Want to travel someplace new, but don’t know where to go? Look no further than our worldwide roundup. We polled our staff and asked them about their favorite trips and destinations around the world. Have a look at what they had to say, and click here to see our favorites in Africa, too.
“At the moment, Hamburg is probably my favorite city in Western Europe. If you’re interested in Northern European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Hamburg should also be on your list. Full of history, beautiful architecture, walkable, a Christmas market, and two football clubs are just some of the attractions. Because it’s a port city (and has been for 1,000 years), the food is not sausage, pretzels, and beer, but is very international and there is a lot of seafood.
Stay at Hotel Vier Jahreitzen – traditional, old-world charm but not stuffy. It’s a five-star property through and through with a very attentive staff, but it’s also a hotel I would feel comfortable bringing my kids to and be confident they would appreciate it as well.” – Michael Jackson, Operations Manager
Read more about Michael’s travels in Germany here.
“Ker & Downey’s Grand Argentine Escape embodies my idea of perfection, pairing luxury with wine, city, and adventure. Mendoza is my own personal version of heaven, and my accommodations at The Vines Resort & Spa in the Uco Valley were the epitome of luxury. My own private villa, private wine tastings in the vineyards, front-row seats to the sunrise reflecting pink on the Andes, and award-winning cuisine at the illustrious Siete Fuegos restaurant by Francis Mallmann… I felt more at home in Mendoza than I ever thought possible.” – Elizabeth, Europe and Latin America Product Manager
Read Elizabeth’s full account of her journey and why she loved our Grand Argentine Escape here.
“India is always a feast for the senses, but Udaipur in Rajasthan holds a particular magic. Winding lanes lined with tiny bangles, art, and handcrafted furniture shops lead to the City Palace perched on the shore of the Lake Pichola. Floating in the center of the shimmering water like a gem in the crown is the Taj Lake Palace, a must property for any traveler wanting to experience life as an Indian royal.” – Rina Chandarana, Marketing and Content Assistant
“China’s Natural Beauties is my favorite itinerary because of the diversity that it offers. From the ancient history of Beijing to the bustle of the city life in Shanghai, there is truly something for everyone. This trip felt like I was in a time-ship that transported me back 1,000 years. By the time that I ended the tour in Shanghai, I was in modern times… plus some! It was a trip that I will never forget, and I truly recommend it to everyone.” – Stephanie Click, Marketing Manager
“There are so many opportunities for special experiences in China: a sidecar ride on a motorcycle through Shanghai, riding down the Great Wall on a toboggan, the Muslim Quarter in Xian, a boat ride down the Lee River, and hiking through the countryside in Yumgshuo are just the tip of the iceberg.” – Michelle Nicholson, Agency Sales Manager
China is among our top places in Asia to visit in 2019; learn more here.
“Portugal has gained momentum as a forthcoming destination for 2019 and beyond. I chose to visit twice before it’s on everyone’s list. I made the right choice as I mixed with locals, was kindly given food recommendations, was invited twice into the homes of locals for wine, and wandered back alley streets on jogs throughout the country. Porto was a must-visit as the quintessential city on a hill overlooking the river—and of course, Port wine! Go before the masses catch the good news!” – Barrett Caldwell, Regional Business Development Manager
Ker & Downey Suggested Itinerary: Elegant Portugal
“For an up-and-coming destination, I really love the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal. The island chain in the mid-Atlantic offers a warm and welcoming culture, beautiful natural sights, and great food.” – Catherine Brown, Designer
Contact your designer to start planning a custom journey to the Azores.
“On our Spain Culinary Tour, each day the itinerary gets better and better. Just when you think one culinary experience has blown your mind, the next day you’re visiting a century’s old pig farm and having some of the best charcuterie in your life. Guides lead you through San Sebastian’s winding alleys teaching you the intricate art of pintxo (tapas) hopping, and you’ll leave Spain having discovered a culture you never suspected even existed.” – Nicole Porto, Designer
Read more about Nicole’s super-foodie journey through Spain right here.
“It’s been on every adventurer’s hot list for a while, and for good reason. Iceland is amazing. This “Land of Fire and Ice” is covered in glaciers and geysers, mudpots, waterfalls, and volcanoes. There are endless ways to soak in the phenomenal landscape beyond hiking and swimming. Try volcano rappelling, epic glacial treks, soaking in geothermal lagoons, and super jeep trips.” – Nicky Brandon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Ker & Downey Suggested Itinerary: Iceland’s Southern Shores