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September 3, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Today’s travellers are increasingly in search of the experiential. This quest for authentic, hands-on experiences is a driving factor for guests planning holidays, and has certainly been the inspiration behind the development and growth of A&K’s  ‘Insider Access’ offering across its extensive portfolio.

Thanks to A&K’s broad network of offices, staff and local contacts across the globe, the company has been able to create an extensive range of unique opportunities that allow guests to truly immerse themselves into the essence of each destination and enrich their own travel experiences.

Here are just a few examples of some of A&K’s ‘Insider Access’ experiences on offer.

  • In Cape Town, South Africa A&K guests meet Zainie Misbach, a Bo-Kaap local with strong community ties and a zeal for the Cape Malay culture. She shares her passion for Cape Malay cuisine during a walk through the colourful cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap, visiting a spice shop before conducting a hands-on cooking class, where guests discover the secrets of mixing masala, making dahltjies (chilli bites), samosas and rootis and learning the secrets for cooking a mouth-watering Cape Malay curry. Afterwards guests enjoy lunch with Zainie as she shares local recipes and entertaining life stories.
  • On the other side of the world in Quito, Ecuador guests meet an old-fashioned toy maker in his workshop. Specialising in spinning tops, Jorge Rivadeneira spent much of his childhood in his father’s toy workshop and demonstrates with great passion over 100 tricks with the tops he still makes by hand today.
  • A visit to the Royal Stables in Amman, Jordan is a chance for equine enthusiasts to meet the stable manager, understand the breeding programme and bloodlines of the Arab thoroughbreds of Jordanian Royal Family, which are stabled there.
  • In a country where cricket is fanatically followed, Australian cricket tragics will be enthralled by the opportunity to participate in a game of local cricket with a family in Delhi, India. Top off an unforgettable experience with a picnic beside the ground.
  • In Cambodia Meet Mr Youk Chhang, survivor of the Khmer Rouge campaign and the U.S. bombing attacks. His shared story is a moving and touching experience for anyone. He is the director of the Document Centre of Cambodia, which has been at the forefront of documenting the myriad crimes and atrocities of the Khmer Rouge era.
  • Guests visiting Yangon, Myanmar have the opportunity to meet with the former personal assistant of Aung San Suu Kyi, Ma Thanegi, over dinner. Previously a painter, she had no interest in politics, but joined the political movement in Myanmar to be part of the groundswell. Although a member of the NLD, she was never directly connected to it, but instead worked for Aung San Suu Kyi in her home office answering the phone, taking notes at meetings and travelling with her across the country, providing some truly fascinating insights into this charismatic stateswoman.
  • For those visiting Chile between March and May, A&K offers the unique opportunity to participate in the vendimia (grape harvest). Guests are given tools for the day’s ‘work’, driven by horse-drawn (or tractor-drawn) carriage to the vines for hands-on participation. As a memento, a bottle of that vintage is sent to guests as soon as it goes on sale.
  • In Florence, Italy A&K’s green-fingered guests can visit a private walled Renaissance garden at Villa Il Castello with the resident Count. Guided by him, the visit includes an explanation of the restoration and reconstruction process of the garden, the philosophy of Italian gardening and a discussion of traditions of alchemy during the Renaissance.
  • A&K visitors to Austria’s Danube Valley can take a privately guided tour through a 300-year old wine cellar, one of the biggest and oldest in Austria. Part of the experience includes meeting the wine maker and enjoying a private wine and food tasting in the Baroque castle. The tasting includes eight wines from the best local variety (Domäne Wachau“) as well as a selection of cheeses and a charcuterie plate.
  • Guests in Marrakech, Morocco can visit the Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy supported project, Al Karam, which furnishes housing in emergency situations and offers a centre that is a safe haven of daily activities for abandoned street children or those left out in the streets to earn money through begging and/or prostitution.

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