December Holidays

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December Airfare ex Johannesburg – Thailand from R11 430 per person

 

Includes

• Return airfare from Johannesburg with taxes

Excludes

• Transfers
• Accommodation
• Tips
• Visas
• Airfare
• Travel insurance
• Entrance Fees
• Items of a personal nature
• Any services not mentioned above

• VISA FRIENDLY

 

Main Flights

Flight no. Date Depart Times Arrive Times
EY 603 27 Dec 17 Johannesburg 19h50 Abu Dhabi 06h10
EY 430 28 Dec 17 Abu Dhabi 09h15 Phuket 18h20
EY 407 06 Jan 18 Bangkok 01h55 Abu Dhabi 05h55
EY 604 06 Jan 18 Abu Dhabi 10h15 Johannesburg 16h45
December Airfare ex Durban – India from R8 370 per person

 

Includes

• Return airfare from Durban with taxes

Excludes

• Transfers
• Accommodation
• Tips
• Visas
• Airfare
• Travel insurance
• Entrance Fees
• Items of a personal nature
• Any services not mentioned above

 

Main Flights

Flight no. Date Depart Times Arrive Times
ET 844 24 Dec 17 Durban 14h40 Addis Ababa 21h50
ET 640 24 Dec 17 Addis Ababa 23h35 Mumbai 07h15
ET 611 05 Jan 18 Mumbai 05h35 Addis Ababa 07h55
ET 845 05 Jan 18 Addis Ababa 08h40 Durban 13h50
13 days North India from R17 897

13 days North India & India

 

11 Nights in selected hotels

Includes

• Return airfare from Durban with taxes
• Internal flight Mumbai – Jaipur ; Delhi – Mumbai
• Share twin accommodation in superior hotels with breakfast
• Three nights Jaipur
• One night Agra
• Three nights Delhi
• Four nights Mumbai
• Daily breakfast
• Air conditioned vehicle drive Jaipur – Agra – Delhi
• Airport transfers with Air conditioned vehicle

Excludes

• Transfers
• Visas
• Entrance fees
• Tips
• Personal items
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature
• Any services not mentioned above

Accommodation Category Price
3 Star R17 897
4 Star R19 697
5 Star R21 197

Limited seats

 

Flight no. Date Depart Times Arrive Times
ET 844 24 Dec 17 Durban 14h40 Addis Ababa 21h50
ET 640 24 Dec 17 Addis Ababa 23h35 Mumbai 07h15
ET 611 05 Jan 18 Mumbai 05h35 Addis Ababa 07h55
ET 845 05 Jan 18 Addis Ababa 08h40 Durban 13h50

 

Itinerary

25 DEC – MON – ARRIVE MUMBAI – [BY FLIGHT] – MUMBAI / JAIPUR – [BY DOMESTIC FLIGHT]

Arrive Mumbai and connect domestic flight to Jaipur [No transport services in Mumbai], our representative will be waiting for you outside the EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a placard. Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel.
Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

Overnight at the hotel.

26 DEC – TUE – JAIPUR

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

An elephant (alternatively by Jeep, as elephant ride is subject to availability.) will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.
Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

27 DEC – WED – JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure. Vehicle will be at disposal within city limits.

Overnight at the hotel.

28 DEC – THUR – JAIPUR / AGRA – [BY SURFACE – 240 KM & 06 HRS]

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later leave for Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

After your visit, continue your drive to Agra and check-in at hotel.
Rest day at your leisure to explore the Pink City. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Agra is one of the most famous tourist spots of the country. The city, situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, is known world over as home to a wonder of the world, Taj Mahal.

Later visit Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Overnight at the hotel.

29 DEC – FRI – AGRA / DEHLI(BY SURFACE –220 KM & 06 HRS)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning proceed to visit Agra Fort.
Agra Fort – an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

After sightseeing, drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check-in at the hotel.

Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

Overnight at the hotel.

30 DEC – SAT – DEHLI(BY SURFACE – 20 KM & 1 HR)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day combined city tour of Delhi – The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 – 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower.The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

31 DEC – SUN – DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure. (Transport services are not included)

Overnight at the hotel.

01 JAN – MON – DELHI / MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.
You will be transferred to Delhi airport to board the flight for Mumbai.
Arrive Mumbai airport and you will be met with our representative and transferred to hotel.

Bombay, or Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It’s the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. Yet, once upon a time, Bombay was nothing more than a group of low-lying, swampy and malarial mud flats presented to the British by its Portuguese occupiers as a wedding gift in 1661.

Overnight stay at hotel.

02 JAN – TUE – IN MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning proceed for half day city tour of Mumbai visiting Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Bombay which is now a Museum displaying photographs, letters, and personal items used by him. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jain Temple. Drive past the “Towers of Silence”, Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens situated on the slope of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Drive through Crawford market, Marine Drive and commemorate the visit of King George V.
Afternoon is at leisure in Mumbai.

Overnight at the hotel.

03 JAN – WED – MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at your leisure. (Transport services are not included)

Overnight at the hotel.

04 JAN – THUR – IN MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at your leisure. (Transport services are not included)

Overnight at the hotel.

05 JAN – FRI – DEPARTURE MUMBAI

In time you will be met by our representative and transfer to Mumbai International airport in time to board flight for onward destination.

 

Accommodation

City 3 Star or Similar 4 Star or Similar 5 Star or Similar
Jaipur Lords Plaza Park Regis Radisson Blu
Agra Royale Residency Four Points By Sheraton Radisson Blu
Delhi Hotel Almondz Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
Mumbai Hotel Sahil The Fariyas Trident BKC
13 days North India with Haridwar and Rishikesh from R20 597

North India & Pattaya

 

11 Nights in selected hotels

Includes

• Return airfare from Durban with taxes
• Internal flight Mumbai – Jaipur ; Delhi – Mumbai
• Share twin accommodation in superior hotels with breakfast
• Two nights Jaipur
• One night Agra
• Two nights Rishikesh
• Three nights Delhi
• Three nights Mumbai
• Daily breakfast
• Air conditioned vehicle drive Jaipur – Agra – Delhi – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi
• Airport transfers with Air conditioned vehicle

Excludes

• Transfers
• Visas
• Entrance fees
• Tips
• Personal items
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature
• Any services not mentioned above

Accommodation Category Price
3 Star R20 597
4 Star R22 297
5 Star R24 097
*Limited seats

 

Flight no. Date Depart Times Arrive Times
ET 844 24 Dec 17 Durban 14h40 Addis Ababa 21h50
ET 640 24 Dec 17 Addis Ababa 23h35 Mumbai 07h15
ET 611 05 Jan 18 Mumbai 05h35 Addis Ababa 07h55
ET 845 05 Jan 18 Addis Ababa 08h40 Durban 13h50

 

Itinerary

25 DEC – MON – ARRIVE MUMBAI – [BY FLIGHT] – MUMBAI / JAIPUR – [BY DOMESTIC FLIGHT]

Arrive Mumbai and connect domestic flight to Jaipur [No transport services in Mumbai], our representative will be waiting for you outside the EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a placard. Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel.

Jaipur’s past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the “pink city”. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city.

Overnight at the hotel.

26 DEC – TUE – JAIPUR

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.

An elephant (alternatively by Jeep, as elephant ride is subject to availability.) will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visit the city of Jaipur. Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets.
Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour.

Overnight at the hotel.

27 DEC – WED – JAIPUR / AGRA – [BY SURFACE – 240 KM & 06 HRS]

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later leave for Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.

After your visit, continue your drive to Agra and check-in at hotel.
Rest day at your leisure to explore the Pink City. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit.

Agra is one of the most famous tourist spots of the country. The city, situated on the west bank of river the Yamuna, is known world over as home to a wonder of the world, Taj Mahal.

Later visit Agra Fort – an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort – the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

Overnight at the hotel.

28 DEC – THUR – AGRA / DELHI – [BY SURFACE – 205 KMS / 04 HRS]

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning proceed for half day city tour –Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in mid 17th century, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture. Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

After sightseeing, drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check-in at the hotel.

Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

Overnight at the hotel.

29 DEC – FRI – DELHI / RISHIKESH (BY SURFACE –220 KM & 06 HRS)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave for Rishikesh by surface. Arrive Rishikesh and check in at hotel.
Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.

Afternoon proceed for half day temple tour – Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttaranchal. It abounds in natural splendor. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh.
Evening enjoy aarti at river Ganges.

Overnight at the hotel.

30 DEC – SAT – RISHIKESH / HARIDWAR / RISHIKESH – (BY SURFACE – 20 KM & 1 HR)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later leave for Haridwar for same day tour.

Haridwar (Vishnu’s door) at the base of the Shiwalik hills is a town of temples, ghats and ashrams. Its location at the point where the Ganges leaves the Himalayas to begin its journey across the plains, makes it a particularly holy place. Every 12 years the Kumbh festival attracts millions of pilgrims who come and bathe in the river. Various episodes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata are set in this ancient town. Har-ki-Pairi, the most popular ghat, has a footprint of Lord Vishnu set in stone.
Evening drive back to Rishikesh.

Overnight at the hotel.

31 DEC – SUN – RISHIKESH / DELHI (BY SURFACE – 220 KM & 06 HRS)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later leave for Delhi by surface. Arrive Delhi and check in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

01 JAN – MON – DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day combined city tour of Delhi – The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Jamuna was built during the years 1638 – 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques and which is viewed from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet.

The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, which is the tallest stone tower in India. The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by the sultan’s successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The building is 72.5 m high and has 379 steps from the bottom to the top. The Minar is tapering with the diameter of the base is 14.3 m while at the top floor it is2.7 m. The Qutub Minar is still the highest stone tower.The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

02 JAN – TUE – DELHI / MUMBAI (BY FLIGHT)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later in time transfer to Delhi airport to board the flight for Mumbai.
Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Mumbai domestic airport & transfer to the hotel.

Bombay or Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It’s the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. Yet, once upon a time, Bombay was nothing more than a group of low-lying, swampy and malarial mud flats presented to the British by its Portuguese occupiers as a wedding gift in 1661.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

03 JAN – WED – MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day city tour visiting Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Bombay which is now a Museum displaying photographs, letters, and personal items used by him. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jain Temple. Drive past the “Towers of Silence”, Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens situated on the slope of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Drive through Crawford market, Marine Drive and commemorate the visit of King George V.

Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

04 JAN – THUR – MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure. [Transport services are not included]
Overnight at the hotel.

05 JAN – FRI – MUMBAI – DEPARTS – [BY FLIGHT AT ET 611]

In time our representative will meet, assist and transfer you to International airport to board the flight for onward destination.

 

Accommodation

City 3 Star or Similar 4 Star or Similar 5 Star or Similar
Jaipur Lords Plaza Park Regis Radisson Blu
Agra Royale Residency Four Points By Sheraton Radisson Blu
Delhi Hotel Almondz Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
Rishikesh Great Ganga Vasundhara Palace Aloha On The Ganges- Boutique
Mumbai Hotel Sahil The Fariyas Trident BKC
13 days South India December Group from R23 597

south india & december

 

11 Nights in selected hotels

Includes

• Return airfare from Durban with taxes
• Internal flight Mumbai – Chennai ; Bangalore – Cochin ; Cochin – Mumbai
• Share twin accommodation in superior hotels with breakfast
• Two nights Chennai
• Three nights Bangalore
• One night Alleppey
• Two nights Cochin
• Three nights Mumbai
• Daily breakfast
• Airport transfers with Air conditioned vehicle

Excludes

• Transfers
• Visas
• Entrance fees
• Tips
• Personal items
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature
• Any services not mentioned above

Accommodation Category Price
3 Star R23 597
4 Star R25 397
5 Star R27 097

Limited seats

 

Flight no. Date Depart Times Arrive Times
ET 844 24 Dec 17 Durban 14h40 Addis Ababa 21h50
ET 640 24 Dec 17 Addis Ababa 23h35 Mumbai 07h15
ET 611 05 Jan 18 Mumbai 05h35 Addis Ababa 07h55
ET 845 05 Jan 18 Addis Ababa 08h40 Durban 13h50

 

Itinerary

25 DEC – MON – MUMBAI ARRIVAL – [BY FLIGHT AT 0715 HRS] – MUMBAI / CHENNAI – [BY DOMESTIC FLIGHT]

Arrive at Mumbai International airport and connect domestic flight to Chennai [No Transport services in Mumbai], our representative will be waiting for you at the outside of EXIT gate of arrival terminal, holding a placard in your name. Meeting & assistance upon arrival and later transfer to hotel.

Chennai, India’s fourth largest city, is also called the Gateway to the South. From a tiny hamlet in 1639, it grew around the Fort St. George built by the British .A lush green city famed for its temples, silk, music and dance, Chennai gives a sense of serenity and spaciousness, enhanced by one of the world’s largest and most beautiful beaches, the Marina beach.

Overnight at the hotel.

26 DEC – TUE – CHENNAI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later proceed for city tour of Chennai.

St. Mary’s Church: This Is The Oldest Anglican Church In Asia. The first English church in Chennai and is the oldest surviving British church in India, National Art Gallery and Government Museum: Well worth to visit. The buildings originally belonged to a group of eminent British citizens, known as the Pantheon Committee. The main building has an excellent archaeological section also houses a good ethnology collection and Chola Bronze. The Marina Beach: This is supposed to be the second longest beach in the world.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

27 DEC – WED – CHENNAI / BANGALORE – [BY TRAIN AT 0600/1050 HRS]

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning transfer to Chennai railway station to board the train for Bangalore.
Arrive Bangalore & transfer to hotel.

Bangalore (Bengaluru), India’s sixth largest city, is known as the Garden City because of its countless parks and tree-lined avenues. It was founded in 1537 by a local chieftain called Kempe Gowda, and later extended by Tipu Sultan, the Wodeyars of Mysore and the British. Set at an altitude of over 1000 m, the climate adds to the attractions of this city, now famous as the Silicon Valley of India.

Overnight at the hotel.

28 DEC – THU – BANGALORE

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later proceed for half day city tour covering – Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Vidhana Soudha, Bull Temple and Tippu Palace.
Rest of the day leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

29 DEC – FRI – BANGALORE / MYSORE / BANGALORE – (BY SURFACE – 120 KMS & 03 HRS)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later leave for Mysore for same day tour.

Mysore, once the capital of the Wodeyar kingdom, is today the second largest city in Karnataka and one of the finest in southern India. Small, easygoing, famous for its silks and sandalwood, it is a city of fine gardens, tree-lined boulevards, art galleries and an intriguing palace. Mysore’s ten day Dasara festival in September-October is still celebrated with medieval pageantry.

The city of Mysore offers a visitor an insight into the lifestyles, cultures and traditions of its erstwhile rulers. The palaces and temples around the city speak volumes about heritage and architecture of the medieval times and the kind of patronage the city received from its rulers.

Afternoon proceed for half day city tour of Mysore.

Visit the Maharaja’s palace built in 1911-12. The palace harmoniously synthesizes the Hindu and the Saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures, which are truly magnificent. Visit the art gallery and drive up to the 1062 m high Chamundi hill to see the Chamundeshwari temple with a panoramic view of Mysore. On your way back, see the 5 m high Nandi Bull carved out of solid rock in 1659.

Evening drive back to Bangalore.

Overnight at the hotel.

30 DEC -SAT -BANGALORE / COCHIN – (BY FLIGHT) – COCHIN / ALLEPPEY – (BY SURFACE – 60 KM / 1½ HRS)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later transfer to Bangalore airport to board the flight for Cochin. Arrive Cochin and drive to Alleppey. Arrive Alleppey and board the houseboat (for Alleppey round).

The kettuvallam or ‘boat with knots’- was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only – not even a single nail is used during the construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood joined together with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. With careful maintenance, a kettuvallom can last for generations.

A portion of the kettuvallom was covered with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Meals would be cooked on board and supplemented with fresh fish from the backwaters. Today, the tradition is still continued and the food from the local cuisine is served by the Kuttanad localities, on board.
While converting kettuvallams into houseboats, care is taken to use only natural products. Bamboo mats, sticks and wood of the aracanut tree are used for roofing, coir mats and wooden planks for the flooring and wood of coconut trees and coir for beds. For lighting though, solar panels are used.

Today, the houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. While most boats are poled by local oarsmen, some are powered by a 40 HP engine. Boat trains – formed by joining two or more houseboats together – are also used by large groups of sightseers.

What is truly magical about a houseboat ride is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers – while you float!
Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat.

31 DEC -SUN – ALLEPPEY / COCHIN – (BY SURFACE 60 KMS / 01 ½ HRS)

Breakfast at the houseboat.
Later leave for Cochin by surface.

Cochin (Kochi) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port which became the principal harbour for Malabar coast’s spice trade. Cochin was on the main trade route between Europe and China. The rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, attracting the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities.

Overnight at the hotel.

01 JAN – MON – COCHIN

Breakfast at the hotel.
Later proceed for half day tour of the city visiting the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of Jew Town and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. See St. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel coloured interior and carved wooden panels.
Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

02 JAN – TUE – COCHIN / MUMBAI – (BY FLIGHT)

Breakfast at the houseboat.
Later in time transfer to Cochin airport to board the flight for Mumbai.
Arrive Mumbai domestic airport & transfer to the hotel.

Bombay, or Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It’s the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. Yet, once upon a time, Bombay was nothing more than a group of low-lying, swampy and malarial mud flats presented to the British by its Portuguese occupiers as a wedding gift in 1661.

Overnight at the hotel.

03 JAN – WED – MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for half day city tour visiting Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Bombay which is now a Museum displaying photographs, letters, and personal items used by him. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jain Temple. Drive past the “Towers of Silence”, Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens situated on the slope of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach. Drive through Crawford market, Marine Drive and commemorate the visit of King George V.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

04 JAN – THUR – MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure. [Transport services are not included]

Overnight at the hotel.

05 JAN – FRI – MUMBAI – DEPARTS – [BY FLIGHT AT ET 611]

In time our representative will meet, assist and transfer you to International airport to board the flight for onward destination.

 

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11 Day December Phuket & Bangkok package from R18 297

phuket and Bangkok & december

 

11 Nights in selected hotels

Includes

• Return airfare from Johannesburg with taxes
• Internal ticket from Phuket to Bangkok
• Five nights stay in Phuket
• Three nights stay in Bangkok
• Half day SIC city tour in Phuket
• Daily breakfast
• Return airport transfers

• VISA FRIENDLY

Excludes

• Transfers
• Visas
• Entrance fees
• Tips
• Personal items
• Travel insurance
• Items of a personal nature
• Any services not mentioned above

 

Main Flights

Flight no. Date Depart Times Arrive Times
EY 603 27 Dec 17 Johannesburg 19h50 Abu Dhabi 06h10
EY 430 28 Dec 17 Abu Dhabi 09h15 Phuket 18h20
EY 407 06 Jan 18 Bangkok 01h55 Abu Dhabi 05h55
EY 604 06 Jan 18 Abu Dhabi 10h15 Johannesburg 16h45
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