A&K keeps it in the family
One of the enduring trends which the travel experts at Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) continue to identify year after year is multi-generational travel. This comes in many forms. Whether the motivation is to celebrate a special milestone or simply to reconnect away from the everyday, multi-generational travel means sharing life-changing experiences with loved ones.
For A&K, this means handcrafting a journey to suit every family dynamic. It may comprise three generations travelling together – grandparents, parents and children – or simply grandparents with one or more grandchildren or a mother and son combination. The possibilities are endless but the end goal the same.
A&K’s Travel Specialists know their destinations inside out. They know what suits every type of traveller – which accommodations to recommend, the right time of year to travel, the perfect level of activity and the safest way to do it. They are adept at creating unforgettable experiences and making sure there’s plenty to interest each generation represented. Security is also paramount and is given the highest priority by A&K, backed up by its extensive network of over 50 offices worldwide.
One of the most popular ways A&K brings travelling families together is on a specially curated luxury African safari. Exciting, educational and also relaxing, a safari is guaranteed to deliver lifelong memories for people of all ages. Watching children when a herd of elephants emerges from the African bush, or spotting hippo midstream from a canoe, marvelling at a pride of lion on the prowl or a Maasai beading workshop. Simply priceless. This is a wilderness adventure par excellence. It’s the rare opportunity of getting out in the open air, appreciating nature and witnessing the circle of life. Lodgings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are luxury ‘under canvas’ options for that ultimate Out of Africa safari experience, well thought out lodges and villas with all the expected conveniences and there are even safari houseboats for something different. A&K was born on safari and knows Africa inside out.
For families with young children, A&K recommends Europe or Southeast Asia. Those willing to travel long haul to a destination like Italy are rewarded by a rich culture, the best family hotels and villas with all the expected trimmings, swimming pools and restaurants to suit plus an endless array of activities guaranteed to excite from gladiator school and pizza making to mask making and gelato tastings.
Closer to home, A&K pinpoints Vietnam as one of its best family destinations and most economic. It has great diversity from bustling cities and beaches to the mountainous interior and the watery wonderland of the Mekong Delta. There are ancient ruins to explore, country trails and villages to bicycle around, street food tours by scooter, spring roll making for would-be chefs and silk lantern workshops for young creatives. Accommodation is diverse from luxury resort stays by the beach to well-appointed city hotels and a private junk on Halong Bay.
Cruises are also popular for multi-generational get-togethers and for A&K some of the most rewarding are the polar expeditions. These are iconic, once-in-a-lifetime journeys to some of the most remote and pristine parts of the planet. They are full of educational experiences and unforgettable wildlife encounters. On A&K’s Antarctic expeditions, guests travel on board the exclusively chartered luxury small ship MV Le Lyrial which has a limited capacity of 199 passengers. The pristine ecosystem of Antarctica is unfathomable. Explored by a lucky few, it is the last true wilderness with vast icebergs, towering mountains, glaciers and geothermal beaches – all providing a backdrop for a huge variety of marine and bird life that cannot be experienced anywhere else on the planet. On each journey, A&K’s Expedition Team includes award-winning research scientists, habitat conservationists, wildlife photographers and historians who deliver enriching lectures and top-notch guidance on twice-daily Zodiac excursions. Plus, for younger travellers, A&K’s Young Explorer’s Programme conducts educational workshops like knot tying, photography, squid dissection, bridge visits and wildlife identification plus a souvenir scrapbook created for each child as a memento of the trip.
One of the important elements of a multi-generational holiday which A&K travellers have identified is the wish to impart social awareness to the next generation. It’s a desire to leave the planet in a better shape than it was found, respecting cultural differences, protecting the environment, providing health care, empowering the disadvantaged, ensuring access to education and encouraging economic advancement. A&K Philanthropy has a commitment to all these things and manages over 30 different projects worldwide which A&K guests have the opportunity to visit and see firsthand how lives are being positively impacted.
For example, travellers on safari in Zambia are invited to visit Nakatindi Village near Victoria Falls where AKP has initiated projects that include constructing boreholes for clean water, building a medical clinic and maternity ward, expanding the school’s vegetable garden to generate income and supplement children’s diets, building a new classroom block, introducing a school lunch programme and establishing a village bike shop and bike tour enterprise run by local women. Time spent in the village with the community and taking a bike ride around the area is a rewarding part of any visit.
Families travelling with A&K to Cambodia’s Angkor temples have the opportunity to see the impact AKP has had in the construction of wells for clean water. More than 1,200 wells have been installed, bringing fresh, bacteria-free water to more than 20,000 people. Not only does the clean water improve sanitation and health, it is also used to irrigate farm plots and water domestic livestock, helping to improve livelihoods as well. A&K guests will meet a family who has benefited from the installation of a well and witness firsthand the impact that clean water has on their lives.
In India, AKP supports Hansraj Children’s Home in Udaipur where 100 orphaned and underprivileged girls are provided with free education, books, accommodation, meals and clothes. Families visiting Udaipur with A&K have the opportunity to visit the school and connect with the students and teachers – an uplifting experience for all concerned.
Here is a small sample of what A&K offers for multi-generational travellers:
A&K’s 11 day ‘Family Adventure in Southern Africa’
Price from A$37,165 for a family of four
A&K’s 8 day ‘A Family Adventure in Italy
Price from A$13,995 per adult
Price from A$5,795 per child
Price is based on two adults and two children under 12
A&K’s 12 day ‘A Family Adventure in Vietnam’
Price from A$6,520 per adult
Price from A$4,520 per child
Price is based on two adults and two children under 12
A&K’s 6 day ‘Family Adventure to Middle Earth’
Price from A$8,990 per person
A&K’s 17 day ‘Antarctica, the Falkland Islands & South Georgia’
22 December 2018-7 January 2019
Prices from US$17,995 per adult (bookings by 31 March 2018)
Prices from US$10,995 per child (7-18) sharing with adult/s