Around the World in 22 days
By Medha Dutta | Express News Service | Published: 16th September 2017 10:00 PM |
Nine countries, 16 guests, 22 days and, of course, unimaginable luxury. Wonder what we are talking about? Aman Destinations has launched an exclusive Private Jet Expedition with the world’s foremost luxury travel designer, Remote Lands.
This magnificent journey from April 15 to May 6, 2018, will see guests travel in consummate comfort aboard Airbus ACJ 319 to explore the rich cultures and outstanding beauties of nine countries. The Airbus, originally designed for 126 passengers, has been refitted to accommodate just 16—incorporating bedrooms and bathrooms.
Besides power-packed days, dusk will bring with it elegant cocktails and dinner parties, promising an adventure to remember. And if you are one of those who value privacy, fear not. Every couple or even solo traveller will have their own private car, driver and guide.
The journey begins on April 15. Three nights will be spent in Tokyo, amid Sakura season when the city turns a pretty shade of pink, thanks to the cherry blossoms. In this city of fascinating contrasts, explore world-class restaurants, galleries and museums alongside a captivating pop culture scene.
The next leg of the journey takes guests to Shanghai, one of Asia’s most dynamic metropolises. Over the course of a two-night stay, guests can admire the magnificent Yu Gardens, explore the French Concession and browse the galleries of M50 Art District.
From Shanghai, head to a blissful beachside idyll on the remote shores of the East Sea on Vietnam’s dramatic coastline. Guests can cycle through local villages for the rush of morning markets and snorkel in the pristine coral reefs of the marine reserve.
A short hop to Thailand is next. Indulge in delectable Thai cuisine incorporating Phuket Province’s abundance of natural produce to Nama—Aman’s first culinary concept and Japanese restaurant celebrating Japan’s UNESCO-recognised tradition of Washoku.
Guests will board two smaller private jets for the northward journey into another Kingdom—the last remaining Buddhist realm of Bhutan. Over four nights, guests will explore the valleys of Thimpu and Paro. This magical place is sure to be a highlight for many on the expedition.
Heading south again, travellers will enter another land steeped in history and spirituality: India. Guests will explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, visiting the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Amber Fort and Johri Bazaar, cruise Manasarovar Lake, discover the eerie ruins of deserted Bhangarh, and witness the Meena way of life in remote Ajabgarh.
After the Indian Subcontinent, Greece awaits. On arrival in Athens, helicopters lie in wait for a short flight from the capital to Amanzoe in the hills of the Peloponnese. This legendary peninsula is home to great archaeological sites such as ancient Olympia and UNESCO-protected Epidaurus, and is equally fabled for the region’s natural produce—from olives, pomegranates and honey, to wine and cheese.
Leaving the Aegean behind and venturing north along the Adriatic coastline, the next destination is Montenegro’s iconic islet of Sveti Stefan for a two-night stay. Day 20 of the expedition takes guests to their final destination, Venice. Exploring the city with the hotel’s knowledgeable guides will curate magical moments, whether visiting St Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace or Rialto Market.
Get, Set, Go Destinations include Aman Tokyo in Japan, Amanyangyun in China, Amanoi in Vietnam, Amanpuri in Thailand, Amankora’s Paro and Thimphu lodges in Bhutan, Amanbagh in India, Amanzoe in Greece, Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro, and Aman Venice in Italy.
`73.4 lakh total cost per person
`1.5 crore cost of twin sharing (approx)