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The famous Golden Triangle in Rajasthan, northern India
This tour needs little introduction as it is probably the best known India holiday, visiting all the usual well known cities and sights, including the incomparable Taj Mahal in Agra. For your time in Delhi you will stay at a good 4 star hotel, in Agra you stay at a hotel in Taj Mahal view rooms. In Jaipur, you will stay at a beautiful converted haveli (a local merchant’s city ‘palace’) which gives you a real flavour of India, plus you will a visit an Indian family and learn the art of Indian cooking and dine with them, giving you a real authentic experience.
With all the usual sightseeing on this tour (see below itinerary) this is the perfect introduction to India for a first time traveller.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Fly London Heathrow to Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
Day 2 Arrival Delhi Meeting and assistance by our representative at arrival lounge of New Delhi airport. Transfer to your Hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure to recover from your flight.
Day 3 In Delhi Visit the Old quarters of Delhi, including Chandni chowk street market; Jama Masjid mosque; Spice market with Rickshaw ride; drive past Red Fort; a photo stop at India Gate & Government Buildings; the breathtaking Agrasen ki baoli stepwell; Gandhi Smriti memorial and The Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple.
Day 4 Delhi to Agra (205 Kms / 04 Hrs) Morning drive to Agra. Check in to your hotel on arrival and later visit Agra Fort in the afternoon and an evening visit to Mehatab Bagh.
Day 5 In Agra Morning visit Taj Mahal, gleaming white in the bright sunshine. In the afternoon, you may take optional visit to Itmad ud Daulah & Sikandra (pay locally).
Day 6 Agra – Jaipur (239 Kms / 05 hrs) Drive to Jaipur, enroute visit the desert city of Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri to see the oldest and grandest stepwell in Rajasthan. On arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel and remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 7 In Jaipur Proceed for elephant ride at Amer (Amber) Fort followed by Jaigarh & Nahargarh Fort. Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory, make a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind) then visit Baapu bazaar to explore the local market on your way back to the hotel with your evening at leisure.
Day 8 In Jaipur Day free at leisure. In the late afternoon visit a local Indian family and learn the art of Indian cooking and dine with them.
Day 9 Jaipur to Delhi Transfer, by road, to Delhi and overnight at a hotel in Delhi’s Aerocity, close to the airport.
Day 10 Appropriately timed transfer to teh airport for your return flight to the UK
Tour Price (Valid for 01 Apr 2017 to 30 Sep 2017 departures only)
02 persons on Double/Twin room sharing basis - GBP 995 per person (Land only)
Single supplement: GBP 495 (for third person travelling with minimum 2 others)
Single person travelling alone - GBP 1495 per person based on Single occupancy of a Double/Twin room or bungalow
Tour Price Includes:
08 Nights hotel accommodation in single occupancy Double or Twin room on Half Board basis (breakfast & dinner).
All transfers and sightseeing tours by AirCon vehicle
Guide and Entrance fees for single visit at each site only
Services of local English speaking guide at Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Elephant ride at Amer Fort in Jaipur
Visit to Indian family for home hosted cooking demonstration with dinner
Assistance by our Representative at Hotels and for arrival and departure Airport transfers.
All currently applicable taxes and levies.
Tour Price does not Include: International flights; India Visa charge; Camera / Video charges at the monuments; Personal expenses like telephone bills, wifi charges at hotels, laundry charges, table drinks & TIPS etc.; Any drinks during meals; Any other items not mentioned above or otherwise specified as included in the tour program.
City, sea and sand - India’s beautiful, tropical southern state of Kerala
Day 01 Fly UK to Kerala
Day 02 On arrival at Cochin Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Fort Cochin.
Cochin (Kochi) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port, which became the principal harbour for Malabar Coast’s spice trade, on the main trade route between Europe and China. The rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, attracting Jews and Christians who built places of worship and their own communities.
Free time at the hotel to rest a little after your long flight.
At 1730 hrs, proceed to a local cultural dance theatre to see live Kathakaly dances and other performing arts of Kerala. Overnight at Cochin
Day 03 Breakfast at the hotel, then guided sightseeing of Cochin including the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry; the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called Jew Town; St Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India; Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. Another attraction is the Chinese fishing nets believed to be brought to Kochi by Chinese Traders.
Later in the evening enjoy a guided cruise in the backwaters around Cochin Harbour and watch the sunset. This 2 hour motorboat cruise starts from Fort Cochin, passes by some of the islands around Kochi and finishes at Fort Cochin, where you can watch the sunset at the mouth of the backwaters where it opens out into the Arabian Sea. The Chinese fishing nets standing out in a pink haze against the backdrop of the sunset is a truly memorable sight. Overnight at Cochin
Day 04 After breakfast you will be driven to Marari Beach (60 km / 1.30 hrs).
Here you will stay at a small beach resort, close to the, seemingly, endless golden beach, with its colourful local fishing boats and backdrop of palm and deciduous trees. You can spend time on the beach, laze in hammocks strung between the trees or lie on comforable loungers and sunbathe. You can sit on your own verandah and sip tea or something stronger! In the trees and flowering shrubs which are throughout the resort, you will always see a variety of birds and cute squirrels. There are lots of resorts in this area but this one is special in its intimate feel and that it is very close to the beach unlike many along this stretch of coastline. The food here is also exceptional and you will happily spend your evenings over a leisurely dinner, gazing through the trees watching the sun set over the sea. Overnight at Marari (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 05 to Day 10 Full days at leisure to enjoy the facilities at the resort or laze on the beach. Day tours to nearby towns or, a daytime cruise through the backwaters can also be arranged by our local office, or, we can include these for you when you book your holiday. Overnight at Marari (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 11 Breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to Cochin (60 km / 1.30 hrs). Time for last minute shopping or just relaxing at the roof top swimming pool. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 12 On time transfer to Cochin Airport (40 km / 1 .30 hr) to connect your onward flight.
Tour cost: £ 1086 per person based on Twin/Double room share
Single Supplement for 3rd person travelling with 2 others- £ 460
Single Person travelling alone - £ 1665
Tour Cost Includes
10 Nights accommodation and meals as stated above at hotels
All Transfers/sightseeing by air-con Toyota 'Innova' or similar
English speaking local guide service at Cochin
Kathakalli show at Cochin
Two hour Harbour Cruise with guide at Cochin
Assistance on arrival and departure at Kochi (Cochin) Airport
Mineral Water, Tissue and Snacks in the vehicle
Applicable current taxes (Subject to change)
Tour Cost Does Not Include
International flights to Kochi (Cochin)
Any item not shown as included in above itinerary
There is no vehicle supplied during leisure days at Marari Sands
India’s famous Golden Triangle
‘Special Madagascar’ Summer Special
The ‘land of the lemurs’ beckons you to visit on this very special, exceptionally low priced tour of this fascinating island.
Situated off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is truly a land of wonders, with strangely shaped vegetation and animals unique to the island.
On this tour you will enjoy French style cuisine….. see the famous, fabulous lemurs, which will steal your heart….. slow moving chameleons….. colourful birds…. out of this world landscapes and much, much more.
Day 1 : Fly London Heathrow Airport to Antananarivo, Madagascar on scheduled flight (ETD 2010 hrs)
Day 2 : Arrival into Antananarivo Overnight: Orchid Hotel (B)
Day 3 : Internal flight Antananarivo to Tuléar / Isalo National Park Overnight: Jardin du Roy (B/D)
Day 4 : Visit Isalo National Park Overnight: Jardin du Roy (B/D)
Day 5: Isalo National Park / Ranomafana National Park Overnight: Setam Lodge (B/D)
Day 6 : Visit Ranomafana National Park / Antsirabe Overnight: Hotel Camelia (B/D)
Day 7: Antsirabe / Andasibe National Park Overnight: Grace Lodge (B/D)
Day 8 Visit Andasibe National Park / Manambato / Pangalanes Canals Overnight: Bush House (B/D)
Day 9: Visit Palmarium Overnight: Bush House (B/D)
Day 10: Pangalanes Canals / Internal flight Tamatave to Antananarivo Overnight: Orchid Hotel (B/D)
Day 11: Antananarivo / Ampefy Overnight: Kavitaha Hotel (B/D)
Day 12: Ampefy Overnight: Kavitaha Hotel (B/D)
Day 13: Ampefy / Lemur’s Park / Antananarivo Overnight: Grand Mellis (B/D)
Day 14: Visit Antananarivo city and appropriately timed transfer to the airport for your international flight
Day use room: Grand Mellis Hotel (D)
Day 15: Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or other home country
Tour cost: £ 2150 per person (Land arrangements only)
Recommended international airfare on Air France scheduled service - from £ 650 per person, subject to availability at time of booking
TOUR COST Includes: accommodation and meals as stated (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner),
park fees as per the itinerary, airport transfers as per the itinerary, road and boat transfers as per the itinerary, visits to Isalo, Anja, Ranomafana, Andasibe, Palmarium, Lemur Park, locations in Ampefy, private vehicle and driver for Days 1–13, private local English speaking escort guide for Days 1–7 and 9-13, private English speaking wildlife guides in Isalo, Anja, Ranomafana, Andasibe, Palmarium, Lemur Park, shared walks in Palmarium, domestic flights (Antananarivo – Tulear, Tamatave – Antananarivo)
TOUR COST Excludes: International flights, visas, tips, items of a personal nature, wi-fi fees at hotels, any items not mentioned as included above.
If you have an interest in sketching, painting, drawing (also perfect for photographers) or just want a very different and fabulous holiday, why not also take a look at our Art Cruise on the River Ganges in northern India in November 2017. Led by well known painter, artist & teacher, Jane Keay, this is a perfect combination of sightseeing, luxury hotels and tuition on a river cruise where you will see the India not often glimpsed. Click here for more information.
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