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Decisions, decisions: How to choose your next dream trip

Abercrombie & Kent provides access to over 30 destinations.

Abercrombie & Kent provides access to over 30 destinations. Photo: Shutterstock

You’ve made up your mind about a few aspects of your overseas holiday: it has to include unique experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime, and it must include accommodation you won’t want to leave. Oh, and you don’t want to worry about transport, transfers, luggage, entry tickets or choosing restaurants.

Luxury travel specialists Abercrombie & Kent have all of this covered. With access to over 30 destinations the only thing you need to do is pick the one for you.

Here’s some of our favourite suggestions:

Taj Mahal

Explore India’s greatest treasures as you visit the timeless Taj Mahal. Photo: Getty

India

Why: The colours, the culture, the dynamic hustle and bustle. Never has a country lent itself more to a travelling style which allows you to leave the (considerable) logistics to someone else and just enjoy the ride.

The itinerary: Taj Mahal and the Treasures of India, 14 days with a maximum of 18 guests.

The highlights: Seek the elusive Bengal tiger on a 4WD game drive in Panna National Park then enjoy a Chef’s Table experience at your premium wilderness lodge. Cruise Lake Pichola then retire to your room in the Taj Lake Palace, a white marble edifice of domes and arches that appears to float on the waters. Choose a private yoga class at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur.

The clincher: If you choose the November 5 departure the itinerary includes two days at the Pushkar Fair. This annual event is one of India’s largest livestock fairs, drawing 200,000 to enjoy competitions, camel races, dancing and handicrafts and the Hindu pilgrimage to Pushkar Lake.

Southern Africa Wildlife

View Southern Africa’s unmatched wildlife. Photo: Getty

Botswana

Why: Unmatched wildlife, a long tradition of luxury safari camps and lodges and one of the world’s largest waterfalls, Victoria Falls located between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The itinerary: Botswana Safari in Style, 10 days with a maximum of 16 guests.

The highlights: The chance to see wildlife in three ways, in three different locations. In Livingstone you’ll cruise the Zambezi River spotting hippos over cocktails.

In Chobe National Park you’ll enjoy a river cruise and game drive to see elephant, impala, buffalo and possibly lion. In the Okavango Delta — home to the Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo — you can join an expert guide for a stroll in the bush or take to the delta in a dugout canoe.

The clincher: Your trip begins in Johannesburg with a lesson from a professional wildlife photographer.

Barcelona, Spain

Explore the best of the entire Iberian peninsula on one spectacular journey. Photo: Shutterstock

Spain and Portugal

Why: Two countries, both with stunning beauty, incredible food and a fascinating Jewish and Moorish history conveniently located together on the Iberian Peninsula.

The itinerary: Spain and Portugal: Journey Across Iberia, 14 days with a maximum of 18 guests.

The highlights: Architecture fans rejoice. This trip includes two Frank Gehry-designed masterpieces: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and a two-night stay at the Hotel Marques de Riscal in the rural village of Elciego in Basque Country.

Your day exploring the Moorish architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alhambra finishes with dinner at a fine restaurant overlooking the site. And speaking of food, in beautiful Lisbon you’ll learn to make a Portuguese custard tart, so you can recreate your trip memories at home.

The clincher:  In Seville you’ll take a horse-drawn cart to a palace where the owners will host you for a private dinner followed by a flamenco exhibition.

Find more about these and other luxury small group journeys at abercrombiekent.com.au or speak to a Journey Designer on 1800 161 352.

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