30 September 2019
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 Touring
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.
The Constellation Concierge Service
Imagine the freedom and relaxation of never having to worry about carrying your suitcase. That’s what Constellation Journeys is proud to offer. As if by magic you will find your luggage outside your room shortly after your arrival, and picked up and whisked to the airport before you depart. Which leaves you time for the more important things, like shopping or sightseeing. We all know there are better things to do on a holiday than being weighed down with baggage!
The Fast Track
Standing in line is never fun, that’s why, wherever possible, we have made arrangements in advance to expedite your clearance through customs and immigration formalities.
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.
Doctor on Call
For your peace of mind we have invited a fully qualified doctor onto our private jet for the duration of the journey. Of course, we’re not saying any of us will need it, but in our experience, travellers benefit from this peace of mind when exploring far flung corners of the globe. Your health and wellbeing is our priority.
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; and submit to the mysteries of Easter Island.
YOUR JOURNEY WITH QANTAS
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!
Captain Mike Galvin
Boeing 747 Captain and Qantas Head of Fleet Operations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Class wines, beers and spirits including vintage Champagne, all enjoyed from the comfort of your 2nd generation fully lie flat sleeper seat. You will also receive First Class amenity kits featuring ASPAR skincare products, First Class pyjamas and a dedicated Business Prestige Host. On the ground you will enjoy the highest standard of accommodation including suites in some hotels and a complimentary laundry service half way through the journey. Private car transfers are also included on departure and arrival in Australia and for airport transfers in each city we visit.
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.
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.
Monday 30 September: SEOUL - SOUTH KOREA
And so the adventure begins. Join fellow travellers and your Journey Leaders at Sydney’s International Airport before an afternoon flight to Seoul. This evening dinner is served at altitude – and with our onboard chefs, it’s sure to be a notch above your regular inflight meal.
Tuesday 1 October
Seoul is throwing off its industrial reputation, asking the world to take notice. And that is what we shall do today as we explore the highlights of the city including the 14th century Gyeongbokgung Palace. A walk through the city’s most popular market will whet your appetite for a traditional Korean lunch.
A La Carte options feature throughout your journey, get your first taste of them this afternoon. Choose from:
No matter an individual Korean’s religious persuasion, the spirituality of Buddhism binds all. Learn about this unique culture while visiting the city’s temples.
Forget about the Karate Kid, Korea is for Taekwondo. Channel the martial arts within for a demonstration and lesson.
Reinvigorate yourself with a visit to a traditional Korean bath house.
Visit the fascinating War Memorial of Korea.
Gala dinners and highlight events are a hallmark of your Constellation Journey. We come together for a special welcome dinner on a man made floating island in Seoul tonight.
Wednesday 2 October
When in the modern metropolis of Seoul it’s easy to forget the history behind this divided country. After the Korean War the country split into two. Separating the North from the South is a two kilometre border, known as the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). We make our way to the DMZ today, one of the last relics of the Cold War and one of the most bizarre areas in the world. Returning to Seoul for dinner this evening it’s A La Carte time again, literally! Choose from restaurants both inside and nearby our hotel.
Thursday 3 October: Jerusalem Israel
Welcome aboard your flying home – we’re on our way to Jerusalem. Relax with a fine drink, expertly prepared cuisine and the company of new friends aboard our private jet. Visitors and pilgrims have flocked to Israel and the Holy Lands since the 4th millennium BC. Jerusalem is 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 in Jerusalem.
Friday 4 October
The Old City of Jerusalem packs the sights in tight. We waste no time getting out to explore, starting with Temple Mount, a most holy site for followers of Judaism and Islam. Then it’s on to the Western Wall, the number one place of pilgrimage for Jewish people. Explore the maze of tunnels beneath the Western Wall 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 to step upon Cardo, the main street dating back to the times of Romans. Then it’s over to the Armenian Quarter, arguably the most intriguing, peaceful and picturesque area of Jerusalem. After lunch at a restaurant within the Old Town we embark on an adventure through time, visiting the original City of David and the beginnings of Jerusalem.
This evening we are invited into family homes in Jerusalem to share in the traditional and ceremony of Shabbat.
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. The trail of ancient history leads us on to the discovery site of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. Visit Shepherds’ field and walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of the Nativity.
You know the saying “It’s just like riding a bike”? It’s true – but test out the theory for yourself with a gentle bike riding tour of Tel Aviv. With bike paths and a seaside promenade Tel Aviv is perfectly laid out for exploring by bike.
Dine at a selection of restaurants this evening.
Sunday 6 October: Valletta Malta
From the Middle East to the heart of the Mediterranean we go in style. Aboard our Qantas 747, with our friendly crew, travelling companions, top notch food and quality drinks, it’s more of a party in the sky than a way of getting from A to B. Descending into the jewel of the Mediterranean we land at the tiny Maltese capital, Valletta. Check in to your elegant hotel and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, basking in the glow of the Mediterranean. When in the Mediterranean surely one must take to the water? Joining a traditional sailing vessel we cruise around Valletta’s magnificent harbours, allowing the magical history of the city to unfold. 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
This morning we get to know Valletta better. Visit the Grand Master’s Palace and its armoury plus St John’s Cathedral and Casa Rocca Piccola. Together we share a traditional Maltese lunch before diverging down your chosen path:
Uncover the intriguing mysteries of Malta’s former capital, Mdina. The narrow streets of this city are as enchanting as they are historic. On our way back to Malta we visit Mosta, with its impressive dome.
Get out of town and head south to the Tarxien Temples, the magical Blue Grotto and the irresistible fishing village of Marsaxlokk.
Strap on your comfortable shoes and 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 perhaps you’d rather spend the day further afield? As the morning sun dances its reflections across the sea we step aboard a boat and sail the stunning Mediterranean archipelago to Gozo, the second largest island in Malta. Valletta may have the glitz and glam but Gozo excels in natural beauty. 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: Barcelona Spain
We leave Malta but we’re not yet ready to leave behind the charms of the Mediterranean. French Champagne in hand, we fly across the sea to Barcelona. The mild days of October are perfect for exploring, with the city still optimistically clinging to the scent of summer. After touching down in the heart of Catalunya we make the most of our afternoon, taking the panoramic route to Montjuic Hill for a view over Barcelona. As we ascend we’ll pass by some of the city’s iconic sights including La Sagrada Familia.
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, where the land varies from kilometre to kilometre. There’s extreme variation in the soil, enormous contrast in the slopes and hills – even the amount of rain each area receives is unpredictable. But with 600 growers and 99 wineries, one thing is for certain, 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. Enjoy lunch at a quaint local restaurant.
A fantastic way to get to know a place and its people is through food. And to get to the heart of Barcelona you must first go through its belly. Join a colourful morning walking tour through the markets and cafés of Barcelona.
Barcelona is a cultural and architectural wonderland – due in no small part to Gaudi. 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: Cartagena Colombia
Adios Barcelona and Hola Cartagena – we’re moving continents but the language remains unchanged. Back onboard you’re welcomed with top tier service, complimentary French Champagne and fine Australian wines. There will be plenty of time for socialising and perhaps even a siesta. Life aboard your private jet is a very different experience to a regular flight! Arriving into Cartagena you will be driven directly to your hotel.
Saturday 12 October
Brush aside all preconceptions you have about both the Caribbean coast and Colombia. 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)! With a relaxing lunch back at your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy. By the pool with cocktail in hand perhaps? Or for more adventures join one of our shuttle buses, taking you back to the old town for independent exploration.
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. Rest assured, in Colombia it’s never too early for rum or too late for coffee!
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: Cusco Peru
From one colonial city to the next – but that’s where the similarities end. We take off from the Caribbean coast and, after changing aircraft in Lima, land high in the Andes. (Our Qantas 747 is too large to operate to Cusco.) Upon arriving in Cusco we transfer directly to our hotel and prepare for tomorrow, our journey to Machu Picchu.
Tuesday 15 October
A journey 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. But of course it’s the abandoned Incan citadel of Machu Picchu that you’re really here for. And it delivers in spades. 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. It’s even more difficult to envisage how the city was built – and just why it was abandoned 100 years later. 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. Travellers might flock to Cusco for Machu Picchu but there’s so much more here to discover. 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.
Low Altitude Option -
Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,400m. If you are concerned about travelling to this altitude you’ll be pleased to know we offer an alternative low altitude option visiting the fascinating Peruvian city of Chiclayo, discovering its archaeological and colonial treasures. Please enquire for a detailed itinerary.
Thursday 17 October: Easter Island Chile
We fly to Lima to rejoin our ‘Queen of the Sky’, bound for Easter Island. One of the most remote, confounding and mystical places on earth. Arriving after lunch we’re straight out to explore, starting with the ancient abandoned village of Orongo and the volcanic crater lake of Rano Kau. Easter Island was formed 750,000 years ago after a series of volcanic eruptions and is one of the most remote inhabited places in the world.
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. Feel the magic and intrigue of this incredible place as we make our way around Easter Island today. 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. Stand and wonder at how primitive man achieved such startling perfection, taking 90 tonne monoliths from the sides of volcanoes to create a spell binding archaeological puzzle. 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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