The travel market is changing, as people demand ever more luxurious ways to discover the world. The new “Select Escapes” from TCS offer the perfect combination of comfort and adventure. Richard Cree discovers more.
One of the oldest dilemmas for adventure-seeking travelers is how to explore the world’s sights and sounds up close without compromising on comfort. Now TCS, the only leading private jet tour operator specializing in highly personalised enriching around-the-world tours for select groups of likeminded travelers, has the answer.
From 2016 its Select Escapes will feature the Four Seasons private jet, a new Boeing 757 finished in a high-gloss black and fitted with 52 hand-crafted leather flatbed seats, which sets a new benchmark for first-class comfort and style. Carefully fitted out to offer global Wi-Fi connectivity, on-demand entertainment (all guests receive a complimentary iPad and Bose noise-cancelling headphones), custom mood lighting and a Four Seasons trained in-flight crew, including an on-board Executive Chef, this unique combination of service excellence and a luxurious environment ensures guests are well taken off between destinations.
In 2016, guests can opt for two sets of destinations – Around the World and Timeless Treasures. The Around the World itinerary takes guests from Orlando via Peru (Machu Picchu and Cusco) to Easter Island, Bora Bora in Tahiti, the Great Barrier Reef, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur in India, Petra and the Dead Sea in Jordan and on to London.*
In every location specialist local guides and experts offer guests insights into the local culture and sights, as well as arranging for them to enjoy a range of special experiences that few other visitors get to enjoy and which those travelling on their own would be hard-pressed to organize.
The Timeless Treasures tour kicks off in Los Angeles and covers Bora Bora, Sydney, Luang Prabang in Laos, Udaipur in India, the Serengeti Plain or Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Cape Town in South Africa, Sossusvlei in Namibia and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil before ending in Orlando.**
Shelley Cline, TCS World Travel President is clear that these trips offer something that few other operators can match. “We offer a bespoke service, with an intimate tour group that allows individuals to tailor the itinerary to suit their personal needs and interests, while able to share their excitement with a group of likeminded fellow travelers. I’m really excited to be able to introduce the Four Seasons private jet to our Select Escape Travelers. It will elevate what was already a best-in-class experience to a whole new level of indulgence. The ability to travel in such comfort and style to some of the most exciting and interesting places in the world delivers a new kind of luxury adventure.”
* Around the World by Private Jet costs $120,386.55 double occupancy with a $11,295.91 single supplement
** Timeless Treasures by Private Jet costs $125,515.23 double occupancy with a $11,295.91 single supplement