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Grand Tour of India

18 days from £2399*
Departing: September 2017 - May 2019
* 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.

India Tour Highlights

  • 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

What does the price include?

  • 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)
  • 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

The holiday begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Delhi.

Day Two

Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to an overnight hotel for lunch, before enjoying a guided introduction to the vibrant Old City, including the historic Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, Gandhi's cremation site. The day ends with a rickshaw ride through old Chandni Chowk.

Day Three

Explore New Delhi, where highlights include historic India Gate memorial, the vast Rajpath and the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and ornate Qutb Minar tower. Leave Delhi this afternoon, journeying to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur for two nights.

Day Four

Visit Amber and its 16th-century hill-top fort, enjoying the stupendous views, then tour the City Palace complex with its museums and ancient astronomical observatory. Visit the 18th-century 'Palace of the Winds', with its countless screened balconies, behind which royal women might view the city while hidden in purdah.

Dinner tonight is taken with a local Rajasthani family in the city.

Day Five

Spend two nights in beautiful Ranthambhore National Park, former Royal hunting ground and now
home to the endangered 'Tigers of Ranthambhore' and countless other species. This afternoon, rest and relax at the hotel, or join the optional excursion to Ranthambhore Fort. (Please note that there is a gradual climb to the Fort, which includes 273 steps.)

Day Six

An undoubted highlight of the tour will be today's two canter (open-air vehicle) safaris in the Park, taken in the company of a knowledgeable guide. With luck you may see tigers and other animals.

Day Seven

Head to Dholpur for a night, enjoying a 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 fabled 'City of Love', with its exquisite, incomparable Taj Mahal.

After a visit to majestic Agra Fort, with its palaces and pavilions, enjoy your first view of the 'Taj', seen in all its glory at sunset.

Day Nine

Journey back to Delhi and the flight to Kochi, and the next wonderful chapter in your Indian adventure.

Day 10

Enjoy an included tour of 'Old Cochin', including the 'Dutch' Palace, the Jewish synagogue and enchanting Fort Cochin, where the Chinese fishing nets are one of India's most photographed sights. Historic St Francis Church overlooks a 'village green', while a short ferry ride away Ernakulam is the ultra-modern face of Kerala.

This evening, experience a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Day 11

Head to Alleppey, to board a traditional, thatch-roofed 'Kettuvallam' houseboat to cruise the labyrinth of canals and waterways, lined with coconut groves, rice fields and dotted with temples, enjoying a night on board.

Day 12

Journey into a lush, rolling landscape dotted with tea and spice-plantations, to Periyar, famed
for its wildlife sanctuary, for two nights, enjoying a guided tour of the Spice Plantation upon arrival.

Day 13

Rest and relax, or join the morning optional guided excursion into the Wildlife Sanctuary, home to endangered mammals and over 250 bird species. This afternoon, complete your visit to Periyar with a boat ride on the serene Periyar Lake, before spending the evening at leisure.

Day 14

Today you'll journey east into the adjacent southern province of Tamil Nadu, spending two nights in Madurai, one of Asia's oldest cities, dominated by the vast, eye-popping Meenakshi temple.

Day 15

A guided sightseeing tour introduces Madurai's Old City, where the ornately carved towering temple, with its continual round of ceremonies and devotions, is the breathtaking highlight. We'll also visit the beautiful 17th-century palace of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. This evening, journey by cycle-rickshaw to explore the streets and local markets of old Madurai.

Day 16

Drive up through increasingly dense forest to the hill-station at Munnar, a reminder of the days of the Raj, spending a night in this former favourite watering hole of European settlers. Enjoy a visit to a working tea-plantation and a fascinating museum, for an insight into the world of Indian teas.

Day 17

After a morning at leisure, you'll journey back to Kochi for a final night's stay.

Day 18

Today, board the short flight to Mumbai, and then the onward connection to London.
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
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 22 January 2019 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 05 February 2019 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 19 March 2019 £2999
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 30 April 2019 £2699
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 May 2019 £2699
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
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 22 January 2019 £2999
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 05 February 2019 £2999
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 19 March 2019 £2999
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 30 April 2019 £2699
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 May 2019 £2699
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
Glasgow
Glasgow 22 January 2019 £2999
Glasgow
Glasgow 05 February 2019 £2999
Glasgow
Glasgow 19 March 2019 £2999
Glasgow
Glasgow 30 April 2019 £2699
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 May 2019 £2699
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
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 22 January 2019 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 05 February 2019 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 March 2019 £2799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 April 2019 £2499
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 May 2019 £2499
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 September 2017 £2599
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
Newcastle
Newcastle 22 January 2019 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 05 February 2019 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 19 March 2019 £2999
Newcastle
Newcastle 30 April 2019 £2699
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 May 2019 £2699

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 $75 (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 £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 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 81 reviews
(10 out of 10)

KEITH

Burntwood, Staffordshire Couple
Our first tour with Newmarket and we weren't disappointed! Every day was memorable for different reasons, from the splendour of the Taj Mahal; to the intensity of the tiger safari; to the driving experiences; & the cultural differences from North to South India.
Confirmed traveller: 12 May 2017
Published on: 27 May 2017
(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