Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet
As a lifelong traveller, there is no greater thrill for me than to visit a destination for the first time, and I created Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet (October 1-24, 2017) to share that thrill with A&K guests. Come with me on an extraordinary journey on a privately chartered Boeing 757 from tropical French Polynesia to Iceland, the land of the northern lights, with many inspiring points in between.
Highlights of this journey I designed include a chance to discover Borneo’s famous great ape, the orangutan; a visit to Nepal and Bhutan featuring a helicopter flight around the slopes of Mount Everest; traditional flute and drum performances in Armenia; and a thrilling snowmobile ride across a glacier in Iceland, all thanks to A&K’s unmatched local connections.
Around the World Itinerary by Private Jet
Day 1 ~ Los Angeles
The Peninsula, Beverly Hills
Arrive in Los Angeles and transfer to the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills, where you meet A&K founder Geoffrey Kent, your tour leadership team and fellow guests. Gather for cocktails and dinner, sharing the anticipation of the incredible adventures ahead.
Days 2-3: Hawaii | Aloha to Adventure
Four Seasons Resort Lana’i
Set off on your private jet for the island paradise of Hawaii. On arrival in Honolulu, board a local flight for the short transfer to the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lana’i.
During an evening welcome cocktail reception, receive an island blessing and learn about the culture and history from a kumu (teacher). Embark on a variety of adventures during your stay. Discover why Lana’i is considered one of the top water sports destinations in the world on a catamaran sailing adventure.
Hike the forested hills and valleys of the Koele uplands or bike through historic Lana’i City, its roads lined with magnificent pines and featuring stunning Lana’i vistas. Join a friendly croquet competition or play a round of golf at the premier Manele Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and known for excellence in design and playability. Or you may wish to relax and enjoy the beach, take a yoga class or luxuriate in the spa.
Days 4-7: French Polynesia South Pacific Paradise
Le Taha’a Resort
Your private jet whisks you to Papeete, where you then board a local charter flight to Raiatea, a quintessential South Pacific paradise.
A short boat ride then takes you to the island of Taha’a, where you settle into a tropical resort booked for your exclusive use over the next three days. This island is known locally as Vanilla Island for the prized vanilla grown here, and during the course of your stay, you may embark by ATV or off-road vehicle for a visit to a vanilla plantation.
French Polynesia is also known for its stunning coasts and reefs that serve as home to a spectacular variety of marine life. Climb aboard a boat for shark or ray feeding, or don a snorkel and swim among the brilliant coral reefs. Better still, certified guests can opt for a dive in the turquoise waters and swim amid an incredible array of colorful fish.
Spend three days in this tropical paradise before boarding your private jet for Tasmania.
Your flight to Tasmania crosses the International Date Line, resulting in you “losing” a day en route.
Days 8-10: Tasmania Nature & Culture Down Under
The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Your private jet touches down in Hobart, Tasmania, for your visit to one of Australia’s best-kept secrets.
Visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which features the largest private art collection in the entire Southern Hemisphere, as well as a bracingly bold and irreverent attitude.
During your stay, travel in a fleet of helicopters and private planes southwest to the Forestier Peninsula. A large number of animal species make this place their home, including the wedge-tailed eagle and the iconic Tasmanian devil.
On another day, choose from two unforgettable Design Your Day activities. The first is an excursion to Bruny Island, where you visit a local cheesemaker and sample the delectable flavors on offer.
Cruise along the island’s scenic cliffs, exploring sea caves and keeping watch for seals, dolphins, whales and sea birds. End your excursion with a delicious seaside lunch. Alternately, uncover the island’s history as a penal colony with a visit to two convict sites, Port Arthur and the Coal Mines.
Explore the ruins of houses, barracks, offices and dark, damp underground cells of those who once lived and worked in these sites, and hear the powerful stories of the convicts, soldiers, free settlers and their families that built modern Australia.
Days 11-13: Malaysia ~ Wonders of the Jungle
Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Board your private jet this morning for your flight to exotic Malaysia. On arrival at Kota Kinabalu, transfer by chartered air to Lahad Datu, your gateway to the Danum Valley and the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, your home for the next few days.
Arrive to a delicious lunch, followed by the first of many excursions into the forest, where the lodge’s experienced naturalist guides introduce you to a stunning variety of life, from brilliantly colored tree frogs to civet cats and primates. You may even catch a glimpse of Borneo’s most famous denizen, the elusive orangutan.
Set out in an open-top 4×4 vehicle for a nighttime wildlife spotting, watching as your guide aims a spotlight in search of leopards and other nocturnal creatures.
The next day, rise early for birdwatching, and then trek up to Coffin Cliff, for a stunning view of the roof of this ancient jungle. Join a leading wildlife photographer for a game drive loaded with pointers for snapping wildlife in their native habitat, and take a nighttime jungle walk on foot, basking in the incredible variety of buzzing, chirping insect life. Meet with a local researcher on the numerous international scientific projects ongoing in the rainforest.
Enjoy a final morning trek and lunch before departing for the Lahad Datu airport and your flight to Kota Kinabalu, where you are reunited with your private jet and crew.
Days 14-17: Bhutan & Nepal ~ Heart of the Himalaya
Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, by private jet and connect to a local charter flight bound for Paro, Bhutan.
Visit the National Museum of Bhutan, housed inside an ancient watchtower and containing some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art gathered from different parts of the country. Continue to Paro Dzong, one of the most impressive and well-known dzongs (Buddhist palaces) in Bhutan.
A short drive then takes you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Gain fascinating insights into Bhutanese culture with a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum and learn about “Gross National Happiness” — Bhutan’s governing philosophy for the last 40 years — at a private talk with government officials. Hike to breathtaking Taktsang Monastery, the unofficial symbol of Bhutan, also referred to as the Tiger’s Nest.
Fly back to Kathmandu by local charter, and transfer to the domestic airport for an amazing helicopter flightseeing excursion.
Take in spectacular views of Everest Base Camp, Mount Everest, and other peaks such as Lhotse and Ama Dablam, as well as the Khumbu Glacier. Return to Kathmandu, where you are welcomed by a special by Panchakanya ceremony, said to bring good luck.
Uma by Como / Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu
Days 18-20: Armenia ~ A Musical Interlude
Armenia Marriott Hotel
Today’s flight takes you to Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, a city with a history stretching back further than Rome’s.
Your introduction to Armenia begins with visits to the Cascade (a vast, Soviet-era open-air stairway), the Cafesjian Modern Art Museum, the Cathedral and the museum of Etchmiadzin.
A tour of the Zvartnots temple features a performance of the famous Armenian duduk and an Armenian Drums performance. During a visit to the Yerevan Brandy Factory, taste several vintages of Armenia’s famous cognac. Gain insight into the everyday life of the Armenian people as you stroll through the streets of Yerevan.
In the evening, head out to the Malkhas Jazz Club, the place to see and be seen in the capital city. The next day, your visit to the Geghard Monastery is enhanced by a vocal performance at the acoustic hall of the church.
At Garni, explore the temple and then take part in an Armenian bread making ceremony and tasting at the Rustic House, followed by traditional music, dances and food. In the evening, attend a private ballet performance of Gayane, the best known work of Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, which includes the famous Saber Dance. A cocktail reception at the theater precedes a gala dinner by candlelight.
Days 21-24: Iceland Northern Lights
Arrive in Iceland to a spectacular welcome: an al fresco feast in the forest, complete with a rune reader who tells your fortune and a Viking storyteller.
Design Your Day with a choice of three thrilling options. Visit Thingvellir National Park to view an erupting geyser and the Gollfoss waterfall, followed by a thrilling snowmobile ride across a glacier. Riding enthusiasts may instead opt for a visit to a private horse farm, with opportunities to hit the trails on a five-gaited Icelandic horse; end the day with a scenic drive along the coast.
Or spend a day in the city of Reykjavik, visiting the National Museum and the cutting-edge Harpa Music Hall, where you enjoy a private backstage tour.
The adventure opportunities continue the next day with two Design Your Day activities. The first takes you to the Thorsmork glacial valley, where you navigate the tumbling rivers and glacier-fed pools by SUV, an experienced off-road driver at the wheel. Otherwise, ride a helicopter to the Langjokull glacier, where you spend an unforgettable hour exploring manmade tunnels carved deep into the beautiful blue glacial ice.
The next day, pay a visit to the iconic Blue Lagoon before heading to the airport, from which you fly to New York and connect with your homebound flight.
Our small group of just 50 guests travels with a world-class staff of expert tour managers, jetting from one destination to the next on a privately chartered Boeing 757 equipped with first class, fully lie-flat seats. Our dedicated crew includes a doctor and a photographer; our onboard experience offers a range of amenities from in-flight entertainment to freshly made espresso.
I just returned from my latest around the world Private Jet Journey, which sold out in two weeks, and am eagerly looking forward to this one. Book today so that we can secure your seat.
With best regards,
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Abercrombie & Kent