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Abercrombie & Kent has announced its lineup of itineraries for fall 2015 and 2016, including the company's return to Nepal.
The move comes as other tour operators have announced plans to resume travel in the country following a devastating earthquake in April, including Tauck and Intrepid Travel.
Starting this September, Abercrombie & Kent will reintroduce Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya, which had been put on hold following the earthquake.
“After careful consideration and an exploratory trip that allowed us to determine the safety and level of standards available, we made some adjustments to our current itinerary and are happy to say that A&K will be returning to Nepal this fall,” said Abercrombie & Kent President Phil Otterson. “We have seen the positive effects tourism has had in helping communities rebuild after natural disasters and look forward to once again introducing travellers to this beautiful country and its people.”
In 2016 Abercrombie & Kent will also include Nepal on a program that combines land itineraries with river cruising, India & Nepal: The Taj Mahal, Mt. Everest and a Ganges River Cruise. Other offerings in this program are Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat and Amazon Adventure: Rainforest and River Cruise.
Other New 2016 Itineraries
New Luxury Small Group Journeys for 2016 include:
Spain & Portugal: A Journey Across Iberia – Guests can enjoy a private tour of the Prado Museum, followed by a tapas tasting in Madrid. Travelers will stay at the new Hotel Marqués de Riscal, designed by master architect Frank Gehry, then visit his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. A private tile-painting workshop in Lisbon and a visit to a Damascene steel workshop in Toledo are also on the agenda. 14 days from $9,395.
Scotland: Edinburgh & the Highlands – Travelers will visit historic Stirling Castle, tour Edinburgh, view the Culloden Moor battle site, explore the art and architecture of Glasgow, enjoy a whisky tasting and stay at Gleneagles Hotel. Nine days from $6,595.
Patagonia: The Last Wilderness – This itinerary is an active exploration of the remote tip of South America. Guests can choose from horseback riding, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking through Torres del Paine National Park. Travelers will also sail through the Beagle Channel and explore the islands of Tierra del Fuego, visit a working ranch in El Calafate, hike along Perito Moreno Glacier and cruise to Icebergs Channel. 11 days from $8,795
America’s National Parks: The Southwest - This itinerary will offer the chance to raft the Colorado River and ride horseback through Bryce Canyon. The trip will visit Arches, Canyonlands and Zion National Parks. Travelers will also bike in Grand Canyon National Park and dine at El Tovar restaurant overlooking the Grand Canyon. 11 days from $8,595
Classic China: Beijing, Xian & Shanghai – On this tour travelers will hit China’s highlights, from the Great Wall, to Xian's Terra Cotta Warriors, to Shanghai’s Bund. Guests will stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing and Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong. Nine days from $4,795.
Wonders of Chile & Argentina – Travelers can explore the Alpine region of Bariloche and Iguazu Falls (seen from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides). There will also be private experiences, such as a visit to a family vineyard in Chile and a tango lesson in Buenos Aires, plus the chance to sample fresh oysters while exploring the Lake District. 11 days from $8,295
The Great Migration Safari in Style – This itinerary takes in East Africa's wildlife on game drives through Amboseli, Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks, Ngorongoro Crater and the Masai Mara. Travelers will also privately visit the Amboseli Elephant Research Project and meet with a Maasai elder to learn about local culture and traditions. 14 days from $13,995
Also new for 2016 are two new Family Journeys: Family Australia and Family Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons, with child-friendly hotels and a Young Explorers Guide who orchestrates a unique program of activities specially designed for young guests.
A&K is also expanding choices for its small group extensions in 2016.