Costa Rica Quest



Tour description provided by G Adventures

Nature called you to Costa Rica—now here you are, suspended in the jungle canopy, locking eyes with a curious monkey. This action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Get your adrenaline pumping, follow a trail to the base of a waterfall, melt away in thermal springs or relax on a beach—our CEOs will help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.

Itinerary

Day 1 San José

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 San José/La Fortuna (1L)

La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Opt to hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering. Included Activities: Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative Tour Hot Springs Transport: Private Van (4.00 hour(s), 150km)

Day 3 La Fortuna

Spend the day getting your adrenaline pumping, viewing local wildlife, marvelling at the Arenal Volcano and getting to know more about Costa Rica in La Fortuna. There are enough activities here to keep you busy all day long.

Day 4 La Fortuna/Monteverde

Travel across Lake Arenal into the mountains and on to Monteverde Cloud Forest. Arrive to spend time enjoying this nature-lover's paradise. Transport: Shared van (0.50 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s)) Shared van (2.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Monteverde

Enjoy a guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Opt to fly above the trees on a canopy zipline tour, go horseback riding in the hills or drive ATVs off-road. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

Day 6 Monteverde/Quepos

Travel to the Pacific Coast. Enjoy Quepos or opt to visit Manuel Antonio National Park. The park offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. The park boasts beautiful white-sand beaches and the warm turquoise water. Opt to swim, fish, kayak, boogie board, surf or take a sailing trip. Transport: Private Van (5.00 hour(s), 220km)

Day 7 Quepos

Enjoy a free day to visit Manuel Antonio National Park, sail, snorkel or surf in the Pacific. Opt to kayak through mangroves or relax on the beach.

Day 8 Quepos/San José

Opt to chill at the beach in the morning before the journey back to the capital. Transport: Private Van (4.00 hour(s), 190km)

Day 9 San José

Depart at any time.

What’s included

Morocco Kasbahs & Desert



Tour description provided by G Adventures


Perfect for travellers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Morocco’s must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Take to a camel to tour the dunes before really experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fes and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca


Please note: this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca. You may wish to come a day early in order to explore Casablanca, and take some time to see its medina, beachfront, and classic examples of Art Deco architecture. Be sure to also visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours, which operate from Saturday to Thursday (closed Fridays) at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 14:00. Please refer to the optional activity section of these notes for prices. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Additional Notes: A general note about this tour: it has a very fast-paced itinerary, which covers a lot of ground. This is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the time available, but it also means some early starts, some long drives in the minivan, and less free time than many other G Adventures tours. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Casablanca/Fès (1B)


Start early and drive to Meknes for a guided walk through this imperial city. Visit monuments, ornamental gates, and winding souks while you soak in the flavour of this charming city. Later, continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After, continue to Fès, one of Morocco's most interesting cities. Additional Notes: We will be staying in the the new city of Fès, built by the French during their Protectorate of Morocco. This area has the feel of a French provincial town, with its cafés, restaurants, and wide boulevards. Head off for a Moroccan feast at one of the many restaurants and finish off the night with some famous Moroccan mint tea. Included Activities: Meknes City Tour Volubilis Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 3 Fès (1B, 1L)


Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city. The Fès medina is the world’s largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above. In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing. Included Activities: Fès Medina Guided Tour G Adventures-supported Traditional Moroccan Lunch

Day 4 Fès/Merzouga (1B, 1D)


Start early today for a drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach the edge of the Sahara. In late afternoon, set off by camel to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Learn to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos. Enjoy a warm welcome (with mint tea). A traditional dinner under the stars, cooked by our hosts, awaits. In the evening, listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums. Additional Notes: Notes for the Sahara Desert tented camp stay: There will be a chance to repack and take only overnight bags out to the desert. The accommodations are basic, with four people per tent (though feel free to sleep out under the stars). Bathroom facilities are...nature. Mattresses with sheet and blanket are provided. For winter months (Nov- April), we recommend bringing a sleeping bag for additional warmth. There will be the chance to shower upon arrival in Merzouga the following morning. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s)) Ride out to the tented camp for the night. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and other handy camel-related safety tips. Camel (1.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Merzouga/Todra Gorge (1B)


Rise early to get on our trusty camels. Watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga. Continue through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies. Additional Notes: We recommend bringing a headlamp for getting around at night if necessary. Transport: Head back to Merzouga and wave goodbye to your new humpback friend. Camel (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 6 Todra Gorge/Aït Ben Haddou (1B)


Travel along the “Route of 1000 Kasbahs” to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Aït Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah. Included Activities: Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 7 Aït Ben Haddou/Marrakech (1B)


The journey to Marrakech includes breathtaking views throughout the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m). Arrive in Marrakech in time for lunch with the rest of the day free to wander the city. Included Activities: Marrakech Medina Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Marrakech (1B)


Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help you book extended accommodation.

What’s included

Guangzhou (Canton) China Day Trip from Hong Kong



Tour description provided by Viator

Visit mainland China by catamaran on a full-day trip from Hong Kong and see some of China's iconic sights with an informative guide. Meet an adorable panda at Shenzhen Safari Park, discover Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors and their horses, and tour the metropolitan city of Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton. You’ll find everything from towering skyscrapers to ancient temples in China’s third largest city — a former trading hub located on the Pearl River — before returning by express train. Lunch, coach transport and a group visa are all included!
After hotel pickup from your central Hong Kong or Kowloon hotel, your full-day trip to mainland China starts with a 50-minute catamaran ride and coach trip to Shekou Industrial Zone. China's first Special Economic Zone and a former customs station, the area served as a base for foreign oil workers in the 1980s. On weekdays, outside school holidays, start with a visit to a kindergarten to meet local children for a glimpse of everyday life the city.
Afterward, it's on to Shenzhen Safari Park to see the Chinese panda, considered to be a national treasure. Located on lovely Xili Lake, the wildlife park is home to rare and nationally protected animals including Asian elephants, red-crowned cranes, Siberian tigers and — of course — pandas!
Once you’ve observed this cuddly creature up close, you'll visit a market (if time permits). Watch as the locals go about their daily shopping, and test out your bargaining skills if you decide to purchase any items.
Your visit to the Exhibition Hall in Shekou is a must! See a display of Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors and horses unearthed in Xian — acclaimed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. You'll also find bronze wares more than 2,000 years old, wall paintings, and porcelain and pottery from the Tang Dynasty, all unearthed in Xian. Listen as your guide describes the significance of the terracotta army sculptures, which date back to the 3rd century BC and were buried to protect Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.
Your coach tour continues to Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. After lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, embark on a city sightseeing tour of this bustling metropolis — the political, economic and cultural heart of Guangdong province. View highlights including the Six Banyan Tree Temple and the Memorial Hall of Dr. Sun Yat Sen as your guide informs your group about this important hub on the Pearl River.
Your day trip to mainland China ends with an accompanied return to Hong Kong by express train to Kowloon Station, followed by a Hong Kong Island transfer (if applicable) and drop-off at your hotel.
Please note: Your tour will not be confirmed unless you provide the following information at time of booking. This is required for your China group visa.
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Hotel name while staying in Hong Kong
Please make sure to send the copy of each passenger's passport which show the Full Name, Date of Birth and Passport number to complete the booking process.
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What's included


  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • One-way catamaran
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • One-way express train (guangzhou to kowloon station)
  • China group visa

What isn't included


  • Beverages
  • Gratuities (optional)

Beijing to Hong Kong–Fujian Route



Highlights


Trek along the Great Wall, take in ancient and modern China, overnight in a traditional communal roundhouse, enjoy a night out at karaoke in modern Shanghai.

Tour description provided by G Adventures


China is a country full of highlights and hidden treasures, and if you visit it with us, you’ll be sure to get a top mix of both. Over two weeks, you’ll venture from Beijing to Hong Kong, taking in China’s contrasts between ancient and modern as you explore both cityscapes and countrysides. There’s a visit to the Great Wall included, plus the chance to check out the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, an overnight stay at the roundhouses in Fujian, and so much more packed into a relatively short trip. This is a great first trip to China to get a taste that will leave you wanting to come back.

Itinerary


Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Beijing

The Chinese capital, Beijing, is one of the world's most impressive and vibrant cities. Spend a day at the Great Wall, a monumental feat of engineering intended to protect China from the northern barbarians. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

Day 3 Beijing/Xi’an

Enjoy free time in Beijing before an overnight train to Xi'an. Additional Notes: Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel. Transport: Overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))

Day 4 Xi’an

Opt to tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls, and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning. Opt to take a day trip to the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town (approximately 1 hr). Included Activities: Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk

Day 5 Xi’an/Suzhou

Enjoy free time to explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou. Transport: Overnight train (beds)

Day 6 Suzhou

Visit Suzhou, the 'Venice of the East'. Opt to explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. In the evening, let loose like the locals with a karaoke session in a private room for the group; this is sure to be a memorable night! Included Activities: Private Karaoke Session

Day 7 Suzhou/Shanghai

Shanghai is the most modern of Chinese cities. Go shopping on the famous Nanjing Road or stroll along the Bund district with its many riverside historical buildings. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Bullet train (2.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Shanghai

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Day 9 Shanghai/Wuyishan

Enjoy free time or join the CEO for a walk through the Bund, Old Shanghai, People's Park, and more. Board a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian province. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Bullet train (3.50 hour(s))

Day 10 Wuyishan

Explore the area with an included entrance ticket to the reserve. Go hiking and opt to go bamboo rafting. Included Activities: Wuyishan Reserve Visit

Day 11 Wuyishan

Enjoy a free day to explore more of Wuyishan or visit the nearby ancient ruins of Chengcun from the Han Dynasty.

Day 12 Wuyishan/Xiamen

Xiamen is a modern city with a little something for everyone from night markets to beautiful sculptures lit-up at night to peaceful parks. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Xiamen/Hongkeng Village (1D)

Transfer to a Yongding County. Overnight in a Hakka tulou, a large, multi-storey fortified roundhouse built for communal living. Enjoy an orientation tour around the village, then experience day-to-day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))

Day 14 Hongkeng Village

Experience day to day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture. Opt to rent a bike and visit a neighbouring community with more tulou, or travel to visit an ancient village that is still inhabited today.

Day 15 Hongkeng Village/Shenzhen

Travel to Longyang in the morning and continue on a fast train to Shenzhen. Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s)) Bullet train (4.00 hour(s))

Day 16 Shenzhen/Hong Kong

Cross the border into Hong Kong and enjoy an orientation walk around this bustling metropolis. Enjoy a last evening with the group. Included Activities: Border Crossing (China - Hong Kong) Orientation Walk Transport: Train

Day 17 Hong Kong

Depart at any time.

Nepal: Himalaya Highlights



Highlights


Experience the essence of serenity with an overnight stay at a Buddhist Monastery, meet a graduate of the G Adventures-supported paralegal program for women, search out rhino in Chitwan National Park, get a firsthand demonstration of traditional apron weaving, learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings)

Tour description provided by G Adventures


As you explore Chitwan National Park with your local guide, keep your eyes open for rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, and Bengal tigers – just some of the possible sights on this 10-day adventure throughout Nepal’s rare and beautiful landscapes. Meander through the fascinating streetscapes of Kathmandu, spend the night at a monastery guesthouse, and gaze out over astounding views of the Himalayas. Nepal will remain with you forever.

Itinerary


Day 1 Kathmandu (1D)

Arrive at the joining point hotel at any time on Day 1 as no group activities are planned except for a group meeting in the early evening, followed by dinner. Enjoy a six-course dinner at Krishnarpan Restaurant, serving fine Nepali cuisine (organic, too), a slow dining experience reminiscent of the meals relished by the kings of yesteryear. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn and a great place to just wander, seeing where the city may lead you. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Nepalese Welcome feast Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Kathmandu (1B, 1L)

Spend the day exploring Kathmandu, including Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest Buddhist shrines, and the Royal City of Bhaktapur. After, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) from some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch and lecture with one of the women who have graduated from the Sasane paralegal program. Also, visit a local home and learn about National Geographic grantee Chhing Lhomi, who works to preserve ancient weaving traditions of the Upper Mustang region through the Himalayan Indigenous Society. Additional Notes: Some of the sites visited in Kathmandu were damaged in the earthquake in 2015. Restorations are ongoing to bring these beloved landmarks back to their previous glory. Included Activities: Bodhnath Stupa Visit Bhaktapur Excursion Sisterhood of Survivors Project Sasane Lecture Traditional Weaving and Indigenous Peoples Lecture Swayambhunath Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Kathmandu/Pharping (1B)

Experience the serenity of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The monastery guest house offers comfortable accommodations in a peaceful setting with balconies and private western-style bathrooms. There are approximately 200 monks in residence following the Nyingmapa tradition. This is a new monastery (2006), and income from the guest house directly supports it. Included Activities: Patan Durbar Square Tour Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 25km)

Day 4 Pharping/Kurintar (1B, 1D)

Arrive at our remote lodge, which sits on a ridge amidst the hills and overlooks sandy beaches and a river. Forests cascade down the hillsides, enclosing tiny settlements of tribal people. Additional Notes: The lodge is only access by foot, so please expect a walk of approx. 30 to 45 minutes. Porters will be hired to carry our bags but please pack what you need for the night, as we will leave our larger bags in the vehicle. Included Activities: Neydo Monastery Sunrise chant Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 125km) Walking (0.50-0.75 hours)

Day 5 Kurintar/Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend two nights enjoying cultural and wildlife excursions in and around Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP), the oldest national park in Nepal. Established in 1973, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Within its area of 932km² (579 mi²), RCNP is home to at least 43 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles, including sambars, chitals, rhesus monkeys, tigers and langurs. Additional Notes: The specifics and order of activities may change, depending on the season and local conditions. Your CEO will confirm the exact activities and timing with the naturalists upon arrival at the lodge. Included Activities: Chitwan Area Boat Excursion Transport: Walking (0.50-0.75 hours) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)

Day 6 Chitwan National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Chitwan National Park and the village surrounding it. Activities can include a village walk, boating, nature walks, and a jeep safari in the park in search of rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, monkeys, and crocodiles. If we are very lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tiger. This evening, also enjoy a Tharu cultural dance program presented by local Villagers. Additional Notes: **Please Note: The jeep safari is prohibited during monsoon season by the park authorities; monsoon season is from June-September, and sometimes it can last till October. Boating is also subject to the water levels in the Rapti River. Included Activities: Jeep Safari Chitwan Village Visit

Day 7 Chitwan National Park/Pokhara (1B)

Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m (2,713 ft), beautiful Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalayas. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. It is popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

Day 8 Pokhara (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the early morning sunrise and mountain views from Sarangkot, go boating in Phewa Lake, and hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement to learn more about this community, visit a photo gallery and enjoy a local lunch. This afternoon, opt to try paragliding. Additional Notes: The hike up to the World Peace Pagoda can be quite strenuous and is all steps up and back down. If you are not feeling so energetic, please let the CEO know and you can opt out of this activity. Included Activities: Sunrise at Sarangkot World Peace Pagoda Excursion Phewa Lake Boat Tour Visit a Tibetan refugee settlement with local lunch

Day 9 Pokhara/Kathmandu (1B)

Enjoy free time in the afternoon for exploring. Visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath, or the monkey temple. Kathmandu is fascinating at every turn, and some travelers prefer to just wander, seeing where the city may lead them. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))

Day 10 Kathmandu (1B)

Feel free to depart at any time today, but remember that check out time from the hotel is 12:00pm. Included Activities: Departure Day

G Lodge Amazon & Camping - 4 Day Independent Adventure



Highlights


Get even closer by camping in the rainforest, spot wildlife while canoeing, learn from local naturalist

Tour description provided by G Adventures


Located on the Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon, our exclusive G Lodge Amazon is comfortable and intimate. Enjoy excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and clay licks. Explore by canoe or on dry land trails, swim in the lodge’s cool stream, or strap on a harness and rope up to tree platforms for a bird’s eye view of the forest. Really experience the Amazon to the fullest by spending one night camping in the jungle—get even closer to nature!

Itinerary


Day 1 Puerto Maldonado/Tambopata (1L, 1D)

After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge. En route, spot bird species typical of the local river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area. Local community members make up the majority of lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Take the opportunity to learn about the area’s rich flora and fauna and locals' extensive use of medicinal plants and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting. Enjoy a welcome drink and orientation. Before dinner, head out for a night walk around the lodge grounds. Additional Notes: The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact, eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (with solar-heated hot water), and candles for lighting (no electricity). Included Activities: Meet and Greet Airport Welcome Meeting Wildlife-spotting Night Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Head by private vehicle to the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado to store large luggage. From there, travel about 1 hr to reach the boat landing. Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s))

Day 2 Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D)

After a morning excursion, return to the lodge for an early lunch and to pack an overnight bag for camping. Take a canoe upriver to the National Reserve and the area of Collpa de Guacamayos, the bird and mammal clay licks, in the hope of spotting dozens of colourful macaws and peccaries feeding. A team of naturalists, a boat crew, and chefs will set up camp. Go for a hike around the area and opt for a refreshing dip in the cool river. Feast on a delicious meal by candlelight before turning in early for a pre-dawn start. Included Activities: Jungle Excursions Rainforest Camping (with Clay Lick Excursion)

Day 3 Tambopata (1B, 1L, 1D)

After what is sure to be a thrilling experience spotting the birds on the clay lick, head back to the campsite for another delicious breakfast. Pack up camp, head back down river, and arrive back to the lodge before lunch. The afternoon is free with options to sit on hammocks, take a dip in the cool swimming hole, or spend time at a nearby working plantation. In the evening, head out looking for caiman (alligators) by boat before dinner. Included Activities: Rainforest Camping (with Clay Lick Excursion) Caiman-Spotting Cruise

Day 4 Tambopata/Puerto Maldonado (1B)

Start early for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado. Search for early morning wildlife. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they stake out their territories. Arrive back to the port and journey by van back to the lodge office to collect luggage before heading to the airport. Transport: After journeying back to the port, take a van to the office in town en route to the airport. Motorized canoe (3.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle

Explore North India & the Ganges



Highlights


Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide, experience local living with a heritage homestay in a rural village, enjoy a rickshaw ride to view Mughal ruins, take in the pace of life on the river

Tour description provided by G Adventures


Imagine the rare opportunity to experience India’s greatest highlights and cruise the mighty Ganges River in one extraordinary adventure. This unique 16-day itinerary covers the lively rush of Delhi, the tranquility of the Taj Mahal, the character of rural villages, and the pure serenity of sailing the river from temple to palace and everything in between. This once-in-a-lifetime journey on water and land will have you wanting to return to the glory of India sooner than later.

Itinerary


Day 1 Delhi

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12 noon) and enjoy the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Women on Wheels Transfer (1.00-1.50 hours)

Day 2 Delhi/Āgra (1B)

Walk through the backstreets of Delhi with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra. Included Activities: Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project Old Delhi Guided Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)

Day 3 Āgra (1B)

Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Baby Taj Visit Agra Fort Visit

Day 4 Āgra/Jaipur (1B)

Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens). Included Activities: Fatehpur Sikri Visit Abhaneri Stepwell Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)

Day 5 Jaipur (1B)

Consider treating yourself to a night at the cinema. Going to see a Bollywood film in India is much more than what we are accustomed to in the west. The atmosphere, energy, and pure fun (not to mention volume!) has to be experienced to be believed. Included Activities: Amber Fort Visit City Palace Visit Meet a Local Historian

Day 6 Jaipur/Sāwarda (1B, 1D)

The village is about 60km (37 mi) from Jaipur and has beautiful temples dedicated to different religions, including a unique sikh temple. The residents of the village are still involved in traditional commercial activities. You'll see pottery wheels, silversmiths, cobblers, traditional huts, old temples, and small stepwells. Included Activities: Local Village Immersion Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 55km)

Day 7 Sāwarda/Delhi (1B)

Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a group dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 310km)

Day 8 Delhi/Kolkata (1B)

Transport: Plane

Day 9 Kolkata/Bārākpur (1B, 1D)

Transfer from your hotel in the late morning and embark around midday. Included Activities: Barrackpore Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat

Day 10 Bārākpur/Kālna (1B, 1L, 1D)

Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery and the Imambara before reboarding the vessel. Moor near Kalna for the night. Included Activities: Chandannagar Excursion Chinsurah Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat

Day 11 Kālna/Matiari (1B, 1L, 1D)

Land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see the terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple. Later, explore Mayapur, with its skyline dominated by the vast ISKCON temple. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari. Included Activities: Kalna Excursion Mayapur Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat

Day 12 Matiari/Murshidābād (1B, 1L, 1D)

Moor near Murshidabad for the night. Included Activities: Matiari Excursion Battlefield of Plassey Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat

Day 13 Murshidābād (1B, 1L, 1D)

Moor on the riverbank across from town for the night. Included Activities: Khushbagh Excursion Murshidabad Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat

Day 14 Murshidābād/Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy the idyllic views today as the boat carries on up along canals, passing mustard fields and mango orchards, to the mooring for the night. Included Activities: Baranagar Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat

Day 15 Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda (English Bazaar). Visit a number of sights from the 12th-century Hindus and 14th-century Muslims, including mosques and palaces. Rejoin the boat in the evening. Included Activities: Gaur Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.25 hours) Varuna Riverboat (1.00-1.25 hours)

Day 16 Farakka/Kolkata (1B)

Transfer to Farakka station at dawn to catch the morning train and journey back to Kolkata. Tour ends on arrival in Kolkata. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Local train (6.00 hour(s))