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India - The Hidden India - Greaves India (15 days)

Greaves Tours LLC India

Hyderabad, India To Chennai, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Sep 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Hyderabad, India
Taj Falaknuma Palace None

DAY 01 ARRIVE HYDERABAD

Arrive Hyderabad International Airport (Flight details to be advised)

On arrival, transfer to Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel (Palace Room – reserved from 1400 hours of this day)

Overnight at hotel

Day 2
Hyderabad, India
Taj Falaknuma Palace Breakfast

DAY 02 HYDERABAD

Full day city sightseeing tour of Hyderabad

Overnight at hotel

Day 3
Hyderabad, India
Taj Falaknuma Palace Breakfast
DAY 03 HYDERABAD

Morning excursion to Golconda Fort and Qutab Shahi Tombs

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at hotel

Day 4
Hyderabad, India
Kochi, India
Brunton Boatyard Hotel Breakfast

DAY 04 HYDERABAD – KOCHI

0830 hours: Transfer to Hyderabad Domestic Airport to board IndiGo Airlines flight

Flight 6E 683 for Hyderabad – Kochi (1040 / 1210)

On arrival, transfer to Brunton Boatyard Hotel (Standard Sea Facing Room)

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kochi

Evening visit to a cultural center to see Kathakali dance / drama performance

Overnight at hotel

Day 5
Kochi, India
Munnar, India
Windermere Estate Hotel Breakfast

DAY 05 KOCHI – MUNNARMorning transfer by road to Munnar (approximately 04 hours and 30 minutes drive)

On arrival check-in at Windermere Estate Hotel (Estate Room)

Afternoon visit the Tea Museum in Munnar and Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal to explore surroundings (No guide)

Overnight at hotel

Day 6
Munnar, India
Windermere Estate Hotel Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 06 MUNNAR

Morning proceed for full day trek to Meesapulimalai with picnic lunch

Rest of the day at leisure with car and driver at disposal to explore surroundings (No guide)

Overnight at hotel

Day 7
Munnar, India
Alleppey, India
The Oberoi MV Vrinda Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 07 MUNNAR – VEBANAD LAKE – MV VRINDA

Morning transfer by road to Vembanad Lake Jetty (approximately 04 hours and 30 minutes drive) to board The Oberoi MV Vrinda (Deluxe Cabin)

Dinner on board

Overnight on board

Day 8
Alleppey, India
The Oberoi MV Vrinda Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 08 MV VRINDA

At 7 a.m., Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head South, towards Alleppey. Breakfast will be served on board. The vessel will enter the waterways of the Pamba River through the Alleppey canal.

Sailing through scenic backwaters, guests can observe life along these “water highways” while passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. The vessel will anchor near Kanjippadam and guests will be transferred to a traditional rice boat to navigate through the narrower sections of the backwaters.

For the next few hours, guests will observe and experience a way of life unique to this region, accompanied by a guide. This section of the cruise includes a visit to the half-statue of Lord Buddha at Karumadi and a traditional Kerala tharavad (family residence).

Later in the day, guests return to Motor Vessel Vrinda where lunch will be served as the boat passes through picturesque stretches of the backwaters on the way back to Alleppey, known as the “Venice of the East”.

Motor Vessel Vrinda will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty.

Overnight on board

Day 9
Alleppey, India
Kochi, India
Chennai, India
The Leela Palace Hotel Breakfast

DAY 09 MV VRINDA – ALLEPPEY – KOCHI – CHENNAI

Disembark from MV Vrinda and transfer by road to Kochi Airport (approximately 02 hours drive) to board Air India flight

Flight AI 510 for Kochi – Chennai (1045 / 1200)

Later transfer and check-in at The Leela Palace Hotel (Deluxe Sea View Room)

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Chennai

Overnight at hotel

Day 10
Chennai, India
Port Blair, India
Peerless Sarovar Portico Hotel Breakfast

DAY 10 CHENNAI – PORT BLAIR

0830 hours: Transfer to Chennai Domestic Airport to board Air India flight

Flight AI 551 for Chennai – Port Blair (1030 / 1200)

On arrival, proceed to the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) counter at the airport to take permission to visit Havelock Island (There are no charges for RAP, however need to carry a copy of passport and visa only)

Later transfer to Peerless Sarovar Portico Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at hotel

Day 11
Port Blair, India
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Barefoot Resort Breakfast

DAY 11 PORT BLAIR – HAVELOCK ISLAND

Transfer to Jetty (approximately 20 minutes drive) to board Makruzz boat at 0800 hours for Havelock Island (approximately 01 hour and 40 minutes cruise and seat in boat - Makruzz operates twice a day and timings for Port Blair – Havelock are 0800 hours and 1330 hours)

On arrival transfer by road (approximately 30 minutes drive) to Barefoot Resort (Air-conditioned Nicobari Cottage)

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at resort

Day 12
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Barefoot Resort Breakfast

DAY 12 HAVELOCK ISLAND

Day at leisure (free to enjoy the activities / facilities at the hotel)

Overnight at resort

Day 13
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Barefoot Resort Breakfast

DAY 13 HAVELOCK ISLAND

Day at leisure (free to enjoy the activities / facilities at the hotel)

Overnight at resort

Day 14
Elephant Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India
Port Blair, India
Peerless Sarovar Portico Hotel Breakfast

DAY 14 HAVELOCK ISLAND – PORT BLAIR

0900 hours: Transfer by road to Jetty (approximately 30 minutes drive) to board Makruzz boat at 1015 hours for Port Blair (approximately 01 hour and 40 minutes cruise Makruzz operates twice a day and timings for Port Blair – Havelock are 1015 hours and 1545 hours)

On arrival, transfer to Peerless Sarovar Portico Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at hotel

Day 15
Port Blair, India
Chennai, India
None Breakfast

DAY 15 PORT BLAIR – CHENNAI / DEPART CHENNAI

Morning at leisure

1100 hours: Transfer to Port Blair Airport to board Air India flight

Flight AI 552 for Port Blair – Chennai (1320 / 1535)

On arrival, Chennai further connect for onward destination (Flight details to be advised)

* * * End of Tour * * *

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Description

A truly delightful tour of India's southern coast and hidden islands. Â Start with the opulence of the magnificent Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad, explore the sublime Malabar coastal backwaters and lush tea plantation hills and end the tour basking in the crystal waters of the secluded Andaman Islands with white sand beaches and some of the best diving in the world!

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: A deposit of US$750 per person and payment of domestic airfare are required at time of booking.

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 applicable airfare penalty
  • 60-89 days: 25% of entire tour price
  • 45 - 59 days: 50% of entire tour price
  • 34 - 44 days: 75% of entire tour price
  • 01 - 33 days: 100% of entire tour price

Special cancellation terms may apply during festive periods.

Full non-refundable payment is due 90 days prior to departure during Pushkar Festival, Christmas and New Year. Please check with Greaves when making your booking.

Cancellation Policy For Train Tours: Should it become necessary to cancel your train itinerary at any time after it has been confirmed, the following cancellation fees will apply.

  • 90 days before travel: Total cost of deposit
  • 70 to 89 days 25% of entire tour price
  • 55 to 69 days 50% of entire tour price
  • 47 to 54 days 75% of entire tour price
  • 01 to 46 days 100% of entire tour price

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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Awful

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