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Luxury

Spirit of Sri Lanka and India

Negombo to New Delhi
30 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: INSKRDV30
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

See the Iconic Taj Mahal

Experience the majesty of the Taj Mahal, a world-famous symbol to everlasting love.

Yala National Park

Embark on a jeep safari in Yala National Park for your chance to see Asian Elephants and Leopards.

Meet the Mughal Jewellers

Enjoy a private rendezvous with the current owners of the aristocratic Kohinoor Jewellers and see their treasured pieces.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 20 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five destinations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 74 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • Seven-night Deccan Odyssey rail journey

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map INSKRDV30 2020
Negombo to New Delhi

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

Welcome to Negombo! This coastal city north of the capital Colombo offers a laid-back introduction to Sri Lanka. We’ll meet you on arrival and take you to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, The Heritance Negombo

This morning, explore Negombo with local expert Mark Forbes. Later, discover a fish market where seafood is king. Then, as the sun sets, it’s time to kick back on a leisurely cruise across the city’s lagoon before dinner.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in local specialities as you dine by candlelight in a cavern at the Caves of Heritance.


Enjoy a day discovering the Dambulla Cave Temple, one of the largest and best-preserved Buddhist temple systems in Sri Lanka.

Stay: Three Nights, Heritance Kandalama

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps choose to head out on a village trek, cycle around the local countryside or indulge in a spa treatment.


Today, brace yourself for perhaps Sri Lanka’s most dramatic sight, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage-listed citadel with spectacular views if you’re up for the climb. Enjoy a seven-course feast for dinner.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a range of dining options for dinner this evening.


Begin today in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa after breakfast. Then continue to Minneriya National Park for a safari, where the chance to see Sri Lankan elephants in their natural habitat is a must. Return to your resort to relax this evening.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a range of dining options for dinner this evening.


Wander through the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya today. Then take a tuk tuk city tour of Kandy and visit The Temple of The Buddha’s Tooth. A cultural show precedes a range of dining options found on tonight’s menu.

Stay: Two Nights, Kandy, Earl’s Regency

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The day is yours. You could tour a fresh produce market with a culinary expert in preparation for your Sri Lankan cooking class. Or visit Tamarind Gardens for lunch and to learn of the paddock-to-plate ethos of the farm, as your lunch is prepared before your very eyes. Later, learn about incense stick making.


Today a number of exciting culinary experiences await.

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Herd of elephants wading through the river close to the lush green riverbank in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Explore the idyllic tea-production region surrounding Kandy. Best viewed by rail, hop aboard a scenic train to the hillside city of Nuwara Eliya for high tea at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Nuwara Eliya, Heritance Tea Factory

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Dine tonight in a converted Railway Carriage restaurant at the Heritance Tea Factory as the evening mist rolls in.


Test your tastebuds, sampling the region’s best brews with an expert tea taster. Learn about what influences the quality of the final product.

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Your hotel for the next two nights borders Yala National Park. Elephants, wild boar and even leopards are known to frequent the resort’s grounds. Tonight, enjoy a barbecue dinner in the heart of the Sri Lankan hinterland.

Stay: Two Nights, Yala National Park, Chena Huts

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Excitement builds as you join your Jeep safari within Yala National Park. Look out for leopards draped along tree branches and discover a myriad opportunities to view wildlife today.

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Set off for Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo with a stop in the fortified port city of Galle, to enjoy eclectic history and culture. Later, hotel views of the Indian Ocean are hard to beat.

Stay: Two Nights, Colombo, Galle Face Hotel

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Row of buddha statues, Colombo, Sri Lanka

A great way to discover the Sri Lankan capital is on a guided walking tour today. Tonight, dine at the Ministry of Crab seafood restaurant.

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We’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to India, from where you’ll be welcomed to Kochi and we’ll transfer you to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Le Méridien Kochi

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance


Today you’re in expert hands guided through the heritage Fort Kochi area, via Jewtown and the Paradesi Synagogue. See the promenade and cantilevered fishing nets before visiting St Francis Church. Enjoy a Kathakali dance show and a welcome dinner, this evening.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to join a Keralan cooking demonstration or opt for an Ayurvedic lecture and massage, to soothe mind, body and soul.


Time-honoured traditions are the order of today. Travel to Kumarakom via Kumbalanghi Village to see an ancient way of life. Breaking for lunch and time to check into your hotel, perhaps join a Keralan cooking demonstration or an Ayurvedic lecture and massage.

Stay: Two Nights, Kumarakom Lake Resort

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover the traditional martial art of India, Kalaripayattu, which originated in Kerala. Learn how it is one of the oldest martial arts traditions in the world, but is gaining modern popularity after featuring in Bollywood movies.


Ease into today or join a yoga class. Then cruise Kerala’s backwaters aboard a houseboat to Vembanad Lake. Tonight springs to life with a traditional martial art display, Kalaripayattu. A seafood dinner rounds off the evening.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Learn how traditional and modern dance forms blend beautifully as you take part in a Bollywood dance lesson.


This morning, Transfer to board your flight to Mumbai, home to India’s Bollywood movie scene. Touch down and master some moves with a Bollywood dance lesson. Then settle into your hotel before dinner tonight.

Stay: Mumbai, Taj Mahal Palace

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Rise and shine early with an introduction to the Koli fisher-folk at the Khar Danda Koliwada indoor fish market. Then, delve into the sights of Mumbai. Visit highlights including India Gate, the Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park and Mani Bhawan (the National Ghandi Museum, dedicated to India’s best-known Indian activist). There’s a stop by Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s vast open-air laundromat before we whisk you away to the World Heritage-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, to board your luxury Deccan Odyssey train. Here, you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly and dinner, aboard your hotel on wheels for the next eight days.

Stay: Seven Nights, Deccan Odyssey

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India Gate during sunset

After breakfast, head inland to explore the World Heritage-listed Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park. An ancient site that offers historical glimpses of Hindu, Muslim and Jain architecture. There’s time to relax over lunch before returning to Vadodara to explore the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. The museum is housed in the Maharaja’s Laxmi Vilas Palace, where a traditional Indian high tea is served, followed by a colourful folk performance.

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Views of the Aravali Ranges roll by over breakfast, as you journey on to Udaipur, India’s ‘City of the Lakes’. Nowadays, best known as a centre for arts and crafts. Join a tour to navigate the elaborate City Palace complex, before a boat ride on adjacent Lake Pichola. Lunch is back on board before strolling around the Old Town as you choose this afternoon.

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Meander through the Blue City of Rajasthan this morning. Set against the epic Thar Desert, Jodphur is packed with temples, forts and palaces to unearth. After lunch, join a walking tour to the rocky heights of the Mehrangarh Fort, some 400 feet above the surrounding desert. Dinner tonight is a royal affair, a Marwar barbecue held in the maharaja courtyard at the fort.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a champagne reception and guided tour of the Kohinoor Gem Museum, home to an exquisite collection of Mughal artefacts.


This morning, prepare for a day of pinch-yourself moments with a stop off in Agra. Begin by exploring Agra Fort, one of India’s finest Mughal forts, before marvelling at the Taj Mahal. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this white marble mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Then a champagne reception and tour of the Kohinoor Gem Museum follow before lunch and a visit to a local market. Reboard your train for dinner tonight, bound for the wilds of Ranthambore National Park.

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Taj mahal during sunrise over the banks of river Yamuna

Step out this morning, on a village walking tour in rural Sawai Madhopur, before lunch back on board. This afternoon’s safari adventure takes place in one of India’s best tiger reserves, Ranthambore National Park. Look out for the array of wildlife – Bengal tigers, leopards, long-eared hedgehogs, sloth bears and much more that all call this park home.

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The pink city of Jaipur beckons today. Rajasthan’s capital is within striking distance to the imposing cliffside Amber Fort complex, your first discovery for the day. Hidden within its sandstone walls, you’ll find marbled frescoes and the Sheesh Mahal, ‘Palace of Mirrors’. Then continue on to the iconic gardens and buildings of the City Palace in Jaipur, once the official seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. After, there’s time to explore the 18th-century World Heritage-listed observatory, Jantar Mantar. Lunch then leads to some leisurely souvenir shopping at a local market.

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View towards a yellow stone fort from the water, India

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a range of dining options at your hotel for dinner this evening. Perhaps dine at the Orient Express restaurant for some European cuisine, or Spicy Duck, which brings a little taste of China to the heart of India. If you aren’t quite sure, head to the atmospheric Capital Kitchen and choose from a range of Indian, Asian and Western classics.


Leaving the Deccan Odyssey one last time, head for a cycle-rickshaw tour of Old Delhi, the best way to navigate the labyrinthine lanes of Shahjahanabad, Old Delhi’s walled city. A stop at the highly decorative Jama Masjid brings home the magnitude of India’s largest mosque, which can house up to 25,000 people. After lunch, we’ll take you to your hotel for time to do as you like.

Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Taj Palace Hotel

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This morning, meet with a local family for a cooking demonstration and lunch, the perfect introduction to New Delhi and its locals. Then visit Humayun’s Tomb. You’ll dine at the Masala Library restaurant tonight.

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This morning transfer to the airport bound for Varanasi, where we’ll take you to your hotel. An evening prayer and fire-lit Aarti ceremony along the Ganges River begin your stay here. Later, explore Varanasi’s Old City with a guide, before dinner at your hotel tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Varanasi, Taj Gateway Hotel

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Today’s cruise along the Ganges floats past the burning ghats (steps) where ceremonial cremations are still carried out in the traditional way. Back in the city, enjoy a visit to Sarnath, an important Buddhist centre.

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View of colourful waterside village with umbrellas and people, India

Take part in a yoga session on the banks of the Ganges River. Alternatively, you might want to learn about Indian traditional music as you meet a local guru.

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Travel & Accommodation

Escape to Chena Huts, Yala

Stay at the gateway to Yala National Park and enjoy every creature comfort during a decadent stay at Chena Huts.

The Deccan Odyssey

Welcome onto India's Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey as you roll through the heart of this fascinating country.

Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Stay in the lavish landmark hotel Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, on the shores of the Arabian Sea.

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.