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A Journey Through India - Palace & Fort Stays

16 days from £2099*
Departing: September 2018 - November 2019
* Price shown: 16 September 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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Golden Age luxury

Throughout this very special small group tour of India you will encounter the extraordinary richness and opulence of the country's past. You'll visit the vast palaces, impregnable forts and dazzling, decorated havelis of Rajasthan, and along the way will stay in spectacular, luxurious heritage hotels - many of which were once the seats of ruling maharajas, and some still home to their present-day descendants. From Delhi's Raj-era glories and Agra's monument to love, to the wooded Aravali Hills, Udaipur's lakes and the desert landscapes - and starlit skies - of Jodhpur and Bikaner, and finally to the jungle retreat of Vanaashyra, this is a holiday crammed with unforgettable highlights and unique experiences.

A Journey Through India Tour Highlights

  • Staying in luxurious heritage hotels boasting spectacular surroundings, exceptional dining and Golden Age service
  • Discovering the sights of Old Delhi by rickshaw
  • Visiting Agra's Fort and peerless Taj Mahal
  • Exploring Jaipur's Amber Fort, famous Observatory and City Palace
  • Seeing Ranakpur's astonishing Jain temples
  • Marvelling at Jodhpur's stupendous Meherengarh Fort
  • Experiencing an 'Arabian Nights' adventure under Bikaner's desert sky

What does the price include?

  • 14 nights' half-board accommodation in historic heritage and five-star hotels in Delhi (1 night), Dholpur (2), Jaipur (2), Deogarh (1), Udaipur (2), Jodhpur (2), Bikaner (1), Alsisar (1) and Vanaashrya luxury tented resort (2)
  • Three lunches
  • A rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
  • A boat safari on the Chambal River and a cruise on Lake Pichola
  • Two jeep safaris
  • A guided tour of Udaipur
  • Return scheduled flights to Delhi
  • Gatimaan Express train journey from Delhi to Agra
  • Air-conditioned vehicle transfers and travel
  • The services of a Tour Manager in India

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One: Travel to India

Head to the airport and board your overnight flight to Delhi.

Day Two: Discover Delhi's Old City

Upon arrival in Delhi, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to elegant, historic Maidens Hotel, renowned for it's old-world splendour and a famously deep swimming pool.

After settling in, re-join the group and your Tour Manager for a guided tour of colourful Old Delhi, which reveals some of the city's most iconic sights: Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat - Gandhi's cremation site. After the tour, immerse yourself among the sights, sounds and smells of Indian street life on an exhilarating rickshaw ride through vibrant Chandni Chowk, one of the city's oldest markets, before heading back to the hotel for a delicious first dinner.

Day Three: Take the Gatimaan Express train to Agra

Rise early this morning to board the Gatimaan Express, India's fastest train, to Agra, the glorious 'City of Love'. Upon arrival, join your guide for a tour of majestic Agra Fort, exploring its royal pavillions, palaces and pretty courtyards, then continue to the site of the Taj Mahal, where you'll have a few hours to explore this dazzling monument to undying love, which has become India's most potent symbol.

Day Four: Cruise on the Chambal River

Enjoy a lazy morning at your opulent hotel, then, after lunch, board one of the Palace's boats for a one-hour cruise along the Chambal River (subject to the water level in the river). On this scenic journey you'll see an abundance of colourful birdlife, and you might also spot crocodiles and rare, endangered species such as long-snouted gharials.

Day Five: Travel to Jaipur

Today you'll travel across the Rajasthani plain to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, where a beautiful heritage hotel is your home for the next two nights. Set in a former harveli - an Indian mansion - this beautiful hotel is a peaceful retreat located close to the bustling old city. Enjoy a lazy evening settling into your surroundings, perhaps opting for a dip in the pool or a relaxing treatment at the spa, before dinner is served.

Day Six: Visit Amber Fort and the Palace of the Winds

Discover the historic sights of Jaipur, travelling firstly to the 16th-century Amber Fort, which perches on a hilltop and offers stupendous views from its red sandstone ramparts. After some time to explore the ornate Royal Halls, you'll travel to the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, to view its famous red facade featuring a jumble of windows and screened balconies.

This afternoon, enjoy a lavish lunch in the ornate surroundings of the Samode Haveli, a historic former home of the maharajas that has been converted into a luxurious hotel situated on the desert-fringed outskirts of the city. After lunch, you'll visit the City Palace complex to explore its temple, museums, courtyards and gardens, and then continue to Jantar Mantar to visit the ancient astronomical observatory.

Day Seven: Travel to Deogarh

After breakfast, leave Jaipur and travel south west to Deogarh, where you'll spend one night at the sumptuous Deogarh Mahal heritage hotel, a former home to Mewar rulers. After checking in, set off on a thrilling jeep safari through the countryside, then enjoy a walk through a local village before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day Eight: Travel to Udaipur

Today's short journey takes you to Udaipur, where the Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace welcomes you for a two-night stay. This magnificent hotel overlooks the Fateh Sagar lake and is surrounded by the rolling Aravali Hills. Settle in, and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day Nine: Guided tour of Udaipur

See the sights of Udaipur this morning on a guided tour, which reveals the majestic City Palace and the stunning 'gardens of the royal ladies' at Sahelion-ki-Bari. This afternoon, explore under your own steam, then re-join your group for a leisurely evening cruise on Lake Pichola, and a dinner overlooking the stunning facade of City Palace.

Day 10: See the Jain temples at Ranakphur en route to Jodhpur

Journey north today through the beautiful scenery of the Aravali Hills, and call in Rankpur to visit the magnificent Jain temples - a quartet of intricate, marble edifices that nestle in a wooded valley. You'll then continue to the outskirts of Jodhpur for a two-night stay at Rohet Garh, a beautiful heritage hotel boasting a spa and an outdoor pool.

Day 11: Discover Jodhpur

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Jodhpur, the 'Blue City' - so called because of the blue colour-washed houses that decorate its old city. Explore monumental Mehrangarh Fort, which towers over the city from its sandstone butte and is comprised of lavish palaces and decorative courtyards. Your day then continues with visits to the marbled Jaswant Thanda memorial and the fascinating Umaid Bhawan palace museum, and a thrilling evening jeep safari, on which you'll visit a traditional village inhabited by the Bishnoi tribe, who are thought to be some of the world's first eco-warriors.

Day 12: Visit Junagarh Fort and enjoy dinner under the stars

On today's adventure you'll journey into the Great Indian Desert to the remote city of Bikaner, where ornate Junagarh Fort dominates the snaking streets of its old city. Step behind the Fort's high walls to explore the pavilions and palaces, then enjoy a fascinating visit to a camel-breeding farm. This evening, you'll travel further into the desert to a camp that sits among the towering sand dunes. Enjoy a roller-coaster tour down the dunes, marvel at the dazzling sunset and enjoy an unforgettable dinner under a starlit desert sky. You'll then return to the hotel at the end of this very special evening.

Day 13: Travel to the Shekhawati region

Continue your journey through the desert, as you travel along an ancient trading route past small market towns and resplendent havelis built by wealthy traders. You'll spend a night at the Alsisar Mahal heritage hotel, which boasts decorated arcades, frescoes and tranquil courtyards. Settle in, then enjoy a glass of champagne while listening to a talk from a local historian, who will shed light on the story behind the opulent Shekhawati havelis.

Day 14: Stay in a tented resort in the jungle

On the last leg of this wonderful journey you'll travel back to the Aravali Hills, where you'll be spending two nights at Vanaashrya tented resort, which sits immersed in beautiful jungle scenery. Upon arrival, rest and relax, and settle into your well-appointed, air-conditioned tent.

Day 15: Visit Bhangarh Fort and enjoy a camel cart ride

Spend your final day relaxing at Vanaashrya, perhaps opting for a spa treatment or a dip in the swimming pool. Explore the ruins of Bhangarh Fort, which dates back to the 17th Century and is thought to be haunted, then take a camel cart ride to a nearby village for a glimpse of local life. This evening, you'll be treated to a cookery demonstration, followed by a final dinner with your group, offering the perfect opportunity to share memories of a wonderful trip.

Day 16: Travel back to the UK

After an early start (a packed breakfast will be provided), you'll travel back to Delhi Airport for your return flight, arriving back in the UK this evening.

Don't want your holiday to end there? Lengthen your visit to India with one of these unforgettable tour extensions.

Goa Extension Itinerary

Day 16: Fly to Goa

Fly to Goa, meet your guide at the airport and transfer south along the coast to your hotel, for a three-night stay. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the expansive pool or enjoying an ayurvedic massage in the hotel’s tranquil spa.

Day 17: Enjoy your Goan surroundings

Choose to spend today soaking up the southern Indian sun, perhaps by the hotel’s pool, or venture further afield to explore the wide-open beaches situated just a moment’s walk from your hotel. Likewise, choose to dine in your hotel, or to visit one of a number of local eateries.

Day 18: Relax or explore in Goa

Once again, today you are free to simply let Goa’s relaxed southern feeling wash over you, perhaps with a long, lazy walk on the beach. Alternatively, choose to join us on an optional excursion to Aguada Fort and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Day 19: Fly home 

Bid a fond farewell to Portuguese influenced Goa, as you transfer from your hotel to the airport and board your flight home.

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A Taste of Kerala Extension Itinerary

Day 16: Travel to Kochi

Begin your tour extension with a flight to the southern Indian jewel of Kochi, where you will be met by your tour guide and escorted to your first hotel - the four-star deluxe Trident. Check-in, rest and relax, or take a dip in the courtyard pool, prior to taking dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 17: Explore ‘God’s Own Country’

Begin your exploration of Kerala, ‘God’s Own Country’, today, with a tour of historic Kochin. Take in the Portuguese-built and peculiarly named Dutch Palace, the spectacular Paradesi Synagogue and the area’s photogenic Chinese fishing nets. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance show.

Day 18: Discover a world of spice

This morning travel to Periyar, inland from Kochi, to spend one night in the Greenwoods Hotel. After checking into your hotel, enjoy an enlightening tour of a local spice plantation. In the evening, relax in your hotel, taking advantage of its spa, swimming pool and treehouse cafe.

Day 19: Visit Lake Periyar

Rise early on the fourth day of your extension to take to the waters of Lake Periyar for a wildlife boat tour, after which we transfer to our third and final stop, coastal Alleppey. Check in to your resort hotel set on the lush banks of the Punnamada Lake, and spend the rest of the day recharging your batteries.

Day 20: Relax on Kerala’s backwaters

Today, get to know Kerala’s famed backwaters, as you take lunch on a traditional 'kettuvallam' houseboat and cruise by as all life plays out on the area’s labyrinthine banks. Later, return to your hotel and enjoy a restful evening looking back on your journey through incredible India.

Day 21: Fly home

On your final day in India, transfer from Alleppey to Kochi, and board your flight back to the UK.

Departure Airport Date Price From
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 16 September 2018 £2299
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 14 October 2018 £2499
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 21 January 2019 £2499
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 February 2019 £2499
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 25 March 2019 £2499
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 29 April 2019 £2399
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 09 September 2019 £2349
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 30 September 2019 £2449
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 21 October 2019 £2499
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 11 November 2019 £2499
Belfast City
Belfast City 16 September 2018 £2299
Belfast City
Belfast City 14 October 2018 £2499
Belfast City
Belfast City 21 January 2019 £2499
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 February 2019 £2499
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 March 2019 £2499
Belfast City
Belfast City 29 April 2019 £2399
Belfast City
Belfast City 06 May 2019 £2299
Belfast City
Belfast City 09 September 2019 £2349
Belfast City
Belfast City 30 September 2019 £2449
Belfast City
Belfast City 21 October 2019 £2499
Belfast City
Belfast City 11 November 2019 £2499
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 16 September 2018 £2299
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 October 2018 £2499
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 21 January 2019 £2499
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 February 2019 £2499
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 25 March 2019 £2499
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 29 April 2019 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 May 2019 £2299
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 September 2019 £2349
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 30 September 2019 £2449
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 21 October 2019 £2499
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 11 November 2019 £2499
Glasgow
Glasgow 16 September 2018 £2299
Glasgow
Glasgow 14 October 2018 £2499
Glasgow
Glasgow 21 January 2019 £2499
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 February 2019 £2499
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 March 2019 £2499
Glasgow
Glasgow 29 April 2019 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 06 May 2019 £2299
Glasgow
Glasgow 09 September 2019 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 30 September 2019 £2449
Glasgow
Glasgow 21 October 2019 £2499
Glasgow
Glasgow 11 November 2019 £2499
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 September 2018 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 October 2018 £2299
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 January 2019 £2299
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 February 2019 £2299
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 25 March 2019 £2299
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 29 April 2019 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 May 2019 £2099
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 September 2019 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 September 2019 £2249
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 21 October 2019 £2299
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 November 2019 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 16 September 2018 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 14 October 2018 £2499
Manchester
Manchester 21 January 2019 £2499
Manchester
Manchester 25 February 2019 £2499
Manchester
Manchester 25 March 2019 £2499
Manchester
Manchester 29 April 2019 £2399
Manchester
Manchester 06 May 2019 £2299
Manchester
Manchester 09 September 2019 £2349
Manchester
Manchester 30 September 2019 £2449
Manchester
Manchester 21 October 2019 £2499
Manchester
Manchester 11 November 2019 £2499
Newcastle
Newcastle 16 September 2018 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 October 2018 £2499
Newcastle
Newcastle 21 January 2019 £2499
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 February 2019 £2499
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 March 2019 £2499
Newcastle
Newcastle 29 April 2019 £2399
Newcastle
Newcastle 06 May 2019 £2299
Newcastle
Newcastle 09 September 2019 £2349
Newcastle
Newcastle 30 September 2019 £2449
Newcastle
Newcastle 21 October 2019 £2499
Newcastle
Newcastle 11 November 2019 £2499

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Marari Beach, Kerala Extension Itinerary

Day 16: Travel to Marari Beach

Fly to ocean-side Kochi today, and transfer south along the coast to your hotel, beginning your three-night stay on Marari Beach. Check-in, explore the hotel and unwind.

Day 17: Explore Marari Beach

Enjoy your first full day in Marari Beach. Choose to begin with a swim in the on-site pool or enjoy a relaxing ayurvedic treatment, before exploring farther afield, with a walk along the golden beach. Later, dine in the hotel or explore the local area.

Day 18: Unwind at the hotel

Today, choose to relax pool-side, letting Kerala’s mellow atmosphere sooth, or perhaps take out one of the hotel’s bicycles and explore the local area at a leisurely pace. In the evening, enjoy dinner in the hotel and look back on your time and experiences in this wonderful country.

Day 19: Fly home

This morning you’ll transfer back to Kochi’s airport and begin your flight home.

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Varanasi Extension Itinerary

Day 16: Travel to India’s most holy city

Fly to historic Varanasi, and transfer to your hotel. Take some time to relax before venturing out into the old city’s pulsating heart. Rub shoulders with holy men and walk with devotees towards this evening’s Aarti ceremony on the banks of the sacred Ganges. Later, take dinner in your hotel.

Day 17: Discover Varanasi’s history

After breakfast this morning, take a boat ride along the great Ganges, known locally as Mother Ganga - India’s most sacred river. Later, take in over 2000 years of history as you are taken on a guided tour of this most important of Indian conurbations. Afterwards, enjoy lunch and take an excursion to Sarnath to visit is museum and ruins.

Day 18: Varanasi to Delhi

Spend this morning relaxing in your hotel, or choose to venture out into Varanasi’s beguiling streets for one last time. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Delhi. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel, dine and rest.

Day 19: Fly home 

This morning take breakfast in your hotel, before transferring to the airport and boarding your flight home.

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India Palace and Fort Stay Hotels 

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

Further Information

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.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

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.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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 23kg.

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. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

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.

Road Conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

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