The Club’s 2023 Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey, Around the World by Private Jet, is the perfect way to make up for lost travel time. Over the course of 25 days, you’ll have dozens of life-changing travel experiences across six different continents. The ultimate bucket list vacation, this epic journey includes the perfect mix of nature and culture. Your immersive itinerary is filled with incredible opportunities for wildlife encounters, fascinating historic sites, and stops in both remote islands and culture-rich cities. National Geographic Expeditions has curated the highlights from each stop to help fuel your wanderlust.
BRAZIL: EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST WATERFALL
Be humbled by the roar of Iguazú Falls. This wonder of the world is made up of 275 cascades that stretch over two miles between the border of Brazil and Argentina. Your five-star base, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, is just steps from the falls and the surrounding nature of Brazilian Parque das Aves, home to 150-plus bird species. You won’t ever forget the feel of the cascades’ spray misting your face on your walking tour.
CHILE: UNCOVER THE MYSTERIES OF MOAI
A photo standing alongside Easter Island’s colossal stone statues — moai — is a must. These enigmatic figures hold clues to the island’s lost civilization. Your private guide will lead you through the Rano Raraku Quarries, where the stone for the maoi was sourced, and share insights into how and why the ancient Rapa Nui people sculpted these behemoths.
FIJI: GO BEYOND THE BEACH
There’s more to Fiji than swaying palms and white sand beaches. Visits to Hindu temples and local villages provide a deep dive into the island’s eclectic mix of influences from Polynesia, India, and Melanesia. For a truly immersive experience, join a traditional kava ceremony or partake in a meke dance.
AUSTRALIA: PHOTOGRAPH OZ'S MOST ICONIC ANIMALS
From Melbourne, it’s an easy day trip to witness the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island or the adorable rock-wallabies and bandicoots inhabiting the wilderness of Mount Rothwell.
BORNEO: GO ON A RIVER SAFARI
A naturalist-led cruise along the Kinabatangan River promises unreal encounters with Borneo’s unique species including pygmy elephants, gibbons, and critically endangered orangutan. The latter species is endemic to only Borneo and Sumatra. A visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre educates guests about the efforts to protect these great apes.
THAILAND: SALUTE THE SUN
In Chiang Mai, Members can rise at dawn to present alms to monks at the Sri Soda Temple and watch the sunset from the city’s most sacred temple, Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, before attending a ceremony with monks at the Golden Pagoda.
OMAN: RETRACE THE SILK ROAD CITY
Learn about the rich history of Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, on a private city tour. While wandering the labyrinthine alleyways of the Mutrah Souq, your private guide will explain the rich history of this Ancient Arabian kingdom that was once an important port on the maritime routes of the Silk Road.
TANZANIA: SAFARI IN THE SERENGETI
Spot the legendary "big five" — rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffalo — from a Maasai-owned concession in a remote section of the northern Serengeti. This area is home to Africa’s greatest concentration of wildebeests and zebras, so get your cameras ready.
EGYPT: SLEEP STEPS FROM THE PYRAMIDS
The historic Marriot Mena House Hotel is walking distance to the Pyramids of Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing today. An exclusive early morning tour of the famed site, as well as the nearby Sphinx, unlocks some of the secrets of ancient Egyptian culture.
PORTUGAL: BECOME A CONNOISSEUR OF PORT
Tour the UNESCO World Heritage, vineyard-laced hills of the Douro River Valley and gather for a tasting at the renowned Taylor Fladgate Port Cellars, where premier ports have been produced for more than 300 years.
Learn trip dates, in-depth itinerary details, and costs with the official OIAL Journeys announcement on March 16, 2022. Reservation requests will be accepted from March 16 – 29, 2022.
Learn more about our 2023 Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys and their not-to-be-missed moments here.