Luxury Insider | March 2010
Adventures of a Lifetime-Live Like Kublai Khan
When proffered a themed tour touted as the “Most Luxurious Trip in the World”, you’d expect 100% royal treatment. Especially if it carries USD2 million price tag. Singapore-based luxury travel group Urbane Nomads serves it up on a silver platter. It’s first class all the way as you follow in the footsteps of 13th century Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan, whose lavish springtime hunting expeditions were described by Marco Polo as using lions, leopards, and eagles in the hunt. The Great Khan was also said to have travelled in the company of thousand of soldiers, officers of court and noblemen, as well as some 10,000 falconers and bird catchers. Your own 16-day hunting odyssey through the remote, untamed landscapes of Mongolia starts with stays in the presidential suite of the Park Hyatt Beijing and a private villa designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, in the über exclusive Commune by the Great Wall resort. Fly by private jet to various points in Mongolia, a private chef and a private butler in tow, and the personal attention of specialist tour guides including the likes of an award-winning filmmaker. Learn the traditional sport of eagle hunting from Kazakh eagle hunters in the western Mongolian province, Bayan-Ölgii. Your portrait with the majestic bird will be vividly capture in an oil painting, done by a famous painter and falconer who counts as patrons HM Queen Elizabeth II and members of Gulf royal families. Spend the night in a luxurious mobile yurt for an unforgettable wilderness experience. Heading north, you’ll be guided on a horseback riding expedition by academic researchers who study and conserve Mongolian reindeer. This trip is slated during Mongolia’s hunting season, so you can be assured of a most fruitful hunting trip – and one that Kublai Khan would be proud of.