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Flights of fancy: 5 private jet journeys to embark on

We’ve seen exclusive lush islands for hire around the globe, the swankiest sleeper train in Japan, and the best business class suites for an extra indulgent flight experience. When it comes to luxury travel, today’s business traveller just keeps pushing the boundaries. The world is one’s oyster, after all.

If you want to explore the world in complete luxury but only have a limited amount of time to spare, travelling by private jet is your best bet, as it takes you from city to city without you having to contend with the crowds or wait for flight transfers at the airport. There’s no better feeling than dodging airport queues and flight delays (though a great business class lounge can make the latter much more tolerable.)

And if you’re too busy to plan your trips, there’s a number of specially curated private jet itineraries from leading travel planners that will let you enjoy all the world has to offer (quite literally) in a short time — so you can actually go around the world in 80 days.

From chasing the midnight sun to interacting with tribes in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, these 5 private jet expeditions will let you experience the world like never before.

(Featured image credit: Smithsonian Journeys)

International Intrigue, Four Seasons Private Jet Journeys

Travel the globe aboard the custom-designed Four Seasons Jet, enjoying personalised itineraries and exceptional service at every point of the journey. Four Seasons has paired premium in-flight experiences and accommodation at the chain’s flagship hotels around the world, to create the ultimate private jet experience.

Highlights include soaking in Kyoto’s blend of culture, art and nature, exploring the bustling old town of Hoi An in Vietnam, strolling down the colourful streets of Marrakech, and enjoying VIP access to the opulent Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

When: 14 September 2018 to 7 October 2018

Where: Seattle, Kyoto, Hoi An, The Maldives, Tanzania, Marrakech, Budapest, St. Petersburg and London

Price: S$188,704


Northern Summer by Private Jet, Smithsonian journeys

Follow the midnight sun and explore some of the world’s most exciting northern destinations with Smithsonian Journeys. Highlights include exploring Russia’s scenic Kamchatka Peninsula and embarking on a four-night train journey across the Siberian landscape on the Golden Eagle before venturing into the Baltic capitals of Riga, Helsinki and Tallinn.

You can then see Iceland’s famous geysers or soak in the natural hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, before landing in western Greenland and taking a charter flight to the remote town of Ilulissat.

When: 18 June 2018 to 10 July 2018

Where: Seattle, Russia, Mongolia, Latvia, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Greenland and Boston

Price: From S$114,460


Around the world by Private Jet, Lightfoot Travel

Lightfoot Travel takes you to nine of the world’s most iconic destinations. The journey starts from Orlando, before jetting off to Peru where you get to explore the Andean countryside of Cusco and Machu Picchu. The private jet then takes you to Easter Island in Chile, followed by Apia in Samoa to experience Polynesian culture and hospitality.

You’ll then get to dive in the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, before discovering the Angkor Wat, Taj Mahal, Lost City of Petra, and safaris in Tanzania.

When: 27 September 2017 to 20 October 2017

Where: Orlando, Peru, Chile, Samoa, Australia, Cambodia, Samoa, India, Tanzania, Jordan and Morocco

Price: From S$111,788


South Seas Adventure by VIP Private Jet, Lakani

This exciting tour by Lakani features a VIP private jet that has been custom-fitted with luxurious leather club seats and posh interiors, and seats no more than 14 travelers. Unique experiences include stopping by the isolated Tari Basin in the Southern Highlands where you get to interact with the indigenous Huli people who live there.

You will then fly to Australia, exploring the Ayers Rock (also known as Uluru by the indigenous population), Hamilton Island and Hobart before jetting off to Queenstown in New Zealand. Celebrate the end of your journey with Tahitian traditions at the beautiful Bora Bora.

When: 24 October 2017 to 9 November 2017

Where: Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and Bora Bora

Price: S$153,662


Africa and Beyond by Private Jet, andBeyond

This 19-day private jet expedition by andBeyond will let you explore six of the African continent’s most prized destinations, providing special access to certain areas.

Highlights include experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime private gorilla tracking experience, enjoying a hot air balloon adventure over the Serengeti, learning more about the Rhinos Without Borders conservation initiative, discovering the beautiful Cape Town, and staying at the elegant Giraffe Manor.

When: 25 September 2017 to 13 October 2017

Where:  Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Cape Town

Price: S$162,844


Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.