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Around the World by Private Jet: Islands, Savannas & the Amazon (2016)
Limited to 50 guests
Days: 26 | From: $117,000
Day 1: Miami, Florida | Your Journey Begins
Arrive in Miami and transfer to your accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 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 Iquitos, Peru, where you embark your river cruiser, ‘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 freshly prepared, innovative cuisine centered around traditional Amazonian culinary techniques and locally sourced ingredients.
'Aria Amazon' | 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, begin with a visit to the Orongo ceremonial village (site of the island’s “birdman” rituals). Then, 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.
*Cross the International Dateline en route to Samoa.
Explora Rapa Nui | Meals: B L D
Days 7-9: Samoa | A Tropical Interlude
Having crossed the International Dateline, you continue your Pacific voyage 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.
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort | Meals: B L D
Days 10-12: Papua New Guinea | Among Ancient Tribes
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 explore 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 and on cruises through remote jungle, pointing out the area’s stunning flora and fauna.
Meet members of local tribes, among them the Huli wigmen and other colorful tribes people, and witness demonstrations of bilum (string bag) making, umbrella making and archery. Joining you are local experts who give talks on the social and family customs of tribal peoples. The climax of your visit is a sing sing performed by local tribesmen, 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.
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. Then, enjoy lunch on a beach. 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. 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 helicopter 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. Your final
night includes a celebratory dinner at Galle Fort, which is reserved exclusively
for you, 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: 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.
Ravintsara Wellness Hotel | 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 safari lodge, your first chance of many to spot the amazing variety of wildlife that populates the Masai Mara: lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs and far 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 at the luxurious Angama Mara lodge, reliving the day’s adventures over a gourmet dinner.
You also have the opportunity to visit a Maasai village, 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.
Angama Mara | 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, drive to neighboring Monaco, playground of the rich and famous — and Geoffrey Kent’s adopted home. Gather that evening for a gala farewell dinner attended by Geoffrey Kent himself, who shares reminiscences from his extraordinary lifetime of travel. Return to Nice the next morning via a fleet of privately chartered helicopters 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.
Hôtel Metropole | Meals: B L D
Around the World by Private Jet: Islands, Savannas & the Amazon 2016
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