DAY 1 – COCHIN TO DELHI
Leaving Cochin in the afternoon, you’ll make your way to the airport for your flight to Delhi via Mumbai. A light Indian style snack will be served during your flight. On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi where a late dinner will be served.
DAY 2 – AGRA & TAJ MAHAL
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before embarking on your journey overland to Agra. The City of Agra was the capital of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries and is home to some of their most famous monuments including Agra Fort. Situated on the bend of the River Yamuna, its imposing gates and red sandstone walls dominate the centre of the city’s surroundings. Check into The Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel, where you will be served luncheon. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. The highlight of your day will be a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunset - Emperor Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love. Experience its splendour graced by the rays of the setting sun. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is an architectural marvel. Its unique beauty and intricate execution contribute to its place as one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. Return to the hotel for dinner in the evening.
DAY 3 –TAJ MAHAL & JAIPUR
Your day begins early as you take in the sights of the magnificent Taj Mahal from a different perspective. At sunrise, from across the River Yamuna, you’ll witness this serene monument bathed in the early morning light. Return to your hotel for a quick breakfast, before taking a journey by road to Jaipur, the Pink City. On arrival, you’ll check into the Rambagh Palace, a former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Enjoy luncheon and some time to settle into your hotel. In the afternoon, embark on a tour of Jaipur city. Nestled in the Aravali Hills, the city was built in 1727 to the highest standards of city planning. Your first stop is the mesmerising City Palace. In an unending series of delights, from its grand aged entrance to the play of ornamental fountains, the City Palace is a dazzling showplace of Hindu and Mughal architecture. You’ll also visit the neighbouring Jantar Mantar, or the Observatory. Built from 1728 to 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was built on a grand scale and was way beyond its time. Return to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 4 - JAIPUR & DELHI
After breakfast, set off on a drive along the streets of Jaipur, to Amber Fort, located on a hilltop overlooking Lake Moata. Amber Fort has a rugged defence structure which is in striking contrast to its interior which is ornate and lavish, influenced by both Hindu and Muslim styles of ornamentation. Many of the walls are embellished with frescoes, intricate carvings, mosaics, and minute mirror work. Luncheon will be served at the hotel before your flight to Delhi. You’ll return to The Oberoi hotel where dinner will be served and you’ll spend the night.
DAY 5 – DUBAI
An early breakfast will be served before you transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai. A light lunch will be served during your flight. On arrival you will be met by your new guide and take a tour of Dubai’s highlights. Visit to Downtown Dubai, the new heart of new Dubai where you can photograph the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. At 828 meters (2,716 feet), this mega-structure is a sight to behold. The tour continues along the Sheikh Zayed Road, well known for its skyscrapers, to Jumeirah Public beach for a view of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. Pass by the Jumeirah Mosque before venturing into Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai where you’ll visit the museum located in Al Fahidi Fort. Driving under the creek, you’ll reach one of Dubai’s most popular sites– the Gold Souk. Finally, you’ll return to Queen Elizabeth at Port Rashid in time for dinner on board.
The booking deadline for this tour is the 20th December 2015, bookings after this date will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double =COK804. Single =COK805). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after the booking deadline will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Flight times and further details will be advised on board and the hotels listed are subject to change. Be prepared for very early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and delays at airports. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. This tour will depart from Cochin on the 13th April and return in Dubai on the 17th April. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland.
The fare includes: transport by coach, economy class air tickets, sightseeing and entrances as described, meals as stated, and hotel accommodation. Two glasses of House wine or a bottle of local beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee are included with meals; those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature, other than stated above, such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication and travel insurance. All guests must purchase an Indian visa prior to embarking Queen Elizabeth. Guests who require a visa for the United Arab Emirates should arrange this in advance of the call.
What to pack: please remember your passport and any medication you require. Luggage limit is one case per person with a maximum weight of 20kg. You are advised to wear modest attire covering shoulders and knees.