$62,950 Museum Tour

Posted Jul 22nd 2010 04:05 PMUpdated Aug 2nd 2010 10:13 AM

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If you have $62,950 to spend and happen to be looking for a trip of a lifetime, check out the Smithsonian's "Around the World by Private Jet Tour."

A lucky few will explore more than 12 World Heritage sites, all in a single trip. Travel is on a chartered Boeing 757 configured to accommodate just 88 VIP-style seats.

The 22-day tour is organized by Smithsonian Journeys, the museum's travel program, and embarks from Orlando on Oct. 28, 2011.

Travelers booking by Aug. 10, 2010, receive a complimentary pre-trip hotel night (in case that's an added incentive for those willing to spend nearly $63,000 per person for a trip).

First stop on the journey is Peru and Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The group then flies more than 2,300 miles across the Pacific to Easter Island, to meet with renowned archaeologists and see the colossal moai stone statues.

On to Samoa, where guests will be treated to a traditional feast and dance performance. After crossing the international dateline, the group arrives at Cairns, Australia for Great Barrier Reef exploration or a visit to Daintree, the world's oldest rainforest.

Continuing to Asia, travelers will visit Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple complex, or, if they've been there/done that, explore Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.

In India, there will be visits to Agra and the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur, the "Pink City."

Tanzania follows, and here travelers can go to Serengeti National Park to see lions, cheetahs and leopards, or to the Ngorongoro Crater, home to herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra.

Egypt's Valley of the Kings follows, with a visit to the tombs of the pharaohs and temples at Karnak.

The last stop for the global expedition is Morocco's historic Fez.

The tour package includes round-trip air from Orlando, luxury accommodations, all meals, ground transportation, excursions and activities and the services of an experienced expedition staff.

And because this is the Smithsonian, there will also be lectures by plenty of experts.

Photo of Machu Picchu, kudumomo, flickr
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Jocelyn

There are lots of educational travel programs for the less-than wealthy, though none (that I can find) on this scale. Check these out:

http://www.gonomad.com/tours/tours.html

http://www.shawguides.com/

http://www.culturaltravels.com/

July 25 2010 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Daniel Mullane

On an ancient wall in China, where a brooding Buddha blinks, deeply graven is the message, it's later than you think. The clock of life is wound but once, and no one has the power, to tell just when those hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is all the time we own, the past a golden link, so do it now my brother/sister, it's later than you think.

July 24 2010 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
avl14

DAME I WAS BOOKING TILL I SAW YOUR POST, OH WELL ONLY HAD 63,000 LOL.........

July 24 2010 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WILLIAM

MR. DONALD TRUMP,

PLEASE STEP UP AND GET MY WIFE AND I TWO TICKETS.

YOU HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE I KNOW.

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE MY WIFE ON THE HONNEYMOON SHE NEVER HAD.

I WOULD SINCERILY APPRECIATE IT,
WILLIAM

July 24 2010 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
avl14

ONLY 63,000! GOING TO BOOK TODAY.......

July 24 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lisa

sorry to say that this is not the price, it cost more and there are 2 more days involved. I have the magazine right infront of me, and this is not what it is showing, there are 2 such trips the other one is $67,000 and is also 24 days, getting you to and from point of departure is not included.

July 24 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brad

All that flying I'd be dizzy and tired!

July 24 2010 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobby

Is this the same "Smithsonian" that's run by liberals, conservationists & activists? The same ideology that rails constantly against large carbon footprints but charters a 757 to do their bidding? Impress me with your cause by taking electric vehicles to your points of destination & sailing across the ocean by wind! Ah, the convenience of it all & the ever present hypocrisy of what you pseudo activists stand for! A $65k pricetag & liberal elitism once again rears it's ugly face!

July 24 2010 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carl

Hang the rich.......You poor uneducated putz!

You could never be rich because you think with your head in a hole.

July 24 2010 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ross

You could book the same thing on your own with regular flights of course for less than 1/2 that amount.

July 24 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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