History's Lost Cities by Private Jet
This expedition has no scheduled departures at this time.
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
An itinerary from a previous expedition is displayed below.
Day 1-2 USA / London, England
Depart on your independent flight to London. Gather at our hotel this evening for a welcome dinner. The Dorchester
Day 3-4 Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Board our private jet for Samarkand, once a prosperous Silk Road trading city and the capital of the legendary 14th-century conqueror Tamerlane. A virtual oasis of science, music, and commerce,today Samarkand offers an intriguing blend of East and West, ancient and modern. At Registan Square, admire the magnificent domes and gleaming turquoise tiles of historic madrassas (Islamic seminaries), considered by many as the most breathtaking examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Pay a visit to Tamerlane’s tomb, the Gur-e Amir mausoleum; the sacred Shahi Zinda complex of mosques and mausoleums; and the Bibi Khanum Mosque, whose interior dazzles with colorful glazed tiles and delicately carved marble. A trip to the bustling local market reveals displays of grains, produce, and household wares that have changed little since Tamerlane’s time. Hotel President
Day 5-7 Chengdu, China / Lhasa, Tibet or Xi’an
Fly by private jet to Chengdu, China and check in to the Shangri La Hotel for dinner and overnight. The next morning, take a local flight to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, located on one of the world’s highest plateaus. Once a “forbidden city,” this Himalayan center of Buddhist pilgrimage—with the spectacular Potala Palace dominating its skyline—often inspires a deep mystical feeling for visitors. Stop by an SOS Village to meet the students and teachers of a successful primary school maintained by the world’s largest orphaned and abandoned children’s charity. Visit the Jokhang Temple, the region’s oldest and most revered, then explore the Borkhar street market. The colorful stalls overflow with finely crafted ornaments, rugs, religious paintings, and carvings. The next day, visit Potala Palace, with its hundreds of rooms, lavish decor, and labyrinthine corridors. Once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, Potala served as the seat of the Tibetan government for more than 300 years. Stop by the nearly 600-year-old Sera Monastery, and with luck you may witness the spectacle of monks debating the tenets of Buddhism in the courtyard. St. Regis Lhasa Resort
Day 8-10 Vientiane, Laos / Luang Prabang
Fly by private jet to Vientiane. A city tour brings you to the beautiful Wat Si Saket, Vientiane’s oldest Lao temple and the only building to survive destruction during the Siamese conquest of 1828. Surrounding the temple, gallery walls depict nearly 7,000 impressions of Buddha. Nearby, explore Wat Phra Kaeo, which now houses the Museum of Lao Art. Lao Plaza Hotel
Day 11-14 Yangon, Myanmar / Inle Lake / Bagan
Board our private jet bound for Myanmar, a key stop on the historic overland trade route between India and China. In the capital of Yangon, visit the dazzling gold stupa (a revered structure for Buddhists) of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which has dominated the city’s skyline since the 11th century and see the Reclining Buddha inside the Chauk Htat Gyi Temple. Traders Hotel
Day 15-16 Agra, India / Udaipur
Take a local flight to Yangon, and board our private jet for the flight to Agra. View the iconic Taj Mahal, built in the 17th century by Shah Jahan, as a loving tribute to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. A masterpiece of the Mogul Empire, the monument soars majestically above the banks of the Yamuna River. Stroll the site, admire its form among the reflecting pools and gardens that surround it, and examine its intricate mosaics made of precious stones.
Day 17-18 Kathmandu, Nepal
Fly by private jet to Nepal’s colorful capital city, Kathmandu. Nestled in an idyllic valley amidst the Himalayas and home to eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world, Kathmandu remained hidden and well off the beaten path until the 1950s. Explore Nepal’s largest stupa, Bodhnath, boasting a magnificent white dome surrounded by 108 sculptures of Buddha. Visit Patan and Bhaktapur, two of Nepal’s ancient capitals. Fly via helicopters and local chartered aircraft for a thrilling ascent to Kongde Lodge, where you can celebrate life on top of the world during breakfast at 15,000 feet, with Everest as your backdrop (weather allowing). Dwarika’s Himalayan Shangri-La Village Resort
Day 19-20 Petra, Jordan / Wadi Rum
Fly by private jet to Aqaba. A scenic drive brings you to the ancient city of Petra, half-built, half-carved into rose-red cliffs by the mysterious Nabataean people more than 2,000 years ago. Venture through the Siq, a narrow chasm in the bedrock, and arrive at the iconic Treasury. Explore elaborate buildings and tombs, and observe the superb blending of Eastern traditions with Hellenistic architecture. Celebrate the end of your expedition with a gala dinner and Bedouin folkloric performance. Mövenpick Hotel
Day 21-22 London, England / USA
Your private jet returns to London, where we celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner. The next morning, transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight. The Dorchester