Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 114
The Explorers Club, the famed
society that practically invented
"wow" travel (its members have
included Roald Amundsen, Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay,
Neil Armstrong, and Chuck Yeager), has a long affiliation with
Kensington Tours. Kensington's founder is a member, and
the company hosts the Canadian chapter of the club at its Toronto offices. So it was natural
that the two groups would collaborate on Kensington's newest trip collection. Among the
suite of eight private Explorers
Club itineraries, the standout is
a 12-day Maya-focused journey
in Mexico and Guatemala. In
addition to staying in top-flight
accommodations, travelers take
an after-hours sunset tour of
Mexico's "lost city" of Palenque,
visit the Yaxchilán ruin - a site
so remote it's accessible only by
boat - and have dinner with archaeologist Francisco EstradaBelli, followed the next day by a
helicopter trip to his active dig
site of Holmul for a private tour.
Other Explorers Club itineraries
include Iceland, Namibia, and
Cambodia. Customizable Mayan
tour departures: Any day through
2018; from $22,560 per person.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
The "lost city"
of Palenque in
An Explorers Clubvetted itinerary.