All Aboard the Deccan Odyssey

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This magical tour includes return international flights, seven nights five-star hotel accommodation, a seven night five-star rail journey aboard the opulent 'Deccan Odyssey' train, 32 meals and more.

Two Itineraries both available for the same price..... 16 days just $5699

 

Summary

India is a destination of unique beauty and diversity, of stunning natural landscapes and man-made wonders, of vibrant cities and colourful mountain villages that call out to be explored. And one of the best ways to explore this exotic land is how the locals do - by rail. This 16 day fly, tour and luxury rail package makes that easier than ever - with a generous dash of five-star style for good measure!

Delve into the past and present of India with a tour of the magical Golden Triangle: Agra, Delhi and Jaipur. Experience the colour and spectacle of Delhi; visit Chandni Chowk market by rickshaw, the beautiful Bahai Lotus Temple, and the dazzling Jama Masjid Mosque. In Jaipur, the pink-washed capital of Rajasthan, you’ll experience the Royal Amber Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and much more. In Agra, your dreams of witnessing the legendary Taj Mahal will finally come true.

Though the trip could easily end here, it switches tracks with a once-in-a-lifetime luxury rail journey. Choose from two different rail itineraries: the Maharashtra Splendour Journey, which takes in the former Portuguese colony of Goa and the stunning Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur; or the Maharashtra Wild Trail Journey, which includes a wildlife game drive in search of tigers, cheetal and more. Whichever itinerary you decide, it’s sure to be an unforgettable journey! 

Itinerary 1. Maharashtra Splendour Journey

16 Days just $5699

Day 1 Australia - Delhi, India
Day 2 Delhi City Tour
Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ (approx. 265km day)
Day 4 Jaipur City Tour & Amber Fort
Day 5 Jaipur - Chand Baori Step Well - Agra (approx. 245km day)
Day 6 Agra - Taj Mahal - Delhi (approx. 230km day)
Day 7 Delhi - Mumbai - Begin 7 Night Luxury Rail Maharashtra Splendour Journey
Day 8 Nashik - Godavari Ghats - Market - Wine Tour
Day 9 Aurangabad - Ellora Caves
Day 10 Jalgoan - Ajanta Caves
Day 11 Kolhapur - City Tour
Day 12 Goa - Sightseeing Tour
Day 13 Sindhudurg Sightseeing
Day 14 Mumbai - Disembark Train - Mumbai City Tour
Day 15 Mumbai, India - Australia
Day 16 Arrive in Australia

Itinerary 2. Maharashtra Wild Trail Journey

16 Days just $5699

Day 1  Australia - Delhi, India
Day 2 Delhi City Tour
Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ (approx. 265km day)
Day 4 Jaipur City Tour & Amber Fort
Day 5 Jaipur - Chand Baori Step Well - Agra (approx. 245km day)
Day 6 Agra - Taj Mahal - Delhi (approx. 230km day)
Day 7 Delhi - Mumbai - Begin 7 Night Luxury Rail Maharashtra Wild Trail Journey
Day 8 Aurangabad - Ellora Caves
Day 9 Aurangabad - City Tour
Day 10 Ramtek (Pench National Park) - Game Drive
Day 11 Tadoba - Game Drive
Day 12 Jalgaon - Ajanta Caves
Day 13 Nashik - Godavari Ghats - Market - Wine Tour
Day 14 Mumbai - Disembark Train - Mumbai City Tour
Day 15 Mumbai, India - Australia
Day 16 Arrive in Australia

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour the famed Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
  • Witness the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Experience the sights and sounds of vibrant Delhi
  • See Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Visit the beautiful Lotus Temple in New Delhi
  • See colourful Chandni Chowk Market by rickshaw
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan
  • Visit the Royal Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and more
  • See Hawa Mahal, also known as Palace of Winds
  • Visit Chand Baori, one of the world’s deepest step wells
  • Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration
  • See the highlights of Mumbai on a city tour
  • Visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Observe Hindu rituals at Godavari Ghat in Nashik
  • Learn about Indian Wine production at Grover Zampa Vineyards

  • Maharashtra Splendour Journey: 
  • Explore Kolhapur's history with a visit to the New Palace Museum
  • Seek blessings at Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur
  • Explore Goa on a sightseeing tour
  • Witness Portuguese architecture in Fontainhas
  • Savour a traditional Goan feast at s Spice Plantation
  • Discover the rugged city of Sindhudurg

  • Maharashtra Wild Trail Journey: 
  • Explore lofty Daulatabad Fort and more on a Aurangabad city tour
  • Enjoy a wildlife game drive in Pench National Park and Tadoba Tiger Reserve
  • Look for Tigers, sambar, cheetal, nilgai and more

FLIGHTS

  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/PER
  • 1 way internal flight (economy class) from Delhi to Mumbai 

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 nights 5 star hotel accommodation on tour
  • 7 nights aboard the luxury 5 star 'Deccan Odyssey' train

RAIL

  • Enjoy 7 nights aboard the luxurious 'Deccan Odyssey' train
  • Choose from 2 amazing rail journeys: Maharashtra Splendour or Maharashtra Wild Trail

DINING

  • Enjoy 32 meals including 3 meals a day on the Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train 
  • All non-alcoholic drinks onboard the train at dining times

TOUR ESSENTIALS

  • English-speaking local guides 
  • Welcome garland on arrival 
  • Complimentary gift on departure 
  • Sightseeing and monument entry fees 
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges

TRANSPORT

  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles

TRANSFERS

  • Return airport and rail transfers with meet and assist

  

OFFER ESSENTIALS

  Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 5th May 2019.
   This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $3700 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2019)
Maharashtra Splendour Journey:
March: 10
April: *7
 
Maharashtra Wild Trail Journey:
April: 28
May: 5

Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $200 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth.
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide: $100 per person.

FLIGHTS

   Full Service Airline(s) Used  
  China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Malindo Air plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 
   
  Arrive Early
Not available.
 
Stay behind in Mumbai, India
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Not available between: 5th – 30th April 2019
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Business Class (International sectors only): Buy now for $5499 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin.

ACCOMMODATION

   Accommodation Used  
  5 Star (self-rated)
  - Delhi: WelcomHotel Dwarka
  - Jaipur: ITC Rajputana a Luxury Collection Hotel
  - Agra: ITC Mughal Agra
  - Train: Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train
  - Mumbai: Trident Nariman Point or Taj Lands End

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
  
  Extra Nights
- Mumbai, India (Post Tour): $160 per room including breakfast and transfer.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. 
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

  Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 30 per vehicle.

EXCLUSIONS

  - Visa fees and requirements (A visa for India is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: 300 rupees (approx. $6 AUD) per person/day
- Optional activities/tours
- Laundry and alcoholic beverages onboard Deccan Odyssey Train
- Non-alcoholic drinks during non meal hours onboard Deccan Odyssey Train
- Video and professional still camera fees onboard Deccan Odyssey train
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur:
March: Warm days, Cool nights, Pleasant; Low to moderate humidity
April, May: Hot; Very low to moderate humidity; Low precipitation
 
Mumbai and Goa:
During March, April and early May the average temperature starts off at 26°C, created by average highs of 32°C during the daytime and lows of 21°C after dark.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:  
We do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
32 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available), driver and onboard the train. The recommended tip for the tour leader, driver and and onboard the train is 300 rupees ($6 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour.  
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.

VISAS

  A tourist visa for India is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian Passport. You will be able to start your Visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. 
Ucango offers a fast, secure and easy service to obtain a Visa for this country - This visa can take approximately 5 business days to complete.
   Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
   Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.

INSURANCE



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

SCHEDULE OF FEES

   Voluntary Changes  
  This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
 ·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
  ·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
  ·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
  ·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
  ·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
 
   
  Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

  

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