An exceptional new tour combining our successful Highlights of North and South India tours covering the best of India in an affordable itinerary to offer an unforgettable experience
Save up to £200
(all 2021 dates)
Flight - 1 night
Delhi- 2 nights
Agra- 1 night
Ranthambore NP - 2 nights
Jaipur - 2 nights
Jodhpur - 1 night
Udaipur - 2 nights
Mumbai - 1 night
Cochin - 2 nights
Periyar - 1 night
Madurai - 2 nights
Kumbakonam - 1 night
Mahabalipuram - 2 nights
Chennai - 1 night
A rewarding introductory tour of India through the history, culture, heritage and landscapes of India. Travel from Delhi, the nation’s capital, Agra for the Taj Mahal, the fabled pink city of Jaipur and Ranthambore reserve for a good chance to glimpse the elusive tiger in the wild through the scenic and cultural heritage of Rajasthan, a princely state and land of contrasts with holy sites, impregnable fortresses and magnificent palaces of warrior kings and princes, saints and mystics.
Journey southwards to the vibrant, colourful city of Bombay (now Mumbai) and verdant Kerala, exploring the former Portugese colony of Cochin, the scenic Western Ghats, the British Imperial heritage of Madras (now Chennai) and the French architecture of Pondicherry.
Cruises are featured on Lake Udaipur, the Keralan backwaters and Periyar lake.
The famed Dravidian temples of Tamil Nadu developed from the 7th century under four dynasties that ruled Southern India from Kanchipuram, Tanjore and Madurai.
Culture & Countryside
Jules Verne Sightseeing
10 UNESCO Heritage Sites
2 Lunches and 11 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 4 – 28
Day 1 Fly overnight to Delhi.
Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Suryaa Hotel for two nights. Visit Humayun’s Tomb. (D)
Day 3 Drive past the Red Fort, India Gate, Gandhi Smriti, parliament and Viceroy’s House. Visit Qutab Minar. (B)
Day 4 Early morning train to Agra. Visit Agra Fort. Overnight at the 3-star Clarks Shiraz. Sunset visit of the Taj Mahal. (B, D)
Day 5 Morning visit to Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to Ranthambore (7 hrs). Two nights at the 4-star Ranthambore Regency. Tiger talk by a naturalist. (B, D)
Day 6 Morning game drive by canter. Optional afternoon game drive by canter (£28, pre-bookable only). (B, L, D)
Day 7 Travel to Jaipur (5 hrs). Two nights at the heritage Mandawa Haveli Hotel. Visit City Palace and Museum and the Observatory. (B)
Day 8 Optional morning balloon ride over Jaipur area (£180 bookable locally, weather dependent). Visit Amber Fort and view the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Evening cooking demo with a local family. (B, D)
Day 9 Drive to Jodhpur (7 hrs). Overnight at heritage Devi Bhawan Hotel. (B, D)
Day 10 Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Travel to Ranakpur temples for a visit (4 hrs). Continue to Udaipur (3 hrs) Two nights at the 4-star Trident Hotel. (B, D)
Day 11 Visit City Palace. Optional Lake Pichola boat (£11, bookable locally). (B, D)
Day 12 Fly to Mumbai for overnight at the 5-star Trident Nariman Point. Visit Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Dhobi Ghat and Prince of Wales Museum. (B)
Day 13 Fly to Cochin for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Trident. Optional Kathakali evening dance show (£4, bookable locally). (B)
Day 14 Walking tour of the Fort Cochin area. Travel along the coast to Alleppey for a backwaters cruise and lunch. (B, L)
Day 15 Drive to Periyar (4 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Cardamom County. Optional Kalaraipayattu martial art show. (B, D)
Day 16 Morning boat ride in Periyar National Park. Travel to Madurai (5 hrs). Two nights at the 4-star Courtyard By Marriott. (B)
Day 17 Visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace and take a rickshaw ride to Meenakshi Temple. Visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum. (B)
Day 18 Travel to Tanjore (3 hrs) to visit Brihadeeshwara Temple and Tanjore Palace Museum. Overnight at the 4-star ‘CGH Earth’ Mantra Koodam in Kumbakonam. (B, D)
Day 19 Travel to colonial Pondicherry and visit its museum (4 hrs). Continue to Mahabalipuram (3 hrs). Visit the Shore Temple. Two nights at the 5-star WelcomHotel Kences Palm Beach. (B)
Day 20 Visit the temples of Mahabalipuram. Optional visit to Kanchipuram, a city of 1,000 temples (£35, bookable locally). (B)
Day 21 Travel to Chennai for a city tour. Overnight at the 5-star Hablis Hotel. (B, D)
Day 22 Early morning return flight.
An elegant 4-star hotel located in the heart of New Delhi. Restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 244 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Located close to the Taj Mahal this 3-star hotel has restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 237 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Ranthambore Regency is a 4-star family run hotel with a restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 72 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A charming heritage hotel centrally located and originally built in 1896 as the town house (Haveli) of one of the rulers of Mandawa. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 17 air-conditioned rooms, each slightly different as heritage property, with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
This heritage hotel is the residence of Thakur Ratan Singh and his family filled with Rajput charm where rooms have been decorated with period furniture and Indian textiles. Restaurant, lounge, pool and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and TV.
Located on the banks of the stunning Lake Pichola, this 4-star hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the city. Restaurant, spa, outdoor pool, WiFi (chargeable) and 141 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
The best view of Mumbai, the Marine Drive, a 3km long beautiful promenade that rings a natural bay, greets guests at the 4-star Trident, Nariman Point. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 555 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A nature retreat set in beautifully landscape gardens. Restaurant, bar, pool, fitness room, spa and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
Opened in 2018 and located in Kumbakonam, an hours’ drive from Tanjore, this eco-friendly hotel is designed like a typical Brahmin community. Restaurant, pool and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned cottages designed like traditional Tmail homes with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
A tranquil 5-star resort adjacent to the Mamallapuram beach. Restaurants, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 62 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities.
A well-located 5-star airport hotel offering a mindful experience. Restaurants, bar, pool and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities.
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.
Add visits including Goa, Amritsar, Shimla, Nepal, Varanasi, Darjeeling, Cochin & Kerala Backwaters or Indian Wildlife.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Save up to £200
(all 2021 dates)
Supplements per person
Double for sole use £795
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795
Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow – nil
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.
Game drive by canter £28
Add £975 per person
Arrival or departure transfer add £24
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 20 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 11 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.
Travel insurance, visa procurement fee, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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