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AROUND THE WORLD by Macro Diamond

Northern    Hemisphere  From Toronto and Vancouver
September 22nd to October 21st, 2013


Guideline

Dear Travelers,

We are pleased to present our latest Northern Hemisphere Around the World by Macro Diamond holiday for 2013.

It’s an exhilarating feeling to touch down in your private charter jet in exotic and far-away places. To know, with each comfortable flight, a new and priceless adventure awaits us. For 30 days of private jet travel, we gain time as we fly westbound making the best use of our days. We’ll immerse ourselves in foreign culture s, culinary flavours and sensory delights. Marvel over ancient and modern monuments. Observe the miracles of evolution first-hand and encounter unforgettable natural and cultural wonders.

Our chartered Boeing 737-400 aircraft will be configured with 72 business class style seats for roominess and comfort, with our experienced international crew remaining with us thro ughout the trip. Appetizing meals will be served with wine and an open bar, as well as other beverages.

We will enjoy interesting and informative sightseeing with expert local guides, with leisure time available for whatever might be of special interest to us. Our hotels are well located and are of a superior category. Meals and special venues have been selected to give us a “taste” of foreign delights. Since we are on a fantastic holiday, many evening events have been planned as well. All contribute to the kind of experiences of which lasting memories are made.

Our adventure will take us to several of the “Wonders of the World”. We’ll visit the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat. Experience safaris in Kenya to see the “Big Five”. We’ll see the highest mountain on the planet - Mount Everest in Nepal, and the tallest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. We’ll experience life in the Mekong Delta and in the floating village in Cambodia, enjoy the tranquility of the Equatorial Atlantic Island of Sao Tome and challenge the markets of Marrakech. We’ll stand on the Great Continental Divide in Iceland and end our incredible journey with a dip in the Blue Lagoon.

11 countries - one incredible journey!

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WORLD TOUR 2011 TRAVELER’S COMMENTS --2011 World Tour group

I am writing to thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip Around the World in a Private Jet. This is like a dream come true to us, we look forward to receiving your next brochure…..Mr. and Mrs. Jameson

It was wonderful! We would have never gone to all these places on our own, much less have done all of the tours, etc… We saw things we never dreamed of seeing. Our hotels were great and so was the food. The air crew was great - it was like coming home each time we boarded the plane, they were so much fun and really looked after us all…..Mr. and Mrs. Giffin Thanks for all your forward planning to make such a wonderful trip. Tour leaders handle everything so graciously and the flight team and aircraft were excellent. It was a fabulous trip! ..… Mr. and Mrs. Charest

Our World Tour met and exceeded our expectations, especially the special dinners with local entertainers. It was well organized with our leaders and local guides, we felt secure and did not worry about anything…..Mr. and Mrs. Westcott

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the trip. The whole thing was so enriching and interesting and fun! I feel I have come home with so many adventures in my head and new friends to keep in touch with, I feel so lucky to have been able to do this. So thank you for all your efforts in making it so memorable…..Elisabeth Hopkins

First let me thank you for a wonderful trip. The opportunity to see so many amazing places on one tour was outstanding. The leaders did an amazing job, the cabin crew were the very best hard working cheerful and fun. Thanks again for everything…..Mr. and Mrs. Hall

What a blast! It was truly an amazing way for a female to travel unaccompanied and to have experienced all the memorable places on the World Tour. To every staff member of the travel company and to the wonderful crew of Flair Air, thanks for everything!!.....Teri Band

Thanks so much for a wonderful trip, I will treasure the incredible cultural experiences and adventures.….Karie Evoy

What a trip we had! Thanks for arranging the special trips - the dune riding in Dubai and the horse carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra - these trips made it so memorable..…Carol McVeigh

2011 World Tour group

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FLIGHT ITINERARY AND FLYING TIMES

The advantages of traveling by private jet are endless. Surrounded by fellow travelers who become friends, room to be comfortable and stretch-out, the shortest flights from point-to-point, planned mid-morning departure times, meals with wine as well as alcoholic and other beverages, and an experienced international crew who remain with us throughout the trip. Our experienced Tour Director will oversee all details of the Tour and our Tour Leaders will look after your comforts. Our Boeing 737-400 aircraft, chartered with Flair Airlines of Kelowna British Columbia, with be configured with 72 business class style seats for increased leg room and comfort.

FLIGHT ITINERARY AND FLYING TIMES

(Note: All flight times are subject to change)

September CITY DEPART ARRIVE FLT Hr:Min
Sat 22 Toronto via Vancouver to Anchorage Alaska 9:00/13:00 11:00/15:25 5:00/3:25
23 Anchorage      
24/25 Anchorage to Tianjin China via Petropavlovsk Russia 11:00/13:00 11:30/14:35 4:30/5:35
26 Tianjin - Beijing      
27 Beijing      
28 Beijing - Tianjin to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam 12:30 16:30 5:00
Sat 29 Ho Chi Minh City      
30 Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap Cambodia 11:00 12:05 1:05
October 1 Siem Reap      
2 Siem Reap      
3 Siem Reap to Kathmandu Nepal 10:30 13:05 3:50
4 Kathmandu      
5 Kathmandu to Delhi - Agra India 10:30 11:50 1:35
Sat 6 Agra      
7 Agra - Delhi      
8 Delhi to Dubai UAE 11:00 13:20 3:50
9 Dubai      
10 Dubai      
11 Dubai to Mombasa Kenya 10:00 14:15 5:15
12 Mombasa - Tsavo Park      
Sat 13 Tsavo Park      
14 Mombasa to Sao Tome 13:00 15:05 5:05
15 Sao Tome      
16 Sao Tome to Marrakech Morocco 9:00 14:20 5:20
17 Marrakech      
18 Marrakech      
19 Marrakech to Keflavik - Reykjavik Iceland 11:00 16:30 5:30
Sat 20 Reykjavik      
21 Keflavik to Toronto and Vancouver via Ottawa 13:30/17:00/20:00 15:30/18:00/22:00 6:00/1:00/5:00

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AROUND THE WORLD BY PRIVATE JET

September 22nd - October 21st, 2013

B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, SL - Special Lunch, D - Dinner, SD - Special Dinner, IFL - In-Flight Lunch, IFD - In-Flight Dinner, IFM - In-Flight Meal


OUR JOURNEY BEGINS FROM YOUR CHOICE OF TORONTO OR VANCOUVER

 ALASKA

Saturday, September 22nd - TORONTO  VANCOUVER  ANCHORAGE

Some of us will board our private jet in Toronto and others in Vancouver before we head off to Anchorage Alaska for our first stop on our World Tour. This afternoon we will check into our hotel in the heart of Anchorage. There will be time to rest and acquaint ourselves with our surroundings before our evening gathering for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Here we’ll be formally introduced to our Tour Leaders and Flight Crew before sitting down to our first gourmet dinner. IFL,SD

Sunday, September 23rd - ANCHORAGE

Today we’ll embark on an orientation tour of Anchorage, with an opportunity to browse the city centre and shopping areas. B,D

Monday, September 24th ANCHORAGE  TRANSPACIFIC FLIGHT to TIANJIN

This morning we depart on our private aircraft for Tianjin, China. On the way we cross the International Date Line and lose a day (which we’ll slowly make up day-by-day as we head westward around the globe). We will stop briefly in Petropavlovsk- Kamchatka (Russia) for refueling. B,IFL,IFD



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 CHINA

Tuesday, September 25th - TIANJIN

Following our arrival at Tianjin Airport, we will be met by our local tour guides and transferred to our hotel. Tianjin lies 120 kilometers southeast of Beijing on the Bohai Sea. It is a historic city and the largest industrial base and trade centre in Northern China. We’ll check into our hotel, with the balance of the day at leisure to relax, acclimatize and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Enjoy dinner this evening at our hotel. D

Wednesday, September 26th - TIANJIN by bullet train to BEIJING

This morning we transfer to the Tianjin Railway Station for a half hour bullet train ride to Beijing. As the proud capital of modern China, Beijing is fast becoming a popular and fashionable tourist destination - holding the largest collection of ancient sites and relics in the nation.

We will visit Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and monument to the people and The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), a fascinating display of Chinese history and probably the best-preserved site of Classical Chinese architecture. We’ll have a great lunch at the “Heaven and Earth Restaurant” and then proceed to see the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty. Our last stop for the day will be at a Silk Factory. Dinner tonight at our hotel. B,SL,D

Thursday September 27th - BEIJING

Full day tour to the Great Wall - once believed to be the only man-made object on earth that could be seen from the moon, but never-the-less a truly impressive sight and one of the “New7Wonders of the World” (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Before arriving at the Great Wall, we’ll stop for panda viewing. After having experienced a walk on the Great Wall, we will enjoy lunch at the Commune Restaurant and time for shopping at a “Friendship Store”, followed by sightseeing on the way back to our hotel. A delicious Peking Duck dinner and acrobatic show await us this evening. B,SL,SD



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 VIETNAM

Friday, September 28 - BEIJING - TIANJIN  HO CHI MINH CITY

After breakfast, we depart by coach to Tianjin Airport for our early afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Upon arrival we will be met and welcomed by young Vietnamese girls in traditional dress. This evening we'll enjoy a private dinner cruise on the Saigon River. B,IFL,SD

Saturday, September 29th - HO CHI MINH CITY

This morning we depart for the Mekong Delta by coach. Once there, we’ll have a boat trip to visit the Thoi Son Orchard Island to taste the fresh fruits of the season. We’ll then visit a farmer’s house, and enjoy a traditional music performance and see how the people make local products and prepare food. For lunch, we will be treated to elephant ear fish prepared by the area’s best chef. Dinner at our hotel tonight. B,SL,D



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 CAMBODIA

Sunday, September 30th - HO CHI MINH CITY  SIEM REAP

Today we have a short flight, of just over an hour, to Siem Reap. We’ll have lunch, followed by a brief sightseeing tour on our way to Angkor Wat, the most important monument of the south-east Asian Khmer Empire and the world’s largest sacred temple complex. We’ll stay here to watch the sun set over this UNESCO World Heritage Site (and one of the Man-Made Wonders of the World). Tonight we have dinner at our hotel. B,L,D

Monday, October 1st - SIEM REAP

After breakfast this morning we will visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
This afternoon we’ll enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap Lake. As the largest permanent fresh-water lake in South East Asia, it flows into Tonle Sap River, joining the Mekong in Phnom Penh. We will see a fishermen's "floating village" with floating schools, police station, shops and homes. The "village" moves from place to place, following water levels and currents. B,L,D

Tuesday, October 2nd - SIEM REAP

Siem Reap is a very interesting town and is only 5 minutes away from the hotel by Tuk Tuk ($2). Here you’ll find a main street of patio bars, restaurants and a market with items ranging from clothes to souvenirs. Today is at leisure – to take advantage of the on-site spa, beautiful pool and grounds of the hotel, relax or perhaps even re-visit Angkor Wat or visit the new Museum. Enjoy dinner tonight around the hotel pool with amazing Aspsara Dance entertainment. B,SD



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 NEPAL

Wednesday, October 3rd - SIEM REAP  KATHMANDU

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Nepal. A visitor’s dream come true - a land of contrast with its impregnable snowy afte rnoon tour of Kathmandu City, were we’ll visit the Temple of the Living Goddess and the Kashtamandap, which is said to be made from the timber of a single tree. Next is a visit to Swayambhunath, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2,000 years old and is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth. This evening we will be entertained with a Nepalese dinner and dance at a local restaurant. B,IFL,SD

Thursday, October 4th - KATHMANDU

This morning we depart for a city tour of Patan, also known as Lalitpur (which means the “City of Beauty”) whose monuments and buildings are in the Kathmandhu Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. We’ll visit Durbar Square, an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal Palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. We stop at the Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Centre where we'll witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and pounding of metal into statues. Dinner at our hotel tonight. B,L,D

Optional

Early morning flight to Mount Everest - A one-hour flight to view the mighty Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Everest. This is the closest one can go to the peaks without having to trek. After the flight, transfer back to the hotel for breakfast.
Price: Approx. US $220

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 INDIA

Friday, October 5th - KATHM ANDU  DELHI to AGRA

This morning we depart on a short flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, we will transfer by coach to Agra. We’ll have lunch en route and this evening, we’ll have dinner at our hotel. B,L,D

Saturday, October 6th - AGRA

Today we will be transferred by horse-drawn carts to visit another one of the New7Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum was built of pure white marble by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. After lunch at our hotel, we’ll depart to see Agra Fort which, together with the Taj Mahal, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A priceless example of craftsmanship of the Mughal period built by the Emperor Akbar in 1565. This evening we will enjoy a special M ughal theme gala dinner at our hotel. B,L,SD

Sunday, October 7th - AGRA to DELHI

Today we board our coaches and transfer back to Delhi. After lunch, we’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Our visit will include Qutb Minar, another UNESCO World Heritage Site - the tallest brick minaret tower in the world, with a height of 72.5 meters and 379 steps to reach the top. We will also visit India Gate, which was constructed as a memorial, built in memory of 90,00 soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I. The evening is at leisure with dinner at our hotel. B,L,D



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 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Monday, October 8th - DELHI  DUBAI

This morning we will depart for the airport and our late-morning flight to Dubai. Nestled between sand dunes and the shores of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is a city of beaches, markets and the famous 7* Burj al Arab Hotel and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. This evening we will have dinner at our hotel. B,IFL,D

Tuesday, October 9th - DUBAI

Today we will sample the historic sites and vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai. We’ll start with a photo-stop at a famous landmark of Dubai, the Burj Al Arab, then proceed to Jumeirah, the picturesque palace and re sidential area of Dubai, also home to the famous Jumeirah Mosque. Our tour continues to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai, to visit the museum located in Al Fahidi Fort. All aboard the Abra (water taxi) to cross the Dubai “Creek” to the spice souk (market). On our return, we’ll have some time to shop in the most famous landmark of Dubai – the gold souk. Lunch will be at the Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant at the Hyatt Hotel. We end the day with a stop at the Dubai Mall and a visit to the observation deck (124th floor) of the Burj Khalifa Tower, the world’s tallest building. The balance of the day is at leisure. B,L

Wednesday, October 10th - DUBAI

Morning at leisure. Later this afternoon, we depart acro ss the desert in 4x4 vehicles for an exciting dune drive, the perfect place to watch the sunset. We reach our campsite, where we’ll have the opportunity for camel riding, sand boarding and try out a henna design on hands or feet. After working-up an appetite, we enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and a shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe). Before returning, watch a belly dancer performing her show by starlight. B,SD

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 KENYA

Thursday, October 11th - DUBAI  M OMBASA

After breakfast we fly to Mombasa on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The rest of the day will be at leisure at the beautiful Whitesands Beach Resort. The next day we’ll travel by safari vehicles to our Lodge in Tsavo Park East. During our stay, we’ll partake in many game drives and be accommodated at one of Kenya’s finest Lodges. B,IFL,D

Friday, October 12th - MOMBASA to TSAVO PARK

Today we start our adventu re into Tsavo Park East - At nearly 22,000km 2 , Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. On our game drives we may encounter the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, African elephant, black rhinoceros and Cape buffalo), in addition to the plethora of other animals that inhabit the area, including: giraffes; gazelles; zebras; wildebeests; cheetahs; hyenas; jackals; baboons; a multitude of bird species; and many, many more. Lunch at our Lodge and an afternoon game drive. B,L,D

Saturday, October 13th - TSAVO

Today you can enjoy the amenities of our Lodge and partake in morning and afternoon game drives. After a special Bush Dinner this evening you may want to visit the ‘water hole’ to observe the nocturnal animals coming to drink. B,L,SD



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 SAO TOME

Sunday, October 14th - TSAVO to M OMBASA  SAO TOM E

This morning we bid farewell to the Kenya as we depart on our onward flight across Africa to the Gulf of Guinea and the Portuguese-speaking island of Sao Tome, the smallest country in Africa. As soon as we touch-down amidst the palm-fringed beaches, cry stal-clear water and barely explored jungles, we’ll begin to appreciate the pervasive national mood that translates to “slowly, slowly” (but not boring) and loosely means “it’s all good, take it easy”. We have dinner tonight at our hotel. B,IFL,D

Monday, October 15th - SAO TOME

Today, we may choose to simply relax, enjoy the beautiful outdoor pool or explore a little further with an island sightseeing tour. B,D

The Jewel of Africa - a fairy-tale island state on the equator in the Gulf of Guinea. The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are situated about 300 and 250 kilometers (200 and 150 miles), respectively, off the northwest coast of Gabon. Discovere d and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugarbased economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with plantation slave labour, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reform s were not instituted until the late 1980s. The recent discovery of oil in the Gulf of Guinea promises to attract increased attention to this small island nation.



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 MOROCCO

Tuesday, October 16th - SAO TOM E  MARRAKECH

Today we fly north to Marrakech, one of the country's most visited oases. Marrakech is a city of warm colours, noise and scents. A magical city filled with dancers, fire-eaters and acrobats, snake charmers and story tellers. People still travel by donkey through the city and the bustling souks invite passing strangers to buy silver jewelry and hand-woven carpets. Set against the snow-capped high Atlas Mountains, it is called the Red City due to the original clay colour of the houses. Upon arrival we will be met and taken to our hotel where we will be welcomed with tea and pastries. The afternoon is free to relax and dinner will be at our hotel tonight. B,IFL,D

Wednesday, October 17th - MARRAKECH

Today we embark on a guided morning tour of the major attractions of Marrakech, including: the Koutoubia Mosque; Menara Garden; Saadian Tombs; and Bahia Palace. We’ll return to the hotel for lunch and in the afternoon, we will travel by horse- drawn carriages to the Medina - the old, historic district of the city. Starting from the main square, Djemaa El-Fna, our walk will introduce us to the endless labyrinth of souks (bazaars) and alleyways throughout the expansive Medina. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at La Kasbah Tassarout Restaurant. It Is the ideal place for a change of atmosphere and relaxation where exquisite, traditional Moroccan dishes will be savoured whilst listening to languishing, mysterious songs interpreted by folk groups from the Atlas Mountains and later watching the fantastic charging of the Berber Horsemen (Fantasia). B,L,SD

Thursday, October 18th - MARRAKECH

This morning we’ll travel by 4x4 land cruisers on a trip to the Atlas Mountains. Our destination will be the Villa du Lac Guest House, where we will stay for lunch and some relaxation. The Villa du Lac lies in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, situated on a hill overlooking Lalla Takerkoust Lake - a small paradise in the heart of a magical and authentic country setting, surrounded by olive groves and eucalyptus.
We return to our hotel mid-afternoon and the rest of the day and evening are at leisure. B,SL



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 ICELAND

Friday, October 19th - MARRAKECH  KEFLAVIK - REYKJAVIK

As with all our departures, we like to get underway in the morning - but not too early. It will be cooler than we’ve been used to, but not as cold as the country’s name suggests.
We’ll arrive at Keflavik Airport, then travel to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. On the way, our guides will share a little local lore and point out places of interest.
Tonight we will have dinner at our hotel. B,IFL,D

Saturday, October 20th - REYKJAVIK

This morning, after a full breakfast at our hotel, we’ll depart on the Golden Circle tour of the island. We’ll stop for lunch at the Geyser Hotel which offers a view over the thermal area and gushing geysers - one of which spurts water and steam 20 metres into the air. We’ll also visit the Gullfoss waterfall and the 200 metre-wide Kerid crater - the remains of an ancient volcano caldera.
We’ll be back at the hotel in time to do some shopping in the area.
Tonight, we’ll celebrate our last evening together (at least on this Around the World adventure) with an unforgettable gala farewell banquet, with live music and dancing. B,SL,SD

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 CANADA

Sunday, October 21st - REYKJAVIK  via Ottawa to TORONTO  VANCOUVER

We will have seen many Wonders of the World, experienced cultures east to west, landscapes from deserts to jungles and made many new friends but, sadly, we’ll have to bear-down on our re spective suitcases one-last-time on our World Tour - as we head back to the airport for our flight home.
But, it’s not over quite yet! After breakfast we board our coaches to Keflavik Airport, but on en route we will stop at the Svartsengi geothermal area known as the Blue Lagoon. Here, boiling thermal water is mixed with ocean water and pumped into the Lagoon where it’s a comfortable body temperature. A bath house and spa have been built there and for any of us who would like to experience floating around in this hot briny water, a towel will be provided.
Afterwards, we continue on the short drive to the Airport to meet our aircraft and crew for our flight home. B,IFM

Our Flair Airlines flight will continue to Vancouver after stops in Ottawa ( for Customs and Immigration clearance) and Toronto.

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HOTELS      AROUND THE WORLD by PRIVATE JET - NORTH September 22 - October 21, 2013

ANCHORAGE

The Crown Plaza 4* is ideally situated within two miles of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and only minutes from downtown, this hotel's location offers the utmost in comfort and convenience.
Crowne Plaza has an indoor pool, spa tub and fitness facility. There is a business centre on-site. Dining options at this Anchorage hotel include a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. Additional amenities include gift shops/newsstands, laundry facilities and complimentary newspapers in the lobby.

TIANJIN

The St. Regis Tianjin 5* The iconic shape of the 18-storey glass and steel structure is inspired by its location. Set along the Hai River, the St. Regis Tianjin sits right in the financial heart of the Heping district, which is considered the 'jin men' or 'gateway' to Tianjin city – home to some of Northern China's most treasured cultural, historic and natural attractions. The 274 rooms and suites offer generous living spaces, with hand-selected furnishings and elegant interiors. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and fitness facility.

BEIJING

The Regent 5* is located in the historical centre of China's capital, Beijing and boasts 500 luxuriously appointed guest rooms in the very centre of the city. The Regent is only minutes from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing shopping, the Oriental Plaza and many other attractions in Beijing. Hotel amenities include a fullservice spa, fitness centre and an indoor pool, making the Regent one of the best luxury hotels in Beijing.

HO CHI MINH CITY

The Intercontinental Hotel 5* is located near the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. Famous landmarks including the Reunification Palace, City Hall and the beautiful Opera House are only minutes away, where hotel amenities include: a health club; an outdoor pool; sauna; fitness facility and gift shops/newsstands. Personalized service awaits guests in each of the 305 elegantly-appointed rooms. The Tan Son Nhat International Airport is a half hour drive away.

SIEM REAP

Strongly inspired by a rich cultural heritage, the Angkor Century Hotel 4* is conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap town, only a few kilometres from the International airport and minutes away from the Angkor Temples site. All 190 rooms and suites offer security and comfort, and are all furnished with charm and elegance. Take a walk in the garden along the river or a refreshing dip in the clear waters of the swimming pool, surrounded by lush greenery. Guests may also choose from activities at the tennis courts, spa and nearby golf.

KATHMANDU

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a luxury 4/5* city resort hotel situated 10 km from the city centre of Kathmandu and very close to the business district and shopping areas. The Boudhanath Stupa is within walking distance from the hotel. It is also host to Club Oasis Spa, a sanctuary of calm in Kathmandu. Introducing the timeless quality of Nepal's rich and fascinating culture represented in the arts and architecture - Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, with its 290 rooms, is set on 37 acres of artistically landscaped grounds.

DELHI

The Westin Gurgaon 5* is close to the airport and located in the heart of Gurgaon's Shopping and Commercial District. It is also a short walk to numerous malls, the Kingdom of Dreams and Delhi Metro Stations. The 313 rooms are decadent sanctuaries, with marble floors and modern interiors that have either a city-view or pool view.
Indulge in any of the six restaurants, or renew yourself at the Heavenly Spa by Westin, recharge in the gym or relax with a refreshing dip in the outdoor Splash pool.

AGRA

The regal Jaypee Palace 5* is a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble, and spreads over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. Sprinkled with opulent water features and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture. Jaypee Palace Agra features 341 guest rooms which reflect the Mughal architectural brilliance of India. Hotel amenities include: poolside bar and bar/lounge; beauty services; a fullservice spa; massage/treatment rooms; spa services; spa tub and fitness facility on- site; outdoor pool; arcade/game room; library; billiards and a pool table.

DUBAI

At the forefront of the Mall of the Emirates mega complex, the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates 5* takes pride of its prime location, just 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport and downtown. All 393 rooms are exquisitely appointed with a contemporary décor, showcasing stunning views of the city or the indoor ski slope. The Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates is the world's third largest indoor ski resort with one of the world's longest indoor ski slopes. Also attached to the largest shopping mall outside North America, this truly unique five star deluxe hotel is set to be a destination in itself, offering a complete leisure experience, with state-of-the-art health club, Ayurveda wellness centre, swimming pool and tennis court.

MOMBASA

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa 4* is situated North of Mombasa town on one of East Africa's most stunning white sand beaches, leading into the protected Mombasa Marine Park. Set over 23 acres of naturally landscaped greens with lily ponds, five free- form swimming pools and Lamu-style architecture, the resort has a unique ambience suited for an ultimate leisure retreat. Sarova Whitesands Resort has 338 rooms, a fine-dining seafood grill, a beach bar and disco, a Tulia Spa with an outdoor ocean-view Jacuzzi, PADI certified diving school and water-sports centre, with numerous other leisure and recreation facilities.

TSAVO

Ashnil Aruba Lodge 4* takes its name from the Aruba Dam, an oasis of limpid brown water that forms an irresistible attraction to both man and beast in the Tsavo East National Park. The new Aruba Lodge sits on an ideal site overlooking the Aruba Dam, constructed on the Voi river in 1952. Ashnil Aruba Lodge has 52 deluxe rooms, each with a terrace overlooking the Plains or the Aruba Dam. The lodge, set amongst landscaped gardens, offers: a swimming pool; fine restaurant; bar; cultural centre; souvenir shop; and of course, wonderful viewing platforms.

SAO TOME

The Pestana Sao Tome Hotel 5* is the first and only 5 star hotel in São Tomé and Príncipe. With unique panoramic views overlooking the ocean, it affords all of the comfort and sophistication sought in a fine hotel. Wide-open spaces and several leisure options, all under the quality flag of the Pestana Hotels and Resorts brand. The beauty of this luxurious hotel is complemented by the Pestana Vila Maria luxury condominium, located a few metres from the hotel, as well as a casino, discotheque, outdoor swimming pool and health club/spa.

MARRAKECH

Naoura Barriere 5* Hotel is located 3 km from Marrakech city centre and a short drive from the airport. Naoura Barrière is in the heart of Marrakesh's Medina, the ancient walled city. It's close to many of the best sightseeing spots, from the eight hundred-year old Koutoubia Mosque, to the largest traditional, open air market (souk) in Morocco.
The hotel features a business and fitness centre, lounge/bar, restaurants, spa and outdoor swimming pool

REYKJAVIK

The Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 4* Hotel is situated in the heart of Reykjavik, in the triangle that connects the new city centre, the historic and business districts of the city. The hotel is in close proximity to shopping, restaurants, bars, and historical monuments. The 252 guest rooms and suites make this the biggest hotel in Iceland. Hotel amenities include: health club; steam room; sauna; fitness facility; and a spa that offers massage, treatment rooms and beauty services. The Hilton also has a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café.

All pictures below were taken on the 2011 Northern Hemisphere World Tour

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INCLUSIONS and COSTS   Around The World by Macro Diamond - NORTH September 22 - October 21, 2013

A few of the Highlights

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FAQs      Around The World by Macro Diamond - NORTH September 22 - October 21, 2013

Won't I just feel like a number in such a large group?

Our private jet accommodates a maximum of 72 travelers on an aircraft typically designed to hold 180 passengers. Travelers are divided into two groups, each with its own Tour Leader. Travelers stay with this group and Leader for the entire Tour and get to know each other quite well - providing a small group experience within the larger tour. When we're touring by motorcoach, each group will typically have its own coach and local guide and may visit sites in a different order. Under-filling full size coaches offers an added level of comfort.

What are the Tour Leaders like?

Our tours are hosted and escorted by experienced and dedicated Leaders who love what they do. Although their focus is ensuring you enjoy and get the most out of your holiday, as well as working hard to resolve any issues that may arise, they enjoy their responsibilities not so much as a job, but as part of the group. They recognize that every trip is one of discovery and of making new friends. Their reward is to see that you have the best time of your life.

What are the hotels like?

We stay in 4 and 5 star hotels wherever available. In a few locations, we stay in the best locally available hotels.

What is the Flight Crew like?

The same crew stays with us for the entire trip. Typically, we'll have three Pilots, four Fight Attendants and a Flight Engineer.

When do we fly?

We fly during the day generally departing after 10:00 am. Meals and beverages are served onboard.

What is the food like (on the plane and off)?

Appetizing meals and open bar on the aircraft, a wide variety of foods at hotels and restaurants - often buffet style so diners can pick and choose and sample foreign - local fare.

What immunizations will I need?

Yellow fever is required and malaria prophylaxis is recommended. Please consult with your Travel Doctor

How much physical activity is required?

Due to the nature of this tour, passengers must be healthy and mobile. In fairness to the other travelers, preferential consideration cannot be extended. Special need facilities will not be available, nor special assistive devices accommodated (e.g. wheelchairs or walkers).

What are the aircraft seats like?

The aircraft is configured with 72 “big” (business class style) seats with ample legroom, wide aisle and standing room mid-cabin (over the wing).

Is there an opportunity to venture off on my own?

In addition to the free time included in the itinerary, travelers can also opt- out of any day's tour.

What do I need to bring (e.g. what types of clothes)?

In general, dress for our Tours is casual in the daytime and “smart casual” for evenings.

What do we do with our winter clothing?

A soft-sided nylon bag will be given to you in which to store your winter coat, hat and gloves in. This will be stowed in the cargo hold of the aircraft until needed.

What if I have special dietary needs?

Most dietary requirements can be accommodated on the aircraft and at dining venues.

How much luggage may I bring?

Baggage allowance is limited to one check-in suitcase plus one carry-on bag per person, for expediency in handling. Gratuities are included for your check-in suitcase only.

What if I become ill?

Medical assistance is available at all our destinations. Medical insurance is highly recommended.

What will the temperatures be like?
Sep/Oct HIGH LOW   HIGH LOW   HIGH LOW
Vancouver 18ºC 65ºF 6ºC 43ºF Kathmandu 25ºC 77ºF 15ºC 59ºF Marrakech 32ºC 89ºF 15ºC 59ºF
Anchorage 12ºC 53ºF -2ºC 28ºF Delhi/Agra 33ºC 93ºF 20ºC 68ºF Reykjavik 9ºC 48ºF 2ºC 35ºF
Beijing 25ºC 77ºF 8ºC 46ºF Dubai 33ºC 93ºF 23ºC 73ºF Toronto 20ºC 68ºF 3ºC 37ºF
Ho Chi Minh 31ºC 88ºF 24ºC 75ºF Mombasa 28ºC 82ºF 21ºC 70ºF          
Siem Reap 30ºC 87ºF 22ºC 71ºF Sao Tome 27ºC 81ºF 23ºC 73ºF          

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TERMS and CONDITIONS   Around The World by Macro Diamond - NORTH September 22 - October 21, 2013

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE: Due to the nature of this tour, passengers must be healthy and mobile. In fairness to the other travellers, preferential consideration cannot be extended. Special need facilities will not be available, nor special assistive devices accommodated (e.g. wheelchairs or walkers).

WILLING TO SHARE: We can assist those who would like to share by exchanging phone numbers and city/town only, with other persons wishing to share.

RESERVATIONS: are confirmed upon receipt of your payment. Information updates will be sent during the time between your booking and departure. Information material, final documentation and tickets will be sent to you by courier approximately 2 weeks before departure. Space is limited on the Tour - early booking is recommended.

THE TOUR PRICE: is quoted in Canadian dolls and is per person based on two persons sharing a room. For people requiring a single room, the single supplement applies. Personal travel insurance is not included. The applicable tour cost as noted in the brochure is subject to change due to changes in exchange rates or other factors beyond our control. The tour price does not include items of a personal nature such as beverages (unless included with the meal), laundry, phone calls etc.

MEALS: Meals will be provided as per the itinerary. B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, SL - Special Lunch, D - Dinner, SD - Special Dinner, IFL - In-Flight Lunch, IFD - In-Flight Dinner, IFM - In-Flight Meal

BAGGAGE: Baggage allowance is limited to one check-in suitcase and one carry- on bag per person, (for expediency in handling). Gratuities are included for only one suitcase per person. Carry-on bag is the responsibility of the passenger at all times. No responsibility is incurred for loss of, or damage to, tour members' baggage and property by Macro Diamond Baggage insurance is available.

PORTERAGE: Will be provided whenever possible for the check-in suitcase only.

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS: 100% of the fees will be refunded before August 22, 2013 due to special reasons with explanations. Deposits will not be refunded after August 22, 2013, but might be able to get credits for next year’s activity.

INSURANCE: Trip cancellation, health and accident insurance coverage is available and more information will be available to you upon registration.

RESPONSIBILITY: Macro Diamond acts as agent only for the various owners and contractors providing means of transportation and/or other services, and all certificates and other travel documents are subject to any and all of the terms and conditions specified by the supplier and to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied.

The participant agrees that neither Macro Diamond, nor its affiliates, officers, employees and tour director/leaders/escorts/hosts/hostesses shall be liable for any damage, delay inconvenience or loss (including personal injury, death and property loss) or expense occasioned by any act, error or omission of any supplier providing tour services or of any other person, nor can they assume responsibility for losses or additional expense due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, strike, terrorism, war, quarantine, pilferage, theft, monetary crisis, political or social unrest, labour problems, weather disturbances, local law, disease, dangerous situation or any act of God. Macro Diamond assumes no responsibility nor liability for any means of transportation used in the service of the passenger.

Macro Diamond reserves the right to reject any person as a participant should this person impede the operation of the trip, or affect the participation or enjoyment of other participants. To make changes or substitutions in any aspect of the itinerary including sightseeing, meals, meal venues, accommodation, flight times or schedules, aircraft or any other transportation whenever Macro Diamond or the supplier deems it necessary for any reason without prior notice. To change the order of events if necessary. To cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of sufficient passengers or the unavailability of a suitable aircraft. To substitute a tour director/leader/host if necessary.

The price of the program is based on tariffs and rates in effect in March 2013 and is subject to change. Any tariff, exchange rate or fuel surcharge may be passed on to the participants. It is understood that the air ticket shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the airline concerned. The airline concerned is not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Macro Diamond does not accept liability for any carrier’s cancellation penalty or change fee incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket connected with the tour.

ITINERARY AND FLIGHT CHANGES: Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the tour as planned, however, should any unforeseen event occur that would require the itinerary to be altered, we reserve the right to do so in the best interest of the group. The operation of all the flights are subject to foreign governments’ approval. In the event that a landing or flyover right cannot be obtained by the carrier, at our discretion, alternative arrangements will be made.

HEALTH and DOCUMENTS: It is the responsibility of each individual to make sure they have the required inoculations, visas and a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of travel.

MAPS: are for demonstration purposes only and may not be to scale nor show the tour routing exactly as per the itinerary. Pictures and diagrams are for illustration purposes only.

PHOTOGRAPHY and VIDEOS: We reserve the right to take photographs and/or videos during the tour for promotional purposes. If you prefer your image not be used, please notify us prior to the tour.

SMOKING: Not allowed on aircraft or coaches.

NOTICE ON PRIVACY: When booking a trip though Macro Diamond you are entrusting us with personal information that we need to use in the course of organizing the trip you have chosen.
While our employees and administration need to have access to that information in order to arrange your trip, we have taken measures to protect your privacy. Only limited and essential information is disclosed to the airlines, tour operators, cruise lines, insurance companies and other suppliers, for the sole purpose of arranging your particular trip. We are committed to maintaining your right to privacy and have established policies and procedures regarding the way we treat your personal information. To find out more about how we protect your privacy, please inquire.

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