Thứ Tư, 30 tháng 7, 2014

Around the world for $33000

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:30 pm


Updated: 4:10 pm, Wed Jul 30, 2014.

Around the world for $33,000

Ron Seymour



A globe-girdling adventure on a private jet awaits those Kelowna residents with a $33,000 travel budget.

About 10 locals have joined each of the past around-the-world luxury jaunts organized by Travel Guild Inc., and company president Ben Nierop hopes for a similar take-up this November.

“It’s not really that expensive when you consider that everything’s included for almost a month’s worth of private travel to some of the world’s most exotic and fascinating places,” Nierop said Tuesday.

“The camaraderie on the plane is fantastic. It’s all very laid-back and casual, the flights each day are pretty short, and we stay each night at five-star hotels,” Nierop said. “It’s the trip of a lifetime.”

Most of the 72 passengers book out of Calgary, but since the company uses a specially-adapted Boeing 737 owned by Kelowna-based Flair Air, the trip actually originates from the Okanagan.

The itinerary changes each year. This year, the Nov. 3-27 routing is (take a big breath) Kelowna, Calgary, Anchorage, Seoul, Borneo, Singapore, India, Dubai, Malta, United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Iceland.

Passengers stay two or three days in each stop, and get guided tours of the major attractions.

For example, on Nov. 15, participants will ride elephants at the Rajasthan Palace in India; on the 21st, they’ll be cruising the Maltese archipelago; and on the 24th they’ll be in Bab Oudaya, described as the most beautiful city in the Arab world.

Nierop’s family-owned travel company has been in business since the mid-1970s. The around-the-world trips are something of a specialty, and Nierop says the cost is less than a third what some similar U.S.-based travel organizations charge.

Many of the passengers are extremely wealthy, he says, but others are of comparatively modest means. They might be retirees who’ve recently downsized and decided to spend some of the profits from the sale of their house.”

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