Smithsonian Tour Takes Travelers to Five Continents, Nine Countries

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The Smithsonian Institution has expanded the organization's "Around the World by Private Jet" tour, giving travelers additional opportunities to visit five continents and nine countries aboard a private Boeing 757.

Two new itineraries have been announced for the 22-day excursion, which make stops at 14 World Heritage sites including Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and the Taj Mahal.

Travelers are shuttled to far-flung destinations on a privately chartered Boeing 757, meaning they are able to bypass airline routes and schedules. Instead of the standard 233 seats, the plane has been refitted with 78 VIP-style leather seats.

Countries visited include Peru, Chile, Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Tanzania, Egypt and Morocco.

Ecologist James Karr, noted art and architecture scholar Jack Daulton, and other experts will be onboard to lend their expertise about the cultural and natural wonders.

Prices start at $62,950 per person, including luxury accommodations, all meals, ground transportation, excursions and activities, baggage handling, gratuities, an on-board physician, and emergency evacuation insurance.

Spots are available for both trips, which embark from Orlando on November 1, 2011 and January 29, 2012.

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