Dazzling Dubai & India

Exhilarating Dubai plus explore the lost empires of India in Delhi, Agra, the Taj Mahal and the pink city of Jaipur; Optional Extension to Nepal

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$4099Tour + Flights 11days
price per person, double occupancy,* based on Jan 8, 2023 departure from NYC
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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 January 2023 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & Culture
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This fast-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. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.
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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 ancient culture that has leaped 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.

October 15, 2022 Departures: Celebrate the festival of lights, Diwali!

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from NYC via Emirates Airlines including taxes & fees
  • 9 nights accommodations in deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • 11 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch & a farewell dinner
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • Guided city tour of Dubai
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees in India
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director in India

Optional add-ons

  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai and India
  • Optional day excursion to Abu Dhabi
  • Optional Nepal post-tour extension
  • Flights from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD). Request pricing when making your reservation.

Why you'll love it

  • Be dazzled twice as you spend three nights in Dubai, then travel to exotic India.
  • Enjoy a half-day tour to Dubai Creek, the Bastakiya district, the Dubai Museum, and more.
  • Meander through the bustling souks and admire the beautiful textiles, spices, and gold.
  • Get a bird's eye view of the city as you ascend to the observation deck of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.
  • Visit India's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, by bicycle rickshaw and marvel at the red sandstone and marble structure.
  • Wake early for a breathtaking tour of the Taj Mahal in Agra.
  • Journey to the Abhaneri Village and explore the region's most visited stepwell in all of India, the Chand Baori stepwell.
  • Visit the ancient capital of Rajasthan, the Amber Fort.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2022 DEPARTURES
Dates Price
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 18, 2022
Finishes: Wed, Sep 28, 2022
Sep 18 – Sep 28
$3399 Departed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 9, 2022
Finishes: Wed, Oct 19, 2022
Oct 9 – Oct 19
$3899 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sat, Oct 15, 2022
Finishes: Tue, Oct 25, 2022
Oct 15 – Oct 25
$3949 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 23, 2022
Finishes: Wed, Nov 2, 2022
Oct 23 – Nov 2
$3899 Sold Out
Departs U.S.: Sun, Nov 27, 2022
Finishes: Wed, Dec 7, 2022
Nov 27 – Dec 7
$3899 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Dec 11, 2022
Finishes: Wed, Dec 21, 2022
Dec 11 – Dec 21
$4099 Closed
2023 DEPARTURES
Dates Price
Departs U.S.: Sun, Jan 8, 2023
Finishes: Wed, Jan 18, 2023
Book by Thu, Sep 29, 2022 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Jan 8 – Jan 18
$4099 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Feb 5, 2023
Finishes: Wed, Feb 15, 2023
Feb 5 – Feb 15
$3699 Closed

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 book. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Dazzling Dubai & India
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Sep 18, 2022 $749
All other dates $1099
Optional Excursions
Dubai Optional Excursions Package1 $190
India Optional Excursions Package2 $45
Guaranteed Early Check-in, Dubai3
Double Occupancy $140
Single Occupancy $260

1. Includes Desert Safari with Dinner and Abu Dhabi Day Tour.

2. Includes Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh and Jaipur City Tour.

3. Your room in Dubai will be booked to guarantee it is available if you arrive at the hotel before 3pm. Flights from IAD arrive in Dubai around 8am.

Separately Paid 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 Extension
Nepal Extension
Feb 5, 2023 $949
Oct 23, 2022 $999
All other dates $899
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. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? For this package, you may request flights from Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from any other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when (or after) you book, 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

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Dubai

Day 2 Dubai

  • Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel
  • NOTE: The flight from Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD) arrives early in the morning in Dubai (around 8 am). Check-in at the hotel is at 3 pm. If you wish to check-in immediately please add early check-in to your reservation.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar

Day 3 Dubai

  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Dubai -- see the highlights of this amazing place
  • Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Bastakiya district, Dubai

Today's exciting half-day tour will take you to picturesque Dubai Creek, the Ancient Greeks called the River Zara. The first settlements by the Bani Yas tribe were along its banks, and later it served as a port for ships from as far as India and East Africa. Today, this saltwater creek divides the modern city into two parts, Deira on the north and Bur Dubai to the south, and remains a busy waterway for traditional dhows and sleek luxury yachts. 

The next 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 ambiance 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 oil discovery. 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. Walk through the bustling, exotic souks, where you'll find beautiful, 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.


Later, visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), which officially opened in 2010 as the world's tallest building. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world's most successful companies, and homes that are as high as the clouds for a lucky few. Take in sweeping city views from the breathtakingly high "At the Top" observation deck.

Return to your hotel, spend the remainder of your day at leisure, or enjoy an optional Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner.

Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner
Jeep ride over sand dunes

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 desert that surrounds Dubai. Experience an exciting jeep ride over the surrounding sand dunes. You'll also enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner and live belly dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour. *The sand dunes jeep ride is not recommended for people with neck, back, or cardiac concerns.

Purchased as a package with Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3) and Abu Dhabi (Day 4(Min of 4 passengers).

Day 4 Dubai

  • Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary

The day is yours to explore at your pace or take an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi.

Optional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi
View of Abu Dhabi skyline from Heritage Village

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 sweeping curve of the Corniche, replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. 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, pass by the Sheik Khalifa Palace, home to the president of the UAE. Afterwards, take a photo stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.

Purchased as a package with Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3) and Abu Dhabi (Day 4(Min of 4 passengers).

Day 5 Dubai & Delhi

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi
  • Upon arrival, you'll be met and escorted to your hotel

Shangri-La Eros Hotel or similar Breakfast

Day 6 Old & New Delhi

  • Full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi
  • Ride by bicycle rickshaw to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque
  • Visit Gandhi Smriti, the Mahatma Gandhi Museum

Shangri-La Eros Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
India Gate, Delhi

After 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 over 3,000 years. Begin at the modern Laxmi Narayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Laxmi, and her consort, Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. Popularly known as the Birla Temple for the noted industrialist family who built it, Laxmi Naryan Temple was one of the first significant Hindu places of worship open to the lower caste Harijans (untouchables).

Continue to Gandhi Smriti, the Mahatma Gandhi Museum. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, built in 1648 to symbolize Mughal's power.

Later, ride by bicycle rickshaw to the 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.

Next, 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 the 5th century A.D., which has never rusted.

Sightseeing continues in New Delhi, reflecting the legacy the British left behind. Drive past 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.

Day 7 Delhi & Agra

  • After breakfast travel to the city of Agra
  • Evening visit to Sheroe's Hangout

ITC Mughal or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Entry gates of the Agra Fort

After breakfast, drive to Agra, an ancient city that became prominent in Medieval times under the Mughal rulers and was once the capital of a sprawling Mughal kingdom covering much of southeast Asia. Arrive at your hotel and proceed to check in with your fellow travelers.

This evening, visit Sheroes Hangout, a café that employs women who have suffered from debilitating acid attacks. The survivors solely run this café to regain their self-esteem and livelihoods.

Day 8 Agra

  • Rise early for a morning tour of the Taj Mahal
  • Remainder of the day at leisure, or join optional excursions
  • Enjoy an evening High Tea with a local family

ITC Mughal or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Rise early to enjoy a breathtaking morning tour of the Taj Mahal, truly one of the world's wonders. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to express his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took 22 years and 20,000 men to build; its white marble was 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, the close-up marble inlay work stands out the most. You'll have ample time to explore this outstanding architecture and wander the pristine surrounding gardens. Afterward, return to the hotel for breakfast. *Departure from the hotel may be as early as 5:30 am. Visit time may change depending on weather conditions.

In the evening, join an Indian family in their residence for High Tea. Have the opportunity to interact and learn more about their day-to-day life, eating habits, costumes, and culture.

Optional Excursion: Agra Fort, $25
Musamman Burj, Agra Fort

Visit the splendid Agra Fort, built 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. From the Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony, Jahan watched the continuing construction of his Taj Mahal until his death.

Optional Excursion: Mehtab Bagh, $20
View of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh

Visit Mehtab Bagh at sunset to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jahan, who had the Taj Mahal built, felt that the best view of this mausoleum was from the MehtabBagh. The 25 acres of crescent-shaped land laid in the 17th century sits along the Bank of the river Yamuna.

Day 9 Agra, Abhaneri Village & Jaipur

  • Visit Abhaneri Village and see the Chand Baori stepwell
  • Experience traditional bread making (chapati or naan)
  • Learn the art of tying colorful turbans and sarees
  • Continue to Jaipur and check into your hotel

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Chand Baori stepwell

After breakfast, depart for Abhaneri Village, a popular stop along the Agra-Jaipur road for the impressive Chand Baori stepwell and the Harshat Mata Temple. The Chand Baori is perhaps the region’s most visited stepwell and one of the largest and deepest in India. These stepwells were created to harvest rainwater and provide the locals a place to cool off during the hottest summer months, as the temperature is a few degrees cooler at the bottom of the well than at its surface. After some exploration, continue to Jaipur, stopping en route at the Umaid Lake Resort for an included lunch. At the resort, receive a cooking demonstration and experience making chapati or naan bread. Afterward, learn the art of tying colorful turbans and sarees, and receive insights regarding their importance. Continue to Jaipur and check into your hotel.

Day 10 Jaipur

  • Morning tour of Jaipur, including a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal and a visit to the Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan
  • Afternoon at leisure or take part in an optional excursion
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
This morning's tour starts with a brief photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is an interplay of red and pink sandstone, 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, the 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 crenelated 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. You'll find magnificent palaces, gardens, serene lakes, and wide tree-lined streets here. Except for the heavy traffic of bicycles, cars, and buses, little seems to have changed since 1727, when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II designed and built the city.
 
Later this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with fellow travelers.
 
*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 of training these brilliant animals is not up to our ethical standards as it is painful and involves "breaking" so they don't pose a risk of attacking humans. 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 Holi Departure: Jaipur & Holi Festival

  • This morning, experience the color festival of Holi
  • Enjoy typical foods and music while you throw herbal colors and water balloons
  • Afternoon at leisure or take part in an optional excursion
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Celebrating Holi

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 Kurta Pajama. Enjoy typical snacks, foods, and live traditional music while you throw herbal colors and water balloons at each other! After lunch, change into your regular clothing, and spend the afternoon leisurely.

Later this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with fellow travelers.

Day 10 Diwali Departure: Jaipur & Diwali Festival

  • Morning tour of Jaipur including a brief stop at the Hawa Mahal and a visit to the Amber Fort, ancient capital of Rajasthan
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore Jaipur
  • This evening enjoy a special dinner celebration for Diwali, the "Festival of Lights"

ITC Rajputana or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Girl decorating Rangoli with oil lamps
This morning's tour starts with a brief photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Its beehive-like structure is an interplay of red and pink sandstone, 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, the 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 crenelated walls spread over many acres. Ascend to the fortress by jeep 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. You'll find magnificent palaces, gardens, serene lakes, and wide tree-lined streets here. Except for the heavy traffic of bicycles, cars, and buses, little seems to have changed since 1727, when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II designed and built the city.
 
This evening enjoy a special dinner celebration for Diwali, the "Festival of Lights." Join your fellow travelers and a traditional Indian family at Suryaa Villa, where the group is greeted by Thakur Surya Pratap Singh & his family in traditional Rajput attire. They will also provide traditional Turbans & Sarees to each group member. The Diwali festival celebrations begin with special Diwali Puja and a prayer ceremony with the family followed by fireworks, rangoli, flower work decoration, henna (mehndi), and cultural folk dances followed by dinner with a noble Rajput family. It is an authentic experience and a great way to see the traditional Indian Diwali celebration.
 
*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 of training these brilliant animals is not up to our ethical standards as it is painful and involves "breaking" so they don't pose a risk of attacking humans. 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.
Optional Excursion: Jaipur City Tour including the City Palace & Jantar Mantar Observatory, $30
City Palace, Jaipur

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 Jaipur. 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 exact 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

  • In the morning, depart for Delhi via motor-coach and transfer to the airport
  • Board your overnight flight home via Dubai

Breakfast

Optional Excursions Package Dubai: $190

Pre-book a Dubai Optional Excursions package that included our most popular optional excursions:

  • Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3)
  • Abu Dhabi (Day 4)

The optional excursion package is operated for Friendly Planet groups only. (A minimum of 4 passengers is required for optional excursions to operate).

 

 

Optional Excursions Package India: $45

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

  • Agra Fort ($25)
  • Mehtab Bagh ($20)
  • Half-day Jaipur City Tour including the City Palace & Jantar Mantar Observatory ($30)

You can book these excursions individually in India. But you can save $30 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.

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, flight from Delhi to Kathmandu and onwards from 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. 4 days later than the return dates shown.Note: Due to the earthquake in April 2015, some of Nepal's stupas and other sites are under ongoing renovations.

Day 11 Jaipur & Delhi

  • In the morning, depart for Delhi via motor-coach and transfer to the airport
  • Upon arrival, check in to your airport hotel

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity or similar Breakfast

Day 12 Delhi & Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel
  • Welcome drink will be served on arrival at your hotel
  • Later, 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 served a welcome drink upon arrival. After check-in, take a walk with your guide to Boudhanath, possibly the world's largest Buddhist stupa. Around the stupa, several monasteries have sprung up, including one that houses an enormous seated statue of Maitreya Buddha splendidly adorned.

Day 13 Kathmandu, Patan City & Swoyambhunath

  • Optional morning flight over Mt. Everest
  • After breakfast, 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

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. The city's official name is Lalitpur, meaning the city of fine art. Walk from Kumaripati through the narrow streets, curios 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 Swayambhunath. En route, stop at the National Museum to see a splendid collection of weapons and artifacts from ancient, medieval, and modern Nepal. Continue to Swayambhunath, 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. Situated on top of a high hill where legendary Manjushri discovered the lotus growing in the ancient Kathmandu Valley Lake, Swoyambhunath commands a superb view of the valley below.

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

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

Day 14 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
Saddhus, Kathmandu 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, Taleju temple, Shiv Parvati temple, and Kal Bhairav. Then, on a walk through a local bazaar, you will discover the true heart of Kathmandu in the sights, sounds, and smells. Join your fellow travelers for a Nepalese farewell dinner and dance performance this evening.

Day 15 Kathmandu & Depart Delhi

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure in Kathmandu to shop and explore independently
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • Bid farewell to Dubai, India & Nepal as you board your overnight return flight to the USA

Breakfast

Hotels

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Deluxe

The 5 star JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is conveniently located in the business district of Dubai. Its location offers guests easy access to notable attractions, such as the world-renowned Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa.

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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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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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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 hotel provides guests in transit with an excellent option for a comfortable overnight stay with first class amenities. The facilities include a fitness center, sauna and outdoor pool. A full service spa and beauty salon offer guests various services and treatments.

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Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Deluxe

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a five-star luxury hotel and resort in Kathmandu, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds and created in the traditional Newari-style of Nepalese architecture. This beautiful hotel and resort is located within a short walk to Boudhanath Stupa: the most holy of all Tibetan Buddhist shrines outside of Tibet, and a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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