india, sri lanka & maldives by private jetFabled Temples & Remote Landscapes


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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
19
 
8
 
52
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Destinations
 
Guests
Athens, Greece • Amritsar, India • Jodhpur, India • Thar Desert or Lake Chhatrasagar, India • Khajuraho, India • Varanasi, India • Hampi, India • Maldives • Dambulla, Sri Lanka • Athens, Greece
 

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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.

Fabled Temples & Remote Landscapes

From sacred pilgrimage sites to pristine coral reefs, arid desert landscapes to lush tropical views uncover the natural and cultural wonders of India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

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Itinerary

  1. January 16 (one night)
    Athens, Greece
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    Overview

    Your trip begins

    Meet fellow travelers, your expert trip leaders and dedicated guest services staff for a welcome dinner in this fabled city.

    Accommodations
    Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
    Return to the golden age of the Athens Riviera at this tranquil hideaway, a favorite seaside escape for world leaders and celebrities alike. Relax and enjoy the hotel’s spa, stroll the boardwalk on the Aegean Sea, or discover five-star dining at Matsuhisa Athens by Michelin-distinguished chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
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    Observe the timeless rituals of Amritsar’s sacred center

    The city of Amritsar is best-known for the Golden Temple, one of the holiest sites in the Sikh religion.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Golden Temple Ceremony

    On an evening visit to the Golden Temple, watch the nightly procession of Guru Granth Sahib—the Sikh religious scripture—as it is “put to bed” in the Akal Takht.

    Amritsar, India
    Curated Experiences
    Golden Temple Langar

    Visit the Golden Temple in the morning to view the complex logistics of the volunteer-run kitchen as they prepare a free meal, known as Langar, for an estimated 100,000 people each day.

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    Accommodations
    Taj Swarna
    Taj Swarna, Amritsar showcases the vibrant culture and rich history of the Punjab region with spacious rooms that blend contemporary style with traditional elegance. Choose from an array of dining options, enjoy the fitness center or try one of the spa’s signature wellness experiences.
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    Awaken your senses in Jodhpur

    Discover Jodhpur’s markets and historic monuments, including Mehrangarh Fort, an imposing sandstone citadel aptly described by writer Rudyard Kipling as “the work of giants.”

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Mehrangarh Fort and Museum

    Massive Mehrangarh Fort looms about 500 feet above Jodhpur. Visit gilded royal chambers, adorned with vibrant murals and ornate mirrorwork. Explore the Mehrangarh Fort museum, which hosts an excellent collection of miniature paintings, palanquins and lavish elephant carriages.

    Mehrangarh Fort
    Curated Experiences
    Sardar Bazaar

    Named after the Maharaja Sardar Singh, the Sardar Bazaar sits at the center of Old Jodhpur and is a hub for commerce. The scent of fresh spices fills the air as you wander the narrow streets looking for treasures. The Sardar Bazaar is especially known for its textiles.

    Jodhpur, India
    Curated Experiences
    Maharani Textiles & Handicrafts

    Ride a tuk-tuk to the world-renowned Maharani Textiles & Handicrafts shop. Explore the abundant selection of textiles that have made this shop highly sought after by designers, dignitaries and celebrities alike.

    Jodhpur, India
    Curated Experiences
    Early Morning Yoga

    Greet the morning with rejuvenating yoga postures, breathing and meditation.

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    Accommodations
    Umaid Bhawan Palace
    Live like royalty at Umaid Bhawan Palace, a stunning hilltop hotel built in the 1930s, which is still home to the royal family of Jodhpur. Set amid 26 acres of lush gardens, the hotel features period pieces from the maharaja’s personal collection and art deco rooms.
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    Spend a night under the stars in a remote desert camp

    Experience the contrasts of the starkly beautiful Thar Desert, an arid landscape that brings together a vibrant community of chili and mustard farmers, carpet weavers, metalsmiths and potters. Or, rejuvenate in the remote oasis of Lake Chhatrasagar and encounter the unique birdlife that calls this area home.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Bishnoi Village Visit

    Drive through the Thar Desert by Jeep to visit the Bishnoi tribe—the desert’s native residents. Get a glimpse of village life as you witness a traditional opium ceremony, visit a local home and meet the blacksmiths, weavers and shoemakers who make essential supplies for the village.

    Bishnoi
    Curated Experiences
    Camel Ride

    As the sun sets, ride on a camel or a camel cart into the vast golden dunes. Enjoy drinks and music as the sun sets and watch the desert around you transform in vivid shades of orange and red.

    Camel Ride, Thar Desert, India
    Curated Experiences
    Dinner Under the Stars

    Enjoy delicious traditional Indian cuisine under the stars, accompanied by entertainment, in your tented camp in the Thar Desert.

    Dinner Under the Stars, Thar Desert, India
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    Accommodations
    Accommodations
    Samsara Desert Camp and Resort
    Surrounded by the Thar Desert, the well-appointed tents at Samsara Desert Camp feature traditional block-print textiles and locally crafted furniture, as well as en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge tent, and soak in views of the setting sun against the golden dunes.
    Accommodations
    RAAS Chhatrasagar
    Located along the stunning Lake Chhatrasagar, RAAS Chhatrasagar is truly an oasis in the desert. Tents feature air conditioning and heating for year-round comfort and a private veranda. Home to over 250 diverse bird species, guests will have a chance to get up close to unique birds almost anywhere and bask in the serenity of the uninterrupted natural surroundings.
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    Spend a day exploring the marvels of Khajuraho

    More than a thousand years ago in Khajuraho, the Chandela kings built elaborate temples dedicated to two different religions—Jainism and Hinduism. Scattered over a nine-mile area, the surviving sandstone structures stand as a testament to the artisans who carved ornate, often sensual, sculptures into the temple walls.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Kamasutra Temples Visit

    Spend an afternoon exploring the collection of Jain and Hindu temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site, built between 85 and 1100 CE, is comprised of 25 temples that remain from the original 85 constructed. Each temple is dedicated to a different deity.

    Kamasutra Temple, Khajuraho, India
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    Explore the effervescent city at the junction of three holy rivers

    Dive into Varanasi—a bustling city filled with vibrant colors, sounds and aromas—to explore its temples and rituals. Varanasi’s energetic pace has a unique ability to awaken the senses, touch the soul, and offer an unforgettable encounter with India’s ancient traditions and spirituality.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Aarti Ceremony

    ‘At dusk, sail down the Ganges in a private boat. Bask in an atmosphere rich with the chant of priests, the sound of temple bells, and the fragrance of flowers and incense. Watch the Brahmins along the banks invoking Lord Shiva with a ceremonial ritual known as an ‘aarti‘.

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    Curated Experiences
    Trishaw Through Bazaars

    Hop on the back of a pedal-powered tricycle to explore the vibrant sights of local bazaars. Pedal through the heart of this ancient city and its exotic markets visiting shops along the way.

    Varanasi, India
    Curated Experiences
    Silk Shopping

    Banarasi silk is known to be some of the finest in the world. Take some time to find a special item or two.

    Varanasi, India
    Curated Experiences
    Ganges Early Morning Cruise

    Early in the morning the banks of the Ganges come alive as a multitude of worshippers come to pay homage to the Sun God. For this ritual, known as ‘Surya Namaskar,’ worshippers submerge themselves in the Ganges as they face the rising sun.

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    Accommodations
    Taj Ganges, Varanasi
    The Taj Ganges, Varanasi is a welcoming oasis spread over 40 acres of tropical gardens. Conveniently located near many of the city’s most important sites, the contemporary hotel features a variety of dining and drinking options as well as a lovely outdoor pool and workout space. Airy, sophisticated rooms offer flat screen TVs, minibars, and free Wi-Fi.
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    Enjoy the timeless heritage of Hampi

    Situated amid the boulder-strewn hills of Southern India, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site offering a journey through the expansive open-air museum of the Vijayanagara Empire, featuring around 1,600 intriguing ruins of temples, palaces and ancient markets.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    The Royal Enclosure

    Visit the Hazara Rama Temple at the Royal Enclosure to witness the Ramayana tale, narrated and depicted on the temple walls. Explore various sites including the step well tank, the Mahanavami Dibba platform, and the Queens‘ Bath. You will also get a chance to see the Elephant Stables, the Zenana enclosure featuring the Lotus Mahal and the Queen‘s Summer Palace, showcasing Mughal architectural influence.

    Hazara Rama Temple, Hampi, India
    Curated Experiences
    Vittala Temple

    Discover the renowned Vittala Temple, home to the iconic Stone Chariot and mesmerizing carvings. Experience the unique musical pillars and enjoy a delightful walk to the nearby river.

    Vittala Temple, Hampi, India
    Curated Experiences
    Virupaksha Temple

    Explore two temples, observing devotees engaged in prayer and making offerings. See the three monoliths on Hemakuta Hill: the Sasivekalu Ganesha, the Shiva Linga, and the Narasimha statue from the 14th century.

    Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, India
    Curated Experiences
    Anegundi Ancient Town

    Immerse yourself in the historical richness of Anegundi, adorned with the 12th-century Ranganatha Temple, the venerable Gagan Mahal palace, and an ancient Jain temple. Marvel at the age-old walls and fortifications that enhance the town‘s charm.

    Anegundi, India
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    Accommodations
    Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi
    Inspired by the architecture of the Vijayanagara Kingdom, this elegant property boasts stone-paved boulevards, arched hallways and luxurious suites. After a day of exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site—located just two miles from the hotel—take a dip in the infinity pool, relax with a traditional Ayurvedic therapy at the spa or dine at one of two on-property restaurants.
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    Luxuriate on the white-sand beaches of the Maldives

    As the flattest country on earth—with an average elevation of just five feet above sea level—the Maldives is one of the most vulnerable nations in the world to rising seas. The coral reef teems with more than 700 fish species, including anemones, sweetlips and gentle, graceful Manta rays, some of which have a wingspan of up to 20 feet.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Water Sports

    Explore the underwater kingdom beneath the translucent turquoise waters with snorkeling and scuba diving experiences. Ply the sparkling waters by kayak or paddle board or spend a day windsurfing and waterskiing.

    Water Sports, Villingili, Maldives
    Curated Experiences
    Resort Activities

    Find your inner calm during a yoga session overlooking the ocean, indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment or simply relax on the blissful beach.

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    Curated Experiences
    Time at Leisure

    Gaze out over the dazzling, blue-green sea from your overwater villa and take time to reflect on your travels.

    Time at Leisure, Villingili, Maldives
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    Accommodations
    The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands
    An unforgettable island retreat, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands features overwater villas with stunning views of the crystal-clear waters. Overwater villas feature a plunge pool, sundeck and a personal dock with a net for lounging. Pamper yourself with a soothing spa treatment, dine at any of the properties’ seven restaurants and bars or simply relax on the pristine white sands of the beach.
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    Experience the “pearl of the Indian Ocean”

    Sri Lanka boasts many UNESCO World Heritage sites. This lush haven, where ancient relics lie undisturbed in the dense jungle, will delight nature and history enthusiasts alike.

    Curated Experiences
    Curated Experiences
    Rock Fortress of Sigiriya

    In Sigiriya, climb to the base of Lion Mountain, a massive granite monolith upon which sits the remains of an elaborate fortified palace built in the fifth century. Those who don’t wish to hike can visit the museum as well as the water garden.

    Sigiriya Visit
    Curated Experiences
    Explore Polonnaruwa

    In the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, marvel at the massive sculptures of Buddha, carved directly into the rock and considered some of the best examples of Sinhalese art.

    Polonnaruwa Tour
    Curated Experiences
    Anuradhapura Excursion

    Explore the well-preserved ruins and monasteries of Anuradhapura, which include a 2,000-year-old sacred Bodhi tree under which Buddhist pilgrims gather.

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    Jetwing Vil Uyana
    Set amid lush paddy fields in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, Jetwing Vil Uyana is a luxurious eco-resort that combines rural simplicity with modern comforts. Relax in unique dwellings designed to blend in with the natural surroundings of the hotel’s private nature reserve.
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    Celebrate your journey’s end in Athens

    We depart Sri Lanka and fly to Athens, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner at the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens. You will return home on your independent flight the following day.

    Accommodations
    Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
    Return to the golden age of the Athens Riviera at this tranquil hideaway, a favorite seaside escape for world leaders and celebrities alike. Relax and enjoy the hotel’s spa, stroll the boardwalk on the Aegean Sea, or discover five-star dining at Matsuhisa Athens by Michelin-distinguished chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

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.

Expedition Leaders

Expedition Leaders

You will travel with an experienced team of expedition leaders, who will manage all the logistics of this program, fill out customs and immigration forms, handle your luggage and ensure that your experience is hassle-free.

Aspen Hoyle

Aspen Hoyle

Guest Services Manager

Aspen’s extensive background in customer service enables her to build long-lasting connections and luxury experiences with guests. She has a passion for travel and loves to be a part of crafting one-of-a-kind itineraries to experience cultures in truly unique destinations.

Cunha, Stephen

Stephen Cunha

ON-TRIP EXPERT

Geographer, educator, and author Stephen F. Cunha spent 10 years as a national park ranger in Yosemite and Alaska. Recently retired as a geography professor at Humboldt State University, he often travels to and lectures on U.S. and Canadian national parks. He spent four years developing the Pamir National Park in eastern Tajikistan, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Learn more about Stephen.

 Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans

ON-TRIP EXPERT

Andrew Evans is an author, speaker and TV host. A renowned travel writer, he has reported live from all seven continents and over a hundred different countries. Andrew is a contributor to many notable publications and has authored five books, including his award-winning memoir The Black Penguin.  Learn more about Andrew.

Chris Boyes, Photographer

Chris Boyes

Photographer

Chris Boyes is an accomplished explorer, storyteller, and photographer. Leveraging a background in science and a passion for discovering and protecting the last wild places on our planet, Chris uses impactful imagery and storytelling to communicate the importance and urgency of conservation. 

Expedition Details

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 48 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 must have valid passports to participate in this 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 and 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.

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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Refund Protection

From now until March 31, 2024, you can take advantage of our TCS Refund Protection benefit allowing you to Cancel for Any Reason* when you book a group jet expedition that departs at least six months after your booking date. With this benefit, you can cancel your reservation up to six months before departure if you deposit 50% of the trip cost at the time of booking. Terms apply. Learn more

Travel Insurance

A once in a lifetime trip is one of the best investments you can make, but as with any investment, you also want to safeguard it against the unexpected. We have partnered with Red Point Insurance to offer a best-in-class trip insurance program available exclusively to guests on our group jet expeditions. Learn more

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Refund Protection

From now until March 31, 2024, you can take advantage of our TCS Refund Protection benefit allowing you to Cancel for Any Reason* when you book a group jet expedition that departs at least six months after your booking date. With this benefit, you can cancel your reservation up to six months before departure if you deposit 50% of the trip cost at the time of booking. Terms apply. Learn more

Travel Insurance

A once in a lifetime trip is one of the best investments you can make, but as with any investment, you also want to safeguard it against the unexpected. We have partnered with Red Point Insurance to offer a best-in-class trip insurance program available exclusively to guests on our group jet expeditions. Learn more

Learn More about Group Jet Expeditions

A TCS Group Journey Expedition is the trip of a lifetime, where you can discover the world’s most iconic sights in luxury and style. But it’s not just the experiences that are extraordinary—so is our service. More than 500 people work on every trip, ensuring a seamless and spectacular journey. Leave the planning to us and just sit back and enjoy.

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Awards

We are the world's most awarded private jet expedition company.

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Athens, Greece
Amritsar, India
Jodhpur, India
Thar Desert or Lake Chhatrasagar, India
Khajuraho, India
Varanasi, India
Hampi, India
Maldives
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Athens, Greece