How many life-changing, literally monumental encounters and experiences do you think can be realized in one month? The world is a vast canvas of possibility, but that vastness usually implies restriction on those possibilities in the form of distance and time. You may not expect, for example, to fulfill your dream of discovering the mysteries of Easter Island during the same vacation that you’ll savor a private concert at a palace in Prague. Or wake for sunrise yoga in India soon after soaring over the peaks of Mount Everest.
As Crystal AirCruises worldwide dream-fulfilling, bucket-list-worthy itineraries are unveiled, those trivial restrictions of time and geographical distance are no more. Our own Boeing 777-200LR is currently being transformed – “Crystalized,” if you will – to properly accommodate just 84 travelers in the utmost luxury you expect from any Crystal Experience™, and will whisk you away on specialized journeys of rare and exceptional privilege, beginning next fall.
The itineraries have been specially curated to comprise the kinds of exploration that many travelers only dream of, discoveries designed to take your breath away, and exclusive access that only Crystal can offer. One such itinerary blends 10 of the world’s most iconic destinations – each, itself a destination long coveted by inquisitive travelers, and each holding numerous wonders.
In 29 days, the “Around the World: Iconic Sites” Crystal AirCruise voyage will visit the most treasured locales, historically profound sites and imposing natural wonders in the world. Traveling round-trip from Los Angeles, the journey takes you to Lima, Peru for a spiritual expedition through Machu Picchu with a chaman, who will guide you through the mystical history of the ancient ruins. From Nepal, soar over Mount Everest’s commanding peaks, then travel to Lhasa, where Tibet’s most sacred temple, Jokhang Temple, holds centuries of Buddhist tradition.
A stop at Easter Island illuminates the amazing history of the Rapa Nui people who still inhabit the remote and UNESCO recognized territory. Further immersive experiences take you through Ho Chi Minh’s Cu Chi tunnels and along the Mekong Delta; to the top of Zimbabwe’s majestic Victoria Falls and across Chobe National Park on safari; into the “Pink City” of Jaipur for sunrise yoga and Bengal tiger encounters; and hiking, off-roading and ziplining through the rich protected Domaine l’Etoile in Mauritius.
In Prague, delve into the Cold War era with exploration of the historical tanks and arms of the region; then go back centuries further with a visit to Lobkowicz Palace, where hand-annotated manuscripts of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn are housed.
Along the way, you’ll be accommodated in the most luxurious hotels in each destination, with Michelin star-inspired dining experiences punctuating each new locale. Exclusive events in many destinations offer an exceptionally luxurious backdrop for authentic cultural traditions, while every detail is meticulously attended to by Crystal’s destination experts and Crystal AirCruises Director, the expert concierge who hosts the entire AirCruise and land experience.
These adventures, and numerous others, are awaiting the intrepid guests aboard Crystal AirCruises when our elegant aircraft takes flight next August. The “Around the World: Iconic Sites” voyage departs October 21, 2017 and, along with all other 2017 and 2018 Crystal AirCruises, is available for booking now.