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The ultra-rich can now take a US$13.8 million private jet trip around the world with 50 friends

While most people planning their summer travels are looking for the best deal available, the ultra-rich have a new option for luxury – a $13.8 million private jet trip around the globe.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Image by PassportTo50

The opulent new experience comes from the travel company DreamMaker, which has created a trip around the world on a privately-outfitted Boeing 767. The experience, called Passport to 50, is designed to be a ‘milestone celebration for the billionaire client’, who can bring up to 50 friends and family who will fly in tandem on a second Boeing business jet. To ensure that all those guests get a perfect experience, there will be a one-to-one ratio of guest to staff, with 50 hand-picked professionals, each experts in their respective fields.

The private jet.
The private jet. Image by PassportTo50

While $13,875,000 bill would probably keep most budget backpackers on the road for a lifetime, this trip would cover 20 cities in 20 days in August 2017. The trip begins in Koh Samui, Thailand and will visit: Siem Reap, Cambodia; Kathmandu, Nepal; Agra, India; Florence and Siena, Italy; Cannes and Moulinet, France; London, UK; Barcelona, Ibiza and Marbella, Spain; Marrakesh, Morocco; Havana, Cuba; Knoxville, Tennessee; Kona, Hawaii; El Nido, Philippines; and a secret island before concluding in Manila.

Barcelona, Spain.
Barcelona, Spain. Image by PassportTo50

According to the company, 88% of the trip will be spent on the ground – visiting all the incredible destinations along the way – and only 12% in the air. However, that travel time won’t be wasted; while flying, the guest will take part in a $500,000 charity poker tournament with the world’s top-ranked poker player, an inflight yoga session, a fashion show, and there will be a master sommelier along for the flight.

Marbella, Spain.
Marbella, Spain. Image by PassportTo50

To make the experience more comfortable, the company has appointed a hypnotherapist to create a programme ‘that integrates cutting-edge wearable sleep technology with alternative wellness techniques such as hypnotherapy, reiki healing, ayurvedic medicine, and the attention of a doctor of acupuncture’, according to a press release. On the ground, guests will even have 50 monks’ blessings amidst an inundation of 50,000 lotus petals.

Havana, Cuba.
Havana, Cuba. Image by PassportTo50

The travel company has also partnered with and commissioned Russian mining group World of Diamonds to provide a 18-karat gold swizzle sticks set with white and blue diamonds worth a total of $1 million. Crafted into a spinning globe atop the 50 swizzle sticks are 20 white sparklers, each representing every city where the plane lands.

A set of 18-karat gold swizzle sticks set with white and blue diamonds worth a total of USD 1 million.
A set of 18-karat gold swizzle sticks set with white and blue diamonds worth a total of US$ 1 million. Image by PassportTo50
Marrakesh, Morocco.
Marrakesh, Morocco. Image by PassportTo50

While the 50 guests will likely have a very extravagant trip, there will also be a charitable element with partners like Water.org, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Whole Child International. Funds will go towards the distribution of 2500 bicycles to enable rural children in Cambodia to attend school, the provision of clean drinking water for 50,000 at-risk children in the Philippines, and building ‘fun centres’ for 50,000 children battling life-threatening illnesses in the United Kingdom.

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