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Book Your Journey with Confidence for Travel Through December 31, 2022
With A&K’s flexible booking policy, you can plan your future travel with complete peace of mind. Book now for travel through December 31, 2022, and you may change or cancel up to 30 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason — whether at home or in your travel destination — and receive a credit toward future travel.
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Terms and Conditions: For new bookings made with Abercrombie & Kent Australasia beginning January 1, 2022 for travel through December 31, 2022, guests may change or cancel the booking up to 30 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason at home or in their travel destination. For Tailor Made bookings, some exclusions and penalties may apply, which will be advised in writing prior to confirmation. All monies applied to a new booking are non-transferable and non-refundable. Guests who cancel without rebooking will receive a credit toward future travel valid through December 31, 2022; credit is non-transferable and non-refundable. Applicable price of new journey applies. Guest is responsible for non-refundable air fees, insurance and other related costs. All other standard terms and conditions apply to the booking. Special terms are subject to change and can be withdrawn at any time.
COVID-19-related reasons include:
- The government in the guest’s country of residence issues a Do Not Travel advisory due to COVID-19 for the destination the guest is travelling to.
- The government in the guest’s country of residence restricts all but essential travel.
- The destination the guest is travelling to has entry restrictions in place that prohibit the guest from travelling, such as closed borders or extended quarantine requirements.
- International flights are cancelled without alternative routing available for guest to use to reach the destination(s) in the itinerary.
Special Terms: COVID-19 and Multi-Country Itineraries:
For multi-country itineraries, the ability to change or postpone only applies to destination(s) that qualify due to COVID-19 related reasons. We will make our best efforts to work with suppliers to minimize penalties in non-impacted destinations by rerouting or postponing your journey.
Hands-on conservation efforts in the Great Barrier Reef
Embrace a rare opportunity to explore the remote northern Great Barrier Reef on a luxurious expedition aboard the 70ft luxury motor yacht Aroona. Travelling with a small group of like-minded travellers, you also have the exclusive opportunity to participate in the Great Reef Census - a world-first citizen science effort to survey the Great Barrier Reef. This partnership project developed by the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef in collaboration with leading research and management institutions, allows your clients to help gather data that drives impactful on-the-ground projects, delivers vital insights for management and ultimately, advances conservation outcomes for the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Be spellbound on daily diving and snorkelling adventures, exploring miles of reef in world-renowned sites from Lagoon Reef to Raine Island, each home to spectacular seascapes and shipwrecks, thriving schools of fish, captivating coral gardens and reef walls bursting with a kaleidoscope of marine life. Led on daily explorations by Aroona's experienced crew, there is also plenty of time to relax aboard in five-star comfort, savouring personalised dining delivered by your private chef. Your charter includes fishing rods and tackle, snorkelling and scuba gear including protective suits and wetsuits, a five metre inflatable pontoon and two stand-up paddle boards.
Contact one of our expert journey designers to find out more.
Stories of Outback Queensland
Soar across ancient sandstone escarpments, magnificent rivers and endless outback landscapes on this heli-experience like no other, exclusive to A&K. In the company of your indigenous host and guide, a traditional custodian of this region, you’ll be choppered inland from Cairns or Port Douglas to the remote ancient lands where an extraordinary cultural experience awaits. Be guided on a unique and privileged discovery of the amazing Quinkan rock art, regarded by UNESCO as one of the 10 most significant bodies of rock art in the world, spellbound as your indigenous guide interprets the painted stories of his people, the Kuku-yalanji. Learn more about Australia’s Indigenous history at this magnificent and culturally significant site and admire the extraordinary depictions of Quinkan spirits, fertility symbols, ancient guardians, totems, turtles and crocodiles, some at least 20,000 years old.
Return to the helicopter for the short hop to Palmerville, experiencing an exclusive immersion into life on this working cattle station. Meet the station manager and get a firsthand glimpse into outback life - mustering cattle, fencing or dam building, depending on the time of year and the season.
Return to your coastal retreat at the end of a rewarding and insightful outback adventure.
Contact our expert journey designers to find out more.
Tour Raptor Refuge
Located south of Hobart, the Raptor Refuge is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere which, under the guidance of passionate conservationist Craig Webb, takes in injured birds of prey and, with a small team of volunteers, rehabilitates them for return to the wild.
A&K travellers in Tasmania have the unique opportunity to visit the refuge and enjoy a level of access beyond anything that is offered to the general public and other guests. While we may not be able to visit in person right now, Craig and his team have put together this engaging virtual tour of the refuge, showcasing the work they do, and some of the feathered residents benefiting from rehabilitative care.
We look forward to welcoming your clients to the inspirational Raptor Refuge when the time is right.
Approved by the Australian Tourism Export Council as COVID ready
The Australian Tourism Export Council COVID Ready Badge, identifies A&K Australia as a COVID Ready business and represents that we are currently operating inline with the NCCC COVID safe guidelines and other relevant state based guidelines.
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Coronavirus (COVID - 19) - Travel Information
Abercrombie & Kent Australasia is part of the A&K Group of Companies, the World’s largest network of DMCs with some 55 offices in more than 30 countries and over 50 Years’ experience of looking after the needs of luxury travellers. Travelling with A&K means you benefit from the A&K cocoon every step of the way; the safety of our guests, as well as our staff, is paramount to us.
This means that we have a robust support team to handle rapidly evolving situations such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, whether supporting our guests or our staff around the globe.
In all our destinations, our local teams are closely monitoring the development of Coronavirus and we will contact you should there be any immediate need to review your travel plans.
In addition to our usual high standards of care, our DMC offices are also ensuring similar levels of protection when it comes to Coronavirus. We are prepared in case of any suspicion of coronavirus risk to guests or staff to ensure that anyone who does become unwell is quickly cared for in the right way. Wherever possible in the event of illness, our staff will be on hand to assist and to minimise the impact on others.
For those due to travel soon, if you have concerns about the trip and the impact of Coronavirus on travel plans, please do contact us to discuss your options. Whilst, in most cases, there is no reason to change these plans, we do understand the many concerns that our guests and Travel Advisors may have in the current climate.
Behind The Scenes Experiences in Canberra
Kathie Sikkes, General Manager of Abercrombie & Kent Australia and New Zealand, would love to share her top three experiences from her recent familiarisation trip to Canberra. She was fortunate to visit many of the city’s notable sights including the National Gallery, Parliament House and the War Memorial.
1. National Gallery of Australia: A feast for the senses.
The wonders on offer at the National Gallery extend beyond the creative pieces on display. From admiring iconic masterpieces to savouring an incredible degustation dinner, discover an unforgettable, luxury experience at the National Gallery of Australia: A Feast of Icons.
In an exclusive after-hours tour, join an expert guide as they reveal the secrets and stories of iconic works from the National Gallery of Australia’s extraordinary collection, including Blue poles by Jackson Pollock.
The National Gallery of Australia allows guests to step into a world seen through the eyes of artists. It is a world of creativity, identity and courage. Deepen your experience in a feast for the senses, an exclusively curated dinner with each course inspired by a work of art. Held in the private dining room with a stunning outlook over Lake Burley Griffin, this will be a meal to remember.
As a memento of the evening, each guest will receive a souvenir edition of the gallery’s Collection Highlights, personally signed by the director.
It is worth visiting at any time of the year, with an annual calendar of stunning major exhibitions, an unsurpassed national collection, a dynamic program of public programs and live art events.
2. Parliament House
Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime behind-the-scenes access to Australia’s Parliament House, and savour a fine dining experience.
On an exclusive tour, guests will gain an understanding of architect Romaldo Giurgola’s unique vision—from its European origins to its Australian materials and the interpretation that rivals Walter Burley-Griffin’s Canberra plan.
Don your hard hats for an exclusive visit to the Parliamentary Art and Furniture Collections and other off-limits spaces. Walk away with a gift bag including the book Interwoven by Pamille Berg on the commissioned art and craft of Australian Parliament House, and a bottle of ‘Parliamentary Librarian’s Gin’ produced exclusively for us by McHenry’s Distillery, Port Arthur.
Following your explorations, in-house chefs will prepare a High Tea with seasonal offerings, paired with a sample of local Canberra-region wines (or beers, if that's more to your taste). Your day finishes with a tasting of our in-house gin (and tonic) and some tasty delicacies.
3. The War Memorial
Gain unrivalled insight and access into the Australian War Memorial’s invaluable collection and the unique personal stories behind it, during the new experience entitled, The Soul of the Nation.
Join an experienced guide for an engaging private tour of the Memorial’s Commemorative Courtyard, and hear some of the stories of service and sacrifice behind the over 102,000 names on the Australian Roll of Honour.
Enter the breathtaking Hall of Memory and gaze upon one of the largest and most captivating mosaics in the world. Guests may pay their respects and place a poppy of remembrance on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.
Following the tour, join one of the Memorial’s curators for a private viewing of their unique collection of rare and beautiful letters, maps, photographs and diaries from soldiers and their families —many over 100 years old. Rarely displayed works by some of Australia’s most important artists of the last century are also available for viewing.
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