The Best of India & Sri Lanka (17 Days)

Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Colombo, Negombo, Habarana, polonnaruwa Wildlife & Kandy

Discover the highlights of India & Sri Lanka, on this very special tour. From colourful cities and opulent history to magnificent wildlife and diverse tradition & culture. The tour starts in India and features the best of Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur & Mumbai, where tradition, authenticity & culture is at its peak. Then for a different perspective we take you onto Sri Lanka with seductive beaches and tempting water sports, magnificent landscapes featuring lazy lagoons, fertile wetlands, imposing mountains, bounteous rivers and waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife – and much, much more. It wouldn’t be a tour to this country without a vibrant culture of people of diverse ethnicity and religious persuasion, who are charming and hospitable.

Day 01: Depart Australia – Arrive Delhi (-/-/-)

Fly to Delhi. On arrival, meet our executive at the arrival lounge and you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel for 2 nights stay.

Day 02: Delhi (B/-/D)

After breakfast we enjoy guided sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Begin with Old Delhi as we drive past the renowned 17th Century landmark Lal Qila; the Red Fort Palace to reach Jama Masjid. Visit Jama Masjid; cycle rickshaws on our journey of Chandni Chowk. Visit the Gandhi Memorial before driving past New Delhi, the exterior the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch (India Gate) and the Vice Regal Palace, the official residence of the President of India in New Delhi. Continue your sightseeing with the visit to Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar.

Day 03: Delhi – Agra (B/-/D)

After breakfast, we drive to Agra, the city that flourished under the patronage of Mughals who ruled India for more than 300 years and attracted artisans from many countries to build amazing monuments including the one and only Taj Mahal. On arrival check-in to the hotel. Your afternoon is free to explore. You can go for an optional (extra charges apply) visit to Mehtab Bagh garden, the last of eleven Mughalbuilt gardens along the Yamuna, believed to have been built by First Mughal Emperor, Babur.

Day 04: Agra – Ranthambore (B/L/D)

Early morning visit Taj Mahal – the epitome of love. Later drive to Ranthambore National Park, one of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India. Reach Sawai Madhopur and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 05: Ranthambore (B/L/D)

Wake up early in the morning and prepare for the first game drive. Tigers are not the only attraction at Ranthambore, a variety of birds including Owls, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are the other attractions. In the late afternoon we will enjoy another game drive before dinner

Day 06: Ranthambore – Jaipur (B/-/-)

Travel to Jaipur. Upon arrival check-in into your hotel, the remainder of the day is free to once again explore. You might like to go to the famous Jaipur Bazaar or simply relax in the hotel.

Day 07: Jaipur (B/-/D)

Visit Amber Fort with a decorated elephant ride. Photo stop at – The Palace of the Wind. Afternoon enjoy Jaipur City including City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories (of the heavens) which provides accurate information to this day.

Day 08: Jaipur – Mumbai (B/-/D)

Fly to Mumbai this morning. On Arrival, we transfer you to the hotel for check-in. We then join a city tour of Mumbai visiting Gateway of India, Mumbai’s most famous monument and the starting point for most tourists interested in exploring the city, along with Dhobi Ghat and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus earlier known as Victoria Terminus – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 09: Mumbai (B/-/D)

Morning visit Elephanta caves, it is situated on Gharapuri Island in Mumbai’s harbour, about an hour’s boat ride from the gateway of India. The ferry ride to the Island is an experience, in itself. The island has two groups of caves in the rock cut architecturally. Afternoon is at leisure.

Day 10: Mumbai – Colombo (B/-/D)

More leisure time until we transfer to the airport for your flight to Colombo. On arrival, our guide will Meet & Greet you in the arrival lounge and transfer you to Negombo for check-in.

Day 11: Negombo – Habarana (B/-/D)

Travel by road to Dambulla, en-route stopping at Pinnawela Elephant orphanage. Afternoon you visit the World Heritage site of Dambulla Caves dating back to the 2nd century BC. It is the largest preserved cave complex in Sri Lanka with over 80 documented caves in the surrounding areas.

Day 12: Polonnaruwa & Wildlife (B/-/D)

Enjoy a visit to Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka and a World Heritage site. Enjoy wildlife jeep safari at Minneriya National Park and witness wild elephants, deer, sambur and sloth bear.

Day 13: Habarana-Kandy (B/-/D)

Travel to Kandy, en-route visiting the 5th century old Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion Belly). Later visit the spice garden at Matale to see varieties of spice plantation and purchase some locally grown souvenirs.

Day 14: Kandy (B/-/D)

After breakfast explore the town and visit Temple of the Tooth relic. Visit the Gem museum in the afternoon. Later-on we experience an upper Lake drive and watch a cultural show before finishing your day.

Day 15: Kandy – Bentota (B/-/D)

Travel to Bentota, a small town on the south western coastal belt, where the beaches boast a dazzling combination of sun, sea and sand. The resorts in this area are simply gorgeous! Enjoy and immerse yourself in the serenity of the area. The afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy.

Day 16: Bentota – Depart Colombo (B/-/-)

Visit a Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka. You can join an optional (extra charges apply) safari on the Madu River to experience its unique ecosystem and beauty. Late check-out and travel back to Colombo international airport for your flight home.

Day 17: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)

Arrive home this evening.

Number of Days 17

Price From $6995

Departure Dates

2019:
9th February – 25th February**
9th March – 25th March*
6th April – 22nd April**
4th May – 20th May
7th September – 23rd September
28th September – 14th October*
19th October – 4th November**
9th November – 25th November**

2020:
22nd February – 10th March***
22nd March – 7th April**
12th April – 28th April**

*Peak season surcharges apply from $200 per person
**Peak season surcharges apply from $400 per person
***Peak season surcharges apply from $600 per person


Inclusions

Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
4* minimum accommodation with daily breakfast
All transfers by air conditioned vehicles
Arrival and Departure assistance
Evening entertainment
Meals as specified
Professional English speaking guide
Entry fees & Monument charges
Tipping for guide & driver


Exclusions

Travel Insurance
Indian & Sri Lanka Visas
Camera and video permits may be required at some sights


Price Details

(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)

From $6,995 per person departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth, flying Singapore Airlines. Adelaide may require domestic add on fare at additional cost.

Single Room Supplement From $1,585
Land Only Including Tipping from $5,895 per person (15 Nights)


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