Overview

Flight - 1 night

Amritsar - 2 nights

Shimla - 2 nights

Delhi - 2 nights

Jaipur - 2 nights

Agra - 1 night

Delhi - 1 night

Varanasi - 1 night

Kolkata - 2 nights

Mahabalipuram - 2 nights

Madurai - 2 nights

Periyar - 1 night

Houseboat - 1 night

Cochin - 2 nights

Mumbai - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

Grand Tour of India

From the Golden Temple and hill station in the north, the Ganges and the temples of Tamil Nadu to the backwaters of Kerala and colonial heritage of Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta

This arrangement encompasses the mesmerising variety of India, travelling from north to south by road, rail, river and air.

Explore the colonial legacy of the British including Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta (Kolkata) and Shimla hill station, once the summer capital. Discover the great homes of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and the architectural heritage of the Mughals and Maharajas.

From the epic to the intimate, from the Himalayas to the Keralan backwaters, from the sacred Ganges to the tropical coasts of the Arabian Sea, this is truly a grand tour of India.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
10 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 4 – 18

Special Events

Indian Ceremonies & Special Dinner

Learn more about India at the Palki, Aarti and Border ceremonies. Breakfast at Brijrama Palace, overlooking the Ghats.
Enjoy a Kathakali classical dance performance. Enjoy a cocktail and dinner at Rambagh Palace.

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Amritsar via Delhi.

Day 2 Two nights at the 5-star Hyatt Hotel. Palki ceremony at the Golden Temple.

Day 3 Visit the Golden Temple, volunteers kitchen and Jallianwala Bagh. Optional Wagah border (£14, bookable locally). (B)

Day 4 Early morning train to Ambala (4 hrs), by road to Kandaghat and ‘Toy Train’ to Shimla (6 hrs). Two nights at the 5-star Oberoi Cecil Hotel. (B, D)

Day 5 Visit the Vice Regal Lodge, museum and the Mall. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 6 Travel to Kalka (5 hrs) and board the Shatabdi Express to Delhi (5 hrs) with light dinner on board. Two nights at the heritage Maidens Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 Full-day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi including Jama Mosque, Raj Ghat, Gandhi Smriti, Qutub Minar, India Gate and drive past the Red Fort, parliament and Viceroy’s House. (B, D)

Day 8 Visit the Transport Museum. Continue to Jaipur (5 hrs) for two nights at the 5-star ITC Rajputana. (B)

Day 9 Optional morning balloon ride in the Jaipur area (£180, bookable locally, weather dependent). Visit Amber Fort. Visit the Observatory, City Palace and view the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Cocktail and dinner at Rambagh Palace. (B, D)

Day 10 Drive to Agra visiting en route Fatehpur Sikri (6 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Trident Hotel. Visit the ‘Baby Taj’ and Mughal gardens with views of the Taj Mahal. (B)

Day 11 Sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Visit Agra Fort then continue to Delhi (5 hrs) for overnight at the 5-star Taj Mahal. (B)

Day 12 Fly to Varanasi for overnight at the 4-star Radisson Hotel. Evening Aarti ceremony. (B)

Day 13 Early morning boat ride on the Ganges and breakfast at Brijrama Palace. Fly to Kolkata for two nights at the 5-star Oberoi Grand. (B)

Day 14 Visit Dalhousie Square, Victoria Memorial and St. John’s Church. Take a short tram ride and enjoy a panoramic drive around colonial Calcutta. (B)

Day 15 Fly to Chennai and transfer to Mahabalipuram for two nights at the 4-star Radisson Temple Bay. (B)

Day 16 Visit the Shore Temple, the five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, and Krishna Mandapam. (B)

Day 17 Return to Chennai to visit the Government Museum, Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church and Marina Beach. Fly to Madurai. Two nights at the 4-star Taj Gateway. (B)

Day 18 Visit Meenakshi Temple, a rickshaw ride, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Memorial. (B)

Day 19 Drive to Periyar (5 hrs) for overnight at the ‘CGH Earth’ Spice Village. Visit a spice plantation and afternoon boat ride in Periyar National Park. Kalaraipayattu local martial art performance. (B)

Day 20 Travel to Alleppey for an overnight backwaters cruise. Canoe on the smaller canals. (B, L, D)

Day 21 Visit Kumbalanghi fishing village. Continue to Cochin for two nights at the 4-star boutique ‘CGH Earth’ Eighth Bastion. Kathakali classical dance performance. (B, L)

Day 22 Walking tour of Fort Cochin. Enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family. (B, D)

Day 23 Fly to Mumbai. Overnight at the 5-star Oberoi. Visit Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Dhobi Ghat and Prince of Wales Museum. Farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 24 Return direct flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

This is a full itinerary with visits on foot and some uneven surfaces and inclines.

Time to relax or see even more of India!

No one can cover all of India on one tour, so why not make the most of your time in India by choosing further experiences?

We invite you to customise your tour by adding one or more extensions from our great range shown on the following pages. Relax in a resort or discover more of India with our specialist guides.

Also please consider adding extra nights before the tour if you would like to draw breath after the flight to India or stay on to reflect, relax or explore independently. Extra nights can also be added to most extensions. Please talk to one of our knowledgeable Personal Travel Experts to let us know what you are looking for and they will work out the best way. Sometimes extra transfers, internal flights and nights are recommended or needed, and sometimes two extensions can be combined into a more logical sequence.

Click here to view all our pre- and post- India extensions

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
September 19 £4345
October 10 £4545
November 7 £4645

2021

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 23 £4495
February 6 £4595
February 20 £4695
March 6 £4395
September 25 £4345
October 16 £4545
November 13 £4695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £1195

Flight Options

London-Amritsar/Mumbai-London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795

Extension Options

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Privately Guided

2 guests - £1295 per person
3-4 guests - £645 per person
5-9 guests - £285 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £500 
Arrival transfer add £24
Departure transfer add £24

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 22 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 7 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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