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A journey overview

18 Days By Private Jet
  • Departing:
  • 15 Mar 2020

From volcanoes and glaciers to blue lagoons amid arctic snow, the northern landscapes shift daily before our trajectory takes us south to tropical climes and encounters with otherworldly realms.

Around the World 2018 map

We check in to The Peninsula Beijing, our residence for the next three nights. Whether it's a gala dinner along the Great Wall or roaming the city on your terms, we find ourselves intoxicated by both the old and new. Our first full day in Beijing begins with a city tour that explores Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. After lunch, choose from a range of Your World experiences. Perhaps take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, explore the artists' studios, galleries, restaurants and bars of 798 art district, or indulge in a signature spa treatment available at your hotel. The next day is set aside for exploration on your terms. Perhaps roam the city or pick from these Your World experiences. Take a day trip by local airline to Xi'an, famed for its ancient Terracotta Warriors, or explore the vast lake and ornate buildings of the Summer Palace, now a World Heritage-listed site.

Kublai Khan, Genghis Khan – Mongolia is as intriguing as it is remote, and its capital is a microcosm of the country's nomadic warrior history. Stay in luxury, or a traditional ger. Enjoy the festivities of a mini Naadam Games before a horse ride through the Mongolian countryside, a massage or an immersion into local culture. In the evening, dinner is accompanied by a Mongolian throat singing troupe. In this unique style, singers can produce up to four different pitches simultaneously.

On the way to the Hotel Grand Samarkand Superior, we visit the tomb that inspired 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. Dinner under a starry sky at Registan Square proves a feast for the senses with a private bazaar, folk dance, fire jugglers and an Uzbek fashion show.

We arrive in Venice, a city on borrowed time, and head for the San Clemente Palace Kempinski, located on its own serene island by vintage speedboat. Experience a rarified world inside the city's private palazzos, meet a Venetian contessa or maybe learn to prepare a Venetian lunch. A highly exclusive private opening of St Mark's Basilica awaits, as does a masquerade ball and dinner prepared by a Michelin-starred chef in the Doge's Palace. As we delight in the fine cuisine, evocative music is performed by a string-quartet and traditional Venetian masks are provided to recreate the majesty of Venice at its height.

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. Enjoy a four-course culinary adventure created from local produce by Executive Chef, Christian Bodiguel. Later, the soothing sounds of the resident pianist beckon us to the Bar Car 3674 for a nightcap.

We arrive in Paris at Gare de l'Est, and drive to the airport where we rejoin our private jet for the onward journey to Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. After a soak at the Blue Lagoon, we check in to Hotel Borg. Dinner at the Borg Restaurant is led by chef V ölundur V ölundarson. During our time in Iceland, we'll journey beneath Langjokull Glacier, descend 120 metres into the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano or take in a showcase of Icelandic craft. Continue to Thingvellir National Park where we walk to the very place where Althingi parliament first convened 1,000 years ago. We lunch in a greenhouse at Fridheimar Farm and visit the Geysir geothermal springs, before experiencing the raw beauty of the thunderous Gulfoss waterfall.

It's North America with more than a glimmer of France, as is apparent on checking in to the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. A stroll along the streets of the Old City starts the next day, where lunch takes place on the terrace of Les Ancetres overlooking Montmorency Falls. Back in town, learn the secrets of Québecois cuisine, cruise the Saint Lawrence River or visit the Huron-Wendat Nation, a self-governing enclave. The Chapelle du Petite Seminaire de Québec is reserved for our dining pleasure.

Touching down in Spain's first colony in the New World, we head for the Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara. The best way to explore being by foot, we get lost amid an array of treasures including the old walled city. For dinner, we have prepared a very select list of Cartagena's best restaurants. The next day offers a cruise around Cartagena Bay, a colourful history lesson and monument tour, or a visit to the Bazurto markets.

It's surely time for a beach break, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is just the place for it. Roam the island on your own schedule or choose from a number of options. Fly over jagged coastal cliffs towards Waimea Canyon, play golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course, or venture out for a spot of deep-sea fishing. As we feast on a farewell dinner amid the Grand Hyatt's grounds, fire jugglers and dancers perform just for us.

We take a moment to contemplate our tremendous journey over breakfast before saying our goodbyes.