Constellation Journey: Around the World 2019


There’s a new way to discover the world. A world filled with indulgence and adventure. Imagine flying aboard your private plane, jetting from one diverse destination to the next. Around the World aboard a privately chartered Qantas 747.

Members from: $21,250 P.PNon-members from: $21,900 P.PSolo traveller from: $24,940

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Worldwide

  • Supplier

    Constellation Journeys

  • Booking Code

    CONATW

  • Departs

    30 September 2019

  • Company

    Constellation Journeys


Includes


  • All day time travel aboard a privately chartered Qantas 747

  • All accommodation in luxury hotels (lodges on Easter Island)

  • The services of Constellation Journey Leaders including a doctor

  • Comprehensive sightseeing program including numerous ‘A La Carte’ options

  • Bottled water in hotels and whilst sightseeing

  • All meals, plus beer, wine and soft drink with all dinners and with lunch and dinner aboard the plane

  • Travel Insurance (subject to meeting the requirements of the insurer)

  • Transfers, tipping and taxes

  • The Constellation Concierge Service – transporting your luggage to and from airports and hotels for your convenience

  • Encounter South Korea’s dynamic capital of Seoul

  • Uncover the history of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the birthplace of three religions

  • Find yourself at the cultural and historical crossroad of Malta in the Mediterranean

  • Witness Spain’s architectural and gastronomic gem, Barcelona

  • Discover Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia

  • Explore Cusco and the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu

  • Submit to the mysteries of Easter Island.


Itinerary

Monday 30 September

And so the adventure begins. Join fellow travellers and your Journey Leaders at Sydney’s International Airport bound for Seoul.

Tuesday 1 October

Seoul is throwing off its industrial reputation, asking the world to take notice. Explore the highlights of the city including the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the city’s most popular market before a traditional Korean lunch.

A La Carte options feature throughout your journey, get your first taste of them this afternoon.

Choose from:

The spirituality of Buddhism binds all Koreans. Learn about this unique culture while visiting the city’s temples.

Channel the martial arts within for a demonstration and Taekwondo lesson.

Reinvigorate yourself with a visit to a traditional Korean bath house.

Visit the fascinating War Memorial of Korea.

We come together for a special welcome gala dinner on a man made floating island in Seoul tonight.

Wednesday 2 October

After the Korean War the country split into two. Separating the North from the South is the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). We visit the DMZ today, one of the last relics of the Cold War.

This evening it’s A La Carte time again, literally! Choose from restaurants both inside and nearby our hotel.

Thursday 3 October

Welcome aboard your flying home – we’re on our way to Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world – the spiritual and religious centre for Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

This evening we touch down in Tel Aviv before driving to our hotel.

Friday 4 October

We waste no time getting out to explore, starting with Temple Mount. Then it’s on to the Western Wall and the maze of tunnels beneath before rising to ground level near the Bethesda pools, of Old and New Testament fame. Following Via Dolorosa through the colourful Shuk (Muslim Market) we reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Our walk continues to the Jewish Quarter then it’s over to the Armenian Quarter, arguably the most intriguing, peaceful and picturesque area of Jerusalem.

After lunch we embark on an adventure through time, visiting the original City of David.

This evening we are invited into family homes in Jerusalem to share in the tradition and ceremony of Shabbat dinner.

Saturday 5 October

Choose from A La Carte options today:

Descend to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea Basin, and continue to Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish people in the Great Revolt against the Romans.

Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. Visit Shepherds’ field and walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of the Nativity.

Take a gentle bike riding tour of Tel Aviv. With bike paths and a seaside promenade the city is perfectly laid out for exploring by bicycle.

Dine at a selection of restaurants this evening

Sunday 6 October

From the Middle East to the heart of the Mediterranean we go in style. Descending into the jewel of the Mediterranean we land at the tiny Maltese capital, Valletta. This afternoon join a traditional sailing vessel to cruise around Valletta’s magnificent harbours. The fortifications, walls and buildings built by the Knights of St. John, Rhodes and Malta upon their arrival in 1530 form a perfect backdrop for an unforgettable harbour cruise.

Monday 7 October

Today the choices abound. Which will you select?

Visit the Grand Master’s Palace and its armoury plus St John’s Cathedral and Casa Rocca Piccola before diverging down your chosen path: Uncover the intriguing mysteries of Malta’s former capital, Mdina. On our way back to Malta we visit Mosta, with its impressive dome.

Head south to the Tarxien Temples, the magical Blue Grotto and the irresistible fishing village of Marsaxlokk.

Walk the Three Cities of Malta’s inception – Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. The Three Cities have provided a home, harbour and fortress to citizens since Phoenician times.

Or spend the day further afield? Sail the stunning Mediterranean archipelago to Gozo, the second largest island in Malta. After a traditional Maltese lunch and time at the fascinating Gozo360 display you’ll discover the 300 year old salt pan area along the coast.

Tonight we come together for a magical night to remember in Valletta, experience local Maltese specialities in a location that is sure to amaze!

Tuesday 8 October

After touching down in Barcelona, the heart of Catalunya, we make the most of our afternoon, taking the panoramic route to Montjuic Hill for a view over the city.

Wednesday 9 October & Thursday 10 October

It’s time to delve deep into Barcelona, and with A La Carte options offered over two days, you’ll be able to enjoy the city on your own terms:

Wine connoisseurs might be tempted with a full day visit to the fascinating wine region of Priorat. With 600 growers and 99 wineries this a land for wine!

Drive into the countryside to the Benedictine Monk retreat at Montserrat. Enter the cliffside monastery and enjoy this serenely stunning location amidst the Catalan mountains.

Join a colourful morning walking tour through the markets and cafés of Barcelona.

Join a morning discovery of the Gaudi icons, concluding with a visit inside La Sagrada Familia.

On both afternoons there will be shuttle buses running from your hotel to Las Ramblas, enabling you time to explore this marvellous city independently.

On Wednesday evening there is a special dinner planned just for us. On Thursday it’s dinner A La Carte style – where you choose from a selection of restaurants.

Friday 11 October

Adios Spain and hola Colombia – we’re moving continents but the language remains unchanged. Arriving into Cartagena you will be driven directly to your hotel.

Saturday 12 October

Cartagena is one of the most surprising cities you’ll come across. It’s also one the most superbly preserved colonial cities of the Spanish Empire. This morning we enter into the old town, surrounded by a 13km circumference stone wall. Ensconced within the walls is a living open air museum of wooden houses, pastel facades and cobbled streets. Cartagena breathes history, beauty and culture in a way that only a Latin city could. How you discover the old town is up to you – by foot or by wheels (of the pushbike variety)!

There are plans afoot this evening, rather than spoil the surprise, let’s just say a “special” dinner is planned.

Sunday 13 October

A La Carte options spread out before you today:

Cartagena’s old town is filled with architectural treasures. Join a walking tour this morning with an architect and decipher some of the mysteries.

Colombia, home of rum and coffee. This morning you may like to tickle your tastebuds with a tasting.

Escape the city for the day and head to Rosario Islands. Idyllically located on an archipelago, this is the Caribbean of your dreams – azure blue waters, white sands and palm trees.

This evening the A La Carte options continue with a choice of dining venues.

Monday 14 October

We take off from the Caribbean coast and, after changing aircraft in Lima, land high in the Andes. Upon arriving in Cusco we transfer directly to our hotel and prepare for tomorrow, our journey to Machu Picchu.

Tuesday 15 October

A visit to Machu Picchu is the pinnacle for many travellers but the rail journey itself is a highlight, with its zig zags down the mountains and its picturesque route following the Urubamba River. It’s hard to imagine what the Incas were thinking when they deemed this remote mountain ridge as the site of their 15th century citadel. But rather than speculate and reason, sometimes it’s better to let the magic take over. Machu Picchu is one of those times.

Wednesday 16 October

A La Carte options are yours to select:

The Incas were industrious people – from mountaintop citadels to ancient irrigation systems, salt mines, stone villages and sacrificial sites. We spend the day exploring the Ancient Valley of the Incas from our Cusco base with a variety of half and full day alternatives offering cultural, shopping and scenic highlights.

Thursday 17 October

We fly to Lima to rejoin the ‘Queen of the Sky’, bound for Easter Island. One of the most remote, confounding and mystical places on earth. This afternoon its straight out to explore, starting with the ancient abandoned village of Orongo and the volcanic crater lake of Rano Kau.

Friday 18 October

A tiny island, lying 3700km off the coast of its nation and filled with more than 600 giant moai statues – Easter Island is unlike anywhere on earth. Witness the inexplicable moai statues, standing with their backs to the sea, and walk through the quarry where they were made thousands of years ago. We continue around the island to Anakena beach, more like Tahiti than Chile. There will be one more chance to photograph the extraordinary moai before local performers treat us to a show. Soon the call of home sounds out and we’re boarding our private flying kangaroo one more time for the flight home to Sydney.

Saturday 19 October

Celebrate the journey of a lifetime and farewell newfound friends with a glass of Champagne or fine Australian wine as we fly towards home. Whilst you will arrive in Sydney with time to connect to most other cities today, it may take a week or so to adjust back to regular life!

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Welcome Aboard

Welcome aboard our privately charted Qantas Boeing 747 aircraft – to many pilots the 747 is the ‘Queen of the Skies’. I can’t tell you what a privilege it is for me to be in Command of such a beautiful aircraft and wonderful crew. The people behind Constellation Journeys and my team at Qantas look forward to flying you to some incredible destinations Around the World. Along the way you’ll see iconic sights, encounter incredible ancient cultures and befriend
a wonderful group of fellow travellers.

I’ve recently celebrated 30 years of flying with Qantas. I’m just as excited about flying and aeroplanes today as I was when I joined this iconic Australian airline all those years ago. My current position is the Head of Fleet Operations, where I am responsible for the day to day operations of all Qantas aircraft – as well as flying 747s across the world of course! Joining me in the flight deck will be two other very experienced and professional Qantas Captains. While we’re flying the aircraft you’ll be serviced by the best of the best of our cabin crew.

So please sit back, relax and let Constellation Journeys and my Qantas team take you to some of the
most exotic places on earth!

Your Aircraft

The Qantas 747 is an aircraft perfectly suited to meet all your needs, with both comfort and range to take you around the world, directly to your destination.

Even aboard a privately chartered aircraft, landing to refuel, or flying via another country can be tedious. That’s why all our flights are direct, non-stop and in daytime hours. Your comfort and convenience are our priority.

The aircraft we are using is the newest and most modern version of the Boeing 747 in the Qantas fleet.

Updated to the ‘A380 interior’ the aircraft features 2nd generation fully lie flat Business Class seats, upgraded Premium Economy and Economy seats and a modern in-flight entertainment system with large screens and a wide choice of entertainment in all classes.

Your Qantas Crew

Your cabin crew have been selected for their skill, expertise and attention to detail. With customer service at the heart of everything they do, you will receive the award-winning Qantas inflight experience.

The high standard of onboard dining is all thanks to our team of culinary professionals who are busy ensuring all our chef-prepared onboard dining is made fresh and to the highest quality.

You will also be flying with a dedicated Qantas Engineer, Security Officer and Load Controller, ensuring the highest security and Qantas’ five-star safety standards are upheld.

Your Journey With Qantas

With five cabin classes avalible, your journey will set the standard in luxury travel. A hotel in the sky, you'll recieve gourmet dining options prepared by the onbaord chef and an enviably stocked bar full of French Champagne, premium quality Australian wines, beers and spirits. Within each seating class our guests will rotate seats on each sector ensuring a varied allocation of seats throughout the journey.

Superior Class:
At Constellation Journeys we are proud to make our own rules. Our Superior Class guests will travel in Economy Class seats and enjoy everything from enhanced dining to French Champagne on board. This is much more than just your average flight – prepare to be treated like a VIP.

Superior Plus:
If personal space is your priority, rest assured you will have ample room to spread out in Qantas Economy seats with a guaranteed window or aisle seat and an empty seat next to you. An enhanced dining and bar service is included. This is how life in the clouds should be.

Premier Class:
If you’re looking for that little bit extra from your journey, why not upgrade to Premier Class, where you can enjoy Qantas Premium Economy seats designed for comfort and relaxation. You will also enjoy the Qantas Business meal and bar service and ‘Business Class’ hotel upgrades in some destinations.

Business Class:
Featuring Qantas’ award-winning Business service, you will enjoy the next level of comfort with 2nd generation fully lie flat sleeper seats located on the main deck. On the ground you will enjoy exceptional hotels and a complimentary laundry service half way through your adventure. Your journey also includes private car transfers on departure and arrival in Australia.

Business Prestige:
Located on the exclusive upper deck of our Qantas Boeing 747 you will find your haven in the sky. Once a place of piano bars and cocktail lounges, this intimate and private section of the aircraft offers only 18 guests Qantas First Class meal service together with First Cla

The Constellation Collection

If you’re anything like us, one of the things you look forward to most when travelling is the hotel. There’s nothing like that feeling of stepping through the door of your room for the first time and checking out the view or climbing between the crisp sheets of the bed after a day of adventure.

The hotels we have in the Constellation Collection are set to astound and delight. From modern chic to colonial grace, our fine hotels are the pick of the bunch. Want to boast to the folks at home? You’ll be happy to know WiFi is included in all our hotels.

For your comfort we have opted to use multiple Constellation Collection hotels in most destinations we visit. It’s important that we maintain a sense of space and convenience for our guests, whether ensuring an unhurried breakfast, a civilised check in process or relaxing with a cocktail by the pool.

The Complete Package

It’s seldom you find a journey that has it all, but with years of industry experience, the experts behind the scenes at Constellation Journeys have curated astounding moments in travel to bring you nothing but the best. As travel industry veterans, our attention to detail is second to none. What’s more you can leave your wallet at home because we pride ourselves in taking care of absolutely everything once you join us.

And whilst you can select from a range of flight classes on board, irrespective of the class you choose, we are proud to offer the complete package to all our guests. You will enjoy all meals, impressive accommodation, a comprehensive sightseeing program with enhanced touring from our A La Carte range plus those thoughtful additions that make your trip extra special.

Your Private Qantas 747

It’s not often you can talk of a private jet as your own. For three weeks, your privately chartered Qantas 747 has all you need …and more. The hand selected crew travel with you, welcoming you back on board after each destination with a glass of French Champagne and superior cabin service. To ensure your utmost comfort we will not be utilising all seats on the aircraft, so you can stretch out and enjoy the journey, no matter what class you are travelling in

Handpicked Journey Leaders

We have called on the best and most experienced Journey Leaders to inspire and guide you through your trip of a lifetime. These very special individuals live and breathe discovery, companionship and hospitality as second nature. They also know the secret spots for the best gelato or where to steal a photo opportunity away from the crowds. Liaising with English speaking guides in each destination, you’re in safe hands.

A La Carte Options

We appreciate that not everyone wants the same thing from their holiday. Some guests like walking tours, while others prefer shopping days. Some are looking for the great outdoors, while others prefer museums and galleries.

Celebrating the delights of difference, we are proud to present our A La Carte options, inviting you to build your own holiday on top of our core touring experiences, with a range of enhancements to suit every taste. Think Taekwondo classes in Seoul or Gourmet Foodie tours in Barcelona. Imagine blissfully sailing the waters of the Mediterranean on a cruise to Malta’s Gozo Island or stretching your legs with a cycle tour around Cartagena’s Spanish colonial heart. And, unless otherwise stated, all A La Carte options are included.

Look out for our A La Carte symbols for a taste of what’s to come, with more to be revealed as your journey nears.

Intimate Group Tourning

Have you ever been on a tour where the crowd is so large you can’t hear the guide or see the exhibits?

We understand the frustration and are proud to present you with just the opposite. Intimate touring groups ensure that nothing is lost; quite the contrary, everything is gained. Our generous ratio of staff to guests will ensure that you get the personal attention you deserve, with your every need more than catered for.

We also provide each guest with a high quality personal headset, perfect for hearing our guides commentary in all circumstances, from inside La Sagrada Familia to walking the ruins of Machu Picchu. Fully air conditioned transport in every destination will ensure you feel relaxed from the moment you step outside the hotel, particularly as our sightseeing vehicles are not filled to capacity.

So sit back, relax and take in the sights in comfort.

Feel like a local

With Constellation Journeys you will always have the peace of mind that you are being escorted every step of the way, with the very best local guides at your service. Local knowledge and cultural immersion is key to ensuring you enjoy the most authentic experience – and rest assured every guide from every country is ready to answer all your questions about history, the arts – and where to find the best cup of coffee.

Flying Solo

If you’re journeying solo, the adventure begins right here. You’ll never feel alone, unless of course you wish to be.

Our Journey Leaders are always ready to join you for coffee or dinner. And travelling with likeminded individuals, you are sure to make long lasting friendships. What better way to introduce yourself and set the tone than with our Solo Traveller evenings, yours to attend if you wish. If you would like to enjoy the privacy of your own room we offer the lowest possible single supplement, alternatively we can arrange for you to share a room with another traveller.

With Constellation Journeys, you may be travelling alone, but you will never travel lonely.

Excess Luggage Allowance

If shopping is your thing you can rest assured we’ve made plans for your purchases. When you have your own private 747, excess luggage doesn’t have to be a concern. We invite you to shop to your heart’s content without worrying how you are going to get everything home.

Better yet, our fantastic team will even carry your suitcases for you!


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Disclaimer


Package Price – Prices are in Australian dollars (except where stated otherwise) and are correct at the time of printing.
The price for your holiday package (‘Package Price’) is as set out in this brochure (‘Brochure’) unless it is varied by us after the date of publication and notified to you. Government taxes and charges imposed by suppliers or third parties, including airline fuel surcharges, taxes or ticketing fees, are subject to change. Constellation Journeys also reserves the right to adjust prices to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.