This trip includes the following enhancements:
- In-flight Internet
- Fewer passengers – 56 passengers (down from 78 on previous trips)
- Concierge office on the jet
- Four Seasons Guest Services Consultant – traveling with guests and available before departure to accommodate personalized excursions and requests
March 14. Depart your hometown independently on a commercial flight to Los Angeles. Meet your fellow travelers and expedition staff during a welcome dinner at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel).
Accommodations: A landmark since opening in 1928, Beverly Wilshire offers fresh, contemporary style at the top of Rodeo Drive in the heart of downtown Beverly Hills. Enjoy warm, hospitable service, Michelin-starred dining and a world-class spa.
March 15-16. Board the private jet and fly to the Kona-Kohala Coast on the “Big Island,” the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands. From a beach-side resort, enjoy your choice of activities: a thrilling helicopter ride over landscapes of white sand, black lava, green mountains and turquoise ocean; a visit to a local coffee plantation; and a variety of aquatic adventures, including snorkeling, paddle boarding and outrigger canoeing.
Accommodations: Experience Hawaii at its most authentic and most beautiful at Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘ūpūlehu. This beachfront paradise offers a choice of pleasures right on site, from the tropical garden spa to designer fashion boutiques. Relax by your choice of six swimming pools or stroll the white sand beach. For golfers, the world-famous Jack Nicklaus signature course is a destination in itself.
March 17-19. Fly to Tahiti on the private jet, then take a local flight to the island paradise of Bora Bora, home to impossibly clear blue waters, lush hillsides and gorgeous waterfalls. Snorkel among pristine coral gardensand a rainbow-variety of sea life; and take a boat to the southern tip of the island, past emerald-green Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, to a shallow sandbank where you can witness the dazzling phenomenon of rays swimming and feeding. Celebrate the visit here with a special dinner on the beach with traditional Polynesian entertainment.
Accommodations: Set on a private motu (a small islet), Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora welcomes you to a village-like setting inspired by Polynesian architecture. Relax in your own over-water bungalow, perched on stilts above the turquoise lagoon. Spirit yourself away to the spa and be lulled by sounds of the surf. In every direction there’s an awe-inspiring view of multihued waves, dazzling white beaches and soaring mountain peaks.
Cross the International Date Line
March 20. From Bora Bora, the voyage continues across the Pacific, crossing the international date line. A day is lost en route. After making a short tech stop in Auckland, New Zealand, the jet arrives in Australia the following afternoon.
March 21-23. Discover the delights of stylish, sophisticated Sydney. Take a seaplane ride over Sydney Harbour to a beautiful restaurant perched on the water’s edge in the heart of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic Rocks district. Go inside the Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes look. Feeling adventurous? Try the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb for dramatic views, or ride the waves with a surf lesson at Bondi Beach.
Accommodations: With a prime location in the historic Rocks district, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a 34-story tower presenting panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Vibrant and elegant, the hotel offers dazzling options for relaxation. Savor stellar cuisine and boutique Australian wines. Enjoy the city’s largest hotel pool or revitalize in the award-winning spa.
March 24-26. The next stop is Bali, one of Indonesia’s approximately 17,000 islands, where you will be immersed in the beauty of its landscapes and refreshingly spiritual perspective. Venture inland to the forest highlands at Sayan. You can explore the village of Ubud, the island’s cultural and artistic capital. Or indulge your inner explorer by taking an exciting white-water rafting ride on the Ayung River. Enjoy several other options: take a leisurely bike ride or embark on a village walk, enjoy a garden tour, or take a class in batik painting or Balinese massage.
Accommodations: Hidden in the lush central highlands, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan provides a serene jungle retreat. Unwind in spacious comfort overlooking peaceful rice fields, water gardens and the sacred Ayung River. Dine in your choice of three restaurants celebrating subtle Asian flavors. Be sure to experience spa therapies drawing from Eastern traditions. This Four Seasons property was recently named one of the world’s very best resorts on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013.
March 27-29. Exotic, traditional and endlessly romantic, Thailand is a country of dazzling diversity. It’s a culture defined by graceful architecture, vibrantly flavorful cuisine and a warmly welcoming spirit. In this magical land, you have two options: Experience three nights at Chiang Mai with its lush landscape of mist-covered mountains and terraced hillsides. Or consider upgrading to the luxurious Tented Camp at Chiang Rai for two nights of jungle adventure, including elephant trekking through the forest, followed by one night in Chiang Mai.
Accommodations: In the idyllic Mae Rim Valley, wrapped around its own rice paddy, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is a lush jungle garden with architecture inspired by ancient Thai tradition. Visit the professional cooking school, where you can learn the secrets of Thai cuisine or choose to experience the award-winning spa. Just a short drive away, discover the old city of Chiang Mai, still enclosed by ancient walls and a moat and filled with peak-roofed temples; and visit local artist workshops offering exquisite paintings, silk weavings, pottery and carvings.
Accommodations Upgrade: Journey by riverboat to Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, set amid exotic bamboo jungles at Chiang Rai. Just 15 luxurious tented accommodations recall the romantic spirit of 19th-century explorers. Enjoy hours of elephant trekking and interaction in this unforgettable experience for active travelers. Then visit the Hall of Opium Museum, which presents the history of opium and the impact of illegal substances. (A limited number of upgrades at the Tented Camp are available at an additional cost.)
March 30-April 1. Next, arrive in Agra, capital of India’s Mughal Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Explore one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal, which was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife.
Then fly to Mumbai, India’s most important cultural and industrial center. Visit the Mani Bhawan, Gandhi’s former residence and now the Gandhi Memorial Museum. Observe Mumbai’s rich city life and its colorful markets brimming with traditional handicrafts. You’ll also see the Dhobi Ghats, the world’s largest open-air laundry, for an impressive look at human ingenuity. Additional options include visiting Elephanta Island (an hour cruise each way); an early-morning look at the start of temple life with a Hindu Aarti ceremony; or ordering clothing from a 24-hour custom tailor, available at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.
Accommodations: Within a sleek glass tower in the emerging Worli district, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai represents the confident, modern future of India. Spacious guest rooms blend high-tech details with accents of tradition and Arabian Sea views. Enjoy cocktails at India’s highest rooftop bar, lounge by the garden pool or choose to indulge in the spa, featuring modern Ayurvedic-inspired therapies in a setting of contemporary sophistication.
April 2-3. Istanbul is a fusion of age-old glories and sophisticated contemporary culture. Visit the colossal Hagia Sophia, a sixth-century Byzantine masterpiece whose dome has influenced architecture around the world for 1,500 years. Stroll the Grand Bazaar, brimming with jewelry, pottery, carpets and spices. Or explore Topkapi Palace, the opulent residence of Ottoman sultans that houses splendid jewels, furnishings and other treasures.
Accommodations: Legendary among luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet was created from a century-old neoclassic Turkish prison in the city’s oldest district. With ochre-tinted stonework, soaring archways and Ottoman antiques, every inch of the hotel has been transformed into a stunning showcase of the region’s rich Anatolian heritage.
April 4-5. The private jet lands in always-exciting London. Share a dinner and say your farewells to celebrate the end of this extraordinary journey. Following breakfast the next morning, transfer to the airport to connect with your scheduled independent flight home.
Accommodations: Fresh, bright and inspired by Hyde Park greenery, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane boasts a “classical contemporary” ambience, balancing eclectic British sophistication and sleek modern style. Above it all, a glass-walled rooftop spa blends all-natural pampering with 360-degree views.
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