Abercrombie & Kent began on the plains of Africa, where Geoffrey Kent and his parents, Valerie and Colonel John Kent, pioneered a new style of luxury adventure travel in 1962. From modest beginnings, A&K grew into a globe-spanning network of companies, opening destinations previously inaccessible to visitors and establishing a new benchmark for experiential travel.
Today, we are the world’s premier luxury travel company, with an unrivaled legacy of creating memorable, inspiring adventures in more than 100 countries on all seven continents. Our approach combines singular service, authentic local expertise and beyond-the-guidebook insider access, all of which come together to create a journey of a lifetime, every time you travel with us.
A&K has over 55 offices in more than 30 countries, a global family consisting of more than 2,500 dedicated travel experts. Chief among them are the Resident Tour Directors® who lead each group departure, providing unmatched on-the-ground expertise with A&K local guides contributing along the way. We offer everything from inspiring small-group journeys to Luxury Tailor Made Travel, Luxury Expedition Cruises and Private Jet journeys, and we are consistently recognized as the gold standard for luxury travel by professionals and guests alike.
With incomparable expertise and a passion for authentic discovery, Abercrombie & Kent reveals every destination from a true local perspective — and with a level of style and service beyond the reach of any other travel company.
31 Jul 23NEWS
Crystal adding four new shipsCrystal Cruises plans a big expansion in the coming years. According to Christina Levis, CEO ...Read moreCrystal adding four new ships - News & announcementsCrystal Cruises plans a big expansion in the coming years. According to Christina Levis, CEO of parent A&K Travel Group, four new vessels will join the fleet by 2029. It comprises two expedition cruise ships and two classic ships. “Our aim is to have four new builds by the end of 2029. We are dividing ourselves between the refurbishments and the new builds.” “We aim at starting construction of one expedition ship and one classic ship by Q2 next year.” Expedition ships will accommodate around 220 passengers while the classic ships will have capacity for 650 guests. Levis gave the updates during a test launch of Crystal Serenity. This is the first Crystal ship to relaunch following the takeover by Abercrombie & Kent. Crystal Symphony is also relaunching. Crystal Serenity cruises begin soon. A&K has spent $150 million on a comprehensive refurbishment.
18 Jul 23NEWS
Abercrombie & Kent expands to Costa RicaAbercrombie & Kent (A&K) is expanding to Costa Rica. The strategic move will see the ...Read moreAbercrombie & Kent expands to Costa Rica - News & announcementsAbercrombie & Kent (A&K) is expanding to Costa Rica. The strategic move will see the opening of a Destination Management Company (DMC). By establishing its own Costa Rica DMC, A&K aims to maintain the same level of service it offers globally. Martin Froggatt, Chief Destination Officer at A&K Travel Group, said: "Costa Rica consistently ranks as a top seller among our Central American destinations.” “It made perfect sense to set up operations here. Now, we're ready and enthusiastic to design travel experiences." A&K operates a network of luxury DMCs spanning 30 countries. The company partners with luxury travel companies to provide on-the-ground services to tour operators, cruise lines, and MICE groups. A&K DMCs also work with travel advisors on a business-to-business basis. By setting up their own office, A&K will hire and train local staff, and build the infrastructure needed to support sustainable tourism. Through its philanthropic arm, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy the company supports community partners involved in education, healthcare, conservation, and enterprise development.
23 Dec 22NEWS
A&K Travel Group invests in Galapagos Islands operatorA&K Travel Group has invested in Galapagos Islands specialist Ecoventura. Ecoventura is a leader in ...Read moreA&K Travel Group invests in Galapagos Islands operator - News & announcementsA&K Travel Group has invested in Galapagos Islands specialist Ecoventura. Ecoventura is a leader in sustainable travel in the Galapagos Islands. A&K makes an equity investment in Ecoventura which will establish a joint venture. The JV is managed by Ecoventura’s Santiago Dunn in a new role as .CEO of A&K South America. “We will ensure that A&K and Ecoventura .help protect the Galapagos Islands,” said Geoffrey Kent. “I .am confident our experience will translate into a portfolio of .luxurious adventures," Dunn said.
20 Dec 22Partner News
A&K Travel Group Invests in EcoventuraA&K Travel Group Ltd., the global lifestyle and travel company that owns Abercrombie & ...Read moreA&K Travel Group Invests in Ecoventura - News & announcementsA&K Travel Group Ltd., the global lifestyle and travel company that owns Abercrombie & Kent, Crystal Cruises and Cox & Kings, has announced an equity partnership with Santiago Dunn and his company, Ecoventura, a leader in sustainable travel in the Galapagos Islands. The partnership foresees an equity investment in Ecoventura as well as the creation of a joint venture, headed by Santiago Dunn in his new role as CEO of A&K South America. “As Honorary Consul of Ecuador in Monaco, I am proud to announce this partnership and look forward to strengthening the relationship between our two countries,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Co-Chairman of the A&K Travel Group. “I met Santiago for the first time in 2009 and since then we have gained a mutual respect for one other and our respective achievements, as well as our shared passion for travel. He was a good partner when I ran Silversea Cruises and I look forward to working with him on A&K’s ambitious expansion plans in the region.” Geoffrey Kent, Co-Chairman of the A&K Travel Group, added: “I have many heart-warming memories of trips to Ecuador and cannot wait to go back with my children to see the incredible wildlife. Through A&K Philanthropy, we will be working ensure that A&K and Ecoventura help to protect the islands for future generations, while supporting the local community. The Galapagenos share their natural heritage with our guests and we are committed to giving something back.” “Santiago is a dear friend and a travel guru who I highly respect. We started working together in 2012 when I led the acquisition of Canodros,” explained Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel Group. “After I left Silversea in 2017, we spent time together on his numerous sales trips to Europe. Those who know me well are aware that I consider Ecuador my second home and that I have missed my visits -- and how warmly I was always welcomed in Guayaquil and Quito. The Galapagos Islands are a paradise on earth that I believe each person on the planet should visit at least once in their lifetime.” Due to extensive internal experience with mergers and acquisitions, and a deep understanding of operations in the Galapagos, A&K Travel Group chose not to use external financial advisors but to leverage the expertise of Andrew Burrett, CFO, and Camille Drevillon, Chief of Staff, who have been instrumental in structuring this transaction. Santiago Dunn, CEO of Ecoventura, described how the relationship developed. “I met Manfredi Lefebvre over a decade ago and as I got to know him and his fantastic team, I developed great respect for his vision for the future. When you combine that with the influence of Geoffrey Kent and A&K’s worldwide reputation, plus the 360-degree scope and 24/7 attention to detail with Cristina Levis at the helm, I am confident that our knowledge and experience will quickly translate into a portfolio of luxurious adventures across Latin America in partnership with local communities.” “As we move forward, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the industry experience and counsel of Carmigniani Perez Abogados on behalf of Ecoventura. And I would like to personally thank Pedro M. Pérez and Daniel Dziouba for their support and advice throughout this process, in which not only legal, but sometimes more profound concepts and perspectives, were discussed and analyzed.” Global law firm Paul Hastings LLP acted for A&K Travel Group, led by London M&A partner Matthew Poxon and London associates James Waite, Sam Waite and Rohin Ghosh Dastidar. Pérez Bustamante & Ponce acted for A&K Travel Group in respect of Ecuadorian law, while Carmigniani Pérez advised Santiago Dunn and Ecoventura.
12 Dec 22Partner News
A&K Travel Group Announce First Chief Marketing OfficerA&K Travel Group Ltd., the global lifestyle and travel company that owns Abercrombie & Kent and Crystal ...Read moreA&K Travel Group Announce First Chief Marketing Officer - News & announcementsA&K Travel Group Ltd., the global lifestyle and travel company that owns Abercrombie & Kent and Crystal Cruises, has announced Peter Chipchase as its first Chief Marketing Officer. Peter has over 20 years' experience in marketing, brand creative, digital and communications, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer of Stella McCartney and nearly eight years at the Soho House Group. At Stella McCartney, Peter spearheaded a new brand platform, a refined creative and content approach combining the digital and the physical. He relaunched the brand's digital channels and zeroed in on sustainable innovation as a key communications pillar. He also launched the brand's new skincare line, Stella. At Soho House, he was Chief Strategy and Communications Officer, growing the brand into a luxury lifestyle powerhouse. He transformed the brand positioning from a hospitality brand to an international membership community of creatives, with a focus on digital and physical spaces. He launched Soho House's social media channels, relaunched the website, Soho House App and opened new properties from Soho Farmhouse to Malibu Beach House, plus Soho Works, the Ned and Soho Home. Starting his career, he held several roles at a senior-level agency side, working with a wide portfolio of brands such as Absolut Vodka, Adidas, PlayStation, Microsoft, and Mont Blanc. An award-winning marketer, many campaigns created have been nominated and won Marketing, PR Week, PRCA, CIPR and Sabre awards. For two years running, Peter was named the number one luxury communication professional by PR Week's annual Global Power Book. Peter has been brought into A&K Group to create a one-brand approach, build a best-in-class marketing, communications, and creative team, and refine and relaunch all parts of its marketing, communications and creative approach. Cristina Levis, Chief Executive Officer, A&K Travel Group, commented: 'Peter's track record with leading high-end brands, international experience and excitement about our future makes him a perfect fit for us. He is a proven leader with the vision to expand on the success built over the past 60 years and take us into our next phase of growth and innovation.' Peter Chipchase added: 'Becoming CMO at A&K Travel Group is exactly the sort of challenge I love to be part of, creating a vision of the future influenced by a brand's heritage. The ambition is huge and being a key part of helping to bring that to life was too good an opportunity to miss.' Peter will be based in A&K's Head Office in London.
08 Nov 22Partner News
A&K Travel Group Staffs UpA&K Travel Group Ltd., the global lifestyle and travel company that owns Abercrombie & ...Read moreA&K Travel Group Staffs Up - News & announcementsA&K Travel Group Ltd., the global lifestyle and travel company that owns Abercrombie & Kent, Crystal Cruises and Cox & Kings, is staffing up in response to the post-pandemic resurgence in luxury travel. “With our acquisition of two Crystal ships, we have been hard at work sourcing some of the industry’s finest talent to bring the iconic brand back to life,” announced Cristina Levis, A&K Travel Group CEO. “We are also reorganizing and promoting from within the Abercrombie & Kent organization to respond to the dramatic post-pandemic growth in the luxury travel market.” In alphabetical order: Fabio Agostini recently joined the A&K Travel Group as Chief Information Officer. His mission is to design and implement an innovative information management system to connect customers and suppliers. He previously played a similar role at Silversea for many years, after working in business intelligence and customer relationship management. As previously announced, leading the team rebuilding Crystal Cruises is Jack Anderson as President, who brings over 30 years of experience in the cruise and tour industries, having served in leadership roles at Seabourn, Carnival, Holland America and Windstar. Kim R. Berman has been named Chief Legal and People Officer for the A&K Travel Group. She spent the last four years as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President, People & Culture at The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, after serving as Silversea’s Group Counsel for almost 14 years. She will oversee all aspects of the legal and human resources departments. Andrew Burrett in his role as Group Chief Financial Officer for A&K Travel Group, will also create and lead all Finance functions for Crystal Cruises. Prior to joining A&K last year, he spent the previous 15 years in global CFO roles, most recently for the Rubbermaid division of Newell Brands, and prior to that for Cable & Wireless Communications and Electrolux businesses for North and South America. Fernando Delgado Vintimilla will take on the newly created position of Chief Product Officer, responsible for the conceptualization of what the guest experience should be at A&K-owned camps, lodges and riverboats. His hospitality background includes experience as a hotelier managing the “Best Luxury Hotel in South America” and serving as Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations for the Silversea expedition fleet. Camille Drevillon was promoted to A&K Travel Group Chief of Staff, responsible for the strategic direction across A&K’s divisions and products. She previously led commercial strategy and itinerary planning for Hurtigruten, as well as serving as Corporate Treasurer and Head of Corporate Finance at Silversea Cruises. Prior to joining the travel industry in 2011, she worked in Investment Banking in the U.S. and the U.K. Martin Froggatt has been named the Chief Destination Officer and will continue to head A&K’s Destination Management Companies and Sanctuary Retreats Camps, Lodges and Riverboats. Previously, under his leadership, the expeditions portfolio at Travelopia, which included Quark Expeditions and TCS World Travel, became market leaders through an unwavering focus on delivering the best customer experience. Kerry Golds has been promoted to Chief Tour Operating Officer for the A&K Travel Group, responsible for all facets of tour operations across the company’s U.S., U.K. and Australian source markets. She joined A&K as Managing Director in the U.K. in 2013 and led the acquisition and integration of Cox & Kings into the A&K family. Kerry's career spans 37 years in travel and tour operations, with a strong focus on the luxury segment. “Travel professionals will be particularly interested in learning that Fernando Barroso de Oliveira will be joining the A&K Travel Group as Chairman’s and Brands Ambassador,” said Co-Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. “He has worked at sea since 1975, most recently as Senior Cruise Director and Chairman’s Ambassador to the Venetian Society, Silversea’s loyalty program. In his new role, he will help raise awareness of the Crystal, Abercrombie & Kent, and Cox & Kings brands around the world, reinforcing our presence in current source markets and destinations, and exploring new opportunities.”
05 Oct 22NEWS
Abercrombie & Kent adds new DMC openingsAbercrombie & Kent (A&K announced the opening of four new Destination Management Companies (DMCs) - ...Read moreAbercrombie & Kent adds new DMC openings - News & announcementsAbercrombie & Kent (A&K announced the opening of four new Destination Management Companies (DMCs) - with openings in Colombia, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. A&K now has over 55 offices in more than 30 countries, which it says is the world's largest network of luxury DMCs. The company celebrates its 60th birthday this year "Luxury travel is rebounding at an incredible rate, and we're ready to serve the demand," said Martin Froggatt, Executive Vice President of Destination Management. Other recent DMC openings from A&K include the US. The company has longstanding offices worldwide, including Kenya, Egypt, Thailand, Brazil and beyond, with operations on all seven continents and a staff of almost 2,500. It operates three outbound tour operating businesses in Australasia, Europe, and North America.
20 Sep 22Partner News
A&K Launches Off Grid Adventures CollectionAward winning luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent was founded on the ethos of ...Read moreA&K Launches Off Grid Adventures Collection - News & announcementsAward winning luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent was founded on the ethos of adventure by day and luxury by night. Celebrating its 60th year, the company has launched its Off Grid Adventures collection, designed to inspire guests to let their imagination run wild and escape to the edge by land, sea, and air. From glamping in Argentina’s epic landscape, a walking safari in Kenya to sailing on a super-yacht in Alaska. The luxury travel company has curated its collection of trips for inspiration; given their tailormade approach, anything is possible. As with any A&K trip guests can make a positive impact on the destinations they visit through their philanthropy division, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy AKP. Expert Guiding A&K pride themselves on only working with the best guides and local experts; from polar explorers to African rangers, who ensure the very best in each destination. Expert knowledge of a country, little black book of contacts and insider access ensures any journey with A&K will not only run to procession but exceed expectations. By Land… NEW Glamping in the heart of Argentina’s epic landscape Embark on a family adventure through glaciers and lakes of Argentina. Ride like a gaucho through the pampas and indulge in glamping so remote the night sky will illuminate your way. Your personalised glamping experience begins the moment your boat anchors at Victoria Island. During the duration of your stay in sustainable pop-up tents which are all designed specifically for you and the requirements of your party. NEW Step back in time to Kenya’s Loita Hill Escape modern life by putting one foot in front of the other when you embark on a walking safari following in the footsteps of your Maasai guide swathed in his scarlet shuka. Head off the beaten track into the Loita Hills on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Trek under the dappled light of podocarpus trees and experience never-ending views of the savannah where you can almost see the arc of the Earth. Following a private flight to Siana Spring and drive to Loita Hills, northwest of the Masai Mara on the Kenya-Tanzania border, you will arrive at the Forest of the Lost Child. This an indigenous woodland dotted with glades surrounded by acacias and bordered by vertiginous peaks. The trek is just one of four Maasai Trails in this secluded pocket of Africa where you can follow ancient elephant trails and learn about the Masaai culture and rich array of wildlife. Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, Canada Step into the light with an exhilarating journey to the most northerly fly-in lodge on Earth. Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located 800 km north of the Arctic Circle on Somerset Island in Nunavut. Here, you can connect with nature as you enjoy a digital detox in this remote wilderness. Feel the thrill of paddling alongside a beluga whale. With 24 hours of daylight, this is the perfect place to paddle down a river canyon, sea kayak in the Northwest Passage, and experience the midnight sun or aurora borealis. Finnish Lapland Adventure at Octola Lodge Welcome to your Lapland home from home. Feel relaxed and in touch with pure nature, leave behind the stress of the day-to-day world and savour the healing qualities of Lapland’s stunningly beautiful natural environment. Prime location for northern lights viewing and set in 300 hectares of private land, Octola Lodge is pure luxury in the heart of Lapland's wilderness. By Sea… Yacht Kaori: Alaska’s Inside Passage Enjoy the view as you silently sail through the glacial waters of Alaska’s breath-taking fjords. Witness the pristine beauty of the remote Inside Passage in a way few people will ever experience on board a luxury crewed schooner, exclusively chartered for you. This is a place where evergreen islands tumble down into glittering waters, and wildlife – from whale, bear and eagle – roam free. Explore this region in comfort and style with a tailored itinerary on board Yacht Kaori. Southeast Asia Wooden Sailing Yacht Lamima Sail the waters of Southeast Asia on board the luxurious wooden sailing yacht Lamima, one of few five-star vessels registered under the Indonesian flag. Sailing the waters of Southeast Asia will truly capture your soul and thrill your senses. At 65 metres long Lamima is one of the world’s largest five-star wooden sailing yachts. Accommodating 14 guests with a crew of 19 including die instructors, chefs and spa therapists. Lamima was designed by esteemed yacht architect Marcelo Penna of Barcelona and constructed by Indonesia’s traditional boat builders, and seamlessly combines the authenticity of the two masted phinisi with the latest in yacht design and technology. During land excursions explore deserted beaches and secret caves, climb island peaks for panoramic views. Share the local guide’s knowledge and insight about the delicate balance between nature and those who live there. By Air… Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet | 24 days - October 2022 Save £5,000pp with complimentary business class flights to meet your private jet Venture far off the beaten path on this one-of-a-kind, globe-spanning adventure, designed by Geoffrey Kent to include several places he’s visiting for the first time – and discover every destination through the kind of insider access opportunities only possible with A&K. Enjoy a magical evening in Ephesus, experience a private temple dinner hosted by a renowned chef in Hanoi and learn the practice of Voodoo at a ceremony put on just for you. Travel in style with A&K’s pioneering founder, along with a hand-picked Tour Management team and dedicated flight crew, on board a chartered 757 private jet with first-class, fully lie flat seats. NEW Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet 2023 | 22 days - September 2023 Seize the moment to experience the ultimate adventure, circumnavigating the great continent of Africa in only 22 days. In a world where time is of the essence, you can encounter the wonders of ancient Egypt, wildlife-rich Serengeti plains, and sleep under the stars of the Sahara Desert when you travel by private jet. Enjoy the freedom of landing closer to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in Rwanda or feeling the spray rise from the rainbow over Victoria Falls. Our expert safari guides and Egyptologists will be with you every step of the way to share their knowledge, whether it’s inside a pyramid or trekking through the bush as you tick off the Big Five. Download the brochure here.
04 Mar 22NEWS
A&K launches Australian indigenous air tourAbercrombie & Kent has launched an Australian Indigenous Air Safari, a 15 night journey travelling ...Read moreA&K launches Australian indigenous air tour - News & announcementsAbercrombie & Kent has launched an Australian Indigenous Air Safari, a 15 night journey travelling from Queensland to the Northern Territory to South Australia, all by charter plane. It begins with a private jet flight from Brisbane, to Laura, home to the largest collection of prehistoric rock art. This is the only place where you can see Quinkan Rock Art – there are more than 10,000 sites – and UNESCO lists Laura as one of the world’s most important rock art sites. On a tour here, a Kuku-Yalanji guide introduces guests to the ‘Magnificent Galley’: a 20,000-year-old outback museum packed with diverse pieces of art. Guests stay at Jarramali Camp, deep in the outback on traditional land and will be treated to a personal audience with songkeeper Jessie Lloyd – a talented Aboriginal singer, cultural ambassador and founder of the award-winning Mission Songs Project. The discoveries continue in Cape York, flying over spectacular reefs, rainforest and red outback landscapes. Cape York is the northernmost tip of Australia. At Cape York, there’s also the opportunity to visit World War II wreckages, Aboriginal homesteads and pearl diving sites. Guest stay at Banubanu Beach Retreat in the northeast corner of Arnhem Land – very few people travel to this corner of the country, so the beaches are unspoilt. The trip continues to the Northern Territory to stay at the famed Bamurru Plains, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and to Ayers Rock Resort, to view iconic Uluru. The final stop is Kangaroo Island, South Australia, one the country’s most important wildlife havens.
28 Oct 21Partner News
Abercrombie & Kent Introduces Wings Over MexicoExplore Mexico Beyond the Beach Resorts The desire to see and do as much as ...Read moreAbercrombie & Kent Introduces Wings Over Mexico - News & announcements
Explore Mexico Beyond the Beach ResortsThe desire to see and do as much as possible has led to record bookings for Abercrombie & Kent’s immersive Wings Over the World Journeys that explore a region more in depth using privately-chartered air. The newest addition to A&K’s lineup is Wings Over Mexico, a journey that showcases the rich cultural diversity and scenery found south of the border, beyond the beaches and all-inclusive resorts. Learn about the ancient civilizations that shaped contemporary Mexico and helped make it one of the most popular culinary destinations in the world. “This new journey is an invitation to explore Mexico’s diverse culture and rich history, from bustling Mexico City to the imposing Mayan ruins of Palenque and Chichen Itza and the verdant rural landscapes of Colima and Oaxaca, where indigenous roots are still strong” explains Beth Sherer, A&K Director of Product Development and Operations. “Privately-chartered air makes it possible to fly directly from each destination to the next to include sites that range widely across the country.” The canals of Xochimilco are a vestige of the Aztec agricultural technique of using "chinampas" to create arable land for farming in swampy areas, which made it possible to sustain a large population. Teotihuacan is home to one of the world's largest pyramids; the base of The Pyramid of the Sun is virtually identical in size to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Remote Palenque is considered by many experts to be the most impressive Mayan site as it contains some of the most exemplary architecture, sculpture and bas-relief carvings. Chichen Itza is Mexico's most famous Mayan archaeological site, an important place of worship and rituals. Nearby sinkholes (cenotes) provided fresh water. Natural wonders include the Piedra Herrada Sanctuary in the highland forests, where monarch butterflies from the U.S.and Canada migrate each winter. Designed for no more than 12 guests, Wings Over Mexico features exclusive experiences, including a private after-hours opening of Frida Kahlo House, with dinner in the courtyard. There is a private opening of the National Museum of Anthropology, home to the world's most extensive collection of pre-Columbian Mexican art and ethnographic exhibits about Mexico's present-day indigenous groups. An after-hours visit to the Museum and ex-convent of Santo Domingo showcases one of the finest examples of Dominican architecture in Mexico. Discover why the city of Oaxaca is known as the "Land of the Seven Moles" during a hands-on cooking demonstration with a renowned local chef. Wings Over Mexico features a choice of Design Your Day® experiences in Merida:
- Exploring the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, a mangrove environment that is home to migrating flamingos in the winter months
- Gaining a Deeper Knowledge of the Mayan World by visiting the lesser-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Uxmal and Kabah
- Indulge in a Spa Treatment, which is just part of the soothing wellness offerings available at Chable Yucatan
21 Sep 21Partner News
Snow Over Sand: Embracing the Winter with Outdoor AdventuresTime at home to realize personal passions has changed how people think about the world ...Read moreSnow Over Sand: Embracing the Winter with Outdoor Adventures - News & announcements
Time at home to realize personal passions has changed how people think about the worldWith summer officially coming to a close this week, outdoor enthusiasts don’t have to mourn the end. Abercrombie & Kent has curated active adventures that showcase the beauty of snow-covered destinations and feature activities best experienced in the winter months. From snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing in Finland and Sweden to tracking wolves in Wyoming, chasing the Northern Lights in Alaska, traversing steep mountain ridges in Iceland and exploring the White Continent with an expert photographer. “We have seen a dramatic increase in requests for the outdoors from our guests over the past year,” explains Beth Sherer, Director Product Development & Operations. “Towards the end of last year, we crafted journeys that reveal the beauty of destinations in the winter. We received positive feedback from guests and travel advisors and have since added more opportunities to explore remote destinations and cultures in a way that’s only possible during the winter months.” For travellers who prefer snow over sand, Abercrombie & Kent offers a range of luxury small group and private, Tailor Made journeys in Europe, the U.S. and Antarctica. New for 2022: Finland & Sweden: Adventure Across Lapland Experience an exhilarating winter adventure from cosmopolitan Helsinki and Stockholm to the far-north wilds of Lapland, learning the ways of the indigenous Sami people on an exclusive visit to a reindeer farm, venturing above the Arctic Circle for a sled-dog safari and searching for the northern lights.
- Explore charming Helsinki and magnificent Stockholm
- Visit a Finnish family in their private forest home to learn about their life as moose hunters
- Join a young Sami couple as they share the traditions, spirituality and history of their people
- Relax in some of Scandinavia’s most exclusive and unusual accommodations: a hotel built over an Arctic Lake, glass-domed Aurora Cabins and suites set in the Finnish forest
- Savor dinner in a snow castle, newly created each winter
- Limited to 18 guests; 11 days from $13,295 per person; departures available Jan-Mar
- Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-draped forests of a real-life winter wonderland
- Hunt for the aurora borealis on a thrilling snowmobile safari through the Fell Lapland
- Relax in a traditional Finnish sauna, and perhaps, opt for a dip into the ice waters of Lake Sieri.
- Visit with herders at a reindeer farm, keeping warm with hot drinks, and go for a sleigh ride
- 8 days from $15,895 per person, double occupancy; departures available Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec
- Explore Iceland's colorful capital city and the diverse landscapes that line this island nation's southern coast
- Discover the roots of Icelandic civilization in Thingvellir National Park
- Trace the southern coastline’s black sand beaches, volcanic outcroppings and dramatic cliffs
- Venture into the man-made ice tunnels of Langjokull for a rare glimpse of a glacier's interior
- Traverse the mountain ridges of Thorsmork in a rugged Super Jeep
- 7 days from $12,495 per person, double occupancy; departures available Jan-Feb, Oct-Dec
- Watch for the stunning aurora borealis in one of the finest dark sky settings in the world
- Explore a glacier, including crevasse exploration, snow-cavern spelunking, sledding runs, ice climbing and rappelling
- Cross country ski, dogsled and snowshoe on frozen Finger Lake or on the Iditarod Trail
- 8 days, pricing upon request; departures available Feb-Mar
- Meet with a wolf biologist to learn about the challenges of reintroducing and integrating this apex predator into the park’s ecosystem, then search for the nearly 100 wolves that reside there
- Get a bird’s-eye view of the geothermal features of Yellowstone and the vistas of the Teton Range on a low-altitude flight.
- Snowshoe alongside a local expert through the backcountry of Jackson Hole.
- 7 days, pricing upon request; departures available Jan-Mar, Dec
- Cruise for 15 nights on an exclusively-chartered voyage, led by A&K’s Expedition Team featuring seasoned academics, scientists and real-life explorers
- Explore historic, wildlife-rich South Georgia with spectacular king penguin colonies and legendary sites that tell the tale of Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton
- 18 days from $19,995 per person, double occupancy; Jan 4-21, 2022
14 Sep 21Partner News
Abercrombie & Kent Reveals Top Luxury Travel Trends for 2022Time at home to realize personal passions has changed how people think about the world ...Read moreAbercrombie & Kent Reveals Top Luxury Travel Trends for 2022 - News & announcements
Time at home to realize personal passions has changed how people think about the world
September 14, 2021After nearly two years of travel plans being disrupted, the most popular answer to “Where to Go in 2022?” might be “Anywhere!” During this hiatus, several new trends have begun to emerge that are changing the way people think about how they want to explore the world. “After months of lockdown, our clients are focused on where they want to go next. They’ve used this pause to realize personal passions, which has, in turn, inspired their travel choices,” explains Geoffrey Kent, founder of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent (A&K). “One of the main motivators for travel post-pandemic is spending quality time with family and friends. We saw a similar reaction after 9/11, when travellers began to value life experiences over luxury purchases, and I think we are going to see that again after this crisis.” Embracing the Outdoors Over the past eighteen months, travellers have traded big cities for wide open spaces. America’s First National Park Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone, established in 1872. With more than 2 million acres of awe-inspiring landscapes, it is the iconic summer vacation, but is equally as beguiling in the wintertime. Take the entire family on Tailor Made Wyoming: Yellowstone Family Adventure (7 days; pricing on request). Explore off-the-beaten-path with a naturalist, searching for bison, wolves and more in Yellowstone's most wildlife-rich areas, Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley. But start planning now, because space filled up quickly last summer and those who missed out have already booked for next year. Or consider Tailor Made Wyoming: Winter Wildlife Safari (7 days; pricing on request), an exhilarating adventure in search of one America’s most elusive predators, the endangered grey wolf. Kenya: The Birthplace of the Modern Safari and A&K Geoffrey Kent started A&K in 1962 with just an ice bucket and a Land Rover. To celebrate 60 years of adventure by day and luxury by night, A&K is going back to where it all began, with an anniversary safari to experience the Great Migration, one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Kenya & Tanzania: A Great Migration Safari Adventure (10 days from $14,995) includes stays in luxurious boutique camps that boldly reimagine the classic safari in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park and a private concession on the Laikipia Plateau. New for 2022 is Sanctuary Tambarare, nestled in the shadow of Mount Kenya. With just 10 luxurious tents, this peaceful haven offers views across the grassy plateau of the award-winning Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 90,000 acres of unspoilt African wilderness, where the Big Five roam, including the last two northern white rhinos on earth. Experience Sanctuary Tambarare on Kenya Safari in Style (8 days from $8,695), a Hemingway-style adventure with a modern flair that ends at the recently-rebuilt Sanctuary Olonana, a stylish contemporary lodge with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Mara River. Underwater Sanctuaries Discover some of the rarest and most pristine marine ecosystems in the world on South Pacific Voyage: Komodo, Papua & Great Barrier Reef (Nov 21-Dec 7, 2022; 17 days from $18,995). Experience rarely-visited Komodo National Park and its namesake dragons; West Papua’s Triton Bay, the epicenter of the Coral Triangle; the spice islands of Maluku and Banda; and the astonishing Great Barrier Reef. Exploring alongside A&K’s Expedition Team, enjoy nature walks, local village visits, Zodiac excursions, and opportunities to snorkel and scuba dive. Winter Wonderland Winter can be an unexpectedly rewarding time for outdoor adventures, especially in the far north. On Finland & Sweden: Adventure Across Lapland (11 days from $13,295) make the most of the season with snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing as you roam from cosmopolitan Helsinki to the wilds of Lapland, ending in elegant Stockholm. Learn the ways of the indigenous Sami people on an exclusive visit to a reindeer farm, and venture above the Arctic Circle for a sled-dog safari and a chance to search for the northern lights. Edventure During the pandemic there was more time for hobbies and many took advantage of online classes. Now they are taking to the road to experience the places they learned about -- and want to see in person. Birding Birdwatching soared in popularity with more time at home. New and long-time birders add to their “life list” on Cruising the Enchanted Isles: Scotland, Ireland & England (Aug 26-Sep 8, 2022; 14 days from $15,995). With experts on everything from puffins to plankton, A&K’s Expedition Team shares knowledge gained from years of experience exploring the region. See the most important seabird breeding colonies in northwest Europe atop cliffs that provide refuge for more than 200 species, including fulmars and shags. Explore UNESCO-designated St. Kilda, home to the largest breeding colony of northern gannets in the world. Gardening Home gardening bloomed during the pandemic and, based on record seed sales, this new passion will flower for years to come. Celebrate the joy of spring on English Gardens & The Chelsea Flower Show (9 days from $10,495) with privileged access to private estates and gardens, as well as the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. Culinary Sourdough starters and Zoom cocktail hours were quintessential quarantine pastimes. Now it’s time for travellers to expand their culinary borders with food and wine tastings at the source. On Tailor Made Italy: A Foodie Adventure (10 days from $14,295) toss authentic pizzas with an expert pizzaiolo; sample Chianti at a vineyard in the Val D’Orcia; taste mortadella, ciccioli and salsiccia passata in Bologna; and tour an acetaia (vinegar producer) to marvel at the flavor of sweet, thick balsamico. Savor the cuisine of Vietnam on Tailor Made Vietnam: Farm to Fork (13 days from $7,995). Sample local street food, kayak past fishing villages in Ha Long Bay, cycle through rice paddies before a cooking lesson with a local hill tribe, and sip tea with Hoi An elders. For the ultimate wine-tasting experience, exclusively charter the ‘Grand Cru’ barge on the Burgundy Canal (7 days from $58,000 per charter, limited to 8 guests), savoring the region’s finest wines with locally-sourced gourmet meals. Historic Moments 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun In November of 1922, the world was abuzz with excitement over the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by British archaeologist Howard Carter. Descend into the tomb and visit Carter’s home while sailing aboard the stylish Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’. Gaze out from between the massive paws of the Great Sphinx on a private visit. Float in a hot air balloon over the Temple of Luxor and the Avenue of the Sphinxes as the sun rises. Guests on A&K’s new Pharaohs & Pyramids (13 days from $12,495) will be amongst the first to see the newly excavated Wahtye Tomb at Sakkara, discovered after 4,400 years. ‘Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru’ A new travelling exhibit devoted to the ancient cultures of Peru with nearly 200 artefacts from royal tombs makes its international debut in October at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. But Machu Picchu is a place that must be experienced in person to fully appreciate the sacred site, high on a peninsula above the Urubamba River. On Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley (8 days from $6,295), a private lecture with a renowned scholar in Incan history describes what we know about the magnificent ruins. Or take it private on Tailor Made Peru: Path of the Incas (8 days from $5,495), with an overnight at the only hotel on site, allowing extra time to photograph early in the morning and at the end of the day. 300th Anniversary of Easter Island “There exists in the midst of the great ocean, in a region where nobody goes, a mysterious and isolated island,” wrote the 19th-century French seafarer and artist Pierre Loti. The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen first spied this tiny spit of volcanic rock 300 years ago on Easter Day 1722. Its nearly 1,000 statues, some almost 30 feet tall and weighing as much as 80 tons, remain an enigma, but the statue builders are far from vanished; their descendants are still making art and renewing cultural traditions. In February, join in the festivities to celebrate Rapa Nui culture on Easter Island & the Tapati Festival (8 days from $8,995). The Next Frontiers As travel ramps up, many are looking to go to places where few others have gone…places guaranteed to blow up on Instagram. Saudi Arabia A mysterious desert kingdom that has been closed to the outside world until recently, Saudi Arabia is the next go-to destination for pioneering adventure travellers. On Saudi Arabia: Desert Kingdoms (8 days from $9,895), discover the many hidden delights of this uncharted territory with ancient rock art and a slew of archaeological wonders, like Al Ula, the next Petra. South Pole More people have climbed Mount Everest than have been to the South Pole. It’s the last true wilderness on our planet and the final place where a traveller can feel like their footprints may be the first. Emperors & the South Pole (Dec 11-22, 2022; 12 days from $250,000), is an adventure into the heart of the White Continent, with the chance to visit a colony of 6,000 emperor penguins. Walk through a natural ice tunnel, ascend a never-before-climbed summit (earning the right to name the peak) and stand at the lowest point on earth — the South Pole, where only a very few have been privileged to go. Changing Landscapes The impact of climate change has been evident this year with record-breaking heatwaves and flooding. Nowhere else on earth has it been more keenly felt than in the polar regions, where rising sea levels and water temperatures are inspiring a desire to see these remote landscapes -- and the wildlife that depends on sea ice. Across the Arctic Embark on an expedition with A&K founder Geoffrey Kent through the rarely-transited Northwest Passage, from western Greenland through the Canadian Arctic to Nome, Alaska. Cruise The Northwest Passage from Greenland to the Bering Sea (Aug 23-Sep 15, 2022; 24 days from $32,995), following in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers under the wing of A&K’s expert Expedition Team‚ including an Inuit cultural expert. Learn about the Fort Ross Hudson Bay Trading Company outpost from David Reid, who formerly worked at the station. Visit the grave sites of the crew of the Erebus with historian Russel Potter, who retraced Franklin’s route. Learn about the dynamics of international relations in the Arctic from Frances Ulmer, former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Climate Change in Antarctica Professor James McClintock shares stories from more than 30 years of research into how climate change is affecting penguin rookeries on the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Cruise Adventure: A Changing Landscape (Dec 9-21, 2022; 13 days from $12,995) is timed during the peak of austral summer, guaranteeing abundant wildlife, such as Adélie penguins, humpback whales and giant albatrosses. A&K exclusively charters one of the most environmentally-friendly ships to sail in polar waters, with cutting-edge technology that includes dynamic positioning and the most up-to-date wastewater treatment and recycling. # # # Prices are per person, double occupancy
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