by Jonathan Vatner | July 01, 2006

Potala Palace in Lhasa, TibetTCS Expeditions flies groups to far-flung locales in a plush private jet and then takes them on in-depth tours (i.e., expect to cover the history of China in two weeks). Destinations can include Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet (right); a bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan (bottom left); the buddhas of Laos (bottom right); and a village in Benin, West Africa (bottom). (866) 276-9077; www.tcs-expeditions.com  

a bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan

buddhas of Laos

and a village in Benin, West Africa