Multi-Day Tour

The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (24 days)

Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC

Arrive Montreal, Quebec To Nome, AK, United States

Valid for Departures: 26 Aug 2019 - 18 Sep 2019

The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea (24 days)

Day 1

Arrive Montreal, Quebec

Day 4

Western Greenland

Day 5

Western Greenland

Day 6

Western Greenland

Day 7

Western Greenland

Day 8

Western Greenland

Day 9

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 10

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 11

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 12

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 13

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 14

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 15

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 16

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 17

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 18

Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

Day 20

Herschel Island & the Yukon Territory

Day 21

Beaufort & Chukchi Seas

Day 22

Beaufort & Chukchi Seas

Day 23

Little Diomede

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
26 Aug 2019
Arrive Montreal, Quebec
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Dinner
Arrive Montreal, Quebec:
Arrive in Montreal and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy free time to relax or explore the city independently, with our staff available at the A&K hospitality desk to assist with arrangements and reservations. Tonight, gather with your A&K Expedition Team for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner to celebrate the start of your adventure.
Day 2
27 Aug 2019
Montreal, QC Canada
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Breakfast
Montreal:
Today, explore this modern and culturally rich Canadian city with a choice of engaging tours. You may set out on a panoramic city tour, beginning with a guided visit of Notre-Dame Basilica, then pausing at the scenic summit of the Mont-Royal and sampling Montreal's fabled bagels. Or, you may instead opt to explore multicultural Old Montreal, enjoying those same beautiful vistas at Mont-Royal before proceeding to Little Italy and its open-air Jean Talon Market, filled with authentic local and international ingredients. As an alternative, explore Old Montreal on foot, learning about its rich French and English heritage; see City Hall, Jacques-Cartier Square, Place d'Armes and Saint Jacques Street with its notable Victorian architecture. As another option, you may take a guided walking tour through the city's downtown, traversing the pedestrian "Underground City" (a network of shop-lined tunnels), the boutique-filled Sainte Catherine Street and Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal's premier entertainment district.
Day 3
28 Aug 2019
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kangerlussuaq:
Transfer to the airport for an early morning charter flight to Western Greenland. Arrive this afternoon at Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord in Danish), located on the tip of its namesake fjord and once a strategic allied stronghold during World War II. Pause here for lunch. Søndre Strømfjord sits at the base of the edge of the Greenland ice sheet (indlandsis), a vast body of inland ice covering 80 percent of the continent. Later, board your luxury expedition mega-yacht, ‘Le Boreal.' Throughout your journey, gain rich knowledge both on board and ashore, with an immersive, exciting enrichment program led by your award-winning Expedition Team. Tonight, join fellow guests and crew for a welcome cocktail reception.
Day 4
29 Aug 2019
Western Greenland
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Western Greenland:
In 1906, polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Start your voyage exactly where he did: along the stunning West Coast of Greenland and north into Baffin Bay, which you explore for six days, furthered by an enrichment and lecture program that affords deep insight into this dramatic, remote region. Based on ice, weather and sea conditions, your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day's best sightseeing opportunities, which may include:
Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is both the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year-round, ice-free port, as well as the southernmost town with sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museum with its exhibits on Inuit culture and Greenlandic colonial history, and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into Disko Bay, a wide inlet off of Baffin Bay first explored by Erik the Red in 985, when he established the first Norse settlements in Western Greenland. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the sea mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. The scene is spectacular with giant icebergs, floating growlers and bergy bits (large chunks of glacial ice), and the sounds of the calving ice-stream. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, including a visit to the local history museum, and meet with villagers to learn about life in this often-harsh Arctic region. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay.
Uummannaq Fjords: Located north of Ilulissat, the Uummannaq Fjord System is an awe-inspiring geological wonder teeming with marine life. Visit Karrat to enjoy the stunning view of the iceberg-studded bay and also discover the remains of ancient huts, made of whale bones and sod by traditional Thule hunters (ancestors of the Inuit) some 500 to 1,000 years ago.
Upernavik: Founded in 1772, this summer camp for nomadic Greenland Inuit was an ideal hunting ground for whales, seals and fish. Witness this for yourself when you spend time with local villagers who still maintain a traditional way of life, living off the fish and seal populations common to the region. Visit the shops, church and local museum, the last of which offers an excellent display of Greenlandic life.
Day 5
30 Aug 2019
Western Greenland
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Western Greenland:
In 1906, polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Start your voyage exactly where he did: along the stunning West Coast of Greenland and north into Baffin Bay, which you explore for six days, furthered by an enrichment and lecture program that affords deep insight into this dramatic, remote region. Based on ice, weather and sea conditions, your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day's best sightseeing opportunities, which may include:
Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is both the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year-round, ice-free port, as well as the southernmost town with sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museum with its exhibits on Inuit culture and Greenlandic colonial history, and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into Disko Bay, a wide inlet off of Baffin Bay first explored by Erik the Red in 985, when he established the first Norse settlements in Western Greenland. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the sea mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. The scene is spectacular with giant icebergs, floating growlers and bergy bits (large chunks of glacial ice), and the sounds of the calving ice-stream. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, including a visit to the local history museum, and meet with villagers to learn about life in this often-harsh Arctic region. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay.
Uummannaq Fjords: Located north of Ilulissat, the Uummannaq Fjord System is an awe-inspiring geological wonder teeming with marine life. Visit Karrat to enjoy the stunning view of the iceberg-studded bay and also discover the remains of ancient huts, made of whale bones and sod by traditional Thule hunters (ancestors of the Inuit) some 500 to 1,000 years ago.
Upernavik: Founded in 1772, this summer camp for nomadic Greenland Inuit was an ideal hunting ground for whales, seals and fish. Witness this for yourself when you spend time with local villagers who still maintain a traditional way of life, living off the fish and seal populations common to the region. Visit the shops, church and local museum, the last of which offers an excellent display of Greenlandic life.
Day 6
31 Aug 2019
Western Greenland
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Western Greenland:
In 1906, polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Start your voyage exactly where he did: along the stunning West Coast of Greenland and north into Baffin Bay, which you explore for six days, furthered by an enrichment and lecture program that affords deep insight into this dramatic, remote region. Based on ice, weather and sea conditions, your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day's best sightseeing opportunities, which may include:
Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is both the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year-round, ice-free port, as well as the southernmost town with sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museum with its exhibits on Inuit culture and Greenlandic colonial history, and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into Disko Bay, a wide inlet off of Baffin Bay first explored by Erik the Red in 985, when he established the first Norse settlements in Western Greenland. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the sea mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. The scene is spectacular with giant icebergs, floating growlers and bergy bits (large chunks of glacial ice), and the sounds of the calving ice-stream. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, including a visit to the local history museum, and meet with villagers to learn about life in this often-harsh Arctic region. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay.
Uummannaq Fjords: Located north of Ilulissat, the Uummannaq Fjord System is an awe-inspiring geological wonder teeming with marine life. Visit Karrat to enjoy the stunning view of the iceberg-studded bay and also discover the remains of ancient huts, made of whale bones and sod by traditional Thule hunters (ancestors of the Inuit) some 500 to 1,000 years ago.
Upernavik: Founded in 1772, this summer camp for nomadic Greenland Inuit was an ideal hunting ground for whales, seals and fish. Witness this for yourself when you spend time with local villagers who still maintain a traditional way of life, living off the fish and seal populations common to the region. Visit the shops, church and local museum, the last of which offers an excellent display of Greenlandic life.
Day 7
01 Sep 2019
Western Greenland
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Western Greenland:
In 1906, polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Start your voyage exactly where he did: along the stunning West Coast of Greenland and north into Baffin Bay, which you explore for six days, furthered by an enrichment and lecture program that affords deep insight into this dramatic, remote region. Based on ice, weather and sea conditions, your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day's best sightseeing opportunities, which may include:
Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is both the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year-round, ice-free port, as well as the southernmost town with sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museum with its exhibits on Inuit culture and Greenlandic colonial history, and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into Disko Bay, a wide inlet off of Baffin Bay first explored by Erik the Red in 985, when he established the first Norse settlements in Western Greenland. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the sea mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. The scene is spectacular with giant icebergs, floating growlers and bergy bits (large chunks of glacial ice), and the sounds of the calving ice-stream. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, including a visit to the local history museum, and meet with villagers to learn about life in this often-harsh Arctic region. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay.
Uummannaq Fjords: Located north of Ilulissat, the Uummannaq Fjord System is an awe-inspiring geological wonder teeming with marine life. Visit Karrat to enjoy the stunning view of the iceberg-studded bay and also discover the remains of ancient huts, made of whale bones and sod by traditional Thule hunters (ancestors of the Inuit) some 500 to 1,000 years ago.
Upernavik: Founded in 1772, this summer camp for nomadic Greenland Inuit was an ideal hunting ground for whales, seals and fish. Witness this for yourself when you spend time with local villagers who still maintain a traditional way of life, living off the fish and seal populations common to the region. Visit the shops, church and local museum, the last of which offers an excellent display of Greenlandic life.
Day 8
02 Sep 2019
Western Greenland
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Western Greenland:
In 1906, polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to successfully cross the entire Northwest Passage. Start your voyage exactly where he did: along the stunning West Coast of Greenland and north into Baffin Bay, which you explore for six days, furthered by an enrichment and lecture program that affords deep insight into this dramatic, remote region. Based on ice, weather and sea conditions, your Captain and Expedition Team determine the day's best sightseeing opportunities, which may include:
Sisimiut: North of the Arctic Circle, Sisimiut is both the northernmost city in Greenland able to maintain a year-round, ice-free port, as well as the southernmost town with sufficient snow for dogsledding in winter and spring. Visit the local museum with its exhibits on Inuit culture and Greenlandic colonial history, and enjoy an Inuit sea kayak demonstration.
Disko Bay & Ilulissat: Cruise into Disko Bay, a wide inlet off of Baffin Bay first explored by Erik the Red in 985, when he established the first Norse settlements in Western Greenland. Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the sea mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. The scene is spectacular with giant icebergs, floating growlers and bergy bits (large chunks of glacial ice), and the sounds of the calving ice-stream. Take a walking tour of Ilulissat, including a visit to the local history museum, and meet with villagers to learn about life in this often-harsh Arctic region. Conditions permitting, board a local vessel for an iceberg cruise of Disko Bay.
Uummannaq Fjords: Located north of Ilulissat, the Uummannaq Fjord System is an awe-inspiring geological wonder teeming with marine life. Visit Karrat to enjoy the stunning view of the iceberg-studded bay and also discover the remains of ancient huts, made of whale bones and sod by traditional Thule hunters (ancestors of the Inuit) some 500 to 1,000 years ago.
Upernavik: Founded in 1772, this summer camp for nomadic Greenland Inuit was an ideal hunting ground for whales, seals and fish. Witness this for yourself when you spend time with local villagers who still maintain a traditional way of life, living off the fish and seal populations common to the region. Visit the shops, church and local museum, the last of which offers an excellent display of Greenlandic life.
Day 9
03 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 10
04 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 11
05 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 12
06 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 13
07 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 14
08 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 15
09 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 16
10 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 17
11 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 18
12 Sep 2019
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nunavut & the Canadian Arctic Archipelago:
Cruise west across Baffin Bay and into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago of Nunavut, where you begin your journey to the heart - and history - of the Northwest Passage. All the while, A&K's enrichment specialists continue to spark captivating discussions to enhance your discovery. As ‘Le Boreal' winds its way through legendary channels and inlets, your crew and Expedition Team determines the best route based on ice, weather and sea conditions. Exciting, intimate excursions await and are likely to include:
Pond Inlet: At the Northern end of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet (“Place of Mittima's Grave”) is the gateway to the Northwest Passage and a rich archaeological site. After clearing customs formalities for Nunavut, embark on shore excursion to an area once inhabited by the ancient Thule. Visit the Nattinnak Visitor's Center or Toonoonik Sahoonik Co-op, where you can shop for artisan carvings made from local red and green soapstone, beautiful wall hangings, and other handcrafted goods.
Lancaster Sound: Situated between Devon Island and Baffin Island, this body of water forms the eastern entrance to the Parry Channel and the Northwest Passage. It's also home to a rich abundance of Arctic cod, which draw a seasonal population of sea birds and marine mammals. Beluga and endangered bowhead whales, ringed and bearded seals, as well as northern fulmars, black guillemots and Arctic terns are among some of the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Beechey Island: Historic moments in Arctic exploration define this island, best known for providing a safe haven to British explorer Sir John Franklin in 1845. Look east toward Resolute Bay at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley and imagine what Captain Franklin saw here in Erebus Harbour, where he took shelter for two years before his ill-fated attempt to conquer the Northwest Passage. See the wooden grave markers for three of Franklin's men, now bleached by the sun, and visit the cenotaph memorial erected in memory of the lost explorer. It is an unforgettable experience.
Fort Ross: An abandoned trading post on the tip of Somerset Island, Fort Ross was founded in 1937 as a place for trappers to barter Arctic fox pelts in exchange for food and necessities. Explore the remaining wooden buildings of the post, which closed in 1948, and imagine life in such a barren landscape. Perhaps take a Zodiac excursion to CoBay, keeping watch for local wildlife and learning about residents from expert, accompanying naturalists.
Gjoa Haven: During his first attempt to transit the Northwest Passage on ‘Gjøa,' Roald Amundsen used this natural harbor as a respite while waiting for ice conditions to improve. For two years, he lived with the Netsilik Inuits, learning their skills for survival and more efficient travel, which would later prove invaluable in his successful South Pole expedition.
Victoria Island: Cruise along the south coast of Victoria Island, which straddles both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, voyaging through Queen Maud Gulf, Dease Strait and Coronation Gulf. Expedition stops may include bird sanctuary Jenny Lind Island and Johansen Bay, home to the remains of a nomadic trapper base camp. Your Expedition Team may also lead you to Ulukhaktok (Holman village) in Queen's Bay for an unforgettable visit with its local Inuit people. Only in contact with the rest of the world since the middle of the 19th century, the people of Holman continue to practice a traditional lifestyle and represent surprising cultural diversity; experience both with a warm welcome at the shore, drum dances, fresh char and bannock rings (fried dough) prepared over an open fire, and a tour of the town art center. Ulukhaktok is famous for its printmaking and you bear witness to the beautiful tradition here; also find carvings, hats made of coveted qiviut (musk ox wool) and ulus: traditional, half-moon-shaped knives used by women to prepare food and skins.
Day 19
13 Sep 2019
Franklin, GA United States
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Franklin Bay & the “Smoking Hills”:
In the Northwest Territories at Franklin Bay, tread where few ever will when you see the spectacular and enormous "Smoking Hills," cliffs of bituminous shale that endlessly combust and burn. This rare geological phenomenon has likely been occurring for millennia, with layers of the relatively unstable mineral jarosite covering these hills. When the mineral comes into contact with cold air, it becomes red-hot and produces a thick, black smoke - a fantastic sight not unlike the smoky fumaroles produced by volcanoes, though far rarer to see.
Day 20
14 Sep 2019
Herschel Island & the Yukon Territory
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Herschel Island & the Yukon Territory:
During a long mapping expedition in 1826, Captain Franklin was the first European to lay eyes on this unique island at the northernmost point of the Yukon Territory. Named by Franklin, Herschel Island is a bear-populated landmark in the West Arctic and has since served alternately as a whaling station, relay station and refuge for travellers. The island supports numerous species of wildlife, which seasonally may include musk ox and arctic fox and is also one of the only places on earth where you may see a grizzly bear, black bear and polar bear, the last of which live along the ice edge in summer. Evidence of the island's whaling culture and Thule Inuit predecessors remains near the shoreline, though it may not for much longer; the island is subject to extreme coastal erosion and scientists predict the shoreline will disappear under the waves within 50 years.
Day 21
15 Sep 2019
Beaufort & Chukchi Seas
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Beaufort & Chukchi Seas:
Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the Beaufort Sea opens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from August to September. From here, ‘Le Boreal' cruises into the U.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only). Sailing in the comfort of your luxury expedition cruiser, continue participating in eye-opening talks led by the Expedition Team. Still hunted on a sustenance quota basis by local Inuit, sociable bowhead and beluga whales often travel in numbers here and are said to be quite “chatty,” with their trills, clicks and squeals audible above the surface. In the late evening, relax on your private balcony or join fellow guests out on deck and, with some luck, witness the northern lights, known for delivering a stunning display in autumn. Your voyage continues through this narrow passage between North America and the ever-changing Arctic ice cap.
Day 22
16 Sep 2019
Beaufort & Chukchi Seas
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Beaufort & Chukchi Seas:
Typically dense with ice floes and fog, the Beaufort Sea opens up a 60-mile-wide coastal pass from August to September. From here, ‘Le Boreal' cruises into the U.S. and clears at Point Barrow, Alaska (U.S. Customs clearance only). Sailing in the comfort of your luxury expedition cruiser, continue participating in eye-opening talks led by the Expedition Team. Still hunted on a sustenance quota basis by local Inuit, sociable bowhead and beluga whales often travel in numbers here and are said to be quite “chatty,” with their trills, clicks and squeals audible above the surface. In the late evening, relax on your private balcony or join fellow guests out on deck and, with some luck, witness the northern lights, known for delivering a stunning display in autumn. Your voyage continues through this narrow passage between North America and the ever-changing Arctic ice cap.
Day 23
17 Sep 2019
Little Diomede
'le Boreal' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Little Diomede:
Continue cruising through the Bering Sea to Little Diomede, an island that sits between Alaska and Russia at the edge of the International Dateline. Disembark for a Zodiac cruise of the island, where the Ingalikmiut still maintain a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and egg gathering. In line with customs and necessity, the Ingalikmiut also use seal, walrus and polar bear hides to make clothing, parkas, hats and mukluks, as well as trade currency for bartering.
Day 24
18 Sep 2019
Nome, AK United States
None Breakfast, Lunch
Nome, Alaska:
Arrive and disembark in Nome, Alaska, among the wildest reaches of mainland America and the final destination for the Iditarod dogsled competition. Gold can still be mined here, and you have an opportunity to try gold panning firsthand; also experience a dogsled demonstration and a stop at the Bering Sea Land Bridge National Monument visitor's center. Following lunch at Old St. Joe's Church, take advantage of time to explore the downtown area of Nome. Transfer to the airport for your A&K internal flight to Anchorage. Continue on your homebound flight or extend your stay with our Alaska post-tour extension.

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Cruise the entire Northwest Passage on an extraordinary voyage from western Greenland to Nome, Alaska, following in the footsteps of the greatest explorers and joined by A&K's world-class Expedition Team.

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Fabulous Trip

By: Ellen


Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2013

A & K was a wonderful tour company. All our needs were met.
Travel Advisor:  Sylvia Berman

Highly recommend

By: Bobby4675


Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2013

A & K arranged for great guides on our recent trip to Morocco. They were knowledgable on the country it's history and culture and liked to share their knowledge in excellent English.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Quality - Class

By: coj1


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2013

Abercrombie & Kent is at the pennacle of companies serving the traveling elite. No complaints whatsoever. Would recommend them every chance I get.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Musgrove

Highly recommended

By: Grammy


Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2013

We were pleased with the choices of hotels and tours we had with A&K. Our tour guides were very well informed and interesting and competent. Our only problem arose with the descriptions on our itinerary. They differed a bit from what we were expecting. I feel that the itinerary they sent us was a standardized description for everyone, but not us explicitly. Other than that, our trip was full of fun moments, great hotels and great restaurant recommendations and I would use A&K again.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

By: MASEY


Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2013

USED A AND K FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR OUR TRIP TO CHINA AND NOW WOULD USED NO OTHER…EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TRIP WAS FIRST CLASS AND OUR GUIDE NANCY WAS OUTSTANDING

Great service

By: Lloyd


Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2013

We spent a couple of great weeks in Africa. The service was great as we were escorted from the time we left until we boarded the plane for home. We experienced many different accommodations in our travels and none were unsatisfactory. Our traveling companions needed electric power all night for a breathing machine, and were supplied with electricity everywhere. One camp could not supply electricity all night, and we were moved to a site that could. Very good service.
Travel Advisor:  Kristie England

Needed Better Advanced Planning

By: Repeat Travelers


Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2013

We used A&K for a tour of South America. The accommodations and tour guides were excellent. However, our tour ended in Brazil on a national holiday weekend. The crowds at Iguazu Falls and Rio were substantial causing long delays. For example, our viewing of the "Christ the Redeemer" statue was re-scheduled from Saturday to Sunday and it rained constantly that day (our last) causing poor visibility, so we were unable to see this most important site.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Ann Ramsey
Not Recommended

Mediocre Morocco

By: M in London


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2014

We just returned from a weeks vacation in Morocco with A and K.  The itinerary was fine and the country is extremely beautiful.  However, we did not not have a great guide.  The first two days he took us to lunch at these places where there were only tourists and the server REFUSED to give us a menu.  We were inclined to trust that the guide took us to a decent place so we went with the 'set' menu only to find that we were horribly ripped off.  A similar scenario happened the next day until we complained to A and K.  The restaurant problem improved but after that there were a few other situations where we felt ripped off.  Additionally, the guide's knowledge and general interest in our having a good time seemed low.  Bottom line: Others had told us that when in Morocco it seems like you have to constantly be on guard and we were hoping that going with a company like A and K would have better shielded us from this.

India

By: Go


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

One of my best trips ever and I love to travel!
Travel Advisor:  Betty Worthy Strahan

Great trip

By: DeeDee


Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2017

The best, hard to imagine anything that could have been done better, well less bus
Travel Advisor:  Betty Worthy Strahan

Great trip

By: ML


Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2018

Everything went as planned. We all had a great time.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Recent trip to Egypt

By: dcn3


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2014

My wife and I just returned from an extraordinary trip to Egypt.  My advice: take this trip at the next available opportunity.  A&K lived up to their gold standard reputation.  Their ogranization, support, professionalism, lodging, food--all excellent.  What attracted us most were the sites chosen to visit, and they were, of course, spectacular.  Our Egyptologist/guide, Wael, was superb:  enormously knowledgeable, passionate, funny, great rapport--in other words, the best kind of teacher.  What we had not anticipated was the collegiality and energy of our group.  We woke up each morning looking forward to spending time with these people.  This was a wonderful trip.
Travel Advisor:  Tara Hyland

What a top rate Company

By: Love to Travel


Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2014

A&K is marketed as a high end operation and had a lot to live up to, and surely, they did not disappoint.  First rate all the way. The Egyptian ground personnel were so welcoming, knowledgeable, efficient and professional.  I would highly recommend A&K when travelling to Egypt.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa and Nancy Zupancic
Not Recommended

Disappointing

By: Rich segall


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2014

limited cultural activities and seeming cheapness with meals. One tour director and no local guides. Switched from tauck because of group size, but clearly not worth it. Would not recommend this company.

highly recommend

By: Dean


Reviewed on: 10 May 2014

I was very pleased with the trip organization.  A and K reps met us in the hotel and were "at our service".  The quality of our guide and driver was first rate.  There were no glitches in our whole week with A and K.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Lechner/Baker Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zamia

By: Deborah


Reviewed on: 18 May 2014

Amazing trip!!!!!!!!!! Our guide, Peniso was outstanding!  Very knowledgeable and patient with all our questions.  We both learned a tremendous amount and saw some amazing things.  Accommodations and staff were also fantastic.  I certainly hope to travel with A & K again!!  And would highly recommend your company to anyone traveling to Africa.  
Travel Advisor:  Beth Flowers

Highly Recommend

By: L


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2014

I have traveled with A & K off and on over 20 years.  They always provide an outstanding itinerary, tour leaders, guardian angels, local guides of high order.
Travel Advisor:  Myra Collins

Excellent service, we highly recommend Albercommbie &Kent

By: Bobbye & Robert


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2014

Albercombie & Kent provided a great trip, the personal services provided and details were excellent. The team in Johannesburg were extremely polite, attentive and helpful. We especially want to commend our guide we had in Botswana, Poniso Shamukuni. Poniso absolutely made the trip for us and our group. Always helpful, always there, always attentive, great attitude, funny, informative, thorough, and a delight to be with.
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

The best for private tours.

By: Richard66


Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2014

Fantastic private tours. Have used them all over the world and they are always great. Worth the money.

The best

By: Carol


Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2014

Monica is wonderful. She is easy to work with, responsive and responsible. I will work with her again for sure
Travel Advisor:  Monica Varri

India!!!!!

By: CAB


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2015

Memories of a lifetime! A&K are the BEST!!!

2 days with A&K in Russia

By: GG & JJ


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2015

A & K are extremely professional. Nothing but 1st rate service each time we are in their care. They are very good at changes on the fly if necessary. Their staff are knowledgeable, very polite, and come as advertised. They DO know the secrets of the cities we have shared with them, and St. Petersburg is no exception. Once again, true to the adage, you get what you pay for. They do come at premium rates, that are justified by the premium service. On a trip such as we took it is easy to compare prices and services with other guests that took "similar" ground tours. While we did pay considerably more, we also got considerably more. One other great thing was the fact that they handled all Russian visa requirements, removing that burden from us. Thanks A & K for making a great trip even greater.
Travel Advisor:  Karina Fong

Phenomenal guides and service

By: DD


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2015

This was our first trip with A&K and we would definitely recommend to anyone. They guided us through every step of this journey - and when visiting a country like Egypt and I think it is also the only way to travel and feel entirely safe. Laila our Egyptologist was very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful throughout. We had upgraded our room on the Sunboat to the Presidential Suite. When we checked in they upgraded us again to the Royal Suite given it had not been booked! Hugely appreciated. It will be hard not to want to book this on another trip! Many thanks to all.
Travel Advisor:  Bonnie Niemi

Tour Expert

By: DDFJR


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2015

A & K did a good job and we will use them again
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz

a well designed trip

By: Cristina


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2015

Three things I should point out: - Sudden changes on the itinerary on the go - The bus seats were far from confortable for the long trips we had every now and again. - My health issue of Hipertention , had been ignored and that ment a big problem for me.In spite of having sent you the form with my medical issues. Sincerely Cristina s Yarnoz
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

India

By: CAB


Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2015

Fabulous!! A&K are the best and took care of our every need and desire. The India staff were so warm and welcoming. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Personal and expert service

By: CJ


Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2016

All drivers, guides and the A & K angel were very friendly, knowledgeable and [professional.
Travel Advisor:  Angela Kruseski

very good

By: Nance


Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2016

enjoyable and very knowledgeable..our guide was Ridlon to Cuba
Travel Advisor:  Trisha Iannazzi

Wonderful

By: RLB


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2016

This trip was an amazing experience!!! The services, attention to details, accommodations, sights, food and hotel accommodations were outstanding! I wish our tour director's English was a bit better.
Travel Advisor:  Sue Bauer

Great Personal Service

By: Sean & Egen


Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2016

A&K helped us have a once-in-a-lifetime experience on our trip. Our guardian angel helped recommend some restaurants, attractions, and lesser-known things to do that were all outstanding, and we definitely would not have been able to find them without her help! The tour guides we took were exceptional in their service, we loved every minute. Thanks!
Travel Advisor:  Katie Rollins

Good job

By: Noname


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2016

This tour was just what we wanted to do in Casablanca. Our guide was very good. He made us feel very welcome in his city. Abercrombie and Kent is a very good company.
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

Wonderful A&K

By: Philmom3


Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2016

We traveled with A & K to China and the Yang Tse. We had a great tour guide,Jason Lee who took great care of our group! He is friendly, caring and knowledgeable. The local tour guides were also great and added more information and color to the places we visited. The hotels were all 5 star as far as we are concerned. The meals were always a feast! Mira took us to the airport when it was time to leave and she stayed with us until we have checked in our luggage and were on our way to immigration. All in all an excellent trip!
Travel Advisor:  Adam Rog

Good cultural tour

By: Wominos


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2016

Grenada accommodations -poor check in considering advance notice Marabella- dirty, small, dated not even 3 star quality of room Seville- good quality but way too small for two Local tour guides - outstanding, knowledgable, passionate, great ambassadors Food- very good except for crazy crab in Barcelona which was poor Transportation - air and train excellent. Bus transport could be improved - offer something more than just water, washrooms or pace the tour so that this does not become a wait for your guests. Disembarment help was sadly lacking and compared to other tours we have been on a huge disappointment. Also incident of observing the bus driver arguing with the tour director when he should be meeting her needs. Tour director- very good. It is asking a lot for one person to meet the needs of 22 people. We had an incident of the bus driving off without a passenger early in the tour and I don't think this would happen with a smaller group Overall very enjoyable
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Ostlund

Organized a great trip

By: Robin


Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2016

Our travel agent worked with A&K USA to arrange a great trip.
Travel Advisor:  Honey Mistry

Reliable People

By: Robert72


Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2016

If they say they will meet you at your plane, they will meet you and they will be on time. There's enough stress in travel without having to worry about your support company. A & K did a very good job for us.
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman
Not Recommended

India

By: Ricknha


Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2017

Their onsite support left a lot to be desired. This was most evident at the airport and with hotel check in

recent trip to UK

By: doc


Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

I would give A and K a full recommendation. A grade A. We had an excellent driver in England named Bob who was fantastic. A and K service and support was really good.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam

Vietnam travel

By: Midtown


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

Our tour guide Dan and the entire A + K team had everything covered. Nothing was too much trouble and couldn't have been nicer to us.
Travel Advisor:  Simone McKinney

Morocco trip

By: John


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

Great trip with professional guidance and a sense of service and seamlessly coordinating and managing a multi segment trip to Morocco.
Travel Advisor:  Krista Wissinger

Well designed and organized itinerary

By: Mother/daughter Thailand trip


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

The Abercrombie guides, drivers and service was top notch and we felt well taken care of with NO stress about logistics. Everything was well designed and ran smoothly amongst four different cities.
Travel Advisor:  Lena Brown

A & K

By: Carol L


Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2017

A& K planned an excellent trip. Had us busy every minute of the day. Great lecturerers, fun excursions, nice hotels, unique activities. But best of all were the tour director and the local guides. They were wonderful! Smart, well informed, funny, helpful--they really made the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Fran Nelson

2017 Grand World Cruise ms Amsterdam

By: Erik


Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Very professional guides, excellent transportation choices and good hotels.
Travel Advisor:  LynnDee King

Tours

By: Sponje


Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Loved our tours with cruise specialist. We were well cared for. Size of groups were smaller, loved the whisper boxes and usually water available. Ship hosts were wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  LynnDee King

World traveler

By: World traveler


Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

Our travel agent partnered with A&K in organizing our 6 off-ship excursions. They have the best guides, were always on time, provided little extras, and recommended only the best. Each trip was flawless in planning and execution. Experts accompanied us which made the experiences more potent and memorable. Don't hesitate to use them.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur

Travel experience

By: Big guy


Reviewed on: 15 Jun 2017

Everything went as planned with no problems
Travel Advisor:  Patsy Sowa

Africa

By: Shamrock


Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2017

The trip was very well planned and great attention to detail.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Justus

Terrific vacations!

By: Deborah


Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

A and K makes traveling so easy and such fun. From providing fabulous accommodations, to flawless transfers, to knowledgeable guides, they are the best. I often travel on my own and so it is so nice to have a company have my back, if you will. Every A and K representative I've met, from the Far East to Europe, has been professional, punctual, responsive, and perfect. If you want a truly memorable trip, I recommend using A and K!
Travel Advisor:  Patsy Sowa

A&K

By: DDf


Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2017

Abercrombie and Kent is world wide and excellent
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz

A&K

By: Leigh


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2017

All well organised

Galapagos

By: Dan


Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2017

We have booked many trips with A&K. This trip was pretty easy as the Natuarlists and the ship crew did most of the work.
Travel Advisor:  Nicole Pierce
Not Recommended

A&K

By: Johnna


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2017

Peru was great. Ecuador had too many issues to even start to discuss them here.
Not Recommended

Mostly overpriced bus trips

By: Jtsalley


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

most of the tours offered were look out the window bus rides. The tour descriptions oversold what was actually presented. For instance on a tour to what was advertized as a "bird Island," we found no birds. They had left two to three weeks earlier as they always do. But this was not noted in the brochure Most adventurous Travelers would do better personally and save money designing their own tours from the internet.

Barge trip - Renaissance Loire/Burgundy

By: Mike and Susan


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

This was a lovely trip. Not having done a barge trip we did not have specific expectations but did want to see the more rural and traditional side of France. The trip accomplished that. The barge was comfortable, the crew very responsive and helpful and the food and wine very good. We would do it again. One small suggestion - perhaps the barge could offer some sort of picnic lunch that the guests could take with them on shore excursions as opposed to returning to the barge for lunch. We are walkers and bikers so the ability to take lunch and meet the barge at the evening mooring would be nice. In fairness, I am confident that the crew would have responded to such a request - we didn't think to ask until too late in the trip but might have had the option been offered earlier. That was our fault, not the barge's. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and will probably do another one.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Sullivan

ArcticPassage

By: Travel queen


Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

A&K organizes the best itinerary, world class experts, and expeditions to thoroughly immerse us in the Arctic Passage. Thoughtfully organized, attention to details, and special surprises awaited us along the way. They do it right.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur

Spain trip

By: John


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Always on top of things; generally one step ahead. Excellent tour guide and local guides. Accommodations were very nice. Too much travel for our liking.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Schwartz

5 Stars

By: Robmel


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

Every single guide we had was wonderful! Without their knowledge and teachings we would not have fully experienced our trip. Kudos to a well ran company!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam

Egypt.

By: Chuck the Hawk


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

The Egyptologist that A&K used for this trip, was knowledgeable and interesting for all the guests on the trip. The sites selected were excellent. The only problem on this trip was some of the very, very early flight times on the internal trips. While I realize that it was the best they could do, I would hope that some small changes in the routing might have been done to give us a later flight time.
Travel Advisor:  Monica Varri

Egypt

By: Mike


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

Mostly excellent.

Well dealt with problems

By: Erik Nelson


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

Honestly our experience with And K was very mixed while we were traveling 1 guide was excellent 1 was bad and one did not show up. However they were extremely accommodating when they were made aware of the issues. Not every guide will have a great day every day and we understand that but A and K far exceeded my expectations on what they did to try and make it up to us. Their behavior was so virtuous that it as convinced me that our unpleasant encounters really must have been an anomaly and I would give them another try.
Travel Advisor:  Michele Grace

young staff

By: flip


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

The staff were young but very knowledgeable. It was nice to be whisked to historical sites and be informed of the lifetime of changes in the region,
Travel Advisor:  Ralph Iantosca

Switzerland Trip

By: Jim Wagner


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

We were pleased with all our transportation. The drivers were all on time, professionally dressed, with nice vehicles. We sometimes had trouble with the language differences, but benefited from their knowledge of the local regions.
Travel Advisor:  Debra Stern

Awesome experience!

By: Robin


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

They took all the stress out of traveling to another country! Great experience!
Travel Advisor:  Daria Westerfield
Not Recommended

Very disappointing!

By: lynne


Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2017

Abercrombie's Luxury Small Group Journey turned out to be a vacation I would remember for all the wrong reasons. It was small but "luxury" it was not, (3 Hotels were what I felt I paid for and expected) the other 3 were horrible hotels with the lowest class of rooms, including the smell of sewage and street noise all night long. We had guide who was barely understandable and seemed disinterested and not connected to her work like she was going through the motions, and a poorly planned overdone trip which had as riding in a bus for hours on end to get from one tourist stop to the other. We came back exhausted, disappointed and glad to be home. No value for money here.

A&K tours are First Class

By: John


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

If you want a trip with ALL of the details taken care of for you, go with A&K. If you want extremely knowledgeable tour guides who tailor your trip to your wants and needs, go with A&K. They put together our trip to Peru with wonderful places that we never would have found on our own. They provide a detailed itinerary in advance but are perfectly willing to change the plans on the fly during your trip. The guides all spoke perfect English and were extremely well versed in the local culture. We will definitely use A&K again.
Travel Advisor:  Samantha Collum

Trip to Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Berlin

By: Bill Lehr


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

An excellent trip with outstanding guides. Our tour leader, Gabor Kovacs, was one of the best--perhaps THE best--tour leader we ever have had. Although we had some reservations about the beauty of this area, we were surprised with the beauty of the entire area we visited. Of course, the history of Berlin hade the trip even more enjoyable.
Travel Advisor:  Diane Crisman-Race

a&k

By: Festus


Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2017

Outstanding! Personal guides is the way to go, Everyone was extremely knowledgeable and very organized and I don't think we could have seen nearly so much without their expert guidance, On top of that, they were ready to do whatever they could to maximize our experience. Every one of them was tops and it was obvious A&K has very high standards.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Holbrook

Review of Abercrombie & Kent USA

By: Dawn


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2017

This was our second European Waterways canal trip with A&K. The barge was sparkling clean, beautifully run, fabulous staff, best of gourmet food with paired wine. The tempo of the trip was designed for the most relaxing experience. Loved it.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Smith

Abercrombie

By: Dan


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2017

We have traveled with A&K on several vacations all over the world. They do what they say; have competent advisors and are thorough in coordinating the trips. I would recommend A&K.
Travel Advisor:  Nicole Pierce

Morocco Imperial Cities

By: Anne


Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

It was a great trip. We had a good mix of cultural and religious sites, shopping, eating, etc. and Alami, our guide, was fantastic! The hotels were generally great -- especially the Sirhai in Fez -- but the Sofitel Hotels in Casablanca and Rabat were not great. Need to rethink those as they were dirty, huge (Rabat) and not comparable to the ones we stayed at in Fez and Marrakesh. Otherwise, the pace was good, you had some down time but plenty to do. The Atlas Mountains day trip was fantastic! All around, a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Gabrielle Warncke

Abercrombie and Kent

By: milt and gerry


Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

This was our seventh tour with A&K and they were perfect, as always.
Travel Advisor:  Tracy Hughes

Jordan and Israel

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2017

Everything was great. Received full value for the money spent.
Travel Advisor:  Sally May
Not Recommended

What did they do for us?

By: rb


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

Paula Kay arranged a "tailor-made" (i.e., independent) tour of Chile with A&K. With the exception of being met in the Santiago airport by an A&K rep, who whisked us to a connecting flight (extremely helpful at SCL), we never had any contact at all with A&K. On our return to SCL, the place was a complete zoo, and we would have benefitted from more rep help. The Alto Atacama hotel in San Pedro de Atacama where we stayed was wonderful. We highly recommend the place.

Review of Abercrombie & Kent

By: GandG


Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

As this was our first trip with A & K we were pleasantly surprised to feel totally comfortable with the itinerary and accommodations provided. The guides were very knowledgeable and provided information in such a way that we could understand and felt our questions were answered to our satisfaction. The days were long and there was an abundance of information provided, but the hotels that we stayed in provided an restful atmosphere in which we were able to restore ourselves for the next day's adventures.

Antarctica

By: Sandy


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Excellent— the cruise was phenomenal and the guide, Augustin, was equally phenomenal!! I recommend this trip to anyone with a sense of adventure. It’s a once in a lifetime vacation!!
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
Not Recommended

General Unpreparedness

By: John Wagner


Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2018

Our pre-trip itinerary and supporting documentation was marketed as if the trip was pre-scheduled and would be worry-free. Upon arriving in Cape Town, itinerary items had been adjusted and removed, and we were left scrambling late at night after long international travel to call and get our itinerary fixed. The itinerary we received upon arrival was vastly simplified. Our guides, who were all excellent, had been tasked with coordinating many activity logistics instead of having the pre-scheduled itinerary that we were promised. Even after being promised by them that our itinerary would be restored to the one that we booked, wine tastings were not pre-scheduled, we did not get to do a bike ride that had been promised, and our first full day in the country was limited to a half-day rather than the full day promised in the itinerary. Also, A&K never communicated the timing of hotel and airport transfers and "made it up to us" by simply sending a bottle of sparkling wine to our hotel room.

A&K Antarctica

By: MIkeR


Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2018

A&K - the ship is amazing, the staff was knowledgeable and entertaining, The place was breathtaking. There are lots of choices to go to Antarctica - A&K is a very good one.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Andersen

A&K Staff in Egypt Were Informative, Friendly & Always on Time

By: Mimi


Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2018

Our tour coordinator Amr Nabil made sure everything ran smoothly from the time we arrived until we headed home again. That was no small feat as we visited several cities and took several domestic flights within Egypt. Laila Abdel Raouf was our guide for Cairo and the surrounding sites, and she was fabulous! Our driver Khaled handled the traffic with aplomb and drove us to busy urban sites, as well as more distant towns in comfort. The A&K staff really deserve extra kudos!
Travel Advisor:  Samantha Collum

Dash

By: Walk Fam


Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2018

From the moment we landed in Sri Lanka to the moment we departed, we could have not been in more competent hands with Arabian, A&K and especially our extremely skillful, professional and great humored driver, Darshana Pushbushpakumara who we affectionally referred to as Dash. Dash is one of those one in a million people. Always smiling, always willing to share with us his deep and rich and proud knowledge of his country and culture. In addition, his ability to navigate use efficiently and safely through the roads of Sri Lanka was entirely amazing. We as a family wholeheartedly recommend Arabian, A&K and especially Dash to anyone interested in traveling to Sri Lanka. The Walker Family.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Safari in Tanzania

By: nkk


Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2018

Our experience with Abercrombie & Kent was fabulous! We knew before traveling with A&K that they were an excellent tour company but our experience surpassed our expectations. The representatives that picked us up at the airport and transported us to different destinations were professional, courteous and helpful. The accommodations were superb. We really liked that the 3 camps we stayed at were each comfortable and unique. The staff at the camps were amazing! The staff are welcoming and accommodating and very professional. The meals and snacks were delicious and nutritious. The tents were luxurious and romantic. The views and scenery at each camp was breathtaking. Our guides that drove us on the safaris were so knowledgeable, patient and conscientious. Our guides, Abdul and Emmanuel, made the trip so enjoyable and memorable. The hosts at each camp went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We really want to thank Suleiman at Sancturary Ngorongoro. Thank you so much!!
Travel Advisor:  Tom Gehrels

East Africa

By: Lorelle


Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2018

I cannot believe my good fortune for having this incredible experience. A&K staff (special kudos to Charles who found our lost bags) were outstanding, personable and knowledgeable. Add to that all the small details, hot water bottles and turndown service on those chilly nights, hot cocoa served in our tent every morning, enthusiastic guides and drivers, along with informative lectures.
Travel Advisor:  Monica Varri

Pretty Much As Expected

By: Betty


Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2018

This is our third trip on Safari with A & K. Everything went very well and they were there when we needed and expected them to be this making the trip most enjoyable and less stressful. My only complaint would be in the communication with several of the agents in the Chicago office. I lost patience but worked through Deb Knopf, our travel agent, and all worked out. They seemed to take forever to respond to requests and one was particularly curt with her responses. Having owned a travel agency and having been a travel agent earlier in my career ( I am now retired), I am well aware of what to expect in form of response time, etc. and/or even checking back to indicate they needed more time. I also expected more detail for some of the responses as the itinerary was complex and required more detail for the response. In Africa everyone was wonderful and very professional and we could not have been more pleased.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Knopf

Sarawak & Sabah

By: Steve Guinn


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

Two private tours booked through Catherine Conn w/A&K. Both were excellent and we appreciate willingness to modify and change on the fly, particularly our stop in Kuching which was delayed from our original plan due to tides.
Travel Advisor:  Catherine Conn

Great adventure

By: Patricia


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2018

I have been traveling with A&K for many years and I think this is the only way to travel to countries soooo different from yours. I would always recommend itt.
Travel Advisor:  Francis Contreras

Riches of Rajesthan

By: Bumbo


Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2018

Excellent. A list of names of my fellow travellers at the start is essential. 3 night stays at the hotels would be ideal.

The best

By: Anis


Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2018

Of course! The best.
Travel Advisor:  Francis Contreras

A & K tour guides are knowledgeable and helpful

By: Nancy


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2018

Our A&K guides were all very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They were very patient with all of the guests and answered questions thoughtfully as they came up.
Travel Advisor:  Mark Simoes

asia trip

By: rhonda


Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2018

All very positive. They handled all aspects of the trip for us, and were very attentive to all details. The tour guides for each location were all good. A few were exceptional
Travel Advisor:  Kim Schneider

Top Notch!

By: Jcoles


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2018

Our Peru adventure was seamless with A&K. The arrival of our “book of adventures” (as I like to call it) was a great summary of everything we neede to know. We especially appreciated the tipping guide. It’s always hard to know what’s appropriate. But the one thing that made our experience truly remarkable was our guide, Frances. He is exceptional in so many ways- from our initial meeting to his knowledge of the flora and fauna (especially birds) as well as the history and details of each area that we visited. We’ve never encountered an individual that knew so much about everything! He was quick to engage our 10 year old daughter in everything we did. She loved him as much as we did! He is a remarkable individual and a true asset to the A&K team. Well done Frances!!
Travel Advisor:  Shari Tucker

Jordan/Egypt tour

By: splendido folks


Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2018

fine, as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Burns Lamphier

Incredible Service

By: Lauren


Reviewed on: 02 May 2018

Our experience with A&K was incredible. The guides were extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and were a pleasure to be around during our game drives. It was our first safari, but it won't be our last, and I can't imagine using any other tour operator. We would absolutely recommend that anyone going on safari use A&K.
Travel Advisor:  Maddy Foxx Moffitt

A & K

By: pat


Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

We have traveled with A & K a number of times and have enjoyed all of our journeys. Travel with this company is seamless, from airport pickup to airport departure. Their itineraries are varied and interesting. Overall, the guides are warm, pleasant, and well informed. I also appreciate the quality of the hotels and restaurants.
Travel Advisor:  Debra Stern

tour operator

By: Wendy


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2018

Our tour operator Mohammed Hedid was absolutely amazing!!! Full of knowledge and lots of fun! He really knows how to read his clients and what they want. Best tour guide we have ever had! He provided an amazing experience for the trip of a life time!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Sparks

Unbelievable

By: Fishing222


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2018

First rate. Great tour, and the guides and driver was top notch. They made our tour top notch. Nice job we maybe hooked.
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Wilton

Top Tier Travel

By: Laurie


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2018

We have chosen a total of 4 trips with A&K over the last few years. We traveled in Africa, Indochina and China with them. Accommodations, Tour Directors and Local tour guides were all knowledgeable and well organized. We always felt safe and cared for. Any problems that came up were dealt with in a timely manner.. We went to major tourist areas in a well planned way to best avoid the majority of the crowds. Transfers were smooth and our luggage was handled efficiently. We feel there was a good balance of free time and activity. If you wanted to return to hotel early, that was arranged when possible.
Travel Advisor:  Debra Stern

Excellent t

By: Jackie


Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2018

This trip was flawless. The weather perfect, tons of cherry blossoms, the best hotels ever, the tour guides were great. All was clean and on time. The other folks on the trip were well traveled and easy to be with. Japanese food was not my favorite, but they went overboard serving me meat instead of fish with every meal. Our tour guide was the best. All clean transportation and plenty of water to keep us safe.
Travel Advisor:  Daria Westerfield

A&K China

By: Robin


Reviewed on: 31 May 2018

I worked through my travel agent so I did not deal directly with A&K USA. On the other hand, our tour director in China, Duncan Ding, was awesome. Duncan made our trip wonderful. Complete accolades for Duncan. A&K USA referred me to use CIBT for our China visa. I do not think CIBT was very good. They charged too much for their services. I prepared our application on line and found out later there was an additional charge.
Travel Advisor:  Honey Mistry

Easy traveling...........

By: DUCK


Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2018

From start to finish, A&K made the trip easy. Guided, a much needed perk, through airports. Thank you! Whew. No hitches, just smooth sailing throughout the entire trip.
Travel Advisor:  Maureen Greenwood

Amazing Barge Cruise

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

Although I had little contact with A&K, we were very pleased with the air and barge arrangements we made with them thru our travel agent, Helen Papa.
Travel Advisor:  Helen Papa

London and Paris trip

By: Bob A


Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2018

I would use A&K again for certain.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Daniel

Romania

By: Brad


Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

Best ever. As usual we were meet at airport by our guide and she was the most wonderful guide we've ever had. Great driver as well. We had the best hotels and rooms. Trip was planned to utmost detail but A&K always allows the guides to be flexible to meet our needs as we experienced new areas and things we wanted to see, We will always use A&K! They made Romania trip so much worthwhile
Travel Advisor:  Karen Barber

Japan

By: Dberg


Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2018

Great activities for the family. Saw a lot in nine days.
Travel Advisor:  Sheilah Benoit

Connections Spain Seven Cities

By: Rita H Smith


Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2018

Our experience with Abercrombie & Kent was most enjoyable!
Travel Advisor:  Beth Saboe Mollo

Peru

By: Dana


Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2018

Layla, tour director in Peru was outstanding. I would do another A&K trip because of her alone.
Travel Advisor:  Ellen Markus

A & K

By: Ann


Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2018

Overall the tour was wonderful. I would have liked our first hotel was not the best location. The tour director was fabulous. We would definitely recommend A&K.
Travel Advisor:  Sabrina Teyla

Au

By: S. Engles


Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

This was our first experience with Abercrombie & Kent. I cannot say enough great things about this company. We had an awesome experience in Australia. ALL of our guides were wonderful and extremely knowledgeable regarding their aspect of our tour. We met some really nice people who went above and beyond for our family. Ken (Australia Zoo) and Peter (Great Ocean Road) felt like family by the end of the day. My girls wanted to see Mamma Mia in Melbourne but it was sold out. Peter made some calls and made it happen. We had house seats on the 7th row. It was a great ending to an awesome trip.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Daniel

NAADAM FESTIVAL IN MONGOLIA

By: CARLOTTA


Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2018

GOOD! AND VERY INTERESTING
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Burns Lamphier

Africa

By: F


Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2018

The tour itself was great, however the logistics were not. A&K booked our internal flights from the A&K pre-trip to Victoria Falls to the start of the regular tour in Nairobi, Kenya. Instead of booking a short afternoon direct flight from Zambia to Kenya, they had us travel 2 flights leaving in the morning; the first back to South Africa with a layover, then on to Kenya. This took a half day from our pre-trip and left us exhausted for the start of our tour. When we finally arrived there was no A&K representative to meet us at the airport in Kenya. We had to call A&K to locate them in the parking lot while others on our tour were met in airport. We were not delivered to the hotel until after midnight. We booked this trip over a year in advance including the pre-trip, so there was no excuse for this flight schedule. I don't feel the 3 day pre-trip was worth the money charged as we only got 1.5 days.
Travel Advisor:  Debra Stern

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By: Echo echo


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Exceptional - as expected.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson
Not Recommended

First and Last Time

By: Not A&K


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Loved our tour director, Ardur. Didn’t think trip was worth cost, felt nickled and dimed throughout, too many set menus, no personal touches, hotel in Reykjavik (Hilton Canopy) too noisy and not much sleep 2 nights. Normally travel with Tauck and they are much better.