French all-business class airline La Compagnie is teaming up with bespoke tour operators Safrans du Monde for a round-the-world air cruise. The all-inclusive world tour stops at significant destinations around the world, and features stays in luxury hotels and scenic excursions.
The airline is known for its business class transatlantic flights connecting New York’s Newark International Airport to Paris and Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport. It will fly the new route on one of its Airbus A321neo aircraft. The sleeper seats are dedicated to each customer and feature appetizers, canapés, and meals served with the utmost French elegance.
Photo: Safrans Du Monde
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The Air Cruise launches from Paris’ Orly Airport, where guests will board La Compagnie’s A321neo plane, which offers a quieter and more efficient journey than previous models. Further amenities include hand-picked selections by the chef and sommelier, ultra-soft mattress toppers, free in-flight WiFi, and a large-screen entertainment system.
Travelers will enjoy a lunch on the plane before landing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in time to get settled into their hotels for dinner. Once settled, passengers will be able to take in the view from Sugar Loaf Mountain, encounter the Christ the Redeemer statue, and even have the option to fly over the town in a helicopter!
The next stop is Cusco, Peru, the superb capital of the Inca Empire. After a night at a luxury hotel in the heart of the Sacred Valley, travelers are taken up the Andes Train that leads you to the sacred site of Machu Picchu.
The sleeper seats all convert into a flatbed. Photo: La Compagnie
From Peru, the journey continues to Easter Island. The historical and fascinating island is home to the Rano Kau volcano. Passengers will be able to experience the famous Tahai Moais statues while hearing legends of Polynesian antique civilizations from their private guide.
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The airplane then carries on to French Polynesia, where customers will stay for four nights and can explore the islands of Moorea, Tahiti, and Bora Bora. Passengers will then depart from Tahiti, cross the International Date Line, and arrive in Nadi in time for a magical sunset cruise.
The trip continues to Singapore, where the group will visit the Colonial district, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam, the Gardens of the Bay, and round out the evening with a 360 degrees view of the city from Sky Park observatory for the nightly lights and water show.
The journey continues through southeast Asia to Hanoi, Vietnam, where visitors can take a rickshaw ride, visit the Temple of Literature, and face the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The next stop is Halong bay, an oasis of nature famed for its crystal waters and thousands of monoliths covered in greenery.
A short hop later, passengers are in Cambodia, home of the Angkor Temples, by early afternoon. The following day includes a visit to Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom temple, Angkor Thom town, and a gala dinner, set in a privatized temple and orchestrated by the Asparas Royal Ballet dances.
The company operates a pair of A321LRs. Photo: La Compagnie
The following day, the journey continues to the United Arab Emirates, home of the World Exposition in Dubai. Visitors are treated to a tour of the Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world, standing 2,722 feet tall. The following day features a trip to nearby Abu Dhabi to see the renowned Sheikh Zayedde Mosque and the Louvre Museum opened in 2017.
Jordan is the final stop of the world tour. Passengers are able to experience the breathtaking sights of Petra and spend time with the Wadi Rum desert Bedouins exploring the desert of undulating sand dunes in a 4×4.
The final leg of the journey takes the fortunate passengers from Aqaba back to Paris, having flown entirely around the world and seen three of the Seven Wonders of the World: Christ the Redeemer, Machu Pichu, and Petra.
Passengers will travel have access to amenities such as free WiFi and sleeper seats. Photo: La Compagnie
The rates start at €39,000 ($43,000) for Club Safrans, which includes all of the lodging at five-star hotels. The Premiere Safrans tier starts at €62,000 ($69,000) and offers exclusive excursions at each destination.
The 2022 trip is already underway and is due to return to Paris on the 31st of March. Travel + Leisure previously reported that the tour would also be operating in November, and Simple Flying has reached out to the airline for clarification.
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