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Adventures Afloat: Extension: The Taj Mahal, Delhi & Jaipur

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Program #19709RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 22 — Mar 29, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooks the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Rd.
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, March 22 - Transfer Ship to Airport / Flight to Jaipur
Afternoon: Transfer to the airport from your main program for your flight to Jaipur. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for check in.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated near the renowned Amber Fort and overlooks the Mansagar Lake. The rose coloured facade of the hotel is reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani architecture.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Rd.
Opposite Jal Mahal
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Dual Line Telephones, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 Hr. Room Service, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, March 23 - Amber Fort / City Palace / Dinner with an Indian ...
Amber Fort / City Palace / Dinner with an Indian Family in their Palace

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart for Amber Fort. En route, view Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). This five storied wonder has a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Amber Fort is an example of Rajput arcihtecture with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work complemented by exquisite wall paintings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. It claims the distinction of being the largest stone observatory in the world. The most applaudable feature of the observatory is that even after so many years it still provides accurate information. The observatory has fourteen statistical instruments, which serve the purpose of measuring time, predicting eclipses and ascertaining other astronomical events. Afterwards, proceed to the City Palace built under the patronage of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and still houses the royal family of Jaipur. Only the ground floor of the City Palace is open for public viewing. The entire palace complex comprises of a number of gardens, courtyards and buildings. The structures inside the palace complex are: Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

Dinner: Dinner with a noble family at Sankotra Haveli, their palace home.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Direct Dial Telephone, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 hr. Room Service, Satellite TV, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Jogging Track, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, March 24 - Fatehpur Sikri / Sunset over the Taj Mahal
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Agra. En route, your Group Leader presents an overview of Indian History. Field Trip "Explore Fatehpur Sikri": Fatehpur Sikri, the sandstone city was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. A variety of architectural styles are found here, due to the employment of craftsmen representing many different schools. Originally planned as the capital, a shortage of water compelled Akbar to abandon his plans.

Lunch: Lunch at Fatehpur Sikri.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Agra, check in to the hotel. Join a local expert to learn about Mughal history as you cross the Yamuna River in the late afternoon, to watch as the sun sets over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: Central A/C, Internet Access, Direct Dial Telephone, Tea & Coffee Maker, 24 hr. Room Service, Satellite TV, Electronic Safe, Hairdryer, Voltage 110-220

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Jogging Track, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, March 25 - Sunrise at Taj Mahal / Agra Fort
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel after visiting the Taj Mahal.

Morning: Field Trip "Taj Mahal at Sunrise": Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty as you watch sunrise at the Taj Mahal. The building is unique due to its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, and medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. Field Trip "Mausoleum of Itmad Ud Daula and Agra Fort": Visit the Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah, this beautiful mausoleum was the first one to be built on a riverbank, which had previously been used only to build pleasure gardens. The marble mausoleum is designed like a silver jewel box with stunning and delicate inlay work. Enjoy a sunset view of the Taj Mahal from the Mehtab Garden, then depart for Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, described as a walled palatial city. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here.

Lunch: Enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch at a private home.

Afternoon: Free time to explore and follow your own interest.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Agra to explore local flavors. Your group leader will provide suggestions and recommendations.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Wednesday, March 26 - Transfer to Delhi / Lotus Temple
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart for Delhi. Learn about "Honor Killing in Urban Delhi" en route from Agra.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy and presentation and discussion on comparative religion in India with an outside speaker. Field trip "The Lotus Temple": After your presentation, head to the modern Lotus Temple, a beautiful temple which has won numerous architectural awards for its unique lotus flower shape. The Lotus Temple is the main temple of the Bahai faith - a faith which emphasizes the unity of all religions.

Dinner: Family-hosted dinner in Delhi.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 35 minute drive from the International Airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts - Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone.

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Thursday, March 27 - Delhi / Old Delhi / Gandhi Smriti
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Gain a better understanding of India's more recent history as your expert local guide leads you past India Gate, Parliament & President House. Then take a rickshaw ride along the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit Gandhi Smriti, the sacred place where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of life. Here, you will learn about the life, mission, and thought of Gandhi. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Friday, March 28 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning at leisure, or take an optional visit to the Craft Museum.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Take your final afternoon at leisure to pack and relax before flights home.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Transfer to the airport for flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Saturday, March 29 - In Flight / Arrivals to the U.S.
Arrive To: Arrive home to the U.S.


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18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
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