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  • 2013 ® LUXURY PRIVATE TRAVEL
  • no matter how far off the beaten path we ventured, our safari guide knew the way.
  • 1 FiftyYearsofLeadershipinLuxuryTravel This year, Abercrombie & Kent is marking a significant milestone. In 1962, we guided our first safaris in East Africa, setting a new standard for luxury in the wild. Fifty years later, our name is synonymous with luxury, authenticity and inspiration, in more than 100 countries on all seven continents. This brochure is your guide to creating the perfect independent journey with A&K, built around the things you want to see and do. All of the destinations we profile are places we know intimately, places where our longstanding local connections can deliver the most authentic and rewarding independent travel experience possible. Let these pages inspire you to create the journey of your dreams — with the world’s foremost luxury private travel experts helping every step of the way. Geoffrey Kent Founder, Chairman & CEO Abercrombie & Kent
  • 2 Luxury Private Travel DESTINATIONGUIDES | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. Africa 14 Kenya & Tanzania 22 Uganda & Rwanda 26 Southern Africa Egypt, Morocco & Beyond 36 Egypt 42 Jordan, Oman & the Emirates 46 Israel 50 Morocco 54 Turkey Asia, India & the Pacific 60 China 66 Japan & Korea 68 Mongolia & Central Asia 70 Himalaya: Nepal & Bhutan 72 India & Sri Lanka 78 Thailand & Vietnam 82 Cambodia & Laos 86 Myanmar 88 Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific Luxury Private Travel Table of Contents The Americas 94 Peru & Bolivia 98 The Galápagos & Ecuador 104 Chile & Argentina 110 Brazil 114 Costa Rica & Central America 116 Mexico 118 North America Europe 123 Signature Journeys 128 Tailor Made Elements 144 European Villas 148 Canal & River Cruising in France 156 Canal & River Cruising in Holland & Central Europe 160 Cruising in Britain & Ireland
  • 3 19 Signature Kenya & Tanzania 20 Signature Kenya 21 Signature Tanzania 25 Signature Uganda 30 Signature South Africa & Botswana 31 Signature Zambia & Botswana 32 Signature Wings Over Botswana 33 Signature Namibia 41 Signature Egypt & the Nile 45 Signature Jordan 49 Signature Israel 53 Signature Morocco 57 Signature Turkey 65 Signature China & the Yangtze 77 Signature India & the Taj Mahal 130 Britain & Ireland Elements 132 France, The Netherlands & Belgium Elements 134 Italy Elements 136 Central & Eastern Europe Elements For an overview of all departures, refer to page 168. 85 Signature Indochina & Angkor Wat 96 Signature Peru & Machu Picchu 97 Signature Machu Picchu & the Amazon 102 Signature Peru & the Galápagos 103 Signature Ecuador & the Galápagos 107 Signature Argentina 108 Signature Chile 109 Signature Patagonia 113 Signature Brazil 123 Signature Italy 124 Signature Croatia 125 Signature Budapest, Vienna & Prague 126 Signature Russia 127 Signature Waterways of the Czars 138 Spain & Portugal Elements 140 Greece & Turkey Elements 142 Scandinavia & Russia Elements SIGNATURESERIES® | The ideal private journey, ready to book. TAILORMADEELEMENTS | Build the European journey of your dreams from these short, private itineraries.
  • 4 Luxury Private Travel Abercrombie & Kent pioneered private luxury travel, and no other company combines a worldwide presence with five decades of expertise in bringing unexpected comfort to exotic destinations. AWorldofExpertise:PlanningYourJourney When it comes to planning a journey that is just right for you, there is no substitute for working alongside an expert — and A&K has hundreds, in North America and around the world. Whereas other travel companies rely on third-party guides and suppliers, A&K maintains 50 offices worldwide, whose experts work tirelessly so that every aspect of your journey meets Abercrombie & Kent’s rigorous standards of quality and service. The process begins with a phone call or email: simply tell us where you are thinking of going, and what you might like to do when you arrive. Your private travel specialist then works with you to learn your needs and preferences, eventually presenting you with a Tailor Made itinerary which you refine and perfect together. Along the way, your specialist answers all your questions and suggests options you may not even have considered. From the restaurants you dine in to the luxury hotels where each memorable day ends, A&K recommends the right choice for you, every step of the way. What makes A&K unique? The Abercrombie & Kent Difference AlwaysatYourSide:A&K’sLocalExperts You’ve planned your journey and you’re ready to go — and A&K is there with you. Accompanying you on your independent journey are our renowned local guides: lifelong experts in your destination who know the ins and outs of every stop on your itinerary. And of course, we include time at leisure to allow you to relax and explore on your own. Beyond your tour guides, your journey is supported by a host of dedicated A&K personnel who you may encounter briefly or never meet at all, from the representative who greets you at the airport (your transfers are always included) to the staff members behind the scenes who make your journey run without a hitch.
  • 5 TheFinishingTouches:UnmatchedInsiderAccess Thanks to our local ties, your private journey can include access to people and sites far beyond the reach of the average traveller. We can take you into parts of the Forbidden City still forbidden to most travellers; admit you to the Hagia Sophia before it opens to the public; or spice up your safari with a private visit with paleontologist Dr. Richard Leakey. Wherever you travel, A&K helps you discover your destination in unmatched authenticity and style. 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. We were named World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator at the 2011 World Travel Awards; Best Luxury Tour Operator by both Luxury Travel Advisor and the readers of Travel Weekly; and — for the 12th consecutive year — Best Tour Operator in Africa by Recommend magazine. Across the decades and around the world, A&K sets the standard.
  • 6 Luxury Private Travel DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfectTailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Serengeti NationalPark& MasaiMara GameReserve(3-5 days recommended) Covering 10,000 square miles, the Serengeti is Tanzania's largestand most famous national park. As the southern part of a vastexpanse of plains land shared with Kenya, the Serengeti supportsone of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world. It is hometo dozens of species, including the antelope, hyena, leopard, giraffe,lion, buffalo and cheetah. Each year, the Serengeti is the scene of thespectacular wildebeest and zebra migration, when millions of theseanimals make their annual trek to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search offresh grasses and water. The Mara is one of Kenya’s most populargame reserves and a good place to see the “Big Five” (buffalo,elephants, rhinos, lions and leopards). It "Due to A&K’s reputation and 50-year presence in East Africa, we are able to arrange a variety o inspiring experiences for our gue For example, we can arrange a private talk with Dr. Richard Leake memberofthefamouspaleontolo Leakey family, or take you into the home of a local artist for dinner. A& can also introduce you to Daphne Sheldrick, who is best known for he rhino and elephant orphanage." — GrahamWood, Managing Directo A&K Tanzania Time Difference: EST plus 8 hours Best Time to Travel: The best time for wildlife viewing (including the Great Migration) is June- October and January- March — the dry months — although both countries are fascinating destinations year-round. Climate: Both Kenya an Tanzania have tropical climat The dry season June-October a January-March it is rainiest fro April-May. Ave temperatures ye round in Kenya range from 70-8 degrees Fahrenh In Tanzania, temperatures ran from 65-82. 0 mi. 250 mi. TANZANIA KENYA I N D I A N O C E A N L A K E V I C TO R I A 1 2 8 3 4 7 9 5 6 Serengeti NationalPark&MasaiMaraGameReserve Ngorongoro Crater Zanzibar TarangireNationalPark&LakeManyara NationalPark MountKilimanjaro SelousGameReserve &RuahaNationalPark MahaleMountains NationalPark Amboseli NationalPark &ChyuluHills SamburuGameReserve, LaikipiaPlateau& LewaDowns Arusha Mombasa Nairobi Tailor Made private travel allows you to experience the world entirely on your own terms: where to visit, when to go, and what to do when you get there. This book is designed to help you create that personalized trip of a lifetime. Get to know each inspiring destination, and then take your pick from an array of inspiring ways to get there. The itinerary of your dreams starts with this book. Creating Your Journey Luxury Private Travel is like a virtual tour guide — the next- best thing to having an A&K expert sitting across from you. Each Destination Guide walks you through the must-see places in a particular region, as well as some sites not necessarily on every traveller’s radar, but which our experts have highlighted for their distinctive character. A map clearly indicates each location, allowing you to begin sketching your Tailor Made itinerary as you read. We even note how many days we recommend to experience each site to the fullest. Once you’ve assembled a rough idea of where you want to go, it’s time to consider your options. A&K makes private travel planning easy with two convenient ways to build your itinerary. DESTINATIONGUIDES | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights.
  • 7 Signature Kenya & Tanzania 12 days, priced from $11,795; arrives Sunday, departs Thursday Minimum age 12 (Gold-level program only) A&KADVANTAGES: › Choose between Gold-level luxurious permanent tented camping and Silver-level lodge accommodations › Meet Maasai villagers and learn about their traditional ways › Sip sundowner cocktails, while savoring vibrant African sunsets › Explore Ngorongoro Crater, a haven for endangered wildlife › Gaze across the Masai Mara plains from atop Siria Escarpment DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Fairmont The Norfolk (Gold)/Nairobi Serena Hotel (Silver) DAY 2: Nairobi/Amboseli National Park Scenic flight to Amboseli National Park; afternoon game drive. Tortilis Camp (Gold)/ Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Amboseli National Park Game drives in Amboseli National Park. Tortilis Camp (Gold)/ Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Amboseli/Arusha, Tanzania/ Lake Manyara National Park Transfer to Arusha for lunch; flight to Lake Manyara National Park. Escarpment Luxury Lodge (Gold)/ Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater Game drive through Lake Manyara National Park; overnight at Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Gold)/ Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater Drive down to Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive; Maasai village visit to learn about local customs. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Gold)/Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAYS 7-8: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Drive (Silver) or flight (Gold) to Serengeti National Park; afternoonat leisure to relax or view the amazing wildlife from the comfort ofyour tent. Sanctuary Kusini (Gold)/ Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara Game Reserve Flight to Masai Mara via Arusha and Nairobi; game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve. Sanctuary Olonana (Gold)/ Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAYS 10-11: Masai Mara Game Reserve “Big Five” in Masai Mara; optional hot air balloon ride. SanctuaryOlonana (Gold)/Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 12: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Transfer to Nairobi; lunch at Carnivore Restaurant; Karen Blixen house and museum. Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom) (Gold)/ Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) (Silver) | Meals: B L D A young lion h DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journeschedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. P Jan 06–17* Jan 13–24 Feb 03–14* Feb 10–21* Feb 17–28 Mar 03–14* Mar 10–21 Jun 02–13* Jun 16–27 Jul 07–18 Jul 14–25* Jul 21–Aug 01** Aug 11–22 Aug 25–Sep 05* Sep Oc Dec Dec Land arrangements: Silver Jan-Mar; Jun-Oct Dec Jan-M Jun-O Double occupancy $11,795 $12,895 $18,7 Single supplement $1,995 $1,995 $4,9 Internalairfare: Nairobi/Amboseli; Arusha/Manyara; Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara/Nairobi Nairobi/Amboseli; Arusha/Manyara/Serengeti/ Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara/Nairobi Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for detai*Gold departure only. **Silver departure only. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxur Group Journey Kenya&TanzaniaWildli Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. MasaiMara GameReserve K TANZANIA Nairobi Arusha Amboseli NationalP LakeManyara NationalPark Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti NationalPark AIR ROAD The pink city o J p used for its massive forts and magnificent palaces — is the capital of Rajasthan, India’s culture-rich northern state. The best sites of this imperial city include the famous Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, with its stone-carved screens that allowed women of the court to look out without being seen, and the Amber Fort, a yellow palace built into the sheer side of a hill overhanging Jaipur. The Elephant Festival and Gangaur in spring and the Teej celebrations in August are sights to see. Venture into rural Rajasthan for a taste of the region’s folk traditions. 3 Agra &theTajMahal (2 days recommended) A vision in white (that turns orange, pink and gold depending on the time of day), the Taj Mahal rises from beautifully landscaped gardens, its perfect proportions and awe-inspiring symmetry seemingly painted onto light-blue skies. Experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site and New World Wonder from all angles with two visits — one at dawn, one at sunset — to take in the intricacies of its pietra dura inlays and absorb its full beauty. Apart from Taj Mahal, Agra has two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra Fort is located on the other side of the river and the top of the fort presents a beautiful view of Taj Mahal. After sightseeing, stop by the city’s markets — Agra has a well-known leather and handicraft industry. Jaipur's Hawa Mahal, with its ornately carved windows RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. WondersofNorthernIndia&Ranthambore | from $6,695 A blend of historic sites and natural wonders of the Rajasthan region. SplendorsofRajasthan | from $6,895 Exploring India's cultural heart, full of gorgeous palaces, forts and temples. Days1-3 Days4-6 Days7-8 Delhi Delwara/Udaipur Jaipur Days9-10 Days11-12 Day13 Ranthambore Agra Delhi Days1-2 Days3-4 Days5-8 Delhi Mandawa/Bikaner Jaisalmer/Jodhpur Days9-11 Days12-13 Day14 Udaipur/Deogarh Jaipur Agra 74 Luxury Private Travel RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. “I’ve never been here before. What are the best places to visit?” So many travellers have asked us this that we created the Signature Series: the ideal independent itinerary, featuring A&K’s recommended must-sees at each destination. Signature journeys feature the best hotels from A&K’s portfolio of luxury properties; Silver and Gold options on most journeys let you choose between four- and five-star accommodations. Best of all, Signature Series programs are priced and ready to book with a single phone call, leaving all of the planning and decision-making with us — you just choose when you want to go. As you read about each region, you will notice brief sample itineraries along the bottom of the page. These outlines are provided by A&K experts as a framework for you to build upon in constructing your own private journey. Locations in the itinerary are described in the Destination Guide, allowing you to quickly gauge which proposed journey suits your needs. Working from these recommendations, you can consult an A&K specialist or your travel professional to begin the detailed planning of your perfect Tailor Made journey. Match the perfect hotel to each destination from the luxury properties profiled in A&K’s WorldwideHotelPortfolio. Contact A&K to request a copy. SIGNATURESERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 2013 ® WORLDWIDE HOTEL PORTFOLIO 2013
  • 8 Luxury Private Travel Making your private journey your own. A Journey for Every Traveller
  • 9 Every traveller is unique ... so why shouldn’t the same be true of every journey? While there are as many ways to travel as there are places to visit, here are a few suggestions for making your custom private journey truly your own. FamilyJourneys:InspirationforEveryGeneration Private custom travel offers many advantages that particularly benefit the family. For one, there is the simple freedom to travel solely on your own schedule, free of conflicts with school or work. A Tailor Made journey also offers the chance to ensure every family member has an unforgettable experience, and A&K has decades of practice in creating itineraries that appeal to all generations. CelebratewithTravel Renew your wedding vows with a Hindu priest in the Shiva Temple in Jaipur; fly kites with the whole family from the ramparts of the Great Wall; or birthday-shop ‘til you drop in the finest European boutiques, accompanied by your personal fashion consultant. Whatever the occasion, a custom Abercrombie & Kent Celebrations journey is the perfect way to commemorate it. Talk to one of our private travel specialists, and see how easily your dream celebration can become reality. See the World — and See It Change Many travellers today want to contribute back to the places they visit. Today, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy supports dozens of grassroots projects around the world committed to preserving and aiding the world’s habitats, wildlife and indigenous peoples. Ask an A&K private travel consultant about opportunities to visit and, in some cases, participate in these projects, and to discover your destination through the work of its most dedicated people.
  • 10 Luxury Private Travel BRAZIL ECUADOR THE GALÁPAGOS PERU ARGENTINA CHILE EGYPT ISRAEL JORDAN TURKEY ITALY MOROCCO AUSTRIA MONTENEGRO CROATIA SLOVAKIA HUNGARY CZECH REPUBLIC SOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANA NAMIBIA ZAMBIA ZIMBABWE TANZANIA KENYA UGANDA Additional A&K Destinations Signature Journey Destinations Start planning your next great adventure today. 2013 Luxury Private Travel Destinations
  • 11 INDIA CHINA VIETNAM CAMBODIA THAILAND RUSSIA YourJourneyBeginsHere Read the following pages and discover a world of inspiring travel made possible only with Abercrombie & Kent. A&K Private Travel Specialists are on hand at 800 652 8403 Monday through Saturday; you may also find more information online at abercrombiekent.com. When you’re ready to take the next step, call us or consult your travel professional.
  • DESTINATION GUIDES 14 Kenya & Tanzania 22 Uganda & Rwanda 26 Southern Africa "From the wildlife-rich plains of Kenya and Tanzania to cosmopolitan Cape Town and thrilling Victoria Falls in the south, A&K offers an African experience that is second to none. Read these Destination Guides and begin building your once-in-a-lifetime safari to Africa. Along the way, you'll read about our exclusive mobile camps, the annual Great Migration and some unique primate encounters to be had in Uganda and Rwanda. Have us create an itinerary to your tastes, or choose a Recommended Route or a Signature Series journey, with the must-see sites already chosen for you. Above all, enjoy your visit to the most inspiring and thrilling place on earth." Africa –MarkWheeler, A&K Kenya & Uganda 13
  • Kenya & Tanzania Both Kenya and Tanzania are year-round destinations offering a unique combination of wildlife and scenery, as well as progressive conservation policies.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Serengeti NationalPark & MasaiMara GameReserve (3-5 days recommended) Covering 10,000 square miles, the Serengeti is Tanzania's largest and most famous national park. As the southern part of a vast expanse of plains land shared with Kenya, the Serengeti supports one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world. It is home to dozens of species, including the antelope, hyena, leopard, giraffe, lion, buffalo and cheetah. Each year, the Serengeti is the scene of the spectacular wildebeest and zebra migration, when millions of these animals make their annual trek to Kenya’s Masai Mara in search of fresh grasses and water. The Mara is one of Kenya’s most popular game reserves and a good place to see the “Big Five” (buffalo, elephants, rhinos, lions and leopards). It is also home to the Maasai people who have occupied the area since the 17th century, living in harmony with the wildlife. 2 Ngorongoro Crater (2 days recommended) Considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world, Ngorongoro Crater is a 2,000-foot-deep caldera created by the "Due to A&K’s reputation and 50-year presence in East Africa, we are able to arrange a variety of inspiring experiences for our guests. For example, we can arrange a private talk with Dr. Richard Leakey, a memberofthefamouspaleontological Leakey family, or take you into the home of a local artist for dinner. A&K can also introduce you to Daphne Sheldrick, who is best known for her rhino and elephant orphanage." — GrahamWood, Managing Director, A&K Tanzania Time Difference: EST plus 8 hours Best Time to Travel: The best time for wildlife viewing (including the Great Migration) is June- October and January- March — the dry months — although both countries are fascinating destinations year-round. Climate: Both Kenya and Tanzania have a tropical climate. The dry season is June-October and January-March, and it is rainiest from April-May. Average temperatures year- round in Kenya range from 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In Tanzania, temperatures range from 65-82. Hippos cooling off in a small freshwater lake on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater 15 AFRICA 0 mi. 250 mi. TANZANIA KENYA I N D I A N O C E A N L A K E V I C TO R I A 1 2 8 3 4 7 9 5 6 Serengeti NationalPark& MasaiMaraGameReserve Ngorongoro Crater Zanzibar TarangireNationalPark& Lake ManyaraNationalPark MountKilimanjaro SelousGameReserve &RuahaNationalPark MahaleMountains NationalPark Amboseli NationalPark &ChyuluHills SamburuGameReserve, LaikipiaPlateau& LewaDowns Arusha Mombasa Nairobi
  • collapsed cone of a volcano, and it contains a fascinating microcosm of East African wildlife, home to about 30,000 animals. Just southwest of the crater below the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Eyasi, a soda lake, is home to the Hadzabe tribe. They are some of the last hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania and speak an ancient click language. 3 Tarangire NationalPark & LakeManyara NationalPark (2-3 days recommended) Baobab-dotted Tarangire is one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Africa, with an equally impressive population of wildlife, including elephants, zebras, wildebeests and giraffes. Centered on the Tarangire River, this park has expansive views with wide panoramas of wooded savanna stretching in every direction. Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake that is best known for the millions of flamingos that call it home. The lake and its surrounding regions also shelter hippos, baboons, impalas — along with lions, which are known to occasionally climb trees for relief from the day’s heat. A variety of other bird species, including pelicans, storks, geese, herons and cormorants also thrive here. 4 MountKilimanjaro (6-8 days recommended) At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. A&K’s Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions are planned to the last detail by mountaineering experts, who take into consideration every factor that contributes to a successful climb. Our staff to guest ratio is 5:1, one of the highest in the industry. Private Mobile Camping Our longstanding reputation and history as the most respected safari outfitter in Africa gives us privileged access to private camping concessions in East Africa’s most beautiful and wildlife-rich territories. Two staff members for every guest ensure attentive service that is personalized yet unobtrusive. Return from an exhilarating day in the bush to a spacious, veranda-fronted tent furnished in a blend of African and colonial European styles, with cotton sheets covering your large, comfortable bed. You also have en suite bathroom with flush toilet, running water and an attached, traditional bucket shower. Meals are prepared with the freshest ingredients by your specially trained cook and served by an attentive staff in a large candle-lit dining tent. Private Mobile Camping, A&K style, is the most authentic form of safari, a true immersion into the sights and sounds of the bush. Hikers approaching Mount Kilimanjaro's summit at sunrise RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Kenya:Wildlife,Wilderness&Warriors | from $9,775 Private game reserves hosting a variety of wildlife. Kenya&Zanzibar:IdealHoneymoon | from $10,995 A perfect blend of wildlife viewing and resort island amenities. Day1 Days2-4 Days5-7 Nairobi Lewa Downs Laikipia Plateau Days8-10 Days11-12 Day13 Masai Mara G.R. Lake Victoria Nairobi Day1 Days2-3 Days4-6 Nairobi Chyulu Hills Laikipia Plateau Days7-9 Days10-12 Masai Mara G.R. Zanzibar 16 Luxury Private Travel AFRICA
  • The Great Migration One of nature’ most incredible spectacles, the Great Migration is a cycle of life and death, played out on the plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, when some 1.4 million wildebeests and other plains game make the yearlong, round-trip trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of food and water. A&K keeps you in the center of the action, with mobile tented camps that move with the animals and programs that have you fly between camps for an incredible aerial view of the thundering herds crossing the plains. Guides are trained in wilderness first aid, mountain craft, natural history and ecological awareness, and climbs are equipped with the finest climbing and camping apparatus. A&K offers excellent opportunities for acclimatization, giving our guests a successful summit rate of 97 percent; the average success rate for our competitors is 60-70 percent. 5 Amboseli National Park& Chyulu Hills (2-3 days recommended) Renowned for its breathtaking views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is fringed by Maasai villages and located in the Great Rift Valley. The photogenic Chylulu Hills, located nearby, are home to some of the largest breeding elephant bulls in Africa, who share the plains with lions, leopards, cheetahs and other plains game. 6 Samburu Game Reserve, Laikipia Plateau & Lewa Downs (3-4 days recommended) Samburu is known for northern wildlife species not found in other Kenya parks. Grevy’s zebra with its distinctive narrow stripes and large rounded ears, the long-necked gerenuk that stands on two feet to feed, the reticulated giraffe and the Beisa oryx are all exclusive Riding horses during a family safari at Lewa Downs RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Kenya&Tanzania:TheGreatMigration | from $11,675 The best places in East Africa to view abundant game. Tanzania:TheFootstepsofLivingstone | from $6,390 Remote wilderness, diverse landscapes and volcanic hot springs. Day1 Days2-4 Days5-7 Nairobi Masai Mara G.R. Tarangire N.P. Days8-9 Days10-12 Day13 Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti N.P. Arusha Day1 Days2-4 Dar es Salaam Selous G.R. Days5-7 Day8 Ruaha N.P. Dar es Salaam to Samburu. Located south of Samburu in the scenic Northern Frontier District, Laikipia Plateau formerly consisted of farms and cattle ranches until landowners banded together to establish a conservation area. Today, it boasts an array of private game reserves and luxury safari camps, along with game populations that thrive within their protected boundaries. Located at the foot of Mount Kenya, Lewa Downs is a private conservation area that has been in the Craig family since the 1920s. Three endangered species — rhino, Grevy’s zebra and sitatunga — are home here on this private ranch. Bird watching is amazing, and game viewing can be done in four- wheel-drive vehicles, on horseback and on escorted bush walks. 17 AFRICA ThePathoftheMigration TANZANIA KENYA L A K E V I C TO R I A January–April May-July August-September October -December
  • Family Safaris & AKP School An A&K family safari keeps travellers of every age interested and energized, focusing on the national parks and private game reserves to maximize animal viewing. It also gives you an opportunity to discover the tribal life in a Maasai village. Our experts design an itinerary that meets your entire family’s approval, with your interests at heart. In addition, we can arrange a visit to a local primary school where Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) sponsors a Conservation Club that teaches children to preserve the environment. 7 SelousGameReserve&RuahaNationalPark (3-4 days recommended) The sheer vastness and diversity of the landscape, with hot volcanic springs, calm lakes and the great Ruaha and Rufiji Rivers make the Selous an amazing area to view wildlife. An excellent way to view local game is to track it on foot, accompanied by an armed guide. Ruaha National Park is a remote, undeveloped wilderness area in southern Tanzania. Its main feature is the Ruaha River, which runs through spectacular gorges and majestic trees in a dramatic landscape with more varied game than can be seen in northern East Africa. 8 Zanzibar (3-6 days recommended) An ideal place to unwind after a safari, Zanzibar is an unspoiled island paradise located off the coast of mainland Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar offers world-class watersports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing on traditional dhows (wooden boats). For centuries, Zanzibar has lured traders, adventurers and explorers to its shores. In Stone Town, Zanzibar’s cultural old city, explore winding alleys and vibrant bazaars, and view the brass-studded carved wooden doors that are so famous there. Those interested in cooking might want to peruse the spice markets and stores. 9 MahaleMountainsNationalPark (3-4 days recommended) Track chimpanzees in their natural habitat of rugged, forest- covered mountains or snorkel and kayak Lake Tanganyika. RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Tanzania:Wildlife&CulturalSafari | from $10,995 Exploring Tanzania's prime game reserves and tribal villages. Tanzania:ChimpanzeeTracking&theMigration | from $14,635 Sights of the annual Great Migration and chimpanzee viewing. Day1 Days2-3 Days4-6 Arusha Tarangire N.P. Lake Eyasi Days7-8 Days9-11 Day12 Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti N.P. Arusha Day1 Days2-5 Day6 Arusha Mahale Mountains N.P. Arusha Days7-8 Days9-11 Day12 Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti N.P. Arusha A&K safari vehicles We maintain our own fleet of custom-built Land Cruisers and train our drivers ourselves — no other safari company in East Africa does this. When you take to the plains in our safari vehicles, you are guaranteed a window seat and access to photographic roof hatches for optimum game viewing. 18 Luxury Private Travel AFRICA
  • Signature Kenya & Tanzania 12 days, priced from $11,795; arrives Sunday, departs Thursday Minimum age 12 (Gold-level program only) A&KADVANTAGES: › Choose between Gold-level luxurious permanent tented camping and Silver-level lodge accommodations › Meet Maasai villagers and learn about their traditional ways › Sip sundowner cocktails, while savoring vibrant African sunsets › Explore Ngorongoro Crater, a haven for endangered wildlife › Gaze across the Masai Mara plains from atop Siria Escarpment DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Fairmont The Norfolk (Gold)/Nairobi Serena Hotel (Silver) DAY 2: Nairobi/Amboseli National Park Scenic flight to Amboseli National Park; afternoon game drive. Tortilis Camp (Gold)/ Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Amboseli National Park Game drives in Amboseli National Park. Tortilis Camp (Gold)/ Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Amboseli/Arusha, Tanzania/ Lake Manyara National Park Transfer to Arusha for lunch; flight to Lake Manyara National Park. Escarpment Luxury Lodge (Gold)/ Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Crater Game drive through Lake Manyara National Park; overnight at Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Gold)/ Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater Drive down to Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive; Maasai village visit to learn about local customs. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Gold)/Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAYS 7-8: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Drive (Silver) or flight (Gold) to Serengeti National Park; afternoon at leisure to relax or view the amazing wildlife from the comfort of your tent. Sanctuary Kusini (Gold)/ Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara Game Reserve Flight to Masai Mara via Arusha and Nairobi; game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve. Sanctuary Olonana (Gold)/ Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAYS 10-11: Masai Mara Game Reserve “Big Five” in Masai Mara; optional hot air balloon ride. Sanctuary Olonana (Gold)/Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 12: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Transfer to Nairobi; lunch at Carnivore Restaurant; Karen Blixen house and museum. Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom) (Gold)/ Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) (Silver) | Meals: B L D A young lion hiding in tree branches DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 06–17* Jan 13–24 Feb 03–14* Feb 10–21* Feb 17–28 Mar 03–14* Mar 10–21 Jun 02–13* Jun 16–27 Jul 07–18 Jul 14–25* Jul 21–Aug 01** Aug 11–22 Aug 25–Sep 05* Sep 08–19 Oct 13–24 Dec 15–26* Dec 22–Jan 02, 2014 Land arrangements: Silver Gold Jan-Mar; Jun-Oct Dec Jan-Mar; Jun-Oct Dec Double occupancy $11,795 $12,895 $18,795 $19,895 Single supplement $1,995 $1,995 $4,985 $4,985 Internalairfare: Economy class Nairobi/Amboseli; Arusha/Manyara; Serengeti/Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara/Nairobi Silver from $1,495 Nairobi/Amboseli; Arusha/Manyara/Serengeti/ Arusha/Nairobi/Masai Mara/Nairobi Gold from $1,695 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. *Gold departure only. **Silver departure only. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey Kenya&TanzaniaWildlifeSafari. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 19 AFRICA MasaiMara GameReserve KENYA TANZANIA I N D I A N O C E A N Nairobi Arusha Amboseli NationalPark LakeManyara NationalPark Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti NationalPark AIR ROAD
  • Signature Kenya 9 days, priced from $9,895; arrives Friday, departs Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: › Stay at luxurious permanent camps, all in the center of wildlife action › Spot the "Special Five" of Kenya's Northern Frontier district: the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk antelope › Set out on walking safaris or evening game drives or discover wildlife on horseback (optional) at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy › Fly between Kenya's geographically diverse locales, from Laikipia Plateau and the foothills of Chyulu overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro to the wildlife-rich Masai plains › Meet the Maasai people during a visit to a local village and school › End your safari adventure at Sanctuary Olonana, a luxurious tented camp and a Condé Nast Traveler Gold List property DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Arrival in Nairobi and transfer to hotel. Fairmont The Norfolk DAY 2: Nairobi/Laikipia Plateau Flight to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy; transfer to your tented accommodations; and go on game drives in search of indigenous species as well as the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo). Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Laikipia Plateau Early morning and afternoon game drives to see unique northen species, such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra and the long- necked gerenuk. Lewa Safari Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Laikipia Plateau/Chyulu Hills Flight to Chyulu Hills overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro; transfer to eco-ranch accommodations; and relax this afternoon, enjoying your beautiful surroundings. Campi ya Kanzi | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Chyulu Hills Breakfast cooked over an open fire; choose between bush drives with professional guides, escorted game walks, forest walks, Chyulu Hills National Park excursions, bird-watching or a cultural visit to a Maasai village. Campi ya Kanzi | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Chyulu Hills/Nairobi/Masai Mara Game Reserve Flight to Masai Mara Game Reserve; transfer to luxurious tented camp located on the banks of the Mara River; and afternoon at leisure. Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D DAYS 7-8: Masai Mara Game Reserve Morning and afternoon game drives; optional visit to local tree- planting or wetlands-preservation project; and time spent enjoying bush breakfasts, picnics, scenic sundowners, a Maasai village visit, nature walks, optional spa treatments or a hot air balloon flight. Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Return to Nairobi; lunch at Carnivore Restaurant; and depart. Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom) | Meals: B L Maasai warriors entertaining with their traditional jumping DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 18–26 Feb 08–16 Feb 15–23 Mar 08–16 Jun 14–22 Jul 05–13 Jul 12–20 Aug 02–10 Aug 09–17 Sep 06–14 Sep 13–21 Sep 27–Oct 05 Oct 04–12 Dec 20–28 Dec 27–Jan 04, 2014 Land arrangements: Jan-Mar; Jun-Oct Dec Double occupancy $9,895 $10,995 Single supplement $2,260 $2,260 Internalairfare: Economy class & private charter Nairobi/Laikipia/Chyulu Hills/Nairobi/Masai Mara/Nairobi from $3,430 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 20 Luxury Private Travel AFRICA AIR I N D I A N O C E A N KENYA Laikipia Plateau MasaiMara GameReserve Nairobi ChyuluHills
  • Signature Tanzania 8 days, priced from $9,495; arrives Sunday, departs Sunday Minimum age 12 years A&KADVANTAGES: › Stay in luxurious, permanent tented camps and safari lodges and absorb the true ambience of Africa › See how a beekeeping project supported by A&K Philanthropy helps sustain the villagers › Meet with a Maasai elder to learn about the traditional village life and its nomadic residents › Set out on morning and afternoon game drives in search of the “Big Five” and other iconic species DAY 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania Arrival in Tanzania and transfer to your colonial, plantation-style boutique lodge, located on a working coffee farm. Arusha Coffee Lodge DAYS 2-3: Arusha/Tarangire National Park Tarangire National Park, staying in spacious tents in a secluded area overlooking the Gurusi floodplains; afternoon game drive showcasing park's exceptional birdlife and large elephant population; and optional visit to a sustainable beekeeping project, supported by A&K. Sanctuary Swala | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Tarangire/Ngorongoro Crater Scenic lunch at Gibb’s Farm, a working coffee farm; afternoon at leisure at a lodge in Ngorongoro highlands. The Manor at Ngorongoro | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Ngorongoro Crater Descend Ngorongoro Crater, a fascinating natural amphitheater created from the collapse of an ancient volcano, in search of the “Big Five” (leopards, lions, buffalo, elephants and rhinos); Maasai village visit to learn about the culture of these pastoral, cattle-herding people. The Manor at Ngorongoro | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park Flight to Serengeti National Park, a pristine wilderness area with prolific game and the sight of the annual Great Migration of wildebeests. Sanctuary Kusini/Serengeti Migration Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Serengeti National Park Morning and afternoon game drives through the vast plains, a protected animal refuge since 1929 and home to some 35 species of plains game and 500 bird species. Sanctuary Kusini/Serengeti Migration Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Serengeti/Arusha/Depart Afternoon at leisure until your late-night departure flight home. Arusha Coffee Lodge (dayroom) | Meals: B L Crossing a river during the Great Migration in the Serengeti DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 20–27* Feb 10–17* Mar 10–17* Jun 09–16** Jul 07–14** Aug 04–11** Sep 15–22** Oct 20–27** Nov 10–17* Dec 22–29* Land arrangements: Jan-Mar; Nov Jun-Oct Dec Double occupancy $9,895 $9,495 $10,795 Single supplement $2,565 $2,395 $2,590 Internalairfare: Economy class Manyara/Serengeti/Arusha from $700 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. *Sanctuary Kusini on nights 6–7. **Serengeti Migration Camp on nights 6–7. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey TanzaniaInStyle. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 21 AFRICA AIR ROAD TANZANIA Arusha Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti NationalPark Tarangire NationalPark
  • Uganda & Rwanda Uganda boasts forests, lakes, plains, semi- desert and mountains, and Rwanda is lush and green with towering mountains and dense jungle. Both are known for their dwindling population of mountain gorillas.
  • Chimpanzee Watching Experience Start your chimpanzee trek at Kanyanchu in Kibale National Forest. The chimpanzees feed high in the trees, so binoculars are a must. Barks of baboons occasionally pierce the forest silence as you make your way along the trail. For those who appreciate the finer details of the flora, animals, insects and birds, the rewards here are many and varied. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Bwindi Impenetrable ForestNationalPark (2-3 days recommended) A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Just over half of the world’s last surviving mountain gorillas, 360 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies, and 324 different species of trees live within its exotic rainforest canopy. Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity and one of the most exclusive wildlife activities in the world. It is also home to the Batwa pygmy tribe. 2 Murchison Falls National Park (2-3 days recommended) With its variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swampland to broad savanna, Murchison, Uganda’s largest game park, is home to a large concentration of animals and birds. The main attraction, however, is Murchison Falls and the Nile River, and the highlight is a launch trip up the stream to observe the cascades and wildlife along the riverbank. "In addition to gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking is one of the region’s most popular activities. Join Kibale National Park’s researchers and crew for a full day to observe their efforts habituating chimpanzees to human presence without altering their wild nature. For a glimpse of local culture, you can share a meal with the Batwa pygmies or join a mock hunting party . If you are in Rwanda in June, we can arrange for you to participate in Kwita Izina, the annual gorilla naming ceremony." — MarkWheeler, Managing Director, A&K Kenya & Uganda Time Difference: Uganda: EST plus 7 hours Rwanda: EST plus 6 hours Best Time to Travel: The biggest consideration for when to go to Uganda and Rwanda is based on the rainfall pattern. The wettest months are April, May and November, and travelling on some roads can be difficult during those times. The best time to see larger primates is during the dry months, but gorilla tracking is possible year-round. Climate: Uganda’s average daily temperature is 71, going up to about 81 between January-March and down to 61 from July-September. July is the driest month, and May is the wettest. In Rwanda, the dry season is from May-October, and temperatures are on par with Uganda. 23 AFRICA 0 mi. 150 mi. 1 4 3 5 2 6 BwindiImpenetrableForestNationalPark Queen Elizabeth &KibaleForest NationalParks MurchisonFallsNationalPark Lake Kivu VolcanoesNationalPark NyungweNationalPark L A K E V I C TO R I A Entebbe Kigali UGANDA RWANDA
  • The rolling cascades of Murchison Falls 3 Queen Elizabeth & Kibale ForestNationalParks (3-4 days recommended) Flush with wildlife (about 100 mammal species and more than 600 bird species), Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio-diversity ratings of any national park in the world. Many antelopes, primates, buffalo, elephants, warthogs and hippos can also be found here. If you visit Kibale Forest, you are likely to see some 11 species of primates, including chimpanzees and mangabeys. 4 VolcanoesNationalPark (2 days recommended) Volcanoes National Park is home to the seven dormant Virunga volcanoes and, like Uganda's Bwindi, it is an excellent place to track mountain gorillas. The densely forested slopes create the perfect habitat for the park’s gorilla population. The park is also home to other primates, including red colobus monkeys and crested mangabeys. 5 Nyungwe National Park (2-3 days recommended) Nyungwe National Park is made up of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs. It is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, as well as acrobatic Angola colobus monkeys, an estimated 500 chimpanzees, l’Hoest’s monkeys, olive baboons, grey-cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed monkeys and more than 300 bird species. 6 LakeKivu (2-3 days recommended) An enormous freshwater expanse, Lake Kivu forms part of the Eastern African Great Lakes. The towns of Cyangugu, Kibuye and Gisenyi on its shores are ideal rest and recreation transit points. Gorilla Tracking Experience Tracking gorillas is a challenging adventure, but for guests who are in good physical health it is an incredible experience. Your expert guide takes your small group of privileged guests into the forest to locate the gorilla family. Once they are located, you are allowed an hour to observe them as they go about their daily business. Mothers keep infants close to their chests as they knuckle-walk on three limbs. Toddlers scamper around and often have to be reigned in by an attentive father. It is an amazing opportunity to bond with these primates, one of our closest genetic relatives on earth. RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Uganda:Gorilla&ChimpanzeeTracking | from $5,320 Spend your days tracking and observing our primate cousins. Rwanda:Culture&Primates | from $8,455 Learn about the many primate species that live in the diverse habitats. Day1 Days2-4 Entebbe Kibale N.P. Days5-7 Day8 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P. Entebbe Day1 Days2-4 Kigali Nyungwe N.P. Days5-6 Days7-8 Day9 Lake Kivu Volcanoes N.P. Kigali 24 Luxury Private Travel AFRICA
  • Signature Uganda 9 days, priced from $6,695; arrives Friday, departs Saturday Minimum age 15 years A&KADVANTAGES: › Enjoy scenic drives with game viewing opportunities in the varied landscapes of Uganda › Embark on a forest trek to view habituated chimpanzees at Kibale National Park › Observe the rich animal life in Kibale National Park, which includes 13 primate species › Choose your activity in Queen Elizabeth National Park, from game drives to launch trips to forest and crater walks › Track the endangered mountain gorilla, an amazing experience offered at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park DAY 1: Arrive Entebbe, Uganda Arrival in Entebbe. Lake Victoria Serena Resort DAY 2: Entebbe/Kibale National Park Scenic drive through rolling hills dotted with tea estates to Kibale National Park; arrival at lodge set against backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and Mountains of the Moon. Kyaninga Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Kibale National Park Tracking habituated chimpanzees in the forest, with sightings of other primate species in the area; guided walk of the Bigodi forest swamp; and excellent chance to view birds and other forest animals. Kyaninga Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Kibale/Queen Elizabeth National Park Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park; fantastic views over the park and Rwenzori Mountains from lodge. Kyambura Game Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Numerous activities available at lodge, including: game drives through the park; launch trips on the Kazinga Channel; walks in Kyambura Gorge; forest walks in Maramagambo Forest; bird watching; and community, village and crater walks. Kyambura Game Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Queen Elizabeth/Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Game drive on the way out of the park; views of farm lands and local villages. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp | Meals: B L D DAYS 7-8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Gorilla tracking experience at Uganda Wildlife Authority Park; strenuous forest trek at relatively high altitude to spend time with the endangered mountain gorillas; and time to relax or take further forest walks. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest/Entebbe/Depart Flight back to Entebbe; dayroom available until connecting international flight. The Boma (dayroom) | Meals: B The unusual looking gray crowned crane DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 18–26 Feb 15–23 Mar 08–16 Jun 14–22 Jul 05–13 Jul 19–27 Aug 09–17 Aug 16–24 Sep 06–14 Sep 27–Oct 05 Land arrangements: Jan-Mar Jun-Oct Double occupancy $6,695 $7,595 Single supplement $1,260 $1,410 Internalairfare: Economy class Bwindi/Entebbe from $345 Gorilla and chimpanzee permits $1,150 per person. Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 25 AFRICA Entebbe BwindiImpenetrable ForestNationalPark QueenElizabeth NationalPark KibaleNationalPark UGANDA L A K E V I C TO R I A AIR ROAD
  • Southern Africa Experience the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Southern Africa, from South Africa’s undulating Cape Winelands to Botswana’s verdant Okavango Delta and Zambia’s unspoiled wilderness to Namibia’s stunning desert landscapes, and thundering Victoria Falls.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 CapeTown&TheWinelands (4-5 days recommended) A sophisticated city at the gateway to a majestic continent, Cape Town is a place where old and new harmoniously converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits, and the essence of its people. Warmed by the African sun, the city is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys. Immense natural beauty and the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban center meld effortlessly here. Just outside Cape Town, enter the verdant Cape Winelands, set below the dramatic range of mountains known as the Hottentots Holland. Discover whitewashed homesteads nestling under avenues of oaks, rolling green hills covered with wildflowers, fertile valleys alive with the sounds of surging streams, and restaurants with French names and Dutch flavors. The region is home to some of the world's finest wines, and A&K takes you through this beautiful area to top wineries for wine tastings and cellar tours. 2 Garden Route & Eastern Cape (3 days recommended) Stretching for 200 miles, the Garden Route winds its way from Heidelberg via George and Knysna to Plettenberg Bay, ultimately ending at the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River. The Garden Route runs parallel to the stunning coastline that features lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests and sandy beaches, with a beautiful sprinkling of vivid wildflowers along the way. In addition "A&K can arrange a variety of activities to make your journey extra special, such as a gourmet dinner in a private home in South Africa, cocktails in the rainforest near Victoria Falls and a private lunch in the heart of the bush." — PaulBauer, Managing Director, A&K Southern Africa Time Difference: EST plus 7 hours Best Time to Travel: Kruger National Park: May-November Botswana: May-October Zambia: Year-round Zimbabwe: April-October Namibia: March-October Climate: The climatic conditions in South Africa vary, from the Mediterranean-like weather of Cape Town to year-round comfort in Johannesburg. Botswana’s summers (November-April) are hot with afternoon storms (77-104 degrees), but winter averages a comfortable 68-79. Namibia’s summer is hot with infrequent rain, ranging from 68- 93, but winter is an ideal 64-77. Zimbabwe and Zambia have hot 90- to 100-degree summers, but winters are cooler, from 43-75. Cape Town's harbor, backed by Table Mountain 27 AFRICA I N D I A N O C E A N 0 mi. 500 mi. 1 4 2 3 CapeTown& The Winelands Johannesburg &Pretoria GardenRoute &EasternCape Kruger National Park SOUTH AFRICA 5 7 9 10 6 8 Okavango Delta VictoriaFalls & Livingstone Sossusvlei, Swakopmund & TheSkeletonCoast Damaraland & Etosha National Park Chobe National Park SouthLuangwa& LowerZambezi NationalParks S O U T H AT L A N T I C O C E A N NAMIBIA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE ZAMBIA Windhoek Lusaka Maun
  • to being a scenic drive, the Garden Route is home to the limestone Cango Caves. Amid the diverse malaria-free Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game reserve, a privately owned area of 49,000 acres set in the verdant bush, is home to the "Big Five" and boasts five eco-systems. 3 KrugerNationalPark (3-4 days recommended) The world-renowned Kruger National Park has several luxurious private reserves within and on its borders, including the Sabi Sands and Timbavati, and is unrivaled in the diversity of its animal species. You can expect to see the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalo) on game drives in open 4x4 vehicles or on walking safaris. In addition, this South African lowveld contains some of the earliest traces of human life. 4 Johannesburg & Pretoria (2 days recommended) Johannesburg is the gateway to Southern Africa and offers modern infrastructure, hotels and a variety of world-class restaurants — a far cry from its days as a roistering mining camp that yielded 66 million pounds of gold. Pretoria, with its jacaranda-lined streets, is the administrative capital, steeped in history. 5 Okavango Delta (4-5 days recommended) The Okavango Delta is the largest inland river delta. Within it, the Moremi Game Reserve, the “predator capital” of Botswana, is one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas in the world. In its lily- covered wetlands, grass plains and forests, you are likely to be the only spectator at the most dramatic animal sightings. Here you can view game in safari vehicles, by foot or by mokoro (dug-out canoe). 6 Chobe NationalPark (3 days recommended) Covering a wide diversity of landscapes, ranging from riverine forests to floodplains and periodic marshlands, the park is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in Africa — estimated to be a staggering 60,000. Chobe is also an ideal place to spot buffalo, hyenas, zebras, lions and cheetahs. 7 Victoria Falls & Livingstone (2-3 days recommended) The crashing, thunderous cascades of Victoria Falls expel 150 million gallons of water per minute in the rainy season, causing clouds of spray to rise to a height of 1,500 feet. Surrounding this natural phenomenon is a rainforest teeming with birdlife, A white rhino in Kruger Park RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. ClassicSouthAfrica | from $11,995 Showcasing this diverse country from Cape Town to Kruger. Zambia:WalkingwithWildlife | from $5,945 Visit the unspoiled wildlife parks of Zambia and the mighty Victoria Falls. Days1-3 Days4-5 Days6-8 Cape Town Winelands Garden Route Days9-11 Day12 Sabi Sands G.R. (Kruger N.P.) Johannesburg Day1 Days2-6 Johannesburg South Luangwa Days7-8 Day9 Livingstone Johannesburg 28 Luxury Private Travel AFRICA
  • A lion making his way through marshland in the Okavango Delta bushbucks, monkeys and baboons. The falls have also become a center for adventure sports enthusiasts who come from around the world to go whitewater rafting through gorges or bungee jumping from its bridge. 8 South Luangwa & Lower Zambezi NationalParks (4-6 days recommended) South Luangwa National Park is a haven for elephants, lions and endemic species such as Thornicroft's giraffe. During night drives, spot nocturnal animals, including leopards and spotted hyenas. Birdlife is prolific, particularly on the oxbow lakes. The Luangwa River is one of the major crocodile habitats of Africa, and you are likely to see these creatures slinking onto the riverbank. Lower Zambezi National Park is crisscrossed by the Zambezi River, the life-source of enormous herds of elephants, buffalo and waterbucks, as well as 350 bird species. Choose between exploring the floodplains on foot or by 4x4 vehicle — or more uniquely, by canoe, gently gliding through the thick reeds on the trail of hippos. 9 Sossusvlei, Swakopmund & the Skeleton Coast (4-5 days recommended) Desert flora and fauna punctuate the starkly beautiful, towering ochre-colored sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the heart of the Namib Desert. Some of the dunes reach to spectacular heights of nearly 1,200 feet. Swakopmund is Namibia’s resort town, filled with palm- lined streets, seaside promenades and good beaches surrounded by the Namib Desert. Dense fog, mighty storms and violent surf caused many ships to run aground on the Skeleton Coast, the world’s largest ship graveyard. It is an often-photographed desert coastline with rusty shipwrecks emerging eerily through the thick fog. 10 Damaraland&EtoshaNationalPark (4-5 days recommended) Damaraland reveals rare black rhinos and desert elephants wandering among colorful geological formations and extensive galleries of rock paintings and engravings. Etosha National Park, set within the Etosha Salt Pan, is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife parks and is home to the “Big Five,” as well as more than 300 bird species. RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. FamilyFriendlySouthAfrica | from $6,240 Adventure through the varied landscapes of South Africa. FascinatingBotswana | from $7,660 From spectacular sunsets on the Chobe to the pristine Okavango Delta. Days1-4 Days5-7 Cape Town Shamwari Private G.R. Days8-9 Day10 Garden Route Cape Town Day1 Days2-3 Johannesburg Chobe N.P. Days4-5 Days6-8 Okavango Delta Moremi G.R. 29 AFRICA
  • Signature South Africa & Botswana 12 days, priced from $10,495; arrives Tuesday, departs Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: › Experience both luxurious Cape Town and unspoiled bush and wildlife encounters in a single itinerary › Sample fine cheeses and local varietals during a private tour of the Cape Winelands › Take a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls to see the stunning rainbows and thundering cascades from above DAY 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa Arrival in scenic Cape Town. Mount Nelson Hotel DAY 2: Cape Town Table Mountain by aerial cable car for unsurpassed panoramic views of the city and sea; Company Gardens and Castle of Good Hope. Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: B DAY 3: Cape Town Rugged, beautiful Cape of Good Hope; Cape Point, a stunning pinnacle of rock, by steps or “Flying Dutchman” funicular. Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 4: Cape Town Cape Winelands to sample wines, cheese, chocolate and olive oil; lunch on Kleine Zalze Estate. Mount Nelson Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 5: Cape Town/Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Flight to Zimbabwe; guided walking tour of Victoria Falls. The Stanley & Livingstone | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park, Botswana Helicopter ride above Victoria Falls for a unique perspective on the thundering cascades; transfer to Chobe National Park for afternoon at leisure. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Chobe National Park Game drives through riverine forests and floodplains of Chobe National Park, known for its large populations of elephants, lions, cheetahs, painted wild dogs, spotted hyenas and leopards; sundowner cruise. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Chobe National Park/Okavango Delta (Moremi Game Reserve) Flight to Chief’s Camp in Moremi Game Reserve, the "predator capital" of Botswana. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: B L D DAYS 9-10: Okavango Delta Okavango Delta safari by vehicle or water safari (seasonal). Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 11: Okavango Delta/Maun/Johannesburg Flight to Johannesburg. The Westcliff Hotel | Meals: B DAY 12: Depart Johannesburg Historic Soweto; Hector Peterson Museum; and Vilakazi Street. The Westcliff Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B The Cape of Good Hope, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 22–Feb 02 Mar 05–16 Apr 16–27 May 14–25 Jun 18–29 Jul 30–Aug 10 Aug 27–Sep 07 Sep 17–28 Oct 08–19 Nov 26–Dec 07 Land arrangements: Jan-Mar Apr-May; Nov Jun-Oct Double occupancy $10,495 $11,295 $13,995 Single supplement $1,670 $1,750 $5,140 Internalairfare: Cape Town/Johannesburg/Victoria Falls; Camp to Camp/Maun/Johannesburg Economy class from $1,995 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey BestofSouthAfrica&Botswana. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 30 Luxury Private Travel AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE I N D I A N O C E A N S O U T H AT L A N T I C O C E A N VictoriaFalls OkavangoDelta Maun ChobeNationalPark Johannesburg CapeTown AIR ROAD
  • Signature Zambia & Botswana 9 days, priced from $6,295; arrives Tuesday, departs Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: › Stay in award-winning Sanctuary lodges throughout your journey › View abundant game by open, customized 4x4 vehicles, during walking safaris, in motorized boats and on night game drives › Take a private, guided walking tour of stunning, thunderous Victoria Falls › Visit the Nakatindi village to see a project supported by A&K Philanthropy › Relax in the Premier Lounge at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg before your international flight DAY 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa Arrival and transfer to your award-winning boutique hotel; remainder of day at leisure. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa DAY 2: Johannesburg/Lusaka, Zambia/Mfuwe/ South Luangwa National Park Flight to Lusaka and connection to Mfuwe; panoramic views across South Luangwa National Park; remainder of day at leisure to enjoy the scenery and your lodge's elegant features. Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge | Meals: B L D DAYS 3-4: South Luangwa National Park Game viewing at South Luangwa National Park, with possibility of night game drives to see nocturnal animal species and guided walking safaris for a closer look at the flora and fauna, as well as distinctive animal tracks. Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 5: South Luangwa/Lusaka/Livingstone Flight to Livingstone; afternoon at leisure amid tree house-style accommodations, built into the living canopy of giant ebony trees lining the riverbank. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Livingstone Guided walking tour of thundering, crashing waters of Victoria Falls from Zambian side; optional philanthropic visit to Nakatindi village, an A&K Philanthropy project. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Livingstone/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/ Chobe National Park, Botswana Victoria Falls from Zimbabwean side; view abundant bird population thriving in the nearby rainforest; drive to award- winning lodge in Botswana wilderness. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Chobe National Park Early morning game drive through the diverse landscapes of Chobe National Park, ranging from riverine forests to floodplains and periodic marshlands; optional motorized boat safari and sundowner cruise. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Chobe/Johannesburg/Depart Fly to Johannesburg via Kasane Airport. Meals: B Viewing the sunset on a cruise in Chobe National Park DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 15–23 Feb 05–13 Mar 12–20 Apr 09–17 May 14–22 Jul 16–24 Jul 23–31 Aug 13–21 Sep 17–25 Oct 22–30 Nov 19–27 Dec 24–Jan 1, 2014 Land arrangements: Jan-Mar Apr-May; Nov-Dec Jul-Oct Double occupancy $6,295 $6,595 $7,995 Single supplement $230 $230 $4,920 Internalairfare: Johannesburg/Lusaka/Mfuwe/Lusaka/Livingstone; Kasane/Johannesburg Economy class from $1,995 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey Zambia&BotswanaWildlifeSafari. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 31 AFRICA AIR ROAD SOUTH AFRICA ZAMBIA BOTSWANA Livingstone Lusaka SouthLuangwa National Park ChobeNationalPark Johannesburg I N D I A N O C E A N
  • Signature Wings Over Botswana 10 days, priced from $8,295; arrives Thursday, departs Saturday Minimum age 12 years A&KADVANTAGES: › Slumber comfortably beneath the stars on your outdoor deck › View Africa from an elephant's perspective during a special interaction with a group of semi-habituated African elephants › Add to the impact of your stay with a visit to a local village, to support its school and clinic › Take scenic, time-saving flights between safari camps and lodges › Relax and unwind in Johannesburg’s Premier Lounge before departure, courtesy of A&K DAY 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your elegant boutique hotel. Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa DAYS 2-3: Johannesburg/Maun, Botswana/Okavango Delta Flight to Maun and connect with a flight to Sanctuary Baines’ Camp; learn about the behavior of semi-habituated African elephants during a special interaction opportunity; and shaded picnic overlooking a lagoon. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Okavango Delta Flight to Mombo Concession in Moremi Game Reserve, the “predator capital” of Botswana; thrilling afternoon game drive for a view of the resident wildlife: antelope, wildebeests, kudu, hippos and crocodiles. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Okavango Delta Game drives in search of cheetahs, hyenas, lions, nocturnal leopards, and black and white rhinos. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Okavango Delta/Chobe National Park Flight to Chobe National Park; afternoon at leisure. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Chobe National Park Sunrise game drive as animals begin their search for breakfast; water safari by motorized boat to look for hippos, buffalo, antelope, waterbucks and lions. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Chobe/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Livingstone, Zambia Drive across Zimbabwe border to Victoria Falls; luxury tree house- style accommodations; and cocktails during a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Livingstone Guided walking tour of Victoria Falls from Zambian side; optional visit to local A&K Philanthropy-assisted school and clinic. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D DAY 10: Livingstone/Johannesburg/Depart Flight to Johannesburg and relax in Premier Lounge before departure. Meals: B A cheetah cub peeking out through the long grass of the Okavango Delta AIR ROAD SOUTH AFRICA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE ZAMBIA I N D I A N O C E A N OkavangoDelta ChobeNationalPark Victoria Falls Maun Livingstone Johannesburg DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 03–12 Jan 10–19 Jan 17–26 Jan 24–Feb 02 Jan 31–Feb 09 Feb 07–16 Feb 14–23 Feb 21–Mar 02 Feb 28–Mar 09 Mar 07–16 Mar 14–23 Mar 21–30 Mar 28–Apr 06 Apr 04–13 Apr 11–20 Apr 18–27 Apr 25–May 04 May 02–11 May 09–18 May 16–25 May 23–Jun 01 May 30–Jun 08 Jun 06–15 Jun 13–22 Jun 27–Jul 06 Jul 04–13 Jul 11–20 Jul 18–27 Jul 25–Aug 03 Aug 01–10 Aug 08–17 Aug 15–24 Aug 22–31 Aug 29–Sep 07 Sep 05–14 Sep 12–21 Sep 19–28 Sep 26–Oct 05 Oct 03–12 Oct 10–19 Oct 17–26 Oct 24–Nov 02 Oct 31–Nov 09 Nov 07–16 Nov 14–23 Nov 21–30 Nov 28–Dec 07 Dec 05–14 Dec 12–21 Dec 19–28 Dec 26–Jan 4, 2014 Land arrangements: Jan-Mar 27 Mar 28-Jun 12; Oct 31-Dec Jun 13-Oct 30 Double occupancy $8,295 $10,395 $13,795 Single supplement $525 $525 $5,295 Internalairfare: Johannesburg/Maun/Camp to Camp; Livingstone/Johannesburg Economy class from $1,690 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey WingsOverBotswana. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 32 Luxury Private Travel AFRICA
  • Signature Namibia 9 days, priced from $6,695; arrives Monday, departs Tuesday A&KADVANTAGES: › Explore the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei, entering through the private gate on the Tsauchab River › Enjoy sundowners on a scenic safari in the Namib Desert › Search for desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife in Damaraland › Visit a Himba village for in-depth insight into Namibia's last traditional tribe › View game on drives in the Ongava Reserve and Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game viewing destination DAY 1: Arrive Windhoek, Namibia Arrive in Windhoek. Olive Grove Guest House DAY 2: Windhoek/Sossusvlei Scenic flight to Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert; afternoon at leisure in desert-situated lodge. Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 3: Sossusvlei Early morning guided nature drives to dunes through private gate on the Tsauchab River; sundowners in the Namib Desert. Kulala Desert Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 4: Sossusvlei/Damaraland Flight to Damaraland Camp, set within the Huab River valley with wonderful views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys and soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains. Damaraland Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Damaraland Nature drives in search of desert elephants, gemsboks, greater kudus and springboks; guided walking safaris. Damaraland Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Damaraland Light aircraft flight to Kamanjab; visit to the Otjikandero Himba village for insight into the life and ways of Namibia's last traditional tribe; milking ceremony; learn about Himba beliefs in holy fire, ancestors and herbal medicine. Damaraland Camp | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Damaraland/Ongava Private Nature Reserve (Etosha National Park) Flight to Ongava Private Game Reserve, which borders Etosha National Park, one of Africa's largest game reserves; settle in to your intimate camp, perched on the crest of a hill and overlooking a waterhole. Little Ongava | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Ongava Private Nature Reserve Guided walks; day and night game drives, including in neighboring Etosha National Park. Little Ongava | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Ongava Private Nature Reserve/Windhoek/Depart Light aircraft flight to Windhoek to connect with international departure flight. Meals: B The stunning red dunes of Sossusvlei DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Feb 18–26 Mar 11–19 Apr 08–16 May 06–14 Jun 10–18 Jul 08–16 Aug 12–20 Sep 09–17 Oct 14–22 Nov 04–12 Land arrangements: Jan-May; Nov Jun-Oct Double occupancy $6,695 $7,695 Single supplement $1,680 $1,680 Internalairfare: Economy class Windhoek/Sossusvlei/Damaraland/Ongava/Windhoek from $2,530 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 33 AFRICA Ongava(EtoshaNational Park) Windhoek Damaraland Sossusvlei AIR S O U T H AT L A N T I C O C E A N NAMIBIA
  • DESTINATION GUIDES 36 Egypt 42 Jordan, Oman & the Emirates 46 Israel 50 Morocco 54 Turkey "Egypt, Morocco and the regions beyond have more than incomparable history to offer — they're some of the most welcoming places on earth. Look over the Destination Guides that our staff has prepared for you, along with Recommended Routes for exploring everything from the treasures of the Nile to Morocco's timeless medinas. For a convenient must-see itinerary, choose a Signature Series program. However you choose to visit, prepare to be awed by these countries' beauty and grandeur ... as well as their age-old hospitality." Egypt, Morocco & Beyond –AmrBadr, A&K Egypt 35
  • Egypt Where ancient treasures evoke images of powerful dynasties swept away by the sands of time.
  • "A&K’s local presence in Egypt is unparalleled, enabling us to make your journey extra special. We can give you private access to the incredible collections in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities — including excavations from Tutankhamun’s tomb and the Mummy Room — before the doors open to the public. You also experience Egypt like an insider with the help of an A&K Egyptologist, who accompanies you throughout your adventure, imparting valuable insight." — AmrBadr, Managing Director, A&K Egypt Time Difference: EST plus 7 hours Best Time to Travel: Egypt can be visited year-round, though it is most comfortable in winter, spring and fall, when the desert temperatures are cooler. Climate: Most of Egypt is located in the desert and is very hot and dry much of the year, but Alexandria is cooler because of its location near the Mediterranean Sea. Luxor can be hot from May through September, with temperatures often above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Cairo’s summer temperatures average 80-90. Winters in Cairo are mild and pleasant; in Luxor temperatures still hover near 80 degrees. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Cairo (5 days recommended) Cairo, which Egyptians proudly call the “Mother of all Cities,” lies at the center of all routes leading to and from Asia, Africa and Europe. It is also home to larger-than-life monuments, such as the great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx that have fascinated visitors for more than four millennia. A&K takes you on a virtual journey through history, from its sixth-century BC origins to the fourth- century AD Coptic era, and from the sixth-century AD Islamic center to the five-star luxury of its grand hotels. 2 Luxor (2 days recommended) Your A&K Nile cruise on Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ or ‘Sun Boat IV’ includes a stop in Luxor. With private docking facilities here, you can go from ship to shore without ever transiting another company’s ships. Along both the east and west banks of the Nile are some of Egypt’s finest temples and tombs. The west bank’s Valley of the Kings was the burial ground of the pharaohs, known as the “Necropolis of Thebes,” and more than 60 tombs have been discovered here. The spectacular terraced funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s Statues guarding the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut 37 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND 5 R E D S E A 3 8 2 1 4 7 9 6 Aswan AbuSimbel Luxor Cairo Mt.Sinai& St. Catherine’sMonastery SharmElSheikh The Western Desert SiwaOasis Alexandria M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A Nile River EGYPT 0 mi. 250 mi.
  • first female pharaoh, is another highlight. Across the river on the east bank are the stately Temples of Luxor and Karnak. At night, you can see the spectacular sound and light show at Karnak, when the temples along the Nile are beautifully illuminated. 3 Aswan (1 day recommended) What was Syene in ancient times is today an intriguing blend of African and Oriental influences with the Aswan High Dam, built in 1970 to control the annual Nile flood, at its center. Aswan is also the location of the Unfinished Obelisk and the granite quarries that supplied most of the stone used to build the temples. A&K takes you around the Aswan islands in a felucca, a small traditional sailboat, for an experience reminiscent of an earlier era. See the Philae Temple that was dismantled piece by piece on Philae Island and reconstructed on Agilika when the water level behind the dam rose to a dangerous level. 4 Sinai: Mount Sinai& St. Catherine’s Monastery (1 day recommended) Called the oldest working Christian monastery and the smallest diocese in the world, St. Catherine’s on the Sinai Peninsula was built at the base of Mount Sinai. It is here that Moses is believed to have received the Ten Commandments from God. In the millennium-old monastery, discover many great works of art, including mosaics, Byzantine-styled icons and an important collection of illuminated manuscripts. Surrounding this old monastery is the city of St. Catherine — one of the country’s newest. Nile Cruises The pharaohs of ancient Egypt constructed luxurious boats to ferry themselves down the Nile in a manner befitting their exalted station. The tradition of luxury Nile River cruising is carried on by Abercrombie & Kent. The award-winning Nile cruisers Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ and ‘Sun Boat IV’ offer the finest in comfort, service and exploration on the river today. They take you to both the must- see sites and the out-of-the-way marvels most other tours miss, such as Abydos and Denderah. Between site visits, your floating Nile home is yours to enjoy. Relax on the canopied Sun Deck, take a dip in the pool or stop in the bar for a cocktail. A&K makes your Nile cruise worthy of the pharaohs themselves. The towering Temple of Philae, reconstructed on the island of Agilika RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. HighlightsofEgypt | from $4,995 Explore both Coptic and Islamic Cairo with a four-day Nile cruise. City&SeasideSojourn | from $4,895 Visit Egypt's historic cities and relax seaside on the Sinai Peninsula. Days1-3 Days4-6 Cairo Nile Cruise Days7-9 Cairo Days1-3 Days4-5 Cairo Luxor Days6-8 Day9 Sharm El Sheikh Cairo 38 Luxury Private Travel EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND
  • 5 Sinai:SharmElSheikh (3 days recommended) Sharm El Sheikh is a year-round seaside city on the Sinai Peninsula, popular because of its moderate climate, miles of beautiful beaches and proximity to other local points of interest. With some of the world’s most amazing underwater scenery, the region is perhaps best known as a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers. Ras Mohammed, a national marine park overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, provides a commanding view of Asia to the left and Africa to the right above the water line; below it, visitors can explore a spectacular landscape of coral and sea life. 6 Alexandria (2 days recommended) Alexander the Great founded the city in 331 BC, and it became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt. However, Alexandria is inextricably associated with the story of Cleopatra, whose relationship with Mark Antony developed here. When you visit this stunning city on the Mediterranean Sea, notice that it has much more of a Mediterranean than Middle Eastern feel. Sharm El Sheikh's colorful undersea world A beautiful mosaic in the Alexandria National Museum RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Pyramids,Temples&theRedSea | from $5,285 This journey includes pyramids, Nile temples and a Red Sea resort. Cairo,Coastline&Desert | from $7,825 Discover Cairo, the White Desert and the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt. Days1-2 Days3-4 Days5-6 Cairo Aswan Luxor Days7-8 Day9 Hurghada Cairo Days1-3 Days4-5 Cairo Alexandria Days6-8 Day9 Siwa Oasis Cairo 39 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND
  • Dahabieh Cruises There is no better way to experience the Nile at its most tranquil than on board a dahabieh (twin-sailed Egyptian yacht). Independent travellers to Egypt may charter a dahabieh – including the Sanctuary ‘Zein Nile Chateau,’ with space for 12 privileged guests – on a customized private itinerary. 7 WhiteDesert (3 days recommended) One of the distinctive wonders of Egypt, the White Desert is actually made of chalk that has been exposed for years to harsh weather conditions, the erosion creating a moonlike landscape of wind- sculpted white limestone unlike anywhere else on earth. Limestone formations that look like strange domes, minarets, castles and towers rise from the flat desert floor covered with stone artifacts, crystal quartz and small black meteorites shaped like stars. The White Desert is close to the Baharia Oasis, one of five lush oases in the Western Desert. 8 AbuSimbel (1 day recommended) Abu Simbel is home to the magnificent temple of Ramses II, which is fronted by four enormous statues of the pharaoh; each is more than 60 feet high. Impressive in itself, this great temple is further remarkable in that it was raised up the hillside when threatened by floodwaters from Lake Nasser and the High Dam project. 9 SiwaOasis (3 days recommended) Located 60 feet below sea level on the edge of the "Great Sand Sea," the vast desert dominating much of the Egyptian landscape, Siwa is a lush, fertile oasis famous for its date and olive trees. Siwa Oasis is where Alexander the Great consulted the Oracle of Amun and was declared a legitimate heir to Egypt's throne. Because it is so far from the Nile River Valley, the isolated community's customs and traditions have remained relatively intact for centuries. The surreal rock formations of the White Desert RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. HighlightsofJordan&Egypt | from $6,280 View Roman and Nabataean ruins, pyramids and temples along the Nile. EgyptbyPrivatelyCharteredDahabieh | from $6,980 Explore Cairo and the temples of Ramses, and take an intimate Nile cruise. Day1 Days2-3 Days4-5 Amman Petra Cairo Days6-8 Day9 Abu Simbel/Nile Cruise Cairo Days1-2 Days3-9 Cairo Dahabieh Cruise Day10 Abu Simbel/Cairo 40 Luxury Private Travel EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND
  • Signature Egypt & the Nile 10 days, priced from $5,220; arrives Friday, departs Sunday Minimum age 6 years A&KADVANTAGES: › Explore Egypt’s legendary pyramids from the inside out › Avoid crowds and other ships with private Nile docking facilities in Luxor and Aswan › Sail off the beaten path to Denderah, site of one of Egypt’s best-preserved and less-frequented temples › Cruise for four nights on board the luxurious Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV,’ named top small cruise ship by Condé Nast Traveler › Wind your way around scenic Aswan by felucca (sailboat) › See the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts with an Egyptologist at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities DAY 1: Arrive Cairo, Egypt/Giza Mena House Oberoi DAY 2: Giza Giza Plateau; exploration inside a pyramid; Cheops’ funerary boat at the Solar Boat Museum; and the Great Sphinx. Mena House Oberoi | Meals: B DAY 3: Giza/Cairo/Giza Drive to Memphis; Step Pyramid of Zoser; and treasures of Tutankhamun and the Mummy Room at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Mena House Oberoi | Meals: B L DAY 4: Giza/Cairo/Luxor Flight to Luxor; Temple of Karnak and its Great Hypostyle Hall; board Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’; Necropolis of Thebes; Valley of the Kings; Temple of Hatshepsut; and Valley of the Queens. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Luxor/Denderah/Luxor Cruise far from other ships to the Temple of Hathor at Denderah; graceful Temple of Luxor. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Luxor/Edfu/Kom Ombo Cruise to Edfu and the Temple of Horus; Kom Ombo, site of the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god). Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Kom Ombo/Aswan Cruise to Aswan; Philae Temple on Agilika; granite quarries and Unfinished Obelisk; felucca excursion around the Aswan islands (weather permitting). Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Aswan/Abu Simbel/Cairo Flight to Abu Simbel, site of temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari; afternoon at leisure in Cairo. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence | Meals: B L DAY 9: Cairo Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan; walk from Bab el-Fotouh to stalls of spices, leather goods, jewelry and birds at Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence | Meals: B DAY 10: Depart Cairo Meals: B Outside the Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 04–13 Jan 11–20 Jan 18–27 Jan 25–Feb 03 Feb 01–10 Feb 08–17 Feb 15–24 Feb 22–Mar 03 Mar 01–10 Mar 08–17 Mar 15–24 Mar 22–31 Mar 29–Apr 07 Apr 05–14 Apr 12–21 Apr 19–28 Apr 26–May 05 May 03–12 May 10–19 May 17–26 Jul 12–21 Jul 19–28 Jul 26–Aug 04 Aug 02–11 Aug 09–18 Aug 16–25 Aug 23–Sep 01 Aug 30–Sep 08 Sep 06–15 Sep 13–22 Sep 20–29 Sep 27–Oct 06 Oct 04–13 Oct 11–20 Oct 18–27 Oct 25–Nov 03 Nov 01–10 Nov 08–17 Nov 15–24 Nov 22–Dec 01 Nov 29–Dec 08 Dec 06–15 Dec 13–22 Dec 20–29 Dec 27–Jan 05, 2014 Land/Cruise arrangements: Jan 04; Jan 11-Mar 15; Mar 22-Apr 05; Apr 12-26; Dec 13-27 Sep 27-Dec 06 May-Sep 20 Double Double Double occupancy occupancy occupancy Nile Deck $6,580 $5,995 $5,220 Main Deck $6,740 $6,155 $5,380 Bridge Deck $6,815 $6,230 $5,455 Promenade Deck $6,930 $6,350 $5,575 Presidential Suite $8,250 $7,320 $6,120 Royal Suite $9,410 $8,170 $6,740 Internalairfare: Economy class from $630Cairo/Luxor; Aswan/Abu Simbel/Cairo Single supplement from $1,595. Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey Egypt&theNile. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 41 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND EGYPT Denderah Cairo Luxor Aswan AbuSimbel KomOmbo Edfu R E D S E A AIR CRUISE
  • Jordan, Oman & the Emirates Jordan boasts a deep cultural history and stunning archaeological sites, while Oman offers rich tradition and incredible coastline. The Emirates showcase eye-catching architecture and extravagant luxuries in the heart of the barren desert.
  • "If you are arriving from Israel, A&K’s arranged VIP service at the Allenby-King Hussein Bridge saves you time and hassle, as we take care of all formalities. For a glimpse of Bedouin life, A&K can arrange for you to enjoy the hospitality of a local family when you join them for tea. You may also visit a local school where A&K renovations have improved the quality of students’ education." — MohanadMalhas, Managing Director, A&K Jordan Time Difference: Jordan: EST plus 7 hours UAE/Oman: EST plus 8 hours Best Time to Travel: The weather is cooler in spring (particularly in April) and fall, perfect for comfortably exploring outdoor sites such as Petra and Jerash. If you are curious about Islamic tradition, you may want to visit Jordan during the holy period of Ramadan (which in 2013 occurs from early July to early August) and attend Eid el-Fitr celebrations. Climate: The region boasts a Mediterranean-like climate, with cool, comfortable winters that average 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit and hot, dry summers that can reach 100 degrees. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Petra&WadiRum (2 days recommended) Literally carved out of the rose-red sandstone mountains and reachable only through a precipitous gorge, Petra is Jordan’s most stunning archaeological site. It was built by the Nabataeans between 800-100 BC and forgotten by the outside world until 1812. Petra — with its baths, markets, Treasury (featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Temple of the Winged Lions and tombs — is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A two-hour drive from Petra, Wadi Rum, Jordan’s largest and most magnificent desert valley, is where T. E. Lawrence (“of Arabia”) lived with his Bedouin friends and allies during World War I. Even today you can see Bedouin tribes camping amid the vast sand dunes and rose-tinted mountains. 2 TheDeadSea (1 day recommended) Since the time of Cleopatra, people have been enjoying the benefits of the mineral-rich Dead Sea, the lowest body of water on earth. The Dead Sea’s curative waters are claimed to alleviate a variety of ills, including allergies and skin irritations, and its mud is thought to heal wounds and sooth joint inflammation. A&K can accommodate you in one of the best Dead Sea resorts where you can discover the cosmetic — and relaxation — benefits of letting your troubles float away in this scenic part of the world. Mineral formations on the shore of the Dead Sea 43 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND 1 6 5 2 4 3 Petra&WadiRum OMAN AbuDhabi&Dubai The DeadSea Amman&Jerash The King'sHighway R E D S E A A R A B I A N S E A C A S P I A N S E A UNITEDARAB EMIRATES JORDAN 0 mi. 500 mi. Muscat
  • 3 TheKing’sHighway(MountNebo/Madaba/Kerak) (1 day recommended) This ancient Biblical road has been travelled for 3,000 years — by Israelites en route to the Promised Land, Nabataeans on their way to and from Petra, Christians to pay homage to Moses and Muslim pilgrims heading to and from Mecca. Today’s King’s Highway is well paved and is visited when travelling between Amman and Petra. As you drive past beautiful scenery, see Crusader fortresses, including Kerak’s thick-walled castle with its maze of secret passageways; Madaba’s spectacular Byzantine mosaics, including a sixth-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land; and Mount Nebo, where the Bible says Moses glimpsed the Promised Land and spent his final days. 4 Amman&Jerash (1 day recommended) Known in Greco-Roman times as Philadelphia, Amman, Jordan’s capital, is no more than a four-hour drive from anywhere in the country. Historic sites, galleries and excellent restaurants abound. Just outside Amman is Jerash, known as the “Pompeii of the Middle East” for its extraordinarily well-preserved Roman ruins. Keep your eyes peeled; the grooves of first-century chariot wheels are still visible in the cobbled streets. 5 AbuDhabi&Dubai (6 days recommended) The Emirates seem to have sprung up overnight from the desert sands. Designer boutiques and world-class hotels have made modern Dubai an enclave of internationalism, and Western visitors find much that is comfortingly familiar, from the language (English is widely spoken) to the variety of available regional cuisines. Abu Dhabi, the slick capital of the Emirates, offers a mix of tradition and modernity, with a more distinctly Arabian ambience than its glamorous sister city, Dubai. 6 Oman (8 days recommended) Since the discovery of oil, Oman has amassed enormous wealth, resulting in a glittering new metropolis risen from the sands. However, while tradition has not been left by the wayside — its people still prefer traditional desert attire (the dishdasha for men and the abaya for women) — Oman is a thoroughly modern nation, tolerant of Western influences. In addition, its lengthy coastline offers some of the finest marine life in the Indian Ocean, with towering mountains, wadis, deserts and historic forts just inside. The well-preserved Roman Theater in Jerash The iconic Burj Khalifa of Dubai RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. JordanAdventure | from $3,385 Take a comprehensive look at Jordan in just seven days. Oman&theEmirates | from $10,385 Experience the old and new of these pearls of the Persian Gulf. Day1 Days2-3 Amman Petra Days4-5 Days6-7 Aqaba Dead Sea Days1-2 Days3-4 Days5-6 Muscat Nizwa Salalah Days7-8 Days9-10 Days11-12 Dubai Liwa Desert Abu Dhabi 44 Luxury Private Travel EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND
  • Signature Jordan 7 days, priced from $3,395; arrives Sunday, departs Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: › Traverse the sands of Wadi Rum by four-by-four vehicle › Witness a live chariot race at a monumental hippodrome in the ancient city of Jerash › Travel with an expert Jordanian guide who accompanies you throughout your journey › Explore Petra, a stunning city carved from the very mountains surrounding it › Discover the curative powers of the Dead Sea DAY 1: Arrive Amman, Jordan Arrival in Amman, Jordan's capital city and its cultural and political center. Four Seasons Hotel Amman DAY 2: Amman/Jerash/Amman Ruins and artifacts from Byzantine and early Islamic times; Triumphal Arch; ruins of the Hippodrome and Temple of Zeus in Jerash; reenactment of Roman gladiator contests and chariot race; and optional visit to Balquees School that A&K is helping renovate. Four Seasons Hotel Amman | Meals: B L DAY 3: Amman/Madaba/Um Ar-Rassas/Petra Drive through the Gorge of Amman; sixth-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Madaba; Mount Nebo, countryside rich in biblical history, where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land; and Um Ar-Rasas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mövenpick Resort Petra | Meals: B L DAY 4: Petra The “rose-red” city of Petra, carved from a mountain by the nomadic Nabataeans between 800 BC and AD 100. Mövenpick Resort Petra | Meals: B L DAY 5: Petra/Wadi Rum/Dead Sea Wadi Rum, where T.E. Lawrence ("of Arabia") lived with his Bedouin allies during World War I, explored via four-wheel-drive vehicle; drive to the Dead Sea and afternoon at leisure. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar | Meals: B L DAY 6: Dead Sea Day at leisure to discover the curative powers of the Dead Sea, which is credited with healing a variety of ills, from arthritis to eczema to laryngitis. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar | Meals: B DAY 7: Dead Sea/Amman/Depart Return to Amman to board international flight. Meals: B NOTE: Combine this journey with Signature Israel. See page 49 or contact A&K for details. The unique landscape of Wadi Rum DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 06–12 Jan 20–26 Jan 27–Feb 02 Feb 10–16 Feb 24–Mar 02 Mar 03–09 Mar 31–Apr 06 Apr 14–20 Apr 28–May 04 May 26–Jun 01 Jun 09–15 Jun 16–22 Jun 30–Jul 06 Jul 07–13 Aug 04–10 Aug 11–17 Sep 22–28 Oct 06–12 Oct 13–19 Oct 27–Nov 02 Nov 03–09 Nov 10–16 Nov 17–23 Nov 24–30 Dec 01–07 Land arrangements: Jan-May; Sep-Dec Jun-Aug Double occupancy $3,695 $3,395 Single supplement $1,145 $1,145 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 45 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND ROAD JORDAN Jerash Petra Dead Sea WadiRum Amman Madaba/Mt.Nebo M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A
  • Israel Birthplace of three of the world’s major religions, Israel has been an epicenter of faith, struggle and passion for thousands of years.
  • “Israel is a hub of religious faiths, and so we can tailor your Israel visit to suit any religious preference. If history is your passion, we can arrange for you to observe an archaeological dig. In Israel, we consistently go above and beyond for our guests, starting with your arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, where you are privately escorted through customs and immigrations procedures.” — SimonKhano,A&K Tour Director, Israel Time Difference: EST plus 7 hours Best Time to Travel: Many people visit Israel as pilgrims, and travelling around any major religious holiday is likely to be especially busy. Likewise, all three major religions observe their weekly worship days. Jewish businesses and restaurants observe Shabbat, closing from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Christian businesses and restaurants are closed on Sundays, and Muslim businesses may be closed on Fridays. Climate: Israel boasts a Mediterranean climate, with cool, comfortable winters that vary between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit and warm, dry summers, averaging 80 degrees. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Jerusalem (4 days recommended) The city of Jerusalem has been an important location since King David declared it the capital over 3,000 years ago. Considered the holiest city in Judaism, Jerusalem is visited by thousands of visitors from varying faiths each year. Whatever your religious preferences, Jerusalem is a remarkable city certain to evoke powerful feelings. Within the walls of the Old City, reminders from the past 2,000 years are at every turn. Outside the walls, modern Jerusalem is a showcase of architecture, art and incredible cuisine. 2 Masada (1 day recommended) Some 2,000 years ago, Roman legions stormed up one of the two paths to the top of an isolated sandstone cliff to reach the Jewish Zealots headquartered there. Ascend nearly 1,500 feet by cable car (or climb the narrow, winding stairs) to view the well-preserved remains of King Herod’s terraced palace, as well as the nearby Roman baths decorated with colorful mosaic tiled floors and murals. The view over the Judean Desert and the bright blue waters of the Dead Sea is breathtaking. Faith-based Travel A&K can arrange a journey to Israel that focuses on your religious interest, whether Christian, Jewish or Muslim. We can provide a guide who shares your religious beliefs and arrange for you to stay in luxurious kosher or non-kosher hotels. 47 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND 1 4 3 2 Jerusalem Galilee&theGolanHeights TelAviv&Haifa Masada ISRAEL M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A 0 mi. 100 mi.
  • 3 TelAviv&Haifa (2 days recommended) Tel Aviv, Israel’s economic hub, is a dynamic city known for its spectacular location on the Mediterranean as well as its lively culture. The downtown area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its white-washed Bauhaus buildings. Visit museums and cultural centers, explore the artist colony of Jaffa (known as Joppa in the Bible) or sample the thriving nightlife. Haifa is the center of the nation’s renowned high-tech industries and is built on three levels, beginning at the waterfront and climbing up the mountainside. At the apex is the Carmel Center, where some of the city’s most attractive homes and most of its deluxe hotels and shops are located. Combining Israel with Jordan and Egypt Israel is a tiny country and within close proximity to both Jordan and Egypt. A&K offers quick and hassle-free VIP service at the Allenby Bridge or the Sheikh Hussein Bridge at the border crossing to Jordan. Once you arrive on the Jordanian side, you are met and begin your exploration of the country that is home to Petra, Wadi Rum and Jerash. It is also just a short flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo, bringing you to the wonders of ancient Egypt. 4 Galilee&theGolan (2 days recommended) The Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret, is vitally important to Israel: the country’s largest freshwater lake, it is Israel’s most important source of drinking water. At the sea near Tiberias, A&K guests board a wooden boat, similar to those used during the time of Jesus, for a leisurely cruise past hillside fortifications and the scenic Galilee Mountains. A number of Christian religious sites are located in the region, including the Mount of Beatitudes and the Church of the Loaves and Fishes. If you continue through the Jordan River Valley you reach the Golan Heights, a ridge overlooking Upper Galilee offering many outdoor activities. This scenic region is home to beautiful nature reserves and snow-topped Hermon Mountain, a popular winter ski area. The beautiful Bahai Gardens in coastal Haifa RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Israel | from $6,175 Explore sites that have greatly influenced the world's three major religions. Israel&Jordan | from $7,525 Delve into and explore the most significant sites in Israel and Jordan. Day1 Days2-3 Tel Aviv Caesarea/Haifa/ Acre/Tiberias Days4-7 Day8 Nazareth/Beit Shean/ Jerusalem Tel Aviv Day1 Days2-3 Days4-6 Tel Aviv Caesarea/Acre/Tiberias Sephoris/Jerusalem/Bethlehem Day7 Days8-9 Day10 Masada/Amman/Jerash Madaba/Dead Sea/Petra Wadi Rum/Amman 48 Luxury Private Travel EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND
  • Signature Israel 8 days, priced from $5,095; arrives Saturday, departs Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: › Avoid long lines and enjoy expedited customs and immigration formalities with VIP service › Take a scenic sail on the Sea of Galilee on a wooden boat similar to those used during Jesus’ time › Gain superior insight into the relics and locales of Israel’s past with A&K’s local guides, who average 15 years of experience › Visit the rarely seen city of Safed, one of Judaism’s four holy cities › Customize your program with a specific Jewish, Christian or other denominational focus DAY 1: Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel/Jerusalem Arrival in Israel; VIP planeside assistance through customs and immigration. Mamilla Hotel/The King David DAY 2: Jerusalem/Bethlehem/Jerusalem Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum; Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem; and Church of the Nativity. Mamilla Hotel/The King David | Meals: B DAY 3: Jerusalem Mount of Olives; the Old City's Western Wall; El Aksa Mosque, Dome of the Rock; renovated synagogues in the Jewish quarter; walk along the Via Dolorosa to Convent of Zion Sisters; Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Tomb of King David; supposed site of the Last Supper. Mamilla Hotel/The King David | Meals: B DAY 4: Jerusalem/Masada/Qumran/Jerusalem Overland travel to desert palaces and fortifications of Masada; cable car up to site of the Bar Kochba revolt; Herod’s palaces and baths; and Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Mamilla Hotel/The King David | Meals: B DAY 5: Jerusalem/Beit Shean/Nazareth/Tiberias Roman amphitheater at Beit Shean; Church of Annunciation, Mary’s Well; Church of St. Gabriel; visit to carpentry workshop of Joseph in Nazareth; stop in Cana; and Tiberias for the night. Scots Hotel | Meals: B DAY 6: Tiberias Traditional boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; Capernaum; synagogue where Jesus taught; visit to St. Peter’s house; Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha and the Church of the Primacy; and pagan, Jewish, Christian Byzantine and Muslim-era remains at Banias. Scots Hotel | Meals: B DAY 7: Tiberias/Safed/Haifa/Caesarea/Tel Aviv Jezreel Valley to mystical city of Safed; Roman province of Caesarea; excavated theater with partial inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate; and overnight in the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv. InterContinental David Tel Aviv/Dan Tel Aviv | Meals: B DAY 8: Depart Tel Aviv NOTE: Combine this journey with Signature Jordan. See page 45 or contact A&K for details. The ornate dome in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 12–19 Jan 26–Feb 02 Feb 02–09 Feb 16–23 Mar 02–09 Mar 09–16 Apr 06–13 Apr 20–27 May 04–11 May 25–Jun 01 Jun 01–08 Jun 15–22 Jun 22–29 Jul 06–13 Jul 13–20 Aug 10–17* Aug 17–24* Sep 28–Oct 05 Oct 12–19 Oct 19–26 Nov 02–09 Nov 09–16 Nov 16–23 Nov 23–30 Nov 30–Dec 07 Dec 07–14 Land arrangements: Jan-May; Jul-Aug; Nov-Dec Jun; Sep-OctSilver Double occupancy $ 5,095 $ 5,395 Single supplement $ 1,400 $ 1,530 Gold Jan-Feb Mar-May; Jul-Dec Jun Double occupancy $5,995 $6,395 $6,595 Single supplement $1,960 $2,230 $2,365 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. *Last night will be in Jerusalem (not Tel Aviv) for both Gold and Silver departures. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 49 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND ROAD ISRAEL Masada M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A D E A D S E A TelAviv Haifa Nazareth Jerusalem Tiberias Safed
  • Morocco Morocco has seen Roman legions, Berber caravans and Muslim scholars. Its great cities — Marrakech, Essaouira, Fez, Rabat — present a vibrant mix of centuries-old traditions, with 21st-century comforts never far away.
  • "Enhance your journey to Morocco with A&K’s signature insider access opportunities. We can arrange for you to have lunch in Rabat with a museum curator or meet Moroccan artists during a private visit to an art gallery. You can also spend an evening in the medina of Fez with a master craftsman or dine in a special riad in the heart of Marrakech." — Jean-BernardCoudon, Managing Director, A&K Morocco Time Difference: EST plus 4 hours Best Time to Travel: Your interests can determine the best time of travel to Morocco. Keep in mind that it is sunny and hot most of the year and especially in the summer. If you just want to see the main sights in Marrakech or Fez, the most comfortable time is spring or late fall. However, if you are interested in cultural festivals, they are more prevalent in the summer. In winter, temperatures are reasonably mild, but there is snow in the Atlas Mountains, making for good skiing conditions. Climate: Coastal cities such as Casablanca and Rabat are cooled by Atlantic breezes, but in the interior at the edge of the Sahara Desert, it is very hot and dry. Summer temperatures can climb to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and winters average 70 degrees. However, winters in the Atlas Mountains can be cold (below zero) and snowy. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Marrakech (3 days recommended) Called “the Red City” because of the color of the local earth used in its construction, Marrakech, located in the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, is a city of labyrinthine alleyways, secluded palaces, mosques and markets. Feel its true ambience in the walled medina, the Old Town, location of the iconic Koutoubia minaret that dominates the skyline. Don’t miss Djemaa el-Fna, the main square famous for its orange juice stalls and snake charmers. 2 The North:Fez, Meknes & Volubilis (3 days recommended) As one of the most unspoiled cities in the world, the Imperial city of Fez boasts Morocco’s most enchanting souks, with a maze of narrow alleyways and stalls to excite all your senses. You can get a real feel for the country here when you walk around the many madrasas (Koranic schools). Another Imperial city, Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts impressive 17th-century monuments built by Sultan Moulay Ismail to rival the court of Louis XIV of France. Volubilis is home to the largest and best-preserved Roman The golden door and its tiled arch at Royal Palace in Fez 51 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND 4 5 1 6 23 The Sahara& Erg Chebbi AitBenhaddou&Ouarzazate Marrakech Essaouira &theCoast The North: Fez,Meknes&VolubilisRabat&Casablanca MOROCCO AT L A N T I C O C E A N 0 mi. 250 mi.
  • ruins in Morocco. The greatest treasures, however, are the superb mosaic floors that earned Volubilis status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 3 Rabat&Casablanca (2 days recommended) Located on the Atlantic coast, Morocco’s capital, Rabat, has a history that goes back at least as far as the Roman Empire. Perhaps its most famous site is the Hassan Tower, built in 1199 by the sultan Yacoub el-Mansour. The other highlight of this French- like city with elegant tree-lined boulevards is the Mohammed V Mausoleum. Just south of Rabat and also on the coast, Casablanca is an important center of trade and culture and is Morocco’s most cosmopolitan city. Its most famous landmark is the Hassan II Mosque, the world’s third largest. This remarkable site has the world’s tallest minaret and a glass floor suspended directly over the sea, inspired by a Koranic verse stating that “the throne of God was built on water.” 4 The Sahara & Erg Chebbi (2 days recommended) Morocco’s Sahara is reminiscent of a time when desert nomads trekked the sands on chains of camels, and Berber farmers herded goats in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Time has changed nothing, and it is still possible to witness the same site today. The Moroccan Desert is also home to the Erg Chebbi Dunes, some of the highest in Africa. A&KDesertCamp Experience the nomadic lifestyle when you leave your 4x4 vehicle and ride a camel to your exclusive and private desert camp. Dine on a delicious meal cooked over a campfire, and relax and enjoy your surroundings as you take in the spectacular sunset over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. 5 AïtBenhaddou&Ouarzazate (2 days recommended) Many kasbahs dot the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, but none stands out like Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, a spectacular fortified village. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aït Benhaddou is a grouping of red sandstone dwellings within defensive walls — a striking example of Moroccan architecture. Ouarzazate, built as a French garrison in the 1920s, is today a regional trade center known for its pottery and carpets. 6 Essaouira & the Coast (2 days recommended) Ideally located on the Atlantic coast less than a three-hour drive from Marrakech, the harbor town of Essaouira has miles of unspoiled coastline, making it a hot spot among water sports fans. Explore the narrow paths of the charming old quarter with its blue doors and whitewashed houses; the medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fine example of a late 18th-century fortified town. Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque with a floor suspending over the sea The fortified village of Aït Benhaddou RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. HighlightsofMorocco | from $5,625 See Roman ruins, ancient mosaics, Imperial shrines and souks. Culture,Desert&Sea | from $8,695 Explore Imperial cities and experience nomadic life in the desert. Day1 Days2-3 Casablanca Fez/Volubilis/Meknes Day4 Days5-8 Rabat Marrakech Day1 Days2-4 Days5-6 Casablanca Rabat/Fez Erfoud/Desert Day7 Days8-10 Days11-12 Ouarzazate Marrakech Essaouira/El Jadida 52 Luxury Private Travel EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND
  • Signature Morocco 8 days, priced from $5,795; arrives Sunday, departs Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: › Take a cooking class with a traditional Moroccan chef › Explore two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Meknes and Volubilis › Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Marrakech › Stay close to the action with accommodations in the medina at some of the most intimate, luxurious riads DAY 1: Arrive Casablanca, Morocco Arrival in bustling Casablanca, with VIP assistance during customs and immigration. Le Doge | Meals: B DAY 2: Casablanca/Fez Exploration of Casablanca; soaring Hassan II Mosque, with a floor suspended over the sea and the world's tallest minaret; overnight in Fez. Riad Fès | Meals: B DAY 3: Fez Culturally rich Fez el-Bali (Old Fez); University of Al Karaouine and Attarine Medersa; walk from Bab Boujloud to home of Maimonides; visits to Nejjarine Fountain, a converted fondouk (inn) and Fez el-Jadid (New Fez); Royal Palace; and Museum of Moroccan Arts. Riad Fès | Meals: B DAY 4: Fez/Meknes/Volubilis/Rabat Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many of Sultan Moulay Ismail's shrines; Roman ruins and superb mosaic floors at Volubilis, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Villa Mandarine | Meals: B DAY 5: Rabat/Marrakech City tour of Rabat, including site of Hassan Tower and mausoleum dedicated to Mohammed V; Oudaya Kasbah and ancient city of Sala; and leisure time in Marrakech to explore the city and discover its charms on your own. Villa des Orangers | Meals: B DAY 6: Marrakech Architectural wonders of Marrakech, including its medina and the minaret at Koutoubia Mosque; Dar Si Said; visits to Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and the famed Djemaa el-Fna square; and an optional stop at an A&K Philanthropy-supported shelter for displaced children. Villa des Orangers | Meals: B DAY 7: Marrakech Hands-on Moroccan cooking class with local chef; horse-drawn carriage ride to lush 12th-century Menara Gardens and Majorelle Garden, created by French painter Jacques Majorelle. Villa des Orangers | Meals: B DAY 8: Depart Marrakech Board homebound flight. Meals: B Ruins of an ancient basilica in Volubilis DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 05–12 Jan 19–26 Feb 02–09 Feb 16–23 Mar 02–09 Mar 16–23 Apr 06–13 Apr 27–May 04 May 04–11 May 11–18 May 18–25 Jun 01–08 Jun 08–15 Jun 15–22 Sep 07–14 Oct 05–12 Oct 26–Nov 02 Nov 09–16 Nov 16–23 Dec 07–14 Land arrangements: Double occupancy $5,795 Single supplement $2,025 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 53 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND MOROCCO AT L A N T I C O C E A N Casablanca Marrakech Volubilis Rabat Fez ROAD
  • Turkey Home to many civilizations, Turkey is a treasure trove of history with one foot in Europe and another in Asia.
  • "Turkey has a plethora of incredible museums, palaces and ruins that you are certain to want to explore. Imagine doing so privately without the distractions of a crowd! A&K can arrange before- or after-hours visits exclusively for you so that you can admire them in privacy. If you long to find out what Turkish home life is like, we are happy to arrange lunch in the home of a local family in Cappadocia." — JoAnneSperry, A&K Product Manager for Turkey Time Difference: EST plus 7 hours Best Time to Travel: Turkey’s appeal runs year- round, but the rainy season in Istanbul is November- March, when rainfall can be 14-18 days per month. Ankara, which is located in the mountains, experiences lesser amounts of rain. Climate: Because Turkey is mostly bordered by water, it enjoys the benefits of a Mediterranean climate: hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. Inland regions like Cappadocia are more continental in climate, with sharply demarcated seasons and cold, snowy winters. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Istanbul (5 days recommended) Modern Istanbul presents an evocative panorama with the heavy weight of her long history. Always at the center of power, it was from here that the Turks of the Ottoman Empire ruled most of the Mediterranean and Western Orient. When you explore this vibrant city, resting majestically on the shores of the Bosphorus, discover magnificent works of art and architecture, as well as incredible world-class cuisine. 2 The Turquoise Coast (5 days recommended) Known as the “Turkish Riviera,” the Turquoise Coast stretches along the country’s southwest coastline from Bodrum to Fethiye, an area rich in archaeological sites and scenic beauty, as well as stellar nightlife. Enjoy the blue waters of the Mediterranean, quaint fishing villages and rock-carved cliff-side tombs. The blue-green waters of the Turquoise Coast 55 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND 1 2 3 4 5 6 Istanbul TheTurquoiseCoast Ephesus Troy&Pergamon Cappadocia MountNemrut M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A B L A C K S E A 0 mi. 200 mi.
  • 3 Ephesus (1 day recommended) Ephesus, for its sheer size and grandeur, is unmatched as an archaeological site, the best-preserved classical city in the Mediterranean and one of the wonders of the ancient world. Extensive excavations have revealed only a tenth of this magnificent, massive city located on the scenic Turquoise Coast. 4 Troy&Pergamon (2 days recommended) Many people thought Troy was just legend until ruins of this center of ancient civilizations were discovered in 1822. Few structures of the old city remain, but they are enough to imagine what it must have looked like as Ilium in Homer’s Iliad. Although not much of Troy remains, ruins of the ancient Greek city of Pergamon, located on a promontory near today’s Bergama, include a 10,000 person- capacity theater and a renowned library with 200,000 ancient scrolls. Gulet Cruises Sail the beautiful Mediterranean in a traditional wooden Turkish gulet. These two-masted schooners are made from local pine, and were traditionally used for transportation and fishing along the southern coast. Your gulet cruise provides a relaxed atmosphere with unforgettable meals and opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking along the way. 5 Cappadocia (3 days recommended) The best way to view the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia is by hot air balloon, gently soaring over the tuff-filled valleys. Millennia-long volcanic activity and an on-going process of erosion and contraction of the volcanic remains created the unique tuff, a soft porous stone, and expert carvers turned it into cave dwellings, monasteries and chapels and cellar villages known as “fairy chimneys.” 6 Eastern Turkey: Mount Nemrut & the Bible Lands (5 days recommended) The cities of Eastern Turkey are virtual open-air museums of history, and A&K guests can view ancient edifices from many civilizations. These “Bible Lands” played prominent roles in major religious texts. Towering over them all is Mount Nemrut, home to the tomb of King Antiochus I, as well as colossal statues of Apollo, Zeus and Herakles. Ruins of the Roman library at Ephesus A balloon ride over Cappadocia RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. ClassicalTurkey | from $11,895 Explore the classical sites in Turkey's most popular cities. Turkey&aPrivatelyCharteredGuletCruise | from $15,765 Experience Istanbul, the Turquoise Coast and more. Days1-3 Days4-5 Days6-7 Istanbul Cappadocia Antalya Days8-9 Day10 Kusadasi Istanbul Days1-3 Days4-5 Days6-7 Istanbul Izmir Bodrum Days8-10 Day11 Gulet Cruise Istanbul 56 Luxury Private Travel EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND
  • 57 EGYPT,MOROCCO&BEYOND Signature Turkey 10 days, priced from $8,495; arrives Friday, departs Sunday A&KADVANTAGES: › Explore the landscapes and underground villages of Cappadocia › Experience both the old and new sides of the city, while staying in two different Istanbul hotels (Gold category only) › Admire Istanbul’s skyline from a private boat during a cruise on the Bosphorus DAY 1: Arrive Istanbul, Turkey Arrival in Turkey's capital city. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (Gold)/ Divan Istanbul (Silver) DAY 2: Istanbul Visit to the sixth-century Basilica Cistern and timeless Hagia Sophia; Topkapi Palace; stroll through Pera District. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (Gold)/ Divan Istanbul (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 3: Istanbul/Cappadocia Flight to Nevşehir (Cappadocia); mysterious rock-carved churches at the Göreme Open Air Museum. The Museum Hotel (Gold)/ Argos in Cappadocia (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 4: Cappadocia Optional hot air balloon ride over tuff-filled landscape; ancient subterranean village at Kaymakli; and visit to potters of Avanos. The Museum Hotel (Gold)/Argos in Cappadocia (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 5: Cappadocia/Izmir (Kusadasi) Flight to Izmir; exploring the restored Agora of ancient Smyrna; and a stroll through Kemeralti bazaar. Swissôtel Grand Efes (Gold)/ KoruMar Hotel De Luxe (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 6: Izmir/Ephesus/Izmir (Kusadasi) Remains of the great Ionian city of Ephesus, with access to the Terrace Houses; rug weavers’ association visit at Camlik village. Swissôtel Grand Efes (Gold)/KoruMar Hotel De Luxe (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 7: Izmir/Bodrum Ionian temple of Euromos; artifacts salvaged from area shipwrecks on display at Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Bodrum. The Marmara Bodrum | Meals: B DAY 8: Bodrum/Istanbul Flight to Istanbul; City Walls; rich Byzantine interior wall decorations at Chora Church; and private cruise along the Bosphorus. Ciragan Palace Kempinski (Gold)/ Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 9: Istanbul Remnants of the “age of Sinan” in Istanbul’s mosques and bazaars; Sinan’s Rustem Pasha Mosque; Spice Bazaar; and 3,500-stall Grand Bazaar. Ciragan Palace Kempinski (Gold)/ Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 10: Depart Istanbul Meals: B The ornate interior of the Hagia Sophia DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Apr 19–28 May 10–19 Jun 14–23 Jul 12–21 Aug 16–25 Sep 06–15 Sep 27–Oct 06 Oct 18–27 Land arrangements: Silver Gold Double occupancy $8,495 $9,495 Single supplement $2,575 $3,125 Internal airfare: Economy class Istanbul/Nev¸sehir/Izmir; Bodrum/Istanbul from $530 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey Turkey:AJourneyThroughHistory. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. TURKEY B L A C K S E A M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A Istanbul Izmir Bodrum Nevs¸ehir/ Kayseri AIR ROAD
  • DESTINATION GUIDES 60 China 66 Japan & Korea 68 Mongolia & Central Asia 70 Himalaya: Nepal & Bhutan 72 India & Sri Lanka 78 Thailand & Vietnam 82 Cambodia & Laos 86 Myanmar 88 Australia & New Zealand "Asia is as culturally diverse as it is vast, and the Destination Guides we have prepared capture it all, from the heights of the Himalaya to the depths of the Yangtze River and India’s colorful energy. Use them to plan your independent journey, take inspiration from our Recommended Routes or choose a Signature Series program, itineraries we created to showcase every region of Asia at its best. With 12 regional offices throughout Asia, India and the Pacific, A&K is uniquely qualified to show you every inspiring facet of Asia, India and the Pacific." Asia, India & the Pacific –SamuelDesmier, A&K Southeast Asia 59
  • China Past meets future in this ever-changing land of ancient sites and buzzing cities.
  • "A&K pioneered travel to exotic China, opening our first office in Hong Kong in 1983. Our longstanding local connections means that we can provide second- to-none insight into this complex country. Whatever your interests, our team shows you China at its authentic best — from arranging behind-the-scenes access to Beijing’s Forbidden City or a dim sum lesson in Hong Kong, to exploring Shanghai’s oldest teahouse with an expert or the Yangtze River by private boat." — PatrickMacleod, Regional Managing Director, A&K China and Hong Kong Time Difference: EST plus 13 hours Best Time to Travel: It is best to travel in spring and autumn when the weather is neither too hot nor freezing cold. We also take into consideration festival periods and special occasions. Climate: As one of the world’s largest countries, China's climate varies greatly according to the region. Generally speaking, however, China’s climate is subject to dry seasons and wet monsoons, which make for cold and dry winters and warm and moist summers. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Beijing (4 days recommended) The country’s capital is the best place to experience the striking contrast of old and new China. Beijing is the heart and soul of the nation — both the contemporary hub for politics and culture and the gateway to many of ancient China’s most spectacular sights, including the Great Wall. Discover incredible modern art, impressive skyscrapers designed by world-renowned architects and awe- inspiring buildings that housed the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Then, for juxtaposition, visit historic monuments such as the Forbidden City, the imperial palace for nearly 500 years, and Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public plaza. Take a walk — or a pedicab — through Beijing’s past by visiting the hutongs, the ancient winding alleyways that used to crisscross the city. 2 Xian&theTerraCottaWarriors (2 days recommended) Xian is the ancient cradle of Chinese civilization and the easternmost end of the fabled Silk Road. As such, the city was a veritable crossroads of culture, a fact still reflected today in the facial features of its residents and their distinctive dress and cuisine. Beijing's stunning Temple of Heaven 61 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC 0 mi. 500 mi. 1 2 5 6 7 4 3 Beijing Xian Guilin HongKong Lijiang&Kunming Yangtze River Lhasa&Tibet Shanghai CHINA E A S T C H I N A S E A
  • Xian also served as the ruling seat for 11 different dynastic periods in ancient Chinese history, making it a historian’s paradise. Of course, most travellers flock here to visit the famed tomb complex of Emperor Qin Shihuangdi, with its army of 8,000 Terra Cotta Warriors. Each soldier, bearing unique and intricately carved facial features, was constructed to guard the tomb of the emperor as well as display second-century Chinese military might. Beyond this incredible archaeological find, experience Xian’s living, breathing culture with a stroll through the Muslim Quarter, home to the exquisite Great Mosque and street food vendors. 3 Shanghai (4 days recommended) China’s bustling metropolis is a seductive mix of tradition and sophistication. The historic, stately buildings of The Bund area — Shanghai’s famous riverside promenade — stand in striking contrast to the skyscrapers of modern Pudong, home to many of China’s big businesses. Admire the city’s futuristic skyline, and then delve into its most enduring sites. Stroll through the charming Old Town, with its vendors and winding streets, and refresh at the Yu Garden, a 16th-century beauty of Ming-period pagodas and tranquil ponds. Round out your cultural explorations at the excellent Shanghai Museum and the eye-opening Urban Planning Museum, and by attending a famous Shanghai Acrobatic performance. The Terra Cotta Warriors number in the thousands, each with unique facial features The futuristic skyline of Shanghai RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. ClassicChina | from $10,310 Highlights of a changing China, from historic Beijing to vibrant Hong Kong. TheChineseSilkRoad | from $10,920 Follow in the footsteps of ancient traders, pilgrims and adventurers. Days1-3 Days4-5 Days6-8 Beijing Xian Yangtze River Cruise Days9-11 Days12-13 Days14-16 Shanghai Guilin Hong Kong Days1-3 Days4-5 Days6-7 Beijing Xian Dunhuang Days8-9 Days10-11 Days12-14 Urumqi/Turfan Kashgar Shanghai 62 Luxury Private Travel ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • Yangtze River Cruise One of the best and most picturesque ways to discover China’s vast terrain and changing face is by cruising the Yangtze River. Embark on a journey through the Three Gorges region — a veritable Chinese scroll painting — on board Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer,’ the only luxury boutique river cruiser on the Yangtze. Wind through the magnificent Three Gorges, stopping for shore excursions at highlights such as the Three Gorges Dam Project and meeting a relocated family in one of the river towns. Explore China’s rich culture and traditions on board as well, through fascinating, hands-on lectures — on topics such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese calligraphy — and activities, including morning-time tai chi sessions and tea appreciation lessons. Retire each evening to the comforts of your roomy, well-appointed cabins, which feature private balconies. 4 Lhasa & Tibet (4 days recommended) The region of Tibet has become a byword for spirituality, with Buddhism reflected in nearly every aspect of its art and culture. Lhasa, which means “the holy land” in the Tibetan language, is the center of the region’s politics, economy and culture. It is definitely worth spending a few days exploring the impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that helped form the mysterious Tibetan religion. In fact, Lhasa is a wonderful place — perhaps the best in the country — to wander around and explore at your own leisure. The city has a relaxed ambience, welcoming people and a delightful Old Town, where life has changed little Lhasa's Potala Palace, the former home of the Dalai Lama through the centuries. The old city center crowds around Barkhor Street, the oldest in Lhasa that still brims with color and character, the perfect setting for a pleasant stroll. Barkhor is also a kora (pilgrim circuit) that winds around the impressive Jokhang Temple. 5 Guilin (3 days recommended) Guilin’s gorgeous landscape has inspired writers and artists for centuries. The region is renowned for its rugged mountains, crystalline rivers and verdant flowers, as well as the dramatic limestone scenery that seems plucked out of a painting. A serene cruise on the Li River is a relaxing way to take in the beautiful landscape and explore the region’s dazzling caves. RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. AcrosstheRoofoftheWorld | from $10,465 A journey through the high meadows of Yunnan and culturally rich Tibet. WondersofYunnan | from $9,995 A sojourn to the old-world charms of Lijiang, Dali and Shangri-La. Days1-3 Days4-5 Day6 Shanghai Lijiang Ringha Day7 Days8-11 Days12-13 Zhongdian Lhasa Shanghai Days1-2 Days3-4 Days5-6 Shanghai Kunming Dali Days7-8 Days9-10 Days11-13 Lijiang Zhongdian Shanghai 63 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • 7 Lijiang & Kunming (3 days recommended) In China’s southwestern reaches, the province of Yunnan beckons with remote landscapes and a more traditional lifestyle. Highlights of this region include Lijiang, a charming, historic town nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, and Kunming, the capital of the province and a stunning mix of the old and new. UNESCO World Heritage Site Lijiang is the China of your dreams, where a stroll through the labyrinth of cobbled streets in the Old Town takes you past ramshackle wooden buildings and a gently flowing canal. Here, it is easy to meet local people, including the Naxi, as you make your way through ancient, tiny rural villages such as Baisha and Yuhu. There are also a number of natural beauty highlights nearby, including the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Kunming and the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge, which drops some 9,000 feet in certain parts. 6 HongKong (4 days recommended) East meets West in glamorous Hong Kong, a culture lover’s and shopper’s paradise. The city skyline is dominated by the skyscrapers of big business, lending this unique city — a British colony for many years — a distinctively modern atmosphere. Dig a little deeper and you’ll also find centuries-old walled villages and lush expanses of wilderness nearby. Musts while in the heart of Hong Kong include riding a tram to the top of Victoria Peak for unrivaled panoramas of the glittering city below, paying a visit to the incense-filled Man Mo Temple, maneuvering the busy byways of Sheung Wan Market and dining on traditional dim sum. Then head to the coast for life at a slower pace, whether that means taking a sampan (traditional boat) through the quaint floating homes of Aberdeen fishing village or hiking the mist-shrouded hills of Lantau Island. RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. HighlightsofChina | from $6,995 Essential introduction for first-timers to China, featuring the country's best. Tibet:TheHighHimalaya | from $7,145 An adventure to the grand Buddhist sites and stunning scenery of Tibet. Days1-3 Days4-5 Shanghai Guilin Days6-7 Days8-11 Xian Beijing Days1-2 Day3 Tsetang Gyantse Days4-5 Days6-9 Shigatse Lhasa The steep cliffs of stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge An aerial view of Hong Kong's electric skyline 64 Luxury Private Travel ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • A breathtaking scene upon the Li River, Yangshuo Signature China & the Yangtze 15 days, priced from $7,895; arrives Wednesday, departs Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: › Embark on a four-night cruise upon the Yangtze River on board luxurious Sanctuary 'Yangzi Explorer' › Take in the exotic sights and sounds of Xian's Muslim Quarter › Gain a deeper understanding of Chinese artifacts with a visit to the Yangling Museum and its conservation lab › Visit an artist's studio in Shanghai and learn about the city's up-and-coming contemporary art scene DAY 1: Arrive Beijing, China The Peninsula Beijing DAY 2: Beijing Walk along the Great Wall's Mutianyu section. The Peninsula Beijing | Meals: B DAY 3: Beijing Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square; modern Beijing. The Peninsula Beijing | Meals: B L DAY 4: Beijing Tai chi at the Temple of Heaven; Panjiayuan Weekend Market. The Peninsula Beijing | Meals: B DAY 5: Beijing/Yichang Flight to Yichang; Yangtze River luxury cruise. Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: B D DAYS 6-8: Cruising the Yangtze River Yangtze cruise through the Three Gorges; local village and market visits. Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Chongqing/Guilin Disembarkation in Chongqing; flight to Guilin; afternoon at leisure. Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin | Meals: B DAY 10: Guilin/Yangshuo/Guilin Yangshuo's town and market; cruise down the Li River. Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin | Meals: B L DAY 11: Guilin/Xian Flight to Xian; Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter and City Walls. Shangri-La Hotel, Xian | Meals: B L DAY 12: Xian/Shanghai Terra Cotta Warriors; visit to Yangling Museum; flight to Shanghai. The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B L DAY 13: Shanghai Visit to Zhujiajiao; Shanghai Acrobatic performance. The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B DAY 14: Shanghai Yu Garden; the Bund; and M-50 Contemporary Art District. The Peninsula Shanghai | Meals: B L DAY 15: Depart Shanghai Meals: B DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Apr 03-17 Apr 10-24 Apr 17-May 01 May 01-15 May 08-22 May 15-29 May 22-Jun 05 Jun 05-19 Jun 12-26 Jun 26-Jul 10 Jul 10-24 Jul 24-Aug 07 Aug 07-21 Aug 21-Sep 04 Sep 04-18 Sep 11-25 Sep 18-Oct 02 Oct 02-16 Oct 09-23 Oct 16-30 Oct 23-Nov 06 Oct 30-Nov 13 Land/Cruise arrangements: Deluxe Cabin Apr-May; Sep-Oct Jun-Aug Double occupancy Single supplement Double occupancy Single supplement Main Deck $8,895 $4,275 $7,895 $3,500 Xiling Deck $8,995 $4,365 $7,995 $3,590 Wu Deck $9,095 $4,455 $8,095 $3,680 Suite Wu Deck $9,995 $5,570 $8,795 $4,395 Qutang Deck $10,095 $5,705 $8,895 $4,480 Jade/Mandarin $12,230 $7,395 $10,350 $5,835 Celestial/Imperial $13,135 $8,130 $11,095 $6,495 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,185Beijing/Yichang; Chongqing/Guilin/Xian/Shanghai Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey China:YangtzePassage. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 65 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC CHINA E A S T C H I N A S E A AIR CRUISE Xian Yichang Shanghai Chongqing Beijing Guilin
  • Japan & Korea Cutting-edge modernity collides with ages-old traditions in these nations between the seas. Time Difference: Japan: EST plus 14 hours Korea: EST plus 14 hours Best Time to Travel: Japan is a year-round destination. Spring (late March to April) is best for the cherry blossoms, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, fall (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colors, and winter (December to February) for specific events, such as the Sapporo Snow Festival. Korea is nicest in autumn (September to November). Climate: Japan’s climate varies from north to south. Northern Japan experiences cold winters and warm summers, whereas the Pacific coast (Tokyo) features humid, subtropical climate with mild winters and hot summers. Expect rain from June to July. South Korea can be generally humid in summers and bitterly cold in winter, with a rainy season that runs from June to September. "Japan and Korea are fascinating nations steeped in history and nuance. At A&K, we make sure you get the most out of your visit to these two destinations by arranging for memorable insider experiences. We can provide you with front-row seats at a Shinto ceremony in an ancient Japanese shrine or reserve your spot at Gora Kadan, Japan's best luxury ryokan (traditional inn). With A&K, explore these destinations in unparalleled style." —RisaSekiguchi,A&KJapanProductManager AutumnleavesframingMountFujiinJapan 66 Luxury Private Travel 1 3 5 4 2 6 Tokyo MountFuji &Hakone Miyajima & Hiroshima Sapporo & theNorth Kyoto & Nara SOUTH KOREA Seoul JAPAN PA C I F I C O C E A N 0 mi. 500 mi.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Tokyo (3 days recommended) Originally a fishing village called Edo, Tokyo became the center of power by 1590 and the largest city in the world by 1721. Renamed Tokyo in 1868, this historic metropolis has also known difficult times, including earthquakes and war. Present-day Tokyo glitters as one of the world’s most modern, exciting cities, with plenty of sights for every kind of traveller, fantastic restaurants, cutting- edge fashion and cultural opportunities to keep you busy for days on end. Highlights of Tokyo include the regal Imperial Palace Plaza, spiritual Asakusa Temple and the glamorous Ginza district. Whatever your ideal Japan, you are sure to find it in its capital city. 2 Kyoto & Nara (3 days recommended) To truly understand Japan, take the bullet train to its cultural heart: Kyoto, a city of ancient temples, living traditions and top-notch cuisine. Nowhere is Japan’s unique culture more alive than while strolling the backstreets and environs of the country’s old imperial capital. Kyoto-ites take great pride in their refined cuisine, lilting dialect, artisan studios and traditional way of life, which includes its proud geisha culture. The city is also a veritable living museum — it is home to over 2,000 temples and shrines, 17 of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 3 Mount Fuji & Hakone (2 days recommended) The Hakone region is just an hour from Tokyo, but a world apart in ambience. The area, rich in natural resources, boasts beautiful lakes, green hills, walking trails and its renowned volcanic landscape, which has created innumerable hot springs. Hakone is the place to visit onsen (hot spring) spa towns, lying in the shadows of towering Mount Fuji. No journey to Japan is complete without a visit to that iconic mountain, the highest in the country. Mount Fuji’s symmetrical cone shape is a well-known symbol of Japan, best viewed from your very own al fresco onsen bath. 4 Sapporo & the North (4 days recommended) Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, is famous for quality seafood and an abundance of snow. The region’s capital, Sapporo, is the fourth-largest city in Japan by population and hosts the popular Sapporo Snow Festival in February, a wonderland of large-scale ice sculptures and buildings. In the summer, Japanese residents flock to the region for its natural beauty and perfectly warm weather. 5 Miyajima & Hiroshima (2 days recommended) Miyajima is located in the Seto inland sea and has been worshipped as a divine island since ancient times. Natural beauty and evocative architecture live side by side at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Miyajima island features ancient temples — including the sixth-century Itsukushima-Jinja — and lots of opportunities to walk amid the picturesque countryside. Nearby Hiroshima needs no introduction, for the worst of reasons. An unusual tourist attraction, Hiroshima’s sobering monuments include the Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Dome, a haunting reminder of the destructive forces unleashed on the city. 6 South Korea (6 days recommended) South Korea enchants with its heady mix of the traditional and the contemporary — rural villages and neon-lit skyscrapers, dense forests and urban jungles, ancient pagodas and K-pop karaoke joints, all rolled into one. At the center of this fascinating, rarely visited country is Seoul, home to traditional markets and edgy fashions. The glittering Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto Miyajima's picture-perfect Torii Gate RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. WondersofJapan | from $12,995 The best of Japan, from the bustle of Tokyo to spiritual Kyoto. HighlightsofKorea | from $9,395 Explore cosmopolitan Seoul and the timeworn pagodas of Gyeongju. Days1-3 Day4 Tokyo Hakone Days5-6 Days7-8 Kyoto Hiroshima Days1-3 Days4-5 Seoul Gyeongju Days6-8 Seoul 67 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • Mongolia & Central Asia Steppes that melt into horizon, untamed horses and Genghis Khan — Mongolia’s legacy stretches from Siberia to the Gobi and beyond. Time Difference: Mongolia: EST plus 13 hours Uzbekistan: EST plus 10 hours Best Time to Travel: May to October for the best weather, and in the first two weeks of July to catch the Naadam Festival. Climate: Summer is the best time to visit Mongolia and Central Asia, although temperatures can get hot. November to April can be quite cold, with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. "Let A&K unveil Mongolia's most captivating elements — its wide- open plains, friendly people, and the lore of one of the world's greatest empires. We can show you this stark land that feels unchanged from the days of Genghis Khan on an unforgettable adventure. We can also take you deep into Central Asia, visiting Silk Road treasures such as Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand." — PatrickMacleod, Regional Managing Director, A&K East Asia Ared-robedBuddhistmonkatUlaanBaatar's GandanKhiidMonasteryBaatar 68 Luxury Private Travel 1 3 5 4 2 6 UZBEKISTAN MONGOLIA RUSSIA Bukhara,Khiva &Samarkand UlaanBaatar LakeHovsgol LakeBaikal Karakorum GobiDesert 0 mi. 500 mi.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 UlaanBaatar (3 days recommended) The capital of Mongolia, Ulaan Baatar was founded in 1639 as a nomadic center for Buddhist monks. Now it is home to over 40% of the country’s population, where Mongolia’s rapidly growing economy has its hub. Visit highlights such as Gandan Khiid Monastery and the National Museum of Mongolian History, where a local historian may join you to reveal the life of the great conqueror Genghis Khan. 2 The GobiDesert (5 days recommended) The Gobi lies between the Siberian wilderness to the north and the Tibetan Plateau to the south. It is home to Bactrian camels, mountain sheep, golden eagles and many endemic reptiles. The Gobi played a great role in Genghis Khan’s era, and to this day, you are likely to meet nomadic families out on the steppes. Highlights include Ongiin Khiid, ruins of a large monastery; Yolyn Am, a valley so deep that the river that carved it remains frozen well into the summer; and the Flaming Cliffs, where the first dinosaur eggs in the world were found. No trip to the Gobi is complete without a Bactrian camel trek, and one of the best places to do so is at Moltsog Els sand dunes. 3 LakeHovsgol (5 days recommended) Hovsgol, Mongolia’s largest lake by water volume, measures some 85 miles in length and is 18 miles wide. More than 90 different streams and rivers feed the lake, yet water only exits through one river — the Egiin — where it then continues on to Lake Baikal. This crystal- clear alpine lake is surrounded by wildflower-studded meadows and native fauna, an ecosystem often best explored on horseback. Many nomadic families live in the area, and thanks to Mongolians’ renowned hospitality, don’t be surprised if you are invited into a ger (traditional tented home) for food and friendship. 4 Karakorum (2 days recommended) Karakorum is the original capital of the Mongol Empire. Genghis Khan had it constructed in 1220, from which to rule his extensive empire. His grandson, Kublai Khan, abandoned it in favor of a new site in what is now Beijing. All that remains on this spot today is the Erdene Zuu Monastery, built from the remains of the original structure in the 16th century and sacked by Stalin’s army hundreds of years later. The monastery is first center of Lamaism, and once upon a time, 1,000 monks lived in the 100 temples and structures within its long walls. Although only the walls and three temples still stand, Erdene Zuu remains one of the most fascinating sites of Mongolia. 5 Bukhara,Khiva&Samarkand (8 days recommended) Traversed by the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan boasts living, breathing reminders from the era, among them the ancient cities of Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand. Explore the impressive Kayland Minaret and the first-century Ark Fortress in Bukhara, one of the main centers of the sixth-century BC Persian civilization; the walled city of Khiva, with its perfectly preserved blue-tiled Tash- Khauli Palace; and 700 BC Samarkand, a timeworn town dotted with majestic mosques and madrasas. 6 LakeBaikal (3 days recommended) Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Also known as the “Pearl of Siberia,” the lake — which holds 20% of the planet’s fresh water — is home to a unique breed of freshwater seal and over 50 species of fish. Musts include visiting Listvyanka, a small Baikal settlement nestled at the base of the surrounding hills, or braving a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters.UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest in the world The ornate Mir-i Arab madrasa, Bukhara RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. WondersofMongolia | from $9,860 Travel from south to north, traversing the Gobi to the border with Siberia. HighlightsofMongolia | from $5,770 An introduction journey that sweeps from the capital to the fabled Gobi. Days1-4 Days5-7 Days8-9 Ulaan Baatar South Gobi/Khongoriin Bayanzag/Ongiin Khiid Days10-11 Days12-15 Days16-17 Karakorum/Tsenkher Terkhiin/Lake Hovsgol Ulaan Baatar Days1-2 Day3 Day4 Ulaan Baatar Dalanzadgad Khongor Day5 Days6-7 Bayanzag Ulaan Baatar 69 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • Himalaya: Nepal & Bhutan Breathtaking peaks, unrivalled hospitality and deep spirituality define these ancient mountain kingdoms. Time Difference: EST plus 11 hours Best Time to Travel: For Bhutan, October and November are arguably the best months for clear skies and views of the peaks. Tsechus (festivals) happen year-round, so chances of catching a vibrant festival with incredibly ornate costumes are high whenever you visit. Trekking in Nepal is best from October to early December and in the spring from March to the end of April, which is when the spring flowers are in bloom. Climate: Bhutan and Nepal’s monsoon seasons runs from June to September; a short spring (March- May) is great for flora. The climate varies in Nepal from cool summers and severe winters in the north to subtropical summers and mild winters in the south. "Draped along the soaring Himalaya, Nepal and Bhutan are enchanting destinations, both nearly untouched by the passage of time. While Bhutan only recently opened its majestic vistas and unique traditions to visitors, Nepal has captivated travellers for years, remaining the ultimate destination for trekkers taking on Mount Everest. Let us show you these remote countries at their most authentic by arranging for you to meet with Buddhist monks in Bhutanese temples or exploring Nepal forests by elephant back or its peaks by plane." — RishiKapoor, General Manager, A&K India Tiger'sNestMonastery,highintheHimalayainBhutan 70 Luxury Private Travel 0 mi. 100 mi. 1 3 5 4 2 Kathmandu Thimphu Punakha Paro Chitwan National Park MountEverest NEPAL BHUTAN
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Kathmandu (4 days recommended) Fabled Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is friendly, frenetic and full of character. The city serves as the main gateway for travellers and adventurers. Kathmandu boasts a tantalizing mix of vendors, holy men, rickshaws and cows, which create a madcap but easygoing ambience. While the city offers astonishing sites — such as the prayer-flag-adorned Swayambhunath Temple and the historic Dwarika’s Hotel, with beautifully crafted woodwork — there’s oftentimes nothing better than relaxing with a chilled beer in Durbar Square, people-watching and soaking up the atmosphere. 2 Chitwan NationalPark (3 days recommended) Chitwan National Park sits at the foot of the Himalaya, a swath of unspoiled terrain featuring ox-bow lakes, rivers and hills. Chitwan is home to 43 mammal species, including the one-horned rhinoceros, leopard, sloth bear, Indian wild dog and the elusive Bengal tiger. It is also paradise for bird watchers, with its 450 species inhabiting dense forests. Explore the region on safaris by four- wheel-drive vehicle — or better yet by elephant back, as locals do. 3 Thimphu (3 days recommended) The capital of Bhutan lies in a pastoral wooded valley, climbing up a hillside on the bank of the Thimphu Chuu River. Despite recent development, Thimphu retains its charming medieval ambience thanks to its brightly painted, elaborately decorated building facades. While in the capital, visit Tashichhodzong, home to Bhutan’s royal government, and the National Textile Museum for a peek into Bhutan’s rich arts and crafts traditions. 4 Paro&Tiger’sNestMonastery (3 days recommended) Once an important part of the trade routes into Tibet, the Paro Valley is one of the most breathtaking regions in Bhutan. From the city of Paro, you can explore Bhutan’s singular culture and deep spirituality. Don’t leave the city without seeing Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple dating back to the seventh century, and Buddhist monastery Rinpung Dzong, home to a community of lamas and monks. The countryside just outside the city is stunning; in fact, it is best explored on foot, with many walking trails dotting the fertile valley. No visit to this region is complete without exploring Taktsang Monastery. Tiger’s Nest Monastery, as it is commonly known, clings to a cliff some 3,000 feet above the valley floor. 5 Punakha (2 days recommended) A veritable time warp, this wonderful valley is dotted with rural farming communities. Punakha is also home to the Palace of Great Happiness, Bhutan’s second-oldest dzong, set on the confluence of two rivers in a marvelously picturesque setting. Everest Treks The legendary Himalaya straddle Nepal and Bhutan and it goes without saying that it offers some of the best trekking opportunities in the world. Day treks through Bhutan’s Paro Valley feature highlights such as the Black and White temples in the Haa Valley, both only recently opened to tourists. Of course, Mount Everest is the main attraction in these parts, and while the summit is the ultimate physical challenge, trekking to Everest Base Camp or even just seeing the mountain from a distance inspires awe. Monks arriving at Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. EssenceofBhutan | from $10,530 Stunning mountain views, beautiful temples and revered sprituality await. Nepal&Bhutan:Myths,Mountains&Monasteries | from $7,765 Discover a mosaic of traditions and vistas in these high mountain lands. Days1-2 Days3-4 Thimphu Gangtey Days5-6 Days7-9 Punakha Paro Days1-2 Days3-4 Day5 Kathmandu Chitwan National Park Kathmandu Days6-7 Day8 Days9-10 Thimphu Punakha Paro 71 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • India & Sri Lanka A blaze of colors, India and Sri Lanka are engrossing and beautiful destinations with a complex mix of faiths and people.
  • "An A&K journey to colorful, vibrant India provides you with the most comprehensive travel experience yet. Our local experts deliver you to the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset to marvel at its full beauty; to the sacred Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi; and into the heart of the boisterous Pushkar Fair. A&K can also take you to neighboring Sri Lanka to soak in the history and culture of this intriguing country." — VikramMadhok, Managing Director, A&K India Time Difference: EST plus 11 hours and 30 minutes Best Time to Travel: From October to March, the weather in India is generally cool, with minimal rainfall in most places. India’s main festivals, such as the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan and Holi, the festival of colors, also take place during this time. Sri Lanka’s winter months offer lower humidity and cooler temps, though May to September is the monsoon — and therefore the greenest — season. Climate: India’s climate varies by location, from the alpine tundra of the north to the humid, subtropical regions in the southwest. The four distinguishable seasons are winter (January-February), summer (March-May), monsoon season (June- September) and post- monsoon (October- December). Sri Lanka’s climate is more consistent: tropical and hot year-round. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Delhi (3 days recommended) India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums and some of the country’s best places to eat. In terms of its layout, Delhi encapsulates two very different worlds, the “old” and the “new,” each presenting different experiences. Spacious New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British; rambunctious Old Delhi served as the capital of Islamic India. Visitors can easily dip into both, immersing themselves in history at the dramatic Red Fort, a phenomenal testament to the once-mighty Mughals; Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, which can hold a staggering 25,000 worshippers; and the medieval bazaars of Old Delhi; and sipping cocktails at one of New Delhi’s swanky cafés or bars. For those here to catch a flight home, there are some glorious last-minute shopping opportunities, with handicrafts from all around India. The imposing Red Fort in Delhi 73 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC 0 mi. 500 mi. INDIA SRILANKA B AY O F B E N G A L 1 3 4 5 6 2 Delhi Agra Varanasi &Khajuraho Kerala &Kochi Mahabalipuram &Pondicherry Jaipur 7 Pushkar
  • 2 Jaipur&Rajasthan (3 days recommended) The “pink city” of Jaipur — so named for the pink plastered stone used for its massive forts and magnificent palaces — is the capital of Rajasthan, India’s culture-rich northern state. The best sites of this imperial city include the famous Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, with its stone-carved screens that allowed women of the court to look out without being seen, and the Amber Fort, a yellow palace built into the sheer side of a hill overhanging Jaipur. The Elephant Festival and Gangaur in spring and the Teej celebrations in August are sights to see. Venture into rural Rajasthan for a taste of the region’s folk traditions. 3 Agra &theTajMahal (2 days recommended) A vision in white (that turns orange, pink and gold depending on the time of day), the Taj Mahal rises from beautifully landscaped gardens, its perfect proportions and awe-inspiring symmetry seemingly painted onto light-blue skies. Experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site and New World Wonder from all angles with two visits — one at dawn, one at sunset — to take in the intricacies of its pietra dura inlays and absorb its full beauty. Apart from Taj Mahal, Agra has two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra Fort is located on the other side of the river and the top of the fort presents a beautiful view of Taj Mahal. After sightseeing, stop by the city’s markets — Agra has a well-known leather and handicraft industry. The glorious, timeless Taj Mahal Jaipur's Hawa Mahal, with its ornately carved windows RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. WondersofNorthernIndia&Ranthambore | from $6,695 A blend of historic sites and natural wonders of the Rajasthan region. SplendorsofRajasthan | from $6,895 Exploring India's cultural heart, full of gorgeous palaces, forts and temples. Days1-3 Days4-6 Days7-8 Delhi Delwara/Udaipur Jaipur Days9-10 Days11-12 Day13 Ranthambore Agra Delhi Days1-2 Days3-4 Days5-8 Delhi Mandawa/Bikaner Jaisalmer/Jodhpur Days9-11 Days12-13 Day14 Udaipur/Deogarh Jaipur Agra 74 Luxury Private Travel ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • Pushkar Fair Throughout the year, pious Hindus make the pilgrimage to Pushkar to dip in the holy waters of Lake Pushkar and visit its temple. But each November, Pushkar turns into a virtual kaleidoscope of colors and sounds when the annual camel and cattle sale rolls into the outskirts of the city. Tribal villagers, dressed in their traditional best, come together for this open-air festival that features acrobats, fortune tellers, dancing and feasting. Experience Pushkar from the inside out, walking amid gypsy campfires in the mornings alongside a private guide, and watching sellers and buyers at work. 4 Varanasi&Khajuraho (3 days recommended) The great holy city of Varanasi — sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains — is among the oldest living cities in the world. Pilgrims flock here to bathe in the Ganges River, and there aren’t many sights so quintessentially Indian as an evening Aarti ceremony upon the ghats (wide riverside steps), with worshippers praying by the light of the open flame and incense wafting through the air. The city’s labyrinthine, ancient streets are worth exploring, as is nearby Sarnath, the birthplace of Buddhism. Travel west of Varanasi to Khajuraho, a millennium-old temple complex famous for its erotic stone carvings. Originally there were over 80 temples, but only about 20 have survived the elements and jungle encroachment. Be sure to visit the temple of Kandariya, which rises 100 feet and is home to numerous statues. 5 Kerala&Kochi (4 days recommended) A cluster of islands, Kochi is a vibrant city situated on the southwest coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Kochi. Actually, the city was the first European settlement in India, a fact reflected in some of its most noteworthy sites: St. Francis Church, the country’s oldest European church; the 17th-century Dutch palace; and Paradesi Synagogue, built in 1568. Slow down to experience the local flavor, boarding a kettuvallam (rice barge) for a private cruise by punting poles or exploring rich cultural traditions by attending a Kathakali dance performance. Kumarakom, just south of Kochi, is also worth visiting for its quiet backwaters and spice plantations. The postcard-perfect panorama of tea plantations in Kerala RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. EnchantingSouthernIndia | from $4,235 Journey to Chennai temples, Kerala's quiet backwaters and colonial Kochi. India'sHillStations | from $6,195 Discover mountain views, top-notch tea and undeniable British charms. Days1-3 Days4-5 Days6-8 Chennai/Pondicherry Tanjore Madurai/Periyar Days9-11 Days12-13 Day14 Kumarakom Kochi Mumbai Days1-3 Days4-6 Days7-8 Delhi Darjeeling Gangtok Day9 Days10-12 Day13 Delhi Shimla Delhi 75 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • National Parks & Wildlife The incredible riches of wildlife in India are perhaps its best- kept secret. It is home to a menagerie of game, including not only tigers, but lions, leopards, lynxes, rhinoceroses, elephants and wild buffalo. From Bandhavgarh National Park, boasting the highest tiger population density and the grasslands of Madhya Pradesh, to Kanha National Park, home to the endangered hard- ground swamp deer as well as classic Indian species such as sambar, chital and gaur, the country’s wildlife reserves promise a spellbinding, unique experience for the safari-goer. 6 Mahabalipuram&Pondicherry (4 days recommended) India’s east coast features outstanding natural beauty in the relaxing beaches of the Bay of Bengal and unique cultural sites. Must-sees include UNESCO World Heritage Site Mahabalipuram, which boasts a myriad of seventh- and eighth-century reliefs and rock temples. Mahabalipuram’s main temple complex of sublime rock- cut art was formerly a small seaside village that became a main port during the Pallava Dynasty. Marvel at Arjuna’s Penance, the world’s largest bas-relief, and the Shore Temple, where recent archaeological discoveries have been made. Continue to Pondicherry, a former French colony for 300 years. The city of Pondicherry boasts a decidedly European flair — with chic streets, elegant homes and ornamental gardens — mixed with the local Tamil culture. Beyond the charming ambience and excellent restaurants, travellers visit Pondicherry to see Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its offshoot, Auroville, centers of yoga and meditation. 7 SriLanka (7 days recommended) Sri Lanka is a fascinating blend of cultures and landscapes with centuries of history and traditions. Tropical sunshine and Indian Ocean beaches have replaced the jewels and spices of bygone times as the lure that draws contemporary travellers. Don’t miss the capital Colombo, a busy and vibrant city; the fifth-century citadel Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Bentota’s white-sand Indian Ocean beaches; and Kandy, the country’s last royal capital and home to charming colonial buildings and sacred temples.The eighth-century Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. HighlightsofSriLanka | from $3,660 An intro to Sri Lanka, from Dambulla's cave paintings to colonial Kandy. WondersofSriLanka | from $6,595 The country's best, including five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Days1-3 Days4-5 Dambulla Kandy Day6 Colombo Days1-2 Days3-4 Days5-6 Thirappane Kandy Hatton Days7-8 Day9 Day10 Tangalle Galle Colombo 76 Luxury Private Travel ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • 77 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC Udaipur's elegant Taj Lake Palace hotel Signature India & the Taj Mahal 15 days, priced from $7,495; arrives Tuesday, departs Tuesday A&KADVANTAGES: › Stay in actual former palaces and royal residences › Experience India by water in Mumbai, Udaipur and Varanasi › In Jaipur, ride an elephant with help from a mahout (trainer) › Stay two nights in wildlife-filled Panna National Park › Explore the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort DAY 1: Arrive Mumbai, India The Taj Mahal Palace DAY 2: Mumbai Gateway of India; Mani Bhawan; and Dhobi Ghat. The Taj Mahal Palace | Meals: B DAY 3: Mumbai/Udaipur Cruise to Elephanta Island; flight to Udaipur. Taj Lake Palace | Meals: B DAY 4: Udaipur City Palace; private tour of Crystal Gallery; cruise to Jag Mandir. Taj Lake Palace | Meals: B DAY 5: Udaipur/Jaipur Drive to Jaipur. Rambagh Palace | Meals: B DAY 6: Jaipur Amber Fort; elephant back safari; Jantar Mantar; Hawa Mahal. Rambagh Palace | Meals: B L DAY 7: Jaipur/Agra Drive to Fatehpur Sikri; continue to Agra. The Oberoi Amarvilās | Meals: B L DAY 8: Agra Sunrise and sunset visit to Taj Mahal; Agra Fort. The Oberoi Amarvilās | Meals: B DAY 9: Agra/Jhansi/Panna National Park Express train to Jhansi; stop at Orchha; arrive Panna National Park. Pashan Garh | Meals: B L DAY 10: Panna/Khajuraho/Panna Drive to medieval temples of Khajuraho. Pashan Garh | Meals: B L DAYS 11-12: Panna/Varanasi Safari in Panna National Park; flight to Varanasi; Ganges ceremony; and Varanasi the next day. The Gateway Hotel Ganges | Meals: B DAY 13: Varanasi/Delhi Sunrise cruise on Ganges River; flight to Delhi. The Taj Mahal Hotel | Meals: B DAY 14: Delhi Jama Masjid; Chandni Chowk; and Humayun’s Tomb. The Taj Mahal Hotel | Meals: B L DAY 15: Depart Delhi Meals: B DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 08-22 Jan 15-29 Jan 22-Feb 05 Jan 29-Feb 12 Feb 05-19 Feb 12-26 Feb 19-Mar 05 Feb 26-Mar12 Mar 05-19 Mar 12-26 Mar 19-Apr 02 Mar 26-Apr 09 Oct 01-15 Oct 08-22 Oct 15-29 Oct 22-Nov 5 Oct 29-Nov 12 Nov 05-19 Nov 12-26 Nov 19-Dec 03 Nov 26-Dec 10 Dec 03-17 Dec 10-24 Dec 17-31 Dec 24-Jan 07, 2014 Landarrangements: Jan-Dec 10 Dec 17-24 Double occupancy $7,495 $7,995 Single supplement $3,900 $4,315 Internalairfare: Economy class from $540Mumbai/Udaipur; Khajuraho/Varanasi/Delhi Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey TajMahal&theTreasuresofIndia. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. AIR ROAD RAIL Mumbai Udaipur AgraJaipur Panna Varanasi Khajuraho Jhansi Delhi INDIA
  • Thailand & Vietnam These quintessential Southeast Asian destinations give off a certain glow, be it the white sandy beaches, the famous hospitality or the rich cultural heritage.
  • "Thailand is known for Bangkok’s bustling pace, but much beauty can be found in the country’s sleepiest corners, too. Our Thailand connections means incredible access to rare activities, such as painting with an elephant in Chiang Mai with your private mahout (trainer). Expect the same insider access in Vietnam, whether you want to explore Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown with a local resident, discover Hanoi’s French colonial charm by cyclo or take a private cruise in picture-perfect Ha Long Bay." — SamuelDesmier, Regional Managing Director, A&K Southeast Asia Time Difference: EST plus 12 hours Best Time to Travel: In Thailand, the cool season runs from November to April. Neighboring Vietnam features temperate weather year-round, with a dry season that runs from December to April in the south and May to October in the center of the country. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or travel in October to witness traditional lion and dragon dances. Climate: Thailand’s southern peninsula has a wet and dry season. From April to October, expect heavy storms to the west, while in the east rain falls between September and December. Northern Thailand experiences heavy rains from May to mid-November. Vietnam has regional climate differences. Try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March for trips to the central highlands. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Bangkok (3 days recommended) Thailand’s capital city offers endless opportunities to balance a day of cultural visits with its intoxicating blend of noodle stalls, bustling flea markets, designer shopping malls and famously energetic nightlife. The spectacular Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha are some of the most sacred sites in all of Thailand. For a more earthly experience, embark on a long-tailed boat ride along the hidden klongs of the Chao Phraya River to discover the unspoiled way of life of the people who live and work along her banks. 2 ChiangMai (3 days recommended) This northern city, about 400 miles from Bangkok, is home to orchid gardens and more than 300 Buddhist temples, including the Wat Doi Suthep temple perched high above the city. It is also home to handicraft villages famous for their wood-carvings, jewelry and painted umbrellas. You can buy these at Chiang Mai’s famous Night The Grand Palace in Bangkok features eye-catching architecture 79 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC 0 mi. 250 mi. S O U T H C H I N A S E A A N D A M A N S E A THAILAND VIETNAM1 7 9 5 8 4 10 6 11 12 2 3 Bangkok Hanoi Sapa TheGolden Triangle HaLongBay Phuket Hue,HoiAn &Danang KohSamui HoChi MinhCity The Mekong Delta ChiangMai ChiangRai
  • Market, which sprawls across several city blocks along footpaths, inside buildings and temple grounds, and into open squares. 3 ChiangRai (3 days recommended) Chiang Rai is the northernmost province of Thailand and shares borders with Myanmar and Laos at the once-infamous Golden Triangle (see below). Chiang Rai is well-known for its stunning mountain scenery and its abundance of hill tribes, each with their own proud traditions. Forced out of their native countries by civil war and political pressures, each hill tribe still has its own fascinating customs, culture, religion, clothing and language, and meeting tribespeople is an unforgettable experience. The area surrounding Chiang Rai is fantastic for photographers as well, with its mist-covered mountains and valleys that leave visitors in awe. 4 Phuket (5 days recommended) Set in the sparkling green Andaman Sea, the beautiful island of Phuket is Thailand’s only island province and one of Southeast Asia’s most popular beach resorts. Renowned for its stunning beaches, clear waters and myriad offshore islands, Phuket offers outstanding scuba diving, a national park, several waterfalls, tin mines, pearl farms, Buddhist temples, floating villages and deserted beaches where turtles gather to lay their eggs. 5 GoldenTriangle (3 days recommended) The area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet is known as the Golden Triangle, notorious for its opium trade in the past and now one of the most scenic regions in Southeast Asia. On the Thailand side, don’t miss the Hall of Opium, an engaging museum that explores the legacy of this crop. Then discover the rest of the region by multi-day cruise — many parts of the Mekong River are difficult to reach any other way, and a cruise reveals the Golden Triangle’s least-developed and most authentic corners. 6 KohSamui (5 days recommended) The island of Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island after Phuket, a tropical gem like a drop in the warm blue waters off the southeastern seaboard. Relatively unknown for years, this sun lover's paradise has now attained international standards of service and accommodation. Fortunately, it has also maintained its friendly image, as well as the beauty of its natural environment. Activities beyond lounging on a pristine beach include visiting the lovely Butterfly Farm, scuba diving, learning Thai cooking and exploring the Buddhist relics (including the 50-foot-tall Big Buddha statue). 7 Hanoi (3 days recommended) Hanoi was founded in 1010 and, despite a tumultuous past, the city has retained much of its history, especially in the fascinating warren of streets known as the Old Quarter. The country’s capital boasts sites both historic and religious, including Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and home; the One Pillar Pagoda; Taoist Quan Thanh Temple; and the Temple of Literature, a famous Confucius sanctuary. Get under the skin of this former colonial city by taking a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter or attending a roi nuoc (traditional water puppetry) show. Hanoi is also the starting point for forays into Ha Long Bay.Thailand's famous beaches shine bright in Phuket A member of the Karen tribe in Chiang Rai RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. ClassicThailand | from $11,255 Discover bustling Bangkok, deep Northern Thailand traditions and more. BestofThailand | from $7,275 Thailand's finest, from vibrant cities to posh beaches on the Gulf of Siam. Days1-3 Days4-6 Bangkok Chiang Mai Days7-10 Phuket Days1-3 Days4-6 Bangkok Chiang Mai Days7-10 Koh Samui 80 Luxury Private Travel ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • 8 HaLongBay (3 days recommended) The dramatic peaks rising out of turquoise blue waters at this UNESCO World Heritage Site archipelago is a scene plucked right out of a dream. Stay overnight on one of the comfortable junks (traditional ships), which sail between the bay’s remarkable craggy limestone islands and floating villages and caves, and go kayaking or swimming from the boat during your cruise. 9 Sapa (3 days recommended) Vietnam’s northern highlands are beautiful and wild. The area encompasses the red river delta and the border with China. A large number of ethnic minority groups inhabit the region, including Blue and Black Hmong, Red Dao and Giay people. Sleepy Sapa, a small town, has become a popular station from which to explore the surrounding region, thanks to its mountain views, refreshing climate and interesting market, which draws many minority groups. 10 Hue,HoiAn&Danang (4 days recommended) These three cities in Vietnam’s central coast beckon with spotless beaches and deep history. Hue was founded as a royal city in 1687 and served as the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 and 1945. Beyond its historic sites, it offers a relaxed vibe and green, lake-studded landscapes. One of the best ways to explore is by taking a boat ride along the Perfume River, passing the citadel, Dong Ba Market and the Royal Mausoleums. Continue to Hoi An, a flourishing seaport during the 15th to 19th centuries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meander through the quaint streets, stopping to admire the 200-year-old facades of buildings that now host art galleries and silk shops (Hoi An is famous for its tailors). Another port city worth visiting is Danang, the jumping-off point for exploring Hue, Hoi An and the ruins of My Son. 11 Ho Chi MinhCity (3 days recommended) Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling economic hub of the south, and the commercial center of the country. Sights include Reunification Hall, the old post office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Ho Chi Minh also crackles with fantastic art — available in the many shops along Dong Koi Street — good restaurants and buzzing nightlife. Further afield are the Cu Chi Tunnels, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War. 12 The MekongDelta (3 days recommended) The lush and fertile Mekong Delta serves as Vietnam’s “rice bowl.” At the heart of the delta are the towns of Chau Doc and Can Tho — host to the area’s most famous floating markets. A cruise on the Mekong takes you past small villages, plantations, orchards and catfish farms. Learn about local industry as well by visiting factories and witnessing local products, such as rice paste and coconut candies, being made. Cruising under soaring karst towers in Ha Long Bay RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. BestofVietnam | from $5,275 The energy of Hanoi and "Saigon" meets culture-rich central Vietnam. DiscoverVietnam | from $5,175 An in-depth exploration of the jewels of the country. Days1-3 Days4-6 Day7 Ho Chi Minh City Hoi An Hue Day8 Days9-11 Cruise on Ha Long Bay Hanoi Days1-2 Day3 Day4 Ho Chi Minh City Hue Hoi An Day5 Days6-7 Days8-9 Dalat Nha Trang Ho Chi Minh City 81 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • Cambodia & Laos Fascinating ancient and modern histories blend with gorgeous countryside, spiritual depth and a relaxed atmosphere low on hassle.
  • Time Difference: EST plus 12 hours Best Time to Travel: In Cambodia, during the dry season from November to March; for Laos, October to April. Climate: Temperatures in Cambodia remain consistently warm year-round. The rainy season lasts from June to October, with the dry season then beginning and lasting through the winter months. With the exception of wintertime (November to March), Laos can be extremely hot and rainy. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 AngkorWat & SiemReap (4 days recommended) Siem Reap serves as the gateway to the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex. The town, with a market in its central square, buzzes with a small collection of restaurants and bars. Yet the real draw to this region of the country — indeed, to Cambodia — is Angkor. Once the seat of the mighty Khmer Empire, Angkor is dotted with over 100 temples and pagodas, the most famous of which is the iconic Angkor Wat, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Be sure to visit Angkor Thom’s magnificent Bayon Temple, with its large-scale faces, and magical Ta Prohm, where trees have become intertwined in the ruins, their branches winding through doorways and over roofs. Complete your experience with a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake to visit floating villages. 2 PhnomPenh (2 days recommended) Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, was once considered the most beautiful of the French-built cities of Indochina. The city’s colonial charm has managed to survive its tumultuous past, and beautiful wide boulevards, colonial architecture and a bustling riverfront still draw visitors. Among the grandest sites is the Royal Palace, with its 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor of the Silver Pagoda and a collection of shiny golden Buddhas. Another favorite is the "A&K delivers you to Angkor Wat, revealing the incredible artistry and architecture of the mighty Khmer empire. We also show you other treasures as well, including foliage- encrusted Ta Prohm and less-visited sites, such as the Koh Ker Temples. Neighboring Laos is a spellbinding country lost to time. Alongside A&K, explore the region’s spirit by sailing to the Pak Ou Caves and its thousands of Buddha statues, or witness monks silently accepting alms in the early morning mist." — SamuelDesmier, Regional Managing Director, A&K Southeast Asia The beautiful architecture of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh 83 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC 0 mi. 250 mi. 1 2 3 4 Angkor Wat&Siem Reap PhnomPenh LuangPrabang Vientiane M ekongRiver LAOS CAMBODIA
  • Russian Market, which sells a vast array of handmade goods. You may also opt for a sobering visit to the Killing Fields to learn about Cambodia’s tragic recent history under the Khmer Rouge. 3 LuangPrabang (3 days recommended) Nestled between the Mekong and Khan rivers, Laos’ former royal capital exudes the leisurely vibe found throughout the country. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang is the most perfectly intact historic town in Southeast Asia, with well-preserved ancient wats and colonial buildings. Despite its historical prestige, the city’s rivers, greenery and genteel people give it a small-town feeling. It is a lovely place in which to wander around or simply to sit and enjoy a cup of Lao coffee by the river. Visit temples, tour the National Museum, and stroll the morning and evening markets. Enjoy views of the city from the sacred Phoussy Hill, take a boat trip on the Mekong to historic Pak Ou Caves, or travel out to the sprawling Kuang Si Waterfall. 4 Vientiane (2 days recommended) Laos’ sleepy capital, Vientiane, is a mixture of Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, French and Soviet influences. The “City of Sandalwood” features glittering golden spires that sit alongside French-colonial houses on tranquil tree-lined avenues — lending a leafy, relaxed ambience to the city. Notable sites include Wat Phra Keo, a museum displaying exquisite sculptures, bronze rain drums and palm-leaf manuscripts. Another must-see is the towering gold- leaf-covered stupa Pha That Luang, the most revered temple in the country. The Museum of Lao Art, housed in Haw Pha Kaew, should also not be missed. Mekong River Cruising A significant trade route from China’s Yunnan province to Southeast Asia, the Mekong River stretches about 2,600 miles from Qinghai Plateau in Tibet to the South China Sea. Whether you start your cruise in Southern China or in Thailand, discover the most unspoiled regions of the Golden Triangle (see page 80), especially in Laos. A cruise is the best, and often times the only, way to reach the wild Upper Mekong. Wend your way through tight gorges and labyrinths of sandbanks, all the while enjoying scenery of tropical green mountains and stunning rock formations. Disembark on shore excursions to rare hill-tribe communities, meeting people whose way of life has remained the same for generations. A monk in Luang Prabang, one of Laos' most spiritual cities RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. ClassicCambodia | from $1,970 Delve into glorious Angkor Wat and the charming Khmer capital. ClassicLaos | from $4,495 The essential journey, from the peaceful capital to spiritual Luang Prabang. Days1-3 Siem Reap Day4 Phnom Penh Days1-2 Vientiane Days3-5 Luang Prabang 84 Luxury Private Travel ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • 85 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC Angkor Wat, Cambodia's grandest architectural wonder Signature Indochina & Angkor Wat 13 days, priced from $5,395; arrives Sunday, departs Friday A&KADVANTAGES: › Breeze through customs and immigration upon arrival in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Bangkok with special VIP assistance › Experience the legendary hospitality of Southeast Asia by lodging in luxury hotels famous for their colonial-era grace › Absorb the mysterious beauty of Ha Long Bay, studded with soaring limestone islands, on an overnight cruise › Delve into Vietnam's history and culture, descending into the Cu Chi Tunnels and travelling by cyclo in Hanoi and boat in Siem Reap › Enter Angkor Wat through the east entrance to avoid the crowds, and explore it with your expert local guide › Visit atmospheric, foliage-engulfed Ta Prohm early in the morning, before the heat sets in and other visitors arrive DAY 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi DAY 2: Hanoi One Pillar Pagoda; Quan Thanh Temple; and Old Quarter by cyclo. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi | Meals: B L DAY 3: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay Drive to Ha Long Bay; cruise and overnight in the bay. MS 'Halong Ginger' | Meals: B L D DAYS 4-5: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi/Danang Return to Hanoi; flight to Danang and drive to Son Tra Peninsula. Visit to Hoi An the next day; afternoon at leisure at your Danang resort. InterContinental Danang Resort | Meals: B L DAY 6: Danang/Ho Chi Minh City Flight to Ho Chi Minh City; visit to Thien Hau Pagoda and Chinatown. InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B DAY 7: Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi Tunnels; tour of Ho Chi Minh City's colonial heritage. InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B L DAY 8: Ho Chi Minh City/Angkor Wat, Cambodia Flight to Siem Reap; Bayon Temple; Elephant and King Terraces. Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor | Meals: B DAYS 9-10: Angkor Wat Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. The next day, sunrise visit to Angkor Wat; Tonle Sap Lake. Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor | Meals: B L DAY 11: Angkor Wat/Bangkok, Thailand Flight to Bangkok; day at leisure. The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B DAY 12: Bangkok Visit with monks; Grand Palace; Emerald Buddha and Reclining Buddha; afternoon at leisure. The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B DAY 13: Depart Bangkok Meals: B DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 13-25 Jan 20-Feb 01 Jan 27-Feb 08 Feb 03-15 Feb 17-Mar 01 Feb 24-Mar 8 Mar 10-22 Mar 17-29 Mar 24-Apr 05 May 12-24 Sep 22-Oct 04 Oct 06-18 Oct 20-Nov 01 Oct 27-Nov 08 Nov 03-15 Nov 17-29 Nov 24-Dec 06 Dec 08-20 Dec 22-Jan 03, 2014 Landarrangements: Jan-Mar; Oct-Dec 8 May & Sep Dec 22 Double occupancy $5,795 $5,395 $6,395 Single supplement $2,330 $2,090 $2,725 Internalairfare: Economy class from $895 Hanoi/Danang/Ho Chi Minh City/ Siem Reap/Bangkok Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey Imagesof Indochina&AngkorWat. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. CAMBODIA THAILAND LAOS VIETNAM S O U T H C H I N A S E A A N D A M A N S E A Bangkok Danang AngkorWat Hoi An HaLongBay HoChiMinhCity Hanoi AIR ROAD
  • Myanmar Myanmar overflows with an ancient charm and way of life rapidly disappearing in today’s world. Time Difference: EST plus 11 hours and 30 minutes Best Time to Travel: The ideal time is late November, when the rains have gone, the landscape is lush and green and the skies are clear; however, any time from November to March offers cool, comfortable temperatures. Climate: Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate, meaning it cycles between cool, dry winters (November to February), hot summers (March to May) and the rainy monsoon season (May to October). "With the help of the A&K Myanmar team, dig into the spirit of this fascinating country. Get a glimpse of its rich Buddhist traditions with a specially arranged private meditation lesson or learn to capture your holiday like a pro with hands-on photography lessons in Yangon's backstreets. In Bagan, breeze past closed doors deep in the Shwezigon Pagoda, or privately cruise the fabled Ayeyarwady, watching with sundowner in hand as the sunset lights up the horizon." — SamuelDesmier, Regional Managing Director, A&K Southeast Asia Ornatepagodasdottingthe Baganplains 86 Luxury Private Travel 0 mi. 250 mi. B AY O F B E N G A L 1 5 2 4 3 Yangon Kyaiktiyo Mountain Bagan Mandalay InleLake MYANMAR AyeyarwadyRiver
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Yangon (2 days recommended) Yangon, the capital city and gateway to Myanmar, is unlike any other Asian city today. Its ban on scooters and horn-honking has helped the city retain the charm of its British-colonial past. But what really takes a visitor back to the era of Kipling and crumpets are its evocative cobbled streets, sleepy tree-lined avenues and crumbling, moss-covered buildings. One of the main sights to see in Yangon is the Shwedagon Pagoda, wondrously sheathed in gold, as it lights up when the sun sets over it. 2 Bagan (3 days recommended) Bagan is Myanmar’s 11th-century capital and one of Asia’s most extraordinary travel experiences. Its flat plains are dotted with the remains of more than 2,000 pagodas, temples and stupas, a stunning panorama best viewed at dawn from a hot air balloon. From your perch on high, watch as the sun slowly reveals these ancient structures emerging from the shimmering haze. Round out your explorations at nearby Mount Popa, a dormant volcano with a Buddhist monastery at its summit that is still visited by pilgrims. 3 InleLake (3 days recommended) At spiritual Inle Lake, its beauty and tranquility providing a palpable feeling of peace, everything seems to dissolve into a timeless haze. Cruise to the lakeside village of Indein. Walk up a beautiful stairway, lined with wooden columns, to old Shwe Inn Dein, an impressive collection of ancient Shan-style stupas, where you gain stunning views of the lake. 4 Mandalay (2 days recommended) Founded in 1857 by King Mindon as the new center for Buddhism studies, this former Burmese royal capital remains the spiritual heart of the nation. In fact, more than half of all monks in Myanmar live in this eternal city, surrounded by archaeological treasures, including golden Buddhas and ancient pagodas alongside tapestry- weaving factories and traditional puppet-makers. Mandalay itself is a bustling town, with rickshaws, horse-drawn carts and bicycles jostling for space in the busy, dusty streets. 5 KyaiktiyoMountain (2 days recommended) One of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, Kyaiktiyo Mountain is home to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, or the Golden Rock. The pagoda is built atop a 25-foot-tall boulder covered in thin gold leaf by devotees. The boulder seems to barely rest on the base of the mountain’s summit, precariously hanging on the precipice — legend has it that the Golden Rock sits on a strand of Buddha’s hair. Peak pilgrimage season is from November to March. Ayeyarwady Cuises The mighty Ayeyarwady River has served as Myanmar’s main artery since time immemorial. Celebrated in legend, myth, song and history, it is central to the country, sustaining life of every kind. There are many ways to explore this incredible site: from a sunset boat trip to a multi-day journey from Mandalay to Bagan, watching a parade of teak dwellings, cheerful waving youngsters, vermilion clad monks and placid bulls pulling carts as you cruise along. The Golden Rock pagoda perched atop Kyaiktiyo Mountain RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. ClassicMyanmar | from $5,950 Travel from Yangon's colonial charms to Mrauk Oo's untouched temples. BestofMyanmar | from $4,530 The must-see Buddhist temples, eye-catching vistas and intriguing cities. Day1 Days2-3 Days4-5 Yangon Inle Lake Kengtung Day6 Days7-9 Yangon Mrauk Oo Days1-2 Days3-4 Yangon Inle Lake Days5-6 Days7-8 Mandalay Bagan 87 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific The powerhouses of the South Pacific, the world’s largest island and its most dramatic landscapes combine to create undeniably alluring destinations.
  • "With local connections from Melbourne to Auckland and beyond, A&K reveals the spirit of Australia and New Zealand in utter comfort and style. If it's authentic Australia you seek, we can deliver you to the shimmering skyline of Sydney and the timeless mystique of Uluru; the pristine corals of the Great Barrier Reef and the arid expanse of the Outback. More raw than its western neighbor, New Zealand is blessed with a jaw- dropping concentration of natural wonders and proud Maori cultures, which you can experience from up close with A&K." — SujataRaman, Regional Managing Director, A&K Australia Time Difference: Australia/Papua New Guinea: EST plus 15 hours New Zealand: EST plus 17 hours Best Time to Travel: Australia is great year-round. In New Zealand, summer on the North Island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits. Skiing is best during the winter months (June to August). Papua New Guinea features festivals and celebrations from June to September. Climate: The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) and semi- desert (Alice Springs) to humid-temperate (Brisbane and Sydney) and cool (Melbourne and Adelaide). New Zealand has mild temperatures throughout most of the year. Typically January and February are the warmest months and July the coldest. June to September are the cooler months in Papua New Guinea. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Sydney (3 days recommended) Established in 1788, modern-day Sydney is not only home to two of Australia’s most iconic landmarks — the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House — it is also the country’s commercial center, boasting a glistening skyline. That said, beautiful national parks and an impressive stretch of coastline are within easy reach, part of the reason why Sydney is regularly voted one of the top ten cities to live Australia classics: Sydney Harbour, Opera House and Harbour Bridge 89 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC 0 mi. 750 mi. S O U T H E R N O C E A N I N D I A N O C E A N TA S M A N I A N S E A C O R A L S E A 7 6 8 9 1 5 2 4 3 TheGreatBarrier Reef Melbourne Uluru& AliceSprings North Island Darwin&Kakadu NationalPark South Island Adelaide& KangarooIsland Sydney AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND PAPUANEWGUINEA
  • in. Be sure to stroll the cobbled streets of the historic Rocks area, one of the city’s earliest settlements, and visit the old Mint and Hyde Park Barracks for a peek into Sydney’s history. 2 TheGreatBarrierReef (3 days recommended) The Great Barrier Reef, off the Queensland coast, is one of the world’s most impressive and treasured natural wonders. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is composed of nearly 3,000 individual reefs, serving as home to dolphins, sea turtles, whales, dugongs, marine birds and over 2,000 fish species. The islands of the Great Barrier Reef combine brilliant underwater scenes with some Australia’s most luxurious retreats. Beyond the water, the reef also protects a mountain coast draped with untouched rainforest. In the vast inland deserts, mountains, valleys, rivers and plains, the ancient Aboriginal culture adds a spiritual dimension to timeless landscapes. 3 TheOutback:Uluru&AliceSprings (2 days recommended) The Outback, The Red Center, The Never-Never — Australia’s vast Northern Territory goes by many names, but is the singular, unmistakable soul of the country. It is here that Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) rises from barren, wild bush that stretches endlessly into the horizon. See this mysterious, iconic landmark at its best — both at sunrise and sunset — and continue to explore the rest of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of deep cultural significance to the area’s Aboriginal people as well as a place of spellbinding natural beauty. Uluru’s sister site, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), was probably once a monolith like Uluru but has been weathered to create 36 large domes. After exploring this incredibly remote region, visit Alice Springs, the Outback’s most famous town. Tucked in the MacDonnell Ranges — an arid area of mountains, gorges, water holes and walking trails — “Alice” is an atmospheric place to spend a few days. Surrounding highlights include Alice Springs Desert Park, the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. 4 Melbourne (3 days recommended) Melbourne is considered Australia’s capital of culture, with a wealth of stage shows, sporting events, exhibitions and museums. The city’s lovely tree-lined boulevards, beautiful Victorian terraced homes, and well-kept parks and gardens make it a favorite with visitors. Meanwhile, locals flock to the emerging culinary scene (with many contemporary restaurants sourcing local ingredients and products), lively theater scene and cutting-edge art galleries. The nearby countryside is a great way to experience the traditional homestead lifestyle, such as at Coliban Park, a private property that opens its doors just for A&K. Learn about local sheep shearing and raising alongside the Barber family, who have owned and operated Coliban since 1917. Mysterious Uluru rises from the Outback RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. ClassicAustralia | from $16,995 Explore the must-sees: the Outback, the tropical north and dazzling cities. ClassicNewZealand | from $10,695 A panorama of surreal geysers, breathtaking fjords and centers of culture. Days1-2 Day3 Day4 Melbourne Kangaroo Island Barossa Valley Days5-7 Days8-11 Days12-14 Uluru Palm Cove/Lizard Island Sydney/Blue Mountains Day1 Days2-3 Days4-7 Auckland Bay of Islands Rotorua/Hawkes Bay Day8 Days9-10 Days11-14 Wellington Christchurch Queenstown 90 Luxury Private Travel ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • 5 Adelaide&KangarooIsland (3 days recommended) Protected Kangaroo Island can’t be beat for pristine wilderness. The island is like a zoo without fences, with rare bird life, wallabies, koalas and, of course, kangaroos roaming about. Add to that an ocean teeming with fish, sea lions and penguin colonies — with southern right whales breaching in cooler months — and this is a nature lover’s paradise. Most travellers get to Kangaroo Island via Adelaide, a city nestled between rolling hills and beaches. With a population of slightly more than one million, Adelaide is friendly and easy to navigate, with most sights accessible on foot. 6 Darwin&KakaduNationalPark (2 days recommended) Darwin combines a tropical climate and coastal location with a relaxed feel. Interesting sites include the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Territory Wildlife Park, Litchfield National Park and the Tiwi Islands. However, nearby Kakadu National Park is arguably the main reason to come to these parts. The park covers nearly 8,000 square miles and incorporates an incredibly diverse range of habitats, from floodplains and swamps to savanna woodland and mangrove forests. This, along with the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites — no less than 5,000 in the park — has earned Kakadu a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. 7 NorthIsland (7 days recommended) The regions of New Zealand’s North Island are home to some of the country’s best-known sites. In Northland and Bay of Islands, discover ancient forests, a coastline of quiet coves and a maritime playground perfect for boating, fishing, kayaking, dolphin spotting and swimming. Highlights in Auckland, the country’s center of commerce, include America’s Cup sailing, the Sky Tower and nearby Waiheke for a taste of locally produced food and wine. Of course, no trip to the North Island is complete without a stop at Rotorua, the Maori heartland, with its dramatic geothermal landscapes, and Whakarewarewa Reserve, where thermal activity produces geysers, boiling mud and silica terraces. Taupo is the place to marvel at the unforgettable volcanic landscape of lakes, plains and mountains. And further afield, explore excellent Art Deco buildings in Napier; Hawkes Bay, the nation’s oldest wine-growing region; and Wellington, an utterly unique city of old wooden houses sitting alongside sparkling glass towers. 8 SouthIsland (6 days recommended) The South Island is often called the “Mainland,” an odd nickname given that the North Island is more populous. Yet like the North Island, the South Island brims with natural wonders, especially in the Southern Lakes Region, with its soaring mountains and wild coastlines. Can’t-miss sights here include Lake Wanaka’s beauty and Fiordland’s virgin forested valleys. The “Adventure Capital of the World,” Queenstown, is perfect for thrill-seekers looking to bungy jump and jet boat. Try New Zealand’s famous wines in Marlborough and take a peek into the region’s intriguing contemporary art in gallery-studded Nelson. Don’t miss classic experiences, such as sailing in Kaikoura or marveling at the English-colonial architecture in Christchurch. Or set off for Southland, where a warm southern welcome and kiwi charm only enhance the landscape of lush rainforests, sweeping beaches and clear waters. 9 PapuaNewGuinea (9 days recommended) Known as the "Last Unknown," this island is a place where nature remains largely untamed and locals live the same way they have for centuries. Don't miss visiting the Highlands, home to culturally rich communities, or exploring Karawari River by dugout canoe. The tranquil natural beauty of Milford Sound, New Zealand Kangaroos on alert on their namesake home, Kangaroo Island RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. NewZealandGlaciers&Lakes | from $15,795 Experience fire and ice by visiting Rotorua, Franz Josef Glacier and more. APapuaNewGuineaAdventure | from $6,145 Travel to this remote island-nation, exploring its cultures and natural beauty. Days1-2 Days3-4 Auckland/Taupo Arthur's Pass Days5-6 Days7-10 Franz Josef Glacier & Fox Glacier Queenstown Day1 Days2-3 Days4-5 Port Moresby Mount Hagen Karawari Days6-7 Days8-9 Ambua Madang 91 ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC
  • DESTINATION GUIDES 94 Peru & Bolivia 98 The Galápagos & Ecuador 104 Chile & Argentina 110 Brazil 114 Costa Rica & Central America 116 Mexico 118 North America "For travellers looking for exotic sights virtually in their own backyard, the Americas are the ideal place to explore. Our Destination Guides uncover the best things to see and do, from a sunrise visit to Machu Picchu to an astonishing expedition to the Galápagos Islands. Mix and match them to create your ideal journey, or refer to our Recommended Routes to get inspired. Signature Series journeys take the planning out of private travel, with all the must-see sites and best hotels already chosen. When it comes to experiencing the Americas, there's no wrong way to travel." The Americas –PedroBarraza, A&K South America 93
  • Peru & Bolivia Beyond the splendid Machu Picchu, the Andean jewels of South America feature a wealth of ancient cultures, rich folklore, breathtaking natural scenery and simple charms. Time Difference: Peru: Same as EST Bolivia: EST plus 1 hour Best Time to Travel: In Peru, April to October is best. Even better is to visit the Sacred Valley at the end of June, when locals celebrate the annual Inti Raymi, the colorful Festival of the Sun. Bolivia is at its finest from April to November. Climate: January and February are the wettest months in Peru, and not the best for exploring the Andes. In the dry season (April to September), the days are sunny and warm. Due to the altitude, nights are cold throughout the year. Lima and Peru’s coast has a dry, warm climate year-round. In Bolivia, the climate is generally cooler due to altitude. In the highlands, the dry season is between April and October. In La Paz, temperatures are usually pleasant year-round. "From Machu Picchu and the soaring peaks of the Andes to the lush Amazon rainforest and the high and mighty Lake Titicaca, Peru and Bolivia beckon with the allure of ancient and peerless natural beauty. Explore these two countries from the inside out alongside A&K’s local experts, whether you explore Machu Picchu alongside its former resident archaeologist or consult with a shaman on the shores of Titicaca." —RodrigoCustodio, General Manager, A&K Peru MachuPicchuoverlookingthemountainpeakofHuaynaPicchu 94 Luxury Private Travel 1 3 4 5 2 6 Machu Picchu Lima LakeTiticaca LaPaz Cusco&theSacredValley AmazonRiver PERU BOLIVIA PA C I F I C O C E A N 0 mi. 400 mi.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Machu Picchu (2 days recommended) Machu Picchu hides in the lush Andean mountains some 70 miles from Cusco. Incan ruler Pachacutec built the ruins in the mid-15th century, and they were eventually lost to time until 1911, when explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon them. It remains one of the most mysterious ruins in the world, as its Incan inhabitants left no written trace of its purpose. The spectacular site, rising from vertiginous mountains in the Urubamba Valley, is especially breathtaking at sunrise. One of the best ways to travel to this picturesque setting is by an iconic rail trip. Cross under the shadows of the Andes as you travel between Cusco and Machu Picchu on board the Hiram Bingham, the region's finest luxury train, or the glass-topped Vistadome train. 2 Cusco & the Sacred Valley (5 days recommended) The ancient Inca capital of Cusco is a fantastic place to explore a unique blend of indigenous culture and colonial splendor. Marvel at the Incas’ architectural skills at the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley is worth exploring, with its traditional market towns of Pisac and Chinchero. 3 Lima (3 days recommended) The “City of Kings” is a blend of colonial structures, pre-Columbian sites and modern conveniences. Highlights of Peru’s capital include the Plaza Mayor and Cathedral, and the Larco Herrera Museum, with some 50,000 Mochica ceramics. Lima is also the epicenter of Peru's burgeoning culinary scene, and no visit here is complete without savoring excellent seafood, regional specialties and innovative contemporary offerings at world-class restaurants. Inca Trail The quintessential trek is a multi-day hike through the heart of the Sacred Valley, arriving at Machu Picchu in time to catch a spectacular sunset. With A&K, the challenge of this trek is balanced by the most experienced guidance in the region, state-of-the- art camping equipment, fine food and top-notch service. Enjoy fantastic views as you trek through original Incan pathways and fascinating archaeological sites, ending each day with a hearty meal, a glass of wine or pisco and a well-earned rest. RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Peru:FromtheAndestotheAmazon | from $7,870 Explore colonial relics, mysterious Incan ruins and the mighty Amazon. BestofBolivia | from $4,115 A panorama of Bolivia's finest, from Lake Titicaca to the Uyuni Salt Flats. Day1 Days2-3 Day4 Lima Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Days5-6 Days7-9 Day10 Cusco Amazon River Cruise Lima Days1-2 Day3 Days4-5 La Paz Lake Titicaca Uyuni/Potosi Days6-7 Days8-9 Day10 Sucre Cochabamba La Paz 4 Lake Titicaca (3 days recommended) Peru and Bolivia share the world’s highest navigable lake. Titicaca, surrounded by Andean peaks and a peaceful ambience, was a spiritual center for Incan culture. Make your way alongside traditional floating reed islands by boat or hydrofoil and delight in the company of locals, who hold on firmly to ancient traditions and dress. 5 LaPaz (3 days recommended) La Paz’s chief attraction is its captivating mix of ancient Andean culture coexisting in the modern world. Peruse the wares that women in traditional costume sell along the cobbled streets, explore on foot the colonial quarter and browse through bizarre items at the witches’ market. 6 Amazon River Cruising (5 days recommended) Together with its tributaries, the Amazon forms lowland jungles in the heart of South America. For the ultimate in comfort while exploring this region, travel to Iquitos in Peru and board one of two luxurious expedition vessels: ‘Aria’ or ‘Aqua.’ Cruise along the river toward the pristine Pacaya Samiria Reserve, watching for pink river dolphin, or set off on a skiff safari down tributaries alongside your expert naturalist guide. On board, enjoy freshly prepared meals from exotic ingredients and rest in your spacious, comfortable cabin.The elegant 'Aqua' cruises down the Amazon River 95 THEAMERICAS
  • 96 Luxury Private Travel THEAMERICAS Signature Peru & Machu Picchu 9 days, priced from $4,395; arrives Friday, departs Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: › Immerse yourself in Peru’s history with visits to pre-Columbian sites, including Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo › Meet an expert Andean weaver who demonstrates pre- Columbian techniques of this enduring art form › Feed llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, and learn about shearing and weaving techniques at a breeding center for camelids › Take in the Peruvian countryside with a ride on the glass-topped Vistadome train to Machu Picchu DAY 1: Arrive Lima, Peru Miraflores Park Hotel (Gold)/The Westin Lima (Silver) DAY 2: Lima Exploration of Peru’s capital, with visits to Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral; pre-Columbian artifacts at the Larco Herrera Museum. Miraflores Park Hotel (Gold)/The Westin Lima (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 3: Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley Flight to Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley below Machu Picchu; Awana Kancha, where camelids are bred; and an afternoon at leisure. Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa (Gold)/ Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 4: Sacred Valley Sacred Valley, with visits to Ollantaytambo and town of Chinchero; meeting with Andean weaver Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez; and a barbecue lunch in the gardens at Kuychi Center at Niños del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow). Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa (Gold)/ Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu Glass-topped Vistadome train ride to Machu Picchu; guided tour of the Incan ruins; and time for independent exploration of the site. Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (Gold)/ Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco Early morning visit to Machu Picchu; hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) from the Inca Trail or a trek up to Huayna Picchu; and return train ride to Cusco aboard the Vistadome. Hotel Monasterio (Gold)/ Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 7: Cusco Cusco city tour; the Santo Domingo Temple; and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Hotel Monasterio (Gold)/ Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 8: Cusco/Lima Return to Lima; evening at leisure to peruse a local craft market or enjoy Peru’s culinary offerings. Miraflores Park Hotel (Gold)/ The Westin Lima (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 9: Depart Lima Meals: B A local woman walking by a pre-Columbian wall in the Sacred Valley DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 11–19 Jan 18–26 Feb 01–09 Feb 22–Mar 02 Mar 08–16 Mar 29–Apr 06 Apr 12–20 Apr 26–May 04 May 17–25 May 31–Jun 08 Jun 14–22 Jul 05–13 Jul 19–27 Aug 09–17 Aug 23–31 Sep 06–14 Sep 20–28 Oct 04–12 Oct 18–26 Nov 01–09 Nov 22–30 Dec 13–21 Land arrangements: Silver Gold Double occupancy $4,395 $5,395 Single supplement $1,120 $2,150 Internal airfare: Economy class Lima/Cusco/Lima from $355 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey Peru:MachuPicchu&theSacred Valley. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. AIR ROAD RAIL PERU Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Cusco Lima PA C I F I C O C E A N
  • 97 THEAMERICAS Signature Machu Picchu & the Amazon 11 days, priced from $8,295; arrives Saturday, departs Tuesday A&KADVANTAGES: › Watch the sunrise over the famed Incan citadel when you stay at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located at the ruins › Go beyond Machu Picchu and learn Peru's history in depth by exploring Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley › Travel the Amazon and its tributaries on board the newly built 'Aria,' the best way to discover the rainforest's remote corners › Embark on shore excursions to local villages and markets for a deeper understanding of the Amazon and its people DAY 1: Arrive Lima, Peru Miraflores Park Hotel DAY 2: Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley Flight to Cusco and continue to the Sacred Valley; learn about ancient weaving and South American camelids at Awana Kancha. Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa | Meals: B L DAY 3: Sacred Valley Sacred Valley, with visits to Ollantaytambo and market town of Chinchero; a barbecue lunch at Kuychi Center at Niños del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow); and a meeting with Andean weaver Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez. Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa | Meals: B L DAY 4: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu Glass-topped Vistadome train ride to Machu Picchu; guided tour of the "Lost City of the Incas." Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Machu Picchu/Cusco Early morning sunrise walk in Machu Picchu; hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) from the Inca Trail or trek Huayna Picchu; return to Cusco by train aboard the Vistadome. Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B L DAY 6: Cusco Cusco tour of city and surrounds, including the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, Santo Domingo Temple and Sacsayhuaman. Hotel Monasterio | Meals: B DAY 7: Cusco/Lima/Iquitos/Amazon River Flight to Lima and on to Iquitos; boarding your luxury river cruiser; welcome dinner on board. 'Aria' | Meals: B D DAYS 8-9: Amazon River Cruise the colossal river's tributaries (route depends on conditions); spot rare flora and fauna, including pink river dolphins, three-toed sloths and macaws; stops at riverside villages to meet locals; top- notch dining on board. 'Aria' | Meals: B L D DAY 10: Amazon River/Iquitos/Lima Disembark at Iquitos; flight to Lima with an evening at leisure. Miraflores Park Hotel | Meals: B DAY 11: Depart Lima Meals: B A red howler monkey at home in the Peruvian Amazon DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 12–22 Feb 16–26 Mar 09–19 Apr 06–16 May 04–14 Jun 01–11 Jul 13–23 Aug 10–20 Sep 14–24 Oct 05–15 Nov 02–12 Dec 07–17 Land arrangements: Design Suite First Deck Design Suite Second Deck Double occupancy $8,295 $8,395 Single supplement $2,655 $2,690 Internal airfare: Economy class Lima/Cusco/Iquitos/Lima from $700 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. AIR ROAD RAIL CRUISE PERU PA C I F I C O C E A N Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Cusco Lima Iquitos
  • The Galápagos & Ecuador Ecuador packs charming haciendas, pretty colonial towns and the highest active volcano in the world within its tiny borders. All this and one of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations, the Galápagos Islands, is just a short flight away.
  • “The Galápagos are a once-in-a-lifetime destination, a remarkable open-air wildlife museum unlike any other in the world. A&K’s Quito team knows the archipelagointimately,andwe cantellyouwhat to visit when, how long to stay, and the best way to get there and back. On the mainland, our team arranges for you to discover Ecuador’s historic and cultural best, from visiting a leading artist in Quito to getting a hands-on Andean cooking lesson in Otavalo.” —MargaritaSanchez, General Manager, A&K Ecuador Time Difference: The Galápagos: Same as CST Mainland Ecuador: Same as EST Best Time to Travel: The Galápagos can be visited throughout the year, although they are at their best from April to August — not too warm and with plenty of animals in their breeding and birthing seasons. The best times to visit mainland Ecuador are roughly the same as the Galápagos, from April to September. Climate: The two distinct seasons in the Galápagos are hot and rainy (usually short, heavy showers) between January and April, and the drier season from May to December. In dry season, the waters are cool, but air temperatures are always hot due to the archipelago’s proximity to the equator. The central sierra of mainland Ecuador is at high altitude, but its equatorial location keeps temperatures mild. There are chances of sunshine and rain throughout the year. DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Quito & Otavalo (4 days recommended) At 10,000 feet above sea level, Quito is breathtaking — in more ways than one. You might expect it to be insufferably hot due to its location 22 miles from the equator. But because of its high altitude, temperatures feel spring-like year-round. The city’s historic Old Town has been transformed and restored in recent years, and the mélange of narrow streets lined with colonial churches, monasteries and mansions radiating out from attractive plazas are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just 60 miles north, the city of Otavalo is celebrated for retaining local traditions and culture. Here, Saturday is market day and otavaleños (as locals are A local Otavalo woman dressed in traditional clothing 99 THEAMERICAS 1 3 2 Amazon Galápagos Islands Avenueof theVolcanoes Quito& Otavalo ECUADOR PA C I F I C O C E A N 0 mi. 200 mi. Baltra
  • known) can be seen decked out in distinctive traditional dress, selling their wares and produce in three main squares. Lodge at a luxury hacienda in the outskirts of Otavalo for easy access to magnificent hiking, horse riding and biking. 2 AvenueoftheVolcanoes (2 days recommended) About an hour south of Quito is a world of volcanoes and mountains: the Avenue of Volcanoes. At over 19,000 feet, Cotopaxi volcano — with its almost-perfect conical shape — is the highest active volcano in the world, dominating the area and providing an incredible backdrop for several haciendas and Cotopaxi National Park. Here, a fantastic Andean landscape of snow-capped volcanoes, hot springs and verdant valleys is the main attraction. 3 Amazon (4 days recommended) The Amazon region of Ecuador, located to the east of the Andes, is one of the most accessible areas of the upper Amazon basin and, biologically, the richest area on earth. There are innumerable varieties of flora, including some of Ecuador’s 4,500 species of orchids, and many plants that hold medicinal value. Wildlife such as butterflies, bats, monkeys, sloths, parrots, macaws, river dolphins and caimans are all relatively easy to view, and lodges here also work closely with local indigenous communities. GalápagosCruising The best way to immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of the Galápagos Islands is by cruising from island to island on a multi-day voyage on board a comfortable adventure ship. Cruising options include: Seven-NightCruise Experience the splendor of the islands to the fullest with seven nights of exploration on board a comfortable, intimate adventure ship, such as 'Eclipse.' This seven-night option features daily shore excursions to the islands led by incomparable naturalist guides, as well as numerous shipboard activities. On board 'Eclipse,' choose from a selection of two seven-day routes, timed to maximize sightseeing and interactions based on wildlife behaviors and to minimize your journey's effect on the local ecology. Three-,Four-andFive-NightCruises A shorter but still enriching cruise is the perfect introduction to the Galápagos, great for hitting the highlights of most of the islands, while permitting time for exploration in Ecuador, Peru or other nearby destinations. In fact, a five-night cruise is the perfect component to a longer Latin American journey, showcasing the breathtaking diversity of a fascinating region of the world. A variety of ships offer shorter cruises in the Galápagos, from intimate eight- cabin yachts such as the 'Athala' to 'Eclipse,' a 48-passenger vessel. 'Eclipse' also offers three- and four-night cruises. Cotopaxi volcano rises out of the mist RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Ecuador&GalápagosCruise | from $5,535 Experience the mainland's charms and explore the Galápagos by water. Darwin'sIslands | from $7,995 Visit Quito and Cotopaxi, and lodge on the islands for wildlife encounters. Days1-2 Day3 Days4-8 Quito Cotopaxi Galápagos Day9 Day10 Otavalo Otavalo/Quito Days1-2 Day3 Day4 Quito Quito/Galápagos Bartolome Island Days5-6 Days7-9 Day10 South Plaza Island Cotopaxi Quito 100 Luxury Private Travel THEAMERICAS
  • GalápagosWildlife Wildlife has set the Galápagos apart from every other adventure destination — from the time of Darwin and his theory of evolution through today. Below are a few of the creatures you will get to know on your visit, as well as the best time to spot them. Blue-footedBooby The Galápagos Islands house about half of the world’s population of blue-footed boobies. Its name derives from the Spanish word bobo, which means “fool” or “clown,” a name which may seem unwarranted — until you witness its infamous, and comical, mating dance, carried out with much stamping of its eye-catching blue feet. When to spot them:In May, when courtship rituals begin, and in July, when those on Española Island are the most active. SeaLion The social sea lion hardly bats an eye at human visitors. Swift, powerful swimmers, they navigate pounding surf with ease as they search for sardines, their main food. That said, they prefer to lounge when on land, seeking out sandy beaches and flat rocky areas that have plenty of shade and tidal pools. When to spot them:They breed between May and January, and after an 11-month pregnancy, females give birth to one pup. Most pups are born in November. GiantTortoise Overhunting and habitatloss drove these reptiles tothe brinkof extinction, and today onlyabout15,000remain.Fortunately,manypopulationsareontheincrease,thanks toconservationefforts.Gianttortoisesaverageover100yearsinage,andcangrowto fivefeetinlengthandreach550pounds. When to spot them:In June, mostly on Santa Cruz, they migrate to the lowlands to nest. By December, the eggs start to hatch, a phenomenon continuing through April. GalápagosPenguin This surprising island denizen arrived at the Galápagos by following the chilly Humboldt Current from Antarctica. Galápagos penguins mate for life, with female penguins laying one or two eggs each season — although the pair shares the responsibility of watching over the nest. When to spot them:Nesting occurs throughout the year, but most frequently between May and January. They are very active in the cold season, from September to December, on Bartolome Island. MarineIguana Called "imps of darkness" by an unimpressed Charles Darwin, the marine iguana is in fact superbly adapted to life in the water, with a fin-like tail and teeth designed to scrape algae from rocks. They can dive many feet into the sea to find marine algae, surviving the cold temperatures by slowing their heart rate as they dive. Whento spotthem:During the January breeding season, male marine iguanas become brightly colored. By May, their eggs start hatching, many on Santa Cruz Island. RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Ecuador:MountainstoJungles | from $3,940 A panorama of diverse landscapes, from highlands to Amazon wilderness. UltimateEcuador | from $9,670 An in-depth, comprehensive journey through Ecuador's best destinations. Days1-2 Days3-6 Day7 Quito Napo Wildlife Center Tulipe Day8 Day9 Otavalo Quito Day1 Days2-4 Days5-6 Quito/Cotacachi Otavalo/Cotopaxi Riobamba Days7-9 Days10-17 Day18 Cuenca/Gualaceo Galápagos Quito 101 THEAMERICAS
  • 102 Luxury Private Travel THEAMERICAS Signature Peru & the Galápagos 13 days, priced from $9,495; arrives Sunday, departs Friday Minimum age 7 years A&KADVANTAGES: › Meet an expert Andean weaver who demonstrates the techniques that make up this pre-Columbian art form › Take the panoramic, glass-topped Vistadome train through the countryside to Machu Picchu › Cruise the Galápagos on board Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice, the comfortable adventure ship ‘Eclipse’ › Set out on intimate, twice-daily excursions limited to 12 guests and led by expert naturalist guides › Snorkel alongside sea lions or kayak with dolphins DAY 1: Arrive Lima, Peru Miraflores Park Hotel (Gold)/The Westin Lima (Silver) DAY 2: Lima/Cusco Flight to Cusco; city tour, visiting the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas; and ruins at Sacsayhuaman. Hotel Monasterio (Gold)/ Libertador Palacio del Inka (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 3: Cusco/Sacred Valley/Cusco Meeting with weaver Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez in Chinchero, followed by barbecue lunch in a garden setting; Ollantaytambo fortress; visit to Kuychi Center, a children’s charity, supported by A&K Philanthropy; and return to Cusco. Hotel Monasterio (Gold)/ Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 4: Cusco/Machu Picchu Countryside journey aboard glass-domed Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; guided exploration of the Incan city. Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (Gold)/ Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Machu Picchu/Cusco Return to Machu Picchu; optional hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) or up to Huayna Picchu. Hotel Monasterio (Gold)/ Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 6: Cusco/Lima/Guayaquil, Ecuador Flight to Guayaquil via Lima; evening at leisure. Hilton Colón Guayaquil | Meals: B DAYS 7-11: Guayaquil/The Galápagos Flight to the Galápagos to board ‘Eclipse’; twice-daily, naturalist guided excursions; explorations of the majestic main islands and Galápagos waters, both rich with wildlife; and evenings at leisure. ‘Eclipse’ | Meals: B L D DAY 12: The Galápagos/Guayaquil Disembark in Puerto Ayora; informative visit at the Charles Darwin Research Station; and flight to Guayaquil. Hilton Colón Guayaquil | Meals: B DAY 13: Depart Guayaquil Meals: B The ruins of the fortress of Ollantaytambo DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 20–Feb 01 Feb 03–15 Mar 31–Apr 12 Apr 14–26 Jun 23–Jul 05* Jul 21–Aug 02* Aug 18–30* Oct 27–Nov 08 Land/Cruisearrangements: Double occupancy Single supplementSilver Stateroom $9,495 $3,360 Superior Stateroom $10,025 $6,075 Deluxe Stateroom $10,450 $6,465 Gold Superior Stateroom $10,995 $7,040 Deluxe Stateroom $11,410 $7,430 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,425Lima/Cusco/Guayaquil/Baltra/Guayaquil Fuel surcharge $260 per person. Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. *Family-friendly departure; minimum age 4 years; contact A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP This itinerary is also available as the Luxury Small Group Journey WondersofPeru&theGalápagos. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. ECUADOR PERU Baltra PA C I F I C O C E A N G A L Á PA G O S I S L A N D S AIR ROAD RAIL Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Cusco Lima Guayaquil
  • 103 THEAMERICAS Signature Ecuador & the Galápagos 13 days, priced from $6,995; arrives Saturday, departs Thursday Minimum age 7 years A&KADVANTAGES: › Discover the Amazon rainforest from the remote Ecuador side, where your community-run eco-lodge is only accessible via boat and located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Yasuni National Park › See wildlife from up close, including plentiful parrots that frequent the salt licks at Yasuni › Discover the Galápagos Islands on board 'Eclipse,' a Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice winner › Set out on two excursions each day, exploring the extraordinary biodiversity in excursion groups of no more than 12 guests for more access to your dedicated naturalist guide › Soak up the spirit of the islands with activities such as whale watching, star gazing and swimming with gentle wildlife DAY 1: Arrive Quito, Ecuador Plaza Grande Hotel DAY 2: Quito Tour of Quito's historic Old Town, including the cathedral; ornate La Compañia Church; and Inti Ñan Museum. Plaza Grande Hotel | Meals: B DAY 3: Quito/Coca Flight to Coca; continue to lodge by boat, cruising down Napo River. Napo Wildlife Center | Meals: B L D DAYS 4-6: Amazon Rainforest Ecuadorean Amazon, viewing the rainforest from the Napo River canopy tower; hiking through pristine wilderness and spotting abundant flora and fauna; cruising by dugout canoe; and visit to a parrot salt lick. Napo Wildlife Center | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Amazon Rainforest/Coca/Quito Cruise to Coca and flight to Quito; afternoon at leisure. Plaza Grande Hotel | Meals: B DAY 8: Quito/The Galápagos Flight to Baltra, in the Galápagos; board your adventure cruiser. 'Eclipse' | Meals: B L D DAYS 9-11: The Galápagos Exploration in the Galápagos Islands over three days on twice-daily excursions (weather and conditions permitting), alongside the finest experts in the region; spotting wildlife in the water and on the shores, including giant tortoises, Sally Lightfoot crabs, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, dolphins and finches; snorkeling, swimming and kayaking through pristine waters. 'Eclipse' | Meals: B L D DAY 12: The Galápagos/Quito Return to Baltra; flight back to Quito. Plaza Grande Hotel | Meals: B DAY 13: Depart Quito Meals: B The iconic Pinnacle Rock in the Galápagos DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 12–24 Jan 26–Feb 07 Feb 23–Mar 07 Apr 20–May 02 Jun 01–13* Jul 13–25* Oct 05–17 Oct 19–31 Nov 02–14* Nov 30–Dec 12 Land/Cruisearrangements: Double occupancy Single supplement Stateroom $6,995 $3,010 Superior Stateroom $7,325 $4,995 Deluxe Stateroom $7,600 $5,245 Internalairfare: Economy class from $765Quito/Coca/Quito/Baltra/Quito Fuel surcharge $150 per person. Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. *Family-friendly departure; minimum age 4 years; contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. ECUADOR Baltra Quito Coca Napo PA C I F I C O C E A N G A L Á PA G O S I S L A N D S AIR CRUISE
  • Chile & Argentina Chile — the longest, thinnest country in the world — and big, bold Argentina share cosmopolitan cultures, an affinity for producing incredible wines and the staggering natural beauty of the Andes and Patagonia.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Santiago & the Winelands (3 days recommended) Chile’s central valley boasts one of the most fertile wine-producing regions in the world. At its center is the capital Santiago, home to sites such as the Plaza de Armas and La Moneda Palace. Be sure to head south to the Maipo and Colchagua valleys, both with terroir perfectly suited for producing full-bodied red wines. West, near the coast, lies Casablanca Valley, renowned for its crisp white wines. 2 BuenosAires (3 days recommended) Buenos Aires is a blend of the glamour and elegance of its European roots and the flavors and vibrancy of Latin America. Visit Evita’s grave in Recoleta Cemetery, the Sunday antiques market at San Telmo, a sensuous tango show and the colorful narrow streets of La Boca, and discover some of the best shopping and dining on the continent. "With A&K offices in both Argentina and Chile, our ability to arrange for insider-access opportunities is unparalleled. In Chile, take part in the annual wine harvest or tour Santiago’s Presidential Palace, not usually open to the public. In Argentina, take a private tango lesson with award-winning dancers or blend your own vino at one of Mendoza’s wineries. With our team, rest assured you will experience the best ofeachcountry’scuisine,culture, history and wilderness." —FernandoAmer, General Manager, A&K Argentina Time Difference: Argentina: EST plus 2 hours Chile: EST plus 1 hour Best Time to Travel: In Argentina, spring and autumn at Iguassu Falls features the highest water levels. Along the Atlantic, spot whales from June to mid- December. Penguin season is September to March. In Chile, the Santiago region is best from September to November or during autumn harvest (February to April). The Lake District is best in summer (November to March), but in the southern Patagonia, weather is unpredictable. The Atacama Desert can be explored year-round, although summers can be very hot. Easter Island is cooler outside the summer months. Climate: Argentina’s climate ranges from subtropical in the north to sub- arctic in the south year-round. November to March offer mild temperatures. Although Chile is a great all- season destination, the country generally experiences temperate weather from November to April. Dancing the fiery tango on the streets of Buenos Aires 105 THEAMERICAS ARGENTINA CHILE S O U T H PA C I F I C O C E A N S O U T H AT L A N T I C O C E A N 9 1 8 2 6 7 5 4 3Easter Island Santiago Mendoza BuenosAires TorresdelPaine ElCalafate& PeritoMorenoGlacier LakeDistrict &Bariloche AtacamaDesert Iguassu Falls 0 mi. 400 mi.
  • 3 Iguassu Falls (3 days recommended) These impressive waterfalls lie on the Argentina/Brazil border in a tropical setting so beautiful that Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!” on first sighting them. Two-thirds of the falls are on the Argentine side of the river, where a large system of walkways makes it easy to explore the lush tropical forest. You can also take a train to Devil’s Throat and walk onto a catwalk that extends 3,600 feet over the falls. Travel a little further south to discover the least- known of Argentina’s natural wonders: the rich tropical zone of the vast, and only recently accessible, Ibera Wetlands. 4 Atacama Desert (4 days recommended) The red terrain of the driest place on earth offers the perfect contrast to the glaciers and lakes of Chile’s south. Thermal springs, lunar landscapes, volcanoes and salt flats run for more than 600 miles between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains. Marvel at the occasional signs of life, including llamas, alpacas, flamingos and tiny atacameno villages. 5 LakeDistrict& Bariloche (5 days recommended) Few places on earth can compare to Patagonia, with its unspoiled lakes, windswept trees and coastline dotted with islands and fjords. A truly picturesque region of the Chilean Patagonia is the Lake District that stretches from Puerto Montt on the Pacific coast toward the shores of Lake Llanquihue and Argentina. Here, ancient forests and clear waterfalls surround volcanic peaks in a stunning landscape best experienced with a leisurely lake crossing that slowly takes you from Chile into lovely Bariloche, Argentina. 6 Patagonia:TorresdelPaine (5 days recommended) Torres del Paine is justifiably Chile’s most famous national park. Its peaks — most famously the bullhorn-looking Cuernos del Paine and the namesake Torres del Paine — soar dramatically over the flat landscape to form a series of towering granite pillars, surrounded by sparkling turquoise glacial lakes and magnificent rugged plains. In this park, you can spot more than 100 species of birds, guanacos and, if you are lucky, the occasional puma. 7 Patagonia:ElCalafate&PeritoMorenoGlacier (3 days recommended) The spectacular sight of the Perito Moreno Glacier spilling out of the mountains in Los Glaciares National Park is reason enough to visit Argentina’s El Calafate region. The southern Patagonia park includes this colossal glacier, as well as Torre and Fitz Roy mountains at El Chalten. Don crampons and trek directly on Perito Moreno, or simply stroll the wooden walkways facing the glacier. If you are lucky, you may hear the thunderous crack and awesome crash of an ice calving. North at El Chalten, hikers can trek through the majestic beauty of lakes and granite towers. 8 Mendoza (3 days recommended) In the foothills of the Andes lies Argentina’s most renown wine region. With rich red earth, vivid blue skies and the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Andes, the Mendoza wine route is a wonderful way to savor Argentina’s superb vintages, including its famous Malbecs. 9 EasterIsland (5 days recommended) Easter Island lies some 2,000 miles west off the coast of Chile. It is best known for its mysterious moai, over 600 huge figures sculpted from volcanic rock, long the subject of curiosity and speculation. One of the most isolated places on earth, this triangle of volcanic rock was discovered on Easter Day in 1722. Today, the land, people and language are all referred to locally as Rapa Nui, with traditions closer to Easter Island’s Polynesian neighbors than its Chilean brethren. The vast expanse of the Atacama Desert A moai statue, one of hundreds on Easter Island RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. HighlightsofChile&Patagonia | from $6,245 Travel from Santiago's wine valleys to rugged, stunning Patagonian lands. Argentina:FromTropicstoGlaciers | from $5,845 Visit Buenos Aires, lush Iguassu Falls and colossal Perito Moreno glacier. Day1 Day2 Day3 Santiago Valparaiso Wine Country Days4-5 Days6-9 Day10 Lake District Patagonia Santiago Days1-3 Days4-5 Day6 Buenos Aires Iguassu Falls Buenos Aires Days7-8 Day9 El Calafate Buenos Aires 106 Luxury Private Travel THEAMERICAS
  • 107 THEAMERICAS Signature Argentina 10 days, priced from $5,995; arrives Thursday, departs Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: › Check in to your Buenos Aires hotel immediately on arriving › Take a tango lesson in Buenos Aires with a tango master, followed by dinner and a spirited tango show at a VIP table › Spend a day taking in the astonishing spectacle of Iguassu Falls › Stay in Hotel Das Cataratas, located two minutes from the falls › Walk directly on the Perito Moreno Glacier and sail around it for a complete perspective on this massive natural formation DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires (Gold)/ Hotel Mio Buenos Aires (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 2: Buenos Aires Landmarks of Buenos Aires, including the Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada; stroll through the parks of Palermo; bustling business center and working-class barrio of La Boca; Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of Eva Perón; and a tango lesson, dinner and tango show. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires (Gold)/ Hotel Mio Buenos Aires (Silver) | Meals: B D DAY 3: Buenos Aires/Iguassu Falls, Brazil Flight to Iguassu Falls and visit to the Brazilian side; time to explore Iguassu National Park. Hotel Das Cataratas (Gold)/ Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 4: Iguassu Falls Falls from the Argentine side; catwalk set 3,600 feet above Devil’s Throat cataract. Hotel Das Cataratas (Gold)/ Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 5: Iguassu Falls/Bariloche, Argentina Flight to Bariloche, the “Little Switzerland” of Argentina; remainder of day at leisure. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B DAY 6: Bariloche Exploring Bariloche; vistas of lush hills, snow-topped peaks and reflective lakes; Llao Llao Peninsula, Lopez Bay and the Cerro Campanario by chairlift; and an afternoon at leisure. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B DAY 7: Bariloche Day of leisure, with option to play Patagonia’s best 18-hole course or go mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, rafting, fishing or horseback riding. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B DAY 8: Bariloche/El Calafate Flight to El Calafate, gateway to the world of glaciers. Los Sauces (Gold)/Alto Calafate Hotel Patagónico (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 9: El Calafate Full day at Perito Moreno Glacier, including trekking with your expert guide. Los Sauces (Gold)/Alto Calafate Hotel Patagónico (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 10: El Calafate/Buenos Aires/Depart Meals: B Hiking near the imposing Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 17–26 Jan 31–Feb 09 Feb 21–Mar 02 Mar 14–23 Apr 11–20 Sep 19–28 Oct 10–19 Nov 07–16 Nov 21–30 Dec 19–28 Landarrangements: Jan-Feb; Oct-Dec Mar-Apr; SepSilver Double occupancy $6,495 $5,995 Single supplement $2,615 $2,130 Gold Double occupancy $7,595 $6,995 Single supplement $3,590 $3,045 Internalairfare: Economy class from $1,690Buenos Aires/Iguassu/Bariloche/El Calafate/Buenos Aires Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. ARGENTINA Bariloche IguassuFalls Buenos Aires ElCalafate AT L A N T I C O C E A N AIR
  • Signature Chile 10 days, priced from $6,395; arrives on varied days of the week A&KADVANTAGES: › Breeze through the airport upon arrival in Chile with VIP assistance through customs and immigration › Walk the halls of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda’s home › Experience Chilean Wine Country during a sunset wine tasting at Casas del Bosque Winery › Stay at Explora Patagonia — Hotel Salto Chico (Gold) or Las Torres Patagonia (Silver), nestled inside Torres del Paine National Park, for easy access to striking landscapes DAY 1: Arrive Santiago, Chile Overnight flight to Santiago; city tour of the Cathedral, La Moneda Palace and the Plaza de Armas; Palace of Fine Arts; artsy Barrio Brasil; and San Cristobal Hill. The Hotel Ritz-Carlton (Gold)/ Grand Hyatt (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 2: Santiago/Wine Country/Santiago Drive to labyrinthine hills of Valparaiso; La Sebastiana, the residence of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda; beach town of Viña del Mar; and a sunset wine tasting at Casas del Bosque Winery in the Casablanca Valley. The Hotel Ritz-Carlton (Gold)/ Grand Hyatt (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 3: Santiago/Chilean Lake District Flight to Puerto Montt and transfer to Puerto Varas; German- centric, 19th-century antiques at the Pioneers Museum; sips at Lavanda Casa de Te, a tea room amid lavender fields. Hotel Cumbres Patagónicas (Gold)/Casa Molino (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 4: Chilean Lake District Option to raft through Class III rapids, ride horseback through the native forest, trek in Chile’s oldest national park or go on a photo safari to the Osorno Volcano; visit glacial Petrohue rapids. Hotel Cumbres Patagónicas (Gold)/Casa Molino (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 5: Puerto Montt/Punta Arenas/ Torres del Paine National Park Visit to once-booming Punta; drive to Torres del Paine National Park and your lodge; and remainder of day at leisure. Explora Patagonia — Hotel Salto Chico (Gold)/ Las Torres Patagonia (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAYS 6-8: Torres del Paine National Park Choice of a variety of activities at your lodge and the surrounding area, with explorations by vehicle, on horseback, by boat and on foot. Explora Patagonia — Hotel Salto Chico (Gold)/ Las Torres Patagonia (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 9: Torres del Paine National Park/Punta Arenas/ Santiago/Rosario Valley Drive to Punta Arenas; flight to Santiago; Matetic Vineyard; rest of day at leisure. La Casona at Matetic Vineyards | Meals: B D DAY 10: Rosario Valley/Santiago/Depart Wine tasting and lunch. Meals: B L The Casablanca Valley in Chile's Wine Country DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 14–23 Feb 11–20 Mar 11–20 Apr 12–21 May 05–14 Jun 04–13 Aug 11–20 Sep 08–17 Oct 02–11 Nov 07–16 Dec 05–14 Landarrangements: Jan-Feb; Nov-Dec Mar-OctSilver Double occupancy $6,695 $6,395 Single supplement $1,955 $1,905 Gold Jan-Mar Apr-Dec Double occupancy $7,995 $8,295 Single supplement $2,535 $2,470 Internalairfare: Economy class from $510Santiago/Puerto Montt/Punta Arenas/Santiago Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 108 Luxury Private Travel THEAMERICAS CHILE PuntaArenas TorresdelPaine PuertoMontt Santiago PuertoVaras AT L A N T I C O C E A N AIR ROAD
  • Signature Patagonia 13 days, priced from $9,895; arrives Monday, departs Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: › Rest at the journey's start with immediate check-in in Buenos Aires › Watch a tango show from a VIP table during dinner at a tango club › Delve into Patagonia on ‘Stella Australis,’ cruising through glacial bays, encountering wildlife and disembarking in remote locales › In Patagonia, lodge in Torres del Paine National Park, for easy access to the outdoors, or in the heart of nearby Puerto Natales › Save time with the A&K Andes Crossing, a single-day crossing by private motor vehicles with uninterrupted landscape views DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina Guided tour of city landmarks. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires (Gold)/Nuss Buenos Aires SOHO (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 2: Buenos Aires Exploring at leisure; dinner and tango show in the VIP section of Esquina Carlos Gardel. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires (Gold)/ Nuss Buenos Aires SOHO (Silver) | Meals: B D DAY 3: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia Flight to Ushuaia; tour of former penal colony turned busy port; embarking your adventure cruiser. ‘Stella Australis’ | Meals: B D DAYS 4-5: Patagonia Cruise to Cape Horn, seeing the “Avenue of Glaciers” and Strait of Magellan; wildlife viewing and lecturers; Zodiac cruise to remote beaches for on-land treks (weather permitting). ‘Stella Australis’ | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Patagonia/Punta Arenas, Chile Penguins at Magdalena Island; lighthouse; tour of Punta Arenas; drive to your hotel. The Singular Patagonia (Gold)/ Las Torres Patagonia (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAYS 7-9: Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine National Park Three days of outdoor adventures on foot, by vehicle, on horseback and by boat. The Singular Patagonia (Gold)/ Las Torres Patagonia (Silver) | Meals: B L D DAY 10: Punta Arenas/Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas Flight to Puerto Montt; brief city tour en route to your hotel. Hotel Cumbres Patagónicas (Gold)/Casa Molino (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 11: Puerto Varas/Bariloche Drive through the Chilean Lake District; Frutillar; lunch overlooking Correntoso River in Villa La Angostura; journey by vessel to the Arrayanes Forest; catamaran to Puerto Pañuelos and your hotel in Bariloche. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B L DAY 12: Bariloche Llao Llao Peninsula, Lopez Bay and Cerro Campanario, reached by chairlift; afternoon at leisure. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B DAY 13: Bariloche/Buenos Aires/Depart Meals: B L Magellanic penguins at home in Patagonia DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 21–Feb 02 Feb 11–23 Mar 11–23 Oct 21–Nov 02 Nov 18–30 Dec 02–14 Land/Cruisearrangements: Jan-Feb; Nov-Dec Mar OctSilver Double occupancy $10,695 $10,195 $9,895 Single supplement $3,480 $3,350 $3,220 Gold Double occupancy $11,795 $11,495 $10,995 Single supplement $4,355 $4,230 $4,090 Internalairfare: Economy class from $995 Buenos Aires/Ushuaia; Punta Arenas/Puerto Montt; Bariloche/Buenos Aires Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. 109 THEAMERICAS PuntaArenas Ushuaia TorresdelPaine PuertoMontt PuertoVaras AT L A N T I C O C E A N ARGENTINA CHILE Bariloche Buenos Aires AIR ROAD CRUISE
  • Brazil This vibrant country is all white-sand beaches teeming with sun worshippers, the flash of smiles and colorful costumes at Carnival, and the call of monkeys in the Amazon and Pantanal — all set to a samba soundtrack.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Rio de Janeiro (4 days recommended) Cariocas (as Rio’s citizens are called) refer to their city as the “Cidade Maravilhosa” — the Marvelous City. And why not? Rio is a metropolis of stunning mountains, dazzling carnival costumes, the statue of Christ’s outstretched arms and bronzed beachgoers. Then there’s the endless rhythm of samba, not to mention the magnificent, famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Behind the glamour and glitter are many fine buildings, historical neighborhoods and museums, remnants from its time as Brazil’s capital. Wildlife and nature also abound, as the city is home to Tijuca, the largest urban forested national park in the world. 2 TheAmazon (4 days recommended) The Amazon jungle is the largest tropical rainforest on earth and a destination that combines endless wilderness with authentic cultural experience. The grandeur and beauty of the region — with its dense forests, expansive lakes and wildlife-filled rivers — awe and inspire, as do the locals you meet who live along its banks. From them, learn ancient medicinal secrets during shore excursions while cruising the mighty river. Take in the abundant wildlife here as well, whether you watch monkeys swing through the trees, fish for piranhas, marvel at massive lily-pads or take a nap to the hum of the jungle orchestra. “Explore Brazil’s blockbusters in style and uncover its hidden secrets with an A&K journey to this energetic cultural powerhouse. From taking private samba lessons in Rio de Janeiro to chartering your own yacht for exploring the sprawling Amazon to delivering you to the best places for spotting the elusive jaguar in the Pantanal, A&K opens the doors to intimate, authentic experiences in this vast country.” —PedroBarraza, Regional Managing Director, A&K South America Time Difference: EST plus 0-4 hours, depending on region Best Time to Travel: Year-round. Climate: Brazil is a continental country, with large temperature variations from north to south, so, before you visit, decide what you want to see. Sure bets include Rio de Janeiro from September to May, the Pantanal from June to October, Amazon jungle from March to August, and the sunny Northeast year-round. A colorful toucan, one of the many bird species in the Pantanal wetlands 111 THEAMERICAS BRAZIL AT L A N T I C O C E A N 5 2 1 3 4 Salvador deBahia TheAmazon RiodeJaneiro IguassuFalls Pantanal 0 mi. 750 mi.
  • 3 Iguassu Falls (3 days recommended) Iguassu National Park — sharing borders with Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay — is home to one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls. A staggering amount of water (553 cubic feet per second), thunders with deafening power down 275 or so individual falls stretching nearly two miles. The sheer magnificence and stunning tropical location reportedly led Eleanor Roosevelt to exclaim, “Poor Niagara!” at the sight of Iguassu. Walk as close as an arm’s length from the roaring waters, brave the pontoon extending into the Devil’s Throat or take in the vast expanse of the cataracts by a thrilling helicopter flight. 4 Pantanal (4 days recommended) The world’s largest freshwater wetland, the Pantanal serves as a lush reservoir for over 700 species of birds, 100 species of mammals, 260 species of fish and 80 reptile species. Here, cattle ranching exists alongside an abundance of wildlife that includes jaguars, giant otters, anacondas, caimans, hawks, blue macaws, capybara, tapirs, herons and monkeys (just a few of its many inhabitants). Explore these great outdoors by canoe, on horseback or by four-wheel-drive vehicle. 5 SalvadordeBahia (3 days recommended) Capital of the state of Bahia and nicknamed “The Land of Happiness,” Salvador is the third-largest city in Brazil and a mix of stunning colonial buildings, cobblestone streets, African culture and deep-rooted musical traditions. On the strength of a booming sugar industry, Salvador became a wealthy city and one of the Portuguese empire's most important outposts. Today, Salvador bears remnants of its rich and complicated history, with 15 forts, over 150 Catholic churches, a thousand candomblé (Afro-Brazilian religion) temples and a fascinating mix of old and new, rich and poor, and African and European. It is also the gateway to the region's beautiful beaches. The powerful, expansive Iguassu Falls RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Brazil:Amazon&PantanalAdventure | from $10,535 Cruise the Amazon, explore Pantanal's wetlands and marvel at Iguassu. BrazilianBounty | from $12,355 Explore the country's abundance of natural beauty and intoxicating culture. Days1-3 Days4-5 Days6-8 Rio de Janeiro Iguassu Falls Pantanal Days9-12 Day13 Amazon Cruise Manaus Days1-4 Days5-7 Rio de Janeiro Iguassu Falls Days8-10 Day11 Salvador de Bahia Rio de Janeiro 112 Luxury Private Travel THEAMERICAS
  • 113 THEAMERICAS Signature Brazil 10 days, priced from $7,995; arrives Saturday, departs Monday A&KADVANTAGES: › Start your journey well-rested thanks to immediate hotel check-in upon your arrival in Rio de Janeiro › Lodge at Hotel Das Cataratas, located just a two-minute walk from the magnificent Iguassu Falls › Choose to take an optional helicopter flight over the Iguassu Falls for a once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunity › Explore the mighty Amazon River from your luxury cruiser, spending two days watching for bountiful wildlife, fishing and learning about the river from expert guides DAY 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro, Brazil A day discovering 16th- and 17th-century, Portuguese-era buildings and landmarks, like Cathedral at Lapa Arches, Casa Franca-Brasil and Marechal Floriano Square; coffee at historic Confeitaria Colombo Restaurant. Copacabana Palace | Meals: B DAY 2: Rio de Janeiro Ascent of Corcovado (Hunchback) Mountain; the Santa Teresa neighborhood; barbecue lunch at a local restaurant; and panoramic views from Sugar Loaf Mountain. Copacabana Palace | Meals: B L DAY 3: Rio de Janeiro Day at leisure to enjoy beachfront setting. Copacabana Palace | Meals: B DAY 4: Rio de Janeiro/Iguassu Falls Departure for Iguassu Falls; flora- and fauna-rich walking tour of waterfalls from the Brazilian side; lunch overlooking where Iguassu River tumbles over the Parana Plateau; and an optional helicopter flight above the falls. Hotel Das Cataratas | Meals: B L DAY 5: Iguassu Falls Argentine side of falls; catwalk through a lush rainforest and over Devil’s Throat; and return to the Brazilian side for an afternoon at leisure. Hotel Das Cataratas | Meals: B DAY 6: Iguassu Falls/Manaus Flight to Manaus; remainder of day at leisure to explore the city. Hotel Park Suites Manaus | Meals: B DAY 7: Manaus/Amazon River City tour, visiting Teatro Amazonas and the Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market; welcome party on board your river cruiser. 'Iberostar Grand Amazon' | Meals: B D DAYS 8-9: Amazon River Cruise of the stunning Amazon River, watching for wildlife such as parrots, monkeys and anacondas during photo safaris; fishing for piranhas; and relaxing on deck. 'Iberostar Grand Amazon' | Meals: B L D DAY 10: Amazon River/Manaus/Depart Meals: B Rio de Janeiro sprawls out from under the Christ the Redeemer statue DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jan 12–21 Feb 16–25 Mar 09–18 Apr 13–22 May 11–20 Jul 06–15 Aug 10–19 Sep 28–Oct 07 Oct 19–28 Nov 16–25 Dec 07–16 Land/Cruisearrangements: Jan-Mar; Oct-Dec Apr-Sep Double occupancy $8,695 $7,995 Single supplement $3,005 $2,195 Internalairfare: Economy class from $430Rio de Janeiro/Iguassu/Manaus Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | The ideal private journey, ready to book. BRAZIL RiodeJaneiro Manaus IguassuFalls AT L A N T I C O C E A N AIR
  • Costa Rica & Central America Dripping rainforests, brooding volcanoes, soaring Mayan ruins and warm temperatures rivaled only by the warmth of their people — that’s Central America in a nutshell. Time Difference: Costa Rica: EST minus 1 hour Panama: EST minus 1 hour Guatemala: Same as EST Nicaragua: Same as EST Best Time to Travel: Costa Rica and Panama are best visited from November to April to avoid heavy downpours. Similarly, Guatemala is at its finest from November to May, and Nicaragua shines from June to March (when the dry season’s dust dies down). Climate: For Costa Rica and Panama, December to March is generally considered the dry season. Temperatures rise in April and the rains arrive on the Pacific side from May to November. The Atlantic side has no specific dry season, but there is less rainfall between March and September. Known as the country of eternal spring, Guatemala is good to visit year-round, but the dry season is November to May. As with the rest of Central America, Nicaragua has a tropical climate, with the dry season from January to June and the wet season from July to December. “Central America is so close to the U.S. and Mexico, but it’s a world apart. Discover this fascinating part of the Americas as you want to see it with A&K, whether you want to see turtle nesting from up close in Costa Rica, meet Kuna Indian tribes in Panama, or camp in candlelit Mayan ruins and learn to grind the best coffee in Guatemala." —JoAnneSperry, Product Manager, A&K Americas A red-eyedtreefroginCostaRica 114 Luxury Private Travel COSTARICA NICARAGUA GUATEMALA PANAMA C A R I B B E A N S E A PA C I F I C O C E A N 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pacific Atlantic Mountains 0 mi. 300 mi.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Costa Rica: Pacific (5 days recommended) The west coast feature highlights such as Corcovado National Park, widely considered the crown jewel of the country’s national parks. Tucked in the Osa Peninsula, this pristine rainforest is excellent for spotting wildlife. North of Corcovado is Nicoya Peninsula, a shining example of Costa Rica’s legendary coastline. Gorgeous beaches, small local villages and an interior sparsely populated by cattle ranchers are framed by a steeply forested mountain range. By day, explore hidden coves on this peninsula, and by night, lodge in the region’s luxe resorts, such as Punta Islita Hotel. 2 Costa Rica: Atlantic (4 days recommended) The Atlantic coast is perhaps Costa Rica’s best-known region, and for good reason: it boasts incredible biodiversity and pristine habitats. Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast is the place to go to watch endangered Atlantic green sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs and hatch their young. The rest of Tortuguero National Park — which now protects more than 50,000 acres and 11 habitats — is a delight to explore, whether you choose to weave your way down mangrove-shaded canals by kayak or hike through its wildlife-filled rainforests. 3 Costa Rica: Mountains (6 days recommended) Costa Rica’s central region forms the backbone of the country. Highlights here include the capital San Jose and the Central Valley, home to coffee plantations surrounded by jagged mountain peaks. Just north is the dramatic scenery of La Fortuna region, at the foot of the imposing Arenal Volcano. Forested trails flanked by flora and inviting geothermal springs round out La Fortuna’s attractions. Nearby Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is perched in the Tilaran Mountains in Costa Rica’s mist-shrouded highlands. Although sightings of large cats and tapir here are extremely rare, you should spot monkeys and even possibly the beautiful quetzal bird in the summer. 4 Panama (8 days recommended) There’s much more to Panama than the canal. From Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) to the white-sand beaches and well-preserved Kuna Indian culture of the San Blas Archipelago to the unspoiled wilderness (and perfect snorkeling and wildlife- watching opportunities) of the Bocas del Toro islands, discover one of Central America’s best-kept secrets. 5 Nicaragua (6 days recommended) Nicaragua enchants with gorgeous landscapes and embraces travellers with a warm hospitality. Highlights include Granada, a charming colonial city founded in 1524; old Leon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 13 churches connected by underground tunnels used to escape pirate attacks; and the capital Managua, with its Arab-style cathedral and Sandinistas monument. Must-sees beyond the cities include Ometepe Island and the Maderas and Concepcion volcanoes. 6 Guatemala (5 days recommended) Guatemala is a land of rich Mayan influences, soaring volcanoes and regal colonial traces. Begin in UNESCO World Heritage Site Antigua, with its painstakingly restored 17th-century Spanish colonial architecture and bustling plazas. Also worth visiting are Lake Atitlán, framed by the towering volcanoes of Atitlán, Toliman and San Pedro. The highlands are often referred to as the “real” Guatemala, and here you will see villages, market towns and small farming communities where people live much as they have for centuries. No trip to Guatemala is complete without a visit to Tikal, a complex of more than 3,000 structures rising from the jungles — although the ruins of Ceibal, Uaxactun, El Mirador and Yaxha are also worth seeking out. Hiking the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with the family Panama's gorgeous, secluded Bocas del Toro islands RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. CostaRica:UnderaRainforestCanopy | from $9,155 Explore Costa Rica's verdant beauty and unspoiled biodiversity. Panama:BeyondtheCanal | from $6,465 Delve into the natural beauty and rich culture of a Central American gem. Days1-2 Days3-4 Days5-6 San Jose Monteverde Tortuguero Days7-9 Day10 Lapa Rios San Jose Days1-4 Day5 Day6 Panama City Soberania N.P. Portobelo & Gatun Lake Days7-8 Day9 Day10 Enbera Puru/Chiriqui Los Quetzales Trail Panama City 115 THEAMERICAS
  • Mexico An extraordinary country filled with color and vitality, offering a dazzling mix of arts and cultures, intriguing history and beautiful landscapes. Time Difference: EST minus 1-2 hours Best Time to Travel: Avoid extreme temperatures by visiting from October to April. Climate: October to April is the dry season. The rain works its way up from the south between May and September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December, January and February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing. “From campfire lunches in a remote canyon to hidden art treasures recently discovered in San Miguel de Allende, A&K can arrange for some unique experiences in Mexico. There truly is something for everyone, whether you are looking for impeccable beaches, colonial or pre-Columbian architecture, culinary adventures or unforgettable cultural experiences.” —JoAnneSperry, Product Manager, A&K Americas StrikingnaturalformationsrisingfromtheSeaofCortez 116 Luxury Private Travel MEXICO G U L F O F M E X I C O C A R I B B E A N S E APA C I F I C O C E A N 1 2 3 5 4 BajaCalifornia &CopperCanyon ColonialHeartlands Yucatan Oaxaca Chiapas 0 mi. 500 mi.
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Baja California& CopperCanyon (7 days recommended) Baja California is the thin peninsula running down from the American border, separated from the mainland coast by the Sea of Cortez. From the migration of gray whales to hidden underwater ecosystems, Baja is home to unique marine life that is easily accessible from its wildly beautiful coastline. Natural highlights include the giant rocks of Los Islotes, where you can swim alongside sea lion pups, and the remote Coralito Bay, home to the towering Cathedral Cliff. Accommodations range from simple boutique hotels in quiet towns to luxurious beach retreats near Cabo San Lucas. Just across the Sea of Cortez, on the Mexican mainland, lies the Copper Canyon. Here, be sure to take the famous Chihuahua Pacifico Railroad into the Sierra Madre Mountains and visit remote frontier towns, the Cusarare Mission, the Valley of Mushrooms and the Piedra Volada. 2 ColonialHeartlands (7 days recommended) Once a major center for Spain’s New World Empire and the place where Mexico’s revolution began in 1911, the country’s interior boasts a bounty of cities and towns adorned with baroque architecture and tree-lined plazas. The heart of this region is Mexico City, filled with Aztec and Mayan sites, such as Teotihuacan, as well as colonial splendors. Step back in time as you stroll the cobbled streets — filled with galleries, markets and small museums — of San Miguel de Allende, Morelia and Guanajuato. The town of Patzcuaro is known for its Day of the Dead ceremonies as well as the outlying craft villages and the nearby 14th-century archaeological site of Tzintzuntzan. 3 Yucatan (7 days recommended) Housing some of the most finely restored Mayan relics in world, the Yucatan Peninsula contains ruins still covered in dense jungle, waiting to reveal new hidden mysteries. Those unearthed offer a glimpse into the Mayan world as you climb the steps of pyramids or circumvent huge temples at Chichen Itza, Calakmul and Uxmal. The Yucatan also features intact rain forests, underground caves and gorgeous colonial cities such as Campeche and Merida. On the eastern edge lies the Riviera Maya, with its azure waters lapping impossibly white sandy beaches. Opt to while away your days here diving, snorkeling and swimming, or visit the impressive Mayan ruins of Tulum, with its huge underground cenotes (sinkholes). 4 Chiapas (7 days recommended) With a landscape that ranges from misty mountains to pine- covered hills and dense jungle, Chiapas has an ideal climate for coffee, tropical fruits and rich biodiversity. Visit one of the most celebrated of the Mayan sites, Palenque, an important center of power built in 100 BC, which eventually was abandoned and overtaken by the encroaching jungle. Other noteworthy sites include Sumidero Canyon, with its rock walls towering thousands of feet above; Tonina, a lesser-known Mayan site with 230-foot- high temples; and the Misol Ha waterfall. Spend time exploring the isolated Mayan villages of this region as well, where you can meet local communities such as the last remaining back-strap weavers. 5 Oaxaca (5 days recommended) Nestled in the mountains of southwest Mexico, Oaxaca’s rocky terrain and crystalline skies create jaw-dropping vistas and landscapes. But as rich as it is in natural beauty, Oaxaca’s true wealth is in its extensive indigenous populations, who make this one of the most culturally significant regions in Mexico. Experience Oaxaca's diverse cultures, sampling culinary specialties (such as mole and huge tamales) and shopping for unique handicrafts and weavings, as well as exploring local ruins and historic churches. As a world-class producer of coffees, fincas (estates) throughout Oaxaca’s hillsides generate some of the finest beans in Latin America. The stunning pre-Columbian ruins of Chichen Itza RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. Mexico:TheMaya&More | from $6,395 An introduction to Mexico's archaeological treasures and deep traditions. TheSpiritofBaja&theCopperCanyon | from $9,365 Walk colonial streets and ride the Chihuahua Pacifico in Mexico viejo. Days1-3 Days4-5 Days6-7 Mexico City Campeche Merida Day8 Day9 Chichen Itza Cancun Days1-4 Day5 Day6 Todos Santos Espiritu Santo Island La Paz Days7-8 Day9 Day10 ElFuerte/PosadaBarrancas Cusarare/Batopilas Los Mochis 117 THEAMERICAS
  • North America Bigger than life and ever-changing, the U.S. and Canada beg to be explored — from the peak of Mount McKinley in Alaska to the deep gorges of the Grand Canyon. Time Difference: Alaska: EST minus 4 hours Southwest, California & Canadian Rockies: EST minus 3 hours Wyoming: EST minus 2 hours Best Time to Travel: Alaska, Wyoming and Canada from May to September; the Southwest, year-round; and California from April to October. Climate: Alaska is largely unpredictable, though summer days can be warm; the peak season from May to September features long days (June gets 19 hours of daylight). The Southwest has hot summers and warm winters. September and October are ideal months for travel, with good weather and fewer travellers. The Rockies in Wyoming have hot, humid summers and wet, mild winters. California has near-perfect climate — very sunny and dry with mild evenings most of the year. Most of the rainfall is in the winter months. Western Canada has a largely mild, showery climate throughout the year. Summers are warm but changeable with July being the driest month. “A&K is as well-connected in North America — where we have a home base — as we are around the world. We can arrange for incredible insider-access experiences, be it a one-on-one meeting with an Iditarod champion at his homestead in Alaska or a gourmet private picnic in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.” —JoAnneSperry, Product Manager, A&K Americas MagnificentYosemiteFallsinYosemiteValley 118 Luxury Private Travel 0 mi. 750 mi. CANADA USA PA C I F I C O C E A N 1 5 3 2 4 Alaska CanadianRockies Wyoming's GrandTetons& Yellowstone Southwest& TheCanyonlands California NationalParks
  • DESTINATION GUIDE | Create your perfect Tailor Made itinerary using these regional highlights. 1 Alaska (10 days recommended) Crystal-clear waters, wild and dramatic landscapes, amazing wildlife and sheer emptiness draw the adventurous to Alaska. Start your journey in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, wedged between the Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains. From here, set off for the state’s most awesome attractions, including Denali National Park, home to America’s highest mountain, the colossal Mount McKinley, and a bevy of wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose and caribou. The six enormous glaciers that congregate at Glacier Bay are breathtaking, as are the deep-blue calved icebergs floating in the waters. Watch for humpback whales, porpoises and seals as well. 2 NationalParks:Southwest & the Canyonlands (8 days recommended) Dramatic in scope and colors, the American Southwest beckons with larger-than-life testaments to nature’s power. The Grand Canyon is perhaps its most breathtaking, overwhelming feature — carved by the Colorado River, the canyon drops to a mile deep in some parts. Visit Native American settlements and experience the spirit of this natural wonder by rafting, hiking and taking a helicopter tour. Other attractions in the Southwest include Bryce Canyon National Park, with its thousands of delicately carved sandstone spires; Zion National Park in Utah, home to unique sandstone cliffs and the sparkling Upper Emerald pools; and Arches National Park outside of Moab, featuring stunning red arches created by millions of years of wind whipping down the Rockies. 3 Wyoming's Grand Tetons & Yellowstone (8 days recommended) Yellowstone National Park’s main attraction is that powerful geyser, Old Faithful. Yet the park — widely considered the world's first national park — and its diverse habitats of canyons, lakes, rivers and mountain ranges play host to myriad creatures, including elks, buffalos, moose and even wolves. Elsewhere in Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is also a real spectacle, with its namesake snow-dusted peak, Grand Teton, rising over 13,000 feet. Wildlife abounds here as well, including moose, coyotes, and mountain lions (though the latter are very rarely spotted). Fishing, hiking and horseback riding in the high Rockies are popular activities in these pristine parks. 4 CaliforniaNationalParks (8 days recommended) California’s National Parks are some of the most stunning in all of North America. Yosemite is likely the most renowned, with its sheer granite cliffs, sparkling waterfalls and towering forests. Not far behind is Joshua Tree National Park, which sprawls out across the Mojave and Colorado deserts; its sunsets, highlighting the odd outline of the namesake Joshua tree, are especially lovely. Other parks worth a visit are Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, known for their abundance of sequoias (the largest living things on earth) and the deep valley carved by the Kings River; and Redwood National and State Parks, with 2,000-year-old trees towering over 300 feet tall. 5 Canadian Rockies (9 days recommended) The Canadian Rockies, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are spellbinding for their sheer number of high peaks. Mount Robson towers almost 13,000 feet, while Mount Columbia rises over 12,200 feet. Compared to the American Rockies, the Canadian Rockies are more jagged due to glaciation, and the surrounding wilderness features bigger rivers and iceberg-dotted aquamarine lakes. Notable national parks include Banff and Jasper, unspoiled and ideal destinations from which to breathe in the natural beauty of this mountain range.The otherworldly hot springs of Yellowstone National Park A brown bear and her cubs roam in Alaska's vast wilderness RECOMMENDEDROUTES | Our experts’ suggestions for your Tailor Made itinerary. WondersofAlaska | from $11,995 View pristine wilderness unlike anywhere else in America. MajesticCanyonsRiverRafting | from $4,595 Set off on a family adventure in Utah, camping in luxury and comfort. Days1-4 Day5 Days6-8 Kenai Peninsula Talkeetna Denali N.P. Day9 Day10 Day11 Juneau/Gustavus Glacier Bay N.P. Gustavus/Juneau Day1 Day2-5 Moab, Utah Green River Day6 Moab 119 THEAMERICAS
  • "We have a range of convenient options to help you discover Europe at its best. A&K’s Signature Series journeys are pre-arranged and ready-to-book itineraries featuring guided sightseeing, accommodations and the services of a Guardian Angel® . Our European Elements, meanwhile, are four-day, single-destination itineraries that can be mixed and matched to create the journey of your dreams. Of course, you can always visit Europe the way you would any other A&K destination: by having one of our well-travelled experts create the journey of your dreams for you." Europe TAILOR MADE ELEMENTS 128 130 Britain & Ireland 132 France, The Netherlands & Belgium 134 Italy 136 Central & Eastern Europe 138 Spain & Portugal 140 Greece & Turkey 142 Scandinavia & Russia EUROPEAN VILLAS 144 CANAL & RIVER CRUISING 148 –JonathanWhite, A&K Europe 121
  • "On all of A&K's independent journeys, you travel in the company of your own private local guides and chauffeurs. You also enjoy the services of a Guardian Angel, whose assistance makes your journey seamless and hassle free. Some Signature Series programs also include Concierge Rail Service, offering asistance at the train station and with your luggage. Create a journey to your very own specifications that includes only the places you long to see and the activities you want to experience — Europe just the way you want it. " — JonathanWhite, Managing Director, A&K Europe Time Difference: London: EST plus 5 hours. Paris: EST plus 6 hours. Athens: EST plus 7 hours. Best Time to Travel: The best time to travel depends on where you are going and what you want to do. Climate: Temperatures vary, from Scandinavia's cold Arctic climates with short days in winter and endless days in summer to expected seasonal changes in Ireland, the British Isles and most of Central Europe, to the sunny, temperate climate of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. 122 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE Venice Ljubljana LakeComo Rome Taormina Barcelona Paris Burgundy Provence Côte d’Azur Bordeaux Loire Valley London Bruges Istanbul Athens Warsaw Prague Krakow Budapest Zagreb Dubrovnik Berlin Amsterdam Normandy Amalfi Coast Tuscany Copenhagen Stockholm St.Petersburg Moscow Madrid Porto Dublin Oslo Bergen Edinburgh Lisbon Seville Portofino Florence Helsinki Lucerne Munich Vienna Salzburg M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A N O R T H AT L A N T I C O C E A N C E LT I C S E A B A LT I C S E A B AY O F B I S C AY N O R T H S E A B L A C K S E A ITALY CROATIA SLOVENIA GREECE SPAIN PORTUGAL FRANCE GERMANY HUNGARY AUSTRIA CZECH REP SWITZERLAND ENGLAND IRELAND SCOTLAND NORWAY SWEDEN FINLAND RUSSIA POLAND TURKEY 0 mi. 500 mi.
  • 123 Signature Italy A&KADVANTAGES: › › › › › › bacari › Arrive Rome, Italy The St. Regis Rome (Gold)/Rose Garden Palace (Silver) Rome and Vatican City Locally guided tour stopping at Palatine Hill, the Arch of Constantine and Colosseum; lunch at leisure; Vatican City and its vast museum; the Sistine Chapel; St. Peter’s Basilica. The St. Regis Rome (Gold)/Rose Garden Palace (Silver) | Meals: B Rome Walking tour to Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona and Fountain of the Four Rivers; exploration of the Pantheon, iconic Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps on the Piazza di Spagna; rest of day at leisure. The St. Regis Rome (Gold)/Rose Garden Palace (Silver) | Meals: B Rome/Orvieto/Florence Scenic drive and walking tour in Orvieto; wine tasting in Tuscany; leisure time to explore Florence. Westin Excelsior, Florence (Gold)/ Hotel Santa Maria Novella (Silver) | Meals: B Florence Ponte Vecchio, Duomo and Uffizi Gallery; optional visit to an A&K Philanthropy-supported project; leisure time. Westin Excelsior, Florence (Gold)/Hotel Santa Maria Novella (Silver) | Meals: B Florence/Venice Piazzale Michelangelo; visit to see Michelangelo's David; Venice by train with Concierge Rail Service; and Grand Canal cruise. Luna Hotel Baglioni (Gold)/Londra Palace (Silver) | Meals: B Venice Market district by the Rialto Bridge; wine and Venetian snacks at a bacari (wine bar); Bellini’s Madonna and Child and Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin at Frari church; St. Mark’s Square; St. Mark’s Basilica; and Doge’s Palace. Luna Hotel Baglioni (Gold)/Londra Palace (Silver) | Meals: B Venice /Murano/Venice Murano to visit an exclusive glass factory; evening gondola ride. Luna Hotel Baglioni (Gold)/Londra Palace (Silver) | Meals: B Depart Venice Meals: B DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Apr 14–22 Apr 28–May 06 May 12–20 May 19–27 Jun 30–Jul 08 Jul 21–29 Aug 04–12 Aug 18–26 Sep 01–09 Sep 08–16 Sep 15–23 Sep 22–30 Sep 29–Oct 07 Oct 13–21 Oct 27–Nov 04 Land arrangements: Apr 14; Jun 30-Jul 21; Oct 27 Apr 28-May 19; Sep 01-Oct 13 Aug 04-18Silver Double occupancy Single supplement Gold Apr 14; Jun 30; Aug 18; Oct 27 Apr 28-May 19; Sep 01-Oct 13 Jul 21; Aug 04 Double occupancy Single supplement Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP ItalianTreasures SIGNATURE SERIES | EUROPE Rome Orvieto Venice Florence A D R I AT I C S E A T Y R R H E N I A N S E A ITALY
  • Signature Croatia 7 days, priced from $4,995; arrives Sunday, departs Saturday A&KADVANTAGES: › expert local guide and private vehicle with your own chauffeur › Spend a night on the idyllic island of Hvar, known for its sunny days › Visit the fishing village of Ston, known for its oysters › if you have any questions or need assistance DAY 1: Arrive Split, Croatia/Podstrana Day at leisure to relax or enjoy your beachfront hotel’s facilities. Le Méridien Lav DAY 2: Split Tour of the lively seaport of Split, located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea; maze of medieval streets clustered around the Palace of Diocletian; octagonal St. Dominus Cathedral, originally a mausoleum and thought to be the oldest practicing church in Christendom; Split’s Old Town and the palm-lined harbor-front promenade; and the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps to do some shopping in the waterfront boutiques. Le Méridien Lav | Meals: B DAY 3: Podstrana/Split/Hvar Ferry ride along the stunning Dalmatian coast to verdant Hvar, constructed by Venetian merchants whose palaces are hidden among the narrow backstreets; walking tour of historical center with local guide; stops at medieval Spanjol Fortress, the Cathedral and the Arsenal; and an evening at leisure. Adriana Hvar Marina Hotel & Spa | Meals: B DAY 4: Hvar/Dubrovnik Public ferry to the mainland; stop in fishing village of Ston, a beautiful example of a fortified town, located on the Peljesac Peninsula; rest of the day at leisure to explore the picturesque walled city of Dubrovnik. Hotel Excelsior | Meals: B DAY 5: Dubrovnik/Cavtat/Dubrovnik Walking tour to Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, the Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik Cathedral with a local guide; lunch at leisure; the scenic, tranquil port town of Cavtat, filled with quaint shops and restaurants; evening in Dubrovnik to explore its cobbled streets on your own. Hotel Excelsior | Meals: B DAY 6: Dubrovnik/Kotor, Montenegro/Dubrovnik Full day in Montenegro, starting in the Venetian town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; visit to Budva, one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Sea, dating back to the fifth century BC; and return to Dubrovnik for evening at leisure to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Old Town and harbor. Hotel Excelsior | Meals: B DAY 7: Depart Dubrovnik Meals: B DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Apr 07–13 Apr 21–27 May 05–11 May 19–25 Jun 02–08 Jun 16–22 Jun 30–Jul 06 Jul 07–13 Sep 08–14 Sep 22–28 Sep 29–Oct 05 Oct 13–19 Oct 27–Nov 02 Land arrangements: Apr 07-Jun 16; Sep 22-Oct 27 Jun 30-Sep 08Silver Double occupancy $4,995 $5,295 Single supplement $815 $1,065 Gold Double occupancy $5,195 $5,595 Single supplement $995 $1,340 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP Group Journey TreasuresofCroatia. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | 124 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE ROAD FERRY Cavtat Dubrovnik Ston Kotor Split/Podstrana Drvenik Hvar A D R I AT I C S E A CROATIA MONTENEGRO
  • Signature Budapest, Vienna & Prague 9 days, priced from $8,195; arrives Tuesday, departs Wednesday A&KADVANTAGES: › to answer your questions › Enjoy A&K’s Concierge Rail service from Vienna to Prague › Heritage Site › renovation, history and relationship with Mozart › DAY 1: Arrive Budapest, Hungary Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace (Gold)/ Corinthia Hotel Budapest (Silver) DAY 2: Budapest City tour, including the State Opera House, Heroes’ Square, Great Synagogue and St. Stephen’s Basilica; St. Matthias Church in Buda; a glimpse of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace (Gold)/Corinthia Hotel Budapest (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 3: Budapest/Pannonhalma/Vienna, Austria Benedictine abbey of Pannonhalma; arrival in Vienna; and remainder of day free to explore on your own. Hotel Imperial Vienna (Gold)/Grand Hotel Wien (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 4: Vienna Walking tour to Hofburg Palace, the Treasury and Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral; Schönbrunn Palace. Hotel Imperial Vienna (Gold)/Grand Hotel Wien (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 5: Vienna/Bratislava, Slovakia/Vienna Walking tour of Bratislava's Old Town with a local guide. Hotel Imperial Vienna (Gold)/Grand Hotel Wien (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 6: Vienna/Prague, Czech Republic Comfortable train ride to Prague with A&K’s Concierge Rail service; the remainder of day at leisure. Four Seasons Hotel Prague (Gold)/Hotel Aria (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 7: Prague Stroll through the Jewish quarter of Josefov; Old New Synagogue and Old Jewish Cemetery; Old Town Square and 15th-century astronomical clock on Gothic Town Hall; and private visit to the Estates Theater (subject to rehearsal schedules), where Mozart first conducted Don Giovanni. Four Seasons Hotel Prague (Gold)/ Hotel Aria (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 8: Prague Exploration of Hradcany Castle district, Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane and the Loreto Chapel; private visit to the Baroque library at the Strahov Monastery. Four Seasons Hotel Prague (Gold)/Hotel Aria (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 9: Depart Prague Meals: B DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Apr 23–May 01 May 14–22 May 21–29 Jun 04–12 Jun 18–26 Jul 02–10 Jul 16–24 Jul 30–Aug 07 Aug 13–21 Sep 03–11 Sep 10–18 Oct 01–09 Land arrangements: Apr 23; Jul 02-Aug 13 May 14-Jun 18; Sep 03-Oct 01Silver Double occupancy $8,195 $8,595 Single supplement $1,355 $1,660 Gold Double occupancy $10,595 $10,995 Single supplement $3,160 $3,650 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. TRAVEL IN A SMALL GROUP Group Journey SplendorsofBudapest,Vienna &Prague. Contact A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | 125 EUROPE ROAD RAIL Prague Vienna Bratislava Budapest CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA AUSTRIA HUNGARY
  • Signature Russia 9 days, priced from $7,495; arrives Saturday, departs Sunday A&KADVANTAGES: › Explore the Kremlin’s State Armory and the Diamond Fund, housing the 190-carat Orlov diamond › treasure gallery of jewelry and artifacts › An A&K Guardian Angel answers questions and assists you throughout your stay › in comfort and luxury DAY 1: Arrive Moscow, Russia Arrive in Moscow; private transfer to hotel; and balance of day at leisure. The Ritz-Carlton Moscow (Gold)/Lotte Hotel Moscow (Silver) DAY 2: Moscow Historic Red Square, domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral and Novodevichy Convent; optional afternoon visit to the Tretyakov Gallery or Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The Ritz-Carlton Moscow (Gold)/Lotte Hotel Moscow (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 3: Moscow/Sergiev Posad /Moscow Country drive to Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius; leisure time. The Ritz-Carlton Moscow (Gold)/Lotte Hotel Moscow (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 4: Moscow/St. Petersburg Kremlin cathedrals, the State Armory and its Diamond Fund; transfer for high-speed train to St. Petersburg. Grand Hotel Europe (Gold)/Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B D DAY 5: St. Petersburg Visit to the Hermitage Museum, the Gold Room and memorabilia from the Imperial Court; remainder of day at leisure. Grand Hotel Europe (Gold)/Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 6: St. Petersburg Full day visiting Peter and Paul Fortress, gold-domed St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Yusupov Palace; time at leisure. Grand Hotel Europe (Gold)/Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 7: St. Petersburg/Petrodvorets/St. Petersburg Travel to Petrodvorets; exploring the opulent summer palace of Peter the Great, replete with cascading fountains, bronze sculptures and sea channels; return to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil (weather permitting); and a visit to the Russian Museum. Grand Hotel Europe (Gold)/ Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 8: St. Petersburg/Pushkin/St. Petersburg Drive through the countryside to Pushkin; visit to sparkling Catherine Palace; lunch in a country restaurant with traditional folk entertainment; afternoon visit to Pavlovsk Palace. Grand Hotel Europe (Gold)/ Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 9: St. Petersburg/USA or Canada Transfer to the airport; board international flight. Meals: B The onion-shaped domes of St. Basil's Cathedral DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Apr 27–May 05 May 18–26 May 25–Jun 02 Jun 01–09 Jun 08–16 Jun 29–Jul 07 Jul 13–21 Jul 27–Aug 04 Aug 10–18 Aug 24–Sep 01 Sep 07–15 Sep 21–29 Oct 05–13 Oct 19–27 Land arrangements: Apr 27; Jul 13-27; Oct 05-19 May 18-Jun 29 Aug 10-Sep 21Silver Double occupancy $7,495 $8,395 $7,695 Single supplement $1,585 $2,215 $1,700 Gold Apr 27-Jun 29 Jul 13-Aug 24 Sep 07-Oct 19 Double occupancy $9,595 $8,595 $8,895 Single supplement $2,605 $1,735 $1,985 Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. SIGNATURE SERIES | 126 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE RAIL RUSSIA St.Petersburg Moscow
  • Signature Waterways of the Czars 12 days, priced from $8,995; arrives and returns various days A&KADVANTAGES: › Participate in private shore excursions for A&K travellers only while sailing on MS ‘Volga Dream’ › during the cruise › Cruise in luxury on ‘Volga Dream,’ with all meals included DAY 1: Arrive Moscow, Russia Arrival in Moscow and transfer to your hotel; time at leisure. The Ritz-Carlton Moscow (Gold)/Lotte Hotel Moscow (Silver) DAY 2: Moscow The Kremlin’s famous Armory collection; the Diamond Fund; two of the Kremlin’s cathedrals; Tretyakov Gallery art collection. The Ritz-Carlton Moscow (Gold)/Lotte Hotel Moscow (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 3: Moscow St. Basil’s Cathedral and historic Red Square; Pushkin Museum; board your luxurious riverboat. ‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B D DAY 4: Uglich Twelfth-century Uglich; visit to the home, garden and bathhouse of a local family. ‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D DAY 5: Yaroslavl Yaroslavl; the “Treasures of Yaroslavl” exhibition; the 17th-century Church of Elijah. ‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D DAY 6: Volga River/Goritsy Cyril-Belozersky Monastery at Goritsy; Ferapontov Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D DAY 7: Kizhi Island Kizhi Island, an open-air museum; the 22 onion-shaped domes of the Church of the Transfiguration. ‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D DAY 8: Mandrogi Cruise along the tranquil Svir River; the village of Mandrogi. ‘Volga Dream’ | Meals: B L D DAY 9: St. Petersburg/Petrodvorets/St. Petersburg Petrodvorets, Peter the Great’s flamboyant palace; St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg; and Peter and Paul Fortress. Grand Hotel Europe (Gold)/Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 10: St. Petersburg The Hermitage Museum; Yusupov Palace. Grand Hotel Europe (Gold)/Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B DAY 11: St. Petersburg/Pushkin/St. Petersburg Striking Catherine Palace; lunch in a local restaurant; and return to St. Petersburg to visit opulent Church on Spilled Blood. Grand Hotel Europe (Gold)/Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 (Silver) | Meals: B L DAY 12: St. Petersburg/USA or Canada Transfer to the airport; board your international flight. Meals: B Massive Catherine Palace DATES & PRICING Choose from the dates below or modify this Signature journey to fit your schedule with customized inclusions and accommodations. Pricing may vary. Jun 01-12 Jun 06-17* Jun 28-Jul 09 Jul 03-14* Jul 11-22 Jul 16-27* Aug 10-21 Aug 15-26* Aug 23-Sep 03 Sep 07-18 Land arrangements: Jun 01-Jul 03; Aug 10-23 Jul 11-16 Sep 07Silver Double occupancy $9,595 $9,795 $8,995 Single supplement $2,390 $2,390 $2,080 Gold Double occupancy $10,595 $10,795 $9,995 Single supplement $2,760 $2,760 $2,385 Fuel surcharge of $50 per person. Prices are based on Deluxe Stateroom for Gold and Superior Stateroom for Silver. Cabin upgrades available upon request. Solo traveller prices are available upon request. Call A&K for details. *Reverse itinerary, St. Petersburg to Moscow. SIGNATURE SERIES | 127 EUROPE St.Petersburg Mandrogi Kizhi Goritsy Yaroslavl Uglich Moscow RUSSIA
  • Capital Cities | 10days architecture, art, history, royalty and perhaps even your own Britain&Ireland London Edinburgh & St. Andrews Dublin Southwest Ireland & the Ring of Kerry The Scottish Highlands France, TheNetherlands&Belgium Paris & Versailles Normandy The Loire Valley Bordeaux & St. Émilion Burgundy Provence Côte d’Azur Bruges Amsterdam CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATIONS | Build your dream journey from these Tailor Made Elements Europe, Just the Way You Want It Tailor Made Elements Make Planning Your European Vacation a Breeze Plan your own custom vacation in Europe with A&K Tailor Made Elements. These four-day, single-destination itineraries Combine to create MontSaint-MichelofftheNormandycoast 128 Luxury Private Travel
  • Combine to create Combine to create Italy Lake Como & Milan Portofino & the Cinque Terre Chianti & Tuscany Amalfi Coast Venice Florence Rome Taormina, Sicily Greece & Turkey Athens Crete Santorini Istanbul Spain&Portugal Barcelona Madrid Seville Lisbon Porto & the Douro Valley Scandinavia&Russia Moscow St. Petersburg Copenhagen Stockholm Oslo Bergen & Norway’s Fjords Helsinki Central&Eastern Europe Berlin Budapest Vienna Munich & Neuschwanstein Salzburg & the Eagle’s Nest Lucerne & the Swiss Alps Prague Kraków Warsaw Zagreb & Plitvice Lakes Dubrovnik Ljubljana & Lake Bled From Flamenco to Fado | 10 days Meld the medieval monasteries, ancient castles and elegant NorthernItaly | 7 days with the intimate charms of the five tiny fishing villages of the Best of the Alps | 10days squares and relax on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Visit abercrombiekent.com/europe for more information on Tailor Made Elements, and contact A&K or your travel professional Combine to create 129 EUROPE
  • Britain & Ireland Elements Choose one or more of these short journeys to create your ideal European adventure. Gold low season: from $3,295, The Milestone Hotel Silver low season: from $3,095, The Kensington Hotel DAY 1: Arrive in London After clearing customs, your Guardian Angel meets you and accompanies you by private vehicle to your hotel. DAY 2: Tower Bridge to Trafalgar Meet your local guide for an overview tour of London's best- known sights. See the Beefeaters guarding the Tower of London and continue to St. Paul's Cathedral. Cross the Westminster Bridge to Westminster Abbey, site of royal weddings and coronations. See the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Nelson's Column at the center of Trafalgar Square. You may want to have traditional afternoon tea in a top hotel or take an optional private afternoon tea class and tour of an 1860s Victorian home. DAY 3: The Royal Retreat Head west along the Thames Valley to Windsor Castle, the world's largest inhabited castle and Queen Elizabeth II's favorite residence. Subject to opening restrictions, you may see the State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. From the castle ramparts, you have excellent views of famous Eton College, an independent school for boys. Afterward, stroll through the charming town, browse the boutiques and have a “cuppa” in a local café before returning to London for the evening. DAY 4: Depart London Transfer privately to Heathrow for your departure flight. Gold low season: from $3,395, The Merrion (Deluxe Main House) Silver low season: from $2,695, The Merrion (Superior Garden Wing) DAY 1: Arrive in Dublin Your Guardian Angel meets you and you transfer to your hotel. DAY 2: City of St. Patrick Join your local guide for a half-day tour of the Irish capital. At Trinity College, see the eighth-century Book of Kells, a fabulous example of early Irish manuscript illumination. Continue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church, built near the famous well where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts. In the afternoon, you may wish to visit some museums, such as the National Gallery of Ireland or the James Joyce Center, on your own. DAY 3: The Scenic Isle Embark on a full-day excursion with your driver to the Wicklow Mountains. Drive across the moorlands to Glendalough, where St. Kevin established a monastic community during the Dark Ages. View the ruins of the churches and a perfectly preserved round tower. On the way back to Dublin, stop at the renowned Powerscourt Gardens. From the terrace, admire a delightful panorama that leads to Sugarloaf Mountain. Inside the house, view an interpretation of the design of the gardens. DAY 4: Depart Dublin Privately transfer to Dublin's airport for your departure flight. London Dublin 130 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • Gold low season: from $4,195, The Balmoral Silver low season: from $2,995, The George Hotel DAY 1: Arrive in Edinburgh Meet your Guardian Angel and transfer to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. DAY 2: Scottish Strongholds Head to Edinburgh Castle with your local guide, who shows you the Scottish Crown Jewels. Drive down the Royal Mile, past St. Giles High Kirk, to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Provided no member of the royal family is in residence at the time, you have a chance to tour the staterooms. Scotland is the home of whisky, and you might want to pay an optional private visit to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, where an expert on Scotch whisky guides you through a tutored tasting. DAY 3: The Strathmore Countryside Drive into the region of Strathmore for a glorious day in the country. Visit the turreted medieval Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Continue to St. Andrews, where the city juts out into the North Sea. Known throughout the world as the home of golf, St. Andrews is also where Prince William met Kate Middleton during their college days. Visit the ruins of the cathedral, destroyed during the Reformation. Return to Edinburgh. DAY 4: Depart Edinburgh Transfer privately to Edinburgh's airport for your departure flight. Edinburgh & St. Andrews DAY 1: Arrive in Shannon You are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred to your hotel. DAY 2: The Emerald Coast The Ring of Kerry is one of the most scenic coastal drives in Europe. Your driver-guide follows the ragged shoreline, passing beautiful mountain and moorland scenery. Pass Derrynane House, home of Daniel O’Connell, the "Great Liberator.” Muckross House, with gardens and traditional farms, rests on the shores of the Lake of Killarney in the shadow of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Afterward, ask your driver to stop at one of the area's salmon smokeries. DAY 3: To Island's End Set out today to Dingle, a long-established fishing community. Then take the Slea Head drive to the westernmost tip of mainland Ireland for excellent views of the Blasket Islands. Learn about this gaeltacht (Gaelic-speaking region) at the Blasket Islands Heritage Center. DAY 4: Depart Shannon Privately transfer to the airport for your departure flight. DAY 1: Arrive in Glasgow You are met and driven to your hotel near Fort William. DAY 2: Road to the Isles Your driver-guide takes you along the Great Glen by Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain, to Loch Ness. Continue over the mountains to Glen Shiel Valley. In Loch Duich, visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle. Cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye, where road signs are still in Gaelic. At the Clan Donald Center, learn about the Gaelic heritage. Return to the mainland by ferry and drive along the "Road to the Isles" to Fort William. DAY 3: Shores of the Loch Visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, resting on a rocky promontory on the shores of Loch Ness. Continue to Inverness, where you cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746. Return to Fort William, via the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. DAY 4: Depart Glasgow Transfer privately to Glasgow's airport for your departure flight. Southwest Ireland & the Ring of Kerry The Scottish Highlands Gold low season: from $4,395, Sheen Falls Lodge Silver low season: from $3,795, Killarney Park Hotel Gold low season: from $5,195, Inverlochy Castle (Superior) Silver low season: from $4,995, Inverlochy Castle (Double) 131 EUROPE
  • France, The Netherlands & Belgium Elements Choose one or more of these short journeys to create your ideal European adventure. Gold low season: from $4,495, Le Meurice Silver low season: from $3,095, Hotel Balzac DAY 1: Arrive in Paris Your Guardian Angel meets you at the airport and accompanies you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. DAY 2: The City of Light Take in the iconic sights of Paris with your driver and guide, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs- Elysées. On the Ile de la Cité, visit beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous gargoyles adorning the gutters. Continue to Sainte Chapelle, a pearl of Gothic architecture. France is known for its culinary delights, and you may wish to add an optional Paris food walk to your agenda. A restaurant critic and food expert spends the morning taking you to some of the best food suppliers in Paris during a walking tour. Perhaps visit a world-renowned boulangerie and learn about the French art of bread baking from the baker himself, or glimpse the life of a dedicated professional chocolatier. DAY 3: Folly of Louis XIV Head south of Paris to Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles. Explore the State Apartments, including the amazing Hall of Mirrors — 357 mirrors that adorn 17 arches opposite the windows. From the Hall of Mirrors, look out onto the Water Parterre and decorative gardens that the king considered as important as the palace itself. DAY 4: Depart Paris Privately transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Paris & Versailles DAY 1: Arrive in Dijon You are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred to your hotel. DAY 2: Dijon's Old Town Take a guided walking tour of Dijon’s Old Town, with its magnificent half-timbered houses. Visit the Palais des Ducs and wander around Les Halles, Dijon's covered market. Continue to the Cistercian Abbaye de Fontenay and its beautiful grounds. DAY 3: Red-tiled Roofs Explore Beaune, known for its tiled roofs and Flemish architecture. Then visit the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu. Stop at the Clos de Vougeot, famous for its winemaking barn, before enjoying wine tastings. DAY 4: Depart Dijon Transfer to Dijon's railway station to continue your journey. DAY 1: Arrive in Caen Arrive in Caen, where you are met and taken to your hotel. DAY 2: Remembering World War II Explore the famous Normandy landing areas, including the Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. Visit the U.S. Military Cemetery and Interpretation Center at Colleville sur Mer and the Artificial Harbor at Arromanches. DAY 3: Top of the Hill Head to Mont St. Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site sitting atop a mass of granite. After lunch, continue to Villedieu-les-Poêles, a town famous for its copperware. DAY 4: Depart Caen Privately transfer to Caen station or airport to depart. Burgundy Normandy Gold low season: from $4,995, Abbaye de la Bussière (Deluxe Room) Silver low season: from $4,695, Abbaye de la Bussière (Superior Room) Gold low season: from $2,695, Château la Chenevière (Deluxe Room) Silver low season: from $2,595, Château la Chenevière (Standard Room) 132 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • DAY 1: Arrive in Bordeaux Your Guardian Angel meets and accompanies you to your hotel. DAY 2: Historical Architecture Visit Bordeaux’s historic buildings on a walking tour, stopping to see the 18th-century Place de la Bourse and the 13th-century Cathedral of St. André, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the neoclassical façades of the Bordeaux Law Courts and Palais Rohan. Stroll past Cailhau Gate and Grosse Cloche, the belfry of the town hall during the Middle Ages. DAY 3: Environs of St. Émilion Explore nearby St. Émilion, a medieval town famous for its wines. Visit a cave that became Église Monolithe, one of France’s largest underground rock churches. Afterward, stop at some of the local vineyards, like the famous Château Franc Mayne. DAY 4: Depart Bordeaux Depart Bordeaux and continue your journey. DAY 1: Arrive in Nice On arrival in Nice, you are met by your Guardian Angel who accompanies you to your hotel in charming Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. DAY 2: Nice's Old Town Head out with your local guide and wander through the Old Town and colorful open-air market. Explore the Matisse Museum. Add an optional excursion to Grasse to learn about perfume. DAY 3: Along the Coastal Road Drive along the Corniche road to Beaulieu-sur-Mer to visit a Belle Époque mansion. Continue to cliff-top Eze. Arrive in glamorous Monte Carlo and visit the extravagant Palais Princier and the Oceanographic Museum. You may wish to visit Monte Carlo Casino, inspiration for James Bond’s Casino Royale. DAY 4: Depart Nice Transfer privately to the airport for your departure flight. Côte d'Azur Bordeaux & St. Émilion Gold low season: from $3,495, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa (Deluxe Room) Silver low season: from $3,095, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa (Superior Room) Gold low season: from $4,095, Hotel Royal Riviera (Deluxe Room) Silver low season: from $3,595, Hotel Royal Riviera (Superior Room) On arrival, your Guardian Angel meets and accompanies you to your hotel. The next day, join your guide for a walking tour in the papal stronghold of Avignon, the capital of Christendom in the Middle Ages. On your third day, highlights include the medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence; St-Rémy- de-Provence, with its Roman antiquities; and Nîmes and its well-preserved Maison Carrée. Transfer privately to Avignon's train station on your last day. Arrive in Saint-Pierre-des- Corps (Tours) and transfer to your hotel in the Loire Valley’s château country. The following day, visit Château de Chenonceau, and Amboise and Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. The next day, visit the 16th-century château at Azay- le-Rideau and the gardens at Villandry, returning to Tours to explore the medieval Old Town and La Place Plumereau. On your fourth day, transfer to the rail station for your departure. On arrival in Amsterdam, meet your Guardian Angel and privately transfer to your hotel. The next day, discover Amsterdam’s best with your local guide, including Dam Square; the house where Anne Frank wrote her diary; the Rijksmuseum, home to the world’s finest collection of Dutch paintings; and the Van Gogh museum. On the third day, visit Marken and Volendam, traditional fishing villages. On your final day, board your departure flight. Gold low season: from $3,595, La Mirande (King Room) Silver low season: from $3,195, La Mirande (Queen Room) Gold low season: from $3,595, Domaine des Hauts de Loire (Junior Suite) Silver low season: from $3,295, Domaine des Hauts de Loire (Superior Room) Gold low season: from $2,995, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (Luxury Room) Silver low season: from $2,795, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (Superior Room) Provence The Loire Valley Amsterdam 133 EUROPE
  • Italy Elements Choose one or more of these short journeys to create your ideal European adventure. Gold low season: priced from $3,295, The St. Regis Rome Silver low season: priced from $2,495, Palazzo Manfredi DAY 1: Arrive in Rome Your Guardian Angel meets you and you privately transfer to your centrally located hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to settle in. DAY 2: The Eternal City Spend a half-day with your local guide exploring the remnants of Imperial Rome, one of the world’s mightiest empires. Begin at the Flavian Amphitheater, more commonly known as the Colosseum, which once held 50,000 spectators who reveled in public spectacles and gladiatorial contests. Continue to the Roman Forum, containing the tomb of Romulus. Your afternoon is at leisure. DAY 3: Vatican City Created as a result of the Lateran Treaty in 1929 between Pope Pius XI and the Italian government, the Vatican is the world’s smallest independent state. Explore the treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, with its stunning frescoes by Michelangelo. Discover St. Peter's Basilica, erected over the tomb of the crucified St. Peter, who is thought to be the first pope. On the way back to your hotel, stop to briefly view the fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo, built as the tomb for Emperor Hadrian and his family. DAY 4: Depart Rome Privately transfer to the airport or train station for your departure. Rome DAY 1: Arrive in Catania You are met and transferred to your Taormina hotel. DAY 2: Volcanoes and Vistas On a walking tour, visit the Greek Theater, which overlooks the countryside with splendid views of Mount Etna. Then drive to Castelmola, a tiny hamlet with more sensational panoramas. DAY 3: Roman Entertainment Meet your guide in Syracuse and visit the religious Greek Theater, with its stunning architecture. Continue to the charming Ortygia neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop by an ancient stone quarry to see “Dionysius’ Ear,” with its flawless acoustics. DAY 4: Depart Catania Privately transfer to the airport for your departure flight. DAY 1: Arrive in Naples Arrive in Naples and transfer to your Amalfi hotel. DAY 2: Amalfi Coastal Towns Meet your driver-guide and travel along one of the world's most scenic coastlines, passing lagoons, coves, cliffs and sun-baked villages to arrive in Positano, where narrow lanes lead to the sea. Stop at a small buffalo mozzarella producer in Sorrento to sample this local delicacy. DAY 3: A Vista to the Sea Stop in Ravello, built as a terrace with a vista to the sea. Head to Pompeii, where an expert joins you to talk about this ancient city that was covered by volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted. DAY 4: Depart Naples Privately transfer for your departure flight, train or ship. Taormina, Sicily Amalfi Coast Gold low season: priced from $3,995, Grand Hotel Timeo Silver low season: priced from $3,495, San Domenico Palace Gold low season: priced from $3,395, Hotel Santa Caterina Silver low season: priced from $2,795, Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi 134 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • DAY 1: Arrive in Florence You are met in Florence and taken to your Chianti hotel. DAY 2: Chianti Countryside Venture into the Chianti countryside with your driver-guide, stopping in hilltop towns, such as Greve and Castellina. Enjoy wine tastings and local specialties, such as vegetables sott’olio (preserved in oil). Visit Panzano, known for incredible cuts of meat, and Badia di Passignano. You also have a chance to taste Antinori wines. DAY 3: Medieval Walled Towns With its medieval towers and palaces, UNESCO World Heritage Site San Gimignano is incredibly well preserved. Pass vineyards and olive groves when you head off the main roads, picturesque scenes that most travellers miss. Continue to Monteriggioni, famous for its intact defensive walls. DAY 4: Depart Florence Transfer privately to the airport for your departure flight. DAY 1: Arrive in Milan Arrive in Milan and privately transfer to your luxury hotel on the banks of stunning Lake Como. DAY 2: Lake Como Cruise Meet your local guide for a half-day private boat cruise on Lake Como, Europe’s deepest lake. Stop in the delightful village of Bellagio and visit elegant Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo. DAY 3: Last Supper and a Snack Drive to Milan and meet your local guide. View da Vinci's newly restored Last Supper in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Visit the flamboyant Gothic Cathedral and the Brera Gallery, considered Milan’s most formidable art museum. Don’t miss the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and La Scala Opera House. Take a break and join your guide for coffee and pastries at a historic pasticceria. DAY 4: Depart Milan Privately transfer to the airport or railway station. DAY 1: Arrive in Venice Your Guardian Angel meets and takes you to your private motorboat for the ride to your hotel. DAY 2: Around the Piazza Enjoy a walking tour to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including St. Mark’s Basilica; café-lined St. Mark’s Square, dubbed "Europe's drawing room" for its cosmopolitan flair; and Doge’s Palace, with its lavish frescoes and graceful staircases. Conclude your sightseeing at the Bridge of Sighs. The afternoon is at leisure to absorb the city’s everyday charms. DAY 3: Island Paradise Take a private motorboat excursion to the Lagoon Islands: quaint Burano, a colorful fishing island famous for its lace-making traditions and charming architecture, and Murano, known for its glass, which is made using 700-year-old glass-blowing methods. DAY 4: Depart Venice Transfer privately to your departure airport, railway station or port. DAY 1: Arrive in Genoa You are met in Genoa and privately transferred to Portofino. DAY 2: Italian Riviera Discover Portofino, Italy’s most exclusive harbor and resort town. Above the town is the church of San Giorgio, containing relics said to be of the fabled dragon-slayer. Explore the Italian Riviera, visiting the fishing village of Camogli, where seashells adorn pastel- painted house walls. DAY 3: Charming Cinque Terre Explore Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), built along the steep coastal cliffs of Liguria. At one time only accessible by sea, its vineyards and fishing villages are still strongly attached to their old traditions. Visit Vernazza, a village at the head of a sheltered cove, and Manarola, a fishing village. Although Liguria's wines are not as famous as those from Tuscany and Sicily, Cinque Terre produces its own sweet wines. Visit an enoteca (wine bar) to enjoy tastings. DAY 4: Depart Genoa Transfer to your departure airport, port or train station. Chianti & Tuscany Lake Como & Milan Venice Portofino & the Cinque Terre Gold low season: priced from $3,495, Castello del Nero Silver low season: priced from $2,495, Palazzo Leopoldo Gold low season: priced from $5,695, Villa d'Este Hotel Silver low season: priced from $4,595, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Gold low season: priced from $3,495, Hotel Danieli Silver low season: priced from $2,795, Ca' Sagredo Gold low season: priced from $5,495, Hotel Splendido Silver low season: priced from $4,095, Hotel Splendido Mare 135 EUROPE
  • Central & Eastern Europe Elements Choose one or more of these short journeys to create your ideal European adventure. Gold low season: priced from $2,695, The Charles Hotel Silver low season: priced from $2,395, Hotel Torbräu DAY 1: Arrive in Munich Your Guardian Angel meets and accompanies you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own. DAY 2: Haus-hold Names Join your local guide for a walking tour of the compact Old Town, with its famous Hofbräuhaus. See the Karlsplatz fountain and the Frauenkirche, as well as the Marienplatz with the new Rathaus (city hall). Stroll along to the Eisbach, a small river that forms a standing wave, to watch the surfers. DAY 3: A Fairy-tale Castle Set out into the Bavarian countryside to King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, used by Walt Disney as the model for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland. Its construction almost brought Bavaria to bankruptcy, and Ludwig's early death in the lake is rumored to be closely connected with this. Take time to walk to the Marienbrucke (Mary’s Bridge) for the best views of the stunning fairy-tale castle. Afterward, see Ludwig II’s country retreat at Linderhof; its Rococo styling is similar to Versailles'. DAY 4: Depart Munich Privately transfer to the Munich airport. Munich & Neuschwanstein DAY 1: Arrive in Prague You are met by your Guardian Angel and taken to your hotel. DAY 2: Old Town and Jewish Quarter Start your guided walking tour in the Old Town and Jewish Quarter. Set out on a tour of Prague's Castle District, including stops at Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the Basilica of St. George. End the day at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto and the Strahov Monastery, where you privately tour the library. DAY 3: An Archduke's Retreat Venture to Konopiste Castle, once owned by Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The balance of the day is at leisure. DAY 4: Depart Prague Transfer to the airport. DAY 1: Arrive in Zurich Your Guardian Angel meets and accompanies you to your hotel. DAY 2: Walking Tour of Lucerne Join a guided walking tour to the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), the Hofkirche and the celebrated Glacier Gardens. Afterward, take a boat cruise on the lake. In your free time, you might want to stroll along the lake shore, stopping off at a terrace to take in the views. Alternatively, you may wish to visit one of its museums. DAY 3: Riding the Cog-wheel Railway At the station in Alpnachstad, board the world's steepest cog-wheel railway to Pilatus Kulm. Make your way back via the aerial gondola. DAY 4: Depart Zurich Privately transfer to the airport. Prague Lucerne & the Swiss Alps Gold low season: priced from $3,595, Four Seasons Hotel Prague Silver low season: priced from $2,395, Hotel Aria Gold low season: priced from $4,495, Hotel Palace Lucerne (Deluxe Lake View Room) Silver low season: priced from $3,995, Hotel Palace Lucerne (City View Room) 136 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • You are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred to your hotel. The next day, explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Kraków with your guide. Visit the Royal Castle and the Cathedral, the magnificent Market Square and the medieval university complex. Head to Kazimierz, the former Jewish ghetto area. You also visit the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, now a memorial. On your last day, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. On arrival, your Guardian Angel meets and transfers you to your hotel. The following day, explore this breathtaking city's highlights, including the Opera House, the ornate Synagogue and its Jewish Museum, Heroes' Square and the Parliament. Ascend Castle Hill by funicular to the former Royal Palace that towers over the Danube. On your third day, venture to artsy Szentendre, with cobbled streets and colorful Baroque houses. Transfer to the airport on your final day. You are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred to your hotel. The following day, discover Warsaw with your private guide. Explore the Old Town, with its Gothic churches, defensive walls and fairy-tale facades. You also visit the Royal Castle; the cathedral of Saint John; Lazienki Park and the Lazienki Palace. Continue exploring, visiting the regal Palace and Gardens and enjoying time at leisure. The next day, depart from Warsaw airport. Your Guardian Angel meets and transfers you to your hotel. The next day, join your guide to see Mozart’s birthplace and St. Peter’s Abbey. Take the funicular to Hohensalzburg Fortress, Central Europe’s largest; visit Mirabell Palace. On day 3, cross the Austrian- Bavarian border and drive along the Königsee Valley to Berchtesgaden and the nearby salt mines. Continue to Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountain retreat, for panoramic alpine views. Depart the following day. Your Guardian Angel meets and transfers you to your hotel. On day two, discover Berlin, visiting the Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie, where East and West Berlin met. Peruse the ancient artifacts at the Pergamon Museum and see the Berlin Cathedral. The next day, explore Charlottenburg Palace. You may visit the East Side Gallery, the largest remaining intact section of the Berlin Wall, during time at leisure. On day four, transfer to the airport. Your Guardian Angel meets and transfers you to your hotel. On a guided tour, see the Hofburg Palace, the Imperial Treasury, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the colorful Viennese Naschmarkt. Then visit the historic Schönbrunn Palace. The next day take an excursion to the Vienna Woods, stopping at Mayerling and the Cistercian abbey of Heiligenkreuz. En route back to Vienna, stop at Seegrotte, with its underground lake. Transfer to the airport on your last day. Gold low season: priced from $2,395, Sheraton Krakow Hotel (Deluxe Room) Silver low season: priced from $2,295, Sheraton Krakow Hotel (Classic Room) Gold low season: priced from $3,395, Four Seasons Gresham Palace Silver low season: priced from $2,295, Corinthia Hotel Budapest Gold low season: priced from $2,095, Mamaison Hotel Le Regina (Deluxe Terrace Room) Silver low season: priced from $1,895, Mamaison Hotel Le Regina (Superior Room) Gold low season: priced from $2,495, Hotel Goldener Hirsch (Festival Wing Room) Silver low season: priced from $2,195, Hotel Goldener Hirsch (Classic Room) Gold low season: priced from $3,295, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Silver low season: priced from $3,095, Hotel de Rome Gold low season: priced from $3,595, Hotel Imperial Silver low season: priced from $2,895, Grand Hotel Wien KrakówBudapest WarsawSalzburg & the Eagle's Nest BerlinVienna 137 EUROPE
  • Spain & Portugal Elements Choose one or more of these short journeys to create your ideal European adventure. Gold low season: priced from $3,495, Hotel Ritz Madrid Silver low season: priced from $2,695, InterContinental Madrid DAY 1: Arrive in Madrid You are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. DAY 2: The Great Masters Your local guide takes you to the Prado Museum to view works by Spain’s three great masters: Goya, Velázquez and El Greco. Continue to the Royal Palace, whose rooms are filled with art treasures. Aficionados of chocolate should consider stopping for a cup of dark hot chocolate and churros (long, thin doughnuts), perfect for dunking. DAY 3: Fortified City of Toledo Head out with your guide to Toledo, an ancient fortified city. Inhabited successively by the Romans, Visigoths and Arabs, Toledo was conquered by the kings of Castile in 1085. Later, Christians, Muslims and Jews lived here in harmony. Visit the Cathedral and stroll through winding cobbled streets, stopping at the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco’s famous The Burial of Count Orgaz. Continue your exploration at the city’s oldest and largest synagogue, the 12th-century Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue. DAY 4: Depart Madrid Privately transfer to the airport. Gold low season: priced from $3,795, Hotel Arts Barcelona Silver low season: priced from $3,195, El Palace Hotel DAY 1: Arrive in Barcelona Meet your Guardian Angel for the transfer to your hotel. The remainder of today is at leisure. DAY 2: Gaudí's Masterpieces Head out with your local guide and driver to discover the masterpieces of Catalonia’s most famous architect, Gaudí. See his Casa Mila, with its wavelike façade, and the impressive but unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica. Visit the colorful Parc Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the city's medieval Gothic Quarter, including the magnificent 13th-century Cathedral. At the Picasso Museum, view some of the painter’s earliest works. Wander through the Boquería Market, teeming with fruits and vegetables, seafood and Iberian hams. Sample as you go to experience the variety of flavors in Mediterranean cuisine. DAY 3: Amid the Serra de Montserrat Embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of the shrine of the Black Virgin of Montserrat, located high in the peaks of the Serra de Montserrat. Visit the beautiful domed basilica and the museum, housing works by El Greco and Caravaggio, among others. DAY 4: Depart Barcelona Privately transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Madrid Barcelona 138 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • Gold low season: priced from $2,895, Hotel Alfonso XIII Silver low season: priced from $2,495, Gran Meliá Colón DAY 1: Arrive in Seville On arrival you are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. DAY 2: Overview of the City Join your local guide to visit the 15th-century Cathedral and La Giralda. Its Moorish tower was erected as a minaret in the 12th century. Continue to the Alcázar, a magnificent 14th-century Mudéjar palace that is one of the oldest royal residences in Europe still in use. Walk the maze of narrow streets in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, admiring the whitewashed houses, small squares and flower- filled patios. At the Museum of Fine Arts, view religious works from the Middle Ages and beautiful paintings by Zurbarán, Ribera and Murillo. Continue to Casa de Pilatos, home to one of Seville’s great aristocratic families. DAY 3: Historical Carmona In unspoiled Carmona, visit the Arab fortress, Renaissance palaces and a Roman necropolis before returning to your Seville hotel. You may wish to add a visit to the Tablao El Arenal, located in a 17th-century building, to watch a dance performance of flamenco. DAY 4: Depart Seville Transfer privately to the airport for your departure flight. Seville DAY 1: Arrive in Porto You are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of today is at leisure. DAY 2: Porto and Its Signature Drink Explore Porto. Visit the Cais da Ribeira and some of the city’s monuments, including the Stock Exchange and St. Francisco Church. Sample the region’s signature port at a famous wine lodge. DAY 3: The Douro Valley The remote Douro Valley is port country. Travel with your guide to the palace of Solar de Mateus, with its 18th-century interior and manicured lawns and connected with the rose-colored wine still produced in the village; then cruise the River Douro. DAY 4: Depart Porto Transfer to the airport. DAY 1: Arrive in Lisbon You are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. The remainder of today is at leisure; relax in your hotel or set out to explore the Gothic cityscape and winding backstreets. DAY 2: Palaces and Museums Explore the 15th-century Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Belém Palace to see the National Coach Museum. Wander the Gulbenkian Museum. Sample the delicious Pasteis de Belém, traditional custard pastries. DAY 3: A Day in Sintra Sintra was once the summer residence of Portuguese kings and aristocrats. This charming town, on the northern slopes of the Serra de Sintra, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you explore the city, stop at the National Palace of Sintra, a former royal residence with a variety of architectural styles. DAY 4: Depart Lisbon Privately transfer to the airport. Porto & the Douro Valley Lisbon Gold low season: priced from $2,295, InterContinental Porto (Executive Room) Silver low season: priced from $2,195, InterContinental Porto (Deluxe Room) Gold low season: priced from $2,895, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon Silver low season: priced from $2,295, Bairro Alto 139 EUROPE
  • Greece & Turkey Elements Choose one or more of these short journeys to create your ideal European adventure. Gold low season: priced from $3,195, Hotel Grande Bretagne Silver low season: priced from $2,495, Electra Palace Hotel DAY 1: Arrive in Athens Arrive in Athens, where you are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. DAY 2: Iconic Athens In the company of your private guide, explore the complex of monuments that is the icon of Athens — the Acropolis. See the Parthenon and the new Acropolis museum. You may also be able to see the changing of the guard in Constitution Square. Afterward, walk through the ancient Plaka district; then wander the Benaki Museum to view a fascinating display of eclectic art. En route, drive past the Panathenaic Stadium or ask your guide to take you to Lycabettus Hill instead of the museum. Board a funicular to the top of the hill to see the little chapel of St. George and a theater. DAY 3: The Coast to Cape Sounion Your morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, drive along the scenic coast to Cape Sounion. Visit the ruined Temple of Poseidon, sitting high on the cliffs. You may wish to be there late in the day; it is one of the best spots in Greece to watch the sunset. DAY 4: Depart Athens Transfer privately to the airport. Gold low season: priced from $2,895, Perivolas Silver low season: priced from $2,395, Vedema Resort DAY 1: Arrive in Santorini Your Guardian Angel meets you at the airport and accompanies you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. DAY 2: Whitewashed Houses and White Wine Head out with your driver and guide to Oia, the most picturesque town on the island. Stroll through narrow streets and admire the tidy whitewashed houses, windmills and caves perched up on the edge of the cliff. Continue to Fira to explore the Prehistoric Museum that houses the artifacts from Akrotiri, a settlement destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption in 1600 BC. Visit Domaine Sigalas or Boutari Wines, two of the island's best producers of stellar white wine. Consider a stop at the Art Space, a complex of caves that acts as both a winery and a unique art gallery. DAY 3: Seaside Pursuits Go swimming, diving or snorkeling in the azure waters or enjoy the facilities at your hotel. You may want to continue exploring the island on your own. Do some last-minute shopping or enjoy the stunning view (and menu) at a seaside taverna. DAY 4: Depart Santorini Privately transfer to the airport. Athens Santorini 140 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • Gold low season: priced from $3,795, Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas (Island Suite on water's edge) Silver low season: priced from $3,395, Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas (Sea View Room) DAY 1: Arrive in Heraklion On arrival at Heraklion's airport you are met by your Guardian Angel and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. DAY 2: Memories of Minos Visit the temporary exhibition of the archaeological museum of Heraklion that includes important Minoan artifacts. Continue to the Palace of Knossos that once belonged to King Minos. It was once the center of the Minoan civilization. Excavations have revealed mosaic floors, the grand staircase and the throne complex. Wine lovers might want to add a visit to the Boutari Winery near Knossos. DAY 3: A Glimpse of Daily Life Venture to the village of Kritsa, renowned for its traditional weaving. See the church of Panagia Kera with its beautiful frescoes. Continue to Gournia, the best-preserved Minoan settlement, offering a glimpse of what daily life must have been like in the days of the palaces, around 1450 BC. You may visit the houses of a carpenter, a potter and a smith. The balance of the day is at leisure. DAY 4: Depart Heraklion Transfer by private vehicle to the airport. Gold low season: priced from $3,595, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus Silver low season: priced from $3,295, Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas DAY 1: Arrive in Istanbul You are met by an A&K representative and transferred to your hotel, driving by the periphery of the impressive city walls. DAY 2: Remnants of the Ottoman Empire Istanbul was the center of the greatest political power of the medieval world. Stops include the sixth-century Basilica Cistern; breathtaking Hagia Sophia; and Topkapi Palace, the Ottoman government center. In the afternoon, view Yildiz and set out to stroll the Pera district, the present-day heart of Istanbul. Stop for a coffee at the fabled Pera Palace Hotel. DAY 3: The Era of Sinan The master architect of the Ottoman Empire was Mimar Sinan (1491-1588), acclaimed by Frank Lloyd Wright as “the master builder of all time.” Visit Sinan’s wonderful Rustem Pasa Mosque, known for its outstanding Iznik tiles. Stroll through the busy nearby market area into the Spice Bazaar to browse a tremendous variety of goods in its 88 vaulted rooms. Continue to the dazzling Grand Covered Bazaar, in service since 1461, where you are certain to find some fabulous souvenirs to take home. DAY 4: Depart Istanbul Privately transfer to the airport. Crete Istanbul 141 EUROPE
  • Scandinavia & Russia Elements Choose one or more of these short journeys to create your ideal European adventure. Gold low season: priced from $5,495, Hotel Nimb Silver low season: priced from $4,295, Palace Hotel DAY 1: Arrive in Copenhagen Arrive in Copenhagen, where you are taken to your hotel. DAY 2: Exploring the City Visit Rosenborg, a Renaissance castle, and see The Little Mermaid, the statue that commemorates Hans Christian Andersen’s character. Stop at Christiansborg Castle, surrounded on three sides by canals, where the queen officially receives guests. End the morning at Nyhavn, lined with restaurants and boutiques. This afternoon, you are at leisure to explore on your own. You may want to visit Tivoli Gardens to see a large collection of works by Gauguin, Degas and other Impressionists, as well as Danish 19th-century paintings and Greek, Egyptian, Etruscan and Roman sculptures. DAY 3: A Day in the Country Explore the picturesque Danish countryside with your local guide. Stop in the elegant seaside town of Humlebæk to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, renowned for its stunning location and architecture as much as for its collection. Continue to Kronborg Castle, used by William Shakespeare as the setting for Hamlet. You also visit Frederiksborg Castle. DAY 4: Depart Copenhagen Transfer to the airport or rail station. Gold low season: priced from $4,995, Grand Hôtel Stockholm Silver low season: priced from $4,395, Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel DAY 1: Arrive in Stockholm You are met on arrival and privately transferred to your hotel. DAY 2: Gamla Stan and Djurgården Begin a day of sightseeing in Gamla Stan, the quaint Old Town, with its fine palaces and churches. Visit the Blue Hall in City Hall, the venue for the Nobel Prize-winner’s dinner. Admire the Royal Palace's State Apartments, the Crown Jewels in the Treasury and the impressive paintings in the National Museum, which houses a collection of thousands of paintings. After lunch at leisure, travel to the island of Djurgården to visit the 300-year old Vasa warship, the largest battleship of its kind, and wander Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum. DAY 3: The Queen's Island Travel across the archipelago by public steamboat cruiser to the 17th-century Drottningholm Palace (Queen’s Island Castle), now home to the Swedish royal family. Stop to see the 18th-century Court Theater in the beautiful grounds of the palace. This afternoon is at leisure to shop and explore on your own. DAY 4: Depart Stockholm Transfer to the airport or rail station. Copenhagen Stockholm 142 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • DAY 1: Arrive in Bergen You are met and transferred to your hotel in Bergen. DAY 2: Fish Market and Mount Floyen Walk through the Fish Market and a stroll along the Bryggen wharf area to the Bergen Fortress. Visit the Hanseatic Museum and Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg's former home. Take the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen. This afternoon is at leisure. DAY 3: Fjords and Mountains Board the express ferry to Flåm. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you cruise along the famous Sognefjord. Arrive in Flåm and take the Flåm Railway train to Myrdal. During your short rail journey, climb 2,850 feet up a steep mountain gorge to marvel at the fjords below. In Myrdal, ride in first class on the express train to Bergen. DAY 4: Depart Bergen Transfer to the airport. DAY 1: Arrive in St. Petersburg You are met and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. DAY 2: Historic Highlights Observe the main sights of historic St. Petersburg: Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, the Winter Palace, the Admiralty and Vasilevsky Island. See the fascinating Peter & Paul Fortress, the Fortress Cathedral and the awe-inspiring Hermitage. DAY 3: Czarist Life Visit Peterhof, the great summer estate of Peter the Great, nestled on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Afterward, enjoy a hydrofoil trip back to St. Petersburg, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to browse the 19th-century shops along Nevsky Prospekt, visit the restored Church on Spilled Blood or explore the Russian Museum’s outstanding art collection. DAY 4: Depart St. Petersburg Transfer to the airport. DAY 1: Arrive in Oslo You are met and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel. DAY 2: The Royal Palace and Nobel Peace Center Join your guide for a walking tour, beginning at Karl Johans Gate. Stroll through the gardens of the Royal Palace to the Cathedral. Visit City Hall, with its array of sculptures and murals, and the Nobel Peace Center. DAY 3: Norway's Heritage Explore the Munch Museum, containing works of art from Edvard Munch, one of Scandinavia’s leading artists, and the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Transfer to the Bygdøy Peninsula to visit the Viking Ship Museum. Continue to the Kon-Tiki Museum and Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Jump Tower to learn about the importance of skiing. DAY 4: Depart Oslo Transfer to the airport or train station. DAY 1: Arrive in Helsinki You are met and privately transferred to your hotel. DAY 2: Quaint Porvoo Meet your guide and travel to Porvoo and walk through the charming Old Town, with its winding lanes and colored wooden houses. Browse the small handicraft shops scattered along the lanes. There are also several antique shops with interesting pieces. As you wander around, you may notice that many of Porvoo's residents still speak Swedish rather than Finnish, and they refer to their town as Borga. Then explore the Porvoo Museum. DAY 3: Exploring Helsinki Embark on a city tour today. View the green-domed Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral of Finland) and the copper-domed Temple Square Church carved into the rocks below. You may also see the Sibelius monument, set in a lovely park. DAY 4: Depart Helsinki Privately transfer to the airport. Bergen & Norway's Fjords St. Petersburg Oslo Helsinki Gold low season: priced from $4,695, Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret Silver low season: priced from $4,195, Clarion Admiral Hotel Gold low season: priced from $2,695, Hotel Astoria Silver low season: priced from $2,295, Angleterre Hotel Gold low season: priced from $4,295, Hotel Continental (Deluxe Room) Silver low season: priced from $3,995, Hotel Continental (Standard Room) Gold low season: priced from $3,295, Hotel Kamp (Executive Room) Silver low season: priced from $3,095, Hotel Kamp (Deluxe Room) 143 EUROPE
  • European Villas You are welcomed to authentic Europe — to the sights, flavors and experiences that are the heart and soul of each destination.
  • There is no better way to spend a week or two with your family and friends than at a charming European villa, handpicked by A&K. We offer a wide range of luxury villas in prime European locations, checked and inspected by our team to ensure they are the perfect fit for your ideal vacation. Villas range in size from intimate residences more suited to a small family getaway, to grand manor houses whose size and amenities make them ideal for a large group of friends or family celebrations. Whatever your travel style, A&K offers a villa to match. Although no two villas are exactly alike, they all include the services and amenities you need for an enjoyable, carefree and memorable experience. Our villa hosts can help you make the most of your stay so that you can be as active or laid back as you wish. AllA&KVillasstaysincludethefollowing: › › › › A&K local representative on call 24/7 for emergencies › › Comprehensive information pack › Local taxes and administration charges › Make plans to discover the intimate side of Europe with a stay in a villa, restored or developed to complement and acknowledge the history, people and culture of the surrounding area. One is suited just for you. "Whatever your travel style and destination of choice, a European villa provides an exclusive, private getaway that offers many of the same amenities as a luxury hotel — maid service, a chef who can prepare your with coordinating excursions and activities. You choose the services you require, and we can do the rest. What's more, you have the opportunity to stay in one-of-a-kind family or friends?" — FrankRejwan, Managing Director, A&K Villas 145 EUROPE
  • VillaJasmine | Cote d’Azur This spacious and modern luxury villa is set amid landscaped gardens that surround the heated infinity pool. Immaculately presented, this sumptuous villa has an impressive list of facilities and is a stylish choice for a family villa holiday. Priced from $7,591 per week LeMasdesRoses | Provence This stunning 17th-century maison de maître was featured on the cover page of the April 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. It is set within its consecrated chapel and olive grove. Priced from $9,937 (up to 8 guests) to $11,014 (up to 14 guests) per week VillaBarbet | Provence Set in its own private grounds, this charming Provençal villa is within walking distance of one of the region's most famous villages, Bonnieux. Set on a hillside, the holiday villa enjoys delightful views of the surrounding landscape dotted with ancient medieval villages Priced from $6,942 per week LeMasduLuberon | Provence mas sleeping accommodation make it ideal for a family villa holiday. Pricedfrom$8,408(upto8guests)to$10,395(upto12guests)perweek Upgrade Your Basic Villa Package toa Hosted Option To make the most of your villa vacation, we recommend that you upgrade your basic package to a hosted option that includes a wide range of additional benefits and services, including: › Airport/station arrival assistance › › Light, pre-prepared supper on your arrival evening › A refrigerator stocked with drinks and initial provisions › Complimentary pre-arrival shopping service › › Daily maid service and mid-week linen/towel change › › › Check-out service akvillas.com, email info@villas.comorcall 8006528413 146 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • VillaLeTerme | Tuscany Villa le Terme offers fully renovated farmhouse accommodations in Tuscany with views over the Chianti hills. It is located a short distance from the medieval village of San Gimignano. This luxury villa retains providing many modern amenities. Priced from $8,468 per week LaFornace | Tuscany A newly renovated farmhouse located in the area of Cortona, La Fornace offers great views from the grounds to the Tuscan countryside. The villa is a peaceful retreat away from the crowds and is centrally located, allowing for daytrips to Florence, Arezzo, Siena or Perugia. Priced from $11,222 per week LaMadonnina | Tuscany La Madonnina is situated in one of the premier positions within the recently restored with complete respect for the Tuscan traditions Priced from $4,531 per week VilladiPanzano | Tuscany Tuscan features and many modern facilities, ensuring a very countryside yet conveniently located near Panzano, offering a Priced from $15,364 per week AlCastello | Tuscany Tuscany, close to many of the region's treasures, including Chianti and Florence. The spectacular formal gardens and gated infinity pool make this the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing vacation. Priced from $12,800 per week LaLimonaia | Tuscany accommodation for a group of friends or a family villa holiday. The pool is completely fenced, making it an ideal vacation home for families with Priced from $7,087 (up to 10 guests) to $8,987 (up to 16 guests) per week 147 EUROPE
  • Canal & River Cruising in France Cruise France’s rivers and canals, and witness some of the world’s most beautiful natural canvases.
  • Time Difference: EST plus 7 hours Best Time to Travel: Late April through October is the best time to go. In the spring, the landscapes come alive and brighten with the first flowers of the season. In summer, vineyards are lush and verdant, and produce is ripening to be transformed into delicious meals. In the fall, watch as the trees blanket the forests with brilliantly colored leaves, and new wines are introduced to an eager public. Climate: The northern part of France, including Paris and Strasbourg, sees spring temperatures between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, increasing to 65 to near 80 in the summer and hovering around 60 in the fall. Dijon averages 55-65 in spring, 70-75 in summer and 55-70 in fall. Avignon, located in the south, is about 68-70 in the spring, 75-85 in summer and 55-75 in the fall. “Canal and river cruises are an ideal way to discover elegant river cruisers and you’ll have time to explore off the we will reserve these independently owned vessels for you, working with you to create a personalized journey. Perhaps you will decide to add a unique excursion or a European city stay to make it truly your own.” — JonathanWhite,Managing Director, A&K Europe Burgundy Champagne Alsace-Lorraine UpperLoireValley 1 3 4 2 Provence, Languedoc &theSouth Paris Dijon Strasbourg Lyon Avignon Toulouse 5 149 EUROPE FRANCE B AY O F B I S C AY M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A Canal de Bourgogne CanalduNivernais RiverSaôneRiverRhône Canal du Midi CanalduCentre
  • VESSELS CRUISING IN FRANCE ‘Caprice’ | 21 guests | From $3,190 per person charming towns such as Chalon-sur-Saône, Chagny and Beaune, home to the famous Hôtel-Dieu with its Burgundian tiled roof. ‘Elisabeth’ | 6 guests | From $5,000 per person "Chocolate & Wine" cruises in Burgundy and features activities tastings of local wine varietals. ‘L’ArtdeVivre’ | 8 guests | From $4,150 per person Cruise past verdant vineyards, and visit medieval villages with half- ‘C’estLaVie’ | 8 guests | From $5,750 per person majestic French countryside as she cruises through the ever-changing scenery of the Canal de Bourgogne, passing vineyard-clad hillsides and pretty towns and villages along the way. 1 Burgundy World-renowned wines, cheeses, foie gras, even Dijon mustard: the region of Burgundy is a culinary nirvana. Full of thriving vineyards and small towns rich in history, Burgundy offers plenty of the quiet, little-known pleasures that make canal and river cruising so rewarding. Yet the true highlight may be in the evening, when your chef presents another gourmet dinner made from the best regional ingredients, pairing it with an admirable local wine. Agriculturally rich and strategically important, Burgundy has long been a political prize. Julius Caesar fought Gaulish chief Vercingétorix here, and the courts of the powerful Dukes of Burgundy once rivaled those of France’s kings. On a cruise through the region, you’ll see that the prize is a culinary one. Each day, your onboard chef uses fresh regional ingredients like these with a selection of cheeses and wines — always accompanied by a brief history or story. For instance, it was originally Cistercian monks working in the vineyards near Dijon who developed the robust Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune wines. The monks grew pinot noir grapes for the king, but by the 14th century the gamay grape was gaining in popularity. The vintners of Beaujolais ignored the monks’ orders to pull out the young gamay vines and continued to produce their “working class” wine. Many oenophiles continue to believe this fruity and refreshing wine is worthy of sharing with good friends — something you have the opportunity to do. Your canal and river cruise is hotel, meals and activities all rolled into one. Since you’re travelling at a leisurely pace, you can literally stop and smell the roses. Browse the open-air markets of medieval towns like Dijon or bike through wildflower fields and towpaths. Palaces and châteaux are always nearby, and you can expect to see firsthand what life was like in their day. A fascinating example is in Beaune at the Hôtel-Dieu, or Hospices de Beaune. Nicolas Rolin, the Chancellor of Burgundy, and his wife, Guigone de Salins, founded this “palace of the poor,” a marvel of Burgundian and Flemish art with a gloriously colored tile roof. The Grande Salle (or Chambre des Pauvres) was both a hospital and a church, enabling the sick to attend religious services. Now you can visit the Hôtel-Dieu museum with its restored rooms, kitchen, pharmacy and gallery of Renaissance religious art. Château du Clos de Vougeot in the Burgundian countryside 150 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • ‘LaBelle Époque’ | 12 guests | From $4,890 per person Elegant 'La Belle Epoque' travels through Burgundy on a delightful ‘L’Impressionniste’ | 12 guests | From $4,890 per person 'L'Impressionniste,' featuring an on-deck spa pool and well-appointed Escommes, with walking and cycling opportunities along the way. ‘Saroche’ | 6 guests | From $4,500 per person covered area for meals al fresco, ‘Saroche’ cruises along some of the most scenic waterways in France, on a voyage that passes prolific vineyards, quaint market towns and serene valleys. ‘Hirondelle’ | 8 guests | From $5,400 per person Chagny and Besançon, passing picturesque villages on a delightful canal and river route . Canal de Bourgogne The Canal de Bourgogne offers a scenic gateway to Burgundy, one of France’s most popular holiday destinations. Your cruise takes you to charming towns and vineyards for a glimpse of Gallic history, gastronomy and art. River Saône This commercial river links Paris to Marseille through the canal network and flows through the length of Burgundy to Lyon, where it joins the Rhône. Among the important ports along the river are Chalon-sur-Saône, with its medieval quarter, and Tournus, with its tree-lined quays and laid-back pace. At Mâcon, the Saône is wide and slow moving. The numerous cafés and restaurants along the banks give a Mediterranean ambience. Canal du Centre The most commercial of all Burgundy canals, Canal du Centre links the Saône with the Loire River Valley. It has serviced the wine trade, heavy industry and breeders of Charolais cattle. Canal du Nivernais in central Burgundy is the most scenic of the Burgundian canals and a bird lover’s paradise. More than 180 different bird species, including some 120 nesting breeds, have been spotted along the canal, which flows through miles of unspoiled countryside. The town of Clamecy is on its route, and since the Crusades, religious pilgrims have passed by on their way to Santiago de Compostelo in Spain. Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, overlooking the Canal de Bourgogne 151 EUROPE
  • VESSELS CRUISING IN FRANCE ‘Prospérité’ | 8 guests | From $45,900 per charter Watch the glorious Burgundian scenery go past as you glide along kitchen or chat with the captain from a guest seat in the pilot house. ‘LaNouvelleEtoile’ | 8 guests | From $6,790 per person departures in four unique regions: Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace- and world-famous vintages. ‘FleurdeLys’ | 6 guests | From $7,950 per person collection, ventures into the quiet French countryside. She cruises the Canal de Bourgogne, River Saône and Canal du Centre, offering a unique glimpse into Gallic history, gastronomy and art. ‘Amaryllis’ | 8 guests | From $63,600 per charter 'Amaryllis,' part of the Orient-Express collection, plies the waters of the Canal de Bourgogne, River Saône and Canal du Centre, cruising 2 UpperLoireValley Just outside the arms of Paris the world seems to change from crowded, balconied apartments and endless traffic to tranquil, flowing fields dotted with magnificent châteaux. This is the Loire Valley, close in distance but miles apart in flavor, and known far and wide for its wonderful varietals. The valley is known as the “Garden of France,” where royal hunting lodges evolved into magnificent châteaux. The Val de Loire produces every variety of wine: white, red and rosé. Villages such as medieval Sancerre offer opportunities to taste the prestigious local vintages. Lovely towns such as Montargis and Charité-sur-Loire dot the landscapes. Stroll the villages, including Gien, where high-quality faïance pottery is produced. The canals here are some of the oldest in France. The staircase of seven locks at Rogny is a testament to 17th-century engineering. It was at Briare in 1890 that Gustav Eiffel chose to construct his magnificent aqueduct high about the River Loire. At more than 2,100 feet in length, the channel is the longest of its kind in the world and links the Canal Lateral à la Loire to the Canal de Briare. An evening cruise across this illuminated bridge is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. For a leisurely vacation amid gorgeous châteaux, stately manor houses and rolling vineyards, cruising through the lush Loire Valley simply has no equal. 3 Champagne With a history as vibrant as the famous beverage produced here, the Champagne region in France is best explored on a canal cruise. Follow along the River Marne on a trade route that dates back to Caesar’s conquest of Gaul in 56 BC. Now the route is home to renowned champagne and wine estates, one dating back to 1584 — Gosset. Taittinger, Moët et Chandon and Veuve Clicquot followed in the 18th century. According to French law, only champagne produced in the Champagne-Ardenne area can be called “champagne"; everything else is merely “sparkling wine.” Each vineyard has its own terroir, which refers to all aspects of climate — temperature, sunlight and rainfall, soil and length of the growing season. Although the method of champagne production may be duplicated, the terroir is unique and cannot be replicated. It’s this terroir that is the key to differentiating champagne from other sparking wines. You’ll experience these subtleties for yourself on your cruise.A windmill in the verdant Champagne region 152 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • ‘Anjodi’ | 8 guests | From $4,390 per person glides along the tranquil Canal du Midi with its many picturesque locks, taking you to medieval walled towns, Roman colonies and cliff-top villages for a glimpse of another era. ‘LePhénicien’ | 18 guests | From $3,490 per person the Camargue, meandering through Provence and the Languedoc wine region where you experience the fascinating local culture while relaxing in comfort. ‘Napoléon’ | 12 guests | From $6,050 per person of the Orient-Express collection with fine facilities on three levels. She cruises the River Rhône, passing charming medieval towns and historical walled cities. ‘Enchanté’ | 8 guests | From $5,540 per person 'Enchante' cruises the tree-lined Canal du Midi in the south of France. kitchen for watching the chef prepare gourmet meals. The sun deck, Gustav Eiffel's famous aqueduct on the Canal de Briare over the River Loire 153 EUROPE
  • VESSELS CRUISING IN FRANCE ‘Alouette’ | 4 guests | From $28,600 per charter ‘RoiSoleil’ | 6 guests | From $36,700 per charter World Heritage Site. Experience the area's picturesque scenery and outstanding gastronomy. ‘Renaissance’ | 8 guests | From $6,090 per person ‘Meanderer’ | 6 guests | From $4,950 per person to savor the historic countryside and enjoy a place where life moves more slowly and elegantly. 4 Alsace-Lorraine Whereas Champagne has always played a major role in French history, neighboring Alsace-Lorraine switched identities from French to German in the 1871 Franco-Prussian War and back following World War I. This has only enhanced a cuisine influenced by the best of both cultures and architecture that is fairy tale-like in its beauty. Guests who travel the Canal de la Marne au Rhin see charming villages with half-timbered houses; Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament, and its La Petite France pedestrian area; the 11th-century Château du Haut Barr; and La Petite Pierre, a mountain-top village with a medieval castle. 5 Provence,Languedoc & the South of France The sun-drenched landscapes of Provence have attracted painters and artists for centuries. Historically, the region has been home to the Greeks, Romans and Moors and claims a unique identity — Provençale rather than simply French. Fascinating Languedoc, with ties to the mysterious Cathars, is known for its vineyards, and produces almost half of the table wine consumed in the country. Romantic southeast France, bisected by the peaceful Canal de Garonne, is the fabled land of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Cyrano de Bergerac and the Three Musketeers. This less-visited corner of the country has a unique culture all its own. River Rhône First used as a trade route by the ancient Greeks, the mighty River Rhône has always been the favored link between the Mediterranean Sea and northern Europe. The Romans planted the Val du Rhône's first vineyards, and Côtes du Rhône vintages are still among the country's best. Influential cities such as Arles, Lyon and Avignon, a 14th-century papal residence, grew up along its banks. Canal du Midi A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi is the 17th-century masterpiece of Pierre-Paul Ricquet who transformed technical achievement into a work of art. Along with the Canal de Garonne, its more than 300 locks, aqueducts, bridges and tunnels link the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. 154 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • ‘Panache’ | 12 guests | From $4,890 per person of Alsace-Lorraine. Make sure to save time to relax in the on-deck historic part of Europe. ‘SaintLouis’ | 6 guests | From $4,250 per person The intimate 'Saint Louis' cruises on the Canal de Garonne in Cyrano de Bergerac and the Three Musketeers — a less-visited, hidden corner of the country. The imposing walled city of Carcassonne 155 EUROPE
  • Canal & River Cruising in Holland & Central Europe A cruise through Holland’s vast network of waterways and Central Europe’s Moselle, Danube, Rhine or Main rivers is a journey through European history.
  • Time Difference: EST plus 6 hours Best Time to Travel: Spring is an ideal time to cruise through Holland, when fields are awash with colorful tulips and other bright flowers. Cruise Central Europe anytime from spring through fall because there is always something to see, from summer’s verdant vineyards to vibrant festivals and the rich hues of autumn leaves. Climate: The weather in Holland and Central Europe is generally temperate and comfortable, with cool summers and mild winters. However, summers are typically warmer in Germany than in Holland. great value in today’s European travel market. Your price includes everything, from accommodations to three delicious meals per day with wine to guided sightseeing and entry fees. Even transfers and that for special souvenirs you find ashore.” — JonathanWhite, Managing Director, A&K Europe 1 Holland Tulips. Canals. Bicycles. Art by the Old Masters. These may be the first things that come to mind when thinking of Holland, but there is much more. Travelling the waterways is one of the best ways to explore this enchanting country, the land of windmills, chocolate and spectacular spring flowers. Although the canals of Holland were built out of necessity — as repositories for seawater pumped from their low-lying shores — the result was reclaimed land and a very popular system of transportation. A cruise affords you the opportunity to take a scenic look at the medieval architecture, craft workshops and incredible art, and also sample the delicious cuisine as you travel around bustling, cosmopolitan cities and charming rural areas. 2 River Moselle Germany’s valley of the River Moselle is a fascinating blend of ancient culture, winemaking traditions and spectacular countryside with a unique charm all its own. Numerous hilltop castles attest to the area’s impressive Roman legacy, and idyllic towns and romantic villages with half-timbered houses are terraced neatly into the Budapest Bratislava Vienna Frankfurt Basel Koblenz 157 EUROPE NETHERLANDS SWITZERLAND AUSTRIA GERMANY SLOVAKIA HUNGARY BELGIUM N O R T H S E A E N G L I S H C H A N N E L Holland RiverMoselle RiverDanube RiverRhine &RiverMain 1 2 3 4
  • One of Amsterdam's many canals hillsides. Someone said that the secret to Moselle wines lies in the Riesling grape and the slate that clings to the slopes. The sun shines on it by day, and the residual heat warms the vines at night. It’s the slate-lined slopes in the river bends that are said to produce the best Moselle wines, as you discover during tastings at local wineries. 3 RiverDanube A cruise on the Danube is like taking a journey through European history. Stone-age hunters and Roman legionnaires, emperors and kings, as well as rich citizens and medieval traders have all left their mark along these significant waterways. Beautiful imperial cities, such as Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, have grown up along the Danube’s banks. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles are represented in their monuments and architecture and are often reflected in the river’s blue waters. As you sip rich coffee and sample delicious pastries in a Viennese coffee shop, it’s easy to envision the elite of yesteryear gracefully waltzing to the music of Strauss. Budapest also has a history of opera and classical music, but the city's many health and thermal spas are well worth a visit in their own right. 158 Luxury Private Travel EUROPE
  • Great St. Martin Church along the Rhine in Cologne, Germany VESSELS CRUISING IN HOLLAND & CENTRAL EUROPE ‘Panache’ | 12 guests | From $4,890 per person In spring, the well-designed ‘Panache’ cruises through flower-filled Holland, stopping in quaint towns, such as Delft and Gouda. On ‘LaNouvelleEtoile’ | 8 guests | From $6,540 per person chocolate and spectacular spring flowers, and ends her season in the scenic valley of Germany’s Moselle in autumn, when the harvest is ‘RiverCloudII’ | 88 guests | From $2,595 per person 4 River Rhine & River Main The Romans built the first bridges over the Rhine and founded many cities on her banks, including Strasbourg, Cologne and Koblenz. The rolling hills, fairy-tale castles and ruined monasteries all contribute to an ambience of romance on this long stretch of river. The Main River stretches 330 miles — 240 of them navigable by cruise between Bamberg and Mainz — flowing through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. This scenic route reveals palaces and castles, medieval towns and architecture from Gothic to Baroque. At one time, upstream travel was difficult. By the 19th century, chain shipping made it more navigable with the introduction of steam-powered tugs that used a chain laid in the riverbed to haul barges. Today, locks make it possible for even larger river cruisers and transport ships to navigate the water and reach Bamberg and the Main-Danube Canal. 159 EUROPE
  • Cruising in Britain & Ireland History seems to unfold before your eyes as you cruise England's River Thames, Scotland's Caledonian Canal and Ireland's River Shannon. Time Difference: EST plus 6 hours Best Time to Travel: April to October is the best time to travel to Britain and Ireland, as they are usually the warmest months. It is also when British summer time extends daylight hours well into the evening. Everything is in bloom, and gardens are the most colorful. Climate: Although there can be rain any day of the year, the climate is rather temperate. Spring temps range from 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, and fall temps are just slightly higher. Summer temperatures rarely climb above 75. river cruising with your personal interests, create a special themed cruise. Consider a luxury river cruise on ‘Magna Carta’ in England if your passion is horticulture and gardens, as you pass through lush green countryside and quaint towns along the Thames. Special interest charters — JonathanWhite, Managing Director, A&K Europe RiverThames LochNess RiverShannon 1 2 3 London Dublin Edinburgh Inverness TheRiverThames,flowingthroughtheEnglishcountryside 160 Luxury Private Travel ENGLAND SCOTLAND IRELAND N O R T H S E A I R I S H S E A C E LT I C S E A E N G L I S H C H A N N E L RiverThames RiverShannon Caledonian Canal 1 3 2
  • 1 River Thames The River Thames weaves its way through a tapestry of English history — a world of picturesque villages, winding backwaters, tidy locks and paddling ducks. As you travel through old-world England and the natural beauty of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, visit historic sites, including Hampton Court, a former palace of Henry VII, and Windsor Castle, still in use by the royal family. Frequent stops along the way give you the time to wander and explore the charming villages that have grown up along this ancient route. 2 CaledonianCanal The Scottish Highlands hold the very essence of this awe-inspiring country. Cruise the length of the Great Glen from Inverness toward Fort William, through lochs and the scenic Caledonian Canal. Anchor below ancient castles dotting heather-clad hillsides and explore the glens, munroes and bens. The legends of the past, the taste of single malt whisky and the search for a mythical lake monster add to the magic of incredible Scotland. The tranquil countryside along the Caledonian Canal The early Christian monastery of Clonmacnoise along the River Shannon 3 RiverShannon Buoyed by spectacular scenery and Ireland’s legendary hospitality, a cruise through the fjord-like reaches of the River Shannon onto Lough Derg puts you in the center of the enchanting history and culture of the land. Rolling hills in 40 shades of green, ancient Celtic monasteries, Irish ring forts and charming riverside towns are commonplace on this carefully chosen route. There is time to listen to a seisun (traditional music session), enjoy the craic (fun) and share a pint on a relaxing journey through the land of céid mille fáilte (a hundred-thousand welcomes). VESSELS CRUISING IN BRITAIN & IRELAND ‘MagnaCarta’ | 8 guests | From $4,190 per person The River Thames runs throughout the tapestry of English history, Carta' is an ideal way to discover life that has grown up outside the ‘ScottishHighlander’ | 8 guests | From $4,290 per person Cruise the Great Glen through lochs and down the scenic Caledonian Canal. This is inland cruising at its finest, with ancient castles and heather-clad hillsides along the way. Learn whisky-making secrets and enjoy a dram or two. ‘ShannonPrincessII’ | 10 guests | From $4,110 per person cruising on 'Shannon Princess II' through the fjord-like reaches of the River Shannon onto Lough Derg puts you in the center of the enchanting history and culture of the land. 161 EUROPE
  • 162 Luxury Private Travel 18 World Wide Hotel Portfolio AFRICA 19 AFRICA ONE&ONLYCAPETOWN Cape Town, South Africa In the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with captivating views of Table Mountain, One&Only Cape Town’s 131 rooms and suites are the largest in all of Cape Town. Featuring the city’s most comprehensive spa on its own private island and the continent’s only restaurant by Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa, local celebrity chef Reuben Riffel’s Reuben’s and offering a complimentary KidsOnly Club, the resort is welcoming to both couples and families alike, and is the ideal gateway to South Africa. One&Only Cape Town was voted No. 1 City Hotel in Africa and the Middle East in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2012. LARESIDENCE&VILLAS Franschhoek, South Africa A romantic, indulgent paradise whose interior is filled with wonderful artwork and magnificent furniture, La Residence offers 11 glamorous suites decorated in vibrant colors. Five villas offer family-friendly accommodations with private gardens and luxurious interiors. Warm, personalized service creates an atmosphere of relaxation, while garden produce helps make up every memorable meal. Complimentary village transfers allow leisurely exploration. ROYALMALEWANE&AFRICAHOUSE Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa Experience the timeless magic of Royal Malewane, where extraordinary game viewing, fine cuisine and award-winning spa stir the heart and thrill the senses. Six luxurious suites offer private pools and magnificent bathrooms, while expert rangers and trackers inspire and inform on wildlife excursions. The Royal and Malewane Suites sleep four each and enjoy private chef, butler and game drives. Africa House is a private, child-friendly bush paradise for up to 12 guests. BIRKENHEADHOUSE&VILLA Hermanus, South Africa Its cliff top position affords Birkenhead House stunning ocean views and easy beach access. Opulent contemporary style is found in eleven luxurious suites. Complimentary transfers to town are offered while local activities include hiking, whale watching, golf and shark-cage diving. A private chef tailors meals to guests’ tastes. Glamorous interiors, informal ambience and scenic location make Birkenhead House & Villa a special way to enjoy both beach and ocean. MOUNTNELSONHOTEL Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town’s famous resort hotel, the Mount Nelson is an urban sanctuary nestled amid beautiful gardens beneath Table Mountain. Offering stylish sophistication, privacy and tranquility, the property is just a short stroll from the historic city center and within close proximity to the waterfront. The hotel also offers easy access to beaches and other attractions. Rejuvenate in the world- class spa, take advantage of the hotel’s other excellent leisure facilities or sit down for afternoon tea, a longtime tradition. Expe extra spa s priv and and and para Choosing the Perfect Place to Stay A&K introduces Worldwide Hotel Portfolio. 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, and choosing the right hotel for your destination can make the difference between a good journey and a great one. That is why A&K publishes Worldwide Hotel Portfolio, a collection of luxury properties that all meet A&K’s rigorous standards of comfort and service. Relaxing at Sanctuary Olonana, Masai Mara, Kenya Call A&K, visit abercrombiekent.com or speak to your travel professional to request a copy of Worldwide Hotel Portfolio. N untain, One&O s own private is ering a complim a. One&Only C ASIA,INDIA&THEPACIFIC Asia, India & the PacificI From stately palace hotels to island oases, absorb the ambience and romance of your destination at every turn, and celebrate all it has to offer. Choose from an array of modern five-star accommodations, former palaces turned boutique hotels and eco-friendly wilderness camps. Worldwide Hotel Portfolio puts a world of inspiring choices at your fingertips, and makes planning your perfect luxury private journey that much easier. 18 World Wiide Hoteel Portfolio In the heart of the Victoria & Alf are the largest in all of Cape Tow by Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa, welcoming to both couples and f Africa and the Middle East in Tr 2013 ® WORLDWIDE HOTEL PORTFOLIO
  • 163 Booking Your Air with Abercrombie & Kent The best way to fly. Booking your airline reservations with A&K is both easy and beneficial. We know which flights work best with your A&K travel itinerary and can offer them at a specially negotiated fare. You may pay for your tickets either on the same schedule as the rest of your trip or at the time of booking, and relax knowing that all of your travel arrangements have been made. WhybookyourairthroughA&K? › Special fares available only through A&K › A&K can cancel and refund our special fare air tickets up to the day before departure (less a fee); tickets booked through the airline must usually be paid for within 24 hours of booking and may be non-refundable › Earn mileage credit offered by your preferred airline’s frequent-flyer club, where applicable › Reserve your preferred seat when you make your reservations, where applicable OurPartnersintheAir Choose from a variety of global carriers who have partnered with A&K to offer you special fares. British Airways Club WorldSM
  • 164 Luxury Private Travel Passenger Travel Protection Program One more reason to travel with A&K. Abercrombie & Kent knows the value of planning for every travel contingency. Circumstances can force you to cancel your trip at the last minute, return home early or seek emergency medical treatment overseas. That’s why Travel Guard has developed the Passenger Travel Protection Program to meet the needs of A&K travellers. The option to buy is included on your departure invoice. There are no additional forms to fill out; simply indicate that you wish to purchase the plan, pay the amount shown and you are enrolled. ThePassengerTravelProtectionProgramisdesignedtoprovidebroadcoveragethatincludes:* › Coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions › Medical coverage for illness or injury sustained while travelling. Optional upgrade is available for primary coverage › Baggage loss, theft, delay or damage coverage including an option to upgrade to primary coverage › Plan also includes toll-free 24/7 assistance with medical, dental or legal emergencies, lost travel documents, emergency cash transfers and more Enjoy your journey with Abercrombie & Kent’s Passenger Travel Protection Program. *This is only a brief description of the coverage(s) available. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., with its principal place of business in New York, NY. Coverage may not be available in all states. Travel assistance services are provided by Travel Guard.
  • 165 A&K Everywhere Keep up with A&K through Facebook, Twitter and your favorite mobile devices. iPad® and App Store™ are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. abercrombiekent.com/ipad SeetheWorldofA&KonYouriPad® See the world through the eyes of an A&K traveller with The World of A&K, an immersive multimedia environment developed exclusively for the iPad. From Virtual Visits that recreate the A&K experience through sound and video to an interactive map that is yours to customize and share, A&K for iPad lets you explore and interact with dozens of A&K destinations without ever leaving home. Image of a Vietnamese rice farmer, a finalist in A&K’s Facebook photo contest A&KontheGo A&K’s mobile website features content specially tailored to mobile browsers and allows you to view any A&K journey from your iPhone, Blackberry or Android device. Search for your favorite destinations, catch up on the latest offers and promotions or browse through photo galleries just as you would on the full site. Visit abercrombiekent.com on your mobile device. TheSocialTraveller Get the latest A&K news and offers, and become part of an active and engaged online travel community, through Facebook and Twitter. A&K’s page on Facebook features travellers’ experiences and pictures from locales near and far, while our Twitter feed keeps you up to date on the latest travel news and offers from around the world. Find us online today. facebook.com/AbercrombieKent @AKTravel_USA
  • 166 Luxury Private Travel PRICES FOR ALL ITINERARIES ARE PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. A&K PRICE ASSURANCE: The A&K Price Assurance applies to 2013 Signature Series journeys available through Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC. The A&K Price Assurance applies only to 2013 advertised rates on abercrombiekent.com for the same program, travel date and accommodation classification. Abercrombie & Kent reserves the right to modify or cancel the A&K Price Assurance for future bookings without prior notice. INCLUDED IN SIGNATURE PROGRAMS: All accommodations as noted in the itinerary; meals as specified; arrival and departure transfers (regardless of days of arrival and departure); fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees); local bottled water during sightseeing; handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international flights (other conditions/ restrictions may apply for internal routes; please refer to Baggage section); and hotel taxes. SPECIAL NOTES: Medical evacuation service, when available, including air transportation to medical care facilities, if necessary, is included within Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Hospitalization and medical expenses are an additional cost. GRATUITIES: Gratuities are not included in the program price and are at the discretion of the traveller. Recommended guidelines will be provided in A&K’s pre-tour documentation. NOT INCLUDED IN SIGNATURE PROGRAM PRICES: Passenger Travel Protection Plan; international and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted; costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas; airport departure taxes, unless otherwise noted; excess baggage charges; gratuities to the driver and guide or driver-guide; ship’s crew (except for Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’s’ crew)/Egyptologist/Nile boat’s Egyptologists/camp staff as outlined in the gratuities on Signature Programs section; meals other than specified in the itinerary; beverages other than noted in your pre-tour documentation; sightseeing not included in the itinerary; and personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities (which are subject to availability). ITINERARIES: Accommodations including vessels and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Abercrombie & Kent’s control. Every effort will be made to operate itineraries as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued. A&K also reserves the right to withdraw a program or any part of it, to make alterations to the itinerary or the program inclusions as it deems necessary or desirable, and to pass on to tour members any costs caused by delays or events beyond its control. SPECIAL REQUESTS: Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking rooms and special dietary needs should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure a special request; however, it cannot be guaranteed in advance of travel. PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS: Quoted program prices are per person, double occupancy except where indicated. Prices include planning, handling and operational charges and are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes in effect at the time of publication. A&K reserves the right to increase program prices to cover increased costs, tariffs, taxes and V.A.T. received after prices are published and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange markets. A&K is under no obligation to give a breakdown in costs of any journey. IMMEDIATE CHECK-IN: On programs where immediate check-in has not been included in the program price, A&K has requested that all hotels provide this service when possible; however, it cannot be guaranteed. Most hotels allow check-in to take place during the mid- afternoon. Should you wish to have a guaranteed room ready for your immediate check-in upon arrival, it can be arranged for an additional charge. Please ask A&K for details and prices. EARLY ARRIVAL: A&K recommends that you arrive a day or two before the start of your planned program to allow time to relax and refresh after your journey. To help you prepare for the start of your tour, A&K has negotiated favorable overnight rates at many hotels; please ask for details at time of booking. Departing early from the U.S. and Canada during the winter months is strongly recommended, due to possible flight disruptions and cancellations caused by inclement weather. CHILD POLICY: Select journeys may require minimum ages; contact A&K for more details. ACTIVE ELEMENTS: Some active elements have been incorporated into select itineraries. To enjoy the trip as intended, a minimum level of fitness is required. A&K will require notice if any participant has any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to him or herself or to other members of the group. A&K reserves the right to decline acceptance of anyone whom it considers unsuitable due to fitness level. A&K also reserves the right to remove from the trip, at the participant’s own expense, anyone whose condition is such that it could create a hazard to him or herself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers. Should you have any questions or need any clarification about a specific program, please ask for details at time of booking. A&K’S PASSENGER TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN: Our specially designed travel protection program, which provides cancellation coverage, medical coverage and protection against lost or damaged luggage, is not included in the program price and is strongly recommended. See page 164 for details. PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Valid passports are required for all international destinations. Check with your travel agent or A&K for the latest visa requirements. Please note that non-U.S. passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Passports must be valid for six (6) months after the return of your journey and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. A&K cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements. A copy of your valid passport must be submitted to A&K in order to confirm air reservations. Please note that certain countries may deny admission if passports contain Israeli entry or exit stamps. Contact A&K for details. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE: For all Signature Series programs (except for SIGNATURE KENYA & TANZANIA GOLD; SIGNATURE KENYA; SIGNATURE UGANDA; SIGNATURE INDIA & THE TAJ MAHAL departures from October 22-December 31; SIGNATURE WATERWAYS OF THE CZARS and TAILOR MADE ELEMENTS), a deposit of $1,250 per person is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 90 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request in order to secure confirmation. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR SIGNATURE KENYA & TANZANIA GOLD AND SIGNATURE KENYA: A deposit of $1,250 per person is required at time of booking. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 100 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request in order to secure confirmation. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR SIGNATURE UGANDA: A deposit of $1,250 per person is required at time of booking. In addition, a non-refundable permit fee of $1,150 is required along with your deposit. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 90 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request in order to secure confirmation. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR SIGNATURE INDIA & THE TAJ MAHAL (DEPARTURES FROM OCTOBER 22-DECEMBER 31): Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. A special deposit applies. Ask A&K for details. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR SIGNATURE WATERWAYS OF THE CZARS: A deposit of $1,250 per person is required at time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request in order to secure confirmation. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR TAILOR MADE ELEMENTS: A deposit of 25% per person is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 90 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request in order to secure confirmation. CANCELLATION CHARGES (EXCEPT FOR SIGNATURE KENYA & TANZANIA GOLD, SIGNATURE KENYA, SIGNATURE INDIA & THE TAJ MAHAL DEPARTURES FROM OCTOBER 22-DEC 31, SIGNATURE MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON AND SIGNATURE WATERWAYS OF THE CZARS): Cancellations received by A&K 90 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $500 per person/per tour cancellation fee; 89-60 days prior will be subject to 20% of the program price; 59-30 days prior will be 50% of the program price; and 29 days or less prior to departure will be subject to 100% of the program price. CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR SIGNATURE KENYA & TANZANIA GOLD AND SIGNATURE KENYA: Cancellations received by A&K 100 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $500 per person/ per tour cancellation fee; 99-60 days prior to departure will be subject to 30% of the program price; 59-30 days prior to departure will be subject to 50% of the program price; and 29 days or less prior to departure will be subject to 100% of the program price. CANCELLATION CHARGES SIGNATURE MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON: Cancellations received by A&K 90 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $500 per person/per tour cancellation fee; 89-0 days prior to departure will be subject to 100% of the program price. CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR SIGNATURE WATERWAYS OF THE CZARS: Cancellations received by A&K 120 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $750 per person/per tour cancellation fee; 119-90 days prior to departure will be subject to 20% of the program price; 89-30 days prior to departure will be subject to 50% of the program price; and 29 days or less prior to departure will be subject to 100% of the program price. CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR SIGNATURE INDIA & THE TAJ MAHAL (DEPARTURES FROM OCTOBER 22-DECEMBER 31): A special cancellation schedule applies. Ask A&K for details. CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES: Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with A&K programs are subject to the following: Cancellations received 31 or more days prior to the service will be refunded in full; cancellations received 30-15 days in advance will be charged 50% of the price; and cancellations received less than 15 days in advance will be charged 100% of the price. Special terms apply in Southern Africa and select properties in East Africa and Egypt. EXCEPTIONS: Payment and cancellation terms and conditions for all Tailor Made programs, Extensions, Internal Air and Tailor Made Portfolio Hotels may vary from those noted above. Please ask A&K for details. AIR TRANSPORTATION: International airfares are not included in program pricing. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, has special agreements with many carriers and can offer quotations from any gateway. Please ask your tour consultant about our special fares. All international and internal air quotes are subject to change and can carry penalties and surcharges until final payment has been received by A&K. Flight confirmation is based on availability. Air reservations cannot be confirmed until a passport copy is received by A&K. PLEASE NOTE THAT CERTAIN AIRFARES ARE SUBJECT TO A SERVICE FEE. Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. These programs may use the services of any IATA carrier. International air carriers are subject to international air conventions limiting their liability. The limitations of liability are contained on the reverse side of the airline ticket or e-ticket receipt, or on the carrier’s web site, and form part of the terms and conditions of this package. The passage contract in use by these companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the companies and the purchaser of these travel programs and/or passage. AIR WITHIN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: Internal airfares are subject to change. In order to guarantee the fare quoted, passport numbers and international ticket numbers must be received 45 days prior to departure. BAGGAGE: Abercrombie & Kent provides handling of two pieces of baggage per person. Weight restrictions on some routes on internal/ domestic flights may apply; details will be provided with pre-tour documentation. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk throughout the travel program, and A&K assumes no liability for lost or damaged baggage. Please check with your international carrier for other baggage restrictions applicable to your international flights. Terms & Conditions
  • 167 ONENAME:ONEUNPARALLELED STANDARDWORLDWIDE Throughout this brochure and on abercrombiekent.com, you’ll see references to “Abercrombie & Kent” (or simply “A&K”). This is our shorthand for the many independent A&K companies that work with Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC of Downers Grove, Illinois, to provide its travellers with a consistent worldwide standard of expertise and excellence in travel. Their independence allows our guests to benefit from the unique local knowledge and specialized services available only from destination-based operating companies around the globe. UNITEDSTATESTOUROPERATORS ASSOCIATION$1MILLION TRAVELERSASSISTANCEPROGRAM Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Abercrombie & Kent customers in the unlikely event of an Abercrombie & Kent bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by Abercrombie & Kent may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Abercrombie & Kent. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. ASTATOPTOUROPERATORPROGRAM Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents TOP Program, open only to select tour operators. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC is also a member of the National Tour Association (NTA), the leading association for professionals serving travelers to, from and within North America. TRAVELAGENTS A travel agent can enhance your trip by providing information and advice not contained in this brochure. A&K has long-standing relationships with the industry’s best travel agents and would be pleased to work with yours. CLAIMS AND REFUNDS: Refunds are not made for any missed services, except for verifiable extenuating circumstances. Please see our LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S RESPONSIBILITY clause below. For verifiable claims to be considered, they must be received in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program and be accompanied by supporting documentation and/or a statement from the local destination company verifying the claim. Any adjustment considered will be based on the actual price of the services involved and not on a per diem basis. Adjustments will not be made for unused sightseeing trips or meals. A&K will not accept any liability for any claims that are not received within 30 days of the termination of your travel program. All claims for days missed while travelling should be made in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program. PHOTOGRAPHY DURING TRAVEL: Abercrombie & Kent reserves the right to take photographs during the operation of any program or part thereof and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a program with A&K, program members agree to allow their images to be used in such photographs. Program members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to their Tour Director at the beginning of their program. LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S RESPONSIBILITY: Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, its employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents and assigns (collectively A&K), does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers (including from time to time other affiliated Abercrombie & Kent companies). All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, A&K is not liable for any negligent or willful act of any such person or entity or of any third person. In addition and without limitation, A&K is not responsible for any injury, financial or physical loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. There are many inherent risks in adventure travel of the type involved here, which can lead to illness, injury, or even death. These risks are increased by the fact that these trips take place in remote locations, far from medical facilities. Passenger assumes all such risks associated with participating in this trip. TRAVEL ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS: It is the responsibility of the traveller to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department’s travel website at travel.state.gov or by phone at 888 407 4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should the traveller still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the traveller assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events such as those advised or warned against. ARBITRATION AGREEMENT: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these TERMS AND CONDITIONS, to the LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S RESPONSIBILITY clause, to the brochure, to any information relating in any way to the trip, to the trip itself, or to any products or services related to the trip, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, except that (a) in lieu of a personal appearance at arbitration, the arbitration may be conducted by telephonic means, (b) arbitration is the exclusive forum for dispute resolution (no court actions), and (c) except as otherwise provided by statute, each party shall bear its own costs and expenses and an equal share of the arbitrator and administrative fees. TRAVELLER’S REPRESENTATIONS: The traveller represents that neither he nor she nor anyone travelling with him or her has any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to him or herself or other members of the tour. A&K reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a trip, and to remove from the trip, at his or her sole expense, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip. ANY PAYMENT TO ABERCROMBIE & KENT CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN AND IN MORE SPECIFIC PRE-DEPARTURE PASSENGER DOCUMENTATION, INCLUDING THE PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM. Abercrombie & Kent accepts all major credit cards. © 2012 Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC. 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  • 168 Luxury Private Travel JOURNEY PAGE # PRICED FROM # OF DAYS DEPARTURE MONTHS AFRICA JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC SignatureKenya&Tanzania* 19 $11,795 12 SignatureKenya 20 $9,895 9 SignatureTanzania* 21 $9,495 8 SignatureUganda 25 $6,695 9 SignatureSouthAfrica&Botswana* 30 $10,495 12 SignatureZambia&Botswana* 31 $6,295 9 SignatureWingsOverBotswana* 32 $8,295 10 SignatureNamibia 33 $6,695 9 EGYPT, MOROCCO & BEYOND JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC SignatureEgypt&theNile* 41 $5,220 10 SignatureJordan 45 $3,395 7 SignatureIsrael 49 $5,095 8 SignatureMorocco 53 $5,795 8 SignatureTurkey* 57 $8,495 10 ASIA, INDIA & THE PACIFIC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC SignatureChina&theYangtze* 65 $7,895 15 SignatureIndia&theTajMahal* 77 $7,495 15 SignatureIndochina&AngkorWat* 85 $5,395 13 THE AMERICAS JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC SignaturePeru&MachuPicchu* 96 $4,395 9 SignatureMachuPicchu&theAmazon 97 $8,295 11 SignaturePeru&theGalápagos* 102 $9,495 13 SignatureEcuador&theGalápagos 103 $6,995 13 SignatureArgentina 107 $5,995 10 SignatureChile 108 $6,395 10 SignaturePatagonia 109 $9,895 13 SignatureBrazil 113 $7,995 10 2013 Signature Journeys | The ideal private journey, ready to book. All prices are per-person, double occupancy.
  • JOURNEY PAGE # PRICED FROM # OF DAYS DEPARTURE MONTHS EUROPE JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC SignatureItaly* 123 $8,595 9 SignatureCroatia* 124 $4,995 7 SignatureBudapest,Vienna&Prague* 125 $8,195 9 SignatureRussia 126 $7,495 9 SignatureWaterwaysoftheCzars 127 $8,995 12 *Itinerary also available as a Luxury Small Group Journey. 2013 Tailor Made Elements | Build the European journey of your dreams from these short, private itineraries. All prices are per-person, double occupancy. For details, see pages 130–143 PRICED FROM PRICED FROM PRICED FROM London $3,095 Taormina,Sicily $3,495 Barcelona $3,195 Dublin $2,695 Venice $2,795 Seville $2,495 Edinburgh&St.Andrews $2,995 Chianti&Tuscany $2,495 Lisbon $2,295 TheScottishHighlands $4,995 Portofino&theCinqueTerre $4,095 Porto&theDouroValley $2,195 SouthwestIreland&theRingofKerry $3,795 LakeComo&Milan $4,595 Athens $2,495 Paris&Versailles $3,095 Munich&Neuschwanstein $2,395 Santorini $2,395 Normandy $2,595 Lucerne&theSwissAlps $3,995 Crete $3,395 Burgundy $4,695 Prague $2,395 Istanbul $3,295 Bordeaux&St.Émilion $3,095 Budapest $2,295 Copenhagen $4,295 Côted’Azur $3,595 Salzburg&theEagle’sNest $2,195 Stockholm $4,395 Provence $3,195 Vienna $2,895 Oslo $3,995 TheLoireValley $3,295 Kraków $2,295 Bergen&Norway’sFjords $4,195 Amsterdam $2,795 Warsaw $1,895 Helsinki $3,095 Rome $2,495 Berlin $3,095 St.Petersburg $2,295 AmalfiCoast $2,795 Madrid $2,695 Your Journey Begins Here Set out to discover a world of inspiring travel made possible only with Abercrombie & Kent. A&K Private Travel Specialists are on hand at 8006528403 Monday through Saturday; you may also find more information online at abercrombiekent.com. When you’re ready to take the next step, call us or consult your travel professional.
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