Saturday 20 January 2018

The world's most expensive holiday?

Tourist visits the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo
Tourist visits the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo
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A website is offering travellers the chance to visit every World Heritage Site in the world on one two-year itinerary.

The epic journey is being touted by VeryFirstTo.com, and it doesn’t come cheap – as well as a clear diary, anyone interested will need £445,000 (€523,000) per person to embark on the odyssey.

There are a total of 962 sites around the world currently recognised by UNESCO, including 28 in Britain and 21 in the US. Some of the most notable include Stonehenge, The Pyramids of Giza, Easter Island, Machu Pichu, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Vatican City.

Although the Department of Foreign Affairs currently advises against travel to a number of World Heritage Sites, such as Aleppo, Pasargadae in Iran, Leptis Magna in Libya, and the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, the company said it would try to cater for those who insist on visiting every attraction.

The trip will include overland travel and flights (in business class cabins or superior), while tours of the different sites will be guided. Accommodation will be at a range of luxury hotels, including Sandy Lane in Barbados, the Hotel George V in Paris, The Plaza in New York, the Cipriani in Venice (pictured below), The Ritz-Carlton in Moscow, and the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai.

The trip is for a minimum of two people, and includes a £5,000 (€5870) donation to UNESCO.

VeryFirstTo.com teamed up with luxury tour operator Hurlingham Travel to devise the itinerary.

“This is certainly the most exciting trip we have ever managed and is the most remarkable travel adventure imaginable,” said Andrew Barker, managing director of Hurlingham Travel.

Other experiences offered by VeryFirstTo.com include a trip into space, and the chance to wake up surrounded by more than one million rose petals.

Last year it gave wealthy gastronomes the opportunity to fork out £125,000 (€147,000) on Christmas dinner for four. The menu included Almas caviar; a 150-year-old balsamic vinegar; the world's most expensive melon, the Yubari King from China; and a whole white truffle.

See VeryFirstTo.com for more information.

Oliver Smith Telegraph.co.uk

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