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Abercrombie and Kent’s wellness-inspired journeys

Abercrombie and Kent’s wellness-inspired journeys

A series of new wellness-inspired journeys immerses travellers in the cultural and spiritual hearts of four special destinations with enriching experiences that nourish the mind, feed the soul and invigorate the body.

Abercrombie & Kent is already an expert at curating thoughtful itineraries with a luxurious bent, but focusing on wellness brings a rejuvenating new dimension to the tour company’s journeys through Kenya, Peru, India and Southeast Asia. Limited to a maximum of 18 guests, the exclusive tours unfold at a relaxed pace with a wealth of wellness-inspired activities on offer. The idea is to give guests authentic and deeply immersive experiences that have them go home replenished and a little wiser than when they left.

Trips range from nine to 13 days long, and whether it be hiking through a Kenyan cloud forest, kayaking on a remote Andean lagoon, or meditating by Southeast Asia’s most spectacular waterfall, there’s something for everyone on these Abercrombie & Kent tours. We’ve compiled the highlights of each wellness-inspired journey.

India — 13 days

Day 3: Be introduced to meditation in Udaipur

Today you’ll leave Delhi and make your way to the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur. You’ll have the afternoon to do as you please, and then in the evening, you’ll participate in a guided meditation. Your expert guide will offer tips to establish your own daily meditation routine. While eating dinner, take in a show of local music and traditional dancing.

Day 6: Learn about Ayurveda at Amanbagh

In the morning you’ll jet off to Jaipur, where you can explore Amber Fort, an imposing red sandstone fortress that rises up out of the hillside. After lunch, you’ll journey into the foothills of Rajasthan’s Aravalli hills to Amanbagh, a resort with a focus on wellness immersions. Take the opportunity to meet with an Ayurvedic doctor, who will make health suggestions based on your body type.

Day 8: Learn about the Ayurvedic diet

Spend the day at your leisure, taking in the resort’s gym or yoga lessons. Alternatively, make your way back into Jaipur for a day of adventure and exploration. While enjoying dinner tonight you’ll get a hands-on opportunity to learn about the Ayurvedic healing properties of key foods.

Day 10: Embrace India’s spiritual side

Today’s an early start in order to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, the orange rays softened by a gentle morning mist. You’ll have the rest of the day to yourself, before flying to Varanasi, India’s spiritual heart, in the evening. Stay at Brijrama Palace, a heritage hotel perched on the banks of the Ganges River.

Tour dates: 5-17 October 2019

9-21 November 2019

Peru — 10 days

Day 2: Learn about Peruvian cuisine

Start the day with a yoga session before taking part in a Chef’s Table experience. You’ll join a local chef for a guided walk through the markets to gather ingredients for breakfast, before heading to a local restaurant for a hands-on lesson in cooking Peruvian cuisine. For the rest of the day, explore Lima, including the Plaza Mayor, home to a 16th-century cathedral. In the afternoon at your hotel, you’ll enjoy a talk on the healing powers of ayahuasca, a plant that has both medical and spiritual uses to indigenous tribes in the Amazon.

Day 4: Embrace the natural world of the Andes

Travel high into the Andes to kayak on the pristine waters of Huaypo, a remote lagoon some 3,800 metres above sea level. In the afternoon you’ll get the chance to take part in one of Peru’s most sacred traditional rituals, joining a local shaman in a ‘payment of the earth’ ceremony and extending an offering to the earth goddess Pachamama. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the lagoon, before visiting a remote mountain community to learn more about medicinal plants of the Andes.

Day 7: Walk the ruins of Machu Picchu

Your prime location at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge adjacent to the ruins means that your group will be some of the first people to arrive at the citadel, with the chance to wander between the crumbling stone walls in the muted pinks and oranges of the morning light. You’ll also have the option of hiking the towering peak of Huayna Picchu for stunning views over the valley. After a day of adventure, you’ll travel by rail to Cusco, and stay just off the city’s main square, in Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.

Tour dates: 4-13 November 2019

3-12 December 2019

Southeast Asia — 13 days

Day 3: Take part in a traditional welcoming ceremony

Settle into your choice of accommodation: either a Waterfall Pool Villa with its own private plunge pool, or a Hilltop tent, hard-floored, semi-tented accommodation that takes in views of the lush rolling hills. In the evening, take part in a traditional baci ceremony, a Laotian welcoming ritual performed to bestow the protective power of the spirits on the visitor.

Day 6: Meditate by Kuang Si Falls

Start early, travelling to the multitiered Kuang Si Falls for a meditation guided by a local expert. Enjoy a picnic breakfast on the banks of the river, before spending some time exploring the forest around the falls. Finish by taking a refreshing dip in the milky-blue waters. Tonight you’ll stay at Phum Baitang in Siam Reap, a hotel situated amid three hectares of gardens and rice paddies.

Day 8: Improve the life of rural villagers

In the morning, watch the sun rise over the spires of Angkor Wat, then continue on to Ta Prohm, where the jungle’s strangler figs have reclaimed the ruins of an ancient temple. Spend the afternoon in a rural village where, under the guidance of the A&K Philanthropy team, you will help install filtered wells as part of the Cambodia Clean Water Project.

Tour dates: 9-21 October 2019

30 October-11 November 2019

Kenya — 9 days

Day 2: Be inspired by charitable work in Nairobi

Start your day with a morning yoga class, then depart for an afternoon of inspiring encounters. Begin with a visit to the six-hectare Giraffe Centre, where you’ll get the chance to feed endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. Next, you’ll see how recycled thongs are transformed into incredible works of art at the innovative Ocean Sole workshop, before finishing the day with a late-afternoon visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where injured and orphaned elephants are nursed back to health before they are released back into the wild.

Day 6: Meet the Maasai locals

Float above the plains of the Maasai Mara in a hot air balloon (at additional cost and weather permitting), experiencing the Mara at its most peaceful before touching down for a champagne breakfast in the bush. Back at your lodge, take the time to indulge in your included spa treatment, with three rejuvenating options available. In the afternoon, spend time with a member of the local Maasai to learn about their tribe’s culture and the importance of jewellery followed by a beading demonstration.

Day 8: Hike through the Chyulu Hills

Your day will begin with a sunrise yoga and meditation session, after which you’ll depart for the day’s first game drive. Drive through the Chyulu Hills, a landscape of volcanic tubes and dense cloud forests, then set off on a guided hike that crisscrosses animal trails. You’ll spend the afternoon at your leisure, enjoying the Finch Hattons’ luxury wellness facilities, before embarking on a late-afternoon game drive in Tsavo West National Park.

Tour dates: 20-28 October 2019

29 October-6 November 2019

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