You could say New Orleans is having a moment. It has recently been recognized as a top city by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, and this year, it’s celebrating its tricentennial. With celebratory events scheduled throughout the year, there’s no better time to travel to the “Big Easy.” The three-hundred-year-old city is a true melting pot of cultures, with influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa that can be seen in its food, language, music, and traditions. To jumpstart your journey, our Luxury Travel Experts have handpicked their top things to do in New Orleans.
Long considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is packed with extraordinary art and architectural masterpieces around each turn of its narrow cobbled streets. The city is brimming with world-class art museums full of paintings and sculptures from masters like Botticelli and Michelangelo, fresco-clad churches, quaint trattorias, local markets, and of course, the Duomo. With so much to see within the city, it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve outlined our top five things to do in Florence to give you a head start.
Amy, our in-house graphic designer is spending a year traveling the world. She just finished up a month in Thailand and today, she’s sharing her top 5 things to do in Chiang Mai. To read more about Amy’s travels, click here. Chiang Mai is the quieter side of Thailand, great for people looking for fresh air and outdoor activities. With lush mountains just a short Songthaew (the cheapest way to get around the city) ride away, within a few miles you can escape to the serenity of nature while stumbling upon ancient Buddhist temples and extraordinary city views. The Old City is alive […]
Ker & Downey’s designers share their top things to do in Williamsburg and the surrounding area, one of this year’s top cities in the United States in Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. It’s not surprising to see Williamsburg on Travel Leisure’s World’s Best Awards as one of the best cities in America. The historic town is home to the restored Colonial Williamsburg, one of the largest living history museums in the world, and nearby Jamestown and Yorktown. Together, the three towns make up the Historic Triangle, all connected by 23 miles of parkway. Visiting all three makes for a […]
Ker & Downey’s guide to the top things to do in Kyoto. Kyoto is the storehouse of Japan’s traditional culture and the stage on which much of Japanese history was played out. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shintō shrines, Kyoto is home to the country’s most treasured remnants of imperial life. Here, geishas still entertain in full makeup and dress within the Ochaya teahouses of Gion, masterpieces of religious architecture still house mesmerizing Zen gardens, and the Nishiki Market—or the “kitchen of Kyoto”—bustles with frenetic fish-selling energy. We asked our Luxury […]
Known as the “land of good sunshine and good wine,” the region of Mendoza is nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range. It’s the center of Argentina’s wine industry, but there’s more to the region than just wine. Touring the region by foot or horseback, fine dining, fly fishing, and olive oil tastings are just some of the things you can experience in Mendoza. Because of its extensive artificial irrigation systems, the city is green with trees lining the wide avenues even though it is situated in a dry desert region of Argentina. We think a stop in […]
Buenos Aires was voted a top city in South America by Travel + Leisure readers in this year’s World’s Best Awards. It’s one of our favorite cities in South America too. Its European flair can be felt throughout the city and at night, the city comes alive with tango. A few days should be spent here exploring the city and all she has to offer on your next journey to Argentina. To help with your planning, we asked our Luxury Travel Consultants for their top things to do in Buenos Aires.
Amy, our in-house graphic designer is spending a year traveling the world. She just finished up a month in Prague and today, she’s sharing her top 5 things to do in Prague. To read more about Amy’s travels, click here. There is nothing more pleasant than being in Prague in the summer. Sure, it’s touristy, but if you plan ahead of time, you can avoid crowds and create a perfect itinerary seeing all of Prague’s great attractions. Being outside is a must, whether it’s having a famous Pilsner at an outdoor café, or hiking through one of the many beautiful nature spots […]
This article has been updated to reflect the most recent results from the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Ker & Downey Product Manager Elizabeth Frels shares the top 5 things to do in San Miguel de Allende – voted the world’s top city for the second year in a row in this year’s Travel + Leisure Worlds Best Awards. The results are in and this year, San Miguel de Allende was voted the number one city in the world by Travel + Leisure readers in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row. […]
Ker & Downey climbed from the #6 position in 2010 to rank #2 among Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters. Houston, TX – July 7, 2011 – The prestigious Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Ker & Downey #2 in their search for the World’s Best Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters in 2011. Based on a perfect score of 100, Ker & Downey received an outstanding 96.85 from the combined scores of readers’ surveys taken from January to March of this year. Tour Operators were judged on staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food and overall value. Readers also […]