The trip's standard itinerary includes flying around the world on a private jet (with chef) and such things as swimming with manta rays in Bora Bora, elephant trekking in Chiang Mai, cooking classes in Bali and a harbor bridge climb in Sydney. If those aren't quite unique or adventurous enough, guests are invited to customize their experience -- and that's where the camping with mahouts and other, just as unique experiences begin. Cameron says the trip attracts people who "want authentic experiences that their friends aren't necessarily having. Something they can talk about." The Four Seasons is not alone in working to offer well-heeled clients over-the-top experiences. Brian Tan, CEO of Zicasso, says customization is the name of the game. His company focuses a great deal of energy on making the right connections on the ground to be able to make almost any request possible. "It's about knowing the right people who know the right people," Tan says. Here's a look at some of the unique luxury vacation experiences that caught our eye: Paris haute couture Millions have been to the Eiffel Tower. Not everyone gets behind-the-scenes access to Paris design houses. Zicasso's Haute Couture tour makes it happen.
Developed for serious fashionistas, the tour is guided by a fashion expert and personal shopper who opens the doors of such legendary Paris fashion houses as Christian Dior and Chanel. If hot young designers are your thing, the tour will take that route and visit the workshop of Valentine Gauthier and the atelier of Korean designer Moon Young Hee.
Camping with elephants is an optional part on the Four Seasons "Around the World" trip, which begins at $87,900 -- camping with elephants cost extra. And only 15 spots are available. Fish shopping and sushi lessons from a premier chef So you love sushi? Always wanted to learn how to make it? But not at some ordinary cooking school. In Japan. With a top sushi chef. No problem. Your day will begin at Tsukiji Market -- the biggest fish and seafood market in the world. It can be daunting to visit on your own, especially if you don't speak Japanese. But on this trip you'll be accompanied by a chef from one of the best sushi restaurants in Tokyo who will walk you through the market and explain how he selects fish. After the fish is packaged and bought comes a private sushi-making lesson. This experience can be had as part of Zicasso's Fire and Ice Japan trip, which costs an average of $700 to $750 per day, per person. Nature photography in Hawaii with a professional photographer For those who've dreamed of shooting for National Geographic, here's a chance to get your portfolio ready by joining a professional nature photographer for an educational four-hour hike in Hawaii. The photographer will help you broaden your technical skills and sharpen your personal vision as you explore volcanic spatter cones and other unique landscapes -- another potential custom option, for an added cost, on the Around the World trip with the Four Seasons. Learn about Japanese gardening with a master If the elegance and simplicity of Japanese gardening has always fascinated you, here's your chance to stroll through some of Japan's finest gardens with an expert who will teach you about their history and aesthetics. Your lessons will include a diversity of garden genres unique to Japan -- from tea ceremony gardens to temple gardens. More importantly, you won't just be visiting famous sites trod by dozens of tourists; this custom option on Zicasso's Fire and Ice tour includes hidden gardens tied to Japan's Zen practice.