Safari with Ker & Downey

Don’t put off your safari plans. To allow for confident travel, our Ker & Downey specialists can craft a journey that includes the ability to cancel within 60 days of departure without any penalties. Special pricing may also apply to select destinations. Book by November 30, and contact us now to begin crafting your own custom safari experience with Ker & Downey.

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Cherie Tann

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 next year, we’ll be introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here.

Cherie joined the Ker & Downey team in 2000 as a Sales and Marketing Assistant before moving into the reservations department as a custom travel consultant. With Ker & Downey, she has traveled to various countries in Africa and South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Favorite place you’ve traveled: Botswana

Favorite city and why: Cape Town – it’s a beautiful city with so much to do. You can be in Hermanus or Winelands within an hour.

What is the best thing about traveling: Meeting new people and seeing the world. I am in awe with how beautiful this world is. Continue reading

Hot Spots: Four Seasons Maldives

Martine Bury concludes that three resorts are better than one. Read the article in the current issue of Quest Magazine and below. 

The first morning I arose in my over-water bungalow at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa in the Maldives, I walked straight out to the deck to drink in the surreal view. There was water as far as my eyes could see, crystalline and turquoise blue. A few feet directly below a graceful, solitary blacktip reef shark glided through the tranquil waters lapping at the structure’s wooden beams. Home to over 30 species of sharks, including the elusive, gentle whale shark, the Maldivian archipelago is a designated sanctuary for these fish spanning 35,000-square miles of Arabian Sean in the Indian Ocean. Suffice to say, I didn’t spend much time contemplating the swath of nature that spread out before me. I grabbed my iPhone, took a shot and promptly posted it on Instagram and Facebook—the modern- day postcard. The immediate reaction of scores of friends and acquaintances overwhelmingly expressed that this breathtaking range of 1,200 coral is- lands, dotting this intimidating spread of ocean, is at the top of most people’s bucket list. “Dream trip,” “Bucket list,” “Wow, wow, wow.”

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Winter Escapes

Embrace the cooler weather and head for ice and snow of some of our favorite destinations. Beautiful natural scenery begs to be explored in these two outdoor havens, perfect for intrepid travelers. Contact us to begin planning your own winter escape.

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Chile & Argentina | Patagonia

Set off on an hike across the Perito Moreno Glacier, a kayak excursion past Glacier Grey, and stunning outdoor activities in a chilly expedition through Patagonia with our Patagonia Escape

Georgia | Greater Caucasus

Hit the slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, and opt for a helicopter flight over the range to reach choice spots for skiing and snowboarding with our Georgia Explorer.

For more information about a journey to Chile, Argentina, or Georgia, please contact your Travel Professional or visit us online at www.kerdowney.com. Stay up to date on all of Ker & Downey’s online content by “liking” our Facebook page.

How to Travel with a Baby

Traveling with an infant can be daunting and leaves many parents wondering if it is even possible. Ker & Downey’s Bekah McNeel proves that traveling with a baby is not only possible, but enjoyable as well. 

Yes you can… travel with an infant.

Seventeen days. Five regions. Twelve flights. With a six-month old. That either sounds like a nightmare or an impossible dream. But for our family, it was neither. We just returned from a top-to-bottom tour of Argentina and came back smiling, ready for our next adventure.

As we traveled, I took notes on the recipe for successful travel with an infant. There’s definitely an art to creating a moveable sense of security for little ones. Many times I thought, “If only I had packed…” or “I’m so glad we decided to…” By the end of the trip, my list had taken shape.

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European Escapes

The vast history and wealth of varied cultures on the European continent are within your reach with Ker & Downey. Our journeys to Europe offer experiences no one else can match, and the travel inspirations below are perfect for planning your own winter escape, or making travel plans this spring.

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Magical Christmas Markets | Germany and Austria

Encounter the wonder of the holidays at Europe’s finest Christmas markets. From Vienna and Salzburg to Munich and Regensburg, uncover these historically rich and vibrant cities by way of carriage rides and experiences straight out of a fairytale.

Arctic Ice Driving | Sweden

In January and February, the iced lakes of Lapland are a playground for high-end vehicle manufacturers to test their latest models. Feel the rush of a turbo-charged ice adventure from behind the wheel of a luxury sports car on this unique journey to Sweden.

Royal Amalfi Escape | Italy

Set sail in exclusive luxury on your own private gulet and explore the coastal towns and picturesque landscapes of Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. A dedicated staff and crew attend to every need as you sail from Ponza to Capri and through the Mediterranean.

The Alps by Classic Car | Germany

See Germany in fashion as you drive on the no-limit Autobahn in a sleek roadster, dine at Michelin starred restaurants, visit a BMW production plant, shop in Munich with a personal stylist, and meander through the countryside in an antique car.

For more information about making a European Escape your next Ker & Downey journey, please contact your Travel Professional or visit us online at www.kerdowney.com. Stay up to date on all of Ker & Downey’s online content by “liking” our Facebook page.

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Tien Trinh

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 next year, we’ll be introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here.

Tien joined the Ker & Downey team in 1998 as our Accounting Manager. She enjoys traveling with her husband and three boys, and has had the opportunity to travel to Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe. Now, a trip to Australia and New Zealand tops her travel bucket list.

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Favorite place you’ve traveled: Egypt

Favorite city and why: San Diego. It is a beautiful place and has the best weather.

What is the best thing about traveling: Getting to know different people and their cultures

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Fine Wines of Australia and New Zealand

Toast to the magnificent wines from down under and savor the beauty of Australia and New Zealand – two distinct destinations that beg to be explored. Contact us to begin your journey and discover a wealth of wines and culinary pursuits with Ker & Downey.

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Barossa Valley, Australia

Visit the Peter Lehmann and Torbeck wineries in Barossa Valley, the premier winemaking region of Australia often praised for its Shiraz and Reisling varietals. Taste these and more on all-day wine country tasting adventures with our Australia Dreamtime journey.

Marlborough, New Zealand

Head to the South Island of New Zealand with our New Zealand Discoverer journey to sample the excellent Sauvignon Blancs of the Marlborough region. Visit the family-owned Herzog Winery, home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and nearly 20 years of accolades.

For more information our Australia Dreamtime or New Zealand Discoverer itineraries, please contact your Travel Professional or visit us online at www.kerdowney.com. Stay up to date on all of Ker & Downey’s online content by “liking” our Facebook page.

Classic Coast

It seems these days the focus is always forward and whatever stands still is forgotten. As they say, out with the old and in with the new. But as certain cities race to modernize, others fight to hold on to their sense of self so that tomorrow’s traditions are the same as today’s. France’s alluring Côte d’Azur draws nearly 11 million visitors a year; and though its seaside cities refresh themselves bit by bit, it certainly isn’t the new that brings in the jet setters—drawn not only to the yachting life and exclusive beach clubs but also to the region’s deeply-rooted way of life. The Riviera’s real draw is that it has barely changed … and for the better. By Maya Vandenburg

After a pleasant seven-hour overnight Air France flight, I landed in Paris at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning and spent two days wandering the cobblestone streets of Île Saint-Louis, chewing on fresh baguettes and brie (so cliché, I know) and browsing the extraordinary impressionist collection at Musée d’Orsay. But I wasn’t in France for Paris; I was there for the Riviera. So after the weekend, I boarded Rail Europe’s high-speed TGV train for the five-hour journey to Cannes. As I sat back in my plush first-class seat, I watched with excitement as rolling fields of emerald and citrine dotted with wisps of white cows whizzed past my window. There is just something inherently beautiful about the French countryside, especially when that countryside is bordered by the azure Mediterranean stretching farther than the eye can see.

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Chris Slevin

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 next year, we’ll be introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here

Chris joined the Ker & Downey team in 1996, but his travel experience extends far beyond that with positions pioneering African safaris from the UK and opening up travel to remote areas of Africa. His extensive travel career enhances his in-depth knowledge of Africa, Egypt, the Middle East, India, much of Asia, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, Antarctica, South America, Canada, and other areas of the globe. On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, Chris has spent his lifetime creating memorable and exotic travel adventures for groups – some as large as 600 – and individuals, which include high-profile clients. Most recently, Chris has published a children’s travel book, The Adventures of Dezmund & Dippity.

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Favorite place you’ve traveled: Antarctica

Favorite city and why: Istanbul for its art, history, architecture, and geography

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