If money is not an issue, then Abercrombie & Kent’s ultra-luxe Wings Over the World Collection may well be your preferred way of travelling to Europe in 2024.
You will fly like Kings and Queens – or in modern parlance, Crypto billionaires – flying by private chartered airplane, in intimate groups of up to 13 people, landing in separate terminals away from the maddening crowd and you will be whizzed through immigration with faster security.
As Abercrombie & Kent says, guests will experience an “elevated level of privileged Insider Access.”
Of course, nothing is for free. If you fancy winging over to Europe to savour London, Paris, Rome, and Athens for 12 days, prices start from $76,915 per person – in other words, it will cost you a mere $6409 per person, per night.
Here are the highlights
- Sip a flute of chilled champagne atop the Shard in London, the tallest building in Western Europe.
- Tour Paris in a charming but tiny Citroen 2CV culminating in Montmartre to take in the amazing views of the entire City of Light.
- Kickstart your day in Paris with a cooked breakfast with croissants atop the Eiffel Tower and end it with cocktails in a well-known jazz club
- Explore the lanes and artisanal craftsmen of Rome’s bohemian Trastevere neighbourhood, then roll up your sleeves for a pasta cooking class with the freshest local ingredients.
- Soak up the sun during a drive on the sparkling Athenian Riviera.
Your super-luxe holiday starts in London when you check into Brown’s Hotel, in the heart of Mayfair, and have a welcome dinner with your resident tour director.
The next day you will be chaperoned to explore the Household Cavalry Museum, watch the changing of the Mounted Guard on an A&K exclusive-escorted tour, stroll to Westminster Pier, pass Downing Street, the House of Parliament and Big Ben. You will then board a ferry you Bankside Pier to taste the various delicacies on a foodie walk at Borough Market.
You will then ascend the Shard by fast-track entry and toast the moment with a flute of chilled bubbles from the open-air Skydeck.
You can design your own itinerary on your last day in old Blighty with a visit to Windsor Castle, go on a gin-focused walking tour through old London with tastings of the “white satin” or opt for a guided excursion on a bicycle, peddling past Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
You will then fly by private charted plane across the English Channel to land in Paris, enjoy a brasserie lunch before climbing into a classic Citroen 2CV, known locally as the “deux chevaux” for a charming, old-style city tour, capping off your ride with a champagne stop in Montmartre, the fabled bohemian enclave of artists and lively bistros. In the evening you will have dinner on a cruise boat as she glides along the romantic Seine.
You begin the next day with a private breakfast at the Jules Verne Restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower, followed by a macaron-making class then cocktails and dinner at an iconic Parisian jazz club.
The following day you will be driven to the Champagne region for a private visit to a family-run winery and sample a tasting of organic champagne, brut, and rose before sitting down to a lovely lunch. You will also visit the cathedral of Reims where many French kings were crowned.
Fly off to Rome, by private plane just in time to sit down for lunch at a traditional trattoria near the Campo de Fiori then take a guided stroll of Rome’s historic neighbourhoods before checking into the five-star Hotel de Russie by the Spanish Steps.
The following day, you will join a guide with a private tour of Castel Sant’Angelo then on an exclusive A&K experience, you will enter the secret passage that connects the castle with the Vatican, then a private visit to the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, then dinner with music overlooking the ruins in ancient Forum.
Start your second day in Rome with a stroll in charming Trastevere to embark on an Italian food and wine adventure with a pasta-making cooking class.
You will fly by private charter airplane to historic Athens with lunch in the traditional Plaka neighbourhood and check into your luxury One&Only Aesthesis Hotel on the Athenian Riviera.
Spend a whole day on Athen’s Apollo Coast – a sun-splashed enclave of jet-set glamour, visiting a taverna to share in the secrets of Greek cooking with a chef, paired with fine wine. The afternoon is spent on an electric trike excursion of the coast calling at Megalo Kavouri Beach, a gorgeous lake known for its therapeutic properties in Vouliagmeni. A farewell dinner is at an elegant restaurant overlooking the sparkling blue Aegean Sea.
The next day you will fly home in a Challenger 850 chartered plane.
With every A&K’s Wings over the World journey, will be accompanied by an English-speaking resident tour director and local guides, private transfers, luggage handling by bell boys, breakfast in bed on select days, internet access, entrances, taxes and all gratuities except for the resident tour director.