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Ålesund is considered Norway's prettiest city, and rightfully so.
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Discover Norway by Train & Boat - 10 Days

This relaxing summer itinerary checks off Norway's three biggest cities, traveling by train, ferry, and fjord cruise for a true Scandinavian adventure. Spend a night in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund, explore cultural sites and cool neighborhoods with a guide, and take advantage of great hiking, biking, and stand-up paddleboarding along the way.

Florence, Italy
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Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples - 14 Days

Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this two-week highlights tour. Explore the floating city of Venice, the Renaissance jewel of Florence, and the Eternal City of Rome. Ride a Vespa through picturesque Tuscany and discover the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Soak up the culture, food, and wine while you fall in love with Italy.

Tizi n'Tichka pass over the Atlas mountain range
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Grand Morocco Tour: North to South - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary features a perfect mix of culture, history, adventure, and relaxation. Explore imperial cities, mountain villages, desert landscapes, and coastal ramparts. Begin in northern Morocco in Tangier and Chefchaouen before working your way south to Fes, through the desert, and over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech and Essaouira.

White and blue churches over Santorini's caldera
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Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

Delve into Greece's modern culture and ancient history with this exciting itinerary. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology in Athens and Delphi before beginning your island-hopping adventure. Explore the picturesque streets and inviting waters of Mykonos and the volcanic island of Santorini, with a stop at the sacred island of Delos along the way. Then head to Crete for more fascinating archaeological sites, hiking in the mountains, and visiting traditional villages before returning to Athens.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
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Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

A mountainous plantation in Colombia's Coffee Triangle
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Bogotá, Coffee Triangle & Caribbean Coast - 7 Days

Colombia is a nation of vibrant cities, sleepy pueblos, and extraordinary landscapes. This action-packed seven-day tour gives you a taste of the true diversity of this country. Within the span of a week, you'll visit the museums of Bogotá, savor freshly roasted coffee near Salento, and gaze at the sea from Cartagena's ramparts. 

Storm clouds over Arenal volcano
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Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches

With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one country. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing a wide range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. With this itinerary, you'll discover the best attractions Costa Rica has to offer in just a week.

Explore Iceland on a road trip of a lifetime
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2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland & the Remote Westfjords

With two weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire Ring Road and add incredible detours. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.

Finish this French adventure with a night in Nice
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Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days

Enjoy an authentic taste of France with highlight tours, day trips, cooking classes, and more over 10 memorable days. First, get an insider's look at Paris with a local guide before absconding to Aix-en-Provence to stroll its cobbled streets and visit nearby national parks. From there, you're off to the sun-kissed French Riviera to "do lunch" in Saint-Tropez and follow your nose on a tour of Grasse, the perfume hub of France.

Featured Activities

Unique activities hand-selected by kimkim local specialists
Early Morning Vatican Tour in Rome
3 hours
Small group
Discover the museums of the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel with an early-morning tour of the city's incredible art and history. By visiting the Vatican Museums early, you'll give yourself a one-hour head start on the rest of the crowds! A guide will lead you through the Pio Clementio Museum,...
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Round Trip Fjord Cruise Bergen to Mostraumen
3 hours
Small group
If you're in Bergen, you can easily explore some of the region’s best scenery by visiting the Hordaland area. This fjord cruise starts in Bergen and sails through Osterfjord. You’ll venture deep into the fjord, passing steep mountains, powerful waterfalls, and colorful villages. Enjoy the views...
Costa Rica
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River
5 hours
Small group
Embark on an adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting adventure down the Río Balsa. You'll transfer from La Fortuna to the put-in spot on the river, where your guide will give you safety instructions and outfit you with a helmet and life vest. Then, push off into the current and start paddling...

Featured Hotels

Unique hotels hand-selected by kimkim local specialists
Photo courtesy of Hotel Orto De' Medici
Hotel Orto De' Medici
· Comfort
Hotel Orto De' Medici offers a modern stay on one of Florence's oldest streets. In a city as historic as Florence, everyone's got a story, but Hotel Orto De' Medici has one that no one else does: its garden was once part of Lorenzo Medici's art school, where a teenage Michelangelo learned to...
Bergen Børs Hotel
· Luxury
Located in Bergen’s former stock exchange building—and across the street from the harbor—this 127-room hotel is one of the few luxury options in town. The upscale dining options include an all-day seafood cathedral surrounded by restored frescoes, while a Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant serves...
Costa Rica
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
· Comfort
Sleep in the jungle at Arenal Manoa, which has sprawling grounds complete with dense vegetation, three eateries, a swimming pool, a spa, and several hot springs pools. Its 82 colonial-inspired bungalows each house two units, and each room has a private terrace hidden by tropical plants. Stroll...

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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for travel
Travel specialist Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca
active 21 mins ago

Liz Karen L. Jihuallanca

Peruvian delicious food, unique culture, and fascinating history are part of me! And as a good cusqueñian, I am very proud of my culture and heritage. I have lived and worked in the USA and made...

Travel specialist Tina Oo
active 16 mins ago

Tina Oo

I love traveling and it's my lifelong passion, and I am happy to share my experiences with fellow travelers. That is the reason I became a travel consultant and never got tired of this routine even...

Travel specialist Mar Quiñones
active 2 hours ago

Mar Quiñones

I'm Mar, a Mexican who loves to travel, explore the world, and see its incredible diversity. I deeply fell in love with Norway, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, whether in...

Travel specialist Ravi Tickoo
active 11 hours ago

Ravi Tickoo

World traveller, professional mountaineer and passionate adventure entrepreneur, Ravi has over 25 years of experience conducting adventure, experiential and culture tours across the length and...

Travel specialist Bryan Leon
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Bryan Leon

Growing up in a coffee plantation area near San Jose, Costa Rica's vibrant capital, I was fortunate to have parents who instilled in me a deep love and appreciation for nature. As a certified...

Travel specialist Holden Ketchum
active 8 mins ago

Holden Ketchum

I have lived in Costa Rica for seven years and made it my home. My role is to help travelers connect to the activities and experiences that will bring them the most joy and provide lasting...

Travel specialist Johanna Fabian
active 52 mins ago

Johanna Fabian

I enjoy slow travel, ideally being in one country for a month where I can really get to know the local people, their way of life and of course their food! I am Peruvian-American and have traveled...

Travel specialist Hien Do
active 3 hours ago

Hien Do

I was born and grown in Vietnam and deeply love my country. I traveled a lot around My country is full of beautiful places and friendly people. And this inspired me to start my travel company. It...


Latest Travel Insights

Stories and advice from our travel experts. See more travel articles
Take on the Class III and IV rapids on the Río Pacuare
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10 Days in Costa Rica - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Travelers with more than a week to spend in Costa Rica have time to experience more of what makes the country so exceptional. These unique 10-day itineraries lead you through the best of Costa Rica, whether you're interested in seeing the top natural highlights or focusing on a specific interest, like adventure activities or wildlife spotting. From a family-friendly tour to a coastal adventure featuring snorkeling and whitewater rafting, there's something for everyone.

Slovenia's Lake Bled
Best Time of Year to Visit Slovenia

Slovenia is quickly emerging as a European gem with fun activities and cultural excursions for every season. Ljubljana and Lake Bled are worth a visit any time of year - but there's so much more to see and do in this small yet versatile country, and much is weather dependent. Whether you're craving sun and sea, powdery snow, or a peaceful, crowd-free getaway, each traveler will find their own perfect time to visit Slovenia.

Reykjavík, Iceland
How Many Days to Spend in Iceland

You can have an epic Iceland experience when you spend five days or more in Iceland. Shorter trips are possible but won't give you enough time to explore beyond the Reykjavík area and the western section of the South Coast. Starting at eight days or more, you can complete the famous ring road and experience Iceland's natural beauty in all its glory, seeing incredible sights most tourists miss, like the Godafoss waterfall, the unique volcanic hotspots surrounding Lake Mývatn and the Westfjords.

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Guide to Italy's Regions: Where to Go for Beaches, Wine, History & More

Italy is comprised of 20 different regions, each with its own identity and heritage yet all combined to form the Bel Paese (Beautiful Country) we know and love. While navigating these geographical divisions can be logistically challenging, travelers owe it to themselves see as much of the country as time and budget will allow.

Discover the ancient ruins of Delphi on a mainland Greece roadtrip
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1 Week in Greece - 7 Unique Itineraries

A popular option for a week in Greece is to spend a day in Athens upon arrival and then head out to the Greek islands by ferry or flight. Another recommended option is a road trip to explore the ancient history and mythology of mainland Greece. Or experience the Greek islands on a yacht. No matter which itinerary you choose, you'll experience plenty of history, culture, and food. Read on for 7 great 7-day itineraries to make the most of your week in Greece.

Experience the Arctic in Lofoten at the edge of a fjord in northern Norway
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10 Days in Norway - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days to explore nearly 60,000 miles of coastline, you'll want to ensure you're equipped with a plan to tackle Norway's wide-ranging scenery, wildlife, and culture. If you're keen on exploring Norway's fjords, pick up a rental car and journey through Stavanger, Bergen, Voss, and Aurland. Alternatively, consider an action-packed road trip, a winter adventure in northern Norway, a culturally rich exploration in western Norway, or an active trip featuring a multiday hike through the Aurland Valley.

Tayrona Parque, Colombia
Best Time of Year to Visit Colombia

Colombia has tropical weather and a stable equatorial climate throughout the year. High seasons for tourism are December-February and June-August, coinciding the driest weather—expect big crowds and a festive atmosphere. Head to the Amazon rainforest during the second half of the year, when easily-navigable waterways bring more opportunities for wildlife spotting and hiking. And whale-watching season on the Pacific Coast starts in July.

Rabat's incomplete Hassan Tower
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10 Days in Morocco - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Morocco, you can embark on a highlights tour that includes days in Fes, Marrakesh, and Erg Chebbi, or limit travel time and instead focus on the Sahara and the laid-back port city of Essaouira. Hiking enthusiasts will love exploring the Valley of the Roses and Todra Gorge on a mountain and desert adventure, while those seeking a slower-paced trip should opt for a culturally rich itinerary featuring the highlights of Northern Morocco.

View of the famous archaeological site Machu Picchu
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Ultimate Guide to Machu Picchu: Everything You Need To Know

The spellbinding scenery and perfect stonework of the Lost City of the Incas have fascinated historians, architects and tourists alike since the ruins were uncovered from the jungle over a century ago. To make the most of this unforgettable place, use our expert guide to Machu Picchu to plan your trip.

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Our Story

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Launch day: December 1, 2015, from our small garage/office in Palo Alto, California

We are a team of experienced travel entrepreneurs based in Palo Alto, California. In the past, we have built some of the world's most successful travel apps with hundreds of millions of downloads. Meet our team

Previously, we built some of the world's leading travel apps, including TripAdvisor, EveryTrail and TrekkingPartners.

We're excited to now launch kimkim, a better way to plan and book travel through the help of a local expert.

For many of us, travel planning has become a painful experience; we spend countless hours researching online and are left with too many choices.

Instead, imagine talking with a local travel expert, someone who knows the destination well and can offer curated travel advice. A person who loves recommending great experiences based on your personal interests. And what if they could put the entire trip together to easily review and book in one place?

We believe this is the future of travel — bringing the local expert back into the trip planning process equipped with the tools to put together a truly amazing trip.

We're excited to be part of your travel experience, whether it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or a short holiday with your family.

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