The Fortified Churches of Transylvania

The Fortified Churches of Transylvania

Travel with Ker & Downey to Viscri – one of the seven villages with fortified churches of Transylvania and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s a lot more to Transylvania than Dracula. It’s one of the most beautiful natural regions in Europe – surrounded by the Carpathian mountains, forests, green hills, and rivers. Small towns, medieval fortresses, castles, and monasteries dot the landscape. It is one of the most developed areas in Romania, yet there are also charming villages where the people live as if unchanged by time. In the 12th century, German merchants arrived in the region and over […]

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Our Top Eco-Friendly Lodges Around the World

Our Top Eco-Friendly Lodges Around the World

It’s Earth Day! To celebrate, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite eco-friendly lodges and camps around the world. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Trees for the Earth.” It’s a plan to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020, so we’re kicking off our list of favorite eco-friendly lodges with the lodges and villa at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a longstanding favorite of Ker & Downey’s. Set among an ancient milkwood forest, Grootbos is dedicated to preserving the earth for future generations. After a fire in 2006 destroyed much of Grootbos […]

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Exploring the Fairy Chimneys of Goreme National Park

Exploring the Fairy Chimneys of Goreme National Park

Visit the Goreme National Park and rock sites of Cappadocia, one of the most striking landscapes in the world, with Ker & Downey. The landscape of the Goreme National Park is spectacularly unique. Rock formations, known as “fairy chimneys” rise up from the ground against a backdrop of mountains and valleys, creating a striking scene. The area has been sculpted by nature – erosion and volcanic activity act as the hands of the creator. There’s no other place like it on earth. Located on the central Anatolia plateau, the Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia were added […]

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Visit Angkor Wat: Angkor’s Greatest Marvel

Visit Angkor Wat: Angkor’s Greatest Marvel

Angkor Wat is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Angkor Wat with Ker & Downey and a private guide to get the most out of your visit. The Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia is a must visit destination for many travelers. And rightly so – it’s incredible. The UNESCO World Heritage site stretches over 155 square miles and is a complex of elaborate temples, communication routes, and an extensive system of waterways, canals, and reservoirs from the Khmer Empire.   The park was once home to the greatest city in the ancient world, inhabited by one million people. It […]

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The Absolute Best Hot Air Balloon Experiences in the World

The Absolute Best Hot Air Balloon Experiences in the World

Hot air balloon experiences give you a chance to see the world from a different view. These are the best hot air balloon experiences around the world. Okavango Delta, Botswana Beginning in April, guests at Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura camps in Botswana will be able to witness the sunrise over the Okavango Delta and get a bird’s eye view of the diversity of wildlife that inhabit the private concession with a balloon safari. It’s sure to be one of the best hot air balloon experiences in the world, as it soars over dry river beds, gnarled trees, and across […]

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The Best Places to Travel in August

The Best Places to Travel in August

Ker & Downey’s roundup of the best places to travel in August. Planning a late summer getaway? Here’s our roundup of the best places to travel in August. Adventure in the Sacred Valley | Peru Catch the end of the dry season in Peru, the best time for hiking and higher altitude activities in Machu Picchu. For August, consider our Inca Explorer journey – a 12-day exploration of Peru that includes hiking, river rafting, a ride on the Hiram Bingham, cultural interactions, and cooking classes. Edinburgh Festival | Scotland Not only does the UK boast some of its clearest skies in […]

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Best Places to Travel in November

Best Places to Travel in November

Ker & Downey’s list of the best places to travel in November will help you plan the journey you’ve been dreaming of! November is a great time to getaway before the holiday rush sets in. These are the best places to travel in November around the world. Rich Wildlife in the Amazon | Peru November in the Peruvian Amazon rests on the cusp of the region’s low and high seasons, which means you get the best of both worlds in terms of weather and wildlife. Cruising along the Amazon during this time lends to generally warmer weather and an opportunity […]

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Hacienda Zuleta's Andean Condor Huasi Project

Hacienda Zuleta’s Andean Condor Huasi Project

Hacienda Zuleta’s Andean Condor Huasi Project is internationally known for their work in rehabilitating the Andean condors. We caught up with Fernando, the owner of Hacienda Zuleta, to learn more about the Andean Condor and how all of us can be a part of the Andean Condor Huasi Project. Hacienda Zuleta is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite properties in the world. An authentic 4,000-acre working farm, this homestead is a destination in itself, frequently lauded for its pastoral charms, colonial atmosphere, and beautiful Andean setting in Ecuador. But what many don’t realize is that Hacienda Zuleta is also one […]

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A Culinary Tour of Japan For True Foodies

A Culinary Tour of Japan For True Foodies

Ker & Downey’s eight-day luxury culinary tour of Japan is a delicious treat for your taste buds. If Japan isn’t on your list as a foodie travel destination, it should be! Tokyo boasts more Michelin stars than any other city and Osaka is one of the world’s foremost foodie havens. Ker & Downey’s eight-day culinary tour of Japan is an indulgent voyage for your taste buds exploring the delicious world of Japanese cuisine. It’s jam-packed with excursions, tours, and private cooking lessons that explore Japan’s distinct culinary flavors. You’ll visit a depachika – an underground food basement that features a […]

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A Hobart Culinary Tour Explores the Flavors of a Burgeoning Food and Wine Scene in Tasmania

A Hobart Culinary Tour Explores the Flavors of a Burgeoning Food and Wine Scene in Tasmania

A Hobart culinary tour explores the local flavors of a flourishing food and wine scene in Tasmania. Indulge your appetite with Ker & Downey on your next Australian journey. There’s no better way to really get to know a place and experience its authentic flair than through its food and beverages. Hobart’s burgeoning food and wine scene is a testament to that. Spend a morning eating and drinking your way through Hobart for a unique slice of local culture, history, and some of the best food the old town has to offer with a walking tour of the flourishing food […]

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