Abercrombie & Kent adds 11 tours to Asia program

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OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Abercrombie & Kent expanded its Asia product line for 2001.

The operator, based here, created 11 itineraries in the region for next year, including a 13-night family holiday in China, a series of trips geared to active travelers and four itineraries designed for independent travelers.

The firm also is marketing a new series of spa packages to resorts in Thailand and India as extensions to any escorted itinerary.

Also, an Extension Series of itineraries to destinations such as Laos and Japan is offered as additions to any escorted tour.

All of the itineraries are outlined in the company's 122-page brochure, the Orient, China and India.

The firm's Signature Series for independent travelers offers trips to China, Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand) and India.

The trips feature what the operator said are the "advantages of independent travel ... with the convenience of instant confirmation and guaranteed pricing."

Under the Signature Series program, the day of departure and the structure of the itineraries are fixed, but there is usually a weekly frequency of departures for convenience.

In Indochina, a 14-night trip takes in Bangkok; Hanoi and Hoi An, Vietnam, and Phnom Penh and Angkor, Cambodia, among other places.

The trip costs from $5,950 per person, double. A $1,550 single supplement applies.

International and internal air fare are extra. Departures are available from January through April and from September through December.

New for 2001 is a 13-night China Family Holiday that combines the country's popular tourist destinations with sites and cultural activities that would appeal to youngsters (children must be at least 9 years old to participate).

The trip begins in Hong Kong and makes its way to Guilin, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xian and Beijing.

Activities include kite-flying from the Great Wall, a dragon-boat ride on the lake near the Summer Palace and a visit to Shanghai's Acrobatic Circus.

This itinerary costs $4,490 per person, double; $2,850 for each child under 12, and $1,990 for each child under 12 sharing a room with two adults. Air fare is extra. Available departures are June 17 and July 15.

For more details or to make reservations, call (800) 323-7308 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.

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