GRAND TOUR OF INDIA
Wednesday 30 October 2019
SO SORRY, BUT WE ARE NOW FULL FOR THIS FANTASTIC TOUR
but do watch out for details of our next visit to India – somewhere special, somewhere completely different!
IT’S THE VERY BEST WAY TO EXPERIENCE INDIA …..
If you missed out on our spectacular GRAND TOUR OF INDIA in 2013, this was your chance to join our exciting exploration of India in the company of like-minded local travellers,who cannot resist the pull of such a vibrant country such as INDIA. From the Taj Mahal within the Golden Triangle of Delhi in the north, to Kerala’s peaceful backwaters in the south, this truly magical, colourful tour of India has to be the ultimate experience at a GREAT VALUE inclusive price – and even with 2 extra days, it is cheaper than our tour 5 years ago! Who could resist?
With the comfort of a direct Virgin Atlantic flights to Delhi and return from Mumbai, beautiful 4* & 5* hotels, visits to the great cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra & Ranthambore in the north, Bangalore and Hassan in the more southern region of Karnataka and then further south-west to Cochin & Kovalam in the Kerala region, you will discover a completely different way of life and Indian traditions. We will also take in the diverse cultures of Mumbai to complete this unforgettable lifetime experience. You really do not have to worry about a thing!
From the time you book until the time you arrive home, you will be looked after by Lin of Solent Events on Tour and our experienced, friendly Wendy Wu Tours Tour Manager. Your comprehensive Travel Pack will even include a handy packing list to save you any stress before we go!
If you live out of the Solent Events area, no problem – just meet us at the airport check-in desk and join our friendly group from there on.
We are now full, but please let us know if you are interested in any other adventure tours such as Japan, Burma or South America.
NB. Although this is one of our most popular long-haul tours, for the comfort of all our clients, a maximum of 20 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events tour (many tour companies take around 45/49 passengers!) so always book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with
Wendy Wu Tours who are fully bonded.
Luxury Return Coach Travel to
London Heathrow Airport
Meet at LHR Airport
Only FOUR local pick-ups
Personal Travel Treats
The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge
Direct return scheduled flights with
Virgin Atlantic to Delhi, India
Return from Mumbai
Internal Flights, Train/Boat transport
16 nights accommodation plus
2 nights in flight
4* & 5* Hotels throughout tour
including one ‘Lodge’ Hotel
36 meals as per itinerary:
16 Breakfasts: 3 Lunches:
All excursions as per itinerary
All UK and overseas airport taxes
and security charges
Wendy Wu Tours Tour Manager
Solent Events Escort
Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Upgraded Virgin Airways flight:
Premium Economy & Upper Class
(please ask for a quote)
Single Supplement £850
Twin/Double for single occupancy
Meals other than stated on
itinerary (mainly lunches)
Items of a personal nature
A peep at our Grand Tour of India in 2013
View the Itinerary
An Exclusive Solent Events Tour!
Proposed Itinerary (times to be confirmed in final documents)
DAILY MEALS INCLUDED ARE STATED AS:
B = breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Day 1 – Wednesday 30 October 2019 In-flight meals
1600 Last pick up at Fareham for afternoon departure to arrive London Heathrow Airport by 1800hrs
2120 Virgin Atlantic flight direct to Delhi (approx.8.5hrs)
Thursday 31 October Delhi D 5* Radisson Blu Dwarka Hotel (Superior Room)
Day 2 – 1120 Arrive Delhi (Delhi +5.30hrs UK)
On arrival in Delhi, we will be transferred to our hotel. After breakfast we will start our day in Old Delhi to view the Red Fort from outside before walking through Chandni Chowk, savouring the ambience of the oriental, crowded bazaar. Continue to India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, built in 1656 AD. Marvel at the magnificent architecture made up of three domes, three large gates, two 40 metre high minarets made of sandstone and marble and a courtyard that can hold up to 26,000 people.
Friday 01 November Agra B, D 5* Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Day 3 – This morning, we visit the India Gate, a memorial to the Indian servicemen who died in World War I, continuing to Humayun’s Tomb (the second Mughal Emperor) built in the mid-16th-century. This tomb is the first great example of a Mughal garden tomb and was the inspiration for several monuments such as the incomparable Taj Mahal. End our touring in Delhi with a visit to the always busy and jampacked Connaught Markets, with linen, clothing, saris, handicrafts, jewellery, books, home wares and everything in between. After, we will be transferred by road to our hotel in Agra. On arrival we will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Saturday 02 November Agra B, D 5* Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Day 4 – The most iconic sight in India is surely the Taj Mahal and the reason most people visit Agra, so we will rise early to experience this icon at sunrise. We will return to our hotel for breakfast, freshen up and later visit a marble inlay workshop and learn about the intricate skill of laying marble, similar to the Taj Mahal. Situated on the West bank of the Yamuna River is the Agra Fort, founded in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar the Great, which we will visit in the afternoon.
Sunday 03 November Ranthambore B, L, D 5* Anuraga Palace Treehouse Resort (Deluxe Room)
Day 5 – This morning, we will be met and transferred by road to Ranthambore. En route, we will visit Fatehpur Sikri. Located 40km from Agra, Whilst here you visit the remarkably well preserved and graceful buildings within the Ghost City including the Jama Masjid, tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal Empire at the height of its power. After, we will continue by train & coach to Ranthambore. TBC On arrival, check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Monday 04 November Ranthambore B, L, D 5* Anuraga Palace Treehouse Resort (Deluxe Room)
Day 6 – A memorable day is on the cards, with morning and afternoon safaris in Ranthambore National Park, said to be the best game reserve in India. With the help of a Local Guide we will look for wildlife including crocodile, hyena, jackal and more. If we’re lucky we may spot the elusive tiger or the even rarer leopard. Photo ID will be required for this visit.
Tuesday 05 November Jaipur B, L, D 5* Hotel Royal Orchid Central – Jaipur (Deluxe Room)
Day 7 – Our grand tour continues this morning as we drive to the famous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, with a stop en route in the village of Abhaneri. Here we’ll admire the unique carved stepwells, an ancient water storage system constructed to provide a water supply during dry periods.
Wednesday 06 November Jaipur B, D 5* Hotel Royal Orchid Central – Jaipur (Deluxe Room)
Day 8 – We will start with a brief photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), a five-story palace, before continuing to Amber Fort – by jeep. Before returning to the hotel, you will stop for some shopping inside the walled city, where villagers from around Jaipur come to sell and trade their produce. The rest of the evening is free at your leisure.
Thursday 07 November Bangalore B, D 5* Hotel Royal Orchid – Bangalore (Club Room)
Day 9 – Today, we will be met for our transfer to the airport for an onward flight to Bangalore. On arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel for check-in, enjoying the remainder of the day at leisure.
The capital of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore (or Bengaluru) is known as the ‘Garden City’ because of its countless parks and avenues of Jacaranda, Gulmohur and Cassia. Cosmopolitan Bangalore is one of India’s most progressive and developed cities, blessed with a benevolent climate and a burgeoning drinking, dining and shopping area.
Friday 08 November Coorg B, D 5* Windflower Resort & Spa (Studio)
Day 10 – After breakfast we drive to Coorg, visiting the Bylakuppe Coffee County en route. On arrival at our hotel in Coorg, we check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Saturday 09 November Coorg B, D 5* Windflower Resort & Spa (Studio)
Day 11– After breakfast, we proceed to the Abbi Falls that are a must visit in tours to Coorg. Also the Raj’s Seat from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the misty Coorg valley. .
Sunday 10 November Hassan B, D 4* Hoysala Village, Hassan (Superior Cottage)
Day 12 – Today we head 163km west to Hassan with the first stop being a visit to Sravanabelagola, one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. Climb the 650 steps to the top of the temple where the great statue of Sri Gomatswara, also known as Lord Bahubali, stands as the tallest free-standing statue in the world. The day finishes with a visit to the 12th-century temples of Belur and Halebid. Belur is located on the banks of the River Yagachi and is well known for its temples.
Monday 11 November Mysore B, D 4* Country Inn & Suites by Radisson (Superior
Day 13 – The fabled city of Mysore is our next destination. We will head out on a wonderful tour this afternoon, with spectacular sights including the opulent city palace.
Tuesday 12 November Cochin B, D 5* Kochi Marriott Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Day 14 – We’re going to head back to Bangalore by road today. En route we’ll visit Srirangapatnam, the island fortress of the warrior King Tipu Sultan, and the celebrated Sri Ranganathswamy Temple. From Bangalore we’ll fly to Cochin (Kochi), in the beautiful region of Kerala
Wednesday 13 November Cochin B, L, D 5* Kochi Marriott Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Day 15 – We’ll get to know Cochin today, with lunch included, on a morning tour with highlights including the Jewish Quarter, the Dutch Palace and St Francis Church. This is where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was originally buried. This evening, we will enjoy a Kathakali dance show, with characters divided into the noble, wicked and grotesque wearing extravagant costumes.
Thursday 14 November Kovalam Beach area B, D 4* Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Rm)
Day 16 – This morning, we will be met and transferred by road to Kovalam. Kovalam is our final base for a few days before heading home, but en route we will enjoy a relaxing 2/3 hour cruise on Kerala’s tranquil palm-fringed backwaters. Heaven! After which we continue to our hotel in Kovalam. Today, Kovalam Beach is known as the ‘Paradise of the South’, so after, check in we enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Friday 15 November Kovalam Beach area B, D 4* Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Rm)
Day 17 – Our 4* Udai Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa in Kovalam is just the place to choose some ‘me’ time – on the beach, relaxing by the pool or having a massage, so enjoy the whole day at leisure.
Saturday 16 November Kovalam/Mumbai/UK B
Day 18 – Today we’ll fly to Mumbai, where there’s time for an exciting afternoon orientation tour of this fascinating city, with dinner, before we transfer you to the airport for our overnight direct 0300 flight back to London.
Sunday 17 November UK In-flight meals
Day 19 – 0715 We will arrive back in the UK today with coach transfer back to home area.
Arrive home area: Approx 1015
This holiday will include some walking in areas of rough ground, gradients & steps, plus several different modes of transport.
Exact times & flights will be confirmed with final Travel Pack posted to you approximately 10/12 days before departure.
THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL, but please do contact us if you are interested in our proposed future adventure tours to Japan, Burma or South America (Chile, Bolivia, Argentina etc)!
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Our proposed Hotels:
Wendy Wu Tours & Solent Events on Tour have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel descriptions provided. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not completely guarantee their accuracy.
Every hotel has been hand-picked by Wendy Wu Tours, who relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it’s chosen for its location, its facilities or its quirkiness.
Sometimes hotels, airlines and flight times stated are unfortunately subject to change beyond our control, but these will be confirmed in your final Travel Pack, sent by post 10/12 days before departure.
Day 1 IN FLIGHT
Day 2 DELHI 1n
5* Radisson Blu Hotel, Dwarka– New Delhi (Superior Room)
Boasting a tranquil location away from the bustle of the city and within walking distance of the Delhi Metro, the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka is the perfect full-service destination for stress-free stays). The hotel is only 30 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Relax in one of 219 contemporary rooms and suites, each featuring chic marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Once you are settled, you could head down to the outdoor pool, fitness center or recreation centre to recharge before dining in one of our four restaurants.
Day 3 & 4 AGRA 2n
5* Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra (Deluxe Room)
This family-friendly Agra hotel is located in the historical district, within 5 km of Agra Fort and Sadar Bazar. In addition to a full-service spa, Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra features an outdoor pool and a health club. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel’s bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. This luxury hotel also offers a rooftop terrace and spa services. Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra is a smoke-free property. All 112 rooms offer free WiFi, 24-hour room service and LED TVs with satellite channels, Minibar, coffee/tea makers and free newspapers.
Day 5 & 6 RANTHAMBORE 2n
5* Anuraga Palace Treehouse Resort (Deluxe Room)
The Treehouse Anuraga Resort is located in the ancient city of Sawai Madhopur. Imagine a world where time stands still. A world where the distant roar of the tiger echoes in the majestic foothills of the Aravalli’s. Imagine the world of Anuraga Treehouse Ranthambore Resort, one of the most exquisite resorts in Ranthambore. The Anuraga Resort has 40 rooms, and 4 plush suites, overlooking verdant green lawns, and equipped with all the amenities for the intrepid tourist. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee-making facilities.
Day 7 & 8 JAIPUR 2n
5* Hotel Royal Orchid Central – Jaipur (Deluxe Room)
Hotel Royal Orchid, Jaipur is located at a close proximity to Jaipur International airport & Railway Station This central 5* is hotel has an excellent range of facilities and services on offer. The contemporary accommodation boasts 139 spacious and extremely comfortable rooms and suites making it one of the most recommended hotels in Jaipur. With a fitness centre and a relaxing welcome rooftop pool, there are also three in-house dining options.
Day 9 BANGALORE 1n
5* Hotel Royal Orchid – Bangalore (Club Room)
This 5-star hotel near Indiranagar and overlooking the KGA Golf Course is located in the heart of the city. Hotel Royal Orchid, Bangalore boasts 195 modern rooms which feature a flat-screen Smart TV with satellite channels and a DVD player, Wi-Fi, ironing-board, 4-fixture bathroom, fridge and tea/coffee making amenities. The four-fixture bathroom includes bathtub, hairdryer and free toiletries. Experience award-winning restaurants and a Roof Top Heated Infinity Pool
Day 10 1n
4* Hoysala Village, Hassan (Superior Cottage)
Hoysala Village is a botanical wonderland. Elegantly designed and tastefully decorated with a variety of artefacts, constructed with rosewood and traditional materials, while trees and flowers line pathways, Hoysala Village Resort keeps you astounded. Nestled in the midst of sunflower fields, Hoysala Village Resort forms the perfect base from which to explore these hidden gems. The use of tall wooden ceilings, four poster beds and copper tubs gives our discerning guests the true experience of life in the Malnad region.
Day 11 & 12 COORG 2n
5* Windflower Resort & Spa (Studio)
The 5-star Windflower Resort & Spa is ideally located in Coorg, surrounded by three wildlife sanctuaries and a national park. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, spa and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV.
Day 13 MYSORE 1n
4* Country Inn & Suites by Radisson (Superior Room)
Nestled away and surrounded by lush green canopies, this hotel offers elegantly furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi access. The property also houses an outdoor swimming pool, a private nightclub, traditional spa and massage, laundry, ironing room services. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Private bathrooms include free toiletries.
Day 14 & 15 COCHIN, Kerala 2n
5* Kochi Marriott (Deluxe Room)
Located in the city center of this growing metropolis, this five-star hotel offers refined comfort for every traveller. Discover modern elegance and relax in the stylish rooms and suites, each with upscale amenities and 24-hour room service. Savor delicious international cuisine in the intriguing restaurants and lounges, be pampered at the spa and swim in the outdoor pool. You can even workout in the 24-hour fitness centre. Nearby, the area’s most compelling points of interest await – Cherai Beach and Bolgatty Palace.
Day 16 & 17 KOVALAM BEACH AREA 2n
4* Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa (Deluxe)
The emphasis is on relaxation – the uncrowded beach, the 3 pools and the 4 restaurants. Uday Samudra Hotel is located just 15 metres away from the famed beach of Kovalam. The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and tea/coffee-maker. The hotel also has spacious lawns, a harmony of architecture, blue water pools and soaring coconut grove in four tranquil acres by the sea. A tranquil setting for the perfect end to a perfect holiday!
About Wendy Wu Tours
About Award-winning Wendy Wu Tours:
Responsible travel is all about minimising the negative impact of travel on the environment, the way of life and the economy of a destination. At Wendy Wu Tours, we are committed to addressing this impact wherever possible without compromising your experience.
We believe that when visiting a place, it is important to not only feel, see, learn and experience, but to also give something back. We do this partly by supporting charities in Asia; and also by supporting local business and enterprise, for example including locally-owned restaurants and shops on our itineraries where possible. This is something that also enhances your holiday, as you get to taste more authentic local foods and see and learn about traditional crafts.
In addition, with Responsible Tourism in mind, for every person who travels with Wendy Wu Tours, we make a donation to a carefully selected charity based in the countries we operate. The following are some of the charities which we are proud to support:
CHINA – With a mission to improve the education and welfare of disadvantaged students in China, this charity provides free English lessons to 4,000 students per week in migrant schools throughout Shanghai. Visit: www.steppingstoneschina.net for more details.
VIETNAM – Koto is a not-for-profit restaurant and vocational training program based in Hanoi whose staff consists of former street children who receive training in catering and life skills. Visit: koto.com.au for more details.
Our brochure contains material sourced from sustainably managed forests, certified in accordance with the PEFC (The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes).
In our UK office, we have guidelines in place to keep the usage of paper at a minimum, recycle most of the paper we use, are sourcing environmentally friendly office and marketing supplies wherever possible, and facilitate alternative and sustainable modes of transport to work.
Wendy Wu Tours has also teamed up with JP Morgan’s Climate Care to enable our customers to offset some of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by their holiday and to play a part in tackling climate change. We ourselves are off-setting 10 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year to make up for some of the carbon footprint caused by our office. Climate Care uses the money generated by this scheme to fund a portfolio of projects around the world that reduces emissions.
At Wendy Wu Tours our philosophy is a simple one – to provide you with a truly inspiring travel experience. By taking care of all of the aspects of your holiday, you are left free to concentrate on all of the good stuff, making your time away enjoyable, enlightening and memorable. Read on to find out a little bit more about the Wendy Wu way of travelling…
SEE MORE, DO MORE, EXPERIENCE MORE!
We have an extensive range of tours across Asia, and pack these tours full of the best sights and experiences. Whilst all of our tours feature your chosen destination’s most famous sights and attraction, such as the Taj Mahal in India Great Wall, we also put in experiences and visits that you wouldn’t find on other, run-of-the-mill itineraries. Many of our tours also take you off the tourist trail, with a particular focus on getting you amongst the local people to glimpse their day to day lives. With Wendy Wu, we can also add extra explorations en route to our far-away destinations in places such as Dubai, Hong Kong or Singapore.
GREAT VALUE, NO HIDDEN EXTRAS
We believe that every aspect of your Wendy Wu Tours experience should be exceptional, including the price, so our tours offer great value for money. Our Group Tours are inclusive of international flights, current taxes and fuel surcharges, on tour transportation, accommodation, daily tours including entrance fees, National Escort and/or Local Guides and visa fees for UK passport holders. On our Classic tours, all meals are included too, whilst on Immerse Yourself and Exclusive Collection tours some meals are included, to offer a little more freedom.
All you have to pay locally is tipping and personal expenditure, including any optional excursions and show, and your visa (where applicable). Private Tours vary, depending on the itinerary.
YOUR PEACE OF MIND
Customer care has always been at the top of our agenda, so we’ve made sure that our service covers everything, giving you real peace of mind. Visas? Yup, we’ve got a visa services to help you with that. Tipping? Sure, our simplified system makes it all really easy. Preparing for your trip? Of course, we’ll send you a detailed travel guide with everything you need to know.
Oh, and your holiday with us is financially safe and secure as we are members of ABTA and hold ATOL and IATA licences.
OUR PARTNERS OVERSEAS
We have years of experience in operating tours across Asia, and have an excellent relationship with our local offices overseas. All of this local knowledge and expertise on the ground means that our tours run smoothly and efficiently, ensuring you get the very best out of your visit.
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