Grand India (Summer 2019)

Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type: Luxury Gold 2019

Multihued cities, palaces, temples and forts give way to the lush Kerala coast on this escorted journey. Drifting through the peaceful tropical backwaters of Vaikom Village on your deluxe houseboat contrasts with time spent in the megacity of Mumbai. Throughout your vacation, enjoy the exemplary service, opulent hotels and unrivalled care provided by Luxury Gold.

Exceptional Dining
  • Delhi: Get to know your travelling companions during your delightful Welcome Dinner.
  • Jaisalmer: As the sun sets over the Kanoi Sand Dunes, be entranced by the traditional musicians welcoming you to this magical evening. Under the stars, a traditional feast is prepared for you in a truly unique environment.
  • Kochi: Meet Nimmy, a local cooking instructor, who will demonstrate traditional Kerala home recipes. Then feast on some of the delicious treats you've seen being made during your Highlight Lunch.
  • Ranakpur: Learn the kitchen secrets of the chef of one of Ranakpur's finest hotels in our cooking demonstration of local specialities and lunch.
  • Vaikom Village: Gain insight into life at the village and try your hand at weaving with wild pineapple leaves or coconut husks, before sharing lunch at a local's home.
  • Udaipur: Showcasing the best of Indian cuisine, your delicious Celebration Dinner is set in the perfect environment to toast your time in India.
  • Mumbai: Showcasing the best of Indian cuisine, enjoy your mouth-watering Celebration Dinner in the nation's largest city, the perfect environment to celebrate your time in India.
  • Dining Summary: 19 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 6 Lunches (L), 5 Dinners (D) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW).
Journey Highlights
  • Delhi: Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and visit Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Agra: Take a walk through the bustling local markets.
  • Agra: Take a walk through the local markets and enjoy the colours and craftsmanship of the local sellers.
  • Agra: Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, bathed in the first rays of dawn, and learn about this romantic national icon.
  • Agra: Enjoy a ride on the express train from Bhraratpur to Ranthambore.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the airy rooms that housed queens and concubines, and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Jaipur: Join your Travelling Concierge who show you the marvel of Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds.
  • Jaipur: Visit the City Palace Museum that houses traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art as well as the royal observatory, built in 1726.
  • Bikaner: Learn about all things dromedary at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm.
  • Bikaner: Enjoy a visit to the Junagarh Fort.
  • Jaipur: In the evening you are privileged to an exclusive visit to the City Palace Museum housing traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art.
  • Fly to Kochi: See the country side as your fly south via Mumbai to reach Kochi.
  • Jaisalmer: Visit Garhi Sagar Lake and Fort.
  • Jaisalmer: Visit the local markets and experience desert life.
  • Bishnoi: Take a jeep safari and experience rural village life as you are welcomed by the local community.
  • Kochi: Attend a performance of traditional Kathakali dance.
  • Kochi: During your city orientation see the oldest Jewish Synagogue in the Commonwealth and the murals of Mattancherry Palace.
  • Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of colour, symbolising the end of winter and encourages the people to play, laugh, forgive and forget. Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by lighting oil lamps and fireworks to welcome in the Hindu new year.
  • Jodhpur: Visit Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Jodhpur: Take a tuk tuk ride through the ancient streets and take in the sights and sounds of Sadar market.
  • Ranakpur: Visit the fortified Jain temple complex.
  • Kumarakom: Rise early for a fascinating bird watching experience at the Bird Sanctuary.
  • Vaikom Village: Guided by boat, explore the narrow canals of one of the oldest townships in Kerela and with many spots untouched by modernity.
  • Alleppey: Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey, journeying through waterways and past traditional villages.
  • Udaipur: Visit the City Palace complex, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art and architecture.
  • Udaipur: Visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of the Honour.
  • Fly to Mumbai: Relax and enjoy your flight to Mumbai.
  • Mumbai: Take a cruise to Elephanta Island and enjoy the scenery.
  • Mumbai: Explore the glorious abode of Lord Shiva and visit the complex of ancient cave temples.
Luxury Hotels
  • Delhi: Set in the heart of bustling Gurgaon, the beautiful gardens, courtyards and reflection pools of the Trident fill you with a sense of calm, before retreating to your luxurious and stylish room.
  • Kumarakom: Winner of the World Travel Award as India's Leading Resort for four years, the Kumarakom Lake Resort exudes the charm of Kerala's true heritage while offering a complete range of New Age amenities for a luxuriously comfortable stay.
  • Jaisalmer: Situated close to the Thar Desert, the magnificent Suryagarh is testimony to the pomp and panoply of Rajputana, juxtaposed with every modern convenience.
  • Udaipur: Offering stunning views of Lake Pichola and a luxury wellness spa, the five-star Leela Palace Udaipur was rated the #1 hotel on TripAdvisor in 2018.
VIP Experiences
  • Agra: Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Enjoy tea and pakoras on a rooftop with exceptional views. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
  • Jaipur: In private elegance at Sukh Niwas, Jaipur's City Palace, enjoy a High Tea fit for royalty. Renowned for its spectacular Lalique Peacock table made to order for the Royal Family of Jaipur, this VIP experience is only available to Luxury Gold guests.
Inclusive Luxury Gold Services
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. See booking conditions for exemptions.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary. (Available on departures with more than 8 guests).
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, when flights are included within the itinerary and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Private transfers may be purchased when additional accommodation has not been booked through Luxury Gold.

Call (210) 593-5500 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14486180

Tour Operator
Luxury Gold by Insight
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2019
Duration
20 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1DelhiDelhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New.: Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner. (Dinner with Wine)
Trident, Gurgaon, Delhi.
Day 2DelhiDelhi Sightseeing.: Enjoy a ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Red Fort. Visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Travel along the broad Rajpath, passing the India Gate and Parliament House, to visit the Tomb of Humayun. (Breakfast)
Trident, Gurgaon, Delhi.
Day 3AgraAgra and the views of the Taj Mahal.: Spend time exploring the famous market, Sadar Bazaar, as you make your way through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. After your tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens there is free time to relax. Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as an agriculturist next to India's most famous monument. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra.
Day 4JaipurSunrise at the Taj and Jaipur, the Pink City.: At sunrise, visit the lustrous Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. After breakfast, travel to the historic city of Bharatpur for lunch, before continuing to the Pink City of Jaipur. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Le Meridien Jaipur.
Day 5JaipurJaipur Sightseeing.: Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, with its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Return to Jaipur to see the Hawa Mahal, or The Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. In private elegance at Sukh Niwas, Jaipur's City Palace, enjoy a high tea fit for royalty. Renowned for its spectacular Lalique Peacock table made to order for the Royal Family of Jaipur, this VIP experience is exclusively available to Luxury Gold guests. (Breakfast / Afternoon Tea)
Le Meridien Jaipur.
Day 6BikanerBikaner, Camel Country with a Royal Aura.: Journey northwest to the fort town of Mandawa for lunch. Afterwards, continue to the fortified desert city of Bikaner, known for its camel festival which is celebrated on a grand scale every January. Learn all about this indispensable ship of the desert at the Camel Research Farm before reaching your hotel. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner.
Day 7JaisalmerThe Sun City, Jaisalmer.: Your exploration of Bikaner includes the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress comprising of various palaces, pavilions and a museum containing priceless art and antiques. This afternoon continue through the Great Thar Desert to the trade route town of Jaisalmer, crowned by its hilltop fortress. (Breakfast)
Suryagarh, Jaisalmer.
Day 8JaisalmerJaisalmer Sightseeing.: Embark on a city exploration of Jaisalmer, visiting Gadisar Lake and the Fort built in 1156 that is still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip into the rippling Kanoi Sand Dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Suryagarh, Jaisalmer.
Day 9JodhpurThe Blue City of Jodhpur.: Follow the ancient silk routes to the Blue City of Jodhpur and your beautiful hotel. Later, journey to Rohet and feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan on your village jeep safari where you are welcomed into the homes of the local Bishnoi community to share a slice of their life. In the evening savour a delicious meal at a local restaurant. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Welcome Hotel Jodhpur.
Day 10JodhpurExplore Mehrangarh Fort.: Visit Mehrangarh Fort set on a cliff 30 metres above the city skyline and the white marble Jaswant Thada. Experience a tuk tuk ride through the ancient winding streets before returning to your hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax. (Breakfast)
Welcome Hotel Jodhpur.
Day 11UdaipurUdaipur, Venice of the East.: Travel to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps the best in the country. At lunch, you will learn from a local chef during your included cooking demonstration. Then, continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful City of Lakes. (Breakfast / Lunch)
The Leela Palace Udaipur.
Day 12UdaipurUdaipur Sightseeing.: Explore the City Palace complex and wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple, as well as the Garden of the Maids of the Honour. Take time out to unwind and find balance at your hotel's renowned wellness spa, which offers ancient treatments such as reflexology, Indian head massages and hot-stone massages. Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola, before enjoying a special Highlight Dinner at the landmark Sunset Terrace while musicians serenade you. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
The Leela Palace Udaipur.
Day 13KochiFly to Kochi via Mumbai.: In the morning, board your flight to Mumbai and onto Kochi. On arrival, transfer to your sophisticated hotel offering panoramic views of the backwaters and the city. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Crowne Plaza Kochi.
Day 14KochiKochi sightseeing, cooking school and Kathakali.: Sightseeing of Kochi shows you the oldest Jewish synagogue in the commonwealth. Next, witness the renowned mythological murals of Mattancherry Palace, built in 1557 by the Portuguese. Stop by India's oldest European-built Church of St. Francis to see the tombstone of Vasco de Gama, interred here before his remains were returned back to Lisbon. Meet Nimmy a local cookery instructor as she demonstrates traditional Kerala home recipes. Then feast on some of the delicious treats during our included lunch. In the evening, you will attend a performance of traditional Kathakali dance. (Breakfast / Lunch)
Crowne Plaza Kochi.
Day 15KumarakomKumarakom.: Witness glorious scenery en route to Kumarakom. On arrival, the rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure. (Breakfast)
Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Day 16KumarakomKumarakom and Vaikom Village.: For those who want to rise early in the morning, there is an included bird watching tour at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Set within lush acres of woodland, become acquainted with the vast variety of migratory birds, that flock to the Himalayas. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Guided by boat, explore the narrow canals of Vaikom village, one of the oldest townships in Kerela and with many spots untouched by modernity. Gain insight into the life at the village and try your skills at weaving from wild pineapple leaves or coconut husks, before sharing lunch at a local's home. This afternoon, why not treat yourself to an Ayurveda treatment at the hotel? (Breakfast / Lunch)
Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Day 17KumarakomKumarakom and the Alleppey Backwaters.: Transfer to the local jetty and prepare for a full day cruising along the the tranquil backwaters of the Allepey. Journey through waterways that drift past picturesque villages, fields, rice paddys and rows of swaying coconut palms. Relax, enjoy the tranquil setting before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast)
Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Day 18MumbaiMagical Mumbai.: Disembark your cruise and journey to Kochi for your flight to the vibrant city of Mumbai. Transfer to your hotel where you are at lesiure, perhaps relax and enjoy the comforts of your deluxe hotel. (Breakfast)
Trident, Nariman Point (Ocean View Room), Mumbai.
Day 19MumbaiMumbai Sightseeing.: Enjoy the view of the city skyline on your cruise to Elephanta Island, the glorious abode of Lord Shiva. Visit the complex of ancient cave temples listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The massive entrance hall, supported by large pillars, houses the Mahesamurti, an enormous three-faced statue of Shiva. In the afternoon, your exploration of the city includes visiting the Gateway of India, commemorating the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Admire the collection of Indian paintings and sculptures at the Prince of Wales Museum, visit Jehangir Art Gallery, Crawford Market and see the meticulous Hanging Gardens on top of Malabar Hill. In the evening, raise a glass to your adventures, with your newfound friends during a delightful Celebration Dinner. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Trident, Nariman Point (Ocean View Room), Mumbai.
Day 20MumbaiDepart Mumbai.: Your magical journey comes to an end with transfers to Mumbai airport for your onward flights. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home. (Breakfast)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
09/09/2019$8,425.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
10/07/2019$9,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
10/21/2019$9,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
11/04/2019$9,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
12/02/2019$9,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
12/16/2019$12,750.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
01/13/2020$9,675.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
01/27/2020$9,675.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
02/10/2020$9,675.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
02/24/2020$9,675.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
03/09/2020$9,675.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/23/2020$9,675.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
04/06/2020$9,675.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
Disclaimer
Notes: Twin prices are per person and include internal economy airfares Jaipur to Kochi, via Mumbai and Kochi to Mumbai. Visas: Visas are required for this trip, please speak to your Travel Agent at time of booking to assess your requirements. Special Small Groups: All departures are limited to just 24 guests. Group Size: For departures with less than 5 guests there is a more personal service with Local Experts in each location in lieu of a Travelling Concierge. Guests are met on arrival and escorted to all sightseeing experiences with a private transfer between each location/city. (1a) Indian Festivals: 21 Oct experiences Diwali in Jaisalmer, 24 Feb experiences Holi in Kumarakom & 9 Mar experiences Holi in Delhi. (1b) Festive Highlight Dinner: Christmas Eve in Jodhpur.

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  • Grand India (Summer 2019)

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    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: Luxury Gold 2019Multihued cities, palaces, temples and forts give way to the lush Kerala coast on this escorted journey.

 
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