Unlike Phileas Fogg from the famed novel Around The World in 80 Days, jet setters today don’t quite need a quarter of the year to visit cities from East to West thanks to private jet planes. About two years ago when Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts became the first hotel group to charter their own Boeing 757-200ER to facilitate luxury private jet tours around the world, they broke the glass ceiling of luxury hospitality. Complete with Four Seasons chef, concierge, front desk manager and steward, the 52 passengers stay overnight at Four Seasons hotels. That very year renowned luxury tours Abercrombie & Kent chartered it’s own Boeing 757-200ER and customised the 200 passenger aircraft for only a group of 50 with a lie-flat seat. Abercrombie & Kent have been known to curate and conduct tours around the world with their founder Geoffrey Kent. With their private jet, the world travellers will only receive a heightened experience with tour manager, chef and service on board and some unique adventures on earth.
2015 has seen an addition to the class of Private Jet tours from tours, cruise liners and hotel, which only spices up the current state of marination of private jet world tours. Crystal Cruises have bought two private jets – Boeing 777 200LR and 787 Dreamliner which are yet to see the tours on their site but will soon enter the game. Then there’s Aman Resorts who very recently have joined the club of hotel owned private jet tours apart from their cruises. TCS World Travel in partnership with Four Seasons Hotels will book and conduct world tours in addition to the Four Seasons’ itinerary and hence have their logo on the Boeing next to the hotel brand.
It seems like an old concept when luxury use to be about enjoying the most extravagant or outrageously unaffordable commodity or experience. Today the Millenials have brought in a paradigm shift to the definition of luxury – a bespoke and rare experience or commodity. Bespoke is a keyword when it comes to a world tour on a private jet and with the number of players to offer these experiences sounds like music to a traveller’s ears. Travellers’ will have more than a dozen itineraries to select from and custom made for your taste. A shift in the pricing dynamic is inevitable in 2016 and 2017.
Some of Four Seasons’ itineraries are tailored to the taste of their own guests and perhaps is a reason why the tours are sold out before anyone can set eyes on them. The same is true for Abercrombie & Kent’s most popular itinerary ‘From Tropics to the Arctic’ which invariably sells out quickly. A word for the wise is to plan the tour a year in advance or at the least 8 to 10 months in advance for best seating on the jet. It is not too late to plan your own version of Around The World tour in 24 days during summer and fall of 2016.
Enlisted are some of the itineraries on offer perhaps you could discover more on the respective tour sites.
Four Seasons’ Extraordinary Adventures: Journey comprises of 25 days from 17 September 2016 to 11 October 2016, starting from Austin, Texas through Costa Rica, Lana’i Hawaii, Sydney, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tanzania, Petra Jordan, and ending at Lisbon, Portugal. On double occupancy USD 137,000 per individual.
Islands Around The World by TCS – Journey comprises of 24 days from 7 -30 June, 2016. The destination trail starts from Kona Hawaii through Port Villa, Palau, Java, Galle Sri Lanka , Maldives, Zanzibar Tanzania, Sicily Italy, Madeira, Bermuda, Boston. On double occupancy USD 79,950 per individual.
Around The World Classic 2016 by TCS – Journey comprises of 24 days from 29 September – 22 October 2016. The first destination of the journey is Orlando, Florida and travels across the globe through Cusco and Machu Pichu, Easter Islands in Chile, Apia in Samoa, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Taj Mahal in India, Serengheti in Tanzania, Petra Jordan and finally concludes in Marrakech, Morocco. On double occupancy USD 79,950 per individual.
Around The World by Private Jet- Islands, Savannas and The Amazon: The tour is of 26 days from 17 October – 11 November 2016. The trail begins from Miami Florida across Amazon River, Easter Islands, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Masai Mara in Kenya, and concludes in Monaco. On double occupancy USD 117,000 per individual.