Enjoy an exclusive lunch overlooking the ultimate symbol of everlasting love, the Taj Mahal
Take a safari to one of India’s best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park and enjoy high tea at a royal lodge
Enjoy sublime gourmet creations showcasing the flavours of the region, while favourites from home are also available
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
On arrival in India, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Kolkata was once the biggest colonial trade centre in Asia, operated by the British East India Company, and is today regarded by many as India’s intellectual and cultural capital.
Stay: The Oberoi Grand
After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure then transfer to the RV Ganges Voyager for your Lower Ganges River cruise, exploring the charming waterside villages in style. Dotted with some of most colourful villages in all of India, the Lower Ganges presents a tantalising mix of traditional Indian and French colonial influences. After lunch on board, visit Mother Teresa’s house and tomb, located in the buildings of the Missionaries of Charity. Return to the ship where IN08 passengers join the group as you enjoy a Welcome Reception and cultural performance including colourful dancers.
Stay: Seven Nights: RV Ganges VoyagerDaily :
This morning, experience the rich culture and lingering colonial influence of Kolkata on an early morning tour. See well-preserved British colonial buildings, St John’s church and the Victoria Memorial Museum. After lunch on board visit the 19th-century Hooghly Imambara, a famous pilgrimage centre in West Bengal.Daily :
After breakfast, disembark in Kalna, known as the City of Temples. On a guided cycle-rickshaw tour, visit some of Bengal’s most distinct terracotta temples, including the Rajbari royal palace complex and see the eye-catching Shiva temples.Daily :
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Matiari. Here, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to peruse beautiful cooking instruments crafted from recycled copper and brass. Afterwards, continue cruising upstream passing the site of The Battle of Plassey. Learn how the British East India Company recorded a victory here in 1757, helping establish the company rule in Bengal and much of India.Daily :
Disembark in Khushbagh, and pass through local farmers’ fields to the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal. Back on board, enjoy the afternoon at leisure. As you approach Murshidabad, you’ll notice the Hazarduari Palace, which dominates the waterfront. After a tour, of the palace, visit the 18th-century Katra Mosque, and learn about the Mohammedan rulers. Later, cruise to the sleepy village of Baranagar. This evening, enjoy dinner on board.Daily :
Enjoy a restful morning at leisure before a visit to the village of Mayapur, a holy site believed to be the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as the incarnation of Krishna. Mayapur is the home of the Krishna Consciousness Movement (ISKON) and is visited by over a million Hari Krishna pilgrims every year. Here you’ll learn about the Hari Krishna, faith, community and culture, and view the construction of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, just slightly smaller in size than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Return to your river ship for dinner.Daily :
This morning, cruise to the former French colony of Chandannagar. Stroll along the Chandannagar Strand, visit its 200 year-old church, and the house of former French Governor Joseph François Dupleix. This afternoon, continue cruising downstream towards Kolkata.Daily :
This evening, choose from a range of enticing dining options at your hotel.
After breakfast, back in the bustling city of Kolkata be transferred to the airport for your flight to New Delhi. On arrival be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Stay: Two Nights: Delhi, Taj Palace HotelDaily :
After a morning at leisure, visit the home of a local family to enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. Later drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India, and visit India Gate. After lunch, drive to the iconic Humayun’s Tomb, one of the most experimental and innovative monuments of its time, which sparked an architectural revolution that would culminate in the building of the Taj Mahal. Tonight, dine at Bukhara Restaurant.Daily :
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kochi. Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi has been luring wanderers and traders for over 600 years.
Stay: Two Nights: Crowne Plaza KochiDaily :
Tonight choose from a range of tantalising dining options.
Explore Fort Kochi on a guided tour seeing the Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewtown, Paradesi Synagogue and St Francis Church before lunch at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel. Later, see a Kathakali dance performance.Daily :
Following lunch, you may choose to learn the secrets of preparing a delicious and traditional Keralan meal, alternatively, you may partake in a lecture on the 5,000-year-old Indian health practice of Ayurveda, ‘a balance between body, mind, spirit, and social wellbeing’.
After breakfast, you’ll travel to Kumarakom.
Stay: Two Nights: Kumarakom Lake ResortDaily :
This morning, you may choose to participate in a yoga class to balance your chakras. Later, enjoy a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala which offer an unhurried, laidback travel experience along picturesque lagoons and canals. This was once the most important and economical means of transport and trade in Kerala. This string of interconnected waterways stretches along the Malabar Coast. Calmly glide through the beautiful Vembanad Lake, on board a majestic house boat, past a cluster of islands rich with beauty. Enjoy a seafood dinner this evening.Daily :
In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival at the airport in Mumbai, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of the city that’s considered to be the most modern in India.
Stay: Oberoi Mumbai HotelDaily :
Set out on a tour of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Visit the India Gate, a monument overlooking the Arabian Sea that was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Later transfer to the World Heritage-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and board the Deccan Odyssey for Welcome Drinks. Enjoy free time to explore the train and dinner on board before an overnight journey, waking in Vadodara.
Stay: Seven Nights: Deccan OdysseyDaily :
After breakfast alight your train to explore the World-Heritage listed Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park, the only Islamic pre-Mughal city in India that remains unchanged. After lunch back aboard the Deccan Odyssey visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum to see a large number of artworks belonging to the Maratha Royal family and enjoy a high tea at the royal Laxmi Vilas Palace. Enjoy a special folk performance before reboarding your train where your odyssey continues tonight.Daily :
Wake up to breakfast overlooking the Aravali Ranges as you roll into Udaipur, India’s ‘City of the Lake’ also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Nowadays Udaipur is known as the centre for performing arts and crafts. Today join a guided tour including the elaborate City Palace, standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake before lunch back aboard your train. This afternoon explore the Old Town by foot, a perfect opportunity to purchase unique handicrafts from the market including puppets, clothe lanterns, jewellery, wooden boxes, among others.Daily :
This morning you are spoilt for choicein Jodhpur, the Sun City of Rajasthan. The former capital of the Marwar kingdom, is a beautiful city with the Thar Desert as an epic backdrop. Jodhpur houses some amazing temples, forts and palaces which you will be given the opportunity to see. Visit the Bishnoi tribal village to see traditional potters and weavers at work. After lunch prepare to explore the mighty Mehrangarh Fort set on a rocky hill that rises 400 feet above the surrounding plain. Explore one of India’s largest forts, including the fascinating museum that houses royal palanquins, armoury, paintings, costumes, and personal belongings of the family of Rao Jodha who built this impressive fort in 1459. Your walking tour takes you to the Turban Gallery and past the Old Clock Tower market and striking havelis. Dinner tonight is a royal affair, a Marwar barbecue held in the maharajah courtyard at the fort.Daily :
Enjoy a private and exclusive lunch at Taj Khema with sublime views of the Taj Mahal.
Wake this morning in Agra, home to some of the most magnificent architectural gems built by the Mughal emperors during their reign. After a relaxed breakfast, get set to visit the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After lunch pay a visit to the local markets of Agra popular for Mughal-style ornaments with marble-inlay.Reboard the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and overnight stay as you roll towards Ranthambore National Park.Daily :
Following breakfast embark on a morning village walking tour. After lunch visit one of India’s best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park. Later enjoy high tea at a royal wilderness lodge.Daily :
Today explore the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur which holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. With its striking blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, this diverse balance of culture is noticeable throughout all structures, including the beautiful Amber Fort. Visit the Amber Fort, as well as City Palace, and the World Heritage-listed 18th-century observatory, Jantar Mantar. After lunch pay a visit the bustling local market to purchase some local handicrafts.Daily :
After breakfast disembark the Deccan Odyssey at the Delhi Cantt Railway Station and join a tour of Old Delhi beginning at the highly decorative Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Later, explore the labyrinth of tiny lanes of Shahjahanabad in a cycle-rickshaw. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and relax in the luxury of a day room at a local hotel before your evening transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Welcome onto India's Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey as you roll through the heart of this fascinating country
Relax on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in India's south as you cruise aboard a luxurious houseboat
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