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zAAA Vacations® - A Week in India

8 days

Never More than 16 Guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Touring Discoveries

  • Encounter India’s rich multi-cultural diversity on a specially arranged tour of Bangla Sahib, rarely visited by other travelers. In the heart of Delhi, this immense Sikh temple serves more than 10,000 people each day!
  • Join your guide for a glimpse into the enchanting evening rhythms of city life as you explore the bustling markets of Old Jaipur… Browse the many colorful shops and learn how to don a traditional saree and turban.
  • To the Amber Fort for a tour of this imposing 16th-century hilltop citadel.

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Day
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An Extra Night in Delhi

AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy a free extra night in Delhi before your tour at the deluxe, city central Le Meridien Hotel on Connaught Place.

Day
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Welcome to Delhi

Enjoy a day at leisure in Delhi. Meals B

Day
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Discover New and Old Delhi

Drive along the Rajpath past the imposing India Gate and Presidential Palace. Visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and then hop aboard a traditional pedicab for a ride through the bustling Chandni Chowk Market. Admire the imposing façade of the Red Fort c before taking a midday break to enjoy lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit two of the city’s most remarkable landmarks, Qutab Minar c with its elaborately carved minaret and Emperor Humayun’s Tomb c. AAA Engaging Experience: Finish your sightseeing with a fascinating look into the nation’s rich ethnic diversity on a specially arranged tour through Bangla Sahib, Delhi’s largest Sikh Temple.  Meals B,D

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Travel to Agra

Embark this morning on an overland journey through the colorful countryside. Upon arrival in Agra, check in and refresh at the Radisson Hotel. This evening’s guided visit to the Taj Mahal c reveals this magnificent icon bathed in the golden glow of dusk.  Meals B

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The Taj Mahal at Sunrise

Early risers will have an opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal again this morning, an unforgettable spectacle as the sun casts its first light upon the iridescent marble of this monument to everlasting love. After breakfast, visit the palatial Agra Fort c, a stellar example of Indo-Persian style that stretches for more than a mile along the banks of the tranquil Yamuna River.  Meals B

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Onward to Jaipur

Depart Agra this morning and explore the “ghost town” of Fatehpur Sikri c, built and mysteriously abandoned in the 16th century. Still in pristine condition, it promises a fascinating look into the opulence of Mughal court life long ago. Continue to Jaipur, traveling through the countryside bustling with village life. Arrive in the legendary Pink City and check in to the Marriott Hotel. AAA Engaging Experience: This evening, enjoy a guided stroll through the colorful lanes and markets of Old Jaipur. Explore the shops, many of which have been in the same family for generations, and learn how to don a traditional saree and turban.  Meals B

Day
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Explore Jaipur

AAA Engaging Experience: To tour the Amber Palace, home to opulent pavilions, lovely gardens, grand halls and the mesmerizing Chamber of Mirrors. Marvel at the ornately carved façade of the Palace of Winds and tour the extensive collection of the City Palace Museum, including ancient weapons and glittering royal finery. Your sightseeing ends later this afternoon at Jantar Mantar c, an accurate observatory with enormous stone instruments from the 17th century!  Meals B

Day
8

Back to Delhi

Return to Delhi where guestrooms at the Crown Plaza Gurgaon Hotel are available for you to freshen up. Then transfer to the airport for your onward flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Travel to Kathmandu from Delhi

4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $999

Includes roundtrip flights between Delhi and Kathmandu, transfers, choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, daily breakfast and two days of extensive sightseeing with your own private car, driver and guide.

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Day 1: Fly from Delhi, India to Kathmandu, Nepal

Transfer to the airport for you included flight to Nepal. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted by private car to the hotel of your choice: The enchanting Hyatt Regency Hotel or the Dwarikas Hotel, a small luxury property in the heart of town.  Meals B

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Discover Kathmandu

After breakfast, your in-depth guided exploration of Kathmandu includes Durbar Square and Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal quarter of the city. See the Mahadev & Parvati Temple and the House of the Goddess Kumari and then explore the colorful local bazaars. In the afternoon, we’ll take you into the lovely Nepalese countryside for a guided tour of Patan, known as the City of Grace and Fine Arts. Visit the impressive Teleju Temple and admire Patan’s traditional architecture, embellished with beautifully carved windows and balconies. Return to your hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. Meals B

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Into the Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, you’ll journey into the timeless Kathmandu Valley to explore ancient Bhadgaon, one of the three kingdoms of medieval Nepal. In the town’s main square, you’ll see architectural treasures like the Lion Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows. Then visit Bodhnath, the largest stupa in Nepal and venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists. Before returning to your hotel, stop along the banks of the River Bagmati to see Pashupatinath Temple; dedicated to Lord Shiva this is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. The balance of your afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish. Meals B

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Return to Delhi, India

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included return flight to Delhi. Meals B

Travel to Kerala from Delhi

4 days from $1,199

We include your flight from Delhi to Kochi, on-tour transportation, breakfasts, in-depth sightseeing throughout, and a day cruise through the backwaters of Kerala.

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Fly from Delhi to Kochi (Cochin)

Transfer to the airport for your included flight to historic Kochi, formerly known as Cochin. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the superior first class Vivanta by Taj Hotel

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Discover Historic Cochin

After breakfast, your private car, driver and in-the-know guide will be waiting to show you the architectural highlights of historic Cochin, hailed by long-ago seafaring merchants as the Queen of the Arabian Sea! Traveling along the picturesque harbor of the first European settlement in India, you’ll have a chance to see fishermen at work with their traditional Chinese fishing nets. Continue to the area around Fort Kochi, founded nearly 500 years ago, and tour the Dutch Palace and 16h-century Jewish Synagogue. Then visit historic St. Francis Church, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gamma died in 1524, before returning to your hotel. Meals B

[Please Note: The Dutch Palace is closed on Friday; the Jewish Synagogue is closed on Friday and Saturday]

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The Backwaters of Kerala

Depart your hotel this morning and drive to Alleppey, a charming town of shady streets and canals that captures the magic and romance of South India! Here you’ll board your private houseboat for a delightful cruise along the tranquil waters of Kerala. As you make your way to Kumarakom on the shores of Lake Vembanad, you’ll enjoy lunch onboard and witness timeless scenes of daily life including fishermen in their cockleshell boats, cattle grazing quietly in lush pastures and women neck-deep in the water searching for fish! Disembark your houseboat and check in to the lovely Coconut Lagoon Resort.  Meals B,L

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Along the Shores of Lake Vembanad

After breakfast, join your guide for a private tour of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Spread across 14 verdant acres on the shores of Lake Vembanad, this bird-watcher’s paradise is an important sanctuary for migratory birds including the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the lovely setting and fine amenities of your resort.  Meals B

Day
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Return transfer to Kochi

Transfer to the airport in Kochi for your onward journey. Meals B 

Travel to Varanasi from Delhi

3 days from $699

Enjoy roundtrip flights from Delhi to Varanasi, airport transfers, two nights at the Taj Gateway Hotel, daily breakfast, and an in-depth city tour highlighted by a dawn boat ride on the sacred Ganges River.

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From Delhi to Varanasi

You’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, you’ll visit Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon, revealing his doctrine and founding his first monastic community. Continue to the widely acclaimed Sarnath Museum, home to an outstanding collection of Indian sculpture and carvings from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century. Enjoy two wonderful nights at the deluxe Taj Gateway Hotel

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Dawn on the Ganges and a City Tour

Arise early this morning for one of the most powerful and evocative travel experiences you will ever have. As you enjoy a sunrise boat excursion on the sacred Ganges River, you’ll observe thousands of devout Hindus descending to the riverbanks for purification in these holy waters – just as it’s been done for centuries here in this ancient city! Return to your hotel for breakfast and then continue your city tour, including Benaras Hindu University and the city’s most significant temples and landmarks.  Meals B

Day
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Fly back to Delhi

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your included flight to Delhi. Our tour services end at the airport for your journey onward from the capital.  Meals B

Travel to Mumbai from Delhi

3 days from $899

We include your flight from Delhi to Mumbai, two nights at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel, daily breakfast, a city tour and a guided excursion to explore the ancient cave temples of Elephanta Island.

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Day
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Fly from Delhi to Mumbai (Bombay)

You’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Mumbai. Formerly known as Bombay, this bustling and colorful metropolis is the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan city in India! Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the deluxe Trident Nariman Point Hotel.

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Discover Mumbai and Elephanta Island

Your expertly guided half-day city tour of Mumbai includes the iconic Gateway of India, built along the bustling waterfront during the British Raj. You’ll also marvel at the imposing Victoria Terminus, modeled after historic St. Pancras Station in London complete with carved stone friezes, stained glass windows and flying buttresses. At the Prince of Wales Museum, arguably the best museum in the country, you’ll gain an extensive and fascinating introduction to Indian history and culture. Then cross Mumbai Harbor to Elephanta Island, home to spectacular rock-cut temples of the 7th century. Dedicated to Shiva, these cave temples feature some of India’s most spectacular carvings!  Meals B

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Fly back to Delhi

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Varanasi

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package features your choice of city-center hotel, daily breakfast, private airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Mumbai (Bombay)

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 2 nights hotel, daily breakfast, private airport transfers and sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Kathmandu

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, extensive sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide and chauffeured airport transfers.

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Republic Day  

Travel with us in January and thrill to the grandeur of the Republic Day parade as it makes its way along the Rajpath, Delhi’s grandest boulevard! This display of pageantry and solemnity celebrates India’s cultural diversity and honors those who died for their country.

Holi Festival  

Go in March and greet the arrival of spring in India! You’ll join Jaipur residents for Holi, the much anticipated Festival of Colors. As locals celebrate the end of winter, you’ll experience unforgettable spectacles including colorful parades, joyful music and lively traditional dancing!

 


Prices are per person, land only. Holiday surcharges may apply. We offer air on Emirates or United. Add extra nights. There is a surcharge for singles traveling alone in their own vehicle.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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