Ancient Crossroads

by Luxury Private Jet


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Uzbekistan
23
 
9
 
52
Days
 
Destinations
 
Guests
London, England • Malta • Tbilisi, Georgia • Samarkand, Uzbekistan • Bangkok, Thailand • Paro, Bhutan • Kathmandu, Nepal • Jaipur, India • Hoi An, Vietnam • Muscat, Oman • London, England
 

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What's Included

The price of this all-inclusive expedition covers everything from travel by private jet, hotels, and all meals and beverages (including select beer, wine and spirits aboard the jet and at group lunches and dinners), to ground transportation, all daily activities, top-of-the-line guides and every single tip. See below in the Expedition Details for a full list of what is included.

Explorer Destinations

This expedition includes some Explorer Destinations—off-the-beaten-path stops chosen for their remote beauty, wildlife access or historical and cultural significance, rather than luxury lodging and dining.

Solo Traveler Offer

To show our appreciation for our solo travelers, we have created a limited-time offer. Book a solo seat on this expedition and receive 100% off the solo supplement. Terms apply

Additional Ancient Crossroads Expedition Dates

Trip dates
Price, Double Occupancy
Trip Status
February 03 - February 25, 2025
$155,950 per person

Ancient Crossroads

Join us on an unparalleled journey to the epicenters of cultural exchange, where ideas, theologies, food and entertainment intertwine. Arguably these crossroads of humanity formed our world, shaped our thinking and made us who we are. Discover them, and perhaps you will discover something about yourself.

Itinerary

  1. February 1 (one night)
    London, England
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    Overview

    Your journey begins in London

    Arrive in London and meet fellow travelers, your expert trip leaders and dedicated guest services staff for a festive welcome dinner.

    Accommodations
    Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
    Nestled between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, the reimagined Mandarin Oriental offers the ideal location for exploring the city. Guest rooms reflect English elegance and the vision of internationally renowned designer Joyce Wang. Dining options range from the Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to the stylish Mandarin Bar.
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    Malta has been a Mediterranean crossroads for centuries

    As we travel around the Mediterranean we will make a stop right in the center: Malta, a historical and much-sought after destination. Sift through layers of history embedded in the island’s cities and landscapes, from the well-fortified capital of Valletta to the island's enigmatic prehistoric temples.

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    Curated Experiences
    Exploring Valletta

    Explore the walled city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site founded by the Knights of St. John as a city “built by gentlemen for gentlemen.”

    Valletta Tour
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    St. John's Co-Cathedral Visit

    Admire the baroque interior of St. John's Co-Cathedral, adorned by a Caravaggio masterpiece.

    St. John's Co-Cathedral Visit
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    Prehistoric Temples

    Visit the outdoor temple complex of Tarxien and explore Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an ancient subterranean temple.

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    The Phoenicia
    As the first luxury hotel in Malta, The Phoenicia is known for its striking architectural beauty. Located just outside the gates of the historic city of Valletta, the property offers arresting views of the sea, as well as nearly eight acres of gardens and an infinity pool overlooking the harbor.
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    Georgia’s ancient capital is Europe's most buzzworthy destination

    Tbilisi is earning raves as one of the hottest travel destinations by outlets as diverse as Vogue and Lonely Planet. The narrow winding streets of the Old Town, the tantalizing flavors of Georgian cuisine and access to stunning mountain landscapes are just a few reasons to visit this former Soviet republic.

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    Old Tbilisi Excursion

    Begin your exploration in the historic Metekhi district, where much of the architecture dates back to the golden age of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Visit Metekhi Church, a 13th-century stone-and-brick structure overlooking the river, and the 6th-century Anchiskhati Basilica, which is the city’s oldest surviving church.

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    Gori and Uplistsikhe

    Head into the Georgian countryside to visit Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. The Stalin Museum charts the Soviet dictator’s life from the tiny house in Gori where he was born to his role in the 1917 Russian Revolution to his leadership of the USSR until his death in 1953. Then, explore Uplistsikhe, home to an amazing 3,000-year-old cave city filled with rock-hewn temples, squares and dwellings connected by tunnels.

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    Mtskheta Excursion

    Take in the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities in Georgia. Visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Monastery, both exceptional examples of Georgian Orthodox architecture.

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    Stamba Hotel
    Exposed brick and books line the walls of the Stamba Hotel’s guest rooms, a modern interpretation of the Soviet-era publishing house it now occupies. Enjoy fresh takes on classic Georgian cuisine at the hotel’s café, or sample the decadent offerings at the on-property chocolatier.
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    Venture to a crossroads of cultures

    With evidence of human settlements dating back as far as 1500 BCE, Samarkand is one of the oldest cities in the world. Samarkand was also an influential stop on the legendary Silk Road and the former capital city of the Timur empire, making it a cultural and economic hub for all of Central Asia.

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    Curated Experiences
    Registan Square

    Registan Square was once the centerpiece of ancient Samarkand. Three grand buildings make up this public square, each featuring beautiful blue tilework and massive domes, creating a picture-perfect sight.

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    Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum

    Timur, or Tamerlane, was a medieval conqueror and ancestor to the great Mughal kings of India. Gur-e-Amir is his ornate tomb, which exemplifies Persian-style architecture also seen at the Taj Mahal. Explore the tomb with a guide who will highlight the rosette-patterned mosaics, deep ceilings and turquoise tiles.

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    Bibi Khanum Mosque

    Built in record time more than 500 years ago, this massive mosque was one of the most impressive, grand structures of its time. Restoration work continues to preserve its striking façade.

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    Silk Carpet Workshop

    Visit a local silk carpet weaving workshop that endeavors to maintain Uzbekistan's rich carpet-weaving traditions. View the intricate production process and browse carpets available for purchase.

    Bukhara
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    Koni Ghil Paper Artisans

    Head to the town of Koni Ghil where artisans have revived the Uzbek craft of handmade paper. Learn how they transform traditional materials such as silk, henna, mulberry and rose water into paper products.

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    Accommodations
    Samarkand Regency Amir Temur
    Located in the heart of this historic city, Samarkand Regency Amir Temur offers modern comforts and attentive service. Onsite dining options feature Uzbek and international cuisine, and the Terrace Bar offers charming views of the city skyline. For those seeking relaxation, the hotel’s spa and wellness center is the perfect retreat, offering a range of treatments and services designed to rejuvenate the mind and body.
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    Experience the thrilling sights and sounds of Bangkok

    Welcome to a city of gilded architecture and Buddhist origins. Immerse yourself in Bangkok’s bustling streets and deep cultural heritage. From high-rise buildings to Buddhist temples and countless street vendors, the city offers something to grab your attention around every corner.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Royal Grand Palace Tour

    The Grand Royal Palace is the most important and impressive palace in Thailand. This complex of jaw-dropping buildings has been the official residence of the King of Siam since 1782. See the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.

    Royal Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
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    Market Visit and Cooking School

    Go to a local market and see mounds of fresh green curry paste being made and coconuts being squeezed for milk, then make green papaya salad in a cooking class. Explore the plethora of cuisine—from street food carts and hole-in-the-wall joints to cutting-edge and inventive tasting menus from Michelin-starred Thai restaurants.

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    The Klongs of Bangkok

    Explore the bustling Chao Phraya River, the main artery of Bangkok, with your expert local guide. Learn why Bangkok is nicknamed the “Venice of the East” with side trips to the klongs, where you can witness houses on stilts, hidden temples, colorful markets and a peaceful way of life untouched by time.

    Bangkok, Thailand
    Curated Experiences
    Jim Thompson Heritage House

    A complex of six traditional Thai-style houses made of teak, the Jim Thompson Heritage House is home to an extensive art and antique collection of predominantly Asian origin. Wander the many exhibits and take advantage of a private museum tour.

    Jim Thompson House Bangkok, Thailand
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    Creative District Walking Tour

    Walk the narrow streets and explore cutting-edge street art, contemporary galleries and cafés mixed in with the gritty charm of what was once an overlooked corner of “Old” Bangkok.

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    Accommodations
    Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
    This riverfront property offers a resort-style sanctuary with sweeping views from the heart of the city’s revitalized creative district. Enjoy the tranquility of the river from the infinity and lap pools, or indulge in modern, nature-inspired spa treatments with Thai influences. Choose from a variety of international dining options, from gourmet dim-sum to Italian and French.
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    Bhutan is a remote Himalayan kingdom known as the “last Shangri-La”

    With snow-capped peaks, dramatic valleys and well-preserved culture, Bhutan has been wowing foreign visitors since it opened up to mass tourism in the 1970s. Get an authentic glimpse of daily life as you travel through scenic panoramas and experience Bhutanese traditions that have largely been preserved through years of isolation.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Rinpung Dzong Visit

    Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, known as the “Fortress on the Heap of Jewels,” whose massive buttressed walls tower over the town and are visible throughout the valley. Construction first began in 1644, and today it houses both the monastic body and district government offices.

    Rinpung Dzong Bhutan
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    Thimphu Excursion

    In the country’s capital, Thimphu, tour the Dechen Phodrang Monastery, a monastic school that houses several important historical Bhutanese artifacts including 12th-century paintings monitored by UNESCO. Visit the National Textile Museum, which displays the country’s major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and locally made textiles.

    Bhutan Weaving thimphu
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    Tiger’s Nest Monastery Hike

    Take a spectacular hike to Taktsang Palphug Monastery, known as the Tiger’s Nest. Perched 10,200 feet above sea level, it is one of the country’s most revered sites, named for the flying tigress that is said to have carried the Guru Rinpoche here in the eighth century. This is a strenuous hike.

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    Accommodations
    Zhiwa Ling Heritage Paro
    The Zhiwa Ling represents Bhutanese architecture at its finest combined with modern-day amenities and technology. Enjoy hand-carved woodwork and stonework throughout the property. Amenities include heated floors in guest rooms, a fitness center with sauna and steam room, and a traditional outdoor Bhutanese hot-stone bath.
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    Nepal has long served as a crossroads for cultures and religions

    Buddhism and Hinduism peacefully coexist in Nepal, as evidenced in Kathmandu’s diverse array of stupas and temples. Immerse in Kathmandu, a city rich with four UNESCO World Heritage sites that range from colorful spectacles to places of reverent devotion, from the Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple to Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Palace.

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    Curated Experiences
    Bhaktapur Palace

    In Bhaktapur, admire the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, so named for its beautiful wooden window frames, as well as the intricately carved golden gate that leads up to the palace.

    Bhaktapur Palace Kathmandu
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    Patan’s Durbar Square

    Stroll through Patan’s Durbar Square, an expansive plaza in front of the royal palace, filled with temples, multistoried pagodas and detailed brickwork.

    Durbar Square
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    Boudhanath Stupa

    Explore the massive Boudhanath Stupa, the center of the Tibetan community in Nepal, where thousands of pilgrims gather daily under the all-seeing eyes of Buddha painted on a gilded tower above the central dome.

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    Pashupatinath Visit

    Venture into the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and built in the Nepalese pagoda style.

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    Accommodations
    Dwarika’s Hotel
    Taking its inspiration from the Kathmandu Valley’s rich cultural heritage, this centrally located hotel is architecturally modeled after the palaces of the Newar kings. Guest rooms have handwoven linens and handcrafted artisan furniture.
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    Explore the fabled land of the maharajas

    One of India’s first planned cities, Jaipur was built in the 18th century as a royal capital for the region’s maharajahs. Jaipur’s nickname—Pink City—stems from its trademark rose-hued buildings, painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876. Today, the city’s landscape is filled with architectural monuments that reflect its colorful history.

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    Curated Experiences
    Exploring Amber Fort

    Explore the stunning Amber Fort, a 16th-century complex of well-preserved palaces, temples and gardens.

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    Hawa Mahal Visit

    Admire the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, a beautiful honeycombed structure crafted from pink and red sandstone, which allowed the ladies of the court to discreetly watch life on the streets below.

    Hawa Mahal Visit
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    City Palace and Royal Observatory

    Visit the City Palace, which occupies the center of Jaipur and houses the royal family’s vast collection of textiles and costumes, an array of armory, miniature paintings and carpets. Stop by Jantar Mantar, an open-air royal observatory created by Maharaja Jai Singh.

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    Govind Dev Ji Temple Visit

    Join hundreds of Hindu worshippers for a visit to Govind Dev Ji Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Krishna. Participate in a morning aarti, in which a flame is offered to the deity along with songs and prayers.

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    Jaipur’s Bazaars

    Explore the city’s oldest bazaar, where you’ll find Jaipur’s heritage of handicrafts on display—from iconic blue pottery to hand-printed textiles and stunning meenakari jewelry.

    Jaipur's Bazaars
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    Polo Gala Evening

    Known as the “sport of kings,” polo has a long and rich tradition in Jaipur. Head to your hotel’s elegant lawns for a chance to witness this national pastime during a festive evening of cocktails, folk music and an authentic polo match.

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    Accommodations
    Rambagh Palace
    Built in 1835, Rambagh Palace was home to Jaipur’s royal family until 1957, when it was converted into a hotel. The property includes over 47 acres of expansive gardens. Relax and recharge at the holistic spa or indulge in a fine dinner at one of several unique bars and restaurants.
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    Enjoy the wonders of Hoi An

    With its ancient temples, colonial architecture, verdant rice paddies and pristine beaches, the historic port of Hoi An is a melting pot of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European cultures. This fusion is reflected in the well-preserved, UNESCO-listed Hoi An Ancient Town.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Hoi An Ancient Town

    Explore the highlights of Hoi An’s well-preserved Ancient Town with an experienced guide. The city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its mix of architecture, from wooden Chinese shops and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses, and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

    Old Town, Hoi An, Vietnam
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    Hoi An Countryside Bike Excursion

    Explore Cam Kim Island on a guided bicycle tour, cycling through rice paddies and crisscrossing the river to visit with the boat makers, mat weavers and rice wine distillers who carry on ancient traditions.

    Rice paddies, Hoi An, Vietnam
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    My Son Temple Complex

    One of Southeast Asia’s foremost Hindu temple complexes, My Son is rich in its ornate architecture developed over the course of ten centuries.

    My Son Temple Complex, Hoi An, Vietnam
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    Culinary Tour by Vespa

    Take a guided Vespa ride through the streets of Hoi An, which come alive during the evening hours, stopping to sample authentic Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls and rice pancakes for a unique progressive dinner.

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    Accommodations
    Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
    Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An is regarded as one of the country’s premier beach resorts. Set on a private half-mile stretch of pristine beach, this tropical garden hideaway features refreshed villas and three pools that cascade to the beach. Guests enjoy an authentic connection to the region through on-site activities such as a cooking academy, a spa attuned to the rhythms of nature and exhilarating water sports.
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    Oman is widely considered the hidden jewel of the Arabian Peninsula

    Flanked by the ocean and the Arabian Desert, the Sultanate of Oman was once a maritime empire that ruled much of the region. In the colorful capital of Muscat, skyscrapers are hard to spot, and the landscape is instead dominated by the rugged Al-Hajar Mountains and towering minarets.

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    Curated Experiences
    Nizwa Excursion

    Head into the mountainous desert terrain to visit historic Nizwa for a slice of local life. Visit the impressive Nizwa Fort, built in the 17th century. Browse the Nizwa Souk, known for its silver crafts, copperware and pottery, and sample Omani coffee, dates and Halwa—a traditional dessert.

    Market, Nizwa, Oman
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    Traditional Dhow Cruise

    Embark on a traditional Omani dhow for a peaceful cruise and a chance to see the city from the water.

    Dhow boat, Oman
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    Muscat City Tour

    Admire the futuristic Al Alam Palace, one of six official residences for Oman’s ruling monarch. Visit the National Museum and the Grand Mosque, built to host up to 20,000 worshippers. Step into Muscat's labyrinthine Muttrah Souk, one of the oldest markets on the Arabian Peninsula, and instantly be transported to a bygone era.

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    Accommodations
    Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
    Nestled on a private beach on the Gulf of Oman, surrounded by dramatic mountains and set amid 200 acres of lush, green gardens, the Al Bustan Palace is a world-class property. Guest rooms are uniquely appointed to reflect both local traditions and Art Deco influences, exuding the richness of Arabian culture, art and history.
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    Recap your incredible journey with new friends

    Return to London for a farewell dinner and a night’s rest before returning home on your independent flight the next day.

    Accommodations
    Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
    Nestled between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, the reimagined Mandarin Oriental offers the ideal location for exploring the city. Guest rooms reflect English elegance and the vision of internationally renowned designer Joyce Wang. Dining options range from the Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to the stylish Mandarin Bar.

The TCS Advantage

Embark on a journey of limitless potential on the new A321, the best-in-class plane for group jet expeditions. This aircraft offers so much more than the comfort of flatbed seats, the reliability of a new plane and in-air connectivity—it also becomes a welcoming home away from home during your travels. The moment you board the private jet, you can breathe deep and leave your worries at the door.

Jet Features

CUSTOM-DESIGNED FOR COMFORT

CUSTOM-DESIGNED FOR COMFORT

Reconfigured Airbus A321 with only 52 first-class flatbed seats offering 6.5 feet of personal space

ON-BOARD CONNECTIVITY

ON-BOARD CONNECTIVITY

Enhanced in-flight presentation system, on-demand entertainment and WiFi where available

TCS luxury amenities

LUXURY AMENITIES

Onboard amenities include Bose noise-cancelling headsets, iPads for streaming curated content and L’Occitane products

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

18 highly trained staff and crew taking care of all the details

TRIP PHYSICIAN

EXPEDITION PHYSICIAN

For your peace of mind, an emergency room-trained physician travels with you the entire trip, in the air and on the ground

ON-BOARD MEALS

ON-BOARD MEALS

In-flight chef can accommodate food allergies or special dietary requirements

INNOVATIVE SYSTEMS

INNOVATIVE SYSTEMS

Burns 30% less fuel than a Boeing 757 for a lower carbon footprint

RECENT TECHNOLOGY

RECENT TECHNOLOGY

Hospital-grade air filtration system that removes 99.9% of viruses and particles

CUSTOM-DESIGNED FOR COMFORT

CUSTOM-DESIGNED FOR COMFORT

Reconfigured Airbus A321 with only 52 first-class flatbed seats offering 6.5 feet of personal space

ON-BOARD CONNECTIVITY

ON-BOARD CONNECTIVITY

Enhanced in-flight presentation system, on-demand entertainment and WiFi where available

TCS luxury amenities

LUXURY AMENITIES

Onboard amenities include Bose noise-cancelling headsets, iPads for streaming curated content and L’Occitane products

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

18 highly trained staff and crew taking care of all the details

TRIP PHYSICIAN

EXPEDITION PHYSICIAN

For your peace of mind, an emergency room-trained physician travels with you the entire trip, in the air and on the ground

ON-BOARD MEALS

ON-BOARD MEALS

In-flight chef can accommodate food allergies or special dietary requirements

INNOVATIVE SYSTEMS

INNOVATIVE SYSTEMS

Burns 30% less fuel than a Boeing 757 for a lower carbon footprint

RECENT TECHNOLOGY

RECENT TECHNOLOGY

Hospital-grade air filtration system that removes 99.9% of viruses and particles

Our Dedicated Staff and Knowledgeable Experts

An experienced team takes care of all the logistics before, during and after your trip. Your dedicated guest services manager prepares you for your trip of a lifetime and a veteran team of expedition leaders travels with you, taking care of all the details throughout your journey. We also invite a knowledgeable lecturer, as well as local experts, to join us on our expedition to bring each destination to life with real-time insights into culture, history and daily life.

Jill Peacock

Jill Peacock

Expedition Leader

An avid outdoor enthusiast, Jill has been an international travel director for the past 20 years, working as part of the expedition team at TCS World Travel and scouting new destinations. Learn more about Jill. 

Pat Walls

Pat Walls

Guest Services Manager

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pat developed a deep appreciation for different cultures from a young age. Pat aims to create a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere for guests. He believes that travel is not just about sightseeing, but also about connecting with people and creating lifelong memories.

David Keeling ATW

David Keeling

ON-TRIP EXPERT

David Keeling is the Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography Emeritus in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences at Western Kentucky University. Learn more about David.

Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro

ON-TRIP EXPERT

Hugh Shapiro is a professor of Asian history at the University of Nevada. Hugh earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has enjoyed visiting appointments at Princeton University and universities in China, Japan and Taiwan. Hugh aims for what he terms “adventure pedagogy”: mindful immersion in the host culture combined with study of its history, literature and geopolitics. Hugh enjoys mountain sports and counts volcanic Kamchatka, Greenland and Mount Kōya as among his favorite destinations.

Paul North

Paul North

Photographer

Expedition photographer Paul North combines a background in theater and film with a passion for the planet to produce creative media that educates audiences of all ages. In 2017, Paul founded the award-winning nonprofit Meet the Ocean and has continued to explore the culture of conservation globally. His specialty is underwater photography of the polar regions.

Expedition Details - Your Trip

Relax, discover and explore on an expertly curated journey, meticulously produced by a passionate team of seasoned world travelers. Learn more about the services we offer—before, during and after your trip, as well as what to expect on our expeditions.

This once-in-a-lifetime trip is the perfect way to spend quality time with your partner or to treat yourself to an adventure you’ll never forget. Adults of all ages take our trips, sometimes with a companion and sometimes by themselves. You will meet fellow guests with a curiosity about the world and come away with unforgettable memories and special friendships. It can also help you memorably mark a special occasion, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, retirement, honeymoon or other milestone.

The minimum age to take our expeditions is 12, but we will consider younger guests on a case-by-case basis.

Shortly after booking, your guest services manager will mail you more details about your trip. This dedicated professional will be your main point of contact. He or she will provide you additional information leading up to your departure and is available to answer any questions via phone or email.

Prior to departure, you will receive a set of amenities for your trip. These may include a wheeled bag, a backpack, packing cubes and other useful travel items.

Our trips are a unique opportunity for like-minded travelers who are interested in learning and exploring to come together. The strong friendships forged on our trips continue long after guests return home and open the door to more travel adventures.

On expeditions with 50 or more travelers, daily activities will be divided into intimate groups of 6 to 12, so you never feel like you’re part of a crowd. On all trips, we offer numerous activity options at each destination such as: guided small-group sightseeing, curated shopping, and exclusive visits to museums and landmarks. Other examples include more active options like hikes or snorkeling, as well as unforgettable moments like an intimate guided exploration of Angkor Wat and our hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti.

TCS World Travel is committed to maintaining the quality and safety of the expedition for all participants. Overall, our trips give you the freedom to set your own pace. Each destination on every itinerary offers a variety of options with different activity levels. In some, you may only be walking for short periods of time and have more downtime between excursions, while in others, you may spend the entire day touring or walking over uneven terrain. You may, of course, choose to have a day off and relax at any location.

On all our expeditions, you can expect the following:

  • Uneven ground/frequent walking up to one mile at any given time
  • Walking up the steps to the jet, as many foreign airports do not have jetways
  • Trip pace—only one to three nights in each stop with some late-night activities and early-morning departures
  • Time zone changes
  • High altitude (some expeditions)
  • Changes to your ‘normal’ routine: unique cuisine, frequent packing/unpacking

We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate participants with special needs; however, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs or walkers. If you require a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements can be made for private touring at each destination. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the participant.

Trip Pace Definitions

These icons refer to the overall pace of the trip and not to specific activities at each destination. For example, an expedition classified as moderate or relaxed in overall pace can still offer active options such as hiking or snorkeling.

  • Active Pace: Almost every day fully scheduled, and/or longer flight durations; expedition crosses multiple time zones
  • Moderate Pace: Downtime opportunities every three or four days, and/or shorter flight durations; crosses fewer time zones
  • Relaxed Pace: Many opportunities for relaxation, and/or three-night minimum stays in most destinations

Destination Safety
Before TCS travels to any destination, we vet it for safety. We and our consultant medical advisors, Dr. Thomas Burke and the BostonMD team, closely monitor all health situations. We monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the US Department of State, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other third-party destination experts, and are consulting with our trusted local suppliers to evaluate travel to all locations featured on our expeditions. 
 
The beauty of private jet travel is the ease of pivoting. If we need to change an itinerary for any reason, we can use our contacts in countries worldwide to assist us with making alternate arrangements for our group. These changes could be made well in advance of arrival or even while we are in the air en-route to a given location.
 
On-Trip Resources
On many expeditions, a trip physician will be available to consult with you at your request about general medical health issues such as upper-respiratory infections or gastro-intestinal upsets, which are not uncommon on this type of trip. Should you become seriously ill en route, the trip physician will be able to liaise with local physicians at your request and, if necessary, your medical providers back home, to assist in determining what further care you may require.
 
On-Trip Activity Level
This is an active program which requires a serious health assessment. There will be walking excursions at nearly every location, and you will need to climb stairs at some of the sites, as well as when you board and disembark the aircraft. There are some airports where you will be responsible for transporting your small wheeled overnight bag. We will have some early-morning departures and late-night activities, and may travel through multiple time zones.

To help counterbalance the carbon footprint that results from flying, starting in 2023 TCS World Travel is investing directly in measurable and meaningful sustainability projects that reduce the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere while positively impacting local communities and protecting local biodiversity.

Our luggage allowances are based on the type of aircraft on which the expedition is offered. On the custom Airbus A321, luggage typically is limited to two checked bags: the wheeled bag we mail you and one additional large suitcase of your own. On expeditions on smaller aircraft like the Fokker 70, guests are allowed the wheeled bag we mail you and one additional smaller bag due to weight restrictions. Bags will be stored in the hold of the jet during our flights, but you will be allowed to take your backpack and another small personal item, such as purse or camera bag, along with you in the cabin.

On many trips, a dedicated expedition staff member handles your luggage throughout the journey. In many destinations, our staff will transfer your luggage directly from the plane to your hotel room. In others, you may be required to walk your bags through customs before handing them over to our staff, but we take over from there. Secure vehicles accompanied by a dedicated expedition staff member are used to transfer luggage between the airport and the hotel on arrival and departure. Often times, your bag is in your room by the time you’re checked into the hotel.

We suggest you bring comfortable clothing that can be layered. One of your most important items is a pair of comfortable shoes for walking. Our guests generally dress up a little for the welcome and farewell dinners, but this is their choice and is certainly not required. Also, you will find slightly more formal dining options at many of the hotels where we stay. For this reason, you may want to bring a few nicer outfits. A more detailed packing list with specific clothing recommendations will be sent to you closer to the departure date. While you’re packing, please keep in mind that laundry services are available at most of our hotels. We also recommend you leave extra space in your suitcase to bring home souvenirs of your journey. 

TCS World Travel is committed to safeguarding the security of its guests on every expedition. The company has implemented a set of security processes throughout the journey – from before guests depart to when they touch down in a destination. These processes have been fine-tuned over two decades and more than 300 private jet expeditions and thousands of custom trips to help ensure peace of mind for everyone involved.

All guests departing on expeditions with international destinations must have valid passports to participate in the program. Passports must be valid at least six months beyond the end date of your expedition. If visas are required for the expedition, a visa kit will be sent to you approximately between 6-3 months prior to departure depending on destination requirements. We work with an expediting service that helps make getting your required visas easier. Although you’re still required to fill out your visa forms and cover the application costs, they will review the application to make sure it’s complete and liaise with the necessary consulates and embassies to process your visas.

For expeditions that include international border crossing, we pre-fill your customs and immigrations forms at every stop—all you have to do is sign. Where possible, our guests enjoy special privileges, such as expedited customs and immigration formalities. We may have a dedicated customs counter for our group and are occasionally allowed to go through without individual clearance.

The price of your expedition incorporates large items like the jet, hotels, transportation and meals, but it also includes many other things, such as activities, top-of-the-line guides, private dinners in restaurants, beverages and every single tip (guides, restaurants, hotel staff, drivers, etc.). In addition, we give you some “walking around money” in the local currency at each stop. We also supply you with all the bottled water you can drink all day every day. We even provide you with postcards that we mail for you—all you have to do is write.

Your expedition includes:

  • Travel on a privately chartered jet
  • First-class accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • All meals and beverages, including select beer, wine and spirits aboard the jet and group lunches and dinners
  • All sightseeing activities, from guided small-group excursions and private shopping to more active options such as snorkeling and hikes
  • Special events and private access
  • Top local guides and/or on-trip experts
  • A veteran expedition team who handles all logistics
  • On some itineraries, a trip physician who accompanies you throughout your journey
  • All gratuities
  • Luggage handling

Your expedition does not include:

  • Commercial airfare between your home city and departure/arrival destination
  • Optional and additional accident/baggage/cancellation insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone and fax fees
  • All beverages not mentioned above as included
  • Hotel minibar charges
  • Meals not scheduled by TCS World Travel
  • Inoculation and medication costs of any kind

Reservation Process

To reserve your place on the Tour, you must complete and sign the Reservation Form and pay your deposit. The deposit can be made by wire transfer or by a major credit card such as American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. To cover the cost of processing a credit or charge card transaction, and pursuant to applicable state regulations (including, with respect to Colorado, section 5-2-212, Colorado Revised Statutes), TCS charges a surcharge of 3.0 % for credit card payments. This surcharge is not greater than our merchant discount rate for credit card transactions and does not apply to payment via debit card, ACH or check or redemption of a gift card, or to credit card payments with a billing address in Connecticut, Massachusetts, or Puerto Rico. Your place on the Tour is not reserved until the deposit and signed reservation form are both received.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation or change your plans, your right to receive a refund is limited, as set forth in the trip payment schedule. All cancellations will become effective as of the date of the postmark or email receipt. All requests for refunds must be sent to TCS World Travel in writing via mail, fax or email.

If you are traveling solo and prefer the privacy of your own room, you will be charged a solo traveler supplement. This ensures that individual travelers will get the same type and size rooms as our double occupancy travelers.

The Jet tour is operated by TCS World Travel, dedicated to delivering immersive, worry-free travel experiences for the globally curious and modern luxury traveler. The aircraft is operated by Titan Airways, an IOSA-certified airlines with over 30 years of experience in bespoke air charter travel.

We strongly recommend purchasing insurance to protect your travel investment. We offer a best-in-class trip insurance program available exclusively to guests on our group jet expeditions. Our program provides unique benefits that you won’t find anywhere else in the insurance market, including:

  • Insurance for your entire trip cost in a single streamlined plan
  • The ability to purchase the plan and waive pre-existing conditions any time up until final payment
  • COVID-19 coverage, with the option to cancel before your trip departs
  • Flexibility to pay in installments and insure your trip as you go

Our insurance program also includes these additional benefits for your peace of mind:

  • No-risk guarantee allowing you to cancel your plan within 10 days and receive a full refund
  • Coverage for trip cancellation/interruption, baggage loss, emergency dental and more
  • Option to add on Cancel For Any Reason ("CFAR") coverage for up to 75 percent of your trip cost

If you would like a personalized quote, or have any questions about our insurance program, please contact our Guest Relations team at 800.454.4149.

Global health institutions like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now categorizing COVID-19 as an endemic disease, similar to other infectious diseases we live with daily. In response to this changing global scenario, most countries have now relaxed or dropped their COVID-19 vaccine and testing regulations – so TCS has adapted our policy as well. 

  • While we highly recommend that guests be vaccinated, we are no longer requiring vaccines for guests to travel on a TCS group jet expedition, unless it is required by one of the destinations on the program. 
  • There will no longer be required testing for COVID-19 either prior to trip start, at trip start or during your journey, unless it is required by one of the destinations on the program or recommended by the trip physician for treatment support. 
  • We will ask any guests who are exhibiting symptoms of illnesses (such as colds or flu) to mask when they are around other guests, helping to reduce transmission and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. We look forward to embarking on an extraordinary journey together as travel gradually returns to normal. Please reach out if you have any questions.

We are the World Leaders in Private Jet Expeditions

We have developed and operated nearly 300 luxury jet expeditions to more than 200 destinations, and are the most experienced and awarded jet expedition company in the world. Our all-inclusive journeys deliver unparalleled and meaningful experiences, with exceptional service, in unique destinations around the globe.

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"TCS waved its magic wand once again. They arranged a private trip, Finland's Northern Lights Expedition. It was beyond all expectations. The communication with TCS staff was superb, pre-trip, during the trip, and post-trip. They made the vacation seamless. From the pre-arranged private transportation and guide, the superb pre- and post hotel, the Treehouse accommodations and the Glass-roofed accommodations were all beyond exciting. Our amazing an..."
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"We had a truly memorable and extremely enjoyable trip with TCS"
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"Everything about this trip was way above my expectations. From the moment the trip began all the way through to the end. Highly recommend!!"
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"The staff was terrific, the program was great, and the other passengers were fun to be with! We had a flight problem to get to Cusco, and the staff even with no advance warning, rerouted us the next day. Not a one of the other travelers complained and the rest of the trip went without a hitch. The evening tour of the Valley of the Kings was a particular highlight."
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"Very professional flight crew, trip leaders, and resources, Jan was particularly good at communicating geography and its importance in understanding the world."
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"The staff was professional, kind and accommodating. They heard our needs and adapted where they could. TCS clearly has access to the some of the worlds best places in each country. "
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"The guides and escorts were awesome, superb trip to exceptional destinations."
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"Apart from the wonderful itinerary, fabulous destinations, and first-class ground staff and tour guides at every destination … our trip was made perfect by the really great all round TCS team of extremely knowledgeable, resourceful, helpful and friendly professionals. The same must be said equally of their expedition Doctor, Photographer, Archeologist and Historian, ALSO, equally, the fantastic aircraft pilots and their entire crew from Titan - a..."
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"TCS allows you to see multiple destinations - many that would be difficult to travel to on your own - in a fast, efficient and comfortable manner. They craft a trip that helps you to sample some of the finest aspects of each location, such as the architecture, the history, the food and other aspects of the local culture. Their staff is kind and goes out of their way to ensure that all the guests are having an excellent experience."
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"So far, our booking experience has been great. We were on a waitlist which opened up quickly and although we were out of the country at the time, Rachael McBride was wonderful about working with us to arrange payments and help us with travel insurance. Rachael was incredibly patient, knowledgeable and thorough with our very detailed questions; and if she didn't have the answer right away, she would get it for us!"
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