OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Abercrombie & Kent's new cruise tour of
Myanmar this fall leads the firm's strong charge in Asia.
The company is featuring seven new programs in the region this
year, bringing its total to 35.
"Since Sept. 11, there has been a lot of interest in travel to
the Orient," said an A&K spokeswoman. "It's one of our
The inaugural departure of the Myanmar plan is September 10
aboard the Road to Mandalay cruising vessel.
The tentative itinerary includes a seven-night cruise on the
Chindwin River and two hotel nights, one in Yangon at the Strand
Hotel and one in Mandalay City at the Sedona Hotel. Other stops
include Monywa, Maukkadaw, Mingin, Kalewa, Mawlaik and Bagan.
The program is priced at $2,950 per person, double, for a
superior cabin or $3,950 for a state cabin. The land price includes
The company's three new escorted programs have familiar names
but new itineraries. All rates are per person, double, land
The 12-night Golden Lotus plan includes a visit to the Grand Palace
and Emerald Buddha in Bangkok; an excursion to Angkor Wat,
Cambodia; and a three-night cruise on the Road To Mandalay. The
program costs $6,730.
Magnificent India & Nepal is a 13-night tour that includes
such highlights as the Taj Mahal, a cruise on the Ganges and an
elephant-back excursion. It's priced from $5,650.
The 15-night Mystery of Mongolia itinerary includes Ulaanbaatar,
Moron, Hovsgol Nuur and the south Gobi Desert. This trip starts at
A&K's Signature series tours are complete, fixed itineraries
for independent travel with individual driver-guides. Like escorted
tours, they offer immediate confirmation and guaranteed
The new Signature programs (rates are per person, double, land
only) for 2002 include:
• In the Footsteps of Marco Polo, a 16-night program that begins
in Shanghai and ends in Beijing, spending two days in each city.
Also included are visits to Tunxi, where Ming-period architecture
can be seen; the 6,000-foot Huangshan Summit; Hangzhou, called by
Marco Polo "the most magnificent city on earth"; Nanjing; Xian; and
Zhengzhou. The land cost of the program is $5,970.
• Yunnan is an 11-night program, priced at $4,460, that flies
into Hong Kong and includes Kunming, the capital of Yunnan; Dali,
the seat of Bai culture; Lijiang; and Zhongddian.
• Also an 11-night itinerary, Cambodia and Myanmar offers an
introduction to the two countries, with stops in Phnom Penh and
Siem Reap, Cambodia, and Yangon, Heho and Mandalay, Myanmar. The
price is $5,595.
• The Southern India tour includes Bombay, Bangalore, Mysore,
Cochin, Kumarakom, Periyar, Madurai and Madras. The 11-night tour
is priced at $3,465.
The operator also offers a series of independent programs,
including three- to six-night packages for Hong Kong, Beijing,
Cambodia, Laos, Tibet, Nepal and Myanmar, as well as a Thailand to
Singapore rail tour using the Eastern & Oriental Express. The
programs are designed primarily to be used as extensions that can
be added to another itinerary.
For more information, call (800) 323-7308. The Web site is at www.abercrombiekent.com.