Featured image: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
Don’t you love it when you get everything on your wish list? It’s even better when just one gift is so perfect, so indescribably wonderful that it surpasses all of your wishes. This journey is that gift.
Holiday travel is a tradition as old as, well, the holidays, whether it’s annual extended trip across the country to visit family, or an extended weekend in a ski chalet, or a venture to somewhere tropical to warm your winter memories. It’s for this reason that Crystal ocean voyages have long been some of our most popular, as they combine travelers’ favorite traditions (lavish feasts with all the trimmings, music and celebrations with family and new and old friends) with the thrill of new discoveries as the year comes to a close.
This journey is more than that. This journey takes holiday travel and the spirit of adventure found aboard our holiday ocean voyages and takes them to soaring new heights. As you wrap up your shopping lists for this year, we present to you the ultimate gift for anyone who relishes the opportunity to elevate the boundaries of what they imagined luxury travel and a jet set lifestyle could be. Someone who jumps at the chance to savor new flavors and cultivate connections with new people and cultures. Someone with a selective penchant for all facets of the travel experience, who insists on the highest standard of excellence at every turn.
Crystal AirCruises “Holidays Around the World” private jet journey embarks December 22, 2017, which means that before the celebrations of the season end this year, you’ll already have warm-weather adventures and indulgences for next year dancing in your head. Swap sleigh rides for a high-adrenaline Formula 1 racing experience in Abu Dhabi. Exchange egg nog for New Zealand’s finest vintages and sun-kissed vineyards. Trade twinkle lights for the glitter of the Taj Mahal and the sparkling fireworks spectacular under Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Replace snow-covered streets for the impossibly blue waters and neon fish of Bora Bora’s lagoon. And forgo hours preparing lavish holiday feasts for inclusive dining experiences at some of the world’s most coveted tables.
While we hate to spoil any surprise, we just have to share what’s on our gift list for your 2017 holiday.
Before your Crystal aircraft takes flight, you’ll be wrapped up in the joy of the adventure ahead as you meet and greet your expert Crystal crew, as well as your fellow travelers, during a private cocktail reception at the posh Montage Beverly Hills. From Los Angeles, jet to Bora Bora for three days of French Polynesian holiday cheer, complete with over-the-water bungalows and a Christmas feast overlooking the iridescent blue lagoon. You can leave the parka at home. We recommend sun hats and swimsuits for the 4×4, outrigger, helicopter and waverunner adventures that await you in the tropics.
Of course, no holiday season is complete without a bevy of toasts to a year of health and prosperity ahead. Such toasts are perfectly made with a crisp New Zealand white or sparking vintage, which you’ll enjoy during a winery lunch in the mountainous New Zealand landscape. You won’t get out of cooking duty entirely, as a master culinary class in the Central Otago Wine Region will help you hone your skills to pair perfectly with the wine.
On to Sydney, for one of the world’s most extravagant New Year’s celebrations. You won’t simply watch the spectacle of fireworks that cascades above the famous Harbour Bridge. You’ll immerse yourself in the wonder of the moment, with premier access to the Harbour, and a private celebration curated just for you.
Jaipur and Abu Dhabi offer a taste of the exotic. Spiritual wonders are balanced by thrilling, adrenaline inducing pursuits. Natural phenomena are complemented by modern marvels. In India, You’ll spend a full day exploring the Taj Mahal and introspect during sunrise yoga. The Valley of the Monkeys and a Royal Bengal Tiger safari will put you in touch with your untamed side, while your own physical prowess can be tested during a Camel polo match at Rambaugh Palace.
Likewise in the UAE, privileged access to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque will leave you in a quiet awe, while an “Arabian Night” spent at a desert Bedouin camp will liven things up. But the true thrill comes at the Yas Marina, where you’ll live the experience of a Formula 1 driver around one of the world’s premier race tracks.
As you seek to fulfill your own wish list, don’t limit yourself to stocking stuffers and candied treats (although we love those, too). Consider what your wanderlust really wishes for, and treat yourself with the most perfect gift of all.
Crystal AirCruises “Holidays Around the World” journey is available for booking now.