscope of merchants and food carts. Le Meridien Hotel / Breakfast, Dinner Day 5: Chiang Mai / Meditating Buddhism Meet and chat with a Buddhist monk at Wat Umong, a famed center of meditation. Afterward, visit Wat Doi Suthep. Enjoy lunch in a hill tribe village, followed up by an opportunity to experience a private elephant ride to Maesa Elephant Camp. Le Meridien Hotel / Breakfast, Lunch SunriseatAngkorWat,Cambodia. Samuel Desmier, A&K Thailand “Explore a key battleground of the Vietnam War, the Cu Chi tunnels — and then meet a veteran who fought there.”
  48. 48. your first day at the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Siem Reap on your own. Sofitel Angkor / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City / Old Saigon Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Begin your explorations of the city formerly known as Saigon in Cholon, its Chinatown, home to delis, ancient quarters, old temples and beautiful architecture. Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda and Le Cong Kieu, one of the city’s oldest commercial streets. InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel / Breakfast, Dinner Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City / Shaping Contemporary Vietnam Drive into the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnel network, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War, and meet a war veteran who recounts his experiences in the tunnels. After lunch, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, with its neo-Romanesque façade and bell towers. You also stop at the 19th-century French- colonial Post Office, the largest in Vietnam. InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 11: Hoi An / Pearl of China Beach Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang and continue to Hoi An. Explore this traditional town, visiting the colorful local market and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Stop at a local home to see how silkworms are raised. Then visit an artisan’s house for a demonstration on how to make Hoi An’s famous silk lanterns. InterContinentalDanang/Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner AcloserlookattheChampatempleinMySon. CarryingproduceacrossPagodaBridgeinHoiAn. / 201346
  49. 49. 47800 652 8018 / ak-connections.com your first day at the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Siem Reap on your own. Sofitel Angkor / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City / Old Saigon Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Begin your explorations of the city formerly known as Saigon in Cholon, its Chinatown, home to delis, ancient quarters, old temples and beautiful architecture. Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda and Le Cong Kieu, one of the city’s oldest commercial streets. InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel / Breakfast, Dinner Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City / Shaping Contemporary Vietnam Drive into the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnel network, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War, and meet a war veteran who recounts his experiences in the tunnels. After lunch, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, with its neo-Romanesque façade and bell towers. You also stop at the 19th-century French- colonial Post Office, the largest in Vietnam. InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 11: Hoi An / Pearl of China Beach Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang and continue to Hoi An. Explore this traditional town, visiting the colorful local market and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Stop at a local home to see how silkworms are raised. Then visit an artisan’s house for a demonstration on how to make Hoi An’s famous silk lanterns. InterContinentalDanang/Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Day 12: My Son / Seat of the Champa Kingdom Visit My Son, the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization and considered to be the Champa Kingdom’s counterpart to Angkor in Cambodia. Enjoy lunch near My Son and return to Hoi An for an evening at leisure. InterContinental Danang / Breakfast, Lunch Day 13: Hanoi / Capital of Culture Fly to Hanoi. Start exploring Vietnam’s capital by visiting Ho Chi Minh’s House, and continue to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and the Quan Thanh Temple. End your city tour at the famed “Hanoi Hilton” Prison, used by French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by the North Vietnamese for prisoners of war. InterContinental Westlake Hotel / Breakfast, Dinner Day 14: Hanoi / The Old Quarter Visit the Fine Arts Museum, home to ancient antiquities and contemporary art. Then set off on an exciting cyclo ride into the Old Quarter, where narrow streets dating back to the 15th century bear names reflecting the business once conducted there: Silk Street, Rice Street, Paper Street. After lunch, your afternoon is at leisure. Join your fellow guests for a farewell dinner this evening. InterContinental Westlake Hotel / Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 15: Depart Hanoi Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast Southeast Asia is stepped in spirituality, and so your journey includes a chance to chat one-on-one with a monk at Wat Umong in Chiang Mai. localconnections AcloserlookattheChampatempleinMySon. CarryingproduceacrossPagodaBridgeinHoiAn. Sofitel Angkor Modernelegancewithatouchof Frenchartd’vivreinSiemReap. InterContinental Danang Surroundedbybeautifulviews oftheSouthChinaSea. Hotel Spotlight Take a closer look at this journey’s inspiring accommodations. Visit ak-connections.comfor photos of all the hotels on this journey. Dates & Pricing Sep 12-26 Oct 10-24 Nov 07-21 Dec 05-19 Oct 03-17 Oct 24-Nov 07 Nov 21-Dec 05 Dec 12-26 Land arrangements: Sep Oct-Dec Double occupancy $5,395 $5,865 Single supplement $1,525 $1,800 Internal airfare: Economy class from $1,265 Bangkok/Chiang Mai/Siem Reap/ Ho Chi Min City/Danang/Hanoi A&K is happy to arrange your international air or pre-/post-itinerary hotel nights. ContactA&Kfordetails. Journeys in bold are guaranteedtooperate. / 201346
  50. 50. Day 1: Arrive in Delhi Arrive in Delhi, where an A&K representative is on hand to greet you. Taj Palace Hotel Day 2: Delhi / India’s Capital This morning, visit the A&K Philanthropy-supported Deepalaya School, which supports the education of local underprivileged children, before starting your tour of New Delhi. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun’s Tomb, a red-sandstone predecessor to the Taj Mahal, and 13th-century Qutub Minar. Meet your fellow guests tonight for a welcome dinner. Taj Palace Hotel / Breakfast, Dinner Day 3: Delhi / Treasures of Old Delhi Tour Old Delhi for a glimpse into some of India’s most historic sites, India: Spiritual Splendors A glimpe of traditional life in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Connections at a Glance Discover your destination through these local connections. • Visit the Deepalaya School, which services local underprivileged children. • Take an exciting rickshaw ride through the colorful shopping district of Chandni Chowk. • Experience both sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal. • Enjoy an elephant safari on a private Rajput farm. • Witness the evening Aarti ceremony on the Ganges, complete with chanting prayers and mantras, drums and bells. • Marvel at an unforgettable sunrise boat ride on the sacred river Ganges. Priced from $3,990 Limited to 28 Guests | 11 Days | 19 Meals Varanasi Khajuraho Jhansi Agra Jaipur Delhi INDIA Road Air Rail / 201348

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