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  • Trekking in the Logar Valley
  • Visit of Bled Castle, Bee Family and Pletna Boat Ride
  • Bovec and Soca Valley with Rafting
  • Visit of Postojna Caves
  • Bike Tour

Awarded one of National Geographic’s 2014 Tours Of A Lifetime, this eco-friendly, culturally rich and appetizing adventure is the stuff that legends is made of. Blessed with an abundance of old world charm, alpine paradises, castles straight from storybooks, villages locked in time and a pastoral countryside so perfect it doesn’t seem real, this private guided journey through one of Europe’s best kept secret, Slovenia, packs quite a punch for anyone after eco-friendly adventures, wide open spaces and food fresh from the farm. Its stunning vistas and cuisine are just the start however as the truly life-changing moments are unlocked by the local people you’ll meet as you tour Ljubliana, Zgornji Brnik, The Logar Valley, Bled, Lepena, Livek and Brda.

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Immersion in the Slovenian countryside is the focal point of this hands-on tour, where you’ll experience beekeeping, making pottery, and cooking local dishes.

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A First Class African Safari with every logistical detail taken care of June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My wife and I have gone on a number of previous African safari trips, but this is the first time I used Kensington Tours because we wanted to go to countries and into the depth of the bush we had not traveled before. Plus friends of ours had never been to Africa and I wanted to be sure they enjoyed the experience. Working with American Express who facilitated our selection of Joline at Kensington far exceeded our expectations. We traveled to Sabi Sands in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zambia, and to Botswana to experience a true bush safari.

What was so special about Kensington was their logistic planning. We were met at airports to escort us through customs and baggage, and we never had to worry about transportation connections. A perfect example was leaving Zambia to go to Botswana. We were picked up at the Zambia lodge and driven to the border where we were escorted through customs. Then another driver took over and drove us to the port at the river we had to cross. Then a boat met us and took us across the river where we were met by another driver who took us to the airport where we caught a small plane to our lodge in the Okavango Delta. When we landed we were picked up and taken to the lodge. It moved like clockwork. We never had to wait at any transfer point. Imagine trying to arrange that on your own.

Jolene at Kensington selected lodges that blew us away. Each was small with a limited number of rooms/cabins usually averaging around 7-8 cabins per lodge for couples, and each having a high ratio of staff to guests. Each place was superb, starting with Lion Sands River Lodge in Sabi Sands where we saw the big 5 in the first 24 hours. Great Guide/Naturalist and Tracker assigned to us for the morning and evening safari's. Next we went to Zambia and stayed at the Islands of Siankaba Lodge in Livingstone, which was on an island, with the beautiful cabins on stilts facing the river. Our bed looked over the river with screens around us and with a deck out over the river. An exceptional experience and then finally we flew to Botswana and stayed at &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge. You can only get there flying in on small planes, and your individual cabin/house was right in the bush, with its own individual swimming pool and viewing deck on the top of the house. Elephants traveled through the lodge grounds as did other wildlife. An exhilarating experience. You knew you were in Africa. I will definitely consider using Kensington Tours on future trips. And the best part is that it was a custom trip with a lot of value because the trip cost was comparable to A&K and National Geographic which were more fixed tours and usually had a minimum in the group of around 16 versus our 4 people going where we wanted in the order we wanted.
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South African Tour Fantastic June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Gareth was our tour representative and made this a wonderful trip. We had not used Kensington before and could not find reviews of the company online. However, we were extremely satisfied with our tour experience. Although he was not with us on the tour, it seemed that the company had everything set up and was with us every step of the way from our itinerary to each transfer and lodge.

The Victoria and Alfred Hotel was OK, but was in a great location. We did not know that the hotel was going to be under construction when we were there. It was only a minor inconvenience. Staying at the Waterfront was the best. We were near everything and took advantage of the wonderful restaurants and shopping. A must is Chocolates by Tomes.

Our tour to Table Mountain was magnificent. There was a fog that hung over the mountain which created the most spectacular scenes.

Our tour to Cape Point was great. We had a magnificent guide who was a bushman and shared with us so much of his knowledge. I could have stayed in the van all day just to listen to him. Sorry, but I cannot recall his name.

Our tour to the wine country was OK. We visited three wineries--we could have just done two. We did a wine and cheese are Fairview which was beautiful. We did a wine and chocolate. Both the wine and chocolate here was excellent. The last winery hosted a wine and olives which was really a wine and olive oil tasting. This one could be have been omitted for more time in some of the towns or local gardens.

Next, we flew off to Pondoro Game Lodge. The flight went off without a problem. Pondoro is in the northern area of the country. The staff was very accommodating to my dietary needs. The Chef was a gourmet chef with every dish prepared with taste and presentation at heart. The hotel was in a hilly area and all aspects of the hotel were connected by wooden walkways. These were quite challenging to navigate and I would not recommend this lodge in the rainy season. The game drives were fantastic and we were glad to have gone to South Africa in their winter.

Our last stop was Sabi Sabi Selati Camp. This was a 3 hour drive from Pondoro. It was a long drive, but we were very happy with this lodge. The food was not a good as at Pondoro, but the staff treated us like kings and queens. The terrain went from rocky at Pondoro to sandy at Sabi Sabi. Our Ranger, Kyle, was fantastic. Ask for him. He is so knowledgeable about the animals, the birds, and plants. He has a great sense of humor and we felt honored to spend time with him. He walked us to our cabin at night, arranged a special dinner for our anniversary, and ate dinner one evening with us.

This was truly a life experience and I want to thank Gareth for all his hard work in putting this tour together for us.
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Feedback barely acknowledged June 2016

  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
I booked a tour of Poland in Oct 2014 (just reviewing now because I was trying to give the company the opportunity to reach back out to me). I talked to the sales consultant about my concerns about being a person of color in Poland because I had been warned by several friends. I mentioned to my sales consultant that I can go to another place in the region if she thinks it will be a be problem. My sales consultant said none of her guests have ever had a problem and I will be just fine in Poland. Upon my return, this is the email message I sent to Kensington Tours...

"I hope you are well. I want to give you some feedback now that I am back in the U.S.

My guide was very knowledgeable. However, she did make several biased statements about Roma people (also known as gypsies) and Jewish people that were a cause for concern. She stated that the Roma people did not work or go to school and only relied on state welfare (she did try to clean up her statement after I said if this is indicative of ALL Roma people). Clearly this is not the case for an entire group of people, and her views were biased and stereotypical. She also stated that Jewish people had big noses and gestured and looked differently than Polish people. She also stated that Jewish people don't live in Krakow because there isn't much finance work there and that is what Jewish people like. These were clearly biased statements and made me uncomfortable, especially given the history of Krakow.

We talked initially about my concern coming to Poland because of racism. You said that no other clients have had issues. Despite your assurances, I have to let you know that throughout my stay I was stared at, received funny looks and/or was ignored or dismissed, all of which made me very uncomfortable. I am sure it is because I am not White. I felt overall that the Polish culture may not be as outwardly friendly or welcoming as other places that I've traveled. I definitely felt I was targeted and treated negatively because I am not White. I asked my tour guide about racial groups and she said that there aren't really other racial groups in Poland. I think the lack of diversity in Poland definitely makes it a more hostile/uncomfortable place for people of color to travel.

It is very unlikely I will go back to Poland given the biased statements made by my tour guide (even though she was extremely knowledgeable) and how I was treated by Polish people. If you have other racial/ethnic minority clients I hope you share this information with them.

I hope this feedback is helpful."

My sales consultant said that she or someone from customer service would get in touch with me. Well, more than a year has passed with no follow-up. People looking at me funny because I am not White is not something Kensington Tours can control. However, it is a major problem when their tour guides make biased statements. I will never spend another dime on Kensington tours given their lack of follow-up on this feedback. I am glad I was traveling alone and not with family. I would hate for children to hear the statements made and taint their truly unbiased view of all people.
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VIP treatment at a totally reasonable price June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Though I usually travel independently, I wanted a tour for my trip to Egypt and Jordan because my travel companion is elderly. I decided to trade independence for logistical support. But I have to say that Kensington Tours is making me rethink my whole independent travel policy. The itinerary we worked out together (the tour planner I worked with was very responsive) was exceptionally well done. We saw everything we wanted to see in an efficient yet never rushed timeline. The tour managers who met us at the airports and reviewed our upcoming program, the drivers, and especially the guides took excellent care of us and allowed us to relax and enjoy all the wonders we were seeing. We were surprised at the comprehensiveness of our tour management. At the same time, our holiday never felt regimented or over-managed. The guides are impressively knowledgeable and obviously in love with their own cultural history. They were also adept at taking their commentary in whatever directions our own interests lay. There was no question they couldn't answer and answer with narrative flair -- and I ask a lot of questions. I really can't recommend Kensington Tours (and their in-country partner agencies) highly enough. They will be the first company I look into for every trip I go on from now on.
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Superb experience! South Africa, Zambia & Bostwana in 21 days June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a 21 day excursion, by plane, boat and jeeps through South Africa, Zambia and Botswana. Gareth Smith planned a fabulous itinerary for us and it was a stress free experience. At every connection we were met by representatives of Kensington and were always felt "taken care of".
Our tour guide in Capetown, Avril, was knowledgeable and fun and took us off the "beaten track". Every accommodation was special and unique to the area and the people who worked in the hotels and lodges couldn't do enough for us. We were welcomed by song and smiles.
The safaris were amazing we saw The Big 5 plus! We had incredible encounters with the animals and always felt safe.
We have traveled extensively and have to say that this trip was a Thrill of a Lifetime and worry free. We would use Kensington again and will recommend this company to all of our friends.
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Day 1: Ljubljana - Zgornji Brnik

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Dvor Jezersek Hotel

Upon arrival at Ljubliana airport, you will be met by an English speaking driver-guide and transferred to your hotel in Zgornji Brnik.

Ljubljana is the largest city and capital of Slovenia and is regarded as the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative center of the country. The city has a strong Alpine feel to it and the architecture underlines this impression - there is also a touch of the Mediterranean (thanks to its geographical proximity). Ljubljana was devastated by earthquakes several times. After an earthquake in 1511, the city was rebuilt in the Renaissance style, and after an earthquake in 1895 which caused severe damage, the city was rebuilt in Neo-Classicist and Secession (Art Nouveau) styles. The city's Baroque architecture was mainly influenced by Italian Baroque architecture.

Enjoy a Slovenian culinary experience during your stay at the Dvor Jezersek Hotel. The family run property is the perfect backdrop to being initiated into the cuisine of Slovenia, its cultural heritage and the contemporary culinary arts, as your tutor draws on the wealth of the experience of catering and organising receptions that they have hosted inside and outside of Slovenia. Get ready to sample tastes of all the gastronomic regions of Slovenia and try individual dishes or styles of dish made by your own hand.

Day 2: Zgornji Brnik - Logar Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Plesnik

Today you will drive with your English speaking driver-guide to Komenda to visit a ceramicist's studio. Continue to Kamniska Vistrica and enjoy a trek to Velika Planina. The herdsmen’s settlement is known as one of few the settlements of such size in Europe and attracts many visitors throughout the year. It is distinct by its typical architecture which symbolises Velika Planina. The roofs are covered with pine shingles, which extend rather low. The name of the cottage in the Kamnik part of Velika planina is “a herdsman hut” or “a shepherd’s home”, and a pine shingle is called “šinkel”. The settlement is revived every June, when herdsmen return to the settlement and tend to their cattle until September. Taste the dairy products or try a typical herdsmen’s lunch; sour milk and hard-boiled corn mush before you return by cable car.

Continue your day with a drive to Logar Valley, one of the most beautiful Alpine glacial valleys in Europe which extends into the Kamnik-Savinja Alps from the north. A part of the Solcavsko region, tradition and nature have found harmony here, serving as a good example of sustainable development. The park has received a Future in the Alps Award from for the successful management of a protected area and is a stunningly beautiful natural area.

Day 3: Logar Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Plesnik

Take in a full day of trekking in the Logar Valley today. Set among the over 2,000-meter peaks are sunny meadows and pastures, charcoal-makers’ and foresters’ cottages, wooden flumes for transporting logs, and picturesque natural features beside the springs and tributaries of the Savinja River.

Day 4: Bled – Lepena

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lepena Hotel

Start your day with a drive towards Bled to visit Bled Castle and Bled Island. The picture-postcard Alpine town of Bled was once the preferred choice of the Austro - Hungarian Empire’s elite. Its many charms include a medieval castle perched high on a rocky cliff, a scenic lake studded by a tiny wooded island, and the alpine splendour of the nearby Triglav National Park, a natural wonderland of glacial valleys, glittering peaks, Limestone canyons, ice-cold tarns, flowered meadows, Alpine forests, Pretty hamlets and cascading waterfalls. Continue with a visit to one of the beekeeper, learn everything about bees, and help in some operational activities.

After lunch (included), take a ride with a boat to the Island of Bled and visit to the 16th century castle.

Continue with a drive through Vrsic Pass a high mountain pass across the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia.

Day 5: Lepena – Livek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Nebesa Hotel

This morning you will be driven to Bovec. This area is blessed with well-preserved and wild nature, mountains, the emerald river with its tributaries, the gentle and unique combination of Alpine and Mediterranean climates, and centuries of preserved tradition. Continue towards Soca Valley, dominated by one of Europe's most beautiful rivers. The Soca's stunning turquoise hue flows for about 100km against a backdrop of imposing limestone mountains cloaked in dense forests, lush meadows rich in wildflowers and a clutch of small towns and villages, including Tolmin, Kobarid and Bovec. Besides its rich history - the WW1 Soca Front was one of the bloodiest mountain battles ever known - the valley is now a hiking, kayaking, and fly-fishing haven with much of the area set aside as part of the Triglav National Park. Rafting on the Soca River has for many years been a hallmark of the Soca Valley. It is suitable for all swimmers over 15 years old. With highly trained and friendly guides you will descend the section between Boka and Trnovo, the most attractive part of the Soca.

After lunch you will visit Kobarid a place of the biggest alpine battle in the World War I. One of the most renowned historical places in Slovenia was already inhabited in the Hallstat period and prospered in the Roman period. The town is mainly known for the aftermath of the Battle of Kobarid in October 1917, which placed Kobarid on the world map. Kobarid is known for the famous Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. The battle is well documented in the museum in the centre of Kobarid. During the Second World War, Kobarid was the centre of the liberated territory, called the Kobarid Republic. The Kobarid museum presents the story of these historical events and in 1993 it received the Council of Europe Museum Award. Kobarid is also the culinary capital of the Primorska region, since it boasts many excellent restaurants.

Day 6: Livek – Brda

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Gredic

Continue your journey with the drive to Tolmin to visit Tolmin Gorge. The chute on the Tolminka River is the lowest point in Triglav National Park and the longest chute in Slovenia. It is also among the deepest. The junction of the gorges of the Tolminka and Zadlascica rivers with their chutes is a unique phenomenon in Slovenia. The chute of the Tolminka River is about two hundred meters long and five to ten meters wide. The well known "Devil's Bridge” over which the Tolmin - Cadrg road passes arches sixty meters above the Tolminka, and above it there is the entrance to the Dante Cave. Enjoy your lunch (included )at the highest located ecological farm in Slovenia. Continue towards the very Western corner of Slovenia where beautiful wine growing region Goriska Brda is stretching on 72 square km. It extends trough the state border (Italy) from the river Soca on southeastern part to the Idrija river on northwestern part. The region ends with two old hills; Sabotin on East and Korada on North.

Day 7: Brda – Ljubljana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Antiq Palace Hotel

Start your day with a visit to a local winery where you will have a wine tasting included.

Continue your day with a drive towards Ljubljana. En route you will stop for lunch in Vipava Valley and at Postojna Caves the most visited caves in Europe. The Postojna cave system is the largest known cave system in Slovenia. A visit to a cave such as Postojna deserves full attention due to the diversity of shapes, expansive cave areas, stalactite and stalagmite formations and water characteristics. Admire its unique Karst underground world of beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites. You can also see an unusual and rare underground animal Proteus Anguinus - the so-called “human fish”. A visit to Postojna cave is a special experience, as an electric train takes visitors to their hour and a half circle tour visit to the cave. From train station inside the cave guides accompany visitors as they walk amongst magnificent creations of nature.

Day 8: Ljubljana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Antiq Palace Hotel

Today you will have a sightseeing tour of Ljubljana. One of Europe's best-kept secrets, the ancient walled city of Ljubljana lies at the very heart of Slovenia and boasts a vibrant history that traces 3,000 years of Roman, Medieval, Baroque and Italian influences. A friendly and cosmopolitan city Ljubljana offers a broad selection of diversions that range from strolling the shimmering reaches of the Ljubljana River to exploring the formal gardens and fortified battlements of the city. There is also wandering the cobbled streets of the Old town and a bright café society to be enjoyed plus plenty of atmospheric bars, a broad range of regional restaurants and a host of cultural events.

In the afternoon take a bike tour to Ljubljana moor, large marshy plain that is marked by an interminable mosaic of grasslands, woodlands and fields. It is a reserve for many species of birds as well as other animals and plants such as the checkered lily and the swamp tulip.

Day 9: Ljubljana

Meals: Breakfast

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

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