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Around the World Private Jet Tour – Smithsonian Journeys

Bali Tanah
Bali – Tanah Lot

Now you can have the experience of a lifetime by circling the globe and discovering nine of our world’s most fascinating cultures!

Smithsonian Journeys is the Smithsonian Institution’s travel program and has offered more than 40 years of dedication to life-enriching experiences worldwide.

Smithsonian Journeys is hosting an exclusive Around the World Private Jet Tour that is like no other.

Smithsonian Journeys just announced its “Extraordinary Cultures: Around the World by Private Jet” tour between March 17-April 7, 2013.

This exciting new program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience diverse cultures and witness some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders—all in a single journey.

Guests will fly in luxury aboard a VIP-configured private jet accompanied by the most experienced expedition staff in the world. This 22-day private jet adventure will include stops in Kyoto and Nara, Japan; Bali, Indonesia; Ha Long Bay and Hanoi, Vietnam; Kathmandu, Nepal; Paro, Bhutan; Jodhpur, India; Kigali, Rwanda; Dakar and Gorée Island, Senegal; and Lisbon, Portugal.

Detailed information about this amazing world tour plus videos and photographs can be found at: http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/cultures-jet.

Smithsonian has arranged a number of exclusive “insider” experiences along the way. Trip takers will enjoy the hospitality of local dignitaries in Japan, Bhutan and Senegal, search for mountain gorillas in Rwanda and enjoy legendary Fado music in Portugal.

In Bali, Mickey Hart, legendary drummer for the Grateful Dead, will jam with local musicians and invite guests to take part. World-renowned sceneographer Rajeev Sethi will bring Rajasthani dancers, singers and other artists to perform for travelers at the luxurious Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel in Jodphur.

Throughout the journey, guests will be accompanied by experienced expedition staff who attend to every logistical detail, create customized excursions tailored to personal interests and ensure a luxury journey.

“Extraordinary Cultures: Around the World by Private Jet” is priced at $66,950 per person, double occupancy, including round-trip air from Seattle and return to Washington, D.C., luxury accommodations, all meals, ground transportation, excursions and activities, lectures by experts, on-board physician, baggage handling, gratuities and emergency evacuation insurance.

More additional information on this special private jet expedition can be found at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/cultures-jet  or by calling toll-free 1 (866) 903-7650.




2012 Travel Collections from Smithsonian Journeys

Smithsonian Journeys Mystical India - Taj Mahal
Smithsonian Journeys – Taj Mahal – India Tourism Bureau

Looking for the ultimate in luxury travel? Smithsonian Journeys is the Smithsonian Institution’s own travel program and offers numerous life-enriching experiences worldwide.

Smithsonian Journeys just announced its exciting 2012 travel program collections with a diverse travel portfolio to meet the demands of today’s sophisticated travelers.

The new travel programs from Smithsonian Journeys range from one-week European getaways, highlights tours to 20 worldwide destinations, in-depth special theme tours such as German cars, around-the-world private jet adventures, U.S. arts and outdoors tours, in addition to grand adventures such as a 16-day train trip across Russia.

Smithsonian Journeys proudly offers numerous luxury travel opportunities to meet the varied interests, budgets and styles of today’s savvy travelers.

You can also find a broader collection of small and medium-size cruise ship experiences from Smithsonian Journeys that includes: luxury and value cruises to the Mediterranean, active expedition cruises, family cruise vacations and unique European river cruises.

For 2012, Smithsonian plans to offer more than 70 cruises on a variety of small ships with different cruising styles.

Amy Kotkin, director of Smithsonian Journeys, was quoted, “We are thrilled to branch out to different styles and modes of travel to serve our clientele while maintaining what Smithsonian is best known for-lively and engaging educational content. Smithsonian Journeys provides more ways than ever to experience the cultural and natural treasures of all seven continents. All 2012 travel options can be seen at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/2012, featuring more than 200 departures to 80 countries worldwide. These tours are enhanced with behind-the-scenes access and top experts who provide in-depth commentary designed to increase visitors’ understanding of their destination.

If you are a travelers who prefers a more private experience, please contact a Smithsonian Journeys travel consultant and have a custom-designed personal vacation developed to wonderful and luxurious destinations throughout the world.

You can read the details of all cruises of all Smithsonian Journeys at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/2012  Here’s a sample.
* Travelers can sail in the Caribbean on the three-masted tall ship Sea Cloud II, explore the Amazonian rainforest from aboard a traditional 28-guest riverboat or discover superb museums in Holland and Belgium from an elegant European riverboat.
* Mediterranean cruises aboard the 114-guest Corinthian II feature special themes such as music, classical sites and the arts, while the 34-guest Callisto offers an intimate private yacht experience as it plies the Aegean.
* Travelers interested in an active cruise experience can board a small expedition ship outfitted with kayaks and Zodiacs to explore the natural wonders of Antarctica, Costa Rica and other destinations.
* In the U.S., more than 25 cruises offer the advantages of the small-ship experience, including a new Mississippi riverboat.
* Five cruises aboard the 350-guest Aegean Odyssey will offer special value in the Mediterranean with all-inclusive rates, including international airfare, gratuities and an onboard educational program.

For an unforgettable trip of a lifetime, Smithsonian Journeys will offer two new, unique private jet adventures in 2012.
– “Heaven and Earth” (Oct. 31-Nov. 20, 2012) is an exclusive around-the-world adventure that features the Earth’s natural wonders and ancient treasures and highlights the powerful influence of the heavens on world cultures. A special highlight is traveling with Smithsonian astronomy expert David Aguilar and witnessing a total solar eclipse in Australia.

– “Cultures and Cuisines” (Sept. 17-Oct. 5, 2012) explores culinary traditions and World Heritage sites from Europe to Asia and is accompanied by culinary expert Darra Goldstein, editor-in-chief of Gastronomica: the Journal of Food and Culture. Details on these extraordinary trips and two others are available at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/private-jet-tours

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“Mercedes-Benz and Bugatti,” offered in July 2012, is a special in-depth theme tour that will feature exclusive entrée to special car museums and factories and a day at the German Grand Prix. Journeys will also offer more than 20 highlights tours, featuring a broad overview of European countries such as France, Spain and Turkey and other destinations farther afield such as Jordan, India, Vietnam, Peru and Botswana. These tours, designed for small groups of 16-24 travelers, feature included international airfare, behind-the-scenes activities and the expertise of a Smithsonian expert who accompanies the tour.

In 2012 Smithsonian will offer more than 70 cruises on a variety of small ships with different cruising styles. Featuring a more casual ambiance, small ships encourage new friendships and in-depth time with Smithsonian experts and guest lecturers. Small-ship cruising also means exploring places not possible on larger ships, easy logistics, and not overwhelming ports on arrival.
New for 2012 is a bigger focus on the independent-minded traveler. New “European City Breaks” offer seven-day getaways in European capitals that feature highlights tours balanced with free time for personal interests, all at a great value (starting from $2,749, including international airfare). “City Explorers” offer two-week immersion programs with behind-the-scenes meetings with local experts, exclusive tours, language lessons and time to discover local cafes and cultural attractions on your own. “Private Departures” is a new personalized travel option where travel experts will design the ideal trip, whatever the traveler’s interests, schedule and budget. (Sample destination itineraries are available online at http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/2012)

For additional information, please visit http://www.SmithsonianJourneys.org or call toll-free 1 (877) 338-8687




Value Cruises to the Mediterranean for 2012 – Smithsonian Journeys


Doge’s Palace and Campanile, Venice – Smithsonian Journeys

The name Smithsonian is widely known for “Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery,” which is the core of Smithsonian Journeys and its more than 150 expert-led international and domestic tours featuring exclusive access and unforgettable experiences.

Smithsonian Journeys has just announced its exciting line of all-inclusive, value cruises to the Mediterranean for 2012, which include international airfare.

If you have always wanted to explore the world, look into the awesome travel itineraries from Smithsonian Journeys. Their tours bring both culture and local sightseeing together in a seamless manner.




Smithsonian Journeys Offers Three Incredible Mediterranean Cruises

Italy Mediterranean cruise Smithsonian Journeys
Smithsonian Journeys

Offering more than 40 years of dedicated to wonderful travel experiences worldwide, Smithsonian Journeys is the Smithsonian Institution’s own travel program.

Now you can enjoy three amazing all-inclusive cruise cruise package deals to the beautiful Mediterranean.

If you act fast, Smithsonian Journeys also offer these all-inclusive cruises with international airfare, in addition to special stateroom savings and for solo travelers, no single supplement.

These exciting and luxurious Mediterranean cruise deals are scheduled for both spring and summer 2011.

Pricing for these three new 2011 cruise deals begin at $3,195 and include international airfare, shore excursions in each port, lecture program by onboard experts, gratuities to shipboard staff and more.

For passengers who can book their cruise by March 31, you will enjoy special stateroom savings up to $1,500, based on double occupancy.

The three Mediterranean cruise packages will take place aboard the luxury 350-guest, mid-size ship – Aegean Odyssey. Cruise details are below:

“The Wonders of Turkey and the Greek Isles” (June 23-July 6) and “The Glories of Greece and Turkey” (July 1-14) feature similar itineraries.
Included excursions showcase significant cultural sites, such as palaces and sacred sites of the Greek islands (Crete, Delos, Mykonos and Samos), the ancient cities of Ephesus and Aprodisias in Turkey and World Heritage sites in Athens and Istanbul. Both cruises feature a three-night hotel stay in Istanbul and a two-night hotel stay in Athens, with excursions and leisure time in both cities. Prices for these all-inclusive Mediterranean cruises start at $3,195 if booked by March 31 and include international airfare.

“Splendors of Italy and the Dalmatian Coast” (May 31-June 15) begins with a two-night stay in Rome.
Travelers will then board the 350-guest Aegean Odyssey, cruise to Corsica and Sardinia and spend three days in Sicily. Following a day on the island nation of Malta, travelers will sail to the Dalmatian Coast for three days in Croatia, with two days exploring Dubrovnik and another day in Split. The cruise concludes with a two-night hotel stay in Venice, with a private evening visit to St. Mark’s Basilica among other excursions. Prices start at $3,750 if booked by March 31 and include international airfare.

Aegean Odyssey has two restaurants and dining at an outdoor terrace, three lounges, three bars, lecture theater, well-stocked library, Internet center, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, spa (with saunas, massage and beauty-treatment rooms) and hairdressers/beauty center. Telephone, fax and e-mail access are available via satellite.

If you have ever wanted to travel around the world in style in your own private jet, be sure to check out another fabulous tour offered by Smithsonian Journeys. This luxury tour is named, “Around the World by Private Jet.”

For more information, please call toll-free 1 (877) 338-8687 or visit the Smithsonian Journeys website at www.SmithsonianJourneys.org




Luxury Private Jet Tour to Central and South America – Smithsonian Journeys

Machu Picchu - Peru
Machu Picchu – Peru

With more than 40 years dedicated to life-enriching experiences worldwide, Smithsonian Journeys is the Smithsonian Institution’s own travel program. Smithsonian Journeys offers more than 150 expert-led international and domestic tours that feature exclusive access and unforgettable travel experiences.

Smithsonian Journeys has just announced a unique, private jet tour to Central and South America. The “Central and South America by Private Jet” tour has been scheduled for March 26-April 10, 2011.

“Central and South America by Private Jet” is a 16-day private jet adventure that will include memorable stops that range from Machu Picchu and Buenos Aires to the Amazon region.

Travelers will explore five countries and eight World Heritage sites, experience diverse cultures and witness some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders-all in a single journey.

Flying in luxury aboard a private Boeing 757, tour participants will be able to bypass commercial airline routes and schedules. The chartered Boeing 757 jet is specially configured to generously accommodate 78 VIP-style seats instead of the standard 233 seats.

Detailed information about the World Heritage sites visited and articles about previous private-jet tours and photographs can be found at www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/privateair.

Enhancing the overall travel experience, a team of experts will accompany the trip, including one of the world’s leading Inca specialists, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, a zoologist and a former ambassador stationed in Latin America.

Travelers will be able to enjoy a wide variety of excursions hat truly showcase both cultural and natural wonders. Participants can also choose between an active or relaxed pace on other days. Some of the tour high-lights include:

* Guatemala – Visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal and jungles of El Petén.
* Peru – Tour the treasures of Cuzco. Visit either the sacred citadel of the Inca’s Machu Picchu, Chan Chan, the mysterious Nasca Lines, or the ancient homes of Moche and Chimu peoples.
* Argentina – Travel amid the stunning landscape of the Argentine Lake District, visit cosmopolitan Buenos Aires then off to the world-renowned natural wonder of Iguaçu Falls, which spans the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
* Brazil – Two days in the Amazon feature a river cruise and different ways to explore the jungle, such as a canopy walkway or forest walk with a member of the Yagua tribe.
* Costa Rica – In the Guanacaste region, choose between horseback riding, discover the unique habitats of a tropical dry forest or relax on some of the best beaches in the country.

The price for the “Central and South America by Private Jet” tour is $46,950 per person. Travelers enrolling from Sept. 28 to Oct. 11 will receive a complimentary pre-tour hotel night at the Ritz in Orlando, Fla.

Tour cost includes round-trip private jet travel from Orlando, luxury accommodations, all meals, ground transportation, excursions and activities, welcome reception, lectures by experts, on-board physician, baggage handling, gratuities and emergency evacuation insurance.

For additional information on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, plus other private-jet expeditions offered in 2011 and 2012, please call toll-free 1 (877) 338-8687 or visit www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/privateair




“Celebrate Smithsonian” – Behind The Scenes at Smithsonian Institution Museums

Smithsonian Institution castle museum - Washington DC

The incredible Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world, and composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.

For those lucky enough to have visited the Smithsonian, it is truly an unforgettable experience covering a wide range of American history, culture, art and science.

Now a unique experience has come along. Smithsonian Journeys has announced a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at five of the Smithsonian Institution’s famous museums.

From October 20-23, participants of “Celebrate Smithsonian” will have the opportunity to meet Smithsonian curators and staff, explore Smithsonian collections not on public view, attend private demonstrations and the newest exhibitions and enjoy exclusive dinners with Smithsonian staff in museum galleries.

This special event allows access to the Smithsonian Institution that is rarely available to the general public.

The program begins with a private gala reception and dinner at the venerable Smithsonian “Castle” building. Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, will welcome participants and provide a sweeping view of the Smithsonian’s colorful past and present.

Over the next two days, the program will focus on Smithsonian collections in storage and on display. Museum staff will lead guests with behind-the-scenes tours through the labyrinthine Museum Support Center, a modern, high-tech home to more than 54 million artifacts, where scholars work on the research and conservation of some of the nation’s treasures.

At the National Museum of American History, Kenneth Slowik who is the curator of musical instruments, will show priceless instruments from the collection and demonstrate their rich tones.

Guestx will also experience special access to the Museum of Natural History’s new Human Origins exhibition, featuring state-of-the-art galleries that focus on how the environment and life have changed over the past 6 million years.

Participants will remain at the museum for a private dinner in the Hall of Mammals followed by a talk by the curator of the Human Origins exhibition, Rick Potts.

Photographs, program details and additional links can be found at www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/celebrate