Category: Ker & Downey

The Most Scenic Drives in the World

The Most Scenic Drives in the World

Explore the open road with Ker & Downey’s most scenic drives in the world. Ready to get your motor running? Add one of these scenic drives to your next Ker & Downey journey! Transfagarasan Highway, Romania Named the “Best Road in the World” in 2009 by Jeremy Clarkson, former host of Top Gear, the winding Transfagarasan Highway is both scenic and exciting to drive with hairpin turns and long S-curves. It was built in the 1970’s by Nicolae Ceaușescu as strategic military route to traverse the Carpathian mountain range should the Soviets invade Romania like they had Czechoslovakia in 1968. […]

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The Best Places to Travel in September

The Best Places to Travel in September

It’s hard to narrow down the best places to travel in September, but our Luxury Travel Consultants are up for the challenge. These are Ker & Downey’s best places to travel in September, narrowed down from some of the best destinations in the word, including one in our own backyard. September is a great month to get out and explore the world. The summer holiday crowds have mostly vanished, returning back to work and school. Many regions across the globe are experiencing some of their best weather of the year. Here we’ve compiled our list of the best places to […]

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Ecuador Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help

Ecuador Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help

For those asking how to get involved with Ecuador earthquake relief, Product Manager Elizabeth Frels has compiled a list of fundraising initiatives.  On April 16, a massive 7.8 earthquake hit the small cities of Ecuador’s coast. Now, weeks later, hundreds of families are mourning their lost loved ones. Up to 600 lives have been taken to date, with hundreds still missing, thousands displaced, and at least 20,000 homes destroyed. The outpouring of support from across the world was immediate: rescue missions swooped in to offer their services, relief workers and volunteers lost no time in answering the call for help, […]

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Vote Now in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Survey

Vote Now in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards Survey

It’s time to vote in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards Survey. Make sure your voice is heard! It’s time to vote! Each year Travel + Leisure conducts its prestigious World’s Best Awards Survey asking their readers to vote for their favorite hotels, cities, and tour operators. Ker & Downey is honored to have been featured on the list for six years. Last year your votes earned us top honors as the World’s Best Safari Operator, a title we’re very proud to hold. “The real heart of Ker & Downey traveling lies in our dedication to signature, hand-crafted journeys,” says […]

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Where Would Charles Darwin Travel Today?

Where Would Charles Darwin Travel Today?

Today is the birthday of Charles Darwin. To celebrate, we thought we would take a look at his historic journey on the HMS Beagle and where he might travel if he were alive today. Charles Darwin spent almost five years traveling around the world on the HMS Beagle as a naturalist, collecting and sending specimens to Cambridge, investigating local geology, and formulating his thoughts on what would later become “On the Origin of Species.” During his journey, he spent five weeks in the Galapagos Islands studying the tortoises, mockingbirds, and finches. Today the Galapagos Islands remain some of the most […]

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Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador: At Home in the Colonial Hacienda

Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador: At Home in the Colonial Hacienda

Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite Ecuadorian destinations. The authentic working farm provides an authentic glimpse into the day-to-day happenings of a colonial hacienda. Just beyond the famed market town of Otavalo is the gateway to the Andean Highlands of Ecuador, home of the longest mountain chain in the world. This region is a vast tapestry of untamed volcanoes, misty cloud forests, and some of the Earth’s most impressive peaks and nestled within their grandeur lies the unassuming 17th-century allure of Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador. This 4,000-acre working farm is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite Ecuadorian […]

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An Iceland Holiday: Circling Two Continents on One Island

An Iceland Holiday: Circling Two Continents on One Island

An Iceland holiday offers Luxury Travel Consultant Liane a chance to explore an island of two continents. Start planning your Iceland holiday with Ker & Downey today. I’m off the airplane first thing in the morning… one eye open… then straight to the Blue Lagoon (which is roughly 12 miles from the airport). Said eye tells the other eye to open and study the lava fields we are driving by on the way. It is one thing to see them in pictures, but to see them physically is wonderful! I’m not used to going to a spa at 8:00 a.m. […]

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A Luxury Japan Vacation: The Marriage of Traditional and Modern

A Luxury Japan Vacation: The Marriage of Traditional and Modern

Bekah’s luxury Japan vacation celebrates the marriage of traditional Japanese culture and modern design – and as it turns out, was the perfect way to celebrate her own marriage. When I decided to surprise my architect husband with an anniversary trip to Japan, my criteria was simple, yet specific. He loves the austerity of Japanese design and its relationship to the natural world. As long as we spent our quick seven days surrounded by clean lines and fall leaves, the trip would be a hit. Under the expert care of a Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Consultant, I figured I […]

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Last Minute Deal: An Escape to India

Last Minute Deal: An Escape to India

This last minute deal is too good to pass up. Escape to India this Thanksgiving. Enjoy four nights of luxury in the Grand Presidential Suite at the Taj Falaknuma Palace between November 27 – December 1. If you’ve ever desired to live like a maharajah for a few days, now’s your chance. This Thanksgiving, spend four nights in the Grand Presidential Suite at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, one of the most opulent palace hotels in India. Formerly the royal guest house of Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan, the Taj Falaknuma Palace was passed down through the generations before undergoing […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Lindsey Heath

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Lindsey Heath

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Lindsey Heath is one of Ker & Downey’s Brand Ambassadors. She grew up watching National Geographic, sparking a desire to see the untamed landscape of Africa. Years later, she got her chance with a a safari in Tanzania where she celebrated her 30th birthday at a […]

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