Around the World by Private Jet 2014
Exotic adventure awaits you at every turn as you journey across five continents, experiencing the world's legendary sites up close, from climbing the terraced steps of Machu Picchu to traversing the Serengeti Plain on safari.
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Join us on an extraordinary Around the World by Private Jet adventure to explore the most treasured and legendary places on Earth—sites that have captured the imagination for centuries. There's nothing quite like private jet travel aboard our custom-outfitted Boeing 757, which allows you to avoid the hassles of commercial airports and enjoy the gracious hospitality and efficiency of an experienced and devoted expedition staff and flight crew. During our luxury jet tour, you’ll visit five continents, nine countries, and over a dozen World Heritage sites. Climb the terraced steps of the ancient Inca citadel, Machu Picchu, then feel the protective gaze of the Easter Island moai statues. Bask in the radiant beauty of tropical Samoa, and experience the natural treasures of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll welcome the sun among Angkor Wat’s splendid temples and watch it set amid Africa’s greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania, on the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater. Stand enthralled before the majesty of the Taj Mahal. Your journey continues to Petra and then to Morocco to explore the medieval city of Fez with its colorful souks.
Day 1 — Orlando, Florida
Depart your hometown independently on a commercial flight to Orlando, Florida. Meet your fellow travelers and the expedition staff at a welcome dinner at our fine hotel. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Days 2-4 — Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu or The North Coast, Peru
Fly to Lima (a World Heritage site), once a thriving capital in Spain’s New World empire. Arrive in the evening, and enjoy a fine dinner of traditional Peruvian cuisine. Hilton Miraflores
We take a local flight to Cusco (a World Heritage site), center of the Andean world for centuries. See the historic district where Spanish Baroque palaces, a beautiful cathedral, and the grand Plaza de Armas were built directly on foundations laid by the Incas. Marvel at the treasures of the Pre-Colombian Art Museum, where we will meet with master Andean weaver Nilda Callañaupa, who works with traditional weavers throughout Peru to preserve the rich textile arts of this country.
The next day, travel on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train through the spectacularly scenic Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu (a World Heritage site). This sacred citadel was abandoned by the Incas, reclaimed by the jungle, and lost to history until it was rediscovered by the explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Examine the artfully cut stone altars, temples, fountains, staircases, and terraced gardens that make this one of the world’s most extraordinary archaeological treasures. Palacio Nazarenas
Alternative: Instead of visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu, head to Northern Peru to visit the temples of Chiclayo and Trujillo, where the richest burial chambers ever found in the Americas were discovered. See where the ancient Moche and Chimu peoples lived, including Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world. Visit Huaca de la Luna and learn more about this extraordinary site at the National University of Trujillo Archeological Museum. At the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán, discover Peru’s ancient Mochica culture. The Hotel Costa del Sol Trujillo
Days 5 and 6 — Easter Island
Fly more than 2,300 miles westward across the Pacific Ocean to Easter Island (a World Heritage site). Scattered with mysterious, colossal stone statues called moai, the island is an open-air museum of the ruins of a lost culture. Since the island was first seen by Europeans on Easter Sunday in 1722, it has been the subject of debate. Explore many parts of this island—a UNESCO World Heritage site—with renowned archaeologists Claudio Cristino, Edmundo Edwards, and Patricia Vargas, who will reveal the stories behind the moai, ceremonial centers, and petroglyphs. Then enjoy a splendid performance by the Kari Kari Rapa Nui dance troupe. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
Day 7 — Cross the International Date Line
We continue our voyage across the Pacific, crossing the international date line. We lose a day en route and arrive in Samoa the following afternoon.
Day 8 — Apia, Samoa
Samoa’s beautiful chain of volcanic islands enchanted Robert Louis Stevenson, who called it home and wrote many stories featuring its people, customs, and beliefs. Visit Vailima, Stevenson’s last home, now a museum restored to show the lavish comfort he and his wife enjoyed while they lived in this Polynesian paradise. During dinner at our hotel, enjoy a fia fia—a colorful performance of traditional dance and song. Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Resort Samoa
Days 9 and 10 — The Great Barrier Reef or The Daintree Rain Forest, Australia
We land in Cairns and transfer to Port Douglas, on the shores of the South Pacific Ocean. From here, venture out to the Great Barrier Reef (a World Heritage site), the largest known coral reef in the world and home to an exceptionally rich variety of marine life. Visit the northern reaches of the Reef where the fish and coral are the most diverse, to snorkel among the rainbow variety of corals with schools of triggerfish, unicornfish, bumphead parrot fish, and sea turtles. Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Alternate: In the Daintree, take a tour with an Aboriginal guide through the world's oldest living rain forest, approximately 90 million years older than the Amazon.
Days 11-13— Angkor Wat or Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fly by private jet to Siem Reap, our base for a leisurely exploration of Angkor (a World Heritage site), the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire and home to one of humankind’s greatest architectural triumphs. Visit the stunningly beautiful Angkor Wat temple complex, and survey its massive towers, carved murals, colonnades, and courtyards that exemplify classic Khmer architecture. At Angkor Thom, explore the famous Bayon Temple and the Terrace of the Elephants; and wander among the ruins of Ta Prohm, still tangled in the thick roots of banyan trees. If you wish, you may visit Angkor Wat at sunrise, then join monks for a blessing ceremony at a local temple; and visit the Kok Dong Primary School to meet local children and teachers. On our last evening in Cambodia, enjoy a fine dinner at our historic luxury hotel and see a performance of classical Apsara dance by exquisitely costumed dancers who recall the celestial beings seen in the sculptures of Angkor Wat. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
Alternate: Instead of visiting Angkor Wat, travel by commercial air to Phnom Penh and spend the day exploring Cambodia’s recent history at the Tuol Sleng (Genocide) Museum and Choeung Ek, the infamous “killing fields.” You will also have the option to see Khmer dynasty treasures at the Royal Palace, or the National Museum of Cambodia, or wander the lively and labyrinthine Russian Market. Return to Angkor in the afternoon of our third day in Cambodia and enjoy a fine dinner and Apsara performance with fellow travelers. Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh
Days 14 and 15 —The Taj Mahal, India
Board our private jet and fly to Agra, India, site of the famous Taj Mahal (a World Heritage site). Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned this astoundingly beautiful monument in the 17th century as a tribute to the memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. A masterpiece of the Mughal Empire, the monument soars majestically above the banks of the Yamuna River. Wander this enchanting work of art, which incorporates and expands on Persian, Hindu, and Islamic styles. Admire the Taj Mahal’s lovely form among the reflecting pools and gardens that surround it, and examine its intricate mosaics made of precious stones. Oberoi Amarvilas
Alternate: Visit Fatehpu Sikri, “the City of Victory,” is the former capital of the Mughal Empire and features one of the largest mosques in India-and an immense chessboard that was played with people instead of pieces.
Days 16 and 17 — The Serengeti Plain or Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Depart India in the morning and fly by private jet to Tanzania, where no other country on Earth has more land devoted to national parks and game reserves. We land in Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will transfer to private local aircraft to venture into one of two different areas of Tanzania.
Take a short flight to the Serengeti National Park (a World Heritage site), site of the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on Earth. Begin your safari from the moment you land in the bush with a game drive en route to your lodgings. Later, venture deep into the southern edge of the park, where the annual migration is expected to pass during our visit, and be surrounded by the beauty of the land and the staggering concentration of animals. Africa’s densest “big cat” predator populations (lions, cheetahs, and leopards) thrive here. Wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, impala, and giraffe also abound, and although these animals are protected from human hunters, they may not be spared by the “big cats,” as we may witness while exploring this area. Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater (a World Heritage site) to observe the permanent population of about 25,000 animals in the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Along with great herds of wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra, you may also see the “big five” (rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo). Spend your nights here at a lodge perched on the crater’s rim. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Days 18 - 20 — The Lost City of Petra, Jordan or Wadi Rum
Jordanians are known for their tremendous hospitality and communal meals. To receive a “Jordanian invitation” means to show up with nothing and eat everything offered. Hospitality permeates all aspects of the culture, and locals take great pride in welcoming visitors.
Half-built, half-carved into rose-red cliffs by the mysterious Nabataean people more than 2,000 years ago, Petra was once a rich, sprawling metropolis of lush gardens, fountains and villas. Imagine this long-forgotten era as you walk through the Siq, a narrow chasm in the bedrock, and emerge before the elaborate Treasury. In the evening, dine on local dishes while Bedouin dancers provide traditional entertainment.
Alternate: Go on a jeep safari to explore the lunar-like landscape of Wadi Rum, made famous in the film Lawrence of Arabia. Mövenpick Petra
Days 20 & 21 — Marrakech, Morocco
Steeped in Berber tradition, Marrakech enchants from the moment you set foot upon its vibrant, sun-soaked streets. There is no shortage of scenery to delight — this bustling center of business and tourism is filled with gardens, souks and lively people.
The Bahia Palace is renowned for its extravagant tile work and symmetrical gardens, perfect when combined with a visit to Majorelle Gardens’ artful blue-and-green landscapes. Take in the Koutoubia Mosque and its distinctive minaret, and nearby Jemaa el-Fna, a traditional city square filled with musicians, fortune tellers and snake charmers. Find adventure in the Atlas Mountains, exploring the ruggedly beautiful terrain and stopping for a traditional lunch with a rejuvenating Moroccan mint tea. Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Day 22 & 23— Morocco, Orlando, Florida, Homeward
In the morning, our private jet departs Morocco and returns to Orlando, where we can enjoy a casual meal and a night’s rest before returning home. The following morning, connect with your regularly scheduled commercial flight home. Hyatt Regency International Airport, Orlando