Passage to India 7 Days

$1,599.00

Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

From the sacred waters of the Ganges River to the dreamy façade of the majestic Taj Mahal at the break of dawn, the Indian sub-continent from its vast geographical terrain to its cultural diversity is extraordinary, and as captivating as it is inspiring.

India's cities teem with an incredible melting pot of cultures steeped in millennia of history and age-old traditions. This tour starts with a drive through Delhi to get a taste of the lifestyle, before heading to Agra to view the incomparable Taj Mahal. Then on to Rajasthan province's Jaipur city to explore the incredible architectural and astronomical achievements of past rulers of northern India. Head back to Delhi, taking in highlights such as the Bahai'i Lotus Temple, the Mahatma Gandhi museum, and Humayun's tomb – which inspired the Taj Mahal.

This tour can be combined with a seven day pre-tour extension to take in Sri Lanka, a two day extension to explore Ranthambore wildlife park, an additional four days to take in Kerala's beautiful backwaters, and/or an additional five days in Nepal before heading home.

Highlights

  • Behold the dreamy façade of Taj Mahal upon the break of dawn
  • See Humayun's Tomb, the inspiration for the Taj Mahal
  • Ascend the beautiful Amber Fort overlooking Maota Lake
  • Marvel at the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub Minar
  • Walk in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti
  • Visit the Bahai'i Lotus Temple and learn about this unique faith

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Departures

2017 Package Price
05 Mar (SAF) 25 Jun* (KER) 15 Oct* (SAF)

From $1,599
Land only from $1,099
per person twin share

Single Supplement $400

02 Apr** (SAF) 23 Jul* (KER) 29 Oct* (SAF)
30 Apr* (SAF) 20 Aug* (KER)
28 May* (SAF) 17 Sep** (KER)
2018 Package Price
4 Mar (SAF) 17 Jun (KER) 16 Sep (KER) From $1,699
Land Only from $1,199

per person twin share

Single Supplement $400

11 Mar (SAF) 24 Jun (KER) 23 Sep** (KER)
18 Mar (SAF) 1 Jul (KER) 30 Sep** (KER)
8 Apr** (SAF) 8 Jul** (KER) 7 Oct** (SAF)
15 Apr** (SAF) 15 Jul** (KER) 14 Oct** (SAF)
22 Apr** (SAF) 22 Jul** (KER) 21 Oct (SAF)
29 Apr** (SAF) 29 Jul (KER) 28 Oct (SAF)
6 May (SAF) 5 Aug (KER) 4 Nov (SAF)
13 May (SAF) 12 Aug (KER) 11 Nov (SAF)
20 May (SAF) 19 Aug (KER) 18 Nov (SAF)
27 May (SAF) 26 Aug (KER)
3 Jun (KER) 2 Sep (KER)
10 Jun (KER) 9 Sep (KER)
* Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** School Holiday Surcharge: $500
(SAF) Ranthambore Wildlife Safari Extension available
(KER) Kerala Backwaters Extension available

Package Inclusions:

  • China Southern Airlines economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Local English-speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $90
  • India visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Hotel Accommodation

Delhi Crowne Plaza Gurgaon or similar local rating
Agra Ramada Plaza or similar local rating
Jaipur KK Royal Hotel or similar local rating

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Sri Lanka 7 Nights

Sri Lanka, like a small teardrop in the ocean, is where terraced Ceylon tea plantations are enveloped by misty highlands, herds of elephants criss-cross the lush wilderness, and balmy palm-fringed beaches are blessed by tranquil cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean.

Tour Highlights:

  • Get up close and personal with elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Observe Sri Lanka’s vibrant wildlife on a safari at Yala National Park
  • Climb the astonishing Sigriya Rock Fortress and see the remnants of an ancient city
  • Discover Sri Lanka’s most famous export at a tea factory & plantation
  • Retreat to the timeless seaside harbour and town of Galle


2017 Departures Package Price
26 Feb 18 Jun 08 Oct

From $1,499

per person twin share

26 Mar 16 Jul 22 Oct
23 Apr 13 Aug
21 May 10 Sep
2018 Departures Package Price
25 Feb 10 Jun 9 Sep

From $1,499

per person twin share

4 Mar 17 Jun 16 Sep
11 Mar 24 Jun 23 Sep
18 Mar 1 Jul 30 Sep
8 Apr 8 Jul 7 Oct
15 Apr 15 Jul 14 Oct
22 Apr 22 Jul 21 Oct
29 Apr 29 Jul 28 Oct
6 May 5 Aug 4 Nov
13 May 10 Sep 11 Nov
20 May 10 Sep
27 May 26 Aug
3 Jun 2 Sep



Inclusions:

  • Malaysia Airlines economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne
  • Internal flight (Colombo > Delhi)
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Coach transportation & transfers
  • Admissions including Yala National Park Jeep Ride
  • Local English-speaking tour guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $120
  • Sri Lanka visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Price Guide:

  • Single supplement: $500
  • Interstate surcharge: Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth $300 (flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Airline upgrade (economy class long haul int’l sectors): Singapore Airlines from $400
  • Child price: Same as adult

Accommodation:

Area Hotel Local Rating
Colombo Pegasus Reef Hotel or similar
Dambulla Habarana Village by Cinnamon or similar
Kandy Earl’s Regent Hotel or similar
Nuwara Eliya Araliya Green Hills or similar
Yala Chandrika Hotel or similar
Bentota Centara Ceysands or similar

Optional Mid-Tour Extension

Ranthambore Wildlife Safari 2 Nights

Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is home to the largest population of the elusive and endangered Bengal tiger, as well as a host of exceptional species of flora and fauna. This was once the preferred hunting grounds of the royal Maharajas of bygone days, but is now an attraction for many nature, wildlife, and photography enthusiasts.

Package Price Single Supplement
From $899
per person twin share
$250


Inclusions:

  • Entrance fee to Ranthambore National Park
  • Transportation by Jeep
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $45
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Accommodation:

Area Hotel Local Rating
Ranthambore Ranthambore Regency or similar

Notes:

  • This extension cannot be combined with Nepal 5 Nights Post-Tour Extension

Optional Mid-Tour Extension

Kerala Backwaters 4 Nights

Kochi is home to the famed backwaters of Kerala, aptly nicknamed the Venice of South Asia due to its labyrinth of meandering streams, lakes, rivers, and lagoons. Here, an interesting mix of Portuguese, Dutch and English influences is manifest in Jewish synagogues, historical churches and buildings, as well as giant fishing nets from China.

Package Price Single Supplement
From $999
per person twin share
$400


Tour Highlights:

  • Float down the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat
  • Watch the intriguing Kathakali cultural dance performance unique to South India
  • Marvel at the majestic Chinese fishing nets
  • Indulge in a complete and rejuvenating Ayurveda experience

Inclusions:

  • Domestic internal flight(s): Jaipur > Kochi (via Mumbai)
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Site entry fees
  • Local English-speaking tour guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $125
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Accommodation:

Area Hotel Local Rating
Kochi Crowne Plaza Kochi or similar
Alleppey Cosy Houseboat or similar
Changanssery Contour Backwater Resorts or similar

Notes:

  • This extension cannot be combined with Nepal 5 Nights Post-Tour Extension
  • There will be a slight deviation to the Delhi sightseeing portion of the Passage to India 7 Days tour itinerary for all travellers taking up the Kerala Backwaters 4 Night extension. Lotus Palace, Gandhi Smriti and Humayun’s Tomb which are normally offered as part of the Passage to India 7 Days tour package will be replaced with a visit to India Gate, a drive by the Parliament House and the President’s House capped off with a special farewell dinner.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Nepal 5 Nights

Landlocked by China in the north and India in the east, south and west, Nepal’s façade is dramatically given away by the magnificent mountain range of the Himalayas, with the jagged snow-capped summit of Mount Everest soaring skywards into the heavens above. Down below, cities are like painted canvasses of labyrinthine streets, flecked with a stunning array of medieval-style pagodas, stupas and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

Package Price Single Supplement
From $999
per person twin share
$400

Tour Highlights:

  • Gaze up at the Himalayan mountain range, with stunning views of Mt. Everest
  • Marvel at Boudhanath Stupa adorned with colourful prayer flags
  • Stop by a Tibetan refugee camp and observe the life of Tibetans in exile
  • Retreat to the beautiful Phewa Lake in the lakeside city of Pokhara

Inclusions:

  • Flights (Delhi > Kathmandu > Australia)
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Local English-speaking tour guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $90
  • Nepal visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Price Guide:

  • Stay behind surcharge: From $250
  • Child price: Same as adult

Accommodation:

Area Hotel Local Rating
Kathmandu Royal Singi or similar
Nargarkot Country Villa or similar
Pokhara Da Yatra Courtyard or similar