If you’re a James Bond fan and you have $800,000 to spare, this is the perfect vacation for you. The 007-themed 21-day, seven-country luxury tour could have you living a life straight out of a Bond movie. The package includes luxury hotels, private jets, sports cars, casino stops, speedboats and three-star gourmet meals. The tour was announced last Thursday by luxury goods and services website VeryFirstTo.com.
The premium action-packed vacation for two starts off in London. Subsequent destinations include Monte Carlo, Venice, Istanbul and special attractions in India and Thailand – locations that have all been featured in previous Bond movies. “The privileged purchasers will be staying at the finest hotels seen in the Bond films, often staying in the same hotel rooms,” said Leija Graf from Select Collection, one of the organizers of the trip.
In London, the tour will begin at the Dorchester Hotel, which is where the opening scene of the new James Bond book, Solo, is set. Guests will be served a Martini masterclass, before being whisked away on a London ‘Bond’ tour in a Rolls-Royce. A private jet will then transport them to Nice, and from there a helicopter will transfer them to Monaco. A short limousine ride later, they will spend the night at Mertopole Hotel, one of the finest in the principality.
VIP passes are provided to the guests at Le Casino de Monte Carlo, which includes access to the Salons Privés where the game of Chemin de Fer, the original version of card game baccarat, is exclusively played. An Aston Martin will take guests to Alpes Maritimes, after which they’ll be switching to a Ferrari to recreate the car chase in the Golden Eye movie. A yacht tour of Venice is also on the itinerary, just like in Casino Royale.
In Turkey, guests will be put up at the Four Seasons in Istanbul. Walking tours of the rooftops of the Istanbul Bazaar are organized – reminiscent of Skyfall. In Thailand, a speedboat will transfer them to Pang Nga Bay, where a private 40-foot traditional Hong Kong boat named Sealion awaits. Koh Phing Kan, also known as James Bond Island, is also one of the destinations; it was featured in the film The Man with the Golden Gun. Here, guests will actually get to take part in a reenactment of the famous duel scene on the beach.
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The last stop is the Goldeneye estate in Jamaica, where author Ian Fleming is known to have written the 14 Bond novels, on which the films are based. The estate is now a luxury hotel. According to Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Outpost that runs the estate, “They will have access to a vintage Bond car and be taken by helicopter and speedboat to all the spots featured in Dr No, including Crab Key and of course the setting of arguably the most famous Bond girl scene – Ursula Andress rising from the sea.”
“Whichever couple purchases the trip will be living the Bond life for 21 exhilarating days in 7 countries that have hosted many of the iconic films,” VeryFirstTo representatives announced, in a press release. “They will be traveling by private jet across the globe as well as playing in casinos, sipping martinis, experiencing the transportation made famous by Bond including speedboats, yachts, tuk-tuks and of course, cars including Ferrari and Aston Martin.”
It’s surprising that the company isn’t expecting any legal trouble from the actual Bond franchise. But, since similar tours have been organized in the past, they believe that ‘it won’t be a problem.’
Source: London Evening Standard