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2022 Cultural Treasures: Around the World by Private Jet

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This spectacular adventure around the world introduces you to some of its most fascinating peoples, places and celebrations, in intimate and unforgettable ways. From the peerless Taj Mahal and Abu Dhabi’s modern wonders to a Sicilian wedding party and the Bhutanese tshechu festival, Cultural Treasures immerses you in the touchstones that define the societies that created them. Travel in a small group of 48 guests on a customized jet equipped with fully lie-flat seats, led by experts handpicked for their deep understanding of local cultures and staying in unique and luxurious accommodations.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive in Seattle and transfer to your accommodations atthe Four Seasons, where you meet your tour leadershipteam and fellow guests over cocktails and dinner.Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle  
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Set off on your private jet for Taipei, Taiwan, crossing theInternational Dateline en route. On arriving, transfer toyour luxury hotel. The next day, explore the city with anexpert guide, starting at the famous Lungshan Temple,begun in the 17th century during the Qing Dynasty,and continuing to CKS Memorial Hall and the old-townmarkets of Dihua Street. Design Your Day this afternoon,choosing from a spa treatment, a guided shopping tour ora hosted tea service. Celebrate Taiwan’s diverse cuisine at a festive dinner. Thenext day, board your private jet for the flight to Hualienand the magnificent Taroko National Park, a place offorest-covered mountains and marble canyons. Enjoy acharming local performance at the cultural center beforereturning to Taipei. In the evening, visit the NationalPalace Museum after hours for an exclusive tour of selectmuseum galleries, complete with expert commentary.Hotel: Mandarin Oriental, Taipei  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Upon 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 anawe-inspiring helicopter flightseeing excursion toEverest. Take in spectacular views of Everest Base Campand the 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 their ascent. Design Your Day from an assortment of temptingactivities: Visit the monastery and nunnery at Kopan,where you learn about Buddhism and join in a guidedmeditation; explore Patan, city of art and artisans,with its winding alleys and shaded courtyards; or takein the bustle and energy of Kathmandu, exploring anopen-air market and Durbar Square. Tonight, meetwith a heritage and architecture expert to learn aboutthe ongoing reconstruction of Nepal’s UNESCO WorldHeritage sites.Hotel: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Board a local charter flight bound for Paro, Bhutan. Ashort drive then takes you to Thimphu, the capital ofBhutan, where you are greeted with a private tshechufestival put on just for you. The next day, depart forDochula Pass, which on clear days offers a beautiful360-degree view of the Himalaya. The pass is also apopular spiritual destination for locals and visitors for animportant temple located on its crest. In the afternoon,visit Buddha Point for a sweeping view of the ThimphuValley. Observe visitors offering prayers to the Buddha,the largest statue in the country, and then walk around fora glimpse of the valley. Later, visit the majestic TashichhoDzong, which houses the main government, the NationalAssembly, the king’s throne room and the summerheadquarters of the monastic body. Experience Bhutan your way with the Design YourDay activity of your choice: Hike to breathtakingTaktsang Monastery, also referred to as the “Tiger’sNest,” the unofficial symbol of Bhutan; cycle the Parocountryside; visit the National Museum of Bhutan, andthen meet with an astrologer for a personal fortunetelling; or relax at the hotel and enjoy a spa treatment.Hotel: Six Senses Thimphu  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Fly to Agra, India, by local charter and arrive at theOberoi Amarvilas to a festive welcome befitting amaharajah. Settle into your room and take in a stunningview of the Taj Mahal right from your own privatebalcony. If you choose, visit the Taj Mahal and see thesun setting behind the iconic marble mausoleum. Thisevening, don traditional dress for an exclusive dinnerinspired by the local bazaar. Begin the next day with asunrise visit to the Taj Mahal itself. Perhaps the world’smost perfectly proportioned monument, this stunningmausoleum was built by artisans from neighboringIslamic countries to immortalize Shah Jahan’s last wife,Mumtaz Mahal, as the “light of the palace.” No photograph does the Taj Mahal justice — it looksas if it were painted onto the sky and is both strikinglysimple and graced with fine details, particularlythe pietra dura (inlaid stonework) of the cenotaph.With dawn’s stillness hanging in the air, marvel asthe luminous marble skin of the Taj Mahal’s façadeassumes the pink and orange hues of sunrise. After yourunforgettable encounter, return to your hotel for brunch,and then drive to Agra’s airport to rejoin your privatejet.Hotel: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Arrive at your hotel in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, welcomedby a throng of local musicians and flower-bearing children.The following day, explore Samarkand’s Silk Road heritageas you visit Registan, a trio of striking, majolica-cladmadrasas. Continue on to the grand mausoleums ofGur-Amir and Shakhi-Zinda, architectural treasuresdating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Pause forlunch at a local teahouse, where you learn to make oneof the region’s signature dishes. Then, take in a regionalmusic and folk-dancing performance at a neighboringcaravanserai (roadside inn). The next morning, take inthe grandeur of Bibi Khanym, one of the largest and mostmagnificent mosques of the 15th century. Reduced toruins by the 20th century, original remains and restoredsections of its architecture tell its history. Next, glimpse local daily life as you stroll throughbustling Siab Market, the labyrinthine Jewish Quarterand historic Gumbaz Synagogue. Enjoy a traditionallunch followed by a private performance of streetacrobats. This afternoon, visit local artisan workshopsand enjoy free time at Tashkent Street. This evening,attend an open-air concert in Registan Square, completewith an orchestra, calligraphy demonstration, firejugglers and fashion show.Hotel: DiliMah Hotel  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Abu Dhabi
    Arrive in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, a modern citywith a strong sense of Emirati heritage. After settling intoyour hotel, head to the Yas Marina Circuit, home to theannual Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for a cocktail anddinner, followed by a sensational auto race put on just foryou. The next day, discover the Louvre Abu Dhabi, hometo a vast collection of artifacts and a modern architecturalmarvel in itself. Then, visit Qasr Al Watan, known locally asthe Palace of the Nation, to gain a rare insight into Emiratigovernance and culture through the palace’s exhibits. Enjoya private lunch served inside the palace. This evening, venture out into the dunes for a sunsetcocktail reception and dinner in a romantic tented oasisbeneath the desert stars. The following day, choose froma host of Design Your Day options: Discover Dubai byland and air and participate in an exciting camel-backpolo match; play 18 holes at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club;or explore Qasr Al Hosn, a historical landmark and theoldest stone building in Abu Dhabi. The next day, pay avisit to the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque,widely renowned as Abu Dhabi’s crown jewel. The mosqueaccommodates the world’s largest Persian carpet, sevencrystal chandeliers and some 41,000 worshipers. Return tothe airport and board your private jet.Hotel: The Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Fly to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a countrywith outstanding ancient history and beautiful desertlandscapes. The next day, discover Jordan’s most iconictreasure, the ancient city of Petra, built between 800BC and AD 100 by the Nabatean Arabs. Meet with anarchaeologist and enjoy a private lunch in a cavernon the site. On your last evening here, enjoy a specialcandlelit dinner at “Little Petra” (Siq el-Barid), amongthe temples, enhanced with dramatic lighting andtraditional music. Siq el-Barid is a classical temple that stands guardoutside the miniature siq, which appears to have beenan important suburb of the city of Petra. The narrowfile, only some 380 yards long, is crammed with tombs,temples, houses, water channels and cisterns. The nextday, explore Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of theMoon, the largest and most magnificent of Jordan’sdesert landscapes. Enjoy an exhilarating 4x4 experienceas you explore the vast sand dunes and rose-tintedmountains where Bedouin tribes still camp. Return toAqaba’s airport and rejoin the crew of your private jet.Hotel: M��venpick Hotel Petra  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain,Taormina, Italy, offers a vibrant taste of the Sicilian dolcevita. Hit the road and take in the nearby artisan villagesas you drive your own vintage Alfa Romeo or Fiat 500,stopping to see a traditional opera dei pupi (marionetteperformance), play a traditional mouth harp and visita local Sicilian cart-decorator workshop. Meet a localhistorian who delves into the history and realities ofthe Mafia in Sicily. Explore the ancient Greek theaterof Taormina, built in the third century BC. Discoverthe charming town of Taormina on a privately guidedwalking tour, then journey to the heart of Mount Etnain 4x4 vehicles. Cap off your time in Sicily with a gala farewell dinnerheld in a town square opened just for your group.Experience the atmosphere of a 19th-century Sicilianwedding, complete with folk dancing, music andtraditional delicacies. The next morning, board yourprivate jet for the flight back to Boston, U.S.A., whereyou bid farewell to your private jet crew and connectwith your homebound flight.Hotel: San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

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Health and Safety Protocols for Abercrombie Kent Tours

Our more than 55 local offices work tirelessly with our partners behind the scenes.
Abercrombie & Kent’s local staff have longstanding relationships with our suppliers, including restaurants, hotels, boats, transportation providers and venues. These partners know our exacting standards and have been fully vetted by our staff to make sure they comply with all local regulations regarding health and hygiene.

We’re adhering to best practices for cleanliness and disinfection.
We follow the guidelines established by the leading health experts (including the World Health Organization) to minimize any opportunity for coronavirus exposure during your journey. We’ll have hand sanitizer readily available, ensure enhanced cleaning in hotels and restaurants, sanitize vehicles at every arrival and departure (with a focus on high-frequency touchpoints such as door handles) and provide individual service at all meals.

We’re committed to facilitating physical distancing.
Abercrombie & Kent’s private and small-group journeys are already well-suited to exploring with safe physical distancing in place: Your transfers are private, for example, and on group journeys, your vehicles are never more than half full. Moving forward, your guides will forego shaking hands when saying hello, and you’ll experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels and dining arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests.

Our small groups make travelling safely that much easier.
Abercrombie & Kent’s small groups make it much easier to maintain cleaning and hygiene procedures and ensure adequate physical distance between guests. On a custom Tailor Made Journey, your group size is completely up to you, of course, and you travel only with the people you choose on most activities.

Wearing masks on your journey keeps everyone safe.
To protect all guests on Abercrombie & Kent small group journeys and Luxury Expedition Cruises, wearing a mask is required in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. On Tailor Made journeys, masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations. We encourage you to bring your own masks; a supply will be on hand where needed.

Our Resident Tour Directors and local guides are trained in health and safety.
In addition to being experts in your region’s culture, history and wildlife, your guides are fully versed in your destination’s health regulations as well as Abercrombie & Kent’s practices and protocols. They oversee the many procedures that go into making your journey safe, from confirming a restaurant is freshly cleaned before you arrive to ensuring your luggage is always handled carefully (and disinfected properly) between destinations.

All guides and staff follow rigorous health and safety procedures.
Everyone involved in running your journey — from the guides you travel with to the drivers, baggage handlers and others behind the scenes — observes a strict, round-the-clock health and safety regimen, including regular staff health and temperature monitoring. Abercrombie & Kent staff wear masks at all times and additional personal protective equipment as required.

We provide 24/7 support, seven days a week.
Abercrombie & Kent’s worldwide network is always on hand to answer questions and address any concerns you may have. Our local offices are experienced in handling emergencies and have the contacts and knowledge to support guests 24/7 in the event of medical challenges, including, if necessary, arranging for doctor’s visits or even emergency medical evacuation.

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