Round-the-world trips were once the remit of gap-year backpackers, but as the trend of private jet tours continues to rise, the concept is enjoying a much-needed face-lift, with bespoke private jet holidays becoming the norm for luxury travellers. Bridging the gap between high-end and experiential tourism, the appeal isn’t solely down to comfort – although what could be better than great service and Michelin-starred cuisine at 30,000 feet? In fact, there are many more practical reasons why a private jet could be the answer to many of the frustrating vacation woes that impact that adventure of a lifetime. Time, flexibility, security and the ability to choose your route are certainly major advantages, alongside accessibility.
As luxury travel agents notice an increase in requests for trips to far-flung destinations, particularly those not accessible to commercial airlines, jet companies now offer exclusive packages for their most discerning customers. Read on for some of our favourite travel brands mixing ease and comfort with the rare escapes and daring excursions that will get the new jet set ready to take flight. »
From Japan and Vietnam to Montenegro and Italy, see the world as never before with Aman’s Global Private Jet Expedition. Aman’s 18-berth airbus features four lounges, a shower room and hostess service to carry you in the height of luxury for this 22-day Grand Tour, taking in the brand’s most coveted hotel destinations around the world. Beginning at Aman Tokyo, offering sushi and sword fighting lessons when you’re not discovering what the city has to offer, you’ll then enjoy properties in Shanghai, rural Vietnam, Thailand, Bhutan, and the north of India before heading into Europe – Greece, Montenegro (including a stay at the ultra-exclusive Sveti Stefan) and finally Italy – all with excursions and experiences included for a £85,110 price tag.
If you’re looking for an escape from city living, the Four Seasons’ World of Adventures is everything you never knew to ask for. From the Seychelles to the Galapagos, this private jet tour takes guests across four continents to experience the rarest fruits of the earth from 19 October to 11 November. Adventurers begin in Seattle before venturing to the Samurai traditions of Kyoto, the sacred waters of Bali, the Seychelles’ pristine beaches, the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda (where you can observe gentle gorillas up close), the Berber villages of Marrakech, and the rhythms of Bogota. A three-night expedition in the Galapagos is certainly a rare jewel in the itinerary, before flying into Orlando, Florida. From £100,000 per person, this is an adventure designed for tried and true travellers.
Whether you want to enjoy alfresco dining on the Great Wall of China or take the kids on safari in Kenya’s Mahali Mzuri, TCS World Travel’s annual range of bespoke private jet adventures are tailored to every desire. Leaving your holiday in TCS World Travel’s detail-oriented hands, their classic world travel itineraries will take you on a 50 or 80 seat customised Boeing aircraft on anything from their president Shelley Cline’s top pick of the world’s distant locales – from kayaking in the Maldives or hiking through the bamboo forests of Rwanda – or the Unchartered Himalayas journey, which takes you from the fabled “land of Shangri-La” to the dizzying, isolated landscape of Mustang. »
If knowing which rare adventure to choose leaves you feeling out at sea, Captain’s Choice might have the answer. Originating in Australia, the company now offers UK customers a complete experience to their destination of choice, whether that’s helicopter flights over Mt Etna or horse riding through the Mongolian countryside. Whether private jet, expedition ships or Orient express, their aim is to get you to the most unique adventure possible while working with local guides for a sustainable touch.
Abercrombie & Kent are the real deal when it comes to a tailor-made escape, with each holiday curated for the individual down to the very last detail. The brand was founded 50 years ago and now has a luxury boutique in London’s Harrods, has won awards for its philanthropic efforts in many of the remote locations it offers trips to, and still maintains its passion for discovery. Founder Geoffrey Kent even hosts one of the round-the-world private jet journeys on offer ( from £122,915), but shorter trips across the Arctic or East Africa are equally in vogue.