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Around the World in 25 Days: Visiting the Most Iconic Sites by Private Jet
Phileas Fogg famously traveled around the world in 80 days in the novel by Jules Verne—but on this Around the World Private Jet Expedition from TCS World Travel, you’ll easily beat his record. In just 25 days, you’ll circumnavigate the globe and set foot on five of seven continents. 

This trip, which departs October 10, 2021, includes iconic natural wonders like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, both of which showcase dazzling displays of diverse wildlife. The itinerary is long on fabled human wonders as well, with stops at the ancient sites of Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Angkor Wat, and Petra.  

Between each stop, you’ll fly aboard a specially outfitted Boeing 757 with only 76 business-class seats. The flawless service of the TCS World Travel crew will assure that you will arrive at each destination ready to continue exploring. And the trip’s expert—author, professor, and foreign correspondent Adam Tanner—will bring the histories, cultures, peoples, and wildlife of every destination to life.  

An around-the-world trip is, for most of us, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. With TCS World Travel, you’ll be making it in unparalleled luxury and with all the logistics taken care of for you. And since every hotel, meal, guide, tour, and tip is included, all you need to do is immerse yourself in the beauty around you.
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    Day 1
    Depart from Fort Lauderdale
    You’ll start your journey in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where waking to sunrise views over the Atlantic at the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale will help set the tone of the adventure that lies ahead: Your journey to the world’s iconic destinations will help you see them in a new light. 

    The Ritz-Carlton is located just a few blocks north of Fort Lauderdale’s Olas Boulevard, which features an abundance of dining and shopping options. However, you may be tempted to remain ensconced in the comfort of the hotel and enjoy some downtime before your odyssey begins. A chaise by the heated infinity-edge pool or an oceanfront cabana are ideal ways to gently ease into your trip.  

    When you arrive at the airport for your first flight, you’ll board a Boeing 757 that has been reconfigured to include only 76 business-class class seats (compared to 239 seats on a typical commercial 757). On the six-and-a-half-hour flight to Peru, you’ll become familiar with the generous 50-inch pitch and 45-degree recline of your seat, as well as the gracious service of your flight crew. A noise-canceling headset will also be provided, assuring that you’ll arrive in Peru rested and ready to experience the country.
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    Days 2 to 4
    Peru
    Once in Peru, you’ll have two choices. If you haven’t yet seen Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, you’ll likely want to opt to travel to the fabled Inca citadel in the Andes. (Even if you have been before, you may want to return to the awe-inspiring complex.) Or you can choose to explore a less-visited part of the country: Peru’s northern coast.  

    If you pick the Machu Picchu option, you’ll travel to Cusco and spend two nights in the legendary Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. The hotel is located in a 16th-century convent, and its bar, restaurant, spa, and 55 guest suites are located around a number of cloistered courtyards, creating a quiet sanctuary in the historic heart of the city.  

    From there, you’ll ride to Machu Picchu aboard the historic Hiram Bingham train. Thanks to an early arrival, you’ll have time to explore the palaces, temples, and terraced gardens of this fascinating city that dates from the 15th century. After exploring the site, you’ll enjoy afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge before returning to Cusco. While Machu Picchu is the highlight of your time in this part of Peru, you’ll also have opportunities to meet weavers in Chinchero and learn about their craft, see the historic buildings of Cusco, and visit Sacsayhuaman—an Inca fortress just outside Cusco.  

    Travelers who opt instead to visit Peru’s North Coast will discover a stunningly beautiful region and learn about several pre-Columbian cultures that predate the Inca. Your base for one night will be the Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro, located on the city’s main plaza, and you can take advantage of the pool, sauna, and gym. During your time on the North Coast, you can visit sites like the Moche pyramids, built around 450 C.E., and Chan Chan, a 500-acre palace complex that also dates from the first millennium C.E. 

    You’ll spend your second night back in Lima, at the Belmond Miraflores Park. Located atop an oceanside bluff with views of the Pacific Ocean, the luxury property is close to the galleries, boutiques, and restaurants of Lima’s Miraflores neighborhood.
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    Days 5 and 6
    Easter Island
    Today you’ll venture out over the Pacific, flying nonstop to an island shrouded in mystery—and a destination that takes much longer to reach on commercial flights. Easter Island, or Rapa Nui in Polynesian, is famous for its monumental moai. The huge stone heads (there may be as many as 1,000 of them) can be found along much of Easter Island’s coast looking out to sea.  

    During your time on the island, you’ll visit some of the sites with especially noteworthy concentrations of moai, like Ahu Tahai, Ahu Tongariki, and the Rano Raraku quarry, where there are more than 400 of them in various stages of completion. The heads were carved between roughly 1000 C.E. and the 1600s, but their significance is the object of much speculation, since the civilization that created them collapsed, leaving few clues for archaeologists.  

    The stone heads are the most famous sights on Easter Island, but there will also be opportunities to explore the island on foot or horseback and time to relax on one of its beaches. At the end of each day, you’ll return to the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa. This unique property was inspired by Orongo, a Rapa Nui ceremonial site, and built of local materials like clay, cypress logs, and volcanic stones. (Note that some travelers may stay in a different, comparable hotel.)
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    Days 7 and 8
    Samoa
    You’ll spend 10 hours traveling today to your next stop, Samoa in the South Pacific. Once again, your private jet experience will make your journey super-efficient: Instead of traveling back to South America, you’ll fly directly to this gorgeous destination. Since you’ll be crossing the international date line, you’ll lose a day en route.  

    Once in Samoa, you’ll be enchanted by the lush green islands and the clear blue waters of its lagoons, but you’ll also learn about the Polynesian people and culture in a country that celebrates centuries-old traditions. On a visit to a Samoan Women’s Committee, your hosts will explain how traditional dance, song, and crafts like woven mats and flower garlands have been preserved into the 21st century. Travelers with a passion for literature will enjoy a visit to Vailima, the house where Robert Louis Stevenson spent the final years of his life, which is filled with mementos related to the writer. Your cultural immersion into Samoa will continue into the evening with a fia-fia feast and show, complete with a fire dance, back at your hotel.  

    You’ll have some time to enjoy your hotel, too. At the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort, located on the west coast of Upolu, you can choose a secluded beach and go kayaking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling. Back in your room, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf, before continuing on to your next destination.
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    Days 9 to 11
    Great Barrier Reef
    A flight of just under seven hours will bring you to one of the natural wonders of the world, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. From your base in Port Douglas, you’ll also be able to visit another highlight of the country that isn’t as well known, the Daintree Rainforest—one of the world’s oldest rain forests, with flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. You’ll be staying at the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple and Resort during your visit to the tropical far north of Australia. Here, the rooms are located around a lagoon pool on 10 acres among lush tropical plants and flowers.  

    On a private cruise, you’ll explore some of the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system and the largest living structure on earth. Stretching for more than 1,300 miles, the reef is actually composed of some 2,900 smaller reef systems, as well as 900 islands. You’ll take a glass-bottom boat out to see many of the exotic marine species that live along the reef, including sea turtles, feather stars, and reef sharks. You will also have the chance to snorkel or scuba dive.  

    There’s plenty to see on dry land, too. If you aren’t already a passionate botanist, you may become one after a visit to the Botanical Ark—a private ethno-botanical garden focused on the connections between the plants of the rain forest and the people who live there. You’ll learn about the medicinal and other uses of various rain forest species, and take an unforgettable walk with an Aboriginal guide through the Mossman Gorge.  

    You’ll also have time to explore Port Douglas, a relaxed and casual seaside town with miles of beaches as well as plenty of shopping and dining options.
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    Days 12 to 14
    Angkor Wat
    In just under eight hours, you’ll arrive at your next stop—the sixth country and fourth continent on your travels so far. Your destination is Angkor Wat (and other nearby Khmer sites) and Siem Reap—the gateway to those ancient wonders. TCS World Travel organizes a number of small-group activities and tours covering all the highlights of the area, though private outings can be arranged as well.  

    Angkor Wat, of course, is the 12th-century Hindu city that extends over some 400 acres and includes countless temples, palaces, and monasteries—and your excursion here begins early, before the heat becomes too intense. You’ll also see some Buddhist monks this morning too, on their daily ritual of gathering alms. The nearby Temple of Ta Prohm has been left largely in the state it was in when it was first discovered, with its walls overgrown by jungle plants, creating a magical atmosphere. Highlights at Angkor Thom, just to the north of Angkor Wat, include the elaborately decorated Bayon temple and an army of stone warriors on the Terrace of the Elephants.  

    Other excursions provide glimpses of contemporary life in Cambodia. On a cruise around Tonle Sap, Asia’s largest freshwater lake, you’ll have a chance to visit waterfront villages. During an outing in Siem Reap, you can shop for gifts and souvenirs at the sprawling markets. You may also opt to visit the showroom of Artisans d’Angkor, which trains young artisans in traditional crafts, helping to ensure they’ll live on for another generation. Finally, you’ll enjoy a dinner, with cocktails and traditional entertainment, at the magnificent, 12th-century Thommanon Temple.  

    Your hotel during your stay in Cambodia, the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, dates to another fascinating era in the country’s history, when it was part of French Indochina. The dark wood floors, ceiling fans, and art deco influences reflect the period when it opened, in 1932. It’s been a favorite of visitors to Siem Reap ever since, with Charlie Chaplin, Charles de Gaulle, and Princess Margaret among the guests who slept here.
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    Days 15 and 16
    Taj Mahal
    In just under five hours, you’ll fly from one of Southeast Asia’s most famous archaeological sites to the iconic Taj Mahal. This elaborate tomb, with its white marble exterior that glows under the bright sun of Agra, is a monument erected by Shah Jahan to his beloved wife. You can choose to visit early in the morning and watch it change colors as the sun rises and the temperatures are cooler, or visit later in the day when it’s brightly lit in the full sun. The building is breathtaking at any hour.  

    There are other magnificent Mughal structures in the area that can be visited on other excursions, like the Agra Fort—a collection of mosques, audience halls, and other palaces with views of the Taj Mahal and overlooking the Yamuna River. The 16th-century city of Fatehpur Sikri is viewed as the crowning achievement of Emperor Akbar, and its buildings are a unique mix of Hindu, Islamic, and Jain architectural styles.  

    Experience contemporary life in this part of India with a visit to the village of Kachhpura or on a shopping trip, where you’ll stop at a workshop creating marble inlay items, like those seen at the Taj Mahal itself, as well as the famous Kohinoor jewelry shop.  

    At the end of your days exploring, you’ll return to the Oberoi Amarvilas, a regular on lists of the world’s best hotels. Located just 600 meters from the Taj Mahal, the hotel consists of a collection of pavilions, pools, and terraced gardens, all inspired by the elegant beauty of Mughal architecture. Marble bathrooms, hand-knotted rugs, silk armchairs, and, yes, views of the Taj Mahal make your stay truly magical.
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    Days 17 to 19
    Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
    Your next stop will be one of the world’s great wildlife destinations: Tanzania. Once you set foot in Africa, you will have visited five continents, and counting, on your odyssey.

    Your group will break into two today, as you did in Peru. You can’t go wrong with either of the two choices, the vast plains of the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unbroken caldera. The Serengeti is the site of the world’s largest animal migrations, with hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelles, wildebeests, and other animals making their way across it each year. The Ngorongoro Crater covers an area of more than 100 square miles, and its interior is covered in grassland that’s home to a remarkable diversity of wildlife.  

    If you opt to join the Serengeti group, you’ll stay at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. All the rooms here are decorated with contemporary African furnishings and textiles, and many look out on a watering hole where elephants and other animals gather. While TCS World Travel has many excursions and outings planned, the infinity-edge pool overlooking the plains is a tempting place to while away some time when you’re on the property.  

    If you head to the Ngorongoro Crater instead, your accommodations there will be equally stunning. The &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge sits on the rim of the caldera and includes 30 suites divided into three different camps. The suites have banana-leaf roofs and an eclectic décor, with a mix of African art and Victorian antiques. Personal butlers serve each camp, ensuring a perfect stay.  

    You’ll have a similar choice of activities at both camps, with morning game drives, visit to Maasai villages, hot-air balloon rides, and some downtime to enjoy the luxurious lodges. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot all of the “Big Five”—lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and Cape buffalos—during your stay. If you don’t see all of them, you’ll have to make plans to return to Tanzania on another trip.
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    Days 20 and 21
    Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan
    After having visited Machu Picchu and the Khmer sites of Cambodia, you may think no other site can possibly compete with their magical settings. Petra, however, does. You’ll fly this morning to Jordan and make your way to the fabled rose-colored city in Jordan.  

    The Nabatean people who built Petra carved their treasuries, temples, and tombs into the sides of cliffs along desert gorges. For historians and archaeologists, the city is remarkable for its combination of Hellenistic and Eastern influences. For most visitors, the site is simply enchanting. You’ll have the opportunity for both early-morning visits (before other visitors arrive and when the temperatures are the coolest), or ones later in the day (if you want to spend time resting at the Mövenpick Resort, your base in Petra).  

    Other activities on your Petra stop include a hike to the so-called Monastery (though it was most likely a temple when it was used by the Nabatean residents of Petra). The Monastery is a short distance from the other sites of Petra, so it’s typically less crowded. (It’s also possible to visit it by camel or donkey, if you want to skip the hike.) Wadi Rum is often associated with Lawrence of Arabia, who spent much of his life among the Bedouin tribes there, but its history traces back millennia, as can be seen in the petroglyphs found carved into stones in the desert. On your 4x4 truck excursion, you’ll be awed by the almost lunar landscapes before you stop for tea in a Bedouin tent.
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    Days 22 and 23
    Marrakech, Morocco
    The next-to-last stop on your round-the-world journey will be, appropriately enough, a city famous as a crossroads—Marrakech. For centuries, this was where the cultures of the Sahara Desert met those of the North African coast.  

    In the 20th century, it also become known as a destination for European and American artists, writers, and musicians, drawn by the intoxicating energy of the Jemaa el-Fna, the marketplace that bustles with snake charmers, magicians, and merchants from desert tribes. And as you wander the narrow alleys of its medina and admire the glittering goods sold by merchants, it’s easy to understand why painters and photographers have been enchanted with the city and its dazzling scenes.  

    Your base in Marrakech will be another of the world’s legendary hotels, La Mamounia. First opened in 1923, the hotel embodies a decidedly Moroccan style. Colored tiles, splashing fountains, and cool courtyards, as well as works by local artisans and craftspeople, create a hotel that expresses the unique beauty and style of Marrakech. 

    During your time in Marrakech, you can choose from a number of excursions: shopping in the city’s fabled souks or exploring the madrasas, palaces, and mosques that reflect the wealth of merchant families over the centuries. Travelers passionate about gardens will want to visit the Majorelle Garden that, like La Mamounia, dates from the 1920s. Designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle, and famous for its raised paths, many fountains, and exuberantly colorful plantings, the gardens had long been neglected until designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé paid for their meticulous restoration. If you want to venture farther afield, an excursion to the Atlas Mountains includes stops in several villages and a traditional lunch before returning to the city.
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    Days 24 and 25
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    You will return today back to where your journey began—the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. We expect you may have been changed in at least some small ways by all the sights you’ve seen, from ancient cities to natural wonders. Now that you’ve circumnavigated the world, you’ll have some time to recall favorite moments and exchange emails with your travel companions before traveling back home. It may be hard to imagine any trip that could compare to the one you have just completed. When you’re ready to take flight again, however, TCS World Travel has other itineraries that just might do it.