After a first day spent familiarizing yourself with the museums and sights of Mexico City with a private guide, you'll head deep into the Central Highlands of Chiapas, gliding by boat through a canyon of mammoth cliffs and a picturesque landscape, home to crocodiles, monkeys and various species of birds. Learn of the Tzotzil Maya in indigenous villages and traditional towns, escorted by your private guide. Next, you'll push further into the Lacandon Jungle in search of three fabled ruins: Palenque, one of the richest archaeological sites; Bonampak, home to an incredible collection of murals that have provided scholars with invaluable information into the daily life of the Maya; and Yaxchilán, a site so remote it's accessible only by boat. At each site, a private guide will further illuminate the legends and truths of Mayan civilization.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits across the border in Guatemala. There, you'll dine with famous Guatemalan archaeologist Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli, and accompany him - by helicopter, no less - for a private tour of Holmul, his archaeological dig site. Later on, you'll wander the renowned pyramids and tombs of ancient Tikal accompanied by Estrada-Belli, with a full-day private tour of the UNESCO-listed national park before returning back to civilization, concluding with a private walking tour of Antigua, Guatemala's charming colonial downtown.
Through innovation and conquest, the Maya left a mark on history that few civilizations can top. Walk their history with us and find out just how powerful the pull of the past can be.
The Explorers Club Collection by Kensington Tours is an exclusive suite of travel experiences inspired by the expeditions of the world's foremost society of scientists and adventurers. Each tailor-made Explorers Club trip connects you to the world's most fascinating people, places, and experiences with expert local guides and award-winning 24/7 service support. On-trip experts and experiences are subject to change depending on availability.
Kensington Tours - Experience The World, Your Way
Kensington Tours specializes in custom tours to over 90 countries worldwide. Our tailor-made journeys are carefully crafted to deliver a personalized adventure like no other. We build in extraordinary, enriching experiences and put the best private guides at your service. We do all this with award-winning attention to detail and unbeatable value for your travel dollar.
Expert Team with Deep Destination Knowledge
What's the secret sauce behind every one of our tailor-made experiences? Seasoned destination experts intimately versed on the new, the old, the different, the must-sees, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world. Whether you are looking for a value adventure, a premium tour or the most exclusive activities, properties and amenities (or better yet, the flexibility to mix and match between these), our experts have the deep knowledge to transform a trip into an experience of a lifetime.
Experienced Local Guides and 24/7 On-the-ground support
Experienced local guides, finely attuned to your personal expectations and connected to the people and culture, deliver breathtaking moments. This is the simple truth that guides Kensington Tours. The best spot to find the black rhino, a secret café and a favorite local dish, a personal account from a defining cultural moment and a local tradition shared - these are the experiences that endure.
Our guides are complemented by our global network of in-country offices to give you 24/7 support and peace of mind from start to finish.
How Kensington Began
Kensington Tours is the inspiration of intrepid explorer and Royal Geographic Society Fellow Jeff Willner. His thirst for travel stems from growing up in Africa where his parents worked for most of his childhood, and where he discovered the richness of global cultures. A veteran of global expeditions to over 70 countries, he has criss-crossed the continents to experience the extraordinary. During these years, Jeff realized the vast difference between a package tour and personal discovery - where deep knowledge and personal attention of a local guide can turn a trip into an experience.
It is from these roots that Jeff began building his vision for Kensington Tours, drawing on his years with McKinsey & Company and Wharton. Led by a team of destination experts with real in-country experience (not a call center) and a commitment to rethinking the way you travel - it has resulted in an award-winning travel company that spans the globe. What does this mean for you? It's simple: extraordinary travel experiences at unrivaled value.
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