Culture seekers looking for some of the world's most exciting festivals will want to check out Kensington Tours' new tailor-made tours that grant access to a variety of such events around the globe. Here is a look at some of the festival highlights that globetrotters can look forward to this year.
Festival of the Sun - June 24: Travelers will take a trip through time to the height of the Incan Empire as they celebrate Into Raymi - Peru's Festival of the Sun - and travel to the marveled Machu Picchu. A religious ceremony of Andean costumes, holy legends, colorful dances and processions, this 500-year-old celebration is steeped with history.
Chinese New Year Celebration - February 17, 2015: Surrounded by red dragons, glowing lanterns and dazzling displays of fireworks dance overhead as guests ring in the Chinese New Year. Lion dancers will usher as a private guide leads guests through the festivities in Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai.
Spain's Running of the Bull - July 6-14: Travelers are invited to grab life by the horns - literally - on this journey through Madrid, Pamplona, San Sebastian and Spain's most famous fiesta, San Fermin. The adrenaline-charged festival dates back to the 14th century.
Germany's Oktoberfest - September 20-October 5, 2014: Travelers should ready themselves to don their Lederhosen and elaborate all things Bavarian at the world's largest fair. Travelers will joint thousands of merry-makers from around the world in a festival of singing, dancing, costumes, and beer.
Iceland Summer Solstice - June 21: Kensington Tours invites the jet set crowd to celebrate the summer solstice in the land of the midnight sun" on an exclusive tour to the top of the world. Guests will honor this ancient tradition, marking the longest day of the year in Reykjavik, Iceland.
2014 Calgary Stampede - July 4-16, 2014: During "the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth," the Calgary Stampede, guests will kick off the rodeo experience with a famous parade, mingle with ranchers, and saddle up for an incredible display of bull riding.
Cherry Blossom Season - March-April 2014: Travelers are invited to picnic under trees glowing with pink cherry blossoms and take part in the centuries-old Japanese tradition of hanami "flower viewing" on this private journey showcasing the historic highlights of Tokyo & Kyoto.
Myanmar's Leg Rowing Festival - October 30-November 6: Kensington Tours takes guests back in time on a cruise of the waters to a tradition evocative of Southeast Asia centuries ago with a pilgrimage to Hpaung Daw U - otherwise known as Myanmar's Leg Rowing Festival. Guests will watch as a golden barge holding four Buddhas is towed by ornamented leg-rowers from a private boat with an expert guide.
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