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Published on Thursday, May 24, 2007

“Bespoke” is new trend for well-heeled travelers

“Bespoke” is another word for customized travel, and it’s one of the latest trends for travelers.

For the rich, that is, who are viewing it as the preferred way to see the world, says Canada’s Globe and Mail.

“For a minimum of $300 a person a day, or as much as $900,000 over two weeks, you can customize a vacation down to every last detail,” the newspaper said.

With bespoke travel, tourists sit down with personal vacation planner’s months ahead of leaving to design an itinerary, book accommodations and deal with special requests.

Need a private yacht to sail down the Balkan coast? No problem.

Want to smoke Cuban cigars on a trek through the Northwest Territories? Bespoke agencies will ensure there's a stocked humidor at the local lodge.

Pamela Lassers, a trip planner with Abercrombie & Kent, a US-based agency, says she has seen all kinds of custom requests, the newspaper said.

One client, a doctor touring Africa, wanted to see the hospital where the world's first heart transplant took place. Ms Lassers helped arranged a guided visit to Cape Town's Groote Schuur Hospital, where Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the operation on Dec. 3, 1967.

Report by David Wilkening

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