5 Custom Trips You'll Never Stop Talking About
SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) -- Almost anyone can book an upscale package vacation and call it a luxury trip, but when was the last time you flew around the world on a private jet, visiting 10 destinations that included spending a night camping with mahouts and learning how to care for elephants? Or woke at 5 a.m. to go shopping at Japan's largest fish market with one of the country's top sushi chefs, then learned how to turn your shopping into sushi?
"We have a concierge who can make anything happen," says Carrie Cameron, account director for worldwide sales at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Cameron is referring to the custom possibilities that can be part of the Four Seasons "Around the World" trip -- a 23-day vacation the luxury hotel chain began offering in September.
The trip's standard itinerary includes flying around the world on a private jet (with chef) and such things as swimming with manta rays in Bora Bora, elephant trekking in Chiang Mai, cooking classes in Bali and a harbor bridge climb in Sydney. If those aren't quite unique or adventurous enough, guests are invited to customize their experience -- and that's where the camping with mahouts and other, just as unique experiences begin.
Cameron says the trip attracts people who "want authentic experiences that their friends aren't necessarily having. Something they can talk about."
The Four Seasons is not alone in working to offer well-heeled clients over-the-top experiences.
Brian Tan, CEO of Zicasso, says customization is the name of the game. His company focuses a great deal of energy on making the right connections on the ground to be able to make almost any request possible.
"It's about knowing the right people who know the right people," Tan says.
Here's a look at some of the unique luxury vacation experiences that caught our eye:
Millions have been to the Eiffel Tower. Not everyone gets behind-the-scenes access to Paris design houses. Zicasso's Haute Couture tour makes it happen.
Developed for serious fashionistas, the tour is guided by a fashion expert and personal shopper who opens the doors of such legendary Paris fashion houses as Christian Dior and Chanel. If hot young designers are your thing, the tour will take that route and visit the workshop of Valentine Gauthier and the atelier of Korean designer Moon Young Hee.