Day 1 ARRIVE IN MUMBAI, INDIA.
Welcome to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colorful history. This vibrant city is now India’s premier seaport, center of culture and industry, and home to “Bollywood.” Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 MUMBAI.
This morning’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument, which commemorates a visit by Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive, a Seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (an open-air laundromat). You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS, MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi), and the MUMBAI MUSEUM (closed Mondays). The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 3 MUMBAI–COCHIN.
Fly to Cochin. (B)
Day 4 COCHIN.
Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area and a walk through the Jewish quarter. Next, visit the KERALA FOLKLOREMUSEUM which aims to preserve and educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable CRUISE on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields. (B,L)
Day 5 COCHIN–DELHI.
Fly to Delhi, India’s capital city. (B)
Day 6 DELHI.
Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING starts with an orientation drive to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a RICKSHAW RIDE through handni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Here, ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 7 DELHI–AGRA.
This morning, explore Delhi on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Start at QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret. Next, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra, where much of the city’s impressive past is still evident in the majesty of her buildings. (B,L)
Day 8 AGRA.
Meet your Local Guide for a special PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL at sunrise. This extravagant marble monument was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. In the afternoon, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR brings you to AGRA FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To add to this memorable experience, you’ll travel by tonga (horse carriage) during your visit. Built by Moghul Emperor Akbar, this impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. (B)NOTE:The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. In these instances, it will be visited in the morning on Day 9.
Day 9 AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI–JAIPUR.
Today, your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes a visit to FATEHPUR SIKRI (the City of Victory) and the KEOLADEO GHANA BIRD SANCTUARY, home to more than 370 species of birds. Continue on to Jaipur, known as the “Pink City.” (B,L)
Day 10 JAIPUR.
The highlight of today’s PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING is the amazing AMBER FORT. Later on, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining museum that houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds) and JANTAR MANTAR, and take a WALKING TOUR through a local market. (B,L)
Day 11 JAIPUR–DELHI.
Today, drive back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 12 DELHI.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)NOTE:Some flights depart Delhi very early in the morning. In these cases, breakfast is not included on Day 12, and you will have to depart for the airport late in the evening on Day 11 or just after Midnight on Day 12.