In northern India hot air ballooning over key Rajasthani sites and cities can be included or a tailored Ayurvedic package specific to guest needs. There’s also a Buddhist healing ritual in Bhutan, a vintage Vespa ride in Vietnam or a behind-the-scenes tour of Beijing’s Forbidden City.
What’s new in the Subcontinent for 2016?
India by Rail
A two-week luxury rail trip on Maharajahs’ Express covers many of the highlights of northern India with eight days on the train in luxurious cabins designed to replicate the royal carriages of a bygone era. Itinerary highlights include cosmopolitan Mumbai, the Taj Mahal, famous forts and palaces of Rajasthan and a holy Ganges experience in Varanasi. Prices from $15,930 per person.
A culinary journey to Sri Lanka hosted by renowned cook and self-proclaimed gastronaut Geoff Jansz has been introduced. The group of no more than 24 guests will cover all the major highlights of this charming and diverse island nation visiting ancient sites and modern day attractions, participating in unique cultural interactions and specially tailored culinary experiences. Tour dates: 2 – 15 October 2016, priced from $8,475 per person.
Luxury Small Group Journeys
New to A&K’s luxury small group journey portfolio is a 16-day itinerary which includes a seven-night cruise on the Ganges River aboard the luxurious new, all-balcony Ganges Voyager I or II plus a day trip to the Taj Mahal and the vibrant capital of Nepal, Kathmandu with a scenic flight of Mt Everest. Tours commence December 2016, with prices from US$9,330 per person including internal flights.
There’s a new beach extension in Goa with a choice of five star hotel and high tea with a local family. In Sri Lanka, new accommodation options are also featured including the stunning new Cape Weligama on the south coast where butler service is standard and a walking tour of Galle a highlight. In Yala National Park the new Chena Huts is A&K’s preferred base for outstanding leopard viewing.
What’s new in Asia for 2016?
A week-long private journey through this fascinating country introduces the capital Ulaanbaatar and the mysterious Gobi Desert, with accommodation in a traditional ger. Visits to archaeological sites and nomadic communities are a highlights. Prices from $7,295 per person.
Art & culture in Japan
A fascinating six-day cultural journey through central Japan takes guests off the beaten track to the little known towns of Kanazawa and Takayama. There are beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts, temples, markets and quaint wooden homes which take travellers back in time. Prices from $8,605 per person.
Laos and its sleepy charms are explored on a new 8-day private itinerary from World Heritage listed Luang Prabang in the north to the stunning 4000 Islands region of the south. There are temple and village visits, a river trip, handicraft workshops to explore and ancient Khmer ruins. Prices from $4,655 per person.
A panda experience in Chengdu is a must for any visitor to China so a new three-day visit is available to add on to a longer journey in the country. It includes a visit to the Chengdu Panda Research & Breeding Centre and luxury accommodation at the Ritz-Carlton Chengdu. Prices from $1,915 per person.
There are two new hosted journeys to China and Tibet as well as the Ancient Trade Routes of Central Asia. Tours depart April and May 2016 with prices for China and Tibet from $8,995 per person.
Luxury Small Group Journeys
Also new to A&K’s luxury small group journey portfolio is a 12-day itinerary which includes a week long cruise down the Mekong from Cambodia to Vietnam on the ‘Mekong Princess’. The maximum group size is 24 guests and highlights include Bangkok, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, the Mekong Delta and Saigon. Tours depart January, February, March, September, October and December, with prices from US$8,455 per person including internal flights.