Follow in Julia Roberts’ Footsteps and Discover Enlightenment on Kensington Tours’ "Eat, Pray, Love" Journey — Movie Debuts Today

SOURCE: Kensington Tours

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – August 13, 2010) –  With the bestselling book “Eat, Pray, Love” debuting as a movie in theatres today, you too may be inspired to seek out inner peace and true happiness. That’s why award-winning private guided travel company, Kensington Tours, has created a journey of self discovery like no other, following in the footsteps of author Elizabeth Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts in the highly anticipated movie.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: picture of Julia Roberts filming “Eat, Pray, Love” Movie

No company is better equipped to lead such a voyage than Kensington Tours, named by National Geographic “the Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth.” Feed your soul and please your palate in an Italy trip, find inner peace at the tranquil Yoga Niketan Ashram in India and learn the secrets of your heart in Bali. In each country, Kensington Tours has arranged authentic local experiences and stays in luxurious hotels, each reflecting the character of the destination in their Eat, Pray, Love Tour.

Discover Rome, “the eternal city,” in Italy taking in experiences similar to the “Eat” section of the bestselling book. Your private guide will take you on an appetizing culinary tour through this land, famous for its cuisine. Savor gelato steps from the Piazza Navona. Visit a pasta connoisseur in Bologna, where you’ll learn how to make tortellini and tagliatelle. Travel to the chocolate shop where solid chocolate was first invented and sip celebrated vintages in the company of a sommelier.

Gilbert called the second part of her journey through India “Pray,” and what better way to learn to meditate than to do it in the very spot Buddha taught the Dharma following his enlightenment, Sarnath — considered one of the holiest Buddhist sites in all of Asia. Spend five magical nights at the world-renowned Yoga Niketan Ashram with a master of Raj Yoga. Located in Rishikesh and affectionately named, “The World Capital of Yogi,” it is deemed so sacred that meditation there can also lead to nothing less than “Moksha” — Nirvana. A yoga holiday gives you lasting peace and contentment, No pilgrimage to India is complete without a visit to the unforgettable spectacle of Varanasi, where men and women bathe in the Holy Ganges, funeral pyres blaze in the background and the loved one’s remains are cast into the great river. In Varanasi, accommodations include a stay at the immutable Taj Ganges, a venerable haven of peace and tranquility.

It’s no coincidence Gilbert titled the final portion of the trip to Bali “Love,” since Bali has been known for centuries as “The Soul of Replenishment.” After all, that is where the author found her love, Filipe. Kensington Tours’ travelers will experience that in spades with visits to the same palm reader that Gilbert met. As the soothsayer says, “Smile with face and with mind, and good energy will come to you.” The itinerary features visits to sacred shrines, such as the awe inspiring Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, which honors the goddess Dewi Danau. At the elegant Pita Maha Resort and Spa set in the mountains of Ubud, Bagus Jati, you’ll spend time at their Rejuvenation and Healing Spa, where attendants will induce a state of deep relaxation. Choose from a variety of world-class well-being programs that will bring about a state of wellness. Kensington Tours has been loyal to the book, so you will even witness the “monkey dance,” where 100 shirtless men whip up an astonishing spiritual frenzy while chanting with arms reaching for the sky — all with the intention of driving out evil.

For those who are able to take a break for an extended life-changing trip either by yourself, with a partner or as a girlfriends getaway, this pull-out-the-stops 27-day tour costs $10,178 per person — a terrific value for a month-long trip privately guided experience to three countries! While this itinerary includes stays at five-star resorts, Kensington can also customize a more modest trip at 24-days, which costs $7,898 and includes accommodations in elegant, but less costly, four and three-star-hotels, or visit any one of the three countries starting at $1,323 for Bali$2,790 for Italy or $3,785 for India. All prices are based on double occupancy.

Kensington Tours offers custom private guided tours to over 80 countries around the world. So whatever your means of enlightenment, Kensington Tours’ flexibility can make it a reality at a wide range of price points. For further information, visit, or call 1-888-903-2001.

Lorraine Abelow
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