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Tikal, Guatemala • Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru • Easter Island, Chile • Apia, Samoa • Ayers Rock, Australia • Papua New Guinea • Angkor, Cambodia • Taj Mahal & Jaipur, India • Lalibela, Ethiopia • Petra, Jordan

Heaven & Earth Around the World 2008 Private Jet Package
Heaven & Earth Around the World 2008 : Accomondations

Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale
This sophisticated resort has a large private beach, elaborate free-form pool with waterfalls, three whirlpools, a sauna and five tennis courts. The attractive, contemporary guest rooms are outfitted with polished woods, coordinated fabrics and all modern amenities. Marble and granite baths have theatrical lighting and heat lamps.

Camino Real Tikal
This resort is located in the lush Petén jungle, adjoining the famed Tikal archaeological site, and is part of the Cerro Cahui protected wildlife area. Guests stay in thatched-roof bungalows with modern comforts and balconies overlooking Lake Petén Itzá. Extensive recreational facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts and a private yacht.

Swissotel, Lima
Lima's most deluxe hotel is an ultramodern 18-story building that boasts the city's largest guest rooms. Exotic wood furniture, original art and enormous marble baths characterize the accommodations. Fresh flowers and fruits are replenished daily. The hotel is known for its kind staff and exceptional Swiss fondue restaurant.
Hotel Monasterio, Cusco
Gilded antiques and religious art adorn the cobblestoned foyer of this restored 16th-century monastery. Astonishing Inca artifacts surround the bar's ancient stone fireplace. The intricately carved chapel features massive oak doors, frescoes and paintings dating from the Inquisition. Each guest room features unique Inca textiles on rustic stucco walls.

Hanga Roa Hotel, Easter Island
The Hanga Roa enjoys an enviable seaside location, and its tiled bungalow rooms are the best appointed on Easter Island. The dining room serves mostly fish fresh from the ocean beyond its window-walls. The grounds include a pool on the hotel lawn.
Taha Tai Hotel, Easter Island
This modern, comfortable hotel opened in 2000. The guest rooms offer basic amenities and terraces. The Taha Tai, which features a pool and seafood restaurant with sweeping ocean views, is conveniently located within walking distance of the museum and handicrafts market.

Aggie Grey's Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa, Apia
Founded by Aggie Grey in 1933, this hotel became a renowned club for American servicemen during World War II. Here fresh bananas hang from cool verandahs, drums call guests to dinner and tropical flowers scent the air. The 300 staff members treat travelers like extended family within a traditional South Seas ambience.

Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock
This premier hotel derives its name from sail-inspired roofs that keep interiors cool in summer and warm in winter. Public areas are distinguished by polished red granite floors, picture windows and a reflection pond. Guest rooms are spacious and comfortable. The restaurant serves local specialties like crocodile, barramundi and kangaroo.

Karawari Lodge, Sepik River
Karawari Lodge stands amid dense tropical lowland rainforest just above the river, the region's only "road." The main building takes the form of an Arambak spirit house and contains an incredible collection of Sepik artifacts. The guest cottages, constructed from local bush materials, include modern baths and verandahs.
Ambua Lodge, Tari Gap
This lodge, 7,000 feet above sea level in the Tari Gap of the Southern Highlands, provides a comfortable place from which to encounter the flamboyant Huli Wigmen — and the exotic birds of paradise they imitate in their ceremonies. Individual guest units are set amid local flowers and feature picture windows, modern baths and cozy quilts.

Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap
Just minutes from the Angkor complex, the historic Grand Hotel d'Angkor was built in 1911 and sits on 15 lush acres. Guest rooms feature Art Deco country-style furnishings and public areas showcase Cambodian objects d'art. Refurbished by Raffles International Hotels in 1997, it is one of the world's classic hotels.

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
This resort resembles a small Rajasthani fort, with stone sculptures, walking paths and a lily pond around a Hindu temple. Near the tile pool, terraces lead to stone elephant fountains and lounge chairs sit beneath Rajasthani tents. Guest rooms combine colonial and Rajasthani styling with high ceilings, wooden canopy beds and breathtaking marble baths.

Sheraton Addis Ababa
Situated on a hilltop overlooking the city, this luxury hotel is close to the National Palace, the National Museum and Africa's largest open-air market. Modern guest rooms are elegant, and the terraced grounds luxuriant. Freshly cut roses perfume the air in all areas of the hotel. There are several restaurants and pools.

Mövenpick Hotel, Petra
Located a two-minute walk from the Petra entrance gate, the Mövenpick blends Middle Eastern craftsmanship with Western design in one of the country's most luxurious hotels. Notable features include an excellent gym and hammam (Arabic steam bath), opulent restaurant, well-stocked library and spacious, contemporary guest rooms.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Dead Sea
This resort sits on a tranquil spot at the Dead Sea shore, the lowest point on earth. Treatments at the spa, the largest and most advanced in the Middle East, feature mineral-rich seawater. The resort combines natural local stone, handcrafted wood, luxurious fabrics and textures with an impressive collection of antiques and artwork.

Heaven & Earth Around the World 2008 : Itinerary

Day 1 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
Meet fellow travelers, lecturers and staff at a reception and dinner at our Fort Lauderdale hotel.

Day 2 - Tikal, Guatemala
Find yourself at the heart of the ancient Maya empire in Tikal – “Place of Voices” – where giant pyramids, temples, palaces and ball courts stand as inspiring reminders of the civilization that flourished here 2,000 years ago.

Day 3 - Tikal, Guatemala
Maya kings ascended to the throne only when the heavens were aligned auspiciously, and the occasion was celebrated at Tikal by erecting stelae (“stone trees”) carved with images of the rulers in symbolic celestial costumes.

Day 4 - Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
Lima’s historic center – a UNESCO World Heritage site – includes a magnificent monastery as well as a colonial palace and cathedral aligned around the grand Plaza de Armas.

Day 5 - Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
When Spaniards conquered Cusco, they built Baroque churches and palaces that stand in stark contrast to the ancient Inca structures ingeniously crafted without mortar by indigenous stonemasons. It’s impossible to fit a knife blade between the precisely-cut stone blocks.

Day 6 - Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
At the citadel of Machu Picchu, hidden for centuries above a remote Andean valley, the Inca built an elaborate palace with staircases, fountains and terraced gardens, as well as altars and temples at which they worshipped the sun as their divine ancestor.

Day 7 - Easter Island, Chile
How did the civilization on this remote island rise and fall? Clues are everywhere — in ancient stone villages, open-air sanctuaries and giant statues called moai — some weighing up to 250 tons, many transported miles to the coast and raised onto great stone altars called ahu.

Day 8 - Easter Island, Chile
Resident experts and archaeologists give us the inside story on the statuary as you explore Orongo, ancient ceremonial center of the island's birdman cult, and the quarry where the massive moai were carved, site of nearly 400 unfinished figures mysteriously abandoned in the mid-17th century.

Day 9 - Apia, Samoa
Lush, tropical beauty enticed author Robert Louis Stevenson to spend the last years of his life in Samoa. Visit his home, observe a traditional kava ceremony, wander through colorful botanical gardens, and enjoy a fiafia, a performance of Samoan dancing and singing.

Day 10 - Cross the International Date Line
From Samoa we fly west across the South Pacific. Crossing the International Date Line, we lose a day en route to Australia, arriving the next day.

Day 11 - Ayers Rock, Australia
Steeped in legend, Uluru (Ayers Rock) rises 1,143 feet from the desert floor at a crossroad on the Aboriginal Dreamtime trails. Every crevice and cave of this mammoth landmark holds meaning, which is celebrated through ancient song, story and ritual.

Day 12 - Ayers Rock, Australia
Ayers Rock – and the 28 dome-like monoliths known as the Olgas, scattered across a nearby plain in the Australian Outback – present an unforgettable display of changing colors at sunset.

Day 13 - Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s rugged terrain kept its tribes isolated from the rest of the world – and each other. That explains the 700+ languages and cultures in a population of just over three million. Venture into the Highlands area or to the art-rich Sepik River basin.

Day 14 - Papua New Guinea
Visitors to the Highlands discover exotic birdlife and meet colorfully adorned Huli tribespeople at a traditional sing-sing. Those who choose the Sepik River option travel by boat to the villages of skilled artisans to see elaborate spirit houses.

Day 15 - Angkor, Cambodia
The once-mighty Khmer empire built one of the world’s greatest monuments at Angkor, a collection of hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist temples. Their detailed bas-relief carvings are a history in stone, illustrating epic battles, festival scenes, and legends of Vishnu and Krishna.

Day 16 - Angkor, Cambodia
The massive stone towers of Angkor Wat rise up to 200 feet, though they were buried by dense jungle growth for centuries until French explorer Henri Mouhot rediscovered them in 1861.

Day 17 - Angkor, Cambodia
Hundreds of giant stone faces ring the Bayon temple in royal Angkor Thom. Already visited Angkor? We can guide you through the finely-carved temple of Banteay Srei, or show you Tonle Sap (“Great Lake” ), created each year when monsoon rains swell the Mekong River.

Day 18 - Agra & Jaipur, India
When Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan’s beloved wife died in childbirth in 1629, his love and grief took form in the Taj Mahal, which has been celebrated for centuries as ‘poetry in stone’ and ‘emotion embodied in architecture.’

Day 19 - Agra & Jaipur, India
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, ruler and scholar of astronomy, built the world’s largest stone observatory amid ornate palaces, fortresses and temples in Jaipur – capital of Rajasthan and a colorful point on India’s Golden Triangle.

Day 20 - Lalibela, Ethiopia
Legend has it that King Lalibela traveled to heaven during a three-day slumber and saw a city of rock-hewn churches which he later replicated on earth. The eleven churches, carved with saints and mystical symbols, are living expressions of the magnetic fascination of medieval Ethiopia.

Day 21 - Lalibela, Ethiopia
The towering edifices of Lalibela’s extraordinary churches, carved from solid bedrock in the 12th and 13th centuries, are almost completely hidden in deep trenches and caves. Explore the complex and bewildering labyrinth of tunnels and narrow passageways connected by crypts, grottoes and galleries.

Day 22 - Petra, Jordan
A special Arabian dinner welcomes you to this 2,000-year-old city; then, in the morning light, pass through its narrow passageway to experience the ancient power and glory of its hidden rock-carved tombs, temples and treasury.

Day 23 - Petra, Jordan
A Petra veteran? Travel to the Dead Sea to see the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, buried in sand until 1925, with its perfectly preserved temples and theaters. Main street still shows the ruts worn by chariot wheels over the centuries.

Day 24 - Return to London, England
Reboard our private jet for one last flight to London, where you connect with regularly scheduled commercial flights home.

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Tour: 24 Days

Priced From: $41,950 double
$44,650 single

Travel Dates: February 13, 2008 to
March 8, 2008

Tikal, Guatemala • Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru • Easter Island, Chile • Apia, Samoa • Ayers Rock, Australia • Papua New Guinea • Angkor, Cambodia • Taj Mahal & Jaipur, India • Lalibela, Ethiopia • Petra, Jordan

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