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Executive Edge Art of Travel

The last edition of The Art of Travel for 2015 we fittingly bring you 'Trips of a Lifetime.' These itineraries and destinations are nothing less than bucket list material. From dog sledding below Norway’s Northern Lights on New Year’s Eve of 2016 to a mythical journey along Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River, to hiking Sri Lanka’s magnificent tea trails, get ready for grand adventure. Grab the last remaining seats on a Four Seasons’ private jet around the world, or go in search of the most elusive creature on earth, the snow leopard, in Northern India. Cascade through Ireland’s countryside aboard an iconic train visiting historic castles and renowned distilleries, combine East Africa safari with mountain gorilla hunting and Zanzibar beaches or experience the ultimate Peru pilgrimage trekking to Machu Picchu.

These journeys promise to be truly once in a lifetime expeditions. So starting planning your 2016 globe-trotting today!

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INDIA Kenya, Gorillas & Zanzibar

INDIA

Snow Leopard Pilgrimage

In Northern India, search for the ‘White Ghost of the Land of Lamas' on this once in a lifetime opportunity. Ladakh, a remote land nestled in the lofty Himalayas, is home to one of the most elusive predators on earth, the snow leopard. Shan, as the Ladakhis call this mythical creature, is the master of camouflage. The rocky terrain and blanketed snow in this region make it almost impossible to spot these regal cats. As you search, the sound of chanting resound up the valley from Tibetan monks who reside in Ladakh's hilltop monasteries. The journey, though arduous, feels like a pilgrimage, but the reward is a life changing experience. Enjoy the 12 night active adventure hunt with local charm and personalized service including a home stay and camp.

For wild life enthusiasts, extend your trip to spot leopards in Rajasthan which allows observation of the same species in two different habitats. 

12 night package starting from USD 3,400 per person (based upon twin share minimum 6 people) Valid January – March 2016

AFRICA

Kenya, Gorillas & Zanzibar

This truly unforgettable 20 night journey traverses East Africa Nairobi National Park, Mara North Conservancy, Laikipia, Kigali, Volcanos National Park, Northern Serengeti and Zanzibar. Picture the pioneer days of Kenya - 'Out of Africa', Finch-Hatton, Hemingway and the flamboyant life in 'Happy Valley'; a variety of amazing scenery, wildlife adventures and extremely interesting natives, both indigenous and migratory. This is just the beginning of what you’ll discover on this epic adventure of East Africa. Then trek into the volcanic Virunga Mountains, best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. Spend an hour at a time with these incredible primates in their natural habitat. End your journey on the coast in Zanzibar, famous for its pure white sand beaches and turquoise ocean, where a melting pot of influences combining Africa, Arabia and India meet. The Coast of East Africa, including the beaches of Tanzania and Zanzibar, is fringed by one of the longest coral reefs in the world, so snorkel and scuba ’til your heart’s content.

20 night East Africa Safari, Gorillas & Zanzibar - AUD 35,669 per adult sharing (based upon minimum 4 persons)

Private Jet Around the World Ceylon Tea Trails & Cape Weligama

FOUR SEASONS

Private Jet Around the World

Travel by custom designed private jet to legendary destinations at every corner of the globe with Four Seasons as your guide, personalised itineraries and exceptional service throughout. Around the world journeys include air travel aboard the Four Seasons retrofitted 757 Private Jet, which transports up to 52 guests at a time on the ultimate global luxury excursions.

Two itineraries are still available for 2016. Choose from ‘Extraordinary Adventures' - 25 days which include soaring by zip-line across the rain forest canopy of Costa Rica, hiking Australia's Jenolan Caves, kayaking through Malaysian mangroves and ‘Big Five' Serengeti game drives. Or immerse yourself in 19 days of ‘Cultural Escape' seeing Dubai, marine life in the Seychelles and the finest art and architecture in Florence.

Extraordinary Adventures - USD 137,000 per person (based upon double occupancy) September 17 - October 11, 2016

Cultural Escape - USD 106,000 per person (based upon double occupancy) November 4-22, 2016

SRI LANKA

Ceylon Tea Trails & Cape Weligama

Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux, is also the world's first tea bungalow resort perched in the hills of the panoramic Ceylon tea region (cover photo) which borders the World Heritage Central Highlands. Comprising 4 luxurious colonial era tea planters' residences connected by walking trails through stunningly beautiful Ceylon tea gardens, experience Sri Lanka's history, culture and nature. Heritage with a contemporary style and non-hotel private ambience is the hallmark of the Tea Trails experience. Ideal setting for trekking, biking or kayaking in the cool climate at 1500m against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. VIDEO

Along the beaches of Sri Lanka's southern coast, Relais & Chateaux Cape Weligama inhabits 12 manicured acres atop a promontory rising above the Indian Ocean. 39 private retreats with stunning 270 degree views and private beaches. VIDEO

7 night Tea & Sea Gourmet Escape  including seaplane transfers - starting from USD 4,225 per person (double occupancy) for 3 nights Ceylon Tea Trails & 4 nights Cape Weligama

The Strand Cruise Myanmar

MYANMAR

The Strand Cruise Myanmar

Take a mythical journey along Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River on The Strand Cruise featuring 27 spacious cabins, flawless service and alfresco gourmet à la carte cuisine. Offering a luxurious 4 night (upstream) cruise from Bagan to Mandalay and a 3 night (downstream) cruise from Mandalay to Bagan starting January 2016, embark upon an authentic journey of discovery visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and remote villages. Mooring in exclusive locations along route, right by Old Bagan itself, ancient Buddhist monasteries on Sagaing Hill in Mandalay and more.

The Strand Cruise brochure

4 night (upstream) cruise from Bagan to Mandalay & 3 night (downstream) cruise from Mandalay to Bagan starting from USD 1,782 per person

Special offer - 20% off any 3 or 4 night sailings between January – April 2016 & 1 free night at The Strand Hotel in Yangon (black out dates apply, subject to availability)

NORWAY

Dog Sledding & Northern Lights

Celebrate next year's New Year under the Northern Lights for a New Year's Eve to remember.  High above the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway, Lyngen Lodge is an exclusive luxury lodge positioned above the Lyngen Fjord where the mountains meet the fjords and un-spoilt nature lies at your doorstep. Lyngen Lodge caters for 18 guests in 8 en suite twin and double bedrooms with triple and single options. Wander the decks at night searching for the Northern Lights spectacle. By day, dogsled, snowmobile, snowshoe, ice fish and other winter adventures. You will even have the chance to mush your own team of 8 dogs through the white wilderness. On New Year's Eve go on a sea safari aboard the 'Spirit of Lyngen' to visit the historic “Stock Fish” port of Havnnes, while passing the Spakenes nature reserve spotting whales and sea eagles. Crossing the fjord under the gigantic cliffs of the Lyngen Alps drop a line for some deep sea fishing and perhaps catch a cod or a halibut for dinner. Join a small group for this exclusively 5-night all-inclusive New Years program and see nature's ultimate fireworks as the Northern Lights ignite Norway's sky.

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6 day Lyngen Lodge package for New Years 2016 - AUD 4,732 per person (December 28, 2016 through January 2, 2017)

Grand Tour of Ireland

BELMOND GRAND HIBERNIAN

Grand Tour of Ireland

Experience Ireland at its very best aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian. Belmond Grand Hibernian joins the iconic rail collection with legends Eastern & Oriental Express and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Step aboard to enter a shimmering world of indulgence - contemporary carriages inspired by Dublin's architecture, fine cuisine enhanced with local delicacies and an ever-changing backdrop of Ireland's celebrated landscapes. Brimming with charm, the train's elegant en suite cabins mix modern luxury with traditional design as you cascade through the countryside visiting historic castles, renowned distilleries and vibrant cities. Starting in Dublin, discover Ireland's rich heritage and culture first hand in this 7 day/6 night complete journey through the country. Let yourself be captivated by Emerald Isle and its ancient folklore.

Grand Tour of Ireland  - 7 days from AUD 12,278 per person

Bellini Club bonus  - VIP welcome amenity & USD 100 on-board credit per person 


* subject to availability upon arrival

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