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Portugal, Lithuania, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Oman, Albania, Romania, Spain & Portugal / Private Jet Tour - Kingdoms & Cultures of Eurasia

Leave the beaten path behind on this extraordinary Private Jet journey across Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Discover nine emerging destinations where storied pasts mingle with intriguing futures. Bask in the shadows of lost empires in the Silk Road oasis of Merv, Turkmenistan, which connected Europe and Africa to the Far East, and marvel at the Persian-Islamic architecture in the Iranian city of Isfahan. Explore Spain’s Basque heritage, experience the Douro Valley’s acclaimed wine culture and discover the hidden gems of Eastern Europe.

Nights 22

from £71470 pp

Price includes international flights, privately chartered jet from the stated place of departure to the final destination, accommodation, all meals, taxes, transportation, excursions, special events and activities, bottled water, all beverages including liquor aboard the private jet, during special events and cocktail parties on land, house wine and/or beer at lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic beverages at all scheduled meals on land, baggage handling, internet access, tips or gratuities.

All pricing, itineraries and itinerary details are subject to change and final price will be confirmed prior to booking.

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Portugal, Lithuania, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Oman, Albania, Romania, Spain & Portugal /Itinerary

Private Jet Tour - Kingdoms & Cultures of Eurasia

22nights

Day /1

Lisbon, Portugal

Your private jet journey begins in Lisbon. Once the heart of the world’s largest seafaring empire, contemporary Lisbon is a spirited city of Gothic cathedrals, palaces and monasteries. Take in the ebullient character of the Lisbonites as you stroll around the historic city centre, or visit one of the many independent art galleries. If rest and relaxation are your preference, spend the day as the locals do, passing the time at a café with a good book and bica (strong black coffee). In the evening, meet your fellow guests and expedition leaders at a welcome dinner.

Day /2-3

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania

Join your expert local guide for a fascinating discovery of the Old Town, including the Gothic splendour of 15th-century St. Anne's Church and the breathtaking frescoes at the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Delve into a sombre side of the country's history at the fascinating KGB Museum. Pay a visit to the only one of Vilnius' 16th-century fortified gates still standing: the beautiful Gate of Dawn. Stroll through the Republic of Uzupis, a vibrant neighbourhood of artists, and the Stikliai area, the former Jewish quarter of the city. Head west from Vilnius to Lake Galvé and the 14th-century Trakai Island Castle, which was built to defend the Grand Duchy of Lithuania against the Teutonic Knights.

Day /4-5

Bishkek, Kyrgystan

Bishkek, Kyrgystan

Explore historic Ala-Too Square, which was built by the Soviets in 1984 and became the scene of large-scale protests in the 2005 Tulip Revolution. Take in the impressive Soviet-era architecture, including the State Historical Museum, and observe the ceremonial changing of the guard. Witness the striking Independence Monument and a towering sculpture of Manas. In the colourful Osh Bazaar, browse through Kyrgyz handicrafts and mingle with local people. Head east into the scenic Chuy Valley to visit the Burana Tower, a large stone minaret from the 9th-century city of Balasagun. Explore the eerie Turkic tombstones near the tower—totem-like gravestones that dot the landscape—before returning to Bishkek.

Day /6-7

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

This isolated Central Asian nation was once an important stop on the Silk Road. Visit the National Museum to see the riches of the Silk Road trade that ran between the Middle Kingdom of China and the western markets of Rome. Explore the urban landscape by night, including magnificent vistas of lavish, Las Vegas-style fountains, the golden-domed Turkmenbashi Palace, Soviet-era monoliths and the extravagant Wedding Palace. Spend a day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Merv Oasis. Settled in prehistory, Merv grew to become the world's largest city in the 12th century and was occupied until the late 1700s.

Day /8-10

Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan, Iran

Touch down in Iran and spend three days exploring a city rarely seen by Western eyes. Walk the expansive Naqsh-e Jahan Square, taking in the tea shops, merchants' stalls and manicured lawns of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the splendid Masjed e-Shah, which is covered inside and out with Isfahan's famous pale blue tiles. On the top floor of the 18th-century Ali Qapu Palace, admire lovely chiselled fretwork and enjoy panoramic views of the city square. Take a day trip to the oasis city of Kashan, which lies on the edge of the Great Salt Desert in the centre of the Iranian plateau. Tour the Fin Garden, a 16th-century UNESCO World Heritage site built during the reign of Abbas I. Visit a 500 year-old hammam, or bathhouse, that has been restored to its original condition.

Day /11-12

Musandam Peninsula, Oman

Musandam Peninsula, Oman

Land in the United Arab Emirates and take 4x4 vehicles to Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Take in the view of the Strait of Hormuz from a world-class resort. Choose from a variety of activities and customize your time to your own pleasure. Take a snorkelling excursion to swim among the tropical fish that live and feed in the vibrant coral gardens. Learn the secrets of Arabic cuisine during a culinary demonstration. Spend some quality time in the spa, which was rated as one of the world’s best in 2015. Take a 4x4 safari through the striking mountain landscapes of Wadi Khab Al Shamsi and see ancient petroglyphs and extraordinary rock formations. In the evening, cruise the bay on a traditional dhow as you watch the sunset gild the placid waters.

Day /13-14

Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania

On a guided tour of Tirana, see the Fountain of Mother Teresa and Skanderbeg Square, which was named for a 15th-century Albanian nobleman venerated as the father of the country. Travelling on the Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard, stop to visit the National Gallery. This state-run gallery is home to more than 5,000 works, including an impressive collection of communist-era pieces from Albania’s school of socialist realism. Take in the artwork of Onufri, a celebrated 16th-century artist and priest who devoted his career to painting religious icons. Depart Tirana for the scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Berat, one of the best-preserved Ottoman cities in the world. Discover a majestic 13th-century castle, admire the icons at the Onufri Icon Museum and enjoy a traditional Albanian lunch.

Day /15-17

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Bucharest, taking in the grand Triumphal Arch, the fashionable Victoria Boulevard and the historic Cantacuzino Palace. Stop to explore Revolution Square, a site of cultural and historic change. Spend the day in the foothills of the Bucegi Mountains visiting Peles Castle, a stunningly beautiful neo-Renaissance palace built in the 19th century by King Carol I. Alternatively, delve into Romanian culture at an open-air ethnographic museum that showcases traditional village life. Travel to northeastern Romania to discover the spectacular painted monasteries of Bucovina. Walk the halls of the world-famous Humor Monastery, taking in frescoed murals from the 14th century.

Day /18-19

Basque Country, Spain

Basque Country, Spain

With postcard-worthy beaches and the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per square meter, San Sebastián is our base for exploring Spain’s Basque country. Explore the gastronomic heritage of San Sebastián on a tasty guided tour through the city’s best pinxto spots and acclaimed restaurants. You may also opt to drive along the Spanish coast to see the magnificent Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Bilbao. Visit the quaint seaside village of Getaria and sample freshly caught seafood from the harbour. Hike through the region’s trademark rolling hills, past sloping vineyards and picturesque villages, for sweeping views of the countryside.

Day /20-21

The Douro Valley, Portugal

The Douro Valley, Portugal

Visit local vineyards to meet the expert winemakers and sample the rich ports and unfortified reds that are produced here. Absorb the unique terroir of the Douro Valley, sampling the rich soils of the valley’s hallmark terraced vineyards. Embark on a cruise along the winding Douro River, which cut the rugged slopes of this valley and created ideal growing conditions for a variety of grape vines. If you like, spend some time pampering yourself at the hotel’s blissful spa, which offers several treatments inspired by grapes and wine.

Day /22-23

Lisbon, Portugal

Return to Lisbon to celebrate your journey with a festive farewell dinner and a toast to new friends. Enjoy a night of rest before connecting to your independent flight home the next day.

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