'Caravaggio by Private Jet'

August 28 2015

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On the back page of my newly arrived Royal Academy Friends magazine is an advert for probably the most expensive art history tour in the world; 'Following Caravaggio by Private Jet'. 8 nights, in 'five star hotels' takes you to Rome, Malta and Sicily - for £10,995 ('based on Twinshare'). Wowee.

Since I'm sure all AHNers will be queuing up to go... here are the highlights from Private Jet Tours' website:

We are very pleased to have secured, what we believe, to be one of the best VIP Private Jets for group travel. A division of Iceland Air offers an exclusive Boeing 757-200 aircraft with services tailored to our needs. The aircraft comes in a 50-seat configuration with lie-flat sleeper seats.

All meals including 3 “your choice” dinners offering a choice of restaurants.

Local English speaking guides and our own expert, Canon Dr Anne Davison (a NADFAS Accredited Lecturer).

Private viewing at Galleria Borghese in Rome.

Private lunch at a Nobleman’s House in Rome - 'Day3' 'We will then visit one of the palaces of Rome where we will meet a member of the aristocratic family who currently resides in the palace and we will also enjoy some fine Italian cuisine.'

Private viewing at Co-Cathedral Valetta of 2 Caravaggio’s paintings.

'Day 2' - Following a leisurely breakfast we transfer you to the Harrods Aviation Private Jet Terminal at London Luton Airport which is a quiet haven away from the main terminal where we check in and relax with a coffee or tea before boarding our jet for the first time. 

And just in case you're worried about not getting prime spot in the Jet...

We do operate a seat rotation system and move people around the aircraft for each sector which we believe is a fair way of allowing most a chance to sit at a window, at the front or at the back of the aircraft.

So that's all right then.

It's not my cup of tea, but doubtless there's some people out there who can afford it, and would like to know more about Caravaggio in some style. I suppose if I was offered a free place on such a tour for 'Van Dyck by Private Jet', would I go? Deffo. Though I'd politely skip the visit to 'the Nobleman's house'.

The tour departs on 16th April 2016. Sign up here!

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