Travel: help with tours in transit

My editor once joked that all my travel features are peppered with references to how much I hate to fly. But I do! It’s stressful, long-winded but unfortunately a necessary evil to discover more of the world, as per my new year resolution.

Skip through the airport with help from A&K Airport Concierge

Skip through the airport with help from A&K Airport Concierge

My latest top tip to ease the passage of global travel is Abercrombie & Kent, luxury travel experts with some really innovative services.

Kate Hill, Head of Abercrombie & Kent’s Airport Concierge, said: “Travelling alone can be challenging sometimes, especially as a woman. By providing solo travellers or others who need a helping hand with a knowledgeable airside representative to meet them at the aircraft and guide them through customs and immigration, baggage claim and arrivals, our new Airport Concierge eliminates the insecurity which can be associated with airport travel in a foreign country.”

There is a choice of executive vehicles or limousines with professional English-speaking drivers with prices from a wallet-friendly £34. The guide can take travellers on a driving tour of the city highlights to give them a greater geographical understanding of their destination. You can also get the inside guide on where to eat out, tipping and etiquette, so travellers can start their stay well equipped with local knowledge.

Alternatively, opt for the A&K Airport Concierge service at the end of your trip to make the most of your final day at the destination. That’s what I did in Amsterdam. First, an English-speaking guide took us on a walking tour of the city, then we headed to Museumplein and the Van Gogh Museum. Our enthusiastic guide gave us inside information on the collection, which included 200 paintings, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters by Vincent van Gogh. She was so immersed in her material, I spotted several other tourists trying to tag along with us.

After the tour, an A&K car picked us up from the hotel, with kerbside assistance at the airport available to help with check-in if required (not necessary on easyJet but would be welcome on other journeys). We could then await our flight in an executive lounge and have a decent bite to eat before boarding the plane. Best of all, an airport steward helped us with our luggage, even boarding the plane to help put my broken wheely case into an overhead locker. Talk about above and beyond the call of duty…

It’s not too big an investment to add a touch of class to your travels.

“The service is designed to add a level of confidence and security when travelling to an unknown destination,” added Kate Hill. “With A&K Airport Concierge, you’ll be relaxing in the airport lounge or on your flight in no time.”

A&K Airport Concierge VIP packages start from £183 for up to 4 passengers and are available for single independent travellers or for groups in over 200 of the world’s largest airports in destinations including; Hong Kong, Beijing, Delhi, Bangkok, London, Istanbul, Nairobi, Cape Town, Dubai, Cairo, Vienna, Miami, JFK, and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Call 0845 618 2220 or email enquiries@akairportconcierge.co.uk for a quote.




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