Depart the US and board an international direct flight bound for Dubai, eager to begin our journey to India and Dubai.
Arrive in Dubai, the “City of Gold.” One of the world’s fastest growing vacation destinations, Dubai is a unique place where old world traditions coexist with the luxuries of a prosperous business center. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy a good night’s rest. This evening we may take an optional dinner cruise along the Dubai Creek to see unique views of Dubai at night.
We begin our city tour with a visit to the Jumeira Mosque, and then drive past the Emirates Towers, Dubai World Trade Centre, Palace of Sheikh Mohammad and Rashid Palace. Proceed to Bastakya District in the old part of Dubai and visit the Dubai Museum. Housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, the museum highlights the city's colorful history from the days before the discovery of oil to present‐day Dubai. Here, we cross the Dubai Creek by abra (boat) and walk through the Gold and Spice Souqs (traditional markets). The highlight of today’s tour is a visit to the Burj al Arab where we enjoy our lunch at Junsui Restaurant. Return to hotel after lunch.
The local representative assists us in check-out before our driver takes us to the airport for a flight to Delhi. Arrive in the afternoon. This vibrant capital is one of India’s fastest growing cities and contains more sights than any other city in the country. Upon arrival, we transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Delhi is composed of two very different worlds, New and Old Delhi. This morning we dive into the heart of New Delhi, driving past the India Gate, the Presidential Palace, the Parliament House and the nearby Secretariat buildings. In the afternoon, visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Humayun, a stunning example of early Mughal architecture, a distinctive style that originated in the 16th and 17th centuries. After visiting the Qutab Minar, a 12th century tower, we venture to Old Delhi and visit the Jama Masjid by bicycle rickshaw. Complete our day with a visit to the magnificent Red Fort then enjoy a dinner of local cuisine at a specialty Indian restaurant.
This morning we transit by motor coach to Agra, the imperial capital of India before it was shifted to Delhi. In the evening, take a ride on Tonga’s “horse carriages” to the gates of the iconic Taj Mahal, once referred to as a “poem in stone.” One of the world’s most famous monuments, the Taj Mahal was commissioned by Emperor Shah Janan in memory of his beloved wife. At the end of the day, attend a marble inlay demonstration given by the skilled craftsmen of Agra.
After breakfast drive to Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) along the way. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this royal complex is a maze of ornate pavilions and courtyards that evokes images of opulent imperial times. After our visit, continue on to Jaipur and spend the rest of the day free at leisure.
Our sightseeing tour of Jaipur, the “Pink City,” begins with a visit to Amber Fort, which rests atop the rugged hills outside of the city. Take an elephant or Jeep ride to the top of the hill to the fortress. After touring the palace – a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture – we visit the Palace of Winds and Jaipur’s shopping district. In the afternoon, visit the City Palace, which covers over one-seventh of the area of the walled city. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest and best preserved of the five observatories built by Maharajah Jai Singh II in the early 1700s. Before returning to the hotel, attend a turban and sari tying demonstration.
Enjoy the morning free at leisure to explore the hotel’s facilities or do some shopping in the city. In the afternoon, drive back to Delhi and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport to board our homebound flight, taking with us lasting memories of this remarkable country.
Round trip international flight on Emirates Airlines with direct flight to Dubai; Experienced Mandarin speaking local tour guide; Entrance fees for sights included; Air-conditioned tour coach with professional service of drivers; All Five Star Hotel Accommodations.
Any personal charges such as phone bills, postage, laundry, drinks, Insurance premiums, porters, excess baggage charge, passport, visa fees, etc.; any optional activity or meals are not included in itinerary. Air ticket taxes, airport taxes, fuel surcharge, and any other charges levied by the local state or federal government agencies; Transportation between your hometown and gateway city; Tips to tour guides, drivers, bellmen, etc.
1. Unused tour features: Any unused tour features either on air transportation or for land arrangements are not refundable, exchangeable nor transferable.
2. When the total number of tour members should fall below 10 people, we reserve the right to cancel the tour or operate as a locally hosted tour. If we cancel the tour, the tour fare except visa fees will be refunded.
3. Deviation Charge: In addition to the airline, hotels, or transfer surcharge, there will be a US$50 per person service charge for any deviation from the tour and subject to availability.
4. Change Fee: After your reservation is confirmed, US$50 will be charged for each of the subsequent changes. Once documents / tickets have been issued, no change is permitted.
5. Charges for Child: Child 11 and under, if they share bed in a twin room with two adults, will be charged at the 85% of a regular adult price; if they request an extra bed in the same room with two adults, the cost will be same as the regular adult price. Child 12 and older will be charged at the regular adult price.
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