- Rome, the Eternal City
- Lunar landscapes of Wadi Rum
- Petra’s spectacular Treasury
- Jaipur’s Amber Fort
- Ranthambore National Park
- The iconic Taj Mahal
- Uzbekistan’s ancient Registan Square
- Beautiful Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Captivating Cultures: A Grand Tour from Rome to Rajasthan by Private Jet
Italy, India, Jordan, Turkey and Uzbekistan
- VIP door to door
The ultimate luxury holiday
On this luxurious holiday, we’ll be whisked away on a privately chartered jet for a grand and unique journey.
We’ll begin in the Eternal City of Rome and conclude in mesmerising Istanbul, stopping along the way in equally showstopping Montenegro, Jordan, India and Uzbekistan.
Staying in exquisite hotels and dining at the most elegant and authentic restaurants, we’ll also be treated to a dazzling array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which will be exclusive to our group. We’ll visit the Vatican before it opens, cruise the breathtaking Bay of Kotor, see iconic Petra and gaze at the stars under Wadi Rum’s desert skies.
India promises tours of the Palace of the Winds, game drives in search of tigers and dawn views of the Taj Mahal from our hotel room. We’ll dine overlooking Uzbekistan’s beautiful city of Samarkand and explore Istanbul’s highlights before a farewell dinner to remember.
We hope you’ll join us on this unmatched experience in the world of travel.
22 nights in hotels
61 meals: 22 breakfasts (days 2-23), 16 lunches (days 2-5, 7, 9-10, 13-15, 17-18 and 20-23), 22 dinners (days 1-2) and 1 brunch (day 1)
Three dedicated tour managers, an operations director and air crew
- International flights aboard private jet from London Stansted (with carbon offset for all flights)
- Travel in destination by coach
- All drinks on board the aircraft, plus beer, wine and soft drinks with included meals
- Entry visas for Jordan and India
- Luggage allowance of two pieces per person
- All gratuities
Excursions and visits
- Private tour of the Colosseum; visit to the Jewish ghetto; exclusive boat cruise on the Tiber; private pre-opening tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel; walking tour of baroque Rome, squares and fountains; and two extra excursions of your choice in Rome
- Tour of Kotor including Maritime Museum; private folklore performance and grappa tasting; exclusive boat cruise on the Bay of Kotor; visit to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks, with private open-air concert; and transportation to Budva if you wish to visit
- 4WD tour of Wadi Rum; tour of Petra; and Petra by night
- Tour of Amber Fort; yoga session; excursion to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory and the Palace of the Winds; three game drives in Ranthambore; train journey to Bharatpur; visit to Fatehpur Sikri; guided tour of Taj Mahal; and tour of Agra Fort
- Tour of Samarkand; plov cooking class; laser show in Registan Square; and a choice between an excursion to Shakhrisabz or a visit to local vineyard for a tasting
- Tour of Istanbul including the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Museum; visit to Hürrem Sultan Hamami Turkish bath; tour of Istanbul including Dolmabahçe Palace, the spice bazaar and Grand Bazaar; cocktails on exclusive yacht cruise on the Bosphorus strait; and an excursion of your choice in Istanbul
- Welcome dinner at the Royal restaurant, overlooking the Colosseum, Rome; farewell dinner at Casina Valadier, Rome; traditional dinner in the desert, Wadi Rum; exclusive Arabian banquet, Little Petra; exclusive gala dinner at Samode Palace, Jaipur; exclusive rooftop terrace dinner overlooking Registan Square, Samarkand; lunch of Royal Ottoman cuisine; dinner at Sunset Grill & Bar, Istanbul; and farewell gala dinner at Sait Halim Pasha Mansion, Istanbul
Expert local guides in each destination with Quietvox headsets
- 13/09/2022 London to Rome
- 14/09/2022 Rome
- 15/09/2022 Vatican City
- 16/09/2022 Rome to Tivat
- 17/09/2022 Bay of Kotor
- 18/09/2022 Tivat
- 19/09/2022 Tivat to Aqaba to Wadi Rum
- 20/09/2022 Petra
- 21/09/2022 Petra
- 22/09/2022 Aqaba to Jaipur
- 23/09/2022 Jaipur
- 24/09/2022 Jaipur
- 25/09/2022 Jaipur to Ranthambore
- 26/09/2022 Ranthambore
- 27/09/2022 Ranthambore to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra
- 28/09/2022 Agra
- 29/09/2022 Delhi to Samarkand
- 30/09/2022 Samarkand
- 01/10/2022 Samarkand
- 02/10/2022 Samarkand to Istanbul
- 03/10/2022 Istanbul
- 04/10/2022 Istanbul
- 05/10/2022 Istanbul to London
Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel
Regent Porto Montenegro
Saraya Rum Camp
Mövenpick Resort Petra
The Oberoi Rajvilas
The Oberoi Amarvilas
Samarkand Regency Amir Temur
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
13/09/2022 London to Rome
Your tour begins the moment you leave home as your private VIP driver whisks you away to the private jet terminal at London Stansted Airport. Here you’ll be greeted by our dedicated tour managers, operations director and cabin crew who’ll take care of you for the next three weeks.
Once on board our privately chartered jet, we’ll enjoy a delicious brunch during the short flight to the Eternal City. On arrival we’ll be transferred to our beautiful hotel, located on the stunning Piazza della Repubblica. You’ll have time to freshen up before being invited to join us on the hotel’s rooftop terrace for welcome cocktails and canapés.
Your adventure truly begins mid-afternoon with a private tour of the Colosseum. We’ll enjoy aperitivo in view of this iconic amphitheatre, before a welcome dinner and an after-dinner stroll to see it beautifully illuminated at night.
Start the day with a Roman breakfast in the elegant restaurant. Look forward to your chosen morning activity, while enjoying your cappuccino.
There’s an array of possibilities, including a tour of the city by Vespa moped. There’ll be guided tours of art galleries such as the Galleria Borghese, Italian cookery classes and even an opportunity to train as a gladiator. For connoisseurs of fine Italian goods, a private shopper will be on hand should you wish to browse the amazing stores on the Via del Corso.
This afternoon after a pizza lunch, we’ll take an excursion to the former Jewish ghetto, home to some of the city’s richest cultural artefacts. From here, an exclusive boat cruise glides along the Tiber to enjoy the wonders of Rome from the water before heading to a historic, traditional restaurant for dinner.
15/09/2022 Vatican City
It’s an early start as we head to the Vatican for a private tour of its museums and the Sistine Chapel ahead of the official opening times. This exceptional tour will be followed by breakfast and a chance to absorb our once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Late morning we’ll take a walking tour to explore baroque Rome, including the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna and passing the fascinating Castel Sant'Angelo. A typical Roman lunch is included, then the afternoon is free or if you wish, visits to the Roman Domus, a traditional Roman home, the Basilica San Clemente or the infamous Catacombs, the largest underground burial chambers in the world.
Our last night in Rome will be celebrated at the stunning Casina Valadier, located in Villa Borghese with stunning views across the city. We’ll get a red-carpet welcome and dine on the finest Roman cuisine.
16/09/2022 Rome to Tivat
We head south along the Adriatic to Montenegro. The short flight will be accompanied by a light lunch before we disembark for the beautiful town of Tivat.
This coastal resort is redolent of 1950s Monaco, as swaying palms watch over a harbour full of lazing superyachts. We’ll check in to our luxury hotel, overlooking the marina.
The afternoon sees us heading to the coastal city of Kotor, this medieval port is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided tour of the narrow streets and fortifications will end at the Maritime Museum. We’ll be treated to a private performance by a folklore group while sampling the local grappa.
Dinner will be at the fabulous Restaurant Galion.
17/09/2022 Bay of Kotor
Today is for an exclusive boat trip on the Bay of Kotor, cruising through spectacular gorges and jade green water.
Wine and snacks will be available on deck as we enjoy the ever-changing vista, slowly gliding towards Ćatovića Mlini where we’ll stop for a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.
Our trip concludes with a visit to the stunning Roman Catholic church on the island of Our Lady of the Rocks and an open-air concert.
Dinner tonight is included in the hotel’s Murano Restaurant.
The day is free to enjoy the hotel’s superb facilities and spa or explore the town.
Our tour managers will also be on hand to accompany anyone wishing to visit nearby Budva further down the coast. This ancient walled town has excellent shops and restaurants as well as Roman ruins and incredible beaches.
Dinner tonight is in the hotel’s Teodo Ballroom.
19/09/2022 Tivat to Aqaba to Wadi Rum
We bid farewell to Montenegro and fly onwards to Aqaba, Jordan. On arrival we head to Wadi Rum, often known as the Valley of the Moon for its lunar landscape.
We enter Wadi Rum in 4WD vehicles and take a tour of the stunning landscape which boasts a maze of monolithic rock formations. Our exploration ends when we get to sip chilled champagne whilst watching the sun slowly disappear behind the rose-hued mountains.
We’ll dine in a large traditional tent, complete with carpets and chandeliers, before spending the night in the desert at a private camp.
Following a leisurely breakfast, we’ll leave the desert and head to Jordan’s most striking location, the lost Nabatean city of Petra.
After checking into our hotel located opposite the entrance to ancient Petra, you're free until we're collected this evening for an exclusive and unforgettable meal at the archaeological site of Little Petra. On arrival, we’ll be led down a candlelit path to where our Arabian banquet awaits.
We'll dine to the sights and sounds of local folk dancers, as beautiful lighting reveals this architectural wonder of antiquity from a truly enthralling perspective.
The Rose Red City of Petra lay beneath the desert sands for centuries and was only rediscovered in 1812.
Following breakfast, our guides will take us on a tour including the spectacular Treasury, hewn out of solid rock around 600 BC. Lunch will be served at a restaurant within the site. Following dinner at the hotel, we'll walk across to join the stunning spectacle of Petra by night.
A special aura is created tonight as thousands of candles are lit to illuminate it.
22/09/2022 Aqaba to Jaipur
We depart the Rose Red City of Petra for the India's Pink City of Jaipur.
We’ll drive back to Aqaba where our onward flight awaits.
We’ll arrive in Jaipur early evening, and once checked into our spectacular hotel, the rest of the night is yours to relax.
After breakfast we’ll drive to the Amber Fort, a beautiful sandstone palace perched on a hilltop above the city.
We’ll tour the fort, then head to the foothill lake where elephants occasionally come to bathe. Lunch will be served at the hotel.
This evening we’ll enjoy a special and exclusive gala dinner at the impressive Samode Palace, once host to royalty, dignitaries, artists and discerning travellers. We’ll follow a torch-led procession of camels and musicians to our spectacular gala dinner setting.
After dining on a delicious meal, the evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display.
Take a leisurely morning and indulge yourself at the hotel’s spa facilities. We’ve included a yoga session at the hotel for those who’d like a meditative morning on the terrace.
After lunch, we’ll explore the City Palace, the 18th-century Jantar Mantar observatory, and admire the latticed façade of the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds.
We’ll return to the hotel for a relaxing dinner.
25/09/2022 Jaipur to Ranthambore
Following breakfast our journey takes us into the jungles of Ranthambore National Park. On arrival at our hotel, lunch will be served.
This afternoon you can choose to either head out in search of the elusive Bengal tiger or relax by the tranquil pool or visit the spa.
A full day of safari. We’ll head out in search of the Bengal tiger, sloth-bear, monkeys and lots of birdlife.
We’ll return to the hotel for lunch (so those wanting a relaxing afternoon may stay), before heading out on another adventure.
27/09/2022 Ranthambore to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra
No tour of India is complete without experiencing the local rail network and this morning we board a locomotive for the five-hour journey to Bharatpur.
Breakfast will be organised as a packed affair due to the early departure. On arrival we’ll continue by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of the Mughal Empire.
Following lunch, we’ll travel on to one of India’s most celebrated hotels.
All rooms have uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal, so early risers can watch the sun rise over this iconic site.
After breakfast we’ll head out on a guided tour of the Taj Mahal to gain a greater understanding of this architectural masterpiece.
Lunch will be back at our hotel before a tour of the imposing Agra Fort.
The remainder of your day is at leisure with dinner served at the hotel.
29/09/2022 Delhi to Samarkand
There’ll be a leisurely start ahead of our trip to Delhi today and flight to Samarkand.
One of Asia’s oldest cities, this jewel of Uzbekistan was a key trading post on the Silk Road.
This evening, dinner will be served at a traditional local restaurant. We’ll stay in Samarkand.
We begin with a sightseeing tour of this ancient city that will see us visit the Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, Registan Square and the mosaic-covered Ulugh Beg Madrasah.
At lunch we’ll be treated to a masterclass on how to cook Uzbekistan’s national dish plov. As the sun sets, we head back to Registan Square for a short laser show depicting the colourful history of Samarkand.
A wonderful intimate dinner will be served exclusively for us, on a rooftop terrace overlooking the square in the evening light. The venue for our superb dinner is next to a mosque and is subsequently a dry restaurant, so we’ll serve alcoholic drinks back at the hotel.
Today you have a choice to make.
For those wanting to head a little deeper into Uzbekistan, a journey to the ancient town of Shakhrisabz awaits. You’ll wake early and travel across the stunning Zarafshan mountain range to Shakhrisabz, home of Uzbekistan’s national hero Amir Temur.
For those wanting to stay closer to home, we’ve arranged for a day at a local vineyard to experience their collection of wines and lunch.
02/10/2022 Samarkand to Istanbul
This morning we begin the final leg of our adventure and head to Turkey.
We’ll lunch on the plane before landing in Istanbul and checking in to our glorious hotel.
This evening our welcome dinner will be at one of the hotel’s excellent restaurants.
After breakfast, our exploration will begin with a stroll through the famed Hippodrome Square and a walk past the iconic Blue Mosque. We’ll continue to the equally striking Hagia Sophia, one of the largest Christian shrines ever built and transformed into a mosque during the 13th century.
A visit to the Topkapi Palace Museum, a former residence and headquarters of the Ottoman sultans is another highlight, with its opulent pavilions and exhibition halls. A lunch of Royal Ottoman cuisine is included, at a traditional restaurant.
Later in the afternoon, you can revitalise at the luxurious Hürrem Sultan Hamami with an invigorating Turkish bathing ritual. Dinner tonight will take place at the opulent Sunset Grill & Bar, which boasts spectacular views of the Bosphorus Strait and the Asian shoreline.
Our final day begins with a visit to Dolmabahçe Palace, once the centre of the vast Ottoman Empire and home to its 31st Sultan. We’ll stroll through the Mısır Çarşısı spice bazaar, take a short break at the Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir shop, the inventor of Turkish delight and sample some authentic Turkish coffee in the Grand Bazaar.
After a traditional lunch of kebabs and salad, this afternoon you can choose from a historic roof walk of the Grand Bazaar, a calligraphy course, an Ebru painting workshop or a visit to the city’s best antique stores. If you’d prefer to relax at the hotel, we can arrange afternoon tea.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy cocktails aboard an exclusive yacht as we cruise the Bosphorus strait, before concluding our trip in style overlooking the Bosphorus, at the magnificent 19th-century Ottoman Sait Halim Pasha Mansion. In the Grand Ballroom under its stunning baroque ceiling, we’ll enjoy a sumptuous meal of Turkish cuisine accompanied by live music and belly dancers - a superb ending to our holiday.
05/10/2022 Istanbul to London
It’s time to head home. A late morning departure will see our private jet land at London Stansted Airport mid-afternoon, where your private VIP vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
A wide range of onboard flight entertainment can be streamed directly to your own tablet. If you don't have one, just let us know and we’ll provide one for you.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.