Travel from the realm of the midnight sun to the radiant isles of the Mediterranean, discovering some of Europe’s little-known treasures on a journey by private jet. As you fly from one destination to the next, experience the diverse architecture, cuisine, and flora and fauna that flourish on the edges of Europe.  

Starting at: $98,950 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 866-903-7650
 Picture-perfect Lake Bled in Northwest Slovenia  The rugged beauty of the remote Faroe Islands  The rugged beauty of the remote Faroe Islands  Picture-perfect Lake Bled in Northwest Slovenia  With ancient towns and villages, Malta is one of the most alluring and diverse spots in the Mediterranean  Mallorca entices with its beautiful coastline, secluded coves, Spanish architecture, and numerous wineries  Mallorca entices with its beautiful coastline, secluded coves, Spanish architecture, and numerous wineries  Showcasing its powerful landscapes of waterfalls, geologic features, and myriad sea birds, the beauty of Iceland surrounds you  Puffin in Faroe Islands  Iceland  Showcasing its powerful landscapes of waterfalls, geologic features, and myriad sea birds, the beauty of Iceland surrounds you

Hidden Wonders of Europe: A Private Jet Journey

15 days from $98,950

Travel from the realm of the midnight sun to the radiant isles of the Mediterranean, discovering some of Europe’s little-known treasures on a journey by private jet. As you fly from one destination to the next, experience the diverse architecture, cuisine, and flora and fauna that flourish on the edges of Europe.  

or Call 866-903-7650

Accommodations

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Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Boston, MA, United States

With a prime location on Boston’s famous Boylston Street, the Mandarin Oriental blends luxury and Bostonian character. Rooms are modern and chic, and the hotel offers a wide array of dining options and bars, including a new restaurant by Gordon Ramsay. Along with a fitness center and pilates and yoga classes, the hotel is home to one of the city’s top spas.

Number of nights: 2

Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands

Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Set in Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, the new Hilton Garden Inn offers a range of comfortable, spacious rooms with modern amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows. The property includes a fitness center and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring local ingredients.

Number of nights: 2

Intercontinental Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Located just steps from Ljubljana’s historic center, the glass-fronted Intercontinental Ljubljana offers stellar views of the city and its surroundings. Guest rooms and suites are chic and contemporary, with marble bathrooms and high-end amenities, and the hotel features a rooftop restaurant; a stylish bar and lounge; an exclusive Intercontinental club; and an 18th-floor wellness center with sweeping views equipped with a gym, a sauna, a pool, and a spa.

Number of nights: 2

The Phoenicia

Valletta, Malta

Originally built as a 1930s Art Deco hotel, the Phoenicia is a destination itself, having welcomed Europe’s celebrities and royalty for more than 60 years. Situated just outside the 16th-century walls of Valletta, the Phoenicia is surrounded by gardens and filled with elegant spaces, from its grand lobby to its acclaimed restaurants and bars. Rooms and suites blend elements of the original hotel with bright, inviting Mediterranean décor. The hotel features a spa, a fitness center, and a stunning infinity pool built right up against the city fortifications.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Sant Francesc

Palma, Spain

The Hotel Sant Francesc is a 19th-century mansion with just 32 guest rooms located in the heart of historic Palma. Guestrooms and suites are individually decorated with modern elegance designed to showcase the building’s architecture. The property includes a rooftop pool and bar, a lobby bar that serves light fare, and a garden restaurant, as well as spa treatments and a fitness room.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Borg

Reykjavík, Iceland

Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. A Reykjavík landmark, The Borg is conveniently located within walking distance of a variety of restaurants, businesses, souvenir shops, art galleries, and specialty shops. The hotel's 99 rooms and suites are stylish and modern, with Art Deco touches throughout. Amenities include a spa and fitness room and a restaurant.

Number of nights: 2



Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active

Expectations: 

Our Hidden Wonders of Europe itinerary is an active and ambitious program that will be taken at a moderate pace with many early morning departures and longer days so you can experience the best of these incredible destinations. This trip will travel great distances and experience frequent time zone changes, which can affect energy levels. You should be physically active and in good general health, especially prior to departure. This trip will include plenty of physical activities—including walking and hiking—in addition to activities designed to offer cultural or historical context. Each excursion offered will entail a different level of physical expectation, with some that will require walks from one to three miles and last from two to three hours. At some locations you will be traveling through rugged landscapes like the Faroe Islands and Iceland. All excursions will take place rain or shine, and some of the remote destinations could be cold with periods of strong winds and potentially rain. Other destinations could be warm with strong sun. In more remote spots, expect to walk and hike along groomed trails, some that can have steep inclines and declines. There may be trails and pathways that can be uneven and sandy or rocky, with uneven steps, pebbles, mud, and exposed roots or that will be slippery and muddy if it has recently rained. Specific inoculations could be required to take part in this journey. Details on how to prepare for this trip and information on each day’s activities, including weather, packing suggestions, and “what to expect” will be included with your Pre-Tour documents. 

Countries on this itinerary are not immune to events that could require an itinerary change. Weather, political occurrences, and visits by dignitaries can require extra flexibility to accommodate the unexpected event or events. 

This Private Jet Journey is appropriate for: Travelers who are reasonably fit and healthy, enjoy days full of discovery and adventure, and are comfortable with many early mornings to see the most of these destinations. *As part of registering for this trip, all participants will need to be evaluated by their private physician to be sure the program and pacing is suitable for them.  

For travelers who do require a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements can be made for private touring at each destination if necessary, at the discretion of tour staff. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the individual guest. 

Covid-19 Protocols

The destinations on this journey are being thoroughly monitored now and will be throughout the trip via expert in-country consultants and partners, and with proprietary disease prevalence and trend data tools. If there is an increased risk visiting any of the countries, there is an ability to change the itinerary as needed, even while the trip is under way, which is one of the advantages of private jet travel. This program will also include a dedicated physician who will screen and monitor guests, staff, and flight crew health both prior to departure and throughout the trip. There will also be a daily monitoring of guests and staff as well as testing, as required by the destinations on the trip, and administered by the on-board physician. Additional cleaning and hygiene protocols will be in place. Hotel partners and in-country operations teams will ensure that hygiene standards and practices meet our elevated requirements. Personal hygiene kits expressly developed for this trip will be distributed to guests and refreshed throughout the journey. 

Aircraft

Airbus A321

This Airbus A321 Private Jet is configured to accommodate just 52 guests with a large and spacious cabin with 2 x 2 seating across a single-aisle and custom-made leather flatbed seats that offer a full flat 180-degree recline and a host of additional recline options for your ultimate comfort as you fly. Seats are equipped with individual power connections to recharge batteries for cameras or laptop computers, with standard U.S. outlet compatibility. There is an in-flight entertainment system to give you a variety of options for relaxation, and an onboard presentation system for when enrichment activities are offered. Your friendly and helpful cabin crew of seven are there to greet you at each destination and make the jet a home-away-from-home as you fly. An onboard chef plans and supervises all food preparation, and in-flight menus feature dishes using only the freshest ingredients. The jet carries a wide variety of beverages, and bottled water is always available.  

Your professional crew also include: 

  • Two pilots 
  • Engineer 
  • Luggage/arrivals manager 
  • Chef 
  • Trip physician 
  • Expedition leader 
  • Assistant expedition leaders 
  • Destination experts including a Smithsonian Journeys Expert 

Airbus A321

This Airbus A321 Private Jet is configured to accommodate just 52 guests with a large and spacious cabin with 2 x 2 seating across a single-aisle and custom-made leather flatbed seats that offer a full flat 180-degree recline and a host of additional recline options for your ultimate comfort as you fly. Seats are equipped with individual power connections to recharge batteries for cameras or laptop computers, with standard U.S. outlet compatibility. There is an in-flight entertainment system to give you a variety of options for relaxation, and an onboard presentation system for when enrichment activities are offered. Your friendly and helpful cabin crew of seven are there to greet you at each destination and make the jet a home-away-from-home as you fly. An onboard chef plans and supervises all food preparation, and in-flight menus feature dishes using only the freshest ingredients. The jet carries a wide variety of beverages, and bottled water is always available.  

Your professional crew also include: 

  • Two pilots 
  • Engineer 
  • Luggage/arrivals manager 
  • Chef 
  • Trip physician 
  • Expedition leader 
  • Assistant expedition leaders 
  • Destination experts including a Smithsonian Journeys Expert 
Reading List

Recommended for the Journey

A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin
By: Jenkins, Simon
Europe: A Natural History
By: Flannery, Tim
The Development of European Civilization
By: Kenneth R. Bartlett, The Great Courses

Additional Recommended Reading for the Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands (Bradt Travel Guides)
By: Proctor, James
The Faroe Islands: Interpretations of History
By: Wylie, Jonathan
The Missing Son: A Faroe Island Saga
By: Henke, Jennifer
The Blood Strand: A Faroes Novel
By: Ould, Chris

Additional Recommended Reading for Slovenia

DK Eyewitness Slovenia (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Slovenia 1945: Memories of Death and Survival After World War II (Bloomsbury Ethics, 6)
By: Corsellis, John, Ferrar, Marcus
Underland: A Deep Time Journey
By: Macfarlane, Robert

Additional Recommended Reading for Malta

Lonely Planet Malta & Gozo 8 (Travel Guide)
By: Atkinson, Brett
Fortress Malta : An Island Under Siege, 1940-1943
By: Holland, James
Masters of the Great Stones: A Simple Introduction to Malta's Prehistoric Monuments: the World's Oldest Freestanding Buildings, and the Mediterranean's Earliest Civilization
By: Eneix, Linda C.
Empires of the Sea
By: Crowley, Roger
Masters of the Great Stones: A Simple Introduction to Malta's Prehistoric Monuments: the World's Oldest Freestanding Buildings, and the Mediterranean's Earliest Civilization
By: Eneix, Linda C.

Additional Recommended Reading for Mallorca

Lonely Planet Mallorca 5 (Travel Guide)
By: Quintero, Josephine, Harper, Damian
Mallorca: The Making of the Landscape
By: Buswell, Richard
Iberia
By: Michener, James A.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
By: Hemingway, Ernest

Additional Recommended Reading for Iceland

Insight Guides Iceland (Travel Guide with Free eBook)
By: Guides, Insight
Iceland (Spectacular Places Flexi)
By: Ender, Petra, Mogge, Bernhard, Nowak, Christian
Island on Fire
By: Witze, Alexandra
Independent People
By: Halldor Laxness
Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)
By: Oslund, Karen
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.