There is no end to the magical travel moments to be found at the world’s most phenomenal festivals. From midsummer pagan rituals and camel beauty pageants to crazy street carnivals, leg rowing races and even Ernest Hemingway’s favorite fete, celebrations across the globe offer a unique way for adventurers to experience a country’s culture, cuisine and spirit. This year, go behind-the-scenes of these time-honored traditional celebrations with Kensington.
It’s impossible not to feel a certain sense of homecoming overcome you as you’re warmly welcomed by Calgary locals in a festival of color, life, pageantry – and most of all bull riding – that’s a joyful celebration of past and present.
As teams of dogs pant in anticipation and the brave mushers squeeze their sled reigns to begin their conquering journey through the frozen Alaskan wilderness, you’ll be at their side to witness the soaring mountains, hanging glaciers, crystalline rivers and vast aromatic forests that make up the most spectacular race course on the planet.
Prepare to be wowed by the floodlit landmarks of Paris after dark from your grandstand view in the Eiffel Tower restaurant, before floating gently back down to earth in the Mediterranean city of Nice. Celebrate Carnival in Nice between Feb 14th and Mar 4th of this year.
(Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shanghai)
Surround yourself with dancing, red dragons, and glowing lanterns. Learn about the Chinese tradition of passing "Red Envelopes" from one generation to the next, and gaze in awe at the monumental fireworks displays as you celebrate Chinese New Year! The festival will be held on Jan 31st 2014 and Feb 19th 2015.
(Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich)
Celebrate all things Bavarian, at the world’s largest fair: Oktoberfest in Munich! A contemporary festival, with a deep history dating back to the early 1800’s, Oktoberfest has come to define autumn in Germany and it is truly a once in a lifetime celebration. Splurge on dumplings, sausage, roast chicken, and of course world famous Oktoberfest beer. Join in the party between Sep 20th and Oct 5th in 2014, or between Sep 19th and Oct 4th in 2015.
(Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra)
Throw colours as you race the grounds of an ancient palace, and watch elephant beauty contests, as you celebrate one of the most unique festivals in the world; India's Holi Celebration. Join Holi on March 17 & 18 2014, or on Mar 6 & 7 2015.
(Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mumbai)
Our finest and most complete tour of northern India. Combining the most exclusive hotels, most exotic sights, with the personal attention of your own private guide, vehicle and chauffeur.
This tour features the famous Pushkar Camel Fair which runs from 30 oct to 06 Nov 2014p>
Celebrate the summer solstice in “the land of the midnight sun” on this tour to the top of the world.
A private tour of Tokyo and Kyoto during one of the most desirable seasons in Japan. Tour should be taken between mid-March and mid-April for best chance of seeing the Cherry Blossom's!
The Running of the Bulls festival is held every year between July 6th and July 14th.
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