Abercrombie & Kent has designed an exclusive new 24-day journey by private jet, Around the World With Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition.
Fifty guests will join Kent 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 traveller to deliver an authentic local experience.
From 1 to 24 October 2017, guests 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 colourful 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 Sabre 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 manmade 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 onboard 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.
Around the World With Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition, includes privileged access to a variety of events, including 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.
Accommodation on the journey features several exclusive properties, including Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa in French Polynesia; The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Tasmania; Dwarika’s in Nepal; and Borneo Rainforest Lodge, a luxury lodge overlooking the forest, home to one of the world’s great primate species, the orangutan.
Fine dining offered on the journey includes sampling fresh cheeses from an artisan cheesemaker in Tasmania and learning 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.
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, four-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support, and a fully lie-flat bed. While on board, guests enjoy a fully stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to personalised, first-class meal service. Completing this best-in-class inflight experience is a dedicated cabin crew providing a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:8.