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.
1Asia with Remote Lands and Aman Resorts
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.
2Incredible Iceland with Ker & Downey
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.
The trip lasts a total of eight days, seven nights. Price available upon request.
3Park Hyatt Sydney 25th Anniversary Package
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
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.
This itinerary is priced at $132,000 per person based on double occupancy.
5Spanish Cultural Immersion With Black Tomato
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.
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.
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.
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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