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Guatemala & Peru

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This new tour is a great combo of Guatemala and Peru!

$3,999 per person

All flights to and from Los Angeles included!

May 15-26, 2018

No visas needed for either country.

Single supplement: $695 extra

10 spots available

Travel Itinerary:

May 15 - Travel to Los Angeles and board night flight to Guatemala.

May 16 - Day #1 Guatemala City  / Antigua –Wednesday May 16th 2018:

Reception at “La Aurora” International Airport. Upon arrival visit to Guatemala

City. We will take you to the center to visit the “Palacio Nacional” (panoramic),

“Metropolitan Cathedral”, “Centro Cívico” and the residential zone. Transfer to Antigua for overnight accommodations.

May 17 - Day#2 Antigua Tour (Breakfast)– Thursday  May 17th 2018:

After breakfast, time to explore Antigua Guatemala. Antigua is among the world’s

best conserved colonial cities. It is a magical and captivating small town that will

make you feel time stopped some 300 years ago. We will visit the “Plaza Central”

to see “The Cathedral”, “San Francisco Church”, “La Merced”, “Calle del Arco”, and “Museo del Jade”. Time for lunch on own. In the afternoon visit to San Antonio Aguascalientes and Ciudad Vieja, where you will get to visit a great diversity of handicrafts. Overnight accommodations in Antigua.

May 18 - Day#3 Tikal (Breakfast,Lunch)–Friday May18th 2018:

3:45 A.M. Transfer to the Airport to take the flight to Flores, Petén, breakfast box

included. Upon arrival transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites

of the Mayan World, Tikal, its name means “Place of Voices”, built during the

Maya Classic Period. There are places on this earth that are so stunning that it is

impossible to capture them in words or photographs. Tikal is such a place and is

considered the second largest city in the Maya world. Upon arrival at Tikal

archaeological site, the guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples

and Acropolis. Visit to the Complex Q and R, then to the Central Acropolis,

Temples I “El Gran Jaguar and the Temple II “Los Mascarones “, regarded as the

first and one of the most important monuments in the complex. Visit to the Lost

World. Time for lunch at one of the restaurants inside the Park. In the afternoon

transfer to the Airport to take the flight back to Guatemala City. Upon arrival

transfer to Antigua.

May 19 - Day#4 Lake Atitlan–Boattourto Santiago  (Breakfast)–Saturday May 19th 2018:

Departure from Antigua to visit Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in

the world. The word “Atitlán” is a Mayan word that translates as “the place

where the rainbow gets its colors”. Upon arrival discover the magic that

surrounds all its greatness while taking a boat to cross the Lake and visit the

Tzutuhil Village of Santiago Atitlan where you will visit its main church and also

you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or RiLaj Mam,

visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask health and

prosperity in their lives. Whether you believe in it or not, make sure to enjoy this

magical experience. Night in Panajachel.

May 20 - Day#5 Chichicastenango–Guatemala City(Breakfast)–Sunday May20th 2018:

After the breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Chichicastenango’s market, the most

colorful and exciting place in the Mayan Highlands and the only place in

Guatemala of 100% Quiché population. Admire the historical and mystic Church

of Santo Tomás, where the Mayan bible was discovered. Be the witness of Mayan ceremonies inside the church, where you can presence their gifts to the Mayan God’s. In the afternoon transfer to Guatemala City for overnight accommodations.

May 21 - (Breakfast) Take a midday flight to Lima, Peru. Overnight at a hotel connected to the airport terminal.

May 22 -  CUSCO ARRIVAL + CITY TOUR (Breakfast)

After breakfast transfer to Lima airport. Once arrival to Cusco An authorized representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your selected Cusco hotel.

 Early afternoon:  Guided Tour of Cusco and Surroundings

Highlights:

  • Historical capital of Peru
  • Incan and Spanish Colonial architecture
  • Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a Baroque church built on the ruins of the opulent Incan Koricancha Palace (Temple of the Sun)
  • Incan holy place of Q’enko, an amphitheater once used for ceremonial sacrifices
  • Incan monument of Tambomachay, ceremonial site of water worship
  • Sacsayhuaman, an Incan fortress and site of the IntiRaymi (Fiesta del Sol), most notable for its hand-carved stones up to 9m tall and weighing over 350 tons
  • Incan tambo (travelers’ rest stop) of PukaPukara

Late Afternoon/Evening at Leisure: Suggested Activities

  • Browse the markets for an alpaca wool sweater
  • Meet the local people and savor the local dishes in one of Cusco’s many restaurants and cafes.

May 23 : SACRED VALLEY TOUR (Breakfast,Lunch)

Breakfast and Transfer Following an early breakfast at your Cusco hotel, a representative will pick you up for a short bus ride to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the lush Andean landscapes and the traditional villages that dot the hillside!

Pisac Visit This small town with its exquisite architecture is the perfect place to purchase authentic Andean souvenirs. As you browse through the selection of traditional clothing and crafts, you will easily understand why Pisac’s market has a reputation all its own.

Tour of Ollantaytambo This Incan site began as a palace, but was eventually used in the last Incan stand against the invading Spanish conquistadors. Whether palace or fortress, these ruins offer an unforgettable view of the surrounding area.

Transfer and Evening at Leisure After an exciting day of archaeological exploration, you will be escorted to the train station. Next destination: AGUAS CALIENTES

Trip Notes:  Clay fire ovens. Traditional costumes. Agricultural traditions. Handmade crafts. Your day in the Sacred Valley will take you back in time over 500 years. When you are surrounded by the rich soil and small villages, you will quickly see why this beautiful place was so important to the Incan civilization, and why many still embrace this lifestyle still today.

May 24MACHU PICCHU TOUR + NIGHT AT A.C (Breakfast)

Very early in the morning your will be escorted to the bus station, where you’ll catch your ride up to the secluded citadel. At Machupicchu you will have the opportunity to catch the first sun shine.

After that expert English-speaking guide will greet you and take you on a two-hour tour of Machu Picchu’s most important sites, including its three primary structures: Intihuatana (Sun Stone), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Indeed, the intricate stonework of this amazing site is truly something to behold. To think that these giant stones were hauled to the mountain by hand, centuries ago, and yet their foundations remain standing today. After these Machu Picchu tours, you’ll have the opportunity to continue exploring the site on your own and to take some final photos. Night at Aguas Calientes.

***In Machu Picchu, they get strict about professional photographers. They don't allow tripods.

May 25MARAS & MORAY TOUR (Breakfast)

After breakfast train back to Ollantaytambo and then you will visit the complex of Moray and the salt mine of Moray.

The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times, will amaze you--the stark white of its steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes.

Your journey will continue until you reach the archeological site of Moray.  Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site's system ofcircular terraces descends 490 feet (150m) from where you will be standing, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancementachieved by the Incas.

 After your tour you will be transported to your confortabl hotel at Cusco.

 Night at Cusco.

May 26 - Early flight of Cusco back to Los Angeles with evening arrival into Los Angeles. (Breakfast)

Italy

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April 3-April 15, 2018 BOOKING NOW

Cost $4990 ROUND TRIP AIRFARE INCLUDED

Single Supplement: $865

Duration: 13 Days

Location: Italy

 

Included:

  • MotorCOACH FOR THE WHOLE TOUR
  • 12 DAYS ENGLISH SPEAKING TOUR ESCORT FOR THE WHOLE TOUR
  • 11 NIGHTS IN 4STAR HOTELS
  • 12 BREAKFASTS IN HOTELS
  • 1 DINNER IN HOTEL IN ASSISI
  • 1 DINNER IN HOTEL IN MESTRE
  • 1 DINNER IN HOTEL IN SORENTO
  • 2 DINNERS IN LOCAL RESTAURANT IN ROME
  • 1 DINNER IN LOCAL RESTAURANT BURANO
  • 1 DINNER IN LOCAL RESTAURANT  IN SORRENTO

TOURS AS FOLLOW:

  • 7 HOUR LOCAL GUIDE IN ROME
  • 5 HOUR LOCAL GUIDE IN FLORENCE
  • 2 HOUR LOCAL GUIDE IN PISA
  • 2 HOUR LOCAL GUIDE IN VENICE
  • 2 HOUR AND HALF LOCAL GUIDE IN ASSISI
  • 2 HOUR LOCAL GUIDE IN ORVIETO
  • 2 HOUR LOCAL GUIDE IN NAPLES
  • 2 HOUR LOCAL GUIDE IN POMPEII

ENTRANCE FEES AS FOLLOWS:

  • COLOSSEUM/FORUM
  • VATICAN MUSEUMS AND ST PETER'S BASILICA
  • ACCADEMIA GALLERY
  • BRUNELLESCHI'S DOME (S. MARIA DEL FIORE CATHEDRAL
  • BAPTISTRY OF DOME: INCLUDED IN BRUNELLESCHI'S DOME TICKET
  • SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
  • PRIVATE BOAT (NOT AT THE GRP'S EXCLUSIVE USE) TRONCHETTO/ST MARK'S AND BACK
  • ST MARK'S BASILICA RESERVATION
  • BOAT ST MARK'S/BURANO 1 HOUR STOP/RETURN
  • HEADPHONES FOR ST FRANCIS BASILICA
  • ROUND TRIP FUNICOLAR IN ORVIETO
  • FERRY TO CAPRI
  • DUOMO OF ORVIETO
  • ENTRANCE FEE TO MT VESUVIUS
  • MINIBUSES FROM SORRENTO HOTEL TO PORT AND BACK
  • ROUND TRIP FERRY SORRENTO/CAPRI/SORRENTO
  • FARM VISIT WITH TASTING AND PIZZA MAKING
  • POMPEII ENTRANCE FEE

 

 

 

ITINERARY

April 3 – Fly from Salt Lake City to Rome, Italy.

April 4– After your overnight flight, greet your group in the Eternal City, Rome. Enjoy a traditional welcome dinner at a local restaurant. After your four-course meal, overnight in Rome.

April 5 – After a buffet breakfast, meet with a local tour guide to experience the best Rome has to offer. You will tour the ancient Colosseum and Roman Forum, stand in awe of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and enter Vatican City to see the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening on your own, free to explore Rome and its exciting shops and famous sites. Discover the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, and the Pantheon to name a few.

April 6 – After a buffet breakfast, your motor coach will take you to Florence. You will be met by a local guide to tour the artistic riches of the city that stood at the heart of the Renaissance. See Michelangelo’s David, the church of Santa Maria Novella, including Brunelleschi’s dome and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise at the Baptistery. Wander through famous piazza’s scattered throughout the city. Enjoy free time to explore more of the rich history and art only Florence can offer. Shop on Ponte Vecchio, visit a market, or one of the many museums. Free time for dinner. Overnight in Florence.

April 7 – After a buffet breakfast board the bus for an exciting visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Be sure to visit the beautiful chapel and baptistery that stand in its shadow, or if you wish, climb the famous tower itself. From there enjoy the scenery on our way to the floating city of Venice. Travel the “streets” of Venice on a gondola ride (optional). Dinner and overnight in Mestre.

April 8 – After a buffet breakfast, board our chartered water taxi into Venice where we’ll meet our guide at Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s square). Tour the Basilica of San Marco and gaze up at the clock tower. Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs, see the Rialto Bridge. Learn the amazing history of this one of a kind city, and the interesting life of the Venetian people. Take a tour of a glass blowing factory. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring Venice and it’s 200+ islands. Board our chartered water taxi and travel to the incredible island of Burano, famous for it’s exquisite lace. Dine al fresco at a local ristorante. Overnight in Mestre.

April 9 After a buffet breakfast, we’re on our way to Assisi, my favorite hill town. This magical city is flanked by a ruined castle on one side and the famous Basilica of St. Francis on the other. Learn about the beloved St. Francis of Assisi who taught anti-materialism, humanism, equality and love. Have your camera with you at all times, you’ll want to capture this picturesque “Italian hill town” on film. Dinner and overnight stay.

April 10 – After breakfast we will stop at an outlet store where you can purchase olive oil, wine, balsamic vinegar, cheeses, pasta and much more. Next stop we’ll visit the Tuscan hill town Orvieto, my favorite place to buy beautiful, original hand-painted ceramics (shipping is available). This city’s cathedral hasItaly’s liveliest façade. Take time to admire this gleaming mass of mosaics, stained glass, and sculpture. Back to Rome, where if time allows you may want to take a taxi back to the city for some sightseeing or shopping. Opera dinner tonight!

April 11 – After breakfast and airport transfer, we will continue our journey south to the Campania region. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we pass the bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Take in the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean coastline as we near our destination, the serene resort town of Sorrento. Dinner and overnight stay in Sorrento.

April 12 – After a buffet breakfast take a ferry to beautiful Capri, the vacation hideaway of Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius (as well as many of today’s celebrities). Spend the day shopping, enjoying the sights, and soaking in the amazing scenery. Upon our return to Sorrento, the afternoon is yours to explore this charming town. Make sure to have some of the best gelato in Italy!

April 13 – Buffet breakfast. The day is yours to spend at your leisure in Sorrento, the “gateway to the Amalfi coast.” If you wish, you may join me on a short walking tour of the city. Soak in the culture and scenery of this dream of a European vacation. This afternoon you may want to take advantage of the optional Amalfi Coast Excursion. Experience a breathtaking ride along the Amalfi Coast to the charming seaside town of Positano, literally built into the cliffs. Wander around this quaint town where you’ll find interesting shops, churches, and a beach. Next we’ll wind our way back to Sorrento for a tour of a working farm. La Sorgente. Here they produce their own olive oil, limoncello, wine, and mozzarella. Enjoy an interesting demonstration of how the mozzarella is made fresh daily, and a few lucky people with join in the pizza making demonstration. We will feast on the fruits of our labors, including cheese and salami, fresh from the oven pizza, limoncello dessert, and of course, the house wine. At the end of the evening, we will have an opportunity to purchase their products to take home. If you choose not to join the excursion, the afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy Sorrento as you wish.

April 14 – After breakfast we head to the incredible city of Pompeii. A local guide will take you through this ancient city preserved after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It is a fascinating walk back in time. Back to Rome where you will have a free evening, taking in some sights or doing some last minute shopping.

April 15 – Departure. Buon Viaggio!

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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

Brazil

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October 20-30, 2017 SOLD OUT

Cost $4495

Duration: 11 Days

Location: Brazil

Airfare included from Los Angeles.

This trip is limited to 10 guests. Only 4 spots remain.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 -  Oct 20

Travel late at night to Los Angeles.

DAY 2 -  Oct 21

International flight leaves Los Angeles at 3:00 am. Late night arrival into Sao Paulo, Brazil. Overnight and at stay at the airport hotel.

DAY 3 -  Oct 22

Morning is free before noon flight to Iguacu Falls. Transfer to hotel upon arrival and relax and enjoy the property. Eleanor Roosevelt once said when visiting the falls: "Poor Niagara!". Iguacu Falls is truly spectacular.

DAY 4 -  Oct 23

Full day to explore and photograph Iguazu Falls park.

DAY 5 -  Oct 24

Return to the park and take part in Macuco Safari. You'll get wet as you get next to the falls on your boat!

DAY 6 -  Oct 25

Optional bird sanctuary park before the afternoon flight to Cuiaba, Brazil. Overnight at an airport hotel.

DAY 7 -  Oct 26

Take a 5-hour journey into Jaguar Country to Porto Jofre which is in the heart of the Pantanal. Stay at a beautiful lodge that has all meals included and take part in daily boat excursions to search for jaguars, birds and other animals.

DAY 8 -  Oct 27

Full day at the lodge. Lodge website: http://portojofre.com.br/pb/#about-us

DAY 9 -  Oct 28

Full day at the lodge.

DAY 10 -  Oct 29

Transfer back to Cuiaba for the night flight to Sao Paulo where you will stay overnight at the airport hotel.

DAY 11 -  Oct 30

Fly back to Los Angeles with an evening arrival in Sao Paulo.