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If you’re planning an overseas getaway this Christmas or over the summer months then here are A&K’s top ideas for a journey abroad, covering all bases from family celebrations to romantic getaways.

Enchanting Sri Lanka

One of the hottest travel destinations of the moment, Sri Lanka offers a delightful blend of ancient cities, tea plantations, hill stations, wildlife, temples and golden beaches. Its culinary attractions are many and there are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and beautiful boutique accommodation choices. Our summer months are the perfect time to visit and A&K has a 13-day luxe adventure taking in all the island’s highlights.

A&K’s ‘Enchanting Sri Lanka’ journey is priced from $5,345 per person.

Splendours of Rajasthan

Known as the ‘Land of Kings’, the Indian desert state of Rajasthan is the country’s largest and most romantic. Full of splendid forts and historic palaces, vibrant bazaars and vast desert landscapes, its people are also colourful. You’ll see the country’s brightest saris, cotton turbans in all the colours of the rainbow, glittering jewels and cities painted in bold hues.

On an A&K journey you’ll unearth all that this surprising region has to offer in just two weeks, from bustling cityscapes to remote countryside. There are iconic attractions aplenty – Delhi’s Red Fort and inimitable Taj Mahal, the Pink City of Jaipur, Jodhpur’s breathtaking Mehrangarh fort and the lakeside charms of Udaipur.

A&K’s 14-day ‘Splendours of Rajasthan’ journey is priced from $6,295 per person.

A Cape Christmas

Thinking of taking off this summer with the family in tow? Then South Africa is hard to beat. As well as being blessed with stunning landscapes, exciting wildlife, a vibrant gastronomic scene and an easy-going culture it also offers educational and entertaining options for youngsters. Two game reserves are featured on A&K’s family adventure with tailored bush activities for young and old. There’s junior tracking, bug identification, art workshops, star gazing and more. Plus time spent in beautiful Cape Town mountain biking, visiting the aquarium, touring townships, climbing Table Mountain and meeting local children.

A&K’s 12-day ‘A Family Adventure in South Africa’ itinerary is priced from $8,260 per adult and $5,490 per child (6-15 years).

Myanmar

Be one of the first to set sail on A&K’s new all-suite ship, Sanctuary Ananda, which launces on the Ayeyarwady River in November. Shaping up to be one of the finest vessels cruising the river, it has been custom built for local conditions and will carry no more than 48 guests. This summer, cruises will be 3, 4 or 7 nights exploring the waterway between Bagan and Mandalay. Highlights include temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries. During the cruises there are special cultural inclusions such as performances of traditional music and dance, ethnic dinners, lectures, cooking demonstrations, yoga, meditation and cigar making lessons. Guests cruising on select departures in December will receive an on board credit valued up to US$600 per suite to celebrate the launch.

A&K’s 11-day Myanmar in Style itinerary includes a four night cruise on board Sanctuary Ananda and is priced from $7,860 per person.

Southeast Asia: Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

For outstanding value this summer, A&K offers a 15-day small group journey travelling through three of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing destinations beginning in Bangkok where guests visit the Grand Palace through a secret entrance. There’s a rickshaw ride and walking tour along the river. In the cultural north of the country guests meet a Buddhist monk in Chiang Mai, explore the temples of Angkor in Cambodia and the attractions of Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An in Vietnam. There’s a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels with a war veteran and Hanoi with all its charming French influences.

Summer departures: 4 – 18 December 2014, 8 – 22 January 2015, 29 January – 12 February with prices from US$7,395 per person including internal airfare.

Antarctica

For the ultimate white Christmas take the family to Antarctica on board A&K’s MV Le Boreal. There’s no better way to capture a teenager’s imagination (and parents too) than being part of an expeditionary cruise to the White Continent. Unforgettable sightings include penguins in their multitudes, seal pups, cavorting whales and icebergs that defy descriptions. Working research stations are also part of the excitement as well as the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. The ship makes landfall on the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, remote British territories in the Atlantic, and guests visit the great explorer Ernest Shackleton’s final resting place. In the Yuletide spirit of surprise, Father Christmas may arrive by Zodiac before a celebratory BBQ.

A&K’s family journey commences Buenos Aires 19 December 2014 and returns 4 January 2015. The 17-day ‘Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands’ journey is priced from US $19,995 per adult (based on Category 2 cabin). Children aged between seven and 18 travelling with at least one full-fare paying adult per cabin save 50% off adult cruise prices. Somerestrictions apply.

Tale of 3 Cities

Three of Europe’s most cultured cities are nothing short of spectacular during the festive winter months with a chill in the air, ice rinks, festive markets and warm winter fare, rug up and take it all in. Starting in the Hungarian capital, you’ll be dazzled by this beautiful city, which straddles the Danube. Budapest is full of charming cobbled streets, old churches and architectural marvels galore. In Vienna the smell of mulled wine, freshly baked sweet treats, roast chestnuts plus a light dusting of snow is all you need to capture the perfect winter experience. The journey ends in Prague where Christmas trees and festive markets dot the streets and an evening recital at the Estates Theatre before strolling across the snow-covered Charles Bridge back to the Four Seasons Prague will be unforgettable.

A&K’s 9 day ‘A Tale of Three Cities’ itinerary is priced from $9,375 per person.

Inside Chile

With so many similarities to our way of life here and a climate to match, Chile is a wonderful summer destination. It has some of the most diverse landscapes on earth from the dry desert of the Atacama in the north to the Alps and glaciers of the far south and the Mediterranean climate of the central vineyards regions. There are cosmopolitan urban attractions in Santiago, wilderness adventures aplenty and some of the most stunning lodgings around.

A&K’s 10-day ‘Inside Chile’ itinerary is priced from $9,015 per person.

Arabian Odyssey

Either as a stopover en route to Europe or a stand-alone luxe adventure, Oman has much to recommend it. There are wild wadis, an untouched coastline, spectacular deserts, ancient forts and castles and dramatic scenery everywhere you look. It also has one of the oldest civilisations on the Arabian Peninsula and is one of the most surprising and unspoiled destinations in the Middle East. A&K’s journey starts in the port city of Muscat exploring the waterfront, markets and traditional crafts before heading into the mountains to the extraordinary new eco-resort, Alila JabalAkhdar where there are fascinating tours of the area and plenty of downtime. A night in the Wahiba Sands in a desert camp is a memorable highlight.

A&K’s 8-day ‘Arabian Odyssey’ itinerary is priced from $3,900 per person.

Morocco

A more vibrant, colourful and intriguing country is hard to find. With its spectacular deserts, ancient imperial cities, bustling souks, beautiful handicrafts and a mouth-watering cuisine, Morocco is a stunning destination. It has a long and fascinating heritage which marries well with its modern-day temperament. On A&K’s affordable Connections Group Journey eight days are spent getting under the skin of the country with an accompanying Tour Director taking in the best of Casablanca, Fes, Rabat and Marrakech. Some of the highlights include dinner with a local family in Marrakech, an audiencewith a Fes insider and village visits in the Atlas Mountains.

A&K’s 8-day ‘Connections: Imperial Cities’ journey has departures 6 – 13 December 2014, 10 – 17January 2015 and 24 – 31 January 2015, with a maximum of 24 guests. Prices from US $3,495 per person.

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