Around the World by Private Jet (21 days)


Day 1
31 Jul 2018
Beijing, China
Peninsula Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Here, old and new engage in an ongoing wrestle.

In the palaces and old hutong laneways, it feels as if life

hasn’t changed for a thousand years. Then, just ten steps

away is modern China and her 50-storey skyscraper.

We let ourselves be intoxicated by both while here.

We depart Sydney at 9am. On our first private jet flight,

get acquainted with the onboard service and savour the

delicacies prepared by our private chef. After dinner,

we land in Beijing, where you are whisked off to the

Peninsula Hotel, our residence for the next three nights.

In the heart of the city, near Tiananmen Square, the

Peninsula Hotel offers the most spacious guestrooms

in Beijing. The rest of the hotel is a serene oasis modelled

after China’s imperial palaces and tranquil gardens.

Day 2
01 Aug 2018
Beijing, China
Peninsula Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our first full day in Beijing begins with a city tour that shows off

its personality and many contradictions, including the landmarks

of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. After lunch,

you get to pick from a range of Your World experiences.

- Take a rickshaw ride through a hutong and meet a local

family in their home, where you will take part in a traditional

Chinese tea ceremony.

- Let an art expert guide you through the 798 art district.

Once a sprawling electronics factory, it is now home to

artists’ studios, galleries, restaurants and bars. You will meet

an up-and-coming local artist as part of this experience.

- Stay behind at the Peninsula Hotel and treat yourself

to one of their signature spa treatments.

Tonight, our gala welcome dinner takes place on Juyong Pass, one

of three major mountain passes along the Great Wall of China. For

a truly opulent experience, this section of the Wall will be closed off

for our private use. It will be a night of spectacular entertainment

that delves into the local culture and dishes from across the

provinces, prepared by the Peninsula Hotel’s top chefs.

Day 3
02 Aug 2018
Beijing, China
Peninsula Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is set aside for exploration on your terms. Roam the city

on your schedule or pick from these Your World experiences.

- Take a day trip by local airline to Xi’an, famed for its ancient

terracotta warriors. After visiting the awe-inspiring figures,

take in the sights and sounds of old Xi’an, including the

mausoleum of China’s first emperor, the ancient city wall

and the Muslim quarter. We stop for lunch in one of the

city’s top restaurants.

- This morning, explore the vast lake and ornate buildings

of the Summer Palace, now a World Heritage-listed

site. Emperor Dowager Cixi spent money meant for

the navy on lavish renovations, handicapping China’s

defense capabilities.

Those amongst us who are not away in Xi’an meet for lunch

on the terrace of Capital M restaurant. Enjoy sweeping views

of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City while sampling

the best modern European cuisine in Beijing. After lunch,

choose from these Your World experiences.

- Learn to cook a Chinese meal with Chef Chunyi in a

traditional hutong courtyard house. Explore regional

Chinese cuisine and hone your wok and cleaver skills.

- Spend the afternoon on a leisurely rickshaw ride through

a hutong, then end the day with a calming tea ceremony.

Delve into traditional Chinese medicine.

- Try acupuncture, explore yin and yang theory, and receive a

relaxing reflexology massage.

- For those with energy to burn, visit the Great Wall once

more for a spectacular walk with awe-inspiring views.

- Stay within city limits, and go on a tour of the Temple

of Heaven, where Ming and Qing emperors held annual

prayers for a good harvest.

This evening, you may dine at the acclaimed Huang Ting

restaurant in the Peninsula, or choose from a short, very select,

list of restaurants in the city. Our favourites include Duck de

Chine, the gold standard for Peking duck in its city of origin,

and Jin Ding Xuan, a thrillingly lively yum cha restaurant

popular with locals.

The evening continues with a traditional acrobat show

at Chaoyang Theatre, or enjoy a unique performance at the

Peking Opera, including back stage access.

Day 4
03 Aug 2018
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Terelj Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

While it is the largest city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar is still

a microcosm of the country’s nomadic warrior history – half

the city’s residents live in high-rise buildings and the other

half, in gers, traditional tents made of leather and felt.

Day 5
04 Aug 2018
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Terelj Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The next day, you will witness mini Naadam Games held

for your benefit. For lunch, a traditional khorkhog barbecue,

made with hot stones, awaits. This type of meal is most often

eaten in the countryside, and it is a rare occasion to find it in

restaurants. Spend the afternoon as you please or pick one

of these Your World experiences.

- Go on a full-day, 4WD steppe adventure to find Przewalski

horses, some of the last remaining wild horses on earth.

We drive to Khustain Nuruu National Park, where we have

ample opportunity to view the horses. Lunch is served in

a ger, and in the afternoon, we visit a local nomad family.

- A shorter trip to meet a local family in their ger, learn how

nomads live and marvel at their ingenuity in the face of the

harsh environment.

- Take a horse ride through the wild and scenic

Mongolian countryside.

- Or stay close and find utter relaxation with a massage

or body treatment at your hotel.

This evening, dinner is accompanied by a Mongolian throat

singing troupe. In this unique style, singers produce up

to four different pitches simultaneously, from a low drone

to a bird’s whistling.

Day 6
05 Aug 2018
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Hotel Grand Samarkand Superior Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

So old that no one knows for sure when it was founded,

Samarkand has welcomed merchants as part of the Silk

Road from 130BC. It has also been ruled by the Greeks,

Persians, Turks and Mongols, and was the capital of

Tamerlane’s empire in the 14th century. Spot the vestiges

of these cultures as you walk Samarkand’s lanes.

Samarkand welcomes us early in the afternoon and introduces

itself through a tour of its major historical sites. Among

many, we visit Gur-e-Amir, Tamerlane’s tomb, which served

as inspiration for the Taj Mahal. We also stop at Bibi-Khanym

mosque and Ulugh Beg’s Observatory. Everywhere you look,

the walls are a riot of majolica tiles and azure mosaics.

After the tour, we head to the Hotel Grand Samarkand Superior,

where elegant interiors featuring traditional Uzbek textiles are

a treat for the eyes.

This evening, your specially-arranged dinner and showcase

of culture takes place in Registan Square, the ancient centre

of Samarkand. Under the starry sky, indulge all five senses

with a private bazaar, folk dance performance, fire jugglers

and an Uzbek fashion show. Savour the local cuisine, sip your

wine and wander through the square as the performances

happen around you.

Day 7
06 Aug 2018
Venice, Italy
San Clemente Palace Kempinski Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nowhere is decay as picturesque as it is in Venice. Palazzos,

with their resplendent mix of Gothic, Byzantine and Moorish

architecture, slowly sink into the water, looking beautiful

despite it all. Feast your eyes and ears – Venice is

on borrowed time.

We have lunch on our late morning flight in, and arrive

mid-afternoon in Venice. To herald the start of our visit to

this most classic of Italian destinations, a vintage speedboat

meets us on the mainland and whisks us off to our hotel.

While mere minutes away from the Piazza San Marco by boat,

the San Clemente Palace Kempinski sits on its own peaceful

island in the Venetian lagoon.

For the energetic, we suggest a ten minute boat ride to

Piazza San Marco for the passeggiata. Those who decide to

stay on San Clemente can simply enjoy the views with a cocktail

in hand. Tonight, we dine in the hotel. You are free to choose

from three restaurants offering sublime Venetian and regional

Italian cuisine.

Day 8
07 Aug 2018
Venice, Italy
San Clemente Palace Kempinski Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our full day in Venice begins with a guided stroll around

Piazza San Marco, its surrounds, and the Rialto Market.

After that, wander the alleyways on your own, or choose

from one of these Your World experiences.

- See the inside of Venice’s private palazzos. Venice’s

oldest families invite you to experience this rarified world.

- A private cruise on a vintage Venetian boat. Visit the

glassmaking artisans of Murano, the colourful homes

of Burano and step foot on Torcello, the first island in

the lagoon to be settled.

- Meet a Venetian contessa and learn to make a classic

Venetian lunch from her, in her own house – the Palazzo

Morosini, no less.

This evening, we will make a private and exclusive visit to

St Mark’s Basilica, a highly unusual privilege. It is typically

one of Venice’s most crowded sights. Because we have it all

to ourselves, you can take your time admiring the intricate

Byzantine architecture and detailed mosaics.

Take a short walk to join your fellow guests for an extravagant

evening in another landmark venue reserved solely for us

– the Doge’s Palace welcomes you with a masquerade ball

and dinner prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. As we

delight in the fine cuisine, a string quartet plays an evocative

selection of music. As is custom in this city, you will be

provided with an ample choice of masks so you can truly feel

a part of the spectacle. This event recreates the pomp and

majesty of Venice at its height, and is a truly once-in-a-lifetime

experience to savour.

Day 9
08 Aug 2018
Venice, Italy
Italian Dolomites , Italy
Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It is late morning when the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

pulls away from the Venice Santa Lucia station and begins

its journey across the Italian Dolomites and Swiss Alps.

Relax and admire the passing scenery with a glass of

champagne in hand. Later that evening, dress for dinner,

then enjoy a leisurely four-course gourmet meal created

by Executive Chef, Christian Bodiguel. While your dinner

delights, you’ll also be enchanted by the restaurant cars’

beautiful details and marquetry designs. Afterward, head to

the glamorous Bar Car ‘3674’ for a nightcap and the soothing

sounds of the resident pianist.

Day 10
09 Aug 2018
Paris, France
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg None

The train travels through the night. Early this morning,

your cabin steward serves you breakfast at a time

of your choosing.

We arrive in Paris as the morning light bathes it in a golden glow.

From Gare de l’Est, we drive to the airport where we rejoin our

private jet for the onward journey to Reykjavik.

The world’s most northerly capital is photogenically set on the

water against a backdrop of ice-capped mountains, dotted

with hot springs and rich in museums, art, cafés and bars.

Further afield you’ll find looming black volcanoes, the Geysir

that gave us the word ‘geyser’ and a national park straddling

a continental rift. It is a land mysterious yet welcoming, and

a place where half of the residents believe in elves and fairies.

The train travels through the night. Early this morning,

your cabin steward serves you breakfast at a time

of your choosing.

Our flight to Reykjavík is timed for a lavish lunch aboard our

private jet. Once on the ground, we travel directly to the iconic

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. Sink into its warm, skin-soothing

waters containing silica and minerals, which are also responsible

for the unique colour of the lagoon.

We check in at the Art Deco-styled Hotel Borg, perfectly placed

in Reykjavík’s central Austurvöllur Square. Its soothing interiors

and Hästens beds invite you to lie down for the nap you are

probably longing for. That evening, we dine at the Borg Restaurant

within our hotel.

Day 11
10 Aug 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, a roam around Reykjavík and its harbour brings

to life Iceland’s history from founding to modern day. At the

National Museum of Iceland, we even see the ship that brought

Viking settlers to Iceland.

After our city tour, choose from Your World experiences that

show off Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes or allow you to

immerse yourself in its culture and crafts.

- An adventure by Super Jeep, exploring natural wonders

of ice and water. The high point is where we go beneath

the surface of Langjokull Glacier for a rare view of it from

the inside.

- Alternatively, a Super Jeep journey taking in fiery and rocky

marvels of nature. The highlight of the trip is when we

descend 120m into the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano.

- A showcase of Icelandic craft, including makers of the

traditional lopapeysa sweater and a knife maker who uses

materials and methods unchanged since the Viking Age.

The perfect end to the day presents itself with dinner at one

of Reykjavík’s top restaurants. Choose from one of these two

restaurants. Grillid offers sweeping views, while the menu

reads as an inventory of Iceland’s best in-season produce.

Apotek is headed by Chef Carlos Gimenez, who combines

his love of Icelandic ingredients with technique learned during

his time at El Bulli.

Day 12
11 Aug 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Prepare for more of Iceland’s strange and beautiful landscapes.

The morning commences with a walk in Thingvellir National Park

to the very spot where the Althingi parliament first convened,

a thousand years ago. A stone’s throw away, the Almannagja

is a dramatic canyon that marks where the North American

and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart from each other.

Stroll through, with one foot on each continent.

We adjourn for a private lunch in a greenhouse at the

Fridheimar Farm. The family-owned establishment grows

tomatoes year-round, and

love sharing their sustainable

farming methods.

At the Geysir geothermal springs, a chef meets us with rye

bread baked in the hot ground. Our last stop today is to view

the thundering Gulfoss waterfall.

The exciting day culminates with a celebratory feast around

a bonfire. Between courses, an Icelandic seer will hold rune

readings for those fascinated with the ancient heathen gods.

After dinner, we gather around the fire and listen to a traditional

storyteller share Viking tales.

Day 13
12 Aug 2018
Quebec, QC Canada
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Narrow streets separate 17th century houses and church

spires while the majestic Château Frontenac watches

over the city from the Old Upper Town. Quaintly, some

neighbourhoods are connected to others via staircases lined

on both sides with stone buildings. Québec City, a World

Heritage-listed site, is the only one of North America’s

settlements that still has its original city walls.

It is late afternoon when our flight lands in Québec City,

the capital of French Canada. A short drive later, we are at

the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, your residence for the

next two nights.

Built in the late 19th century, the landmark Château Frontenac

pairs a luxurious setting with impeccable service. It is the most

recognisable building in the Québec City skyline, and from its

perch over the Saint Lawrence River, provides the most dazzling

views of the town below and across the water.

This evening, choose from a selection of Michelin-starred

restaurants in the atmospheric old town. Some of our favourite

places include Le Saint-Amour and L’Initiale, both renowned

for exquisite French cuisine.

Day 14
13 Aug 2018
Quebec, QC Canada
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, the cobblestones tempt the walker. A stroll

through the Old City, including La Citadelle, reveals more of the

Baroque style used in the city’s churches. Windows with planter

boxes overflowing with flowers beg a photo.

We visit Montmorency Falls and the historic Île d’Orléans.

This is traditional Québec, with rural farms and a way of life

that has barely changed since the settlers arrived. Lunch

takes place in the rustic Les Ancetres, on its great terrace,

overlooking Montmorency Falls.

On our return to Québec City, you may choose from these

Your World experiences to spend the afternoon.

- Learn how to make a Québécois French meal from a local.

- See the city from a different angle as you cruise down

the St Lawrence River.

- Visit the Huron-Wendat Nation, a self-governing enclave

within a borough of Québec. It is a reserve belonging

to the Wendat indigenous Canadians.

- Or, for a quiet day, tour the Château Frontenac and hear

its fascinating story.

The gala dinner this evening is at the historic Chapelle du Petite

Séminaire de Québec, which will be reserved solely for our

use. The historic building is considered one of Québec’s most

beautiful religious sites. Its opulent interior features majestic

arches and soaring ceilings. Most unconventionally, you will

travel to dinner by horse-drawn carriage.

Day 15
14 Aug 2018
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our lunchtime flight arrives in Cartagena late in the afternoon.

A short drive later, we are at our hotel, the Sofitel Cartagena

Santa Clara, a former 17th century monastery with arched

walkways surrounding a stone courtyard filled with palms.

This evening, we have a spectacular dinner at the

Capilla del Convento Chapel in our hotel.

Day 16
15 Aug 2018
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day begins with a walking tour of the old walled city,

also a World Heritage-listed site. We take in its coralstone

buildings, brightly painted walls and the morning rituals

of its inhabitants.

Lunch today is in the Casa Conde de Pestagua – a perfectly

restored example of the airy mansions favoured by Spanish

nobility in colonial days. The afternoon has been left open

to chance – explore the city a little more or head back to the

hotel and escape the tropical heat.

For dinner this evening, choose the restaurant that tempts

you most. We have prepared a very select list of Cartagena’s

best. Some of our favourites include Club de Pesca, the city’s

favourite seafood restaurant for nearly 60 years. Delectably

fresh seafood aside, its al fresco tables on top of Fort Sebastian

del Pastelillo take in panoramic views of the water and the city.

El Santissimo is another, headed by Chef Frederico Vega, who

fuses Caribbean ingredients with French technique for flavours

that really dance.

Day 17
16 Aug 2018
Cartagena, Colombia
Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As befits the carefree air of the city, you decide how much

or how little you want to do today. Choose from these Your

World experiences.

- Take a lazy afternoon cruise around Cartagena Bay and

view the old walled city from the water.

- Go on a colourful history lesson and monument tour,

including La Popa convent and its sweeping city views,

a fortress, dungeons that are now shops and a church

dedicated to a man who fought for the liberation of slaves.

- At the Bazurto markets, taste things you never knew existed

in a setting that is seldom visited by tourists.

With an abundance of excellent local restaurants, you are free to

choose a dinner venue from our list of Cartagenean restaurants.

Day 18
17 Aug 2018
Kauai, HI United States
Grand Hyatt Kauai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our private jet flight arrives in the late afternoon, touching

down at Kauai’s quintessential island airport. If you haven’t

yet oriented yourself, the warm salty air that drifts across this

garden island signals that this is going to be an exceptionally

relaxing beach holiday.

A scenic drive later, we check in to the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Resort and Spa on Kauai’s sunny south shore. This evening,

you may choose to dine at one of the resort’s many acclaimed

restaurants, including Tidepools, which offers a true Hawaiian

experience, in both flavour and atmosphere. Or go beyond the

resort to sample the dazzling fusion at Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s

Eating House 1849.

Day 19
18 Aug 2018
Kauai, HI United States
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is set aside for exploration on your terms.

Roam the island on your schedule or pick from these

Your World experiences.

- Fly over the jagged cliffs of the Napali coast as you head to

Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

Its breathtaking geography is a result of torrential rainfall

running down Mt Wai’ale’ale.

- Play 18-holes of golf at the majestic Poipu Bay Golf Course

next door.

- Cruise the rugged Napali coast and gaze at the stunning

seacliffs, waterfalls and lava tubes. There’s even a chance of

spotting spinner dolphins, who might surf the boat’s bow wave.

- Some of the world’s best deep sea fishing is found here. Go on

a charter to catch large ahi tuna, mahi mahi, ono, skipjack tuna

and Pacific blue marlin.

- Or make the most of your resort by visiting its award-winning

Anara Spa.

Tonight, four continents later, we celebrate with an extravagant

farewell dinner on the Grand Hyatt’s lush grounds. As we feast,

fire jugglers, dancers and a ukulele band perform. Share stories

about your favourite moments of the journey and toast the

once-in-a-lifetime experiences with your favourite drink in hand.

Day 20
19 Aug 2018
Sydney, Australia
None Breakfast, Lunch

We board our last flight today. Take a moment to contemplate

our tremendous journey. We cross the international dateline

and land in Sydney the following day (Day 21), where we say our

goodbyes. We hope to see you again on your next

Captain’s Choice journey.

Day 21
20 Aug 2018
Sydney, Australia
None None

Today you arrive in Sydney and disembark the private jet.

Tour Features


  • Air & Helicopter Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing


Like a circumnavigator of times past, you will circle the globe

east to west, calling at eight different destinations and cultures,

all fiercely their own. Warrior nomads on the steppes of Asia.

A European city valiantly defying the sea. New World colonial

towns. A Pacific island paradise. And so much more.

This is a journey that celebrates the richness of our world.


Seldom can we dismiss the demands of schedules. But when

we want to escape those demands, we travel by private jet.

Here, the journey becomes an indulgence of the highest order,

and exactly what you deserve. With your comfort paramount,

we promise no overnight flights. Lounge, nap, nibble,

sip and feast all-flight long. Our devoted cabin crew excels

at pampering guests. When you land, you will be refreshed

and ready for new adventures.

While a Boeing 757 normally seats 230, your Captain’s Choice

757 has been customised to provide complete comfort to just

50 privileged guests. The cabin features handmade Italian

leather, all-business class seats that recline a full 180° into

a lie-flat bed. You, your luggage and your shopping do not

ever have to fight for space.

You’ll be enjoying delightful gastronomic creations – our

onboard chef prides himself on delivering only the freshest and

most delicious of meals. Dom Pérignon flows freely, as it should,

and our bar offers premium labels, alongside a carefully curated

wine list, to please the most discerning of palates.


When you travel by private jet, you’ll be flying direct to cities on

routes no regular airline travels, experiencing a level of service

no regular airline provides. As one of only 50 guests, and with

a team to take care of you, the immigration process is not yours

to worry about. Whenever we can, we will fast track immigration

and bypass long security and customs lines. While we take

care of the formalities at departure and arrival, your only job

is to anticipate the next exciting leg of your journey.

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