New itineraries feature privately-chartered air in Northern Europe, Southern Africa, China and across the Middle East to Israel, Jordan & Egypt
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – January 8, 2019 … Abercrombie & Kent is expanding its Wings Over the World portfolio with four new regional journeys that offer all the advantages of luxury small-group travel with the comfort and convenience of privately-chartered flights.Wings Over Northern Europe traverses the region’s must-see destinations, Wings Over Southern Africa is an epic safari from Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta and the towering dunes of Namibia, while Wings Over Israel, Jordan & Egypt is a chance to explore the region held sacred by three faiths. Wings Over China Featuring The Peninsula Hotelsenables travellers to experience China’s iconic cities while enjoying world-renowned hospitality.
Offering nine different adventures in 2019 and 2020, Abercrombie & Kent’s Wings Over the World journeys explore East and Southern Africa, Australia, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Spain & Morocco, the Middle East, India and China featuring The Peninsula Hotels. Each uses privately-chartered air to reach farflung destinations with much less travel time. Hassle-free flight departures and arrivals avoid layovers due to commercial aviation schedules, with expedited check-in and immigration procedures.
New for 2019, A&K is introducing a choice of Design Your Day options on each journey. Guests are invited to personalize their travel experience with a choice of three to five options, selecting the activity that best suits their interests. Depending on the destination, possibilities include a scenic hike, a round of golf, a culinary experience with a local chef or a relaxing spa treatment.
“We are continuing to grow our Wings Over the World portfolio with four new regional journeys, designed for culturally-curious travellers who want to make the most of their time in each destination” explains Abercrombie & Kent Vice President, Product Operations Stefanie Schmudde. “The Middle East in particular has generated phenomenal interest – so much so that several of our departures have already sold out.”
Itineraries are designed with more time to explore alongside an A&K Resident Tour Director®, who has lived for decades, if not their entire lives, in the region and offers personal insights that can only come from being a local. With several journeys limited to just 12 or 13 guests – and none more than 18 – A&K offers exclusive experiences only possible for intimate groups. This might be a private tour of London’s Parliament, Champagne brunch atop the Great Wall of China or lunch at a Christian woman’s home in Bethlehem.
By linking each stop on the itinerary with private charter flights, A&K’s Wings Over the World journeys offer an immersive travel experience, saving many hours of land-based transfers and capturing the sense of enriching, unhurried discovery that is an Abercrombie & Kent hallmark.
Limited to 13 guests; 14 days from $34,995
Explore the historic and cultural links between England, Iceland, Norway, Germany and Russia on one comprehensive itinerary. Experience London like a local, including a ferry across the Thames, a culinary stroll through Southwark Market and a private tour with afternoon tea at Parliament. Learn about Icelandic horses with the chance to ride one. Take a cooking class at a farm on a Norwegian fjord. Early entry to the Hermitage Museum affords a rare opportunity to view its spectacular collection with fewer crowds. The journey ends with a private farewell concert at the Isaak Brodsky House Museum on Arts Square in the center of St. Petersburg, followed by a caviar tasting with champagne.
Limited to 15 guests; 14 days from $39,995
Experience the best of Southern Africa on an epic adventure from mighty Victoria Falls to the game rich Okavango Delta, the towering sand dunes of Namibia and cosmopolitan Cape Town. Luxurious accommodations include a treehouse on the Zambezi River, a private bush pavilion at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, an elegant private villa in the vast desert of Sossusvlei and a chic Cape Town hotel with Table Mountain views. Includes a chance to visit a local school and clinic.
Limited to 13 guests; 13 days from $33,995
Explore the cradle of civilization and gain a new perspective on Israel’s varied cultural influences when you see biblical and historical sites firsthand. Marvel at Petra, the city “half as old as time,” and the desert outpost of “Lawrence of Arabia.” Saddle up for a camel ride and savor a traditional Bedouin dinner under the stars in Wadi Rum, an experience that brings the desert to life. A four-night cruise aboard the intimate 12-passenger ‘Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau’ reveals the influence of the Nile on ancient Egyptian life. Includes exclusive access to the final resting place of Seti I and the tomb of Nefertari, two of the best-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens.
Limited to 18 guests; 12 days from $34,995
Experience the Forbidden City just as the Emperor did with private access to a hall usually off limits to visitors. Visit the Great Wall of China, ascending to the top of the well-preserved Mutianyu section, before sitting down to a champagne brunch served atop the Wall. Marvel at the remarkably individual face of each Terra Cotta Warrior with an on-site specialist. Enjoy “Pen Moments” such as drinks overlooking Shanghai at Sir Elly’s Terrace; Classic High Tea in Hong Kong; and a ride in a Rolls-Royce, all courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels.
LUXURIES THAT MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
Every Wings journey features luxurious accommodations that reflect the distinctive character of each destination. There is time to savour the authentic taste of local cuisine during a Chef’s Table experience featuring a culinary demonstration. In most places there is a balanced mix of planned group meals — including celebratory welcome and farewell dinners —and mealtimes left unscheduled to enjoy à la carte dinners on A&K. On two leisurely mornings, guests may choose Breakfast in Bed, a continental breakfast served in the comfort of their hotel room.
Guests particularly appreciate Traveller’s Valet®, complimentary mid-journey laundry service, as well as A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from hotel to hotel. Private arrival and departure transfers are included, regardless of date of arrival.
Find more information at https://www.abercrombiekent.com/small-group-journeys/wings-over-the-world , call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant or contact your travel professional.
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