Selected UK airports
1st March 2023
Year round departures available
Selected UK airports
1st March 2023
Year round departures available
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- All International flights
- Internal flight from Jaipur to Goa
- All transfers
- 4 nights stay in 5*hotels
- 3 night stay in a 4* Heritage Hotel
- 7 night stay at a 5* Beach resort in Goa
- Half Board basis throughout
- Services of Local English speaking guides at each destination as per the itinerary, except Goa
- All transfers and sightseeing by air conditioned car
- Includes guided tours of Delhi, the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort, the abandoned city of Fatephur Sikri, the Amber Fort and other must see sites of India's Golden Triangle
- Optional touring available in Goa (additional cost)
- Fully flexible itinerary please call for any required amendments
Day 1: UK – Delhi
On arrival into Delhi, meet your tour representative who will transfer you to Vivanta by Taj Dwarka Hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights on a half-board basis. You’ll spend your first night at leisure in Delhi, perhaps spend some time orientating yourself with the local area and enjoy a lovely, relaxed dinner tonight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, you’ll head on your full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi unravels old charm and speaks volumes about India's history, culture, and tradition, whereas fascinating New Delhi exhibits the picture of modern India. The tour will begin with a visit to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques built in red sandstone and marble by more than 5000 artisans. Later, visit Chandni Chowk, Asia's largest wholesale market, which is a massive area packed with shops, bazaars and people. Drive past the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in the 17th century, before visiting the Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
You’ll then proceed towards New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The first stop will be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar, the second tallest minar in India, made of red stone and marble covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an. Later, visit the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style and a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour to Imperial Delhi will also include a drive past of India Gate, the 42m high War Memorial Arch, the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings, and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Day 3: Delhi – Agra
This morning after breakfast, drive to Agra (approx 4 hours’ drive). Upon arrival, check in at the Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights on half board basis. This afternoon you’ll visit the Taj Mahal. This iconic building is not only an architectural masterpiece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – it’s also the enduring legacy of a royal love story. It was commissioned in the 15th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan after the death of his third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, to serve as her final resting place and a symbol of his eternal affection for her. Combining Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and Indian design elements, it’s an awe-inspiring structure of elegant domes and white marble, which changes colour along with the light – pink at sunrise, pearly white in the afternoon and silver-gold in the full moon. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Day 4: Agra
Today, after breakfast, you’ll visit Agra Fort and Itmadaulah. Known as the Red Fort of Agra, this walled imperial city was founded in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar and is a well-deserving UNESCO World Heritage Site, located just 2.5km from the famous Taj Mahal. Its palaces, grand mosques, and elaborate public hall are crafted from pink-red sandstone and are testament to an era when Indo-Muslim art, strongly marked by influences from Persia, was at its height. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal for his deceased wife, was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb in Agra Fort. He is said to have died in the Musamman Burj, a marble tower he himself built, with one of the most alluring views of the Taj Mahal.
Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah is a Mughal mausoleum built for the grandfather of the Mumtaz Mahal, who the Taj Mahal was in turn built for. The tomb is colloquially known as the "jewel box", or the "Baby Taj". Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Day 5: Agra – Jaipur
After breakfast, transfer to Jaipur (approx. 5 hours’ drive.). En route you’ll visit Fatehpur Sikri (with guide) and Abhaneri (without guide). A highlight in the province of Uttar Pradesh, Fatehpur Sikri served briefly as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. This World Heritage Site is rated as one of the best preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India. Surrounded by a 6km wall, a day can be spent exploring the elaborate structures within. Marvel at the impressive Jama Masjid mosque, the detailed palaces built for Emperor Akbar’s wives, the public and private discussion halls, and the vast ornamental pool; all of which took over 15 years to conceptualise and build.
Abhaneri is a small village of the Dausa district in northern Rajasthan; it is located 95km from Jaipur, towards the Jaipur-Agra highway. The present name of the village, 'Abhaneri', is believed to be a mispronunciation of 'Abha Nagri' or the 'city of brightness'. This ancient village in Rajasthan is renowned for its post-Gupta or early medieval monuments, Chand Baori and Harshat Mata temple. Though the village is in ruins now, tourists visit the village to see Chand Baori, a huge step well, which is a unique idea conceived by the natives to work as a water reservoir. Another attraction is the Harshat Mata temple, an architectural jewel on the tourism map of Rajasthan. While the Harshat Mata temple symbolises the 10th century architecture, Chand Baori, which is fortified on all sides, is one of the largest step wells in India.
Later, continue your drive to Jaipur. When you arrive, check in to Shahpura House, a Heritage Hotel, where you will stay for the next three nights on a half-board basis. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur
Enjoy a lovely breakfast at the hotel before setting off on your full-day city tour of Jaipur. Originally built by Raja Man Singh, Amer fort overlooks Maota Lake and features four levels with a courtyard on each level. At the main entrance of the fort is a temple dedicated to Shila Devi. The building is a fine example of Rajput architecture and includes Maharaja's apartments, temples and a hall. Your jeep ride will spare the trouble of walking up to the fortress. Reach the top of the Amer Fort, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls, and learn about the Hindu and Mughal traditions that influenced the design of this impressive structure.
You’ll also visit Jaipur City Palace, which forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart with its outstanding art and architecture.
Day 7: Jaipur
After breakfast, the rest of the day is at leisure to further explore this fascinating, colourful city. Perhaps spend some time browsing Bapu Bazaar, which entices shoppers with its variety, quality, and affordability. Or, visit Jaipur Zoo for lush greenery, tranquil surroundings, and a variety of different wildlife. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Day 8: Jaipur - Goa
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Goa. On arrival into Goa, you will be transferred to your hotel, Royal Orchid Beach Resort & Spa, where you will stay for the next seven nights on a half-board basis. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Goa or enjoy your hotels amenities. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.
Days 9-14: Goa
Enjoy your time in Goa, with its blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, beautiful beaches, and spiritual heritage. Your time here is your own, but you can pre-book any of our recommended optional tours or enquire about other experiences; Goa has something for everyone!
Latin Quarter Walk (Walking Tour):
- This walk offers up new insights into Panjam’s picturesque Fontainhas area, also known as the Latin Quarter of Goa. Steeped in history and heritage, you’ll discover the rich tales of where the old and new world collide.
The Island Exploration Divar:
- This tour offers a different flavour of Goa’s legendary charms. Divar Island comprises three main villages, Piedade, Malar, and Naroa, and you will encounter the life of the past and present of this lesser-known riverine retreat.
Houses of Goa Saligo:
- This tour allows you to get a hands-on understanding of the quaint and serene village of Saligo, discovering through well-loved stories of its past, what makes these homes so welcoming to visitors.
Day 15: Goa - UK
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before catching your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, armed with wonderful memories of your adventure.