$62,950 Museum Tour

If you have $62,950 to spend and happen to be looking for a trip of a lifetime, check out the Smithsonian's "Around the World by Private Jet Tour."

A lucky few will explore more than 12 World Heritage sites, all in a single trip. Travel is on a chartered Boeing 757 configured to accommodate just 88 VIP-style seats.

The 22-day tour is organized by Smithsonian Journeys, the museum's travel program, and embarks from Orlando on Oct. 28, 2011.

Travelers booking by Aug. 10, 2010, receive a complimentary pre-trip hotel night (in case that's an added incentive for those willing to spend nearly $63,000 per person for a trip).

First stop on the journey is Peru and Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The group then flies more than 2,300 miles across the Pacific to Easter Island, to meet with renowned archaeologists and see the colossal moai stone statues.

On to Samoa, where guests will be treated to a traditional feast and dance performance. After crossing the international dateline, the group arrives at Cairns, Australia for Great Barrier Reef exploration or a visit to Daintree, the world's oldest rainforest.

Continuing to Asia, travelers will visit Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple complex, or, if they've been there/done that, explore Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.

In India, there will be visits to Agra and the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur, the "Pink City."

Tanzania follows, and here travelers can go to Serengeti National Park to see lions, cheetahs and leopards, or to the Ngorongoro Crater, home to herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra.

Egypt's Valley of the Kings follows, with a visit to the tombs of the pharaohs and temples at Karnak.

The last stop for the global expedition is Morocco's historic Fez.

The tour package includes round-trip air from Orlando, luxury accommodations, all meals, ground transportation, excursions and activities and the services of an experienced expedition staff.

And because this is the Smithsonian, there will also be lectures by plenty of experts.

Photo of Machu Picchu, kudumomo, flickr
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