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  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Melbourne
  • Borobudur
  • Yala National Park
  • Madagascar
  • Réunion Island
  • Christmas Island
  • Melbourne

13 Days By Private Jet
  • Departing:
  • 1 May 2024 Only 2 places remain

Our custom-designed route circles the Indian Ocean to some of the most hard-to-reach and captivating islands in the region. Just 11 guests will board our VIP private jet and enjoy multiple-night stays across Asia, Africa and Australia. Ours is a journey of roaming wildlife, revered spiritual sites and lavish resorts. Visit Borobudur, spot leopards in Yala National Park and soar over Réunion Island by helicopter.

Journey Map

Tour Manager - Dee Greenhill

Tour Doctor - Dr Guy Greenhill

As Your Tour Manager, Dee Greenhill Welcomes You On This Journey

Your Accompanying Tour Doctor For This Journey is Dr Guy Greenhill

This morning, meet your fellow travellers at the private VIP terminal at Melbourne Airport and board our jet. Our non-stop flight to Indonesia sees us enjoying a gourmet lunch and fine wines, as we fly over the Australian outback and the Indian Ocean. On touching down in Yogyakarta, within the province of Central Java, we transfer to Amanjiwo, a lavish resort occupying a serene setting. Arriving in time for dinner, we find the restaurant’s offerings blessed with a cornucopia of fresh produce, their creations celebrating the region’s proud culinary heritage. This evening, we rest in our Borobudur Suites, each with its own private walled garden.

Following breakfast at our resort, we take the short drive to the enigmatic temple of Borobudur. Here, our attention is drawn towards the temple’s vast network of intricately carved Buddha statues, stupas and stone carvings. We listen as our guide reveals Borobudur’s ancient secrets. From the temple’s apex, we’re granted astonishing views across the Kedu Plain, out to the distant and volcanic Mt Merapi. 

We return to our resort for lunch, after which Your World experiences offer several perspectives of this fascinating region: 

— Borrow a bicycle and head out to survey village life, set against a backdrop of rice fields and palm trees. 
— Browse the wares of the nearby antique shops. 
— Enjoy one of the signature treatments available at our resort’s spa.

Enjoy the exquisite flavours of our resort’s restaurant again this evening before unwinding in your beautiful suite.

We bid farewell to Amanjiwo after breakfast and make our way to Yogyakarta’s airport. Here, we find our VIP private jet awaiting our arrival. Our pilot charts a north-westerly course for the city of Mattala in Sri Lanka. Arriving early afternoon, we transfer to Wild Coast Tented Lodge, along the boundary of Yala National Park. After lunch at our lodge, we enjoy an afternoon safari, which takes us into Yala’s vast woodland, where many bird and reptile species roam. And while we seek to spot as much wildlife as possible here, our chief aim is to observe the park’s leopards – Yala has one of the world’s highest densities of the big cat breed.

After breakfast, set out on a Your World experience:

— Join a local ranger for further explorations of Yala National Park.
— Alternatively, visit a nearby village to watch local families invoke blessings during a ritual at a Buddhist temple. You will also be invited to participate in alms giving with the resident monks. 

Afterwards, hone your cooking skills, Sri Lankan style, under the guidance of our resort’s chef. Appreciate the subtle shifts in flavour, as you infuse your dishes with a blend of cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, coriander, and other herbs and spices. 

After lunch, wander the wilderness along the park’s boundary, before enjoying a unique bush high-tea experience. Afterwards, savour sunset drinks along the beach, then gather together for a barbecue dinner.

Cross the Indian Ocean late this morning aboard our private jet, bound for Madagascar. We dine aboard our aircraft before coming to rest upon the tiny island of Nosy Be, just off the Madagascan mainland. From here, we transfer to a light plane for the short flight to Anjajavy le Lodge. Settle into your villa, which boasts incredible views across a stunning turquoise sea. 

Head out after dark and keep a look out for some of the local nocturnal wildlife, including mouse lemurs, chameleons, scops owls, and nightjars. Afterwards, gaze across the Mozambique Channel from the restaurant’s wooden deck during this evening’s dinner.

Rise early this morning and join a birdwatching walk. Have your camera ready for possible sightings of Madagascar magpie robins, souimanga sunbirds or cuckoo-shrikes. 

This morning’s Your World experiences each present further wildlife-viewing opportunities:

— Travel by open-air truck to visit the area’s giant Aldabra tortoises in their natural habitat. From here, discover local cultural sites, including an animist cave, the Port of Amulet, and a Malagasy tomb. 
— Head to a fishing village and learn more about the culture here, while also having time to browse some of the locally produced handicrafts. 
— Embark a boat for a cruise of Moramba Bay. Follow the island’s north-west coast, admiring sandy beaches and majestic baobab trees. Your guide will also lead you in a search for the rare Madagascar fish eagle. 

Following lunch at our lodge, complete your afternoon with another Your World experience:

— Remarkable baobab and other giant trees dot the landscape within our lodge’s private reserve. Discover them and keep watch for the resident lemurs. 
— Remain at our lodge and receive a rejuvenating massage – perhaps on the terrace of your villa. 

An optional night walk is available for us to join this evening. Amble along through the reserve and catch the occasional glimpse of fat-tailed dwarf lemurs, chameleons, scops owls and nightjars. Afterwards, relax back at our lodge and enjoy the sea views during dinner.

Should you have missed yesterday’s early morning birdwatching walk, another opportunity presents itself today. Yesterday’s morning and afternoon Your World experiences are also repeated today; take a final chance to complete your Madagascan discovery. We then salute our time on the island with cocktails and entertainment, followed by an exclusive dinner within the lush surrounds of the Oasis Gardens.

Our group returns to Nosy Be by light aircraft this morning to meet back up with our private jet. A short flight then brings us to nearby Réunion Island. On arrival in Saint-Pierre, we follow the coast to the Palm Hotel & Spa. Acquaint yourself with your suite and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. We dine at our hotel’s restaurant this evening.

This morning, a choice of Your World experiences presents itself:

— Soar over the island’s cirques, waterfalls and volcanoes aboard a helicopter. Verdant valleys and steep mountainsides lead you on to the waters of the Grand Barachois lagoon and the isthmus of Miquelon-Langlade. 
— Visit La Saga du Rhum. The museum traces the history of Réunion Island’s rum, while incorporating historical and cultural aspects of its people. Then see the fascinating Creole botanical garden at Domaine Café Grille. 

After pausing briefly for lunch, our afternoon is dedicated to uncovering the architectural, historical, and spiritual aspects of the region. In all cases, the French-speaking island proves diverse, its influences stemming from periods of Chinese, African and Indian migration.

Enjoy the fresh, local flavours of our hotel’s restaurant again this evening.

Following breakfast, you may like to join one of two full-day Your Word experiences:

— Gain a better understanding of the crafts and cuisine of Cilaos, a charming and mountainous Créole village. 
— Reach the summit of Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano and one of the Indian Ocean’s most exciting settings. Along the way, the road through the forest presents dramatic views of the area’s vast canyon, desert plain and colossal caldera. 

You may prefer to remain at our hotel and enjoy an invigorating massage. 

This evening, choose to dine at our hotel or at one of Saint-Pierre’s local restaurants.

Traversing the vast Indian Ocean, we set our sights on Christmas Island. A gourmet lunch, complemented by fine wines, is enjoyed aboard our private jet en route to the remote Australian territory. On touching down, we check into The Sunset, our waterfront accommodation for the next two nights. After dinner, we appreciate how our hotel came upon its name, as we admire the final rays of light dipping beyond the horizon.

This morning, learn about the history and development of the island, before admiring The Grotto, an idyllic and secluded rock pool within a small cave. Nearby, we find the modest Taoist temple Mar Chor Nui Nui. Perched on a hilltop, facing the ocean, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, who grants seafarers safe passage. At Tai Jin House, we see the grand former home of the island’s British administrator. Now a museum, the house features impressive views of Flying Fish Cove. 

After lunch, we venture into the rainforest, where we admire the permanently flowing Hughs Dale Waterfall. The rainforest wetlands, accessed by a raised boardwalk, are home to mighty Tahitian chestnut trees, blue crabs, and an array of rare species. 

Toast our magnificent journey this evening during a Farewell Dinner.

We depart Christmas Island after breakfast; our final private jet flight returning us to Melbourne. Reflect upon the astonishing experiences we have shared as we disembark our jet and say farewell to our fellow guests and Tour Host Team.