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Icons of India: The Taj, Tigers & Beyond with Dubai, Southern India & Kathmandu

Launch Date : 08/14/18 8:00pm

Meals : American breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 3 dinners including a welcome dinner in Tokyo and a farewell dinner in Kyoto.

  • STARTS

    TOKYO

  • DAYS

    12

  • ENDS

    HIROSHIMA

Vacation Overview

From bustling cities to quiet mountain villages, experience the distinct flavor of Japan during this amazing vacation. Of course, you’ll visit Japan’s famous sights, including many of its castles and shrines. In Kyoto, see the Temple of the Gold Pavilion, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf, and be amazed at its beauty. In Nara, visit Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 752 AD and one of Japan’s most significant temples. You’ll also visit the traditional Gassho-Zukuri-style (joined hands) thatched houses in Shirawaka and Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, a magnificent Shinto monument set in a man-made garden. In Hiroshima, visit Peace Memorial Park and see the dome that miraculously remained standing as all the structures around it were destroyed by the atomic bombing. The dome is now a symbol of peace.

On this Japan tour, you’ll not only see the fascinating structures and shrines, you’ll also have a chance to visit two of Japan’s greatest gardens. Dating from the 1670s, Kenroku-en combines the six attributes of a perfect garden. Keep your eyes open for the perfect photos! You’ll also visit Koraku-En, one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.”

But that’s not all…on this tour, discover Japan’s culture through special experiences arranged by Globus. Partake in a traditional tea ceremony, taste sake, and participate in a Japanese cooking class. You’ll also attempt calligraphy, learn about the Yuzen dyeing technique used on kimonos, take part in a gold leaf class, browse a farmers market, and try on a traditional kimono. Also, experience the thrill of riding one of Japan’s famous bullet trains.

All of this and much more await you on this marvelous Japan tour. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!

Travel Style

  • FIRST-CLASS

City Highlights

TOKYO
Visit the Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and Nakamise shopping arcade; calligraphy class; kimono fitting; [LF] traditional tea ceremony; welcome dinner

MOUNT FUJI AREA

Cable-car ride to view Mount Fuji; visit Chureito Pagoda

MATSUMOTO
Visit Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum

TAKAYAMA
City sightseeing; visit a local market, Takayama Jinya, and a [LF] sake brewery for a tasting

SHIRAKAWA
Visit Gassho-Zukuri houses

KANAZAWA
Visit Kenroku-en Garden; gold leaf class

KANAZAWA–KYOTO
Travel by Thunderbird express train

KYOTO
Visit Sanjusagendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Temple of the Gold Pavilion; Yuzen Handmade Corner; [LF] Japanese cooking class; excursion to Nara; farewell dinner

HIROSHIMA
Bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima; visit Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, Shukkei-en Landscape Garden, Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial, Memorial Museum, Memorial Hall

Itinerary

ARRIVE IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Welcome to Dubai! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
DUBAI. This morning, your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING begins with a WALKING TOUR through the narrow lanes of the historic Bastakiya Quarter. Next, explore the souks (markets), including the SPICE SOUK with its aromas of exotic spices, and the GOLD SOUK with its 220 glittering shop windows. Lastly, visit BURJ KHALIFA, the world’s tallest building. Here, ascend to the AT THE TOP observation deck on the 124th floor for spectacular views and a presentation on Dubai’s history. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Breakfast and Dinner
DUBAI. Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Your Local Host will be happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of your time. Breakfast and Dinner
DUBAI–MUMBAI, INDIA. Today, fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colorful history. This vibrant city is now India’s premier seaport, center of culture and industry, and home to “Bollywood.” Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in. Breakfast and Dinner
MUMBAI. This morning’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes the GATEWAY OF INDIA, Mumbai’s most famous monument, which commemorates a visit by Queen Mary. Then, drive along Marine Drive, a seafront promenade, and see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (an open-air laundromat). You will also visit the HANGING GARDENS, MANI BHAVAN (former residence of Mahatma Gandhi), and the MUMBAI MUSEUM (closed Mondays). The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Breakfast & Lunch
MUMBAI–COCHIN. Fly to Cochin. Breakfast and Dinner
COCHIN. Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets that are the livelihood of many fishermen in the area and a walk through the Jewish quarter. Next, visit the KERALA FOLKLORE MUSEUM which aims to preserve and educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. This afternoon, enjoy an unforgettable CRUISE on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields. Breakfast & Lunch
COCHIN–DELHI. Today, fly to Delhi. Breakfast and Dinner
DELHI. Today’s sightseeing starts with an orientation to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a [LF]RICKSHAW RIDE through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar. Here, ancient alleyways are lined with quaint shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs—from silver and saris to spices and electronics. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a lavish welcome dinner that includes a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and talk on Indian cuisine with a local chef. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DELHI–AGRA. This morning, visit QUTUB MINAR, the world’s tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit HUMAYUN’S TOMB and GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB, Delhi’s largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship). After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in for the evening. Breakfast & Lunch
AGRA. Start your day with a sunrise visit to the incomparable TAJ MAHAL, an extravagant marble monument to love. Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his beloved wife, who died during childbirth. Later, travel by [LF] TONGA (horse-drawn carriage) to AGRA FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This impressive fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. Breakfast and Dinner
AGRA–FATEHPUR SIKRI–RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK. Today, stop at FATEHPUR SIKRI (the City of Victory), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century it was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years before it was completely abandoned due to the lack of adequate water. After lunch in Bharatpur, board a TRAIN bound for RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK, one of the best places in India to spot the elusive Bengal tiger! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
RANTHAMBORE. Today, explore the park on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in an open-air safari vehicle. In addition to Bengal tigers, the park is home to leopard, sambar deer, sloth bears, marsh crocodiles, striped hyena, and more. Between game drives, enjoy free time to relax. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
RANTHAMBORE–JAIPUR. Rise early this morning for one last GAME DRIVE in this magical land. Then, travel to Jaipur. In 1876, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, and it has been known as the “Pink City” ever since. Tonight, enjoy a [LF] HOME-HOSTED DINNER with an Indian noble family, followed by a SARI- and TURBAN-TYING demonstration. Breakfast and Dinner
JAIPUR. Today, visit the amazing AMBER FORT, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone. Tour the interior with its intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works. This afternoon, visit the CITY PALACE and the adjoining MUSEUM, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at JANTAR MANTAR and the famous HAWA MAHAL (Palace of the Winds). Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner to celebrate your journey through India. Breakfast and Dinner
JAIPUR–DELHI. Fly back to Delhi. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Breakfast and Dinner
DELHI–KATHMANDU, NEPAL. Today, fly to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Breakfast and Dinner
KATHMANDU. Your morning PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING TOUR starts with a visit to HANUMAN DHOKA, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the TEMPLE OF KUMARI, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Breakfast & Lunch
KATHMANDU. EXCURSION TO PATAN. Today, a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR takes you to BOUDDHANATH, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to PATAN, formerly known as Lalitpur (“City of Beauty”). Here, stop in DURBAR SQUARE, the city’s center of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites. Breakfast & Lunch
KATHMANDU. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Breakfast and Dinner

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Price Details US

Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1,430

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$125

Extra Nights per person in Tokyo:
in single room $330; in twin room $200; in triple room $185

Extra nights per person in Hiroshima:
in single room $280; in twin room $175; in triple room $160

Ryokan upgrade:
$340 twin, $420 single supplement

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  • Book Start Date : 07-02-2018
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  • Travel Start Date : 01-01-2020
  • Travel End Date : 31-12-2020

Tour Director

DIXIT, MAYANK Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Hi, I'm Mayank, and with my years of experience in the travel industry, I am committed to making your time in India incredible. My motto is "Atithi devo bhavah." When translated into English it means "the Guest is God" or "Guest become God," expressing the idea that each person visiting India should be served in the best possible manner.

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