Uncover the legendary civilizations and enduring cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean, from remote Bhutan to the treasures of ancient Egypt, all from the comforts of our private jet. 

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Epic Kingdoms by Private Jet

An All-Inclusive Journey Across Europe, Africa And Asia

19 days from $114,950

Uncover the legendary civilizations and enduring cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean, from remote Bhutan to the treasures of ancient Egypt, all from the comforts of our private jet. 

or Call 866-903-7650

SPECIAL OFFER

Refer a friend or family member who has never traveled with Smithsonian Journeys qualifying private jet journey and receive a $5,000 credit per referral up to $25,000. Offer eligible for booked guests only. Call for additional details and terms.

Overview

Over 19 days, you’ll explore firsthand the richness the world has to offer, capturing the spirit of discovery, all from the comforts of our private jet. Uncover the legendary civilizations and enduring cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean, from remote Bhutan to the treasures of ancient Egypt. Immerse yourself in the royal opulence of Jaipur, explore Northern Thailand’s majestic temples and discover Sicily, where Greek and Roman ruins overlook the scenic splendor of Mount Etna. And for the first time ever, Smithsonian Journeys will be offering our private jet journey aboard an exclusively chartered Boeing 757 with just 52 spaces! Settle into your comfortable lie-flat leather seat with plenty of legroom and personal storage then enjoy the services of a highly trained staff and crew who are always at your service. Savor chef-prepared meals and a host of exclusive amenities. Stay in some of the world’s most exclusive hotels—each selected for their service, amenities, and location.

Highlights Include

  • India: Visit Govind Dev Ji Temple in Jaipur to participate in a morning aarti ceremony and learn about Hindu traditions.
  • Nepal: Explore Pashupatinath Temple or the massive Boudhanath Stupa, both World Heritage sites.
  • Thailand: Discover the secrets and spices of Thai cuisine during a hands-on cooking class in one of Chiang Mai’s state-of-the-art kitchens.
  • Ethiopia: Take a day trip to marvel at the monolithic, rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a World Heritage site.
  • Egypt: Savor a private lunch in Cairo while gazing out on one of ancient Egypt’s greatest treasures—the enigmatic Sphinx.
  • Italy: During your stay in Sicily, sail by yacht along the stunning coast; taste the local vintage on a cycling tour; or reach the peak of Mt. Etna. 

Itinerary

Day 1– Athens, Greece

Begin your journey in historic Athens. Meet fellow guests, your expert trip leaders and dedicated guest services staff for a festive welcome dinner at the hotel. We depart for India the following day.

Days 2-4 – Jaipur, India

Enjoy a warm welcome to the fabled home of maharajas. Jaipur served as a royal capital for the Rajput kings, who ruled northwest India. Amid the opulent palaces and massive fortresses, discover the well-preserved artistic and cultural traditions unique to this region. Immerse yourself in a vibrant tapestry of culture, cuisine, and architecture as you explore the “Pink City,” nicknamed for the striking rose color of its buildings. Take part in a morning aarti ceremony at Govind Dev Ji Temple, and experience the city’s sporting traditions at an afternoon polo match.

Days 5 — Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal has long served as a crossroads for cultures and religions. Buddhism and Hinduism peacefully coexist in Nepal, as evidenced in Kathmandu’s diverse array of stupas and temples. The landscape, too, varies dramatically, from the fertile Kathmandu Valley to rugged Himalayan peaks. In the Kathmandu Valley, admire the distinctive architecture of two ancient cities, Patan and Bhaktapur. Venture into the World Heritage site of Pashupatinath, or explore the massive Boudhanath Stupa, where thousands of pilgrims gather daily.

Days 6 - 7 — Paro, Bhutan

This remote Himalayan Kingdom is known as Asia’s happiest country. In the 1970s, Bhutan began inviting visitors to discover its ancient monasteries, unspoiled panoramas, and intriguing traditions. Get an authentic glimpse of daily life as you travel through scenic panoramas and experience Bhutanese traditions that have largely been preserved through years of isolation. Immerse yourself in Bhutan's stunning landscapes and timeless traditions, whether on a hike to the impressive Tiger's Nest Monastery or an opportunity to explore the country’s capital city of Thimpu.

Zhiwa Ling Heritage Paro
or
COMO Uma Paro

Days 8 - 10 — Chiang Mai, Thailand

MAIN GROUP - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai's laidback attitude and majestic temples will charm you. Once the center of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai is an indisputable cultural capital of Thailand. Here, far from the hustle of modern city life, witness how people have preserved traditional handicrafts and immerse yourself in the lush natural beauty of the region. From its vibrant markets to its lush rice fields, Chiang Mai invites you to discover a relaxed way of life. Explore the area’s most stunning temples, cruise around the city by tuk-tuk, or roll up your sleeves to prepare regional Thai cuisine in a hands-on cooking class.

UPGRADE - Chiang Rai, Thailand

Venture into the heart of the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos converge. Opt to upgrade and spend two nights in a luxury tented camp in Chiang Rai, set in the heart of a tranquil bamboo forest, followed by one night in Chiang Mai. Guests choosing this alternate will travel to Chiang Rai by private jet and meet up with the rest of the group in Chiang Mai before heading to our next destination. Learn how to take care of an elephant, the revered symbol of Thailand; take a custom-designed traditional long-tail boat down the Mekong River into the heart of the Golden Triangle; and experience the timeless quality of local village markets.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Or Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Days 11-12 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From Mount Entoto to holy Lalibela, Ethiopia is a site of pilgrimage. Explore Addis Ababa, set in the foothills of the majestic Entoto Mountains, or choose to take a charter flight to the holy city of Lalibela, a World Heritage site, to see the monolithic, rock-hewn churches.

Days 13-15 — Luxor and the Pyramids, Egypt

Marvel at the masterpieces of ancient Egypt. The colossal temples of Luxor soar above the banks of the Nile River, an astonishing testament to the power of the pharaohs. Trace the legacy of a prolific civilization in this ancient royal capital, often described as the world’s finest open-air museum. Uncover the wonders of Luxor by an Egyptologist guide, immerse yourself in a wealth of history, archaeology, and incredible architecture as you explore Luxor’s grandiose monuments, from the Temple of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings. On a day trip to Cairo, see two of the world’s most emblematic structures—the Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. Fly to Cairo aboard our private jet for a day of discovery at the jaw-dropping Giza pyramid complex, site of the sole surviving Ancient Wonder of the World.

Days 16-17 — Sicily, Italy

Sicily seduces with heady wines and breathtaking landscapes. Bearing the traces of its many colonizers, including the Greeks, Romans, and Normans, Sicily boasts its own distinctive culture. Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, looms over the island, and the alluring atmosphere of the Ionian Riviera enchants with the authentic flavors of Sicilian life. Navigate Mount Etna's lunar-like landscapes by foot or jeep and ascend to spectacular views. Travel by yacht along the Ionian Riviera, or cycle to wineries to taste the local vintages.

Day 18-19 — London, England

Celebrate your journey’s end in historic and cosmopolitan London. Recap the highlights of your expedition with new friends in London, one of the world’s most iconic cities. Catch your independent flight home the following day.

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