Explore some of the world’s most iconic places on our flagship private jet journey. During this breathtaking journey around the world explore cultural and natural treasures that have inspired and captured the imagination of humankind for centuries!

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 Moai on Easter Island  Djemaa El Fna at dusk, Marrakech  Historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu  Elephants silhouetted against a sunset. Credit: Charles Robertson  Australia's Great Barrier Reef  The Taj Mahal, Agra  Elephant and calves amid acacia trees. Credit: Kirt Kempter  The Treasury at Petra

Around the World by Private Jet

25 days from $94,950

Explore some of the world’s most iconic places on our flagship private jet journey. During this breathtaking journey around the world explore cultural and natural treasures that have inspired and captured the imagination of humankind for centuries!

or Call 866-903-7650

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SPECIAL OFFER for Smithsonian Journeys Travelers on our October 2020 program – Complimentary upgrade to the Explora Rapa Nui property, a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 Top Resort in South America! A value of up to $1,500 per person!

Overview

Discover a life list of iconic destinations on our flagship journey, reimagined to even greater heights. Travel aboard our private jet as you are whisked from destination to destination in style, and unwind in stunning, smaller properties in select locations, all while exploring nine of the world’s most legendary places and natural wonders. Our October 2020 departure will be aboard a 80-guest Boeing 757 with comfortable business class seating.

Highlights Include

  • Climb the terraced steps of the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Luxuriate in upgraded accommodations at the Explora Rapa Nui on Easter Island, exclusive for Smithsonian Journeys travelers!
  • Bask in the radiant beauty of tropical Samoa.
  • Immerse yourself in the underwater splendor of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Welcome the sun among Angkor Wat’s beautiful temples.
  • Watch the play of light on the magnificent, beloved Taj Mahal.
  • Experience the thrill of an African landscape alive with one of the world’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.
  • Step into the well-preserved ancient world of Jordan’s “Lost City” of Petra.
  • Explore the colorful souks and treasures of Berber kings in the celebrated medina of Marrakech. 

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)

January 1 - 25, 2021 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 or La Paz, Bolivia

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. (B,L,D)

OR 

Days 2-4 — 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. (B,L,D)

OR 

Days 2-4 – La Paz, Bolivia

As an alternative to Machu Picchu or Peru’s North Coast, choose to visit La Paz, a city set high on the edge of the Altiplano with an increasing cultural cachet. With a variety of indigenous, colonial and modern sights to explore, this gem of Bolivia offers charms around every corner. After spending three nights in La Paz, guests will fly by commercial air to Lima to reconvene with the rest of the group for our flight to Easter Island. (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.  (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 — Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

From the secluded luxury of the island's only hotel property, enjoy complete privacy to discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of roughly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,600 miles. Snorkel or dive among a collection of coral and tropical fish, or stay on land to beach comb and trek along Lizard Island's many nature trails. (B,L,D)

Days 12-14 — Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Visit the awe-inspiring World Heritage site, the city of Angkor Thom that represents ancient urban planning at its best. This “city of temples” incorporates canals, large water reservoirs and, of course, temples, including the famous Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. 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 — Masai Mara, Kenya

Throughout the year, more than a million wildebeest, accompanied by gazelles and zebras, make a circuitous, perilous trek across Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, seeking out fresh grazing and water. While enjoying the privacy of your well-appointed lodge, embark on a safari adventure to discover an astonishing concentration of animal life, including wildebeests, giraffes, elephants, lions, and black rhinos, as well as more than 500 species of birds. Set off on game drives across the seemingly unending landscape, which serves as the backdrop to one of the most ancient migration rituals on Earth. (B,L,D)

Days 20-21 — Lost City of Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan

Nearly two-thirds of Jordan is covered by great expanses of arid desert. Gold-tinged red sandstone cliffs arch up into the sky, while plateaus eroded by winds stretch toward the horizon. In the middle of this stark beauty lies Petra. Petra’s architecture reflects a fusion of ideas and styles, combining traditional Nabataean rock-cut buildings with Hellenistic façades featuring columns and intricate sculptures. Opt to discover the spectacular rock formations of Wadi Rum, 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 a feast of the senses in the imperial city of Marrakech. Lying in the fertile Haouz plain at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech has some of the most impressive examples of Islamic architecture in existence. Explore the medina, a jumble of vibrant souks, and Jemaa el-Fna, a lively square where snake charmers and performers entertain passersby. Stroll through the artful blue and green landscapes of the Majorelle Garden and visit the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, an architectural masterpiece devoted to the life and work of Yves Saint Laurent. Opt to relax in true Moroccan style with a stay at a tranquil traditional riad. You may also choose 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)