ROUND-THE-WORLD CULINARY JOURNEY BY PRIVATE JET, CURATED BY NOMA

Embark on the ultimate culinary journey with Four Seasons. Developed in partnership with world-renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma, track the evolution of food and culture across Asia and Europe on this 19-day trip around the world in a Four Seasons’ private jet. Curated by René Redzepi and Noma, you will enjoy an insider’s look into the people and restaurants that are changing the culinary landscape of our world. You will stay in the fabulous Four Seasons hotels throughout your journey, from Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Chiang Mai in Asia, to Copenhagen, Lisbon, Florence and Paris in Europe.

With a maximum group size of 52, guests will get a unique insight into the world’s best restaurants and the chefs who are at the helm. As with all Lightfoot holidays, we can personalise your itinerary based on your interests in each destination.

Days 1-3: Take in the bright lights and fiery cuisine of Seoul

Begin your immersion into culinary crafts, flavours and techniques in Seoul, a city on the cusp of becoming an international food destination. Following a welcome champagne toast, experience chef Jong-Kuk Lee’s renowned farm-to-table cuisine in a private dinner at his own home. Visit the Jin-Kwan temple at the foot of picturesque Mount Bukhan to dine and learn the spiritual Buddhist preparation of temple food used for centuries to enrich the practice of meditation. Get to know Peter Kreiner, Noma’s managing director, who will accompany you on the first part of your journey, and kick off the Noma conversation series with a discussion of how innovation and creativity play a key role in a restaurant’s success.

Immerse yourself in Korean culture with a visit to an acclaimed ceramics studio where master artisans handcraft traditional Korean ceramic ware used by high-end restaurants worldwide. Lunch at a local brewery then enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a 100-mile-long buffer zone separating North and South Korea, for a glimpse into one of the most isolated countries in the world.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Days 4-6: Explore the diverse urban landscape of Tokyo

Your Tokyo experience starts off with a traditional tea ceremony at a private event hosted by the owner of the Rare Tea Company. In Toyosu, tour one of the world’s largest and busiest fish markets. Opt for a shopping excursion in the Ginza district, home to flagship luxury stores and the latest in Tokyo fashions. Take in the city’s stunning skyline at night on a special helicopter cruise over glittering skyscrapers and brilliant neon lights.

Your insider’s journey into Tokyo’s food world includes a private dinner with Michelin-starred chef Namae Shinobu from L’Effervescence. Head to the outskirts of the city and be initiated into the mysterious technique of foraging. In your downtime, consult one of the guides for the best local haunts to experience everything from ramen and yakitori to coffee and pastries.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

Days 7-8: Old and new worlds combine in the apex of Hong Kong

Like its irresistible cuisine, Hong Kong is a vibrant and energetic blend of diverse influences. Your introduction begins with dim sum at Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant at Four Seasons.

From Victoria Peak, the city’s highest point, soak in a birds-eye view of the spectacular skyline, surrounded by lush mountains. For a classic Hong Kong experience, take a tour of the labyrinthine markets where vendors hawk dried seafood and Chinese medicinal products.

Join chef Alvin Leung Jr. at his restaurant, Bo Innovation, and dive into the avant-garde world of molecular gastronomy and modern cuisine at an “X-treme Chinese Dinner.” Sail around Hong Kong’s scenic harbour in a traditional red-sail junk boat. When the sun goes down, browse the stalls at the Temple Street night market, a bustling atmosphere filled with tempting local delicacies, fortune tellers and impromptu performers.

From its street food to its highly rated restaurants, Hong Kong offers a remarkable, stimulating clash of flavours and traditions that you can explore on your own or with renowned local chefs.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Days 9-11: Soak in the flavours of Thailand ’s cultural capital

Chiang Mai, Thailand ’s cultural capital, is packed with temples, art galleries and exquisite restaurants with lush hills lying just outside the city’s ancient walls. This is the vibrant gateway to Northern Thailand’s unique cultural and culinary traditions. Head out on an elephant trek to a nearby hill tribe village. Join former Noma chef Garima Arora for lunch and an exclusive visit to a Royal Project farm. Get an insider’s view of Chiang Mai’s nightlife and local dining with guide Duangporn “Bo” Songvisava, co-founder of restaurant Bo.lan and one of Asia’s best female chefs. Later, join Bo for a “Not Your Average Curry” dinner. Complete your immersion into the country’s distinctive flavours at our Essentially Thai dinner with acclaimed chef David Thompson. Visit the ancient temple of Chedi Luang, where the famous Emerald Buddha was once enshrined, before browsing the bustling Warorot Market and its stalls of local food, flowers and handicrafts.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Days 12-13: Experience the colourful history of Mumbai

Past and present coexist in Mumbai, home to the glamour of Bollywood and India’s cultural epicentre. Explore antique shops, art galleries and jewellery stores on a private shopping excursion. See the Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air laundry, for an eye-opening look at human ingenuity, and observe dabba-wallahs at Churchgate Station transport home-cooked meals from suburban kitchens to offices downtown. Sample the multilayered flavours of Mumbai, from the ubiquitous chaats (or street food) sold on every corner, to cutting-edge menus at elite restaurants. Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to prepare traditional Indian specialities, then sit down to a communal meal to sample the fruits of your labours. Visit the Crawford Market then head out on an evening street food crawl to find the best kebabs, mutton biryani and other iconic dishes in the city’s traditionally Muslim areas. Join Noma chairman Marc Blazer at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai for cocktails and an insider’s perspective on the future of restaurant financing.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai

Days 14-15: Visit the Birthplace of Renaissance Art and Architecture

Delve into the culture of Florence from your historic palazzo hotel and explore the highlights of Tuscany, renowned for its classic, hearty cuisine. Admire Florence’s stunning Renaissance-era art and architecture, including the magnificent Duomo and the glorious Uffizi Gallery, where you’ll enjoy a private viewing in the Vasari corridor. Travel out into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to sample the region’s diverse flavours. Visit a pioneering wine producer on a medieval site outside Lucca, and savour dinner at Damiano Donati’s celebrated classic bistro. See history and heritage unfold at the hands of an eighth-generation butcher in Chianti, and soak in sunset views of the Tuscan coast during dinner on the beach of San Vincenzo. Relax at your hotel with a signature Italian massage using extra-virgin olive oil and local honey in the tranquil spa. Cap off your Tuscan immersion with a private viewing of Michelangelo’s iconic David in the famed Galleria Dell’Accademia.

Stay: Four Seasons Florence

Days 16-17: A Monumental City Where Tradition and Innovation Combine

From the seafood of the traditional Portuguese maritime culture to the delicate spices of North Africa and the fiery flavours of the New World, Lisbon’s culinary traditions reflect the country’s rich history. Begin your introduction with a stroll through the Chiado, a fashionable neighbourhood dotted with charming cafés and vintage boutiques. Delve into contemporary and modern art at the Berardo Collection Museum. Take a private tour of the Jerónimos Monastery, an impressive monument built to celebrate Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. Join famed Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes for a petiscos dinner, the Portuguese twin of Spanish tapas. Enjoy the city’s famous nightlife and street food. Examine the intersection of food and media in a conversation about chefs and their brand in the information age. Celebrate your time in Lisbon with a gala dinner at Belcanto in the historic Chiado district, where you’ll savour modern versions of Portuguese classics, delighting your palette with every bite.

Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Day 18: Discover modern architecture, quaint narrow streets and a culture of innovation in the Danish capital

Expect to receive a special welcome from one of the most influential chefs in the world. The Noma team will welcome you to their home city and introduce you to the family, friends, producers and chefs that comprise their world. Forage and enjoy aperitifs on Amager Beach. Attend a curated conversation with distinguished chefs. Learn about the innovative methods and vision for the future of Noma. Gather for a full, private meal including exclusive behind-the-scenes access and insights.

Following your day of immersion you’ll be transported to Paris by private jet. Spend the night at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, awakening refreshed for the final stop of your journey.

Stay: Four Seasons George V, Paris

Days 18-19: Have it all in Paris

Relax in the City of Light, just steps from the fabled Champs-Élysées. Explore Old World architecture and art, contemporary fashion and modern gastronomy. Take in the sublime beauty of Paris from the water, enjoying champagne and oysters as you cruise down the Seine on a private riverboat. Explore the Noma staff’s favourite pâtisseries and wine shops in the city. Enjoy an intimate tasting session in the historic, secret wine cellar at the hotel, and immerse yourself in the world of haute couture. Take a day trip to the historic beaches of Normandy, then return to Paris and toast to a successful culinary adventure with a private farewell dinner at the three-Michelin starred restaurant, Le Cinq.

Stay: Four Seasons George V, Paris

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Days 1-3: Take in the bright lights and fiery cuisine of Seoul Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
Days 4-6: Explore the diverse urban landscape of Tokyo Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
Days 7-8: Old and new worlds combine in the apex of Hong Kong Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Days 9-11: Soak in the flavours of Thailand ’s cultural capital Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Days 12-13: Experience the colourful history of Mumbai Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
Days 14-15: Visit the Birthplace of Renaissance Art and Architecture Four Seasons Florence
Days 16-17: A Monumental City Where Tradition and Innovation Combine Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Day 18: Discover modern architecture, quaint narrow streets and a culture of innovation in the Danish capital Four Seasons George V, Paris
Days 18-19: Have it all in Paris Four Seasons George V, Paris

Inclusions

Included

  • A privately chartered Boeing 757 that departs from the departure city as listed in the itinerary, and return to the final destination city as listed in the itinerary
  • Four Seasons hotel accommodations and all applicable taxes in the destinations
  • Operator-planned excursions and options as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Complete program of special events and activities including extensive options at all destinations
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of professional staff, including journey managers and Four Seasons Concierge
  • Bottled water throughout the program (during sightseeing, at scheduled meals, and in your room)
  • The following beverages: liquor aboard the private jet, during special events and cocktail parties on land, house wine and/or beer at lunch and dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages at all scheduled meals on land
  • Baggage handling during the Tour
  • Internet access in hotels where available
  • Tips or gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff; amenities package. Any tips or gratuities not specifically mentioned as included in the total Tour price will be at your discretion.
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • Visas
  • Commercial airfare from your home city to the departure city, and from the final destination city to your home city
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, and fax fees
  • All beverages not mentioned above as included
  • Hotel minibar charges
  • Meals not scheduled
  • Individual hotel services such as spa treatments, golf green fees, and equipment rental, unless otherwise noted
  • Additional excursions and options that are not planned
  • Inoculation and medication costs of any kind.
  • Any tips or gratuities not specifically mentioned as included in the total Tour price will be at your discretion.
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon Four Seasons Hotel George V