72 Exclusive Resorts Members boarded a private jet and departed from Ft. Lauderdale, FL — for the world! Discover the highlights of this Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey in which we explored six continents with top National Geographic experts to experience the world’s most celebrated wonders. First stop? South America.
The first stop of the trip took Members to Iguazu Falls, Brazil. Set within the lush Atlantic Forest, Iguazu Falls is made up of 275 cascades that stretch over two miles, spanning between Brazil and Argentina border. Members chose from a variety of ways to experience the area, from bird watching at the Brazilian Parque das Aves and a walking tour of the falls to a cooking class where they learned to prepare local cuisine.
Located 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile, Members had the unique opportunity to delve into the mysteries of this isolated island’s civilization and the colossal Moai. The area came to life with talks from Bill Saturno, a National Geographic archaeologist and expert, who joined Members on the trip to create a genuinely Once-in-a-Lifetime experience.
After the morning talks, Members enjoyed an exceptional lunch on the beach. Afternoon activities included exploring the lava tubes and the caves of the island.
Next on the trip, Members experienced the vibrant culture — an eclectic mix of influences from Melanesia, Polynesia, and India — of Denarau Island, Fiji. Members explored Nadi, home to the famed Hindu temple, Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant with 2,000 varieties of orchids, and much more.
Members flew from Fiji to Melbourne, Australia, one of the world’s great cosmopolitan cities. Members picked their ideal itinerary from encountering kangaroos and koalas on a behind-the-scenes tour of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park to visiting some of Australia’s premier wineries in the Yarra Valley.
Members toured Sandakan on Borneo’s Northeastern coast, where they encountered orangutans, cruised the Kinabatangan River, ventured into the rainforest on foot, and enjoyed a city tour and cooking class in Sandakan.
The next flight brought the group to the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. There, Members experienced temples, saw the free-roaming elephants, and shopped in the local markets. Members also had the option to take a temple tour that included Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple of Chiang Mai, and Wat Chedi Luang.
Members spent two days exploring Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, where they visited the National Museum, the Grand Mosque, the Royal Opera House, and more.
After touching down in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Members transferred to a luxury camp in a remote section of Northern Serengeti. We spent two days in this spectacular wilderness area, enjoying safaris, looking for the legendary "big five," and getting acquainted with the Maasai people and their culture.
On the next trip stop, Members visited Giza, home to ancient Egyptian monuments, including the Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and the extraordinary King Tutankhamun exhibition hall, where more than 4,000 artifacts from the boy-king’s tomb are displayed.
Members flew from Giza to Porto to explore Porto's UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center — which dates back 2,000 years. They immersed themselves in contemporary art at the Serravles Museum, sailed the Douro River on a traditional Rabelo boat, learned to concoct Portuguese specialties at a cooking class, and ventured into vineyard-laced hills of the Douro River Valley.
After 25 days of travel, it was time to say goodbye to the jet and head home. The group had officially completed the full rotation around the earth and made memories they’ll carry for a lifetime. Until next time, from Around the World by Private Jet 2023!