Even the world’s top travel companies may not have the inside track when it comes to specializing in the destinations they offer. But some tour companies stake their reputation on exactly that: specializing in the country, region or type of tour that a holiday away demands.
To that end, four travel companies that are part of the Kurtz-Ahlers collection of rarefied travel and exclusive resorts, fit those requirements and satisfy the needs that astute travelers have when planning travel to someplace far off and exotic.
Wild China specializes in travel to China; Micato answers the call for riveting safaris in Africa; Peirce & Leslie can design an intimate experience of colorful and complicated India; and Sea Song delivers Turkey as might have been celebrated by the great poets of history.
Peirce & Leslie brings India to life for visitors who want to travel to India with a company that has been entrenched in that country since the 19th century. Every itinerary is tailor made to meet a traveler’s interest, as Peirce & Leslie believes that, like dreams, no two are alike. Working with an extensive roster of hotels, vendors and destination guides, Peirce & Leslie arranges a fit between visitor and tour and extends those services to cover not only India but also Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Signature journeys include stunningly colorful festivals and holidays where luxury tents are pitched and visitors become part of the celebration. And itineraries through East, North, South and West India offer experiences of monasteries in the mountains, house boats down slow rivers, royal journeys into riveting Rajasthan, and explorations of legendary temples and remote world heritage sites wherever they may be found.
Sea Song, named by Condé Nast Magazine since 2008 as a top travel specialist for Turkey, brings in all the depth that can be found in this ancient land and weaves it into a colorful tapestry – a map of Turkey through literature, legend and taste. What to do in Turkey? Taste the wines, sample the Turkish delights both savory and sweet; learn to whip up a perfect baba ganoush. Walk the ancient roads, mountain bike and sea kayak amid pre-Biblical ruins. Float in a balloon over Cappadocia, shop for crafts and kilims in ancient markets. Sail a gulet or luxury yacht around the Southern Mediterranean coast with your own people and a crew. Experience a Turkish massage. Sea Song provides: small groups, luxury VIP itineraries, special interests, and customized holidays. Visitors can travel like Ulysses or travel like Uma Thurman. All guests of Sea Song are treated like celebrities but travel like explorers.
With Wild China, visitors who want to travel to China can join a small, exclusive party of travelers or take a private journey into this land that is both futuristic and ancient in all its expressions. They can explore China through its food on a tour that only Wild China offers that opens up the great cities of China through its unusual regional dishes and aromas. They can travel the mystical road to Shangri-La in modern comfort visiting teahouses and tribal villages along the way. They can hike the jagged mountain faces of China’s majestic parklands, visit world heritage sites and go behind the scenes to experience China’s iconic treasures. This is China for those who thought they knew China and a fabulous introduction for those who always wanted to go.
Micato Safaris delivers the wilds of Africa along with nearly a half-century of knowledge and an eye for just where the most satisfying moments of a safari can be found on the continent. Micato offers experiences of Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Rwanda, and Zanzibar and all with expert guidance, sublime personal service and attention to not only what is important to the visitor but also what is important to the sustainability of the villages and lands visited. Proper English tea and tradition is served up as elephants lumber by, zebras graze and life goes on undisturbed on these savannahs as they have since the beginning of mankind. It is the show of shows and Micato’s seats are front row center.
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