Have you ever dreamed about flying around the world? For many people, it is doable, providing they have the time and money. Currently, there are three options:
- Buying tickets as you go is an excellent option for those who need to know how long they want to stay in a specific destination.
- Buying an around-the-world ticket with an airline alliance. While this is probably the best and least expensive option, it limits you to flying only on airlines that are a part of that particular alliance.
with a company that has arranged stopovers in some of the world’s most exclusive locations. While this third option may sound the most rewarding, a word of warning is necessary as it does not come cheap, costing tens of thousands more than the first two option
To put things into perspective, an around-the-world ticket with an airline alliance is based on your route and class of service. The price varies significantly based on the number of continents you visit and can be anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 with an economy class ticket.
Today, we will look at option three: flying across the globe on a private jet with a bespoke itinerary put together by some of the world’s leading luxury travel companies. We will look at the top five from low to high, with the least expensive first and the most expensive last.
5 National Geographic – Around the World by Private Jet
Geared towards people looking to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, the National Geographic tour occurs six times throughout 2024. Guests travel aboard a private 75-seat Boeing 757 and stay in luxury hotels throughout the journey.
Photo: National Geographic
The tour begins in Washington, D.C., in a historic hotel close to the White House. During the 24-day adventure, the National Geographic tour takes in the following destinations:
Fly to Lima, Peru, and then transfer to a private charter that will take you to Cusco 11,200 feet up in the Andes Mountains. From there, you will embark on the Inca Trail and visit the ancient city of Machu Pichu.
Fly to Easter Island, 2,300 miles off the Chilean coast, and marvel at the mysterious Moai stone statues.
Fly across the International Date Line to Apian, Samoa. Regarded as the heart of Polynesian culture, the island remains a reminder of what life was like when Robert Louis Stevenson lived there.
Visit the Great Barrier Reef and swim in one of the most biologically rich places on the planet aboard a private chartered boat accompanied by a marine biologist.
Visit the ancient Khmer Empire temples at Angkor Wat and learn how to prepare and cook Cambodian food.
Nepal and Bhutan
Travel to Kathmandu and visit the Kingdom of Bhutan to learn about the daily lives of Buddhist monks while enjoying spectacular Himalayan vistas.
Arrive in Agra and have early morning photos of you taken by a National Geographic photographer at the Taj Mahal.
Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and visit the Serengeti Plain to see the “Big Five” (rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffalo). Alternatively, you can visit the Ngorongoro Crater and go on a locally guided safari.
Visit the Petra archeological site and learn why it was once an important trading point. While staying at the Mövenpick Resort Petra, guests are treated to a traditional Bedouin feast and folklore.
Visit the red city of Marrakech and tour the Atlas Mountains. This part of the itinerary may need to be altered following the recent earthquake.
The total cost of the 24-day adventure is $99,995 per person based on double occupancy.
4 TCS World Travel
Operating private jet vacations since 1991, TCS World Travel has several itineraries that guests can choose from as they vary by time of the year. While many destinations are the same as the other private jet tours we mentioned, TCS has a 15-day expedition to London, Dakar, Salvador, Lomé, AlUla, and Tunis.
Photo: TCS World Travel.
World Less Traveled
The tour begins in London, England, where you will meet the tour leaders and fellow guests. Spend the night at the Four Seasons Hotel before your morning departure to Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) in Dakar, Senegal, aboard a 52-seat Airbus A321.
While in Senegal, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the local culture with accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the trendy Fann neighborhood.
While not as well known as Rio de Janeiro, Salvador is regarded as the epicenter of Brazil’s Afro/Brazilian art, religion, and music scene. Set in a tropical climate surrounded by Portuguese colonial buildings, Salvador is an exciting place to visit.
From Brazil, guests fly across the Atlantic to Lomé in Togo. Apart from being the capital of one of Africa’s smallest nations, Lomé is a vibrant city with deep-rooted Voodoo traditions.
AlUla is one of the Kingdom’s oldest settlements and a must-see destination in the Saudi Arabian desert. Rivaling Petra in Jordan is the Nabataean city of Hegra, a magnificent tomb carved in sandstone.
The capital of Tunisia houses an array of wonders dating back to the Phoenicians. At the height of the Carthaginian Empire, it dominated trade in the Western Mediterranean Sea before being destroyed by the Romans during the Punic Wars.
The TCS World Less Traveled tour costs $110,000 per person based on double occupancy.
3 Aman The Grandest Tour – Round-the-world expedition
Limited to just 18 guests traveling worldwide staying exclusively in Aman properties.
While residing at the top of the iconic Otemachi Tower, guests enjoy three full days exploring Tokyo.
Relax at the beautiful Amanoi beachside resort overlooking Vinh Hy Bay. Enjoy the tranquil waters that gently lap the shore of the resort’s private beach.
Located on Phuket’s picture-perfect west coast, the Amanpuri Resort offers guests a holistic spa and various boats for seaside adventures.
The Amankora outpost Thimphu Lodge is a sophisticated resort that allows guests to create individual itineraries while exploring this Buddhist mountain Kingdom.
Lying within an ancient walled compound is the Aman Amanbagh, a former hunting lodge for the Maharajah of Alwar. The resort revives life during the Mughal era and is an excellent base for exploring Rajasthan. Also, in India, the Aman-i-Khas Resort is set beside the Ranthambore National Park, the world’s premier Tiger sanctuary.
Located on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula, surrounded by Greek and Roman antiquities, The Amanruya, Bodrum is a magnate not only for discerning vacations but also for history buffs.
Designed to look like a modern-day Acropolis, the Amanzoe, Peloponnese is an elegant beach resort overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Prices are by request only and vary depending upon dates and types of accommodation.
2 Abercrombie & Kent Private Jet Journeys
International luxury and adventure travel company Abercrombie & Kent has been putting together small-group high-end travel adventures for decades. It is well known for coming up with some spectacular itineraries that include breathtaking settings and the very best accommodations to go with them. Limited to 48 guests, one of the adventures for 2024 is a 26-day expedition led by Geoffrey Kent.
Photo: Abercrombie & Kent
Abercrombie & Kent’s private Boeing 757-200ER operates the expedition. Flights depart from Portland International Airport (PDX) and terminate at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). During the adventure, guests will visit the following locations:
While in Japan, you will experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and a dinner at Ketataisha Shrine, with a sacred Shinto dance performance.
Join Buddhist monks for morning prayers and attend a high-altitude polo match.
Learn how the island survived during WWII while visiting the war room and underground tunnels.
Arrive in West Africa to witness the Dakar Rally.
Visit the remote island of St. Helena and learn how Emperor Napoleon spent his final years.
Visit Punte Del Este and enjoy cocktails and a private tango class in the home of a renowned local artist.
Travel to Chile’s Easter Island and marvel at the iconic Moai statues before enjoying a drink atop a dormant volcano.
Enjoy a relaxing stay at an eco-friendly resort in the Tetiaroa Atol.
Total cost of $184,950 per person based on double occupancy.
1 Four Seasons Private Jet Experience
From April 17 until May 10, 2024, the Four Seasons Hotel Group has arranged for 48 guests to visit eight counties in 24 unforgettable days. Passengers board the specially fitted-out Airbus A321neo at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and fly to the following destinations:
Stay at the luxurious Four Seasons hotel and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony before learning how to become a Samurai.
Enjoy a private villa at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan in the lush tropical highlands. While there, learn the art of traditional Indonesian batik pattern fabric dying.
Photo: Four Seasons
Relax at the hotel’s seaside sanctuary on Petite Anse Bay. While there, learn to surf or just relax and enjoy everything the resort offers.
Live your own Gorilla in the Mist adventure while trekking through the heart of Volcanoes National Park. The guided tour will bring you close to an endangered gorilla family.
Learn all about French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent while staying at the 1920s-built house in the Majorelle Gardens. Visit a traditional Berber village high in the Atlas mountains. Following the recent September 2023 earthquake, this part of the itinerary may need to be changed.
Located steps from the Colombian capital’s financial district, the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá offers colonial-style elegance.
Imagine you are Charles Darwin aboard the Beagle as you come face to face with creatures you can find nowhere else on the planet.
Your adventure ends in the South Florida beach resort of Fort Lauderdale, where you are invited to relax at a glamorous beachfront hotel.
Total cost: $215,000 per person based on double occupancy.
Which of these private jet tours would you most like to take, if money was no object? Let us know in the comments!