From: June 1, 2018
To: June 16, 2018
This is the ultimate wine tour. Fly between the continents in a uniquely designed Boeing 777-200LR and visit California, Chile and Argentina, South Africa, Tuscany, Bordeaux and swing by Paris before ending the adventure in San Francisco. This is an AirCruise by private jet, with its own exclusive sky cellar with vintage wine, which you can savor on board as you fly between the continents.
Day 1 June 1, Friday
We meet the group of wine- and airplane-enthusiasts in San Francisco at the St. Regis Hotel. Here we enjoy a Bon Voyage Reception and stay overnight in this famous hotel.
Day 2, June 2, Saturday
Transfer to the airport – overnight flight to Mendoza, Argentina. Dinner and exclusive wines are served onboard as we fly through the night and rest comfortably in our 180 degree lie-flat beds.
Day 3, June 3, Sunday
Wake up in Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital. We stay in comfort at the Park Hyatt Mendoza, while visiting numerous vineyards and enjoying lavish lunches and dinners with the best of Argentinean wines.
Day 4, June 4, Monday
A short flight takes us to Santiago de Chile, we check into the Grand Hyatt Santiago before heading to the wine country. Again, we will enjoy a lavish lunch and dinner with the best of Chilean wines.
Day 5, June 5, Tuesday
Today we leave the Americas as we are heading for the African continent. Dinner and exclusive wines are served onboard as we fly through the night and rest comfortably in our 180 degree lie-flat beds.
Day 6, June 6, Wednesday
Wake up in Cape Town! Enjoy breakfast onboard before checking into the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Enjoy the Cape area – we feast on the finest South African cuisine and savor the exquisite local wines.
Day 7, June 7, Thursday
Wake up in the Belmond Mount Nelson, enjoy breakfast and head for the wine country; Paarl and Stellenbosch. Here we visit the area’s most famous vineyards and enjoy a lavish lunch and dinner with the most extraordinary South African wines.
Day 8, June 8, Friday
A comfortable flight 35’000 feet above Africa – we will see this huge continent below us where elephants, lions and zebras are in abundance – on our way to Italy. We arrive late afternoon in Pisa and check into Il Castelfalfi in Tuscany. This is a brand new five star resort hotel in the alluring Tuscan hills. This evening we enjoy the true Tuscan cuisine – and of course a “Super Tuscan vino” will be served with dinner.
Day 9, June 9, Saturday
A full day in the Tuscan wine country – we will visit the best of vineyards and enjoy a lavish lunch and dinner with the best of Italian wines. The balance of the day, enjoy the park and facilities of Il Castelfalfi.
Day 10, June 10, Sunday
Tuscany has so much to offer that we spend another day here exploring and venturing Florence and the surrounding villages – and most of all; exclusive visits and entrances to palaces, vineyards and museums are on the exclusive agenda.
Day 11, June 11, Monday
A short hop from Italy to France – we cross the Tyrrhenian Sea, fly above the island of Corsica and the beautiful shoreline of the French Riviera. We arrive at the famous Bordeaux wine region and check into the Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel – an unsurpassed institution in possibly the most famous wine region in the world. The wine cellar is renowned and the restaurant is Michelin star appointed…
Day 12 June 12, Tuesday
We stay in comfort at the Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, visit numerous vineyards and enjoy a lavish lunch and dinner with the most exquisite Bordeaux wines.
Day 13, June 13, Wednesday
Another day in Bordeaux at the Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel – the wine country is at our door step and Crystal AirCruises has something extraordinary up-the-sleeve for its privileged guests today.
Day 14, June 14, Thursday
A short flight above France, takes us from Bordeaux to Paris. Here we check into the Hotel Peninsula – just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, The Peninsula sits in the heart of Paris within walking distance to some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts.
Day 15, June 15, Friday
Champagne! This last day of savoring the winelands “une visite extraordinaire dans le quartier du Champagne” has been planned for the privileged guests of Crystal AirCruises. This will be a grand finale of the tour.
Day 16, June16, Saturday
Enjoy breakfast at the Peninsula and enjoy the tranquility of a Saturday in Paris before boarding the now so familiar plane for a comfortable transatlantic flight to the USA and San Francisco – the tour is finished on a high note as the inflight chef has a special luncheon with extraordinary wines in store for this last leg of “un vol extraordinaire”. We arrive at San Francisco airport in the late afternoon, and bid farewell to our home in the sky. Desderi Travel Club will arrange a tour of the wine country surrounding San Francisco; Sonoma, Napa and Russian River Valley.
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