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India - The Queen of the Arabian Sea, India - Greaves India (15 days)

Greaves Tours LLC India

Hyderabad, India To Colombo, Sri Lanka

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Mar 2019

Itinerary

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

DAY 01 ARRIVE HYDERABAD

Arrive Hyderabad (Flight details to be advised)

On arrival, transfer to Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel

Evening champagne walking tour of hotel for approximately 45 minutes (Organized by hotel for resident guests)

Overnight at hotel

Day 2
Hyderabad, India
Taj Falaknuma Palace Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 02 HYDERABAD

Morning sightseeing tour of Hyderabad city

Afternoon cookery demonstration of Biryani followed by lunch at residence of Begum Mumtaz Khan

Overnight at hotel

Day 3
Hyderabad, India
Taj Falaknuma Palace Breakfast

DAY 03 HYDERABAD

Morning excursion to Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tomb

Today, you may continue to explore the city, or shop for the exquisite famous pearls, black, grey, pink and cream – all set in stunning designs.

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

Evening enjoy a cruise in the waters around Cochin Harbour, the boat departs from the hotel’s private jetty. Spectacular sunsets, glorious sea air and probably a dolphin or two!

Overnight at hotel

Day 5
Kochi, India
Brunton Boatyard Hotel Breakfast

DAY 05 KOCHI

Morning sightseeing tour of Kochi

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

Overnight at hotel

Day 6
Kochi, India
Alleppey, India
Brunton Boatyard Hotel Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 06 KOCHI – ALLEPPEY – HOUSEBOAT – KOCHI

Morning transfer by road to Alleppey Jetty (approximately 01 hour and 30 minutes drive each way) to embark on a houseboat (Rice barge/Kettuvallam) for a day cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey with lunch on board

Late afternoon disembark from houseboat at Alleppey Jetty and return back to Kochi

Overnight at hotel

Day 7
Kochi, India
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Ulagalla Resort Breakfast

DAY 07 KOCHI – COLOMBO – THIRAPPANE

0600 hours: Transfer to Kochi International Airport to board Sri Lankan Airlines flight

Flight UL 166 for Kochi – Colombo (0945 / 1055)

On arrival, transfer by road to Thirappane (approximately 04 hours drive) and check-in at Ulagalla Resort

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at hotel

Day 8
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Ulagalla Resort Breakfast

DAY 08 THIRAPPANE – ANURADHAPURA – THIRAPPANE

Morning excursion to Anuradhapura

Afternoon climb the Mihintale Rock

Overnight at hotel

Day 9
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Vil Uyana Resort Breakfast

DAY 09 THIRAPPANE – SIGIRIYA

Morning transfer by road to Sigiriya

On arrival, check-in at Vil Uyana Resort

Afternoon game drive by shared jeep at Minneriya National Park

Overnight at hotel

Day 10
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Vil Uyana Resort Breakfast

DAY 10 SIGIRIYA

Full day sightseeing tour of Pollonaruwa, Dambulla Cave Temple and Sigiriya

Overnight at hotel

Day 11
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Hatton, Sri Lanka
Tea Trails Breakfast

DAY 11 SIGIRIYA – HATTON

This morning at around 9 am travel to Kandy. At 12.30 pm travel by train from Peradeniya to Hatton

On arrival, transfer to Tea Trails

Overnight at hotel

Day 12
Hatton, Sri Lanka
Tea Trails Breakfast
DAY 12 HATTON

Morning visit the Dunkeld Tea Factory with a resident planter followed by picnic lunch

Overnight at hotel
Day 13
Hatton, Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka
Amangalla Breakfast

DAY 13 HATTON – GALLE

Morning transfer by road to Galle (approximately 05 hours drive)

On arrival, check-in Amangalla Hotel

1700 hours: Explore the UNESCO Galle Fort with a resident host

Overnight at hotel

Day 14
Galle, Sri Lanka
Amangalla Breakfast

DAY 14 GALLE

Late morning accompany a local chef to the local market to pick veggies

This evening engage in a traditional mask carving experience with a local artist in the Galle Fort

Overnight at hotel

Day 15
Galle, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
None Breakfast

DAY 15 GALLE – COLOMBO / DEPART COLOMBO

Morning at leisure

1200 hours: Transfer by road to Colombo (approximately 02 hours drive)

Later transfer to Colombo International Airport (approximately 45 minutes drive) to board flight for onward destination (Flight details to be advised)

* * * End of Tour * * *

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Description

Visit the Mogul city of Hyderabad and settle into the opulent and in nitely regal former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad.Hitch a ride on a houseboat as you explore the backwaters and tropical ecosystem of Kochi.Classical Kathakali dance, a Keralan tradition that dates to the 1600s, is almost certainly unlike any dance you've ever seen.Lush, tropical Sri Lanka's culinary heritage generously blends Indian, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences.

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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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