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India's Golden Triangle & Mumbai with Goa Beach Stay

14days from
£2,799*per person

Overview

14 Days - Worldwide Tour

Known for its rich history, vibrant culture and tantalising spices, India never ceases to enchant. Visit the three cities known as the 'Golden Triangle' - New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Maharajas, watch the dawn mist rise over the Taj Mahal and discover India's busiest market bazaars. Then unwind on the beach in the serene coastal region of South Goa.

Itinerary

  • You’ll travel to the airport for your overnight flight to Delhi.
  • On arrival, we’ll transfer to New Delhi for a one-night stay in a five-star hotel. After a short rest, we commence our orientation guided tour of New Delhi. Designed on an imperial scale by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1911, New Delhi is bisected by wide, tree-lined avenues, a hub which clearly reflects the Raj legacy and is home to the former Viceroy's Palace, now the Presidential Palace. Following the imposing Rajpath - or Kingsway - a vast parade, passing both the India Gate and the office of the Indian Government as well as visiting some of Dehli's older monuments, our orientation includes Qutub Minar, known as Victory Tower. This minaret is the tallest stone tower in India. You'll have the opportunity to choose your own restaurant for lunch and dinner during the day and our expert tour manager and local guide is on hand to direct you to the most authentic Indian cuisine.
  • This morning, we continue exploring the city, visiting Old Delhi with a guided walking tour from the Salaam Baalak Trust. See the city through the eyes of the children who used to live and work on the streets of Delhi as you wander through narrow alleys and bustling bazaars. Hear their stories first-hand and uncover lesser-known attractions, known only to the locals, with this eye-opening experience. After the tour, we hop aboard a bicycle-driven rickshaw through Chandni Chowk. Known as Moonlight Square, Chandni Chowk is a densely populated neighbourhood in Old Delhi and more than three centuries old. Home to one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, you'll find craftsmen, jewellers, eateries and sweetshops - a veritable treasure trove of Indian culture. Explore the everyday life of locals as you walk through the spice markets and satisfy your appetite with Indian street food, including stuffed parathas and jalebis. You’ll have time to seek out a restaurant in Old Delhi for lunch before we leave for our train journey to Agra, arriving at the second city of the golden triangle in the late afternoon.
  • We’ll be heading out early today to catch the sun rising over the Taj Mahal. The early morning light, as the mist rises from the Yamuna River behind it, captures its ethereal beauty at its best - it's not hard to see why this stunning marble palace is known as the 'Crown Jewel of India'. Built to house the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal - Emperor Johan's wife - it took 20,000 men 22 years to finish it. A combination of extraordinary craftsmanship, meticulous symmetry and abundant history makes this wonder of the world one of the most amazing monuments on the planet - and you'll have plenty of time to marvel at it from all angles. The tour continues with a visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort. Completed in 1573, it was the headquarters of the Moghul Empire, boasting vast size and opulence; its buildings make it more of a walled palace than a fort. Later in the afternoon, you’ll be able to enjoy some free time. We then take a visit to Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb (known as Baby Taj), and end the day at Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) where you will see the Taj Mahal at sunset.
  • After breakfast, we depart Agra and continue towards the ancient abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1571 as Emperor Akbar's Imperial capital. Although mysteriously abandoned 15 years later, it remains in a remarkable state of preservation. Wander through this magnificent fortified city with numerous palaces, wide courtyards and beautiful carvings to explore. The drive continues to our final destination for the day, Rajasthan's capital city, Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' due to the colour of its walls and many buildings. We stop en route for lunch - the perfect opportunity to sample some local delicacies.
  • Waking up in the last city of India’s famous Golden Triangle, Jaipur, this morning we visit the immense Amber fort, located in the hills just a short drive from the city. Sampling all the most fascinating sights, the guided tour includes sections reserved for the Maharajah's wives and concubines as well as a remarkable hall of mirrors, with tiny delicate convex mirrors embedded like mosaics in the walls and ceilings. Look out for the Belgium crystal chandeliers hanging above exquisite marble floors, cut from the very quarries that supplied the builders of the Taj Mahal in this wonderfully opulent setting. After lunch at your leisure, the tour of this ancient city continues. We’ll visit the magnificent City Palace, still home to the present Maharajah of Jaipur, where you can view collections of costumes, carpets, paintings and the impressive armoury. Another highlight of the day is a stop at The Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in 1726, known to be one of the best preserved of India's historic observatories.
  • After breakfast, we leave the 'Pink City' and fly to the capital city of the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai. Known as Bombay until 1995, Mumbai was formed in the 18th and 19th centuries as part of an engineering project. Recognised as the cultural capital of India, it's synonymous with the Bollywood film industry and the birthplace of Bollywood Day. Some of India's most beloved landmarks can be found here, with architectural influences visible in the city's buildings from Art Deco to Indo-Saracenic. After checking in to a luxurious five-star hotel in the Colaba area, we take a heritage walk through the hotel hosted by a butler. The Taj Mahal Palace hotel, built in 1902 is amongst the most celebrated, iconic hotels in the country with a rich history, where every pillar tells a story. Our tour concludes in the Sea Lounge for a delicious Afternoon Tea. Known for its old colonial charm with art deco furniture, you can enjoy delightful local Indian favourites and classic English delicacies with a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea.
  • Today we embark on a tour of Mumbai's cultural institutions, historical sights and bustling markets. This morning's tour includes a trip to one of Mumbai's most famous monuments, the iconic 'Gateway of India'. Steeped in history, this bold basalt arch, facing out to Mumbai Harbour, was designed by Scottish Architect Geroge Witter. It was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, incorporating influences from Indian, Indo-Islamic and Roman architecture. From there, we visit the Prince of Wales Museum, one of the most prominent museums of India, the exquisitely sculpted Flora Fountain and the thought-provoking Gandhi Museum, as well as seeing the bright lights of Marine Drive Promenade. This evening, we venture into the city for a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Today we fly to Goa for our five-night stay in the coastal region of South Goa.
  • Offering a stunning mix of exotic sandy beaches, mind-blowing seafood and lush greenery, Goa is the perfect place to spend a few days relaxing. Occupied by the Portuguese for over 400 years, South Goa is an interesting fusion of Indian and Portuguese cultures with churches and temples rich in history, so there is lots to explore during your free time. Sit back, relax and enjoy four days lying in the sunshine. Unwind in our comfortable beach location, take it easy by the pool or explore the local area.
  • Spend the day at leisure relaxing in Goa or explore more of Goa with an afternoon sightseeing tour. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Monument of the Basilica of Bom Jesus a World Heritage Monument. We take a guided heritage walk and explore some of the most interesting and significant historical Portuguese houses, buildings and streets in Panjim City finishing at a Portuguese Goan restaurant for an included dinner.  Included experience: Sightseeing tour of Goa.
  • Spend the day at leisure unwinding in our comfortable beach location, take it easy by the pool, play a round of golf or explore the local area. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to assist you in booking additional excursions.
  • Today is your last day spent at leisure - the perfect time to relax on the beach and take stock of the wonderful memories you have made on your holiday.  
  • Today you’ll transfer to airport at the appropriate time for your return flight home.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • A wonderful tour of Northern India's 'Golden Triangle' including the breathtaking Taj Mahal bathed in soft, early morning light. Marvel at the simple purity of the white marble and the exquisite craftsmanship of its inlay.
  • See the 400-year-old abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri on a guided tour.
  • Visit Amber Fort, located in the beautiful hills of Jaipur, home to one of India's most powerful Maharajas.
  • Enjoy a two-night stay in the iconic Taj Mahal Tower, an architectural jewel of Mumbai.
  • Relax and unwind for a 5-night stay in the coastal region of South Goa where you are free to explore at your leisure.

Our Price Includes

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement (date dependant). The price includes: 
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in four and five-star hotels
  • 15 meals
  • 11 tours and visits
  • All transfers
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • All flight taxes
  • Expert Tour Manager
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • Visa not included.
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Accommodation

Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach -

★★★★★

The Radisson Blue Resort is located in South Goa, featuring Goan-Portuguese-inspired architecture with bright exterior colours.  The 132 rooms have a garden or pool view with air-conditioning, tv, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and work desk. Private bathrooms include rain shower, hairdryer and slipper.  Hotel facilities include 4 on-sight dining outlets from traditional Goan-Portuguese cuisine to coastal dishes to Greek cuisine, including an all-day coffee shop and bar and 24-hour room service. The hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness centre, spa, sauna, steam room, laundry service, and complimentary wifi in public areas. The hotel is just a 10 minute stroll through the hotel grounds to Cavelossim beach. Alternatively, request at the reception for the buggy (golf cart) to drop you off and ask a hotel security attendant at the beach entrance for a return pick-up.

Taj Mahal Tower Mumbai -

★★★★★

The ‘grand dame’ of Mumbai hotels and one of the most famous hotels in India, the Taj Mahal Palace consists of the original building, now known as the Palace Wing and the newer Tower Wing, just next door. With the best location in the city, overlooking the famous India Gate, the two wings are linked and all Tower Wing guests have access to the facilities of the Palace Wing. There are numerous excellent dining options available across both buildings, including Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Middle-Eastern speciality restaurants, the famous Aquarius poolside venue, an all-day dining restaurant and the renowned Harbour bar. Other facilities include the Palace Wing’s beautiful outdoor pool, a gym and the Jiva spa. All 258 air-conditioned rooms have twin or double beds, bath, separate shower, hairdryer, safe, minibar, satellite TV, tea/coffee-maker, free Wi-Fi and private balcony. Our Superior rooms overlook the fascinating Mumbai city skyline.

Tajview Agra-IHCL SeleQtions -

★★★★★

The five-star superior Tajview Hotel is managed by Taj Hotels and is situated in the centre of town overlooking six acres of lush, well-tended gardens and an outdoor pool. The hotel has a lobby lounge, an all-day restaurant serving Indian & continental buffets as well as a la carte menus, plus an Indian restaurant and bar. The 100 comfortable rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, TV, minibar, wireless internet (extra charge), safe and tea/coffee-maker. Swimming pools in India: are generally not heated and may not be usable during the winter months.

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi -

★★★★★

The modern, contemporary  Leela Ambience is located in the eastern park of Delhi, about 7 miles from the city centre. The hotel’s facilities include a multi-cuisine buffet restaurant, a pan-Asian and Indian speciality restaurants, as well as a lounge bar. There are two outdoor pools, a fitness centre and spa. The 480 air-conditioned rooms are very comfortably furnished and include a bath/shower, hairdryer, minibar, safe, TV, tea/coffee-maker and wifi (at extra charge).

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Holiday code

R547

Holiday provided by Riviera Travel

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