New Delhi – Agra – Taj Mahal – Jaipur
Dubai – Abu Dhabi – Maldives Island (Optional)
Tour 1: Oct 10 – Oct 20, 2018 Tour Price: $3,495 + Tax
$200 off for early-bird deposits before Feb 16, 2018
Fly with Emirates Airline, one of the top 10 airlines in the world
Optional trip to the Maldives:
Check in at LAX. Depart for New Delhi, India. An AV Travel tour leader will assist and escort travelers throughout the trip.
Arrive New Delhi. The political capital of India, Delhi, makes up one of the cornerstones of the golden triangle in the country’s North. Finding its genesis in the great Indian epic the Mahabharata, as Indraprastha, Capital of the Pandava princes, today the city has transformed itself into a new incarnation. Reflecting the many colors and flavors of India’s eclectic composition, contemporary Delhi is one where you will be inspired, amazed, fascinated and impressed at every corner. (B/L/D)
You will be mesmerized by the Old and New Delhi as we visit India Gate, built of Bharatpur stone, commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. Continue to visit Qutb Minar is the 2nd tallest Minar in India at Mohali which stands 100 meters tall, originally an early Islamic Monument inscribed with Arabic inscriptions is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B/L/D)
Continue your enthrallment and travel to the Taj Mahal, which stands as a tribute to everlasting love. The snow-colored walls of the great Taj Mahal fascinate the modern day vagabond. An architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the capital in the reign of the Mughal empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. A poignant poetry in marble, stands serene and awesome on a raised marble platform, by the banks of the Yamuna.
Also visit the Agra Fort, a masterpiece of the great Emperor Akbar within the fort are a number of exquisite structures and palaces. (B/L/D)
Transfer to Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It was actually color washed with pink to create the impression similar to the red sandstone of the Mughal cities. Like any good tourist cities, Jaipur has all the amenities of a big city, but its real charm lies only in the inner lanes and streets of its markets. The regal aspect of this desert city is obvious to all who visit her and the atmosphere country’s north.
We’ll stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted red sandstone medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century, Fatehpur Sikri’s complex consists of religious, residential, and administrative buildings, including an elegant mosque considered to be a copy of the Mosque at Mecca. (B/L/D)
Travel to the burnt clay-colored walls of Amber Fort on a magical elephant or jeep. In the afternoon, you’ll flit through the sparkling offerings of the old bazaar by way of a breath-taking rickshaw ride. Visit City Palace, Jaipur. This sprawling complex, with its gorgeous buildings and marvelous collection of art and artifacts, is without parallel in Rajasthan. A major part of the ‘City Palace’ now consists of the ‘Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum’. It is also the residence of the Jaipur Royal Family.
Move on to Hawa Mahal, the renowned ‘Palace Of The Winds’, or Hawa Mahal, is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur city. Located in the heart of Jaipur, this beautiful five-storey palace was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. The main architect of this palace built of red and pink sandstone, is Lal Chand Ustad and the palace is believed to have been constructed in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. (B/L/D)
Wake up on serene views of Mansagar Lake before heading back to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi where we will continue our exploration starting in Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the Royal Mosque which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes followed by a short walk on the main street of Old Delhi – the colorful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk.
You will be mesmerized by the Old and New Delhi as we visit the Red Fort, once the residence of the Mughal Emperors and recognized as a UNESCO Heritage. You will also find the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial on the bank of the Yamuna River nearby.(B/L/D)
Flight to Dubai, the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region. As of 2012, Dubai is the most expensive city in the Middle East. Dubai was rated as one of the best places to live in the Middle East by American global consulting firm Mercer. Our hotel is near Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa with walking distance. After buffet dinner at the hotel, enjoy the beauty of Dubai in the evening from the top of Burj Khalifa (from the sky level of floor 124), giving you a captivating panorama of Dubai, a view you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the city. (B/D)
Rich both in cultural heritage and modern amenities, Dubai is an exceptional world-class city with many offerings. The chance to explore the many wonders of this metropolis is always awe-inspiring, whether it is your first trip or not. Our journey takes us past Dubai Creek, one of the older parts of town and visit the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Be prepared to part with a little money as the tantalizing scents and shimmering jewelry will entice you into making a few purchases. Finally, stop for some souvenir photos at Burj Al Arab, the 7-star, sail-shaped hotel. (B/L/D)
Morning drive to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. It is often called the ‘Arabian Jewel,’ a name that testifies to its lavish monuments and flashy modern architecture. Continue travel through the streets to one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest buildings, Qasr al-Husn. Built in the 18th century, the eye-catching white palace was the setting for the city’s governance until as recently as the 1960s. Head for Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, an open-air museum that showcases everyday life in the city prior to the discovery of oil. (B/L/D)
Board your return flight to Los Angeles.
– Tour price (5 nights): $2,490 + Tax
– Deluxe Water Villas (dual-occupancy rooms) at the Centara Ras Fushi
– Round-trip airport/resort speedboat transfers
– Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Ocean Restaurant
– All-day soft drink and mineral water
– Open bar service including house-pouring wine (red, white, sparkling), beer, alcoholic beverages and selection of cocktails between 11am-midnight
– WiFi access
– Dubai airport hotel for transit night for the Los Angeles – Maldives Island flight
– Flight ticket from the Maldives to New Delhi to join the tour on October 11
– Pick up & transfer to the hotel in New Delhi to join the tour