Dazzling Dubai & India Express

Dubai, Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri & Jaipur

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12 days from $2399 $2099
per person, double occupancy, including taxes & fees*
Book by Mar. 3, 2015 to save up to $300!

Overview

Style Partially Escorted & Guided
Tour escorts & guides for some segments
Departures May – December 2015
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Washington Dulles (IAD), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) (flight schedule)
Highlights Independent stay in Dubai, and escorted tour of India including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & the Taj Mahal
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights via Emirates including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • 9 nights accommodations in deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • Breakfast daily plus 1 dinner
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees in India
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director in India
Optional
  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai and India
What to Expect This moderately-paced, partially escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations, sometimes on bumpy unpaved roads and may have limited rest stops.

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Had a wonderful time in India. Our tour guide was excellent and even paid for a few incidentals to entertain the tour group that were not included on the tour. The elephant and rickshaw rides were worth the price of the tour!

Camille Lauer, New York, NY

Dates & Prices

Prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices and availability are subject to change. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Mar 3
Sat Feb 14 2015 Wed Feb 25 2015 $2399   Departed
Wed Feb 25 2015 Sun Mar 8 2015 $2499   Departed
Sat Mar 21 2015 Wed Apr 1 2015 $2699 $2399 Closed
Sun Apr 12 2015 Thu Apr 23 2015 $2499 $2199 Closed
Sun Apr 26 2015 Thu May 7 2015 $2399 $2099 Closed
Sun May 3 2015 Thu May 14 2015 $2399 $2099 Closed
Sun May 17 2015 Thu May 28 2015 $2399 $2099 Available
Sun Sep 6 2015 Thu Sep 17 2015 $2399 $2099 Available
Sun Oct 18 2015 Thu Oct 29 2015 $2699 $2399 Available
Sun Nov 22 2015 Thu Dec 3 2015 $2699 $2399 Available

Prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations, unless otherwise noted.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

Separately Paid Fees
India Visa & processing fee1 (paid separately) +$80
Delhi Airport UDF2 (paid separately) +$15

1. Visas for India must be obtained prior to travel. Comprehensive visa instructions will be included in your confirmation packet.

2. Fee is imposed by Delhi airport authorities and is paid in Delhi in local currency. Rate is approximate and may vary as currency fluctuations occur

Dazzling Dubai & India Express
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement
Feb 14, Feb 25, Mar 21, Oct 18, Nov 22 +$999
Apr 12 unavailable
All other departures +$699
Optional Excursions
Dubai Optional Excursions Package1 +$290
India Optional Excursions Package2 +$59

1. Includes: Half Day Dubai City Tour, Burj Khalifa, Desert Safari with Dinner, and Abu Dhabi Day Tour

2. Includes: Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah & Sikandra, and Jaipur City Tour

Departure Airports
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) included
Houston (IAH) included
Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
Feb 25 unavailable
All other departures +$75
New York Kennedy (JFK) +$75
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) +$75
Washington Dulles (IAD) +$100
San Francisco (SFO) +$125
Los Angeles (LAX)
Sep 6 +$450
All other departures +$150

Departure airports subject to availability.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Deposit
Standard Deposit $1500

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, PayPal, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of your reservation, whichever is later.

Ticketing: Airline tickets for this tour are usually issued within 24 hours of your reservation, and once issued, cannot be changed, refunded or transferred.

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

Itinerary

Dazzling Dubai & India Express tour itinerary Prepare to be dazzled twice on this innovative tour package to Dubai and India. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, a man-made island archipelago created for luxury living and vacationing, an indoor ski resort complete with ski lift, plenty of fine dining, and an ancient culture that has leapt from desert tent to skyscraper condo in less than 50 years.

In India, you’ll explore the "Golden Triangle", from fascinating and exotic Delhi, to Agra and the Taj Mahal, the world's most famous and lovely monument to love, to Jaipur, the "pink city," full of lavish mansions and palaces.

But don't wait to reserve your place. Space is definitely limited, and at these prices, it will surely sell out fast!


Detailed Itinerary

Feb 25, 2015 departure follows a slightly different itinerary featuring Holi, the Festival of Colors.

Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Dubai and India begins today as you check in for your wide-body jet flight via Emirates Airlines, voted one of the world's 5 best.

Day 2: Dubai. Arrive today in Dubai. After completing arrival formalities, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Accommodations: Movenpick Deira.

Day 3: Dubai. Enjoy the day at leisure in one of the most dazzling cities in the world. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: Half Day Dubai City Tour, $65.Today’s exciting optional morning tour will take you Dubai's picturesque Creek, which divides the city into two parts, the Deira on the northern side and Bur Dubai to the south. This is your first photo opportunity and one that gives you a magnificent panorama of the city and its amazing futuristic skyline.

A Dubai mosque and skylineNext stop is the Bastakiya district, where traditional courtyard houses, with characteristic wind towers that cleverly catch the breezes to cool the houses, line the narrow alleys. Many of the houses in this picturesque area of Dubai, previously home to the city's merchants, have been lovingly restored by proud locals who wish to preserve the unique ambience of the district. Continue to the Dubai Museum, housed in the massive, restored Al Fahidi Fort. Inside, lifelike dioramas offer a fascinating view of life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. You'll learn the importance of the date palm to the desert culture, the maritime traditions of fishing and pearl-diving, boat building and much more. Take a walk through the bustling, exotic souks, where you'll find beautiful and bargain-priced textiles, spices and gold. Another highlight of your city tour is a chance to take one of Dubai's most reliable and inexpensive forms of transportation, the Abra Water taxi. Your coach will bring you back to your hotel.

Optional Excursion: Burj Khalifa, $59. In the afternoon, you may choose to independently visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai) "At the Top” observation deck, which officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world’s most successful companies, and for a lucky few, residences that are as high as the clouds.

Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner, $90. For those in the mood for adventure, in the late afternoon, set out on an optional desert safari tour, where you'll discover the vastness and stark beauty of the sand dunes that surround Dubai. You'll also enjoy a BBQ dinner and live belly-dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour.

Day 4: Dubai. Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional day tour to Abu Dhabi. Breakfast provided.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu DhabiOptional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi, $120. Today, see another sophisticated city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port en route to the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Later, drive along the Corniche, a contrast of sparkling water of the Persian Gulf and modern skyscrapers, which create a very unique skyline. Visit the Heritage Village, and learn about the history of Abu Dhabi in a reconstructed oasis. Walk through the open-air museum and see craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills. Later, visit the Zayed House, home of the late Sheikh Zayed, the "Father of the Nation”. Stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.

Optional Excursion (purchased locally): Dhow Dinner Cruise, $85. This evening, we recommend an optional dinner cruise by dhow boat on the Dubai Creek. A magnificent view of both sides of Dubai Creek illuminated by night adds to the charm of this wonderful way to experience Dubai

Day 5: Dubai & Delhi. Enjoy your final breakfast in Dubai, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, our representatives will assist you with passport and customs formalities and escort you to your hotel. Accommodations: Shangri-La Eros Hotel. Breakfast provided.

Jama MasjidDay 6: Old & New Delhi. After buffet breakfast at the hotel, board your coach to explore Old and New Delhi. Sprawling on the banks of the river Yamuna, bustling Delhi typifies the soul of India, where many layers of civilizations have flourished for more than 3,000 years. Begin at the modern Laxmi Narayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Laxmi, and of her consort, Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. Popularly known as the Birla Temple for the noted industrialist family which built it, Laxmi Naryan Temple was one of the first major Hindu places of worship open to the lower caste Harijans (untouchables).
Continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Gandhi, built at the site of his cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 as a symbol of Mughal's power.

Later, ride by bicycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Completed in 1656 after six years of work by 5,000 laborers, the red sandstone and marble mosque is considered one of the loveliest houses of worship in the world. Ascend one of the minarets for sweeping views over old Delhi.

Qutab MinarNext, you'll marvel at the Qutab Minar, the world's tallest free standing minaret at 72.5 m (238 ft), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you'll also find the Iron Pillar, a curiosity thought to date from 5th century A.D., which has never rusted.

Sightseeing continues in New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. You'll see the India Gate, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The 42 meter high structure is a war memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan Wars. Burning in a shrine under the arch is the Amar Jawan Jyoti (the flame of the immortal warrior), which marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Proceed to the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President's residence. Breakfast provided.

Day 7: Delhi & Agra. After a good night's sleep and breakfast, drive to Agra, an ancient city that came into prominence in Medieval times under the Mughal rulers and was once the capital of a sprawling Mughal kingdom covering much of southeast Asia. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Accommodations: Trident Agra. Breakfast provided.

Taj Mahal, AgraDay 8: Agra. This morning you'll rise early to enjoy an awesome sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, truly one of the wonders of the world. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took 22 years and 20,000 men to build, its white marble quarried 200 miles away and transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Though the Taj is known for its stunning symmetry and balance, it is the close-up marble inlay work which is really astounding. You'll have ample time to explore this outstanding piece of architecture, and to wander the pristine gardens that surround it. Breakfast provided.

Agra Fort rampartsOptional Excursion: Agra Fort, $25. Visit the splendid Agra Fort, built by and inhabited by six successive generations of Mughal emperors—Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. Though often eclipsed by the Taj Mahal, this sprawling fortress, more accurately described as a massive walled palatial city, is magnificent in its own right, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was here that Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb, and from the Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony, Jahan watched the continuing construction of his Taj Mahal until his death.

Itmad Ud Daulah Tomb, AgraOptional Excursion: Itmad-Ud-Daulah & Sikandra, $25. This tour takes you to Itmad-Ud-Daulah, known as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. In addition, visit the Sikandra, the sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar which blends Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles, and other interesting sites.

Day 9: Agra, Fatehpur Sikri & Jaipur. After breakfast, depart for Fatehpur Sikri, the once-glittering capital built by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570. It was abandoned shortly after it was completed for lack of water and remains today a ghost town. Marvel at the well-preserved red sandstone palaces and buildings.
Later, continue to Jaipur, stopping en route at Barara Village, where you'll have a special opportunity to learn about rural Indian village life and interact with locals. Accommodations: Trident Jaipur. Breakfast provided.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)Day 10: Jaipur. This morning's tour starts with a stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. Behind this elaborate latticed facade, the cloistered ladies of the court could watch the daily goings-on in the street below.

Then, continue to the imposing Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan. The fort was begun in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, Emperor Akbar's most successful general. Perched atop the Aravalli hills overlooking the Moat Lake, the fort's fortified battlements and crenellated walls spread over many acres. Ascend to the fortress by jeep or elephant (if available) to view the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls, many of them hung with magnificent paintings and inlaid with precious stones.

This afternoon, explore the markets and lanes of Jaipur on your own. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is India's first and perhaps best planned city, full of beauty and color. Here you find magnificent palaces and gardens, serene lakes, and wide tree-lined streets. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed since 1727, when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II designed and built the city. Breakfast provided.

City Palace guards, JaipurOptional Excursion: Jaipur City Tour including the City Palace & Jantar Mantar Observatory, $30. Take an optional excursion to some of the city's famous pink sandstone buildings, including the City Palace Museum, housing the magnificent art collections of the Maharajas of Jaiputo. At the entrance to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest of five observatories founded by classical astronomer Sawai Jai Singh II nearly three centuries ago. Its 14 massive masonry instruments are extraordinarily precise and were used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location as the earth orbits around the sun ascertaining the declinations of planets, and more.

Day 11: Jaipur & Delhi. Enjoy some free time in Jaipur for some last minute shopping. In the afternoon, return to Delhi via motor-coach and transfer to the airport. Enjoy an included dinner, then board your return flight home via Dubai. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 12: Delhi/USA. Your memorable journey to Dubai and India ends today when you arrive in the USA.


Detailed Itinerary for Feb 25, 2015 Departure with Holi, the Festival of Colors

Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Dubai and India begins today as you check in for your wide-body jet flight via Emirates Airlines, voted one of the world's 5 best.

Day 2: Dubai. Arrive today in Dubai. After completing arrival formalities, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Accommodations: Movenpick Deira.

Day 3: Dubai. Enjoy the day at leisure in one of the most dazzling cities in the world. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: Half Day Dubai City Tour, $65.Today’s exciting optional morning tour will take you Dubai's picturesque Creek, which divides the city into two parts, the Deira on the northern side and Bur Dubai to the south. This is your first photo opportunity and one that gives you a magnificent panorama of the city and its amazing futuristic skyline.

A Dubai mosque and skylineNext stop is the Bastakiya district, where traditional courtyard houses, with characteristic wind towers that cleverly catch the breezes to cool the houses, line the narrow alleys. Many of the houses in this picturesque area of Dubai, previously home to the city's merchants, have been lovingly restored by proud locals who wish to preserve the unique ambience of the district. Continue to the Dubai Museum, housed in the massive, restored Al Fahidi Fort. Inside, lifelike dioramas offer a fascinating view of life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. You'll learn the importance of the date palm to the desert culture, the maritime traditions of fishing and pearl-diving, boat building and much more. Take a walk through the bustling, exotic souks, where you'll find beautiful and bargain-priced textiles, spices and gold. Another highlight of your city tour is a chance to take one of Dubai's most reliable and inexpensive forms of transportation, the Abra Water taxi. Your coach will bring you back to your hotel.

Optional Excursion: Burj Khalifa, $59. In the afternoon, you may choose to independently visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai) "At the Top” observation deck, which officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world’s most successful companies, and for a lucky few, residences that are as high as the clouds.

Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner, $90. For those in the mood for adventure, in the late afternoon, set out on an optional desert safari tour, where you'll discover the vastness and stark beauty of the sand dunes that surround Dubai. You'll also enjoy a BBQ dinner and live belly-dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour.

Day 4: Dubai. Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional day tour to Abu Dhabi. Breakfast provided.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu DhabiOptional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi, $120. Today, see another sophisticated city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port en route to the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Later, drive along the Corniche, a contrast of sparkling water of the Persian Gulf and modern skyscrapers, which create a very unique skyline. Visit the Heritage Village, and learn about the history of Abu Dhabi in a reconstructed oasis. Walk through the open-air museum and see craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills. Later, visit the Zayed House, home of the late Sheikh Zayed, the "Father of the Nation”. Stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.

Optional Excursion: Dhow Dinner Cruise, $85. This evening, we recommend an optional dinner cruise by dhow boat on the Dubai Creek. A magnificent view of both sides of Dubai Creek illuminated by night adds to the charm of this wonderful way to experience Dubai

Day 5: Dubai & Delhi. Enjoy your final breakfast in Dubai, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, our representatives will assist you with passport and customs formalities and escort you to your hotel. Accommodations: Shangri-La Eros Hotel. Breakfast provided.

Rickshaw driver, old Delhi Day 6: Old & New Delhi. After buffet breakfast at the hotel, board your coach to explore Old and New Delhi. Sprawling on the banks of the river Yamuna, bustling Delhi typifies the soul of India, where many layers of civilizations have flourished for more than 3,000 years. History tells of at least eight different cities established here, but Delhi's past is so ancient that the story of its origin derives more from mythology than written history. Today, it is a city truly full of fascinating contrasts, where by day, temples are packed with the devout, and by night, hotel discos are packed with the affluent.

Laxmi Narayan Temple Begin at the modern Laxmi Narayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Laxmi, and of her consort, Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. Popularly known as the Birla Temple for the noted industrialist family which built it, Laxmi Naryan Temple was one of the first major Hindu places of worship open to the lower caste Harijans (untouchables).

Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi made entry of Harijans one of the conditions for inaugurating the temple. Continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Gandhi, built at the site of his cremation on the banks of the Yamuna River. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 as a symbol of Mughal's power.

Then, continue by bicycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Completed in 1656 after six years of work by 5,000 laborers, the red sandstone and marble mosque is considered one of the loveliest houses of worship in the world. Ascend one of the minarets for sweeping views over old Delhi.

Qutab Minar & ruins, Delhi Next, you'll marvel at the Qutab Minar, the world's tallest free standing minaret at 72.5 m (238 ft), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower, made of fluted red sandstone covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an, is a wonderful example of Indo-Islamic architecture. At its foot lies the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, the first mosque in India, erected in the 12th century from materials salvaged from 27 demolished Hindu and Jain shrines. Here you'll also find the Iron Pillar, a curiosity thought to date from 5th century A.D., which has never rusted.

Sightseeing continues in New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. You'll see the India Gate, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The 42 meter high structure is a war memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan Wars. Burning in a shrine under the arch is the Amar Jawan Jyoti (the flame of the immortal warrior), which marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Proceed to the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President's residence. Breakfast provided.

Day 7: Delhi & Agra. After a good night's sleep and breakfast, drive to Agra, an ancient city that came into prominence in Medieval times under the Mughal rulers and was once the capital of a sprawling Mughal kingdom covering much of southeast Asia. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Accommodations: Jaypee Palace. Breakfast provided.

Taj Mahal Day 8: Agra. This morning you'll rise early to enjoy an awesome sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, truly one of the wonders of the world. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took 22 years and 20,000 men to build, its white marble quarried 200 miles away and transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Though the Taj is known for its stunning symmetry and balance, it is the close-up marble inlay work which is really astounding. You'll have ample time to explore this outstanding piece of architecture, and to wander the pristine gardens that surround it.

Afterward, take advantage of special optional excursions in Agra. Breakfast provided.

Musamman Burj, Agra Fort Optional Excursion: Agra Fort, $25. Visit the splendid Agra Fort, built by and inhabited by six successive generations of Mughal emperors—Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. Though often eclipsed by the Taj Mahal, this sprawling fortress, more accurately described as a massive walled palatial city, is magnificent in its own right, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was here that Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb, and from the Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony, Jahan watched the continuing construction of his Taj Mahal until his death.

Optional Excursion: Itmad-Ud-Daulah & Sikandra, $25. This tour takes you to Itmad-Ud-Daulah, known as the "Baby Taj", the first Mughal structure totally built from marble. In addition, visit the Sikandra, the sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar which blends Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian motifs and styles, and other interesting sites.

Main gate of Fatehpur Sikri Day 9: Agra, Fatehpur Sikri & Jaipur. After breakfast, depart for Fatehpur Sikri, the once-glittering capital built by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570. It was abandoned shortly after it was completed for lack of water and remains today a ghost town. Marvel at the well-preserved red sandstone palaces and buildings.

Later, continue to Jaipur, stopping en route at Barara Village, where you'll have a special opportunity to learn about rural Indian village life and interact with locals. Accommodations: Hilton Jaipur. Breakfast provided.

Chandra Mahal, part of the City palace, JaipurOptional Excursion: Jaipur City Tour including City Palace & Jantar Mantar Observatory, $30. Explore some of the city's famous pink sandstone buildings, including the City Palace Museum, housing the magnificent art collections of the Maharajas of Jaiputo. At the entrance to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest of five observatories founded by classical astronomer Sawai Jai Singh II nearly three centuries ago. Its 14 massive masonry instruments are extraordinarily precise and were used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and more.

Celebrating HoliDay 10: Jaipur & Holi Festival. This morning, experience the color festival of Holi, the most vibrant festival of all. Join a fun-filled party at Narain Niwas Hotel, where you will receive your very own Kurta Pajama. Enjoy typcial snacks and foods as well as live traditional music while you throw herbal colors and water balloons at each other! After lunch, change back into your regular clothing, and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Day 11: Jaipur & Delhi. This morning's tour takes you to the imposing Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan. The fort was begun in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, Emperor Akbar's most successful general. Perched atop the Aravalli hills overlooking the Moat Lake, the fort's fortified battlements and crenellated walls spread over many acres.

Elephant, Amber Fort, Jaipur Ascend to the fortress by jeep or elephant (if available) to view the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls, many of them hung with magnificent paintings and inlaid with precious stones. In the Sheesh Mahal—Hall of Mirrors—a single lamp is reflected in a mosaic of thousands of mirror tiles, lighting the entire room.

En-route to the Amber Fort, stop and see the Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds." Its beehive-like structure is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs. Behind this elaborate latticed facade, the cloistered ladies of the court could watch the daily goings-on in the street below.

In the afternoon, return to Delhi via motor-coach and transfer to the airport. Enjoy an included dinner, then board your return flight home via Dubai. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 12: Delhi/USA. Your memorable journey to Dubai and India ends today when you arrive in the USA.


Dubai Optional Excursions Package: $290

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:

  • Dubai City Tour (Day 3)
  • Burj Khalifa (Day 3)
  • Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3)
  • Abu Dhabi (Day 4)

You can book these excursions individually in Dubai. But you can save over $40 if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only. (A minimum of 4 passengers is required for optional excursions to operate).


India Optional Excursions Package: $59

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions in India:

  • Agra Fort (Day 8)
  • Itmad-Ud-Daulah & Sikandra (Day 8)
  • Half-day Jaipur City Tour including the City Palace & Jantar Mantar Observatory (Day 10)

You can book these excursions individually in India. But you can save over $20 if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only.

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