Just a few weeks ago, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a partnership with TCS & Starquest Expeditions to offer the ultimate globetrotting adventure: Around the World by Private Jet. Due to overwhelming demand, the first trip has sold out, a second departure has now been scheduled, and the reservations are continuing to come in.
“More than ever, our guests are telling us that what they value most are travel experiences that are meaningful and memorable,” says Susan Helstab, executive vice president, marketing at Four Seasons. “The dream of circling the globe in a private jet with stops in ten of the world’s most exciting destinations will soon be a reality for 78 adventurers. We are especially delighted that we can now offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to even more people.”
Just two departures will be offered in 2012. The new second departure follows the same itinerary as the first, departing from Los Angeles on September 30, 2012 on a specially outfitted Boeing 757 for an epic 22-day adventure – Four Seasons style – to Hawai’i, French Polynesia, Australia, Bali, Thailand, India and Egypt before concluding in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2012.*
Even TCS & Starquest Expeditions, which has offered unique travel experiences that include Four Seasons hotels and resorts for the past two decades, was surprised - not that the trip sold out, but at how quickly. “Once we partnered with Four Seasons, the response was immediate. Travellers have been quick to recognise the special value created by our partnership, and with the comfort and peace of mind that comes with staying at Four Seasons, our guests can focus on enjoying every minute of the experience,” says Shelley Cline, managing director at TCS & Starquest Expeditions.
One Private Jet, Ten Destinations, One Seamless Adventure
Travellers will enjoy the ultimate jet-setter experience from their first check-in to their final disembarkation, with thoughtful service and opportunities for customisation every step of the way. The in-flight experience, provided by TCS & Starquest Expeditions, includes a one to five crew-to-traveller ratio and two-by-two VIP-style seating as well as expedited customs and immigration formalities wherever possible. On the ground, accommodations will be provided exclusively by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, as well as most of the dining experiences.
The in-flight crew features a Four Seasons concierge who will extend the company’s service standards in the air. By serving as the primary liaison with Four Seasons colleagues on the ground, the concierge can arrange private tours, spa treatments, tee-times, and more during any point of the trip. On-board experts will provide illuminating in-flight insights designed to immerse travellers in the delights and intricacies of each upcoming destination.
On-the-ground itineraries showcase the best local sights and specialties, while remaining flexible enough to accommodate personalised excursions and adventures. From the glitzy Hollywood welcome in Los Angeles to the farewell gala dinner overlooking London’s Hyde Park, guests can expect more than three weeks of extraordinary experiences. Highlights include: two of the world’s most active volcanoes in Hawai’i, the vibrant coral gardens of the South Pacific, Sydney’s iconic buildings, the mystical allure of Ayers Rock, Bali’s Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Yeh Pulu temples, Thai cooking classes in Chiang Mai, Agra’s Taj Mahal, Mumbai’s Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, and a private, lantern-lit dinner amid the pyramids of Gîza.
Along the way, Four Seasons and its partner TCS & Starquest Expeditions will open doors and give insider’s access to each stop on the itinerary, including tailored dining experiences, behind-the-scenes tours and off-the-beaten-track wonders to maximise the enjoyment of each legendary destination and create a customised trip that cannot be duplicated. The result is the experience of a lifetime, not to mention membership in an exclusive club of intrepid wanderlusts that have circumnavigated the globe.