6 Shockingly Expensive (and Totally Worth It) World Travel Packages

The cost for each of these epic experiences is basically the same as a house.

With the debut of Tour Group coming up on Bravo tonight, we've got around-the-world travel on the brain. But forget hotel-and-cruise packages or all-inclusive resorts: When it comes vacationing in style, the right connections (okay, and maybe an Amex Black Card, too), can open the doors to some of the world’s most exclusive experiences. And though these trips cost a fortune, you can’t really put a price on luxury like this... are we right?!

1Asia with Remote Lands and Aman Resorts

Luxury tour operator Remote Lands has teamed up with uber-luxe chain Aman Resorts to offer travelers the ultimate tour of Southeast Asia. Open to just 16 guests total, the trip will take place March 6 through 20, and will include stops in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Japan.

Over that time, attendees will fly on two Gulfstream private jets and stay in five Aman resorts while on the ground. Each couple will also have their own set of private tours including a private car, driver and guide on each touring day, though there will be communal cocktail parties and special dinners. 

The guests will stay at Amanoi in Vietnam’s Vinh Hy Bay; Amansara in Siem Reap near Cambodia’s famous sight of Angkor Wat; Amantaka in Laos’s UNESCO Heritage-listed former imperial capital of Luang Prabang; the oceanfront Amanpulo in Palawan in the Philippines; and the recently opened Aman Tokyo, which is the brand’s first city property.

Among the special experiences on tap are helicopter flights over Angkor Wat, a cliff-top champagne tasting over Vinh Hy Bay, a traditional Lao Baci ceremony performed by a Buddhist monk, and private tours of sumo wrestling schools and Tokyo’s top art galleries. 

The price for all this luxury? A cool $58,888 per person. 

2Incredible Iceland with Ker & Downey

Called the “Land of Fire and Ice,” Iceland is truly one of the world’s most unique, unforgettable landscapes. Its northerly location and relative isolation mean that any trip here is always somewhat exclusive, but luxury outfitter Ker & Downey has put together an itinerary that gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of this incredible island nation. 

Upon arrival in Reykjavik, guests are chauffeured to their Penthouse Suite at the Black Pearl Hotel in town.

Day two includes a leisurely private helicopter tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its famous glacier and the beautiful little town of Budir, as well as an overnight stay at a gorgeously restored private house called Kolkuos. The next day includes a flight over northern Iceland’s striking Lake Myvatn region, one of the world’s most geologically active areas that is littered with otherworldly lava formations. The nearby town of Husavik is known as the whale-watching capital of Iceland, and guests are taken out on a private boat to see these majestic sea creatures before an overnight in the private Trophy Lodge (you know, where Jay Z and Beyoncé stayed on their visit here).

The next day includes off-roading in the rugged valleys of the Thorsmork Nature Reserve and exploring the primordial forests and glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull among others before relaxing back at Trophy Lodge, with its hand-hewn wooden cabins and secluded snow-ringed hot springs. 

Visits on the other days include flights to islands in the Westman archipelago, trips to active volcanoes, bird-watching boat trips, and a session in the Exclusive Lounge at the famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik.

The trip lasts a total of eight days, seven nights. Price available upon request.

3Park Hyatt Sydney 25th Anniversary Package

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the landmark Park Hyatt Sydney is offering prospective guests a package that will blow them right out of Sydney Harbour. This decadent package includes roundtrip first-class flights for two people from anywhere in the world. That’s right, you can literally fly there in first class from anywhere and the hotel will arrange it.

Once they land in Oz, guests will be treated to five nights in a spacious two-bedroom Sydney Suite with 360-degree views of the city’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge from its private outdoor terrace. The suite also offers amenities like an all-new kitchen, a 65-inch LED television and home-entertainment system, a gas fireplace in the living room, and a dry sauna and steam room, as well as a sun deck with lounges and day beds. 

Guests will also be treated to round-the-clock chauffeur service in one of the hotel’s limousines, handcrafted jewelry from designer Stefano Canturi, a Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece, a bottle of 25-year-old vintage champagne, and a private dinner for up to eight guests in the suite.

Out in the city, guests will enjoy a private yacht charter with a multi-course champagne lunch for two, a fly-and-dine Sydney Seaplane scenic flight, a private Sydney BridgeClimb experience, and a Blissful Caviar Dream experience for two in the hotel’s spa. 

The package is priced at $250,000 AUD, or a relative bargain at $180,000 USD. Details here.

4Private Jet Journeys with Four Seasons

Globe-spanning luxury chain Four Seasons unveiled its own private jet early in 2015. The Boeing 757 is kitted out with just 52 lie-flat seats and manned by at least 21 hotel-trained crew and staff at all times, including an on-call concierge, an executive chef, a physician and a photographer. 

The brand deploys this sleek black flying machine on multi-week itineraries that have guests hopping from one amazing locale to another and staying at Four Seasons properties along the way. 

Itineraries in 2016 include a cultural journey through Africa, the Middle East and Europe; adrenaline-inducing adventure activities including zip-lining through Costa Rica’s rainforest and kayaking among the mangroves in Malaysia as well as a Tanzanian safari; and a round-the-world showstopper planned by TCS World Travel.

The most recent version of the trip last month began in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (a Four Seasons Hotel) for a night before a flight out to the Four Seasons Resort Haualalai on Hawaii’s Big Island. While there, guests helicoptered over Volcanoes National Park, toured a coffee plantation, and enjoyed water activities like stand-up paddle-boarding. Then it was off to Bora Bora, where guests relaxed at the Four Seasons (where Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux just honeymooned) for three nights, before jetting off to Sydney for another three. 

After that, it was three nights at the Fours Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan near the culturally rich town of Ubud, and then either three nights at the sprawling Four Season Chiang Mai, or to the glamping-style Four Seasons Tented Camp in the Golden Triangle in Thailand. Guests then headed to the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai for a stay in the city and a trip to the Taj Mahal before three nights in Prague for private tours of the town’s historical sights and the Estates Theater where Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni premiered. They spent the final night at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane.

This itinerary is priced at $132,000 per person based on double occupancy.

5Spanish Cultural Immersion With Black Tomato

Luxury travel specialists Black Tomato offer a scintillating slate of exciting expeditions all over the world. One of their most exclusive is this all-VIP program that takes clients to some of Spain’s most illustrious cultural gems. 
Among the other exclusive activities, guests will enjoy a helicopter flight over Barcelona followed by an after-hours tour of Gaudí’s famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral. 

Additional private tours include one of Madrid’s Prado museum, another of the Royal Fortress of Seville, a private dinner at La Pedrera courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Nando Jubany, a visit to the Dalí Museum with lunch at three-Michelin-starred Celler de Can Roca, a helicopter tour along the Montserrat Mountains and Mediterranean coast followed by a guided tasting experience at the Can Rafols dels Caus winery in Penedès, and a farmer’s market visit with two-Michelin-starred chef Ramon Freixa.

Guests will stay at some of Spain’s most acclaimed hotels, including the Belle Epoque-era Seville’s Hotel Alfonso XIII, and Mallorca’s Cap Rocat, which is in a 19th-century fort built along a secluded stretch of the Bay of Palma.
The package is priced starting at $215,000 for two people. 

6Out of Africa with Ker & Downey

 
K&D is famous for its African itineraries, and was recently named Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Safari Operator.” So yeah, they know what they’re doing. The agency has just put together a jaw-dropping African adventure that showcases some of the continent’s best natural treasures.

Guests will start their journey in Rwanda where, after a night in the capital of Kigali, they’ll continue on to the Nyungwe Forest National Park with a stop at the former king’s palace in Nyanza. They will spend three nights at the Nyungwe Forest Lodge, which perches at the edge of a rainforest on a former tea plantation. During the day, guests will trek through the surrounding jungle to visit the area’s 13 different primate species including owl-faced monkeys, chimpanzees, and gray-cheeked mangabeys.

The next stop is lush Volcanoes National Park and the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in the foothills of the Virunga mountain range. Rwanda’s first community-owned lodge, its proceeds finance local economic development and mountain gorilla conservation. The two days here are spent trekking to see the famous gorillas that Dian Fossey dedicated her life to, as well as golden monkeys and other primates.

Guests continue on to Tanzania to stay at Rubondo Island Camp on Lake Victoria. Back in the 1960s, scientists brought chimpanzees rescued from zoos and circuses here to reintroduce them into the wild, and the population is now thriving, as are those of reintroduced elephants and giraffes. When not admiring them and the plentiful birdlife, guests can get out on the waters in a traditional dhow or spend an afternoon fishing the lake.

Next, it’s a charter flight to the Serengeti for a stay in the luxury tents of Sayari Camp, each with a private veranda overlooking the vast plain. Here, the prime sightings include leopard, cheetah, river crocodiles, buffalo herds and elephants, as well as the annual wildebeest migration.

The final stop requires a flight to the Mahale mountain range and the shores of Lake Tanganyika, where guests will spend three nights at the rustic-chic Greystoke Mahale Lodge.The only way to get here is by boat, so guests practically have a whole safari park to themselves. The lodge’s six exotic wooden bandas (constructed from salvaged dhow timber) look out over a soft sand beach to the azure lake waters.

The lure here is the world’s largest population of chimpanzees, who share the rainforested hills with leopards, red-tailed monkeys blue duikers and myriad bird species. Guests can head back home after this portion of the trip, or opt for a special new add-on that has just become available (though they can also plan this into an earlier portion of the trip). 

Situated high on the Oloololo Escarpment above the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the new Angama Mara is the latest lodge from a husband-wife team who opened over 50 luxury safari lodges across Africa for &Beyond before launching this new venture on their own in Kenya’s Mara Triangle. You might recognize the area from the film Out of Africa, much of which was filmed here. Guests benefit from the relative isolation of the location and the fact that they won’t see many other safari vehicles out during the day. Guests can even plan a picnic for two out on the kopje that features on the famous movie’s poster. 

Price varies based on season and inclusions, but is available upon request.

 

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