Four New Private Tours for Fall 2010: Abercrombie and Kent

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Australia Private Tour from Abercrombie and KentExperiential travel continues to thrive because the true rewards of travel are intangible: discovering a new destination at its most intimate and authentic, expanding your view of the world, and returning with memories that last a lifetime. In response to the dramatic increase in demand for travel to Asia and Australia since the first of January, Abercrombie & Kent has added four new private tour itineraries for fall 2010.

“Our clients tell us the value of a trip is not determined by price, but by what they feel they have gained from the experience,” explains Abercrombie & Kent President Scott Wiseman.  “Time has become the ultimate luxury and we are responding to their requests for shorter trips that accommodate demanding schedules and limited vacation time.”

Private Tour in Thailand in Depth (November 17-29, 2010)

An introduction to the rich history and culture of Thailand with value-pricing at some of the world’s finest hotels.  Participate in the celebration of the Loy Krathong Festival in Sukhothai where the festival originated. Venture off the beaten path to Lampang in a traditional horse carriage. Be blessed by monks in remote Mae Hong Son. Visit the hill tribes in the Golden Triangle and learn about their distinct cultures. Paint with elephants in Chiang Mai and relax at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, one of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best.” Thirteen days from $4,885.

Magnificent Asia Luxury Tour (November 6-18, 2010)

Illuminate your understanding of the cultures of Southeast Asia, from Thailand and Laos to Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Participate in an alms offering in Bangkok. Enjoy a private baci (welcome) ceremony in Luang Prabang. Learn about Vietnamese art from Suzanne Lecht at her private gallery in Hanoi.  Bike along peaceful roads, passing small villages en route to Preah Khan. Learn about Khmer history from an expert before visiting Angkor Wat. Explore the pagodas, temples and stupas that dot the plains surrounding Bagan. See how sustainable tourism is making a difference by supporting Sam’s Brothers Clean Water Project.  Thirteen days from $7,995.

Discover Australia Private Tour (September 4-14, 2010)

A carefully-planned introduction to this diverse continent at an exceptional price. Explore Melbourne’s hidden corners on a walking tour led by a local historian. Enjoy lunch at the renowned TarraWarra Winery. Get a close-up view of some of Australia’s indigenous wildlife at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. Cruise along the Great Barrier Reef to Agincourt Reef, which offers some of the best snorkelling in the world. Privately tour the Sydney Opera House. Eleven days from $4,995.

Private Tour in Australia: Land of Contrasts (October 16-30, 2010)

Combine cosmopolitan Melbourne and Sydney with the remote Australian Outback, Ayer’s Rock (Uluru) and the Great Barrier Reef. Learn the workings of a private sheep station established nearly 100 years ago. Observe the extraordinary wildlife on Kangaroo Island. Dine and sleep under the stars at a desert camp with views of Uluru. Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the ribbon reefs on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, some of the most pristine eco-systems in the world. Go behind the scenes for a private tour of Sydney Opera House. Accommodations include Longitude 131°, a Conde Nast Traveler Gold List and Travel + Leisure World’s Best winner, and Southern Ocean Lodge, with spectacular ocean, beach and wilderness views. Fifteen days from $11,295.

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