Our homage to Magellan's original Voyage of Discovery
The Magellan Odyssey – What to Expect
June 30, 2021
In 1519, Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain with a fleet of five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands. His journey was daring and ambitious, taking almost three years to return to port. En route, he discovered the “Strait of Magellan” and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. His explorations are historically significant and proved that the world was not only much larger than we had previously imagined but also that it could be circumnavigated by sea.
Magellan’s expedition inspired our own world Odyssey and in celebration of our 10-year anniversary, we have curated a journey that is a modern interpretation of this original voyage of discovery.
Named for this intrepid explorer, the Magellan Odyssey is Art in Voyage’s homage to travel, and we are excited to announce that we have confirmed our departure for 2022! Designed with top-class experiences in mind, this once-in-a-lifetime travel event will introduce guests to a world of new adventures spanning 5 continents and 10 countries over 28 days.
“This is a project dear to our heart – one that comes from 10 years of developing unique themed journeys around the world,” says CEO of Art in Voyage, Mikael Audebert.
“We could not have thought of a better time than our 10-year anniversary to bring our world tour vision to life. As such, we are excited to provide guests from around the globe with a chance to check off many items on their bucket list – with just one trip.
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“In developing the itinerary for the tour, we carefully studied the type of destinations guests would normally not visit on their own, either because of the remote location or simply because of the difficulty in justifying an entire week there,” Audebert states.
“We could have included the usual suspects, like Paris, Tuscany and the likes of Thailand. Instead, we have gone beyond the norms to ensure each of our stops provides a unique experience for all participants.”
An Unrivaled View of Peru
After a short flight south from our meeting point in the United States, we make our first stop of the World Tour in Peru!
Sightseeing takes on new heights as we journey from Arequipa to Cusco onboard the lavish Belmond Andean Explorer train. Traversing one of the highest train routes ever constructed, this meandering path offers guests a chance to immerse themselves in the wonderful scenery of this historic countryside.
Stargazing in the Atacama Desert
Next stop, Chile!
Touchdown in the world’s driest desert for an evening of unparalleled stargazing amidst a scene of golden sand dunes and glimmering salt pans.
Here, you will be immersing yourself in what can be described as an ancient land, filled with stunning views of desert landscapes, mountains and so much more! With the ultimate luxury escape, this will be a massive tick on your bucket list.
Bouncing around the Bush in Tanzania
For our third leg of the Magellan Odyssey, we will be taking a trip over to Africa, where Tanzania will play host to the Great Migration!
For 3 days and 3 nights, witness the incredible force and beauty of nature of Tanzania’s oldest game reserve. Marvel at the majestic wildlife that abounds in nature’s original playground as you enjoy enjoying luxurious pampering in the heart of the Serengeti.
From a massage under the trees overlooking a watering hole, to dinner under the stars paired with a delicious wine – could there be a better way to living this dream?
Ancient Archaeology by Candlelight in Jordan
After a quick flight from Tanzania, we welcome you to Jordan!
History and culture unite in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan where a candlelit walk through the mountains delivers you to a private dinner on the archaeological site, Little Petra.
From 5-star accommodation, spa experiences second to none and an entirely new type of culture to step into, this promises to be a truly spectacular stop on our adventures across the globe.
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Wined and Dined in Bordeaux
Next, we hop over to Europe for our stop in the Bordeaux Wine Region of France.
Luxury and leisure combine as we indulge in the delights of this area that is best known for its cheese and wine. On this leg of our travels, guests will be wined and dined at three prestigious wine estates, sampling the best food and wine that this area has to offer. Once here, guests will also have access to a selection of vintage cars that can be utilized for sunny escapes into the countryside at their leisure.
The Magical and Mystical Lapland
Its time to head to our most northern destination from France, and experience a true winter wonderland – Lapland!
Finnish Lapland is a quintessential winter wonderland. Husky farms, snowmobiles and sleigh rides are just a few of the delights on offer in this region full of contrasts and Christmassy cheer. Bundled up against the cold, our days will be filled with fun forays into the snow, gingerbread master classes and immersion into Finnish culture and history. Join us fireside for engaging conversations and excellent food and wine.
Reset and Reconnect in Bhutan
From Europe, our journey takes us on to Asia, and our seventh stop – Bhutan!
Step back in time, and slide into a whole new world filled with culture, history and beauty – not to mention amazing food! Staying in luxury, guests will be welcomed to a spectacular hotel built on the riverbank, with stunning views all around!
Over three days of reflection and renewal, you will be fully immersed in the ancient traditions of Bhutan. Crafting a deeply personal experience with our concierge team, this is a time to rediscover the meaning of life.
This is arguably one of the most spiritual places on Earth and you will leave Bhutan with renewed vigor and a deeper appreciation for life, the people and the planet.
Explore the Fertile Forests of Thailand
As we bid Bhutan a fond farewell, we head off to the fertile forests of Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Pick and choose your daily itinerary from an array of diverse activities contained within the heart the jungle. Boat rides, cooking classes and temple tours are just some of the delights you can explore at your leisure.
Wilderness Adventures in New Zealand
For the penultimate leg of our Odyssey, we are giving you the choice of experiencing the majesty of New Zealand, in your own way. Create your own experience in this location, choosing to explore Taupo on the North Island or Milford Sound and Waiheke towards the South.
Glaciers and fiords adorn the mainland of this picturesque island setting that is as scenic as it is friendly. New Zealand provides guests with a comforting mixture of nature, wildlife and lavish food and wine.
An Island Utopia in French Polynesia
Peace and tranquility are the buzzwords for this final leg of your world travel event and on our final stop we head to French Polynesia and the islands of Bora Bora.
Surrounded by azure oceans and lush, tropical slopes, this romantic paradise will revive your soul and cement the memories of your time spent exploring the world with us!
Confirmed Departure 2022!
There is no better time to see the world and uncover the many perfect places that make this planet so rich and fascinating. Our Odyssey departs November 05, 2022 and it is with great excitement that invite you to join us!
Step out of your comfort zone and awaken your zest for travel in 2022.