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Grand Tour of India

18 days from £2399*
Departing: September 2017 - November 2018
* Price shown: 12 September 2017 from London Heathrow - LHR
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Delhi, the Taj Mahal, Tigers and the Beautiful South

Uncover the mystery and majesty of one of the world's oldest civilisations. From ancient cities and mighty temples to tropical backwaters plied by traditional 'houseboats', and from forested uplands dotted with colonial tea plantations to dusty plains and breathtaking temples, this wonderful Indian exploration has it all.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Discover Delhi's historic Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate war memorial and the ruins of the Quwwat‑ul-Islam
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
  • A visit to Jaipur's Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort
  • A journey to Ranthambhore National Park to search for tigers
  • Enjoy a village visit and a cookery demonstration in Dholpur
  • A visit to the wondrous Taj Mahal
  • Explore Kochi with its famous Chinese fishing nets
  • A night on a traditional houseboat
  • A visit to Periyar's Wildlife Sanctuary, with a lake cruise
  • A night time cycle-rickshaw ride in the temple-town Madurai
  • Visit the Munnar tea plantations and Tata Tea Museum
  • 15 nights' half-board accommodation staying in Delhi (1 night), Jaipur (2), Ranthambhore (2), Dholpur (1), Agra (1), Kochi (3), Periyar (2), Madurai (2) and Munnar (1) in hotels and on a traditional houseboat (1) sharing a twin/double room
  • Nine lunches, enjoying cuisine typical to the region
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Delhi, returning from Kochi via Mumbai
  • An internal flight from Delhi to Kochi
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager in India

Single rooms are available for a supplement

N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)

Itinerary

Day One

Board your overnight flight from the UK to Delhi - the teeming, colourful, enthralling heart of India, where the ancient and modern worlds collide.

Day Two

Arriving in Delhi you'll be met by your Tour Manager and transferred to your first hotel for an included lunch. Freshen up, then join a guided tour of Delhi's Old City. Discover the historic Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, Gandhi's cremation site. We also take you on an exhilarating rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk's narrow lanes.

Day Three

Today we'll explore the grandeur of New Delhi, built by the British Raj to reflect the glories of the Empire. Highlights include the historic India Gate war memorial and the vast boulevard of the Rajpath.

You'll also have time to see the impressive Agrasen ki Baoli stepwell, the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and the ornate Qutb Minar tower before you travel to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, this afternoon.

Day Four

This morning we'll visit Amber for the chance to discover the opulent Royal Halls and sweeping rampart-top views of this 16th-century fort. In the afternoon, we'll tour Jaipur itself, exploring the City Palace complex with its museums and ancient observatory, and the Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of the Winds', with its innumerable windows and screened balconies. Dinner tonight is with a local family in Jaipur.

Day Five

Ranthambhore National Park, one of the best examples of India's conservation programme, Project Tiger, is your base for the next two nights. Once here, rest and relax at your hotel, or join an afternoon optional excursion to Ranthambhore Fort, and take in the stupendous views of the park from its 600m-high vantage point.

Day Six

Today you'll enjoy two open-air vehicle (canter) safaris through the Park. Scour the grasslands and waterways of this former hunting ground of princes, in the company of a knowledgeable naturalist guide, searching for signs of the famed, endangered 'Tigers of Ranthambhore' in their natural environment.

Day Seven

Travel to Dholpur today, and enjoy a visit to the local village during the afternoon. Spend the night here, enjoying an evening cookery demonstration before dinner.

Day Eight

An early morning cruise on the Chambal River offers the opportunity to spot crocodiles, turtles and birds diving for fish. Then, journey to Agra, the City of Love and home of the iconic Taj Mahal. See the royal pavilions, palaces and courtyards of majestic Agra Fort, and then enjoy your first visit to the exquisite Taj Mahal, bathed in glorious evening light, at sunset.

Day Nine

Today you'll return to Delhi. From there, you'll fly south to Kochi, on the shore of the Indian Ocean.

Day 10

Discover Mattancherry Palace's exquisite murals, the ancient Jewish synagogue, and enchanting Fort Cochin, where Chinese fishing nets line the shore, on this morning's guided tour of historic Cochin.

This evening, experience a traditional Kathakali dance performance - a colourful spectacle that combines elaborate costumes with literature, music, painting and dance.

Day 11

Rise early to see the fresh catches of fish being landed on fishermen's beach before a tuk-tuk drive through the fish market. After breakfast with a local family, we'll head to Alleppey and board a traditional, thatch-roofed 'Kettuvallam' houseboat for a lazy cruise along the labyrinthine canals and waterways that run between the region's coconut groves, rice fields, hidden temples and tiny islands.

This evening the houseboat chef, who will prepare a series of traditional meals during your voyage, will give a cooking demonstration, and you'll enjoy a guided walk through a traditional Keralan village.

Day 12

Bid farewell to your floating home, and journey into a lush landscape of tea and spice plantations as you head to Periyar. Check in at your hotel, then join our guide and explore the Spice Plantation to learn about the mystery and history of the Indian tea and spice industry.

Day 13

See elephants and colourful birds - and just maybe rarely glimpsed tigers and leopards - on an optional, guided trek this morning through Periyar's Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is home to several species of endangered mammals and over 250 bird species. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the lake at its heart.

Day 14

Journey east, into the province of Tamil Nadu, to spend the next two nights in Madurai, one of Asia's oldest cities. Soak up the atmosphere of this unforgettable metropolis, which is dominated by the vast Meenakshi Temple.

Day 15

A guided sightseeing tour introduces the Old City of Madurai, today. The ornate facade, colonnades, shrines and towering gopurams (monumental gateways) of the Meenakshi Temple are the breathtaking highlight. Marvel at the continual round of ceremonies and devotions, and the lively markets that take place within the temple enclosure. We'll also visit the beautiful 17th-century palace of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal.

This evening, head out from your hotel once more for a cycle-rickshaw ride through the streets and local markets of old Madurai.

Day 16

Leaving the bustle of the city behind, you'll drive through increasingly dense forest to the hill-station at Munnar. Spend a night in this remnant of the glories of the Raj, with its verandas and manicured lawns, and enjoy visits to a working tea-plantation and the fascinating Tata Tea Museum.

Day 17

Spend your final morning relaxing, then journey back down to the shores of the Indian Ocean and back to Kochi for a final night in India.

Day 18

This morning we'll take a short flight to Mumbai, and connect with our flight back to the UK.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 12 September 2017 £2599
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 10 October 2017 £2799
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 07 November 2017 £2799
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 November 2017 £2799
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 23 January 2018 £2899
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 06 February 2018 £2899
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 06 March 2018 £2899
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 17 April 2018 £2659
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 08 May 2018 £2599
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 11 September 2018 £2599
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 02 October 2018 £2899
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 09 October 2018 £2899
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 06 November 2018 £2949
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 13 November 2018 £2949
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 September 2017 £2599
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 10 October 2017 £2799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 November 2017 £2799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 November 2017 £2799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 23 January 2018 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 February 2018 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 March 2018 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17 April 2018 £2659
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 May 2018 £2599
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 11 September 2018 £2599
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 02 October 2018 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 October 2018 £2899
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 November 2018 £2949
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 13 November 2018 £2949
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 September 2017 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 10 October 2017 £2799
Glasgow
Glasgow 07 November 2017 £2799
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 November 2017 £2799
Glasgow
Glasgow 23 January 2018 £2899
Glasgow
Glasgow 06 February 2018 £2899
Glasgow
Glasgow 06 March 2018 £2899
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 April 2018 £2659
Glasgow
Glasgow 08 May 2018 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 11 September 2018 £2599
Glasgow
Glasgow 02 October 2018 £2899
Glasgow
Glasgow 09 October 2018 £2899
Glasgow
Glasgow 06 November 2018 £2949
Glasgow
Glasgow 13 November 2018 £2949
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 September 2017 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 October 2017 £2599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 November 2017 £2599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 November 2017 £2599
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 23 January 2018 £2699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 February 2018 £2699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 March 2018 £2699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 April 2018 £2459
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 May 2018 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 September 2018 £2399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 October 2018 £2699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 October 2018 £2699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 November 2018 £2749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 November 2018 £2749
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 September 2017 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 10 October 2017 £2799
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 November 2017 £2799
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 November 2017 £2799
Newcastle
Newcastle 23 January 2018 £2899
Newcastle
Newcastle 06 February 2018 £2899
Newcastle
Newcastle 06 March 2018 £2899
Newcastle
Newcastle 17 April 2018 £2659
Newcastle
Newcastle 08 May 2018 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 11 September 2018 £2599
Newcastle
Newcastle 02 October 2018 £2899
Newcastle
Newcastle 09 October 2018 £2899
Newcastle
Newcastle 06 November 2018 £2949
Newcastle
Newcastle 13 November 2018 £2949

Grand Tour of India Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in a series of four-and five-star standard hotels. All hotels have a restaurant and bar, and most have a swimming pool. All bedrooms offer private facilities and are very well-appointed, with air conditioning, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Further Information

Chambal River cruise

Cruise is dependent on river water levels.

Taj Mahal restoration work

The white marble of the Taj Mahal is being gradually cleaned in a process that will take up to four years. Parts of the monument's surface may be covered during this process though your visit and access to the main dome is not likely to be restricted.

Itinerary information

On some departure dates the order of the itinerary between days three and eight may be reversed.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for 180 days after your return date from India. A visa is also required for entry to India. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. British CITIZENS and some other European nationals satisfying certain conditions may use the online e-Tourist Visa application process at a cost of $62 (US) per person. Other British passport holders, who are not British CITIZENS, must apply for a full visa which costs £112. You may also, at extra cost, use the services of CIBT, our recommended visa handling partner, who will handle the whole process for you. Note that all travellers of Pakistani descent, regardless of citizenship, will generally be subject to more detailed processing by the Indian authorities, which can take up to four months from application.

On your flight

All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 20kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels & itinerary

Should circumstances require, the routing of days three to eight may be reversed without affecting the overall content or duration of the tour. We also reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Restrictions on alcohol

Please note that local restrictions do not permit some hotels in Kerala to serve alcohol.

*Low deposit of £149 per person applies to new bookings made between 5th and 30th April 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Grand Tour of India reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Grand Tour of IndiaScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 79 reviews
(9 out of 10)

JOSEPHINE

Darlington Family
This was a wonderful. Value for money, lovely hotels and our tour reps, Anil in the North and Jish in the South were excellent with oceans of knowledge.

We were a family of three and shared a room, but I would not recommend this. The hotels are not prepared for three in a room. The third bed was a camp bed and in one case no bed at all just a mattress on the floor, which is not for an adult and also we had to ask each hotel for extra cup, glass and towels. However, a wonderful holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 17 March 2017
Published on: 27 March 2017
(9 out of 10)

STEPHEN

Lincolnshire Couple
A fabulous trip with lots of interesting stops along the way. It was really good to have visited both the north and south in the same trip. The guides were excellent with good knowledge, as were the hotels with a high standard of hygiene and plenty of choices at mealtimes. Travel between some of the destinations can be long but provide some of the most interesting sights of the trip. The visits to family homes added an extra dimension to the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 17 March 2017
Published on: 25 March 2017