Recently listed among the newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the spa towns of Europe boast a storied past. In the 18th and 19th centuries, European physicians often told their patients to “take to the waters” of an isolated town with natural spring waters. Thus European spa culture arose as a coveted retreat for the region’s elite. In its heyday, approximately 600 major European spa towns popped up across the continent. Each featured iconic resorts, pump rooms, drinking halls, stunning architecture, curated gardens, and world-class spa facilities. Spa Towns of Europe Today, only a handful of these Spa Towns of Europe remain in […]
Our April Travel Report by Nicky Brandon, Ker & Downey’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development
Longing for a winter vacation with no jacket required? It’s time to put away your snow boots and find your passport. Discover where to beat the winter blues and start making your own plans to get out of town.
There’s so much to fall for when you visit Paris, the City of Love. It’s really tough for us narrow in on a list of just why we are enamored with this European gem. You could go to Paris many different times and no matter the time of year, you will always find something new to see and do. Here are just four of our favorite reasons to visit Paris.
Spanning France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria, some of our favorite European Christmas markets are those found off the beaten path.
With 44 countries in Europe, travelers have plenty of choices. You want mountains? Check. Chic beaches that meet sparkling seas? Check. Delicious food? Check. Vast varieties of culture and history? Check. Since there’s so much to see, we are helping you visit Europe in 2020 with confidence. Keep reading to narrow in on where to go in Europe 2020.
Luxury and authenticity go hand in hand on our handcrafted Luxury Burgundy River Cruise, with extensions into Paris and Provence. Follow in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette and Vincent Van Gogh for two weeks of exquisite wine tastings and historical tours.
Combine three enchanting countries with two nights aboard the historic Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as you make your way from Italy to Austria, ending in France. On a luxury Europe by train journey, savor each destination with exquisite multi-course meals along the way, private and exclusive access to museums, and luxury accommodations.
Cruise the Loire Valley canals in slow, stylish comfort on our bespoke Loire Valley River Cruise. Champagne receptions, historical insights, and exclusive entry into the region’s iconic chateaux… let Ker & Downey make you feel like royalty at every turn.
Ker & Downey’s Canal du Midi cruise takes you on an elegant “Tour de France” following the roads from the past. On this 16-day itinerary, uncover the history of France. Begin with the Greek and Roman occupation in Southern France, and continue through medieval times in the Pyrenees. Then it’s up to the Renaissance in the Loire Valley and around Paris admiring the splendors of the Grand Siècle of King Louis XIV.