The Best of Africa
This experience offered by TCS World Travel provides an unrivalled opportunity to travel the immense length and breadth of Africa, exploring the wildlife, landscapes and cultural wonders of this enthralling continent.
This 21-day journey departing on February 27, 2019 explores eight diverse countries, from the vast plains of the Serengeti to the jungles of Rwanda and vineyards of South Africa, flying direct to the most remote locations in opulent privacy.
In Ethiopia, explore Addis Ababa, set in the foothills of the majestic Entoto Mountains, or choose to take a charter flight to the historic city of Lalibela, a Unesco World Heritage site.
Other high points include the Serengeti, where more than a million wildebeest, accompanied by gazelles and zebras, make a circuitous, perilous trek across the plains, seeking water and fresh pastures in which to graze. Nearby Rwanda offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to trek mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.
For a touch of horizontal relaxation after some busy sightseeing and wildlife experiences, there’s time at the immaculately preserved island paradise of the Seychelles. Set in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, these islands serve as sanctuary to a spectacular array of wildlife, from giant Aldabra tortoises to tropical birds.
The cost is £85,000 (£8,500 single supplement).
Photos: TCS in Tanzania, courtesy of TCS World Travel.
Ancient Empires of the Balkans
This exhilarating 17-day expedition departing on May 17, 2019 allows travellers to explore the crossroads of ancient civilisations in the historic Balkans region. From the cosmopolitan capitals of Pristina, Belgrade and Sarajevo, to the artisan traditions of Ljubljana in Slovenia, this journey provides fascinating insights into unique cultures.
Highlights of this TCS World Travel trip include sampling delicious cuisine on Croatia’s sun-soaked Adriatic Coast and discovering Albania – once one of the world’s most inaccessible nations but now offering a warm welcome to adventurous tourists. Here, there is an opportunity to explore the historic neighbourhoods and museums of Tirana, or spend a day in Berat, a Unesco World Heritage site labelled the ‘town of a thousand windows’, with its collection of white Ottoman houses dotting the hillside up to the 13th-century castle.
Journeying in a customised Boeing 757, with spacious 180-degree reclining flatbeds, in-seat power outlets, USB ports, a personal storage ottoman, Bose noise-cancelling headphones and onboard tablet, all conceivable creature comforts are available. For gastronomes, an on-board executive chef curates in-flight menus using fresh ingredients and catering to all tastes and dietary requirements.
Guests are also assigned a dedicated services manager to accommodate every whim, and this all-inclusive trip includes top-of-the-range accommodation in each destination, ground transportation and meals, daily activities and expert guides.
The cost is £55,000 per person with a £5,500 solo supplement charge.
Photo: Berat Castle, courtesy of Julien Maury via Flickr.
The embodiment of exclusivity, a maximum of 16 people can join this 22-day round-the-world excursion, flying by private jet and staying exclusively in luxury travel operator Aman’s chic, deluxe properties.
Hailed as ‘a Grand Tour for the 21st century’, visitors can experience the best of culture, shopping and dining in vibrant Tokyo and historic Shanghai, luxuriate on Vietnam and Phuket’s most secluded sandy shores, be wowed by the majestic landscapes of Bhutan and Rajasthan, and sightsee along the historic coastlines of Montenegro and Greece.
Fit for royalty, the majestic journey ends at Aman’s stylish Venice palazzo. Its prestigious location on the Grand Canal is matched only by its ornate interiors, from the historic piano nobile (large, principal floor) to the exceptional guest rooms of this 16th-century palace, with a boutique spa, gourmet restaurant and private gardens. Bursting with exciting adventures, highlights include scenic helicopter rides, tiger or elephant experiences and fire meditation in India.
Aman has also curated special features such as complimentary massages and dinners with distinguished experts in local history and culture. Serviced by experienced flight attendants, the superior private jet, an Airbus ACJ3184, features relaxing lounges, two restrooms and a shower. The trip departs on April 15, 2019 and costs £96,036 per person (£192,078 for a twin share; £30,262 single supplement).