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India - Young at Heart - South India Exposure - Greaves India (16 days)

Greaves Tours LLC India

Mumbai (Bombay), India To Hyderabad, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 10 Sep 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Taj Lands End None

On arrival, transfer to Taj Lands End Hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 2
Coorg, India
Mangalore, India
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Taj Madikeri Hotel Breakfast

Morning transfer to Mumbai domestic airport to board your flight to Mangalore (private charter available as add-on).

On arrival, transfer by road to Coorg and check-in at Vivanta by Taj Madikeri Hotel.

Evening at leisure or spend time ruminating in the amphitheatre, the conservatory or the Buddha garden. Or can go stargazing and learn astronomy.

Day 3
Coorg, India
Taj Madikeri Hotel Breakfast

Morning wakeup to the smell of coffee and follow the aroma. Enjoy coffee tasting experience and see what goes into making that cup of coffee from the bean to the cup.

Day free to enjoy various activities like Nature trails within the property, Plantation Tour, Bird Watching, Walk in Organic Herb/Kitchen garden etc.

Afternoon at Potter’s Studio at hotel

Day 4
Coorg, India
None Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast set out for a full day trek with packed lunch.

Test your mettle against the unforgiving slopes of a legendary hill today. You will drive to the trail head for where a famous temple is situated in a scenic valley in South Coorg. The stream nearby is associated with  legends from the Ramayana. And the mountain is associated with the creator himself, and there is a peak close by that is named after the undisputed king of the wilderness himself.

Day 5
Bengaluru, India
Mysore, India
Coorg, India
Vivanta By Taj M G Road Hotel Breakfast

Morning transfer by road to Mysore en-route visiting Bylekuppe Tibetan settlement and Dubare Elephant camp.

After the Elephant camp, depart for Mysore. On arrival in Mysore transfer to railway station to board the Train Shatabdi Express for Mysore – Bengaluru.

On arrival, transfer to Vivanta By Taj M G Road Hotel

In the evening visit Sky Lounge, an 8000 sq. ft open air lounge with great music and a fantastic bar right in the center of it all!

Day 6
Chennai, India
Bengaluru, India
Vivanta by Taj Connemara Hotel Breakfast, Snack

Morning walk the streets of the Old City – Bengaluru where began life as a 16th century fort town led by an expert followed by a typical South Indian breakfast at Mavalli Tiffin Rooms- the legendary joint, commonly called MTR, has been feeding Bengaluru its stock South Indian fare such as masala dosas for more than seven decades.

Return to hotel and later transfer to Bengaluru airport to board your flight for Chennai On arrival, check-in at Vivanta by Taj Connemara Hotel.

In the evening, enjoy High Tea with Usha Parmeshwaran, a dance exponent of “Bharat Natyam” followed by a Private Bharatnatyam dance performance at her residence

Day 7
Mamallapuram, India
Chennai, India
None Breakfast

Morning Mylapore walk followed by visit to George Town. During this walk, you will visit the temple in the company of our knowledgeable guide. We will also walk through the surrounding areas, where you can see Mylapore in all its crowded chaos. The jewellers, silk merchants, fruit and vegetable sellers and the flower vendors in the bazaars provide a colourful backdrop to the temple.

The afternoon excursion is to Mahabalipuram enroute visiting Cholamandal Artist’s Village.

In the late afternoon, you will return to Chennai

Day 8
Madurai, India
Chennai, India
The Gateway Hotel, Pasumalai Breakfast

Morning transfer to Chennai domestic airport to board your flight to Madurai. On arrival, transfer to The Gateway Hotel, Pasumalai

Late afternoon Heritage walking tour including a visit to Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace

In the evening, see the Aarti (religious prayer) ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple

Day 9
Madurai, India
The Gateway Hotel, Pasumalai Breakfast, Lunch

Morning excursion to Chettinad Villages. On arrival, visit Chettinad villages followed by visit to Atthangudi tile making unit. Enjoy bullock cart ride – The ride takes you on a fascinating ride, through a world of forgotten grace and a unique architectural legacy.

Enjoy lunch at The Bangala

After lunch go for a short biking tour to explore the city.

Later return to Madurai

Day 10
Kochi, India
Tiruchirappalli, India
Madurai, India
Vivanta by Taj Malabar Hotel Breakfast

Morning visit the flower market

Later visit to centre to see Silambam, a weapon-based Dravidian martial art from Tamil Nadu.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Tiruchirapally airport and board your flight to Kochi. On arrival transfer to Vivanta by Taj Malabar Hotel.

Day 11
Kochi, India
Vivanta by Taj Malabar Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Morning drive to Kumbalangi village (approximately 1 hour each way) followed by short ride in Auto Rickshaws to the village. Tour the Kumbalangi village which is identified as the first model fisheries and tourism village in India.

After lunch at the village, return to Kochi

In the evening, visit the home of the renowned Nimmy Paul to witness cookery demonstration of Kerala Syrian Christian food followed by dinner

Day 12
Kochi, India
Alleppey, India
Vivanta by Taj Malabar Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Morning transfer by road to Alleppey Jetty (approximately 01 hour and 30 minute drive) to embark on a air-conditioned houseboat (Rice barge / Kettuvallam) for day cruise with lunch on board. Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. A house boat is about 67 to 95 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet to in the middle.

Late afternoon disembark from houseboat and transfer back to Kochi.

Evening visit to a cultural center to see Kathakali dance show

Day 13
Hyderabad, India
Kochi, India
Vivanta By Taj Begumpet Hotel Breakfast

Morning transfer to Kochi Airport to board your flight to Hyderabad

On arrival transfer to Vivanta By Taj Begumpet Hotel

Early evening visit Charminar followed by visit to Laad Baazar in the Old City is famous for its lacker bangles, pearls, fabrics etc

Day 14
Hyderabad, India
Vivanta By Taj Begumpet Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Morning food walk in the Old city with an expert. Influences  of  the  various  dynasties  that    ruled  this  region  and  the  use  of  the  local  ingredients and  spices  have  created    the  region’s  cuisine.  Hyderabadi  cuisine  has  borrowed  heavily  from the Persian  and  Mughal  influences,  added  the  local  flavours  and  evolved  a distinctive cuisine.

Later visit residence of an expert for cookery demonstration of Biryani followed by lunch

Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Day 15
Hyderabad, India
Vivanta By Taj Begumpet Hotel Breakfast

Morning sightseeing tour of Hyderabad including a visit to Nizam’s Museum and Purani Haveli

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Day 16
Hyderabad, India
None None

Transfer to Hyderabad Airport to board flight for onward destination

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Description

Similar to our original Young at Heart Itinerary, our Young At Heart – Southern Exposure itinerary is focused on creating unique and immersive experiences for travelers in India’s popular southern half. Come and experience the energy of India…

About Us

Complex and dazzling, the Indian subcontinent is a place where destination knowledge is paramount. With our help, travelling will be effortless and exciting. Greaves provides expert advice, tailor made itineraries and on-the-ground support. Greaves Travel employ a large network of dedicated tour specialists all of whom have extensive knowledge of the land, culture and language. Each itinerary is meticulously planned incorporating enchanting hotels and luxurious travel to ensure the discerning individual the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the excitement, splendour and magic that is the fascinating Subcontinent.

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit Policy: Deposit payable at the time of booking is 25% of the Tour Cost. Domestic Airfare which may not be refundable, is due in conjunction with the deposit at the time you sign and submit the booking form. If the reservation is made within 90 days of departure the full amount is due.

Final Payment Policy: Balance of the tour price is due 90 days before departure. If a booking is made within 90 days of travel, full payment of the tour is required at time of booking.

Cancellation Policy For Land Tours:

Should it become necessary to cancel your itinerary at any time after it has been confirmed, the following cancellation fees will apply.

  • 90 days before travel: Total cost of deposit and domestic airfare
  • 60-89 days: 50% cancellation fees
  • 45-59 days: 75% cancellation fees
  • 01-44 days: 100% cancellation fees

Special cancellation terms may apply during festive periods.

Please note: Due to advanced deposit conditions imposed by some hotels, airlines, wildlife resorts and services, we may require a higher non-refundable deposit on certain itineraries. Special cancellation terms and fees may also apply. Our staff will inform you at the time of booking.

We cannot make sightseeing or transportation reservations without arranging the services of our representatives and hotel bookings.

Visas and Travelers Insurance: It is the passengers own responsibility to obtain travelers insurance, visa/permits and other documentation required for travel. For Bhutan, Greaves obtains the travel permit for our clients. Travel insurance is highly recommended for travelers.

Payment Options: We accept American Express, Master Card, VISA, travel agency checks and wire transfers. Payments are processed within the United States in US dollars.

Prices: All prices quoted at time of proposal are subject to change until time of booking. A final tour price is given at the time of confirmation of the booking of hotels and travel services. Individual and itemized contract rates are not disclosed.

Inclusions & Exclusions: Services included and excluded vary from tour to tour, and will be advised at the initial proposal itinerary and throughout the booking process.



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By: Debby


Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2014

very attentive and always following up and there for every part of the multiple part trip. Excellent accomodations and service 
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham
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By: liliherz


Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

In sum,they work with the over 60 crowd & my trip fell short on many, many levels wasting not only money but my time.  Traveling 7-9 hrs by car to sight see for 3 hrs at the destination, in total, & spending 2 nights there!  As explained to me by the local contact, "we provide you with time to relax & enjoy the hotel."  1) if the hotels were nice/clean/decent I wouldn't mind relaxing after a long, hard day of touring, exploring. I did not travel around the world to relax in a hotel.  I don't understand how this company stays in business & has won the awards it claims.  I enjoyed 1/2 the guides.Luckily the driver was great since I spent most of my time with him.  To sum it up, I was highly suspicious of the itinerary pre-departure, and they were confirmed during my travels with unsolicited comments on it by various hotel staff and other locals who reviewed it.  Awful, just awful. Will be contacting AMEX-platinum member, to see what I can do.
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Excellent trip planner

By: Carol


Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2016

Lena planned our family trip to India on the Mumbai Express. When health issues forced my husband and I to cancel our trip, Lena got all the documents together for me to submit to our insurance company. Our son and daughter in law did take the trip and they loved it! Lena even called the tour operator to get them upgraded to our suite. Lena took it upon herself to call the airline and get our non-refundable tickets refunded! To me an excellent travel agent can not only create the perfect trip but will also be there for you when things fall apart.
Travel Advisor:  Lena Brown

Would use again.

By: Snowman


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

They were punctual and very professional. We did not appreciate the side trip to the marble processing shop. This not only took away valuable time in our day but also was left feeling we had to purchase something we had no interest in. That left us with a “sour taste “ . No where in our itinerary was this mentioned.

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By: Freddy🛳🕌


Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2017

They were amazing. Great buses. Awesome tour guides.
Travel Advisor:  Sue Pechtel

India, Nepal & Bhutan

By: Lensing


Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

We were very pleased with all aspects of the work done by Greaves. Their onsite representatives were excellent. They were always on time and had quality suggestions. The guides and drivers were very good in all aspects. I would definitely be pleased to suggest to friends that Greaves is high quality.
Travel Advisor:  Laila Smith

India # 2

By: India #2


Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

This was the second time we used Greaves. They were very helpful ( Rose, at the Chicago Office ) in helping us obtain our e-visas. We Really liked our driver Das, who stayed with us the whole trip - we would highly recommend him. Two of our guides were just so-so...Our guide in Kochin - was not that interested in going out of his way or showing his " passion " for his hometown. Our guide in Mumbai - was also not great - we thought she made a poor choice selecting a lunch restaurant and seemed to be more worried about herself. However, we had been to Mumbai before so we knew a lot and had free time the next day to do what we wanted. Our guide in the Tea Estates - Matthew was terrific!
Travel Advisor:  Gail Rosenberg