Enchanting India & Exciting Dubai 2017
From $3,950.00 CAD per person, based on double occupancy
About New Delhi, India
Total Advantage Travel & Tours presents an exclusive, custom-curated tour of this incredible, inspiring nation. In Delhi, take an exciting Rickshaw ride. While in Jaipur, ride an elephant, and then enjoy a Bollywood movie show in Raaj Mandir. At Agra, experience a Tanga Ride (House Cart). In historic Mumbai, you can ride a boat to the incredible ancient Elephanta Caves, and then learn about the thriving Indian film industry during a behind-the-scenes Bollywood Tour. Enjoy authentic culinary and cultural experiences through out your trip, as well as plenty of free time.
- Travel Dates: October 5 to 17, 2017
- Please confirm by June 8, 2017
- All items, as per itinerary
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Tip to Driver, Baggage Handlers, Restaurants & Local Tour Guides.
- Meals other than stated per itinerary
- Travel Insurance
- Any optional experience not specifically stated
Video Source: India Ministry of Tourism
Day 1 - October 5 – Travel to India
Today, we will depart our trans-Atlantic overnight flight to Delhi from Canada.
Overnight flight: Etihad Airways Flight EY 140M
- Departing Toronto on October 5th at 2:35pm
- Arriving Abu Dhabi on October 6th at 11:30am
Eithad Airways Flight EY 224M
- Departing Abu Dhabi on October 6th at 2:20pm
- Arriving Delhi on October 6th at 7:20pm
Day 2 - October 6 – Arrival Delhi (A)
Arrive at Delhi airport. After clearing customs & immigration you are met by our representative outside the exit gate of the arrival hall. After meeting/assistance and traditional welcome at the airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day/night is yours to explore local surroundings, or spend at leisure relaxing from the long flight & adapting to local weather conditions.
The capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. A window to the kaleidoscope - that is India. Don't let your first impressions of Delhi stick like a scared cow in a traffic jam: get behind the madcap façade and discover the inner peace of a city rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep with history and totally addictive to epicureans. Both Old and New Delhi exert a beguiling charm on visitors. Lose yourself unwinding the secrets of the city's Mughal past in the labyrinthine streets of Old Delhi before emerging into the wide open spaces of imperial New Delhi, with its ordered governmental vistas and generous leafy avenues.
Overnight In Delhi.
Day 3 - October 7 – At Delhi
After breakfast at hotel, we leave at 8am for a combined city tour of New & Old Delhi .
New Delhi - Your extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, a 12th century Minaret. Qutub Minar is graceful and well sculptured and stands 75 meters.To Lotus Temple, we drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament House, The President House, once the House of British viceroys and ends with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Visit Gandhi Smriti, formerly known as Birla House or Birla Bhavan. This museum, dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, is situated on Tees January Road, in New Delhi. It is where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on January 30, 1948. It was originally the house of the Indian business tycoons, the Birla family. It is now also home to the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, which was established in 2005.
Old Delhi - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi includes visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort-once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire.
Tonight, enjoy your traditional Indian Welcome Dinner at hotel or in a nice restaurant.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 4 - October 8 – Delhi to Agra (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive to Agra - The Royal seat and capital of the province of yesteryear, Agra the City of Mughals.
On arrival, we will meet our representative and check-in at hotel.
Agra-Two great Mughal monarchs,Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal empire, giving it the name of Dar-ul-Khilafat (seat of the Emperor). Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favourite city of the Mughals still retains .It is no surprising ,that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai Cuisine.
This afternoon visit Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world. A pristine monument of undying love. Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the sole raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from it's stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
Thereafter visit Agra Fort - The first of the great Mughal buildings where three Mughal emperors left their footprints. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, this is a major tourist attraction.
NOTE: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 5 - October 9 – Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive to Jaipur en route visit Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, a master piece of Muslim architecture. Continue to Jaipur upon arrival meet our representative and transfer to the hotel.
Fatehpur Sikri- The city of victory beautifully preserved. The sandstone mansions of Sikri are experiments in art and architecture and to a great extent uphold Akbar's ideals palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It is a veritable fairy-tale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition. Its not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of it's grandeur.
Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.
Afternoon continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival check in at hotel.
The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains it's character and history - a beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, it is painted so in honour of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 6 - October 10 – Jaipur
Entrance to Jaipur
Amber Fort Palace - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Enjoy ride the up hill on the back of decorated elephant, as you ascend to the fort and feel like Maharaja. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and was completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.
City Palace - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area within the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. This complex houses the rare and rich collection of ornaments, arms, royal costumes, carpets and decorative art objects of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture.
Jantar Mantar - A 18th century Observatory. This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Its five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. We will also visit Birla Temple.
Birla Temple – The Birla Temple, originally named as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, was constructed by Shri Rang Ramanuj Das Ji. It is believed that in 1904 , Lord Laxminarayan came into the dream of Shri Rang Ramanuj Das. Lord Laxminarayan told Ramanuj Das that he resides beneath the land where the temple was being constructed and asked Ramanuj Das to bring him back to earth. It is situated below the Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur. The Laxmi Narayan Temple has three domes to represent the three religions of India; a tribute to the secular nature of the country. The Birla temple has lavish green gardens all around the temple.
Lakshmi Narayan temple is a prime example of the marvelous architectural landmarks of Jaipur. It was constructed with pure white marble, using a modern approach. The Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi idols are awesome and beautiful. There are idols of other hindu God and Goddess, Hindu symbols, ancient quotes and ornaments on the walls of temple. On some walls, mythological events are also carved. In this temple, there are idols and other images, both religious and non-religious, such as saints, philosophers and historical achievers, like Socrates, Buddha, Zarathustra and Confucius. It has a unique form of architecture, which makes it different from anything else you'll see on your trip.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 7 - October 11 – Jaipur/Mumbai Morning Flight
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the airport to board your flight for Mumbai.
Upon arrival meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
Mumbai – In the afternoon attend your city tour of Bombay. Visit the Gateway of India, the Hanging Garden, the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple
Overnight in Mumbai
Day 8 - October 12 – Mumbai
In the morning, have breakfast at hotel and enjoy the Bollywood Studio Tour.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Mumbai filmmaking industry on this Bollywood studio tour by private vehicle. Gain a deeper understanding of the process that takes script to screen and learn how the nation’s most popular form of entertainment is created from your informative local guide. You will be offered historical, creative and technical insights into an industry that produces some 1,000 movies per year.
Highlights of Bollywood studio tour in Mumbai:
- Gain entry to a Bollywood film studio
- Tour the Bollywood studio with a guide and learn about India’s film industry
- Meet the movie stars and watch the process of Indian filmmaking unfold
- Enjoy lunch at a restaurant and watch a Bollywood film
- Round-trip transfer by private, air-conditioned vehicle.
In the afternoon, attend your city tour of Bombay - visit the Gateway of India, The Hanging Garden, the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobhi Ghat, Marine drive, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple. Overnight in Mumbai
Video Source: Dubai Department of Tourism
Day 9 - October 13 – Mumbai/Dubai (Evening Flight)
Early Morning Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out at 12 NOON
Free day at leisure and shopping.
Later in the evening transfer to Airport to depart to the next city, Dubai. Arrive late in the evening and meet with your representative and transfer to your hotel.
Evening flight: Etihad Airways Flight EY 203Y
- Departing Mumbai on October 13th at 9:35pm
- Arriving Abu Dhabi on October 13th at 11:25pm
Depart by Luxury Coach Bus to Bur Dubai
- Departing airport at 12: 30am
- Arriving Bur Dubai at 1:50am
Overnight in Dubai
Day 10 - October 14 – Dubai
Breakfast at hotel
Start the half-day Dubai city tour to the old town, starting at the Dubai Museum where you can learn about the history of Dubai and the plans to turn it into a modern tourist orientated city.
Follow this up with a trip to the nearby fort and the Jumeirah Mosque for a taste of how the city used to be.
- 4.5 hour private city sightseeing tour of Dubai
- See Dubai’s famous sights like Burj Al Arab hotel (from the outside) near Jumeira Beach
- Admire the white marble dome and minarets of beautiful Jumeirah Mosque.
- Enjoy a photo shoot at Atlantis, The Palm
- Visit Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall from outside
- Visit the exciting Spice Souq and shop bargains in Deira Gold Souq.
In the evening enjoy Dhow Cruise with dinner from (7:00 PM to 9:30 PM)
A natural saltwater inlet in Dubai where you can soak the colourful dotted skyline of Bur Dubai & Deira whilst on board of a beautiful decorated dhow. The dhows light up the creek at night along with many prominent sights along the way. Historic sites such as Heritage Village, the well-known glittering Gold Souk, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce Building, trading dhows, private yachts, the National Bank of Dubai building, the Dubai Courts, and the Creek Hotels along Deira &City Centre Hotels, all provide memorable photo opportunities.
Dhow Cruise : Enjoy a buffet dinner with soft drinks.
Overnight in Dubai
Day 11 - October 15 – Dubai
Breakfast and dinner only at the hotel.
Enjoy your free morning at leisure or explore a local market on your own. In the evening leave for a Desert Safari for 4 hours.
Pick up time is from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Return time is 8: 30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Pick up by Land Cruiser
Dune bashing will happen for 30 minutes, with a sunset stop in the desert to take memorable pictures.
On arrival at the camp:
- Welcome Arabic coffee &dates,
- Full international menu / BBQ buffer dinner,
- Mineral water, soft drinks, tea or coffee.
- Camel Ride
- Henna Painting
- Sheesha (Hubbly Bubbly)-On direct Payment Basis
- Belly Dance*
- Tanura Dance.
- Alcohol is not included but it is available for purchase.
After dinner return back to the hotel.
*Note: Belly dancing is not performed during Ramadan.
Overnight in Dubai
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner only
Day 12 - October 16 – Dubai
DUBAI/ABU DHABI (Optional-$) /TORONTO
Breakfast at hotel. Check out of the hotel at 12:00 pm.
Enjoy your free morning and full day free at leisure for shopping and personal activities.
Supplement cost for optional tours:
1.Burj Khalifa 124th floor (Non Peak) with transfers – $70 CAD per person
2. Abu Dhabi tour – $70 CAD per person
1. Burj Khalifa – The tallest building in the world.
2. Abu Dhabi – After breakfast you will be taken for a sightseeing tour from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of UAE and it is beautiful and modern as Dubai is. You will spend approx. 4 hours on Places to see, taste and relive the culture by visiting the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in UAE, the Dates Market¸ where the best dates and fresh fruits are found, then Emirates Palace and Heritage Village, a representation of the traditional oasis town where one can bring memorable souvenirs back home.
Later transfer by Luxury Coach Bus from Bur Dubai to Abu Dhabi Airport for your flight home.
Depart by Luxury Coach Bus to Abu Dhabi Airport
- Departing Bur Dubai at 11: 50pm
- Arriving Abu Dhabi airport at 1:10am
Overnight flight: Etihad Airways Flight EY 141Y
- Departing Abu Dhabi on October 17th at 2:55am
- Arriving Toronto on October 17th at 9:00am
Itinerary subject to change
This tour has been personally curated by India Tourism Specialist & TICO-Certified Travel Consultant Liz Mandol.
Liz has toured India many times and has designed this incredible journey, full of life-changing experiences. From visiting the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, to touring historic buildings from the 12th to 14th centuries, and of course, the opportunity to sample authentic, local cuisine, you'll be enveloped in the warm and welcoming culture of India.
Throughout your entire tour, Liz will accompany the group. She will ensure your comfort and make certain you don't miss any of the must-do experiences. She'll take care of the details so you can focus on creating a lifetime of new memories. You'll be accompanied by local, professional tour guides, who are fluent in both English and local languages.
$3950.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy
$505.00 CAD for a single room
First-class accommodations will be booked at all destinations.
Contact Total Advantage Travel for specific hotels.
Total Advantage Travel & Tours will have a return flight option available for purchase.
Some of the travel within India will be via airplane. Those flights are included in the tour.
Group pick up from the Delhi airport and return group transfer to the Mumbai airport. If individual transfers are required, a supplement will apply. Please inquire with Total Advantage Travel & Tours.
Travel by a luxury air-conditioned coach with on board facilities throughout the tour.
This group trip is designed for shared accommodation. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. A single supplement IS available for single travelers who do not wish to share (limited availability).
- Passport (with photocopies) - passport must be valid for at least three months after your return home
- If your passport is not Canadian or American, please contact us for Visa information
- Vouchers, pre-departure information and Trip Document
- Travel insurance (with photocopies)
- Airline tickets (with photocopies)
- All Passengers must have a valid passport and/or travel document, including a visa for India
- A non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 CAD per person is required at the time of booking (15th May,2017)
- Balance is due no later than August 5th,2017
- Dubai visa for 30 days on Canadian passport, No charge.
Travel insurance is highly recommended whenever you travel, and may be compulsory in order to participate on some trips. We will offer the most appropriate policy for your trip, taking into consideration coverage for minimum medical coverage, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Total Advantage Travel & Tours: 20-2011 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario M9N 3V3
Local: 416-240-7700, Toll Free: 1-800-419-1635
While it is our intention to adhere to the product description and itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the trip and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Travel can be unpredictable. Your Trip Document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations, activities or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited, undertaken or encountered.
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