South India March 2018 | Craig Travel

South India March 2018

South India
Silk, Spice and Sand
March 2, 2018 to March 19, 2018
18 Days
Meals:
42
Escorted By:
Challenging
CT Rating:
3.5

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The lands of India have long fascinated world travellers for their immense diversity: no country allows the freedom of religion and cultural expression that exists throughout India, encompassing as it does the ancient Hindu and Buddhist sects, the Moguls (Islam) and, more recently, the British Raj (Christian). This unique journey has been planned to bring us to the less visited regions of southern India, where lifestyles have been less affected by outside influences and India’s deeply religious roots, whether they be Hindu or Christian, are very easily observed on a daily basis. This very special itinerary has been designed to take members into the Temple Towns of the south, cruising through the backwaters of Kerala and soaring to the Hill Towns of the south. Here we will discover magnificent rock carvings by the seashore, stroll through congested temple complexes of Tanjore and Madurai, marvel at the spice markets, wildlife preserves and magnificent beaches in Kerala. Everywhere we go we will admire the magnificent scenery, religious traditions, and uncomplicated lifestyles of India. Designed for adventurous travellers, this itinerary is for those who are looking to discover something new and different and who are willing to accept and to appreciate the cultural and physical differences that they will encounter. Our group size will be strictly limited and we urge you to enroll early.   

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India is a truly unique destination, offering opportunities to experience different cultures, lifestyles and religions. Members will experience hot, humid days (temperatures up to 38C). Our hotels will all be comfortable, varying from rustic to deluxe. The itinerary will provide a comfortable pace, but local conditions while travelling may be basic with limited facilities. Visits will entail walks over rough surfaces with some involving many stairs. All members must be in good physical health, capable of handling themselves and their luggage, to fully enjoy this journey.

Highlights Inclusive Features
  • Visits to a host of UNESCO World Heritage Sites; including Temples of Kanchipuram, Shore Temples Mahabalipuram, Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Kerala
  • Cruise in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Discover the spices and plantations of the Western Ghats
  • Historic Kochi with its 500 year old Dutch and Portuguese buildings
  • Traditional Kathakali Dance of Kerala experience
  • Overnight backwater cruise in coastal Kerala
  • Return airfare to India with Emirates Airlines
  • Accommodations in traditional, first class and deluxe hotels and resorts, as indicated or similar
  • 42 meals included as noted in the itinerary (B - 14 breakfasts, L - 14 lunches, D - 14 dinners)
  • All gratuities, surcharges, taxes and fees for included services
  • Visa fee for India for Canadian passport holders
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
  • Services of our Canadian tour escort plus professional guide throughout India

Pricing

Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Land Only (Join Chennai / Leave Cochin)
$4,395
Toronto
$6,045
Ottawa / Montreal
$6,345
Halifax / Winnipeg
$6,465
St. John’s
$6,565
Regina / Saskatoon / Victoria
$6,665
Vancouver / Edmonton / Calgary
$6,615
Single Supplement
$1,845

Pricing Details

Land Only excludes all flights and the overnight in Dubai. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carriers will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to inclusive features for details.  Tour price is based on sharing a twin-bedded room at hotels. Prices are based on a minimum 20 members and on rates, taxes and fees effective May 2016 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.  Note: Members will require a Visa for India. Visa cost is included however some members may be required to obtain their own visa depending on location of residence.  Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $312 to $450 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $201 to $414 pp plus applicable taxes.  This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions.  Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking.  Refer to terms and conditions for more details.  

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Deposit Amount:
$600
Final Payment Date:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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