South India March 2020 | Craig Travel

South India March 2020

South India
Silk, Spice and Sand
March 10, 2020 to March 27, 2020
18 Days
Meals:
41
Escorted By:
CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings

3.5 Challenging

Email specialist Sharon Bahadur to discuss your travel plans

The lands of India have long fascinated world travellers for their immense diversity. No other 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. 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 Thanjavur 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 limited to a maximum of 28 members and we urge you to enroll early.

Book by October 31, 2019 and save $200 per person

 

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We want to thank Gary Smith, a frequent Craig Traveller, for this exceptional video which covers many of the areas that we will visit on our upcoming journey. Gary has a longer (60 min.) version of this video which is available for purchase. For additional information please contact Gary directly - gjdsmith21@rogers.com

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CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings

3.5 Challenging

India is a truly unique destination offering opportunities to experience different cultures, lifestyles and religions. Members will experience hot, humid days with temperatures of up to 36C. 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. Some 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 Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Shore Temples, Chola Temples of Airavatesvara, Darasuram, Western Ghats of Kerala
  • Chennai, home of the East India Company
  • Pondicherry, France’s foothold in India
  • Madurai, Temple city of South India
  • Cruise in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Discover the spice plantations of the Western Ghats
  • Overnight houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kerala
  • Historic Cochin with its 500 year old Dutch and Portuguese buildings
  • Traditional Kathakali Dance in Kerala
  • Return economy group airfare from Canada to India with Etihad Airways
  • Accommodations in traditional, first class and deluxe hotels and resorts as indicated or similar
  • 41 meals included as noted in the itinerary (B - 13 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)
$4,365
Toronto
$5,995
Ottawa / Montreal
$6,295
Halifax / Winnipeg
$6,395
St. John’s
$6,495
Regina / Saskatoon / Victoria
$6,595
Vancouver / Edmonton / Calgary
$6,545
Single Supplement
$1,995

Pricing Details

Book by October 31, 2019 and save $200 per person!

Land only excludes all flights. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air schedules 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 January 2019 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 $415 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $201 to $405 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.  

Deposit Amount:
$600
Final Payment Date:
Thursday, December 5, 2019

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