Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has released its new collection of journeys through the Indian subcontinent and Asia. Fifteen countries are covered with a range of travel styles and focuses.
On the new collection, A&K’s Managing Director Sujata Raman said, “In putting together this portfolio we’ve identified some current travel trends and tailored our journeys accordingly. With cruising ever popular, we’ve included our luxury Yangzi offering on board Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer through the stunning Three Gorges, a charming house boat experience on the Kerala backwaters in southern India, Myanmar’s extraordinary Ayeyarwady on board Sanctuary Ananda as well as the sophisticated Aqua Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Family trips are also in vogue so there’s a delightful 12 day journey in Vietnam from north to south to suit the multi-generational traveller with cyclo rides, cooking classes, market visits, lantern making and more. Some new regional destinations also feature including Ladakh with a hosted small group journey, Uzbekistan, China’s Silk Road and the Maldives.
This new private journey takes travellers to the home of Central Asia’s most impressive architecture, with its abundant ancient ruins and relics. A proliferation of mosques, minarets and mausoleums are found throughout the country and the cities are steeped in the legend of the ancient Silk Road. The itinerary visits two of the region’s most fabled cities – Samarkand and Bukhara – seeing their religious attractions, colourful market places and learning about the rich Uzbek handicraft traditions.
For travellers seeking to tack on something new to a journey through Rajasthan, Amritsar in India’s northern Punjab state is ideal. The city has been capital of the Sikh religion since the 16th century and its most famous monument is the dazzling Golden Temple, whose dome is covered with 100 kg of gold. The three day short stay includes an extensive visit to the temple, the Sikh communal kitchen and the ‘going to bed’ ceremony of the holy book.
India’s south is a world away from its northern counterpart. It’s a land famous for its silks, spices and sandalwood where time moves at a languid pace. There are incredible palaces and temples plus lakes, tea plantations and colonial hill stations. Highlights include the toy train to Ooty, Nagarhole National Park for tiger and leopard sightings and the old world charm and culture of Mysore.
For second-time visitors to India, Kolkata holds a magical allure. It is India’s second largest city and also its cultural hub. Former capital during the British Raj and a trading post of the powerful East India Company, many architectural relics from that era abound including the splendid marble Victoria Memorial. But it also boasts lively markets, lush gardens, temples and boat trips on the Hooghly River.
Sri Lanka by Air
This new journey links the island’s most important scenic and cultural attractions by air avoiding some long drives. From a VIP welcome in the capital, guests travel to the Cultural Triangle visiting some of the country’s most impressive World Heritage sites. There’s a Pooja ceremony at Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth and a tea plantation experience as well as a villa stay in the atmospheric Galle Fort.
Famous for its white sand beaches, crystal clear seas and extraordinary marine life, the Maldives offers the ultimate in island paradises. A&K’s portfolio of luxury hideaways there comprises the brand new Milaidhoo Island, old favourite Baros, the striking Amilla Fushi, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, the iconic Soneva Fushi and newcomer Soneva Jani, opening later this year.
China’s Silk Road
A&K is offering a 10 day hosted small group journey to China’s Silk Road escorted by the company’s Managing Director Sujata Raman. The exclusive itinerary travels from Beijing west through Dunhuang to Urumqi and finishes in the oasis town of Kashgar visiting all the most fascinating sites along the way. For guests who aren’t able to make the September departure there is a private 9 day itinerary available.
Vietnam’s Central Highlands
Adventurous travellers wanting to get off the beaten track will enjoy this new journey to Vietnam’s Central Highlands. In addition to thundering waterfalls, mist-shrouded mountains and coffee and tea plantations there are many different ethnic minority villages, huge longhouses and some colourful markets to visit. A coffee experience is one of the highlights.
This new journey takes in the major highlights of Cambodia from the bustling French-era capital Phnom Penh to the astonishing temple complex of Angkor and Song Saa Private Island in the warm sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Also added are some more unusual sights such as the former royal capital of Oudong and the bijou Neak Pean temple.
The north of Thailand presents a wildly different picture of the country. It’s a land of lush forested mountains, winding rivers, tea plantations and rice paddies. The region’s major city Chiang Mai is a cultural centre with temples, markets and a rich craft tradition and a range of outdoor adventures possible nearby. Further north the Golden Triangle is where Thailand, Laos and Burma all meet in a scenery of stunning mountains, fast-flowing rivers and hill tribe villages.
Japan’s Ise-Shima Peninsula
Set on Japan’s east coast, the Ise-Shima Peninsula is famous for its forested landscapes and Mediterranean looking coastlines. In its waters, pearl cultivation is an important activity and the area is also famous for producing some of the freshest sea food in the country. While there are holy Shinto shrines and World Heritage listed pilgrimage trails the region’s natural beauty takes centre stage and A&K guests stay at the beautiful new Amanemu where the onsen experience and izakaya-style cuisine are unforgettable.
A&K’s 4-day Ise-Shima Peninsula package is priced from $8,490 per person.
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