Created decades ago to appeal to A&K’s most seasoned travellers, these carefully-curated journeys venture into the less-frequented corners of Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia and Vietnam. Or offer the opportunity to join in the revelry of Rio's Carnival or exclusive festivities at London's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Marco Polo Journeys are limited to no more than 18 guests, opening up a world of exclusive insider-access opportunities only possible for small groups, from private museum openings to visits with local people in their homes. The intimate group size also means more one-on-one interaction with the Resident Tour Director®, who shares their beyond-the-guidebook knowledge of life in the place they’ve lived for decades. These new Marco Polo Journeys deliver the luxury of access with the adventure of the undiscovered.
NEW! Mongolia: Naadam Festival & the Khan Legacy – The annual Naadam Festival is a rare opportunity to witness one of the continent’s oldest spectacles of skill, strength and daring. Stand atop the Great Wall and trace Kublai Khan's footsteps through the hutongs of Beijing. Share perspectives with a Buddhist lama at a monastery in Ulaanbaatar. Ride a camel through the dunes of Moltsog Els and explore the fossil-rich Flaming Cliffs. Twelve days from $11,795; departures, Jul 3-14 or Jul 8-19, 2018.
NEW! Nepal & Tibet: From the Jungle to the Roof of the World – Learn what it takes to summit Mount Everest from an expert climber. Witness a lively monks' discourse at Sera Monastery in Lhasa. Search for one-horned rhinos and elusive Bengal tigers on safari in Chitwan National Park. Learn to prepare Nepalese cuisine at an exclusive Chef's Table experience. Explore rural Nepal in Dulikhel with the magnificent backdrop of the Himalayas. Eleven days from $6,995; four departures, Apr 11-21, Sept 5-15, Oct 10-20, Nov 1-11, 2018.
NEW! Vietnam: The Spirit of a Nation Revealed – Contrast Vietnam's two largest cities: austere, traditional Hanoi and modern Ho Chi Minh City. Take in breathtaking seascapes cruising less-frequented parts of Ha Long Bay and learn about traditional ways of life in the rural countryside exploring Mai Chau by bicycle. See Hue's Imperial Citadel, the former national capital. Twelve days from $5,995; four departures, Jan 16-27, Feb 21-Mar 4, Oct 23-Nov 3, Dec 14-25, 2018.
NEW! English Gardens & the Hampton Court Flower Show – Savor a day enjoyed in inimitable A&K style at the Royal Horticultural Society's world-famous Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Stroll through one of England's most interesting gardens at Hidcote Manor. Set out on an owner-guided tour of Sezincote House & Gardens to learn about the history behind this Neo-Mughal fantasy building. Walk in the footsteps of royalty as you explore Sudeley Castle's priceless art collection, the enchanting Queens' Garden and the final resting place of Katherine Parr. Nine days from $8,995; Jun 28-Jul 6, 2018.
NEW! Brazil: Soul of Carnival – Be part of the Carnival street experience and see an encore performance of Carnival champions at the Winners' Parade. Cruise Guanabara Bay for a new perspective on the city and the mountains beyond. Explore the sounds and flavors of the vibrant Bahian culture with insights into Salvador's local music and cuisine. Enjoy an exhilarating performance by the world-renowned dancers of the Bahia Folklore Company. Eight days from $6,595; Feb 16-23, 2018.
To help travellers choose the Marco Polo Journey that reflects their interests, each is categorized by theme. Palaces & Estates explore exclusive palaces, estates and wineries by day, while staying in incredible properties at night. River & Rail feature luxurious interludes onboard a stylish river cruiser or train, hearkening back to a more refined and leisurely era of travel. Festivals & Events are centered on local events and celebrations, with VIP access. Wilderness Adventures explore the untamed wild — in premier A&K style, while Incredible Cultures go deep to experience familiar and lesser-known destinations in ways few other travellers can.
Every Luxury from Start to Finish
All journeys feature exclusive, locally-inspired moments designed for A&K guests, such as the opportunity to Ride Like a Local and explore a charming neighborhood by rickshaw, or enjoy a Scenic Sundowner, a refreshing cocktail in an unforgettable location as the sun sets. Traveller’s Valet is an exclusive amenity for A&K guests, with complimentary laundry service at the midpoint of the journey. Private arrival and departure transfers are included, regardless of when guests arrive or depart, as are all gratuities, except for the Resident Tour Director, which is at guest discretion. A&K guests also appreciate Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage from one hotel to the next, as well as complimentary Internet Access.
For details about Abercrombie & Kent’s 2018 Marco Polo Journeys, contact A&K at 800.554.7094, www.abercrombiekent.com or contact your travel professional.