Travel in luxury on-board a private Boeing 737 aircraft with just 24 other travellers, span continents and mighty oceans, diverse landscapes and cultures in one trip. You'll travel to nine very specially selected destinations while you retrace the paths of ancient trade routes starting in the Middle East, travelling to India and then on to Africa. It’s an exhilarating fusion of lions and tigers, maharajas and Maasai, and temples and tropical escapes that you won’t experience with anyone else.
DAY 1 - 3 | DUBAI, UAE
Welcome to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. With outstanding international connectivity, Dubai provides the perfect starting point for our 21 day Expedition.
You will have the opportunity to rest, restore and relax at our exclusive resort, the The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah for two nights where each sprawling mud-brick villa features opulent arabesque décor, elegant lounge areas and a private pool with desert views. Resort facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, a destination spa, and a state-of-the-art hydrothermal oasis.
Engage in the Bedouin traditions of archery and falconry during interactive demonstrations, stretch your legs on guided nature walks among the dunes in search of desert wildlife, or choose to simply enjoy views across the stunning landscape from your villa’s private terrace.
DAY 3 - 6 | HAJAR MOUNTAINS & SHARQIYA SANDS, OMAN
In the vibrant port city of Muscat, Oman, visit the National Museum for an introduction to the country’s heritage before embarking on a scenic drive to Oman’s epic “Grand Canyon” and the fabled Green Mountain. Dine on the canyon’s edge and relish dramatic views.
In the spectacular Wadi Tanuf gorge you will be accompanied by archeologist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jeff Rose who in 2006 discovered a Bronze Age rock art site hidden behind a waterfall. We spend our last night in Oman glamping under the stars in a comfortable tented camp set up especially for us in the majestic desertscape of Sharqiya Sands.
ANANTARA AL JABAL AL AKHDAR RESORT & EXCLUSIVE DESERT CAMP
Perched at canyon’s edge at 6,500 feet, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is one of the highest luxury resorts in the world. This mountainous escape features luxuriously styled villas with heated private pool, an impeccable spa with rejuvenating hammam rituals and a stargazing platform.
Our exclusive Desert Camp experience offers an authentic taste of traditional Bedouin life.
DAY 6 - 7 | JAIPUR, INDIA
Rajasthan's Royal City. Experience the majesty of the desert dawn among the dunes before returning to Muscat where we board our jet for Jaipur. Enter a fabulous realm of maharajas, majestic forts, and lavish palaces, interspersed with the bustle of bazaars and passing rickshaws.
After the Royal Welcome at our hotel, a nineteenth century palace, end your day in stately fashion with a Grand Rajasthani Soiree. As you feast your eyes on your stunning surroundings, you’ll delight your palate with sweet and savory local dishes served at a private dinner accompanied by live sitar and traditional dance.
TAJ RAMBAGH PALACE
Rambagh Palace features 78 rooms, once the chambers of the former maharaja, and remains fit for a king with extravagant décor, marbled corridors, and Mughal gardens. Guest rooms cocoon travelers in luxury with four-poster beds and Italian marble bathrooms, with all the modern amenities.
DAY 7 - 9 | RANTHAMBORE,
Home of the Bengal Tiger. From Jaipur travel overland to Ranthambore National Park: a wilderness tucked between the rugged Aravalli and Vindhya hills, spanning 500 square miles of dense jungle, golden savanna, dramatic cliffs, and lotus-filled lakes with ancient ruins of palaces and temples. Once the hunting grounds of royalty, the park was the first of nine to be designated a Tiger Reserve in the early 1970s.
Today the park is considered the best spot to catch a glimpse of elusive Bengal tigers in the wild. It also provides a sanctuary for other wildlife and hundreds of bird species.
OBEROI VANYAVILAS WILDLIFE RESORT
Prepare to be spoiled at The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, an intimate luxury tented camp located on the edge of the park, featuring beautiful tents decorated in nineteenth century campaign style.
DAY 9 - 12 | UDAIPUR, INDIA
The Venice of the East. Fly to the picturesque city of Udaipur, nestled along the shores of Lake Pichola and framed by splendid views of the surrounding Aravalli Range.
Wander the twisting streets and uncover the city’s heart and heritage in its ornate architecture and intricate art. We’ll enjoy an exclusive lake cruise at sunset and a private tour of the exquisite and imposing City Palace, constructed over a period of nearly four decades and comprising the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
Further afield, visit the Adinatha Temple at Ranakpur and hear insights into the Dharmic religion of Jain that originated on the Indian subcontinent.
TAJ LAKE PALACE
Stay at the Taj Lake Palace, a restored 18th century royal palace in white marble, situated on Jag Niwas island, and seemingly floating in the midst of Lake Pichola. Rooms feature lavish décor, personalized butler service and beautiful lake views.
DAYS 12 - 14 | MAHE', SEYCHELLES
A tropical island escape. Fly directly to Mahé, the largest of the 115 Seychelles islands, a remote archipelago suspended in the sparkling blue Indian Ocean.
The island’s quiet, white powdered beaches and striking granite rock formations give way to a mountainous interior, largely covered with dense cloud forest. Your stay here can be as full or as unstructured as you desire.
Snorkeling and diving are exceptional, amid sculpted granite rocks ablaze with colorful corals and an array of marine life. Stroll along the resort’s secluded beach and among tropical gardens, rejuvenate at the luxury spa, or simply indulge in downtime at your private villa.
ANANTARA MAIA SEYCHELLES VILLAS
Located on a private peninsula, Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas features 30 private villas positioned for maximum views and privacy. Each luxurious villa boasts an ocean-facing infinity pool and a sunken outdoor tub, with bespoke touches throughout.
DAYS 14 - 17 | MAASAI MARA, KENYA
The Classic Big Five Safari. Like traders of old, we follow the trade winds across the Indian Ocean to East Africa. Upon landing in Nairobi, a scenic flight by bush plane transports us to Africa’s famed savanna, where a Maasai guide will join you for cocktails and describe the traditional practices of the Maasai people and their relationship with the land and its inhabitants.
For the following two days, relax into a schedule of morning and afternoon game drives in an area unrivaled for its constant flow of wildlife.
LITTLE GOVERNOR'S CAMP
Nestled in a riverine forest, Little Governors’ spacious safari tents are comfortably appointed with ensuite bathrooms and feature private decks overlooking a natural water hole teeming with wildlife.
DAY 17 - 20 | LAMU, KENYA
Legendary Swahili Coast. We journey to the Swahili Coast where we spend a day exploring the Lamu archipelago on the majestic Tutsitiri dhow, a traditional sailing vessel that once plied the trade routes between Mombasa and the Middle East.
October to March is the optimal time to enjoy water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding as the Kaskazi trade winds deliver warm breezes and crystal clear waters. On our final evening, we celebrate our journey together with a farewell dinner under the stars.
A tranquil barefoot hideaway, Manda Bay offers breezy rooms with palm thatch roofs and access to secluded, sandy beaches. The reef-protected waters are ideal for water activities, and the surrounding woodland provides a haven for birds, as well as mongooses, bush bucks and buffalos.
DAY 20 - 21 | DUBAI, UAE
A short scenic flight along the coast takes us to Mombasa where our private jet awaits. Return to Dubai for an overnight stay in the heart of the city and enjoy your evening at leisure before your international flight home the next day.
KEMPINSKI HOTEL MALL OF THE EMIRATES
Boasting splendid views of the city skyline, the elegant Kempinski Hotel is connected to the Mall of the Emirates, a premier shopping destination featuring over 700 boutiques and the indoor slopes of Ski Dubai. Hotel amenities include world-class restaurants and the award-winning Sensasia Stories spa.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR DAY
There will be days when you will have the freedom and flexibility to design your day to suit your interests and pace.
Indulge in extravagant Indian spa therapies in soothing settings, wander twisting streets with your private guide and discover the bustling bazaars, flourishing art scene, trendy shops, and old-word charm of the “City of Lakes”.
Reinvigorate with luxurious spa journeys, restore with yoga and Qi Gong classes, launch off the helipad and take in the island’s stunning scenery from the skies, book a private diving excursion, or enjoy the resort’s beach and tropical gardens.
Enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives in small groups, or choose a walking safari into the short grass plains and discover animal tracks and Maasai traditions. For a different perspective, soar above the famed Mara River in a hot air balloon.
Visit Lamu Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), browse the art galleries and boho boutiques of Shela, visit ninth-century ruins of Swahili settlements, charter a boat for deep-sea fishing, engage in water sports, or simply unwind on sandy beaches.
YOUR HOME ALOFT
This extraordinary expedition is made possible by our private jet, which saves hours of valuable travel time. With just 24 guests on board, the jet’s spacious cabin and all business-class seating ensure lavish comfort aloft.
Throughout your journey you’ll be accompanied by your expedition host and the flight crew who take care of all the logistics so you can sit back, relax and explore in style. Every regional flight is an intimate, personalized experience with curated meals and beverages served by hand, and on-board amenities to enhance your comfort aloft.
On arrival at each destination you’ll also be expedited through airports and border controls, while your bags are whisked away and delivered directly to your beautiful accommodations.
Please note: Nairobi - Maasai Mara / Maasai Mara - Lamu / Manda - Mombasa flights are operated by regional charter aircraft.
YOUR JOURNEYS COLLECTION DIFFERENCE
A Journeys Collection Partner private jet expedition is an exhilarating adventure - an authentic, personalized experience that transports you into pristine wildlife habitats and remarkable landscapes. Planned by experts, and accompanied by dedicated naturalists, you’ll discover a uniquely wild world and vibrant communities.
1% of your private jet expedition cost is donated to conservation, to help ensure wildlife and wild lands are preserved for future generations.
With six generations of African heritage, we’ve designed high-quality expeditions for 30 years that deliver an authentic and wild safari experience.
Our partners' personalized expeditions have earned them a referral rate of over 60%, and the trust of partners like African Wildlife Foundation and National Geographic Expeditions.
We are private air specialists. With more than 30 years of experience in aviation, we can design efficient flight routes that save travel time and allow more time exploring each destination.
We are a family-owned travel operator that has long-standing relationships with premier camps and lodges, and a team of planners with insider knowledge who thoughtfully construct each private jet expedition.
Payments are held by a U.S. registered company, your travel investment is protected in a U.S. Traveler’s Trust account with FDIC insurance. We also eliminate currency fluctuations, and monitor your trip from start to finish.