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SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS A selection of shared adventures for inquisitive travellers to the world’s most exquisite destinations – emerging and eternal. 2019 TRAVELS


Dear Traveller, I am delighted to present our 2019 Small Group Journeys portfolio, a collection of exquisite, shared adventures to many of the world’s greatest destinations. There are journeys here to destinations that rank among the eternal luxury travel favourites – sub-Saharan African safari camps, Nile cruises, the European capitals of the Grand Tour, the temples and palaces of India, the mysterious ruins of pre-Columbian empires in Latin America. And there are newer journeys here to more challenging, emerging destinations that are fast becoming favourites – West Africa, Outer Mongolia, Central Asia, Patagonia. What all the journeys in this portfolio have in common is they travel to places A&K knows inside out, places we know are ideal destinations for small groups of discerning travellers. Every journey here takes advantage of the local knowledge and expertise in our 55 offices around the world and our more than 55 years of delivering extraordinary travel experiences. Each journey is led by one of our passionate and knowledgeable Resident Tour Directors; and each is designed to reveal the heart and soul of a destination, so you experience it at its most authentic and rewarding. Like all A&K journeys, the journeys in this portfolio also have in common meticulous behindthe-scenes planning from experts with years of local knowledge and decades of travel industry experience. On these journeys you’ll enjoy privileged access to incredible sites and experiences, meet fascinating people, and make meaningful connections, not just with your fellow travellers, but also with the people and places you visit. You’ll make new friends, discover new cultures, share secret histories and sacred customs, and return not only refreshed but also enlightened, about the world and quite possibly about yourself – it happens to me every time I travel. I believe these journeys capture and encompass the very essence and ethos of what it means to travel with A&K – these are life-changing, life-enhancing luxury adventures, and this is pioneering and experiential travel at its best. We look forward to welcoming you on the journey of a lifetime. Enjoy exploring!

Geoffrey Kent Founder, Chairman & CEO | Abercrombie & Kent Follow @geoffrey_kent on Instagram

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CONTENTS

LETTER FROM GEOFFREY KENT

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2019 CALENDAR OF JOURNEYS

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THE A&K DIFFERENCE

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EXCEPTIONAL SMALL GROUP TRAVEL

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SMALL GROUP TRAVEL STYLES & INCLUSIONS

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TRULY LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATION

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EXTENSIONS | PRIVATE JOURNEYS | FLIGHTS

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MARCO POLO CLUB | QANTAS FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM

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ABERCROMBIE & KENT PHILANTHROPY

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AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

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Why Choose an A&K Safari? 25 Southern Africa or East Africa? 26 Choosing the Right A&K Safari 27 INDIA & THE ORIENT

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EUROPE 134 LATIN AMERICA

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

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EXPLORE MORE OF THE WORLD IN A&K STYLE

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$39,995

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The Great Migration Safari in Style

LUX

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$21,715

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Kenya Under Canvas

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$13,995

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A Naturalist’s Guide to Madagascar

LTD

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$9,950

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West Africa: People, Past & Present

LTD

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$12,150

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Splendours of Morocco

LUX

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$9,995

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Egypt & the Nile

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$8,110

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Ancient Wonders: Jordan & Israel

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$11,325

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Iran: A Journey Through Persia

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$10,495

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Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India

LUX

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$14,760

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India: The Beautiful South

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$9,895

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Sri Lanka: Secrets of the Spice Island

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$7,895

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Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya

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$12,545

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Culture & Customs of Japan

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$14,495

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Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat

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$12,220

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Myanmar & the Irrawaddy

LUX

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$7,295

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Across China: Tibet & the Yangtze

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$13,610

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$43,995

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China: Silk Road Odyssey

LTD

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$9,785

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Ancient Trade Routes of Central Asia

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$11,495

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Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

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ASIA, INDIA & THE PACIFIC

Wings Over China

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South Africa: Cape Town & The Floral Kingdom

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South Africa & Victoria Falls

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Botswana Safari in Style

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Iceland: Volcanoes, Glaciers & Waterfalls

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Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley

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Brazil: Wildlife & Waterfalls

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Argentina: Buenos Aires & Beyond

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Patagonia: The Last Wilderness

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Mexico: Cities of the Sun

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Georgia & Armenia: Journey to the Caucasus

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Poland: Krakow Extension

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Central Europe: Beyond the Iron Curtain

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*JOURNEY TYPES: LUX = Luxury Small Group Journeys LTD = Limited Edition Small Group Journeys WOW = Wings Over the World For details on different journey types, travel styles and inclusions, see page 12.

To reserve your space now on these select 2019 Small Group Journeys, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800. For details of other 2019 journeys, visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au

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THE ADVANTAGE OF ACCE With more than 55 years of experience, 55 offices and 2,500 travel experts on the ground around the world, including hundreds of passionate Resident Tour Directors, only Abercrombie & Kent can take you to the heart of a destination with the privilege of authentic local access. Why Local Access Matters

Experienced Resident Tour Directors

When you travel with A&K, we don’t just take you to the front of the line, we take you into the rooms in the palace not typically open to visitors, on an exclusive tour with the best historian in the region. This kind of unencumbered access to the authentic heart and soul of a place — to the people and sites that exist far beyond the reach of the average traveller — is something we pride ourselves on and ensure we deliver on every journey we create, whether to the world’s most iconic or to more off-the-beaten-track destinations.

Imagine strolling the market of a little-known village alongside a friendly local — your A&K Resident Tour Director — who grew up just down the street and has probably known some of the vendors here her entire life. She makes warm introductions and suddenly you are taking a bite of some exotic fruit picked just that morning. Our Resident Tour Directors are year-round residents in the places we visit, with the kind of insight into local culture that can only come from being a local. Their expertise is unmatched and their excitement contagious. Overseeing your entire journey, they accompany you every day, sharing a beyond-the-guidebook understanding of daily life and introducing you to everything from temples in their best light to wild savannahs at their most authentic hour. The result is a journey that reveals the real spirit of a place, connecting you to the people, places and wildlife you encounter in a way you’ll never forget.

Unmatched Local Presence Our 55 offices around the world work tirelessly to design experiences you won’t find anywhere else and provide the most robust tour operator support network in the world. Unlike our competitors, we train and manage our own full-time staff, orchestrating every aspect of your journey with precision and flexibility down to the last detail. Whether it’s the seamless flow of an A&K itinerary or the prompt attention paid to an unanticipated request, you can be sure that our extensive global presence is the driving force behind it.

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Safety You Can Trust Your well-being and safety is always our first priority. Our network of local offices and longestablished relationships in every region in which we operate allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of local dynamics and to manage your safety and security. Should a situation arise, A&K has resources at the ready to allow you to safely continue on your journey.


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Exceptional Small-Group Travel Limiting our Small Group Journeys to 18 guests who share an insatiable love for travel — like you — sets the stage for an extraordinary experience. An Ideal Group Size A&K’s maximum group size of just 18 opens up a world of insider access opportunities, from private museum openings to visits with local people in their own homes. It means more one-on-one interaction with your Resident Tour Director, and allows A&K to reserve splendid hotels and other properties and luxury camps that can’t accommodate the typically larger groups that travel with other companies. Itineraries You Won’t Find Anywhere Else With our ideal small group size and unrivaled access, A&K can create journeys that feature iconic destinations and perfect pacing, all seamlessly orchestrated for the luxury traveller. These are journeys that unfold with the narrative flow of a good book or a great film. Our approach and network advantages also bring practical benefits, including unique flight routings to allow for extra time on safari, longer stops in the places you most want to see, and even multiple stops, perhaps to experience the magical luminosity of the Taj Mahal, at sunrise and sunset. Intimate Groups of Like-Minded Travellers Seasoned travellers say one of the best aspects of any journey is the people you meet. On an A&K Luxury Small Group Journey, this extends not just to the fascinating locals you encounter, but to the new friends you meet within your group, bringing their own unique perspectives and histories, and adding to the brilliant tapestry that becomes your journey. Many a lasting friendship has been forged while travelling with A&K, and guests who meet on one journey are often soon making plans together for their next.

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Exclusive Moments Designed Just for You On every A&K journey, experience locally inspired moments that are crafted by our experts just for A&K guests. These might include the opportunity to explore a charming neighborhood or spectacular landscape by horse-drawn carriage, in a rickshaw or on a camel, and to end the day with a refreshing cocktail — our Scenic Sundowner — in an unforgettable location against a breathtaking sunset. A Unique & Varied Dining Experience An authentic taste of a local cuisine is always among the highlights of any journey. We make it so by providing a perfect mix of planned group meals — including celebratory welcome and farewell dinners — with some other mealtimes left unscheduled. You’ll experience favorite local restaurants, participate in handson cooking demonstrations, feast on beautiful food in fine diners and family homes, and enjoy an à la carte dinner on your own and at your leisure, on us.


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Different Small Group Travel Styles & Inclusions

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Every adventure in our 2019 Small Group Journeys portfolio represents the ultimate in small-group travel – extraordinary destinations, the finest accommodation and the best guides. All feature complimentary wi-fi, private transfers, most if not all gratuities (see the different journey types below for details), and many meals (see the ‘B L D’ notes (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) on each day of the journeys in this book. Within the overall portfolio, there are several distinct journey types, each with slightly different inclusions and overall experiences, outlined below. Luxury Small Group Journeys The Luxury Small Group Journeys in our 2019 portfolio focus on the world’s most iconic travel destinations, with a few especially luxurious additional touches to make your experience even more memorable, including: › A Travelling Bellboy: Simply leave your packed bags in your room when you leave and find them waiting inside your room at the next hotel. › The Traveller’s Valet: A complimentary laundry service at the midpoint of your journey. › Breakfast in Bed: Sometimes it’s nice to just relax in the morning, so twice during your Luxury Small Group Journey you can opt for a continental breakfast served in the comfort of your hotel room. › Gratuities (tips) are included, except for the tip for your Resident Tour Director, which is at your sole discretion.

Limited Edition Small Group Journeys

Wings Over the World Journeys

Originally designed for more intrepid, yet still fastidious Australian travellers, and now becoming a favourite of inquisitive travellers from around the world, our Limited Edition Small Group Journeys are expert-led, shared adventures to more off-the-beaten track destinations. Each of these journeys has been creatively designed with educational elements and local encounters that broaden the mind and result in unforgettable experiences in each destination.

We have also included a couple of our Wings Over the World journeys in this book, with more on the website. These journeys combine A&K’s timeless luxury small group travel experience with the time-saving convenience of privately chartered flights between destinations, allowing you to visit remote places with less time spent getting there. Relax with hassle-free flight departures and arrivals, avoiding waits at airports due to restrictive commercial aviation schedules. Privately chartered air travel means you also often fly from separate terminals, with fewer crowds and faster security procedures. In the air, the experienced crews aboard our chartered planes offer you personalised in-flight service, in a comfortable, sociable atmosphere.

These journeys also have a fine balance of guided activity and breathing room, the time and space for more exploration and selfdiscovery in a destination. On select Limited Edition Journeys, our expert local hosts (the Resident Tour Directors) are joined by special guest hosts, typically entertaining and charismatic travelling companions with strong connections to the destination or expertise relevant to the focus of the journey, from culture to conservation. › The Limited Edition Small Group Journeys typically have fewer departures each year than the Luxury Small Group Journeys, and are less likely to operate in the following year, so don’t miss out in 2019! › All gratuities (tips) are included, including the tip for your Resident Tour Director, and

More Small Group Journeys Check out our website – abercrombiekent. com.au – for more Luxury Small Group Journeys, along with other A&K small group journey series, including our Connection Boutique Journeys, wonderful travel experiences in a minor key, Marco Polo Journeys to more off-beat and one-off destinations and events, the full range of Wings Over the World journeys using chartered flights, and, for the ultimate in luxury travel, our Private Jet Journeys. Guaranteed Departures & A&K Price Assurance

› Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn Qantas Points (1 point for every dollar spent) on Limited Edition Small Group Journeys.

Whichever A&K Small Group Journey you choose, you can book with confidence knowing we won’t cancel. Every A&K Small Group Journey is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of two guests. And with the A&K Price Assurance program, we will honour any lower price advertised on abercrombiekent. com.au after you book. See Terms & Conditions at the back of this book for details.

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TRULY LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS THAT INSPIRE, ENHANCE & DELIGHT For our Small Group Journeys, we select only the most remarkable hotels, boutique lodges and ships, each of which must combine superior service, local character and unanticipated luxuries. Award-Winning, Iconic Hotels

One-of-a-Kind Locations

Intimate Boutique Camps & Lodges

When luxury is what you’re looking for, there’s no reason to settle for second-best. Our local experts choose only the very best hotels in a given destination. In many cases, their choice will be the undisputed local favourite, synonymous with five-star style, often a Condé Nast Traveler Gold List or Travel + Leisure World’s Best property. But the choice might also be a whispered secret, a better option, a small but perfectlyformed boutique property with a certain significant atmospheric, experiential or locational advantage.

When considering an hotel, our experts look at more than just the rooms. Wherever possible, we arrange to stay close to the places you most dream of seeing, close to the people you’ll most enjoy meeting, and close to the experiences you’ll most enjoy discovering. We’ll choose the right option from within the region’s best properties, whether historically iconic, coveted high-design or supremely located at the edge of a wilderness.

As a home base on secluded and extraordinary wilderness adventures, our more off-the-beaten track journeys feature luxurious boutique camps and lodges available only to smaller groups and always with an incredible front seat to wildlife, often just outside your door.

A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp, Morocco

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Stylish Ships Our commitment to luxury doesn’t stop at the water’s edge: When it comes to river cruising with A&K, step aboard knowing you’ll experience the same comfort, service and style you would on land, all while discovering the beauty of life on the water.


Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana

Four Seasons, Kyoto, Japan

Sanctuary Swala

Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

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EXPLORE MORE WITH AN E XTENSION THE PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO YOUR JOURNEY

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Discover a region in greater depth with an A&K luxury small-group extension before the start and/or after the finish of your small group journey. Look for pre-tour and post-tour extensions throughout this book, all led by expert locals and designed to be easily and seamlessly combined with your small group journey. OR TAKE IT PRIVATE

BOOK YOUR AIR WITH A&K

With a Handcrafted Bespoke Private Journey

Let Our Experts Arrange Your Flights

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you or you would prefer to travel privately on an itinerary fully customised to your interests, talk to an A&K Travel Consultant or your travel agent about an A&K Private Journey to any of the destinations and regions in this book, or more than 100 countries around the world.

Drawing upon decades of experience in air travel, our dedicated air team knows how and when to book the best flights for your journey. We know which flights work well with our itineraries — and our relationships with a wide range of partner airlines work to your advantage in a number of ways. Contact A&K or your travel agent for more information.

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DOHA STOPOVERS Break your journey to or from Australia with a stopover in Doha

Doha, Qatar

This dynamic Gulf city is the world’s richest in one of the fastest-growing countries on the planet. Its ever-changing skyline and evolving culture give the place a unique style and confidence. With glittering skyscrapers and traditional souqs, man-made islands and world beating museums, Doha offers incredible cultural experiences plus outstanding shopping and a host of desert adventures.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DOHA

THE ST REGIS DOHA

With palatial Arabic luxury right on the sea, in the heart of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Doha is smoothly efficient and deeply relaxing. Luxury guest rooms and suites are filled with soft natural light, classic furnishings and sublime views while attentive hotel staff anticipate every guest need ensuring an unrivalled stay. With five pools and a curve of beach, a fitness centre and tennis courts, your leisure needs are covered and dining choices in ten restaurants and lounges including the world’s largest Nobu and casual beachside cuisine.

Located in the heart of West Bay, adjacent to the Pearl Island and close to the Diplomatic Area, The St. Regis Doha boasts 336 Rooms and Suites. The St. Regis Butler Service is part of the St. Regis signatures and promises every guest a truly memorable stay. There is a collection of carefully selected restaurants, bars and lounges, the St Regis Athletics Club and an exclusive sanctuary of rejuvenation at the signature Remède Spa, featuring 22 private treatment rooms.

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FLY QATAR AIRWAYS Explore over 150 destinations across the globe with Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways is one of the youngest global airlines to serve all six continents, and the world’s fastest-growing. Travel from Australia to more than 150 destinations worldwide every day, on a fleet of the latest-generation aircraft, and an unrivalled level of service.

FIRST CLASS

BUSINESS CLASS

ECONOMY CLASS

Luxurious and elegant décor underlines a sense of generous space in the First Class cabin. Experience refinement and attentive personal service in your own private space and relish the myriad of exclusive offerings, handpicked to make your travel experience unforgettable. Qatar Airways’ award-winning cabin crew looks after your every need and delivers a world-class service.

Experience the great design of a high-tech oasis, where you can settle into unparalleled comfort, and adapt your personal space to suit your needs. Catch some sleep or get productive with a generous work surface and enjoy up to 4,000 in-flight entertainment options, delicious dine-on-demand cuisine, and legendary hospitality.

Settle into a personal space with room to eat, sleep, and stretch out. On every long-haul flight, every seat comes with an amenity kit of comfort essentials plus up to 4,000 entertainment options at your fingertips.

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EXPERIENCE THE NEW MARCO POLO CLUB A REWARDS PROGRAM FOR FREQUENT A&K TRAVELLERS Created to recognise and reward our most loyal guests, the Marco Polo Club® is open to everyone who travels on three or more journeys with Abercrombie & Kent. Among the club’s benefits is a five-percent discount on almost any new booking made within nine months of returning from an A&K journey. This discount also applies to any immediate family member(s) travelling with the Marco Polo Club member. And solo travellers are entitled to a 50% discount on most single supplements booked at any time.

Marco Polo Club members also enjoy recognition in other ways with a place on the priority waitlist for sold-out journeys, a members-only onboard reception on A&K Luxury Expedition Cruises, and a variety of exclusive communications and events. To learn more about A&K’s Marco Polo Club, visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au/ marcopoloclub

TRAVEL THREE TIMES WITH A&K, AND YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAVE 5% ON A&K JOURNEYS. SOLO TRAVELLERS SAVE 50% ON SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

EARN QANTAS POINTS ON GRAND A&K ADVENTURES Abercrombie & Kent guests can earn Qantas Points on A&K journeys, including 2019 Limited Edition Small Group Journeys*. *You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer Member to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and the earning and redemption of Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Terms and Conditions, available at qantas.com/terms Qantas Frequent Flyer Members can earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on Eligible Products.

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Eligible Product(s) include any new International or domestic private journey, 2018 Hosted Small Group Journey or 2019 Limited Edition Small Group Journey with a land itinerary of seven nights or more* (excluding taxes and credit card fees), created by Abercrombie & Kent. Excludes flights. Qantas Points shall be awarded based upon the final amount spent on Eligible Products. If Eligible Products are purchased in currencies other than AU$, the amount of Qantas Points earned will be calculated based on the exchange rate of the day when final payment was made. Conditions apply. See the website for full terms and conditions.


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BE A PART OF TRAVEL THAT CHANGES LIVES Make a deeper local connection on your next journey with a visit to an Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy project. Transforming Travel The travel industry is in the midst of a transformation toward greater equity and sustainability. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) is dedicated to positively impacting lives and livelihoods in the communities where our guests travel. We are equally committed to ensuring guests learn about our philanthropic investments as an integral part of their travel experience.

Look for this symbol for opportunities to visit an A&K Philanthropy project on your Luxury Small Group Journey.

Sharing a Journey That Matters While an A&K journey reveals all kinds of inspiring experiences, our guests often find their visit to an AKP project the most stirring. You’ll find these unique opportunities on many of our journeys, affording a wealth of interactions and insights you won’t find anywhere else. Whether celebrating a newly opened school or the beauty of an ecosystem brought back from the brink, these visits forge memories that last a lifetime. Building on a Solid Foundation Established in 1982, AKP is dedicated to giving back to the vibrant communities we’re so privileged to share with our guests. Our local offices seek out and support grassroots projects in these communities, and we’re now deeply involved in more than 30 education, conservation, healthcare and community enterprise projects in 18 countries.

Sustaining an Unmatched Local Presence With full-time, locally based coordinators serving our partner communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, India, Peru, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, AKP is fostering philanthropic commitments unprecedented in the travel industry. Focused on making the most of our efforts in the field, these community development professionals are also uniquely qualified to share these projects with you, our guests. If you’d like to meet one of our Philanthropy Coordinators and experience an AKP project firsthand, please contact A&K or your travel agent to arrange a site visit on your next journey. You can also learn more by visiting akphilanthropy.org

AKP PROJECTS ON A&K SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS › Enkereri Primary School | The Great Migration Safari in Style, Kenya Safari in Style, Masai Mara Extension › Nakatindi Community & School | Botswana Safari in Style › Ilboru School for Children with Special Needs | Tanzania Safari in Style › Botswana Rhino Conservation Program | Botswana Safari in Style, Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail › Bwindi Community Hospital & Nursing School | Uganda Extension › Cambodia Clean Water Project | Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat › Children of the Rainbow School | Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley › Save the Florentine Monuments | Italian Treasures: Rome, Florence & Venice

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CASE STUDY: BWINDI BIKE SHOP Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy launched an Australian arm in 2018. Working with Bicycles for Humanity, AKP Australia recently shipped several hundred bikes to the Bwindi Women Bicycle Enterprise, part of the AKP Bike Shop Program. The Bwindi Bike Shop employs five local women from the communities around the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to A&K’s Sanctuary Retreats Gorilla Forest Camp and some of the world’s last remaining communities of mountain gorilla. The women in the Bike Shop have gone through an extensive training program to learn business skills and how to be bike mechanics, and they have used the shipments of used bikes and the shipping

containers themselves to set up a village bike shop and tourism enterprise. The project has given these women the opportunity to earn a much-needed income while also giving their community vital access to transportation. In addition to being a viable business model, the bike shop serves as a social enterprise, with a portion of the profits set aside to be used in charitable initiatives in the community such as the school fee sponsorship of orphaned students, and investments in local health care and conservation initiatives. The Bwindi Bike Shop can be visited on the Uganda PostTour Extension to the Great Migration Safari journey.

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Why Choose an A&K Safari While others may appear to offer a safari experience comparable to Abercrombie & Kent, A&K safaris remain unmatched. What makes A&K the world’s best safari company, year after year? More than 55 Years of On-the-Ground Experience

Custom Safari Vehicles We Design, Build and Own

Excellence Recognized by Travellers and Travel Pros

From our start in Kenya in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent pioneered the modern luxury African safari, taking our guests on grand adventures into the wilderness, but always being sure to do it in style. In the early days, the founding family would take along the family silverware and fine china, along with British army issue safari tents. More than five decades later, A&K is still setting the standard for an African journey like no other, delivering authentic, inspiring experiences beyond the usual tourist destinations. Where other safari companies subcontract their services from a continent away, we live and work every day in the very areas you visit.

While other safari providers rent or lease their vehicles, A&K owns and maintains its own custom fleet — the finest in East Africa. Our fleet is built to our specifications, with high front and side windows providing great views; air conditioning in most vehicles (a blessing on hot afternoons in the bush); a refrigerator filled with chilled water; and even Wi-Fi access.

A&K’s African safaris have won acclaim from guests and travel professionals alike. We’ve been named Best Tour Operator in Africa for 12 years running by the readers of Travel Weekly and Best Africa/Middle East Tour Operator by readers of TravelAge West and Recommend. In Africa and throughout the world, A&K sets the standard.

Only the Finest Safari Camps and Lodges

A Safari Bag Designed By the Pros

A Peerless Local Presence Our long-standing connections — and 11 permanent, full-time offices in Africa — allow us to offer the most desirable room categories, the best game-viewing locations for lodges and camps, and unmatched service at every stage of your journey. Simply the Best Safari Guides A&K’s safari guides are handpicked for their expertise in the culture, flora and wildlife of Africa. In Kenya, every A&K guide has attained a minimum bronze-level certification by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association; in fact, we have the most of any tour operator. The Most Successful Kilimanjaro Climbing Operation How do you achieve a summit rate of 97%? By strictly managing every detail of every climb to give you the best chance at success. See our website for more details on our Snows of Kilimanjaro expedition to the summit of Africa’s highest peak..

Retreat daily to your own authentic, verandafronted tent or amenity-laden lodge to enjoy an unexpected haven of five-star comfort in the heart of Africa. From Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp in Tanzania, and Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in Botswana, to Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti and renowned Gibb’s Farm, our safaris feature luxurious accommodations expertly positioned away from the crowds and near an abundance of wildlife and scenic views. A Long-Standing Commitment to Local Communities Conservation and philanthropy were integral parts of A&K long before they were fashionable. Working hand-in-hand with local tribes and villages, we fund schools and clinics, and generate opportunities for employment that benefit their communities. Grassroots Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy projects like these are included on several of our Africa itineraries, welcoming our guests to participate in travel that changes lives.

Guests on our African safaris receive a complimentary A&K duffle bag, designed to the same exacting standards as the journey itself. Our bag is perfectly sized to hold your safari essentials while meeting all baggage size restrictions for your Africa flights.

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SOUTHERN AFRICA OR EAST AFRICA As you decide which A&K safari journey best suits your travel interests, it helps to understand how the safari experience differs between East Africa and Southern Africa. SOUTHERN AFRICA: DYNAMIC AND DIVERSE

EAST AFRICA: A CLASSIC APPEAL

Southern Africa, an area encompassing Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, offers dynamic topography. From the upland forests of Botswana to incomparable Victoria Falls, which borders both Zambia and Zimbabwe, and from the stark, stunning sand dunes of the Namib Desert to the bushveld of South Africa’s private reserves, variety abounds.

East Africa (including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) is the definition of classic safari country. Home to the vast Serengeti and Masai Mara as well as the teeming Ngorongoro Crater, East Africa has formed the backdrop for legendary safari expeditions since the days of Ernest Hemingway and Isak Dinesen, and served as the birthplace of A&K.

Southern African wildlife is similarly diverse, with the iconic big cats — lions, leopards and cheetahs — always on the prowl. In Botswana, the lush Okavango Delta draws a profusion of species, including hippos, giraffes, crocodiles, rhinos and baboons, which A&K guests encounter in the uncrowded intimacy of private game reserves.

In northern Tanzania, the seemingly endless horizon of East Africa yields to Mount Kilimanjaro — the tallest mountain in Africa, at 5,895m feet. Those who would conquer it can do so in style with A&K, enjoying the highest summit rate of any operator in Africa.

The nation of South Africa offers first-rate culinary and cultural opportunities, ranging from tastings at award-winning wineries, such as Haute Cabriere Wine Estate in the ruggedly beautiful Cape Winelands, to visits to historical sites and the majestic Table Mountain in the country’s cosmopolitan “Mother City,” Cape Town.

Wildlife viewing throughout Kenya and Tanzania is reliably spectacular. The famed “Big Five” — lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalo — are sighted here in vast numbers and on a regular basis, along with hundreds of other species, ranging from wildebeests and zebras to antelopes and cheetahs. And up-close encounters with endangered mountain gorillas are available, on an extension with A&K that takes you trekking through the mountain forests of Uganda. East Africa’s wide-open grasslands also bear witness to the Great Migration (see map below), when millions of wildebeests, zebras, antelopes and other herd animals make their annual trek in search of water and fresh grazing land, stalked by predators every step of the way. One of nature’s most incredible spectacles, the Great Migration vividly illustrates the timeless cycle of life and death in the wild.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT A&K SAFARI When it comes to an African safari, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. We offer a variety of itineraries to suit every safari-goer. Safari in Style — Our Flagship Luxury Adventure From the beginning, A&K has set the standard for the modern-day luxury safari and never more so than with our flagship Safari in Style journeys. Offering you the very best in boutique safari lodgings expressly designed for smaller groups — including our select portfolio of exquisite luxury tented camps — this is the most authentic and luxurious way to experience the African bush. Rise in the morning, attended to by your own tent butler, indulge in cocktails and gourmet meals by a fire, and retreat each night to your plush accommodations under starry African skies.

Wildlife Safari — Ideal for Your First Visit to Africa

AFTER YOU CHOOSE YOUR SAFARI, COUNT ON A&K

Wildlife Safari journeys are a wonderful way to experience Africa for the first time. These safaris take place at spacious, comfortable lodges and camps located in scenic stretches of Africa’s most popular game parks and reserves. Wildlife Safaris journey to prime game-viewing locations, allowing you to take in a panorama of daily life in the African bush.

Whichever way you choose to explore Africa, Abercrombie & Kent, with its 11 full-time offices across the continent and six decades’ experience in luxury safari travel, is uniquely qualified to make yours the journey of a lifetime.

Family Safari — Featuring Activities Kids Love Our Family Safaris include age-appropriate activities during your journey, supported by additional A&K staff where needed. Children on a Family Safari may make tribal masks or jewellery and identify animal tracks — unforgettable fun that brings Africa’s culture to life. The accommodations chosen for these journeys also welcome young visitors and feature swimming pools and other familyfriendly amenities.

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BOTSWANA SAFARI IN STYLE 10 DAYS | JOHANNESBURG – VICTORIA FALLS – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK – OKAVANGO DELTA

Elephants at sunset, Okavango Delta

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Wild and remote, blessed with abundant wildlife and unashamedly luxurious lodgings, Botswana is a safari destination par excellence. On this flagship journey, you’ll glide through the palm-fringed waterways of the beautiful Okavango Delta on a traditional dugout canoe, drive across rich floodplains on the lookout for predators and their prey, explore the elephant-rich Chobe National Park on land and by water, and marvel at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls from several viewpoints. You’re invited into a Zambian village to see the life-changing work being done there by A&K Philanthropy, and cruise along the mighty Zambezi River at sunset.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

JAN 7–16, FEB 8–17, MAR 5–14, MAR 14–23*

$13,260 pp

APR 9–18, APR 16–25

$14,595 pp

APR 22–MAY 1*, MAY 2–11, MAY 8–17, MAY 17–26*, MAY 21–30, MAY 31–JUN 9*

$15,925 pp

JUN 9–18, JUN 13–22, JUN 19–28, JUN 21–30*

$19,260 pp

$1,995

$2,660

$3,725

$6,660

JUL 1–10, JUL 7–16, JUL 12–21*, JUL 24–AUG 2, JUL 31–AUG 9, $21,260 pp JUL 31–AUG 9, AUG 7–16, AUG 9–18*, AUG 18–27, AUG 29–SEP 7 $7,995 SEP 5–14, SEP 16–25, SEP 22–OCT 1, SEP 30–OCT 9

$19,925 pp

OCT 11–20*, OCT 13–22*, OCT 19–28*, OCT 22–31

$19,260 pp

NOV 4–13*

$15,260 pp

DEC 18–27

$21,260 pp

$7,060

$6,660

$3,725

$7,995

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $2,600 per person. *Days 6–7 at Belmond Khwai River Lodge. Days 8–9 at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Mokoro excursion

Red lechwe on the move, Okavango Delta

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS ZAMBIA LIVINGSTONE 2 CHOBE NATIONAL VICTORIA FALLS PARK 2 OKAVANGO 4 ZIMBABWE DELTA MAUN

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› Get tips on capturing the best images of the “Big Five” during a private lecture with a professional photographer

› Take a privately guided tour of thundering Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides › Coast along the Zambezi River on a relaxing sunset cruise

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› Spot elephants in their hundreds in Chobe National Park

› Glide through the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe)

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› Explore the myriad habitats of Botswana’s jewel in the crown, the Okavango Delta

› See the inspirational work being done by A&K Philanthropy to support health, education and micro-businesses in Nakatindi Village › Stay in intimate, boutique-style camps and lodges, available only to small groups or individual guests.


Day 4: Victoria Falls | The Smoke That Thunders. Drive across to Zimbabwe to see the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, this time from another angle, amidst the mist that inspired its original name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”). Afterwards, visit an artist’s village, and meet local artisans. Enjoy lunch in the town of Victoria Falls before continuing to Chobe National Park in Botswana, where you settle into your lodge with panoramic views across the islands and floodplains of the Chobe River. This afternoon, set out on a game drive with sightings of elephant — a staggering 120,000 live in the park — impala, buffalo and possibly lion. Return to the lodge to relax before dinner. Later, drift off to sleep, serenaded by the sounds of Africa beneath a blanket of stars. B,L,D | Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa. Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner prepared with locally sourced ingredients, with a professional photographer on hand to offer tips for the days ahead. D | Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa Day 2: Livingstone, Zambia | Sundowner River Cruise. Fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and continue to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, your luxury tree house accommodation built into the riverside canopy. At twilight, cruise the Zambezi River, sipping cocktails and gazing out across a verdant and teeming land beneath the boundless African sky. B,L,D | Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Day 3: Livingstone | Nakatindi Village Visit. A guided walking tour of Victoria Falls from the Zambian side, where the mighty Zambezi River cascades over a two kilometre-wide basalt lip. Later, gain insight into local daily life with a visit to a school and clinic supported by A&K Philanthropy in nearby Nakatindi Village. Return to camp for a cocktail and a Chef’s Table tasting of traditional Zambian fare. B,L,D | Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

Day 5: Chobe National Park, Botswana | Chobe River Safari. Set out on a game drive at sunrise to catch the animals at the start of their day, when they are most active. You may even glimpse a leopard returning from the hunt. Later, embark on a Chobe River safari cruise aboard a double-decker boat and watch for crocodiles and hippos, as well as elephants that come down to drink and play in the water. The park’s beautiful wetlands also lure a wealth of birdlife to the region, including raptors, vultures and waterfowl. B,L,D | Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Days 6-7: Okavango Delta | Wetlands & Wildlife. Fly to a vast private concession in the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure with a choice of game viewing activities, including a mokoro (dugout canoe) ride through the waterways of the delta (seasonal) or a night-time game drive, made possible on this private reserve. The next morning, set off on a thrilling, guided game drive in a customised 4WD vehicle or a bush walk in the company of an armed, expert guide, on the lookout for giraffe, hippo, lion and cheetah. B,L,D | Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp/ Belmond Khwai River Lodge Day 8: Okavango Delta | Predator Capital. Fly across the Okavango Delta to your next amazing safari camp, where you enjoy incredible game drives in or around the Moremi Game Reserve. Widely acknowledged as the “Predator Capital of the World,” this area offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa and is one of the best places in Botswana to see the

country’s “Big Five” — lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. This afternoon, take advantage of game viewing activities led by experienced driver-guides or enjoy the views from your private deck. B,L,D | Sanctuary Chief’s Camp/Belmond Eagle Island Lodge Day 9: Okavango Delta | Remarkable Game Drives. Depart on another spectacular early morning game drive. Beyond predators, the Okavango Delta draws large concentrations of elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, giraffe and impala. Enjoy a seasonal mokoro ride for a rare safari opportunity across deceptively quiet marshlands alive with crocodiles, bathing hippos, birds and tiny red reed frogs. On an afternoon game drive, listen for roaring lions on the hunt or spy nocturnal animals as they emerge from their daytime rest. After a full day of game viewing, return to your camp to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner. B,L,D | Sanctuary Chief’s Camp/Belmond Eagle Island Lodge Day 10: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa. Fly to Johannesburg for your flight home. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

CAPE TOWN POST-TOUR EXTENSION

One of the world’s great cities, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Constantia wine tastings, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, penguins at Boulders Beach. 4 DAYS FROM $3,325 PP TWIN

See website for details

AKP supported projects: Nakatindi Community & School, Botswana Rhino Conservation Program

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SOUTH AFRICA & VICTORIA 9 DAYS | CAPE TOWN – GREATER KRUGER AREA – VICTORIA FALLS

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From the Cape to Kruger, this unique journey combines the breathtaking harbour city of Cape Town, where unmatched views and cultural attractions are guaranteed to inspire, with prime game viewing in one of the finest private reserves in the region. Explore the scenic surrounds of Cape Point, the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens as well as the city’s vibrant waterfront area. On safari, there are high hopes of spotting the “Big Five”, some intriguing nocturnal species and the more elusive creatures of the bush as well as dazzling birdlife. You’ll be bowled over by the level of sophistication at your safari lodge where every detail is taken care of. There’s a memorable end to the journey at thundering Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES JAN 9–17*, JAN 20–28*, JAN 31–FEB 8**, FEB 8–16, FEB 18–26, MAR 3–11*, MAR 5–13 †, MAR 18–26, APR 4–12**, APR 19–27, MAY 11–19, MAY 22–30**, MAY 25–JUN 2, MAY 31–JUN 8*, JUN 11–19**, JUN 23–JUL 1, JUL 5–13*, JUL 18–26**, JUL 26–AUG 3*, AUG 9–17, AUG 14–22**, AUG 16–24, AUG 25–SEP 2, SEP 1–9, SEP 17–25 †, SEP 19–27, SEP 29–OCT 7, OCT 11–19*, OCT 15–23**, OCT 25–NOV 2, OCT 30–NOV 7, NOV 15–23*, NOV 29–DEC 7, DEC 12–20** PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $13,960 pp SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

$3,860

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $2,635 per person. * Days 7–8 at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel. ** Days 4–6 at MalaMala Main Camp. † Days 1–3 at Belmond Mount Nelson. Days 4–6 at MalaMala Main Camp. Days 7–8 at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel. Victoria Falls, ‘The Smoke That Thunders’

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Experience South Africa’s diverse wonders, from cosmopolitan Cape Town to an authentic bush safari, and walk beside thundering Victoria Falls on a concise, revealing itinerary enhanced by A&K’s hallmark small group size

› Enjoy an unmatched safari experience filled with game drives, bush walks and wildlife lectures, while staying at a lodge located on a game-rich private reserve next to Kruger National Park

› Stand atop Table Mountain overlooking the impressive Twelve Apostles range

› Cruise the Zambezi River at sunset with a sundowner cocktail in hand, and soak up the fiery African sky

› Tour the spectacular Cape of Good Hope and see the African penguin colony on Boulders Beach

› Explore magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, on a private walking tour

ZAMBIA LIVINGSTONE VICTORIA 2 FALLS

ZIMBABWE

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

BOTSWANA JOHANNESBURG

GREATER 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

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Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa. Arrive in Cape Town, a breathtaking harbour city where old and new converge. With its unparalleled location lapped by the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and cradled by towering Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, the city has a warm cultural heart, a thriving restaurant scene, sunny beaches and impressive architecture. You are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel. One&Only Cape Town / Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Day 2: Cape Town | Table Mountain & Historic City Sights. Wind your way through the scenic, shrub-dotted landscape to Table Mountain; ascend to its sky-high plateau by cable car (weather permitting) for dazzling views of city and sea. Next, venture to old Cape Town with views of notable buildings, including Groote Kerk (South Africa’s oldest church) and City Hall on the Grand Parade, Cape Town’s largest square. Continue past the pentagonal Castle of Good Hope. Built by the Dutch East India Company as a maritime refreshment station, it later became the centre of military life in the Cape. When available, stop at Streetwires for an artisan visit, where locals come together to craft unique, handmade wire and bead art, now successfully exported to over 15 countries worldwide. After lunch, visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden alongside a private local guide. At tonight’s welcome dinner, relax as a resident chef and sommelier guide you through a progressive, contemporary feast. B,L,D | One&Only Cape Town / Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel


guest ratio of three to one assures unmatched personalised service. Once you are settled into your elegant accommodation, set off in search of the “Big Five” — elephant, lion, rhino, Cape buffalo and leopard — and other wildlife.

WINELANDS PRE-TOUR EXTENSION

B,L,D | Lion Sands River Lodge / MalaMala Main Camp

Alert and poised

Day 3: Cape Town | Spectacular Views from Cape Point. Discover Cape Point, the mountainous and scenic promontory at the southwestern tip of the continent. Embark on a journey past the “bikini beaches” at the base of the towering Twelve Apostles Mountains, bucolic Hout Bay with its bustling harbour and over famous Chapman’s Peak. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bontebok, chacma baboons and several endemic plant species. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at blustery Cape Point, which presides over treacherous reefs, sandy beaches and, from July to November, breathtaking views of Southern right whales. At Boulders Beach, visit a colony of endangered African penguins which provide endless photo opportunities. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure. B,L | One&Only Cape Town / Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Day 4: Greater Kruger Area | Private Game Reserves. Fly to either Lion Sands, located in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, or MalaMala Private Game Reserve. Both of these wildliferich properties are privately owned and each reserve borders Kruger National Park offering the very finest safari experience. Lion Sands River Lodge lies on the banks of the Sabie River. Facing due east, the lodge catches the sun as it rises over Kruger National Park. Hosted by the fourth generation of a family, this home away from home embodies spirit and warmth. Legendary MalaMala Main Camp is set on the lush banks of the Sand River on a private reserve long heralded for its superb game watching. Air-conditioned guest rooms boast spectacular views of the surrounding bush, the main lounge overlooks an active watering hole, and a staff-to-

Days 5-6: Greater Kruger Area | Sighting Africa’s “Big Five”. Spend two days immersed in the private game reserve experience. Embark on game drives in open safari vehicles and head out on early morning game walks with your ranger. This region is one of the finest in Africa for its high density of wildlife, which often appears right in front of you. As you explore, learn about the flora and fauna as well as basic tracking skills. Also today, participate in an A&K Chef’s Table culinary experience, preparing a traditional South African dish. At dusk, stop for a sundowner, and then search for nocturnal animals before returning to the lodge for dinner. B,L,D | Lion Sands River Lodge / MalaMala Main Camp

Wander the quaint town of Franschhoek, with its Cape Dutch architecture, visiting top wine estates. Explore Stellenbosch too with wine and chocolate tastings. 3 DAYS FROM $3,725 PP TWIN

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HWANGE POST-TOUR EXTENSION

Day 7: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | Thunderous Cascades. Today, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to your iconic hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon at leisure, anticipating tomorrow’s visit to the falls once called Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”). B,L,D | The Victoria Falls Hotel / Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel Day 8: Victoria Falls | Zambezi River Cruise with Sundowners. Take a guided walking tour of breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and explore the surrounding rainforest. See rainbows and clouds of spray as the two kilometre wide Upper Zambezi plummets into the Lower Zambezi. Afterwards, you have an opportunity to shop for handicrafts at the local market. At sunset, cruise along the mighty Zambezi River, viewing elephants on the shore and hippos in the shallows, while sipping a cocktail for a delightfully relaxing Scenic Sundowner. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner.

Go on safari in Zimbabwe’s largest national park, featuring over 105 species of mammal, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores, as well as over 400 bird species. 4 DAYS FROM $3,060 PP TWIN

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B,D | The Victoria Falls Hotel / Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel Day 9: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa. Fly to Johannesburg for onward flight arrangements. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa: Cape Town & The Floral Kingdom 7 DAYS | CAPE TOWN – GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

Explore the beautiful gardens and vibrant townships of historic Cape Town, and witness the marine and horticultural wonders of the Western Cape on this unique journey. South Africa boasts the third highest level of biodiversity on the planet, and the Western Cape is especially rich in natural appeal. Entertaining specialist guides will introduce you to the region’s horticultural attractions, historic farms, magnificent gardens, extraordinary marine life and fascinating culture. You’ll learn the critical botanical importance of the fynbos bushland, and go in search of the ‘Marine Big 5’ where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. This journey also features some of South Africa’s finest hotels and lodgings.

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2019 DEPARTURE DATES MAY 16–22, OCT 8–14 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $8,445 pp SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

$2,495

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

Consider combining this with our Limited Edition ‘Namibia: Unearthed’ (page 40).

Magnificent Cape Town

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Grootbos Forest Lodge

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Stroll through the historic and colourful streets of Cape Town

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› Visit a township farm in the Cape Flats and meet the locals to learn about sustainable gardening › Soak up a Cape sunset with sundowners on the slopes of Table Mountain amongst the fynbos › Wander through the extraordinary gardens of Babylonstoren, an historic Cape Dutch farm

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› Explore in-depth the unique pristine wilderness of Grootbos Nature Reserve › Learn about the region’s incomparable flowers and plants from a botanist on a 4WD wildflower safari › Cruise the waters off Gansbaai with a marine biologist in search of whales (October departure) and other marine mammals

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Marine ‘Big 5’ experience, Gansbaai

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town. On arrival in the Mother City, transfer to your iconic hotel located at the foot of Table Mountain. The evening is yours to enjoy the hotel’s elegant surrounds or head down to fashionable Kloof Street for a night out. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Day 2: Cape Town. Head off on foot today for a stroll through the historic streets of Cape Town. The route winds its way through vibrant Green Market Square to District Six Museum, a memorial to the forced movement of 60,000 inhabitants of various races in District Six during the apartheid era. Amble through the peaceful Company Gardens and admire many of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Grand Parade, Castle of Good Hope and City Hall, where Nelson Mandela was welcomed back after 27 years in prison. This afternoon, tour the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art with the curator, followed by a welcome dinner at The Silo, Cape Town’s most talked-about hotel, situated above the museum. B,D | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Day 3: Cape Town. South Africa’s townships are vestiges of the apartheid era where non-whites were segregated in often underdeveloped urban areas. Today they play an important role in the life of the city and its surrounds. You’ll visit the Moya we Khaya Peace Garden, one of the most successful township farms in Khayelitsha in the Cape Flats. This inspiring project encourages people to combat poverty through growing food sustainably and organically. Over a cup of tea, meet project director Mama Kaba to hear about township life and how the garden was established. After a stroll around the gardens,

roll up your sleeves and pick the vegetables which will be taken back to the hotel for your chefs to prepare a delicious farm-to-fork lunch. Late this afternoon, head out to explore the lower slopes of Table Mountain on foot with a botanical guide who will introduce you to the remarkable diversity of fynbos, the native bushland of the southern Cape’s coastal plains and mountains which is under threat. South Africa’s national flower, the king protea, is perhaps the most famous species of fynbos. Sundowners and canapés on the mountainside are a perfect end to the day. B | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Day 4: Cape Town – Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Heading out of the city you travel south to the historic village of Stellenbosch and on to Babylonstoren. Dating back to 1692, this historic Cape Dutch farm boasts one of the best preserved farmyards in the Cape. Treasured for its magnificent garden, laid out over 3.5 hectares, you’ll be escorted on a guided walking tour of the grounds. Continue to Franschhoek for lunch, before a walking tour of the charming village. Arrive at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve later this afternoon. Overlooking Walker Bay and falling within the Cape Floristic Kingdom, one of only six recognised floral kingdoms in the world, Grootbos Nature Reserve is an ecoparadise nestled between mountain and sea, showcasing the incredible flora and marine life of the southern tip of Africa. Revel in the ‘Marine Big 5’ (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins) and in the unparalleled floral diversity which Grootbos offers. B,L,D | Grootbos Forest Lodge

Day 5: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Botanical attractions abound today on your 4WD flower safari. With the richest temperate flora in the world, Grootbos will give you an entirely different perspective on plants and flowers as the fascinating story of fynbos and forest is brought to life. Observe how a sunbird’s beak fits perfectly into a flower, learn why the honey produced by Grootbos’ bees is completely unique, and how important bush fires are for rejuvenation. Later this afternoon take an entrancing stroll through the Milkwood forest or a more energetic hike up the fynbos-clad mountains, revealing a little more of what makes Grootbos so special. Trails are all well marked and there are guided or self-guided walks B,L,D | Grootbos Forest Lodge Day 6: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Heading out onto the water today, board a whale watching boat in Gansbaai for a marine biologistled trip taking in the unique marine wildlife of the area. Sightings of Southern Right Whale on their migratory path to the sub-Antarctic are common between July and December as well as dolphins, penguins, seals and great white sharks. In the afternoon, hone your bird-watching skills on an excursion to a unique coastal birding hotspot. With 118 different bird species and experienced guides, Grootbos offers a rich and varied birding experience. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner. B,L,D | Grootbos Forest Lodge Day 7: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Cape Town. After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town Airport for your onward flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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NAMIBIA

Namibia Unearthed 14 DAYS | WINDHOEK – SOSSUSVLEI – SWAKOPMUND – DAMARALAND – ONGAVA GAME RESERVE – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – ONGUMA GAME RESERVE – OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE – WINDHOEK

Venture into a vast landscape of shimmering salt pans, red dunes, glittering oceans and haunting coastlines where the sunsets are unforgettable and the wildlife abundant. This is Namibia, home to the Big Five and the Marine Big Five, and some of the continent’s finest game reserves. With specialist guiding throughout, you’ll get an intimate understanding of the country’s ecology and wildlife and its ancient cultures. Photography enthusiasts will have outstanding opportunities to focus their lenses on big game and small, dramatic landscapes and tribal portraits, bringing home unforgettable memories of a unique part of the world.

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The mighty dunes of Sossusvlei

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

MAY 22–JUN 4

$14,995 pp

$1,545

OCT 14–27

$15,995 pp

$1,795

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Charter flights included as per itinerary. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 12

Consider combining this with our Limited Edition ‘South Africa: Cape Town & the Floral Kingdom’ (page 36).

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Etosha National Park

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

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› Travel in an intimate group of no more than 12 guests › Focus your lens with outstanding photographic opportunities › Climb some of the world’s highest freestanding sand dunes at Sossusvlei

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› Spend the night in a star bed gazing at one of the clearest skies in the world › See desert adapted wildlife including the elusive desert elephant at Damaraland › Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein

2 SOSSUSVLEI

› Get a birds-eye view of dramatic dune and desert landscapes from light aircraft › Catamaran marine cruise in Walvis Bay led by a marine biologist

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› Be welcomed into the homes of the proud Himba people › Marvel at Africa’s most remarkable conservation movement with visits to animal and community projects


Day 1: Arrive Windhoek. A warm welcome to the Namibian capital by A&K and a transfer to your cool and contemporary boutique hotel located in the heart of the city. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner.

mola mola and leatherback turtles can also be spotted. Freshly shucked oysters with sparkling wine and snacks complete your outing.

D | The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel

Day 6: Swakopmund – Damaraland. Today, head north and inland to the wonderful and diverse Damaraland where you bed down at luxury tented Mowani Mountain Camp, jumping off point for the following day’s adventures.

Day 2: Windhoek – Sossusvlei. A private light aircraft delivers you south to the majestic Sossusvlei dunes where your accommodation at Kulala Desert Lodge awaits. Head out into the desert in search of the fascinating flora and fauna. B,L,D | Kulala Desert Lodge Day 3: Sossusvlei. Today is an adventure into the world famous Sossusvlei dunes which are situated in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This photogenic area is famous for its large, red sand dunes, which are some of the tallest in the world. At the foot of the dunes look out for the stark skeletons of trees in an area known as Dead Vlei. Before lunch, we’ll visit Sesriem Canyon for breathtaking views and a fascinating walk. Choose what works for you this afternoon: head out on a nature drive or simply relax at the lodge. Desert-adapted wildlife found in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve includes ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyena and the occasional brown hyena. Smaller creatures such as bateared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf can also be seen. B,L,D | Kulala Desert Lodge Day 4: Sossusvlei – Swakopmund. Wing your way by private light aircraft north to Swakopmund via the scenic route (weather dependent) with bird’s-eye views of Sossusvlei and the dune sea that stretches all the way to the coast. Then veer north along the coastline (fog permitting) over abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks, salt pans and Walvis Bay lagoon before landing. On arrival you are met and transferred to your seaside hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this small, coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. B,L | Strand Hotel Day 5: Swakopmund. A catamaran cruise this morning in search of the marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, mola mola, leatherback turtles and seals. Sail to Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse and 60,000 resident Cape fur seals. Keep an eye out for larger mammals too, such as the Southern Right and Humpback Whale, which migrate through the area with other whale species often seen, such as the grey whale and the pygmy right whale. Dolphins,

B | Strand Hotel

B,L,D | Mowani Mountain Camp Day 7: Damaraland. Take off into this remarkable region by 4WD, scouring the river valleys for game. Your guides will share their intimate knowledge while local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences. Explore the dunes in search of the rare desert adapted elephant. An extraordinary viewing this afternoon at World Heritage listed Twyfelfontein which has one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in Africa. The impressive rock art galleries depict an extraordinary diversity of wild animals and footprints. B,L,D | Mowani Mountain Camp Day 8: Damaraland – Ongava Game Reserve. First stop on the journey today is a remote Himba settlement in Kaokoland. The Himba are one of the last of Namibia’s traditional people with proud customs and traditions. Gain an insight into their extraordinary, unchanged way of life and their everyday routines when you visit a village. At the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, venture into the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve and your lodge at the top of a hill. From this magnificent vantage point, beautiful views overlook a waterhole, wellfrequented by game, and the plains beyond. B,L,D | Ongava Lodge Day 9: Etosha National Park – Onguma Game Reserve. An extraordinary day of game viewing in Etosha N.P. where waterholes in the desert terrain attract a wide range of animals from lion, leopard, elephant and rhino to giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah and much more. Arrive at Onguma Game Reserve late today. This evening, soak up one of Namibia’s finest sunsets as you gaze over the beautiful sparseness of the Etosha pans.

Day 10: Onguma Game Reserve. A day to relax and soak up your idyllic bush surrounds, or head out again on safari. The reserve covers an area of over 34,000 hectares and is home to over 30 different animal species, including lion, black rhino, leopard and hyena, plus more than 300 bird species. This part of Namibia has been identified as one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa. A sunset drive with your guides reveals many more bush surprises. B,L,D | Onguma – The Fort Day 11: Onguma Game Reserve – Okonjima Nature Reserve. The journey heads south today to Okonjima, your luxury lodge, which is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetah and leopard. This afternoon, head out on a leopard tracking mission. These beautiful predators are frequently seen here on the 20,000 hectare reserve, although sightings are never guaranteed. B,L,D | Okonjima Bush Camp Day 12: Okonjima Nature Reserve. A fascinating cultural encounter awaits today on the Bushman Trail. Head out on foot into the reserve to learn about making traditional artefacts and how the San bushmen adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Alternatively, you may join a radio-tracking mission on foot in search of rehabilitated spotted hyenas. During the afternoon, visit AfriCat’s Carnivore Care and Information Centre to see firsthand the invaluable conservation work being carried out and how the programme assists in research and conservation through education and positive relations with the local farming community. B,L,D | Okonjima Bush Camp Day 13: Okonjima Nature Reserve– Windhoek. Return to Windhoek with a chance to relive memories of your trip at a farewell dinner. B,L,D | The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel Day 14: Depart Windhoek. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

B,L,D | Onguma – The Fort

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W I N GS OV E R T H E WO R L D

KENYA & TANZANIA

Wings over East Africa 12 DAYS | NAIROBI – LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – NGORONGORO CRATER

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A classic Serengeti portrait

Travel in hassle-free ease with a small number of likeminded individuals on your own privately chartered aircraft to the most famous wilderness destinations in East Africa. You’ll avoid airport queues and lengthy procedures and save time which means you get maximum enjoyment at your destination. You’ll bed down in the finest safari camps and lodges and get a front row seat to the extraordinary Great Migration. Stay on an inspirational conservancy and experience valuable conservation and community development efforts. An A&K Resident Tour Director will be with you for the duration of the journey to reveal the astonishing wildlife, the dramatic landscapes and to share insights on the local culture and customs.

DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

FEB 9–20, 2019

$39,995 PP $6,295

Charter flights included as per itinerary. MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: 6 | MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 16 AIRCRAFT

Cessna Grand Caravan C208B or comparable. Aircraft and seating configuration subject to change.

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Mahali Mzuri

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

UGANDA

2 LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY

KENYA

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› Whisk between destinations by air in a privately chartered Cessna Grand Caravan C208B (or similar), reclining in your fully rotating, contoured leather seat

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› Revel in expansive aerial game viewing through your own panoramic wrap-around window

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WINGS OVER EAST AFRICA

› Enjoy all the major highlights of Kenya and Tanzania, visiting an exclusive private conservancy in Kenya, the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

INDIAN OCEAN TANZANIA

› Discover the astounding diversity of Africa’s wildlife, from the celebrated “Big Five” to species unique to northern Kenya › Experience the unsurpassed peace and comfort of the region’s pre-eminent boutique camp and luxury safari accommodations on your journey throughout East Africa


Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya. Welcome to the birthplace of safari where your adventure begins. You are met and transferred to your luxury boutique hotel in the serene Nairobi suburb of Karen overlooking the tranquil Ngong Hills with the evening at leisure to settle in. Hemingways Nairobi. Day 2: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy | Private Game Reserve. Board your privately chartered aircraft for the flight north to the secluded Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a 62,000-acre private game preserve and cattle ranch located on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. Transfer by road to your lodge, set against the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kenya, and settle in to your comfortable thatched cottage, complete with private veranda, tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley. B,L,D | Lewa Wilderness Lodge Day 3: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy | Africa’s Wild Riches. Set out on a full day exploration of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy where some 440 species of birds and more than 70 different mammals are found. Choose from an expert-led game drive by 4WD safari vehicle or a guided walking safari accompanied by members of the local Maasai community, as you venture into unspoiled wildlife-rich terrain only accessible by guests of the conservancy. Keep a look out for lion, leopard and cheetah as well as elephant, rhino — both black and white — dik-dik, reticulated giraffe, eland, impala, Grevy’s zebra and Cape buffalo, all of which call Lewa home. You may also opt for a gentle horse or camel ride, or a night-time game drive, sighting otherwise elusive nocturnal species. B,L,D | Lewa Wilderness Lodge Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Elegance Under Canvas. Board your privately chartered flight south to the Masai Mara Game Reserve and settle into your luxurious awardwinning tented camp, before immersing yourself in ‘the Mara’ and its teeming wildlife on an afternoon game drive. In addition to many of the species you encountered at Lewa, you may also see topi (a species of antelope) as well as hippo, warthog, hyena and an abundance of bird life. Later, return to your spacious tent set on a raised platform, enjoying the convenience of an en suite bathroom and a large deck for game viewing.

Days 5–6: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Up-Close Encounters. Over the next two days, discover the open savannah, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Masai Mara. With help from your expert driver-guide, and a little patience, you may sight a leopard retrieving a kill from the branches of an acacia tree or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. Perhaps also glimpse Maasai tribesmen traversing the plains or herding goats and cattle, pursuing the nomadic existence they have embraced for centuries. During your stay you can opt to glide over the sprawling Mara, observing the flora and fauna from treetop level, on an enchanting hot air balloon ride (additional cost). Adding to the drama is the unmatched natural spectacle of the annual Great Migration, when millions of wildebeest, zebra and other herd animals go on a relentless drive to find fresh grazing land, traversing the Mara from approximately August through early October. B,L,D | Mahali Mzuri Day 7: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | Untamed Vistas. Board your privately chartered flight south to the Serengeti National Park which adjoins the Masai Mara. Early this afternoon, arrive at your lodge — a luxurious property located where, during certain times of the year, the annual migration might be observed. After time to settle in, set out on a game drive across the famed 26,000-squarekilometre Serengeti, which provides habitat to almost every African animal imaginable. B,L,D | Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Days 8–9: Serengeti National Park | Across the Vast Plains. Enjoy another two days on safari with morning and afternoon game drives through the vast Tanzanian landscape, observing the timeless circle of life on the plains of the Serengeti. Your explorations here may reveal giraffe, wildebeest, elephant and far more. Another opportunity for a dawn hot air balloon ride (additional cost) shedding a different perspective on the boundless plains of the Serengeti.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater | The View from the Treetops. Today, your private charter flight delivers you to Manyara to see village life first hand at Mto wa Mbu. Wander around the village, meet the locals and take a tuk-tuk ride. View nearby rice fields and a banana plantation, and try banana beer at a local bar. Back in the village, walk through the local market to see the colourful produce on display. After lunch in the village, continue to Lake Manyara for a treetop canopy tour. Stroll through ancient forests over a series of suspension bridges, flanked with thick netting for safety, and stop at viewing decks supported by tree trunks for a magnificent bird’s-eye view of the forest. You may spot massive elephants on the forest floor or blue monkeys playing tag with one another on the suspension bridges. Afterwards, proceed to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and your luxurious lodge situated on the crater’s rim. B,L,D | andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater | Time with a Maasai Elder. Descend into the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive, exploring the panoramic grasslands on the floor of this ancient volcanic caldera. Home to rare black rhino as well as lion, hyena and gazelle, this incredible “Lost World” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, visit a Maasai village and meet with an elder to learn about local culture and traditions. Then, witness a beadwork demonstration, observing talented local artisans at their craft. Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner. B,L,D | andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Day 12: Depart Nairobi. Fly back to Nairobi via Arusha and spend the afternoon at leisure in a comfortable dayroom. Later today, transfer to the airport for onward flight arrangements. B,L | Hemingways Nairobi (dayroom) B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

B,L,D | Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

B,L,D | Mahali Mzuri

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KENYA & TANZANIA

THE GREAT MIGRATION SAF ARI IN STYLE 14 DAYS | NAIROBI – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – NGORONGORO CRATER – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

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Taking the leap, crossing the Mara River

From the cradle of civilisation to Africa’s highest peak, world acclaimed wildlife reserves and a rich tribal culture, a journey to East Africa is full of theatre. On this unique safari adventure, you follow in the footsteps of pioneering explorers who also gazed across the savannah at the same extraordinary wildlife. You’ll see elephants against the backdrop of snowcapped Mt Kilimanjaro, hippo snorting in the Mara River, predators on the prowl in the Serengeti, and birds of all shapes and colours gliding over the landscape. Safari accommodation is of the highest standard — glamorous lodges and luxury tented camps — and you’ll travel in comfort in A&K’s customised 4WD safari vehicles, with expert naturalist guides.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

JAN 9–22, JAN 23–FEB 5, FEB 6–19*, FEB 20–MAR 5, MAR 6–19*

$21,715 pp

JUN 5–18, JUN 12–25, JUN 19-JUL 2**, JUL 3–16, JUL 10–23, JUL 17–30, JUL 24–AUG 6, JUL 31–AUG 13, AUG 7–20, AUG 14–27, AUG 21–SEP 3, AUG 24-SEP 6, AUG 28–SEP 10, SEP 4–17, SEP 11–24, SEP 18–OCT 1, SEP 25–OCT 8

$23,045 pp

$5,195

$5,995

OCT 2–15, OCT 9–22** $22,645 pp $5,325 DEC 17–30 $24,380 pp $6,660

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1,720 per person. * Days 6–7 at The Manor at Ngorongoro. ** Days 8–10 at Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge. Fly directly from Manyara to Serengeti without a visit to Olduvai Gorge MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

Maasai culture

› Bed down in the best boutique camp and luxury safari lodge accommodations › Experience six nights in the heart of Great Migration country — three in the Serengeti and three in the Masai Mara › Discover Africa’s astounding diversity, including the iconic “Big Five,” with A&K’s expert driver-guides in our own custommade vehicles › Venture into World Heritage listed Ngorongoro Crater where the wildlife is prolific › Explore Olduvai Gorge and see where the Leakey family discovered fossils linking man to a distant ancestor › Visit a vibrant Tanzanian village and primary school › Toast your days on safari with refreshing sundowners in the heart of pristine wilderness

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Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya. Your adventure begins in the birthplace of safari. You are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel, which has welcomed generations of safari-goers since it opened in 1904.

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NGORONGORO 2 CRATER

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Fairmont The Norfolk

AMBOSELI 2 NATIONAL PARK MT KILIMANJARO

ARUSHA 2 TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

INDIAN OCEAN

Days 2-3: Amboseli National Park | At the Foot of Kilimanjaro. Drive to Amboseli National Park at the base of soaring, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Set out in search of the region’s spectacular wildlife — African elephant, leopard, cheetah and a host of plains game — all roaming freely amid swamps, springs, and a shimmering, dry lakebed. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner. On Day 3 spend a full day exploring the wildlife-rich National Park, with morning and afternoon game drives, finishing with a refreshing sundowner. B,L,D | Tawi Lodge

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AKP supported projects: Enkereri Primary School; Bwindi Community Hospital, Nursing School & Bike Shop (Uganda Extension)


Day 4: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania | Game Viewing. Drive to the Tanzania border, fly from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, and settle into your luxurious tented accommodation overlooking the Gurusi flood plains. The park is home to abundant big game, including lion, elephant and buffalo, and its dusty red landscape hosts a large bird population. Tonight, dine in camp. B,L,D | Sanctuary Swala Day 5: Tarangire National Park | Into the Wild. Explore Tarangire National Park on morning and afternoon game drives, seated six to a vehicle so that every guest enjoys a window seat. The spectacular Great Rift Valley serves as the backdrop to a stunning concentration of animals — herds of elephant, impala and zebra — and look up in the trees for pythons and the twitching tails of leopards. As dusk falls, opt for a night safari (additional cost) in search of nocturnal animals, perhaps an African wildcat, the elusive leopard or the round eyes of an adorable bush baby. B,L,D | Sanctuary Swala Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater | Wildlife Haven. Gain an understanding of how the locals live when you visit the village of Mto wa Mbu, with time to explore and ride in a tuk-tuk, see rice fields and a banana plantation, and try some banana beer at a local bar. After lunch, head to Ngorongoro Crater and your luxury lodge, set near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. B,L,D | Gibb’s Farm / The Manor at Ngorongoro Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater | Maasai Village Visit. Set out on a full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, exploring the panoramic, grasslands on the floor of this ancient volcanic caldera, home to the rare black rhino as well as lion, hyena and gazelle. See colourful Maasai herdsmen and visit a Maasai village to learn about local culture and traditions. B,L,D | Gibb’s Farm / The Manor at Ngorongoro Days 8-10: Serengeti National Park | Excavations & Wildlife Galore. Drive to the Serengeti National Park, pausing en route for a private tour of archaeologically rich Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important palaeoanthropological sites in the world. This is where Louis and Mary Leakey famously discovered remains of early humans.

The vast Tanzanian landscape hosts one of Earth’s greatest wildlife spectacles: the annual Great Migration, millions of herbivores moving across the plains between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in search of water and fresh grass, with hungry predators in attendance. Over the next two days, your adventure includes morning and afternoon game drives. You may also opt for a hot air balloon ride across the boundless Serengeti (additional cost). B,L,D | Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti / Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge

Day 14: Depart Nairobi. Fly back to Nairobi with the afternoon at leisure in a comfortable dayroom. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or begin a Post-Tour Extension to Uganda. B | Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom) B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

VICTORIA FALLS PRE-TOUR EXTENSION

Day 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya | Crown Jewel. Fly to the Masai Mara, the northern extension of the Serengeti. After settling into your riverside accommodation within the Masai Mara, immerse yourself in the wild during an afternoon game drive. Follow the Mara River to see crocodiles basking in the sun, hippos wallowing in muddy water, and monkeys sparking mischief overhead. During your time in the Mara, enjoy the peace of mind that comes with staying at Sanctuary Olonana, hailed since its recent rebuild as one of the finest safari lodges in all of Africa. Tonight, join fellow guests for a Scenic Sundowner, followed by an elegant dinner.

Stay in a luxury treehouse beside the Zambezi. Walk both sides of the Falls – Zambia and Zimbabwe – game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and a visit to a local village and school.

B,L,D | Sanctuary Olonana

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Days 12-13: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Unmatched Wildlife. Spend two full days exploring the open savannah, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Masai Mara, where patience is rewarded with unique sightings: a leopard retrieving its kill from acacia branches high overhead, or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. Game viewing is never dull in ‘the Mara’, especially as the dramatic Great Migration unfolds. There’s also opportunity here for an optional hot air balloon ride over the sprawling Mara (additional cost). Visit a village and primary school supported by A&K Philanthropy, and learn firsthand how AKP’s e-reader programme is improving local literacy rates. B,L,D | Sanctuary Olonana

4 DAYS FROM $5,025 PP TWIN

UGANDA POST-TOUR EXTENSION

An up-close encounter with an endangered mountain gorilla community in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Visit a nursing school and stay in a luxury tented camp. 4 DAYS FROM $6,350 PP TWIN

See website for details

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Lion on the lookout, Masai Mara National Reserve

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

KENYA

Kenya Under Canvas 9 DAYS | NAIROBI – OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY – LAKE ELMENTEITA (GREAT RIFT VALLEY) – MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE – NAIROBI

Come on a unique journey which harks back to the vintage safari days of Ernest Hemingway and Denys Finch Hatton. A time when pioneering adventurers moved through the endless plains of East Africa in search of the country’s extraordinary wildlife, accompanied by a score of liveried attendants who pitched camp in the most breathtaking locations and provided immaculate service. This modern-day adventure channels all the glamour of a bygone era with private camps set up exclusively for you. Tents are equipped with every expected comfort – plush beds and en suite bathrooms, handwoven rugs and camp furniture – with staff on hand 24/7 and gourmet bush cuisine served up on fine china and crisp linen. This is bush luxury at its finest.

A&K Private Tented Camp

2019 DEPARTURE DATES JUN 30–JUL 8, SEP 15–23 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $13,995 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $2,225

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $770 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 17

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Rhino at Lake Nakuru

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS: UGANDA

› Travel in legendary 1930s style on an authentic traditional safari through Kenya’s beautiful and wildlife-rich terrain

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LAKE NAKURU LAKE ELMENTEITA 2

› Enjoy the highest level of personal attention and flexibility on a private mobile safari

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› See the Big Five up close at Ol Pejeta and engage in conservation activities

NAIROBI

INDIAN OCEAN

› Witness one of the world’s great bird spectacles at Lake Nakuru › See healthy populations of rhino in the wild at Ol Pejeta and Lake Nakuru › Stay under canvas at Soysambu in Lake Elmenteita, an early ranch first settled by Lord Delamere in 1905 › Witness the Great Migration of wildebeest in the Masai Mara on our September departure

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KENYA UNDER CANVAS

› Gain an enriched understanding of the areas you travel through from your professional safari guide › Travel on safari in custom-built Land Cruisers driven by A&K trained drivers


Day 1: Arrive Nairobi. Welcome to the birthplace of safari where the adventure begins. Arrive at your luxury boutique hotel in the serene Nairobi suburb of Karen late in the day with the evening at leisure to settle in. Hemingways Nairobi Day 2: Nairobi – Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Your safari begins in earnest today on the journey north across the Equator towards Nanyuki and westwards to the 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy where your classic Hemingway-style camp awaits. A mobile tented safari is the traditional, timehonoured way to enjoy the African wilderness. It recalls the halcyon days of the 'Out of Africa' era and the early pioneers and gives a great sense of freedom. Your camp has an exclusive site on a private concession with every home comfort accounted for. Each tent is fully furnished with comfortable beds, warm blankets and fresh linen and an en suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot shower. Obliging camp staff are there for us, on hand 24/7 for each and every request. After an alfresco lunch, there’s time for a siesta before heading out on an evening game drive in search of predators on the hunt and prey on high alert. On return to camp, toast the safari adventure ahead over a candlelit dinner. B,L,D | A&K Ol Pejeta Private Tented Camp Day 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy. With the snowy peaks of Mt Kenya our backdrop, we are in East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary, home to 113 of the critically endangered black rhino and two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. On twice daily game drives, our naturalist guides share their expert knowledge as we seek close encounters with the rhino as well as elephant, wild dog, lion, hyena, buffalo, cheetah and all the plains herbivores. Between game drives, there is time to relax in camp, take a guided walk or experience the inspiring conservation activities going on at the conservancy including lion tracking or a visit to the antipoaching dog unit. B,L,D | A&K Ol Pejeta Private Tented Camp

Day 4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Elmenteita. Farewell camp this morning and head into the mighty Rift Valley to Lake Elmenteita, a soda lake rich in birdlife. Your tented camp here is situated in Soysambu Conservancy which was established in 1905 by Lord Delamere. A wildlife conservancy, Soysambu is also an important wetland site with great birding and over 450 species. It is the only East African nesting site for the great white pelican and attracts visiting flamingo, both the Greater and Lesser varieties, which feed on the lake's crustaceans and insect larvae and on its suspended blue-green algae. Enjoy beautiful views of the lake from camp and the animals which graze its shores – zebra, gazelle, eland and families of warthog. Time to relax after lunch before a late afternoon game drive.

On our September departure, you may be lucky enough to witness the most incredible wildlife phenomenon on the planet – the wildebeest migration – the mass of plains game moving north from the Serengeti in search of fresh pasture, a heaving line of grunting, snorting life that stretches for miles. At the Mara River, animals mass together nervously on the banks before plunging in; their pursuit of food overwhelming their fear of the crocodiles that lie in wait for the annual feast. This incredible spectacle involves the movement of over a million wildebeest and their fellow travellers, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, half a million zebra as well as smaller herds of topi and eland all operating on the principle of safety in numbers. They are followed, inevitably, by predators, primarily lion and hyena.

B,L,D | Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp

Late this afternoon, head out on a game drive in search of the herds.

Day 5: Lake Elmenteita. Today you visit another of the Great Rift Valley lakes – Lake Nakuru and the national park which surrounds it. This shallow, alkaline lake has earned its fame as the home of the greatest bird spectacle in the world – flocks of often more than a million pink flamingos seasonally feeding off the abundant algae which thrives in its shallow warm waters. Other lake inhabitants include black-winged stilts and avocets. Beside its magnificent bird life, Lake Nakuru National Park is also a rhino sanctuary and one of the best places in the country to see both black and white rhino. The park is also home to lion, leopard, buffalo and other plains and forest game who have made it their permanent and protected habitat. B,L,D | Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp Day 6: Lake Elmenteita – Masai Mara National Reserve. Wing your way this morning into the mighty Masai Mara National Reserve where you are welcomed by staff from your next camp and taken on a game drive en route to camp. You may be rewarded with sightings of lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe and a host of plains game. The Masai Mara’s 1,500 square kilometres of sprawling biscuit-coloured savannah plays host to the most spectacular array of wildlife and huge numbers of birds. Together with the adjoining Serengeti National Park to the south, the area makes up the most diverse ecosystem on the continent.

B,L,D | A&K Masai Mara Private Tented Camp Days 7-8: Masai Mara National Reserve. The next two days are spent in the world famous Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game viewing activities. You may like to consider an early morning hot air balloon flight (additional charge) one morning which allows you to float gently over the plains, giving a bird's eye view of the game below as the sun creeps slowly over the horizon. After the balloon lands, enjoy breakfast and, of course, a glass or two of bubbly to toast your flight. B,L,D | A&K Masai Mara Private Tented Camp Day 9: Depart Masai Mara. After a final breakfast in camp, transfer to the airstrip for the return flight to Nairobi. Here you are met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for onward flight arrangements. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

MADAGASCAR

A Naturalist’s Guide to Madagascar with Charlie Gardner 12 DAYS | ANTANANARIVO – ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK – ANTANANARIVO – IFOTAKA – MANAFIAFY – ANTANANARIVO

Curious and other-worldly, Madagascar is full of surprises and extraordinary creatures. It has people, wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth and a culture far removed from any of its near neighbours. On this fascinating journey, you’ll explore the island nation and its flora and fauna with a wildlife expert who knows the destination and its inhabitants like the back of his hand. Still largely untouched by tourism, Madagascar is astonishing. You’ll be amazed by its rainforests, its clear blue seas, white beaches and spiny forest habitat. Your Guest Host grew up in Africa and around the Indian Ocean and caught the wildlife bug at an early age. He has been fascinated by the natural world ever since and makes an engaging companion on this incredible journey of discovery.

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Charlie has worked as a scientific advisor for WWF and has published many papers on Madagascar’s wildlife and its conservation. He has appeared on wildlife documentaries and assisted with the filming of Sir David Attenborough’s BBC series ‘Madagascar’. DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

NOV 11–22 2018

$9,950 pp

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$2,500

APR 15–26, JUN 23–JUL 4, NOV 10–21 2019 $10,465 pp $1,865

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A ring-tailed lemur with her pups

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS: › A unique opportunity to spend time with your engaging Guest Host and hear firsthand about his fascinating life and work › Stroll through the colonial Haute-Ville district of Tana › Seek out rare animal and bird life on escorted wildlife outings by day and night MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK ANTANANARIVO 3

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› Tick off several varieties of lemur and chameleon in the country’s finest national parks › Hike through 500-year-old baobabs in the Sacred Spiny Forest, one of the oldest on the planet › Experience the culture of the unique Atandroy tribe, one of the most traditional in Madagascar › While away a lazy afternoon swinging in a hammock at your beachside eco-lodge

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› Watch local fishermen paddling pirogues on the ocean from your secluded tropical retreat › Combine wildlife, culture, rainforest and beach at Manafiafy


Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo. On arrival into the hilly Malagasy capital you are met and transferred to your hotel in the embassy district of Haute-Ville (upper town). After time to settle in, your Guest Host, Charlie Gardner, will introduce himself and give you a briefing on the adventure ahead over welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel. D | Hotel Colbert Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe National Park. Head out of the city today heading east to Andasibe. The journey provides a gentle introduction to rural life as you pass rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables. Andasibe is a stunning rainforest park comprising two protected areas – the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. Perinet is world famous for its population of Indri, the largest living lemur species. After arriving at your lodge in time for lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before joining a guided night walk in the forest surrounding the reserve. Look out for a variety of nocturnal lemur: mouse lemur, white footed sportive lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, and the woolly lemur. B,L,D | Mantadia Lodge Day 3: Andasibe National Park. Today you go in search of the comical Indri in the 810 hectare Perinet Reserve. With a barely visible tail, black and white markings and a surprised teddy–bear face, this lemur is one of the few animals in the world that cannot survive in captivity. There are another 11 species of lemur to spot as you walk through the rainforest. You may find a troop of grey bamboo lemur, common brown lemur, Diademed Sifaka and black and white ruffed lemur. Birdwatchers should look out for the velvet asity, blue coua and nuthatch vanga and other endemic species. Perinet is also home to many reptiles, invertebrates, and some of Madagascar’s thousand orchid species. B,L,D | Mantadia Lodge Day 4: Andasibe National Park – Antananarivo. A visit first thing this morning to Lemur Island, a small private reserve that protects a number of habituated lemur. There are four species to see here: the bamboo lemur; the black & white ruffed lemur, brown lemur and one diademed sifaka. Return to the capital after lunch.

Day 5*: Antananarivo – Ifotaka. This morning fly to the port city of Fort Dauphin in the far south of the island. Head into the interior by road to Mandrare River Camp with its classic tented safari accommodation and majestic views over the Mandrare River. In the late afternoon, venture on foot into the Sacred Spiny forest which has the highest percentage of endemic plants in any habitat in Madagascar and is dominated by the distinctive thorny octopus tree. In addition to some extraordinary wildlife, including Verreaux sifaka, chameleons and ground boa constrictor, the forest is also filled with 500-year-old baobabs and the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe, one of the most traditional in Madagascar. You’ll be introduced to their culture and customs before sundowners on the river bank. B,L,D | Mandrare River Camp Day 6: Ifotaka. This morning, walk, or take a boat, across the river to the stunning Sacred Gallery forest. Look out for inquisitive groups of ring-tailed lemurs and the always entertaining Verreaux sifaka. Return to camp for lunch and a relaxed afternoon. A night walk in the forest is a fantastic way to see diurnal lemur bedding down, and the nocturnal lemurs emerging. Look out for sifakas and sleeping white-footed sportive lemur and once the sun has set, two mouse lemur species, sleeping birds, chameleons, owls and the now active sportive lemur.

Day 8: Ifotaka – Manafiafy Beach. Return to Fort Dauphin for lunch and then in the afternoon head north to Manafiafy Beach, a secluded tropical paradise. Also known as Sainte Luce, Manafiafy is a beautiful sandy bay, fringed with forest covered mountains and wildlife rich mangroves. Spend the next three nights at the lodge with time for an afternoon swim on arrival and cocktails as the sun sets over the bay B,L,D | Manafiafy Lodge Days 9-10: Manafiafy Beach. Two days to do as you please. The lodge offers a wide range of wildlife and sporting activities which are all included: day and night walks in the rainforest to see five species of lemur, snorkelling in the bay and nearby cove, kayaking and scenic boat trips to the mangroves, a whale watching tower (humpback whales on their migratory path from July to September), boat trips to the nearby islands for a secluded picnic lunch, walks along long empty beaches and trips to the local village and school, supported by the lodge. B,L,D | Manafiafy Lodge Day 11: Manafiafy – Antananarivo. Return by road to Fort Dauphin airport where the group reunites for the flight back to Tana. This evening, farewell cocktails and dinner is planned at Le Café de la Gare, a lovely restaurant in Tana’s abandoned central railway station. This typically French station was built in 1910.

B,L,D | Mandrare River Camp

B,D | Hotel Colbert

Day 7: Ifotaka. Another visit to the Spiny Forest for an early morning walk. See the sunlight break through the octopus trees while looking out for the many endemic bird species. After breakfast, visit the local market or the local village to meet members of the fascinating Antandroy tribe. A relaxed afternoon watching life along the river from your tent terrace. This evening, memorable sundowners are included amidst the baobabs – views to the mountains beyond are simply magical. Later on, a traditional performance by the villagers.

Day 12: Depart Antananarivo. Transfer airport for departure flight. B

B,L,D | Mandrare River Camp

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner * In order to provide travellers with exclusive accommodation at the Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge and Mandrare River Camp, the group will be divided. Group One visits Mandrare River Days 5-8 and Manafiafy Beach Days 8-11. Group Two does the reverse. Your Guest Host, Charlie, will remain at Mandrare Days 5-11 while your local escort stays at Manafiafy. The featured itinerary relates to the programme scheduled for Group One.

B,L,D | Le Relais des Plateaux

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

GHANA, TOGO & BENIN

West Africa: People, Past & Present 16 DAYS | ACCRA – LOMÉ – OUIDAH – KPALIMÉ – AKOSSOMBO – KUSAMI – ELMINA – ACCRA

Idyllic Ghana coastline

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A fascinating cultural odyssey to the vibrant West African nations of Ghana, Togo and Benin, home to some of the world’s most welcoming people. Explore bustling colonial cities, palm-fringed beaches and tiny fishing villages. Visit vast forts and castles built on the back of the gold and slave trades by European colonists – Portuguese, Dutch, German, French and British – whose influence is still apparent today. Immerse yourself in the long history of ancient African kingdoms and cultures that predate colonisation by centuries, and experience the vital rituals and traditions that still survive and shape life today. Be swept up in the colour and movement of local markets and festivals, the healing magic of voodoo, tribal drumming and trance-dances on this enchanting journey to a surprising and still largely untravelled part of Africa that will leave you truly amazed.

YOUR GUEST HOST:

Joining the July 2019 departure is Sujata Raman, Regional Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent Australia /Asia Pacific, a position she has held for over a decade. Passionate about seeing the world and experiencing its cultures, Sujata has lived on three continents and visited all seven. Having travelled extensively throughout North, East and Southern Africa, she is looking forward to exploring the fascinating lands and cultures of West Africa.

DEPARTURE DATES PRICE (TWIN SHARE) SINGLE SUPPLEMENT OCT 23-NOV 7 2018 $12,150 pp $2,825 JUL 2-17, NOV 5-20 2019 $12,815 pp $3,350 MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 14

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Elmina “Slave” Castle, Ghana

Colourful fashions of the “Nana Benz”, Togo

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS: › Barter with the Nana Benz, Queens of African textiles in the Lomé markets, famous for their vividly-coloured and highly prized wax printed fabrics

› Witness the splendid Akwasidae Festival of the Ashanti people in Kumasi › Attend a voodoo ceremony in Togo and meet a traditional ‘witch doctor’ › Understand the stories of Ghana’s tragic past when you visit the Slave Castle at Elmina

› Celebrate a life at a traditional Ashanti funeral

› Tour UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites including the Royal Palaces of Abomey

› Take a private boat excursion to the famous stilt fishing village, Ganvie, in the middle of Lake Nokwe

› Meet local African artists and artisans revered for their sculptures, carvings and whimsical hand-crafted coffins

Day 1: Arrive Accra, Ghana. On arrival into the Ghanaian capital, you are met and transferred privately to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before a tour briefing and welcome dinner.

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› Visit remote coastal and inland villages where ancient fishing and farming traditions are still observed

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Day 2: Accra. Spend the day touring Accra. Start with a guided visit to the National Museum and the old quarter of James Town. After lunch, visit the Africa Artist Alliance gallery showcasing artworks, sculptures and carvings from established and emerging African artists. The day ends with a unique visit to a fantasy coffinbuilding workshop, famed for its collection of handcrafted coffins in a variety of shapes from fruit, fish and other animals to cars and planes. These flamboyant coffins are now collected worldwide and exhibited in museums. B,L | Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra


Day 3: Accra – Lomé, Togo. After breakfast, drive into neighbouring Togo and on to Lomé, the vibrant capital. Lomé is the only African city that was a colony of the Germans, British and French, and its unique heritage is reflected in the lifestyle of its inhabitants and the architecture of the town. Arrive at the hotel in time for lunch, with the rest of the day at leisure. B,L | Hotel 2 Fevrier Lomé Day 4: Lomé. Head to the central market where the famous “Nana Benz” women, the Queens of African textiles, control the market in Wax Hollandais, the vibrant highly valued wax-printed fabrics made world famous by the women of Togo. Continue to the administrative quarter with its handsome colonial buildings, before a visit to the voodoo market where all the necessary ingredients used by traditional healers for magic charms are on offer. Later today, meet renowned local artists from the modern Togolese school whose work has been exhibited in Europe over many decades. B,L | Hotel 2 Fevrier Lomé Day 5: Lomé – Ouidah, Benin. Head to a remote village to visit a voodoo priest, or witch doctor, to get a deep understanding of the voodoo culture and the healing powers of its spirits. Join in a voodoo ceremony: the frenetic rhythm of the drums and the chants of the mediums call in the voodoo spirit which takes possession of at least some of the dancers who fall into a deep trance. Afterwards, cross the Benin border and board a boat for the journey to the coastal town of Ouidah. Stop along the way at remote fishing villages to see how the locals live and work, and learn about their traditional farming and fishing techniques.

wearing the masks are cult initiates. Dressed in brightly-coloured clothing, they emerge from the forest and form a procession through the village streets performing a kind of bull fight. B,L,D | Casa del Papa Resort & Spa Day 7: Ouidah. A day spent in Ouidah, one of the main slave ports in the 18th century. Enter the python temple and learn of its importance to voodoo culture. Visit the Catholic Cathedral and the Ouidah Museum displaying a collection of local contemporary art. After lunch, visit the Portuguese Fort, now a museum, and continue to the old slave market where thousands of slaves were paraded and sold to the highest bidder. The city tour ends by following the “slave road” to the beach, where slaves were loaded onto ships. B,L,D | Casa del Papa Resort & Spa Day 8: Ouidah – Kpalimé, Togo. Drive to the Togo border and continue into the rainforest region that surrounds Kpalimé, a town with a rich colonial past. Along the way stop at local villages including Tado, considered to be the 12th–13th century birthplace of the Aja people. See villagers preparing family meals and harvested goods for sale, enjoy locally-brewed beer in a village “bar” and visit a village school. B,L,D | Parc Residence Hotel Day 9: Kpalimé. A morning walk in the tropical forest with an entomologist reveals endemic butterflies and insects, and provides an understanding of how plants are used in local art and medicinal remedies. After lunch, an optional tour of colonial buildings, the bustling market and local arts centre.

B,L,D | Casa del Papa Resort & Spa

B,L,D | Parc Residence Hotel

Day 6: Ouidah – Ganvie – Abomey – Ouidah. Drive to Lake Nokwe and on by boat to Africa’s largest stilted village, Ganvie, situated in the middle of the lake. After lunch, continue to Abomey and visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Palace. Now a museum, it displays items belonging to the ancient kings: thrones, altars, costumes and weapons. The kingdom’s economy was for a long time based on the slave trade. A walk around the site helps recall past splendours.

Day 10: Kpalimé – Akossombo, Ghana. Cross the Ghana border and on to the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary which was created to protect a community of sacred forest monkeys. Take a leisurely guided walk to see the resident mona and colobus monkeys. Arrive into Akossombo and check into your resort overlooking the Volta River.

En route to Ouidah attend an Egun dancing masks festival. The masks represent the spirits of the deceased and according to the local population they “are” the deceased. The men

B,L | The Royal Senchi Resort Day 11: Akossombo. A full day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities. Afternoon optional visit to the bead factory where traditional techniques are still used to create beads from scrap glass.

Day 12: Akossombo – Kumasi. Drive to Kumasi, historic and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti realm was one of the most powerful in Africa until the end of the 19th century. Visit the Ashanti Cultural Centre where a rich collection of artefacts is housed in a wonderful reproduction Ashanti house. Later, attend a traditional Ashanti funeral, a festive and powerful public occasion where mourners wear beautiful red or black togas — a fascinating sacred experience. B,L,D | Golden Tulip Kumasi City Day 13: Kumasi. Visit the Royal Palace Museum and attend the splendid Akwasidae Festival. This traditional ceremony maintains ancient Ashanti rituals with a procession of royal court attendants bringing gifts to the King, storytellers reciting ancient tales, dancers and drummers performing and trumpeters playing horns of ivory. This afternoon, visit the sprawling central market, one of the biggest in Africa. Every type of Ashanti craft (leather goods, pottery, Kente cloth) is found here, plus all kinds of tropical fruit and vegetable. B,L,D | Golden Tulip Kumasi City Day 14: Kumasi – Elmina. Drive to Elmina on the south coast. Ruled at different times by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, Elmina has a rich history. Arrive at your seaside resort in the afternoon with time to relax before dinner. B,L,D | Coconut Grove Beach Resort Day 15: Elmina – Accra. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Elmina Castle, the oldest European building in Africa, erected by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and explore the adjacent 19th century Dutch cemetery. Outside the castle visit the local fishing village. In the old town, see the important Posuban shrines of the Asafo warriors and stroll through the lively alleyways. After lunch, return to Accra with a special farewell dinner tonight. B,L,D | Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra Day 16: Depart Accra. Transfer to the airport for departure. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco.

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MOROCCO

SPLENDOURS OF MOROCCO 12 DAYS | CASABLANCA – FES – ERFOUD – ERG CHEBBI – OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH

Uncover vibrant, colourful and exotic Morocco, jewel of North Africa and one of the world’s most stylish and fascinating destinations. Journey from the coastal port city of Casablanca inland to medieval Fes, the Atlas foothills and the Saharan desert reaches, to sensuous, legendary Marrakech, where snake charmers, musicians, storytellers and acrobats bring Djemaa el-Fna Square to life. Explore labyrinthine souks full of treasures, savour mouthwatering cuisine, marvel at ancient medinas, bustling kasbahs and towering minarets, and relax in elegant hotels.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

JAN 19–30, JAN 26–FEB 6, FEB 9–20, FEB 16–27, FEB 23–MAR 6

$9,995 pp

MAR 2–13, MAR 9–20, MAR 16–27, MAR 23–APR 3, MAR 30–APR 10, APR 6–17

$10,660 pp

$3,595

$3,860

APR 13–24* $11,325 pp $4,260 APR 20–MAY 1, APR 27–MAY 8, MAY 4–15, MAY 11–22, MAY 18–29, MAY 25–JUN 5, JUN 1–12, AUG 31–SEP 11, SEP 7–18, SEP 14–25, SEP 21–OCT 2, SEP 28–OCT 9, OCT 5–16, OCT 12–23, OCT 19–30, OCT 26–NOV 6, NOV 2–13, NOV 9–20, NOV 16–27, NOV 23–DEC 4, DEC 7–18, DEC 14–25

$10,660 pp $3,860

DEC 21–JAN 1, 2020* $11,325 pp $4,260

*Days 9–11 at Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS: › Discover all that exotic Morocco has to offer, from the historic cities in the north to the mysterious desert

› Stay in the fascinating “Red City” at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech, your home for three nights

› Explore Meknes and Volubilis, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to unveil Morocco’s unique culture and past

› Experience the Sahara in style when you sleep under the stars at an A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp amid the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes

› Visit Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, a garden created by an artist and later restored by design legend Yves Saint-Laurent

› Embrace life like a local with a ride on camel back and by horse and carriage

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Unwind in bright and breezy Essaouira at a Relais & Châteaux property and drive along the dramatic Atlantic coastline past stunning cliffs and ocean waves to Casablanca. 4 DAYS FROM $2,525 PP TWIN

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Day 1: Arrive Casablanca. Arrive in Casablanca, where you are transferred to the city’s newest luxury hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in this exotic setting, inspiration for the eponymous 1942 Humphrey Bogart film. Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca Day 2: Rabat & Fes | Ancient Traditions, Rich Heritage. Explore the port city of Casablanca, Morocco’s largest metropolis and commercial hub. Visit the stunning Hassan II Mosque, which accommodates 25,000 worshippers, its minaret the tallest religious structure in the world. Travel to the Moroccan capital Rabat and visit the mausoleum of Mohammed V, founder of modern Morocco and grandfather of the current king. View the Mauresque-style Hassan Tower and Oudaya Kasbah, with its scenic Andalusian garden. Continue to Fes for a special cocktail reception followed by a welcome dinner. B,L,D | Palais Faraj Suites & Spa Day 3: Fes | Timeless Medieval City. Explore Fes el-Bali (Old Fes), the cultural heart of Morocco. Founded in the eighth century by Moulay Idriss I, the imperial capital was a centre of medieval learning. Stroll the labyrinthine old quarter, with its 9,000 narrow lanes, alleys and souks, and watch local artisans working with bronze and pottery. Tour the intricately detailed 14th century Karaouine — one of the oldest universities in the world — Nejjarine Square, the Royal Palace, madrasas and the mellah (Jewish quarter) in Fes el-Jadid. B,L | Palais Faraj Suites & Spa Day 4: Volubilis & Meknes | Roman Ruins & Regal Treasures. Journey overland to Volubilis, UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. The site is brimming with iconic examples of Roman architecture — triumphal arches, basilicas and capitals — matched by the ornate mosaic floors of former family dwellings, depicting scenes from Roman mythology. Visit Meknes, another of the imperial cities of Morocco, built in the 17th century by the powerful sultan Moulay Ismail to rival the court of his contemporary, Louis XIV of France. See the monumental Bab Mansour gateway — arguably the finest of the great gates of Morocco — and the massive Royal Stables, built to accommodate 12,000 horses. Return to Fes for an evening at leisure. B,L | Palais Faraj Suites & Spa

Day 5: Erfoud | Desert Oasis. Travel to small, desert-fringed Erfoud, pausing for lunch in Midelt en route and marvelling at everyday life as you pass Berber villages, endless date palm plantations and the majestic Atlas Mountains. Settle into your hotel, set amidst dunes and lush vegetation, with its understated design reminiscent of ancient kasbahs. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Gather for dinner this evening. B,L,D | Kasbah Hotel Chergui Day 6: Erg Chebbi | Dunes of the Sahara. This morning, discover the fortified desert town of Rissani which from the 8th to the 14th century was the site of the first independent kingdom of the south. Continue by 4WD to the massive desert dunes of Erg Chebbi, where a reception with mint tea and pastries awaits at your nomadic tented camp. After a camel ride through the otherworldly landscape, celebrate with a scenic sundowner as the sun sets behind the dunes. Return to camp for a traditional meal by the campfire, accompanied by uniquely Moroccan entertainment. And later, let the sounds of the Sahara lull you to sleep. B,L,D | A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp Day 7: Ouarzazate | Road of a Thousand Kasbah. Journey overland to Ouarzazate, once a stopping point for African traders travelling to the cities of Morocco and Europe. Travel along the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs,” with views of the High Atlas’ southern slopes, intersecting the Dades Valley’s flourishing crops, irrigation canals and palm trees, stopping en route to visit an amazing, small museum that houses exhibits showcasing local art, culture and history, before proceeding to Ouarzazate and your delightful oasis of a hotel.

Day 9: Ouarzazate | Crossing the High Atlas. Journey over the Atlas Mountains, observing everyday life in remote rural towns, to the fascinating “Red City” of Marrakech, where you settle into your luxurious hotel. B,L,D | Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech Day 10: Marrakech | Exploring the Red City. Today, unearth the secrets of Marrakech, starting in the Medina, the old walled section of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose architectural jewels include the soaring Koutoubia minaret. Learn about the Berber culture at the Tiskiwin Museum, where the collection includes authentic Berber tents and carpets, fine basketwork and ancient jewellery. Afterwards, visit Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’s main square, filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, fire-eaters, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians, and explore the city’s fabled, labyrinthine souks. B,L | Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech Day 11: Marrakech | Historic Garden with a Designer’s Touch. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage to Jardin Majorelle, a picturesque garden created by French painter Jacques Majorelle and later restored by design legend Yves Saint Laurent. Stop at the newly opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum nearby, to see some of the famed designer’s creations. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend a special farewell dinner with entertainment by a local gnaoua band. B,D | Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech Day 12: Depart Marrakech. Transfer to Marrakech airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

B,L,D | Le Berbère Palace Day 8: Ouarzazate | Door of the Desert. Explore Ouarzazate, built as a French garrison in the 1920s, and today a regional trade centre, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, clay houses and crenellated towers beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the region’s most exotic kasbahs, featured in films including ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Gladiator.’ B,L,D | Le Berbère Palace

Morocco spice market

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EGYPT

EGYPT & THE NILE 10 DAYS | CAIRO – LUXOR – NILE CRUISE – ASWAN – ABU SIMBEL – CAIRO

Journey to the heart of an ancient land that has captured the imagination of travellers for millennia. Follow in the footsteps of pharaohs, emperors and conquerors from Cairo to Luxor and along the Nile to Aswan. You’ll cruise aboard A&K’s own award-winning Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ and explore the country’s myriad archaeological treasures and ancient monuments with a leading Egyptologist, bringing both ancient and modern Egypt to life.

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2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)*

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

JAN 11–20, JAN 18–27, JAN 25–FEB 3, FEB 1–10, FEB 8–17, FEB 15–24, FEB 22–MAR 3, MAR 1–10, MAR 29–APR 7, APR 2–11, APR 6–15, APR 10–19, APR 26–MAY 5

$8,640 pp $2,660

APR 14–23

$9,575 pp $2,795

SEP 3–12, SEP 7–16, SEP 15–24, SEP 19–28, $8,110 pp SEP 23–OCT 2, SEP 27–OCT 6 $2,660 OCT 1–10, OCT 5–14, OCT 9–18, OCT 13–22, OCT 17–26, NOV 14–23, OCT 25–NOV 3, OCT 29–NOV 7, NOV 2–11, NOV 10–19, DEC 4–13, DEC 8–17, DEC 16–25

$11,310 pp $3,325

DEC 20–29; DEC 24–JAN 2, 2020; DEC 28–JAN 6, 2020

$11,575 pp $3,460

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $915 per person. *Prices shown are for Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ Nile Deck Cabin. Please visit our website for prices of all cabins and suites and a full deckplan. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS AMMAN

› Sail on a four-night Nile river cruise aboard award-winning Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ › Gain special entry into the tomb of Seti I, one of the best-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings

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› Stay at the historic Marriott Mena House, Cairo, with views of the pyramids from your own private balcony, and at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza › Explore one of Egypt’s legendary pyramids from the inside out › Ride Like a Local on camel back and sail the Nile in a felucca (sailboat)

LUXOR 4 NILE CRUISE

› Avoid crowds and the hassle of navigating around other ships, with private docking facilities in Luxor and Aswan

ASWAN 1 ABU SIMBEL

Aboard Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’

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Day 1: Arrive Cairo. Arrive in the Egyptian capital where you are met by your A&K representative and transferred to your historic hotel with fantastic views of the pyramids from your own private balcony. Marriott Mena House, Cairo Day 2: Cairo | The Grand Egyptian Museum. This morning, visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts, including items dating to 4000 BC. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner. B,L,D | Marriott Mena House, Cairo Day 3: Giza | The Pyramids & Sphinx. Drive to Sakkara, site of the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Later, tour the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chefren, and the Great Pyramid, built in approximately 2690 BC and the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World. Explore the interior of one of these legendary pyramids and visit the tombs of the pyramid builders. Ride a camel with the Great Pyramid in shot before a visit to the Solar Boat Museum — site of Cheops’ funerary boat — and the Great Sphinx. B,L,D | Marriott Mena House, Cairo Day 4: Luxor | Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. Travel to the Temple of Karnak, and walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall. Board Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ for lunch, and later explore the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of pharaohs, and site of ‘the boy king’ Tutankhamun’s tomb, which you’ll feel like you’re discovering yourself as you enter its 35-century-old walls. Also visit the tomb of Seti I, father of Ramses II, one of the best-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings; the lovely Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh; and the Colossi of Memnon. B,L,D | Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’

Day 5: Cruising the Nile | Luxor to Esna. Visit the city of Thebes and the striking Temple of Luxor. Behold the three large statues of Ramses II along the front of the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses II behind the East Tower; and the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 14 papyrus-headed columns. This afternoon, sail to Esna and visit the Temple of Khnum and marvel at its soaring columns. B,L,D | Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ Day 6: Cruising the Nile | Edfu to Kom Ombo. Cruise to Edfu to view the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed god of the sky. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III, and once buried in sand and debris, this stunningly well-preserved structure reveals what temple worship was like in ancient Egypt. Later, disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god), considered by ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world, and honoured here by mummified crocodile remains. B,L,D | Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ Day 7: Aswan | Majestic Philae. Cruise to Aswan and take a motorised boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika. This sacred complex was dedicated to the goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilisations — Egyptian, Greek and Roman. The temple was dismantled and then painstakingly reassembled when the Aswan High Dam – which you’ll also see – was constructed in the 1960s. See the impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk, and sail around the Aswan islands in a felucca, weather permitting. B,L,D | Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ Day 8: Abu Simbel | Temples of Ramses II & Nefertari. Today, bid farewell to Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV,’ disembarking to fly south to Abu Simbel. There, discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s façade is dominated by four statues of the pharaoh, each nearly 20 metres tall. Perhaps even more impressive, this entire site was disassembled and moved here to save it from the floodwaters caused by the Aswan High Dam. Return to Cairo for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 9: Cairo | Islamic Cairo & Bustling Souks. This morning, explore the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, built in 1356, and fine examples of early Mamluk architecture. Walk from the twin-towered Bab el-Futuh, a fortified gate in Cairo’s Old City walls, to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the city’s major souks (open-air marketplaces). Browse the lively stalls displaying everything from spices and leather goods to jewellery and vegetables, all on a street that has hardly changed in centuries. After lunch, visit Coptic Cairo or return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner. B,L,D | Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza Day 10: Depart Cairo. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner Note: Some departures operate in reverse.

JORDAN PRE-TOUR EXTENSION

See the White City of Amman, the Roman ruins in Jerash, the Dead Sea, the Holy Land, and astonishing Petra, the ancient city cut from rose-red stone. 5 DAYS FROM $4,175 PP TWIN

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JORDAN & ISRAEL

ANCIENT WONDERS: JORDAN & ISRAEL 13 DAYS | AMMAN – PETRA – WADI RUM – DEAD SEA – JERUSALEM – TIBERIAS – SEA OF GALILEE – TEL AVIV

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Journey to the heart of these ancient lands where history and cultures converge. Wander through ancient Roman cities and crusader castles, important biblical sites and haunting modern memorials. Marvel at the extraordinary Nabataean caravan-city of Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and relax in the mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea. Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia across the desert reaches of Wadi Rum, and savour flavoursome Levantine cuisine.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES FEB 21–MAR 5, MAR 7–19, MAR 28–APR 9, APR 25–MAY 7, MAY 16–28, SEP 5–17, OCT 17–29,OCT 31–NOV 12, NOV 14–26, DEC 12–24 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $11,325 pp SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

$4,925

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Western Wall & Dome Of The Rock, Old Jerusalem

ACRE CAESAREA

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AMMAN MADABA MOUNT NEBO

MASADA

› Cruise the Sea of Galilee on a private luxury vessel › Explore Petra and take a 4WD excursion through Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a desert of otherworldly proportions › Bathe in the buoyant, mineral-rich Dead Sea › Prepare local Jordanian dishes, led by an experienced chef

ISRAEL

› Experience the contrasts of ancient and modern Israel with visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jaffa and Tel Aviv

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› Journey through two ancient lands, visiting historic sites and cities

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Day 3: Mount Nebo/Madaba | Miraculous Views. This morning, travel south along the King’s Highway, ancient trade route and important access point for many historic sites. Pass by Mount Nebo, in the footsteps of Moses, for expansive views of the Holy Land. Proceed to the Christian town of Madaba, the famed “City of Mosaics.” Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Petra. B,L | Mövenpick Resort Petra

The Dead Sea

Day 4: Petra | Fascinating Rose-Red City. Spend a full day exploring the many wonders of the ‘Rose-Red City’, whose tombs, temples and exquisite monuments are hewn from solid mountain rock. Sights include the Treasury, accessed through the narrow ‘siq’, the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian and Palace Tombs, and the Roman Road. Prepare an evening meal with a local chef. B,L,D | Mövenpick Resort Petra

Day 1: Arrive Amman, Jordan. Arrive into Amman Airport and transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. At 400m below sea level, this is the lowest point on earth! The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the facilities and marvel at the uninterrupted views across the vast salt lake towards the west bank. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Day 2: Amman/Jerash | Ancient Roman Streets. Today starts with a visit to Jerash, a city founded by Alexander the Great and one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world, hidden for centuries in the sand before being excavated and restored 80 years ago. Marvel at the paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. Continue to Amman and, after lunch at a local restaurant, explore the modern, bustling city. Tonight, gather for a festive welcome dinner. B,L,D | Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Day 5: Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon. Travel south to Wadi Rum, setting for the 1962 film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and explore its mountains of sandstone and narrow canyons in a 4WD. Arrive back at the Dead Sea with time for an afternoon dip in the mineral-rich waters. B,L | Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Day 6: Jerusalem, Israel | The Garden of Gethsemane. Cross into Israel and drive to the Mount of Olives for a view over Temple Mount (Al Haram el-Sharif). Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have prayed before his crucifixion. Tour Mahna Yahuda market, enjoying local delicacies for lunch. Visit the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book and Second Temple Model to view the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dinner at your hotel. B,L,D | The King David Day 7: Jerusalem | Epicentre of Faiths. Tour the Old City, including the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most sacred sites, and the Temple Mount area with its Dome of the Rock. After lunch at a local café, stroll the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried the cross, arriving at the recently-renovated Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. As your day ends, view the city’s skyline with a scenic sundowner. B,L | The King David

Day 8: Jerusalem/Bethlehem | Yad Vashem Memorial. Visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims before driving to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity which is celebrated as the birthplace of Jesus. Dine tonight at a rooftop restaurant in Jerusalem. B,L,D | The King David Day 9: Masada | Zealot Stronghold & the Qumran Caves. Visit Masada, taking a cable car up to the final stronghold, where Jewish Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Later, stop at the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Return to Jerusalem. B,L | The King David Day 10: Acre/Nazareth | Jesus’ Boyhood Town. Drive to World Heritage listed Acre, the historic walled port-city which has seen continuous settlement since the Phoenician period. Marvel at the Crusader Halls, markets and old town. Journey to Jesus’ boyhood town of Nazareth and, after lunch, visit the Church of the Annunciation. Continue to Tiberias and your hotel. Before dinner, an artisanal wine tasting with a professional sommelier. B,L,D | Scots Hotel Day 11: Sea of Galilee | In the Footsteps of Jesus. A private boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, stopping at Capernaum to view St. Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue where Jesus is said to have taught. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. After lunch, drive to the Golan Heights, before continuing to Banias Springs, source of the River Jordan. Gather tonight for a special farewell dinner. B,L,D | Scots Hotel Day 12: Caesarea/Jaffa/Tel Aviv | Artist Quarter. On the Mediterranean Coast, visit Caesarea, ancient capital of the Roman province, where St. Paul was taken prisoner, before exploring vibrant and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. Later in the day, stop at the 4,000-yearold ancient port city of Jaffa with its golden sandstone buildings, bohemian alleyways and emerging art scene. B,L | Dan Tel Aviv Hotel Day 13: Depart Tel Aviv. Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your onward flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

IRAN

A Journey Through Persia 16 DAYS | TEHRAN – AHWAZ – SHIRAZ – YAZD – ISFAHAN – TEHRAN

Shrine of Hilal ibn Ali, Kashan

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This unique journey reveals why Iran is widely regarded as one of the most cultured nations on earth with a 5,000-year-old history and some of the world’s most extraordinary ancient sites like the ruined cities of Persepolis and Pasargadae. Years of isolation have given the country a certain mystique, and discerning travellers are rewarded with the opportunity of seeing a destination on the cusp of change. Iran’s cities are vibrant, full of atmospheric teahouses, bustling bazaars and beautifully tiled mosques. It has a rich textile heritage, a flavoursome cuisine and its desert landscapes are eerily beautiful. Above all, though, you’ll be mesmerised by the Iranian people who are warm and welcoming, eager to share their views and their beautiful homeland.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES MAR 1–16, APR 8–23, MAY 11–26*, AUG 25–SEP 9, OCT 5–20 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $10,495 pp SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

$2,895

*Operates during Ramadan. Price includes internal economy class airfare: $156 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Entrance Gate of All Nations from Ruins of Shiraz Persepolis

A weaver using a traditional hand loom

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive Tehran. Welcome to the Iranian capital. On arrival you will be met, assisted through immigration and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet fellow travelling companions and your Resident Tour Director for a briefing and welcome dinner.

› Marvel at the amazing treasures and artefacts in Tehran’s main museums including the Carpet and National Jewels Museums › Stroll through Tajrish Bazaar and discover the essential ingredients used in Persian cooking › Ride like a local on Tehran’s modern metro system › Discover Golestan Palace, a former royal complex and UNESCO World Heritage site › Explore Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important in the Ancient World

› Witness curious dancing cum weightlifting at the Zurkhaneh (House of Strength) › Observe the fascinating badgirs or wind catchers in the desert city of Yazd › Appreciate why Isfahan is widely held as the most beautiful Islamic city in the world › Visit Isfahan’s Music Museum and listen to a musical performance › Meet a local family and learn the secrets of traditional Iranian cooking › Drink authentic mint tea in the serene garden at the Tomb of Hafez

D | Espinas International Hotel Day 2: Tehran. Head out to explore Iran’s most liberal city. First stop is the National Museum where an extensive collection includes ceramics, textile remains, rare books, plus stone figurines and carvings taken from important sites such as Persepolis and Susa. Next door admire a stunning collection of arts and antiquities from throughout the Islamic period. Later prepare to be dazzled at the fabulous National Jewels Museum. This priceless collection includes the Globe of Jewels, the 200-year-old stone encrusted Peacock Throne and the world’s largest pink diamond. Finally, admire the extensive collection of old Persian carpets and rugs at the Carpet Museum.

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Day 3: Tehran. Exercise your taste buds this morning on a guided culinary walk through Tajrish Bazaar. Be introduced to the fragrant spices and ingredients used in traditional Iranian cooking, before meeting a local chef who puts them to use in her kitchen. Sit round the table and enjoy a Persian feast with plenty of engaging conversation and local insight. After lunch, an intriguing look at the lavish lifestyle of the shahs on a visit to the Sa’ad Abad Palace & Museum Complex. Your final stop is the Reza Abbasi Museum with its unique collection of Persian art. B,L | Espinas International Hotel


Day 4: Tehran – Ahwaz. Ride like locals on the metro arriving at the Golestan Palace, one of the city’s oldest historic monuments set around an elegant garden. Its grand buildings are decorated with beautifully painted tiles, mirrored halls and ceremonial rooms housing royal portraits, decorative artworks, paintings and sculptures. This afternoon, fly south to Ahwaz located on the banks of the Karoun River. B,D | Pars Hotel Day 5: Ahwaz. Set off on a day to explore some of the most important archaeological sites in southwestern Iran, including the ancient city of Susa, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the nearby Tomb of Daniel. Discover the ziggurat at Chogha-Zanbil, this UNESCO World Heritage site was built around 1250 BC and is one of the few found outside Mesopotamia. Spend time at the flourishing Bronze Age city of Haft-Tappeh and its necropolis, and explore the remains of Achaemenian palaces. B,L,D | Pars Hotel Day 6: Ahwaz – Shiraz. Head southeast to Shiraz stopping on the way at Bishapur, the remains of a Sassanian city. Marvel at the impressive mosaics, explore the ancient remains of the temple dedicated to the goddess of water, and admire the rock-reliefs commemorating victory over the Romans. B,L,D | Zandiyeh Hotel Day 7: Shiraz. Discover why Shiraz is considered the heartland of Persian culture and sophistication when you explore its famous gardens, tombs and mosques. Begin with Eram Garden, one of the most famous in Iran and included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Stroll through the historic gardens where palm trees, flower beds and fountains have created a wonderful atmosphere and visit Narenjestan e Ghavam, an old merchant’s house situated in the grounds. Next stop is the splendid pink tiled 19th century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, one of the country’s most impressive. Spend time interacting with teachers and students at Madrasa Khan, an important theological school, before heading to Arg-e-Karim Khan, the 18th century citadel. Finish the day exploring the Vakil Bazaar, one of the best places in Shiraz to buy Persian rugs, spices, handicrafts and antiques.

Day 8: Shiraz – Persepolis – Shiraz. Prepare to be amazed visiting Persepolis and the remains of palaces and tombs of some of the greatest rulers in history. Highlights of this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site include the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and the famous bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers and gift-bearers from around the Persian Empire. Journey to Naghsh-eRostam, an ancient necropolis with Royal Tombs cut high into the cliff face. Back in Shiraz relax with a cup of mint tea in the ‘beautiful garden of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez. B,L | Zandiyeh Hotel Day 9: Shiraz. Enjoy a morning at leisure. Later, an appreciation of the tar, one of the most important musical instruments in Iran, when you visit a workshop and enjoy a musical performance. This evening, you are welcomed into a local home with a cooking demonstration followed by dinner. B,D | Zandiyeh Hotel Day 10: Shiraz – Yazd. Drive to the oasis town of Yazd. On the way, stop at another of the great Persian sites – Pasargadae, which pre-dates Persepolis. See the simple but impressive tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, and remains of several of his palaces at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop for lunch at the small desert town of Abarkuh to see the 4,000-year old cypress tree. B,L,D | Moshir Garden Hotel Day 11: Yazd. Spend the day exploring this unique desert town. Observe the Friday Mosque dating to 1324, and take a walking tour of the historic Fahadan. Stroll past the Seljuk shrine, the old Ziaieyeh Theological School and visit some of the traditional textile workshops and stalls. Experience an active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and hear from a Zoroastrian cleric before viewing one of the two abandoned Towers of Silence. Proceed to beautiful Dowlat Abad Garden to admire the 18th century house and view the highest badgir (wind-catcher) in Iran. This evening, witness an intriguing 3,000-yearold desert sport at a zurkhaneh.

Day 12: Yazd – Isfahan. Continue west to Isfahan stopping en route in Na’in, a charming desert town famous for its high-quality carpets and woollen textiles. Wander through the 10th century Friday Mosque and the 17th century Pirnia Traditional House and stroll through the old town. B,L,D | Abbasi Hotel Day 13: Isfahan. Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the Islamic world, take in the key sites including splendid mosques, cathedrals, public squares, bridges, palaces and bazaars. Start with a stroll around two of the world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Imam – before visiting the Ali-Qapu Palace. Explore the Qeisarieh Bazaar, admiring handicrafts for which Isfahan is famous. In this city of bridges, watch the sun go down at the Khajou and Sio-se-pol bridges. B,D | Abbasi Hotel Day 14: Isfahan. More astonishing sights in store today. Discover the magnificent Friday Mosque with its famous prayer niche and the Chehel Sotun Palace, built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century. Head to the Armenian Jolfa area to admire the Vank Cathedral, then proceed to the nearby Music Museum for a performance of traditional instruments. B,L | Abbasi Hotel Day 15: Isfahan – Tehran. Return to Tehran, stopping en route at Abyaneh, one of the oldest and most beautiful villages in Iran. Continue to Kashan, an attractive oasis town famous for its carpets, ceramic tiles and silk. Visit the early 16th century garden of Fin and a 19th century merchant residence with its beautiful stucco dome, inlaid mirror work and fine badgirs. Arrive back in Tehran in time for a farewell dinner. B,L,D | Espinas International Hotel Day 16: Depart Tehran. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward journey. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

B,L | Moshir Garden Hotel

B,L,D | Zandiyeh Hotel

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EXPLORE MORE The Small Group Journeys featured here are just a taste of the many shared adventures A&K offers in Africa and Arabia. More Small Group Journeys

More Extraordinary Experiences

Check out our website – abercrombiekent.com.au – for more Luxury Small Group Journeys in the region, along with other A&K small group series, including our Connections Boutique Journeys, wonderful travel experiences in a minor key, Marco Polo Journeys to more off-beat and one-off destinations and events, Wings Over the World journeys using chartered flights in these and other regions, and, for the ultimate in luxury travel, our Private Jet Journeys.

Whatever your holiday plans and dreams, there’s something for everyone in Africa and Arabia.

More Private and Bespoke Journeys If a Private Journey in the region is more your style – whether traveling solo, as a couple or with family and friends – request a copy of our Africa & Arabia brochure, a selection of ready-to-travel itineraries to countries in the region including Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman. Or talk to us or your travel agent about creating a bespoke A&K journey in Africa and/or Arabia, stitching together a perfect fit itinerary of amazing experiences and accommodations.

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• Family Holidays: Private camping safaris | Cruising the Nile • Milestone & Multi-Generational Family Celebrations: Private safari lodges | Sail a dahabiya on the Nile | Party in a Moroccan riad • Active Adventures: Gorilla tracking | Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro | Canoeing the Zambezi | Atlas Mountains walk • Seaside Retreats: Indian Ocean islands (Mauritius, Seychelles, Kenya Coast, Zanzibar) | Musandam Peninsula (Oman) | Morocco’s Atlantic Coast • Stopovers: Dubai | Doha | Abu Dhabi However you choose to travel with A&K in this region or anywhere, you can rest assured that every journey has been created by experts, with hand-picked accommodation, immersive and educational encounters, all logistics tried and tested, and a level of service and support only A&K can provide, with every detail and eventuality taken care of.


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INDIA

TAJ MAHAL & THE TREASUR 14 DAYS | MUMBAI – UDAIPUR – JAIPUR – AGRA – PANNA NATIONAL PARK – KHAJURAHO – VARANASI – DELHI

India is a lively land of vivid colours and endless activity. It is also a profoundly spiritual place with a proud heritage and extraordinarily diverse scenery. From the intense bustle of Mumbai and Delhi, you’ll journey through the Rajasthani countryside and gain a fascinating glimpse into rural life. Stay at the country’s most iconic hotels, some converted from royal palaces, travel deep into the wilderness in search of the elusive Bengal tiger, and take an intimate look at life and death in the sacred city of Varanasi, where devout pilgrims flock to the holy Ganges to bathe in the holy water and cremate their loved ones.

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PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

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JAN 8–21, JAN 10–23, JAN 15–28, JAN 17–30, JAN 22–FEB 4, JAN 24–FEB 6, JAN 29–FEB 11, JAN 31–FEB 13, FEB 5–18, FEB 7–20, FEB 12–25, FEB 14–27, FEB 19–MAR 4, FEB 26–MAR 11, FEB 28–MAR 13, MAR 5–18, MAR 7–20, MAR 14–27, MAR 26–APR 8, OCT 8–21, OCT 10–23, OCT 15–28, OCT 17–30, OCT 22–NOV 4, OCT 24–NOV 6, OCT 31–NOV 13, NOV 7–20, NOV 12–25, NOV 14–27, NOV 19–DEC 2, NOV 21–DEC 4, NOV 26–DEC 9, DEC 3–16, DEC 5–18

$14,760 pp

DEC 12–25

$16,095 pp

DEC 17–30

$18,230 pp

DEC 19–JAN 1, 2020

$18,760 pp

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1,435 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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$5,860

$6,395

$7,995

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

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› Discover splendid Moghul monuments and World Heritage sites › Stay in former palaces, including the lavish Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur and the grand Rambagh Palace in Jaipur

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› Set out on a private safari in Panna National Park, home to the elusive Bengal tiger 2

› Enjoy a scenic sundowner after a private sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur

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› Observe priests performing an Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Holy Ganges

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CELEBRATE THE COLOURFUL PUSHKAR FAIR ON SELECT 2018 DEPARTURES Experience India at its most vibrant on four special departures of this journey that include two extra nights in Pushkar, where you attend the rousing Pushkar Fair. This is one of India’s best-loved festivals, with livestock traders from across the sub-continent in Pushkar to buy and sell thousands of camels, steers and horses, many of them lavishly decorated. Locals attend to take in the spectacle, as acrobats, puppeteers and musicians lend the proceedings a holiday atmosphere. 16 DAYS FROM $16,570 PP DEPARTURE DATES: OCT 27*, OCT 29*, NOV 1, NOV 3 * Reverse routing. See our website for full

Pushkar itineraries.

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai. Arrive into the country’s bustling commercial and entertainment capital. You are met and transferred to your iconic hotel by the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea. The Taj Mahal Palace Day 2: Mumbai | The Gateway of India. Explore the city’s classic sites, including the Gateway of India, a 26 metre high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Next, see the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world and a wonderfully colourful spectacle to behold. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. B,D | The Taj Mahal Palace Days 3-4: Udaipur | Cruise to Jag Mandir. Fly north to the dreamy lake city of Udaipur and visit the stunning City Palace, a marble complex that offers unforgettable views of Lake Pichola and its surroundings. Take a short boat ride to your romantic hotel, set in the middle of the lake. Next morning, journey out of town for an excursion to Delwara and visit two important temple complexes. After lunch, return to Udaipur and stroll through Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) before returning to your hotel. Later, embark on a private cruise past Jag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in Lake Pichola. Day 3: B,D | Day 4: B,L | Taj Lake Palace

Day 5: Jaipur | The Pink City. This morning, fly to Jaipur, the Rajasthani capital, and check in to your hotel, the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Later, explore the City Palace, a unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. Then, visit Jantar Mantar, an open-air array of astronomical instruments.

Day 8: Agra | Moghul Splendours. Return to the Taj this morning, when the rising sun lends a warm pink tint to its marble face. Visit the Agra Fort, a former palace that housed the Peacock Throne and for a time served as the prison of Moghul emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal after the death of his most beloved wife.

B,D | Rambagh Palace

B,D | The Oberoi Amarvilas

Day 6: Jaipur | The Amber Fort. Today is an opportunity to view the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) – built for the women of the royal household to observe street life from above without being seen. Afterwards, head out of town to explore the magnificent hilltop Moghul-style Amber Fort. This red sandstone and marble palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains the intriguing Chamber of Mirrors with its intricately inlaid walls and mirrored ceilings.

Day 9: Panna National Park | Into the Wild. Depart by express train to Jhansi. After lunch, continue to the remote and beautiful Panna National Park, a haven for India’s wildlife, and check in to your wilderness lodge with its hilltop location and sweeping views.

B,L | Rambagh Palace Day 7: Agra | Visions of the Taj Mahal. Drive to Agra, observing the colourful rural life of Rajasthan on your journey. Upon arrival, catch your first glimpse of the breathtaking Taj Mahal from your luxurious room. Visit the Taj Mahal in the late afternoon, as the setting sun bathes it in a soft orange glow. B,L | The Oberoi Amarvilas

B,L,D | Pashan Garh, A Taj Safari Lodge Day 10: Panna National Park | Tiger Tracking. Rise early this morning for a game drive in Panna National Park aboard a 4WD vehicle, spotting crocodiles and perhaps the elusive Bengal tiger. Other wildlife in the park includes sloth bear, leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal, sambar, chital and wild boar. Learn how a successful conservation programme has grown the park’s tiger population, increasing the odds of a sighting. Return to the lodge to enjoy an Indian cooking demonstration at lunch, and an afternoon game drive before dinner. B,L,D | Pashan Garh, A Taj Safari Lodge

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Bengal tiger viewing

Day 11: Khajuraho/Varanasi | India’s Holiest City. Drive to Khajuraho to see all of life — joy, love, divinity, war — carved into its Hindu and Jain temples. Then, fly to Varanasi, a city of more than a thousand temples and shrines, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists. At dusk, beside the Ganges River, witness the Aarti ceremony. Chanted prayers and rhythmic drumming fill the air as you watch lantern-bearing priests bid the gods and goddesses a restful slumber.

Day 14: Depart Delhi. Transfer to the airport early this morning for your departure flight B

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B,L,D | The Gateway Hotel Ganges Day 12: Varanasi/Delhi | Private Sunrise River Cruise. Rise early for a private sunrise cruise on the Ganges River to observe activity along the ghats (stone steps leading down to the river), where locals and pilgrims cleanse themselves, literally and spiritually. Later, fly to Delhi for a farewell dinner.

Unwind at a lake resort on the sleepy backwaters of tropical Kerala and explore the colourful port city of Kochi, Queen of the Arabian Sea. 5 DAYS FROM $4,490 PP

B,D | The Oberoi, New Delhi Day 13: Delhi | Exploring the Old & the New. Visit the great Jama Masjid, the most important mosque in India. Then, set off on an exciting rickshaw ride through the carts and stalls of Chandni Chowk bazaar, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. After lunch, drive through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi and visit Humayun’s Tomb, the last resting place of an esteemed 16th century Moghul emperor and an architectural precursor of the Taj Mahal.

Visit Buddhist shrines and Hindu temples in the heart of the Himalaya. Walk with Tibetan pilgrims and see Mount Everest from the air. 4 DAYS FROM $3,090 PP

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Water carriers at a stepwell

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INDIA

India: The Beautiful South 16 DAYS | CHENNAI – PONDICHERRY – THANJAVUR – MADURAI – PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK – KUMARAKOM – KOCHI

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Immerse yourself in India’s more spiritual side on this journey through the more relaxed southern states of the sub-continent. Prized for millennia for its aromatic spices and natural beauty, the south remains a feast for the senses, with fragrant cuisines, friendly people, and fascinating cultures. Bask in the colour and movement of bustling, sophisticated cities, sleepy fishing villages, tropical coastlines, and lush hinterlands. You’ll be astonished by the Pallava sculptures and towering Chola temples of Tamil Nadu, enchanted by the colonial charms of Pondicherry, and lulled by the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, in an India still largely undisturbed by tourism.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES FEB 23–MAR 10, OCT 10–25 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $9,895 pp SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

Keralan tea plantation

$3,845 pp

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Traditional Keralan houseboat

The colours of Pondicherry

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Historic Chennai, the cultural, culinary and artistic hub of Southern India › The monuments of Mahabalipuram, extensive cave temples and life-size bas-relief sculptures

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› Delightful Pondicherry, with its notes of colonial France 2 CHENNA I 3 PONDICHERRY

› Auroville, the New Age community founded in the 1960s that still attracts devotees from over 45 nations › The magnificent 14th century Tanjore Palace in Thanjavur › Watch elephants frolic in the lake in picturesque Periyar National Park

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› Meander through the beautiful backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat cruise › Soak up the colonial charms of the colourful port city of Kochi (Cochin), Queen of the Arabian Sea


Day 1: Arrive Chennai. Arrive in Chennai (formerly Madras) and transfer to your hotel. Taj Coromandel Day 2: Chennai. This morning is at leisure, with a tour briefing at noon and the afternoon exploring Chennai, once the British East India Company’s most important seaport, and still Southern India’s cultural hub. Visit the ancient Shiva Temple; the San Thome Cathedral, site of the tomb of the apostle St. Thomas; Fort St. George, built in 1653 by the British; and the Government Museum, home to one of the finest collections of bronze sculptures in the country. Welcome dinner tonight in the hotel. B,D | Taj Coromandel Day 3: Chennai – Pondicherry. Travel south to the ancient Pallava capital of Mahabalipuram, site of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Group of Monuments, extensive cave temples, bas-relief sculptures and pillared halls carved out of the rocky hillside. After a lunch of southern Indian delicacies, head to Pondicherry and your hotel in the French Quarter, with time to explore this delightful neighbourhood. B,L,D | Palais de Mahe Days 4-5: Pondicherry. A tour of ‘Pondy’, as it’s affectionately known, one of India’s most charming cities. Headquarters of the French East India Company from 1674, it’s still awash with pastel-coloured buildings and colourful bougainvillea. Visit the Ashram founded by the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo in 1926, and the 300-year-old Manakula Vinayagar Temple, dedicated to the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, and home today to ‘Lakshmi’, the temple elephant, who collects coins and dispenses blessings with her trunk. Before lunch, browse the Pondicherry Museum’s relics from the nearby archaeological site of Arikamedu, an ancient Roman settlement. After lunch, a guided walk through the elegant French Quarter with its colonial residences, parks, cafés, boulangeries and boutiques. On Day 5, visit Auroville, the New Age community founded in 1968 that today attracts devotees of Sri Aurobindo from over 45 nations. Later, visit Mohanam Cultural Centre, the work of a group of young men from the villages surrounding Auroville, designed to bridge the gap between young and old, traditional and modern, and preserve the rich cultural heritage of South India. Afternoon at leisure. Day 4: B,L | Day 5: B,L,D | Palais de Mahe

Day 6: Pondicherry – Thanjavur. Drive further south to Thanjavur (formerly Tanjore), the ancient Chola capital, stopping on the way in Chidambaram to visit the vibrant Natraja Temple, famed for its bronze dancing Shiva. Observe the daily Brahmin rituals at shrines throughout the 40-acre complex. B L D | Svatma Day 7: Thanjavur. Visit one of India’s most spectacular temples, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Brihadisvara Temple, built by King Rajaraja I in the 11th century. Later, stroll through the 14th century Tanjore Palace built for Maratha royalty. Lunch at a local restaurant before an afternoon drive to Srirangam and the massive Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, so large it feels like its own city, with 49 separate shrines dedicated to Vishnu. B,L | Svatma Day 8: Thanjavur – Madurai. En route to Madurai, visit a Chettinad village with lunch at a local restaurant. B,L,D | The Gateway Pasumalai Day 9: Madurai. This morning, enjoy a tour of Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Famous for temples built in the Dravidian style, and known as the ‘Athens of the East’, Madurai is also home to a maze of markets and museums. Afternoon at leisure and this evening, witness a Hindu prayer ceremony (‘aarti’) at the 12th century Meenakshi Temple, a multi-tiered, technicolour wonder of a building, heaving with carved mythical figures and devoted pilgrims. B | The Gateway Pasumalai Day 10: Madurai – Periyar National Park. After breakfast, travel through the Western Ghats into the state of Kerala to Periyar. Late afternoon visit a local spice plantation, and stroll through the estate steeped in the aroma of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, black pepper, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and nutmeg. B,L,D | Spice Village

Day 12: Kumarakom. This morning, visit a local farming family, and take a relaxing walk through the aromatic winding pathways of their spice plantation, followed by a cooking demonstration and a delicious lunch made using fresh spices. Later, return to the resort, with the rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the many resort activities. B,L | Kumarakom Lake Resort Day 13: Kumarakom. A full day at leisure. Relax at the resort with a rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatment, walk or cycle down to the local village, or try a spot of fishing. Treatments and some activities are at additional cost. B | Kumarakom Lake Resort Day 14: Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kochi. A day cruise aboard a traditional houseboat on the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Glide through canals and lagoons shaded by coconut palms, and pass sleepy rural villages as you graze on local specialties. Disembark this evening and journey overland to Kochi (Cochin). Tonight, an optional Kathakali dance performance (additional cost). B,L,D | Brunton Boatyard Day 15: Kochi. Spend the day exploring the tropical coastal city of Kochi, and discover an intriguing mix of cultural influences. Visit one of the oldest Jewish synagogues in India, and see the story of the Ramayana depicted in the wonderful murals at Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. And at the entrance to Kochi harbour, see the cantilevered fishing nets brought from southern China by traders — a testament to the centuries’ old links between these regions. This evening, a harbour cruise from the hotel before a farewell dinner. B,L,D | Brunton Boatyard Day 16: Kochi. Today, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Day 11: Periyar National Park – Kumarakom. After a leisurely breakfast, a boat ride on picturesque Periyar Lake with elephants congregating on the shore. The park is home to dozens of species of reptiles and amphibians, with many basking in the sun on the rocks along the lake shore. Later, journey overland to the village of Kumarakom and your beautiful lakefront resort. B,L,D | Kumarakom Lake Resort

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SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka: Secrets of the Spice Island 15 DAYS | COLOMBO – SIGIRIYA – KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA – GALLE – NEGOMBO

Sri Lanka is a world apart, a deeply spiritual place where Buddhist values and a rich cultural heritage are interwoven with enduring colonial influences. On this extraordinary journey, we peel back the layers of the beguiling island nation, and uncover its many treasures: a serene and gentle people, fragrant and flavoursome cuisine, fascinating ruins, and diverse terrain – from golden beaches and arid plains, to lush tea plantations and mist-covered mountains – everything suffused with a warm tropical glow, as will you be on your return from this exquisite destination.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

FEB 14–28

$2,295

SEP 23–OCT 7

$2,360

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The rock-cut fortress of Sigiriya

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Beautiful hill country, Sri Lanka

Stilt fishermen of the south coast

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Wander through the streets of old Colombo › Explore World Heritage sites in the Cultural Triangle and climb the Sigiriya rock fortress › Cycle through the lush countryside around Galle on a short bike ride › Amble through Kandy sampling street food and sweet treats

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› Join the pilgrims for a nightly prayer ritual at the Sacred Temple of the Tooth

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› Learn the secrets of Ceylonese tea in the plantations of Sri Lanka’s famous tea country › Select your own market produce and cook aromatic curries with a local chef in Galle › Admire the tropical modernist aesthetic of Sri Lanka’s most influential architect, Geoffrey Bawa, at three of his iconic works

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Day 1: Arrive Colombo. A fast track arrival and transfer to your grand historic hotel on Galle Face Green, Colombo’s seafront promenade. Galle Face Hotel Day 2: Colombo. Settle in before an afternoon briefing from your Resident Tour Director, welcome sundowners, and an alfresco dinner at the hotel’s Verandah restaurant soaking up the Indian Ocean views. B,D | Galle Face Hotel Day 3: Colombo. Meet Colombo local, and passionate photographer, Mark Forbes, your escort on a captivating walk through the old town bringing the city’s multifaceted history to life. See the 17th century Dutch Hospital, Colombo Fort, charming colonial mansions, the Pettah bazaar and the Old Dutch Museum. This afternoon, explore the city by tuk-tuk, the quintessential way to travel in Colombo. B | Galle Face Hotel Day 4: Colombo – Sigiriya. Head into the Cultural Triangle, the heart of the country and the hub of early Sinhalese civilisation, where ancient World Heritage listed sites abound and your resort-style boutique hotel awaits with its stunning views of the timeless rock fortress of Sigiriya. B,L,D | Water Garden Day 5: Sigiriya. Rise early for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscape (additional cost) or visit a local Buddhist temple for an alms-giving ceremony. Afterwards, meet a local farmer and his family, and together prepare a delicious curry lunch in their home. Late this afternoon, climb the imposing 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site 200 metres up an enormous rocky outcrop, featuring frescoes, water gardens, walls and moats. B,L,D | Water Garden Day 6: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya. This morning, take in the World Heritage listed Polonnaruwa, an interesting blend of Buddhist and Hindu archaeological monuments, including the famous Gal Viharaya or “Rock Temple”, four colossal statues of the Buddha cut into the stone. If you’re feeling energetic, the best way to see the ruins is by bike. B,L,D | Water Garden

Day 7: Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy. An early start to visit the extraordinary Buddhist cave temples at Dambulla, with statues and murals dating back to the 3rd century B.C., fine examples of Sinhalese Buddhist art. Continue south to Kandy, the country’s cultural capital, with dinner tonight beside the hotel pool. B,L,D | Cinnamon Citadel Day 8: Kandy. First stop today is a traditional brass-making village where local families craft stunning pieces. After lunch explore the lively streets on foot with a local expert, through winding alleys, tiny shops and street food stalls. The day ends with a ceremony at the sacred Temple of the Tooth, the city’s most famous landmark, revered by Buddhists as it houses the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Amid scents of lotus and jasmine, join monks and pilgrims who gather to make offerings to the Buddha. Dinner at The Queens Hotel, former Governor’s residence. B,L,D | Cinnamon Citadel Day 9: Kandy – Peradeniya – Nuwara Eliya. Before leaving Kandy, join a professor at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya for a walk through the extraordinary botanical collection, comprising over 4,000 plant species, including a priceless collection of 300 varieties of orchids. Afterwards, travel through the highlands to the hill country, past lush green tea estates, mist-covered mountains and scenic waterfalls, arriving late afternoon at your hotel, a converted tea factory. B,L,D | Heritance Tea Factory Day 10: Nuwara Eliya. Past sari-clad workers in tea plantations, drive to Nuwara Eliya to be steeped in the world of Ceylon tea, Sri Lanka’s major export. Learn from an expert about the journey from planting and plucking, to manufacturing, grading and processing, the auction system, and finally a tasting. The afternoon is yours to relax. B,L,D | Heritance Tea Factory

Day 12: Galle. Head out on a cycling tour, starting at the beach and passing through verdant rice paddies, with refreshments in a beautiful garden along the way. Continue the ride along the shoreline of beautiful Koggala Lake then return to the hotel for lunch. Later, visit the famous stilt fishermen, where the nimble can try mounting the stilts themselves, while the more sensible take photographs! Dinner tonight is at a favourite restaurant inside the old Dutch fort. B,L,D | Jetwing Lighthouse Day 13: Galle. Visit the local markets with a chef, before a hands-on cooking class, balancing the flavours of fresh produce and aromatic spices to create mouth-watering curries. Savour the fruits of your labour over lunch. This afternoon, explore the Galle Fort with a local historian. Built by the Dutch in 1663, the fort is a World Heritage site and the largest remaining European fortress in Asia. A treasure hunt through the streets of the ancient citadel reveals a buzzing kaleidoscope of culture, arts, literature and cuisine, finishing at a writer’s café for sundowners before a special dinner back at the hotel. B,L,D | Jetwing Lighthouse Day 14: Galle – Negombo. This morning, meet traditional mask-makers in a nearby workshop, before driving north to Bentota to visit Lunuganga Estate, the former country home of Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most influential architect. The estate garden remained his muse and became an experimental laboratory in which he played with spaces and structures. After lunch at the estate, continue to your hotel at Negombo. Tonight, a farewell dinner at Geoffrey’s Pavilion, named in Bawa’s honour. B,L,D | Jetwing Lagoon Day 15: Depart Colombo. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Day 11: Nuwara Eliya – Galle. Journey south to the colonial seaside city of Galle and the beachfront hotel designed by venerated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. B,L,D | Jetwing Lighthouse

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BHUTAN & NEPAL

HEART OF THE HIMALAYAS 10 DAYS | BANGKOK – THIMPHU – PARO – KATHMANDU

The mighty and majestic mountains of the Himalaya form the picturesque backdrop to this unique journey. From deeply spiritual Bhutan, where Gross National Happiness is the measurement of prosperity and legendary monasteries and mandalas perch in unexpected places, to magical Nepal, home to some of the highest peaks on the planet and a rich cultural heritage. Expect to be welcomed by cool, clean and fresh mountain air and the unbelievably hospitable people who eagerly share their culinary and artisanal traditions.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

APR 3–13, APR 10–20 APR 24–MAY 4, MAY 8–18, MAY 22–JUN 1, SEP 18–28, SEP 25–OCT 5, OCT 6–16, OCT 16–26, OCT 23–NOV 2, OCT 27–NOV 6, NOV 10–20

$12,545 pp $3,725

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $2,020 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 16

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Bhutan’s Taktsang Monastery (“Tiger’s Nest”)

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Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS: › Discover the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Bhutan and Nepal on this journey through the heart of the Himalaya › Feel the spirit of Bhutan on a pilgrimage to the revered “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, perched high on a sheer rock face

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› Learn about the traditions and age-old methods of local farmers on a visit to a farmhouse › Enjoy a lesson in Nepalese cuisine during a Chef’s Table event in the home of a local resident › Ride Like a Local when you travel by rickshaw to visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and Taleju Temple

MYANMAR LAOS

› Hear from an intrepid climber who has summited Mt Everest › Admire one of the world’s largest Buddhist shrines at Boudhanath

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Day 4: Punakha (1,300M) | The Divine Madman. Drive over the Dochula Pass (3,100m), with its stunning 360-degree views and admire the colourful prayer flags en route to Punakha. Stop at historic Punakha Dzong, where the first king of modern Bhutan was crowned, and continue to the Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman) known as a fertility temple. Return to Thimphu for dinner.

Day 8: Kathmandu | A Lesson in Nepalese Cuisine. This morning, explore Patan to see its Durbar Square and the former royal palace. It remains the finest collection of temples and palaces in the whole country. Afterwards, attend a Nepalese cooking class in a local home. Continue to the well-preserved hilltop town of Kirtipur and visit the temple of Adinath, the Chilancho Stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairav.

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Day 5: Paro (1,295M) | Monasteries, Rivers & Relics. Journey overland to Paro, stopping en route in Chuzom, located at the confluence of the Thimphu and Paro rivers. Once in Paro, view the religious thankga (scroll) paintings and the natural history collection at the conch-shaped National Museum. Continue to Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortress along a mountain river. Then, visit local farmers at their farmhouse to better understand their traditional way of life.

Day 9: Kathmandu | Hindu Temples & Buddhist Stupas. This morning, proceed to Bhaktapur, a ninth century town in the Kathmandu Valley celebrated for its glorious architecture and renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colourful festivals, traditional dances and the indigenous lifestyle of its Newari community. Visit Pashupatinath Temple, a famous and sacred Hindu temple complex located on the banks of the Bagmati River, an important cremation site for Hindus. Continue to Boudhanath, home to one of the world’s largest Buddhist shrines. Tonight, gather for your farewell dinner and toast your unforgettable time in the Himalaya.

B,L,D | Zhiwa Ling Hotel Day 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand. Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel. Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Day 2: Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu (2,350M) | Among the Towering Peaks. Fly to Paro, your gateway to Bhutan, a nation whose cultural traditions remain well preserved. Transfer to Thimphu, the Bhutanese capital, and visit the National Memorial Chorten, a graceful landmark with golden spires and bells. Later, see the Tashichho Dzong, a 13th century Buddhist monastery and fortress, for an insight into Bhutanese spirituality. This evening gather for your welcome dinner. B,D | Taj Tashi Day 3: Thimphu | Fine Weavers at Work. Get an interesting glimpse into rural Bhutanese life this morning when you visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which replicates a traditional farmhouse furnished as it would have been a century ago. Next stop is the National Textile museum, which showcases a wide range of beautiful Bhutanese textiles, including the crowns and attire used by the monarchs and members of the Royal Family. It is also a wonderful introduction to the country’s major weaving techniques and local style of dress. Later, visit the National Library, an important repository of ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. B,L | Taj Tashi

Day 6: Paro | Ascent to the “Tiger’s Nest”. This morning, you have an opportunity to climb to the world famous Taktsang Monastery (“Tiger’s Nest”), which clings to a cliff 900 metres above the valley. This hike is a 6.5 kilometre round trip reaching heights of 2,800m. It is intentionally difficult, intended as an arduous pilgrimage for Buddhist devotees. You may hike all or part of the way. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most sacred shrines.

B,L,D | Dwarika’s Hotel Day 10: Depart Bangkok. Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the return flight to Bangkok for onward arrangements. Day room use is included at Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

B,L,D | Zhiwa Ling Hotel Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal (1,400M) | Historic Durbar Square. Say farewell to Bhutan and fly onwards to Kathmandu. In the Nepalese capital, ride by rickshaw to Durbar Square and the magnificent Taleju Temple. See the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari), a temple built in 1757 known both for its magnificent carvings as well as its divine inhabitant. Later, stroll through the colourful bazaar and the bustling old city with its narrow alleyways and temples. This evening, enjoy a lecture by a Mount Everest summiteer on the trials and triumphs facing climbers attempting to scale the world’s highest peak.

LHASA POST-TOUR EXTENSION

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Breathtaking views of the Himalaya on the flight to Lhasa. Explore Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama, Jokhang Temple and two of Tibet’s great monasteries. 4 DAYS FROM $3,320 PP

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JAPAN

Culture & Customs of Japan 11 DAYS | TOKYO – KANAZAWA – KYOTO – TOKYO

A country of astonishing contrasts, Japan is a wonderful and varied destination. On this journey we will introduce you to the country’s history and heritage, from the modern era back through the feudal period of warlords and shogun. You’ll experience some of the country’s most fascinating customs from a traditional tea ceremony to a kaiseki ryori dinner with a traditional maiko. You’ll walk the scenic Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto, try your hand at Sushi making and see some of the country’s most important Shinto shrines. Journeys depart spring and autumn when the countryside is at its most impressive and where visits are included to some of Japan’s most impressive gardens, ancient samurai villas and charming mountain villages.

DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

SEP 30–OCT 12, 2018*

$14,495pp

$3,295

APR 4–14 2019

$17,795 pp

$7,245

NOV 14–24 2019

$16,795pp

$6,470

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Explore two sides of Tokyo – ancient and modern

› Sample an array of Japan’s most favourite culinary traditions

› Understand the revered customs of the traditional Tea Ceremony

› Stroll through some extraordinary Japanese gardens

› Witness a traditional Japanese taiko drum performance

› Discover artistic traditions at Kanazawa, Japan’s emerging arts and culture capital

› Interact with traditional maiko at an exclusive performance with a kaiseki ryori dinner

› Admire the traditional farm houses of Shirakawago

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Day 1: Arrive Tokyo. Welcome to Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun. Put yourself on Tokyo time and soak up this ultra-modern city from your hotel which is just steps from the Ginza, Tokyo’s exclusive shopping and entertainment area. You’ll be dazzled by the views over Tokyo Bay and the historic Hamarikyu Gardens. Conrad Tokyo Day 2: Tokyo. This morning, meet your host for a briefing on the adventure ahead before heading out to explore this surprising city. First up, Asakusa is one of the city’s oldest geisha districts and home to the 7th century Sensoji Temple. The streets around the temple are full of traditional shops selling Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to explore. Private sushi making and lunch. This afternoon’s touring includes Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous shrine, dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji. The shrine is a popular site for Japanese Weddings; if we are lucky, we may see a bride and groom dressed in traditional Shinto wedding attire. From old to new, we wander from Meiji Jingu shrine down Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysées. This broad, tree lined avenue in Harajuku features a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects, upmarket shopping complexes, elegant restaurants and fashionable coffee shops.. B,L,D | Conrad Tokyo Day 3: Tokyo. Start the day with a stroll through the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Carved out of the original castle compound, these lovely gardens allow closeup views of the massive stones used to build the castle walls. The Ninomaru Grove is a woodland area and one of the prettiest parts of the garden, with a pond and elegant teahouse. Today, increase your understanding of Japan’s past and present, starting at the Samurai Museum, where you learn about the customs of this elite-warrior class and get an up-close look at an authentic collection of their exotic armour and weaponry. After lunch, a kabuki performance in the Ginza district rounds out our day of discovery. Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese drama with highly stylised song, mime and dance. B,L | Conrad Tokyo

Day 4: Tokyo – Kanazawa. Travel by high speed train to Kanazawa where you tour the 21st century Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize laureates, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. The museum is known for its modern architecture and progressive exhibits. Lunch is at the museum restaurant before continuing the focus on the Japanese arts on a visit to the exclusive studio of a local pottery master who practices the ancient art of Kutani-yaki. B,L | ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Day 5: Kanazawa. Start today with a visit to the Seisonkaku Villa, one of the most elegant 19th century samurai villas remaining. Afterwards, take in the stunning Kenroku-en gardens, ranked in the top three in Japan. Breathtaking in any season, wander past stone lanterns, ponds, lakes and over traditional wooden bridges admiring the seasonal floral attractions. This afternoon, visit the former samurai house in Nagamachi, now an interesting museum, and stroll around the old district of Higashi-Chayamachi, known for its tea houses and geisha culture. B,L | ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Day 6: Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Kanazawa. Head into the mountains to Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed collection of traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old and designed to withstand the heavy snows which fall in the region. B,L | ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Day 7: Kanazawa – Kyoto. Travel by highspeed train to Kyoto, where the next three nights are spent at the lavish and superbly located Four Seasons Kyoto in Higashiyama. In the early evening, visit the picture perfect Kodaiji Temple and its extraordinary garden which combines 20th century design with traditional Japanese elements. Tonight, you will be immersed in Kyoto tradition at a special performance by beautiful and elegant maiko (apprentice geisha) dining in true Kyoto culinary style with kaiseki ryori, a meticulously prepared, multi-course meal. B,L,D | Four Seasons Kyoto

Day 8: Kyoto. One of the most photogenic sites in Japan, Fushimi Inari, is your first stop this morning. This 8th century shrine complex has dazzling arcades of red torii gates which spread across thickly wooded slopes. The walk uphill through a series of atmospheric smaller shrines is highly recommended. Afterwards, visit the Gekkeikan Okura sake museum and brewery, where you have a chance to try the local drop. After lunch, tour the Ginkakuji, a Zen temple in Kyoto’s eastern mountains. The complex comprises the Silver Pavilion, half a dozen other temple buildings, a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden. Walk the circular route around its grounds, from which the gardens and buildings can be viewed, and along the two-kilometre Philosopher’s Path, which ends in the neighbourhood of Nanzenji. Conclude the sightseeing with a Japanese tea ceremony at a temple with servings of the distinctive matcha green tea. The ceremony is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving tea together with some sweet treats. Each movement is predefined. The whole process is less about drinking tea than about aesthetics. B,L | Four Seasons Kyoto Day 9: Kyoto. Explore another of Kyoto’s most famous landmarks this morning – the Golden Pavilion. Built as a retirement villa for the shogun, it became a Buddhist temple after his death and is today one of the city’s most famous temples. Next, travel by rickshaw to Nonomiya Shrine in Arashiyama district with time to wander through the bamboo forest to the 14th century World Heritage listed Tenryuji Temple. This sprawling Zen temple boasts one of the finest gardens in Kyoto with wonderful mountain views. After lunch at the temple, a stirring taiko (traditional Japanese drum) performance is scheduled. B,L | Four Seasons Kyoto Day 10: Kyoto – Tokyo. Return to Tokyo today by bullet train and to your hotel with time to get ready for tonight’s farewell dinner at the hotel. B,L,D | Conrad Tokyo Day 11: Depart Tokyo. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, LAOS & THAILAND

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Join this breathtaking journey to four of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing destinations, each with their own world class attractions. Admire the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay and its extraordinary limestone pinnacles, the treelined boulevards and colonial villas of Hanoi and vibrant Saigon. Marvel at the extraordinary ancient temples of Angkor and the sleepy pace of Luang Prabang. The adventure culminates in buzzing Bangkok where you’ll soak up the river views at your landmark hotel. At every turn you’ll enjoy the fresh flavours of the subtly spiced local cuisine and be warmly welcomed by some of the friendliest people on the planet.

ANGKOR WAT

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

JAN 6–18, JAN 10–22, JAN 13–25,

$12,200 pp

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

JAN 17–29, JAN 20–FEB 1, $3,860 JAN 24–FEB 5, JAN 27–FEB 8, FEB 10–FEB 22, FEB 17–MAR 1, FEB 21–MAR 5, FEB 28–MAR 12, MAR 3–15, MAR 7–19, MAR 14–26, MAR 17–29, MAR 28–APR 9, APR 14–26, SEP 22–OCT 4, OCT 6–18, OCT 13–25, OCT 17–29, OCT 20–NOV 1, NOV 3–15, NOV 7–19, NOV 14–26, DEC 8–20, DEC 12–24 DEC 15–27

$13,535 pp

$4,795

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1, 940 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Fruit vendor, Vietnam

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

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› Spend two days exploring the stunning ruins of Angkor with your expert local guide, including visits to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom › Discover a tranquil corner of Halong Bay, gliding among its limestone islands on a relaxing overnight cruise › Step back in time as you explore tranquil Luang Prabang and its many temples › Enjoy expedited customs and immigration formalities upon arrival in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Bangkok › Delve into Vietnam’s recent history, descending into the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City

YANGON

THAILAND

› Experience the vibrancy and colour of café culture in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

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AKP supported project: Cambodia Clean Water Project


Day 1: Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam. Arrive in Hanoi, the capital and cultural heart of Vietnam, and transfer to your iconic colonial-style hotel. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Day 2: Hanoi | Asian Grace & Pace. Explore centuries of changing dynasties. Visit the home of revolutionary guerrilla leader Ho Chi Minh. Continue to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the first independent Vietnamese empire, and the infamous “Hanoi Hilton”, where American prisoners of war were once incarcerated. Ride like a local by cyclo through the city’s Old Quarter. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner. B,L,D | Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Day 3: Halong Bay | Cruising Among the Karsts. Travel to Hai Phong, where you board the luxurious vessel ‘Orchid’, for a cruise of picturesque Halong Bay. Relax on deck as ‘Orchid’ snakes her way past the islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan and the striking karst (limestone formations) rising dramatically from the emerald waters. Drift to a halt in Lan Ha Bay, a quiet corner of greater Halong Bay, and take a tranquil walk on a remote beach. Later, view the sunset framed against the Gulf of Tonkin shoreline, followed by a traditional Vietnamese dinner aboard. B,L,D | Orchid Day 4: Halong Bay | Sunrise Tai Chi. Greet the day on deck with sunrise tai chi overlooking the bay. Then, set out to explore Toi and Sang (Dark and Bright) Cave. Return for brunch on board as ‘Orchid’ sails home to port in Hai Phong. Back on terra firma, enjoy an orientation tour of this important port city, visiting Du Hang Pagoda and the Navy Museum. Later, fly south to Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, where you settle in at your hotel. B,L | InterContinental Saigon Hotel Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City | Vibrant, Evocative Saigon. Experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, Ho Chi Minh City is a lively, evocative hub of activity. Today, explore the city’s colonial legacy, including the Reunification Palace and the Central Post Office, and stop for photos at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Saigon Opera House. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the War Remnants Museum, then get a feel for present-day Vietnamese life as you stroll through Ben Thanh Market. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for dinner at a local culinary hot spot. B,L,D | InterContinental Saigon Hotel

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City | Into the Cu Chi Tunnels. Travel into the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnel network. Talk with a former Vietcong soldier and, if you like, crawl through the small tunnels once traversed by Vietcong guerrillas. After lunch, return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure . B,L | InterContinental Saigon Hotel Day 7: Siem Reap, Cambodia | Ruins of Angkor Thom. Fly to Siem Reap, the town nearest to Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Then, begin your exploration of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer kingdom, with a visit to the Bayon Temple, with its 172 largescale faces representing gods, goddesses and other beings from classical poems and mythology. Check in to your hotel before gathering for dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D | Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor Day 8: Siem Reap | Sunrise Over Angkor Wat. Rise early this morning to see the sun rise over mystical Angkor Wat. Return to your hotel for breakfast and a morning at leisure. Later this afternoon, discover the stunning ruins of Ta Prohm, where the roots of great trees spill over the roof of this iconic stone temple. Enjoy a Scenic Sundowner on a gondola while floating on the Angkor Thom moat. B | Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor

Day 11: Luang Prabang | National Museum & Silk Weaving. Rise early to witness the solemn procession of local monks in their saffron robes, and offer them alms before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Next, visit the National Museum, once a royal palace, before continuing to a local restaurant for lunch. Visit a silk weaving centre and then fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital. B,L | The Peninsula Bangkok Day 12: Bangkok, Thailand | Along the Chao Phraya River. Visit the sprawling Grand Palace and explore the historic Siamese court, home to Thailand’s most important shrine, the green-jade Emerald Buddha. Discover Wat Pho temple, with its massive, gilded Reclining Buddha, and then enjoy a splendid view of Wat Arun from the deck of a boat, on a Chao Phraya River cruise. Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner. B,D | The Peninsula Bangkok Day 13: Depart Bangkok. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for onward flight arrangements. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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Day 9: Siem Reap | Hidden Temples & Treasures. Today, explore a less-visited temple — the 10th century pink sandstone Banteay Srei, known as the “Citadel of Women.” Learn about the essential work of the Cambodia Clean Water Project, an A&K Philanthropy project that builds wells in rural communities throughout the country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Angkor National Museum, home to golden-era Khmer kingdom artefacts. Then, bid farewell to Cambodia as you fly to Luang Prabang. B,L | Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao Day 10: Luang Prabang, Laos | Insights into the Old Ways. Step back in time for a day. Join in a village baci ceremony, and then proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, a Buddhist Temple noted for its “Tree of Life” wall mosaic. After lunch at a local restaurant, stop at the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, devoted to protecting the ethnic diversity of Laos. In the evening, enjoy a stroll through the vibrant night market before continuing to a top local restaurant for dinner.

Timeless Myanmar, visit the reclining Buddha and Shwedagon Pagoda, view temple ruins from the back of a horsecart, fly over Bagan in a hot air balloon, and float among villages and gardens on Inle Lake. 6 DAYS FROM $4,750 PP TWIN

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MYANMAR & THE IRRAWADDY 11 DAYS | YANGON – BAGAN – IRRAWADDY CRUISE – MANDALAY

Blessed with an old Far East charm and some of the most endearing people you’ll find, Myanmar is one of the treasures of Southeast Asia. With an ancient culture, wonderful monuments, a strong textile and handicraft tradition and Buddhist festivals aplenty, it’s a delight for the curious traveller. Natural wonders are abundant too with the majestic Irrawaddy River at the country’s heart and the tranquil surrounds of Inle Lake with its floating gardens, stilted villages and peculiar leg-rowing fishermen. There are dazzling temples and pagodas wherever you look and a rich spiritual legacy. 108

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2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)*

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

JAN 3–13, JAN 10–20, JAN 17–27, JAN 24–FEB 3, JAN 31–FEB 10, FEB 7–17, FEB 21–MAR 3, FEB 28–MAR 10, OCT 10–20, OCT 17–27, OCT 24–NOV 3, OCT 31–NOV 10, NOV 7–17, NOV 21–DEC 1, DEC 5–15

$7,960 pp

MAR 7–17

$7,295 pp

$2,660

DEC 19–29, DEC 26–JAN 5, 2020

$8,360 pp

$3,325

$2,925

*Prices shown are for Classic Cabin. Visit our website for prices of all cabins and suites and a full deckplan. Price includes internal economy class airfare: $635 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Novice Buddhist monks praying

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Cruise in luxury for three nights on the legendary Irrawaddy River aboard allbalcony ‘Sanctuary Ananda’ › Experience floating gardens and a private viewing of a traditional Intha boat race on tranquil Inle Lake › Soar above thousands of pagodas and capture the photographs of a lifetime on a magical hot air balloon ride

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› Experience the ceremonial lighting of a thousand oil lamps at the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda

› Learn how to tie a traditional longyi (the Burmese cloth worn by men and women) and wear thanakha (the commonly seen white cosmetic paste made from ground bark) › Visit workshops of local artisans specialising in lacquerware, gold-leaf and traditional papermaking › Hear from experts about Myanmar’s history, its vision for the future and insights to contemporary politics

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Day 1: Arrive Yangon. Arrive in Yangon, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Belmond Governor’s Residence Day 2: Yangon | Queen of the East. Today, enjoy your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundly Buddhist country, where many ancient traditions still flourish. Visit the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 65-metre-long statue with an expressive enamel face. This evening, transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar, for a sunset oil lamp lighting ceremony. Standing nearly 100 metres high, the venerated stupa is covered in gold leaf and topped by a finial encrusted with thousands of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other precious gems, enshrining holy relics including strands of hair from the head of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner. B,L,D | Belmond Governor’s Residence Day 3: Bagan | Temples & Pagodas. Fly to Bagan, a city with more than 2,000 Buddhist pagodas and temples, the first of which was built by King Anawrahta in 1044. Upon arrival, you are taken to a local restaurant for lunch before continuing to your hotel. After a short rest, continue your journey to see the Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house the Buddha’s collarbone, frontal bone and tooth. At sunset, ride like a local as you weave your way through the temple ruins on the back of a horse cart. B,L,D | Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort Day 4: Bagan | Ballooning Above the Temples. Rise early for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over Bagan, as dawn illuminates the gold and sand coloured stupas. After breakfast, visit the well-preserved Ananda Temple, built in 1090. Next, travel to the village of Wetkyi-In to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals. Board luxurious all-balcony ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ your home for a three-night cruise on the timeless Irrawaddy River. After lunch on board, visit a local lacquerware workshop before proceeding to a temple to enjoy the sunset. Return to the ship for dinner. B,L,D | Sanctuary Ananda Day 5: Cruising the Irrawaddy | A Timeless Journey. After breakfast on board, explore Nyaung Oo Market and observe the locals selling and bartering for goods. Return to the ship for lunch and begin your cruise along the Irrawaddy River, with expert on-board commentary on Myanmar’s history and vision for the future. B,L,D | Sanctuary Ananda

Day 6: Cruising the Irrawaddy | U Bein Bridge. Today, learn the secrets of Burmese cuisine during a cooking demonstration. After lunch, disembark to visit Sagaing, a former royal city renowned for its monasteries, pagodas and stupas. Proceed to Amarapura to view the picturesque U Bein Bridge — the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Watch locals riding bikes, carrying crops and commuting across this tall, iconic landmark for an insight into everyday life here as well as an ideal sunset photo opportunity.

Day 11: Depart Yangon. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for onward flight arrangements. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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B,L,D | Sanctuary Ananda Day 7: Mandalay | Icons & Evening Prayers. After breakfast on board, explore a gold-leaf workshop, where the metal is hammered paper-thin and prepared for use in some of Myanmar’s holiest sites. This afternoon, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, and view the 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist religious texts at Kuthodaw Pagoda, referred to as the biggest book in the world. Later, witness evening prayers at Shwe Kyin Monastery. B,L | Rupar Mandalar Resort Day 8: Inle Lake | Floating Gardens. Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe to visit a Shan paper workshop, using fibres from the mulberry bush to craft a wide range of items, most notably Burmese parasols. After lunch, board a boat and explore the ingenious floating gardens of Inle Lake, used for growing fruit and vegetables. Also, visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, before transferring to your lakeside boutique hotel for the evening.

Visit the Summer Palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site – lakes, gardens, palaces – and a masterpiece of Chinese landscape design, the Water Cube, the Bird’s Nest, and the flourishing 798 Art District. 3 DAYS FROM $2,260

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HONG KONG POST-TOUR EXTENSION

B,L,D | Aureum Palace Resort & Spa Day 9: Inle Lake | Fifth-Day Market & Private Boat Race. Visit the Fifth-Day Market, where hill tribe people in traditional dress barter for goods and produce. Stop for lunch at the Intha Heritage House, savouring dishes made from recipes handed down over generations. Then, witness an Intha boat race with 20 participants per boat using the traditional single-leg rowing technique the local fishermen still employ. B,L | Aureum Palace Resort & Spa Day 10: Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda & Farewell Dinner. Fly to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. After time at leisure, visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) to see where locals gather, socialise and shop. Later, take afternoon tea with a local writer, artist and intellectual who shares her insight into contemporary Burmese culture and politics. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner.

One of the world’s great cities, experience the city skyline’s Symphony of Lights, breathtaking Victoria Peak, cruise on a sampan, and savour incomparable Cantonese cuisine. 3 DAYS FROM $2,660

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ACROSS CHINA: TIBET & THE YANGTZE 17 DAYS | BEIJING – XIAN – CHENGDU – LHASA – YANGTZE RIVER – SHANGHAI

Explore remarkable cultures on an intriguing journey through China. Discover imperial Beijing, and walk a picturesque stretch of the Great Wall. Marvel at the Terracotta Army in Xian, the city on the Silk Road made famous by Marco Polo. See the Giant Pandas in Sichuan Chengdu, before travelling to magical Lhasa, one of the highest cities on earth, by altitude and mindset. Cruise the Yangtze River through the stunning Three Gorges region, and end your journey in fabulous Shanghai.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

APR 29–MAY 15, MAY 6–22, MAY 13–29, $15,080 pp $5,325 MAY 20–JUN 5, MAY 27–JUN 12 $14,280 pp $3,995 JUN 10–26, JUN 17–JUL 3 $13,610 pp $3,860 JUN 24–JUL 10, JUL 8–24, JUL 22–AUG 7, AUG 5–21, AUG 12–28, AUG 19–SEP 4

$14,280 pp

SEP 2–18, SEP 9–25, SEP 16–OCT 2, SEP 23–OCT 9, SEP 30–OCT 16, OCT 7–23, OCT 14–30

$15,080 pp

$3,995

$5,325

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The Great Wall of China

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Lhasa’s Potala Palace

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › A three-night cruise on the Yangtze River aboard the Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’

› Visit the uncrowded Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

› Discover Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet’s spiritual capital

› Enjoy a private tour, with an on-site specialist, of the Terracotta Warriors

› Visit the Panda Research Centre in Chengdu › Experience the narrow winding lanes and courtyard residences of a traditional hutong

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Day 1: Arrive in Beijing. Arrive in China’s capital and cultural hub, where you are transferred to your luxurious hotel. Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

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Day 2: Beijing | Imperial Beijing. After a welcome briefing, take part in a tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven. Explore Tiananmen Square, and walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. B,L,D | Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Day 3: Beijing | Walking the Great Wall. Travel to the well-preserved Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Ride a cable car to the top and view the stunning mountains. Return to Beijing, and take a pedicab ride through a hutong — a neighbourhood of small winding alleyways. B,L | Four Seasons Hotel Beijing


Day 4: Xian | In the Heart of China’s Eternal City. Fly to Xian, made famous by Marco Polo. Once a vital stop on the Great Silk Road, Xian is a melting pot of Asian and Middle Eastern influences. Visit the Great Mosque, a blend of classic Chinese and Central Asian architecture, and the city’s lively Muslim Quarter with its teeming markets. B,L,D | Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian Day 5: Xian | Terracotta Warriors, Army for the Afterlife. View the incomparable Terracotta Warriors, lost to the world for two millennia until accidentally rediscovered by a farmer. Explore the army with an on-site specialist at your side. Then, enjoy a private Chef’s Table experience in dumpling-making. Later, stroll the impressive ramparts of Xian’s City Wall. B,L | Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian Day 6: Chengdu | Spicy Sichuan. Travel to Chengdu by bullet train. Visit the city’s People’s Park, hub of local life and culture, where residents play traditional Chinese instruments, and practice calligraphy and tai chi. Enjoy a tea demonstration at a local teahouse. This evening, savour local Sichuan specialties at a traditional hot pot dinner. B,L,D | Waldorf Astoria Chengdu Day 7: Chengdu | Up Close with Pandas. Visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre and observe giant pandas roaming in their natural habitat. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Chengdu, a city renowned for its thriving music scene and nightlife. B,L | Waldorf Astoria Chengdu Day 8: Lhasa (3,655M) | Gateway to Tibet. Fly to Lhasa, heart and soul of Tibet, one of the world’s highest cities, and your home for the next three nights. Relax and acclimatise. B,D | St. Regis Lhasa Resort Day 9: Lhasa | Buddhist Treasures & Local Family Visit. Experience the spiritual heart of Tibet at the sacred Jokhang, a 1,300-year-old temple. Wander Lhasa’s Barkhor Bazaar, and visit the Dropenling Tibet Handicraft Development Centre. Continue to renowned Sera Monastery, and visit a local family for firsthand insights into Tibetan culture. B,L,D | St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Day 10: Lhasa | Footsteps of the Dalai Lama. Discover the Dalai Lama’s former summer residence at Norbulingka, surrounded by trees, ponds, gardens and pavilions. Next, venture beyond the towering walls of the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. B,L | St. Regis Lhasa Resort Day 11: Chongqing | Board ‘Yangzi Explorer’. Fly to Chongqing to board your river cruiser for a three-night journey through the Three Gorges region.

Day 16: Shanghai | Thriving Waterfront. Stroll the Bund, Shanghai’s popular promenade. Then, wander the streets of the Old Town and visit the 16th-century Yu Garden. Later, explore the M-50 Contemporary Art District, and gather for a festive farewell dinner. B,L,D | The Peninsula Shanghai Day 17: Depart Shanghai. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or to depart for a post-tour extension. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

B,L,D | Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ Day 12: Cruising the Yangtze | Along Asia’s Great River. Disembark in the small city of Fuling for a visit to the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum. Descend 45 metres underwater to see centuries-old rock carvings. This afternoon, learn about Chinese traditional medicine and reflexology. Tonight, attend the Captain’s Reception.

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B,L,D | Sanctuary ‘Yangzi Explorer’ Day 13: Cruising the Yangtze | The Three Gorges. The ‘Yangzi Explorer’ navigates the Qutang and Wu gorges before anchoring at Badong, where you board a ferry and travel up Shennong Stream. Disembark to board local “pea pod” boats poled by the local Tujia boatmen, and explore a scenic gorge and village. Tonight, a “Taste of China” dinner experience.

Experience Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi Desert. Stunning mountain gorges, dinosaur egg fossils, Flaming Cliffs, Bactrian camel rides and remote monasteries. 5 DAYS FROM $7,270

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Day 14: Yichang/Shanghai | Disembark ‘Yangzi Explorer’. This morning, disembark and fly to Shanghai, stopping briefly to photograph the Three Gorges Dam. On arrival in Shanghai, transfer to your elegant hotel on the famous Bund.

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B,L | The Peninsula Shanghai Day 15: Shanghai | Exhilarating Metropolis. Explore Shanghai, visiting Zhujiajiao, a water village evoking China’s medieval past. Cruise its main canal in a sampan (wooden boat). This evening, attend a Shanghai Acrobatic show. B | The Peninsula Shanghai

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Wings over China CHINA | 12 DAYS | BEIJING – XIAN – SHANGHAI –GUILIN – HONG KONG

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From the timeless Great Wall near Beijing to the modern Hong Kong skyline, immerse yourself in the essence of China, exploring vibrant Shanghai, picturesque Guilin and ancient Xian, home of the spectacular Terracotta Warriors. Travelling by private charter flights between destinations allows you the convenience of visiting remote places with less time spent getting there.

DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

OCT 11–22, 2018

$43,995 pp

MAY 9–20, 2019

$44,660 pp

$5,995

$6,260

Charter flights included as per itinerary. MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: 6 | MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18 AIRCRAFT Sunrise over the River Li, Guilin

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Hong Kong Island at twilight

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS • Fly in comfort and style between China’s iconic cities aboard an exclusively chartered private aircraft

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• Explore China’s dynamic and historic capital, Beijing

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• Be energised by vibrant Hong Kong • Discover ancient Xian and the Terracotta Warriors with an on-site archaeologist a • See how traditional dumplings are made at a private Chef’s Table demonstration • Soak up modern Shanghai from your elegant hotel on the famous Bund • Float peacefully down the Li River and marvel at the dreamy limestone formations

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• Experience the hospitality of the region’s most luxurious hotels, including The Peninsula Beijing, and two on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List — The Peninsula Shanghai and The Peninsula Hong Kong


Day 1: Arrive Beijing. Arrive in Beijing, modern China’s dynamic capital city, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel. The Peninsula Beijing Day 2: Beijing | In the Footsteps of Emperors. Following a morning briefing, participate in a tai chi class taught by a master instructor at the Temple of Heaven, the single most beautiful example of classical Ming Period architecture. After a stop for lunch at a local restaurant, take in the sweep of history in Tiananmen Square, the vast government plaza that has witnessed epic moments of confrontation and courage, and explore the imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City, treated to special access to a hall, Chong Hua Gong, usually closed to the public. This evening, gather for cocktails and a welcome dinner at a culinary hot spot in Beijing. B,L,D | The Peninsula Beijing Day 3: Beijing | Atop the Great Wall. Begin this morning with a visit to the Great Wall of China. Climb or ride a cable car to the top of the well-preserved, and less visited, Mutianyu section and enjoy the vistas of the surrounding mountains. After experiencing this largest of the New Seven Wonders of the World, return to the city. Then, ride by pedicab through a hutong, a neighbourhood of small winding alleyways. Finish with a calligraphy lesson, taking time to appreciate the meditative qualities of this ancient art. B, L | The Peninsula Beijing Day 4: Xian | Vibrant Muslim Quarter. Fly by private charter to ancient Xian, where you begin your visit with lunch at a local restaurant. Then, see the Muslim Quarter with its teeming markets and 14th century Great Mosque; a blend of classic Chinese temple architecture and central Asian embellishments make it one of the most fascinating sites in Xian. Finish your day with a dumpling-making demonstration followed by dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D | Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian

Day 5: Xian | The face of a warrior. Today, accompanied by an on-site archaeologist, visit the excavation site of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the life-size army created to protect China’s first emperor in his afterlife. Rediscovered by farmers digging a well outside the city in 1974, the terracotta army is regarded by many as the most sensational archaeological discovery of the 20th century. Get close up to thousands of the soldiers standing to attention, each bearing a unique face, testifying to the remarkable craftsmanship that went into their creation. Later, visit Xian’s well-preserved Ming period City Wall, which encircles the Muslim Quarter, and is one of the most complete ancient city walls in China. B,L | Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian Day 6: Xian/Shanghai | Walking the Bund. After a visit to the compact and well-designed Yangling Museum, followed by lunch, board your privately chartered aircraft for a flight to Shanghai, where you settle into your luxurious hotel. Later, set off on a guided walking tour of the Bund, the famous waterfront area where magnificent views of the skyline await. Enjoy dinner at a favoured local restaurant. B,L,D | The Peninsula Shanghai Day 7: Shanghai | Lovely Yu Garden & Thrilling Acrobats. Visit the 16th century Yu Garden, with its picturesque pavilions and streams, and take a stroll in the Old Town. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore the French Concession Area, popular for its cafés, tree-lined avenues and Tudor houses. Tonight, attend a performance by acrobats, experiencing thrilling feats of strength and extraordinary athleticism from your VIP seats. B,L | The Peninsula Shanghai

Day 9: Guilin | Incredible Limestone Karsts. Board your private charter flight to Guilin, then travel into the stunning countryside dotted by karst topography as you journey to your resort. This evening, share a Scenic Sundowner with your Resident Tour Director before dinner at your hotel. B,D | Banyan Tree Yangshuo Day 10: Guilin | The Li River by Bamboo Raft. Begin the day by boarding a bamboo raft for a cruise along the Li River. Observe the quiet, rural life along the river with towering limestone pinnacles providing a dramatic backdrop. Watch as the locals ply the river, transiting between homes, markets and picturesque rice paddies. Next, stroll Yangshuo’s West Street, with its blend of medieval and modern architecture, and enjoy lunch at your hotel. Later, fly by private charter to Hong Kong, China’s glittering gateway of international trade and finance. B,L | The Peninsula Hong Kong Day 11: Hong Kong | Victoria Peak & Floating Villages. Depart for Sheung Wan, one of the earliest British settlements. Stroll through an herbal medicine market, and stop at Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road for an informative look at a typical Chinese temple. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city, Victoria Harbour and Lamma Island from atop Victoria Peak. Continue to Aberdeen for a leisurely sampan (wooden boat) ride through the floating villages of the Tanka community, observing the ebb and flow of everyday life. Savour dim sum for lunch. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a cocktail and farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D | The Peninsula Hong Kong Day 12: Depart Hong Kong. After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Day 8: Shanghai | Engineering a Modern Metropolis. Explore the bronze, jade and ceramic collections of the world-renowned Shanghai Museum alongside a museum curator. Then, head to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre to learn about the unique engineering elements of this modern metropolis. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, free to discover this fascinating city. Tonight, gather for dinner at a superb local restaurant. B,D | The Peninsula Shanghai

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Silk Road Odyssey 12 DAYS | XIAN – DUNHUANG – URUMQI – KASHGAR

Emin Minaret at Turpan, Xinjiang

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The ancient Silk Road was a network of overland trade routes that linked China with the Mediterranean. Merchants made the journey with caravans of camels loaded with rubies, jade, metals, amber, musk and of course silk. Our adventure begins in Xian, the ancient imperial capital and easternmost point of the Silk Road, where we’ll uncover a wealth of historic and cultural treasures before heading west to Dunhuang, the last caravan stop before travellers faced the inhospitable desert beyond. We traverse this vast hinterland of Asia, the rugged and desolate landscapes and onceflourishing oasis cities and trading outposts. Visit sites important to both the Buddhist and Uighur cultures and explore the cities of Urumqi, Turfan and Kashgar – names that have captured the imagination for centuries.

DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

SEP 2–11, 2018*

$9,995 pp

MAY 10–21, SEP 6–17, 2019

$9,785 pp

$1,995

$1,995

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1080 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Xian’s Terracotta Warriors

Beautiful coral and turquoise jewellery, Kashgar

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Uncover the riches of the Terracotta Warriors, Xian’s most famous attraction › Gain special access to the rich gallery of Buddhist art at the Mogao Caves in the company of a resident expert

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› Marvel at a remote 2,000-year-old section of the Great Wall of China 3 XIAN

› Encounter local Uighur families and dine with them on traditional fare in their homes › Learn about the impressive collection of well-preserved Caucasian mummies and Silk Road archaeological treasures from a museum expert in Urumqi › Soak up the riot of colour and movement at the Sunday market in the fabled city of Kashgar › Savour the unique Uighur cuisine of the Silk Road, more Middle Eastern than Chinese


Day 1: Arrive Xian. Arrive into China’s ancient imperial capital to an A&K welcome. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Shangri-La Hotel Day 2: Xian. Thanks to its Silk Road heritage, Xian boasts a wealth of history. A briefing from your Resident Tour director gives a wonderful overview of the city and the road ahead. Venture out to the Muslim Quarter, visit the Great Mosque, one of the most interesting sites in a city teeming with attractions, and the Ming period city wall. Afternoon at leisure before drinks this evening to welcome you on the journey and a special Chinese dinner. B,L,D | Shangri-La Hotel Day 3: Xian. Xian’s most famous attraction awaits – the Terracotta Warriors. Rediscovered by farmers digging a well outside the city in 1974, the terracotta army is regarded by many as the most sensational archaeological discovery of the 20th century. It is thought the Terracotta Warriors were to safeguard the emperor’s passage to the afterlife and protect his kingdom from attack. On your sortie, visit the three pits as well as the bronze chariot hall and a newly opened theatre in the round which shows a short film on the history of the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty. After lunch, an afternoon at leisure. B,L | Shangri-La Hotel Day 4: Xian – Dunhuang. A flight west to Dunhuang, an important stop on the ancient Silk Road. Admire the vast collection of artefacts in the Dunhuang Museum, including some remaining scrolls from the famous Mogao Caves which you’ll visit in the coming days. This evening, dine on the roof top of your hotel overlooking the dunes of the Gobi Desert. B,D | The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel Day 5: Dunhuang. You are accompanied on an exploration of the Mogao Caves today by experts from the Dunhuang Academy who will share their in-depth knowledge on the site. This is the best-preserved repository of Buddhist art in the world and your visit includes special access to some areas and artworks normally closed to the public. Dating back to the 4th century, this complex of cave temples comprises over 700 caves, 500 of which contain more than 2,000 painted statues and 45,000 square metres of frescos.

This evening, time to explore the central market area on your own. It is the largest outdoor market in Dunhuang and specialises in fresh produce and local handicrafts. B,L,D | The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel Day 6: Dunhuang. Your focus today is the Buddhist Yulin Caves to the east which have a magnificent setting on a cliff face above a dry river gully. The caves vary in quality of mural preservation but there are some outstanding examples including some from the 11th century. Tonight after dinner, soak up the local atmosphere of the bustling night market. B,L,D | The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel Day 7: Dunhuang – Urumqi. Today journey northwest to Yumen Guam, or Jade Gate Pass, so named for the precious commodity transported by merchants from Hotan in the southwest. The pass was a strategic point on the ancient Silk Road. Nearby is a 2,000 yearold remnant of the Great Wall from the Han Period. Travel by rail to Urumqi. B,L,D | Grand Mercure Urumqi Hualing Day 8: Urumqi – Turpan – Urumqi. Your destination today is the oasis town of Turpan where you visit the impressive ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang. Built in the 2nd century BC, it became a key point on the Silk Road. There is time to explore the ruined temples, palaces and ramparts before heading back to Turpan’s 18th century Emin Minaret built of brick and designed in the style of Iran’s pre-Savafid architecture. A wonderful cultural interaction in store today when you are welcomed into a local Uighur home for a traditional lunch under a trellis of grapevines with local musicians performing. B,L,D | Grand Mercure Urumqi Hualing Day 9: Urumqi – Kashgar. A special introduction to the Xinjiang Museum this morning with a museum expert revealing archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and exhibits from Xinjiang’s minority culture. An afternoon flight to remote Kashgar, in the far west. This is the last great oasis town before reaching the Pamir Mountains, a trading centre for millennia with a captivating spirit. Uighur craftsmen and artisans still hammer and chisel away in side alleys, traders haggle over deals in the bazaars, and donkey carts trundle through the streets.

Day 10: Kashgar. Your introduction to Kashgar starts at the Tomb of Abjak Hoja, a 16th century funerary compound honouring the regional warlord, Abjak Hoja, who claimed direct ties to the prophet Muhammad. The mausoleum is built in the Afghani and Persian styles with a lovely enamelled dome and a delightful rose garden. A certain highlight today is the great Sunday Market, a centuries old tradition when local farmers meet to trade livestock, and stall holders sell spices, silk, tea, carpets, handicrafts, fresh produce and much more. Although open week-long, the marketplace reaches fever pitch on a Sunday when thousands of buyers descend upon the city coming in from the vast network of oasis towns that surround the area. After lunch visit the Id Kah Mosque, the largest in China, which dates to the 15th century. It is the centre of religious life in Kashgar with an open courtyard and prayer hall that can accommodate over 3,000 devotees during festivals. Stretch your legs this afternoon and stroll through the quiet alleys of Kashgar’s old city. Despite plans to revitalise the area, there are still remnants of the old Uighur city that recall the traditions of Turkic culture. You’re invited as honoured guests into the home of a local Uighur family sampling the typical sweet tea and dried fruits of the region. B,L,D | Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel Day 11: Kashgar. A visit to Artush Village reveals the imposing tomb of Sultan Bughra Khan, one of the first Turkic rulers to convert to Islam. Relax alfresco in a local fig garden where drinks and local delicacies are shared. Tonight farewell new travelling companions over dinner in a family home with traditional Tajik and Uighur entertainment. B,L,D | Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel Day 12: Depart Kashgar. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

UZBEKISTAN & TURKMENISTAN

ANCIENT TRADE ROUTES O 16 DAYS | TASHKENT – SAMARKAND – BUKHARA – MARY – ASHGABAT – KHIVA – NUKUS – TASHKENT

The mountains and deserts of Central Asia are the backdrop for this extraordinary adventure to the heart of the ancient Silk Road. This is one of the world’s most remote and untouched areas and, during the Middle Ages, the epicentre of a powerful empire. On this journey, we’ll explore Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, two countries steeped in antiquity with a lasting legacy from the warriors and emperors who made their mark. Visit some of the oldest cities in the world such as the legendary Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, each boasting a glorious architectural legacy that is simply dazzling. 124

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Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

SEP 16–30, 2018*

$11,995 pp

MAY 22–JUN 6, SEP 18–OCT 3 2019

$11,495 pp

$2,495

$1,995

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1995 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Old city of Itchan Kala. Khiva, Uzbekistan

Craft bazaar, Turkmenistan

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Walk in the footsteps of emperors and priests and discover the ancient civilisations of the Silk Road › Breathe in the dramatic landscapes of the vast Central Asian steppe

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› Marvel at some of the world’s most impressive and intricate tile work at the region’s famous mosques and minarets › Soak up the atmosphere in exotic markets, bazaars and caravanserais › Admire the elaborately designed and decorative stations of the impressive Tashkent underground › Appreciate the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art in remote Uzbekistan › Discover the rich handicraft traditions of Central Asia meeting the artisans and craftsmen in their workshops

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› Learn the culinary secrets behind the perfect plov, a classic Uzbek dish


Day 1: Arrive Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Arrive into the Uzbek capital. This evening, your Resident Tour Director will deliver a briefing on the journey ahead. Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace Day 2: Tashkent. Explore 2,000 years of history in the sprawling city of Tashkent, including the Hazrat Imam Islamic complex with mosques and madrasas constructed from the 11th century to today. Stroll through Chorsu Bazaar, the fresh produce and open air market, before visiting the Museum of Applied Arts, built at the height of the Soviet era, which showcases regional ceramics, textiles and artworks by Uzbek artists. This evening is a welcome dinner. B,L,D | Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace Day 3: Tashkent. Your day starts at the History Museum exploring Zoroastrian and Buddhist artefacts, ethnic art and costumes from different parts of Uzbekistan. After lunch, stroll around Independence Square and take a ride on the Tashkent underground before visiting the ceramic workshop of the Rakhimov family where six generations of master potters have practiced their art. B,L | Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace Day 4: Tashkent – Samarkand. Journey by high-speed train to the ancient city of Samarkand, widely considered Uzbekistan’s most magnificent. Its long history is most famously linked to the legacy of the great 14th century ruler Tamerlane whose aim was to create the richest city on earth. Visit his famous mausoleum and Registan Square, arguably the most spectacular architectural ensemble in Central Asia. A special treat is in store for lunch when you visit a local home and learn the secret to making Uzbekistan’s signature dish, plov. Join in or simply enjoy lively conversation with the family before a delicious meal. B,L | Hotel Grand Samarkand Superior Day 5: Samarkand. A fascinating encounter with local artisans at a papermaking workshop and silk carpet factory. After lunch, visit the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis which sits on a pretty hill overlooking the city, and marvel at the impressive Bibi Khanym Mosque, one of the largest in Central Asia, before heading to the Ulugh Beg Observatory. There’s time this afternoon to visit the local bazaar where stalls are bursting with colourful handicrafts and mounds of fresh fruits, spices, nuts and freshly baked bread.

Day 6: Samarkand – Bukhara. Today journey west by high-speed train to the magical city of Bukhara, a major centre for trade in the Middle Ages and the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia. Begin your introduction to the city at the ancient trading domes and, later on, the spectacular Ark, a royal citadel dating to the 5th century. B,L | Omar Khayyam Hotel or similar Day 7: Bukhara. Explore the early 18th century Bolo Hauz Mosque and Ismail Samani mausoleum which dates from the 10th century. Afternoon at leisure before dinner and a folk show. B,L,D | Omar Khayyam Hotel or similar Day 8: Bukhara. Visit the glorious Summer Palace of the last Bukhara emirs which dates from the beginning of last century. Afternoon at leisure. B,L | Omar Khayyam Hotel or similar Day 9: Bukhara – Mary, Turkmenistan. Journey southwest today to the UzbekTurkmen border at Farab, complete border formalities and continue on the road to Mary, an oasis city in the Karakum Desert. B,L | Hotel Mary Day 10: Mary – Merv – Ashgabat. This morning explore Merv, believed at one time to be the largest city in the world. The entire ancient city has World Heritage status and its beautiful monuments bear witness to the glory of days past. The most famous is the Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, which dates to the 12th century and stands alone on the open plain. Evening flight to the Turkmen capital Ashgabat, whose bright white skyline rises starkly from the surrounding desert.

Day 12: Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Khiva, Uzbekistan. A morning flight to Dashoguz in the far north of the country, the ancient capital of Khorezm and the second city, after Bukhara, in Central Asia. Explore the old town monuments including the mosque, caravanserai gates, fortresses, mausoleums and a 60 metre high minaret. This afternoon, cross the Uzbek border and travel on to the living museum of Khiva. B,L | Asia Khiva Hotel Day 13: Khiva. A full day touring this medieval gem of a town where brilliant blue tilework embellishes the rich ochre of the mudbrick architecture. Wander through the twisting alleyways of the city, visit the Kunya Ark or old citadel, the Emir’s Palace, the magnificent Juma Mosque, the caravanserai and the local bazaar. This evening, soak up the sunset and some amazing views of Khiva from the old city walls, before dining on local delicacies at Zaynab’s family home. B,D | Asia Khiva Hotel Day 14: Khiva – Khorezm – Nukus. Journey northwards to the ancient site of Ayaz-Kala, one of the largest surviving castle fortresses, where a short trek is rewarded with breathtaking views over the desert landscape followed by a picnic lunch. Afterwards, head to the ancient settlement of Toprak-Kala before arriving into the remote city of Nukus where the Savitsky Museum is the major highlight. Marvel at the extraordinary collection of Russian avant-garde art amassed by Igor Savitsky during the 1950s and ‘60s. B,L,D | Jipek Joli Hotel Day 15: Nukus – Tashkent. Return by air to Tashkent where a farewell dinner is held tonight.

B,L | Oguzkent Hotel

B,D | Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace

Day 11: Ashgabat. A visit to the World Heritage listed fortress of Old Nisa, a beautiful landmark at the foot of the Kopet-Dag Mountains. Later on, an exclusive tour of the Arkadash stud farm, home of the famous Akhal-Tekke horse. The breed is one of the oldest in existence. Back in Ashgabat, visit the Russian Market for a vivid taste of life in the capital. Finish up at the National Carpet Museum with its rare collection of hand-made Turkmen carpets.

Day 16: Depart Tashkent. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

B,D | Oguzkent Hotel

B,L | Hotel Grand Samarkand Superior

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MONGOLIA

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival with Palani Mohan 12 DAYS | ULAANBAATAR – ÖLGII – ULAANBAATAR – SOUTH GOBI DESERT – ULAANBAATAR

One of the last travel frontiers, Mongolia is vast, remote and hauntingly beautiful. Nomads still eke out a living on the steppe as they have for centuries, passing down from generation to generation age-old practices of horsemanship, herding and hunting. On this rare visit, we spend two days at the thrilling Golden Eagle Festival in the far west of the country where Kazakh horsemen demonstrate their skills with the prized golden eagle in fierce competition. You’ll be honoured by the Mongol hospitality, bed down in a traditional ger, marvel at Buddhist monasteries and explore some of the wildest landscapes on the planet.

YOUR HOST:

Palani Mohan is an award-winning freelance photographer and published author. He has produced books and photographic essays, and his work is widely exhibited around the globe. He has travelled to Mongolia five times, and his book, ‘Hunting With Eagles: In The Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs’ is a rare and invaluable record of a vanishing culture.

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

OCT 3–14, 2018

$2,995

OCT 2–13, 2019

$3,195

$13,895 pp

$15,555 pp

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1,715 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Bed down in a traditional ger at a remarkable eco-lodge which celebrates Mongolia’s nomadic culture › Explore sand dunes, ancient petroglyphs and the desert aglow at sunset

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› Hike through rugged canyons and gorges and ride a bactrian camel › See populations of the wild Mongolian horse in its natural habitat

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› Marvel at the spectacular celebrations and events of the Golden Eagle Festival over two days including the opening ceremony › Meet with a Golden Eagle hunter in a memorable private encounter › Stargaze over the remote wilderness of the Gobi Desert

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Day 1: Arrive Ulaanbaatar. Welcome to the Mongolian capital and commercial centre. You are transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city and the rest of the day is at leisure. Shangri-La Hotel Day 2: Ulaanbaatar. This morning, join fellow travellers and your escort for a briefing on the coming adventure before heading out on an exploration of the capital. Start off at Sukhbaatar square in the centre of town which honours Mongolia’s 1921 revolutionary hero and the country’s independence from China. Next stop, Gandantegchinlen Monastery, one of Mongolia’s most important, which was founded in 1809 and houses an impressive library of important Buddhist literature. At the National History Museum, you’ll see fossilised skeletal remains, dinosaur eggs from the Gobi Desert, traditional costumes and 12th century Mongol relics. Time to freshen up before a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: Ulaanbaatar – Ölgii. A flight to Ölgii in the far west of the country. The town is predominantly Kazakh and more closely resembles Muslim influenced Central Asia than Buddhist Mongolia. You are here in the remote Bayan-Ölgii province for the impressive Golden Eagle Festival which is celebrated here each year. One of the oldest, most revered and spectacular celebrations of Mongolia’s Kazakh people, this is a tradition of hunting with specially trained eagles which is passed down from generation to generation. The festival brings together the best hunters and their eagles in an impressive display of showmanship, testing speed, agility and accuracy. Two days are spent at the festival with accommodation set up exclusively for A&K in a traditional ger camp where facilities are rustic but comfortable. B,L,D | Ger

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MONGOLIA’S GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL WITH PALANI MOHAN

Day 4: Ölgii. We have a privileged invitation to the opening ceremony of the Golden Eagle festival which kicks off with a variety of spectacular displays. Marvel at Kazakh hunters riding in their traditional dark coats and scarlet hats with the golden eagles perched on their arms demonstrating the skills they have acquired since childhood. Eagle training competitions, dance performances and various Kazakh equestrian challenges are also part of this unforgettable event. B,L,D | Ger Day 5: Ölgii. More time today experiencing this unique festival including the opportunity to meet some of the hunters with their eagles. Through our guide, you’ll be able to converse with them and capture some extraordinary photographs. The afternoon is at leisure before dinner and entertainment with a local family. B,L,D | Ger


Three Camel Lodge

Day 6: Ölgii – Ulaanbaatar. Return by air to Ulaanbaatar. After lunch, remaining time at leisure. B,L | Shangri-La Hotel Day 7: Ulaanbaatar – Khustain Nuruu National Park – Ulaanbaatar. Today is a full day excursion to Khustain Nuruu National Park, southwest of the capital, where photographic opportunities abound. This 50,620-hectare reserve protects Mongolia’s wild horse, the takhi, and the unique steppe and forest-steppe ecosystems. The takhi, or Przewalski horse, is a rare and endangered subspecies of wild horse native to the steppes of Central Asia. Once declared extinct in the 1960’s it has now been reintroduced to its native habitat in Mongolia. In addition to the takhi, the reserve is home to populations of maral (Asiatic red deer), steppe gazelle, deer, boar, manul (small wild cat), wolves and lynx. B,L | Shangri-La Hotel

Day 8: Ulaanbaatar – South Gobi Desert. A flight south to Dalanzadgad, provincial capital of the South Gobi. You are met and driven northwest to the lush Yol Valley (also known as Eagle Canyon) in the foothills of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains. Hike into the valley with its dramatic rocky cliffs and narrow canyons and keep an eye out for the indigenous lammergeiers (bearded vulture). Continue to the Three Camel Lodge, where your accommodation for the next three nights is in a typical felt-covered ger set against the dramatic backdrop of the remote Gobi Altai mountains. B,L,D | Three Camel Lodge Day 9: South Gobi Desert. This morning we mount bactrian camels for an adventure into the surreal and expansive sand dunes of Moltsog Els. We’ll encounter the local camel breeders and their families for a unique insight to their way of life. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the lodge, admiring the vast surrounding landscape and the herds of livestock which come and go or enjoying a massage in the spa ger. B,L,D | Three Camel Lodge

Day 10: South Gobi Desert. A morning hike in the nearby Havsgait Valley where views are breathtaking. See the ancient rock petroglyphs left by early Gobi settlers 15,000 to 40,000 years ago. Return to camp for lunch and watch an historic documentary on palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews who, in 1923, discovered the first fossilised dinosaur eggs in an area he named the Flaming Cliffs for the particular way the desert glowed, particularly in the early evening light. Get this singular experience on a special sundowner outing this evening. B,L,D | Three Camel Lodge Day 11: South Gobi Desert – Ulaanbaatar. A return flight to Ulaanbaatar for your final night in Mongolia. A farewell dinner with entertainment is planned this evening. B,D | Shangri-La Hotel Day 12: Depart Ulaanbaatar. Farewell Mongolia with a transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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• Family Holidays: Backwater canal cruising | Wildlife safaris in India and Sri Lanka • Milestone & Multi-Generational Family Celebrations: Private seaside villas | A private junk on Halong Bay | Cruising the Mekong • Active Adventures: Trekking in Nepal | High altitude walks in Ladakh • Seaside Retreats: The Maldives | Andaman Islands | Sri Lankan coast | Goa • Stopovers: Hong Kong | Bangkok | Singapore However you choose to travel with A&K in this region or anywhere, you can rest assured that every journey has been created by experts, with hand-picked accommodation, immersive and educational encounters, all logistics tried and tested, and a level of service and support only A&K can provide, with every detail and eventuality taken care of.


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CENTRAL EUROPE

Beyond the Iron Curtain POLAND, GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC & HUNGARY 13 DAYS | WARSAW – BERLIN – PRAGUE – BUDAPEST

Relive the rich, and often turbulent, history of four central European countries on this fascinating cultural journey. Meet local experts who will shed light on events which played out in the region from the Holy Roman Empire through medieval monarchies, Prussian rule, World War II, the Soviet era, and pre-reunification Germany to today. Explore vibrant cities with rich artistic traditions and remarkable architectural achievements, and see where some of the most important moments in history were played out. Many of the excursions are tailored exclusively for the group, with private access to incredible sites, specialist insights and experiences.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

MAY 10–22, OCT 5–17

$12,895 pp

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$3,775

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $415 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Panorama of Old Town, Warsaw, Poland

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St Charles Bridge, Prague, the Czech Republic

The Reichstag Dome, Berlin

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Learn about Poland’s Jewish heritage, the country’s occupation and recent economic developments from a guest speaker › Wander through the grand palaces and gardens of historic Warsaw › Savour home-style traditional Polish cooking and taste a traditional Hungarian liqueur › Lose yourself in a private recital of piano music by Chopin

› Admire the artistic expression of freedom at the East Berlin Gallery › Follow the dark side of East German history when you visit a 1950’s Soviet detention camp with a former political prisoner › Relive moments of the Prague Spring and Velvet Revolution on an historian-led trail through Prague

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› See an impressive display of showmanship at a Magyar cowboy display on the Great Hungarian Plain › Visit some of the most important Jewish sites in Prague’s Old Town › Enjoy a private viewing of the monastic libraries in the Strahov Monastery › Hone your language skills with an introductory Hungarian lesson

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Day 1: Arrive Warsaw, Poland. Welcome to Poland and your hotel next to the Presidential Palace. Meet fellow guests and your tour director this evening for a briefing on the journey ahead. A guest speaker delivers a fascinating account of the tragic events that befell Poland last century and the impact of EU and NATO membership. Hotel Bristol Day 2: Warsaw. A short walk to the Old Town, which was entirely destroyed in WWII and later painstakingly restored. The beautiful Royal Castle is a highlight. Taste traditional home-style Polish cooking at lunch today. Later visit the monument that commemorates the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, when thousands of heroes gave their lives for their homeland. Tonight, a welcome dinner in one of the city’s finest restaurants. B,L,D | Hotel Bristol Day 3: Warsaw. A special visit this morning to the colourful Neon Museum, dedicated to Poland’s Cold War neon signs. Later, head out of the city to the Wilanów Palace, one of the most treasured Polish Baroque monuments. This afternoon, visit the Szuster Palace for a private recital of piano music by Chopin. Later, we’ll pass by the former headquarters of the Polish Communist Party, which was the most defended and secure building in Warsaw. Later, a visit to the soaring Palace of Culture and Science, one of Stalin’s “Wedding Cakes”. B,L | Hotel Bristol Day 4: Warsaw – Berlin, Germany. A short flight this morning to Berlin. Lunch today is in the rooftop restaurant of the distinctive Reichstag building. This afternoon join a former resident of East Berlin at the open-air East Side Gallery to admire the murals on the remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall – a wonderful artistic expression of freedom. Last stop is the TV Tower which has a fantastic panoramic view over the city. B,L | Regent Berlin Day 5: Berlin – Potsdam – Berlin. To Potsdam, where your first stop is the Cecilienhof Palace built in the style of an English Tudor manor house. This was the location of the Potsdam Conference of 1945 which sealed the fate of post-war Germany. Later, meander through the extraordinary park and gardens of Frederick the Great’s summer palace, Sanssouci. B,L | Regent Berlin

Day 6: Berlin. A poignant encounter this morning visiting the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial with a former political prisoner. Detention camp and Soviet prison until 1989, thousands of political prisoners were incarcerated here. A firsthand account of the harrowing conditions and interrogation methods used will be startling. Continue to the nearby Stasi Museum, located in the former headquarters of the secret police. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 10: Prague – Budapest, Hungary. A morning flight to Budapest. A short walking tour provides an orientation of the city and will include a visit to the vast St Stephen’s Basilica. Before dinner this evening, your language skills are put to the test with an introductory Hungarian lesson – sok szerencsét kivánok (good luck)!

B,L | Regent Berlin

Day 11: Budapest. Begin the day’s exploration in Pest, the city’s urban centre, with a visit to the Parliament buildings which stretch along the Danube embankment. Wander around the Central Market Hall for fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet produce and handicrafts. Afterwards view the Memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence in the City Park. Nearby is Heroes’ Square, with its impressive Millennial Monument. After lunch, head into the countryside to a ranch on the Great Hungarian Plain where skilled Magyar cowboys put on an impressive equestrian display.

Day 7: Berlin – Dresden – Prague, Czech Republic. Travel south to Dresden with a stop at the DDR Museum filled with artefacts from communist East Germany. In Dresden, admire one of Europe’s finest collections of royal treasure at the magnificent Green Vault in Dresden Palace. Continue to the Czech capital and your hotel in the city’s picturesque Malá Strana district. B,L | Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague Day 8: Prague. Explore the city on foot with a local historian focusing on sites associated with the Prague Spring of 1968 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989, which heralded the end of the old communist regime. Visit Wenceslas Square and the charming Old Town Square, famous for its Gothic Town Hall and historic astronomical clock. After lunch, head to the city’s Jewish Quarter, which remained a walled ghetto until 1848. See the birthplace of Franz Kafka and visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Pinkas Synagogue and the Old-New Synagogue. B,L | Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague Day 9: Prague. Today you are transported by historic Czech car to the Strahov Monastery where you have privileged access to the sumptuously decorated monastic libraries. Afterwards, visit the imposing Prague Castle, official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. Highlights include the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the Basilica of St. George which was founded in 905 AD. After lunch in the charming Lesser Town, visit the crypt within the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, a National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror. Conclude with refreshments at a café that was once a popular meeting place for anti-communist dissidents.

B,D | Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

B,L | Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Day 12: Budapest. Across the river we visit Buda, the ancient Royal district. First stop the Matthias Church, which has witnessed the coronation of many Hungarian kings, with stunning panoramas of the city and river from the Fishermen’s Bastion. Later, at the foot of Castle Hill, we head underground for a private tour of the Hospital in the Rock, a former top-secret nuclear bunker and emergency hospital, codenamed LOSK 0101/1. During World War II, it was used as an air-raid shelter and emergency hospital, then as a pharmaceutical factory in the manufacture of the typhus vaccine. It saw service as a hospital again during the 1956 Revolution, and from 1958–1962 was expanded into a facility capable of withstanding chemical and nuclear attacks, remaining top secret until 2004. This afternoon is at leisure. Celebrate the end of our journey with a scenic sundowner on Gellért Hill before a special farewell dinner. A tasting of palinka, traditional Hungarian fruit brandy, with gypsy entertainment concludes the night. B,D | Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Day 13: Depart Budapest. Transfer to airport for departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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POLAND

KRAKOW EXTENSION 4 DAYS | WARSAW – KRAKOW – WARSAW

The main market square, Krakow

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Discover Krakow, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in central Europe, full of historical monuments from its period as Poland’s capital and home to the Polish Kings. The old city centre has hardly changed since medieval times, still dominated by Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance palaces and ancient universities that changed the way we saw the world. Day 1: Arrive Warsaw, Poland. Upon arrival at Warsaw Airport you will be met in the arrivals hall and transferred privately to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Hotel Bristol Day 2: Warsaw – Krakow. Transfer to the station and take a train south to Krakow in time for lunch. Afterwards, visit the remarkable Wieliczka salt mines, a huge network of over 300km of tunnels and caverns with underground lakes and carved chapels. Later, check in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. B | Sheraton Grand Hotel Day 3: Krakow. Our full day in Krakow begins with a visit to Wawel Castle, an impressive Renaissance building near the hotel with a beautiful arcaded courtyard, historic state and royal apartments, the Crown Treasury and Armoury. We then move to nearby Wawel Cathedral, which dates from the 14th century. As the coronation site of Polish monarchs and the

burial site of Polish royalty and national heroes, this is Poland’s most important national sanctuary. Later, walk to the Main Market Square dominated by the Cloth Hall, an early Renaissance building, and the spires of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, a Gothic masterpiece. Visit the remarkable Rynek Museum beneath the square, which showcases the remains of old houses and a wealth of objects discovered during the excavations. The afternoon concludes with a visit to Jagiellonian University, one of Europe’s oldest universities (founded in 1364), alma mater of the Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, and bursting with fascinating artefacts, medieval scientific instruments, valuable paintings, and the 16th century Jagiellonian globe.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES MAY 7–10, OCT 2–5 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $1,995 pp SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

$1,265

Must be booked in conjunction with ‘Beyond the Iron Curtain’ (page 134).

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Wawel Hill, Krakow

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Gergeti Trinity Church, Georgia

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

GEORGIA & ARMENIA

JOURNEY TO THE CAUCASUS 13 DAYS | TBILISI – KAZBEGI – DZORAGET – YEREVAN

This fascinating journey to the heart of the Caucasus offers a surprising taste of old world Eastern European charm. Bridging East and West, these former Soviet Republics are hot on the discerning traveller’s radar and offer widespread appeal. Armenia was one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, and there are magnificent Orthodox churches in abundance in the most unexpected locations. Neighbouring Georgia lays claim to the world’s oldest wine industry and on this journey rare skin-fermented wines stored underground in clay jars are uncorked and savoured. Both countries boast thousands of years of history and a rich cultural heritage of music, art, poetry and dance. The food is delicious and hearty and reflects the region’s influences from Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. In many places, travellers will experience an unspoiled medieval feel while the major cities are vibrant with a newfound buzz. The landscapes are breathtaking, with jagged alpine peaks, isolated rural communities, vineyards and orchards, and above all incredibly hospitable people.

DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SEP 20–OCT 2, 2018

$8,995 pp

MAY 11–23, SEP 21–OCT 3, 2019

$8,995 pp

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$2,995

$2,995

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Sevanavank Monastery, Lake Sevan, Armenia

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Wander through the historic heart of Tbilisi’s old town

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› Hear from a manuscript expert at Georgia’s National Centre of Manuscripts › Prepare lavash in time-honoured fashion in a local home

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› Sip wine from earthenware pots in the world’s oldest vineyards in the Kakheti region

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› Uncover medieval history at the Haghpat and Sanahin monastic complexes

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› Witness a spiritual vocal performance in an ancient monastery › Float across the high altitude waters of Lake Sevan on a private boat trip › Taste Armenia’s noble brandy at a Yerevan distillery › Meet local artisans and traditional carpet manufacturers in colourful markets and workshops › Hike up to the 14th century Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, one of the world’s most spectacularly situated


Day 1: Arrive Tbilisi, Georgia. Arrive into the Georgian capital and this evening join your tour director and fellow travellers for a cocktail briefing on the adventure ahead. Tbilisi Marriott Hotel Day 2: Tbilisi. Tbilisi is a surprising blend of cultures. Your adventure starts with a walk through the cobbled streets of the atmospheric old town. Visit the 12th century Metekhi Church and a 19th century Jewish synagogue. Admire the old Georgian houses with their distinctive wooden, curved balconies and the Sioni Cathedral. You’ll see the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi before getting a bird’s-eye view of the city from the Narikala Fortress, which can be accessed by cable car or on foot. On the way back down, stop at the Sulphur Baths and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Tonight is a chance to savour some of Georgia’s finest cuisine at a favourite traditional restaurant. B,L,D | Tbilisi Marriott Hotel Day 3: Tbilisi. Start the day at the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia with its extraordinary collection of gold filigree work. Continue to the Georgian National Centre of manuscripts for a visit with a specialist to talk about important restoration work. After lunch, visit a local workshop where artisans introduce you to the ancient technique of cloisonné, a decorative enamelwork tradition over 1,200 years old. Finish the day trawling the stalls at the Sukhoi Bridge market. B,L | Tbilisi Marriott Hotel Day 4: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi. Explore the most picturesque part of Georgia – Kakheti, which borders the Great Caucasus range. This area is the birthplace of world viticulture and winemaking, admire the profusion of vineyards and beautiful churches as you drive through. Stop at the 9th century Bodbe Nunnery before arriving at the pretty fortified town of Sighnaghi, famous for its wine and carpet making. Meander through the narrow streets before lunch with a local family serving traditional dishes from the region, and of course local wines. Before returning to Tbilisi, visit the grand Tsinandali estate, once home to the noble Chavchavadze family and noted for its historic winery. B,L | Tbilisi Marriott Hotel

Day 5: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Kazbegi. The World Heritage site of Mtskheta is your first stop today. Georgia’s cultural and religious centre, it is also one of the country’s oldest towns. Visit the early medieval Jvari Church and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Heading along the Georgian Military Highway, take in the Ananuri Architectural complex, with churches and towers dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Arrive into the sleepy town of Kazbegi later this afternoon where views of Mt. Kazbek are breathtaking – especially from your hotel room. B,L | Rooms Hotel Kazbegi Day 6: Kazbegi. This morning, head for the beautifully situated 14th century Gergeti Holy Trinity Church which perches high on a hill overlooking the town and the surrounding mountain scenery. Get up close by 4WD or, for the more energetic, on foot. More traditional Georgian hospitality today over lunch with one of the local families. This afternoon, enjoy the stylish Nordic atmosphere of the hotel before sundowners on the terrace. B,L | Rooms Hotel Kazbegi Day 7: Kazbegi – Gori – Tbilisi. Today’s adventure is to the fertile Kartli province with a stop in Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin where a controversial museum traces his life. Lunch is in the atmospheric brick cellars of Château Mukhrani where a vineyard was first established in the late 19th century. B,L | Tbilisi Marriott Hotel Day 8: Tbilisi – Sadakhlo – Dzoraget, Armenia. Farewell to Georgia this morning, crossing into Armenia at the Sadakhlo border. Stop at the Haghpat and Sanahin monastic complexes on the way to your remote medieval -style hotel situated beside the Debed River on the main road from Tbilisi to Yerevan. A traditional dinner of Armenian cuisine is arranged this evening. B,L,D | Avan Dzoraget Hotel

Day 10: Yerevan. Your introduction to the capital begins with a guided tour of the city, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited metropolises. See the beautiful Government buildings, the Central Post Office and banks. Visit the State History Museum as well as the Cafesjian Modern Art Museum which exhibits collections of Armenian and international contemporary artworks. Discover why Armenian brandy is world famous at a VIP tasting specially organised for us at the Yerevan brandy factory. There is also time this afternoon to pore over the stalls at the Vernissage flea market, a short walk from the hotel. B,L | Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan Day 11: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Zvartnots – Yerevan. A morning visit to Etchmiadzin Cathedral for holy mass. This ancient cathedral is headquarters for the Armenian Orthodox church. Later, take in the nearby ruins of the 7th century Zvartnots Cathedral before lunch at the family owned Megeryan Carpet Factory & Museum. Get comfortable as you admire the exquisite handmade carpets before a traditional Armenian lunch in the rustic, but atmospheric, restaurant. B,L | Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan Day 12: Yerevan– Geghard – Garni – Yerevan. The morning begins with a spiritual vocal performance in the acoustic hall of the ancient Geghard Monastery. Afterwards, a visit to the pagan Temple of Garni, which dates to the Hellenistic era. Built around 77 A.D., it is the only Greco-Roman colonnaded building in the country. Afterwards, take part in a centuriesold Armenian cultural tradition at a hands-on lavash making ceremony, followed by lunch in a local home. A farewell dinner is held tonight. B,L,D | Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan Day 13: Depart Yerevan. Transfer to airport for departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Day 9: Dzoraget – Dilijan – Sevan – Yerevan. Travel to the spa town of Dilijan, with its beautiful mountain scenery and unique architecture, to visit the Haghartsin Monastery which is tucked away in a valley to the northeast. Afterwards, head to Lake Sevan, the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region, where a boat trip is included, before continuing on to the Armenian capital. Yerevan stretches along the banks of the River Hrazdan, under the wistful gaze of Mt. Ararat . B,L | Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US 1300 851 800 | ABERCROMBIEKENT.COM.AU

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

ICELAND

Volcanoes, Glaciers & Waterfalls 10 DAYS | REYKJAVIK – HUSAFELL – HELLA – HOFN – HELLA – REYKJAVIK

Epic landscapes, dramatic natural wonders and charming lodgings are just some of the things you can expect from this unique journey through Iceland. This is northern Europe’s destination of the moment, where nature dazzles at every turn. You’ll see the highlights of Iceland’s southwest coast with its dramatic fjords, mountains, volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls, as well as the scenic attractions of the South Shore. During the winter, a chance to experience the stunning visual display of the Aurora Borealis lighting up the sky in varying shades of green, pink and blue sending out an eerie otherworldly glow. Because the experience is subject to weather conditions, the journey includes myriad opportunities outside of Reykjavik of seeing this incredible phenomenon, and our guides know the best places to look. Hand-picked atmospheric accommodation in a selection of intimate boutique properties, which range from a log cabin style lodge to a sophisticated Art Deco city hotel, and more.

DEPARTURE DATES

PRICE (TWIN SHARE)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

NOV 22–DEC 1, 2018* $11,895 pp $1,695 MAR 8–17, 2019

$12,655 pp

NOV 22–DEC 1, 2019

$3,355

JUL 29–AUG 7, 2019 $12,995 pp $4,265

*2018 journey operates under a different name. Contact A&K or see our website for details. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Strokkur Geyser Iceland

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Reykjavik

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Meander through vibrant, cosmopolitan and sophisticated Reykjavik

› Hike through an ice tunnel into the body of a glacier

› Scan the cold, crisp night skies in search of the Northern Lights on March & November departures

› Traverse off-road trails by super jeep to access Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site

› Appreciate Iceland’s geothermal significance on visits to hot springs, geysers, volcanoes and lakes

› Revel in the long summer days of the midnight sun on departures in May & July › Immerse yourself in the raw landscapes of the Golden Circle and the South Shore.

› Soak in the warm healing waters of The Blue Lagoon

› Be dazzled by crystal ice caves and glacial lagoons

› Savour Iceland’s inventive farm to table cuisine

› Bed down in charming boutique accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik. Arrive into Reykjavik to a warm A&K welcome and transfer to your historic hotel. This evening, meet your local host and fellow travellers for a tour briefing. Hotel Borg Day 2: Reykjavik. Iceland’s capital is small and compact and easily explored on foot. A morning stroll with your guide takes you to some of the main highlights – the 19th century Icelandic Parliament building, the distinctive Harpa concert hall and the whimsical Hallgrimskirkja church, Reykjavik’s most iconic landmark. During the tour, a private visit to a local art gallery is arranged and a meeting with the artist. This evening is a welcome dinner B,L,D | Hotel Borg

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Day 3: Reykjavik – Husafell. The outdoor adventure begins today as you make your way northeast to Husafell, one of Iceland’s best spots for watching the Northern Lights. The high snowy domes of nearby Langjokull glacier ensure cold, crisp, cloudless skies and perfect weather conditions for the Aurora Borealis (Mar & Nov departures). Stop off on the way at Iceland’s highest waterfall, Glymur, to admire the panorama or, for those feeling energetic, hike to the top for a close-up look. In a country defined by its thermal energy, visit Deildartunguhver, one of the most powerful hot springs in Europe which provides most of the water used for central heating in towns near and far. Finish the day’s touring at two beautiful waterfalls, Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. B,L | Hotel Husafell


Gullfoss Falls

Day 4: Husafell – Thingvellir National Park – Hella. In order to access remote off-road locations, the journey today is by super-jeep to Langjokull glacier, Europe’s second largest. You’ll have an unexpected adventure when you strap on a pair of crampons and hike through an ice tunnel deep into the glacier’s interior where you’re surrounded by centuries-old ice. Traversing the country’s second highest jeep road pass, through Kaldidalur Valley to reach Thingvellir National Park. As well as extraordinary scenery, the park has geological significance being situated across two tectonic plates that are gradually moving away from each other. It is also the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world, which first assembled here in 930. Your next two nights are spent in a charming log cabin style hotel located right beside the salmon-filled East Ranga River where views of the legendary Hekla volcano are spectacular. B,L | Hotel Ranga Day 5: Golden Circle. Touring through the Golden Circle today is a marvellous showcase of all that Iceland has to offer – beautiful landscapes, powerful geysers and the most magnificent of waterfalls. Start off in the Geysir area, where several geysers emit hot steam every few minutes. The most famous is Great Geysir, but the most energetic is Strokkur which spouts to a height of 40 metres. Continue to Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland’s most famous, which plummets 32 metres to a canyon below. Top off the day with a visit to Fridheimar farm where tomatoes are miraculously grown year round in greenhouses. See how it’s done and taste some of the fresh produce.

The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Reykjavik

Day 6: South Shore – Hofn. The south shore of Iceland is also well known for its scenic beauty with yet more jaw-dropping waterfalls as well as black sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Today’s exploration is to the extraordinary 60 metre high Seljalandsfoss waterfall which flows from the famous glacier of Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Next stop the basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and Skogarfoss waterfall which is counted amongst Iceland‘s most beautiful. Continue along the south coast to your accommodation which is located next to the largest glacier in Europe.

Day 8: Skaftafell and Vastnajokull National Park – Hella. More extraordinary wilderness to discover today at Skaftafell, a nature reserve dominated by dramatic mountains and the glacier-topped peak of Hvannadalshnjukur – at over 2,000 metres, this is Iceland’s highest mountain. Enjoy a short hike to the Svinafellsjokull glacier and see the longest bridge in Iceland, which crosses the river Skeidara. The bridge has been damaged from time to time due floods caused by the melting glaciers.

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Day 9: Hella – Reykjavik. Return to the capital today via the South Shore, stopping on the way at the magical Blue Lagoon whose mineral-rich qualities are said to have important restorative powers. There’s time for a long dip in the warm waters which will instantly rejuvenate and soothe before you get to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to further explore, shop for some uniquely Icelandic products or simply relax. This evening, a farewell dinner at Sjavargrillid where you’ll enjoy inventive Icelandic fare at its best.

Day 7: Hofn. First up this morning is an opportunity to admire the huge Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its floating icebergs. This is Iceland’s deepest lake measuring over 248 metres. Wander down to the beach where small icebergs wash up on to the shore before continuing east all the way to Stokksnes, a replica of a Viking village built for a movie that was never made. Keep an eye out for seals on the beach before visiting the crystal ice caves (March & November) which are formed when the glacial rivers retract and the water freezes. Each year, new caves are formed making every visit unique. On Northern Summer departures (July) travel by Zodiac through the Jokulsarlon lagoon. B,L | Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

B,L | Hotel Ranga

B,L,D | Hotel Borg Day 10: Depart Reykjavik. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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• Family Holidays: Canal and river cruising | Kayaking in Croatia | Pizza and piazzas in Italy | A château in France • Milestone & Multi-Generational Family Celebrations: Private villas | Yacht charter in the Adriatic | Luxury expedition cruising in the Greek Islands • Active Adventures: Snowmobile and sleigh riding in the Arctic Circle • Seaside Retreats: Boutique hotels and villas in the Mediterranean and Adriatic • Stopovers: Hong Kong | Dubai | Doha | Abu Dhabi However you choose to travel with A&K in this region or anywhere, you can rest assured that every journey has been created by experts, with hand-picked accommodation, immersive and educational encounters, all logistics tried and tested, and a level of service and support only A&K can provide, with every detail and eventuality taken care of.


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PERU

MACHU PICCHU & THE SACRED VALLEY PERU | 8 DAYS | LIMA – SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO – LIMA

Prepare to be enchanted on this epic journey to the heart of the ancient Inca Empire. See why Machu Picchu features on every traveller’s bucket list, and explore at your own speed away from the crowds. Soak up the dazzling colours of Peru’s textiles and handicrafts and savour the fresh and flavoursome cuisine, fast becoming a global favourite. Contrast 4,000 years of pre-Columbian history at the impressive Larco Museum with the vestiges of Spanish colonial rule in Lima’s grand squares and Cusco’s cathedrals, and see how the conquistadors lived when you have private access to a grand 16th century residence. Visit an inspiring project giving hope to impoverished, at-risk children in the Sacred Valley, and admire the breathtaking countryside as you travel to Machu Picchu by luxury rail. 150

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JAN 18–25, FEB 15–22, MAR 1–8, MAR 8–15, MAR 23–30

$8,655 pp

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$9,185 pp

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*Days 3–4 at Tambo Del Inka. Price includes internal economy class airfare: $660 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Cusco, capital of the Incan empire

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Travel by PeruRail Sacred Valley, an elegant new train with 1920s-era styling › Stay at the only hotel on site at Machu Picchu, enjoying extra time to explore the colossal “Lost City of the Incas”

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Day 3: Sacred Valley | Cusco & Camelids. This morning, fly to Cusco (3,350m). Enjoy lunch in the central square before proceeding to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (2,900m), where ancient ways endure. En route, visit Awanakancha, where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred. Learn about the valuable fibres created from their fleeces, and hand feed the animals. Continue to your relaxing accommodations — a charming Andean-style casita set amidst extensive gardens. Evening at leisure. B,L,D | Hotel Sol y Luna

Delve into local culture on a visit to a remote village in the Sacred Valley

Day 4: Sacred Valley | Like a Journey Back in Time. Venture into the heart of the Sacred Valley to a remote village seemingly frozen in time. Witness the ancient agricultural methods that have been used for centuries in this challenging Andean environment. During school term, visit the Kuychi Centre to meet the kids at Children of the Rainbow, an inspiring project supported by A&K Philanthropy. Enjoy lunch before returning to your lodge. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 7: Cusco | The Immense Stone Marvel of Sacsayhuaman. Discover Cusco on a city tour that includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple, a Dominican church built on the foundations of an Incan religious building. Later, explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Compiled of massive stones, weighing as much as 200 tonnes, the walls were constructed with incredible precision and without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. Visit San Pedro market, and then spend your afternoon at leisure. This evening, enjoy an Andean music presentation and gather for a farewell dinner at the elegant MAP Café. B,D | Belmond Hotel Monasterio Day 8: Depart Lima. Morning at leisure before flying back to Lima, where you are assisted with onward flight connections. B | Wyndham Airport Lima Hotel (dayroom) B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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Day 1: Arrive Lima. Transfer to your hotel. Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, this “City of Kings” is a mélange of colonial structures, pre-Columbian sites and modern gems. Belmond Miraflores Park Day 2: Lima | Colonial Splendour & Inspiring Artifacts. After a welcome briefing, enjoy an interactive Chef’s Table lunch of Peruvian specialities. After lunch, explore the capital, visiting the Plaza Mayor, the birthplace of the city, and the beautiful 16th century Cathedral. Next, visit Casa Aliaga, Lima’s oldest colonial mansion, built in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga, and home to 17 generations of his descendants since. Later, the Larco Museum, one of the city’s best for pre-Columbian artifacts. Then, a welcome dinner at the hotel. B,L,D | Belmond Miraflores Park

Day 5: Machu Picchu (2,340m) | Bingham’s Stunning Discovery. Prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu with a private lecture from a renowned scholar and expert on the Incan ruins. Then begin your journey to Machu Picchu on board the PeruRail Sacred Valley, a train inspired by the elegance of the 1920s. Arrive for your stay at the only hotel located at Machu Picchu (2,340m), from where you can explore the breathtaking Incan city from sunrise to sunset.

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B,L,D | Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco | Walking the Spectacular Ruins. Rise with the sun to walk through Machu Picchu in the early morning mist before the crowds arrive, an experience some consider the spiritual highlight of the journey. Opt for a hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the entry point to the ruins from the Inca Trail, or trek up to Huayna Picchu, the high mountain that forms the backbone of the ruins, to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area. After your explorations, board the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone fortress — and the site of the Incas’ greatest victory over the invading Spanish. Afterwards, continue to Cusco and your hotel, a former 16th century monastery.

Explore high-altitude La Paz (3,640m), the San Francisco Church, the Witches’ Market, the eerie Valley of the Moon, the vast salt flats of Uyuni, the largest on earth, and stay in a unique salt hotel. 5 DAYS FROM $4,770 PP TWIN

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B,L | Belmond Hotel Monasterio

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LIMITED EDITION JOURNEY

BRAZIL

Wildlife & Waterfalls 14 DAYS | SÃO PAULO – PANTANAL – SALVADOR – IGUAZÚ FALLS – RIO DE JANEIRO

Welcome to Brazil, where vibrant cultures meet hypnotic rhythms and where natural wonders range from beautiful coastlines and tropical forest to vast wetlands and thundering waterfalls. The country’s energy is infectious and you’ll be mesmerised by cosmopolitan cities which overflow with eye-catching colonial and modernist architecture, by its music and dance and its rich culinary heritage. On this journey, visit vibrant São Paulo, explore the biodiverse Pantanal region, admire the work of Brazil’s leading architects and designers, savour the ethnic flavour of Salvador, bed down in the country’s leading hotels and dine out on the fresh flavours of Brazilian cuisine. 154

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2019 DEPARTURE DATES MAY 3–16, OCT 4–17 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $13,895 pp SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

$3,295

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1,145 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18


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Historic Pelourinho district, Salvador

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Explore São Paulo’s vibrant and fascinating cultural and architectural elements › Search for wildlife in the world’s largest tropical wetland, the Pantanal, a UNESCO World Heritage site › Wander Salvador’s cobblestone alleys and uncover fascinating Portuguese colonial architecture

› Come into contact with hundreds of species of birds during a private backstage encounter › Stroll through enticing markets with a local chef selecting ingredients for a cooking workshop › Savour the culinary diversity of Brazil at award-winning restaurants, local market stalls and neighbourhood eateries

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› Discover your inner beat at a unique expert led percussion class › Marvel at the sheer power and noise of the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls › Witness the mesmerising sound and dance of the Bahia Folklore Company › Pedal around Rio for an intimate experience of the city and its beach vibe

Day 1: Arrive São Paulo. A warm welcome to Brazil and the country’s dynamic economic and cultural centre. Welcome briefing with your Resident Tour Director and dinner at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant SEEN. D | Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel

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Day 2: São Paulo. Head to famous Ibirapuera Park where Oscar Niemeyer’s futuristic museum and Roberto Burle Marx’ landscape design make it one of the city’s most important attractions. Admire more of the city’s architectural genius visiting the oldest train station, the Terraço Italia and Municipal Theatre. Continue to the covered Belle Epoque-style Municipal Market to try a variety of different local dishes and soak up the atmosphere. The afternoon’s highlights include the São Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral, the neighbourhood of Liberdade, with the highest concentration of Japanese immigrants outside of Japan and the fascinating Art Museum of São Paulo. B,L | Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel

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Day 6: North Pantanal – Salvador. Paddle out early this morning on a sunrise canoe trip. Depart for Cuiabá airport and your flight to Salvador with its vibrant culture and beautiful colonial centre. Arrive at your chic Art Deco hotel, with time to settle in before dinner at nearby Villa Bahia. B,D | Fera Palace Hotel Day 7: Salvador. The first capital of Brazil, Salvador was a major centre for the slave trade and this UNESCO World Heritage site is now a thriving hub of Afro-Brazilian culture. Head out on foot this morning to explore Pelourinho, the old city. Admire the fantastic views over the Bay of All Saints, and stroll through the narrow, bustling cobblestoned streets and squares.

Day 3: São Paulo – Cuiabá – Pantanal. Fly to Cuiabá and a drive into the vast wetlands of the Pantanal, considered the best place in Brazil to view wildlife. Start your wilderness experience with a short walk before savouring a dinner of typical regional dishes. B,L,D | Pousada Rio Mutum Day 4: North Pantanal. A World Biosphere Reserve, the Pantanal is the largest floodplain in the world, covering an area of approximately 200,000 square kilometres, and the abundance and diversity of its vegetation and animal life is spectacular. Exploring the wetland by boat, canoe, on foot, or even horseback, there are numerous opportunities to see alligators, capybara, mongoose, macaws, toucans and much more. Stride out on a morning eco-walk. Later, keep an eye out for giant otters, rays and small fish on a boat ride along the Mutum River. After dinner, head out spotlighting in search of nocturnal creatures. B,L,D | Pousada Rio Mutum Day 5: North Pantanal. Explore the ecosystem on horseback. Follow a farm trail keeping eyes peeled for flora and fauna along the way. In the afternoon, another boat ride scouring the river banks and channels and a spot of sunset piranha fishing before another nocturnal adventure. B,L,D | Pousada Rio Mutum

Here in the rhythmic heart of Brazil find your own rhythm under the watchful eye of an expert percussionist during a private workshop. End the day at an explosive and exhilarating traditional dance performance by the acclaimed Bahia Folklore Company. B | Fera Palace Hotel Day 8: Salvador. Soak up the bustling São Joaquim market with a local chef and select fresh ingredients for Bahia’s signature dish, the moqueca. Later, watch as the dish is prepared and delivered to your table for lunch. Also learn the secret to making a textbook caipirinha and sip a few before an afternoon at leisure. B,L | Fera Palace Hotel

Day 10: Iguazú Falls. Discover the falls from the equally breathtaking Argentine side this morning. Take a small train through the park, wander along the walkways to the top of the falls and then head out to the suspended platform at the ‘Garganta do Diablo’ (Devil’s Throat), the largest of the waterfalls. Later, journey by speedboat through canyons and along rapids for an up close and exhilarating view. Hear the thundering roar of the falls and be prepared to get wet! B,L | Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas Day 11: Iguazú Falls – Rio de Janeiro. Get a final panoramic view of the falls before a private behind-the-scenes experience at the Iguazú Bird Park where you can handle and feed macaws, toucans, scarlet ibis and more. Continue to the airport for your flight to marvellous Rio and your elegant beachfront hotel. Later, take a cable car up Sugar Loaf peak, one of Rio’s most iconic landmarks. Enjoy sundowners and marvel at the breathtaking views from the top before dinner in one of the best churrascarias in town. B,D | Belmond Copacabana Palace Day 12: Rio de Janeiro. Explore the city by bike, pedalling past Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and soak up the beach vibe. Try some local fruits at the market and visit a community project promoting healthy foods grown in small community gardens and share a memorable lunch with the locals.

Day 9: Salvador – Iguazú Falls. Fly to Iguazú Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, located on the border between Brazil and Argentina.

This afternoon, see Rio from the water on a sailing trip in Guanabara Bay. Look out for the futuristic Santiago Calatrava designed Museum of Tomorrow, the latest addition to the downtown skyline.

Settle into your grand colonial hotel situated within the National Park, just a short stroll from the waterfalls, providing exclusive access when the crowds have left. Tonight, dine at your leisure in the hotel’s signature Ipê Grill.

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B,D | Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas

Day 13: Rio de Janeiro. Venture into the foothills of the Tijuca National Forest to the summit of Corcovado Mountain crowned by the 30 metre high Statue of Christ the Redeemer. Return via the bohemian Santa Teresa neighbourhood and a local artist’s studio. Afternoon at leisure before a farewell dinner at the award winning Guiseppe Grill. B,D | Belmond Copacabana Palace. Day 14: Depart Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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ARGENTINA

Buenos Aires & Beyond ARGENTINA | 13 DAYS | BUENOS AIRES – MENDOZA – SALTA – PURMAMARCA – IGUAZÚ FALLS – BUENOS AIRES

Argentina has a big personality and on this journey you’ll meet it head on. From the stylish elegance of the Porteños on the grand avenues of the capital to the raw machismo of the rural gaucho. The sensuous moves of the tango dancer and the skill of the world’s best polo players. You’ll soak up the rich culture and folklore of its people, savour its favourite foods and sip on its world class wines. From the bohemian boutiques of the capital to the tiny market stalls of the northwest, you’ll appreciate the treasures of its handicraft traditions. Its natural wonders will amaze, from the Wild West landscapes around Salta to the mighty Iguazú Falls and the Andean backdrop of the Mendoza wine country. You’ll be simply spellbound.

The famed La Boca neighbourhood, Buenos Aires

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2019 DEPARTURE DATES MAR 10–22, SEP 29–OCT 11 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $12,995 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

$3,695

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1,465 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18


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Purmamarca

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Experience the sport of kings with an exclusive polo clinic hosted by a prominent polo playing family

› Stroll through some of Buenos Aires’ most elegant barrios › Gain a profound understanding of Evita and her legacy at the landmarks which marked the years of her influence › Glide across the dance floor during a private tango class before witnessing the professionals perform in a sultry cabaret show

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› Visit some of Argentina’s finest vineyards in Mendoza’s wine country and taste awardwinning Malbecs › Discover hidden treasures, unique cultures and craft traditions in Salta

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› Appreciate the colourful mountain landscapes and unique salt flats of Purmamarca › Trek with trusty llamas through dramatic mountain scenery in the northwest › Learn the basics of Argentine cuisine and its customs at an intimate interactive dinner › Marvel at the sheer power and roar of the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires. Welcome to the cosmopolitan capital and transfer to your hotel. Evening welcome drinks and briefing with your Resident Tour Director before dinner at the hotel’s awarded Elena Restaurant. D | Four Seasons Buenos Aires Day 2: Buenos Aires. Discover Buenos Aires in the era of Evita, Argentina’s First Lady from 1946 to 1952 as you stroll through Recoleta, one of the city’s most elegant neighbourhoods and wander down Avenida Alvear admiring the beautiful Belle Epoque architecture. Stop by Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church and pay your respects in the Recoleta Cemetery, known for its rich funerary architecture and the famous characters buried here, including Eva Peron. Visit the Evita Museum which documents her life and celebrates her accomplishments. Following lunch in the museum, a private backstage tour of Teatro Colon, one of the world’s great opera houses.


Day 9: Purmamarca. Today, hike alongside a pack of llamas through valleys and along mountain trails with the backdrop of some of Argentina’s most dramatic mountain scenery. A picnic lunch is included. Afternoon at leisure to stroll through the plaza, visit the market and admire the colourful local textiles. Later toast the changing colours of the surrounding landscape over a sundowner in the grounds of your boutique hotel. B,L | La Comarca Day 10: Purmamarca – Salta – Iguazú Falls. Journey to Salta and fly to Puerto Iguazú and the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls on the border with Brazil. Your hotel is within walking distance of the falls. Dine at your leisure in the hotel.

Mendoza Wine Country

Time to relax before an intimate private tango experience at Philippe Starck’s Faena Hotel. In the sultry surrounds of Rojo Tango, learn the basics of Argentina’s most famous dance before dinner and a professional performance. Rojo Tango’s avant-garde show will leave you breathless. B,L,D | Four Seasons Buenos Aires Day 3: Buenos Aires. Home to the world’s best polo players, get up close and personal to the sport of kings on a visit to La Martina, home of the Cambiaso family and Adolfo Cambiaso, one of the world’s best players. After an introduction to the game, hear about the breeding and training of the horses followed by a clinic. After a morning on the field, a hearty Argentine lunch is served. Return to Buenos Aires where the rest of the day is at leisure. B,L | Four Seasons Buenos Aires Day 4: Buenos Aires – Mendoza. Fly to Mendoza, in Argentina’s wine country, and your luxury boutique accommodation set against the snow-capped Andes Mountains and acres of vines. Apart from its vineyards and wineries, Mendoza is also receiving acclaim for its olive oil production as you will discover with a private tasting. Dinner at The Beef Club, an old bodega on the property. B,D | Entre Cielos Day 5: Mendoza. Visit several vineyards in the Agrelo district including Bodega Catena Zapata, a pioneer of high-altitude viticulture. At Benegas, taste wines that combine French and Argentine traditions followed by a gourmet lunch with sustainably-farmed wine pairing at Finca Decero.

Day 6: Mendoza – Salta. Fly to Salta in the northwest surrounded by rugged natural landscapes, mountains and valleys. Wander along the cobblestoned streets of the old town learning about its history and storied past. Stop at the most important highlights including the old town hall, the cathedral and the magnificent Franciscan convent. Dinner in a local peña with traditional song and dance. B,D | Hotel Alejandro Day 7: Salta. Time to admire the city’s beautifully preserved colonial architecture and soak up its leisurely vibe. Take the cable car up San Bernardo Hill for panoramic views and spend time in MAAM, the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology, where exhibits include the Llullaillaco Children, the 500-year-old frozen bodies of three Inca children abandoned as a religious sacrifice. Afternoon at leisure. B,L | Hotel Alejandro Day 8: Salta – Purmamarca. Take to the high road through rugged mountain scenery and startling red rock formations into the province of Jujuy and the winding Lipan Slope road which descends to the salt flats. Continue to the sleepy village of Purmamarca, which sits famously at the base of the Hill of Seven Colours whose mineral pigments swirl in colourful layers across the slope. B,L | La Comarca

B,D | Meliá Iguazú Spa & Resort Day 11: Iguazú Falls. Get up close to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A short walk brings you to a small train which winds its way through the park. Wander along the walkways, through the mist and hear the roar as you approach the platform where the waters converge creating the ‘Garganta do Diablo’ (Devil’s Throat) the largest of the waterfalls. After lunch, a speedboat ride delivers an up close and exhilarating view of the falls. For a foodie experience with a difference, tonight take a crash course in Argentine cuisine and customs. Over a glass or two of Malbec with new friends, learn to fold empanadas, order a steak in Spanish, prepare a cup of yerba mate and construct your own alfajores at The Argentine Experience. B,L,D | Meliá Iguazú Spa & Resort Day 12: Iguazú Falls – Buenos Aires. Fly back to the Argentine capital. Explore the heart of the city and San Telmo, the oldest residential neighbourhood. Stroll along cobblestone streets, past boutiques, cafés and antiques shops. End the day with a boat ride on the Río de la Plata. Bid goodbye to new friends over a farewell dinner at La Cabrera in trendy Palermo Viejo, voted one of the top restaurants in Latin America. B,D | Four Seasons Buenos Aires Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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PATAGONIA: THE LAST WILDERNESS 10 DAYS | BUENOS AIRES – USHUAIA – EL CALAFATE – PUERTO NATALES – SANTIAGO

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Embark on a journey jam-packed with outdoor adventure in some of the most rugged and breathtaking landscapes on the planet. Ease into the experience with an urban exploration of Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital before venturing to the far south of the continent for a Patagonian immersion. Hike, ride and/ or boat through glacial wonderlands, rich native forest and awe-inspiring alpine scenery. And visit traditional working estancias to see how the European settlers influenced today’s pastoralists. Your journey finishes in the sophisticated Chilean capital, one of the world’s most remarkably-located cities.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES JAN 18–27, JAN 25–FEB 3, FEB 15–24, FEB 22–MAR 3, MAR 8–17, MAR 22–31, OCT 11–20, NOV 25–3, NOV 8–17, NOV 15–24, DEC 6–15 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $14,320 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

$3,195

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $1,795 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18

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Perito Moreno Glacier

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Travel to the ends of the earth on a diverse itinerary that ranges from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the rugged, untouched wilderness of Patagonia

EASTER ISLAND

› Stay in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world

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› Sail through the Beagle Channel, a beautiful passageway separating islands of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, and stand amidst a colony of Magellanic penguins › Learn about life in the wilds during a visit to a working Patagonian ranch, observing authentic skills, such as mustering and shearing, with opportunities for hiking and horse riding

EL CALAFATE

› Choose your own way to explore wild Patagonia - on horseback, by kayak or on foot - and enjoy a visit to Torres del Paine › Admire the Perito Moreno Glacier, hearing it crack and roar like an incredible living mass

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› Breathe in spectacular views of Santiago from atop San Cristobal hill


Day 4: El Calafate | Gateway to the Glaciers. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or take an early morning guided hike through Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén. Fly to El Calafate to experience Patagonian rural life and over 100 years of history during a visit to an authentic estancia. Watch sheep shearing and mustering, and hike or ride along the banks of Argentino Lake. Dinner tonight is a traditional Patagonian asado (barbecue). B,D | Hotel Posada Los Alamos Day 5: El Calafate | An Astonishing, Icy Spectacle. Sail by catamaran on Argentino Lake, stopping along the way for an interpretive walk in the Andean Patagonian forest. Continue to Perito Moreno glacier, one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world. Hike at your own pace along walkways at different heights and distances from the glacier, taking in the magnificent views. B,L | Hotel Posada Los Alamos

Base of the towers, Torres del Paine

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina. Arrive in the elegant Argentine capital, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome briefing and festive dinner at famed Elena’s restaurant. D | Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires Day 2: Buenos Aires – Ushuaia. Explore Buenos Aires. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, the San Telmo neighbourhood, La Boca and walk along Caminito Street. After a light lunch, visit La Recoleta Cemetery, last resting place of Eva Perón. Then fly south to Ushuaia — in magnificent Tierra del Fuego, at the remote tip of South America. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel, with a view of the city and Beagle Channel. B,L,D | Arakur Ushuaia Day 3: Ushuaia | Walking Among Magellanic Penguins. Drive to Estancia Harberton, the oldest in Tierra del Fuego and an Argentine National Historical Monument. Embark on a private cruise to Isla Martillo to walk amongst a teeming rookery of Magellanic penguins before continuing to Gable Island, in the middle of the Beagle Channel, for a remote lunch in this extraordinary primal landscape.

Day 6: Puerto Natales, Chile | Trekking, Kayaking & Biking. Journey to Puerto Natales and your luxury hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. This is the beginning of three full days of exploration in this spectacular wilderness, led by expert local guides. Choose from a wide range of exclusive expeditions and activities, including horse riding, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking, exploring fjords, mountains, glaciers, Patagonian forests and farms.

Day 9: Santiago | Chile’s Cosmopolitan Capital. After a leisurely morning, drive to Punta Arenas for the flight to Santiago, capital of Chile, a vibrant city set against the backdrop of the Andes. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. B,D | The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago Day 10: Depart Santiago. Explore Santiago including the Palacio de La Moneda Presidential Palace, designed by 18th century Italian architect Joaquín Toesca, and the Plaza de Armas, with its impressive Cathedral and Central Post Office. Ride a funicular up San Cristobal Hill to the stunning statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and take in expansive views of the city. Relax this afternoon before transferring to the airport for your departure flight. B | The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago (dayroom) B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

EASTER ISLAND POST-TOUR EXTENSION

B,L,D | The Singular Patagonia Day 7: Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park. Explore the magnificent wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, renowned for its otherworldly landscape of granite spires, ice and deserted pampas. Tonight, after dinner, step outside and marvel at the ink-black Patagonian night sky awash with stars. B,L,D | The Singular Patagonia

Mysterious, lonely Rapa Nui, 3,500 kilometres offshore. Unique island culture, volcanic craters, and the gigantic, unfathomable moai sculptures. 5 DAYS FROM $7,005 PP TWIN

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Day 8: | Patagonian Fjords. Choose from a variety of optional excursions. Depending on weather conditions, sail through the Patagonian Fjords and visit Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. Observe colonies of blue-eyed cormorants and sea lions, hike to the viewpoint overlooking Serrano Glacier and a lagoon filled with icebergs. Tonight, join your fellow guests for a farewell to Patagonia dinner with superb Chilean wines. B,L,D | The Singular Patagonia

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MEXICO

Cities of The Sun 14 DAYS | MEXICO CITY – PUEBLA – OAXACA – SAN CRISTÓBAL – PALENQUE – MEXICO CITY

Uncover one of Central America’s most beguiling countries, with its own particular appeal and rich traditions. From extraordinary pre-Columbian temples and pyramids swathed in jungle vines to ornate colonial churches and convents. Enthralling artistic innovation and works of art, vibrant handicrafts and age-old customs experienced up close in local workshops and galleries. Be swept away by Mexico’s colourful culinary traditions and recharged by its favourite pick-me-ups. Margaritas anyone?

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2019 DEPARTURE DATES: APR 25–MAY 8, NOV 14–27 PRICE (TWIN SHARE): $11,595 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

$2,495

Price includes internal economy class airfare: $740 per person. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 18


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The colonial town of Cholula and Popocatepetl Volcano

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS › Discover Mexico City and appreciate the city’s fascinating and intriguing design and cultural elements.

› Witness one of the country’s most flamboyant and dramatic sporting spectacles, lucha libre

› Savour artisan chocolate at a leading chocolateria

› Taste authentic Poblano cooking and appreciate why it is considered one of Mexico’s foremost cuisines

› Explore Teotihuacan, a vast pre-Columbian city and a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site

› Wander the narrow streets and lanes of Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site

› Stop at a local mezcal distillery, to learn all about this drink known as ‘tequila’s father’ › Journey by boat through the impressive Sumidero Canyon › Marvel at the ruins of Palenque, part of the Maya civilisation that dates back to 100 BC

Day 1: Arrive Mexico City. Welcome to the Mexican capital and your hotel. Meet your Resident Tour Director for a journey briefing and welcome dinner. D | Hotel Stara Hamburgo

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Day 2: Mexico City. Dive into the buzzing metropolis this morning with a look at the historic area around the Zócalo, including the Palacio Nacional which houses the offices of the President of Mexico, the Federal Treasury, the National Archives and some famous murals. Visit one of the city’s most recognised chocolaterias. Learn about Mexico’s cacao and its legacy, and savour some truly delicious artisan chocolate. Later, uncover some of the fascinating exhibits at the remarkable National Museum of Anthropology and History. B,L,D | Hotel Stara Hamburgo


Day 3: Mexico City. Journey north to Basilica Guadalupe, the most sacred sanctuary in Mexico. Onwards to Teotihuacan, explore this stunning pre-Aztec complex and UNESCO World Heritage site, on foot. Climb the famous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the world’s third and fourth largest pyramidal structures, while your guide shares expert insight. Lunch is a meal of delicious pre-Hispanic dishes as you gaze over the Pyramid of the Sun. Early this evening, watch a raucous lucha libre spectacle. This free-form wrestling phenomenon is guaranteed to entertain. B,L | Hotel Stara Hamburgo Day 4: Mexico City – Puebla. A captivating morning focusing on Mexico’s most illustrious artists – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, Casa Azul, where the celebrated surrealist artist was born, grew up and later lived with muralist husband Diego Rivera. Stroll through the Diego Rivera Museum for a more complete idea of Frida and Diego’s life together. Lunch is at a funky local eatery before heading to Puebla, the City of Angels. Tonight dine on traditional and authentic Poblano cuisine. B,L,D | Hotel Casa Reyna Day 5: Puebla. Explore Mexico’s fourth largest city, and one of its oldest, on foot. Known for its beautifully preserved colonial architecture, admire the Patio de los Azulejos and the former Convent of Santa Rosa, now the Museum of Folk Art, which both boast classic examples of the fabulous glazed talavera tile work. Later, venture into the Museo Amparo which houses one of the finest collections of Mexican art in Latin America.

Day 6: Puebla – Oaxaca. Visit Cholula and the ruins of its pyramid on top of which a church was built in the 16th century. On a clear day, there are expansive views of the Popocatepetl Volcano. Continue to Oaxaca, another of Mexico’s UNESCO World Heritage cities, and one of its most cultural. You’ll be captivated by the beautiful colonial architecture, the shady tree-lined streets and plazas, its show-stopping cuisine and creative vibe. Admire the important sites around the Zócalo including the ancient Cathedral and the Convento de Santo Domingo. Retire to your boutique hotel before heading out to dine on contemporary Mexican cuisine.

Day 10: San Cristóbal de las Casas. This morning, visit a rural Maya township and a local home to learn the secret of hand making tortillas and taste the traditional elixir of Chiapas – pox – used in local ceremonies. Time to explore the colonial streets and alleyways of San Cristóbal with its bohemian vibe, artisan workshops and ornate churches. B | Casa del Alma Hotel Boutique & Spa Day 11: San Cristobal – Palenque. Travelling north, stop at the famous Agua Azul Falls marvelling at the bright turquoise waters and rainforest surrounds. Your village style resort is located just outside of Palenque town.

B,L,D | Hotel Quinta Real Oaxaca

B,L,D | Chan Kah Resort Village

Day 7: Oaxaca. Explore Monte Alban and the ruins of its Zapotec city chock-full of ruined pyramids, temples and plazas. Visit the village of Teotitlán del Valle known for its colourful, hand-woven rugs. Recharge at a local mezcal distillery and savour a glass (or two).

Day 12: Palenque. Awake to a chorus of howler monkeys and parrots setting the scene for your exploration of UNESCO World Heritage listed Palenque, which is just minutes away from the resort. Jungle-clad and mystical, this Maya site is the largest and most famous in Mexico. Spend time wandering around the ruins before an afternoon at leisure.

Dine at Casa Oaxaca listed among the Pellegrino Top 50 Restaurants of Latin America.

B,L,D | Chan Kah Resort Village

B,L,D | Hotel Quinta Real Oaxaca Day 8: Oaxaca. Join a local chef on a tour of the market to handpick the finest ingredients for a Oaxacan cooking class.

Day 13: Palenque – Mexico City. Transfer to Villahermosa Airport for your return to Mexico City. Tonight, a farewell dinner at Hacienda de los Morales.

B,L | Hotel Quinta Real Oaxaca

B,D | Hotel Stara Hamburgo

Day 9: Oaxaca – San Cristobal de Las Casas. Fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez, then head to Sumidero Canyon and take a boat trip through this impressive natural wonder. Arrive into San Cristóbal de las Casas and your boutique hotel.

Day 14: Depart Mexico City. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure flight. B B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

B,D | Casa del Alma Hotel Boutique & Spa

B | Hotel Casa Reyna

The holy city of Teotihuacan

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More Private and Bespoke Journeys If a Private Journey in the region is more your style – whether travelling solo, as a couple or with family and friends – request a copy of our Latin America brochure, a selection of ready-to-travel itineraries to countries in the region including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. Or talk to our expert and well-travelled travel specialists or your travel agent about creating a bespoke A&K journey in Latin America, stitching together a perfect fit itinerary of amazing experiences and accommodations.

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• Family Holidays: Galapagos Island cruising | Rainforests of Costa Rica | An estancia in Argentina • Milestone & Multi-Generational Family Celebrations: Cruising the Amazon | A luxury rail journey through the Andes • Active Adventures: Mountain biking in the Atacama | Horse riding in Patagonia | Airstream camping in Uyuni • Seaside Retreats: Private villas in Brazil | Caribbean hideaways in Cuba and Colombia However you choose to travel with A&K in this region or anywhere, you can rest assured that every journey has been created by passionate experts, with hand-picked accommodation, immersive and educational encounters, all logistics tried and tested, and a level of service and support only A&K can provide, with every detail and eventuality taken care of.


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Limited Edition Journey Exclusions - International airfares, unless otherwise noted; costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas; reciprocity and other border fees; insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip; items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges; transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary; excess baggage charges; airport departure taxes, unless otherwise noted. 4.11 Prices quoted include GST. Prices for the supply of the Travel Arrangements and the Services exclude any other taxes, duties or imposts imposed on or in relation to the Travel Arrangements and the Services in Australia or overseas. The Customer is liable to pay any amount of GST imposed on any Product. 4.12 AIR TRANSPORTATION - International airfares (to the journey starting point and from the ending point) are not included in programme pricing. A&K has special agreements with many air carriers and can offer quotations from most departure points. Some journeys include internal flights as specified in the itinerary. All internal air is based on economy class seating and is 100% non-refundable at time of final payment (some exceptions may apply). All international and internal air prices are subject to change until final payment has been received by A&K. Flight confirmation is based on availability. Air reservations cannot be confirmed until full passport details are received by A&K.

All air carriers are independent contractors and are not owned, managed, controlled or operated by A&K. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between yourself and the airlines (and not A&K), even if purchased through A&K. A&K is not liable for, and does not assume responsibility nor accept claims with regard to, seat assignments, name changes, schedule changes, flight changes and/or cancellations. Should you change or cancel your air transportation arrangements before or after your travel begins, all airline change and cancellation fees will apply. 4.13 BAGGAGE - A&K provides porterage of up to two (2) pieces of baggage per person. Please note should your journey include internal/ domestic or charter flights, your luggage allowance may be less than two (2) pieces of baggage and weight/size restrictions and additional costs may apply. Details will be provided in your Pre-Travel Documentation. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk throughout the travel programme, and A&K assumes no liability for lost or damaged baggage. Please check with your international carrier for other baggage restrictions and fees applicable to your international flights. 4.14 CHILD POLICY - The minimum age is 10 years old unless noted on the itinerary and all children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 5. Payment 5.1 Final Payment – unless otherwise agreed in writing the final payment must be received by A&K 90 days prior to the Departure Date. Myanmar & the Irrawaddy; Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India and Namibia: Unearthed Journeys must be paid in full 120 days before the departure date. Wings Over the World Journeys must be paid in full 210 days before the departure date. 6. Amendments 6.1 A&K reserves the right to modify programme itineraries, including arranged sightseeing, and substitute accommodations, including vessels and trains, at any time due to a smaller group size, unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond A&K’s control. Every effort will be made to operate itineraries as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued. 6.2 A&K will endeavour to assist if the Customer requests an amendment to the Travel Arrangement booking up to 90 days prior to the Departure Date subject to the following: a) Amendment Charge – fees apply to any Customer requesting a change to a confirmed booking. b) Additional Charges – all other expenses incurred by A&K may also be payable by the Customer at A&K’s discretion. c) Any charges arising from a request for an amendment are payable by the Customer whether or not A&K is successful in confirming the requested amendment. d) Late Amendments – amendments made by the Customer within 90 days of the Departure Date (120 days for Myanmar & the Irrawaddy; Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India and Namibia: Unearthed Journeys and 210 days for Wings Over the World journeys) are treated as cancellations and re-bookings. Cancellation charges apply as detailed below. 6.3 Due to the limited number of hotels available in Iran, all hotels listed in the Iran: A Journey Through Persia itinerary are subject to change prior to travel. Your Abercrombie & Kent representative will keep you informed of any changes and can assist you with a complete and up-to-date hotel list at time of documentation. 7. Cancellations By The Customer 7.1 The Customer must give A&K notice if it intends to cancel any Travel Arrangements. 7.2 Charges – the following charges, excluding international airfares, are payable by the Customer in accordance with the number of days prior to the Departure Date following notice being received by A&K of cancellation: Luxury Small Group Journeys and Limited Edition Journeys (excluding journeys listed separately): Days prior to Departure Date

Percentage of Travel Arrangements Price Payable

91 days or more

$1,500 per person

90 – 46 days prior

50% of Travel Arrangements price

45 – 0 days prior

100% of Travel Arrangements price


T E R M S & CO N D I T I O N S Myanmar & the Irrawaddy; Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India and Namibia: Unearthed Journeys: Days prior to Departure Date

Percentage of Travel Arrangements Price Payable

121 days or more

$1,500 per person

120 - 61 days prior

50% of Travel Arrangements price

60 – 0 days prior

100% of Travel Arrangements price

Wings Over the World Journeys: Days prior to Departure Date

Percentage of Travel Arrangements Price Payable

211 days prior to departure or more

$2,500

210 - 181 days prior to departure

$5,000

180-121 days prior to departure

50% of programme price

120 days prior to departure or less

100% of programme price

7.3 Additional Charges – the Customer may incur further cancellation charges from some Suppliers, including international flight providers and local agents. 8. Cancellations and Material Alteration by A&K 8.1 A&K may treat a booking as cancelled and levy cancellation charges if the Customer does not pay the balance of the Travel Arrangements price at 90 days prior to the Departure Date. 8.2 Force Majeure – A&K may, at its sole and absolute discretion, where circumstances outside of its control affect the provision of Travel Arrangements such as flood, fire, act of God, war or threat of war, physical unrest, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activities (threatened or actual), strikes, port or airport closures, technical problems with transport, alteration or cancellation of scheduled travel services cancel scheduled Travel Arrangements at any time. At its sole and absolute discretion, A&K may/will: a) offer the Customer alternative Travel Arrangements or Products of comparable standard as may be appropriate in the circumstances; or b) if alternative Travel Arrangements or Products are not offered by A&K, A&K will make a prompt proportional (taking into account the extent of the Travel Arrangements that have been provided or arranged) refund of monies paid by the Customer. 8.3 A&K may charge a reasonable fee to cover the administration costs associated with providing alternative Travel Arrangements or Products. 8.4 A&K reserves the right to modify programme itineraries, including arranged sightseeing, and substitute accommodations, including vessels and trains, at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond A&K’s control. Every effort will be made to operate itineraries as planned, but alterations may occur after the final documents have been provided to the Customer. 8.5 Material Alteration – if a Material Alteration becomes necessary within 90 days of the Departure Date for any reason other than the circumstances described in clause 8.2 A&K will endeavour to offer comparable Products or a full refund of all monies paid by the Customer. 9. Obligations and Liability 9.1 Booking Agent - A&K acts as a booking agent for the Suppliers of Products and accepts no liability for any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay or irregularity that may arise to any Customer or third party resulting from the Customer’s or third party’s use of the Products, unless recoverable from A&K on the failure of a statutory guarantee under the ACL. A&K makes reasonable enquiries to determine that Suppliers provide appropriate Products, but A&K is not responsible for the Products or their standard. 9.2 Except as the Conditions specifically state, the Agreement does not include by implication any other term, condition or warranty in respect of the quality, merchantability, acceptability, fitness for purpose, condition, description, specification or performance of the Travel Arrangements or Services or any contractual remedy for their failure. 9.3 Nothing in these Terms restricts, limits or modifies the Customer’s rights or remedies as a consumer against A&K for failure of a statutory guarantee under the ACL.

9.4 Loss – A&K is not liable for and accepts no responsibility for any direct or indirect loss, financial loss, consequential loss, loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering, damage, injury, accident delay or irregularity occasioned to the Customer, other than if the Customer is a consumer, then to the extent the loss was reasonably foreseeable. 9.5 Nothing in the Conditions is to be interpreted as excluding, restricting or modifying the application of any relevant State or Federal legislation which cannot be excluded, restricted or modified. 9.6 Passport and Visa Requirements – it is the Customer’s responsibility to ensure that the Customer has a valid passport, visas and permits which meet the immigration and governmental requirements of the country of travel. The Customer may be refused boarding or disembarked from a plane, vessel or train without liability for refund, payment, compensation, or credit of any kind if the Customer does not have proper documentation, and the Customer will be subject to any fine or other costs incurred by A&K which result from improper documentation or noncompliance with applicable regulations. 9.7 The Customer agrees and acknowledges that A&K will not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by the Customer due to the Customer’s failure to obtain any valid passports, visas, permits or any other governmental requirements of the countries of transit or travel. 9.8 Medical Conditions – the Customer must notify A&K of any preexisting medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to affect the Travel Arrangements. The Customer agrees and acknowledges that A&K will not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by the Customer as a result of any pre-existing medical condition or health issue of the Customer that may preclude, delay, affect or interfere with the Travel Arrangements. 9.9 Health Issues – It is the Customer’s sole responsibility to: a) obtain any vaccinations or take any other health precautions applicable to the country of travel; b) take all steps reasonably necessary (including, without limitation, the consultation of appropriate medical professionals) to identify whether they have any pre-existing medical conditions or health issues (whether known or unknown) that may preclude, delay, affect or interfere with the Travel Arrangements; and c) notify A&K if the Customer has any pre-existing medical conditions or health issues that may preclude, delay, affect or interfere with the Travel Arrangements. 9.10 The Customer agrees and acknowledges that A&K may decline any booking request where, in its reasonable opinion, the Customer has a preexisting medical condition or health issue that may affect or interfere with the pace of the Travel Arrangements or the enjoyment of other participants. 9.11 The Customer agrees and acknowledges that A&K may remove from any trip, at the Customer’s own expense, anyone, who, in A&K’s reasonable opinion, has a physical condition or has engaged or is engaging in any conduct which may negatively impact the enjoyment of the other participants or otherwise disrupts the tour. 9.12 The Customer acknowledges and accepts that different places, countries, facilities and tour operators may have lower standards of safety, labeling, warnings and precautions. The Customer is responsible for maintaining personal diligence and safety notwithstanding the level of standards. A&K is not liable for any loss, damage, injury or death that could be avoided if the Australian standards were to apply. 9.13 While A&K makes efforts to audit our suppliers and hoteliers in Iran it is not possible to enforce standards of health and safety that would be expected in Australia. Local regulations can be ad hoc and are not rigorously enforced. When considering a holiday to Iran, you must make a personal assessment on the health and safety risks you are likely to incur. 10. Notice 10.1 A notice by the Customer must be in writing, and may be delivered by hand, sent by prepaid mail, sent by facsimile or sent by electronic means such as e-mail to the address or number specified. 10.2 A notice is treated as given to A&K, when: a) if hand delivered, when delivered; b) if sent by prepaid mail, when received or within 48 hours after posting, whichever is the sooner; c) if sent by email or facsimile, on confirmation of successful transmission.

12. Privacy Information A&K’s Privacy Policy is available at http://www.abercrombiekent.com.au/ legal or by request to A&K by phoning +61 3 9536 1800 or via email at privacy@abercrombiekent.com.au. 13. Consent for cross-border disclosures 13.1 By making a booking, the Customer acknowledges and consents that A&K will not, as would otherwise be required, be obliged to take steps to ensure that an overseas recipient of Customer Information complies with the Australian Privacy Principles. 14. Miscellaneous 14.1 A&K’s failure to enforce any of these Conditions shall not be construed as a waiver of any of A&K’s rights. 14.2 If any Condition is unenforceable it shall be read down to be enforceable or, if it cannot be read down, the condition shall be severed from the Conditions without affecting the enforceability of the remaining conditions. 15. A&K Guaranteed Departures 15.1 All journeys are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of two (2) persons unless noted on the itinerary. 15.2 Guaranteed departures will operate except only in cases of force majeure, which could include any major world event adversely effecting international travel patterns or other circumstances beyond A&K’s control. 16. Travel Documents Travel documents will be issued after final payment has been received. Travel documents may include special conditions including restrictions such as baggage size and weight limits. Travel documents are not transferable. All airline tickets must be issued in the name of the passport holder and some carriers will deny carriage if the name varies and the booking may be cancelled. It is the responsibility of the Customer to collect all travel documents prior to travel. 17. Travel Advisories and Warnings It is the responsibility of the Customer to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the Australian Government’s website at smarttraveller.gov.au or by phone to 1300 555 135. In the event of an active Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should the Customer still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the Customer assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.

ONE NAME: ONE UNPARALLELED STANDARD WORLDWIDE Throughout this brochure, you’ll see references to “Abercrombie & Kent” (or simply “A&K”). This is our shorthand for the many independent Abercrombie & Kent companies that work with A&K, to provide its travellers with a consistent worldwide standard of expertise and excellence in travel. Their independence allows our guests to benefit from unique local knowledge and specialised services available only from destination-based operating companies around the globe.

TERMS & CONDITIONS AMENDMENTS A&K reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions in its published materials and to amend these Terms and Conditions at any time as the result of any material changes to legislation or regulation. All amended Terms and Conditions shall automatically be effective upon being posted by A&K to the website abercrombiekent.com.au. Accordingly, Customers should check the website abercrombiekent.com.au prior to travel in order to ensure they are aware of any changes. Photography Credits Page 122 - Silk Road Beads: Tricia Welsh Page 129 - Eagle Hunter: Palani Mohan Our appreciation of imagery to: Shutterstock, iStock Photos, Sanctuary Retreats, and all our partner airlines, hotels, vessels and properties.

11. Governing Law 11.1 These Conditions are governed by and are to be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria and Australia. 11.2 Each party irrevocably and unconditionally submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts and Tribunal of Victoria and Courts entitled to hear appeals from those Courts and Tribunals.

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EXPLORE MORE OF THE WORLD IN A&K STYLE EUROPE Luxuriate in the Continent’s pageant of dazzling cities, enchanting rural scenes, dramatic mountainscapes and sparkling coastlines; from the Arctic North and Scandinavia to the Mediterranean South, from the Sceptred Isles to the splendours of Central and Eastern Europe.

INDIA & THE ORIENT Sujata Raman Regional Managing Director A&K Australia & Asia Pacific

I hope the journeys in this brochure have piqued your interest and inspired you to explore more of the world with Abercrombie & Kent. We offer luxury private and small group travel experiences – including rail journeys, river cruises, great walks, safari adventures and polar expeditions – to destinations in more than 100 countries across the globe. On an A&K journey, you’ll be backed every step of the way by more than 2,500 expert local staff in 55 A&K offices, ensuring you’ll always travel in effortless style and comfort, even in some of the world’s most remote locations.

Wonder at the different worlds unfurled across a vast continent, from the ancient empires of Central Asia, the sensory adventure that is India, to the millennial powerhouse of Modern China and the alluring lands of the Far East, Asia is a kaleidoscope of colours and cultures.

AFRICA, ARABIA & PERSIA Explore the Mother Continent and her near eastern neighbours, from the incredible wildlife of Southern and East Africa, home of the safari and birthplace of A&K, to the living histories of Egypt and Morocco, the Arabian Peninsula and Persia, birthplaces of civilisations.

SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS

LATIN AMERICA

Setting the standard for comfort and service in small group travel, these shared adventures to the world’s great destinations feature guaranteed departures, the finest hotels, and insider access to revered sites, often before the crowds arrive. With expert local hosts and small group sizes (maximum 18), these are journeys to the heart and soul of a destination.

Discover the Promised Land for the modern experiential traveller, where the New World and the pre-Columbian past meet in larger than life landscapes, vibrant cities and otherworldly ecosystems; from Patagonia to the Amazon; the festivals of Mexico to the peaks of the Andes; the wildlife of the Galapagos to the nightlife of Buenos Aires.

LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISES

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Unscripted journeys through the High Arctic, realm of the polar bear, the legendary Northwest Passage, and to Antarctica on incredible expedition vessels, with on board enrichment programmes and shore excursions with expert guides and naturalists. Also includes cultural cruises in the Mediterranean Aegean, Japan and beyond.

Adventure and luxury begins on your doorstep, from the Red Centre to the golden beaches and azure waters of the coast; World Heritage rainforests and rich pastoral lands; glaciers, geysers, fiords and alpine peaks; with modern, cosmopolitan cities and world class lodging, fishing, hiking, golfing, food and wine.

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A&K offices

2,500

A&K travel experts on the ground around the world

THE WORLD OF A&K

55

A&K offices supporting travel to more than 100 countries

1962

A&K has been a pioneer in luxury, experiential travel for over half a century

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Small Group Journeys 2019 Portfolio  

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