Four of the best private jet journeys you can book this year

Flying private may be just a pipe dream for the majority, but for a taste of how the one per cent live – with the bonus of an unforgettable holiday – these immersive private jet journeys are just the ticket

Outback exploring

Why settle for exploring the Australian outback on solid ground when you can take it all in from above, in the comfort of a private plane? Captain’s Choice’s A Long Weekend in the Outback journey seamlessly links three remote outback destinations with a flying expedition over three action-packed days. Departing from Brisbane on 18 October 2024, journey highlights include scenic flights over Uluru and the Simpson Desert, sundowners overlooking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and a private dinner at the iconic Field of Light.

Each day is filled with cultural experiences, such as a walk to Kantju Gorge and visits to caves with Mala rock art, with Indigenous guides imparting their deep knowledge of the local area, every step of the way. On the final leg of the journey, enjoy a fascinating tour of the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, followed by a gourmet, leisurely lunch.

Mindful moments in Asia

Luxury lifestyle brand, Aman’s, A Mindful and Cultural Journey, by private jet experience, transports guests across Asia, with experiences curated by Aman experts. Limited to just 18 guests, the exclusive expedition – taking flight in October 2024 – will travel west to Bhutan and India, then south to Sri Lanka by private jet, with guests staying exclusively in Aman properties at each destination.

Explore the heights of Nepal with a helicopter ride to Mount Everest, where you’ll get a chance to walk around Everest Base Camp and enjoy a champagne breakfast. Then, venture to Bhutan for guided tours of Thimphu and Paro, visiting cultural sites like Pangri Zampa Lakhang and Kyichu Lkakhang temple, as well as participating in a blessing ceremony with Rinpoche. In India, choose between Jaipur’s vibrant pink city or a safari in Ranthambore National Park. Finally, unwind in Sri Lanka with complimentary beauty treatments at Amangalla and restful days at Amanwella – a contemporary beach retreat inspired by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.

Southern sojourn

Embark on an epic 21-day journey across the Southern Hemisphere aboard the custom-configured Airbus A321neo-LR Four Seasons Private Jet, starting from New Orleans in November 2024. Experience Costa Rica’s natural beauty over four days, with activities such as a private catamaran cruise and ziplining, then explore Peru’s Highlands (with a luxurious stay at Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel) with exclusive train rides and village visits.

Journey to Buenos Aires for a taste of Argentinean ranch life at La Bamba de Areco, an early 19th-century estancia, before heading to Antarctica for a four-night cruise. Discover the vibrant culture of Bogotá with salsa lessons, gallery tours, and a helicopter ride to salt mines, before wrapping up your adventure with a relaxing stay in the idyllic Bahamas. This trip of a lifetime includes luxurious stays at some of the most renowned Four Seasons hotels, including the newly opened New Orleans property.

Around the world with White Desert

In February 2025, an innovative journey by polar exploration company, White Desert, will take guests on a private jet experience spanning all seven continents in 21 days. ‘White Desert World’ will take travellers to ten unique destinations worldwide, including Easter Island and Antarctica. Guests will board a spacious aircraft that epitomises luxury – a VIP Boeing 757-200 – with 50 first class, lie-flat seats, an onboard chef and a complimentary bar, arriving seamlessly at each destination.

Throughout the journey, visitors will be immersed in the colourful Latin culture of Mexico, and encounter wildlife and the beautiful scenery of Colombia, Easter Island, Borneo, Fiji and India, before flying to Turkey to visit its historic landmarks and Namibia to witness its Skeleton Coast. The journey continues to Antarctica aboard a private polar plane, where visitors will summit ‘Birdfall’ mountain, sip on champagne in the Ice Bar and stay in a Sky Pod with panoramic views of the Antarctic peninsula at Echo Base. Curated by experienced explorers, this expedition offers diverse experiences across continents, catering to travellers seeking luxury and adventure.

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