WHY IT RATES: These two new expeditions were personally crafted by Geoffrey Kent and offer insider access to remote regions and unrivaled experiences. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer
After spending last year exploring the farthest reaches of the globe, from the Arctic Circle to the South Pole, luxury travel pioneer Geoffrey Kent has since been spending his time in search of new adventures.
“I thought about some of the most spectacular places I’ve been to in my life and how I could share these experiences with Abercrombie & Kent guests,” said Kent.
With an unfettered imagination and over half a century of logistical expertise, Kent and his team deliver an unexpected level of comfort, authenticity and access with two new Inspiring Expeditions: Ethiopia by Air: Danakil & Beyond and Carnival & Cariocas.
“Delving back to my early guiding days, I’ve mapped out an expedition across one of Africa’s most remote regions to reveal Ethiopia’s awe-inspiring natural beauty, as well as the country’s remarkable history that dates back to biblical times,” Kent explains. “Traveling by helicopter provides access to places that few other Westerners have had the privilege to visit.”
“Then in February, my wife–who is Brazilian–and I will return to Rio de Janeiro to experience the pageantry of Carnival. It is a party unlike any other, with over 80,000 people all singing, dancing and having such a joyous time in the Samba School parade. It was one of the most thrilling events we have experienced together, and something I couldn’t wait to share with others.”
Ethiopia by Air: Danakil & Beyond
One hallmark of each Inspiring Expedition is thrills. On Ethiopia by Air: Danakil & Beyond (October 4-13, 2019) a fleet of helicopters makes it possible to easily travel from one remarkable site to the next, including the remote and rarely visited Danakil Depression, where a glowing lava lake and sulphur-yellow salt flats are among the Earth’s most otherworldly landscapes.
Learn about the important role that Ethiopia played in human history at the National Museum with behind-the-scenes access to the original Lucy skeleton, which dates back more than 3.2 million years.
Experience Christianity’s earliest sacred places with exclusive access to one of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela when it is closed to the public. Marvel at how the story of Axum is revealed by Stelae Park’s iconic obelisks and the church believed to house the Ark of the Covenant.
Each day is filled with spectacular experiences. On a flightseeing expedition to the Danakil Depression, touch down for sunrise beside the sulphur springs of Dallol.
Take in sweeping views of the vast salt pans and Erta Ale’s fiery volcanic crater, pausing for a swim in the emerald pools of Lake Afdera. Climb up to the mountaintop churches of Gheralta Massif, all but unknown to the outside world until 1966. Fly deep into the Simien Mountains to see wildlife found nowhere else, like the gelada baboon and walia ibex. Meet the tribal peoples of the remote Omo Delta who rarely welcome outsiders. Ten days from $185,000 per person, double occupancy.
Carnival & Cariocas
Another hallmark of every Inspiring Expedition is exclusivity. Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival is considered one of the most vibrant celebrations on earth, and guests on Carnival & Cariocas (February 21-27, 2020) will experience the party on an entirely different level. Imbibe the magic of Carnival with an all-access pass to the exclusive Copacabana Palace Magic Ball.
Enjoy special access to a Samba school and learn from a Carnival Queen about what goes into the year-long preparations. Then, witness the elaborate floats, whirling dancers, and pounding drum corps from a private VIP box at the Sambodromo. Embrace the spirit of celebration with this once-in-a-lifetime experience in sun-kissed Rio.
Stay at the luxurious, beachfront Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro–a personal favorite of Geoffrey Kent-and hobnob with Brazil’s rich, famous and beautiful at the iconic rooftop infinity pool. Take in epic views of Christ the Redeemer with a helicopter tour over the city, landing at Urca Hill in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain for a spectacular private dinner.
Learn the art of football as you take part in a penalty shoot-out against a professional player. Then decompress from the party vibe, cruising on a private yacht to the coastal resort of Angra dos Reis for two relaxing nights. $105,000 per person, double occupancy.
To learn more about Abercrombie & Kent’s Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/small-group-journeys/inspiring-expeditions-by-geoffrey-kent or call 800 554 7094 to speak to an A&K Travel Consultant.
SOURCE: Abercrombie & Kent press release.
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