Picking up on the travel trend for the ultimate in both luxury and privacy, the Four Seasons group is launching its first round-the-world and European tours, now booking for 2015. It is going the distance by looking after its customers every step of the way thanks to a new, fully branded private jet with interior design customised by the company’s team of experts (think individually handcrafted leather flatbed seats, global in-flight WiFi and more).
These events raise the bar at the luxe end of the travel industry to seriously dizzy heights, for never before has a hotel chain taken its service to the skies. There are three trips currently planned – for groups or private charter – each the result of serious behind-the-scenes work to open closed doors and ensure an unforgettable adventure.
The first is a 24-day, nine-destination around-the-world trip ($119,000 per person based on two sharing, with an $11,00 single supplement) that departs in February, beginning in LA and ending in London. It skips from helicopter trips in Hawaii to snorkelling tours in Bora Bora, from a stop at the Taj Mahal to jungle adventures in Thailand.
A second round-the-world escapade leaves in August and includes safaris in the Serengeti, diving in the Maldives, learning to make sushi at Tokyo’s largest fish market, exploring Beijing’s Forbidden City and shopping in Marrakech’s Medina, finishing with a glittering dinner in New York.
The Backstage with the Arts 16-day trip ($69,000 per person, with $8,000 single supplement) departs in April and will go to seven cities. In each one an experience is unveiled that is not normally available to the public. From a private tour of Lisbon’s Berardo Collection Museum to a performance of Don Giovanni at Prague’s Estates Theatre, where Mozart debuted the opera in 1787, this trip will highlight the wonders of European culture. In Milan a performance at La Scala awaits, in Paris a private cruise along the Seine will be followed by dinner at the Eiffel Tower. In Istanbul there is an individual tour of the Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern, and in St Petersburg there is the chance to return to times of imperial splendour by attending a gala at the Pavlovsk Palace and having a private tour of the State Hermitage Museum, which celebrates its 250th anniversary next year.
Accommodation is, naturally, at Four Seasons hotels, and the accompanying on-board Four Seasons host will ensure seamless transits from jet to hotel room. All that will be left to do is soak up the cultural experience of a lifetime.