Well-heeled gourmands can travel to the world’s greatest culinary capitals with a new gastronomic private jet itinerary from Four Seasons, departing May 2017, discovers Nick Walton.
The three-week Culinary Discoveries itinerary, priced from US$135,000 per person, is a first-of-its-kind journey developed in partnership with one of the world’s best restaurants, Copenhagen-based Noma, and its acclaimed head chef René Redzepi. An epic foodie foray, the trip, conducted with Four Seasons’ own private jet, will take travellers on an extraordinary journey to explore the people and places of many of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations.
Tracing food influences and cultures across Asia and Europe, from the vibrant history and traditions of Chiang Mai, Copenhagen and Florence to the cosmopolitan energy of Tokyo, Seoul and Paris, guests will discover or reconnect with the cities and cultures that continue to shape the tastes and flavours of the world.
Along the way travellers will have the opportunity to dine at some of the world’s best restaurants and private kitchens; join local chefs and producers as they travel to markets and farms to taste the best of what is in season; listen to hosted talks about food innovation and heritage; and visit each location’s historical and cultural landmarks, many of which have influenced cuisine well beyond their borders. At each of these captivating destinations, guests will also enjoy world class accommodation and service at Four Seasons hotels and resorts along the route.
Highlights of the Culinary Discoveries tour (May 27-June 14, 2017) include a private dinner at the Seoul home of chef Jong Kuk Lee; a food forging excursion with Tokyo’s chef Namae Shinobu before dinner at his Michelin-starred restaurant L’Effervescence; a market tour and cooking class in Hong Kong; an elephant trek in the jungles surrounding Chiang Mai; a street food foray in Mumbai; a tour of the medieval wine estates of Florence; and an insider’s peek at Lisbon’s historic Mercado da Ribeira.
In addition to the Culinary Discoveries itinerary, Four Seasons will offer another private jet journey, departing in September. The International Intrigue departure commences in Seattle and spans eight countries in 24 days. Guests will visit a private Washington State craft brewery and enjoy VIP access to Seattle’s Pike Place Market, before jetting to Kyoto to visit the Kokedera Temple to experience traditional Buddhist chanting. In Beijing, travellers will enjoy a private dinner and Shaolin performance on the Great Wall of China.
Other highlights of the September 3-26 world tour include a turtle safari and night snorkeling in the warm waters of the Maldives; a hot air balloon safari above the expansive Serengeti in Tanzania; a gala dinner at Budapest’s Fisherman’s Bastion; an excursion through Morocco’s Atlas Mountains; and a private opening of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, before the itinerary concludes in Boston.
Guests travelling on Four Seasons’ ground-breaking private tours do so on the hotel company’s own Boeing 757, which boasts 52 lie-flat seats handcrafted in Italy, each with in-seat power and USB connectivity; an on-demand entertainment system; Bose noise-cancelling headphones; and personal iPads. In-flight meals are prepared by Four Seasons chefs using the freshest ingredients sourced along the route. http://privatejet.fourseasons.com