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There are life-changing journeys of discovery, and then there’s this: our 50 day round the world epic, visiting 11 countries including France, Italy, Oman, India, Maldives and many, many more

There are life-changing journeys of discovery, and then there’s this: our 50 day round the world epic visiting 11 countries including France, Italy, Oman, India, Maldives and many, many more. With so many iconic destinations in one trip, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed!
Discover the best of London from Big Ben to Piccadilly Circus; witness the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral on a city tour of Paris; journey through the stunning Burgundy Wine Region; see famous Chapel Bridge in Lucerne; feel like a movie star at beautiful Lake Como; and explore the atmospheric streets and canals of romantic Venice.
Then, set sail on a 28-night cruise from Italy to India aboard the effortlessly-chic Costa Victoria ship. Spend a full day in magical Santorini; sail to beautiful beach resort of Eilat; dock in Aqaba, gateway to the archaeological wonder of Petra; spend two nights docked in the glittering Maldives; admire the stunning landscape of Muscat and much more!
When it feels the trip can’t get any better, take in the famed Golden Triangle of India on tour. Explore vibrant Delhi, gaze in wonder at the iconic Taj Mahal, and delve into the rich history of Jaipur in Rajasthan.
With return international flights, 19 nights hotel accommodation on tour, a 28-night cruise, 108 meals, return airport and cruise transfers and more, this trip truly has it all.

50 night fly, cruise, tour & stay from $6999 per person twin share.... typically $11,999pp
  • Departs: September 30, 2019
  • Upgrade to Oceanview cabin... $650pp
  • Upgrade to Balcony cabin... $1350pp

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit 11 amazing countries: England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Maldives, Oman, Israel, Jordan, Greece, Sri Lanka and India
  • Discover the best of England, France, Italy and Switzerland on tour
  • Explore London, Paris, Dijon, Lucerne, Lake Como, Verona and Venice
  • See Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and more on a city tour of London
  • Witness the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame on a Paris city tour
  • Drive through the scenic Burgundy wine region
  • Enjoy a wine and cheese tasting tour at the famous Fromagerie Gaugry
  • Tour Dijon, capital of the historic Burgundy region
  • See the famous Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in stunning Lucerne
  • Marvel at the beautiful Lakes Lugano and Como
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Como
  • See Juliet's Balcony in Verona, inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
  • Wander through the romantic streets of Venice on a walking tour
  • Cruise to Greece, Jordan, Israel, Oman, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India
  • Spend a full day in stunning Santorini
  • Sail to the Red Sea port of Eilat, Israel
  • Dock in Aqaba, Jordan - gateway to Petra
  • Sail through the iconic Suez Canal in Egypt
  • Enjoy a day in Heraklion, capital of the Greek Island of Crete
  • Spend 2 nights docked in the Maldives
  • Dock in Colombo, the colourful capital of Sri Lanka
  • Cruise to the colourful Indian city of Goa
  • 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

FLIGHTS

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

CRUISE

  • 28 night Europe to India cruise with Costa Cruises
  • Sail aboard the incredible ‘Costa Victoria’ ship
  • Selected entertainment and standard pre-paid gratuities
  • Cruise the Arabian, Red and Mediterranean Seas

ACCOMMODATION

  • 19 nights quality hotel accommodation on tour

DINING

  • 108 meals including three meals a day while cruising

TOUR ESSENTIALS

  • English-speaking tour leader (Day 2-12 and Day 41-48)
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges

TRANSPORT

  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles

TRANSFERS

  • Return airport and cruise transfers


FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 Australia - London, England

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for London, England. Fly with award winning airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways or British Airways to name a few (subject to availability).
Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Welcome to London
Upon arrival, be met by your transfer assistant and be transferred to the hotel

Overnight: Ibis London Greenwich Hotel or similar 

Meals included: None


Day 3 London City Tour

In the morning depart from the hotel for a panoramic tour of London. Take in famous sights such as Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Regent Street, Oxford Street, and more. See the Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall, Big Ben, Parliament House, and the London Eye Ferris wheel. Next travel past the Tower of London; a medieval fortress built in the year 1078 by William the Conqueror, before returning to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ibis London Greenwich Hotel or similar 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 London, England - Paris, France (290 km)
After breakfast, drive to Dover where you will embark the ferry to Calais, France. Afterwards enjoy a scenic 4 hour drive (290km) southbound to Paris, the City of Light!

Overnight: Median Paris Porte de Versailles or similar, Paris

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Paris City Tour
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city with your tour leader. See highlights including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Seine River bridges, Arch de Triomphe, Champs Elysées and Place de la Concorde, plus visit the famous Saint Germain neighbourhood.

Overnight: Median Paris Porte de Versailles or similar, Paris

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Paris - Dijon City Tour - Fromagerie Gaugry (approx. 315km day)
Enjoy breakfast this morning before beginning the scenic journey south-east to the Burgundy region - famous for producing top quality wines. Arrive in Dijon and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, taking in sights such as the Notre Dame, the Place de la Liberation and the Cathedral to name a few. Continue to the famous Fromagerie Gaugry, where you will enjoy a wine and cheese tour and discover why their quality products are among the best in the world.

Overnight: Hotel ibis Dijon Sud or similar, Dijon

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Dijon - Lucerne, Switzerland - City Tour (approx. 350km day)
Today you will travel eastbound from Dijon, passing through Mulhouse and Basel, arriving in the city of Lucerne in the early afternoon. On arrival enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, which lies on the shore of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy sights such as the world famous wooden Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, the Musegg Wall, the Jesuit Church, the Mill Bridge, the Lion Monument and the KKL (Lucerne) Culture and Convention Centre.

Overnight: Hotel Zum Hirschen or similar, Lucerne

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Lucerne Free Day
Today is free for you to explore this charming city at your own pace. You might like to admire the historic architecture of the old town, learn about the city’s history at one of the many museums, or relax over a pint or two at the Rathaus Brauerei - Lucerne’s very own brewery and pub located in a 17th century town hall.

Overnight: Hotel Zum Hirschen or similar, Lucerne

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Lucerne - Lake Lugano - Lake Como, Italy - Lomazzo (approx. 195km day)
Leaving the city of Lucerne behind at approx. 11:00am, continue to Italy. On the way see Lugano Lake at the Switzerland-Italy border (approx. two hours). Enjoy a short visit of the vibrant city of Lugano, nestled on the lake's sunny north shore. This charming city offers visitors an array of restaurants and bars, plus the famous via Nassa shopping district which boasts of row upon row of boutiques and department stores. 

Continue to Como for a nice afternoon tour, starting from the lakefront and Piazza Cavour and continuing to Duomo, San Fedele church, the Broletto and Villa Olmo. This evening check-in to the hotel.

Overnight: Just Hotel Lomazzo Fiera or similar, Lomazzo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Como Free Day
Enjoy a free day in this magnificent city to explore Lake Como on your own.

Overnight: Just Hotel Lomazzo Fiera or similar, Lomazzo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Lomazzo - Verona - Venice (approx. 326km day)
After breakfast continue onwards to Verona for a short stop to see Juliet's Balcony, inspired by the Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet, and then continue to the Venice area for the night.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Stucky or similar, Mogliano Veneto (Venice Area)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Venice Walking Tour
Enjoy a full day in Venice, beginning with a walking tour along the canals. As you explore the cobbled laneways and grand squares, you'll soon understand why the city is regarded among the most romantic in the world. See famous sights including the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace and St Mark's Clocktower. You can also take a vaporetto (water bus) down the Grand Canal (vaporetto not included, approx. €10 per person/each way).

Overnight: Hotel Villa Stucky or similar, Mogliano Veneto (Venice Area)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Venice - Begin 28 Night Costa Cruise (Departs 5:00pm)
Enjoy a morning at leisure before embarking to your 28-night cruise aboard the Costa Victoria! You will be picked up from hotel at approx. 11:00am where you will transfer to cruise port and check in before enjoying lunch on board. Cruise departs at 5:00pm.

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 14 Bari, Italy 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Bari is an Italian university town and the administrative centre for Puglia. Visit the old town district to see impressive Romanesque-Pugliese structures and numerous churches. Take a relaxing walk along the Lungomare or go to the Via Sparano, famous for its luxurious shops. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 15 Corfu, Greece 8:00am - 8:00pm
Corfu's vineyards and olive orchards thrive amid rocky mountains on this westernmost Greek isle. Horse-drawn carriages for hire lead tours of the Liston, a galleria of open-air cafes and alluring shops. The best excursions include an island outing that explores the beaches and countryside. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 16 Argostoli/Kefallinia, Greece 7:00am - 2:00pm
Argostoli is the beautiful capital of Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece. The port boasts a natural harbour where travellers can see local fishermen at work, and a short stroll brings you to a market of fresh produce and nearby cafes. Several museums and landmarks exist throughout the city, including the Koutavos lagoon, a well-known bird sanctuary. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 17 Santorini, Greece 8:00am - 9:00pm 
Santorini embraces all that has made the Greek Islands legendary - beaches, unparalleled architecture, dramatic cliffs and quaint villages. Ride a donkey up the trail to the city of Thira or take a cable car (not included). Set atop a ledge overlooking the sea, the views from Thira are spectacular. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 18 Heraklion/Creta, Greece 8:00am - 7:00pm
Crete's string of high mountains captivate this Greek isle's scenery. There are two main attractions - the restored 4,000-year-old Minoan palace of Knossos and the unparalleled archaeological museum in Heraklion where the ship docks. Tourists venturing out on their own may want to visit the colourful fruit and vegetable market or explore the nearby quaint fishing villages. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 19 At Sea
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 20 Daylight Transit Suez Canal
The Suez Canal runs 100 miles between the sand dunes of the Sinai Peninsula and the Nile River delta. Entry to the canal's north end is at Port Said, and exit via the port of Safaga at the south end. As you make your way through the canal, it feels as if the ship is sailing across the sand.

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 21 Aqaba, Jordan - 9:00am - 9:00pm - Eilat, Israel - Arrive 11:00pm
Aqaba - Jordan's Red Sea port and resort town - boasts ancient sites as well as spectacular coral reefs. It will, however, be Petra that will be yet another memorable highlight of this cruise. Named for the Greek word meaning "rock", Petra was a flourishing trade centre in ancient times and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

You can discover the 2,000-year-old structures built into soaring salmon-pink sandstone on foot or horseback (not included). The Nabataeans, the civilisation that built Petra, also were expert hydraulic engineers, as evidenced by channels carved into the rock that prevented flood damage and helped store water during droughts. Archaeologists from all over the world continue to excavate the Hellenistic temples, tombs and theatres, as only one percent of the city is believed to have been “discovered". 

In the late evening, the ship will arrive into Eilat, the southernmost city of Israel and the gateway to the Red Sea. Its beaches and resorts attract travellers from all over the world, drawn to the opportunities for scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, or camel tours of the Southern Negev Desert looking for traces of Eilat’s 10,000 years of settled history. The Coral Beach Nature Reserve and Coral World Underwater Observatory each give visitors an up-close look at the local sea life. Eilat is also on a major migration route for birds traveling between Africa and Europe, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise. An overnight stop allows time for excursions to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 22 Eilat, Israel - Depart 10:00pm 
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 23 At Sea
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 24 At Sea 
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 25 At Sea 
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 26 At Sea 
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 27 Salalah, Oman - 7:00am - 6:00pm
Salalah is the capital city of southern Oman's Dhofar province. It's known for its banana plantations, Arabian Sea beaches and waters teeming with marine life. The Khareef, an annual monsoon, transforms the desert terrain into a lush, green landscape and creates seasonal waterfalls. The Frankincense Land Museum, part of the Al Balid Archaeological Site, recounts the city’s maritime history and role in the spice trade.

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 28 At Sea
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 29 Muscat, Oman - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Muscat, the capital of Oman, touts itself as one of the cleanest cities in the world. Installed on the rocky shoreline are three forts built during the Portuguese occupation of the country in the late 1500s. Cultural attractions include an aquarium displaying native specimens, the history-heavy Oman Museum, the National Museum and the Sultan's Armed Forces Museum. You could spend an entire day touring the fish market and shopping in the souk. Be sure to check out the sultan's palace. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 30 At Sea
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 31 At Sea
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 32 At Sea
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 33 Male, Maldives - Arrive 8:00am 
Male, on Male Atoll, is the capital and largest community of the Maldives, situated in the Indian Ocean near the equator. Male is just one of the 1,190 islands that comprise the Maldives. Thanks to the intimate size of the island, it can be explored on foot to see the many faces of this unique land. The Grand Mosque, centrepiece of the Islamic centre, is a masterpiece of intricate wood carving and Arabic calligraphy, with enormous chandeliers providing illumination. The former palace of the Sultan is located in Male's expansive park, and a stroll through the grounds reveals not only the indigenous flora of the Maldives but also the National Museum, which offers an interesting exhibit of royal possessions, artefacts and archaeological findings. So stunning are these remote islands, you will have three days to relax and explore. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 34 Male, Maldives
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 35 Male, Maldives
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 36 At Sea
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 37 Colombo, Sri Lanka - 7:00am - 5:00pm
Colombo, located off the coast of India, boasts a unique oriental spirit behind the colonial architecture. The primary excursions here visit Victoria Park, the President's Palace, the Colombo Museum and the shrine at Kelaniya. Trips through the tea plantation area where Buddha's tooth is displayed are also popular. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 38 At Sea
Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 39 Goa, India 8:30 - 5:00pm
Goa is one of India’s gems, with attractions that include the magnificent Portuguese cathedrals of Old Goa, palm-fringed beaches and some of the best seafood and curry in India. Over the centuries, Goa became well known as a great source for spices and an important link in the Arabian trade routes. Roman Catholicism remains a major religion in Goa, and skirts far outnumber saris. The atmosphere is easygoing and the people are very friendly.

In the oldest part of the town, the Portuguese heritage has survived remarkably well, with narrow, winding streets, old houses with overhanging balconies and red-tiled roofs, whitewashed churches and numerous small bars and cafés. There is an atmosphere more reminiscent of the Mediterranean than of India. You might like to visit the many Renaissance monuments like the Cathedral, the Basilica Bom Jesu, and the convent of St. Francis, a converted mosque. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 40 Bombay/Mumbai, India - Arrive 8:00am
Mumbai (Bombay) is a rich city of contrasts. Its diversity is manifested in its collection of Western-style skyscrapers and historical buildings and temples. At Chowpatty Beach the atmosphere is festive and the bright fabrics and crafts tempting. Tours also highlight the 1911 Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive, the Towers of Silence and the Jain Temple. Or take the launch to Elephant Island to see the sixth-century temples carved out of rocks. 

Overnight: Costa Cruises - ‘Costa Victoria’ ship

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Day 41 Disembark cruise - Mumbai, India
This morning after breakfast, disembark the cruise and be met by a TripADeal representative who will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Mumbai. Upon arrival, check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Mumbai (hotel TBA)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 42 Mumbai - Delhi
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Delhi. On arrival into Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, ITC Welcome Dwarka or similar, Delhi 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 43 Delhi City Tour
The capital of India, Delhi is a major gateway city for international visitors. It’s a fascinating metropolis offering an intriguing mix of ancient sites and modern wonders, and also serves as the headquarters of Indian politics. Many of the heads of the Indian government, as well as other political parties, reside in the city, including the Prime Minister and President of India. 

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of old and new Delhi. The tour will take in Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated); Red Fort (made famous by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan); and Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India) which has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. Also enjoy a rickshaw tour through Chandni Chowk, a colourful shopping bazaar in Old Delhi. 

Travel to Laxminarayan Temple, a site dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. You’ll also witness the India Gate, a 42m high war memorial and stone of triumph. The tour continues with a visit to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the palace-like building home to the President of India. Also visit the beautiful Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple, where adherents of any faith can visit, pray or meditate at this dazzling architectural temple.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, ITC Welcome Dwarka or similar, Delhi 

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Day 44 Delhi - Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ (approx. 265km day)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan. On arrival in Jaipur, check into the hotel, where you will also enjoy dinner this evening. Jaipur is instantly recognisable for its pink-washed buildings, a colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This beautiful city, along with Agra and Delhi, form what is known as the Golden Triangle of India’s tourist circuit. 

Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honour of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colourful bazaars, where you can shop for Rajasthani textiles and trinkets. The beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are all worth a look. 

Overnight: KK Royal Hotel & Convention Centre, Jaipur 

Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Day 45 Jaipur City Tour & Amber Fort
After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Begin with a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Located 11km from Jaipur, it was the old fort of the Kachwaha clan of Amber. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort itself is a beautiful sight to behold. 

This afternoon take part in a city tour visiting the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch royal processions without being seen. Enjoy an Indian costume tying demonstration and also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple. 

Overnight: KK Royal Hotel & Convention Centre or similar, Jaipur 

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Day 46 Jaipur Free Day
Today take the day to enjoy this heritage city at leisure or choose from two optional activities. 

Optional Activity: Pushkar Full Day Tour - $50 per person  
Home of the world famous Pushkar Camel Fair. Pushkar is renowned for its scenic beauty. Enjoy time to take in the sights and local markets. 

Optional Activity: Culinary Delight Tour - $30 per person
Learn the secrets of Indian cuisine and try your hand at cooking local dishes, with lunch included.

Overnight: KK Royal Hotel & Convention Centre or similar, Jaipur 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 47 Jaipur - Chand Baori Step Well - Agra (approx. 245km day)
After breakfast, you will depart for Agra. On the way, you will visit Chand Baori Step Well, located opposite a temple known as Harshat Mata Temple. It is believed that the Chand Baori step well has a religious connection and that’s the reason it was built in front of the temple.

On arrival to Agra, check into the hotel. Agra is the quintessential Mughal City, where the world marvels at the epitome of love, beauty and sacrifice, the Taj Mahal one of the wonders of the world. So awe-inspiring is the monument that Agra has been immortalised as the City of the Taj. As visitors walk down the narrow bustling streets, they cannot help but wonder, if the man contentedly smoking a hookah, is a direct descendent of some bygone Mughal. 

This afternoon enjoy a visit to Agra Fort (Red Fort) a fascinating sight, it showcases a high level of ornamentation and the Kohinoor diamond was reportedly part of the furnishings. The fort's artwork mixes Persian, European and Indian art, resulting in a unique Shahjahani style rich in form, expression and colour. Red Fort is one of the building complexes of India encapsulating a long period of history, arts and its innovative architectural style, including its garden design which influenced later buildings and gardens in Delhi. In 2007, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Red Fort Complex.

Overnight: Hotel Clark Shiraz or similar, Agra 

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Day 48 Agra - Taj Mahal - Delhi (230km)
Today you will have an option to rise early and visit the Taj Mahal just after sunrise at approx. 6:00am and return to the hotel for breakfast or you can visit just after breakfast at 9:00am. 

The world famous Taj Mahal is where you will see the undeniable beauty that incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture. While earlier Mughal buildings were primarily constructed of red sandstone, Shah Jahan promoted the use of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, the principal mausoleum was completed in 1643 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished about five years later. 

Early this afternoon at approx. 1:00pm checkout of the hotel and travel back to Delhi Upon arrival check into your Dehli accommodation.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, ITC Welcome Dwarka or simiar, Delhi 

Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Day 49 Delhi, India - Australia
Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Day 50 Arrive in Australia


OFFER ESSENTIALS



Single Traveller Supplement 
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Inside Cabin: $2650
- Ocean View Cabin: $2950
- Balcony Cabin: $3600
 
Departure Dates
30th September 2019
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide: $200 per person
*Perth: $100 per person

FLIGHTS

Full Service Airline(s) Used
Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus 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 in London, England
$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.
- Arrive early is only available on dates prior to the 16th of September 2019.
 
Stay behind in Delhi, India
Not Available
 
Stopover Packages
Not Available
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy (International Sectors Only): *Starting from $2499 per person
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Buy now for $5299 per person
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- 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; subject to aircraft configuration.

CRUISES

Cabins
All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.


ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used
Europe:
3-4 Star (self-rated):
- London, England: Ibis London Greenwich Hotel or similar 
- Paris, France: Median Paris Porte de Versailles or similar
- Dijon, France: Hotel ibis Dijon Sud or similar
- Lucerne, Switzerland: Hotel Zum Hirschen or similar
- Lomazzo, Italy: Just Hotel Lomazzo Fiera or similar
- Mogliano Veneto, Italy (Venice Area): Hotel Villa Stucky or similar

India:
4-5 Star (self-rated)
- Mumbai: *TBA*
- Delhi: Radisson Blu Hotel/ /ITC Welcome Dwarka or similar
- Jaipur: KK Royal Hotel & Convention Centre or similar
- Agra: Hotel Clark Shiraz or similar

Cruise:
4 star
Costa Cruises: ‘Costa Victoria’ ship 

 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
Not Available
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 People (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 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
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 44 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 46:
Optional Activity: Pushkar Full Day Tour - $50 per person  
Optional Activity: Culinary Delight Tour - $30 per person
Please note:
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability).
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).

EXCLUSIONS

- Visa fees and requirements (see visa section below for detailed visa information)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Recommended gratuities/tipping:
* Europe: The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is €5 (approx. $8 AUD) per person per day
* India: The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is 300 rupees (approx. $6 AUD) per person per day 
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- 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
England:
October is a lovely time to travel to England with mild temps from 10 - 20 degrees. You will need a jacket in the evenings
 
France, Switzerland, Italy:
Temperatures are very pleasant in October, around 10-20 degrees. You will need a jacket for the evenings
 
Greece:
Temperatures are very pleasant in October, around 15-25 degrees
 
Oman, Israel, Jordan:
Temperatures are very pleasant in October/November, around 15-25 degrees
 
Maldives/Sri Lanka:
November is a great time to visit with tropical weather, little rain and temperatures in the mid 20's
 
India:
November is a great time to visit India, on the coast it will be temperatures in the low 20's and in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur you can expect temperatures from the mid teens to low 20's. A light jacket would be suitable in the evening
 
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.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers may not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the  booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to. 
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is 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 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) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is €5 (approx. $8 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour in England and Europe and The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is 300 rupees ($6 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour in India. Gratuities for the cruise are included. 
 
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

Europe:
A tourist visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport.

 Cruise - Jordan/Oman/Israel/Maldives/Sri Lanka:
A tourist visa is not required in any of the above countries visited if participating in a Costa scheduled shore excursion. If going ashore independently a visa can be processed on arrival where necessary.
 
India:
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. 
 
We offer 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 4 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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