As boys will always be boys, sometimes the men in the family need a holiday of their own and trusted boutique tour company, Abercrombie & Kent, have a range of upcoming tours bound to be unforgettable. Soccer fans can tap into their World Cup fever with a nine-day ‘Best of Brazil’ tour, adventurers can scale Kilimanjaro in a seven-day ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’ offering, or there is a Bhutan discovery, a Botswana mobile-camping experience, and a Maldives retreat for lovers of surf and water sports. Indeed, a luxury tour can be family-friendly in a diverse manner of ways. Prices, lengths and inclusions vary.
With hype around the 2014 FIFA World Cup building and Australia a definite starter, there’s no better place for a boys’ trip than Brazil. Matches will be played all over the country, but if you’re going to be watching in Rio de Janeiro or Salvador then A&K’s nine-day ‘Best of Brazil’ covers off both of these must-see cities plus the iconic Iguassu Falls.
9-day ‘Best of Brazil’
Priced from $6,095 per person
A&K operates its mountain climb with the highest level of safety including oxygen bottles and a portable altitude chamber, and its porters are endorsed by the International Porter Protection Group. For best results it’s recommended to allow extra time in the area to acclimatise and a good level of physical fitness.
7-day ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’
Priced from $5,285 per person
A journey here is an adventure into the heart of an ancient kingdom where guided walks, hikes, mountain biking and rafting combine beautifully with a peaceful and charismatic culture for a memorable male experience.
8-day ‘Himalayan Explorer’
Priced from US $3,892 per person
A&K’s camping trips come complete with highly qualified guides, home cooked meals and game viewing on foot or by 4WD. Tented lodgings are the last word in bush comfort with real beds, en suite bush bathrooms, Persian rugs and cotton sheets.
5-day Central Kalahari Mobile Safari
Priced from US $4000 (based on a minimum of 4 guests)
For a good mix of relaxation and water activities a stay at Six Senses Laamu is as much chillout as action stations. For surf enthusiasts, the swell is good April through October and the famous Yin Yang break is just off the outer reef of the local island. Towards the end of September you might even witness green sea turtle hatchlings making a brave scramble for the water.
8-day ‘Hideaway: Six Senses Laamu’
Priced from US $3,315