Iran to India: Travel to the Places Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights

Iran to India: Travel to the Places Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights

The One Thousand and One Nights are a collection of classic tales of love and adventure with genies, magical lamps, villains, and heroes. These stories were compiled over centuries and span many countries like India and Egypt, mostly in the Middle East and Asia. Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Sinbad the Sailor are all stories that have lasted through the ages and have inspired Ker & Downey to compile a list of some of the places that are featured in these time honored tales. Places Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights Iran Many of the stories find their […]

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Top Places to See African Wild Dog

Top Places to See African Wild Dog

Elusive and increasingly threatened, the African wild dog is a coveted sighting while on safari. Some of our favorite safari camps throughout eastern and southern Africa are among the top places to see African wild dog. Finding animals that roam such large territories can be a challenge, and it’s important to remember that sightings are never guaranteed. Visiting these select parks and camps puts the odds of seeing wild dog in your favor, especially during the dry season.

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Top Things to Do in New Orleans

Top Things to Do in New Orleans

You could say New Orleans is having a moment. It has recently been recognized as a top city by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, and this year, it’s celebrating its tricentennial. With celebratory events scheduled throughout the year, there’s no better time to travel to the “Big Easy.”  The three-hundred-year-old city is a true melting pot of cultures, with influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa that can be seen in its food, language, music, and traditions. To jumpstart your journey, our Luxury Travel Experts have handpicked their top things to do in New Orleans. 1. NOLA is the […]

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Her Majesty, Bologna

Her Majesty, Bologna

“Bologna is celebrated for producing popes, painters, and sausages.” – Lord Byron (1788-1824) Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast… the classic sites of Italy are incomparable in their appeal for both first-time visitors and repeat returners. Yet one of Ker & Downey’s passions is pursuing points of interest outside the typical tourist circuit, whether that’s presenting a popular locale in a new light or introducing an unexpected gem to the captivated traveler. One such gem is a magical place where creativity, tradition, innovation, culture, and an enthusiasm for the finer things in life all collide. It’s a wonder why more […]

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Top 5 Things to Do in Florence

Top 5 Things to Do in Florence

Long considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is packed with extraordinary art and architectural masterpieces around each turn of its narrow cobbled streets. The city is brimming with world-class art museums full of paintings and sculptures from masters like Botticelli and Michelangelo, fresco-clad churches, quaint trattorias, local markets, and of course, the Duomo.  With so much to see within the city, it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve outlined our top five things to do in Florence to give you a head start. 1. You can’t visit Florence without hitting the highlights. The Duomo is Florence’s most […]

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Rise & Shine - Luxury Travel to Central Dalmatia

Rise & Shine – Luxury Travel to Central Dalmatia

Quest’s Editor in Chief Martine Bury went island hopping in Croatia and discovered a different Mediterranean in the region known as Central Dalmatia. When I think of Europe’s great seaside escapes, I think of the French Riviera, Mallorca, Spain or Kefalonia, Greece. In Croatia, everything is fresher and more surprising: a layered history, a profound wine culture, and islands so vivid they actually look like precious jewels. Split The stark contrast of the Adriatic Sea’s cerulean blue with the sun-bleached sandstone of Split’s Old Town makes a powerful first impression. Cloudless cobalt skies frame the Mosor Mountains and golden sand […]

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Tropical Tales: Beach Island Inspired Stories

Tropical Tales: Beach Island Inspired Stories

Stories of pirates, parrots, and perfect seas are popular because of their sense of adventure. We selected some of our favorite tales that had us dreaming of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and snorkeling through coral reefs from Cuba to the Red Sea. These are tropical tales, our beach island inspired stories. Gulliver’s Travels This classic was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift and is about a man who travels the seas. During a storm, Gulliver is abandoned on a peninsula along the western coast of North America. The Baja Peninsula could have very well been this stopping point. A mysterious […]

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Coral Triangle

Coral Triangle

A trip to the Coral Triangle reveals a colorful underwater world in Southeast Asia. By Rina Chandarana Some places are designed to blow your mind. Others are born with a certain x-factor and bestowed with blessings: lush, green islands cloaked in white sand, wrapped in blue-green oceans; a kaleidoscope of sea life, protected and thriving; a natural playground for all. The Coral Triangle is such a place. Encompassing the vast aquatic expanse that includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, the planet’s epicenter of biodiversity invites you to dive into the adventure of […]

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African Wild Dog: Francois van Heerden's Exciting Encounter

African Wild Dog: Francois van Heerden’s Exciting Encounter

The African wild dog, also known as the Cape hunting dog or painted dog, isn’t an easy animal to spot in the bush. Perhaps that’s because only about 6,600 survive in the wild and packs can cover 900 square miles of territory. Francois van Heerden, Senior Game Ranger at Mateya Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa has been fortunate enough to encounter the African wild dog in the bush several times, and he shared his favorite experience with us. Madikwe has gifted me with many great African wild dog encounters over the years and it is very […]

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Visit Tasmania for a Walk on the Wild Side

Visit Tasmania for a Walk on the Wild Side

Tasmania, the island at the edge of the world is a hot spot for culture, gastronomy and natural wonders. Just 150 miles off the Australian mainland, Tasmania might as well be worlds away. The far-flung island state—which also encompasses 334 islands dotting the Pacific and Indian Oceans—offers the same turgid mix of unspoiled wilderness, fruitful vineyards, fascinating history and authentic Aboriginal culture that captured the imaginations of Charles Darwin and Mark Twain. At once strange and beautiful, it’s a must-stop on your Australian adventure. Wilderness With a population of just a little over 500,000, Tasmania has vast areas of wilderness […]

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