Arrivals & Departures The ultimate bucket list journey: Round-the-world by chartered jumbo jet

Taj Mahal reflected in river, India
Photo of Angie Tomlinson

Fly around the world aboard a charted jumbo jet to seven of the world’s most desirable destinations: that’s one impressive trip.

Visit Halong Bay in Vietnam, the Taj Mahal in India, the wildlife of the Serengeti Plains, the souks of Morocco, the bright lights of New York, the charms of Cuba and the tropical lagoons of Tahiti, flying from one destination to the next in a charted Qantas jumbo jet.

The new round-the-world air-cruise departs from Sydney in April next year, allowing passengers to tick-off those bucket-list destinations in luxury.

The 22-day all-inclusive journey has eight daytime flights aboard a privately chartered Qantas 747. There will be room to stretch on the flights, too, with not all the seats being used.

Guests will spend two or three nights in a deluxe hotel at each of the seven destinations, with sightseeing tours, all meals and beverages at dinner included.

Fares also include French champagne on each flight leg, travel insurance, gratuities, a baggage concierge service and fast-tracked customs and immigration formalities where possible. There's no set luggage limit.

The adventure begins in the Qantas Club lounge at Sydney Airport before the first flight to Hanoi in Vietnam for dawn tai chi, a rickshaw ride, a cruise on Halong Bay and a local Anzac Day service on April 25.

On to Delhi, where guests will visit the Taj Mahal before flying to Tanzania to stay in safari lodges for game drives across the Serengeti Plains.

The 747 jumbo will then take travellers to Marrakesh in Morocco for tours of the palaces and souks and a Bedouin dinner.

New York is next on the itinerary. The visit will include a city tour, Broadway show, picnic in Central Park, lunch in the deli made famous in the movie When Harry Met Sally and VIP access to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Modern Art.

Passengers will then follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway with a flight to Havana in Cuba for a vintage car ride, dinner under the stars in a Spanish colonial square and tours that highlight Cuba’s music, cigars and rum.

A relaxing stay in Tahiti ends the journey, with a swim under a waterfall, cocktails and seafood feast.

The jumbo touches down back in Sydney on May 12.

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