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Ring in the New Year twice with this globe-trotting trip

If you’re looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience, a luxurious trip will see you ringing in 2019 in both Australia and Hawaii. The time-travelling journey across the globe is part of an ultra-glam 12-day trip called Racing Time, which begins in Hong Kong on 27 December and takes in Sydney, Maui and Las Vegas before arriving back at its departure point on 8 January.

You can ring in 2019 in both Sydney, Australia, and Maui, Hawaii. Image: Pure Entertainment Group

Having flown from Hong Kong to Sydney, guests will visit the world-famous Hunter Valley for a behind-the-scenes tour of the wine-making process. They will enjoy a private shopping experience and a helicopter tour over Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and the World Heritage Blue Mountains. The pinnacle of the trip will be ringing in New Year’s Eve 2019 for the first time aboard a private yacht situated in Sydney Harbour, which is a perfect vantage point to watch the famous fireworks display.

The Racing Time trip departs from Hong Kong. Image: Pure Entertainment Group

Following the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Racing Time guests will board the A340 private jet and travel to Maui in Hawaii. There they will celebrate 2019 for the second time on a private beach and will have a Michelin-starred dinner with fine wine and champagne. Highlights of this part of the vacation will include a private Maui undersea adventure and whale-watching tour, a visit to the Haleakalā National Park and a trip to a pineapple farm to learn about the Maui Pineapple.

The interior of the private jet guests will travel on during the trip. Image: Pure Entertainment Group

From Hawaii, guests will re-board the A340 to be whisked off to Las Vegas for three nights. There they’ll have a themed private gambling experience that includes VIP tickets and a behind-the-scenes tour at a top show, an exclusive supercar racing event and a private helicopter tour to discover the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

The trip includes three nights in Las Vegas. Image: Pure Entertainment Group

Limited to just 30 people, the trip includes private transfers between each country on an A340 jet and accommodation at five-star hotels. A bottle of Dom Perignon champagne will be provided in each hotel room along the way to help guests celebrate in style. The trip is curated by Pure Entertainment Group and costs $116,000 (€98,727) per person sharing if booked before 15 July, and $126,000 (€107,239) if booked from 15 July to 31 August. For further information, see here.