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Ruins of South India & Goa

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Tap back into the ancient Dravidian culture. Let the beautiful palaces, ancient temples and historic ruins awe you. Then be enchanted by the golden sand beaches of Goa and its stunning cathedrals.

Embrace the kaleidoscopic view of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, spices and spirituality. This is one unique journey that you won’t want to miss!

12 Days 11 Nights: Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Bijapur, Badami, Goa

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Ruins of Hampi
15th century Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Romantic Lotus Mahal (Lotus Palace)
Tranquil gardens, arches & elaborate carvings at Lotus Mahal, Hampi

Mysore Palace
Listen to stories of the Mysore royal families at the former palace, now a museum

Pattadakal, UNESCO Heritage Site
Magnificent 7th century Pattadakal Monuments & Temples

Spice Market
Buying fresh nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and other locally grown spices

Palolem Beach
Goa’s most popular beach with white sands and coconut palms

Soak Up The Sun
Walk the shimmering sandy beaches along the Arabian Sea in Goa

Ancient temple ruins in Hampi
The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travelers for centuries.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
Built in the 16th century for Portuguese sailors. A historic Portuguese legacy

One of the Best Places for High Tea
Enjoy high tea at the Lalita Mahal Palace Hotel, the second largest palace in Mysore

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
Portuguese Baroque style church


THE JOURNEY


Overview

Tour Plan
Hotels
Dates & Prices

    1

    Meet Up at Bangalore (BLR)

    Upon arrival at Bangalore airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore the city on your own.
    2

    Bangalore | City Tour

    A half-day sightseeing tour of Bangalore's important destinations - Tipu's Palace, Nandi Bull Temple, photo op Vidhan Sabha, Government Museum, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    3

    Bangalore - Mysore | City Tour

    Today we drive to Mysore, ‘The City of Palaces’.
    Mysore is one of South India's most enchanting cities, famed for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings. Rich in tradition with a deeply atmospheric bazaar district littered with spice stores and incense stalls. This city is home to many acclaimed yoga schools that draw Ashtanga yogis from around the world.
    Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace). This former residence of Wodeyar Maharaja of Mysore has been converted into a museum displaying paintings, jewelry, royal costumes and other items that were once owned by the Wodeyars. Hear stories of the royal families who ruled Mysore for more than seven centuries! The impressive 3-story granite palace boasts several important halls and chambers under pink marble domes and expansive arches. Enter the Ambavilasa hall through a rosewood doorway inlaid with ivory to view stained glass ceilings and a mosaic floor of semi-precious stones. See Indian and European sculptures and ceremonial objects as well as 19th and 20th century dolls on display in the Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion). You’ll gaze in wonder at the marriage hall (Kalyana Mantapa) where peacock motifs decorate an octagonal-shaped pavilion in geometric patterns. Admire the intricate and richly carved interior as you explore the palace and marvel at its opulence. Your guide will point out features of this fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture – a blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and gothic styles – and help you appreciate the artistic heritage of this important monument.
    Inhale the fresh air among the orchards and water fountains in Brindavan Gardens (Vridavan Gardens).
    Enjoy high tea at the Lalita Mahal Palace Hotel, the second largest palace in Mysore. The palace was built in the Renaissance architectural style with a central dome inspired by St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  High Tea
    4

    Mysore - Hassan | City Tour

    Check out of the hotel and drive to Hassan for a half-day city tour.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    5

    Hassan - Hospet | City tour.

    Check out of the hotel and drive to Hospet for a half-day city tour.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    6

    Hospet | Hampi Day Tour

    Hampi was once the beautiful capital city of the Vijaynagar Emire. The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travelers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields.
    We will explore the ruins and the famous temples such as The Group of Monuments (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Virupaksha Temple, its most famous temple.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    7

    Hospet - Bijapur | Bijapur City Tour

    After hotel check out, drive to Bijapur for a half-day tour.
    A historic city and a perfect example of the Deccan’s Islamic era, Bijapur (Vijapura) tells a glorious tale dating back some 600 years. Blessed with a heap of mosques, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications, it was the capital of the Adil Shahi kings from 1489 to 1686.
    Overnight in Bijapur.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    8

    Bijapur - Badami | Aihole, Pattadakal

    After hotel check out, drive to Aihole.
    Aihole is the cradle of stone temples with the Dravidan style of architecture. The oldest temple Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is famous for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings.
     
    Visit Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal in the past, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceilings.
    After sightseeing, continue to drive to Badami.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    9

    Badami - Goa

    Let’s drive to fabulous beach town of Goa. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality. Nowhere in India is quite like Goa.
    After arrival, relax on the virtually uninterrupted string of golden sand beaches.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    10

    Goa | Tour of Goa

    Goa stands out in India for its Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage. The Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510, lured by the exotic East and the promise of lucrative spice routes. Their indelible mark is still evident in the state’s baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, colorful Catholic ceremonies, mournful fado music and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa.
    Today, we will tour Goa and sample Indo-Portuguese cuisine.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Farewell Dinner
    11

    Goa | Relax

    A free day to be a beach bum. Watch the shimmering sandy beaches along the Arabian Sea. You can explore the many beaches or just relax in the resort.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    12

    Depart Goa (GOI)

    The tour comes to an end after breakfast. Hotel check-out and transfer to Dabolim airport in Goa for your flight home.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Hotel Information

    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    BangaloreCallCall
    MysoreCallCall
    HassanCallCall
    HospetCallCall
    BijapurCallHotel KanishkaCall
    BadamiCallCall
    GoaCallCall
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Accommodation Classification

    • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Dates & Pricing

    Private Tour, Daily Departure
    Tour Date2-4 Persons *
    Oct 1 to Dec 15, 2018. Jan 11 to Mar 31, 2019PLEASE CALL
    Oct 1 to Dec 15, 2019. Jan 11 to Mar 31, 2020PLEASE CALL
    Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    * Price per person, based on double occupancy. 
    ** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.

    Deposit

    ‣ $750
    ‣ Domestic Airfare- Chennai to Bangalore Airfare from: US$20
    (Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Inclusions

    • ‣  Airport Transfers, Meet & Greet
    • ‣  3 & 4 Stars Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣  Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣  Welcome & Farewell Dinners
    • ‣  English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣  Entrance Fees to Monuments

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Gratuities
    • ‣ Laundry Service
    • ‣ Telephone Calls
    • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
    • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions 

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices