Abercrombie & Kent Unveils New Luxury Journeys on Exotic Rivers

Abercrombie & Kent Unveils New Luxury Journeys on Exotic Rivers
Go deep into the heart of India with a visit to the Taj Mahal followed by a scenic cruise through the rural countryside, then fly to fabled Kathmandu.

Sample the gastronomy in Lima before exploring the remote tributaries of the Amazon where pink dolphins are found. Learn about the culture that built the remarkable temples of Angkor Wat and observe day-to-day life along Southeast Asia's longest river.

“We've seen the appeal of river cruising expand well beyond Europe, which led us to incorporate the same experience in more exotic destinations on our luxury journeys” said Abercrombie & Kent USA President Phil Otterson. “Travel along historic rivers affords a comfortable way to explore remote regions and glimpse the daily lives of their people. The upper reaches of the Ganges reveal a beautifully serene, clean and quiet waterway – unimaginable to those who have never travelled beyond Kolkata. In Cambodia and Peru we visit villages rarely seen by Westerners, many accessible only by boat.”

These journeys, designed by A&K's local experts, include six or seven nights aboard new luxury river boats, in addition to the best rooms at the finest hotels, an intimate group size, exclusive insider access and a Resident Tour Director to orchestrate the journey from start to finish – all the comforts of luxury small group travel with Abercrombie & Kent.

India & Nepal: The Taj Mahal, Mt. Everest and a Ganges River Cruise

Experience the timeless magnificence of the Taj Mahal before venturing deep into the heart of rural India. Ride like a local aboard river skiffs, street buggies, tri-shaws and a horse-drawn cart. Enjoy an exclusive visit to Mother Teresa's home and orphanage. Stroll through Chandernagore, originally a French colony trading post, and visit the vibrant capital of Nepal, fabled Kathmandu. Take in views of Mount Everest, attend a lecture with a summiteer and soar around earth's highest mountain. Sixteen days – including a seven-night cruise aboard the new, all-balcony ‘Ganges Voyage' – from $8,595; limited to 18 guests.

Amazon Adventure: Rainforest & River Cruise

Embark on jungle excursions with expert local guides, spotting indigenous flora and fauna, from petite tamarinds and howler monkeys, to massive tropical flowers and trees. Search for pink river dolphins on small tributaries in the Amazon Basin and the Pacaya Samiria Reserve on a six-night cruise. Meet members of the indigenous Bora tribe, who adorn their bodies with colourful and symbolic paints. Visit the protected orphans on Monkey Island and at the Manatee Rescue Centre. Tour a bohemian neighborhood in Lima, experiencing its world-famous cuisine and vibrant local arts scene. Nine days – including a six-night cruise aboard the aboard the luxurious ‘Amazon Discovery' – from $6,295; limited to 18 guests.

Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat

Learn about Southeast Asia's varied cultures, meeting local villagers in their homes and monks in ancient pagodas. Explore Angkor Wat's temples with an expert guide. The exclusively chartered ‘Mekong Princess' provides access to authentic, less- frequented locales, ranging from little-known islands to a port nestled in the heart of vibrant Saigon. Cook alongside your chef during a specially arranged on-board cooking class. Stay at some of the region's best hotels, including the luxurious Peninsula in Bangkok and the boutique Belmond La Residence d'Angkor in Siem Reap. Twelve days – including a seven-night cruise – from $7,995; limited to 24 guests.

For 2015, A&K has added two new experiences to these and other Luxury Small Group Journeys: Traveller's Valet, complimentary mid-journey laundry service, and Scenic Sundowner, a chance to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a spectacular view. Guests also enjoy private airport transfers on arrival and departure, Travelling Bell Boy service to transfer luggage from hotel to hotel, and complimentary Internet access.

To discover the world of experiential travel by river, visit www.abercrombiekent.com.