Entries tagged: luxury travel

Fairytale Castles and Palaces

Fairytale Castles and Palaces

Fit for a queen, these fairytale castles and royal abodes are stunning masterpieces of architecture and history. Schloss Neuschwanstein: Bavaria, Germany The inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle is a towering structure with turrets emerging from the alpine forest. It is located high on a rugged hill above a village in Bavaria. Stunning views of the green countryside and the mountains beyond are offered from the top. This romantic castle, built in 1869, was meant to be a retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria. Pena National Palace: Sintra, Portugal Perched on a peak, this palace is a combination of onion […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Share Their Most Life Changing Trip

Ker & Downey Staff Share Their Most Life Changing Trip

Ker & Downey staff members share stories from their most life changing trip.  For me, I would say two trips have changed my life. The first was my very first safari to Botswana when I was just nine years old. (My mother speaks about the same trip below.) It opened my eyes to a world I hardly knew existed and sparked my enduring love affair with Africa and her people. The second life changing trip was the fall I spent in Italy in college. I was there to study architecture, but I learned so much more. In addition to the eye opening […]

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Babymoon Bliss: Tips for Traveling in the First Trimester

Babymoon Bliss: Tips for Traveling in the First Trimester

Elizabeth shares her tips for traveling in the first trimester. Traveling while pregnant can be a daunting experience, no matter how far along you might be. I admit that I had some nerves traveling in the first trimester of my pregnancy as well: Would I push myself too hard? Would I find foods I could trust? Would I get enough rest? Doubts can cloud your entire mind during that time, but in the end, conquering those doubts was something I will never regret as a soon-to-be mom. Some things were harder than others, but I am here to assure you: […]

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Travels with Memaw and James

Travels with Memaw and James

Written by Haley Beham My grandparents have always loved to travel. I have a very clear memory of my immediate family traveling with my grandparents and aunt to New Mexico. We spent a day driving in jeeps through the mountains. Their vehicle was in front of ours and we all laughed as their heads bopped this way and that at exactly the same time. I don’t actually remember much from that trip, but that memory I do have of traveling with them still makes me laugh. My grandfather’s family is from a little town in the Czech Republic – Horni […]

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The Best Mother-Daughter Trips

The Best Mother-Daughter Trips

Is there a relationship more precious than that of a mother and a daughter? Celebrate and strengthen those bonds with our favorite mother-daughter trips. Get Centered in Peru and Ecuador Strengthen and encourage the mother-daughter bonds on a wellness journey through Latin America, where getting centered together is more than just a wellness retreat. There are ample opportunities for yoga amidst Peru’s stunning landscapes, a traditional Mother Earth ceremony to evoke the spirit of healing, hikes in the Sacred Valley, farm-to-table lunches, and cultural tours, including one of the Jalpa Nina pottery works. A Shopping Spree in Italy Who doesn’t […]

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World's Best Bathtubs With a View

World’s Best Bathtubs With a View

For me, the most important part of any hotel room is the bathtub. Not just the tub itself, but the view from it. Show me a freestanding tub with an incredible view and I’ll show you just how long I can soak. Our team of luxury travel consultants has scouted the globe for the best hotel bathtubs with a view – and they are incredible. Pour in the bubble bath – it’s time for a soak! The Silo, Cape Town Cape Town’s newest hotel offers some of the most stunning bathrooms in the world, with equally stunning views from its […]

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Why You Should Use a Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Consultant to Book Your Multi Country Holidays

Why You Should Use a Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Consultant to Book Your Multi Country Holidays

In the world of Google and online booking, anyone who has the time and resources can book a trip to just about anywhere. But handling travel arrangements yourself can bring unwanted headaches, missed connections, and logistics you didn’t even know you needed to think about, especially when it comes to multi country holidays. There are obvious reasons to use a Luxury Travel Consultant: they can find the best deals, have relationships with locals who can offer authentic cultural experiences and can even get you a reservation at that booked-for-months-in-advance restaurant. Beyond that, there are also particular reasons to use a […]

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Top Destinations for Stargazing

Top Destinations for Stargazing

Leave the light pollution behind. See the stars under some of the world’s darkest skies with our top destinations for stargazing. As light pollution invades the urban city and suburban skies, people are looking to get out of the city to see the stars. We’ve gathered up our top destinations for stargazing. These destinations for stargazing are ideal. Some of them are the darkest places in the world. Other locations have resident astronomers and state of the art technology to help you interpret the skies. If you want to get out and see the heavenly stars, these are the best […]

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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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Bespoke WWII Tours Dig Deep into the History of the Georgian Army

Bespoke WWII Tours Dig Deep into the History of the Georgian Army

Bespoke WWII tours to Georgia dig deep into the history of the Georgian Army and their part in the battle of Texel. This Veteran’s Day, we’re taking a look at the unique journey we put together for WWII history buffs. At Ker & Downey, we’re in the business of creating bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime journeys that you won’t find anywhere else. We like to believe that if you can dream it, we can make it happen. And that’s exactly what we did when a couple of World War II history enthusiasts approached us to plan a WWII tour unlike any of the […]

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