Around The World by Private Jet: 27 September – 20 October 2017

Visit the world’s most iconic destinations on this round-the-world journey by private jet. From the lost land of the Incas in Peru to the heady souks of Marrakech, prepare to be blown away as you visit nine very different countries and sights, including Easter Island, the Great Barrier Reef, Angkor Wat, the Serengeti and Jordan. You will be accompanied by the best guides along the way, all of whom have years of experience between them and are experts in their field.

Travelling by private jet is the epitome of luxury and enables you to bypass check in queues, making your journey time a whole lot shorter. Travelling by private jet allows you to visit all these fascinating countries in one 24-day long trip, without feeling as if you have to rush from A to B.

Day 1: Orlando Arrival

Upon arrival in Orlando, rendezvous for a welcome dinner with fellow guests and expedition leaders at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.

The luxury hotel envelops you in 500 acres of natural beauty, delivering a luxurious retreat where you can surrender to the serenity of a relaxing spa, indulge in fine dining, or play 18 holes of golf. With exceptional amenities and impeccable service, the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is one of the most breathtaking hotels in Orlando and the perfect place to begin your adventure.

Stay: Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Days 2-4: Explore the Andean countryside of Cusco and Machu Picchu or North Coast, Peru

Spend the next two days exploring the Andean countryside dotted with villages, high altitude hamlets, and ruins linked by trail and railway tracks. Ride a privately chartered train through the Sacred Valley of the Inca to the mountaintop stronghold of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander around historic Cusco where you’ll trace the legacy of Inca and Spanish rule in the Plaza de Armas and the Cusco Cathedral. Visit Inca ruins in Chinchero where you’ll meet a master Andean weaver, working to preserve traditional Peruvian textile art.

If you’re interested in something other than Machu Picchu, consider travelling by local air to Peru’s North Coast. Visit Moche temples, walled citadels, and the adobe city of Chan Chan, a place where tradition and history permeate the air.

Stay: Belmond Miraflores Park

Days 5-6: Unveil a thousand mysteries on Easter Island, Chile

Lying more than 2,000 miles off the continent of South America, Easter Island is known as “the island of a thousand mysteries.” Let them reveal themselves to you one by one as you trace the history of a lost civilization with expert archaeologist guides.  Explore Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the beachside altar of Ahu Akivi and the Rano Raraku quarry, where hundreds of elaborate moai monuments sit abandoned, confounding experts as to what they signify or how they came to be where they are.

Explore the striking ceremonial village of Orongo, home of the mysterious cult of the birdman. Here, petroglyphs and stone houses tell the story of a dramatic annual race in which participants climbed down a sheer 900-foot rock face and swam through shark-infested waters to the islet of Moto Nui. A perilous challenge indeed. Enjoy a scintillating performance of traditional Polynesian music and dance, then retreat to the luxurious enclave of the Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa, to elegant guestrooms outfitted with cypress logs, clay and volcanic rock.

Stay: Hangoroa Eco Village & Spa

Days 7-8: Experience Polynesian culture and hospitality in Apia, Samoa

After crossing the international date line, get a taste of Polynesian culture and island hospitality in Samoa, the seat of one of the greatest stories of human exploration. Visit the estate where “Treasure Island” author Robert Louis Stevenson spent the last years of his life, enjoy a private kava ceremony named after the Polynesian signature beverage, learn about Samoan tattoo art, snorkel in the warm Pacific waters and enjoy a festive fia fia show, a spectacle of indigenous performance and fire-dance. Alternatively, simply relax on the white-sand beaches, tropical gardens, and sparkling blue lagoon at the hotel.

Stay: Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Resort

Days 9-10: Dive Deep Into the World’s largest coral reef

Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef ’s pristine northern reaches and explore the famous seascape with an expert marine biologist. Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters amongst a vibrant collection of coral and tropical fish. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, this enormous coral ecosystem is home to 1,500 species of tropical fish, 30 species of whales, and six species of sea turtles.

Alternatively, embark on an expedition into one of Australia’s last pristine areas: the Daintree Rainforest. Stroll winding paths through old-growth forest with an Aboriginal guide from the Kuku Yalanji people. Spot tropical birds darting through the trees and refresh in the mist of sparkling waterfalls before heading back to your home for the night, set on nearly 10 acres of secluded beachfront on Four Mile Beach.

Stay: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Days 11-13: Discover Angkor Wat

No matter your personal beliefs about religion, philosophy, or the spiritual world, an enlightening experience awaits at the Temples of Angkor. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the enigmatic Bayon, the overgrown remains of Ta Prohm and the magisterial Angkor Wat. Admire intricate towers, polished stones and elaborate relief work dating back to the 12th century.

In the evening discover the culinary landscape of Siem Reap on a private excursion aboard a tuktuk, the local mode of transportation. Sample Cambodia’s national dish, then delight in a traditional Apsara dance performance where graceful dancers relate ancient myths. Your home for the evening is the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, a spectacular display of colonial architecture featuring a pool inspired by the ancient royal bathing pools of Angkor and nearly 15 acres of tropical gardens, ready to explore.

Stay: Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

Days 14-15: Vsiit the Taj Mahal

Emperor Shah Jahan dedicated 22 years of his life to the construction of the Taj Mahal, a memorial to his beloved third wife. Today it stands as a monumental testament to enduring love. Rise early to beat the crowds. Walk the raised pathways and ponder the vision that brought white minarets, red sandstone walls and rich green landscaping together under vast blue skies.

Whilst in Agra opt to visit the Agra Fort and Emperor Akbar’s grand tomb, and cross the Yamuna river for a taste of local life in the village of Kachhpura. 

Stay: The Oberoi Amarvilas

Days 16-18: Wildlife in the Serengeti

One of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations, Tanzania is home to the legendary big five: lions, leopards, cape buffaloes, elephants and rhinos. Start your safari adventure in the middle of the Serengeti, Tanzania’s largest national park. Fly high above the African plains on a hot air balloon safari, and then head out on game drives from the comfort of your luxurious safari lodge.

If you’d like to see a different side of Tanzania, visit the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. See its permanent population of about 25,000 animals, including critically endangered black rhinos, then immerse yourself in colonial-style luxury from your private viewing deck in your room at the lodge.

 

Stay: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Days 19-20: Soak up the beauty of a Pre-Islamic desert city

The Lost City of Petra was once a thriving centre of trade. Today the sprawling metropolis of lush gardens, fountains and villas sits nestled in the arid desert with golden-red sandstone cliffs and wind-eroded plateaus reaching up into the sky. Walk through the Siq, a narrow chasm in the bedrock, and emerge before the elaborate Treasury. If you’re feeling adventurous, join your guide on the 1,000-step climb to the enigmatic Monastery. Also take in a Bedouin folk show, explore the lunar-like landscape of Wadi Rum, and spot exquisite Nabataean rock carvings before marvelling at the awe-inspiring views of the desert from Lawrence’s Spring.

Stay: Movenpick Resort Petra

Days 21-22: Explore the medina in Marrakech

At the foot of the Atlas Mountains sits Marrakech, one of the greatest Muslim citadels on earth. Witness some of the most impressive examples of Muslim architecture in existence. Stroll through the narrow streets of the medina, crowded with merchants, fire-eaters, snake charmers, musicians and entertainers; explore a centre of learning; experience the dreamlike landscapes of the Jardin Majorelle; and trek into the Atlas Mountains and visit traditional homes. In the evening, sip a sweet mint tea and watch the sun descend behind the mountains.

Stay: La Mamounia

Days 23-24: Departure

Fly out of Morocco and head back to Orlando, where a farewell dinner awaits.

Stay: Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Orlando Arrival Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Days 2-4: Explore the Andean countryside of Cusco and Machu Picchu or North Coast, Peru Belmond Miraflores Park
Days 5-6: Unveil a thousand mysteries on Easter Island, Chile Hangoroa Eco Village & Spa
Days 7-8: Experience Polynesian culture and hospitality in Apia, Samoa Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Resort
Days 9-10: Dive Deep Into the World’s largest coral reef Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Days 11-13: Discover Angkor Wat Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
Days 14-15: Vsiit the Taj Mahal The Oberoi Amarvilas
Days 16-18: Wildlife in the Serengeti Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Days 19-20: Soak up the beauty of a Pre-Islamic desert city Movenpick Resort Petra
Days 21-22: Explore the medina in Marrakech La Mamounia
Days 23-24: Departure Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Inclusions

Included

  • All Private jet transportation to each destination
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • All beverages including liquor, aboard the private jet; liquor 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;

    beverages

  • Baggage handling during the Tour
  • Internet access in hotels
  • Where available; tips or gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff; amenities package.
  • Excursions
  • Educational programmes
  • Philanthropy programmes and more
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • Commercial airfare to and from Orlando
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, and fax fees
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)
  • All beverages not mentioned above as included
  • Hotel minibar charges
  • Meals not scheduled by TCS
  • 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.
  • Except for “major changes” as described below, no refund will be made for any accommodations or services included in the expedition price that you voluntarily do not use

Map

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Peru Hotel Libertador Trujillo, Peru Belmond Miraflores Park, Peru Hangoroa Eco Village & Spa, Chile Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Resort, Samoa Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Queensland, Australia Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania Mövenpick Resort Petra, Jordan La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport