Around the World by Private Jet: The Northern Route
Exploring by private jet with National Geographic is one of the most exciting ways to travel, whether you're circumnavigating the globe or encountering the world's legendary wildlife. On our private jet trips, you're whisked to one fantastic place after another, reaching far-flung destinations with ease and exploring places that have long captured the imagination. Our team of top-notch experts brings a wealth of knowledge about the peoples and places we encounter, and we meet with National Geographic's researchers in the field wherever possible. Our Boeing 757—specially configured with VIP-style seating for just 76 passengers—affords us unmatched flexibility and is ideally suited for these remarkable expeditions. Fly in exceptional comfort in the care of our expedition staff and flight crew, and stay in world-class accommodations at each destination.
Delve into the worlds of emperors and exiles, Arctic explorers and fossil-finders, and nomads of the desert and the ice as you circumnavigate the northern hemisphere by private jet. Explore Japan’s exquisite spiritual architecture amid the gardens and shrines of Kyoto and Nara. Experience nomadic life in Mongolia’s Gobi and trace Russian history in St. Petersburg and Irkutsk. Then head further north to encounter Norway’s fjords, Iceland’s wondrous geology, and the glittering glaciers and icebergs of Greenland.
A world-class team of experts will accompany each expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life. Listed below are the experts that will be joining this expedition.
National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis is an anthropologist, writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him to remote places from the Amazon to the Arctic to learn about and record complex cultures. Wade is the author of 17 books, including One River, The Wayfinders, The Sacred Headwaters, and Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, which won the prestigious 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, a documentary series produced for the National Geographic Channel. An Honorary Member of the Explorers Club, Wade received their highest award, the Explorers Medal, in 2011. He was also awarded the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2009 and, in 2012, the David Fairchild Medal for botanical exploration.
A former member of National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration, geographer Jan Nijman has traveled the world supporting the Society’s research projects and working on his own grants from National Geographic and the National Science Foundation. Jan currently chairs the Society’s Global Exploration Fund–Northern Europe and directs the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. A Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Miami, Jan is the author of four books and more than 80 publications that have appeared in international journals. A Netherlands native, Jan speaks five languages and has received numerous awards, including the Nystrom Prize, the University of Miami’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
National Geographic Explorer and acclaimed documentary photographer Chris Rainier specializes in documenting indigenous cultures around the world. Chris was co-founder of the Society’s All Roads Photography Program; serves as a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine; and is a co-director of the Enduring Voices Project, which documents vanishing languages and cultures. He is the founder and director of the International Program for Traditional Knowledge and Sustainability at Arizona’s Global Institute for Sustainability and also directs the Last Mile Technology Program, which empowers endangered cultures to save their ancient traditions through modern technology. His numerous awards include the Lowell Thomas Award, given by the Explorers Club, and he was recently elected a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Sisse Brimberg has produced more than 25 stories for National Geographic magazine over the last three decades. Her work ranges from documenting the life of fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen to her latest National Geographic project chronicling the Viking culture. Brimberg won first prize for “Picture Story of the Year“ from the National Press Photographers Association for her story on migrant workers. Born in Denmark, Brimberg established and managed her own photo studio in Copenhagen after attending photography school. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, New York City (International Center for Photography), and Washington, D.C. (The Newseum).
Meet experts, staff, and fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner at our hotel, located in the heart of downtown near Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Space Needle. The next day, depart for Japan, and lose a day crossing the international date line.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle (B, L, D daily)
After landing in Osaka, travel to Kyoto, home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, shrines, and gardens that vividly recall the glory of Old Japan. Visit Kinkaku-ji golden pavilion, the wooden temple of Sanjusangendo, the striking torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the palaces and gardens of Nijō Castle. In ancient Nara, an imperial capital of Japan, see the Tōdai-ji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building, and peruse an outstanding collection of sacred Buddhist art at Kōhfukuji National Treasure Museum. Stroll along an enchanting path to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, passing by 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kyoto (B, L, D daily)
Our next stop is the land of Genghis Khan, where one of the world’s last nomadic cultures lives amid the stark beauty of the steppe. In Ulaanbaatar, explore the Gandan Monastery, one of the few monasteries to survive the communist religious purges in the 1930s. Then take a private local flight to the majestic Gobi, where we’ll spend two nights at a traditional ger (tent) camp, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. In addition, visit with a nomad family and experience their way of life firsthand. At the fossil quarries of Bayanzag, also known as the Flaming Cliffs, hunt for dinosaur fossils with a local paleontologist. Or discover the stunning landscapes of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar; Terelj Hotel or Three Camel Lodge (B, L, D daily)
After the Decembrist Revolt in 1825, exiled nobility settled in Siberia, bringing culture and infrastructure to cities like Irkutsk. Follow in their footsteps on a walk through the central square, where traditional wooden houses stand out in bright shades of blue and green—the colors of Siberia. Visit the Church of Our Saviour, the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk, and wander among the tombs of famous Siberians at the Znamenskaya cathedral. Delve into the city’s pivotal role in Russian history at the Monument to Russian Pioneers of Siberia. The next day, cruise Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the world’s oldest and deepest lake. In the evening, enjoy a classical concert at the Volkonsky Manor, once the center of social life for the exiled Decembrists.
Courtyard by Marriott, Irkutsk City Center (B, L, D daily)
Designed by Peter the Great in the 18th century to rival the cities of Europe, elegant St. Petersburg still entices travelers with its magnificent palaces, superb art collections, and riveting history. At the lavishly restored Catherine Palace, marvel at the magnificent Amber Room, then delve into the world-renowned art collection at the State Hermitage Museum and examine jewels and the works of Fabergé at its Treasure Galleries. Stroll through the gardens of Peterhof, the tsar’s homage to Versailles. Tour Peter and Paul Fortress, the city’s oldest structure, to see the stunning grounds and historic cathedral, topped with a needle-thin spire. Attend a performance at one of St. Petersburg’s grand theaters, or discover the Neva and its tributary canals during an evening boat cruise before a gala dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Lion's Palace St. Petersburg (B, L, D daily)
Founded by the 12th century as a trading outpost, the coastal city of Bergen is our base for exploring the craggy fjords and verdant valleys of western Norway. After a walking tour of the colorful harbor district on World Heritage-listed Bryggen, choose from several options. Embark on a cruise of extraordinary Nærøyfjord and a thrilling ride on the Flåm Railway, one of the most dramatic train journeys in Europe. Take a guided excursion through historic Bergen, followed by a breathtaking funicular ascent to the summit of Mount Fløyen. Or hike through the gorgeous countryside and enjoy lunch. Alternatively, opt to spend your days immersed in the fjords of western Norway, discovering waterfalls, exploring the scenic Mabo Valley, visiting a local family, or paddling serene waterways.
Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret or Hotel Ullensvang (B, L, D daily)
In Iceland’s vibrant capital of Reykjavík, explore the Old City and the traditional wooden houses of the Árbær Open Air Museum. Relax in the geothermic hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, whose warm, mineral-rich waters have long eased the muscles and raised the spirits of travelers. At Thingvellir, stand astride the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. See the geothermal fields of Geysir, home to hot springs, mud pots, and boiling pools; and feel the mist on your face at the majestic Gullfoss. You’ll also have time to choose your own adventure, including visiting a geothermal power plant, hiking through a nature reserve, or snowmobiling on a glacier.
Hotel Borg, Reykjavík (B, L, D daily)
Our next stop is Kangerlussuaq, a town of about 500 residents in western Greenland founded as a military base during World War II and now a hub of scientific research. Continue by charter flight north to the remote town of Ilulissat, which abuts the massive Ilulissat Icefjord, the source of many of the icebergs in Greenlandic waters. Cruise through the mist among craggy icebergs at the mouth of the fjord, take an easy walk along the ice fjord, and meet a dogsled team. Or take a longer guided hike alongside the massive glacier to the Inuit village of Sermermiut, or visit the brightly colored houses and church of a tiny hunting and fishing settlement.
Arctic Hotel, Ilulissat (B, L, D daily)
Fly to Boston and celebrate with a festive farewell dinner. The next day, connect with your commercial flight home.
Four Seasons Hotel Boston (D)
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On this expedition, we will stay in some of the world's finest accommodations. Each one has been chosen for its fine amenities and prime location. In remote areas where choices are limited, we have selected the very best available accommodation to ensure your comfort. Below are several of the accommodations featured on this expedition.
St Petersburg, Russia
Located next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the State Hermitage Museum, the Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg is a landmark hotel set in the heart of this landmark city. Rooms blend contemporary elegance with timeless charm. Sample Beluga caviar, sip ice-cold vodka, or enjoy other Russian culinary delights in the hotel’s Astoria Café. Be pampered in one of two spas that also feature a 24-hour gym, sauna, yoga classes, and a Turkish steam bath.
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Three Camel Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge is a leader in Environmental Conservation and Cultural Preservation. The Lodge has the highest percentage of local employees of any camp in Mongolia, and also serves as a base for scientific research and wildlife monitoring in the Gobi Desert.
Handmade using a latticed wood structure covered with layers of felt and canvas, each ger at the Three Camel Lodge is heated by a wood stove and appointed with hand-painted wood-framed beds and furnishings. The elegantly simple design of the gers blends with the Gobi's remarkable landscape, and each has a southward-facing door, a nomadic Mongolian tradition, providing an unobstructed view of the desert and the Gobi-Altai Mountains.
In the center of Reykjavik overlooking scenic Austurvöllur Square and across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, the Hotel Borg is a luxurious Art Deco style hotel completed in 1930. All 56 of the property’s rooms feature custom-made furniture and such modern amenities as flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet connections. Guest bathrooms are equipped with Philippe Starck fittings and heated marble floors. The hotel’s Borg Restaurant offers sumptuous Icelandic cuisine along with a café and bar.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is perfectly positioned in the heart of downtown Seattle—by the waterfront and within walking distance to many of the city’s famous sights, including Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. Sleek, modern interiors crafted of wood and stone bring the Pacific Northwest inside, while local artwork showcases Seattle’s creative side. Enjoy poolside cocktails and never-ending views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sounds while lounging at the rooftop infinity pool.
Hinweis: Preise pro Person
Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $8,250 in 2016 and $8,550 in 2017. Transportation by private Boeing 757 jet and other conveyance, as noted in the itinerary, is included in the expedition cost. Airfare to Seattle and from Boston is not included.
Our specially outfitted Boeing 757 is ideally suited for this extraordinary expedition. Its long-range capabilities and ability to land in smaller airports afford us unmatched flexibility. We set our own schedules, flying direct and avoiding layovers, which allows us the freedom to make the most of our adventures on land. Instead of the standard 233 seats, the jet’s interior has been customized and refitted to accommodate just 75 passengers in two-by-two, VIP-style leather seating.
For your protection, all payments are secured in a bank escrow account. See special terms and conditions for this expedition.
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