We Truly Enjoy What We Do
Based on our Lynch Family’s many global travels, our passion and enthusiasm for our craft are unfettered and unrestrained. We truly enjoy what we do! We are grateful for the array of noteworthy clients we serve. As we do not advertise, our clients come from personal referrals. Our overriding goal is to create lifelong memories that you and your family will forever carry deep within your hearts.
By the very nature of what we do in preparing our global private tours, we serve less than 200 families. By doing so, it enables us with the wherewithal to provide the highest level of personal, singular service for each private tour. Please note, we normally only accept new clients to our Kipling & Clark family based on referrals from current clients, who fully understand the service we represent.
Kipling & Clark was initially founded upon two concepts: a love for Asia and a desire for independent, luxury travel. Following my ISU college graduation and moving to Chicago as an impetuous young man with no immediate job prospects, I was graciously taken in by the city’s Pacific Garden Mission homeless shelter for several weeks. Based on such modest beginnings, little did I know at the time my future profession would entail global private luxury travel! Following a fast-paced, 14 year career at Korean Air, I started TravNET and then Kipling & Clark. As the founder and CEO, I thoroughly enjoy exploring the globe’s many compelling cultures with my wife, Bev, and daughter Zennia. Following in the steps of Bev and me, Zen has become a truly intrepid (and pampered) Kipling & Clark traveler. With support from our steadfast partners, United Airlines, Bev, Zen, and I have logged hundreds of thousands of miles to many of the most compelling (and remote!) areas of the world. We only sell what we know to exceptional clients who are the foundation of our business.
Giving BackHaving been big admirers of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for many years, we are grateful and humbled to have consolidated our charitable donations to this one medical humanitarian organization over the past three years. Since 1971, MSF has had an unswerving commitment to independence, impartiality and neutrality in providing lifesaving medical assistance to people who need it most worldwide. Singular in their effort to reach communities that are not being assisted, even in the most dangerous areas of the world, MSF cares for over 10 million people every year by operating over 160 projects in more than 50 countries experiencing armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and weak health systems. Over 80% of its financial resources are allocated to fulfill its social mission, 4.5% to administrative services and 15% to fundraising. Being a global private travel provider, we cannot imagine supporting a more effective NGO with such a worldwide reach. Similar to recent years, we respectfully support MSF through our commitment to donate 1% of the price of each Kipling & Clark private tour sold through 2024.
We are proud of the close, supportive relationships we have with our many global luxury service providers, including the most exclusive hotels, ryokans, resorts, safari camps, and vessels in the world. Although we are big fans of the more recognizable global 5-star brands, including Aman, Peninsula, Four Seasons, Mandarin, Oberoi, et. al., we opt for the more locally-based boutique luxury hotels and lodges where available (e.g., La Bastide de Marie – Provence, Gora Kadan – Hakone, Metropole Legend – Hanoi, JK Place – Florence & Capri, Algodon Mansion – Buenos Aires, Explora Patagonia – Chile, Sanctuary Chief’s and Vumbura Camps – Botswana).
Private Guides & Drivers
Regardless of your travel destination (Japan, Burma, India, France, Istanbul, Peru, New Zealand, et.al.), the most critical part of your custom tour is your day-to-day private guide and driver. We are grateful for the number of high-quality and knowledgeable guides we use throughout the world.
Our Private Tour Pricing Guidelines
Please note that we offer a comprehensive private tour cost, including private guides and drivers throughout, all luxury accommodations, all internal private transfers, all internal rail and flights, meals per individual itinerary, and all taxes and service fees.
By agreement with our various suppliers worldwide, we are unable to provide line by line pricing breakdowns. A key requirement among our suppliers is that we may only quote their rates as part of an overall private tour package price.
Our Worldwide Network
We are grateful for the long-standing relationships and personal trust we have established with our many global luxury travel suppliers in serving our noteworthy, engaging clients. Our worldwide “guanxi” has been a critical resource in providing our high-touch and FUN(!) private travel services.