The world today, for the privileged few, provides us with the opportunity to experience transformational journeys in incredible comfort, that could never have been accessed, even a decade ago. The following three unique journeys are on the top of the list for 2023 and beyond.
White Desert, Antarctica
January/February 2023, limited space available, starting at US $98,500 per person for seven nights
It has been over 100 years since Scott and Shackleton elusively dreamt of reaching the South Pole yet access to the interior of Antarctica, and to the South Pole where there is no morning or night, no South, East or West, a constant 24 hours of daylight in the summer and 24 hours of darkness in the winter is still difficult to reach and only experienced today by the privileged few.
White Desert, Antarctica takes you on a transformational journey where you will have the opportunity to experience one of Earth’s most spectacular landscapes with research scientists present to discuss relevant and important topics including climate change and its effects on Antarctica and the globe.
Choose from a 5 to 24-night journey, with no more than a total of 12 like-minded adventurers. If you have the time, the bespoke 24-night adventure includes among so many daily activities, walking through 200-meter iridescent blue ice tunnels and visiting an Emperor Penguin colony of over 28,000 birds and their chicks. Each journey is tailored to your level of fitness and adrenaline.
The highlight of your journey will be reaching the geographic South Pole. An unbelievable feat that will never be forgotten. Land at the South Pole is just above sea level but the ice sheet above that is over 9000 feet thick which makes it much colder than the North Pole and one of the coldest places on Earth.
Overnight camps at White Desert are designed for easily dismantling leaving no trace on the Antarctic landscape. The newest camp, Echo looks more like it belongs on another planet than here on Earth. The “Sky Pods” are the ultimate in polar luxury. Built from composite fiberglass with floor to ceiling windows, plush bedding and all the comforts of home you are sure to sleep deeply and awaken fully energized for the days of exploration ahead.
The Grandest Tour – 21 days on a Whirlwind Private Jet Round the World Expedition with Aman
March 19th to April 9th, 2023, limited space available, starting from US $159,000 per person.
Travelling on one of Aman’s Airbus ACJ319’s hosted by Remote Lands and staying exclusively in Aman properties you are whisked around the world with no more than 18 other privileged, like-minded adventurers. The small group will be together onboard the jet, for special dinner parties, or for an exclusive private yacht excursion. You will have your own private car, guide and driver for all airport transfers and touring each day. From Tokyo to Greece, Aman takes care of every detail. Just sit back and enjoy the ride in unparalleled sophisticated comfort.
You will be immersed in the history, culture, and culinary delights of nine fascinating countries. From vibrant cities to off-the-beaten path adventures, visiting a myriad of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and taking part in ancient rituals you will embark on a journey where your only task is to simply absorb and relish your incredible experiences.
On this transformational journey you will set the pace. Whether it is watching authentic performances by the most accomplished geishas at a prestigious ryotei in Tokyo, relaxing at one of the world’s most secluded Private Beach Clubs on the coast of Thailand, floating along the mighty Mekong in Laos, meditating with a Buddhist monk in Bhutan or touching down at the Taj Mahal, the journey will leave you with indelible memories.
Embark on a Polar Expedition on Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot, the World’s Only Eco-Conscious Luxury Ice-Breaker Arctic Ship
July 10 to July 27, 2023, limited space available, starting from US $42,000 per person
Exploration in the polar regions must include sustainable practices ensuring that no trace is left behind. Ponant takes this very seriously. Protecting the polar ecosystems and the coastal sea ice is one of Ponant’s highest priorities.
Le Commandant Charcot is the first hybrid electric polar expedition ship powered by liquified natural gas embracing more responsible and sustainable sailing journeys. She is the world’s first passenger ship to be fitted with a Polar Class hull enabling the ship to sail between the sheets of drifting ice allowing you to experience the most remote and isolated regions of the Arctic.
Onboard the ship is equipped with its own laboratories and hosts research scientists in disciplines including oceanography, glaciology, marine biology, climatology, and social sciences. Their expertise provides invaluable insight into understanding and protecting the polar regions and is shared with you throughout your expedition.
You will be one of the few people in the world, following in the footsteps of renowned explorers, to journey over 700 km from any land, in search of the Geographic North Pole! Each sailing is unique as the shifting ice dictates your journey.
Along the way, you will encounter Arctic wildlife - polar bears, seals, whales, and the Northern fulmar (a grey and white seabird) amongst many others, gaze in awe at the changing arctic landscapes beginning in Spitsbergen, Norway with the sheer cliffs and glaciers and as the journey continues, the ever-changing ice flows as you near the North Pole.
You will have the opportunity to kayak, hike and snowshoe across the vast Arctic ice, take an Arctic plunge and more than anything else take advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable scientists in the polar regions through the daily presentations onboard. This is a journey of 18 days that may just be the most rewarding travel days of your lifetime.
All journeys have limited availability - so you're not disappointed, please contact your Wells Luxury Travel advisor today for more information, or contact us via the website!