The Experience

Explore Beijing’s Great Wall of China or learn the gentle art of Taiji at the Temple of Heaven.  If  you have already visited Beijing, opt for a different experience in coastal Tianjin.  Experience firsthand the traditions and past times of Singapore’s multi-racial communities and dine at one of the celebrity restaurants on the 57th floor Observation Deck of the Sands Sky Park.

Discover an array of distinctive natural wonders in Mauritius, ” the jewel of the Indian Ocean”.  Marvel at the world’s most astounding sacred sites in Lalibela, Ethiopia-  eleven rock-hewn churches in continuous use since the 12th century.  Visit Doha, Qatar and take a 4WD safari over the Sahara dunes to a private Bedouin camp for a festive dinner party.  Escape to the Greek island of Crete to discover preserved ruins of  its Minoan civilization or choose to partake in a hands-on cooking class at a family run vineyard.  Journey  to Seville,  the social, cultural, and artistic heart of southern Spain and enjoy a private performance of the Dancing Andalucían Horses of Jerez.

Your Journey Begins…

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

MON., OCT. 06

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Your journey begins as you travel from your hometown to Seattle, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury hotel.  Meet fellow travelers this evening at a welcome reception and dinner party.

Cross the International Dateline

TUE., OCT. 07

The excitement begins as you board your luxury Private Jet flight to Beijing. Settle into the sumptuous surroundings of your private aircraft and enjoy gourmet meals, cocktails and wines of your choice. After a quick refueling stop in Anchorage, continue to Beijing, crossing the International Dateline.

BEIJING, CHINA

WED., THU. & FRI.,  OCT. 08, 09 & 10

The St. Regis Beijing

Wednesday afternoon arrive in Beijing, the political, economic and cultural center of the People’s Republic of China. Enjoy VIP elite arrival service before you are whisked off to your accommodations in the heart of the city.

Thursday explore the vast Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City. Enjoy exclusive access to the Chonghua Palace (The Palace of Double Glory), normally off limits to the public and filled with priceless treasures.

Take a private boat ride on Kunming Lake to reach the  Summer Palace, the rest and recreation area of the Royal Families of China for more than a thousand years. Returning to Beijing, stop by the 2008 Olympic sites, the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

Attend a performance of the Beijing Opera, which combines song, dance, mime and acrobatics, with  special backstage access.

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THE GREAT WALL

Walk along a portion of the 5,500 mile-long Great Wall, which was built as a defense against invaders from the north, and later became a conduit of communication, with news and orders carried by the armies that traveled it.

THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

Explore the Temple of Heaven; built in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty. Here you also have the opportunity to learn the gentle art of Taiji by a Taiji master.

TIANJIN, CHINA (ALTERNATE VISIT)

WED., THU. & FRI.,  OCT. 08, 09 & 10

The St. Regis Tianjin

If you have previously visited Beijing, you may opt to spend these three nights in Tianjin. Depart directly from Beijing airport on your drive of approximately two hours to Tianjin, located near the coast. The Treaty of Tianjin, signed in 1856, gave Europeans the right to establish nine concessionary bases along the banks of the Hai River for setting up trade.  Thus, large numbers of foreign villas and mansions were constructed in Tianjin during the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Explore these former concession streets  and discover the fascinating juxtaposition of European and Chinese architecture.

Visit the Shi Family Mansion, built in 1875 which now houses the Yangliuqing Museum and The Porcelain House, also known as the “China House”, a French-style building with a history of over 100 years. Tianjin will also indulge you with almost all eight of the classical Chinese cuisines, of which seven types can be enjoyed in Food Street; undoubtedly  each cuisine is a feast for your pallet.

Attend a performance of Beijing Opera in Tianjin, which combines song, dance, mime and acrobatics, with special backstage access.

On Friday visit the Tianjin Museum. The unique architectural style of the museum, whose appearance resembles that of a swan spreading its wings, has made this one of the city’s iconic buildings. Continue to the Tianjin Culture Center, showcasing it’s culture, people, and ecology.

SINGAPORE

SAT. & SUN., OCT. 11 & 12

The St. Regis Singapore

Enjoy first class cuisine on your Private Jet flight to Singapore.  Upon arrival, transfer to your luxury hotel for the next two nights and immerse yourself into the multi-cultural diversity of Singapore.

Discover Singapore’s heritage, making your first stop at the European settlement along the Singapore River. Travel back in time on a quaint bumboat and revel in the island’s history.  Weave your way through the colorful streets of “Little India” to seek out the spices and various curry bases. Unearth the significance of the fragrant jasmine garlands to the Hindus.    Next, you will visit “Kampong Glam”, the place to take in the history and culture of the Malay people and view the Sultan Mosque, the largest mosque in Singapore. Along Arab Street, be dazzled by the sights, sounds and smells of the various street shops selling textiles, rattan, carpets, oil-based perfumes –  age old trades which sustained early immigrants.

This evening admire Singapore’s colorful city lights from the 57th floor Observation Deck of the Sands Sky Park, one of Singapore’s iconic landmarks and enjoy dinner at one of its celebrity chef restaurants.

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Asian Civilizations Museum (ACM)

ACM houses a modest but nevertheless appropriately significant open exhibition that features interesting vignettes and artifacts tracing Singapore’s early history as tied to the River’s existence.

Bay of Gardens & Flower Dome

Explore Singapore’s new Bay of Gardens and step into the spectacular and  innovative Flower Dome. Stop and smell the flowers in the colorful changing displays of the Flower Field, which reflects different seasons and themes.   Soothe tired feet with a unique Fish Spa therapy session.

MAURITIUS, INDIAN OCEAN

MON., TUE. & WED., OCT. 13, 14 & 15

The St. Regis Mauritius

Board your luxury Private Jet and continue across the Indian Ocean to the island of Mauritius where your luxury ocean view suite awaits you.

Begin your exploration in the southwest of the island with a visit to the village of Chamarel, home to  the island’s most famous natural wonders – the magnificent Chamarel waterfall and the Seven-Colored Earths. Unique colored earths with their rainbow set of colors evolved from the conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals. This relatively small area of sand dunes is made of  seven distinct colors of sand, and is beautifully carved, creating an effect of earthen meringue.

Continue to explore Ganga Talao, a crater lake about 1800 feet above sea level in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius.  It is considered to be the most sacred Hindu place on the island.  During Shivaratri, many pilgrims in Mauritius walk bare feet from their homes to the lake. Marvel at the temple with its colorful statues dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman, Lakshmi, and others along the Grand Bassin.   Here nature and men seem to coexist peacefully amongst the abundant flora and fauna.

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North Mauritius

Explore the botanical garden of Pamplemousses, famous for its plants brought from all over the world. Discover the Victoria Amazonica, the largest of water lilies. Continue to the capital city of Port Louis and visit the Blue Penny Museum for a captivating glimpse into the art and history of Mauritius. Enjoy lunch at the Caudan Waterfront and free time for shopping.

Leisure & Shopping

Avail yourself of the facilities, spa and an array of water sports offered at your resort. You may also opt to spend the afternoon in Port Louis for lunch and shopping.

ADDIS ABABA  & LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA

THU., FRI. & SAT.,  OCT. 16, 17 & 18

Sheraton Addis, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Enjoy a lavish lunch onboard your Private Jet flight to Ethiopia, one of the world’s oldest countries, once known as the “Hidden Empire”. Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, transfer to your luxury hotel.

Rise early for a short local charter flight over amazing rust-colored canyons to Lalibela. The small town of Lalibela is situated high in the Lasta Mountains at over 8,500 feet and is arguably one of the most important religious and historical sites in all of Africa and the entire Christian world. There are no less than 200 churches in the Lasta Region of Lalibela, some hidden in enormous caves.  These brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the world”. The churches are said to have been constructed during King Lalibela’s reign during the 12th and 13th centuries.

You will visit a few of the many churches, some connected by tunnels, standing on either side of the river which the villagers call Jordan. See the Church of St. George, a nearly perfect cube from which sections were hewn to give it the shape of a cross.   Here you will see the cloth-covered “Pillar of Light” against which Christ is said to have leaned while appearing to King Lalibela in a dream.  After a fascinating visit, return by air to Addis Ababa.

On Saturday explore the historic capital city of Addis Ababa. Visit the Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a Baroque style of European architecture which is unique to Ethiopia. Here you will find scripts of the imperial families, and coffins of Emperor Haile Selassie; the founder of the church, and his wife.

Continue to the Ethnological Museum, situated within Haile Selassie’s former palace and the University’s gardens and fountains. The collections reveal the history, culture and traditions of the people of Ethiopia. Discover the Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, selling artifacts from all over the country.

After lunch, discover more of Ethiopia’s history at the National Museum, which houses the famous complete hominid fossil remain of “Lucy” or enjoy a leisure afternoon at the hotel.

This evening, a special dinner party is planned to experience the culture and cuisine along with folkloric dancers of  Ethiopia.

DOHA, QATAR

SUN., MON. & TUE., OCT. 19, 20 & 21

The St. Regis Doha

Board your Private Jet flight to Doha in the oil-rich kingdom of Qatar. The country is made up of both an island and a peninsula in the north-eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula.

Visit the private museum of the Royal Family member Sheikh Faisal  and  view his extensive collection of more than 3,000 Arabian and Islamic artifacts, weapons, Bedouin jewelry, traditional doors, manuscripts, fossils, carpets, embroideries, antique furniture, and books. The museum also features a comprehensive collection of historic cars, including a 19th-century steam-powered vehicle. Continue into the heart of the atmospheric Souk Waqif, one of the most bustling areas of the city. The souk has evolved from its origins as a weekend market into a maze of narrow alleyways filled with small shops selling everything imaginable, including a variety of falcon shops.

Enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants on Pearl-Qatar, an artificial island off the coast. The island is being built on one of Qatar’s previous major pearl diving sites in the shape of a string of pearls; thus The Pearl Qatar will be reminiscent of Qatar’s rich past in the pearl industry.

Doha city is a fascinating blend of both traditional and modern city. On Tuesday, discover the Corniche and Dhow Harbor, before continuing on to the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei. The museum houses a magnificent collection of artworks dating from the 7th to the 19th Century, including manuscripts, ceramics, metal, glass, ivory, textiles, wood and precious stones from three continents.

An excursion by 4-WD jeeps over the massive sand dunes will bring you to the famous Inland Sea area near the Saudi Arabian border. Watch the sunset over the desert and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner at a private Bedouin camp with traditional entertainment.

ISLAND OF CRETE, GREECE

WED., THU. & FRI.,  OCT. 22, 23, & 24

Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Fly by Private Jet to Heraklion on the island of Crete and

transfer to your beachfront resort.

Crete, one of the Mediterranean’s largest and most enchanting islands, is renowned for its rich history, crystal clear beaches, and dramatic landscapes.

Get an inside view of Cretan culture and history during your exploration of the ruins of Knossos Palace, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and considered as Europe’s oldest city.

Enjoy a typical Cretan lunch at one of Heraklion’s typical tavernas.  Spend the afternoon exploring the Archaeological Museum, the world’s premier museum of Minoan civilization, or strolling along Heraklion’s pedestrian streets lined with shops and cafes.

In the late afternoon, embark on a traditional Greek caique fishing boat for a sunset cruise.  Sail from the hotel’s own jetty around the small island of Kolokitha, opposite the hotel, while enjoying cocktails and canapes.

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Ancient Villages: Lato, Kera & Kritsa

Discover Crete’s culture and landscapes, visiting an archaeological site, a mountain village and a Byzantine Church.  Explore the ruins of the ancient Doric city of Lato, one of the best excavated Greek cities on the island with impressive ruins. Admire the magnificent frescos in the church of Panagia Kera, one of the most ancient in Greece. Stroll through the picturesque village of Kritsa, built on a rock hill, surrounded by olive groves, and an important center of weaving art and embroidery.

Winery Visit with Hands-On Cooking Class

Visit a family-run vineyard in one of the most noteworthy wine regions of Crete,  the appellation area of Peza. Enjoy a friendly and relaxed hands-on cooking class, highlighting the simple, seasonal foods of Crete. Discover how to prepare a number a Cretan dishes, or if you wish a less active roll, relax and soak up the atmosphere. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting of the estate’s finest wines and a rustic meal with the food prepared.

SEVILLE & JEREZ, SPAIN

SAT., SUN. & MON.,  Oct. 25, 26 & 27

Hotel Alfonso XIII, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Depart Greece on your Private Jet flight to Seville, the capital of Andalusia.  It is a melting pot of different civilizations and considered to be the social, cultural, and artistic heart of southern Spain.

In the afternoon take a walk through the Old Town and visit  the 15th century gothic Cathedral, the third largest in the world. Within its walls lie the remains of Columbus as well  as relics of St. Ferdinand, liberator of Seville.

On Sunday enjoy an excursion to Jerez de la Frontera in the Cadiz province. Jerez is famous for its wine and you will have an opportunity to learn about the sherry making process and enjoy a tasting of the finest sherry and local delicacies during a visit to the only bodega in Jerez whose production focuses exclusively on the very oldest of sherry wines and brandies.    Continue to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art to enjoy a private “equestrian ballet” accompanied by Spanish music and riders in 18th century style costumes.  Enjoy lunch at one of the finest restaurants in town before returning to Seville.

Monday discover Seville’s Moorish flavor on a walking tour  of its magical Santa Cruz quarter. The Alcazar is considered to be the oldest Royal Palace in Europe still in use today.  Lunch will be an exploration into Andalusia’s tapas culture,

as you walk the winding streets of Seville and sample some  of the best tapas the city has to offer.

Join in the festivities this evening at a gala cocktail and dinner party including a colorful Flamenco dance performance to celebrate the finale of your Around the World adventure.

Your Journey Ends

SEVILLE / BOSTON

TUE., OCT. 28

While your onboard chef and cabin crew lavish you with fine wine and great food on the final segment of your luxury Private Jet journey, your tour managers will recap the trip’s highlights.  Soon it will be time to bid farewell to friends until you meet again on your next Private Jet adventure.  After you exit U.S. Customs, you will be assisted with connecting to your flight home.

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