The Grandest Tour

Route
Japan · Vietnam · Thailand · Bhutan · India · Turkey · Greece
Apr 13–May 4, 2024
22 Days, 21 Nights
Per Person
Amans
Aman Tokyo, Japan
Amanoi, Vietnam
Amanpuri, Thailand
Amankora Thimphu, Bhutan
Amanbagh, India
Aman-i-Khas, India
Amanruya, Turkey
Amanzoe, Greece

The acclaimed Grandest Tour showcases an extraordinary seven Amans across seven different countries in just one journey. Over three weeks, embark on a thrilling journey of contrast as you travel around the globe, beginning in metropolitan Tokyo, peaking in the breathtaking Himalayas, and unwinding on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Our jet is a luxurious custom-outfitted Airbus ACJ 319, modified to feature 19 seats instead of the standard 130, and is one of the finest ultra-long-range private aircraft available. The interior is configured in a spacious lounge design—there are two large cabins—creating a relaxed, comfortable, and social atmosphere that is quite unlike commercial jets.


DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T DO GROUP TRAVEL

Each journey accommodates a maximum of 16-18 guests, ensuring ample space and an exceptionally comfortable in-flight experience, where you want to relax with a book or enjoy a cocktail with new friends. So, while expeditions involve a fun social group atmosphere, they retain the benefits of private travel. With this hybrid model, we describe the Aman Jet Expeditions as being designed for people who do not usually do group travel. 

  • Fitted with 19 seats 
  • Two pilots, two flight attendants, one chef & one engineer
  • Two lounges
  • Three restrooms

AIRBUS ACJ 319 OR SIMILAR 


An urban sanctuary atop the shimmering Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo is a monument to the modern-day Japanese capital, a place where dynamism is tempered with serenity. History, commerce and culture fuse truly cosmopolitan yet intrinsically Japanese aesthetics, offering fascinating juxtapositions at every turn.

Perched over Vinh Hy Bay, this secluded retreat inspires both adventure and serenity. There is much to explore within the bounds of Nui Chua National Park: the private beach and colorful coral reefs, and the protected wilderness hugging 20 miles of coastline. Equally powerful paths of discovery are uncovered in the healing philosophy of the Aman Spa, and in pioneering Wellness Villas that offer total immersion in this exceptionally beautiful setting.

Scattered with coconut palms overlooking the Andaman Sea, the Amanpuri peninsula on Phuket’s west coast provides a peaceful enclave in which to relax and rejuvenate in complete privacy. The iconic flagship resort features Ayutthayuan-style upturned roofs of the guest pavilions sheltering sleek, spacious interiors, which have all received a meticulous reconfiguration, enhancing their Thai design heritage.

Combining the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’ with kora or ‘circular pilgrimage’ in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora is a series of lodges across the central and western valleys of Bhutan. Situated in a blue pine forest in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of the Thimphu Valley, the 16-suite Amankora Thimphu is close to the capital’s sights and shopping, while remaining a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the Kingdom’s main commercial center.

Amanbagh is a verdant oasis of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees lying within a walled compound once the staging area for royal hunts. Evoking the palatial elegance of the Mughal era, Amanbagh provides a tranquil base from which to explore the rich heritage of Rajasthan, India’s dramatic frontier region. The topography of the surrounding Alwar region consists of sandy plains interspersed with craggy hills, a stark contrast to Amanbagh’s verdant setting.

Guests may choose between this property and Aman-I-Khás.

Open from October to May each year, the best season for wildlife spotting, Aman-i-Khás is a wilderness camp located in a brushwood forest on the fringes of Ranthambore National Park. Its name combining the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, aman, with the Hindi word for ‘special’, khás, Aman-i-Khás offers accommodation in ten air-conditioned tents with soaring canopies draped in the Moghul style. 

Guests may choose between this property and Amanbagh.

Amanruya Turkey

The turquoise Aegean laps Amanruya’s private pebble beach, while ancient pine forests scent the air. Resting amid olive groves and cypress trees on the Bodrum Peninsula’s serene north coast, the village-like resort is a secluded retreat offering an abundance of space and privacy. Set on the quietest of bays, Amanruya’s guest pavilions are free-standing, with unusually large private pools.

Amanzoe Greece

Designed by renowned architect, the late Ed Tuttle, Amanzoe is situated on a hilltop close to the town of Porto Heli on the eastern coast of the  Peloponnese peninsula. Set on a gentle rise surrounded by undulating olive groves, Amanzoe’s 360-degree views take in idyllic Peloponnese countryside, beaches dotted with rocky coves, and the glittering Aegean Sea.

Catherine Heald

Co-Founder and Ceo, Remote Lands

Many expeditions are personally hosted by Remote Lands Co-Founder and CEO, Catherine Heald. Catherine is an adventurer, an Asiaphile and a serial entrepreneur. She describes her greatest fear in life as mediocrity, and her second greatest as boredom — and the combination being the stimulus for Remote Lands. She has been named one of the world’s top travel specialists by Condé Nast Traveler every year for the past decade. 

Catherine Heald

Day 1–4

Tokyo Aman Tokyo

Your journey commences with a seamless arrival and a private transfer to Aman Tokyo. After settling in, join fellow travelers and your expedition leader for a warm welcome with cocktails and dinner.

The following day, Tokyo is yours to explore with the freedom of your private car, driver, and guide. Scheduled shared activities today include a sushi making experience and tutelage in the art of samurai sword combat, while the options for private experience are endless. Dive into Tokyo's culture with a visit to Jogai Market, a traditional Fukagawa Fudo fire ceremony. Alternatively, explore vibrant modern districts like Ginza and Akihabara or immerse yourself in history at Asakusa.

On day three, participate in a time-honored Japanese Tea Ceremony and gain insight into sumo culture with a special sumo experience with retired wrestlers (shared experiences). With your private car, driver, and guide, explore the Imperial Palace East Gardens, the stylish Omotesando Street, or the captivating Nezu Museum. Relax at animal cafés, take in the spectacular digital artwork at TeamLab’s Planets Exhibition, or catch a baseball game. Wrap up your Tokyo adventure with iconic moments like Shibuya Crossing. 

Day 4–7

Ninh Thuan Amanoi

Bid farewell to Aman Tokyo, as our private jet transfers you to southern Vietnam. Enjoy lunch onboard, and arrive at the striking cliffside Amanoi in time to enjoy a leisurely afternoon and complimentary spa treatment. 

The following days offer a mix of leisure and shared adventures. You can spend your mornings leisurely enjoying resort activities including wellness and water sports. Alternatively, explore the local villages with an off-road cycling excursion or embark on a hike to Temple Cove at Ong Thinh Beach, offering breathtaking views of Amanoi. Shared experiences include a cultural lunch excursion to a local fishing village, exploring beautiful Vinh Hy Bay by boat, and hiking local peaks and national parks. Other highlights include Vietnamese cookery classes for culinary enthusiasts, an invigorating hike to Goga Peak for sublime panoramic views, and an immersive cultural experience with the local Cham people. Indulge in a Cham feast and partake in a unique blessing ceremony in typical Cham style, led by a master.

Day 7–10

Phuket Amanpuri

After lunch aboard our jet, arrive on the tropical Andaman island of Phuket for several days of beach bliss and relaxation. Enjoy your leisure time here, making the most of Amanpuri's amenities. Lounge on the beach and partake in Amanpuri's water sports activities or swimming the turquoise seas. If relaxation beckons, consider booking a spa treatment at the Aman Spa at your own convenience. Golf enthusiasts can borrow clubs from Amanpuri and enjoy a round at one of the six nearby courses, with Amanpuri's assistance in making reservations.

The highlight of Phuket is a special yacht excursion to the famous Unesco-protected Phang Nga Bay, complete with lunch and champagne on board. Cruise on the sparkling blue waters and explore the towering limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay. This shallow bay boasts 42 islands and houses a variety of mangrove species, some endangered, including the dugong. During the excursion, stop at an island to relax on the beach and swim, all while enjoying lunch on board. For an even more memorable experience, consider a helicopter charter for an exhilarating ride over Phang Nga Bay. Witness the dramatic limestone karst peaks rising from the turquoise waters from a bird’s eye perspective. Please note that this experience incurs an additional cost.

Day 10–13

Thimphu Amankora Thimphu

Journey from the Andaman Sea to the Himalayas by private jet, enjoying a leisurely brunch on board. Explore the many evocative and historic highlights of this tiny Buddhist kingdom, starting in the idyllic mountain valley of Paro, where the iconic Paro Dzong, and sacred 7th century temple of Kyichu Lkakhang remain highlights. As does the National Museum of Bhutan of Bhutan, which houses extensive collections of Bhutanese cultural and religious artifacts spanning centuries. Later, gather at Amankora Paro for a long-life ceremony and blessing, conducted by a tulku, a reincarnated lama.

Discover the steep and forested valley of Thimphu with your private car, driver and guide, dotted with ancient monasteries and temples. Suggested experiences include the Astrology School, home to around 100 Buddhist monks, the National Library of Thimphu, which contains more than 10,000 volumes of ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts, and the National Textile Museum, where you can delve into the art of weaving, a vital Bhutanese craft.

At Amankora Thimphu, enjoy a special lunch with the former UN Ambassador from Bhutan (pending his availability). To crown an unforgettable time in the Himalayan kingdom, embark on an early morning half-day hike to the cliffside Tiger’s Nest, one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments – and one of the world’s most breathtaking temples. 

Day 13–16

Rajasthan Amanbagh, Alwar or Aman-i-Khás, Ranthambore

Transfer to India by private jet, where we have arranged a special touchdown in Agra, where you may explore the iconic Taj Mahal with your private car, driver and guide, before flying on to Jaipur. If time permits, you can also stop at the famed Red Fort. Spend your three nights in India at Amanbagh in Alwar if you wish. Alternatively, you will have the option (pending availability) to stay in Ranthambore at Aman-i-Khás.  

Amanbagh

Option one: Stay at Amanbagh, a palatial and tranquil base from which to explore Rajasthan’s rich heritage with your private car, driver and guide. Suggested experiences include a jeep ride through the archaeologically-rich ancient ruined city of Bhangarh, and the Cowdust Tour — hop in an open Jeep to explore fascinating rural villages surrounding Amanbagh. History enthusiasts may also be interested in seeing the Neelkanth Temples, and remote Ajabgarh Fort. Back at Amanbagh, you are invited to a fire meditation ceremony. This meditation is based on the concept that fire is the purest of the five elements. Participants sit around a fire called a hawan, composed of natural herbs and fragrant wood from the Himalayas. The session includes chanting the Gayatri mantra, a powerful Hindu mantra intended to energize the body’s 24 chakras or centers of spiritual power.

Aman-i-Khas

Option two: Stay at the Aman-i-Khás, a tented wilderness camp, open from October to May each year. The highlight of your time here will be the morning game drives in Ranthambore National Park, renowned as one of the world's best places to observe wild tigers. The park is home to approximately 75 tigers, hundreds of crocodiles, and over 350 species of birds — it's a paradise for ornithologists. The park also hosts leopards, civets, jungle cats, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wild boars, sambar deer, and spotted deer. Your safari will be guided by National Park-appointed experts who will lead you through various routes, and snacks and drinks will be provided. You'll travel in a shared open-top vehicle, offering the best opportunities to spot tigers, leopards, jungle cats, hyenas, and sloth bears.

Day 16–19

Bodrum Amanruya

Fly to Bodrum, on Türkiye’s Mediterranean coast, arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy a leisurely evening at the secluded Amanruya. The following two days are yours to explore with the convenience of your private car, driver, and guide. Your guide will tailor your days to your preferred experiences. This region of Türkiye is particularly rich in culture and history, with some sites dating back to the Classical era. Highlights include the formidable Unesco-listed Bodrum Castle, and the remarkable sunken ancient city of Myndos, which can be explored via scuba diving. 

Those interested in local artisanal crafts should consider visiting the village of Mumcular, where you can try your hand at Turkish pottery making. Artisans here work with distinctive red clay, a practice that traces its roots back to the Ottoman Empire's early days. Nearby in Etrim, a village known for its intricate hand-knotted carpets you'll witness the entire creative journey, from spinning and dyeing threads to the meticulous weaving process—a craft passed down through generations.

However, the highlight remains a visit to Ephesus, around two hours north of Amanruya. This Unesco World Heritage site stands as one of the most significant ruined cities in the western world. Dating back to about 1,000 BC, it once boasted a population of over 250,000.

Day 19–22

Peloponnese Amanzoe

Take the one hour private jet journey from Bodrum to Athens, with a quick lunch served onboard. A helicopter will then collect you at Athens airport and transfer you to the magnificent Amanzoe. Unwind at Amanzoe for the remainder of the day, enjoying the facilities, spa treatments, and classically Mediterranean vibes. 

The following day, embark on a shared boat excursion to Spetses Island, a small and charming Greek island, where you'll have lunch at a local taverna along the pebbled coast. Afterward, you're free to explore Spetses Town and its picturesque waterfront promenade. Don't forget to bring your swim gear and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Spetses Island.

Relaxation is on the agenda for the final day. Enjoy the Beach Club, nestled below Amanzoe on a sheltered bay, at your leisure. Complimentary transfers are provided to the Aegean, where you can partake in watersports. The serene beach club features four swimming pools, a casual eatery, and a two-room spa. Gather in the evening with your fellow travelers for farewell cocktails and dinner. Raise a toast to the wonderful journey you've experienced.

Enjoy breakfast at Amanzoe before a private transfer to Athens airport at your leisure. 

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