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Where should affluent travelers who've seen it all go next? Legend Award 2019 honoree, VistaJet has some ideas with its latest launch; VistaJet World.
The private aviation company is already known for going beyond getting customers from A to B; offering their customers pet-focused travel services that include dog therapists and Michelin-level meals for furry friends and training onboard staff at the world's most prestigious nanny school. Now for their 15th anniversary, they're taking things up another level with their newest experience-focused program.
To spark travelers imagination, they teamed up with some of the world's best travel insiders like Blue Marble Private to put together 15 globally exclusive and bespoke itineraries that go one step further than what is offered to the public, or that can be reached by commercial flights. Look away now if you're prone to wanderlust.
Adrenaline-junkies can dive between two continents through Iceland's Silfa rift with a marine geologist and abseil into a dormant volcano with Bear Grylls' search and rescue team to find geothermal pools to bathe in, then heli-drop into the Thorsmork Valley (the inspiration behind J.R.R. Tolkein's Mordor), for a barbecue lunch, no less. Hop on the VistaJet and then make for Greenland, where Sir David Attenborough's location scout awaits you to hike past icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere's most dynamic glacier.
Ski hounds can go UV night heli-skiing in British Columbia where a mountainside is illuminated just for you, and ski-suits are studded with LEDs.
Want to see a volcano? Thrill-seekers will become some of the first people on Earth to camp on the inside of an active volcano known as The Son of Benbow in Vanuatu, a remote string of Pacific islands.
Other one-of-a-kind trips include helping discover ancient lost cities in Colombia's rainforest with archeologists, learning the secrets to longevity across the longest-living communities from Japan to Palm Springs, and tracking 2020's total solar eclipse set to the breathtaking backdrop of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile (which Blue Marble Private told Departures they call, the "ultimate ABC of stargazing").
History lovers can journey to India's greatest fortresses and palaces as privileged guests of the Maharajas. And health-conscious and science fans can get a rare peek into the most forward-thinking private labs in the United States at the forefront of today's health-tech, led by Dr. Jordan Shlain.
Of course, every trip is reached by VistaJet's uber comfortable private planes decked with lie-flat bed and where the attendants can pair your meal to the perfect wine in the sky. You'll need a lie-down after reading these itineraries.