2019 Cultural Treasures: Around the World by Private Jet

2019 Cultural Treasures: Around the World by Private Jet


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Sat, Oct 12, 2019
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Sun, Nov 03, 2019
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Itinerary

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Discover some of the world’s most fascinating peoples, places and celebrations in intimate and unforgettable ways on all-new Cultural Treasures: Around the World by Private Jet. Join a group of just 50 like-minded guests on an exclusive 23-day itinerary packed with insider access, fine dining and invitation-only cultural events arranged by our local experts. Jet from one amazing destination to the next — Japan, Mongolia, Nepal and Bhutan, India, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Sicily — with a staff of expert Tour Managers, a dedicated flight crew and an onboard physician. Travel on a chartered Boeing 757 with fully lie-flat seats, and finish each day in accommodations chosen for their comfort, hospitality and true local character. It’s the ultimate way to travel, combining luxury, authenticity and expertise as only A&K can. 

Oct 12: Seattle

Arrive in Seattle and transfer to your accommodations at theFour Seasons Hotel Seattle, where you meet your tour leadershipteam and fellow guests over cocktails and dinner.

(Dinner)
Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle  

Oct 13-16: Japan

Set off on your private jet for Osaka, Japan (crossing theInternational Dateline en route), and transfer to Kyoto.Spend a morning taking in the sights of Kyoto andenjoy a guided Zen meditation session, a Japanese teaceremony and a walk through peaceful bamboo groves.Choose from several inspiring Design Your Day options,including a lesson in samurai swordsmanship; a guidedshopping excursion and food tour; a sake brewery visitand tasting; and a visit with an indigo dye maker. In theevening, dine at Nijo Castle — reserved exclusively for you— where you are welcomed by samurai warriors in armor. A morning visit to Nara begins with a stroll throughNara Park, famous for its habituated semi-wild deer,followed by a stop at eighth-century Todai-ji Temple. Thisafternoon, experience the ancient art of kimono wearing,as a traditional tailor visits to outfit you for tonight’s galadinner event. Dinner is accompanied by a private geishaperformance, followed by a thrilling taiko drummingdemonstration at Kiyomizu Temple.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto  

Oct 17-19: Mongolia

Your private jet today brings you to Mongolia, wherefamilies of nomads still roam the plains on horsebackas their ancestors did centuries ago. On landing atUlaanbaatar, board a local charter flight for the GobiDesert, which lies between the Siberian wilderness to thenorth and the Tibetan Plateau to the south, and featuresBactrian camels, mountain sheep, golden eagles andmany endemic reptiles. Settle in at your comfortable gercamp, a luxurious take on a traditional nomadic dwellingand reserved exclusively for your group. The night skyhere is awe-inspiring and an astronomer is on hand tolead an evening of stargazing. During your stay, attend aspecial presentation of the Naadam Games, traditionalcontests of archery, wrestling and horsemanship thatspeak to Mongolia’s deep military history. Also visit the aptly named, red sandstone Flaming Cliffs,accompanied by a local paleontologist who teaches youabout the extraordinary dinosaur finds (including the firstdinosaur eggs) made in this area. Your time here includesa dazzling range of Design Your Day activities, includinga camel ride and visit with a nomadic family; a privatecalligraphy lesson; meditation instruction with a Buddhistlama; a chance to practice archery with an expert tutor;and a hike in an ancient river valley.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Three Camel Lodge  

Oct 20-21: Nepal

On arrival in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, youare welcomed by a special panchakanya ceremony,said to bring good luck. Attend a lecture presentationby a Mount Everest summiteer and hear a firsthandaccount of the determination it takes to summit theworld’s highest peak. Your talk serves as a prelude for anamazing helicopter flightseeing excursion to Everest.Take in spectacular views of Everest Base Camp andthe mountain itself, as well as other peaks such asLhotse and Ama Dablam. Also view the KhumbuGlacier, which begins on the Western Cwm nearEverest; its icefall is the first major obstacle climbersface in making for the summit. At Boudhanath, the world’s largest Buddhist shrine,make a butter lamp offering at the stupa; witness sacredHindu rituals at Pashupatinath, a sprawling complex oftemples and shrines; and meet in private with a heritageand architecture expert at Patan city as you explorethe ongoing reconstruction of these UNESCO WorldHeritage Sites.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu  

Oct 22-24: Bhutan

Board a local charter flight bound for Paro, Bhutan.Visit the National Museum of Bhutan, housed inside anancient watchtower and containing some of the finestspecimens of Bhutanese art gathered from different partsof the country. Continue to Paro Dzong, one of the mostimpressive and well-known dzongs (Buddhist palaces)in Bhutan. A short drive then takes you to Thimphu, thecapital of Bhutan. Gain fascinating insights into Bhutaneseculture with a visit to Buddha Point. Hike to breathtakingTaktsang Monastery, the unofficial symbol of Bhutan, alsoreferred to as the Tiger’s Nest. Experience Bhutan yourway with the Design Your Day activity of your choice:Hike to the fortress-like monastery of Zurig Dzong, enjoy cycling or meet witha local astrologer for a personal fortune-telling session. Your Bhutanese experience culminates with a privatetshechu festival put on just for you. The tshechu bringstogether an entire community to share ritual dances thatillustrate events in the life of eighth-century Buddhistmaster Guru Rinpoche, and is one of the most vibrantand colorful spectacles a visitor to Bhutan can witness.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Uma by COMO, Paro  

Oct 25: India

Fly to Agra, India, and arrive at your hotel to a festivewelcome befitting a maharajah. Settle into your roomand take in the view from your private balcony at TheOberoi Amarvilás facing the Taj Mahal. This evening,enjoy an exclusive Mughal-themed dinner, along witha performance of Kathak dance, a pantomime-like artwith roots dating back to the nomadic bards of ancientIndia. The dance form was introduced to India throughthe imperial courts of the great Mughal emperors. Theirpatronage transformed it from a simple devotional artform to a classical discipline known for its grace andevocative steps. Begin the next day with a visit to the Taj Mahal itself. Nophotograph does the monument justice — it looks as if itwere painted onto the sky and is both strikingly simpleand graced with fine details, particularly the pietra dura(inlaid stonework) of the cenotaph. Witness for yourselfthe way its luminous marble skin takes on the pink andorange hues of the sunrise. Return to Agra’s airport andrejoin the crew of your private jet.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra  

Oct 26-28: Abu Dhabi

Arrive in Abu Dhabi, a modern city with a strong senseof Emirati cultural heritage and a force on the worldstage. Begin your sightseeing at the impressive GrandMosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, witha capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. Itfeatures 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24-karat-goldgilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knottedcarpet. Explore the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museumof its kind in the Arab world: a universal museumbringing together global cultures to shine fresh lighton the shared stories of humanity. The next day is yours to experience as you like on theDesign Your Day activity of your choice. Visit theAbu Dhabi Falcon Hospital to explore nature’s mostawe-inspiring bird of prey; tour the facilities of theYas Marina Circuit, one of the world’s most advancedFormula 1 circuits; spend a full day in the beautifulgarden city of Al Ain exploring the old palace of theEmirate’s ruling family and the historic fort; or discoverDubai by land and air, and then participate in an excitingcamel polo match. Later, set out into the desert for asunset cocktail reception and dinner in an encampmentin the dunes set up exclusively for you.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal  

Oct 29-30: Jordan

Fly to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a countrywith outstanding ancient history and beautiful desertlandscapes. Explore Wadi Rum, known as Valley of theMoon, the largest — and most magnificent — of Jordan’sdesert landscapes. Enjoy an exhilarating 4x4 experienceas you explore the rose-tintedmountains where Bedouin tribes still camp. DiscoverJordan’s most iconic treasure, the ancient city of Petra,built between 800 BC to AD 100 by the Nabatean Arabs.Explore alongside an archaeologist and enjoy a privatelunch in a cavern on the site. On your last evening here, enjoy a special candlelitdinner at “Little Petra” (Siq el-Barid), among thetemples, enhanced with dramatic lighting andtraditional music. Siq el-Barid is a classical templethat stands guard outside the miniature siq, whichappears to have been an important suburb of the cityof Petra. The narrow file, only some 380 yards long, iscrammed with tombs, temples, houses, water channelsand cisterns. Return to Aqaba’s airport and rejoin thecrew of your private jet.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: M��venpick Hotel Petra  

Oct 31-Nov 3: Sicily

Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina,Sicily, offers a vibrant taste of Sicilian dolce vita. Experiencethe atmosphere of a 19th-century Sicilian wedding during aprivate welcome party in one of the town squares, completewith folk dancing and music, entertainment and traditionaldelicacies. Take in the nearby artisan villages as you driveyour own vintage Alfa Romeo or Fiat 500, stopping to seea traditional opera dei pupi marionette performance, playa traditional mouth harp, and visit a local Sicilian cartdecorator workshop. Meet a local historian, who delvesinto the history and realities of the Mafia in Sicily. Explorethe ancient Greek theater of Taormina, built in the thirdcentury BC, during an exclusive visit. Discover the charming town of Taormina during aprivately guided walking tour, and then journey to theheart of Mount Etna volcano in 4x4 vehicles, exploringthe lava flows, craters and grottoes created by this force ofnature. Enjoy exclusive access to the Etna Observatory toenjoy an aperitif at sunset. Finish your time in Sicily with agala farewell dinner at the Palace Duchi di Santo Stefano,opened privately for you. The next morning, board yourprivate jet for the flight back to Boston, U.S.A., where youbid farewell to your private jet crew and connect with yourhomebound flight.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Oct 31���Nov 2); Breakfast, Lunch (Nov 3))
Hotel: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo  

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