Multi-Day Tour

7 Day Northern Ireland: Castles, Coastline & Culture (7 days)

Kensington Tours

Dublin To Welcome To Belfast To Dublin, Ireland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2020

7 Day Northern Ireland: Castles, Coastline & Culture (7 days)

Day 1

Dublin To Welcome To Belfast

Day 3

Belfast To Donegal

Day 5

Donegal To Galway

Day 6

Galway To Dublin

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin To Welcome To Belfast
The Merchant Breakfast

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-guide at Dublin Airport, and embark on a full-day transfer to Belfast, stopping to explore Newgrange and the Morne Coast en route. You'll first set your sights on a visit to Newgrange, a stunning Neolithic passage tomb that is quite simply one of the great wonders of ancient western civilization. Be swept back to a time over 5,000 years ago, admiring the massive stone mound and its internal passages and chambers, letting reality set in that you're experiencing a monument which predates both Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, with passages aligned to illuminate with the summer and winter solstice. Nearby is the River Boyne where the famous Battle of the Boyne took place. The land here is lush and full of ancient and medieval ruins that are testaments to Ireland' impressive heritage. In the afternoon, continue through County Down which is arguably, Northern Ireland' most scenic mountainous region, immortalized in ancient folklore and the songs of Percy French. The picturesque village of Rostrevor has a history of ancient kings and buried giants and is a beautiful point in which to explore more of Carlingford Lough. Make a stop in Newcastle, famous for long, sweeping beaches and its golf course, then head to Downpatrick, an ancient townwhere you can visit the reputed final resting place of Ireland' patron saint, St Patrick, as well as the lovely 12th and 13th century ruins of Inch Abbey, on the bank of the Quoile River. Conclude your day on arrival to Belfast.
Discover Ireland with a private driver-guide,featuringexperienceddriving skills and expert local knowledge and insight into the best towns, monuments and historic sites of the Emerald Isle. In addition to your pre-booked customized touring, get recommendations on where to shop, have a drink, grab a bite, and even lesser-known sites typically ignored by visitors, all of which you can stop to visit on a whim (payable on the spot), because your days have built-in flexibility. Enjoy an introductionto Ireland with such depth and quality that's only possible with a local expert. Simply the best and most enjoyable way of seeing the Emerald Isle, in style!
The luxurious Merchant Hotel, situated in the historical Cathedral Quarter of Belfast's city center, is Northern Ireland's only 5 AA Red Star-awarded hotel.The grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by Victorian and Art Deco-styledguestrooms, all offering 21st century technology and comfort.No two rooms at The Merchant are alike each has its own unique features, artwork and bespoke furnishings. Enjoy live jazz on-site, indulge in the relaxed setting of the luxury spa, or take afternoon tea for a decadent treat.The Merchant Hotel offers guestsa quintessential fine dining experience, or superbly casual options to suit any taste.
Day 2
Belfast, Ireland
The Merchant Breakfast

Embark on a private 1.5-hour tour of Belfast in the classic ambience of a Black Cab. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, your specialized local driver-guide will take you through the history, politics and turmoil that have shaped the city you see today, one still predominantly divided into Protestant and Catholic territories. Hear stories and personal anecdotes of the lasting religious-political conflict as you drive through Falls Road (Catholic) and Shankhill Road (Protestant), two neighborhoods with a bloody past, witnessing the Peace Line wall that separates the communities. Learn of the many murals which can be seen throughout Belfast, speaking to the troubles of the Loyalist/Unionist and Republican/Nationalist divide. You'll spot sites like Crumlin Road Jail, Europa Hotel, and The Crown Bar, hearing how they've played an important role in the political history of the city an experience both enlightening and humbling. Conclude back at your hotel.
Set out with your private driver-guideon a full day tour exploringthe classic highlights of Belfast. Discover the old Cathedral Quarter near the waterfront,host of the beautiful St. Anne's Cathedral, dating back to1899. In the city center,explore Donegal Place, one of Europe's finest squares, still home to many buildings from Belfast's glory days as the second city of the British Empire. See the late 19th century Grand Opera House, the beautifulwhite Belfast City Hall, along with the iconic mid-19th century Lanyon Building of the Queen's University, in all its red brick neo-Gothic beauty. Check out the impressive bronze sculptures of CS Lewis Square, commemorating the local creator of the Chronicles of Narnia. Take in impressive views of the city as you visit the gardens of the historic Belfast Castle Estate, and even visit Belfast's Botanic Gardens, an important part of the city's Victorian heritage - boasting an array of exotic and tropical plant species. In the afternoon, you'll visit the famous Titanic Museum. The RMS Titanic was designed and built in Belfast between 1909 and 1912, aremarkable feat of Edwardian engineering and craftsmanship. Despite her tragic sinking she remains a source of enduring pride in the city where she was built.
The luxurious Merchant Hotel, situated in the historical Cathedral Quarter of Belfast's city center, is Northern Ireland's only 5 AA Red Star-awarded hotel.The grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by Victorian and Art Deco-styledguestrooms, all offering 21st century technology and comfort.No two rooms at The Merchant are alike each has its own unique features, artwork and bespoke furnishings. Enjoy live jazz on-site, indulge in the relaxed setting of the luxury spa, or take afternoon tea for a decadent treat.The Merchant Hotel offers guestsa quintessential fine dining experience, or superbly casual options to suit any taste.
Day 3
Belfast To Donegal
Lough Eske Castle Breakfast

Depart Belfast with your private driver-guide for a scenic and leisurely transfer to Donegal today. Heading northwest you'll first enter theGlens of Antrim, a collection of nineverdant valleys that shinefrom the Antrim Plateau to the coast.Among Ireland's most unforgettable spots of beauty is the Causeway Coast that stretches from Belfast to Derry along the North Eastern region the island. Following the Glens, you'll hit the northernmost coast, site of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Giants Causeway, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns up to 40 feet long that stretch along the coast and into the ocean. It's a unique geological feature that is truly a sight to behold.Touring the unique northernmost coast will open you up to a number ofremarkableoptional stopsen route, if you so choose, including a stop at the Distillery at Bushmills, exploring the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle,or an invigorating walk acrossthe Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge as it hangs precariously over the North Atlantic Ocean. In order to give as much flexibility as possible today, entrance fees for optional stops are not included and can be paid on the spot where desired. Conclude your day on arrival to Donegal.
Nestled amid themajestic scenery of Donegal, Lough Eske Castle offers luxury accommodation set in a meticulously restored 17th century castle,returning to theglamour, style, and elegance of its historic past. Featuring an impressive 96 guest suites and a luxuriant spa, this secluded hideaway provides the perfect backdrop to your discovery of the dramatic landscapes, ragged coastlines and vast seascapes whichinspired National Geographic Traveler to label Donegal as the Coolest Place on the Planet.Find solace in the luxury spa, situated in the peaceful setting of the castle garden, orfind yourself exploring the tastes of the Wild Atlantic Way, brought together by an exceptional culinary team who draws inspiration and ingredients from the wild and dramatic landscapes around you. Whether you come to discover the real Donegal, celebrate a romantic milestone, or simply retreat from the world, everything about Lough Eske will lend itself to achieving this.
Day 4
Donegal, Ireland
Lough Eske Castle Breakfast

With your private driver-guide, set out today on a tour to discover the Inishowen Peninsula, crossing over into Northern Ireland en route toget to know the closely linked city of Derry (officially Londonderry)along the way. Derryis the second city of Northern Ireland, and features arguably Europe's most magnificent fully intact city walls. Walk around, on top, and inside the exceptionally preserved early 17th century ramparts, spotting the St Columb's Cathedral in its Gothic glory,and nestlingin beside a decommissioned cannonto cherish a view of thestunning19th century Guildhall, house of the city council.The afternoon finds you exploring the beautiful northern coastline. The Inisowen Peninsula (and specifically Malin Head) is Ireland's most northerly point, featuring areas of unspoiled beaches with lagoons and raging surf. There are numerous pretty seaside and country towns and villages full of rustic charm including Ballyliffin, Moville and Muff. Highlights include a stop at Greencastle to admire the coastal ruins of the Northburgh Castle, built in 1305, and left in ruin in the 17th century after being pummeled by cannon fire, along with a visit of the small Martello towerat Magilligan, built between 1812-1817 during the Napoleonic Wars.
Nestled amid themajestic scenery of Donegal, Lough Eske Castle offers luxury accommodation set in a meticulously restored 17th century castle,returning to theglamour, style, and elegance of its historic past. Featuring an impressive 96 guest suites and a luxuriant spa, this secluded hideaway provides the perfect backdrop to your discovery of the dramatic landscapes, ragged coastlines and vast seascapes whichinspired National Geographic Traveler to label Donegal as the Coolest Place on the Planet.Find solace in the luxury spa, situated in the peaceful setting of the castle garden, orfind yourself exploring the tastes of the Wild Atlantic Way, brought together by an exceptional culinary team who draws inspiration and ingredients from the wild and dramatic landscapes around you. Whether you come to discover the real Donegal, celebrate a romantic milestone, or simply retreat from the world, everything about Lough Eske will lend itself to achieving this.
Day 5
Donegal To Galway
Glenlo Abbey Hotel Breakfast

Meet your private driver-guide for a transfer to Galway today. En route, you'll get to spend some time exploring County Sligo, an area of extreme beauty, with varied landscapes and one of the country's highest densities of prehistoric sites, dotted along its coast and mountains. It's here where you can catch views of the impressive Benbulbin, a stunning rock formation that is considered Ireland's Table Mountain.Discover the colorful coastal city of Sligo, originally built around a medieval Norman castle back in the 13th century. Here, optional visits (admission payable on the spot) can be made to the 13th century Sligo Abbey ruins and the Yeats Memorial Building, dedicated to Ireland's greatest poet, W.B. Yeats. South of Sligo city, get out and walk up to admire the Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery, a 5,000 year old Neolithic passage tomb cluster, hidden amidst the clambering hills. Head out into Yeats Country, featuring beautiful lakes, mystical islands and serene waterfalls that inspired Yeats with romantic visions. Your day will come to an end on arrival toGalway.
The elegant Glenlo Abbey Hotel has been welcoming guestssince 1740,offering the discerning traveler a warm, personable and luxurious base during their stay in Galway.Nestled peacefully on a stunning 138-acre estate on the edge of Ireland' largest lake, Lough Corrib, thebeautiful, rugged and unspoiled natural scenery of Connemara lies right at Glenlo Abbey's doorstep. Guestrooms andsuites ooze opulence, but remain inviting and comfortable, having been designed with an emphasis on general space and comfort, with unrivaled views of the dramatic West of Ireland landscapeand it's ever-changing colors.The 9-hole Glenlo Abbey Golf Course welcomes visitors from around the world, while the pièce de resistancecomes in the form ofthe AA Rosette awardedPullman Restaurant, comprised of two former rail cars that once served on the Orient Express.
Day 6
Galway To Dublin
The Westbury Breakfast

Transfer to Dublin today in the company of your private driver-guide. First, explore the cosmopolitan city of Galway before you leave it behind, Ireland's Gaelic and artistic capital. Discover theLatin Quarter,buzzing from the eclectic legacy of a maritime past withits Spanish Arch and historic cobbled street fronts. The city is famous for its lively ambianceand impromptu street entertainment, never moreevident than with a walk through Kirwan's Lane, the city's busking capital, spotted 16th and 17th century architectural relics.See the Claddagh District, the point of origin of the Claddagh ring, world-renownedas the international symbol of friendship. Further along the Claddagh, the city opens to the Atlantic Ocean at Salthill, with promenades and beautiful vistas. Heading out along the famous Galway Bay, you'll happen upon thecharming and timeless villages of Spiddal, Barna and Furbo. Continuingon your journey toward Dublin, pass through the scenic Midlands - an area rich in a landscape of blanket bog dispersed with lakes, castles and historic towns. Enjoy a visit to the ruins of Clonmacnoise, where awalk amongst theancient stone ruins of thisrenowned6th century city willenvoke images of the scholars and saints of Ireland' Golden Age of learning. At day's end,arrive in Dublin.
The unrivaled location and luxury of The Westbury in Dublin, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, blends city living with an oasis of comfort and calm. From the moment guests ascend the hotel' central staircase to be introduced at check-in, there is a sense of being welcomed into a home away from home.Enjoy the utmost comfort in luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, each elegantly decorated and providing a haven of calm in the midst of this livelycapital.Revel in the institution of Dublin's finest Afternoon Tea, and explore a stunning array of decadent dining at the Westbury'ssignature restaurant, bistro and bars. With your convenience in mind, it's merely a step outside for immediate access to the pedestrianized social hub of Grafton Street, as well as the historic open spaces of Dublin' Trinity College and St Stephen' Green. First class service and attention to every detail will make sure your stayat The Westbury memorable for all the right reasons.
Day 7
Dublin, Ireland
Depart (Int'l Airport) None

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

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Stay in historical castles and manor houses as you are driven around Northern Ireland with an expert guide. Visit the Giant's Causeway, the revitalized city of Belfast, picturesque Donegal and cultural Galway, as well as stunning coastline, mountains, lakes & historical sites.

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By: Linda


Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2014

The food, ambiance and lodging accommodations were fabulous! Only on the Stella Australis did we find the food to be suboptimal but plenty of drink helped overcome that. The explorations and staff were wonderful. However, the "luggage storage" while we went to the desert did not happen--no-one from the tour agency knew about it. We survived anyway.

Highly recommend

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2014

I went on this trip with my son who was 12 at the time. My husband was unable to attend. Our personal guide and driver, Sam, was amazing and took us under his wing. We felt very safe and well cared for. He was patient with my son's energy level and also very knowledgeable about the wild life and culture. The lodges that we stayed in and the wild life viewing were amazing. The "kidtastic" tour that we took struck the right balance and my son had a great time! One of his favorite activities was hunting with the Aransai bush tribe people. Thanks
Travel Advisor:  Stephanie Miller Murphy

Great service with follow-through

By: Sgailey


Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2014

Kensington did a stellar job of helping us through a few issues we ran into while overseas. Without their great customer service, we would have spent a few days being totally bombarded by stress; instead, we were able to hand off the issues and trust that Kensington would resolve them.

Great

By: glo


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2014

We had two tours one in Copenhagen and the other in London. Both were great. Very knowledgable guides
Travel Advisor:  Terri Stanfield

A Great trip with a few trips and falls

By: Michaelzstuff


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2014

We had a great time overseas with plenty to see and plenty of time to see them. A wonderful experience but terrible service with the connections overseas. We had made arrangements for pick-ups at every train station at the time of our arrival and rides from out hotel to the train stations.. Unfortunately, many times there was no one waiting to pick us up and times when there was no one to take us back to the train station. We made several international calls to reach someone while standing at the station with our family and baggage and were told that they would get back to us but never heard from them again. One of the drivers who did arrive took us to the wrong departure location and we had to pay for a cab to the airport. The only other blip was when we arrived at one of our stops along the way and were told that we had to pay for the tickets even though we later found a document that confirmed our payment.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
Not Recommended

Barcelona

By: Kate


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2014

Good guide and driver. Poor communication with the "office". We asked the "office" to change our airport pick-up time and that was never communicated.

Amazing marathon trip of a life time

By: Ellie and Rick


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Very impressed with the Kensington guides, drivers, hotel choices and tour choices. The cultural dinners and shows were great. Well done!!!
Travel Advisor:  Mary Ann Tiemeier

Expert Friendly Service

By: Nancy3961


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Nora was great and the tour was perfect for our needs
Travel Advisor:  Krista Wissinger

Excellent (Ausgezeichnet)

By: Prosit!


Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2015

Many thanks to all of the Kensington staff that made out visits to Vienna, Salzburg and Munich so memorable. Our private tours in each city was incredible. Katerina in Wien was incredible as was our private tour in Munich, where the guide decided to drive us around to beat the heat instead of taking the walking tour was most appreciated, As well as some the extra touches we received such as the small "Lederhosen" purses for the children. You have an amazing team and we look forward to meeting you again in the future. Well done!
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

"Norman" was AMAZING

By: Pooz


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2015

Once in Bali, my wife and I didn't have to worry about a thing. Norman, our English speaking guide, catered to our every request and suggested even more we never would have thought of. Norman and his driver took us to all the sites we planned to see plus some we didn't even know about. We always felt safe, that they had our best interests in mind, and never felt pressured to buy anything. We learned lots about the culture, history, and language. Wonderful trip!

great planning

By: 1434


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2015

Trip came off as planned ---was a great experience. Excellent attention to detail.
Travel Advisor:  Marlene Zabel

Exactly what we asked for.

By: Patty


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2015

This is the second time we have used Kensington and again they were excellent. Noel, our guide was fabulous. Extremely knowledgable, friendly, attentive be took very good care of us.
Travel Advisor:  Alyse Cori

Local pros!

By: kd58


Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2015

We used Kensington guides in Budapest, Prague and Vienna. Each driver and guide was professional, knowledgeable and accomodating. We learned both the history and special points about key sights, without them going into too much detail or information overload. We will recommend Kensington to our friends traveling to these locations.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Brilliant, funny, thorough, flexible, creative,

By: MPH1960


Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2015

Our tour guide Mordi Zissman our guide and driver is Brilliant, funny, thorough, flexible, creative, informed and passionate about his country. Israel could not have been seen any other way than by Mordi's guidance and driving! What a tour!
Travel Advisor:  Florence (Flo) Banks

Friendly Welcome in a Foreign City

By: Alina


Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2015

It was such a peace of mind to have Kensington Tours waiting for us at London Heathrow International Airport upon our arrival. Sigita and her driver met us at the airport with a nice welcome package and drove us to our hotel. Enroute to the hotel, Sigita answered all of my questions, explained the itinerary for the week and gave me the tickets for our tours/events. She also gave me an excellent city map and 24/7 emergency phone numbers, should we have any problems during our stay. Kensington Tours also ensured we had a ride back to the airport at the end of the week. That was a huge relief since we needed a driver at 4:30am on Christmas morning. Sigita's recommendations, the tours, the agenda, the location of our hotel, all were spot on. Our trip to England was absolutely the BEST vacation we have ever been on. This was largely in part to the efforts and services of Kensington Tours.
Travel Advisor:  Jeannine Bottorff

DUBAI ADVENTURE

By: DARLENE AND RUBEN


Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2016

THEY WERE VERY FRIENDLY AND VERY INFORMATIVE
Travel Advisor:  Gail Harada

Expert relaxed advice!

By: Stacy


Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2016

I clearly screwed this up and reviewed everyone at first. Kensington Tours was fantastic. We'll definitely use them in the future. The tour guides, the vehicles and the knowledge were first rate. They really made the trip for us.
Travel Advisor:  Louisa Gehring

Hilarious Guide

By: Emily13


Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2016

I believe we went on two tour with Kensington. The first was to the Ghibli museum. It was really cool to see this museum if you are an anime lover! The guide just talked to us about the museum on the way there. The second tour to shrines and the golden palace was amazing. We had a male tour guide who was beyond hilarious. He obviously loves his job and meeting new people. He was the best guide I have ever had, oh and did I mention HILARIOUS already? I regret that I do not remember his name but I would recommend a guided tour with him if you have the option.
Travel Advisor:  Nanci Cain

Personable Professionals

By: Wise4315


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

This was my first experience with Kensington Tours. My wife and I commented nearly daily on the personable professional service highlighted by dependability and subject area experts with exquisite social skills. Kensington played a major role in fulfilling a lifelong dream to visit the exact site where my father came ashore on Omaha Beach 0700 on June 6, 1944 (D-Day). An example of my expectations being exceeded was my desire to have a highly qualified military historian providing the tour the Normandy beach heads. Expectations were exceeded by having a guide possessing a doctorate in history (Colin Taylor, PhD, Objective D-Day tours). We had superior guides in Paris, to Versailles and seamless transfers between hotels trains and airports. Our hotel in the Latin Quarter on the left bank in Paris was an easy stroll to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Our experience Kensington gave me an opportunity for me to honor my father and loving memories for both my wife and I.
Travel Advisor:  Tara Nielsen-Rise

Great European Experience

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2016

The Kensington Tours people did an amazing job. Our family of 4 visited 3 cities in Europe and everything was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great service

By: Yvette22


Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2016

Our tour guides were fantastic and we really enjoyed our time with them and learned so much from them. The hotel we were in was so well-protected that we felt very safe
Travel Advisor:  Katie McCormack Krinkie

Jewish tours

By: judyandhowardRus


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2016

Transfers to and from the airports were fabulous! They were on time, waiting for us and wanted to do anything for us that was needed. Prague Jewish tour was fantastic. Very informative, very interesting, very well presented. Liat Navi was wonderful and I would hgihly recommend her. Budapest tour was not so great. The tour guide walked us around very rotely and gave us information as he had learned it. When asked any questions about the significance about certain figures or actions, he did not know the answers. Even when we went to the Jewish cemetery, he directed us to the Holocaust area but really didn't know answers again to our questions. We walked around ourselves and tried to find the answers ourselves. Our smaller guides in the Old Jewish Synagogue and the Jewish Museum were much more informative for us.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Great Tour and Guides

By: LindaO


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2016

The planned tours and guides were just great. Knowledgeable, personable and aware of any needs that we had.
Travel Advisor:  Joy Cottrill

Their guides are excellent

By: LouLou


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2016

Having local guides from the countries we visited made a huge difference in our experience and we truly appreciated that aspect of our tours. We were able to learn even more from a locals perspective that went beyond the guide book
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Fantastic guides and the best driver ever.

By: Molly


Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2017

My independent tour with Kensington was the first I have taken. Hope it won't be my last! I was able to easily see all the places and sights I wanted to see in much less time than it would have taken with a traditional group tour. I saved enough in hotels and meals (and time off from work) to more than compensate for the luxury of a driver and car for my group of two. And the flexibility we gained was priceless. Our driver was with us the whole time, he had been with the company for 16 years and was fantastic. When my niece asked about seeing a temple her high school teacher recommended that began with an "A", he knew it! In each city we were greeted by a company rep and had a very experienced guide. The guides were smart and worked very hard to find us shops for textiles we desired and fill our days since we were a little more efficient than the planners expected! Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Randie Rosenberg

Solid Planning from Start to Finish

By: Jamie and Josh


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2017

Kensington Tours operated with the utmost professionalism when picking us up, escorting us to our activities and providing us with wonderful and capable tour guides. Our honeymoon was truly enhanced by the service that Kensington provided!
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Europe

By: bald eagle


Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Very good, However they need a English speaking phone number to call with questions as they occur when out of the USA.
Travel Advisor:  David Mellon

Great Tour

By: Anonymous


Reviewed on: 21 May 2017

It was great. I enjoyed all the tours and activities.
Travel Advisor:  Anne Crawford

From Milford Sound to Auckland in 10 days

By: Zorro


Reviewed on: 01 Jun 2017

Kensington tours provided us with the best tour guides, vehicles, accommodations and sightseeing locations we could imagine. Their guides were polite, knowledgable and concerned for our comfort and welfare. We were delighted by the locations that were selected by our tour guides when they were off script and needed to fill a void once a planned tour was completed but the day wasn't done. We learned a lot about NZ that wasn't in the guidebook and appreciated everything they did for us. Even the little off beat eating experiences were delightful and we couldn't imagine having a better time. They even got the weather right. The only part of the trip that wasn't top drawer was to the whale watch off Kaikoura. Because of a recent earthquake the normal route wasn't available and the alternative was a very narrow busy road that had a great deal of construction going on. It made for a long day with the last 2 hrs done in the dark and rain. Probably wouldn't do it again under those conditions.
Travel Advisor:  Jennie Jensen

Kensington Tours review

By: VJay


Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Fabulous! We had a wonderful time in New Zealand. The drivers/guides were wonderfully helpful and knowledgeable. They were always on time. They provided ample stops for photos, food, and other necessary breaks. They could talk about the history, the cultures, the birds, animals, and plants, as well as current topics. The hotels that were selected were very nice. We would definitely use their services again.
Travel Advisor:  Jennie Jensen

Paris

By: Mike Geary


Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2017

expensive BUT GOOD. Never asked age of kids and we had extra Museum and transit tickets as a result (free under 18)
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Salloum

South Africa Adventure

By: Sonny


Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2017

The Tour company did an excellent job of organizing transfers and was well organized. Choice of lodging was exceptional.
Travel Advisor:  Diane Stickney Scholl

Turkey trip

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Well planned and executed. Not one issue with Kensington. They provided an excellent guide (Erol Savda) who accompanied us through the entire trip.
Travel Advisor:  Tracey Shara

Clutch assistance

By: Andrew


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

First, we have a fantastic trip to Croatia. However, KLM lost my wife's bag on the way in. KLM and the airport we're terrible about getting us the bag in a timely manner, which was very important because we we're supposed to go island hopping a couple days into the trip and not having her luggage for that would have been deal breaking. Kensington worked with the airport and arranged a special driver to get the baggage delivered to us much faster than the airport would have. Fantastic!
Travel Advisor:  Lynn Stevens

Eastern Europe

By: Rusty


Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2017

We took 6 private tours during our recent trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and Prague. All of our tour guides were excellent and quite knowledgeable about the cities we visited. We got to see all the important sites and were given additional information about other places we could see while we visited the various cities. We had a great time and look forward to the next trip!!
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Hicks

Family Adventure in Iceland

By: Adventure-bound


Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

Our travel planner with Kensington Tours is very knowledgeable about Iceland. She was able to recommend things to see and activities to do that I had not read about in all my travel research. My primary travel planner Kathy Moran, arranged several extremely helpful conference calls with our Kensington Tours consultant so that we could talk through options for my trip. Kensington Tours recommendations to take the Inside the Volcano tour and the all day Jeep tour to Landmannalaugar were two highlights of our trip that I can't imagine having missed. The only disappointment was some miscommunications with Kensington Tours and the tour operator in Iceland. No guide showed up for us for our 1/2 day private tour of Reykjavik. Our hotel called the local company and got a substitute guide for us within about an hour of when we were scheduled to leave. Unfortunately our sub guide had never been to the National Museum. Also there was no record of our driver for the Blue Lagoon and airport.
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Moran
Not Recommended

Spain

By: Europe


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

Primarily because of the Spain experience!!!!

When in Rome... and beyond

By: KJo


Reviewed on: 03 Sep 2017

Kensington Tours took care of us! Every aspect of our trip, from transports to tours, were exceptional. Rome & Tuscany are amazing destinations, made even more amazing by the people at Kensington Tours!
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Moran

Very prompt with follow up

By: Imajoon


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2017

At first we were not given the room we requested. Hotel said maybe tomorrow, they were totally booked. After a text to Debbie, hotel came up with a room. Our Panama Canal cruise started at 6:30 am. We requested that hotel pack a small breakfast as the restaurant was not open. We were told that there would be an additional charge even though breakfast was included. Again, the hotel called to say we would get breakfast. I don't know if Kensington was involved. However, what no one seemed to be aware of was that the boat served both breakfast and lunch. Even Panama Trails was not aware of this. The Marriott Resort in Playa Blanca was a tired hotel in need of refreshing. There was only one operational restaurant for the resort due to the low guest count. I would have preferred another resort.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Rosenberg

Well Done

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

We did a private tour in Germany. I'd give them an "A". Few things could have been sharper but in the context of a week with private drivers and guides, all went very well. A little more clarity on exactly where to meet guides and how to get in a few places would have reduced momentary anxiety hit worked well. Drivers were very good, watched speed and driving conditions and were helpful. Guides were knowledgeable and good.
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Schley Ritchie

Superb

By: Larry's Africa Trip


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

Every aspect of our Kensington tour was outstanding. The accommodations provided, and the staff which attended to our local tours and transfers were as good as they could possibly be. I could not recommend Kensington Tours more highly.
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

Kensington

By: KJ


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

Good tour in Normandy
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

No stress vacation

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

All prior arrangements worked out without a hitch. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Lorraine Young

Kensington Tours

By: KJ


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2017

All transfers & local guided tours were excellent. All tour guides had great command of English & were very knowledgeable of their local area. Well organised & very hospitable.
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Schley Ritchie

Smiley

By: Smiley


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

Trip was wonderful and attention to details was reassuring.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Salloum
Not Recommended

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By: Rob


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

I would not recommend Kensington Tours to other travelers.

Well worth it.

By: Well worth it


Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2017

Unbelievable service. Knowledgeable tour guides who were eager to fine tune our trip to our needs and cater to anything that we needed. Highly recommended
Travel Advisor:  Laura Cole

Kensington and Adreas were fantastic

By: Munich Group


Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2018

LOVED our guide Andreas. He was knowledgeable, flexible, fun and attentive when we had a medical issue. Our trip was excellent because of his walking tours and vast knowledge of German history. We all enjoyed him and would highly recommend him.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Ellis

Excellent Customization

By: Mark


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Kensington planned out my Costa Rica trip. It was truly excellent, as they found great tour operators ... and more importantly, they put the tours on the right days, understanding how much activity we could take from one day to the next.
Travel Advisor:  Stuart Stone

Impressive

By: Myda


Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2018

Our experience with Kensington in Spain was very good. Loved the hotels that were chosen for us, as well as the personal guides, drivers, etc. They also called to check in to make sure we were happy with the arrangements.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam

Kensington

By: crutsie


Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2018

They were so easy to deal with and the details of the trip were perfect
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

Australian/New Zealand Tour Companies

By: Beck


Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2018

Our experience was very good. They showed up everywhere they supposed on-time and professionally. A couple of the tour operators mentioned that Kensington sent multiple confirmations to them leading up to the tours which seemed very professional. The private tours were unusual. We got a good feel for the indigenous peoples of both countries. The public tours that they had us go on were excellent - I think they made good choices in helping with our itinerary.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Seiter

Fantastic service

By: Denise


Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

We were unfamiliar with Kensington and were pleasantly surprised. They kept searching and providing options till I was happy. They got us into a hotel we really wanted with an upgrade! Bravo! The drivers and tour guides were on time, flexible and very courteous. I will go out of my way to use Kensington again.
Travel Advisor:  Sarah Strand

Argentina

By: Suzilee


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2018

Very Good Experience!
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Schley Ritchie

not bad

By: clan


Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2018

We used Kensington in 2 different countries on our trip. The guides in Rome were fantastic! It was evident that they loved their job and country, and the tours were amazing. The guides in Barcelona, however, were not as good. It all seemed a bit less organized and less informing. They are much more casual about issues that happen, such as one planned event being canceled and unable to reschedule and another that was completely scheduled incorrectly and ended up being in a van that broke down, stranding us in a truck stop for 2 hours. Overall I appreciated the assistance of the tour operator and would use them again - but next time a bit more educated on details than this time.
Travel Advisor:  David Mellon

Kensington

By: Traveler


Reviewed on: 03 May 2018

Our tours provided by Kensington were absolutely fabulous. The drivers were great and our guides knowledable and courteous. We learned so much on these tours about the history and culture of the region. We highly recommend these tours.
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

Tour review

By: MaryM


Reviewed on: 08 May 2018

Excellent. Our guides in Seville were the high points of our trip. Antonio took us around to see the historical sites. His knowledge was extensive and his enthusiasm for the sites and their rich history made the tour fascinating. He was a delightful guide. And Luis took us out for tapas. We had a great time with him. He took us to the perfect combination of traditional and modern tapas bars and really gave us the flavor of local living in Seville. And he too was extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of Seville. I would highly recommend them both.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Smooth operators!

By: Laurie & Chuck


Reviewed on: 09 May 2018

Kensington Tours did a great job in keeping our trip running smoothly and on schedule. Someone met us at every airport, was friendly, kind and spoke our language so that it was clear on what was to come. Every tour guide was on time. All spoke with pride about their country and answered all our questions.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Moroccan Trip

By: Gabe


Reviewed on: 13 May 2018

Working with Jasmine was a pleasure. She found us great Riads to stay in. Everything went well on the trip she planned.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Ward

Wonderful tour guides!

By: Michael


Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

Super knowledgeable and made our experience top-notch!
Travel Advisor:  Simone McKinney

great guides

By: sbpink


Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

I will say this tour company was terrific. Our guides picked us up from the airports and the were with us each tour day so we knew it would be the same driver and guide each day. Our guide in Bangkok was named Waewe and she was terrific. She really was knowledgeable and customized the tours to our likes. She went the extra mile sharing street food and local delicacies and the floating markets. She found out we love flowers and took us to their whole sale flower and veggie markets where the locals go. Would highly recommend this friendly, professional reliable company.
Travel Advisor:  Marian Blessing

Rome, Florence and Venice

By: TripletMom1995


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2018

Our 8 day Italy experience was fantastic-2 days in Rome, 3 days in Florence, 2 days in Venice!! The itinerary was well thought out. The tour guides were great. We loved Francesca in Rome and Sylvia in Venice. We thought the guided tours were interesting, well planned out, and we learned a lot of history. Our only issue was finding our guide at the airport in Rome and we had to call the tour office. There isn't a lot of time to linger anywhere on a guided tour, but we learned this was necessary for the time allotted as there is much to see. Due to time, we did not get to go into the Duomo in Florence, nor St. Mark's Basillica in Venice. We also did not get to climb the Bell Tower in Florence because tickets are now required 3 days out. These weren't disappointments, just things we need to do when we go back! Loved having our dinners free! Bike tour in Tuscany was a huge hit as was Piazzale Michaelangelo in Florence. We loved the winery lunch. We would choose Kensington again!

Excellent Guides and Drivers

By: Mary Yost


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2018

Our experience with all of the Kensington tours drivers and guides was absolutely excellent. They are professional and courteous, knowledgeable and friendly, and we will most definitely use them again on future trips.
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Schley Ritchie

A Taste of Australia

By: Betty


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2018

1. The itinerary was packed with first rate activities. 2. The tour groups were small and all tour leaders were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. 3. Next time I would give more input on the type of places we prefer to stay; such as distance from restaurants and town center, whether a view matters and number of bathrooms in a unit. 4. When our Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour was cancelled, they contacted us the day before to make alternate plans going out on a different boat. This was very much appreciated. 5. All airport transfers and tours were on schedule and as planned.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa McKay

galapagos and ecuador trip

By: lou


Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

Overall trip was great. Pictures of cabin and the itenerary we were given was decieving (not accurate). Had to pay for things that were suppose to be included. The food selection on the boat was not everything I was led to believe, but was still ok. multiple activities /events that were mentioned/listed, in the information provided by kensington tours, never happened. They need to revise the program and what is included. Also, need to be more accurate with cabin pictures and discriptions. The boat galapagos legend was still a nice boat. I wouldnt give it 5 stars but still was nice enough to meet our needs and be comfortable. crew was very courtious and friendly.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Asivido

Brussels, Ghent, Brugges, Eurostar to London and Limo to Southampton

By: Tour of Central Europe and QM2 to NYC


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Excellent. Wonderful hotels and guides. Could not have been nicer.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Kensington Tours

By: 42wander


Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2018

I did not feel prepared for our trip to Germany, but after I received our detailed and thorough itinerary the stress levels dissipated. My husband, who is very detailed oriented, was relieved to have everything organized and phone numbers for the drivers and the guides highlighted. All the train tickets and hotel vouchers were ordered and highlighted. I didn't have to hunt for anything, all nicely packaged.
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur

Italy

By: Lou


Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2018

They were great, great tour guides!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Salloum

Trip to Portugal and Spain

By: Smiley


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

We had an amazing experience this summer during our vacation in Portugal and Spain. We would do it all over again!
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Salloum
Not Recommended

Not in England

By: First class first timer


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

Multiple screw-ups from the England agency working through Kensington. Unresponsive to emergency call number, trains booked to a station that was in operation, and being issued coach seats when we had paid for first class. Then there was the driver that just didn't show up. Without the strong concern and advocacy of our booking agent, I don't think any of our issues with Kensington would have been successfully addressed.

flexible

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2018

when our incoming flight was delayed by 20+ hours, Kensington had already changed our pick up information and tour arrangements to accommodate our new timetable.
Travel Advisor:  Andrea Keiderling Fehl

tour operator

By: tj


Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2018

everything was good - except- the guide (Anna) in Copenhagen wouldn't listen. We said "enough with so many dates" then we wanted to cut the tour short and she refused. She was very irritating.
Travel Advisor:  Alfred Volden

Kensington Tours in Ireland

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2018

We were very happy with Kensington Tours and would use them again in the future. The drivers were knowledgeable and very helpful to recommend lunch places and other ideas as we asked. The hotels we stayed had great service and we would use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Gianna (Jenny) Serena

Excellent tours in St. Petersburg

By: Betty


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2018

We had to wait too long to get a refund - and ended up getting a 5* Room Upgrade and suite upgrade to compensate! The tour guide we had in St. Petersburg was the best ever - ask for Arana!!
Travel Advisor:  Kathryn Smith

Another perfect vacation

By: Tman


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Not a problem! Absolutely amazing
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Moore

trip to Switzerland and northern Italy

By: travel joe


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

We had an amazing experience and every hotel, driver, and especially the guides were all first class.
Travel Advisor:  Peter Rubin

Trip to Croatia

By: Dinka


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

Very good travel Drivers AND tour Guides. Very knowledge.
Travel Advisor:  Gianna (Jenny) Serena
Not Recommended

Cape Town to Botswana to Victoria Falls

By: J.Schneider


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2018

Most of the trip, things went fine! Kensington Tours did a great job with the Cape Town and Botswana portions of the trip, but the last 2.5 days at Victoria Falls fell short of expectations. We didn't have tickets to two of our scheduled events, the hotel was very average and the activities staff at the hotel was rather unfriendly. We were misinformed about our dinner package by one of the front desk staff members and we didn't have transportation to one of our scheduled events though we were told by Kensington it was all taken care of. For the price and the "hype" on the quality of Kensington Tours, our trip ended on a very "flat" note. Also, with the other trips we've taken (Tauck or Holland America) there was always a "surprise extra" added to the trip by the Tour Operator. It made us feel appreciated as customers...didn't see anything like that with Kensington Tours. Therefore, I wouldn't necessarily recommend Kensington as a top tour company to use.

Swiss trip

By: Brett


Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2018

I really don't do tours, but Kensington did a great job. All the details were there and they made travel quite easy.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Kempinski

Kensington Madrid

By: doofus


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2018

Had problems with the airport transfers, both for arrival and departure. Once in Madrid, though, things went well. Our guides, Bertha, Sonja, and Marisa were all knowledgeable and personable, especially in the art museums. The Prado with Bertha was the high point. Flamenco dinner and show was included, so now I can say I've seen a Flamenco show. Enjoyed that we had plenty of time to ourselves over the course of the week, which allowed us to roam around Madrid on our own.
Travel Advisor:  Peter Rubin

Very professional

By: Terri


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

There were several times during our trip when I needed help with something or I needed information about something. Every time I called the phone was answered promptly and the person that I talk to gave me the correct information that I was looking for. A couple of these calls were made on a weekend or late at night after office hours. That did not interfere with the high quality of the service. I talked to several different agents during the course of our trip and got the same high level of professional service with each employee.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Saboe Mollo

Iceland

By: Deb


Reviewed on: 15 Nov 2018

Excellent company. Weather cancelled one of our activities and they worked diligently to locate us and offer alternative plans. Our guides were the best!
Travel Advisor:  Andrea Kurschinski

Kensington Tours

By: Mike


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2018

The tour guides were there on time every time. They were able to answer any question or concern, and were flexible when I wanted to visit places not originally on the tour.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Argentina Three Ways

By: Shannon B


Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2018

Our travel advisor was the main point of contact for Kensington Tours so I didn't deal with them directly. But given how smoothly our trip went, I have a very positive impression.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Bastian

Great side trip in Thailand

By: Kathy


Reviewed on: 23 Dec 2018

I wanted to do a side trip from Bangkok to northwestern Thailand (including Chiang Mai and Pai). Through my travel advisor, I explained what I wanted to do/see, and Kensington Tours arranged everything in accordance with my request - including airport transfers, air reservations, private local guide and professional driver. Everything worked out as planned, but the local guide was also amenable to minor changes in the itinerary with respect to timing, order of visits and restaurants. It was not inexpensive, but I feel I got good value for the money I spent. Also, I felt very secure and safe throughout my trip, and didn't have to worry about the details.
Travel Advisor:  Lorraine Young

Austria 2018

By: cole


Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2019

They handled all of the details to make the trip run smoothly. All tour guides were knowledgeable and fun, and made the trip a wonderful experience four our family.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam

Very Organized

By: Mel


Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2019

Did a great job.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Justus

Dream trip to Australia

By: Jane Bartunek


Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2019

The staff at Kensington Tours were a true delight to work with through our travel agent. They answered all of our questions and was able to make our trip to Australia one that we will never forget. The private tour guides that they had for us where fantastic, which made our sight seeing adventures so enjoyable.
Travel Advisor:  Debra Wall

Wonderful customer service

By: LP


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2019

We enjoyed our time in Venice very much. The guides were knowledgeable and extremely friendly. They were prompt and knew how to navigate the city to make it very easier for the travelers. The sites we saw were fantastic. We never waited in line or wasted any time. We received excellent treatment and service.
Travel Advisor:  Andre Xavier

ecuador and galápagos

By: leesa


Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2019

rocky start but they resolved the problem
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Mauieric

By: Mauieric


Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2019

Kensington tours is a great tour company to work with. The guides were knowlegable of the country and could give great advice on where to eat and where to shop
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman

Trip to Spain

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2019

Very impressed with our trip to Spain. The tour guides we had we outstanding!! My 13 year old son said how much he liked our tour guides and learned SO MUCH from them . Very impressive. Kensington was very helpful along each step of the way and were quick to respond to any questions. Thanks for an amazing trip!
Travel Advisor:  Gabrielle Warncke

London and Paris

By: Ellen


Reviewed on: 06 May 2019

Helpful with arrangements.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam

Morocco

By: Pat Gureasko


Reviewed on: 13 May 2019

They are extremely efficient polite and always on time. Our guide was wonderful I highly recommend him and our driver. The guide's name is Hamza Karroum. The driver's name was Abdul. Kensington Tours is a top notch company.
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Moore

Switzerland 2019

By: Terry Kennedy


Reviewed on: 15 May 2019

All of those from Kensington were professional and personable. We spent a wonderful day with Rudy! Thanks, Rudy for sharing your time and your knowledge.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam