The Best Cities For An Extended Stopover

The Best Cities For An Extended Stopover

By Jen O'Brien

The Best Cities For An Extended Stopover

Break up a long haul flight with a few days in one of this three fascinating destinations

Multi-city travel is taking off, thanks in part to the growing number of airlines offering extended stopover options in their hub cities – sometimes at no cost.

The idea is to encourage travelers to break up long haul fights by spending a few days in an enchanting new locale.

Kensington Tours has responded to the layover trend by introducing a collection of customizable, privately-guided journeys designed to help travelers make the most of their multi-city getaways.

“As a tour operator entirely focused on designing custom itineraries for our clients, we have seen a very interesting trend lately with respect to stopovers,” says Alison Hickey, President of Kensington Tours. “As new airline routings become available, an increasing number of clients are requesting land experiences designed around their ideal flight paths.”

“Airlines such as EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and Emirates have expanded their reach throughout Asia, facilitating connections that did not exist previously,” says Hickey.

So which cities are best for an exciting stop en route to your final destination? We’ve rounded up three spots you’ll be delighted to work into your travel plans.

This island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population, which is reflected its diverse food and attractions.

When you travel to Southeast Asia, break up a long haul flight with a stop in Singapore to enjoy three days cruising the Singapore River on an authentic bumboat, discovering the city’s breathtaking architecture and dining at Michelin Star hawker stands all with a local private guide.

For opulent hotels, luxury shopping and a lively nightlife scene, there’s no better stopover option than Dubai.

Travelers en route to Indonesia and Africa can take advantage of Kensington Tours’ privately-guided historical tours of the city’s beautiful architecture and bustling souks, 4×4 adventures in the dunes, camel rides and dinner under the stars in the Arabian Desert.

Modern architecture and a love of pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets in the capital of South Korea, making it a fabulous place to stop for a few days on the way to Southeast Asia.

A personalized Southeast Asia trip with a stop in Seoul features privately-guided tours of the city’s vibrant Hongdae District and Changdeokgung Palace with time to shop for hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts in the boutiques lining Seoul’s famous Insa-dong Street.

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