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Day 1: UK to Delhi
Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi (via Dubai).
Day 2: Delhi
On arrival you will be met by your driver/guide and transferred in your private vehicle into New Delhi where you will spend 2 nights at The Colonel’s Retreat, an owner run guesthouse which offers a peaceful introduction to India with friendly staff, a private rooftop dining area and gorgeous views of the city.
Days 3: Delhi
This morning you will be collected by your driver and a specialist Delhi guide for your private tour of New and Old Delhi, including the Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India), a rickshaw ride through the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk and the impressive Humayun’s Tomb.
Day 4: Delhi to Agra
Bidding farewell to the capital you will be driven south to Agra to spend 1 night at the friendly Coral Tree, an owner run guesthouse with lovely hosts and a great location only a few minutes from the Taj. This afternoon with your driver and a local specialist Agra guide you will visit Agra Fort, a 16th century Mughal fortress with stunning views across the Yamuna River to the Taj Mahal. You will then head into one of the most iconic monuments in the world, the Taj Mahal, to enjoy sunset.
Day 5: Agra to Jaipur
Today you will drive to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri before continuing to Jaipur, the Pink City and capital of Rajasthan. You will spend 3 nights at Dera Mandawa, a converted Haveli with 9 beautiful suites offering wonderful Rajasthani hospitality from the owner, Thakur Durga Singh, and his family.
Day 6: Jaipur
This morning you will be collected by your driver and a specialist Jaipur guide for your private tour of Jaipur, including the City Palace, the fascinating observatory Jantar Mantar, the Hawa Mahal and one of the finest forts in Rajasthan, Amber Fort. There are plenty of wonderful sights in Jaipur. Talk to us about the different options.
Day 7: Jaipur
Full day at leisure to explore Rajasthan’s capital city. The markets of Jaipur are world renowned and we can also arrange some extra activities if you want to fill your time – perhaps a walking tour of Old Jaipur or perhaps attending a block printing workshop. Talk to us about the different options.
Day 8: Jaipur to Cochin
This morning you will be transferred to Jaipur Airport for your flight to Cochin, the Venice of the East (via Ahmedabad). On arrival you will be met and transferred in your private vehicle into the city to spend 2 nights at Hotel Arches, a small and friendly boutique property offering great value in the heart of Fort Cochin.
Day 9: Cochin
This morning you will be collected by your specialist Cochin guide for a private tour of Fort Cochin, including St Francis Church, the Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace and the Chinese fishing nets. After a relaxing afternoon wandering the streets of Fort Cochin you will be taken to enjoy a traditional Kathakali Dance performance.
Day 10: Cochin to Munnar
Heading into the hills you will climb the Western Ghats Mountain Range to the hill station of Munnar to spend 2 nights at Olive Brook, a charming owner run heritage bungalow just outside the town with a beautiful setting, numerous hiking trails and fun cooking demonstrations every evening.
Day 11: Munnar
Today you will have your driver at your disposal to visit the town and tea factory. We also recommend one of the hikes from Olive Brook to really appreciate this beautiful region of Kerala.
Day 12: Munnar to the Backwaters
Today you drop back down to sea level, heading to the tranquil Keralan backwaters to board your private houseboat and after meeting your crew you will begin your romantic 1 night cruise. A wonderful way to explore the backwaters you can sit back on your private deck and soak up local life in Kerala.
Day 13: Backwaters
After enjoying sunrise and a relaxing breakfast you will head back to dry land to end your backwaters adventure with 2 nights at the Olavipe Homestay. One of our favourite homestay properties in Kerala, Sumy and Anthony offer superb Keralan hospitality and the food is simply delicious!
Day 14: Backwaters
Spend your last day in rural Kerala enjoying the selection of activities at Olavipe– including village walks, bicycle tours, fishing, boat cruises, canoeing, market excursions or simply relaxing with a good book in one of the hammocks!
Day 15: Cochin to UK
Early this morning you will be transferred north to Cochin Airport for your flight back to the UK (via Dubai).
Welcome home…(how many photos!).
This India holiday idea costs from £2,662pp and includes – International flights (price based on London), all accommodation on a sharing basis, 10 nights B&B, 3 nights full-board, a private Toyota Innova vehicle with driver/guide, local specialist guides in each city, a private houseboat, internal flights and all entrance fees (as outlined above).
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