This insatiable curiosity led him to design an exclusive journey by private jet: Around the World With Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition. Fifty guests will join him on a globe-spanning journey from tropical French Polynesia to Iceland, the land of the northern lights, aboard an exclusively-chartered jet, for direct flights between even the most remote destinations. Local staff on-the-ground guarantee access to people and sites beyond the reach of the average traveler to deliver an authentic local experience.
Around the World With Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet (Oct 1-24, 2017)
Los Angeles | Lana'i, Hawaii | Raitea, French Polynesia | Hobart, Tasmania | Borneo, Malaysia | Paro, Bhutan | Kathmandu, Nepal | Yeravan, Armenia | Reykjavik, Iceland | New York
“There is still no greater thrill for me than to visit a new destination for the first time and I've built this itinerary around several such places,” explains Abercrombie & Kent Founder, CEO and Chairman Geoffrey Kent. “Ever since I first tracked gorillas in Uganda, I knew I had to see the elusive orangutan in its natural habitat. Once we decided on Borneo, I selected other unusual, off the beaten path destinations that offer music, art, culture and wildlife – with plenty of opportunities for active endeavors.”
Fly directly from Los Angeles to Lanai, Hawaii, to explore a marine preserve perched atop a rugged red-lava cliff overlooking a white-sand beach. In tropical French Polynesia, snorkel above brilliant coral reefs, observe black-tip sharks or explore a vanilla plantation by ATV. In Tasmania, visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), fly by helicopter to the Forestier Peninsula, plentiful with wildlife including the Tasmanian devil, then immerse yourself in Australia's colorful history with an in-depth visit to former convict sites. Explore the rainforests of Borneo, alongside a leading wildlife photographer, to search for the Man of the Forest, the seldom-seen orangutan. Climb up to Bhutan's breathtaking Tigers' Nest Monastery and see Mount Everest on a thrilling helicopter flight. Enjoy a cognac tasting at a distillery in Armenia, and attend a private ballet performance including the famous Saber Dance. In Iceland, ride a snowmobile across the surface of a glacier, hit the trails on a five-gaited Icelandic horse or take a helicopter to the Langjokull Glacier to explore man-made tunnels carved deep into the blue glacial ice.
Leading the journey is an experienced Tour Director who orchestrates the journey from start to finish. On the ground, guests divide into smaller parties of about 16, each led by a Tour Manager and assisted by local guides who lend insight and expertise. A photographer travels with the group to capture professional-quality images of the journey, while an on board physician is ready to assist with any medical issues. As part of A&K's Travelling Bell Boy® service, a dedicated Luggage Manager oversees the handling of the luggage between every destination.
Private jet travel with Abercrombie & Kent allows for a more authentic and intimate journey, filled with exclusive, invitation-only events, such as a meeting with local dignitaries in Bhutan to learn about “Gross National Happiness,” the country's unique governing philosophy, and a private backstage tour of the Harpa Music Hall in Reykjavik – all arranged exclusively for A&K guests.
A&K carefully chooses properties that embody authentic hospitality at every stop on the journey. They may be historic hotels, lavish resorts or eco-friendly lodges, but all offer a distinctive sense of place, gracious hospitality and inspiring views. This is enhanced by the exclusive use of several properties, including Le Taha'a Resort in French Polynesia. Memorable accommodations include the Henry Jones Art Hotel, a former jam factory turned cutting-edge art hotel in Tasmania; Dwarika's, a hotel renowned for its traditional hand-carvings in Nepal; and Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a luxury lodge overlooking the forest, home to one of the world's great primate species, the orangutan. Guests appreciate A&K's complimentary laundry service, Traveller's Valet® at several points throughout the journey.
Fine Dining & Entertainment
Meals are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day – there are a complete feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning natural backdrops. Sample fresh cheeses from an artisan cheesemaker in Tasmania and learn the art of breadmaking in Armenia at a special ceremony. A&K's Executive Chef travels with the group, partnering with local chefs to select fresh ingredients and pair local wines, and sometimes commandeers an entire kitchen to deliver top-notch dining in even the most remote locales.
Luxury in the Air
Travel by private jet allows guests to experience far more than a conventional itinerary -- with greater comfort and ease. All of A&K's private jet journeys feature a privately chartered Icelandair Boeing 757-200ER with 50 custom-designed Italian leather seats equipped with a personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support, and a fully lie-flat bed more than 6.5' long (79” pitch). Additional seating enables each guest to socialize in comfort with their travel companions, while a full privacy screen and extra-high seat back provide undisturbed rest.
While on board, guests enjoy a fully stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to personalized, first-class meal service, even espresso drinks. Completing this best-in-class in-flight experience is a dedicated cabin crew providing a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:8. A range of amenities are offered, designed to make guests feel at home, including Bose headphones and iPads loaded with music and movies.
Abercrombie & Kent is one of the most experienced companies in the luxury private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations around the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for families and private groups.
To learn more about Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet (24 days from $147,500 per person, double occupancy), contact your travel professional, go to http://www.abercrombiekent.com/privatejet or call 800.554.7094 to speak to an A&K Travel Consultant.