Istanbul’s skyline is a sight to behold. Its Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches tell a tale of two continents and the empires that sought to take control of this ancient city locked between Asia and Europe. Ancient Constantinople is overflowing with sights, and these are the can’t-miss places where you can experience Istanbul’s history.
A little strange and definitely unique, these are some of the most outrageous places to spend the night. The Manta Resort Sleep under the sea in the Underwater Room off the coast of Zanzibar. This floating structure at The Manta Resort gives you an up-close look at the schools of colorful fish that swim by during the day, and the curious nocturnal creatures that glide by your windows in the inky depths. Located in the middle of a reef, the room is only accessed via boat. Three levels include a landing deck, a roof for star gazing, and an abode […]
Planning a destination wedding, unforgettable honeymoon or special getaway for two? We’ve searched the globe for the most pristine beaches, private hideaways and the coziest fireplaces to curl up to with your love. Here are 10 of our favorite amorous escapes. Unique Retreats Kingston Tree House at Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa The Kingston Tree House at Ivory Lodge is the perfect marriage of secluded safari getaway and modern luxury to inspire hopeless romantics and adventurers alike. Each morning, you head out on an early game drive with your guide and tracker in search of the Big […]
Journey beyond the land to experience exciting and unique adventures in the some of the most beautiful waters of our world. Snorkel, dive, and paddle your way through the waters to uncover treasures deep below the surface and discover remote islands. Contact us today to begin planning your water adventure.
Ker & Downey travel specialist Anne Johnston just returned from a trip to Turkey, Sudan, and Egypt. She recounts her trip below. For those who have been to Istanbul or are planning a trip, keep early April in mind to visit. It’s tulip season and there are literally hundreds of thousands of tulips all over the city. It is truly amazing! I also visited Dolmabahce Palace and the Chora Church for the first time and both were very interesting. I recommend walking up and down Istiklal Street and visiting some of the wonderful neighborhoods near Hagia Sophia and the Blue […]
The end of the year is just around the corner. How do you want to finish off 2013? Maybe you want to travel to a new destination or start a new family tradition that includes a hand-crafted Ker & Downey journey. Recently we asked some of the sales team at Ker & Downey to share their travel experiences from this year with us and, to get in the holiday spirit, some of their special holiday traditions. Below Nicole talks about her journey to Italy, Turkey, and the Caucasus this year and her family’s holiday traditions. This year I visited Italy […]
The wonders of the Bosphorus Strait and the magic of the fairy chimney landscape will all be revealed with Ker & Downey. Discover the Icons of Turkey on this amazing seven-night journey through historic Istanbul and Cappadocia. Price based on the Houston IAH gateway, alternative gateways may vary. Internal flights in Turkey in coach class. Please contact Ker & Downey for details. Airfares are subject to availability and have restrictions but are inclusive of all taxes and surcharges, except baggage surcharges which be found at bags.amadeus.com. Restrictions can include: advance purchase requirements, travel-by dates, black-out dates, capacity minimums or maximums, […]
In every corner of the world, bargain hunters and fashion fiends can almost always find a sidewalk to roam in search of retail therapy. Ker & Downey’s expertise makes the hunt more fulfilling by showing guests the best shopping destinations, many often off the beaten path. Istanbul – As seen in BESPOKE Magazine, Istanbul’s network of bazaars and boutiques is inspired by its past as a hub for trade and retail. Wander the 3,500 shops of the Grand Bazaar for unique treasures and hand-crafted textiles, and discover luxury brands in the Nisantasi residential district. To read more about shopping experiences […]
In the latest issue of BESPOKE Magazine, Martine Bury explores the hottest shopping districts around Istanbul. High and low, haute and hip, the ancient city on the shores of the Bosphorus is a shopper’s paradise. A shopping spree in Istanbul takes time. Storeowners often offer chocolates, tea and Turkish delights, tell engaging stories and invite customers to participate in an ageold dance of buyer and seller. With a rich tradition as a center for trade and retail that dates back 2,000 years, Istanbul is the ideal destination for modern day hunters and gatherers up for adventure. First, visit the illustrious […]
In search of the perfect, water-front hideaway for your next relaxing escape? We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite luxury private villas from all over the world with breathtaking views of the water and all the amenities to calm the senses and leave you speechless. Australia, Qualia Beach House Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia’s private beach house is set on 30 acres of garden landscape at the northern-most tip of Australia’s Hamilton Island. Designed to draw the outside in, an open layout with a wall of glass doors that can be completely pushed open effectively blurs the line between indoor […]