Wouldn’t we all like to do what Phileas Fogg did? Cross continents and oceans in search of new experiences, preferably for a very long time? Perhaps that is why Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days still resonates almost 150 years later: we are restless and insatiable explorers.
This is obviously one of the many reasons that the past year has been frustrating. But now that the world is opening up a little more, maybe it’s time to think about indulging this globetrotting instinct as fully as possible – maybe even doing exactly what Fogg did. To mark the anniversary of Verne’s novel, a travel agency is organizing a tour that takes travelers around the world in 80 days. And to pay homage to Fogg’s journey, attendees won’t even have to jump on a single plane.
Travelers will begin the epic three-month journey in London, before traveling by train to Paris, Zurich, Vienna and Lviv in Ukraine. They will then travel by sleeper to Moscow, before taking other trains along the historic Silk Road trade route through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China, including relays in Beijing, Shanghai. and Xiamen. And probably the biggest challenge of the trip, participants will then board a freighter for a massive 16-day crossing from the Pacific to North America (so, uh, don’t sign up if you’re seasick. easily).
The second leg of the tour will include stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as a transcontinental train journey across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto. You will then spend a few days in Montreal and Halifax, before boarding a cargo ship across the Atlantic to return to Southampton in the UK.
This route is a bit exhausting just thinking about it, but if that sounds like you, you will also need to have some pretty deep pockets. Around the world prices organized by Unknown destinations, start for just £ 17,950 per person (including accommodation, transport, entrance fees and some food).
But listen carefully: if you’ve read the novel, you’ll know that in 1872 Fogg made the trip with a massive bet of £ 20,000 (today’s £ 2.3million in silver). So maybe, in fact, it’s a good deal?
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