What would you do if you had a sudden windfall? I would totally take a luxury trip around the world on a whole world tour package. Let’s assume that my sybaritic delight will not be at the cost of someone near to me dying and instead of an inheritance, I hit a big jackpot. It’s actually not that farfetched – my parents’ friends won a massive Lotto payout when I was a kid. These family friends got a 6 figure sum per year as an annuity for the rest of their lives. Of course, they were Indian and very practical and paid for their kids’ education. I say education is best done on a trip around the world as a private jet world tour. Did you know you could go around the world by private jet? I have been dreaming of a round the world travel package since I heard of the Four Seasons world tour a few years back.
Trip Around The World
An RTW travel experience has long been a cherished dream of mine. Unfortunately, my husband was too busy working to travel the world for a year when the children were young. Now the kids are too old to take out of school to travel around the world for a year. Plus, our experience of doing 3-4 week trips with them has convinced us that we may wind up killing each other if we were to embark on RTW travel for an extended period of time.
So do I put my tour around the world dream on hold? No, I merely expand it and just dream bigger. We can compress our trip around the world itinerary into a shorter time period with a private jet world tour. These world tour vacation packages are not cheap but then dreaming bigger never is.
Can you do luxury travel around the world with kids? The Fours Seasons private jet experience suggests that you take only children 12 years and above on the trip. No one wants their really expensive vacation spoiled by tantrums, frequent snack stops and general mayhem that goes along with travelling with young children. At least with older kids, the tantrums involve brooding silence that is not disruptive to others.
Added bonus! For this type of private jet world tour – the around the world trips are all inclusive – you know exactly how much everything will cost. No one trying to haggle for extra fees at some dodgy airport. The only thing you need to pay extra is getting yourself to and from the point of origin and personal expenses.
Private Jet Vacations
These round the world holidays generally use converted Boeing 757’s. Instead of the usual 233 seats on a plane this size, these planes have 75-80 premium seats. In some cases, there are even less seats allowing for lie-flat seats such as on the Four Seasons private jet and the Abercrombie and Kent private jet.
With private jet vacations, you don’t have to deal with pesky things like immigration and baggage. Customs officials can show up and process people on the plane. Your bags get whisked between destinations and magically appear in your hotel room.
Better yet, the whole process is seamless because it is taken care of by one company. You don’t need to keep telling staff at each new hotel that you start your morning with a decaf soy latte with an extra shot and cream.
All this and you still don’t get the private jet to yourself? Why bother? These companies can organise special events for a group that would be (even more) prohibitively expensive for a couple of people. You really are saving money by spending money.
5 Top Whole World Tour Packages
In researching the best round the world trips, these 5 whole world tour packages stood out for the places they stopped at and their sheer luxury. These are the best luxury private jet around the world trips that money can buy.
Four Seasons Private Jet
Four Seasons were the first to offer whole world tour packages set up as a private jet vacation in 2012. Although the Fours Seasons world tour was first set up with a third party provider, since 2015 the Four Seasons have made the whole process seamless by keeping it in-house.
With the Four Seasons private jet experience, you get your own experience concierge, personal chef, luggage concierge and doctor on board. No need to find a local pharmacy because you have a dodgy tummy. The Four Seasons private jet is a Boeing 757 customised with 52 flat bed seats.
The spring 2019 around the world travel package is already sold out (9 destinations including Japan, Maldives, Russia and London and running to $140,000 per person. In fact every 2019 Four Seasons private jet experience is sold out. Clearly, there are a lot of people with more money than time.
You can, however, still book the Spring 2020 trip which covers the same destinations but substitutes Paris for London.
There’s also a 2020 trip around the world itinerary that includes Hawaii, Bora Bora, Sydney in Australia, Bali in Indonesia, Chiang May in Thailand, the Taj Mahal, Dubai, Prague and London. Yours for $147,000 per person.
National Geographic Private Jet Tours
With National Geographic Private Jet Tours, you and 74 other uber-privileged people can spend 24 days on a trip around the world visiting 15 UNESCO world heritage sites.
What’s on this trip around the world itinerary? On this RTW Travel Route, you set off from Washington, D.C. and visit Peru, Easter Island in Chile, Samoa, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Cambodia, Chengdu in China, the Taj Mahal in India, Tanzania, Jordan and Morocco.
And, what’s this world tour cost? Starting at $82,950 per person for the Southern route and $89,945 per person for the Northern Route. (I love the way they knock of $50-$55 so it looks cheaper. I can see that working at the 99 cents sales racks but not here.)
Smithsonian World Tour Vacation Packages
I am an unabashed lover of the Smithsonian museums, magazine, website etc. The Smithsonian world tour vacation package is a 24 day tour around the world.
The trip around the world itinerary is impressive. Starting in Orlando Florida, you travel to Marrakesh in Morocco, Petra in Jordan, the Serengeti in Tanzania, the Taj Mahal in India, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Easter Island and Machu Picchu in Peru.
The hotel choices are as great as you would expect such as, the amazing Amarvillas in Agra and La Mamounia in Marrakech.
And the price? Starting at $85,950. Eye-watering but it does include everything except how you get yourself to and from Orlando.
Abercrombie and Kent Around the World
We have used Abercrombie and Kent several times, specifically on trips to China and to India, because both countries require some effort to visit. I’m sure we will use them again to visit Russia – the sheer bureaucracy of organising a Russian visit with an American passport is enough to convince me to throw money at the problem.
There is also an Abercrombie and Kent around the world by private jet tour option. Just like with the Four Seasons Private Jet experience, you get a dedicated staff that includes a private chef and an onboard doctor. And, my personal favourite? Mid-journey laundry service so you can pack light and save room for souvenirs!
The Abercrombie and Kent Around the World experience is called Cultural Treasures: Around the World By Private Jet. It’s a 23 day itinerary that starts in Seattle Washington. The trip around the world itinerary includes Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Sicily.
With Abercrombie and Kent around the world tours, I really like the Design Your Day options. you get to pick the activities you want to do. For example, in Japan you can choose between a guided zen meditation or a sake brewery tour. This choice is great for people like us who have been to Japan several times.
Abercrombie and Kent around the world by private jet are not cheap. This A&K trip around the world cost will run you $129,000. BUT, it’s already on a waitlist basis already for October 2019 so I’m assuming they are not hurting for customers.
Intrav Private Jet Travel
This luxury round the world trip is put together by Intrav Private Jet. It’s the only one of the whole world tour packages that is run by neither a hotel chain nor a traditional tour operator.
This around the world by private jet tour starts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From there the tour around the world takes you to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (where you stay at the iconic Copacabana Palace), Easter Island, Bora Bora, Sydney in Australia, Myanmar, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur in India, Istanbul in Turkey and Marrakech in Morocco.
This private jet world tour takes 25 days. Its one of the more expensive options among the world tour packages priced at $129,000 per person.
Region Specific World Tour Packages
Looking for more region specific world tour packages? After all the 25 days around the world is a bit rushed even if it is a luxury round the world trip.
National Geographic also do great private jet world tour packages that are more specialised – such as the 21 day Islands and Oceans of the World tour which focuses on the Pacific Ocean or 21 days just visiting Central and South America.
Luxury tour operator, &Beyond offer private jet vacations in Africa that cover 4 countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa) in 12 days. They operate with smaller Bombardier planes and have between 5-12 guests on each trip. It’s definitely not cheaper than a world tour cost though – this private jet tour of Africa costs $70,000.
Luxury hotel group, Aman, offer private jet vacations on an Airbus ACJ 318 that visit their resorts around the world. There’s a 12 night journey in China and a couple of semi whole world tour packages. The 22 day around the world travel package visits Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Bhutan, India, Greece, Montenegro and Italy. The shorter 17 day around the world travel package takes in Japan, Palawan in the Philippines, Bali, Sri Lanka, Dubai and Turkey. Perhaps you can figure out why Aman why chose this specific random combination of places to have hotels especially since the Dubai stop involves a non-Aman hotel, The Burj Al-Arab.
The Aman world tour vacation packages don’t have publicly available costs. Presumably they go with the adage that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
Cost To Travel The World By Private Jet
You didn’t think I was going to say that the cost to travel the world this way by private jet is good value, did you? Well, value is relative.
You’d pay a lot more if you booked a private jet yourself and did an around the world travel package by yourself. Skip the private jet and fly business class, it would still be more expensive to DIY luxury world tour travel. And, don’t forget the hassle of checking in and out of airports, and arranging for the transfer of your own luggage.
With these round the world holidays, you stay at some of the best hotels in the world and have expert guides at your disposal. Think of how much private guides, hotels, drivers, food etc can cost, and yes, these private jet vacations come across as good value.
As you would guess, your fellow guests will be people with money. Lots of well-heeled business owners and retirees. And, presumably American since so many of these whole world tour packages seem to originate in the USA.
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