Japan Cultural Family Adventure

12 days from $6850 based on a family of four*
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Konnichiwa! From age-old tea ceremonies, samurai legends, sumo lessons, kimono clad geishas, century old bonsai trees, spiritual shrines and woodblock art to suited business men, futuristic skyscrapers, quirky theme restaurants and Harajuku clad teens, this adventure is packed with so many Japanese cultural adventures from past, present and future, it’s guaranteed to be the stuff family legends are made of. ... Show More »

Thrilling for kids 1 through 99, watch the legends of the Land of The Rising Sun come to life before your eyes as local private guides born and raised in each city provide your clan with in-depth explorations of Tokyo, Nagano, Yudanaka, Hakone and Kyoto, with lots of family flair. Learn how age-old traditions mix seamlessly into modern life as you discover the futuristic art of Japanese manga and anime (comics and animated film), spend a day training with sumo wrestlers, check out “quirky” themed cafes (cat, robot, maid, jail or vampire take your pick) even cheer with local fans at a beloved professional Japanese baseball game. Be immersed in ancient customs and UNESCO sites as you unveil the secrets of the geishas, learn the history behind Japan’s time-honoured bow, take part in a tea ceremony, practice the art of origami, visit Hokusai’s museum to learn about this famous Edo woodblock painter, relax in therapeutic mountain onsens and even boil eggs in one for 7 extra years of good living! Spiritual encounters include pilgrimages to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, tying prayers in trees and obtaining enlightenment by finding the "key to paradise.” From sushi, sake tastings (for grownups) to stir fry and teriyaki to tempura, treat your taste buds with all kinds of Japanese cuisine. Shop in a local fish market and then take your “catch” to a local home where you’ll learn to make various kinds of sashimi and sushi. Celebrate Japan’s natural treasures and designated "Places of Scenic Beauty" as this tour takes you through traditional gardens, national parks, Mt. Owakudani, Mt. Fuji, the interactive Nara Deer Park and meet the famous Japanese macaque, better known as snow monkeys which are native to the country.

Reduce your family’s footprint as you travel by bullet trains, local buses, bicycles and on walking tours. Automobiles are only used when deemed necessary in order to keep your clan’s journey as eco as possible. Nights are spent at a diverse collection of carefully selected child friendly properties - Tokyo and Kyoto’s greenest hotels, a Ryokan dating back 400 years and a Japanese inn boasting more hot springs than you can count.

The best part? At Kensington we know one size never fits all, especially when families are involved. Work with our Japan destination specialists to customize this tour to suit your individual travel style, schedule and budget! « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Japan - Welcome
    • Airport Meet & Assist - Meet & Greet-Narita 9:00-20:55(12)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Narita Airport(7)
  • Day 2 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Highlights (4hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    • Shared - 1/2 Day Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Sumo Wrestler Training with Lunch (3hrs) - Guide/Public Transport - Weekday
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Pop Culture Afternoon Tour (4hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 4 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private - 1/2 Day Tsukiji Fish Market & Sushi Making with Lunch (4hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    • Baseball Game with Guide - Ticket/Guide
  • Day 5 Tokyo to Nagano to Yudanaka
    Tokyo to Nagano to Yudanaka
    • Train - Tokyo Station - Nagano
    • Tour - Private - Historic Temple of Zenkoji - Bus/Guide
    • Train - Nagano - Yudanaka
    • Kaiseki Dinner
  • Day 6 Yudanaka
    Yudanaka
    • Tour - Private - Jigokudani Yaen Koen - Bus/Guide
    • Tour - Private - Obuse Hokusai Museum & Sake Brewery - Train/Guide
  • Day 7 Yudanaka to Hakone
    Yudanaka to Hakone
    • Train - Standard Class
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 Hakone
    Hakone
    • Self-Guided - Optional Activities - Optional
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 Hakone to Kyoto
    Hakone to Kyoto
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Hakone - Kyoto [(2hrs)] - Standard Class
    • Transfer - Private - Taxi Transfer with Guide from Train Station - Taxi/Guide
    • 1/2 Day Home Visit with Cultural Experience: Origami (2.5hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 10 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Tour - Private - Half Day Kyoto Highlights with Private Vehicle (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 11 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Tour - Private - Half Day Nara Tour with Public Transportation (5hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
    • 1/2 Day Home Visit with Cultural Experience: Tea Ceremony (2.5hrs) - Guide/Public Transportation
  • Day 12 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Kyoto - Osaka [Kansai Airport] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
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Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Japan!

An English speaking assistant will meet and assist you upon arrival at the airport and take you to meet your driver.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: New Otani Tokyo (4*)

The New Otani is surrounded by one of Tokyo’s noted Japanese-style gardens that features a waterfall within its grounds. The garden boasts over 400 years of history, has been painstakingly maintained and exhibits different but equally enjoyable scenery each season. The hotel is continuously being praised by customers for its environmental friendliness through its ‘Hybrid Hotel Project’, aiming to bring about a higher level of service through the ideology that ‘creating environmentally friendly amenities is inherent to the genuine comfort of guests’. By way of a major restoration, the hotel has upgraded its earthquake safety, installed an improved climate control system, and amongst other distinctions has cut its CO2 emissions to offer an eco-friendly level of service. In addition it has many green features like a roof garden, a water recycling plant, a composting plant, and local organic produce.

Tokyo
Tokyo
New Otani Hotel Tokyo
New Otani Hotel Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

Take a half day tour of this fascinating city with a local guide, making use of Tokyo’s comprehensive and user friendly public transport system. The day begins with a visit to the outside Imperial Palace, home of Japan’s Imperial Family. Next is Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Take the subway across town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. If time permits, you can take a walk down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world’s top fashion brands.

Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.

Relive the magic of youth with a visit to the popular Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, dedicated to the works of Hayao Miyazaki, Japan's greatest living animated film director. Please note this tour is shared. Upon arrival in Japan a voucher will be provided with hotel pickup time, or meeting place details. 

Accommodation: New Otani Tokyo (4*)
Tokyo
Tokyo
Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple

Day 3: Tokyo

Your guide for the morning will meet you at your hotel and take you to the Ryogoku, the center of Japan’s sumo world. As well as the Kokugikan Sumo Stadium, Ryogoku is home to most of Tokyo’s sumo heyas. All rikishi (wrestlers) belong to heyas, or sumo stables, where they live, train and eat.  We will be able to visit one of these heya to get up close and personal with these giant men and watch their asa geiko (morning training). The day begins in the early morning, when the lowest ranked men wake up and put in some practice before going about their assigned duties, which include cleaning the building and preparing the food for the main meal of the day. Higher ranked sekitori appear at a more reasonable hour, and they begin a practice session that runs from about 7am until about 10am. After several hours of warm up and technique practice, the wrestlers play an exciting "King of the Castle" game where one wrestler stays in the ring fighting bouts without any rest until he is defeated. The tour will finish in the Ryogoku area. 

Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.

Take in 3 of Tokyo’s centers of youth fashion and pop culture. Start in Shibuya, Tokyo’s main center for youth fashion and culture, whose streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. It is also home to the famous 5 way “scramble crossing”. Next is Harajuku, and the famous Takeshita dori (Cat Street). Whether you are a Goth, punk or anything in between, there is a shop in Harajuku that caters for you. Known as Electric Town, Akihabara was originally famous for its many electronics shops. However in more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district. You will end the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea in one of Tokyo’s famous maid cafes where the waitresses dress up and act like maids. You will also have the opportunity to take a souvenir photo with one of the maids. End the tour in Akihabara.

Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.

Accommodation: New Otani Tokyo (4*)
Pop Culture
Pop Culture
Sumo Training
Sumo Training

Day 4: Tokyo

Today your guide will take you to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Take a few hours to wander through this enormous market, exploring both the vegetable and fruit areas plus the impressive seafood section. On offer in the seafood section are more than 480 different kinds of seafood ranging from fresh fish to shellfish and prawns. There may also be an opportunity to see a complete tuna being cut and filleted. After buying various ingredients you will have the opportunity to visit a typical Japanese home. Your guide will answer any and all questions about Japanese culture and everyday life in Tokyo during the transfer by public transportation. Learn to prepare “maki sushi” (rolled sushi), "gunkan maki" (sushi rice wrapped with a strip of seaweed and topped with soft ingredients), and "nigiri sushi" (sushi rice topped with a slice of raw fish). You will then get to enjoy your homemade sushi for lunch. End the tour in central Tokyo. Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Tokyo’s efficient local transit system.

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan. It has been a national pastime since 1920, and for fans of its American counterpart, provides a cultural experience like no other. Today a local guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the stadium by public transit. Game tickets are included, and your guide will join you for the afternoon to provide unique insight into the players, the rules, and the history of the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

Accommodation: New Otani Tokyo (4*)
Baseball
Baseball
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market

Day 5: Tokyo - Nagano - Yudanaka

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel for your exciting mountain break today. Reach Tokyo station (transfer by taxi is included) and board Japan’s world famous Shinkansen bullet train (reserved seat ticket in Ordinary class included). With a top speed of 186 mph, the Shinkansen takes only 100 minutes to reach Nagano.

On arrival in the afternoon, your private guide will help you store your luggage in a coin locker (about 500 JPY, not included) before you set out on a quick visit of the city of Nagano. Nagano is famous soba noodles - which we recommend trying for lunch (not included). Kouzantei and Furusato restaurants are both close to the station, and are a few of our favorites.

You will visit historic Zenkoji temple, a short bus ride from Nagano station. One of the most visited temples in Japan, Zenkoji was founded 1400 years ago and stores, what many believe to be the first Buddhist statue ever brought to Japan. A copy of the statue is shown to the public every six years for a few weeks, the next opportunity being in 2015. Most recently rebuilt in 1707, Zenkoji's main hall has a tunnel in its basement in which visitors are trying to find and touch the "key to paradise" in complete darkness. The key is attached to the wall and grants enlightenment to anybody who touches it.

Return to the station on foot to catch your onward train.

From Nagano, you will then take a local train to Yudanaka (45 minutes) – these tickets are also included in your itinerary pricing, and from there it is a short ride by hotel shuttle bus to the Kokuya Hotel.

Dinner tonight will be a Japanese traditional kaiseki meal, comprised of nine or more dishes. The meal is made up of seasonal dishes using only the freshest of local Nagano ingredients. The kaiseki is a unique cultural experience, and one not to be missed in Japan.

Accommodation: Kokuya Hotel

Kokuya is a traditional Japanese style hotel (ryokan) with a 400 year history; the present owner is the 16th generation owner. The ryokan has six different 100% natural hot springs rich in health-giving minerals, which benefit your muscles, joints, and skin. It is located on Shibu Onsen ‘spa street’, which has 9 public onsens you can try as well, and you will see local people in kimono strolling down the street in yukata (light robes) as they head for a soak.

Dragon Fountain, Zenkoji Temple
Dragon Fountain, Zenkoji Temple
Kokuya Hotel
Kokuya Hotel

Day 6: Yudanaka

Meet your private guide this morning and depart by bus to see the famous Snow Monkeys of the Jigokudani Yaen Koen. (Please note, there is a 20 minute walk from the nearest bus stop to the park entrance). Jigokudani literally means ‘hell’s valley’ due to the steam and boiling water that bubbles out of small crevices in the frozen ground, and it is in the baths of this boiling water that the resident Japanese Macaques like to soak in on. The monkeys live in large social groups, and it can be quite entertaining to watch their interactions. Accustomed to humans, they can be observed from very close and almost completely ignore their human guests.

In the afternoon you will pay a visit to the nearby charming town of Obuse, which you will reach using your included train pass. The traditional town of Obuse is known for its delicious chestnuts, and as the home of Hokusai, the famous painter and printmaker from Japan’s Edo period - a visit to his museum here is a must. Over 100 houses in the town participate in an ‘Open Garden’ scheme. If you see this sign in front of the house, it means you can enter the property and enjoy the gardens, giving you a unique insight into Japanese houses. No visit to Obuse is complete without stopping in at the Masuichi sake brewery for a taste of their delicious sake made from the high quality local rice.

Another amazing dinner will be served at your ryokan.

Accommodation: Kokuya Hotel
Snow Monkeys
Snow Monkeys
Sake Brewery
Sake Brewery

Day 7: Yudanaka - Hakone

This morning you will return to the train station by shuttle, and board your onward Shinkansen bullet train to Nagano (ticket included).

Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Gora Sounkaku (4*)

Sounkaku is a traditional Japanese-style inn located near the top of Mt. Soun. Guests can enjoy splendid landscape overlooking the mountains of Hakone. The popular tourist spots are easily accessible from the nearest station, Sounzan. Sounkaku has been in business for over 80 years and was fully renovated in April 2010. It now offers the spirit of traditional Japanese aesthetics with elegant scent of Japanese cypress wood while retaining a classical atmosphere.

Hakone
Hakone
Onsen Hot Springs Indoor
Onsen Hot Springs Indoor

Day 8: Hakone

Hakone is famous for its beautiful natural setting, hot springs, and of course the view of Mt Fuji. There are many things one can do independently while in Hakone, including shopping at local boutiques, enjoying some Japanese cuisine, or relaxing in a local onsen. We also recommend purchasing locally the "Hakone Free Pass", at roughly 4000JPY this gives you access to all buses, trains, cablecars and ropeways of the region. With this you may board a boat ride around Lake Ashi, or enjoy the mountain views while riding the 40 minute Tozan Train.

Accommodation: Gora Sounkaku (4*)

Day 9: Hakone - Kyoto

Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle.

Transfer by train from Hakone (Odawara) to Kyoto. The train ride is approximately 2 hours.

Meet your guide at the train station platform for a transfer to your hotel by taxi.

This afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit the home of an instructor of one of Japan’s Traditional Arts. One or our assistants will meet at your hotel and escort you to the instructor’s house. “Origami” means paper-folding. Sheets of square paper can be folded into various shapes such as animals, flowers, furniture, toys, etc., without the use of scissors. The instructor will advise you on how to fold some basic shapes such as crane, box, samurai warrior’s helmet, and you can take your work home with you.

Accommodation: Westin Miyako Kyoto (4*)

Standing on the Higashiyama Hills overlooking the beautiful ancient capital, the Westin Miyako Kyoto is surrounded by abundant nature, which fully displays the beauty of each season. Immerse yourself in a feeling of inspired serenity while you are visiting the hotel's garden, which is a registered cultural property of the City of Kyoto, or enjoy a stroll or wood bathing along the bird watching trail of the wild bird sanctuary forest. All guest rooms are equipped with the Westin "Heavenly Bed" featuring a plush mattress, fluffy pillows, light duvet and crisp sheets, which makes guests feel as if they were "sleeping on a cloud", guaranteeing that they will wake refreshed. The hotel offers diverse dining options including Japanese, Continental, and Chinese cuisines. Delicacies are served buffet-style and à la carte throughout the day at the café restaurant. You can also enjoy cocktails and sweets at the lounges and bars.

Kyoto
Kyoto
Westin Miyako Kyoto
Westin Miyako Kyoto

Day 10: Kyoto

Visit 2 of Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites and a local market on this half day tour. Start the day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. Next is Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle that was built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence and is surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. The main building was completed in 1603, and is famous for its architecture, decorated sliding doors and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors. Finish the day with a visit to Nishiki Market.  Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, Nishiki is a narrow shopping street lined more than 100 shops, selling fresh seafood and vegetables, pickles, Japanese sweets and sushi.

Accommodation: Westin Miyako Kyoto (4*)
Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple

Day 11: Kyoto

Transfer from your hotel to Nara (45min) with a local guide. For 74 years during the 8th century Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain. Visit Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden building and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Next stop is Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, established in 768 AD and famous for its hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns which have been donated by worshipers. End the day with a wander through Nara Park, called Deer park by locals due to the large population of more than 1,000 tame deer living there.

Please note that with this tour you will have a private guide, but rather than travelling by private vehicle, you will make use of Kyoto’s efficient local transit system.

This afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit the home of an instructor of one of Japan’s Traditional Arts. One of our assistants will meet at your hotel and escort you to the instructor’s house. You will learn all about the various types of tea and the instruments used to prepare it with the support/advice from the professional instructor and interpretation from our assistant. You will see how every movement has a meaning and what serving tea to guests means in Japan.

Accommodation: Westin Miyako Kyoto (4*)
Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony
Nara Park
Nara Park

Day 12: Kyoto

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

New Otani Tokyo (4*): Tokyo

The New Otani is surrounded by one of Tokyo’s noted Japanese-style gardens that features a waterfall within its grounds. The garden boasts over 400 years of history, has been painstakingly maintained and exhibits different but equally enjoyable scenery each season. The hotel is continuously being praised by customers for its environmental friendliness through its ‘Hybrid Hotel Project’, aiming to bring about a higher level of service through the ideology that ‘creating environmentally friendly amenities is inherent to the genuine comfort of guests’. By way of a major restoration, the hotel has upgraded its earthquake safety, installed an improved climate control system, and amongst other distinctions has cut its CO2 emissions to offer an eco-friendly level of service. In addition it has many green features like a roof garden, a water recycling plant, a composting plant, and local organic produce.

New Otani Hotel Tokyo
New Otani Hotel Tokyo
New Otani Room
New Otani Room

Kokuya Hotel: Yudanaka

Kokuya is a traditional Japanese style hotel (ryokan) with a 400 year history; the present owner is the 16th generation owner. The ryokan has six different 100% natural hot springs rich in health-giving minerals, which benefit your muscles, joints, and skin. It is located on Shibu Onsen ‘spa street’, which has 9 public onsens you can try as well, and you will see local people in kimono strolling down the street in yukata (light robes) as they head for a soak.

Kokuya Hotel
Kokuya Hotel

Gora Sounkaku (4*): Hakone

Sounkaku is a traditional Japanese-style inn located near the top of Mt. Soun. Guests can enjoy splendid landscape overlooking the mountains of Hakone. The popular tourist spots are easily accessible from the nearest station, Sounzan. Sounkaku has been in business for over 80 years and was fully renovated in April 2010. It now offers the spirit of traditional Japanese aesthetics with elegant scent of Japanese cypress wood while retaining a classical atmosphere.

Onsen Hot Springs Indoor
Onsen Hot Springs Indoor

Westin Miyako Kyoto (4*): Kyoto

Standing on the Higashiyama Hills overlooking the beautiful ancient capital, the Westin Miyako Kyoto is surrounded by abundant nature, which fully displays the beauty of each season. Immerse yourself in a feeling of inspired serenity while you are visiting the hotel's garden, which is a registered cultural property of the City of Kyoto, or enjoy a stroll or wood bathing along the bird watching trail of the wild bird sanctuary forest. All guest rooms are equipped with the Westin "Heavenly Bed" featuring a plush mattress, fluffy pillows, light duvet and crisp sheets, which makes guests feel as if they were "sleeping on a cloud", guaranteeing that they will wake refreshed. The hotel offers diverse dining options including Japanese, Continental, and Chinese cuisines. Delicacies are served buffet-style and à la carte throughout the day at the café restaurant. You can also enjoy cocktails and sweets at the lounges and bars.

Westin Miyako Kyoto
Westin Miyako Kyoto
Gardens
Gardens
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Elizabeth W — June 24, 2015 — Asia

    Excellent trip. All of the guides were professional and top quality. We were able to see many sights due to their knowledge of the train system and they also taught us how to get around on our own. The guides also recommended places to see on our own time and all worth while. In addition they taught us local customs and foods that we needed to try in that region. Very helpful. Special day was with our guide on the Fish Market and sushi making tour, made sushi personally with her. She made it a very special day. Great tour for those who want guides but also some free time on our own. The guides were always on time, the transportation on time and everyone was so nice and helpful. We also appreciated not having to be in a large group of strangers and the one on one quality of the tour. Was not sure what to expect but the trip met all expectations and then some. Will use Kensington again and will refer friends.

  • Lynn m — June 18, 2015 — Asia

    We booked all accommodation ourselves so not rated on survey. Kensington did a perfect job for us customizing all our transportation needs at the airport, ferry, hotel or boat transfer. There was always someone waiting with a sing on the correct day, time and place. As well the guides we used were friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke English well. Our travel consultant Marc Sison was excellent always prompt returning my call or email as well as making fabulous suggestions like going to Oslob to snorkel with the Whale Sharks, an absolute highlight of our trip. Our trip to the Philippines was primarily to snorkel and we were not disappointed, the water was warm and clear with lots of fish, coral, sea snakes, sting rays and even a couple of black tipped reef sharks. Of course there were turtles but we have seem many in our past snorkeling. This has created another way of traveling. Thanks! All the categories on the survey I rate as 10.

  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure.

  • Craig Gelman — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience.

  • SixtoCastenada Jr. — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

  • Olive Ramchand — June 03, 2014 — Asia

    I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.

    Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)

  • Jeanne Tarvin — April 21, 2014 — Asia

    The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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