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Vitali
154504.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:10 am Reply with quote

The world's most expensive package tour "Around the World by Private Jet" operated by Abercrombie & Kent. Cost (3 years ago) -
$70,000 US dollars per person for 28 days! Drinks not included!

source: was on the tour myself for 8 days (for free - it was a newspaper assignment).

Any other examples of things outrageously (and unnecessarily) extravagant?

Copy to "Excursions"

 
eggshaped
154507.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:13 am Reply with quote

I wonder if space-tourism trumps this as the most expensive package tour?

 
Vitali
154509.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:14 am Reply with quote

A couple of other cases of extravagance:
A businessman paid 4,950 pounds for a bottle of Chateau Romanee-Conti, 1985, in 1999.
A case of Chateau Petrus was sold for 22,848 pounds at Sotheby's in 2000.

 
Vitali
154512.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:16 am Reply with quote

A space trip can hardly be considered a package tour that normally involves a sizeable group of people. Or else we could limit the question to "earth-bound" travel...

 
dr.bob
154523.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:31 am Reply with quote

There was, of course, the famous example of a dinner for six costing £44,007 at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants:

http://www.rediff.com/us/2001/jul/16uk1.htm

The report says the meal "included several bottles of Chateau Petrus claret, one of which cost 12,300 pounds."

Apparently they also left a four figure tip.

Makes me wish I was a waiter :)

 
Flash
154525.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:35 am Reply with quote

Apparently Catherine the Great called the Winter Palace in St Petersburg (which is vast and stuffed with expensive stuff) the Hermitage because she intended it as somewhere she could be alone with her collection.

 
Vitali
155999.  Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:59 am Reply with quote

Extravagance/Excesses/Ceaucescu

In the mid-1980s, the Romanian dictator Ceaucescu decided to construct the world's biggest building – The Palace of the Republic – and only his execution in December 1989 stopped him from completing the project. The 101-metre-high building (as it is, it is the world's 2nd largest structure – after the Pentagon) has the shape of wedding cake, disfigured by drunken guests (Ceaucescu copied its design from a somewhat smaller palace of the late North Korean “great leader” Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang). For six years, 20, 000 workers and 400 architects toiled 24 hours a day on its construction. The total volume of the palace's interior is 2,500,000 cubic metres, more than that of the largest Egyptian pyramid. The 330,000 square metres of flooring were covered with 220,000 square metres of hand-made Transylvanian carpets. 3,000 massive chandeliers hung from the ceilings. All curtains were embroidered with gold and silver, and columns were made of pink marble. In short, it was indeed the world's biggest monument to wasteful, aggressive and authoritarian kitsch, a cornucopia of tasteless extravagance.
The foundations of the palace, which was connected by underground tunnels with numerous Ceaucescu residences around Bucharest, were 500 metres deep. A special underground mini-train was always ready to take Ceaucescu and his wife to their private airport in case of emergency. All that at the time when ordinary Romanian people could have water, heating and electricity for just 2 hours a day!

Own research

 

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