TOUR ANTHOLOGY ISSUE 48

Tour Anthology Issue 48 - Luxury Travel Magazine


Tour Anthology: Across the Globe


By: Antonia Maiolo, Issue 48 – Spring 2011

PERFUME IN PARIS, HIKE IN JAPAN, POLAR BEARS IN CANADA, BALLOON IN SWITZERLAND, DINE IN INDIA. COMPILED BY ANTONIA MAIOLO

1 Private jet

AROUND THE WORLD ON A PRIVATE JET

Avoid all the hassles of commercial travel when you circumnavigate the globe aboard a private jet. A 21-day around the world journey by luxury travel company Travcoa provides this once-in-a-lifetime experience when its private jet tour touches down in some of the most exotic and remote places in the world. Passengers travel direct between destinations (only ever flying in daylight so everyone gets a good night’s hotel sleep) in comfortable seats with luxurious amenities all the time hearing from professors, museum curators and scientists about the places they’ll visit. All hotels along the journey are five-star of course. The tour begins in Orlando, Florida and flies to Lima first before heading to Cusco where guests see the treasures of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum. Then its on to a train heading for Macchu Picchu, one of the world’s greatest archeological sites. Next is Chile by jet to see Easter Island’s giant moai monoliths with a resident archeologist before flying to the tropical Polynesian island of Tonga. Then its off to Australia, to Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. Here tour goers can snorkel or visit the Daintree Rainforest. Next is Indonesia, and then to the island of Java where tour goers visit the Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. Next stop is India to visit Hawa Mahal, before heading to Jordan to stroll through the lost city of Petra. Wrapping up the tour, the jet lands in London for connecting flights home.

DATE:

21-day tour departing on 31 October, 2012.

PRICE:

US$63,950 (about A$59,946) per person, based on double occupancy.

INCLUDES:

all private jet flights, all hotel accommodation, group transportation, excursions and activities, all meals and beverages onboard the jet and on land.


WEBSITE:

travcoa.com

2 Glamour, Life & Culture

PARIS , FRANCE - ART DU PARFUM
Spend two days learning about the fine art of perfumery during a tour for lovers of perfume in Paris. Learn all about the emergence of perfumes through the ages from the times of the Pharaohs, Greeks and Romans, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the modern day and discover how perfume was used as a political, sociological and religious weapon during
these times. Guests visit a perfume boutique where priceless concoctions from eras through history are still available to sample including recreations of Marie Antoinette’s fragrance, and the private ateliers of the leading French perfume house of Thierry Mugler.


DATE:

two-day tour departing daily on a private basis.

PRICE:

prices start from €2,100 (about A$2,768) per person.

INCLUDES:

one night in a boutique luxury hotel, four-hour perfume workshop with a perfume expert, half-day guided tour of perfume houses with private driver, champagne luncheon, roundtrip private sedan transfers.

WEBSITE:

zerotwonine.com

3 Hiking

HIKING TOUR OF JAPAN

Beginning in Tokyo tour goers explore the city’s cultural attractions including the Meiji Shrine, Ginza, Roppongi, Harajuku and Aoyama neighborhoods and shopping districts. From Tokyo the tour travels by train to Matsumoto, a castle town, to visit sculpture gardens and art museums before unwinding at night at a luxury ryokan. The tour continues on to Takayama, a mountain hamlet in the shadow of the Alps. En route to Takayama a nature specialist will guide guests on a morning hike through the mountains in nearby Kamikochi. In Takayama guests explore the morning market, traditional merchant houses, shops and an outdoor museum that features thatched roof farmhouses from throughout the region. The next three nights are in Kyoto where the group hikes to mountaintop temples and ancient shrines.

DATE:

12-day tour departing daily on a private basis.

PRICE:

US$22,275 (about A$20,691) per person (double occupancy).

INCLUDES:

luxury accommodation, private guide and driver, train journeys, private transfers to and from airport.


WEBSITE:

artisansofleisure.com

4 Nature

CANADA - ARVIAT POLAR BEAR & NORTHERN LIGHTS FLY-IN CABIN ADVENTURE

Adventure World Travel’s five-day Canada polar bear tour drops tour goers right in the middle of one of the planet’s most spectacular natural wonders. After travelling from Winnipeg to Churchill guests transfer to a waiting charter plane for a 40-minute flight to the Arviat Polar Bear Cabins. From the Arviat Polar Bear compound guests observe the bears around the clock. The cabins are also in a prime Northern Lights viewing band where the most intense and reliable Northern Lights can be seen.

DATE:

five-day tour departing 11 November, 2011.

PRICE:

from A$10,275 per person, twin share.

INCLUDES:

four nights accommodation in the Polar Bear cabin complex, qualified Inuit guides and staff leader, flight between Winnipeg and Churchill, charter flight between Churchill and Arviat, meals.

WEBSITE:

adventureworld.com.au

5 Hot Air Balloon

SWISS WINTER ALPS AND CHATEAU D’OEX INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL

Fly up and away in a luxury hot air balloon and experience a journey where the wind predicts your direction. Each year, thousands of ballooning enthusiasts flock to festivals around the world to watch hundreds of colourful balloons ascend at the same time. Buddy Bombard provides a hot air balloon tour that coincides with the Chateau d’Oex International Balloon Festival. At the start of the tour guests spend time drifting over the Swiss Alps, and from days five to nine its all about the Balloon Festival. Each morning guests are driven to the snowy take-off field in Chateau d’Oex to watch the inflation of many round and original balloons and see playful shapes come to life.

DATE:

nine-day tour departing 17 and 25 January, 2012.

PRICE:

starting price is US$17,988 (about A$16,602) per person, double occupancy.


INCLUDES:

eight nights at the Hotel le Grand Chalet Gstaad, four days of participation in Chateau d’Oex (Switzerland) Winter Balloon Festival, three days of balloon flights, lunches in the balloon, dinner parties.


WEBSITE:

buddybombard.com


6 Food & Wine

TASTING INDIA WITH CHRISTINE MANFIELD

Embark on a culinary and cultural journey with celebrity chef Christine Manfield to India, one of her most loved places in the world. The Tasting India tour starts in Delhi with a private talk by writer William Dalrymple on the economic and social changes occurring in India. Tour guests then travel to Amritsar and its Golden Temple before spending a few days
in desert properties in Rajasthan-Amanbagh where they’ll witness traditional customs, heritage art and architecture. From there guests travel to Mumbai and then the final destination of Hyderabad where they’ll stay in the restored Falaknuma Palace, previously home to one of the Nizams of Hyderabad. The city has a rich, centurieslong history of the Muslim Dynasties. The collection of faded Islamic architecture is a highlight along with some of the best Biryanis in India. Mansfield’s deep passion for India and its cuisine is explored throughout the journey as guests dine in some of her favourite restaurants, sleep in majestic hotels and gain an insight into culinary secrets.


DATE:

16-day tour departing 30 October, 2011.

PRICE:

A$15,590 per person, double occupancy with a single supplement of A$3,475.

INCLUDES:

Christine Manfield as the tour leader, accommodation, domestic airfares, local English
speaking guides for the tour, entrance fees.


WEBSITE:

epicurioustravel.com.au


Share this page: