“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” –St. Augustine
Some of the world’s most priceless treasures are the stories behind the historical sites and ancient cities that you’ve only read about in books or seen on travel shows. Thanks to modern transportation, like your private jet, witnessing this living history in person is simpler than ever.
Amalfi Coast, Salerno, Italy
The Costiera Amalfitana on the southern coast of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area stretches from Sorrento to Salerno and is the home of several cliff-side Mediterranean fishing villages in places like Positano, Furore, Amalfi and Conca dei Marini. The sparkling azure coastline is filled beautifully colored terraced houses with distinct Arab-Sicilian architecture, medieval streets, limestone karst formations and groves of lemon trees, and is one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the country.
The region was founded in the 4th century AD and served as a maritime superpower in the 9th through 12th centuries, but people have inhabited it since the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic times. Tourists didn’t start visiting the Amalfi Coast until the last couple of centuries because one could only reach it by sea. Thanks to the construction of the Amalfi Drive, also known as Highway 163 or Nastro Azzuro (Blue Ribbon), you now have easy access to all the historical monuments in the area—as long as you don’t mind driving along roads that cling to cliff faces.
Amazonian Rainforest, Orellana, Ecuador
It used to be that the Galapagos Islands were the main attractions in Ecuador. The rise in eco-tourism, however, has lured those who wish to see the virgin forests of Orellana with vegetation that fights for unclaimed ground and exotic animals, like the pygmy monkeys that fit in the palm of your hand.
Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana explored the Orellana province during the 1540s as he searched for the legendary El Dorado, the lost city of gold, and the rumored Nutmeg Forest (nutmeg was an expensive luxury spice in Europe). In fact, the Amazon River was once called the Orellana River. Orellana encountered several native residents during his trips to Ecuador, and many still exist. For example, you can find members of the Quichua tribe near Pilchicoca Lake.
During your trip, visit protected areas like the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (Reserva de Producción Faunística Cuyabeno). The reserve differs from others in the area because of its geographic location at the foot of the Andes mountain range. The area’s poor drainage allows for the formation of eight major ecosystems. Consequently, the area is cooler and attracts a greater diversity of plant and animal species, such as river dolphins, tapirs, monkeys, manatees, Caymen crocodiles, anaconda snakes and the Giant and Neo-tropical river otters.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
As the largest capital city in the U.S., Boston was home to the country’s first European settlers and is one of the oldest cities in the New World. Many key events happened in Boston: the American Revolution occurred, Battle of Bunker Hill, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party and the Siege of Boston. It didn’t take long for this historic city to become New England’s commercial, financial, political, educational, religious and transportation center. Boston is also the location of the country’s first public school in 1635 and the first subway system in 1897. During the Civil War era, Boston was the hub of several anti-slavery activities.
Charter a private jet to Boston and begin your trip on the Freedom Trail, a walking tour that starts at Boston Commons and visits 16 historic sites such as Paul Revere’s home, the Old North Church, Boston Harbor and the USS Constitution. Then shop and eat at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, where Samuel Adams famously issued his liberty demands.
Ask your concierge to get you tickets into the Boston Museum of Fine Arts or to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra or Pops Orchestra. If you have the itch to shop, head to Newbury Street, which is coined “Rodeo Drive of the East.”
About Solairus Aviation:
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Solairus was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Solairus has over twenty-five base locations across the United States, Europe and Asia, employing more than two hundred flight crew and support personnel to operate a fleet currently numbering over fifty aircraft. Solairus is an Aviation Research Group/US Platinum-Rated and Wyvern Wingman certified charter operator. Solairus has also received the NBAA Commercial Business Flying Safety Award and is an IS-BAO stage two certified company. Solairus offers a full range of services in addition to aircraft management, which includes aircraft charter sales, aviation support services, and consulting. For more information about Solairus Aviation, visit www.solairus.aero or call 800-359-7861.