2017-18 SEASON
Sep 2017 - Apr 2018

15 Day Spirit of North & South India

Insight Vacations Gold Luxury Tour starting in Delhi and finishing in Mumbai

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Insight Vacations's 15 Day Spirit of North & South India. Multihued cities, palaces, temples and forts give way to the lush Kerala Coast on this tour. Drifting through the peaceful tropical backwaters on your deluxe houseboat contrasts with time spent in the megacity of Mumbai....read more

Overview

Operator: Insight Vacations
Type: Coach Tour (Luxury)
Style: Gold Luxury
Duration: 15 Days
From: Delhi to Mumbai
Tour Code: A553
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Visits: India
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Day By Day

1

Delhi, A Rich Melting Pot Of Old And New

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your modern five-star hotel. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with a delicious meal. (WD) Stay Two Nights: Hyatt Regency, Delhi
2

Delhi Sightseeing

(Relaxed Start) Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi including the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk market. Stop for a photo at the impressive Red Fort, then visit the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat. You can also explore India's largest mosque, the magnificent Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan in 1650. Afterwards, tour the wide boulevards of New Delhi. (BB)
3

An Agra Adventure

On arrival to Agra, witness the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you make your way through the city to Agra Fort. After your tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens, there is free time to relax. Later, a local will take you on a walk through their village (located near the famous Taj Mahal) and share their way of life as an agriculturalist. Enjoy tea and pakoras from a rooftop with exceptional views. (BB/AT) Stay: Trident by Oberoi, Agra
4

The Taj Mahal & Ranthambore

In the morning, admire the lustrous Taj Mahal, bathed by the first rays of dawn. Journey to the historic city of Bharatpur for lunch, before continuing to the station for the rail journey to Ranthambore. On arrival, transfer to D your luxurious hotel, near the Ranthambore National Park. (BB/L/D) Stay Two Nights: Nahargarh, Ranthambore
5

In Search Of Tigers In Ranthambore

In the early morning, journey into the former private hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur, in search of the elusive tiger. More commonly seen in the dry, deciduous forest are the wild boars, monkeys, spotted deers and antelopes but if you are ever going to witness tigers in their natural habitat, this is the place. Return to your resort for breakfast and the day at leisure. At dusk, enjoy another foray into the national park with an expert naturalist. (BB/L/D)
6

Jaipur, The Pink City

Embark on another exciting adventure game in the morning. After lunch, drive through the rural countryside to the stunning Rajasthan capital of Jaipur. Later, join the Meena tribe and learn about their way of life and farming rituals before continuing to Dera Amer where dinner is served. (BB/L/HD) Stay Two Nights: Trident by Oberoi, Jaipur
7

Jaipur Sightseeing

(Relaxed Start) Experience a typical morning for most Hindus with a puja at one of the most important Krishna Temples in the country, Govind Dev Ji temple. Then, visit the vegetable market and try your hand at bargaining with the stall holders. Enjoy a unique excursion, as you ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort. Back in Jaipur, see the famous 'Hawa Mahal' (The Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace. A final stop is made at the famous Jantar Mantar. Back at the hotel you are at leisure. (BB/D)
8

Jaipur - Mumbai - Kochi

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. (BB) Stay Two Nights: Crowne Plaza, Kochi
9

Kochi Sightseeing, Kathakali And Cooking School

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. (BB/HL)
10

Kumarakom

(Relaxed Start) Witness glorious scenery en route to Kumarakom. On arrival, the rest of the day is free to explore. (BB) Stay Two Nights: Lake Resort, Kumarakom
11

Kumarakom And Vaikom Village

(Relaxed Start) For those who want to rise early in the morning, there is an included bird watching tour at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Guided by boat, explore the narrow canals of Vaikom village, one of the oldest townships in Kerala. Gain insight into the life at the village and try your KEY skills at weaving from wild pineapple leaves or coconut husks, before sharing lunch at a local's home. (BB/L)
12

The Alleppey Backwaters

(Relaxed Start) Transfer to the local jetty to board your deluxe houseboat for a cruise on the backwaters of Alleppey. Journey through waterways that traverse past picturesque villages. Relax, enjoy the setting and prepare for a luxurious night on-board. (BB/L/D) Stay: Cruising
13

Magical Mumbai

(Relaxed Start) Journey to Kochi for your flight to the vibrant city of Mumbai. Transfer to your hotel for leisure time. (BB) Stay Two Nights: Trident Nariman Point by Oberoi Hotels
14

Mumbai Sightseeing

Enjoy the view of the city skyline on your cruise to Elephanta Island. Visit the complex of ancient cave temples listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour visiting the Gateway of India. Admire the collection of Indian paintings and sculptures at the Prince of Wales Museum, visit Jehangir Art Gallery, Crawford Market and see the Hanging Gardens. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration dinner with drinks. (BB/CD)
15

Depart Mumbai

Your magical journey comes to an end with transfers to the International Airport for your onward flights. (BB)

Trip Inclusions

Exclusive Insights

  • Delhi: Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets.
  • Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in memory of his beloved queen.
  • 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: Experience a typical morning for most Hindus with a puja at one of the most important Krishna Temples in the country, Govind Dev Ji temple. Then, visit the vegetable market and try your hand at bargaining with the stall holders. All food items purchased will be donated to a local orphanage.
  • Agra: Inside Agra's red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audience halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
  • Ranthambore: Venture inside this former royal hunting ground and enjoy three game safaris with a naturalist.
  • Amber Fort: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the airy rooms that housed queens and concubines, and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Vaikom: Guided by boat, explore the narrow canals of Vaikom village, one of the oldest townships in Kerela and with many spots untouched by modernity.
  • Kochi: Attend a performance of traditional Kathakali dance.
  • Kumarakom: Rise early for a fascinating bird watching experience at the Bird Sanctuary.
  • Alleppey: Cruise the glorious backwaters and spend the night on a traditional houseboat.
  • Mumbai: Cruise to Elephanta Island, the glorious abode of Lord Shiva and visit the complex of ancient cave temples.
  • Delhi: Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the lanes of the Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Stop for a photo of the Red Fort. Visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat. See the Qutub Minar tower. Drive along the Rajpath to see the India Gate and Parliament House. Visit the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Agra: Group picture taken at the Taj Mahal.
  • Jaipur: Enjoy a Jaipur city tour including a visit to the City Palace Museum housing traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. Visit the Jantar Mantar the Royal observatory built in 1726. See the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).

Epicurean Dining

  • Delhi: Enjoy a taste of Jalebi, the favourite sweet and learn about its production from the one of the best candy wallahs in the old town.
  • Jaipur: Spend some time with the Meena tribe, before continuing on to Dera Amer where your Highlight Dinner awaits.
  • Jaipur: Savour a delicious Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Mumbai: Showcasing the best of Indian cuisine, our mouth-watering Gala Dinner with drinks in the nation's largest city is the perfect environment to celebrate your time in India.
  • Kochi: Meet Nimmy a local cookery instructor as she demonstrates traditional Kerala home recipes. Then feast on some of the delicious treats you've seen being made during our included lunch.
  • 14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 5 Lunches (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 3 Dinners (D), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Dinner (DW) both with both with beer, wine or soft-drinks.

Outstanding Hotels

  • Kumarakom: Winner of the World Travel Award as India's Leading Resort for four years, the Lake Resort exudes the charm of Kerala's true heritage while offering a complete range of New Age amenities for a luxuriously comfortable stay
  • Agra: The Trident by Oberoi is the perfect base to experience this city steeped in history. The hotel features tastefully appointed rooms and offers a superb range of facilities.
  • Ranthambore: The luxurious Nahargarh lies nestled at the foot hills of Aravalli Range neighbouring the Ranthambore National Park. The hotel boasts luxurious rooms and modern facilities.

Inclusive Luxury Gold Services

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour. (Alternate coaches and vehicles, without on-board facilities or 40 seats, may be used on occasion).
  • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries (Available on groups for 8 or more).
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery to inside your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers between the airport and your Insight tour hotels.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
  • Seasonal adjustments and/or black out dates apply.
  • (23 Dec) Christmas highlight dinner included.
  • (14 Oct) This departure stays in Jaipur during the Diwali celebrations.
  • Smaller vehicles without 40 seats or on board washrooms may be used.

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Gold Luxury
Accommodation: 5+ Star
Location: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Luxury Mini-Coach
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 40 (Avg. 32)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Insight Vacations for trips in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
2017-18 SEASON
Sep 2017 - Apr 2018

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