Abercrombie & Kent has announced a new portfolio of Luxury Expedition Cruises that includes Japan, Greece, and -- new for 2019 -- Italy. The company offers a choice of included shore excursions each day on the Italy cruise, ranging from outdoor adventures to discussions of history, art and architecture; as well as hands-on experiences and tastings at local restaurants and vineyards. Active adventures include hiking or taking a 4 x 4 excursion on Mount Etna and rowing the canals of Venice. Walking tours showcase the art and architecture of Palermo and Florence, while cooking classes, vineyard visits, and food-and-wine walks in small villages offer a local flavor.
Repeat visitors to Italy can enjoy sights further off the beaten path, such as the coastline and giant yews in Puglia’s Gargano National Park or the chance to stroll from the port through the Old Town of Bastia on the French island of Corsica.
New for 2019: Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice (Aug 18-30, 2019)
Embark on a voyage along the coast, beginning with two days in Florence, the home of the Renaissance, before cruising to treasures from Rome and Venice to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, as well as Puglia’s Gargano National Park, UNESCO-protected Urbino, and French Corsica. Cruise aboard the new Le Bougainville, a luxury yacht with occupancy limited to 150 guests. This 13-day itinerary starts from $12,995 per person, double occupancy. Book early to save $1,000 per person in stateroom categories 1-3.
Wonders of Japan Cruise (May 30-Jun 12, 2019)
Discover Japan by small ship, visiting unique ports and off-the-beaten-path wilderness areas. Spend two nights in Kyoto, staying in the historic heart of the city. Visit Gyeongju, South Korea, an ancient dynastic capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelers can reflect on Japan’s turbulent history and witness its resurgence at Hiroshima.
Set out on art experiences, including visits to the Chichu Art Museum, O’Hara Museum of Art and the Adachi Museum of Art. Witness a private performance by the famous Kodo taiko drummers. Cruise aboard the luxurious Le Soleal, with no more than 199 guests. The 14-day cruise starts from $15,995 per person, double occupancy.
Cruising the Greek Isles (Oct 16-25, 2019)
Following this year’s sold-out inaugural cruise, we begin with two nights ashore in Athens, followed by a seven-night cruise through the islands, with access to rarely-visited Symi, uninhabited Delos and Syros, where guests can enjoy a private performance at the Apollo Theater. Discover the palace of Knossos on Crete, medieval Rhodes and whitewashed Mykonos.
Enjoy exclusive evening events in Athens and Rhodes that showcase unique venues, local cuisine and live entertainment. Privately visit an organic farm in Crete, where travelers participate in a cooking demonstration and sample fresh ingredients at their source. The cruise also includes the opportunity to taste Santorini wines with a wine expert. This sailing is aboard the exclusively-chartered Le Bougainville for no more than 150 guests. The 10-day cruise starts from $9,999.
For more information, visit www.abercrombiekent.com.