A Royal Legacy

Royal Travel & Tours has been serving its family of clients since Larry and Kay Berke founded the business in 1972. Today, it remains a family-operated agency. Current President Kendra Thornton is Larry and Kay’s daughter, and she is steadfast in fostering the company’s legacy. “Legacy is something that is trustworthy and has stood the test of time,” Kendra says. “To be sustainable for so long—there’s value in that. That’s what makes Royal Travel & Tours truly special. We work hard to get to know our core clients and they value our knowledge and curated experiences.”

Given its 50 years in operation, the company remains poised for success, and as a well-known national television travel and lifestyle expert, Kendra’s leadership style is defined by both grace and grit. “We are fashionable and informed,” she adds.

Kendra Thornton

Owner & President

“Connecting with people from other cultures and destinations is what gets me revved,” says Kendra. “I’m energized when planning our clients’ trips. There’s so much to be learned about the world around us and it’s my favorite subject.”

About Kendra

Our Vision and Values

What differentiates us? Our process. Vision and values are Royal Travel’s compass. They anchor our legacy. We remain one step ahead of travel’s trending destinations and latest property openings. We value our global relationships and indulge in research and intelligence. We are a boutique company by design, sharing ideas and itineraries. Time—with those you most cherish—is today’s ultimate luxury. Our vision? We honor your time with next-level travel.


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Working With Us

Our engagement process is highly collaborative. Regardless of the destination or adventure, the journey always begins with you. The Royal Travel process starts with a detailed consultation. We’ll locate your new favorite hidden beach and suggest coveted local eateries versus overhyped restaurants. As such, no two Royal Travel experiences are ever repeated, yet always unforgettable.


Yes, travel has changed. But we have evolved and innovated along the way, too.


Your Trusted Partner

Keep up with today’s travel requirements and evolving health policies. We will advise you on travel insurance, entry requirements, airline initiatives and updates, and levels of securities in various countries. We collaborate with industry leaders and ensure you feel supported. We also offer 24/7 communication and are trouble-shooting experts. How so? Strategic planning. Seasonality and budget are thoughtfully considered but we’ll also explore and suggest new possibilities.


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