Experience the grandeur of history and enchanting beauty of nature during your 32-day Around the World Luxury Tour with a private jet. From witnessing lions lazing on the South African plain to watching geysers erupt in Iceland, feeling the wind brush your skin while riding horseback in Mongolia to snorkeling around Belize’s barrier reef, you will embrace the world’s unique wonders. Relax on the beaches of the Maldives. Trek the mountains of Nepal. Wander the ancient city of Petra. You can revel...
Iceland - Arrive in the Pristine Beauty of Iceland
Iceland is a natural wonder of fire and ice with breathtaking panoramas that overtake volcanic peaks and black-sand beaches, icy waters, and vast lava fields. The power of nature is endlessly present as geothermal pools steam and glaciers glisten in the sunlight. Whales often breach the waters outside of Reykjavik, and the Northern Lights dance across the night sky. Your private plane will land at the airport, where your private transfer will meet you at customs before escorting you to the comforts of the luxurious Retreat at Blue Lagoon.
Your fabulous escape is set outside of Reykjavik and away from any light pollution for a chance to view the Northern Lights when they appear. The resort rises out of the landscape shaped by cooled lava and geothermal activity for an inviting and relaxing getaway that gives you access to Iceland’s legendary splendor. After settling into your room, you can bask in the intimate warmth of the private retreat lagoon where the silica, algae, and minerals revitalize your skin within the milky-blue water. In the evening, you may want to dine at the restaurant on the property, which specializes in locally sourced and seasonal ingredients for recipes inspired by Icelandic heritage.
Iceland - Inside the Volcano and Gourmet Reykjavik
Your day will begin with a private helicopter ride to Thrihnukagigur, a dormant volcano covering more than 35,200 square feet. The stunning display of raw power and unique charisma rises from inside the magma chamber. Your guide will take you through the door of the earth as you descend approximately 400 feet to reach the heart of the crater. From outside the volcano, you can view the tremendous lava field, while inside the volcano, the scenery will change to reveal the heart of the chamber where the original magma has disappeared, possibly solidifying into the walls that cling to the European and North American continental plates.
You will continue to Reykjavik to discover the character of the nation’s capital. The capital city shines with vibrant facades that line the coastline and unique boutique shops decorating the street. The quiet ambiance will accentuate the whimsical character alongside the historical foundations and artistic aesthetic of the locals under the watchful eye of the towering Hallgrímskirkja church that stands 244 feet tall. Your tour of the city will take you on an exclusive exploration of the city’s celebrated restaurants to reveal the heritage and evolution of the cuisine. Highlighted by the work of award-winning chefs and passionate sommeliers, savor dishes that range from a simple savory cake with onion, jumper, and cheese to poached cod seasoned with spruce and caviar.
Iceland - Highlights of the Golden Circle Tour
The diversity of Iceland’s grandeur will sweep you into the natural drama. Divided by fire and ice, your private helicopter tour around the Golden Circle will show the breadth of the landscape. You will have a unique view of the scenery as you soar over the Golden Circle that encompasses the famous sites from Thingvellir National Park to the Geothermal Area. The chopper will thump the air as you look out the window to find the Strokkur geyser erupting nearly every 10 minutes with water that can reach up to 230 feet high. When you reach Gullfoss, you will have an unimpeded view of the Golden Waterfall’s mighty torrent.
The tiered cascade drops 36 feet on the upper level, and another 68 feet at the lower falls, creating a dramatic mist rising from the thundering basin. Your pilot will land on a nearby glacier where you can step onto the icy surface for a different perspective of the landscape. Instead of a flat sheet of ice, you will find crevices, roiling tunnels, and undulating ripples connoting the layers of history captured in the ice. At lunch, you will stop at a local farm where the residents use the geothermal activity of the region. The steam and rich minerals in the soil help produce specific types of produce year-round even in the cold dark winters resulting in unique and delicious cuisine.
Iceland - ATV Adventure on Black Sand Beaches
After breakfast, you will retreat to the magnificent black sands that blanket the coastline of the Reykjanes peninsula on a guided quad-bike tour. The lunar-like landscape will highlight the rugged terrain against the backdrop of the North Atlantic’s crashing waves. In season, whales are visible from the shoreline as they raise their fins from the or breach the surface and splash back down. The pebbled coastline gives way to an interior of bubbling hot springs and lave fields spreading into the rugged mountains shaped by volcanic peaks.
The fresh air will carry hints of the briny sea. You have time to visit one of the various fishing villages at your own pace to take in the charm of colorful homes and quiet ambiance overlooking the dramatic water. Gardur offers a glimpse of ancient life once mentioned in the historical book of settlements with coastal charm emanating from the red and white stripes of the lighthouse. In the evening, you will return to the Keflavik International Airport to board your private jet bound for Jordan.
Petra - Arrive in the Unique History of Petra
Jordan is a masterpiece of Middle East history and natural wonder with inspiring landscapes and unique oases carved into the desert terrain. The welcoming ambiance stems from the ancient heritage of hospitality where camel caravans once followed the King’s Highway and palaces rose out rusty sand dunes. Your plane will land at King Hussein Airport’s private jet terminal after an overnight flight, where you will meet your private escort eager to take you to Petra. You will have the option of taking a helicopter to reach Petra, or you can enjoy the scenic drive bound for the former ancient city. You will follow the road cutting through the desert on the King’s Highway as the sand gives way to limestone rock formations as you pass Kerak Castle and the Mujib Dam.
The winding roads of the highway snaking down the canyon walls. The town of Petra stands outside the walls of the ancient city to reveal the sturdy foundations of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. For an introduction to the hospitality and insight of Jordan, you can take a cooking class highlighting the typical cuisine of the country and region. As the chef leads you through the layers of ingredients, you can find the aromas of garbanzo beans for falafel, roasted nuts, and rose syrup meant for dessert.
Petra - Privately Guided Tour of Ancient Petra
In the morning, you will find the aromas of mint and honey filling the dining room of your hotel before you meet your guide in the lobby eager to explore the fascinating walls of the Rose Red City. Enter the canyon together and follow the steep, snaking walls as they weave approximately a mile to reach the renowned facade of the treasury. The narrow, vertical walls will open to reveal the intricate details of the former Nabatean structure half-carved into the canyon wall. The canyon offers a bridge between the past and present with architectural foundations dating back to the 1st century AD with a facade embracing the canyon walls reaching 656 feet tall.
Your guide may point out the 2,000-year-old terracotta pipes and sections of Roman pavings protruding through the excavated soil. At the Monastery, you can find a facade reaching 164 feet wide and 147 feet tall, dating back to the 3rd century BC. The rock stairs weave a trail through the mountains for elaborate views of the surrounding desert crowned by the display of ancient engineering that once acted as a crossroads between Arabia, Egypt, and Phoenicia. You will have time to visit Wadi Rum before returning to the airport for your overnight flight to Mongolia with lunch amid the combined views of the quintessential desert and extreme canyon walls.
Mongolia - Explore Dalanzadgad and Greater Mongolia
Mongolia is a collection of rugged landscapes in one of the world’s least populated countries. Each region offers an enchanting ambiance stemming from the natural contours and colors of the distinctive sands, cliffs, mountains, or plains, giving way to specific cultures shaped by their surroundings.
Your plane will land at Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, and you will board your private helicopter bound for the Gobi Desert. As the fifth-largest desert in the world, the arid landscape of the Gobi spreads across the borders of Mongolia into China, with the scene shifting from shimmering greens and golds to striated red rocks. During your flight, you may find goats and sheep grazing on the grasslands or camel hurds huddling against the winds, Gazelles glide across the flatlands and horses romp along the edges of sands.
You will land at the comforts of the Three Camel Lodge to find a mixture of modern luxuries and traditional nomadic lifestyle as you receive the hospitable welcome of an honored guest. Your private tour of the region will take you first to the Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs, where the sunset makes the rugged walls burn a fiery red. Dinosaur fossils were discovered at the base of the precipices, revealing the landscape changes over time among the vivid bluffs standing alone against the desert sky.
Mongolia - Discover the Khongor Sand Dunes
You will have an immersive tour of the desert landscape and see how the arid temperatures can create a unique contrast between the Altai mountains and the renowned sand dunes. After breakfast, your private driver will take you along a route followed by lone gers and nomads who traversed the landscape on camelback wedged between the mountains lining the horizon. The desert floor pops with colorful rocks and unique minerals to reveal how nature may shine brightest when untouched by human hands. At lunch, you will meet with a local came breeder to experience life in the desert.
The Bactrian camels will huddle together reveal with their two humps and shaggy fur as they reach nearly 11.5 feet tall. You may wish to try the camel’s milk to find a surprisingly sweet and subtly salty flavor with a creamy texture. At the sand dunes, you will witness a portion of the 373 square miles at the foot of the Altai Mountains. The dunes roll across the horizon to reach upwards of 980 feet tall with attractive curves and sharp edges shaped by the wind. The yellow and white sands may glint in the sunlight as you touch the fine grainy texture.
Mongolia - The Fabulous a Gorge and Petroglyphs
In the morning, you will break out into the wonders of the Gurvan Saikhan National Park, where the iconic sand dunes mesh against ice canyons in the shadows of dramatic mountain vistas. Your private driver will take you deep into the scenery to reach the Yolyn Am Gorge, where you can wander along the mile and a half path to view the blue ice filling the pass. Shaggy yaks perch alongside the pathway and ibex wedge onto the rocky cliffs.
The rounded horns of the mountain goat can reach 38 inches tall and contrast with the unique vision of the blue ice in the cool shade of the rock walls. You can continue to the ancient rock paintings at Khatsgait to find the petroglyphs dating back to 8,000 BC. The trailhead will mark the pathway that winds along the cliffs and elevates 5,977 feet above sea level. You may find the scent of soil and crisp air blending as you see images of large red deer and hunters stalking a cat-like creature or wolves mating and ibex with large antlers decorating the walls.
You can take more time in Mongolia to reach Hustai National Park in search of Mongolia’s famous wild horses. The landscape of Central Mongolia offers the perfect escape into the arid steppe sweeping to gentle mountain slopes and ancient forest known for supporting the endangered Przewalski’s Horse. Your guide will take you on an unforgettable journey through the inspiring landscape in search of the wild horse, which can stand 56 inches long and reach nearly seven feet tall.
Nepal - Reach the Himalayan Steps at Kathmandu
Nepal's diversity often surprises visitors as they explore the alluring mountainscapes of the Himalayas and the ancient culture scattered across the spiritual plateaus. The combination of Himalayan views and golden temples, wildlife sightings, and hilltop villages create a wonderful mix of surprising delights. Your morning flight will take you from Mongolia to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, where your private transfer will escort you to the Hotel Dwarikas. The luxurious accommodation is steeped in the national heritage celebrating the location of the valley’s inhabitants dating back two millennia and is revealed in the architectural splendor reflecting the Newari heritage.
Your guide will meet you at the lobby ready to lead you through the city rising above the confluence of the Gamati and Vishnumati rivers to discover what is often affectionately called the “Roof of the World,” hiding within the shadows of the Himalayas. The scent of garlands will fill the air as your guide leads you through the ancient shrine of Swayambhunath. Monkeys inhabit part of the temple with sporadic calls and squawks echoing against the walls. The stupa glows with omnipresent eyes as the centerpiece of the complex with foundations dating back to the 5th century AD. The white dome will contrast the golden spire as it captures the essence of the four iconic faces of the Buddha.
Nepal - Enjoy an Everest Flight by Helicopter
Your tour will begin at the airport with a private helicopter flight bound for Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The crisp air will bite at your skin as you notice the rugged foothills of the surrounding Himalayan peaks looming over the small sherpa village. As you lift off once more, you will have a breathtaking view of 18 of the world’s highest peaks piercing the clear skies with four of the peaks standing over 26,246 feet above sea level.
You will fly over the Everest Base Camp where mountaineers prepare and rest before or after their ascent to Everest. As you circle the infamous peak of the world’s tallest peak at over 29,029 feet above sea level, you may see hints of trekkers reaching for the summit during your five-minute flight before you settle in the comforts of Hotel Everest View. Enjoy a late breakfast with an inspiring 360-panorama of the peaks set in captivating luxury.
Upon your return to Kathmandu, you will have a vibrant tour of Patan, an ancient city-state on the edges of Kathmandu. The area has preserved one of the best collections of temples and palaces on the banks of the Bagmati River and rising out of Patan Durbar Square. Newari architecture brings to light the remarkable history and immaculate detail of the artisan crafts featured in the Buddhist monastery of the Golden Temple dating back to the 12th century. A doorway leads into the main courtyard where two elephant statues guard the gateway leading to impressive glinting figures of the Buddha. For dinner, you can indulge in Nepal's typical flavors at Krishna Arpan that celebrates the authentic recipes steeped in local tradition.
Nepal - Pashupainath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa
The ancient and medieval heritage of Nepal will emerge from your tour after breakfast, as your guide leads you to the famous and sacred sites beginning with Pashupatinath. The nation’s most important Hindu temple rises above the banks of the Bagmati River. The bustling market will fill the street with vibrant colors, and bustling crowds as the aroma of marigolds fills the air. Images of Hindu deities surround the temple giving way to rainbows of color and images of Mount Meru. The temple itself is open only to Hindu visitors, but you can find glimpses of the holy cremation sites along the water’s edge and the golden back of a brass statue of Nandi.
At Boudhanath, the great stupa remains one of the most important Buddhist sites in the country and offers a staggering image of devotion with a diameter of over 328 feet. Legends of the stupa abound with foundations dating back to the 5th century AD and contains a holy relic of Buddha Kasyapa. Your tour will come to an end at Bhaktapur, where art and archeology create a harmonious ambiance dripping from the Palace of 55 Windows. The structure was built in the18th century and houses the National Art Gallery featuring palm-leaf manuscripts and Tantric cloth paintings. The Golden Gate remains an epic feature of Repousse art with raised metal reliefs embellished with intricate definition.
Maldives - The Sculpted Islands of the Maldives
In the morning, you can participate in a yoga class accentuated by the stunning view of the Himalayan mountains in the distance. As you stretch and bend, the beautiful scenery will provide a soothing ambiance before breakfast. Your private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight bound for the Maldives. Once in the island paradise, you will have an easy entrance into the country with a VIP customs experience before you have a scenic seaplane journey to reach the Kihavah private resort located approximately 77 miles away.
The crystal-clear blue of the tropical Indian Ocean sculps the colorful reef and powdery white sands of the isolated island. You can bask in your remarkable villa and embrace the ultimate luxury decorated with Asian-inspired furnishings and elegant views spreading from the shallow turquoise reef to the azure depths. You can spend time in the private pool of your overwater bungalow before dinner, and then select your seating option of Sea or Sky. Opt to dine in a restaurant located under the water, or be set beneath the star-studded sky, accompanied by a select wine that accentuates the flavors of your preferred choice.
Maldives - Embrace the Beauty of Maldives Discovery
At breakfast, indulge in the soothing aroma of fresh cappuccino accompanied by the scent of the sea breeze. The day is yours to explore the beauty of the Maldives at your preferred pace. Sail across the Indian Ocean, or opt to explore along the reef with a snorkeling tour. You can follow the resident marine biologist with a tour of the water to learn about the protective efforts of Hanifaru Bay as you search for manta rays.
The warm waters will offer a welcoming ambiance as you witness colonies of hard corals glowing with creamy yellow and bright orange hues. As you glide through the water, you may find colonies of manta rays cruising through water as they reveal their gentle nature without a stinger with groups growing up to 150 members at a time. The manta ray can have a wingspan of 29 feet as they hunt for zooplankton and krill among the reef. At dinner, you can relax beneath the dazzling night sky with a guided search through a telescope finding the planets ablaze thousands of light-years away bringing together the beauty of the galaxy and the flavorful cuisine of the secluded atoll.
Maldives - Choose your Own Maldives Adventure
You can venture out onto the Indian Ocean for a romantic cruise aboard a luxury yacht. Your captain will capture the sea breeze celebrating the exquisite views sweeping over the azure waters. You may wish to search the waters surrounding the reef for glimpses of sea turtles hiding among the waving grass. When you dive into the water from the boat, you can notice the visibility reaching up to 131 feet in the distance.
There are five common species of sea turtles in the Maldives, making it possible to find Hawksbill to Green turtles grazing in the water or speeding past the reef. Hawksbill turtles search for sea anemones or jellyfish around the edges of the reef and can reach 45 inches long and weigh up to 150 pounds. Once back on the boat, you can relax with the comforting lull of the waves rocking the hull or bathe in the sun as it stretches across the deck. For dinner, you can dine in the unique comforts of the gourmet restaurant set beneath the water for a world-class experience.
South Africa - Travel to Captivating Cape Town
At breakfast, you may want to bask in the beauty of your view with a frothy latte as the breeze drifts through your overwater bungalow. Your seaplane will take you back to the international airport at Male, where you will board your private jet bound for Cape Town, South Africa. The city of Cape Town offers a combination of culture and cuisine, landscape, and panoramas to reveal the confluence of natural wonder and artistic aesthetic. The perfect plateau of Table Mountain looms above the city for a natural border to the north of the city while the Atlantic Ocean frames the city to the south.
Your private transfer will meet you at Cape Town International Airport and escort you to the exclusive accommodations of The Ellerman House, where you can bask in your private terrace with a dazzling ocean view. The modern luxuries will blend with a touch of traditional elegance on a property decorated with indigenous gardens, an extensive wine list, and a restaurant focused on serving seasonal, local ingredients resulting in world-class dining experiences. For an introduction to the estate, you can wander the gardens that accentuate the original Cape Edwardian architecture dating back to 1906. The gardens will fill with the aromas of manicured grass and towering palms along the panoramic terraces giving way to a collection of outdoor art representing a timeline of socio-political and cultural history.
South Africa - Delight in the Scenic Peninsula
Your private driver will meet you at your hotel after breakfast to whisk you onto the greater peninsula for a grand tour of the natural beauty spreading from Cape Town to Cape Point. The majestic coastline will fill your view with roiling waves and surfers riding the whitewater back to shore. The mountains will carry the aromas of fynbos amid the sea breeze as the slightly pink and purple flowers contrast pale gree hue representing the arid landscape. At the Cape Point Lighthouse, you will find the old tower crowning the seaside cliffs at over nearly 860 feet above sea level.
You can listen to the wind and the waves crashing on the rocks below as you take in the marvelous view spreading across the South Atlantic Ocean. From your perch atop the cliffs, you may be able to spot Cape fur seals in the area that can grow up to nearly six feet long. You will continue Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, where you can find the African penguin colony. The braying sounds may fill the air and overtake the sound of crashing waves along the golden sands of the coastline. The penguins build their nests around the tufts of grass and between the boardwalks that offer unique views of the landscape and penguin collective.
South Africa - Indulge in the Cape Winelands
The elegance of South Africa’s Cape Winelands will come into view as your driver takes you from your hotel to the graceful ambiance of Stellenbosch. The quaint university town offers stately Cape Dutch, Victorian, and Georgian architecture accentuated by stress lined with oak trees and restaurants emanating the aromas of braised meats or coffee. You will visit a select number of celebrated local wineries from the hundreds of estates in the area. After a private tour of the vineyard, you will have a tasting that may reveal a juicy Syrah with hints of smoky black currant and tobacco or a Verdelho showcasing waxy-creaminess with notes of apple and toasted almond.
At Franschhoek, you will notice how the landscape shaped by the majestic mountains changes the characteristics of the wines in the area as you visit several vineyards showcasing more herbaceous notes resulting in the likes of a Pinotage with spiced chocolate. After visiting Paarl and the Afrikaans Taal Monument, you can take in the breadth of the region on a helicopter tour for a scenic panorama offering a view of the expansive vines and bordering foothills.
South Africa - Cape Town and Table Mountain Tour
You will continue to uncover the beauty of Cape Town with a private guided tour of the natural and cultural history of the city beginning at the Castle of Good Hope. The unique design of the stronghold dates back to the 17th century and reveals the Dutch aesthetic with a pentagonal aesthetic that now houses two museums. The structure initially offered a space for Dutch ships to refresh on routes between Europe and East Asia and reflects the former grandeur of the original construction with the Kat Balcony, adorned with wrought-iron railings and fluted pillars leading to a curved staircase.
At the edge of the city, you will take the gondola up to the top of Table Mountain as the distinctive cliffs reveal about 600 million years of natural history with a tableau of indigenous flora. The plateau stands at 3,563 feet above sea level as the cable car offers you a remarkable view of the slopes, the city, and the waters reaching out to Robben Island. After your tour, you can enjoy the remainder of the day amid the elegant ambiance of the V&A Waterfront, where tugs and fishing boats weigh anchor in the afternoon.
Zimbabwe - Travel to the Wonders of Victoria Falls
At breakfast, you may find the strong aroma of coffee filling the dining room of your hotel as you enjoy the stunning views of the terraced gardens overlooking the water. Your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby and escort you to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The town rises out of the banks of the Zambezi River with views of the eponymous falls. The walkable streets offer a relaxed ambiance open to the wildlife known to wander through the neighborhoods at night while markets showcase the fantastic artisan crafts throughout the day.
Your private transfer will meet you at customs upon your arrival and whisk you to the gorgeous grounds of the Victoria Falls River Lodge, where you can melt into the luxuries in view of the waterfall’s distant mist. In the evening, you can take to the waters with a sunset river cruise along the Zambezi. The gentle waters will ebb and flow as you search the waters for signs of iconic wildlife from crocodiles to hippos. As the sky sheds its blue skies and fades to layers of fiery red, you may find a troupe of elephants arriving at the river’s edge to quench their thirst. Their graceful presence will contrast their size as they grow up to 13 feet tall.
Zimbabwe - Embrace the Charms of Victoria Falls
Early in the morning, you will rise early to experience a stunning game drive around the protected landscape of Victoria Falls. Your guide will take you along a portion of the 150,000 acres of Zambezi National Park, which is known for supporting elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, and leopard. You may find Lanner falcon soaring through the sky while hunting for rodents. Their wingspan can reach 20 inches in width as they circle above the likes of greater kudu and waterbuck.
In the quiet trees, you will keep your eyes open in search of leopards, who are known to blend into the canopy as they laze in the shade. You may notice their tails dangling down like a branch reaching 39 inches long. In the afternoon, you may choose to visit the remarkable trails of Victoria Falls in search of the panoramic views of the 355-foot drop forming the puffs of thunderous mist rising from the basin. The air will fill with a heady fragrance of drenched rock and rainforest foliage soaked in sunlight displaying the remarkable power and juxtaposition of the landscape.
South Africa - Transfer to Kruger National Park
At breakfast, you may choose to relax on the deck overlooking the river banks where elephants and bushbucks gather water in the morning light. The aroma of the surrounding bush will fade beneath the floral scent of rooibos tea. Your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to your private jet bound for the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. The change in landscape and ambiance will immerse you in one of the most vibrant wildlife areas on the planet famous for hosting a thriving leopard population and luxurious lodges secluded from the greater national park.
Your private transfer will escort you to the beauty of expansive decks and lively walkways featured in your opulent accommodations of Boulders Lodge. With a front-row seat to the 45,000 acres of pristine wilderness, you can take it all in from your glass-fronted suite or the contemporary deck. You may see wild dogs frolicking along the edge of the Sand River. The pack can run up to speeds of 37 miles per hour and make a high-pitched yip instead of the deep bark you may have expected.
South Africa - Revel in the Wildlife of Kruger
In the early hours of the morning, you will meet your guide and venture out into the wilderness for a guided game drive. Experience the grandeur of the wilderness as the wildlife is most active before the heat of the day sweeps across the landscape. Your Land Rover will have an open carriage giving you a remarkable view of the passing scenery that ranges from low hills to tall grasses, aromatic acacia trees to the shadowy frames of baobabs.
Your guide will give you insight into flora and fauna of the region as you search for lions or giraffes, elephants, or antelope. You may spot a lion pride hidden in the tall grass near the edge of a waterhole as they wander through dense woodland to open plains where sufficient prey resides. The females do the hunting and can grow to over 440 pounds. In the evening, you can bask in the unparalleled starlight only visible when far away from the light pollution of cities and towns. The African night sky may seem endless as you enjoy the crackle of a soothing fire, the comforts of a warm drink, and the captivating beauty of the stars.
South Africa - Enjoy the Brilliant Wilderness
In the morning, you can enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings with possible sightings of reedbuck, hyena, and hippos scattered along the edges of the river. The sounds of ground-hornbill as a chorus sings across the waters with their voices audible nearly two miles away. After a morning game drive, you can experience the wilderness differently with a guided walking safari to find the intricate details of the wilds.
Your expert guide will lead you through the famous African bush to uncover the indigenous plants and signs of the fauna and showcase the delicate ecosystem that is revealed in how elephants graze and dung beetles gather nutrients from other animals’ leavings. You can also sink deeper into the relaxing ambiance of the untouched wilderness with a spa treatment on your private deck to rejuvenate your body and mind in connection with the calls of the wildlife.
El Calafate - Travel to Secluded Patagonia
You will take to the wilderness in the morning on a game drive to search for the remarkable sights of wildlife in their natural habitat. The cool morning air will bite at your skin as the sun rises above the horizon as hippo pods lounge in the bubbling waters of the Sand River. The hippo can grow to an average of 2,870 pounds and run upwards of 19 miles per hour. They can populate a variety of waterways from swamps to mangroves and are incredibly territorial. After your game drive, your private transfer will take you to the airstrip for your charter flight bound for Johannesburg. Once in South Africa’s largest metropolis, you will board your private jet and take off to South America to reach El Calafate International Airport.
Settle into the remote luxury of Eolo Lodge, where you can experience the true spirit of Patagonia at the gates of Glaciers National Park and the estate spread across 10,000 acres of pristine plains and foothills. Your room will provide a fabulous view over the untouched scenery that exposes the grace and drama of the wilderness as you embrace the aromas of brewing mate tea and winds sweeping across the grasses near the lakeshores of Lake Argentino.
El Calafate - Bask in the Patagonian Scenery
At breakfast, you may find the herbaceous aroma of mate tea filling the dining room or the comforting scent of frothy cappuccino accompanied by the sweet fragrance of alfajores cookies. You will have a private transfer to Puerto Bandera to board your private scenic flight around Patagonia. The true drama of the terrain will emerge as you fly above remarkable glaciers and pale grasses, glassy lakes, and jagged mountain peaks. You will take in the vast beauty of Lake Argentina, the largest freshwater lake in the country, which overtakes 546 square miles with an average depth of 492 feet.
You may spot the pink flamingos on the marshy shorelines grazing in the mud in search of algae as they stand up to 57 inches tall. As you fly past Fitz Roy Mountain, you can view the staggering peak reaching 11,171 feet above sea level with granite towers piercing the sky before you soar above Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few expanding glaciers in the world. The face of the glacier reaches a towering 180 feet as the surface roils with texture revealing crevasses and tunnels glimmering blue beneath the ice.
El Calafate - Discover El Calafate at your Leisure
The day is yours to enjoy the beauty of your resort, or you might opt to step into the grandeur of El Chalten on a challenging hike through Patagonia. You can make your way to Cerro Torre or follow the smaller trail to view the condor viewpoint. For an exciting and easy trek through the wilderness, you can follow the trail of Chorillo del Salto, which takes you around four miles round trip.
The hillside will fill with the air of nire and lenga forest resembling the aromas juniper before opening to the thunderous sounds of the crashing Salto waterfall. The cascade drops 65 feet and pushes into the glassy surface of the waiting pool. You may find Magellanic orchids blossoming near the water’s edge, revealing a stunning pearl hue with green stripes contrasting the surrounding granite walls supporting the waterfall. When you return to the resort, you can relax in comfort and embrace the stunning views spreading across the plains outside.
Belize - Travel to your Private Island in Belize
You will board your private jet and take off bound for the tropical paradise of Belize. Upon your arrival at Belize International Airport, you will continue by helicopter to the private resort island of Gladden. The flight will feel more scenic as you look over the crystalline turquoise water to view pockets of the world’s second-largest barrier reef. The waterways will lead to the quiet lagoons of the island as you noticed the fringing coral edging the powdery white sands of the encircling beaches.
The island possesses its own private sanctuary and offers attentive luxury on one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways. You will have a view reaching to the horizon in the resort, only bounded by the rippling sounds of the lapping water. Settle into the beauty of the island as you bask in the comforts of your villa. You might lounge in the warmth of the tropical sun or float in the refreshing water of your private playground in Belize. For dinner, embrace the seclusion under the moonlight with the cuisine focusing on the organic produce and fresh fish gathered around the island to celebrate seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients.
Belize - Embrace your Preferred Tropical Activities
After breakfast, enjoy your choice for the day. From lounging on the soft sands to snorkeling around the barrier reef, the plans are entirely up to you. For a more adventurous excursion, you can scuba dive in search of the rare whale shark, most active in the area between April and June. Your private guide will take you onto the water to reach the known located where the sharks congregate in the protected waters revealing the unique size of the largest fish in the world who prefer the quiet of the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve.
The tropical waters will feel inviting and offer visibility that reaches up to 150 feet. When you dive into the water, you may find gentle giant filter-feeding in the warmth of the Caribbean Sea as it grows up to 39 feet long with over 300 rows of tiny teeth. Viewing the whale shark in its natural habitat will give you the same sensation as spotting the lion or leopard while on safari revealing the surprising grace of such a large animal.
Belize - Indulge in Privacy at your Leisure
The true splendor of tropical paradise will emerge from the beauty of your island getaway as you enjoy the sands, water, and luxurious villa at your preferred pace. After breakfast, you can dive into the water for more snorkeling along the seagrass and colorful coral, or you might opt to enjoy the soothing ambiance of the island with a relaxing massage treatment. You can take out a paddleboard and practice on the calm waters lapping against the fringing sands or kayak in search of sea turtle sightings.
When snorkeling, you can float over the kaleidoscope of colorful coral to find glowing purple anemones and timid clownfish poking their heads out of the swaying tendrils. With over 40 species of coral, the reef will sprout elkhorn and staghorn formations that resemble antlers as well as sea fans that wave in the gentle current. At dinner, you will once again celebrate the layers of flavor developed by your private chef while sitting under the radiant starlight spreading across the Caribbean sky.
Belize - A New Perspective Discovery of Belize
The Belize mainland offers a brilliant display of tropical rainforest and wilderness that support Maya ruins and over 570 species of birds. For a different perspective on the tropical paradise, you can travel to the mainland to visit Caracol, the country's largest archeological site. You may hear the call of Rufous-capped warblers in the morning air as they make a tick and chirping noises in the surrounding trees. Howler monkeys will call out in the cooler morning air, yowling with cries audible up to three miles away.
As you explore the historic ruins with your private guide, you will have an immersive experience in the ancient world that dates back to nearly 650 AD and spans over 70 square miles. The excavated sections of the city will reveal the former grandeur and prestige captured in the nearly 141-foot tall pyramid. After wandering through the excavated ruins that once housed more people than the population of Belize City, you can return to the isolated luxuries of your resort and take in the stunning endless views of the water.
Belize - Depart for Home
In the morning, enjoy your last morning in your tropical paradise with a fresh-brewed coffee, and enjoy the aromas of pineapple and mango as the fruity fragrance fades beneath the scent of the sea breeze. When you are ready, your private helicopter ride will transfer you back to Belize International Airport. Upon your arrival, you will board your private jet and return home, bringing an end to your trip of a lifetime around the world.
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- Witness the incredible snowcapped peaks and jagged landscapes of the Himalayas on a private helicopter flight around Mount Everest
- Experience the dramatic thunder and expansive mists of Victoria Falls on a guided tour of one of the largest waterfalls in the world
- Discover the thrills of wild horses riding across the Mongolian Steppe on a guided tour of Hustai National Park in Mongolia
- Wander the dramatic canyon walls of Petra in Jordan to view the ancient heritage city half-constructed and half-carved into the surrounding red rocks
- Indulge in an exciting helicopter excursion over Iceland's Golden Circle for views of geysers, volcanic peaks, and Gullfoss falls before landing on top of a glacier
- Bask in the secluded landscape of Argentina’s Patagonia at an isolated resort outside of El Chalten revealing the untamed beauty of the pampas and mountains
- Explore the second-largest barrier reef system in the world in Belize with a private snorkeling tour around the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve
- Delight in the flavors of celebrated vineyards with a private tour and delicious tastings of South Africa’s Cape Winelands
- Relax on the pristine white sands of the Maldives accompanied by a private sailing excursion on the Indian Ocean with a luxury yacht
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