It's called the "world's most expensive holiday" for a reason and now two unnamed travellers are about to embark on a two-year-long vacation around the world after purchasing the pricey package from Veryfirstto.com, a luxury product website.
Now, as wonderful as the trip may sound, this holiday comes with quite the cost — it is the world’s most expensive holiday after all — with a price tag of over $1.5 million. But at the very least, the soon-to-be globe-trotters will have the option of inviting a guest along for the ride.
There's also no need for the travellers to feel guilty for enjoying a lavish lifestyle while flying across the world, because the package also includes a sizeable donation to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for near $8,000.
The itinerary's nothing to scoff at either: travellers will embark on business or first-class flights to over 150 countries to visit the world’s 962 UNESCO world heritage sites, though the fine print states that they will only be travelling to sites that are deemed safe and accessible by business class travel. With that in mind, the packed itinerary involves visiting at least one site every day for two years, and will be coordinated by luxury travel company, Hurlingham Travel.
Though the travelling pair won’t be able to boast that they’ve visited every single UNESCO world heritage site, Hurlingham Travel has stated that they will do their best to accommodate the couple’s interests if they insist on travelling to the unsafe destinations.
The lengthy list of sites they can look forward to are the Taj Mahal in India, Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Petra in Jordan, China’s Forbidden City, and Cambodia’s ancient Angkor temples. Closer to home, you may even spot the pair as they travel through Canada’s 16 UNESCO sites, which includes the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, the Historic District of Old Quebec, and the Rideau Canal.
Though the itinerary sounds exhausting, this holiday also boasts a lavish and luxurious element. Along with the business class and first class flights, travellers will also stay in some of the world’s most luxurious (and expensive) hotels when they're not checking out heritages sites.
Though this trip is one that most travellers will never embark on, that doesn't mean those with tighter budgets can't take a peek inside some of the hotels that the lucky globe-trotters may be enjoying, come next year when they depart on this adventure.
To take a look at 15 of the most luxurious hotels in the world and each of their unique features, check out the gallery below.
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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Ciragan Palace is located in Istanbul, Turkey on the European shores of the Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait. The hotel offers the Sultan Suite, one of the largest suites in Europe, and has its own Turkish bath (hamam) to enjoy, along with a price tag of up to $40,000.
The Emirates Palace is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi and boasts a luxury experience beyond 5 stars. The hotel is located on 1.3 km of pristine white beach, and houses the mystique Anantara Spa, and can cost up to $15,000 for a stay.
St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
The St. Regis is located in Bora Bora, an island within the Society Islands of French Polynesia. The hotel promises a blissful Polynesian paradise experience, and the view alone is breathtaking enough. You can spend a night here for about $1,500.
The Raj Palace is located in Jaipur, India in a city known for its historic palaces and luxury. The hotel has been recognized as one of the world’s best heritage hotels and offers a unique historical experience at a price tag of up to $15,000 a night.
Four Seasons Hotel George V
The Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris is already one of the confirmed hotels for the world’s most expensive holiday. A typical night here will set you back about $4,000. The hotel is located steps away from the Champs-Elysees and offers suites with private terraces with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower.
MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa
The MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa is located in the Seychelles, which are known as the most perfect, unspoiled islands in all the oceans. Apart from the luxurious hotel stay, the MAIA spa was recognized as the winner of the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards. A night on this island will cost you at least $2,000.
This palace-style hotel is located in Marrakech, Morocco and offers a unique beauty as the embodiment of Moroccan living as an art form. This Moroccan experience will cost up to $6,000 a night.
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton is known for their luxurious 5-star hotels in destinations around the world and this Tokyo location is no exception. Found in the Roppongi District and known as one of the most dramatic skyscrapers in Tokyo, travellers can stay here for about $400 a night, though for the full 5-star luxury experience, you can expect to spend closer to $1,300 a night.
Wakaya Club & Spa
Wakaya Club & Spa is a luxury private island resort in Fiji. One of their unique features is a beach picnic where guests are guaranteed privacy for a radius of three miles while they are on the beach. For this secluded island experience, travellers will be spending about an average of $2,200 for a stay.
The Westin Excelsior, Rome
The Westin Excelsior is located on Rome’s prestigious via Veneto street and also houses the largest suite in Europe, the Villa Cupola. A luxury suite in this hotel will cost about $5,000 for a stay.
Hotel President Wilson
The Hotel President Wilson is located in Geneva, Switzerland, facing the magnificent panorama of the lake and Mont-Blanc, the Alp's highest mountain. Known as the city’s most contemporary hotel, a night in one of the luxury suites is about $12,000.
Song Saa Private Island
Located in the Gulf of Thailand as one of Cambodia’s islands, Song Saa Private Island is a deserted oasis of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and white beaches in a mostly undeveloped setting. You can be a guest in this untouched paradise for as little as $1,500.
Anantara Kihavah Villas
Located in the Maldives, this hotel offers tranquil private villas, underwater dining and boundless horizons. Taking in the scenery in your own private sanctuary in the Maldives, can cost up to $10,000.
King Pacific Lodge
This luxurious Canadian destination is located in Northern British Columbia and is accessible only by float plane. The hotel is located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, which is the largest intact temperate rainforest left on Earth. A night here will cost up to $4,000.
Burj Al Arab
Located in Dubai, the luxury destination of the world, the Burj Al Arab boasts itself as the world’s most luxurious hotel. A typical night in this distinctive sail-shaped silhouette hotel will cost you about $2,000.