Sometimes it is the journey — not the destination, those who have been on a private jet holiday know this mantra to be true. However, sometimes it is both — this is the case with Abercrombie & Kent’s new round-the-world private jet tour.
The next step in luxury travel, flying private offers serious benefits whether that be low or no wait times or your own completely personalised service for a journey.
In the last couple of years, private jet-setting has become increasingly popular for the world’s elite due to Covid and the hassle and risk involved in conventional air travel.
Abercrombie & Kent are offering a 23-day around-the-world private jet experience which is a whirlwind tour to some of the greatest travel destinations known to man.
The journey begins in Seattle where guests will stay in the esteemed Four Seasons Hotel Seattle.
From here guests will cross the international date line en route to Guam where a day is spent exploring the island with a cultural expert. The next stop is Siem Reap, Cambodia.
From here explore the Angkor Museum, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm or enjoy a spa treatment. In the evening attend a private gala at a one thousand-year-old Hindu temple.
The next morning travellers will watch the sunrise over the wonders of Angkor Wat Temple — truly one of the quintessential experiences of a lifetime for those interested in Southeast Asian culture.
Receive a blessing from Buddhist monks before exploring some sustainable philanthropy initiatives supported by Abercrombie & Kent helping to supply clean water for rural communities.
Next stop — the Himalayas. Landing in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu guests are welcomed by a Panchakanya ceremony, said to bring good luck. From here, listen to a talk by an expert mountaineer who summited Everest and head to the base camp by helicopter.
The views of the mountain are other-worldly and awe-inspiring. Finish the day in Kathmandu by visiting the oldest Hindu temple in the world or with a shopping tour. The next day sees travellers explore more of Nepal’s great villages.
It’s time to jet-set off to the Taj Mahal — India’s, and the world’s, greatest monument to love. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, this structure is synonymous with wonder.
Guests will stay with balconies overlooking the Taj and take a complete tour of the monument from sunrise.
Heading north from India, the next stop is unlikely Uzbekistan where travellers are welcomed by musicians and flower-bearing children. Explore the ancient silk road markets while enjoying traditional food prepared by top chefs.
Continuing on the whirlwind tour — three days in Abu Dhabi offers guests the chance to wine and dine at the Yas Marina Circuit, home of the annual Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for cocktails and dinner. The meal is followed by a special race just for guests.
Then explore the city’s famous museums and art galleries or play 18-holes at the premier Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Later explore the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque — accommodating the world’s largest Persian carpet, seven crystal chandeliers and up to 41,000 worshippers.
Fly next to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan where travellers can explore the ruins of Petra. At night, a candlelit dinner in the ruins offers an atmospheric evening with traditional music.
Finally, fly to Sicily, Italy before heading off to Boston. Perched on the side of a mountain, the city of Taormina will be the base camp. From here take in artisanal villages while driving your own vintage Italian car.
Travellers will head back to Boston and bid their private jet and crew farewell. The tour starts at $136,000 per person and can host up to 48 guests.
If you are looking to see the world in luxury and skip much of the hassle of travelling — this is the tour for you.