Captain’s Choice launches 2024 Private Jet Journeys

Four itineraries through Africa, South America and India

Captain’s Choice has revealed its 2024 Private Jet Journeys, a collection of trips to some of the world’s most remote and remarkable destinations that forgoe the formalities of commercial air travel. Captain’s Choice guests enjoy expedited airport arrangements, private terminals where possible and seamless, direct flights.

The Captain’s Choice 2024 itineraries feature four all-inclusive, unique luxury adventures travelling by business class private jet. There is an exciting new African journey, Remote Reaches of West Africa & Madeira by Private Jet, as well as journeys back by popular demand including African Adventures by Private Jet & Rovos Rail, Ultimate South America by Private Jet and The Spirit & Colours of India by Private Jet. Guests are escorted by dedicated expert Tour Managers and a Tour Doctor from Australia, providing peace of mind and ensuring that every detail of their trip has been carefully considered.

Boeing 757-200 Business Class private jet in South America

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The itineraries include:

Remote Reaches of West Africa & Madeira by Private Jet

This epic journey unveils the rich culture and diverse landscapes of West Africa and beyond, taking in six contrasting, far-flung regions with ease and comfort. Just 58 guests will join this trip travelling on a Boeing 737-700 business class configured private jet and enjoying tailored encounters in each destination.

Namib Desert coastline, Namibia

The journey begins in Cape Town, where guests explore the city and its famous gardens, with the option of a guided tour by Christo Brand, former prison warden and friend of Nelson Mandela, retracing the footsteps of the late president, followed by a private viewing of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The next day, guests transfer by jet to Namibia’s sprawling capital of Windhoek ahead of a wildlife adventure staying in luxury lodges, with two nights at Etosha National Park and two nights in the Namib Desert. In Etosha, a drive through the game park reveals four of the ‘Big Five’ – elephants, lions, giraffes, and leopards.

– while in the Namib Desert, travellers explore the red dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and the extraordinary Sesriem Canyon in 4WD vehicles. For adventurous souls, there is the option of a dawn hot-air balloon trip, soaring high above the world’s oldest desert, followed by a champagne breakfast.

On day seven, travellers board the private jet bound for Accra, and touch down in Ghana’s spirited capital city, with options to explore the famous Makola Market or visit Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and take part in a traditional naming ceremony. Following a stop in Africa’s westernmost city Dakar, they then depart for the Portuguese island of Madeira. A highlight of the trip is a two-night stay at Reid’s Palace, a residence set on a rocky promontory that boasts the Michelin-starred William Restaurant. The last private jet stop is Marrakech, where travellers choose from a range of Your World experiences, from exploring North Africa’s largest mountain range and meeting the Berber villagers who live there, learning the art of traditional tagine-making, visiting the souks and palaces and discovering the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

The 16-day itinerary departs Cape Town on Monday 9 September 2024.

African Adventures by Private Jet & Rovos Rail

The 58 guests aboard this business class private jet journey will have the chance to experience Africa’s icons with ease and comfort, taking in Egypt’s treasured collections of artefacts before flying directly to see the assembled herds of the Maasai Mara and then heading south to stand before the thundering Victoria Falls.

Checking into The St. Regis Cairo overlooking the historic landmarks of Zamalek Island for the first two nights of this epic adventure, guests embark on a flotilla of feluccas and cruise the Nile with sunset drinks. In the coming days, travellers pay homage at the Pyramids of Giza, before heading by jet to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, to look upon the tomb of Tutankhamun and the Valley of the Queens to admire Nefertari’s tomb. Transferring to Nairobi, they greet the dawn floating over the Maasai Mara in a hot-air balloon, then head off in jeeps in search of the ‘Big Five’. In addition to lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo, the trip is timed perfectly to observe the herds of wildebeest and zebra migrating from the nearby Serengeti. Next stop is visiting the extraordinary Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Here, guests can enjoy a rare trek to see the endangered mountain gorillas. With just ten groups of gorillas left in Volcanoes National Park, the chance to meet with them is among the rarest of privileges.

The jet then heads for Zambia’s Livingstone where travellers take in the majestic Victoria Falls from the best vantage points. The final flight leg is to Pretoria in South Africa where guests board the privately chartered Rovos Rail, Pride of Africa. Three nights reveal such wonders as the goldfields of Witwatersrand and Matjiesfontein, a town where time has stood still, before arriving in Cape Town for two days discovering the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain and the city’s vibrant waterfront.

The 16-day itinerary departs Cairo on Saturday 31 August 2024.

Ultimate South America by Private Jet

Home to civilisations long gone, as well as some of the wildest, most distant islands on Earth, South America is a continent of diverse cultures, replete with awe-inspiring monuments. Just 59 guests will embark on this ultimate discovery of South America on a Boeing 757-700 business class configured private jet, commencing in Los Angeles.

Travellers begin in Panama, exploring Casco Viejo, Panama’s Old Quarter, where historic churches, plazas, and mansions share space with some of the country’s most in-demand restaurants, bars and cafes, adjourning to Gamboa Dock to cruise the Panama Canal aboard the Pacific Queen. They then transfer to the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, where guests board M/V Galapagos Legend – home for the next four nights – and head to Mosquera Islet for the first wildlife encounter of the trip, looking out for sea lions and bird life, including herons, lava gulls and boobies.

Sailing around this extraordinary archipelago, guests have the chance to explore the black volcanic sands of Santiago Island, the iconic Isabela Island and then onto Fernandina Island, home to one of the most active volcanoes in the region and an expansive population of marine iguanas. Departing from Baltra to Cusco in Peru, guests check into the famous Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, a former convent built on Inca foundations, and explore the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, travelling in style aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham train.

The next destination is Buenos Aires, where guests discover the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, and La Boca, before driving through the countryside to the historic Estancia Villa Maria. Rio de Janeiro then beckons, with a lunch stop at the spectacular Iguassu Falls in Iguazú National Park, a side trip only possible when travelling by private jet. Following a stay at the magnificent Belmond Copacabana Palace set on the famous beach in Rio, guests board the Corcovado Rack Railway ascending the Corcovado Mountain, encountering the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, before boarding the jet for Cuba, arriving in Havana and checking into the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana.

From tracing Hemingway’s steps across the city to journeying to Cojimar, the fishing village that was the inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea, to taking in El Morro and La Cabaña, Plaza de la Revolución, the Cuban journey highlights the exceptional experiences that a finely curated Captain’s Choice adventure affords.

This 20-day journey departs Los Angeles on Monday 18 November 2024.

The Spirit and Colours of India by Private Jet

From the majesty of the Taj Mahal to the ghats of the Ganges, India is a land of overwhelming spirit and energy. This exclusive journey travels by business class private jet, linking remote destinations on flight paths not offered by commercial airlines. With just 58 guests, The Spirit and Colours of India by Private Jet explores revered monuments and opulent palaces of this extraordinary southern continent. A highlight of the journey is its magnificent alignment with the Diwali festival, giving guests the chance to absorb all the wonder and atmosphere of this iconic celebration, symbolising the victory of light over darkness.

The journey kicks off with a night in Singapore, before departing for the city of Agra by jet. Staying at the stunning Oberoi Amarvilas – its architecture inspired by Mughal Palaces – provides astounding views of the Taj Mahal, and the following day starts with an early morning visit to the iconic temple and a recount of how this symbol of undying love came to be. Following a short flight to Varanasi, one of the holiest of Hindu cities, guests are offered the chance to visit Sarnath, a nearby archaeological site, where it is said that Buddha delivered his first sermon in the forest.

The next morning, a cruise along the Ganges gives the guests the chance to encounter pilgrims engaged in their sacred bathing rituals, after which they board the jet for Chennai, a city renowned for its fine tradition of music and dance. In the days that follow, guests will explore the city of Kochi, which was once the centre of the Indian spice trade. The first evening is a highlight, featuring a special Kerala-themed dinner where Kathakali dancers demonstrate the subtleties of their traditional hand gestures and the fluid movements of their bodies. While in Kochi, guests have the chance to admire the 500-year-old St Francis Church, famous for its colourful murals adorning the walls, portraying vivid scenes from the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayana, and to explore Alappuzha, on India’s western coast, boarding traditional houseboats for a cruise along the Kerala Backwaters.

On the tenth day of the journey, guests are back on board the private jet to journey north to Udaipur. A city blessed with an abundance of white marble palaces, a sunset cruise grants guests views of Udaipur’s romantic landscape and close views of the opulent Jag Mandir palace. Staying at the iconic Lake Palace in Udaipur, once the playground of royalty and made famous by its appearance in the James Bond film

Octopussy will be an undoubted highlight of this journey. The next stop is Jaipur, staying at the magnificent Oberoi Rajvilas. At dawn the next day, guests take to the skies in a hot-air balloon, soaring high above the ‘Pink City’ and its breathtaking mountainous vistas. That night, guests are invited to attend a gala dinner at Oberoi Rajvilas, to celebrate Diwali, India’s fabled Hindu festival. On the last day in India, Captain’s Choice’s guests venture to the World Heritage-listed Jantar Mantar, with its mystical ancient astronomical instruments, then later retire to the hotel for a Farewell Dinner, celebrating their extraordinary fortnight of unforgettable Indian adventures, before returning to Singapore the next day.

The 15-day journey departs Singapore on Saturday 19 October 2024 and Tuesday 31 October 2023.

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