The juggernaut that is the Bond franchise has well and truly rolled into town with the release of Spectre, and as Daniel Craig and his illustrious co-stars grace our screens with action-packed sequences and glamorous locations luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent would like to inspire you with some good old-fashioned adventure and a touch of escapism. Here are A&K’s top ten locations to bring out your inner 007…. shaken not stirred.
As seen in Spectre, the palm-lined desert oasis of Erfoud in Morocco is a place to slip on the white linen and soak up some Berber culture against the backdrop of the inspiring Atlas Mountains. A&K’s ‘Kasbahs & Caravans’ journey visits Erfoud with a 4WD desert trip and a night at the atmospheric Kasbah Hotel Chergui. Prices for the 12-day journey from $12,915 per person.
In Spectre, 007’s visit to Rome sees him at Vatican City and involved in a high-octane car chase through St Peter’s Square down the steps of the Scalo De Pinedo to the road, which runs along the bank of the River Tiber. Scenes of Rome’s architectural masterpieces are breathtaking. A&K’s ‘Inside Italy’ journey includes two nights in the Eternal City staying at St Regis Grand. Prices for the 8-day journey from $8,090 per person.
No Bond film would be complete without the obligatory scenes of MI6 and the River Thames. Big Ben, Westminster and the London Eye also feature at their impressive best. A&K’s ‘Connections: Amsterdam, Paris & London’ itinerary includes three nights in the English capital with tours of all the highlights. Prices for the 10-day group tour from US$6,495 per person.
The 1977 film, The Spy who Loved Me, sees secret agent Bond dispatched to Cairo where he is variously found at the Sphinx and Luxor’s Temple of Karnak. A&K’s 9-day ‘Nile in Style’ itinerary visits both Cairo and Luxor with a Nile cruise thrown in, and is priced from $6,710 per person.
The opening scene of Casino Royale sees Daniel Craig in a high-speed pursuit over the rooftops of Istanbul and into the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar. A&K’s 10-day ‘Treasures of Turkey’ journey spends four nights in Istanbul with a private touring of all the city highlights and plenty of time to trawl the bazaar. Prices from $10,525 per person.
Leaping across rooftops in Zocalo, Mexico City, 007 also finds himself in the middle of the colourful procession marking the Day of the Dead. Whilst travellers may have missed the festivities this year, there’s plenty of time to book for 2016. A&K’s 11-day ‘Mexico Discovered’ journey includes two nights in Mexico City with prices on application.
Unlike Roger Moore in Octopussy, guests won’t have to be camouflaged as a crocodile when you arrive at Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Instead you’ll drift in on a small boat and be greeted like royalty. A&K’s 14-day ‘Splendours of Rajasthan’ journey includes two glorious nights at Taj Lake Palace with prices from $10,090 per person.
The final scenes of From Russia With Love (1963) take place aboard the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train travelling from Istanbul to France. Dressing for dinner is still de rigueur – tuxedo for wannabe secret agents and glittering gowns for glamorous partners – on any of the journeys which include London to Venice, Berlin to London and the iconic Paris to Istanbul. A&K’s 2-day ‘London to Venice’ rail journey is priced from $3,440 per person.
Rio de Janeiro
It’s not compulsory to cling to the outside of the cable car like our esteemed 007 in Moonraker (1979) but when in Rio a ride up Sugarloaf Mountain for jaw-dropping views of this spectacular city is a must and Rio’s Carnival one of the biggest parties on the planet. A&K’s 9-day ‘Best of Brazil’ itinerary includes three nights in Rio and is priced from $7,660 per person.
A thrilling tank chase through St Petersburg in Goldeneye (1995) shows magnificent scenes of the imposing architecture of this breathtakingly beautiful city. A&K’s 9-day ‘Jewels of Russia’ itinerary is a private journey with five nights in St Petersburg at the illustrious Belmond Grand Hotel Europe with prices from $8,295 per person.