Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer

9 days from $16,578 per person*
  • Ride the scenic Bergen and Flam railways to a secluded farmhouse in the Lapp wilderness.
  • Hike the mountains to the beautiful Turlidfossen waterfall and Stegastein scenic overlook.
  • Visit Isfjord Radio; an isolated communications outpost converted into an exclusive hotel.
  • Explore the barren landscape of Svalbard with an eye peeled for the elusive polar bear.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of experiential accommodations.
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Two empires live inside of Norway, the glacier-carved fantasyland perched between northern Europe and the Norwegian Sea: the winter kingdom, blanketed in snow, and its summertime rival, a short-lived domain of green meadows warmed by the Midnight Sun. This exclusive Explorers Club Collection summer edition experience spirits travelers deep into the fjordlands at Norway’s heart, and the thawed Arctic wilderness at its edges. Please note, the travel window for this journey is June to September.

From Oslo, travel through the majestic fjords by train along the renowned Bergen Railway, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, en route to rural Aurland, where you’ll stay amidst the lush mountains at a boutique hotel on a historic farm. Hike with a private guide through stunning scenery, reaching the serene Turlidfossen waterfall and the eye-popping scenic lookout at Stegastein, where you can look 2,100 feet down to the Aurland fjord below. Travel by boat, sailing through the grandiose Naeroyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed arm of the Sognefjord, co-ranked as the world's number one natural heritage site by the National Geographic Society. Head north into the Arctic Circle to Svalbard, a vast archipelago of indescribable remoteness and unspoiled natural beauty, where you’ll discover the Global Seed Vault at Longyearbyen, an irreplaceable repository of seeds representing the full diversity of our planet’s plant life – a precautionary measure in the event of a global catastrophe. Travel on a private safari boat to the remote Isfjord Radio at Kapp Linne – an Arctic radio station transformed into an exclusive boutique hotel, where you’ll have several days of boat safari excursions exploring the remote coastal wilderness, keeping an eye out for Svalbard reindeer, arctic fox, and more. Discover how even at the edge of the world, you’re never far from home. ... Show More »

The Explorers Club Collection by Kensington Tours is an exclusive suite of travel experiences inspired by the expeditions of the world’s foremost society of scientists and adventurers. Each tailor-made Explorers Club trip connects you to the world’s most fascinating people, places, and experiences with expert local guides and award-winning 24/7 service support. On-trip experts and experiences are subject to change depending on availability. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Oslo
    Oslo
    • Norway - Welcome Package
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Oslo to Flam to Aurland
    Oslo to Flam to Aurland
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Oslo - Flam [via Myrdal, 6 hrs] - Standard Class
    • Private Transfer - Flam - Aurland [Train Station (15 min)] - Taxi/Driver
    • Private Tour - Farm Tour and Light Hike (2 hrs, with Lunch) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Aurland
    Aurland
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Hiking to the Turlidfossen Waterfall & Stegastein Viewpoint (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Aurland to Flam to Gudvangen to Bergen
    Aurland to Flam to Gudvangen to Bergen
    • Private Transfer - Aurland - Flam [Port, 15 min] - Taxi/Driver
    • Boat - Flam - Gudvangen [Hybrid, 1.5 hrs] - Boat
    • Private Transfer - Gudvangen - Bergen [Port (2 hrs 15 min)] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Bergen to Longyearbyen to Kapp Linne
    Bergen to Longyearbyen to Kapp Linne
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Bergen - Longyearbyen [6 hrs] - Economy
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Guide
    • Private Tour - Global Seed Vault & Village Tour (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Transfer - Longyearbyen - Kapp Linne [Wilderness Boat Safari (2.5 hrs)] - Boat/Guide
    • Private Tour - Isfjord Radio Station Walk (1 hr) - Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Kapp Linne
    Kapp Linne
    • Private Tour - West Fjord Safari by Boat (with Lunch, 7 hrs) - Boat/Captain-Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Kapp Linne to Longyearbyen
    Kapp Linne to Longyearbyen
    • Private Transfer - Kapp Linne - Longyearbyen [with Barentsberg Tour (with Lunch, 6 hrs)] - Boat/Captain-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Longyearbyen
    Longyearbyen
    • Private Tour - Experience the Life of a Coal Miner (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Dinner at Huset
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Longyearbyen
    Longyearbyen
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Taxi/Driver
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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Day 1: Oslo

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

For your added comfort, an English-speaking assistant will meet you at your hotel to walk you through your welcome package documents, your itinerary, and answer any questions you may have.

Accommodation: Hotel Continental

Oslo's refined Hotel Continental, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, has been built and developed into one of Norway's finest hotels by the dedication and leadership of a single family's four generations of hosts. Offering 153 luxurious rooms and suites in the very heart of the city, Hotel Continental puts you within walking distance of a number of Oslo's highlights, including Aker Brygge, the Royal Palace, the Parliament building, and the National Theater. Each guestroom room has its own distinctive character, where classic elements are combined with modern design and functionality. With five restaurants and bars on-site, you're well situated for everything from a comprehensive breakfast buffet and tasty lunches to dinners accompanied by fine wines or refreshments in the company of good friends. 

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Oslo
Oslo
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental

Day 2: Oslo - Flam - Aurland

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

Transfer from Oslo to Flam today by train, with a connection in Myrdal. The Bergen Railway is a unique experience on Northern Europe's highest-altitude railway line. One of the greatest challenges is the harsh and quickly changing weather. The line is exposed to deep low-pressure centers from the west, which can mean strong winds and heavy snow for part of the year. Keeping the railway open demands great effort and technical expertise. Today, skilled workers, effective equipment, tunnels and snow tunnels make the Bergen Railway one of the safest and most comfortable ways of travelling between Oslo and Bergen. The line is consistently ranked among the top rail experiences in the world. Four stops before the end of the line in Bergen, you'll disembark in Myrdal. In Myrdal, board a cogwheel train to Flam on the Flam Railway. The scenic 12-mile route between Myrdal and Flam is one of the steepest non-rack railway tracks in the world and provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the ride you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascade down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains, and mountain farms cling dizzily to sheer slopes. There are also a few spirals along the route which allow trains to rise on a steady curve until it has completed a loop, passing over itself as it gains height, allowing the railway to gain vertical elevation in a relatively short distance.

Meet your private taxi at the train station in Flam for a transfer to Aurland. Approximate travel time is 15 minutes.

On arrival in Aurland, enjoy a welcome drink and late lunch in the Smokehouse, then embark on a guided walking tour and introduction to the Aurland 29/2 farm, the local history and nature, with an easy hike of the surrounding area. This will give your hiking guide a chance to get familiar with your abilities prior to tomorrow's hike through steeper terrain.

Accommodation: 29/2 Aurland

On an area settled since the Viking Age, 29/2 Aurland is a riverside farm lodge offering traditional living in style. Modern architecture and creativity prevailed in the careful one-by-one restoration of the buildings on the farm, including the 18th century fisherman's cabin, in the hopes that guests will get a feel for the history of the farm and the local community through the walls that surround them during their stay. The latest addition to the hotel was built on the site of the farm's old goat barn, offering a very tasteful blend of traditional cog-jointed 18th century smokehouse aesthetics from the Hardanger region, with 29/2's own modern flair. The Riverside Farm Lodge features five guestrooms, decorated with old, traditional colors and a mix of historic and modern furnishings. Dine in the old Smokehouse, then sit in the hot tub outside the lodge and simply take in the incredible natural landscapes before you. 

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Farm Surroundings
Farm Surroundings
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Flam Railway at Myrdal
Flam Railway at Myrdal

Day 3: Aurland

Meet your private driver-guide after a lovely breakfast and get ready to embark on a half-day hiking excursion either to the picturesque waterfall Turlidfossen ending at its companion viewpoint Stegastein, or to one of the summer barns in the mountain. Take in the serene sights and beautiful vistas as you push out into the Norwegian wilderness. Your experienced hiking guide will gauge your fitness level and make a recommendation accordingly, and you'll be visit an organic bakery for some fruit, baked goods, and coffee/tea during your excursion.

Accommodation: 29/2 Aurland
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Stegastein Viewpoint
Stegastein Viewpoint

Day 4: Aurland - Flam - Gudvangen - Bergen

Meet your private taxi for a transfer to the port in Flam. Approximate travel time is 15 minutes.

Transfer by eco-fiendly hybrid boat from Flam to Gudvangen, a 1.5 hour route that winds around precipitous mountains, mighty waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides. Half of your voyage will be through the majestic Naeroyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed arm of the Sognefjord, co-ranked as the world's number one natural heritage site by the National Geographic Society.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer from Gudvangen port to Bergen. Approximate travel time is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Accommodation: Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret is centrally and beautifully located by the historic Bryggen quay in Bergen, an area characterized by charming streets and historic buildings. From here, the city's selection of shopping, attractions and restaurants are all just a few steps away. The hotel's 116 guestrooms are unique, stylish and comfortable, featuring views of the courtyard, quay or sea. Enjoy afternoon sweets or an evening meal at the hotel's on-site restaurant, or sink in to some alone time at the relaxation area, offering a steam bath and sauna. Stay connected with free, unlimited wifi internet access throughout the hotel.

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Naeroyfjord
Naeroyfjord
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bergen
Bergen

Day 5: Bergen - Longyearbyen - Kapp Linne

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Board a flight in Bergen en route to Longyearbyen. Approximate flight time is 6 hours, with a connection in Oslo. 

After collecting your luggage, your private guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals section of the airport holding a sign with your name on it.

Departing the airport with a private driver and vehicle, you’ll head out with your guide to pass the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a place of extreme global importance. Learn of the critical work being done here, collecting and archiving seeds of all of the different plants on earth in an effort to preserve all existing flora, in case of a global disaster. You’ll continue with a scenic panorama tour of the tiny village of Longyearbyen, stopping for an included local lunch. If time allows, you’ll go for a walk in the village to soak in the Svalbard feeling before concluding with a transfer to the port.

Board a special Arctic-built safari boat with your guide for a private transfer to the Isfjord Radio Hotel at Kapp Linne. You'll make stops every so often to allow you to take photos and to hear more about the arctic wildlife, geology and history of Spitsbergen. You pass cliffs teaming with seabirds, and see cute little puffins bobbing up and down on the gentle waves. After being heavily hunted in the past decades, whales and walruses are finally returning to the arctic fjords. So, keep your eyes open!

Spend the afternoon exploring the area surrounding the Isfjord Radio Station with your private guide, learning more about the wildlife that inhabits the Kapp Linne area, including the arctic foxes and Svalbard Reindeer. Afterward, settle in this evening for a delightful 3-course dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Isfjord Radio Hotel

Once an outpost of solitude, now a hotel at the end of the world. The Isfjord Radio Hotel, built in 1993 for radio operators, has been converted into a remote wilderness adventure lodge. It might not look like much from the outside but as you enter you discover a modern, luxurious experiental hotel contrasting with the rough surrounding coastal landscape. It becomes easy to forget where you are, but a quick dip in the arctic ocean will surely bring you right back to reality! Before you know it, night has fallen and, enveloped by the arctic silence, you are presented with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the natural wealth of the "empty" landscape within the last bastion of warmth and comfort for miles upon miles.

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Global Seed Vault in Winter
Global Seed Vault in Winter
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Svalbard Reindeer
Svalbard Reindeer

Day 6: Kapp Linne

After breakfast, you’ll board a safari boat and head out with your private guide on an exciting full day excursion to the west side of the fjord. The route will go east along the coastline before crossing Isfjorden at Kapp Starostin, heading straight to the mighty bird cliffs of Alkehornet, home to thousands of nesting birds. In Trygghamna, you’ll go ashore and enjoy an expedition lunch on the beach. Afterward, you’ll have a closer look at the area before heading to the fantastic Esmark Glacier in Ymerbukta. If you’re lucky, you may be able to observe whales, seals or even get a glimpse of “king of the Arctic”, the polar bear. Conclude the day with a return to the hotel.

Accommodation: Isfjord Radio Hotel
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Going Ashore
Going Ashore

Day 7: Kapp Linne - Longyearbyen

Check out from the Isfjord Radio Hotel, departing by boat with your private guide to Grønfjorden and the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. Barentsburg is a small mining city with only about 350 residents. You’ll go ashore and take a tour around town before a light lunch is served in the local brewery. After lunch, you’ll head back to the boat and set course towards Longyearbyen, making several interesting stops along the way. Arrive to Longyearbyen in the afternoon for hotel check-in.

Accommodation: Basecamp Hotel

At the heart of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, Basecamp Hotel embodies the spirit of the authentic arctic trapper. See the walls, covered with driftwood, sealskins, maps, pictures, and objects that illustrate the past and the present of life in the Arctic. Prepare your mind and body for the wilderness by relaxing in the glass-roofed lounge looking up at the sky filled with Northern Lights, or losing yourself in the stories of the arctic explorers. Each of the 16 uniquely-styled rooms have a beautiful view over the town, towards the mountains surrounding the valley of Longyeardalen. 

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Barentsburg
Barentsburg
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen

Day 8: Longyearbyen

Depart with your private guide and driver for an outing to the Longyearbyen Coal Mines. The drive to the mine is a step through the history of Longyearbyen, getting to hear of how the mining operation has grown into its modern form, starting from the early 1900's and ending in the late 1960's, when Gruve 3 (mine #3) was opened. Once at Gruve 3, you'll dress in miners working clothes, put on a helmet, and stamp yourself in, just like the miners did when they were starting their day. With your headlamp, you can peak around the corners and look for the forgotten memories. Gruve 3 is a living monument to the mining history of the town. The equipment is still standing, just waiting for the next miner to start their day again. Coal wagons are ready to transport workers deep into the mine. Drills and shovels are leaning against the walls, while the workstation of the smith is dusting in a corner. You'll be presented with vivid stories of the everyday life of the miners, hearing the walls whisper memories of the past, and imagining how it was to spend an entire day in the pitch-black mine. 

Tonight, enjoy an included Nordic Tasting Menu dinner at Huset, a restaurant with Scandinavian flavors and local ingredients in combination with an impressive wine cellar, one of the largest in Scandinavia with over 20,000 bottles. With Arctic nature right outside the door, this is the Huset experience.

Accommodation: Basecamp Hotel
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Coal Mines
Coal Mines
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Huset Restaurant
Huset Restaurant

Day 9: Longyearbyen

Meet your private taxi driver for an airport transfer.

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.

Hotel Continental: Oslo

Oslo's refined Hotel Continental, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, has been built and developed into one of Norway's finest hotels by the dedication and leadership of a single family's four generations of hosts. Offering 153 luxurious rooms and suites in the very heart of the city, Hotel Continental puts you within walking distance of a number of Oslo's highlights, including Aker Brygge, the Royal Palace, the Parliament building, and the National Theater. Each guestroom room has its own distinctive character, where classic elements are combined with modern design and functionality. With five restaurants and bars on-site, you're well situated for everything from a comprehensive breakfast buffet and tasty lunches to dinners accompanied by fine wines or refreshments in the company of good friends. 

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Continental Oslo
Hotel Continental Oslo

29/2 Aurland: Aurland

On an area settled since the Viking Age, 29/2 Aurland is a riverside farm lodge offering traditional living in style. Modern architecture and creativity prevailed in the careful one-by-one restoration of the buildings on the farm, including the 18th century fisherman's cabin, in the hopes that guests will get a feel for the history of the farm and the local community through the walls that surround them during their stay. The latest addition to the hotel was built on the site of the farm's old goat barn, offering a very tasteful blend of traditional cog-jointed 18th century smokehouse aesthetics from the Hardanger region, with 29/2's own modern flair. The Riverside Farm Lodge features five guestrooms, decorated with old, traditional colors and a mix of historic and modern furnishings. Dine in the old Smokehouse, then sit in the hot tub outside the lodge and simply take in the incredible natural landscapes before you. 

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel 29/2 Aurland
Hotel 29/2 Aurland
Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Goat Barn
Goat Barn

Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret: Bergen

Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret is centrally and beautifully located by the historic Bryggen quay in Bergen, an area characterized by charming streets and historic buildings. From here, the city's selection of shopping, attractions and restaurants are all just a few steps away. The hotel's 116 guestrooms are unique, stylish and comfortable, featuring views of the courtyard, quay or sea. Enjoy afternoon sweets or an evening meal at the hotel's on-site restaurant, or sink in to some alone time at the relaxation area, offering a steam bath and sauna. Stay connected with free, unlimited wifi internet access throughout the hotel.

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret
Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

Isfjord Radio Hotel: Kapp Linne

Once an outpost of solitude, now a hotel at the end of the world. The Isfjord Radio Hotel, built in 1993 for radio operators, has been converted into a remote wilderness adventure lodge. It might not look like much from the outside but as you enter you discover a modern, luxurious experiental hotel contrasting with the rough surrounding coastal landscape. It becomes easy to forget where you are, but a quick dip in the arctic ocean will surely bring you right back to reality! Before you know it, night has fallen and, enveloped by the arctic silence, you are presented with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the natural wealth of the "empty" landscape within the last bastion of warmth and comfort for miles upon miles.

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Isfjord Radio Hotel
Isfjord Radio Hotel

Basecamp Hotel: Longyearbyen

At the heart of Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, Basecamp Hotel embodies the spirit of the authentic arctic trapper. See the walls, covered with driftwood, sealskins, maps, pictures, and objects that illustrate the past and the present of life in the Arctic. Prepare your mind and body for the wilderness by relaxing in the glass-roofed lounge looking up at the sky filled with Northern Lights, or losing yourself in the stories of the arctic explorers. Each of the 16 uniquely-styled rooms have a beautiful view over the town, towards the mountains surrounding the valley of Longyeardalen. 

Awoken Wilderness of the Norwegian Summer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Basecamp Hotel
Basecamp Hotel

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.
  • Mary W — May 05, 2019 — Europe

    My Kensington Tours Destination Expert, Jessica Clements, was so helpful and patient as we planned our trip. She was so helpful in recommending things based on her experience and so patient as our dates changed, and we had more ideas about what we wanted to see. Once we got to Greece, our pickups and transfers were seamless. Our tour guides, drivers and destination greeters were all so warm and welcoming. The hotels were fantastic in terms of service and location. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I have already recommended Kensington to several friends.

  • Rita B — April 24, 2019 — Europe

    Our entire visit to Poland was outstanding, first-class. Booking the tour with Karolina Stringer made it so easy. All I did was tell her the places we needed to visit and what was the feel we wanted for the visit. Not only did we want to see the landmarks of Poland, but we also wanted time to walk the squares, sit in the cafes, take public transportation. Everyone we encountered in Poland was top-notch. Our guide for Gdansk was Ewelina Danecka. This amazing woman enchanted us with her knowledge and her joy in sharing her country with us. On our first day, I requested we reverse the first two days of our plan and she was totally flexible. I gave her the name of a very obscure town and she and the driver found it! Ewelina acted as my interpreter with the parish priests of the two towns we specifically needed to visit for our family research. She and our driver stayed with us an extra two hours after they were scheduled to be done for the evening and because of their generosity we saw Wawel Castle, which wasn't on our schedule, we loved it! Our three days with Ewelina were so intense and emotional that we felt we were leaving family when we said goodbye to her. The Hanza Hotel was wonderful, overlooking the riverfront. Warsaw was waiting for us and so was Agnieszka Tomazuk. Agnieszka was wonderful. We were specifically interested to visit the Warsaw ghetto and the war monuments commemorating the valor of the Poles during the WW2. And we were very interested to know about the Polish life under communism. I specifically requested a "good" Chopin concert. We didn't get good, we got a brilliant concert given by Agnieszka Przemyk-Bryla, in the Szuster Palace, not some impersonal concert hall. Her passion for the music combined with her technical ability made that evening unforgettable. The Polonia Palace Hotel was very nice, though not quite within walking distance to the Warsaw town square. On the way to Krakow we stopped at Jasna Gora to see the Madonna. We were guided and educated by one of the nuns of the Monastery. Totally awesome. We could not have done Krakow without our guide, Marta Bochenek. She made sure we knew not just what we were getting into when we went into the Wieliczka Salt Mine, but how to get out and meet up with her, since there were not one, but two exits from the mine. And when we went to Auschwitz, Marta very wisely said that she would be waiting if we decided not to go to the Birkenau portion of the concentration camp visit. Respectfully and reverently done as it was, Auschwitz was so powerful, we decided not to go on to Birkenau. I'm so glad we did go to Auschwitz. The Sheraton Krakow was very fine. Our first cup of "real" coffee in Poland. Most of the hotels' coffee is made from Nescafe or some instant coffee. The coffee at the Sheraton Krakow was really whole roasted coffee. Kensington Tours is contracting with the first class tour agency in Poland. We could not be more satisfied with our entire experience. The mood of our tour exactly matched the attitude I relayed to Karolina at the very beginning of our planning. This trip felt like it was planned just for us. This is our second time using Kensington Tours. Like the first trip, this was OUR tour.

  • Marilyn R — April 22, 2019 — Europe

    The absolute best trip to Europe we have ever taken. The entire process was flawless: best hotels, best guides, etc. This experience was new to us, but now it’s the only when I will travel! Kensington tours was the best. A truly 5-star experience from beginning to the end!

  • Sharayu T — May 13, 2019 — Europe

    The Eastern Europe trip was fabulous. Everything went smoothly. The guides and drivers were excellent. We enjoyed the trip immensely. To begin with, our arrival at Budapest train station and meeting up with Mr. Sandor went flawlessly. We were a little anxious as the main train station was closed, but when we got down at Budapest Kelenfold, it was such a relief to see Mr. Sandor waiting for us. All our guides, Sandor, Bozena, Agnieszka, and Sandra were very knowledgeable, friendly, and adaptable. They intermixed personal stories and anecdotes that made understanding the history and culture at each place very gratifying. The accommodations were comfortable, and the locations were perfect. Eastern Europe with its old traditions and architecture, and the suppressed existence during Nazi and Russian occupations offers a very different and distinctive experience. Thanks to Jessica Clements for facilitating a unique travel itinerary.

  • Mary Ann C — April 09, 2019 — Europe

    Courtney was wonderful. She worked through all of my concerns and was very flexible when Delta caused a plan change. Her responses to my requests were promptly answered and her communication with me was excellent. Petur, our guide, was a delight. We enjoyed Iceland and his thorough knowledge helped us to experience all the country had to offer.

  • John C — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    Jiri, our driver/guide in Slovenia, really made our trip. He is knowledgeable, flexible, and responsive. Even has a university degree in art history! He connected many of the dots between Slovenia and what has been going on in the rest of Europe over the past centuries!

  • Diana S — May 25, 2019 — Europe

    The itinerary was perfect, considering we only had 5 days to fit in this extension of our 22 day Transatlantic Cruise. Hope did a great job in coordinating for us the highlights of Sicily. All the guides and drivers are always helpful and knowledgeable from Kensington. In Agrigento, our guide was an archaeologist who teaches at universities. He had notebooks with diagrams and maps to show us exactly what we were looking at. He answered questions so thoroughly, we felt that we had a tour and a history lesson. It was amazing and the pace of all the tou

  • Kathleen K — May 15, 2019 — Europe

    We enjoyed working with Jamie Boar. She was knowledgeable, communicated well, friendly, and professional. We got all we wanted from the personal tours planned and were impressed with the high quality of the guide. We will certainly use Kensington Tours again.

  • Cynthia D — April 20, 2019 — Europe

    I found Kensington Tours on Google. At my first visit to the site, I was contacted immediately by Julie Couturier. She made my inquiry seem like we were having coffee, and she just happened to know everything I needed to make me choose her as my representative and travel expert. I was recommended to other tour companies, by friends, but it was Julie that made me realize Kensington was the best choice. We started our discovery in 2018 and because I was traveling with my grandchildren, I wanted to ensure the trip was perfect. We had to make changes as we went along, first because we were able to confirm a suite at the Marriott Grand Residence on Park St. with reward points. Julie was quick to make all the necessary changes in our tours. We felt privileged to have had the tour guides that Julie set for us, each one was so very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour which kept our 13 and 11 years old interested. Julie suggested a play and what child can say the saw “Matilda” in London. We certainly would not have enjoyed our trip as much if we had tried to do this on our own. Julie suggested a visit to Warner Bros Harry Potter and it was worth every moment. I would have never gone there, so congrats again to Julie. She was also able to advise us as to where to purchase groceries for our room, having lived in London previously. I have had many friends travel around the world and I don’t know of one that speaks as highly of their tour company or their travel expert the way my family has. Thank you Kensington Tours and especially Julie.

  • Rena K — April 06, 2019 — Europe

    We were extremely impressed with every aspect of our trip. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and it could not have been more perfect. Chantal, our Destination Expert, worked with us to make sure that my physical limitations were not a problem. Each guide and driver took such good care of us. They were so knowledgeable and helpful. We plan on booking with Kensington again in the future. The service and amazing itinerary could not have been better. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime!

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