One luxury jet, nine destinations, 24 culture-filled days and a countdown to what promises to be the trip of a lifetime in 2019. Due to the demand for its private-jet experiences, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced an addition to its World of Adventures itinerary. Just 52 guests will take flight next autumn on a customised Boeing 757 – complete with Italian leather “flatbed” seats, an in-flight concierge and a private chef – for a curated trip around the world.
The exclusive experience (priced from $143,000 per person) begins in Seattle with a “welcome dinner” at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum on October 23, before guests take time out to explore the sights of the city. The party will then board the plane to Kyoto, Japan where – from October 25 to 28 – the delights of east Asia will be experienced: from a culinary tour of Nishiki Market to an adventure amid the soaring stems of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
Bali is the next destination en route – where adrenaline junkies can shoot the rapids of the Ayung River, while the more sedate and spiritually inclined soak in sacred pools or partake in water purification rituals. Shopping is, of course, a key part of the experience for anyone wishing to stock up on local silver jewellery and hand-dyed batik textiles.
The Seychelles is the fourth stop on the journey – where guests can kick back on endless white beaches surrounded by crystal waters. There will also be plenty to see, including a visit to the Unesco-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on the small island of Praslin, where rare coco de mer palm trees can be found. From November 3 to 5, guests will find themselves in the mountains of Rwanda, where specialist guides will be waiting to take them into the national parks to see endangered gorillas in their natural habitat.
The trip changes pace in Marrakech, a whirl of bustling markets and mosques framed by the Atlas Mountains. Curated shopping trips will enable guests to procure items such as Berber carpets at the best locations, while the labyrinth of fragrant spice markets is sure to lure epicureans. No trip to Morocco would be complete without a visit to Yves Saint Laurent’s cerulean-blue-walled Majorelle Garden – an oasis in the throng of the city.
The remainder of the journey takes travellers from Marrakech to Colombia’s Bogotá and on to the incredible Galápagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin during his second voyage on the HMS Beagle. From here, the private jet heads back to the US, where guests alight in Miami for more beachfront fun on Florida’s Atlantic coast.