Around the World by Private Jet: Islands, Savannas & the Amazon (2015)
Private Jet Journeys: Luxurious, globe-spanning small-group travel by privately chartered jet
- Day 1: Miami, Florida | Your Journey Begins
Arrive in Miami and transfer to your accommodations at the Four Seasons, where you meet your tour leadership team and fellow guests over cocktails and dinner, sharing the anticipation of the incredible adventures ahead.Four Seasons Hotel Miami | Meals: D
- Days 2-4: Amazon River | Safari by Water
Board your private jet for your flight to Peru, where you embark your twin river cruisers, ‘Aqua’ and ‘Aria,’ for three nights sailing the mighty Amazon, the world’s largest river. Singularly awesome and untamed, the Amazon and its rainforest ecosystem harbor one-third of every species found on earth. Shore excursions with expert naturalist guides reveal the secrets of the region’s stunning biological diversity, which ranges from brilliant-hued tropical birds to rare pink river dolphins. Your voyage includes a special dinner prepared and hosted by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Latin America’s most innovative chefs, who builds his culinary creations around traditional Amazonian techniques and ingredients.'Aqua' / 'Aria' | Meals: B L D
- Days 5-6: Easter Island | The Lost World
Fly nearly 3,000 miles over the Pacific to one of the most remote — and enticing — destinations on earth: Easter Island. The grandeur of its monolithic moai statues enigmatically gazing out to sea is rivaled by its intense natural beauty, with a postcard-worthy view seemingly in every direction. Arrive to a greeting of flowers and warm smiles from your Rapa Nui hosts, followed by a sunset cocktail and Hotumatua ritual, a celebration of the island’s mythic founding. The next day, visit the Orongo ceremonial village (site of the island’s “birdman” rituals) and witness a demonstration of haka pei, a thrilling form of downhill sledding. Following a barbecue on the beach, your afternoon offers a variety of options for exploring the island’s unique heritage, including a cave tour; archaeological trek by vehicle or on horseback; or a hike along “the way of the moai,” a chance to view many of Easter Island’s iconic statues in one excursion. Celebrate tonight at a special umu (earth-cooked) feast in a Rapa Nui home, with local dignitaries in attendance.Explora Rapa Nui | Meals: B L D
- Days 7-9: Samoa | A Tropical Interlude
Your Pacific voyage continues, taking you across the International Dateline and pausing for a stop in Samoa, where you have a day to unwind and relax. Samoa is as close to paradise on earth as you will find, with balmy tropical breezes blowing in from an emerald-blue sea fringed by pristine beaches. On arriving, you are greeted by a colorful local dance troupe, followed by a welcome drink at your resort. Spend the next morning touring the island, including the village of Vailima, last residence of Robert Louis Stevenson. Following a barbecue lunch on the beach, spend an afternoon enjoying the resort’s many optional activities. Choose from a variety of water activities in the island’s stunning reefs, a game of tennis or a rejuvenating few hours at the spa. Mark the end of your stay in Samoa with a celebratory fia fia, a feast of Polynesian dishes accompanied by dancers and fire-spinners.Aggie Grey's Lagoon, Beach Resort & Spa | Meals: B L D
- Days 10-12: Papua New Guinea | The Huli Wigmen
Your private jet now takes you to Papua New Guinea, an island chain of undisturbed indigenous tribes and sweeping natural beauty. Your visit begins in the capital city, Port Moresby, where you visit the National Museum. Spend your first night at the Airways Hotel, and then fly to your lodge in the Southern Highlands or East Sepik Province for an immersion into the lush countryside. Here, expert local guides lead you on walks along the rainforest paths, pointing out the area’s stunning flora and fauna.
Unknown to Europeans until the 1930s, the so-called Huli wigmen are renowned for the elaborate wigs worn by the men, and for the traditional lifestyle they maintain in the face of a rapidly modernizing country. Meet members of this 150,000-strong tribe and witness demonstrations of bilum (string bag) making, umbrella making and archery. Joining you are local experts who give talks on Huli social and family customs. The climax of your visit is a sing sing performed by the Huli, an unforgettable spectacle of traditional song and dance.
Please note that the travelling party will be split into two groups, enjoying similar activities in either the Tari or Karawari regions of Papua New Guinea.Airways Hotel / Ambua Lodge / Karawari Lodge | Meals: B L D
- Days 13-15: Bali & Komodo | Where Dragons Roam
Arrive in Bali to an enthusiastic welcome from locals bearing flower leis, a prelude to the next two adventure-packed days. On one day, a charter flight and boat ride takes you to Komodo National Park, home of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world and the island’s preeminent predator. Enjoy lunch on the beach of Kenawa Island. The next day, visit Tirta Empul Temple, a place of Hindu devotion whose natural spring waters draw thousands of pilgrims. Witness a traditional Balinese religious ceremony and processional, put on exclusively for you, and visit the nearby Presidential Palace, where you pause for an afternoon refreshment. Capping off a spiritually minded day, a Balinese priest performs a blessing, followed by a peek into the future with a one-on-one consultation with an astrologer.
Your final evening consists of a lavish celebration at which you are the honored guests. A party of local villagers lead you to the venue, where you are showered with flower petals as you enter the torchlit room. Your sumptuous meal is accompanied by demonstrations of Balinese dance forms, including the thrilling kecak fire-twirling dance.
Please note that the travelling party will be split into two groups in Bali, visiting Komodo National Park and Tirta Empul Temple on alternate days.Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay | Meals: B L D
- Days 16-18: Sri Lanka | The Island Gem
Arrive on the island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. Your first day includes a visit to the Tea Virgins tea factory, where the owner himself introduces you to the process of tea manufacturing and offers a chance to sample a freshly brewed cup. Break for lunch at Kahanda Kanda, a stunning boutique hotel set amid the lush tea plantations and offering panoramic views over Koggala Lake. Next, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, a former European colonial outpost occupying the southwestern tip of the island. The next day, set out by seaplane to the Cultural Triangle, a cluster of ancient cities and temples that includes the most iconic Buddhist site in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya; a local expert is on hand to reveal the meaning behind its iconography. Sri Lanka is also known for its rich blue sapphires, and we have arranged a personal shopper to help you find the best pieces at the best prices. Your final night includes a celebratory dinner accompanied by renowned local musicians.
Please note that the travelling party will be split into two groups in Sri Lanka, visiting the tea plantation/Galle Fort and the Cultural Triangle on alternate days.Amangalla | Meals: Meals: B L D
- Days 19-21: Madagascar | Land of the Lemurs
Your next stop is Madagascar, where life proceeds at a slower pace and hospitable Malagasies welcome you with serene smiles. Arrive on the island of Nosy Be — known as “the perfumed island” for the fragrant ylang-ylang that grows everywhere — and receive a festive local welcome. Your first day’s exploration includes an excursion to the island of Nosy Komba for an encounter with Madagascar’s endemic primates, the lemurs. These curious creatures are a mesmerizing sight as they forage, play and interact with each other. The lemurs at Nosy Komba in particular are accustomed to human visitors and happily frolic all around you, and even eat pieces of banana from your fingers. Pause for refreshments on the beach, and to hear a local storyteller introduce you to Madagascar’s folklore. Kick off the next day with a trip to Millot Plantation, one of the finest cacao and coffee growers in Madagascar, to sample some of its delicious products. Spend the afternoon enjoying the amenities at your resort and resting up for tonight’s dinner on the beach, an unforgettable seafood buffet accompanied by local musicians.Royal Beach | Meals: B L D
- Days 22-24: Kenya | The Masai Mara
Arrive in Nairobi and board your private charter flight to the Masai Mara; a party of tribal dancers is on hand to welcome you when you touch down. Your safari adventure begins with a game drive en route to your exclusive tented camp, your first chance of many to spot the amazing variety of wildlife that populates the Masai Mara: lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs and much more call this place home. Spend three days observing this incredible living bounty on game drives, a guided bush walk and even an early-morning balloon safari complete with breakfast served in the bush. Retire at the end of each day to your private camp, reliving the day’s adventures over a gourmet dinner.
You also have the opportunity to visit a Maasai camp, where you meet the nomadic herders who have acted as stewards of this land for hundreds of years. A visit to a local school provides a glimpse of how A&K Philanthropy is working to make lives better in the Mara. Your last evening includes an informal talk from a wildlife conservation expert.Meals: B L D
- Days 25-26: Monaco | A Festive Farewell
To bring your around-the-world journey to an unforgettable finish, your private jet takes you to Nice, gateway to the spectacular Côte d’Azur. On arriving, a fleet of chartered helicopters takes you to neighboring Monaco, playground of the rich and famous — and Geoffrey Kent’s adopted home. Gather the next morning for a farewell breakfast attended by Geoffrey Kent himself, who shares reminiscences from his extraordinary lifetime of travel. Return to Nice to rejoin your private jet, which you board for your flight back to the U.S. Enjoy one last opportunity to relax and chat with your fellow guests, and bid a fond farewell to your dedicated cabin crew and tour leadership team on arriving in New York.Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo | Meals: B (L D in flight)