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India's Treasures 2017-2018

10 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Delhi, India.

Day 2 Delhi, India - Tour Begins
Welcome to Delhi, India’s capital city. Made up of seven ancient cities, today it remains a cultural melting pot.

Day 3 New Delhi
Ease your way into local culture as your Tour Manager shares a few key phrases of the native language. Immerse yourself in India’s bustling capital during a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Discover the history of Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Explore Old Delhi’s narrow streets by rickshaw, the traditional mode of transportation. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before having some leisure time to explore independently. Sit down to dinner tonight at the home of a local family and learn more about Indian culture and their traditions at home. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Delhi
Following breakfast, visit Humayun's tomb, built by the widow of a great Mughal Emperor. Drive past the India Gate war memorial, the Parliament and the palatial Rashtrapati Bhawan – the President's residence. Proceed to the holy shrine of Sikhs, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.* Originally a bungalow owned by Raja Jai Singh, this huge complex features a devotion center, a large pond for the holy dip, a missionary school, an art gallery, a charitable hospital and a free kitchen – called Langar (community dining). Hear the holy hymns recited by the priests as you marvel at the beautiful gilded structure. At the community dining hall, get a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into feeding 10,000 people each day. (B,L)

Day 5 Delhi - Jaipur
Depart for a scenic drive through the countryside to the “Pink City” of Jaipur. Later, head out for a brief stop at Hawa Mahal, home to a former Maharaja, with its impressive façade of 953 windows. Then it’s on to the City Palace, the residence of the Royal Family of Jaipur. Stroll through the gardens and courtyards and delight in the intricate decorative art and carved doorways. (B,L)

Day 6 Jaipur
Board a vintage jeep and ascend to the top of the majestic Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site and India’s former seat of power. Visit a local school** where the children are part of a midday program supported by the efforts of the Collette Foundation. Tap into local customs during lunch when you learn about turban and sari tying. Stroll through the colorful flower market for a glimpse into the art of making garlands used in traditional Indian ceremonies. Delve deeper into Indian culture during a henna tattoo and bindi demonstration. This evening, take a step back in time as you dine at Sankotra Haveli, where eight generations of the Sankotra family have lived. Take in the old-world architecture and furnishings, and get to know the history of this special place. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Jaipur
Travel to the quaint village of Samode, nestled among rugged hills that are dominated by its famous palace. Have time on your own to wander through this interesting village that exudes a rare nostalgic charm, explore its many treasures, and interact with the locals to learn about their daily lives. Then, gather for lunch at Samode Bagh, a private garden retreat of the Royal family. (B,L)

Day 8 Jaipur - Agra
Continue your journey to Agra, a city rich with the splendors of the past. En route, stop in Abhaneri village to visit Chand Baori, one of the largest and most beautiful stepwells in the world. Built during the 8th and 9th centuries, this amazing feat of engineering has 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry that descend to the bottom of the well. (B,L)

Day 9 Agra
Behold one of the most impressive sites in the world – the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build in the 17th century, this wonder of the world was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Maha. Then, after breakfast, discover Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 11th century. Stand in awe of this sprawling fort that was built as a military structure but later transformed into a palace. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a special farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 10 Agra - Delhi - Tour Ends
Return to Delhi where a day room*** has been reserved for you to freshen up prior to the departure of your return flight home. (B)
Map
All This Included
India’s Golden Triangle showcases some of the most beautiful sites in India. Enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a local family in Delhi. Spend 3 nights in the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur and visit the majestic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal, home to a former Maharaja. Visit the quaint village of Samode, nestled among the rugged hills that are dominated by its famous and beautiful palace. At sunrise, behold one of the most impressive sites in the world – the Taj Mahal.
  • 17 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Discover the holy shrine of Sikhs, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.
  • Behold the stunning Taj Mahal at sunrise.
  • Spend 3 nights in the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur.
  • Stroll through the quaint village of Samode.
  • In Abhaneri, marvel at an impressive 8th-century stairwell that is an architectural wonder.
  • Delve deeper into Indian culture during a henna tattoo and bindi demonstration.
Accommodations
Delhi: Hotel Eros
Jaipur: The Lalit
Agra: Courtyard By Marriott Agra
Pre and Post Add-ons
3-Night Dubai Extension, $599 pp
Begin your exploration with a pre-tour Dubai extension. See one of the world’s fastest growing and most intriguing cities. With its many famous man-made structures, Dubai is a must-see destination for any traveler. Enjoy magnificent views of the world famous Burj Al Arab hotel. See the Jumeirah Mosque and Dubai Creek. View the Al Bastakia old wind-towered houses built by wealthy merchants. Stop at Al Fahidi Fort, now the Dubai Museum. Travel by abra, a traditional water taxi. Embark on an exciting desert safari and ride aboard luxury 4x4 vehicles over rolling sand dunes through the Dubai desert. Arrive at a desert campsite where a feast awaits you and enjoy a belly dancing performance.
 
6-Night South India Extension, $1,699 pp
Extend your India’s Treasures tour with an additional post-tour extension to South India. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Cochin (Kochi), walking through the narrow cobbled streets, lined with antique and handicraft shops. Witness the “Kathakali,” a special dance form of Kerala. Explore the 16th century Mattancherry Palace and Church of St. Francis built by the Portuguese. Tour a spice garden in Thekkady. Enjoy a lunch cruise from Alleppey to Kumarakom, known as the backwaters.
Notes
  • Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking.
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.