Simply the Best
LAND OF CONTRASTS
15 Day Tour
has it all - natural beauty stretching as far as the eye can see and
cosmopolitan cities brimming with arts and culture. On this
Connoisseurs journey, experience this and much more as you travel from
charming Melbourne to remote Kangaroo Island and beyond. Lodge in
luxury tents in the Outback, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and
discover Sydney from an insider's perspective.
journey relaxed and well-rested thanks to immediate hotel check-in upon
arrival in Melbourne
Spend the day at Coliban Park with
fourth-generation owners, the Barber family, on a private tour through
this classic homestead
Commune with nature during a two-night stay in
remote Southern Ocean Lodge, an award-winning, environmentally sound
wilderness lodge on Kangaroo Island
Watch the sunset and the stars emerge over Uluru
during an al fresco dinner followed by an exclusive,
astronomer-led star-gazing session
Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House to
learn about the inner workings of this world-famous venue and orchestra
travel insurance; any airfares; airport departure taxes; excess baggage
fees; cost of obtaining passports or visas; gratuities to your guide;
expenses such as meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in the
communication charges; laundry.
Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
- Days 1-2: USA or Canada/ Melbourne, Australia
Depart on an overnight flight for Melbourne.
- Day 3: Melbourne
Arrive in Melbourne. This afternoon, meet a local
historian for an insider’s tour of this charming city. Later this
evening, gather for a welcome dinner at an award-winning restaurant.
Hyatt Melbourne D
- Day 4: Melbourne/
Set off on a drive through farming country to
Coliban Park, a private sheep station established in 1917. Enjoy lunch
with the Barber family at their historic homestead and learn about
Australia’s important wool industry. The property borders unspoiled
bush, meaning you are likely to spot kangaroo in the wild.
Park Hyatt Melbourne B L
- Day 5: Melbourne/Adelaide/
This morning, fly to Adelaide before connecting to
your flight to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival, settle into the Southern
Ocean Lodge. Situated atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of
coast, the award-winning lodge boasts unmatched views of the Southern
Ocean and pristine wilderness. This afternoon, explore this wonderful
island and see some of its natural beauty.
Southern Ocean Lodge B D
- Day 6: Kangaroo
Today is at leisure to explore Kangaroo Island with
your guide. Sightseeing may include a visit to Seal Bay at sunrise,
followed by an introduction to the island’s wildlife and incredible
coastal landscape. See the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Cape du
Southern Ocean Lodge B L D
- Day 7: Kangaroo
Today, fly to Adelaide and continue by air to Uluru
(Ayers Rock) in the Australian Outback. Upon arrival, transfer to
Longitude 131°, a luxury tented camp. Located on the edge of Uluru
Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131° offers uninterrupted views of
Uluru and a romantic way to experience the desert’s unique ecosystem
and the Aboriginal culture.
Longitude 131° B D
- Day 8: Uluru
Enjoy a day at leisure or participate in the
activities offered by your resort, including a sunrise tour of Uluru
and Kata Tjuta, or a walk through the spectacular Valley of the Winds.
In the evening, catch a dramatic sunset and sit down to dinner under a
blanket of brilliant stars.
Longitude 131° B L D
- Day 9: Uluru/Cairns/Port
Fly to Cairns in the afternoon. From Cairns,
journey north along the Pacific Highway to the picturesque seaside
township of Port Douglas and your elegant resort.
Balé Resort B
- Day 10: Great Barrier Reef
Transfer to the Port Douglas Marina and board
‘Quicksilver’ for a day of sun and surf. Cruise to the Agincourt Reef,
which lies within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Famous for its
clear water and coral formations, the Agincourt Reef is ideal for
swimming and snorkeling. View the reef up close from an underwater
Pepper Balé Resort B L
- Day 11: Port Douglas
Today is at leisure to explore this stunning part
of Australia on your own. Laze by your private plunge pool, take a
short walk to the beach, book a spa treatment — the day is yours to do
as much or as little as you like.
Pepper Balé Resort B
- Day 12: Port Douglas/Sydney
Fly to Sydney this afternoon. The remainder of your
day is at leisure to explore the city or enjoy dinner at a harborside
restaurant on your own.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney B
- Day 13: Sydney
After breakfast, explore Sydney on a guided tour.
Travel through the historic Rocks precinct, then drive up Observatory
Hill overlooking Darling Harbour, Bridge Street and Macquarie Street.
Continue along the shores of Sydney Harbour before returning to
Circular Quay for a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera
House. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney B L
- Day 14: Sydney
Today, explore Sydney on your own. Spend time
wandering The Rocks, the original settlement of Sydney, hop on a
hydrofoil to Manly or shop for boutique Australian fashion. This
evening, gather for a farewell dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney B D
- Day 15: Sydney/USA or Canada
Board your homebound flight.
price shown is in USD. Price is per person, based on double occupancy,
and does not include international or internal air.
are limited to 24 passengers.
PRICE PER PERSON (land arrangements)
Double occupancy..... $11,375
Single supplement..... $8,345
Springs/Uluru/Cairns/Sydney)..... from $1,740
Policy: On non-family programs, unless otherwise indicated on
the individual program page, a minimum age of 10 years is required.
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travel is A&K's most fully supported escorted option. Group sizes
very small: never more than 24 travellers and often limited to 18 or
You'll stay in the best available hotel and most meals are included, as
are airport transfers regardless of the flights you choose. Although
are opportunities to explore on your own, you'll spend much of your
time with your guide, on excursions designed to present a full and
picture of your destination.
LAND OF CONTRASTS
15 Day Tour
per person, based on double occupancy.
to availability and change without notice.
restrictions may apply. Airfares if included are based on departure
year 2012, departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications.
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for an entirely different set of reasons. Reasons which have less to do
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If you’re a
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changing the way you look at the world is one of your travel objectives
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— the travel company you choose has a tall order to fill.
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A&K has been doing one thing exceptionally well. We specialize in
unique people with unique places, and in providing the expertise and
support that allows them to experience those places fully, at first
and in their own personal style.
the best way to travel. And it requires a unique combination of local
and global organization that only Abercrombie & Kent is equipped to
industry is filled with companies who own only their brochures and a
of contracts with independent suppliers overseas. In contrast, A&K
has its own network of offices (48 and counting) across the globe,
full time by A&K professionals. We own and operate luxury camps and
lodges in remote destinations to ensure that our clients have access to
And we draw
on the knowledge, humor and creativity of an incredible team of staff
and local “friends of A&K,” to bring you face-to-face with an
iceberg the size of Chartres Cathedral, or make it possible for you to
walk around Chartres itself with an expert on its stained glass. To set
you down for a private picnic a deux in the middle of the African
or give you and the children your own tropical island for a day.
does count. Ours will make yours unforgettable.
The First Name
in Luxury Travel
For more than forty
& Kent (A&K) has been internationally recognized as
the first name in luxury travel. Born in 1962 as a safari company in
Kenya, A&K's unparalleled travel and tour operations now extend
the far and exotic reaches of the globe. A&K takes its travelers on
extraordinary journeys-in extraordinary style-to more than one hundred
countries on all seven continents. The company's tours and safaris span
the globe from Africa to the Middle East, India and Nepal; from the
to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific; and from Europe to
and South America and Antarctica. Forty-five destination management
ensure the "insider access" that only a local staff can provide.
impressive and enticingly
varied list of luxury and adventure holidays combine active days with
luxuriant nights. Small group escorted
allow guests to confidently travel to places they might otherwise
to go on their own, with a choice of itineraries at varying levels of
holidays are tailored to the interests, attention spans and
abilities of all ages, with comfortable hotels and comforting meals,
most importantly, a friendly guide who understands children. Tailor
made private travel offers independent travellers meticulous
attention to detail, safety and customer service. These
programs are one reason why A&K was honored at the World Travel
as “World’s Leading Luxury Specialist Tour Operator.”
Geoffrey Kent, who
along with Jorie
Butler Kent owns and operates A&K, was born-most fittingly-while
British parents were on safari in Zambia. Indeed, he spent much of his
childhood on the African continent. In 1962, Geofrey Kent, along with
parent's Colonel John and Valerie Kent, formed Abercrombie & Kent.
In the 1970s,
Geoffrey Kent, who
by then had long been the Managing Director of the company, entered
a partnership with Jorie Ford Butler of Oak Brook, Illinois, to run
They continue to travel the world in search of adventures that will
and thrill their guests. Under their passionate and visionary
Kent serves as Chairman and CEO, Jorie Butler Kent as Executive Vice
- Abercrombie & Kent represents the uncompromising best at every
in the road.
With a philosophy
that is governed
in equal parts by the Kents' unswerving commitment to conservation and
their mission to provide "memories of a lifetime," A&K goes to
limitless lengths to design tours that offer privileged
access and special insight.
Further distinguishing A&K is the fact that the company owns luxury
safari lodges in pristine wilderness areas, including Chief's Camp and
Chobe Chilwero in Botswana; exclusive rights to camps with some of
finest game-viewing; a fleet of comfortable, well-maintained ground
vehicles; and the Sun Boats on the Nile. A&K also creates unique
experiences built around the luxury trains of Venice
and the Royal Scotsman; the Road to Mandalay river cruiser and 29 canal
and river cruisers in Europe; and the legendary Sea Cloud, the world's
most beautiful sailing ship.
are in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-seven offices worldwide, employing
than 1,700 travel professionals, offer unrivaled attention to detail,
issues and service standards.
concern for the natural
world infuses each and every A&K trip: Geoffrey Kent and Jorie
Kent believe passionately in "high-yield, low-impact" tourism-adventure
that respects the natural environment and benefits indigenous peoples.
They are the founders of Friends of Conservation and the Abercrombie
Kent Global Foundation, established to address global environmental and
conservation concerns. Among its achievements have been significant
to the preservation of Kenya's famed Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well
to anti-poaching and environmental education projects on all seven
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will not charge a fee for any/all tour planning for Abercrombie and
Our services are absolutely free when servicing this quality program.
Additionally, no travel agent or web-based travel concern is allowed
to discount when representing Abercrombie and Kent and any of its
affiliated touring companies. Rest
assured, you will receive the quality that you expect and the unique
value of a well-designed tour program from the beginning and planning
stage to the culmination of this exceptional journey.
the Abercrombie and Kent Difference with Gardner Travel!
& Kent is proud to have received
East Tour Operator”
- December 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
“10 Great Companies
to Work For”
- November 2004
“Best of the Web” -
2003, 2002, 2001
“Wonders of the
World: Machu Picchu”,
Juan Lazo, Best Guide - January 2004
Leading Luxury Specialist
Tour Operator” - 2003
Leading Villa Operator”
+ Leisure Magazine
Operator and Safari
Outfitter” - 2004 (#12), 2003 (#5), 2002 (#2), 2001 (#1), 2000 (#2),
(#1), 1998 (#1), 1997 (#1), 1996 (#1)
“Top Guides in
Africa” – Joseph
Ndunguru, Gavin Ford - 2001
Awards: Top 15
African Safari Camps”
Camp - 2004
Camp - 2003
“The World’s Best
Places to Stay,”
Camp - January
Chilwero - 2003
“The Greatest Travel
Pros on Earth”
“A&K has access
to places and
people that other operators in China don’t – including some of the top
English speaking guides. Hatherly is a cultural encyclopedia, Chen a
with logistics.” - 2003
Top 20 Small-Ship
Cruise Lines" - 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
Gavin Ford, “15 Best
Ecotourism Award –
"World's Best Tour
Operator” - 2004
(#3), 2003 (#5), 2001 (#2), 2000 (#1), 1999 (#1)
Harper’s Hideaway Report
Resorts of the
Past 25 Years”, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Olonana, Chief’s Camp - 2004
Hotels with Drop-Dead Views”, Chief’s Camp - 2003
“Top 20 Hideaway
Best Hotels, Resorts & Hideaways, Chief’s Camp - 2002
“Leaders in Luxury,”
& Tourism Council
Green Award for
Leadership in Travel & Tourism - 2002
Gavin Ford, “Top
Guides in Africa”
Award for Enterprise
(A&K Europe) -
Jorie Butler Kent -
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