With a dedication to curating bespoke experiences for the discerning traveler, Kensington Tours has announced a collection of elite Asia itineraries to their portfolio. A vast array of VIP encounters and exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the globe’s most treasured sites are available; complete with private jet air travel, helicopters, world-class hotels, Michelen-starred restaurants and luxury automobiles.
Kensington Tours’ Elite Asia collection includes new customized adventures through Thailand, Myanmar & Cambodia, China, India and Japan.
Elite Thailand, Myanmar & Cambodia by Private Jet
10 days from $20,795pp
Rare experiences coupled with knowledgeable VIP guides make up this veritable whirlwind journey through Southeast Asia, which begins with a glimpse of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s manmade masterpiece, from the window of a private helicopter. The experts at Kensington Tours leave no holds barred in curating an opulent itinerary through Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia, where travelers are whisked about in a private Cessna Citation CJ3 and sleep only in the most luxurious of hotels. Famed elephant conservationist, Mr. U Ba Kyaw Than, leads a safari through the Burmese jungles of Kalaw, while cultural experts such as Mr. Khin Maung Aye, the archaeologist responsible for the UNESCO preservation of the Bagan murals take guests on a historical trek through Bangkok. Travelers will be fascinated by the contentious Southeast Asian ruby trade and all the region has to offer. Kensington experts also coordinate a candlelit dinner hosted by the vintners of Myanmar’s only winery, along with a number of dining experiences, such as picnicking on a secluded island and shipping Champagne on an intimate river cruiser. With everything from private pools to lunch on a deserted isle, this luxurious tour has been created as a cultural experience to cherish.
China Elite; Hidden Historical Treasures
12 days from $18,995pp
Travelers will be immersed in China’s ancient traditions with exclusive access to heritage sites and world-class luxury. The history of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghau and Hong Kong is made all the more enjoyable with chauffeured vehicles, expert guides, VIP treatment and reservations at five-star restaurants and hotels. The enthralling tales that define China’s rich culture come to life with memorable after-hours’ visits to the Summer Palace, lessons from a prestigious Kung Fu Master, an afternoon with a renowned tea importer and special access to the Chonghua Palace. An encounter with Mr. Cheng Ruming, the grandson of Mao Zedong’s personal chef, awaits on the imperial grounds of The Forbidden City, while rare access to the tomb of the terra cotta soldiers allows travelers to come face-to-face with the warriors. The finishing touch: After delving so far into China’s past, travelers will look toward its future as they take in Shanghai with a famed economics professor.
Japan Elite; Urban, Rural & Island Experience
12 days from $14,195pp
Journeying to Japan for a personal tour through Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Arashiyama has never been so exclusive. Travelers on Kensington Tours’ Japan Elite tour will feel every bit the celebrity, staying in five-star hotels, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants and meeting sumo wrestling greats in the heyas of Hakone. The opportunity to see the country through the eyes of filmmaker Peter MacIntosh, who gained unparalleled insight into geisha culture from working on Blockbuster film “Memoirs of a Geisha,” is one of many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Kensington Tours’ Japan experts coordinate the chance to learn the art of sushi-making with a famed chef, while enthusiasts in search of Japan’s legendary health and wellness traditions can indulge in the natural hot springs located in the former summer retreat of the Imperial family. Bursting with experiences ranging from time-honored traditions to Japan’s futuristic, modern-day leanings, the Japan Elite itinerary is a must-book for the well-heeled traveler.
India Elite; Land of Artists
15 days from $21,395pp
Be inspired by ancient traditions and witness the work of India’s finest artists through this magical introduction to India’s intoxicating world of food, art and entertainment. Kensington Tours coordinates behind-the-scenes visits to Mumbai’s National Gallery of Modern Art and unlocks the doors to the homes of India’s leading art collectors. After traversing India’s vibrant streets with a VIP guide, guests will unwind at the famed Hotel Ananda, a magnificent health and wellness retreat located in the heart of the Himalayas. Spend nights in the lap of luxury at hotels that were once the palaces of the Maharajas, receive a Hindu blessing and dine on a private balcony overlooking the Taj Mahal. Private planes and drivers are at the traveler’s disposal allowing guests to see the country in comfort. Opportunities to dine with descendants of nobles and participate in an elephant polo match create a truly memorable experience.