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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 Moai on Easter Island  Enjoying the view of Machu Picchu  Textile artisans, Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Credit: Richard Stanoss  <i>Moai</i> on Easter Island at sunrise  Moai on Easter Island  Fire ceremony in Samoa  The pristine beauty of Samoa  Australia's Great Barrier Reef  Anemone Fish, the Great Barrier Reef  Masked Butterfly Fish, the Great Barrier Reef  Swimming with tortoise, Great Barrier Reef  View of Angkor Wat  Monk at Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat  Monk at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Credit: Jon Arnold / Danita Delimont  Monk at Angkor Wat. Credit: Chris Palmer  The Taj Mahal, Agra  The Taj Mahal, Agra  Colorful sari skirts of India  Elephant with calf on the savanna  Giraffes on the savanna  Group of cheetahs  Petra's dramatic Treasury from the siq  The Treasury at Petra  Nomadic tent in Jordan's Wadi Rum  Traditional spices in a Moroccan bazaar  Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech  Medina of Marrakech

Around the World by Private Jet

Featuring the World’s Greatest Treasures & Legendary Places

25 days from $89,950

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.

or Call 866-903-7650

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

These journeys provide such wonderful opportunities to learn and experience nature. Organized tours enable you to focus on the sights and to forget about all of the challenges of travel since those are taken care of by the organizers – because of this, your time is spent enjoying new and valuable experiences – such memories last a lifetime.

- Virginia H.

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Overview

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

These journeys provide such wonderful opportunities to learn and experience nature. Organized tours enable you to focus on the sights and to forget about all of the challenges of travel since those are taken care of by the organizers – because of this, your time is spent enjoying new and valuable experiences – such memories last a lifetime.

- Virginia H.

February 21 - March 16, 2020 Itinerary

Day 1 — Orlando, Florida

Meet fellow travelers, your expert trip leaders, and dedicated guest services staff for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Days 2-4 — Cusco and Machu Picchu or The North Coast, Peru

Explore historic Cusco and the Inca ruins of Chinchero before traveling through the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba to the mountaintop stronghold of Machu Picchu. Or visit Moche temples and the adobe city of Chan Chan on The North Coast of Peru. (B,L,D)

Days 5-6 — Easter Island, Chile

Trace the history of a lost civilization with your archaeologist guides as you explore Rapa Nui National Park, a World Heritage site home to the beachside altar of Ahu Akivi and the Rano Raraku quarry, where hundreds of moai were abandoned. Feel the awesome isolation of the island's rolling green hills, where wild horses roam. Indulge in a festive dinner complete with elaborately costumed entertainers performing traditional song and dance. Upgraded accommodations provided at the explora Rapa Nui are included as part of the program for all Smithsonian Journeys guests. (B,L,D)

Days 7-8 — Apia, Samoa

After crossing the International Date Line and losing a day, get a taste of Polynesian culture at a festive fia fia dinner and show. Visit the former estate of Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson or learn more about island life at a Samoan Women’s Committee. (B,L,D)

Days 9-11 — Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest, Australia

Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef’s pristine northern reaches where you can snorkel among a vibrant collection of coral and tropical fish. Venture into the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world. (B,L,D)

Days 12-13 — Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Visit the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temples—a World Heritage site, including the enigmatic Bayon, the overgrown remains of Ta Prohm and the majestic Angkor Wat. See a performance of classical Apsara dance and discover the culinary landscape of Siem Reap. (B,L,D)

Days 14-16 — Jaipur and the Taj Mahal, India

Jaipur served as a royal capital for the Rajput kings, who ruled northwest India. Immerse yourself in a vibrant tapestry of culture, cuisine, and architecture as you explore Jaipur, nicknamed the “Pink City” for the striking rose color of its buildings. Admire the majestic Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort and get swept up in the lively atmosphere of the city’s bustling bazaars.

Fly to Agra aboard our private jet for a day of exploration at the Taj Mahal, a World Heritage site and one of the new seven wonders of the world, with your expert guide. (B,L,D)

Days 17-19 — Serengeti Plain or Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Serengeti Plain is home to Tanzania’s largest national park and Africa’s densest “big cat” predator population. Your safari adventure begins with a game drive to the lodge where you can spot wildlife such as zebra, antelope, elephant, lion, and leopard. Your hotel stay will be the Four Seasons Safari Serengeti. 

OR

If you have already visited the Serengeti, take light aircraft to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. With your expert naturalist guides, observe its permanent population of about 25,000 animals, including bull elephants, black rhinos and lions. (B,L,D)

Days 20-21 — Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan

Discover the Lost City of Petra, which was half-built and half-carved into red sandstone cliffs by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago. Explore the starkly beautiful landscapes of Wadi Rum. Opt to discover the spectacular rock formations of Wadi Rum on a 4x4 expedition, an evocative lunar-like landscape made famous by T.E. Lawrence and the film “Lawrence of Arabia”. (B,L,D)

Days 22-23 — Marrakech, Morocco

Experience Marrakech as you stroll through the winding pathways of the medina, a jumble of vibrant souks, and Jemaa el-Fna, a lively square where performers entertain passersby. Stroll through the artful blue and green landscapes of Majorelle Gardens. Or opt to spend a day in the ruggedly beautiful terrain of the Atlas Mountains. (B,L,D)

Days 24-25 — Orlando, Home

Relax and enjoy a casual meal and a night’s rest before returning home on your independent flight. (D,B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

October 24 - November 17, 2020 Itinerary

Day 1 — Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Meet fellow travelers, your expert trip leaders and dedicated guest services staff for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Days 2-4 — Cusco and Machu Picchu OR The North Coast, Peru

Cusco and Machu Picchu

In historic Cusco, see how Inca and Spanish cultures intertwine. Travel aboard a historic train to Machu Picchu, one of the world's most astonishing archeological treasures. Visit the Inca ruins in Sacsayhuaman. Exploring Machu Picchu and taking in the Peruvian highlands is the focus of this destination, but we'll have plenty of chances to explore modern Peruvian culture as well. Our experts have arranged small-group activities for you at every destination to create memories of a lifetime. We carefully curate our small-group excursions, but if you have other interests you would rather explore on your own, we'll create an unforgettable day—just for you. Your hotel while in Cusco will be the Belmond Palacio Naarenas. (B,L,D)

The North Coast, Peru

If you’ve already visited Machu Picchu, or prefer lower altitude, consider traveling to Peru’s North Coast, a region filled with stunning natural scenery, deeply rooted traditions and archaeological wonders from several pre-Inca cultures. Guests choosing this alternate will travel separately by local air and meet up with the rest of the group before heading to our next destination. Your hotel stays will be at Costa del Sol Trujillo Center & Belmond Miraflores Park. (B,L,D)

Days 5-6 — Easter Island, Chile

Trace the history of a lost civilization with your archaeologist guides as you explore Rapa Nui National Park, a World Heritage site home to the beachside altar of Ahu Akivi and the Rano Raraku quarry, where hundreds of moai were abandoned. Feel the awesome isolation of the island's rolling green hills, where wild horses roam. Indulge in a festive dinner complete with elaborately costumed entertainers performing traditional song and dance. Upgraded accommodations provided at the explora Rapa Nui are included as part of the program for all Smithsonian Journeys guests. (B,L,D)

Days 7-8 — Apia, Samoa

After crossing the International Date Line and losing a day, get a taste of Polynesian culture at a festive fia fia dinner and show. Visit the former estate of Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson or learn more about island life at a Samoan Women’s Committee. (B,L,D)

Days 9-11 — Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest, Australia

Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef’s pristine northern reaches where you can snorkel among a vibrant collection of coral and tropical fish. Venture into the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world. (B,L,D)

Days 12-14 — Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Visit the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temples—a World Heritage site, including the enigmatic Bayon, the overgrown remains of Ta Prohm and the majestic Angkor Wat. See a performance of classical Apsara dance and discover the culinary landscape of Siem Reap. (B,L,D)

Days 15-16 — Taj Mahal, India

See perhaps the world’s most famous building, the Taj Mahal, the white marble mausoleum that took more than 22 years and 20,000 people to build. Learn about the construction of this UNESCO World Heritage site with your guide, as well as the history of the Mughal Empire. Explore nearby Red Fort of Agra, where legend has it Shah Jahan spent his final days, and Emperor Akbar's grand tomb. (B,L,D)

Days 17-19 — Serengeti Plain or Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Serengeti Plain is home to Tanzania’s largest national park and Africa’s densest “big cat” predator population. Your safari adventure begins with a game drive to the lodge where you can spot wildlife such as zebra, antelope, elephant, lion, and leopard. Your hotel stay will be at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge.

OR

Take light aircraft to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. With your expert naturalist guides, observe its permanent population of about 25,000 animals, including bull elephants, black rhinos and lions. Your hotel stay will be at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. (B,L,D)

Days 20-21 — Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan

Discover the Lost City of Petra, which was half-built and half-carved into red sandstone cliffs by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago. Explore the starkly beautiful landscapes of Wadi Rum. Opt to discover the spectacular rock formations of Wadi Rum on a 4x4 expedition, an evocative lunar-like landscape made famous by T.E. Lawrence and the film “Lawrence of Arabia”. (B,L,D)

Days 22-23 — Marrakech, Morocco

Experience Marrakech as you stroll through the winding pathways of the medina, a jumble of vibrant souks, and Jemaa el-Fna, a lively square where performers entertain passersby. Stroll through the artful blue and green landscapes of Majorelle Gardens. Or opt to spend a day in the ruggedly beautiful terrain of the Atlas Mountains. (B,L,D)

Days 24-25 — Fort Lauderdale Return

Relax and enjoy a casual meal and a night’s rest before returning home on your independent flight. (D,B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)