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 […]
UNESCO adds 33 spots to the list of World Heritage Sites. These are the newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites you need to see.
UNESCO has released its latest list of sites waiting to be discovered across the globe, and our travel bucket list just got longer. We had a tough time narrowing down from all 29 new places, but here are just some of the new UNESCO sites that we are itching to see soon.
Elegance and authenticity are inevitable on this nine-day journey through three of Portugal’s most enriching hubs — Porto, Lisbon, and Alentejo.
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. […]
Travel with Ker & Downey to Viscri – one of the seven villages with fortified churches of Transylvania and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s a lot more to Transylvania than Dracula. It’s one of the most beautiful natural regions in Europe – surrounded by the Carpathian mountains, forests, green hills, and rivers. Small towns, medieval fortresses, castles, and monasteries dot the landscape. It is one of the most developed areas in Romania, yet there are also charming villages where the people live as if unchanged by time. In the 12th century, German merchants arrived in the region and over […]
Visit the Goreme National Park and rock sites of Cappadocia, one of the most striking landscapes in the world, with Ker & Downey. The landscape of the Goreme National Park is spectacularly unique. Rock formations, known as “fairy chimneys” rise up from the ground against a backdrop of mountains and valleys, creating a striking scene. The area has been sculpted by nature – erosion and volcanic activity act as the hands of the creator. There’s no other place like it on earth. Located on the central Anatolia plateau, the Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia were added […]
Angkor Wat is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Angkor Wat with Ker & Downey and a private guide to get the most out of your visit. The Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia is a must visit destination for many travelers. And rightly so – it’s incredible. The UNESCO World Heritage site stretches over 155 square miles and is a complex of elaborate temples, communication routes, and an extensive system of waterways, canals, and reservoirs from the Khmer Empire. The park was once home to the greatest city in the ancient world, inhabited by one million people. It […]
Travel with Ker & Downey to see UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the globe. You’ll enjoy the best of luxury travel with private guides and custom journeys. Ningaloo Coast, Australia The Ningaloo Coast is one of Western Australia’s natural treasures. Named to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2011, the 604,500 hectare coast is alive with an abundance of marine life, turquoise waters, and dazzling white beaches set against a backdrop of rugged limestone ranges. It’s also home to annual migrations of sea turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays, manatees, and whale sharks who can average 40 feet in […]
Travel with Ker & Downey to see UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the globe. You’ll enjoy the best of luxury travel with private guides and custom journeys. A Brief History of UNESCO World Heritage Sites The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) formed in 1945 with a purpose to promote international collaboration through education, science, and culture. Flash-forward to Egypt, 1954 and the government’s decision to build the new Aswan High Dam which would result in a large stretch of the Nile River valley flooding. Several Ancient Egyptian cultural treasures in Nubia were in danger of destruction so […]