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Best of India

Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, two jungle safaris in Ranthambore & Varanasi; optional extension to Nepal

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures March 2021 – April 2023 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureGrand ToursNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking. On the extension to Nepal, the tour reaches high altitudes requiring that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.
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On our Best of India Small Group Tour, you'll visit many of India's most important and significant cities, including New Delhi, the nation's capital and third-largest city; Jaipur, known as the "Pink City" for its unusual rose-colored sandstone architecture; Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, the world's most famous monument to love; and Varanasi, the holiest site in India, where thousands of Hindu pilgrims tour its temples and bathe in the Ganges River to gain religious merit. 

Plus, experience the wilds of Ranthambore National Park, an amazing destination you won’t find on some other India itineraries. This former maharajas’ hunting ground turned wild sanctuary of jungle and dramatic rocky outcrops shelters a 10th century fort, ruined temples and old hunting pavilions, overgrown tombs, and wildlife including crocodiles, pythons, monkeys, sloth bears and so much more. Oh, and it’s also one of the best places in India to potentially see tigers! 

Many travelers will also choose to take our optional post-tour extension to Nepal. You’ll base your adventure in the intoxicating and heritage-filled capital of Kathmandu, and journey out into the Kathmandu Valley to charming places like Patan City and Bhaktapur. Of course, when in Nepal, it’s impossible to forget that you are traveling in the shadow of Everest, and on this tour we offer a truly once in a lifetime experience: an optional early morning sightseeing flight over the tallest mountain on our planet. 

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK or EWR) including taxes & fees
  • Intra-India ground transportation and flight Jaipur to Varanasi
  • 10 nights in superior & deluxe hotels with private bath
  • 17 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 5 dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Comprehensive guided touring program including all entrance fees to places visited
  • Experienced, English-speaking tour director

Optional add-ons

  • Optional cultural show in Agra
  • Optional Nepal post-tour extension
  • Optional morning flight over Mt. Everest

Why you'll love it

  • Experience the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Ride by bicycle rickshaw in Delhi to India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid.
  • Share High Tea with a local Indian family.
  • Embark on two safari drives at Ranthambore National Park in search of tigers and other wildlife.
  • Visit the Amber Fort, a vast complex comprised of numerous courtyards and elegantly decorated halls.
  • Discover Jaipur’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar followed by a private dinner with a local family.
  • Immerse yourself in the chanting mantras and fragrant incense of a traditional Aarti ceremony.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges River and witness the rituals of Hindu pilgrims at a bathing ghat.

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Best of India
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 6, 2021;  Apr 5, 2022 $549
Oct 4, 2022;  Nov 15, 2022;  Dec 6, 2022;  Jan 24, 2023;  Feb 14, 2023;  Mar 28, 2023;  Apr 11, 2023 $799
All other dates $749
Optional Excursions
Hot Air Balloon1
Oct 5, 2021;  Oct 19, 2021;  Nov 16, 2021;  Dec 7, 2021;  Jan 25, 2022;  Feb 1, 2022;  Feb 15, 2022;  Mar 15, 2022;  Apr 5, 2022 unavailable
All other dates $279

1. Operation subject to weather conditions.

Separately Paid Taxes & Fees
India Visa & Processing Fee1 (paid separately) $26

1. Visas must be obtained prior to travel. Price includes $25 e-visa fee + 2.5% bank fee.

Nepal Optional Post-Tour Extension
Nepal Post-Tour Extension
Oct 5, 2021;  Oct 19, 2021;  Nov 16, 2021;  Dec 7, 2021;  Jan 25, 2022;  Feb 1, 2022;  Feb 15, 2022;  Mar 15, 2022;  Apr 5, 2022;  Oct 4, 2022;  Nov 15, 2022;  Dec 6, 2022;  Jan 24, 2023;  Feb 14, 2023;  Mar 28, 2023;  Apr 11, 2023 $949
All other dates $849
Nepal Visa Fee1 (paid separately) $30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy $299

1. Obtained upon arrival in Nepal.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC)1 included

1. NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when (or after) you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Notice Notice: The Taj Mahal is currently undergoing renovations. Some scaffolding has been erected on sections of the building and some of its surrounding spires.

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Your exotic journey to India begins today as you depart from the USA

Day 2 Arrive Delhi

  • Arrive in Delhi, India's capital. Following customs and immigration formalities, meet our representatives and transfer to your hotel

Shangri-La Eros Hotel or similar

Day 3 Old & New Delhi

  • Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi
  • Ride by bicycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque

Shangri-La Eros Hotel or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Laxmi Narayan Temple, New Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel, board your coach to explore Old and New Delhi, a city full of fascinating contrasts, where by day, temples are packed with the devout, and by night, hotel discos are packed with the affluent. Begin at the modern Laxmi Narayan Temple which enshrines Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu Trinity.

Continue to Gandhi Smriti, a museum and memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past the Red Fort and continue by bicycle rickshaw to the Jama Masjid, site of an exquisite mosque in red sandstone and marble. Completed in 1656 after six years of work by 5,000 laborers, it is considered one of the loveliest houses of worship in the world.

This afternoon you will visit New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. Whereas the walled old city is all tradition in all its facets, New Delhi is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards. Your tour to New Delhi begins with a visit to the Qutab Minar, the 234 foot high tower made of sandstone, known as the seventh wonder of Hindustan and the tallest stone tower in India and a wonderful example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Continue past the India Gate, and then proceed past the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President's residence. This evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant where you will enjoy sumptuous Indian food.

Day 4 Delhi & Agra

  • Transfer to the city of Agra
  • Evening visit to Sheroe's Hangout

ITC Mughal or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Agra

This morning make your way to the city of Agra. Agra in terms of ambiance is still associated with the Mughal period. The Mughals, besides being great rulers, were also great builders and they preserved their best architectural wonders for Agra & its neighborhoods. There are many wonderful monuments and the Taj Mahal, the greatest of them all, is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture at its best. Their architectural genius can also be seen in the forts, palaces and aesthetically laid out gardens - each one a silent witness to a grand style of a golden era. Proceed to your deluxe, centrally located hotel for check-in.

This evening visit Sheroe's Hangout, a café that employs women who have suffered from debilitating acid attacks. In order to regain their self-esteem and livelihoods, this café is solely run by these survivors.

Day 5 Agra

  • Rise early for a breathtaking morning tour of the Taj Mahal
  • Discover the Agra Fort
  • Afternoon excursions in the local markets
  • Evening High Tea with a local family

ITC Mughal or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Taj Mahal

Rise early before sunrise to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-17th Century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, visit the Agra Fort, the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations and yet another example of impressive Mughal architecture.

This afternoon, explore the local markets where you should do your best to bargain for the marble products and high quality leather wallets, shoes and belts. Later, visit the "Petra Dura Workshop" where you'll find beautiful marble inlay that is among the most renowned of India's handicrafts. During your visit enjoy an opportunity to watch as artisans create fine quality marble inlay pieces.

This evening, you are a guest for High Tea. This special treat, arranged exclusively for Friendly Planet travelers, provides an opportunity to meet and interact with an Indian family and learn more about life in India.

Day 6 Agra & Ranthambore

  • This morning visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah, known as the “Baby Taj”
  • Transfer to Bharatpur to board the train for Sawai Madhopur
  • Transfer from Sawai Modhopur to Ranthambore National Park

The Tigress Spa & Resort or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Bengal tiger, Ranthambore

After breakfast, visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah, known as the “Baby Taj,” the first Mughal structure completely built from marble.

After breakfast, transfer to Bharatpur to board the train for Sawai Madhopur. Sawai Madhopur and the Ranthambore National Park was originally the hunting reserve for the Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1972 the park was acquired by Project Tiger, a tiger conservation program, and became a National Park in 1980. Now the park is one of the best locations in India to get a close view of tigers and other wildlife. Upon arrival, board your touring coach and drive the short distance to your hotel for check-in.

Day 7 Ranthambore

  • Early morning jungle safari to spot wildlife
  • Get a second chance to spot wildlife on an evening jungle safari

The Tigress Spa & Resort or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Gray langur, Ranthambore

Rise early for the best opportunity to spot wildlife in Ranthambore National Park in open air vehicles. Return to the hotel for breakfast and relaxation. Enjoy another opportunity to see wildlife on the evening jungle safari.

Day 8 Ranthambore & Jaipur

  • This morning travel to Jaipur, the magnificent Pink City
  • The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary

After breakfast, board your touring coach for Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City because it was built of pink stucco in imitation of sandstone. Here you find invincible forts and magnificent palaces and gardens, waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. After check-in, enjoy a stroll through the colorful streets and bazaars.

Day 9 Jaipur

  • Discover the ancient capital of Amber, en route brief stop at the Palace of Winds
  • Enjoy an afternoon city tour of Jaipur
  • This evening, join a private dinner with a local family in Jaipur

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
City Palace, Jaipur

This morning visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. En route, take a brief photo stop at the Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal. Famous for its beehive like structure, the Mahal is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, from where the cloistered ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below.

Continue to the Amber Fort, begun in the 17th century by Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar's most successful General. Ascend to the fortress by jeep to view the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls, many of them hung with magnificent wall paintings and some inlaid with precious stones and mirrors.

This afternoon, return to the city of Jaipur. Highlights of this afternoon's touring include the City Palace, an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The City Palace Museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armor, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.

Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observatory), a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1733. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a private dinner with a local family in Jaipur held exclusively for Friendly Planet.

Kindly note that you will see elephant rides offered around the Amber Fort. However, Friendly Planet Travel has made the compassionate decision to not include elephant rides in our itineraries, as the process to train these brilliant animals is not up to our ethical standards. In addition, elephant backbones are delicate and not meant to carry the weight of saddles and people. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Day 10 Jaipur & Varanasi

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi
  • Enjoy an evening aarti ceremony

Taj Ganges Varanasi or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Varanasi

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Varanasi, the religious heart of Hindu India. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. It is probably the oldest inhabited city in India, and one of the world’s most ancient. As a place of devotion and worship, Varanasi attracts thousands of pilgrims every year, and many Hindus in the latter part of their lives wish to spend their retirement here.

This evening, enjoy an aarti ceremony at the Assi Ghat. This ceremony celebrates the religious significance and history of Varanasi; replete with tales of plunder and destruction by conquerors and religious zealots.

Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon, $279
Hot air balloon ride over Jaipur

Rise early this morning and take to the sky over Jaipur, flying in a hot air balloon. Before take-off, enjoy a selection of tea, coffee, and light refreshments as your balloon comes to life. Soar high above local villages and breathtaking landscapes from an exclusive vantage point. This is certain to become a once in a lifetime experience you will remember long after returning from India! Flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable.

Day 11 Varanasi

  • Early morning boat ride on the river Ganges
  • Exciting city tour of Varanasi
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers

Taj Ganges Varanasi or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Bathing ghat, Varanasi Photo by Willem Proos

This morning at dawn, depart for an unforgettable experience on a boat ride on the river Ganges, stopping at the most important of the bathing ghats. From your boat, you will witness the rituals of Hindu pilgrims, which follow centuries' old tradition and belief that those who die in Varanasi or whose mortal remains are immersed in the holy Ganges, will be incarnated to human life in the next birth.

After your early morning tour of the bathing ghats, return to your hotel for a breakfast. Later, board your touring coach for a visit to the city of Varanasi, including Vishwanath Temple, Benaras Hindu University and the Bharat Mata Temple. Explore Vishwanath Temple from the outside, dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the most sacred shrine in Varanasi. Continue to Benares Hindu University, considered to be the largest residential university in Asia.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers.

Day 12 Varanasi, Sarnath & Depart Delhi

  • This morning explore Sarnath, a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists
  • Visit the Sarai Mohana weaving village
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight via Delhi
  • Your memorable journey ends tomorrow when you arrive in the USA

Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Mulagandha Kuti Vihara, Sarnath

Before your flight, drive to Sarnath, a place of pilgrimage for Budhists. Enjoy some free time to independently explore the many stupas and temples or visit the Sarnath Museum, whose most famous exhibit the “Lion Capital of Ashoka,” a statue of four lions guarding the four cardinal directions, has become an emblem of modern India and a symbol on the Indian flag. Next, make your way to Sarai Mohana, a village well-known for its silk weaving. Meet with a local and discover the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into weaving a traditional saree, a process that can take from 15 days to 6 months to complete.

Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Nepal Extension

Take advantage of your already included airfare and add an optional extension to mysterious Nepal. The Nepal Extension includes 1 night in Delhi, round trip flights from Delhi to Kathmandu, 3 nights in Kathmandu with a full touring program, transfers, breakfast daily and a farewell dinner and performance. Passengers taking the Nepal Extension will return to the U.S. 5 days later than the return dates shown. Note: Due to the earthquake in April 2015, some of Nepal's stupas and other sites are still under ongoing renovations.

Day 12 Varanasi & Delhi

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight via Delhi
  • Overnight in New Delhi at the Novotel New Delhi Aerocity or similar

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity or similar Breakfast

Day 13 Delhi & Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel
  • Visit Boudhanath, one of the world’s largest stupas

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Having cleared immigration, collect your luggage and pass through customs. Upon exiting the terminal you will be met and transferred to your hotel and a welcome drink will be served upon arrival. After check-in, take a walk with your guide to Boudhanath which is possibly the world's largest Buddhist stupa.

Day 14 Kathmandu, Patan City & Swoyambhunath

  • Optional morning flight over Mt. Everest
  • Travel to Patan City south of Kathmandu
  • In the afternoon, visit the National Museum and Swoyambhunath, the ‘monkey temple’

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Swayambhunath, Kathmandu

This morning you will have an opportunity to experience an optional early morning scenic flight over Mt. Everest and the breathtaking Himalayas. After breakfast, visit Patan City located just south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley. Walk from Kumaripati through the narrow streets, shops and bazaars. On the way, visit the Golden Temple and then go to Patan Durbar Square where you will see the sky piercing temple of Taleju.

In the afternoon, drive to Swoyambhunath. En route, make a stop at the National Museum to see a splendid collection of weapons and artifacts from ancient, medieval and modern Nepal. Continue to Swoyambhunath, also known as the "Monkey Temple" which is said to be over 2,000 years old and one of the world's most fabulous Buddhist temples.

Optional Excursion: Mt. Everest Flyover (purchased locally), $205
Prayer flags, Mt. Everest

Early this morning you will have an opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over Mt. Everest and the breathtaking Himalayas, weather permitting. This optional excursion must be purchased locally.

Day 15 Kathmandu & Bhaktapur

  • Enjoy a morning visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • This afternoon visit Kathmandu Durbar Square at the heart of the old city
  • In the evening, enjoy a Nepalese farewell dinner and performance

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Shiva Temple, Durbar Square

In the morning, drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, located in the center of Bhaktapur. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley and is home to some of the finest medieval arts of Nepal. Here you’ll see the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple and statues of the kings of Nepal.

In the afternoon, drive back to Kathmandu and visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, located in the heart of the old city. Visit Kumari Temple, Taleju Temple, Shiv Parvati Temple, and Kal Bhairav. On a walk through a local bazaar, you will discover the true heart of Kathmandu in the sights, sounds and smells. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Nepalese farewell dinner and dance performance.

Day 16 Kathmandu & Depart Delhi

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure in Kathmandu to shop and explore independently
  • Bid farewell to India & Nepal as you transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the USA
  • Your memorable journey ends tomorrow when you arrive in the USA

Breakfast

Hotels

Shangri-La Eros Hotel
Shangri-La Eros Hotel
Deluxe

The deluxe Shangri-La Eros Hotel is centrally located amid landscaped gardens in New Delhi's historic government district. It is an elegant oasis nestled within the heart of bustling metropolis. Travelers around the world are offered a relaxing place to rest and recharge and a convenient base from which they can explore this fascinating city.

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ITC Mughal
ITC Mughal
Deluxe

Sprawled over 35 acres of lush gardens, the ITC Mughal is in close proximity to the Taj Mahal. This 5-star hotel is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past.

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The Tigress Spa & Resort
The Tigress Spa & Resort
Superior First Class

The Tigress Ranthambore resort is located next to Ranthambore National Park, a vast wildlife sanctuary known for spotting tigers and other wildlife. The hotel offers an elegant and welcoming ambiance with close access to the Park.

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ITC Rajputana
ITC Rajputana
Deluxe

ITC Rajputana is located less than a mile from the center of Jaipur. The regal-influenced design and gardens echo Jaipur’s history.

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Taj Ganges Varanasi
Deluxe

Taj Ganges Varanasi is a modern first class hotel nestled amidst 42 acres of lush gardens. The hotel is an oasis of greenery and a haven of peace and tranquility in the bustling temple city offering guests a fine mix of cuisine, culture and comfort in a 5-star ambiance.

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Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity
Deluxe

The Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is a five star rated hotel that is ideally located at Aerocity, just minutes away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and the Delhi Aerocity Metro Station. The Novotel New Delhi Aerocity provides guests in transit with an excellent option for a comfortable overnight stay with first class amenities.

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Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Deluxe

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is set on 37 acres, just a short ride from the center of Kathmandu. Its lavish regional architecture is a feast for the senses, with vibrant colors, serene walkways and luscious cuisine.

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† With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason and let us know by your final payment due date (60 days prior to scheduled departure in most cases, but varies by package), you can transfer all payments you've made, including any travel protection premiums but not including the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties. Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, including any travel protection premiums but not including the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus a $99 per person future travel credit. You may use these credits anytime and they do not expire, but some restrictions apply. Valid for bookings made March 19 – Dec 31, 2020. Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

†† $99 deposit available on select packages. Valid for new bookings only made Mar 19 – Dec 31, 2020. Changes to your package, departure date, or flights may require an increased deposit. If you add optional travel protection to your booking, the premium will be added to your deposit. See additional terms & conditions.

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