By Olivia Cuccaro
Gourmet cuisine in a stunning setting can become the highlight of any trip. If you’ve ever dreamed of an entire expedition dedicated to culinary experiences – in a custom Boeing 757, of course – Four Seasons Private Jet has created a journey straight out of a gourmand’s fantasy.
This spring, a small group will embark on a 19-day odyssey of cultures and flavors across two continents with Four Seasons Private Jet. Guests will travel by private jet to nine cities where they will stay exclusively at Four Seasons hotels and resorts for the duration of the trip. From Seoul all the way to Paris, a dedicated staff will accompany the group both in the air and on the ground to ensure each guest gets the most out of their culinary journey.
You’ll kick off in Korea with a private farm-to-table dinner at the home of chef Jong Kuk Lee. Then, practice Buddhist meal preparation at a venerated temple, visit the studio of a master ceramicist, or get a local feel with lunch at the brewery before a meal at Jungsik. Next stop: Tokyo. Chef Namae Shinobou of Michelin-starred L’Effervescence will lead a day of foraging on the outskirts of the city before a private dinner at his restaurant, or you can opt for an exclusive dinner at Yakiniku Nakahara, known for its Kobe beef. But fine dining isn’t all Japan has to offer – master sword fighting with the legendary Tetsuro Shimaguchi of Kill Bill. It’s on to Hong Kong for classic dim sum at three-Michelin-starred Lung King Heen and an exploration of much buzzed-about molecular gastronomy with chef Alvin Leung Jr. of Bo Innovation before strolling Temple Street. Time for Thailand, where the adventure starts with an elephant trek through the country’s beautiful mountain landscape followed by a stop for lunch to get an insight into sustainable farming. Move on to Mumbai to visit Crawford Market for its famous street food and prepare Indian specialties with chef Garima Arora.
Off to Europe where Florence is the first destination on the list. Meet winemakers Tenuta di Valgiano at their estate, have dinner in Lucca at Damiano Donati’s bistro and at Il Bucaniere on the beach of San Vincenzo. You’ll also enjoy private tours of the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria Dell’Accademia. Lovely Lisbon awaits where Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes will lead a food tour of the city followed by lunch, then it’s a gala dinner at Belcanto, José Avillez’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Spend a day in Copenhagen for aperitifs on Amager Beach and a curated conversation with chef René Redzepi of Noma. The trip comes to an end in Paris, where you’ll unwind with champagne and oysters on a private riverboat, have a tasting session in the hotel’s secret wine cellar and say goodbye with dinner at Le Cinq, one of Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants.
If you need to see it to believe it, Four Seasons Private Jet has just released a preview of the experience here.
Four Seasons Culinary Discoveries will take place from May 27 to June 14, 2017. The package is priced at $135,000 per person or $12,000 for a single supplement. For more information, please call +1 888 215 2728 or visit privatejet.fourseasons.com/fs/culinary-discoveries.
And, if cuisine isn’t your scene, Four Seasons Private Jet has other curated trips that can be found here.