Kensington answers demand for shorter trips with new N. America offerings

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Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

With luxury travelers increasingly seeking shorter getaways close to home, Kensington Tours is introducing its first collection of private trips in North America.

The company, which is based in Ontario and offers more than 600 customizable itineraries in over 90 countries, said the North America offerings are designed to help travelers experience the culture, diversity and natural beauty of North America through a different lens.

Among the options: exploring California's wine country from a private yacht on the Napa River, seeing Alaska by land on a journey through the Matanuska River Valley, learning more about Manhattan's most infamous residents on a tour that focuses on scandals of the Upper East Side and watching construction of a Mardi Gras float with a local historian in New Orleans.

Other options include quick city breaks in San Francisco, New York, and Washington as well as expeditions into the Canadian Rockies or Arctic tundra to view polar bears in the wild.

"Our new customizable itineraries throughout the United States and Canada are designed around the sorts of experiences travelers would never be able to book on their own," said Kensington Tours president Alison Hickey.

"We're giving people the opportunity to discover, alongside a private guide, fascinating facets of cities they may have visited before as well as national parks that may have always been on their bucket lists. The best part is that most of these destinations can be visited without even packing your passport."

She said the company's decision to enter North America was in direct response to the growing demand by luxury travelers for shorter getaways. It's a trend Virtuoso has also identified in recent reports from its network of luxury agents.

"We've noticed a strong demand for shorter trips closer to home recently," Hickey said. "Our new City Breaks, in particular, are a response to this trend. They offer clients the opportunity to get away for three or four days of fun and cultural immersion in some of North America's most exciting locales." 

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