China sure loves luxury, and it’s getting its share of special treatment too. And now the Chinese luxury lovers wish to take a guided tour of the world too, as a 66-day around-the-world tour got sold out in 13 seconds flat after the reservation hotline was thrown open. Priced at RMB 660,000 (US$104,654), the tips organised by Ctrip.com, one of China’s biggest online travel agencies has only 11 people onboard, as the 12th didn’t want to share accommodations.
The visa process took about six months to complete as the group started from Shanghai on January 29. The group will stop over at Australia first, and proceed for a 24-day tour in South America, with a cruise onboard Silversea from Ushuaia to Antarctica in the offing. The trip also includes a stopover at mardi gras Brazilian carnival, a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, a stay at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and a visit to the Aurora Borealis in Finland’s glass-ceilinged Kakslauttanen hotel.
The trip would end on the 3rd of April will visits to Dubai, India and Hong Kong in the last leg of the tour. Reports suggest that at least 20 more people are waiting for the next leg of the trip to be arranged, so it might just be a long wait for your number to come!