The Best Luxury Tour of India


This Journey is also available as a customizable Escorted Private Tour

Day 1: Arrive at Delhi - most flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and we strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s hotel stay can be added at the time of reservation.

Street Musician at Jaipur

Welcome to India, home to incredible historical monuments, a plethora of natural wonders, and the world’s most colorful culture. Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting as you disembark at Delhi airport.

You are greeted as you exit the jet bridge from your plane and are escorted through the complete arrival process, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs. After this process you will be met by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Accompanying Tour Director and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are now driven to your top-ranked luxury hotel and assisted with your check-in if it is 3 pm or later.

The Leela Palace Delhi has large opulent rooms and interiors, a selection of fine dining options that include Indian and western cuisine, and a great location in Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave that is conducive to easier sightseeing while avoiding the bad traffic of the historic and vibrant city. The Leela Hotels have been awarded the World’s Best Hotel Brand by Travel + Leisure, USA, based on the results of their World’s Best Awards Readers Survey in 2021. This is the second year in a row the hotel group has won this award. The Leela Delhi is the capital’s top ranked hotel, as is the Leela Palace Udaipur where you will stay. In Delhi you are staying in a Royal Club Room, which offers 24-hour butler service and access to the gorgeous Royal Club Lounge. Premium spirits, cocktails and wines are part of the evening Club hours, as are delicious canapes which can serve as dinner for most guests. While you are here, we recommend that you take the time to enjoy the incredible facilities of your hotel, including their beautiful heated rooftop infinity pool and their wonderful spa and its fascinating offerings, which include a spice massage. Yoga sessions are available in the mornings.

A Note about Meals during your exploration: We are the foremost experts on culinary travel in India, as evidenced by the unique culinary journeys we also offer. On this cultural exploration, there are six special dinner experiences during this journey, plus the two included dinners at the Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore National Park. We do not include dinner every night during this exploration as we feel that this is a waste of your money, but you have the option to ask to do so for a supplement. Experience tells us that our guests frequently have a very light dinner at the end of the day, and to pay the $100 per person or more for the dinner options at your luxury hotels, palaces, and resorts is a bad value in our opinion. Most of the hotels and resorts have multiple dining venues that you may want to try. For example, your Delhi lodging is home to one of the world’s highest rated Japanese restaurants, as well as an excellent French-Italian restaurant. All meals we include are among the finest cuisine options available in India, including the lunches at restaurants personally experienced and handpicked by our founder. Almost all the dining venues you experience with us will offer choices between fresh and incredible local cuisine and high-quality western options.

Day 2: Delhi. (B, L, D) Begin your exploration of India with a drive to the awe-inspiring 12th century Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delhi has over 500 ancient structures strewn over its vast expanse, with many of them in various states of disrepair. In terms of amazing achievements of man from almost a millennium ago the Qutab Minar is unmatched in its architectural brilliance and longevity.

Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar

This 240 ft tall medieval tower is a symbol of victory and a spectacular example of Persian architecture, with intricate carvings and gorgeous inlaid calligraphy. There is a winding stairway inside the tower that goes up all the way to the balcony at the very top of the tower – unfortunately, this is no longer accessible for visitors.

Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands the legendary 2500-year-old Iron Pillar. The pillar stands 23 feet and 8 inches tall, weighs about 7000 pounds, and has inscriptions that are still legible to a great extent. This massive cast iron structure is said to have been moved from its distant cave shelter to Delhi around the 12th century and has not rusted over the millenniums.

From here you will proceed to Lutyens’ historic New Delhi. Upon arrival you will stop at the following attractions -

India Gate

India Gate

The exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan, India’s Presidential Palace which was known as the Viceroy’s House during the British era, and Delhi’s landmark structure, the India Gate.

From here you will be driven to visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, making your way through Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown and still retains its colonial architecture and design. You can choose to break for lunch either before or after your next experience. If you would like to have a complete lunch during this afternoon, your Tour Director Guide will make restaurant suggestions based on where you are at that time, and your cuisine preferences. Because of the plentiful breakfast options, many of our guests just ask for a banana or other light snack for lunch.

The Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is a large gold domed Sikh House of Worship and is the most prominent Gurudwara in Delhi. It was first built as a small structure in 1783 and then expanded over the next few decades. The campus includes the temple, a kitchen, a school, an art gallery, and the Sarovar (Holy Tank) whose water is called Amrit (Holy Nectar). As with all Sikh Gurudwaras, volunteers, including children and the elderly, the extremely wealthy and not so well-off perform almost all the chores required to keep the Gurudwara functioning. A fascinating part of this is the daily langar (community meal), and you will witness as thousands of meals are served to all visitors who want one, regardless of race, religion, gender or belief. Only vegetarian food is served, so that no religions dietary restrictions are violated. Click here for a CNN story on how U.S. based Sikhs contributed with large langars during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Continue your exploration of Delhi with a visit to the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves.

Humayun's Tomb Front

Front View of Humayun's Tomb

It is one of Delhi’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and its striking beauty and flawless proportions will captivate you.

A five-minute drive from here will take you to the gorgeous Lodi Gardens. Spread over 90 acres of extremely expensive real estate in the heart of New Delhi, this massive verdant garden area has ancient trees lush landscaping with beautiful flower beds surrounding an interesting collection of royal tombs from the 15th & 16th century. A large number of birdlife is also found here.

From the gardens you will be driven a very short distance to the Lodi Art District - https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/lodhi-art-district-st-art-india/NQKi787tb1GHJA?hl=en. Delhi may not be famous for its street art and murals, but the large amount of street art found all over this upscale part of the city will both surprise and delight you. The subject matter ranges from quirky to distinctly ethnic Indian and there will be surprises around every corner. After these stops a fairly short drive on tree lined avenues surrounded by embassies of the world’s major nations will bring you back to your hotel.

Sometime during the day today, a tailor will take measurements for your traditional Indian apparel which will be expertly tailored and presented to you at Jaipur. You will be shown options for colors and other customizable elements and can select based on your preferences. These garments will be made of fine materials and will make some of the special experiences on your exploration even more memorable.

Welcome Dinner and Cultural Orientation: This evening you will join your fellow group explorers for dinner along with your Tour Director Guide at your hotel. Your expert guide will give you an introduction to Indian history and present-day culture, and then answer any questions you may have. You will have a choice between two delicious set-menus with Indian and western cuisine options.

Day 3: Delhi. (B, L) You are driven to ancient Old Delhi this morning. One of your most enduring memories of India will be your next experience as you walk through the ancient Chandni Chowk Bazaar, home to the world’s largest spice market. The cacophony of sounds which have echoed through the centuries, the cries of hawkers and the animated bargaining, along with the incredible colors and the diverse smells emanating from the street food stalls and spice markets combine to make for an experience that is unique to this ancient bazaar.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

This will be followed by an e-rickshaw ride which ends up taking you to the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.), the largest mosque in India.

The Masjid is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. Bare legs and shoulders are not permitted inside the mosque and we include rented sarongs and scarves.

After this you will drive close by for lunch, a choice between set menus at the historic Curzon Room in the century old Maidens Hotel which is part of the Oberoi Group.

Your next stop after lunch will be at the awe-inspiring Red Fort. The great city inside the massive sandstone walls of the Red Fort offers visitors a large number of architectural and historical attractions. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture. Both this fortified city and the Jama Masjid were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal. After exploring the Fort, you are driven back to your hotel so that you can arrive before Delhi’s hard to describe rush hour begins.

Day 4: Delhi - Varanasi. (B) You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the mid-morning and driven to the airport after the rush hour and you are assisted with boarding your early afternoon flight to Varanasi (Banaras). India’s holiest city is the oldest continuously inhabited city on our planet with a history that dates back five millennia. You will fly on India’s best full-service airline and passable meal options will be served.

Before heading to your lodging, you are driven to Sarnath, a major Buddhism pilgrimage site, as it is most easily accessed from the airport.

Dhamekha Stupa, Sarnath

Dhamekha Stupa, Sarnath

Attractions in this holy rural area include the massive 2300-year-old Dhamekha Stupa located near where the Buddha preached his first sermons. This Stupa was constructed by Emperor Ashoka, who is credited with the spread of Buddhism in the world.

Sarnath was also where the first Buddhist Sangha was formed and the area is home to a number of other ancient Buddhist monuments that you will drive by. A highlight of the visit to Sarnath is a brief stop at the very small Archaeological Museum with its impressive collection of artifacts, which include the spectacular 4 headed lion that is India’s national emblem.

From Sarnath you will head towards the ancient city and your boutique small palace hotel. Arrive at the historic Nadesar Palace and you are assisted with your check-in. This is the only luxury lodging option in Varanasi and it is situated in the middle of 28 acres of verdant gardens, making it an oasis in the middle of this extremely congested city. You are at leisure for the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy the facilities.

Day 5: Varanasi. (B, L) Two of the highlights of your time in Varanasi are the sunset and sunrise cruises on the Ganga. This morning you can sleep in or you can join your Tour Director Guide and start your day with a sunrise morning boat cruise on the Ganga. It is a surreal experience to arrive at the Ghats just before dawn and witness the eons old scene - the most devout Hindu’s are waiting at the holiest Ghats to greet the rising sun as they immerse themselves in the Ganga, while others on the wide riverbank steps meditate and practice yoga. It is also a great opportunity to experience some of Hinduisms ancient and iconic rituals.

You can simultaneously witness the ceremony of a recently deceased Hindu’s ashes being immersed in the river so that the soul can achieve salvation, while nearby, another Brahmin priest orchestrates the naming ceremony of a newborn.

Sunrise Dip on a Festival Morning

Sunrise Dip on a Festival Morning

Your boat offers an excellent view of all the activity on the Ghats - women immersing themselves into the Ganga discreetly while still wearing their sarees and ascetics waist deep in the water offering prayers as they pour holy water over themselves.

Return to your palace for breakfast and to freshen-up and get some relaxation, or enjoy the historical structure and its gorgeous gardens for a couple of hours. Acceptable dining options are very limited in Varanasi and, before you venture out in the early afternoon, you will be escorted on a two-minute walk will bring you to the highly rated Chowk Restaurant at the Taj Ganges Hotel for lunch. The Taj Ganges is located on the same campus as your Palace Hotel and you can order a la carte from their extensive menu of Indian and/or western offerings.

Head back to the Holy River and you will now explore the other really ancient parts of Varanasi, including visits to some of the iconic temples that lie along the banks of the holy river – please note that, as your Tour Director Guide will point out, some temples are only open to Hindu’s. You will walk through the narrow lanes and through the crowded bazaars to discover a way of life that has not changed much over the past few millennia. Your Tour Director Guide will guide you on a walk on some of the Ghats - it is a lot less crowded on these Ghats before the evening ceremony and sunset rituals, which allows for a close-up look as pilgrims and locals go about their rituals and related activities. The Ghats on the holy river’s banks stretch for a few miles and are always full of activity, but the middle of the whole expanse is where the holiest Ghats are located and where the main evening ceremony takes place.

Priest Performing Sunset Aarti, Dashashwamedh Ghat

Priests Performing Sunset Aarti, Dashashwamedh Ghat

Your walk ends with you boarding your boat for a cruise along the river and all its evening activities, and your boat excursion ends with a close-up view of the iconic Ganga Aarti ceremony on the now crowded Dashashwamedh Ghat, the holiest place on the river.

You can float your own lamps from your boat while you watch the ancient prayer and oil lamp ceremony at sunset. Your boat enables you to enjoy a great view of the ceremony and hundreds of lamps as they float down the holy river.

Day 6: Varanasi - Agra. (B, D) You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning and driven to Varanasi airport where you will be assisted in boarding your flight to Agra. This flight departs right around noon and airplane food is served during it if you are so inclined, or you can choose to get a snack after checking in at your resort after arrival. You are driven from Agra airport to your luxury resort and assisted with your check-in. Easy Tours includes an upgraded room with a private balcony that overlooks the Taj Mahal, framed by the lush gardens and trees of the Amar Vilas. There are nightly cultural performances at the resort, just as there will be at your resorts in Jaipur, Narlai, and Udaipur.

Special Dinner Experience at the Oberoi Amarvilas: Description by Oberoi Hotels - A specially crafted meal, served by your butlers, under the stars and beside cascading water bodies. Choose between a specially curated four course dinner and our recommended Royal Indian ‘thali’.

Day 7: Agra. (B, L) Enjoy a sunrise visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. Morning is the best time to experience it during most of the year, except for some years during which morning fog in late December and most of January can affect photography. Since it is more expensive for Indian tourists to enter at this early hour the massive monument and its surrounding Mughal gardens have a lot fewer visitors than the rest of the day. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 A.D. as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen, many of whom were brought here from far away nations, and it took twenty two years to complete. As the rising sun’s rays illuminate the precious stones inlaid in the marble they will gleam momentarily and change colors. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours’ Tour Director Guide who shares unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you. Return to your resort in time for breakfast and then enjoy the amazing facilities and views of your resort for a couple of hours.

Join your Tour Director Guide in the very early afternoon and head out for lunch which will be a lavish buffet featuring both Indian and Western options at the popular Taj Bano restaurant in the upscale ITC Mughal Hotel – ITC Hotels in India are recognized for the excellence of their cuisine. After lunch you will head to the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. There are unique views of the Taj Mahal from a section of the fort, including the room where Emperor Shah Jahan’s infamous son and successor, Aurangzeb, imprisoned his father during the latter years of his life.

Taj Mahal - Late Afternoon

Taj Mahal - Late Afternoon

After exploring the fort you will proceed for a late afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal. Experience the amazing Taj and its surroundings in bright sunlight, culminating with an opportunity to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument.

When the Taj Mahal closes right after sunset you will enjoy the short walk to your resort which is just a few hundred yards away.

Day 8: Agra - Ranthambore. (B, D) You are assisted with your check-out from your resort and then you are driven to the Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri, located just off the highway before you turn into the countryside towards Ranthambore. Snacks and refreshments will be available in your vehicle enroute. The massive 10th century Chand Baori stepwell is one of the most impressive in all of India and is located next to a charming Rajasthani village. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/india-beautiful-stepwells-spc/index.html. The depth of the stepwell is that of a modern 7 story building, and there are stairs (no longer accessible to visitors) leading down to the bottom from three of the 100 foot plus wide (35 meters) sides, creating symmetry and beauty to the ancient structure.

Continue on with your journey to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park). The second half of this drive is through rural Rajasthan and there are multiple photo opportunities of the colorful villagers as they go about their daily activities. You will also encounter many camels and other livestock on this drive. Upon arrival you are assisted with your check-in at your ultra-luxury tented jungle camp. You will stay in a luxury tent at the top-rated Oberoi Vanyavilas, and all three meals are included at your jungle resort.

Since 2006 Easy Tours of India has tracked the percentage of tiger sightings for our guests in Ranthambore National Park. More than 85% of our guests have had tiger sightings during this period, with most of them getting multiple sightings.

Day 9: Ranthambore. (B, L, D) Covering an area of 410 square kilometers, Ranthambore National Park runs along the eastern spur of the Aravalli Mountain range until it meets with the Vindhya ranges. Ranthambore was once the Jaipur rulers’ private hunting ground. In 1972 it was declared a Sanctuary and was brought under the Project Tiger Conservation platform. Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes.

Alpha Male Tiger at Ranthambore

Alpha Male Tiger at Ranthambore

This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer and antelope, crocodiles, the sloth bear, over 320 species of birds, leopards and one of India’s highest densities of the Bengal Tiger.

Enjoy wildlife safaris into the park in the morning and afternoon. In between safaris, you have the option of a guided visit to the Ranthambore Fort. This excursion does have a fairly steep climb with almost 300 stairs that are always surrounded by dozens of monkeys. The massive Fort is one of the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of Vana-Durg, or a fort protected by a jungle. The history of this Fort (built in 944 A.D.) is a chronicle full of tales of blood and valor. Successively occupied by the Muslims, Rajput’s and Mughals, the insides of the fort today lie partly in ruin. There are superb views of the park to be had from its ramparts. There is also an ancient temple located in the fort which attracts a continuous stream of pilgrims from the surrounding villages. A note of caution – a large number of aggressive langurs (a larger than average South Asian monkey) have made the Fort area their home and it is not advisable to have food or shiny objects visible as you tour the fort as such items will be aggressively snatched away and this could cause injury.

Day 10: Ranthambore – Jaipur. (B, L, D)Enjoy your last safari into Ranthambore in the morning. Return to your resort after the safari to freshen up and have breakfast. You are assisted with your check-out from your resort by noon and we recommend you have at least a light lunch (this is included in the Aman’s pricing) before you are driven to Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur, the community located next to Ranthambore, is a rural small town, and you will drive through it to get a glimpse of life here before you head for the UNESCO World Heritage City of Jaipur.

Upon your arrival at Jaipur, you are assisted with your check-in at your boutique luxury palace hotel Located in the heart of the city’s most prestigious area, with 47 acres of lush manicured greenery, your home in Jaipur is the awe-inspiring Rambagh Palace, the Maharaja’s former residence. The Palace is next to Jaipur’s finest golf course, the Rambagh Golf Course. There are Rajasthani cultural performances at your palace almost every night.

After checking in you will be presented with your bespoke Indian garments and whenever you are ready, today or on another day, the Palace Butlers will be happy to assist you in donning your new clothes – lady colleagues at the Palace will assist ladies with their clothing. Today is a good day to dress up as an Indian Royal as your dinner experience befits the apparel.

Royal Dinner Experience: Dinner will be at an incredibly charming and atmospheric venue this evening. The unique Steam Bar & Restaurant on the Rambagh Palace grounds is comprised of a lovingly restored 19th century narrow-gauge steam train and a recreated colonial era railway station – you can eat in the train compartments or on the authentic colonial era platform next to the train. You will select from a choice of wonderful multi-course set menus with delicious Jaipur and western cuisine options – your preferences will be required prior to this.

Day 11: Jaipur. (B, L) Start your day after breakfast with an excursion to the Galtaji (Monkey Temple) Temple Complex. The complex of temples here is collectively known as the Monkey Temple because a large tribe of monkeys lives here and believes they own the complex. The temple complex has several ponds that are fed by springs on the hill tops and Hindu pilgrims consider taking a dip in these to be purifying. The monkeys agree and swim around the main pond with reckless abandon and many of them can be seen diving into the water from various locations.

Part of Galtaji Temple Complex

Part of Galtaji (Monkey) Temple Complex

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Galtaji Temple, which is crafted in pink stone. There are other ancient temples in the complex, such as the Balaji Temple.

Monkeys are everywhere and they are obviously in-charge! Observing them can be fascinating for someone not used to their social behavior and grooming practices and rituals.

From here you will be driven to the Amber Fort and Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This awe-inspiring complex was completed in 1599 AD after 25 years of construction. You will be driven to the back entrance of the main complex as Easy Tours does not offer elephant-back ascents up the ramparts of the complex because many of the elephants are not treated well. Please note that there are organizations that rescue and care for such elephants in camps in the Jaipur region and in many other parts of India.

Amer Fort and Palace

Amer Fort and Palace

The massive Fort and Palace complex is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments.

Your Tour Director Guide will regale you with the history of the various structures as you take in the amazing workmanship of the craftsmen who created them. Return to the valley beneath the fort/palace complex and you will head to the Pink City, stopping for lunch at the Jaipur Trident Hotel along the way – this upscale hotel is owned and operated by the Oberoi Group and is located on the road from Amber to the Pink City.

Guests who want to do so will be driven back to your lavish Palace for a late afternoon of relaxation. Jaipur is India’s shopping mecca for all sorts of exquisite hand-crafted items, fabrics, carpets, as well as jewelery, and those who are interested in shopping can have their Tour Director Guide serve as a personal shopper until the late evening while your chauffeur takes the rest back to your nearby palace hotel.

Day 12: Jaipur. (B, L) Begin your exploration of the walled pink city of Jaipur. You will start with a stroll through the fascinating main bazaar in the heart of the pink city and watch the locals as they shop for pretty much everything a consumer can possibly want. This atmospheric and crowded bazaar has street sellers of vegetables, fruit and other goods occupying the curbs with their displays. There are stores selling spices, nuts, flowers, toys, footwear, hardware, and a lot more, mixed in with street food vendors and brick and mortar eating establishments. Byzantine alleys lead into inner courtyard shops.

After a few minutes of walking, you will get a photo opportunity at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind).

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets.

Jaipur is India’s capital for jewelery, and the largest supplier of exquisitely crafted jewelery to much of the world, and Johri Bazaar (jewelers’ market) is a historic enclave that happens to be the center of the largest precious stone cutting area on our planet. You will experience a short walk through a section of the area (please note that all the jewelry manufacturers are located on higher floors and so you will not be seeing the jewelers at work) and soon arrive at a small boutique hotel, The Johri. This five-room inn has an excellent restaurant where you will enjoy lunch. Locally sourced fresh organic vegetarian cuisine is served here, and you will order ala carte from their extensive menu of seasonal and regional offerings. We strongly recommend all their chaat and appetizer items, but their main entrees are not to be missed either.

After lunch you will proceed for a visit to the Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a fascinating stone observatory built in 1728. Among other instruments, it includes a massive stone sun dial that is accurate to within 2 seconds.

Located next to Jantar Mantar is the City Palace, the royal residence that was built in a delightful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. A part of this massive complex is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public. Your Tour Director will regale you with stories of royalty as you admire their trappings. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that include displays of armor, miniature paintings, and a large and impressive collection of ancient royal garments and accoutrements.

Day 13: Jaipur – Narlai. (B, L, D) You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning after a slightly early breakfast that, as always, contains dozens of Indian and western preparations, as well as many options for made to order dishes. Join your Tour Director Guide and your chauffeur and you are now driven to historic Rawla Narlai, a 17th century Royal Hunting Lodge located right in the middle of a wonderful and authentic ancient village. Rawla means Royal Palace, Narlai is the name of the village.

Most of the so-called rural tourism offered in Rajasthan is of smaller villages that receive a constant stream of visitors and most of their guest experiences are, at least partially, staged.

Rajasthani Village

Rajasthani Village

This large 16th Century village (almost 6000 residents) of Narlai is centuries old and the people are genuine and warm villagers.

The ancient royal lodge has been meticulously restored by its owners, the Royal Family of Jodhpur, and calling it boutique would be a vast understatement. There are two wings – one being the original 17th Century hunting lodge, and a more modern wing that was built around 20 years ago. Near the lodge and visible from various vantage points is a massive ancient volcanic granite boulder called Elephant Hill, with a historic small Hindu Temple at its peak, and many caves carved into its facade.

Please note that the lodge is a unique rural historical experience and is not a luxury hotel – the amenities will not match your previous lodging. Although the rooms in the new wing are larger and have more modern conveniences and much more natural light, we recommend the rooms in the ancient wing as their incredible historical charm is a unique experience not found elsewhere. However, if you do not want a paucity of natural light, we recommend the new wing. Rooms in both wings have upscale traditional Rajasthani artwork, furnishings and décor, and the heritage wing rooms obviously have more antiques. If you choose the new wing, you will still experience a lot of the 17th Century lodge’s original features. You will select your room preference at the time of your reservation.

The cuisine served at the lodge wins accolades from everyone who stays here, and most of it is sourced from their own organic farms and orchards, as well as other farms surrounding the village. The chefs are attentive and will customize your meals to your preferences, and just like in every resort that you will stay in while in Rajasthan, there are live local cultural performances every evening. The lodge also offers exceptional service levels – nothing is too much for the staff.

After checking in and a slightly late lunch, you will enjoy an extended walk through the large village to get an introduction to the lives of the simple but proud Rajasthani villagers. There will be young boys and girls herding goats, sheep, and cows around the area, and many other experiences that are only found in rural Rajasthan. There will also be multiple opportunities to view various indigenous activities. if you communicate with the villagers through your Tour Director Guide, their simplicity, warmth, and hospitality will captivate you.

Ancient Stepwell Dinner Experience: After sunset you will be assisted in climbing aboard a traditional bullock cart and transported through the dark countryside to a charming 16th Century stepwell. Your magical dinner will be at the stepwell, accompanied by live local folk music and accented by 1200 oil lamps adorning the steps of the stepwell. As you enjoy a multi-course dinner of local delicacies and the lodge’s attentive service, the oil lamps and countless stars will illuminate this amazing night.

Day 14: Narlai – Udaipur. (B) Guests can select one of two activities for the early morning today, or choose to relax and sleep in. Couples and family/friends can temporarily separate to enjoy one or the other – advance notice of your preference will be needed.

The first option, after tea/coffee and a snack, is to accompany one of the lodge stewards (they do this daily) up the 756 ancient hand carved steps that lead to the peak of Elephant Hill where you can enjoy the spectacular views and visit the small Hindu Temple. Your lodge steward will carry a hot beverage and snacks for your refreshment at the top of the boulder.

Large Male Leopard at Bandhavgarh

Large Male Leopard

The other option is to board one of the lodge’s jeeps with a lodge naturalist and head into the surrounding jungle in search of leopards, who are known to be elusive animals.

Sightings of tigers at India’s better National Parks are much more frequent than leopards, but leopard sightings are fairly common around Narlai, which is not a National Park. At the least you will enjoy an adventure into small rural communities and the jungle – 88% of our guests have had one or more leopard sightings during this adventure. The ride is bumpy as you are traversing rough terrain.

In both cases you will return to the lodge to have a late delicious breakfast and then you can enjoy your fascinating surroundings for a little while. You will be assisted with your check out just before noon and then you will proceed for the drive to Udaipur with a stop enroute. A very short scenic drive will bring you to one of India’s least mentioned historical and architectural marvels, the 15th Century Jain Temple that is an active place of worship.

Explore the awe-inspiring marble Ranakpur Jain Temple Complex. The main temple’s twenty-nine halls are supported by fourteen hundred and forty-four massive yet intricately carved marble pillars, and no two are of the same design. There is an abundance of intricate sculptures and friezes and the enormous scale of the monument and the exquisite details of its design have to be experienced to be believed.

After this you will continue on with your journey to Udaipur. This is one of the most picturesque drives in all of India, and snacks will be available in your vehicle during the drive. As you go through the Aravalli hills there will be photo opportunities of village life and livestock, including many camels. The rolling landscape, the languid lifestyle, and the charm of the local villagers will make you ask for frequent stops during this 2-to-2.5-hour journey. Arrive at magical Udaipur in the early evening and you are driven to a jetty where you are assisted in boarding the Leela Palace boat and then you will enjoy the short cruise to your exquisite top ranked luxury resort. Your upgraded room has gorgeous views of the lake and Jag Mandir Island both from the room and its small balcony, and the Island is beautifully lit up at night. This evening you can enjoy the unique local entertainment that the resort orchestrates in the evenings.

Day 15: Udaipur. (B, L, D) Enjoy a slightly early breakfast this morning. The reason for the slightly early morning breakfast is that the City Palace Complex has an hour at the beginning of every morning where they charge a little more and thus get significantly fewer visitors at that time. Your exploration of the vast complex will almost certainly take longer than an hour, but you will have done most parts that the later visitors will flock too.

The fabled City Palace Complex contains multiple old palaces and other structures. You will explore beautifully decorated rooms with thousands of exquisitely sculpted mirrors covering the walls, massive ivory doors (a dark reminder of Indian royalty’s passion for hunting), brightly colored stained-glass windows, expansive inlaid marble balconies, and the unique peacock courtyard. There are amazing views to be had from this structure, especially of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace, and Jag Mandir Island. Enjoy a tour of the amazing Crystal Gallery which houses the world’s largest collection of priceless crystal. Marvel at pieces like the complete bedroom furniture set in crystal and the gorgeous crystal fountains in the courtyards.

City Palace

City Palace Complex, Udaipur

While you are experiencing the complex, your lunch break today will be at the lakefront Sunset Terrace restaurant at the entrance of the complex.

Although this restaurant has always had one of the best locations in Udaipur, with the option to dine al fresco with a spectacular view, its cuisine used to be just about average. The restaurant is now operated by the Taj Hotel group because of which the quality of the cuisine has significantly improved and the food is now very good. You will order from a large selection of Indian and western entrée options.

After you experience Udaipur, you will return to your gorgeous resort for a short break to freshen up and enjoy the wonderful facilities.

In the afternoon you are driven to visit the Monsoon Palace, a small hilltop structure that offers amazing views of the picturesque city of Udaipur and its lakes and palaces. The journey up the hill takes you through a protected wildlife sanctuary and occasional small wildlife sightings can be experienced.

Return to the lake area and proceed for a cruise on captivating Lake Pichola in one of the Leela Palace boats to enjoy wonderful sunset views of Lake Pichola and magical Udaipur. Return to your resort after the cruise for your last night at Udaipur.

Lake Pichola Special Dinner Experience: This evening you will join your fellow group explorers for dinner along with your Tour Director Guide at your resort. There is fascinating ethnic entertainment every evening at your resort, and today that will be followed by a special candlelit dinner on the lakefront terrace above the resorts Indian Fine Dining Restaurant. We strongly recommend the Royal Dinner with a mouthwatering array of dishes that the Udaipur Royals feasted on, but a set menu with multiple courses of western food is also available.

Day 16: Udaipur – Mumbai. (B) You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning. With its small-town atmosphere, laid back Udaipur is one of India’s best places to explore on foot, and your Tour Director Guide will take you for walks in small local bazaars and other interesting parts of this charming city. You will also enjoy a slightly bumpy (there are no shock absorbers) three-wheeler scooter ride through the streets.

In the afternoon you are driven to the airport which is located well outside the city and assisted in boarding your mid-afternoon flight to Mumbai. Your flight in on India’s best full-service airline and passable meal options will be offered during the flight.

Upon your arrival in Mumbai, you will be driven to your oceanfront lodging and assisted with your check-in.

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

Your gorgeous historic hotel has an enviable location in Mumbai, across the street from the Gateway of India and the ocean.

The legendary hotel (not including the adjoining Taj Mahal Towers, a nondescript mid-level hotel that opened in 1973) started construction at the end of the 19th century, and was completed in December 1902, well before the Gateway of India monument that it faces. Your upgrade to a suite in the Palace Wing includes Taj Club facilities and its associated benefits.

The area around your hotel is where middle class residents of Mumbai come in the evenings to enjoy the ocean breeze and socialize. It is a great place to walk on your own, as locals sit on the seaside promenade and street vendors hawk their wares to them, from street food to toys to foot massages! You can safely and comfortably explore the surroundings of your Mumbai lodging until the late evening.

Day 17: Mumbai. (B, L) Proceed for a guided city tour of Mumbai. The tour begins across the street from your hotel, at The Gateway of India, situated overlooking Mumbai’s harbor. This structure was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai and India in 1905. After this a short drive takes you to the impressive Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, previously known as Victoria Terminus.

Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is India’s finest example of Gothic architecture and one of the world’s busiest railway stations.

From here you will enjoy a walk-through Mumbai’s most interesting areas, stopping every few minutes to admire historic attractions while being surrounded by local residents going about their daily activities. The next 3 hours will be an experience where you will walk just under 2 miles, stopping frequently at the multitude of attractions. You will stroll through busy street bazaars and public parks where cricket is being played on most days, stopping to take in the incredible architectural details of century plus old Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the British Raj.

You will admire the historic Flora Fountain, and then another short walk will take you to Horniman’s Circle. Next, after a 2-minute walk, is Mumbai’s Town Hall, situated by the Mumbai’s docks. After this you will take another short walk and stop to enjoy a brief tour inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, which was known as the Prince of Wales Museum until very recently. This is Mumbai’s premier museum, designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, and includes sections of paintings, archeology, and natural history. Another 5 minutes of walking will end up with a break for an a la carte snack for lunch at the iconic Leopold Café, a popular establishment that has been serving food to Mumbai’s residents since 1871 and was one of the targets during the 2008 Mumbai terrorism attack.

After lunch you will drive to Mumbai’s main Dhobi Ghat where you will observe the Dhobi’s doing Mumbai’s laundry by flogging the clothes on stone in the same manner that they have for more than a century. Over 100,000 pieces are laundered every day and hung to dry on seemingly unending clotheslines, then ironed, and delivered to far reaching areas of Mumbai. The profession is passed on from generation to generation.

Continue your exploration by driving further on Marine Drive and go up Malabar Hill where the Hanging Gardens provide a panoramic view of the city and bay. In the middle of the afternoon, avoiding the infamous Mumbai rush hour traffic, you are driven back to your hotel to enjoy its surroundings, views, and extensive facilities.

Day 18: Mumbai – Aurangabad. (B) You are assisted with your check-out in the morning and then you will proceed to explore more of the fascinating metropolis of Mumbai. Your first stop after a short drive on the Queen’s Necklace will be at Mani Bhawan, Mahatma Gandhi’s Museum. This small historic mansion is located in an upscale Mumbai neighborhood and is the location from where the Mahatma started many of his Satyagraha (passive resistance) movements against the British rulers. The stop here will include an opportunity to look through glass panels into the small simple room where he stayed and worked, including his meagre belongings such as two spinning wheels, his thin small mattress on the floor, and more. Another room has photos of his life from childhood until his assassination.

An even shorter drive will bring you to another of Mumbai’s landmarks, the Haji Ali Dargah. Built in 1431 and located on an islet of the coast, this beautifully handcrafted structure hosts the tomb of the Sufi Saint and also serves as an active mosque. A wealthy merchant from what is now Uzbekistan, he gave up all his belongings and traveled the world spreading Islam until he finally settled in the area that is now Mumbai.

From here you will be driven to Mumbai Airport and be assisted in boarding your short mid-afternoon flight to Aurangabad. You can have lunch from the snacks available at your Business Class Lounge at the airport if it is not too full, or eat at any of the scores of cafes and restaurants in Mumbai’s wonderful new terminal. Arrive at Aurangabad and you are driven to your comfortable hotel and assisted with check-in to your suite. Although this is the best lodging in Aurangabad and close to the airport, it is a mid-level upscale hotel and does not compare with your previous lodging.

Day 19: Aurangabad. (B, L) The Ajanta & Ellora monuments and caves (both are, individually, UNESCO World Heritage Sites) near Aurangabad are widely recognized as India’s two most amazing archeological sites, and among the world’s most amazing achievements of ancient man. All our guests’ wonder why they are not part of other tours. Many guests have stated that, combined, they are more impressive than the monuments in the Angkor Region, not even taking into account that these two sites are twice as old as the amazing structures in Siem Reap!

After breakfast you will enjoy an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ajanta. A choice of sandwiches and accompaniments that will be edible for a few hours is included from your hotel for this excursion. Buddhist monks and local craftsmen began excavating, sculpting, and painting at Ajanta in the 2nd century B.C.

2000 Year Old Wall Painting in Ajanta

2000 Year Old Wall Painting in Ajanta

The incredible variety of paintings and sculptures were created in hard rock by using primitive yet ingenious lighting, tools and materials.

These 28 caves are a testimony to the devotion of the Buddhists, as well as the talents of their skilled craftsmen.

Of particular interest is the concept of Vertical Excavation. When your Easy Tours Tour Director passionately explains this concept and describes the processes, you will be awed by the achievements of the craftsmen. Although the caves themselves are very impressive in their design and massive volume of sculpturing and excavation, it is the art inside the caves that will take your breath away. The incredible artistry and colors of the paintings and sculptures is unique – such art has not been seen anywhere else, not just in India, but anywhere in the world. Ajanta's incredible paintings are even more impressive considering that the color and texture you're admiring today was created by artists about two thousand years ago.

Day 20: Aurangabad – Mumbai. (B, L) You are assisted with your checkout from your hotel after breakfast and we recommend that you leave your baggage with the bell desk. Proceed for an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora. A choice of sandwiches and accompaniments that will be edible for a few hours is included from your hotel for this excursion. Explore the magnificently sculptured cave temples and monasteries of Ellora. There are 34 Caves here, and any one of them would individually be considered a significant attraction in most nations. They were built between 600 - 1000 A.D. and are devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Seventeen of these caves illustrate a resurgence of Hinduism in this area, as reflected by their Hindu themes, sculpture and art.

The epitome of this is Cave 16, the awe-inspiring Kailash Temple. It was finished during the 8th century and is supposed to evoke one of the abodes of Lord Shiva, Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. The Kailash Temple is notable for its immense scale and detail; it is the most awe-inspiring of all of the amazing monuments at Ajanta/Ellora.

Kailash Temple at Ellora

Kailash Temple at Ellora

More than 200,000 tons of rock was excavated and six generations of craftsmen worked for a hundred and twenty years to create this masterpiece.

On your way back to Aurangabad you will stop at Daulatabad Fort. If you are tired you can relax in the vehicle for a short while as it does require a bit of a trek. This 14th century hilltop Fort is an impressive sight but what will amaze you is your Tour Director’s illustration of the multiple ingenious architectural facets that were used to make it virtually impregnable. The once sloping sides of the massive stone hill were manually carved sheer on all sides so that no one could climb straight to the top.

Return to your hotel to pick up your baggage and use the facilities to freshen up. We recommend that you consider eating at one of the hotel food outlets before heading to the airport. At the appropriate time you are driven to Aurangabad airport in time to board your late evening flight to Mumbai. You are greeted at the airport by a hotel representative, and ushered to your chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your upscale airport hotel where you are assisted with your check-in to your suite.

Day 21: Mumbai – Fort Kochi (Cochin). (B, L) You are assisted with your check-out after breakfast and then a hotel vehicle will drive you to the domestic terminal of Mumbai Airport. You are assisted with boarding your no-frills flight to Cochin. Upon your arrival at Cochin Airport your North India Tour Director Guide will bid you farewell after introducing you to your Kerala Tour Director. Guiding in South India requires proficiency in the local languages - India has 19 languages and over 500 dialects. Unless they have lived there for a long time, North Indians are not able to communicate effectively in local Southern Indian languages.

You are driven to historic Fort Kochi to the bayfront location of the renovated 19th Century Dutch boat building facility that is your lodging, Brunton Boatyard, and assisted with your check-in to your sea facing suite.

Brunton Boatyard

Brunton Boatyard

This extremely charming boutique 22 room lodge does not boast the luxury of most of your previous hotels, but it oozes a magical charm and has incredible service levels. This is by far the best lodging in the ancient historic seaport, and many of our guests rate their experience here higher than the ultra-lux hotels they have already stayed at.

It has by far the best location and some of the finest coastal Keralan cuisine, very different from other cuisines in India with its Dutch and Portuguese influences – the restaurant chefs and servers will amaze you at every meal. You are right next to most of the major attractions of this fascinating historic small town, ideal for morning & evening walks. Excellent Ayurvedic massages and treatments are available in their small spa.

Day 22: Cochin. (B, L) This day will start with a 1-minute walk from the Brunton Boatyard to the most photogenic of Cochin’s attractions, the Chinese fishing nets.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets, Cochin

Folklore will have it that these enormous nets (or at least their design) were brought here by famed Chinese explorer Zhang He about 600 years ago. Local fishermen manipulate these massive nets with an ease that comes from centuries of generational experience.

Ownership of the net and its prized location is handed down from generation to generation. The lowering and raising of the nets, with the fishermen deftly walking up and down the angled wooden poles and manipulating them in and out of the water with thick, well-worn ropes, has a synchronicity and rhythm that is fascinating to observe.

Continue exploring more with an 8-to-10-minute walk through historic Fort Kochi’s charming streets and alleys that are surrounded by Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, and full of chic small cafes, boutique stores, art galleries, and a lot more. Arrive at Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and experience its impressive collection of colorful artworks. A 5 minute walk from here will bring you to the St. Francis Church, which was established by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars in 1503. This is the first European church built in India, and the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, the first European to reach India by sea, was buried in its courtyard for a few years before his remains were returned to Portugal.

A 2-minute walk will bring you to David Hall, a 17th century historic building that has been painstakingly restored and houses a rotating selection of art exhibits, mainly focusing on young artists. David Hall is operated by the CGH Earth Group, owners of the Brunton Boatyard, and a company that is quite possibly the most socially and environmentally progressive hotelier on our planet. The excellent and popular small café in the building will be your stop for lunch, and you will order ala carte. The food is CGH Earth quality, but here the focus is on casual Indian and western cuisine and drinks, including woodfired thin crust pizza’s prepared in an Indian clay oven – we strongly recommend trying the seafood topped ‘Fort Cochin’ Pizza!

After lunch a 10-minute drive through Fort Kochi will bring you to the Dutch Palace which was actually built by the Portuguese in 1555 and is famous for its detailed carved wooden murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the Puranic legends. Also known as Mattancherry Palace, this is an unattractive squat building that bears no similarity to the opulence of other palaces, or even mansions, in India. Very near the palace is the Jewish Synagogue which was built in 1568 and is still an active house of worship for the few remaining Jews in the area.

To get to the synagogue you will walk on Jew Street which runs through Jew Town – ancient street signs still identify these names! Fort Kochi’s ancient and colorful Jew Street now has antique stores and souvenir and art outlets. There was a Jewish presence in Kochi from 70 A.D. and the charming synagogue you will visit once was a busy house of worship for the locals. Return to the Brunton for some relaxation and their wonderful service and facilities.

Late this afternoon you can enjoy the Brunton Boatyards complimentary tea, which includes some delicious finger food and good coffee options, before boarding the Brunton Boatyard’s boat (the last boat made by the Dutch shipbuilder, over 60 years ago) and joining other hotel guests for a sunset cruise on Cochin’s massive Harbor. Upon your return from the cruise, you have the option to join a few Brunton guests for their regular cooking class, followed by dinner at their excellent History Fine Dining Restaurant. Brunton Boatyards description of the class is - Brunton Boatyard's master chefs share some of their skills with you at the evening cookery classes. Here you will learn the secrets of traditional Kerala cooking. And of course, you will enter the magical world of Indian spices. What they are, how to use them, combine them, and savor the special magic they bring to even the most commonplace foods.

Day 23: Cochin – Kumarakom Lake Resort/Backwaters. (B, L) You are assisted with check-out from your boutique lodge in the late morning and you now proceed on about a 1.5 hours scenic drive to the charming pastoral region of Kumarakom. Upon arrival at your gorgeous lakefront resort you will feel that you have traveled back in time. This is when you will really start understanding why the state of Kerala dubs itself as ‘God’s Own Country’. You are in a location that defines the word idyllic, with a calmness and peace not found almost anywhere else.

You will have lunch upon arrival, ordering from a choice of set menus at the fine dining restaurant of the resort, before checking into your Heritage Lake View Villa with Private Pool.

Backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala

Your Kerala Tour Director Guide/Guide will bid you a temporary farewell after getting you checked-in – all services will be provided by the gracious resort staff while you are here.

Your magical resort offers a variety of unique local activities as well as great places to walk around in. The activities include evening cultural performances such as Kathakali dance and Keralan martial art performances. Other complimentary activities include, but are not limited to, evening tea (coffee and other beverages are available) snacks at their charming outdoor traditional tea stall, guided tours of their organic farms, and a lot more. There is also the large lakefront resort pool for those who are interested.

The architecture of the resort is uniquely traditional Keralan, with large sections of teak that were transported directly over long distances from centuries old Keralan homes and then painstakingly put together plank by plank. Some of Kerala’s best Ayurvedic practitioners and therapeutic treatments are highly recommended – the staff at the resort will assist you in planning this. Many guests from Western Europe take advantage of the 1-to-3-week complete Ayurvedic packages at the resort, which include special diets that are designed individually for your needs – we can facilitate such an extension if you so desire. The Fine Dining Restaurant, Ettukettu, offers a fine selection of Keralan, Indian, and other cuisines, while the lakefront seafood bar, Vembanad, offers incredible fresh seafood.

Day 24: Kumarakom Lake Resort - Backwaters Cruise - Kumarakom Lake Resort. (B, L, D) Enjoy breakfast from the large selection of delicious choices that are available to you, both as a buffet and on the made to order menu – just like at the Brunton Boatyard, trying out the amazingly flavorful local fruits is highly recommended.

Traditional Houseboat on the Backwaters

Traditional Houseboat on the Backwaters

Just before noon you are assisted in boarding your Resort Houseboat for a day cruise.

Most descriptions and photographs of the backwaters illustrate the incredible lushness and beauty of the vegetation around the fresh water canals, rivulets and lakes, with the charming water bodies and the abundance of coconut trees and other exotic plants creating a subtropical environment not found elsewhere on this planet. To many of our guests the most charming part of their cruise is the opportunity to be part of a unique way of life that hasn’t changed much for a few centuries, because you are literally seeing life as the locals have lived for a long time in this area.

Although now there are small dirt and paved roads leading to most homes and other structures, the residents of this area have always depended on the waterways for most of their movement from one place to another, and this practice continues today. What are streams to you are their streets and alleys, and much of the time you are cruising through their backyards.

You will witness men, women and adolescents rowing themselves to their destination, children in crisp uniforms being rowed back from school, women doing their laundry and dishes by hand in the fresh water streams, fishermen and produce sellers rowing up to the backdoors of the small homes to sell their wares to housewives, farmers in their water-soaked fields, pier-stations with passengers waiting for the commuter longboats that ply these waters, children swimming and playing in the shallower streams, and a whole lot more. As you take in the amazing cornucopia of visual delights, the cook and other staff make sure that all your needs are taken care of, while serving you with freshly made local cuisine for lunch.

At sunset, when all houseboats on the backwaters anchor on the shores of the lake, you will disembark from your houseboat directly at the jetty of your magical lakefront resort.

Farewell Dinner: This evening you will join your fellow group explorers for dinner along with your Tour Director Guide at your resort. There is fascinating ethnic entertainment every evening at your resort, and today that will be followed by a special candlelit dinner in the lawns facing the backwaters. Bid farewell to your companions as you enjoy a delicious meal from a choice of Keralan or western set menu’s – please note that the seafood options are wonderful at your resort.

Day 25: Kumarakom Lake Resort – End of Tour. (B) Arise a little early this morning and you will experience the backwaters as few visitors ever do. After some morning tea or coffee, you will be assisted in boarding a traditional Keralan small rowboat and head out for an exploration before the regular daily activities on the lake start. Your boat will be rowed by a local who has grown up on the backwaters and you will cruise through smally waterways that the larger tourism boats cannot access. The serenity and charm of your idyllic surroundings at this time of day is worth getting up early for this morning. Return to your resort for another delicious breakfast.

There are three departure options on this day and your choice will be influenced by where your international flight departs from Delhi or Cochin. Please note that almost all international flights depart from India’s airports either very late at night or early in the morning.

Departure Option 1: For guests who have roundtrip flights in and out of Delhi.

Day 25: Kumarakom – Cochin – Delhi. (B) You are driven to the airport (additional costs will apply for the Cochin – Delhi flight) and assisted with your check-in and then you bid farewell to your Kerala Tour Director – this flight will not include your Tour Director flying with you. Most international flights out of Delhi are either very late at night or early in the morning. If you do not require lodging as your flight is in the evening your chauffeur will be available to you for up to 4 hours to explore in the area around Delhi airport, or dine nearby. If your flight is in the early or late morning/early afternoon, upon your arrival in Delhi you will be greeted at the airport and driven to the Oberoi Gurgaon (room charges apply) and assisted with your check-in. During your check-in, please remind the hotel staff of your flight departure timing - Easy Tours will already have informed them.

Day 26: Delhi – International Flight Check-out at the appropriate time (your room is available until noon) and a luxury Oberoi vehicle will transfer you to the airport where you will board your international flight. At the airport you will be introduced to your Airport VIP Services Representative who will escort you through customs and immigration.
Our services end with your Oberoi Gurgaon assisted check-in.





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Departure Option 2: For guests who booked multi-city international flights arriving in Delhi and departing from Cochin. Some of the better international airlines, including most of the major Far and Middle Eastern airlines like Singapore, Qatar, Cathay, Etihad and Emirates have international flights departing from Cochin in the early morning.

Day 25: Kumarakom – Cochin – International Flight. (B) If you are on one of these flights you will check out of your resort and be driven back to Forth Kochi before noon – you can opt to check out and have lunch at the resort on self-pay basis. Arrive at Fort Kochi and experience a public ferry ride to Cherai – your baggage will remain in your vehicle as you explore during the early afternoon, and your vehicle will take a long drive to meet you at Cherai. Visit the 19th century Azheekkal Sree Varaha Venkateswara Temple – the temple Ratha (Chariot) is unique and very impressive. You can briefly stop at the Pallipuram Church which was completed in 1577 by the Portuguese. You will depart the area towards the airport (about 1.5 hours with normal traffic) before 4pm as rush hour along the way can cause significant delays. Arrive next to the airport and you are assisted with your check in at your upscale airport lodging, the Courtyard by Marriott, which is fairly upscale and far superior to U.S. based Courtyard’s. During your check-in, please remind the hotel staff of your flight departure timing - Easy Tours will already have informed them.

Day 26: Cochin – International Flight. (B) Check out of your hotel at the appropriate time based on your flights timing and a courtesy hotel vehicle will drive you to the small airport. At the airport you will be introduced to your Airport VIP Services Representative who will escort you through customs and immigration.
Our services end with your Courtyard by Marriot assisted check-in.





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Departure Option 3: Ocean Resort in Goa or the Maldives Options.



Lodging

Delhi
The Leela Palace New Delhi - Royal Club Room
Varanasi
Taj Nadesar Palace – Palace Room
Agra
Oberoi Amarvilas – Premier Balcony Room with Taj View
Ranthambore
Oberoi Vanya Vilas – Luxury Tent
Jaipur
Rambagh Palace – Historical Suite
Narlai
Rawla Narlai – Grand Heritage Room
Udaipur
The Leela Palace – Grand Heritage Lake View Room with Balcony
Mumbai
The Taj Mahal Palace (Palace Wing) – Executive Suite 1 Bedroom
Aurangabad
Taj Vivanta – Premium Suite
Mumbai Airport
The Leela Mumbai – Royal Club Parlor Suite
Fort Kochi
Brunton Boatyard – Sea Facing Room
Backwaters
Kumarakom Lake Resort – Heritage Lake View Villa with Private Pool Plus Resort Operated Houseboat
Delhi Airport
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Cochin Airport
The Oberoi Gurgaon - Deluxe Room

Courtyard By Marriott – Executive Room

Inclusions

VIP Airport Services during International arrival and departure
Accompanying Tour Director Guide to assist you during your on-tour flights and drives
Gift of custom Tailor Made Indian Apparel for Special Occasions, on your journey and later
3 Jeep Safaris at Ranthambore National Park
All safari related costs at Ranthambore, including park entry, naturalists, vehicle fees etc.
Sunrise and sunset boat cruises on the holy river in Varanasi
Sunrise and Sunset visits to the Taj Mahal
E-Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
Three Wheeler scooter ride through the streets of Udaipur
All meals while at the Vanya Vilas at Ranthambore
Welcome Dinner and Cultural Orientation at your Luxury Hotel in Delhi
Special Under the Stars Dinner Experience at the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra
Special Dinner Experience at ‘Steam’ at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur
Special Stepwell Dinner Experience at your Royal Hunting Lodge at Narlai
Mid-Tour Special Lake Pichola Dinner Experience at your Modern Palace in Udaipur
Special Candlelit Farewell Dinner Experience on the Backwaters at your Resort
Daily breakfast at all the hotels except for Arrival Day
16 Lunches including the two lunches at Vanya Vilas at Ranthambore
A Supplement to include other Lunches and Dinners is available but not recommended
Lunches/Dinners include regular hotel bottled water
Camera Fee’s for Regular Cameras
Hotel check-in is at 3pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
All transfers and sightseeing by Luxury Micro Coach
Complimentary Wi-Fi in all vehicles, except for remote regions
All currently applicable taxes.

Flights on this Journey

Sector Class Baggage Allowance
Prepaid Increases Available
Delhi- Varanasi Business Class 66 lb.
Varanasi- Agra Business Class 66 lb.
Udaipur - Mumbai Business Class 66 lb.
Mumbai - Aurangabad Business Class 66 lb.
Auranagabad - Mumbai Business Class 66 lb.
Mumbai - Cochin Coach baggage prepaid to 55 lb.

Not Included

International Travel
Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic premium beverages during included meals
Meals other than those specified above
Travel insurance, visa etc.
Camera fees for professional DSLR (Over 200 mm lens) and Video Cameras

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Once a guest electronically accepts their COAP and pays their initial deposit or full payment (if required due to proximity of travel dates), all the terms and conditions listed below apply and are the sole terms and conditions that the contract between Easy Tours and the Guest will be governed by. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Your Payments are Protected: Easy Tours transfers all guest payments into a trust account with Chase Bank. All guest payments go directly to this account. From there, payments are disbursed to the vendors providing different services during your tour/travel package.


Easy Tours Liability Insurance: We maintain a USD $3,000,000 Professional Liability Policy through Zurich (backed by AIG).


Guest Travel Insurance: We offer a variety of policies (to US residents) from one of the largest Travel Insurers in the United States, Allianz Global Assist, and are on their covered suppliers list, a distinction enjoyed by few companies. Allianz Global Assistance can offer you a variety of coverage options and we can guide you in selecting the plan that is best for you.  Bear in mind that cancellation of a tour requires a large amount of documentation which covers each hotel, flight, and ground service segment of your tour that got canceled. If you purchase insurance through us, we know what Allianz Global Assistance wants, and they are familiar with our documents, thereby saving you time and effort.  As with all types of insurance, terms, conditions, and exclusions apply.


Easy Tours’ Privacy Policy: Easy Tours will not share your personal information with any outside person or agency, except for the purpose of (1) making various reservations for your tour; (2) processing your payments through the Banks and Credit Card transaction institutions (all located in the United States) that we deal with. Once every month or two we may send you information on our specials. You will always have the option to stop this whenever you choose.


Visa Informationthere is a visa required to enter almost all the destinations we offer. Although Easy Tours’ does its best to provide the most current information on our site and in our correspondence when you book your tour, but we do not guarantee the accuracy of such information and it is solely the traveler’s responsibility to acquire their visa(s). Charges for the Visa or a current passport are not included in quoted tour costs. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Applicable Laws during your travels: While traveling you and all other travelers listed on your COAP are subject to the laws, customs and regulations of the nation that you are visiting, and the relevant local Governments in the areas where these services are rendered.


Guest Liabilities & Responsibilities: By accepting your COAP you are guaranteeing that you accept the sole responsibility of the fact that you, and everyone listed as a fellow traveler on your COAP, is in good enough health to participate in the tour/travel package. You also accept that you are aware that the infrastructure and other conditions in many nations are not as advanced as the United States and that you are consciously accepting, for you and everyone listed as a fellow traveler on your COAP, any and all risks associated with traveling in other nations. Facilities for the handicapped can be inadequate in some areas. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


International Airline Tickets: If you arrange your own international air travel, we recommend that you arrive at least a day before your tour begins, and leave at least a day after the tour ends. This protects you in case of flight delays and cancellations and also allows you to spend additional time in your port of embarkation/disembarkation, giving you a chance to absorb the local culture and other attractions without the constraints of a fixed itinerary. We can offer you our pre-negotiated rates on your choice of accommodation for the extra days upon request.

Easy Tours does not issue tickets for your international travel before and after your tour, unless the flights are listed on your Easy Tours itinerary and are a part of a multi-nation tour that we are facilitating. For your non-tour international travel, we have the expertise to offer you advice on the best combinations of airlines, travel durations, and values, for the regions we offer, and can introduce you to airfare consolidators who offer discounted pricing on international airfare in First & Business Class.

Please note that Easy Tours is only providing advice and, upon a guest’s request, introducing you to international airfare consolidator(s). We accept no responsibility for the actions and inactions of the consolidator(s) or other service providers we refer you to, or for any changes in quality and/or service schedule by the airlines/flights that we recommend. Easy Tours does not accept commissions from airlines or consolidators. It is the guest's responsibility to confirm, pay for, and process all transactions concerning travel to and from your tour destination(s) directly with the service provider. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.

Easy Tours and its affiliates are not responsible, in any sense of the term, for hardship or loss (financial or otherwise) caused by delays, cancellations, and any changes in the international flight or airline requirements, or by a traveler wanting to change or cancel their international travel and being unable to do so. Neither Easy Tours, nor any of its affiliates, are party to, or responsible for, any and all events or circumstances relating to this travel. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Flights Delays and Cancellations: We strongly recommend that all our guests secure travel insurance for their tour. If your international arrival is delayed, there are no last-minute refunds for missed hotel nights.

If you miss any domestic flights due to delays not caused by Easy Tours, the Smart Fares we almost always book are refundable with nominal cancellation charges but the new tickets that we will need to book are going to be significantly higher as they will be secured at the last minute. Although Easy Tours only uses our destinations best airlines and makes every effort to use domestic flights that offer back-ups with later flights in case of a cancellation or significant delay, this is not always possible in every itinerary. If a domestic flight is cancelled and re-booking alternative flights (or using alternate means of transportation) is more or less expensive, a debit or credit will be issued to the guest. Hotel nights lost due to domestic travel cancellations have no last-minute refunds for missed hotel nights. Travel insurance to cover such expenses is available and strongly recommended. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Private Tour Availability & Modifications: Easy Tours receives requests for tour reservations from many time zones and parts of the world. To preserve the quality of our tours and the level of service provided, we limit the number of guests per tour to what the available facilities can easily withstand. We do not ask for any payment until your acceptance of your COAP (Confirmation of Availability Package). If we are unable to satisfy you on the dates you've requested, we'll offer you some alternate dates and a full refund if you have paid an online deposit at the time of web reservation.

Hotels and flights can get over-booked or fail to provide contracted services for other reasons. Easy Tours reserves the right to substitute equivalent grades of accommodations and switch travel itineraries around to respond to these situations, although for our Hotel reservations this is highly unusual and occurs less than 0.01% of the time. Weather related issues and technical problems with airlines do occur on occasion.

Tours begin & end on the days specified. Airline & hotel reservations are made well in advance by Easy Tours. Please make sure that you make room for delays, both at the START, and the END of your tour. You can lose out on part, or all, of your tour (depending on how tardy you are). Any guest that is not at their chosen starting point (airport, hotel or similar location) at the scheduled time, is considered a "No Show"*. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.

Easy Tours will do it's best to keep to the itinerary you choose. If circumstances beyond our control force us to deviate from the original plans, we will provide you with a choice between comparable values and a refund of the relevant fees. 


Prices: All rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and in US dollars. If not listed, single supplements are available upon request. All prices, except for when a guest has accepted their electronic contract and paid their initial deposit or full payment (when proximity of travel dates require this), are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Easy Tours.


Guest Payments: We require a payment of $1000.00 per person + on-tour flight costs (per small group tour and private tours/vacation packages) as an initial deposit for most tours, but this changes due to seasonal and other special circumstances. Tours with a per person Land + On-Tour Flight Cost above $10,000 per person require a $2000 per person initial deposit + on-tour flight costs. If not listed, single supplements are available upon request in the 'Comments" section in each 'Reservation Inquiry Form'.

Our credit card processor, PayPal, uses the highest level of secure processes and servers to process your electronic payments.

For online reservations the initial deposit can be made by credit card on the tour page’s reservation form. If you would rather use another form of payment for the initial deposit or any subsequent payment, please call us or use the contact us form.

The balance of the cost of your tour (after subtracting your initial deposit) is required at least 95 days prior to the start of your tour. Reservations made with less than 95 days remaining will require immediate payment of all dues. Reservations made with any travel dates falling between December 20th and January 5th will require full payment at least 125 days prior to the start of the tour. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Guest Failure to Pay Final Payment On Time: If Easy Tours does not receive, or is unable to process your payment on the contractual due date as outlined in your COAP (contract), we reserve the full right to cancel your reservation and process a refund of your payments after subtracting the agreed upon Cancellation Costs as listed in these Terms and Conditions. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Quoted tour costs do not include: Hotel stays before and after your tour, unless specified on your individual itinerary. Those costs can be quoted on request. Except for specified meals and snacks between destinations, most meals are not included in private tour costs. Small Group Tours usually, but not always, include all breakfasts and lunches, and some special dinner experiences. Included Meals are listed on the Inclusions List for your tour in your COAP (contract).
Excess baggage charges are not included unless specified by us – it is the guests’ responsibility to ascertain that their baggage dimensions and weight comply with the airline requirements. Gratuities to guides, staff belonging to airlines, chauffeurs, or hotels and restaurants (none of which are mandatory if the availed services are part of the tour) are not included. The cost of personal items such as laundry and dry cleaning, drinks, and incidentals are not included. Cost of Visas and Passports is not included.


Cancellations by the Guest Process: Cancellations are processed as detailed below:

A request for cancellation will only be valid if it is received through the Alteration/Cancellation Form on our web site https://www.easytours.travel/. There is also a link to the Form this near the top of your COAP (electronic contract). You can also click this link for the form:  https://www.easytours.travel/us/alter_plans.php. Please note that you will need your COAP number for this online form.

Within 2 business days of receiving your request for cancellation request, Easy Tours will send you a link to your Cancellation Agreement which details the exact amount contractually refundable to you, if any. Once we receive your acceptance of this agreement, Easy Tours will process your refund promptly as described in the Refund section in these Terms and Conditions.


Cancellation Costs:

On-Tour Air Travel Cancellation Costs Airline tickets purchased by Easy Tours for travel that is part of your tour, cancellations will incur charges as levied by the airline, plus a $15 service fee per flight segment for cancellations prior to 7 business days before the beginning of your tour. If less than 7 Business Days remain till the beginning of your tour all domestic fares are non-refundable & cannot be changed. When we provide you with an itinerary and quotation, we specify whether the airfares are non-refundable, restricted, or smart fares. Restricted fares will have higher costs from the airlines while smart fares have a lower charge per segment.

Land Tour Cancellation Costs for travel dates not including any date between Dec. 20th – January 5th:

(a) Cancellations received by us at least 95 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $500.00, or 7% of the total cost of your visit.

(b) Cancellations received by us between 95 days and 65 days remaining till your visit begins are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $750.00, or 15% of the total cost of your visit.

(c) Cancellations received between 65 days and 35 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 35% of the total cost of your visit.

(d) Cancellations received between thirty five days and seven days remaining till your visit begins, are charged 80% of the total cost of your visit.

(e) If less than 7 days remain, a cancellation is considered a "No Show"* and does not qualify for a refund.

Land Tour Cancellation Costs for travel dates including any date between Dec. 20th – January 5th:
If any of your travel dates fall between December 20th & January 5th, the following cancellations costs apply. In very few instances some lodging providers only offer non-refundable rates during this period. If a hotel has such restrictions, this will be clearly noted on your payment terms before you make a payment, superseding the below terms.

(a) Cancellations received by us at least 125 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $500.00, or 7% of the total cost of your visit.
(b) Cancellations received by us at least 95 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $750.00, or 25% of the total cost of your visit.

(c) Cancellations received by us between 95 days and 65 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 60% of the total cost of your visit.

(d) Cancellations received between 65 days and 35 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 80% of the total cost of your visit.

(e) If less than 35 days remain, a cancellation is considered a "no show"* and does not qualify for a refund except at the sole discretion of Easy Tours.


International Airline Tickets Cancellation & Change Costs: Your flights before and after your tour will incur Cancellation & Change Charges as specified by the Airlines & Consolidators in their direct communications and the travel documents they provide you. Certain airfares cannot be cancelled and are either non-refundable and do not permit any changes, or can be changed with an extra charge. If you asked Easy Tours to refer you to a consolidator or airline, we are in no way involved in any cancellation or change that you or the airlines/consolidators make and will not be involved in refunds or other compensation of any kind for the airline tickets or any other fees tendered to them.


Pandemics & Other Similar Circumstances: The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in extremely significant losses to travel companies including Easy Tours because, among other things, of the refusal of some hotels and airlines in our destinations declining to issue refunds, even when the country was closed. Guests who were affected by such policies understandably feel aggrieved when travel companies pass the non-recoverable costs on to the guest if the guest only wants to cancel. If such a situation arises again, here are the two options Easy Tours will offer to our guests who have already reserved their tour:

Guests who have to cancel their Tour/Travel Package as the destination does not allow visitors during the guests travel dates: You will have a full credit for your complete payments to Easy Tours for future travel with Easy Tours. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.

Guests who want to cancel their Tour/Travel Package if the destination is open to Visitors: You will have a partial credit for your complete payments to Easy Tours for future travel with Easy Tours, depending on what Easy Tours is unable to recover from suppliers and document such non-recoverability to the guest(s). The second option will be to accept a partial refund based on what Easy Tours is unable to recover from suppliers and document such non-recoverability to the guest(s). Please note that the amount in the latter option will almost certainly be lower because some suppliers will only give us an option for future credit towards your travel, and no refund option. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Tour Itinerary & Other Changes: Changes to your tour package after your acceptance of the COAP (Confirmation of Availability Package) are done at the sole discretion of Easy Tours. You can request them by email or by accessing our Alter Plans Form. If we are unable to make your desired changes, we'll offer you the option for a refund as defined in our "Cancellations" section.

Very infrequently, small changes may be made to your travel arrangements which we reserve the right to do so at any time, and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. These changes may be the result of Force Majeure or other similar reasons that are beyond our control, such as weather conditions, delays in departures, strikes or riots, overbookings or closure of a hotel, decisions taken by Tourist Organizations and/or State Governments, etc. This may result in an alteration of the itinerary, omission of a destination, or changing the time spent in a particular destination. If it is possible we will provide you with alternative arrangements, and if not, give you a refund as per our policies defined in the Refunds section of these Terms and Conditions.


Refunds When Guest Cancels: All payments for transportation, or travel service, not provided to the passenger shall be promptly refunded, in accordance with the agreed-to terms and conditions, unless the passenger otherwise instructs the Easy Tours in writing.

If you cancel your tour, or do not make payments as per the agreed upon schedule, Easy Tours shall process your refund (after deducting the agreed upon Cancellation Costs as listed in these Terms and Conditions, in less than 7 business days from the earliest of the following dates:

(1) The scheduled date of departure.

(2) The day the passenger requests a refund by cancelling as per the policy defined in the cancellation section.


Tour Cancellation by Easy Tours & Refunds: In the extremely unlikely event that we are unable to provide the tour package due to force majeure, we will process the refund of all your payments within seven business days from the day that we become aware of this inability. In the event of cancellation due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond Easy Tours’ control (such as a natural disaster), Easy Tours will refund all your money within 14 business days of cancellation, after adjusting for any unrecoverable payments already tendered to our suppliers, for which we will provide you with concrete evidence. Since our inception in 2004 we have never had to do this (except in a handful of instances during the Covid-19 pandemic, where we gave the affected guests a full credit towards future travel with Easy Tours as an option to a partial refund) we have never had to take such a step. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Financial Liability of Easy Tours: Easy Tours Inc.'s liability in any and all cases will be limited to a refund of the payments made directly by you and/or your fellow travelers to us, subject to our cancellation and refund policies. Easy Tours Inc.'s liability in any and all cases will be limited to a refund of the contractually valid part of the payments made directly by you to us, subject to our cancellation and refund policies. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Release of Liability Indemnifying Easy Tours: Besides looking after our guests’ comfort and enjoyment, Easy Tours does its best to ensure that you travel, explore, and reside in a safe and risk-free environment. However, Easy Tours is not responsible, in any sense of the term, for the safety, health, and/or condition, of any guest’s person, their wards, or their property. Your acceptance of our COAP is your legal, binding, and unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement on behalf of yourself and/or any and each person on your tour as listed on your COAP .

You, on behalf of yourself and each person on your tour as listed in your COAP, expressly acknowledge that you are cognizant of any and all risks that are involved in travel to other nations and the related arrangements for trips of this nature, and fully disclaim, waive and discharge Easy Tours (including its shareholders, management, directors, and employees) from any and all liability, claims. damages, loss, or responsibilities, including damage to or loss of your property, or injury or death to you and/or any and each person on your tour as listed on your COAP, with regard to the proposed tour and/or travel package, and arrangements made with respect thereto, even if caused by the negligence of any airlines, transportation companies, hotels, restaurants, or any other party providing services or accommodations included in the tour/visit.

You, on behalf of yourself and each person on your tour as listed in your COAP, also expressly acknowledge and agree with the fact Easy Tours will not be liable for any claims, losses, damages for delayed or lost baggage or other property, or any loss of intangibles such as pleasure, or feelings of disappointment, distress, or frustration, whether mental or physical, which may have resulted from any act or omission of any party, including Easy Tours, providing services to you during your tour and/or travel package. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, and unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement.


Guaranteed Small Group Departures & Cancellations by Easy Tours: A departure date for a Small Group Tour offered by the Easy Tours will become a guaranteed departure when at least one booking secured by a valid deposit has been made on that departure. Easy Tours has No Minimum Group Size Requirements for our Guaranteed Departures. You may be the Only Travelers on your Group Tour Departure Date. Easy Tours does not cancel our guaranteed departures once a booking has been secured and payments made for any Group Departure date.

Easy Tours guarantees that all scheduled Small Group Tour departures booked and secured with valid guest payments will depart as indicated on the applicable confirmation, subject to small reasonable itinerary changes as described in these Terms or good faith health and safety concerns. This guarantee is not applicable in the case of Force Majeure. Up to date Tour and itinerary information is available on your COAP, the Easy Tours’ website or by contacting Easy Tours. Brochures and other printed materials displaying Tour information and departure dates are subject to change and may not be relied upon for purposes of this guarantee. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.

Easy Tours is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that you incur as a result of the cancelled booking including visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, nonrefundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, Easy Tours reserves the right to issue a refund in lieu of the choices above, at its sole discretion. Where a significant element of a Tour as described cannot be provided after departure, Easy Tours will make suitable alternative arrangements where possible. If it is not possible to provide a suitable alternative or if you reasonably reject any suitable alternatives, Easy Tours may provide you with a refund for unused products or services as determined in its discretion. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


*No Show's*: Are defined in our above terms and do not qualify for any refunds for any part of their tour. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Site Content: The descriptions and views expressed on this web site are based on the knowledge and opinions of the management of Easy Tours. There is no guarantee of accuracy, implied or otherwise, in these descriptions and views. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.

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