Experiences Of A Lifetime By Private Jet

October 31 - November 16, 2014

From the Taj Mahal to the Moroccan souks, Experiences of a Lifetime features seven of the most fascinating destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Trek with gorillas, explore Petra or Wadi Rum, and snorkel pristine ocean waters in the Maldives on this 17-day adventure that offers the best of land and sea.

Study Leader Information

Enrich your journey. A team of experts joins us to illuminate the history of the varied cultures we encounter, and the flora and fauna we see. They’ll deliver thought-provoking lectures on board using our special in-flight multimedia system, including iPads. And you can continue the discussion with them over dinner as you explore each destination. We also arrange for exclusive meetings with esteemed local experts whenever possible, giving you a rare insider’s view into local life; Joyce Chaplin, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University. In 1985-86, she was a Fulbright Scholar at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford, England. Joyce has taught at six universities as well as in a maritime studies program on the Atlantic Ocean. Her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, London Review of Books and The Wall Street Journal. Joyce is most interested in topics where humans and nature meet, and specializes in early American history, intellectual history, environmental history and the history of science; Alex de Voogt is a curator of African Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History. He has published on topics as diverse as the archaeology of Nubia, the survival of indigenous scripts and seventh-century Islam. In addition, he is a leading expert on the history of board games and their development along human migration and trade routes. Alex has traveled for his research to Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, and South and East Asia. He has directed a research expedition to the Maldives, and recently he joined an archaeology mission in northern Sudan. He earned a doctorate in social sciences and another in art and architectural history from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1. London - Meet fellow travelers and expedition staff at a welcome dinner.

Days 2-3. The Lost City of Petra or Wadi Rum, Jordan. Alternate: Visit Wadi Rum, a lunar-like landscape made famous by the film Lawrence of Arabia.

Days 4-6. Jodhpur, Thar Desert and the Taj Mahal, India

Days 7-9. The Maldives; After a stop in Agra to see the Taj Mahal, we fly to the Maldives, which offers pristine ocean views. Take the opportunity to snorkel, dive or simply relax in your overwater bungalow.

Days 10-12. Rwanda
The highlight of any journey, trekking with the endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Days 13-15. Marrakech, Morocco
We explore Jemaa el Fna, a traditional city square filled with musicians, fortune tellers and snake charmers. Then take in the rugged beauty of the Atlas Mountains during a leisurely trek.

Days 16-17. London / Home
We celebrate and reflect upon our incredible journey through these beautiful places with a farewell dinner at our hotel. The following day, connect with your independent flight home.


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