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16 Days

Golden Triangle & Indian Ocean Pearl

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Colombo
Dambulla Caves
Kandy
Nuwara Eliya
Agra
Delhi
Jaipur
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Accommodation
All transfers
Activities
Breakfast only

Experience the Golden Triangle in India and the natural beauty and culture of Sri Lanka, from the bustling streets of Delhi to the beaches of Beruwala. Explore the pink city of Jaipur and see the Taj Mahal in romantic Agra. Climb Lion Rock in Sigiriya, explore historic Dambulla and get to know charming Kandy. Discover the lush tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya before relaxing in breezy Beruwala.

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1st Day: US - Night on board

Arrive at your US departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Delhi. Night on board.

2nd Day: Delhi

Arrive in the capital of India and transfer to the hotel. Delhi is a city with an impressive architectural legacy of its Islamic conquerors along with a spectacular historical centre. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to rest or to get to know this lively, fascinating city. Overnight stay in Delhi.

3rd Day: Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a tour of Old Delhi including the Jama Masjid Royal Mosque and lively Chandi Chow Street. Take an exciting Rickshaw Ride around the Red Fort, the former residence of the Imperial Family and admire the poignant Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. In the afternoon, explore New Delhi, passing through the India Gate and visiting the Mausoleum of Emperor Humayun, the majestic government buildings and the Presidential Palace. Overnight stay in Delhi.

4th Day: Delhi - Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave by road to Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City'. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur was built in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Its architecture is a magnificent fusion of Hindu, Jain and Mughal architectural styles. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to get to know this vibrant city at your leisure. In the evening light, the pink and the orange buildings exude a magical glow, which is complemented by the vibrantly attired Rajasthanis. Camel drawn carts are characteristic of Jaipur's passing street scene. Overnight stay in Jaipur

5th Day: Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for the Palace of the Winds, an emblem of Jaipur, before taking an exciting Jeep transfer to the beautiful Amber Fort. Inside, explore Jag Mandir Palace and the famous Sheesh Mahal, a room embedded with beautiful pieces of mirrored glass. Continue to tour the city of Jaipur including a visit to the Palace of the Maharaja, former royal residence, part of which has been converted into a museum, and be awe-struck by the marble Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory in the world. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

6th Day: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Agra this morning and along the way visit Fatehpur Sikri, an impressive ghost town founded in the 16th-century. Pass by Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world, before arriving in Agra, a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble and irresistible charms that made this a favourite city of the Mughals. Transfer to the hotel and in the afternoon visit the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home of the Pearl Mosque. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay in Agra.

7th Day: Agra - Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, experience the legendary splendour of the Taj Mahal, the ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river and a universal symbol of love. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his beloved wife. Soak up the awe-inspiring views of the monument, take a photo on the iconic 'Diana Bench' and wander through the palatial grounds. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon drive back to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.

8th Day: Delhi - Colombo - Negombo

Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital. Arrive at Colombo International Airport and transfer to Negombo, on the west coast of Sri Lanka. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy your beautiful surroundings or take a relaxing stroll along the idyllic coastline. Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka exudes natural beauty and tropical charms. Overnight stay in Negombo.

* A first PCR test will be carried out at the hotel before check-in.

9th Day: Negombo - Sigiriya - Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, travel to the Sigiriya region and, on arrival, set off to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, also known as Lion Rock. Within its triple-moated defence, the huge rock rises to a sheer height of almost 500 feet. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a sumptuous palace and gardens complete with an ancient swimming pool. Head back down to ground level and transfer to Dambulla, a historic town in the centre of the island. Get settled at the hotel and overnight stay in Dambulla. 

10th Day: Dambulla - Minneriya - Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure, sightseeing in the city or relaxing at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, one of Sri Lanka's most breathtaking archaeological sites.* In the afternoon, we recomend an optional excursion to Minneriya National Park. ** Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Dambulla.

Optional Excursion to the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa: Drive for approx. 1.5 hours to the ancient medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, filled with timeless archaeological sites. Situated on the Parakrama Samudraya Lake, explore the fascinating ancient ruins, surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. 

** Optional Excursion to the Minneriya National Park: enjoy an exciting jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, famous for its large population of elephants. Experience excellent game viewing as you travel through the fertile plains of Minneriya, watching for herds of elephants, water buffalo, monkeys and birdlife. 

$40 to be paid in destination in concept of entrance fee and jeep for the safari at Minneriya National Park.

Optional excursions/activities will be confirmed on a case-by-case basis based on existing limitations.

11th Day: Dambulla - Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, head to Kandy to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in the afternoon. Let this land impress you with its setting on a plateau surrounded by breathtaking mountains and a beautiful lake in the centre of the city. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening enjoy an entertaining cultural performance for a taste of Sri Lankan folklore. Overnight stay in Kandy.

12th Day: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Nuwara Eliya. Known as the 'Little England' of Sri Lanka, it's a beautiful region, filled with lush-tea plantation and typical farmlands. Enjoy sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya* to admire its typical colonial architecture and cool climate before heading back to Kandy. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and overnight stay in Kandy.

* You won't be able to get out of the car during the sightseeing tour.

** A second PCR test will be carried out at the hotel before check-in.

13th Day: Kandy - Beruwala

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the highlands behind for the idyllic shores of Beruwala, a famous resort town with a large number of hotels, providing first-class facilities and stunning beaches. Beruwala is also famous for water sports such as sailing, water-skiing, para-sailing and water scooters. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax on the beautiful beaches and soak up the tropical landscapes. Overnight stay in Beruwala. 

14th Day: Beruwala

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the facilities of your hotel or relaxing on the beach. We recommend an optional excursion to Galle Fort and a Turtle Hatchery.* Overnight stay in Beruwala.

* Optional Excursion to Galle Fort & Turtle Hatchery: Head to Galle, a major city of Sri Lanka's south coast, to explore the huge Galle Fort, dating back to the 17th-century. With elements of Dutch and Portuguese architectural influences, learn about this period in the island's history. Afterwards, head to the Ahungalla Turtle Hatchery, where visitors have the unique opportunity to watch newborn turtles preparing to be released into the wild.

Optional excursions/activities will be confirmed on a case-by-case basis based on existing limitations.

15th Day: Beruwala - Colombo - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to Colombo International Airport for your return flight back to the US. Night on board.

* Depending on your departure time you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

16th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Accommodation: 13 Nights

Select your hotel category:
Included in all our trips

Included

  • Accommodation in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotels.

Included

  • Accommodation in Superior and Luxury category hotels.

Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step
Optional

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa Excursion

Drive for approx. 1.5 hours to the ancient medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, filled with timeless archaeological sites. Situated on the Parakrama Samudraya Lake, explore the fascinating ancient ruins, surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.
Suggested activity for day 10
Optional

Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park

Experience excellent game viewing as you travel through the fertile plains of Minneriya, watching for herds of elephants, water buffalo, monkeys and birdlife.
Suggested activity for day 10
Optional

Galle Fort & Turtle Hatchery Excursion

Head to Galle to explore the huge Galle Fort, dating back to the 17th-century and visit the Ahungalla Turtle Hatchery, where visitors have the unique opportunity to watch newborn turtles preparing to be released into the wild.
Suggested activity for day 14

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Delhi, Colombo- US.
  • International flight: Delhi - Colombo. *
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  • 13 nights accommodation in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotels.
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  • 13 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary. **
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi.
  • Jeep Transfer at the Amber Fort in India.

Not included

Indian and Sri Lankan visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services* not mentioned in what's included.

India: If you are travelling to India with a US passport, you will require an Indian visa. For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Indian Embassy for further details: 
https://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

Sri Lanka: An ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) must be obtained before travelling. Available online here: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/.

* $40 to be paid in destination for the entrance fee and jeep for the safari at Minneriya National Park.

See important notes

* Due to the customs clearance rule of the government of India, if your flight calls at another city in India before arriving in Delhi, confirm at the departure desk in the US whether you should pick up your suitcase and pass customs control at the airport where the connection is made. Remember that if the flight stops in Mumbai you will need to pick up your luggage. Keep in mind that normally this whole process takes approximately 60 minutes.

Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 7 days after you have made your booking or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** The order of the itinerary can change according to the day of departure of the flight.

Thursday/ Sunday: 2 nights in Delhi at the beginning, 1 night in Delhi at the end.

Monday/ Friday: 1 night in Delhi at the beginning, 2 nights in Delhi at the end.

Useful information

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity beyond date of visa application and two blank passport pages.
  • Visa
    A visa is required to enter the country. Issued by the embassy or online E-Visa application one month before arrival in the country.
  • Currency
    Indian Rupee.
  • Language
    Hindi and English.
  • Electricity
    220 V in the majority of the country. Electrical sockets are European style however an adapter may be useful.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 5:30.
  • Other useful information
    Foreigners cannot bring Indian Rupees into the country, although you can bring foreign currency and exchange it once you arrive.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.incredibleindia.org/

Offer conditions

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Tips in India are subject to the decision of the client based on the level of satisfaction of the service provided and the experience in general. Taking into account that they are not obligatory, they are usually expected.

Please note: if booking a triple room, the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

Children: 2 - 11 years.

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45%
60 days before departure

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