Here's a trip for those with time and money to spare. A South Australian travel agency, Far Horizons, is creating a tour tracing the route of the original Qantas flight from Australia to London in 1934...
The Sydney to London flight departs on August 30, 2011, with 17 stops through Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, India, the UAE, Syria, Turkey and France before arriving in London 20 days later.
Daily flying time will be limited to four hours at a maximum height of 6000 metres and overnight stays will be in hotels of the calibre of Raffles Singapore, the Oriental Bangkok and the Ritz London. There will be private excursions, including a dawn cruise on the Ganges and a visit to the Taj Mahal by moonlight.
The return flight on the same 44-seat Convair CV580 will depart London on September 20, 2011, and will stop 16 times in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia, Uzbekistan, India, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Brunei and Indonesia.
The price hasn't been set but Far Horizons organised two similar tours in 2007 with seats priced at $36,000. Both sold out.
To register interest phone 08 8564 0255 or see farhorizons.com.au.