Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites

8 days from $6,200 per person*
  • Explore Japan’s ancient past on privately guided tours of Tokyo and Kyoto.
  • Spend the night in a Buddhist temple on sacred Mount Koya.
  • Visit Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and the fabled Daibutsu statue.
  • Experience a special Japanese tea service.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of quality accommodations.
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Modern Japan is a blur of flashing neon, bustling crowds, and cutting-edge tech. But beneath that ultramodern exterior lies a culture deeply rooted in ancient traditions and spiritual connection. This enlightening journey into Japan’s sacred places is the perfect balm to the hustle and bustle of the always-on Information Age.

After touching down in Tokyo and settling into your hotel, get a glimpse of what the Japanese capital was like before World War II on a privately guided half-day walking tour of the temples, cemeteries, and markets of Ueno Park and the historical Yanaka district. Next, head south to Kamakura, a one-time imperial capital, to explore the 8th-century Hase-dera Buddhist temple complex, the beautiful Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine, and meet the village’s most famous (and largest) resident: the 43-foot-tall bronze Daibutsu.

From Tokyo, the scene shifts to westward to Kyoto, the ancient heart of Japanese culture. Here, you’ll take a private half-day tour of the city’s fascinating Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, including the resplendent Kinkaku-ji (“Golden Pavilion”) and historic wooden Nijo Castle before visiting the 400-year-old Nishiki fish market. Later, spend a full day centering yourself amid Kyoto’s serene surroundings, beginning with a morning Zen Buddhist meditation before visiting the 17th-century Chion-in temple (one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites) and the ancient Yasaka Shrine before joining a special tea ceremony. Last stop: sacred Mount Koya and a mountaintop Buddhist monastery where you’ll spend the day learning about local culture before bedding down for the night in a temple and waking at dawn to catch the monks’ morning prayers. Leave the world that is behind and reconnect with the world that was.
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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Japan - Welcome
    • Activity - Airport Meet & Assist - Meet & Greet-Narita 9:00-20:55
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Narita Airport
  • Day 2 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Half Day Old Tokyo Afternoon Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 3 Tokyo
    Tokyo
    • Private Tour - Full Day Temples of Kamakura (8hrs) - Guide/Public Transport
  • Day 4 Tokyo to Kyoto
    Tokyo to Kyoto
    • Private Transfer - Train Station Transfer with Private Vehicle and Guide - Vehicle/Guide
    • Train - Tokyo - Kyoto [(2.5hrs)] - 1st Class
    • Walk - Granvia Arrival from Train Station with Assistant - Assistant
    • Private Tour - Half Day Kyoto Highlights by Taxi (4 hrs) - Guide/Taxi
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Kyoto
    Kyoto
    • Private Tour - Full Day Spiritual Kyoto Tour by Taxi (8 hrs) - Guide/Taxi
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Kyoto to Osaka to Mount Koya
    Kyoto to Osaka to Mount Koya
    • Private Transfer - Kyoto - Osaka Nanba Station - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Train - Disembark Train & Greeted by Local Guide
    • Visit Historical & Cultural Sites
    • Check-in Overnight
  • Day 7 Mount Koya to Osaka
    Mount Koya to Osaka
    • Monks Chanting Prayers
    • Free Time at Leisure
    • Train - Departure
    • Private Transfer - Train Station Transfer with Private Vehicle and Guide - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 8 Osaka
    Osaka
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Japan!

For your added comfort, you will be welcomed by an English speaking assistant who will assist you upon arrival at the airport. Your assistant will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it.

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

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Tokyo

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is conveniently located in the bustling Shinjuku district, and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Shinjuku station. Featuring views of Tokyo city skyline and Shinjuku Central Park, the 746 rooms and suites cater to a vast range of travelers’ needs, including wheelchair accessible options. Dine at the 9 in-house restaurants, cafés and bars, or unwind at the Joule Spa & Wellness and cool off at the indoor swimming pool. Wi-Fi Access is available in all guestrooms and the Regency Club Lounge.

Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tokyo
Tokyo
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hyatt Regency Tokyo Lobby
Hyatt Regency Tokyo Lobby

Day 2: Tokyo

This afternoon explore Tokyo’s shitamachi (downtown). Our image of Tokyo is usually that of a super-modern metropolis but suburbs like Yanaka, which was miraculously spared the carnage of the Allied bombings in World War II, still preserve a nostalgic atmosphere. Part of its charm today lies in this sense of being hidden. Visit old temples and shrines, one of Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist cemeteries as well as traditional shops selling Japanese paper and sweets, and soak in the atmosphere of pre-war Tokyo. Take a look at what life in this area used to be like in the Shitamachi Museum, located in Ueno Park. One of the most popular parks for hanami (cherry blossom parties) in Tokyo, Ueno Park was originally part of Kaneiji Temple, which used to be one of the city's largest and wealthiest temples and a family temple of the ruling Tokugawa clan during the Edo Period. Your guide will take you on a stroll to show you the many attractions that enrich this large park. Last stop for the day is Ueno’s Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the train lines. Originally the site of a black market after World War Two, this bustling market is the last of its kind in Tokyo, and is filled with shops and stalls selling various products such as fresh fish, dried food and spices. At one of the many open air restaurants under the train tracks, you can stop for a cold drink and a yakitori (grilled chicken skewer). At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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: Hyatt Regency Tokyo
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tokyo
Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo

Modern Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, but nearby Kamakura once held that title. Kamakura was the former de facto capital of Japan was the seat of the Shogunate during the Kamakura period, from 1185 – 1333, but today is a small, sleepy seaside town renowned for its numerous temples, shrines and other historical attractions. Travel with your local guide for approximately an hour outside of Tokyo by public transportation to discover this historical and spiritual side of Japan.

Start with a visit to Kotokuin Temple, home to the Daibutsu, a giant sitting bronze Buddha towering 43-feet high. Next, explore Hasedera Temple, belonging to the Jodo sect and famous for its 30-foot tall gilded wooden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The statue depicts Kannon with eleven heads, each representing a characteristic of the goddess, and it is one of the largest wooden sculptures in Japan. Delve into the spiritual heart of Kamakura at the 12th century Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, one of the city’s most popular attractions. The shrine was originally founded by Minamoto Yoriyoshi in 1063, then enlarged and moved to its present site by Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura government, in 1180. The shrine was dedicated to Hachiman, the Shinto god of war and patron of the Minamoto family. End the day at a leisurely pace browsing for local souvenirs and delicacies on Komachi Street.

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

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Tokyo
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Buddha
Buddha
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hyatt Regency Tokyo Exterior
Hyatt Regency Tokyo Exterior

Day 4: Tokyo - Kyoto

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

Board a train from Tokyo with direct service to Kyoto. The train ride is approximately 2.5 hours.

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is located directly above the Japan Rail Kyoto Station. The walk from the train to your hotel is quite short and simple, but for your added comfort, an assistant will greet you at the station and help you find the entrance to the hotel.

When using the Shinkansen bullet train: Exit via the Shinkansen Main Exit, turn right and walk straight through Nanboku-Jiyu-Tsuro (North-to-South main corridor) until you reach the escalator to the hotel entrance on your right.

When using the Haruka Express from Kansai International Airport: Exit via the JR Chuo Main Exit and take the escalator on your right to the Lobby on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

Kyoto is home to an impressive 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and two of the most memorable ones are Kinkakuji Temple and Nijo Castle. Meet your local guide in your hotel lobby for a half day tour of Kyoto, traveling by taxi.  Start with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death in 1408, it became a Buddhist Temple as per the Shogun’s final wishes 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. The castle served as an imperial palace briefly during the 19th century. Next, take a walk through Nishiki Market, a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood, and sushi. You may wish to stop for lunch in this area (not included). At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Granvia Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan. With its elegant accommodations, including beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The Hotel Granvia Kyoto features 12 restaurants and bars, and key fitness facilities that deem this hotel a premier destination for international travelers.

Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kyoto
Kyoto

Day 5: Kyoto

This morning experience the quintessential Japanese enlightenment experience – Zazen (Zen meditation). Your guide will meet you in the morning and take you to a Zen temple, where you can learn the basics of the same sitting meditation that led the Buddha to Enlightenment: folded legs, erect posture, half-closed eyes and a focus on measured breathing that leads to awareness of the way the mind works. After Zazen, head to Chion-in temple. Chion-in is the head temple of the Jodo (Pure Land) sect of Japanese Buddhism, which has millions of followers and is one the most popular Buddhist sects in Japan. The Sanmon Gate, Chionin's main entrance gate, stands 24 meters tall and 50 meters wide, making it the largest wooden gate in Japan and dates back to the early 1600s. From Chion-in walk through Maruyama Park and Yasaka Shrine, one of Kyoto’s most popular Shinto Shrines. Your spiritual day finishes with a Tea Ceremony in a Gion tea house. Your Tea Master will give you a full explanation of Japanese tea as well as the tea ceremony itself, its long history and relationship with Zen Buddhism. The Master will also tell you the meaning behind each movement involved in the making and serving of the tea, as well as the equipment involved. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

 

Accommodation: Granvia Kyoto
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Buddha Statue
Buddha Statue

Day 6: Kyoto - Osaka - Mount Koya

Mt. Koya and its surroundings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to over 100 temples, Mt. Koya has been the center of Buddhism Shingon, an important Buddhist sect, for over 1200 years. The journey to the mountaintop religious center of Mount Koya (Mt. Koya) is one of the highlights of the visit. Your guide will meet you at your Kyoto hotel and take you by private car to Nanba station in central Osaka, where you will board together one of the most scenic trains in Japan, winding your way up through the mountains.

After disembarking, take a short cable car ride up to the top of the 2950-foot Mt. Koya. Your English-speaking guide will show you around Mt. Koya’s sights, sharing insight into Japanese Buddhism.

Visit Kongobunji Temple, the head monastery of Shingon Buddhism, and home to Japan’s largest rock garden, as well as the Garan temple complex. Okunoin is Japan’s largest cemetery and holds the mausoleum of the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi. The 1.25 mile walk to the mausoleum takes you past 200,000 tombstones, belonging to feudal lords, prominent monks and well known Japanese companies.

Tonight you will be staying at a shukubo – a Buddhist temple lodging. These rooms are comfortable, but quite simple and not a luxurious experience. However, this is the best way to immerse yourself in the authentic, spiritual atmosphere of Mt. Koya.

Dinner tonight is shojin ryori, a traditional Buddhist cuisine. This vegetarian meal is not only healthy but delicious

Accommodation: Shukubo (Buddhist Temple Lodging)

You will be staying at an authentic Buddhist temple lodging known as Shukubo. Temple lodgings offer an excellent chance to get a taste of the simple, traditional lifestyle of Buddhist monks. Koya-san is one of the best places in Japan to experience a night at a temple, with more than 50 temples in town serving as shukubo. Temple lodgings typically offer private, traditional Japanese rooms with tatami floors, sliding doors (fusuma) and shared toilets and sinks. Bedding is provided in the form of futons that are spread on the tatami floor during the night.

Some shukubos offer private facilities as well, however rooms with ensuite bath and toilet are extremely rare on Mt. Koya. Most temples don’t have them, and the ones that do often only have one room with ensuite facilities. As such, we are unable to guarantee them until we send our booking confirmation. If not available, we will provide a room without ensuite facilities. Please note the shukubo are not hotels, they are religious facilities, and this simple accommodation is the most authentic way to enjoy the solemn atmosphere of this Buddhist holy place.

Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Okunoin Cemetery
Okunoin Cemetery
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Koya-San
Koya-San

Day 7: Mount Koya - Osaka

In the early morning, you will have the opportunity to watch the monks chant their morning prayers, followed by a shojin ryori breakfast. The rest of the day is free to further explore Mt. Koya before departure.

There is no guiding today. A reserved seat is included for your train back to Nanba station in central Osaka, before proceeding to your next destination.

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

Accommodation: Sheraton Miyako Hotel

Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Osaka is perfectly situated away from the bustle of the city, while still in downtown Osaka. Close to local attractions, the old city, and shopping centers, the hotel offers a convenient location. The Uemachi Plateau, the hotel neighborhood, is filled with temples, shrines, and historical sites dating back to the 7th century. The magnificent Osaka Castle, is just a brief walk from the hotel. Every 20 to 30 minutes, door-to-door limousine bus service connects the hotel with Kansai International Airport and Itami domestic airport. Elegant guest rooms offer the guests city views and a wide range of amenities. The hotel's nine restaurants offer a variety of dining choices, from international buffet to the local specialty, Okonomiyaki. The guests can also relax at hotel's Bar ‘eu’ or at the top floor lounge. There are the Indoor Heated Pool, Fitness Facility and Massage Treatments in the hotel territory.

Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Buddhist Monks in Koya-San
Buddhist Monks in Koya-San
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Osaka
Osaka

Day 8: Osaka

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Hyatt Regency Tokyo: Tokyo

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is conveniently located in the bustling Shinjuku district, and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Shinjuku station. Featuring views of Tokyo city skyline and Shinjuku Central Park, the 746 rooms and suites cater to a vast range of travelers’ needs, including wheelchair accessible options. Dine at the 9 in-house restaurants, cafés and bars, or unwind at the Joule Spa & Wellness and cool off at the indoor swimming pool. Wi-Fi Access is available in all guestrooms and the Regency Club Lounge.

Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hyatt Regency Tokyo Exterior
Hyatt Regency Tokyo Exterior

Granvia Kyoto: Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an integral part of the JR Kyoto Station Building, the visually striking architectural masterpiece which also includes a department store, museum, musical theater, and a vast underground shopping mall. From this convenient location, hotel guests have direct and easy access to and from Kansai International Airport and major metropolitan destinations across Japan. With its elegant accommodations, including beautifully appointed guestrooms, there is simply no better place to stay in Kyoto. The Hotel Granvia Kyoto features 12 restaurants and bars, and key fitness facilities that deem this hotel a premier destination for international travelers.

Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Shukubo (Buddhist Temple Lodging): Mount Koya

You will be staying at an authentic Buddhist temple lodging known as Shukubo. Temple lodgings offer an excellent chance to get a taste of the simple, traditional lifestyle of Buddhist monks. Koya-san is one of the best places in Japan to experience a night at a temple, with more than 50 temples in town serving as shukubo. Temple lodgings typically offer private, traditional Japanese rooms with tatami floors, sliding doors (fusuma) and shared toilets and sinks. Bedding is provided in the form of futons that are spread on the tatami floor during the night.

Some shukubos offer private facilities as well, however rooms with ensuite bath and toilet are extremely rare on Mt. Koya. Most temples don’t have them, and the ones that do often only have one room with ensuite facilities. As such, we are unable to guarantee them until we send our booking confirmation. If not available, we will provide a room without ensuite facilities. Please note the shukubo are not hotels, they are religious facilities, and this simple accommodation is the most authentic way to enjoy the solemn atmosphere of this Buddhist holy place.

Sheraton Miyako Hotel: Osaka

Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Osaka is perfectly situated away from the bustle of the city, while still in downtown Osaka. Close to local attractions, the old city, and shopping centers, the hotel offers a convenient location. The Uemachi Plateau, the hotel neighborhood, is filled with temples, shrines, and historical sites dating back to the 7th century. The magnificent Osaka Castle, is just a brief walk from the hotel. Every 20 to 30 minutes, door-to-door limousine bus service connects the hotel with Kansai International Airport and Itami domestic airport. Elegant guest rooms offer the guests city views and a wide range of amenities. The hotel's nine restaurants offer a variety of dining choices, from international buffet to the local specialty, Okonomiyaki. The guests can also relax at hotel's Bar ‘eu’ or at the top floor lounge. There are the Indoor Heated Pool, Fitness Facility and Massage Treatments in the hotel territory.

Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Sheraton Miyako Hotel
The Sheraton Miyako Hotel
Japan: City Lights & Sacred Sites Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Pool
The Pool

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Tin T — June 22, 2019 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic, well planned, great tour guys. That was a trip of a lifetime and Kensington Tours had done an exceptional well in organizing from the fly to Japan, Hong Kong, Bali & Singapore to the hotels, daily tours with the level of details and places we wouldn't have known where to go. Can't wait for Kensington Tours to organize our 3rd trip in the near future!

  • Ann M — June 20, 2019 — Asia

    Asia Expert Yuki Ng did an amazing job of setting up our trip. She totally understood what we wanted to see and do. My husband, 17-year-old grandson and I spent a week in Seoul in June of 2019. Miriam, also known as CJ, our local guide in Seoul, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. We totally enjoyed our time with her. We learned so much about the history and culture of Korea and with her expert guidance, we were introduced to many different and delicious Korean foods. Our lunches with her were memorable not only for the variety of restaurants and dishes that we sampled but also for the stimulating and pleasant conversations we shared while eating. She also made several suggestions for things to do in the evening that added to our enjoyment of the city. We were truly fortunate to have Miriam as our guide. Our driver Mr. Jo was also great. He calmly and expertly navigated the congested streets of Seoul and always greeted us with a smile and a pleasant ‘good morning.’ We had not been to Seoul before this trip. We found it to be vibrant, beautiful, and very clean. The people were friendly and helpful. Our accommodations were beyond what we expected. We had a wonderful time in Seoul. We could not have been more pleased.

  • Anne H — May 28, 2019 — Asia

    My trip was a dream come true! From the time I landed in Beijing to the time I landed back to the US, everything was perfect. I traveled alone, but felt very safe and very well taken care of by the guides and drivers I had in the different cities and countries I visited. I learned so much about the culture and heritage of the Chinese, Tibetan and the Nepalese people. It was worth every penny I spend and much more!

  • Jackie M — March 30, 2019 — Asia

    I loved it all. Thanks especially to our guide Abit, in Kathmandu, Norenda, in Pokhara, and Min, in the Annapurna region, for being fabulous people. Thanks again for also referring us to Bahari Lodge in Chitwan National park. By far, that was the best place I've ever stayed in all of my international travels: they always had a surprise in store for us, that was awesome. They let us spend as much time as we wanted with the elephants, no rush, and sent elephants to come and play with us when we merely mentioned that we loved them. A great thank you to our naturalis Krishna at Bahari Lodge in Chitwan. All fantastic people who were great with tourists like us. We also enjoyed Temple Tree Resort very much.

  • Reginald B — April 14, 2019 — Asia

    This was a GREAT tour to Thailand! It exceeded my expectations in many ways (ie. itinerary, flexibility, and customer service). I would recommend this tour and Kensington Tours to family and friends. I will definitely use Kensington Tours for my future travel plans. My destination expert was Ms. Forkan. She expertly tailored my experience to my needs and wants. She filled in all the "unknowns" and ensured a safe, smooth trip/tour. Her professionalism and support was a 10/10. Thank you Ms. Forkan for designing this trip of a lifetime!

  • Ann L — June 05, 2019 — Asia

    Our guides made our whole trip - we will remember them as much as China itself. Jerry immediately put us at ease and made us feel like his best friends - he was sincere and authentic and open. Katy (in Chengdu) had great energy and showed us how people really live. Even though she must see the pandas every other day of her life, she still seemed to genuinely LOVE seeing them. (And, later, when we discovered we'd left valuables in the safe at our hotel, she went WAY above and beyond to take care of things - even after we were already in Shanghai!). Nancy (in Shanghai) was amazing - we truly enjoyed our time with her and she took us to markets and encouraged us to take our time at the places that interested us most. When we'd seen enough temples, our guides communicated with each other to rearrange our tours in coming destinations. We felt like we were on the food tour of China - the meals were wonderful, and it was - really - TOO MUCH FOOD! No part of our day was wasted, but if we wanted to start later or call it a night sooner, plans were easily rearranged. We would absolutely go with Kensington again!

  • Sandra S — February 09, 2019 — Asia

    We had a really interesting trip and your team made it all so easy. Our guides were not only informative, but they took very good care of us. They kept us on schedule with all the city transfers, made the Visa process so quick and introduced us to some of the things they loved about their cities as well as the scheduled sites. There were so many highlights on this trip, but I was especially wowed by the cruise on Ha Long Bay. Our guide in Hanoi went above and beyond on my birthday and arrived to pick us up with some beautiful orchids and a lovely gift. We were very happy with all our accommodations as well.

  • Daryl H. — January 26, 2019 — Asia

    I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the superb attention to detail in fulfilling my requests and my dreams

  • Laura E. — January 08, 2019 — Asia

    One of the benefits was that the guides were very flexible and suggested and accommodated changes to plans based on the weather and other circumstances. They all said they could do this when working with Kensington because Kensington supported it and empowered them with this flexibility. A big advantage in making the trip perfect!

  • Ajitkumar P. — January 04, 2019 — Asia

    The whole trip was well organized and we have recommended using Kensington to our friends.

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