World's most expensive holiday

20:47, Mar 20 2013
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The historic Taj Mahal in the northern Indian city of Agra.
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A tourist walks next to the "Moai" statues on Easter Island. The ancestors of residents of Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, carved and mounted the huge stone head statues staring out to sea, that the island is famous for.
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Tourist visits the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo.
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Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England.
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A man walks inside the snow-covered Forbidden City after heavy snowfall overnight, in central Beijing.
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Tourists visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
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Tourists visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
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A tourist peers over a ledge overlooking the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River below, on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona.
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A view of the Treasury (Khazneh) of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.
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Tourists explore the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.
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The Parthenon on the Acropolis at sunset in Athens, Greece.
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A view of Saint Peter's Square during the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis in Vatican City, Vatican.
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Swimming with the Whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef.
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Snorkelling in Coral Bay, Ningaloo Marine Park.
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Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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Whitsunday Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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Kakadu National Park
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Kakadu National Park

It's the trip-of-several-lifetimes.

Unfortunately, you'll probably have to work for several lifetimes to pay for it.

A British web company has begun marketing a two-year super-luxury jaunt taking in the world's 962 UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the, ahem, bargain price of AU$1.5 million ($1.89 million) per couple.

The indulgent adventure will theoretically wind its way through 157 countries.

Travellers who are lucky enough to be able to leave their jobs, mortgages and financial cares behind will be guided around sites including the Taj Mahal in India, Stonehenge, Egypt's Pyramids of Giza, Easter Island, China's Forbidden City, Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon, Petra in Jordan, the Acropolis and the Vatican City.

Australia's 19 UNESCO sites will also be covered, including the Ningaloo Coast, the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park.

The company behind the trip, VeryFirstTo.com, stipulates that all destinations must be "safe and pragmatic" at the time of visit.

This would rule out certain sites that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade currently advises against travel to, such as Sudan and certain regions of Bangladesh and Indonesia.

Part of what will make the trip - which has yet to be purchased - so expensive, is that it will be done in luxury, with travel in business class or superior when possible.

Accommodation includes luxury hotels such as the Hotel George V in Paris, the Plaza in New York, the Cipriani in Venice, The Ritz-Carlton in Moscow and the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai.

Guided tours of the sites are included in the price, as is a $9212 donation to UNESCO, presumably to round the price tag off to an even 1 million pounds.

Founder of Veryfirstto.com, Marcel Knobil, told The Daily Mail his company was for people "who like to be the very first to have and do wonderful luxury things whatever the price tag".

Other decadent experiences offered by the site include the chance to wake up surrounded by more than one million rose petals for $128,723, the world's most expensive Christmas dinner ($229,682 for four) and the chance to have your marriage proposal made into a national TV advert, for above $250,000.

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