Monday 12 August 2019

A&K Ultimate globe-spanning adventure

Even modern-day adventurers may need to Google some of the destinations featured on the latest newest Private Jet journey from the luxury travel experts at Abercrombie & Kent – Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet.

Departing September 30 2020, this spectacular, one-of-a-kind, 26-day adventure offers 48 privileged guests the opportunity to discover lesser-known destinations such as Eritrea and Benin through the kind of insider access only possible with A&K.

“In creating this Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet, I challenged myself to curate a new routing that included destinations I’ve been fascinated with but haven’t had the opportunity to visit, such as Eritrea for its unique architecture; Benin, one of the epicenters of African Voodoo; and Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, an incredible landscape of white sand dunes dotted with ponds of crystal-clear waters,” explains Geoffrey Kent, Abercrombie & Kent founder. “This journey is not about checking items off a list – it is about discovering new experiences in destinations that most travelers completely overlook and doing so in a way that never sacrifices comfort and style.”

Along the way guests will discover Kanazawa, known as “the other Japan”, for its rich cultural offerings, alongside a renowned Japanologist; dine at Ketataisha Shrine, and trace the beginnings of samurai culture in the Shirakawago Valley. They’ll also have a chance to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay, explore Hanoi’s history and hear from veterans from both sides of the Vietnam War. Other highlights include: meeting with artisans and specialists at a private exhibit of ethnic textiles at a former royal residence in Luang Prabang; experiencing the spiritual side of India with a mediation session among chanting monks in Thiksey Monastery; discovering the eclectic modernist and Art Deco architecture of Asmara, Eritrea, home to one of the finest Lombard-Romanesque-style churches outside Italy; joining locals at an open air market and explore the archaeological wonders of the ancient city of Kohaito; learning the secrets of African Vodoun (Voodoo) at an authentic private ceremony in Benin; and exploring the white sand dunes and crystal clear waters of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, before heading to New Orleans with a final, festive Mardi Gras-style celebration.

Privileged Access & Personalized Experiences

To travel on an A&K Private Jet Journey is to join an inspiring adventure packed with insider access, fine dining and invitation-only cultural celebrations – each an authentic, unforgettable event beyond the reach of any other travel company. Guests also have an opportunity to personalize their journey with a choice of Design Your Day® activities, including active outdoor excursions, enriching cultural encounters and relaxing wellness experiences.

Leading the journey is one of A&K’s most experienced Tour Directors, who will orchestrate the adventure from start to finish. On the ground, guests travel in smaller parties, each led by a Tour Manager and assisted by expert local guides who share their personal stories and lend insights well beyond any guidebook. A physician travels also with the group, while a professional photographer is on hand to document every stage of the journey.

Distinctive Accommodations

Accommodations reflect the distinctive character of each destination and offer authentic hospitality. These include the classic luxury of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, as well as lesser-known gems reserved exclusively for A&K, such as Chamba Camp Thiksey, where luxury tents feature four-poster beds and private viewing decks; Porto Preguiças Resort, the gateway to Brazil’s Barreirinhas region and Matsunomidori Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn featuring its own private onsen.

Fine Dining & Entertainment

Meals are also more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day – they are literally a feast for the senses, featuring local entertainment and stunning historic backdrops including dinner in Kanazawa Castle, a privilege normally accorded only to heads of state; cocktails and a private dinner at the picturesque Hanoi Opera House; and a festive, Mardi Gras-style farewell celebration in the heart of the French Quarter. Plus, there is the chance to sample cuisine at local restaurants — with A&K picking up the check.

A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® service insures luggage is waiting in guest rooms at each hotel, and they can also take advantage of the complimentary laundry service, Traveller’s Valet®, midway through the journey.

Prior to departure, guests can save time with A&K’s White Glove Visa and Passport Handling, a concierge service that expedites visa and passport applications.

Luxury in the Air

Travelling by private jet makes it possible to experience far more than on a conventional itinerary -- with greater comfort and ease. Onboard A&K’s privately-chartered Boeing 757 are 50 custom-designed Italian leather seats that open to fully lie-flat beds 6.5' long (79” pitch), each equipped with a personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrest and lumbar support. Additional seating enables guests to socialize in comfort with their travelling companions. A fully stocked, open bar features top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to first-class meal service with personalized espresso drinks. A best-in-class in-flight experience is guaranteed by a dedicated cabin crew with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:7. Amenities onboard include noise-cancelling headphones and curated entertainment selected to complement the itinerary.

Abercrombie & Kent has been a private jet pioneer, introducing the first Royal Air Tour in 1989. Today, it is one of the most experienced companies in the private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations all over the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for multi-generational families and private groups.

A&K’s 26-day Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet journey departs 30 September 2020 is priced from $160,000 per person, twin share.

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