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Every December we see disappointed travelers who waited too long to book sought-after destinations like South Africa, Costa Rica, Thailand, France, Galapagos, Australia & more. Whether it's for Christmas, Chanukah, New Year's or just because – get a head start on planning the perfect holiday with your loved ones with one of these bucket-list adventures tailor-made just for you. Below you'll find a small collection of the best trips this side of the North Pole (though we can send you there, too)!
A Wild Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventure
Kenya Family Discovery
8 Days from $2,699 pp
Go wild this holiday season with thundering elephants, preying lions, bathing hippos, tree-climbing leopards & friendly giraffes on this exotic private guided safari through Nairobi, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru & the Masai Mara. While not on game drives, kids from 1 to 92 will love visiting an elephant orphanage, a giraffe center, Masai villages, a chimpanzee refuge & a rhino sanctuary. Featuring classic safari camps, stylish family chalets & kidtastic private guides, this tour is a true Kensington Classic. Customize your family's adventure with a hot air balloon ride, voluntourism at a local school, adopting an orphaned elephant or extend your vacation on the beaches of Zanzibar for the perfect winter escape.
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UnBelizable Kidtastic Getaway
Belize Family Adventure
7 Days from $1,980 pp
Looking to leave the hustle & bustle of the busy holiday season behind this year? This tropical adventure through the jungles of Orange Walk & the sunny beaches of Ambergris Caye allows you to relax in barefoot luxury with lots of family flair! From howling monkey safaris, crocodile cruises, ancient Mayan pyramids & night walks to canoeing, stargazing & even swimming with friendly sharks, customize each day to suit your clan's unique style of action, relaxation & adventure! This unforgettable private guided journey features all the fun listed above, delicious meals, kidtastic guides, family properties, lots of time at the beach, internal flights & much much more.
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Pearl Of The Orient
Vietnamese New Year
9 Days from $2,375 pp
While this haunting land of sweet-smelling incense, awe-striking pagodas & dramatic history always makes for an A-list adventure, no country in Asia celebrates the holiday season quite like Vietnam. With streets awash in lights, firecrackers & cheer, the best time to go is from Dec – Jan 31st during a month long celebration ending with the Vietnamese New Year. Be immersed in the festivities on this private guided tour of Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City. From water puppet show, Tai Chi lessons, & silk workshops & scrumptious culinary courses, there is something for every style of traveler. Featuring 4 & 5 star hotels, private guide, driver, internal flights & more, practice saying "chúc mùng nam mói" (Happy New Year)!
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Mountains, Desert Camp & Kasbahs
The Arabian Explorer
10 Days from $5,050 pp
This odyssey showcasing Morocco's High Atlas Mountains, Skoura, Ouarzazate, the golden sands of Erg Chigaga, beaches of Essaouria & mystical Marrakech is for perfect way to ring in the holiday season. Sleep under the stars at a traditional tented camp, meet Berbers in the High Atlas Mountains & feast on traditional delicacies in a local home. Huge dunes & swaying palms come together as you explore the "Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs," the imperial palaces of Telouet & delve into the legends of 1001 Arabian Nights. Enjoy sunrise & sunset camel rides, go wild on a 4x4 safari, tour ancient harams, discover tombs of gold, behold the gardens of Yves Saint Laurent & rest in luxurious riads & kasbahs.
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An "Aloha" Experience
Hawaii Highlights
11 Days from $2,995 pp
Pack your bathing suit, practice your hula & prepare for paradise with this Hawaiian holiday showcasing Oahu's Honolulu, Kauai's Poipu & Maui's Lahaina. Spend your Christmas vacation hiking the region Mark Twain called the "South Pacific's Grand Canyon," visit a pineapple plantation, feast at a luau, splash in waterfalls, sunbathe on tropical beaches & enjoy a breathtaking journey along the coast to Hana (our Hawaii Expert's favorite). This tour highlights the natural radiance of this tropical hotspot fused together with award-winning hotels, private transfers & internal flights. Personalize your getaway with a visit to Pearl Harbor or volcano helicopter ride!
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Sun, Sparkles & Samba
Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2014
5 Days from $3,575 pp
Follow your winter holidays up with a very Brazilian adventure at Rio De Janeiro's Carnival in March. Go wild & give into a hypnotic fusion of glitter, dance, rhythm & culture at the world's biggest street party. Join millions of locals & tourists as they get the party out of their system before the start of Lent through outrageous costumes, mind blowing floats & seductive samba performances. Dancers will enchant your eyes as you take in the 2 day samba competition, then head to the streets getting right into the festival as you join in the parade & countless celebrations at clubs & discos. Featuring entries, private guided tour, transfers, hotels & more.
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Northern Lights, Safari & Volcano
Iceland Winter Adventure
6 Days from $1,900 pp
Step into a frosted northern wonderland with this once-in-a-lifetime winter adventure to the "Land of the Midnight Sun." From Northern Lights, snowmobiling & a snow-safari to the Blue Lagoon, waterfalls & a private tour of cosmopolitan Reykjavik, this worry-free tour has it all. Truly an awesome experience, enjoy adrenaline packed activities & natural phenomenon found nowhere else on earth. Race across glaciers on a snowmobile, descend into underground volcanic lava caves, warm up in the hot springs of the Blue Lagoon & safari through the Golden Circle. Featuring shared & private tours, transfers & centrally located hotel, this expedition makes for an unforgettable winter escape.
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Central American Serenity
Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia Cruise
11 Days from $4,428 Now $3,783 pp
Escape the winter blues as you enjoy a hypnotic fusion of Caribbean & Latin American vibes, postcard perfect beaches, animal-filled safaris, champagne toasts & a luxury mega yacht on this tropical adventure by land & sea through Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia. Ascend a volcano, visit an orchid farm, encounter aboriginal Kuna people & cross from the Caribbean into the Pacific through the Panama Canal, an iconic engineering marvel! Cruise & tour in high style through San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, Golfo Dulce, Granito de Oro, San Blas Islands & Cartagena. Spot monkeys, iguanas, dolphins & sea turtles on optional rainforest safaris & diving excursions. Joyeux Noël & Bon Voyage!
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Oz's Underwater Paradise
Great Barrier Reef Marine Cruise
10 Days from $3,819 pp
Baby, it's cold outside! Head to the heat of Australia's Great Barrier Reef this winter with this luxury voyage by sea. Take the plunge & delve into the planet`s most spectacular marine paradise as you explore the highlights of Cairns, the gateway to this Natural World Wonder before boarding your stylish small ship cruise. From champagne sunsets, glass bottom boat rides & beachcombing to scuba diving, snorkeling, rainforest safari & sumptuous meals, this experience is as adventurous as it is relaxing. A vibrant kaleidoscope of sea creatures & coastal creatures await, spot giant sea turtles, dolphins, crocodiles, a colorful mosaic of fish & maybe even a wallaby or kangaroo!
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A fusion of small group tour experiences with all the pampering & personalization of a private tour. Kensington's small group tours are wrapped at either end with our award-winning private experiences. In addition, you have the flexibility to customize your time at leisure with private moments that are tailored to you (cooking classes, active adventures & more).  

 Scottish Winter Odyssey  English Winter Journey  
 8 Days from $2,749 pp  7 Days from $2,339 pp  
 Immerse yourself in the winter lights, boughs of holly & decorative tartan sashes of Scotland's winter months. Led by expert guide, tour Edinburgh, Fort William, Inverness & Ballater. Amidst the holiday cheer visit stunning lochs, historic battle sites, Black Isle Brewery, Clava Cairns, Stirling Castle, see the highland dress of Liam Neeson & Mel Gibson, indulge in malt whiskey tastings & more.   Get into the holiday spirit with this small group tour through London, Bath & Cotswolds. Festive markets come to life with Christmas carols, roasted nuts, handcrafted decorations, delicious food, mulled wine & the sweet scent of cinnamon. Visit sets from Harry Potter, Blenheim Palace, Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & more.  
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  We had an amazing trip to Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Our guide, Albert, in the Masai Mara was incredible. Kensington's follow up during our travels and upon our return are just part of the extraordinary service they provide. We would definitely travel with Kensington again.
- Jacqueline Toy
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