The New York Times has joined with the upscale tour company Abercrombie & Kent to offer deluxe tours to readers in the upper reaches of the top 1 percent. Those of us who can’t afford to participate may console ourselves that we would gladly pay a modest sum to avoid confinement in a narrow space with such luminaries of the Times as Nicholas Kristof. I’m thinking of it all as money saved!
For a tour price of $148,500 per person (subtract $13,500 per person if traveling as a a couple), consider this: Around the World by Private Jet: Cultures in Transformation. Departure is scheduled for February 8, 2018. Here is the pitch:
Fly around the world in a customized Boeing 757 jet for the ultimate in luxury travel. Spend 26 days visiting such places as Iran, Cuba, Colombia, Australia, Myanmar and Iceland. Four award-winning New York Times journalists will accompany you, each for several days as you visit areas where they have expertise.
Combining the best of several Times Journeys itineraries and offered jointly with Abercrombie & Kent, this global tour offers a worldview like no other. It begins in New York, then stops in Cuba, Colombia and Easter Island; continues to Australia and Myanmar; then to Iran and Morocco; and to Iceland. In addition to the Times expert who accompanies you, meet other Times journalists and local experts for additional insights. In the air, your private jet comes with lie-flat beds and a dedicated cabin crew and chef. Circle the globe with The New York Times and Abercrombie & Kent on this unique journey for unparalleled access and perspective.
In “The stupefying hypocrisy of the luxury-peddling New York Times,” Heather Mac Donald highlights the comedy. Heather notes: “The privileged guests’ who will pay $148,500 for single occupancy, $135,000 for double occupancy, in such properties as a ‘former Persian caravansary,’ will no doubt nod appreciatively at Kristof’s hand-wringing about income disparities.”