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May 26-June 8, 2017 SOLD OUT

2018 Dates coming soon.

Cost $4995 ROUND TRIP AIRFARE INCLUDED

Duration: 14 Days

Location: India

 

Included:

  1. Airfare
  2. 11 night’s stay in hotels mentioned above or similar on double/single occupancy.
  3. Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  4. Airport transfers, sightseeings and intercity surface travel by air-conditioned Indian make coach.
  5. Monument entrances as per the itinerary.
  6. 3 Full Day game drivers at Ranthambhore National Park as per itinerary.
  7. Services of accompanying English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
  8. Train tickets for Delhi to Sawai Madhopur by air-conditioned chair car (Train tickets are subject to availability at the time of booking).
  9. 1 rickshaw ride in Old Delhi market.
  10. 1 elephant/jeep ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.
  11. 1 rickshaw ride in Bharatpur bird sanctuary.
  12. Currently applicable taxes.

 

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - MAY 26

Depart on a night flight from Los Angeles

DAY 2 -  MAY 27

Continue flight and cross International Date Line

DAY 3 -  May 28

Arrive in Delhi. Today you will arrive at Delhi international airport. After immigration, baggage collection and customs walk through the EXIT gate of the terminal. A TCI representative will receive you with a placard of the group’s name as soon as you exit the terminal and transfer you to your hotel. The capital of Republic of India, Delhi is a bustling metropolis and a city of almost 17 million inhabitants. Delhi is a near perfect blend of the ancient and the modern and is seamlessly divided into two parts - Old & New Delhi. Old Delhi is part of the city that was designed by the Mughals and New Delhi was designed majorly during English rule. Delhi has something for everyone ranging from forts to shopping malls, museums to temples, golf clubs to discotheques etc. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 4 -  MAY 29

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, the tour will proceed to Old Delhi visiting - Jama Masjid: Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, and completed in the year 1628 AD, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Rickshaw ride & walk: A rickshaw ride in Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s Shahjahanabad city (Old Delhi) is one of the wonderful attractions in Delhi. The rickshaw ride through the Old Delhi markets & residential area gives you insight on the lifestyle of locals of the old city and the trading practices in the region. During the rickshaw ride, you will be taken through the busy streets of Chandi Chowk market. You will also walk through the alleys of the Old Delhi and also through the various markets to get a feel of the area and locales. Raj Ghat: Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi's cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch the tour will proceed to New Delhi visiting – Humayun’s Tomb: Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 CE and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is still underway. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years; it is the tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri's court of the Suri dynasty, who fought against the Mughals, constructed in 1547 CE. Qutab Minar: The Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft). Its construction was commenced by Qutb-ud-din Aibak who won Delhi from the Prithviraj under Muhammad Ghori as his commander in chief and finished by Iltutmish. The Qutub Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutub complex. India Gate: India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Originally known as All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Indian Empire, or more correctly the British Raj in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is composed of red sandstone and granite. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5 -  MAY 30

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In time you will be transferred to Delhi railway station to board the train for Sawai Madhopur. Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest National Park in Northern India. It was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. It is known for its tiger population, other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth, bear and chital. It is home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. On arrival at Sawai Madhopur Railway station, you will be transferred to hotel/Resort at Ranthambhore. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6 -  MAY 31

Ranthambhore National Park. Full day game drive at Ranthambhore national park. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7 -  JUNE 1

Full day game drive at Ranthambhore national park. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 8 -  JUNE 2

Full day game drive at Ranthambhore national park. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 9 -  JUNE 3

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur. Also popularly known as “the pink city”, Jaipur was founded on 18th November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city has been named. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add color to this fascinating city. Upon arrival at Jaipur, check-in at the hotel. Evening visit Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort that showcases the rich & vibrant culture of Rajasthan. Various activities like cultural dance, magic shows, puppet shows, local massage, astrologer, henna applications are on go every evening in the village, they charge a minimal amount for these activities. Dinner at Choki Dhani village resort itself – Rajasthani Thali dinner. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

DAY 10 -  JUNE 4

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. An elephant /Jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress (Elephant ride is subject to availability). Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. On the way to Amber Fort, photo stop at `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings-on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets. Later proceed on to the city tour visiting - City Palace: An overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armor, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observatory): Built by the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1726 this is one of the five astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. In the evening explore a colorful market. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 11 -  JUNE 5

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will be driven to Agra enroute visiting Bharatpur bird sanctuary. Bharatpur is considered as the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan. Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary-the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - finest in Asia rich avian variety. Every year the rare Siberian cranes come to spend the winter in the warmer climate of Bharatpur. In this bird sanctuary you will be driven in a tricycle to get the better view of the migratory birds. Buffet lunch at heritage hotel – Laxmi Vilas Palace. Later visit Fatehpur Sikri, before continuing drive to Agra. Fatehpur Sikri - Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. Fatehpur Sikri bears exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century. It offers a unique example of architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585. Its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, notably at Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi). Continue drive to Agra. Enriched with an affluent historical and cultural backdrop, the city of Agra goes back to several centuries. It finds mention in the Mahabharata (third century BC), where it has been referred to as Agrabana or Paradise City. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it became the capital of the Mughal Empire and many of the city’s best-known monuments were built during this period. The city reached its zenith between 1556 and 1658, under the successive rule of Emperors Akbar, Shah Jahan and Jahangir. Akbar’s reign was the most memorable in the city’s history. This was when Agra flourished and became renowned as a centre for art, culture and commerce. Since then, the city has continued to attract artists and intellectuals from all over the world. In terms of artistic ambiance and culture, the city is still associated with the Mughal period. It has a laid back lifestyle and an immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewelry. Upon arrival at Agra, check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12 -  JUNE 6

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast visit – Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. Agra Fort: Construction of this magnificent fort was originally started by Emperor Akbar in 1565, but his son, Jahangir, and grandson, Shah Jahan, later made additions. It houses the Dewan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam (Halls of Private and Public Audience). Its walls and palaces are a silent witness to the rise and fall of the Imperial Mughal Empire and feature a variety of ingenious Islamic inspired devices (some decorative, some more practical) within the fabric of the buildings. Sikandra Tomb - The third Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (1555–1605), himself commenced its construction in around 1600, according to Tartary tradition to commence the construction of one's tomb during one's lifetime. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it. After his death, Akbar's son Jahangir completed the construction in 1605-1613. Akbar was one of the greatest emperors of his time. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 13 -  JUNE 7

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel at 1200 hours and after lunch drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi visit Akshardham Temple. Swaminarayan Akshardham epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers. The complex was inaugurated on November 6, 2005. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. Later check-in at the airport hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 14 -  JUNE 8

Depart Delhi and arrive into LAX Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination. END OF TOUR

China

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April 20-May 2, 2017 SOLD OUT

2018 dates coming soon!

Cost $3,295 INCLUDES AIRFARE

$700 single supplement

$195 for Chinese visa

Duration: 13 Days

Location: China

 

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 -  APR 20

Leave from your home city this today and begin your journey across the Pacific Ocean to magical Asia. Your flight leaves from Los Angeles at night!

DAY 2 -  APR 21

Continue your flight and cross the international dateline.

DAY 3 -  APRl 22

Arrival in Guilin where you will transfer to your hotel and relax. Enjoy some free time today in the scenic city center of Guilin. Stunning water pagodas with brilliant mountain backdrops will make for an enjoyable stroll. (Lunch)

DAY 4 -  APR 23

This morning you will transfer to the stunning mountain village of Longi. Take part in a cultural experience as the Longi women demonstrate their long hair that they cut once in their lifetime. You will then arrive at your mountain retreat where you will spend the night. Enjoy a walk up to your hotel built into the mountainside with incredible vistas overlooking rice terraces built into the mountains as far as the eye can see! Walk through the surrounding mountainside village to be greeted by quaint minority shops, rich smells of delicious cuisine, and happy villagers. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 5 -  APR 24

Set sail for a cruise down the Li River. The Li River cruise from that departs from Yangshuo is the centerpiece of your trip to Guilin. Gorgeous peaks give you surprises at each bend of the river under the blue sky. These “gumdrop” mountains have helped this part of the country gain worldwide recognition for being one of the most scenic spots in the entire world. Hold up your 20 Yuan bill and what do you see – the exact same view on the Li River you will cruise by! (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 6 -  APR 25

Today you have a free morning with an optional bike ride along the gorgeous Li River. Take in the local market to see what life is like in the countryside. A visit to a local tea plantation will give you a glimpse as to where the tea dumped in the Boston Harbor many years ago came from. This evening you will travel by air from Guilin to Xi’an and transfer to your hotel! (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 7 -  APR 26

Your exciting day in Xi’an begins with a relaxing bike ride on the ancient city wall or you may wish to take a ride in a traditional rickshaw. Learn the legend as to how the Wild Goose Pagoda received its name as you visit this holy place revered for centuries. The highlight of your trip will probably be this afternoon as you visit a local orphanage and spend time giving affection and lending a hand. Your day will wind down as you enjoy the city water fountain show accompanied with orchestrated music. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 8 -  APR 27

You will be in awe as you visit the Terracotta Warrior museum. It has been said to be the most exciting archaeological find of the 20th century and considered as the 8th Wonder of the World. It is nothing short of astonishing! Later today board a BULLET train to Beijing! Sit back and enjoy the quick ride. Upon arrival in Beijing, you will transfer to your hotel and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 9 -  APR 28

This morning, a stop at a local zoo to see pandas will be a great photo opportunity. In the afternoon, experience a Hutong Tour, and take a glimpse into the world of yesterday while being pedaled through the narrow streets on bicycle-pedaled rickshaws. You will see how neighborhoods in Old China existed and how they are preserved in the middle of a modern city today. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 10 -  APR 29

Winding across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, the Great Wall of China stretches over 4,000 miles. Today as you experience climbing a section of the Great Wall, marvel at its size and grandeur. Not far from the wall you will explore the Ming tomb area and stroll down the path of the Sacred Way of the Animals. You will have plenty of time this evening to go bargain shopping at a local knock-off market where low price rules. Then, back to the hotel and it’s time for an optional foot massage. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 11 -  APR 30

Today you will visit the Forbidden City which was built in the 15th century. The Forbidden City includes the Imperial Palace which was the residence of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later you will walk on the 98-acre quadrangle of Tiananmen Square, which is one of the largest public squares in the world. In the evening, enjoy some free time or more shopping at the knock-off market. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 12 -  MAY 1

The Temple of Heaven is first on our agenda today and is located in a beautiful park. Elderly Chinese come by the thousands daily to exercise and to participate in Chinese cultural activities. Most tourists find themselves participating in the middle of these activities with the local Chinese. Today you’ll pay a visit to the Summer Palace which is listed as one of the world UNESCO World Heritage Sites and ranked as one of the finest classical gardens in the world. Nearby learn about China’s freshwater pearls and visit one of the largest pearl showrooms on the planet. If you get your shopping all done, enjoy an optional Chinese acrobatic show. You will be amazed at the acrobatic skills demonstrated in the performances. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 13 -  MAY 2

After breakfast, you will have some last minute free time for shopping or to relax before the flight home. Your flight back to Los Angeles leaves in the afternoon with an evening arrival into Los Angeles. Welcome home!